Sleep Out participants prepare to brave the night cold. The event featured what may be one of the last Comfort Coats as the ministry that produces the rugged coats for the homeless struggles to find volunteers. (Nicholas Elbers photos)

After 21 years, a lifeline to the homeless is in jeopardy

For the last 21 years, the Comfort Coats have been made by the Helpers of St. Anne and St. Joachim at Star of the Sea Parish in Surrey In the past year,  Carolyn Wharton and her hard-working volunteers produced 25-30 coats.

Archbishop of Toronto Frank Leo

Bishop Francis Leo is installed as Archbishop of Toronto at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica in Toronto, March 25, 2023. (Michael Swan)

Francis Leo installed as Archbishop of Toronto

By Peter Stockland His Grace Francis Leo offered up gratitude to Christ as he was made Archbishop of Toronto at today’s Mass in a packed St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica that was equally filled with the spirit of the Annunciation. “The most important thing is gratefulness to Jesus Christ … gratitude for our salvation, for the...

The Catholic Church and ‘conciliation’ with indigenous peoples

A presentation to the Regis-St. Michael’s Faculty of Theology Graduate Pro-Seminar by Kyle Ferguson, a second-year PhD studentat the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto School of Theology, on March 1. My research involves questions related to conciliation between the Catholic Church and the Indigenous peoples in Canada. I use the word “conciliation” vs “reconciliation” as the...

Archbishop Miller speaks to Circles of Support and Accountability volunteers. Their work with former sex offenders is “a magnificent manifestation of what we are called to as people of God,” he said at the organization’s 20th-anniversary banquet. (Nicholas Elbers photos)

Ex-offenders grateful to volunteers for ‘new narrative of identity’

By Nicholas Elders Convicted sex offenders struggling to find a place in the world outside of prison often wonder if it’s even possible, and many don’t shy away from difficult conversations about their pain with what they have done, or how they ended up in prison. At the Circles of Support and Accountability’s 20th-anniversary banquet,...

Rendering of the future St. Vincent’s Heather long-term care home. The Archdiocese of Vancouver and Providence Health Care are contributing the land for the 240-bed residence on the former St. Vincent’s Hospital site. (Providence Health Care photo)

Catholic seniors residence to rise from St. Vincent’s ashes

By Paul Schratz When St. Vincent’s Hospital was shuttered in 2004, Catholic health officials promised it wasn’t the end of Catholic health care on the site. On Wednesday that vision became a reality with the long-awaited news that a 13-storey long-term seniors residence will be built on the former hospital property. The new St. Vincent’s...

Rendering of the future Zappone Manor at 5956 176A St. in Cloverdale, one of two Catholic-supported housing projects announced last week. The Archdiocese of Vancouver and Providence Health Care are also contributing land for the new St. Vincent’s Heather long-term care home. (Columbus Homes photo)

Catholic contributions to bring 329 beds to Lower Mainland seniors

By Nicholas Elders The Lower Mainland’s critical housing shortage received a Catholic infusion last week with the Knights of Columbus, Providence Health Care, and the Archdiocese of Vancouver contributing land and money to senior housing projects that will deliver more than 300 beds. In their first new senior housing project in decades, the Knights announced...

Pope Francis at the Teutonic College in Rome

Pope Francis visits the crypt of St. Peter’s Basilica and prayed for the souls of the deceased popes who are buried there on All Souls’ Day, November 2. VATICAN MEDIA

Francis offers new development, not new direction: Vancouver Archbishop

By Nicholas Elders A keen pastoral ingenuity, mixed with a renewed emphasis on our responsibilities to the poor and marginalized, are the hallmarks of Pope Francis’ papacy, Archbishop J. Michael Miller says. In an interview with The B.C. Catholic to discuss Francis’ 10 years as Pope, Archbishop Miller said Francis’ chief contribution to the Church...

Lisa Rumpel

Lisa Rumpel’s book Arise Shine & Live: On Resilience, Faith, and Bipolar Disorder is a collection of reflections about living life with mental illness and the healing that is possible with time and faith. (Submitted photos)

Writer’s journey with mental illness offers ‘light at end of the tunnel’

By Nicholas Elbers Finishing a book is a major milestone for any writer, let alone someone who has struggled with mental illness throughout her life. B.C. Catholic columnist Lisa Rumpel has done just that.  Drawing from her five years of B.C. Catholic columns, Rumpel’s book Arise Shine & Live: On Resilience, Faith, and Bipolar Disorder is a...

Everything is Pawsome at school’s animal welfare club

Father Don Larson sprinkles holy water on a furry friend at a blessing of the pets hosted by the Pawsome Helpers Club at Queen of All Saints Elementary in Coquitlam. (Gema Chavez photos)

Everything is Pawsome at school’s animal welfare club

By Nicholas Elbers When Queen of All Saints teacher Gema Chavez was looking for ways to help students learn about care for God’s creation, the idea of a pet-friendly animal welfare club seemed a natural fit. Now the Coquitlam school’s Pawsome SPCA Helpers Club is not only a hit with the students, it’s been featured...

The disciples find Christ’s tomb empty in the second station of the Stations of the Resurrection designed by Italian artist Giovanni Dragoni. Gardens of Gethsemani Cemetery is acquiring its own set of 14 stations depicting the Via Lucis (Way of Light) a complement to the Stations of the Cross. (CNS photo by Cindy Wooden)

Way of Light stations coming to Gardens of Gethsemani

An increasingly popular devotion that celebrates the 50 days of Easter is coming to Gardens of Gethsemani cemetery. Fourteen stations depicting the Via Lucis (the Way of Light) will commemorate Christ’s life from the Resurrection to the descent of the Holy Spirit, said Catholic Cemeteries director Peter Nobes.  The prayer stations, which Nobes calls the...

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