Twenty years after Philomena Fraser collected residential school stories for Amongst God’s Own, the Enduring Legacy of St. Mary’s Mission, she was able to revisit her work and find additional stories for the book’s republishing as St. Mary’s: The Legacy of an Indian Residential School. (St. Mary’s: The Legacy of an Indian Residential School.)

20 years ago, lines of people came to tell their stories for B.C. residential school book

“People had never divulged what happened to them” at St. Mary’s Indian Residential School, chronicler Philomena Fraser says in an interview with The B.C. Catholic. “They had kept it secret, and I learned a lot.” Twenty years after collecting stories for a history of the Mission residential school entitled Amongst God’s Own, the Enduring Legacy of...

Pages from the reprinted history of St. Mary’s Indian Residential School show Indigenous children at the school in Mission and celebrating their First Communion. The 2002 book by B.C. author Terry Glavin has been republished and will be distributed to churches and schools by the Archdiocese of Vancouver. (St. Mary’s: The Legacy of an Indian Residential School)

Acclaimed residential school history gets a new lease on life

In the story of residential schools, “Catholics are victims too,” says author Terry Glavin. “The people who suffered in residential schools were Catholics.” Glavin spoke those words during an interview about the republishing of his 2002 book St. Mary’s: The Legacy of an Indian Residential School, which recounts the history of the former St. Mary’s Residential School...

A pilgrim prays on the steps outside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem on Oct. 10. A group of St. Nicholas pilgrims from Langley who were about to leave for Israel had to make a last-minute decision whether to continue with a truncated trip or stay home. (Debbie Hill/OSV News/BC Catholic)

Canadian pilgrims headed to Israel forced to make some tough choices

As anxiety and frustration grow among Canadians trying to get out of war-mobilized Israel, Maria Moreno is grateful she isn’t one of them. 

At this year’s Red Mass for the legal profession, Archbishop J. Michael Miller challenged the nation to uphold its reputation for “healthy secularism” and affirmed the Church’s desire to continue serving the common good through the institutions it has developed over centuries. (Photo: Nicholas Elbers/B.C. Catholic)

At Red Mass, Archbishop Miller calls for robust religious freedom

Speaking to Catholic lawyers at this year’s Red Mass at Holy Rosary Cathedral, Archbishop J. Michael Miller emphasized the need for a broader understanding of religious freedom in Canada, challenging the nation to uphold its reputation for “healthy secularism.”

Archbishop Adam Exner’s funeral at St. Mary’s in Grayson, Sask. “Archbishop Adam wanted to keep it simple.,” said pastor Father Mike Mock. (Facebook screen image)

Archbishop Exner laid to rest in country church he grew up in

A simple country funeral Mass was all Archbishop Adam Exner, OMI, desired, and that’s what he received Wednesday in the small rural church of St. Mary’s in Grayson, Sask. “Bishops bury bishops, not simple rural pastors,” mused St. Mary’s Pastor Father John Mock during his homily. “But Archbishop Adam wanted to keep it simple. No...

Agassiz First Nation athlete Syvawn Paul, right, and her brother Cyrus George compete in the 6000m mixed doubles event at the North American Indigenous Games in Halifax, which Paul was able to attend with some financial help from the Archdiocese of Vancouver. (Contributed photos)

Agassiz canoeist brings home six medals at Indigenous Games

Sts’ailes First Nation athlete Syvawn Paul has been paddling a canoe since she first rode out in one at the age of six. But she wouldn’t even have competed in this year’s North American Indigenous Games in Halifax if it hadn’t been for some unexpected money from the Archdiocese of Vancouver. The Agassiz canoeist won...

Alison ten Bohmer found more than just peace and comfort when she discovered Pietra Fitness. She found a sense of purpose in helping people build a deeper connection with their bodies. (Contributed photo)

Pietra Fitness: more Catholic than Catholic yoga

Pietra Fitness is a Catholic exercise program that promotes mental wellness and body-mind connection. It involves poses and stretching, a meditative environment, and prayer, although it is not, as instructors point out, “Catholic yoga.”

Sharon DeLalla, the new manager of the Men’s Shelter, wants to help the shelter explore the boundaries of what is possible. (Nicholas Elbers photos)

If you like odd hours, improvising, and constant change, Sharon DeLalla has a job for you

Conversations are rare at the Men’s Shelter, and even with sunlight streaming through the repurposed nursing dormitory windows, the atmosphere is muted and heavy. Sharon DeLalla is hoping to change this. The ex-Talitha Koum executive brings her experience working with women overcoming addiction to the Archdiocese of Vancouver men’s hostel as its new manager.

Project Advance funding helps support outreach to the Downtown Eastside among many other projects and ministries. This year’s campaign is aimed at empowering parishes in being centres of worship, proclamation, and outreach. (Project Advance)

From youth to homeless, Project Advance set to help for another year

For the last 17 years, Project Advance has helped Sancta Maria House maintain its Vancouver facility, where it runs a home for women looking to heal from substance abuse and related problems.

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