Parishioners pray before the pilgrim Our Lady of Fatima statue at St. James Church in Abbotsford. The World Apostolate of Fatima wants to revive devotion to Our Lady of Fatima in Canada. (Paul Schratz photo)

Our Lady of Fatima’s visit to Vancouver: a decade-long journey

For Ethelyn David, Catholic event organizing seems to be second nature. From Marian conferences to parish missions, she has been promoting and coordinating celebrations of faith and devotion across the Archdiocese of Vancouver through her Mediatrix Conferences organization. But she hadn’t intended to be front and centre in Our Lady of Fatima’s visit to Vancouver....

A message to Vancouver Archbishop J. Michael Miller conveys greetings and a blessing for participants of the reconciliation event in Kamloops on Easter Sunday. (Archdiocese of Vancouver)

Pope Francis sends prayers for Sacred Covenant between Kamloops First Nation and Church

Pope Francis has sent prayers and greetings to the Kamloops First Nation, the Archdiocese of Vancouver and the Diocese of Kamloops to mark the signing of their Sacred Covenant on Easter Sunday. In a message to Vancouver Archbishop J. Michael Miller, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, said, “His Holiness Pope Francis sends...

Rabbi Jonathan Infeld and Archbishop J. Michael Miller shake hands at a recent talk by the rabbi to Archdiocese of Vancouver employees. The rabbi expressed appreciation to the Archdiocese and Vancouver Police for their support of the Jewish community. (Arleen D Souza photos)

Rabbi offers thanks to two friends of Vancouver Jewish community: the Archdiocese and the VPD

Anti-Semitic rhetoric has become so intense amid pro-Palestinian sentiment in Canada that a Vancouver rabbi is more concerned about the safety of his oldest son, currently on a Montreal university campus working to stop anti-Semitism, than about his middle child, who is currently living in Israel. Speaking to Archdiocese of Vancouver employees at the John...

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...

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