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The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is the national assembly of the Bishops of Canada. It was founded in 1943 and officially recognized by the Holy See in 1948. After the Second Vatican Council (1962–65), it became part of a worldwide network of Episcopal Conferences, established in 1965, as an integral part of the life of the universal Church.

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News release following 2019 meeting of the Coordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church in the Holy Land

Holy Land Coordination January 2019 17The Coordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church in the Holy Land held its annual meeting in the Holy Land, 11 to 16 January 2019. Among the participants were the Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), together with Mr. Kyle Ferguson, Advisor for Ecclesial and Interfaith Relations with the CCCB. As customary, the participating Bishops issued a news release at the conclusion of their annual visit.

Link to the final news release

 

Canadian Catholic Bishops and Youth Journey to Panama to Participate in World Youth Day 22-27 January 2019

Logo WYD 2019-webOttawa – With only days remaining until the official start of 2019 World Youth Day (WYD) encounter from 22-27 January, Catholic youth and young adult pilgrims from around the world are descending upon Panama City, Panama. Held every two to three years, World Youth Day is an international gathering of youth and young adults (15-30 years old) for a celebration of the Catholic faith. Numerous Bishops, priests, consecrated people, and lay faithful also take part in gathering to experience their common faith in Christ. It is estimated that some 500,000 people will participate in this year's event with an emphasis on prayer, spiritual formation, and cultural exchange.

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Program for Priestly Formation (English Sector) – New Edition Now Available

Program Priestly Formation 2018The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has released a new edition of its document, Program for Priestly Formation (Ratio formationis sacerdotalis nationalis) for English Sector seminaries and houses of formation in Canada. This document replaces the former edition of Program of Priestly Formation published by the CCCB in 1981.

The new document outlines the basic principles and guidelines for the formation of candidates to the priesthood, particularly those called to live their priestly lives as diocesan priests in English-speaking Canada.

The new program has been approved by the Holy See for a period of two years, after which it will be revised to align with the 2016 publication of The Gift of the Priestly Vocation (Ratio Fundamentalis Institutionis Sacerdotalis) by the Congregation for the Clergy.

Information for purchasing the document can be found at: https://esubmitit.sjpg.com/cccb/index.aspx?component=ProductDetails&id=184-951E.

 

New Science and Catholic Faith Booklet Now Available

Science Catholic Faith cover image ENThe Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), through its Commission for Doctrine, has released a new document, titled Science and Catholic Faith. Illustrated with colourful posters, it is intended for students at the secondary school level, who, when learning about their faith, often ask the question, "Are faith and science compatible?". It can be read on its own or can be used as a tool to support science and religious education courses.

The booklet is now available for purchase from CCCB Publications.

Information for purchasing the resource can be found at: https://esubmitit.sjpg.com/cccb/index.aspx?component=ProductDetails&id=184-968. You can place an order by email
( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or by phone (1-800-769-1147).

 

New Family Catechesis Resource for Dioceses/Eparchies and Parishes

The Office for Evangelization and Catechesis (English Sector) recently developed a new resource on Family Catechesis. The resource provides insight into the value of family catechesis as a means to evangelization not only of children, but of adults who accompany them.

The resource includes tips for planning family catechesis, templates with sample learning activities, and links to a variety of websites that offer resources for family catechesis. In addition, the resource includes three embedded videos from dioceses that have introduced new models of family catechesis. Each video provides a unique perspective on the benefits and challenges the diocese s have experienced in their efforts to engage parents more fully in their own faith development and in the faith lives of their children.

The resource is available online (in PDF format), free of charge, from the Office for Evangelization and Catechesis (English Sector).

 

Death of the Most Rev. Christian Blouin, C.M.M., Bishop Emeritus of Lae, Papua New Guinea

The Most Reverend Christian Blouin, C.M.M., Bishop Emeritus of Lae, Papua New Guinea, passed away on 12 January 2019 at the age of 77. Bishop Blouin was born in Saint-Sébastien, Québec in 1941 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1969 as a member of the Congregation of Mariannhill Missionaries.

Bishop Blouin was appointed Bishop of Lae, Papua New Guinea, on 15 January 2007, was ordained to the episcopate on 5 May 2007, and served as Bishop of Lae until his retirement in October 2018. The funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday 16 January in Papua New Guinea.

 

Joint Letter Published by the Canadian Council of Churches Regarding the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

The members of the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) published a joint letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and to leaders of all political parties in the House of Commons. This letter was signed by the Council's 26-member denominations, including the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and restates a call for the elimination of nuclear weapons around the world and for the Government of Canada to become a signatory to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Link to Joint Letter

 

Death of The Most Reverend Attila Miklósházy, S.J. Bishop Emeritus of the Hungarian Diaspora

mikloshazyOttawa – The Most Reverend Attila Miklósházy, S.J., Bishop Emeritus for the pastoral care of Hungarian emigrants (worldwide), died on 28 December 2018 in Pickering, Ontario.

Bishop Miklósházy was born on 5 April 1931 in Diosgyor, Hungary. He entered the Society of Jesus at the Manreza in Budapest, Hungary in 1949. He began a long and distinguished career in academics, pursuing philosophical and theological studies at the Central Roman Catholic Theological Academy in Budapest (1950-1952), followed by additional philosophical studies in West Germany (1957). It was during his theological studies at Regis College in Toronto (1959-1963) that Bishop Miklósházy was ordained to the priesthood on 18 June 1961 by His Eminence James Cardinal MacGuigan. He completed his Doctoral studies in Theology at the Gregorian University in Rome (1965-1968).

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2019 Annual Meeting of the Coordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church in the Holy Land

Holy Land 2016-6From 11 to 16 January 2019, the Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), will participate in the annual meeting of the Coordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church in the Holy Land. Bishop Gendron will be accompanied by Mr. Kyle Ferguson, Advisor for Ecclesial and Interfaith Relations with the CCCB. The meeting this year will focus on challenges and opportunities for Christians in Israel. This annual international gathering involves representatives from Conferences of Bishops in Europe and North America who meet with the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land (AOCTS).

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Statement by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on the 2019 Canada Summer Jobs Program

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is pleased with the positive revisions which the Government of Canada has made in the 2019 version of the Canada Summer Jobs application and welcomes the same changes, which not only indicate a willingness to listen seriously to faith-based organizations, but likewise the importance of respect of conscience and freedom of religious expression. It is certainly a step in the right direction as the controversial language associated with the 2018 attestation was removed. This significant improvement vis-à-vis the 2018 version will allow for a number of those groups, agencies, organizations who hold different religious and moral views, true to their faith tradition and/or conscience, to apply for the federal grants without compromising integrity, life values or being obliged to commit to contentious moral positions. We were grateful for the numerous opportunities provided by the Government over the past several months to enter into frequent dialogue regarding the program.

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Resources for 2019 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

WPCU-logoThe annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be celebrated 18 to 25 January 2019 on the theme "Justice and only justice you shall pursue" (Deuteronomy 16:18-20). The resources in English and in French can be freely downloaded from the Canadian website for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The theme and biblical texts for this annual Week of Prayer are jointly prepared by the Holy See's Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches. The thematic introduction to the 2019 materials comes from Churches in Indonesia. National and regional Councils of Churches adapt the resources for their local context. The resources for Canada are produced by an ecumenical writing team coordinated by the Commission on Faith and Witness of the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC), in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism in Montreal and the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism in Saskatoon. The CCCB is a member of the CCC and is also represented on its Canadian writing team for the Week of Prayer.

Link to Canadian resources
Link to international version of the resources

 

Materials for 2019 National Week for Life and the Family

2019WeekofLifeandFamily ENThe National Week for Life and the Family will be celebrated across Canada 12 to 19 May 2019, with the start of the week coinciding with Mother's Day. For the seventh consecutive year, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is offering dioceses/eparchies, parishes as well as Catholic organizations and associations groups possible resources and options for planning and organizing local activities. The theme for 2019 is "Listening to the Gospel as a Family". The resources have been prepared by the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF), working in collaboration and consultation with the CCCB, and are available online, and may be freely downloaded and reproduced by dioceses/eparchies, parishes and other non-profit groups.

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Life and family suggestions for homilies and prayers of the faithful during January 2019

lifeandfamily-2016The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) continues to post possible homily ideas and prayers of the faithful to help link the Sunday liturgy with the national pastoral initiative for life and family. The proposed texts for the month of January 2019 include suggestions from the Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God, 1 January to the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, 27 January. As usual, the suggestions for homilies and prayers can be easily adapted for family prayer, as well as for personal prayer or for use with other groups or organizations. The texts for the month of December are available on the special Life and Family webpage, under the section "Documents and activities proposed by the CCCB".

 
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