Letter from CCCB President to the Most Rev. Paul Terrio, Bishop of Saint-Paul, AB

Tuesday, May 13 2014

The news of the violent death of Father Gilbert Dasna, SMMM, an African missionary priest who has been serving in your diocese for the past few years, came as a deep shock to me and, I am sure, to all Catholics and people of good will in Canada. The further violence that has led to the death of another man and the wounding of members of the RCMP only deepens our sadness and grief. I can only imagine the impact this is having on the community of St. Paul’s and the members of your diocese, your priests and yourself. Please be assured of the solidarity and prayers of all the Bishops of Canada and of the faithful of their dioceses.

Today’s gospel reading reminds us of the words of Jesus in John’s Gospel: “I have come that they may have life, and life to the fullest.” May these words bring a measure of consolation, healing and hope to all those who have been personally affected by this tragedy. In this Easter season, as we celebrate more intensely Christ’s victory over death, let us turn to God for wisdom, strength and renewed purpose in our journey towards eternal life.

Yours in Christ,

+ Paul-Andre Durocher
Archbishop of Gatineau
President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

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