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Symposium, pilgrimage planned for Winnipeg

By James Buchok


WINNIPEG — An academic symposium examining the Archdiocese of Winnipeg at 100: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, is planned for Oct. 22 - 24 at St. Paul’s College at the University of Manitoba. The symposium is open to the public, admission is free, and it is one of many events planned for the final quarter of the archdiocesan centennial year.

The annual Hanley Lecture at St. Paul’s College will be held in conjunction with the symposium and will be given by Archbishop J. Michael Miller of Vancouver to open the conference. Miller will speak on The Future of the Universal Church and the Place of the Local Churches in that Future.

From 1992 to 1997 Miller worked in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, and in 2003, Pope St. John Paul II appointed him to the episcopacy and named him secretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education and vice-president of the Pontifical Work of Priestly Vocations. He served as a member of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples, for the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses, and as a consultor to the Congregation for Bishops.

Miller currently serves on the Commission for Christian Unity of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, and represents the Conference at the Pontifical Committee for the International Eucharistic Congresses. He has received six honorary doctorates from universities around the world and is a specialist on the papacy and modern papal teaching.

Friday will open with a lecture by Dr. Peter Meehan on the Archdiocese of Winnipeg prior to Vatican II. Meehan is currently principal of St. Mark’s College and president of Corpus Christi College, both located on the campus of the University of British Columbia. Meehan is a Canadian historian with a focus on the social, educational and political history of the Catholic Church in Canada.

Among three panel sessions on the agenda for Friday is a dialogue on the Archdiocese of Winnipeg and the Indigenous Peoples of Manitoba with participants including Dr. Ovide Mercredi, past national president of the Assembly of First Nations and Lisa Raven, executive director of Returning to Spirit.

A formal dinner will be held on the Friday evening, tickets are available by contacting the college.

On Saturday morning the conference concludes with an address by Dr. Terence Fay, SJ, speaking on Highlights of Canadian Catholic Spirituality. Fay is a professor of the history of religion at Toronto School of Theology at the University of Toronto for St. Augustine’s Seminary and the University of St. Michael’s College. He is the author of A History of Canadian Catholics: Gallicanism, Romanism, and Canadianism, former president of the Canadian Catholic Historical Association, and a current member of the executive council of the American Catholic Historical Association.

Other centennial events planned for October include a pilgrimage of more than 500 kms, by bus, on Oct. 10, starting at 6 a.m. at St. Edward the Confessor Church, to all four Pilgrimage Churches named by Archbishop Richard Gagnon where the faithful may gain the jubilee indulgence. The pilgrims will go north more than 400 kms to Our Lady of Seven Sorrows Church in Camperville, Man., also known as the Cathedral of the North, then back south to St. Augustine of Canterbury Church, Brandon; east to St. Francois Xavier Parish Church, St. Francois Xavier, Man., the oldest church in the Archdiocese of Winnipeg, and conclude at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Winnipeg.

On Oct. 18 religious congregations that have been part of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg for the past 100 years will be recognized with a liturgy at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Certificates will be presented to representatives of each of the 40 religious communities that have served in the archdiocese and a permanent memorial plaque naming all of the communities will be installed at the cathedral.

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