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Apostolic nuncio has busy week In Saskatchewan

By Frank Flegel

12/13/2017

Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, met informally with chancery staff and Archbishop Donald Bolen in Regina Nov. 27. That same day he met with the Sisters Association of Regina archdiocese and invested Bolen with the pallium to officially denote his position as archbishop and metropolitan of Saskatchewan. The nuncio returned to Ottawa the following day. (Photo by Frank Flegel)

REGINA — Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, spent a busy week in Saskatchewan. He arrived in the province Nov. 22 and left Nov. 28, and made several stops during that short time.

On Nov. 23 he was present for the installation of Bishop Mark Hagemoen as the eighth bishop of Saskatoon. He visited the Saskatoon and Prince Albert dioceses, making a stop at St. Peter’s Abbey in Muenster along the way, and he also met with the Regina Archdiocese office administration.

On Nov. 27 he invested Regina Archbishop Donald Bolen with the pallium to officially denote his position as archbishop and metropolitan of Saskatchewan. On the morning of that same day, he had met with the Sisters Association of Regina Archdiocese (SARA), and then with the Regina Chancery office staff.

SARA president Marion Grady, a member of the Secular Institute Oblate Missionaries of Mary Immaculate (OMMI), said of their meeting with the nuncio, “He asked a lot of questions about the Our Lady of the Missions congregation (RNDM), as he noticed from the introductions that it’s the largest group of sisters in our entire membership. He particularly wanted to know when the sisters came to Canada.”

He also spoke with the sisters from the Philippines who first came to Regina with some other sisters who are now established in Calgary. A group photo was taken to commemorate the occasion and then Bolen escorted him across the hall to the staff room.

Coffee with the chancery staff was more informal, and Bonazzi took the opportunity to talk about his mission as nuncio and his mission in the church, saying that it “gives value to my life, and is up to me to perform.”

There was some back-and-forth bantering among the nuncio and the staff and Bolen before a group photo was taken and the two archbishops left for yet another appointment.

The Regina visit was particularly busy, and the next day he returned to Ottawa.


 

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