Archbishop travels the province
By Frank Flegel
REGINA — Twenty-four communities visited from early March to near the end of June was the schedule for Regina’s Archbishop Daniel Bohan as he travelled the province confirming 524 young people.
“It’s a great way to meet the children,” he said in an interview with the PM in early September, “and to have a personal encounter with them. Overall, they were well prepared for the sacrament. Some minor differences among parishes but overall the parishes take their responsibility seriously in preparing the children.”
He’s not sure how many kilometers he put on his vehicle but it probably ran into the thousands, given that the parishes in the communities visited ranged from Shaunavon in the southwest which is about a 574 kms from Regina to Yorkton about 187 kms in east-central Saskatchewan and 240 kms to Redvers near the Manitoba border in the southeast corner of the province and many points in between.
Normally the bishop celebrates the confirmation ceremony but with about 120 parishes to visit within four months, archdiocesan priests are given the authority to confirm the children in the remaining parishes. This year 652 children were confirmed by priests.
The archbishop schedules confirmation ceremonies that he celebrates in each parish over a two- or three-year cycle depending on the number of confirmations each year and the demands on his time.
Several new staff joined the Regina archdiocesan office over the summer, including a new chancellor, a director of the Marriage Tribunal, controller in the financial office and a pastoral support co-ordinator who will become Family Life Co-ordinator in the near future.
Rev. James Owolagba became new chancellor as Rev. Tonny Dizy retires; Rev. Thomas Nguyen takes over as director in the Marriage Tribunal as Rev. Andre Kachur retires; Lukose Luka fills the controller position as Gwen Swan-Rey is away on medical leave and Tina Kleisinger fills the new position of pastoral support co-ordinator. Responsibilities from a few vacant ministries were taken by other staff and Kleisinger will provide support for those who took on the additional responsibilities.
There is a possibility that Canadian Martyrs Church may not be canonically suppressed. Several archdiocesan organizations have expressed an interest in making use of the building and that is being discussed, said Bohan. However, the building is closed and parishioners are attending services in several other parishes.
At the same time, the name change for Good Samaritan to Our Lady of Peace is not just a name change; it is a new parish created by canon law. All that was required was the signing of a document and that was done, said Bohan. The name Our Lady of Peace was chosen by parishioners when initial discussions began over a year ago to suppress Canadian Martyrs and St. Charles and a new parish created in what was then Good Samaritan.