Fr. Michael Lapierre died peacefully on April 4, 2016, at René Goupil House in Pickering. He was in his 101st year and in religious life for 82 years. Fr. Michael served as a professor of theology at Regis College for a half-century.
March 24, 2016 — A life-size sculpture of the Nazarene, depicted as a homeless person lying down on a bench, has been placed at the entrance of the Office of Papal Charities. It was created by Canadian sculptor Timothy P. Schmalz.
March 15, 2016 — Pope Francis will canonize Mother Teresa on Sept. 4, in Rome later this year. This day is significant because it will be during the celebration of the Jubilee for volunteers and workers of mercy and Mother Theresa has come to be a symbol of God's mercy for the poor and discarded of this world.
March 7, 2016 — Technically a dead language, Latin is alive and well in Room 225 at St. Paul’s College at the University of Manitoba, where two dozen Catholic children decline nouns, conjugate verbs and build simple sentences.
February 12, 2016 — Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ may focus on climate change, but the essence of the Pope’s environmental encyclical is really a call for cultural change, said the director of the Vatican Observatory.
February 2, 2016 — In a wide-ranging talk at Seattle University, Fr. David Nazar spoke about the geopolitical realities of the Middle East and how the Catholic Church is responding to the current crisis.
January 29, 2016 — For gymnasts it might be a twisting tumble, for astrologers a star, for politicians a sandwich. But for Jesuit ecologist Fr. John McCarthy that ultimate accolade — confirmation of a lifetime of scientific research — is to have a lichen named after him.
January 15, 2016 — The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was created to inform Canadians about what happened in Residential Schools. The Commission was tasked to document the truth of survivors, families, communities and anyone personally affected by the Residential School experience.
Father Laurier Crosbie Harvey died peacefully on January 13, 2016 at Ajax-Pickering Hospital. He was in his 91st year of life and was a Jesuit for 60 years. Fr. Laurier is remembered for his extensive missionary work in India and Siberia.
December 17, 2015 — After five years as director of the Martyrs’ Shrine in Midland, Ontario, Jesuit Father Bernard Carroll, SJ, is retiring from the role, effective mid-February. More than 100 people in the community, including community leaders and politicians, came to wish farewell to Fr. Carroll, on December 14.
Father Donald Beaudois died peacefully on December 8, 2015 at Rene Goupil House, Pickering, ON. He was in his 90th year and in religious life for 70 years. Fr. Beaudois was a well-respected teacher, pastor, and administrator.
December 8, 2015 — Today Pope Francis opened the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica to mark the start of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, a year for the church to focus on forgiveness and healing in a special way.