The Seven Last Words of Christ

Devotion to the Seven Last Words, the seven last phrases Jesus uttered from the cross, can be traced at least to the twelfth century. St. Bonaventure made a commentary on them, the Franciscans helped spread their popularity, and soon promises of salvation were made to those who meditated on the Words. This devotion can appear a heavy, gloomy spirituality, dwelling on suffering and sin. And yet as Fr. Thomas Rosica points out in this small book of reflections there is much more here. These words – seven – the number of perfection – stand in relief against the silence of death.

The Cross is the pivotal point of our faith, the bridge between death and resurrection. The three hours Jesus spent on the Cross are sometimes marked by Christians in a Tre Ore liturgy. Fr. Rosica sets the scene for his reflections with Pope Francis’ powerful prayer at the conclusion of the Stations of the Cross in 2016. Here we see the Cross of Christ echoed in contemporary examples of evil and violence but also in the faithful response of those who love and serve, heroic and hidden.

Throughout the seven reflections Fr. Rosica reveals Jesus as the perfect model of forgiveness, reconciliation, and peace. Even at this time of maximum agony, isolation, and disgrace he shows us how we can live. Using imagination, theological insight, and direct language Fr. Rosica, known to many of us through his work with Salt + Light, and recently in Calgary for Bishop McGrattan’s Installation rite, draws out the life-giving nature of the Words. For example, while I don’t suppose you are meant to have a “favourite” among the Last Words, in the light of these reflections mine is the third word. The scene at the foot of the cross that depicts the “small seed group” of the communion of the saints. In some ways, it is “the first real communion of holy people gathered around holy things,” in Christian understanding at least, and a foreshadowing of a Messianic people too numerous to count.

How can we look on such horror, let alone meditate on it? Don’t we see enough – on the news, in our own experience? The anguish of abandonment heard in the Fourth Word is but the beginning of Psalm 22 that in the end resounds with praise reverberating through time and encompassing the world. Suffering is not the end; because of Jesus’ death we experience resurrection with him.

Fr. Rosica makes the connection between Gospel revelation of Jesus’ passion and our lives today it a way that makes the traditional meditations of the Tre Ore service fruitful for all Christians young and old. Using anecdotes about Mother Teresa, and even a quotation from author Toni Morrison, these reflections explore the idea that our example can be, echoing Jesus, a point of embarkation or a foundation for others in their own journey to God. If we wish to be able to pray like our master Jesus at our own deaths then as Fr. Rosica says, we had better start praying these words now and “liv[ing] our way into that loving surrender of our lives to God.”

1 Forgiveness Father forgive them, they do not know what they are doing Luke 23:33-34
2 Salvation Today, you will be with me in Paradise Luke 23:39-43
3 Relationship Woman, here is your son… Here is your mother John 19:25-27
4 Abandonment My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Matthew 27:45-46
5 Distress I am thirsty John 19:28
6 Triumph It is finished John 19: 29-30
7 Reunion Father, into your hands I commend my spirit Luke 23:44-46
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Spiritual Reading with Purpose

When was the last time you picked up some spiritual reading? I mean picked up a book? Do we still have the luxury of time for deep, thoughtful reading? And is there still a place for physical books when we spend so much of our time online? The Church has a clear idea about what spiritual reading is. Distinct in its subject matter and purpose, it is a seeking out of wisdom from trusted spiritual ancestors. Confined to the following sources we read with the purpose of growing in holiness:

  • Scriptures
  • Teachings of the Church
  • History of the Church
  • Lives and thoughts of saintly people
  • Reflections on any of the above

Is holiness unfashionable now? We are required to seek it, and the practice of spiritual reading is a proven method for absorbing spiritual advice from the greatest practitioners of our faith. Here is what we are striving for: “When I read holy books then the spirit and body are illumined and I become the temple of God and the harp of the Holy Spirit, played by divine powers through them I am corrected and through them I receive a kind of divine change and I am made into a different person” [St. Gregory the Theologian]. As St. Ambrose says of God, “we address him when we pray; we hear him when we read.”

The Catholic Pastoral Centre Library contains many treasures for spiritual reading. To engage with such books gladdens the heart and strengthens our faith. As part of the Catholic Pastoral Centre Open House on September 13, you have an opportunity to find some new guides among the books we will be offering at our Feed Your Faith Book Sale. The Library has downsized a little, although we are still very much in business with a strong and current collection of books, magazines and DVDs. We can now make available, for a small donation, many great books that are either duplicates or perhaps not best fitted for our collection. These include historical items and one or two from previous bishops’ collections. There are treasures to suit all tastes. Come and browse the tables and for a donation to our Feed the Hungry program feed your faith, or the spiritual life of a friend or family member!

Has “spiritual reading” become an old fashioned luxury without merit in the modern world? No, it is a requirement for us to seek God in whatever way we can. We need the strength and inspiration available to us through past and present spiritual masters through the written word.

And can we find these resources digitally? The Internet has enabled the spread of wonderful spiritual literature and that is to be praised. But is there a downside to the flickering digital screen. The sheer physicality of a book helps us remember and absorb the text from the geography of the page. Studies suggest that we learn better from a printed page and that reading is easier on the eye. We can pass on books and share them more easily, and digest their lessons best. They can become life companions.

Drop by for the Book Sale and Open House at the Catholic Pastoral Centre on September 13!

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Suffering and Salvation in Ciudad Juarez

Book Review: Suffering + Salvation in Ciudad Juarez by Nancy Pineda-Madrid.

This book's starting point is stark and unusual for a library like ours. For the past 20 years or so there has a campaign of terror against poor women in the city of Ciudad Juarez in Mexico, just across the border from El Paso in Texas. The number of murdered and missing women runs into the thousands, bringing untold suffering to families, friends, and the whole society. How does a community cope with such individual and social suffering? And how can the often deeply Catholic families make sense of these events? How do they, and we, understand salvation in the light of this brutality?  

This work examines local devotional practices that form part of the response on behalf of those affected and it looks at it in the light of the theology of St Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109). Anselm's work, Cor Deus Homo (Why God became Man), has been especially influential in forming the Christian view of salvation. Anselm theorized that God became a human and died to pay back what was due to the honour of God offended by sin. In reading Anselm in the light of the events in Ciudad Juarez the author argues that there is a need to reassess what salvation means; to look again at theological ideas that have long shaped our current views.

As the author states of the situation in Ciudad Juarez, 'this experience encourages us to realize that only some form of communion, or community, can possibly save us. It is a particular form of community that furthers salvation in history. And the church at its best, that is the church actively discerning the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, mediates the birth of this new community.' 

This is a challenging and thoughtful read, academic in tone, but infused with the urgency. 

To borrow the book from the CPC Library, email

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Historical Timeline

Historical Timeline of the Diocese of Calgary from November 1912-2010.


  • On November 30th, St. Mary's becomes the Cathedral Church of the newly created Diocese of Calgary by the decree of Pope Pius X. Archbishop Legal is appointed Administrator until a new bishop is named. 
  • St. Benedict's parish in Calgary is established [it will become St. Joseph's in 1914].
  • Immaculate Conception (St. Mary's) at Champion is established. Will become a mission of Vulcan (1919), Picture Butte (1996) and Claresholm (1999).
  • Our Lady of Lourdes at Warner is established.
  • St. Isidore's at Allerston, a mission of St. Peter's, Milk River, is established.
  • St. Patrick's, Midnapore (now part of the city of Calgary), becomes a formal parish.
  • Immaculate Conception at Whitla, a mission of St. Michael's, Bow Island is established.
  • St. Mary's at Tide Lake, a mission of St. Patrick's, Medicine Hat, is established.


  • The parishioners of St. Patrick's, Lethbridge, begin construction of a new church, not completed until 1952.
  • The Sarcee Reserve is served by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (O.M.I.) from Cluny.
  • The Oblates donate land and materials for the building of the Sacred Heart Convent and Holy Cross Hospital in Calgary.
  • Most Rev. John Thomas McNally, D.D., becomes the first bishop of the Diocese of Calgary.
  • Notable firsts in the Diocese of Calgary: First priest ordained for the Diocese (Fr. William Dargan), first priest ordained in the Diocese (Fr. William Bowlen), first Diocesan priest born in the Diocese (Fr. Albert Rouileau).


  • St. Paul the Apostle, Youngstown, is established.
  • St. Cyril of Alexandria, Bellevue, is established (a new church building completed in 1915).
  • Sacred Heart, Oyen is established. In time serves missions of Bindloss, Cavendish, Buffalo, Acadia Valley, Empress and Youngstown.
  • St. Anthony of Padua, Drumheller, is established.


  • Opening of the new church of St. Joseph's, Calgary.
  • St. Peter's, Milk River, is established.
  • St. Vincent de Paul's, Stavely, is established.
  • Oblates minister to St. Patrick's, Lethbridge, St. Michael's, Pincer Creek and on the Blood and Peigan Reserves.
  • Father A.J. Hetherington named pastor of Sacred Heart, Calgary, remains pastor until his death in 1963.


  • First Mass celebrated at St. George's, Hanna. Hanna in time will serve missions in Sunnybrook (St. Timothy's), Youngstown (St. Paul's), and Delia (Holy Family). Hanna becomes part of the Diocese of Calgary in 1965.
  • Death of Fr. Albert Lacombe, O.M.I.


  • St. Michael's, Bow Island, becomes a parish.
  • St. Columbanus, Bassano, is established.


  • Sts. Peter and Paul, Acadia Valley is established.
  • St. Rita's, Rockyford, is established. Will serve as parish for mission of Sacred Heart, Rosebud.


  • Bishop McNally's former quarters become St. Mary's College.
  • St. Joseph's, Coalhurst, is established.


  • The newly completed St. Ann's, Blairmore, is blessed by Bishop McNally.


  • St. Andrew's, Vulcan, is established.
  • The Ursuline Sisters, establish an independent Ursuline foundation in the city of Calgary.
  • St. Peter's, Milk River becomes a formal parish with missions in Coutts, Allerston and Warner.


  • Holy Cross Hospital expands residence for student Nurses.


  • The Calgary Ursuline Sisters open Villa Angela Convent.
  • Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, Redcliff, is established.


  • Bishop McNally transferred to become bishop of the Diocese of Hamilton.
  • The Filles de Jesus in Pincher Creek establish St. Vincent's Hospital and continue to operate it until the provincial government takes over its operations in 1975.


  • Most Rev. John T. Kidd, former rector of St. Augustine's Seminary, Toronto, becomes the second bishop of the Diocese of Calgary.
  • Infant Jesus, Empress, is established.
  • The Nicolet Grey Nuns open St. Mary's School, Cardston.


  • The Oblates and the Government of Alberta establish a boarding school and St. Paul's chapel on Peigan Reserve at Brocket.
  • Bishop Kidd dedicates St. Theresa of the Child Jesus church at Hillcrest Mines, eventually closes in 1963.
  • St. Stanislas Kotska, Burmis, is blessed by Bishop Kidd, eventually closes in 1967.
  • St. Columbanus, Arrowwood, is established.
  • Immaculate Conception, Blood Reserve, is established.


  • The first St. Mary's Boys School is built.
  • Most Holy Trinity, Calgary, is established.
  • New government built school at Brocket, served by Oblates and Grey Nuns.
  • Bishop Kidd says first Mass in St. Joseph's, Cowley. It will serve the missions of Burmis, Beaver Mines, Todd Creek, etc.
  • St. Gabriel's, Carbon, is established.
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Foremost, is established.
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus, Raymond, is established.
  • Blessing of St. Gabriel's, Etzikom, by Bishop Kidd.
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus, Patricia, is established. Will close in 1970.


  • Sainte Famille, Calgary, is established to serve French Canadian community in Calgary.
  • St. Bernard's, Exshaw, is established.
  • St. Edmund of Canterbury, New Dayton, is established.
  • Two missions of Sacred Heart, Strathmore are established: St. Ann's, Hussar and St. Philip's, Carseland.


  • Bishop Kidd invites the Sisters of St. Martha of Antigonish, Nova Scotia to establish hospitals in Lethbridge and Banff.
  • Ursuline Sisters establish a school and convent at Rockyford.
  • St. Michael the Archangel, Black Diamond, is established.
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Waterton Lakes National Park, is established.


  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help [St. Mary's], Brooks, is established.
  • Sisters of St. Martha staff Mineral Springs Hospital, Banff.
  • St. John the Evangelist, Calgary, is established.


  • Bishop Kidd is transferred to become the bishop of the Diocese of London, Ontario.
  • Sisters of St. Martha open St. Michael's Hospital in Lethbridge.
  • St. Augustine's, Taber, established as an independent parish with missions at Retlaw, Vauxhall and Enchant.
  • Calgary's Hungarian Catholic community purchase the old Jewish Centre as a place of worship which will be blessed under the title St. Francis of Assisi and become a mission of St. Mary's Cathedral until 1952.


  • Most Rev. Peter J. Monahan becomes the third bishop of the Diocese of Calgary.


  • St. Mary's, Barons, is established.
  • St. Jude's, Tilley, a mission of St. Mary's, Brooks, is established.
  • St. Anthony of Padua's, Beaver Mines, is established.


  • Bishop Monahan transferred to become Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Regina, and the Most Rev. Francis P. Carroll becomes the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Calgary.
  • St. Ambrose, Coaldale, is established, formally blessed by Bishop Carroll in 1944.


  • Christ the King, Water Valley, is established.


  • St. Joseph's, Magrath, is established.


  • New church opened at Standoff, Blood Reserve, under the title of St. Catherine of Alexandria.


  • Opening of the new church building of St. Anthony's, Drumheller.
  • Establishment of a convent for the Sisters of St. Martha at St. Ann's, Blairmore.


  • Military Chaplains begin serving armed forces personnel at Suffield Experimental Station.


  • St. James the Major, Rolling Hills, is established.
  • Sisters of Providence take over management of a crèche for orphans and home for unwed mothers in Calgary.


  • Camp Cadicasu is established for the Calgary Diocese Camp Associates.
  • St. Catherine of Alexandria, Picture Butte, is established.
  • During World War II, the Redemptorists accept responsibility of parish at Claresholm, and its missions of Nanton, Stavely and Granum.


  • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, Bowness (now part of the city of Calgary), is established.


  • The Franciscans establish a retreat centre in Cochrane, with care of the centre being entrusted to the Sisters of St. Elizabeth.
  • Fr. Peyton's Holy Rosary Crusade draws sixteen thousand people to converge at St. James Parish, Okotoks.


  • St. Francis Xavier, Glenwood (near Blood Reserve), is established.
  • New St. Vincent hospital at Pincher Creek is established.
  • The Ursulines' open St. Joseph's Convent in Calgary.
  • In 1950s, priests of St. Anthony's, Drumheller, serve missions at Newcastle (St. Mary's), Nacmine (St. Philip Neri), Midlandvale (Holy Family), Munson (St. Patrick), Rosedale (St. Francis of Assisi), East Coulee (St. Stephen of Hungary), Wayne (Sacred Heart), Dorothy (Our Lady of Perpetual Help), and Carbon (St. Mary's).
  • New church building of St. Augustine's, Taber, blessed by Bishop Carroll.
  • Former RCAF mess hall becomes new church building of St. Michael's, Bow Island.


  • New church building of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Waterton Lakes National Park dedicated and becomes mission of Pincher Creek.
  • Sisters of Saint Louis open residence in Calgary.
  • Sisters Adorers of the Precious Blood establish themselves in Calgary and support themselves by doing church laundry and making altar breads.
  • St. Mary's/Immaculate Conception, Cluny, is established.
  • St. Theresa's, mission of St. Ann's, Calgary, is established.


  • Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart open a home for the elderly in Medicine Hat.
  • St. Joseph's, Vauxhall, a mission of various parishes since 1910, established as a parish.
  • St. Mary's, Brooks, serves missions in Bassano, Patricia, Tilley, Lomond, Gem, Rainer and Rolling Hills.


  • St. Anthony of Padua, Calgary, is established.
  • Sacred Heart, Carmangay, a mission of St. Joseph's, Coalhurst, is established.
  • Bishop Carroll blesses the new Sacred Heart Church in Strathmore.
  • St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Calgary, is established to serve Hungarian refugees who came to Calgary following the 1948 Soviet takeover of Hungary.


  • Sacred Heart Parish, Calgary, is subdivided into Holy Name of Jesus parish, St. James Parish (1961) and St. Michael's (1958).
  • Our Lady of the Assumption, Lethbridge, is established.
  • St. Pius X, Calgary, is established.
  • Grey Nuns at the Blood Hospital end their service to this facility.
  • St. Edmund's chapel, Medicine Hat, established as a separate parish.


  • Construction begins on the new St. Mary's Cathedral.
  • The Brothers of Lourdes come to the Diocese of Calgary to serve the large Dutch population that moved to Alberta in the 1950s.
  • The Pallotine Fathers arrive to care for recent German immigrants to the Diocese of Calgary.
  • Holy Family, Delia, is established.
  • Our Lady Queen of Poland, Calgary, is established.
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Calgary, is established.


  • Sisters of Providence open new crèche for physically challenged children in Calgary.
  • New church at Beiseker blessed by Bishop Carroll under the title of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
  • St. Claire of Assisi, Hays and the chapel at Travers become missions of St. Joseph's, Vauxhall.


  • The new St. Mary's Cathedral open on the site of the original 1889 stone church bearing the same name.
  • The Assumption or Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Calgary, is established for the Ukrainian Catholic community of the city of Calgary.
  • The Basilian Fathers assume charge of Our Lady of the Assumption, Lethbridge and St. Francis High School.
  • The Society of Christ for Polish Immigrants acquires St. Stephen's Ukrainian Church and rededicated it as Our Lady Queen of Peace.
  • Establishment of Catholic Family Services in the Diocese of Calgary.


  • New church building for St. Ann's, Calgary.
  • New church building for St. Theresa's, Calgary.
  • St. Michael's, Calgary, is established.
  • St. John Bosco, Bragg Creek, is established.
  • Franciscans establish a house in downtown Calgary and take charge of St. Francis of Assisi parish.


  • St. Paul the Apostle, Calgary, opens as a subsidiary chapel of St. Joseph's, Calgary.
  • St. Gerard of Majella and St. John the Baptist, Calgary, are established.
  • St. Joseph's, Willardville, is established.
  • St. Leo the Great, Manyberries, is established.


  • Immaculate Heart of Mary, at Moses Lake on Blood Reserve, is established.
  • The CCCB presents a brief to the Parliamentary Committee of Indian Affairs, advocating development of self-government for the First Nations Peoples.
  • Sacred Heart Church, mission of St. Michael's, Bow Island, closes.
  • Blessing of new church of St. Claire of Assisi, Hays, by Bishop Carroll.
  • St. Boniface, Calgary, is established.
  • Sisters of Saint Martha establish Family Service Bureau in Crowsnest Pass.


  • St. James the Greater, Calgary, is established for the Altadore, Lincoln Park and Lakeview areas of Calgary.
  • Fr. Patrick O'Byrne, in conjunction with Jewish rabbis and clergy of Christian and non-Christian denominations establish the Calgary Welcome and Friendship Centre, known today as the Calgary Drop-in Centre.


  • New church of Our Lady of Peace built on the Sarcee Reserve.
  • St. Mary's (Immaculate Conception), Medicine Hat, is established.
  • St. George's, Claresholm, is demolished and replaced with new Christ the King Church.
  • St. Bernadette's, Calgary, a mission of St. Ann's, Calgary, is established, becomes a parish in 1963 to serve the areas of Lynnwood, Millican, Valleyfield, Ogden, Crestwood and South Hill in Calgary.


  • Rev. Martin Fox, OMI, becomes the first Treaty Indian ordained a priest in Alberta, and perhaps Canada.
  • Most Rev. Joseph L. Wilhelm becomes Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar General of the Diocese of Calgary, as well as pastor of St. Anthony's, Calgary, and the Diocesan representative at the 1963-65 sessions of the Second Vatican Council.
  • St. Cecilia's, Calgary, is established to serve the areas of Fairview South, Acadia, Willow Park and Maple Ridge in Calgary.
  • New church building of St. Francis Xavier, Crossfield, is blessed by Bishop Carroll.
  • New church buildings of St. Pius X and Most Holy Trinity, Calgary, blessed by Bishop Carroll.


  • St. Clement's, Calgary, is established.
  • St. Luke's, Calgary, is established from territory formally belonging to St. Pius X, Calgary.
  • New church building of St. Agnes, Carstairs, is opened.
  • Sisters of St. Bendict open convent at St. Cecilia's, Calgary.
  • Basilians staff St. Pius X, Calgary and become chaplains at new University of Calgary.


  • Rebuilding of Holy Cross Hospital
  • Lacombe Home sold to the FCJ and residence move into new modern facility.


  • Bishop Wilhelm named Archbishop of Kingston, Ontario.
  • Former St. Andrew's Presbyterian church becomes St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church for Italian immigrants of Calgary.
  • Sisters of Saint Louis open second convent in Calgary.
  • St. Jane Frances de Chantal, Shaughnessy, closes.
  • Resignation of Bishop Carroll accepted by Pope Paul VI on December 28th.


  • Bishop Carroll dies.
  • Most Rev. Francis Joseph Klein becomes fifth bishop of the Diocese of Calgary, but dies nine months after installation.
  • Rev. Paul O'Byrne becomes first chair of the newly instituted Senate of Priests.
  • Oblates relieved of pastoral obligations to Pincher Creek and its missions.
  • Sisters of the Holy Cross arrive in Calgary to work in new Religious Education Centre.
  • Canadian Bishops create Development and Peace charitable organization.
  • New church of St. Bernard's, Exshaw, is blessed.
  • Calgary's Croatian Community begins to meet for Mass at Sacred Heart Convent.


  • Most Rev. Paul O'Byrne becomes sixth bishop of the Diocese of Calgary, and the first bishop in North America in recent times to be chosen after public consultation with the clergy of the Diocese.
  • Providence Child Development Society is formed.
  • Dominican Sisters of Poland arrive to work at Our Lady Queen of Peace, Calgary.
  • Completion of Corpus Christi, Calgary.
  • New Church dedicated for St. Luke's, Calgary
  • Catholic charismatic movement introduced to Calgary at St. Gerard's, Calgary.
  • Sisters of Providnce of Kingston arrive at St. Michael's Pincer Creek.
  • St. James, Okotoks, restored as parish with St. Michael's, Black Diamond, now as its mission.
  • Immaculate Conception, Whitla, closes.


  • St. Stephen the Protomartyr, Calgary, established for Ukrainian Catholics in south Calgary.
  • Provinicial government purchases Holy Cross Hospital.
  • Grey Nuns withdraw from Brocket after 69 years of service.
  • Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans) arrive in Diocese to serve parishes in Raymond, Crowsnest Pass, Banff, Vulcan, Strathmore, Fort Macleod, Beiseker, Vauxhall and Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Calgary.
  • Formation of Diocesan Pastoral Council.
  • St. Ann's, St. Cyril's and Holy Spirit parishes amalgamated to form the Roman Catholic Parish of the Crowsnest Pass.
  • Canadian Martyrs, Calgary, is established.


  • Sisters of Saint Martha open Martha Retreat Centre in Lethbridge.
  • New church building of Holy Angels, Coutts, is blessed.
  • The former Queen of Poland Church becomes home of Croatian Catholics in Calgary.


  • Sisters Adorers of the Precious Blood build a new monastery in Calgary.
  • Ursuline Sisters of Prelate, Saskatchewan arrive in Diocese to establish a house in Medicine Hat.
  • Cursilio Movement introduced to Diocese.


  • Establishment of Social Justice Offices in the Diocese of Calgary
  • St. Paul the Apostle, is formally established as a parish.
  • At Standoff, Bishop O'Byrne is named Sitting Above, honorary Chief of the Kainai Nation; blesses new White Calf Hall in honor of an assistant of Chief Red Crow.
  • New church of St. Michael's, Bow Island, is opened.


  • Old St. Mary's Church, Acadia Valley, hosts its final Mass.
  • St. Mark's in Marlborough, Calgary established in a succession of various locations.


  • Sisters of Social Service begin ministry at St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Calgary.
  • The Diocese of Calgary and the Mission Council establish a partnership with the Diocese of Chikwawa, Malawi. Bishop O'Byrne invites the Spirtans to go to Malawi; help to create a Lay Spirtan Association to enable lay people to share in the Spirtans' work for the poor.
  • Fr. Patrick O'Byrne receives honorary degree from the University of Calgary for service to his community and province as a committed ecumenist.
  • A segment of St. Gerard's Parish, Calgary becomes Holy Spirit faith community for Braeside, Palliser, Bayview and Oakridge.
  • St. Bonaventure, Calgary becomes an independent parish.


  • Sisters of the Holy Cross enter into service on the Diocesan Mission Council, Father Latour Native Pastoral Centre, Pare Labrecque Society and in Catholic Schools.


  • The Diocese of Calgary designates the Korean Catholic Community as a formal parish dedicated to St. Andrew Kim.


  • St. Peter's is established for the Ranchlands and Silver Springs areas of Calgary.
  • The completed St. Mark's and Holy Spirit churches, Calgary, dedicated.


  • The Sisters of Social Service begin working in Calgary parishes of Sacred Heart, Holy Name, St. Mary's Cathedral and St. Bonaventure.
  • The Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul (Kingston) open Immaculate Heart Prayer Centre in Calgary.
  • St. Thomas Aquinas, Wrentham and St. Cyril and St. Methodius, Cranford, closes.


  • The Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul open Kermaria Retreat Centre
  • St. Thomas More parish formally erected to serve Whitehorn, Temple and Falconridge subdivisions of Calgary.


  • The FCJ Christian Life Centre opens.
  • The Filles de Jesus close house in Pincher Creek and move to Calgary for pastoral work at St. Thomas More, St. Patrick's and Lacombe Nursing Home.
  • The Congregation of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary begin to engage in various pastoral ministries in the city of Calgary.
  • The Calgary Immigration Society opens Cabrini House to provide temporary hosuing to immigrants and refugees.
  • Youngstown is returned to pastoral care of Hanna and St. Mary's, Brooks take care of that portion of St. George's, Hanna, south of Pollockville.
  • St. Luke's, Calgary, forms a Social Justice Ministry to help bring Vietnamese ""boat people"" to Canada.


  • The Missionaries of St. Charles (Scalabrini Fathers) are invited to minister to the Italian Community of St. Andrew's, Calgary.
  • Formation of a Diocesan committee to prepare a proposal for an affiliated Catholic College at the University of Calgary.
  • The Diocese of Calgary joins with the Evangelical Lutheran Church to establish Sandstone Ecumenical Centre, housing both the Catholic parish of the Ascension and the Lutheran Congregation of the Redeemer.
  • Holy Redeemer, Calgary, is established for the Dover, Doverglen and Erinwoods areas of Calgary.
  • New church built in Brocket.
  • Restoration of Fr. Lacombe's Heritage by the Pincher Creek Knights of Columbus.
  • Formation of the first Chinese Catholic community in Calgary.
  • Bishop O'Byrne and Cardinal Seper bless a new Church, Our Lady of Mount Bistrica, for the Croatian Catholic community in Deer Ridge area of Calgary.


  • Bishop O'Byrne invites the Dominicans (St. Vincent Liem's Dominican Vicariate) to establish a house and a Southeast Asian congregation at St. Ann's, Calgary.
  • Work begins on new St. Patrick's Church on Shawnessy Boulevard, Calgary.
  • Formation of Diocesan Social Justice Commission.
  • St. Michael's, Bow Island and Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Foremost, amalgamate.
  • First Mass of the new Ascension Parish, Calgary in gymnasium of St. Bede's School.
  • The new church for St. Bonaventure's, Calgary, opens.


  • First outdoor Way of the Cross takes place in Calgary.
  • The Council of Social Affairs opens a Food Bank.
  • Bishop O'Byrne establishes a Diocesan Life Commission to provide advice on life issues and organize an annual Respect Life Sunday.
  • New church at St. James, Okotoks, opens.


  • The Grey Nuns open the Youville Memorial Residence for women in south-east Calgary.
  • St. Andrew's and St. Clement's parishes in Calgary merge to become Our Lady of Grace Italian and English Church.
  • Pope John Paul II spends 12 days in Canada and lends support to social justice issues of the Diocese of Calgary.
  • A new church resembling the Barque of Peter becomes the new home for St. Peter's, Calgary which now serves the areas of Hawkwood, Scenic Acres, Citadel, Arbour Lake, Tuscany, Royal Oak and Rocky Ridge.
  • Our Lady of Fatima Church is blessed for the Portuguese Catholic community in Calgary.


  • St. Martha's Church is established in West Lethbridge.
  • The Vietnamese Catholic community of Calgary move into the former Italian parish of St. Andrew's, Calgary, and rename it Blessed Vincent Liem.
  • The centennial celebration of the Calgary Separate School District.
  • St. Paul's, Airdire, opens a new church.
  • The churches of St. Thomas More and Holy Redeemer, Calgary, are formally blessed.


  • The St. Mary's College Act is passed by the Alberta Legislature and given royal assent on September 18th.
  • The Catholic Charismatic Renewal Society opens a Renewal Centre.


  • The Providence Prayer and Hospitality House opens.
  • The Sister Announcers of the Lord respond to an invitation from Calgary's Chinese community and establish a house. Bishop Dominic Tang of Canton, China, blesses the convent and the Little Flower Day Home to care for ethnic Chinese families.
  • St. Philip's, Carseland, closes.


  • The Filles de Jesus begin pastoral care in Carstairs.
  • Holy Spirit, Calgary, blesses a new church.


  • Bishop O'Byrne, finding the United Way to be in conflict with Catholic values, withdraws Diocese for its annual campaign. This leads to the creation of Catholic Charities.
  • The Franciscans relinquish St. Francis Parish, Calgary to the care of the Vietnamese Dominican Fathers.


  • The Family Resource Centre begins offering Retrouvaille weekends to heal and renew troubled marriages.
  • Each Sunday St. Mary's Cathedral parish hall serves meals to hundreds of Calgary's homeless, as well as serving as a facility for Catholic Charities' ""Community Kitchen"" for single parents, disabled peoples and seniors who live alone.
  • The last Ursuline Sister leaves Drumheller.
  • Bishop O'Byrne convokes the Diocese's first Synod. More than 3000 adults and some 600 youth participate to address issues of personal faith, the family, the parish, the Diocese, the universal Church, education and youth.


  • The president of the Oblate Conference of Canada apologizes to the Native community for damage caused in Residential Schools and pain caused by the actions of some priest in the past.
  • The Board of Governors of St. Mary's College establishes an office in Calgary.
  • More than 200 Catholics in Calgary petition the Bishop to authorize the celebration of the Tridentine Mass (now known as the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite) in Calgary. The Bishop authorizes a monthly celebration at St. Ann's in Calgary.
  • Sacred Heart mission in Brant closes.
  • St. Anthony's, Granlea, closes after it was looted by vandals.


  • St. Ann's, Hussar becomes a mission of Strathmore.
  • St. Joseph's, Magrath, celebrates its Mass of Closure.


  • St. Mary's College appoints Dr. John Thompson, president of St. Thomas More College, Saskatoon, as Acting President with Yolande Gagnon as Chair of the Board of Governors.
  • The Diocese of Calgary launches an Annual Bishop's appeal to raise funds to support Catholic Charities and other causes.
  • Regular celebration of the Tridentine Mass/Extraordinary form of the Roman Rite at St. Anthony's, Calgary.
  • Fire devastates St. Peter's in Milk River. The newly rebuilt church features a stained glass image of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha.
  • Plans begin for a new church in Medicine Hat that will incorporate Christ the King, St. Mary's and St. Paul's in Medicine Hat as well as St. Joseph's, Schuler.


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Believing in the Resurrection

Believing in the Resurrection: the Meaning and Promise of the Risen Jesus by Gerald O'Collins (New York: Paulist Press, 2012).

~ a mini-review.

Library reference: 232.5 OCO B4 

altWhen we state that we believe in the resurrection what do we mean? And what are the implications of this belief? Fr. Gerald O'Collins, SJ is a leading scholar in the area of resurrection studies. Through a close reading of the key Biblical texts he guides us into an understanding of how the resurrection informs the sacramental and moral theology of the Church, and can and should completely change our lives.

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