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At 96, sister still keeps everyone on their toes

Sr. Victoria Mazur has just celebrated 75 years of religious life. But she remains active, attending community events and faithfully showing up for her 3 a.m. hour of eucharistic adoration. When something goes astray in St. Andrew’s Parish, Mazur is the first to get things back on the straight and narrow.

Read about this remarkable sister in the Sept. 13 Western Catholic Reporter.

The opening of the new St. Joseph Seminary and Newman Theological College continues to make news … not all of it happy news. Last week, a 7-metre cross was erected on top of the seminary bell tower, a beacon across the North Saskatchewan River Valley. But, alas, construction is behind schedule and the opening of the seminary, set for Sept. 14, has been postponed.

Next month, Montreal’s remarkable Brother Andre, Alfred Bessette, will be canonized a saint. Read his life story in this week’s WCR.

There’s lots more too in the Sept 13 WCR at www.wcr.ab.ca.

WCR reports as seminarians arrive


The new St. Joseph Seminary and Newman Theological College are getting closer to opening day. The Sept. 6 Western Catholic Reporter unveils the work that has gone into preparing the landmark statue of Christ the Teacher for its new home. We also talk with a local seminarian while he is moving into his new home — the new seminary residence.

We also have reports for the start of the new school year — a letter to parents from the Alberta bishops and a report on the opening Mass for Edmonton Catholic Schools.

Calgary last weekend played host to North America’s United Catholic Music and Video Awards, the first time the awards have been hosted in Canada. Freelance reporter Sara Francis was there and filed a report on the goings-on.

That’s just a sample of what will be available this week in the Western Catholic Reporter, www.wcr.ab.ca.

WCR returns to action

The Western Catholic Reporter is back from holidays and our first issue has a lot to say about young people following Jesus.

Freelance reporter Sara Francis reports on Jean-Pierre Ducharme and Billy Isenor who have just made their final vows as Franciscans. What led them to choose a vocation of poverty, chastity and obedience as Franciscans? Sara’s reports will tell you.

Deborah Gyapong, Ottawa correspondent for Canadian Catholic News, tells of a new Catholic movement in Quebec, Famille Marie-Jeunesse, where young people not only make the traditional vows, but also a vow of joy. In less than 15 years, 47 men and women have made permanent commitments to the lay consecrated order and 13 men have become priests. In highly secularized Quebec, it’s a sign of a new spiritual springtime.

The WCR’s staff reporters Ramon Gonzalez and Chris Miller bring you up to date on local happenings as well. Three new Catholic schools are opening in Edmonton, a St. Albert Knights of Columbus council has achieved international recognition and an Edmonton woman is drawn to recall nearly-forgotten supernatural events from 1949.

All this and much more in the Aug. 30 WCR at www.wcr.ab.ca or in your mailbox.

Issue of July 26

The Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrimage is in full swing this week with more than 50,000 people from across Western Canada in attendance. Our reporter Ramon Gonzalez spent a day at the pilgrimage, interviewing pilgrims and illustrating the event with a variety of photos.

Also in this week’s paper is a report on the drive to have Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha canonized. If canonized, she would be the first North American aboriginal saint.

The WCR this week includes an update on construction at Newman Theological College and St. Joseph Seminary, a report on a vacation Bible school in Stony Plain - Spruce Grove, and an article on an icon-writing workshop at Living Waters College of the Arts. You will also be able to find out the name of this year’s winner of the Kevin Carr Leadership Award.

Read about it at www.wcr.ab.ca. This will be the last issue of the WCR until Aug. 30.