Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Annual Priests Assembly

From Monday to Thursday last week the priests of the Archdiocese came to Moose Jaw to spend a few days together to listen to Gerry Goebel. Jerry Goeble has worked with youth and young adults for over thirty years. Twenty of those have been spent with at-risk youth on the streets or in the juvenile court system. So Jerry had a vision of bringing the Gospel to people in the most difficult and challenging situations. As he shared this vision and how it can be brought about the priests saw many ways in which it could give energy to the Visioning renewal that the Archdiocese is entering upon and also many ways in which it could enliven our progress towards becoming a Stewardship Diocese composed of Stewardship parishes.

We listened and we worked and we discussed and shared our thoughts on what we were hearing

And we prayed together as the Presbyterium of the Diocese, the fraternity of the ordained priesthood that serves the People of God in the Archdiocese of Regina.

We have to say a special thank you to Fr. Lorne Crozon for organizing the Assembly this year and for seeing that everything ran so smoothly for us. He also organized a special Anniversary Banquet for me. This year is the fifth anniversary of my Ordination as Bishop. The anniversary actually falls on July 3rd. But that date sort of disappeared on me this year. I left Canada on July 2nd to fly to Australia for World Youth Day. The next morning I arrived in Australia and it was July 4th. So somewhere between Vancouver and Sydney my anniversary disappeared. It was very nice for me to be able to celebrate this special day with the priests of the diocese. I was also presented with a gift by Msgr Ken Miller: a Roughrider Jersey.....Number 17.....Bishop. Needless to say I was very moved.

We had wonderful music for our liturgies provided by some of our priests; and we drew together a bit more as one presbyterate formed of many men from many cultures and backgrounds. We continue to grow more into a comunity of deliberate charity and welcome...as Jerry Goebel might say.


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