Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Edmonton Auxiliary Gregory Bittman named Bishop of Nelson Mgr Bittman Evêque de Nelson

It was announced today in Rome that Pope Francis has appointed the Most Reverend Gregory Bittman, currently Auxiliary Bishop of Edmonton (Alberta), as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Nelson (British Columbia),


Aujourd'hui on a annoncé que Sa Sainteté le pape François a nommé Mgr Gregory Bittman, actuellement évêque auxiliaire d’Edmonton (Alberta) comme nouvel évêque du diocèse de Nelson.(Colombie-Brittanique). 


From the Edmonton archdiocesan website:

Gregory J. Bittman was born on March 5, 1961, in Edmonton, the eldest of three boys. He attended St. Edmund School and St. Joseph High School before earning a diploma in nursing from the Misericordia Hospital School of Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Alberta. He worked as a nurse for several years before entering the seminary to study for the priesthood.

In 1991, he obtained a Master’s of Divinity Degree from Christ the King Seminary in Mission, B.C., and in 2009, he obtained a Licentiate in Canon Law from the Catholic University of America. He was ordained to the priesthood on August 15, 1996, at St. Joseph’s Basilica by Archbishop Joseph MacNeil.

He began his priestly ministry as Associate Pastor of Holy Family Parish in St. Albert and Administrator of Sacred Heart Parish, Gibbons (1996-97), then was appointed Pastor of Our Lady of the Prairies Parish in Daysland (1997-99), Christ-King Parish in Stettler (1999-2000), and the parishes of St. Agnes and St. Anthony, Edmonton (2000-01).

Father Bittman is a pianist, amateur organist and avid runner. He holds a black belt in karate and enjoys scuba diving. He is known for his work as an apprentice home renovator as well as being a doting uncle to 10 nieces and nephews.

Father Bittman was appointed Chancellor of the Archdiocese in 2000 and was named as Judicial Vicar in 2009. He is an ex officio member of the College of Consultors, the Presbyteral Council, the Clergy Personnel Committee, the Project Review Board and the Finance Committee in the Archdiocese of Edmonton. He has also served as Spiritual Director to seminarians over the last few years.

Father Bittman was appointed the first Auxiliary Bishop of Edmonton by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI on July 14, 2012. He was ordained to the episcopate on September 2012, the Feast of St. Gregory the Great, at St. Joseph's Basilica.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Reverend Reginal MacNeil dies at 95, in this his 70th year as a priest

Father Reginald Mac Neil died on January 31, 2018 at the age of 95 years.  Born in Glace Bay, N.S., on March 24, 1922, he was the son of late Michael J. Mac Neil and Mary Margaret O'Keefe.

Surviving is his sister, Mrs. Patricia Maria Gallant (David). He is also survived by Colette Lemoine, who cared for him during his retirement years. Two brothers, Rev Bernard J. Mac Neil of Sydney, N.S. and James O'Keefe Mac Neil of Dorval, Qc predeceased him. Also surviving are eight nieces and nephews, twelve grandnieces and nephews and four great- grandnephews.

A graduate of St Ann's High School, Glace Bay High School and St. Francis Xavier University, after studies at the Holy Heart Seminary in Halifax he was ordained as a Catholic priest on May 23, 1948.

The first nine years of his ministry were in Nova-Scotia at Holy Redeemer Parish in Sydney, followed by short terms at Boisdale, New Glasgow and West Bay.

In 1957, Father MacNeil enlisted as a Catholic Chaplain in the Royal Canadian Airforce and served in Goose Bay, Labrador; Comox, B.C.; Uplands, Ottawa; Winnipeg, Manitoba, as well as Zweibreüken and Lahr in Germany. He completed his military service at National Defense Headquarters in Ottawa and retired in 1980 with the rank of Colonel. In 1984 he was inducted into the St. Francis Xavier University Sports Hall of Fame.

Remaining in Ottawa after retirement from the military Father Reg served as Spiritual Director of the Ottawa Cursillo Movement for 25 years, assisted at Holy Cross Parish, was Chaplain at St Joseph's Junior High School and served at the Army Cadet Camp in Vernon, B.C. He also assisted at Our Lady of Fatima for 20 years and during his last years of ministry he served the seniors at The Westwood Living in Ottawa. He also continued studies at St. Paul University in Scripture and Theology, wrote a religion column for the Ottawa Citizen for eight years and also wrote for Novalis publications: Living with Christ, Homiletic Service as well as for the Cursillo NewsLetter during the same period.

The Mass of Christian Funeral took place this morning, Saturday February 10, at Our Lady of Fatima Church with Archbishop Prendergast presiding, many priests concelebrating and deacons, religious sisters and many lay people assisting. Father Harold MacNeil, who is also from Glace Bay gave the homily and Most Reverend Brian Dunn, Bishop of Antigonish presided at the burial at Hope Cemetery this afternoon.

Memorial donations to the Ottawa Cursillo Movement or to the Shepherds of Good Hope would be appreciated.

Requiescat in pace.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Décès : Animatrice générale Sœurs de la Charité d’Ottawa (1992-2004)

SOEUR CLAIRE MALETTE (Dominique-du-Rosaire) Sœur de la Charité d’Ottawa, est décédée à Ottawa, le 15 janvier 2018, à l’âge de 87 ans, dont 65 de profession religieuse.

Née à Buckingham, Québec, elle est la fille de feu Eugène Malette et de feu Marguerite Legault. Outre sa famille religieuse, elle laisse dans le deuil ses frères Raymond (feu Georgette Lefebvre), Gérald (Diane Caron), sa sœur Louise (Michael Hughes) ainsi que de nombreux neveux et nièces.

Elle fut prédécédée par sa sœur Alice (feu Robert Phillips) et son frère Laurent (feu Thérèse Gagnon).

Elle fut l’animatrice générale de la Congrégation des Sœurs de la Charité d’Ottawa de 1992 à 2004.

La dépouille reposera à la Maison mère, 27, rue Bruyère, Ottawa, le lundi 22 janvier 2018 à 12 h 30.

La messe des funérailles sera célébrée en la chapelle le même jour à 14 h 30.

Une offrande de messe ou un don à Procure des missions É.B., 27 rue Bruyère, Ottawa, ON, K1N 5C9, serait apprécié.
Requiescat in pace.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Father Alexis Frederick Kirsten served Jesuits as an Administrator

Father Alexis Kirsten, Jesuit priest, died on January 17, 2018 at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Ontario. He was 70 years of age and had been in the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits for 47 years.

Alex was born on June 5, 1947 in Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa, son of Alexander Edward Kirsten and Lilian Kathleen Veret. He studied Zoology at the University of Guelph and later Theology at Regis College in Toronto.

Ordained a priest on June 2, 1979 by Cardinal Carter, Father Kirsten held a variety of administrative positions across Canada: President of St. Paul's High School in Winnipeg; Director of Martyr's Shrine in Midland, Ontario; Jesuit Treasurer and Director of the Rene Goupil Centre in Pickering, Ontario.

He will be missed by family, friends and his Jesuit companions.

There will be a Visitation on Sunday evening, January 21, 2018 from 7-9 p.m. at St. Ignatius Chapel, Manresa-Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre, 2325 Liverpool Road North, Pickering, ON. A wake service will be held at 8 p.m.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Ignatius Chapel Manresa-Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre.

Interment to be held at the Jesuit Cemetery, Guelph, Ontario at 2:30 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Jesuit Development Office, 43 Queen's Park Crescent East, Toronto, ON M5S 2C3 would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Papal Blessing for Participants in Pilgrimage Relic St Francis Xavier

            The Apostolic Penitentiary, by the faculties most specially accorded to it by Francis, by divine providence Pope, our holy Father in Christ and Lord, to the Most Excellent Reverend Terrence Thomas Prendergast, S.J., Metropolitan Archbishop of Ottawa, gladly grants that  on a day chosen as convenient for the people, he may after the conclusion of  Holy Mass impart to all the Christian faithful who, motivated by true repentance and charity, have taken part in this celebration, a Papal Blessing together with a plenary Indulgence, to be gained under the usual conditions (Sacramental Confession, Holy Communion and Prayer for the Holy Father’s intentions).

Those faithful who have devoutly received a Papal Blessing even though reasonably prevented from being physically present at these sacred rites, as long as they have religiously followed those rites during their broadcast over the radio or on television, shall be able to receive a Plenary Indulgence, in accordance with the norms.
         Anything whatsoever to the contrary notwithstanding.
          Rome, at the Apostolic Penitentiary, 28 November 2017.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Plenary Indulgence for Pilgrimage Relic of St Francis Xavier 2017-18

Please see below the English translation of a Latin Decree from Cardinal Piacenza granting the possibility of obtaining a Plenary Indulgence to those participating in the Veneration of the Relic of St. Francis Xavier, including the elderly, the sick and those otherwise impeded from attending but who join themselves to the devotional exercises associated with the Pilgrimage in Canada.

        In order to foster the devotion of the faithful and the salvation of their souls, the Apostolic Penitentiary, by virtue of the faculties granted to it by Francis, by Divine Providence the Supreme Pontiff, having considered the recent request of the Most Reverend Terrence Thomas Prendergast, S.J., Metropolitan Archbishop of Ottawa, graciously grants from the Church’s treasure in heaven a Plenary Indulgence, to be gained by the faithful motivated by true repentance and charity, under the usual conditions (Sacramental Confession, Eucharistic Communion, and Prayer for the intentions of the Pope), which they may also by way of intercession apply to souls in purgatory, on condition that they have taken part in the religious exercises surrounding the Pilgrimage of the Relic of St Francis Xavier, which is to take place in Canada from 26 December 2017 to 4 February 2018 in large gatherings of the people, or if they have spent at least a reasonable time in prayerful contemplation before the relic of the Saint, ending with the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed and prayers to the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Francis Xavier.     
             The elderly, the sick, and any others who for a serious reason cannot leave their home, can likewise gain a Plenary Indulgence upon their detestation of their sins and with the intention of fulfilling, as soon as possible, the three usual conditions, provided they have taken part spiritually in these religious exercises, bringing their prayers and suffering or the difficulties of their life to God’s mercy.

              Accordingly, in order that this access to God’s pardon granted through the keys of the Church may out of pastoral concern be made easier, this Penitentiary earnestly asks that priests having faculties to hear confession should generously offer themselves to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

            Valid for this occasion only.  Anything whatsoever to the contrary notwithstanding. 

            Rome, at the Apostolic Penitentiary, 28 November 2017.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Redemptorist Named Bishop of MacKenzie-Fort Smith Mgr Hansen nouvel Évêque à Whitehorse

Today, His Holiness Pope Francis appointed the Reverend Father Jon Hansen, C.Ss.R., currently pastor of the Our Lady of Victory Parish in Inuvik, NT, as Bishop of Mackenzie-Fort Smith.

Ad multos annos!


Aujourd'hui, Sa Sainteté le pape François a nommé le Père Jon Hansen, C.Ss.R., présentement curé de la paroisse de Notre-Dame-de-la-Victoire à Inuvik (Territoires du Nord-Ouest), comme évêque de Mackenzie-Fort Smith.

 Félicitations, Excellence!