The Year of Consecrated Life began on the first Sunday of Advent, November 30th, 2014 and will continue until the Annual World Day of Consecrated Life, February 2, 2016. This year provides an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the unique role and importance that consecrated life has in the Church.


As part of its observation of the Year of Consecrated Life, the CCCB is featuring on its website the lives and spirituality of a number of Canadian saints and blesseds. The latest of those to be featured  is Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher, whose feast day is October 6.

Green Spirit Television, a division of Roman Catholic Television, has produced a series of 12 videos with study guides entitled Cultivating and Caring for Creation. This project was completed with the support of Bishop Donald Bolen, Chair of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. This series of videos, intended as background for those involved in eco justice, is especially timely with the publication in 2015 of Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment. The entire series, with study guides, may be viewed at

The Diocese has recently received a grant from the Ex Corde Foundation, a foundation focused on helping parishes, organizations and communities to prosper.  This grant is greatly appreciated and will be very helpful to the diocese in covering missionary ministry expenses.

On October 1 the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux. St. Therese is one of two patron saints  of the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador. She was the patron saint of the former Diocese of Labrador and, upon the amalgamation of that Diocese and the former Diocese of St. George's, it was decided that she would become the principle patron saint of the newly created Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador. This decision was based in large part upon the great devotion to the Little Flower shown by parishioners of both former Dioceses.

Sisters of Mercy

Catherine McAuley , the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1778. Her father died when she was five. After her mother died in 1798, she lived with relatives until she moved in with the Callaghans, an elderly couple whom she cared for until their deaths. With the inheritance she received from them, she founded the House of Mercy on Baggott Street, Dublin, in 1827 to provide shelter for homeless servant girls and women, education for poor children and visitation of the sick poor in their homes and in hospitals. This House of Mercy opened its doors on September 24, the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy. Four years later, in 1831, Catherine founded the Sisters of Mercy to continue these works of mercy. She died ten years later, in November 1841. Today Sisters of Mercy, with their associates and co-workers, minister throughout the world wherever need calls and their resources permit.  The history of the Sisters of Mercy in Newfoundland dates to 1842, when three Sisters arrived in Newfoundland in response to an invitation by Bishop Michael Anthony Fleming.  This was the first community of Sisters of Mercy in the New World. There are five Sisters of Mercy who continue to live their mission of mercy and justice in the Diocese of Newfoundland and Labrador – Sister Sylvia Doyle, Sister Rona O’Gorman, Sister Mona Rumboldt, Sister Lorraine Power and Sister Esther Dalton.

Late last week in India, Mrs. Maria Soosai, the mother of Father Tony Soosai, died suddenly.  I ask that you please join with me in praying for the repose of her soul and in praying for the grace of God’s consolation for Father Tony and his family.

Our resource centre is finally open for business! The contents of the former Catholic Resource Centre housed in Labrador City have been merged with the Diocesan Resource Centre in Corner Brook.  All videos and print materials have been cataloged.  The Table of Contents lists the categories and the particular titles are listed in The Library document.


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Earlier this week, former Bishop of the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador, the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., now Bishop of Hamilton,Ontario was elected  as the next President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil, as its next Vice President. The incoming Executive also includes two Co-Treasurers: from the French Sector, for a first term, the Most Reverend Luc Cyr, Archbishop of Sherbrooke, and from the English Sector, for his second term, the Most Reverend Anthony Mancini, Archbishop of Halifax-Yarmouth.

Born in Marathon, Ontario, Bishop Crosby was ordained to the priesthood in 1975 as a member of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. He served as CCCB General Secretary from 1996 to 1997, before being appointed Bishop of the then Diocese of Labrador City-Schefferville in 1998. In 2007, he was named Bishop of the newly established Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador, and became Bishop of Hamilton in 2010. Bishop Crosby has been CCCB Vice President since 2013.

Every three years since 1994, families from all over the world are invited by the Holy Father to attend the global gathering, the World Meeting of Families.  At the conference, families share their thoughts, dialogue and prayers, working together to grow as individuals and family units.

Through the generosity of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Corner Brook couple, Wayne and Amelia Dicks of Sacred Heart Parish will be attending the World Meeting of Families Congress in Philadelphia, PA, USA from September 25-27.


Wayne and Amelia Dicks were both born in Corner Brook, NL.  Wayne is the youngest in a family of two boys and two girls; Amelia is the second oldest in a family of sixteen.  They have been married for 36 years and have 4 children and 2 grandchildren. Both are actively engaged in parish ministry at Sacred Heart and with the local Catholic prayer group.

Please join in praying for Wayne and Amelia and all who will be attending the Congress with the official prayer

The Year of Consecrated Life began on the first Sunday of Advent, November 30th, 2014 and will continue until the Annual World Day of Consecrated Life, February 2, 2016. This year provides an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the unique role and importance that consecrated life has in the Church.

The Ad Hoc Committee on the Year of Consecrated Life has released a Prayer for our Sisters and Brothers in Consecrated Life, approved by the Permanent Council of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Canadian Religious Conference.

The prayer in its entirety is found on the next page. Please join in praying for those in consecrated life in our Diocese and around the world.

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