Archdiocese of St. John's

Thursday, 20 February 2014

A Reflection with Sr. Nuala Kenny
I am honoured to welcome back to St. John’s, Sr. Nuala Kenny, a member of the Winter Commission and a renowned expert in the field of child care and child protection.

Newfoundland knows all too well the wounds caused by the sexual abuse of children and youth by Roman Catholic clergy first and foremost to victim-survivors but also to clergy and the whole Church. Twenty five years after the establishment of the Special Archdiocesan Commission of Enquiry into the Sexual Abuse of Children by Members of the Clergy, much has been done, but healing remains elusive.

These sessions are intended first, to recognize the landmark contribution of the St John’s Commission in identifying the importance of the underlying systemic and cultural issues of power, education, sexuality, support of priests, management approach, and avoidance of scandal in shaping the Church leadership response to both individual cases and to the now global crisis.

Then we will reflect together on progress in preventive policies and practice and review what is known now about these underlying factors from extensive research, public inquiries and court cases for insights into why healing has been slow and painful.

Finally, we will identify some new hope for healing in the words and witness of Pope Francis.

Please register for these sessions in order that we may know how to prepare for lunch.

Please register in advance by calling or e-mailing MaryLou Sweetapple at 726-3660 or

When? Friday, March 21, 7-9 p.m. and Saturday, March 22, 9 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where? Corpus Christi Parish Complex, Waterford Bridge Road, St. John’s
Cost? No cost, and lunch on Saturday will be provided. Please register in advance.

100th Anniversary of World War 1
The years 2014-2018 and beyond mark the one hundredth anniversary of World War I, “the war to end all wars.” Many of us are aware and still proud of the importance and value of the contributions made by Newfoundlanders who served in the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, The Royal Naval Reserve (Newfoundland), The Mercantile Marine, the Newfoundland Forestry Corps, the Royal Flying Corps and other allied fighting units, the Volunteer Aid Detachments, the nursing sisters and, on the home front, the Newfoundland Patriotic Association, which included the mothers of “our boys,” who rolled bandages, picked and packaged moss for First Aid, knitted socks and mufflers and wrote so many supportive and loving letters. 

Many Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are not as aware of the role played by Lt. Col. (Padre) Thomas Nangle, Chaplain to the Forces, who served with dedication and distinction as chaplain to the Royal Newfoundland Regiment. After the war, Lt. Col. Nangle served as Newfoundland’s representative on the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission. As Director of War Graves Registration and Enquiries and Battle Exploit Memorials, he supervised the identification of the remains of as many Newfoundlanders as possible, and their re-interment in the beautiful military cemeteries which now mark the “Trail of the Caribou” in Europe. Indeed, that very “Trail of the Caribou,” and in a very special way the Beaumont Hamel Park, was Padre Nangle’s idea. He was also instrumental in the completion of the Newfoundland National War Memorial on Water Street in St. John’s. 

The people of the Roman Catholic Church in Newfoundland and Labrador have a story to tell. The Basilica Museum Committee will organize and present an exhibit that will allow us to tell that story. We will house this exhibit in the Basilica Museum, next-door to the Basilica of St. John the Baptist in St. John’s. For the next five years and beyond, we will tell the story of the brave Newfoundlanders from harbours, bights, coves and towns who served in World War I. And we will tell that story through the lens of one of “ours,” Lt. Col. (Padre) Thomas Nangle, C.F., who was a priest of the Archdiocese, and served at St. Patrick’s, Bell Island and St. Thomas of Villanova. He was known as “the heart and soul of the Regiment.” To do this, we need your help. If you or your family has letters, pictures, artifacts, memorabilia of the Catholic Cadet Corps, or other material that you would be willing to lend to us during this centenary commemoration, we would be honoured to receive these. We will treasure your material, be good stewards of it, catalogue it and make it a part of our re-telling this wonderful and inspiring story. We will return your property to you when we have finished displaying it. 

Father Nangle dedicated his life, in the years immediately following the Great War, to honouring the memory of his fallen and living brothers and sisters in arms. He would be the last to glorify war. He saw too much of its traumatic effect. In mounting this exhibit, we wish not to glorify war, but to honour the memory of veterans and their families. They are “ours,” these daughters and sons. “Ours” deserve to be remembered. In re-telling their stories, they continue to live, and we are once again enriched. 

If you have material that you would be willing to lend to this project, please contact the archives of the Archdiocese of St. John’s. Rene Estrada, our Archivist, will be happy to talk with you and discuss how best to treasure and exhibit your material. Rene’s e-mail is, and his phone number is 709-726-3660 (ext. 223). 
This is “our” story. We tell it with pride and gratitude. I thank you in advance for any contribution that you can make to this project. 


Here at the Archdiocese, we have been undertaking a three-session
exploration into the heart of the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, which instructs and encourages Christians to proclaim the Gospel in the modern world.

The first two sessions were on January 18 and February
15. The final session will be on Saturday, March 15, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon in the Mullock Episcopal Library at the Pastoral Centre. Further study sessions of this document are planned for the near future. Please check our Archdiocesan website for details.

For 20 years, the Gathering Place has provided a caring and nurturing environment with services that include a noon meal program serving up to 150 guests each day (20,535 meals in 2012), a Monday breakfast program, a clothing supply boutique and social activities. Through community partnerships, professional services in health care, housing and social work are provided. The Gathering Place needs your support. At the liturgies on February 15, 16, 2014,the people of the Archdiocese of St. John’s took part in a special collection in support of this important ministry, and site of outreach, support and community-building. Feel free to return your contribution to your parish this coming weekend as well ~ February 22 - 23. To learn more, visit Thank you for your support!

CELEBRATING DIVERSITY On Saturday, March 1st 2014, at Pius X Parish Hall (Elizabeth Ave, St. John's) I will be attending a Multicultural colourful show of music and dance @ 2.30 pm followed by Multicultural Holy Mass @ 4.45 pm in the Church. This event is to support the life and faith of Multicultural Christians living in St. John's, as well as Christians coming from war-torn countries. You are most welcome to contribute as well as participate. No registration fee; refreshments will be given. For more information please contact, Fr. Vargees Devas, (MCCA Multicultural Canadian Christian Association) Phone: 689-9647.