Archdiocese of St. John's

Thursday, 22 May 2014

​Sincere Thanks - Archbishop's Dinner and Auction

Sincere thanks are extended to all who supported the annual 'Archbishop's Dinner and Auction' last night. To the organizers of the event, those who donated items for the silent and live auctions, dessert table and sponsored other events throughout the evening as well as to all those who came out to participate in the event I extend heartfelt thanks and appreciation to you for your kindness, generosity, support and charity. Your particpation in the Dinner and Auction helps the hospitalized, those in our seniors' homes, the vulnerable and those on the margins of our society be ministered to with compassion, care. and understanding in their time of need.

"Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." Matthew 25:40

Wednesday, 14 May 2014


On Monday, May 12, I celebrated two important milestones in my life – the 50th anniversary of my graduation from St. FX University and my 46th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood. My undergraduate studies at St. FX laid the foundation for further studies at Holy Heart Seminary in Halifax where I completed the prerequisites for my ordination to the priesthood. Today, I give thanks to God for guiding and directing my studies and for the many blessings I have been given over the past forty-six years as an ordained priest.

Mother’s Day Blessings

On Sunday, May 11, 2014 we celebrate ‘Mother’s Day’. I wish all mothers a very Happy and Blessed Mother’s Day. Mothers have the important duty to nurture, love and teach their children from infancy providing them with wisdom, faith, and guidance. I pray today as well for all mothers who are deceased. Let us recall their love, sacrifices, commitment and dedication in bringing up their children. For those who mourn the absence of their mothers today, may the many memories you have of your dear one bring you consolation and peace. Mary, the mother of Jesus, is known as the mother of all mothers. Mary was a common woman who possessed great holiness, piety and humbleness. “ Mary, mother of all mothers, pray for us.”

Mother’s Day Prayer

God our Creator, we pray:
for new mothers, coming to terms with new responsibility ;
for expectant mothers, wondering and waiting;
for those who are tired, stressed or depressed;
for those who struggle to balance the tasks of work and family;
for those who are unable to feed their children due to poverty;
for those whose children have physical, mental or emotional disabilities;
for those who have children they do not want;
for those who raise children on their own;
for those who have lost a child;
for those who care for the children of others;
for those whose children have left home;
and for those whose desire to be a mother has not been fulfilled.
Bless all mothers, that their love may be deep and tender,
and that they may lead their children to know and do what is good,
living not for themselves alone, but for God and for others.


St. Bonaventure’s Mother’s Day Mass

On Friday, May 9, 2014 I celebrated a Mother’s Day Mass with staff, students, mothers and friends of St. Bons at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist. This annual Mass is the school community’s way of bringing all together to pray for and honour all mothers. In my homily, I spoke to the students about the important role of mothers and the respect, love and attention they deserve. I also told s
tudents in attendance that more important than all the material gifts they can give their mothers this Mother’s Day, the best gift they can give, is to tell their mom that they love her. This brief message and all that it encompasses will bring abundant joy, hope and happiness to her.

Development and Peace Collections 

The Archdiocese of St. John’s donated to Development and Peace the following monies for 2013. Development and Peace (The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace) is the official international development organization of the Catholic Church in Canada and the Canadian member of Caritas Internationalis. These monies were raised through the generosity of parishioners in our various parishes as well as donations from the general public. I sincerely thank all those who made donations to help alleviate the plight of those who are poor and disadvantaged.
Share Lent - $51 924.09
Philippines Typhoon Relief - $176 261.99
Syria - $49, 707.97