Off to the Canadian Bishops’ Plenary

IMG_20160926_102458My busiest time of year as a journalist is upon me, so blogging will be light probably until Thursday.

I’m off to the Canadian Catholic Conference of Catholic Bishops’ annual plenary gathering in Cornwall, Ontario.  That’s a picture of me from last year’s meeting.

The highlight of the gathering for me will be on Tuesday, on the Feast of the Canadian Martyrs, when the bishops of Canada, led by her three cardinals,  Cardinal Gerald Cyprien Lacroix, Cardinal Thomas Collins and Cardinal Marc Ouellet, will lead a prayer re-consecrating Canada to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 3:30 pm. at Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica.

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Many bishops also consecrated their dioceses to the Immaculate Heart on July 1, Canada’s 150th birthday.  Paul Lauzon took the photo above of Archbishop Terrence Prendergast making the consecration that day, before the pilgrim statue of Our Lady of the Cape.

Over the past year, covering all the events that led to this wonderful moment have been the exciting, encouraging and gratifying stories I worked on this past year. How can we falter, or fall prey to discouragement with sign after sign the Holy Spirit and His Spouse, the Blessed Mother, are active in Canada?

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has resources for the consecration here.

They also made up a prayer card for the occasion with the beautiful painting  “Notre-Dame du Canada” by the late Quebec artist Marius Dubois.  The painting will be in Notre Dame Cathedral for the consecration.

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The first consecration of Canada to the Immaculate Heart of Mary took place at the 1947 Marian Congress in Ottawa.  For more about that amazing event 70 years ago, go to CatholicinCanada.com

 

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