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Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 7:30.p.m.

The Covenant between Humanity and the Environment - Educating Future Generations
presented by: Bishop William McGrattan


Presentation Description:

In Ladato Si, Pope Francis talks about the kinds of education that can help people grow in “solidarity, responsibility and compassionate care.” Education in environmental responsibility encourages ways of acting which directly affect the world around us. The practice of living simply transforms our lives, our spirituality and it will change the world. The faith and vision within Catholic Education that is guided by trustees must support this path of communal goodness through ecological education and a deep spirituality which inspires the faithful care of creation.

Speaker Profile:
A native of London, Ontario, Bishop William T. McGrattan was ordained to the priesthood on May 2, 1987.
His Excellency received his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Western Ontario, followed by a Master of Divinity from St. Peter’s Seminary in London. After three years of service at St. Joseph’s Parish in Chatham following his ordination, Bishop McGrattan continued his studies in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he received a Licentiate in Fundamental Moral Theology in 1992. He served on the faculty of St. Peter’s Seminary in London as an associate professor, vice-rector and dean of theology, and was appointed as rector of the seminary in 1997.
In 2009, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI appointed Bishop McGrattan as Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto and
Titular Bishop of Furnos Minor. He was ordained to the episcopate on January 12, 2010. Bishop McGrattan’s episcopal motto, “Habe Fiduciam in Domino” (Trust in the Lord) is taken from Proverbs 3:5, which reads Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own insight.”
He was appointed 12th bishop of the Diocese of Peterborough, Ontario on April 8, 2014. On January 4, 2017, Bishop McGrattan was appointed by Pope Francis to succeed Bishop Frederick Henry as the 8th bishop of the Diocese of Calgary. He was installed on February 27, 2017.




Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 9:00 a.m.

Walking in Our Moccasins
presented by: Archbishop Emeritus Sylvain Lavoie

LavoiePresentation Description:

This presentation will explore the inter-relationship of Indigenous culture and spirituality with Catholic education, addressing issues such as the role of the Church in supporting Indigenous Catholic education, and the human struggle for indigenous people related to faith. Mining decades of ministry among the Indigenous peoples, topics such as the richness of inter-cultural experience, the world view of the sacred, worship without walls, comparative spiritualities and lessons learned from that experience, will be discussed.

 Speaker Profile:

Sylvain Lavoie, Archbishop emeritus of the Archdiocese of Keewatin-La Pas, is a missionary Oblate who has spent over 35 years ministering among the Indigenous peoples of north and central Saskatchewan. An important part of that ministry was introducing movements such as Search weekends for youth, Christopher Leadership course and Marriage Encounter to the north, as well as forming KRT, an archdiocesan renewal team with a married couple. He is the author of four books: Drumming From Within on Indigenous ministry; Together We Heal on healing sexual abuse through the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, Walk A New Path on addictions awareness, and Still Green and Growing, to be published in the spring of 2019. Archbishop Sylvain now ministers as chaplain and spiritual director at the Star of the North Retreat Centre in St. Albert, Alberta. He has given talks, retreats and workshops on Christian leadership, addictions awareness, human development, Indigenous ministry, spirituality, forgiveness, grieving and the 12 Step program for over 40 years. He has chaired various committees for both the Oblates and the Western bishops, and is presently chair of the local Oblate JPIC committee as well as the planning board for St. Dismas House of transition for former inmates.


Friday, May 31, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. 

I Lift Up My Eyes to the Mountains – the Transcendent God and Catholic Education
presented by:  Fr. Stefano Penna


Presentation Description:

Transcendence: Catholic Education as “the still more excellent way” (1 Corinthians)
Standing in the glories of the Canmore it is almost impossible not to look up and have one’s breath taken away. They summon us to put down our cell phones, books, and schedules and look higher. Catholic Education is just such a summons in a grindingly pedestrian world where technology seems to place our experience at the centre of the universe. Too easily we compromise to remain comfortable. Pope Benedict challenged the young: “You are not made to be comfortable, you are made for greatness!” This call to be “Inspired by a Supernatural Vision” actually is the first mark of Catholic Education according to Archbishop J.M. Miller. Fr. Penna’s keynote will invite us to lift our eyes and hearts to contemplate the Vision of God – for it is the Vision for which we exist.

Speaker Profile:

A priest of the Diocese of Saskatoon Canada since 1986 - 32 blessed years! – Fr. Stephen Penna is deeply happy to be back in the “holy land” of Saskatchewan. His ministry as an educator, always rooted in parochial life, now is shaped by being the Rector of St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral in the heart of Saskatoon. His dedication to serving Catholic Education continues as he is engaged by Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools in the formation of teachers and administrators and as chaplain to the CCSTA. His ministry and teaching are all informed by having served as Dean of Theology, Vice-President, and director of the Benedict XVI Institute for the New Evangelization at Newman Theological College in Edmonton Alberta. His work with all levels of Catholic Educational institutions on critical issues arising from engaging contemporary culture has led him to travel extensively across North America as lecturer, workshop facilitator, consultant, retreat master, mission preacher and animator of Catholic educational communities. He has graduate degrees from The Toronto School of Theology, the Gregorian University in Rome and Yale University. His particular loves are his nephews and nieces (ten), grand-nephews (four), gardening, and pasta. His greatest joy? Serving the Eucharistic Lord as Priest.

Follow him on Twitter @frspenna