Restoration

Restoration

October 2013

St. Joseph’s Throws a Party (50 Years of Love) — by Sandra Novecosky, Current Director of St. Joseph’s House. Our 50th anniversary celebration at St. Joseph’s House was like a family reunion because of moments like this: "I suffer so much, Sandra." Monica, (not her real name), called to...

In Thanksgiving — by Bishop Michael Mulhall. Bishop Michael Mulhall presided at the Mass of Thanksgiving at Canadian Martyrs in Combermere. This is his homily. It’s wonderful to mark, especially with Mass, the 50th anniversary of St. Joseph’s House with its history...

He Was a Humble Man — by Mark Schlingerman. Joseph Anthony Walker was 90 when he died. He thought he was going to be only 89 when his last birthday came up on May 17th, but we showed him that he was going to be...

The Culture of Encounter — by Pope Francis. Unfortunately, in many places, generally, in this economic humanism that prevails in the world, the culture of exclusion, of rejection, is spreading. There is no place for the elderly or for the unwanted child; there is...

Unless a Grain of Wheat Falls — by Jo-Anne Paquette. While I was thinking about this article today, I bumped into a young woman on the road, riding her bike. She stopped and we spoke, and as she was about to ride off she said, "I...

The Greatest Gift — by Fran Bush. The following interview excerpts give a glimpse into a love and friendship that is over fifty years old and still going strong. The story begins in the late 1950s, when a friend brought Fran Bush to the...

Joe’s Humble Love — by Bonnie Staib. I lived with Joe Walker both in Combermere and Edmonton and I learned a lot from him. Here are just three examples....

How It All Happened — by Posie Douthwright. I first came to St. Joseph’s House in 1973. I was very poor, living with my husband and 2-year-old daughter Becky in a semi-converted pig barn in the nearby hills. We had a romantic back-to-the land...

Times to Remember — Here are some memories from the 50th Anniversary Memory Night from staff who served in St. Joe’s....

Faith in the Messy Midst of Life — by Fr. David May. "Those who believe, see; they see with a light that illumines their entire journey, for it comes from the risen Christ, the morning star which never sets." [#1] "The light of faith is unique, since...

To a Mop — by Joe Walker. Oh, thin and lowly creature of God, which the Lord has given to us to use as an aid in restoring the whole world to Christ, may we treat you reverently and never abuse you in...

Hospitality of the Heart — by Catherine Doherty. Love has no limits. Christian love is allowing Christ to love through our own hearts. Without his loving us, none of us could love the way he wants us to. That means emptying ourselves from our...

To Leave is to Love — by Joe Walker. I would like to share with you a dream I had shortly after leaving Marian Centre Edmonton where I had served for nineteen years. It was such a vivid dream that I shall never forget it....

Four Months Later — by Martha Reilander. Every morning when I wake up and pull back the curtains by my bed, I look out the window and I’m cheered on by ‘the communion of saints’....

Combermere Diary (October 2013) — by Helen Porthouse. By autumn time, these summer events in Madonna House will have become memories for us, like the green leaves on the trees. Worldwide events, too. One worldwide event occurred on July 22nd, when Pope Francis landed...

Milestones (October 2013) — 50th Anniversary of Promises: Sherman Everson, Beverly Maciag. 25th Anniversary of Promises: Ralph Edelbrock, David Williams, Victoria Fausto, Janine Gobeil, Zoyla Grace, Patricia Lawton, Viva LeBlanc, Irene Sullivan. Assignments: Petra Muller, Combermere; Shaun Fowler, Regina; Fr. Murray Kuemper, Rome,...

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (October 2013) — As John Keats, the English poet, said in his poem, "To Autumn," this time of year is a season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. We enjoyed the summer God sent us, and we are grateful for any mild days in...

The Blue Door Theatre — by Carol Ann Gieske. "Mommy, are they real?" the three year-old excitedly whispered as he watched a small shivering man, huddling before the old Quebec heater, exclaiming how chilled he was. The little boy watched fascinated as a drama...

 

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