Column: MH Edmonton AB

This column contains articles related to the Madonna House field house in Edmonton, Alberta, called “Marian Centre.”

Meeting Christ in the Poor — by Janet Bourdet. One freezing cold day in winter, a man I had never seen before came into our soup kitchen and ate lunch. He was in a big coat, his beard was frozen, and he looked like he was... (January 18, 2016)

Encountering the Poor — by Chuck Sharp. I spent the first half of applicancy, my six-months’ time of formation in preparation for joining Madonna House, at Marian Centre Edmonton. That house was desperate for help at the time, so I got sent out to... (January 11, 2016)

Each of Us Is a Person — by Steve Héroux. A number of years ago, a friend of mine said that if Christ were not in me, it would not be worth his while loving me. What an interesting comment to offer a friend!... (January 03, 2014)

Beauty in a Soup Kitchen — by Kay O’Shea. Marian Centre has been in Edmonton since 1955. We came at the invitation of Archbishop MacDonald. In his mandate for Marian Centre, he asked us to: relieve the sufferings of the poor and to alleviate the... (December 16, 2013)

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.... (October 22, 2013)

Soup Kitchen School — by Gerard Lesage. It all started with Nicholas (not his real name). Nicholas is an aboriginal man who comes to our soup kitchen fairly regularly, and he and I have become friends. Nicholas is very tall and handsome, and... (January 18, 2012)

My First Year in Edmonton — by David Guzman. It has been just over a year since I arrived in Edmonton. Although I have resisted and have failed in previous attempts to put down in words my "first impressions," I shall nevertheless forge onward, under... (January 16, 2012)

My Hospital Stay — by Jude Fischer. Someone here once said that when you get sick—even if it’s for a very short time—it’s a change in your work assignment. The following is a sort of newsletter from one of the staff who was unexpectedly... (October 14, 2011)

Tips from a Hair Stylist — by Gérard Lesage. Before I joined Madonna House, I was a hair stylist, and as such, I once attended a talk by a psychologist. He started by telling a story about a client he once had. At one session,... (August 02, 2011)

Multiplication of the Hot Dogs — by Miriam Stulberg. On February 14, the day Madonna House celebrates the foundation of Harlem Friendship House, not to mention St. Valentine’s Day—most of us were either in bed with food poisoning from a tainted donation, recovering, or about to... (July 19, 2011)

Notes From Near and Far: Marian Centre Edmonton — by Réjeanne George. Our relationship with the Ukrainian Catholics is growing. Bishop David Motiuk, the Ukrainian Bishop of the Edmonton Eparchy, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at Marian Centre, and thanks to his open-handed welcome, several of us attended the Ukrainian... (January 18, 2011)

An Encounter With Christ — by Adam Rieger, working guest, age 21. We are called to treat every human being on this earth as our dearly beloved brother or sister. Even more than that, we are called to see Christ in him and treat him... (October 18, 2010)

Who is Poor? — by Patrick Stewart. To be on the staff of Marian Centre, you don’t have to be smart, strong, emotionally together, or physically healthy. You just have to be willing to give what you’ve got, love and forgive your brothers and... (September 16, 2009)

A Pot of Stew — by Tom Kluger. When I arrived in Edmonton on April 1, yes, April Fool’s Day, I was told I was going to be the new stew cook for the soup kitchen. This was no joke.... (March 31, 2009)

An Exhibit With a Difference — by Miriam Stulberg. Creativity glorifying the Creator, beauty expanding the human spirit, God-given talent given over to His service, and the fruit of lives consecrated to Him in love—such was the vision of Catherine Doherty. It was incarnated last November... (March 11, 2009)

The Key to Madonna House Spirituality — by Cheryl Ann Smith. There I was, a brand new staff worker, standing on the threshold of Madonna House with my two suitcases, ready to take the train to my first assignment—Marian Centre Edmonton. Jean Fox, my director general, gave... (March 04, 2009)

A Place Where Your Family Can Live — by Miriam Stulberg. Miriam, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, was transferred from Combermere to Marian Centre not long ago. I am so grateful for the vision and attention that make Marian Centre Edmonton an ideal house for staff who have... (February 24, 2009)

Men Who Stay the Course — by Patrick Stewart. Last August, Michael Fagan, one of the staff of Marian Centre, traveled to Combermere to celebrate with his classmates his fiftieth anniversary as a member of Madonna House. Mike is a gem of a man. Living at... (January 19, 2009)

The Hope of the Poor — by Lasha Morningstar, for Western Catholic Reporter. From time to time, a newspaper or magazine publishes something about one of our houses. This article, which appeared in Edmonton’s diocesan newspaper, sheds light on a hidden facet of the life of... (April 16, 2008)

The Joys of Being Unworthy — by Tom Kluger. I had an experience of the mercy and love of the Lord one sleepy Monday morning. I discovered that even when I thought he was being tough with me, he was in fact being his kindest.... (March 28, 2007)

Through the Chapel Window — by Michael Fagan. You may have seen a line-up for a soup kitchen, but you probably didn’t see it in quite the way Michael did. It is my assignment and privilege to spend an hour in the chapel each day... (June 15, 2006)

Notes From Near and Far: Edmonton, Alberta — by Arthur Connick, Marian Centre Edmonton. Fr. Tom Rowland and I are new arrivals in this house, and one thing I would say about it is that this is a busy house. Some days I feel like I am being... (February 20, 2006)

You Never Know — by Michael Fagan. When I was at Marian Centre, I once knew a young man who had drunk everything there is to drink by the time he was sixteen. His attitude towards himself and everyone else was cynical and outright... (October 28, 2005)

Notes from Near and Far: Edmonton, Alberta — by Gloria Lawton, Marian Centre Edmonton. It seems that God wants young people to touch and be touched by our house here, for we have had an increase of young adults coming to help in the soup kitchen or to... (October 14, 2005)

The Prostitute — by a former layman of MH. Many years ago, when I was a young staff worker at Marian Centre, I was once protected from serious harm in a most unexpected way. It was midwinter at a time when violence, which... (October 13, 2005)

The Cat and the Boy — by Patrick Stewart, current director of Marian Centre Edmonton. Please, before reading ahead, enter the heart of the child within you. We all are children to some degree, or else, Scripture tells us, we’re not going to make it to... (October 12, 2005)

Three Poor Men — by Michael Fagan, a former director of Marian Centre Edmonton. These stories are essentially true. I put them in my own words as I remember them. They were told to me by real people, men I met and listened to... (October 11, 2005)

Marian Centre Edmonton — On May 31, 2005, Marian Centre Edmonton, our second field house, celebrated its 50th anniversary. Situated in the heart of a large western Canadian city, this house has been known mainly for its service to the poorest of the city... (October 10, 2005)

Notes from Near and Far: Edmonton, Alberta — by Jude Fischer, Marian Centre Edmonton. Greetings from Edmonton, the city which recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. Our newly renovated Churchill Square reopened for the occasion with day-long entertainment culminating in a wonderful fireworks display. All weekend various city-run attractions... (January 01, 2005)

Notes from Near and Far: Edmonton, Alberta — by Jude Fischer, Marian Centre Edmonton. Greetings from Edmonton, the city which recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. Our newly renovated Churchill Square reopened for the occasion with day-long entertainment culminating in a wonderful fireworks display. All weekend various city-run attractions... (January 01, 2005)


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