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Strathcona County Christians ‘share what draws us together in Christ’

“We get a flavour of how other people pray,” said Sandmaier. “If we didn’t have a venue like this, would we get together?”

Alberta filmmaker aims to bring suicide & mental health issues out of the shadows

“Sadly, feelings of hopelessness and that suicide is an option is something that I see daily in my practice,” said Dr. Peter Silverstone, a University of Alberta psychiatrist who participated in the film.

Newman Theological College grads come from varied backgrounds & faith journeys

“We want to make sure that it’s not a secret,” said college president Jason West, “that it becomes better known and that there’s more opportunities for people to encounter the college in different ways at stages that are suitable for where they’re at, both in their faith journey and also in the practical time that they have available for deepening their understanding of faith.”

Election brings new faces to Catholic school boards

“It looks like a brand new board basically so that will be interesting, and I have a lot of hope,” said political scientist Rev. Terry Kersch, president of St. Joseph’s College.

Trustee candidate Suchy seeks to restore confidence in beloved Catholic schools

“...I think what qualifies me is I’m at the ground level. I’m a parent, my friends are parents, and we do not have a voice,” said Suchy. “I want to be that voice.”

Pelech cites board experience and need for cohesion in run for ECS trustee seat

“For me it was very frustrating to watch what was going on with the past board,” said Pelech, a trustee from 2007 to 2010, who is running again in Ward 77 in southeast Edmonton.

Young philosopher Johnson wants to bring passion for Catholic education to ECS board

“I think Catholic education is such a beautiful thing because it provides an education with the understanding that we’re not just brains but we are human beings who have minds but who also have souls and bodies. So it kind of speaks to all of the aspects of our humanity.”

Local priest's stole may become relic of a martyr

It’s a simple stole, given as a gift and kept for years in the rectory of an Edmonton church, but it has a story rich in detail.

St. Albert trustee candidate Cecelia promises strong voice, strong faith, strong advocacy

“A strong voice and strong faith committed to the Church and its mission is what is needed today. In education, choices are better than no choices. Competition between boards is to the benefit of students in promoting programs that attract students.” 

Trustee candidate Arcilla wants ECS board to model respect, integrity and dignity

During his term as trustee for Ward 74 from 2007 to 2010, one of Arcilla’s major accomplishments was moving a motion to have chapels in all newly constructed and some renovated schools.