543 - April 2014
February 26th, 2014 - March 28th, 2014

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Cardinal George has recurrence of cancer

Our Oblate Cardinal Francis GEORGE will undergo additional chemotherapy, according to an article he wrote for the archdiocesan newspaper, “The Catholic World.” More cancerous activity has been found once again near his right kidney.

The Cardinal underwent chemotherapy following a diagnosis of urothelial cancer in August 2012. The cancer was dormant for more than a year.

The new chemotherapy treatment will be of shorter duration but the drugs will be more aggressive than those used in 2012. The Cardinal hopes to maintain his normal schedule during the treatment.

Please pray for his recovery. His article can be found at: http://goo.gl/Ix3PYY.



Father Pigeon turns 100

On 7 March, the Notre Dame community got together to celebrate its most “venerable” elder, Father Leo-Paul PIGEON. For the occasion, the provincial Fr. Luc TARDIF presided at the Eucharist and, at the beginning of the celebration, gave him an apostolic blessing from Pope Francis.

During the banquet, Fr. Pigeon shared some reflections. First of all, he thanked the people at the house in Richelieu and the Oblates for the quality of the environment and the surrounding living conditions. He emphasized that we believe in a God who created the heaven and the earth, and this double creation delights him each day. He then spoke of the work he did on the property in making a very precise inventory of the kind of trees that grow there.

Fr. Gaston MORIN, in the name of the Oblates of the house, pointed out his love for life as an exceptional witness to one and all: he is an eloquent sign of the possibility offered to everyone to grow old joyfully and serenely. (INFO OMI, 15 March 2014)



20th Anniversary of Catholic Youth Studio

On 4 January, the Catholic Youth Studio celebrated its 20th anniversary. This was an occasion to give thanks to God for these past 20 years of evangelization through the media.

What added to the joy of the celebration were the many people linked in various ways to the Catholic Youth Studio, both friends, benefactors, clergy and most of all, volunteers and listeners. This made the evening a special time in which we were able to recall many of the great initiatives the Catholic Youth Studio had throughout the years. A commemorative video presentation that went through the 20 years of Catholic Youth Studio recalled the founding of the Radio with Fr. Marian GIL and later, the following directors Frs. Mieczyslaw BURDZY, Pawel RATAJCZAK and Marcin SERWIN.

The night began with thanks to God and to the many people who made KSM what it is today. Many representatives of the Polish-Canadian community and local authorities spoke about the meaning of KSM in the community and many words of thanks were given to the Radio as a way to recognize these past 20 years.

During the evening two very important awards were presented by the Provincial of the Assumption Province, the Crystal Madonna, which is one of the most prestigious honors given out by the Assumption Province to their collaborators. The recipients of the award were Ms. Kinga Fasciszewska, who has worked for the Catholic Youth Studio for all 20 years of its existence, and devoted countless efforts to what it is today. The second award was given to an institution which is greatly linked to the Oblates, as it was founded by the Province, namely, the St. Stanislaus – St. Casimir’s Polish Parishes Credit Union. They were and continue to be great benefactors of the media corporation as well as many other initiatives of the Oblates.

After the speeches and the dinner, there was a special concert by the legendary group, Skaldowie.

On the next day, there was not only a concert by Skaldowie for those who were not able to join us on Saturday evening, but the entire Catholic Youth Studio family gathered for a Mass of gratitude at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, celebrated by Fr. Marian Gil, the Provincial and founder of the Radio.

Lastly, a very important announcement was made during the festivities of the 20th anniversary: Catholic Youth Studio is becoming Catholic Family Radio, centered on serving the family in its integrity and with all of its needs. (Fr. Marcin Serwin in News & Views, March 2014)



Brother Andy -- Bishop Patrick

In homage to the countless Irish immigrants who helped build the United States, each year around the 17 March, the feast day of St. Patrick, “Apostle of Ireland,” there are parades in many cities and celebrations of Irish heritage. In some cities such as Chicago, they even dye the waters of the river green for the occasion. Seemingly everyone wants to be Irish at that time of the year.

In Belleville, Illinois, the Ancient Order of Hibernians have, for 12 years, been enlisting Oblate Brother Andrew “Andy” LAWLOR to march in the city parade in full episcopal regalia, impersonating Bishop St. Patrick. For his annual role as a bishop, he grows a short beard.

Born in Ireland in 1947, Brother Andy came to the United States in the 1970’s. For several years, he worked as a cook for the Oblate community in Washington, D.C. He eventually decided to join the Oblates and he professed his first vows in 1995. Since that time, he has worked primarily at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, in the hospitality ministries and with the liturgies.



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