As with all Canadians we have been following the tragic discovery at the former Kamloops Residential School and we are keeping all those affected in prayer.
Bishop Crosby has written a Pastoral Letter to all members of the Diocese of Hamilton concerning this tragedy and steps the Diocese and other Catholic organizations are taking towards reconciliation. Click the picture below to read the Bishop’s letter, To Inform, To Encourage, To Heal.
Please see the statements below from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and from the Oblate of Mary Immaculate.
Bishop Crosby’s Heart to Heart
Each week Bishop Crosby publishes a newsletter to all parishioners in the Diocese of Hamilton. This week there were several sections in the newsletter we want to share with you:
THE CALL FOR THE CATHOLIC CHURCH TO “APOLOGIZE” for our involvement in government sponsored Indigenous Residential Schools is loud and clear. The apologies actually began 30 years ago, when the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate offered an apology at the annual Lac Ste. Anne (Alberta) pilgrimage – a long-time sacred pilgrimage site for thousands of Indigenous Peoples from North America. The Oblates were marking their 150th anniversary of presence and ministry in Canada, and chose to make the apology an important part of the anniversary year. You can read the apology here.
AND JUST YESTERDAY the CCCB announced a long-in-the planning initiative to send a delegation of Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers, residential school survivors, and young people to meet with Pope Francis in a “meaningful encounter of dialogue and healing”. The event will be a rich conversation between a diverse group of Indigenous peoples and the Pope. The pandemic and subsequent travel restrictions stalled the project; however as these restrictions ease, the delegation has resumed its planning for the visit. Read the statement here.