November 20, 2018


The Clergy of the Archeparchy of Winnipeg joined priests from across southern Manitoba for a "Tri-Diocesan Clergy Day" held at the new parish centre of St. Peter's Roman Catholic Parish, Petrus Hall. The main purpose of the event was to allow Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB of Canada's Salt & Light media to present three sessions on Pope Francis' 2016 Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation 'Amoris Laetitia' on marriage and the family. The event was hosted by the Archdiocese of Winnipeg, but they invited the clergy of the Archeparchy and the Archdiocese of Saint-Boniface. Metropolitan Lawrence Huculak encouraged the clergy of the Archeparchy to attend the special seminar with him. Number of clergy, all from Winnipeg, were able to participate.

The Monsignor Enrique Samson and the parishioners of St. Peter's hosted the event. It was very enjoyable as the facilities and the hospitality was amazing. As for the conference aspect, surely every priest and deacon returned to his ministry more enlightened about the Church's present approach to marriage. It was an opportunity to reaffirm the Church's position on married life while better understanding Pope Francis' encouragement to reach out to and 'accompany' those struggling with fully living a married life according to the teaching of Christ and His Church. Fr. T. Rosica, who has given some 44 similar seminars on the same subject to other dioceses around North America, presented the material in a very engaging and sometimes entertaining manner. Fr. Rosica acknowledged that Pope Francis' Exhortation Amoris Laetitia has been received by people inside and outside the Church in many different ways. He is convinced, however, that those that are wary of the message of the document (or reject it outright) simply do not understand the overwhelmingly positive nature of the text. He encourages every priest to take time to read the whole document as he sees it as essential reading for every Catholic and especially for anyone who involved with pastoral care of married couples.

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