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Nota Bene Dec. 9, 2018

100 bishops, educators descend on Kamloops

By Agnieszka Ruck

Bishop Joseph Nguyen of Kamloops (left) with speakers at the Western Conference of Catholic Religious Educators conference: Leif Kehrwald, John Roberto, and Bishop Hector Vila of Whitehorse. (Photos courtesy of the Diocese of Kamloops).

More than 100 religious teachers, principals, and bishops gathered in Kamloops to talk about the joys and challenges facing Catholic schools in the west.

Koreen Hrizai, chairperson of the Western Conference of Catholic Religious Educators meeting said:

It was my privilege to see such warmth and mutual support within the Catholic schools’ personnel that I encountered over the weekend. Their commitment to faith and joy of being together is central to living as a Catholic community. A buzz of chatter ensued at breaks with enthusiasm to respond sincerely to families of the 21st Century. 

Several local priests, in between funerals and still leading parish life, participated as well. Listening to parish coordinators and volunteer catechists from Vernon, 100 Mile House, and all the way from Rural Saskatchewan and Manitoba and Yukon certainly shows that the Holy Spirit is moving throughout Western and Northern Canada!

The conference, the 50th annual, was themed "We Are Family: Where Faith Meets Life."

More than 100 people at the conference Nov. 15-18.
The executive team of the Western Conference of Catholic Religious Educators, along with Bishop Gregory Bittman of Nelson, Bishop Joseph Nguyen of Kamloops, and Bishop Hector Vila of Whitehorse.