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Nota Bene July 11, 2018

Archbishop Miller addresses Indigenous wounds

By Bruce Li

Nisga elder Sybil Alexander gives blessing in her mother tongue, June 21. (Photo courtesy Holy Family Hospital)

VANCOUVER—On National Indigenous Peoples Day, Archbishop J. Michael Miller celebrated a Mass with staff, volunteers, residents, and patients at Holy Family Hospital. 

Archbishop Miller marked the day of the visit, June 21, as a day “we pledge to foster reconciliation in all the ways that are open to us.” 

Holy Family Hospital, founded 70 years ago by Sisters of Providence of Saint Vincent de Paul, is inspired by the healing ministry of Jesus Christ, and dedicated to meet the physical, spiritual, emotional, and social needs of patients. 

At the end of the Mass, Archbishop Miller met resident Sybil Alexander, who blessed him in the traditional language of the Nisga people.  

Archbishop Miller later toured the hospital with Christopher de Bono, VP of Mission, Ethics, Spirituality and Indigenous Wellness, and Jo-Ann Tait, Corporate Director of Seniors Care and Palliative Services. 

Archbishop Miller and the leadership team. (Photo courtesy Holy Family Hospital)