A Message from Bishop Fabbro about Residential Schools and Relations with Canada's Indigenous People
July 2, 2021
Please see a new message from Bishop Fabbro at this link (PDF).
For future reference, all diocese statements, CCCB statements and other resources are posted on this webpage: https://dol.ca/indigenous-peoples.
Act of Entrustment and Novena for St. Joseph's Intercession for the Welfare of Canada
Dear Brothers in Christ,
The Canadian Catholic Conference of Bishops, in solidarity with the Holy Father's proclamation of a "Year of Saint Joseph", has invited us to celebrate an Act of Entrustment to Saint Joseph on Thursday, 1 July 2021 (Canada Day).
The Act of Entrustment is preceded by a Novena imploring St. Joseph's intercession for the welfare of the entire country, for the many needs of society, and to pray in particular for those who have died due to COVID-19. The Novena will begin on Tuesday, 22 June and end on Wednesday, 30 June.
Bishop Fabbro and I invite you to join the faithful across our country in praying the Novena in your parishes, and on July 1, celebrate an Act of Entrustment to St. Joseph. I will be celebrating the Mass followed by the Act of Entrustment to St. Joseph at St. Peter's Cathedral Basilica on 30 June at 12:00 p.m., which will be live-streamed across the diocese for those parishioners who cannot attend Mass due to the current government restrictions. The link for this live-stream will be made available at a later date.
Additional information can be found on the CCCB website here.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
Fraternally yours in Christ,
Most Rev. Joseph Dabrowski, C.S.M.A.
Bishop Fabbro's Statement on the Tragic Discovery at the Former Kamloops Residential School
May 31, 2021
I am shocked and profoundly saddened by the horrifying discovery of the remains of at least 215 children at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation.
When the operation of residential schools was delegated by the federal government to several Christian faith-based groups, there were many failures in fulfilling Christ's mission of bringing the good news of the kingdom of God and helping the oppressed, including failures of the Catholic Church.
The presence of the graves of these innocent ones sheds light on a clear failure of those responsible in not embracing the Gospel values of love, mercy, justice and compassion, and for forgetting their commitment to respect the dignity of all people. These lost innocent ones are another reason why we must continue to learn from these failings and work with Indigenous communities towards the healing called for by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Yesterday, a memorial was placed at St. Peter's Cathedral Basilica in London as part of a nation-wide commemoration of the lost children. I visited the memorial today to pray, asking God to bring comfort to the families of the deceased and all survivors of the residential school system. We will continue to pray for the families of these children and survivors and commit ourselves to playing a constructive role in the journey towards healing and reconciliation.
Most Rev. Ronald P. Fabbro, CSB
Bishop of London