Mungu abariki Kenya! God bless Kenya!
Written by Deborah Rankin for VMO
Saturday, November 21st, 2015
Butcher: The word can mean your friendly neighborhood butcher who gives you the best cut of meat, or it can conjure up images of unspeakable horrors in a world gone mad, depending on the context. The Centaur Theatre Company's production of Butcher, written by Nicolas Billon and directed by Roy Surette, turns on exactly this kind of double meaning. For things are not always what they seem in this political thriller about ethnic strife and intergenerational violence, playing until Nov. 29th at the Centaur Theatre in Old Montreal.
Inspired by Greek drama, Butcher is a loose adaptation of the The Oresteia by Aeschylus. This is at once a modern morality play, exploring the fine line between justice and revenge, and a theatrical page-turner with killer plot twists. Tickets were in such high demand for the Quebec premiere of Butcher that there were 4 RSVP opening nights. The play debuted at the Alberta Theatre Projects in Calgary last year and there have been 5 more productions this year in Canada and the U.S., in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, and Chicago, with one in the works for Paris. But, this isn't surprising given the fact that the native Québecois Billon, whose plays have been produced in both official languages, won the 2013 Governor General's award for his triptych Fault Lines, establishing his reputation as one of Canada's finest playwrights.
December is just around the corner and for most people the first month of winter in the Northern Hemisphere signals the countdown to Christmas with all the hope (and stress!) typically involved in preparations for this holiest of holidays. However this year the advent of snow and cold weather may prove trifling problems compared to those anticipated by physicians who refuse to provide assisted-suicide and euthanasia come Dec. 10 when Quebec's right-to-die legislation comes into effect.
New accounting practices at the Vatican under the supervision of an independent Auditor General will make fraud and financial mismanagement a thing of the past according to Maltese banker and economist, Joseph F.X. Zahra, deputy coordinator of the recently created Council For the Economy.
Zahra is one of seven lay professionals named by the Pope to advise the eight cardinals in charge of the council established to overhaul the Vatican’s financial practices at the Institute for Religious Work, more commonly referred to as the Vatican Bank.
For the first time in 13 years, Holy Name of Jesus parish, in Laval, has a new pastor. In its 50-year history, Fr. Joy Abraham Kulanjiyil, of the Order of the Carmelites, will be only the third man to shepherd Holy Name’s flock.
On the Solemnity of All Saints, Bishop Thomas Dowd, auxiliary bishop of Montréal, presided over the installation mass of Holy Name’s newest leader, to the acclaim of parishioners and visitors alike. A busload of Fr. Abraham’s former parishioners, along with five other Carmelite priests from Mississauga and Niagara, came down to Laval to show support for their former associate pastor of 12 years.
A memorial mass for “Smiling” Jack O’Brien, the charismatic Jesuit priest who founded Canada’s first university communications study program at Loyola College in 1965, will be celebrated at Loyola Chapel at 10:30 Saturday, November 28.
Under O’Brien’s dynamic leadership the program he developed was incorporated into Concordia University 12 years later when Loyola merged with Sir George Williams and the university became the first in the country to offer graduate diploma and joint PhD communication studies programs.
Father O’Brien was 91 when he died in Pickering, Ont. on Saturday, Nov. 7.
Mungu abariki Kenya! God bless Kenya!