Tuesday July 25, 2017


  • A Rich Life of Giving: Liliane Stewart, philanthropist 1928-2014


    A funeral Mass was celebrated Tuesday for the billionaire tobacco heiress who gave over $100 million to Montreal causes but became a Canadian citizen only in her last years.

    Liliane M. Stewart died May 3 at age 85. She lived in Montreal for 47 years under American citizenship. She took Canada’s citizenship oath in 2006. A year later, she became an Officer of the Order of Canada. Her funeral was at Notre Dame Basilica.

  • Habemus Habs


    A colleague and good friend of mine is an intractable Leafs fan, meaning he is generally unaware that NHL hockey exists after the palest first quarter moon of April.

    As we grow older, we make increasingly wider allowances for the foibles of those we like. I am, therefore, tolerant of his affliction and say little about it beyond cutting teasing that gusts to remorseless taunting.

  • Harnessing prayer for deported family


    A Montreal parish has launched a last ditch effort to stave off the October 11 deportation of one of its families.

    St. John Brebeuf Parish will hold a prayer vigil on Sunday Oct 5 at 1:30 to draw attention to the plight of Hilary Fuh Cham, his wife Yvette, and their three children.

  • Heritage Lost


    Notre-Dame- de-la Paix in Verdun is being torn down this week to make way for a senior citizen’s residence and community centre. The church was put up for sale eight years ago when the French-language parish amalgamated with Notre-Dame-des-Sept Douleurs to become Notre Dame-de-la-Trinité.

    The last Mass was celebrated a year ago. Architectural elements of the handsome landmark building on La Salle Boulevard will be incorporated into the seniors’ centre.

  • Irish Walk to the Rock


    The St. Patrick’s parade isn’t the only time of year when Irish pride takes to Montreal streets.

    Each year, on the last Sunday in May, the Irish community walks one kilometer from St. Gabriel’s Church in Point St. Charles to the black rock near the St. Lawrence River. One of the oldest monuments in Montreal, the rock commemorates the city’s Irish Catholic identity.

  • Maisonneuve’s Mustard Seed


    Ceremonies to mark the 372nd anniversary of the founding of Montreal as a religious colony were held Sunday in Place d’Armes following Mass at Notre Dame de Basilica.

    Traditionally, the Mayor of Montreal places a wreath at the foot of the monument to the city’s founder, Paul de Chomedey, Sieur de Maisonneuve. This year, however, Mayor Denis Coderre was away on business. In his place Archbishop Christian Lepine and Frantz Benjamin, the speaker of council chambers at City Hall, did the honours.

  • Ministry with Life on the Line


    Reverend-Colonel Guy Chapdelaine, the former area chaplain for the Canadian Forces at Longue Pointe, celebrates the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on May 27.  Rev.-Col. Chapdelaine, who is now one of two directors of chaplain services attached to the Chaplain General’s office in Ottawa, often celebrates the English Mass at Bonsecours chapel in Old Montreal.  He is also familiar to parishioners at St. Leon de Westmount and at Notre Dame Basilica.

  • Mourani miffed by Mayor’s massage flipflop


    A prominent Catholic MP says she’s “shocked” by Mayor Denis Coderre’s apparent about face on his post-election promise to shut down erotic massage parlors.

    “The only way to fight against sexual exploitation is to eliminate these contemporary bordellos," says Maria Mourani, who is gaining national recognition for her leadership against human trafficking.

  • Saving an Endangered Church


    Montreal Archbishop Christian Lepine has approved funds that will help reclaim a shuttered city church from Heritage Canada’s Top 10 list of endangered historic sites.

    The parish of Saint-Nom-de-Jésus has also launched a $7 million campaign to restore the church – nicknamed the East End Cathedral -  so it can be re-opened in time for Mass this Christmas Eve.

  • The Irish Remembered


    Plans were announced Sunday for a $25 million park and interpretive centre that would tell the story of the famine Irish experience in Montreal in 1847.   

    Victor Boyle, the National President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, made the announcement during the annual Walk to the Stone on Bridge Street.

    The Montreal Irish Monument Park Foundation Program is to be one of four famine commemorative projects undertaken in Canada.  

Last Night at the Gayete


By Deborah Rankin

The Centaur Theatre's 2015-2016 season is drawing to a close with its final production of Last Night at the Gayety, a musical comedy by Bowser & Blue which runs until May 22nd.

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Paul Donovan walks the Camino Ignatiano

Follow former Loyola High School principal, Paul Donovan, as he walks the famous 700km Camino Ignatiano.



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