The Legacy of Blessed John Paul II: A Challenge for the Church

The beatification of Pope John Paul II on Divine Mercy Sunday is a source of great joy for the whole Church. It is also a challenge, namely, do we continue to promote his teaching and wisdom, or do we simply admire his charisma and holiness?

Please join the Communio Circle of the Diocese of Hamilton on Saturday, May 21st from 9:00am to 2:30pm at St. Mary’s Church, Kitchener (56 Duke Street West) as we present a series of talks focusing on key themes from his life and teaching:

A Personal Testimony: Fr. George Nowak, St. Mary’s, Kitchener

Youth and Vocations: Fr. Jason Kuntz, Holy Rosary, Milton

Moral Teaching and the Total Gift of Self: Ania Krysciak, Catholic Chaplain, WLU/UG

Social Teaching and Solidarity: Fr. Mark Morley, St. Ann’s, Ancaster

Redemptor Hominis His First Encyclical: John Redmond, Seminarian, Diocese of Hamilton

Fides et Ratio Thinking with Pope John Paul: Deacon Charles Fernandes, St. John the Evangelist, Dundalk

Fr. Ed Henhoeffer, St. John the Baptist, Guelph, will be our facilitator. For more information, e-mail Fr. Mark Morley at or call Dn. Charles Fernandes at 519.923.0454.

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One Response to The Legacy of Blessed John Paul II: A Challenge for the Church

  1. Father Jason says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to participate in this event. It was a pleasure to listen to the other speakers.

    I did find that the nature of the talks and the format of the day were not always in sync. This format has worked well when discussing a single work that most of the participants have read – ie. our meeting on De Lubac’s Catholicism. However, when dealing with a legacy as large as Blessed John Paul II’s, I think the number of topics within these time constraints were impractical.

    Perhaps when dealing with such a broad topic we may wish to have less talks with longer time allowances – allowing our guests to participate in discussion. Or to have a more ruthless moderator to keep presenters within limits……

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