Diocesan Voices

is a column featuring contributors from throughout our diocese.
This column appears regularly in the Cape Breton Post.


Will our Faith have Children?
by Debbie Aker, Diocesan Catechetical Consultant

Published Oct. 13, 2017

The Catholic home becomes the agent of faith

We tend to look at this question from the perspective of the child — will our children have faith? Theologian Walter Bruggermann switches the emphasis to faith — will our faith have children?

When we walk into our churches on Saturday evening or Sunday morning, we see the gift of faith bestowed mainly on our seniors, some middle-agers, a sprinkling of youth, if any, and a few children.


That gift of faith cherished by our seniors was nurtured and supported first and foremost in their families. In their day, the “Catholic Culture” saw the church and their faith connected in one way or another to everything that they did and nothing was more important than the mentoring role their parents provided.

Now the Catholic Culture has been replaced by a secular culture that seeks to banish all religions from the public space — making our families the only place where faith is passed on assisted by the church.

Read the full article here.


Women Helping Women
by Cecile Miller, member of St. Patrick's Council, Catholic Women's League of Canada

Published Sept. 30, 2017

Are you a Catholic woman 21 years or older or do you know of any Catholic woman who would be interested in developing leadership skills?

Do you believe that women should occupy more senior management positions in Canada?

Do you know that there is a new foundation committed to not only helping women develop their leadership skills but also to helping provide a network of women to support the acceptance of women in important leadership roles?

The Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation has been established because of the vision of the Sisters of Service and The Catholic Women’s League of Canada (CWL).  In 2012, the Sisters of Service invited the CWL to match a $500,000 donation with the money to be used for the development of leadership skills in Catholic women. The CWL accepted the donation, matched it, and began the groundwork for the creation of the Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation.

Read the full article here.

Programs will be funded by the foundation to give Catholic women the skills needed to make a difference in whatever sphere of life they find themselves. These skills will be in leadership, management, media and communication.

In the fall of 2017, the board of the foundation will be accepting applications for the program. Application forms will be on the website October 1, 2017. In May 2018, 14 women will be chosen for the first year.

For more information and/or an application form or to subscribe to the newsletter, visit cwlfcanada.ca.