The Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador serves the Catholic population Labrador and the western portion of the island of NL.
The motto of the Diocese is -- COR ET ANIMA UNA (in Latin), -- ONE HEART AND SOUL -- taken from the Acts of the Apostles 4:32.
The Diocese is a combination of 28 Parishes & Mission.
With 18 Parish Priests and 1 Director of Parish Life.
The Diocesan Bishop and Pastoral Leader is Bishop Bart Van Roijen
The Diocese is committed to giving witness to the Gospel Values expressed in its ministries & services.
It broadens its scope towards family apostolate to embrace a more inclusive approach, including married couples, single parents, children, young people, the elderly and vulnerable in our community.
On July 29th, the Bishops of Canada thanked Pope Francis for his historic “Pilgrimage of Penance” to Canada (See press release on the CCCB.ca website). In looking back on the time Pope Francis spent in Canada, and his reflections on what he saw and heard, I am struck by what he has understood in so short a period of time and the sincerity by which he addressed it.
I was also struck by his love for, and his commitment to, the First Peoples of this land. Beginning with the time he spent with them in Rome, his deep desire to come to Canada on a
pilgrimage of penance, and his willingness to be open to the encounter, once here,
allowing himself to be further moved by the experience.
It is true, this is only the beginning of our journey together. Just like a seed needs to be fed and nourished in order for it to grow, so, too, the words and gestures of Pope Francis will require further pastoral initiatives for God to affect the healing that is needed. Like Pope Francis,
we need to ask ourselves, “How am I committed to God’s work of healing and reconciliation when it comes to the long legacy of Residential Schools and the long-term effects
of colonization on the First Peoples of this land?”
Pope Francis’ Pilgrimage to Canada marks an important milestone in this process. It is with gratitude that I acknowledge his visit, and it is with joy that I thank the First Peoples of Canada for welcoming him, sharing their stories with him, and having the courage to address the pain they have experienced at the hands of those who ministered in the name of the Church.
-Bishop Bart Van Roijen-
There are many costs associated with the papal visit which are the direct responsibility of the Church, and we need your help to ensure the financial means that will further support this journey of our Holy Father in Canada towards healing and reconciliation with our Indigenous brothers and sisters.
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