Recent News and Events - 2017

Pope Francis Addresses the Young People of Canada

Oct232017

Pope Francis Addresses the Young People of Canada

Pope Francis addresses the youth in Canada during Salt and Light's Youth Forum.


University Chaplaincies Come Together for a Marian Pilgrimage

Oct232017

University Chaplaincies Come Together for a Marian Pilgrimage

On Wednesday, October 18th, students from the University of Guelph, McMaster University, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo, embarked upon a Marian Pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate in Guelph.


Bishop Crosby Awarded a Mission Legacy Award at St. Joseph's Villa

Oct222017

Bishop Crosby Awarded a Mission Legacy Award at St. Joseph's Villa

On October 12th St. Joseph's Villa hosted it's Annual Sisters of St. Joseph of Hamilton Mission Legacy Awards.Bishop Crosby himself received an award at the event. Since his appointment to the Diocese in 2010, he has been a strong supporter of the Villa, the Sisters of St. Joseph's and The St. Joseph's Health System.  


Bishop Crosby's Heart to Heart

Oct202017

Bishop Crosby's Heart to Heart

Bethany House, a new retreat house in Hamilton, was blessed yesterday. Built by the Saint Elizabeth Home Society under the direction of Sister Maria Szucs, S.S.J.C., the house is situated at 384 Rymal Road, and is ready to welcome individuals who desire quiet time for reflection and prayer.


11 Young People From the Diocese of Hamilton on Salt and Light This Sunday!

Oct202017

11 Young People From the Diocese of Hamilton on Salt and Light This Sunday!

This Sunday, Salt and Light Television will be airing it's first National Youth Forum which will include 11 young people from the Diocese of Hamilton!


Over 125 years later St. Joseph's Healthcare continues it's legacy of Compassionate Care

Oct062017

Over 125 years later St. Joseph's Healthcare continues it's legacy of Compassionate Care

On Tuesday, October 3rd, St. Joseph's Hospital hosted it's 2017 Sisters of St. Joseph's Mission Legacy Awards.


September 23rd: The First Diocesan Held Symposium for Families

Oct052017

September 23rd: The First Diocesan Held Symposium for Families

On September 23rd 2017 the Diocese of Hamilton hosted it's first Symposium for Families.


The 10th Annual Diocesan Celebration</br> of Catholic Education

Sep282017

The 10th Annual Diocesan Celebration
of Catholic Education

On Thursday, September 21st staff, students and board members from the school boards across our Diocese came together to celebrate Catholic Education.


Sep202017

"A Community of People" come together for Sacred Heart Parish in Fort Simpson, NT

A church in a small community is rebuilt from the ground up with the support of the larger Catholic community.


Chancery Staff Gather to Start our New Pastoral Year

Sep112017

Chancery Staff Gather to Start our New Pastoral Year

On Tuesday September 5th, Chancery staff gathered for a photo as we start our new Pastoral year. Brunch followed on Thursday morning to celebrate the end of the summer and the new year to come!


Diocese of Hamilton Student Awards: Recap

Sep112017

Diocese of Hamilton Student Awards: Recap

Did you miss the students featured on our website as this year's Diocese of Hamilton Award recipients?


The Pope's Prayer Intentions for September: Parishes

Sep012017

The Pope's Prayer Intentions for September: Parishes

"That our parishes, animated by a missionary spirit may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen"


Setting the Record Straight on Catholic Schools

Aug282017

Setting the Record Straight on Catholic Schools

Patrick J. Daly, chair of the HWCDSB and president of OCSTA, addresses some recent concerns in the Hamilton Spectator, regarding the Catholic school system.


Diocese of Hamilton Student Awards: <br><em>Kevin Mukalel</em>

Aug252017

Diocese of Hamilton Student Awards:
Kevin Mukalel

Winners of the Diocese of Hamilton Student Awards


Aug212017

"When I was Ill You Visited Me" - New Sculpture Reminds Us to See Christ in Those Suffering

On Thursday, August 17th, Bishop Crosby blessed a new sculpture unveiled by the St. Joseph's Healthcare Foundation. The new piece of artwork can be found just outside the main doors at the Charlton campus.


Diocese of Hamilton Student Awards: <br><em>Isabella Dennison</em>

Aug182017

Diocese of Hamilton Student Awards:
Isabella Dennison

The Winners of the Diocese of Hamilton Student Awards


Diocese of Hamilton Student Awards: <br><em> Lianna Genovese</em>

Aug122017

Diocese of Hamilton Student Awards:
Lianna Genovese

Winners of the 2017 Diocese of Hamilton Student Awards


Symposium on Family

Aug112017

Symposium on Family

Family matters and we want to know your needs. Whether you are presently married, single, grandparents, parenting, or a young person in a family, we want to hear from you.


Bishop Crosby's CCCB letter concerning the Canadian mining industry in Latin America

Aug112017

Bishop Crosby's CCCB letter concerning the Canadian mining industry in Latin America

His Excellency, Bishop Crosby has written the following letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, concerning Canadian mining operations in Latin America and their detrimental effects on the natural environment and local populations, including Indigenous peoples.


Job Opportunity: Family Services Counsellor, Catholic Cemeteries

Aug102017

Job Opportunity: Family Services Counsellor, Catholic Cemeteries

The Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Hamilton is hiring a family services counsellor


The Pope's Prayer Intentions for August: Artists

Aug082017

The Pope's Prayer Intentions for August: Artists

That artists of our time, through their creativity, may help us discover the beauty of creation.


The First Diocesan Tri-Chaplaincy Leadership Summit

Aug082017

The First Diocesan Tri-Chaplaincy Leadership Summit

The Newman Centre Guelph hosted the first Diocesan tri-chaplaincy Leadership Summit the weekend of August 4th to 6th.


In Memoriam: Reverend Edward (Ted) Hughes

Aug042017

In Memoriam: Reverend Edward (Ted) Hughes

We regret to inform you that Reverend Edward (Ted) Hughes, died early this morning, Friday, August 4, 2017.


Kickstart 30 Has Begun!

Aug012017

Kickstart 30 Has Begun!

Kickstart 30 - a month long online sharing of wisdom, prayer, and conversation for all who minister to youth.


Vacation Bible School in the Diocese of Hamilton

Jul312017

Vacation Bible School in the Diocese of Hamilton

Vacation Bible School or VBS has been taking place at more and more Catholic parishes around the diocese every summer. Programs run for one week and include songs, bible stories, stories of saints and more!


Diocese of Hamilton Student Awards: <br><em>Rachel Hannusch</em>

Jul312017

Diocese of Hamilton Student Awards:
Rachel Hannusch

Winners of the 2017 Diocese of Hamilton Student Awards


Diocese of Hamilton Student Awards: <br><em>Jessica D'Souza</em>

Jul172017

Diocese of Hamilton Student Awards:
Jessica D'Souza

Winner of the Diocese of Hamilton Student Awards


Diocese of Hamilton Student Awards: <br><em>Nicole Dragus</em>

Jul172017

Diocese of Hamilton Student Awards:
Nicole Dragus

Winners of the Diocese of Hamilton Student Awards


Diocese of Hamilton Student Awards:  Dominique Sousa

Jul122017

Diocese of Hamilton Student Awards: Dominique Sousa

Winners of the Diocese of Hamilton Student Awards


The Blessing of the Cross at the top of the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King

Jul122017

The Blessing of the Cross at the top of the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King

Finishing touches were made today on the cross cladding and the masonry work at the top of the tower at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King. This significant step in the restoration of the Church was marked by blessing the cross.


Job Posting: Accountant (Entry-Level)

Jul112017

Job Posting: Accountant (Entry-Level)

The Diocese of Hamilton Catholic Cemeteries is hiring an entry-level accountant.


CCCB Statement On the Passage of Bill C-16 Regarding Gender Identity and Gender Expression

Jul102017

CCCB Statement On the Passage of Bill C-16 Regarding Gender Identity and Gender Expression

Bishop Crosby's statement on the passage of Bill C-16, on behalf of the Canadian Catholic Conference of Bishops.


Diocese of Hamilton Student Awards: <br><em>Danny McKee and Karen Van Staveren</em>

Jul052017

Diocese of Hamilton Student Awards:
Danny McKee and Karen Van Staveren

Winners of the Diocese of Hamilton Student Awards


Bishop Crosby's Letter to Foreign Affairs Minister

Jul052017

Bishop Crosby's Letter to Foreign Affairs Minister

On June 29th, Bishop Crosby wrote a letter to Foreign Affairs Minister, The Honourable Chrystia Freeland in regards to her June 6th speech to the House of Commons on Foreign Affairs.


Summer Hours at the Diocese of Hamilton

Jul042017

Summer Hours at the Diocese of Hamilton

Please see the updated 2017 summer hours for the offices at the Diocese of Hamilton.


Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for July: Lapsed Christians

Jul042017

Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for July: Lapsed Christians

Lapsed Christians: That our brothers and sisters who have strayed from the faith, through our prayer and witness to the Gospel, may rediscover the merciful closeness of the Lord and the beauty of the Christian life


The 2017 Wedding Anniversary Mass

Jul042017

The 2017 Wedding Anniversary Mass

On Sunday, June 25th, 457 couples attended the annual Wedding Anniversary Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King. The mass included a renewal of vows for couples celebrating significant anniversaries.


The Ordination of Deacons: Grayson Hope, Tim Theriault, and Christopher Tracey

Jun282017

The Ordination of Deacons: Grayson Hope, Tim Theriault, and Christopher Tracey

On Friday, June 23rd, Bishop Crosby ordained the newest additions to the diaconate: Grayson Hope, Tim Theriault and Christopher Tracey.


 The Congregation of the Resurrection and New Superior General, in audience with Pope Francis

Jun262017

The Congregation of the Resurrection and New Superior General, in audience with Pope Francis

On June 11th, the 33rd General Chapter for the Congregation of the Resurrection, began in Rome, Italy. On June 24th, Father Paul Voisin, CR, and the Brothers were granted a special audience with Pope Francis.


Highlights from the Reception of Wisdom and Historical Books.

Jun152017

Highlights from the Reception of Wisdom and Historical Books.

On Sunday, June 11th, the Diocese of Hamilton received two more volumes of the Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition. Historical Books (volume 2) and Wisdom Books (volume 3) were received during a beautiful celebration of word and hymns.


Mass for the Ordination of Deacons

Jun122017

Mass for the Ordination of Deacons

Join us Friday, June 23rd at 7pm for the ordination of Grayson Hope, Christopher Tracey and Tim Theriault who will serve as deacons during this transitional stage on their path to the priesthood.


The Saint John's Bible:<br/> Arrival of Historical Books and Wisdom Books

Jun082017

The Saint John's Bible:
Arrival of Historical Books and Wisdom Books

Join us June 11th for the arrival of Historical Books (volume 2) and Wisdom Books (volume 3) of The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition by the Diocese of Hamilton.


URGENT APPEAL: Famine Relief Fund

Jun082017

URGENT APPEAL: Famine Relief Fund

PRAY - GIVE - SPEAK OUT An Interfaith Appeal from Canada’s Faith Communities for South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen. Donate before June 30th for donations to be matched by the federal government.


In Memoriam: Reverend Phil Sherlock

Jun052017

In Memoriam: Reverend Phil Sherlock

We regret to inform you that Reverend Philip Sherlock, died on Friday, June 2, 2017. Read more for funeral and visitation information


Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for June: Eliminate Arms Trade

Jun052017

Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for June: Eliminate Arms Trade

For the month of June, Pope Francis calls us to pray that national leaders around the world take a firm stand and end arms trading.


The Consecration of Canada to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Jun022017

The Consecration of Canada to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Bishops of Canada are invited to consecrate the country to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary as part of the celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of Confederation.


Synod on Young People and Vocational Discernment

May182017

Synod on Young People and Vocational Discernment

“The Church has decided to examine herself on how she can lead young people to recognize and accept the call to the fullness of life and love, and to ask young people to help her in identifying the most effective ways to announce the Good News today.”


Ordination to the Priesthood: Fathers Avila, Campbell, D'Souza and Jamroz

May162017

Ordination to the Priesthood: Fathers Avila, Campbell, D'Souza and Jamroz

Highlights from the Ordination of Fr. David Avila, Fr. Ross Campbell, Fr. Kevin D'Souza and Fr. Pawel Jamroz


Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for May: <br> Christians in Africa

May052017

Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for May:
Christians in Africa

In the month of May, Pope Francis asks that our prayer intentions be for: Christians in Africa: That Christians in Africa, in imitation of the Merciful Jesus, may give prophetic witness to reconciliation, justice and peace.


Bishop Crosby in Rome: Updates from the Visita Ad Limina Apostolorum

Apr262017

Bishop Crosby in Rome: Updates from the Visita Ad Limina Apostolorum

Bishop Crosby, Bishop Tonnos, Bishop Ustrzycki and the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario are currently in Rome for their Ad limina visit. Check back here regularly for updates on their visit!


Catholic Education Week: </br> Walking Forward Together - Behind the Scenes

Apr252017

Catholic Education Week:
Walking Forward Together - Behind the Scenes

Catholic Education week begins on April 30th. This year's theme is Walking Forward Together. Check out Bishop Crosby's video message and some behind the scenes photos and footage!


Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide

Apr212017

Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide

The Diocese of Hamilton released a pamphlet with information regarding Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide. This pamphlet helps to understand the stance of the Catholic Church and answer any questions.


Bishop Crosby's Message on the Occasion of the 150th Anniversary of Confederation

Apr182017

Bishop Crosby's Message on the Occasion of the 150th Anniversary of Confederation

Every year, when we celebrate Canada Day, we rejoice in our nation’s achievements, both past and present, and look expectantly to the future with hope. This year, in particular, as we mark the sesquicentennial of Confederation


Bishop Crosby's Statement on Canada’s Opioid Crisis and Drug Addiction

Apr182017

Bishop Crosby's Statement on Canada’s Opioid Crisis and Drug Addiction

It has become increasingly clear in recent years that Canada is facing a serious substance abuse crisis. Although this problem has existed in various forms for some time, the recent deaths ...


The Pope's Prayer Intentions For April: Young People

Apr132017

The Pope's Prayer Intentions For April: Young People

Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for the month of April is for "Young People". We pray "that young people may respond generously to their vocation..."


The 2017 Chrism Mass

Apr132017

The 2017 Chrism Mass

On Monday, April 10th, Bishop Crosby led the celebration of the Chrism Mass


2017 Clergy Appointments

Apr112017

2017 Clergy Appointments

The Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, OMI, Bishop of Hamilton, announces the following clergy appointments, effective Wednesday, June 28, 2017.


Holy Week at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King

Apr102017

Holy Week at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King

A list of Masses and Celebrations at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King during Holy Week.


The Development and Peace Solidarity Quilt visits the Diocese of Hamilton

Apr052017

The Development and Peace Solidarity Quilt visits the Diocese of Hamilton

Throughout the Lenten season this year, Development and Peace has been working on an initiative called The Solidarity Quilt. This quilt is a project and pilgrimage to celebrate Development and Peace's 50th Anniversary.


Bishop Crosby's 2017 Easter Message

Mar312017

Bishop Crosby's 2017 Easter Message

At the Easter Vigil, we celebrate the light of Christ which we carry, filled with hope, into a world of darkness and uncertainty. In the shadow of the Sainte-Foy massacre this past February, with tensions escalating between nuclear powers and refugees on the move, the invocation of hope seems premature to some and dangerously naïve to others.


Insects in the Bible at the RBG

Mar292017

Insects in the Bible at the RBG

6 Volumes of the Saint John's Bible were on display on March 11 at the Royal Botanical Gardens. The event was put together by the Diocese of Hamilton in partnership with St. Jerome's University and the Royal Botanical Gardens.


2017 Rite of Election Highlights

Mar222017

2017 Rite of Election Highlights

On Sunday, March 5th, the first Sunday of Lent, the Rite of Election was celebrated at two locations within our Diocese.


Bishop Crosby: Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau on Money for Reproductive Rights

Mar152017

Bishop Crosby: Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau on Money for Reproductive Rights

Bishop Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., in his capacity as President of the CCCB, has written a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau concerning the recent decision by the Government of Canada to provide $650 million toward “sexual and reproductive health and rights”. Bishop Crosby states in his letter that the policy and vision of the government are in conflict ...


Saint Mary's New Altar

Mar152017

Saint Mary's New Altar

On February 16th 2017, the new Altar of Sacrifice in St. Mary’s Church ─Paroquia de Santa Maria, Hamilton was dedicated by the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I.


Office Closure: Tuesday, March 14th

Mar142017

Office Closure: Tuesday, March 14th

Due to inclement weather the offices at the Diocese of Hamilton will be closed


Appointment of Bishop Daniel Miehm, Bishop of Peterborough

Mar102017

Appointment of Bishop Daniel Miehm, Bishop of Peterborough

Today His Excellency, Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, announced that His Holiness, Pope Francis, has appointed Most Reverend Daniel J. Miehm, as Bishop of the Diocese of Peterborough. He will be installed as the 13th Bishop of the Diocese of Peterborough on April 19, 2017.


Insects in the Bible

Mar062017

Insects in the Bible

Saturday, March 11th, at the RBG, Sabrina Hall, outlines some of the insects featured in The Saint John's Bible and their importance while Fr. Michael Patella, OSB, explores the story line of the flora and fauna and the role they play in the Historical Books of The Saint John's Bible.


The Reception of The Saint John's Bible Letters and Revelation with Cardinal Collins

Mar062017

The Reception of The Saint John's Bible Letters and Revelation with Cardinal Collins

On Sunday, February 26th, Cardinal Collins joined the Diocese of Hamilton in the reception of the 3rd Volume to join our Saint John's Bible Collection: Letters and Revelation.


Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for March

Mar022017

Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for March

Pope Francis has requested that for the month of March our prayer intentions are for "Support for Persecuted Christians: That persecuted Christians may be supported by the prayers and material help of the whole Church."


Conscience Rights for Doctors in Ontario

Mar022017

Conscience Rights for Doctors in Ontario

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of ON requires physicians to make an “effective referral” for assisted suicide and euthanasia. Many Catholic physicians and other caregivers are unable to do this in good conscience and are being forced to choose between their conscience and their careers.


The 2017 Culture of Life Leadership Conference

Feb272017

The 2017 Culture of Life Leadership Conference

On Thursday, Feb. 16, more than 200 students from high schools throughout the Hamilton Diocese gathered at the Nicholas Mancini Centre in Hamilton for the Culture of Life Leadership Conference.


Living Wage Effort

Feb212017

Living Wage Effort

On February 13th, 2017 Bishops Crosby and Bird wrote an opinion editorial for the Hamilton Spectator about the moral responsibility of providing a living wage. This was the result of the 2016 social audit where no improvement has been found for those living in poverty in the City of Hamilton.


February 11: World Day of the Sick

Feb062017

February 11: World Day of the Sick

February 11th is the World Day of the Sick. It is a day we are encouraged to pray for the sick and suffering along with those who work hard to ease the pain of the sick.


Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for February: Welcome the Needy

Feb022017

Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for February: Welcome the Needy

Pope Francis has requested that for the Month of February we "Welcome the Needy" and remember them in our prayers.


A Statement Regarding the Attack Against the Islamic Community of Quebec from The Most Rev. Douglas Crosby

Jan312017

A Statement Regarding the Attack Against the Islamic Community of Quebec from The Most Rev. Douglas Crosby

Bishop Crosby addresses the attack carried out against the Centre culturel islamique de Québec on Sunday evening. As persons of faith, we pray earnestly for the souls of the victims and that consolation and peace be bestowed upon those who suffer their loss.


Embracing the Wisdom of Monks and Mystics

Jan242017

Embracing the Wisdom of Monks and Mystics

Tomorrow afternoon the Chancery Office is hosting the 3rd workshop in a six-part course called Embracing the Wisdom of Monks and Mystics. This course is facilitated by Sister Mary Heather MacKinnon SSND.D. Min, who has been guiding the group through the book Illuminating the Way.


World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Jan162017

World Day of Migrants and Refugees

On January 15th we recognized migrants and refugees in many places around the world. This day known as World Day of Migrants and Refugees, was instituted by Saint Pius X in 1914.


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Jan122017

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be celebrated around the world January 18 to 25, 2017, on the theme Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us (2 Corinthians 5:14-20).


2017 Multicultural Mass

Jan122017

2017 Multicultural Mass

Please join Bishop Crosby in celebrating our upcoming Multicultural Mass on January 15, 2017.


The 3rd Volume to Arrive of the Saint John's Bible: February 26th

Jan052017

The 3rd Volume to Arrive of the Saint John's Bible: February 26th

On February 26th, the diocese will receive the third volume to arrive - Volume 7: Letters and Revelation.


In Memoriam: Reverend Garfield (Gary) Palangio, C.R.

Jan032017

In Memoriam: Reverend Garfield (Gary) Palangio, C.R.

We regret to inform you that Reverend Garfield (Gary) Palangio, C.R., died on Thursday, December 29, 2016. Please pray that he may rest in the peace of Christ and that his family and Religious Community may be consoled in their faith in Christ.