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My parents gave me the name Patrick after St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.

Lift Jesus Higher rally turns 25


Seven years ago, David Patterson attended his first Lift Jesus Higher rally. It changed his life.

Speaking Out: Got a minute? Let’s use it wisely


There are 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour and 24 hours in a day. Are we using this time wisely?

Archdiocese of Toronto calls youth to authentic love


Matt Fradd is challenging hundreds of youth in the Archdiocese of Toronto to seek authentic love.

Speaking Out: Lent is a time to reflect and renew


Despite the fasting and the receiving of ashes ceremony that is common to every Catholic on Ash Wednesday, I have always found this day of solemnity to be a very personal experience.

Speaking Out: Feminine ‘genius’ is alive and well in the Church


Bigoted. Patriarchal. Sexist.

We’ve all heard the way some people talk about the Catholic Church — in our schools, at work, in the mainstream media or on the Internet. They say it’s an ancient institution, stuck in the past, left behind by modern progress in women’s rights.

Ottawa teen now inspires others to take faith in action


For Thomas Lindale, going on a mission trip to India with Free the Children (now WE Charity) was really about being God’s light in the world.

Look not with pride but with the love of God


The following is Jessica Nguyen’s winning essay for the 2017 Friars’ Student Writing Awards contest:

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, a reminder of yet another huge division in Christianity. 

Reconciliation: the love of Christ compels us


The following is Ruthann J. Lemonius’s second place essay for the 2017 Friars’ Student Writing Awards contest:

By Google’s definition, reconciliation is “the restoration of friendly relations.” But because of the topic, the second definition seemed more fitting: “the action of making one view or belief compatible with another.”

They will know we are Christians by our love


The following is Sabrina Quartarone’s third place essay for the 2017 Friars’ Student Writing Awards contest:

“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died”— 2 Corinthians 5:14. What does this verse mean and how does it relate to Christian reconciliation?

Youth volunteers energize Tijuana migrant shelters


When Fr. Michael Pace first arrived in Tijuana, Mexico, he couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed.