The following document is written to clarify the implementation of Chapter Eight of the recent Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (AL) in the Catholic Military Ordinariate of Canada. It is directed especially to the priests, deacons, and pastoral associates (lay ecclesial ministers) of the Ordinariate.
+ Most Reverend Scott C. McCaig, C.C.
Bishop of the Military Ordinariate of Canada
Juxta Crucem cum Maria
Padre Tombing, BGen Chapdelaine and Rev. McCaig on board HMCS Charlottetown
Last Dec 3rd-4th, Bishop Scott McCaig visited the community of Our Lady of Peace Chapel at CFB Trenton and preached an Advent Spiritual Retreat. It’s the first time that this kind of event in presence of the Bishop has happened in the Military Ordinariate. The theme of the retreat was: « Rediscover Jesus ». During Sunday Mass, Bishop McCaig baptized three children from the same family. The event was organised by Father Félix Roberge (FCC) and his team.
Read the homily delivered at Reverend McCaig's Episcopal ordination by clicking on that link:
Clink on the link for accessing the speech of the Chaplain General at the Intercultural Dialogue Institute of Ottawa
Bishop McCaig's visit at CFB Gagetown training area
Pictures of the 60th anniversary of the christian community of Ste-Jeanne-d'Arc's Chapel, at CFB Valcartier.
For some, this is a time of prayer.
For others, it is a time of quiet contemplation.
Whichever this time is for you, may we turn our thoughts together, now,
to why it is that we are gathered here.
May these words that I speak, help you, in your own way, to remember:
God, Creator of all,
As we stand here in this hallowed place of remembrance,
Our hearts bear the weight of grief and pain
caused by the wars we remember from years gone by,
and by those that still rage across our world today.
From coast to coast to coast we come, each of us from different backgrounds, beliefs and traditions,
yet joined together, we are as one in this shared time of remembrance.
We give thanks for the men and women of every generation
who have served this nation
at sea, on the land, and in the skies.
Their names are etched on our hearts,
On stone and bronze,
On faded plaques in schools and places of worship,
In wooden frames in town halls,
On monuments in quiet parks.
Today, we do not pass them by;
Today, we stop, we pause, and we remember them.
We bring to mind all those who bear the scars of war
in their bodies, in their minds, and in their souls.
We remember all those whose lives have been shattered
by what they have seen and done,
or by what they have witnessed, and felt helpless to prevent.
We grieve that for some,
They have felt no other option but to end their lives,
Rather than continue to struggle with the deep pain that they feel.
Give us eyes to see those among us who suffer still,
Create in us the willingness to support them in their struggle to find healing,
and the strength to reassure them in our words and our actions.
We pray for Her Majesty the Queen,
our Governor General and our Prime Minister,
our Chief Justice,
and for the Ministers of National Defence and Veteran’s Affairs.
We pray for the Chief of the Defence Staff,
and all others who serve in positions of authority,
that they may have the wisdom and the courage required
to give leadership in these challenging times.
God of mercy, God of peace,
We pray finally for ourselves:
that we may go from this place,
resolved to do all that we can
to follow the good example of those who have gone before us.
May we, in our own families and communities,
strive to practice reconciliation, understanding and peace each day.
May we continue to build a nation
where our differences are embraced as strengths,
where our workplaces are free from harassment and discrimination,
and where we are resolved to seek the wellbeing
of all peoples who make this land home,
as well as all those who have made this land both home and place of refuge.
Keep ever before us the dream of a world
in which war will become just a faded memory,
That the sacrifices we have remembered today
may not have been made in vain;
so that the extraordinary price paid in flesh and blood
may finally bring about that day
when all people of every nation might
enjoy the peace and freedom
that you wish for all creation.
This we pray, in your Holy Name.
Guy Chapdelaine CD, QHC
Chaplain General Canadian Armed Forces
Father Guy Chapdelaine, Chaplain General of the Canadian Armed Forces and originally from the Archdiocese of Sherbrooke, appeared on the television program, Église en sortie, with Francis Denis from seletlumieretv.org.
Bishop McCaig recently celebrated his first episcopal and first military baptisms! On 12 June, on the decks of HMCS MONTREAL, he welcomed Aubrey Leroux and Jackson Francis into the Catholic Church. Bishop McCaig enjoyed his experience and the sailors and families were delighted to have their bishop aboard. Padres Francesca Scorsone and Tim Parker were pleased to assist.
The ordination of the Most Reverend Scott McCaig, C.C., as Bishop of the Military Ordinariate of Canada has taken place on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., at Notre-Dame Cathedral-Basilica of Ottawa. The Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa, has presided as the principal ordaining Bishop, along with the Most Reverend Christian Riesbeck, C.C., Auxiliary Bishop of Ottawa, and the Most Reverend Donald J. Thériault, Bishop Emeritus of the Military Ordinariate of Canada, as co-consecrators. The Most Reverend Luigi Bonazzi, Apostolic Nuncio, was also present.
In accordance with Canon 401 2, His Holiness Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of our bishop the Most Reverend Donald J. Thériault as the Military Ordinary of Canada and has appointed today as his successor the Most Reverend Scott McCaig. At the time of his appointment, our Bishop-elect was the General Superior of the Companions of the Cross. Bishop Thériault has been the Military Ordinary for the past 18 years.
For further information on the election of Bishop-elect Scott McCaig, click here to read the CCCB's news release.
Other resources of introduction on Bishop-elect Scott McCaig can be found at the following links:
** this message is written bilingually **
With the beginning of Holy Week, we enter into the most profound and significant mystery of our faith, celebrating in our own communities Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem in order to accomplish the Father’s will to save humanity through his Passion, Death and Resurrection.
Je vous assure de ma solidarité dans le Seigneur et union de prière durant cette Semaine Sainte, espérant que votre expérience du Carême vous aura préparé et renouvelé pour accueillir toutes les grâces et de bénédiction de Pâques. Je vous garde donc dans ma pensé et dans ma prière en ce temps sacré, spécialement durant les célébrations liturgiques évoquantes et parlantes de la Semaine Sainte.
I also invite you to pray for me, for my successor and for all those who presently are discerning the will of God and the promptings of the Holy Spirit in determining the person who will best minister to you, the chaplains, and to become one in the Lord with all our diocesan members, both military and civilians, men, women and children, of all ages.
With a spirit of serenity, and Easter joy, I wish all of you a very “Happy Easter”.
Yours in Christ,
†Donald J. Thériault
RC Military Ordinary of Canada
Deacon (Lieutenant (Navy)) Gleb Pistruga, Chapel Life Coordinator (RC), and Deacon (LCol) André Gauthier, Command Chaplain of the Canada Joint Operations Command, standing by the newly installed banner marking the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy in Our Lady of the Airways Principal Chapel of Ottawa.
On this last day (18 Dec) at the office for many of us, I regret that I had not yet sent to the readers of our website a note of Christmas and New Years wishes. To our chaplains, civilian employees, military personnel, their family members and our faithful parishioners…“Here I am!” (“Me voici”!)
Be assured one and all that I have you in my thoughts and prayers. I thank God for the gift that you are to our country,
to our communities and to the Church. In his apostolic exhortation Evangelium Gaudium, the Holy Father Francis reminds us that the joy of the Gospel fills the hearts of all who encounter Jesus. Especially at Christmas time then should we be conscious that with Jesus joy is constantly born anew.
It is therefore my wish for you that in this holy season that you too will be like Jesus “born anew” with the celebration of his coming to the world to save us.
At this holy time and throughout the year, it is my hope that God will quiet you with his peace, comfort you with his presence and bless you with his enduring love. Be joyful in the Lord.
Military Ordinary of Canada
18 Dec, 2015
The CCCB has released its 2015 Message of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples. On December 12, we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas. We are invited to not only pray but reflect on our commonalities between Catholic and traditional indigenous spriituality in this years message.
Each year, St. Brendan Chapel at CFB Halifax hosts the annual Lessons and Carols. Below are a few pictures from the event:
On December 8th 2015, the Church will begin the Extraordinary Jubillee of Mercy. To help the people of the Military Ordinariate, Bishop Thériault has written a pastoral letter to invite Catholics to renew their experience of the justice and mercy of God (click here to read it and the annexes associated with it).
In the Military Ordinariate a Pastoral Plan for each month has been created to help live out the Spiritual and Corporeal Works of Mercy during the Year of Mercy (click here for further information).
For further reading and ways to grow in the Year of Mercy go to Jubliee of Mercy Website.
As we prepare our hearts for the birth of Christ, families are invited this advent season to pray together. Gathered Around the Advent Wreath is a wonderful program that will allow you and your family to grow in faith and truly come to welcome Christ at Christmas.
May the program open your hearts to the love of Christ and truly make this Advent season a prayerful one.
On Wednesday August 26th 2015 at Beechwood National Memorial Centre, BGen (Rev) Guy Chapdelaine, Canadian Forces Military Chaplain and priest, was installed as the new Chaplain General of the Canadian Armed Forces.
During the installation, BGen Chapdelaine emphasized to those Military Chaplains present the significant contribution of the Chaplain Service in the field of spiritual resilience. He reminded Military Chaplains of the importance of a holistic approach to spiritual, religious and community dimensions of the person and to preserve and maintain their roots in their particular religious traditions.
Click here to read the Chaplain General's remarks at his installation.
Please keep BGen (Rev) Chapdelaine in your prayers as he embarks on this new role in serving the Canadian Armed Forces and leading the Royal Canadian Chaplain Service.
The Roman Catholic Military Ordinariate is happy to announce Raphaël Liboneye, a Roman Catholic Military Chaplain, will be ordained to the Permanent Diaconate on Sunday October 25th 2015. Please keep Raphaël Liboneye and his family in your prayers as he draws closer to his ordination.
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has provided Canadian Catholics with guidelines to help them in their election decisions. Click here to read the document.
The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue released a message for the month of Ramadan. In its message it wished all Muslims "a peaceful and joyful celebration" of Ramadan. Click here to read the document.
Last week some of the RC Chaplains of the Military Ordinariate gathered for training. A portion of the training included a visit by the Papal Nuncio, Most Reverend Luigi Bonazzi, who spoke to the RC Chaplains. After the presentation, the Most Reverend Luigi Bonazzi celebrated Mass with the Chaplains.
The Catholic Women's League of Canada is a National organization with over 90 000 members from across our beautiful country. The Catholic Women's League of Canada was organized nationally on June 17, 1920 and granted federal incorporation on December 12, 1923. The League is comprised of councils at the National, Provincial, Diocesan and Parish levels. The first Military Ordinariate Provincial Council met on, April 25th, 1965, at CFB Uplands (in Ottawa), where the charter was signed.
The Military Ordinariate (MO) Provincial Council of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada (CWL), met in Ottawa May 22-24th, 2015 to celebrate their 48th Annual Convention and their 50th anniversary. Members from base councils across Canada were in attendance as well as many Past Presidents from the past 50 years, and the National CWL President (2014-2016) Barbara Dowding.
The Military Ordinariate Provincial council of the Catholic Women’s League has 302 members (as of May, 2015) serving on 13 base councils.
Bishop Theriault and the Vicar General, Rev. (Col) Guy Chapdelaine, are with other Military Ordinariates in Paris, France.
During the gathering, Bishop Theriault had the opportunity on 11 May 15 to present the participants of the 4th European Conference of the Military Ordinariate with the relic of the crown of thorns.
As we enter the Easter Triduum, Bishop Thériault reflects on our spiritual journey and relationship with God in his Easter Pastoral Letter. Click here to read his pastoral letter: Easter 2015
On Wednesday, February 4th, St.Joseph’s Chapel restored it’s traditional Crucifix in the Sanctuary!
The original plaster corpus on the crucifix could not be used due to the extent of damage it suffered. Nonetheless the Chapel Community kept it. Padre Daniel Forget a Presbyterian chaplain and accomplished artist, now posted to Kingston, knowing that St.Joseph’s Chapel wanted to keep the original statue restored it at no cost. By this Christian act of love we have now our Crucifix back for the whole community to love.
On behalf of the Catholic community of Borden thank you very much Daniel!
On February 28th, the Most Reverend André Vallée passed away at the age of 84. Bishop Vallée was the first bishop of the Roman Catholic Military Ordinary of Canada and was instrumental in building the Roman Catholic community of the Canadian Armed Forces. In particular, Bishop Vallée saw the birth of Pastoral Associates in the life of the Ordinariate.
Read Bishop Theriault's letter on the occasion of the death of Bishop Vallée. Click here to read: Letter on the occasion of Bishop Vallée's Death.
Bishop Donald Thériault invites us this Lenten season to experience the new graces of Lent. Click here to read his message: Bishop’s Lenten Letter 2015
Bishop Donald Thériault invite us this Advent Season to enter more fully into the mystery of God among us by preparing our hearts to welcome the Messiah. Click here to read his Advent message: Bishop’s Advent Message
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- Reverend Scott McCaig 4 Wing Cold Lake Visit
- Diaconal Ordination of Padre Zibby Jonczyk
- On board HMCS Charlottetown !
- Advent Spiritual Retreat preached by Bishop Scott McCaig in Trenton
- Homily delivered at Reverend McCaig's Episcopal Ordination
- BGen Chapedelaine: Building Resilience While Fighting Violent Extremism
- Bishop McCaig's visit at CFB Gagetown training area
- 60th Anniversary of Ste-Jeanne-d'Arc's Chapel
- Prayer of the Chaplain General at the occasion of the Remembrance Day Celebration
- Father Guy Chapdelaine at Salt + Light TV
- Congratulations to the new RC military chaplains!
- Bishop McCraig: 1st military baptisms!
- Ordination of new Bishop of the Military Ordinariate of Canada
- Military Ordinariate of Canada has a new bishop
- Bishop's Message for Holy Week & Easter
- Ottawa Chapel highlights the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy
- Christmas Message from Bishop Thériault
- 2015 Message for the Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples
- St. Brendan Chapel hosted the annual Lessons and Carols
- Bishop Thériault's Pastoral Letter on the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy
- Gathered Around the Advent Wreath: an Advent program for families
- BGen (Rev) Guy Chapdelaine installed as new Chaplain General of the Canadian Armed Forces
- Military Chaplain to be ordained a Permanent Deacon
- CCCB provides a guide for the 2015 Election
- Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue Message for Ramadan
- Papal Nuncio to Canada speaks to the Military Ordinariate Chaplains
- A successful CWL Convention
- Bishop and Vicar General at 4th European Conference of Military Ordinaries
- Bishop Thériault’s Pastoral Letter for Easter Message
- St Joseph Chapel restores it's traditional crucifix
- Death of Bishop Vallée
- Bishop Thériault’s 2015 Lenten Message
- The Bishop’s Advent Message