Archbishop Letters Archive

University Students Mass Homily

University Mass. Sunday V in Ordinary Time Dear brother priests and deacons, dear administrators, faculty and students of the colleges and universities of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, and dear friends in Christ: Obligation to Proclaim the Gospel To talk about “obligation” is not appealing, especially to a college students. Nor does talk of “compulsion” gain…


World Day of the Poor 2017

November 19, 2017 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: In declaring this the first World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis has given us a great gift.  The approach of Advent – a season known for giving, but also for rampant consumerism – makes this an opportune time to reflect on the kind of society…


State of the Archdiocese Address

Once again tonight, this year on the great Solemnity of All Saints, we come together as a family to celebrate who we are as a faith community and the good fruit God is harvesting in our Archdiocese. I want to begin by thanking each and every one of you – clergy, religious, and lay faithful…


Funeral Rites for Those Who Have Asked for Euthanasia

Guidelines Regarding the Funeral Rites for Those Who Have Asked for Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide A pastoral matter of great importance has arisen because of the legalization of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide in Canada, one which has caused great confusion about the morality of such choices. The Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the law against euthanasia…


Ordination to the Priesthood Homily

Dear deacons: As priests, you will be totally consecrated to Christ, set aside for him, so that through the gift of yourself he can make use of you as shepherds of his people. As we heard the Apostle Paul say to the presbyters in our First Reading, your mission is “to shepherd the Church of…