Archbishop Letters Archive

Christmas Homily of the Archbishop

Dear brother priests, deacons, and especially tonight, dear friends who are gathered in your homes to celebrate the “good news of great joy for all the people: for to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Christ, the Lord” (Lk 2:11). Introduction This is the Christmas of…


Extract from Homily for White Mass. Bill C-7

Bill C-7 Before concluding my remarks this evening, I would like to return to a topic that I have mentioned to you so often in the past but feel compelled to do so once again. As you might suspect, I’m going to say something about Bill C-7 currently before Parliament. Our voices as Christians engaged…


The Archbishop’s Easter Message

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, As the great “Alleluia” is proclaimed in our empty and silent churches this Easter, we both rejoice and lament. In our hearts we sing of Jesus’ victory over the power of sin and death, but we weep because of the continuing devastation around the world provoked by the coronavirus…


Temporary Suspension of Holy Mass celebrated in public.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: After further prayerful consideration; and after no small amount of sadness; and after hearing from senior pastors and others about the need for a single directive for the entire Archdiocese; and in keeping with the regulations of the other Dioceses of British Columbia; I direct that all Masses, whether…


Statement on Corona Virus

March 5, 2020 The Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, the senior public health official for BC, has issued some recommendations in reference to preventing the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. In line with those recommendations, I ask that you put the following measures in place. At the Sign of Peace, a bow instead of…