On October 4, 2018, , the CCCB released its updated and expanded national guidelines for the protection of minors in Canada entitled Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse: A Call to the Catholic Faithful in Canada for Healing, Reconciliation, and Transformation.

With this document, Canada’s Bishops reaffirm their commitment to continue improving practices in their dioceses/eparchies with an emphasis on long-term prevention and pre-emptive action. The document brings the CCCB’s existing guidelines (From Pain to Hope, 1992; Orientations, 2007) up to date with the latest laws in Canada and the most recent norms of the Holy See.

Click here to read the complete document and/or to view the Introduction to the document by CCCB President, the Most Rev. Lionel Gendron, P.S.S.

Recently our diocese received a grant from the Ex Corde Foundaion of the Diocese of Hamilton to assist the Diocese in funding the 2019 Clergy Retreat.

We are very grateful to the Ex Corde Foundation for their generous financial support of this important activity of spiritual renewal and ongoing educational training for the clergy of our diocese.

On October 1 the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux. St. Therese is one of two patron saints  of the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador. She was the patron saint of the former Diocese of Labrador and, upon the amalgamation of that Diocese and the former Diocese of St. George's, it was decided that she would become the principle patron saint of the newly created Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador. This decision was based in large part upon the great devotion to the Little Flower shown by parishioners of both former Dioceses.

Every year, the Bishops of Canada make an appeal for financial assistance to support its work through the Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is the national assembly of Catholic Bishops in Canada, including the Eastern Catholic Churches of Canada.

Each diocese participates in financing the regional assemblies and the national Conference by a contribution based on its Catholic population. The annual Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada invites all the faithful to participate in this financing by helping their diocese meet its financial obligations to the regional assemblies and to the national Conference. Any additional revenues raised help the diocese support its own diocesan pastoral programs and other activities.


The Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada will be taken up in Dioceses across Canada on the weekend of September 29-30, 2018.

World Tourism Day is celebrated annually on September 27, the date when, in 1970, the Statutes of the United Nations World Tourism Organization were adopted. The adoption of these Statutes is considered a milestone in global tourism. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness on the role of tourism within the international community and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide.

The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development has released its annual message for this year’s World Tourism Day, which has as its theme Tourism and Digital Transformation.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will hold its annual Plenary Assembly at the Nav Canada Centre, Cornwall, Ontario, in the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall  from September 24-28, 2018. The meeting will be chaired by the Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and President of the CCCB. This year's Plenary Assembly marks the opening of the CCCB's 75th anniversary year, with special anniversary activities taking place during the Plenary as well as throughout the year. Please pray for Bishop Hundt and his brother Bishops as they embark on these important meetings.

The Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador is currently seeking applications for the position of Accounting Clerk.  This part-time position is located in Corner Brook and reports directly to the Financial Administrator.

Click here for the full job description.

On behalf of the people of the diocese, Bishop Hundt wishes to extend birthday wishes to Msgr. Roderick White on the occasion of his 95th birthday on September 19.  Since his ordination to the priesthood on April 8, 1951, Msgr. Roddy has served in many parishes throughout the diocese, and fulfilled many roles within the diocesan structure.

Happy birthday, Msgr. Roddy, with prayers and best wishes from Bishop Hundt and the people of the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador. We thank you for your devotion to your ministry over the years and for sharing your gifts of music and love of history with all of us.

On Saturday, September 8, the parishioners of Our Lady of Labrador Parish in West St. Modeste had a celebration of thanksgiving for the ministry of Sister Lorraine Power, rsm.  Bishop Hundt presided at the Mass and thanked Sister for her ministry to the people and priests of the parish. Sister Lorraine is returning to St. John’s to live and her absence will be felt in the community and indeed, throughout the many communities of coastal Labrador where she served as a medical doctor for many years.

Please join with Bishop Hundt in expressing gratitude for Sister's service to the people of NL, in particular to the people of West St. Modeste, and in prayer for good health and a happy retirement.

The five-week period between September 1 and October 4 is known as Time for Creation.  September 1 is the beginning of the Orthodox Church Year, a date when, since 1989, the Orthodox Church also commemorates God’s Creation by observing a Day of Prayer for the Environment.  In August 2015, Pope Francis announced the establishment of a World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, to be observed annually on September 1. October 4 was chosen to mark the end of the Time for Creation as it is the celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and ecology. We are encouraged during this time especially to pray, to organize practical initiatives to combat the environmental crisis facing our planet and to reflect on ways to reduce the impact of our lifestyles on the environment.

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