Nicholas O’Keeffe has decided to retire from his commitment as a publically professed hermit and to leave St. Mary’s Place of Solitude and Prayer. He plans to begin living in retirement in Stephenville by August 1, 2012.

May 17, 2012

Dear People of the Diocese,

Yesterday it was officially announced that the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has issued a decree dismissing Raymond Lahey from the clerical state. This penalty of dismissal was imposed as a result of the harm and scandal caused by his actions. The effect of this decree is the loss of the rights, offices, and functions of the clerical state. That he has received such a severe penalty is an indication of the seriousness of his offences and of the effect they have had upon others.

CCCB Statement

On May 4, 2011, then Bishop Raymond Lahey entered a plea of guilty in civil court to the possession of child pornography. He was sentenced in accordance with civil law on January 4, 2012. It remained for the Holy See to follow the canonical procedures in effect for such cases to determine what appropriate disciplinary or penal measures would be imposed. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has now been informed by the Holy See that Raymond Lahey has been dismissed from the clerical state.

My thanks go out to Father Vargees Devasahayam for his generous service to the Diocese and to the faithful People of God.

A new Native saint!

The Innu and Inuit peoples of Labrador, and the Mi’kmaq (the plural of Mi’kmaw) peoples of Western Newfoundland all share in the collective joy of the whole Church as she points out a shining example of heroism amongst the People of God, and one that they can call their own. On  October 21st of this year, she will be officially recognised as a saint.

Why not watch a video on Blessed Kateri?

It is with great sadness that the Diocese mourns the death of Father Joseph Kelly. He passed away Sunday, February 26th, 2012.

Corner Brook and Labrador Diocese is very pleased to welcome Fr. Vitus Echedo. He comes to us from Nigeria, having known Fr. Anthony Nwaohiri beforehand. A young and energetic man, Fr. Vitus was Ordained seven years ago and is excited to be outside his home country for the first time. He is currently posted to St. Stephen’s Parish to work alongside Fr. O’Quinn in ministry. May the Good Lord bless all of his work here among our people!

The Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes has a fine accomplishment to celebrate! In the interest of beautifying the Parish church, as well as providing new facilities, several additions have been completed.

2012 Diocesan Lenten Message

Dear People of the Diocese,

This coming Wednesday we will once again begin the liturgical season of Lent.  Traditionally this is a time when by prayer, fasting and almsgiving we seek to purify ourselves of our sins and weaknesses and, to live more fully as the followers of Christ that we first became and were professed to be in baptism.

This work of purification can have external and social dimensions as well as internal and individual ones.  Our Lenten prayers, penances and acts of self-sacrifice can be offered up to God not only for our own sins and offences, but also for those of our brothers and sisters and of our broader Church and civil community.  Our Lenten observances can be an incredible source of blessing and of healing grace.



In the first reading of the Christmas Mass we hear proclaimed the prophecy of Isaiah:

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness – on them light
has shone. (Is 9:2)

This prophecy was fulfilled with the birth of Jesus, the Christ, and hopefully, it is “fulfilled” in the hearts of each one of us, both in our celebrating of the Lord’s birth, and in our daily living of the Good News of the Incarnation of Our Lord.

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