Pilgrimage to the North
Written by Fr. Tim Boyle.
For Fr. Wilbert Chin Jon and myself, Holy Week of 2022 will be remembered as the year of our pilgrimage to the North.
As a child growing up in Canada, our North has always held a fascination for me. I read Jack London as a kid and since winter occupies half of our year, the North with images of the cold and darkness and the First Nation people who love being there, have always been part of my imagination.
When Bishop Jon Hansen, C.Ss.R. from McKenzie-Fort Smith Diocese asked our Bishop if any priests would be interested in helping out at Easter, I jumped at the opportunity.
On Easter morning, I went for a walk along the banks of the frozen McKenzie River, and paused at their local monument to remember the children who died in the Residential Schools.
Additional photos from Fr. Wilbert Chin Jon
They don’t hold the drum dance often but the Elders thought that today being Easter Sunday would be most appropriate. Honoured to have been asked to offer a prayer and a blessing before we started dancing. I have been blessed by the community. A beautiful way to finish my time in this special place called Deline.
5/2/2022 09:41:30 am
Your faithfullness and service to the flock of the Lord is an inspiration... May God Bless you all always and keep you safe and God's face shine upon you and be gracious to you.
5/2/2022 10:00:33 am
Sure enjoyed hearing of your trip. Recently came across clippings saved about the North, an obit. of Fr. Fumoleau. As a child, about the only reading material we had was all northern or outdoors - Jack London, Burgess Betime Stories, Grey Owl. We grew up as outdoors kids, later turned mountain young people -- the thrill of a first ascent from the Centennial Camp in the St. Elias Range when Kluane National Park was being considered. Later found myself in Calgary indexing a wealth of info. re Tom Berger Inquiry, then writing abstracts for an intriguing journal and doing indexing at The Arctic Institute (U of C). Articles included Inuit natural remedies, the Dene language, as well as scientific studies of many kinds. Perhaps another trip you might include a couple of lay folk (at our own expense, naturally.) Thank you for sharing the North with us all, Fr.Boyle. Sincerely,
5/2/2022 12:03:25 pm
Wonderful country and a wonderful Church.
5/2/2022 12:24:13 pm
What a fantastic journey for both of you. It was great to see that you visited with Jim and Julia Lynn's. Many in our area remember him from his years at Vauxhall. And awesome view of the Northern Lights! God bless.
William Lawrence Kaufmann
5/2/2022 02:18:34 pm
5/3/2022 11:29:47 am
What a wonderful experience. Thank you for sharing your story and the beautiful pictures. The natural beauty of the north is breath taking.
5/3/2022 03:51:59 pm
Wow what a beautiful opportunity to go north and share the Holy Week with a new community and to see and learn their traditions too
5/4/2022 08:36:15 am
North is North and South is South what a beautiful joy it was to view the connection in the very blessings of Easter. I thank you.
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