The Church Alive tv series

The Church Alive tv series

 

The Church Alive is a fast-paced, segmented and interactive show hosted by Salt + Light producers Cheridan Sanders and Sebastian Gomes.  This unique series will be both television and web based.  The goal: to inspire people and get them talking about the faith, to share stories of the New Evangelization, and to highlight the broad and inclusive nature of Catholicism and its rich tradition. “Yes, the Church is Alive… and the Church is young.” – Pope Benedict XVI

 

Biblical Reflection segments of each episode were filmed in the Chapel of Assumption University.

 

Order your copy now of this excellent DVD production in 13 episodes + an important study guide.

13 episodes

Disc One
Episode 1: What is the New Evangelization (28 min); Episode 2: Catholic Education (24 min)
Disc Two
Episode 3: The Media (25 min); Episode 4: The Role of the Laity (24 min)
Disc Three
Episode 5: Social Justice (26 min); Episode 6: Politics (24 min)
Disc Four
Episode 7: Ecclesial Movements (24 min); Episode 8: Ecumenism (24 min)
Disc Five
Episode 9: Economics (24 min); Episode 10: Interfaith/Religious Liberty (28 min)
Disc Six
Episode 11: The Consecrated Life (25 min); Episode 12: The Environment (25 min)
Disc Seven
Episode 13: The Catholic Eastern Churches (27 min)
To place your order, visit: http://saltandlighttv.org/store/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=185

Homily at Funeral Mass of Fr. Ulysse Paré, CSB – Our Lady of the Assumption Church Windsor, Ontario – March 31, 2014 – Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB

Revelation 21:1-7; John 11:17-44

 

Bishop Fabbro, Brother Priests, Dear Friends,

 

Our thoughts and prayers today are first for Fr. Paré’s family: Fr. Larry, Geraldine, Clare and Connie gathered here with us in Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Windsor to commend our brother and friend to God. His formal, baptismal, French name of “Ulysse” conjured up a formidable, historical figure of antiquity. His title “Father”, “Père”, “Padre” reminded us that he was priest and pastor. But to his own family, many confrères, students and lifelong friends, he was just “Bud.” Whatever we called him, Fr. Paré has been an outstanding and deeply loved rock of theological intellect, biblical wisdom and practical, spiritual strength whom we shall achingly miss, and for whose life we are so grateful to God. In Bud’s life, God has blessed us hugely, far beyond the boundaries of our small religious congregation and the borders of our nation.

In this liturgy of thanksgiving and farewell, let us first consider the powerful Scripture readings we have just heard and see the important links to Fr. Paré’s life and ministry. From the beautiful, stirring vision of John in the Book of Revelation 21:1-7, we hear of a new heaven and a new earth, of the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.  This city of the future lies ahead of us in time. It is the destination of our earthly journey, the fulfillment of the Kingdom of God. But we also know that the “new Jerusalem” is not just a reality of a distant, unknown future. Fr. Paré taught us so many times through his teaching, preaching, leading and living that the new Jerusalem is already present among us when we love God and love neighbor, and act with integrity as disciples of Jesus. To countless students who sat at his feet at the University of Toronto, at St. Thomas More College in Saskatoon, the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Assumption University in Windsor and most recently at St. Peter’s Seminary in London, Bud always reminded us of two things: if a false idea of religion, as detached and purely spiritual was abhorrent, so too was the opposite mistake, to leave God out of the picture.

Heaven begins on earth, in our daily lives, when we live in generous love, in the image of the Blessed Trinity, in the imitation of Christ. Our behavior matters, for religion is more than the aesthetic experience of feeling spiritual. Our consecrated life and gospel witness is essential to the reality of the new Jerusalem unfolding here and now. We do not live only for eschatological realities but also for the here and now. We must live rightly, as citizens of that new Jerusalem here below, in accord with the will of God.

The Gospel we heard proclaimed a few moments ago recounts the moving story of the raising of Lazarus, the longest continuous narrative in John outside of the passion account (11:17-44). The theme of life predominates. Lazarus is a token of the real life that Jesus dead and raised will give to all who believe in him.

Jesus was aware of the illness of his friend Lazarus and yet did not go to work a healing. In fact, he delayed for several days after Lazarus’ death, meanwhile giving his disciples lessons along the way about the light – lessons incomprehensible in the face of grave illness and death but understandable in the light shed by Lazarus’ and Christ’s resurrection. Jesus used the death of his best friend as a teaching moment for a far greater reality.

How often have we, like Martha and Mary, blurted out those same words of pain and despair: “Lord, if only you had been there, my brother or sister or mother or father or friend would not have died.”  And yet this pathos-filled story tells us what kind of God we have… a God who groaned in spirit and was troubled; a God who wept at the tomb of his friend Lazarus and a God who was deeply moved at the commotion and grief of so many friends of Martha, Mary and Lazarus.

Jesus declared to Martha: “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, he will live; whoever lives and believes in me, will never die.” And he adds: “Do you believe this?”  Jesus tells us who he is.  Only the One who has entered death’s realm and engaged death itself in battle can give life to those who have died.  As Christians we do not expect to escape death; but we approach it with faith in the resurrection.

As a great teacher of God’s Word, Fr. Paré would also take us deep into the meaning of the Gospel texts and remind us of the stories within the stories.  When I was a Basilian scholastic, Fr. Paré preached once on today’s Gospel with words I shall never forget.  He reminded us that the story of Lazarus also speaks about another kind of death.  We can be dead, even before we die, while we are still in this life. He was not only speaking of the death of the soul caused by sin; but of that state of a total absence of energy, of hope to fight and to live that one can only call: death of the heart.  Bud told us that all those who for various reasons – a failed marriage, the sickness of a child, financial ruin, depression, alcoholism, drug abuse – find themselves in this situation, the story of Lazarus resounds like the bells on Easter morning.

Who can give us this resurrection of the heart? For certain afflictions, we know that there exists no human remedy. Words of encouragement often fail to suffice.  Many times people in these situations are not able to do anything, not even pray. They are like Lazarus in the tomb. They need others to do something for them. The raising of Lazarus takes place in the presence of the people, in contrast to the call to resurrection given by Jesus to the daughter of Jairus. The latter event was concealed, whereas the command to Lazarus went out like a trumpet blast openly before the crowd.  “Lazarus, come forth!”  The command to “raise the dead” is addressed to all of Christ’s disciples. Even us! When he led us as our Superior General, Bud challenged us to raise one another to life.

As the news of his untimely death spread from Windsor to Detroit, Toronto, Saskatoon, London, Houston and many other places this past week, I found myself asking, “Why do some teachers and professors of Scripture make such a profound impact on the life of the Church and in so many individual lives?”

Two moments of recent history stand out in my mind about Fr. Paré’s contribution to the teaching of integration of God’s Word. The first moment was shared by both Bishop Fabbro and me during the Synod of Bishops on the Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church several years ago at the Vatican.  Bishop Fabbro, as delegate of the Canadian Bishops Conference, and I, as Communications Secretary of the Synod, patiently listened to the Synod Fathers from around the world at times bemoaning the seeming impasse in Scripture teaching and scholarship due to the atomization and dissection of the Scriptures, and a lack of integration of biblical studies with faith and lived spirituality. Bishops from around the world asked whether today’s Catholic Scripture scholars and teachers were adequately prepared to draw from their exegetical knowledge and their own life of faith and prayer to help fellow Catholics discover the meaning of the biblical Word today. Many try to teach Scripture as a form of literary criticism removed from the context of the Church.  I distinctly remember after that round of synodal sessions going back to the Chapel at Domus Sanctae Marthae where we resided and quietly thanking God for the influence of Bud Paré on my life and studies. For what the Synod was rightly bemoaning and naming, we, Basilians had quite an opposite experience and should be thanking God for the likes of Bud Paré who taught us to love God’s Word in the context of the Church.

The second moment where I felt a deep sense of gratitude in my heart for Fr. Paré was this past November, upon the promulgation of Pope Francis’ masterful Apostolic Exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium.” In the centre of that magnificent letter is a brilliant section on teaching and preaching the Word of God entitled: “Words which set hearts on fire” (#142).

I read and reread that section and found it to be a wonderful description of Bud Paré’s method of teaching, preaching and living the Word of God.  Several weeks later, I told Bud that Pope Francis described him perfectly!  And in good Bud form, he laughed!

Blessed John Paul II once wrote, ‘We need heralds of the Gospel who are experts in humanity, who know the depths of the human heart, who can share the joys, the hopes, the agonies, the distress of people today, but who are, at the same time, contemplatives who have fallen in love with God’. These words describe Bud Paré so well: a herald of the Gospel and an expert in humanity who knew the depths of the human heart.

We Basilians are unlikely to forget his two dynamic, creative and hopeful terms of leadership of our Congregation from 1981-1989. I consider those years to have been a banquet of the Word of God for us.  His masterful and witty newsletters, with such titles as “On being pleasant”; “The importance of humor”, “The Authentic Life” had us all talking and thinking.  We would scour the newsletters to find the unique “Bud words” or “Bud expressions” hidden in the text. I have gone back to those newsletters countless times over the years for inspiration and wisdom.

Last night at the vigil service, Fr. Jim Carruthers named many of the initiatives and programs in which Bud participated and which Bud led. While leading Assumption University, he also served as Chair of its Board of Governors as well as Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Windsor. At the time of his death this week, he was once again on the Board of Governors of Assumption University.

He always reached beyond our Basilian institutions and limited experiences of Church to be in dialogue with and influence the wider world around us. Bud understood what Pope Francis means with the words “geographical and existential peripheries.”

Bud offered us courageous, spiritual leadership – a real sense of “animation” as the French would say.  He was a risk-taker. While he may not have been the strategic implementer of projects and programs, he dared to dream dreams and share them with others for their full realization. He understood that great leadership meant involving many others in our projects and programs.  He was humble enough to recognize that it takes very competent assistants and colleagues to help fulfill dreams. He had the unique gift of encouraging others in ministry and bringing out the best of people and situations. He was also a deeply sensitive man who, because of his boundless generosity and trust of others, frequently suffered when those in whom he invested so much and trusted so generously, quickly forgot who gave them roots and wings and manifested little gratitude for so great a leader.

One effort that we gratefully attribute to Fr. Paré’s wise leadership was the outreach made to former Basilans who had journeyed with us for a number of years and then chose other paths. Bud’s efforts in establishing the association of former Basilians, in many cases brought much healing and reconciliation to individual lives and served as a blessing to our entire congregation.

In conclusion, I let Bud have the last word at this liturgy today. What he wrote to our Congregation at Christmas 1987 is ever so timely and even more necessary for us today:

“Just as [Jesus’] life was complicated by the dust of the hillside, the dirt of poverty and the injustices of the system, so must we expect to live in discomfort, mess and darkness. As disciples of his, we must not be afraid to come in contact with human misery and affliction, we must not fear or disdain a brother or sister in the grips of sin and disease; we must not withdraw from a world which oppresses, victimizes and kills.  We are here because he is here and we pray for the grace to make a difference by our presence and passing. …

“As a community of disciples and stewards we can show what it means to be responsible, cultured, influential without being authoritarian, stuffy or puffed up. By our commitment to education, to serving those in need we try, after the manner of Jesus, to bring light and assistance. We hope that our ministry will be seen as the continuation of the mission of Jesus and that we will be seen as messengers of hope and justice.”

I don’t think that it was mere coincidence that Fr. Paré was called home on the day when the Church celebrated the Annunciation of Mary, Mother of the Lord, a day that recalls the “yes” and “fiat” of the virgin daughter of Nazareth to God’s mysterious ways. Bud gave his response to the Lord on Mary’s feast.

Just as Lazarus stirred when he heard the words, “Lazarus come forth,” may our brother Bud rise quickly and enter into life on high and the eternal rest promised to all those who hear the Word of God and put it into practice each day of their lives.

Thank you, Bud, for being with us and making a difference.  Your presence and your passing have blessed and marked us as individuals and as a community of priests and disciples. Your life, commitment and ministry have shown us the face of Christ and challenged us to carry forward his mission here on earth.

Our love for you and our deep gratitude for the gift you have been for the Basilian Fathers and for the Church provoke this thought: If such were the gift, what must God be like, the Giver of that gift?

Intercede for us, now that you behold his presence and share his eternal life. Don’t forget us now at this critical moment of our Basilian history! We will never forget you, Bud. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Tribute to Fr. Ulysse “Bud” Paré, CSB – 1935-2014

Fr. Ulysse “Bud” Paré, CSB – 1935-2014

A Windsorite who showed us how to put the Bible into practice

 Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB

 

Final PhotoWith the sudden death my Basilian confrère Fr. Ulysse “Bud” Paré on Tuesday, March 25, in his 79th year, many tributes and accolades will rightly  be heaped upon him, no doubt, for his academic accomplishments, first at the University of Toronto, then at Rome’s Pontifical Biblical Institute or even at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. His many former students at St. Thomas More College in Saskatoon, the University of Toronto, Assumption University in Windsor and most recently at St. Peter’s Seminary in London will fondly recall his clear, dynamic presentations on exegetical methods and hermeneutical interpretation of the Bible.

 

We Basilians are unlikely to forget his two dynamic, creative and hopeful terms of leadership of our religious order from 1981-1989. Men and especially women religious from across Canada will cite his memorable retreats and conferences, his boldness and inclusive spirit in addressing the Church’s relationship to the modern world.

 

Throughout his entire priestly ministry, “Bud,” as he was affectionately called by his friends, kept Windsor in his heart.  This city was clearly part of his DNA. In 1991, Fr. Paré became President of Assumption University where in 1992 he founded the Institute for Pastoral and Educational Ministry which educated and formed several hundred lay pastoral ministers for service in the Church of the Diocese of London, the Archdiocese of Detroit and places far beyond. While leading Assumption University, he also served as Chair of its Board of Governors as well as Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Windsor. At the time of his death this week, he was once again on the Board of Governors of Assumption University. He was a great patron of the Arts, particularly of the Windsor Symphony, and often partnered with religious leaders of other Christian confessions and other religions.  Sane ecumenism and authentic interreligious dialogue were part of Bud’s life.

 

To me and many others, he was a mentor, teacher, and wonderful, faithful friend.  As the news of Fr. Paré’s death spread from Windsor to Toronto to Saskatoon to London and many other places in this vast land, I found myself wondering, “Why do some teachers and professors of Scripture make such a profound impact on the life of the Church and in so many individual lives?”

 

In Ulysse “Bud” Paré, I observed three outstanding qualities at work, which may be instructive for other pastoral ministers, students of Scripture in their own biblical research, teaching and preaching and living as well as for anyone who is serious about walking his or her talk.

 

First is the ability to present the Bible in an accessible way, as a “user-friendly” book or library.  Fr. Paré often recounted a basic principle he learned in his youth:  “Read the Bible as we would listen to a friend.” Reading as a listener implies an openness to hear what is being said and an attitude of expectancy; listening as to a friend implies a large measure of confidence that the message will ultimately be a helpful guide for living, and sometimes for specific situations. “Bud” taught me and many that one never undertakes Scripture studies to master or criticize the Word, but to be mastered and criticized by it.  There is a way in which we must allow the Word of God to read us.

 

Second is the ability to present the Biblical story as a pilgrimage, a set of stories for the long haul.  After all, what is the story of our salvation if not the passage (one might say “the ambling transmigration”) from the Paradise Lost in Genesis to the Paradise found, and symbolized beautifully, in the New Jerusalem of John’s wild dream in Revelation? We who are entrusted with the ministry of teaching and preaching Scripture must help others to prepare themselves to make the journey “as pilgrims”.  Tourists pass quickly through places, but the places pass slowly through pilgrims, leaving them forever changed.

 

Fr. Ulysse Paré also realized how important to this journey are the very lands and places where the biblical story took place. I shall never forget Fr. Paré’s participation in a Scriptural renewal program I ran in the Holy Land for the Basilian Fathers back in 1992. As we were walking together on the Mount of the Beatitudes in Galilee, he stopped me at one point and said: “Tom, how could anyone ever attempt to study the bible without coming here and walking this land?”

 

One reads the Bible as a pilgrim trekking with others through Israel’s deserts, with Jesus walking up to Jerusalem, with Paul en route to Rome, with the countless millions of pilgrims throughout history who have made the journey up to the earthly Jerusalem in the hope of catching a glimpse of the heavenly one.  Teaching the Scriptures without reference to the Holy Land, or without fostering, encouraging, and, when possible, leading others to visit it, is to tell only part of the story of the Bible.

 

Third is the ability to see how Scripture is vivified in prayer and liturgy.  For it is in the silent adoration of prayer and in the congregation’s act of worship in liturgy that the Bible comes alive.  How can the scholar– agile in several languages, ancient and modern – find words adequate to the task of describing biblical salvation, redemption, forgiveness, resurrection, faith, hope and charity? There simply are none. This is the mystery biblical scholarship serves.  Liturgy reveals the fruits of scholarship.  Who could not be moved by Bud’s penetrating homilies and biblical reflections? We must ask ourselves if our teaching and preaching leads others into celebration, prayer and adoration of the Lord of history?  Or has our reliance on scientific methods and writings only compounded the confusion already found in world?

 

We are among the stewards and servants of the “table of the Word,” that first half of every Eucharistic celebration when the Scriptures are broken open and shared, proclaimed and expounded.  Here we spread the table before  diverse congregations and communities, letting each person know that the Bible is a unity, a whole work of God, containing a message for everyone and for each one, no matter where they are along their pilgrim path.  This is scholarship in service of the Church.  This was the method and life of Fr. Bud Paré, CSB. He will be sorely missed and gratefully remembered.

 

Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, a friend of Fr. Paré, is CEO of the Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation and Television and President of Assumption University in Windsor. He also serves as English language assistant to the Holy See Press Office and is a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.

 

March 26, 2014

Christian Culture Series presents Most Rev. Richard Smith – Monday, May 12, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Assumption University’s Christian Culture Series

is pleased to announce

Most Reverend Richard Smith

Archbishop of Edmonton
Former President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

“What Does the New Evangelization Ask of Us in Canada?”

“Since the pontificate of Blessed John Paul II the Church has been ceaselessly called to undertake a new evangelization. That Pontiff of beloved memory spoke of this newness in terms of methods, ardour and expression, but what does this mean in practice? The presentation by Archbishop Smith will seek to address this question in our Canadian context. Through an exploration of the message that grounds and inspires our efforts, as well as by a consideration of the challenges and opportunities that call forth particular gifts, the Archbishop will offer his perspective on the new evangelization in our day and country.”

Assumption University Chapel

400 Huron Church Road, 2nd Floor, Windsor, Ontario

Please contact us at 519-973-7033 press ‘0’ or by e-mail cbertrand@www.assumptionu.ca

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Public and free presentation

Reception to follow.

Please note

This presentation will be televised on Salt and Light Catholic Television Network.

PRESENTATION BY ARCHBISHOP RICHARD SMITH HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING

MOST REVEREND RICHARD SMITH

Archbishop of Edmonton
Former President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
“WHAT DOES THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
ASK OF US IN CANADA?”

“Since the pontificate of Blessed John Paul II the Church has been ceaselessly called to undertake a new evangelization. That Pontiff of beloved memory spoke of this newness in terms of methods, ardour and expression, but what does this mean in practice? The presentation by Archbishop Smith will seek to address this question in our Canadian context. Through an exploration of the message that grounds and inspires our efforts, as well as by a consideration of the challenges and opportunities that call forth particular gifts, the Archbishop will offer his perspective on the new evangelization in our day and country.”

CHRISTIAN CULTURE SERIES 2014 SCHEDULE, AIRING SATURDAYS AT 8 P.M. (WITH A WEDNESDAY REPEAT) ON SALT AND LIGHT CATHOLIC TELEVISION NETWORK

CHRISTIAN CULTURE SERIES 2014 SCHEDULE, AIRING SATURDAYS AT 8 P.M. (WITH A WEDNESDAY REPEAT) ON SALT AND LIGHT CATHOLIC TELEVISION NETWORK

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2014 AT 8:00 P.M.
CCS: John Thavis, journalist, author and speaker specializing in Vatican and religious affairs.
“POWER, PERSONALITIES AND POLITICS AT THE VATICAN”

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2014 AT 8:00 P.M.
CCS: Fr. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., President and Vice-Chancellor, Assumption University and Vatican Media Assistant for the Papal Transition
“AN INSIDE LOOK INTO THE PAPAL TRANSITION”

SATURDAY, MARCH 1, 2014 AT 8:00 P.M.
CCS: Sr. Mary Lou Wirtz, F.C.J.M., General Superior, Franciscan Sisters, Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and Past President, International Union of Superiors General (Rome) “NEW DIRECTIONS AND NEW RELATIONSHIPS FOR RELIGIOUS LIFE”

SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2014 AT 8:00 P.M.
CCS: His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, DC and Relator General of the Synod of Bishop on the New Evangelization
“THE CHALLENGES AND JOYS THE NEW EVANGELIZATION”

SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014 AT 8:00 P.M.
CCS: Alison Smith, Senior Producer, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
“WHOSE STORY IS IT? TELLING THE CHURCH’S STORY”

SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 2014 AT 8:00 P.M. (Please note: This event postponed until Spring)
CCS: Most Reverend Richard Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton and Former President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
“WHAT DOES THE NEW EVANGELIZATION ASK OF US IN CANADA?”

PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR CABLE PROVIDER FOR CHANNEL LOCATION.

Assumption University’s Christian Culture Series is pleased to announce Alison Smith

Alison Smith

Senior Producer
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

 Whose story is it? Telling the Church’s story.

 To this day, religion shapes world history.   Whether or not we are believers, we are shaped by faith and the actions of the faithful.  The Catholic Church remains one of the world’s important institutions. It is powerful.  It is also wealthy and mysterious.  It has scandal and controversy yet still speaks to the finest of human values.  Those are all elements of a fascinating and important news story.  Is it your story?

 Assumption University Freed-Orman Centre

400 Huron Church Road, 1st Floor, Windsor, Ontario

Please contact us at 519-973-7033 press ‘0’ or by e-mail cbertrand@www.assumptionu.ca

Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.

Public and free presentation

Reception will follow in the Freed-Orman Centre
Please note

This presentation will be televised on Salt and Light Catholic Television Network.

 

The Church Alive

The Church Alive is a fast-paced, segmented and interactive show hosted by Cheridan Sanders and Sebastian Gomes of Salt and Light Television in Canada.  The 15-part series, produced for the Year of Faith and on the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, provides an exciting and inspiring show that highlights the broad and inclusive nature of Catholicism by sharing perspectives and stories on the New Evangelization in the Church today.  By encouraging interaction and participation with viewers through web based polls, video responses, and Twitter, Facebook, and email comments, we hope to ignite a renewed faith and hope among Catholics around the world.

Each episode features a Scripture segment by Fr. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., that is filmed in the beautiful, historic chapel of Assumption University in Windsor, Ontario.

The first episode premiered on Salt and Light Television on October 11, 2012.  It’s Roman premiere took place on Friday evening, October 12, 2012 with a special viewing at the Centro San Lorenzo at the Vatican.  Present for the premiere were hosts Sebastian Gomes and Cheridan Sanders, along with Salt and Light CEO, Fr. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., who is also serving as the English language media attaché for the Synod on the New Evangelization.

The series, sponsored by Assumption University in Windsor, was made possible through a generous grant to Assumption University from Carl and Lois Davis of Houston, Texas.

Promotional links for “The Church Alive”

Assumption University Appoints New Leaders

Dr. Lois Smedick, Chair of the Board of Governors of Assumption University in Windsor, is pleased to announce that Fr. George Smith, C.S.B., Superior General of the Congregation of St. Basil, has appointed Fr. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B. as President of Assumption University. She is also pleased to announce that the Board of Governors has appointed Fr. Leo Walsh, C.S.B. as Vice-President, Academic. Fr. Rosica succeeds Fr. Paul Rennick, C.S.B., who has concluded a four-year term as President of Assumption.

Fr. Rosica, well known in the Windsor area and across Canada, is a scripture scholar, university lecturer and author. Formerly Executive Director and Pastor of the Newman Centre at the University of Toronto from 1994-2000, Fr. Rosica served as National Director and Chief Executive Officer of World Youth Day 2002 and the Papal Visit to Canada in 2002. He is currently the C.E.O. of the Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation and Television Network in Canada. He will continue in his leadership role at Salt and Light Television as he begins his work with Assumption University in December 2011.

Fr. J. Leo Walsh, C.S.B., professor emeritus of Moral Theology at the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto, has been pastor of St. Paul’s Church in LaSalle, Ontario since 2003. Fr. Walsh is associated with the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute in Toronto and is a frequent contributor to its publications. He will continue as pastor of St. Paul’s as he assumes his new role at Assumption University effective immediately.

Fr. Joseph Quinn, C.S.B., professor emeritus of English at the University of Windsor, will serve as interim President of Assumption University until December 1, 2011.

For over 150 years Assumption University, under the administration of the Basilian Fathers, has provided a wide range of educational opportunities to the people of the Windsor and Essex County region. Assumption began as a College in the classical French style, became a comprehensive Provincial University, and since 1963 has remained an independent University federated with it daughter university, the University of Windsor.

The Board of Governors of Assumption extends most sincere gratitude to Fr. Paul Rennick for his service to the University, and congratulations and a warm welcome to Frs. Thomas Rosica and Leo Walsh.

In response to his appointment, Fr. Rosica said: “While celebrating its past achievements this Catholic University in the Basilian tradition looks forward to building upon the rich theological, cultural, and interdisciplinary endeavours that constitute its distinguished history. I pledge close cooperation with the University of Windsor, the Canadian Church, the Diocese of London and the excellent Catholic institutions in the London diocese: St. Peter’s Seminary, St. Peter’s Institute, King’s College and Brescia College in London, as well as with the Catholic School Boards in the Windsor-Essex area. Assumption University will be known for its dynamic Catholic chaplaincy to the University of Windsor. We will draw from the creative energy of the Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation as we serve the important mission of Assumption University.”

 

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Lois Smedick, Chair of the Board of Governors of Assumption University, at 519 258-9425,

or

Fr. Joseph Quinn, C.S.B., Interim President of Assumption University, at 519 973-7033

Fr. Thomas Rosica may be reached in Toronto at rosica@saltandlighttv.org