Monday, April 3rd at 7 pm - English
St. Francis de Sales Church
(434 Second Street West, Cornwall)
Mercredi, 5 avril à 19h - Français
(225 sud, rue Main, Alexandria)
Wednesday, April 12th at 7 pm - Bilingual / Mercredi 12 avril à 19h - Bilingue
Our Lady of the Rosary / Notre-Dame du Rosaire
(27, rue Queen Street, Crysler)
Monday, May 15th at 7 pm - English
St. Anthony’s Church
(3737 Old Orchard Street, Apple Hill)
Mardi, 16 mai à 19h - Français
(620, boulevard Glengarry, Cornwall)
To the Faithful of Alexandria-Cornwall:
Last year when the Holy See appointed me as the Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall, it was with the mandate of making a recommendation as to whether the Diocese should be merged with a neighbouring diocese, the most likely being the Archdiocese of Ottawa.
In order to report back to Rome, I first had to get to know the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall. To that end, I have tried over the last year to visit as many of the parishes as possible and to attend as many diocesan functions as possible. On these occasions, it has been my great pleasure to meet so many of you on an informal basis.
Along with the priests, I have decided that the time has now come for a more formal setting in which to hear what each of you think about the future of your Diocese. A series of five consultations, beginning on April 3rd, have been scheduled to take place throughout the Diocese. The format we will use is a “Town Hall” style meeting.
I hope to hear from as many of you as possible during that six week period. I would like to personally invite you to attend one of these meetings and to let me know what you are thinking. You may also provide your thoughts in writing by way of email or traditional mail. The balance of this newsletter provides you with information about the Diocese and about this formal consultation process.
Demographic changes, the decline in the numbers of clergy and in religious practice among us and the needs of a bilingual church— all these factors have led us to the point of examining our future now.
Despite what many may think or have heard, no decision has yet been made about the Diocese’s future. There are many factors to be considered and weighed when making a decision that will be impactful on so many. One of those factors is certainly the voice of the faithful, without which a good decision cannot be made.
Finally, I invite you to continue to pray our Diocesan Prayer and to implore Our Lady’s intercession as we journey forward.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
✠Terrence Prendergast, S.J.