Personal Disclosure

The passion for this project arose from an urgent need to explore the impact pandemic days have upon sacramental praxis. Members of church communities feel isolated and leaders must reach out in creative ways to fellow believers.[1] How do people stay connected when physicality and spirituality appear disjoined? Spaces that once gathered crowds of believers have been turned into restricted access venues by public health orders. Perhaps, these new constraints are summoning believers inward, towards temples of flesh, with suffering intensifying. Secularists and spiritualists are being called upon to join forces in service to all creation throughout these difficult days? The images, text, and dialog presented across on the site wish to inspire the creation of a cyber healing clinic. COVID- 19's, arrival in Southern Alberta, landed in a region already battered by an economic downturn, an opioid crisis, and social upheaval. Given the surging COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, several liturgical functions could be suspended indefinitely.  Interruptions imposed by this novel disease call for an inward and outward refocus of sacramental praxis.

In 2008, the Roman Catholic bishop of Calgary welcomed me into the Sacrament of Holy Orders, sharing at the permanent diaconate degree. I am presently exercising full faculties at St Peter's Parish in north west Calgary. Four clergy and a skilled team of sacramental educators, serve this quadrant of the city.  In addition, I also serve among a rural Indigenous community in Southern Alberta. Under present public health orders, registered band members and essential workers are the only permitted persons allowed on this First Nation (Treaty Seven Territory). My immediate family are Cree and Metis, whereas, I was born in a small bilingual community in northern New Brunswick, with Irish descent. The study presented across these pages will be submitted to the Graduate Theological Foundation in partial fulfillment of doctoral requirements. In a personal way, the work is dedicated to Mary Ruby Riemer (1939-2020) and Giselle LeBlanc O'Toole (1927-2020).

 

          Jesus left the synagogue and went to Simon's house. Simon's mother-in-law was very sick. She had a                        high fever. They asked Jesus to do something to help her. He stood very close to her and ordered the                        sickness to go away. The sickness left her, and she got up and began serving them. Luke 38-40

 

 

 

 

 

[1] The Gospel’s Great Commission can not be suspended. See for precise instructions, the Gospel of St Mathew,  28:16:20.

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