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St. Marguerites and Montreal

Montreal, Canada was very different from what it is now when the city was first founded more than 370 years ago. The cross at Mount Royal reveals the deep Catholic roots of this city. Fountain of Grace takes a look at how two saints, both named Marguerite - St. Marguerite Bourgeoys and St. Marguerite d'Youville - contributed to the early developments of Montreal.
Publish date: 2018 - 9 - 8


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Spiritual Talk – Fr Ho talks about Pope Pius XII

Born in 1876, the “Marian Pope” Venerable Pius XII was ordained a priest and then consecrated bishop on May 13, 1917 – the day of the first Fatima apparition. In 1939, he was elected Pope and, following Mary’s command at Fatima, consecrated the world and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1942 and 1952 respectively. Sister Lúcia believed that this consecration helped end the Second World War. Throughout the war, he worked for peace and helped the Jewish people escape Nazi atrocities. In Rome, an important rabbi was so moved by this that he was baptized into the Church as “Eugenio Maria”, the Pope’s birth name. In 1950, he defined the dogma of the Assumption and saw the Sun dance miraculously four times. In the aftermath of the war, many bodies were never recovered, and the dogma of Mary’s bodily assumption into Heaven reminded people of God’s promise to resurrect the bodies of all the dead, thus consoling the grieving families. Pope Pius instituted two important Marian feasts. First, he instituted the Feast of the Immaculate Heart in 1944, to bring about world peace, freedom to the Church, and conversion of sinners. Then in 1954, he established the Feast of the Queenship of Mary, for the veneration of Mary’s mercy and motherly authority. The same year, he instituted a “Marian year” and in a message to the Philippine people proclaimed the Rosary their “national Marian devotion” and their country the “Kingdom of the Rosary”. He also wrote an encyclical to promote the praying of the Rosary in families, and so promote a devout spirit of prayer and family unity. Pope Pius XII loved Mary deeply and brought the Church “through Mary to Jesus”.
Publish date: 2018 - 9 - 8


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The Secular Way

In search of God's calling for him, Andrew Lam spent years to live in Japan so that he could listen to God more closely. Fountain of Grace invited him to share his journey of vocation discernment, as well as how lay Catholics can live consecrated lives through secular institutes.
Publish date: 2018 - 8 - 4


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A Hidden Reptile Expert – Fr. Anthony Bogadek

Fr. Anthony Bogadek, a Salesian priest, has dedicated his life to serve in St. Louis School in Hong Kong. His passion for amphibians and reptiles, as well as his humility and conscientiousness has inspired countless students.
Publish date: 2018 - 7 - 28


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Called to Peru: Sr. Jessica Wong

Sr. Jessica Wong was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Canada. Nine years ago, she joined the Servants of the Plan of God, a religious community in Peru. What is life like for her in Peru? How does her family see her vocation?
Publish date: 2018 - 7 - 21


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After the Exodus: Fr. Augustine Tsang

Fr. Augustine Tsang experienced his personal exodus during his teenage years, his study in science and spirituality then helped him further reflect on the meaning of his life. Fountain of Grace invited Fr. Tsang to share with us what his faith means to him.
Publish date: 2018 - 6 - 30


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Fr. Thomas Tou: A Merciful Pastor

Fr. Thomas Tou, who is 95 years old, is the first Chinese priest who came to serve in Eastern Canada over four decades ago. Since his arrival in Montreal, he has been helping all those who are in need, regardless of their faith background. Fountain of Grace invited this merciful pastor to share his story.
Publish date: 2018 - 6 - 16


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Two Heroes of Macau – Frs. Caetano Nicosia and Luis Ruiz

In the mid-20th century, two European missionaries went to Macau to serve the poorest of the poor. They were Fr. Luis Ruiz, who was regarded as the Father of the Poor in Macau; and Fr. Caetano Nicosia, who was termed the Angel of the Lepers. How did they dedicate their whole lives to rewrite the stories of the lives of the marginalized in Macau and in Mainland China?
Publish date: 2018 - 4 - 14


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Following His Way

What does it mean to have a vocation? How can we respond to God's call? While at a vocation fair, Fountain of Grace met an organization which fosters vocations as well as a Franciscan vocations promoter, in an attempt to better understand the mystery of vocation.
Publish date: 2018 - 3 - 17


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Pioneers of New France

Many consider Canada to be one of the best countries to live in. However, in the 17th century, when Canada was just newly founded, it was considered the country of crosses. Fountain of Grace takes a look at how Blessed Catherine of St. Augustine and St. Francois de Laval sacrificed their comfort and contributed to the well-being of Canadians.
Publish date: 2018 - 1 - 20


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Inspiration from a Lily: Sr. Cecilia Cham

Sr. Cecilia Cham, a sister from Canossian Daughters of Charity, who has just celebrated the 50th anniversary of her entry into religious life. Fifty years ago, she was inspired by a Lily to become a sister. Fountain of Grace gives us an in-depth look at Sr. Cham's vocational journey.
Publish date: 2017 - 12 - 9


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Mother of New France: St. Mary of the Incarnation

In 1639, St. Mary of the Incarnation left France for Canada, a newly founded settlement, so that girls may receive an education. What did she give up in order to fulfill this God-given mission? Fountain of Grace takes a look at how St. Mary of the Incarnation gives her life for Canada.
Publish date: 2017 - 12 - 2