Diocesan Home Mission's History

Our History

Following the example of previous Bishops, Bishop Paul O'Byrne reached out to the Native People of the Diocese of Calgary who, to show appreciation, made Bishop Paul an honorary Blackfoot Chief.

 "In the past, responsibility for the Native Communities had rested primarily with Oblate missionaries, the Grey Nuns and the Sisters of Providence".

"As the Sisters aged and their number decreased it became more difficult for the Grey Nuns and the Sisters of Providence to sustain their educational, medical and catechetical work among the Native peoples of the Diocese. -- By the mid seventies the Mission Council began to re-evaluate past practice in light of the Church's new theology of mission. Rather than send non Native priests and missionaries to minister on reserves the Mission Council advocated the training of Native Christian leaders. To achieve this, the Church needed to listen to the Native People and to help them restore confidence in themselves and their cultural identity. -- In the wake of the controversy surrounding residential schools, healing and reconciliation within Native communities and between Natives and the Church became a priority for the Diocesan Mission Council. The Mission Council supported the development of a Native Leadership Program and the work of the Father Latour Native Pastoral Centre among urban Natives."

(Information obtained from "Winds of Change pg. 50,51)

Although there are five Native Reserves in the Diocese of Calgary only four Churches serve Catholic parishioners and two of these remain ministered to by Oblate Priests.

The Kateri Council was formed to provide the four Native Churches the opportunity to have a voice, share ideas and concerns with one another. These discussions take place today and any pertinent information is then passed on to Bishop Henry.

Whom We Serve

For more information about each Native Church, see below:

Related Offices Mission Council
Related Themes Social Justice Charities Discipleship Natives Volunteers Evangelization

Propagation of the Faith

The Propagation of the Faith funds the needs of the missionary Church.

The history of Society for the Propagation of the Faith and what it does today.

Canadian Allocations

This year in Canada the Propagation of the Faith allocates its donations to the following countries:

World Mission Sunday

October 23th, 2011
October 21st, 2012

Every year on the third Sunday of October, parishioners around the world join together to celebrate the world's 1,200 missionary dioceses. The celebration includes prayer and donations to a special collection taken up in every parish.

We would like to thank all those who generously donated throughout the years.


World Mission Sunday -October 23, 2011

by Sr. Cecily Graves,
Director Diocesan Mission Council Office

World Misson Sunday, to be celebrated on October 23, will give us the opportunity to reach out in faith to more than two-thirds of the world's people who have yet to hear the "Good News" of Jesus Christ, or to experience—through the world and witness of missionaries—his abiding love. On World Mission Sunday, within the context of the Eucharist, we can offer our prayers. Through the Society of the Propagation of the Faith, we can offer our financial support for missions, making Jesus known "to the ends of the earth."

World Mission Sunday does not just happen here in our local churches. It is truly a universal celebration, a worldwide recommitment. World Mission Sunday unites Catholics throughout the world to the Church's evangelizing mission. October 23 provides us a renewed opportunity to pray in solidarity for the work of the missionary Church. It also asks us to financially support the work of the Propagation of the Faith that has a bird's eye view of the needs of the Churches. In 2010, following directions from the head office of Propagation of the Faith in Rome, monies contributed in Canada funded projects in Uganda, Albania, the Philippines, and Papua New Guinea.

The missionary work of the Church depends on each one of us. Please be as generous as your means will allow and continue to pray that all of us in this diocese and nation may be eager and effective witnesses of Jesus in our world, so in need of his love and peace.

Orginal artical in the October 2011 edition of The Carrilon.

Related Offices Mission Council
Related Themes Charities Discipleship Evangelization

Planned Giving

How much should I give?

Planned giving is a faith response.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary can help you make your gift planned, proportionate and sacrificial through the establishment of an endowment, the purchase of a life insurance policy or a bequest within your will.

There are many diocesan programs and initiatives in need of financial assistance.

These include continuing education of priests, family life programs, education of seminarians, support for retired priests, youth ministry, health care for the aged, missionary work, Catholic Charities, Elizabeth House, Feed the Hungry and capital projects such as land acquisition for new parishes.

Getting started is the most difficult part about making a will.

For a more detailed overview of the Diocese's planned giving program visit our Planting a Future site

If you have additional questions, please contact your professional advisor (lawyer, financial planner etc.) or contact our Director of Charities & Development, Joann Churchill at (403) 218-5531 or

Related Offices Charities & Development
Related Themes Charities Giving Donation

Bishop's Message

February 2008

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

The Christian spirit has always been animated by a passion to lead all humanity to Christ in the Church. The outreach to others expands the network of friendship with Christ which connects heaven and earth, different continents and ages. It is entrance into the gift of communion with Christ, which is new life enlivened by charity and the commitment to justice.

This outreach requires taking into account the hopes, sufferings and concrete situations in an experience of sharing, a characteristic of true friendship, and is a valuable occasion for witnessing and for Christian proclamation.

It is my fond hope that Mission Council will continue to be a bearer of the presence of God and an instrument of true humanization in our broken world.

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

F. B. Henry
Bishop of Calgary.

Related Offices Mission Council
Related Themes Social Justice Stewardship Charities Discipleship Volunteers Evangelization
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