Pope Francis has called on bishops to be shepherds who encounter their flock. In this spirit, I look forward to spending time in parishes through this new program. Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB
- (May 2018) We don’t need to earn God’s love: Archbishop Miller | This is an excerpt of a homily given during a visit to Sts. Joachim and Ann Parish May 3-6. Read more on bccatholic.ca.
- (April 2018) Parish needs you: archbishop to Holy Spirit community | Excerpts from Archbishop Miller’s homily at the conclusion of his parish visit to Holy Spirit Parish March 18. Read more on bccatholic.ca.
- (April 2018) ‘Warm welcome despite cold weather for Archbishop’s visit’ | Fresh snow didn’t chill the spirits of St. Andrew’s parishioners who arrived with mittens and hospitality for Archbishop J. Michael Miller’s visit to their church Feb. 22-25. Read more on bccatholic.ca.
According to the Code of Canon Law, the Archbishop is expected to pay visits to the parishes of his Archdiocese in order to familiarize himself with the pastoral needs of his people. The Parish Visit is an occasion to rejuvenate the energies of the parish, to encourage and to reassure the lay faithful, and to foster the evangelizing mission of the Church.
THE PARISH VISIT LASTS THREE DAYS
Depending on time and circumstances, Archbishop Miller will:
• Celebrate Mass
• Meet with the pastor, assistant, deacons and staff who serve in the parish
• Meet with the Pastoral Council and the Parish Finance Council
• Meet with PREP teachers
• Meet with leaders of different ministries: CWL, Knights of Colubmus, music, liturgical
and outreach services
• Visit the school to meet with all the staff
The Archbishop’s visit is a time of grace and celebration. It is a special event in the life of a parish; an opportunity to invite the lay faithful to a renewal of Christian life. The visit engages parishioners, focuses on how the Archdiocesan priorities and goals are being lived out and includes opportunities for discussion and social interaction. It is a time of rejuvenation, encouragement and reassurance. Afterwards, the Archbishop will prepare recommendations to the pastor to help parishioners become more intentional missionary disciples.
- Oct. 19-23, 2017 Corpus Christi, Vancouver (Photos)
- Jan. 18-21, 2018 St. Matthew, Surrey (Photos)
- Jan. 25-28, 2018 Holy Trinity, North Vancouver
- Feb. 22-25, 2018 St. Andrew, Vancouver (Photos)
- Mar. 15-18, 2018 Holy Spirit, New Westminster (Photos)
- May 4-5, 2018 Sts. Joachim and Ann, Langley (Photos)
- Sep. 6-9, 2018 St. Francis of Assisi, Vancouver
- Oct. 4-7, 2018 Our Lady of Good Counsel, Surrey
- Oct. 18-21, 2018 St. Francis de Sales, Burnaby
- Nov. 9-11, 2018 Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Vancouver
- Nov. 30-Dec.2, 2018 St. Edmund, North Vancouver
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