WFMP 2018: October 25, 26 & 27, 2018

Conference Speakers

Sr. Nuala Kenny

Opening Address: Thursday, October 25, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Nuala Patricia Kenny was born in New York and entered the Sisters of Charity of Halifax in 1962. She received her BA, Magna Cum Laude, from Mount Saint Vincent University in 1967, an MD from Dalhousie in 1972 and did postgraduate training in pediatrics at Dalhousie and Tufts-New England Medical Centre, during which she held a Killam Scholarship. In 1975, she became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada and in 1976 was certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Among her many accolades, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada for her contributions to child health and medical education and has received an Queen’s Jubilee Medal.

Sr. Kenny is Emeritus Professor of Bioethics at Dalhousie University and Ethics and Health Policy Advisor to the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada.

Sr. Kenny looks forward to joining us at WFMP 2018, since she has been working on issues related to Youth and the understandings of mental health and recent government initiatives in the area of assisted suicide.

Find out about Sr. Nuala Kenny's Presentation
Opening Address – Sr. Nuala Kenny, S.C.H.
Thursday, – 7 p.m.

Educating for Prophetic Response to the Medicalization of Suffering and Death
The challenges of evangelization of youth in post-Christendom society are the focus of the 2018 Synod of Bishops. Pope Francis encourages them to follow Jesus and, like the young prophet Jeremiah, to go where God sends them. In Canada, the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide present direct contradictions to Jesus’ Paschal Mystery and His trust in the love of the Father even in suffering which “accomplishes far more than we can ask or imagine.”
Polls show that eighty percent of adult Catholics, formed in the sanctity of life and the immorality of euthanasia, believe medically assisted death is acceptable. The catechetical challenges for youth who experience it as the “new normal” are urgent and profound. These include formation for prophetic resistance to the medicalization of suffering and death and prophetic witness to care and compassion for the sick and suffering. They require new pedagogical approaches regarding use of technology, interactive learning and stories of personal experience of illness, dependence, dying and vulnerability.

Most Rev. Gerard Bergie – Bishop of St. Catharine

Keynote Address: Friday, October 26, 2018 – 8:30 a.m.

Bishop_BergieBishop Gerard Paul Bergie was born on January 4, 1959 in Hamilton, Ontario. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 12, 1984 for the Diocese of Hamilton. He was named Auxiliary Bishop of Hamilton in July 2005 and ordained as a Bishop on August 24, 2005. He was named Bishop of the Diocese of St. Catharines on September 14, 2010 and installed on November 9, 2010.

He studied at St. Jerome’s College, the University of Waterloo and St. Peter’s Seminary, London, Ontario. He received a master’s degree in Divinity from the University of Western Ontario in 1983 and a licentiate in Canon Law from the University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum) in Rome in 1991.

Bishop Bergie is currently a member of the English Sector Episcopal Commission for Evangelization and Catechesis of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), Chair of the Education Commission of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario (ACBO) and a member of the Catholic-Lutheran Church of Canada Theological Dialogue.eds of conferences, retreats, schools and churches.

His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins – Archbishop of Toronto

Celebrant: Friday, October 26, 2018 – 11:15 a.m.

Thomas Cardinal Collins was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario, where his father was the circulation manager of the Guelph Mercury and his mother was a legal secretary. He is the only son and the youngest of three siblings. His childhood home was situated behind The Church of Our Lady, where he attended and served morning Mass.

Cardinal Collins considered being a teacher or a lawyer but was profoundly inspired by his Grade 11 English teacher, Father Newstead, at Bishop Macdonell Catholic High School, who knowing him, suggested that he should consider the priesthood. In 1969 he obtained a Bachelor of Arts (English) from St. Jerome College in Waterloo. In 1973 he obtained two degrees, a M.A. (English) from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Theology from St. Peter’s Seminary in London, Ontario. That same year he was ordained to the priesthood on May 5, 1973 in the Cathedral of Christ the King, Hamilton, by Most Reverend Paul Reding.

While studying in Rome, specializing in sacred scripture and the Book of Revelation, he received his Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Bible Institute in 1978 and a Doctorate in Theology from the Gregorian University in 1986.

After holding various academic appointments, in 1997 he was appointed as Bishop of Saint Paul, Alberta. Two years later, he was named the Archbishop of Edmonton. In 2001, while in Edmonton he was named Apostolic Administrator of Saint Paul. In December 2006, he was appointed as the Archbishop of Toronto, and installed in January 2007.

In 2007 Cardinal Collins became a ex-officio member of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops Permanent Council, the Chancellor of the University of St. Michael’s College and the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, in Toronto. He is the Chair of the Board of Governors of St. Augustine’s Seminary, and the Chair of the Board of Directors of Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary, Catholic Charities and Catholic Cemeteries and is a Trustee of ShareLife’s Advisory Board. In 2008, Cardinal Collins was elected President of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario.

During his time thus far in Toronto, Cardinal Collins has served the global church through his membership with the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Congregation for Catholic Education and Commission of Cardinals for oversight of the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR). He has participated in the Synod on the Eucharist, and the Synod on the Middle East, served as an Apostolic Visitor in Ireland and also as the Delegate of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith for Anglicanorum Coetibus.

On January 6, 2012, the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI announced the appointment of Cardinal Collins to the College of Cardinals. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals as Cardinal Priest of San Patrizio on February 18, 2012. Thomas Cardinal Collins is the 16th cardinal in Canadian history.

Christopher Bray – Worship Leader and Speaker

Feature Speaker

Chris Bray is a full time travelling worship leader and speaker. Having received multiple Gospel Music Association Covenant awards and numerous top 10 and #1 hit songs on Christian radio in Canada, his ministry has spanned North America from headlining the National March for Life rally on Parliament Hill for 25,000 people, the Air Canada Centre, working with great figures such as Peter Furler, Matt Maher, Audrey Assad, Jonny Diaz, Matt Fradd, Jackie Francois, Leah Darrow, Steve Ray, Ralph Martin, Chris Padgett, Fr. Dave Pivonka, involvement in Life Teen, World Youth Day, Steubenville Toronto, NCYC, NCCYM, presenting to tens of thousands each year at hundreds of conferences, retreats, schools and churches.

Dr. Cristina Vanin – St. Jerome’s University, Waterloo

Feature Speaker

Dr. Cristina Vanin is an Associate Professor of Theology, Associate Dean, and director of the Master of Catholic Thought Theology Program, at St. Jerome’s University in Waterloo, Ontario. She received her BA from St. Jerome’s University, her Master of Divinity from St. Michael’s College, Toronto, and her PhD in Theology from Boston College. Her research is focused on the role that theology can have in helping us respond adequately to the ecological crisis. In this she has been influenced by the thought of Passionist priest, Thomas Berry, and Canadian Jesuit, Bernard Lonergan. Recent publications include: the article, “Ecological Conversion: What Does It Mean?” in Theological Studies; and a book chapter, “Care and Compassion: The Need for an Integral Ecology,” in the book, Ecotheology and Nonhuman Ethics in Society: A Community of Compassion, edited by Melissa J. Brotton.

Find out about Dr. Cristina Vanin's Presentation
One Earth: Pope Francis’ Call for an Integral Ecology
In his encyclical, Laudato Si’, Pope Francis calls us to develop an ecological culture in which we understand ourselves as “part of nature, included in nature, in constant interaction with it.” (LS 139) At the heart of such an ecological culture, and of this encyclical, is the notion of an integral ecology, which Pope Francis regards as applying to all aspects of our lives.
Why does this notion of an integral ecology matter today as we renew our promise to Catholic education?