Farewell to the Prairie Messenger

In 2018 the Prairie Messenger, a Catholic journal out of Muenster, Saskatchewan closed down after being published for more than a century by the Benedictine monks. I was a long-time contributor the the paper and was among those invited to write a guest column near the end. Here is my contribution: Childhood companion  My relationship... Continue Reading →

Jason Kenney at CCCB plenary

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is scheduled to speak to the annual plenary meeting of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) in October. Joe Gunn, a former director of the CCCB's Social Affairs Commission, says the appearance of a cabinet minister at a  plenary is unprecedented in recent memory. Gunn is now the Ottawa-based executive... Continue Reading →

Father Andrew Britz, rest in peace

  I received word on February 14 that my old friend father Andrew Britz had died of a heart attack in Saskatoon at age 71. I had known Andrew since the 1960s when I attended a boarding school run by the Benedictine monks at St. Peter’s Abbey near Humboldt, Saskatchewan. In the early 1980s Andrew... Continue Reading →

Gruending book launches in Saskatchewan

I had two recent launches in Saskatchewan for my book Pulpit and Politics.  One of the events was at St. Peter's College in Muenster, where I was a boarding school student for three years in high school and first year university in the 1960s.  My friend Father Andrew Britz interviewed me about the book prior to a time of questions... Continue Reading →

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