We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, He draws us to Himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

Bishop Lopes: A Pledged Troth. A pastoral letter on Amoris Laetitia.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

New Bishop for Diocese of Whitehorse

CCCB | Bishop-elect Vila
The wait for a new bishop is over for the faithful of the Diocese of Whitehorse.

Pope Francis has appointed a new bishop for the vast Diocese of Whitehorse:
(CCCB – Ottawa) His Holiness Pope Francis today named the Reverend Héctor Felipe Vila as Bishop of the Diocese of Whitehorse. At the time of his appointment, he was Rector of Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Toronto. Bishop-elect Vila succeeds the Most Reverend Gary Gordon who was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Victoria on June 14, 2014. Bishop Gordon had served as Apostolic Administrator of Whitehorse until he was installed as Bishop of Victoria on August 28, 2014. Since then, the Reverend Kieran Kilcommons, M.H.A., has been Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of Whitehorse.

Born on September 17, 1962, in Lima, Peru, Bishop-elect Vila did his primary studies and part of his secondary education in his homeland before immigrating to Canada in 1979. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering in 1986 from George Brown College in Toronto. In 1987, he joined the Neo-catechumenal Way. He began his studies in philosophy and theology at the University of Toronto and in 1989 continued his studies at the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Rome and at the Gregorian University. Subsequently, he obtained a licentiate in patristic studies from the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome. Bishop-elect Vila was ordained to the priesthood by Saint John Paul II on May 14, 1995, for the Diocese of Rome where he ministered until 1998.

In 1998, upon his return to Canada, he was appointed administrator of St. Norbert's Parish in Toronto. In 2000, he was then appointed Rector of Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Toronto.

According to the CCCB 2015 Directory, the Diocese of Whitehorse has 22 parishes and missions, with a Catholic population of 8,150, served by seven diocesan priests, three priests who are members of religious communities, two Sisters who are also members of religious communities, and seven lay pastoral assistants.

Pray for Bishop-elect Vila and the faithful of the Diocese of Whitehorse. Give thanks to God for the service of Reverend Kieran Kilcommons, M.H.A., who has served as Administrator during the sede vacante.


After Bishop Richard Gagnon was transferred to Winnipeg, the Diocese of Whitehorse graciously released to the Diocese of Victoria their former bishop, His Excellency Gary Gordon.

Since his return to the Banana Belt, Bishop Gordon has inspired the twinning of Vancouver Island parishes with Whitehorse parishes.

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