Diocese of Prince George
The Catholic faith heritage of the Diocese of Prince George was sown by the early pastoral work of Father Demers (1842) and nurtured for so many years by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate from France (1861). Thanks to the vision of Bishop Emile Marie Bunoz (1917), several Religious Orders of women were invited to establish schools and hospitals in Prince Rupert and Prince George. By the mid 1950’s John Fergus O’Grady, O.M.I., as Vicar Apostolic of Prince Rupert, created the Frontier Apostolate, inviting young catholic lay volunteers from all over the world to help develop a Catholic education for his people.
Today our Bishop, Gerald William Wiesner, O.M.I. continues in the same pioneering spirit of his predecessors. Diocesan programs carefully prepare lay leaders to serve in a wide variety of apostolates; for Catholic schools, adult education, retreat ministry, family counseling, prison chaplaincy, youth ministry, and ministry in First Nations communities and schools, to name a few.
Bishop Weisner has a great personal interest in promoting and nurturing vocations to priesthood and religious life. A brief quote from his April ’05 letter:
“In our Diocesan Pastoral Plan we say, ‘Church, become who you are.’ In the process of becoming who we are and being more fully who we are, vocations are of the essence; we simply will not become and be who we are without vocations.”
Is there a desire in your heart to want to offer your life in service of God’s people, perhaps as a priest, a sister, a brother, a lay worker? Get in touch with someone who can help you in your discernment. It’s important to you, and important to us!