2017 in Review

December 26, 2017

Fr. Albin Arsenault's Cake; presented at the Knights of Columbus Annual Convention

Here is the year in review!









2017 began with the Traditional Bishop’s Levee held January 1 at St. Dunstan’s Place on Great George Street in Charlottetown.

In January our Diocesan Archivist, Fr. Art O Shea, published his most recent book on the History of The Cathedral Parish of St. Dunstan’s in Charlottetown.

Fr. Eric Dunn VG congratulates Fr. Art O’Shea

The National Convention of the CWL was held in Charlottetown this summer and preparations went on throughout the diocese.

Members of the Catholic Women’s League with their Spiritual Adviser, Fr. Paul Batchilder, recreate the “Fathers of Confederation” in this promotional pose.

In March Bishop Richard Grecco and the Atlantic Bishops traveled to Rome for their Ad Limina visit.

The Atlantic Bishops with the Holy Father

On March 30 the new Our Lady of Hope Retreat Centre in Bayview, PEI was blessed.

Representatives gather for the Blessing

The first Priest’s Retreat at Our Lady of Hope was held in late May. Fr. Philip Chircop of the Society of Jesus was the retreat master.

Fr. Phil claps Fr. Floyd McGaugh on the back.

In June Fr. Charlie Cheverie celebrated his 60th Anniversary of ordination to the priesthood.

Father Charlie Cheverie

Our Lady of Hope Retreat Centre was officially opened in June with a ribbon cutting and remarks from the Papal Nuncio Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi.

June 11, 2017 Grand Opening Celebration

Canada Day heard the Bells of St. Dunstan’s Basilica play once more, thanks to a new electronic striking system.

Leo Marchildon testing the bell keyboard.

Just in time for the National Convention Fr. Brian MacDougal was appointed Spiritual Director for the Prince Edward Island Catholic Women’s League.

Fr. Brian MacDougal becomes Spiritual Director for the CWL.

In July Fr. Gerard McIver died in Summerside. Fr. Gerard was well loved by his friends and family and will be fondly remembered.

Fr. Gerard McIver

St. Anne’s Sunday was July 30 this year, one of the oldest gatherings of the Mi’kmaq people drawing many to Lennox Island.

Standing Seal, Bishop Richard Grecco and Darlene Bernard

In August Fr. Charles Gallant died. At 98 years old Fr. Charles was the longest serving priest in the history of the Diocese of Charlottetown. Active and caring for his people right to the end he was an inspiration to all who knew and loved him.

Fr. Charles Gallant

In the height of August the National Convention of the CWL was held in Charlottetown.

The National Convention of the Catholic Women’s League

Late in September Fr. Francis Bolger died. Well known teacher, historian and Lucy Maude Montgomery scholar Fr. Bolger’s passing touched many communities both on PEI and worldwide.

Fr. Francis Bolger with Sr. Sue Kidd cnd. Fr. Bolger was one of the founders of UPEI.

On October 10, Dianne Young of Lennon Recovery House Association purchased the old Belcourt Retreat Centre in Rustico for a Loonie. Lennon House will be used to treat those who are recovering from addiction and mental illness.

Dianne Young & Bishop Richard Grecco.

St. Paul’s Parish in Summerside is hosting a NET Team from the fall of 2017  to the Spring of 2018. This group of college aged Catholics from the National Evangelization Team of Canada will work with young people in many activities in the parish.

NET Team at St. Paul’s in Summerside

The Young people of St. Mary’s Parish in Montague participated in the Shoe Box Christmas Campaign. Just one of hundreds of of projects that were held across PEI this year.

And there were more suppers, concerts, picnics, retreats, days of recollection and especially Worship Services across the Diocese than any one person could possibly attend. 2018 should prove to be just as busy!

A Pancake Breakfast