Diocesan Information

Bishop's Message

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January 20, 2011

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, 

Love comes down to us from the Son. It is creative love, through which we have our being; it is redemptive love, through which we recreated. ...As the objects of God’s love, men and women become subjects of charity, they are called to make themselves instruments of grace, so as to pour forth God’s charity and to weave networks of charity.”

(Caritas in Veritate, 5)

These words of Pope Benedict XVI beautifully summarize the origin and the mission of the Church. The creative and redemptive love of God, revealed to us in the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus was poured out upon us through the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. To be a Christian is to experience that we are truly “the objects of God’s love”, commissioned to become “subjects – active agents – of charity” in the world. To be a Christian means to join with others in our parish communities to “weave networks of charity” in our community. In fact, an ideal parish community can be described as a “network of love” flowing forth and sustained by the Eucharistic Assembly. The Eucharist confirms us as “objects of God’s love” and constantly commissions us as “subjects of charity” in the world.

Our Diocesan website exists to support the “network of love” which is the Parish Community and bind these communities of love into a Diocesan network of the networks of love.


Fraternally in Christ,

John Corriveau, OFM Cap.
Bishop of Nelson