News & Events
Jun 20, 2017
Apostolic Nuncio to Canada visits the Diocese of Victoria
by Rafael Oei
His Excellency Most Reverend Luigi Bonazzi, Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, was in Victoria from May 29 to June 5, to lead a Retreat for the priests from the Diocese of Victoria on beautiful Quadra Island. After the week-long Retreat, His Excellency accompanied Bishop Gordon to Holy Cross Parish in Victoria and St. Ann’s Parish in Duncan to celebrate the Rite of Confirmation.
On Monday, June 5, which was the Feast of St. Boniface, Most Reverend Bonazzi and Bishop Gary Gordon concelebrated a Mass with staff at the Pastoral Centre. During the shared Homily, the Nuncio encouraged all staff to courageously and enthusiastically use their gifts and charisms to continue to support Bishop Gordon and the Church in Victoria, just as he, as Papal Delegate to Canada, is a representative of Pope Francis and the Holy See wherever he is stationed. This is the call to discipleship and an outward testimony of faith in support of the Church and its teachings in the world—sharing those gifts with others through our work in the administration of the Diocese and in our pastoral ministries.
A brief breakfast reception followed, giving staff the opportunity to personally meet and chat with the Nuncio before he had to fly off, by float-plane, to Vancouver for the second leg of his visit to the West Coast of Canada.