Thursday, May 20, 2010

Caritas Award Banquet April 15th 2010

Every year the Caritas Foundation, a Catholic charitable organization based in Winnipeg founded by the Knights of Columbus, recognizes an outstanding person who has contributed to the life of the Church in Manitoba and Canada. This year the award was presented to Archbishop James Weisgerber, past president of the Conference of Canadian Catholic Bishops. Among many other accomplishments, his work in caring for the environment, social justice and improving relationships with the First Nations peoples of the country was noted. A highlight of that effort was his role in organizing the historic meeting of past national chief Phil Fontaine with Pope Benedict XVI in June of 2009.

Archbishop James Weisgerber is pictured here with his award and Tom Lussier, president of the Caritas Foundation.

Caritas Award winner Archbishop James Weisgerber is pictured here with some of his brother bishops, clergy and dignitaries. To the far left is Bishop Reynald Rouleau OMI of Churchill. To the far right is Archbishop Albert LeGatt of St. Boniface. To his right is Bishop Douglas Crosby OMI of Corner Brook and Labrador who was the keynote speaker. Metropolitan Archbishop Lawrence Huculak of Winnipeg had not arrived yet when the picture was taken.

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