Bishop’s Letter regarding National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women – September 8, 2016

I join with all of you in offering my prayers and support for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Young people. We hope and pray that the work of the Inquiry will bring clarity to what has happened to the lives of over 1,200 murdered or missing Indigenous women, to bring about justice for victims and their families, and to provide insights to prevent any possible potential victims.

Click here to read the full text of Bishop Mark’s letter

Catholic Response to TRC Calls To Action

Click here to read “Catholic Response to Call to Action 48”
Click here to read “Repudiation of ‘Doctrine of Discovery & Terra Nullius’”

An interview with Bishop Donald Bolen, Chairman of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, about the two texts

Click here for Bishop Mark Hagemoen’s letter to the Mackenzie Fort-Smith Diocese on the TRC Calls to Action

Read the Joint letter from Bishops Mark Hagemoen, David Parsons and Darren McCartney to the NWT Government regarding the priority of Palliative Care and end-of-life support

Click here for the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) publication “Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: Urgent Questions”



The Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith joins the Church throughout the world in celebrating the Year of Mercy. Here are some resources to help with our celebration of this important year for our people.

Year of Mercy – February Resource (Focus: Spiritual Works of Mercy)
Year of Mercy – Parable Reflection 1 (God’s Mercy is For Everyone – Luke 7:36-56)
Year of Mercy – Youth Crossword on Mercy
Year of Mercy – Corporal Works of Mercy Coloring Page

Click on the image below for Pope Francis’ Prayer for Year of Mercy.

Click here for the Diocesan Brochure on the Year of Mercy.


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