Readers will be provoked, inspired
and spiritually nourished by these moving tales drawn from the
real-life experience of a Catholic missionary priest/bishop among
Canada's aboriginal peoples and their neighbours.
Sylvain Lavoie's territory covers
some of the most rugged and sparse geography in Canada. The
diocese of Keewatin-The Pas spans 144,000 square kilometres in
northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba, as well as a corner of
northwestern Ontario. First Nations and Métis, Cree and
Dene, as well as non-aboriginal people - all blend together in a
portion of God's beautiful creation in a lifestyle that is truly northern.
This collection of Lavoie's
memories will inspire both smiles and tears. Some reveal faith
meeting life in heartwarming and humourous situations. Others
deal with the trauma of substance abuse, family violence, poverty,
and hardship. Here Lavoie shows how faith and the human spirit
can overcome even the most tragic circumstances. Still others
are gentle slices of life among God's "salt of the earth,"
as the author stickhandles the vagaries of Church and village life in
publication : 2009-09-29
isbn : 9782896461516
number of pages
price : $16.95
by the Most Reverend Sylvain Lavoie, OMI Drumming from within
(Novalis 2009) As part of
Celebration of First Peoples in Canada at Saint Paul University
on Wednesday, October 28th.
be ordered from Novalis