Image: Village of Tsiigehtchic on the Mackenzie River

As a Redemptorist Bishop, I follow in the footsteps of some of the Church’s great preachers; St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. Clement Hofbauer, St. John Neumann. Though perhaps not always eloquent I am definitely  passionate about the Word of God and getting it out into the world.

I have always enjoyed writing and, as a priest and now a bishop, I have also enjoyed preaching. Sometimes though I feel like there is not enough time to devote to a good homily. The days come and go so quickly that before I know it Sunday is here again and I find my thoughts still rough around the edges.

This blog is a tool then, first and foremost, to help me take the time I need to reflect, pray and write so that I can offer people the type of homily that they deserve when they come to Mass on Sunday.

But also, as a missionary living in the Canadian North, I am afforded the opportunity to enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery this country has to offer and so I will be showcasing some of my favourite photographs along with the scripture reflections.

018 Laying on of hands by Archbishop Pettipas (2)I hope you find both the reflections and the photographs enjoyable.

God bless you all.

+Jon Hansen, C.Ss.R.
Bishop, Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith


Diocesan websites:  mfsdiocese.ca , facebook.com/dioceseofmackenzie