Father Philip Kennedy’s great-granduncle: Charles Hughes Gauthier, who became Archbishop of Kingston and later of Ottawa, in the early part of the 20th century.
Many families have persons in their past generations who were noted for some achievements or other and have remained in the family memory, with anecdotes or exemplary stories. I grew up hearing often about one such relative, Charles Hughes Gauthier, who became Archbishop of Kingston and later of
Archbishop Gauthier was held up for us as a prominent vocational example, who gave himself completely to the Church, and was ordained in 1867, just as
But in my background there are other religious vocations we were reminded of;
especially Sister Mary Campbell, of the Religious Hospitallers of Saint Joseph at
Two of my second-cousins also became Sisters of St. Joseph, and served as missionaries, and two other cousins were priests, one with the Oratory in
Young people of today are fortunate if they have a witness of devotion and dedication to Christ in their own family, in the priesthood, or women in religious life, or permanent deacons, or religious brothers. The world we live in has a dire need of examples of commitment and perseverance in faith, and men and women who give themselves generously to God by serving others in prayer, sacrifice, virtue, labour, faith-witness, knowledge of God’s desire for all, and the ability to be with ordinary people on their life journeys.
In the pages of the Fall 2010 issue of Catholic Missions In Canada magazine, look for such exemplars of vocational giving, and you will realize how the wonderful task of sustaining the missions of this nation are fulfilled.