Category Archives: Faith

Archdiocese of Vancouver #WYDChallenge (JP II Pastoral Staff)

The staff of the Archdiocese of Vancouver at the John Paul II Pastoral Centre got together to celebrate the pilgrims traveling to Krakow for World Youth Day.

Thanks to our friends at Salt + Light for the challenge. In turn, we challenge all Canadian pilgrims (and especially diocesan offices) to put together their own #WYDChallenge video!

More importantly, we pray for all pilgrims traveling to Poland for World Youth Day.

Follow the pilgrims of the Archdiocese of Vancouver on Twitter at @vanWYD: http://www.twitter.com/vanWYD

Clay’s Corner Episode #7: When Your Wife is Amazing

My new Clay’s Corner is a must-watch for married couples (especially husbands) and anyone planning or hoping to get married.

I’m joined by my good friend Josh Canning (Alpha Canada, creator of Canadian Catholic) to talk about our amazing wives – Lisa and Gail.

In particular, we talk about how our wives bring out the best in us, and how they help us and challenge us when we struggle. We also discuss how our wives help us in our journey to become men of God.

Clay’s Corner Episode #4: We Will Win – Fr. Joseph Named New Bishop of Kamloops

Fr. Joseph Nguyen – the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Vancouver – RCAV – has been named as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Kamloops.

In my new Clay’s Corner, I talk about Fr. Joseph’s wonderful qualities and amazing story, and I trace the genesis of his most famous proclamation. ‪

Let Go and Let God

Have you ever wanted to be in two places at once? 

I found myself in that situation last Tuesday, April 19.  That was the date when two major events took place for our family:  Gail had major surgery in the morning and Jacob received the Sacrament of Confirmation in the evening.  Gail’s recovery precluded her from attending Jake’s Confirmation.  More on that in a bit.

Gail went to see our family doctor back in early February  when she started to spot. Gail’s usually very regular so this was certainly out of the ordinary.  After a few weeks of monitoring, a couple more visits to the doctor, and an ultrasound, it was confirmed in mid-March that Gail had cysts on/in her ovaries.  The multi-cyst on her left ovary was the size of a tennis ball.

Needless to say, we were very concerned that the cysts were cancerous.  However, it would take weeks to confirm or deny this so there wasn’t much we could do except to pray.  Gail’s blood work and MRI came back indicating that Gail had endometriosis but the jury was out on cancer.  So again we waited.

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Penguins, Planes, and the Proposal: The Story of Erwin and Alex

On October 3, 2015, my work colleague and friend Erwin married beautiful Alexandria in London, Ontario.  I was blessed to emcee the reception that evening, and as part of the program I presented the following story about Erwin and Alex:  their meeting, the courting period, their dating, and the proposal.

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The story of Erwin and Alex begins in March 2013 when Erwin sat across from me (and 3 others) in a boardroom in downtown Vancouver. We asked questions and he did his best to answer them.

One month later he was living in Vancouver and working at a new job. For a really good looking boss.

As I mentioned earlier, Erwin and Alex met in Saskatoon in January 2014 when they were both there for some youth ministry gatherings that had some really long names.

Alex’s first impression of Erwin was hardly a positive one. She found him abrupt, unapproachable, and standoffish. Pretty much everything you look for in a future husband.

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