Diocese of London Updates

Please see below for all the latest information from the Diocese of London – we update this page weekly with the most up to date information from the Bishop and around the Diocese.

COVID- 19 Updates from Bishop Fabbro

Come and See Virtual Experience

St. Peter’s Seminary invites you to a virtual discernment retreat for men 17 years old and older considering a call to the priesthood. This virtual experience offers firsthand knowledge of the life of a seminarian, provides spiritual help for discernment and offers the opportunity for prayer and reflection. Saturday, February 18 from 12:00pm EST to 3:00pm EST. Please get in touch with Fr. Danny Santos at vocations@dol.ca to register, or for more information. A promotional poster/graphic is at this link.

Come and See Weekend

St. Peter’s Seminary invites you to an in-person discernment retreat for men 17 years old and older that are considering a call to the priesthood. This weekend offers a firsthand experience of the life of a seminarian, provides spiritual help for discernment and offers the opportunity to meet current seminarians and faculty of St. Peter’s Seminary. Friday, March 17th to Sunday, March 19th, at St. Peter’s Seminary Please get in touch with Fr. Danny Santos at vocations@dol.ca for more information. To register, visit our website at www.dolpriest.ca/registration. A promotional poster/graphic is at this link.

Registration for 2023-24 Now Open
Note: current LDCSB students do not need to re-register.

Do you have a child that is turning 4 this calendar year (born in 2019)? Do you have a friend, relative or neighbor that is new to the area or is interested in attending a LDCSB school?

Registration is now open for the 2023-24 school year. Visit the LDCSB website for details. Our online registration process makes it easy to register your child in a LDCSB school. Simply follow the instructions, collect the required documents, determine your child’s home school, and you will be able to submit your registration in minutes!

We take a holistic approach in Catholic education and believe that – in order for students to flourish academically – their emotional, spiritual, and social needs must be nurtured as well.

Current Grade 4 Students: St. Mary Choir and Orchestra Program Accepting Applications 
St. Mary Choir and Orchestra School, located in London, offers a unique musical arts experience for Grade 5-8 students from across the LDCSB. Applications are now being accepted from current Grade 4 students for admission for September 2023. Additional information is available on the school website.

Summer School Registration Coming Soon
Online registration for 2023 Summer School will be available in early February. Details will be available on the LDCSB website. All Summer School courses are taught online, which has allowed us to expand offerings. 

Options for Grade 8 Students Going into Grade 9
Take 1 new credit course. Yes, you can start high school with a completed course! 

Options for Students Going into Grade 10
Take 1 new credit course
Take 1 improvement credit course
Take 1 new credit course and 1 Improvement credit course
Take 2 improvement credit courses

Options for Students Going into Grade 11 and 12
Take 1 new credit course
Take 2 new credit courses
Take 1 improvement credit course
Take 2 improvement credit courses
Take 1 new credit course and 1 Improvement credit course
Take 1 new credit course and 2 Improvement credit courses 

Note: Grade 11 and 12 students can take improvement credit courses for subjects they took up to two years ago!

The Pope Francis Fund – Grant Application Process is Open

The application process for grants from the Pope Francis Fund is open. In 2022, 11 organizations received a total of $46,500 in financial support. Charitable organizations in the Diocese that are dedicated to working with the poor and marginalized are encouraged to apply for grants. The link to the application process and grant criteria is at www.dol.ca/pff. All the faithful are asked to share this information with local agencies who could qualify for funding.

Share Lent 2023 Workshops

Development and Peace – Caritas Canada is beginning a new campaign cycle this year. Encouraged by our Orientation Assembly in June 2022 and inspired by the October 2021 address of Pope Francis to the world meeting of popular movements, we have chosen the theme Create Hope to guide our actions over the next five years.

For the first year, we have chosen to create hope by working to Stand for the Land in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the Global South who are defending their homelands by protecting their land and water, the environment and human life.

All are welcome to join us at the upcoming Diocese of London Share Lent Workshops:

•           CHATHAM-KENT: Friday, January 27 at 6:30pm –8:30pm at St. Agnes Parish Hall, 52 Croydon St.

•           WINDSOR-ESSEX: Saturday, Januar 28 at 10:00am – 11:30am at St. Mary’s Parish Hall, 12016 Talbot Rd, Maidstone.

•           LONDON CENTRAL: Monday, January 30 at 7:00pm – 8:30pm at King’s University College (266 Epworth Ave, London: Wemple Hall, Vitali lounge).

•           SOUTH-WESTERN ON VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Thursday, February 9 at 7:00pm (Visit www.devp.org/events to register)

Kindly RSVP by emailing your local D&P Animator, Emily: elukasik@devp.org. A printable poster to promote these sessions is available at this link and images for emails and bulletins are available by contacting communications@dol.ca.

The Mysteries of the Eucharist

The Liturgy Office of the Diocese of London and Springbank Catholic Family of Parishes welcome Father Michael Driscoll, Professor-Emeritus, University of Notre Dame. Join us as we discover the Eucharist as a mystery to be celebrated, a mystery to be believed, and a mystery to be lived. The evenings will be streamed at www.springbankcatholic.ca on March 7-9, 7-9 pm.  You are welcome to join us in person or virtually.  Further details are available on the Family’s website.

National Association of Catholic Nurses-Canada (NACN-Canada)

NACN’s goal is to align professional practice with faith through prayer, fellowship, mentoring, access to resources regarding ethical issues and participation in public discourse.  On First Fridays at 3:00 p.m., pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy with them using the link on their website, where you will also find information on events and how to join their association (https://catholicnurses.ca or nacncanada.boardcontact@gmail.com).

Cursillo Weekend

Where is Christ in your life now? Take time to reflect and redirect your path. A Catholic Cursillo weekend can give you that time, and the spiritual food you need for reflection. Everyone is welcome. Cursillo provides a chance for people to recognize and appreciate the presence of the Holy Spirit; touching their hearts and minds and allowing them to better understand His abundant love for each and every one of us. Those who attend a Cursillo Weekend are given an understanding that it is possible to live as a Catholic Christian in normal everyday life and bring His presence and message to our homes and communities. When: Men’s: Feb. 2–5, 2023; Women’s: Feb. 9–11, 2023. Where: Michaelite House, 2751 Sunningdale Rd. W., London On. N6H 5L2 Cost: $200 [funding available to those unable to meet this expense]

Contact: Sharon Walsh at 519-393-6750 e-mail: kinkorite@hotmail.com.

Course on Synodality

A multilingual course on Synodality is commencing on 17 January 2023, and promoted by the Evangelii Gaudium Centre of the Sophia University Institute. The course is open to all the People of God (bishops, pastoral workers, priests, consecrated men and women, seminarians, lay people) and will be held on Zoom. Registration is open for the entire course or a particular module. The lessons will be held in Italian, with simultaneous translations in Spanish, Portuguese, and English. For further information, you are invited to contact: ceg@sophiauniversity.org or learn more at https://www.sophiauniversity.org/it/centro-evangelii-gaudium.

“Pray, hope and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.”

St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina