Bishop posts Christmas message to the Diocese of Niagara

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In his yearly message to the people of our diocese, the Bishop invites us to to find courage and hope in our celebrations of Christmas this year.

His message reminds us of the words of the Angel to the shepherds, “Do not be afraid.” The Bishop connects that message to the meeting he and his wife had this past year when they attended a gathering of Canadian and African Bishop’s in Capetown, South Africa, where he had the privilege to meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Archbishop Tutu opposition to apartheid reminded him of the words of the angels. Bishop Michael writes that Archbishop Tutu “was a powerful voice that encouraged people “not to be afraid” to leave behind old prejudices and sad structures and behaviours that divided and marginalized people in all kinds of ways.”

The Bishop’s letter to the diocese encourages us to be filled with the same courage as we encounter the divine in our Christmas celebrations this year. Read the whole letter here.