Collaboration Enhances the Work of Holy Childhood in Vancouver
The Archdiocese of Vancouver has a long history of missionary involvement. It was our former Archbishop William Duke who, in 1933, established the Holy Childhood Association in English speaking Canada to encourage young children to take an active part in the mission activity of the Church by learning about, praying for and sharing with needy children around the world.
As diocesan director of this program for the past thirteen years, I have seen a steady growth in mission awareness and involvement in our schools and catechetical programs as children live the club motto, “Children Helping Children”™. During my time as HCA director over $300,000 has been raised to assist needy children in mission countries.
The Archdiocese has 39 Catholic elementary schools and 72 parish religion programs for children unable to attend our schools. It became increasingly apparent to me that I needed some assistance in reaching out to so many people.
In May of 2006 I asked to help me organize the annual Mission Day Mass. Seeing that she was able to remain pleasant and undaunted with some 500 young children milling about, I realized that I had found a treasure. So I asked her to assist me on a permanent basis.
Doreen now works with me, ordering supplies for the Coordinators, accompanying me on school visits and assisting with presentations and setting up displays at congresses. Through working together, Doreen and I have deepened our friendship, developed new ideas and approaches, and enhanced the Holy Childhood program in the Archdiocese.
By Mary Ellen Burns CSJ