With Deepest Sympathy
Calgary Diocesan CWL Council extends our heartfelt sympathy to indigenous families on the tragic discovery of the remains of 215 children buried on the site of the former Kamloops Residential School. This confirmed loss of life affects families, survivors, and communities in British Columbia and across Canada. We bear witness to the anguish and painful memories of the residential school system in Canadian history. Whether these vulnerable children died from sickness, disease, or other causes, they deserve to be identified, respectfully buried, and memorialized. We support Bishop Joseph Nguyen's commitment to work with Chief Rosanne Casimir and the k’emlúps te Secwépemc Nation to develop a long-term pastoral approach to reconciliation and healing.
God of compassion and love, heal the families of lost children as they struggle to overcome this great injustice. Our hearts bleed for the sorrow that they bear. May our Lady of Good Counsel fill their hearts with love, wrap them in her mantle, hold them in her arms and bring them comfort. Amen.