Remi De Roo - Chronicles of a Vatican II Bishop

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Robert Blair Kaiser, in speaking of the Second Vatican Council, states that the Council made the Bishops more human, more real, and more loving.


Then the Bishops turned around and helped us, the Church, to be more human, more real, and more loving.


Remi De Roo - Chronicles of a Vatican II Bishop is the story of one such transformation.


Appointed as the new Bishop of Victoria, British Columbia at the tender age of 38, this young priest from Manitoba fell headlong from his parish life into the first session of Vatican II. He was active in all four sessions of the Council and it's effect on him, and the life of his diocese, is profound. "Chronicles" tells Bishop De Roo's story from childhood in Swan Lake Manitoba through the days at the Council, of changes in the vision and life of a diocese, of dedication to social justice in Canada and our world, to a present day ministry as a "Pilgrim of Vatican II".


It is a story of personal growth and the development of the Church as the People of God, accepting responsibility with their bishop for the work of the Gospel. Personally, "Chronicles" brought back memories of this time in my life here on Vancouver Island. It led to a renewed commitment and optimism for the future, for this is a book full of hope in the midst of human frailty. It leads, not to a "wringing of hands" for what is not, but to a renewed vision of what could be. It is a call to action.


Chronicles of a Vatican II Bishop

Remi De Roo

Published by Novalis - Toronto, Ontario

ISBN 978-2-89646-471-5

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