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Drumming From Within

Tales of Hope and Faith from Canada's North

by (author) Sylvain Lavoie

Initial publish date
Aug 2009
General, Inspirational, Personal Memoirs
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Readers will be provoked, inspired and spiritually nourished by these moving tales drawn from the real-life experience of a Catholic missionary priest/bishop among Canada's aboriginal peoples and their neighbours.

Sylvain Lavoie's territory covers some of the most rugged and sparse geography in Canada. The diocese of Keewatin-The Pas spans 144,000 square kilometres in northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba, as well as a corner of northwestern Ontario. First Nations and Métis, Cree and Dene, as well as non-aboriginal people - all blend together in a portion of God's beautiful creation in a lifestyle that is truly northern.

This collection of Lavoie's memories will inspire both smiles and tears. Some reveal faith meeting life in heartwarming and humourous situations. Others deal with the trauma of substance abuse, family violence, poverty, and hardship. Here Lavoie shows how faith and the human spirit can overcome even the most tragic circumstances. Still others are gentle slices of life among God's "salt of the earth," as the author stickhandles the vagaries of Church and village life in the north.

About the author

SYLVAIN LAVOIE is archbishop of Keewatin-The Pas and a member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. A native of Highgate, Saskatchewan, he has authored numerous articles on aboriginal ministry, as well as the booklet Together We Heal. Archbishop Lavoie has also give retreats and workshops on addictions awareness and the Twelve Step Program for over 30 years.

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