By Deborah Gyapong
Canadian Catholic News
The annual plenary meeting of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops Sept. 24-28 will have many firsts this year: from distinguished guests to reflections on topics as diverse as the Second Vatican Council and the worldwide economic crisis.
The bishops will even have an opportunity for media interview training by staff of Salt and Light TV.
The gathering, which is expected to draw 80 bishops, will come on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council Oct. 11, the Synod of Bishops on New Evangelization Oct. 7-28 in Rome, and the canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha, the Lily of the Mohawks, Oct. 21.
Among the highlights of this year's agenda is the visit of Archeparch Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kiev-Halych (Ukraine), the major archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, who will offer a reflection Sept. 25 after having presided at the worldwide Ukrainian Catholic Church Synod of Bishops in Winnipeg Sept. 9-16.
The new ordinary for the U.S. Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, will also attend. The Ordinariate was erected in January 2012 to provide a home for people from the Anglican tradition who wish to become Catholic while maintaining aspects of Anglican liturgy and patrimony under the Holy Father's 2008 apostolic constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus.