By Madeleine Marchildon
PRINCE ALBERT - On May 12, 2014, Fr. Paul-Emil Côté peacefully passed away at the age of 101 at the infirmary of the Sisters of Presentation of Mary. Fr. Côté was grateful to the Sisters for giving him loving care and the spiritual occasion of having daily mass and communion.
In the eulogy, close friend, Don Rak recalled experiences over a twenty year period with Fr. Côté at Hilltop Apartments and described him as a very committed priest who had a witty spirit.
Fr. Côté was known for his humility, simplicity and generosity. Every Advent for some 40 years, he created a nativity scene for Christmas, never two the same. It was his gift to God and to his parishioners. Rak said, “He needed time, solitude and silence to create a unique scene each Christmas.”
At the funeral mass, Chancellor, Fr. Greg Elder, related how he had gone to Despins Residence in St. Boniface, MB to prepare Fr. Côté to return to the Diocese of Prince Albert. When he arrived in St. Louis, Fr. Greg asked him, “Where is your new clothes that we bought for you?” The reply was simple, “I gave them to the poor.” …
Newly Ordained—Fr. Michael Averyt and wife Renske stand with Bishop Albert Thévenot, M. Afr. after his ordination to the priesthood on December 9, 2013 at St. Joseph Church in Prince Albert, SK. (de Leon photo)
Fr. Michael Averyt’s Ordination
By Paula Fournier
On December 9, 2013, Bishop Albert Thévenot, M. Afr. ordained the first married priest for the Prince Albert Diocese since its foundation in 1891 in a celebration at St.…
by Brian McLane
"It's awesome to think that somewhere in the bishop's office, here in Prince Albert, there is a paper in a correspondence folder, with my name on it, signed by Francis, Bishop of Rome!"
Seminarian Michael Averyt spoke those words in an interview shortly after receiving approval that he is to receive the Rite of Ordination to the Priesthood for the Diocese of Prince Albert…