As our small group of travel-weary, would-be missionaries stood during Mass in the small church 4,500 km from our homes in Toronto, the ritual words we heard all of a sudden were reborn.
“Let us offer each other a sign of peace.”
We had heard them countless times at Mass through the years, but in the tiny hamlet of Fort Providence, N.W.T., population 797, the ritual greeting became much more than we were used to. Bishop Mark Hagemoen led the way, walking down from the altar, through the long aisle and into the pews, shaking hands with each and every parishioner. In