Small Christian Communities Lead `a Kind of Double Life'

By Jones, Arthur | National Catholic Reporter, December 25, 1998 | Go to article overview
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Small Christian Communities Lead `a Kind of Double Life'


Jones, Arthur, National Catholic Reporter


Victoria, British Columbia

It was a Saturday morning Catholic gathering that has its counterparts all over North America -- a small Christian community working group.

The resigned priests around the dining-room table in Edith and Tony Gvora's apartment here were Francois Broussard, in the chair, Arthur Menu, Chris Diamond and Dick Perrott, the editorial team. At hand, the next issue of the Xristos community's Journal.

"Xristos is a registered Canadian charity designed to promote and develop small faith communities," explained Menu. It comes out of Corpus Canada.

"Like the U.S. Corpus," continued Menu, "we were trying to influence the bishops. We realized that was a waste of time and moved on, to encouraging small community development." Vancouver Island boasts some 50 small Christian communities, a sizable number given a Catholic population of around 90,000 in an overall population of about half a million (1996 figures). Small Christian Communities, commonly known as SCCs, are encouraged by Bishop Remi De Roo.

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