ACCUC – Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities in Canada
Passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities in Canada joins the universal Church in mourning the passing into eternal life of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger) on December 31, 2022. From his ordination as priest in 1951 and his consecration as a bishop in 1977 and his nomination four years later as Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, and finally to his election as pope in 2005, Benedict XVI has been the embodiment of service to the Church for over seven decades. Upon his election, Benedict XVI spoke of himself as a “humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord” in turn emphasizing the papal title, Servant of the Servants of God.
Following his historic decision to resign the papacy in 2013, Benedict, true to his namesake, St. Benedict of Nursia, he eschewed idleness, despite his advanced age and health. In the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery, he continued working on his writings while offering constant prayers for the Church and world. While Benedict XVI has left this world for the glories of the next, he has bequeathed a corpus of theological works that have made a major impact on Christianity. His Jesus of Nazareth series has provided a meticulous, rigorous, and comprehensive account of Our Saviour. His Introduction to Christianity and Principles of Catholic Theology are regarded as classics. His encyclicals as pope, while offering critiques of the contemporary world, also sought to provide a deeper understanding of the Second Vatican Council.
As Benedict XVI makes his final journey to the House of the Father in Heaven, we offer a prayer: Eternal rest grant unto your servant Joseph, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities in Canada (ACCUC) is an organization of Roman Catholic institutions of higher education located across all parts of Canada. The ACCUC acts as the official voice for Catholic higher learning in Canada, as it seeks to spread “the spirit of learning” throughout the country.
John Cappucci, Ph.D.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Assumption University, Windsor
Carl Still, Ph.D.
President, St. Thomas More College, Saskatoon
The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities in Canada (ACCUC) was established to promote and to serve as a voice for Catholic higher education in Canada.
The Association carries out this purpose by fostering ongoing dialogue and regular communication between the executive heads of Catholic Colleges and Universities in Canada, other Catholic Church related institutions of higher learning and others interested in work of the Association, such as Universities Canada, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), the Canadian Catholic Campus Ministry (CCCM), the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU), and the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU).