Category Archives: History

No diversity in women’s day article Letter to the editor

I love reading the Rat Creek Press. In general, I find the paper to be inclusive and community-minded.

I want to bring to your attention an omission in the March 2016 edition. The article “Celebrating Women” includes a timeline on women’s right to vote. I was dismayed to see that this timeline does not inform readers that Aboriginal women did not have the right to vote until 1960.

I also noticed that the overwhelming majority of the trailblazers are white women.

I was disappointed by the racial bias in this piece. International Women’s Day is for all women and this article did not communicate that.

Kimberly Mccall

Celebrating women International Women’s Day examines equality, challenges, and progress

“Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.” – Amelia Earhart

International Women’s Day, which falls on March 8, is a global event celebrating the economic, social, and political achievements of women and calling for change and equality.

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Caring for St. Patrick’s Church Father Stempfle has been the resident priest at St. Patrick’s Church for 38 years

St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church is a quiet oasis of kindness and caring. An integral part of the church is Father Frank Stempfle, who has been a priest for over 60 years.

Stempfle was born in 1926 and lived on a farm near Strome, Alberta. He later resided in Primate, Saskatchewan, before returning to Alberta to live on a farm near Hayter.

He was inspired to enter the clergy by the priests he came into contact with as a boy and young man. “We had a very fine parish priest when I was growing up,” said Stempfle. Later on, he attended St. Anthony’s College in Edmonton where he was influenced by the Franciscan priests who ran the school. He spent seven years at St. Joseph Seminary and was ordained in 1952 by Archbishop John Hugh MacDonald.

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