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Photo caption: A teacher works with children in the classroom of St. Joseph Mission School Feb. 1 in rural San Fidel, N.M. The public school board of Red Deer, Alberta, no longer supports a publicly funded Catholic school system. (CNS photo/Rich Kalonick, Catholic Extension) 
Catholic board rejected
The public school board in Red Deer, Alta., has become the first in the province to officially support a single publicly funded school system.
“Having two publicly funded education systems is something that rose out of history and is no longer relevant to the way we do things,” Red Deer public school board chairwoman Bev Manning told the Edmonton Journal after the board voted 4-3 in favour of a single system May 10.
Guy Pelletier, chairman of the Red Deer Catholic school board, said it’s “a bit difficult not to take a motion like this personally.”
Under the Alberta Act of 1905, Catholics gained the right to a separate publicly funded board. Saskatchewan and Ontario are the other provinces that fund a Catholic school system.
Prairie Messenger shutting down
The Prairie Messenger, which has been publishing for more than 90 years, will print its final newspaper in May 2018. The Messenger’s board of governors, the monastic community of St. Peter’s Abbey, decided, “it could not carry a debt that has ballooned to more than $200,000 a year,” said Abbot Peter Novecosky.
St. Mark’s honours Sister Kenny
Sister Nuala Kenny, Canadian bioethicist and educator, has earned one more degree.
St. Mark’s College at the University of British Columbia awarded the school’s highest honour, the Doctor of Sacred Letters to Sister Kenny May 13. The honour was in recognition of her work in child health, medical education, and bioethics.

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