St. Patrick's Basilica is parish in the centre of Ottawa that has existed since 1855, making it the city's oldest English-speaking church. It remains a bustling urban place of worship, yet one summer evening as I passed there was a deep tranquility in the light enveloping its steeple that seemed to draw even the hectic cat's cradle of urban power lines into its symmetry.
In a secular age, there is a push to strip the public square of all signs of faith. But freedom of religion and freedom of expression are the bare basics for a people to call themselves free. Convivium is a voice for the rightful role of faith and for people of faith in our pluralistic society.