Articles by Hannah Marazzi
By Andrew Bennett and Hannah Marazzi
July 6, 2021
Father Deacon Andrew Bennett, program director for Religious Freedom at Cardus, and Hannah Marazzi, former Cardus staff member, celebrate and mourn their dear friend, Rabbi Reuven Bulka.
Yet to see Rabbi Bulka as simply a kind man whose kindness was active in the community is to fail to see what that kindness was a manifestation of: the divine life He was known to so many as Rabbi Reuven Bulka and his death on June 27 has brought forth both mourning and rejoicing in a life that brought justice and goodness into the world
March 19, 2020
Hannah Marazzi welcomes the new widespread trend towards helping those around us, as it provides support in areas that have long needed it.
In Canada, various people are hosting story times and recording readings online; Montreal teenagers are offering free babysitting services to those who have run out of options; and I have heard stories of airport shuttles being organized It is the story of learning and leaning together in uncertain ...
January 21, 2020
Convivium’s Hannah Marazzi sits down with recent pilgrim Donna Preater, to discuss her physical and spiritual journey on a mini-Camino walk this past fall.
I shared it the next day at our time of evening reflection and one of the women who had given up her faith approached me and said, "Donna, I can see you love the church One that will always remain profound to me is of the day we arrived at a little Anglican church in the Annapolis Valley that had fo...
November 12, 2019
Hannah Marazzi refreshes her faith in poetry at an awards ceremony for writing that marks the intersection of our lives and the divine.
Despite working on the last two iterations of the Ross and Davis Mitchell Award for Faith and Writing, this was my first time as an audience member as winners and shortlisted poets alike shared excerpts of their work and gathered for an evening of celebrating the gift of poetry to “grapple with tran...
November 7, 2019
For years, sculptor Timothy Schmalz has been turning the gazes of passersby towards visual representations of scripture, with his large-scale sculptures erected worldwide. Our own Hannah Marazzi sits down with Schmalz to discuss his art and the vision behind it.
I have this cynicism about what people think about artwork and Christianity, but I also have a faith that one can do a piece of artwork that can explain and show people how amazing Saint Thomas Aquinas is or how awesome Saint Padre Pio is TS: I think all artwork has to be something that communicates...
October 18, 2019
Convivium’s Hannah Marazzi calls fellow Canadians to act on their democratic right to vote, a freedom not shared by all countries around the world.
Will they represent you and your neighbours well? Do you think they are ethical? Do you think they will listen to you and your neighbours? Do you see a through line between the person, party and platform? Is the person you plan to vote for committed to your people and this particular place? Repeated...
September 11, 2019
A jarring early morning Amber Alert on her smartphone reminds Hannah Marazzi why we are called to love our neighbours.
That the life of a tiny, vulnerable young girl in our province at risk is absolutely worth the sending of an Amber Alert to the cell phone of each and every resident in the region Far above news notifications, social media updates and advertisements spit out by algorithms attempting to anticipate wh...
August 23, 2019
Fr. Adam Hincks, SJ, is one of 22 newly ordained priests to The Society of Jesus community. Convivium's Hannah Marazzi sits down with him to discuss his background in science and the journey that brought him to become a Jesuit priest.
When I first started discerning this, I was doing a doctorate in physics at Princeton University and I really enjoyed the studies and the work I was doing there, but I felt as though this wasn't my particular calling for the rest of my life First, it gave me a rich view of the world, having grown up...
July 25, 2019
Sister Helena Burns has a certificate in bird biology, an effervescent love of hockey and a significant Twitter following. Convivium’s Hannah Marazzi sits down with her to learn more about life as a Daughter of St. Paul.
Otherwise, for our young people today, if it's not beautiful and aesthetic and you're not using the right typefaces and using good graphic design, you have done damage to your message And people say, "Oh, religious life would be so constricting, and I won't get to use my talents, and I won't get to ...
June 25, 2019
In an age marked by distraction and fragmentation, the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal are choosing a life marked by deep joy, service to the poor, and a community of faithfulness. Convivium's Hannah Marazzi sits down with Father Emmanuel Mansford, vocations director for the New York chapter to discuss vocation, trust, and deep community.
I was really attracted by his way of life, and I thought, "Gosh, there's these guys that live at least something of this in New York City Maybe that's what we're talking about a little bit – the joy or the humanity that allows for people to say, "Oh, I can relate to this, to these guys Like in any v...
Hannah Marazzi with Steve Bell
May 16, 2019
Canadian musician Steve Bell sits down with Convivium's Hannah Marazzi to talk about his sources of inspiration and the geography found beyond physical parameters.
In a sense you are both a performer committed to producing excellent music and at the same time serve as a guide that has welcomed Canadians into worship for many years You have had a 25 year solo career, won two JUNO awards, four Western Canadian Music awards and have performed for over half a mill...
May 8, 2019
Surprised and refreshed by her first encounter with a religious sister, Katie Gordon talks to Convivium’s Hannah Marazzi about the generative possibilities that could emerge from bringing religious nuns and religious nones together across generations and affiliations.
KG: I would like your readers to wonder how inter-generational relationships or friendships are showing up in their lives? I didn't have an elder figure in my life until I had Sisters Katie Gordon: The Nuns and Nones project emerged from a curiosity of what would happen between Sisters and Millennia...
February 22, 2019
Musician Brian Doerksen sits down with Convivium to discuss how music shaped him, how the needs of his family shaped his music, and how, in the end, collaboration is life.
Her mother was the first violinist in the orchestra for my event, so she started hearing the songs as they were learning them and she thought, "This is the kind of music that my daughter needs to hear It was like she had music in her and it took an injection of some of these fresh songs that she had...
February 12, 2019
Convivium’s Hannah Marazzi learns from author Douglas McKelvey how we can make every moment holy by seeing even milk, honey and coffee as worthy objects of liturgy.
I hope that Every Moment Holy can be a gentle invitation to turn to prayers and liturgies that create a rhythm to your days, weeks, and years DM: Well, the one that is probably nearest to me at the moment is the one that constitutes the foreword of the book, “A Liturgy for the Writing of Liturgies”,...
February 7, 2019
Convivium has been following the journey of writer and documentary-maker Joshua Harris as he unpacks the effects of his generation-changing book I Kissed Dating Goodbye. Hannah Marazzi caught up with him as he moves on to the next chapter in his life and work.
I do get letters from people who are watching the documentary and are saying, “This helped me realize how my thinking and my views of sexuality were shaped in ways I didn’t even realize by this era, by this book JH: People shared that aspects of the book had made them fearful and given them standard...
January 29, 2019
Last week, Editor-in-Chief Father Raymond de Souza dismissed Oscar-nominated Black Panther as a cinematic sop to Hollywood guilt and greed. Tut-tut, retorts reviewer Hannah Marazzi. It’s a marvel of movie-making beauty that leaves viewers vibrant with its message of mercy.
Set in the fictional land of Wakanda, Black Panther is the story of young would-be king T’Challa who must fight to ascend the throne of the most technologically advanced society in the world But at heart, Black Panther is a film that asks its viewers to reflect on the importance of mercy over might ...
October 31, 2018
Rabbi Reuven Bulka, prolific writer, communicator and leader in the Jewish community, talks to Convivium’s Hannah Marazzi about the impact of the Pittsburgh synagogue murders and how to honour the 11 people killed at prayer.
We can control that by our attitudes, by saying not only are we condemning the anti-Semitism that kills people but also the anti-Semitism that, in fact, attacks people and insults them, and ridicules them and reviles them and makes them seem repulsive to the community at large Hannah Marazzi: When d...
October 25, 2018
Canadians familiar with the Christian relief agency Samaritan's Purse usually think of it working in international disaster response from Haiti to Bangladesh. But as Senior Operations Manager Joseph Park tells Convivium’s Hannah Marazzi, it also brings aid and comfort to locales across Canada, including the nation’s capital during a recent terrifying time of mighty winds.
C: How does Samaritan's Purse determine where they send people? Do communities call you? Do you have some sort of an internal monitoring service that alerts you where and when to offer your services? JP: Samaritan's Purse worked very closely with the city of Ottawa to assist all the private proper...
August 31, 2018
On Monday, our Editor in Chief, Father Raymond de Souza, raised some gently ironic questions about the Canadian Football League’s “Diversity is Strength” campaign. Today, Convivium’s Hannah Marazzi talks to Levon Isakhanyan, of the Armenian Diocese of Canada, about a new documentary that celebrates genuine diversity rooted in heart-felt love.
Are people literate regarding what secularism is? Do they know the benefits are of religious pluralism? In this context, I would say the faith-based communities have an important role to play in promoting their own importance to the well being of multicultural societies C: The documentary focuses on...
Hannah Marazzi with Ben Ewert
August 10, 2018
Convivium’s Hannah Marazzi talks to musical scholar and choral director Ben Ewert about his new role creating music to remind us that “God requires worship from every part of our being, not just our emotions.”
The worship side of this position is fairly broad and pertains to whatever is happening in the church worship – be that music, liturgy, a special service, or community outreach You'll find lots of people who will talk about the value of sacred music, and how we shouldn't lose this vast tradition of ...
Hannah Marazzi, with Wes Janzen, Kim Janzen
July 17, 2018
As life-long lovers of music Wes and Kim Janzen had built successful careers as directors and performers in Canada. Surprised by the conviction that God was calling them to marry their love of music and mission in the country of Ukraine, the Janzens set off for the adventure of a lifetime. Suddenly, war broke out.
After being in Ukraine for six months out of the year for several years, I knew, without a doubt, that God was calling us here to Ukraine full time because where you see God working is where you need to be C: In 2012, Kim you were appointed Interim Director of Outreach Ministries and Wes, you were a...
July 10, 2018
Compelled by the depth of simultaneous faith and suffering articulated in Kate Bowler’s Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved, reader Hannah Marazzi emerges challenged to examine the complex intersections of suffering and faithfulness, trusting, and questioning.
To suffer well, bravely, honestly, painfully – together – a people marked as Kate says, “By the presence of an unbidden God Part memoir, part theological reflection, Everything Happens for a Reason chronicles the lived-experience of its author Kate Bowler – a young theologian diagnosed with terminal...
June 6, 2018
Convivium’s Hannah Marazzi talks to Richard Faw, interim president of the Christian conservation organization A Rocha, about God’s love guiding the sustenance of Creation.
People are watching – do they see within us a faith that prompts us to care about things that matter in the world? Creation care can also help us to reach out and share Christ's love, to testify to His work to our lives and in the world Convivium: A Rocha’s work is organized into three broad categor...
April 16, 2018
After 15 years with The Voice of the Martyrs Canada, former sportscaster Greg Musselman has travelled to more than 50 countries where Christianity is persecuted but also, he tells Convivium’s Hannah Marazzi, purified and renewed in the raw choice of loving Christ.
Convivium: You began to work in full time ministry with The Voice of Martyrs Canada in 2003 after serving for three years as a volunteer How many thousands and thousands are being imprisoned for their faith, tortured, or always living under threats that their church is going to be bombed in places l...