Distinguished columnist is Welland parish’s Distinguished Speaker

The Parish Community of St. Kevin, Welland, hosts its 17th annual Distinguished Speaker Night on Monday, Nov. 24.

Joe Fiorito  (Supplied photo, Toronto Star)

Joe Fiorito (Supplied photo, Toronto Star)

This year’s guest is newspaper columnist  Joe Fiorito.

Focusing on social issues in our communities, large and small, Fiorito will speak on “We’re All In This Together.”

Fiorito is a city columnist for the Toronto Star newspaper. He won Canada’s National Newspaper Award for Columns in 1995.

He is the author of five books, including a best-selling memoir, The Closer We Are To Dying. His novel, The Song Beneath The Ice, won the City of Toronto Book Award in 2003.

His most recent book, Union Station, is an appreciation of the city of Toronto, based in part on the newspaper column he writes three times a week in Canada’s largest circulation daily newspaper.

An introductory line that appears with his columns says: “Joe Fiorito is a great observer of the minutiae of the city’s underbelly and a masterful storyteller.” Regular readers of the column will certainly agree with that.

His columns appear in the newspaper’s Monday, Wednesday and Friday editions.

Fiorito joins a long list of speakers from diverse backgrounds who have come to St. Kevin’s with timely and often engaging messages. Some examples are: the Merton scholar Michael Higgins, theologian and author Mary Jo Leddy, ecumenist and journalist Janet Sommerville, humanitarian, human rights activist Colleen Malone, former Globe and Mail columnist Michael Valpy and last year, social justice activist and scripture scholar Fr. Bill Ryan, SJ

After Fiorito’s address, a question and answer period will be held, followed by refreshments and fellowship.

No tickets are needed to attend Distinguished Speaker Night. It is open to the community.

Since its inception, Distinguished Speaker Night had been held on Christ the King Sunday but has been moved to the Monday following the feast, effective this year. The event has become a fall tradition in the busy Welland parish’s lengthy schedule of activities for the parish and community. It takes place in Delaney Hall, the downstairs parish hall starting at 7 p.m. The church’s address is 303 Niagara St.

If additional information is required, please contact Joe Barkovich, 905-735-3562.

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