DP-Cardinal-SkypecropOn the morning of February 15, grade 3 students from the Dufferin-Peel CDSB elementary school, Holy Cross, had a “live” video chat with the Archbishop of Toronto, Thomas Collins who is in Rome preparing for the formal ceremonies that will see His Grace become the 16th Canadian Cardinal in the Church’s history. What was particularly unique about the conversation that it took place via a unique communication tool called Skype.

During the Skype video call, students had the opportunity to ask the Archbishop about the consistory ceremony and what it means to be a Cardinal. The session lasted for approximately 20 minutes.



 DP-CardinalCollins-Skype-2-cropCatholic education online and live from Rome:  His Grace, Archbishop Collins (right) with Neil MacCarthy, Director of Communications, Archdiocese of Toronto – Skyping with Grade 3 students in Malton, Ontario.

Media from around the province are covering this story while at the same time providing valuable insight to Ontarians on the unique and meaningful aspects of Catholic education.

Here are links to various media stories:

The Globe and Mail – “Future Cardinal Chats with Grade 3 class”

The Waterloo Record

Toronto Archdiocese Blog – The Pope, Grade 3’s and Panic – Rome in a Day

Classroom photo: Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board