I was recently asked to join the English Speaking Catholic Council, a non-profit organization that styles itself as the voice of English-speaking Catholics in Quebec. (I suppose it is, given that I don’t know of any other group that is claiming the title.) While I’ve heard about the Council for years, I never really knew what they did, but tonight I learned a great deal about the work of the council to promote an English Catholic presence in the health care and education fields. Some important leaders in the English Catholic community were around that table, and I’m pleased to see that while the body is (rightfully) a majority lay organization, there is an active desire to collaborate with the hierarchy to advance the cause of God. I’m not sure where it will all lead, but I see the Council as being an important mechanism to show voice specifically Catholic concerns in an increasingly secular environment.