After six years of service, the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon moved to Regina on Thursday to take begin his new role of Archbishop.
“These have been the happiest years of my life,” Bolen said. “The people are really great to work with in this community.”
Bolen was appointed by Pope Francis in July, Regina has been without an archbishop since the death of Archbishop Daniel Bohan in Jan. 2016.
“It won’t be much of a change because I don’t know any city in the world that is more like Saskatoon than Regina,” Bolen said. “These two cities have the same blessings and same challenges.”
Bolen reflected on when he took part in the 36 hours of homelessness challenge as his toughest moment as Bishop.
“I learned it’s not easy to sleep in the park outside, even if it’s in the summertime,” he said. “I’ve learned we make homeless people invisible because we don’t want to see them, which is disappointing.”
With files from David Kirton