4. Treating evangelization as the reason for the Church to exist.
"These points to me are like an overall program," Guimond said. "Much of this is not done yet. I leave it to the new bishop to complete the work. I am confident he will do very well."
He sees the adult faith education program he helped to develop as a cornerstone of the archdiocese. "The people who took it are extremely positive. We touched over a hundred people that way."
He also cherished the work of Catholic schools and the faith formation of youth.
Guimond said the archdiocese has an important ministry to Aboriginal people. "We have to rethink the mission to the natives, putting the emphasis more on their taking responsibility for themselves."
As well, the archdiocese is home to the booming population of Grande Prairie as well as well-established French and English rural communities.
Guimond said he "would love" to attend the Jan. 25 installation of his successor, Archbishop Gerard Pettipas, although he admits that he is not a good candidate for making a long trip.
"I would not have liked to be a bishop elsewhere. I loved the people and I loved the country. The people were very receptive to me. Not for one moment would I have wanted to be elsewhere."
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