Toronto, ON December 17, 2021 – The CCRL is saddened to report that our dear friend and mentor, Janine Langan, has died, at the age of 88, on Sunday, December 12, 2021.  Janine suffered a fall in the windstorm on the day before and she did not recover from a cranial injury.

While we mourn her passing from this life, we are assured that she will be rewarded with the promise of eternal life, reunited with her dear husband, Tom Langan, one of the League’s founders, who predeceased her in 2012.

Janine’s teaching history was legendary, at all levels, from elementary school students through post graduate work.  Her students were not merely to be instructed, but to be nourished and formed by frequent interactions, including dinners in her home.  She was most notably a founder of the Christianity and Culture program at the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto (USMC), which carries on her fine work.

She and Tom were recognized by the Holy Father with entry to the papal Order of St. Sylvester, in 2006.  Janine received numerous other awards in her career and her legacy rests not only with her family, but with the thousands of students whose lives she touched.

Janine leaves five children, eleven grandchildren and more great-grandchildren.

How blessed we were to have known her and to have been her friend.

Funeral arrangements can be accessed here:

A further tribute can be found here, from USMC:

Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine. Et lux perpetua luceat ei.
Fidelium animae, per misericordiam Dei, requiescat in pace.

We appeal to those of you who are financially able to help us in our mission by sending a donation to the CCRL by clicking here or by mailing a cheque to the CCRL at 2305 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, M6S 1P1, or by calling the office at (416) 466-8244 or 1-844-722-2275 (CCRL).

About the CCRL

Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) ( assists in creating conditions within which Catholic teachings can be better understood, cooperates with other organizations in defending civil rights in Canada, and opposes defamation and discrimination against Catholics on the basis of their beliefs. The CCRL was founded in 1985 as an independent lay organization with a large nationwide membership base. The CCRL is a Canadian non-profit organization entirely supported by the generosity of its members.

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For further information:

Christian Domenic Elia, PhD
CCRL Executive Director