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3

Number

51

April

15,

1994

Welcome Bishop William G. Curlin


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Dear brothers and

April

15.

A WELCOME TO BISHOP WILLIAM

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EVANGELIZATION

sisters in the Lord,

1990 I

greet

you

the most wonderful feeling to believe that

me to serve you. me that God had

Several

for

Diocese or Charlotte

God has

months ago, Mother

me in the years to come. When responded with the greatest of joy. She said, "Now He has pointed you to this special moment in your life to I know what God wanted. be the shepherd of Charlotte, and I rejoice with you and the good people." Learning I was to become the third bishop of Charlotte came with mixed emotions of sorrow and happiness. After serving 37 years in the Washington, I felt a real sadness in leaving there. At the same time, an indescribable joy filled my heart at the honor bestowed by our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, to become the shepherd of the Diocese of Charlotte. Teresa told

news was relayed

the

come

a special ministry for

Editorial

to her, she

no

to Charlotte with

particular gifts except

A New Era This installation this week of Bishop William Curlin as our third bishop marks the beginning of a r era in the history of the Diocese of Charlotte.

Much will remain the same. The Catholic populat of the 46 counties will continue its almost explos growth. The demand for diocesan services will gr accordingly.

my pastoral experience.

rooted in parish ministry.

expand

my love and desire

hope

I

to

have the same opportunities

to serve people. Quite simply,

I

see

But the groundwork has been

Bishop of

all

my

life

trying to help

He

has

made

it

plain that he sees his role primaril)

that of a pastor.

He will not have an office in the Catholic Center

my love and devotion to all in the Diocese of Charlotte, beg the charity of your prayers as we journey together in knowing Jesus and in serving Jesus in one another, am I

work, instead, from an office

And,

in the bisho

a pretty safe bet that he will noi

it's

spending much of his time there. He says he wants t( among the people. That means that he'll bi frequent visitor to the parishes of the diocese. His status as a bishop has enhanced rather f detracted from his love for people. As he has put it, a pastor, my arms are open. As a bishop, my arms wide open. I can embrace more people." On the basis of Bishop Curlin's activities a pastor in Washington's inner city and as an auxili bishop for the Archdiocese of Washington, we expect him to express keen interest in programs aire; in place here to benefit the poor, the homeles and suffering. It would not surprise us to see an expans of those programs. Father Neal Ward, who has served with Bisi Curlin in the Archdiocese of Washington, says rejoices for the Diocese of Charlotte. "You are getting a true gem, a real angel of Gc he says. out

I

in the Lord,

Bishop William G. Curlin Bishop of Charlotte

In

i

But, there is no question that Bishop Curlin \ have more time for the pastoral aspects of his episcope

residence.

Diocese of Charlotte P.O. Box 36776, Charlotte,

th

him as an auxiliary bishop. For example, all diocesan property must be retitled Bishop Curlin's name.

will

Always prayerfully

and

not concerned

Christ.

Pledging

laid

Bishop Curlin will be free of much of the detail v which Bishops Begley and Donoghue had to dt Obviously, there will be some things which onl bishop can handle, including some details which h;

people understand how Jesus walks the "earth in them. By means of sacramental life, God's holy word and works of charity and prayer, we build up an intimacy with Jesus. It has been one of the greatest joys of my life to believe that in some measure, God has used me to increase the sense of Christ's presence in people's lives. This has not happened in the Diocese of It's not easy to come as a stranger. Charlotte. From the consultors, priests, deacons, sisters and laity, I have felt immediate acceptance. So I come into your midst not as a stranger, but as your brother in

have spent

paris

administrative structure established to cope with needs.

Charlotte as a pastor. I

new

a virtual certainty that

parishes will need expanded facilities.

in Charlotte; to

my role as

It is

will have to be established and that at least some exist

For 32 years, I served in parish ministry, while also in other ministry roles, such as vocations director and vicar for permanent deacons. Thus, my life has always been deeply I

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the

south.

brought

in the risen Christ.

Coming to Charlotte is a marvelous homecoming me, for I was born and spent my early childhood in It's

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CURLIN

Made

Bishop By

G.

was ordained May 25, 1957 by Cardinal

Associate Editor

Patrick O' Boyle.

Bishop William G. Curlin was made Of this, he is certain. "I have never doubted that God wanted me to be a priest," he says. "I envy no one. I am totally happy. No matter what joys or sorrows I have encountered, I have never regretted being

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for the priesthood.

15,

mom. "It was the greatest honor bestowed on me," said Vidi. "Oh, my goodness, what an honor!" The kind of person who always sent his mother flowers on special occasions, Bishop Curlin showers his generosity on his surrogate

Born on Aug. 30, 1927 in Portsmouth, Va., Bishop Curlin is the son of the late Mary Lamont Curlin and the late Stephen James Curlin. He has an older brother, Stephen, an electrician

who lives

in the

Washington

Vidi. "Father Bill" as he

is

known to the

Vidi family, sends orchids every Easter,

area.

Mother's Day and Christmas. "I have always known him to be the most generous and understanding," says Vidi. "You can go to him for anything.

disorganized, every parish has been a

Most of his childhood memories harken to what was then "the quiet, family-oriented Southern town" of Washington D.C. The bishop was 9 when he, his brother and newly widowed mother

source of happiness for Bishop Curlin,

moved to the nation' s capital, pre- World

he says.

War II era. No one

Like a son to Juanita and Peter Vidi, children, Bishop Curlin, 66, calls their 4 1 -year-old son his little brother. "We adore him for who he is and what he is," says Vidi. His home for Thanksgiving is the

a parish priest."

Whether serving

in a small or large

parish, poor or wealthy, tidy or

Very approachable."

who have two grown

locked their doors

only a few families activities centered

owned

at night,

cars and

almost exclusively

around the parish. Bishop Curlin' stomping ground was Holy Comforter Church.

.

Vidi home.

A large parish at the time with

7,000 people, Holy Comforter was more than a place of worship. It was a place to form life-long friendships, play ball,

Bishop Curlin

at

to the priesthood

the time of his ordination

on

May

25, 1957.

million."

Vidi says Bishop Curlin

For the bishop-to-be and other children of the parish, their heroes were the priests and sisters, specifically the Sisters of St. Joseph.

was

between the

a wonderful relationship sisters

and the

the parishioners," he recalls.

priests

and

"More than

50 vocations came from that time." His home life was happy, warm and loving. His mother had married Lt. Col. John Whipple, and the couple set a fine example. "I

Bishop Curlin

at

remember with

great

warmth the

love and laughter that existed between

age 17.

two of them," says Bishop Curlin. "They had a wonderful relationship. He

the

Inspired by a joyful, committed parish priest,

Bishop Curlin decided

high school to follow his footsteps.

in

adored her"

Some

First a stepfather, then a friend

and

"She enjoyed every moment," said Bishop Curlin. A talented artist, his mother painted oil landscapes. His stepfather mastered photography and woodcarving. An Episcopalian, Whipple became a Catholic on his death bed five

worldly, yet very religious

years ago.

Curlin counts his

"My mother always prayed he would enter the Church, but there

eventually a best buddy, Whipple was to

to a bishops' conference.

was a little boy. 1 went away to become a priest and I thoroughly enjoyed

Bishop Curlin a father in the fullest sense. His mother worked for the government, but left her job to become a

many

"In 1951,

seminary," recalls Bishop Curlin.

He

full-time housewife.

was never

any force or arguments." Yet, through his mother, his stepfather became immersed in the faith. While at home with Whipple in his stepfather's last hours, Bishop Curlin was informed he had been named bishop. With a terrible sadness in his heart mixed with joy on his appointment, Bishop Curlin proceeded directly from the funeral

say they knew he would be a priest from the time he

says Vidi.

won't have Thanksgiving without him." Vidi says she feels sorry for anyone who doesn't know him. "He is one in a

picnic and gather.

"It

"It's a ritual,"

"We

Shortly after his mother's funeral

years before, Bishop Curlin

officiated at a wedding.

When the bride

and groom later learned that his mother had just died, they couldn't understand how Bishop Curlin had put aside his grief for their happiness. "The Lord gave me the energy to be happy for you," he

combination." One thing he prima donna, she says. "He is

"very

is

at

not

rare is

a

home in

any surroundings." In his 37 years as a priest for the Archdiocese of Washington, Bishop 1

3 years as pastor of

Mary Church among his happiest. A parish with aging people who lived in housing projects, Bishop Curlin St.

developed a rapport with the poor that has served him throughout his ministry. Always, his conversations turn to the poor and the ill, the hurting and the disenfranchised. His years at St. Mary' s, from 1971 to 1983, led him to open more than 20 shelters and soup kitchens in the

Washington

area.

Turning a closed school into a place for the aged, Bishop Curlin bought two stoves to cook for St. Mary parishioners and the poor elderly. He planted a garden on the patio, so they would could gather in warm weather for banquets and

birthday celebrations. "It

was probably

the happiest

experience in my life," said Bishop Curlin.

may be a hard call "at home in any

That, however,

told them.

At his mother's graveside, he asked family friend Juanita Vidi if she would be

is

—a

for

someone who

is

surroundings."

Bishop 'Just A Parish Priest,' Who Helps People Find Jesus By CAROL HAZARD Associate Editor

dungarees and rolled up Bishop William G. Curlin was scrubbing his kitchen floor one day, when a priest came to the door. "Could you get me the bishop?" the priest

Dressed

in

shirt sleeves,

not bodily.

inquired.

Bishop Curlin directed a program for the elderly poor in Washington's inner city. He opened the first shelter for homeless women in Washington and

"Just

one moment," answered the

bishop as he finished cleaning a small area. "Hurry up, buddy," snapped the

Bishop Curlin she

is

2 years

old.

(Photo from Catholic Standard)

spiritual.

served as chaplain for the Gift of Peace, home founded by Mother Teresa for

a

people with

AIDS and

other terminal

illnesses.

hands. The visitor, realizing his mistake,

his best accomplishment.

exclaimed, "Oh,

little girl tells

It is

priest.

"I'm in a hurry." Bishop Curlin stood to wash his

\

From Mother Teresa, his good friend and mentor, B ishop Curlin say s he learned that the greatest hunger in the world is

my God!"

"No," the bishop replied. "It's not God. It's just the bishop." No matter that he was ordained a bishop on Dec. 20, 1988. Bishop Curlin will always be a parish priest. Don't expect to find him behind a desk. Bishop Curlin, 66, says he doesn't plan to have an office in the chancery. He wants to be out among the people. "I want to help you find the Jesus in everybody," Bishop Curlin told Catholic Center employees the morning of his appointment Feb. 22. "Fmnotabusiness manager or a financier."

Even

so,

he counts none of these as

The greatest good is helping people touch God in their lives,

Bishop Curlin says.

His status as bishop has not detracted from his love for people. Rather, it has

enhanced open.

As

it.

"As a

my arms are arms are wide

pastor,

a bishop,

my

I can embrace more people." "He's always been a hands-on parish priest, not only in celebrating the Mass and administering the sacraments but also in painting, scrubbing and washing the floors, planting gardens and doing beautiful floral arrangements," says his

open,

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he

is

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individually at retreats sometimes as late

Associate Editor

as 2 a.m. or 3 a.m.

of the greatest compliments a

can give a brother in faith

is

to say

a "priest's priest."

Bishop William G. Curlin fits the description "hands down," says Father Ron Potts of the Archdiocese of Washington. Priests

who know him

They say Bishop

Curlin, 66,

love him. is

totally

committed to the priesthood, his heart is in his work and he radiates the joy of being a

priest.

"As

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Say Bishop

Brother Priests By

15,

priests,

we

are ordained to be

another Christ," says Father Potts. priest' s priest is

"A

one we look up to. He is

example for other priests to follow." Bishop Curlin has been known to counsel priests as they wait to see him the

Some

say he

indefatigable. His advice, priests say,

Curlin

Is 'Priest's Priest'

is

is

always sound and practical. Moreover, all priests have an open invitation to call Bishop Curlin at any hour of the day.

"My greatest obligation is to love my brother priests," says Bishop Curlin. "A bishop is only successful if the priests Show me a priest who is sad are happy and I will show you a man who has lost . . .

God." "Bishop Curlin will pray and support his flock and walk the journey with them," says Father Potts. "People often think of a bishop as someone who is removed. Bishop Curlin will be in the midst of it sight of

all."

Father Potts recalls the day Bishop Curlin and his pastor drove six hours one

Bishop Curlin, "a magnificent presider over last

way to visit him in seminary just to see how he was doing. Father Potts was the candidate accepted as a seminarian under Bishop Curlin as vocation director for the Archdiocese of Washington. In response to requests for spiritual direction, Bishop Curlin has given some last

140 retreats to priests and sisters, including several for his good friend Mother Teresa and her Missionaries of Charity.

He never asks

to give retreats.

They ask him,

Age: 66 Former

Title:

now bishop

auxiliary bishop in the

Archdiocese

Washington,

Diocese of Charlotte. The diocese includes 95,000 Roman Catholics; 32,000 in Mecklenburg. He is the third bishop to serve the diocese since was formed in 1972 and one of 250 U.S. bishops. of the

it

Background: He was born in Portsmouth, Virginia and raised in Washington, D.C. He studied at St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore and was ordained in 1957. Interests: Bishop Curlin loves to watch football, especially the Washington Redskins. Evening Prayer: Every night before he goes to bed, Bishop Curlin says this prayer he learned from Mother Teresa: A good night, dear Lord. If you wake me up tomorrow, I'll wake you up in my life.

they can not grasp the enormity of th<

spiritual dimension,

he says. "It' s a work

when on<

they can't comprehend." Yet, priest errs, all priests suffer,

he says

"They are all condemned."

He reminds

his brother priests

t<

center their lives around the Eucharist, h

pray and say the rosary, take time for tin Scripture and reflection, and spend tim< with the Lord. "Through the quie moments, God has a way of wrapping

positive effect on everyone," says Fathe:

to serve, not to

be

his ministry. It is the

Ward. "He

wish I could do it all over again," says Bishop Curlin. "I wish God would spare me another 37 years, only perhaps

great high priest is Christ. Bishop Curlii

He would give me the wisdom I gained

You

the first time around."

of God."

wonder

that

Bishop Curlin

whole life is like a beacon that draws young men," says Father Neal Ward of the Archdiocese of Washington. Father Ward has known Bishop Curlin for 42 of

The problem with the secular medii is

secret to happiness, he says.

Little

Curlin

Washingtoi

served," he says. The approach has served

we come

served as director of vocation and the permanent diaconate for 14 years. "His

^ishog William G.

in

him throughout

life is

"I

of the Archdiocese of Washington on Dec. 20, 1988.

Mass

His heart around you and He strengthen: you," says Bishop Curlin. "Bishop Curlin has a tremendoush

His message is simple. "The success of

Bishop Curlin (1) with Bishop Leonard Olivier when they were ordained as auxiliary bishops

liturgy," at his farewell

month. (Photos from Catholic Standard)

years.

Seminarian work is energizing, says Bishop Curlin. "It keeps us youthful in our priestly zeal. Seminarians challenge you. They never let you rest." In helping seminarians and priests work through personal struggles, Father Curlin reminds them the priesthood is a mystery. "How else can you live the life

I

truly

one

in a million. Th<

an extraordinarily Christ-like person rejoice for the Diocese of Charlotte

are getting a true

gem, a

real ange

No one can replace him, says Fathe Ward. "The Diocese of Charlotte is very very fortunate

...

He

is

an extreme!

loving, caring, able, compassionate

hardworking, delightful person." Father Ward says he will miss strolls in the snow with Bishop Curl their long talks over cups of hot chocolat and the laughter they shared watchin classical movies like the Pink Panthe series. He is saddened knowing there wi be no more impromptu invitations froi the bishop to drop in for a bowl c

homemade stew. Moreover, he will miss the bishop' "He is a magnified

eloquent homilies.

presider over the liturgy," says Fathi

without grace?"

"Too often

is

is

the press creates the

Ward. "He preaches with such devotioi

impression of malaise, particularly

ardor.

regarding celibacy. Celibacy

ramble.

is

a gift of

God. No one can convince me celibacy is an impossible burden."

I

my homilies, so I don speaks from the heart froi

outline

He

his vast experience as a parish pries

vocation director and retreat

;ctor. director.'

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Letters Of

Welcome

April

Father has

now sent Bishop Curlin to be

your shepherd.

From The Archbishop of Atlanta

My Dear Friends, On

solemn occasion of the of William G. Curlin as the third bishop of Charlotte, I wish to extend to Bishop Curlin my prayers and good this

installation

wishes for

all his

future under-takings.

At the same time,

May God

grant Bishop Curlin the

I

want

to say to the

people of the Charlotte Diocese,

whom I

have had the privilege to lead, and in whose hearts I hope always to find a

home, that the leadership and care of Bishop Curlin will bring great blessings and grace to your midst. He is an old friend and associate, and all have been encouraged by the example of his life and the fervor of his dedication to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is because of his great devotion to the Church, that our Holy

Spirit,

and

may the

good people of Charlotte support him with the same generosity and loyalty that they were kind enough to show me during the many happy years I spent among

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and

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You go

to Charlotte supported by and the love of all those you have served so faithfully and so lovingly for many years. I know that the Lord will bless your new ministry as you lead, guide and serve the church of Charlotte.

the prayers

you will be deeply Washington. Here you have served for 37 years as priest and bishop. It is

missed

â&#x20AC;˘

secret that

in

impossible to recount how many and minds you have touched with the knowledge and the love of Christ. To so many priests you have been an It is

hearts

Scripture exhorts bishops to give the

Sincerely yours in Christ,

exemplar, a spiritual mentor and friend.

Church "a shepherd' s care." If the past is any indication of the future, you will now only hear those words, you will live

Most Reverend John F. Donoghue

To seminarians and

them.

Archbishop of Atlanta

considering a church vocation, you have

To

Charlotte,

From the Archbishop of Washington

offered loving encouragement. To families throughout the archdiocese you

Dear Bishop Curlin,

have been a source of consolation and

them.

to

all

those

when you are preparing

strength, especially in time of difficulty

to assume the pastoral care of the Diocese

and tragedy. To the sick and to the dying you have brought the loving and redeeming presence of Jesus. And to me you have been a source of wisdom and strength and a wonderful friend.

In these days

of Charlotte,

I

write to offer you

my

warmest congratulations and my prayers. I also want to share with you my heartfelt gratitude for your long and devoted

the people of the Diocese of I

congratulations.

offer

my warmest

They

are receiving a

wonderful bishop and shepherd. Even as welcomed Bishop Donoghue with such warmth, I know they will open their

they

hearts to you.

Under your direction and

with their cooperation,

may the Diocese

See Letters, Page 6

CONGRATULATIONS

Bishop The Catholic Conference Center Route

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You A Joyous Welcome

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A WELCOME TO BISHOP WILLIAM Letters (From Page

lie

ahead.

With kind personal

in

regards,

I

am

Sincerely in Christ,

the Diocesan Administrator of

Charlotte

Dear Bishop

our western diocese in

this great state

Curlin:

energy greater than his years might suggest. May God bless him, his ministry and his people as he returns to his native south with enthusiasm, to a new place and a new role in the vineyard of the Lord.

Praised be Jesus Christ!

On behalf of the good people of the Diocese of Charlotte, I wish to extend to you a warm and sincere welcome, as you assume your responsibilities as our

Joseph Gossman Bishop of Raleigh F.

From the Bishop of Charleston

and responsive, and most willing to assist the Church in any way possible. A people of deep faith, they are committed to

Dear Bishop Curlin, From the mother diocese of the Atlanta Province, the faithful of Charleston, with their bishop, offer you hearty congratulations and warm welcome on your advent as the third

shepherd.

You will find the people of the diocese and laity warm

priests, religious

bishop of Charlotte.

begun

leadership and direction and will readily

fulfillment.

call, when needed. welcome you with open arms and open hearts, and we assure you of

pleasant area of God's green pastures.

our prayerful support.

episcopacy here are most hospitable,

respond to your

We

May the Lord bless you abundantly you begin your episcopal ministry in

this part

this

good work

in

you bring

The Atlanta Province You'll love

it!

Bishop William G. Curlin The

Office of Development

Welcomes You

May God who has

spreading the Good News throughout the

diocese; they will look to you for

as

Congratulations

of North Carolina. I am certain that he will provide his people with vision, leadership and a level of interest and

James Cardinal Hickey Archbishop of Washington

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CURL

together.

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of Charlotte continue to grow in the years that

I have always admired him from afar. Now I am especially pleased to have him as a neighbor and colleague

G.

Your

is

it

to

a most

brothers in the

gracious, wise, supportive.

We

are

blessed in our metropolitan and strong in

our suffragans. We are even stronger now with you as our newest one

of His vineyard.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Rev. Msgr. John J. McSweeney Diocesan Administrator

holier, too.

The Diocese of Charlotte has been graced in Bishops Begley and Donoghue. Under their leadership the Church of

From the Bishop of Raleigh I welcome my friend and

Charlotte has flourished and has brother,

Bishop William G. Curlin to North Carolina and to his new ministry as Bishop of the neighboring Diocese of Charlotte. I have known Bishop Curlin since we were both in the seminary

grown

apace with the area' s rapid development.

You

will find

its

elan exciting and

challenging, and to this contribute your

and genuine

own

I

know you

will

pleasant vitality

spirituality.

May God

Bless Your Ministry in our Diocese

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extend a very warm welcome to our new bishop

like to

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"I have been happy in every parish, whether it's poor or wealthy, well organized or totally disorganized," Bishop Curlin says.

As the shepherd goes, so go the sheep, says Bishop Curlin. "Wherever you have unselfish dedicated priests, you

been a parish priest for 37 years, probably the finest priest and bishop most of us have ever known." Father Ron Potts, also of the Archdiocese of Washington, says, "He showed me what it means to be a parish priest. It is to never ask the people to do something that you yourself will not do along with them."

of the Church.

was named pastor of a neglected Two inches of gunk covered the old wood floors. "He worked alongside parishioners. They worked and they worked and they worked."

always find unselfish, dedicated people."

The parish

priest is the

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and tke monks

of Christ:

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come to serve, not be served.'"

Their energy, he says,

is

replenished

in their unselfish giving. "It's in the

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Curlin

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the parent

who gives

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do no

fulfillment.

Like

so unselfishly, the

less.

He

is

a parent,

a spiritual father."

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The Catholic School of The Triad Congratulations

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Bishop

William G. Curlin

To the

Bishop William G. Curlin We look forward to

Diocese of Charlotte

working with you in the ministry of

Mecklenburg Area Calholic Schools

We We(come Our New Bishop William G. Curlm Our

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comunidades de Cristo Rey en Yadkinville y del Sagrado Corazon en Dobson

Bishop William G. Curlin

le

Nuestra Senora de las Americas Our Lady of the Americas

G.

dan la bienvenida al Nuevo Obispo

El Monsenor Guillermo Curlin

105 Hyde Street Biscoe,

North Carolina

Bishop William G. Curlin La comunidad hispana de

la

Diocesis de Charlotte le

da

las

mas

Obispo Guillermo el

From Holy

P I

With gratitude andpraise

Paz y bien!

Holy Gqss G*Mic ZkwSv Kernersville

Welcomes with

extends Best Wishes to

Bishop William G, Curlin

La Comunidad Hispana Holy Cross Church

filial

Love and Respect our new Bishop

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We wish fdm a Lory ardSuccessful 9&mstn)

to Qod,

the Hispanic Ministry oflayCorsvitfe

saludo franciscano decimos I

Trinity Mission, Taylorsville

cordial

Bienvenida a su nuevo

Con

Yi

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The United Methodists

of

Western North Carolina With Thanksgiving to God and in the spirit of unity with

we

llilllll all

Christians,

rejoice in

welcoming

Bishop William G. Curlin as the

as the Third

Third Bishop

Kocese

of Charlotte

of the

from

Diocese of Charlotte 7b him, and to

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and a great asset to the diocese. With so many good people behind you we know that your enthusiasm and abilities and God's guiding hand will make your tenure at Charlotte a successful one.

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thank the diocese

so

many good people

relationships

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and

the opportunity of working with the past and we look forward to new challenges in the future. for giving us in

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CONGRATULATIONS Bishop William G. Curlin

Welcome

&untc*t,

to the

The

Spiritan

Community

Diocese of Charlotte

(Holy Ghost Fathers) Expresses its Congratulations and Solidarity with you as you take up your ministry as Chief Shepherd to the people of God in the Diocese of Charlotte Rev.

Edward J. Vilkauskas, Monroe

C.S.Sp.,

Rev. Vincent J. Donovan, C.S.Sp., Monroe Rev. Robert Graves, C.S.Sp., Wadesboro Rev. Martin J. Conwy, C.S.Sp., Hamlet

Ihe

Tarisft

Community

of

Our Lady OfAnnunciation 416 North Second Street Albemarle,

North Carolina

The Catholic Community of

Our 9(ad^ of 9(ourcfes parish

in

Monroe along with the

community of faithful at S<icncd Wecvit Mc^Uo-^ in Wadesboro, Anson County join together in this welcome to:

MONROE,

N.C.

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RCIA

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Justice

Youth Ministry

and a

Young Adult

Warm Welcome to (Bis/top

extend Best Wishes to

William Q. CurUn

On the

William G. Curlin

Occasion of his

Bishop of Charlotte

Installation as

(Bishop

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and Peace

Of Cfiarokte

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to bztji

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Charlotte

CHIEF SHEPHERD AND FV A NGELIZER The Most Rev. William G. Curlin, D.D. Bishop of Charlotte With enthusiasm

we welcome your words

confirming our

common

mission to help us bring Jesus to everybody in Western North Carolina.

"Rev.

Sdwatd CJ. *Vi0kciuskcis,

C.S.Sp.


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The North Carolina State Council lUttgfjte of Representing 7,400

Columbus

member s,

their

wives and families

Welcomes and Congratulates (Bishop 'Witfiom Q. Curtin

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The

Sir

Knights and ladies

of the Fourth Degree

Knights of Columbus extend a cordial welcome to

THE MOST REVEREND WILLIAM G. CURLIN They pledge

their support

and devotion

to

him

as the

new

Bishop of the Diocese of Charlotte

Offers Congratulations Best Wishes and our Prayerful Support to

WILLIAM G. CURLIN Ronald

Carney, Sr. PSD Master North Carolina District Dc Soto Province J.

ON HIS INSTALLATION AS BISHOP OF THE

DIOCESE OF CHARLOTTE Afrit 13, 1994 "The Original Charlotte Council"

Hmgfjts St.

of

Vincent

Columbus De Paul

Council 9560 ~ Charlotte, N.C.

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Bishop

William G. Curlin Hmgfjts

of

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Hmgfjte

Council 10505 Charlotte,

Winston- Salem, N.C.

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Bishop William G. Curlin

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Bishop Curlin, the Church of

MLS

Charleston salutes you and the Church of Charlotte. You have our admiration,

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assistance, abiding prayers.

Sincerely yours, .

THE PLAZA CHARLOTTE, N.C. 28205 REAL ESTATE SALES AND INVESTMENTS JOE STEVENSON 2824

Bishop of Charleston

Charlotte.

On the occasion of your appointment as the

new bishop

of the Diocese of

my heartfelt congratulations and the assurance of my

(704) 372-4852

prayers, together with those of our entire

of Commission

diocesan family, as you assume your new responsibilities as shepherd for the Church of Charlotte.

Contributed to Church

St.

of

Columbus

8664

a great personal loss to

were ordained Bishops together a little over five years ago and we have worked closely together since then You are richly blessed to have him among you as your shepherd. His love for Jesus, the Church, God's poor and afflicted, for priests and all of God's people, no matter their religion, makes him a warm-hearted and loving person to lead the diocese. I know that you will embrace him with love and enthusiasm. I

!

Raymond W. Lessard Bishop of Savannah

Sincerely In Christ,

From

the Auxiliary Bishop of Washington My heartfelt, personal, and sincere congratulations to the laity and clergy of

Most Reverend Leonard

J.

Olivier,

SVD Auxiliary Bishop of Washington

North

c, State

Circle

our protfjer luttgfjt to

Mm"

Carolina

Charlotte

Congratulations and Best Wishes

Columtm* Lady of Lourdes

Hmgfjte

Our

Bishop William G. Curlin from Officers and Members

^t.

It is

me; he and

Fraternally yours in Christ,

Welcome*

~ Lincolnton, N.C.

"mat

to

Charlotte!

Columbian inquires

Dorothy Council

No.

Curlin, D.D. as the third Bishop of

gifts.

Dear Bishop Curlin,

Holy

Father's assignment of Bishop William

our Savior, Jesus Christ, Lord and Shepherd of the Church, guide and care and direction of the Diocese of

& Hei

the Diocese of Charlotte on the

May

From the Bishop of Savannah

Charlotte, I write to offer you

Hmgfjte

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same

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you to our province. While the community of faith in Charlotte will be the primary beneficiaries of your pastoral wisdom and care, we, your brother bishops in the Province of Atlanta, look forward to the benefit of the

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of

of

10615

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Monroe, N.C.

Joseph yhe porker Qpunctl 9746 JYewton, JV-Cr Hmgftte of Columfaug

Welcomes our New Bishop and Brother Knight

Welcome and Congratulations Bishop William G. Curlin Welcome Bishop

Hmgfjt* Council 11076

William Curlin

of

Columtm*

Belmont, North Carolina

WELCOME!

Father Joseph Maule

Council #8923

Bishop William G. Curlin

Ardem, N. C.

Untgfjtg of Columfm* HOLY CROSS COUNCIL 8509 Kernersville, N.C.

The Knights of Our Lady's Council #9249 Davidson County N.C, extend a warm and gracious welcome to Bishop and Brother Knight William G. Curlin.

'ongratulations

on your Installation 'isfiop

WiCCiam Q. Cwtin

imtgfjtg of Columfcu* Council 10389

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Shepherd!

May Qodbkssyou and l^eep you.

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and Friends of

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St.

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Congratulations Bishop

On your Appointment as Bishop of

William G. Curlin

The Diocese of Charlotte

May the

Spirit

The Parish Community of

of God

Holy Angels Church

You You Shepherd Us

Strengthen as

Mt. Airy, North Carolina

Our Lady Of Mercy |The Conventual Franciscan Friars

Winston-Salem,

Immaculate Conception Province

St.

John Neumann

NC .

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Charlotte

Our Lady of Mercy Our Lady of Fatima Chapel Winston-Salem

Congratulations 'Welcome to the Diocese of Charlotte

Bishop William G. Curlin

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God' s Blessings on Your Mission

CONGRATULATIONS Bishop William G. Curlin With Love and Support as you begin your service

to the

Diocese of Charlotte

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The Act of Faith In The Divine Eucharist St. Gregory VII

Parishioners of St.

James and

Joseph of Cabarrus County Send their Prayers to their

New

St.

believe in my heart and openly profess that the bread and wine which are placed upon the altar are by the mystery of the sacred prayer and the words of the Redeemer substantially changed into the true and life giving flesh and blood of Jesus Christ Our Lord and that after the Consecration there is present the true Body of Christ which was born of the Virgin and offered up for the salvation of the world, hung on the Cross and now sits at the right hand of the Father and that there is present the true Blood of Christ which flowed from His side. They are present not only by means of a sign and of the efficacy of the Sacrament, but also in the very reality and truth of their nature and substance. I

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William G. Curlin

We

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Members of Margaret Mary Church

Curlin

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the Pastor and Parish St.

Swannanoa, N.C.

New

Blessings on your

Among

Thanks be

With Love and Prayers, St* Joseph of the Hills

Ministry

God's People

God!

to

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Welcome

St.

His People That

elcome

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Bishop Curlin!

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St.

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People

of

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and

Priest

Holy Spirit Church

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The People of Eugene Church

Asheville, North Carolina

Valley, N. C.

We WarJy

He Entrusts Us To

A Shepherd's Care!

Curlin

n

God

Who Cares So Much For

Bishop

We are so glad you are here!

Blessed Be The Lord Our

and

(Carolina

+ %

Rev. Msgr. William G. Wellein, Pastor

And St.

Mary Church,

Christ

Denver,

the Parishioners of

Shelby and

The King Mission,

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Carolina

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Kings Mountain

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me in

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Bishop William G. Curlin's Coat Of Arms Sentire The coat of arms

is

Cum Christo (To think with Christ) Curlin served from his ordination to the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Washington were under patronal titles relating to the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is commemorated by the fleur-de-lis in

composed of the

shield with its charges, motto and external ornaments. The terms dexter

and

sinister are historical, since the

shield was borne on the arm in medieval

the center of the cross.

days.

The dexter impalement, bears the jurisdictional

Arms of

The

fleur-de-lis

has long been a symbol of

to the left,

Our Lady,

together with the colors of silver (white),

the

blue and gold (yellow).

Diocese of Charlotte, according to custom

The arms

Bishop Curlin' s motto, Sentire Cum

consists of a field divided horizontally

Christo (To think with Christ) was the

with the upper portion in green and the lower portion in blue.

motto of The Most Reverend John Michael McNamara ( 1 878- 1 960), titular bishop of Eumenia and auxiliary of Washington from 1948-1960. It was chosen in reverence for the memory of Washington's first auxiliary bishop. The inspiration for the motto comes from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Philippians,

in ecclesiastical heraldry.

In the upper portion is a silver (white)

Celtic cross edged in gold (yellow)

honoring

St. Patrick,

patronal saint of

the cathedral of the Diocese of Charlotte.

In the lower portion

is an open gold crown recalling the person for whom the See city was named, Queen Charlotte, consort of King George III. The sinister impalement, to the right, displays the personal arms of Bishop Curlin. By combining the personal arms on the same shield with those of the

chapter 2, verse

5:

"Your

attitude

must

quartered in red and blue. The combination of the red and white are

be that of Christ." Behind the arms is a gold processional cross Ensigning the coat of arms is a pontifical hat with six tassels on each side in three rows, all in green. These are the heraldic insignia of a prelate of the rank of bishop in accordance with the Instruction of the Holy See (March 31, 1969). Before 1870, the pontifical hat was worn at solemn cavalcades in conjunction with papal ceremonies. The color of the hat and number of tassels were signs of the rank of the prelate, a custom still preserved in ecclesiastical

traditional colors for Christ, the risen

heraldry.

Diocese of Charlotte, the

.

spiritual unity

of the bishop with his flock is signified. (The thought is also conveyed by the ring

which the bishop wears on

his right

hand.)

The personal coat of arms

consists

of a silver (white) shield with a cross

savior, while the inclusion of blue in the

The impalement of Bishop Curlin 's

cross honors the special union of the

arms with those of the Diocese of Charlotte, was undertaken in February by Anthony Phelps of Cleveland, Ohio,

Blessed Virgin Mary as the mother of God in the mystery of the redemption. All the churches and parishes Bishop

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CHARLOTTE — His arrival trumpeted, Bishop William G. Curlin

began

his ministry as the third bishop of the

Diocese of Charlotte amid stately splendor at an Installation Mass April 13 in the largest church in the diocese. "I hope you will see Jesus all around you," Bishop Curlin told the full house at St. Gabriel Church. "I hope to challenge you, to stir up in us a tremendous awareness that God is alive in our world." Bishop Curlin said he wants to be with all his brothers and sisters throughout the Church of Charlotte. "I pledge

moment of grace?' God has sent

here so that you might find that

moment in your lives." Above all else, Bishop Curlin

special

said

he wants to bring "a sense of Jesus. The mission of the Church is the mission of Jesus."

About 1 ,600 dignitaries from across the country, friends and well-wishers

from the Diocese of Charlotte and the Archdiocese of Washington attended the ceremony.

Bishop Curlin heart,"

great

senting the diocese's ethnic diversity.

"It

was the highlight of our lives." Freeman Slye, a Methodist from

Takoma

Park, Md., said he traveled to

Charlotte for the installation because he "thinks the world" of Bishop Curlin.

"He (Bishop

Curlin) never leaves

you once you meet him," said Agnes

Washington one.

I

guys like me," said Sallie Ritter,

much

Our Lady of the Annunciation Church,

you."

the

little

Albemarle. "I have a good feeling about him." In introducing the bishop, Archbishop John F. Donoghue said, "He will certainly love you with a priestly heart."

Most Reverend William G. Curlin Bishop of Charlotte

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Anh chi em

trong

Chua Kito

women's groups.

Morris, the bishop's cousin from the the

Ecclesiastical appointments in place.

A

was hosted by altar guilds and

Charlotte. all

all

The processional included Cardinal

of Our Lady of Assumption Church,

meet

confirm

Cacciavillan.

my heart," said Carlos Medina

to

5) I

is "a man of great, Archbishop said

"I wouldn't have missed it," said Marie Clark from Silver Springs, Md.

he wants

Monsignor John J. McSweeney as Chancellor; 2) Reverend Peter J. Jugis, J.C.D., as Judicial Vicar; 3) I also hereby confirm the present members of the Diocesan College of Consultors; 4) I reconstitute the Presbyteral Council and reappoint the present members;

blessings."

of St. Gabriel, after the Mass. "He's obviously a very spiritual and loving presence. I look forward to his pastoral ministry of Jesus and love. He is exactly what is needed in Charlotte and the world." "All the bishop's words went

"I think

Reverend

1)

"He was very close to the com-

reception

people, not just the high knockers but

Vicar

munity here with his prayers and special

"What a marvelous, wonderful welcome to Bishop Curlin," said Peter Keber

straight to

as

following appointments are hereby confirmed:

and mind" on Bishop Curlin and the

James Hickey of the Archdiocese of Washington, about 28 archbishops, bishops and abbots, 180 priests as well as scores of seminarians, men and women religious, ecumenical representatives and laity. The assembly was greeted in the courtyard by 170 representatives from parishes, missions, women religious and diocesan organizations. Adding to the pageantry were the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus and groups in colorful native garb repre-

special

The

the assignment "concentrated his heart

says to us, 'Don't you believe this

me

Reverend Monsignor John J. McSweeney General and Moderator of the Curia.

you ask for." Archbishop Agostino Cacciavillan, Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to the United States, said the Holy Father in making

diocese.

a

In accordance with the provisions of ecclesiastical law, I, the undersigned Bishop of Charlotte, hereby make the following appointment:

thing

my love to you ... I want to walk the journey of faith with you." Moreover, he said, "Take my hands and let us walk to the top of the mountain" for what he called a "personal reconversion to the Lord." "There comes a time when God is

DECREE

Archbishop Donoghue, the presiding minister of the rite of installation, is the archbishop of Atlanta and former bishop of the Diocese of Charlotte. "The people of the diocese will respond with great generosity and love," Archbishop Donoghue said. What's more, they will "be obedient in every-

don't

area.

"He touches every-

know how he can

area, but

"The Jesus

cover so

he does. He's there for in

him

is

so evident in

everything he says," said Maggie Callen

of St. Patrick Cathedral, Charlotte. "The Diocese of Charlotte is in loving hands."

em

Chua Phuc

Than ehao anh

chi

Bride chan tdi

thanh pho Charlotte nay

trqng

nghi nhii la ve que minh vay

mien Nam.

^

vi toi

Sinh. tdi

cd^cam

da du'p'c sinh truong

,

^

tai

x

Mot cam nghi that huyen dieu khi biet rang chinh Thien Chua Ngai^da dua toi ve day de phuc vu anh chi

May thahg viia qua. Me Teresa da cho toi hay rang Chua dang chuan bi ch< Khi MeTeresa tiaj toi mot cong viec Muc Vu dac biet trong nhung nam tdi nay. Thien Chua di tin do Me rat ddi vui mutig va Me noi." Bay gid toi biet ripg

cm.

muon gl vdi Ddc Cha,Ngai da chi dinh cho Difc Cha trong thdi diem dac biet na> Ddc Cha v; la lam chu chan tai thanh pho Charlotte va vi the toi chia vui cung conchienbdndadcuaNgai.'^ ^ ^ Ian Ion khi toi biet rang minh se la vi Giam Mui , Mot cam nghiem vui budn m'arn_buon khi pha thu' ba cua dia phan Charlotte. Mac daii vay toi khong khoi bd Hoa Thinh Don sau ba mifdi bay nam phuc vu tai do. Dong thdi mot niem vu khdn ta khac xam chiem tarn hdn khi -Due Thanh Cha Gioan Phaolo De Nhi tang vinh du nay chojoi la trd nen vi chu chan cua giao phan Charlotte. nay ngoi JTdi khong cd nhuhg kha riang dacbiet nab khac cho thanh pho

In

nhung kinh nghiem muc vu cua tdi. Vi ba mudi hai nam qua toi da phuc vu xu'jrong vai trd nay tdi, cung da la Giam Ddc cho dn thien trieu va hiidng tif s^d phu< nhilng Thay Sa'u. vfthe'ddi song cuajtoi da luon luon difdc bat ngudn

This Section

man} vu giab xu. Toi hy vong cung cd nhiing cd hoi todng to nhii the tai day de va thay nhin tdi noi, ma Ddn sd Dan Chua. Lai tinh thiidng va sd ao udc phuc vu ho dao Sd cha mot nhd la v trd cua tdi: Giam Muc Charlotte , ^ ^ cacl Toi da co gang song cho toi ngay nay defgiup moi ngudijiieu biet hdn Chua v song cua Chua tai trim the'nay nhd thenao. Qua ddi song bi rich, Ldi thiet vc mat lien sil dap vun hf cdng viec bac ai cung nhu* cau nguyen,chuhg ta na each bang rang biet Chua. Do la mot trong nhurig mim vui ldn lao cho tdi khi

Page 35 Gift of

Peace.

Bishop helps Mother Teresa open home for persons with

AIDS and

other terminal illnesses.

Pages 36 & 37 Pictorial

ddi son do Chua da dung toi a£ cho mpi ngiidi biet sd hien dien cua Ng"ai trong ^ r , cua ho v /v' ^ A/ / t 7 lin Tdi thanh pho nay nhu mot ke,xa la khong de gi, vi to cac vi co^van^cac i cha sang muc va cac thay sau cung nhif nil tu sy va giad dan, het thay da sah ngfr I mot nhah tdi. Va vfthe tdi khong den day nhii mdt ngddi xa la nua nhung la

events of the day.

..

/

Photo spread of photos from the

installation.

Page 41 Bishop Begley offers advice. of

wisdom

that

em cua

Chua. / ^ ^ A- j ^ A A vdi tat ca, dong UMj tarn nhiet va sii thridng tinh chi em anh vdi hifa doan Toi cho toi de chung ta curi toi cung xin anh chi em vi long bac ai va s\i cau nguyeh dong hanh vdi nhau tim hieu Chua va phuc vu Ngai trong nhau Thanh khan trong Chua.

anli

J. Begley passes on words he learned from the late Bishop

Retired Bishop Michael

Vincent Waters of the Diocese of Raleigh.

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Personal Reflection. Former parishioner

recalls

Bishop Curlin' s pastoral

care as she suffered through trauma. Bishop Michael

J.

Begley

Bishop William G. Curlin Bishop of Charlotte


WELCOME TO BISHOP WILLIAM

G. CURLIN

April

1994

The Catholic

Message Energizes The

ishop's Pastoral By

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CAROL HAZARD Associate Editor

CHARLOTTE — The new bishop Diocese of Charlotte hugged evof the diocese at an April 12 jy priest layer service and told the 150 or so liests he had come to love them. 'You are the primary object of my Ive ... I can say before God is my judge '

the

to offer you my heart," William G. Curlin said. His lessage of love gave the diocesan and lligious order priests hope and encour-

come

Jhave

[ishop

|;ement.

you

affection for

...

I

give

my life for you. I come with an open heart and open arms to serve you, love you and support you and, if need be, I will take care of you." His house, he said, is their house. His brother

welcome any

priests are

time. Moreover, he will take

them should they become ill, he said. don't come with any

care of hurt or

"Priests are not easily impressed

by

"I

Iprofession of openness and love, but

great talents

were by this man," said Jesuit Fajer James Devereux of St. Peter Church,

ticular gifts except to praise

jharlotte.

sage of Jesus."

ley

God.

to be a very humble, and holy man," said Msgr. Arthur [mean, Holy Angels Church, Mount

ky Although installed Wednesday in a Iblic ceremony, Bishop Curlin took ssession of the diocese at the Tuesday j

St.

the mes-

got a holy man,"

said Father

of

and no par-

come with

"We

"He seems

jjicere

I

...

Damion Lynch

Elizabeth Church,

Boone. "He's here to love his priests, and the priests are ignited and energized. Hopefully,

we

will take

Bishop William G. Curlin and the diocesan consultors. From

it

message of love) back

jening vespers service for priests at St.

(his

Cathedral. Msgr. John J. JcSweeney, diocesan administrator, lid the official decree from Pope John

ishes."

lul n.

Salem, said Bishop Curlin' s desire to be so close to the priests is "hopeful and

Ittrick

Bishop Curlin told the priests he |mts "primarily" to be available to |;m. "I don't intend for you to go to a -between. Come right to me."

He Ities

said he understands their heart-

frustrations. "I have had my have always been happy as a priest, and I have never wanted to

and

pm, but Irish

I

[anything else."

He is

succeed as a bishop only if a joyful priest, and he is able will

bey Jesus' love to his brother priests, I

said.

T come with no

ties

except

my

Hunt of

St.

Moor Church, Winston-

matters of pastoral welfare.

Father Joe Kelleher,

Our Lady of

Rosary Church, Lexington, said he was impressed with the bishop's humanity and dedication to God. "He's 100 percent priest, all the way, and into the

the spiritual, not material."

"Bishop Curlin says his prayers were answered (by his appointment to Charlotte), but I think it was the Diocese of Charlotte's prayers that were answered," said Father Anthony Marcaccio, St. Gabriel Church, Charlotte.

Bishop Curlin following

canonical possesion of the Diocese

of Charlotte.

Below

right: Redernptorist Father

John Ferris embraces Bishop Curlin.

Photos by

Joann Keane

thmother church of the diocese

St.

Patrick Cathedral

prior to taki ng canonical possesion.

SPatrick Cathedral was designated as a cathedral by the Holy Father

m

972.

Msgr. Thomas Walsh,

Anthony Kovacic and Msgr. Richard Allen. The bishop confers with

beautiful."

Right:

Ajve: Bishop Curlin blesses a cross outside

left:

Father Frank O'Rourke, Father James Solan, Msgr. Joseph Showfety, Msgr. John McSweeney,

Bishop Curlin, Father Ed Sheridan, Msgr. Thomas Burke, Msgr. Joseph Kerin, Msgr.

Jesuit Father Larry

Benedict the

to our par-

the consultors

on


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Charlotte.

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Our Best Wishes To Bishop Curlin: You are his Blessed

truly a

man of God; may our Lord and

Mother watch over you and bless

all

you do in

this

ministry.

To the People of Charlotte: Our Lord has blessed you with a kind

and

inspirational pastor as

G. CURLI

your bishop. Follow him

to

God.

Mount Saint Mary's College Emmitsburg, Maryland

The nation's oldest independent Catholic college

— founded in 1808

Alma mater seminary —

to

— both college and

your former bishop, the

Most Rev. Michael J. Begley

Bishop William J. Curlin delivering the Baccalaureate

Homily during the Mount's 1994 Commencement, when he was awarded an honorary degree.


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1994

God Bless You

Praise The Lord!

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Cardinal James Hickey, the bishops, priests and all

the faithful of the

Archdiocese of Washington unite in prayer with the

Diocese of Charlotte in wishing

BISHOP WILLIAM

G. CURLIN Success and happiness in his

new service to the Church

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1994

CONGRATULATIONS and

BLESSINGS to

Bishop William G. Curlin on

his

Appointment and Installation as

BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF CHARLOTTE from

Bishop

F.

Joseph Gossman

G.

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'Bishop

(Raymond

WLessard and the people of the

'Diocese

The Most Reverend

of Savannah

David B. Thompson

and send their prayerfulgood unshes to

Congratulate

and the faithful of the

Diocese of Charleston

Congratulate QftPilliamcQ). ^Purlin The Most Reverend

On his appointment as the

William G. Curlin

new On his

installation as

Bishop of Charlotte

RATULAT to the Wonderful DIOCESE OF CHARLOTTE f/

TO LIVE IN CHRIST JESUS

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1994

sent

me to

upon me, because the Most High

proclaim release to

me

recovery of sight to

has annointed to

the captives

preach good

news

and

Bishop Curlin, We welcome you and thank you for saying "yes" to serve the people in the

Diocese of Charlotte. the

the blind, to set at liberty those

to the poor.

G. CURLI

who

JlIRCYr

are opressed, to ifour ministry in

Sisters of the Poor Servants of the

Mother of God and Maryfield Nursing Home extend our warmest welcome

acceptable year

our midst"

yhe

The

proclaim the

of our God."

and

fQeople of

prayers

to

Bishop Curlin

Qastonia,

^

heart-felt

On behalf of

Welcome, Bishop William G. Curlin! May your life with us be filled with

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"This

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and learning take place.

the Lord's doing,

the

marvelous

in

our

eyes.

"

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look forward to your leadership as

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it is

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is

sponsored by the

Sisters of

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April 13,

1994


WELCOME TO BISHOP WILLIAM

G. CURLIN

April

AIDS

3ishop Pours Love Into RICHARD SZCZEPANOWSKI The Catholic News

pecial to

&

Herald

WASHINGTON — A 68-year-old

ilding in Washington opened as a home

boys abandoned by their parents. It -opened in 1986 as a home for dying r

The building houses the Gift of Peace, iome founded by Mother Teresa and i by her Missionaries of Charity order persons with AIDS and other terminal

home, Bishop William once said, where "there should be

lesses. It is a

eternity.'"

The loving bishop has encouraged show their love. He has spoken

others to

about AIDS

AIDS

— and

the Catholic response

churches and to any groups that will listen. He stresses compassion and understanding. "The tragedy today is, when you say to

at schools,

got

:

inderful privilege" of serving the home

would

"fill

vice to others

the void with loving

who are in need."

"That was one of the greatest ssings of my life," Bishop Curlin told

Catholic Standard, the archdiocesan vspaper. "That's a remarkable place,

They come. They all die ... You'd i people who came in with despair and lly.

world with such peace and joy."

The Missionaries of Charity ir former chaplain

i

hail

for this love of "the

and the dying," and praise as "willing and joyful to do God's the sick

At the home, where the ninally

ill

destitute

are treated with dignity and

Bishop Curlin made sure that no He once JLl the Catholic Standard how people pect,

died alone or frightened.

|t

AIDS

is

How they

not important," Bishop

Curlin said. "The important thing

is

to

love them and help them die in peace. The issue

love."

is

He talks about people he knew who died of AIDS-related illnesses. He talks about the physical trauma and emotional torment they suffer. He talks abut how people drive to the Gift of Peace, drop off sick relatives and never return. The Gift of Peace, he said, "is for people (with AIDS and other terminal illnesses) to go.

It'

who don' t have anywhere else

s enough for these people to have

Bishop Curlin and Mother Teresa with

AIDS and

Bishop Curlin' s help,

and condemnation." Bishop Curlin has fought against rejection and condemnation not only

home,

shown

project.. .(that)

against persons with the illness,

testimony at a zoning board hearing helped keep the 15 -acre site open when

have it shut down. After hearing the testimonies, the zoning board unanimously approved the fearful neighbors sought to

at the

dedication of the Gift of Peace

home

for persons

The home in Washington, founded in 1986 with operated by Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity.

other terminal ilnesses.

physical pain without adding rejection

but also against the Gift of Peace. His

rk."

Ministry

'

AIDS, they condemn people.

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say, 'We love you and God loves you. Never fear God. You re dying loved here and you will be received with love in

Bishop Curlin served as chaplain for home prior to becoming an auxiliary hop for the Archdiocese of Washington 1988. At the time he was elevated to hop, he said he would miss "the

:the

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"As they are dying, we hold them, rub their cheek and

limits to Christian love."

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die at the Gift of Peace:

ople abandoned by society.

irlin

1994

Of Peace

\iift

Jy

15.

is

calling it "a very fine should go forward." "The theology of AIDS is love," the bishop said. "Beyond pettiness, beyond

made him more aware of Christ's among all people, he says. "I want to be the one who finds strength in presence

and then take and show it to my brothers and sisters," he said. "I want to be remembered as a father to the poor and a father of

his relationship with Jesus

quarrel and beyond judgment, there must

that love

be love." His work with persons with AIDS, the terminally ill and anyone in need has

service."

The People

of

Saint Mary's Catholic Church Greensboro, North Carolina

& The Vincentian Community Eastern (USA) Province

Welcome with

joy

& Pledge our prayers and support to

Bishop William G. Curlin Third Bishop of the Diocese of Charlotte


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01

1994

Sun Shines Brightly For New Bishop

Bishop Curlin

Installed

Phot

Archbishop John

F.

meets old aquaintances outside

Photo by Joann Keane

Bishop William G. Curlin offers greetings Lord. "I have spent

walks the earth

in

all

of

my

life

to his

new

brothers and sisters in the

trying to help people understand

how

Jesus

them."

Right:

Members

of the handbell choir.

Below

right:

Knights of

Columbus honor guard.

Photo by Joann Keane

Edward Hood,

a parishioner from

Our Lady of Consolation Church

Charlotte, carries flowers as part of the offertory.

in

ij

Donoghue, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Bishop Curlf" St.

Gabriel Church.


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Gabriel Church

Photo by Joann Keane

Archbishop John F. Donoghue, James Cardinal Hickey archbishop of the Archdiocese of Washington, ,

and Bishop William G. Curlin.

Left: David Bourg, St.

in

Charles Borromeo Morganton tries on Photo by Joann Keane

the bishops cap.

Msgr. John

Below

left:

J.

McSweeney, chancellor and

vicar general greets

members

of the Laotian community after the bishops installation.

Following the installation,

Bishop

Curlin stops to greet his guests.

Photo by Joann Keane

Bishop Curlin is

Photo by Joann Keane

in front

from Raleigh.

of the Cathedra

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rayerfulBest Wishes To Our Beloved National Chaplain His Excellency William G. Curlin

On Your Installation

as the Third

Bishop of Charlotte, N.C. April 13, 1994 "You are a Priest Forever..." Hebrews 5:1-10

Congratulations

Edna Jane Nolte National Regent

Grace M. Rinaldi First

Vice National Regent

Maria E. Loeffler Third Vice National Regent

Eunice R. Riles

Second Vice National Regent Grace Di Cairano National Secretary-Treasurer

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Bishop Curlin's Titles In The Archdiocese of Washington

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968-82 Director for

of Vocations

974-80 Vicar

for Theological

College,

1970

Community Service Award from the Office

President of the Board of

Directors of Associated Catholic Charities

Chaplain to Pope

Fourth Degree

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SALOON

of Black Catholics

CUA

Paul VI

1978

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Men

1968-81 Vicar for Permanent Deacons 1

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Prelate of

Honor by

Pope John Paul

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Daughters of America Chaplain for the Gift of Peace

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Bishop Begley Says Bishop Instrument' Of Holy Spirit J. Begley Bishop William G. Curlin will ve to be "the instrument through whom Holy Spirit will guide the people of Diocese of Charlotte."

Retired Bishop Michael

giving retreats, Bishop Curlin is accustomed to dealing with the spiritual lives of people. He noted that Bishop Curlin has directed some 140 retreats in all parts of the world.

ys that

the advice the late

"God has blessed him with the gift of

shop Vincent Waters gave him in 1 972 len he told then-Msgr. Begley that the ocese of Raleigh was to be divided and

directing the spiritual life of others,"

He

said that

is

Bishop Begley said. Bishop Begley said he did not know Bishop Curlin before the announcement of his appointment but did know of him

U he was to be the first bishop of the w Diocese of Charlotte. "It is ajoy to welcome Bishop Curlin the Diocese of Charlotte and I pray it he will follow the advice that was /en to me," said Bishop Begley.

through mutual friends in the Archdiocese

Washington. Bishop Curlin's

of

predecessor as regional bishop for the southern counties of Maryland was

He said that because of his experience

Bishop Begley

'

s

cousin, the late Bishop

Thomas Lyons. The retired bishop said that, when he first came to North Carolina as a priest in

said, there are

more than 90,000

decisions."

Bishop Begley said the people of the diocese should pray for Bishop Curlin's

in the

"physical and spiritual health and success. Ad Multos Annos."

Raleigh.

Because of that growth, Bishop Begley said, Bishop Curlin is "walking into a big responsibility.

We

®

must

he comes to be THE ordinary of the Diocese of Charlotte." He noted that as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington for the

remember

that

ftoari, staff

This newspaper

is

printed on recycled

newsprint and

is

re-

cyclable.

and volunteers of

charlotte Crisis Pregnancy

Bishop William G. Curlin

wish to welcome

Bishop William G. Curlin to

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is is

make all final decisions. "He's taking on this alone. He will be the one to make the

Diocese of Charlotte alone and probably about the same number in the Diocese of

Welwm

H Wlarnaqe

Cardinal James Hickey above him to

1934, there were only about 9,000 Catholics in the entire state. Now, he

The

fi Wedding

past five years, Bishop Curlin had

charlotte

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a Lifetime

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CONGRATULATIONS & BEST WISHES

v

Most Reverend Sisters of

Hermanas de

la

Mercy

of the

Misericordia de las

Bishop William G. Curlin

Americas Americas

<Be

assured of our continual support, prayers

{Bishop Curlin:

and obedience

ASSOCIATION OF PERMANENT DEACONS DIOCESE OF CHARLOTTE

Mercy of NC Congratulate you and Welcome

The

Sisters of

you

to the Diocese of Charlotte.

We

our Prayers, Congratulations and a Warm Welcome to

offer

CYY}os%

Reverend

Jgisbop of Q\\wc\oxxe

May

the Spirit of

Mercy and Justice guide you and may God keep you well,

J*Ue In his

mind a man plans

his course, but the Lord directs his steps.

Proverbs 16:9

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A Day Of Queridos hermanos y hermanas en

el

G.

CU

Solemnity...

Senor,

Les saludo en Cristo resucitado. Al venir a Charlotte es para mi un maravilloso regreso a casa, puesto que nacf y pase" mi infancia en el sur. Me siento muy maravillado al creer que Dios me ha traido para servirles a ustedes.

La Madre Teresa me habfa

dicho que Dios tenia un ministerio especial para mi en los

anos venideros. Cuando se le comunic6 la noticia, ella respondi6 con gran alegria, diciendo: "Ahora s€ lo que Dios queria. El le ha escogido en este momento especial de su vida para ser pastor de Charlotte y yo me alegro con usted y la gente buena". Al saber que seria el tercer obispo de Charlotte, senti emociones de pena y de felicidad al mismo ticmpo. Despu6s de servir por 37 anos en Washington, me llena de verdadera tristeza dejarlo. Al mismo tiempo, una alegria indescriptible llena mi coraz6n por el honor que me ha concedido el Santo Padre, el Papa Juan Pablo II, al hacerme pastor de la Di6cesis de Charlotte. Vengo a Charlotte sin dones particulares excepto mi experiencia pastoral. Por 32 anos he servido en ministerio parroquial y en otros ministerios como director de vocaciones y vicario de diaconos permanentes. As! que, mi vida ha estado siempre ligada profundamente al ministerio parroquial. Espero tener las mismas oportunidades en Charlotte para poder extender mi amor y deseo de servir a la gcnte. Sencillamente, veo mi papel de Obispo de Charlotte como pastor. He empleado toda mi vida tratando de ayudar a todos a entender como Jesus camina con ellos en la tierra. Por medio de la vida sacramental, la Palabra de Dios, las obras de caridad y la oraci6n, nosotros establecemos la intimidad con Jesus. Uno de mis grandes gozos en la vida ha sido creer que Dios se ha servido de mi, de alguna manera, para aumentar el sentido de la presencia de Cristo en las vidas de los demas: No es facil venir como un extrano. Esto no ha sucedido en Charlotte. Senti que los sacerdotes, consultores, diiiconos, religiosas y laicos me aceptaban inmediatamente. Entonces no vengo a ustedes como un extrano, sino como su hermano en Cristo. Prometo ofrecer mi amor y dedicaci6n a todos en la Di6cesis de Charlotte, y les pido el favor de sus oraciones para caminar juntos conociendo a Jesus y sirviendo a Jesus mutuamente. Estoy siempre en oracitin al Senor,

Obispo William G. Curlin Obispo de Charlotte

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ormer Parishioner Remembers Bishop By EILEEN

I could barely ak after a call from my obstetrician' ice brought bad news. I was so htened that I was going to have a third scarriage. The all-too-familiar nptoms had been there for the past few ys and now there was nothing I could but wait. The thought that I might /er have a child was too painful to

>rning five years ago.

my

husband who

away and then

it

I

work

left

called our dear

nd and former pastor, Bishop William lin. "I'll be right there," he said and drove more than an hour to help me ugh a very difficult morning. He lembered the last time I lost a child nigh miscarriage; it was the day before

was installed as the new auxiliary op of the Archdiocese of Washington

Dec. 20, 1988. When he arrived ed for

baby." I

like to feel a certain

control in

amount of

my life, so I found these words

let

alone take to heart.

Still, after

five

days of blood tests and ultrasounds, these

words were the

first that

actually

made

sense. Early the following spring,

my

husband and I were blessed with the birth of our son, Bobby. "Praise be God !" said Bishop Curlin, the first visitor to the hospital nursery that morning. There have been many wonderful

Bishop Curlin quiets littleTeresa Marx during her baptism

know

the bishop' s "snoring Santa" decoration

"Dear God, your

you and

and musical Christmas mice were talked about for days by our two children. With us, he has shared the joys, the sorrows, the frustrations, the stresses and most of all the love that make up a family's life. Sorrow is no stranger in Bishop Curlin's own life. Two hours after he received the formal notification that he

nothing else."

was being named auxiliary bishop of the Washington Archdiocese, his beloved

(AFP) test. He said would confirm the

stepfather John died. John

against this procedure and instead talked

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moments shared during the 10 years we

kept on

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Bill's

There are some things we can't control. Try to loosen your clenched fists and give your outstretched hands to God. Let it go and trust in our Lord. Know that when you take a leap of faith, He will always catch you." As he walked out the door that day he said, "And I wouldn' t be so sure that you're going to lose that

have been privileged to call Bishop Curlin our friend. His Christmas parties are always filled with joy and laughter and

my

You both want a child so much, but 're

News® Heral

Curlin's Heart

home, we a long time. At the end of the at

versation he said, "Eileen, is

The Catholic

of Bishop Curlin' s difficult to understand,

n consider. called

MARX

C.

wondered how the bishop could tell vas my voice on the phone that July I

I

1994

had been a loving husband to the bishop's mother for 30 years until her death from cancer in 1 968. "He was my best friend," Bishop Curlin told me. At John's funeral Mass

we all received a prayer card that I have

I

my

mirror ever since. will,

It

says,

nothing more,

found myself reflecting on

prayer a

little

this

more than two years ago,

when I was pregnant with my daughter. had just received a call from the director at the hospital informing me that he had some "serious concerns" I

of genetics

about the results of my alphafetaprotein that amniocentesis results.

I

decided

bishop and to God. days later Bishop Curlin told that he asked Mother Teresa to pray

to the

Curlin has gone to India and given retreats

Mother Teresa and her Missionaries He told me that Mother Teresa said, "Please tell that young mother and her family that God will take care of them." Through Bishop Curlin's encouragement and faith, and the grace of Mother Teresa's prayer, somehow I stopped worrying. The real miracle that March was not that our daughter Teresa was born a healthy 8 lb. 9 oz. baby girl, but that Joe and I were ready to love and to

of Charity.)

God gave us. Bishop Curlin baptized Teresa, and when no one not even her own mother accept whatever child

Two

me

for us.

See Marx, Page 48

(On a number of occasions, Bishop

Mr. and Mrs. William A. Phieffer

Warmly Welcome

Bishop William G. Curlin to the

Diocese of Charlotte

Good Health, God Bless The Parishioners of

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IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH Forest City, North Carolina

Father John Murphy, O.S.F.S. and the parishioners of Our Lady of the Highways in Thomasville N.C. extend our heartfelt welcome to you Bishop William G. Curlin.

The Parish Community of

T.

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could quiet her down during the ceremony, he picked her up, stopped her crying and put his red "beanie" on her head. It is my most treasured picture of Bishop Curlin. Bishop Curlin has touched the lives of countless priests, families and friends over the years, but I believe his love is the greatest for those who do not have a family, a place to call home or food on their table. For five years he was the chaplain

at

the Missionaries of Charity,

"Gift of Peace," a residence for the

homeless

who

are terminally

ill

or

AIDS. He has also served by helping to open the first

homeless shelter in the archdiocese while he was assigned to a city parish in Washington, D.C. He has spent many hours showing great compassion and love to forgotten families at a homeless shelter for mothers and their children in Southern Maryland.

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 1994,

Holy Father announced that the Mi Reverend William G. Curlin had b named Bishop of Charlotte, N.C. Joe at I were thrilled for him, because we kno that the appointment shows the confideni and faith that the Holy Father has BishopCurlin. When I talked with Bish( Curlin after his appointment he told n how excited he was to be going Charlotte.

He had given a retreat for

tl

priests of the

Diocese of Charlotte a fe years ago and he told me, "The pries and the people of Charlotte are fill with great love and joy What a welco .

I

received!"

suffering with

the poor

G. CUF

to

Like so many others who have c know and love him over the years,

are very reluctant to let

not very good

at this,

him go. I'm s

but

I

will unclenc

my fists and offer outstretched hands God

in thanks for giving us this pries

this bishop and this

cherished friend wl

now begins a new journey with the peop of Charlotte.

Bishop Curlin's Assignments 1957-64 Associate Pastor in St. Gabriel Parish, Washington, D.C. 1964-67 Associate Pastor in Our Lady of Sorrow Parish, Takoma Park, Md. 1967- 68 Associate Pastor in St. Ann Parish, Washington, D.C, and Assistant Director of Vocations for Men for the Archdiocese of Washington. 1968- 70 Director of House of Formation for seminarians of the Archdiocese of Washington, The Catholic University of America. 1970-83 Pastor of Old St. Mary Church, Washington, D.C, and director of program for inner city elderly. Established Mount Garmel House for homeles.'

women. 1983 Pastor of Nativity Parish, Washington, D.C. Dec. 20, 1988 Ordained auxiliary bishop of Washington and regional bishop of southern counties of Maryland. April 13, 1994 Installed as the third bishop of the Diocese of Charlotte, N.C. Bishop Curlin with Pope John Paul

II

during his ad limina

visit to the

Vatican

last July.

(Vatican photo from Fotografia Felici)

•Alca of tyti?

Saint

Lawre ^

Deacon and Martyr

Pastor

and Parishioners

Welcome Bishop Curlin Asheville, N.C.

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