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Inside Make world a better place, says visiting priest Cardinal Hickey surprised by honorary degree ...Page 15
Living the Faith
In Italian film, knights embark on medieval quest for shroud
Local News Bishop McGuinness on the air ...Page 5
Mission community grows with multi-cultural flair ...Page 7
Every Week Entertainment ...Pages 10-11
Editorials & Columns ...Pages 12-13
The Fatima Beatifications
Pope beatifies Fatima children, has aide announce “Third Secret”
S e r v i n g C a t h o l i c s in Western North Carolina in the Diocese of Charlotte
The little sister that could
By Alesha M. Price Staff Writer WINSTON-SALEM — Many people wish they had her spunk. She seems to go non-stop, and her coworkers, friends and the women religious in her sister community wonder where this 83-year-old gets her energy. She describes herself as a “little old nun doing the Lord’s work,” while the patients and workers at the hospital where she performs her ministry call her the “Mother Teresa of Baptist Hospital.” Sister of St. Joseph Dennis Eileen Gamber laughs at the comparison. “I am old and wrinkled like her, but that is where the similarity ends,” she humbly joked. “I can’t even be mentioned in the same sentence with her.” Sister Dennis, a parishioner of St. Leo the Great Church in WinstonSalem, hails from Pennsylvania, where she attended an all-girls’ school. It was one of her teachers, a Sister of St. Joseph of Chestnut Hill, Pa., who inspired her to join the order herself. She began teaching and received her bachelor’s of arts in mathematics from Chestnut Hill College in 1947. She also received her master’s of arts in mathematics from Villanova University and studied physics and other subjects at Catholic University and Loyola University of New Orleans. She spent most of her life teaching high school, a profession she enjoyed immensely. When she moved to WinstonSalem in 1975, a decision, she said, that
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Sister of St. Joseph Dennis Eileen Gamber is presented with the Mother Teresa Memorial Award and a $500 check for AIDS Care Service from the Knights of Columbus State Council. Pictured left is Bob Singer, state deputy, and Father James Solari, pastor of St. Leo the Great Church. did not sit well with her immediately, she continued to teach math at Bishop McGuinness High School and began her hospital ministry part time. “I had to get used to being away from home,” she said with a smile. In 1985, she retired from teaching and began to work full time at Baptist Hospital. “I loved teaching math, and when I went into this work, I thought I would
miss it. But, this work is a direct gift from God,” said Sister Dennis of her work as a pastoral minister at Baptist Hospital and Forsyth Hospital. She visits the patients and prays, talks and sits with the many Catholics and non-Catholics who request her presence. “There is a list of those who
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Lay Ministry graduates complete personal faith journey By Alesha M. Price Staff Writer CHARLOTTE — Chris and Jo Gibbs have only recently learned what Catholicism is all about. Five years ago, Chris Gibbs came back to Catholicism after growing up Catholic but without a strong grounding in his faith. His wife, Jo, grew up Baptist and converted right before marrying. Both of them became involved with the diocesan lay ministry program to supplement the knowledge they already had. “I wanted to learn more because I missed it growing up. I went to church only a couple of times I can remember,” explained Mr. Gibbs. “The lay ministry program is an affirmation of what I believe already and has focused my faith and understanding of the church.” For Mrs. Gibbs, the coordinator of religious formation at St. Margaret
Mary Church in Swannanoa, her involvement with lay ministry is a way for her to better prepare her students. “I will use what I have learned with the faith formation classes, and for me, learning about the history and evolution of the church fascinates me. I simply wanted to learn more,” she said. The Gibbses were two of the 98 graduates, representing 32 parishes, of the Lay Ministry Training Program who received their certificates at a Mass and ceremony on May 13 at St. Gabriel Church in Charlotte, one of the sites for the Saturday sessions. “I commend the investment of their time and appreciate the generosity of family and friends in allowing them to participate because this is a two-year commitment,” said Mercy Sister Mary Timothy Warren, diocesan director of lay ministry and vicar for women religious. “This academic
program helps them to develop communicative skills and to practice their religious roles in the marketplace.” Anyone, regardless of his or her affiliation with the church, can become involved with the program. Faith formation and religion teachers as well as those who wish to become permanent deacons are required to complete the program, explained Sister Mary Timothy. “We need the strength, gifts and talents given to you by God who calls you to this ministry of the church,” said Bishop William G. Curlin, celebrant for the Mass. “You have been commissioned to bring the joy of Christ into people’s lives.” He urged them to continue their studies in order to learn more about their faith and to spread that knowl-
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2 The Catholic News & Herald tion May 1-4 in Oakland. Bishop John S. Cummins of Oakland highlighted the importance of that focus in a talk May 2. “If we as a church do not succeed in our vision for the unity of the human family, there is little hope for the world,” he said. Some 270 priests and church leaders gathered at the Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel for the federation’s 32nd annual convention. The 2000 theme, “Ministry in a Church of Many Cultures,” continued the 1999 theme, “From the Many, One Church.” Child soldiers said to have escaped rebels in Sierra Leone FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (CNS) — As fighting resumed in Sierra Leone between rebels of the Revolutionary United Front and pro-government forces, about 100 child soldiers cared for by Caritas, the church’s charitable agency, escaped from rebels. The supervisor of Caritas projects in Sierra Leone, John Thorley, told Catholic News Service that the children had been in a rehabilitation camp at Lunsar, in northern Sierra Leone. When rebels drove U.N. troops from the North and fought with pro-government forces May 8, the rebels attempted to lure former child soldiers into rejoining the conflict, but the children escaped, he said. They had walked about 50 miles when they were spotted by a helicopter and were airlifted to Freetown, Thorley said. Vatican, Poland issue stamps to mark pope’s 80th birthday VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican and the Polish government have designed a commemoration of Pope John Paul II’s 80th birthday that is expected to enter the homes of the humble and the offices of the mighty. Vatican City and Poland announced the joint issue of a series of three postage stamps honoring the Polish-born pope on his May 18 birthday. “It is with great pleasure and deep affection that Vatican City and Poland prepare to celebrate the pope’s 80th birthday,” said a statement from the Vatican’s Philatelic and Numismatic Office. Lithuanian agreements formalize Catholic Church status WARSAW, Poland (CNS) — The Vatican has signed a series of agree-
Vatican’s U.N. nuncio applauds statement on Kissling group NEW YORK (CNS) — The Vatican’s U.N. nuncio said May 11 that a new statement from the U.S. bishops denouncing Catholics for a Free Choice for a campaign against the Vatican’s U.N. permanent observer status will be useful in reminding leaders at the world body that the organization is not Catholic. The organization has consultative status as a nongovernmental organization at the United Nations, and its president, Frances Kissling, has been an active lobbyist at U.N. meetings. In a telephone interview, Archbishop Renato R. Martino commented on a May 10 statement issued by Bishop Joseph A. Fiorenza of Galveston-Houston, as president of the bishops’ conference, that said the group’s campaign against the Vatican’s U.N. status is reminiscent of “other episodes of anti-Catholic bigotry.” Archbishop Martino said the group’s campaign has not affected church relations with the world body and that not one of the U.N.’s 180 member nations has indicated any support for it. Donations, prayers urged for victims of New Mexico fire ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (CNS) — Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan of Santa Fe authorized a special collection to be taken up in parishes May 13-14 to aid residents who lost their homes and possessions when an intense fire surged through Los Alamos. The town, which is where the atomic bomb was built and is the site of Los Alamos National Laboratory, is 70 miles north of Albuquerque in the 61,000-square-mile Archdiocese of Santa Fe. The fire was started as a controlled burn May 4 to clear out brush in nearby Bandelier National Monument but dry, windy conditions caused it to quickly grow out of control. By May 12, it had raged through 28,000 acres and in Los Alamos destroyed 280 homes and forced 25,000 people to evacuate. National Federation of Priests’ Councils meets OAKLAND, Calif. (CNS) — The National Federation of Priests’ Councils focused on the church’s multicultural dimensions at its annual conven-
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Bishop William G. Curlin will take part in the following events: May 22 — 7 pm Confirmation St. Leo, Winston-Salem May 23 — 7 pm Confirmation Our Lady of the Assumption Charlotte May 24-25 Pre-Ordination retreat for seminarians May 27 — 10 am Confirmation St. Paul, Greensboro May 28 — 11 am Confirmation Our Lady of Consolation, Charlotte 6 pm Confirmation St. John Neumann, Charlotte
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Women march in Zimbabwe Women in Harare march to the Zimbabwe capital calling for an end to recent violence in their country. Nineteen people have been killed recently in clashes between war veterans and white owners of farms and in election-related violence. ments with Lithuania regulating the Catholic Church’s position a decade after the collapse of communist rule. A church spokesman said the three texts, modeled on earlier accords with Croatia, signaled an end to the search for “complex, time-consuming concordats.” “Most clauses confirm the existing situation here and should be
facilitator of a retreat, “Take Courage and Be a Man,” emphasizing male spirituality and how this experience has an influence on societal values, the pursuit of goals, dealing with failures and being open to God’s call. For further information on the retreat being held June 9-11, call the Living Waters Catholic Reflection Center, 103 Living Waters Lane, at (828) 926-3833 or e-mail lwcrc@main. nc.us. ROCK HILL, S.C. — The Oratory Religion Camp will hold two separate one-week sessions at Camp York in Kings Mountain State Park during the weeks of July 9-15 and July 1622. Boys and girls under 12, entering grades 2-6 in Sept., can apply for consideration. Those wishing to volunteer as counselors can write for a staff application. For more information and application, write to: The Oratory Religion Camp, P.O. Box 11586, Rock
seen as extending cooperation rather than providing protection,” said Father Adolfas Gruzas, a spokesman for the Lithuanian bishops’ conference.
Hill, S.C., 29731-1586. Ongoing CLEMMONS — The time for the Spanish Mass, being held at Holy Family Church, 4820 Kinnamon Rd., is being changed to 7 p.m. for the duration of the summer, starting in June and continuing through most of August. For details, call the church office at (336) 778-0600. Please submit notices of events for the Diocesan Planner at least 10 days prior to publication date.
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Make world a better place for God’s people, visiting priest By ELLEN NEERINCX SIGMON Correspondent HICKORY — Father Thomas Coughlin, the first deaf person in North America to be ordained as a Roman Catholic priest, came from New York to North Carolina on Friday, May 5 to be the homilist at Lenoir-Rhyne College’s baccalaureate service that evening, and also to deliver the homily during Sunday morning Mass at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Morganton. In both places, the theme for his talk was Jesus as the good shepherd, which corresponded to the Gospel reading in Roman Catholic and Lutheran churches that weekend (John 10:11-18). At Lenoir-Rhyne, Father Coughlin told the graduating class that “the more you wrestle with Christ’s truth, the more you will prefer His truth to the so-called truth of this world.... Be not afraid to take up the challenges and struggles to make God’s world a better place for His people. This world needs more good shepherds.” Father Coughlin has followed this advice himself for much of his life. Born deaf in 1947, he is the founder and director of the House of Studies for Deaf Seminarians in Yonkers, N.Y., and the founder of Camp Mark Seven, a camp for deaf children in upstate New York. Many times in his life his plans or ideas have been met with an answer of “no” because of his deafness, but he persisted anyway and found success. In an interview after the Mass on Sunday, Father Coughlin talked about his life. He talked about the sisters who taught him at St. Joseph Catholic High School in Buffalo, N.Y. “Their values rubbed off well on me,” he said. He credited the nuns with helping him discern his vocation early on, depite the challenges he faced with his deafness. “I was 14, an age where I was very impressionable. I started reading other books and asking questions,” he said. After applying to several orders, he finally found a community to pursue his calling.
The Holy Trinity Fathers in Baltimore, Md., accepted him after a call from young Coughlin’s school principal, but the student found it difficult to read lips in the classes. After a year, he left to attend Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. He kept in contact with Holy Trinity while working on his bachelor of arts degree in English at Gallaudet. He persevered in his studies, and finally he was ordained in 1977 after receiving his master’s in religious studies from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He also spent some time studying at the Alliance Francais in Paris, and is fluent in French and English, even though he has never heard either language, as well as American Sign Language. After 15 years of being associated with the Holy Trinity Fathers, Father Coughlin became a diocesan priest, working with deaf people all over the world. Nineteen years ago he founded Camp Mark Seven to help deaf children learn about their deafness and their faith. The camp, which is entirely staffed by deaf people, also offers some programs for elderly deaf people, and people with drug or alcohol problems. Father Coughlin said the camp is planning to expand its programs to include hearing children of deaf parents. One summer, the New York Department of Public Health threatened to close the camp down because they did not have a registered nurse on staff. They advertised, but could not find a nurse who knew sign language. “I said, ‘Oh well, I’ll go to school and become a nurse myself.’” He said that learning about the inner workings of the human body increased his faith. “That science helped me to understand about God so much more clearly,” he said. Another nurse has taken over those duties at the camp now. He serves as her assistant, as an assistant to the camp’s current director, as chaplain and as executive director. The camp keeps him busy in the
information, call Bob Poffenbarger Sr. with the National Cancer Day Foundation at (704) 553-7000 or e-mail Rjpoffsr@aol.com. CHARLOTTE — A special reception, sponsored by the Parent Teacher Organization, is being held for Mercy Sister Paulette Williams who is leaving her job as principal of Charlotte Catholic High School (CCHS) to begin a new ministry with the Sisters of Mercy. The reception takes place from 1-3 p.m. at CCHS, 7702 PinevilleMatthews Rd. For more information, call Vicki Britton at (704) 365-0312.
May 22 CHARLOTTE — The Alzheimer’s/ dementia support group for caretakers of memory-impaired family members and friends meets today from 2-3:30 p.m. at St. Gabriel Church, 3016 Providence Rd., in rooms D and E of the ministry center. Activities are available for the memory-impaired. For further details about the support group or the Shining Stars Adult Day Respite program, call Suzanne Bach at (704) 376-4135. CHARLOTTE — St. John Neumann Church, 8451 Idlewild Rd., is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the canonization of St. Rita, Augustinian wife, mother and nun, known as “the saint of the impossible.” All who have strife in their lives, need help in family relationships or feel they have an impossible situation are invited to the celebration and blessing of roses this morning for 9:15 a.m. Mass and tonight for 7:30 p.m. exposition, benediction and prayer. Call the church office
Upcoming CHARLOTTE — A volleyball camp is being held for rising sixth- through ninth- graders July 17-20 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The coaches are going to be Tim Leary from CCHS and Bettie Berry, a former CCHS coach. For more information, call Bettie Berry at (704) 521-8721. MAGGIE VALLEY — Augustinian Father Anthony M. Genovese is the
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Lutheran Pastor Andrew Weisner of Lenior-Rhyne College, Father Ken Whittington of St. Charles Borromeo in Morganton and Father Thomas Coughlin following Mass on May 14. summer, but during the rest of the year he works with his group of seminarians. In 1997, he began his own community and started looking for a bishop to help. After sending several letters without getting any positive responses, he received a telephone call from New York archbishop Cardinal John O’Connor. “I don’t know how he found out,” said Father Coughlin. “He asked me about it, and I explained the difficulties (that deaf seminarians and priests encountered) — interpretation, support systems. He showed surprise that this had never been done before in the whole world.” Cardinal O’Connor met with Pope John Paul II that year, made a proposal, and received approval to form a deaf seminary. Father Coughlin moved to New York and set up the program through St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers. They now have four seminarians and a nine-bedroom residence where
sign language is the primary language. “Deaf people feel at ease there,” said Father Coughlin. Plans are in the works to form a religious community for deaf women as well. Father Coughlin said that Cardinal O’Connor set up a $250,000 endowment so that the deaf seminarians there could get a free education. On May 21, 1999, Cardinal O’Connor came to bless the house and take a tour. “He loved our deaf people, and he blessed us,” said Father Coughlin, who attended the cardinal’s funeral. Father Coughlin is eager to continue his work of outreach. “I want to be a producer, to make something,” said Father Coughlin, who has been commended personally by Pope John Paul II for his outstanding ministry. “I have a certain drive inside of me. I’m very motivated to do many things before I die.” t
at (704) 536-6520 or (704) 535-4197 with any questions. GREENSBORO — The Greensboro Council of Catholic Women is having their annual May luncheon at Sedgefield Country Club, beginning at 11:30 a.m. with a cash and spirits bar, fashion show featuring items from a local women’s clothing store and raffle prizes. For more information, call Janet Law at (336) 288-6022. 25 ASHEVILLE — All are invited to come to St. Joan of Arc Church, 919 Haywood Ave., for a healing Mass tonight at 7 p.m. Refreshments will follow the Mass. For more information, call the church office at (828) 252-3151. 28 CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte area monthly Ultreya meets today at St. Matthew Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., from 1:30-3 p.m. Call Bill Gold at (704) 339-2121 for more information. HENDERSONVILLE — The St. Francis of the Hills Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order meets today
at Immaculate Conception Church in the office wing on 6th Ave. West. Visitors and inquirers are welcome. Call Pat Cowan at (828) 884-4246 for more information. June 2 ASHEVILLE — Catholic Association of Family Educators (C.A.F.E), Western North Carolina’s Catholic homeschool support group, is having an “end of the year” picnic and potluck at CP&L Park this afternoon at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call Denise Vish at (828) 645-6990 or Sheryl Oligny at (828) 298-0336. 4 CHARLOTTE — In recognition of National Cancer Survivors’ Day, St. Gabriel Church, St. Matthew Church and St. Vincent de Paul Church members invite all cancer survivors, caregivers, family and friends to attend Mass and to participate in anointing of the sick at 5:30 p.m. today at St. Matthew Church, 8015 Ballantyne Pkwy. For more
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Sister Dennis, from page 1 are Catholic that I see, and I know that many of the patients who appear on the list are not Catholic. I want to be able to minister to all I can,” she said. “I feel their pain, and I am sensitive to their needs. I cry tears over what happened to some of them.” Sister Dennis touched one such non-Catholic patient so much so that she drives Sister Dennis wherever she needs to go when she can. She is one of several who volunteer to drive Sister Dennis to the hospitals and other destinations. “I used to walk everywhere before I had hip replacement surgery. I am still able to walk all over the hospital,” she said. In her “spare time,” she works tirelessly with AIDS patients, especially those who are disadvantaged and in need of housing and food. She is on the board of trustees of AIDS Care Service in Winston-Salem, which helps low-income people afflicted with AIDS with shelter and care. She visits AIDS patients, conducts fund-raisers and wears the red ribbon symbol on her lapel as a sign of her dedication to AIDS awareness. She is also the spiritual director of the St. Leo Church Christian Mothers’ Group, where, as Ria Monteleone, the group’s president, said, her presence is always needed and welcome. “There is something very spiritual about her, and she has a quality of holiness that is profound. She comes every month to the meetings and opens with a prayer or reflective time. She is a remarkable woman who is more in touch with the topics related to us than many women I know,” said Monteleone. Because of her work with hospital and AIDS ministry, the Knights of Columbus State Council chose her as the recipient of the Mother Teresa Memorial Award. She is one of two recipients this year, one in the Diocese of Charlotte and one in the Diocese of Raleigh. The Knights of Columbus wrote to Missionaries of Charity Sister Nirmala, superior general, for her approval of using Mother Teresa’s name and image. “We wanted to recognize people
who do good works and follow in Mother Teresa’s example of what we are called to do. We want to preserve her memory,” said John Harrison, past grand deputy and chairman of the Mother Teresa Memorial Award program. “This has been a very good program, and the recipients have always been near tears when they have received the award.” Since 1998, the Knights of Columbus have sent letters to the pastors of both dioceses to nominate someone from their parish for the award. Father James Solari, pastor at St. Leo Church, thought that Sister Dennis was deserving of the award: “From many points of view, she is person who needed to be recognized for her dedication to ministry. She is an outstanding person in our community and is a dynamo to be spending time with patients at her age,” said Father Solari. He said he tries to get her to slow down to no avail. “She need to rest sometimes, and I am trying to hold her back for the long haul.” She was presented with the award and a check for $500 for AIDS Care Service, her choice of charity, during the Mass on Mother’s Day, May 14, at St. Leo Church. Members of the congregation rose to their feet and applauded through tears as she said, “I am so humbled and overwhelmed with gratitude for my God. I owe it all to my Lord. The greatest gift God has ever given me is to be able to serve the sick at Baptist Hospital and the AIDS patients.” Does Sister Dennis show any signs of slowing down? “I feel like I am about 60, and I never think about how old I am. I am doing the Lord’s work and loving every minute of it.” t Contact Staff Writer Alesha M. Price by calling (704) 370-3354 or e-mail email@example.com.
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Belmont Abbey College hosts commencement ceremonies BELMONT — Despite temperatures in the high 90s, spirits were high May 13 as 196 students received degrees from Belmont Abbey College. Commencement ceremonies, preceded by a Mass of the Holy Spirit, were held in front of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians on the historic campus. More than 2,000 guests were in attendance, including families and friends of six Abbey staff members receiving degrees. Bishop Robert Baker, S.T.D., bishop of the Diocese of Charleston, S.C., was the principal homilist during the Mass. The audience was delighted when the bishop left the elevated stage and came to the level of students and guests to deliver his message with great drama and animation. Bishop Baker was among three to receive honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees for his commit-
ment to the Church and assistance to the needy. Also receiving honorary doctorates were Sister Charlotte Lange, O.S.B., principal of Saint Gertrude’s High School in Richmond, Va., and Wallace Dalton of Lake Wylie, S.C. Mr. Dalton is a longtime supporter of Belmont Abbey, having served on numerous boards and committees. He established a scholarship honoring former college president Father John Bradley, for whom the college’s Bradley Institute for the Study of Christian Culture is named. During commencement, four retiring faculty members were recognized: Father John Oetgen, O.S.B., professor of English; Father Arthur Pendleton, O.S.B., professor of chemistry; Dr. Frank Murray, professor of history; and Stanley Dudko, associate professor of business and economics. t
Loyola Institute extension program to form new group
CHARLOTTE — The Loyola Institute for Ministry Extension Program is forming a new learning group in the Charlotte area. The Diocese of Charlotte is the sponsoring agency for this program, which yields master’s degrees and certificates in religious education and pastoral studies. The distance-learning program is for anyone involved in ministry, and consists of 12 courses, each lasting 12 weeks. An informational session on the new learning group is June 5 at 7 p.m. at St. Gabriel Church in Charlotte, 3016 Providence Rd. For further information, call Connie Milligan at (704) 364-3344.
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Bishop McGuinness on the air in Piedmont By Larry Chance Correspondent WINSTON-SALEM — When you are the chief fund-raiser for a growing Catholic high school, and you have the pipes to work for the BBC, why not put that talent to good use? That’s just what Eddie Mitchell, director of institutional activities at Bishop McGuinness Memorial High School in Winston-Salem, had in mind when he began to produce and host a daily fiveminute radio show about the activities of the school. The program originates from the studios of WIST 98.3 FM in High Point, which targets adult listeners with an eclectic play list of pop favorites, ranging from Paul Anka to Louis Prima and Frank Sinatra. Mitchell believes this audience takes an interest in the school, which recently broke ground for a new facility at a central location in the Piedmont Triad, and he programs the show to increase that interest. He picked this station because many older BMHS alumni listen to the station, as do the parents of many alumni. “The idea is to get the name Bishop McGuinness out ... it’s about what makes the school different,” said Mitchell. “I’m sure everyone in the Triad knows Bishop McGuinness; they don’t know what goes on behind the doors.” Mitchell feels that the radio show is an opportunity for people to
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Eddie Mitchell at the control board of WIST 98.3 FM. combine to generate more interest in the school, he is happy. The show is effective. One other hat that Mitchell wears is that of admissions, and he pointed out that one Kernersville parent who heard the first show called to register his child as a result of what he heard on the show. Mitchell would like the show, which will resume production next September, to expand, so that he can keep spreading the word that Bishop McGuinness High School is what he
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get that message. The show covers topics such as upcoming special events like the recent auction, the new campus, interscholastic sports, fine arts and other Bishop McGuinness highlights. It begins at 9:02 a.m. Mitchell said that the show gives the school a “ ... chance to blow our own trumpet as far as the students are concerned.” A former professional soccer player in Great Britain, Mitchell began his broadcasting career for the BBC doing programs about the sport. “I used to do a program on Friday morning about the upcoming weekend soccer games,” he said. When he arrived in the United States, he worked for a radio station in Texas. Now, as the head fund-raiser for the rapidly growing school, he is able to apply his experience in a way that reaches far beyond the school community into the community at large. With a distinctive British accent, the former Londoner feels he is blessed with a voice that people recognize. In the Western Piedmont, that usually means that once a day, someone comments about his accent. He believes that you cannot get enough publicity, so if his accent and the radio show
Father Vincent Donovan, C.S.Sp., of Our Lady of Lourdes dies suddenly BETHEL PARK, Pa. — Father Vincent Donovan, C.S.Sp, died suddenly Saturday, May 13, 2000. Father Donovan served as the parochial vicar at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Monroe from April 1993 until February 2000. Viewing was at Trinity Hall Chapel, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh on Wed., May 17. Mass of Christian Burial took place on Thurs., May 18 at 10 a.m. at Duquesne University Chapel with a luncheon following the service. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, O’Hara Township. Father Donovan was preceded in death by his parents, William J. & Nora McCarthy Donovan and other siblings. He is survived by his sister Nora Koren and nephews and nieces. Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Nora Koren at 1527 Fawcett Avenue, White Oak, Pa. 15131. t
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World Day of Prayer for Vocations Pope John Paul II lays his hands on the head of a priest ordained in St. Peter’s Square May 14. The pope ordained 26 new priests for the Diocese of Rome during the service held on World Day of Prayer for Vocations.
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Well-wishers to post birthday greetings to pope online By Benedicta Cipolla Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Birthday well-wishers for Pope John Paul II won’t have to garner tickets to a private papal audience to extend their congratulations: They can post them online. A Web-based initiative, expected to be up and running by the pope’s 80th birthday May 18, will allow Internet surfers to send their greetings via a special link, “Happy Birthday Pope John Paul II,” available on popular portals like Yahoo! and msn.com. Vatican officials said the link would be active for a minimum of a week but could be extended further, depending on how many people sign their names to the virtual birthday card. The link, proposed by the Freiburg, Germany-based Ele Foundation and provided free of charge by the Web sites, will also include information on a Vatican charity fund for AIDS orphans
in Africa. According to the latest U.N. statistics, by the end of 2000, 13 million African children will have lost one or both parents to the AIDS pandemic. The donations collected online by the Ele Foundation will then be delivered to the Vatican charity “Cor Unum.” Giovanni Bianchini, a “Cor Unum” official, said May 15 that the participation of major Web sites in the initiative represented a “small example of solidarity.” In a May 12 press release, “Cor Unum” called Africa’s orphan problem a “unique and tragic crisis.” “Neither words nor statistics adequately capture this human tragedy,” said the statement. t
Viking ship, he added. Cuban baseball team’s visit to Catholic college hurt by defection ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) — The Cubans came to play baseball, meet new American friends and see the sights and landmarks of Minnesota. They didn’t expect to make the national headlines they did, thanks to a team member who broke away from the group and flew to Miami to seek asylum in the United States. And they didn’t expect to be followed nonstop by news reporters and photographers who wanted pictures and reactions to the unfolding story of their teammate, 20-year-old Mario Miguel Chaoui. “It’s had an impact,” said Doug Hennes, a spokesman for the University of St. Thomas, which hosted the visit. “If he hadn’t left the team, there would be a different atmosphere.” Ohio priest stabbed, hospitalized after hearing confession MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (CNS) — An Ohio priest who was stabbed while hearing his attacker’s confession told police the seal of confession will prevent him from testifying against his assailant. According to a statement from Middletown police, Father Charles Mentrup, 41, an associate pastor at Incarnation Parish, was stabbed early May 5 at his residence while hearing his assailant’s confession. The priest was transported to Middletown Regional Hospital, where he underwent surgery for a knife wound to the abdomen. He was in good condition May 9, a hospital official said. The priest was expected to be in the hospital for at least a week.
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French bishops express communion with Bishop Gaillot LYONS, France (CNS) — In a sign of reconciliation with his fellow French bishops, controversial Bishop Jacques Gaillot expressed his thanks for an invitation to participate in an ecumenical meeting. In a May 10 letter to Archbishop Louis-Marie Bille of Lyons, president of the French bishops’ conference, Bishop Gaillot said his colleagues’ expression of brotherhood “touches me deeply and will bring joy to many.” Archbishop Bille’s letter of May 5, released by the French bishops’ conference May 10, said the May 13 meeting in Lyons “could be an occasion to express the communion that we have felt for so long” and to heal the five-year-old wound caused by Bishop Gaillot’s ouster from his diocese. The Vatican removed Bishop Gaillot from his post in Evreux in January 1995 after he publicly challenged church teaching on several issues. Heyerdahl, with Vatican help, settles Ericson-Columbus debate WASHINGTON (CNS) — Acclaimed navigator Thor Heyerdahl said a document in storage in the Vatican’s archives gives evidence for the contention that Leif Ericson , not Christopher Columbus, was the first European to travel by boat to the New World. But cherished elements of the Ericson saga will have to be abandoned, Heyerdahl said in a May 11 address at the National Press Club in Washington. Ericson was not a Viking, nor did he pilot a Viking ship, although “he may have seen one” during his travels, said Heyerdahl, author of dozens of books, including “Kon-Tiki” and “The Ra Expeditions.” What’s more, Ericson, an Icelander, was converted to Catholicism by King Olaf of Norway and sent to Greenland to convert the “pagan” people living there, Heyerdahl said. “He took one priest and two catechists with him” on his craft, a merchant vessel more humble than a
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Mission community grows with multi-cultural By JIMMY ROSTAR Associate Editor KANNAPOLIS — Redemptorist Father Karl Aschmann looked out across the congregation and smiled. Excitement lilted his voice. “It’s been such a wonderful celebration today,” he said. Father Aschmann, administrator of St. Joseph Church in Kannapolis, noted the many reasons to celebrate on this May 14 afternoon. Bishop William G. Curlin had come to preside at a bilingual liturgy. It was a sunny Mother’s Day, and the church’s Hispanic first Communion class was seated front and center, dressed in Sunday best. A family-style picnic dinner awaited. Best of all, a few shovels of dirt signified a new beginning for a church community whose complexion is changing with the times. Bishop Curlin, Father Aschmann and a host of St. Joseph parishioners took turns at the shovels during a groundbreaking ceremony that kicked plans into overdrive for a new church building. The symbolism of the ceremony was twofold, as the mission plans for a new worship center while continuing to break ground in its ministry to a growing Hispanic population working, living and worshipping in the area. “You know, for one reason or another, God sent them here,” said Father Aschmann of the Hispanics,
whom he ministers to alongside the church’s Anglo parishioners. “They are good workers, they do love God and they try to be good people here.” Hundreds — perhaps thousands, guesses Father Aschmann — of Hispanics flock to St. Joseph Church for Mass and ministerial support in a land far from home. They have come to the area primarily for work or to escape political strife. Today, they far outnumber the Anglo parishioners who worship at St. Joseph’s, a mission of St. James Church in Concord. Many Hispanics struggle with language and culture differences in this area. But Father Aschmann said the Hispanic parishioners have taken ownership of their adopted church community, nevertheless. More than 500 Hispanic families worship regularly at St. Joseph’s, while about 160 Anglo families are registered. Explosive growth in the community prompted the need to make plans for a new, larger church building. The present church has been a staple of St. Joseph’s six-acre site since 1949, but especially in the past few years, the congregation outgrew the smallish white building. The parish hall now serves the parishioners as a temporary worship space. Still, parishioners spill out onto the lawn. An architect’s blueprints now
and everybody is so excited that we can do something like this. We are not a rich area, but we are a place that is very much united.”
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Joe Ordoyne, left, and Matt Marbois take turns at the shovels as Bishop William G. Curlin looks on during a groundbreaking ceremony at St. Joseph Church in Kannapolis. Ordoyne and Marbois are members of the church’s building commission. show plans for a new, 700-seat church. Construction could start in September. “There is just no more room for us,” said Father Aschmann. “We will begin to build a church very quickly,
Looking ahead “You’re celebrating a marvelous event,” said Bishop Curlin during his homily. “You’re committing yourselves to building a house of the Lord.” With those words, Bishop Curlin commissioned the people of St. Joseph Church to look ahead with a determined sense of bringing Christ to all they encounter — to truly build the church of God. “We have to say to ourselves, ‘The church is not a building. The church is God’s holy people.’ You are the church,” he said. “You are the ones who take the love of Jesus and you show it in your daily life by the way that you treat one another, by the way you help the poor, by the way you visit the sick and comfort the dying. “The house that we build is what we build with our hearts, not just our hands ... It’s a wonderful gift that you give to Jesus, that you would build with your hands and your hearts a worthy place to celebrate his presence.” t Contact Associate Editor Jimmy Rostar by calling (704) 370-3334 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find inspiring images in Bible, Vatican official tells
CANNES, France (CNS) — Filmmakers looking for great ideas for images and stories need look no further than their Bibles, said the president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. Celebrating the opening Mass at the 53rd Cannes Film Festival May 14, U.S. Archbishop John P. Foley told fes-
tival participants that “images can inspire, guide, strengthen and console.” On a personal level, filmmakers should be able to grasp and be edified by “the beautiful images presented by Jesus,” the archbishop said in his homily. “But, in their creativity,” they also should find ways to present the biblical images “to those seeking the way, the
truth and the life and a vision which is truly and ultimately beatific,” Archbishop Foley said at the Mass during the May 10-21 festival. Filmmakers and others who deal with images daily should have a special appreciation for the Bible, especially the Gospel stories and parables, the archbishop said. Action, controversy, the unexpected, joy and pain are all presented in the Bible’s pages with images accessible to all, yet rich enough to challenge. “While everything is not completely clear to us now and while we
see only with the eyes of faith, everything will be perfectly clear to us, and we shall see God as he is,” Archbishop Foley said. “This vision, which we call ‘beatific,”’ points to the reality that God is “supremely beautiful,” more beautiful than any created image can be, he said. “We need the simplicity, the innocence and the faith of children to see a vision which is denied to those who have become blinded by sin,” the archbishop said. t
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‘Third secret’ to be published; pope links it to assassination By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service FATIMA, Portugal (CNS) — Pope John Paul II, ordering the publication of the so-called “third secret of Fatima,” believes part of it was a direct reference to the 1981 attempt on his life, said the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Angelo Sodano. Cardinal Sodano, the highestranking official of the Roman Curia, said May 13 that the almost 80-yearold pope asked him to make “the solemn announcement” of the secret’s contents at the end of the pope’s Mass in Fatima, 19 years to the day after the assassination attempt. The message was written down in 1943 by Sister Lucia dos Santos, the only surviving Fatima visionary, and placed in a wax-sealed envelope. She gave it to her bishop who sent it, unopened, to the Vatican, where it remained secret except to the popes and a few close aides. Cardinal Sodano told an estimated 600,000 people at the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima that the third part of the message revealed to the three shep-
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Children greet Pope John Paul II at the shrine at Fatima, Portugal, May 12 upon his arrival for the beatification of two young Fatima visionaries. herd children in 1917 “concerns, above all, the war waged by atheist systems against the church and Christians.” But, it also includes reference to the ministry and suffering of a “bishop clothed in white,” whom the children believed was the pope, Cardinal Sodano said. The cardinal said the pope had directed the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to prepare a commentary to help people understand the message, then to make the message and the commentary public. Joaquin Navarro-Valls, the Vatican spokesman, told reporters on the papal flight back to Rome May 13 that publication was expected “within days, perhaps a week.” In the message, Cardinal Sodano said, as the pope “makes his way with great effort toward the Cross amid the corpses of those who were martyred — bishops, priests, men and women religious and many lay persons — he, too, falls to the ground, apparently dead under a burst of gunfire.” Mehmet Ali Agca, a Turk, tried to assassinate the pope in St. Peter’s Square May 13, 1981.
Cardinal Sodano said that after the shooting “it appeared evident to His Holiness that it was ‘a motherly hand which guided the bullet’s path,”’ saving the pope’s life. In his homily during the beatification Mass at Fatima, Pope John Paul renewed his thanks to God and to Our Lady of Fatima for saving his life, and he hinted at what Cardinal Sodano would reveal an hour later. Speaking about the world wars, Nazi concentration camps, Soviet gulags, abortion and other 20th century “horrors,” the pope said, “here in Fatima ... these times of tribulation were foretold, and Our Lady asked for prayer and penance to abbreviate them.” Cardinal Sodano said that Sister Lucia — whom the pope met with privately before the Mass to beatify her cousins, Jacinta and Francisco — CNS file photo confirmed the Vatican’s interpretation. Pope John Paul II is helped by aides after being shot in St. Peter’s Square May Navarro-Valls said that several 13, 1981. Following the beatification of two of the Fatima visionaries May weeks before the beatification, Sister 13, a Vatican official revealed the so-called third secret of Fatima. Cardinal Lucia was informed of the pope’s deciAngelo Sodano said the pope believes it refers to the attempt on his life and sion to reveal the secret and was asked the church’s struggle against communism. to review the Vatican’s interpretation of the message. had been planning to reveal the secret made public the first two parts of the The spokesman would not say “for some time. It was a matter of findmessages from Mary, which the chilwhom the pope sent to see Sister Lucia ing an opportune occasion. And that dren kept secret. at the Carmelite cloister in Coimbra. came with the beatification. The first two parts included the Navarro-Valls also said the pope “But it is also a decision tied to vision of hell shown to the children, had several reasons for delegating the the closing of the millennium, to the along with prophecies concerning the announcement to Cardinal Sodano in century just passed, a century full of outbreak of World War II, the rise of addition to the fact that the cardinal is suffering and tribulation,” the cardinal communism and the ultimate triumph his top aide. told reporters. of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, First, he said, it is because the In his public announcement, Carincluding over Russia if the country pope is a subject in the messages and, dinal Sodano said the pope wanted the were consecrated to her Immaculate second, “because it concerns a private message published because prayers for Heart. revelation, which is different from a conversion and for divine assistance In interviews after the announcebiblical revelation.” in responding to threats against the ment, Cardinal Sodano said the pope The “Catechism of the CathoChristian faith are still lic Church” explains that necessary. through Scripture and “The successive events in Christ, in a full and Cardinal Sodano told an estimated 600,000 people at of 1989 led, both in the exceptional way, God has Soviet Union and in a revealed everything that is the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima that the third part of number of countries of essential for faith. the message revealed to the three shepherd children Eastern Europe, to the fall However, it says, “Throughout the ages, in 1917 “concerns, above all, the war waged by atheist of the communist regime promoted atheism,” there have been so-called systems against the church and Christians.” But, it also which he said. private revelations, some includes reference to the ministry and suffering of a “For this, too, His Holiof which have been recognized by the authority of “bishop clothed in white,” whom the children believed ness offers heartfelt thanks to the most holy Virgin,” the church. They do not was the pope, Cardinal Sodano said. the cardinal said. belong, however, to the “Even if the events deposit of faith. It is not to which the third part of their role to improve or the Secret of Fatima refers complete Christ’s defininow seem part of the past, Our Lady’s tive revelation, but to help live more call to conversion and penance, issued fully by it in a certain period of hisat the beginning of the 20th century, tory.” remains timely and urgent today,” CarCardinal Sodano said the message dinal Sodano said. t would be published only with the commentary because “the text contains a prophetic vision similar to those found in Sacred Scripture, which do not describe with photographic clarity the details of future events,” and, therefore, require an interpretation. In announcing the planned publication, the cardinal told the crowd the pope came to Fatima to beatify the two children, but also to renew his thanks A nun assists pilgrims kneeling to Our Lady of Fatima “for her protecbefore the shrine at Fatima May 11, tion during these years of his papacy.” prior to the visit of Pope John Paul “This protection seems also to be II. The pope was to beatify two of linked to the so-called ‘third part’ of three visionaries visited six times by the secret of Fatima,” he said. the Virgin Mary there in 1917. In the late 1930s, Sister Lucia CNS photo from Reuters
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Pope, in Fatima, beatifies children, has aide announce “Third By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service FATIMA, Portugal (CNS) — On the 19th anniversary of the attempt to assassinate him, Pope John Paul II listened as his top aide announced the pope’s decision to reveal the so-called “third secret of Fatima.” Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican secretary of state, told an estimated 600,000 people gathered in Fatima May 13 that the pope believes the secret refers to the assassination attempt and to the church’s struggle against communism. Pope John Paul had just finished celebrating Mass for the beatification of Jacinta and Francisco Marto, two of the shepherd children who saw Our Lady of Fatima in 1917. During his homily, he once again thanked Our Lady of Fatima for saving his life when he was shot May 13, 1981, and he spoke of the “horrors” of the 20th century, which he said were foretold by Mary in the Fatima messages. In making the announcement about the secret, Cardinal Sodano said it “concerns, above all, the war waged by atheist systems against the church and Christians.” But it also refers to the ministry and suffering of a “bishop clothed in white,” whom the children believed was the pope, Cardinal Sodano said. The cardinal said that in the secret, as the pope “makes his way with great effort toward the Cross amid the corpses of those who were martyred — bishops, priests, men and women religious and many lay persons — he, too, falls to the ground, apparently dead under a burst of gunfire.” Mehmet Ali Agca, a Turk, tried to assassinate the pope in St. Peter’s Square on the feast of Our Lady of Fatima in 1981. Cardinal Sodano said that after the shooting “it appeared evident to His Holiness that it was ‘a motherly hand which guided the bullet’s path,”’ saving the pope’s life. Pope John Paul has directed the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to prepare a commentary to help
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people understand the message, then to make the message and the commentary public, the cardinal said. Joaquin Navarro-Valls, Vatican spokesman, told reporters on the papal flight back to Rome May 13 that publication was expected “within days, perhaps a week.” In his Mass homily, Pope John Paul said the Fatima children demonstrated how “little ones” may be able to grasp important truths more quickly than their elders. In the course of the 20th century, the pope said, thousands and thousands of people died in the struggle between good and evil. “My thoughts go to the horrors of the two ‘great wars’ and those of other wars in many parts of the world, to the concentration and extermination camps, the gulags, ethnic cleansing and persecutions, terrorism, kidnapping, drugs, the attacks on the unborn and on the family,” he said. In Mary’s message at Fatima, the pope said, “these times of tribulation were foretold, and Our Lady asked for prayers and penance to abbreviate them.” “Today I want to thank heaven for the strength of the testimony” given by Jacinta and Francisco, he said. “And, once again, I want to celebrate the Lord’s goodness to me, when, seriously struck that May 13, 1981, I was saved from death,” Pope John Paul said. “I express my recognition also to Blessed Jacinta for her sacrifices and prayers for the Holy Father, whom she had seen suffer much,” the pope said, referring to part of the Fatima message. As a sign of his gratitude to Mary, the pope sent one of the bullets used in the assassination attempt to Fatima. It is now embedded in the crown on the statue of Our Lady of Fatima at the shrine. Arriving in Fatima May 12, the pope knelt in prayer near the statue before leading a brief prayer service. Approaching the statue, he left a small red box and an envelope at Mary’s feet. The box contained the gold ring that the late Polish Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski of Warsaw gave him shortly after his election as pope. The cardinal had told the pope that he would lead the church into the third millennium. Italian and Portuguese newspaper and television reports were filled with speculation that the letter the pope left spoke of his resignation now that he had led the church into the Holy Year 2000. Navarro-Valls, the papal spokesman, said the reports were “150 perCarmelite Sister Lucia dos Santos, 93, smiles as she waits to meet with Pope John Paul II in Fatima, Portugal, May 13. She and her beatified cousins — Francisco and Jacinta Marto — witnessed six visions of the Virgin Mary in 1917 at Fatima.
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Jacinta and Francisco Marto are pictured with their cousin Lucia dos Santos (right) in a file photo taken around the time of the 1917 apparitions of Mary at Fatima, Portugal. The Marto children died young. Lucia, a Carmelite nun, is still living. cent” wrong; the letter simply explains the history of the ring and its personal significance to the pope. The ring, he said, “is one of the most precious things the Holy Father owns. The pope was trying to think of what to give Our Lady, and he decided on this precious ring. Any other interpretation is without foundation.” But the pope also received a special gift at Fatima. Carmelite Sister Lucia dos Santos, who along with her cousins, Jacinta and Francisco, saw Our Lady of Fatima in 1917, gave the pope 300 rosaries she had made. The pope met privately with Sister Lucia in the basilica at the Fatima shrine before the beatification Mass. Pope John Paul asked Sister Lucia how old she is, Navarro-Valls said. When the nun replied, “93,” they both smiled. As she sat by Francisco’s tomb waiting for the pope, Sister Lucia responded briefly to reporters’ questions. She said she was “very happy” that her cousins were being beatified. Already informed of the pope’s decision to reveal the secret, which she had written down in 1943 and placed in a wax-sealed envelope, Sister Lucia said, “It is a day of glory for God and for Our Lady.” She said the only thing she had to tell the world was: “Try to be faithful to God and thankful for his graces.” During the beatification Mass, the pope asked children to try to be like Jacinta and Francisco in listening to Mary and following her to Jesus.
Dozens of children in the crowd were dressed in costumes to look like the beatification photographs of Jacinta and Francisco — complete with dark scarves for the girls and floppy berets for the boys. “Our Lady needs each of you to console Jesus, who is sad because of the injustices they do to him,” he said. “She needs your prayers and your sacrifices for sinners.” Pope John Paul said that by listening to Mary, the newly beatified “reached the summit of perfection in a short time.” The pope said Francisco was preoccupied with Jesus being sad because of sinners. The boy’s only desire was “to console Jesus and make him happy.” “Little Jacinta shared and lived this affliction of Our Lady,” that is, Mary’s worry for sinners who would end up in hell, the pope said. “All the mortifications and penances seemed a small price to her to save sinners.” The children prayed often, gave their lunches to poor children and wore rough ropes around their thighs in order to offer their sacrifices to Mary. And once people started hearing about the apparitions, the children endured harsh questioning at the hands of church and civil authorities, the doubts of their parents and the constant attention of the curious. Francisco died in 1919 at the age of 10. Jacinta died shortly before her 10th birthday in 1920. With millions of Europeans, they were victims of the Spanish flu epidemic. t
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Reviewed by Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service If playing Scripture-citation hockey with fundamentalists is your idea of a good time, “Pope Fiction” was written for you. Patrick Madrid, editor-in-chief of the Catholic apologetics magazine Envoy, has compiled detailed “answers to 30 myths and misconceptions about the papacy,” as the subtitle reads. Many of the chapters provide
“Pope Fiction” By Peter Madrid Basilica Press (San Diego, 1999) 338 pp., $14.99.
highly specific rebuttals of Scripturebased claims put forth by those who insist the Catholic Church misinterpreted the Bible in establishing the papacy. For instance, one chapter devotes 13 pages to analyzing the origins and possible interpretations of the Greek, Aramaic and Hebrew terms used in Matthew 16:18 with the phrase, “you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church.” Most American Catholics don’t find themselves consumed by the quandary of whether the word Jesus used for “rock” was more accurately reported in Greek Scriptures as “petros,” meaning “small rock,” or “petras,” meaning “large rock,” and whether Matthew actually wrote in Greek or Aramaic. Yet that’s the kind of debate that Madrid relishes in these chapters, where he attempts to provide explanations nonscholars can use to answer some of the favorite Scripture-thumping arguments against the papacy. There have been plenty of scholarly discussions on the scriptural foundations of the church. For quick reference, the “Catechism of the Catholic Church” explains this core teaching and refers to its theological basis. But for contemporary Catholics without the time or energy to read the work of theologians or who want a little more thorough explanation than the sections on church structure in the catechism, Madrid provides a middle ground.
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For those who don’t get involved in debates about the church with fundamentalists, these sections of “Pope Fiction” might provide interesting background that you missed while sleeping through ninth-grade religion classes. Others will find Madrid’s dissection of anti-Catholic treatises — like the numerological argument that the pope’s official Latin title adds up to the satanic number 666 — to be condescending and tiresome. This particular chapter does include an interesting explanation of the truth behind an argument against the church used by some Seventh-day Adventists. But in getting there, Madrid resorts to a smirking, insulting tone that pervades his book. “Alas, if only this gentleman’s Latin were as good as his imagination,” he says in countering one Adventist writer. That’s an unfortunate side-effect of Madrid’s attempt to use a light, breezy tone to make his material appealing. Amid helpful discussions of topics like whether there was a “Pope Joan,” and the origins of the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition, Madrid crosses the line between a light tone and condescending pompousness. His explanations may be accurate, but it’s hard to believe many people will be convinced of that when he takes such glee in being insulting while debunking their beliefs. Also, at times, Madrid is so intent on explaining some of the darker chapters of church history that he comes across as justifying horrific actions. He notes, for instance, that the executions carried out during the Inquisition were not at the hands of the church authorities themselves, but by the civil government, and that the actual number executions was arguably exaggerated — as if either explanation makes the events less dubious. It does help to have someone provide an explanation of these parts of the church’s history, but readers of “Pope Fiction” should be wary of Madrid’s belittling approach. As his magazine, Envoy, is fond of pointing out, apologetics doesn’t have to be dry and academic. But perhaps a book aimed at a general audience also should be more careful about using gloating as a tool for evangelization. t Zapor covers federal government is-
Word to Life May 7, Third Sunday of Easter, Cycle B Readings: 1) Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 Psalm 4:2, 4, 7-9 2) 1 John 2:1-5a 3) Gospel: Luke 24:35-48 By Dan Luby Catholic News Service Peace. Terror. Doubt. Joy. Disbelief. Wonder. “Mixed feelings” hardly describes the dizzying roller coaster of emotion that rocketed the disciples in this week’s Gospel from the stomach-churning descent into doubt to the neck-snapping curve around the edges of fear, to the awe-inspiring pinnacle of joy which was their encounter with the Easter Jesus. I used to imagine, as a child, what I would do if the Lord appeared to me. I pictured myself happy, eager to display my virtuous deeds like some vain Boy Scout showing off a particularly impressive array of merit badges. I imagined Jesus smiling kindly at me. And though I knew it wasn’t likely — I’d never seen it in pious pictures or heard of it at home or church — I harbored the hope that, if I kept being a good boy, there might be a pony in my future soon. I
did not imagine mixed feelings. Now, with many more miles on my heart and soul, with flesh that’s been bruised a time or two, and bones that sometimes creak and ache for no good reason, I find the picture of that emotionally volatile scene in the Upper Room compelling and real. The fact is that when things have gone disastrously awry, when someone we love has been brutally hurt, and our hopes have been dashed and our shallowness and inconstancy mercilessly revealed, the unexpected arrival of the wounded loved one is bound to provoke a storm of emotion. The good news is that, having failed our friend, our friend does not fail us. Patient, persistent forgiveness heals us of our fear and empowers us to be truer, more compassionate, more willing to risk our comfort and safety in the service of demonstrating not our brittle virtue, but the mercy of God. Questions: What part of the Gospel message do you occasionally hear with mixed emotions? What’s one concrete way you can testify to the power of forgiveness?
Weekly Scripture Readings for the week of May 21 - 27, 2000 Fifth Sunday of Easter, Acts 9:26-31, 1 John 3:18-24, John 15:1-8; Monday, Acts 14:5-18, John 14:21-26; Tuesday, Acts 14:19-28, John 14:27-31; Wednesday, Acts 15:1-6, John 15:1-8; Thursday, Acts 15:7-21, John 15:9-11; Friday (St. Philip Neri), Acts 15:22-31, John 15:12-17; Saturday (St. Augustine of Canterbury), Acts 16:1-10, John 15:18-21 Readings for the week of May 28 - June 3, 2000 Sixth Sunday of Easter, Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48, 1 John 4:7-10, John 15:9-17; Monday, Acts 16:11-15, John 15:26-16:4; Tuesday, Acts 16:22-34, John 16:5-11; Wednesday (Visitation of the Virgin Mary to Elizabeth), Zephaniah 3:14-18, Luke 1:39-56; Thursday (Ascension of Our Lord), Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:17-23, Mark 16:15-20; Friday (St. Marcellinus, St. Peter), Acts 18:9-18, John 16:20-23; Saturday (St. Charles Lwanga and Companions), Acts 18:23-28, John 16:23-28
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Photographer Eastman profiled in PBS
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Ethan Hawke and Diane Venora star in a modern adaptation of “Hamlet.”
New at the Box Office NEW YORK (CNS) — Following are recent capsule reviews issued by
the U.S. Catholic Conference Office for Film and Broadcasting. “Hamlet” (Miramax) Pretentious adaptation of the Bard’s masterpiece set in the greedy, consumerist world of 21st-century New York City in which the country of Denmark is replaced by the “Denmark Corp.” and the story’s hero (Ethan Hawke) is a mopey aspiring filmmaker. Director Michael Almereyda ambitiously fuses the contemporary world with classic Shakespearean dialogue and cuts the piece to a lean two hours, but the edgy feel of the modern world is lost in crowded staging and poor performances. Some violence. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. “Battlefield Earth” (Warner Bros.) Chaotic post-apocalyptic tale set on Earth in 3000 A.D. pits enslaved cavemen-like humans (led by Barry Pepper) against an occupying alien race personified by their corrupt security head (John Travolta). Director Roger Christian’s virtually unwatchable adaptation of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s 1982 sci-fi novel has no particular spiritual dimension in its silly jumble of one-dimensional characters in muddled action sequences. Much stylized violence, explosive mayhem and brief sexual innuendo. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 — parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. “Held Up” (Trimark) Pointless comedy in which a Chicago man (Jamie Foxx) who, after being dumped by his fiancee (Nia Long) while vacationing in the Grand Canyon, is stranded in a desert convenience store and gets caught in the middle of a stick-up. As directed by Steve Rash, the tedious film’s few funny moments are overshadowed by an absurd plot and vapid, predictable gags. A few sexual references, brief violence and intermittent crass language. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 — parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
By Gerri Pare Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) — The man who put cameras in the hands of the common man is profiled in “The Wizard of Photography,” airing Monday, May 22, 9-10 p.m. EDT on PBS. From age 3, George Eastman was fascinated with photography. But at 23, when he bought his first professional camera in 1877, he found it a bulky affair requiring fragile glass wet plates, a heavy tripod and cumbersome paraphernalia far from user-friendly. Upon hearing British photographers were working on a dry-plate process, high-school dropout Eastman turned into an amateur chemist until he developed his own process and opened a dry plate factory in Rochester, N.Y. Not one to rest on his laurels, Eastman moved onto a bolder innovation: flexible, emulsion-coated paper film on a roll holder that he hoped would render the heavy glass plates obsolete. When professional photographers found the film inferior, his invention was jeopardized, so Eastman decided his market should be ordinary folk who wouldn’t be as picky — but would be delighted to take their own photos. The $25 Kodak camera with a 100-picture capacity debuted in 1888, although the cost was still too expensive for the average family.
Eastman’s suspicious and demanding personality did not endear him to his factory employees, whose bathroom breaks he monitored. Devoted to his mother, he never married and was uncomfortable in social situations.
“The Wizard of Photography” May 22, 9-10 p.m. EDT on PBS
Setbacks and an economic depression nearly put him out of business, but in 1900 Eastman released the Kodak Brownie camera. At an affordable $1 purchase price, its success made him a millionaire and gave the country its most popular hobby. As written, produced and directed by James A. DeVinney, Eastman proves much less fascinating than his innovations. Toward the end he began to give away some of his vast personal fortune before a painful illness prompted him to take his own life at age 72. Eastman may have been an extraordinary entrepreneur but his legacy is really how his inventions enabled individuals to capture a moment in time in their own personal histories forever. t Pare is director of the U.S. Catholic Conference Office for Film and Broadcasting.
TV programs of note — week of May 21 By Gerri Pare Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) — Here are some television programs of note for the week of May 21: Tuesday, May 23, 10-11 p.m. EDT (PBS) “The Battle Over School Choice.” A “Frontline” documentary about the hot-button issue of school vouchers and whether public funds should be used to pay for private or parochial schools. Wednesday, May 24, 8-9 p.m. EDT (CBS) “When Seconds Count: How to Survive a Disaster.” Special shows clips of past catastrophes and offers tips on how to behave in a lifesaving manner in the moments after such tragedies as a plane crash, a tor-
nado or an inferno. Parental advice is also offered on what to tell children about potential child molesters. Wednesday, May 24, 9-11 p.m. EDT (PBS) “Sahara.” A look at the sun and sand, fiery heat and titanic windstorms of the 3,000-mile desert, and the wildlife that manages to live there. Thursday, May 25, 8-9 p.m. EDT (PBS) “Love Letter to New York.” Broadway stars Tommy Tune and Sandy Duncan, the New York Yankees’ Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez and other celebrities talk about different aspects of living in the five boroughs of New York. Pare is director of the U.S. Catholic Conference Office for Film and Broadcasting.
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POPE JOHN PAUL II
Unite sports with spiritual values, pope tells cyclists
By John Norton Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Done well, sports become a significant expression of high human values, Pope John Paul II said. Sporting activity “is a unique expression of the best interior energies of man and his capacity to overcome difficulties and to choose goals to be gained with sacrifice, generosity and perseverance in facing the challenges of competition,” the pope said. The pope made his remarks during a meeting with the 180 cyclists participating in the 2000 Giro d’Italia, a professional bicycle race that began May 13 in Rome and concludes June 4 in Milan. Race officials, sponsors, sports journalists and past winners of the race also attended the audience. The jubilee year presents an important opportunity for reflection on and renewal of the necessary relationship between sports and spiritual values, the pope said. He highlighted the values of “rigor in preparation, perseverance in training, knowledge of the limits of the person’s abilities, fairness in competition, acceptance of precise rules, respect for one’s adversary, a sense of solidarity and altruism.” Though the pope praised technical advances designed to make sports more competitive, he warned that they must be placed at the service of the athlete, not the other way around. In the audience’s front row sat Marco Pantani, 1998 winner of the Giro and the Tour de France, who was disqualified from the 1999 Italian race on allegations of using illicit performance-enhancing drugs. Pope offers moral support to Rwandan bishop facing death penalty VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope John Paul II offered his moral support to a Rwandan bishop facing the death penalty in a trial on charges that he was an accomplice in genocide. Prosecutors in the trial of Bishop Augustin Misago of Gikongoro, 57, asked a Rwandan court May 9 to sentence the bishop to death. Pope John Paul sent the bishop a telegram May 10 “in the face of the painful news which has reached me about your detention in prison, which has gone on already 13 months, and even more in the face of the request for capital punishment.” Pope asks young people to make time to listen to Christ VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope John Paul II asked young people to make time in their lives to listen to the voice of Christ and his plans for them. “I hope each one of you will know how to recognize, in the midst of the many voices of this world, that of Christ, who continues to address his call to the hearts of those who listen,” the pope said May 10 during his weekly general audience. “Be generous in following him,” Pope John Paul told young people at the end of the audience. “Do not be afraid of putting your energies and your enthusiasm at the service of the Gospel.”
The priest: A tool in the hand of Jesus Christ The experience is etched deep in my memory. On Sunday, February 10, 1963, I was privileged to celebrate my first Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. It was in that parish that my faith had been nurtured and nourished over the years. Since Cardinal Cushing, as the Ordinary of the Archdiocese, was the pastor of the Cathedral parish, he expressed a desire to preside and preach on that occasion. The words that His Eminence spoke during his homily have been with me throughout the 37 years that have unfolded since that memorable moment. I welcome this opportunity to share portions of his reflection with those to be ordained for service within this diocese as well as with each reader. The Cardinal’s initial remarks were a challenge to me as they would be to any priest. He said, “There are many ways in which spiritual writers describe a priest. Some call him an alter Christus, another Christ. My dear friends, every baptized Christian is another Christ. A baptized Christian is supposed to be a follower of Christ, a witness of Christ in the highways, by-ways and forums of the world. The priest is another Christ in the sense that he perpetuates the work of Christ. But he is not worthy of the title unless he strives to reproduce in his life, insofar as it is humanly possible to do so, the character, the image of Christ.” As Cardinal Cushing continued, he stated: “A priest is an instrument, a tool of Christ. You know what a tool is? Whether it’s perfect or imperfect, new or old, stained and dark, sharp and bright, it cannot do a blessed thing of itself. But put it in the hand of a skilled craftsman, an artisan, and he can use that tool to reproduce, to create, as it were, a beautiful statue, a masterpiece or a simple table. The priest of himself can do nothing in the supernatural order unless he throws himself in the hands of the divine artisan, Jesus Christ.” The Cardinal then reminded me as well as all in the congregation, that each priest is unique. They are neither clones nor robots. He stated: “Now there are
The Bottom Line Antoinette Bosco CNS Columnist
not allowed. The attitude was: Pull yourself up, and get over it. If I cried, I knew I’d be letting everybody down.” What a burden that was for a child! Kennedy says today that it took him years to “mourn his loss.” Now he knows it’s all right for a child to be angry over loss. “It’s the weakling who keeps emotions in. They’re scared. It takes incredible strength to process these feelings and emotions, and not be afraid of what others might think.” Now he works to promote “value and dignity in every life.” He also has learned the importance of acceptance. “The key to happiness is to live in the moment, to appreciate how wonderful life is, to be able to stay grateful, not to be afraid of emotions, not to intellectualize everything.” He speaks of how he “can use the Kennedy name to advance” his work for rights for the disabled, and for promoting value and dignity in every life. “We help others by the power of example. Because of what happened to me, I became sensitized to a scope of issues. There’s a tremendous amount of work to do around the world.”
Priestly Life FATHER JAMES HAWKER Guest Columnist
all kinds of priests. There are gifted orators, prolific writers, good administrators. There are priests who would probably be a success in many walks of life. There are priests who are very talented. There are priests who are fearless, who have tremendous courage. There are priests who are shy, aloof, quiet. You seldom, if ever, hear of them. There are priests of ordinary ability; priests who never seek the limelight, who do the best they can as living tools of Christ.” Before he concluded the homily, Cardinal Cushing stressed the importance and necessity of the priest having an active, dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ. He stated unhesitatingly that if the priest is to be fruitful in the fulfillment of his ministry he must strive not simply to know Christ, but to be intimate with Him. If the priest is to be a good tool in the hand of Christ, he must be converted to His Way, guided by His Truth and sustained by His Life. As seven young men are ordained to the ministerial priesthood for the Diocese of Charlotte, the message shared by Cardinal Cushing 37 years ago during the first Mass of a newly ordained are wellworth pondering. Father James Hawker is vicar for education for the Diocese of Charlotte.
When a child suffers loss For the past seven years, Jim Emswiler has conducted the National Conference on Loss and Transition. After his wife died more than a decade ago, he could find little help for himself and his two children in how to cope with the pain of this loss, and so he decided to do something about it. He founded the New England Center for Loss and Transition, and has worked ever since to bring professionals together to learn better how to help people, especially children, who are hurting. This year, his keynote speaker was Ted Kennedy Jr., who lost his leg from cancer when he was 12 years old. He is the son of Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts. The younger Kennedy’s story was riveting. He emphasized right off that his experience had been a “transforming event” that made him more compassionate. It also brought him to his life’s work of promoting the disability rights movement to “enhance the dignity of all” who are in any way disabled. He told us how back in 1973, when he was playing football, “everything that touched my leg would hurt abnormally.” His pediatrician said the swelling that had developed below his knee was a calcium deposit. Before long, when the pain got excruciating, he was brought to the hospital for X-rays. The problem was cancer; his leg was removed the next day. “When my dad told me, I was shocked and horrified. I couldn’t imagine living without both my legs. I remember thinking I’d rather die. It was a tremendous loss of self-esteem. I was incredibly embarrassed about how I would look.” His family, trying to help, told him “Don’t let it bother you,” but it did. Kennedy, now a 38-year-old lawyer and father of two, said firmly, “Never say to a child, ‘You shouldn’t feel that way.’ My feelings were never validated. People told me how brave I was, and paradoxically that isolated me. In the hospital my full-time job became to keep everybody cheered up. “I was growing up in an Irish Catholic family, a culture where anger was unacceptable and sadness
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Light One Candle FATHER THOMAS J. McSWEENEY Guest Columnist “Yes” — bit by bit She lived unknown, until her murder thrust her into prominence. Cassie Bernall is the teenager many believe to be a martyr. Within a day of the Columbine High School tragedy, she was reported to have said “Yes” when asked by her killer if she believed in God. More recently, police investigations have been published, pointing out a variety of discrepancies that suggest someone else may have actually uttered the celebrated “Yes.” “Many of the kids were actually hiding under desks and hearing only bits and fragments of the conversation,” one investigator explained. “It appears that exactly who they taunted, what questions were asked, and who replied what — may never be crystal clear.” Even so, Cassie’s story, as recounted in her mother’s best-selling book, “She Said Yes: The Unlikely Martyrdom of Cassie Bernall,” continues to inspire believers and energize Christian youth movements around the world. In her retelling, Misty Bernall courageously discloses the more radical, even darker side of Cassie’s turbulent adolescence and her slow, daily struggle to get right with God. I met Misty and her husband, Brad, at the annual Christopher Awards ceremony honoring her book. I was eager to let Misty know how much I learned from her painful account of a once deeply rebellious daughter. it is difficult to refute at that level. It is undoubtedly, however, entirely incompatible with traditional Christian and Catholic teaching. For us Christians, death is a final, unrepeatable event, unique for every human being. As the letter to the Hebrews tells us, “It is appointed that human beings die once, and after this the judgment” (9:27). As we read in the Gospel story of the rich man and the poor Lazarus, between those on this earth and those who have died lies a great chasm, over which no one may cross from one side to the other (Lk 16:26). This understanding of the conclusiveness of death has never been seriously questioned or challenged in Christianity. Confession Q. Is it still a law of the church that every Catholic should go to confession at least once a year, during the Easter time? I am 85 years young, and it seems to me many people do not do that. A. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1457), all Catholics are obliged to “confess serious sins” at least once a year. In those words, the catechism repeats canon law (989) and the Introduction to the Rite of Penance (34). In other words, the obligation for at least annual reception of the sacrament of penance, which goes back to the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215, does not apply to those who are not aware of an unconfessed mortal sin. In all these statements, the church is not imposing a new obligation for confession, but simply prescribes a time within which mortal sins should be confessed so that, if for no other reason, the Eucharist might be received. Canon law requires Catholics to receive Communion at least once a year, during the Easter season unless a serious reason forces it to be done at another time.
Misty was equally eager to make clear that Cassie’s spiritual awakening was accomplished not in a single “Yes” but in the small, everyday decisions that restored her life and faith bit by bit. Indeed, Misty Bernall knows her daughter was no saint in life — Satanism, suicide and murder threats, sneaking out at night, drugs, lies and more lies were her way of life for a time. Her parents were forced to go to extraordinary lengths to help and protect her. But after a weekend religious retreat, Cassie seemed to want to turn her whole life around. It began with her struggle to disassociate from her old life style, while still caring for old friends. Then a cascade of choices about her attitudes and her actions — to transfer to Columbine where she could make new friends, to understand how much her parents really loved her, to resist sarcasm and meanness, to stop judging others, to relish someone else’s joy and accomplishment, to get a grip on her temper and pride. Misty explains: “Cassie died daily over the two years before her death. Her affirmation of faith in God did not come out of the blue, but out of every choice she made along the way. She answered ‘Yes’ many times, and with each day the ‘Yes’ came deeper and deeper from her heart and mind and soul. Then there was the day that she smiled - really smiled — with eyes that glinted hope and promise.” The night before she was murdered, Cassie wrote to a friend: “Honestly, I want to live completely for God. It’s hard and scary, but totally worth it.” That she should have learned and lived this at such a young age is, for me, the real inspiration of her story. I believe Cassie Bernall dares us to sacrifice all for Love’s sake — not as a hero or a martyr — but consistently and with conviction, in the small, everyday things that make up a life worth living. Father Thomas J. McSweeney is director of The Christophers.
Question Corner FATHER JOHN DIETZEN CNS Columnist
Reincarnation Q. I have a friend, a sincerely good person, who strongly believes in reincarnation. Can you suggest any arguments that would dissuade her from this belief ? A. I doubt that there are any such arguments for people who genuinely embrace this sort of belief, because it isn’t one that is arrived at by logic or reasoning in our usual meaning of those words. It comes from a whole other approach to spirituality, a different perspective for viewing life, God, and such realities as death and eternity. Reincarnation is an ancient idea, originating in Asia and integrated into Hindu thought around 600 B.C. According to this “doctrine,” all living beings, from plants to human beings and even gods, go through a continuous cycle of deaths and rebirths. By the law of “karma,” which literally means action, the condition of life at each rebirth depends on the moral quality of actions in the previous life. The belief is predominant in Hinduism, Buddhism and other Eastern religions. Today reincarnation is also a significant element in at least some major branches of the New Age movement in North America and Europe, which may be where your friend made contact with it. As I said, since belief in reincarnation does not result from any systematic or structured theology,
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Family Reflections Andrew & Terri Lyke CNS columnist Summer family time It’s only a matter of weeks before the kids are out of school, and the time crunch of summer begins. As the kids get older, their lives are more involved outside the family. This makes finding time for family more difficult than when they were toddlers. Nonetheless, we must put great effort in creating sacred space for our family formation in the summer. Looking at our family calendar, ours is a formidable task. Andrew, no longer working at DePaul University, doesn’t get the summer off to devote to planning family fun. Terri, now back in school, will have even less time this summer. Andréa, graduating from high school, will spend a couple of weeks in Europe before leaving for college. It looks like it will be Marty, who will be mowing lawns for a little mad money this summer, who will be the “fun-master” this summer. Ours has been a summer family for generations. Living not far from 31st Street Beach, Andrew’s family would gather there very often on summer days. They were literally beach bums who made the lakeshore their home during summer. With aunts and uncles, cousins and friends, family gatherings at the beach would sometimes extend from morning to night. It was in the summer of 1970 that our friendship turned to romance and our love began to flower. In the summer of 1978, our Marriage Encounter experience transformed us and set us on a journey of ministry. On an open-ended camping trip in 1979, we discovered Mackinac Island, the venue of annual family summer flings ever since. In the summer of 1982 we settled into parenthood with awe and wonder. Our “Lykes on Bikes” excursions have taken us on bicycle trails, rest stops, B&Bs and camp sites that have supplied our memories with treasures that will last a lifetime. The “dog days” are magical for us. We trace the thread of grace through many summer experiences as a family. Rarely, if ever, have we been able to plan the many awe-inspiring summer experiences. We only needed to be present, awake and cooperative. The Spirit has guided us to many wonderful family summer adventures. So, the calendar challenge is undaunting to us. We will have to seek quality rather than quantity. The guys plan a couple of brief fishing trips. The girls will probably do some power shopping. The “Lykes on Bikes” will spend a few days on Mackinac Island. With a few evenings of burgers on the grill, our summer family time will be rich. The rest we leave to the Spirit for the experiences of awe and wonder. Our task is to be present, awake and cooperative. Andrew and Terri Lyke are coordinators of Marriage Ministry in the African-American community for the Archdiocese of Chicago.
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church history, things I never knew, and edge to others. it (the program) taught me to look inside “I congratulate you on this day, myself and see how I fit within the whole and I ask God to empower you through universal church.” Christ’s love that you may use your gifts Elizabeth Devaney from St. Barnabas generously, prayerfully and joyfully for Church in Arden is a bereavement counthe benefit of us all,” he continued. selor who wanted to better understand Expressing the need for more lay herself and how her faith fits in with her ministers not only in the Diocese of own life and the lives of others. Charlotte but in other dioceses across “Lay ministry helped me to dig the country, the bishop referred to deeper within myself and to come to the recent findings from the National peace. It has focused me in on my beCatholic Parish Survey, released on lief system, and I want to use what I May 4. The survey showed that the lahave learned to be of service to women ity, deacons and religious with church and single parents,” said Devaney. “I staff positions outnumber priests by want to be of service to the church nearly two to one. Also, the number of and community and to parishes with at least help people with their one lay minister on spiritual needs.” staff has grown from “I learned a lot about The decade-old 30 to 68 percent since church history, things I program has gradu1982. Researchers predicted the number and never knew, and it (the ated 510 people from all over the diocese. importance of lay minprogram) taught me to Participants attend allisters in parish staffing and parish life will only look inside myself and day classes for two school years continue to grow in the see how I fit within the calendar on particular Saturcoming years. St. Paul the Apostle whole universal church.” days during the month — Mary Shaw and can choose which Church in Greensboro classes they would like parishioner Mary Shaw, to take. The classes 18, holds the record for include: Introduction to Ministry, Inthe youngest person to have completed troduction to Scripture, Christology, the lay ministry program. Shaw, who the Church and Church History, Social wants to become involved with campus Ministry, Vatican II Documents, Liturministry, talked about how her youth gy and Sacraments and Christian Mohelped her while attending class. rality. These classes comprise about “I was able to offer the insight of 100 hours of instruction. The other youth during class discussions. Older two church sites for the classes are St. people are sometimes surprised by what Barnabas Church in Arden and Our younger people think and feel about Lady of Grace Church in Greensboro. what goes on in the church and in the For more information about the world,” said Shaw. “I learned a lot about
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Bishop William G. Curlin shakes the hand of Mary Shaw from St. Paul the Apostle Church in Greensboro as she receives her certificate of completion from the Lay Ministry Training Program at St. Gabriel Church in Charlotte on May 13. Lay Ministry Training Program, call Mercy Sister Mary Timothy Warren at (704) 370-3213. t Contact Staff Writer Alesha M. Price by calling (704) 370-3354 or e-mail email@example.com. Jerry Filteau from Catholic News
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Alumnus, wife give $1 million to Belmont Abbey Belmont — Frank L. Johnson ’71 and his wife, Linda, a 1972 graduate of Sacred Heart College, have made a $1 million unrestricted gift to Belmont Abbey College. Citing the effect the Abbey has had on their lives and the part it has played in their success, Johnson said they are most happy to be able to make such a gift. Johnson is president of JMS Southeast, Inc. of Statesville, NC, a company that makes thermocouples and temperature devices. A member of the Abbey’s Board of Trustees, Johnson has been very much involved with the college through the years. He has been a member of the
Board of Advisors and has actively assisted the Abbey in its student recruitment efforts. Linda, as a Sacred Heart graduate, has likewise been active and supportive in Abbey affairs, from alumni gatherings to Bradley Institute functions. “We always wanted to make a contribution to the Abbey, it’s very important to us,” said Johnson, who met Linda at a Greek Week event between Belmont Abbey and Sacred Heart College when she was a freshman. Johnson majored in psychology at the Abbey and fondly remembers such teachers as Stanley Dudko, Fr. John Oetgen, O.S.B., the late Fr. Cuthbert
Gallagher, chairman of the college’s Board of Trustees, said, “I have known Frank Johnson all of my life. We grew up together. At an early age, Frank learned from his family the importance of honor, character, integrity, hard work and our Catholic faith. Linda shares those same virtues. This great gift is from their hearts. Everyone associated with our college benefits from who they are and what they do.” The gift will be used to support such initiatives as improving improving residence halls, athletic and academic facilities and the library, and other projects important to campus life. t
Allen, and Jack Hanahan. His family is friends of Fr. John Bradley, a former president of Belmont Abbey College. Linda Johnson majored in primary education at Sacred Heart College and taught elementary school in Iredell County for 12 years. The couple has two grown children: Mitch, an attorney in Charlotte; and Mary Catherine, a real estate professional in Gaston County. Johnson was raised in Gaston County. His mother is buried in the cemetery on the Abbey grounds. “Belmont Abbey is more than a school,” he said. “It’s apart of our family.” Commenting on the gift, Robert
Catholic University surprises cardinal with honorary degree
By Richard Szczepanowski Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Students, faculty and the board of trustees of The Catholic University of America surprised Cardinal James A. Hickey of Washington May 13 by presenting him with an honorary doctorate degree. The honorary doctorate of humane letters was presented during the university’s 111th annual commencement exercises. It was given to Cardinal Hickey, who as archbishop of Washington serves as university chancellor, in recognition of his “lifelong love of Catholic education.” Vincentian Father David M.
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May 19, 2000
In Italian film, knights embark on medieval quest for By Benedicta Cipolla Catholic News Service CAMPELLO SUL CLITUNNO, Italy (CNS) — Amid the verdant tranquillity of Italy’s Umbrian hills, violent — albeit fictional — battle cries pierced the usual silence. “Bravo, killer!” shouted the Italian film director Pupi Avati after calling a halt to the cameras. He congratulated actor Marco Leonardi, clad in medieval chain mail and toting a sword, for a stabbing job well-done. In “Knights of the Quest,” Avati tells the story of five knights — three Italians, a Frenchman and an Englishman — who travel to Thebes, Greece, in 1271 to find the holy shroud. With a $15 million budget, an English-speaking cast and a decidedly fast-moving, action-driven plot, the movie, due to be released in early 2001, is not typical Italian fare. “I thought that this could be a chance to tell a story that wasn’t just Italian, because this is a story that regards the West as a whole,” Avati told Catholic News Service on the sidelines of the set May 11. Produced by Antonio Avati, the director’s brother, for DueA Films, and Tarak Ben Ammar and Mark Lombardo for Quinta Communications, “Knights of the Quest” continues shooting through the summer in Umbria, southern Italy and Tunisia and is expected to pick up a U.S. distributor. With Holy Year 2000 in full swing, Avati’s film seems well-timed, though the director says it was unintentional, as his idea sprang forth several years ago. And while Pope John Paul II did not specifically mention the Crusades in his March 12 apology for sins committed by Christians through the ages, Avati said he wanted to take a critical look at the meaning of the bloody forays into the Holy Land. “The story that I tell is set during a moment in the West in which the Crusades were becoming unpopular,” he said. “People understood that there
were too many massacres,” said Avati, a practicing Catholic. Reflecting several years ago on what he terms the “dark moment” of the holy shroud’s history, before accounts of its existence cropped up in the mid-1300s in France, Avati imagined the cloth’s journey from the East. “Many centuries ago, the West, in a certain way, saw in the relics of Christianity something that went beyond all else, and thus relics filled a life, an existence,” the 61-year-old director said. The shroud, commonly known today as the Shroud of Turin, is believed by many to have been Christ’s burial cloth. While in the Middle Ages, said Avati, people devoted entire lives to a quest, one single project or journey, “today our existence is filled by so many small things, not one big event.” Avati did his homework in addition to cultivating an already active imagination: He read more than 150 books on the period. Starting with Jehan de Joinville, who chronicled the life of St. Louis IX, 13th-century king of France, and his ill-fated Crusade to the Holy Land, Avati tried to stick as close to historical truth as possible. Costume designer Nana Cecchi, who has several medieval period films to her credit, said “Knights of the Quest” provided a fresh challenge. “The way Pupi approaches the story is very realistic, very simple,” she said after conferring with seamstresses diligently darning sackcloth tunics. “There is a spiritual focus that I
Hickey, from page 15 archdiocese in three decades. In 1997, Cardinal Hickey Academy in Dunkirk was opened. Again, it was established to meet the needs of a growing Catholic population — this time in Southern Maryland’s Calvert County. Also in 1997, the cardinal established the Center City School Consor-
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Italian director Pupi Avati, right, consults with actor Raoul Bova in the filming of “Knights of the Quest.” The movie tells of a Medieval pursuit of the holy shroud, later known as the Shroud of Turin. tried to render in the costumes, the five knights’ search for their mission, which is manifested by the discovery of brotherhood among them,” said Cecchi. Though some of the knights are driven at first by commercial aims and hopes of political power, by the end of the voyage, Avati said, “they are touched by a sort of mysterious conviction that they are destined to fulfill this task.” “At a certain point, these knights discover that they are part of a design, and they ask themselves, ‘Can it be possible that we have been chosen?”’ he
said. “It’s very Gospel-like.” U.S. actor Edward Furlong, who plays a young Englishman eager for adventure, said he “got lost in the script” as soon as he picked it up. “They’re not making great epics like ‘Excalibur’ or ‘Camelot’ anymore,” said Furlong, best known for his roles in “American History X” and the futuristic “Terminator 2.” “This asks questions about faith and being: being willing to die for your faith in God,” he said. t
tium. An alignment of eight schools in the District of Columbia, the consortium was designed to revitalize the urban schools, providing them with upgraded school technology, expanded tuition assistance, affordable afternoon and evening programs for students and their parents, professional development for teachers, and school building improvements. Earlier this spring, the Knights of Columbus, making a jubilee year pilgrimage to the national shrine, awarded Cardinal Hickey its highest honor, the “Gaudium et Spes” award, which included a $100,000 honorarium. The cardinal said he would use that money to support Catholic schools in
the city of Washington, especially those which are part of the Center City School Consortium. At the time, he said, it was his “determined effort” to make Catholic schools in the city be “centers of excellence and places of joy, and hope, serving as many young people as possible.” Father O’Connell, reading the honorary degree citation, praised Cardinal Hickey for being “well versed in theological disciplines,” as well as “deeply committed” to the formation of priests. After he was awarded the degree, Cardinal Hickey told the graduates, “You promise great things for the new century and for the new millennium. You
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