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Serving Catholics in Western North Carolina in the Diocese of Charlotte
Catholic, Lutheran Bishops Join Sisters'
To Comfort Those With HIV/AIDS By
looks at you and
CHARLOTTE — For years, people
me and wants us for who we are," Bishop Curlin said. "Jesus says, bring me the
HIV or AIDS have been
brokeness, the hurt, the ridicule, the criti-
However, the only
cism and the despair. I will refresh you." James ( a pseudonym) has lived with HIV for seven years. He is enlivened by what he calls a circle of faith. "It's important to have Bishop Curlin and Bishop Menees as representatives of their churches supporting us in our
ostracized by society.
of God. In the Diocese of Charlotte, those same shunned individuals receive
comfort in the healing power of the Lord. It was the second year for the Healing Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral, and on June 11, the arms of compassion were flung wide open for the 100 individuals hungry for the healing that comes from
His word. Bishop William G. Curlin established the Mass last year as a sign of compassion to those with HIV, AIDS, their families and caregivers. This year, Bishop Curlin was joined on the altar by Bishop Mark Menees of the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to perform the laying on of hands a sign of spiritual healing for people who are suffering. "We are here today to be filled with the presence of God," said Bishop Curlin. "We need a deep spiritual awakening in us of his presence." Those attending the Mass were encouraged by Bishop Curlin to have faith in God' s love. "God doesn't have condi-
Not only does James cherish the ecumenical efforts supporting those suffering with AIDS but he says, "It allows people to see the best example of God's ,
and caring for
love, actively loving
"The Church needs to reach out with the forgiveness and healing of Christ and
with those who are suffering," said Jesuit Father Gene McCreesh, pastoral advisor to four
made up of church
that assist persons with AIDS
by visiting them and giving them
them, caring for whatever is needed.
See AIDS, Page 2
Abbot Oscar Burnett Receives Cuthbert Allen Ecumenical Award BELMONT — The Ecumenical Inoperated jointly by Belmont Abbey College and Wake Forest University stitute
Bishop William G. Curlin welcomes Missionaries of Charity Sisters Maria assistant superior, Maria Cecil Ann and Maria Christy convent superior, in the chapel of the newly established convent in Charlotte. See section two of The Catholic News & Heraldior a special report on the June 13 Celebration of Faith with Mother Teresa. Photo by JOANNKEANE Shanti, Maria Elvira
presented its Cuthbert E. Allen Award to
Benedictine Abbot Oscar Burnett of Belmont Abbey at the annual Allen Dinner and Memorial Lecture June 1 1 at the college.
presented annually in
recognition of significant contributions to the
Bishop Curlin To Ordain
New Permanent Deacons
cause of ecumenism.
for the late Benedictine Father Cuthbert
E. Allen a three-time president of the
college whose vision led to the founding
of the Ecumenical Institute in 1968.
Abbot Burnett, who became abbot of Belmont Abbey Monastery in 1 99 1
Eleven men, including three from the Hispanic community, have completed an
are awaiting transfer of their faculties.
to be ordained July
intensive three-year formation period and
Edwin Rodriguez and
become permanent deacons of the Diocese of Charlotte. Bishop William G. Curlin will or-
Center, Charlotte; Wayne Adams of Trinity and Ron Steinkamp of Thomasville, both Our Lady of the Highways, Thomasville; Neil Chirico, St. John
of Belmont Abbey College. He is a native of Savannah, Ga., where he practiced law until he also chancellor
entered the monastery in 1957.
solemn profession as a monk at Belmont Abbey in 1961 and was orhis
for the members of the class last weekend
of Jamestown, St. Benedict, Greensboro;
dained a priest in 1962. He is a former professor and dean of students at Belmont Abbey College and served as campus minister from 1973-
Catholic Conference Center in Hickory.
Keith Kolodziej, St. Matthew, Charlotte; Michael Langsdorf of Lewisville, Holy
Msgr. Anthony Kovacic, vicar of Permanent
Family, Clemmons; Paul Teich, Our
day, July Charlotte.
Gabriel Church in
directed a retreat
Charlotte; Philip Killian
He was In
executive director of the from 1984-90.
the presentation, Dr.
the diocesan Office of the
Lady of Grace, Greensboro; and John
Claude Broach noted Abbot Burnett's
Diaconate, says there are presently 51 permanent deacons serving actively in
the diocese. Two men who were ordained
as deacons in other dioceses and
have moved to the Diocese of Charlotte
ABBOT OSCAR BURNETT would be blest beyond measure if there were many, many more who shared his spirit
Michael, Gastonia. The position of deacon has existed in the Church since the earliest times although the role of the deacon has varied through the centuries.
"warm heart, his good common sense ...
jointly by Dr. Walter Harrelson of Wake
and the unfailing optimism which is born of a great faith." Broach, a former director of the institute and former pastor of
Forest and Rabbi Shira Lander of the Jewish College Services in Baltimore. They discussed "The Influence of Jewish-Christian Studies and Dialogue on
See Deacons, Page 2
added, "This troubled world of religions
John's Baptist Church in Charlotte,
My Own Faith."
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Celebration Of Faith With Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa Brings Gift Of Her Sisters To Diocese Bishop William G. Curlin
recalls the conversation that
preceded Mother Teresa's historic third bishop of the
gratulatory call "I
He had just been named
from Mother Teresa.
Diocese of Charlotte, and received a conyou. I'm going to send
"Hundreds of bishops ask for her to supply them," says
said long distance to her friend of
25 years. Though Bishop Curlin had yet to Charlotte, he
tional blessing for our diocese.
evident. sisters, I
and she's not able
consider this an excep-
(bishops) wait five to ten
Mother to be able to answer their request." "The Lord has blessed us," says Bishop Curlin. "This gift from God." years for
Bishop Curlin greets Mother Teresa at the airport.
Father Mauricio West, chancellor and vicar general, Father Anthony Marcaccio, priest secretary to the bishop and chaplain for the Missionaries of Charity in Charlotte, and Bishop Curlin with Mother Teresa and her Sisters.
Photos by JoannKeane
Mother Teresa carries the Blessed Sacrament.
"This is to be a house of love," said Bishop Curlin in his homily to Mother Teresa and her sisters during the first Mass at the new convent. "Don't just bring your hands that help the poor and suffering, bring us your hearts."
Bishop Curlin blessing the newly established Missionaries of Charity convent.
Celebration Of Faith With Mother Teresa'
The Catholic News
Mother Teresa Brings Message Of Hope By JO ANN
CHARLOTTE — Mother Teresa' Charlotte
promise to Bishop William G. Curlin. Following his appointment last spring bishop of Charlotte, Mother Teresa telephoned; offering congratulations, assurance of prayers, and a pledge to send her Missionaries of Charity Sisters to open a convent in the as third
Diocese of Charlotte. On June 13, the 85-year-old Nobel laureate stood before 1 3,500 in the Charlotte Coliseum, conferring her gift upon the
heart. I give you
"Look at all the people," said Mother
returned her seat on stage, Mother Teresa
turned to Bishop Curlin asking
against the child, a direct killing of the
foot 10 inch matriarch of the
Catholic Church stood
As she stepped
to speak, an unbreakable silence
over the crowd. Planners had woraged voice would fall prey to arena acoustics. Not so. Her words may have echoed, but every syllable fell
ried that her
the Missionaries of Charity Sisters
along side their Mother General
in Charlotte, establishing the
North Carolina convent. But for the people of Charlotte, the convent was miles from their thoughts
as Catholics lined
up with non-Catholic neighbors outside Coliseum, waiting in ear-
willing to accept any child
In her white sari, and thread-bare
Mother Teresa spoke for about
10 minutes, then turned to her year-old National Prayer Breakfast
child. I am who would
Teresa was coming to Charlotte until late
She promised if the famous
her mother-in-law and 6-year-old son in the stands and rolled Gary T.
effort to go. Peters
someone to travel with her and her two sons, Gary T. and Elliot, from Simpsonville, S.C., to the Charlotte Coliseum the next spent that evening trying to find
work in the eyes of some people, but we must be contemplatives in the heart of the world." Reiterating one of her themes, she added, "For we must bring
God into your family."
She urged the audience to seek out the poor in their own communities. "Begin love there. Be that good news to your
Peters, to go.
van hoping to get and find a place where Gary T., 13, could get a good view from his wheeljchair. Gary T. was born deaf and disjabled from cerebral palsy. At the top of four set out in Peters' in
Section 126, just right of the skyboxes, |the
Peters family settled
from the stage, Peters (was in awe of being in the same place with Mother Teresa. She recalled how ihundreds of yards
thrilled to learn
which she was born, lamshedpur, India, housed a leper colony begun by Mother Teresa, "Even though my family left there when I was only 1, 1 felt a special bond Iwith Mother Teresa," she said. Then something even more starItling happened at the Coliseum: Peters [was approached by Jill Walker who was tin charge of the children chosen to |present flowers to Mother Teresa when he came on stage. "I told (Adrienne) she might think what I was going to ask her to be really trange but would her son like to give flowers to Mother Teresa because we ere short one child," explained Walker. Peters immediately replied, "Of ourse he would!" Walker said she'd that the
with Father Francis
D'Rourke who was coordinating the Btage activities. Later Peters said, "Even if Jill came back and told us Gary couldn' po it, just the fact that she asked was
Office of the Bishop
take this opportunity to express
my heartfelt gratitude to all
who contributed their time and talent toward the wonderful "Celebration of Faith with Mother Teresa" in the Charlotte Coliseum last week. As soon as Mother entered the Coliseum, she whispered to me, "Look at all these wonderful people. I
who rolled Gary
T.'s chair in place did fine.
feel love all
Gary T. could see me," said Peters. Once on stage, the boy realized he was separated from his mother and almost began to cry. "I thought he was going to burst into tears so I touched my lips which is the sign for smile. He broke out into a big grin," his mother said. Other worries were soon laid to rest as well: Gary T. did not tear the bouquet front of the stage so
Eventually she convinced her
"coming out to that area was one of the most moving moments of the whole program," said Bishop Curlin. The intensity of her love radiated throughout the coliseum. "Her love and joy is contagious," said Bishop Curlin. "She struck a spark in everyone's heart that rekindles the sense of God's love, creating a desire to be at peace and to share the Lord's love and happiness
We may be doing social
that presence of
security, touching as
because I was concerned about setting the brakes on his chair. But Father O'Rourke didn't want too many people
missionary ever made it to the Carolinas she'd
many possible. Though a pressing crowd made it impossible to reach everyone,
and thrown away."
make that one point, that no
Once chosen, Gary T.'s mother moved through the event in a daze. She
she took the bishops' hand. let us go, this is the Missionaries of Charity work, to be with the sick,"
care of the mother and adoption for her
Of her Missionaries of Charity
Celebration of Faith with
work to offer solutions. "I will tell you something beautiful. We are fighting abortion by adoption, by
Flowers At Celebration Adrienne Peters didn' t know Mother
baby. Let us
to the spot-
Mother Teresa" neared completion, Bishop Curlin whispered, "Mother, would you mind going with me to visit the sick," pointing to wheelchair bound members of the audience. Without hesi-
be aborted." Mother Teresa drew applause with references to the horror of abortion, and her
light three times.
"Please don' t kill the child," pleaded
cannot live without blood, so our hearts our souls cannot live without
innocent child," said Mother Teresa.
Disabled Youth Presents By MARY
for, or killed
and underscored her
child will be unwanted, unloved, uncared
and if you stay together, you will love each other as God loves each of you. I always say, what blood is to the
"I feel the greatest destroyer of peace
as she ac-
if she could return to the podium to add other
ering to keep families strong through
she concluded her address and
members of congress and
prayer. "Families that pray together, stay
about4,000, including President Clinton,
a gift graciously accepted
Teresa to Bishop Curlin as they ascended the stairs onto the platform. "How wonderful to see all of God's people
my sisters," said Mother
Teresa. It is
nally delivered in the nations' capital to
became immersed in her simple message of the living Word. Mother Teresa reminded the gath-
silver to give
What I have, I give with my whole
next half hour, she read passages origi-
saturated the arena.
have no gold and
nest to hear Mother Teresa deliver a rare
of flowers apart, his chair stayed in
and best of all, a kind man who sat behind the boy gently wiped the drool from Gary T.'s face. place,
marvel at how much was accomplished in the brief time of eleven days which preceded Mother's arrival in Charlotte. Many, many generous people came forward to offer their services. Their names are too many to list; however, I do wish to publicly express my gratitude to Ms. Pat Signs, Associate Director of Development for the Diocese of Charlotte, who coordinated everything associated with the celebration in the Coliseum. Also, I express deep appreciation to Father Frank O'Rourke, Rector of St. Patrick Cathedral, for creating a I
atmosphere of worship. The enormous cross suspended above the podium united all hearts in a true celebra-
tion of faith.
Peters said of that act of kindness:
"Here was Mother Teresa talking about brotherly love; being kind to your neigh-
bor and here was
could there be?" Prior to her speech, Mother Teresa was approached by each child who gave her the blue and white flowers. As with the other children, Mother Teresa laid her hands on Gary T.' s head and smiled at him. His mother's final concern passed: Gary T., who has a fear of people wearing things on their heads, did not scream but smiled back at Mother Teresa. After the presentation, Walker es-
This edition of The Catholic News &f Herald will, I trust, be a lasting reminder and memento of this historic occasion in the Diocese of Charlotte. Please God, may the love ofJesus that Mother Teresa has stirred up in our hearts, move all of us to witness that love in the service of our needy brothers and sisters.
To share in this ministry of the Missionaries of Charity Sisters, please call their consent, (704) 339-0028. Their address is 236 S. Torrence St., Charlotte, NC 28204.
Begging God above,
each one of you with every grace from
corted the children off stage. Gary T.
joined his mother in the front row. "He sat wonderfully while Mother Teresa
Prayerfully in the Lord,
spoke," said Peters of her son. "He's a
wonderful not sure
reader but even then I'm understood."
how much he
See Flowers Page 5
Most Reverend William G. Curlin Bishop of Charlotte
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& Herald • June 23, 1995
Celebration Of Faith With Mother Teresa
Stewardship Can Be Learned
Mercy Sisters Reflect On 125 Years Of Service By
Throughout the history of the order, Sisters have sought to minister to the poor, sick and ignorant (those uneducated academically as well as in the faith). For many years that mission the
was achieved through
the operation of
hospitals and schools.
Though the impact of the Sisters of Mercy may be more subtle, it is no less great. For more than 125 years, this
Ireland, has ministered to countless
people in North Carolina through numerous institutions and programs. They were not alone. For decades the Church in North Carolina has benefited from the ministries of women religious. Other orders with long histories here include the Sisters of St. Joseph, the Trinitarians and the late
By EDUARDO PEREZ
MARY COYNE WESSLING
Pauline Clifford walked on stage at the Charlotte Coliseum just moments before Mother Teresa appeared. Sister Pauline may have been contemplating the impact this tiny woman from India would have on the
From Mother Teresa
Heart of Marys. The first presence of the Sisters of
their outreach to include
number of special ministries like Holy
for mentally retarded
and multiply handicapped children. They also established The Mc Auley Center which offers adult religious education and retreats, the Mercy Institute/ Well of Mercy which provides individual and group therapy for adults, House of Mercy which provides a home for people living with AIDS and case
for people with
Gaston and surrounding counties, and Catherine's House which is a transitional housing facility for women and
In addition, Sisters of
TJie le individual can carry the mission,
in diocesan schools, op-
hut she also carries the
erating St. Joseph's pital in Asheville,
vohich in turn aives her support.
fering pastoral care in
Mercy Hospital lotte
in Charand pastoral minis-
"We have always meet the needs of people," said Sister Pauline, president of the Re-
bey. Sacred Heart Convent served as a
were the needs in our area." Like Mother Teresa' s order, the Sisters of Mercy provide immediate comfort and care to people every day. But in addition, they study the economic needs of the poor and strive to change the system which causes poverty. "Many women religious are actively working
for the sisters
and an academy.
A Celebration of Faith 'With
Mother Teresa of Calcutta is
a special section of
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were invited to establish roots in places where little was known about nuns. "Even if the mission was difficult," said Sister Pauline, "they went because they saw a religious
"The individual can carry the miscommunity which in turn gives her support. Even if sion but she also carries the
may not know who I am, the name Mercy is known. Being part of the (religious) community gives credibility
fraudulent things Trinitarians or
Missionaries of Charity, the
Sheree McDermott Eduardo Perez
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them assistance. Those four women won't be able to carry that whole load by themselves, said Signs. They are going to need support from the community. "The sense of giving and receiving is what stewardship is all about," said Signs. "Mother Teresa's treasure is the Christ that she portrays and gives to others."
Service To Poor Is Mission Of
Catholic Social Services By MARY COYNE WESSLING Elizabeth Thurbee
working with the Missionaries
Teresa has agreed to send her sisters here to open a convent. They have certainly
in other countries
ministry," said Thurbee. director of Catholic Social Ser-
And while the Missionarof Charity's ministry is most welcomed, they will quickly discover they are not alone in serving the neediest in should know. ies
Catholic Social Services (CSS) has the poor.
CSS dates back to 1948 when, under the Diocese of RaThe
the Missionary Servants of the Blessed
When the Diocese of Charlotte was established in 1972, CSS opened an
office in Charlotte. Since
has maintained a commitment to social services as well as education and
services to the poor includ-
ing crisis counseling, food, clothing and spiritual support.
"Anyone who comes to us is given something," said Thurbee. "Sometimes they need food and assistance in paying bills. Sometimes they just need someone to listen. Each person is treated with dignity; their value as a
and child of God
Assistance to the
programs comes from several parishes in the diocese. On designated Sundays
donations. All of
support, said Thurbee.
In addition to crisis assistance,
U.S. their devotion to the poor and needy. Charlotte and the Carolinas definitely have people in need of their ies in the
throughout the year, many parishes colfood and clothing which is then distributed to the branch offices. Some
parishes refer needy people to CSS.
are very blessed that
A staff of more than 50 people pro-
North Carolina are symbols of integrity and service. In Sister Pauline's words: "People expect something from us and that is to live up to who we say we are; to be women who live by the Gospel." Mary Coyne Wessling, a former assistant editor of the North Carolina Catholic, is a freelance writer in Char-
tunities to give
wants us to love one another as he loved each one of us," said Mother Teresa. There are so many ways people can become stewards of Christ and enjoy giving something back to the needy in their communities, said Signs. Many parishes throughout the diocese are involved in projects such as: homeless shelters, Meals on Wheels, Crop- Walk, Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Habitat for
lem, CSS has helped thousands of people
Be they Mercys, photography:
hopes that there will be plenty of oppor-
community gives women
good news; that God loves us and that he
general, Sister Pauline said the aspect of spiritual
asked, "If you have time, give help to
ards of Christ. "Jesus came to give us the
Asheville, Charlotte and Winston-Sa-
emotional support and allows individuals to minister while representing the
Signs recalls being emotionally
overwhelmed when Mother Teresa
Once the four Missionaries of CharMother Teresa ity establish themselves in Charlotte urged those attending to become stew- and decide what their mission is, Signs
a long and reputable tradition of serving
Speaking about women religious in
Teresa told us not only to live our lives
In her presentation,
vices for the Diocese of Charlotte, she
helps others and promotes justice.
for systemic changes," Sister Pauline
In the past, in an effort to affect
volved with stewardship. "Mother
money to church and community activi- my
Special Section Cover:
volve giving time, talent and treasure. Being with God in prayer and worship, as well as volunteering time and giving
a sense of inspiration to
as Jesus lived His, but to find the Godaccording to the principles of given gifts that each one of us have and give them back to the church and comstewardship." The principles of stewardship in- munity," said Signs.
ministry and Catherine's House. Those
to our work. That is important especially
Signs hopes that people attending
Mother Teresa' s presentation took home
live a life
Community of North Carolina. "That"s why we got involved in AIDS
great need." Office:
Diocese of Charlotte.
"Her whole life is a living out of what stewardship means," said Pat Signs, associate director of development for the Diocese of Charlotte. "Mother Teresa is the embodiment of what it means to
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visit to the
try in parishes.
Mercy in the Piedmont dates back to 1892 when a group of them opened a school for young women in Belmont at the invitation of Bishop Leo Haid and the Benedictine monks of Belmont Ab-
Mother Teresa brought the message Humanity. These projects and others of Jesus' love as well as the example of are always seeking people to volunteer giving time, talent and treasure in her their time, said Signs.
chance to begin a new life in a new place. The Refugee Office, located in Charlotte, is considered a preferred site by the United States Catholic Conference. More than 4,800 refugees of 20 nationalities have been assisted by the Refugee Office since 1975. Along with fulfilling those housing needs, CSS's Charlotte branch works with St. Peter's Homes, an ecumenical effort to put people in homes who otherwise cannot afford one. Children have always held a special place in the hearts of CSS workers. In addition to providing needy children with food and clothing, CSS organizes special giving drives around the holidays. Gifts of toys and games are given offers people a
by caring Catholics as generously as food and new clothes. Other targeted populations include migrant workers. The Winston-Salem and Asheville offices offer specific support services to migrants and their famithroughout the year. CSS workers understand the enormous stress of poverty so they also offer counseling. This support is given on a
sliding fee scale and enables people to have access to trained professionals who can help them through difficult times. This past year, through the help of clergy, religious, counselors and volunteers, CSS was able to touch the lives of an accomplishthousands of people ment of which even Mother Teresa
would be proud. Mary Coyne Wessling, a former assistant editor of the North Carolina Catholic, is a freelance writer in Charlotte.
Celebration Of Faith With Mother Teresa
23, 1995 •
A Chance Of A Lifetime To See A Living Saint
The Catholic News
Thank you, Media The Diocese of Charlotte sincerely all members of the media for
such wonderful coverage of A Celebration of Faith with Mother Teresa.
inquiries began immediand so did the reporting. Many television stations and newspapers conducted advance interviews with Bishop Curlin; the interest in Mother Teresa and her Missionaries of Charity sisters was overwhelming. We are
MARY COYNE WESSLING
A cool breeze swept through Charon Tuesday afternoon, lune
thousands of people waited outside the
their chance to fulfill a dream: to see and hear Mother Teresa.
The crowd cooperated as beautifully as the weather. Even though some people stood in line for more than two hours, the mood was peaceful. While no one appeared anxious about getting
certain these stories helped i-
ing the Coliseum service.
Director of Communications
His message to love one another. It did not matter if the people were
matter if they were infirmed, educated, rich or poor they knew the one
a crowd of about 13,500 admirers waits at the charlotte coliseum for mother Teresa to come to the stage.
photo by Mary Coyne Wessling
who serves the poorest of the poor would welcome them with open, loving arms. "Mother Teresa reveals Jesus Christ to anyone who is looking," said Susan Smith, a mother and member of Nations Ford Baptist Church in Charlotte. "You don't have to be Catholic to feel the Holy Spirit working through her." Smith, 40, brought her 10-year-old daughter, Rachel, to the Charlotte Coli-
seum to see Mother Teresa. When asked what she knew of the missionary, Rachel replied: "She picks people up off the
could attend the event, said she hoped many of her clients decided to come too.
of her former students from Our Lady of
could not be in Charlotte and not go see this saintly person. This is impor-
field trip to see the saint
my work and my own spiri-
tual life," said Stein
Glenn Fleming, 15, who attends Queen of the Apostles Church in Belmont decided to accompany his mother to the event "to make sure everyone had a good time." The most impressive trait of Mother Teresa, he said, is her generous spirit and special caring
and takes care of them." "I have always tried to use (Mother Teresa) as an example of what Jesus was like," said Smith. "Some people might say she's Catholic and into the pope but I say she's into Christ and reminds us we are all children of God." Louise Jackson, 77, of Gastonia's St. Stephen AME Zion Church, believes Mother Teresa is doing a wonderful job. "I'd like to keep her here to help some of
Fleming's mother, Cheryl, is Director of Nursing for Hospice of Gaston County, an organization that serves people with life-threatening illnesses. "Mother Teresa is the ultimate hospice person. She promotes care for people no matter what their affliction AIDS,
the people in this country."
hospices in the area jump
Clara Lowrey, Jackson's daughter, travelled with her mother to see what she described as a great inspiration. "I
Mother Teresa could stay here and influence some of our people who commit violence. She can teach us to too wish
find peace in ourselves because that's
way we can
Marie Vetter and her friends from Durham and Raleigh reflected on what impresses them about Mother Teresa. "We all talk about doing good works but she does it everyday," said Vetter, a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Durham. "She knows who she is. For those of us who aren't always sure, we come to see someone who is sure," said Margaret Pegg, also of Immaculate Conception.
Holding a stack of books written about Mother Teresa, Bobby Lufty, 45, said
attending churches in Raleigh and
both a Catholic and a Protes-
longtime admirer of
Mother Teresa, Lufty said, "Probably more than any one else today, she embodies the
inside the coliseum, people
sat patiently in their seats or
aisles in search
of friends or to get a closer look at the center stage. A steady current of goodwill mixed with excite-
— and no matter
work with her
hope the chance
status in life. I
ForOliverC. Conner, 81, of Shelby, Mother Teresa in person was just too good to pass up. Conner,
the chance to see
a Methodist, said the event was "a wonderful time to hear a great lady speak.
She is a kind, loving Christian lady who lot of good in this world." Kathy Duppstadt of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Charlotte left work early on Tuesday to bring her daughters Sandra, 15, and Jennifer, 18, to the event. Duppstadt said she was hoping Mother Teresa's message that day would inspire people to live better lives and think about things besides material goods. "Mother Teresa tries to show us that
we need God
in our lives, especially in our families," said Duppstadt. Joe Bianco of St. Matthew Church
Matthews said he is impressed with Mother Teresa's commitment to live "a very basic lifestyle. She's done things that overpower the miniscule efforts we all make in an effort to be good people. It's good to hear from someone who knows what life is all about." For family man Bianco, a good life means putting his loved ones before work. He was true to his word that day as he sat in the stands reading a book to his in
5-year-old daughter, Laura.
rector of "To Life," an organization that
helps people deal with loss. Stein, who rescheduled her appointments so she
than themselves abandoned. real impact," said Kersey. Catholic, decided to
Patty Kersey of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Charlotte, rounded up several
"Be like Jesus and practice what He preaches." Josie Backhaus, St. Ann Church,
from Mother Teresa's place in India, they were shocked. They did not realize the poverty; the sick and dying people she cares for. They saw children younger It
"Be a good person and
share." Hillary Belk, 13, St. Patrick Cathedral, Charlotte.
"Help the poor but also rehow important family unity is and how it's in danger alize
Teresa because she wanted to be "in the presence of an enlightened person. The work she does, her commitment to service is not something we see everyday."
of being lost." Mary Belk, St. Patrick Cathedral, Charlotte.
"Love and compassion. Openness and tolerance." Kevin Melody, St. Peter
Flowers from page 3
day," said Alexis Stein, executive di-
"I love the feeling of
Mother Teresa has generated here
of India. SevAssumption, she invited a friend to speak about Mother Teresa to the students. eral years ago, while teaching at
During interviews with people who came to hear Mother Teresa, we asked people what they believed her most important message is for the world. Here are some of their responses:
Assumption Catholic School for a
Phyllis Rollins of Rock Hill, a non-
His wife, Mary Ellen, kept on eye on daughter Catherine, 2. He brought his family, he said, to help his children "understand the many blessings they have and to begin teaching them to help those less
seeing Mother Teresa. Many of those interviewed described her as a modern day saint, a personification of Jesus and
were respectful that this was first and foremost a prayer service. We thank you, and appreciate the video and print clips. Joann Keane
pressed excitement at the thought of
Catholic. In fact,
We're most impressed with the reverence given to Mother Teresa dur-
side the 23,000-seat facility, several ex-
Church Charlotte. "Love.
In the course of the event, Peters
moved Gary and onto her
T. out of his wheelchair lap.
gently on his mother' s shoulder, Gary T.
smiled. cameraman captured the tender mother-son scene and their image
flashed on the large screens high above
Coliseum floor. "Every time they showed us, my mother-in-law wanted to jump up and scream, 'That' s my grandson and daugh-
ter-in-law!'" Peters said.
On the ride home, the family stopped Gastonia for pizza. "A woman approached me and asked if that was my son who met Mother Teresa. I told my in
husband later that Gary T. was already a celebrity," said Peters.
The following day Adrienne
Joe and Mary Ellen Bianco read to DAUGHTERS LAURA (l) AND CATHERINE (r) WHILE THEY WAIT TO SEE MoTHERTeRESA.
anyone willing to listen. She even joked with her pastor that she could give the homily at Mass that afternoon. In the same humorous vein, Peters said she would not wash Gary T.'s hair until everyone had a chance to touch his head as Mother
Putting the chance meeting between Gary T. and Mother Teresa in perspective, Adrienne Peters said: "This is so much of how Gary T. has touched the
Leo Church, Winston-Salem.
related the story to
of our family.
moments. All through the event all I could think was God is so good." Mary Coyne Wessling, a former assistant editor of the North Carolina special
afreelance writer in Char-
"Service, discipline, service to humanity... love."
— Nina Layton, Rock
"Love and peace and the
— Gail Atkinson,
"Pray and be a nice perCollette Gardner, 8,
"Love and help everyone and don't ask anything in return."
— Jennifer Duppstadt,
18, St. Vincent de Paul Church,
'Come Let Us Together
Scores of Individuals Anxiously await the Opening of the Coliseum Doors
Photo by Nancy Biggs
Our Lady of Consolation,
Charlotte shares a
fSONGBOOK with Mother
Teresa as Alice Vance
Charlotte looks ON.
Photo by Donna Jernigan
Mother Teresa and Bishop Curlin share a light moment during the prayer service.
With 'Mother Teresa
the Greatness of the Lord'
Photo by Nancy Biggs
A crowd of 13,500 listens to Mother Teresa in the Charlotte Coliseum.
To welcome Mother Teresa to Charlotte,
children representing the cultural
diversity of the dlocese presented small bouquets of flowers. Photo by Nancy Biggs
At the conclusion of the mother teresa
stepped into the audience; stopping to meet the
handicapped, and handed out
Miraculous Medals. Below: missionaries of Charity Sisters wait for the service to BEGIN.
Photo by Donna Jernigan
Teresa shares a sign of peace
with Methodist Bishop Bevel Jones.
Photo by Joann Keane
by Joann Keane
Photo by Joann Keane
Catholic News & Herald
Celebration Of Faith With Mother Teresa
June 23, 1995
A Life Of Giving: Do Small Things With Great Love News
Even Mother Teresa
Dublin and in Darjeeling, India, she made her first vows as a nun in 1928 and
Twenty-one years later, when President Ronald Reagan presented her with
Charities in 1990, her order re-elected
principal at Loreto House, a fashionable
Medal of Freedom at White House, he called her a "heroine of our times" and noted that the
her as superior anyway and she went on
plaque honoring her described her as the
to resign as
traveling at a pace that
would have tired
While teaching and serving
head of the Missionaries of
college in Calcutta, she
"saint of the gutters."
Mother Teresa might be the
recipient to take the plaque
world to deliver a single message: that love and caring are the most important
homeless street urchins, the ostracized sick people lying prey to rats and vermin in the alleys. In 1946 she received a "call within a call," as she described it. "The mes-
things in the world.
sage was clear.
A favorite motto she has lived and preached has been "Do small things with great love." But the "small things" she has done so captivated the world that she has been showered with honorary degrees and other awards, almost universally praised by the media and sought out by popes, presidents, philanthropists and other figures of wealth and influence. During a month-long tour of the United States in 1982, she was asked at a press conference in Charleston, S.C., about the popular conviction that she
vent and help the poor, while living
city's streets, the
The tiny, wizened nun iar
white and blue
in her famil-
has traveled the
to leave the con-
sends it. We do
work; he provides the means. If he does not give us the means, that shows he does not want the work. So why worry?" his
years later, the Vatican gave her per-
money was that "God will provide." "Money I never think of it," she once said. "It always comes. The Lord
for the poor.
bination of se-
ing under the
rarely known to praise Popes, still-living individuals
He also joked that
pressed by the destitute and dying on the
people half her age.
Times of London. "She has given me a whole new vision of what being a Christian means: of the amazing power of love, and how in one dedicated soul, it can burgeon to cover the whole world."
have not hesitated to hold Mother Teresa up as a symbol of what it is to be a Christian. Awarding her the first Pope John XXIII Peace Prize in 1 97 1 Pope Paul VI proclaimed her "an example and symbol of the discovery of the secret of peace... that man is our brother." "We hold up to the admiration of all this intrepid messenger of the love of Christ," Pope Paul said when he announced that she would be the first recipient of the award. Mother Teresa used the $25,000 prize to establish a sanctity,
for leprosy patients.
Pope John Paul has invited Mother Teresa to visit him almost every time she has been in Rome. In 1 980 he named her one of five auditors to that year's Synod of Bishops, where in a half-hour
address she asked the assembled bish-
When Mother Teresa received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway, on
Dec. 10, 1979, she accepted it "In the name of the hungry, of the naked, of the homeless, of the blind, of the lepers, of all those who feel unwanted, unloved, un-cared for throughout society." In recent years, she began work with
ops to give the world holy priests. In 1982 as she was about to leave Rome for war-torn Lebanon, Pope John Paul invited her to the podium at an audience and declared that she "already knows" the language of peace because it belonged to her "Christian spirituality, to her soul, to her genius, to her heart." He then publicly thanked God "for having sent among us Mother Teresa, whom we all admire for her simplicity, her authenticity, her apostolate." In addition to winning the Nobel and Pope John XXIII peace prizes, Mother Teresa was given the Templeton
die first," she an-
with her. In
who in con-
Medical Missionary Sis-
ters in Patna,
She opened shelters in New York, Philadelphia and Washington for people with AIDS. She founded houses in Cuba and the Soviet Union countries not generally open to foreign church
Mother Teresa went
an effort to
Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta in 1950.
cation into her
Mother Teresa co-founded the
Missionary Brothers of Charity with an to join in her
In 1969, in response to growing interest of laypersons
who wanted to be
associated with her work, an informally
became a diocesan religious community and 15 years nized
as a pontifical congregation,
Teresa was formed with the approval of Pope Paul VI.
dience, but the
more peasant than merchant.
too serious for her age.
Of the three
of us, she alone did not steal the jam." As a student at a public school in Skopje, she was a member of a Catholic sodality with a special interest in for-
eign missions. "At the age of 12, 1 first knew I had a vocation to help the poor," she once said.
vian Jesuit missionaries in Bengal present-day Bangladesh but then part of
At 18 she
than in other congregations because, as
Mother Teresa explained, "to be able to love the poor and know the poor, we must be poor ourselves." Jn addition the Missionaries of Charity
take a vow of "wholehearted and free
service to the poorest of the poor."
Mother Teresa once explained: vow means that we cannot work
to join the
Irish branch of the Institute of the
Virgin Mary, known as the Loreto Sisters. After training at their institutions in
a community of her nuns at
we accept any what we do. Ours is to be a free service and to the poor." In 1952, Mother Teresa opened the Nirmal Hriday (Pure Heart) Home for Dying Destitutes in a dormitory formerly a hostel attached to a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Kali donated by the city of Calcutta. Although some of
Spring School, a east Beirut.
was her first visit in a war
zone but not her last. Meeting with Red Cross officials about relief needs, she asked what their most serious problem was. They took her to a nearby mental hospital that had just been bombed, requiring immediate evacuation of 37 mentally and physically handicapped children. "I'll take them," she said. "What stunned everyone was her energy and efficiency," a Red Cross official
involved in the evacuation said
saw the problem,
those taken in survive, the primary func-
home is to be "a shelter where the dying poor may die in dignity." Tens tion of the
of thousands of people have been cared for in the
caring for leprosy patients in 1 957
Pope Paul VI visited Bombay in 1964, he gave Mother Teresa a white ceremonial Lincoln Continental given to him by people in the United States. She raffled off the car and raised enough
to finance a center for leprosy
victims in the state of
In recent years, ten appears high on
Mother Teresa lists
of the world's
most admired women, but she and her work were not widely known until 1968, when the noted British journalist and TV personality Malcolm Muggeridge, a curmudgeonly intellectual and caustic social critic, produced the television documentary on her, "Something Beautiful for God." His TV documentary and 1971 book by the same title were the first major popular works on Mother Teresa, who has since been the subject of several books and thousands of magazine and newspaper articles. When Muggeridge and his wife, Kitty, 1
982, he attributed his conversion largely
"Words cannot convey how beholden
1971, the $300,000 Balzan Prize for Humanity, Peace and Brotherhood in 1979, and dozens of other awards and honors, including one of India's highest the Padmashri Medal.
Dear Jesus, Help us to spread your fragrance everywhere we go. Flood our souls with your spirit and your
Penetrate and possess our whole being
so utterly lives
may only be a
That every soul we come
May feel your presence
Let them look up and see no longer
But only Jesus. Stay with
and then we
shall begin to
shine as you shine.
So to shine is to be a light to others. The light, oh Jesus, will be all from you.
None of it It will
will be ours.
be you, shining on others,
Let us praise you in the
shining with love on those around
Let us preach you without preaching, not by words, but by example.
the catching force, the sympathetic
influence of what
and then she was rattling off a list of nappies (diasupplies she needed didn't expect a saint to be so efficient."
pers), plastic pants,
in 1973, the
of yours. Shine through us and be so
her knees and prayed for a few seconds,
for the rich; neither can
The Missionaries of Charity began
At 1 5 Agnes was inspired to work in India by reports sent home by Yugosla-
vow of poverty is stricter
Lazar said their mother's example was a factor that led to Agnes' vocation. "Already when she was a little child she used to assist the poor by taking food to them every day like our mother," he said. When Agnes was 9, he said, "She was plump, round, tidy, sensible and a little
under Vatican jurisdiction.
Albanian parents in Skopje, in the Yugoslavian republic of Macedonia, on Aug. 27, 1910. She had a sister, Aga, and a brother, Lazar. Her father was a grocer, but the family was
The members of the congregation vows of poverty, chastity and obe-
structured, ecumenical International
to join her.
1950 the Missionaries of Charity
Association of Co- Workers of Mother
Teresa was born Mother Agnes Ganxhe Bojazhiu
Teresa visited photo by Joann keane
Soon volunteers came
Australian, Father Andrew Travers-Ball,
who left the lesuits
root out the Palestine Liberation Organ i z a t i o n
the c u 1 1 a
slums to bring children cut off from edu-
The evident fullness of the love. Our hearts bear us to you. Amen.
Celebration Of Faith With Mother Teresa
Generations Find Inspiration By
MARY COYNE WESSLING
The memories of Mother Teresa's visit
14 years ago in Charleston are still
When asked if she remembered any of Mother Teresa's speech, Belk replied, "What she said wasn't something so profound as
Students Learn: Treat People As Children Of God By Kathleen Schmugge
Sarah Lawlor, a student
Gardner and her daughter, Mary Gardner Belk. "My son told us the day before her visit that she was coming. We went not knowing if we'd even get in," said
forget the poorest of the poor. But she
said it in such a loving way I didn't feel preached to but joy-filled to hear it. I thought afterwards, 'Yeah, I could do
ten students at
Charlotte, a member of Our Lady of the
clear for Charlotte
"Even after all that she has seen and
done, all the poverty she has lived among,
Stadium, both women soaked up every small detail of the day and stored them
Charlotte. "I often recall her words: 'Joy
memories, sure that this would be the only time they d ever see Mother Teresa in person. Fast forward to June 13, 1995. Mary and Charlotte sit among their family and friends waiting once again to see and hear the famous missionary to the world. Before Mother Teresa in their
came on stage for the Charlotte event, Mary and Charlotte reflected on the similar event 14 years before
admiration for the guest speaker.
started to rain,"
she has so
much joy and
a net of love by which
think of that when
we catch souls.'
start to get discour-
aged." Charlotte, mother to eight children
and Mary, mother of four, both find other inspiring messages from Mother Teresa. "I believe she reminds mothers to have unconditional love for their children," said Mary. 'That' s what her motherhood is ... that and to be happy and
me to find the saintli-
ness in other people," said Charlotte. "I
"Mother Teresa asked everyone who had an umbrella to please share it with the person next to them. I was struck by her voice it was beauti-
sweet with her accent." Mary Belk, a member of St. Patrick
my parish who are also
people who do so many things for others without other people knowing about their good works." saintly;
Mary's four children accompanied her and their grandmother to the Char-
Cathedral in Charlotte, recalled Mother
Teresa's stature. "I saw a
Gardner, cousins and in-laws. Hillary Belk, 13, said the chance to see Mother
come out on the stage and I was struck by that. Then suddenly, I hear this melodious voice and felt such a peace and calmness. I could have sat there for days and listened to her speak."
event along with Grandfather Bill
Teresa was a chance to be in the presence of someone who is likely to be-
Sarah described her days as won-
knows first hand the positive influence of Mother Teresa. A year ago December, Sarah was one of
selected for the
Mother homes in Calcutta, India. It was a dream come true for the 1 9-
"She's a good person
Wessling, a former assistant editor of the
Carolina Catholic, is a
Three Generations: Hillary and Allie Belk (front), Charlotte Gardner and Mary Gardner Belk (rear). freelance photo by mary coyne wessling Charlotte.
the problem," said Sarah.
Although Sarah's parents were supportive, they had some trepidation about such a long journey. Sarah did not. "there is nothing I can get that I can't get rid of," replied their faith-filled daughter.
"People who by American standards have nothing, truly have so much in their strong family ties." Sarah described the many kinds of poverty and how she now can see the tremendous spiritual poverty in every socio-economic group in the U.S. "I personally look for poverty in my own relationships and try to reach out more." A typical day was "fun" but exhausting with much physical work. She and the other students stayed in a YMCA, which was similar to a college
— During Mother
Teresa's ecumenical prayer service, no
unloved, the sick, the dying, the crippled
and demented." "Mother Teresa's presence in the Diocese of Charlotte was an unbeliev-
Mother Teresa. After breakfast, they began work in one of two homes; Prendan, which means "gift of love," or Kalighat, a
for the dying and
Sarah spent most of her time in Prendan with the mentally and physically ill and disabled. She would bathe patients and help them dress or take them "to the sun." The group would also help with the laundry which was done by hand and carried up and down many flights of stairs. "We sang religious songs with the sisters while we worked. We really had a great time."
happen to carry out God's word and message until people give." Mother Teresa also exemplifies the importance of leaving a legacy behind
message does not happen without people
a legacy of giving love and service to
giving," said Kelley.
people in need.
generously sharing their God-given gifts
ing, is the
eventually die. She will leave
important example of this giv-
Kelley encourages people to use
"There was no collection because
work put into the Cherry neighborhood house occupied by four
the flavor of the celebration was to focus
Missionaries of Charity Sisters. Mother
on the message Mother Teresa brought us," said Jim Kelley, director of development for the Diocese of Charlotte. In her presentation, Mother Teresa encouraged her listeners to live their lives as Jesus lived His and to always have a sense of giving. "The aim of our
Mother Teresa as an example in their lives. "Her life should cause us to think of what we could do to help people in our communities by giving of
have four of her Sisters in Charlotte began with finding them a house. Locally, the principles
Jesus on the Cross," said Mother Teresa.
of stewardship were shown by people donating money to help purchase the home and donating their time and expertise to fix it up with the necessary items. "That house did not become a reality until people started giving their time,
to satiate the thirst of
revealed by asking for the
salvation and sanctification of the poorest
of the poor, for the unwanted, for the
and treasure," said Kelley.
like that in
core of what
God is the
do, but things don't
"We need to start
looking beyond our death to what type of legacy we might leave for future generations."
give in this
a direct result of what
said Kelley. Like
Mother Teresa, our legacy should involve sharing our God-given gifts with people in need.
to rub Sarah's arm. "I
were many of
these touching moments."
The day would often end in the The physical and mental strain was great and an afternoon nap was not uncommon. After dinner, the students would gather for reflection their time to pray and share some of their experiences. Sarah felt it was a early afternoon.
time of rediscovery and awareness of her own obligation to help those in need.
Communication was not
one might imagine for the group. Sarah did learn a few phrases in the local dialect and the sisters could speak some English, but most communication came in the form of smiles, gestures and stacle
touch. "I was so impressed with all of Mother Teresa's accomplishments. With more than 450 homes, her own all
asked about what
to work for Mother Teresa, Sarah quickly
pointed out that she worked with Mother Teresa. "She did everything that every-
did, often to leaving the
degrading jobs for herself, like cleaning the bathrooms." Sarah came to Calcutta with many questions and left with a new set. She said it changed her life, showing her what needs to be done and what her faith can do. Her desire to join the Peace Corps demonstrates her sincerity. Sarah's advice to young people is not to worry about what you can't do but to
do what you
can. "Treat people as
God." a free-lance writer in Taylorsville and a member of St. Aloysius Church in Hickory. individuals, children of
The best laid plans of journalists and printers sometimes go astray ...
stewards of time, talent and treasure with the poor in their communities by
Charlotte encouraged people to become
necessary to do
order of nuns, and
in the center
able occasion, but carrying out of her
comforted. She shared a story in which she began to put lotion on a dying pa-
taken, but the Diocese of
Often Sarah would
a patient and end up being the one
dorm except with no air condition-
Diocese Encourages The Giving Of Time, Talent And Treasure By EDUARDO PEREZ
was easy to see the face of Christ
just started to cry. There
to get involved with this
mission; to be part of the solution, not
in these people."
moderate so it was comfortable. The group would get up at 5:45 a.m. and walk the couple of miles to the Motherhouse. They would usually attend Mass where they always saw
for me." second meet-
ing with Mother Teresa was more than Charlotte and Mary had hoped for. Bringing along the next generation of family
and death, Mother Teresa has created an environment of peace and hope. "Everyone was so friendly, warm and beau-
leading another trip this December. "I
privacy. Luckily the temperatures were
Hillary. "Seeing her is
teen day trip so enriching that she
derful and tiring.
grant which sends students to
recalled Charlotte of the Charleston event.
City of Joy Scholars, a service-oriented
They did. And while in the Citadel
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23, 1995 •
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Catholic News & Herald
Celebration Of Faith With Mother Teresa
June 23, 1995
Her Words: MotheI
for great things
love and to be loved.
Let us ask Our Lady to give us her heart: so beautiful, so pure, so immaculate. Her heart, so full of love and humility, that
we may be
able to re-
ceive Jesus, the bread of life: love Him as she loved Him and serve Him in the distressing disguise of the poorest of
Jesus said: as the father has loved
me, so I have loved you. Love one another as I have loved you. Where does this love begin? In our own family. How does it begin? By praying together. Families that pray together stay together; and if you stay together you will love each other as God loves each one of you. I always say, what blood is to the body, prayer is to the soul. And so the body cannot live withour out blood, so also our hearts
gift of God to our To be with Jesus, teaches us that whatever we do to the least, we do it to
We are also so close to Him in the
Ask your parish priest to give
you the joy of Adoration. It' s something so real, so beautiful.
brings us so close
bring prayer to your family. This has
been the greatest congregation: that ful
of God to our we have the beautigift
time to pray together; and the more
we pray together, the more we come to
to give us the
loves us and that
wants us to love one another as loved each one of us. To make it easy for us to love one another Jesus said: if you give a glass of water in my name, you give it to me. If you receive a little
each one of
another. child in
my name you receive me. And
when you again
will hear Jesus say:
you blessed of my Father, receive the kingdom prepared for you; because I was hungry and you gave me to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me to drink; I was naked and you clothed me; I was homeless and you took me in; I was sick and in prison and you visited me. Come, receive the kingdom prepared for you. If we read the
gospel carefully this
He preached the beautiful word of God and He was is
exactly what Jesus did.
busy with the sick, with the lepers, and with the hungry. He spread beautiful proof of tender love so that we may learn from Him how to show that love for each other.
Again I say, where does this love begin? In our own family. The aim of our congregation is to satiate the thirst of Jesus on the cross, for love that is revealed by working for the salvation and sanctification of the poorest of the poor, for the unwanted, for the unloved, the sick, the dying, the crippled,
and demented. Anyone that
not wanted. He frees the hearts of people to be His love, His compassion, His is
presence. To be able to do that we need the deep life of prayer. That's why we
have daily Holy Mass and Holy Communion and with God's blessing we have daily Adoration. That has been
want to thank the families that have been generous in giving their children, their to daughters and their sons, to join us be Missionaries of Charity. We are now in 126 countries; we have 555 tabernacles all around the world. I want you all to pray very specially that we may continue this beautiful work with God'
Jesus brought peace to John the Baptist,
his right hand,
enter the kingdom.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was sick and you visited me." Then Jesus will turn to those on his left hand and say, "Depart from me because I was hungry and you did not feed me, I was thirsty and you did not give me to drink, I was sick and you did not visit me." These will ask Him, "When did we see you hungry, or thirsty or sick and did not come to your help?" And Jesus will answer them, "Whatever you neglected to do unto one of the least of these, you neglected to do unto me!" As we have gathered here to pray together, I think it will be beautiful if we begin with a prayer that expresses very well what Jesus wants us to do for the least. St. Francis of Assisi understood
this is the
everyone, rich alike.
I am so used to seeing the smiles on our people, even the dying ones smile. And Sister said: "This is the way it is
nearly every day.
they are hoping that a son or daughter
And as if that were not enough, as if were not enough that God the Son should become one of us and bring peace and joy while still in the womb of Mary, Jesus also died on the cross to show that greater love. He died for you and for me, and for that leper and for that man dying of hunger and that naked person lying in
the street, not only of Calcutta, but of
do we put our own interests first? These are the questions we must ask ourselves,
Africa, and everywhere.
Our sisters serve
do good to one another. And in the Gospel Jesus says very clearly; "Love as I have loved you." Jesus died on the cross because that is what it took for him to do good to us to save us from our selfishness in sin. He gave up everything to do the Father' will to show us that we too must be willing to give up everything to do God' will to love one another as He loves it
each of us. If we are not willing to give whatever it takes to do good to one another, sin is still in us. That is why we too must give to each other until it hurts. It is not enough for us to say, "I love God," but I also have to love my neighbor. St. John says that you are a liar if you say you love God and you don't love your neighbor. How can you love God
whom you do not see, if you do not love your neighbor whom you do see, whom you touch, with whom you live? And so it is
very important for us to realize that
has to hurt.
willing to give whatever
Let us thank God for the opportunity He has given us today to have come here to pray together. We have come here especially to pray for peace, joy and love. We are reminded that Jesus came to bring the good news to the poor.
He had told us what is that good news when He said: "My peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you." He came not to give the peace of the world which is
we don't bother each
everyone was looking toward the door. And I did not see a single one with a smile on their face. I turned to Sister and asked: "Why do these people who have every comfort here, why are they all looking toward the door? Why are they
had the same difficulties that we have today. I think that some of you so already have this prayer of peace
who leapt for joy in the womb of Eliza-
very well expressed by a prayer. And this prayer, which we say every day after Holy Communion, always surprises me very much, because it is very fitting for each one of us. And I always wonder whether 800 years ago when St. Francis lived, they
and forgotten them maybe. I saw that in that home these old people had everything good food, comfort-
very well these words of Jesus and his life is
able place, television, everything, but
the last day, Jesus will say
true love, to give until
leapt with joy.
delivered at the Feb. 1994 National
blessing and God's love.
is thii sting
and this is the thirst of everyone, poor and rich alike. We all thirst for the love of others, that they go out of their way to avoid harming us and to do good to us. This is the meaning of
the child in the
those poor people in 126 countries throughout the world. Jesus insisted that we love one another as He loves each one of us. Jesus gave his life to love us and He tells us that we also have to give
takes to do good to one
— womb of Elizabeth —
this beautiful work, this great love.
dying on the cross,
can never forget the experience I had in visiting a home where they kept all these old parents of sons and daughters who had just put them into an insti-
her cousin, Elizabeth, Scripture
went in haste to give that good news. And as she came into the house of ately she
came in to Mary' s life, immedi-
we have homes for people with AIDS. There is one thing I can tell you sincerely, that no one has died disturbed. The most beautiful death each one died in peace and in love with God. What work of love can bring so much peace and unity with God's
Mother Teresa read from her
one another as I7ie loves
to pray for us
live without prayer.
And God loved the world so much He gave His son it was a giving. God gave His son to the Virgin Mary, and what did she do with Him? As soon
the United States
When He was
Jesus said, "I thirst." Jesus for our love,
mented, the lepers and in many places in
one of us.
— from doing good
love each other as Jesus loved each
comes from loving
Him. As you know we work for the poorest of the poor. We have homes for the sick and the dying, the crippled, de-
want also to thank all of you who have been helping the sisters to do this work with great love because, as you know, we cannot do everything. So many who have come to share the work with us; it has made it possible for us to have these homes in many places and to give tender love and care. Everyone has died in peace with God. That's why I want you to all of you
He came to give the peace of heart which
harm other people and, in fact, to do good to them. This requires that I be willing to give until there
true love in
injustice, not peace, to those It
around me. We have
hurt Jesus to love us.
been created in His image for greater things, to love and to be loved. We must "put on Christ" as Scripture tells us. And so, we have been created to love as He loves us. Jesus makes Himself the hungry one, the naked one, the homeless one, the unwanted one, and He says, "You did it to me." On the last day He will say to those on his right, "Whatever you did to the least of these, you did to me, and He will also say to those on His left, whatever you neglected to do for the least of these, you neglected to do it for me."
come to visit them. They are hurt because they are forgotten." And see, this neglect to love brings spiritual poverty. Maybe in our own family we have feeling lonely, who is who is feeling worried. Are we there? Are we willing to give until it
somebody who is feeling sick,
hurts in order to be with our families, or
begin this year of the
must remember that love begins at home and we must also remember that "the future of humanity passes family.
through the family." I
was surprised in the West to see so
many young boys and girls given to drugs. And I tried to find out why. Why is it like that, when those in the West have so many more things than those in the East? And the answer was: " Because there
us for everything
in the family to
children depend on
their health, their
nutrition, their security, their
know and love God. For all of this, they trust, hope and expectaBut often father and mother are so busy they have no time for their children, or perhaps they are not even married or have given up on their marriage. So the children go to the streets and get
look to us with tion.
involved in drugs or other things. We are
which is where love and peace must begin. These
talking of love of the child,
are the things that break peace.
that the greatest de-
stroyer of peace today is abor-
takes not to
against the child, a direct killing of the
innocent child, murder by the mother And if we accept that a mother
can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?
do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts. Jesus gave even His life to love us. So, the mother who is thinking of abortion should be helped to
to give until
plans, or her free time, to respect the life
of her child. The father of that child, whoever he is, must also give until it hurts.
abortion, the mother does not
learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems. And, by abortion,
the father is told that he does not have to
Celebration Of Faith With Mother Teresa
We are not social workers. We may be doing social work in the eyes of some people, but we must be contemplatives in the heart of the world. For we must bring that presence of God into your family, for the family that prays together, stays together. There is so much hatred, so much misery, and we with our prayer, with our sacrifice are beginning at home. Love begins at home, and it is
the problems in the world, but
not how much we do, but how much love
take any responsibility at all for the child
turn the attention to each other as hap-
pens in natural family planning, and not to self, as happens in contraception. Once that living love is destroyed by contraception, abortion follows very
same trouble. So abortion just leads more abortion. Any country that ac-
what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion. people are very, very concerned with the child-
ren of India, with the child-
where quite a few die of
ren of Africa,
hunger, and so on.
Many people are also
concerned about all the violence in this great country of the United States. These concerns are very good. But often these same people are not concerned with the millions
And for this
— "Let us bring
us never bring in the worst problem
and that is to destroy love. And this is what happens when we tell people to practice contraception and abortion. of
— at home in the
and concern. This is the only way that our world can survive because our children are the only hope for the future. As older people are called to God, only their children can take their places. But what does God say to us? He says: "Even if a mother could forget her child, I will not forget you. I have carved in the palm of my hand." We are carved in the palm of His hand: that unborn child has been carved in the hand of God from conception and is
The poor have a very great people. They can teach us so many beautiful things. Once one of them came to thank us for teaching her natural family plan-
to teach us natural family planning be-
nothing more than self-conout of love for each other." And
what this poor person said is very true. These poor people maybe having nothing to eat, maybe they have not a home to live in, but they can still be great people
now in this life, God can never forget us. not only
a piece of bread. But a person shut out,
who feels unwanted, unloved, who has been thrown
out of society
harder to overcome.
by care of the mother and adoption for her baby. We have saved thousands of
We have sent word to the clinics, and police
"Please don't destroy the child;
So we always have somethe mothers in trouble: "Come,
take the child."
we will take care of you, we will get a home for your child." And we have a tremendous demand from couples who
cannot have a child but I never give a child to a couple who have done something not to have a child. Jesus said,
"Anyone who receives a
name, receives me." By adopting a child, these couples receive Jesus but, by aborting a child, a couple refuses to receive Jesus.
the child. I
child. Please give
who would be aborted and give that child to a married couple who will love the child and be loved by the child. From our children's home in Calcutta alone, we have saved over 3 ,000
accept any child
children from abortion. These children
have brought such love and joy to their adopting parents and have grown up so full of love and joy. I
know that couples have to plan family and for that there is natural
poor, and that
be very wonderful people. One evening we went out and we picked up four people from the street. And one of them was in a most terrible condition. I told the Sisters:
take care of the other
three; I will take care of the
I put her in bed, and there was such a beautiful smile on her face. She took hold of my hand, as she said one word only: "Thank you" and she
love can do.
could not help but examine my own conscience before her. And I asked: "What would I say if I were in her place?" And my answer was very simple. I
would have tried to draw a little attention to myself. I would have said: "I am I
am in gave me
pain," or something. But she
— she gave me her
much more love. And she
died with a smile on her
Then there was the man we picked up from the drain, half eaten by worms and, after we had brought him to the face.
said, "I have lived like an animal in the street, but I am going to die as an angel, loved and cared for. " Then,
home, he only
we had removed
his body, all
looks worse." So I did for her all that my
natural family planning, not
— and he
ful to see the greatness
with a big
was so wonderof that man who
giving life, through contraception, a lusband or wife is doing something to self. This turns the attention to self and
could speak like that without blaming anybody, without comparing anything. Like an angel this is the greatness of
Him or her.
people who are spiritually rich even when they are materially poor.
so destroys the gift of love in In
husband and wife must
One of the most demanding things is when I have to travel to so many places. But God is so beautiful;
so generous in His love for us
we remember that God loves us, and that we can love other as He loves If
us, then America can become a sign of peace for the world. Let us thank God for his great love. As Jesus said: as the father has loved me I have loved you. Love one another as God loves each one of you. And I have the most beautiful gift news to
New York ten sisters took
us in Scripture: "Even
forget the child in her
ence and wholehearted service of the poorest of the poor. These are the children of the United States The other day we had also final vows of 15 sisters who took their vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and wholehearted service to the poorest of the poor in Washington. I'm very grateful to the families who have been so generous in giving
never forget you." And so here I am talking with you. I want you to find the poor here, right in your own home first. And begin love there. Be that good news to your own people first. And find out about your next-door neighbors. Do you know who they are? I
us worthy, JZord,
throughout the voorld voho
their lives to
Jesus in poverty, in chastity, in obedi-
their children. Please give
had the most extraordinary experi-
ence of love of neighbor with a Hindu family. A gentleman came to our house and said: "Mother Teresa, there is a family who have not eaten for so long. Do something." So I took some rice and went there immediately. And I saw the children their eyes shining with hunger. I don't know if you have ever seen hunger. But I have seen it very often. And the mother of the family took the rice I gave her and went out. When she came back, I asked her: "Where did you
most difficult to overcome. Those who are materially poor can
smile, was: "Sister
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give you. In
the worst poverty and
amily planning. The way to plan the :ontraception. In destroying the
problems, these problems can never discourage us. We must always remember what God tells all its
which often follows from contra-
ception, brings a people to be spiritually
to the hospitals
of the world with
that spiritual poverty is
We are fighting abortion by adoption —
terrified, the person
they are spiritually rich.
pick up a person from the hungry, I give him a plate of rice, I
"You people who have
practiced chastity, you are the best people
we do. we are contemplatives in the heart
put into what
ning and said:
mother could something impossible, but even if she could
image and likeness of God for to love and to be loved. In this year of the family we must bring the child back to the center of our care special
to such blindness.
The child is God's gift to Each child is created in the
child back." the family.
world that many spouses do not love each other enough to prac-
appeal in India and
also know that there are great prob-
destroyer of peace today
which brings people
are being killed
deliberate decision of their ers.
but to use any violence to get
he has brought into the world. That father is likely to put other
need more. God bless you all. Following the National Prayer
Breakfast text, Mother Teresa continued with additional comments:
are here together
pray for poor people throughout the like us to
is so much suffering, so much pain. In some countries we have so many difficulties regarding the poor, and so much suffering, so many diseases. I hear now that there is a new sickness down in Africa where many
people are dying already. So let us pray: Make us worthy Lord, to serve our fellow man throughout the world who live and die in poverty and hunger. Give them, through our hands, this day their daily bread and by our understanding love, give peace and joy. May God's blessing be with you all, in the name of the Father, the Son and the
go? What did you do?" And she gave me a very simple answer: "They are hungry
have no gold and silver to give you. What I have I give with my whole heart. I give you my sisters. We are opening two more centers here and we will be able to take tender love and care
also." What struck me was that she knew
to the needy, to the suffering, to those
— and who they? A Muslim family — and she knew bring any more are
who need love and care. Counting these two, we will have about 40 houses in want you
rice that evening because I wanted them,
the United States.
Hindus and Muslims
share the joy of loving and whenever
to enjoy the joy of
But there were those children, radiating joy, sharing the joy and peace with their mother because she had the love to give until it hurts. And you see this is where love begins at home in the
So, as the example of this family
God will never forget us and something you and I can always do. We can keep the joy of loving Jesus in our hearts, and share that joy with all we come in contact with. Let us make that no child will be that one point unwanted, unloved, uncared for, or killed and thrown away. And give until it hurts
you have time, please come and help the sisters. So pray for these new houses,
have good news to give you. We are soon going to have a home for babies to give in adoption in WashingI
So pray for us that we may do this work with great love. Some-
we have been
thing like in Calcutta,
able to give over 3,000 children in
with a smile, once a professor from the United States asked me: "Are you mar-
And I said: "Yes, and I find it sometimes very difficult to smile at my spouse, Jesus, because He can be very demanding sometimes." This is really something true. And there is where love comes in when it is demanding, and yet we can give it with joy for with joy it brings joy, peace, love and
do the same Washington will be ready soon and we will be able to do something beautiful for God. Let us give thanks to Almighty God for these and all the other benefits which of thy bounty we have received through Christ, our Lord, Amen. May God's blessing be with you all. God bless you. We give you thanks, Almighty God, for these and all the other benefits which of thy bounty we have received adoption.
would like The house
through Christ, our Lord, Amen. May God' s blessing be with you all. Always pray together, and if we pray together
will stay together. If
gether we will love each other as Jesus loves each one of us. in peace.
God bless you. Go
LEBRATION OF F with
Mother Teres of Calcutta
The Diocese of Char expresses heartfelt
THE MANY VOLUNTEi p S WHC VORK TO INSURE THE SI ESS OF THE ecumenical prayer service with Mother Tere
June 23, 1995
Bishops' Meeting At
CHICAGO (CNS) — When the U.S. bishops met in Chicago June
the spring general meeting of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, they:
Called unanimously for a sharp curb on international arms sales and a worldwide ban on land mines in a 10-page statement, "Sowing the Weapons of War." Decided to disband their Catholic Telecommunications Network of America this summer and set up a planning process to develop a new telecommu-
nications plan within three years.
Failed after intense debate to approve or disapprove the proposed revision of the day-by-day Mass prayers of the Sacramentary, with mail balloting of absent bishops needed to resolve the question.
Approved with almost no debate a statement, titled "Faithful for Life," condemning abortion and euthanasia as "particularly grave" attacks on human life.
Issued new "Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments With Persons With Disabilities," designed to improve access to the sacraments by disabled persons and to reduce inconsistencies in pastoral practice. Began discussions, in small groups and as a body, of the possible
restructuring of the
NCCB and U.S. Catholic Conference, with bishops appearing
evenly divided on one of the basic questions, whether the NCCB-USCC should be
combined into a single conference. Were told that orders of U.S men and women religious still need to add $6.9
billion to their retirement funds in order to
cover expected needs of their aging
members, even though they now have $5.8 billion set aside. Heard a detailed report on Chicago Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin's surgery June 12 for malignant tumors on his kidney and pancreas, his recovery in the hospital, and his need for radiation and chemotherapy because of a strong
likelihood of recurrence.
a plan for a forum of scholars and a small team of U.S. bishops
Lutheran Bishop Mark
Bishop Curlin said. There is hope that the Healing Mass will become an annual ecumenical event, said Father McCreesh. "This year we wanted the Lutheran community to join us because their efforts to help people with HIV or AIDS have been active for
on the liturgy, to cover not just translation questions but other issues surrounding During his homily Bishop Curlin
a preliminary report
on a three-year national vocations
plan which the Vocations Committee intends to submit for the bishops' approval in
told of his days as chaplain at Gift of
— Proposed Vatican — evangelization, vocations and care — consideration themes planned Pan-American Synod of Bishops. from Bishop John Kinney on work of — Heard progress Ad three topics to the
Hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse, now working on a second volume of resource on issues this November. materials
related to clergy sexual abuse of minors to
go to the bishops
Greeted Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino of Havana, who said his people need humanitarian aid because of deteriorating economic conditions under
home for persons AIDS in Washington, D.C., run by
Peace, a residential
annual Healing Mass Photo by JOANN KEANE
at St. Patrick Cathedral.
Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Char-
some years." "This Mass
urged those attending to allow God to enter the depths of their souls and confirm His love. "God lives in us," said Bishop Curlin. "When we feed a hungry person, it's God feeding the hungry. Bear witness to Jesus, not by talking about Him, but by living like Him,"
a place of mercy and
care for all people," said B ishop Menees.
"In the judgmental world
we live in, we
must remember to imitate Christ in praying for the healing of all people, no matter what their illnesses."
Gets Council Post
Johnson, a member of St. Paul the Apostle
on the council's Equal Rights and Children and Families Advocacy commit-
Parish in Greensboro has been elected
third vice president of the lina
Council of Churches.
She was elected by the Council's House of Delegates at its annual meeting
at the First
Church of Elon College. She also serves
Diocese of Charlotte P.O. Box 36776 Charlotte,
Johnson has been very active in her parish and on the diocesan and vicariate levels. She is a member of the diocesan for Human Development Committee and of the Greensboro Vi-
Community Life Network.
proved the idea in 1 964 and Pope Paul VI issued directives for implementing the
In the beginning, the deacon was regarded as a helper to the priests and served many functions including works
restoration in 1967.
of charity, celebration of some sacred
diaconate in the Diocese of Charlotte in
and fulfillment of some pastoral by the fifth century, the position came to be regarded almost exclusively as a step toward ordination as a priest a role comparable to the
present transitional deacon.
As part of the changes decreed by the Second Vatican Council the permanent diaconate was restored, the council ap-
Now retired Bishop Michael J. Begley established the permanent 980 and the first permanent deacons in were ordained in 1983. The permanent diaconate is open to married men but there are some restrictions. A deacon who is single at the time of ordination must remain celibate and a married deacon whose wife dies after his 1
A Celebration of Faith
may not remarry.
Evangelization, the proclaiming of the Gospels,
Catholic Church. Since 1885, the
a priority in the
Home Mission Collection
and Indian Mission Collection) has been a tremendous help to the dioceses that otherwise would have a serious problem promoting evangelization. The faithful have annually been very generous and the Church has advanced in many parts of the United ,
The 1 995 Home Mission Collection will be taken in our diocese on the weekend of July 8-9. I ask your support and generosity that once again needed assistance may be available to areas of our land that still are mission areas. What began over a century ago and has been a tremendous success for the Church is needed today more than ever. Today in the United States, there are priests, sisters, deacons and bringing the Church to people who do not have a financial base. People in their areas are very poor, work is scarce and for the Church to be available to the people, these religious must receive financial assistance - and that is the reason for the Home Mission Collection. laity
Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Asking your generous response to this collection and wishing you and yours God's abundant blessings, I am
Come Let Us together Proclaim the greatness of the Lord
Sincerely yours in Christ,
The Text of Mother Teresa's June 13 Ecumenical Address at the Charlotte Coliseum is
Very Reverend Mauricio W. West, V.G. Chancellor
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Knights Elect Officers, Honor
Top Councils At State Convention GREENSBORO â€” Luther J. Stultz of Fayetteville was elected state deputy of the North Carolina State Council of the Knights of
Columbus at last month
boro. Stultz will serve for the 1995-96 fraternal year, succeeding James L.
of High Point. Other officers elected for
coming year were John Harrison of Clemmons, state secretary; Robert Singer the
of Wilson, state treasurer; Tony Petite of Kernersville, state advocate; and
Onofrio of Fuquay-Varina,
den. Father Thomas Gaul, pastor of Good
appointed state chaplain. North Carolina councils receiving national awards at the convention included Charlotte Council 770 which re-
ceived the Supreme Youth Award.
ing state treasurer of the Knights of
Columbus, presents the State Golden Knight of the Year Award to Past State Deputy Richard Grebner of Gastonia at the recent state convention in Greens-
the state level, the best large
council award went to Council 9499 of
Clemmons. The First place Ladies Auxiliary was Council 7343 of Charlotte. Council 9560 of Charlotte had the big-
gest percentage gain over quota and the
Hourihan, pastor of Our Lady of the Annunciation Church,
Albemarle, recently dedicated a statue of the Blessed Mother with the Christ Child.
statue, sculpted by Adrian
largest net increase in membership among
Knight of the Year Award, an honor
the state's large councils.
reserved for Knights over 50 years of age
of Gastonia received the State Golden
Cardinal Bernardin's Pancreatic CHICAGO (CNS) â€” Doctors said
Tumor Was Malignant
the pancreatic tumor removed from Chi-
of other organs.
cago Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin June 12 was malignant but caught in time
Doctors initially believed a tumor found on the kidney was cancerous though
some discomfort during his treatment, he expected to resume his work duties. The cardinal was in good spirits and accepted the news with equanimity, ac-
ney, 40 percent of the pancreas and parts
unrelated to the tumor on the pancreas.
cording to doctors and Chicago Archdio-
Yet doctors gave the cardinal only a 20-25 percent chance to survive the next five years and will begin chemotherapy and radiation treatment to prevent a re-
At the press conference they said they were unsure if the kidney growth was
cardinal's deep faith and resignation to
remarkably well from the surgery and was expected to leave the hospital in a week, will undergo intensive chemo-
Raymond E. Goedert, who as vicar gen-
therapy treatment for four to six weeks
and will receive intermittent treatment two years. Although he will be in
The announcement came during
June 14 press conference at Loyola University Medical Center, two days after the cardinal's surgery. The seven-hour surgery removed the cardinal' s right kid-
with more than 15 years of service.
Past State Deputy Richard Grebner
a garden created by
parishioner Jackie Haynie near the parish's Family Life Center.
"We God's eral is
been inspired by the
running the archdiocese while the
"He has been
has in store for
cardinal not long after he learned of the
tumor's malignancy, and the cardinal
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calmly explained his medical status. "He was so matter of fact you'd think he was building a building or something," said Bishop Goedert. Dr.
Warren Furey, the
CARDINAL BERNARDIN Dr. Gerard Aranha, chief of surgical oncology at Loyola, said he was encouraged in finding the cancer had not spread other than to a lymph node, which had been removed. "We've passed a lot of hurdles," said Dr. Richard Fisher, head of Loyola's Cancer Center.
personal physician, described how eager
was to begin his recovery. Soon after he received the news form his doctor, the cardinal said, "Let's get on with that walk I'm supposed to take." the cardinal
"A valid Will stands as a continuing expression of our
concern for loved ones, as well as an ongoing commit-
ment to the Church and the community in which we live!'
Bishop William G. Curlin
ou can express your commitment to your Church by making a bequest to the Diocese of Charlotte or to your parish. Simply have the following statement included in your Will:
"I leave to the
Catholic Diocese of
parish, city) the
percent of the residue of my estate) for religious, educational and charitable works." (or
For more information on how to make a Will that works, contact Jim Kelley, Diocese of Charlotte, Office of Development, 1524 East Morehead
(704) 331-1709 or 377-6871.
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Pro-Life Corner Gruesome experiments on tiny pre-born boys and girls will be funded with your tax dollars unless you act now! The National
Institute of Health
wants to use your tax
dollars to fund
experimentation. Please contact your Congressman today:
House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Switchboard: 202-225-3121
Editorial The Impact on Charities The theory behind proposed
cuts in funding for
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welfare and other federal social programs is that private charitable organizations will take
Church Must Revitalize Preaching
up the slack and met
the needs of the poor.
But a new report indicates
that the federal
cuts will significantly reduce the ability of nonprofit
organizations to meet the needs of their communities at a time
when those budget cuts will also sharply increase
the need for their services.
comes from Independent Sector, a 800 voluntary organiza-
national coalition of more than
and corporate giving programs. It is based on the current and projected financial operations of 108 nonprofit organizations in 31 states. It predicts a $254 BILLION cumulative gap between available funds and the amount needed by those organizations to maintain the current level of services during the fiscal years 1996-2002. That doesn't take into account the expected increased demand for services because of federal budget cuts during the period. Sara Melendez, president of Independent Sector, says that in 2002 "if the participating organizations had to make up their program revenue with private giving, charitable contributions would have to be increased by 124 percent from the previous year ..." The organizations included in the report provide services ranging from child care to counseling, from education to environmental action and from disaster tions, foundations
relief to disability rights.
Lester Salamon of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies, one of the authors of the report, says private giving in
percent over 1 996 if the 1 08 organizations surveyed are to provide the
services to the
fund and those that do not will not be impacted as
severely by the budget cuts. But even they will be
impacted by an increase in the number of people needing their services.
While important ecumenical and
The federal government has been helping nonprofit human needs for more than a century. The first federal human services grant went to the Little Sisters of the Poor in Washington in 1 892. This does not appear to be the time for a major reversal of long-standing federal social policy.
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primary aim of pastoral efforts should be announcing the Gospel, he said. Specifically, he said, the Church' s preaching should be capable of "reawakening the consciences of contemporary people, who are often apparently indifferent or caught up in other interests."
He called for "a renewed preaching, for a renewed evangelization," capable of prompting men and women to take a close look at their
own religious attitudes and
tians can give to the men and women of our time, marked it is by hatred, violence, injustice and, above all, by a loss of the true meaning of life," he said. "In fact, in confronting the conflict between death
and life in which we are immersed nothing can help like faith in the Son of God," who became human and lived on earth so that all people would have abundant life, he said.
In doing so, the Church should not be afraid of using
new media and technology, he
adding that it was a fact of modern life that the evangelization of culture depends greatly on the impact of mass media. As the year 2000 approaches, he said, the Church needs to pay attention to the "new language, the new techniques and the new psychological attitudes" that characterize our age. said,
"It is faith in the risen Lord who conquered death and faith in the blood of Christ ... which gives hope and gives back to humanity its authentic face," the pope
Pope John Paul expressed his thanks and that of the Church to men and women who have made a complete and lifelong commitment to missionary activity and especially "to those
Pope Says Proclaiming 'Good News' Is Great Service For Humanity VATICAN CITY (CNS) In a world
and confusion, proclaiming the Christian message is the greatest service Catholics can perform for humanity, Pope John Paul II said. All Christians are called to witness to the love of
salvation through Christ, the
for the 1995 celebration of
pope said in his World Mission Sunday. The message was released at the Vatican June 1 0 for the celebration, which will be held Oct. 22 in most
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and new and courageous
The annual day for recognizing the Church's missionaries is also a time to pray for a wider Church
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Most Reverend William G. Curlin
are suffering for the
The commitment of the missionaries, he said, is a model for the whole Church "which always needs
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events are being planned for the coming five years, the
of the second millennium.
of the organizations surveyed receive fed-
VATICAN CITY (CNS) In its evangelization campaign leading up to the year 2000, the Church needs to revitalize its preaching and take advantage of modern mass media, Pope John Paul II said. The pope, addressing the Vatican's planning committee for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000 on June 8, said the Church willneedamajor effort to break through the widespread religious indifference that marks the end
Notebook Bob Gately
After studying all of the possibilities, we decided on this issue.
We present the regular issue of June 23 with
the usual stories and features plus a 12-page special
section devoted to Mother Teresa and her sisters as they
begin their ministry in the Diocese of Charlotte.
credit for putting together the special section
goes largely to Associate Editor Joann Keane with help
Editorial Assistant Sheree McDermott and Staff Writer Eduardo Perez. There also were contributions from freelance writers and photographers who supplemented our staff. You'll see their bylines and photo
credit lines throughout the special section.
The Catholic News
June 23, 1995
Discerning God's Will At times, discerning God's
be as easy as reading the Gospels; at other times it's more difficult than finding your way out of a dense forest on a
It may not be immediately clear what God wants of you. Questions abound
when you're young. Should I attend this school or that? Should
serve in this
get older the
dark moonless evening.
capacity or that?
Webster defines the verb "discern" as "distinguishing with the eye or the
questions change. Should
mind." The healthy eye can distinguish between the colors red and green. The healthy mind can distinguish between good and evil. To discern also implies the ability to detect something that is not immediately obvious. A secret service agent can detect the stirrings of a genuine vocation hidden beneath the confused emotions of a teenager. All you need to know about God's will is contained in these three words of Jesus, "Love one another." When you try to be a more loving person, more respon-
more self-sacrificing, more forgiving and more compassionate, you are sible,
That part is easy. However, discerning God' s will becomes more difficult when you try to ponder your purpose and direction. will.
The monuments I'm thinking of come and in my environment I pass them every day. There are war
overlooked as they come to be taken for granted.
Their significance struck
way recently when I saw the film "Maya Lin: A Strong, Clear Vision" at
the National Gallery of Art in
age of 20,
submitted her model for the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, never thinking it would be chosen.
Of course, it
was chosen. But she paid the price of a true artist, being rejected at first by many of those she most wanted to serve, Viet-
I do know that there are three things keep in mind when it comes to discerning God's will. Here they are:
The Holy Spirit often leads us along paths we would not have chosen
wrong. Do not do to another what you would not want done to you. Discerning God's will in a crisis situation is
for ourselves. Expect the unexpected.
not always easy, but
and where a cross. Don't be
Spirit calls us to love,
you find yourself called
make sacrifices. 2. In all circumstances try to obey God' s supreme law of love. Keep in mind that the moral law is concerned with love in action. For example, Pope John Paul II in his recent encyclical, The Gospel of Life, sates that abortion is always mor-
ber and be with their loved ones in It
and a flag over
have a beautiful voice, then use it in some way for God's glory, and for your own happiness. If you are a good teacher, then presume that God wants you to teach. Put your gifts at the service of others. Be a cheerful giver and you will find that, "all the way to heaven is heaven" (St. Catherine of Sienna).
News Note, "What Do I Want To Do ?,
send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to The Christophers, 12 East 48th Street,
director of The
but she objected,
saying this would take away from the main purpose, to have a place where a person could meditate on the life of those whose names were inscribed there. She fought (and won) to have the flag and statue placed at a distance from the sanctuary she had designed. She wanted as few distractions as possible. The Vietnam Memorial is a V-shaped wall which slowly slopes down from its highest end to below ground level. On its black granite are inscribed the names of those killed in the Vietnam War. When one visits there, the sound of voices tends instinctively to hush
their husbands, fathers, brothers
also designed another
That monument is inscribed with the names of many who gave their lives to the civil rights movement. Water, which signified cleansing and new life for Martin Luther King Jr. lightly flows over the ,
to touch the
water, they are forced to
come together in spirit in order to overcome prejudice, division and hatred. Whenever people view this monument,
The New Testament describes John
vating virtue and practicing justice to-
ward one another and piety toward God. Apparently John did not know who Jesus was. The fourth Gospel emphasized this twice (John 1:31,33). Even the earliest and most straightforward ac-
from the crucifixion, mentioned outside the Gospels (Acts 10:37).* The first three Gospels present John
count of Jesus' baptism at the hands of John found in Mark (1:9-11) does not imply that John recognized Jesus. The dialogue between John and Jesus in
the Baptist as a prophet proclaiming a
soon to come upon Israel and calling people to a baptism of purification and to reformation of their lives. The fourth Gospel eliminates these references to sin and repentance and instead pictures John giving testimony to Jesus. The late-first-century Jewish historian
bue the baptism scene with this writer's theme of righteousness. Only Luke (1:36) makes John a relative of Jesus. After His baptism, Jesus seems to have remained a disciple of John for
Josephus, writing for a Roman audience,
goes even further: for him John was a good man, perhaps somewhat of a moral
philosopher, who invited Jews to join the
were originally disciples of John the Baptist (John 1:35-37), and also that
creates a silence
and instills the sense of
so necessary in a true
monument. As I watched the Maya Lin film, I reflected also on our churches as monuments to God. I was reminded of the architects I have known who, like Maya Lin, envisioned churches as places where people can be drawn into a sacred part of the earth to be with their Creator and to unite their living spirit with God's infinite life.
tor for the United States Catholic
Copyright© 1995 by Catholic News Service
the Baptist as having the greatest influ-
Guest Column Father Francis
some time before beginning a ministry of His own.
names under the become a tightknit circle symbolizing the dream of the civil rights movement that people might
As they move slowly along the wall, they become one in spirit with
this one, in
When large numbers of people gather
signer envisioned. People come, stop,
Ala., to civil rights leaders. In
3 Let your gifts and talents lead you If you
veterans wanted a sculpture
representing soldiers next to the
But she defended the design, which she maintained was not meant to make a political statement. Rather it was meant for the people. She wanted to create a place where people could come, remem-
baptism provided that they were
our duty to
meditate, quietly cry and remember their
war, its sacrifice or America' s suffering.
Pray for the grace to know God's and for the courage to carry it out. True happiness is found in cheerful acquiescence to the Lord' s will. Jesus said, "My yoke is easy, my burden light." For a free copy of the Christopher will
was not meant to glorify war or patrio-
There were those who were outraged because they felther design didn'treflect
baptism of repentance. This is the first historical event preserved by the Gospel tradition and the only event in the life of
Strong, Clear Vision Of
unite in the
by coming to John and submitting to his
who began His public life
Father John Catoir
me to do?
ence on Jesus,
I don't pretend to be an expert in the mysterious field of vocational guidance,
in many forms,
memorials, gravesites, statues, churches. Their role is significant, but perhaps
What does God
career or not?
The as a link to living spirits that never die.
Jesus Himself baptized and began to acquire more followers than His mentor
(John 3:22, 26). Jesus continued
many of the
ings of John the Baptist.
His joyful an-
nouncement of God's mercy, and His emphasis on the role of love in human life were reflected in His acts of healing and his association with sinners.
When He left John' s circle, He
themes: the view of an immi-
The baptism of Jesus by John and the
some of John's other with Him. The fourth Gospel
nent divine judgment, the urgent need for
subordinate role Jesus originally played
repentance, and the key motif, the
kingdom of God. But Jesus
undoubtedly proved a source of embarrassment to the early Christian communities, some of which came in to contact
suggests that the
disciples of Jesus
proclaimed a new mode of salvation that through Him was available at once. His
See Gignac, Page
6 The Catholic
June 23, 1995
Multiculturalism Begins At Today our Church
striving to be more catholic (with a small
phy, share a common culture while still made up of different subcultures. They
would not be "community" if there were
ethnic and racial cultures sharing the
not some common elements that connect
"c") with respect to the
lady finds herself dancing with a
variety of gentlemen callers
learned to step to many different rhythms.
For many of
multicultural environment is part of our everyday lives: on the job, in our neighborhoods, at school and at play. The same challenges in those aspects of our lives are present in the incensed sanctuaries and pews of main-stream Catholic
parishes across the country.
We are strug-
gling to be culturally relevant in a multicultural environment.
What is culture anyway? The American Heritage Dictionary defines culture as "the totality of socially transmitted
arts, beliefs, institu-
other products of
work and thought." In light of this definition, we've always lived in a multicultural world. In fact, whether
matter the size, race ethnicity or geogra-
them. But no matter how tightly connected people are, each person is unique
and therefore different, and by those differences.
look at multiculturalism as a normal part of our existence we are better able to deal with the challenges that come with it. When we start with our If
own families we can
see our capacity to
live in a multicultural setting.
Our family members are of different and
sexes, generations, temperaments
Each member is of a unique culture and experiences the world through a unique prism. Yet, our families function as a system. Each family member's unique qualities, with those shared by other family members, comprise the common culture of the system. The family just wouldn't be the same without even one of its members. How do we handle conflict in the family? Do our differences tear us apart? Or do we find ways to remain a functionidiosyncrasies.
ing system despite our differences?
Though we don't always agree with each
other (or even like each other), ate, accept,
socioeconomic class, etc. Sharing worship space with other
compromise, negotiate, sac-
learn to dance to
However, because of the life-lessons we've learned in our family settings, we may find that we're pretty good dancers and ready for the challenge. After all, that's what being "catholic" is all about. Your comments, questions and suggestions for topics are welcome. Send them to Family Reflections, P.O. Box 652, Matteson, IL 60443. Send E-mail to Lyke2Lyke@aol.com. FAX to (708)
and good parishioners. The best way to learn tolerance, acceptance and to value within our families.
Multiculturalism begins at home.
may require new rhythms.
ethnic and racial cultures
submit and persevere in the face of our differences. And we do it with confidence and expectation for good. Good families make good neighbors rifice,
on the bigger challenges of race,
cope with the challenges of cultural diversity within our families, we have a prototype from which to
oldest child just finished
year of college, in a Catholic school. We were told it is one of the her
real Catholic colleges and universities in the country. She has become very confused, however, by the various groups or movements she is urged to join to be a better and active Catholic. Frankly, we share her confusion. Some make us suspicious, especially one
which is tied (they say) to appearances of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Another scares her, and us, the way they (clergy and lay people) claim someone cannot be "good, loyal Catholics" except their way. Sometimes they sound awfully narrow. Can you give us any advice? (Ohio) A. Your concern and,
a healthy one criterion,
shared by a large number of good and obviously well-informed Catholics. Plain
good common sense is always
with them, or who sees things differently, is
somehow a second-level Catholic.
These types of organizations (one might even call them cults) have been around since the beginning of Christianity.
New Testament. Such exaggerated claims seem to be a common temptation for any In my 4 1 years as a priest, I have led or participated in dozens of spiritual and apostolic
movements. All have accom-
But nearly every one went through a stage when it was tempted to consider itself something like an eighth sacrament, to believe no one is a genuine, full Catholic until he or she has done their "thing" or seen things their way. Of course, groups and societies who pursue this course always have the highto "purify" the Church est motives and so on. But, unchecked, such attitudes often lead to gross intolerance and
caused enormous personal injuries, persecution and hurt to the body of Christ. But still they surface every generation or
Before anything else, however, it is important to remember that ours is a big Church. Throughout history, when it is at its best and most alive, there has always been room for a whole rainbow of ways for people to pray, to think, to live out their faith and grow in holiness. Just because something does not appeal to us doesn't mean there is anything bad about it. Without respect and
Father John Dietzen
read about them already in the
might also suggest a few basic guidelines from our
the first judge of such things.
sufficiently large, they
ments, the Gospels and the basic prayer
good, loyal and complete Catholic Chris-
and spiritual efforts taught in continuous
now. Another warning flag is the claim of this or that group to be the elite. They are the real, genuine Catholics. Anyone not
Reflections on the Social Mission of the Parish
need and to
"change the structures that deny people their dignity and rights as children of God.
Service and action, charity and justice are
complementary components of parish social ministry. Neither alone
both are essential signs of the Gospel at Work."
U.S. Catholic Bishops,
Communities ofSalt and Light
liturgy, the sacra-
and Paul §Heai>ing§ for «)e toeeft of 3utte
Zechariah 12:10-12 Galatians 3:26-29 Luke 9:18-24
with the Church in the
See Question, Page 13
atholic teaching calls us to serve those in
any position which rejects out-of-hand what the Church is teaching today. For example, some refuse to accept any developments in the Church since Vatican Council II. In their opinion these teachings and practices conflict with what they see as the "golden age" of Pope Pius V and the Council of Trent in the 1 6th century. We believe on the contrary that the same sign to look for
&fitt ^ln<h Jji<gAt
room for these honest varieties within the appropriate framework of faith, the Church
feast of these
Paul were ardent in their efforts to spread the Christian faith and were martyred as a result. Jesus told Peter,
Genesis 13:2, 5-18
Wednesday: Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 Matthew 7:15-20 Thursday:
Acts 12:1-11 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18 Matthew 16:13-19
Genesis 21:5, 8-20
Matthew 8:28-34 Genesis 22:1-19
my church." Paul preached, "If I deliver my body to be
burned but have not
1 Kings 19:16, 19-21 Galatians 5:1, 13-18 Luke 9:51-62
two great of the church, even though both times denied Christ. Peter and
celebrated together as the pillars
fReo&iitg^ for the toccfe of guttj
1 7: 1 , 9-1 0,
— ^* Saturday:
Genesis 23:1-4, 19; 24:1-8, 62-67
Genesis 27:1-5, 15-29
The Catholic News
June 23, 1995
Hope To Disabled
Missionaries Bring By SISTER
difficult roads," explained Father
Although he was born blind, 12year-old Dylan is still a lucky boy. He
hours of waiting, intervening, arguing,
attends a special school for the blind in
interceding and crying. Often, discour-
comes from the Scripture passage in which Peter and John tell a lame beggar at the temple gate called The Beautiful, "In the name of Jesus, get up and walk"
Morondava, Madagascar and has learned to read Braille. He loves to "watch" the fishing boats on the ocean and is learning
aged by the endless red tape and
like loading the children
with a Braille typewriter that Father Don Pelletier, a LaSalette missionary, brought him from the United to write
Dylan' s friend is his CFCA sponfrom Missoula, Mont., who writes to him and sends him gifts so that he will know how special he States.
returning to Morondava. girl,
Before Father Pelletier and other
gascar, families hid their children with
handicaps because they were ashamed
for others to see them.
children had polio and could not
because of shriveled and paralyzed legs. When Father Pelletier learned that most of these children could regain some mobility through orthopedic surgery and appliances or physical therapy, he organized trips to the National Polio Center in Antsirabe.
"We would pack 1 0 or 1 2children in Land Rover for the 14-hour trip over
"This best defines our goals: that the
Nadia, from Bethany (a nearby
to serve as
new we added four rooms lodging for children who
grant from Raskob,
In 1985, the LaSalette missionaries their efforts
up and walk
Pelletier said. "Last year with a
full responsibility for their lives,"
had to have her foot amputated. Our numbers kept growing from 20 to 50 to 100." lage)
sor Richard Beighle
"At the polio center there were
habilitating their children with polio with-
out having to take them out of Morondava.
can receive intensive therapy for five to 10 days. On a rotating basis, they can
With a grant from the Raskob Founda-
return to the center
Wilmington, Del., they built a cobbler shop for the maintenance of shoes and braces. They received a second grant to purchase aluminum bars to build braces. Eventually, they were able to convert a storeroom into a consultation and therapy room. As more and more children began coming from Antsirabe to have their shoes and braces repaired in Morondava, the need for ongoing therapy and reeducation increased. There was also a need
The center now has more than 300
plans to build a
clients. Salaries, materials, transporta-
Jerry Tolle, the late vice president of the
and Aging, with Dylan, a blind Malagasy boy, during a 1988 visit to Morondava, Madagascar. Christian Foundation for Children
water and electricity
bills are all
paid through Christian Foundation for
Children and Aging, a Catholic sponsorship organization aiding more than
50,000 children and elderly around the world.
permanent rehabilitation center on a piece
"Our present concern and permanence
of land next to the local hospital.
our program," said the LaSalette priest. "We felt the only way to do this was through a community of sisters. The Sisters of St. Jeanne Delanoue have agreed to take on this work. "There is so much more we could do for these children. We want to organize recreational, educational, nutritional and stability
"The Beautiful Gate," was completed in 1 990 with grants from various foundations. The name
to reach out to other handicapped. In
two or three times a
vocational activities that would eventually contribute to a tion.
more total rehabilita-
We have begun teaching crafts and
organizing modest work units that could
income for both the children and the program." The LaSalette mission teams looks back in gratitude over the growth and development of the past 12 years. As they tried to respond to the needs of the youth, God provided the funds through create jobs and
caring agencies and
we have journeyed
"In 12 years
very long road," Father Pelletier said.
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many we have
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How one man
work of justice
FAITH IN THE
©1995 by CNS
What can a parish
do to promote social justice? is not just another program. It is a way of life. It should inform everything else we do.... When we vote we need to do it from a social justice
one teen-ager quitting; the landlord stalling on lights), gains far outweighed losses.
vited for meals and sought for advice. Residents took
for keeping the complex safe and clean. Some were looking into a tenants' rights organi-
By Dan Luby Catholic
pressed a clean handkerchief to the wound. Then an old man hobbled into view, and the painter handed the crying child to her grandfather. The
abstractly, that justice
was something to which Jesus' followers ought to be committed. But he'd also seen too
much not to be skeptical.
The conflicts of the Vietnam era,
"His rule was, 'Don't get
corporate corruption and global poverty led
doubt that much could be done. His rule was, "Don't get involved." He'd built a
in the truck
job painting houses into a prosperous busi-
and "felt beyond what
painter got involved
the little girl's affection were great. Conversation was animated.
ness with two he'd risked." dozen employees. But he didn't The discovery watch the news that the painter and changed the subject when people knew the building's owner brought a talked about social justice ("too defrightened silence, and then piercing pressing"). questions. In the end (asking himself,
Then came a
ter with people living in apartments
owned by a customer. The units were appalling: roaches the size of mice, broken light fixtures, glass on the floor, peeling paint. He wouldn't even bid on the job. As he was leaving that place, a toddler came rocketing around the corner
them to become
grandfather sat with him during long hours in waiting rooms. When his landlord wanted to evict him, the grandfather called a tenants' rights advocate for help. His daughter negotiated appointments with doctors and stared down a bill collector. At his funeral, his priest movingly told the story of the man and his new friends as an example of ordinary Christian people making justice hap-
apartment. The grandfather's gratitude and
apartments owned by a customer." Reluctantly, the
told his friends his
"We may not be able to influence great political movements," he said, "nor stop wars blazing half a world away. But we can make a difference
I get into this?"), the painter offered to talk to his customer about promised repairs. He made a deal with the landlord, offering, if the repairs were made, to do the painting at cost. He decided to head the crew and hire three teen-
also helps the
parish better understand their real
needs and how they help the fulfill its
Robinson, Ripley, Tenn. in a parish most commit themselves to do are already tied up with other
Yet social justice is simply a Christian. Each of us can only do so much, so we
part of being
our parishes to eliminate the overload and burnout, and free us up to focus more on social justice issues." Liz Simpson, Dorcas,
social justice issues are
happening in other places in the world, have a speaker come in from that place to educate the parish about it. For example, when the civil war was raging in Rwanda, my parish had a priest from there come and talk about the situation during the homily."
— Cristina Ward, "Christian justice
"And when we take the risk of speaking out for those who need our help, when we put our own comfort on
we seek the God for others. For example, when someone comes to my door wanting money to buy
the line for what is right, we lay the foundations for justice worldwide."
(Luby is the director of the division of Christian formation for the Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas, and a free-lance
justice. Christian justice
hand them the money, them that am a sinner and ask them to pray for me. That Father makes them my equal." Jim Creedon, Petersburg, W.Va. food and I
agers from the complex. Although there were disappoint-
terminal illness, his health declined rapidly and his business more rapidly
his advocate. He had lost his truck, so they drove him to the clinic. The girl and the
providential encounter with
part of the parish
pacity to be their advocate.
drove them to
"People need to be first made an equal part of the community before they can be helped wisely with their other problems. Being a
day he died. That day came sooner than expected. When the painter found he had a
news sadly. He had no more money, no more ca-
though. Then he
scandals in govern-
— Sister Shawn
painter held onto her foot,
enriched, far beyond what he'd risked. And he maintained his friendship with the girl's family felt
and jumped when she saw him, right onto a shard of glass. She howled, and blood flowed from a foot gash. Instinctively, he picked her up and
only helps those
FAITH IN ACTION "Often,
when one engages
of active ministry, time for prayer gets shortchanged," states Sister of St.
Joseph Betsy Clark
World Order (Paulist Press, 997 Macarthur Blvd., Mahwah, N.J. 07430. 1994. Paperback, $4.95). In her "Prayer of an Anti-racist Racist" she writes: "Something is wrong. When look around me, see almost everyone looks just like me.... may not be the one responsible for slavery, but unless begin to live my life differently, could be responsible for maintaining the situation that results from it. Divine Compassionate One ... open my heart to learn." in
her collection of Prayers for a
Reflection: Is there in turn
by the very people
my heart "to learn."
can make I
that could enrich another's
the long run? And am willing to be enriched my world through new eyes, and with a new
your definition of "consumerism"? If you would like to respond for possible publication, please write: Faith Alive! 3211 Fourth St. N.E., Washington, D.C. 20017-1100.
The Catholic News
June 23, 1995
FOOD FOR THOUGHT a "new culture of life." have attracted great interest. But the pope is also explicit about the essentials of a culture of life, for example a "renewed lifestyle" that involves "passing from indifference to concern for others, from rejection to acceptance of them." Pope John Paul wrote about this in a 1 995 encyclical titled The Gospel of Life. Essential to a culture of life, he said, is the attitude that "other people are not rivals ... but brothers and sisters to be supported. They are to be loved for their own sakes, and they enrich us by their very presence" (No. 98). To construct this culture people must proclaim the Gospel of life, the pope
The present pope wants people
A common ground
and unity are especially necessary because justice work can be filled
By Father Herbert Weber
to mobilize for
His thoughts on the "culture of death"
with conflict and struggle.
Dolores, a mother of three
A nun I know
deeply involved in social justice issues. She counsels is
many women who have been abused or otherwise victimized. This sister works tirelessly to help poor women speak up for themselves. She challenges institutions that take
advantage of women. Recently she visited another sister
who works in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, on the border between the United States and Mexico. That sister also is committed to social justice issues, but her focus is on the rights of aliens and the injustices done to un-
documented aliens. The two women spent a week together learning about each other's concerns. There were points of common concern. Nevertheless, my friend reported to me later that it had been a disappointing expe-
But Dolores felt that the war was unjust and unnecessary. Friends and neighbors asked how she could not "support the troops" since her own son was one of them. Her response, spoken in a quiet, gentle way, was that she did indeed support the troops. So much, in fact, did she support them that she did not want them to participate in a war she be-
frustration in their
rather disunity than hope in their
war was her view of
justice issues often will not
humanity. She knew that
innocent victims. Indeed, children died in the
tion for all social justice in the Chris-
community. I felt that if some guiding principles could be highlighted as a common ground, then all justice concerns would be seen as diftian
ferent expressions of the tian justice.
The Christian concept
from the image of creation itself. Genesis gives a reminder that God not flows
only created the world with a sense of order, but that what was created was also very good. This basic goodness has been marred since then, and order sometimes has given way to chaos. Justice seeks to recreate the world to make it a place where each person's dignity is respected and all people live
with each other.
Jesus was more explicit in many of and actions as he sowed the seeds of the kingdom of justice. When people feed and clothe each his teachings
starvation and exploita-
and when the powerless are not condemned, then the tion are eliminated,
kingdom must be
Therefore, the guiding principle of
simply stated, is to transform the world into a new order that has the basic goodness that God intended.
admit, never will be fully attained. But it becomes a guid ing light and source of unity. Such
photo by Dwkjht Cendrowski
Stepping over Lazarus on the
be popular. the expense of the poor
of popularity, I would add that it is rare for a parish justice committee to have
bombs, would have
Her story made search to find some basic founda-
David Gibson, Editor, Faith Alive!
war, even using smart
another reminder about social justice: What you regard as
It is a matter of showing care "for all life and for the life of everyone," he writes. Throughout the ages, this gave rise "to an outstanding history of charity" a history every Christian community must continue writing today (No. 87).
her view. But that provides
conviction regarding the
issue was most urgent. In short, they found
was unjust. That particular war was "popular" among many U.S. citizens and judged to be just by many others. So Dolores wouldn't achieve popularity through
"What kept Dolores anchored in her
Its "core" elements include the belief that Jesus' unique relationship with each person "enables us to see in every human face the face of Christ" (No.
Each person had her own agenda, and each thought
sons, was in a particularly difficult situation during the Persian Gulf War. One of her sons, serving in the Navy, was assigned to a ship participating in
parishes don't even have a justice com-
their castles what they have extorted and robbed" (Amos
By Father John Catholic
This became a constant theme in Jesus' preaching. The Gospel of Luke especially portrays him championing what today is called
rooted in Judaism, and the law made ample provisions for fairness in dealing with others. The law was explicit about treating helpless
phans, aliens. This was not a matter of
but of basic justice: regard for human dignity and the rights of everyone to
"His parable of Lazarus
are necessary to form a single tapestry, all these areas of concern are important in the task of restoring the beauty and goodness of the created world that God first provided.
(Father Weber is pastor of St. Peter's Parish, Mansfield, Ohio, and a freelance writer.)
sumptuously "every day," while the homeless sick
in squalor at his gate.
selfish disregard for
concerned with justice. The first three commandments dealt with respect for God's rights; the other seven protected people's rights. Later, kings will be lauded if they "judge the poor with justice and decide aright for the land's afflicted" (Isaiah 11:4).
But human nature being what it some people were faithful mainly
the laws that didn't interfere with their selfish interests or greedy pursuits. The prophets relentlessly condemned these breaches of justice. Amos, the first prophet whose sermons were preserved in writing, set the tone for future preaching and is known, significantly, as the prophet of
He lived in a situation where the wealthy few became wealthier at
The man and
simply friends stepped over Lazarus to get to the house.
food, clothing, shel-
powerful denunciation of
summed up in the Ten Commandments, all of which were
issues, or questions of discrimination, or as Dolores was to issues of
Rather than compete with each other, they need to support each other. The hope is that by sharing
some common guiding principles about the need to transform the world, these connections will grow stronger. Certainly, some people will favor working to stop world hunger while others will be drawn to unemployment
a "preferential option for the poor." Not that he was contemptuous of the rich, but he was honest and fearless in pointing out their injustices. His parable of Lazarus and the rich man was a powerful denunciation of selfish disregard for others.
to do right,
says the Lord, storing up in
serve as models to each other of what
war. Just as
the just man for
know not how
and the poor man for a pair of sandals.... For they silver
more than a few members. (Many
they might have service committees or outreach teams that provide local charity. Even the very word "justice" is more threatening than "charity.") What kept Dolores anchored in her conviction regarding the war was her view of humanity. She knew that war, even using smart bombs, would have innocent victims. Indeed, many children died in the bombing. Dolores also believed that violence degrades the human race, thus impeding the work of rebuilding the world. Having strong convictions, even if they are based on church tradition and Scripture, may not be enough to prevent one's justice work from becoming lonely work. So people who want to work for justice need to make connections with others working for justice. Actually, through the way they
The rich man didn't physically abuse the poor wretch, but ignored him. This callous disregard for an unfortunate human being was especially reprehensible (Luke 16:19-31). Another parable told of a man who reaped such a bumper crop that he didn't know what to do with it all. His
was to build larger storerooms and enjoy the proceeds. All around him people were starving. But the man came to a sudden, sad end. And Jesus draws this lesson: solution
"Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God" (Luke 12:1621).
The early Christians learned this lesson well and put it into practice. (Father Castelot
scholar, author, teacher
The Catholic News
June 23, 1995
People Retired Pennsylvania Bishop Connare Dies At 83
Greensburg died June 12 after a lingering illness and complications from ane-
1 6 at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg with Bishop Anthony G. Bosco of Greensburg as the
main celebrant. Bishop Connare served 27 years as bishop of Greensburg until 1 987, when he was succeeded by Bishop Bosco.
Head Says Crisis Of Fatherhood Mired In Divorce Culture NEW HAVEN, Conn. (CNS) The best news about fatherhood is that "more people are acknowledging that fatherhood and fathering are in deep crisis," said the head of the Knights of Columbus in a statement for Father's Day. "There is a growing awareness that
conclusions you can draw." Meanwhile,
Prep briefly before transferring to public high school.
Retired Bishop William G. Connare of
the decline of the father's role
is the biggest single factor in a host of prob-
sessions of the
Second Vatican Council, addressing it in 1 962 on behalf of the U.S bishops on the divine office and the breviary. Shortly
lems afflicting society," Supreme Knight Virgil C. Dechant said June 7 from the
before Vatican IF s close, he prepared the
diocese for the upcoming liturgical changes and had the cathedral renovated
nals and into mainstream media." There
organization' s headquarters in New
meet the new liturgical norms. In 1980, Bishop Connare was one of three U.S. prelates at the funeral mass of Arch-
bishop Oscar Romero
problems will become."
comed by his sister, Stacy, on his arrival Andrews Air Force Base, Md., June O'Grady survived six days in the woods after being shotdown by Bosnian at
Serbs while on a United Nations (CNS photo from Reuters)
found themselves unable to say no to children in need of homes, so they adopted 10 of them. As parents of children enrolled in a Catholic foster parents, they
were Catholic. Once they started attend-
"When I was
your prayers, heard
time "was very emotional at times, but a very good feeling. I felt a closeness to
them loud and clear," he told a cheering crowd June 1 1 at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, just outside Washington. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1965, O'Grady grew up in Spokane, Wash.,
where he attended Cataldo Catholic Grade
and School in Ottawa. His wife, 40, said receiving the sacraments for the first
Father Cunha said he is suing the Toronto
Irish Bishop Says
Church Must Allow Married Priests DUBLIN, Ireland (CNS)
Bishop Brendan Comiskey of Ferns has said that to end the drop in vocations the Latin-rite Catholic Church must allow a married priesthood. "Where there is no priest there is no Eucharist, and where there is no Eucharist there is no Church," he said in an interview published in the June 1 Dublin Sunday Tribune. Bishop Comiskey noted that married priests who converted from Anglicanism are ministering in parishes in London. "We have already made an exception," he said. "How can you have two guys on the same street ministering, side by side, under different rules?" Bishop Thomas Flynn of Achonry, spokesman for the Irish bishops' conference, said he would need "some convincing" before accepting the idea of married priests.
back taxes will maintain his position within the Church while the dollars in
archdiocese investigates the allegations. Father Alberto Cunha, who chairs the
contentment," said Shields, 42, a maintenance worker at St. Columba Parish
cused of owing hundreds of thousands of
northern Bosnia, credited his
and heroic Marines for bringing him home. "The first thing I want to do is thankGod.Ifitwasn'tforGod'slovefor me and my love for God I wouldn't be here," he said at a press conference held at an air base in Aviano, Italy, two days
as a family, they couldn't say
To Keep Position While
Archdiocese Investigates Allegations
board of two nonprofit buildings in
no to becoming Catholics all at once. Twelve members of the Shields family were received into the Catholic Church at St. Patrick's Parish in Ottawa on May 4. "I have a feeling of great relief and
Downed Pilot Credits God's Love, Marines' Heroics For His Rescue WASHINGTON (CNS) While everyone was hailing him as a hero, Capt. Scott F. O'Grady, the downed Air Force pilot who was rescued June 8 from
youngsters wanted to attend Mass, even though neither they nor their children
Force Capt.Scott O'Grady
Family Of 12 'Couldn't Say No,' Everyone Becomes Catholic OTTAWA, 111. (CNS) Terry and Penny Shields "just couldn't say no." As
also increased awareness that "the
longer this situation continues, the more entrenched and harder to solve those
in San Salvador. During the Mass gunshots rang out and bombs exploded in the square outside the cathedral. Forty people died and 250 were injured in the violence.
school, they couldn't say no
He said recognition of the crisis moved out of social science jour-
"He's still there, so draw your conclusions," said Msgr. Boehler. "If that changes, then there are other
Toronto, will continue in that capacity, said Msgr. Edward Boehler, judicial vicar for the Toronto Archdiocese.
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New Media WASHINGTON
watching violent TV make my child vio-
November in Minneapolis, where 6,500
teens are expected to gather.
founder said is "the biggest and best we've ever done." Called Beyond Blame: Challenging
"We know from personal reflection
schoolers, middle schoolers, teens and
learning to ask now
public, said center founder and executive
Sister Elizabeth said media violence
good and started"
five years to get
in getting the kit's
director Sister Elizabeth Thoman, a mem-
breeds insensitivity "to people
ber of the Congregation of the Humility
But like tobacco and alcohol, media violence is due for "demarketing," she
said. "It's like anything like socialjustice
she said, "creates an appetite for
or environmental consciousness. Ittakes
and more violence" and fosters world syndrome" because of fears that the kind of violence seen in the media could happen at home. "The Club for my car, dogs for the yard, guns for quote-unquote 'protec-
kits contain lesson plans,
worksheets and handouts, plus audio and video segments to inform citizens old and young of the effects of media violence in society and the connection be-
tween make-believe violence and the real thing.
Sister Elizabeth to take part in
was in Washington
a White House conference
on drug and alcohol abuse policy. This conference was aimed at deterring adolescents
smoke or drink
What is the long-
concepts to take hold with the general
media literacy training workshop leaders "and getting people to use this step in
term impact of excessive violent imagery as entertainment doing to our individual collective psyches? What kind of personal value system and culture world view are we passing on to our children?"
Sister Elizabeth envisions as the next
watching violence does not itself cause people to be violent or we would all be murderers!" the kit says.
Violence in the Media, the kit has separate parts for specific
on a shelf?" she asked. Even if all were being used, "there are 1 8,000 parishes in the United States and we haven' sold one-tenth of that," she added. Sister Elizabeth noted the comments
on media violence made in May by Sen. Robert Dole, R-Kan., and President
City federal building
on violence and the
more a "mean
"You don't So you stay at home at
Oklahoma bombing for a na-
Clinton's call after April's
very important in Christianity."
tion,'" Sister Elizabeth said.
but "are they being used or are they just
and of reaching — victims" "the Good Samaritan which
The amount of violence
Catholic Connections to Media
Literacy kit has sold about
to start that conversa-
tion to take an active role in setting
publication through the center.
flurry of kit-based training is also being
ducers, network executives and advertis-
done with religious communities with a large percentage of teaching members. The center also will do a presenta-
there has been
He said it is possible to change curand people may legiti-
mately disagree on specifics of affirmative action policies. But any change must involve an acknowledgement of past and present discrimination and must keep the elimination of discrimination as its principal goal, he said.
greater than John the Baptist" (Matt.
with followers of John (Acts 18:25; 19:3).
Each successive Gospel writer tries to tone down the story of the baptism and to portray John as the precursor of Jesus. Perhaps this is done most effectively by the author of Matthew (11:14), who [placed John in the person of the prophet [Elijah, expected by devout Jews to return to inaugurate the kingdom of God. But [he also incorporated a phrase derived
[from the hypothetical
Q document that
[he shared with the author of Luke, in
which Jesus praises John: "Among those
Luke 7:28). What an honor to be called by Jesus the greatest human being up to that time No wonder John the Baptist has always 11:11;
the only saint except
we celebrate as a feast, on June
has a responsibility for eliminating the
standards and providing mechanisms for
"The human impact of our choices must remain uppermost in our debate," he said.
The cardinal urged parishes throughout his archdiocese to hold educational sessions over the next 1 8 months "that will enable parish members to reflect on and discuss the substantive issues." He also urged nonpartisan voter registration drives and get-out-the-vote campaigns. "Voting on election day is a
of putting our faith into
The cardinal noted that efforts in the
which proposals for change must be
California Legislature to repeal affirma-
"Although progress has been made, we must not fail to remember that societal and institutional racism and discrimination and their effects remain
have failed so far. But he warned, "In the upcoming months, attempts will be made to place an affirmative action voter initiative on a 1996 California voters have determined
deeply woven into the fabric of society."
— "Any proposal
Gignac is a professor and chairperson of the Department of Biblical Studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
action," he said.
He cited three basic principles against
held a unique position in Christianity and is the patron saint of French Canada. He birthday
that the future of affir-
mative action "seems destined to be at the center of debate in the 1996 election
Catholic Youth Ministry' s conference in
who have historically and systematically suffered from it." "Society, including government, tion against those
discrimination historically suffered by
tion during the National Federation for
certain groups of persons and an obliga-
blame," in which viewers, writers, pro-
blame the others without admitting
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Noting efforts across the nation to
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grams, Cardinal Mahony said, "It is imperative that moral and ethical prin-
about the "circle of
moral high ground" on the issue "during this
mative action is still needed in some form, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles said in a pastoral statement June
She said the center relied greatly on funding from religious orders to support
kit. "This is a real challenge for parishes. They can take the
go out at night. night and watch more TV." She said educational publishers turned down the multimedia kit, which contains audio- and videocassettes, magazines and other printed material, saying
and alcohol in adulthood as well as a using illegal drugs.
Los Angeles Cardinal Says
she said of the
tion, here's the tool"
because of links to greater use of tobacco start to
Focuses On Exposure To Violence
Center for Media Literacy in Los Angeles has produced a kit on media violence
and programs must not fail to advance society toward the elimination of discriminatus of affirmative action policies
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number of significant
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affirmative action programs began with the
964 Civil Rights Act, there has been
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La hermana Margarita Brewer con sus hijos Dan, a la izquierda y William con su esposa, a la derecha durante la recepcion con motivo de su consagracion religiosa, en el convento de las Hermanas de la Caridad en Cincinnati, Ohio.
Grupo de ninos que asisten al catecismo los domingos en la iglesia de la antigua Asuncibn y que recibieron su primera comunidn en la parroquia de Santa Ana hace un par de semanas.
De madre a hermana Por
ARTURO DE AGUILAR
despues de varios anos de estudio, trabajo
Para cualquierjoven seria muy diffcil explicar a sus amigos que su
una "monja". Esto se debe a que la idea tradicional que la gente tiene respecto a las "monjas" es que son jeres que nunca se han casado ni que nunca se casaran. Pero en mi historia de hoy, descubri que esa idea es un poco erronea y las cosas pueden ser diferentes. Esto es lo que les paso a Dan y William Brewer, quienes no creyeron que su madre en verdad queria ser una religiosa.
idea, el sentimiento estaban ahf
desde los dieciseis anos de edad. Pero no fue hasta la anulacion de su matrimonio que ella decidio dar el primer paso hacia la vida consagrada. Ella siempre supo que Dios la estaba llamando a algo distinto, a su servicio, y es por eso que ella contesto
con un "sf
dedicar su tiempo y su vida completa a las obras de Dios. Esta mujer, de la cual
estoy escribiendo, es la hermana Margarita Brewer, quien el mes pasado profeso sus votos perpetuos como Hermana de la Caridad en Cincinnati, Ohio.
La hermana Margarita nacio en Ciudad de Panama, Panama, y emigre a los Estados Unidos en 1964. Poco despues de su llegada, comenzo a envolverse en diversas actividades de la Iglesia en los distintos lugares donde ella vivio. Cuando ella, junto con su familia vinoavivirala comunidad de Moors ville, N.C. ella comenzo a trabajar acti vamente el la iglesia de Santa Teresa, con el padre William Kelly. Ah, desempeno el cargo de presidente del comite de la construction de la nueva iglesia, y debido a que es arquitecta en diseno, estuvo a cargo del disefio interior de la misma. Tambien estuvo envuelta en muchas de las actividades de su comunidad. Una vez que sus hijos fueron autosuficientes, ella se fue al convento de las Hermanas de la Caridad en la ciudad de Cincinnati, donde Colaboradores Voluntarios El padre Roberto Graves esta interesado en publicar una hoj a en espanol con contenido doctrinal para ser distribufda gratuitamente en todas las
comunidades hispanas. Para ello necesita voluntarios que le ayuden con este apostolado. Interesados comunicarse con el aesta direction: Box 1 123 Wadesboro, NC 28179 Tel. (704) 694 5183.
y discernimiento vocacional, decidio los votos perpetuos de la vida
me comprometo de por vida al
de Dios y su Pueblo..." fueron laspalabras por medio de las cuales ella prometio colaborar con el plan de la salvacion de Dios. Esta fue la reafirmaci6n del contmuo y dedicado trabajo que ella ha estado realizando gran parte de su vida. En los ultimos anos ella ha estado trabajando en Outer Banks, N.C. en la diocesis de Raleigh, como asociada de la pastoral. Sus obligaciones ahf comprenden el cargo de Directora de
En la Iglesia de Santa Ana mas de veinte ninos y ninas que asisten regularmente a las clases de catecismo ofrecidas en el Centra Catolico recibieron la primera comunion. Las catequistas encargadas de preparar este grupo han sido Consuelo Cansler y Daisy Medina, quienes con mucho amor, empeno y
dedication ofrecen su tiempo para el crecimiento doctrinal de estos
pequenuelos. Toda la comunidad de Charlotte le agradece a Consuelo y Daisy su labor en la comunidad y ademas felicita atentamente a estos ninos y ninas y les da la
bienvenida al Banquete dominical.
Education Religiosa, laresponsabilidad por el programa RCIA, por el grupo de mujeres y especialmente el trabajo con los hispanos inmigrantes.
Es interesante descubrir como Dios trabaja de una
forma misteriosa e
Como una mujer que despues de ser madre, trabajar como arquitecta por 23 anos y criar a sus hijos es llamada por Dios para colaborar con la obra de santificacion en la vida religiosa consagrada. Eso me hace invitarles a reflexionar si Dios no esta llamando a cada uno de nosotros a una mision especial, quiza no a la vida consagrada, pero si a colaborar con su trabajo de la salvacion en nuestras inescrutable sus designios.
Al final del retiro
poso para esta
se celebro la Eucaristia dominical y despues el grupo de parejas de recuerdo de su presencia en el centra de Cristo Rey de
situaciones concretas y particulares.
comunidad hispana de
diocesis de Charlotte se alegra por la
hermana Margarita, quien beneficio a nuestra comunidad con su servicio desinteresado y amoroso, y eleva una plegaria par que Dios le bendiga en su trabajo y en la lucha diaria por contestar al
llamado de Dios.
To Our Friends Article by Arturo De Aguilar about Sister Margarita Brewer, a hispanic woman born in Panama City,
Panama who professed her final vows as a Sister of the Charity in Cincin-
Ohio. The Centro Catolico Hispano prepared a group of children nati,
who received the sacrament of Eucarist in St. Ann Church. Article about a retreat for couples held in Cristo Rey Hispanic Center in Yadkinville.
Experiencia de amistad
amor en Por
ARTURO DE AGUILAR
pasado retiro para parejas realizado en el centro Cristo Rey de Yadkinville, un numeroso grupo de mujeres y hombres se dieron cita para compartir una verdadera experiencia religiosa en la cual, a lo largo del dfa reflexionaron temas como el amor, la relation de la pareja, la comunicacion y la familia. El matrimonio Rivera de Orlando, Florida estuvo a cargo del programa y, como invitado especial el padre Jose Luis Mesa de Mexico, pero radicado en Miami, Florida, dirigio varias de las charlas y celebro la Eucaristia el
Tambien muchos de
participantes aprovecharon la ocasion
sacramento de la un poco con el
reconciliation o platicar
Las hermanas Linda y Andrea, quienes son las responsables del centro Cristo Rey, trabajaron mucho invitando a la gente y durante el dfa del retiro, logrando que la gente pasara un dfa
agradable y de verdadera reflexion. Mas de cincuenta personas se dieron cita ese
domingo, y comieron, rezaron y como verdadera compartieron comunidad. Muchas de ellas expresaron
su deseo de volver a participar en una
beneficioso segun el testimonio de varias parejas participantes, quienes dijeron
experiencia como esa y a la vez invitaron al padre y al matrimonio Rivera a volver
haber sido "tocados" por las palabras del
para las parejas. Este retiro fue
June 23, 1995
Father Catoir To Direct
Media Evangelization PATERSON, N.J. (CNS)
John T. Catoir, a priest of the Paterson Diocese and director of The Chri stophers since 1978, will return to his home diocese in October to take up a new diocesan position as director of evangelization and communication. Paterson Bishop Frank J. Rodimer announced the appointment of Father Catoir, who he called "an evangelizer, one who tells the good news."
"He's coming back to us to do the do for and with people," the bishop said, and "especially, to use his talents as a communicator." things priests love to
The new Paterson office is believed to be the first in the
United States to focus
on the use of mass media for evangelization.
ning seminary studies.
He was ordained
Paterson in 1960, and holds a doctorate in canon law from The Catholic in
University of America in Washington. In Paterson, he served in the diocesan tribunal 1964-73, was a member of the Priests' Senate and Personnel Board, and had three parish assignments.
At The Christophers, the New Yorkbased organization that uses print and broadcast media to promote Christian values in society, Father Catoir has written a column distributed to 200 newspapers and has hosted a weekly TV show airing on 60 commercial and 1 ,500 cable stations, as well as the Armed Forces TV Network. He is the author or co-author of 10 books, and has held national office in
Father Catoir told The Beacon,
several professional associations.
Paterson' s diocesan newspaper, that he
president of the Catholic Press Associa-
plans to create a new entity called the St.
Jude Media Foundation to produce spiri-
Francis de Sales
tually oriented radio "I will
and television spots.
be using my own savings as startfor this venture," he said. native of Jackson Heights, N.Y.,
Fordham Army, and
Father Catoir will take up residence Mary Parish in Passaic Oct. 10,
following work as color commentator
Father Catoir graduated from
University, served in the
Pope John Paul
worked as an
Award for outstanding
contributions to Catholic journalism.
1988-90 and received its 1993
page before begin-
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Damion Lynch and Bobbie May, is July 21-23 at Belmont Abbey College. The
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Day Of Recollection
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Monastery Day of Recollection is the first Sunday each month beginning with Mass at 1 1 a.m. followed by meditation, sharing and the reading of a short story by Flannery O'Connor. Bring a bag lunch. Call (910) 699-4005 for reservations at least one week in advance.
and optional group sharing for widowed, separated and divorced Catholics Aug. 5-6 at the Catholic Conference Center. Registration deadline is July 26 (see the ad in this issue and the next for registration form). For information, call Suzanne Bach at (704) 377-6871.
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BOONVELLE — The New Creation
Eucharistic Adoration Anniversary HIGH POINT There was a spiritual gathering recently in celebration of
Sunday each Lawrence Ba-
ebrated in Latin the
the first anniversary of Perpetual Eucha-
5 p.m. at
Ret rou vail le Weekend The Retrouvaille program offers a "lifeline" for couples in troubled mar-
Adoration at Maryfield Nursing Home Chapel. The program consisted of a Eucharistic procesion, a blessing of the sick and the aged, and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament followed by a reception.
who and want their marriages to
work. The next Retrouvaille weekend is July 14-16. For information, call Nick and Irene Fadero at (704) 544-0621.
CHARLOTTE — A Mass for heal-
ing mind, body and spirit is July 5 and the first
Wednesday each month at 7 30 p.m. :
formation program which focuses on stages in the human journey begins June 25 from 9:15-10:45 a.m. at St. Aloy sius Church in the lower level video
room. For information, contact Mary vale Sister
Mary Norman Woodend
around you. The donation is $210. A week-long retreat July 12-18, 'The Personality of Jesus," directed by Father Chester Michael (co-author of Prayer and Temperament), focuses on who Jesus is as reflected in the Sermon on the Mount and other Scripture. Donation is $200. A week-long retreat July 19-25, "I Will Seek Him Whom My Heart Loves," directed by Conventual Franciscan Father Donald Halpin, focuses on Biblical poetry. Donation is $200. all
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MORGANTON — Ultreya for the
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lished the scholarship in 1994 for the
children of members of the council.
Novena to the Blessed Mother ai St. Vincent de Paul Church Mondays ai 8:30 a.m. For information, call Eva at
Charles Church. Leaders' School
Ultreya for the
Salisbury/Albemarle areas meets the last Friday each month at 7: 30 p.m. at Sacred
Heart Church. Leaders' School follows.
CHARLOTTE— Ultreya meets the last Thursday
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widowed. Events include dinners, sporting events, dancing, trips and outdooi activities. For a current newsletter, call Kathy at (701) 552-2401.
Margaret Church sponsors a Fun night the first Friday each month at 7:30 p.m. in Murphy Garland Hall. Bring a game and your own reSt.
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World And National Briefs was
Editor Says Religionists, Not
degree. Father Fernando, 50,
ket ban on recruitment of maids for
of the intangible and sacred nature of
Religions, Foment Ethnic Conflicts
cused of attempting to rape a 30-year-old housekeeper May 4 at the rectory of Sacred Heart Church, where he was serving. State Supreme Court Judge Norman J. Felig scheduled sentencing
service in Singapore," noting that such a
ban could deny domestic workers an opportunity to earn more money abroad than they could working in India. The bishops' letter came as news media in India reported that Singapore needs more than 75,000 housemaids following the partial withdrawal of Filipina maids, reported UCA News, an Asian church news agency based in Thailand. Hundreds of Filipinas working as domestic workers in Singapore left after a Filipina maid convicted of murder was executed in March, despite a plea to review the case from Philippine President Fidel
WASHINGTON (CNS)— Religion is
not necessarily at fault in ethnic con-
past and present, according to a
Muslim editor, but he said those acting in the name of religion deserve more of the blame.
"It is pointless to
Islam has been more successful or less successful than Christianity in solving
and tackling ethnic conflicts," said Khalid Duran, editor of TranState Islam. "That would be turning religion into a tool instead of visualizing us as servants of the faith." Duran was part of a panel discussion on "The Vocation of Monotheistic Faiths in a Conflict-Ridden World" June 8 as part of an interfaith symposium, "Scriptural Faiths, Ethnicity and Ethnic Conflict" at The Catholic University of America, Washington. "A chief characteristic of the racial question
— extremists terrorism —
our 'anarcho-Islamists' resorting to
ignorance of Islamic
Retired Archbishop Offers Plan For New Catholic TV Venture
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Retired
Archbishop Philip M. Hannan of Orleans believes the next
U.S. bishops in television programming
with direct broadcast satellite technol-
Under the plea bargain,
expected to be deported but not
imprisoned. In the interval before sentencing, he
was to undergo counseling at
Churches Look For Their Role On Information Highway
information superhighway gets even more
crowded, churches not only want to take want to ensure that the escalating technology is accessible to everyone. These were just some of the issues discussed during a June 8-9 conference on "Global Information Infra-
proposed National Catholic Television Network, which could debut his
would carry five cable outlets: CNN, ESPN, American Movie Classics, the Discovery Channel, and a
Rivera Carrera of Tehuacan when he named him to head the Archdiocese of
Mexico City. In his nine-and-a-half years as a Mexican prelate, Bishop Rivera has never administered any of Mexico's 14 archdioceses, nor has he ever been elected by fellow bishops to a post on the important 20-member Permanent Council of the Mexican bishops' conference. Yet, following the pope's June 12 appointment, the 53-year-old prelate will move in July from the Diocese of Tehuacan, a
disturbing than the fact that
children' s channel, the archbishop wrote
no one may ever know how many people died in Rwanda is the fact that no one seems able to predict when the violence
Chinese Priests Concelebrated With Pope In Belgium
LOUVAIN, Belgium (CNS)
the "patriotic" Catholics and the Chinese state
in the greater
Mexico City metropolitan
8 million Catholics living
The new archbishop told reporters
Pope Prays For WWII Victims, Denounces Continuing Conflicts VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope
he was surprised by the
not only a historical necessity but a
moral one. We must not forget!" the pope
by the U.S. bishops' Ad Hoc Committee on the Future of CTNA, the Catholic Telecommunications Network of America. The committee recommended that Archbishop Hannan be encouraged
sphere in the country, making reconcili-
overseeing the largest Catholic archdio-
cese in the world.
to continue his efforts.
was an "extremely dangerous"
country such as Rwanda."
step that violates the sacredness of hu-
other clerical prisoners of German troops.
Vatican Official Condemns Australian Euthanasia Law
gelization of Peoples. Writing June 9 in
the Vatican newspaper, in a series of
VATICAN CITY (CNS)
marking the first anniversary of murder of three Rwandan bishops,
a Staten Island parish, pled guilty 1
8 to a charge of sexual abuse in the first
said reconciliation is
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Indian Bishops Warn Against Sending MaidsTo Singapore
domestic workers because of possible
is an inhuman and cruel act," said Bishop Elio Sgreccia, secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family. Bishop Sgreccia, who made the remarks in an interview with Vatican Radio June 1 1, said that with or without
However, a nun who works
the consent of the patient, euthanasia
women cautioned against "a blan-
represents "a violation of the right to life,
that person kill himself
NEW DELHI, India (CNS) — The
Catholic Bishops' Conference of India
Vatican official said the recent legalization of assisted suicide in an Australian
Father Albert Fernando, a visiting priest
from Bombay, India, who was serving at
"the only true, realistic prospect for a
prefect of the Congregation for the Evan-
NEW YORK (CNS) — Norbertine
Mass in St. Peter's Basilica The Mass marked the 50th
said after a
anniversary of the end of the war, which ravaged Europe, the Pacific and other parts of the globe. Concelebrating with the pontiff were the bishops of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where atomic bombs were dropped in August of 1945; two Polish bishops interned at the Nazi concentration camp in Dachau, Germany; and
ation difficult, said Cardinal
Nobertine Priest Serving In New York Pleads Guilt To Sex Abuse
without compromising Catholic
doctrine and lines of authority.
Hatred continues to poison the atmo-
will end, said Cardinal Jozef
during a June 12 press conference in
bishop Hannan' s proposal was discussed
has cautioned the Indian government against sending exploitation.
women to Singapore as
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church officially does not recognize papal authority over its affairs and elects bishops without Vatican approval. However, there have been ongoing Vatican efforts to normalize relations both with
papal appointment, adding that he is nervous over the challenge presented by
the country can obtain assisted suicide in
John Paul II, joined by priests and bishops who suffered in concentration camps during World War II, prayed for the war' s victims and denounced continuing conflicts around the globe. "To keep alive the memory of what happened is
Puebla state, to replace Cardinal Ernesto Corripio Ahumada as spiritual leader of
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Poten-
May 22 letter to the bishops.
provincial city of less than 500,000 in
before they could join in, according to the
Vatican Concerned No End In Sight To Rwandan Violence
as early as next year. In addition the
surprised Bishop Norberto
ogy. The satellite would carry directly to
which legalized Under the law, patients from anywhere in
Pope Surprises Mexican Bishop With Appointment To Mexico City MEXICO CITY (CNS) Pope
Churches," held at The Catholic University of America in Washington. The conference was cosponsored by the Conference of Major Superiors of Men's Institutes, National Council of Churches of Christ USA, World Association for Christian Communication, U.S. Catholic Mission Association and U.S. Catholic Conference. Organization officials said it was the first such conference they had sponsored.
Australia's Northern Ter-
During his recent trip to Belgium, Pope John Paul II concelebrated a beatification Mass with three priests from mainland China's government-approved Catholic organization. The Chinese clergy were allowed to participate in the service, which involved a large number of priests and bishops, after making a profession of faith which was required
part, but they also
Parliament passed the Rights of
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Vietnamese Bishop Recalls
He Survived Concentration NEW YORK (CNS) — An exiled Vietnamese archbishop told a New York audience how he continued his ministry in a concentration camp and how he got a communist guard to sing a medieval Christian hymn. Archbishop Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, who has served since No-
vember as vice president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, said he overcame the constraints of imprison-
ment by maintaining his determination to love.
He said he told his two guards of his love for them, and eventually "they be-
They asked him to teach them French, and one of them later wanted to learn a song in Latin, the archbishop said. So he
taught the guard the Pentecost
Veni Creator (Come, Creator).
"He learned it by memory, and every morning while this communist policeman was doing his exercise and washing, I could hear him singing Veni Creator" said Archbishop Nguyen. He said that his persistence in showing love to the guards led them to take a tolerant attitude when he wanted to make a wooden cross and then sought wire for hanging the cross around his neck. Archbishop Nguyen, who said his family had been Catholic since the first evangelization of Vietnam, was named
on the Apostle Paul writing letfrom prison, and decided: "I will
For a time, Archbishop Nguyen was under house arrest in an area where children could come in and out. He told of getting a boy to bring him old calendars and take away what he wrote on the back of them. A compilation of these messages
was later published asThe Road ofHope, and translated into several languages. Msgr. Clark wrote an introduction to an English edition. The boy who took the writings out is now a seminarian in Holland, the archbishop said. Recounting other prison experiences, Archbishop Nguyen told of writing a message asking his people to send wine for his "stomach disease." He said they understood and sent him the wine he needed to celebrate Mass, but labeled it "for stomach relief." The Church in Vietnam has freedom still
within limits, Archbishop
of worship today, but
mostly former military chaplains, remain in prison, he said. B ut he said that despite the limits the Church experienced large numbers of vocations and of conversions. priests,
He said the Church in Vietnam now more than 100
communists in 1975 and was renamed Ho Chi Minh City. He was arrested later that year and
students in each. But he said the govern-
held until 1 9 8 8
six seminaries with
ment limited the number of men who could attend seminaries, and each diocese had a large group of men preparing
much of the time spent in
solitary confinement. Since
for the priesthood but
99 1 he has ,
who are unable to
been in exile. Archbishop Nguyen recounted his prison camp experience June 8 in a lecture sponsored by the Wethersfield Institute, program arm of the Homeland Foundation in New York. Headed by Msgr. Eugene V. Clark, pastor of St. Agnes Church in Manhattan, the foundation
enroll in regular seminary programs.
He told of a Hmong group from the Laos border region
walked seven and ask for bap-
days to reach a priest
grants to Catholic educational
They had learned of the
faith by listening to a radio broadcast in
language from Protestant broadcasters in the Philippines, he said. "The Holy Spirit can use the Protestant radio to make Catholics," Archbishop Nguyen remarked. But he credited most of the conversions to a large and active corps of catechists. Archbishop Nguyen said Vietnam needs U.S. help both economically and politically as a counterforce to China, and he favors U.S. establishment of diplomatic relations with Vietnam.
The New York lecture followed the
archbishop' s appearance at a meeting of
Vietnamese clergy in Chicago. Archbishop Nguyen said that when he was arrested he remembered a statement by the late Mary knoll Bishop James •
the importance of con-
tinued activity while he in China.
Conversions have come not only from Vietnamese but also from the
country's ethnic minorities, Archbishop
every day, and to do everything for the love of God and my neighbor," Arch-
Diocesan School Board Openings The Diocese of Charlotte School Board has
for three years.
to enact in
Third grade faith formation students at St. John
Neumann Church in Charlotte made
origami cranes and sent them, along with a copy of the book Sadako, to children
Oklahoma City following the bombing of
the federal building there. In the book, paper
cranes are symbols of peace and hope.
New Economic System Needed VATICAN CITY (CNS)
the great moral challenges of our time,"
world needs a new economic system that
new opportunities for investment and the opening of new mar-
kets, but also contributes to the dignity
thinking and the proposal of models of
economic growth which defend and promote the dignity and freedom of each individual and of every community," he
every person, Pope John Paul II said. During a brief audience with participants in the Paine
told the group.
"It requires of everyone new
not only presents
The pope asked members of the group
Council Conference June 12, the pope asked leaders in the banking and invest-
to carry out their financial activities in "a
make human welfare
spirit of solidarity with the men and women of developing countries" and with
"The dramatic political and economic changes of recent years," he said, have not only brought new international business possibilities, "they have also drawn attention to the many situations of pov-
a commitment to ensuring that economic
their bottom line.
growth serves not just the material wellbeing of some, but takes into account the spiritual, moral and cultural needs and rights of all people.
which so many
members of the human family continue to live."
"The urgent need for integral human development on the global scale is one of
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bishop Nguyen recalled. Concerned about staying in touch with his people, he re-
coadjutor archbishop of Saigon shortly before
responsible for proposing policies to
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