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Janet Madigan of Holy Innocents Parish, Neptune, gazes upon her painting that depicts one of the stories in the three-year cycle of Gospels heard at Mass. Madigan, a grandmother of six who is a professional artist and musician, decided to give her talents back to God through the paintings. Jennifer Mauro photo
here are as many ways for seniors to share the faith as there are men and women among us. For some, rearing a new generation of believers is paramount, while others share
God’s message with near-strangers on land or sea. And then there are those who celebrate their “second acts” by expressing their gifts as authors, artists or stalwarts in their parish families. This special section of The Monitor examines a few of the myriad gifts offered in love and faith by seniors in today’s Church.
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grandchildren as beacons of faith . . S-2
Uber driver a traveling missionary
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Neptune parish artist captures
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Positive Role Models
Hidden power of Catholic grandparents revealed in book by bestselling author
hen internationally known Catholic author and speaker Allen R. Hunt set out to write his new book, “Dreams for Your Grandchild,” he took to heart what Pope Francis has said on the subject.
“How important grandparents are for family life, for passing on the human and religious heritage, which is so essential for each and every society” the Pope had proclaimed in a speech on Grandparents Day in Brazil during World Youth Day there early in his pontificate. These words Story by and other pronouncements from Lois Rogers Pope Francis on Correspondent grandparents affected Hunt so strongly that he excerpted them on the back jacket of his new book, subtitled “The Hidden Power of a Catholic Grandparent.” There, they set the tone for the 160-page book out from Wellspring Books at $24.95. Hunt makes it plain from the beginning that the core dream of every Catholic grandparent is welcoming a new generation that will grow up to be healthy, happy and vibrant. But with so many influences competing for youngsters’ attention – school, sports, social media, societal pressures – grandparents often wonder how much of an impact they can really have, especially when
In the “The Hidden Power of a Catholic Grandparent,” Allen R. Hunt writes about the importance of older generations passing along life lessons and faith to younger people.
it comes to matters of faith. This book is all about answering their questions with a series of seven key ideas – ranging from bestowing lavish love on the grandchildren to modeling the faith for them – offering questions to reflect on, action steps and practical tools. In clear language, Hunt cuts through contemporary jargon and charts a course that grandparents will find easy and natural to navigate. Throughout, he builds on a foundation of personal stories, memories gleaned from his own experiences and the experiences as a grandparent and other grandparents he has encountered along the way. Especially moving are stories from his own life: the birth of his first grandson, for instance, a tiny premature infant who hovered delicately in this world at first and then, with good medical help and much prayer, blossomed with health. The story of a young man born without hands and feet but always encouraged by his stalwart grandmother is another compelling tale, as it takes the reader along with both family members as the grandson crawls to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, fulfilling their shared dream of reaching the summit. It’s a course designed to help readers enhance their relationship with their grandchildren, one which, hopefully, will enable them to become positive role models of faith for the new generation God has gifted them with. Hunt is a convert to Catholicism whose books include “Confessions of a Mega-Church Pastor: How I Discovered the Hidden Treasures of the Catholic Church,” “Everybody Needs to Forgive Somebody” and “Nine Words: A Bible Study to Help You Become the Best-Version-of-Yourself.” He stepped aside from his 15,000-member, evangelical megachurch and converted to Catholicism in 2008. Since then, he has been on what he refers to as “a remarkable journey.” Hunt now serves as the senior adviser at Dynamic Catholic, a multi-faceted outreach that “aims to re-energize the Catholic Church in America by developing world-class resources that inspire people to rediscover the genius of Catholicism,” according to its website. In that capacity, he has become a nationally known Catholic communicator,
... the core dream of every Catholic grandparent is welcoming a new generation.
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Bible teacher and best-selling author. He received a master’s of divinity degree from Emory University, Atlanta, before earning a doctorate degree in New Testament and Ancient Christian Origins from Yale University. Hunt and his wife, Anita, have two daughters and four grandsons, and their devotion to their children and grandchildren figures prominently in the book, as have the
lessons they have learned from participating in their faith development. In tackling the book, Hunt advises either reading straight through or taking a chapter-by-chapter approach. The later will help those who want to take notes that can evolve into a plan they can turn to for inspiration when reaching out to their grandchildren. Perhaps his best advice is to realize becoming actively involved in passing “the torch” of faith as Hunt often refers to it, is “a marathon, not a sprint .. a long-distance journey to be looked upon as a vocation. … You have been given the opportunity to inspire your grandchild for a lifetime.”
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Using God’s Gifts Neptune artist’s quest to capture the meaning of the Gospels in paint nears completion
omething beautiful for God. That was what Janet Madigan wanted to create when she embarked on a project in 2016 to capture the visual impact of the three cycles of Sunday Gospel readings Catholics listen to weekly at Mass.
Story by Lois Rogers, Correspondent Photos by Jennifer Mauro, Managing Editor
“Every Sunday, people hear the Gospel. I wanted to illustrate those words,” said Madigan, an artist who is perhaps best known to her fellow communicants in Neptune’s Holy Innocents Parish as the organist who has accompanied those Masses for years. “I wanted to paint them in a way that Jesus was not just standing there speaking,” but active and involved in “fishing in the dark, feeding his lambs and sheep, sacrificing his life for them,” said Madigan, who studied art in The Catholic University of America, Washington, where she also honed her musical skills. As she envisioned it, each weekly painting would tell the Gospel story visually like a mural on a canvas of 18-by-24 inches. “They are not like a cartoon [strip] of eight boxes,” she said. “I try to do all the scenes in a way so they tell the story seamlessly, in a cohesive way.”
Artful Mission That she is more than fulfilling her intention was apparent on a recent sunny afternoon when Madigan brought a wide representative sampling of the works to the nave of Holy Innocents Church to be viewed. Among them were paintings detailing the transformation of water into wine at the Wedding Feast at Cana, the first miracle attributed to Jesus in the Gospel of John; the meeting of the Virgin Mary and her cousin Elizabeth at the Visitation, which depicts the babies in both their wombs, and striking canvases reflecting Gospel accounts of Christ’s Passion. “I think they are unique, and I certainly tried my best to make them so,” said Madigan, who envisions them being used collectively in the future on posters in church gathering spaces or in classrooms. “I am not skipping any” of the stories said Madigan, who noted that when the project comes to a conclusion this fall, each and every Sunday Gospel of the three-year cycle will be represented.
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In this painting by Madigan of the Gospel Reading for July 29, 2018, Jesus feeds the 5,000.
It has been written that biblical art can help the faithful see the passages with “fresh eyes.” In this sense, the artist becomes an interpreter, pointing out details that might have been overlooked when reading the text or listening. Indeed, a strong sense of that emerges when talking with Madigan. While she flourished as a painter along the Jersey Shore after college, winning numerous awards for her secular work, she discov-
Janet Madigan of Holy Innocents Parish, Neptune, sits in front of the church organ with some of the artwork based on Sunday Gospel readings she has created over the years. Madigan is also the parish organist.
“I try to do all the scenes in a way so they tell the story seamlessly.” ered it was difficult making a living as an artist. While she and her late husband, Thomas, raised their three children – Thomas, Jr., Joseph and Mary Beth – she focused on giving piano lessons and playing the organ first in St. CatharineSt. Margaret Parish, Spring Lake, and then Holy Innocents. The loss of a fourth child, Francis, who died in the hospital shortly after his birth, came as a severe blow to the couple. “It was a heart-wrenching, difficult time,” said Madigan, who noted that working through her grief with the help of caring clergy brought her closer to the Church. “It spurred me to go to daily Mass,” a practice she continues to observe with love and devotion.
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Madigan’s artwork depicting the Sunday Gospel readings, from left: John the Baptist testifies about Jesus when the Spirit comes upon him, Jan. 15, 2017; Jesus sees Simon (Peter) and Andrew casting nets into the Sea of Galilee, Jan. 22, 2017; Pentecost Sunday, Jesus appears to his disciples and breathes on them the Holy Spirit, June 4, 2017; the Epiphany of the Lord, Jan. 8, 2017.
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While the children were growing, Mass and Church became a “beautiful center of my life,” said Madigan. Eventually, she made it her mission to give her art to the Church as well as her music. “The time came when the empty nest syndrome set in,” said Madigan, a grandmother of six. With her husband since passed and her children out on their own, “I began thinking, ‘How can I give back to God?’ “I was thinking how to use the talent, and I could imagine standing in front of God and he would point to religious artwork in heaven and say, ‘This is what you could have done.’ It put me on the
right track,” she said. As she works patiently and consistently toward her goal of finishing all of the paintings before the First Sunday of Advent – when the new Church year will begin and the cycle will start again – Madigan expressed her gratitude to Holy Innocents’ pastor, Father H. Todd Carter, who encouraged her by having the paintings appear each week around the Church on an easel. Parish music director Christa Dalmazio said she looks forward each week to seeing the paintings. “Every week, I look for the illustration. It always brings out details that I’ve missed. Its bright colors help you remember the message.”
Surrounded by a large crowd, Jesus grants a blind man sight in this Gospel reading from Mark, Oct. 28, 2018.
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“I think they are unique, and I certainly tried my best to make them so,” Madigan says of her more than 150 paintings, which are often displayed in Holy Innocents Church.
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Finding God on the High Seas
Becoming a seafarers’ chaplain was not exactly his retirement plan By Agnieszka Ruck Catholic News Service
DELTA, British Columbia • A few years ago, Deacon Dileep Athaide could never have guessed he’d become a frequent visitor on the immense coal and container ships dotting the horizon in Delta and Vancouver. Yet nearly every day, he finds himself donning a hard hat, reflective vest and steeltoed boots, chatting with security guards who recognize his white collar and climbing high ladders into cargo ships as a chaplain to seafarers. “It’s only three years that I’ve been doing this, but it feels like 10 years – in a good way,” Deacon Athaide, 69, told The B.C. Catholic, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, while on board a Japanese coal carrier at Westshore Terminals in Delta. The two dozen crew members on this ship are from the Philippines and have spent months away from their families, religious customs and country. “For the seafarers, it’s a paradox. In order to look after their families, they leave their families,” the deacon said. They may make anywhere from U.S. $12,000
Deacon Dileep Athaide, a chaplain from the Archdiocese of Vancouver, British Columbia, ministers to seafarers aboard cargo ships. CNS photo/Agnieszka Ruck, The B.C. Catholic
to $150,000 a year, but even those on the lower end of the scale are grateful for the job, since it’s often more than they would make back at home. Being stuck on a ship thousands of miles from home, and at times waiting an entire month to set foot on land, is a daily
challenge for seafarers. Deacon Athaide boards these vessels to offer prayers, rosaries, ship blessings, a listening ear, and a free ride out of the port to a nearby mall or church. As a deacon, he can’t celebrate Mass or hear confessions, but he can invite a priest on board, or bring Communion and lead a service. “The pastoral and the practical needs are all intertwined. It’s through the practical means that they open up and you get a relationship,” he said. Seafarers connect the world. Coal ships at Westshore Terminals handle more than 30 million metric tons of coal per year. Last year, Canada’s largest port, Vancouver, handled 147 million-or-so metric tons of imports and exports – cars, coal, grain, oil, sugar, tech – valued at $200 billion. These 20-foot or 40-foot containers, thousands aboard every ship, carry “anything from specialty cars to furniture to televisions,” said Deacon Dileep. “The laptop
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It’s that comfort level, and it reminds them if they have forgotten that, they can still practice their faith.” “Port ministry is not just saying Mass on a ship, much like how campus ministry isn’t just saying Mass in the campus chapel ... it is a pastoral ministry.” Spending his free time on cargo ships wasn’t exactly Deacon Athaide’s retirement plan. A man of many interests, Deacon Athaide has been a geologist, professor, labor leader, and even a thoroughbred horse owner. Chaplaincy came as a surprise. Born in a devout Catholic suburb of Mumbai, India, he was deeply rooted in his faith from a young age. He would pray the rosary with his family every day, but did not consider becoming a priest and had never heard of permanent deacons. He was 14 when his family immigrated to Canada in 1964. “Montreal was super Catholic at the time. We came to a Montreal where, if you were five minutes late for church, you couldn’t find a seat.” As a young adult, he had a heart for service. When he noticed a trend of young adults traveling overseas to do mission work, he founded the Communitas International Volunteer Society. The registered
Canadian charity sent volunteers to a developing country for one year at a time, and it was while traveling with his organization that he met his wife. He and Malvina, a nurse, raised three children. When their youngest was only 7, Malvina was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She died in 2004. In 2011, Archbishop J. Michael Miller released a letter to announce he was restoring the permanent diaconate in the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Deacon Athaide talked to his pastor about it. “I remember him saying: ‘Go for it!’ It seemed to be a natural kind of thing and a great opportunity. I had lost my wife seven years prior, and I got to a stage where I realized I’m probably not going to get married again. He registered and spent four years in formation through the permanent diaconate program at St. Mark’s College. He became one of the first permanent deacons ordained in the local church in 2015. “Five years ago, I never would have imagined I would do this port ministry, and yet it seems so natural to me,” said Deacon Athaide, who boarded 260 ships and met 5,500 crew members in 2018 alone. “I feel so blessed.
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This special section of The Monitor examines a few of the myriad gifts offered in love and faith by seniors in today’s Church.
Published on May 16, 2019
This special section of The Monitor examines a few of the myriad gifts offered in love and faith by seniors in today’s Church.