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New April 2016 | Vol. 37 | No. 4


The Magazine of the Catholic Diocese of Fargo

Thrift stores throughout diocese live out message of mercy PLUS From Bishop Folda: A Christian genocide

Tom and Colleen Musgrave nominated for Lumen Christi award

Pilgrimages during the Jubilee Year of Mercy






April 2016 Vol. 37 | No. 4

ON THE COVER 18 Thrift stores throughout diocese live out message of mercy Through the help of volunteers and donations, thrift stores

in Fargo, Grand Forks, Valley City and Devils Lake assist those in need by providing low-cost items, giving to charities and churches and providing a place for volunteers to make a meaningful impact.

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Ask a priest: How do I pray?


Pope Francis’ April prayer intentions


Creating a sacred space for your family


Busting the myths about annulments


A Christian genocide


10 Bishop Folda celebrates Mass at Cass County Jail, Fargo 11 St. Patrick’s parish, Fullerton, honors patron’s feast day at St. Joseph’s Manor, Edgeley 11 St. Michael’s parish in Grand Forks feeds the hungry 12 Tom and Colleen Musgrave nominated for Lumen Christi award 14 Abbot Alan Berndt, O.S.B., monk of St. Meinrad Archabbey, dies age 95 14 Sister Carolyn Althoff O.S.F., Franciscan Sister of Dillingen, dies age 98

24 Parish Pals program creates friendships within parish

16 Mercy is the mission of all those anointed by the Lord


23 Tattered Pages: A review of Catholic books and literature


Embracing the awkwardness in evangelization: A review of Kiko Arguello’s ‘The Kerygma: In the Shantytown with the Poor’




24 St. Benedict parish, Wild Rice, keeps birthdays special for those in need

15 Sister Mary Magdelen Schaan, O.S.F., Franciscan Sister of Dillingen, dies age 96



25 Stories of Faith

The faith story this month retells the story of the 1941 blizzard and how one incident can touch us in different ways.

26 Catholic Action

Christopher Dodson discusses assisted suicide and questions whether it could be considered an act of mercy.

27 Twenty Something

Guest columnist, Christina Capecchi tells the story of Father Byles who’s heroic witness comforted those aboard the Titanic.

ON THE COVER: Images from various the thrift stores in Fargo, Grand Forks, Valley City and Devils Lake. (submitted photos)



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28 Stewardship


In this month’s column, Steve Schons investigates when a will needs to be reexamined.

29 Seminarian Life

Quinn Krebs describes how our mother Mary has helped him to trust in the Lord.


30 Events across the diocese 31 A glimpse of the past 32 Life’s milestones

US and World News

33 Mother Angelica, Foundress of EWTN Global Catholic Network, dies age 92 SPECIAL SECTION: JUBILEE OF MERCY 34 Pilgrimages during the Jubilee Year of Mercy

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A Christian genocide


he joy and thrill of Easter is still close to our hearts, and we rejoice at the ancient acclamation: “Christ is risen, He is risen indeed!” But the joy of Easter will be diminished for many Christians who are suffering great persecution, especially in the Holy Land and much of the Middle East. Last August, I attended the national convention of the Knights of Columbus in Philadelphia. During the course of the convention, a visiting bishop from Syria spoke before the thousands in attendance and gave a powerful testimony about the struggles of the Christian faithful in his country. His message was quite simple. If we do nothing, there will be no Christians left in the Holy Land and the Middle East. It seems that our government has come to the same conclusion. Just a few weeks ago, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry officially determined that the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) is committing genocide against Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria. With this finding, the U.S. government acknowledges that Christians are being targeted and attacked in a particular way. The U.S. House of Representatives also passed a resolution in a unanimous vote which called the attacks against Christians and other ethnic minorities a genocide. We have all seen or heard the heartbreaking stories of death and destruction involving Christians in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East. As one observer noted, “They are killing Christians simply for the fact that they are Christians. It is important to call it what it is.” Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops recently made this appeal: “The very future of the ancient Christian presence in the Middle East is at stake….With each passing day, the roll of martyrs grows. While we rejoice in their ultimate victory over death through the power of Jesus’ love, we must also help our fellow Christians

carry the cross of persecution and, as much as possible, help relieve their suffering.” When we think of martyrs, we often think of those brave souls from the early centuries of the Church who gave their lives in the Colosseum of Rome, or missionaries who died in foreign lands as they spread the Gospel. But the age of martyrs isn’t over. Many of our Christian brothers and sisters have paid the ultimate price for their faith in Jesus. It is easy at times to become indignant at the inconveniences we have to face in our daily lives. And we can even become perturbed at the little challenges we experience in living out our faith: a penance we choose for Lent, having to get up early for Mass, a song we don’t like at church, a boring homily, and on and on. But we would do well to remember the sacrifices that our brothers and sisters make for the faith around the world. For them, it is often a life or death struggle. Even now in the Middle East, tens of thousands of our fellow Christians have been forced into exile, sold into slavery, raped, murdered or seen their homes and churches destroyed because they openly confess their faith in the name of Jesus. It seems that we are seeing a new age of martyrs, one that is both terrifying and inspiring. Many stories of heroism have emerged from the tragedy, stories of Christians who refused to renounce their faith despite a gun being put to their heads or a sword to their necks. What should our response be? Certainly we cannot ignore the plight of these modern day martyrs. As people of faith, our first response should be prayer. Just as we pray for the needs of our families and loved ones, we should also pray for those who suffer persecution simply for being Christians. In our personal and family prayer, let us remember those who bravely face hardship and suffering for the name of Jesus. And in our parishes too, we should regularly include prayers for persecuted Christians in our prayers of the faithful. Perhaps it would also be appropriate to consider a form of fasting for this intention. Even though we are in the midst of the Easter season, fasting in solidarity with our fellow Christians would not be out of place and would be a great form of intercession before our merciful God. Material support is also needed. Many Christians have become refugees, and were forced to leave their homes with nothing but the clothes on their backs. They now live in primitive camps and have been reduced to abject poverty as they flee for their lives. Fortunately, many groups are stepping in to assist, like the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Relief Services and the Catholic Near East Welfare Association. Our contributions to these or

“Once again, we are called upon to lend support to those in need, both spiritually and materially. Jesus has commanded us to ‘love one another,’ and our brothers and sisters in faith need our love now more than ever.” – Bishop John Folda, Diocese of Fargo 4


other charitable organizations can demonstrate our solidarity and our willingness to share in the sacrifices of those who have given up everything for their faith in Jesus. On so many occasions, the people of the Church have stepped forward to assist those who face crises and natural disasters. It’s what we do. And this crisis, finally called a genocide, should be no different. Once again, we are called upon to lend support to those in need, both spiritually and materially. Jesus has commanded us to “love one another,” and our brothers and sisters in faith

need our love now more than ever. Pope Francis has said that “God’s world is a world where everyone feels responsible for the other, for the good of the other.” And certainly we should feel a deep sense of responsibility for our fellow Christians who are suffering. Let us share the joy of Easter through our prayer and our works of mercy for persecuted Christians in the Middle East. And let us never take for granted the gifts of faith and freedom.


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Parish Mission, St. Anthony of Padua, Fargo

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Confirmation/First Eucharist, St. Michael, Grand Forks

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Confirmation/First Eucharist, Holy Rosary, LaMoure

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Confirmation/First Eucharist, Nativity, Fargo

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Confirmation/First Eucharist, Holy Cross, West Fargo

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JPII Schools Network Board of Directors Meeting, Pastoral Center, Fargo

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Opening Mass for Knights of Columbus State Convention, St. Mary, Grand Forks

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Confirmation/First Eucharist, St. Boniface, Lidgerwood

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Confirmation/First Eucharist, St. Joseph, Devils Lake

6:30 p.m. Confirmation/First Eucharist, Basilica of St. James, Jamestown

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Caritas Award Luncheon, Spirit of Life Church, Mandan




How do I pray?


ne of the most important questions we can ask as disciples of Christ is how do we Ask a Priest pray. Since the Lord Monsignor Gregory Jesus commanded us Schlesselmann to pray always (Lk 18:1), taught us the Our Father (Mt 6:913), and gave us the example of his own prayer (Mk 1:35, Lk 5:16) in the Gospel narratives, we sense the recurring need to know how to pray well, and rightly so. We can be greatly encouraged by recalling the profound truth that prayer is a personal relationship with the Triune God (CCC 2558) and the free gift of his love for us. While this relationship is rooted deeply in mystery, we can still grow by practicing the most common way of living any relationship: dialogue. Dialogue with God is something always available to us for he is not only all around us but profoundly within us at every moment of our lives. Thus the most basic form of prayer is to enter into a conversation with God no matter where we are, telling him what we are thinking or feeling, what we long for or what we might be suffering, thanking and praising him for his goodness to us and then listening for his loving response as he tells us what he thinks and desires for us. But are such fleeting moments of prayer throughout the day enough? We sense that to live this relationship in a deeper way will mean committing ourselves to giving dedicated time to pursue this dialogue with God. First of all, it helps to have a proper setting. We need to find a time and a place in our normal schedule when we can be alone, silent and still. We need the solitude so as to be present wholeheartedly to God. Silence

enables us to listen both to God and to our own mysterious hearts more genuinely. Stillness frees us from the illusion that prayer is something we do rather than a way of being with the one who loves us more than we can imagine. Does not the psalmist say “be still and know that I am God” (Ps 46:10)? Secondly, once we are settled into this setting, we can simply acknowledge the presence of God with and within us, receive the loving gaze of our Heavenly Father, and praise and thank him for this gift of prayer. Since every relationship with God is unique, this time of prayer can be lived in a variety of ways: simple dialogue, contemplative listening to his sacred word (like the traditional Lectio Divina), or any one of the many forms of prayer the church’s tradition offers to us. What is important is that we give time in an intentional way to the most important relationship of our lives. Finally, we should never get discouraged by difficulties encountered along the way but rather we should humbly accept the reality that we do not know how to pray as we ought and that the Holy Spirit always comes to our aid (Rom 8:26). As beloved sons and daughters of the Lord, he sees the good intentions of our hearts and blesses our efforts to grow in our friendship with him. As baptized children of God, we pray in the name of Jesus and in union with his prayer, so we can be assured that grace will abound in our lives and that our intimacy with the Trinity will deepen for the good of all. Monsignor Gregory Schlesselmann serves as the director of the permanent diaconate program for the diocese. He can be reached at Editor’s Note: If you have a question about the Catholic faith and would like to submit a question for consideration in a future column, please send to with “Ask a Priest” in the subject line or mail to New Earth, 5201 Bishops Blvd. S, Suite A, Fargo, ND 58104, Attn: Ask a Priest.

PRAYER INTENTIONS OF POPE FRANCIS - APRIL Universal intention: Small Evangelization intention: African Christians. That farmers. That farmers may receive a just reward for their precious labor.

Christians in Africa may give witness to love and faith in Jesus Christ amid political-religious conflicts.

Reflection: Besides a greater Reflection: How have I experienced the fact that love concern for the land, what other values do family farms contribute to the good of society?

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is the only force capable of changing the world for good?

Scripture: Romans 12: 9-21. Rejoice in hope, endure in

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Creating a sacred space for your family

By Jennie Korsmo

What is a sacred space?

A sacred space is a place set apart for prayers and decorated with holy images to help you focus on prayer. In a prominent place in your home, set up a central religious item, such as a crucifix, statue of Jesus, Mary or other saint, an icon or other religious image. It should be a place that is clearly visible and where people can gather to pray. It could be in the living room, the family room or some other space free from distractions where your family and guests will feel comfortable to pray A workroom or garage will not make a good sacred space.

How do I set up a sacred space?

An example of a sacred space in a home. (New Earth)


hen we think of a sacred space our minds often jump to a church sanctuary or some other holy place. Last year, during the Year of Marriage and Family, families throughout the Diocese were blessed by having the Holy Family Traveling Icon Kit visit their homes. As part of hosting the traveling icon, families were asked to create a sacred space to display the icon and the accompanying prayer materials. The purpose of this initiative was to encourage families to come together in prayer and discover the beauty of praying together as a family. As an extension of this initiative, the Office of Marriage and Family encourages you to continue the practice of praying as a family by setting up a sacred space in your home.

Use a small table, such as an end table. Gather the items you need for the sacred space, such as a bible, holy water, things you see in the photo or other things you would like. Try to keep it simple and uncluttered. You could use a bin underneath the space to store extra supplies.

How do I use the sacred space?

A couple or family gathers around the space for a brief prayer in the morning or at night. Be respectful of one another by keeping noise and distractions out of this space, especially when others are praying. Teach your children how to pray in this sacred space. Do not use this sacred space as the “time out” corner; you don’t want it associated with punishment. Make it a practice to use this space to pray every day! Invite your spouse, your children and your friends to join in. May these sacred spaces become a source of blessing for our families, our parishes and our diocese. Jennie Korsmo is the Marriage Preparation Coordinator for the Diocese of Fargo.

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Busting the myths about annulments By Timothy Olson, J.C.L.

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marriage was missing. For example, if at the time of the wedding a person intended to have an “open marriage,” then that couple entered some sort of relationship, but not a marriage. In short, a declaration of invalidity is the result of a Church process to discover whether the contract of marriage ever came about. If the marriage contract can be proven invalid, then the person regains freedom to marry in the Church.

Myth: Annulments are a money-making

scheme by the Church.

Of all the myths about declarations of nullity, this one is the most common. There is no charge for this process in the Diocese of Fargo. The Church does not make money off marriage nullity proceedings. The Tribunal is a legal office, and like any legal office has expenses such as staffing, education, copiers, ne of the most misunderstood things in the Catholic contractors, notaries, canonical attorneys, expert witnesses, Church is annulments. Myths and urban legends have postage, etc. All these things cost the diocese money. sprouted up around this topic for generations. Now, After a case has been completed, we may send out a request Pope Francis wants marriage nullity to be understood more for a free will donation to cover part of the costs, but this is easily and used more widely. To make that happen, there are completely optional. The vast majority of our funding comes some myths that need busting. from the God’s Gift Appeal. Again, in the Diocese of Fargo, marriage nullity proceedings are free of charge.


Myth: Divorced people are excommunicated.

Divorced people are not excommunicated. Just like any Catholic, divorced people can approach the sacraments if they are properly disposed. To be properly disposed, a person must not be persevering in a state of grave sin. One situation that some Catholics fall into is “marrying outside the Church.” In the eyes of the Church, Catholics are only able to get married with the permission of the Church. A Catholic’s wedding must ordinarily take place in a Catholic Ceremony. Even so, the Bishop can give permission for a Catholic to get married in a non-Catholic ceremony (like if a Catholic is marrying a Lutheran). If a Catholic tries to get married without the permission of the Church, they are not considered validly married. They are thus living in an irregular situation. Until that situation is resolved, that person is unable to receive Holy Communion. Nevertheless, they are still Catholic and still beloved children of the Church.

Myth: An annulment is just a Catholic divorce. Divorces are an act by which a civil society attempts to dissolve a marriage. Yet scripture and tradition are clear that a consummated marriage between baptized persons cannot be dissolved by any human power. Not even the Pope can dissolve such a marriage. So then, what is a decree of nullity? It is the result of a legal process to discover the truth about a wedding. It declares that at the time of the wedding something necessary for a true



Myth: If I get an annulment, it will

make my children illegitimate.

This too, is a widespread myth. Let me be clear: a decree of nullity does NOT make a child illegitimate. Jesus didn’t turn away children, and neither does the Catholic Church. Canon Law explicitly maintains that children from a marriage that is later declared null remain legitimate, end of story.

Truth: The Church is a place of love and mercy

Pope Francis has asked us to walk closely with those who have suffered the tragedy of a divorce. As Catholics, we need to be a place of kindness and welcoming. We must encourage each other to live an authentically Christian life. Many people who are suffering from a divorce are looking for healing and closure. The marriage nullity process can provide that, but myths like these often make people too afraid to approach the Church. So please, support those who have undergone a divorce with prayer and authentic friendship. Encourage them to come to the Church for healing and closure. And the next time you hear someone repeat one of these myths, don’t stand by and let the lie grow. Instead, gently present the truth: The Church is a place of love and mercy for everybody.

Timothy Olson is a canon lawyer and ecclesiastical judge for the Diocese of Fargo.

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Bishop John Folda celebrated Mass at the Cass County Jail in Fargo on March 15. Despite the physical barriers of those incarcerated, Bishop Folda emphasized that they can still keep the Gospel of mercy alive. (submitted photo)

Bishop Folda celebrates Mass at Cass County Jail, Fargo By Kristina Lahr


n March 15, Bishop John Folda celebrated Mass at the Cass County Jail in Fargo. Twenty-three residents worshiped beautifully during this special celebration. “Dear friends, I’m very happy to be with all of you today,” Bishop Folda said in his homily. “As you might know, we are in the midst of a special Jubilee Year of Mercy. Pope Francis has called upon the Church to meditate even more on the great mercy of God, which is greater than we can imagine. No sin is too great for God to forgive if we truly repent and desire his forgiveness. So whatever our state in life might be, this is a year of grace, a time of opportunity for us to experience the mercy of Jesus even more fully than ever before.” Bishop Folda described the Holy Doors during this Year of Mercy which are a symbol of Christ and a movement toward forgiveness and mercy. With nine Holy Doors in the diocese, making a pilgrimage to a door is possible for many, but for those living in jails and penitentiaries, it is not a realistic option. However, Pope Francis has provided a solution. “Pope Francis remembers you who are incarcerated,” said Bishop Folda. “He said that even your own cell door can be a kind of holy door. When you pass through that door, you too 10


can remember that Jesus is the gateway to the Father’s mercy. When you pass through your own cell door right here with your heart turned to Christ, you can receive his mercy and experience his love for you.” Despite the physical barriers of those incarcerated, Bishop Folda emphasized that they can still keep the Gospel of mercy alive right where they are. “You have an opportunity to pray every day for others who are in need. You can certainly pray for your own families, your friends, all your loved ones. You can pray for those who are with you right here. You can pray for the poor, the homeless. You can pray for the Church. You can pray for peace. And you can pray for complete strangers whom you’ll never meet or know. But God knows, and someday in heaven, one of them may come up and thank you for your prayers that helped him come to the Lord and get to heaven. “Never forget that God loves you as his own sons and daughters, and he has a mission for you,” Bishop Folda concluded. “Be people of mercy. Be people of prayer and charity and begin to write a new story of hope in Christ.” After Mass four residents asked Bishop Folda for a blessing.

St. Patrick’s parish, Fullerton, honors patron’s feast day at St. Joseph’s Manor, Edgeley By JV Glynn

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he congregation of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fullerton annually celebrates St. Patrick’s Day at St. Joseph’s Manor in Edgeley for an afternoon of visiting with residents, hosting bingo and sharing cake with residents and staff. The tradition began over 50 years ago when members of the St. Patrick’s Altar Society contacted the St. Joseph’s Manor staff about giving a donation, visiting and volunteering to help in any way they could. As it was near St. Patrick’s Day, it was decided it would be a good way to annually mark the feast day of the patron saint of the parish. Rose Glynn, now age 97, and still residing in Fullerton, was part of the original group. She remembers at one time they were asked to assist in the Manor’s annual spring cleaning. Early on several of the young mothers brought along pre-school children to share childcare during the day. Many residents indicated that the opportunity to interact with the young children was a special highlight to their day. In turn many of the young children, particularly those who did not have as much chance to be with grandparents or other older individuals, had a great time visiting with the residents. An additional treat for the children evolved when they discovered The Gift Shop, a room with arts and crafts that St. Joseph Manor residents and staff had produced during the year. Saving money to purchase special things for Easter presents and baskets soon became a part of the tradition for the children and mothers as well. In capturing the spirit of the day Father Jason Asselin commented, “Today’s culture is centered so much on the self. Visiting the residents of Manor St. Joseph was a great opportunity to show the love of Christ to others. St. Patrick was a missionary, in a small way we wanted to imitate this great missionary saint. We need missionaries for Christ in our own backyards!”

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Grand Forks feeds the hungry

On Mar. 2, St. Michael’s in Grand Forks wrapped up their first project for the Year of Mercy to Feed the Hungry. In February, parishioners were invited to bring in food items to be donated to the St. Joseph’s Food Pantry in Grand Forks. As volunteers gathered to pack up the food, Father Braun led them in a short rite of blessing for those who will receive it. The total food donated weighed 2,220 pounds.




Tom and Colleen Musgrave sit outside Maryvale convent near Valley City where SEARCH retreats are offered. Tom and Colleen were nominated for the Lumen Christi award which honors individuals who demonstrate how the power of faith can transform lives and communities. (submitted photo)

Tom and Colleen Musgrave nominated for Lumen Christi award

By Kristina Lahr


t’s an honor. We were not expecting it,” said Colleen Musgrave, when she heard the news. “It’s an award for a lot of people in the SEARCH community,” said Tom Musgrave. “Our hope is that the exposure of Lumen Christi will benefit the youth ministry. It’s not about us.” Tom and Colleen Musgrave, coordinators of SEARCH for Christian Maturity were recently nominated for Catholic Extension’s Lumen Christi Award. The award honors an individual or group working in one of America’s mission dioceses who demonstrates how the power of faith can transform lives and communities. Tom and Colleen have been doing just that by hosting a retreat experience for teens and young adults. SEARCH retreats are a place for youth to “search” for understanding of what it means to be Christian and how to live a Christian life. “The SEARCH weekend is peer-focused,” said Tom. “Through fellowship, personal sharing, Adoration, Mass and Reconciliation, Christ’s love and mercy is experienced in a real and physical sense. There is great need for opportunities for our youth to experience their faith together with other youth who are in the same chapter of their journey.”

The SEARCH family

“I hope the youth know that there’s help for them to grow in faith,” said Tom. “What the world is teaching us is wrong. There 12


is a great need in our society today for individuals to stand up to what the world teaches and witness to what Christ teaches us.” Nearly all who attend the weekend walk away with new insight. Those attending for the first time come to realize that they are not alone in the struggles and witness first-hand how others grow through their struggles and joys in light of their faith. A true bond of friendship and support is formed on the weekend, and these bonds last for years to come. Something Tom and Colleen have observed is the wide range of ages of those who attend each weekend, from age 16 through 20s. Rather than huddling in their age group, retreatants mix and enjoy one another’s company on the same level, relating and ministering to each other. “When you’re on a weekend and you see everyone ministering to one another through joys and struggles… that’s Christ,” said Colleen. “He’s right there.” After many years of organizing retreats, Tom has gotten good at sensing those who are forced to come. In those instances, the Holy Spirit still shines through. “Recently a young man came to me Friday evening and told me he wanted to go home. In talking with him I asked him to spend the night. If after lunch on Saturday he still felt he wanted to leave I would call his parents. He stayed for the full weekend and has come back a number of times to serve and now is taking on leadership roles.”

AROUND THE DIOCESE Friederichs, O.S.F. The first weekend was held at Maryvale Convent in Valley City in February 1977, where it continues to be held today. There are about four SEARCH weekends each year. The next SEARCH retreat is Nov. 4-6. Nominees of the Lumen Christi award are “the hidden heroes in our midst. Winners of the Lumen Christi Award receive a $50,000 grant to support their ministry. To vote for Tom and Colleen go to Tom speaks with a retreatant during lunch at a SEARCH retreat. SEARCH is a peer-focused ministry that encourages teens and young adults to create lasting friendships and grow in their love for Christ. (submitted photo)

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The impact SEARCH has made in the area is unquestionable. Since SEARCH has been providing retreats for 32 years, many who went on retreats during SEARCH’s early years are now encouraging their children to attend. “It’s amazing to watch and see what God is doing and what our diocese is supporting,” said Colleen. Many priests and religious have attended these retreats as well, including Tom and Colleen’s son, Father Daniel Musgrave, and Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, Sister Elaine Lange and Sister Suzanne Stahl, who now support SEARCH at their convent in Maryvale. “They help a lot financially,” said Colleen. “They make it very reasonable to have weekends at Maryvale so we don’t charge as much for those who come to the retreats.” “I don’t think we would have the opportunity we have without their support,” said Tom. “We take over everything in the convent. But they sacrifice their home for 60-80 people with joy because they feel strongly about the youth. A week before the weekend, they ask for all the names of those coming to the retreat and pray for each of them. We have a lot of people praying for us.” One gift of the weekend experience is that the sacraments become a very important part of the lives of many. It is through these sacraments that true growth in faith takes place, and it is this gift of faith and grace of God that transforms many lives. “Those who attend a SEARCH weekend experience life as Christ intends it to be, peaceful and loving,” said Tom. “When they go back home, they go back as changed individuals with new insight in the will of God in their lives. This experience affects how they view life, how they treat others and how they treat themselves. Does this new insight remain constant? Most likely not, but a foundation is set and we can say boldly, in faith, that lives are changed and seeds are planted that have lifelong effects.” “This has been and is the most amazing journey,” said Colleen. “Tom and I have been blessed time and again and we thank God for calling us into this ministry.” SEARCH was introduced to the Fargo Diocese through the desire of Bishop Driscoll and the efforts of Sister Ann Marie

Youth gather for a photo after a game of football at the SEARCH retreat in January. (submitted photo)

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Abbot Alan Berndt, O.S.B., monk of St. Meinrad Archabbey, dies age 95


bbot Alan Berndt, O.S.B., a monk of St. Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, Ind., died Feb. 24 in the monastery infirmary. He was 95 and a jubilarian of profession. Surviving is a brother, Richard Berndt, of South Bend. Abbot Alan was born in South Bend, Ind., on Mar. 15, 1920, and was given the name Robert Joseph at his baptism. He completed his elementary education at St. Matthew Parish in South Bend before studying at St. Meinrad in high school, college and seminary. He was invested in the monastic habit in 1939, professed simple vows as a monk of St. Meinrad on Aug. 6, 1940, and was ordained to the priesthood on Feb. 2, 1945. Following ordination he taught algebra and Latin in the minor seminary for one year. He then served for 10 years as a missionary

priest at Immaculate Conception Mission in Stephan, S.D. and 10 years at St. Michael Mission, N.D. At that time, St. Meinrad oversaw four mission communities: two in South Dakota and two in North Dakota. In 1950, Saint Meinrad founded Blue Cloud Abbey in Marvin, S.D. Abbot Alan joined the new community as a founding member. He served as the community’s second abbot from 1970 to 1986. During his governance, the abbey reached its highest membership and carried on a variety of works. A skilled administrator and financial overseer, Abbot Alan was particularly influential and instrumental in the transferring of the ownership and administration of the abbey’s mission schools to the Indian people themselves. After his resignation from the abbatial office in 1986, he began a series of pastoral assignments at local parishes and, from 1990 to 1995, served as chaplain for St. Mary Hospital in Pierre, S.D. In 2012, Blue Cloud Abbey closed and Abbot Alan returned to St. Meinrad Archabbey. Visitation and funeral Mass were held Feb. 27 in St. Meinrad Archabbey Church, St. Meinrad, Ind. Burial followed in the Archabbey Cemetery.

Sister Carolyn Althoff O.S.F., Franciscan Sister of Dillingen, dies age 98


uneral services for Sister M. Carolyn Althoff, O.S.F. were held Mar. 5, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel, St. Francis Convent in Hankinson. On Mar. 1, Sister Carolyn peacefully passed into eternity and into the loving arms of God. She was 98 years old and in June 2016 she would have celebrated her 80th jubilee as a consecrated religious. She was a resident of St. Gerard’s Community of Care, Hankinson, since the fall of 2015. As her cancer progressed she was in need of more skilled care. Sister M. Carolyn Althoff, O.S.F. was born June 19, 1917 to John and Lena Althoff of Mooreton. She was one of 11 children, seven girls and four boys. In 1930, she entered St. Francis Convent as a Candidate. After graduating from St. Francis Academy she made her Novitiate in 1935 and her first Profession of Vows Aug. 13, 1936. Teaching was the main profession of Sister Carolyn (Sister Mary John) for over 50 years. She attended several teachering colleges and received her BA from Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wis. and her Master degree in Administration in Education from Moorhead State University, Minn. She taught in a number of North Dakota schools including Pisek, Karlsruhe, Wahpeton, Oakes, Hankinson, Grand Forks, Rugby and Mount Carmel. 14


During her 50 years in education, she taught both elementary and high school and was principal for 11 years. Sister Carolyn also was a parish worker and Director of the Religious Education program in Cando from 1983 to 1992. Following her time in Cando, Sister Carolyn worked as receptionist for 16 years at St. Anne’s Guest Home in Grand Forks. She returned home to the Provincial House in Hankinson in 2007. Though retired, she continued to do secretarial work and to help out in the library. Sister Carolyn is survived by her Dillingen Franciscan Sisters, two brothers, Leo (Loretta) Althoff, Hankinson; Joseph (Virginia) Althoff, California and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Lena Althoff; her sisters Martha Althoff in infancy, Marie (Althoff) Heppers, Sister Angeline (Clara) Althoff, Rosalia (Althoff) Killian, Loretta (Althoff) Bernard; and Dorothy (Althoff) German; and her brothers Aloysius Althoff and Lawrence Althoff.

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n Mar. 7, Sister Mary Magdelen (Elizabeth) Schaan, O.S.F., peacefully released her soul to God’s eternal embrace at St. Gerard’s Community of Care, Hankinson. Funeral Mass was held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel, St. Francis Convent, Hankinson, on Mar. 14. Sister M. Magdalen was born at Rugby, Pierce County, Apr. 16, 1919, to Joseph and Catherine (Miller) Schaan. She grew up on a farm near Balta, with three brothers and four sisters. Sister’s elementary education took place at a rural school in the Balta School District, and her high school years were at St. Francis Academy, Hankinson. Sister Magdalen entered her Franciscan community in 1938. She professed her first vows July 17, 1939, and her perpetual vows July 22, 1942. Sister Magdalen completed the American Dietetic Correspondence Course and was a member of the Dietary Management Association. She worked in dietary departments throughout her active years, beginning with her first assignment in Chicago, Ill. in 1939. She was next sent to the hospital in Drayton in 1948, where she remained until 1958 when her Superiors asked her to move to Gettysburg, S.D. In 1962 she was assigned to the Oakes Community Hospital, where she spent the next 30 years until, in 1992, failing health led to her retirement. Sister is fondly remembered for her home style meals and delicious breads. Patients who had no appetite and were not recovering well would earn a visit from Sister Magdalen so she could find out what they might really enjoy. Never one to be idle, she could be found in the gardens around the hospitals, or taking her few free hours to care for children. Sister didn’t drive, but was a familiar sight scooting around town on her blue three-wheeled bicycle. She was quick-witted and generous, but with one limit in her generosity: she was a very competitive whist player who enjoyed winning! One of the greatest joys of her long life was having her sister, Sister Mary Ann, in the convent with her. Her other siblings and many nieces and nephews were a great comfort to her after Sister Mary Ann’s death in 2001. Sister Magdalen was especially grateful to her sister, Agnes, and her daughters, Maria and Elizabeth, who often welcomed Sister Magdalen to their homes over the years. Sister Magdalen used her retirement years to pray for the needs of all people. Poor vision and arthritis could not stop this prayer warrior from crying out to the Lord for anyone she knew needed a prayer. She loved her life as a religious and immersed herself in inspiring and edifying reading for as long as she could. For her, Christianity included everyone and she knew that everyone was capable of bringing something of

Christ to her. She had a great love of the Blessed Mother, and a deep trust in the providence of God. May God reward her for her faithful labors of love and her life of prayer throughout her 77 years as a Franciscan Sister of Dillingen. In August 2013, when Sister Magdalen was in need of more help, she moved to St. Gerard’s Community of Care in Hankinson. There she gratefully received every effort to help her find comfort in her very advanced arthritic condition. To all the staff of St. Gerard’s, the Sisters and family of Sister Magdalen offer their sincerest thanks and praise all the good that was done for her. Sister Magdalen is survived by her Community of Franciscan Sisters of Dillingen and family members including her sister Agnes Lucy, Harvey; sister-in-law, Mary (Albert) Schaan, Snohomish, Wash. and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Catherine (Miller) Schaan; eight brothers: Jacob, Joseph, William, Frank, Peter, Daniel, Paul and Albert Schaan; and three sisters: Sister Mary Ann Schaan, Theresa Schaan and Celestine Syverstad.

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Bishop John Folda, Fargo Diocese, blesses the sacred oils during the annual Chrism Mass on Mar. 22 at the Cathedral of St. Mary, Fargo. This oil will be used for anointing during baptisms, confirmation, ordinations and special blessings that occur in the coming year. (Kristina Lahr / New Earth)

Mercy is the mission of all those anointed by the Lord Bishop Folda blesses sacred chrism, priests renew promise to serve By Kristina Lahr


ach year, Fargo Diocese priests, deacons, seminarians, consecrated religious and lay faithful come to the Cathedral of St. Mary to celebrate the annual Chrism Mass. The Chrism Mass reminds us of our oneness in Christ through Baptism and its holy anointing made possible by the ministry of the bishop and his priests. During the liturgy, all faithful are called to renew their baptismal promises. Priests and deacons also renew their vow of obedience to the bishop and their commitment to serve God’s people. At the end of the Mass, the Holy Oils that were blessed are brought to parishes of the diocese for use in the coming year. “Brothers and sisters,” said Bishop Folda during his homily, “each one of us has received the mercy of God. In baptism, we were cleansed of our sins and made sharers in the divine life of God. We were made Christians, which means ‘anointed 16


ones.’ In Confirmation, we were anointed again to be Christ’s witnesses in the world, missionary disciples who go forth boldly and joyfully to live and share the good news of salvation in Christ. Mercy is always at the heart of our Christian lives, and it is mercy that sends us forth. Just as Jesus was anointed and sent forth in the Spirit, so are we. “My friends, mercy is our mission,” he said, “and this is not just the duty of priests, or of deacons, or religious. It is the mission of all those who have been anointed by the Lord.” Three oils are blessed during the Chrism Mass, each with a different purpose. Sacred Chrism is used for baptism, confirmation, Holy Orders and special blessings such as anointing an altar or church. Oil of the Sick is used for the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, and the Oil of Catechumens is used in preparation for the sacrament of baptism.

Holy Chrism is a mixture of olive oil (a symbol of richness of God’s grace) and balsam fragrance (a symbol of sweetness of Christian virtue). The Oil of Chrism is a sign of fullness of grace and spiritual strength; it consecrates and enables us to live out the call to follow Jesus the Christ (the anointed one) as baptized/confirmed/ordained Christians. Here Bishop Folda combines the olive oil and balsam fragrance. (Kristina Lahr / New Earth)

When the Chrism is blessed, the Bishop breathes over the open vessel. This is a symbol of the Holy Spirit, who blew over the face of the waters before creation (Gen 1, 2b), and of the risen Jesus, who appeared to his disciples and breathed on them saying “Receive the Holy Spirit”(John 20, 22-23). It is the Holy Spirit who consecrates this oil through the Bishop’s invocation. (Kristina Lahr / New Earth)

After Mass, priests, deacons, seminarians, Knights of Columbus and all faithful enjoyed the warm spring day. Here Bishop Folda extends a blessing to diocesan priests. (Kristina Lahr / New Earth) Father Robert Smith, pastor of St. Maurice’s Catholic Church in Kindred, along with most priests in the diocese, consecrates the bread and wine. All priests are invited to renew their commitment to service during the Chrism Mass. (Kristina Lahr / New Earth)

Third-graders from area Catholic Schools pray during the Chrism Mass. The Chrism blessed at the Mass will be used for their confirmation throughout April and the first week of May. (Kristina Lahr / New Earth)



A family finds low-cost merchandise at Nearly Nu Consignment & Emporium in Valley City. By purchasing, donating and volunteering at local thrift stores, faithful can support those in need. (submitted photo)

Thrift stores throughout diocese live out message of mercy By Kristina Lahr

St. Francis Thrift store, Fargo, provides short-term security for those in need

“It’s not for the accolades,” said Darryl Lutovski, board president and volunteer for St. Francis Thrift Store in Fargo. “I’m here because Jesus calls all of us to do the corporal works of mercy and be the face of mercy to all those that we can. The volunteers here see that too.” Lutovski, George Lacher, and many volunteers from Fargo area parishes and schools are the community of lay people that support St. Francis Thrift Store. The store provides usable clothing and goods and redistributes them at affordable prices for those in need. The store carries out the noble spirit of St. Francis and Pope Francis in helping the poor. Management together with the store personnel is dedicated to treating everyone with dignity and respect and tries to offer a helping hand to everyone in difficulty. “When you help 6,000 people a year, you got to be doing something right,” said Lacher. Everything in the store is donated and the profits are given 18


to those in need. The store operates with four employees and 1,500 volunteer hours a month. “It was set up for three reasons,” said Lutovski. “One reason was to provide quality merchandise for those who couldn’t afford more. Another was to help those who fall through the cracks. We specialize in aiding those given eviction notices, the homeless and those with unexpected medical expenses. It’s all short-term. It’s getting people over the hump until they can get something put together. The third reason is that there are a lot of people in the community and churches that want to help the poor, but they don’t know how. This is a way they can help, by volunteering. Our whole mission is a mission of mercy.” The profits from St. Francis Thrift Store are redirected to its outreach program that provides direct welfare assistance to those in need for emergency assistance for housing rent, utility bills, medical bills, transportation and other approved needs. In addition, it works with other agencies and churches under a voucher system where clothing and other goods can be received at no cost.

COVER STORY her job. Her lights and heat were being turned off, and she was being evicted. We were able to support her until she could get back on her feet again. “There’s so many stories that are just heartbreaking to deal with,” said Lacher. “Sometimes people can’t get social security because they’re not quite old enough or they need to wait six months, but in the meantime they don’t have anything.” Lacher knows what it’s like to be in a tough financial spot. “My dad died when I was nine years old. At that time, I don’t know if welfare was as established or if my mother was just a stubborn German lady who wouldn’t do it. There were three of us kids at home with her. I remember the priests who were at St. Mary’s Cathedral at the time, Father Sherman, Bishop Lessard and others. The help they gave us as kids gives me the feeling St. Francis Thrift Store in Fargo carries out the spirit of Pope Francis as an avenue for mercy. The store has three I can give back too.” goals, to provide quality merchandise, to aid to those in St. Francis Thrift Store is the only thrift store in Fargo with crisis situations and to offer a place where volunteers can an immediate outreach program. help the poor. (Kristina Lahr / New Earth) “When I started in 2008,” said Lacher. “I was very impressed “When someone is given a notice that their lights will be with the store and the outreach office and the need for helping shut off, and we’re able to support them in some way, some the less fortunate. To see some of the needs is unbelievable. people will just break down and cry,” said Lutovski. “They’re I wish we had more money to give. The more sales we can so relieved someone is willing to help them. And a lot of those do, the more we can help with the outreach and show mercy problems are beyond their control. There’s an abusive relationship, towards others. a divorce where the husband takes the money…” “We’ll see 50 people coming for assistance every week,” “We had a case where a 59-year-old woman had worked at a local grocery store for 30 years and developed serious cancer,” he said. “Multiply that by 50 weeks and you get an idea how said Lacher. “She came into the store. She’d spent absolutely many people we see. That doesn’t include their families. It’s everything she had. Because of her illness she was fired from astronomical the number of people in need there are. “The sad part too is that the numbers are increasing,” said A volunteer stocks shelves at Lutovski. “We’re seeing more and more people. What’s the St. Joseph’s Social Care and underlining cause, what do we do? There are so many factors Thrift Store in Grand Forks. in that.” The store came about in 1997 when there was a greater need St. Francis Thrift store began as St. Vincent de Paul Thrift for food and merchandise store in 1968. after the flood. “The store name is different, but there’s absolutely no difference (submitted photo) in what that store has done in the last 40 plus years. We’re still doing today what was done in the beginning, helping those in need in Cass and Clay County,” said Lacher. In 2015 the sales alone at St. Francis Thrift Store helped over 6,536 individuals with utilities, rent and clothing and life’s necessities in the amount of $348,885. “If you want security to know that every dollar and item you give is helping the needy, we’re a good outlet,” said Lacher.

Grand Forks thrift store sustains new need after 1997 flood

St. Joseph’s Social Care and Thrift Store in Grand Forks was founded after the flood of 1997 as a way of coordinating and unifying services among the Catholic parishes in Grand Forks. Each of the parishes had their own human need services and the decision was made to place all of those services under one roof to better serve the community. “We have a huge role in the community,” said JoAnn Brundin, executive director of St. Joseph’s Social Care and Thrift Store. “We meet the basic needs of 315 families on an average month in the food pantry alone.” NEW EARTH APRIL 2016


COVER STORY During the flood, the Catholic Churches in Grand Forks each had food pantries in their basements that needed to either be stored elsewhere or given to the community to prevent spoilage. In the years to come, there was still a need to have a central place for those in need. “The thrift store brings in a lot of dollars for operational costs,” said Brundin. “We give out used mattresses, furniture, bedding and household items to families in need. Last year we served 303 families for things they needed and take referrals from Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.” Since the first year the store opened, it was clear the Holy Spirit was at work. “We didn’t have a lot of money, but weird things would happen to keep us going. One day someone called and said they had these shelving units to donate. We weren’t doing pickups; we didn’t have a truck. I didn’t know how to get them. Just ten minutes later, someone with a truck was looking to fill some service hours. Things like that happened all the time. God was helping us out to get started.” Brundin has worked at St. Joseph’s for 15 years.

Volunteers at Nearly Nu sustain the store by cleaning, sorting and organizing. Sales from Nearly Nu support St. Catherine Catholic Church, Valley City, and other charities in the area. (submitted photo)

“I want others to know we have a great staff and board here,” said Brundin. “We are here to support the community and help unmet needs in any way. We started because of the needs from the flood. Hopefully we will be here a long time to come.”

Valley City and Devils Lake thrift stores support local churches, schools and charities

consignment area in Donations are sorted at the ted photo) mit (sub y. Nearly Nu, Valley Cit

“I just feel like God is calling me to do this. It’s been a great job. It’s something I need to do.” St. Joseph’s also provides a summer lunch program. Last year they provided 19,660 lunches and sent home 3,000 lunches to students in low-income families. “We wouldn’t make it without our volunteers. Everyone’s hours combined adds up to six full time people. A lot of those volunteers are from area churches.” The board consists of three members each from Holy Family, St. Mary’s and St. Michael’s Catholic Churches in Grand Forks. 20


In 1965, a few ladies of St. Catherine’s Catholic Church of Valley City had an idea. They were looking for a way to support their school, parish and community and decided a consignment and donation store would be a great way to do just that. Almost 50 years later, the Nearly Nu Consignment & Emporium continues to offer a mix of vintage, new and used items such as clothing, pottery, jewelry, art, furniture, antiques, collectibles and more. “I have the best job in the whole world,” said store manager Jan Reed. “It’s the constant surprise of the things that are brought in. You never know what you’re going to get.” Reed, along with many volunteers and a small staff help to clean, set and organize the store. “We try to run a darn good store. It’s a social event every day. We’ve worked really hard on it. I love what I do.” The store not only employs and offers customers discounted merchandise, but much of its profits are given to the St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Valley City and charities in the area. “We give to anything we feel is a good cause,” said Reed. “We’re always writing a check for something.” One of those good causes includes helping members of the community through tough situations. “If there’s been a fire or something, we provide the things the family needs. They don’t need to be a member of the parish.” With the help of six other volunteers, the Holy Spirit continues to be at work.


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“I owned an interior design business before I retired. I understand business and retail. And there’s no way that this store should work. The Holy Spirit is alive and well. We will be in dire need of something and it’ll show up the next day. There are times we run into big obstacles, we talk to God about it and then it gets taken care of. He’s just there all the time.” Rena Kenner, manager of St. Josephs’ Closet in Devils Lake, shares a similar experience. “Being able to talk with people gives me the opportunity

to help in some way and see how God lives in their life,” said Kenner. St. Joseph’s Closet began 30 years ago in the basement of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. It provides an option for used clothing at a reasonable price. It’s also a place where people with disabilities can find meaningful work. “Our everyday involves going through the donations, having jobs for people to do. Basically the operations of the retail business,” said Kenner. “It gives the community another choice, another place to buy cheaper things and not pay full price. “My favorite part of it is knowing we’re helping people. Some trouble will come up for someone and we have the opportunity to provide a way for them to continue with their everyday life. It’s a place I feel I can work closely with the faith and help people come back to the church. Working with Fr. Wilhelm is a blessing.” St. Joseph’s Catholic Church owns the business and assists with providing trailers to move furniture, advertising and whatever is needed. In turn, profits from St. Joseph’s Closet also benefits St. Joseph’s Catholic School with tuition costs. St. Joseph’s Closet also provides a store house where donations are brought. Those who find themselves in need are given vouchers to pick out items they need. “They’re already going through enough in their lives. It’s an opportunity for them to get back on track.”

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ternity is worth the awkwardness,” John Leyendecker recently told a crowd of a few hundred college students when teaching them how to proclaim the gospel to their peers. In the work of evangelization we are often more comfortable with predictable and planned programs than we are with risky encounters when something is really at stake. John was picking up on the fact that any real evangelization will involve a risk, for some the perceived fear of being unexpectedly placed in an awkward conversation about religion. Nevertheless, inviting someone into a deeper relationship with God, whether for the first time or making intentional steps towards sanctity, is always worth the risk, for the fruits can make a difference for eternity. Kiko Arguello, founder of the Neocatechumenal Way, a lay movement that has ordained 1,200 priests since it began in Madrid fifty years ago, and has another 1,500 in formation in its seminaries throughout the world, experienced much more than awkwardness in his attempts to share the Gospel. His book, The Kerygma, is a unique work, being less of theological vision or organized program, and more of an account of personal stories and encounters as Kiko lives and serves with many different groups of people. Finding himself in unexpected predicaments with solutions that require a radical trust in God, he provides a number of case studies for how the new

evangelization is carried out in practice, especially by living out a radical love for one’s enemies and intentional pursuit of unity among peoples. A couple of my favorite stories have to do with accepting the humiliation of being chased on a bus by fifteen shantytown dogs who make the author late for his studies in the city, and another account of trying to teach Gypsies to turn the other cheek before a grudge match to settle a dispute related to a rival leader’s offended mother. Some familiar with the Neocatechumenal may not be excited about every aspect of their practices, but one cannot deny the impact they are having throughout the Church. A pair of Cardinals, Christoph Schonborn and Antonio Canizares both took the time to write a theological commentary and introduction to The Kerygma, giving proper context to Kiko’s experience, and showing that his encounters may provide a pattern for evangelization outside of Spain. The Cardinals’ contribution to the book should not be overlooked. It’s also a fitting read for this Easter season, when we read so much from the Acts of the Apostles, as the early Church preached the saving message for the first time. While The Kerygma will not provide us with more methods and theories about evangelization, it will relate concrete events in which one can see the hand of God at work in surprising ways. One may even be inspired to do more than continue talking about evangelization, but also roll up their sleeves to give it a try. Indeed, eternity is worth it.

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Bishop Folda and Father Kadlec join St. Benedict’s youth in Wild Rice to assemble birthday bags for distribution at the Emergency Food Pantry. The goal of the Birthday Bags Project is to provide children with a gift bag including a cake mix, frosting and a handmade card that parents can give to their children on their birthdays. (submitted photo)

St. Benedict parish, Wild Rice, keeps birthdays special for those in need


By Barb Witteman

hat happens if you are a child who is food insecure and in regular need of food assistance on your birthday? Most likely you could be celebrating your special day without a cake. The Social Justice Committee of St. Benedict Catholic Church in Wild Rice is trying to change that. To honor Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy, the parish created the Birthday Bags Project to help support the mission of the Emergency Food Pantry (EFP) located in Fargo. The EFP serves Cass and Clay counties and has seen a steady increase in numbers of clients. More than 24,000 children were helped in 2015. The goal of the Birthday Bags Project is to provide children with a gift bag including a cake mix, frosting and a handmade card that parents can give to their children on their birthdays. On Feb. 17, Bishop John Folda and Father Jared Kadlec joined the St. Benedict’s youth group to make cards and assemble bags for distribution at the Emergency Food Pantry. More than 200 cards were made and 78 birthday bags were assembled. Nearly 1,400 birthday bags have been distributed since the project began in September 2015.



Rylan Bures meets his Parish Pal, Mary Anne McKenna at Holy Family-St. Mary’s Catholic School in Grand Forks. Parish pals pray and write letters to others within the parish. Rylan is a fourth grader at Holy Family-St. Mary’s Catholic School and Mary Anne is a member of Holy Family parish. The age difference between them is 70 years! The fourth and fifth graders at Holy Family-St. Mary’s Catholic School have formed many friendships through the Parish Pal program. (submitted photo)

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A light in the storm By Father Bert Miller


ust one more snow story and the winter will be officially over. The woman observed that her father’s eyes were frozen open As March 15 passed and I read The Forum article about the each time he got back to the house. He persevered and they all blizzard of 1941, I realized I had been hearing stories about got home. They were safe and soon warm for the rest of the storm. that storm for years. A deacon tells of the storm blowing into the Fingal area of While I was in Grafton (1996-2004), the 60th anniversary of western Cass County. He had left the farmstead that Saturday the great storm passed. I recall my cook telling a story of the afternoon with his dad, two brothers and a sister for town where storm that came up quickly after a rather sunny and warm they would drop off the cream can and go to the Stations of the afternoon. No one knew it was coming and then suddenly it Cross. During Stations, the storm blew up. They got the cream was there – howling out of the northwest. can and the check and headed north for the two-mile ride home. They got a mile out of town when the Model T stopped. Probably Due to the weather conditions earlier in the day, many families the spark plugs were wet. Dad told them to get out, he would had left the farms to enjoy a day in town. Along bustling Highway turn the car around and they would go back to Fingal. They did 17 where the farmhouses then were much closer together than as told; pushing the car was pretty easy. “The wind did much they are now, many of those traveling for the day had to abandon of the work,” the deacon said. their cars on the roads or ditches when the storm came up. Cars then were not like they are today. The car was not a good shelter; The next day, they got home. Their family was delighted to the travelers would have to get to a house. see them. My deacon’s mother feared they had died in the storm. Farm families at home when the storm blew in realized they One storm, three experiences of life threatened and saved. Every needed to help save those on the road. They lit their lanterns story is different and unique. and set them in the window for travelers to see. The signal was It reminds me of what happens when we gather together as that any traveler seeing the light was welcome at the farmhouse. family and friends to read the story of God the Father, Jesus and My cook said that newspaper reports later noted that many the Holy Spirit. Each of us is touched by a different detail, each of the farmhouses and families along Highway 17 had so many of us has a different story that relates, and, in discussing these, guests that there was not room for everyone to sit down. They we reveal the many seeds of faith God has planted in us. As we played cards and games, prayed for those lost in the storm, return to life after the winter and gather as family and friends cooked and ate everything the family had to eat and slept a little. this spring, what better way to celebrate than with a story or Another woman who had lived in the Oslo, Minn. area along passage of Sacred Scripture to light our way to the future and the Red River told me how her stranded family of four made it our salvation. the last mile home out of that same storm. She had gone with Father Bert Miller serves as pastor at Blessed Sacrament Catholic mom and dad and her little brother to town for a load of coal. The Church in West Fargo. vehicle pulling the trailer full of coal could not fight the storm and get them home safely. So, dad tied a rope around himself Editor’s Note: Stories of Faith is a recurring feature in New and her and walked her home; along the way, he counted the Earth. If you have a faith story to tell, contact Father Bert Miller at fence posts. They made it. He went back to the car two more times to get her brother and then her mom. NEW EARTH APRIL 2016



Is assisted suicide an act of mercy?


f there is one provide care, service and supervision to those unable to t h e m e t h a t live alone. According to the North Dakota Long Term Care runs through Association the recent cuts will result in a loss of 40% of service all manifestations providers in the program. Meanwhile, nursing facilities are Catholic o f m e rc y i t i s taking a $25.1 million hit. Action the call to never The lack of services can contribute to subtle pressures to abandon. Mercy relieve perceived — but not actual — burdens. Without realizing Christoper Dodson calls us not to it, we can be tempted to make health care decisions, especially abandon those in for those at the end of life, for reasons of convenience disguised prison, the hungry, as compassion. the poor, the homeless, the women who have had abortions, the God never abandons and nor should we. True mercy, true unborn, refugees or those with disabilities. compassion, does not mean aiding in killing or taking actions True mercy also means not abandoning the dying or the dead. that intentionally and directly cause death by act or omission. Under the guise of “mercy” and “compassion” assisted We must provide ordinary care, including artificial food and suicide and euthanasia are becoming increasingly acceptable. water, so long as it provides a benefit. We can provide pain relief Five states – Washington, California, Oregon, Vermont and and comfort care, even if the method or treatment indirectly Montana – allow assisted suicide and at least five states are and unintentionally shortens life. The overarching principle is considering legislation to legalize it. to “be with,” not abandon. Proponents portray assisted suicide as a merciful act necessary To help guide decisions, whether they are made by you or to relieve a terminally-ill person’s pain and suffering, despite by someone speaking on your behalf, get the Catholic Healththe fact that most of the laws do not require a person to actually care Directive from the North Dakota Catholic Conference at: be in pain or truly be terminally ill. They go to great lengths to or call (701) 223-2519. avoid the fact that assisted suicide is assisted killing. Christopher Dodson is executive director of the North Dakota Catholic Like abortion, assisted suicide and euthanasia are not examples Conference. The NDCC acts on behalf of the Catholic bishops of North of society rising up to meet the needs of the suffering but are Dakota to respond to public policy issues of concern to the Catholic instead examples of society giving up and abandoning those Church and to educate Catholics and the general public about Catholic in need. social doctrine. The conference website is As one of the official documents for the Year of Mercy reminds us:

“God never abandons and nor should we. True mercy, true compassion, does not mean aiding in killing or taking actions that intentionally and directly cause death by act or omission. We must provide ordinary care, including artificial food and water, so long as it provides a benefit.” – Christopher Dodson

The word for mercy in Latin is misericordia. The etymology of the word derives from the Latin misere (misery, necessity) and cor/cordis (heart) and is identified with having a heart full of solidarity with those in need. So in everyday language mercy is identified with compassion and forgiveness.

Mercy, therefore, is linked to compassion. Compassion means to “suffer with.” As Jason Adkins, my counterpart in Minnesota, puts it: “Sending someone home with a vial of pills to die, and perhaps even die alone, is not compassion, it’s not humane.” Even in jurisdictions that stop short of legalizing assisted suicide, we can be tempted to abandon the frail and the dying. North Dakotans needing long-term care, for example, are among those hardest hit by the recent state budget cuts. The Basic Care Assistance Program funds services that 26



Comfort the shipwrecked: Titanic priest a model of mercy “Once he recognized the gravity of the situation, he headed down to the steerage to help third-class women and children onto the deck and into the lifeboats. ‘Be calm, my good people,’ he was heard saying.” – Christina Capecchi


he was heard saying. Father Byles met the haunting sights, sounds and Twenty smells with an other Something worldly peace. “A few around us Christina Capecchi became very excited,” Ellen Mocklare, a young Irish woman, later told reporters, “and then it was that the priest again raised his hand and instantly they were calm once more. The passengers were immediately impressed by the absolute self-control of the priest.” Survivors said Father Byles was offered a lifeboat twice but refused it, determined to minister to passengers in their hour of greatest need, even though it would cost him his life. He heard confessions, gave absolution, offered blessings and led prayers, including the Hail Mary, whose back-and-forth recitation provided a steady measure amid chaos. The words “Holy Mary” rang out loud and clear. As 2:20 a.m. neared, more than 100 people were trapped on the stern, raising perilously high, Father Byles among them. They knelt before him in an act of contrition, and he granted them general absolution. As Ellen Mocklare was carried away on a lifeboat, she could hear the priest’s voice and murmured responses to his prayers. “They then became fainter and fainter, until I could only hear the strains of ‘Nearer, My God, To Thee’ and the screams of the people left behind.” “There let the way appear, steps unto heaven,” the old hymn goes. “All that thou sendest me, in mercy given. Angels to beckon me nearer, my God, to Thee.”

ather Thomas Byles was 42 when he boarded the Titanic with his second-class ticket and portable altar stone. He had made arrangements with Captain Edward Smith to secure space on the ocean liner to celebrate Mass. Even on vacation a priest is never off duty, he knew, but the Catholic convert would have it no other way. He saw his faith as “a wonderfully great gift,” he once wrote to his brother, William, “a truly marvelous and altogether supernatural support…” It was William who had prompted Father Byles’ crossAtlantic trip, asking his oldest brother to come to New York to marry him. The British priest had served a decade of priestly ministry and was well loved by his small rural parish, St. Helen’s, where folks helped pay for his Titanic ticket. It cost 13 pounds. He boarded on Wednesday, April 10, 1912 – three days after Easter Sunday – sized up the ship, then wrote to his parish housekeeper while the Titanic was anchored at Cherbourg, France: “Everything so far has gone very well, except that I have somehow managed to lose my umbrella.” He wondered when he would next be able to celebrate Mass and promised to write again as soon as he arrived in New York. Clad in his Roman collar, the priest with the gentle, Christina Capecchi is a freelance writer from Inver Grove Heights, Minn., scholarly look – glasses, a strong nose and firm jawline – became and the editor of a familiar sight throughout the week. Father Byles spent most of Saturday, travel day four, hearing confessions. On the fifth day he celebrated Mass in the second-class lounge and again in the designated third-class space. This day is now known as Divine Mercy Sunday. He preached about the prospect of “spiritual shipwreck,” urging the Catholics to seek a spiritual lifeboat in the form of prayer and the sacraments. At 11:40 that night Father Byles was on the deck clutching his breviary and praying Night Prayer when the Titanic struck the iceberg. He packed a lifetime of priestly ministry into the next three hours, performing the most intense mix of corporal and spiritual works of mercy he had ever done – a model for all in this Year of Mercy. Once he recognized the gravity of the situation, he headed down to the steerage to help third-class women and children onto the deck and into the lifeboats. “Be calm, my good people,” NEW EARTH APRIL 2016



Your will won’t work well when… 1.) …it’s out- 2.) …it’s legally invalid Your will can contain all the information you think you want of-date

How old is your will? Have you Stewardship reviewed it in the last three years? Steve Schons If not, chances are it could use some attention. Anumber of personal factors can affect your will such as changes in income, employment, family size or marital status. External factors such as new federal or state laws can also require the revision of your will. Have any of the following things occurred in the last few years?

• Move to another state • New business venture • Children less dependent • Death in family • Serious illness in family • Marriage or divorce • Birth of child • Executor can’t serve • Trustee can’t serve • Desire to change guardian • Grandchildren • Change in giving interests • Job promotion • Purchase of life insurance • New out-of-state property • Purchase of home • More property in joint names • Major change in finances

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and not be worth the paper it’s written on. This is more likely to be true if your will is old or if you tried to cut corners by using generic forms from a stationery store. A will can be invalid if it is unsigned or witnessed improperly. There’s just no substitute for having a competent attorney involved. In the short run, it may cost you a bit more, but it will certainly provide greater peace of mind and possibly deliver your survivors from a nightmare.

3.) …it conflicts with other plans

Your will should be coordinated with your other estate transfer documents. For example, insurance proceeds and brokerage accounts pass outside the will to the named beneficiaries. Pension funds are also distributed outside the will. A will that truly works well will take all of these other assets into consideration.

4.) …it fails to fulfill your desires

Your will should accomplish exactly what you want. Do you want your children to receive their inheritance all at once or at various intervals? Do you want your charitable gifts to be used for unrestricted purposes, or do you want to earmark the funds to meet specific needs? Do you want to give your Catholic Church a percentage of your estate or a set amount? Perhaps you didn’t know all the options when you signed your will. Later, you discovered other ways to make your bequests. You may feel dissatisfied with your will. It may work as a legal document, but fail to work well as the expression of your true desires. Is it time to redo your will? If so, maybe it’s a good time to make an appointment with your attorney as soon as possible. You should be satisfied and confident about your estate plan. Steve Schons is director of stewardship and development for the Diocese of Fargo and president of the Catholic Development Foundation. He can be reached at or (701) 356-7926.

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Trusting in Christ with the help of our Blessed Mother

ince having entered seminary, one of the many spiritual graces I continuously need is trusting in God’s will for my life. This is a lot harder than I thought it would be. A great intercessor for trusting in God’s will, has been our Blessed Mother. She trusts God perfectly; she inspires me to trust in God even though I cannot do it as perfectly as she does. In my spiritual life I have found that praying and meditating on Mary’s response in the mysteries of the rosary has especially helped me to grow in trust of God’s will. The rosary has been incredibly helpful in my spiritual journey to trust God more. As a young teenager the rosary was not my favorite prayer. To be honest, it seemed to take forever. I prayed the rosary, but it wasn’t especially fruitful because I was usually not really paying attention. It was just one of those prayers that my family always prayed together. However, later in my high school years I started to appreciate the rosary more. I started to think about and meditate more on the events of Jesus’ life described in each mystery of the rosary. Each decade became more real to me as I prayed. Here at St. Gregory the Great Seminary, one of my favorite places to pray the rosary is the Chapel of Mary, which is one of the two side chapels attached to the main chapel. One of the main reasons I like the Chapel of Mary is the statue of our Blessed Mother. Mary is shown softly cradling the infant Jesus with her left arm, his head is gently pressed against her shoulder and his hand rests above her heart. He sleeps free from troubles; full of trust in the loving arms of his mother. As I meditate on this beautiful statue I reflect on Mary’s gaze of love, which moves from Jesus to us. Her loving gaze invites us to lay down our troubles and worries in the presence of her son. She calls us to simply trust that he will take care of us no matter what happens in our lives. This statue of Mary holding the infant Jesus in her arms has been a great help in my meditation on the mysteries of the rosary, especially on the Joyful Mysteries and on the Annunciation in particular. At the beginning of this second semester at seminary, I started praying a decade of the rosary after night prayer each night. The Annunciation is one of the mysteries of the rosary that I keep returning to and reflecting upon. At the Annunciation God sent his angel Gabriel to Mary to ask her to be the Mother of God. When the angel asked this of Mary, she trusted God completely. Mary did not stop to think about how this would affect her future. She did not send Gabriel back to God with the message that she needed time to consider her career options. No, she immediately and humbly entrusted herself to God’s will and said “Let it be it done to me according to your word.” This humble trust that Mary radiates at the Annunciation is the kind of trust that I desire in my own life. I pray through Mary’s intercession that God will give me the grace to trust in him like she did. Following in Mary’s example is especially helpful, because Jesus gave us to Mary as her children and her to us as our mother. As our mother, Mary wants what is best for us, as any mother does for her children. She always wants to lead us closer to Jesus

because he can bring us lasting happiness and joy.

Seminarian Quinn Krebs is a College I student studying at Life St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward, Quinn Krebs Neb. Quinn grew up in Morris, Minn. and Jamestown and was homeschooled. Quinn enjoys meeting seminarians from different dioceses, reading and playing sports. If not in seminary, he would probably be studying for a degree in history. Editor’s Note: Seminarian Life is a monthly column written by current Diocese of Fargo seminarians. It gives New Earth readers a glimpse of what these discerning young men are experiencing. Let us know if there is something you would like to know about the life of a seminarian. Perhaps, it will inspire an article from one of them. And, please continue to pray for them.

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Events across the diocese

Join NDSU and UND Newman Centers for the 31st Bike Race and Ride

Learning to equip young disciples and call youth to mission

The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry is sponsoring the workshop series by the Center for Ministry Development in five locations in April. This workshop includes four sessions throughout the day with the theme, “Calling Youth to Mission, Equipping Young Disciples.” Session 1 – Following Christ: As leaders, our attention to our conversion as disciples is the source of our ministry. Those who participate in this workshop will recall their encounter with Christ, the communities that deepen their relationship with Christ, their experience of the practices of discipleship and their engagement in mission and ministry. Session 2 – Calling youth to missionary discipleship: Through exploration of the research and shared experience of faith communities, participants will explore the process for engaging today’s youth and helping them grow as disciples. Session 3 – Becoming a disciple-building parish: To help young disciples grow, we change the way we look at all aspects of our ministry with youth and families. Participants will reflect on their parish ministries, imagine new ways to support families and engage in new methods for helping youth grow in their relationship with Christ. Session 4 – Disciple-building action plan: Each community has what it needs to support and form young disciples. In this session participants will develop a step-by-step plan for accompanying youth in their response to Christ’s presence in their life.

Dates, times and locations:

Thursday, Apr. 21, 3 p.m.-8:45 p.m. St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 401 Broadway, Napoleon

Friday, Apr. 22, 8:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church, 5202 25th St. S, Fargo

Saturday, Apr. 23, 8:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Holy Family Catholic Church, 1018 18th Ave S, Grand Forks Sunday, Apr. 24, 10 a.m.-3:45 p.m. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 501 4th St. NE, Devils Lake

Monday, Apr. 25, 3:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 322 Sinclair St., Bottineau

Cost of the workshop is $25/person and includes resources and meals. To register, call Kathy at (701) 356-7902 or go to Deadline to register is April 14.



Saturday, Apr. 30 marks the 31st annual Newman Center Bike Race. This is a major fundraiser that helps fund the daily operations of the Newman Centers at both NDSU and UND. If you would like to participate in the bike race as a rider or volunteer, contact St. Paul Newman Center in Fargo at (701) 235-0142 or St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center in Grand Forks at (701) 777-6850.

Join Catholic Charities in awarding the annual Caritas Award

All are welcome to join Catholic Charities ND as they honor Deacon James and Henrietta Nistler with the Caritas Award for their work with the African Mission. The Caritas Award is given to those who bring faith, hope and love to the least of God’s people, fulfilling the mission of Catholic Charities. The luncheon will be held May 10 from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Spirit of Life Church in Mandan. RSVPs are required. To learn more and reserve your seat visit www.CatholicCharitiesND. org, email, or call (701) 2354457. You are welcome to attend an open house afterwards from 2-4 p.m. at the Catholic Charities Bismarck office located at 600 South 2nd Street.

Chip In for Charity golf discount passes now available

Chip In for Charity golf passes allow the cardholder a free or discounted round of golf at 94 courses across North Dakota and western Minnesota. All proceeds support the good works of Catholic Charities ND including pregnancy, parenting, adoption services, foster care, guardianship, counseling and more. Learn more and order online for only $40 at www. or by calling Catholic Charities at (701) 235-4457. Use the card once or twice and it will pay for itself!

Monsignor Daniel Pilon to celebrate 40th anniversary of ordination

Monsignor Daniel Pilon will be celebrating his 40th anniversary of Priestly Ordination on June 5. The celebration will be held at Our Lady of Peace Church in Mayville beginning with Solemn Vespers led by Bishop Folda at 4 p.m. A program and reception will follow. Please RSVP by May 9 to Our Lady of Peace Church, 846 5 St. SE, Mayville, ND 58257.


FirstChoice Clinic hosts Golf Fore Life event

On June 7, First Choice Clinic will be hosting their 22nd Golf Fore Life event at Rose Creek Golf Course in Fargo. Adult golfers of all skill levels are encouraged to join in the fun and fundraising. Golf Fore Life will begin at 7:30 a.m. followed by an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Lunch and awards will commence around 12:30 p.m. Golfers are asked to set a fundraising goal and invite family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to support their efforts to raise money for First Choice Clinic. Over the past 20 years, golfers have raised close to one million dollars for the clinic. All proceeds from this 18-Hole scramble will go directly to FirstChoice Clinic to continue providing unconditional support to those facing an unplanned pregnancy. Not only do golfers have the opportunity to help sustain First Choice financially, but participants can enjoy the experience of telling others about the incredible impact of the clinic’s work in people’s lives, both born and unborn. Call First Choice Clinic Outreach Director Mona Franck at (701) 237-5902 to register. After submitting the $100 registration fee, golfers will be given more information about the event, coaching and tools for setting and achieving fundraising goals. For more news and events, visit the “News and Events” section of the diocesan website:

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A Glimpse of the Past

These news items, compiled by Dorothy Duchschere, were found in issues of the Diocese of Fargo newspaper, New Earth, and its predecessor, Catholic Action News.

50 Years Ago....1966

The Catholic School Board of Fargo was recently incorporated and will be the governing body of the Catholic elementary and secondary schools in Fargo. Frank Magill, a member of Nativity Church on Fargo’s south side was named president of the new board at the organizational meeting at St. Anthony of Padua Church. All of the Catholic parochial schools of Fargo have had individual school boards and they will continue to focus on problems regarding those individual schools. The over-all Catholic School program will be in the hands of the newly organized school board. - Catholic Action News – Apr. 1955

20 Years Ago....1996

Renovation of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fargo is running behind schedule, but the project is expected to be completed by the end of April. “There are always unforeseen developments,” said Fr. Peter Hughes, rector of the Cathedral. Small cracks were discovered in the storm windows outside the stained-glass windows, allowing rain to leak in and cause damage to the interior walls. A happy surprise was discovered when acoustical tiles were removed from the walls above the large stained-glass windows. Two beautiful icons of Christ the teacher and of Our Mother of Perpetual Help were discovered. After consultation with a local historian and art expert, it was decided to restore these valuable elements of the Cathedral’s history. - New Earth – Apr. 1996

10 Years ago....2006

A permanent earthen dike constructed around the grounds of St. Benedict’s Church in Wild Rice helped parishioners and Fr. Dan Pilon, pastor, breathe a little easier this spring. This is the third major flood the parishioners have experienced in the past 10 years. In 1997 they were displaced for a month. - New Earth – Apr. 2006

Diocesan policy: Reporting child abuse

The Diocese of Fargo is committed to the protection of youth. Please report any incidents or suspected incidents of child abuse, including sexual abuse, to civil authorities. If the situation involves a member of the clergy or a religious order, a seminarian or an employee of a Catholic school, parish, the diocesan offices or other Catholic entity within the diocese, we ask that you also report the incident or suspected incident to Monsignor Joseph P. Goering at (701) 356-7945 or Larry Bernhardt at (701) 356-7965 or VictimAssistance@ For additional information about victim assistance, visit NEW EARTH APRIL 2016



Life’s milestones Fendts celebrate 65th wedding anniversary, birthdays

Erwin and Rosa (Distler) Fendt were married in Germany in 1951. In 1956 they moved to Fargo, where Erwin worked for Quality Bakery. Erwin celebrated his 85th birthday Mar. 23 and Rosa will celebrate her 90th birthday June 6. They have four children, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Erwin and Rosa are parishioners of Nativity Catholic Church in Fargo.

Charles and Kay Morehead celebrate birthdays

Charles and Kay were married at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Fargo Oct. 2 1993 by Kay’s son, Father Luiten, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Park River and St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Veseleyville. Kay’s 90th birthday was celebrated Oct. 7, 2015. She has two children, Maureen Anderson and Father Gary Luiten (pictured here) seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Charles celebrated his 95th birthday Dec. 16, 2015. He has five children, ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

O’Connors celebrate 70 years of marriage

Francis and Dorothy O’Connor were married at St. John’s Catholic Church in New Rockford on Apr. 24, 1946. They were members of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, rural Bremen, until moving to New Rockford in 1981. Francis was active in the Knights of Columbus and served as a Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and Mass server. Dorothy was active in the Christian Mothers, Altar Society and served as a rosary leader. They have five children, 16 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.



Adele Hankey celebrates 90 years

Adele Hankey, parishioner of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Park River will celebrate her 90th birthday on Apr. 21. She is an active member in the Altar Society and First Care Hospital Auxillary.

Sophia Van Hook celebrates 102 years

On Mar. 7, Sophia Van Hook celebrated her 102nd birthday. Sophia was a long-time parishioner of St. Paul’s Newman Center, St. Mary’s Cathedral, as well as the Catholic Daughters in Fargo. A close family celebration was held on Mar. 6. Pictured here with Sophia are her sons, Tom, (Patty) of Chandler, Ariz., left and John, (Mary) of Minneapolis, Minn., right.

Josephine Poitra celebrates 105th birthday

Josephine Poitra (pictured with one of three sixth generations) celebrated her 105th birthday on Christmas Day 2015. She is the mother of 14 children, 54 grandchildren, 152 great-grandchildren, 147 great-great grandchildren and three great-great-great grandchildren. She was married for 60 years to her late husband, Mike, who passed away Apr. 10, 1986. Josephine now resides at the Rolette Community Care Center in Rolette. Josephine is a parishioner of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Belcourt.

Share Life’s Milestones As a way to celebrate life and love, we encourage parishioners throughout the Diocese of Fargo to send photos of anniversaries of 60 or more years, or birthdays of 80 or more years to: New Earth, Diocese of Fargo, 5201 Bishops Blvd. S., Suite A, Fargo, ND 58104-7605 or


Mother Angelica, Foundress of the EWTN Global Catholic Network, dies age 92 By EWTN Global Catholic Network

Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, P.C.P.A., foundress of the EWTN Global Catholic Network, died peacefully Easter Sunday, surrounded by the Poor Clare Nuns of Perpetual Adoration of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Ala.


other Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, P.C.P.A., known to millions around the world as Foundress of the EWTN Global Catholic Network, died peacefully Easter Sunday, surrounded by the Poor Clare Nuns of Perpetual Adoration of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Ala. “This is a sorrow-filled day for the entire EWTN Family,” said EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw. “Mother has always, and will always, personify EWTN, the Network which she founded. In the face of sickness and long-suffering trials, Mother’s example of joy and prayerful perseverance exemplified the Franciscan spirit she held so dear. We thank God for Mother Angelica and for the gift of her extraordinary life.” Born Rita Antoinette Rizzo in Canton, Ohio in 1923, she entered the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration in Cleveland on Aug. 15, 1944 at the age of 21. A year later, she received her religious name – Sister Mary Angelica of the Annunciation. Soon after, the Cleveland Monastery established a new foundation in Canton, and Sister Angelica was chosen to be a member of the community there. On Jan. 2, 1947 she made her first profession of vows and in January 1953, Sister Angelica took her solemn vows as a Poor Clare nun. In 1956, while awaiting a delicate spinal surgery, Sister Angelica made a promise that, if God would permit her to walk again, she would build a monastery in the South. On May 20, 1962, Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Irondale, Ala. was dedicated by Archbishop Thomas J. Toolen of Mobile. In Irondale, Mother Angelica’s vision took form and her

distinctive approach to teaching the Catholic Faith led to parish talks, the publication of pamphlets and books, then radio and television opportunities. By 1980, the Nuns had converted the garage of their monastery into a television studio. Despite having only a high school education, no television experience and only $200 in the bank, Mother Angelica officially launched the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) on Aug. 15, 1981 and served as the Network’s first Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. She famously refused to air paid advertisements to fund her Network, relying solely on viewer donations, despite coming close to bankruptcy on several occasions. More than 34 years later, EWTN is the largest Catholic media network in the world, transmitting 11 separate television channels in multiple languages, reaching more than 264 million homes in 145 countries and territories. The Network now also includes multiple radio platforms, online and digital media outlets, global news services and a publishing group. Known for her humor and ability to colloquially communicate the Catholic Faith to both Catholics and non-Catholics alike, her popular EWTN television show, “Mother Angelica Live” was launched in 1983. Episodes of the program continue to air regularly and have been translated into multiple languages including Spanish, German and Ukrainian. In addition to the Eternal Word Television Network and Our Lady of the Angels Monastery, Mother Angelica also founded the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word, a religious community of men based in Irondale. In 1995, Mother Angelica was inspired by God to begin construction of a new monastery and church on a nearly 400 acre site in rural Hanceville, Ala. By 1999, the nuns relocated from Irondale to the new site in Hanceville. Our Lady of the Angels Monastery and the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament were formally dedicated in December 1999. The Shrine remains one of the most visited tourist sites in the State of Alabama. Before stepping down as EWTN’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 2000, Time magazine described Mother Angelica as, “arguably the most influential Roman Catholic woman in America.” Throughout her life, she struggled with painful illnesses and physical challenges. On Christmas Eve of 2001, Mother Angelica suffered a debilitating stroke and cerebral hemorrhage which took away her capacity to speak. In 2009, she was awarded the prestigious Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal by Pope Benedict XVI in recognition of her faithful and extraordinary service to the Roman Catholic Church. This past February, while on board the plane taking him to Cuba, Pope Francis sent a special blessing to Mother Angelica, and asked her for her prayers. Mother Angelica’s final years were prayerful and quiet, spent with her nuns at the Monastery she built in Hanceville. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated April 1 at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville. NEW EARTH APRIL 2016


Pilgrimages during the Jubilee Year of Mercy By Mary Hanbury

his Passion and Resurrection and to be united with him by being at the site. After awhile, other places became significant pilgrimage sites as people not only wanted to visit the sites where Jesus lived but also those with special significance to his Mother, the apostles and other saints. For the pilgrim it was also important to see the special places and pray at the tombs of the saints who could now intercede to God on their behalf. There are many Catholic pilgrimage sites around the world. The two most popular through the centuries are the Holy Land and Rome. Due to the conflicts in the Holy Land throughout the centuries, most pilgrims tended to flock to Rome. In 1300 Pope Boniface called the first Jubilee year. He referred to it as a year of forgiveness and conversion. He made a special plea for people to come on pilgrimage to Rome, especially to the tombs of St. Peter and of St. Paul. It was these two ordinary men who transformed their lives and then the world by their encounter with Christ and their desire to be his instruments in the plan of salvation. Today, that tradition of pilgrimage during a Jubilee year continues. Pope Francis declared for this Jubilee year that, “the

Faithful from St. Philip Neri parish, Napoleon, and St. John the Evangelist, Wahpeton, gather for a photo at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome during their pilgrimage in March. During this Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis encourages faithful to embark on a pilgrimage. (submitted photo)


Jubilee year is typically called by the Holy Father every 25 years. Pope Francis called an extraordinary Jubilee this year, and in addition to doing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, he asked for pilgrimages to occur. Traditionally, pilgrimage has always been an important part of one’s spiritual life. In recognition of this tradition, Pope Francis has asked the faithful, if they are able, to embark on a pilgrimage. A pilgrim is one who is on a journey – not just any journey but one that involves traveling to a specific place to have an encounter with God. When we become a pilgrim we remove ourselves from our own comforts of home and daily routines. We step out of our daily lives in order to refresh the soul, to reawaken it and to bring about a change. The journey helps us to let go of our daily distractions so that we can focus on the encounter. Jesus went on pilgrimage to Jerusalem every year to offer a sacrifice in the temple. This tradition of pilgrimage continued after the Resurrection as people wanted to walk in the very footsteps of Jesus in the Holy Land. It was a way to remember 34


Pilgrims walk through the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica. (submitted photo)

Youth from St. Philip Neri parish, Napoleon, visit Santa Maria in Vallicella (Our Lady in the Little Valley) church in Rome this past January where St. Philip Neri’s tomb is located. (submitted photo)

practice of pilgrimage has a special place in the Holy Year, because it represents the journey each of us makes in this life. “Life itself is a pilgrimage, and the human being is a viator [traveler], a pilgrim traveling along the road, making his way to the desired destination.” This year two parish groups from the Diocese of Fargo made the journey to Rome. The youth from St. Philip Neri parish in Napoleon went to Rome on pilgrimage just after Christmas. They were able to be at the tomb of St. Philip Neri for Mass and also got a special tour of his rooms where he lived and worked. Many items from his life are on display, but not open to the public. They were also able to walk through the Holy Doors at some of the Basilicas, only opened during Jubilee Years. The adults from St. John the Evangelist parish in Wahpeton, along with some of the adults from St. Philip Neri parish were also able to go on pilgrimage to Rome this past March. They were able to walk through the Holy Doors of the Basilicas and participate with the Pope Francis in a Penance Service at St. Peter’s Basilica. Both groups expressed their gratefulness and the spiritual graces received as they came back with a renewed sense of faith.

Inspired by Pope Francis Adapted by Father Dale Lagodinski

Prayer for the Jubilee of Mercy

Mary Hanbury is the Evangelization and Catechesis Coordinator for the Diocese of Fargo. To learn about pilgrimage sites in the Diocese of Fargo, visit

Kaitlyn Breidenbach poses for a photo inside St. Peter’s Basilica. (submitted photo)

Lord Jesus Christ,

you teach us to be merciful as your heavenly Father is merciful. You teach that whoever sees you see the Father. Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from slavery of money, the adulteress and Magdalene from slavery of flesh. Your loving gaze brought Peter to tears and the repentant thief to paradise. Show us your face and we will be saved. Let us hear you when you met the Samaritan woman: “If only you knew what God gives.” You clothe your ministers in weakness so that they may feel compassion for the ignorant and misled.

May those we meet feel welcome, love and forgiven by God. Send us your anointing Spirit in this Jubilee Year of Mercy. Send your renewed and enthused Church to bring good news to the poor to proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed to restore sight to the blind. You are the visible face of the invisible Father, forgiving and merciful. Let your Church be your visible face in the world. We ask this through Mary, Mother of Mercy, you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.






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New Earth April 2016  

Magazine for the Catholic Diocese of Fargo, ND

New Earth April 2016  

Magazine for the Catholic Diocese of Fargo, ND