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. FATHER JOHN P. Driscoll, pastor of St. Lawrence Church, New Bedford, displays a gift given by Bishop Sean O'Malley at the Mass celebrating the 175th anniversary ofthe parish. In the background is Father Thomas E. O'Dea, parochial vicar at St. .-.1 .. Lawrence. Story.begins.on page 3. (Anchor/ Jolivet photos)


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A Franciscan priest, he served as a, missionary' in Brazil for. 52 The Rev. John Anthony Jan- years. Born in Fall River, he was a son son, OFM, died on Dec. 20 in ' of the late Alphonse and the late Brazil. He was 83. Marianna (Ouellette) Janson. , He was brought up in Blessed Sacrament parish,Fall River, and in :1991 he celebrated the golden jubilee of his ordination to the priesthood at a Mass in Blessed Sacrament Church in that city. He was ordained in 1941 in the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, by the late Bishop James Corrigan. He served in New York for two years before he and three other Franciscans left for missionary work in Brazil. He is survived by two sisters, Jeannette DeGagne of Fall River and Lucille Lavoie of New Bedford; and, several nieces, nephews and cousins. His funeral was held on Dec. 22 in Brazil. A memorial service will Rev. JohnA. Janson be held in Fall River in January.,

Ca,rdinal's weekday Mass· will be broadcast 'on cable NEW YORK (CNS) -- Cardinal John J. O'Connor's weekday Mass will become available to television viewers across the country through Odyssey, the interreligious cable net-work originally known as ,VISN and then until Sept. 29 as Faith & Values,. , David Macaione, a network official, said the Mass originating at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York would ·be added to the Monday-through-Friday schedule 'starting Jan. 6. Cardinal O'Connor celebrates the Mass when he is in'New York, and various other priests on the cathedral staff do so when the cardin~l is away. Odyssey has been carrying, a weekday Mass from St. Ann's Shrine in Scranton, Pa., at 9 a.m. Eastern time, and that will continue. Macaione said the Mass from St. Patrick's, which is actually at 7:30 a.-m., would be broadcast at II a.m. Eastern time in order to offer it to Catholics on the West Coast at what Mass-viewers seem to consider a convenient hour, 8 a.m. Pacific. This Mass is currently broadcast on a local New York cable channel, and Joseph Zwilling,' communications director for the New York Archdiocese, said local' viewers would be able to continue seeing it there. He said the Mass format would not be changed for the national brOlidcast, but that the archdiocese would seek to accelerate its plans for improving production values. Addition of the weekday Mass represents an "expanding relationship" with the network after its broadcast of several special services from St. Patrick's Cathedral in the past, Zwilling said. In another change effective in January, Odyssey is dropping the "Catholic A.M." half hour that has followed the 9 a.m. St. Ann's ~ass Monday through Friday.' FIVe Catholic programs have: each had that slot one day a week. Two of them, which' have been"

PLANNING THE 1997 Bishop's Charity Ball from the Fall River area are, seated from left: Mrs. Raymond Lavoie, hospitality committee; Rev. Msgr. Thomas J. Harrington, dioce,san director of the Ball; Mrs. ManuelT.,Nogueira,hospitality committee. Standing from left a~e: Mr. Daniel Shea, usher; Mrs. James Cleary, president, Fall River District Council of Catholic Women; Mr. John B. Caron, 'president, Fall River District St. Vincent de Paul _ Society. (Gaudette phc. to) ,


1997 Bishop's Ball only one,week away

All preparations for "the 1997 France, to participate in the forthshown only at this time, are being Bishop's Charity Ball, to be held coming World Youth Day, where dropped eritirely: "Accent," hosted Jan. 10 at the Venus de Milo Res- they will see His Holiness, Pope by Bishop Anthony G. Bosco of taurant in Swansea, are nearly John Paul II. Marianne, a junior , Greensburg, Pa., and "Search," complete. at Bishop Connolly High School, produced by Santa Fe CommuniBishop Sean P. O'Malley, OFM, Fall River, has an active role in the cations in Burbank, Calif. Cap., will greet young ladies repre- music ministry at St. Mary's parThe three others, which now senting, parisltes from Attleboro', ish in Fall River, following in the have an additional slot each week, all the way to Martha's Vineyard' footsteps, Of her parents in that will· continue to be shown once at at the aimual "Presentation,'" one "role. She is president of the Conanother time. One is "The Teach- ofthe true hig'hlights ofthe Bishop's nolly' Alcohol and Drug Awareing of Christ," hosted by Bishop Charity Ball. Accompanying the ness Team, "CAAT," helping to Donald W. Wuerl of Pittsburgh. It bishop will be Katherine Lancisi heighten the consciousness of her will continue in its Sunday slot at of Saint John the Evangelist par- schoolmates to the inherent,dangers ' 8:30 a.m. ish, Attleboro, president of the of substance abuse. With other The other two are "Christopher Diocesan Council of Catholic team members, Marianne visits Closeup," prod,uced by The Chris- Women, and Mr. .John Forte of elementary schools in greater Fall tophers, ~nd "Our FamilyjNues- Corpus Christi parish, Sandwich, Riverto promote awareness ofthe tra Familia," produced by the His- president ofthe Cape Cod Council danger of drugs and violence among panic Telecommunications Net- of the Society of Saint Vincent de younger children. Marianne said work. They currently have a second Paul. Members of the DCCW and 'that she is eagerly anticipating the weekday broadcast, and that will Diocesan Vincentians serve as spon- ball. Isabel Andrade represents St. continue but change from 5 p.m. sors for the celebration. John the Baptist parish in New to 12:30 p.m. EST. Katherine Sabina representing Bedford. Isabel, a pupil at Bishop Although surveys show the St: Holy Rosary parish Taunton, Stang High School, North DartAnn's Mass draws a relatively large expressed enthusiasm about partici~ mouth, ~ings wit.h the youth choir, audience, network officials have patingin this year's ball. Katherine; in her home parish and is ~ctive long been expressing concern that a junior at Taunton High School, with the parish youth group. the numbers dropped off sharply is a CCD teacher in her home par- . She attended the Christian Leadfor the "Catholic A. M." programs. 'ish and a member o'fthe choir. She ership, In~titute sponsored by the . Bishop Bosco, who serves on has helped with the annual "Polish Fall River Diocesan Youth Minis. Odyssey's management board, had Picnic" at Holy Rosary parish, as try Office held at Cathedral Camp said that he recognized the neces- well. She is a member of the' in East Freetown. sity of discontinuing programs that championship varsity volley ball Proceeds of the ball benefit 'the did not draw a significant number team and participates in chorus 'many apostolates, institutions and of viewers, even if that meant end- and seiect chorusat.her high school. ministries maintained by, the dioing his own. ,Katherine is active in drama, serv- cese and funded through the Cath-, Beginning in January, theformer ing in the cast of the school's pro- olic Charities Appeal. Tickets are "Catholic A. M." time slot will be duction of"Peter Pan"last spring. available for $25 per couple. They replaced by "Inspiration, Please," may be, obtained from any parish a Bible-based quiz 'show. Planning to attend the ball from in the diocese and will .also be across the "seas" is Nancie Tarter, available at the door on Friday .a presentee who hails from St. evening, January iOth. Augustine'sparish in Vineya's Vineyard. Here is the listing of all young DETROIT (CNS) - Members Nancie is in her first year of college women who will be presented to of the' Schools Without Drugs studies, hoping to work with child- Bishop O'Malley at the ball: committee at St.- Dennis Elemen-' ren, perhaps as a teacher. She was tary School in suburban Royal "really excited" to learn of her ATTLEBORO Oak are so sure their' new anti- selection as representative of her Jennifer L. Barton, St. John the drug slogans will keep kids off the - home parish. Nancie, a graduate Evangelist, Attleboro; Ellen Bredest~eet that they are sendin~ them of Martha's Vineyard Regional mier, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, all the way to the White .House. High School, has served Saint Seekonk. The committee of eighth-graders, Augustine's parish in several capa- CAPE COD AND THE ISLANDS who felt the "Just Say No" slogan cities, teaching third graders in the Elizabeth Dean, St. John the didn't appeal to kids, held Ii school- CCD program, singing in the par- Evangelist, Pocasset; Victoria wide"Drug Free America Slogan" ishchoirandservingasanextraordi- Kowalski, St. Patrick, Falmouth; competition this fall. Seven~h-gr~- nary minister of the Eucharist. Nancie Tarter, St. Augustine, der Adam Becher won With hiS Two of this year's group of pre- Vineyard Haven. slogan, "Drugs are not magic, sentees, Marianne Grace and Isabel FALL RIVER, ,·they're tragic.':' , . ". ",,'. ' Andrade, will be traveling to Paris, Jennifer Lynn Barbosa, St. Ber-

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nard, Assonet;Jodi Lynn Barbosa, St. Bernard, Assonet; Rachel Gagne, Holy Name, Fall River; Marianne Grace, St. Mary Cathedral, Fall River; Kathryn Lamontagne, Our Lady of Grace, Westport; . Annie Leffers, Our Lady of Fatima, Swansea. Bethany Morrissette, St. Anne, Fall River; Mary Elizabeth Noone, St. William, Fall River; Michelle Paiva, Santo Christo, Fall River; Kelly Pavao, St. Michael, Fall River; Julie A. Rebello, Notre Dame, Fall River; Kristyn Strickland, St. Louis, Fall River. NEW BEDFORD Isabel Andrade, St. John the Baptist, New Bedford; Erin Kelley, St. John Neumann, East Freetown; Rosa Lugo, Nuestra Senoro de Guadalupe, New Bedford; Rosalia Pires, Our Lady of the Assumplition, New Bedford; Morgan Souza, St. Francis of Assisi, New Bedford. TAUNTON Danielle Nicole DosReis, St. Paul, Taunton; Erica Perry, Our Lady of Lourdes, Taunton; Katherine Sabina, Our Lady of the Holy RQsary, Taunton. Young ladies from among the 1997 pres~ntees will be participating in the television Mass to be broadcast Jan. 5th, on WLNE, Channel 6, They will be proclaiming the Word of God as lectors and will present the gifts at the Offertory of Mass. Monsignor Thomas J. Harrington, director of the Bishop's Charity Ball, will be celebrant of this Liturgy.

Leaders meet VATICAN CITY (CNS) - Pope John Paul II met Palestinian President Yasser Arafat to discuss new tensions in lohe Middle East. The Vatican said the two leaders exchanged information and their impressions on the prospects for progress in Palestiriian-Israeli negotiations, which have been stalled for several months. "Particular attention was'dedicated to ,the'climate of tension and suffering that exists in the Arab part of Jerusalem," said a statement issued after the 'meeting Dec. 19.' ,',

Celebrating 175 years offaith Report by Dave Jolivet, Anchor staff Parish history by Father John,P. Driscoll

in the Church as a reminder as will ing the Mass and performed the our constant prayers for her and offertory song in sign language. her sisters," said Father Driscoll A history of the parish after the Mass. The first Catholics in New Bed. Recognition for' ford arrived from Ireland around On Sunday morning, December Holy Family-Holy Name :School 1805. The opportunity to worship 22, Bishop Sean O'Malley, OFM, Also incorporated into the Mass was exceedingly limited. Very often Cap., and hundreds of parishionparents would take their children ers of St. Lawrence Church, New was a presentation to Cecilia M. Bedford, gathered for a Mass to Felix, principal of Holy Family- by stagecoach to Boston to have celebrate the 175th anniversary of Holy Name School in New Bed- them baptized at the Church of the Holy Cross which was built in the founding of that parish. One of ford of a certificlUe of accredita1803, the first Catholic church in the oldest parishes in what is now 'tion the school received from the the Fall River Diocese, St. Law- New England Association of . New England. From time to time a rence was the fifth Catholic church Schools and Colleges. Accom- missionary priest would come to New Bedford to' offer Mass at a in historic New England. Con- panying Ms. Felix for the presencelebrating with the bishop were tation was Slisan Massaud, chair- house and to hear confessions. One of these priests was an Irish Father John P. Driscoll, pastor of person of the committee that the parish, Father Thomas E. worked for two years that this may Augustinian, Father. Philip LaraO'Dea, parochial vicar and Father happen. (See photograph, page 15.) sey - variously spelled Larassey Holy Family-Holy Name School or Laracsey. He encouraged CathMichael Racine, a former patishwas one of several that received olics here to start a fund for a ioner. "We gather here to thank God this distinguished status within the church building, a fund implefor 175 years of this sacred com- diocese. Bishop O'Malley noted mented by Portuguese seamen who munity," said Bishop O'Malley in' that a large majority ofthe schools contributed gold "pieces of eight.;' Record-keeping regarding the his homily. "I'm sure that those in New England that received this first Catholics who gathered to award were Catholic schools. "Our building of this first Catholic celebrate Christmas for the first Catholic schools must be doing church was not as exact as time in this parish 175 years ago something right," he quipped. one might have .hoped. Various never imagined us being here, so Several students from the school sources give the date as 1820 but many generations later, thanking stood before the congregation dur- documentary evidence differs on God for their faith and their sacrifice and for the legacy they've left us in this parish." A special gift from the bishop During the Mass, the bishop presented Father Driscoll, pastor of St. Lawrence church, a surprise gift in honor of the 175th anniversary. After removing the wrapping, Father Driscoll revealed a color portrait of Mother Teresa taken while she attended Mass at St. Lawrence Church in 1995. Along with the picture, Bishop O'Malley included the actual letter he received from Mother Teresa thanking him and the parishioners of St. Lawrence parish for their hospitality during her visit. The bishop had invited the Missionary of Charity sisters of New Bedford to attend the 175th anniversary Mass and asked that they, "Communicate to Mother Teresa our love and our prayers, and tell her that in honor of the 175th anniversary, the parish of St. Lawrence has enshrined her picture and her words here." LEO AND NADA St. Aubin bring the gifts of Bishqp "Mother Teresa's visit here is O'Malley at the 175th anniversary Mass at St. Lawrence, New part of the parish heritage, and the Bedford. (Anchor/ Jolivet photo) gift will be prominently displayed

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the date. In Book 110, Page 61, of Mary's. Bishop Cheverus came for' Bristol County So. Dist. Land the introductory sermon. And this Records, there is a deed signed by is the o.nly church established by Edward Wing and Lydia Wing him in what is· now the Fall River conveying a piece of land to John Diocese. Cheverus (Bishop Cheverus of Bishop. Cheverus' successor as Boston) for eighty dollars. The Bishop of Boston, Bishop Benedeed is dated March 19, 1821; it is dict Joseph Fenwick, described sworn. to before Justice of the the church as a "pitiful little buildPeace Lemuel Williams, Jr. on ing." But an early parishioner reSeptember 10, 1821; and received membered the site as a "beautiful and recorded by Register Alfred . place...and one could look from Williams on September 25, 1821. the rising ground where the church The property was at the corner stood off toward a broad expanse of Allen and Dartmouth Streets, of green fields and see in the dis- . now tlle location of the Aubertine tance the blue waters of the bay." Funeral Home. This first Catholic The building was of wood paintchurch structure in New Bedford was built by Dudley Davenport ed a drab color with a green door and cost $800. It was the fifth and heavy shuttered windows, one Catholic church in New England, on each side of the door and three following Holy Cross in Boston along each side of the building. A and churches in Salem, MA; New- wooden cross on top was the only castle, ME; and Claremont, N.H. indication that this was a church. Father Larasey was named first At the north end of the building Turn to Page 13 pastor of the church, named St.

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the living word .

Gift and Mystery As he struggles with intense health issues and the exigencies of age; there are many who look upon Pope John Paul II as what Americans term "a lame duck." It is sickening to listen to secular media reflections of the Holy Father as he struggles with the very cross that burdens him. They view the papacy and the pope as they would a secular leader in a secular state: This myoptic vision has led them to lose all insight ofthe faith context, an essential element in discussing the Holy See and its · leader. When their reflections come to a dead. end, which is the usual course, they call in some "church experts" to clarify their ·'muddled commentaries. Again, these specialists are hand picked by the media and usually have an ax to grind. It all ends up dribble. ' If one wishes to obtain an honest insight into John Paul, there is no better way than to read and listen to his own words and experiences. His recent book "Gift and Mystery" is a wonderful way to get to know the real man, the r.eal pope. It should be required reading for all who have been assigned as religious editors or c·ommentators in theseculaf media. The pope's reflections 'are personal, human and transcendent. In a very clear and concise way he reflect,S on his life, and his vocation. Written on the occasion of his 50th anniversary of ordination as a priest, the po'pe opens a door of insight and .understanding to himself as person and the meaning of his call, .to servant priesthood. . In this light it would be totally incompetent for those who view the Vatican and its leader in a secular vein. The pope reminds us thatthere is another side to the Church which is not part of this world. In our struggle to be pragmatic· and mundane we so often lose the sense of mystery that is the Church. This mystery is to be seen in her very foundation. Before all things the church is to be clearly visible in the person of Christ. In the mystery of the Incarnation we now celebrate, it is in human nature which He unites us with Himself, transforming Him into a new creation. This is reflected in the Church that Christ established and sustained as the community of faith, hope, and charity ina visible way. History has shown that when those· in the Church have strayed from this ideal the mission has suffered. Unlike Christ, the Church is not a divine person. It is concrete historical , reality capable of being stained by sin. It would· be well for all of us to remember the statements ofthe Council Fathers in the Vatican II documents on the Church. They state, "the Church, like a pilgrim in a foreign land' presses forward amid the · persecutions of the world· and the consolation of God." Our · Holy Father reflects this well in his book. He tells us how he feels about his life and the events that have shaped him as a fellow pilgrim. His message of priesthood is simple yet powerful. The call to holiness and the care of souls have very little meaning to those ~ho have hardened their hearts. As we journey the days of the New Year as a ch.urch family, we must. renew our affirmation of the papacy and John Paul. As we have recently read in Scripture,. we must respect O!lr father, our papa even in his old age. There can be little doubt that John Paul will have difficult and·frustrating times as he journeys to the millennium so dear to his heart. Let us pray for him, not simply with lip service, but with a compassion and understanding that will support and nurture him as he deals not only with the problem~ of the contemporary church but also the hurts of declining health.

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"Now listen to me: send back the captives you have carried offfrom ~mong your brethren, for the burning anger ofthe Lord is upon you." 2Ch 28:11

The .search for truth goes

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By Father Kevin J. Harrington Many young people are attracted Bang" theory of the origins of our Each year the New York Times ·universe is a case in point. It usu- to the ro'mantic idea that these remembers the pa·ssing of famous ally ta,ke<s a quarter of a cent\uy for shifts occur often and in every ·men and women. who have died a physicist to receive tbe ~o~el area. The trouble with this way of that· year' i~its last· edition of Prize for works they generally per- , thinking is that it leads to a moral December. One ofthose men noted formed in their twenties. Fortu- relativism where truth can always was Thomas S:· Kuhn, a historian nately, scientific journals are very be found on the latest bandwagon. of science, who _wrote a In-page open to young scientists who see It reminds me of Sir John Barrie of masterpiece. "The Structure of the world through agile and play- . "Peter Pan" fame who said "I Scientific Revolutions," published don't know everything. I'm not ful minds. in 1962. I applied his insi~hts into Paradigm shifts do not occur that young." Better still, the definiscience in my 1979 master's thesis yearly. Einsteins are rare indeed. tion of certitude was once wittily in Moral Theology at St. Mary's defined as being wrong at the top Seminary, Baltimore. Kuhn's conof your voice. tension was that science did not In Goethe's Faust, God grows always make smooth and gradual fond of Faust, not because he was progress ,but often advanced free from error and sin, but because through revolution rather than he was mightily interested in what evolution. This revolution was was true. It helps to be humble in often called a paradigm shift. the search for truth. If we are lucky In the world of science there are For Faith enough to attain some of it. We always new discoveri~s that often should remember that we don't contradict an established theory. Father the image of have the, the truth has us. During such a crisis a scientist posthe Virgin is found in The word search comes from the tulates a theory that not only . the Church. Mary "Y0rd circle: we often travel thro.ugh explains what already has been new falsehoods to old truths. As I had a faith that your established but a theory that can learned in the seminary every heresy also account for a newly explained Spirit prepared and a is the revenge of a forgotten truth. phenomenom. For instance, the love that never knew . classical mechanics Qf Aristotle's The great Cardinal Newman sin, for you kept her shared this sage observation: "If a world view was differentfrom Newton's· world's view, however, the person waited to act until he were sinless from the mologic, given their differing pretotally'free of the danger of being ment. of her c0!1cepsuppositions, was absolutely flawwrong, he would most likely never tion. Trace in our acless. Einsteiri's world view is now act." Descartes ascribed intellectual The Editor the accepted world-view and ex- . tions the lines of her mistakes to the ~iIl: we choose to plains everything until some new be sure too soon, to be more cerlove, in our hearts her data forces scientists to see the . tain that we ought to be. The readiness of faith. world.differently. • Greek general Pericles gave a very Prepare once again a self-serving funeral oration in which Kuhn coined the oft-abused phrase, "Pllradigm shift." Oite satworld for your Son .. he asserted that some people think irist even published an essay titled: but don't act, others act but don't Amen. OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE DIOCESE OF FALL RIVER "Brother, Can You ·Paradigm." think. The Athenians were grandly Published weekly by The Catholic Press of the Diocese of Fall River Scientists create models in their special, he explained, because they minds. that translate. into matheboth thought and acted. Pericles, 887. Highland Avenue P.O. BOX -;. 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··u.S·.··priest brings Blessed Faustina miracle evidence to Rome By Christopher Gaul BALTIMORE (CNS) - Eighteen months ago, even after heart surgery to save his life, Father Ronald P. Pytel had an irreversibly damaged left ventricle. He faced restricted activity and the likelihood of early retirement and a shortened life, but Dec. 9 the 49-year-old pastor of Holy Rosary parish in Baltimore headed off to Rome with a completely healthy heart. He also had reams of documentation to convince top church officials that his medically inexplicable cure was due to the intercession of Blessed Faustina Kowalska, a visionary Polish nun and originator of the Divine Mercy devotion, who died in 1938. "I truly believe that God in his mercy has healed me and that Blessed Faustina has interceded for me," Father Pytel told The Catholic Review, Baltimore archdiocesan newspaper, before he departed for Rome. He hopes the Vatican Congregation for Sainthood Causes will judge his cure a miracle and use it as a basis for officially declaring Blessed Faustina a saint. For Father Pytel and his parishioners, the idea of asking Blessed Faustina for help when he had heart surgery came naturally. The priest, who is of Polish descent, has long been devoted to Blessed Faustina and carries with him at all times a first-class relic of her.

Cuomo thankful ROME (CNS) ...:- ·Fo·r~er.New York Gov. Mario Cuomo praised Pope John Paul 11 and Italian citizens for objecting to the planned electrocution of a convicted American killer and rapist, who subsequently received a s.tay of execution. In an interview published Dec. 19 in the Italian daily paper La Repubblica, Cuomo said letters from the pope and Italian government leaders and protests in front of the U.S. Embassy in Rome did not playa part in the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to grant a temporary delay in Virginia's death sentence against Joseph Roger O'Dell 111. The Supreme Court later granted a full review of the case. "But thanks all the same' for your generosity and the efforts," Cuomo was quoted as saying, "because the international mobilization against the death penalty makes those of us in this country who fight this barbarism feel less isolated."

Hopeful signs HELENA, Mont. (CNS) Although tensions remain between the Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic Gburches, there are clear signs of their desire to build bridges and develop better relations, Bishop Alexander J. Brunett of Helena said in discussing a recent trip to Russia. Bishop Brunett, elected chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs during their general meeting in mid-November, has since talked about some lasting impressions of his earlier trip to Kaliningrad, a Russian port city on the Baltic Sea. The bishop said the trip left him with vivid feelings of a struggling but vibrant Catholic Church that desperately needs financial help. .

Holy Rosary Church serves a saw Fortuin on a routine followpredominantly Polish parish in up visit, the doctor was amazed at Baltimore's Fells Point neighbor- results of his patient's Doppler echocardiogram test. hood. Reconstructing that moment, It is also the archdiocesan Shrine to the Divine Mercy. It conducts Father Pytel said Fortuin "stared Divine Mercy devotions .on the at me silently for what seemed like second Sunday of every month an eternity" and then said, "Ron, next to a large portrait depicting someone has intervened for you." "What do you mean?" the priest Jesus as Blessed Faustina said he appeared to her in 1931, with a asked. hand raised in blessing and red "Your heart is normal," the doc. and pale rays of light emanating tor replied. from his heart.· Fortuin told The Catholic ReBlessed Faustina recorded her view that he would not have been vision .in her diary, along with surprised by some improvement in Jesus' request (0 her that she have the priest's condition, but there it painted as she saw it and in- was no medical explanation for his scribed with the words, "Jesus, I complete recovery. He, Olszewski, Father Pytel and trust in you." Father Pytel's physician, Dr. others gave detailed testimony and Nicholas Fortuin, a nationally re- documentation to a three-member nowned cardiologist at Johns Hop- archdiocesan investigating comkins Hospital, said the priest was mission. The commission, headed by "on the brink of disaster" in June 1995, when he implanted a me- archdiocesan vice chancellor and judicial vicar Msgr. Jeremiah chanical valve in his heart. Because the left ventricle was so Kenney, compiled the documentadamaged, Fortuin said he was "not tion and findings to be sent to at all optimistic" about Father Rome. Pytel's long-term prospects. . Blessed Faustina was born Helen Because of his illness, the priest Kowalska in Glogowiec, Poland, was unable to lead a planned 10- in 1905. The third of 10 children, day pilgrimage that August to she began working at age 14 to Poland. help support her family. At 19 she Dorothy Olszewski, a co-chair joined the sisters of Our Lady of of the parish's Divine Mercy com- Mercy in Krakow, where she took mittee, was one of the pilgrims. the name Sister Mary Faustina. She said that when the pilgrims Between then and her death in stopped at Blessed Faustina's 1938 from tuberculosis, she reshrine in Krakow, she prayed to ported divine revelations and mysthe Polish nun "to go to Jesus to tical experiences, which she reask for Father Pytel's healing." corded in her diary, including the Throughout their stay in Poland' 1931 vision of Jesus expressing his everyone on the pilgrjmage:praYi:d di'vihe mercy.· ;. ..' for his recovery every day·at Mass, . . During and after World War 11 . she said. . 'the Divine Mercy devotion spread, On Nov. 9, when Father Pytel but Rome suppressed it in the late


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Judging by the b,ooks cros,sing my desk these days, new and positive attentio'n is being placed on. Mary. The· mother of Jesus is increasingIY·b~ing seen as a force to bl:; respected by all cultures and religions.. Jaroslav Pelikan of Yale University, author of the ·1985book'''Jesus Through the Centl,lries," has 'now come out with "Mary Through The Centuries." In a New York Times interview he expresses his awe of Mary as the individual who most clearly reflects the human side of the Christ story. A Lutheran, he believes Mary bears an increasing' relevance in this .secular world. . Pelikan cites the Annunciation, when Mary said yes and accepted the will of God, as the central e.1ement in the Mary story. ' , Pelikan notes, "Various medieval preachers said: . 'The angels held their breath.' Will she or won't she? She always had the right to say no. If.she had, God would have had to have found some other way to do what he did. And so irwas her voluntary consent to the divine plan that allowed it to go into motion; That then becomes a kind of case stlidy of how divine grace and human freedom can come together. God remams altogether sovereign, and yet the human person remains free, It is that mystery which is nowhere more dramatically presented than here." . By this "yes," Mary became the first Christian, the one who pioneered the faithful journey that all Christians must walk, hind and painful though it is. For her it led:tothe pieta - the mother holding the body of her murdered son. And probably, in that moment of torture; she did not understand at all why this ~ad to be the Father's way of bringing salvation to the world -but she held on by her faith. Ingo Swann, a New York artist and writer, says in "Thl:; Great Apparations of Mary: An Examination of Twenty-Two Supranormal Appearances,"(Crossroad) that in apparitions from the appearance of Mary at Guadalupe in 1531 to the "Lady of Light"

seen by several young girls in Rwanda in 1981, the' messages are remarkably similar. Mary repeatedly calls people to turn from live's of violence and sin and to seek repentance. She asks people to pray, to seek peace and be reconciled.

'liJf.IIb.e BottOm. ·lIIla. By 'Antoinette Bosco Swann contends that the social and political context is helpful to understand the messages. He writes that something seriously offensive to God was going on, or about to happen, almost every time Mary appeared with h!;r consistent message to' pray and 'seek peace. Swann's investigative reporting is compelling enough to make even skeptics reconcider the possibilities. "Physics today is finding that realms 'above' the natural do exist," he writes. The discovery of holography "where images appear to be three-dimensional, havin'g bulk, shape and mass, an'd can be photographed has provided an analogy that enlarges our perception of the physical laws." Finally, nearly 500 years after her appearance at Guadalupe, Mexico's revered patroness c'!n be found at Interlup, ,her own page on the Internet. Juan Homero Hernandez, a scholar and member of the Guadalupeiw Studies Center in Mexico City, says the page is a new way to send Mary's inessage of peace, harmony and salvation. . Mary has, and will 'always have, remarkable relevance in this increasingly secular world.

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Dear Dr. Kenny: I read your column about exercise and would like to know more about physical activity for older persons. How do you. define an aerobic exercise? I am retired and have some problems .with my knees and hips. All my hobbies are sedentary, like painting and sewing and watching television. I need some exercises that have a low impact on joints. I eat in a healthy manner, but what else can I do to stay fit? ' - Wisconsin.. An aerobic exercise is one that stretch~s your heart and lungs'. It's different from musculoskeletal exercise which builds muscles and strength. We 'need both. . You know you are exercising aerobically when your breathing pattern changes or when your pulse goes' over 125. More importanttha.n burning calories, aerobic exercise changes your physiology. It tells your body to turn what you eat directly into muscle rather than storing it as fat. Biochemist Covert Bailey in "Fit or Fat" (Houghton Mifflin, .1991) says that an aerobic excercise "is , steady nonstop. Lasts 12 rriinute,s minimum. Has comfortable pace." Obviously, aerobics is not dependent on highimpact activity like jogging, running and jumping rope. Aerobics is anything that makes you breathe heavily (but not so much that you can't talk to someone) for 12 or more minutes. Here are some low~ to mOderate-impact ~ctivities to stay fit. movement that is easier on the joints: - Walking. Get out in the fresh air and say hello to . nature: Take a friend. Pick a flower. - Bicycling. Ride your two- or three-wheeler for a . .. few miles. Enjoy the outdoors. If it's cold, bundle up. Long underw~ar or polypropelene can make almost any weather comfortable. . -Exercyeling; Tu~n on the music or television , and .hop on your stationary bike. Pedal away. "':"Dancing. Disco by yourself. Put on a soft rock or country and western tape,and move to the music. . Fast or slow, 'suit the music to your mood. -Stair-stepping. Get a 6-inch to 8-inch'step and get up and down on it. Do it in front of the television or on the stairs. Climbing stairs is vigorous but low . impact and easy on the knees and hips. . , -Swimming. Perhaps the best execise of ~Il, low iIrlpact, buoyed up by the water. Swim your laps, up . and back. The only disadvantages are that it can be . hard to find a pool, and it can be bo.ring. You might enjoy varying your physical activity. Do something different eachtime.- This is called cross training. Try for five days a week with a minimum of three. A 'friend of ours began' an exercise group for

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80 reportedly arrested 'STAMFORD, Conn. (CNS) - Since mid-November ' approximately 80 members of China's underground Catholic the Fuzhou district of Jiangxi province have been arrested, beaten and jailed by the government, according to the Cardinal Kung Foundation. The underground Catholic Church, which is loyal to the pope, is illegal in China. Its membership is estimated in the millions. The Cardinal Kung Foundation announced in early December that organizers of the arrest were Liu Ding, secretary of the Communist Party of Fuzbou; Sen Wei Hua, director of political security for Fuzhou; members of the government's religious bureau; and other security bureau officials. The Connecticut-based foundation is named after Cardinal Ignatius Kung Pinmei, the bishop of Shanghai' who spent years in Chinese prisons for refusing to join the government-contr01led Chinese Catholic organization.

Daily Readings Jan. 6: 1 Jn 3:2.2,4:6; Mt 4:12-17,23-25 Jan. 7: 1 Jn 4:7-10; Mt 6:34-44 Jan. 8: 1 Jn 4:11-18; Mk 6:45-52 Jan. 9:' 1 Jn4:19,5:4; lk 4:14-22 Jan. 10: 1 Jn 5:5-13; lk 5:12-16 Jan. 11: 1 Jn 5:14-21; Jn 3:22-30 Jan. 12: Is 55:1-11 or Is 41:1-4,6-7; 1 Jn '5:1-9 or Acts 10:34-38: Mk 1:7-11 members Q.Jtlly questioliJs bow to deal witb. ve~y aclive loed relillollS se.. wbose memben visit homes try. )nc to push their reliliollS vie... ' Because rye cbosen Bot to· slam my door, to take their literature and t.1k with tbem, I get roullne visits Ib.tare beeominl ....dIess. ' I ,believe tu""lnl tbem ....y .npily is not what JesuS would ..alll. But tbeir dnetrlne and pr.etices are un-Cbri!ltlan. " ' " They will never .npp in • requires tb.,. to defeJld their b.llefs. It's just a ouesided ~a~....t. MEv.... tbe Bible tb.y .... is $, and tbeJ'tefuse IQ1ilke or .xamine .ny Cathollellterature. _ybe I need 80me blisk training. Do yoU bav. an:JllUllestions? (New Jersey) 'A. -Just two. Before anything else~ -however, it is your home. You obViously have no obligation whatsoever to let anyone in the house or even answer the door if you'd rather not. That avenue could solve all of your problems at once. First, a common mistake of people like yourself, who want to be kind and open to discussioQ with -----these ·f~itin:g sects and eults,-js the assumption thal words mean the same to them as they do to you. Even those who pursue this way of proselytizing and call themselves Christians of some sort are oJ;Jerating on an entirely different track of religious identity and understanding from that of Catholics or most other Christians for that matter. Holding a discussion that involves terms like salvation, sacraments, conversion, biblical trutft"dturch. holiness, sin. even the word "'"God." will prove frustrating if we presume some corrtmon awareness of - what those realities mean. Making the encounter yet more frustrating and futile is the fact that most such groups do not share the traditional Christian belief in the Holy Trinity. Jehovah's Witnesses, for example, reject the teachiog of t.hree persons in one God as a pagan supersti~ tion. This immediately rules out any agreement, or

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countles~" other beliefs which flow directly or indirectly f-rom tile 'central Christian dogma. Attempting a serious religious discussion under these¢ircumstances is hopeless, something like arguing with. one who is using a different dictionary or definiQg words in ways you never heard before. _Second. there is nothing un-Christlike about telling. people who want to folce you into a religious canfJ:ontation, very plainly and firmly, that you already have ,a faiih that you sincerely hold and you have, no desire or intention to discuss your faith under these c:ircumstances. Say it ·again, if necessary. DOD't get drawn into an~hing more. Those with a minimum of respect for other people's feelings and conscience will accept what you say graciously, When that approach does not work. which as you have learned often happens, it is not at all wrong to _ calmly and peacefully end the visit in whatever way is necessary. One happy result of the experience could be that it prompts you to more serious study of your Catholic faith, Regardless of that, the suggestions I made above still hold.

The slaughter of idioms and similes From my wife's petite, diminutive appearance. figure of speech she wouldn't strangle or even a you would not suspect it. I hear they used to say the __ metaphor she would not mutilate. same thing about Bonnie of Bonnie and. Clyde. :~o14 blood courses through the veins of wometi lile'this' when it comes to certain things. and for my wife it is - J have witnesses - idiomatic murder. That is to say. there is not an idiom she would not murder. For that matter, there's not a simile she wouldn't slaughter, a famous phrase she wouldn't disfigure, a

January 1 1955, Rev, Jose Valeiro. Pastor, St, Elizabeth, Fall River 1956, Rev. Antoni9 M. Fortuna, Pastor. Immaculate Coneeption, New Bedford 1968, Rev. Franeis R, Connerton. SS,STD, St. John's Seminary; Plymouth, Michigan 1975, Rev, Leo T. Sullivan. Pastor, Holy Name, Fall River January 4 1961, Rev. Eugene L Dion, Pastor, Blessed Sacrament. Fall River January 6 1906. Rev. James F. Roach~ Founder, Immaculate Conception. Taunton. January 7 1970, Rev. Alfred R, Forni, Pastor, St. Francis of Assisi. New Bedford 1989, Rev, Gustave Gosselin, MS, LaSalette Shrine, Attlehoro January 8 1885, Rev, John Kelly. Founder, St. Patrick, Fall River 1940, Rev. Alfred J, Carrier, Founder. SI. Jacques, Taunton 1944, Rev. ArthurC. Lenaghan, Chaplain, United States Army January 9 1982, Rev, William F. Morris, Pastor, Corpus Christi, Sandwich January 10 1919, Rev. Jourdain Charron. OPt Dominican Priory, Fall River 1938. Rev. George H. Flanagan. Pastor, Immacu~ late Conception, Fall River 1977. Rev, Msgr, Emmanuel Sousa de Mello, Our Lady of Lourdes. Taunton


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Remember Anthony H opldns in ·Silen« of the Lambs?" That's my wife when it comes to unsuspecting turns of language like "Hit the dust." Eh? "Honey, it's 'Hit the deck.... I cor-rected her yesterday. "I think it has to do with naval warfare." She whirled around and gave me a glare that made me shake in my boots (or as she might say, "Shiver in my shoes·'), At that moment 1 knew how innocent similes felt when caught in the cross hairs of her linguistic rifle. "I think you should make a New Year's resolution to stop correcting me all the time," she said in a soft monotone that made the hair on the back of my neck stand up(oras she might say, "the hair on the back of my head ache"), "You can be a real thorn in my ointment," she hissed. "It should be 'fly in my ointment,' honey, or 'thorn in my side,'" J said without thinking. She turned beet red. Or, as she once noted, "red as a hornet.... I started to say something. but thought better of it. "What's the malter,"·she cooed, "monkey got your tongue!' "If he does, he apparently also chased the· cat off my hack," 1 smiled, She smiled back. "So this means you will make that New Year's resolution?" "Not only that,~ 1 said, "I will keep my ear to the grindstone. I will remember that it takes. two to tangle. 1 will never count my fish before they hatch. No.. willI put all my eggs in one frying pan." ..Good.... she said. "Who says you can't teach oLd dogs?'" I waited. My mouth opened and closed a couple of times. 1 was weak with anticipation (translated, "Anxiety makes the heart grow fonder"). Finally, I asked, "You can·t teach an, old dog wha~n ' "You can't teach 'em anything, you 01' dawg."


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The transitional diaconate: Henry J. ·annual Migration Mass was celeDahl, Paul Lamb, Joseph H. brated by Bishop O'Malley at Mauritzen and David A. Pregana. Bishop Connolly High Schoo~ Fall The annual Bishops' Ball, held at RiveT~ J33 representQtives/rom 33 the Venus de Milo +RestaUTant. diocesan pari'sh~s· attended the Swansea. with the theme. "SpringStewardship Convention at Bishop time Magic" was a success as 28 St4ng High School, No. Dartyoung women met with Bishop mouth. Sean O'Malley. Over 100 diocesan NOVEMBER pilgrims trekked to Washington, President Ointon is elected, to D.C. with Bishop O'Malley to second term. Vatican suspends donparticipat.e in the March For Life. ations to UNICEF in nap over Former New England Patri'ot' abortion~ contraception activities. running back Robert Weathers ope l!nd more thin 1,600 other· ':'s7fDke to kills arSr. t mcenrHome, priests ordained in 1946 gather·in Fall River. .Rome to cele1)rate th~·ir golden . FEBRUARY , jubilee. U.S, bishops;;.in~ting in . Pope visits Guatemala, NicantWashington. approve economic gua. EI Salvador, Venezuela, calls justwe statement. young adult liberation theology no longer releministry plan, Catholic higher eduvant. Pope issues new rules for cation norms and new English conclave of cardinals to elect his liturgy texts; discuss restructuring POPE JOHN PAUL II, despite several health problems contillues to lead the Church to the new millennium. (CNS photo) successor. Irish Republican Army of bishops' conference. Cardinal ends Northern Ireland cease-fire. , Bernardin dies of cancer; "in preresumes bombings. New U.S. law River Diocesan Office of AIDS men pries~s. other changes in SEPTEMBER JULY · death letter urged Supreme Court calls for V·chips in TVs to let Ministry received a $25,000 grant - church practice; Bishop Pilla calls Archbishop. two nuns murdered not to legalize assisted suicide. Voluntary euthanasia becomes parents block offensive programs. from the Robert Wood Johnson campaign divisive. Seven monks ,legal in Aus~ralia's Northern Tem- in Burundi amid Hutu-T utsi ethnic Mother Teresa. h_ospitalized to unFrench bishops' committee says Foundation. Bishop O'Malley was kidnapped in Algeria are killed. tory. Current exercise of papacy violence. Pope visits Hungary and block coronary arteries, is told her condoms can be used in some the Grand Marshall for the St. German Old Catholic Church is called major obstacle to Christian France. All U.S. cardinals gather ,world travels will have to end. circumstances to prevent AIDS. Palrick:V Dav Parade in Fall River. first Old Catholic C·hurch toordain unity by World Council ofChurch- at Capitol to ask Congress to Pope citIIs worldwide food· gap Patrick Buchanan wins Republican women priests. override veto on partial-birth abor- intolerable as World Food Summit es leader and ecumenical patriarch William N: Whelan Ill, a parpresidential primary in New Hamp- ishioner 0/ St. Francis of Assisi 21 men were installed readers of Constantinople. Republicans tion ban. Vatican announcements meets in Rome. Pope and Cuban shire. struggle over "tolerance" language , on papal health - recurring ap- Prime Minister Fidel Castro meet pa,rish. New Bedford. was named at Our LAd.v of Mr. Corm,?! Church, Bishop Sean O'Malley and a the Diocesan Chairman of the New Bedford. moving one step pendicitis and a neural disorder for first time. in anti-abortion platform. ExplOlarge contingent of priests t:ele- 1996 Catholic Charities Appeal. A doser on ,Ihei, journies to the sion of TW A flight over Atlantic causing hand tremor - fuel specSt. Josephpartsh. Taunton. cele~. brated a Jubilee 1000 Mass 01 St. ulation., Cardinal Ratzinger caUs". brated'its lOOth (lnniversa·ry_ Five kills 230. Celebration of athletic PrO-Life' Mil.s! was celebrated at permanen( ,d~Qcona(e. 47 yo~ths' Man''s CathMra~ Fall River. kick- the Cathedral in Fall River. from the diocese ottended thefirst ideals at Olympic Games iri Atlanta relativism the newest danger to the members of the diocese were ing '0..0' a four-.1'ear preparation Eucharistic Ministry Training/ marred by bomb at Olympic park.· faith. New violence in Israel leaves installed as Knights and Ladies of APRIL plan to welc~me the new millenPope condemns massacre of 300 76 dead. World Lutheran body the order ofthe Holy Sepulchre at Federal appeals court declares Formation Da~' at Cathedral nium. Friends gathered at St. displaced Tuts~s in Burundi refugee seeks delay. until 1998 in joint St. Pauls Cathedral, Worcester. A New York laws ~anning assisted Camp. East Freeiown. sponsored Anzhonl''s Church, Taunton. to suicide unconstitutional. Pope vis- by the Diocesan Office for Youth camp. Greek Orthodox Archbishop Catholic-Lutheran statement on Mass at the Cathedral in Fall celebrate· with Sister Vera Herbert. Iakovos of North and South Amer- condemnations of 16th century. its Tunisia. Vatican officia.l;antici-. Ministry Services. The Diocesan River was celebrated by Bishop S USc. acknowledging her 70 ..ears pating June Habitat1l conference, Council of Catholic Women met St. John the BOptist parish, N B. ica retires. O'Malley honoring couples markas a Hal}' Union Sister and 60 says housing is a-moral right. U.S. for. their annual convention at Bish--._-,-- The Dominican Sisters a/Charcelebrated its l25th anniversary. ing their 50th and 25th wedding ~;ears as Q teacher. Bishop Stang The CardinalMedeiros Residence. anniversaries. ity of the Presentation of the Cardinals condemn President Clio-. op Feeh4n High Schoo~ Attle'HiKh School. NQ. Dartmouth. was ton's veto of Partial-Birth Abortion boro. Channel 6 television personBlessed Virgin celebrated their a retirement center for diocesan DECEMBER named a Blue Ribbon School of Ban Act. In five~week White House ality Truman Taylor was the guest tricentennial. 67 diocesan teens priests located on the- campus of Pope and Anglkan ArchbisllOp Excellence by the U. S. Department vigil Ursuline Sister Dianna Ortiz speaker at the World Commun- ' Bishop Connolly High School, Fall George Carey meet. can opposite attended the annual Christian ofEducation. Nearly 1500 students Leadership Institute at Cathedral River. was dedicated by Bishop stands on women's ordinati.on starts bread~and-waterfast, seeking icat;on Day dinner held at Whites from the to Fall RiverCatholic U.S. documents on her 19&9abduc- Restaurant. Westport.--sponsored O'Malley and Ctlcrdinal Bernard F.. obstacle to Catholic-Anglican recCamp. E. FreelOwn, sponsored by schools gathered at St. Anne's tion and torture in Guatemala. by the Diocesan Office ofCommunLaw. St. Francis Xavier Prepar- onciliation. Hawaii court rules law the Office of Youth Services. Church in that city. and nearly Pope urges global ban on anti- ications. A Fall River housing atory-School. Hyannis. opened its against same-sex marriages violates 1000 studentsfrom the to Catholic personnellandrnines. village was dedicated /q Father doorsfor its inaugural school year. state constitution. flapa) call to AUGUST schools in the New Bedford area Bishop O'Mallev celebrated the -Vincent F Diafer-io. pastor ofHoly Gasoline bomb kills Algerian Over 200 diocesan volunteers were Chinese Catholics to unite around. gathered at St. Anthony~ Church. annual Chrism Mass at the Cathe- Rosary parish in that city. bishop and his chauffeur. Some honored at a Mass at St. Julie Rome is criticized by Chinese New Bedford, as part of CathoJic dral in Fall River. The seventh JUNE 3,000 frozen human embryos are Billiart Church. No, Dartmouth. government. At Vatican meeting Schools Week. . Israelis eject Benjamin Netandestroyed as five~year stotage limit for family ministers. The ReligiQus on women, pope says equality of grade class of Our Lady of Mt. yahu as prime minister, putting EducatiOn. Conference took place sexes must respect differences. At MARCH takes effect in England. Clinton Carmel Sl'hool, New Bedford. Federal appeals co.urt rules Wash- wrote f!.nd performeda contempor- Israeli-Palestinian peace process signs laws increasing minimum at Bishop Connolly High School, Vatican symposium on papal primFall River. Our Lady of LaSllIette acy. pope calls exploration of the ington state law against assisted ar}' SIQ/ions of the Cross, dealing on back burner. Habitat II conferwage, protecting health insura·nce suicide unconstltutional. Illness with the topic ~f AIDS. The bishop ence on housing me'ets. Catholic· coverage, reforming welfare; bish- Shrine. Attleboro. celebrated the question important for ecumenism. forces pope to cut back s~hedule and hundreds of people f,om Theological Society of America ops back first two. oppose third as 150th anniversary ofthe apparation Bishop Carlos Belo of Dili. East of Our Lady. for a week. Pope's apostolic exhort- throughout the diocese braved asks year-long study of Vatican Timor. receives Nobel Peace Prize. hurting poor and immigrants. ation on consecrated life urges torrential rains to at/end the Cath- doctrinal statement on .women OCTOBER English version of new papal book Chicago Cardinal Joseph L. BefSupreme court review reflections on priesthood. "Gift greater decision-making roles for olic Charities Appeal Mass ,at the priests. -U.S. bishops meet in Orenardin announces CatholicCommon women religious. Islamic extremists Cathedral in Fall River. Bishop gon, approve liturgy texts;national Ground Project to restore unity constitutionality of New York and and Mystery," published in United Washington state laws against States. kidnap seven French Trappist O'Malley' responds to President officefor millennium observances. among polarized U.S. Catholics; physician-assisted suicide. Mother monks in Algeria. Bishop Fabian Clinton s veto of the partial-birth Retired U.S. Archbishop John R. less than three weeks later he learns The annual World AIDS Do.\' W. Bruskewitz of lincoln, Neb.• abortion ban saying: "/ urge all Quinn sparks debate with call for he is dying of ca'ncer. -National Teresa becomes fifth person in Mass was celebrated at St. Pius X issues special law excommunicating . Catholics and-all persons ofgood newecumenlcalcounciland Roman ,Council of"Churches reports more history t() be named honorary U.S. Church. So. Yarmouth. 96 inCatholics in Call to Action and will to "lork together for an Curia reforms in Oxford University than 58.6 million collected for citizen. Pope" has appendectomy. dividuals were aK'Qrded. Marian other groups. Cardinal Carlo Mar- override ofthe veto. .. FatheT James address.burned blac-k churches in less than Pope provokes stir with statement Medals at Q ceremony a' St. Mary s Four diocesan priests' retiretini of Milan. Italy. urges flexibility W. Clark retires.' two months. Mother Teresa sur- that evolution must be re(::ognized Cathedral. Fall River. Ho(\' Name mentshecameeffective: Father Edon priestly celibacy rule. says issue MAY viveS Iife-threateningcomplications as "more than a hypotbesis.~ South parish. Fall River. hosted Q dinner Africa and Poland legaJize abOr- for sisters who live or minister in of women priests needs more study. after hospitalization for malaria. Secret taping of Oregon jail ward J. Burns. Daniel L. Freitas. D~. Jack Kevorian acquitted of inmate's sacramental 'confession Cornelius J. O'Neill and Luciano "An Evening on Cape Cod with tion. ·Ukrainian Catbolic Church the Fall River lHanery. Bishop two charges of assisting at suicide draws sharp objections from J. Pereira. Four new, priests wert' '. Bishop O'Malle}'" look place at. convenes its. first general council. O'Malley celel7rated aMass for in Michigan. church. Cleveland Bishop Anthony ordained: Fathers HenrI' J. Dahl. the Tara Cape Codder Hotel in Church ·aid agencies move to help inmates at 'he Bristol County-Jail The diocesan chapter of the M. Pilla, head of U.S. bishops, Paul T. Lamb. Joseph H. MauritHyannis. A· summer luncheon for refugees fleeing camps in 'Zaire; a"d House of Correction. No. S.CENES FROM 1996 • These individuals outside the ugitHIs of Mary celebrated ·their urges United States to lead global un and David A: Pregana.-'lmmac.. religious wornrn'on Cllp~ Cod wa$ Hutu militia in one abandoned Dartmouth. The entire student ulate Conc~ption parish in North hjld at the Coonamt'3S~tl Inn in camp kill four Spanish. Maris! bod.\' of Ho(v F4mil.\' Holy Name White House protest President Clinton's veto <!fa partial-birth 44th annual Acies ceremony at the movement for a land mine ban. _ Falmouth,sponsoredby St. Eliza- . brothers. School, New Bedford, consecrated abortion ban. Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin, here shown with· Cathedral in Fall River. Brittany Pope visits Slovenia. Vatican says Easton celebratedits J25th tPlniverreCently confirmed secret ordin~ sar.l', Diousan Office oJ,- Fami(l' DeGagne. a siudent at Domincon Hundreds of people from the themsel\'es la·the patroness oflife, beth Setoitpl1rish-. N. Falmouth. Cardinal Bernard Law in Boston, passed away in November Academl'in Fall River. underwt'nr -ationofa woman priest was invalid. Ministry offered a wor~shop for Father William. T. Garland, OSA. diocese descended an Boslon ComOuf Lad)' of Guadalupe. St. Lawafter a. battle with cancer. Mother Teresa, in and out of the a succe;sful liver transplanl op~ U.S. coalition We Are ,Church those who work in pa,ish {amiflo WQS named th~ new Diocesan mon to partit'ipate in the annual rence parish. New Bedford c~/~ , , \, '. . hospital all year, continued to serve the poor. (CNS photos) eration in Pillsqurg. PA. Tllf.,F«'L. starts, signature.£ampaign for: wo- ministry. Walk For Ufe in tholdty. /lishap.. br4tea its 17Sth "nn;wrs.ry. Dirti·tor of Education.

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SCEl'lES FROM 1996 - St. Francis Xavier Prepatory School, Hyannis opened its doors in SeJltembeo- (top photo) and ceiebnted with a Mass at St. Francis Xavier Church. The new Cardinal Medeiros· Residence, a retirement center for diocesan priests, was dedicated and opened in 1996. Sister Vera Herbert; SUSC, was honored for~ yeius·ofteaching, at the annual fund raising dinner for diocesan Catholic schools. (Anchor. P10toS)


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_U.S. families must pray together, says Medjugorje seer· LOSANGELES(CNS)-Amer- love, and hope," he said. "These jeans- have so mucb of everything are very i~ortant for our own that they need to learn how to peace. ~ . share their- bounty with other Again and ,again, Dragicevic ____ ~ountries-'sucb as those in Afriea~ repeated-that families must"pray wberepeoplearehtmgryaDdd}'11lg, toget!ier·m.ilI'der to have peace. said -Ivan prag:icevic of _MedjuHe said people ask him how to gorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina. pray better and that he tells them Dragkevic, who was recently in", "the only way to pray better is to the Los Angeles area. is one of six ~ pray more. To pray better is a young Catholics who say Mary grace, to pray more is a choice." After his talk at each parish, began appeariJlll to them 15 years ago in their hometown of Med- people approached him with varj..lgorje. ied attitudes. Some attacked his ~ He made the comments in an integrity and his love of Mary (to interview when asked what mes- which he listened politely and did not answer); others asked quessage Mary has for the United States. tions about- what an apparitiori Mary never directs her message feels like (he said he does not feel "to one specific country. She is a anything unu$ual). mother who loves all." according Still others asked him to bring to the 31·year-old Dragicevic, who petitions to the Blessed Mother (to is. married to an American and has which he responded with a simple a daughter, But he said yes). "The petitions people give it was important for him to visit me, I put in front of Our Lady and share what he said is Mary's before the apparition. Our Lady general m,ssage that people need knows what is in the petitions." he to chat1ge in order to bring about said. .' • DragiceVic stressed that -She lo~s peace. "She comes as a qp:een of peace. each person. "Our Lady is'a mothShe comes to bring peace. She er that loves each of her children, comes to tell us that peace is in she wants to help each- one:' danger. We must start changing. Eudist Fatfter William' Rowland, w.e must have peace with GOd, pastor of Blessed Sacrament. said WIth people," he added. the parish "was very enriched by And peace does not Just refer to the day ofadoration ofthe Blessed ~nding "a physical war." accordSacrament, the Eucharist. and iug to Dragicevic. Ivan's talk.~ To its namesake par"'Lack of peace first starts in the ish, the visionary gavetbe reminder: heart of the h~man being. And "The Eucharist mlist be central in that is where war begins," he said. our call to prayer and crinversi6n.~ "Today war is present intbe world Dragicevic said he receives the in Il)any. many ways - in families, apparition of the Blessed Mother ampng the "yout,b. Oqr Lady is evert d~y, no matter where he is. always asking us to 'culture" our at 5:40 p.m. The Catholic Church has not heart. And she prays for that peace. "Peace is only a gift. And then said whether it finds merit in the we must open ourselves to that gift claims of the now-adult visionarof peace. And wt niust pray forthe ies, but many tpousands offaithful gift of peace. We .can t:eceive the have made pilgrimages to tbe once gift but we can lose the. gift." . obscure lillie town of Medjugorje. Dr-agicevic would make no comWhen asked his opinion ofoiher ment o'~ the ongoing tensions people over the world who niake bet'~n Catholic, Orthodox and claims to seeing the Virgin Mary, Muslim peOples in Bosnia and . Dragicevic replied, -wit does. not el~eWher~ that region because. disturb O·ur Lady does not say he said. he d'0e8 not like "to go into anything about it~ political q~estions.t> ' "It is up to the church to 'make "'Each. person is responsible- for judgments on these things. The thepeaee in the world. to share the church is the authority.~ goOd and the peace," he said, . adding th3t in the lasl15 years at MedjUJllije; ". has s~en people of allkindsofreligionscomelogether. "And that is the greatest sign," he addOil. JUNEAU, Alaska (CN$). He came to the tJ nited States Amid.a festive mood in a large city for,-a November pea.Ge conference, auditoriuD\ in juneau, !be fourth which drew ~ lhan 5,000 people. bishop of the Diocese of Juneau, Dragicevic also visited parishes Bishop Michael W. Warfel, was in the Diocese orSan Diego. In an installed Dec. 17. Bishop Warfel, interview with The Southern Cross, 48, a priest of the Archdiocese of San Diego diocesan newspaper, Anchorage who was appointed and talks at Holy Family and head of the diocese Nov. 19, is Blessed Sacrament parishes, he believed to be the first enlisted was asked to sum up the message veteran of Vietnam to be installed of Medjugorje. a U.S. Catholic bishop. He served "'(It is) peace, conversion, prayer, an 18-month tour in Vietnam, folpenance to fasling, strong faith, 10wOil by Ilmonths in Korea.



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'Miracle baby' born to Catholic woman who survived breast cancer stage three cancer Which means By Steve Neill Vickieanld John Desmond were MIDDLEBROOK, Va. (CNS) the tumor was large and I had recently gu.cests at the Governor's - Vickie and John Desmond oflen ' more than five lymph nodes posi- Mansion for a recognition cererefer to their eighth child, Mary tive,~ she Slid. "I was told I would mony for breast cancer survivors. need aggre$Sive chemothera·py and They brouglht Mary Michaela, then Michaela, as their miracle baby. 6 months old, with them.· "This That's the term some of the staff radiation. ...At tha: point the oncologist baby in an iindirect way is a breast used at Augusta Medical Center. where Mary Michaela-was born asked us-did we want to terminate cancer sUTVflvor,'" Mrs. Desmond . tbe pregnoncy," Mrs. Desmond said. last April 4. an emcontinued. "We gave him The otheer Desmond children Mrs. Desmond was47 when her young daughter was born. During phatic no. So he said we would are Damiam, 23, a 1996 graduate her pregnancy she had a cancerous have to wait until the first trimes- of Virginia 'Military Institute, who breast. removed and underwent ter was o~r before] could begin works for· Massachusetts General Insurance Company; Nell, 16; treatments. chemotherapy." Mrs. Desmond began chemo- Benedict, 13; Dominic. 11; Augus· Doctors had suggested the Desmoods might want to consider an therapy 0'. Oct. 31. She wa, .to ti ne. knowlD as Kerry, 10; Brenabortion. a notlon quickly rejected . have treatnents once every three dan, 6; and Matthias, 5. weeks unU just before the baby Mrs. Desmond endurea "six by the Catholic couple. grueling weeks" of radiation therThe Desmonds. who live on a was due in-early May. "'They really weren't sure what apy in which she. had to drive 90 4S-acre farm in Middlebrook and are members of St. Francis of was going to happen." Mrs. Des- miles rouned-trip to Harrisonburg Assisi Parish in Staunton, already mond sai<l. "I had turned 47 in Mondaythlrough Friday. This was had six sons and a daughter when January, and I was one of the old- the roughest part of the cancer they learned Mrs. Desmond was est (pregmnt) women they had treatment program, she says. "It was ~Imost like a prison pregnant. Their seventh child, seen in a long time." The baby Matthias. was born when Mrs. arrived a nonth early, weighed 7 because they lock you in a room by pounds, 30unces and was in top- yourself with a door about a foot Desmond was 42. thick." she said. "It was awful and "We ,did not think we would notch heath. "In the lospitalthe doctors and I got depressed. But I got through have any more children after Matthias was born.... Mrs. Desmond nurses were amazed that the baby it through prayers from the church said in an interview with The was born leallhy after all she had community, friends and family. I Catholic Virginian. newspaper of - been thrOlgh because of the ·che- firmly believe those prayers made the Richmond Diocese. "]n early motherapy." Mrs. Desmond said. a difference." September (1995) I found out I was pregnant. ] was so excited, I was walking on cloud nine. We were absolutely thrilled." Earlier in June Mrs. Desmond had noticed a lump in her breast, but her doctor. assured her it was nothing to worry about. She had had annual mammograms for the past I0 years and all were negative. Nevertheless, she insisted that a biopsy be done because her mother had died of breast cancer at age 49. "The doctor said it was prob-ably a benign growth," Mrs. Desmond said. "I still wanted to make sure in my mind that it· was nothing." On Sept. 5 the biopsy results came back positive. Three days later on Sept. 8 Mrs. Desmond had a modified radical mastectomy A BUILDING cleaner works on a facade !text to a and some lymph nodes were re· moved. Catholic church in Beijing's main shopping center. (eNS/ "Then I was given a diagnosis of Reuters photo)

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Consecration to the Divine Will . Oh adorable and Divine Will, behoid me here before the immensity of Your Light, that Your eternal goodness may open ' to me the doors and make me enter into It to form my life all in You, Divine Will. Therefore, oh adorable Will, prostrate before Your Light, I, the least of all creatures, put myself into the little group of the sons and daughters of Your Supreme FIAT. Prostrate in my nothingness, I invoke Your Light and beg that It clothe me and eclipse all that does not pertain to You, Divine' Will. It will be my Life, the center of my intelligence, the enrapturer of my heart and of my whole being. I do nof want the human will to have life in this heart any longer. I will cast it away from !!Ie and thus form the new Eden of Peace, of happi- , ness and of love. With It I shall be always happy. I s1)a11 have a singular strength and a holiness that sanctifies all things and conducts them to God. . Here prostrate, I invoke the help of the Most Holy Trinity, that They permit me, to live in the cloister of the Divine Will and thus return in me the first ord~r of creation, just as the creature was created. Heavenly Mother, Sovereign and Que~n of-theDivine Rat, take my hand and introduce me into the Light of the Divine 'Will. You will be my guide, my most tender Mother, and will teach me to live in and to maintain myself in the.order and the bounds of the Divine Will. Heavenly Mother, I consecrate my whole being to Your Immaculate Heart. You will teach me the doctrine of the Divine Will and I will listen most attentively to Your lessons. You will.cover me with Your mantle so that the infernal 'serpent dare not penetrate into this sacred Eden to entice me and make me fall into the maze of the human will. Heart of my greatest Good, Jesus, You will give me Your '. flames that they may burn me, consume me, and feed me to form in me the Life of the Divine Will. Saint Joseph, you will be my protector, the guardian of my heart, and will keep the keys of my will in your hands. You will keep my heart jealously and shall never give it to me again, that I may be sure of ne\(er leaving the Will of God. My guardian Angel, guard me; defend me; help me in everything so that my Eden may flourish and be the instrument that draws all men into the Kingdom of the Divine Will. Amen. t


(In Honor of Luisa Piccarreta 1865-1947 Child of the Divine Will)

ents, on how to use these ratings.': designed specifically for children, most parents may let younger She included Catholic schools and diocesan family life offices in her children watch this program unattended. It contains little or no challenge. "It's only a guideline. It's not violence, no strong language and little or no sexual dialogue or ,that the system set will be revi~wed, foolproof," Sister Thoman warned and there is the possibility of of tile ratings system. "Jusfhaving situations. - TVPG: Parental guidance maki ng changes after such a review. it doesn't mean it's going to be President Clinton, during a Dec. used well." But, she added; "we in suggestel Thisprogram may con13 press conference, said the system the church talk a lot about teach- tain some material that some should be tried for 10 months and able moments. This is one of those . parents would find unsuitable for teachable moments." younger children. Many parents then if it needs fixing, do it then. Henry ,Herx, director of the U.S. may wanfto watch it with their U.S. Rep. Billy Tauzin, R-La., the incoming chairman of the Catholic Conference Office for younger children. The theme itself House Subcommittee on Telecom- Film and Broadcasting, said his may call for parental guidance. munications, Trade and Consumer office would not pass judgement The program may contain infreProtection, announced his support on the ratings plan until the U.S. quent coarse language, limited viofor the system, but added he may bishops' Communications Com- lellce, some suggestive sexual diahold congressional hearings in 1997' mitteemeets in January, after which logue and situations. to hear from parents and monitor time a statement is' likely' to be - TV 14: Parents strongly cauissued. how well the ratings are working. , tioned. This program may contain Without discussing the specifics Several critics decried the fact some material that many parents that the producers and networks of the current plan, the comwould find unsuitable for children will assign the ratings themselves munications department "supports under 14 years of age. Parents are rather than let independent moni- the efforts of a TV r'atings system," strongly urged to exercise greater Herx added. tors do it. care in monitoring this program ,Jack Valenti - head of the When Herx's office first started and are c'autioried against letting Motion Picture Association of reviewing TV shows in the 1970s, children under the age of 14 watch America and the man who forged the committee decided then not to unattended. This program may consensus from a diverse group of administer classifications for them contain sophisticated themes, sexnetwork, studio and trade exec- ;is it does with movies. ual content, strong language and "I'm sure that question will be utives on the plan - said that with more intense violence. 2,000 hours ,of programming on revisited by the committee 20 years - TVM: Mature audience only. each day, it is the only rational later," Herx said. This program is specifically deDespite the fuss raised over the way ratings can be given. But signed to be viewed by adults and critics .contend that it is akin to new ratings, "ultimately the public therefore may be unsuitable for letting the fox inside the henhouse. will be the finaljudge about whether children under 17. This program Valenti was nearly upstaged af the system is' useful or not," he may contain mature themes', prohis Dec. 19 press conference by said. fane language, graphic violence, The following ratings apply to Tim Collings, an engineering proand explicit sexual content. fessor at Simon Fraser University programs designed solely for childA tiny icon with the rating will . in suburban Vancouver, British ren: 'appear on the screen at the be- TVY: All children. This ginning of each show and also will Columbia. Collings developed the V-chip technology already used progra'in is designed to be approp- be printed in newspapers and TV for Canadian TVs; most 'of them riate for all children. Whether ani- Guide. The ratings will be encoded through adapter boxes containing mated or live-action; the 'themes in shows to work in tandem with the chip. . and elements in this program are the V-chip that eventually will Collings, while givinga qualified specifically designed for a very allow parents to lock out shows on stamp of approval to the TV indus-' young audience, including children their TVs. Jry'~Jatings,~qmmented t~) Valenti: ages 2-6. 'This ,program is not Entertainment shows,including 'i'Y6li~l1ff{,'e (h'e~ oa~is 'fot' pr6.vid(h~g 'e~pectedito'frighte"ti younger 'child- 'soap operas; car-toons; talk shows ',," the content information.'Why not ren.' ' ,:'. and tabloid shows like "Hard - TVY7: Directed to 'older Copy," will be rated. make the content (information) available? It has been available in children. This program is designed Prod ucers, broadcast networks, Canada." The system there, he for children age 7 and above. It cable channels, syndicators, and added, received an 80 percent may be more appropriate for child- others that originate programs will approval rating in a recent test of ren who have acquired the develop- rate their own shows. If a syndicator mental skills needed to distillguish doesn't rate a show, TV station 150 households. or cable channel can. In all cases, a Valenti replied, "I'm not about between make-believe and reality. to go back and retrace my steps," , Themes and elements in this pro- TV station or a cable channel can citing the difficulty of getting com- gram may include mild physical or override a show's original rating petitive industry moguls to agree comedic violence, or may frighten and give it another. to the age~based system in the first chih~ren under the age of7. ThereNews and sports shows will not place and his belief that parents fore, parents may wish to consider \ be rated. News magazines, like want simple, easy-to-understand the suitability of this program for "20/20," could be rated, though it, their very young children. is not likely. ratings. The following categtlrie's apply Ratings can be appealed to a A week earlier a's criticism 1·9-member board of TV industry mounted over' the leaked ratings to programs designed for the entire '. representatives. plan,Valenti said that if the govern- audience: . TVQ: General Audience. Most Showtime and HBO, two pay ment intervened in any way, "we'll parents would find this program cable channels, will continue to be in court in a nanosecond." The system will be forwarded to suitable for all ages. Although this provide content advisories before the Federal Communications C6m~ rating does not signify a program their p'rogramming. mission for review. The FCC could find it unacceptable and propose a different rating system but does not have the power to impose it on the networks. Sister Elizabeth Thoman, founding director of the Center for Media Literacy in Los Angeles, told Catholic News Service, "The new ratings I'm not crazy about. They could be more.' integrated to what parents . need." . The ,Center for Media Literacy is' one of the resources the TV industry suggests being consulted if parents want to know more about the role TV plays in society. But "the whole controversy about ratings has opened up a conversation about what children should be watching," said Sister Thoman, THESEARE the icons of the new TV Parental Guidea member of the Congregation of lines adopted by six commercial broadcast networks on Jan. 2. t~e Humility of Mary. . The ratings are: TVY - all children; TVY7 - directed .to older Any system that is crea'ted requires "basic education how parchildren; TVG - general audience; TVPG - parental guIdance sugents can use the system," she said. gested; TVl4 - parents strongly cautioned; TVM - mature audi"I challenge .every' parish, every ences only. (eNS graphic from TV Parental Guidelines) educational system, to edutate par-


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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-':":'Fri., Jan. 3, '1997


AIDS claims 9-year-old Michigan boy ANN ARBOR, Mich. (CNS A funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 18 for an AIDS infected 9year-old boy. Donald "Donny" Harris died Dec. 15 of complications from AIDS at University of Michigan's Mott Children's Hospital.

STUDENTS FROM Holy Family-Holy Name School, New Bedford, perform a song in sign language during the 175th anniversary celebration Mass at St. Lawrence Church in that city. (Anchor/ Jolivet photo) I

Donny was born HIV-positive. Margaret Harris was a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at North Oakland Medical Center in Pontiac at the time, and became Donny's foster mother when he was two months old. He was not expected to live to be I year old; Margaret Harris adopted him at age 4. A resident of suburban Clarkston and a member of St. Daniel parish there, Donny touched many people during his short life by speaking at

schools and functions on the fight against pediatric AIDS. "Being able to meet Donny and Margaret was a real, blessing for me," said Gerry Battersby, a seminarian from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit who came to know the Harrises through a hospice internship. "The love that they had blessed everybody they came in contact with," he added. Battersby visited Donny weekly, and spent Saturday evening reading to his friend. He told the Michigan Catholic, newspaper of the Detroit Archdiocese, that Donny and his mother truly knew the sacredness of life. "Donny taught me to live in the moment," Battersby said. "He lived more in his nine years than most people live in their whole lives."

St. Lawrence, NB, celebrating 175 years of faith Continued from Page Three behind the altar was a small room serving as a sacristy and with benches for the first Sunday school. A Mr. Frank O'Connor who was an altar server drew a sketch of the 'building in later years. Behind the church was a graveyard in which Catholics were buried until the establishment of the present St. Mary's Cemetery in 1854. At that time the bodies were disinterred from the old plot and placed in the new cemete'ry. It is said that services in the church were a great attraction to the curious outsiders who would stand in the churchyard listening or looking in the windows. Mass was not offered on a regular basis during the early years but priests who followed Father Larasey were Fathers Robert Woodley, P. Cannabar, Peter Connelley, Francis Kearan, John Brady, Constantine Lee, James O'Reilley, James O'Beirne and James McGuire. Then came Father Patrick Burne as first resident pastor in June, 1844. . The Catholic population had been growing. In the 1840's the railroad had been extended to New Bedford establishing communications with Taunton and Boston, bringing in many workers for the first Wamsutta Mill which opened in 1849. The little wooden church was enlarged but was inadequate. The former Universalist Church on the corner of School and Fifth , (now Pleasant) Streets was purchased for $5,000 in March, 1849. (The last use of that building was the Crowell Art Gallery before the building's demolition.) Yet the Ca'tholic congregation began to overflow that building despite additions to it. In 1853 Father Henry E.S. Henniss wa's appointed pastor, New Bedford's first American-born priest. A man of great zeal and energy and foresight, he purchased for $5,500 a 20,000 square foot parcel of land at the corner of County and Hillman Streets and began raising money for a new church. But he died in 1859 at the young ,age of 37, a man, called by the Daily Evening Standard, "a gentleman who was loved and respected while'he lived and lamented deeply when dead." Father Henniss was succeeded as pastor by his assistant, Father Joseph Tallon, who envisioned a

brick church on the site. Plans were halted by the outbreak of the' Civil War and then by the death of Father Tallon in 1864 at the age of 31. On January I, 1865, a Civil War chaplain, Father Lawrence Stephen McMahon, became pastor. He found $13,300 in the parish treasury and parishioners eager for a new church. He purchased another 20,000 square foot parcel of adjoining land and initiated the building of the present church. The work began in May of 1866 and the cornerstone was laid on November I, 1866. Curiously, .the cornerstone is now nowhere to be found. It could have been covered by the later construction of the tower. St. Patrick's Chapel was dedicated on March 17, 1869. The main church building was opened with the 5 A. M. Mass on Christmas morning in 1870. And with the opening a change of nameFather McMahon named this church after his own patron, St. Lawrence, Martyr. Formal dedication took place on August 13, 1871. It is said that this new church cost approximately $150,000. The tower was added from 1886 to 1889 and with it the carillon of 14 bells, named after the patrons of the parish - the Sacred Heart, the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, St. Patrick, St. Lawrence and the nine choirs of angels. Cost of the chimes was $3,600 and the chimes were consecrated on Dec. 16, 1888. In 1879 Father McMahon left the parish to become the fifth Bishop of Hartford. He was succeeded by the formidable Father Hugh J. Smythe who served with great zeal and farsightedness until his death in 1921. , Every ethnic group worshipped in this church, usually in St.' Patrick's Chapel, where the sermon would be preached in the language of the people and plans made for the establishment of new parishes to serve their needs. This parish was also sou'rce of the Catholic educational system in the city of New Bedford, thanks to the vigorous leadership of Father Smythe. He had the vision of regional schools and so built in 1883 St. Joseph's School - later called Holy Name School - to serve the north area of the parish. Then in 1885 came St. Mary's School-later called St. ~ames --..:.

to serve the south area of the parish. And then he built Holy Family School in 1901-to serve the central area. He established St. Joseph's High School -later Holy Family High School - in 1883 as not only the first Catholic high school in what is the diocese but a coeducational one at that. Until its close in 1985, Holy Family provided secondary edu-' cation to hosts of greater New Bedford students including many religious sisters and 55 priests. The vital work of Catholic education owes a monumental debt to the Religious Sisters of Mercy. The American founder of that community" Mother Mary Francis Warde, had sent the Sisters to New Bedford to establish the first hospital in the city, St. Joseph's, in 1873 which served for about 15 MARGARET HARRIS rocks her9-year-old son Donny years. The Sisters who served the at the University of Michigan's Mott Children's Hospital in hospital had also been called on to teach Sunday schol so it was natu- Ann Arbor, MI. Donny, who was born with HIV, died on Dec. ral that they should direct their 15. (CNS/Smith photo) zeal and expertise to the Catholic educational system in the classroom. Msgr.Smythe died in 1921 after having seen dramatic growth in the Catholic population and activities in New Bedford. He was sucIn 1995, the collection distribWASHINGTON (CNS) - The ceeded by the distinguished and well-remembered Msgr. John F. U.S. bishops' 1997 collection for uted a total.of $4.6 million to help McKeon. Monsignor - as he was the church in Latin America will fund 321 projects throughout simply know,n - is still spoken of be taken up in most dioceses the South and Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean, according by older parishioner~s one who weekend of Jan. 25-26. In a December letter, Browns- to the bishops' Secretariat for Latin instilled in parishioners a sense of America in Washington. pride in their faith and in their ville Bishop Raymundo J. Pena, Grants are given to Latin Amerchairman of the bishops' Commitparish. ican dioceses, parishes and groups tee for the Church in Latin AmerMsgr. McKeon died in 1956 and then came Most Rev. James J. ica, reminded bishops nationwide whose projects, approved by local Gerrard. Bishop Gerrard was a "how richly dioceses and parishes bishops, can be completed within 12 months. Approximately oneman of great virtue and stability, a have been blessed by their involvethird of the cost' of each project is ment with the church in Latin man who led by example in the provided by the local church. service of God and the people. America," In 1995 grants funded retreats "Given the climate of the times Bishop Gerrard retired in 1972. A parish, of course, is not only 'as well as the Holy Father's call for for marginalized youths in urban buildings, important and impres- us to prepare for the Synod for Argentina; evangelization training sive as these may be and as vital America," he wrote, "I urge your for 200 young rural women in the service they provide. It is not wholehearted support for the 1997 Colombia; catechist training for 3,120 people in 14 'parishes in only priests" devoted as these may collection." Concepcion, Paraguay; leadership A date for the synod, which will be. It is above all - people. For training for 200 lay ministers in an bring together all the bishops of 175 years the people of St. Lawrence parish have offered worship the Western Hemisphere, has not economically hard-hit region of Mexico; and many other evangelito God and have given testimony been set, but it could be held as to their faith in good times and in early as next fall. It is one of sev- zation, formation and training proeral regional synods 路being held to grams throughout the region. bad. Along with Bishop Pena's letter, We ask God's love upon all the prepare the church for the new the Latin American secretariat sent parishioners of the past who have millennium. Since its beginning in 1966, the, out copies of its current newsletbuilt up this parish, and we pray that those of the present may con- collection has raised more than ter, "Una Vista," which highlights tinue to serve God well so that $75 million to assist Catholics in some 1995 grants, as well as matefuture generations may always call many of the 728 dioceses in Latin rials about the 1997 collection for diocesan and parish use. America. ' this their Family of God.

u.S. bishops.set date for Latin American collection


Taunton Catholic Middle School students a big hit with D,ickens' A Christmas Carol' The Taunton, Catholic Middle School Drama Club, under the direction of Leigh Burroughs, presented its annual, Christmas play, titled-"A Christmas Carol" on Dec. 13 at the school, 61 Summer' Street, Taunton. Principle characters in the play were: Scrooge played by Michael Lally, Bob Cratchit played "by ,Brendan Hanna, ,the Spirit of Christmas Past played by Adam Bagni, Tiny Tim played by Joseph Noberini, the Spirit of Christmas Present played by Renee Taylor and the Spirit of Christmas Future played by Chris Molloy.

Other actors in the 52-member cast were Michelle Morrison, Jessica Scott, Mary ,Tarpey, Ashley' Stone, Sarah Rodrigues, Alpy BoiviJl, Joe Berthelot, Theresa Peterson, Jackie Stahl,Jared Gag,non, Susan Giovanoni, Alaina Driscoll,Melissa Wilbur, Nicole Dykas, Sarah Prado, Liana Angeles, Eric Reese, Jessica Borges, Maureen Goldrick, Brigitte Sullivan, Jamie, Devlin, James Cohn, Isabelle De' Barros, Matt Manta, Anthony Wakim, Nelson De Barros, Patrick Me Namara, Katie Cugno, Brittany Me Clay; Fay Boivin, Tiana Baroni, Angela DiTullio, Lezlie Glass,

James Anderson, Aaron Pacheco, John Stahl, Briana Quigley, Neha Ohri, Cheri Bezok, Colleen Eaton, Allison Rice, Emily Dufresne, Meghan Praino, Jillian, Holmes, and Allison Perry. Students from St. Mary's School and Our Lady of Lourdes School, both in Taunton, attended the dress rehearsal at Taunton Catholic Middle School. The TCMS'Drama Club is under the direction of Leigh Burroughs, assisted, by Tricia Williams, Daniel Thompson, and Laraine Frisbee.

(~AST MEMBERS (left photo) of the Taunton Catholic Middle Sch'ool's performance of "A Christmas Carol;" (rom.left, Joseph Berthelot, James Cohn and Aaron Pacheco, visit with studentยงand.f..acu.lty f~om St. Mary's School, Taunton, following their performance. The ghost of Jacob Marley(right photo, foreground) p'layed'by Jani'es Anderson visits Scrooge, played by Michael Lally. \ "

Bishop Connolly High School

ELISHA NADEAU (top photo), 'a senior at Bishop Stang High School, No. Dartmouth, shown here with PrinciThroughout the season of Advent pal of Students Robert Zukowski and Academic Principal the Bishop Connolly High School, Mary Ann Miske!, was named the first Golden Ruler Student Fall River, community of students of the Month at the school. Don Guenette (bottom photo), and faculty worked together on a also a senior, was selected, along with Elisha Nadeau; to be the , , projecno benefit some local serschool's representatives to compete in the National Honor vice agencies. School chaplain, Father David Costa, through the Society Scholarship Program.

school's Campus Ministry Program initiated the plan known as "5 x 3 = IS". "The idea was to give the stuscholarship, leadership, character dents a tangible goal- raise 5;000 pounds of eJothing,"and 300 pounds and service. of food," said Father Costa. "We Sophomore Joel'Maxwell has been selected as the school's repre- exceeded both goals!" Students sorted through numersentative to attend. the Hugh O'Brian Leadership Seminar this ous piles of sweaters and coats and . spring., The Hugh' O'Brian 'Youth, then ,:>undled them together for Foundation (HOBY) motivates delivery to Marie's Place in Fall and develops.future leaders, pre- River for distribution to the needy. paring them for positions in their The foodstuffs were lo'aded into schools and helping them to ex- pickup trucks and cars and donated pand the talents that will serve to Catholic Social Services. A donation of "$80 was also them and others well in the future. The goal of the seminar pro- made to the St. Vincent de Palil gram is to bring together the best Society. The money was raised of two worlds: high school sopho-' through the sale of candy canes in mores with demonstrated leader- the' fQrm of "Candy Grams". The ship qualities:- tomorrow's lead- members of Connolly's Amnesty ers - with today's leaders who International Chapter ran the have distinguished themselves 'in business, education, government, the arts and sciences, and the professions. HOBY conducts its Leadership Seminars for high school sophomores ~t no cost to the student or to the school. 'Joel .is vice president- of the sophomore class, and last year was ' secretary ofthe freshman class. He is an honol" roll student, earning a MARY ANN Grace portrays Mary, John Dias is,Joseph place on the President's List this and. ~iIly Sylvia and David Splinter are the shepherds in a quarter with all grades 90 or above. recreation of the nativity during an Advent prayer service at He is also a member ofthe Debate ;Bi~hop ~onn9\ly High,S<;~c;>ol! Fall,~i~er. " ' 1 ' ) , . ".!l~d I::9reJ~s.ics, a! ~t~Jlg ..โ€ข , ~,'

Bishop S~~ng High S'chool Elisha Nadeau, a senior at Bishop Stang High 'School, No. Dartmouth, was naml;d the first Golden Ruler Student of the Month this year by FIRSTFED of Fall River. Elisha garnered' this award as a result of her achieve'ments in academics, extracurricu, lar activities and community involvement. She was named the first of eight monthly winners, one of whom will be chosen as Student of the Year in June 1997. With this award Elisha received a Golden Ruler plaque, a $100 savings bond from FI RSTFED and' dinner for four. A, <lonation of $100 will also be made to Bishop Stang High School. Additionally, Elisha and senior Donald Guenette have' bee'n selected as the school's representatives to compete in the National Honor Society Scholarship Program. Sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the program will provide 2-50 scholarship awards of $1,000 each. The, moderators of NHS and the Director of Guidance chose thes~ two Stang seniors as the school's nominees because their lives exemplify the four pilI~r,s oql1~ ~atio'1.;\1 HOI}Ql" ~.9.<;:ie~Y~

Candy Gram sale in support of "5_ stra and Assistant Conductor of x 3 = IS". the Youth Philharmonic OrchesMegha"n O'Connor, a junior at tra at the New England ConservaConnolly has been accepted as a tory of Music. The program will member of the 1997, M. M.E.A. include the first movement of BeefSoutheast District Orchestra. Doug- hoven's Fifth Symphony, Dv'orlas W. Anderson, 1997 Senior ak's Slavonic Dance #6. and Orchestra Manager, commented MARS from THE PLANETS by . that this year's competition was Gustav Holst. The concert will be very strong and the calibre of the held at Somerset High School on musicians auditioning continues January II. to rise each year. Meghan has been playing the This year's orchestra will be violin for 10 years. She has been directed by Jonathan Cohler, an selected as a member of Rl Allinternationally recognized vir"tu- ' State in 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th oso clarinetist, theMusic Director grades. She also is a member ofthe of the Brockton Symphony OrcheRI Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

• THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fan River-Fri., Jan. 3, 1997

Our ROCK anti Role You hold the key to a brand new day By Charlie Martin

Dance Inlo the Light It's there In the eyes of the children In the faces smiling In the windows You can come on out, come on open the doors Brush away the tears of freedom Now we're here, there's no turning back We have each other, we have one voice Hand In hand, we will lay the track Because the train Is coming to carry you home Come dance with me Refrain: Dance Into the light Everybody dance Into the light There will be no more hiding In the shadows of fear There will be no more chains to hold you The future Is yours, you hold the key And there are no walls with freedom Now we're here, we won't go back We are one world, we have one voice Side by side we are not afraid Because the train Is coming to carry you home Come dance with me (Repeat refrain) Do you see the sun, It's a brand·new day All the world's In your hands, now use It What's past Is past, don't turn around Brush away the cobwebs of freedom (Repeat second verse) (Repeat refrain) Written and lung by Phil Colllni (c) 1998 by Phil Colllni Ltd., Hit and Run MUllc Pub!llhlng,Ltd. "DO YOU see the sun, it's a that "we are one world, we have brand new day, all the world's one voice." Thus, "side by side we are not afraid." in your hands, now use it." Actually, it's not only a Certainly, these are nice"brand new day," but a whole sounding, lofty ideals. However, can they be achieved? Does the new year! 1997 dawns into our lives with'this invitation: How "light" of change, healing and freedom r:eally exist? will you use this opportunity to create what you want in your Well, it depends. If you dare life? to see and believe in it, then yes! "Dance Into the Light" is Phil Further, if you are guided by the Collins' first new disc in three ideals and vision ofJesus, then, years. The title track offers us· yes once again! challenging ideas as we enter a Start with your own life. new year. What would you like to see The song asks us to stop "hidhappen this year? What are your personal hopes for change, new ing in the shadows of fear." Instead, we can "dance into the opportunity and growth as you begin this "brand. new day" light" of new awareness and hope. Now is the time to realize called ~997?

Secondly, what is your vision for those close to you? Another way to reflect on this question is to think about what you want to give to others this year. As you consider your family and friends, how will you help them experience the support and sense of connection that the song describes? . .Observing the, condition of our global family is more troubling. Clearly, 1997 begins with lots of problems, lots of hurt. Whether these brothers and sisters are as close as the fellow teens in your school or as far away as teens living in distant countries, their suffering is. real. One's desire to "dance into the light" will be incomplete unless we reach out to include others in this human family. But how? By doing what is possible in 1997. I suggest that every teen who wants to be a disciple of Jesus use the "fiveand-10 rule." Spend five minutes a day praying. Start with praying for the people you love. Then, expand this prayer to teens your age throughout the world. When it comes to your immediate circle offamily and friends, use names. For the larger world, try to imagine what it is like for teens where the shadows of fear are large. While you cannot know individual names, tell God of your concern for these fellow teens. Your prayer, your love, will become a pathway of healing for these peers. As for the second part of the . rule, dedicate 10 percent of your spending money to help others. This might cost you some opportunities, but it is a sure way to walk "side by side" with teens who are hurting. Yes, there is much to do as we start 1997. We are ready. Let the "dance" begin! Your comments are alwavs welcome. Please address: Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 182, Rockport, Ind. 47635.


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By Amy Welborn The sum of it for parents is that . Was there a computer under the expensive machine you bought your tree this Christmas? in hopes of it suppor:ting Junior on I have no doubt there was for his way to Harvard has the potenmany of you, either a completely tial to do a great deal of damage. new toy'to add to your collection How can we make sure it's being or an upgrade from your 5-year- used for the good? old machine that's already sadly Decisions on this, of course, outdated. start with teens themselves. CuriIt's an amazing thing, really. osity gets the best of all of us someSitting at your desk in Podunk, times, and curiosity about sex can USA, you literally can have access be almost overwhelming for young to the world. You can delve into people. the resources of university librarLike every other moral decision, ies and research centers. You can read almost every magazine and this comes down to deciding what journal in print today. You can kind of person you want to be now communicate with people from all and in the future. Dei you want to over the world. You can enjoy the be a person with a debased view of wealth of creativity and informa- sexuality, having stripped it of its tion on CD-ROM games and re- sacred nature by repeatedly exposing yourself to pornography? Is sources. Oh, yes. You can go on line, too. that going to prepare you for That's really why you're excited, healthy relationships in the future? Would you want to be in a relaisn't it? Come on, admit it. My students are fascinated by tionship with a person who has a the Internet. (OK, I'll admit that list of pornographic sites on his or their teacher is too, but that's her list offav,orite places? Of course another story.) They're constantly not. coming in with articles they've Don't fill your head with trash. downloaded about whatever sub- It's simple. ject we're studying, telling me about And parents, do your part. Be as cool Web pages they've discovered vigilant in moderating computer on everything from Hinduism to time as you are, we hope, in superOur Lady of Guadalupe. vising and checking the movies, There is an underside to all this, television shows and music that of course. Just as you can go to a are a part of your children's lives. magazine stand ilnd find publicaIt is incredibly easy to access tions ranging from Atlantic Monthly to Penthouse, so it is on the pornography on the Web. Oon't Web. It's just as easy to go to the believe anyone who tells you it most sickening pornography known isn' They may have warnings to humanity on the Web as to click stating that a site is to be viewed only by persons over 21, but that is onto the Vatican page. And then there are the infamous really meaningless. "chat rooms." Unless it's a strictly So by all means have a good moderated specific topic, such as ·time with that computer. It's a music or sports, I would stay away wonderful invention. But teens from chat rooms. There are a lot of should be careful and use it, as we strange, sick, lonely people out try to use anything else in this there in cyberspace who prey on world, to raise us up to our best, young people. Be careful, not bring us down to our worst.


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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Fri;, Jan. 3, 1997 LaSAiETTE SHRINE, ATTLEBORO ' As the 44th annual Christmas Festival of Lights comes to a close on Jan. ,5; the Shrine will celebrate the Feast of the Three Kings at 5 p.m. in the Shrine Chapel, followed bya processioRto the outdoor ~an­ ger. Fathe~ Richard Delisle, assistant shrine director, will lead the serSUPPORT GROUP FOR , vice and the Three "ings will make. PUBLICITY CHAIRMEN an appearance as they explai~ the are asked to submit news items DIVORCED AND SEPARATED The Support Group for Divorced significance oftheir gifts. Father Pat for this column to the The Anchor, and ,Separated has announced its will provide music for the service P.O. Box 7, Fall River, 02722. meeting schedule for the next three arid procession. The Christmas illumi- , Name of city or town should be, in- months. All meetings will take place nati.ons continue daily until Jan. 5, cluded, as well as full dates of all atthe Family Life Center, 500 Slowhen they will be turned off for the activities. Please send news of fu- cum Rd., N. Dartmouth from 7 to 9 'season at 9 p.m. The Shrine is handip. m. Jan. 8 - Father Jack Oliveira capped accessible. Information:' tel. ture rather than past events. : 222~541 O. Due to limited space aod also be- will speak about "Coping With Being ST. VINCENT de PAUL, cal,lse notices of strictly parish af: Alone." Jan. 27 - several former ST. ANNE'S CONFERENCE' fairs normally appear ina parish's members of the group will share on their experiences: Feb. 12 - Father There will be a Mass on Jan. 6 at own bulletin, we are forced to limit Sullivan will distribute ashes and 7:30 p.m. at S1. Anne's Church, 660 items to events of general interest. speak on "The w.ay of the Cross for ,North Main 'St., Raynham, for the Also, we do not normally carry no- Separated and Divorced." Feb. 24 intention of the canonization of tices of flindraising activities, which open meeting. Mar. 12 - the speakerFrederic of Ozanam and the deceased members of the St. .vincent de Paul may be advertised at our regular will be Leo Buscaglia speaking on Society. The meeting will'be held in rates, obtainable from the The An- "The Politics of Love." 'Mar. 24 chor business office, telephone Father Jay T. Maddock, J.C.L., . ,the parish centerfollowing the Mass. Judicial Vicar, will speak on "Annul~ HOLY TRINITY, W. HARWICH (508) 675'-7151. ments in the Catholic Church." Holy Trinity parish" West Har,On Steering Points items, FR inST. PATRICK, WAREHAM, 'wich, will begin,perpetual adoration· dicates Fall River, NB indica'tes The parish prayer group will offer' on Jan. 19, following the noon Mass. New Bedford.. ' a seven-week, Life in the Spirit This will be a regional effort. If you CHRIST THE KING, seminar in the church at 7:30 p.m., can commit yourself to a specific MASHPEE beginning Thursday, Jan. 9. Those hour on a weekly basis, especially Christ the King parish in Mashpee interested may register with Father during'the start up period, call the will be hosting a Mission 'conducted Freddie Babiczuk at tel. 295-2411.' coordinators, Jane or John Janell, by Father John Power, C.P.;renowned SAINTS & SINGERS ' tel. 430-0014. story-teller and author, from March ST. FRANCIS OF PEACE The Saints & Singers chorus opens 1-6. There will be two daily sessions its doors to n'ew members at the FRATERNITY, W. HARWICH at 8:3Q a.m. and 7' p.m. beginning of each new season. For, St. Frands of Peace Fraternity of more information about auditions, the Secular Franciscan.,Order will tel. 759-4690., hold 'its monthly meeting Jan. 12 at ST. THERESA'S CHAPEL, 1:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church, SAGAMORE . West Harwich. Mass will be celeEst, 1962 An afternoon of recollection for brated by Father Edward Healey; A women will be held Jan. '13 at St. .-business meeting, discussion and, Religious Theresa's Chapel, Rt. 6A, Sagamore. refreshments, will follow., Inquirers Confessions wiil be heard from 2:30 are welcome. Information: Mae Hall, Articles to 3 p:m. and also at 5 p.m. by a tel. 432-5772. priest of Opus,Dei. All area women CAPE-ISLANQS CHAPTER ~ Books • Gifts welcome: ' " OF CATHOLIC NURSES ' The Cape-Islands of CathCh,~rch Supplies S T.MAR Y'S, . ' Chapter , NO. ATTLEBORO ohc Nurses will meet on Jan. 15 at Sunday heaiing services with Rev. 6:30 p.m. in the St. Pius X parish 428 Main si: • Hyannis. MAo2601 William Babbitt have been cancelled center in South Yarmouth. The topic 508-7'75·4180 Mon.-Sat. 9-5 until further notice.. will be the 20th anniversary pot-luck sup'per follQwed by, entertainment - - - - - - - -....- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -..... , from Brian Kelly. All Catholic nurses This Valentine's Day Give the Ultimate Gift . .. , members and non-members, are i-A- C i-i-' .f.' N' ht t th . invited. ,Please bring a dish or desa G71).. erft)lcate) or a 19 a e sert to share. ,Information: Deb, tel: ' 420-1837..'





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VATICAN CITY (CNS) - Pope would put on his valet uniform to , John Paul II has declared Pierre serve the meals for which he had Toussaint "venerable," an impor- paid'. tant step toward eventual canoni- - By the time he died at age 87 in zation of the Haitian-born slave. 1853, Toussaint had a reputation Brought to New York by his for works of charity and devotion master in the late 1700s, Toussaint to the Eucharist. " received his 'freedom there and' New York Cardinal John J. became k'nown for works of charO'Connor launched Toussaint's ity. l,fcanonized, he would become cause in 1989. The following year the first U.S. saint. ' Toussaint's remains were dug up , Meeting with cardinals and' a from the old St. Patrick's Cathenumber of other church officials , dral cemetery and transferred to Dec. 17, the pope' approved a' the present cathedral, where New decree attesting that Toussaint had York archbishops are buried. He lived' a life of "heroic virtues" is the only layperson buried there. worthy of imitation, the Vatican ' said Dec: 18'. "The decree means that he has practiced virtues in a perfect Christian manner. .Consequently, he obtains the title of venerable," said VATICAN CITY(CNS)- Pope Jesuit Father Peter Gumpel, who John Paul II encouraged a cowas at the meeting. winner of the 1996 Nobel Peace For now, n~ public worship can Prize, Bishop Carlos Felipe be giyen Toussaint, Father GumXimenes of East Timor, to continue , pel said. That will come when he is working for peace' and reconcilibeatified, or declared blessed. But ation in his homeland. Bishop Belo, before beatification can occur, a the 48-year-old apostolic adminmiracle must be attributed to his istrator of Dili, met Dec. 20,with intercession. the pope, 10 days after he formfllly , Father Gumpel said the declara- accepted the prize for his efforts to tion of heroic virtues was "a very. bring' peace to ,East Timor.. important step. All investigations, about his life, hissanetity, are terminated, once and for all. Now we wait for the time being for approATLANTA (CNS) - After bation by God, through a miracle." . finishing his latest prison sentence B6rn a slave in 1766, Toussaint for nonviolent civil disobedience, was broughtto New York in 1787 , Maryknoll Father Roy Bourgeois by his master. He became a hair- said'he and others who'are commitdresser and was allowed to 'save te'd to closing a U.S. military some of the' money he earned, training school would continue enough tq eventually buy his free- the'ir protests until the 'school is dom and' that of Juliette Noel, shut down. Father Bourgeouis, 57, whom he married in 181.1. was released Dec. 17. He served a His 'owner, John' Berard du six-month sentence at the Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta for a 1995 Pithon, died on a return visit to Haiti, and Toussaint then secretly protest at the U.S. Army'S.School supported the 'du Pithon fa'mily of the Americas, or'SOA in Fort for 20 years. It was said that he Benning, Ga. '

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·PIERRE TOUSSAINT has been declared venerable by Pope John Paul II, making the Haitian-born American slave one step closer ~o sainthood. Toussaint, who died in 1853, would become the first black U.S. saint when canonized. (CNS photo from Columbia University Libraries)