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., ATTIRED IN bridal white, Beth Lee stands with Bishop Sean O'Malley following the Ritual for Consecration of Virgins at St. Mary's Cathedral, Fall River. (Dunne photo)

A first for the diocese

Beth Lee one of only 23 in nation to. enter the Order of Virgins B)' Pat McGowan With Catholic News Service report

The rare and moving Ritual for the Consecration of Virgins took place July .I in St. Mary's Cathe~ dral, Fall River, as Beth Lee, a native ofSt. Thomas More parish, Somerset, became one of only 23 women in the nation to enter the Order of Virgins. Last month in Rome, Pope John Paul II marked the 25th anniversary of the ren,ewal of the ancient rite that fell into disuse in the church in the years preceding the Second Vatican Council. Speaking at an international meeting of consecrated virgins, the pope said they are called to join

their lives completely to Christ's by loving him and by loving others as he did. Consecrated virgins are women who take vows of chastity under the direction of a bishop but do not join rel'igious orders. The pope told the women gathered in Rome they can fulfill themselves and their feminine identity through their consecration. "Just as with the woman who follows tht: way of marriage, the consecrated virgin is able to live and express a spousal love: With such a love she becomes in the church a gift for God, for Christ the redeemer and for every brother and sister," the pope said.


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Fall River Dominicans merge with two other commullities In a public ceremony to take place tomorrow in East Windsor, CT, three congregations of Dominican women: the Dominican Sisters ofSt. Catherine of Siena of FalI River; the Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary of Newburgh, NY; and the Dominican Sisters of the Sick Poor of Ossining, NY, wilI celebrate the foundation of the Dominican Sisters of Hope which took place yesterday at the opening of the new community's first general chapter or formal assembly. Surrounding the Founding Day activities, the new congregation will hold the chapter meeting at Mont Marie, Holyoke, through July 26, with time out for tomorrow's ceremony. During the meeting, the sisters will review their first constitutions, deliberate on local organizational structures, and discuss ways of implementing their threefold focus on the poor and marginalized, women, and the earth. The week wil.l culminate in election of the congregation's first leadership team. The Dominican Sisters of Hope number some 350 members from 21 states and 35 dioceses. Ministries focus on various aspects of education and health care. Three Centers of Hope will be maintained at the community's current facilities, with administrative offices located in Ossining. Collaboration of the three Dominican groups began in 1981 when the Newburgh and Ossining sisters began discussions of sharing an infirmary and establishing one formation team for both congregations. At an assembly in August 1990, the Fall Rivt:r congregation was formally accepted into - the process, and plans began for forming a totally new congregation. The time-consuming process has involved input from alI members of the three congregations and has required great commitment from the many sisters who have served on various committees planning ways of sharing personnel, resources, talents and skills: Reasons for the union include the calLof the church to a revitalTurn to Page Nine

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Wedded to Christ and his church, the pope said, consecrated virgins are called to "share his style of a life - marked by humility and meekness - of love and mercy, service and joyful availability, of untiring zeal for the glory of the Father and the salvation of humankind." Consecrated virgins are a "visible sign of the virginity of the church, an instrument of her fruitfulness and a witness of her fidelity to Christ," he said. They are called to be the "working hand of the generosity of the local church, the voice of her prayer, the expression of her mercy, the

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Sister Joanna Fernandes, O.P., chairperson of Saint Anne's Hospital, Fall River, has received one of the first Caritas Christi Medals awarded by the Caritas Christi Health Care System, a leading New England health care provider sponsored by the Boston archdiocese. The medals are presented to individuals who exemplify "Caritas Christi," meaning the love or charity of Christ, and have made outstanding contributions to the field of Catholic health care. In conferring the honor on Sister Joanna, Michael F. Collins, M.D., Caritas Christi president, said, "In our business, most of us would do well to reflect more often on the mission of Catholic health care. If, as most of us believe, that mission includes caring for society's most destitute, Sister Joanna Fernandes lives it." A Taunton native and a graduate of Saint Anne's Hospital School of Nursing, Sister Joanna is a member of the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation, who founded Saint Anne's Hospital in 1906. She is chairperson of the hospital's board of trustees and provincial superior of her community, a post to which she has been twice elected. Several years ago, with AIDS devastating ever-increasing numbers in Southeastern Massachusetts, Sister Joanna decided to reach out to patients who were also homeless. She wanted to establish a home where the spiritual, emotional, psychological and physical needs of such patients could be met with love, dignity and respect. Undaunted by regulatory hurdles and roadblocks and the enormous costs of such a project and supported by her formidable faith, prayer and unwavering persistence, Sister Joanna realized her vision last September when Bishop Sean O'Malley dedicated Hope House, a 10-person residence for persons living with AIDS. "By her words, her example and her deeds, Sister Joanna has shown all of us what it means to follow the healing ministry of Christ," Collins declared. Saint Anne's Hospital offers a wide range of medical and surgical services to southern Massachusetts and eastern Rhode Island residents and is known especially for its Turn to Page I I

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Pope asks support for breastfeeding VATICAN CITY (CNS) - Pope John Paul II said breastfceding deserves promotion and support worldwide, particularly in places where social 'and marketing pressures have diminished the practice. The pope, addressing scientists and experts at ,a recent Vaticansponsored meeting, said breastfeeding is of interest to the church because it deals with the interaction between mother and child, and because it raises imp<Htant health and economic issues. He said research shows that breast-fed children benefit by receiving proper nourishment and protection against disease. In addition, this way of feeding creates a bond of love and security between mother and child, he said. HOL y, UNION jubilarians, back from left, Sisters Pauline Marie Dufour, Dorothy "So human and natural is this Therese Boudreau, Irene Rheaume; front, Sisters Evelyn Blanchette, Jeanne Clara Amirault, bond that the Psalms use the image Antoinette Ouellette, Marie Baldi. Not pictured, Sisters Ann Marie Phillips, Frances Farrell, of the infant at its mother's breast as a picture of God's care for Anne Bugala. man," he said. , While surveys show that twothirds of women around the globe still breastfeed, the number is decreasing. The pope cited several The Fall River provincial team Sister Anne Bugala, formerly as well as in New York and New factors: urbanization, increasing Stephen Therese, taught in Hampshire and at the former ColSister of the Holy Union Sisters recently demands placed on women, health hosted a jubilee dinner honoring all' primary grades in Fall River lege of the Sacred Hearts in Fall care policies and marketing stratesisters celebrating 25,50,60 and 70 and North Attleboro and in Mary- River. She was an exchange teacher gies for alternative forms of nourishyears of religious life. land, New York and North Carol- at Southampton, England, and ment. Those recognized were Sisters ina. In retirement, she lives in has held various social, service The pope's remarks about alterpositions. Dorothy Therese Boudreau and Patchogue. native forms of nourishment were Sister Toni Ouellette, formerly Irene Rheaume, 70; Jeanne Clara Sister Evelyn, formerly Sister an apparent reference to powdered Amirault and Anne Bugala, 60 Celine Andrew, taught elementary Sister Marie Irene, taught in upper milk formula, marketed in many years; Evelyn Blanchette, Pauline grades in Fall River and Taunton elementary grades in Maryland, Third World countries. Marie Dufour, Frances Farrell, as well asin Maryland, New Jer- New York and North Carolina "In practical terms, what we are Antoinette Ouellette and Ann sey, New York and Rhode Island. and for 30 years was a lab technisaying is that mothers need time, Marie Phillips, 50 years; and Marie She was also a school secretary in cian and nurse in Holy Union misinformation and support. So much Baldi, 25 years. New York and in Fall River and sions in Africa. She is presently is expected of women in many societies that time to devote to , Taunton native Sister Dorothy Lawrence and now 'works part- nursing at Prospect Place. Therese taught pre-primary and time in the community's provinSister Ann Marie, formerly Sisbreastfeeding and early care ig not first grade and was a reading spe- cial finance office and at Prospect ter Jane Raymond, a native of Fall always available," he said. cialist in the Fall River diocese for Place. River, taught on the upper eleThe pope said all women have a 37 years. Now retired, she resides Sister Pauline, formerly Sister mentary and high school level in right to be informed about the at the community's Prospect Place Joseph Paul, who is 'currently Fall River, Tauntori, and Tiveradvantages of breastfeeding and retirement convent in Fall River,' treasurer/ book-keeper at St. Clare ton, RI, and Baltimore, MD. She about how to overcome occasional as do Sisters Irene, Jeanne Clara High School, Roslindale, NY, pre- has also 'been a coordinator, outdifficulties. and Evelyn. viously taught elementary grades reach health coordinator and pasHe said reflection even on such Sister Irene, formerly Sister in Taunton and Maryland, Newark toral associate in Florida, Brook,an individual and private act as , lyn, NY, Rhode Island and Marybreastfeeding should lead t.o a Therese Helene, taught primary and Rhode Island. She was also land. At present she is founder / dir"critical rethinking" of certain grades in the Fall River diocese as school secretary at the former well a's in New York, Pennsylvania Sacred Hearts Academy in Fall ector of a church-based adult social and economic attitudes preRiver and secretary general and . literacy progra'm in Fall River. valent today. The issue, he said, and Rhode Island. ' Sister Jeanne Clara, also a bursar at the congregation's genSister Marie has taught upper illustrates that the wofld urgently elementary grades in Fall River needs a radical re-examination of Taunton native, was a cook, linen eralate in Rome, Italy. keeper and refectorian at convents Sister Frances, formerly Sister and New York and is presently current patterns of work, economic in Fall River and Taunton and in Ann Joachim, taught on the ele- principal of Newport County Cacompetitiveness and lack of attenAstoria, Patchogue and St. James, mentary and secondary level in tholic Regional School in Middletion to the needs of the family. New York. schools in Taunton and Fall River town, RI. Among points discussed at the Vatican meeting were two facts long noted by population experts: that breastfeeding tends to red uce infant mortality as well as birth LES COM BES, Italy (CNS)portedly murdered while other were "express an energetic condemnarates, the latter because a nursing As Bosnian Serbs routed UN~pro足 rounded up into camps. tion of the, vioience and unjust mother is less likely to become tected Muslim enclaves, Pope John The enclaves were originally set methods used by Bosnian Serbs pregnant. Paul II called their assault "bar- up by the United Nations to pro- toward the civilian populations baric" and said the world was wit- tect Muslim civilian populations and UN forces in Bosnia.... He also nessing the "undoing of civiliza- who had been driven from their denounced solutions based on homelands earlier in the Bosnian "ethnic cleansing," the removal of tion." "No cause, no project canjustify fighting. ethnic groups from specific BosThe po'pe said his thoughts and nian territories. such barbaric actions and methods. While the Vatican repeatedly These are crimes against human- prayers were with the thousands ity'" the pope said July 17 from his who have been "thrown back out has deplored human rights violaThe Mass of Christian Burial mountain vacation retreat in on the road of flight, in a situation tions in Bosnia, such an explicit was offered July 19 at Church of northern Italy. of extreme poverty." He urged the condemnation regarding Bosnian the Presentation, Marieville, RI, "What is being played out before international community to pro- Serbs was unusual. for Sister Constance Roussel, the eyes of the entire world consti- vide aid to the refugees. The Vatican said it agreed to RJM, 97, who died July 16. tutes an undoing of civilization. Both the pope and the Vatican meet with the Bosnian Serbs only A Fall River native, the daugh- These crimes will remain as one of stopped short of calling for armed because it did not want to ,leave ter of the'late Adelard and Emma the saddest chapters of European intervention to halt the Serbian any possible path toward peace (Michaud) Roussel, she entered history," he said. unexplored. action. religious life in 19 I8 and thereafter In a statement, the Vatican said Meanwhile, the president of the As the pope spoke, Bosnian worked at foundations of her com- Serbian forces were moving toward the papal nuncio in Bosnia, Arch- German bishops' conference, Bishmunity in Rhode Island, New the UN "safe area" of Zepa, one of bishop Francesco Monterisi, had op Karl Lehmann of Mainz, apYork, New Hampshire, Maryland three Muslim enclaves in eastern met with Bosnian Serbs at their pealed to the head of the Serbian and Massachusetts. Bosnia. Earlier in the week they request to hear their point of view' Orthodox Church, Patriarch Pavle, She is survived by a brother, routed the enclave of Srebrenica, on recent developments. to use whatever influence he had Emile Roussel of Fall River, and driving out thousands of Muslim The Vatican said the papal re- to help end the "acts of inhuman by nieces and nephews. civilians; many Muslims were re- presentative used the occasion to barbarism" in Bosnia.

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Icon below 'j,con causes probl.~ms

The Anchor Friday, July 21, 1995

WARSAW, Poland (eNS) When Father Waldemar Kulbat sent his parish's cherished Virgin Mary icon to be restored because it was being eaten away by insects, he did not imagine the im pact his decision would have. But in the sleepy central Polish village of Bedkow, it started a chain of litigation and protests and still arouses anger nine years after the priest's decision iD 1986. It started when restoration X-' rays showed another, much older Madonna behind the one to be restored. Jan Potz, the restorer, dated the top painting to the early 2Cth century, but under it he found a late medieval masterpiece, pai rlted in blue mosaic at the time of the church's founding in 1462. . With Father Kulbat's permission, Potz replaced the modern Madonna with the medieval one, stirring protests of many ;,arishioners who wanted the painting they were used to seeing, which local lore said was responsible for many miracles, . Noone knows how the' older Madonna came to the Gothic church ofOiJr Lady of the Sowers. A priest who wrote Bedkow's history a century ago found the icon mentioned in I no, when th.: archbishop of G niezno ruled it miraculous after questioning local witnesses. An official archivint had logged 10 1 miracles,: 18th century's end, including healing of blindness and madness and even raising of the dead. Parishioners recall that a man who arranged a nighttime Mass before the icon for his dying grandson in 1945 came home to fhld the boy playing happily by his sickbed. Thus, when some parishioners saw the new Madonna, they insisted it was not theirs and did not even fit the old frame. In 1988, some parishioner:; went to court and accused Father Kulbat and his successor as pastor, Father Wladyslaw Pryca, of failing to return their painting. The co'urt threw out the case, so a petition went to Poland's primate, Warsaw Cardinal Jozef Glemp. In 1991, villagers wrote to Pope John Paul II and in 1992, Pohnd's Culture Ministry re-examined the records and confirmed thai: the modern Madonna had indeed been replaced by tht< medieval one. But the saga continued. In .1994, protesters claimed that Father Kulbat had sold their pairiting. Some even swore it had been seen ondisplay at Poland's Jasna pora national Marian shrine. Potz, the restorer, said parishioners threatened him if he would not certify that the priest had stolen the modern Madonna and handed hiin a worthless one. IPotz for his part suspects that the dispute was originally hatched by Poland's communist secret police 'to discredit the church. Father Kulbat, now a seminary teacher, is adamant that the Leon restoration was handled op':nly and fairly. He also suspects that the dispute was a communist provocation. "Some people from outside are still trying to rekindle the dispute," the priest said. "But everyone has accepted the new Madonna now. There is even talk of fresh miracles."

Flame and Fire "Talent is flame. Genius J.s a fire." - Bern Williams

·Msgr. 0 'Neill in safe harbor Bishop Sean O'Malley had just arrived in Portugal. He turned around and returned. Some 100 fellow priests crowded St. Julie Billiart Church in North Dartmouth, together with other hunhundreds of laypersons from alI parts of the Fall River diocese. The large sign on the corner of the Bishop Stang High School campus that usualIy announces school events carried the message "Rest in peace, Rev. Msgr. O'Neill." It was all a fitting tribute to a beloved priest who touched an untold number of lives during his 38 years of ministry and who died July 8 at age 64. Msgr. O'Neill's brother, Father Cornelius O'Neill, pastor of Sacred Heart parish, Taunton, was principal celebrant and homiIist for the July 13 Mass of Christian Burial. Thanking those in the church for their presence, ht~ said, "Our hearts are broken that such a person is no longer part of our lives." Outlining his brother"s life he said that even in his early years, "Pat was no stranger to ad versity... our mother died the morning of his first communion." Although a shy child, ,Father O'Neill said the future monsignor "blossomed" at then Coyle High School in Taunt,on. Immediately after his graduation he began studies for the priesthood, during which the little boy, now grown up, who had "hung around the , boatyard all day" during his family's summer vacations, was waterfront counselor at the diocese's Cathedra~ Camp in East Free7 town. As a priest, Msgr. O'Neill combined pastoral duties, ~ith 1,lis post of supe~intendent of diocesan schools and chaplain, teacher and guidance counselor at Bishop Stang High School. At SS. Peter and Paul parish, Fall River, recalled his brother, he found time to repair thcair conditioning system and also, with Episcopal priest Rev. James H. Hornsby, to found the Niagara Neighborhood Association to improve conditions in that area of the city. When 'he became pastor of St.

Julie Billiart parish, where he served from 1986 to 1993, Msgr. O'Neill supervised major plant renovations. But there was always time for the brothers to sail togeth~r, sometimes, said Father O;Neill, to the consternation of their sister, Mrs. Howard Melker, whom on one occasion, when they were new at the art, they kept waiting for five hours at a pickup point as they made the round trip from Marion to Plymouth and return. "We had trouble tacking," explained Father O'Neill, adding that, despite such an introduction, the brothers converted their sister to the joys of saltwater sailing. Indeed, the two aspects of Msgr. O'Neill emphasized at his Mass were his delight in sailing and in being Irish. Tears came to many eyes as his niece, Kathleen M. Costa, read Tennyson's poem, "Crossing the Bar," and his sister read John Masefield's "Sea-Fever." Hymns sung by St. Julie's choir included the "Breastplate of St. Patrick" and "Be Thou My Vision," an Irish traditional hymn also sung at Msgr. O'Neill's 25th anniversary of ordination. Father O'NeilI concluded his homily, his voice breaking, by saying, "Patrick was a good and human mim so often sustained by his faith, as we now must be." Bishop O'Malley, speaking on behalf ofthe priests pres~nt, expressed praise and thanks tq God for the ministry of Msgr. O'Neill's priesthood and for all that he meant to his family. As the congregation left the church, ,the last lines of both the Tennyson and Masefield poems must have echoed in many minds:

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with hundreds, sometimes only whisper with a few. Sometimes we want to say it with words, sometimes with a deep silence. In alI these moments, we gradualIy make our lives more of a prayer and we open our hands to be led by God even to the places we would rather not go." - Henri Nouwen

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WORKINc; ON plans for Bishop's Night on Cape, Cod, scheduled for Tuesday, .Aug. 8, at Tara Cape Codder Hotel, Hyannis, are, s{:ated from left, Diocesan Council of Catholic Women president Kitsy Lancisi and immediate past president Bella Nogueira; standing, Madeleine Lavoie, publicity chair, and Msgr. Henry T. Munroe, DCCW Cape and Islarids District moderator. (Lavoie photo)

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A Serious Setback It came upon the scene like a brilliant fireworks display. It departs as a fizzle. In 1981, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops gave birth to the Catholic Telecommunications Network of America. Following through on the Decree on the Means of Social Communication ofthe Second Vatican Council, the bishops initiated a dream which, sad to say, became a nightmare. ' Ideally, CTNA was to utilize modern means of communication as tools of evangeliza.tion. The bishops hoped to develop a satellite system that would bring Catholic telecommunication services to dioceses across America. It was envisioned that the services rendered by CTNA would become self-supporting, not that they would have to depend on annual subsidies from the bishops' conference, but that dream was never realized. First and foremost, CTNA never received the wholehearted backing of the bishops. They simply had to~ many in-house problems in their own dioceses to find it possible to get their national act together. This lack of unity really doomed CTNA from the outset. In theory it was great; in practice it became an embarrassment. The vision was there but it lacked a practical underpinning. The very fact that CTN A support differed from diocese to diocese should have been an early warning sign that its initial eNS! Alexamler photo model was not going to work out. NEW AMERICANS TAKE THE OATH OF U.S. CITIZENSHIP Refinement upon refinement of the project did not succeed in bolstering the bishops' confidence in CTNA. In its 14 years "Thou hast brought us indeed into a land that f1oweth.with rivers of milk of existence it really did not make a dent in the national '. and honey." Num. 16:14 consciousness of Catholics, despite the millions of dollars poured into it. Finally this past June, what had seemed a promising program became history when the bishops voted to Informal group's suggestion: dismantle ~hat might become a valuable addition to communications in the modern church. However, it is iinportantto note that the failure of CTNA cannot be blamed on the bishops alone. Its managers paid little attention to the people in the pews or the temper of the times. 'It WASHINGTON (CNS)"':"':' Any 'Their statement notes that "One of that document." After a nineseemed to have neither the in-house desire nor the ability to restructuring of the U.S. bishops' senses a growing feeling among year effort, the bishops shelv<:d the perceive and act on current: trends. This vacuum, however, was twin conferences should bring the bishops that as a conference we pastoral and it was eventually rearen't accomplishing what we need national work closer to leased as simply a committee statequickly filled by Mother Angelica and the Eternal Word Tele- church's ment. . what bishops deal with daily in to accomplish. We work hard at vision Network. their dioceses, according to one our meetings, the agendas are well"Ex Corde Ecclesia," the VatiOne must acknowledge that she did what the bishops' con- group of bishops. planned and full, but we leave with can's 1990 proposed norms on Encouraging more open discus- a feeling that we haven't been talk- higher education, the statement ference and CTN A either could not or would not do. She read the signs of the times expertly and proceeded to build a televi- sion. changing the character of ing about the same 'church' we added, "came from Rome without relationships with the Vatican, experience back home and haven't consulting conferences." sion network that has tremendous influence in this country. "making room for the Holy Spirit" dealt with many of the pressing The relationship among bishops' While CTNA theorists were expounding their great objec- and addressing breaking issues are and important matters that face conferences, the pope and other tives, Mother Angelica was reaching homes to such an extent among matters raised by an in- us." bishops should be more colh:gial, Among the group's recommen- in keeping with the changes cf the that for all practical purposes she is American Catholic tele- formally organized group of 12 Second Vatican Council, it said. vision. Whether she can continue to exert such influence as an bishops in discussions'that began dations were: - Creating a mechanism for over dinner nearly two years ago. "It has to be more of an adultentity separate from the National Conference of Catholic Saginaw, Mich. Bishop Kenneth confronting urgent, breaking issues adult relationship," said Bi:.hop Bishops remains to be seen. One cannot forget that in the E. Untener, one of the dozen bish- as a national entity. Untener. "Right now it's almost glorious days of radio, one Father Charles Coughlin trod a ops who put together the 16-page "Why domaj'or and pressing adult-child." "Some' bishops may fear to :raise similar path as he preached on social justice until eventually he report, said group members spoke concerns seem so often to go unaddressed?" the statement asks. informally with bishops across the certain issues for open discussion was silenced. EWTN must realize that it cannot become holier country and that it generally repre- The structure of the conference is lest they be considered disloyal or than the church and assume dictatorial positions that are sents the views of perhaps 100 part of the problem, it notes, but cause scandal," the statement also extreme at best. bishops. adds that some issues involve dis- said. It is obvious that the church in America has a long row to "Two years ago, a number of us agreement with Vatican offices, "Imagine what it might be like if hoe when it comes to telecommunications. One hopes thatthe talked about how different our which puts unique pressures on the bishops who gathered in conbishops' plan to develop a new project within the next three conversation is in the business the bishops in their dual role as ference were to exchange ideas meetings from the things we were leaders of the U.S. church and and pursue issues in the light of years will prove to be a decision well-taken. preoccupied with in our dioceses," members of the wider church's

Open bishops' parleys to Holy Spirit

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Bishop Untenertold Catholic News Service. "It was no brilliant insight on our parts, but something a 'Iot of us had been voicing." In addition to Bishop Untener, those who put out the report were: Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland of Milwaukee; Bishops Raymond A. Lucker of New Ulm, Minn., Walter F. Sullivan of Richmond, Va., and William A. Hughes of Covington, Ky.; Auxiliary Bishops P. Francis Murphy of Baltimore, Joseph M. Sullivan of Brooklyn, N.Y., Thomas J. Gumbleton of Detroit, Peter A. Rosazza of Hartford, Conn., and Thomas J. Costello of Syracuse, N.Y.; and retired Bishops Charles A. Buswell of Pueblo, Colo., and J o'hn J. Fitzpatrick of Brownsville, Texas.

hierarchy: - Evaluating the relationship between the Roman Curia and U.S. bishops. The statement cited examples of documents it said were submitted to Rome before they had been discussed, completed and voted upon by U.S. bishops or where ,U.S. concerns seemed to have been ignored. It said the 1992 document on "The Teaching Ministry of the Diocesan Bishop" was sent to Rome for approval before it was "even presented to the conference," and that a letter from Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to the. committee drafting a bishops' pastoral on women "significantly influenced the outcome

'questions such as 'What is the work of the Spirit in the church now? ... One senses that our meetings would be different," the statement continued. How to make that possible is a tricky is'sue, said ArchbisJlOp Weakland, noting that the parlimentary process by which meetings are conducted doesn't lend itself to s'piritual influences, but is necessary to get anything accomplished. "I'm not always sure the Holy Spirit has the same copy of Robf:rt's Rules of Order that we do," he said .. Archbishop Weakland and Bishop Untener said they've sensed no hostility toward the recommendations of the group. No effort was made to solicit signatories.






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of Abrallam is rewareJed Genesis 18:1.-10 Colossians 1::Z4-28 Luke 10:38-42 During the summer months when many of us are traveling on vacations, we are especially sensitive to the importance of hospitality. In the ancient Semitic world of Abraham and Jesus, hospitality to strangers and guests was the mark of civilized behavior. The author of Hebrews goes so far as to command, "Do not neglect hospitality, for through it some have unknowBy DR. PATRICK V. REin ingly entertained angels" (13:2). In the Genesis reading and the Gospel, Abraham, Martha and Mary parently confused by what they receive the gift of G04's presence were being told. Against these miswhile entertaining guests. conceptions, Paul offers himself as In the first reading the elderly an example of true Christian ascetAbraham and Sarah are the very icism. He is in prison as he writes models of good Bedouin hosts. his letter (CoI4:2-4, 18); this sufferDespite the oppressive midday heat, ing for the sake of the body of Abraham's every action is ener- Christ, the church, is the true and getic and courteous. he runs from joyful asceticism which should the entrance of his tent and bows mark the Christian community. to the ground in greeting his three Even now I find my joy in mysterious guests. the suffering I endure for you. In his request that they enjoy his In my own flesh I fill up what hospitality, Abraham insists that is lacking in the sufferings of they will be doing him a favor and Christ for the sake of his body, he goes on to promise all the the church. (Col 1:24) I refreshments desired .by weary The "mystery hidden from ages desert travelers: water to bathe the feet, rest and shade under the tere- and generations past" of which , Paul is a minister is not some binth tree, food and drink. coded, elitist wisdom but simply Once the men have accepted his the good news that in Christ the invitation, Abraham goes into a Gentiles have now been reconciled flurry of excited ac;tivity. We are to God. "God has willed to make told he hastened into the tent and known... the glory beyond price urged Sarah to quickly prepare rolls, then ran to his herd to have the calf, curds and milk prepared with equal speed. While Abraham politely waits under the terebinth tree for his CALLAO, Peru(CNS)- When guests .to enjoy their meal, his Jose Salazar saw "elloco Tomas" generosity is rewarded with the - Crazy Thomas - receiving announcement that Sarah will have communion during a Mass of the the long-awaited son who will carry Christian Life Movement in the on God's promise: to his people. port city of Callao, he rememOne of the guests said, "I will bered Psalm 113 and could not surely return to you about this avoid crying. time next year, and Sarah will then The psalm reads, "he raises up have a son"(Gen 18: 10). The elderly the lowly from the dust; from the couple receive the answer to their dunghill he lifts up the poor." That prayers while performing a selfless was what happened to Crazy act of hospitality. Thomas, Salazar said. In his letter to the Colossians Thomas, for most of the kids of Paul continues his attack on the slums of inner-city Callao, was teachers who stressed matters such just a crazy old man who lived and as angels and Jewish practices found his food at a local garbage rather than the centrality of Christ. dump. His hair was like a thick, The Colossians were primarily a dirty h~lmet, his skin was darGentile community who were apkened by t.he sun and he wore a mass of dirty pi~ces of clothing. Salazar and tluee other friends from the Christian Life Movement approached Thomas in early March July 24: Ell 14:5-18; Ex to bring him tQ their shelter for elderly homeless, called Bread for 15:1-5; Mt 12:38-42 My Brother, and take care of a July 25: 2 (~or 4:7-15; Ps large, infected sore on his leg. Thomas had a story to tell. 126:1-6; Mt 20:20-28 He came from the Andean proJuly 26: El( 16:1-5,9-15; vince ofHuarazwhen he was a boy Ps 78:18-19,2:1-28; Mt 13:1-9 and lived with his parents in the unhealthy fishermen's barrios of July27: Ex 19:1-2,9-11,16Callao. He did "almost everything 20b; Dn 3:52-56; Mt 13:10-17 from shining shoes to being a cook's aide." July 28: Ex 20:1~17; Ps After finishing school, he ful19:8-11; Mt 13:18-23 filled his dream by becoming an elementary school teacher at a July 29: Ex 24:3-8; Ps time when all that was required for 50:1-2,5-6,14-15; Jn 11:19the job was a high school educa27 or Lk 10:38-42 tion. Then he married and had three children. July 30: Gn 18:20-32; Ps When the educational require138: 1-3,6-8; CoI2:12-14; Lk ments for teaching were made more 11:1-13 stringent Thomas lost his job. He became a fisherman to sup-

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'which thi's mystety brings to the Gentiles - the mystery of Christ in you, your hope of glory" (Col 1:27). Luke's story of Jesus' visit to the home of Martha and her sister Mary returns to the theme of hospitality from the Genesis reading and develops it to include attentive "listening to the Lord's words" which is even more important than offering physical sustenance. Jesus is travelling to Jerusalem and has just told the story of the Good Samaritan to teach the lesson of love of neighbor (Lk 9:51-10:25). Now he enters a village where Martha welcomes him into her home. In Luke the demands of hospitality supersede Jewish cultural norms which would forbid Jesus' being served alone by women who are not his relatives and teaching a woman inside her home (see also Lk 7:36-50). In receiving Jesus, the two sisters assume contrasting roles. Mary takes the position of a disciple by sl:ating herself at Jesus' feet and simply listening to his words. Martha, on the other hand, is busy with the details of hospitality and in her exasperation says to Jesus, "Lord,' are you not concerned that my sister has left me all alone to do the household tasks. Tell her to help me." , Jesus' answer does not condemn Martha's service but her anxiety which may cause her to miss the most important thing: listening to him as he im.tructs his followers on the requirements of discipleship: "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and upset about many things; one thing only is required. Mary has chosen the better portion and she shall not be deprived of it" (Lk 10:41-42).

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port his family, but even after 40 years in the trade, he told Salazar and the others, "I never felt comfortable with the image, for myself I still was an unemployed teacher." Then his wife died, his boat sank twice and his children left home for good. Thomas was unemployed, abandoned and homeless at the age of 75. Percy Zagarra, one of the young men who convinced Thomas to come to the shelter, recalled how the Bread for My Brother project began. "We were constantly disturbed and challenged by the homeless elders that begged for rotten vegetables and fruits at the downtown market," Zagarra said. "One day one ofthem was found dead, and nobody knew what to do," he said. "The police didn't want to take him, the municipal' government said that they could not pay for his burial. "We decided to do something about it, and we did right away," he said. Without experience or resources, Zagarra and others found a house in downtown Callao and persuaded some shop owners to donate food and other necessities to keep the shelter going. Thomas died last April. He was the 10th elder resident of the shelter to die. Zagarra and his friends bought a coffin with the money they gathered at a fundrasining party. The county donated a grave site at the local cemetery. Zagarra said that Bread for My Brother will continue trying to fulfill the demands of Psalm 113.


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Anti-poor "(eeliri g grows Two newspaper items in my to say he would like affirmative area recently pointed out clearly to action "to focus on poor people, me that discrimination is alive and provided they were willing to work well in the United States 30'years extra hard, without putting more after the launching of the civil ,expectations on the institutions asked to educate or hire them." rights movement. Hi: added, "I am prepared to say One article reported that the representative of my area, Republi- to the poor, 'You have to learn can Gary Franks, who is black, new habits. The habits of being was linked with House Speaker poor don't work.'" Boy, is he right· about that! I Newt Gingrich. Both aimed squarely at affirmative action with should know. I'was Ii single mothloud blasts; expressing their oppo- er and sole support of six' kids sition to helping people "solely back in the '60s and '70s. because of their race or gender." But where's the magic pill that The other was a chilling story of makes it possible for a poor, overhate in the affluent town Of Green- worked and responsible person to wich, Conn. Five white graduating bie~k that "bad habit" of being ' seniors slipped a coded message poor? into their yearbook t/tat read "Kill We should.recall that the goal of All Niggers." affiJ:mative action was always equal Pendulums swing, and I per- ·opportunity; .not quotas. it ,also ceive that we are seeing a backlash had a'. s\lbtl~r gOIl! of reITtedying bringing us hateful signs of dis- historic wrongs.' ' " , '" crimination. But r wonc!(:r' if' it is Let me tell you a personal story being triggered not so much by sex of h.ow peryasive ~heprejudice Wl!-S and color, as by economics. ' agai~t women -:- .to say nothing .' The new buz~ about affirmative of blacks -when affirmative.acaction is encouraging people who tion was launched. I remember sound off about "reverse discrimi- being thrown out of an emploYriation"and this feeds racial hate. ment agency when I acknowledged But I think the problem may have I had six children. ,more to do with our present econThe person in charge sneered at omy: jobs are' scarce or poorly me. "Why are you wasting my paid. Affirmative action may just time? Noone will hire you as a be a scapegoat. single mother of six. You wouldn't Gingrich him~elf is switching his be dependable." talk to economics. He was reported That was the prejudice. And I •

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',Controlling temper DearDr. Kenny: I used to control my 'temper. But more and more I am taking my' frustrations out on my wife. Things go wrong and I get ·mad. . I'm afraid- if it gets worse III start hitting her instead of just v~rbally abusing her. I'm drinking inore and that ma)(es it worse. Do I need medication or therapy? What can I do? - Chicago'


BOSCO was white, a college graduat,e. How are the poor women Gin8:rich is talking about going to fine in today's bad employment environment?' ' In a recent syndicated Sunday 'newspaper supplement, th.: cover .story was titled "What Do People Earn?" It.was scary; most salaries were so low. It showed ·the gap between rich and poor still widening: "The' richest 20 percent of American households now own more than 80 percent of its wealth, 'with ·theresult, that the United States is the most econor.:lically stratified,. nation in, the ind ustrial world.", •We still need affirmative a.ction, ,but perhaps with modified requirements. Top priority should bt: given to one's economic background. Economically well-off womt:n and minorities shouldn't qualify for affirmative action. The "habits of being poor" will never change without affirmative action on everyone~s part to help our disadvantaged neighbor:•. As Christians we should opt for compassion, not prejudice.


The third step is to stop. Picture abig red stop sign. Say "Stop!" to . yourself. , The fourth step is to do some~ thing. Get your hands' and feet busy. Divert your anger into an acceptable channel. Don't leave alternative actions to chance. Select at least three possibilities in advance. Then pick one at the signal. Here are a few alternative actions which others have tried with success: - Do 10 pushups. - Leave the house and walk for 10 minutes. ~. Walk twice around the outside of the house. -' Take: a' cold shower (or any shower)., ." ,


VATICAN CITY (CNS) - The tracked d,ownthe origin of' \J1e MARY theft and recovery of rare manu- pages and contacted Father Boyle. script pages has left Vatican LiFather Boyle said Melnikas had KENNY brary officials dismayed but de- been coming to the library every termined to keep their unique (;01- summer for some 30 years and had - Punch a pillow or mattress. lection open to visiting scholars. - Write in your "mad" journal. published three volumes in coop"We're not going to startintro- eration with the library. Describe how you feel. ' ducing vast new security meaRemember, the best stratt:gy in Melnikas consulted the volume . You may need medication or sures," Father Leonard E. Boyle, in question in late July, when the dealing with anger is not to sup-' Vatican Library prefect, said. He library is generally short-staffed, therapy.. Medication can take the press it, but to rechannel the strong noted that under existing rules, all Father Boyle said the library has, edge off a hypersensitive nervous feeling and energy into some acbags and potential receptacles are in the past, kept its facilities open system. Therapy can help you ,ceptable or' constructive activity. ' checked at the door. Good luck! to a reduced group of experts dur-, understand why and perhaps help . It was apparently the first theft ing the six-week break in late July you control yourself. Re,ader. questions on famil:r IivHowever" before you medicate at the library since 1902, which and August; after this episode, it ,ing and. child care to be answered demonstrates that visitors can gen- will probably be completely closed or look for a therapist, try. this ;,in print ~re invited by the Kennys', four-step discipline. plan. When , during that period.... erally be trusted, he said.' .219 W. Harrison, Rensselaer, Ind. dealing with moops,.meanness and , "This is a research library, with Father Boyle said the missing, "47978.' \,,' .. ' , . .... ; . scholars, coming)n from .aU over pages were roughly ,cut from the possible violence, you, need .)an • ,. .. '. .; . : . j." j' the world. If you can't trust the , volume, as if done in haste. A Vat- alternative plan .of action. You scholars, shut the place down," he ican Library re'storation team will cannot e\lsilycounter angry moods ';11';" said. ,' ,replace them once they are returned with reflect~9,n. Father Boyle made the com- by U.S. Customs. ' . First step is:to'stqpdrinking'9r . · "LONDO'~L,(CNS)-·.A: rnlljqr .an.intern~tionarcol)fer~n,ce which ments after three hand-written He said the library was checking. ,at least !iet a q.uota,of one or ,two :Ca~holi.c aid ~gency. !ia,~d t\.pl~\lH~ -,l,epen~~(quc,i~lly Q.n the.participamanuscript p~ges, liearing' precious other manuscripts that had been: 'dr-inks per day. If yqu do nQl'stay .l>,oycot\ th~,S,l;pt~m.ber U.:N.,Cpn- tion of women -,-;who are miniature illustrations of· early accessed by Melnikas to make sure within your limit, then yo.U must fere!1ce on,W,omen)n ,Bt;iji,l)g .i.nadeql,,by their Roman agriculture, turned up for no other pages were missing. He forgo alcohol entirely. . . becau~e ~ol11en will ~.aJveivir~ua.!iY 'governments and, who can mike sare in the United'States. Alcoho) often has, a relaxing np VOlce,m the meetmg, . " 'their- presence felt only through emphasized tliat he had no knowlAfter beingtipped"off by U.S. edge of whether Melnikas was and mellowing effect. Unfot:tunate- · A spoke~~oman for CAFO D, their own nongovernmental organiexperts, the Vatican Library dis- actually responsible for removing' Iy, this does not last. .the Catholic. Fund For Overseas zations," she said. . , covered the. three pages had been the missing pages; that will be up :When, the good feeling ()asses, Development, said that wome.n ., She said ·CAFOD was dis.apcut out of one of its own volumes, to U.S. authorities to determine, it's usually followed by a de'pressed are ~oorly~epr:sentedby th~lr pointed that governments and the a 14th-century copy of a Roman he,said. or manic period. Most domestic , governments, which are the partlc- United· Nations had not taken a text. The volume had once been ,tougher line on·China. Father Boyle described security violence occurs together with ai- ipants in the confere~ce. owned by Petrarch, the Italian at the Vatican Library as excellent. cohol. Anger and alcohol are a . ~he agency also ~ald the ' "We would prefer to seethe conpoet and humanist. "We don't search people," he volatile mix, each compounding IS almed'~t protestmg the deCISion ference postponed and moved elseU.S. Customs officials .quesofthe Chmese government to locate where rather than cond ucted in a said, but visitors leave all bags and - the impact of the other. tioned a 68-year-old Ohio State other items in lockers on a ~epar­ The second step is to know what the f~ru~ for non~ove.rnment~1 way that silences the voice of University professor and author- ate floor; they can take only notes. happensjust before you get angry. ' orgamzatlOns - which IS held In women" she said. ity on medieval manuscripts, An- and personal computers into the What are your early warning signs? conjunction with the main confer- CAF'. . thony Melnikas, who according to reading room. OD predlcte~ t.hat th,~ c(~n­ Are you more apt to lose your· ence and which gives women the. Father Boyle had access to the The reading. room has about 60 temper ata certain time of day? In best opportunity to be heard _ 40 ference would be a flasc.o, With book in ,1987 during one of his seats and is normally full, which a certain place? After certain_ miles from the Beijing site of the 40 perc:nt of the d~aft actIOn phtU.N. conference~' . f?rm still u?der dispute. to the Vatican Library. ,means that "scholars are literally remarks? "Women 'worldwide will lose tlOUS areas mclude human nghts, Bruce Ferrini, an Ohio manu.: looking over each others'shoulWhat does your wife notice? script dealer, said Melnikas ders" during consultation. hours, Are you quiet. just beforehand? out because of this appalling situa- health and poverty. brought t~o of the book's pages to F~ther Boyle said. Does your face flush1Per.haps you. ,tion," said Cathy Corcoran, head .' CAFOD is the official aid agency .him for appraisal in early May. of tJt.e Cathoiic Bishops' ConferMelnikas' attorney James E.· begin w.ith unpleasant w6Tds. If of projects at CAFOD. Ferrini, who estimated the value PhifIips 'confirmed that U.S. Cus- you know the early warning signs, "This iS,an attempt by the Chi- ence of England and Wales. Last Qf the p~ges-at $500,000, alerted toms officials had talked to Mel- you may be able to- avoid angry nese g~vernment, for -its 'own year its income topped $33 mildomestic political reasons, to derail lion.· other art historians, who then nikas. confrontations. •. '


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Making homilies better Fill in the following blank: One way I could make homilies in my parish even better would be . I ask because a recent column apparently hit anerve. This is easy to tell. For one thing, the postal carrier stands behind a body shield and pushes letters into the mailbox with a long metal rod. In this vein, a column on the challenge faced by priests and deacons as they try to provide consistently good homilies sold more than a few stamps. A reader in Madison, Wis., swears her pastor has made the statue of St. Joseph nod off so many times it had to be wired to its pedestal. A Sioux City, Iowa, pew dweller swears she will stand up and scream the next time her permanent deacon begins a homily by conjugating a Latin verb. (If this made local headlines, please let me know.) On the other hand, one pastor took exception to the tongue-incheek "indicators" that tell a homilist that a sermon might not be going as ·well as hoped - little things like the sound of cards shuffling in the pews or a beach ball being bounced around the back of the church. (I'm sure this good priest knew I was just kidding when I mentioned altar servers playing scissors, paper, rock with the permanent deacon.) Let's be honest. We Catholics are a tough audilence. I sure would

By FATHER JOHN J. DIETZEN table with, perhaps in the parish you attend, and explain your circumstances. He will determine which of several possible avenues, only one of which might be an annulment, would be best to pursue and then help you with the required procedures. As to your second question, most parishes in our country are territorial, that is they embrace all Catholics, actually all Christians, who live in that geographical area. As pastors, parish priests are responsible for the spiritual care (religious education and formation, preaching the Gospel, ministering the sacraments and so on) of all the faithful living in their assigned territory. (See, for example, Canons 518, 519, 528.) In practice, however, in most places actual registration and participation in a parish is not nearly so restricted. A huge number of Catholics "belong to" and worship in parishes outside the actual territory in which they live, perhaps across town or even in another city. It's a rare priest today who has a problem with that. As pastors we are willing to care for everyone in our parish; but we're also happy that those who wish to attend elsewhere are receiving the sacraments and otherwise practicing their faith. Discuss this with your priest also, and ask his advice.


not want to have to serve up a thought-provoking, stimulating, entertaining homily every week one that sheds light on the Scripture readings while at the same time making room for humor and being relevant to daily life. I personally have been able to get along fine with only three sermons-well-honed over the years, I might add: "Why God Created Light S~itches That Go On and Off'; "The Moral Supremacy of Those Who Put Tools Back in Their Place, Especially the 9/l6ths Socket"; and "What Kind of People Would Let Parents Suffer by Coming Home at 12:20 When They Promised to be Home at Midnight?" I certainly would not want to have to create gems like that every week - especially if I had been up the past 24 hours visiting a teen in the hospital, preparing for two weddings, meeting a budget deadline for the chancery and officiating at a funeral. So I figure we might be able to pass along a little wisdom from the pews by sharing our pet ideas with those who have agreed to assume this task. Fill in the blank: send along your thoughts. Your comments are welcomed by Uncle Dan, 25218 Meadow Way, Arlington, Wash. 98223.

Small communities seen a U.S. need NEW YORK (CNS) - The National Pastoral Life Center in New York has launched an effort to help develop a V.S. version of the basic Christian communities of Latin America. Father Philip J. Murnion, the center's director, said many V.S. Catholics were attracted to the basic community approach, and some tried it. "But it didn't export very well to this country," he said. Nevertheless, the need is seen for small communities within parishes and also within the cultural context of North America. Thus Father Murnion is proposing expanding use of the small groups already found within many V .S. parishes, and more deliberate efforts to make them vehicles of parish ministry. The center recently held its first "Small Christian Community Workshop" in New York. Father Murnion said the attendance - about three times what he had expected - indicated real interest in the concept. He said many parishes interested in the small community movement had conducted the Renew program, and were looking for ways to continue the impetus it provided. Dominican Sister Donna L. Ciangio, who helped direct the workshop, told participants that a successful group required not only a commitment of members to each other, and a pledge to pray for each other regularly by name, but also a relationship to the whole church community so that the group did not become ingrown. Father Murnion said that small communities could include support groups for the bereaved, alcoholics or others in l2-step programs, people wanting to study the Bible or other subjects and involved with other needs or interests. He said many people sought the support of a small group because the parish as a totality had an "institutional feel" and was often seen simply as a place where certain services were provided. Another factor contributing to the small community movement has been the weakening of other forms ofcommunity. Father Murnion, citing widespread family breakup, and the weakening of the labor movement. "People want some sense ofcommunity," Father Murnion said. However, they should not be left just to "huddle" in dealing with their own needs, but led toward "taking on the needs of society," he said. "We have to avoid the danger of a community without a sense of obligation to society," he said.


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Japanese gassings shake nation WASHINGTON (CNS) - Japan regularly suffers the tremors of earthquakes which rattle the surface of the earth. The recent subway gassings in Tokyo, however, rattled the Japanese religious and cultural ethic to its'very core, according to a Maryknoll missionary who served 12 years in Japan. Japanese culture is based in great part on the Shinto religion, professed by 90 percent of the people, said Maryknoll Father John McCauley, now assistant secretary general of the World Conference on Religion and Peace, based in POPE JOHN PAUL II accepts peace torch from Sri New York. The Japanese "value group loy- Chinmoy at a ceremony in St. Peter's Square. The pontiff alty and mutual dependability, ... blessed the thousands in the square with the torch before safety and proper social relations," returning it to the Indian peace activist. he told Catholic News Service. Both the nation and the person are seen to come under the protection of the Japanese gods, and the spirit of the country or the race," Father McCauley said. Japanese authorities have linked the gassings to a Buddhist offSri Chinmoy, an Indian peace then continuing through Dedham, shoot sect called Aum Shinri Kyo. activist and founder of a "Oneness- Norwood and Walpole. Shinri Kyo means "supreme truth" The run is only one of Sri Home P.eace Run" that has seen in English, while Aum is a variant millions of people of all ages, Chinmoy's initiatives. Others inof the "om" mantra chant often nationalities and faiths· carry a clude projects in music, art, poetry used by Hindus, Father McCauley peace torch ;-through 70 nations, and athletics. said. Outstanding among them is his recently presented the flaming torch "There are a lot of groups like to Pope John.Paul II. The pope recent completion of four million , this in Japan," said Walter Sk)'a, a blessed the torch and then used it drawings of birds, which he feels professor of history at Loyola to bless thousands gathered in St. symbolize the beauty and aspiraMarymount University in Los Peter's Square for his weekly pub- tions of the human soul. He began Angeles, who spent much of the the drawings in December, 1991 lic audience. The run was founded in 1987 and in 85 days had completed his 1980s in Japan as a student and and at this time its II,OOO-mile first three million dra wings, workbusinessman. As of this year, 183,581 religious United States segment is sched uled ing at the rate of 12,000 "peaceto reach Maine, New Hampshire birds" per day. The drawings range movements are registered in Japan, and Massachusetts in August, from 3x5 canvasses to mosaics of springing up after World War II. As part of the Allied-Japan peace reaching the Bay State Aug. II. thousands ·of tiny birds. Runners will pass through Salistreaty, state Shintoism was abolThe prolific artist has also probury, Newburyport, Topsfield, duced 200,000 acrylic paintings, ished in Japan and Emperor Hirohito had to renounce his own Danvers, Peabody, Saugus, Mai- over 1000 books on spirituality divinity. den, Everett and Boston, pausing and peace and some 12,000 musiThe brand of Shintoism that in Boston for a brief ceremony, cal compositions. immersed itself in national politics had been blamed for Japan's aggressor status in the years leading LONDON (CNS) - Plans by the Holy Father and is granted out to World War II. Renunciation of the bishops of England and Wales of, recognition of the particular state Shintoism was a shock to the for handling cases of former journey offaith into full communJapanese but they began to em~ Anglican clergymen who wish to ion," the letter said. brace a more pacifist stance in the become Catholic priests have been "These men, with their wives past 35 years, Skya said. given the go-ahead by Rome. and families, are in quite a differ- . However, the Japan-as-aggresThe plans took effect ~ uly 2 and ent situation from that of married sor stance can still manifest itself will remain in force for at least laymen or married deacons within in the nation's economic and techfour years. the Catholic Church who may nological development, Skya addThree English bishops will serve have a desire for ordination to the ed. And Hirohito's son, Father on a commission dealing with re- priesthood," it added. McCauley noted, went through a lengthy process to have ritual di- quests from married former "In our consideration of this Anglican clergy to be considered vinity conferred on him. question, we have also been aware of the situation of those ordained' Skya predicted that "within a for ordination. Amol]g criteria will priests who have left their priestly decade there'll be a major change be: the diocesan bishop's view of the suitability of the candidate, of in Japan's government leadership," ministry and are now married. We. one that tilts to the right but not as the "opportuneness" of admission recognize that when married former to the priesthood and the plans for Anglicans are admitted to the prifar as Aum Shinri Kyo. esthood, the pain of difficult deciThat's not to say Japan will the candidate's program of preparation. beeome violent and inhospitable, sions and losses will be reawaWhen assessing a candidate, the he said. "Our [U.S.] society is . kened in those priests who left th~ bishops will also consider the stamore violent than this on an everypriesthood to marry. We hope that bility of his marriage and his wife's day basis, but when you take a you will help those who left the look at Japan you're looking at a support of his ordination and priesthood to marry with your very explosive situation.'" priestly ministry. Candidates also friendship, understanding and supmust be willing to support' "the port," the five archbishops wrote. norm of celibacy for the clergy in They said the new married prithe Latin church." ests would need more financial The British bishops stressed that support than their celibate colaccepting former Anglican clergy leagues, and many had made did not signal change in the church's "startling sacrifices." discipline of celibacy. They are not expecting a large

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About Msgr. Ellis Dear Editor: I read with great interest your editorial (Anchor, June 30) regarding the person, the gifts and accomplishments of Monsignor John Tr~cy Ellis. As an undergraduate student at Catholic University in the late 30s, I had the distinct pleasure of having Father Ellis as a history professor and faculty advisor. I grew to appreciate this scholastic giant and caring human being as he guided me through my history major during weekly luncheon meetings in the unive'rsity cafeteria. An interesting facet of our conversation resulted when I asked him one day how he enjoyed sharing quarters with the renowned Monsignor Fulton Sheen. With a twinkle in his eyes, he replied, "It is easy living with a sinner, but difficult living with a saint." Although brilliant himself, he was very understanding and solicitous towards his young charges. The daunting task of reading 70 significant books during four semesters in my area of concentration, Modern European History, was made tolerable by his specific in~~res~ and. expert guidance. .The memory of Father Ellis that I have carried through life not only regards his outstanding academic achievements, but recalls his solicitude and charity towards a young aspiring student. He truly was a great man, a convert who deeply loved the Church, and in his visionary capacity wrote and spoke always to enhance Her beauty. Joseph P. Conway Cotuit .

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Dear Editor: An editorial in the Boston Globe 6-23-95, headed "Sniping at Abortion Rights," which was critical of the votes of some Congressmen, was just another effort by the Globe to give ,its total support to the abortionists, headed by Planned Parenthood. Anchor readers should know that at one time Planned Parenthood solidly opposed abortion of any kind, and an official statement by that organization reported that "An abortion kills the life of the baby after it has begun. It is dangerous to one~s life and health! It may make a woman sterile so that when you want a child, you cannot have it"! One may ask why Planned Parenthood changed its views on the abortion issue. The only answer is "greed"! Its current, president receives a salary of $225,000 ann'ually and some local directoTs re-. ceive at least $100,000 per year! With more than 100 clinics perincome. Yet we must be realistic forming over 125,000 abortions and imaginative in the arrange- annually ,j!. .is. e~.!imated that the ments we make. We ask that you' organization's 'gro~s income from' . . cooperate generously in the prop-' abortions alone is'over $30 million osals which will be suggested and each yeaw.....· ." ... - ..•., '. discussed with you when the time ~/ / Atty.. Thomas A. Walsh arisel'." , Roslindale ' .

From the Mayor Dear Editor: I am writing to offer my sincere appreciation for including me in the celebration of the historic visit to New Bedford of Mother Teresa. I am extremely proud and honored to have participated in this momentous occasion. On behalf of our public safety team, I appreciate your efforts in ensuring a safe stay for Mother as well as your assistance in est.lblishing proper protocol during this most blessed event. Mother Teresa's presence has given New Bedford and its people an exciting and emotional lift and it has provided thousands with joyful memories that will last a lifetime. Rosemary S. Tierney Mayor, City of New Be:dford

Pope calls Russian seminarians sil~ns of victory, hOl~e vAT1CAN CITY (CNS) - Pope John Paul II recently told thl~.first seminarians from post-comrr..unist Russia that they are signs of God's victory over evil and of hope for their peers. A group of about 100 students and staff from Queen of the Apostles Seminary and St. Thomas Aquinas Theological College in Moscow, along with the apostolic administrators of Moscow, Novosibirsk and Kazakhstan, had an audience with the pope. "Only a few years ago, who could have imagined such a meeting?" the pOPj: asked. "That "hich appeared to be an arid deserl. has blossomed, and we are here today to gather the first fruits of that providential springtime." The new season, he said, came after a very long winter. "Decades of militant athl~ism were a' harsh trial for the' Russian people, who enjoy a priceless patrimony of faith and Christian culture. But the enemies of God and of the church were not able to prevail," he said. The pope offered thanksgiving for Russians, "perhaps your parents and grandparents," who suffered for their resistance to al:heism under Russia's communist regimes. He told the seminarians that their faith is the result of that sacrifice and of God's continuing fidelity to Russian Christians.

50 spirited peopl!e NEW YORK (CNS) - As part of its ,50th anniversary celebration, The Christophers have presented a special ~pirit Award to 50 people from around the world whose ,:fforts reflect Christopher princip:!es in action. Among winners' are: Cardinal Paulo Evaristo Arns of Sao Paulo, Brazil; former Pre:iident Carter, a Habitat for Humanity volunteer; Rabbi Harold Kushner, author and speaker; singer an~ guitarist Tony Melendez, born without arms; Mother Teresa of Calcutta; and Wendy's founder Dave Thomas, who established a foundation to raise awareness about adoption.


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mation of the new program had "exposed me to more prophetic and visionary voices which call me to strengthen my commitment to our mission and to religious life. The union seems to challenge me to be more, do more, and hope for more."

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MAJ~R SUlf»ERIORS of the founding congregations of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, from left, Sisters Annette Roach, Fall River, Kathleen Hebbler, Ossining, NY, and Rose Marie Harkins, Newburgh, NY, sign agreement to unite.

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Fall River Dominicans enter merger Continued from Page One ized and fuller expression of religious life; collaborative movements among Dominicans aimed at giving fuller expression to the Dominican mission to preach truth; and the decrease in the overall number of members of all communities, coupled with an increase in aged and infirm members which poses the challenge: to combine personnel and other resources to enable younger and more active members to minister better to the needs of the church and world. The Three Communities The Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena of Fall River was founded by Mother Bertrand Sheridan, who, responding to a request of the Dominican Fathers of St. Anne's parish in Fall River for teachers to staff the parish school, left Carrollton, MO, for Fall River with two companions. Arriving Sept. 4, 1891, they immediately gathered 300 students at St. Dominic School. Several months later they were joined by two other sisters and Mother Bertrand became

the first prioress of the new congregation in August 1892. In 1894 land was purchased for a mothe'rhouse and for Dominican Academy which is celebrating its centennial this year. ' The Dominican i Congregation of the Most Holy Rosary, Newburgh, NY, began in 1233 in Bavaria, Germany. In 1853, four nuns from this tiny cloistered monastery came to America to teach children of German immigrants. They worked first in Brooklyn and New York City and in 1869 became an independent community. In 1899 the motherhouse was moved to Newburgh, NY. The American Congregation of the Dominncan Sisters of the Sick Poor of the Immaculate Conception, Ossining, New York was founded in 1879 through the determination of Mary Walsh, an Irish immigrant,. to help the poor of New York City. For over 20 years, using her meager earnings, she worked with others to help the sick poor. In 1904 she and hercompanions were incorporated as the Dominican Sisters of the Sick Poor in

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Israel has named a forest after Pope John Paul II and wants l1im to come there and plant a tree. Duringa recent papal audience, Israeli Ambassador to the Vatican Samuel Hadas said his government was dedicating the fores;t to the pope as a sign of friendship llnd closer ties with the Vatican. The forest is near Nazareth. ,the town in northern Israel where Christ grew up. "The tree for Israel is a symbol of friendship, coexistence and peace," the amba~;sador told the pope. "This forest wa.s dedicated to you for your constant commitment in favor of unity between individuals, between peoples and between religions. I hope Your Holiness will soon have the opportunity to

plant a tree in your forest in Israel." In the meantime, the pope was given a potted olive tree to place on his rooftop garden at the Vatican.

the state of New York for the purpose of aiding the destitute sick by visiting them in their homes. Since its canonical approval as a diocesan institute in 1910, the congregation has continued reaching out to the poor in New York and numerous other states. ' Comments on New Community Commenting on their reactions to formation of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, members of the Fall River community were very positive. Sister Louise Levesque, a Fall River native and an education consultant in the school office of the Providence, RI, diocese, when asked "How do you think the union of the congregations will make a difference in your life?" said "I' anti<:ipate new life and a new spirit. In fact, I already feel it! Every indicator thus far points to the formation of a caring, supportive family with expanded opportunities for ministering to people as well as for sharing life, ideas,

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Abortion survivor, .speaks for pro-life,' WATERBUR Y, Conn. (CNS) whom she feels close. Then, in an - Sarah Smith is 24. Her twin instant, a light comes, and he is brother, Andrew, was never born dismembered. Terrified, Ms. Smith thinks she will be next. But the - the victim of an abortion. She is one of only five known light never returns. The Circumstances of her birth living people who are survivors of an abortion in which a twin sibling and her brother's abortion were kept from Ms. Smith until she was was killed. 13. At that time she was raped and For the past two years, she has spoken for the pro-life cause. At a subsequently underwent counselrecent pro-life conference in ing. The therapist urged Mrs. Waterbury, Conn., both she and Smith to tell Sarah of the abortion her mother spoke. 1 .•'•... "My mother's 'choice' was my death sentence," said Ms. Smith, now a pre-med student in Southern California. "The reason I am standing before you today is that Andrew took that scalpel and I didn't." Ms. Smith believes God saved her so she could be a living testament against abortion. ' People, have asked how she feels about abortion. "How I feel would be exactly the same as an innocent Jew being led to a gas chamber in Auschwitz. But the people leading me there are my mom and my dad and there is nothing I can say to wake them . up. They are fully convinced that I don't exist. And yet I am standing next to them - a human being, flesh and blood, with, a soul." Ms. Smith said she has recurring nightmares about seeing her SARAH Smith, left, and brother being aborted. I n the dream, she said, she sees her broth~ her mother. (CNS/Nacinoer',s face. He is a happy person to vich photo) '.<

Going home to say goodby By Monica and Bill Dodds A long-distance call is the usual beginning. A brother reaches you at work. A sister leaves a message on your answering machine. Mom is very sick. Dad is dying. Come home as fast as you can. An adult child living a distance from an aging parent doesn't want to think about the day that call will come. Yet he or she knows that some day it will and, in a way, he or she hopes that it will because, terrible as it is, it would be even worse ifthe call came too late, with no chance to say: "I love you. I want to thank you. I'll miss you." There is no way to make the death of a parent less painfull, but there are a few things adult children of aged parents can do to make this period less confusing. Here are some suggestions. - If your parent is seriously ill or in steadily declining health, think about what needs to be done for you'to get to Mom or Dad on short notice. Who can cover for you at work? What arrangements need to be made for your spouse and children? - Talk to your parents about what they would like at the end. Each of you may hesitate to raise the subject for fear of upsetting the other. But maybe Mom would feel better if she knew for certain she was going to have her blue rosary beads with her. Maybe Dad doesn't like hospital room "mob scenes," and when he's near death he would

like to see each of his children privately. , - Keep in mind that a parent's final days are not a good time to rehash or renew old arguments or family wounds. If you need to resolve something between yourself and a parent or sibling, do it before death is imminent, when emotions are not running so high. It could be you need to resolve a family issue for yourself on your own, with the help of a counselor or therapist, and come to terms with it, knowing you and other family members are never going to reach agreement or make peace about it. ' - Remember that when a parent is dying, all the family members are sad and frightened, but each may show it in a different way. One may want to be quiet and alone, spending time in the hospital chapel. Another may keep busy handling details that need atten-' tion. One may chatter nonstop. Another may always be demanding the latest update from the medical staff. Let each person do what works best for him or her. And you do what works best for you. , - Finally, realize that even though people beyond the immediate family aren't feeling the same pain and confusion as you, it doesn't mean that they don't care. People care deeply. They, may stumble over the words or evep hesitate to say them, but they want to offer their support, their prayers and their love.

Clinton champions religious expression i.n public schools WASHINGTON (CNS) Saying that the Constitution does not require public schools to become "religion-free zones," President Clinton directed his top' education and justice officials to clarify when prayer and other religious activities can be permitted there. In a memorandum to Education Secretary Richard W. Riley and Attorney General Janet Reno, Clinton said guidelines on religious expression in public schools should be sent to the nation's 15,000 school districts before classes begin in the fall. Calling religious freedom "perhaps the most precious of all American liberties," Clinton said the First Amendment "permits - and protects - a greater degree of religious expression in public , schools than many Americans may now understand." The president's action came as a House subcommittee was holding hearings around the country that could lead to the introduction of . the RelIgious EquaJity ,Ame'na'ment, designedJo p'rotect religious expressio]1/in public places, includ~!lg'schools.

At a hearing in New York, Cardinal John J. O'Connor said the First Amendment has been thrown "out of whack" by an emphasis on its "no establishment" clause regarding religion at the expense of its "free exercise" clause. "Something has to be done to restore the balance," the cardinal said. In his memorandum, Clinton said some school officials, teachers and parents have mistakenly assumed "that religious expression of any type is either inappropriate, or forbidden altogether, in public schools." As our courts have reaffirmed, however, nothing in the First Amendment converts our public schools into religion-free zones, or requires all religious expression to be left behind at the schoolhouse door," he said. "While the government may not use schools to coerce the,conscience of our students or to convey offi,cial endorsement' of religion, the government's schools also may not discriminate against private religious expression during the school day," Clinton added.



because the teen repeatedly spoke of death. But eventually she came to terms with her brother's death and when she was 20, shl~ had a headstone made for him. Ms. Smith urged pro-lifers not to give up. "Never, ever, ever lose faith or lose hope. Because:, if you stop, if you lose your get-up-andgo, then it's over for someone like me." She said most abortions are not first-degree murder, but "firstdegree ignorance." "My mom and I are very close," Ms. Smith said. "My mom gave me li(e, and' I will never forget that." Mrs. Smith said the abortion was "the biggest mistake" she has ever made. At the time, she was 26 and already the mother of five. Some ridiculed her, calling her a "rabbit" and asking, "What are you, a Catholic?" She is married to a Lutheran minister. Feeling trapped, she had the abortion. Afterward, she had a vision in which a voice told her she still had another child and two weeks later, ,;he felt the baby moving. Against doctors' advice, s:~e gave birth to Sarah, who wail born prematurely and with handicaps. She spent most of her fin;t three years in the hospital, but survived without life-impairing damage although one hip pops out of its socket daily and requires surgery every five years.

Boy doesn't let wheelchair stop him PITTSBURGH (CNS) -Chris Mielo doesn't let life in a wheelchair get him down. In fact, he does more than most kidll his age, and his enthusiasm inspires others. The sixth-grader at Good Shepherd School in suburban Pittsburgh was recently honored with the Pittsburgh Penguins Youth Award, one of five courage awards given by the St. Francis Health System. Chris has been in a wheelchair since he was 4 years old, the result of a car accident that killed his mother and three other persons. "I don't feel any different," he told the diocesan newspaper, the Pittsburgh Catholic. "I get a lot of help from my dad and my brother. They encourage me and get me to do things." Chris participates in a variety of activities, including skiing, dodge ball and playing first base in a baseball league for challenged kids. He also plays the trumpet and.

sings in school plays and at Mass. When he was asked if there's anything he can't do, he shrugged 'and answered, "Walk." All his activities have put Chris in the mainstream of school life with a growing circle of friends. "We just hang out like normal kids," he said. "We're friends and we give things to each other. His classmates enjoy being around him and treat him just like everyone else. "He's never down," said Allison Bordogna, adding "He always has a smile on his face." Another friend, Matt Baker, said, "I don't see anything different about him. When he gets into arm wrestling he beats everybody." "He's such an inspiration for me," said Jacqueline Fazio. "I'll think about the things that are wrong in my life, but Chris wilI come into the room and brighten it up. I can count on one hand how many times I've seen him down [in seven years]."

Dominican Sister Eileen Csuk, principal at Good Shepherd, said she remembers the little boy who would jump right in at the kindergarten play table, and now, years later, Chris climbs out of his wheelchair to do floor exercise:s and stretches with classmates i:tl gym class. "In the beginning, other kids are kind of awestruck, but they have 'been with him so much he fits right in," she said. . Chris uses his experience to help other students with physical handicaps at a local rehabilitation cen- , ter. He mentioned a recent sl~ssion when he helped teach anotht:r boy how to play hockey, and said the boy has since added basketball to his activities. Chris said he enjoys wo rking with the center students and looks forward to their meetings. His advice to them sums up hi!: outlook on life. "I tell them not tl) give up," he said.

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Mary's .Jewish heritage key to uliderstanding her DAYTON, Ohio(CNS) - Cath- to recalI the very harsh realities of olics who路 think of Mary in terms ancient life, the quasi-nomadic exisof New Testament Sciptures alone tence of people in the generations may miss some of the depth of her of the patriarchs, the exodus from significance for Christianity, accord- Egypt, to see that solidarity among ing to Father Lawrence Frizzell. members of the community, everyDirector of Seton Hall Univer- one seeing that he or she belongs sity's Institute of Judaeo-Christian to this extended family of the clan, Studies, Father Frizzell in a recent as essential to their existence." speech discussed Old Testament To belong, each member of the traditions and texts that shed light Jewish community had certain on Mary's Jewish heritage. duties to fulfill that enabled the He spoke at the Mariological community to sustain itself, duties Society of America's 46th annual that revolved arou~d the temple. meeting, "Faith, Ma.ry, Culture," "Ritual purity laws prepared held at the University of Dayton. both priests and people for worFather Frizzell said that con- ship," Father Frizzell said. "Tithing nections between Mary and her and other dietary laws as welI as Jewish heritage are important for the rules governing marriage touchCatholics to recognize. ed the fabric of everyday life." "Many Catholics seem to have As dictated by Jewish tradition, forgotten the Marian interpreta- Mary would have followed such tions of Jewish Scripture, or per- typical customs of Jewish women haps they don't consider this a part , as adhering to menstruation resof the heritage relevant to modern trictions, lighting the lamp to sigpiety," Father Frizzell said. "There nifv the bel!innin2 of the Sabbath may be ways to I'e-capture these and tithing meals, (setting aside a insights." certain portion of .each meal for To help facilitate this under- the poor), Father Frizzell noted. "The home was the setting where standing, Father Frizzell talked about the biblical and historical people would try to experience the presence of God as they prepared practices of Jewish society and how Mary's life reflc:cted its influ- for their meals and' said the blessing before meals and enjoyed felence. "The Luke infancy narrative por- lowship, reflecting quite possibly trays Mary as someone who is on God's word," Father Frizzell responsible to the community and said. Also, as part of the Jewish comresponsive to the divine presence munity, Mary would have been in her life," Father Frizzell said. "She is also acutely aware of her familiar with the Scriptures and bond to the people of Israel both the common prayers said in the in her own generation and all the temple. Her familiarity with one way back to Abraham and Sarah." Jewish prayer in particular, the Amidah, shows up in her MagnifiSuch qualities echo the Jewish heritage itself, he said. "We have cat, according to Father Frizzell.

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Marketing angels at the Vatican v ATICAN CITY (CNS) - They play the lute and scatter flowers. They shoot little arrows and sing celestial songs. They laugh, pray and give advice - on T-shirts, stationery, pillboxes and books. Angels are back at the Vatican, and they're hot. The marketing craze that hit the United States a few years ago has arrived at the headquarters of the universal church. Along with it has come a renewed interest in the role and influence of angels in the lives of human beings. "I t took us a couple of years, but we're catching up," said an employee ofthe Vatican bookstore in St. Peter's Square, which has ,a row of angel books and calendars. Next door, at the Vatican's tourist informat.ion center, the winged creatures are everywhere: on cards, pencil and jewelry boxes, posters, I papal blessings and pictureframes. You can bury a terra cotta "putto" or cherub to hang on your wall, or spend more for a reproduction ofa frescoed angel with rainbowcolored wings. The souvenir and book shops that ring St. Peter's Square are chock-full of angel mementos and lore: from pens to statues to playing cards. One of the hottest sellers is a pocket-sized book titled, "Advice路 From Your Guardian Angel." "It's the angel season right now. Before, nobody believed in them, now everybody does. I wonder what the angels think about it," remarked an employee in Coletti's .bookstore, next to the Vatican. He added, however, that Italians still have a deep interest in demons. "The boom is in both directions," he said. Visitors might expect the Vatican to exploit its artwork for angel images. But surprisingly, the most

popular angels even inside the Vatican are those two ubiquitous "putti" that appeared on U.S. "Love" postage stamps this year. They were painted by Raphael, who worked for several popes, but the original work is today in a German museum. The Vatican, however, is a mother lode of angelic icons. They come in all shapes and sizes, from the fat marble cherubs holding up the holy water fonts in St. Peter's to the angelic musicians of Melozzo da Forli's "Ascension" in the painting museum. And the Vatican long ago put its' own angels on stamps. This year, the 600-lira is~ue depicts a goldenhaired, silver-winged archangel, in commemoration of the "miraculous" transportation of the hou~e of M~ry -'-. by angels,. of. course -to the Italian town of Loreto.路 Does any of this have spiritual value? Vatican officials, who have never gone overboard for angels, would probably give a qualified yes. In a broadcast on Easter Monday, a day dedicated to angels in remembrance of the one who announced Christ's resurrection, Vatican Radio tried to respond to the growing interest and confusion about their role in the faith. "Angels truly exist, just as God exists," said Father Gabriele Amorth, an expert on angels and demons. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, he pointed out, describes angels as "servants and messengers of God" and as purely spiritual creatures, personal and immortal, having intelligence and will. How many are there? "Myriads, myriads. We have no idea of the omnipotence of God," the priest said. And do they look like chubby winged children? Or flying fashion models?

That's a problem, Father Amorth said. Because angels are pure spirits, we can only imagine them according to our own conceptions which can be logical and sensible, but do not correspond to reality. It's like trying to draw the wind, he said. The best we can come up with may be a tree with its leaves bent to one side. But some Vatican officials see a less-doctrinal view emerging in the current angel boom. A just-published book, "Prayers to the Angels for Health and Healing," suggests angels are a form of astral energy that can be tapped through recited prayers. Someone with hip problems, according to the book, should for eight days recite aloud to the angel Seheiaha ,four-page prayer that begins: "0 font of infinite wisdom ..... There are different angels for liver problems, toothaches or the common cold. , The book is heing heavily marketed under the slogan: "Somebody up there is listening." A few years ago the Vatican's doctrinal congregation came down hard on an angel cult in Austria, which revolved around a woman's alleged visions of a world of angels in which their individual names and specific tasks were revealed. The Vatican told the group to end its activities, which it called "foreign to Holy Scripture." Today, as he walks to his office, the top doctrinal official, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, may recall the Austrian case as he passes the souvenir stand where, on cards, medals and posters, the heavenly hosts abound.






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A bishop told the international VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The ttized as a movement, because it council last year, "Don't be norat least not in the sense of isn't one, Catholic charismatic renewal is mal." alive and well throughout the world, having founders, bylaws and a "He wasn't saying, 'be strange,''' even if numbers regularly attend- clearly defined membership, he Father Metz said. He was telling ing charismatic prayer meetings said. charismatic Catholics not to live , Father Metz said he has no idea have remained somewhat static. their faith as if it weren't imporWhile some renewal leaders how many Catholic charismatics worry about the "revolving door" there are in the world, nor even tant, as if it were simply a series of motions to go through. . through which Catholic charis.- , where the majority of them are What it boils down to, the priest matics pass from active involve- located, but he has met them in 55 said, is "living our faith to the ment to less obvious participation countries. hilt." "There is no way to count them. within an average of two or three years, one international leader sees Do you count people who have been prayed over, who go to prayer that as the way it should be. In fact, that's more or less what's meetings or conferences,.or those who pray in tongues?" happening to hini. One statistician has estimated Father Ken Metz, 55, administrator of the International Catholic that between 60 million and 70 Charismatic Renewal Office since million Catholics throughout. the 1987, has left Rome to return to world have had some experience CHICAGO (CNS)- As Carthe archdiocese of Milwaukee as of the charismatic renewal. dinal Joseph L. Bernardin prepared "That would be about 7 percent pastor of St. Mark's parish in for chemotherapy following his of the Catholic Church," Father Kenosha, Wis. . cancer surgery, he said that com"I've spoken to huge crowds in Metz said. ing to grips with his mortality has The renewal began in the late different places, at conferences all deepened his faith .. .over the world," he said. "But at 1960s. It focuses on the baptism of "I've experienced an intimacy that parish, I'm going to have a the Holy Spirit and its express.i~n with the .Lord I've never expefew thousand people to be with in the gifts of the Holy SPirit, rienced before," the 67-year-old which include speaking in tongues, every week, to walk with. Chicago prelate told reporters. "I've '''It's nice to have a charismatic healing and prophecy. put myself totally in his hands." Father Metz said the most imrenewal because it gets people exFATHER SOLAN US On July 10 - the 13th annivercited about living their faith, but portant gift the renewal has brought sary of his appointment as archbiwhat good is that if it never gets to the church is a direct experience shop of Chicago -Cardinal Berinto the parish so the parish is of what the church has taught alive?" he asked in an interview about baptism and Christian initi- nardin began a 28-day regime of che'motherapy and radiation at before leaving Rome. ation throughout its history. Loyola University Medical CenThe international office where Baptism, which fills people with ter. He had surgery there June '12 he worked the last 7 and a half grace and the power of the Holy VATICAN CITY (CNS) to remove a cancerous kidney and years is housed in a historic Vati- Spirit, "is not just something we a malignant tumor at the head of Approving a step toward saintcan building and has a Vatican believe happened to us, it's somehood, on July II the Vatican his pancreas. address and phone number, al- thing we've experienced happenMeeting with reporters, Cardi- declared as "venerable" Father though it is not a Vatican agency. ing to us;" he said. . nal Bernardin said he was "ahead Solanus Casey, a Capuchin FranThe organization - not the He also credited the renewal of schedule" in his recovery from cisan who helped start a soup kitcharismatic renewal itself - is with helping Catholics take seri- surgery. chen in Detroit during the Great . recognized by the Vatican as being ously the obligation to evangelize He said he lost 16 pounds after Depression. similar to a private association of others and for helping them to The first ·U .S.-born male to be the operation, has suffered fatigue the faithful. appreciate the Bible and its place and has had trouble sleeping. But so honored by the church, Father "It is not something the Vatican in their prayer life. ' he intends to resume his duties in Casey was a largely unschooled decided to have in order to control The major challenges facing the early September, he said. man who got to know the poor the renewal. It rose up from within renewal, he said, are to keep "fanFacing cancer "enabled me to while working as a doorkeeper in to do what national groups can't ning the flame" so people remain see more clearly what is essential parishes and church offices. In his do, like organize international open and grow in their relation- and nonessential:' he said. "So later years, until his death in 1957, meetings," Father Metz said. ship with God, to integr;lte their much time is spent on frivolous he was sought out by many people The staff, as well as interna- .experience into the life of the things." who believed he had gifts of pro. . tional council members, hold or church through their parishes and He said he has been spendmg hiS phecy and healing. have held leadership positions to be prophetic in order to help the time reading, listening to opera One miracle attributed to his within the renewal in their own whole church to be renewed. and attending Mass. He also intercession is now needed for him countries. "If we look at the charismatic confers on major archdiocesan to be declared blessed, the next Father Metz's successor, Sister renewal as only concerned with issues with Auxiliary Bishop Raystep toward possible canonization. of Charity Nancy Kellar, was U.S. charisms," such as speaking in mond E. Goedert, in charge of Two possible miracles are currepresentative to the council and tongues and healing, "then it's just day-to-day administration during rently being investigated by local had served for 10 years on the U.S. going to sit out there and be its his recuperation. churches, according to Vatican National Service Committee of own thing," he said. "It has to find He said he has been going sources. the renewal. ways of being integrated into the through some of the cards and letBernard Francis Casey was born The renewal itself is not rc:cog- daily life of the parish." ters he received and found many of near Prescott, Wis., on Nov. 25, the letters "very moving." 1870, the sixth of 16 children of an Among well-wishers who tele- Irish immigrant couple. Brought phoned the cardinal were Presi- up on a farm, he quit school at age dent Clinton and Mother Teresa" 16 to help his family, working varwhose Missionaries of Charity have iously as a lumberjack, streetcar . a community in Chicago. motorman and prison guard. Father Ken Velo, head of the He entered the Milwaukee archCatholic Church Extension Society diocesan seminary but left because and a close friend of the cardinal, of problems with the courses, which told reporters that Clinton called were taught in German or Latin. from a golf cart during a round of At age 26, after extensive prayer, golf to offer the cardinal his sup- he entered the novitiate of the port and encouragement. Capuchin Franciscans in Detroit. "Mother Teresa said she was He experienced further difficulgrateful for all his help in the past ties with his studies, however, and and said the prayers of her sisters in 1904 was ordained a simplex are with him," the priest said. priest, meaning that he. could not To help regain his strength, preach or hear confessions. Cardinal Bernardin has begun to He was assigned to Sacred Heart takedaily walks of 12 blocks or so parish in Yonkers, N.Y., and was around his neighborhood. Passers- there 14 years as a doorkeeper and by regularly wave to him or stop to sacristan. He was also in charge of wish him well. and say they are altar boys and was director of a praying for him. young women's sodality. Later he Father Michael Place, research worked at Our Lady of Sorrows theologian for the archdiocesan parish in New York City and Our IT WAS a big day for the four grandchildren of Mr. and curia, said Cardinal Bernardin is Lady'of Angels parish in Harlem. In 1924 he moved to St. BonavMrs. Joseph L. Fernandes, who all received first com'munion determined to continue his minison the same day at St. 'Ann's Church, Raynham. With Rev. try and is ,not considering re- entu'l"e Friary in Detroit. As door- . tirement. man there, he was noted for his Philip A. Davignon, pastor, and Rev. Pawel A. Swiercz, "His life is given to the mission . charity in dealing with those who : parochial vicar, are, from left, Michael Santos, Brieanne and of the church," he said. "As long as came seekirig financial assistance Brittany Fernandes and Joshue Fernandes. he's able to do it, he'll do it." and food. He helped Capuchin Fa- .

Cardinal Bernardin says illness has deepened his faith


U .8. Capuchin declare(1

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ther Herman Bus start a soup kitchen that now serves more than 1,000 people daily. . He was assigned to St. Felix Friary, Huntington, Ind., ill 1946. There, even in semi-retirement, he was visited' by busloads of people seeking his advice and prayers for healing. . In 1956 he returned to Detroit for medical care, and died there on July 31,1957, at age 87. His final words were said to be, "I give my soul to Jesus Christ." In Milwaukee, Wis., Capuchin Father Michael H. Crosby, who is a Vatican-appointed "collaborator" in Father Casey's cause for (:anonization, said that the priest's life was heroic "not because he did such extraordinary things '" but because he was so consistent in the way he did ordinary thing;; with such faith, with such compa.ssion, and with such integrity."

Info overload MUNDELEIN. III. (CNS) The world is suffering from information overload and a lack ofstories that provide moral guiclance. said a keynoie speaker at a conference on religion and technology. "We have no stories to tellm what we need to know. and especially what we do not need to know." said Neil Postman at the third annual national conference sponsored by ihe Skirballinstitute on American Values for seminarians and faculty. Catholics. Protestants. Jews and Buddhists gathered this year to explore "Religious Values in an Age of Technology." "Without such narratives we discover that information. and still more information. and still more of it. does not touch any of the ir~por­ tant problems of life:· said Postman. He is chairman of the de:partment of culture and communication at New York University and aJlhor of severa'l books. including" Amusing Ourselves to Death."


Lithuanian paper may get Nobel VILNIUS, Lithuania (CNS)The best-known underground Catholic magazine from the days of the Soviet Union has been nominated for a 1995 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of its role in guiding peaceful resistance to communist rule. The Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania was nominated by Lithuania路路born Nobel Literature laureate C7.1~slaw Milosz, and several cultural and social organizations from Lithuania and abroad. Modeled on a longer-running Russian underground publication, Chronicle of Current Events, the journal offered a detailed record of human rights violations and Catholic protests in the former Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic until communist-era restrictions were eased in 1989. It also reported on church developments in Ukraine and what was then Byelorussia (now BelaruS). Several hundred Catholics, including half of Lithuania's priests, helped print and distribute the illegal hand- and type:written texts. Dozens of contributors were arrested and imprisonl:d for alleged offenses related to their Chronicle activity. They includl~d the current auxiliary bishop of Kaunas, Bishop Sigitas Tamkevicius; and current chief of Lithuanian army chaplains Msgr. Alfonsas Svarinskas. The Chronicle aIso had Russian collaborators. President Boris Yeltsin's recently dismissed human rights spokesman, Sergei Kovaliov, received a 10year labor camp sentence for his involvement with thl~ publication. Copies of the Chronicle. smuggled through neighboring Poland, were published in English in the 1970s and 1980s by the Lithuanian church organization in the United States. The Chronicle began circulating in 1972, the year a Catholic student, Romas Kalanta, burned himself to death in Kaunas to protest Soviet suppression of Lithuania.

High court says school prayer case is Inoot WASHINGTON (CNS) - The V.S. Supreme Court has declined

to make a definitivl: ruling on the right of public school students to include student-led prayers in their graduation ceremonies. In a decision announced without explanation, the court declared "moot," or judicially irrelevant, a case initiated in 1991 by students and parents at Grangeville High School in Idaho against the school's policy of allowing' students to decide by majority vote whethl:r prayer would be part of the graduation. The 9th V.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in November 1994 that such prayers violate the constitutional doctrine: of separation of church and state:, since the students' right to decide was given and could be revoked by the school. The Supreme Court said the case was moot, presumably because none of the students involved still attends the school. By its fI.rIing, the high court effel=tively reverses the appeals court decision and affirms a federal judge's ruling that permitted school prayer at graduation ceremonies, if students want such prayers a nd choose them themselves.

MOMENTS AT CONSECRAnON RITE: From left, Beth Lee enters cathedral preceded by her mother and an attendant; her vows of poverty, chastity and obedience are received by Bishop O'Malley; her mother presents her with veil, symbol of the consecrated life; the bishop presents her wit.h a ring, symbolic of marriage to Christ; she leaves cathedral at close of consecration Mass. (McGowan photos)

Beth Lee enters Order of Virgins Continued from Page One rescue of her poor, the consolation of her afflicted sons and daughters and the support 'of her orphans and widows," the pope said. He encouraged the women to model their lives on that of Mary, truly becoming "virgins in heart and body, brides with a total and exclusive attachment to the love of Christ." Fall River Ceremony On July I, attired in bridal white and carrying lilies, the symbol of purity, Ms. Lee entered St. Mary's Cathedral for her consecration Mass, attended by family members, friends and representatives of many religious communities working in the diocese. Especially in evidence were members of Franciscan communities, in recognition ofthe fact that Ms. Lee is a member of the Third Order Franciscans attached to Our Lady's Chapel in New Bedford. In his homily, Bishop Sean O'Malley, who was later in the ceremony to receive her vows and under whose direction she will be, said that it was "~ historic day in the life of the diocese." Pointing out that Ms. Lee was the first in the diocese to respond to the vocation of a consecrated virgin, he expressed the hope that others would follow her and offered Mary as her model in all phases of her life. Following the homily, Ms. Lee approached the bishop at his chair and assented to the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. The Litany of Saints was sung and the bishop then prayed that Christ would protect the newly conse-

crated virgin and grant her "true virtues, holiness and purity and would be her patience in adversity and her health in sickness." Then,'as the cathedral bells rang out, Ms. Lee;; knelt before the bishop and received from her mother a veil as a symbol of virginity and from the bishop a ring as a symbol of fidelity to her Bridegroom. She was also presented with the Liturgy of Hours, the official prayer of the church. The congregation was invited to join in the Song of Consecration, taken from Psalm 25, "To You, 0 Lord, I Lift My Soul." At the Sign of Peace, Ms. Lee approached the altar to exchange the sign with Bishop O'Malley, and again at the communion to receive the host from him and the wine from Sacred Hearts Father Matthew Sullivan, who was among those who had assisted her in the journey toward her day of consecration. At the end of Mass, Bishop O'Malley prayed that Ms. Lee's daily life might enrich the church; and she, her voice breaking with emotion, expressed gratitude to the bishop, her family and all participants in the Mass of consecration. Applause followed her as she left the cathedral holding a lit candle, symbolizing the wise virgins of the Gospel who met the bridegroom with their lamps aglow. Young Adult Ministry Interviewed after the consecration Mass, Ms. Lee, 33, who is now a member of St. Peter's parish, Dighton, and works in Somerset as a dental technician, said she

would also be working with the Diocesan Office of Youth Ministry in developing a program for married and single persons from 20 to 40 years old that would combine spiritual, social and service activities. She said she was profoundly. influenced in her decision to embrace the consecrated life by a 1990 pilgrimage she made to the Marian shrine of Medjugorje and that she had also derived much support from membership in the Third Order Franciscans and the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate at Our Lady's Chapel. In fact, said Ms. Lee, she first heard of the possibility of consecration from one of the chapel friars. Why did she want this life? "I wanted to give my life to everyone," she said, adding that "virginity of the body is a minor part of it; the major things are emulation of Christ and Mary and mortification of one's bodily senses." In the program for her consecration ceremony, Ms. Lee expressed gratitude to Bishop O'Malley, to her family and to her Franciscan community. Thanks also went to Sister Mary Noel, RSM, Episcopal Representative for Religious, to the cathedral music ministry, and to Msgr. John J. Oliveira (who commented that in his many years as master of ceremonies for former Bishop Daniel A. Cronin and for Bishop O'Malley, he had never before directed the ritual for consecration ofa virgin). Summing up her day, Ms. Lee said "I really feel as Elizabeth did: 'Who am I that the Mother of my Lord should come to mer"



For Vocations St. Joseph, during your earthly life you were always faithful to God's designs for you. I also wish to collaborate with him in his concern for the world. Help me to know how I may share in his loving action. Make me attentive to the signs the Lord will give me during my years of preparation for the future. Once I have discovered his call, strengthen me further to enter with perseverance and fidelity into the project I shall undertake with him. Amen.

Bish{)p Connolly students merit Leahey scholarshiJ]ts

Safe Sitter pr~gram

offered at Saint Anne's Three nurses at Saint Anne's' Hospital, Fall River, h~ve be~n certified as instructors in the Safe Sitter program for youngsters II to 13 years of age. R~gistered nurses Catherine 80n- ' ner, Paula Murray and Erin McGough-Silva join several other Anrie'snurses who are certified. The goal of the S.afe Sitter prograll} is to reduce the number of accidental and. pr~ventable deatqs among children being cared for by babysitters. , The medically~accurateinstructional program which is offered by Saint Anne's Hospital, lias be'en successful ,n teaching babysitters how to handle emergencies when caring for young childre.n. . Instructors teach life-saving tech~ niques to make sitters more confident caregivers. The program also teaches ethics and responsibilities of safe babysitting and explains growth and development iSBues relating to the activities and ~lItri~ tion of small children. It is designed to teach babysitters basic safety precautions that could help keep a young child out of harm's way and how to recognize an emergency.




!-_~-~ R'ECOGNIZING the centennial of Domini«;:an Academy, Fall River, Rep. Peter Blute presents a citation to studer;tts,: faculty and alumnae. (Gaudette photo) A hands-on method is used to' teach child' care techniques and emergency management skills~ Stu- ' dents must pass both a practical' and written exam, demonstrating' that they have·.mastered the key concepts and have the skills necessary to handle emergencies. The Safe Sitter program' was founded in 1980, by Dr.: Patricia· Keener, an' Indianapolis. pediatrician, .after a 'colleague's toddler choked to death .while under the care of an adult sitter. Certified .' . .

instru'ctors have trained tho'usands 9f young adolescents to' handle life-threatening emergencies ari,d Safe Sitter has been recognized for excellence by tlie American Academy of Pediatrics.. , The next Safe Sitter class at Saint Anne's flospitafwi1l be held Monday., July 24 and, Tuesday, ~uly 25. For more information, about,S~fe Sitter, call the hospital Education Depllftment at (508) 674-5600, Ext. 2480. ,


'.' Salve:. grad works for "disabled' rights; ' .

. ,.. As this year's Edward J"Shrocder' Fellow; 1995 Salve Regina gradu~ ate Paul Charette used his 'communication and research skills to work for the rights 'of Rhode Island's disabled citizens. The fellowship, which ran·flom January to Jime, enabled him to intern with the Rhode Island Governor's Commission on tne Handicapped. The commission was established in 1985 as an independent state agency responsible 'for reviewing· all state' laws,' programs

an d'p'o I i c i esc'o'n c ern in g persons with' disabilities. Ii' also makes policy recommenqations to' the G'overnor and"the·· General Assembly'. " "Ithought I WQuld gain a lot of practical experience," Charette said of his expectations 'of the fellowship'.."I would also be able to make myself aware' of the issues that people with disabilities are faced with." 'In his work with the commission, he read all legislation being



presented in the R. I. General Assembly'and'tracked the progress of the bills, ,then published ·his. findings in a report distributed to ~he public and of particular interest t.o, disabled rights advocates, such as veterans~ gro~p. : , . "It's'empowering to know that I had a hand in the process,"he sa·id. . Charette, 'who m'anages hi's kg braces so deftly that they are hardly noticeable, said that his internship gave him an increasep.awareness of problems affecting'the dis,abled. For example,: 'h(:learned 'that seemingly-harmlf;ss'exit' signs that flash on and off may' .trigger seizures in some peop!e...... , Having cothpleteq. a 'double major in administration of justice and psycho~ogy, the young graduate said thatthe research skills and knowledge of government he ae-. quired at Salve Regina accustomed' him, to worki,ng independently and

John Ledo, a 1995 graduate of Mrs. Paul DonnelIy of Somerset, Bishop ConnolIy High School, is he is a member of the cross-country this year's recipient of the Chris- and winter and spring track teams. topher M. Leahey, '87 Scholar- He was named An E.A.C. all-star ship. This scholarship is given in and' co-MVP on all three squads. Also honoring Leahey will be memory of Leahey, a Connolly graduate who died in a car acci- the Christopher M. U:ahey dent in 1992. John is the son of Memorial Road Race, to b,: held Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Ledo of Fall Aug. 6a~d to staFt at Bishop ConRiver. At Bishop Connolly, he was nolly High School. Leahey Vias an a member of the cross-country avid runner at Connolly and.Provteam and the w~nter and s~ring idence College and the schollirship track teams, servmg as captam on race was begun in his memory by all three squads. :'.' his mother, Roseland Leahey and He was named cross-country his former Bishop Connolly coach, and winter track teams' co-MVP Jim Barn~by. P.u)ceeds fund the and was named as an E.A.C.. ~l1- Leahey sch.olar,ships presentc:d anstar on all three squads. He was nually at the ConnolIy Spring also named athlete of the month Sports awards banquet. last falI, An alumnus of St. Michael ' school, Fall River, he will attend , Registration for!TIs are ava,ilable U-Mass Amherst. " . , fro.m the Development Office at Incoming senior Kevin Donnelly Bishop Co'nnolly Hig~ Sl:hool is also a recipient of the Leahey~508-67?~1~76) ~or those mtel'est.ed scholarship. The son of'M r. and m run!"m¥ m the A,ug. 6 racl:.

N,o, break for weig~tliftel's ships" I9-20 in London, England:' . Third' place honors went to .Andre'w Lofgren in the 165-p,)und, The four-man contingent from , 18-19 year old class. His total of the Taunton Catholic high school 1,057 pounds ·,uded lifts (If 435 brought home four trophies from ',n the sq'.uat, ~20 pounds in the ben'ch pr,e'ss, and 40,i in the dead lift. the Men's Teenage/ Junior National Powerlifting Championships, sponRyan' Ba,lIard 'won a fifth place sored by the American Drug Free . tro"hY,in I~~~P?\-l~d, 1~-17 year Powerlifting Association and held '" old category, fl,llIshmg WIth a total July 8-9 in Sharon, PA, . of 974 pounds (402. squat, 176 . " , " ' bench, and 396 dead11ft). Cas.ey Medas to'd~ ~Qme s~cond .·Coyle .and Ca~sidy .s~pior and pla;ce I? the ~20-po.und,.16-l7.y~ar . Warri~r \Ylfightlifting 9 ub memold class WIth a c0n:tbmed 11ft of b,erAlIegra Dutzmann is also busy preparing for' th,~ World C!tam1;178 p~un~s,(49~-squat, .~31-bench press, ~57 dead 11ft). . ' pi.onships as a member of t,he UniKevin Avilla als!, placed'second ted 'Yomen's Teenage with a totalli(t of'I,321 in th~ 16- Powerlifting .Team. The women's . 17-year old, 190-potind class. Avil- contests are also. slated (or Lon,., la's totals included 523 in the squat, don', in August. The Warrior Weightlifting Club 2.97'in the bench press, and 501 in is coached by H. Waldron and the deadlift. Bruce Lynch, assisted by James ~ith their second place perform- "Crow" Crowley, Jamie "MC" ances,. 'both Medas and Avilla Berube, Kyle Santos, James Rusqualifiedforthe World Champion- coni, and Tom Hoye. Despite the summer vacation, Coyle and Cassidy's Warrior Weightlifting Club continues to make big news. .


golf tourney set

Rev. Jay ·Maddock, Fall River Area eyO director, has announced that the annual Fall River Area CYO Golf T'ournament will take

1969; intermediates, born on or after Jan. I, 1976;juniors, born on or after·Jan. I, 1979; and cadets, born on or after Jan. I, 1981. Everett Smith will be tOllrnament director. Father Maddock has .expressed gratitude to Tom Tetreault and the 'members of the Fall River Country Club for welcoming'the CYO tournamellt to their course. .

place Monday, July 31 at the Fall River Country Club. To regi~ter, golfers must be at the club between 6:30 and 6:50 a.m;· that day. No thinking critically., registrations will be taken after Charette will enter law school at 6:50 a.m. The tournament wiIl be a Roger Williams Uni~ersity this fall "shotgun," with golfers"teei~g off' and also hopes to pursue his inter- at the 'same time but at different est in psychology on the graduate. holes. Participants are· reminded that as guests of the country club, level. . He will continue his concern they are required to ,wear ,shirts ': DAYTON, Ohio(CNS)- Adowith issues affecting the·disabled.' with collars.'The registration fee .is lescent health care in the United . . ' . .·States is "a social crisis of immense "I am making'myset(;:tware·so . $5.00. " that I can make others aware," he . Only golfers from Fall River, ',proportions," said Sidney C:lllahan, noted Ciltholi.c author and said, adding that'he believe!! that if Assonet, Somerset, Swans'ea and people are aware of handicapped Westport are eligible for, this tour- professor of Psychology at Mercy access laws, they will be Willing to nament: Golfers from other areas College in New York. "The life of comply with,thell}. ' " ': bfttie diocese have their own:tour- adolescents has deteriorated sig"We all like ~to eat 'in restau- naments. The top two· finishers hi nificantly in the last 40 to 50 rants," he says. "Some people just each division will be 'eligible to . years,'; Ms. Callahan said, point, take piHt in the' Fall. River dioce."., ,ing..tQ .increases ip violence, suineed another \\:'ay in." Charette is the son of Paul and· san tournament Aug. 2S.atp~casset· cide, pregnancy,' sexually transMary Charette of Fall River and a Country, Club on Cape. <=od., mi,tted. disJ:as~s, d..fug·'lJ,se and member of St. Patrick's parish in . , Golfers. will be divided. into. d~pression among American ~Idothe city. . "seniors, born"on or after Jan:. I, lescents.. '

Teen health at risk

PA1JL CHARETTE 'w~rks with Dr. James: Farrington, chait of the Adrilin!stration of Justice 'departm'ent at Salve Regina UniversitY,Newport, R I . · .

However, there is a type of kingship that we can all attain. God invites us to be king of our own lives and use our power to create the kinds of experiences we want and need.

By Charlie Martin

IT'S GOOD TO BE KING It's good to be king If just for a while, To be there in velvet Yeah, to give 'em a smile. It's good to get high And never come down, It's good to be king Of your own little town. Yeah,. the world would swing If I were king Can I help it If I still dream time to time? It's good to be king And hllve your own way, Get a feeling of peace At the end of the day, And when your bulldog barks And :~our canary sings, You're out there with the winners It's good to be king. Yeah, I'll be king When dogs get wings. Can I help it If I still dream time to time? It's good to be king And have your own world, It helps to make friends It's good to meet girls, A sweet little queen Who can't run away, It's good to be king Whatever it pays. Excuse me If I have someplace in my mind Whel'e I go time to time. Written and Sung by Tom Petty, (c) 1994 by Warner Bros. Records Inc. WOULD YOU like to be The fellow in the song says that "I'll be king when dogs get king, even if just for a day? wings." Clearly, he doesn't exKings aren't around much pect to be king. In fact, being anymore, and those we hear about don't usually get good reking is just "someplace in my mind where I go time to time," a views. Yet we can identify with Tom Petty's message in his new way to momentarily escapefrom the rest of life. cassingle "It's Good to Be King."

THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Fri., July 21, 1995


To be this type of king, we have to know ourselves well. We have to recognize our deepest desires and fondest hopes, and know what kinds of choices best support them'. On a practical level, being this type of king means setting clear, challenging goals. Suppose you have a deep desire to work toward lessening violence in our world. Perhaps you witness the variety of ways violence hurts' people, yet you choose to believe in the message of Jesus, a message that stands in direct opposition to such harmful behavior. Even if you were king, you wouldn't be able to control others' actions. However, as king of your own life, you could carefully monitor your own attitudes and actions. You could cut back on violence of the tongue in what you say about others, You could make decisions about which TV shows to watch, which movies to attend and which music to purchase. There are lots of ways you could establish your own reign of nonviolence. The first step is to look into your heart and find out what you genuinely care about, then turn this desire into a vision to guide the way you live. Set both long-range and immediate goals for living out your vision and make the kinds of choices that will carry it out. Don't be afraid to challenge yourself. Your potential is immense. Dare to be king of your own life! Thus you will honor your Creator through the good that flows from a life lived with passion and infused with compassion. Your comments are welcomed by Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 182, Rockport, IN 47635.

By Christopher Carstens Sitting in my office, Kathy looked serious and more than a little concerned. "None of myoId friends like Sally." "Why's that?" "They think she's running my life. I'm confused. She's the best friend I ever had - but it seems like it's me and her against everybody else these days." Friendship is a central part of the social world that makes teen life such a valuable time for learning and growth. But at some time or other, you're likely to have an overcontrolling friend who wants to take over your life. Such friends make your world smaller instead of larger. In the end, they try to manipulate you into meeting their needs instead of your own. Overcontrolling friendships start out in a whirlwind. Often the new friend is someone you haven't been close to before, or even somebody you just met. But suddenly you're doing everything together - wherever you look, there's the new friend. Soon you're confronted with unrealistic expectations - your friend wants to be with you all the time, to be informed of all your plans and activities. "It's like she wants to know my shower schedule," Kathy once complained. Overcontrolling friends start talking about how your relationship is "special." It isn't uncommon to notice elements ofjealousy sneaking in and quickly building - until you find that this new friend is hurt and angry whenever you spend time with other friends or even talk about them. She or he wants to be the focus of every part of your life. As time goes on, you may start avoiding other friends to prevent

the upset and anger when your "special" friend finds out. You get blamed when your friend is' upset. "How could you talk to him? You know he doesn't like me. Now I just feel so depressed." Here you are feeling guilty about talking with an old friend! Something odd is happening. That "something odd" is emotional blackmail. Your "special friend" is forcibly separating you from the friends who have been important in your life. In its most extreme form, she or he may even threaten suicide, insisting that only your complete attention can keep her or him going. Why? It's because the overcontrolling friend is emotionally insecure and can't tolerate sharing you with others. At base is a deeply sad need for constant reassurance, based on an utter absence of self-esteem. No matter how you try, it's impossible to meet such needs. No matter how completely you cut off other friends, this one will need more and more reassurance. Your social life will become smaller and smaller, and still won't satisfy him or her. Eventually you'll end up in a two-person world - just you and the overcontrolling friend . and the friend still won't be fully happy. It's a trap, and you need to recognize it for yourself and to realize that any friend who cuts you off from the rest of your circle is no real friend. Friendship must be shared. It is utterly unfair for one teen to demand exclusive attention from another. If you find yourself being drawn into one of those situations, your best course is to insist on continuing time with your other friends. If the overcontrolling friend can handle it, that person may have a chance to grow up a bit and learn how to handle sharing.

Nationals win All-Star game

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The Nationals, made up of players from St. Joseph's, Our Lady of Grace and Holy Name parishes, defeated the Americans, comprised of players from St. William's, Notre Dame and Holy Ghost parishes, all in Fall River with the exception of Holy Ghost, from Tiverton, RI, by a score of 8-1 in the fourth annual Fall River Area CYO Baseball League All-Star game played at Maplewood Park, Fall River. Each team had 12 players and the special "re-entry" rule for this one game allowed all participants to show off their talent. The Americans scored their first and only run in the first inning when Tim Burke of St. William's singled in Craig Lasson ofSt. William's who had walked. An infield error had allowed him to advance and score off starter Mike Souza of St. Joseph's.

The Nationals roared back in the top of the second, scoring four runs on a hit batsman, a walk, a single by Souza and then two straight walks to Mark Correia of Our Lady of Grace and Eric Terceiro of St. Joseph's. Jay Ledoux of St. Joseph's then reached on an error which scored two more runs. The additional four runs came in the third, fifth and sixth innings on a Bobby Mello (Our Lady of Grace) single and a triple by Frank Rocha (St. Joseph's) that plated the final two runs. Jay Correia of Holy Name was credited with the win while Art St. Pierre of Notre Dame absorbed the defeat. Prior to the game, all 24 players received plaques in recognition of their selection to play in the AllStar contest.

16, .THE ANCHOR-Diocese 'of Fall River-Fri., July 21,1995

At national convention:

Pro-lifers look to brighter future

Iteering pOintl HOSPICE OUTREACH, FR All welcome at support group meetings for young people dealing with bereavement to be held each Wednesday through Aug. 23 from 3 to 4 p.m.. for ages 6 to 13 and from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for ages 14. to 18; and at a grief education series for bereaved adults from 10:30 a.m. to noon July 25, Aug. 8, Aug. 22 and Sept. 5. Pre-registration necessary for both programs, which are sponsored by Hospice Outreach. For further information call 673-1589.

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SACRED HEART, N. ATTLEBORO First Friday celebrations held each first Friday, church hall, 6:30 to' 9:30 p.m. Program includes prayer, liturgy, varied presentations and coffee hour, followed by adoration of Blessed Sacrament until 3 p.m. Saturday.

ST. PIUS X, SO. YARMOUTH A one-man presentation of the Gospel of Mark will be offered at 7 p.m. July 28 by Frank Runyeon.

ST. PATRICK/ST. ANTHONY, WAREHAM Catechism instructions for adults who wish to become Catholics, who, wish to be confirmed or who would like to review their faith in light of the New Catechism will begin Sept. , 18. Those interested may Call the rectory, tel. 295-2411, to register. COR~US CHRISTI, E. SANDWICH Healing Mass 7 p.m. July 25. Spirit of Jesus prayer group invites all to attend.

ST. MARY, N. ATTLEBORO Father Keliher Scholarship applications being accepted from incoming freshmen at Bishop Feehan High School. Applicants should submit a short written essay on "Why a Catholic Education Is Important to Me" to Women's Guild Scholarship Committee, c/o June.Mann, 623 Mt. Hope Ave., N. Attleboro 02760 by Aug. I.



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JOANNA FISH will offer an outdoor concert at 6:30 p.m. July 22 at LaSalette Shrine, Attleboro. All welcome to attend the shrine's 4:30 p.m. Mass preceding the concert. In case of rain, the concert will be held in the shrine chapel. SOCIAL SERVICES Adult foster care offers elderly or disabled persons an opportunity to live with another person or family. Information: Family Service Assn., tel. 678-7542. ' , Families needed to provide temporary homes for children ages 3 to 14. Training, support and a monthly stipend are offered. Information: Catholic Social Services, tel. 6744681. ST. ANNE, NB A triduum honoring the feast of St: Anne will be held at 7 p.m. July 24, 25 and 26. All are welcome at observances of the feast: July 24 there will be a 7 p.m. Mass that will include the sacrament of the anointing of the sick. This sacrament路 may be received by those with a Iifethreatening disease, the elderly or those about to undergo major surgery. Music for the Mass will be by former parishioner Denise Gannon, cantor, and her husband and parish o,rganist Patrick Gannon. July 25 will be marked by a commissioning ceremony for special ministers of the Eucharist; and on July 26, the feast of St. Anne, evening prayer will be offered by the combined choirs of the parish and St. Julie Billiart Church, North Dartmouth. Rev. Martin Buote, St. Anne's pastor, will preside at all events, assisted by Permanent Deacon Marcel Morency. O.L. VICTORY, CENTERVILLE All welcome at Marian hour of prayer 3 to 4 p.m. each Tuesday, chapel. SS. PETER & PAUL, FR All are welcome at a Monday evening course on Pope John Paul II's encyclical, Evangelium Vitae, being presented by seminarian Roger Landry.

July 23 1893, Rev. Patrick F. Doyle, Founder, SS. Peter and Paul, Fall River 1938, Rev. George B. McNamee, Pastor, Holy Name, Fall River July 25 1913, Rev. Michael J. Cooke, Pastor, St. Patrick, Fall River 1984, Rev. Raymond R. Mahoney, SS.CC., Retired, Our Lady of Assumption, New Bedford July 26 1974, Rev. Msgr. Alfred J.E. Bonneau, Pastor Emeritus, Notre Dam.e, Fall River July 27 1981 , Rev. Damien Veary, SS.CC., Former Pastor, St. Anthony, Mattapoisett

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CNS) Speakers at the National Right to Life Committee's recent convention in Nashville decried'the current state of affairs on life issues in the United States but forecast a brighter future for pro-lifers. In the opening session, Earl "Buddy" Lingle, an associate professor of pharmacy administration at the University of South Carolina, criticized a "dark side of medicine" that destroys life rather than saving it. He said the movement away from saving lives has been fed by "the discovery and subsequent glorification" of the French abortion pill, RU-486, and by the attitude of many doctors on the issues of fetal experimentation and assisted suicide. NRLC executive director David O'Steen said that in the past the pro-life group devoted 99 percent of its attention to the' abortion issue, "because the threat of euthanasia seemed so far off." "We have to educate a large number of Americans on this issue in a very short time," O'Steen said. "You have a challenge. You have a burden. No one else will do it." . Dr. John C. Willke, former NRLC president and founder and president of the International Right to Life Federation said the United States has both "the worst law in the world" on abortion and the "largest, most effective and best-funded right-to-life group in the world." Willke called Russia "the most pro-abortion country in the world, next to China" and said the high number of abortions performed on Russian women has decreased births to the point that more people are dying than are being born. Carol Long, NRLC Political Action Committee director, advised convention-goers not to be "too concerned right now about who will be the Republican nominee," urging local affiliates to prepare for the '96 races by raising money and identifying pro-life

voters; "We are going to replace the current president and return to a pro-life president in 1996," she vowed. Noting that six of the nine current Republican candidates for 'president have "strong pro-life positions," she said the NRLC would not support anyone in the primaries but would back ,:my of the six who emerges as Repu blican nominee for president. Several of those Repu blican presidential candidates sent messages to the convention. "I remain where I have always been, in your corner," said Kansas Sen. Bob Dole. Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar described himself as "an outspoken opponent of abortion," and Texas Sen. Phil Gramm mentioned his "100 percent pro-life rating" from the NRLC and his ro'le in defeating the nomination of Dr. Henry Foster as U.S. surgeon general. During a workshop, Wanda Franz, NRLC president and a child developmental psychologist, warned that women who undergo abortions have to be aware of its dfects on their children. She cited a chIld whose parents had aborted a baby with Down's syndrome. The child became depressed after he broke his le,~. The parents discovered that the boy felt he "wasn't perfect any:nore" and feared that his parents "only loved perfect babies," Ms. Franz said. In other cases, children born after a woman had an abortion suffer from "survivor's syndrome, guilt that I could live when another child had to die," she added. At a prayer breakfast, convention participants were tol.d by Msgr. James P. Lisante, director of the Office of Family Ministry for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N. Y., that as a child he didn't see much point in praying for the conversion of Russia, since h.e saw no hope for the fall of communism. "Well," he added with a wry laugh, "what a bright boy I was."

Catholic university develops CD-ROIM high school physics curriculum IRVING, Texas (CNS) - The riculum and evaluate the students' physics department chairman at progress. the Catholic-run University of DalOlenick began the project in las has developed a curriculum . 1994, after. the National Science that may change forever the way Foundation awarded hima$:! milphysics is taught in U.S. high lion grant to improve the way high schools. school physics is taught. It was the "This disk contains the blue- first comprehensive project of its print for helping teachers give stu- kind in 30 years. dents a hands-on, conceptual under"Physics is so poorly taught in standing of the .physical world," said Richard Olenick, holding a high schools today. It is us路tlally copy of the CD-ROM containing presented as nothing more than a the program. "Physics is the foun- bunch' of equations, and students are bored stiff," he said. "One of dation for all other sciences." Olenick and 45 other interna- our goals is to ensure that students tionally recognized physicists and are literate in physics when they physics teachers are to meet in graduate and more capable and Rome to test the curriculum, which continue that field of is expected to be piloted in 26 study in college." schools nationwide this fall. Olenick, who has taught at the The curriculum, dubbed the Com- Catholic university since 1986, said prehensive Conceptual Curriculum the curriculum will eventually reach for Physics, will then be dissemi- 45,000 students annually after it is nated to 75 high schools nationally introduced in the fall of 1997. He beginning in August 1996. estimated that in the first yem of The CD-ROM is set up with an nationwide use, more than 750 instructional management system high school physics teachers will that will help teachers use the cur- consult the curriculum.


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