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ASSI.STED BY Father Joseph L. Powers, pastor, Bishop Daniel A. Cronin blesses a statue of the parish patroness at St. Elizabeth Seton church, North Falmouth. (Rosa photo)

North Falmouth celebration St. Elizabeth Seton statue blessed By Joseph Motta St. Elizabeth Seton parish, North Falmouth, received a special pastoral visit from Bishop Daniel A. Cronin last Sunday.. After celebrating a morning Mass at the Cape Cod parish in celebration of the ninth anniversary of its dedication, the bishop blessed a statue ofSt. Elizabeth Seton newly placed in front ofthe church. Father Joseph L. Powers, founding and present pastor, welcomed Bishop Cronin. Father Powers told The Anchor that the statue, fashioned in Italy of Carrara marble, arrived in North Falmouth last fall to await Sunday's anniversary. Life-sized, it depicts St, Elizabeth in her habit as a Sister of Charity, holding a Bible and a rosary. A gift of retired organist Mrs. Alice Creemer, it is mounted on a locally-crafted fieldstone pedestal. "Now the approach to the church immediately indicates who our patroness is," Father Powers said. For two years prior to founding St. Elizabeth's parish, Father Powers was pastor of neighboring St. Joseph's Church, Woods Hole, and from 1969 to 1975 he was pastor of St. Mark's parish in Attleboro Falls, where he was responsible for building the church. The area served by St. Elizabeth's was for many years a mission of St. Joseph's.

Father Powers explained that St. Elizabeth Seton was the first native-born saint. Born in New York City in 1774, Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton married at age 19, later to be widowed with five children. She became interested in Catholicism after her husband's death, and converted. K.nown as the foundress of the American Catholic school system for her 1810 establishment of an Emmitsburg, MD., institution, she founded the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph order in the United States. She died in 1821, and was canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1975. 36 blood and marriage-related descendants were present at· her canonization. In the church, Father Powers pointed out a stained glass window depicting Bishop John Carroll, first U.S. Catholic bishop, receiving the vows of St. Elizabeth in the chapel of the former St. Mary's Seminary on Paca Street, Baltimore. Many Fall River diocesan priests studied at St. Mary's and worshiped in the same chapel, noted Father Powers. Other windows in the handsome North Falmouth church depict its "mother church" at Woods Hole, and saints including Joan of Arc, Peter and Paul.'

600 year-round families make up St. Elizabeth's congregation, Father Powers said, adding that Mass attendance triples during the summer. Parochial vicar Father Timothy J. Goldrick assists Father Powers in meeting parish needs, which include ministry to residents at two area nursing homes. Many retirees belong to the parish, Father Powers said. "A certain number have always lived in the area," he said, "and many have moved here from the Boston and Worcester areas. "The experiences they've brought with them from their home parishes benefit us. Their ideas blend in very well with those of the people who've always lived here." St. Elizabeth's has an active women's guild and men's club. A charismatic prayer group meets weekly. There are over 250 young people in the religious education program, and Father Powers notes that 1987's confirmation candidates will be the first to complete studies for that sacrament wh.ile in 10th grade. He describes his parishioners as supportive and cooperative. "They're interested in parish activities, both religious and social in nature," he said.

NEW YORK. (NC) - After 18 under the direction of only local months of twice-weekly Masses staff. He said CRS had not sent calling for the release of Servite ,another American to fill in for Father Lawrence Martin Jenco, Father Jenco, and would not, Catholic Relief Services staff and because any American there would others gathered in happiness July be "too vulnerable." 28 to offer a Mass of thanksgiving. Father Jenco will spend time Father Jenco, 51, director of with his family and his religious Catholic Relief Services in order until he is prepared to Lebanon and one of five kid- resume his work on the CRS staff, napped Americans held there, was Pezzullo said. released unharmed July 26. . At the conclusion of the Mass, Archbishop Theodore McCar- Archbishop McCarrick noted the rick of Newark, who chairs the hostages who remained in captivEurasia subcommittee of the eRS ity must not be forgotten and board of directors, was principal asked for continued prayers. celebrant and homilist ofthe Mass Pezzullo said CRS would probheld at the Church of St. John the Evangelist; which is part of the ably sponsor a weekly Mass to Catholic Center where CRS, the pray for the release of the other New York Archdiocese and other hostages. agencies have offices. Dozens of balloons decorated In Joliet the lobby of the center for the In Joliet, Father Jenco's homeoccasion. town, the bells of seven churches Archbishop McCarrick express- pealed forth the news of the ed gratitude to all the people and priest's release. On the lawn of the Mihelich agencies that had worked for Father Jenco's release. But he house a sign that had marked the offered special commendation to . those who remained "in touch with days of hiS captivity was changed to read: Fr. Martin Jenco. Amerithe Lord" by attendance at the can Held Hostage in Lebanon, Masses over the months. Released July 26.564 days. Amen. "It is He who has answered our prayers," he said. At the July 26 Waterway Daze summer festival in Joliet, members Among those singled out by the of Father Jenco's family took part arcpbishop was Cardinal John J. in the festivities, including a boat O'Connor of New York, who made parade in which they rode in a inquiries about Father Jenco and boat renamed "Freedom." the other hostages during a recent visit to Lebanon. 564 yellow balloons were released at the festival. He said Cardinal O'Connor, who was unable to celebrate the At the festival Mass Bishop thanksgiving Mass himself because Joseph L. Imesch of Joliet called of an engagement in Washington, the Jenco family a good example played one of the "key" roles in of perseverance and persistence. obtaining the release. Citing that day's Gospel reading Archbishop McCarrick also which said, "Ask and it shall be noted the contribution of Angli- given. " he said: "These good peo. can Archbishop Robert Runcie of pIe know what it means to knock Canterbury and the latter's lay until prayer is answered. I can't negotiator, Terry Waite. imagine how many days the Jenco family felt at the bottom...but I The archbishop added that can't say enough about their pe rFather's Jenco's captors' had told sistence and faith and beliefin the him that CRS had withdrawn Lord." from Lebanon, but, he said, CRS .. did not withdraw in response to "'As Christian people we must the capture of Father Jenco and never take freedom for granted. ,remained committed to serving We must make sure that everyone the poor everywhere in the world. has the same chance for freedom and equality," the bishop "Father Martin is not just a continued. , symbol/'the archbishop said. "He is a living representation of what Father Jenco received a telethis agency has' always been and gram of congratulations July 27 what we pray it always will be." from Pope John Paul II, who said he "rejoices with you in your liberMsgr. Robert Carlebois, CRS ation and together with your famEurasia director and a concele- ily and friends...Thanks to God brant, said after the Mass that that this has finally taken place." Father Jenco was "ecstatic" to learn CRS was still serving in The priest was to see the pope Lebanon. and Anglican Runcie of Canterbury, who had repeatedly sent an Lawrence Pezzullo, CRS direc- envoy to Beirut seeking release of tor, said in an interview that the the hostages.' On his return to the CRS program in Lebanon had United States scheduled for today, continued at the same level as Father Jenco may see President before Father Jenco's capture, but Reagan.


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LaSalette Missionaries meet in Weston 260 priests and brothers, the Beginning in Hartford, LaSalettes largest group of u.s. LaSalette have expanded into 23 states and Missionaries ever assembled, met Canada, Argentina, Bolivia, the recently at Regis College, Weston, Philippines, Madagascar, Burma, for four days of prayer, celebra- England, .Brazil, and Peru. tion, reflection and conferences. LaSalette priests and brothers The purpose of the gathering, from the Fall River diocese joined according to Rev. Joseph Baxer, wit~ their confreres for the firstM.S., its chairperson, was "to ever national gathering. Among deepen our identity as LaSalettes, its highlights was observance of to get to kqow new members and the anniversaries of ordination renew old friendships, to look at !!ond religious profession of 35 . how our future ministry in the . members, whose service to the United States might develop and Church totals 1220 years. to reflect on how we experience our charism in everyday ministry." During the meeting Rev. The LaSalette community is a Richard La Madeleine, from missionary order of priests and Dagenham, England spoke on the brothers who came to the United experience of sin and reconciliaStates from France in 1892. tion in the life and ministry of the

community. Participants were also challenged by the reflections of Capuchin Father Michael Crosby who discussed the meaning of Mary's message at LaSalette for America today. The superiors of the four American provinces of the community spoke on the growth and challenges of their. areas. The four days, dubbed "La Salette Gathering 1986," concluded with two priesthood candiciates professing perpetual vows and four students renewing temporary vows. All present renewed their own commitment to live in chastity, poverty, and obedience, and rededicated themselves to service of the Church.

Doctrinal guardian denies he's swayed by extremists VATICAN CITY (NC) - The Vatican's chief doctrinal watchdog has denied criticisms that his agency is "excessively influenced" by Catholic extremists. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said the congregation's "reliable sources of information are the bishops, the nunciatures and published works." "If other information is deemed worthy of attention, it is clearly requested from the nuncios and thebishops," the cardinal said in a recent talk to Peruvian bishops meeting in Lima, Peru. "Often it is said that-the congregation lets itself be excessively influenced by anonymous denunciations or by groups which are more of less extremist," he said. "The congregation never takes an initiative based solely on unconfirmed private information." Congregation procedures are geared toward "sufficient control so as to eliminate everything which is purely subjective and private and so that partisan tendencies of one side or the other are not favored," Cardinal Ratzinger said. "It is our desire that when possible problems be resolved in the local church," he added.

The Vatican becomes involved when issues "go beyond the limit of a determined geographic or cultural area and as a result cannot be treated solely by a bishop or by a single bishops' conference," the cardinal said. The congregation is working on documents on bioethics and on the fundamentals of moral theology, he said. Bioethics is a theme "urgently calling for treatment," he said, adding that "we have already been busy for quite a while on this, and

Teleconference set .NEW YORK (NC) - Three thousand Sisters of Mercy across the country will participate in a .90-minute nationwide teleconference Sept. 27. It will focus on the order's ministries to and for women. The nuns, assembling at 2510cations in 22 states, will be able to contribute questions or comments by telephone to the national audience. The teleconference will feature a panel of Mercy Sisters. The moderator will be Mercy Sister Camille D'Arienzo, associate professor ~f radio and television at Brooklyn College and associate editor of The Tablet, Brooklyn diocesan newspaper.

we are confident that you will not have to wait very long for a declaration on this regard." The doctrinal congregation also is working on statements regarding interpretation of Scripture, the philosophical basis of faith and interpretation of dogma, he noted. Cardinal Ratzinger said the congregation will hold conferences witli doctrinal commissions of various regions of the world as part ofan effort to increase lines of communication. The first meeting was held in Latin America in 1984, and one is planned for Africa, he said. A papal letter to the Peruvian bishops described Cardinal Ratzinger's visit as an effort to strengthen the bishops' ties to the Vatican through discussion of themes of mutual interest such as liberation theology. Pop"e John Paul II asked the bishops to help Christians find "the authentic road to the liberation realized by Christ." This includes "the necessary efforts for liberation of an economic, social and political order," the pope said. Cardinal Ratzinger did not mention liberation theology in his Lima talk.

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DIAMOND JUBILARIAN Sister Marie Leobin Beillevaire, SS'.CC.,· seated right, is joined by her sister Sister Alphonse Joseph, SS.CC., and from left, Rachel, Francois, Christiane and Aude Beillevaire. (Motta photo) .

Sacred Hearts sister marks jubilee A eucharistic celebration mark_ ing the diamond jubilee of Sister of the Sacred Hearts Marie Leobin Beillevaire will be offered at the order's Fall River convent at II a.m. Aug. 3 by Father George C. Bellenoit, convent chaplain. A buffet will follow the Mass. A native of France, Sister Marie Leobin, age 83, was professed on August 3, 1926 at her order's Paris motherhouse. She came to America the following month, and spent the next 40 years in Fairhaven as a teacher at the former Sacred Hearts School, and later as a teacher and directress of grammar school children at the former Sacred Hearts Academy. She was community superior for seven years. During the next II years of her career, Sister Marie was stationed in the diocese of Trenton, N.J., and in Gardena, Calif. In 1977 she returned to Fairhaven as a sewing helper, "especially confectioning numerous chasubles and stoles for my brothers, the priests of the Sacred Hearts. " She moved to Fall River with her community in 1980. There she directs retired sisters in their apostolate of intercessory prayer. The , sisters accept all·requests for prayer and additionally pray for a specific parish each week, a service often gratefully acknowledged in parish bulletins. Sister Marie Leobin notes that the ministry is encouraged

each year by the renewed approval and blessings of Bishop Daniel A. Cronin. The jubilarian calls intercessory prayers "a source of joy, hope and faith for myself and the members of my community. They are also a source of inspiration that keeps us· alert, sensitive, understanding and ready to serve each other. Her bloodsister, Sister Alphonse Joseph, SS.CC., 78, lives with her at the sisters' Hood Street home. They have been separated for only 10 years during their religious lives. " "Our father asked the Mother General to send'us on assignments together," she reminisced. Also sharing in her jubilee celebration will be a nephew, Francois ,Beillevaire of France, his wife Christiane and daughters Rachel and Aude, who will visit New , York City and Niagara Falls with the two sisters.

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By NC News Service . The government of Sudan has ordered two U.S. nuns recently released after being kidnapped by Sudanese guerrillas to leave the country. Officials said they violated orders barring civilians from WASHINGTON (NC) - Car- military areas around the town of , dinal Patrick O'Boyle, long a lead- . Juba in Southern Sudan. ing figure in Catholic overseas However, a statement issued by relief and a pioneer in domestic the Maryknoll Sisters in Maryracial integration and civil rights, knoll, N.Y., said the nuns were in celebrated a quiet 90th birthday the area with permission of the July 18. The son of Irish immi- military. grant parents whose father died Maryknoll Sister Nancy Lyons, when he was 10, Cardinal O'Boyle 49, of Walnut Creek, Calif., and rose from a working-class neigh- Medical Mission Sister Sean borhood in Scranton, Pa., to head Underwood, 44, Jamaica Plain, the U.S. bishops' massive War were distributing food July 20 Relief Services - now called when they were caught in cross fire Catholic Relief Services - during .between the Sudanese army and and immediately after World War guerrillas of the Sudanese People's II. He became th~ first archbishop Liberation Army. of Washington i'n 1948 and was· After being held four days they named a cardinal in 1967. Retired since 1973, he is the oldest U.S. were released, walking 26 miles back to Juba. cardinal.

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themoorin~ A Significant Anniversary This year, the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America is observing the 75th anniversary of its founding. Better known as Maryknoll, this mission endeavor of the American Church is presently working in 30 countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America. It is much alive in today's . church and especially in this diocese, which enjoys very close ties with Maryknoll. ' From the congregation's earliest days, the spirit that was its hallmark has captured the hearts and minds of many loca'l young people. One need only think of such people as Bishop Frederick Donaghy of New Bedford, Bishop Joseph Regan of Fairhaven and Father John Morris of Fall River who together have given 221 years of service to the mission effort of Maryknoll. Who can forget the brilliant work of the late Father John Considine on "The Field Afar," the predecessor of today's Maryknoll magazine. His writings pioneered American effort in communicating the news of missions not merely in this country but throughout the universal church. There are so many others and we take pleasure in noting their efforts in the special center section ofthis week's Anchor. For all that they have done we praise God and we pray that their efforts will continue to provide inspiration for the future ' dreams and hopes of Maryknoll. The future, of course, builds on Maryknoll's foundation, which had its full measure of suffering and pain. From the terrors of Chinese Communism to today's uncertainties in Central America, 'Maryknoll has always been in the midst of social upheaval. It is'then no wonder that some feel that the society has emphasized its sociological mission rather than its theological mandate. It is thought in some circles that too many American Catholic missionaries spend too much time preaching social doctrine to the neglect of church teaching, substituting the issues of peace and social justice for sign, sacrament and word. "Pardy because' oftbis, many missionary societies'throughout the world face a rather precarious future. The lack of vocations, the resurgence offundamentalism and the militancy of Marxism and Islam are factors that have affected many aspects Qf the Church's missionary witness. Maryknoll is indeedcaught up in all this upheaval. But it is used to uncertainty. It has experienced the passing ,of the colonial era and the emergence of the Third World. Its members have suffered war, imprisonment and torture, proving again and again that they are a special breed doing a special work'with American guts and gusto. Given the reality of the church in the 80s, led by a dynamic missionary pope, perhaps the Maryknoll vision needs realignment rather than revitalization. , Whatever the case, there can be little criticism of the society's attempt to meet the challenges of the mission church as it sees them. Maryknoll has never sh!unk from the gospel challenge. Surely it will continue to hear the cry of the millions seeking God and will meet their need with authenticity and fidelity. As Maryknoll recalls its glorious past and lives its challenging present, may we pray that the Lord will bless its future.' May the words of Mother Mary Josephine Rogers, foundress ofthe Maryknoll'Sisters, ever live in the hearts ofall who go to that field afar:'''Let's go together and find out what God has in st.ore." ' The Editor

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Religious values essential By Father Kevin J. Harrington There is a dangerous tendency to underestimate the value of religious education and pastors and educators can easily be discouraged by such parental apathy. Too often parents take far greater interest in a child's progress in reading, writing and arithmetic than in religious education. Even youngsters in Catholic schools note that their religion grades do not really count because college admissions directors are not concerned with them. Parents are the first teachers of the 'faith to their children. If they valu~ that faith, they should never be content to delegate to others the sacred trust of handing it on. .Our youngsters will corifront a world that will differ greatly from ours. In our pluralistic society, for one thing, the gap between what is ethical and what is legal is likely to continue growing. Although most civilized societies have heretofore based their ethical codes on the Ten Commandments, our own is beginning to question the wisdom oflegislating moraJity on matters where public opinion differs. The implications of a society whose laws reflect the persuasive and pervasive opinions of civil libertarians have yet to be fully realized. But as our society enters into an unstable adolescence it is important that our youngsters be equip-

ped to cope with changing times. The Church's teaching role must not be limited to passing on factual information, but must include moral teaching. Indeed, it would be cruel to leave a child to discover through trial and error what he or she might or might not do. Previously one could be content with laying out the rules for moral conduct and insisting that they should be obeyed because it is God's law, because it is a sin todo otherwise or simply "because I said so." But today our youngsters reach adolescence earlier than ever before, if adolescence is regarded as the time when,the mind begins to ,question. It is thus all-important for religious ed~cators to discuss the rationale behind the Church's moral teachings. With the rules but without the rationale, it will be impossible to' counteract our culture's impact. Our religion classes cannot afford to skirt controversial moral issues, no matter how delicate they may seem. Our children are not growing up in a sheltered environment but in one that is often amoral. The Church has much to offer our young people in the way of providing them with changeless standards in a changing world. As the cliche says, virtues are often caught rather than taught. While it may be difficult to compete with' values purveyed by prime time tel-

evision, video music and peer pressure, we must not lose sight of the fact that Judaeo-Christian values have had a great civilizing impact through the centuries. _ If their influence has diminished it may be because their beneficiaries are not fully aware of the debt they owe them. But the further we deviate from these ancient values, the more we will be made painfully aware of our foolishness. Unlike the case of other disciplines, the effects of a defective religious education are not immediately apparent. A mistake in engineering eventually shows up, possibly catastrophically, as in the recent Challenger tragedy. After investigation, those responsible for the harm done are held accountable; but who can assign blame for the harm done through faulty moral teaching? Becoming aware of God's will in our life is not simply a question of sanctity but of sanity. The abuse of sexuality, alcohol and drugs in our society is as sure an indicator as any that Satan exacts his toll in this world. Parents and religious educators have their work cut out for them but I fervently believe that the' resilience of our children and their innate sense of goodness together with the grace of God can with the help of our best efforts ensure their healthy growth and future happiness.

'On intervention' A school administrator got a call from a mother last May 'complaining about two of her son's high school teacher.s. After sorting out her complaints, the administrator realized that the mother had taken on the son's responsibility for his school life. It seems that both were demanding teachers who recognized individual ability. The boy was far more capable of achieving than his grades indicated. All was well until the teachers sent "down slips" home, informing the parents that he had missing homework and substandard test grades. Instead of confronting their son, the parents complained about the standards of the teachers. They were too demanding. They weren't empathetic enough. They didn't like the boy. Their methods were too strict. The administrator asked, "Is your son capable of doing the work?" "Oh, yes," the mother replied. "But he doesn't like those two teachers." "Are they good teachers?" the principal asked. "Yes, but he doesn't like them." "What would you like me to do about the situation?" the principal asked. "Talk to the teachers. Ask them to be more pleasant," she answered. "Have them smile more and relax more. After all, school isn't prison, is it?" The principal tactfully suggested

that her 16-year-old son, not she, was responsible for developing a working relationship with the teachers. "He'll be out on his own in a couple of years," he said, "and .he'll face college teachers and employers he may not-like. This is a good opportunity to prepare him to'd~al with that eventuality." She said, "I knew I wouldn't get any help from you," and hung up. The principal pulled the boy's file and discovered a pattern of mother intervention that went back to first grade. Practically every year, the mother had called the school to complain about the boy's teacher, and the call usually followed some infraction' or slip in study habits. The two had developed a pattern. When he became irresponsible, she stepped in to rescue him by blaming the teacher. Parents frequently hear complaints about teachers from kids, and it's tempting to intervene. Some complaints are valid and parents need to relay them to administrators, but the effective parent is one who sifts justifiable complaints from the chaff of chronic ones. When there is overt unfairness, genuine teacher dislike of a child, or lack of teaching ability, parents are obligated to step in. And contrary to popular belief, administrators welcome such intervention. They don't want unfair and substandard teachers in their buildings. But when parents complain to divert, attention from the student's

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priests who will 'strengthen our parishes. We need a five-year plan to build and preserve what we have." It was his hope that such a plim would keep people of Polish ancestry in the neighborhood, attract new immigrants and symbolize the strong solidarity of the Poles and their faith. As I listened to the arguments on both sides, it occurred 'to me that what really was being probed was the problem of roots. How does one preserve ethnic and cultural traditions in the midst of change? For many people, a particular place with its traditions is essential to preserving the faith. Today, as in the past, they fight to stay together and keep their traditions alive. For others, the faith is not so firmly connected to the past or particular buildings. For them, neighborhoods change, buildings grow old and the faith moves on

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responsibility or behavior, they are out of line. They are rescuing their children from having to face up to standards and behaviors that are fundamental to their total development. It's sad to run into a chronically rescued teenager. He is already on a path of blaming others for his own lack of performance and it could become a life pattern. How many of us have worked alongside such people? It's not their fault they're late, it was traffic. They could achieve at work if the boss were more likable. The job didn't get done because the office was too noisy, and so on. Schools exist to pass on knowledge, true, but also to teach responsibility. Teachers who demand responsibility commensurate with capability may not always be liked by students but they're true teachers, as interested in developing a person as in teaching content. , When parents interfere with this important development, they are denying their children true education. They are removing responsibility, rather than fostering it. And they aren't going to be around to intervene when their adult child faces people and situations he doesn't like.

1!90te.~_il1.-t.hefaitbBY An important challenge faces the u.s. church and its various cultural and ethnic groups as the 21st century approac hes. H ow can the beauty of any group's culture or tradition be kept alive in a parish, while that group continues to reflect the church's unity and not exclude others. What, for. example, is a Polish parish in this country? This ques~ tion was one of many raised during the recent Polish Heritage Seminar sponsored by the Orchard Lake Center for Polish Studies and Culture in Michigan. One panelist, a young PolishAmerican pastor from Chicago, pointed out that his once predominantly Polish parish is now Polish, Hispanic and black. He argued that even though a building may be steeped in Polish tradition, a parish is Catholic and should riot be termed "Polish" or even"American"; thinking "Catholic" rather than in terms of national background is a way of avoiding the prejudicial feeling that other nationalities and races are undesired outsiders. He also questioned the reason for having national parishes. Were they established to preserve the faith, or were they built to exclude others? And he asked whether money and energies should be expended to save Polish church buildings or whether new Polish centers should be-built to serve as missions to Polish-Americans in their new locations. But a Polish-American pastor in a Detroit inner-city parish saw things differently. "The neighbor. hood is deteriorating," he said.




with those who are on the move. To be Catholic is to be one with all other nationalities and races. With the large numbers of Hispanics and Asians now populating the U.S. church, the problem of rootedness that Polish parishes have faced is being magnified a hundredfold. Reason would tell us that our faith is Catholic and should supersede ethnic and cultural sentiments. But such sentiments are not always that reasonable. The seminar at Orchard Lake' taught me that the church needs a new breed of strategists capable of finding a way to maintain the beauty of the various cultures in our midst while remaining open to others, avoiding the temptation to exclusivity. '

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August 5 Rev. Martin J. Fox, Founder, 1917, St. Paul, Taunton. Rev. Thomas A. Kelly, Pastor, 1934, SS. Peter & Paul, Fall River August 6 Rev. Joseph P. Lyons, Pastor, 1961, St. Joseph, Fall River August 8 Rev. William Brie, Founder, 1880, St. Joseph, Fall River



DIETZEN Q. I would like to know more about helping loved ones by praying for them after they have passed on. So many other religions believe anything that the resurrection of that when someone dies it is too Jesus, and other events related to late. Where in the Bible would I the resurrection, told the earliest find something to batk our beliefs members of our faith, it was that about praying for the dead? (Mis- the walls between heaven and earth are not impregnable. sissippi) In some mysterious way of divine A. From the beginning, Chris- providence there is communicatian people have believed in the tion between the life of eternity communion of saints - a union and the shadows of that life which with those who have died before us we share in this world. as well as those who are presently There is another perhaps simpler in the body of Christ on earth. way of putting it: All the rest of They undersfood this to mean that what Jesus said and did, his relaprayers offered to God for those tionships with the early Christians who have died, as well as for those' and their understanding of their still alive, are proper and effective intimacy with him as the risen in God's providence for his people. , Lord, would make no sense at all if As I said, we have evidence that there were not such a thing as the this was true from the earliest communion of saints as the church decades of the church. But you has understood it, and a recogni~?n 't find much, if anything, about tion of that union in our commuIt In the Bible. ' nity of prayer with those who have True, some have seen hints of gone before us. the validity ofthisbeautiful ChrisQ. Through one of our lotal tian tradition and belief in a few Protestant thurthes we learn,that scripture passages, such as the ref- , a tompany is making a .blaspheerence in the Book of Maccabees mous movie on the sex life of that it is a "holy and wholesome Jesus. What tan be done about thought to pray for the dead." (As this? Why do we not hear about one ofthe deuterocanonical books thel!e things in our own thurth? incidentally, Maccabees is not tra: (Massathusetts) ditionally in the Protestant Bible.) However; Christian belief in the A. Bossibly the main reason you communion of saints and .other路 .ha~e ,not. heard, about. it. in your beliefs following f~o'"that are not .0}Vn 芦hgrch. is that, eontrary to primarily based on anything in . numerou~ rumors' such as the one Scripture. They come out of the you heard, the story is not true. instincts inspired by the Holy Spirit The story surfaced eight or 10 as the church gradually reflected years ago in Illinois and has since on what Jesus said and did and traveled around the world several .' how those things should affect the times. way his people live and pray., In one year alone, the Illinois It is worth noting that not until attorney general's office received the Protestant Reformation did more than 180,000 letters from Christian people begin to expect organizations and individuals urg~ s~mething to appear in the Bible ing legal action against the reported before it could become valid Chris- inotion picture about the sex life tian beliefand practice. Even today 'of Jesus. .,. most Protestants agree that this is The rumor persists in spite of not the way to approach or under- efforts even by many church organstand our Christian faith. Even izations to declare it false.. those Christians who claim to beHow did the rumor start in the lieve only what is in the Bible actu- first place? An investigation by the ally believe many things that are National Catholic News Service not there. traced the story to a late-1970s Perhaps most obvious of all, report that a Danish film director where in the Bible does it even say wanted to produce a film on this there should be a Bible in the first subject but scrapped his plan. place? Nowhere in the New TesA Chicago gossip magazine retament do we have a record of' ported his project. People confused Jesus writing anything (except on the magazine with the producer the ground in the event of the and began demands for legal action. woman caught in ad~ltery) or ask- As with so many bizarre rumors, , ing his disciples to write anything. there is, as nearly as I can deterIt was si.mply assumed to make mine, no facfual basis to this one sense, in light ofthe obvious inten- at all. tions of Jesus, that some things be Children and tonfession, and put into writing and recognized as normative by the church to layout tonfession without serious sin are , the parameters for Christian belief among topits in the free brothure on the satrament ofpenante, availand practice. Anything contrary to those able by sending a stamped, selfparameters would be suspect at addressed envelope to Father Dietleast; but not everything was be-. zen, Holy Trinity Churth, 704 N. lieved to be in those writings. This Main St., Bloomington, III. 61701. is the way the church intended the Questions for this tolumn should Scriptures when they were identi- be sent to Father Dietzen at the fied as our Christian "inspired same address. writings"; and this is the way the church understands them even today. The same goes then fOf our GOD'S ANCHOR HOLDS belief in the communion of saints and prayer for the dead. If there is




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THIS SATURDAY IS THE FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH Honor the Immaculate Heart of Mary Practice the deyotion of the five First Saturdays This devotion was requested by Our Lady of Fatima on .July 13, 1917, when she said: "God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart.


"I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart , and the Comm'union of reparation on the first Saturdays. If people listen to my requests, Russia will be converted and there will be peace." Then again, on December 10, 1925, Our Lady appea~ed to Sister Lucia, one of the children of Fatima, and told her the following: "Announce in my nome that I promise to assist at the hour of death with the graces necessary for solvation, all those who on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, sholl '

1. Go to. confession and receive Holy Communion, 2. Recite the Rosary, 3. And keep. me company for a quarter of an hour while meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary 4. With the intention of making reparation to me." To practice this devotion, you must fulfill the requests of Our Lady, doing so in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Confession may be - made during eight days. before or after the Communion. (Courtesy of the Third Order of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Hedwig parish, New Bedford, Mass.)



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pennies to Catholic Social Services for the aging. Elderly volunteers unwrapped and counted the pennies, then rewrapped them for bank deposit.

Ohio Catholics aid drought relief WARD, s.c. (NC) - Midwestern farmers donating hay to farmers in the Southeast hit by a severe drought and heat wave include over 1,000 members of St. Remy's parish, Russia, Ohio. Some 4,000 bales of hay were donated by the parishioners, many of whom double as farmers a~d factory workers, said Father DaVid A. Heinl, pastor. Anot~er 500 bales were sent to the Southeast by Immaculate Conception Parish in Avon, O. A bale of hay weighs 50 to 60 pounds. It takes three bales per week to feed one dairy cow and 1.7 bales per week for beef cattle.

Garbage toss at papal home_ ends in death CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (NC) - During a hatchet-swinging confrontation, Italian police killed a man who threw what turned out to be a package of ga.rbage over the wall of Pope John Paul II's summer residence at Castel Gandolfo early July 24. The man, identified as Roberto Porfiri, 45, was shot dead following a 13-mile car chase after tossing the package and shouting at police guards: "This present is for you and the pope" around 4 a.m., the Italian news service ANSA reported. . The news service said that when an Italian motor.cycle patol caught up with Porfiri, he leaped from his car swinging a hatchet at the officers, who then shot him. Pope John Paul was at the residence IS miles from Rome, during the incident. A Vatican spokesman said the pope did not know about the event at the time.


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Two sisters are among peace marchers 8y NC News Service Two Catholic nuns are part of a small traveling town marching across the United States to urge peace and nuclear disarmament. Living day by day with SODle 600 people on the move has itself been an experience in peacemaking, said Sister Dorothy Marie Hennessey, a retired Franciscan nuD. from Dubuque, Iowa. She and Loretto Sister Mary Beth Boesen froro Denver are part or the Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament. Start· ing last spring in Los Angeles and aiming for Washington, D.C., by Nov. IS, it reached its midpoint in Omaba, Neb., in time to celebrate the Fourth of July. In a telephone interview from a pay phone en route, Sister Hennesseydescribed tbe crOSs-country marcbua new nabolitionist movement." But idcalbm and practicality mix, shc said, as the man:hers learn to set along with one another and solve the problems of moving themselves and their belongings an uengc of 10 to J 5 milcs each day.

"Thnc's been some bickering and internal strife," she sai.d. Some purists want to walk: every step of the way, while others are willing 10 pick. up a ride If the)' need it. Other disagreernenta among marchers have ranged from the way they are gm'erned to the way they should dress, she said. "A. lot of people have changed It gn::at deal since coming," shesum-

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An origiDaI Irov.p of 1.200 marchers, inclUding Sisters Henncuey and Boesen, left Los Angelet March 1 under the name People Reachinl Out for Peace. But the orpnization went bankrupt, stranding marchers in the dcaert near Barstow, Calif. Al>out half went home, and most of the group's p r was rcpossessed. Those who remained NlOrpDized, cutting their daily budgct sharply and BettinI by without extra frills and comforts. Some marchen went home and got their can to carry baggage forthe group. The retired nun said the march

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among its citizens. The "smaU-town news" ao (M, she said, has included a wedding and. two deaths. Two babies arc expected before the march ends. Sister Hennesseycdiu"Peace Weekly," which she. deaerilH:d u the group's literary magazine. She :;aid about half tbe marchers walk. on any given day. .Each spends two days a wetk taking care of job! iuch 1$ Ia.unclry, packinl, unpacking and cleaning up trash. SOQle go ahead in advance groups to raise money, make arrival arrangements and give talks: ora

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Maryknoll: a glorious page in American church history The MaryknoU missionary order, whose prints and brothers have

written a glorious page in American church history, is celebrating its 75th birthday. Formally known as the Catholic Foreign MissionSrn::iety of America and approved by the U.s. bishops and by Pope St. Pius X in 1911, i.t was followed in 1912 by the Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominicand in 1975 bya program for lay

missionaries. both men and women. who make a limited commitment, which may be renewed, to mission

service. The humble beginnings of America's first mission society were in a

frame building in Hawthorne, N,Y. Ils rounders. Father James Anthony Walsh of Boston and Father Thomas Price of North Carolina,

took their leap of faith at a time when the United States itself was

still considered missio'n territory. Soon the priests' effort wasjoined by Mary Josephine Rogtrs, who had earlier assisted Father Walsh with Propagation of the Faith activities and who was to become foun· dress of the Maryknoll Sisters. The seminary and administrative headquarters for both the women and men were moved to a hilltop overlooking the Huds,on River in Ossining, N.Y., from. which the Maryknoll missionen began their global travels. The first MaryknC)11 missions were in China and Hong Kong. The priests opened parishes while the sisters started schools for handicapped children. Early Maryknollers in Asia allo established an orphanage and a residence for the elderly. By the beginning of World War II, Maryknollers were working in






China, Hong Kong, Korea, the Pbilippines, Hawaii and Japan. During the war, many missioners were imprisoned in China and the Philippines by the occupying Japanese forces. Curtailed in the Far East, Maryknoll began opening missions dur· ing the 19401 in Central and South America, as well as East Africa. In the 1950., Maryknollen, along with other missioners, were forced to leave China and they began serving Chinese refugees on tbe Indian Ocean island of Mauritius. They also bepn work on Taiwan and Bokkaido. Although Maryknoll's work is primarily overseas, Maryknollers have worked in the Chinatown sections of New York and Boston and with underprivileged blacb in Tucson, Arizona, and Mexican migrants in Texas." In the 1970s Maryknollers branched out to Indonesia, Ecuador, the Sudan, Venezuela and Bangladesh Most recently, they have gone to Zimbabwe, Brazil, Egypt, Nepal and Thailand. As well as sacramental ministry, their fields of action include community and ramily development, teaching, public health, farming, lay leadership, development, and refugee work. Together with the rest of the Church, Maryknoll has been affected both by the far-reaching changes that followed the Second Vatican Council and by changes in society. The latter include the passing of the colonial era and with it the day when Third World people gaveautomatic deference to Westerners.



A sharp decliDe in numbers offers especially vilible Sip of chanse. This year, only four priests are belnl ordained, And the classes of sisters that once numbered from SO to 100 or more now averale fewerthan 10. But Maryknoll leaders say they're not aeriously dis· turbed. "Heavens nol" says Sister Louise Ahrens, elected presid~nt of the Maryknol1silters in 1984. Deploring the "statiltics game," she expresaed confidence that "if we are faithful to the vision, there will be people to join that. " Maryknoll is also supplemented not only by its lay missioners but by associated priests and members of other religious orders who want to scrve abroad but cannot be placed by their own communities. Counting all categories, the Maryknoll fathers and brothers now have 970 missioners - nine bishops, 692 priestl, 93 brothers, 31 students, 30 priest associates, one brother associate and I J4 associate lay missioners. There are 936 sisters, plus about 25 associates from other communities. Maryk noll's anniversary celebrations this year have been tied to three key events in Ihe society's first year of existence. The jubilee observance began with a Mass and luncheon last April at Catholic University in Washington to mark the 1911 approval by the U.S, archbishops. It continued with a celebration June 29 at Maryk.noll on the 15th anni· versary of papal approval. And it will conclude nellt Jan. 6 when Maryknoll marks Ihe arrival 75 years earlier of the first three women who were to be among the pioneer Maryknoll Sisters. One of the most delicate issues at Maryknoll now centers on Maryknoll Father Miguel D'Escoto, the foreign minister of Nicaragua who was suspended from the priest· hood by the Vatican for refusins to give up his political office. So far, however, Hollywood-born Father D'Escoto remains a member in good standing of Maryknoll and a plan proposed by New York Cardinal John O'Connor to regularize his status is under Vatican study. Father D'Escoto was also a founder of Maryknoll'S publishing arm, Orbis Books, which published the English translation .of Peruvian Father Gustavo Gutierrez's pioneering work in 1973 on libera· tion theology. Such publications, plus social


activism amons MaryknoUers in Latin America hal drawn critici.m from writen luch as William F. Buckley and Michael Novak, But Father William Gilliaan, who does promotional work, said the criticism. has not seriGu,ly affected support. In 1985, the fathers and brothers had income of $54 million, about half of it from contributions . . and the other,from legaCies, Investments and sourees like book .sales. On-e coDitant theme for memben of Maryknoll has been danger. A tombstone in tbe Maryknoll burial ground, for instance, records that Father Gerard A. Donovan was "killed by bandits" in Manchuria in January 1938. Two of the four miasionary women murdered in EI Salvador in 1980 were Maryknollers - Sisters Maura Clark and Ita Ford. Despite the danger, MaryknoUers have alway. been determined to go where the people are and to find out what they would like to have done. From Our DlocHe Among the hundreds of Maryknollers past and present have been many from the Fall River diocese. Three have been particularly in the spotlighl during tbe 75th anniversary celebrations: Father John E. Morris. 97 and 72 yean a priest; Bishop Frederick Donaghy, retired bishop of Wuchow, China; and Bishop Joseph W. Regan, retired bishop of Tagum, Philippines. Fatber Monl. Father Morris, the oldest livins Maryknoller, was born January I, 1889 in Fall River. He was ordained for the Fall River diOcese in 1914 and entered Maryknoll in J921. He received his first overseas assignment to Korea in 1923, two years afterjoiningthe Maryknoll Society. He was named Prefect Apostolic of Peng Yang in 1930 and after 13 years of work in Korea, was transrerred to Kyoto, Japan.

With the outbreak of World

War II, father Morri5 was interned by the Japanese and was repatriated to the U.S. in 1942. Prevented by war from returning to mission work in Asia, he Was assigned to Los Angeles to WOrk with the Korean population there. In 1944 he was assianed to the missions of Hawaii where he served 12 years. Returning to tbe United States in 1948, he was appointed director of the Maryknoll Brothers. The followins year he returned to Hawaii. Returning once more to the U.S. mainland in 1956, he was appointed regional director of Maryknoll activities in the North· WCiI, with his residence in Seattle. In 19S9 he received his second assignment to Korea where he worked the next three years. During Ihe 1960s he worked in promotional activities for Maryknoll in Buffalo and New Orleans and in 1970 retired to St Teresa's Residence at Maryknoll. Bishop Dona.hy Bishop Donaghy was born Jan. 13,1903 in New Bedford. Ordained in 1929, he began his mission work in Kayins City, South China. After 10 years he was appointed prefect, then vicar apostolic of the adjoin~ ing Wuchow mission region. He was consecrated a bishop in New Bedford on Sept. 21, 1939. In 1950 Bishop Donaghy was jailed by the Communists until Juneofl951, whenhewasreleased. Finally expelled from Wuchow to Hong Kong in 1955, Bishop Don-aghy was appointed regional super_ ior of the Maryknoll Fathers in Taiwan, Hong Kong and the Philippines. In 1963 he was reappointed resional superior of the Taiwan region and he directed mission activities in these areas until the late 60s. Bishop Donaghy was assigned to Maryknoll's Special Society Unit in 1979 and presently continues to serve in Taiwan.

THE FIRST MARYKNOLLERS, who went to China in 1918. From left, seated, Fathers James Walsh, who later became a bishop and was imprisoned in China for 12 yean; Thomas Price and Francis Ford, who also became a bishop and died- in a Chinese jail in 1952; standing, Father Bernard Meyer. (NC/UPHReuter photo)

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1905, in Fairhaven. He was ordained in 1929 and wall usisned to Wuchow, China, that same year. Five years later he was assigned to the KweHn area as vicar delegate of Wuchow and (rom 1938 to 1948 also served as Maryknoll superior in the area. Bishop Regan remained in China during World War II and during the postwar Communist revolulion was placed under house arrest for six weeks. Released and sent to Hong Kong, in 1951 he was appointed superior or the first mission team to work in lipa, the Philippines. In 1936 he became vicar superior of the Phi· lippinesand in 1958 regional superior. Named bishop of the Tagum diocese in northern navao, Mindanao in 1962, he was consecrated there on April 25 of that year. Known as a defender of human rights, Bishop Regan along with 53 clergy and laity, was questioned before a military trib.unal in 1977. Although he was accused of being a "'subversive" and a "communist", he was never tried. At that time he said, "If we really live our Christian life we can expect persecution. These arrests can be seen as a compliment t6 the people of the Church here." In 1980, at age 75, Bishop Regan retired as Bishop ofTagum, but he continues working in the Philippines. Asister, Sister Rita Marie Regan, is a Maryknoll nun, presently serving in Miaoli, Taiwan. Father Comldlne Father John J. CClnsidine, who died May 4, 1982, was an outstanding Maryknoller and a memberofa New Bedford family which gave two other sons to the diocesan priesthood, Msgr. Arthur G. Considine and Msgr. Raymond T. Considine, both now retired. In 1960, at the request of U.S. church officials, Father Considine organized the Latin America bureau of the U.S. Catholic Conference. He was its director until 1968 and also founded Papal Volun· teers for Latin America, a program for lay workers in Latin American missions. Father Considine was a consultant to the Vatican Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith and was appointed by President J ahn F. Kennedy as the only priest member of the Peace Corps advisory council. In 1927 he founded the multilingual Fides News Serivce in Rome, still engaged in its work of

After II years as Maryknoll procurator general, Father Considine was named to the congregation's governing board. In 1946 he became editor of Maryknoll Pub· lications and director of public relations for the comlllunity. Father Bo....ri Wareham native Father Alan Borsari made congreption history in January 1983, When he bacame pan of a tum establishing an .experimental agricultural project incorporating modern techniques and are conducting health education programs in villages and a nearby refugee camp. Father Borsari, ordained in 1974, spent II years in Taiwan, including time as a seminarian, before beginning his present assignment. There he worked at a Maryknoll



activity center in the capital cilY of

, Tai~ei which served young migrant workers new to urban life. From Taipei he moved to Taichung, also a large city, where he directed S1. Christopher's garage, an undertaking tbat provided school and home life for young prage apprentices, in addition to training them as auto mechanics. Father Breen Falher John M. Breen, a Fan River native, entered Maryknoll in 1944 and was ordained in 1951, serving in Guatemala, El Salvador and now in Honduras. His duties have included serving for many years as regional superior of the Guatemala area of the Maryknoll missions. His life as a mi~sioner has been far from dull, ranging from duty In Guatemala City to service in what the Maryknoll magazine des-


as "what is perhaps the loneliest, most isolated outpost in Central America: Sayaxche in the jungles of Guatemala's northern Peten region." While in Sayaxche, Father Breen trained local leaders in frontier colonies. serving families as they settled along a new road thrOUgh the jungle." Today he is workins in Honduras, where his immense parish includes miles of banana plantations and an extensive mountainousarea reaChable only by jeep or on muleback. He thinks the population of the parish is about 80,000 but "we don't really know." ' Father Kelley Father Raymond H. Kelley was born in Attleboro in 1931, the son of John S. and Ethel(Holt) Kelley, Turn to Page Fifteen









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By Dr. James and Mary Kenny Deu Kenny.: I read your uuwer to • recent qUfttion about "Uvial tOlether," Allboup I allee with you In lellinl tbe r.ther to respond with loYe and not break off commwdntioDI witb his daupler. I think you fUled to answer his question: "15 the MW montit, reaUy morlll!"To live Jour DUthter money to support ber hOuUnl whUe le.dIn, a &Inful lifestyle is IivlDI t.dt .pproval to ber bebavlor. (Penu}lvanill) :OUr Kenoys: Your are lelllul tbis unhappy rather it is OK for his daupte, to live in sin. And of course be should continue to pay for ber education so she can keep up the style of life she wants. J know if my daulhter was Ihin. wltb someone I would not visit ber. (Obio) The above letters are typical of many we received in reaction to our recent column on a father's response to an unmarried grown daughter living with her boyfriend. Some letters were quite nasty, and they generally condemned us for supporting sin. Mary and I are not supportive of sin. We believe sexual love belongs in marriage, and tbat the "new morality" commercializes sex and cheapens commitments in many cases.

Further, as the parents of 12 children, II teens or older, we are not permissive parents. We are firm with our teens and they must face the consequences of their actions. Our children would be quite amused to hear that we felt "anything goes." One objection common to most of the letters is; If we don't condemn it, we must approve it. In the situation we are writing about, the daughter was already aware ofher father's disapproval. This objection suggests a confusion between moral statements and moral outcomes, or between pronouncements of principle and strategies ofdiscipline. h may sound good to say: "That is against God's law," but such a statement is only good discipline if it actually works to stop the undesirable behavior. As a strategy, negative verbal statements or commands are rather ineffective. Jesus undentood this well. While he was direct in his teachings, he did not make a lot of negative statements to individual "sinners." He saw only his people, and loved them, thereby eventually winning many over-to his way of thinking and behaving. As a father, I ask myself what is the best way to change problem behavior. The measure of good

discipline is not whether it sounds good but whether it works. If I alienate my daughter,l may feel a little better at venting some of my "righteous anger," but she is not likely to ask for my help later when she needs me. The father who wrote us orilinally was ad:inl how to treat a Irown (over age 18) daughter. She already knew how he felt about premarital sex. He was asking: How can I keep on loving and supporting her and not give encouragement to her lifestyle? His daulhter is an adult. The change ill roles when our children become adults is difficult for many parents to make. Ideally, our adult children become our good friends and should be treated as such. We oppose Iivinl toacther as an unmarried couple. But we respect the rights of others, even our own adult children, to make that ~ choice. God himselfhas given them , the right to choose and to make i moral decisions. Sometimes, I am i sure he does not asree with them. , But he keeps right on ioving, prob· ably because he is a very good psychologist and knows how best to reach his people. - Reader question. on ramUy DvIna and child can to be answered in print are invited. Addreu The Kenny&; Box 171i St. Joseph's Collep; Rensselaer, Ind, 47971.

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Last Sunday I heard a thought· pl;ovoking sermon on the subject of why 50 many youths are rejectinl the church. The priest said that our children are not being taught to "know God." He used an analogy to get at the root of the problem, as he sees it. "Many of you wor\. in the business world," he said. "You know that marketing and selling products requires strong visual images. Thc same is true with God. Our children need an image of God in order to know him." After Mau, the pries.t told me tbat som~timcs he wishes he could talk the way the fundamentalist preachers on television do. WI wish J could allow mYiOClftoshow excitement and emotion. The message of Jesus is ecstatic. But the people don't want to hear that," he i8id. rm afraid be's right. Tbe more educated society has become, the more we shun our feelings in favor of rational analysis. And the richer we've become, the more we relate to thinlS instead of spiritual values and passion. Do we expect our children and , youth, who have Dot yet reached , an intellectual maturity, to be drawn to the charch for its intel- lectual appeal? Perhaps we should stop and ask ourselves just what we are really offering our young people today. When I was growing up, tbe power of the church's authority was so deeply woven into the fabric of our lives that the church had a great hold on an emotional level. That is no 10nICr true today. And nothinl of equal emotional appeal has been put in its place to bind young Catholics to the church. If Christ's teachings are to bave any meaning to our children, there has to be an emotional appeal in addition to the intellectual. They have to feel the joy and peace of Christ.

But how can they if we are too sophisticated, rational and mod· ern to exptels the true ellcitement of Christ's message? And how can they feel it if the church isn't touchinl our children's real emotional needs? We must be honest in asking ourselves what children get at church. On Sundays they sit through Masses that often· have little meaning to them and hear sermons they don't relate to since they have little to do with their hearer~s daily lives. Most parishes do little to involve kids in Christian work to belp the poor, the sick or the needy. How many parishes have ongoing programs to help with drug abuse, teen pregnancies, teen depression, loneliness and despair?

The reality is that when our children go off to start their adult lives, many leave the church. When they decide to marry, though, many still want a a church Wedding. This could be a perfect time to welcome them back into the fold. There are many complclIi: reasons why the church i.s losing young people. We owe it to them to examine what we arc doinl wrong. The real tragedy is that our children need tbe church - even if they arc too young to realize it now. Everyone of us eventually reaches a point where life on earth only makes sense through faith in God. Without the neceuary foundation. I'm afraid that many of our children will reach that point as adults, only to find themselves lost in a sea of despair.

Family communication By Hilda YOUR. A couple of yeal1l ago good friends of ours who have teenage children warned us tbat as our children moved into those uniq ue years our lives would change. They claimed ther~ would b~ communication challenges, authority iuues, financial crises, tension over sexual questions and arlumenu over which direction the sun would set. J distinctly remember teUing them that our family communication skills were well developed and that I couldn't imagine our Jives changing that dramatically. Looking back on it makes me think of General Custer ignoring someone's advice to take up a career in real estate. The same child who within recent memory would beg to help with the washing, today will put a blanket over his head and crouch in a comer to avoid detection when the garbage can is full. My hushand says that ifhe had

a cash-withdrawal slot in his forehead it might completely eliminate conversation between him and his only daughter. There are little. things: starting the car and discovering the radio is turned on so loudly that blood venels in your eyes break; havinl to get operator assistance to get a call into your own home; watchins a morning's worth ofgrocery shoppinl being eaten directly out of the bags; installing extra shelves in the bathroom to hold hair-eare products. You might not believe tbis, but our daughter has spent so much time in front of the mirror it's startinl to show si$Ds of wear. This is not to say we are growningapart, of course. Just yesterday my oldest son left me a note On the refrigerator saying that we were out of pancake syrup. It J8ve me a lump in my throat. I didn't know he cared.


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NOTE Please check dates and times of television and radio programs against local listIngs, which may differ from the New York network schedules supplied to The Anchor.

"Flight ofthe Navigator" (Buena Vista) - A youngster gets trapped in a time warp when he's transported to and from a distant world in the blink of an eye. Although he has not aged, he has been away from his family eight years and must decide if this is really home. The alien spacecraft which transported him figures prominently and humorously in his decision in this family film. AI, PG "Love Songs" (Spectrafilm) This is a role reversal for Catherine Deneuve as the woman who balances the responsibilities of motherhood with her biological desires as she plays Margaux'who sexually exploits a musician (Chris Lambert). When she calmly walks out of the romance and back to the husband who temporarily left to think things over, the young musician finds that he's learned something about real love and the family bond. Unfortunately, infidelity is not treated as a moral issue but rather as a device with which to explore some muddled thoughts about the nature of the family bond from a woman's perspective.

is full of violence, bloodshed and profanity over the cocaine prize. O,R Films on TV Sunday, Aug 10, 9-11 p.m. EDT (NBC) "This is Elvis" (1981) Unique but superficial look at the superstar, including 38 songs. The format is documentary-biography. Some sexual innuendo in the movie theatre version. A3, PG Wednesday, Aug. 13, 8-9:30 p.m. EDT (CBS) "Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don't Come back!)" (1980) An animated special in which the Peanuts characters are exchange students in a mysterious French chateau. Slow-paced and visually unremarkable. AI, G Friday, Aug.IS, 9-11 p.m. EDT (CBS) "The Priate Movie" (1982). This incompetent film, rescheduled from Aug. 8, is an adolescent version of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance." Vulgarity and sexual humor. A3, PG Saturday, Aug. 16, 8:30 -11 p.m. EDT (CBS) "S.O.B." (1981). A producer attempts to transform a .multimillion-dollar flop into a box office winner by persuading its star, his wife, to forsake her wholesome screen image. Light moments by Julie Andrews, Richard Mulligan, Robert Preston and Shelly Winters don't soften the cynical outlook and amoral perspective. O,R Religious TV Sunday, Aug.3 -(CBS) -"For Our Times" Noah's ark is the subject of "Marshall Efron and His Simplfied and Painless Sunday School." Religious Radio Sunday, Aug. 3 (NBC) - "Guideline" - Alec Smith, son of Ian Smith,late prime minister of Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, is interviewed about his book "Now I Call Him Brother."

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He recommends lay experts run Vatican bank ROME (NC) - West German Cardinal Joseph Hoffner of Cologne has revived a recommendation he made three years .ago that the Vatican bank should be administered by lay banking experts and monitored by an independent church office. Control of the Institute for Religious Works, currently administered by U.S. Archbishop Paul Marcinkus, should be "put in the hands oflay experts," Cardinal Hoffner said in a talk to West German bishops. The cardinal, .an expert in church finances, said that the bank's management and budget should be regularly checked by a separate Vatican office and that a commission of banking experts should be established to help the bank avoid "risky speculation." In 1984, the Vatican bank agreed to make a $240 million "contribution" to creditors of the failed Banco Ambrosiano, in which the Vatican institution was a minor investor. The Vatican bank gave Banco Ambrosiano letters of recommendation which the Italian bank's president used in a fraudulent loan scheme which plunged Banco Ambrosiano over $1 billion in debt, causing its failure. The bank's creditors, mostly other banks, threatened to sue the Vatican bank, but accepted the "contribution" instead. Cardinal Hoffner referred to the episode in his talk to the West German bishops, saying the Vati- ' can bank had to draw. from endowed funds to make the payment. He said the situation resulted from the bank's "very risky" investment policy.

"Haunted Honeymoon"(Orion) - Light and uneventful horror WASHINGTON(NC)-Deparspoof featuring silly performances tures at the U.S. Catholic Conferby Gene Wilder, Gilda Radner ence Department of Education will and Dom DeLuise as radio per- see Father Joseph Kenna of Yakisonalities who enact a radio drama . ma, Wash., staff assistant for higher in which Wilder has a strange mal- education and campus ministry, ady which must be frightened out returning Sept. I to pastoral minof him during his honeymoon at istry; and Sister Mariella Frye, Auntie's weird mansion. Some staff assistant forcatechetical minguests get themselves killed, but istry, retiring Dec. 31. it's all in jest. A2, PG Sister Frye, 65, a member of the Mission Helpers of the Sacred "Maximum Overdrive" (De Laurentls) - Stephen King's male- Heart, will continue as a parttime consultant to the National Convolent allegory about strange dis- ference of Catholic Bishops' Comturbances which tum every machine mittee preparing a pastoral letter Since 1970 Archbishop Marand truck in a small town into a on the concerns of women, sche- cinkus ha.s bee~ president of the murderous entity is preoccupied duled for completion in 1988. bank, which reports to the pope with the demonic. Virtually non. . . . . through a committee of' five stop images of death and destrucSister Frye Jomed the USCC m - cardinals. tion, gore, violence and profanity 1973 as associate project 4irector ofthe National Catechetical Direcmake it unsuitable for all. Formed by Pope Leo XIII in There's not a kind word in the tory, the major U.S. document of 1887, the bank has clients other film, which relies on the manic dis- Catholic religious education poli- than the Vatican and has retained sonance of heavy-metal band AC- cies and guidelines. She ·was aprelative autonomy. Most of its DC for focus upon the bloody pointed USCC coordinator of cate- clients are religious congregations goings-on. 0, R chetical ministry in 1980. or other' church groups. Of the Father Kenna, 46, joined the bank's six administrative posi"Out ofBounds"(Columbla)USCC staff in 1981 and has helped tions, two are held by lay people. Anthony Michael Hall is a farmform the National Catholic Young Cardinal Hoffner also noted boy hunted by drug peddlers, police Adult Ministry Association, the increasing budget shortfalls at the and corrupt narcs when he picks National Association of Diocesan Vatican and said the money should up the wrong bag upon arriving in Directors of Campus Mnistry and be made up through greater Los Angeles to visit his brother. the National Catholic Student emphasis on diocesan and personal Film reeks of TV melodrama, and Coalition. donations to the pope.

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FALL RIVER diocesan priest Father Jon-Paul Gallant meets Pope John Paul II after the pontiff addressed faculty and students of the Pontifical Athenaeum of Saint . Anselm on the Aventine Hill in Rome. Father Gallant is assisting a~ St. Mary's parish, New Bedford, for the summer and will return this fali to Rome.and graduate studies in litur~. (Fetici pboto). '

, P·olitics and papal trav'el· VATICAN CITY (NC) - Preparing a papal trip means more t~an lPaking arrangements to get 'ihe globe-tr'oHirig pontifffrom one 'point to another. ' It also means being alert to the polltic:al climate so that the visiting Pope John Pa,u.l II does not become unnecessarily embroiled in partisan politics. . 'This is often hard because ofthe pope's track record as a strong defender, of basic human rights and his reluctance to pull punches when faced with repressive governments. ' But are such statements criti, cisms of specific government policies, or do they go beyond to include support for opposition movements? " Church leaders say the former. Opposition leaders ,imply the latter. A church leader's insight into the delicate question was given by Polish Cardinal J ozef Glemp during a July press conference, in which he was optimistic that the pope would visit his native Poland next June. "We do not want to use the pope as part of a policy of opposition to the regime,"said the cardinal, who leads a hierarchy engaged in continuing conflict with the communist government. Yet he also said the pope might visit Gdansk, the, Baltic seaport where Solidarity was founded. Solidarity was the first legally recognized trade union in the Soviet bloc independent of the Communist Party. It was subsequently outlawed after it gained widespread popular support and began pressuring the government for economic and political reforms. The pope's strong defense of worker rights, especially the need to organize, during his 1979 Polish visit was a major stimulus to the

formation of Soiidarity in the heavily Catholic country. A 1987 visit: to Gdansk'could easily, be in~,erpreted as r~newed , supp,ort for the Solidarity concept and the union's founder, Nobel Peace Prize.wilmer Lech W~lesa. l'l ext year will present the pope with another delicate situation, a 'visit in' April to Chile, where the, bishops also are in conflict with the government. The Chilean visit originated as a victory celebration to commemorate the" successful completion in 1985 of papal mediation of a territorial dispute with' Argentina. But church-state relations in Chile, whi'ch have always been uneasy over huma'n rights issues during the 13 years of military government, have become increasingly tense in recent months.

, 'The tension results from brutal governmeqt bre~kups of. strikes and street demonstrations protestin~ ,military rule. In July, th~ bishops, after unsuccessfully' urging !Dilitary leaders to sit down with the civiiian opposition and negotiate differences,joined the calls for an end to military rule." .' Both the Chilean and the Polish bishops have emphasized that the pope will be paying pastoral, not political, visits.. But the stage is being set in both countries. The pope has shown in the past that, while he advocates keeping the church out of partiscan politics, he does not avoid divisive political issues involving church teachings.

Regan remarks really resented .WASHINGTON (NC) - The dealing with aplJortheid by implyConference of Major Superiors of ing that material concerns are of Men has sharply criticized White greater importance to Americans House chief of staff Donald Regan than the condition of human beings for suggesting that economic sanc- victimized by intolerable discrimintions against South Africa would ation.· be inappropriate because Ameri"Furthermore, your words sincan women wouldn't give up their gle out women in our society as diamonds. being the greedy accomplices of In a July 22 letter to Regan, with injustice by their implied unwila copy sent to President Reagan, lingness to sacrifice jewelry for jusFather Roland Faley, CMSM exec- tice and the cause of human freeutive director, condemned the re- dom," the CMSM official added. mark as "unconscionable." Regan, a Catholic" has twice Regan told the press twice in previously provoked criticism for mid-July that proposals on eco- statements about women. nomi,c sanctions against South In early 1985 he reportedly cri-" Africa are dubious because they ticized nuns who operate hospitals pose the question: "Are the women because "their hearts are big but of America prepared to give up all their heads aren't screwed on tight" their diamonds?" although he later maintained he Some but not all the world's did not remember saying such a diamonds come from South Africa. thing. "The statement cuts two ways," Several months later, he sugsaid Father Faley. "It attempts to gested women do not understand justify our bankrupt policy on international issues.


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Church organizations support immigration'legislation changes WASHINGrON (NC) - Three church groups, including the U.S. Catholic Conference, support what are described as "efficiency" changes in immigration legislation~ The groups also called for improvements in family reunification, the alien detention system and the admission of religious workers. Msgr. Nicholas DiMarzio, executive director of the USCC Migration and Refugee Services, recently testified on three bills before the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and, International Law. He testified on behalf of Church World Service and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service as well as USCC. The three organizations help resettle a large percentage of refugees who flee to the United States.. Growth of the practice of detaining immigrants suggests the necessity of guidelines limiting the practice, except in cases where aliens likely to flee pose a risk to the community, Msgr. DiMariio said. Family reunification is key to immigration policy, he continued. The church groups support proposed changes that would help such immigrants as spouses of citizens who die before the spouses enter the Ullited States and elderly brothers and sisters of U.S.' citizens who do not meet literacy requirements. He also said the church groups

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Dear Editor: ' ,I did want t,o thank you for your article on new leadership in our Congregation that appeare! The support an amendment allowing Anchor (July 18). It was well done missionaries to be admitted as and a beautifultribute to us. Your special immigrants. opening lines, especially "In a movThe amendment recognizes "that ing service," really did express the works of charity maintained by experience and set the tone for the religious organizations are depen- whole article. Several sisters came dent upon the services of religious to me to say how beautiful it was. workers," Msgr. DiMarzi'o said. So~thank you. I am very grateful. , He said proposed legislation to Sister Elizabeth Menard prevent fraudulent immigration Prioress-General, Dominican through "mail order" marriages is Sisters of St. Catherine of praiseworthy, but noted that a' Siena, Fall River . provision requiring a meeting "in' person within two years before the date of filing the petition" would impede refugees forcibly separated from loved ones for years while l COLLECTION OF HElPFUL FLOOR facililating frauduleJit arrangeHINTS BY 'AL' GARANT merits among people who can afford to arrange a brief meeting. FLOOR COVERING CO. Temporary Protection FAll RIVER Also in refugee-related action, 1801 SO. MAIN Sf. (Showroom) Pittsburgh Bishop Anthony J. Bev30 CRAWFORD ST. (Warehouse) Carpet & Vinyl Floors , ilacqua recently testified before • Mannington • Congo~eum the House rules subcommittee in • Ceramic Ti:e • Armstrong favor of the extended voluntary 674-5410 departure program. ' Under the program, bills proposed by Sen. Dennis DeConcini, D-Ariz., and Rep. Joe Moakley, D-Mass., woul~ protect Salvadoran, and, in one bill, Nicaraguan refugees by temporarily suspending detention and deportation procedures for individuals already in for every occasion . . , the United States. ' Baptisms During the interim period the First Cdmmunions , General Accounting Office would Birthdays be required to investigate and report Confirmations on the living conditions of Salvadorans and Nicaraguans who Weddings have been displaced by fighting in Anniversaries their countries and on the fate of Ordinations people who have been deported OPEN DAILY from the 'United States back to 10:00 A.M, to 7:30 P,M, Central America. 'B,ishop Bevilacqua,said the U.S. LaSalette Shrine bishops would like to see the meaPark Street: Route 118, sure include Nicaragua, already Attleboro. Massachusetts part o(H.R. 4893, and Guatemala.


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Jesus minds that we hurt By Cecilia Belanger The deaf have a sign for Jesus. They make it many times during their worship: the middle finger of each hand placed into the palm of the other. Jesus, the one with wounded hands. Touch your wounds and remember. Hear His name in your flesh. Jesus was wounded long before the cross. All the betrayals and denials, and a lack of respect" in His own village. A prophet among them and they knew Him, not! They laughed at Him.' Are these not wounds? Even the most socalled religious taunted Jes~s. They were the worst. Noone is unscarred by'living. Many of us have wounds tOQ painful to talk about. They will ,never go, not in this life, but we bearers can survive and 'overcome. . ' Jesus minds that you are hurt. He minds your pain and loneiiness, your abandon and despair. He is saying, "Come to me, my wounded sisters and brothers." Sit with friends and discuss the wounded Jesus. It will help immensely. We have a wounded Christ, so we must see his scars and know that faithlessness was the cause of his crucifixion. " " The issue today seems to be one of loyalty. To whom are, we loyal? People who are standing up and

What's on your 路mind? Q. A friend of mine broke up w.ith his girl. He told me he is going to commit suicide. Should I take him seriously? What should I do? (Maryland) A. The local suicide prevention center offers these recommendations: Your friend may well be deadly serious - so take him seriously and don't ignore him. Don't be afraid to talk to him about his threat. This will show him you don't condemn him for thinking of suicide. Ask him about his feelings and about the reasons why he feels as he does. Ask him also whether he has decided on a definite method of killing himself and whether he has made any definite plans for carrying out the suicide. Inquire whether he has gotten hold of whatever means of suicide he has decided on. Don't worry that such a discussion will encourage him to carry out his plan. It is more likely to let him know that someone is definitely his friend and so may help save his life. Don't try to stop him from discussing suicide. And don't offer advice like this: "Think about how much better off you are than most people. You should appreciate how lucky you are. Get hold ofyourself. " Comments like these can make the suicidal person feel more guilty, worthless and hopeless than before. Try to stay calm and discuss the SUbject as you would any other tOpIC of concern with a friend.

renouncing evil are told to' sit down, since they are tampering with freedom of speech. What a laugh! If anyone is tampering, it's those who are infringing upon the quality of speech and trying to scare people into thinking their freedoms are being taken away. This evil is polluting the land and, hiding behind the constitution. It I is a scourge as deadly as any virus. I applaud those who gallantly fight to get rid of it. . Are we loyal to Christ or to man? What did Jesus. say about the, heart and ~he evil' that lies, tl~erein, and what did He say about what comes out of the mouths of men and women? What would He say today about the pornography that is unundating our land? What law would.He uphold? How would He interpret the constitution? To be a Christian is to 路say publicly that we are on God's side; the side of decency a~d purity. Shall we choose this day whether we stand with God or with the for~ ces of evil? We know that ultimately God will 路prevail,. but the question for each of us is whether we will prevail with Him. Yes, Christ was wounded.long. before the cross; our sinsare responsible for that. And the scars remain as witness to the truth. There's no escaping it.

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Get help. Suggest that your friend call a suicide prevention center or any similar organization that serves your community. Or urge your friend to talk with a trusted teacher, counselor, clergyperson, doctor or other adult he respects. Ifhe refuses, go to one of these persons yourself for advice on handling the situation. If the situation worsens, you' may have to get direct help for your friend. Do it yourself and don't be afraid of appearing disloyal. Many people who are suicidal have given up hope. They no longer believe they can be helped and feel that life is useless. But the truth is they can be helped. In time most suicidal people can be restored to full and happy living. But when they are feeling hopeless, their judgment is impaired. They can't see a reason to go on living. It will be up to you to use your common sense to see that your friend gets help. What may appear to be the breaking of a confidence could turn out to be the favor of a lifetime. Send questions to Tom Lennon, 1312 Mass. Ave. N.W., Washington, I?C. 10005.

Prayer "Pray as you can; don't try to pray ~s you can't. The only way to pray ~s to pray and the way to pray well IS to pray much." - Dom John Chapman

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. There' is often' more time to do fun things, be with those we enjoy or just lie back and daydream. These breaks from daily routines are needed. Such unscheduled times allow our imaginations to wander, perhaps bringing new ideas or fresh insights into life's challenges and problems. It is important to know what types of activities give you a break. For some, it will be time alone, like the quiet of a long summer evening's walk. Others seek the fun of getting together with friends or splashing around a pool. Remember to use common sense. If an activity leaves you more worn out than work, then it hardly has been renewing. For example, youmightenjoy water,,: S'kiing. However, there is a big difference, between a couple of h9ursofskiingand a whole day) effort that brings 011 physical' ellhaustion. . M~keyoitrl)reakS' times ot .,truetun;;Ilot something tnat en., dangers,your weU"15eing.路 'Cru~~~! ing~iott;t:l~to~~ might be fUA.j)i,

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'.'" . "A 'glorious page' Continued From Page Nine and entered Maryknoll in 1950. He has worked in Taiwan since 1958, and was appointed Maryknoll third assistant there in 1982. He is pastor of Lotsu parish, which was founded by Spanish Dominicans in 1875, and served by Maryknoll since 1950. It is the second oldest church in Taiwan. Father Kelley's first assignment was as pastor of Luna, an aboriginal parish in the central Taiwan mountain range. "Eight years alone there were busy with medical and relief work, and we opened a cooperative store. The people were poor then, sickly and in need," Father Kelley said. The people he works with now have problems too. "Although just three kilometers off the expressway, people in Lotsu are trapped in a ghetto-like agricultural existence, bypassed by the vibrant life and progress evident throughout Taiwan. The needs of today dominate their lives, so important aids to progress such as education are not considered very important." Father Melancon Father Leo Melancon, for whom we have no picture, was born June 26, 1907 in Fall River, the 10th in a family of 13. Ordainedin Rome Dec. 8, 1932, he had entered Maryknoll at age 15 after grad uating from grammar school and taking business courses. He taught at the Maryknoll seminary from 1934 to 1944, then served for four years in Peru and Bolivia before being recalled to the United States to teach at St. Gregory's Seminary in Cincinnati. His teaching career continued at various Maryknoll houses until in 195 I he was assigned to Mexico where he taught philosophy at the Seminary of Merida in Yucatan ' for over 30 years. Now retired, Father Melancon is in residence at the Maryknoll house in Metairie, La. Father Mullen Father Peter P. Mullen of North Attleboro,a 1951 graduate of North Attleboro High School, is now regional director of Maryknoll's development house in Cleveland. ' Ordained in 1962, Father Mullen was first assigned to the Maryknoll Missions in Hawaii. The following year he was reassigned to the Philippines where he served for nine years. Before going to Cleveland, he represented Maryknoll as regional director in the Buffalo, NY., al}d Nutley, NJ areas. In Cleveland he will counsel, mission vocations and encourage support for the Maryknoll work overseas. Father Murray After 34 years of service in Peru, New Bedford MaryknollerFather Charles Murray now serves at the congregation's development house' in New York City.路 For his last seven years in the South American nation, he worked in Ciudad de Dios (City'of God), one of many shanty towns in greater Lima, the Peruvian capital. " 'City of God' is so named because it was born on Christmas Eve just 30 years aso when 4,000 people marched out, of Lima to squat in the desert," he says. The problem ,was housing. Thousands of Lima's poo,r had been living in small, unsanitary one-room apartments in alleyways. So'meho'w they organized themselves and invaded the desert land.

'.' , "'aged the data ~rocessing center at Maryknoll headquarters in New " York. Data processing is a far cry from Father Murray says that City of God was the first such "invasion" the soft-spoken sister's previous in Peru. Other invasions took place. assignments. During her mi~sion They continue and the population career she was in Panama during of City of God alone is now over the 1964 Canal Zone riots and was 120,000, while greater Lima has in Guatemala not only for its treover 2 million people living in mendous 1976 earthquake but for years of its seemingly ceaseless shanty towns. "There is little work," the Mary- internal unrest. In a 1981 Anchor interview, she knoller says, "and so people are said that "an evening free from the slowly dying of hunger." As a result of such extreme pov- sound of exploding bombs" was erty tuberculosis has increased dra- the luxury of American life she matically. "In the 'last few years most appreciated. Sister Louise Galligan every day I had one or two emerBorn in Taunton in 1901, Sister gency baptisms of babies dying Louis Galligan graduated from from malnutrition." . Father Murray's new work will the former St. Mary's High School include talking to church groups in 1918 and entered Maryknoll in about Peru, recruiting missioners 1921. Serving as a principal and teachfor overseas service, and raising er, she was in Malabon, Baguio, funds for poverty projects. Born in New Bedford May 18, and Lucena in the Philippines and 1922, before entering the Mary- in Wailuku, Hawaii. During World knoll community in 1942, he at- War II she was interned for three tended Boston University. Hecele- years in the Philippines and served brated his silver jubilee of ordina- briefly in New York City's ,Chinatown. tion in 1976. From 1958 to 1964 she served Father Walsh Father David I. Walsh of New on the Maryknoll Sisters general Bedford was a pioneer Maryknoller council and from 1970 to 1981 was in Bolivia, serving there since his at Maryknoll headquarters in New York, assigned to the offices of ordination in 1942. One of the first two Maryknollers Rogers College and the communin the Santa Cruz diocese, he began ity archives. Retired since 1981, she now rehis work in the shrine parish of our Lady of Cotoca, 350 miles sou- , sides at Maryknoll's nursing home. theast of Cochabamba. Sister Mary Galligan He served as the second mission The younger sister of Sister Lousuperior in Bolivia before being ,ise, Sister Mary Galligan is also a recalled to help direct the Mary- graduate of St. Mary's High knoll novitiate, then in Bedford. School, Taunton. She followed On his return to Bolivia after his her sister into the Maryknoll com- , tour as assistant novice master, munity in 1926 and except for Father Walsh was procurator for short assignments in San Juan the Bolivian mission, then was Capistrano, Calif., and Lima, Peru, pastor successively of the large spent most of her active religious parish of San Roque in the city of life at Maryknoll headquarters as Santa Cruz, and of the suburban instructor of novices. ' parish of Santa Ana de Cala Cala. In Monrovia, Calif., since 1975, Today he remains in the Santa she pursues a "second career" as Cruz diocese, serving in a Mary- an artist, selling her works for the knoll mission house. benefit of Maryknoll. Sister Helen Higgins Sister Helen Higgins, a native of Edgartown, graduated from'Martha's Vineyard public schools, then Sister Dury Sister Madan Teresa Dury, the from Regis Co'llege, Weston. She also holds a master's degree in hissister of the late Father James A. Dury, a priest of the Fall River tory from Clark University, Wordiocese, was born Dec. 24,1920, in cester. Before entering the Maryknoll New Bedford. After graduation from Holy Name grade school and community in 1952, she taught in Holy Family High School, both in Easton public schools for three that city, she earned a bachelor's years. As a Maryknoller she taught and 'master's degrees in nursing at schools of the community in and nursing education, following New York City's Chinatown and that with service as an Army nurse in St. Louis before being assigned and teaching nursing education at to Hawaii in 1960. 'She serv~d at Maryknoll schools Catholic University, Louisiana State University and Boston Col- , there until 1980, then returning to the community's New York headlege. She entered the Maryknoll com- quarters to work for five years in munity in 1953 and by 1956 found its l:omputer service office. , Just, returned to Hawaii, Sister herself using her teaching skills in the first Catholic high school in Higgins ~waits assignment there. Tanzania, which she helped set up. Sister Mathieu , With time out for stateside serA 1925 graduate of New Bedvice to her community for refresher . ford High School, 'Sister Marie courses in nursing and to study Bernadette Mathieu entered Marymidwifery in England, she has spent knoll in the same year. most of her religious life in Africa. For her first seven years in the In addition to teaching, she has community,she worked at conworked in dispensaries and matern- ' vent near the headquarters imd in ity clinics and has established vil- the offices of the Field Afar magalage health programs in Tanzania. , zine; now known as Maryknoll. In Kenya since 1982, she is coorIn 1932 Sister Mathieu was one dinator of the Maryknoll Sisters of to sisters who formed the cloisCenter House in Nairobi. tered component of Maryknoll, thus' fulfilling the desire of founSister Felix' Sister Honora Felix attended d'ress Mother Mary Joseph RogTrinity College in Washington after ers to have sisters who would assist graduation from Attleboro High those in 'the active life through School. She entc;redthe Maryknoll constant prayer.' This year Sister Mathieu comcommunity in 1956 and since has served in Guatemala, Mexico and pletes 54 years of such prayerful suppor~. ~ana,ma. Si~ce 1981 she has man-

THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Fri., Aug. .1, 1986 Sister Powen Sister Mary Powers, a Fall River' native, is a 1934 graduate of the city's B.M.C. Durfee High School. She entered the religious life in 1942 from St. Louis parish. She taught grade school in the Bronx, N.Y. for one year before going to Hawaii iri 1949. There she taught in four schools until 1971, when she became principal of St. John's School in Honolulu. In 1975 she returned to Maryknoll's headquarters for five years as an office manager. Returning to Honolulu she served in the guidance department of Maryknoll High School for four years, then became project director for RESPECT, an interfaith volunteer program serving elderly in the Honolulu area. Sister Regan Sister Rita Marie Regan, the sister of Bishop Regan and also a Fairhaven native, is a 1924 graduate of Fairhaven High School. Except for a year of leadership studies in Nova Scotia and four years of work in public relations and fundraising at Maryknoll headquarters, she has spent all her religious life in Asia since her entrance in 1931. Her record shows 17 years in mainland China, one year in Hong Kong and 29 years in Taiwan. In 195 I she and other missioners working in Kaying, China, were imprisoned, then expelled by government officials. Since 1953 she has worked in Taiwan in the fields of adult religious education,


convert instruction, direction of women's groups and home and hospital visitation. In the States in 1983 for a renewal period, she then returned to her present assignment in Toufen, Miaoli, Taiwan.

Lay missioner Sheila Matthews A member of St. Patrick's parish, Somerset, Sheila Matthews represents Maryknoll's newest program, that of lay mission workers. This fall she will b,egin her third three-year period of service in and around the small jungle town of Poptun in the state of EI Peten, Guatemala. A registered nurse, she serves 109 "aldeas" or small villages in the Poptun area, many of them accessible only on foot. Since 1981 she has trained scores of Indian men as health promoters in the villages and has opened a small pharmacy which not only serves individual patients but often assists the chronically undersupplied local ,hospital. Miss Matthews' latest project is an eye clinic which provides,treatment locally where possible and transports patients to 250-mile distant Guatemala City when operations are indicated. Her work has rescued scores of Indians from blindness, say her proud parents, Joseph and Kay Matthews. One 12-year-old, they said, was so grateful for the gift of sight that he gave their daughter all he had:two eggs.

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IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, TAUNTON Altar boys outings Aug. 11 and 25: meet 1 p.m. at rectory both days. ST. JOSEPH, FAIRHAVEN Vincentians meeting 2 p.m. Aug. 10, rectory. ST. MARY, FAIRHAVEN First Friday Mass 7 tonight; fam. i1y Mass 9:30 a.m. Aug. 3, followed by coffee and doughnuts. LEGION OF MARY, NB New Bedford curia meeting 6:30 p.m. Sunday, St. Mary church rectory, Fairhaven.. ST. JOSEPH, NB Prayer group meeting 7 p.m. Aug. 13 and 27, rectory basement. 7 p.m. meeting and Mass Aug. 20 in church; parish council meetings resume 7 p.m. Sept. 8. CATHEDRAL, FR New pastor Father Barry W. Wall will be installed at 10 a.m. Mass Sunday. Coffee and pastry follow, school. ST. STANISLAUS, FR Noting the feast ofSt. Martha last Tuesday, the parish salutes its own housekeeper, Miss Mary Zmuda, who, considering her work a ministry, serves the parish seven days a week. ST.GEORGE,WESTPORT Parish picnic begins with 11 :30 a.m. Mass on school grounds Aug. 17; Healing service begins with 2 p.m. Mass Aug. 3. All welcome. Information: Lucille L. Pimental, 992-5402. . . ST. JOSEPH, FR Father Paul F. McCarrick, pastor, asks that parish women interested in reactivating the Women's Guild contact him at the rectory, 673-1123. CHRIST THE KING, COTUIT/MASHPEE Infirm or aged parishioners wishing to receive communion at home may call the rectory, 428-0166. ST. ELIZABETH SETON, NO. FALMOUTH Charismatic prayer group meets 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, church. SACRED HEART, FR Father Edward J. Byington, pastor, expresses appreciation to members of his installation ceremony planning commmittee; and all parishioners who attended the rite. SS. PETER" PAUL, FR Father Ma1achy McKiernan of the Norbertine Missions will.speak at all Masses Aug. 9. and lO. O.L. VICTORY, CENTERVILLE First Saturday rosary of reparation and Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary will precede 9 a.m. Mass tomorrow. . ST. RITA, MARION Mass and healing service 7 p.m. Aug. 1, church. All welcome. O.L. MT. CARMEL, SEEKONK . First Friday holy hours with rosary recitation: first gathering 7 p.m. Se~t. 5, chapel: first of eight consecutive weekly Life in the Spirit seminar follow-up meetings begins after 7 p.m. Mass Sept. 10.





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SECULAR FRANCISCANS, FR St. Louis fraternity meeting begins with 6:30 p.m. Mass Aug. 13,420 Bradford Avenue. Naturalist Ruth Edwards will offer a slide presentation on New England's four seasons. All welcome. LaSALETTE SHRINE, ATTLEBORO Spanish-language day of devotion and celebration lO a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow. Most Rev. David Arias, Auxiliary Bishop of Newark, NJ, formerly of Leon, Spain, will celebrate an outdoor Mass and lead a procession. Hispanic families and individuals invited. Midsummer feast of Christian Joy and Hope 2 p.m .Sunday, Garden of Worship. Father Richard Delisle, MS, of LaSalette Center for Christian Living will speak on the theme "HeartheJoyful Word." Music ministry will be led by Father Andre A. Patenaude, MS,' with Sr. Lucille Gauvin, OP, and the LaSalette Shrine Chorale. Lunches, lawn chairs and blankets may be brought. Information on all events: 222-5410. ST. KILIAN, NB Widowed Support Group meeting 7:30p.m. Aug. 11, rectory basement. Entrance at rear of building. Topic: Sharing the Pain of Loss. Information: 998-3269. ST. PATRICK, FR Open house at newly renovated parish convent after all Masses tomorrow. Parishioners and friends welcome. ST.MARY,NB Father John F. Moore, pastor, asks parishioners interested in coordinating orjoininga ladies' altar society to call the rectory, 995-3593; nursery level openings exist in the parish school. Information: Dennis Poyant, principal, 995-3696, 9 a.m. to noon weekdays. NOTRE DAME, FR Parish picnic 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 10, St. Vincent de Paul Camp, Westport. Bring lunch and hibachi. SEPARATED AND DIVORCED, NB Greater New Bedford area support group for separated and divorced Catholics meeting 7 to 9 p. m. Aug. 13 and Aug. 25, Family Life Center, 500 Slocum Road, North Dartmouth. Use rear entrance. Aug. 13 meeting features a video: "Divorce in America." Attorneys Anne Mu1ready and David Norris will speak Aug. 25. ST. MARY, N. ATTLEBORO Healing service and Mass 2 p.m. Aug. 10, church. ULTREYA, UPPER CAPE Picnic I to 5 p.m. Aug. 3, Briarwood Conference Center. ST. JOHN EVANGELIST, . POCASSET First Saturday recitation of rosary follows 8 a.m. Mass tomorrow. ST. MARY, SEEKONK Parish blood drive 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 12, CCD center; adult Bible discussion 9:45 to 11 a.m. Aug. 12 and 26, Sept 9 and 23; 7 to 8: 15 p.m. Aug. 13 and 17, Sept. 10 and 24; parish youth softball 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 3 and 6, North School field. ST. DOMINIC, SWANSEA Father William G. Campbell, pastor, asks parishioners to donate garden flowers to decorate the church and center sanctuaries; First Friday exposition of Blessed Sacrament until 7 tonight. Holy hour 7. p.m., with benediction.


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