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Diocese of Fall River, Mass.

F riday , August 9, 2013

World Youth Day 2013: Diocesan pilgrims return from Rio By Kenneth J. Souza Anchor Staff

EAST TAUNTON — In his first remarks to the throngs of people gathered for last month’s World Youth Day celebration on the Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 25, Pope Francis spoke of belonging to the great family of faith. “Today you are all here — or better yet, we are all here together as one in order to share the faith and the joy of an encounter with Christ, of being His disciples,” the pope said in his introductory remarks. The diversity represented at the event was not simply a matter of the national flags the pilgrims were carrying. Pope Francis said he knew the youths also had a variety of reasons for being part of World Youth Day and a variety of levels of

previous involvement with the Church. This was readily apparent in the sampling of pilgrims from the Fall River Diocese who traveled to Brazil for the event.

For Allison Gingras, a Catholic author, blogger and parishioner at Holy Family Parish in East Taunton, her pilgrimage began two years ago — on Aug. 21, 2011, to be exact — as she

was sitting on her couch after watching coverage of the previous World Youth Day in Madrid. “As I prayed, my soul was stirred with a very strong

Pope Francis drives by in his popemobile after celebrating Mass for the clergy during World Youth Day in Rio last month. (Video capture by Tiffany Silva)

thought that God was calling me to attend this gathering in 2013,” Gingras wrote on a recent blog. “Not one to travel, and feeling I was well beyond the age of participating in WYD, I flippantly asked God for a sign that it was Him putting this desire on my heart.” Gingras said she began thumbing through a book she had been given — a biography of Father Patrick Peyton, the famed “Rosary priest” and founder of Holy Cross Family Ministries, to whom she has a great devotion. “I reached for the book figuring I’d use it for requesting the sign, and once I was able to see I was being silly, I would go back and finish with my prayers,” Gingras wrote. “I closed my eyes, prayed for the Holy Spirit to fill my heart and Turn to page 18

Women rally in Washington to protest HHS Mandate

By Becky Aubut Anchor Staff

Sister Madeleine Tacy, OP, right, was a gift to college students for nearly four decades at the North Dartmouth campus that morphed from Southeastern Massachusetts University to UMass-Dartmouth. Sister Madeleine retired from campus ministry there this past June.

Sister Madeleine Tacy, OP, says goodbye to UMD after 37 years By Dave Jolivet Anchor Editor

NORTH DARTMOUTH — Sister Madeleine Tacy, OP, was there when it was known as Southeastern Massachusetts University, or SMU. In her role as a campus minister at the nowUMass Dartmouth, Sister Madeleine has seen cultural, social and technological changes since she accepted a position there in 1976. In June, at the end of this last

semester, Sister Madeleine retired from ministry there after nearly four decades. Despite the changes she’s seen and experienced on campus, there has been one constant. “Through the years, the students who did come and join us at Mass or activities, or who came just to talk, held their faith as the most important basis for their decision-making,” Sister Madeleine told The Anchor. “This ministry has been exTurn to page 15

EAST SANDWICH — Nearly 200 supporters of the group Women Speak for Themselves descended on Washington, D.C. last week, setting up in peaceful protest across the White House to highlight their concern over the HHS Mandate. Led by Helen Alvaré, the participants heard from 11 members “speaking for themselves” by giving testimony during the protest; afterwards, roughly 40 women made their way to the Capitol and met with members of Congress and staff of leadership offices. Patricia Stebbins, inspired after hearing Alvaré speak during a presentation organized by the Pro-Life Apostolate of the Fall River Diocese, was unable to attend the rally, but has been networking nonstop on Cape Cod on Alvaré’s behalf to raise awareness of Women Speak for Themselves. “She’s a brilliant woman and has an incredible background,”

said Stebbins of Alvaré. “She’s an impressive, beautiful woman.” Alvaré is a law professor at George Mason University in Arlington, Va., where she teaches and writes in the areas of family law, and law and religion. She is also a senior fellow at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, N.J., and chairman of the Institute’s

Task Force on Conscience Protection, as well as a consultant to the Pontifical Council for the Laity. She coauthored and edited “Breaking Through: Catholic Women Speak for Themselves,” released in 2012. Married with three children, she is co-author of an open letter on women and religious freedom that has Turn to page 16

Last week nearly 200 supporters of the group Women Speak for Themselves gathered across from the White House to protest the HHS Mandate. Led by Helen Alvaré (far right), members from all walks of life listened to women give testimony, followed by dozens of women making their way to the Capitol to meet with members of Congress and staff leadership offices.

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