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FALL RIVER DIOCESAN NEWSPAPER FOR SOUTHEAST MASSACHUSEnS CAPE COD & THE ISLANDS

VOL. 28, NO. 44

FALL RIVER, MASS., FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9; 1984

Bishop asks aid to Ethiopia

Theologian justif~es

baboon use WASHINGTON «NC) A Catholic University of America moral theologian, commentling on the transplant of a baboon heart into "Baby Fae," said such animal-to-human transplants can be justified as a last option to enhance an individua,l's :life. But the theologian, Father Robert Friday, warned against violat'ing the dignity of the hu­ man person and experimenting on uninformed subjects, such as newborn infants. Father Friday, Cat-hoHc Uni­ versity associate dean of reli­ gious studies, teaches bioethics in the university's nursing school and has been involved in medical ethics'issues for 12 years. "Baby Fae" was born in Cali­ fornia one month prematurely with the left side of her heart almost missing. She received the baboon heart Oct. 26 and was progressing well one week after the operation. Animal rights organizations protested the kiUing of a healthy baboon to obtain the transplant· ed heart. Others argue that the operation futilely prolongs the infant's suffering. "If it is a last option, I'd say 'fine, go with it: " Father Friday said. "I don't have a problem with using animal parts in pre­ serving or enhancing human life." He said he was concerned, however, that in a society "where abortion is taken as a matter of course," newborns could become seen as "not as human as if.'he rest of us" and used as experi~ mental subjects.' Medical treatment ~'ought to be therapeutic and not research­ oriented, so we don't tum unin­ formed slJlbjects into guinea pigs," he said. Father Friday said attitudes are already moving in this di­ rection as some people view new­ borns as ful'ly human only after I their parents accept them and take on responsibility for early care. Although the Catholic Church has not taken a position on ani­ mal-to-human transplants, Fath­ er Friday said he doesn't believe the new medical practice con­ flicts with Catholic teachings. Baby Fae's situation differs from keeping people alive on respirators, Father Friday said. When a patient is brain dead, these machines don't "offer rea­ sonable hope of benefit:' he said, but .for Baby Fae the un­ ,usual heart transplant offers hope of a full life.

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Recalling his service in Ethi­ opia from 1957 to 1961, Bishop Daniel A. Cronin has issued a heartfelt plea for aid to the some six miHion people facing starvation in that famine-ridden land. His letter to priests of the diocese follows: Reverend and dear Father: No doubt, you, dear Father, have shared in the distress of people through­ out the world at the media reports of the pI.ight of our .brothers and sisters in Afri­ ca. There have been many f ' \ graphic indications of the suffering caused by the . CIDLDREN FROM St. Mary's School, Taunton, prepare to sing at Eucharistic famine which has been occa­ liturgy closing Monday's Catholic Education Convention at Bishop Connolly High sioned by prolonged drought. School, Fall River. Beatrice A. Viera directed the choir. (Gaudette Photo) Ethiopia has been particu­ larly affected by this enor­ mous human tragedy.. Over 25 years ago, I came He's hot, cold' on Catholic issues to know and love Ethiopia . and the wonderful people of that troubled -land, this . as the result of my term at Addis Ababa in the service of the Holy See. As you may know, too, I serve as a member of the agenda." P,roposals for tuition liberal and .conservative Pro­ Board of Directors of Cath- ­ By Liz S. Armstrong tax .credits failed in Congress testants who said the establish­ olic Relief Services. I have WASHINGTON~c) The direct knowledge of the ment of formal U.S.-Holy See ,in. the four years of Reagan's reelection of Rona'ld W. Reagan 'laudable and dedicated work ties violated separation of first term. as president returns to the. of this body, the official In the new Congress, he pre~ White House a political figure church and state. overseas relief agency of the dieted, because his reelection interview with In a written who has strongly sided with Bishops of the United States, National Catholic News Service' would be a demonstration of Am­ Catholic positions on some is­ in Ethiopia. I have learned goa.Js, "we erican support for his shortly before the election, sues, such as abortion and tui­ through contact with CRS will have an increased chance to tion tax credits, and has been Reagan said that he supports officials of the immediate move vital legislation' like tui­ constitutional amendment to ."a criticized by church leaders for initiatives launched by that his stands on others, such as end the' tragedy, of abortion" tion tax credits through the Con­ agency in attempts to re­ gress." that "as long as my and said nuclear weapons poNcies and spond to the urgent plight Reagan criticized .abortion 'in office we administration is cuts in government services to of the Ethiopians who are wiH continue to. support the often. as president. There were the poor. suffering from famine. questions from some quarters, pro-life movement in every way Durin,g his first term, particu­ I have transmitted, in the larly during his Ireelection bid, including, legislative initiatives." however, about how much effec­ name of the Diocese of FaB In the same interview he also tive act'ion officials of his admin­ the 73-year-old president spoke River, a grant of $10,000 said that "I have i1"epeatedly istration al1d the Republican often of the relationship be­ Party have really taken against to provide immediate help said that tuition tax credits are· tween church and state .,.... a to the Ethiopian relief ef­ at 'the top of my domestic abortion. topic that became the unexpect­ forts. Resources for this kind For example, New Right acti­ ed campaign issue of the year. .of emergency me available vist Richard y,iguerie asked in Himself an infrequent church­ to me from the generosity September what the Republican goer' for what he cites as se­ of our good people over the Party has done "to advance the Why Not You? curity reasons, Reagan has years. right cause of school prayer, the spoken frequently of God and to life of the unborn, and other I am well aware of the de­

religious plrinciples, invited bish­ that concern conservative issues mands which are made upon

ops and other church 'leaders to religious people." Viguerie also our parishes and people dur­

the White House" and visited asked why proposals addressing ing November. We have the

Catholic parishes and schools. some of these concerns failed Campaign for Human De­

Although he was ~he governor ' "when the White House staff velopment and the Thanks­ whose signature in 1967 Jifted could have burned the midnight . ' . giying Clothing Appeal and

many restrictions on abortion in 011 'working on these jssues~" . many individual parishes California, his present anti-abor­ have speCiai programs for The president also parted com­ tion efforts have won him praise assisting the poor in the pany with some Catholics and from manYPl.'o-lifers. holiday season. other Christians over what many By elevating U.S.-Vatican re­ II Not, Why Not? Therefore, I truly feel that regard as another pro-life dssue: ,lations, to the ambassadorial Tum to Page Fourteen Tum to Page Fifteen level he drew, the ire of both

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Disarmament fund asked UNITED NATIONS (NC) ­ A member of the Vatican's ob­ server mission to the United Na­ tions has called for an inter­ national disarmament fund which would shift money from weapons production to international de­ velopment efforts. Sister Marjorie Keenan, who spoke during an October debate , by the UN. General Assembly.'s Political Committee on Disarma­ ment, sa,id star:.ting such a f,und would' mark the beginning of "the reordering of the world's priorities." As the relation between dis­ armament and development be­ comes ,recognized, the moral ob­ 'ligation to link the two will be 'increasingly felt, said the Reli­ gious of the Sacred Heart of Mary.

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.SPEAKING..\T his weekly general audience,. Pope John Paul ~I deplores the violent deaths of Indian', Prime Min­ ister Indira Gandhi and PO"1 lish pnest)ather Jerzy Pop­ ieluszko. He also cited "peo­ ple who found death in the recen~ unrest in Chile" and Representing the Fall River Victirtis .' of oppression in diocese at the recent annual South i Africa, .saying "the meeting of New England repre­ heart is heavy at the thought sentatives of Catholic Commit­ of SOl much 'human blood tees of Girl Scout and Camp Fire were Father Mar­ spilled." He asked affected organizations tin L: 'Buote, Father Stephen B. countdes not to react to. the Salvador, Mrs. Margaret Leger, tragedies with new violence. ·Mrs. Rose .Aleixo. Mrs. Cecile (NC/UPI Photo) . Michno and Ms. Kathy Quinn.

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. Disarmament measures, she said, would not automatically lead to release of more inter­ national funds for development, but the proposed fund could be a step toward transferring reo sources from arms to develop­ ment. . 'Progress in disarmament is needed, Sister Keenan said, so states and people alike can main­ tain ,their conviction that peace is possible. She said a chemical weapons ban is the beginning area where .progress seems most possible. Sister Keenan also addressed the 'issue of outer space weapons, calling them a threat to world peace and well-being. "The recent advances in space technology give wi,tness to the genius of the human mind," she said. "They likewise make clelH'­ Iy evident the indispensable re­ lationship between ethics and science.

FATHER THEODORE DOBSON, director of spirit­ ual renewal services for the Denver archdiocese, will lead an inner healing workshop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. At the gathering, held in Wor­ 17 at LaSalette Shrine, At­ cester, regional and national .tleboro. Information: 222· matters were discussed and it

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HISTORIC LINK: At tile 75th anniversary celebration of Holy Rosary Church, Taun­ ton, Father Bonaventure Jezierski, OFM Conv., pastor,and Bishop Daniel A Cronin greet John Kuras, one of the parish's six original altar boys in 1909. (Rosa Photo) ~

Taunton parish celebrates 75 years By John Kearns Jr. A concelebrated Mass 01 thanksgiving and a following din­ ner dance fittingly capped a year-long 75th anniversary cele­ bration at Holy Rosary Church in Taunton last Sunday. Bishop Daniel A. Cronin offi­ ciated at the Mass in the same white wooden church where the first services were held Nov. 25, 1909. Concelebrants were the Very Rev. Daniel A. Pietrzak, Franciscan Minister Provincial; former pastors and associates, visiting Franciscan priests and many local clergy. Banquet speakers were Bishop Cronin, Father Pietrzak, Rev. Bonaventure Jezierski, O.F.M., Conv., pastor, Rev. Sebastian Slesinski, O.F.M. Conv., former pastor and civic and state offi­ cials. Rev. RomanChwa1iszewski, O.F.M. Conv., former long-time assistant pastor, gave the invo­ cation and Mrs. Anita Maciejow­ ski was toastmaster. Mr and Mrs. Sylvester Sowiecki were honorary jubilee chairpersons. Parish Holy Rosary tablished by Stang in 1907 immigrants in

History parish was es­ Bishop William to serve Polish Taunton. Rev.

Women and church Stonehill College will host a public lecture and discussion on women and the church at 4 p.m. Nov. 14 in Donahue Hall on the college campus. The lecture, "Listen to the Voices: Our Foremothers Speak," will be presented by Sister Ma­ ,rie Therese Martin, S.S.J. and will be followed by discussion, debate and a reception. ' Sister Martin has served as an educator, campus minister and retreat director at the Wor­ cester Connection, a women's center whose focus is the em­ powerment of women.

Hugo Dylla was the first pastor of the new parish, with services first being held at S1. Anthony's Church., Construction of Holy Rosary Church began ill 1908 and Thanksgiving Day, 1909, found city Poles with something special for which to give thanks: on this day Bishop Daniel Feehan bless­ ed and dedicated the "little white church on Bay Street," Father Dylla remained pas­ tor until 1912. His successor, Rev. Stanislaw Basinski, pre­ sided for' ten yea,rs" followed briefly by Father Skulik. In 1923 Bishop Feehan turned over the parish to the jurisdiction of the Franciscan Friars Minor Conventuals who still. lead it today. The first Franciscan pastor was Father Michael Drzew­ ucki who enlarged the altar and installed a new pipe organ. Upon his transfer in 1927, Rev. Stanley Jasinski, Rev. Anthony Witkowski and Rev. Remy Fac all served as pastors, each for approximately a year. In July of 1930 Father Callis­ tus Szpara began his active pas­ torate, establishing the Children of Mary Sodality and the St. Vincent de Paul Society and en­ gaging sisters to teach catecheti­ cal classes. The Holy Rosary Society and the Third Order of St. Fran­ cis began under the direction of the next pastor, Rev. Bernard Kazmierczyk, who came in 1942. Rev. John Zielinski followed as pastor in 1944 and worked

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and rectory throughout\ his 16·

year stay. Father Szpara returned in' 1960 as pastor until his retire· ment in 1969, then remained in 1975. Former assistant pastor Father Sebastian Slesinski assumed pas­ torship in 1972, being replaced briefly by Rev. Stephen Majew­ ski in 1973. Father Siesinski es­ tablished a fraternal guild for

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The Greater New Bedford chapter of Massachusetts Citi· zens for Life will sponsor a pro­ life meeting at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at St. John Neumann parish, on the grounds of Cathedral Camp, 157 Middleboro Rd., East Freetown. Sylvia Brown will discuss pro­ grams of the Mississippi Right to Life organization an,d a slide presentation featuring Dr. John WilIke will be shown. All are welcome to attend.

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parish men in 1972 named for the yet to be canonized Con­ ventual Franciscan, Father Maxi­ millian Kolbe. :' In the mid 70s the dream of many parishioners to have their own facility for meetings, CCD classes and social events inten­ sified and a building committee : formed under direction of Father ~ Slesinski and his assistants, Father, Chwaliszewski and Father Valerian Czywil, began holding fund raisers, many of which brought back ,Polish holiday cus­ toms and spirituaHty. When the present pastor, Father Bonaventure Jezierski, and his associate, Father Stanley Wlodyka, arrived in A'ugust Of 1982, parish activities were fur­ ther strengthened. They included enlarged CCD programs, annual missions and revival of a PoHsh picnic held in previous years. This renewal of parish spirit· and accomplishment culminated in the observance of the jubilee year, also highlighted by' the blessing and dedication of the new parish center on June 10. Today, 75 years old, Holy,­ Rosary parish, with a newly re­ decorated church, a thriving center and a growing family of parishioners, shows little sign of aging.

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the'moorins.-, The Challenge of Vocations A con~inuing effort to emphasize the vocational needs of all church ministries has' been a priority" of this paper. We feel a special responsibility to br~i1g before our read~rs the fact of the vocation crisis, to highlight areas of special' need and to provide information for both those desirous of encouraging commitment to Christ and those considering .1 such commitment. However, given the circumstances of our time, voca­ tion efforts face unique challenges. For this re~son, the church must employ all the means at her disposal to ex­ tend the age-old invitation toCh~istians~to become laborers in God's vineyard. Indeed, the world in general is becoming more and more dependent on use of the media' to promote ideologies,

beliefs and needs. The church is well aware of this depen­

. dency and realizes that the full influence of electrnnic tech­

nology upon mankind 'is yet to come. More, and more she

is transmitting to her members not only the,Gopd News

.but also some of the disturbing news, an openness encour­ aged by the new forces of communication. This candor is nowhere more obvious than in the area of vocation publicity, where the new.technologies provide the church with an almost limitless array of opportunities to explore new methods of surfacing the questions and problems of. vocations in the minds and hearts' of her members. In addition to the proven efforts of the Catholic press: there now exists the whole area of television. Local cable tele'vision and the new low power stations are now a( hand. The possibilities of videotape usage are nearly unbounded. Religious broadcasting has proved an effective means of disseminating church information arid needs, as evidenced NC Photo by the success of the PTL network and of entrepreneurs 'Laul'1lc~ out into deep water and let down your nets for a catch.' - Luke 5:4 running the gamut from Swagg~rt to Roberts: Evangelists and fundamentalists have been more than I enterprising in their use of the media and the Catholic com­ ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••i munity is beginning to realize their potential with the work of Mother Angelica, Father John Bertolucci and the Cath­ olic Television Network of America. 7' The possibilities and feasibility of using the visual : media to promote vocations are as far-reaching as the imagination of the user. • e"O . • The extent of our vocation crisis should be sufficient : WIT H o i motivation for .dioceses and religious orders to seek new ways of bringing to the attention of the whole church the needs of the hour. Unless those responsible for vocational 0 I NUS F' 0 R .. ? : outreach explore new prom'otional methods, use media out­ lets at their disposal and unabashedly create exciting copy and commercials, they will short circuit the work they seek, to accomplish. Everything else aside, vocation directors .: YOU'LL ALWAYS REMEMB.ER! : should be media visionaries. That the Spirit is the source of our energies and that : Our Four Night.; 'Five Day Celebration Features: : personal holiness and fervent prayer are indispensable to : I EXCELLENT ACCOMMODAnONS AT ·GREEN HARBOR OR SHOREWAY ACRES those who would 'influence others must· always be kept Iii . RESORT, • in mind. . . . ..' . 16 COMPLETE MEALS PER COUPLE. DINNER ·MEALS FEATURES PRIME RIB, • BAKED STUFFED SHRIMP, SURF & TURF. FULL BREAKFASTS. : But if we hesitate to use a new gadget.or technology, : i *' SPECTACULAR NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY WI COMPLIMENTARY CHAMPAGNE, • let us also recall those words of our Lord: "The children • HATS, STREAMERS AND NOISEMAKERS AT MIDNITE! • of this world, are wiser in their generation than the chil­ LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND DANCING. : dren of light.". . : Reservations Still Being Accepted. Hurry! •

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Where ar·e you gping? .Come and s·ee. might be one way to release the the pressure of inequality. Rous­ seau felt individuals should be pressure God is putting on him their own absolute authority in' or her. will and action. By Father Eugene Hemrick II'! the name of relieving pres­ "I wa~ puzzled to find that sure almost anything can be de· the mysterious vocation to while most parents would 'Hke fended. I would like' to raise tion: "Come and see." The invitation still stands. follolV Christ. a son orl daughter to enter re­ several questions, however, for ligious Iife, very few . . . are parents who are apprehensive Today, in lVays shaped by VATICAN CITY (NC) actively ~ncouraging them to do about merely encouraging their .Pope John Paul II has asked so," said Dolores .Currl;ln, the children - especially when it youths to consider religious vo­ weB-knoWn columnist and lec­ comes to a religious vocation. .cations when making plans On November 25 the Holy Father

Why do parents hestitate? Do about their future. turer. Her finding came from ­ will beatify Sister Elizabeth

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Continued from Page Six about Christ and vocations to the priesthood and religious li e. especially to the young.

invittation but rather "an imperative which challenges our faith and touches our cOJl$Cience as baptized."

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"In numerous regions a n youth is growing, open to pra er and to the quest for God, esirous of participating in the I fe of the church and of societ ," the pope said. "Do not dis ppOint their expectations. e, then, messengers of the will f God and call with courage." The pope also said the to pray for vocations is nM

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I was interested in' religion and Seated behind a desk like an a love that my family and the appointed me Catholic lay lead- executive, Father WilHam Beau- people of my town had for the -er. When someone needed help champ writes: "People often c1lurch an~ I. sensed the need wi~h a problem I !became known seem fas,einatedby th~ ta~t that that the church had for priests." Stories i1ike· these remind III .as the one to see. Many of the I was an atfomey,befme enter'By Father Eupae H.,..... 'tilen had never known love of ing HOly Ca'oss.They!re even of the mysterious manner in "Aboard the U.S.S. P~otlO fuy parents, had no family besides more surprised that -I was a coJ- which God' touches each of .us. key responsibility w,as dec:k de-' the military. As I listened to lege Pf9t'eSlIOr;admin1strator, ac'I partment division officer. "Since them, without knOWing it, I found . coun~ti.t,at.ld' financial analyst. I was a Notre Dame' grad" the myself growing into a priestly "H~y Cri)$s was ,attractive becaptain naturallyas_eci~t. vocation." caus~fOlthe ,many different min-":' ,''''' ~ '" TbiSJ~:obeotthe many stories 4stries in which priests are in.. ~~., 'told bi:;:,:ptietts of the Holy valved' ... TIIis was a COItlmUnThe foIlowIllI .... ........ Cross <ider who recently de- ~o/, wiibiJi W¥Ch I cOuld use from a 1t82,lnt«view with MI&I'~ scribed what .ttrtitfed tneM""to my tal~ '&fI.'a priest, _lawyer Emest 1"Ied*, then .ecutl~, the pries~." AD are Notre and .-.ntant. It was a com- cIlrectOc'of the U.s. ~' Dame gra4uaftlso-- Father Andre mUniti;ofJMiD<COmmit1;ed~each eommlttee'oll die , Leveille.' ;vocatiOn director for o~er ,through their religious eonate. 1'beY .. reprinted witIl' are m n dedicated to the ..rvlc. of the HOly Cross., C~ion, voWs and tG their work ~ __ perml"GIl from· U.s. CAm~i Chu h in a variety of min.....i..: • " gathered the st~~U1to·a jaews-· ~tf(e peoQleof GOd.~'" ouc, pubIWIed. by a ~ THchIn, Mltllitry C"n"'~, letter and sent~.. to llotre ~\. ' . r Paul Doyle writes that PubUeatioDl,. 221 W. 1f8dlsoa c-.- MIni ~ WorIi: WorIi: D~ alumni ~tly.. " ' .,.~ wOnctere4if he shouldn't St., CbIcap, JL ...... HospItal., . . . . . . . . Ch .. I haw the s~S\MPiclon .•~48c)8\~ as a lay adult ,;;/)',. All In n.. to -the call ·of St. Franc1. he is trying to 8~~lkmmi, betQl'e_ entering the priesthood, What uaetIy IDIIke8 pel'IIIM. . ,REBUILD THE CHURCH. .~ into the pri~ _with these ,~.~ ~ 1llOst. effective priests ~~-;-C-. from· . munlty 1lWI, f _ found.tIon 01' stories. And t \ , . 'aolDe of I knew Were the ones who iden- .... ,.ncllcon prletts and b, ,., . .them on with the"~bope. tifiectbest with peOpl~, with Priests and deaeons are both Father 'Jhomas McDermott their joys and problems • .• ordained but have· separate vo:. writes: In college,' "Jife seemed Does God want me to be a cations like' apples' and too big fOr the classroom. We priest? Is he offering me the oranges - imd they shouldn't _. . be confused. It's important to told ourselves that real ed.uca- gift of celiba.....;» Vocational Director, ventual Franciscan frio" '(.7 • understand that the diaconate' tion would be found in the "Alinost orie year after my ST. HYACINTH COL LEG E / 5 E MIN A R Y streets. One night an upper 1965 graduation from Notre was originally an independent Box D - G ' nby, MA 01033 classD1aJ1 asked me. "What are . Dame, I. felt a cleeperiing peace ministry not tied to the progress you studying science for any- within me e.ven as I questioned. . toward'priesthood. way? 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' . . w at are known as the "first, day, five years l~tel', when my . deacons" were chosen to attend brother dropped me off at Mor- to th eedS' of the eau SeMinary, there were tears . leavi e n Apost-I ~un:", in my eyes.'~ . . ng the es ree or e mlnlstry of the word,and prayer. Father John Conley's story Priests' and deacons' minisreads: "I grew up in the small tries do overlap to some extent, seaport town of Warren, R.I., but I believe the identifying mark th~ oldest in a family of .five ·of deacons is their ministry of c~dren. The things that pnests service. Today, deaeons adso apdid always attracted me: preach- pear at titurgy and they proing and celebrating liturgies, claim God's w~rd' but I think working with people. that role makes ~ense only if "They always seemed to be they are real servants to the there at the mos~ speciai and community. How does deaeons' service privileged moments when families gathered: at ,births, deaths differ from the Ifll'Vice that, and· marriages. 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minding the church that k is a BY' Joseph Duerr servant. church.. 'Some deacons are a rem grassLOUISVILLE, Ky. tNC) -,The roots-tYPe presence; some are church may start ordaining matsort Qt' a bridge between the ried men, but it is not lik~1t God calls his people to serve priests and the people. Others in many ways and if charity beto let· already ordained priests are active witnesses of justice gins at bome, sureiy beautlfui get married, opines ArchbishOp to the disadvantaged. Many rnin- examples are provided by the Thomas C. Kelly of Louisville. It adds the f.lavor f family, ister to mamiage and family Ufe. many brothers, si$ters, deacons The archbis~op, sec(etary ., of a vocation within I a vocaSo far, in my experience, perthe National Conference of cathand priests who are natives-of commanent deacons have been very the Fall River diocese, and work tion, • to the larger chUrch i Tum ito Page ,Twelve JDJ,ll1Ity. i . . well reeeived' by the people. within' its borders. I iDr..-tlOIt. on the dIaeOnate In the fall River dIoce8e .. avall- , ~y bring to their apostoable at tile Permaneot DIaeoaate tates specildknowledge and love, of the area and its people, transOffICe, . 'Stocum ltd., North lating into intimate understand~dJ, teL. tJ3-8NS~ ing of and empathy with those they 'serve. Humanly speaking, they have the support of the familiar, of family and longtime, friends. Fairh~ven Conversely, those famity memThe Sisters of the Sacred bers and frieDdstake pride in H~ of Jesus and Mary are and.· often are strengthened by providing a new opportunity for the loved one \IlIho has ehOsen young women to "come and see" chO$en to follow Christ in a and haV(! a firsthand experienee special way. The Sisters of ~rity of religious life. I Diocesan priests and now the Witness the boundless TheY witl shortly open a vollove of God the Father throu,h cation awareness house in Fair- permanent deacons are prime examples of those whose specidirect service to the leidy; haven to usist women between All forRls of educa~ aees 20 and 35 to discern God's fic vocation lies within tile diocese, but in many, many cases assistance to the siell and the elderly eaR in their UVesL A guest may spend a day, a weekend or members of religious communias 40ng as a year at the howJe. ties also'serve near their family Sisters of C~ of Quebec sharing ,!be prayer and ministry homes. Often, too. those whO have of the Sacred Hearts communcontact: . Sr. Monlque Morin ity. . been assigned elsewhere. return 56 St. Joseph Street 'The cOmmunity, bom in 1800 to this area in retirement ~nd tc) respond to the needS of 19thcontribute to parish and dioceFall River, MA -02723 eenttmr France, now numbeJ,'a san ministries. Tel,: (617) 672-2943 som~ 1;:i06 riiem~fs sefviitg in ' It adds up to a priest whO's North and South America,' Eu- watched several generations of ....- - - - - ... rope and Africa, always giving preferenee to the poor andWOl'king With them to build a world based 01\ justice ,and Jove. Specific ministries include education, nursing, direction of retreat centers and parish programs and work with the mentally retarded and prisoners. The new house is intended to give women the opportunity to consider whether God is calling them to share lin these works. Anyone interutecI .. tile pr0gram Is IJwfted to coataet Sister Claire Bouehard,SS.cc.. 44 Roteb Street, Fairhaven, 02719, teL (817) 9M-S917.

Rooted in Christ, 0 r lives are built on prayer, community life, and service. In a spirit of ioy a d simplicity, we are called to be Jiving signs of the love of Christ for our br thers and sisters. That love finds expression in a diversity of ministries:

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By ·Pat McGowan

Do you think the religious life is boring? Ask Father Nick Weber, a -45­ year-old Jesuit. Last month at Bishop Connolly High School Fall River, he starred in the 3,500th performance of his Royal Lichtenstein Quarter Ring Side­ walk ,Circus. "With spangled joy and sing­ ing laughter we bring you the circus," he and his five-member troupe told the Connolly stu­ dents. Doesn't sound boring. It isn't. The fast-paced show, highlighted by dramatizations of contemporary fables and includ­ ing fire-eating, animal J!cts, juggling, high-wire ,performances and unicycle stunts, is accom­ panied by nonstop patter from Father Weber, in whiteface and ringmaster attire.' He smoothly incorporates unexpected inter­ ruptions such as the mid-pro­ gram departure of an athletic team for an away game. toW-ish ,them luck," he urged his audience, "even if tliere were so many in the Htter their mother had to put numbers on their backs." Jntroducing the circus dogs, apparently just standing there, he solemnly explained that their tricks were so fast you couldn't see them. Later, however, the pooches descended to such visi­ ble feats as Jeaping through hoops and riding atop a pony. Interviewed after the show, Father Weber said his love af­ fair with the cirous began at age 5 when he first visited the • Big Top. "I never recovered from the magic," he said. He became involved in thea­ tre while attending Jesuit col­ leges and went on to take mas­

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One presented at Connolly was a tale of two cities. In one, everyone. was gainf.ully employ­ ed and money J'uled; in the other, the most important things were large and 'lovely trees and the most important people were poets, dancers, singers and magicians. . Money was un­ . needed' ,because .people traded goods and services. One day a: dancer-magician

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Amy is fourteen, feels i~olated and confused, has run away once ~ore fro~ ~ome , , , Miguel, a truant feels he has to fight to make hiS mark In life". Mrs, Wilson, a single parent of threesmall chil­ . dren, feels she has no one she can turn to. , , If you feel called to live out your Christian vocation as a Good Shepherd Sister by helping troubled ~eenagers and families to develop·a sense of self-worth, and to believe that they are lovable and can become creative members of society-why not write to us, THE SISTERS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD, a world-wide com­ munity ()f religious women, . _ .

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I Continued from Page Nine I olic Bishops and its former gen­ - eral isecretary, responded to questi~>ns about married priests, women priests and the priest short~ge at a meeting in Louis­ ville with Catholic young adults. I "I can see that we will get to t·he otdination of married men," but .if: 'it happens it "wi'll come, primarily" in Africa and South , Amerfca, he said. "W!il we allow pr~ests to malTY?" the archbishop asked.

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are not to be ordained. "I have not found anything compelling me, in the tradition of the church, to say women/can be ordained," , But he added, "The question is not dead. The question is in the heart of the church . . . to be pondered, to be discussed." Asked what he meant by "in the heart of the church," he re­ plied, "We're t:hinking about it. We're praying about it."

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realiz~ at last "that night was ---------~--~-----18 als, preparation of new acts and man Gerard Manley Hopkins • SR. MARIE FRANCIS LOMEO, H.G.S. the m~sk of day." refurbishing of props and equip­ evening, presenting the poetry VOCATION DIRECTOR ' Such fables, said Father ment. . of the famous Jesuit in the man· 82-31 DONCASTER PLACE. JAMAICA, NY 11432 Webe~, throw new light on Gos­ Headquart~red in 'San Jose, ner of the recent successful reo pel truths for today's audiences. Please send me.more information about your international com­ I . Calif., Father Weber and a creation of Mark Twain. "Many munity of THE SISTERS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD.. In fact, he said, the Latin· changing cast of five young men people ;read his poetry aloud, language Jesuit handbook for Name Age _ _ travel the country, 'and live in but. no one has done dramatic the ·C~lifornia province of the interpretations," he said. several large vans; "We're self­ Address --:--_ _~ _ Society, to which he belongs, Why is the show called the contain'ed," he said, ".We· eat, . describes his work as that of Lic~tenstein Quarter Ring Royal sleep and live in the vans." I City - - - ----,~State_,__---Zip_ _-,It takes 4 Y2 h.ours to set up' , Sidewalk Circus? "It was a friend's idea,''' said for a show, ,'he said, 2Y2 'to Father Weber. "He said a small I knock down after a perform­ circus should have a 'big title The Society ance. The process provides' I ' -plenty of exercise for the froupe, . and he reeled off that one. 'Why the Atonement on top of what they get in per- , not?' I said, and that's what we are an internatiornal Franciscan' we've cal;led it." formances and rehearsals. ' Community in the R6man Catholic One lack felt by Father Weber Father Weber has been on .t:he is that of ongoing contact with Church committed to thristian Unity . .road 13 years but troupe ,mem­ 'a Jesuit community. "I'm,like a and missionary seNiqe on behalf ber~' usually stay only a' year or . fish finding water when I'm of the gospel of JesusI Christ. two. Many join after encounter­ with Jesuits," he said, speaking ing' the circus at Jesuit high ' of how he was 'looking forward FRIARS VOCATION OFFICE schools or colleges, which are to celebrating' Mass with the Gr.:iymoor frequent tour stops. Connolly' priests. Garrison, NY 10524 From FaH River the 'troupe Recruits train for about seven 914-424-3671 weeks, said Father. Weber, and went to Boston's Quincy Market the show varies according' to where they did. an outdoor per­ SISTERS VOCATION OFFICE their talents. The current' cre~, formance. Then ,it was on to St. Francis Convent for instance, includes a high other Jesuit institutions in th~ Graymoor wire virtuoso.' Its members, ,Boston area, for their first-ever Garrison. NY 10524 John Teeples, Joe Conlon, Keith tour of Massachusetts. 914-424-3623 Hughes, Andy Hale and Bar­ Still think a priest has a dull clay frazi~r, hail from Georgia, me?

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VATICAN CITY (NC) - Two decades after the Second Vati­ can Council proclaimed the theo­ logy of the collegial church, the Vatican's consultation with local churches is seen as a major change in its operating style. That is the view of Vatican officials and religious in Rome who discussed the issue with National Catholic News Service. "In the old days, the Vatican just jumped into things in differ­ ent countries without consult­ ing the bishops," said Jesuit Father Robert Graham, noted church historian. Today, he said, the Vatican consults first. "Superior generals do not bluntly give orders to their com­ munity members anymore. They

Ethiopia Continued from Page One I cannot ask you to take up a special collection for Ethiopia. However, if by any chance you sense that you have some funds available, even from parish accounts, which you could share in some measure for the Ethi­ opian relief program, I will happily .eceive. them at Chancery and transmit them at once ,to CRS headquar­ ters to supplement the gift already sent. Any ·additional monies which came to me from tlhis quarter will serve as a further manifestation of our solida.ity with the poor souls who are presently experiencing such dreadful suffering. Please ask your people to pray for our brothers and sisters in Afirica, especially those in Ethiopia.

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But he also noted that con­ situation can turn into pressure. "There's been enormous pres­ sure· on' Rome from the Latin American bishops," said the of­ ficial. The pressure, he said, has provoked the outspoken con· cern of the Vatican over libera­ tion theology. Similarly, he noted pressure on the Vatican from laity and con· servative publications in the Unit~ States "teUing the pope that the United States church is falloing apart." The official a'lso· said the Sy­ nod of -Bishops is increasingly a forum for consultation. The interviews also showed that the new Code of Canon Law has played an important role in Vatican-local ohurch rela­ tions. MaTyknol1 Sister Betty Ann Maheu of the superiors general union said that it "has given­ people something to hang on to and the bishops are now look­ ing toward it."

dialogue. They, in tum, expect that from the Vatican," said School Sister of Notre Dame Patricia Frost, executive secre­ tary of the Union of Interna­ tional Superiors General. Another reason for consulta­ tion cited was the complexity of issues involved, such as hun­ ger, housing and doctrinal ques­ tions. The Holy See "wants to be with" the local churches on ·these ;issues, sa'id one official. Consultation is supposed to be the rule for those who work at the Vatican, said one doctrinal congregation official who asked not to be named. He said that when he was ap­ pointed to the Vatican and given a major study to oversee he "was told to see ,to what ex­ tent Vatican II is in place in the area in question and to handle the project in collabora­ tion with the bishops as the pope . has directed." The official said he believes the most significant character-' istic of the papacy of Pope John Paul II is the pope's use of con· sultation. He sa'id that during ad 'limina visits, made by bishops every five years to report on the state of ,their dioceses, "the pope meets with each one formally and informally. He shares his table with them, and all are free to speak tJteir minds." Father Paul Boyle, superior general of the Passionist order and a consultant to the Vatican Congregation for Religious and Secular Institutes, said consul­ tations also have' increased be­ ·tween the Vatican and religious .communities. "There's a strong move on dialogue," he said. A veteran Vatican official said that development' of new organizations, particularly ,inter­ naUonal assocations of bishops, has pushed the trend toward consultation.

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