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The Anchor Friday, ·Dec.ll, 1987

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The remaining differences between Catholics and Orthodox were demonstrated when, as the pope began the liturgy o'f the Eucharist, Patriarch Dimitrios stood and left the altar. He returned only after. communion had been distributed.

Continued from Page One affirmation of its standing to sue, of the lower court's jurisdiction over the dispute, and of the legality of the subpoenas and the lower court's contempt citation and massive fines to enforce the subpoenas. The high court could, however, adopt some-third position such as remanding the case to the lower court with instructions to revise or review certain aspects of it. At issue in the underlying lawsuit, yet to be brought to trial because of the procedural fights over the past seven years, is the tax-exempt status of more than 20,000 parishes, schools, dioceses and other Catholic agencies and organizations across the country certified as tax exempt through NCCB-USCe. Abortion Rights Mobilization cites controversial statements by individual Catholic bishops and newspapers in the late 1970s and in 19110 and the U.S. bishops' 1975 Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities as evidence for the claim that . the church engaged in illegal politicking. The organization claims that the church's tax-exempt status has given it an unfair political advantage against abortion rights organizations and clergy of other faiths who favor legalized abortion but obey the IRS's rule against politicking. T"he National Council of Churches, leading an interfaith coalition which filed a friend-of-thecourt brief supporting the NCCB,USCC appeal to the Supreme Court, backed the basic arguments of the NCeB-USCC but went beyond them to question the constitutionality ofthe anti-politicking rule itself. According to the council of churches, the rule infringes on constitutionally protected religious rights and should be abolished. Msgr. Hoye in his statement thanked "the various religious bodies and organizations" which have supported the bishops' appeal.

Nuns permitted to stay in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana(NC) - Guyana's government has reversed an earlier decision to oust Mother Teresa of Calcutta's Missionaries of Charity and will allow them to stay for at least another year, according to a Georgetown archdiocesan newspaper editor. The action was reported in the government-owned newspaper, the Sunday Chronicle, said Father Andrew Morrison. It allows the missionaries to apply for a further extension at the end of the current one. Father Morrison, editor of the Catholic Standard, said the Sunday Chronicle reported Mother Teresa had communicated with President Hugh Desmond· Hoyte, asking him to allow her four nuns to stay. The missionaries came to Guyana, a small nation on the northern tip of South America, in August, 1986, on one-year visas. An extension request was denied with no explanation and they were given 'until December to leave.

DOROTHEAN JUBILARIANS, from left seated, Sisters Leonore Castro, Dorothy Schwartz, Margaret Mary Walsh, Maureen Crosby, Mary Margaret Souza; standing, Sisters Rita Bai, Adelaide Canelas, Almerinda Costa, Catherine Rebello, Adelaide Furtado, Rosa Gonsalves.

Dorothea'n Sisters celebrate jubilees November was a big month for the Dorothean Sisters in the Fall River diocese. Six sisters marked silver jubilees in religious life, four marke.d golden jubilees and one, Sister Margaret Mary Walsh, a rare 75th diamond anniversary. The milestones were celebrated Nov. 15 at Our Lady of Mt. Car-mel parish, New Bedford, and at a jubilee Mass and buffet Nov. 28 at Villa Fatima retirement home and convent in Taunton. The New Bedford event was chaired by Mrs. Elaine Salvador with Mrs.. Aileen F. Cabral as cochairman. They are secretary and president respectively of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Woman's Club. All other parish organizations joined in the tribute. Sister Walsh Sister Wa.sh, 92, a Providence native, was the first American to enter the Dorotheans' North American province. Her entrance date was Dec. 21,1912. Her career as an elementary educator spanned 56 years. . As a young sister she served in England and was stationed there for 19 years, followed by 13 years in Portugal. She then returned to the United States and to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Convent in New Bedford, where she remained after her retirement in 1972 and where she "backs the decisions and work ofthe community with her prayer," said Mt. Carmel School principal Sister Marie .Gower. Sister Gower said that Sister Walsh is "always busy" and is an avid reader and crocheter. She can be counted on to help with odd jobs, dishes, laundry and meal preparation, the principal added. Sister Walsh says her greatest satisfaction is "that I've had the opportunity to serve lesus." Her goals, she added, are to continue serving him "and to go to heaven." Two great-grandnieces., Debbie

Michels and Kathy Maloney, helped Sister Walsh celebrate her jubilee. New Jerseyite Mrs. Michels visited with her husband and five children before the Mt. Carmel celebration, and Mrs. Maloney and her spouse, from Connecticut, attended the Mass and reception. Golden Jubilarians The golden jubilarians are Sisters Rita Bai, Adelaide Canelas, Leonore Castro and Almerinda Costa. • Sister Bai, 81, a native of Italy, entered the Dorothean community in Milan. She and Sister Walsh enjoyed a trip to Ireland in September, accompanied by Sister Gower. • Sister Canelas was born in Lisbon and entered religious life in Portugal, coming to Mt. Carmel School in 1948 as a Portuguese language teacher. Since 1970 she has worked for social justice causes and is now doing outreach ministry for Citizens Concerned for Human Development under sponsorship of St. Francis Xavier parish,East Providence. • Sister Castro joined the Doro-

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theans at age 15, having made up her mind nine years earlier, at her first communion, that she wanted to be a nun. She has engaged in social work and teaching in the Providence diocese and has taught in Detroit and at Mt. Carmel School. • Sister Costa' taught for 25 years, beginning at Mt. Carmel School. She was provincial superior for 10 years, formation director and provincial councillor, residing in Taunton while discharging these responsibilities. She is now community coordinator at St. Patrick Convent, Staten Island, and also teaches 8th -grade and CCD classes and serves as a eucharistic minister and lector in her parish. . Silver Jubilarians The silver jubilarians are Sisters Dorothy Schwarz, Maureen Crosby, Adelaide Furtado, Rosa Gonsalves, Catherine Rebello and Mary Margaret Souza. • Sister Schwartz, North American provincial coordinator, resides at Mt. St. Joseph Convent, Bristol. RI. A native of Staten Island, . she has done advanced studies in science and in Hebrew scriptures and culture, has taught high school science, coached athletics and been CCD coordinator for three parishes. • Sister Crosby was born in Brockton and entered religious life at Villa Fatima. She has served in Rhode Island and Staten Island schools and now resides at Villa Fatima and is coordinator ofreligious education at St. Joseph's parish, North Dighton. • Sister Furtado, a native of West Warwick. RI, also entered the Dorothean community at Villa Fatima. She taught in Detroit and Staten Island and has been teacher and principal at St. Elizabeth School, Bristol, RI; and at Mt. Carmel.

"Despite such witness of communion, we cannot yet drink together from the same chalice. This is for us a source of suffering that embitters the heart," the pope said in his sermon. In his own homily, Patriarch Dimitrios said Orthodox churches were ready to take "concrete action" to remove all obstacles to full Christian unity. Afterward, he joined the pope for the joint blessing from the central balcony, normally reserved for special papal appearances. A Vatican spokesman said it was the first time a pope had shared the balcony in such a ceremony. The patriarch also spoke briefly to the crowd, asking prayers for complete union between the churches. On Dec. 7 the two leaders signed ajoint statement that pledged collaboration and continued efforts toward unity. The statement specifically rejected "every form of proselytism" and "every attitude that would be, or could be perceived as, a lack of respect." The statement said the work of the theological commission has shown that both churches express a common faith on the mystery of the church, and said they would cooperate on a wide range of social issues, including the fight against religious repression, racism and drug traffic. The document was signed at a medieval residence tower in the Vatican gardens, where Patriarch Dimitrios stayed during his visit. From the moment he arrived Dec. 3, the 73-year-old patriarcn was treated as a guest of special honor. On Dec. 5, he joined the pope for vespers at the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome. After readings in Greek and Latin, both spoke on the role of Mary in the Catholic and Orthodox traditions.. Patriarch Dimitrios was accompanied by Vatican officials to Rome's Lateran University, the catacombs and the Colosseum, a site of early Christian martyrdoms. He met with young Catholics in another Roman Basilica and also addressed the Roman Curia. • Sister Gonsalves was born in Braga, Portugal, and after completing her novitiate training was a missionary to Angola for 10 years. She has served in the North American Dorothean province since 1975 and is presently the cook at Our Ladyof Fatima Convent, Warren, RI. • Sister Rebello is presently stationed at St. Ignatius retreat house. Manhasset, NY. She also served in retreat ministry in Harrisburg, Pa., taught in Rhode Island, New York and Michigan schools and was director of religious education at St. Patrick. parish, Staten Island. • Sister Souza, a New Bedford native, teaches at the Academy of St. Dorothy on Staten Island. She attended Mt. Carmel School. I:~~

AT NEW BEDFORD CELEBRAnON, from left, Sisters Cecilia Scalzo, 51-year member; Aurora Avelar, 60 years; Margaret Mary Walsh; Rita Bai. (Rosa photos)

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