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September 15, 2011
St. Paul Seminary numbers hit 30-year high
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WRITING THE FINAL ‘AMEN’
Catholic health care, charities face religious freedom threat Archbishop Nienstedt writes about the federal government’s efforts to mandate coverage for contraceptives and sterilizations. — page 2A
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The springtime of evangelization that Pope John Paul II described is blossoming at the St. Paul Sem inar y School of D i v i n i t y. Numbers are high as eager seminarians and lay MSGR.CALLAGHAN students alike began classes last week. For the first time in 31 years, there are 100 seminarians enrolled, who come from 19 dioceses and institutes of consecrated life. There are a total of 442 people enrolled in the School of Divinity, which both delights the rector of the seminary, Msgr. Aloysius Callaghan, and gives him the task of finding housing for all of the seminarians. “It’s great,” he said. “We’re proud of our seminary and we’re proud of our men. We think they’re going to be a blessing to the church. . . . We’ve noticed some considerable growth, so we’re praying and studying for the best possible solution to this wonderful challenge.”
Remembering Sept. 11 Local commemorations of the 9/11 terrorist attacks included a civic ceremony and Mass at the Cathedral of St. Paul and interfaith event on the State Capitol grounds. — page 3A
Pope prepares for trip to Germany During a visit to his homeland Sept. 2225, Pope Benedict XVI will face a growing secularism — page 8A
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Calligrapher Donald Jackson writes “Amen,” the final word in The Saint John’s Bible.
Pages from completed Saint John’s Bible to be displayed at Minneapolis Institute of Arts By Nikki Rajala For The Catholic Spirit It’s done. The work of creating pages for the Saint John’s Bible is now complete. Abbot John Klassen and other officials from St. John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville were set to announce the completion of the first handwritten, illuminated Bible created in 500 years at a press conference Sept. 15 at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. To celebrate, the MIA will feature 18 pages
from the just-completed volume, “Letters and Revelation,” in a public exhibit opening Sept. 16. The first words were penned Ash Wednesday 2000. The final pages of “Letters and Revelation” were delivered June 18 by calligrapher Donald Jackson. In a June 18 abbey prayer service, Abbot Klassen and Benedictine Father Robert Koopmann, president of St. John’s University, burnished crosses on the bottom of the final PLEASE TURN TO NEXT ON PAGE 19A
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A serious threat to religious freedom
That They May All Be One Archbishop John C. Nienstedt
Federal mandate would require all private health plans to provide coverage for services the church declares immoral
I fully intended to publish “Part Two” of my commentary on the marvelous experience of World Youth Day in today’s column. I now hope to do so in the next issue. But, in the meantime, there has arisen a very serious threat to the religious freedom of all religious institutions, especially our Catholic health care programs and Catholic social services, a threat posed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Under HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (a Catholic), the department is imposing a “preventative services” mandate requiring all private health plans — including ones administered by the church and its agents — to provide coverage for surgical sterilizations, prescription contraceptives approved by the FDA, and “education and counseling” for “all women of reproductive capacity.”
Seismic change in approach Unfortunately, this is the logical result of a seismic change in this administration’s approach to religious groups involved in providing social services to, among others, the poor, the homeless, the sick, the immigrant. It began when President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton started using the term “freedom of worship” as distinct from what we have always known as “freedom of religion.” PLEASE TURN TO WE ON PAGE 9A
Archbishop Nienstedt’s schedule ■ Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 17-18: Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem’s annual meeting/investiture of Northern Lieutenancy held in Sioux Falls, S.D. ■ Monday, Sept. 19: 3:30 p.m., St. Paul, St. Catherine University: Blessing and dedication of new science laboratory. ■ Tuesday, Sept. 20: 8:30 a.m., St. Paul, Archbishop’s Residence: Scheduling meeting with staff. 9:30 a.m., St. Paul, Chancery: Archbishop’s Council meeting. 2 p.m., St. Paul, Chancery: Meeting of provincial bishops. ■ Wednesday, Sept. 21: 9 a.m., St. Paul, St. Catherine University: Minnesota Catholic Conference board of directors meeting. ■ Thursday, Sept. 22: 8:55 a.m., St. Paul, Hill-Murray Catholic High School: Liturgy celebrating 50th anniversary of high school. ■ Saturday, Sept. 24: 10:45 a.m., St. Paul, St. John Vianney College Seminary: Filming of the rosary (Luminous Mysteries). 8:15 p.m., Heidelberg, Church of St. Scholastica: Sunday liturgy. ■ Sunday, Sept. 25: 10 a.m., Robbinsdale, Church of the Sacred Heart: Sunday liturgy for 100th parish anniversary. 5:30 p.m., Minneapolis, Hyatt Regency Hotel: Diocesan fiscal managers conference dinner. ■ Monday, Sept. 26: 9 a.m., St. Paul, Chancery: Meeting of the Caleb Group. 5:30 p.m., Minneapolis, Basilica of St. Mary: Diocesan fiscal managers opening Mass. ■ Tuesday, Sept. 27: 8:30 a.m., St. Paul, Archbishop’s Residence: Scheduling meeting with staff. 9:30 a.m., St. Paul, Chancery: Archdiocesan Comprehensive Assignment Board meeting. 12:10 p.m., St. Paul, University of St. Thomas: Mass for the UST community for the 2011-2012 academic year. ■ Wednesday, Sept. 28: 8 a.m., St. Louis Park, Holy Family Catholic Church: Mass and re-dedication of Holy Family Catholic School. 3:30 p.m., St. Paul, Chancery: The Catholic Spirit board of directors’ meeting. ■ Thursday, Sept. 29: 9 a.m., St. Paul, Chancery: Staff meeting. 3 p.m., Hastings,Regina Medical Center: Groundbreaking ceremony for its nursing home renovation.
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OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT Catholic Coalition for Church Reform It has come to the attention of the Archdiocese that the group calling itself the Catholic Coalition for Church Reform (CCCR) is planning a second “synod” in the Archdiocese, to be held in Bloomington on September 17, 2011.
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Appointments Two priests retire, others receive faculties, new assignments Father Gregory Welch retired from full-time ministry June 30. He had served as pastor of St. Patrick in Edina since 2004. He was ordained in 1967 and served on staff at the Catholic Youth Center in St. Paul. He began his parish FATHER WELCH ministry at St. Richard in Richfield. He also served Our Lady of the Lake in Mound, St. Mary of the Lake in Plymouth, St. Stephen in Minneapolis, All Saints in Lakeville, St. Thomas More in St. Paul and St. Austin in Minneapolis. Father Jerome Hackenmueller retired from full-time ministry July 31. He was pastor of St. Patrick in St. Paul. After his ordination in 1969, he served at St. Joseph in West St. Paul, St. Wenceslaus in New Prague, Blessed Sacrament in St. Paul and Our Lady of Guadalupe in St. Paul. He also served in the Venezuelan mission and at the Catholic Youth Center. Three priests were granted the right to minister in the Archdiocese of St. Paul Minneapolis. They are: Father Robert Showers, OFM Conv., effective July 31, during his residency at the Franciscan Retreat Center; Father Stephan Kappler from the Diocese of Oakland, Calif., effective Sept. 1 and continuing while he completes a predoctoral internship at the Hamm Memorial Psychiatric Clinic; Father Allen Kuss from the PLEASE TURN TO APPOINTMENTS ON PAGE 9A
Join the Candlelight Rosary Procession Oct. 7 at the Capitol The Catholic Spirit Bishop Lee Piché will lead the annual Candlelight Rosary Procession from the Minnesota State Capitol to the Cathedral of St. Paul on Friday, Oct. 7. Participants will unite in prayer for their families and for greater understanding of the sanctity of marriage and family life. The gathering at the Capitol will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the procession following at 7 p.m. For information, visit FAMILYROSARYPROCESSION.ORG.
“Light actually triumphed, as temptations to despair, fearful panic, revenge and dread gave way to . . . rescue, recovery, rebuilding, outreach and resilience.” Archbishop Timothy Dolan said during the Sept. 11 morning Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York
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‘Trinity Requiem’ debut honors 9/11 victims during Blue Mass for public service providers By Kathryn Elliott The Catholic Spirit
Interfaith event in St. Paul promotes unity and peace By Kathryn Elliott
With a flag waving between two fire truck ladders outside the Cathedral of St. Paul last Sunday afternoon, Sept. 11, the civic ceremony began. When service members were asked to rise, several in civilian dress stood as well as police officers and soldiers in uniform. Vince Fahnlander stepped up to the podium and told the story of his one-time roommate, Tom Burnett Jr., whose plane was hijacked on September 11, 2001. Burnett’s story — and the stories of everyone who died on United Flight 93 — have been re-told in books and movies, but Fahnlander was able to describe his friend’s spiritual history: how he fell away and subsequently returned to the Catholic Church, attending daily Mass and praying to know God’s “big plan” for his life. The take-away was simple: We can all seek and do God’s will for our life, he said.
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The St. Paul Fire Department color guard presents the flags during a civic commemoration at the Cathedral of St. Paul of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Requiem debut Members of the Catholic Church mingled with visitors like local St. Paul resident Edie Meissner, who came to “be quiet” and hear the Minnesota debut of a requiem tribute to the fallen victims of 9/11. A Mass of Thanksgiving and Remembrance at the Cathedral followed the civic ceremony and honored all law enforcement and emergency personnel. The “Trinity Requiem” was composed by Robert Moran and sung by the Cathedral Choir School of Minnesota and the Cathedral Schola Cantorum. Robert Ridgell, the Cathedral’s new director of sacred music who directed the Cathedral singers and originally commissioned the piece, is the former music director at Trin-
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ity Wall Street church. Trinity survived the 9/11 terror attacks intact despite its location 150 yards from where the World Trade Centers stood. The solemnity of the occasion was supported by powerful Scripture readings during the Mass. The second reading, from Romans, said: “If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of
both the dead and the living.” In his homily, Father Peter Laird, archdiocesan vicar general and presider, called the message an “invitation to treasure and live the justification won for us by Christ.” Jesus Christ’s suffering has established a new order that makes union with one another possible, Father Laird said. We are blessed to be born into or come to this country, he said, built by people who had the “simple conviction” that all people are meant to live in harmony under the authority of God.
While most Minnesotans enjoyed Sunday’s bright weather elsewhere, several hundred — including political leaders, members of diverse religious and cultural groups and service members — gathered at the State Capitol to remember and honor those who died 10 years ago in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Amy Klobuchar delivered messages recognizing the positive contributions of Minnesotans like Tom Burnett Jr., one of the heroes on United Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, Pa., and Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, in nurturing a sense of unity in the face of hatred.
Ethic of love Father Erich Rutten, one of the organizers of the interfaith event — “Minnesotans Standing Together” — and director of campus ministry at the University of St. Thomas, said it’s important to remember that faith shouldn’t be connected to violence and war — but sometimes it is. “We have a tendency to distort faith to justify ourselves in various ways,” said Father Rutten, who also chairs the archdiocesan Commission on Ecumenism and Interreligious Affairs. Recalling past events sensationalized by the news media like a Florida pastor’s “burn the Quran” day, Father Rutten said it is important for Catholics to live out an ethic of sincere love, because “we are profoundly brothers and sisters,” he said. PLEASE TURN TO DEMOCRACY ON PAGE 6A
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The Foundation is currently seeking an experienced, hands-on individual to provide leadership, and to oversee the development and delivery of programs and services that support the mission of the Foundation. Ideal candidate has: t BA/BS degree with minimum of 5 years demonstrated experience t Fundraising, planned giving, grant writing & volunteer coordination experience required t Excellent oral and written communication skills t Accounting background Submit letter of interest, resume and salary requirements to: Human Resources, Catholic United Financial, 3499 Lexington Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55126 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.catholicunitedfinancial.org and click on the Careers link for more details.
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Reader Inquiries Tell us about the saint who inspires you most
Polishing the pipes Above, David Berman, one of several workers from Quimby Pipe Organs of Warrensburg, Missouri, carefully wraps pipes from the Skinner organ in the gallery (choir loft) at the Cathedral of St. Paul Sept. 8. The organ is being refurbished and expanded as part of the cathedral’s $ 2.5 million “Sound Off” project, which also included the refurbishing of the smaller Skinner organ in the sanctuary. The expansion of the organ includes more pipes and new organ casework to complete the appearance of the organ façade as it was originally designed when it was installed in 1963. The threeyear project is expected to be finished by Easter 2013. Pictured at left are pipes inside the gallery organ before they are removed for refurbishing. For more information on the project and how you can help, visit WWW.CATHEDRALHERITAGEFOUNDATION.ORG/ ORGAN.
All Saints Day — Nov. 1 — is a holy day of obligation that honors all the saints of the church. In anticipation of this feast day, The Catholic Spirit would like to know: “What saint’s story inspires you the most? Why?” Send us your answer, 200 words or less, and we’ll print a selection of responses in the newspaper’s Oct. 27 issue and online at THECATHOLICSPIRIT.COM. Send your answers either by email or postal mail: ■ By email to: CATHOLICSPIRIT@ ARCHSPM.ORG. Please write “Saints” in the subject line. ■ By postal mail to: “Saints,” c/o The Catholic Spirit, 244 Dayton Ave., St. Paul, MN 55102.
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Why is the archdiocese holding a Communications Day Oct. 13?
Local couple getting top award from national Catholic education group
It’s a numbers game
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If Facebook were a country, it would be the
60 new members every 1 minute. Facebook added 100 million users in less than 9 months. If Wikipedia were made into a book it would be 2.25 million pages long. In the past month, 25% of Americans said they watched a short video ON THEIR LinkedIn adds
3% of adult Catholics have watched religious or spiritual video content online. 6% of adult Catholics indicate they read content from a religious or spiritual blog
Warren and Mary Lynn Staley, members of Our Lady of Grace in Edina, are among five recipients of this year’s St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award from the National Catholic Educational Association. The Seton Award is the NCEA’s highest honor, given in recognition of significant contributions to Catholic education. The award is named in honor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1921), the first native-born American saint. The Staleys are being honored for their support of Benilde-St. Margaret’s School in St. Louis Park and the Opportunity International program.
in the last three months.
3% indicate reading a religious or spiritual newspaper or magazine online. 2% indicate following religious or spiritual pages or posts on Facebook or Twitter. 67% of the youngest adult Catholics (millennials) reported no religious or spiritual
Warren Staley began working at Cargill in 1969 and served as chairman of its foundation from 1995 to 2005 before his retirement, according to the NCEA. Mary Lynn Staley has devoted her time and talents to BSM. She served on the board of directors and helped introduce strategic planning at the school, the NCEA said. Together the Staleys have given the largest single gift in the school’s history, allowing the school to remain affordable in future years for its diverse student population. The Staleys have mutually embraced the mission of Opportunity International, an organization comprised of owned and regulated microfinance institutions that
media use in the past three months. Websites for Catholic parishes receive visits from
14% of the faithful.
50% of adult Catholics do not have a social network profile. “Ever Ancient, Ever New,” Archdiocesan Communications Day, is planned for Thursday, Oct. 13, from 8 a.m to 4 p.m., at Pax Christi Church in Eden Prairie. Register online at HTTP://TINYURL.COM/ COMMUNICATIONSDAY, or by mail to Mary Gibbs, The Catholic Spirit, 244 Dayton Ave., St. Paul, MN 55102. Early bird registration of $25 ($35 after Oct. 1) includes lunch. Sources: Socialnomics.net; Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate
Hearing Tests Set for Senior Citizens Announcement — Free electronic hearing tests will be given all next week Monday thru Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. The tests have been arranged for anyone who suspects they are not hearing clearly. People who generally feel they can hear, but cannot understand words clearly are encouraged to come in for the test, which uses the latest electronic equipment. Everyone, especially those over age 55 should have an electronic hearing test once
a year. Demonstrations of the latest devices to improve clarity of speech will be programmed using a computer to your particular needs — on the spot — after the tests. See (and HEAR) for yourself if newlydeveloped methods of correction will help you understand words better. Tests will be performed at one of 20 convenient Greater Twin Cities Avada Hearing Care locations.
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share a common mission to follow Jesus Christ’s call to serve the poor. The couple volunteers with Habitat for Humanity in the Twin Cities, Mexico and South Africa. They also made a lead gift to Kansas State University, their alma mater, establishing the school’s Center for Leadership Studies. The 21st annual Seton Awards ceremony will be held Oct. 3 at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.
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The economy and the justice owed to God The following column is provided by the Minnesota Catholic Conference, which advocates on behalf of the state’s bishops for public policies and programs that support the life and dignity of every human person. It has long been a tradition within the church on the anniversary of a noteworthy event or document to reflect on it and view its contents again with hindsight and some historical distance. This is especially true of papal social encyclicals — teaching documents Jason that treat a specific Adkins topic or theme and apply ancient wisdom to “the signs of the times.” This year marks the 80th anniversary of Pope Pius XI’s encyclical, “Quadragesimo Anno.” In this time of economic uncertainty and crisis, Pope Pius’s prophetic words are remarkable because they seem just as true today as they were in 1931. Permit me to share with you an extended excerpt:
Faith in the Public Arena
“[I]n the first place, it is obvious that not only is wealth concentrated in our times but an immense power and despotic economic dictatorship is consolidated in the hands of a few, who often are not owners but only the trustees and managing directors of invested funds which they administer according to their own arbitrary will and pleasure. “This accumulation of might and of power generates in turn three kinds of conflict. First, there is the struggle for economic supremacy itself; then there is the bitter fight to gain supremacy over the State in order to use in economic struggles its resources and authority; finally there is conflict between States themselves, not only because countries employ their
“The only ultimate solution to society’s ills in this excessively politicized age is to turn toward the Lord, repent and render him worship.
power and shape their policies to promote every economic advantage of their citizens, but also because they seek to decide political controversies that arise among nations through the use of their economic supremacy and strength. “This dictatorship is being most forcibly exercised by those who, since they hold the money and completely control it, control credit also and rule the lending of money. Hence they regulate the flow, so to speak, of the life-blood whereby the entire economic system lives, and have so firmly in their grasp the soul, as it were, of economic life that no one can breathe against their will. “This concentration of power and might, the characteristic mark, as it were, of contemporary economic life, is the fruit that the unlimited freedom of struggle among competitors has of its own nature produced, and which lets only the strongest survive; and this is often the same as saying, those who fight the most violently, those who give least heed to their conscience. “The ultimate consequences of the individualist spirit in economic life are those which you yourselves, Venerable Brethren and Beloved Children, see and deplore: Free competition has destroyed itself; economic dictatorship has supplanted the free market; unbridled ambition for power has likewise succeeded greed for gain; all economic life has become tragically hard, inexorable, and cruel. “To these are to be added the grave evils
that have resulted from an intermingling and shameful confusion of the functions and duties of public authority with those of the economic sphere — such as, one of the worst, the virtual degradation of the majesty of the State, which although it ought to sit on high like a queen and supreme arbitress, free from all partiality and intent upon the one common good and justice, is become a slave, surrendered and delivered to the passions and greed of men. “And as to international relations, two different streams have issued from the one fountain-head: On the one hand, economic nationalism or even economic imperialism; on the other, a no less deadly and accursed internationalism of finance or international imperialism whose country is where profit is.” The pope continues: “‘Wherefore,’” to use the words of Our Predecessor, ‘if human society is to be healed, only a return to Christian life and institutions will heal it.’ For this alone can provide effective remedy for that excessive care for passing things that is the origin of all vices; and this alone can draw away men’s eyes, fascinated by and wholly fixed on the changing things of the world, and raise them toward Heaven. Who would deny that human society is in most urgent need of this cure now? “Minds of all, it is true, are affected almost solely by temporal upheavals, disasters, and calamities. But if we examine things critically with Christian eyes, as we
should, what are all these compared with the loss of souls? Yet it is not rash by any means to say that the whole scheme of social and economic life is now such as to put in the way of vast numbers of mankind most serious obstacles which prevent them from caring for the one thing necessary; namely, their eternal salvation.”
Deeper problem The contraventions of social and distributive justice characteristic of the industrializing nations between the two World Wars when Pius XI was writing, as well as in many parts of the “developed” world today, are symptoms of a deeper problem: a denial of the justice owed to God. People will commit all manners of injustice against one another — and the whole of creation — when they turn their back on the Creator and the truth that each person is made in his image and likeness. G.K. Chesterton titled one of his great works of social criticism, “What’s Wrong with the World.” His answer was simple: “Me.” My sin and your sin is what disorders social and economic life. And although we continue to work in the political arena to remove “structures of sin” — those institutions and laws which undermine justice, the common good, and the pursuit of virtue and holiness — there is no political solution to what is fundamentally a moral and religious problem. The only ultimate solution to society’s ills in this excessively politicized age is to turn toward the Lord, repent and render him worship. Then will we begin to restore all things in his holy name. Jason Adkins is executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference.
Democracy wins when people in faith communities stand together CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3A Christine Bedell of St. Michael in St. Michael said she and her husband had been talking a lot with their two sons about the coming of the 10th anniversary of the terror attacks. At the time, the family was living in Pennsylvania, where they would sometimes take the train to New York City, entering the city through World Trade Center tower one. Instilling gratitude in her sons is important, Bedell said. From a young age, she and her husband taught the children to say, “Thank you for serving our country,” when they saw military service members. The commemorative service came as a welcome surprise for Bedell and her family, who visited the Capitol Sunday without knowing about the event.
Finding common ground On the fifth anniversary of 9/11, Zafar Siddiqui’s wife picked up their four children from Al-Amal School in Fridley. As they were driving home, a man in a pickup truck noticed her hijab — the head covering traditionally worn by Muslim women — and began to make offensive gestures. Then he tried to run them off the road, Siddiqui said. He talked to his kids that night and told them there are good and bad people every-
where. Just as he didn’t want Americans to stereotype all Muslims as extremists, he didn’t want his children to judge all Minnesotans based on one person’s hateful actions. While the tragedy of 9/11 affected people irrespective of faith, Siddiqui said it was a “double whammy” for Muslim Americans. Muslims grieved for the loss of life that took place, but also had to face the finger of suspicion and accusations, he said. Siddiqui, president of the Islamic Resource Group, helped plan Minnesotans Standing Together. Several of his children sang and helped with the event’s programming. The Rev. Peg Chemberlin, president of the National Council of Churches and a driving force behind Sunday’s event, pointed out that at a commemorative gathering held shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, about 35,000 people came to the state Capitol to “stand together.” Then, nobody asked if you were a Christian, Jew, Republican or Democrat, she said. Mutual support transcended people’s differences. The active involvement of the Minnesota faith community at an event such as Sunday’s supported by civic leaders sends a critically important message to terrorists, she said.
“When the faith community stands together in its diversity, we witness to the power of religious freedom in this country. So democracy wins — the terrorists didn’t win.
REV. PEG CHEMBERLIN Former executive director of the Minnesota Council of Churches and current president of the National Council of Churches
“When the faith community stands together in its diversity, we witness to the power of religious freedom in this country. So democracy wins —the terrorists didn’t win,” said Rev. Chemberlin, former executive director of the Minnesota Council of Churches. As a member of the Moravian church, a Christian denomination, Chemberlin said she believes that democracy is an expression of God’s will. “In our denomination we say, ‘In essentials — unity; in non-essentials – liberty; and in all things — love.’” Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, said he remembers once looking through a book of newspaper articles about 9/11 and seeing
one that quoted the 23rd Psalm: “I will fear no evil for you are with me.” Since 9/11, there have been 20,000 deployments of Minnesota National Guard members to Afghanistan and Iraq, Hunegs said. In defending our nation abroad, he said, they live out the Scriptures by sublimating their fear — turning it into a sacrificial service. Sunday’s program, with its uplifting music and the voices of children, first responders, an imam, political leaders, a bishop and many others, was a product of wrestling with the implications of the free exercise clause of the Constitution, Hunegs said. “We’re all Americans.” he said. “Our country was attacked and I want to honor our country — that rings strongly for me.”
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St. Paul Seminary sees rise in enrollment numbers CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A Due to the high number of seminarians, housing is at a premium. In fact, 24 seminarians will live off campus â€” along with two priests â€”at the former convent at St. Mark in St. Paul. There are no plans to build any additional housing at the seminary, although Msgr. Callaghan expects the numbers to stay high. â€œWeâ€™re trying to manage the numbers effectively,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s not a numbers game, itâ€™s trying to help men who are called to the priesthood to get the best possible formation for the priesthood, and we want to do that in a studied manner where we can provide the means and the personnel to make that possible.â€? The rise in overall numbers is reflected in the 30 new lay students and seminarians enrolled this fall. One of them, Dan McClure, graduated from the University of St. Thomas last spring in Catholic studies and theology, and made a firm decision to become a Theology I student at the seminary this fall, with his sights set on the priesthood. â€œI decided at the end of my sophomore year [to pursue the priesthood],â€? said McClure, whose mother, Mary, a religion teacher at Convent of the Visitation School in Mendota Heights, is enrolled in the master of arts in theology program at the School of Divinity. â€œIt was actually during the [Easter] Triduum. It had been a long development. â€œIâ€™ll let the church discern me at this point. Iâ€™ll just trust that, if thereâ€™s a reason that I shouldnâ€™t be a priest, my formators
will help me figure that out. In my own generation, weâ€™re afraid to commit to something. But, Dr. [Don] Briel [director of the Center for Catholic Studies] said something that really helped me out. He said weâ€™re made to give our lives away. Life is short, eternity is long.â€?
Lay commitment Also making a commitment to serve the church is lay student Cara Hubly, who, likewise, graduated from St. Thomas in May with a degree in theology. She was one of three winners of the John Ireland Scholarship, which she says makes possible her plan to pursue a master of arts degree in theology. She hopes to go on to doctoral work and, ultimately, be able to find a way to share the knowledge she gains with others. She is part of an apostolic lay movement in the church called the Ecclesial Movement of Schoenstatt, which is headquartered in Germany and is spreading throughout the world. â€œI would like my studies to be instrumental in helping to serve the movement in the future,â€? said Hubly, who grew up in Clarks Grove near Albert Lea. For another new lay student, Jon Hickman, enrollment in the MAT program represents a return to the seminary where he studied in the early 1980s. He was there for two years, then discerned a call to marriage, which happened later that decade. After working as an engineer for 25 years, he moved to the advanced competitive science program at Benilde-St. Mar-
garet School in St. Louis Park, where he has taught full time for the last five years. He tries to weave theology into his science lessons, but would someday like to do it more deliberately as a religion or theology teacher. â€œI have had, from a very young age, this love of Scripture planted in me,â€? said Hickman, who belongs to Holy Name of Jesus in Medina. â€œMy hope would be that something would open up within the theology or religion department here at Benilde-St. Margaretâ€™s. That would be my first choice. This is a great community.â€? Ultimately, the high seminary and School of Divinity numbers will benefit all Catholics, as those who go through the program graduate and become teachers of the faith to others. Those beginning their studies today already are looking ahead to the time when they will be able to give back. â€œIâ€™m glad to be starting,â€? said McClure, a parishioner at Nativity of Our Lord in St. Paul. â€œI definitely see the importance of throwing myself into my studies, not necessarily for academic reasons, but because people are hungry for the truth, and I need to get better at expressing that truth to them.â€? Added Hubly: â€œI think itâ€™s a huge blessing for the church that both programs [for lay students and for seminarians] are growing simultaneously because the work of theology isnâ€™t solely the work of our pastoral leaders, our clergy. They also need the support and the co-responsibility of the lay community.â€?
Seminary faculty take Oath of Fidelity At the opening Mass of the school year Sept. 7, the faculty of St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity took the Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity in St. Maryâ€™s Chapel before Archbishop John Nienstedt and the seminary community. In the chapel filled to capacity, Msgr. Aloysius Callaghan, rector of the seminary, and faculty professed their belief in the fullness of the teachings of the Catholic faith and promised fidelity to this faith in their teaching. This ritual is repeated in seminaries throughout the world as canon law requires all rectors of seminaries and seminary professors of theology and philosophy to participate in both acts. For Stephen Hipp, associate professor of systematic theology at the seminary, proclaiming aloud his acceptance of the churchâ€™s teachings and his commitment to hold firm to those teachings in his work as a professor demonstrates the awesome responsibility of the work to which he was called. â€œThe principal duty of all Catholic theologians is to heed St. Lukeâ€™s mandate to confirm the brethren in the faith, and by taking the oath we make a promise to do just that,â€? he said. â€œIn one way, we have already begun to fulfill that promise by publicly taking the oath, as we might encourage others by our witness.â€? Hipp also said the Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity â€œexpresses and brings about greater unity with God and with one another. As a faculty, when we profess together the very faith he has given us, we are fulfilling Christâ€™s prayer that we may all be one.â€?
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Pope to face growing secularism, protests in Germany man church and society, Father Langendorfer said, he will offer “his view of how the church in Germany can find new vitality, inner strength and optimism for the future.”
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service
In the days leading to Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to his homeland Sept. 22-25, German media were asking whether the pope would feel at home in the country he left 30 years ago. Obviously, he visited Germany frequently while serving in Rome and kept up with friends and colleagues and with developments in church life, theology and politics. As pope, he traveled to Germany in 2005 to celebrate World Youth Day in Cologne and again in 2006 to visit Bavaria, the region where he was born and raised and served as a theology professor and bishop. After interviewing key Germans involved in planning the upcoming papal trip, Vatican Radio’s German program in early September said there’s a bit of a sense that the pope and Germans are strangers to each other. The country was still divided into East and West Germany when he moved to Rome as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and while the communists in the East had succeeded to a large extent in severely limiting Christian life and practice, church activity in the West still was lively. In the past 20 years, the number of Catholics in Germany has declined by almost 4 million, although the overall population has increased by about 1 million, according to Vatican statistics. The number of children under 7 baptized annually has dropped to about 170,000 from just above 290,000 in 1991. And the number of marriages performed annually in Catholic parishes dropped from almost
Several groups have announced they will protest the pope’s visit, including a group that believes the pope’s speech Sept. 22 to the Bundestag, the German parliament, violates church-state separation. Some deputies have announced they will leave the hall in Berlin’s Reichstag Building to protest.
Ecumenical meetings Relations with other Christians and with Germany’s Jewish and Muslim communities also will be on the pope’s agenda. In Erfurt, he will hold meetings with Lutheran, Methodist and Baptist leaders and will visit the Augustinian monastery, where Martin Luther lived before he started what would become the Protestant Reformation. The city is in what was East Germany, the least religious part of Germany by far. 111,000 in 1991 to less than 50,000 in 2009.
Strengthening Catholics Pope Benedict’s pastoral visits are designed to strengthen and confirm Catholics in their faith, and the statistics clearly illustrate why the theme chosen for the pope’s visit to Berlin, Erfurt, Freiburg and Eichsfeld is: “Where there is God, there is a future.” As with Pope Benedict’s visits to other European countries — particularly to
France in 2008 and to Scotland and England in 2010 — secularism is expected to be a key theme during the pope’s trip. “The Holy Father knows the situation of the church in Germany,” Jesuit Father Hans Langendorfer, secretary of the German bishops’ conference, told reporters Sept. 7. In preparation for the trip, he said, the pope spent three hours meeting with German church leaders in Castel Gandolfo in late August. While the pope cannot resolve all of the problems and tensions within the Ger-
Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, told reporters in August that Pope Benedict personally added ecumenical events to the trip schedule. He said he expects the pope to encourage Catholics and Lutherans to continue working toward greater unity, particularly to give greater credibility to their missionary outreach and witness. In addition, he said, the official Catholic-Lutheran dialogue commission is working on projects to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017.
Bishops aim to mobilize Catholics to guard consciences on contraception By Nancy Frazier O’Brien Catholic News Service
The U.S. bishops are working to mobilize Catholics across the country to tell the Obama administration that contraception and sterilization do not constitute preventive care for women and must not be mandated as part of health reform. Through a new website at WWW.USCCB. ORG/CONSCIENCe, the bishops hope to generate thousands of comments to the Department of Health and Human Services about its Aug. 1 proposal that would require nearly all employers to provide sterilization and all FDA-approved contraceptives, including some that can cause an abortion, at no cost to women covered by their health insurance plans. But time is of the essence because the 60-day comment period on the HHS proposal closes Sept. 30. The site also includes a second “action alert” asking Catholics to tell their members of Congress to co-sponsor and pass the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act,
which would guarantee the protection of conscience rights in all aspects of implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Proposed in the House of Representatives this spring, the legislation was introduced in the Senate Aug. 2 by three Republican senators — Roy Blunt of Missouri, Marco Rubio of Florida and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire. “Respect for rights of conscience in health care has been a matter of strong bipartisan consensus for almost four decades,” said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, in a Sept. 7 letter to Congress. The Respect for Rights of Conscience Act “would change no current state or federal mandate for health coverage, but simply prevent any new mandates under [the health reform law] — such as HHS’ new set of ‘preventive services for women’ — from being used to disregard the freedom of conscience that Americans now enjoy,”
he added. “This would seem to be an absolutely essential element of any promise that if Americans like the health plan they now have, they may retain it.”
We all pay In addition to the two action alerts, the bishops’ website features backgrounders on conscience-related topics, news releases and documents on the HHS mandate and similar issues, and a commentary by Richard Doerflinger, associate director of the bishops’ Secretariat on Pro-Life Activities, about “the high costs of ‘free’ birth control.” Doerflinger said it is “nonsense” to see the proposed requirement that health plans offer contraceptives without co-pays or deductibles as “free birth control.” “Currently women who want birth control coverage pay for it through their premiums, and sometimes also have a co-pay or out-of-pocket expense,” he wrote. “Under the new mandate they will still pay for it, but the cost will be buried in the
overall premium — and everyone else, including churches and other religious employers as well as individual Catholics, will be forced to pay for it in their premiums too, so payments coerced from those who object will make birth control coverage a bit cheaper for those who want it.” The site also offers information about the HHS mandate and what the bishops call the “incredibly narrow” religious exemption to it, the abortion-causing effect of at least one drug that would be included under the mandate and what should constitute preventive services under the health reform law. “Everyone deserves access to basic lifeaffirming health care, and health care reform is supposed to serve that goal,” says a backgrounder on preventive health. “The effect of this mandate is just the opposite, as it pressures organizations to drop their health coverage for employees and others altogether if they have a moral or religious objection to these particular items.”
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Diocese of Bismarck, N.D., effective Sept. 1. Father Kuss also has been appointed interim director of pastoral formation at the St. Paul Seminary. Other Sept. 1 appointments are: Father Ivan Tou, CSP, was named pastor of St. Lawrence and director of the Newman Center in Minneapolis. Father Carlos Alberto Farfan Beloglio, PES, was named assistant priest at St. Mark of St. Paul and spiritual director at St. John Vianney Seminary. Father Scott Carl was named assistant priest at Sts. Peter and Paul of Medina, St. Thomas of Corcoran and St. Anne of Hamel. This weekend assignment is in addition to his primary position as a faculty member at the St. Paul Seminary. He was ordained in 2000 and served in parish ministry at Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Maplewood and Lumen Christi in St. Paul.
Under the concept of “freedom of worship,” church agencies are restricted to hiring employees only from their own denomination and providing services for clients only from their own denomination. Such a concept restricts Christian believers in their charitable outreach to society and, in effect, encloses them within their own sanctuaries. This is radical secularism at its epitome. It is an affront to the centuries of Christian service offered by churches to clients of all backgrounds, color or creed. And, it is the slippery slope to a completely secularized state wherein people of religious conviction will be required to privatize their beliefs and in doing so, at least for Catholics, render their faith meaningless.
Official Archbishop John C. Nienstedt, has announced the following appointments in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Effective Sept.1, 2011 Rev. Ivan Tou, CSP, pastor of the Church of Saint Lawrence and Director of the Newman Center. Rev. Carlos Alberto Farfan Beloglio, PES, associate priest of the Church of Saint Mark of Saint Paul and Spiritual Director at Saint John Vianney Seminary. Rev. Scott Carl, associate priest of the Church of Saints Peter and Paul of Medina, the Church of Saint Thomas of Corcoran, and the Church of Saint Anne of Hamel. These appointments are a weekend assignment and in addition to his primary assignment at the Saint Paul Seminary. Rev. Stephan Kappler, Diocese of Oakland, Calif., granted the faculties of the Archdiocese during the period that he is completing his pre-doctoral internship at the Hamm Memorial Psychiatric Clinic. Rev. Allen Kuss, Diocese of Bismarck, N.D., granted the faculties of the Archdiocese and appointed interim Director of Pastoral Formation at the Saint Paul Seminary. Effective July 31, 2011 Rev. Jerome Hackenmueller, retired as pastor of the Church of Saint Patrick of Saint Paul. Rev. Robert Showers, OFM Conv, granted the faculties of the Archdiocese for the duration of his residence at the Franciscan Retreat Center. Effective June 30, 2011 Rev. Gregory Welch, retired as pastor of the Church of Saint Patrick of Edina.
Hispanics, children hit hard by poverty As the median U.S. household income declined, more Americans dropped below the poverty line, with Hispanics and children taking a particularly hard hit, according to statistics released Sept. 13 by the U.S. Census Bureau. The bureau’s report on “Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010” put the nation’s official poverty rate at 15.1 percent for the third consecutive annual increase. It was up from 14.3 percent in 2009. — Catholic News Service
Action steps I highly recommend two steps. The first is to write Secretary Sebelius (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20201) or your congressional officers to oppose this mandate and to demand that it be rescinded. These letters need to be received before the end of September. Secondly, letters should also be sent to federal congressional representatives to support a bill, the “Respect for Rights of Conscience Act,” (H.R. 1179, S. 1467),
“This is radical secularism at its epitome. It is an affront to the centuries of Christian service offered by churches to clients of all backgrounds, color or creed.
ARCHBISHOP JOHN NIENSTEDT
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that would protect conscience rights in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). This legislation is needed even more so in face of HHS’s mandate to require all private institutions to cover contraceptives and sterilizations. As Cardinal DiNardo, chair of the USCCB Pro-Life Committee, wrote last week: “Those who sponsor, purchase and issue health plans should not be forced to violate their deeply held moral and religious convictions in order to take part in the health care system or provide for the needs of their families, their employees or those most in need. To force such an unacceptable choice would be as much a threat to universal access to health care as it is to freedom of conscience.” (The cardinal’s letter can be found online at WWW.USCCB.ORG/ISSUES-AND-ACTION/
Lesson from history The “preventive services” mandate is a significant threat to religious freedom that should put all Catholics on notice that there are many in government and in our culture who will sacrifice longheld and cherished liberties on the altar of so-called reproductive autonomy. I ask you to join with me today in taking action to preserve our religious freedom and conscience protection. History reminds us that “evil triumphs when good people do nothing.” This is a time for believers to act and let our representatives in government know that this is an unacceptable course of action! God bless you!
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Father Pavone suspended from ministry outside Amarillo diocese Father Frank Pavone, one of the country’s most visible and vocal opponents of abortion, has been suspended from active ministry outside the Diocese of Amarillo, Texas, over financial questions about his operation of Priests for Life. The suspension was made public in a Sept. 9 letter from Amarillo Bishop Patrick Zurek to his fellow bishops across the country, but Father Pavone told Catholic News Service that he was returning to Amarillo and planFATHER PAVONE ned to continue functioning as a priest there. “My decision is the result of deep concerns regarding his stewardship of the finances of the Priests for Life (PFL) organization,” Bishop Zurek wrote. “The PFL has become a business that is quite lucrative which provides Father Pavone with financial independence from all legitimate ecclesiastical oversight.” Bishop Zurek said “persistent questions and concerns” from clergy and laity about how the “millions of dollars in donations” the organization has received are being spent led to the action. The bishop also asked Father Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, to return to Amarillo “to spend time in prayer and reflection.” Father Pavone, meanwhile, told CNS Sept. 13 from Birmingham, Ala., where he had been taping programs for Eternal Word Television Network for more than a week, that he planned to comply with Bishop Zurek’s request to return to Amarillo.
In his own letter to the bishops Sept. 12, Father Pavone questioned the reason for the suspension of his ministry outside of Amarillo and said that Bishop Zurek's claim that Priests for Life has operated with no financial transparency was unfounded. He cited a list of 41 documents detailing the finances of the organization provided to Bishop Zurek since 2005, when he was incardinated in the Amarillo Diocese by Bishop John Yanta, who served on the organization's board of advisers. Father Pavone said the documents continued to be sent to Bishop Zurek even after Priests for Life closed a small office in Amarillo while the organization studied whether to relocate its headquarters from New York to the Texas panhandle.
Archdiocese for military sees increase in Catholic chaplains The U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services is reporting an increase in the number of seminarians who want to become military chaplains. For the 2011-2012 academic year, there are 31 co-sponsored and military-affiliated seminarians. Last year there were 23; in 2009-2010 there were 12 and the previous year only three. Co-sponsorship means that a diocesan bishop agrees to accept the seminarian who will participate in the chaplain candidacy program of one of the branches of the U.S. armed forces. The bishop agrees to release him for service as a military chaplain after three years of pastoral experience as a priest in his diocese. When the priest leaves military service, he returns to the diocese. Conventual Franciscan Father Kerry Abbott, director of vocations for the military archdiocese, called the increase one of the “untold stories” of spiritual blessings. — Catholic News Service
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“The work for justice requires that the mind and the heart of Catholics be educated and formed to know and practice the whole faith.” U.S. bishops, “Faithful Citizenship”
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Catholics must link beliefs with political action, speakers say By Beth Griffin Catholic News Service
Politics is a good thing, participation in public life is a moral obligation, and Catholics need to do a better job of linking their beliefs to their actions, according to speakers at a Sept. 6 conference on “Faithful Citizenship: Voters, Bishops and Presidential Elections.” The program at Jesuit-run Fordham University in New York featured a lively exploration of a document on political responsibility issued every four years by the Catholic bishops of the United States. “Polarization is seeping into our ecclesial life, and very often we wonder [if] our faith shapes our politics or if it gets turned around to our politics shape our faith. We can divide up the work in our church, but we should not be dividing our community of faith,” said John Carr, executive director of the U.S. bishops’ Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development. “All of us — bishops, professors, staffers, ordinary laypeople, academics, students — need to do a better job of linking what we believe to how we act in public life,” he added.
Bishops’ statements Since 1976, the Catholic bishops have issued a quadrennial statement linking church teachings to political responsibility. The most recent iteration, in 2007, is called “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States.” “At this moment of intense cynicism and frankly justifiable frustration with the political process, the most countercultural thing the church teaches and the bishops have said is that politics is a good thing, that participation in public life is a moral obligation and an essential part of being American and Catholic,” Carr said. “That is more countercultural in some ways than all life is sacred, that war ought to be a last resort, that the poor ought to come first, that marriage ought not to be redefined.” He said Catholics share a bond of faith, not politics. “We are a church and not a lobby. We are a community of faith and not an interest group. What brings us together is the word of God and the teaching of the church, not politics and not ideology.” Carr said the “Faithful Citizenship” statement lays out basic principles and applies them to pressing issues facing the country. Historically, versions of the document have summarized Catholic teaching, with an emphasis on the role of the laity and encouraged participation and engagement. “In public life, what we bring is not only what we believe, but what we do. Who feeds the hungry? Who shelters the homeless? Who cares for the poor?” he said. Carr said the statement “never declaimed any notion of telling Catholics how to vote” and has always given “priority to human life and dignity, expressed in different language through the years.” “Faithful Citizenship” urges formation of conscience and practice of prudence, Carr said. It tells Catholics to resist evil and act on their affirmative responsibility to make things better. It says people must distinguish between issues of unequal moral importance. As an example, he said, “A million abortions are not the same as a cut in the WIC program.” Carr said, “We need more Catholics in both parties in public life taking what we believe into the public square and fighting for it. We need more dialogue within our church and we need to understand if politics is not about our fundamental values, then it is just about money, ego and power.” Panelist Robert George, professor of jurisprudence and director of the James Madison program in American
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John Carr, executive director of the U.S. bishops’ Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development, gestures during a Sept. 6 conference on “Faithful Citizenship: Voters, Bishops and Presidential Elections” at Fordham University in New York. Other panelists looking on are Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, left, and Robert George, professor of jurisprudence and director of the James Madison program in American ideals and institutions at Princeton University.
“Polarization is seeping into our ecclesial life, and very often we wonder [if] our faith shapes our politics or if it gets turned around to our politics shape our faith. We can divide up the work in our church, but we should not be dividing our community of faith.
JOHN CARR Executive director of the U.S. bishops’ Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development
ideals and institutions at Princeton University, acknowledged that neither major political party fully embodies the principles laid out by the bishops. He said the Republican Party needs “more of a dose of Catholic social thought and the Democratic Party needs a very heavy dose of the pro-life and pro-family message of the Catholic tradition.” He said Catholics can use the issue of slavery as a template for political response in current times. Then, as
now, people were raised in a culture that blocked their vision of the true and equal dignity of all members of the human family, he said. George said Catholics can emulate Abraham Lincoln’s response to slavery. “We have to be persistent and relentless and join forces across the lines of religious differences to offer a common witness to inherent principles of basic justice.” Carr suggested that both major parties establish life and dignity caucuses that would take the “rough edges off the libertarianism of the Republican Party and the individualism of the Democratic Party” and ultimately “get institutions working together to lift people up and empower people.” Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, said “Faithful Citizenship” conveys the “glory and richness” of Catholic teaching and recognizes that politics and government are designed by the Creator and are useful for human dignity and the common good. He said the document confuses some readers who look for “absolute and specific criteria that can be applied juridically to make a summary judgment that voting for such-and-such candidate would always be wrong. Politics is not reducible to morality in quite that way. Prudence is the primary virtue of political life,” he said. The event was sponsored by the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture and took place at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus in Manhattan.
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Was Jesus’ ministry religious? Not according to federal agency
Editorial Joe Towalski
Many churchsponsored services wouldn’t qualify for exemption under the HHS mandate that health insurance plans cover artificial birth control
ne night several years ago, my wife and I were walking along a downtown Chicago street when we encountered a woman in obvious distress standing alone on a corner. She was scared and crying and told us she recently lost her job and her apartment. She didn’t know where she could go for help. We gave her a few dollars for something to eat and then pointed her in the direction of the nearest Catholic Charities shelter. What we didn’t do is ask if she were Catholic before we helped. And, I’ll bet my last dollar that Catholic Charities didn’t ask her religious affiliation either before extending a helping hand. The agency, as staffers will tell you, doesn’t help people because they’re Catholic; it helps people because it is Catholic — fulfilling the Gospel mandate to help anyone in need.
“Under such inexplicably narrow criteria . . . even the ministry of Jesus and the early Christian church would not qualify as ‘religious,’ because they did not confine their ministry to their coreligionists or engage only in a preaching ministry.
Integral part of faith Service to others — non-Catholics included — is an integral part of our faith. Catholic Charities, for example, helped more than 9 million people in 2009 regardless of their religious, social or economic backgrounds, according to Catholic Charities USA. Service to others also extends to other Catholic agencies and organizations: Catholic elementary, middle and high schools; Catholic colleges and universities; Catholic hospitals and nursing homes — all of them provide service to a wide spectrum of people. This is why the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops takes exception to the Department of Health and Human Services’ recently proposed mandate that would require nearly all employers to provide sterilization procedures and contraceptives — including some that could cause an
not confine their ministry to their co-religionists or engage only in a preaching ministry.” The attorneys added: “The government has no business engaging in religious gerrymanders, whereby some churches are ‘in’ and others are ‘out’ for regulatory purposes based on who their teaching calls them to serve, how they constitute their workforce or whether they engage in ‘hardnosed proselytizing.’”
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abortion — to women at no cost as part of their health insurance plans. The mandate, part of new health care reform measures, outlines only a very narrow exemption for religious organizations — one that would not cover many Catholic Church-sponsored ministries. For an organization to be exempt requires that it “(1) has the inculcation of religious values as its purpose; (2) primarily employs persons who share its religious tenets; (3) primarily serves persons who share its religious tenets; and (4) is a nonprofit organization” under specific sections of the Internal Revenue Code.
Under this narrow definition, many Catholic organizations wouldn’t qualify for an exemption because they don’t proselytize or don’t restrict their service to only fellow Catholics in need. Two attorneys for the USCCB, Anthony Picarello Jr. and Michael Moses, noted such shortcomings in a recent Catholic News Service story: “Under such inexplicably narrow criteria — criteria bearing no reasonable relation to any legitimate (let alone compelling) government purpose — even the ministry of Jesus and the early Christian church would not qualify as ‘religious,’ because they did
The U.S. bishops are asking Catholics to voice their objections to the mandate on contraception and sterilization and to push Congress for legislation that would protect conscience rights as health care reform measures are implemented. The bishops have set up a website — WWW.USCCB.ORG/CONSCIENCE — where visitors can learn more about the issue and send comments to Congress as well as voice their views on the Department of Health and Human Services’ “interim final rule” during a 60-day comment period that ends Sept. 30. The time to act is now. Catholics need to speak out on this issue in the interest of religious liberty. Otherwise, church-sponsored ministries will be faced with several choices that are really not choices at all: violate their moral sensibilities, stop providing benefits to employees, limit who they employ and serve, or close their operations altogether. The HHS may not understand the importance of the church being able to provide services as it always has done in the past. But the woman on the Chicago street corner and millions of other people in need across the country certainly do.
We must have courage to stand up for what we believe in After stepping out of my comfort zone to volunteer at the Minnesota for Marriage booth at the State Fair, I started thinking about the morality of speaking out about my beliefs. Many asked me why I thought it was OK to force my opinion (that marriage is the union of one man and one woman) on others. Who am I to decide what is wrong and right action? We are taught to not point out the speck in someone else’s eye while we have a log stuck in our own. The Lord answered my question through The Catholic Spirit in Deacon Albert Wugaa’s Sunday Scripture reflection, “Love means taking responsibility to speak out about sin” [Sept. 1]. Since we all have logs in our eyes, we are all called to watch over and be responsible for each other. Deacon Wugaa went on to explain that not only is it right for us stand up for truth and right action, it is our responsibility to do so. In fact, we will “lose our lives if we are bystanders and say it is not our business.” Many of the opponents to the amendment told those of us volunteering at the booth that we were “haters” and that we would be going to hell for supporting the one man-one woman definition of mar-
riage. The truth is, it is because we love people that we had the courage to help educate the public on the upcoming amendment. To those that indicated they opposed our cause and weren’t interested in our information pamphlets, I smiled and wished them a good day at the fair (which was sometimes hard to do after being called some unpleasant names). It absolutely takes courage to point out a sinful act in society, and it must be done with love so we can withstand the forces that will rise up against us. These days we are told that “tolerance” is the correct, loving way to live in society, when in fact it is nothing more than failing to condemn wrong action and affirm the right in caring for ourselves and others. It is not being “self-righteous” to disagree with something we know in our hearts is wrong. If we let fear prevent us from standing up for truth, then we allow laws to change and wrong action to become the norm. Our children may then not know right from wrong, if they are taught one thing, but are living in a “tolerating” culture filled with something else. WENDY STARK
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Latin professor encouraged excellence for men and women In the Aug. 4 issue, The Catholic Spirit asked readers to write about a memorable Catholic professor at the college or university they attended. The following is a response we received. It’s been a long time. So long ago, in fact, that I’ve forgotten the kind priest’s name who was my Latin professor freshman year at St. John’s University in Collegeville. I was a “Bennie” taking my first college classes that fall.
I was the only female student in the Latin class. Most of the other students were seminarians. But the professor didn’t play favorites. He called on me just as often as the others. He helped me understand aspects of the language that I was confused with. And, when he handed me back my first graded test, he smiled and told me I had received the highest grade of the class! He taught me to strive for the best. There are no excuses for failure. Ask questions, participate, relish the Catholic tradition for excellence in education. For men and for women. JOAN FEYEREISEN HOMSTAD St. Ambrose, Woodbury
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Where do you turn when foundations are crumbling?
Mission Link Deacon Mickey Friesen
These great struggles can test our faith and call into question our assumptions about God
ver the last month we have witnessed the shaking, quaking and falling of many foundations. A rare earthquake shook the nation’s capital and literally cracked the national cathedral and parts of the Washington Monument. The retirement of Steve Jobs, cofounder of Apple Inc., was announced, and some analysts are wondering how the company will continue. We witnessed the foundations of fear and repression fall in Libya — another casualty of the Arab Spring. And, we saw the foundations of homes, roads and city blocks washed away as Hurricane Irene swept through the Northeast leaving a wake of damage in unexpected places like Vermont and Maine.
Faith that struggles Change is a part of life, but what are we to do when our very foundations and sense of security fail? What happens when the rules change and our assumptions about the way the world is supposed to work betray us? We live in an era when major changes are happening all around us at an exhausting pace, making it hard to know on what to base our lives. When we face the death of loved ones, debilitating illness, the loss of employment or a major disappointment, it can shatter our sense of givens in life. For example, the 9/11 attacks 10 years ago and the ensuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ignited such a change for many. When our foundations begin to crumble, some may retreat to the past and deny the present. Others may reject the past and try to go it alone. These great struggles can test our faith and call into question our assumptions about God. How are we to struggle in faith when the world we know seems to be changing or passing away?
“God’s way is the way of the cross. It is a way that honors taking up life’s struggles in faith. The way of the cross offers Christian disciples a spirituality of faith that struggles.
The Scriptures are no stranger to a faith that struggles. There are many examples of foundations and assumptions being challenged. In Genesis, Jacob wrestles all night with an angel and is permanently wounded. Afterward, he is renamed “Israel” which means “one who struggles with God.” During the great exile, Israel loses everything and feels abandoned by God. Many of the prophets and psalms compare faith in exile to hungering and thirsting in a desert land. The story of Job describes one man’s struggle when life as he knows it is stripped away and all he has left is the mystery of God somehow being in the struggle with him. In each case, the struggle reveals a new identity and a new experience of God’s presence. In the Gospels, Jesus warns the disciples that the world, as they know
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it, is passing away and not to be caught unaware. He tells the Twelve that the Messiah must be rejected, suffer and die. When Peter objects, Jesus says, “You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do. . . . Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:23-24). God’s way is the way of the cross. It is a way that honors taking up life’s struggles in faith. The way of the cross offers Christian disciples a spirituality of faith that struggles. It is a struggle between the world that is passing away and the world that is yet to come. It is the faith we are marked with at our baptism.
Taking up our cross Each of two new memorials — one to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and one honoring the victims of the 9/11 attacks — is meant to give witness to
a struggle that continues in our own time. These memorials are not meant to excuse us from the struggle they stand for. We cannot let them become dead monuments. Nor can we allow the cross to become a dead monument. On Sept. 14, we celebrated the feast of the Triumph of the Cross. It is a memorial to the living sacrifice that we are part of. It holds up a spirituality of struggle that helps us face the waves of change that will surely confront us. Can we put our faith in the struggle, take up our cross and follow Jesus? Can we put our faith in life coming out of death? The spirituality of struggle could also be called a spirituality of hope! Deacon Mickey Friesen is director of the archdiocesan Center for Mission.
Well-being of children dependent on well-being of their parents
Faith and Justice Kathy Tomlin
In 2010 more than 300,000 children received free and reducedprice lunch
ungry minds are critically important as the school year picks up speed. Hungry stomachs, on the other hand, are a big distraction. Having taught in elementary and secondary schools for one-third of my career, I remember the eager beginnings and anticipation that kids had for learning, sports, socializing and the structure that was a relief from a sometimes-chaotic summer. For the most part, the students I taught were from middle- and uppermiddle-class families. They didn’t come to school without having eaten breakfast or without a plan for lunch. Their families did not struggle to put food on the table. However, my colleagues who remain in the educational field are seeing an ever-increasing number of children whose eagerness to learn is overcome by the growl of their empty stomachs.
Help with meals Minnesota is experiencing an increase in the number of children who are living in poverty. In 2010 more than 300,000 children received free
“Success for our children means helping to pave the way for the adults in their lives.” KATHY TOMLIN
and reduced-price lunch because they were living in families whose incomes were insufficient to provide three meals each day for their children. Thankfully, this school-based food support program provides lunch and sometimes even breakfast. Yes, our kids our resilient. Every day we see them thriving despite the shadow of poverty, joblessness and forced mobility that can tear families apart. But our children shouldn’t have to see their childhoods cut short because the family and community stressors of poverty deprive them of a more carefree life as a child. So many things are at stake for our kids and for the future of our communities. If we believe that people have the right to participate in this society and the economy, we need
to ensure that our kids have the tools they need to be successful in school. However, we can’t separate our kids from the adults in their lives in terms of trying to end poverty. Unfortunately, we are sometimes tempted to just focus on the children because kids are a soft spot, an easier political sell. But what about the parents? We can hardly fund educational and social services for our kids while rejecting the notion that their parents’ health and well-being are critical to the health and well-being of the children. We can hardly afford to treat children as an “orphan” of the educational system unconnected to the social and economic factors affecting their whole family. In years past there have been at-
tempts to singly focus our attention on children. We have promoted campaigns like the “Blest Be the Children” or “Ready 4 K,” both great efforts promoting the health and well-being of our children. Obviously, we need to do whatever we can to uphold the dignity of children and to provide for their success. But leaving the parents out of the solution is a mistake. Surely the “pull yourself up by the bootstraps” mentality isn’t a successful strategy, especially in this economy. Adults need support that encourages them as well as their children. Success for our children means helping to pave the way for the adults in their lives. This includes rejecting the segmentation of our society based on a false “age-worthiness” criterion for public/private investment, and returning to family-centered policies that revitalize our communities. Kathy Tomlin is director of the Office for Social Justice of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
“O jealousy! thou magnifier of trifles.” Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller
The Lesson Plan 14A The Catholic Spirit Reflections on faith and spirituality S 15, 2011 God extends mercy to everyone who seeks his loving forgiveness EPTEMBER
his Sunday, Isaiah 55 says, “Let the scoundrel forsake his way and the wicked his thoughts; let him turn to the Lord for mercy; to our God who is generous in forgiving.” One of the ways God shows us his generosity is through his mercy. We all have sinned and do not deserve his mercy, for we have chosen against him. Yet, when we present ourselves for his mercy, he is always merciful and always takes us back, for he created us for himself. For those of us who for many years have been faithful in presenting ourselves for God’s mercy, there is a danger that is highlighted in this Sunday’s Gospel from Matthew. The danger is to become like those who were hired first. They expected more than the usual daily wage and begrudged those who came later because the Lord had shown them the same mercy. When this happens, we fail to recognize God’s generosity toward us and toward those around us. In the ancient Near East many people were day laborers, needing to find work each day. The workers would go to central locations where the employers would come to hire them and they would then go out to work for
T Sunday Scriptures Deacon Joseph Backowski
Let us be kind to, pray for and be generous in mercy toward those newly returned to the practice of the faith
Sunday, Sept. 18 25th Sunday in ordinary time ■ Isaiah 55:6-9 ■ Philippians 1:20c-24, 27a ■ Matthew 20:1-16a
not only their daily wage but also their reputation. A daily wage fed one’s family for the day, and to come home without a daily wage was humiliating in light of the immediate family and those close to the family.
Granted ‘daily wage’ When I was doing my hospital ministry a few years ago, I witnessed one who presented himself at the
When you feel envious of someone else, try writing a list of things for which you are grateful.
“five o’clock hour.” The priest chaplain invited me to come with him to the bedside of a young man who was in his 20s and dying. He had not received any of the sacraments. I stood by and prayed as Father baptized, confirmed and anointed the young man before his death. I was struck by how this young man who came at the last hour was granted the same “daily wage.” Our Lord pro-
vided for him! Although in this example God’s work was obvious, we still can struggle with the situations that are closer to us and that are more obscure. One example might be when a person who for 50 or 60 years has been living a life of dissipation returns to the faith by confession and regular attendance at Mass. There can be a superiority complex that develops in those of us who have been striving to be faithful for a long period of time. That complex makes us oblivious to the generosity of God, both in the mercy he shows to us and the mercy he shows to those who present themselves in repentance for mercy later than we have. Let us be kind to, pray for and be generous in mercy toward those newly returned to the practice of the faith, even though they have come later than us. Deacon Joseph Backowski is in formation for the priesthood at The St. Paul Seminary for the Diocese of St. Cloud. His home parish is Holy Family in Belle Prairie near Little Falls and his teaching parishes are Sacred Heart in Staples and St. Michael in Motley.
Daily Scriptures Sunday, Sept. 18 25th Sunday in ordinary time Isaiah 55:6-9 Philippians 1:20c-24, 27a Matthew 20:1-16a “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways,’ says the Lord.” — Isaiah 55:8 When it comes to discerning whether or not we are in alignment with the heart of God, Jesus said it best: “By their fruit you shall know them.” What looks like a desire for holiness might actually be rigid perfectionism, and what appears to be love might be a tolerance for bad behavior that proves destructive to all involved. To admit that we don’t always know our own heart, let alone God’s, is a step toward humility and sanity. Monday, Sept. 19 Januarius, bishop and martyr Ezra 1:1-6 Luke 8:16-18 Do we attract people by our compassion or do they fear being judged if they honestly reveal themselves? Tuesday, Sept. 20 Andrew Kim Taegon, priest and martyr; Paul Chong Hasang, martyr, and their companions, martyrs Ezra 6:7-8, 12b, 14-20 Luke 8:19-21 Rather than focusing on our differences today notice all the ways you are connected to other people of faith. Wednesday, Sept. 21 Matthew, apostle and evangelist
Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13 Matthew 9:9-13 What would you find most difficult to leave behind in order to listen to your deepest God-given desire? Thursday, Sept. 22 Haggai 1:1-8 Luke 9:7-9 Notice what motivates you to want to see Jesus more clearly. Friday, Sept. 23 Pio of Pietrelcina, priest Haggai 2:1-9 Luke 9:18-22 Our understanding of who Jesus is continues to unfold throughout our lives. Saturday, Sept. 24 Zechariah 2:5-9, 14-15a Luke 9:43b-45 There will be times when we don’t understand that good can come from something that appears hopeless. Sunday, Sept. 25 26th Sunday in ordinary time Ezekiel 18:25-28 Philippians 2:1-11 Matthew 21:28-32 “Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves.” — Philippians 2:3 Several years ago a parish musician told me that she noticed how upset she became whenever her fellow musicians received more attention and praise. Her honesty as well as her willingness to examine
her negative reaction was admirable. Paul’s statement is as pertinent today as it was when he wrote these words to the bickering community of Philippi. Healing in our families and communities can only begin when we summon the courage to bring our wounds into the light. Monday, Sept. 26 Cosmas and Damian, martyrs Zechariah 8:1-8 Luke 9:46-50 The most surprising things move the heart of God. Tuesday, Sept. 27 Vincent de Paul, priest Zechariah 8:20-23 Luke 9:51-56 The need to enforce our will on others is rooted in fear. Wednesday, Sept. 28 Wenceslaus, martyr, or Lawrence Ruiz, martyr, and his companions, martyrs Nehemiah 2:1-8 Luke 9:57-62 How have your values and priorities changed over time? Thursday, Sept. 29 Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, archangels Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 John 1:47-51 Are you generally able to recognize the goodness in others? Friday, Sept. 30 Jerome, priest and doctor of the church Baruch 1:15-22
Luke 10:13-16 There will be negative consequences when we make choices that are not compassionate, just and merciful. Saturday, Oct. 1 Therese of the Child Jesus, virgin and doctor of the church Baruch 4:5-12, 27-29 Luke 10:17-24 The fruits of the Spirit, not the gifts, are the true sign of goodness. Sunday, Oct. 2 27th Sunday in ordinary time Isaiah 5:1-7 Philippians 4:6-9 Matthew 21:33-43 “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious . . . think about these things.” — Philippians 4:8 After attending a religious workshop where the speaker had made one too many negative comments about women, I felt drained of life. As I drove home, I was filled with discouragement and cried out to God. Moments later I happened to hear an interview with a well-known musician on public radio. Not only was his voice filled with joy, but when they played a piece of his unique liturgical music my spirit was immediately lifted. This week, notice which people and situations sap your energy and which fill you with hope. The daily reflections are written by Terri Mifek, a member of St. Edward in Bloomington and a certified spiritual director at the Franciscan Retreat House in Prior Lake.
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Roman Canon shows connection to Christian way of life The following is the next in a series of articles regarding the new Roman missal, which will be used in the United States beginning Nov. 27, the first Sunday of Advent.
t the very heart of the Mass lies the “Eucharistic Prayer,” a text that begins with the preface dialogue and continues until the great amen is proclaimed solemnly by the assembly of believers. Within this powerful prayer, led by the ordained priest on behalf of the entire community of faith, and, indeed, on behalf of all creation, Jesus Christ continues to offer himself to the Father in loving obedience and whole-hearted generosity. Full, active and conscious participation in the Sacred Liturgy means that we must make this prayer our own and be ever more willing to lay our life, hopes, dreams, fears and sorrows upon the altar of sacrifice that is also the table of Communion. It is only by making the prayer of Jesus, Father John which is always a great “yes” to the Paul Erickson Father, our own that we will have life and have it abundantly. Ever since the Second Vatican Council, the Latin rite church has used a variety of eucharistic prayers. But for many years prior to the council there was only one such prayer used in the Latin rite church, even as through its centuries of utilization it has undergone small revisions and edits. We call this venerable and ancient prayer the “Roman Canon.” This prayer is still offered as an option within the current form of the Mass, and it will continue to be offered when the new translation is implemented on Nov. 27. We often hear it referred to as “Eucharistic Prayer 1” because it is the first option given in the Roman Missal.
Lift Up Your Hearts
“One of the truly great fruits of the Latin rite
church is the Roman Canon, a prayer that finds much of its origin in ancient Christian Rome. It’s a beautiful and moving prayer, strange and yet familiar.
Universal yearning In order to understand the origins of this text, it is important to point out that the Catholic Church is much more expansive, varied and textured than many of us assume. “Catholic” means universal, and a critical component of understanding this universality lies in Christ’s universal applicability to the many cultures and histories of our world. Jesus Christ, true God and true man, is the answer to the deepest questions and yearnings of the human heart, and these questions and yearnings are in fact universal. As Jesus Christ is received by a particular people through the preaching of the church and the compelling witness of the martyrs and saints, the mysterious dialogue that takes place between the Word made flesh and that people produces a magnificent synthesis that is a Christian culture, a way of imagining and interacting with the world that is rooted in the saving truth of Jesus Christ. Art, music, architecture and theology are only parts of what is shaped and created in the midst of this immensely fruitful dialogue that is both human and divine. One field in which this dialogue took place and produced long-lasting fruit was within the Roman Empire. Through a variety of providential occurrences, the empire accepted faith in Jesus Christ, and the many lands that it had acquired and conquered as a pagan kingdom began to be changed by the saving encounter with Christ. We call the union of the existing Roman culture with
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the power of Christ and his message the “Latin rite,” a way of being Catholic and Christian that is profoundly rooted in the traditions and imagination of ancient Rome and the lands it had claimed as its subsidiaries. As might be imagined, the “Latin rite” is a pivotal reality in the history of the West in general.
Part of our heritage One of the truly great fruits of the Latin rite church is the Roman Canon, a prayer that finds much of its origin in ancient Christian Rome. It’s a beautiful and moving prayer, strange and yet familiar. As Latin rite Catholics, it is an essential part of our heritage and history, the source of inspiration and direction for millions of believers throughout the centuries. It
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is unfortunate that in many parishes it is no longer used as a liturgical prayer. It is certainly my own personal hope that with the implementation of the newly translated texts, Eucharistic Prayer 1 will become more familiar through more frequent use. Because of the beauty of the prayer and the powerful images it employs, the Roman Canon is a great text to use as a kind of reflection and meditation on the Mass as a whole and its essential connection to the entire Christian way of life. In the next few articles, we will be examining this prayer in depth. As so many have rightly pointed out, the implementation of the new text of the Roman Missal is not just about new words. Much more important, it is an opportunity to once again remember what it is that Jesus Christ is doing when we gather around the altar to offer the sacrifice of praise that is the Eucharist. Father John Paul Erickson is director of the archdiocesan Office of Worship.
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Stewardship – Gratitude glued to action The following is the second in a three-part series on stewardship. This article was written by Mike Halloran, director of the Office of Development and Stewardship for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and Bob Zyskowski, associate publisher of The Catholic Spirit.
As covered in the last edition of The Catholic Spirit, stewardship as a way of life can have astonishing implications for our relationships and our daily lives. We can experience life-shaping changes of mind and heart when we commit ourselves to the Lord — recognizing God as the origin of life, receiving gifts in a gratitude that is glued to action with an eagerness to demonstrate our love for God and neighbor. With the understanding of stewardship as “gratitude glued to action,” we want to share with you a few stories of faithful Catholics from across our archdiocese who are inspiring examples of living stewardship as a way of life every day in their service to God, church, and their brothers and sisters.
Basilica of St. Mary has ‘Energizer bunny’ in 83-year-old Mary Rose Goetz is an inspiring example of someone who lives biblical stewardship every day. A member of the Basilica parish since 1961 with her husband, Frederick, a former parish council president there, Goetz has been active in many ministries, according to Terri Ashmore, managing director at the Basilica. Some consistent threads are her work with the RCIA program, the St. Vincent de Paul Outreach ministries, Eucharist for the Homebound and the Global Stewardship Team. “Mary Rose is like the Energizer bunny,” Ashmore said. “Now age 83, she still runs rings around most of our younger parishioners.” A retired public health nurse who at one time worked in the chemical Everything we do dependency program at St. Mary’s speaks to Matthew 25 Hospital, Goetz simply says, “I have a multiplicity of interests, but then (‘What you do for those also we’re meant to be as active as we can, especially in the church, and in need, you do for to do those things we believe in.” Christ’) She believes in working for world peace, especially through health initiatives, in being present for those — MARY ROSE GOETZ learning more about the Catholic faith, and in helping those in need. “The volunteer ministries present themselves just because we’re located downtown,” Goetz said. Along with fellow parishioners she helps make some 500 sandwiches a week that the parish gives to the homeless and near-homeless that come to the basilica’s door. It’s carrying on work similar to what Frederick was active in while he was physically able, giving people a hand up out of poverty through the Basilica’s Pathways program. “Everything we do speaks to Matthew 25 (‘What you do for those in need, you do for Christ’),” Mary Rose said. “I think that’s what the Basilica is all about.”
Multimedia guy tells Africans’ story, thanks to mom Mark Anderson is a television producer/director who’s worked on KARE, on KSTP, on “Dateline NBC,” even on “Bizarre Foods” for the Travel Channel. “One of my prayers when I got out of local news,” Anderson said, “was to ask God to utilize my storytelling skills on a global level. I wanted to do something more meaningful.” Now he’s headed to Africa to help tell the story of the plight of the people starv-
ing from the drought and suffering in many other ways. It took a chance meeting by his mother at an auto parts shop in northwest Iowa to make it possible. Barb Anderson was conversing with a man who was involved with Light in Africa, a group that does mission work at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro, when he told her his prayer has been to find a multimedia storyteller/producer type who can tell the world of the Africans’ plight. “My mom said, ‘You need to talk to my son, Mark.’” Mark’s response? “When you have a God incident, you say, ‘Yes, put me in, God’.” A parishioner at Pax Christi in Eden Prairie, he said he and co-producer Nina Bouthasavanh are leaving for Africa Oct. 2. “My values align with this mission,” Anderson said. “It’s fantastic when you can get to a point in your life when you can align doing good deeds for God with the talents you’ve been given.”
When God gives the signal, Maplewood family answers ‘yes’
“God’s grace is helping us recognize the ability to be doing the things we are. We’ve been given financial gifts, so we’ve been open to sharing those.
Jim and Cathy Miettunen believe they get “signal graces” — signals from God that they’re being called to something and that, whatever it takes, God will provide. For the Maplewood couple, parents of eight, those signals generally result in a “yes.” — JIM MIETTUNEN Jim serves as the parish trustee, a lector, and organizes the annual Golf-a-thon for Presentation School each year. He served as a Scout leader. Cathy was a Scout leader, too, and now is in charge of the church environment. She’s made this into a “family ministry” and can be found at church during evening and weekend hours with her Ben, Grace and Lily, watering, changing out the décor and liturgical colors. Cathy helps with the school auction each year; Jim is the auction’s emcee. They’ve chaired Presentation’s married couples’ evening, too. They’ve taken to heart the role modeling of their own parents and made fiIt’s fantastic when you nancial support of their parish and Catholic education a priority. Jim said they practice stewardship primarily in gratitude for the gifts God can get to a point in has given them individually and collectively. It’s a way of life, he said, that resyour life when you can onates with the Scripture verse that to those to whom much has been given much is expected. align doing good “God’s grace is helping us recognize the ability to be doing the things we are. We’ve been given financial gifts, so we’ve been open to sharing those,” deeds for God with the Jim said. talents you’ve been Jim said he was inspired by the words a fellow parishioner spoke when he made the request for support of the Fund for Retired Religious. given. “I can still remember Bernie Flicek saying, ‘I don’t want the largest bill in your wallet, but I don’t want the smallest bill, either.’ “That always gives me something to reflect on when I’m asked,” Jim said. — MARK ANDERSON “You don’t have to say yes to everything, but I think, ‘What can I do?’”
“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” Mark Twain
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Retreat to explore Eucharist as model for marriage By Susan Klemond The Catholic Spirit
When Jim and Maureen Otremba began dating as graduate students at St. John’s University in Collegeville, they spent enough time at St. John’s Abbey Church to realize that wherever their relationship took them they’d never be closer to each other than in the Eucharist. The profound intimacy at the heart of the Eucharist has been a point for conversation and reflection ever since, Maureen said. The Otrembas, who now live in Sauk Rapids with their three children, have turned this conversation point into the basis for a retreat for Catholic married couples designed to help improve intimacy and forgiveness. Combining theological training with their own lived experiences and those of others, they will show how the Mass is a model for marriage at their skills-based day retreat, entitled “The Foundational Intimacy: Eucharist as the Model for Marriage,” at St. Joseph in Delano on Oct. 8.
Predictability, possibility “What hasn’t been done to my knowledge is to let the liturgical flow of the Mass inform marriages, and that’s what we’re doing here,” said Jim, a licensed independent clinical social worker with master’s degrees in divinity and applied psychology. “Every one of these parts of the Mass has a profound instructional thesis for our marriage, profound truths for our marriage if we’re willing to look at them.” Mass can be a source of weekly marriage enrichment if it is approached from the right perspective, said Maureen, a parish pastoral worker in the St. Cloud diocese who holds a master’s degree in theology.
“If we could apply that insight that the Eucharist offers every time we gather to our marriages, it would greatly enhance our intimacy.
JIM OTREMBA Retreat co-leader
The couple has spoken and written extensively on marriage and engaged topics. During the retreat, the Otrembas identify major parts of the liturgy that offer insights for the marital relationship. The gathering of the Mass, as well as marriage, contains both predictability and possibility, she said. “We even talk about where people sit in the church and even when we’re approaching the building,” Maureen said. “Most of that’s pretty predictable because we’re creatures of habit. But there is a degree of possibility as well, where things can be a little different and we need to be open to where God might be leading.” A look at the penitential act of the Mass (formerly the penitential rite) reveals the importance of forgiveness fundamentals in both the Christian community at large and in marriage, she said. The third part of the Mass examined is the Liturgy of the Word,
where the couple show how each individual’s story and the stories of other church members have a parallel in the story of a married couple. During discussion on the Liturgy of the Eucharist, the couple presents eight foundational intimacies that precede sexual intimacy, including emotional, intellectual, spiritual and verbal intimacy. Noting that we pray a number of prayers before receiving the Eucharist, Jim said, “If we could apply that insight that the Eucharist offers every time we gather to our marriages, it would greatly enhance our intimacy.”
For all married couples The retreat is skills-based, he said, “because we want couples to walk away with information they can act on this very day.” Retreatants will learn, among other skills, specific steps for forgiveness and reconciliation. They’ll also learn the importance of different kinds of intimacies, their spouse’s preferred
intimacies and communication skills, Jim said. “If I know my spouse’s preferred form of intimacy, that their top three are verbal, verbal, verbal, I’d better be learning some communication skills,” he said. While the Otrembas’ instruction doesn’t overlap very much with Blessed John Paul II’s teaching on sexuality and marriage — the Theology of the Body — Jim noted that the couple’s program appears to be in line with the teaching. It’s also rooted in eucharistic theology and synthesizes church teaching, he said. Couples at all stages can benefit from learning how to get more out of the Mass and their marriage, whether their marriage is good or rocky, Jim said. Maureen added, “We hope that it will speak to anyone regardless of where they are in their marriage. I really believe that the Holy Spirit will do that, speak to the couple wherever they are on their journey.”
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Parish events Festival at St. Patrick, Edina — September 16 and 17: Ice cream social from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday features holy yoga at 10 a.m., family fun run at 11 a.m. with games until 6 p.m. Chicken dinner 6:30 to 10 p.m. at 6820 St. Patrick’s Lane. Visit WWW.STPATRICK-EDINA.ORG. Septemberfest at Faithful Shepherd School, Eagan — September 16 and 17: Family fun night Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Concert night Saturday featuring Catchpenny and boogie Wonderland. Doors open at 5 p.m. at 3355 Columbia Drive. Visit WWW. SEPTEMBERFESTROCKS.COM. Festival at St. Patrick, Inver Grove Heights — September 16 to 18: Begins Friday with a wine and beer tasting event with live music and dancing from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday Mass at 4 p.m. followed by a taco dinner, bingo and games. Continues Sunday with a classic car show from noon to 5 p.m. at 3535 72nd St. E Autumn Daze at St. Helena, Minneapolis — September 16 to 18: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at 3204 E. 43rd St. Features fireworks Friday at 10 p.m., a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, as well as live entertainment, rides, quilt bingo and more. Visit WWW.SAINTHELENA.US/AUTUMN DAZE. Fall festival at Guardian Angels, Oakdale — September 16 to 18: Begins Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. with a "Fifty Plus" dance. Continues Saturday with food tent, kids games and bingo. Pasta Dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. and variety show at 7 p.m. with fireworks to follow. Continues Sunday with more games, petting zoo, chicken dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and more at 8260 Fourth St. N. Nativity County Fair at Nativity of Our Lord, St. Paul — September 16 to 18: from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at 1900 Wellesley Ave. Includes an online auction, craft fair, rides, games, food and more. Outdoor Mass at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Visit WWW.NATIVITYCOUNTYFAIR.ORG. Glory Days celebration at St. Francis Xavier, Buffalo — September 16 to 18: 5 to 11 p.m. Friday with a carnival, beer tent, music and fireworks. Continues Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with children’s activities, 5K race, bean bag toss and more. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday with a chicken dinner and carnival at 223 19th St. N.W. Visit WWW.STFXB.ORG. Festival at Transfiguration, Oakdale — September 16 to 18: Dinner Friday evening followed by a teen dance, arcade and rides. Saturday features a 5K family run/walk, food and music by GB Leighton. Sunday outdoor Mass at 10:30 a.m. followed by a breakfast at 6133 15th Ave. N. Festival at St. Rose of Lima, Roseville — September 17: Barbecue dinner from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 2048 Hamline Ave. N. Live music, kids’ games, bingo and more from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Festival at Holy Cross, Minneapolis — September 17 and 18: 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday music “under the big tent” with Dr. Kielbasa. Sunday polka Mass at 10 a.m. followed by a chicken dinner and festival from 11 a.m. to
Great, Minneapolis — September 24: 8 p.m. at 2836 33rd Ave. S. Features Father James Marchionda, OP, and the Dominican Festival Choir. Free will offering.
Don’t miss: 40 Days for Life The fall 40 Days for Life campaign in the Twin Cities area begins Sept. 28 with an opening prayer vigil at 3 p.m. at Health Partners’ Regions Hospital, 640 Jackson St. in St. Paul. 40 Days for Life Twin Cities, coordinated by Pro-Life Action Ministries is a focused pro-life effort that consists of 40 days of prayer and fasting, 40 days of peaceful vigil and 40 days of community outreach. A midpoint prayer vigil will be held Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. and a closing prayer vigil will be held Nov. 6 at 3 p.m. For information or to register, visit WWW.40DAYSFORLIFE.COM/ TWINCITIES. 5:30 p.m. at 1621 University Ave. N.E. Festival at St. Matthew, St. Paul — September 17 and 18: Begins with a chicken dinner at 5 p.m. Saturday with games, an antique car display, wacky hair styles and face painting until 10 p.m. More Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 490 Hall Ave. Fall festival at St. Rita, Cottage Grove — September 17 and 18: Begins Saturday at 4:30 p.m. with a chicken dinner, 5 p.m. polka Mass, country store and bingo to follow. Teen night from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Continues Sunday after 10:30 a.m. Mass with auctions, famers’ market, games and more at 8694 80th St. Applefest at St. Anne, LeSeuer — September 17 and 18: Outdoor Mass at 5:15 p.m. Saturday followed by a hog roast and a teen dance. Chicken dinner and kids’ games Sunday at 11 a.m. Featured both days is Grandma’s Kitchen, garage sale, antique shop and more. Located at 511 N. Fourth St. Festival at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Hastings — September 17 and 18: 1:30 p.m. start for golf tournament Saturday at Hastings Country Club. Festival Sunday 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at 2035 15th St. W. features games, pony rides, raffles and more. Visit WWW.SEASPARISH.ORG. Festival at Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Paul — September 17 and 18: 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday with music, food, dancing and coronation of the queen. Continues Sunday noon to 6 p.m. with music, food and kids’ games at 401 Concord St. Hilltop Autumn Fest at All Saints, Lakeville — September 17 and 18: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 19795 Holyoke Ave. Craft fair, farmers market and more. Continues Sunday with a dinner. Visit WWW.ALLSAINTS CHURCH.COM. Parish homecoming event at Presentation of Mary, Maplewood — September 17 and 18: Features themed Masses at 5 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday at 1725 Kennard St. Food and hospitality outside after Masses. Festival at St. Canice, Kilkenny — September 18: Mass at 10 a.m. followed by a chicken and ham dinner served until 2 p.m. at 183 Maple St. Activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. include a country store, jar bar, crafts and raffles. Fall festival at St. Pius V, Cannon Falls — September 18: Polka Mass at 10
a.m. followed by a roast beef dinner until 2 p.m. at 410 Colville St. W. Also features live music, games and silent auction. Fall festival at Sacred Heart, Rush City — September 18: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 425 Field Ave. Mass with Bishop Lee Piché at 9 a.m., chicken dinner, live music, pie and cake walk, bottle blast and more. Festival at Immaculate Conception, Watertown — September 18: Turkey dinner from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 109 Angel Ave. N. Also features a silent auction, raffle, country store and games for all ages. Festival at St. Jerome, Maplewood — September 18: Outdoor Mass at 10:30 a.m. followed by pony rides, cherry tree and a car show at 11:30 a.m. Booya and other grilled foods available. Booya available for takeout at 7 a.m. (bring a non-glass container), 380 E. Roselawn Ave. Council of Catholic Women’s annual salad luncheon at Holy Trinity, South St. Paul — September 22: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 749 Sixth Ave. S. Cost is $6 and includes salads, rolls, beverage and dessert. Taste of Como Oktoberfest at Holy Childhood, St. Paul — September 23: 5 to 9 p.m. at 1435 Midway Parkway. Wine and food sampling and music. This is an adult-only event. Cost is $15 in advance, call (651) 489-2428. Cost is $20 at the door. Fallfest at St. John the Baptist, New Brighton — September 23 to 25: Begins with Friday evening festivities, continues with Saturday polka Mass and street dance and Sunday Booya at 835 2nd Ave. NW. Also features children’s games, food, shopping and more. Visit WWW.STJOHNNB. COM. 'Rock the Block' weekend at Our Lady of Peace, Minneapolis — September 23 to 25: Celebrating the parish 20th anniversary. Featuring a free all-ages concert with GB Leighton Saturday, carnival rides, spaghetti dinner, beer garden and more. Visit WWW.OLPMN.ORG. Festival at Guardian Angels, Chaska — September 24: ‘Tunes and Food’ from noon to 11 p.m. at 215 W. Second St. Old-time music in the afternoon followed by a polka Mass at 4 p.m. More music follows. Also, American and ethnic foods, country store craft sale and more. Visit WWW. ANGELFEST.ORG. Concert for Peace at St. Albert the
Touch of Lebanon festival at St. Maron, Minneapolis — September 24 and 25: 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at 602 University Ave. N.E. Features authentic Lebanese cuisine, games, raffles and live music. Festival at the Cathedral of St. Paul, St. Paul — September 24 and 25: Saturday activities include the Cathedral Art Fair and “Tacos in a Bag.” Festival Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with live music, cake walk, petting zoo and more at 239 Selby Ave. Visit WWW.CATHEDRALSAINTPAUL.ORG. Festival at St. Michael, West St. Paul — September 24 and 25: Outdoor Mass at 5 p.m. Saturday followed by a lasagna dinner and silent auction at 337 E. Hurley St. Beginning Sunday at 11:30 a.m. are kids’ games, holein-one golf, live music and more. Festival at St. John the Baptist, Vermillion — September 25: Mass at 9:30 a.m. Festival from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 106 W. Main St. Activities include bake sale, beer garden, games and silent auction. Fall festival at St. Michael, Pine Island — September 25: Mass at 10:15 a.m. followed by a roast beef dinner until 1 p.m. at 451 Fifth St. S.W. Also features country store and kids’ games. Fall festival and Booya for St. Francis de Sales parish at Highland Park Pavillion, St. Paul — September 25: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. features booya, German, Hispanic and American food, cake walk, games, pull tabs and more. Festival at Most Holy Redeemer, Montgomery — September 25: Mass at 10:30 a.m. with a chicken and ham dinner to follow from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entertainment, raffles and activities all day at 206 Vine Ave. W.
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Next phase in Bible project is outreach, exhibitions CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A
page, symbolic and liturgical gestures signifying St. John’s ownership of the Bible. It’s taken millions of letters and thousands of decorated capitals, more than 1,100 pages and over 160 original brightly colored illuminations using gold and silver. The process spanned 4,000 miles between Minnesota and Jackson’s scriptorium in Wales, with innumerable emails between 23 people on the creation side and 12 on the Committee on Illumination and Text from the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University.
Initial concerns outweighed In interviews with The Visitor, Abbot Klassen and Tim Ternes, director of The Saint John’s Bible project, discussed the monumental effort. The abbot said the monastery initially had concerns about the project: “Would it divert us from other more front-and-center goals — an abbey guest house, a science building and student housing for the university, countless other things?” Abbot Klassen recounted. “Or our relationship to the poor and commitment to social justice, to peacemaking and other extremely worthy goals as a church and monastery?” Abbot Klassen, who was not abbot at the project’s onset, said some wondered how the abbey would use a handwritten illuminated Bible, and what else would it entail? Was it a good idea to raise money for such a Bible in a technological age? “The classic line was, ‘Nobody’s done this for 500 years. Maybe there are really good reasons for that,’” he said. “On the other hand,” Abbot Klassen said, “if anyone should do this, shouldn’t it be us, given our monastic heritage? Centuries before Gutenberg, monks wrote and illuminated texts, communicating what the Bible
What: “The Saint John’s Bible, Amen!” featuring 18 pages from “Letters and Revelation” Where: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts When: Sept. 16 – Nov. 13. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and until 9 p.m. Thursday. For more information: visit WWW.ARTSMIA.ORG and WWW.SAINTJOHNSBIBLE.ORG.
was about in a visual way to the faithful, who perhaps couldn’t read. It was also a way to create art.” After much planning, the Bible was commissioned on April 28, 1998. Originally scheduled to be finished July 2007, Ternes said it took longer because many events intervened for Donald Jackson, including two surgeries, as well as for St. John’s. After St. John’s received the final pages in June, Ternes said, they needed to be conditioned to their new climate and imaged for security and reproduction purposes before being prepped and installed for exhibition.
Still unbound So far, none of the seven volumes of original folios have been bound. “The decision to bind will be made with as much counsel as we can muster,” Abbot Klassen said. “Jackson, a skilled bookbinder, has been thinking about how to bind it flexibly while protecting the integrity of individual volumes. If it’s reversible, we could access different pages of different volumes. That appeals to me enormously.” It requires flexibility to pair texts and illuminations from different parts of the entire Bible to create new clusters of illuminations.
“Once they are bound,” Ternes said, “we can only show two pages at a time, but unbound we could share 10 or 100. When we bind it, we put an end to the traveling exhibition program.”
‘Their’ Bible Ternes said the next phase is outreach with exhibitions, presentations and Bible studies. Annually 15,000 people view the folios and illustrations at St. John’s; to date, 1.5 million have encountered it through outreach programs. “Once people encounter The Saint John’s Bible, it becomes ‘their’ Bible,” he said. “It draws people from disparate traditions and beliefs and invites them into conversation. The imagery impacts them and encourages discussion better than anything I’ve encountered.” Among his favorite illuminations, Abbot Klassen named a page from Ezekiel with an illumination of the Valley of the Dry Bones using more modern imagery. “You have the wreckage of one 20th-century mass extermination after another — death camps in Germany, Cambodia, Rwanda, the stack of eyeglasses, old cars with an oil slick — which shows enormous insight in our hope for transformation and renewal in the promises of God. For me that’s a very powerful one.” Sciences represented visually in The Saint John’s Bible — like a view of earth from the moon, the HIV virus — were unknown in the Middle Ages. People of color are prominent as are portrayals of women. “My hope is, now that The Saint John’s Bible has been completed, we are in the position to bring our own thoughtful and prayerful sitting with those illuminations, in retreats and other ways of encountering the text and illuminations,” Abbot Klassen said. “The ultimate goal in doing this whole project was to help people love Scripture and make it more a part of their lives,” he said.
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Senior care facility breaks ground on Brooklyn Park expansion Senior care facility Saint Therese at Oxbow Lake broke ground Sept. 12 for an expansion of its Brooklyn Park campus. The 64-bed addition will include both transitional and longterm care suites. Other features will include a fitness center with a The therapy pool, Catholic Spirit therapy services and family-style dining. Saint Therese is a nonprofit faith-based organization that provides assisted living, rehabilitation and fitness, memory care, transitional care, senior housing and palliative care. Other campuses are located in New Hope and Shoreview. For information, visit WWW.STTHERESEMN.ORG.
School president installed William Hudson was installed as sixth president of Totino-Grace High School at a Sept. 2 school Mass with Bishop Lee PichĂŠ presiding. Hudson served as vice president for mission at the Fridley
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Centennial celebration To celebrate its 100th anniversary, the League of Catholic Women will host the â€œHarvest of Hopeâ€? luncheon Sept. 21 at Midland Hills Country Club in St. Paul. At the event, the League will honor three individuals with Women Becoming Awards, presented to those who have beaten the odds and
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Wayzata nonprofit relocates After making its home in Wayzata for 32 years, Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners has moved to Plymouth. The 40,000-square-foot space and on-site partners, including Hennepin County and Wayzata Community Education, will allow them to serve more families more efficiently. A nonprofit begun in 1979, IOCP brings eight west suburban communities together to create opportunities for all to thrive. IOCP responds to the emergency and longterm needs of families and individuals.
Professor wins $10,000 prize Geri Chavis, an English professor at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, was presented with the 2011 Bonnie Jean Kelly and Joan Kelly Faculty Excellence Award at the schoolâ€™s opening festivities Sept. 7. The annual award carries a $10,000 cash prize and recognizes accomplishments in teaching, scholarship and other achievements in the honoreeâ€™s field. Since she began teaching at St. CHAVIS Catherine University in 1977, Chavis has been building a body of work that uses literature for healing. A certified poetry therapist and practicing psychologist, she uses poems, stories and creative expression to facilitate growth and healing.
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Financial planner all about compassion for clients Biography ■ Title: Partner with North Star Resource Group in Minneapolis ■ Parish: St. John Neumann, Eagan ■ Spouse: Jeanne ■ Children: Tim, Dan and Kristin; four grandchildren with another one on the way ■ Activities: Catholic Campaign for Human Development local advisory committee; parish capital campaign chair, couple sponsor and Latino mentor, all with Jeanne
By Julie Pfitzinger For The Catholic Spirit
One might assume a financial planner like Paul Leighton would be all about the numbers. But, in reality, empathy and compassion are the qualities he believes are most important when it comes to interactions with his clients through North Star Resource Group in Minneapolis. Many of his clients are facing retirement or are already retired. “What I’m really about as a financial planner is making sure the interests of my clients are always paramount,” said Leighton, who has been with North Star since 1983. “Sometimes we’ll have to talk about difficult issues, and someone with real concern for their clients isn’t afraid of those conversations.” Cheryl Peterson, parish leadership manager for the local Catholic Campaign for Human Development, on whose local advisory council Leighton serves, nominated him for the Leading With Faith Award.
Helping others Of her colleague’s approach to his role as a financial planner with North Star, which serves both individuals and businesses, and his Catholic faith, she wrote the following: “Paul has always put the needs of his clients before his personal com-
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Leading With Faith winner Paul Leighton talks with staff members Ingrid Strauss, left, and Carol Ferris at North Star Resource Group in St. Paul.
missions — respecting the dignity of the person and what’s best for him or her, rather than making decisions based on his own fear or greed. He is generous with his time, talent and treasure . . . to the needs of the church and organizations that work to end poverty and support the common good.” Leighton’s commitment to compassion carries over into a very active
volunteer life. He and his wife, Jeanne, have been parishioners at St. John Neumann in Eagan for about 30 years. Last year, the couple served as facilitators for the JustFaith ministry at the parish, an intensive 30-week program Leighton called “a deep dive into the Catholic Church’s teaching PLEASE TURN TO FAITH ON PAGE 15B
The Catholic Spirit honors local business leaders 2011 marks the 10th year The Catholic Spirit is honoring Leading With Faith Award winners — men and women whose business practices reflect the teachings of Jesus Christ and the church. This year’s winners are business owners, managers and executives who hail from a variety of fields — from a high school president and investment firm CEO to a Catholic bookstore owner and cable channel operations director. Nominations were solicited from throughout the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Winners were selected in each of three categories: large business, small business and nonprofit organizations. The winners will be honored at the annual Catholic Spirit Leading With Faith lunch Sept. 15 at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. Archbishop John Nienstedt will present the awards.
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Larry LeJeune values family, employees, customers By Pat Norby The Catholic Spirit
Family comes first for Larry LeJeune. The parents of five adult children, grandparents of 14 and great grandparents of two, LeJeune and his wife, Jean, recently celebrated 55 years of marriage during a trip to Istanbul and Greece with 29 family members and two fiancées. “I think we’ve given them a sense of how important family is, because we do a lot of family things together,” LeJeune said. He picked up one of the many family photos in his office — a portrait of Jean — and said, “This is one of my heroes.” He also values his employees at LeJeune Investment Inc., which is a holding company in Golden Valley that owns four luxury automobile dealerships in the Twin Cities. “Employees are very important – this is a people business, not only the sales people or front office people, but the people in the back and the service people,” he said. “A bad experience by a customer is 10 times worse than a good experience.” He said he has always encouraged employees to go out of their way to take care of the customers.
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Leading With Faith winner Larry LeJeune values his employees and encourages them to “look for a chance to be a hero.”
‘Be a hero’ “I tell them to look for a chance to be a hero, to look for something to do for our customers that they don’t expect you to do and they will tell all their neighbors and friends – ‘Gee you won’t believe what Carousel Audi did for me’ – that’s the best form of advertising,” he said. In one instance, an employee went out of the way to deliver a set of keys to a customer who had locked her keys in the car at the Mall of America. Another employee saw that a customer was pulled over with a flat tire, so he stopped to call for a service truck. “We don’t charge for those things, we just do it,” LeJeune said. “It’s selfish really – it’s good for business.” Before buying his first car company, LeJeune owned LeJeune Steel,
a family business started by his father. During the 1980s, LeJeune had just expanded its manufacturing plant when business began declining. “I called everybody together and said we were cutting everyone’s salary by 5 percent, and the officers by 10 percent and my salary by 25 percent,” he said. He also promised that if they could turn around the business, he would pay back everyone. “We made a slight profit for the year and I did pay them all back.” Although there is a lot of bad press about businesses, today, LeJeune said that most of the people he knows are “decent people who run good businesses.”
Working for others Today, LeJeune, 75, leaves most of the day-to-day work of LeJeune In-
vestment to Jon Hansen, president and COO of the company. LeJeune usually spends four to five hours each weekday in the office, working on issues for the many organizations on which he serves as a board member. One of those groups is the Lundstrum Center for the Arts in north Minneapolis. “My wife Jean was Dorothy Lundstrum’s girl,” he said. “When the Casserlys took over the [Lundstrum] Center [for the Performing Arts in Minneapolis] they asked Jean to be on the board. She said she was no good at boards, but she would volunteer her husband.” LeJeune credits his parents and the sisters and brothers at DeLaSalle High School for his strong sense of ethics. “I don’t wear my faith on my sleeve,” he said. “I just try to look myself in the mirror and try to do the right thing.” Although LeJeune said he doesn’t know why he is receiving a Leading With Faith Award, Hansen said in the nomination form, “Larry’s core values of integrity, honesty and kindness remain constant and consistent.” When he was hired by LeJeune 28 years ago, Hansen said he was told that: “We should assume that anything we did today could be published on the front page of the newspaper tomorrow.” Father Dennis Dease, University of St. Thomas president, said, “Larry LeJeune is one of the hardest working and most energetic members on our board of trustees. . . . Larry and Jean LeJeune have been very generous philanthropists as well as strong business leaders.”
Biography ■ Title: Chairman and CEO of LeJeune Investment, Inc. ■ Parish: St. Bartholomew, Wayzata ■ Spouse: Jean ■ Children: Five children, 14 grandchildren, two great grandchildren ■ Activities: University of St. Thomas board of trustees member, UST Law School board of governors chairman, Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts board chairman
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Mark Dienhart leads by example at University of St. Thomas Biography â– Title: Executive vice president and chief operating officer at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul â– Parish: Nativity of Our Lord, St. Paul â– Spouse: Kate â– Children: Mary, Alissa and Carolyn â– Activities: Board member at DeLaSalle High School, Minneapolis; board member at University of St. Thomas Center for Ethical Business Culture; member and past president of Midway Serra Club; member of the DeLaSalle High School and University of St. Thomas athletic halls of fame
it is the outcome of the education received by every UST student â€” following the schoolâ€™s mission to produce â€œmorally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely and work skillfully to advance the common goodâ€? â€” that is particularly gratifying for him. â€œWe are in one of those professions where we are not trying to build a better widget than somebody else. It might sound a little corny to put it this way, but if we do our jobs well, we are actually doing our part to build a better world,â€? Dienhart said. â€œIâ€™m always proud on commencement day, and Iâ€™m proud when I hear about the ways our graduates are having an impact on society.â€?
By Julie Pfitzinger The Catholic Spirit
Mark Dienhart is humbled to be included in this yearâ€™s group of Leading With Faith winners for several reasons, not the least of which is his belief that he is surrounded by others at the University of St. Thomas who regularly model the Catholic faith for him. â€œThere are so many people here â€” faculty, staff and students â€” who inspire me in the ways they live out their lives,â€? said Dienhart, executive vice president and chief operating officer at UST. â€œIf there is something that Iâ€™m doing thatâ€™s a reflection of my faith, it is a result of the type of institution we are trying to be here. Itâ€™s part of the air you breathe on a daily basis.â€? Dienhart has served in his current role since 2008; prior to that, he was executive vice president and chief administrative officer at UST for five years and was also senior vice president from 2001 to 2003. However, Dienhartâ€™s association with the Catholic university goes back much further to his days as an undergraduate where, in 1975, he was a student in a class taught by Father John Malone, now vice president for mission at UST and the man who nominated Dienhart for the Leading With Faith Award.
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Mark Dienhart is executive vice president and chief operating officer at the University of St. Thomas.
Role model In his nomination, Father Malone reflected on their early interaction: â€œHe was an excellent student, a gifted athlete and a young man held in the highest regard by his peers and the faculty.â€? Commenting on Dienhartâ€™s role today, Father Malone said, â€œIn my book, Mark leads by example. His personal and professional lives are
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both open books. He is consistent in his attendance and participation at religious celebrations on campus. His respectfulness of all employees never wavers.â€? Dienhartâ€™s primary responsibilities lie in the management of an institution with an approximate annual operating budget of $250 million serving 6,000 undergraduate and 5,000 graduate students. However,
Help along the way Dienhart and his wife, Kate, have been parishioners at Nativity of Our Lord in St. Paul since 1981. Kate is a fifth-grade teacher in the parish school. Since many UST students from St. Paul begin their education at Nativity, Dienhart credits his wife and her fellow teachers for the influence they have on future St. Thomas populations. â€œThe work she does and the work the other master teachers do at Nativity is quite noble,â€? he said. â€œThey help to shape the students that we see down the road.â€?
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St. Therese marketing director is strong advocate for seniors when he thinks of the pastoral staff, nurses and aides and what they are paid, LeBlanc said. â€œItâ€™s also awkward because if you say faith is a gift, how can you get an award for it?â€?
By Pat Norby The Catholic Spirit
John LeBlanc is right at home at Saint Therese of New Hope and Saint Therese at Oxbow Lake in Brooklyn Park. He greets everyone by name and often stops to ask about the wellbeing of staff, residents and tenants. Recently, LeBlanc visited Harry, a 97-year-old resident who was waiting in the therapy area for his appointment in hopes of getting strong enough to move back to his apartment at Oxbow Lake. â€œHarry is a reminder of what is important and that you better stop and visit,â€? LeBlanc said later. â€œHe would be a great example of someone who is upbeat. I saw him one day out of 12 years where he was down. Whoâ€™s to tell him he doesnâ€™t have a right to Medicare dollars to do some therapy and give him some hope and to feel better?â€? Amid all the discussion going on about the wise use of tax dollars, LeBlanc, 45, said he believes Harry and other members of the â€œGreatest Generationâ€? deserve the right to feel better and to hope for a return to their independent living situation. â€œItâ€™s cool to see Harry happy, to be fired up and have a goal.â€? But when patients plateau, Medicare wonâ€™t pay for therapy any longer, LeBlanc said. â€œThey were our Little League coaches. They were the hubs of our families,â€? he said. â€œThe reality is â€” we are going to see that day and need advanced care.â€?
Enhancing seniorsâ€™ lives So, LeBlanc has sought ways to improve the health and well-being of seniors through donations from organizations and individuals. â€œWhen I can see that my effort ac-
Faith guides decisions
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Leading With Faith winner John LeBlanc enjoys a laugh with Benedictine Sister Marie Fujan during a meeting at Saint Therese of New Hope.
tually helped someone make a decision to make a donation or a decision to come here, thatâ€™s huge,â€? he said. â€œTrying to make life better for these seniors and their families and seeing that donors are pleased with their donationsâ€? make his job fulfilling. One project he is proud of is finding donors to purchase expensive balance equipment, which spawned the Balance Clinic at Saint Therese of New Hope and the funding of more balance equipment at Oxbow Lake. â€œPeople arenâ€™t doing the tango after balance therapy,â€? he quipped. â€œBut we have people who were in wheelchairs . . . and are almost running down the halls. Itâ€™s a story about giving people confidence to get better and go back to their apartment.â€? LeBlanc said he has been on â€œan interesting journeyâ€? since learning that he would receive the Leading With Faith Award. His first thought was: â€œIf you only really knew me.â€?
Then, it prompted him to write down a list of all the people in his life who have been there for him. The list includes his parents, priests, his wife, Michelle, and those with whom he didnâ€™t get along. â€œThey say if there is someone you donâ€™t like or something you donâ€™t like in someone, a lot of times itâ€™s because thatâ€™s in you as well. I donâ€™t fully understand that, but Iâ€™m going in the direction of starting to get that.â€? He cited the positive influence of Sharing and Caring Handsâ€™ Mary Jo Copeland, with whom he volunteered; Msgr. Jerry Boxleitner and Father Larry Snyder, with whom he worked at Catholic Charities; and Ron Krietemeyer, former archdiocesan social justice director. â€œRon Krietemeyer always talked about the widows, orphans and aliens and how society is judged by how it treats those people,â€? he said. â€œIt feels awkward to be called outâ€?
Although LeBlanc doesnâ€™t discuss his relationship with Jesus or his faith in the workplace, â€œI have been reminded that faith has guided me in all my decisions or I have wanted it to guide me.â€? A tenant once wanted to give Saint Therese a gift of $10,000. Although nursing home residents are legally â€œvulnerable adults,â€? tenants are not protected by the same rules. This tenant had previously given a gift and LeBlanc decided to check in with one of the children. He believed it was important to be honest with another family member. The adult child understood the dilemma and was grateful for the call. The donation was made and relationships maintained. LeBlanc said he has worked for the Catholic Church all of his life, except for a stint with Childrenâ€™s Home Society. He worked for St. Stephen in Minneapolis, St. Edward in Bloomington, Catholic Charities, Twin Cities, and spent time at the archdiocesan mission in Venezuela. After taking this job five years ago, he recalled that he had worked at a nursing home in high school and thought that he should become a nursing home administrator. Today, he is working on obtaining that licensure so he can continue to serve. â€œI think of the courage here in the residents and the tenants day in and day out. You can do life and be negative and you can do life and have a positive outlook,â€? he said. â€œI hope Iâ€™m like Harry.â€?
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Prayer, school’s values guide Cretin-Derham Hall president Biography ■ Title: President of CretinDerham Hall in St. Paul ■ Parish: St. John Neumann, Eagan ■ Spouse: Bridget ■ Children: Derek, Alanah, Ray and Joe ■ Activities: NCEA planning committee; eucharistic minister, lector
capital campaign this fall to ensure access for a diversity of students.
By Susan Klemond For The Catholic Spirit
Dick Engler has never thought about whether he’s leading with faith because he doesn’t consider his faith an “add-on,” something separate from who he is. “I see it as nothing more than I am deeply committed to my faith, and that commitment is not just sitting in the pew so to speak — it’s also walking out and living that faith with others,” said Engler, president of Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul. In more than 20 years in his position, Engler, 60, a member of St. John Neumann in Eagan, has lived his faith through prayer, an open management style and deep concern for the school’s 1,322 students — which has led him to help create a $2.4 million financial aid/tuition fund and start a
Prayer is key Prayer is an important component of Engler’s leadership, a discipline he learned growing up, he said. Through the busyness of his career, he realizes the importance of making time for prayer and daily Mass. The charisms of the school’s founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and the Christian Brothers, inspire Engler in prayer and form part of CDH’s vision statement, which has to do with faith, academics, leadership, service, equity, diversity and community.
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Dick Engler is president of CretinDerham Hall High School in St. Paul.
Engler said he is most proud that CDH is guided by the statement’s seven values and is more concerned that graduating seniors leave with these values than with great career
prospects. “Many times schools will say we’ve got a mission statement or a philosophy statement, and that sits on a shelf somewhere,” he said. “Our values are truly alive here at CDH and we truly strive to achieve them.” An Aberdeen, S.D., native, Engler spent 19 years in teaching and administration at South Dakota Catholic and public schools before becoming CDH’s president in 1990. Though he sometimes misses teaching sociology and Spanish, he said, as an administrator he’s been able to promote values school-wide rather than in a single classroom. “As an administrator I can develop the culture for the building,” he said. “I can develop this demand for respect and appreciation for the individual and the human dignity of every single person in this building.” For Engler, leading as an administrator is not about authority, as he thought when he took his first high school principal job at age 25. Rather, it has to do with service and empowerment — and shared decision making.
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According to Lou Anne Tighe, CDH vice president who nominated Engler, he “is fair, compassionate and involves all who are impacted by his decisions in the decision-making process. He is a role model of faith, good humor and humility.” Engler said he’s been inspired by priests he’s known, including his high school spiritual advisor, the late Father Joseph Murphy and CDH chaplain Father John Forliti. For Engler, leading also means an urgency to improve. CDH offers $2.4 million in financial aid annually, which meets only 58 percent of the need, he said, adding that he’s begun a capital campaign this fall to create a larger student endowment for financial aid. “If we don’t, we’re going to be a different looking school and we’re going to lose the diversity that we have presently,” he said. “Socioeconomic diversity [would] be lost in this school and I don’t want that to happen.” Engler is also working on ways to better teach different students, placing students in smaller groups with one mentor and improving students’ senior-year experience. He said what most fulfills him in his work are kids — and making a difference in their lives without even knowing it. “Your very presence, your kindness, your respect for the individual, your openness, your caring, your compassion — that made a difference to this young man or young woman or it could even be a faculty or staff member,” he said. “They’ve made differences in my life the same way. It wasn’t anything dramatic; it was really being the face of Christ to someone else. That’s what makes a difference in people’s lives.”
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‘Listening, collaboration’ key to Gay Jacobson’s success By Julie Carroll The Catholic Spirit
As operations director for Metro Cable Network, Gay Jacobson “has always had God in [the] plan for Channel 6,” Bonnie Shutte wrote in nominating her friend for the Leading With Faith Award. At Jacobson’s office in Northeast Minneapolis’ arts district, visitors get a glimpse of the central role faith plays in her life. A picture of Jesus with red and blue rays of light emanating from his heart adorns one wall. An angel statue perched high on a bookshelf watches over the office. A prayer book rests on a pile of papers on her desk. Most mornings Jacobson attends Mass. “It gives you that kind of wallop to get going,” she said. She sometimes pauses during her busy workday to pray or read the Bible. “If I get kind of a lull in the day and I’m kind of tired, I pray,” she said. “It just fires me up again and gets me going.” Jacobson began working at Metro Cable Network 25 years ago, when the station was founded. Her clients have included small local businesses and churches. A staff of four full-time and 15 contracted employees assists clients with all aspects of video production. “Here you can get your message
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Leading With Faith winner Gay Jacobson, left, operations director at Metro Cable Network in North Minneapolis, talks with her daughter, Stephanie Jacobson, MCN finance manager/web designer.
out for as little as $500 and have it aired on Channel 6,” Jacobson said. “So we’re trying to help the small businesses stay afloat in these economic times.” Several religious programmers, including the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, have been MCN members for years. Shutte attributes those long-term relationships to “Gay’s dedication and honesty.” Catholic programming on MCN6 includes shows produced by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Catholic Parents Online, Mass at St. Olaf in Minneapolis, and ordinations
at the Cathedral of St. Paul. MCN6 also was home to St. Olaf’s Emmywinning show “Generation Cross.” Faith often comes up in Jacobson’s conversations with religious clients, she said. “They’ll stop in my office from time to time, and I’ll have a lot of them pray over me because that’s part of their mission.”
‘All God’s children’ Jacobson’s nominator noted her openness to diverse cultures and faiths. “I don’t discriminate against anyone,” Jacobson said. “I feel like we’re
all God’s children. . . . My philosophy is to treat everybody equal, with respect and kindness.” Jacobson said her 94-year-old mother, Ruby, has influenced her life more than anyone. She and her 10 siblings would pray the rosary together every day before going to school, Jacobson recalled. Often their mother would read the Bible to them. “There isn’t a week that goes by that I don’t tell her, ‘Thank you for raising me in the Catholic faith,’” Jacobson said. The keys to being a successful leader, according to Jacobson, include listening and collaboration. “There’s no shortcut to success,” she said. “I’m taking one day at a time and focusing on trying to make a difference not only in my life but also with those I come in contact with on a daily basis.” Above all, Jacobson credits God for her success. “God is who helps me run this place,” she said. “Many times when I’m in [eucharistic] adoration or at daily Mass, I just say, ‘Who can you bring me today that can help me keep this channel going?’ And he never fails. He’s my biggest supporter. He oversees everything.” For information about Metro Cable Network, go to WWW.MCN6.ORG.
Biography ■ Title: Operations director at Metro Cable Network Channel 6, Minneapolis ■ Parish: St. John the Baptist, New Brighton ■ Spouse: Richard ■ Children: Stephanie, Karri and Andrea ■ Activities: Chaired Fun Fest at Immaculate Conception in Columbia Heights for three years, involved with Knights of Columbus (Richard is navigator), volunteers at Mary’s Place in Minneapolis
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Catholic bookstore owner sees work as ministry Biography ■ Title: Owner of St. George Catholic Books and Gifts, Blaine ■ Parish: St. Paul, Ham Lake ■ Spouse: Sharon ■ Children: Rachel Wilson, Hillary, Dan, Ruthie and Josh ■ Activities: Volunteer at church
By Julie Carroll The Catholic Spirit
“Now what?” Bob Balk wondered after the clothes manufacturing company where he worked for 25 years closed seven years ago. It wasn’t long before the answer came to him. He and his wife, Sharon, would open a Catholic bookstore. The first thing the couple did was discuss the idea with their pastor, Father Jon Vander Ploeg, who gave them his blessing, Bob said. Then they went to work. “We felt a calling to do this,” said Bob, 54. “We had no game plan or initial thoughts of how this should all play out. It was more of a gut feeling, and we just figured that we would be led to do whatever came up.” They found space for the store at a bustling intersection of Highway 65 North in Blaine. “We actually signed a lease before we knew where to buy a book,” Bob said. “We didn’t realize how hard the work was going to be. So it was trust, obviously, but we knew there was a need.”
More than a job Shortly after the Balks signed the lease for their store, Sharon and their
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Leading With Faith winner Bob Balk owns St. George Catholic Books and Gifts in Blaine with his wife, Sharon.
daughter, Rachel Wilson, attended a Catholic trade show in New Jersey. That week, Sharon heard the name George mentioned repeatedly. Taking it as a sign, the Balks christened their store St. George Catholic Books and Gifts, after the third-century martyr who is commonly depicted slaying a dragon. “We just feel
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that he’s out there for the good fight,” Bob said. Bob sees his work as a ministry and a calling. When people come into a Catholic bookstore, it’s because they have a spiritual need, he said. Occasionally he offers to pray with people who appear troubled. “Every day you just have to shake your head because right when you think, ‘Does it really matter?’ something happens in the store or someone will say, ‘This affected me in this way.’ . . . Then you know that God is showing you that what is going on here is not to be minimized,” he said. Bob delights in helping customers find exactly what they’re searching for as well as introducing them to new authors. “What’s so neat is when you see even older people just act like kids in a candy store,” he said.
A family business Despite having grown over the years, St. George remains a family business. The couple’s five children, ages 18 to 27, all have worked there at one time or another, and Bob considers the employees members of his extended family. Even though he’s the owner, Bob pitches in wherever there’s a need, from ringing up sales to hauling boxes to cleaning bathrooms. He also
mentors children whose parents bring them to the store to volunteer. On a recent morning, a customer stopped to converse with a familiar face in the parking lot, and a man passing through the propped-open door with his teenage son greeted the employees like old friends: “Hey, how are ya?” “I think of us as kind of like the Catholic Cheers,” Bob said, referring to the sit-com bar “where everybody knows your name.” “When you’re surrounded by all of these people who are so prayerful, you really can’t think of any other better place to be working,” he said. “. . . There’s genuine joy. No matter how hard the struggles are, you know that it can be brought back into perspective and you know God’s leading the way. “I think there’s a purpose and there’s a reason why we’re here, and that’s proven by all the people and the faces and the discussions that we have,” he added. “Hopefully we’re part of building the body of Christ. That’s such a joy and a goal and a challenge at the same time.” St. George Catholic Books is located at the intersection of Highway 65 North and 109th Avenue NE in Blaine. The website is WWW.STGEORGEBOOKS.COM.
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Vocational rehabilitation counselor helps clients stay positive By Dave Hrbacek The Catholic Spirit
Jim Reinhardt of Burnsville often sees people at their lowest moments. They have suffered an injury that makes it impossible to do their job anymore. After they file a workers compensation claim, he calls them. They share their bad news, their concerns and their fears with him as they try to plot their next career move. Listening with a sympathetic, practical and spiritual ear is an important part of Reinhardt’s job as a vocational rehabilitation counselor for his company, Minnesota Rehabilitation Services. “I either help them get back to work with their pre-injury employer, or I help them find a new career to replace the one they can’t return to because of their injury,” he said. “People who are injured are hurting. They’re afraid they’re going to lose their job.”
Taking a chance One of the first things Reinhardt does when he meets with a new client is try and put them at ease. An effective tool is to help them focus on the positive, like what skills they have that were not lost to the injury. From there, he helps them with vo-
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Jim Reinhardt is the owner of Minnesota Rehabilitation Services in Burnsville.
cational counseling, job skills training, job development and job seeking. When it comes to the fear of trying something new, Reinhardt can relate to his clients. After starting in the field in 1986, he decided several years ago it was time to strike out on his own. There were several factors that made this a risky move: He had to sign a non-compete agreement for his employer that meant he couldn’t start a company
in that field for a year; so, he had to find other work during that time. He had 10 children to support along with his wife, Nadine, who does not work outside the home. Reinhardt would have to find all new clients, and enough of them to keep the business going. He would have the added financial burden of getting health coverage on his own for his family. “It was a huge decision,” he said of making the move in 2006. “It’s probably the riskiest move I’ve ever made in my life, for sure. I’m not that big of a risk-taker.” But, with the support and encouragement of Nadine, he pushed forward. Not far into the venture, he was celebrating his 20th client with a pizza party for his family — this after spending the year of his noncompete clause working for Jim Cahill, a Leading With Faith winner last year and founder of his own marketing company. It was during that year that Cahill witnessed the leadership qualities that he wrote about in nominating Reinhardt for the award this year. “The biggest example is how he honored the one year non-compete clause his former employer required him to sign,” Cahill wrote. “He honored it despite the real opportunity to do business on his own
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prior to the expiration of the agreement,” Cahill added. “He received inquiries from potential clients and would not consider working for them during the one-year time period. The best part of this story was what the Lord did for Jim. On the first day of eligibility, free from the non-compete agreement, Jim got a call . . . which turned into his first client. I always interpreted that as the Lord honoring his honesty.”
Family affair One of the unique parts of Reinhardt’s business is the employees — his wife and children. All have helped him in various ways, and that’s one of the reasons he started his own company in the first place. “I really do like the idea of the family being close to the action,” he said. “I try to employ Nadine and the kids as much as possible. . . . It teaches them about business, it teaches them about God’s providence.” Wrote Cahill: “He wanted his children to pray as a family for the business. As part of their preparation for adulthood, he wanted them to understand the ‘good times and the bad’ of running a business and tighten up the belt when necessary. Jim has endless stories [some amazing] about how the family pulled together when things were tight.”
Biography ■ Title: Owner, Minnesota Rehabilitation Services, Burnsville ■ Parish: Holy Family, St. Louis Park ■ Spouse: Nadine ■ Children: Benjamin, Mary, Charles, Rebecca, Elizabeth, Clare, Sarah, Thomas, Andrew and Samuel ■ Activities: Member of People of Praise ecumenical Christian community; member of Knights of Columbus, St. Louis Council 3949
Congratulations Bill Bojan
From the parishioners and staff of St. Hubert Catholic Community
Jacobs Marketing, family and friends
proudly congratulate Jackie Gibney for receiving the 2011 Leading with Faith Award
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Honesty, transparency let Gibney sleep well at night Biography ■ Title: President/ partner of Jacobs Marketing ■ Parish: St. Therese, Deephaven ■ Spouse: Chris ■ Children: Tommy, Grace, Matthew and the late Peter ■ Activities: Founder of The Gibney Award, Vistage International participant, religion instructor at her parish
By Pat Norby The Catholic Spirit
Jackie Gibney always wanted to be part of her dad’s business. When Duane Jacobs started Jacobs Marketing in 1982, Gibney and her brother, Dan Jacobs, worked for their dad, while in school, stocking shelves and counting product. After graduating in 1992 with a business degree from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, Gibney went to work for the Kellogg Company. “About ’94, I came back and started working for [Dad],” she said. She loved it so much that she and her business partner, Gene Ringuette, bought out the other partners, although Duane still serves as the CEO. “We went from seven to 23 people” in the past five years, she said. She believes the company, which is a retail broker that represents manufactures across the country, has done well because it has strong contacts with Target Corporation and is customer-service oriented. Companies hire Jacobs Marketing to sell their product into Target, she said. “We have a couple of other retailers, but 97 percent of our income is generated by Target,” she said.
Honesty promotes sleep Gibney also believes that the company is successful because it values honesty and transparency, which are important to leading with faith. Those values are vital in a com-
Leading With Faith winner Jackie Gibney has been working since 1994 at Jacobs Marketing, the company her father Duane Jacobs founded and that she now manages with her business partner, Gene Ringuette. Dave Hrbacek / The Catholic Spirit
pany that has two customers: the store where the product is being placed and the vendor who pays for the placement, she said. “From a team-building standpoint, it’s about caring about people and their talents, not just from a business aspect but a life aspect,” Gibney said. Those values don’t always lead to greater company growth, however. “We had the opportunity about two years ago to interview with a very large company,” Gibney said.
But Jacobs Marketing was already representing another company with a similar product line. “In the end,” she said, “we turned down the new business. . . . When you think about the impact to the company and how good it could have been for our reputation and our volume and our income, that’s where it was difficult. We could have justified it in our heads. But we stayed true to our word. We can all sleep well at night. That’s my gauge.”
However, sleeping well at night is sometimes dependent on the health of her husband, Chris Gibney, executive vice president of category management at Jacobs Marketing, and their three living children: Tommy, 9; Grace, 7; and Matthew, 4. Another son who died at birth, Peter, would have been 11, Gibney said. Asked about her greatest accomplishment or project, Gibney quickly said, “I am most proud of my three children. They are just neat kids. I learn from the kids a lot, especially from a faith standpoint.” The project she is most proud of is the Gibney Fund that she and Chris created at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, which creates a student board to be in charge of part of the Gibneys’ annual giving. Gibney wanted college students to learn about the beauty of giving and philanthropy work. Although she is never surprised by the charities they choose, she has been surprised by the impact it has had on the students. “A couple of students have chosen to go into nonprofit work. One was going to be a lawyer. He’s still a lawyer, but chose to do law in nonprofit versus for profit,” she said.
Faith grew in grief When Gibney found out that account executive Deb Tallarico had nominated her for the Leading With Faith Award, she thought about what Jesus would do and what he taught. “He’s my focus on [leadership].” A lifelong Catholic, Gibney said that her faith really grew through her sister, Annette Lamers, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 33 and died at 40. The Gibneys were attending St. Olaf in Minneapolis where they were married and became close friends with Father Peter Laird. The priest told her that he has seen very few people immerse themselves in faith the way her sister did during the last seven years of her life. “Father Laird has been monumental in my faith journey,” Gibney said, adding that he inspires her to listen and want to make changes in her life. She said that she also is inspired by Ringuette, husband Chris, and parents, Gene and Nancy Jacobs. One additional inspiration was the book “Servant Leadership,” which showed her the kind of leader she wanted to be. The comments made by Tallarico on the nomination form suggest that Gibney already is that kind of leader. Tallarico wrote: “Another example of a great Christian leader is the belief that people are made in the image and likeness of God. We all know how difficult that can be sometimes, as everyone does not act from the same value base. To treat difficult business associates with ultimate respect and acceptance takes a very special individual. To then become their mentor and nurture them is a rare talent. I have seen Jackie do this over and over.”
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Marty Schutz practicing his faith’s values at law firm they also give Schutz opportunities to encourage couples to seek reconciliation through a counselor, priest or pastor. He’s coached clients to work through their problems with forgiveness and repentance, finding that the biggest battle is dealing with lawyers on the other side who want the divorce to go through quickly.
By Susan Klemond For The Catholic Spirit
When he joined what is now Flower & Schutz, PLC law firm in 1994, attorney Marty Schutz found Christian values already there because all the firm’s attorneys were Christian. Though raised Catholic, the parishioner at St. John the Baptist in New Brighton felt challenged to “dig deeper” into his Catholic faith so he could dialogue with his Protestant colleagues. Schutz, 45, now finds opportunities to witness to them about Catholic issues as he also shares the faith through his words and actions with clients and others he meets. “Oddly enough it’s kind of come full circle where I can witness to them about being strong in our commitment to Mary, not scared to talk about Mary and Mary’s role in the church and my faith,” said Schutz, now a part owner of the firm, which handles estate planning, probate, family law, business planning, real estate and personal injury. Inspired by his father, who shared his faith in a range of work circumstances, Schutz seeks to live his Christian values in the way he works with the firm’s staff, interacts with clients, approaches legal issues and is involved in the community.
Mutual respect valued The most important value, he said, is mutual respect. “The lawyers are not treated any differently than the non-lawyers,” Schutz said. “The wealthy clients are not treated any differently than the less wealthy clients. Everybody’s im-
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Leading With Faith winner Marty Schutz talks with attorney Paul Flower in their office in Brooklyn Center.
portant. That’s a challenge, but that’s what we try to create, an environment where there’s mutual respect for everyone.” He also takes into consideration job seekers’ difficulties when hiring and is sensitive to employees’ challenges. Prayer is central to the firm’s operation and especially when other attorneys and staff are in crisis. “In our firm, God is first and family is a very near second,” Schutz said. “We have very strong family values in our firm from top down, from the senior law partners to me and other lawyers we work with, staff. If there are personal or family issues that come up, we want to address them right away and deal with them as best we can. We’ll pray with staff.
The attorneys will get together and pray. We pray for each other’s families. We pray for our clients.” In working with a variety of clients, decisions involving ethics arise almost daily, Schutz said. Attorneys comply with the Code of Professional Responsibility, but the higher code of ethics consists of biblical principles, he said. “You’re dealing with the truth — facts, not emotions — so you have to keep people focused on what’s true, what’s really going on here, and it’s really easy to question the truth,” he said. “It’s really easy for people to push the envelope, to stretch things, to not be honest or respectful of others.” Divorce cases pose challenges, but
“There’s been a fair number of couples that have been on the brink of divorce, and we’ve encouraged them to basically put those cases on hold to work through the personal issues, and they did and they’re still married today,” he said. “That’s God’s work.” Schutz “has a reputation in the legal community for being an honest and trustworthy lawyer,” said John Daly, an attorney who nominated Schutz. “Most importantly, he is known as a man of great faith who is very active in pursuing Christian ways of resolving conflict and issues.” What’s most fulfilling about Schutz’s job is working with a wide range of people, as well as that it allows plenty of time for his wife, Sandy, and three children. He volunteers with the Judicare of Anoka County, Tax Moot Court at his alma mater, William Mitchell Law School in St. Paul, the Knights of Columbus and a range of parish ministries. In all capacities, Schutz believes in seeking first God’s kingdom and learning from others’ mistakes. “God has rewarded us with a good business,” he said. “I think the underlying premise is we’re Christians first and we’re going to treat people the right way, and the rest falls into place.”
Biography ■ Title: Part-owner of Flower & Schutz, PLC law firm ■ Parish: St. John the Baptist, New Brighton ■ Spouse: Sandy ■ Children: Nicholas, Nathan, Samantha ■ Activities: Judicare of Anoka County, Tax Moot Court at William Mitchell Law School, Knights of Columbus, parish ministries
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Robert Strachota uses gifts to help Catholic Charities brings to the workplace. Hering, Strachotaâ€™s executive assistant, nominated her boss for the Leading With Faith Award because, as she put it, sheâ€™s in a unique position to watch Bob work and sees that his Catholic faith animates all of his decisions. â€œOccasionally clients will try to influence Bob and try to sway his assessment to their advantage,â€? Hering said. â€œBob will not allow a client to do that . . . (he) believes that objectivity is the only ethical way to assign value and truly serve his clients.â€? In the office Strachota loves to build up others, Hering added, and donates time, money and professional expertise as a matter of first priority.
By Bob Zyskowski The Catholic Spirit
Catholic Charities was having a frustrating time with facilities. The agency would move a program to a low-rent property and fix the place up. As soon as the lease was up, the landlord would double the rent because the property now had more value, and Catholic Charities would need to move. Then Robert Strachota, president of Shenehon Company, a nationwide leader in evaluating real estate and businesses, was named to Catholic Charities board of directors. â€œI convinced the board that instead of renting we should buy real estate and make it tax exempt,â€? Strachota explained. Catholic Charities saved rent money and began to build net worth and buying power. From the Shenehon offices in downtown Minneapolis, Strachota told The Catholic Spirit that Godâ€™s hand is in his involvement with Catholic Charities and all his life. â€œI think God knew I wasnâ€™t opposed to buying real estate, so he must have said to himself, â€˜Iâ€™m putting Strachota on this board,â€™ â€? he said with a smile. â€œChrist has a purpose for us,â€? he said. â€œIâ€™m a broken piece of this broken world myself, but Iâ€™m supposed to fix whatever I can.â€? He didnâ€™t always take that approach.
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Leading With Faith winner Bob Strachota, president of Shenehon Company in Minneapolis, has used his knowledge of commercial real estate to help Catholic Charities.
â€œWhen I was young and trying to figure out how the world worked, I saw money as the answer,â€? Strachota said.
Money one of Godâ€™s tools â€œI came to realize that money is just one of Godâ€™s tools and not the end in itself. I had to learn how to detach myself from money. It made me better in my work when I wasnâ€™t thinking about money for myself but
how I could do the best for others.â€? His mentor was the company founder, the late Howard Shenehon, who taught Strachota both the satisfaction of giving and the key to the business he now leads. â€œMr. Shenehon taught me how to value a business and how to value real estate with integrity. Thatâ€™s an important treasure of this company.â€? Katherine Hering sees integrity as a faith-driven gift Bob Strachota
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Larry LeJeune 2011 Recipient of the Leading with Faith Award
Heâ€™s shared those gifts on the school board, finance committee and parish council at Our Lady of Grace in Edina, where he and his wife Anne raised four girls. Heâ€™s currently on the University of St. Thomas Real Estate Advisory Board, the St. Paul Seminary Board of Trustees, and the board of the Catholic Community Foundation. How does he do it? â€œActually, I find relaxation in being productive with my time,â€? Strachota said. â€œI feel fulfilled, relaxed. Life seems to have purpose. As we walk each day, we all have our silent partner in Christ. Heâ€™s the best equity partner we could ever have.â€?
Biography â– Title: President, Shenehon Company, Minneapolis â– Parish: Our Lady of Grace, Edina â– Spouse: Anne â– Children: Madeline, Suzanne and Elizabeth Strachota, and Katherine Ostlund and one grandchild â– Activities: Trustee on boards of St. Paul Seminary and Catholic Community Foundation; on real estate advisory boards of University of St. Thomas and U of M; Knights of Malta member
The Parishioners and Staff of
Our Lady of Grace, Edina, Proudly Congratulate 2011 Leading with Faith Award Recipient Parishioner,
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Business leader strives to change corporate culture By Dave Hrbacek The Catholic Spirit
On the wall of Bill Bojan’s office at Integrated Governance Solutions in Bloomington hangs a most unusual piece of art. It’s a painting that shows Jesus talking with two businessmen and shaking hands with one of them. Below the painting are words from the Book of Proverbs: “Unending riches, honor and success are mine to give. . . . My paths are those of justice and truth. Those who love and follow me are indeed wealthy and I will fill their treasuries.” That, in a nutshell, is what Bojan’s three-year-old company is all about. He tells his clients that their focus should not be on making money, but on practicing ethical principles of governance. If they do, as the verse from Proverbs states, wealth will come. He believes his job — and his calling — is to help corporations and organizations build structures of authority and governance that will make them, in the long term, morally sound and financially prosperous.
Changing the culture Bojan knows firsthand what can happen when the bottom line is strictly making money. He spent years working in the corporate world for companies like Arthur Andersen, once a top-five accounting firm before falling apart due to its involvement in the Enron scandal 10 years ago. After witnessing unethical business practices, and once leaving a Fortune 25 company when executives reacted negatively to immoral practices he reported, he decided to try and change the culture of corporate America by starting a company of his own. He began with a simple philosophy
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Leading With Faith winner Bill Bojan said an important decision he made for his company, Integrated Governance Solutions in Bloomington, was to build a chapel on the premises.
three years ago — do things God’s way. He steadily built a team of employees (now 12) to assist him, then made one of the most important decisions in establishing the culture of his own office: He built a chapel. In it are, not one, but two crucifixes, including a large one placed prominently on the back wall with a Bible on a table directly beneath it. The spiritual aura of the space is palpable, and so is the faith of the company’s leader and his employees. “It’s an incredibly humble, Godcentered group of people,” said Bojan, 47, of his staff. “We meet in the chapel every morning and pray. We pray as part of our meeting and seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit.” Beyond that, Bojan goes to daily Mass seven days a week, often at his parish, St. Hubert in Chanhassen, plus spends time in a eucharistic adoration chapel. It is here where his inspiration and ideas emerge.
“I have spent, over the last three years, hundreds of hours in eucharistic adoration,” he said. “The grace that I have received from the sacraments and my Catholic faith has strengthened me.”
Mapping the way Bojan has spent the last three years developing a blueprint for how companies can structure their authority and governance in an ethical and moral way. For those company executives who are open, he will explicitly talk about how to do things God’s way. “God is the ultimate wealth creator; our ability to create wealth comes from him,” said Bojan, who is married with two children. “When we follow God’s design, we believe companies will be abundantly blessed.” Yet, Bojan can lay out the same blueprint for sound governance with-
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out using explicitly Christian terms. In fact, the four principles on which his program is based do not mention God directly, though they are, as he put it, undergirded by the Catholic faith — integrity, stewardship, accountability and transparency. “It’s based on a Trinitarian model,” Bojan explained. “Our vision for this is to help leaders and their organizations become polished arrows for the Lord.” That is, in fact, precisely the image he uses to help explain the concept to potential clients. In his archery model, God the Father is the archer that provides the power, Jesus is the bow that launches the arrow, the arrow nock represents our relationship with Christ that connects us to the string, and the Holy Spirit is the fletching that guides the arrow to its target, which is God’s kingdom — “on earth as it is in heaven.” And, like an arrow shot from a bow, Bojan is laser focused in his quest to redeem corporate America. According to his nominator for the award, Wayne Waldera, he has what it takes to transform the corporate culture. “Bill’s leadership has exemplified the requirements of a kingdom calling: faith, trust, surrender and obedience,” Waldera wrote. “More than once during the development of IGS, Bill and his team have placed the organization itself on the altar, as they sought God’s will for the company. This required times of financial sacrifice, fasting and prayer to seek clarity about the Lord’s calling. In each situation Bill led by example, never expecting anyone to do that which he would not do himself. The result is a surrendered, yet courageous organization, which shares its blessings with everyone it encounters.”
We proudly Congratulate and Thank parishioner Mark Dienhart 2011 Recipient of the Leading With Faith Award. www.nativity-mn.org
Biography ■ Title: Founder and CEO of Integrated Governance Solutions, Bloomington ■ Parish: St. Hubert, Chanhassen ■ Spouse: Justine ■ Children: Katelyn and Brian ■ Activities: Vice chair, board of directors and mentor at Minnesota Teen Challenge; member of adoration commission at St. Hubert; Ultreya representative at Twin Cities Cursillo; volunteer at St. Paul’s Outreach Men on a Mission
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Note: Some past winners are retired, deceased or work today at different businesses and organizations than when they won their award.
2002 Chuck Anderson, president-owner, Midwest Rubber Service & Supply Co., Plymouth; St. Raphael, Crystal Bill O’Neill, president and CEO, William J Business Interiors, St. Louis Park; St. Hubert, Chanhassen Randy Roskowiak, owner, Randy’s Sanitation, Delano; Delano Catholic Community Brad Schraut, CEO, Audio Video Planners, Oakdale; St. Michael, Stillwater Dr. David Uppgaard, owner, Uppgaard Dental, Minneapolis; St. Charles Borromeo, St. Anthony Dr. Mark Druffner, family physician, Lakeview Hospital, Stillwater and Hudson Medical Center, Hudson, Wis.; St. Mary and St. Michael, Stillwater
Past recipients Investors, Minneapolis; Holy Redeemer, Maplewood Mark, John and Greg Tinucci, owner/operators, Tinucci’s Deli’s Catering and Banquets; Newport and Woodbury; St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Paul Park and St. Ambrose, Woodbury Roger Vasko, vice president/owner, Vasko Disposal Solutions, St. Paul; St. Peter, North St. Paul Jerry Wind, owner/president, Home Traditions, St. Paul; Holy Spirit, St. Paul
Albert Eiden, division manager, Cenex Harvest States; St. Patrick, Inver Grove Heights
George Zirnhelt, president/CEO, Power Systems Research, Eagan; St. Peter, Mendota
William Nelson, director of correctional services, Volunteers of America, Minneapolis; St. Mathias, Hampton
Edward Bohrer, attorney, Felhaber, Larson, Fenlon & Vogt, Minneapolis; St. Luke, St. Paul
Guy Schoenecker, Chairman, CEO and chief quality officer, Business Incentives, Inc., Minneapolis; Pax Christi, Eden Prairie Michael Thielen, sales director; PreferredOne Administrative Services, Golden Valley; St. Michael, Stillwater
2003 John Holmboe, financial accounting supervisor, RBC Dain Rauscher in Minneapolis; St. Jerome, Maplewood Rebecca Roloff, senior vice president, American Express, Minneapolis; Pax Christi, Eden Prairie Verne Elke, computer systems administrator, Select Comfort; St. Bernard, Cologne Gary Sauer, president, Tiller Corporation, Maple Grove; St. John the Evangelist, Little Canada Jessie Nicholson, deputy executive director, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services; Cathedral of St. Paul
William DeSanto, Jr., building project manager, Xcel Energy, Minneapolis; Visitation, Minneapolis Donald Regan, chairman of the board, Premier Banks, Maplewood; St. Peter, North St. Paul Don Schoeller, finance consultant/manager, Northstar Resource Group, St. Paul and Minneapolis; St. John the Baptist, Hugo Harry Sweere, chair and owner, Ergotron, Inc., Eagan; Our Lady of Peace, Minneapolis Lucy Albino, business administrator, Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Paul Jesse Bethke-Gomez, president, CLUES, Chicano Latino Unidos En Servicio, St. Paul; Guardian Angels, Oakdale James McInnis, principal, Cedarcrest Academy, Maple Grove; St. Charles Borromeo, Minneapolis
Michael Wise, funeral director, Ellis-Wise Funeral Home, Hastings; St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Hastings Theresa Carr, executive director, American Indian Neighborhood Development Corp., Minneapolis; Our Lady of Grace, Edina John Kingrey, executive director, Minnesota County Attorneys Association, St. Paul; Nativity of Our Lord, St. Paul Cy Laurent, executive director, The Laboure Foundation; St. John Neumann, Eagan Ed Lucas, chief operating officer, Urban Ventures, Minneapolis; St. Hubert, Chanhassen
2006 Mark Boll, risk manager, Apogee Enterprises, Minneapolis; St. Joseph the Worker, Maple Grove Rick Casper, owner/operator, Cherokee Sirloin Room, West St. Paul/Eagan and Hankerings, Blaine; St. Joseph, West St. Paul Sara Gavin, president, Weber Shandwick Worldwide, Minneapolis; St. Peter, Mendota Jim Oricchio, CEO and president, Coordinated Business Systems, Burnsville; St. Peter, Mendota
Paul Wagner, president & CEO, Minnesota Wire & Cable, St. Paul; St. Joseph, West St. Paul
Ron Rygwalski, owner, Ron’s Towing and Service, Maplewood; St. Mary, St. Paul
Jim Waldvogel, general manager, Crown Plaza Hotel, Minneapolis; St. Joseph, West St. Paul
Bill and Mary Daugherty, president and office manager, respectively, P&D Mechanical, Robbinsdale; Sacred Heart, Robbinsdale.
J. Michael Dady, founding partner, Dady & Garner, P.A., Minneapolis; Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis
Roger Pocta, civil engineer, Larson Engineering, White Bear Lake; St. Joseph the Worker, Maple Grove
2004 Laura Hawkins, CFO, Disciplined Growth
Deacon Richard Heineman, owner, Fabric Supply, Minneapolis; St. Bridget, Minneapolis Corrine Kaminski, director of administration, CRESA Partners, Minneapolis; St. Olaf, Minneapolis; St. Edward, Bloomington, and Pax Christi, Eden Prairie
Carol Oldowski, parish nurse/ psychotherapist; Nativity of Mary, Bloomington Ramona de Rosales, founder/director, Cesar Chavez Charter School; Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Paul
Michael Smeby, VP/commercial loan officer, University National Bank, St. Paul; St. John Vianney, South St. Paul
Pat McHale, nurse manager, North Side Life Care Center, Minneapolis; St. Charles Borromeo, St. Anthony Tom Simonson, assistant city manager/community development director, City of Shoreview; St. Odilia, Shoreview
2007 John Duffy, president and owner, Duffy Development Company, Inc./Northstar Residential, LLC; St. Joseph the Worker, Maple Grove Joseph Kueppers, attorney/shareholder. Kueppers, Hackel and Kueppers P.A.; St. Joseph, West St. Paul Christopher Schneeman, principal and CEO, Seven Hills Benefit Partners, Inc.; St. Joseph, West St. Paul Bruce Wolf, president, Bank of New Prague; St. Wenceslaus, New Prague
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Tom Tierney, president/CEO, Tierney Brothers, Inc.; St. Olaf, Minneapolis, and St. Michael, Stillwater
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Thomas Bengtson, owner, CEO, NFR Communications, Minneapolis; Holy Family, St. Louis Park
Thomas Green, director of special projects and employment ministry, Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis; St. Olaf, Minneapolis
Joe Konrardy, market vice president, Metrocall, Minnetonka; Our Lady of the Lake, Mound
Michael McGovern, president and chairman of the board, Catholic Aid Association; St. Dominic, Northfield
John Jelinek, founder and president, Jelinek, Metz, McDonald, LTD and Hopkins Financial Advisors, Hopkins; St. Joseph, Hopkins
Daniel Siebenaler, police chief, City of Farmington; St. John the Baptist, Vermillion
Thomas Kosel, campus president, Herzing College, Crystal; Holy Family, St Louis Park
Patrick Croke, vice president, administration, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province; St. Joseph, Rosemount
Beverly Aplikowski, owner, CEO/CFO, Lakeside Homes, Inc.; St. John the Baptist, New Brighton
Tim McGuire, editor, Star Tribune; St. Joseph, New Hope
Carol McKenna, nursing director, Regions Hospital, St. Paul; Parish nurse, St. Thomas the Apostle, St. Paul
Jim Ryan, CEO, Ryan Companies US, Inc.; St. Therese of Deephaven, St. Olaf, Minneapolis, Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis
John Hunt, treasurer, Billman - Hunt Funeral Home, Minneapolis; St. Charles Borromeo, St. Anthony
Thomas Dooher, president and staff representative, Robbinsdale Federation of Teachers; St. Gerard, Brooklyn Park
David Dinger, owner, CLT Floor Coverings, South St. Paul; St. Joseph, West St. Paul
Patrick Regan, president/owner/ entrepreneur, Minnesota Coaches, Inc., Hastings Bus; St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Hastings
Jim Burt, owner and CEO, Reclaim Center Inc., St. Paul; Holy Spirit, St. Paul
Rose Schaffhausen, founder/executive director, Minnesota Friends of the Orphans; St. John the Evangelist, Little Canada, and St. Rose of Lima, Roseville
Tom Merrill, president, Faribault Transportation Company, Inc.; Divine Mercy, Faribault
Mark Chronister, office managing partner – Twin Cities office, Price Waterhouse Coopers (retired); St. Bonaventure, Bloomington, and Pax Christi, Eden Prairie
Mark Rauenhorst, president and CEO, Opus Corporation, Minneapolis; Holy Name of Jesus, Medina
Eugene Mach Jr., owner and operator, Bud’s Standard Service, Kilkenny; St. Canice, Kilkenny
Steve Hayes, Senior vice president, director of client services, BBDO Minneapolis; Holy Name of Jesus, Medina
Greg and Kay Wacek, president and secretary/treasurer, HOSSNPAT Construction; Holy Name of Jesus, Medina Mary Ann Kuharski, president, Prolife Across America; St. Charles Borromeo, St. Anthony Jill Reilly, president, Academy of Holy Angels School; Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis, and Risen Savior, Burnsville Lisa Shaughnessy, director of advancement, Convent of the Visitation School; Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis
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Leading With Faith Faith spurs community, global involvement CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2B on social justice,” adding that the leadership experience had a “transformative effect” on their lives. The Leightons, parents of three grown children, travel to Guatemala each year and have been involved with the ministry at San Lucas Toliman with Father Greg Schaffer. “There are no better examples of the JustFaith principles than the work that is happening in Guatemala,” Leighton said. “Our experiences there have changed our hearts to see things a bit differently.”
Everyone deserves a chance As a board member for Hope Community, Inc., a neighborhood revitalization
program in the Phillips neighborhood in Minneapolis, Leighton has also been integrally involved in an organization he said is “transforming a neighborhood and empowering people.” “The way God has worked in my life, I’ve had the opportunity to be actively involved in my local parish, in the inner city through Hope Community and in Guatemala on a global level,” he said. “All of that, plus the work I do for North Star, stems from a notion that has always motivated me — everyone deserves a chance in our society. “I want to help improve opportunities for those who might not have them,” he continued. “And God puts me in situations where I’m allowed to do that and to grow in those experiences.”
SEPTEMBER 1, 2011 • THE CATHOLIC SPIRIT
Past recipients CONTINUED FROM PAGE 14B
Sacrament, St. Paul
Deanna and Jeff Lichtscheidl, owners/managers, Forest Lake Cycle and Skate; St. Peter, Forest Lake
Dr. Thomas Keane Jr., oral surgeon, Esthesia Oral Surgery Care; Pax Christi, Eden Prairie
Steve Long, manager/master electrician, Kilian Electric Co.; St. Michael, St. Michael
Paul Piazza Sr., president/owner, Minnesota Produce, Inc.; Our Lady of Lourdes, Minneapolis
Allison Boisvert, social justice minister, Pax Christi Catholic Community; Pax Christi, Eden Prairie and Kateri Tekakwitha, Minneapolis
John Kelly, vice president, tax, UnitedHealth Group; St. Joseph, West St. Paul
Joe Cavanaugh, CEO, Youth Frontiers, Inc.; St. Joan of Arc, Minneapolis
Emery Koenig, senior vice president, Cargill; St. Joseph, Waconia
Anne Marie Hansen, president and founder, Gianna Homes; Cathedral of St. Paul
Patricia Washatka, vice president control services, Prudential Insurance; St. Michael, St. Michael
Joyce Renee Norals, vice president and chief human resources office; Lutheran Social Service; St. Olaf, Minneapolis
Margaret Ahles, administrative assistant, Church of St Jerome; St. Jerome, Maplewood
Dave and Mary Standing, outreach coordinator/resource coordinator; Prolife Across America; St. Charles Borromeo, St. Anthony
Marilou Eldred, president, Catholic Community Foundation; Assumption, St. Paul
Phyllis Novitskie, executive lead/associate administrator, St. Joseph Hospital/HealthEast Care System; Cathedral of St. Paul
PROVIDING MEMORY CARE WITH A LOVING KINDNESS
that respects the dignity of each resident. Mission Statement
Welcome Home! Mind. Body. Spirit.
At Gianna Homes we lovingly care for them all.
At Gianna Homes we maintain an environment that nurtures and embraces life for our residents, changing the journey with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias from a “long - goodbye” to a more positive life experience.
Serving our Community for over 12 years.
952.988.0953 www.GiannaHomes.org • Minnetonka, Minnesota
Does this sound familiar? (Your friend): Your parish doesn’t use Facebook? (You): No. (Your friend): Then it must use Twitter. (You): No. (Your friend): Google+? E-blasts? An e-newsletter? (You): No, No, and No. (Your friend): LOL!
“Ever Ancient, Ever New” Archdiocesan Communications Day Thursday, Oct. 13 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Jim Cahill, founder and president, Marketing Roundtables, Inc.; St. Bonaventure, Bloomington Edward and Kathy Gorman, owners/ operators, Gorman’s Restaurant; Blessed
Robert Wills, manager, Teen Center, Sharing and Caring Hands and Mary’s Place; St. Vincent de Paul, Brooklyn Park
Congratulations, Bob Strachota, on your exemplary example of Leading with Faith! We are blessed to have you on our Board of Directors.
One Water Street West Suite 200 Saint Paul, MN 55107 651-389-0877 www.ccf-mn.org
FESTIVAL & BOOYA Sunday, Sept. 19th ST. JEROME CHURCH 380 E Roselawn Ave. (at 35E) stjerome-church.org
10:30 a.m. Outdoor Mass Followed by Entertainment for the whole family • Booya • Grilled Food • Car Show • Kids Games • Bingo • Cherry Tree • Silent Auction • Pull Tabs
CASH PRIZES 200 gallons of “Carry Out” Booya will be ready at 7 a.m.
“World Finest” Booya Register online at www.tinyurl.com/CommunicationsDay Or via U.S. Mail to: Mary Gibbs, 244 Dayton Ave., St. Paul, MN 55102 Registration is $25 ($35 after Oct. 1)
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