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My pledge to restore trust


t was Dec. 13, 2007. I remember it well. I had just returned from a meeting of the college of consultors of the New Ulm Diocese, having presided over the selection of a new apostolic administrator to take my place as bishop. The phone rang and my brother said, “Dad is dead.” I pulled the car over to absorb those words. Six weeks later I stood at my mother’s hospital bed and watched her die. It was an extremely painful time in my life, losing both parents within such a short period. My parents had been very close to me. They had a huge influence on who I am. I could not have asked for better parents. I recall those moments now, because the pain and sorrow I felt then reflects that which I have heard from so many of you in your own suffering and disillusionment these past few weeks. I want you to know that I have been praying for all of you. I am experiencing that pain, too. The media have been filled with all kinds of accusations and unanswered questions. There is cause here for sadness, confusion and anger. After almost a month, I have come to understand more clearly what has happened to bring us to this point. I am grateful to my leadership team, which has helped me process this understanding. Practically all of my senior leadership team is new, with an average tenure of less than a year. We have been searching for answers. And while there is more to do, we have arrived at a better picture of the truth. The first thing that must be acknowledged is that over the last decade some serious mistakes have been made. We have indeed created many policies, procedures and practices designed to prevent and address clergy sexual misconduct. The new independent Task Force will review all of this and hopefully tell us what we can do better. I am committed to implementing those recommendations. But there are some additional aspects here that are

THAT THEY MAY ALL BE ONE Archbishop John C. Nienstedt

“Sexual abuse of anyone is absolutely heinous, and it must be opposed with every fiber of our being. And when it is perpetrated by a member of the clergy, it is an egregious betrayal of a sacred trust. These crimes, these sins, are a failure to be stewards of our pastoral care of God’s people. And so, with genuine sorrow, I apologize to all those who have been victimized, whether on my watch or not.” Archbishop John Nienstedt

clearer to me now. There is reason to question whether or not the policies and procedures were uniformly followed. There is also a question as to the prudence of the judgments that have been made. Since 2002, when the national Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People was adopted and sweeping changes were made in every Catholic diocese here in the United States, we all hoped and believed that the horror of sexual abuse of minors by clergy was behind us. Yet, the painful reality is that abuse did not stop in 2002. This is unacceptable. As the head of this local Church, I know that the ultimate responsibility here is mine. My heart is heavy with the agony that these errors have caused.

tell you how sorry I am. I realize how damaging such actions are in violating the care of their human dignity. The sexual abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult is reprehensible, morally repugnant and goes against Christ’s teachings to promote goodness, life and light. This is not who we are as the Catholic Church. Abuse is a violation of both the love of God and the love of neighbor. Sexual abuse of anyone is absolutely heinous, and it must be opposed with every fiber of our being. And when it is perpetrated by a member of the clergy, it is an egregious betrayal of a sacred trust. These crimes, these sins, are a failure to be stewards of our pastoral care of God’s people.

To those who have been hurt, to the victims of clergy abuse and their family members, I can only

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Rediscover: Catholic Celebration 5,000 Catholics celebrate their faith at St. Paul gathering. — page 3

‘Whirlwind’ first week

Persecution worsens

Bishop-elect Andrew Cozzens reflects on the new appointment he received Oct. 11. — page 3

Christians in many countries face intensified attacks against their religious freedom. — page 8

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PRAYER TO OUR LADY: Pope Francis prays in front of the original statue of Our Lady of Fatima during a Marian vigil in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Oct. 12. The statue was brought from Portugal for a weekend of Marian events culminating in Pope Francis entrusting the world to Mary. CNS photo/Paul Haring

“Believing in Jesus means giving him our flesh with the humility and courage of Mary, so that he can continue to dwell in our midst. It means giving him our hands, to caress the little ones and the poor; our feet, to go forth and meet our brothers and Pope FRANCIS sisters; our arms, to hold up the weak and to work in the Lord’s vineyard; our minds, to think and act in the light of the Gospel; and especially our hearts, to love and to make choices in accordance with God’s will.” Pope Francis, at an Oct. 12 prayer vigil in St. Peter’s Square during which he entrusted the world to Mary

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Bilingual classrooms coming to Risen Christ

PRESERVING HISTORY: Archaeologist and anthropologist David Hurst Thomas talks with Bishop Gregory Hartmayer of Savannah along the shore of St. Catherines Island in Georgia Oct. 14. Earlier in the day, the bishop celebrated Mass on the site of the island’s mission church, which dates back to the 1570s. Scientists on the island continue to excavate with a sense of urgency as erosion from rising sea levels threaten the remains of a vanished American Indian community. CNS photo/Nancy Phelan Wiechec

Risen Christ Catholic School in Minneapolis has been selected to be part of the Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools. The program is an innovative school model that delivers the classroom curriculum in two languages: English and a well-represented minority language. At Risen Christ, classes will mix native English speaking students with classmates who speak Spanish, allowing both groups of students to become bilingual, according to a news release announcing the initiative. The school is one of only 11 schools across the country accepted into the program. The participating schools will get support from Boston College, Marquette University and other institutions across the nation. Training began last winter with online networking and culminated in June, when the 11 school leadership teams came together with a faculty team for a week-long intensive workshop in Boston. “We welcome this program that will further the skill set and cultural understanding of our students,” said Helen Dahlman, the school’s president.

ACCW builds on Christmas mission program WHAT’S NEW on social media At the 2013 Rediscover: Catholic Celebration Oct. 12 in St. Paul, speaker Matthew Kelly said that after listening to the Gospel reading at Mass, he reflects, “If I just live this one Gospel reading 100 percent, how much would my life change?” The answer every Sunday, he said, is “radically.” A Catholic Spirit Facebook post this week asks, “What Gospel passage would change your life radically if you lived it 100 percent?” Follow the latest news about the local and universal Church by following The Catholic Spirit on Twitter @CatholicSpirit. Watch a video about the 2013 Rediscover: Catholic Celebration at Read blogger Sharon Wilson’s post titled“Something Beautiful,” a reflection about speaker/entertainer Danielle Rose, who gave a keynote speech and performed at the archdiocese’s recent Champions for Life award luncheon. Visit

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The St. Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women is gearing up for its annual Appalachia Christmas Mission. The organization will again collect new, unwrapped Christmas gifts from Oct. 24 through Nov. 6. This year there is a new way to give. The Papal Footprints Shoe Box Mission allows schools, faith formation programs and individual families to send a personal gift to a child in need. The process is easy: Decide if your gift is for a boy or girl, choose an age category — ages 2-4, 5-9 and 10-14 — and fill a shoebox with small gifts. Including religious items, personal notes and photographs is encouraged. There are drop-off sites in Crystal, Faribault and St. Paul, as well as the Hupf Farm near Hampton where a truck will be packed. The ACCW Appalachia Christmas mission has been providing gifts for children in need at Queen of All Saints Church and Mission in Beattyville, Ky., and St. Francis of Assisi in Pikeville, Ky. for more than 30 years. The two parishes serve more than 600 youth, their families and the elderly. For more information about these programs, including gift ideas and specific drop-off locations, visit, and click on “Commissions.”

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By Dave Hrbacek The Catholic Spirit These are challenging times to be a leader in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. For that and other reasons, Father Andrew Cozzens expressed some apprehension about being appointed an auxiliary bishop for the archdiocese, which was announced during the 7:30 a.m. Mass

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at the Cathedral of St. Paul on Oct. 11. “One steps into any kind of leadership, especially in the Church, with a certain amount of fear and trepidation, kind of the holy fear of what is needed when one takes on the burden of authority,” Bishopelect Cozzens said a week after his appointment was announced. “And so, that certainly has been a big part of this transition, the holy fear that I have because I desire always to be a person of integrity and to lead with integrity.” Archbishop John Nienstedt expressed gratitude for the Holy Father’s selection of Bishop-elect Cozzens. “I am thankful for the Holy Father’s gift of another bishop to serve the pastoral needs of this great archdiocese, especially among our Latino community,” he said in

a statement. “I am fortunate to have Bishop-elect Cozzens and Bishop [Lee] Piché by my side to better serve the faithful of this local Church.” The 45-year-old priest, who teaches at the St. Paul Seminary and spent most of his childhood in Denver, was overwhelmed and overjoyed by the messages he has received from people in the archdiocese and Read more about beyond since the news was the bishop-elect announced. on pages 20-22. “The last week has been a whirlwind,” he said. “The main experience has been just the incredible outpouring


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Tom, left, and Cathy Miller of St. Joseph in West St. Paul were part of a sell-out crowd of 5,000 Catholics that attended the 2013 Rediscover: Catholic Celebration, which included internationally recognized speakers, Mass and other prayer opportunities, music and more than 80 vendors Oct. 12 at the St. Paul RiverCentre. Dianne Towalski/The Catholic Spirit

Five thousand Catholics ‘on fire’ with faith in St. Paul

The Catholic Spirit Larry Deeney said the energy he received from watching 5,000 fellow Catholics come together to pray, learn and celebrate their faith made him proud to be Catholic. “We’ve been going through a very difficult time the past few weeks within our archdiocese, and this is something we need to get back to: the Good News of why we are Catholic,” said Deeney, a member of Holy Name of Jesus in Wayzata. “It’s all about Jesus — having Jesus be the center of what we are in our life

and keeping that in mind.” His sentiments were echoed by others attending the 2013 Rediscover: Catholic Celebration Oct. 12 at the RiverCentre in St. Paul. The daylong event — featuring Mass with Archbishop John Nienstedt, music, a slate of internationally recognized speakers and more than 80 exhibitors and vendors — was part of the archdiocese’s Rediscover: initiative. “I love the whole idea of this many Catholics being together,” said Catherine Wolff of St. Mary of the Lake in White Bear Lake. “People are going to leave this

place, hopefully, with a deeper conviction in their faith,” said Colin Jones, a seminarian at St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul from St. Charles Borromeo parish in St. Anthony. The theme for the day, which included tracks for Spanish speakers and youth, was “So the world may believe” (John 17:20).

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Archdiocese names Greg Pulles as its new director of development The Catholic Spirit Greg Pulles of Plymouth has been named director of stewardship and development for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. He begins his new duties Nov. 18. Pulles was selected after an extensive search process that began last spring when Michael Halloran, the previous director, took a new job in development at the University of Minnesota, the archdiocese announced Oct. 22. “Greg brings to this position a great personal commitment to responsible stewardship as well as a Greg PULLES deep love for our Catholic faith,” Archbishop John Nienstedt said. “I am very grateful for his service to this local Church.” In addition to his experience in organizational development and stewardship for various non-profit organizations, including the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, Providence Academy in Plymouth and St. Paul’s Outreach, Pulles is an attorney who served as general counsel at TCF Financial Corporation from 1985 to 2011. Prior to that, he was in private practice for over 10 years. Most recently, he was an attorney at Dorsey and Whitney.

Passion for work Pulles holds both an undergraduate and law degree from the University of Minnesota and is an alumni of DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis. He is a Board of Governors member at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, where he has also served as an adjunct professor. He has served as the chairman

“It is a great privilege for me to have this opportunity to work for the Church. I am particularly energized to focus on stewardship because of the importance it plays in assisting the Church to continue to do good works in the community.” Greg Pulles

of the school board at Ascension School in Minneapolis. “It is a great privilege for me to have this opportunity to work for the Church,” Pulles said. “I am particularly energized to focus on stewardship because of the importance it plays in assisting the Church to continue to do good works in the community.” “I am honored to lead an already first rate team of people who are so clearly dedicated to the future of the Church,” he added. In 2012, Pulles combined his love of ancient history, Italian art history, Latin and photography in a book, “Sacred Places: Rediscovering the Churches of Rome,” for which he conducted the research and was both the author and photographer. Together, he and his wife Michelle have seven children and are parishioners of Holy Name of Jesus in Medina.


Sister Ruth Roland was co-founder of Catholic Eldercare Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Ruth Roland, who once served in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, died on Oct. 12. She was 91. Her funeral Mass was celebrated in Sinsinawa, Wis. on Oct. 18. Sister Ruth, whose religious name was Sister Estevan, was the cofounder of Catholic Eldercare in Minneapolis and served there for 27 years. She also served in ministry in five other states — Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Colorado and Washington. She served on the board of directors of the Catholic Bulletin, the predecessor of The Catholic Spirit, and for a time in the early 1990s wrote a regular seniors column titled “Ask Sister Ruth.” She was born in Illinois in 1922 and made her first profession to the Sinsinawa Dominicans in 1941. She shared life with the sisters of the order for 72 years. Memorials may be made to the Sinsinawa Dominicans, 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, Wis., 538249701 or online at www.sinsinawa. org by clicking on “Donate Now,” then “Honor and Memorial Gift.” Repeat broadcasts of the wake and funeral for Sister Ruth are available online at live. Click on the “on demand” tab.

Archbishop Harry Flynn retires as University of St. Thomas board chair

Archdiocese reiterates call for anyone who suspects abuse to contact authorities

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Archbishop Emeritus Harry Flynn has retired as chair of the University of St. Thomas board of trustees. His departure was announced during the board’s regularly scheduled meeting Oct. 17 and was effective Oct. 21. Archbishop Flynn served as board chair since 1995. The board elected Michael Dougherty as interim chair, according to an Oct. 19 statement from UST. Dougherty, a St. Thomas trustee since 2003, also is chair of the board’s executive committee. He is chairman and chief executive officer of Dougherty Financial Group LLC in Minneapolis. “On behalf of the board of trustees, I want to thank Archbishop Flynn for his many years of dedicated service to the board and to the university,” Dougherty said. Archbishop Flynn’s retirement follows the resignation Oct. 4 of Father Kevin McDonough as the board’s vice chair. Father McDonough also has resigned from the advisory boards for the University of St. Thomas School of Law and the Center for Catholic Studies. The St. Thomas board elected John Morrison, a St. Thomas trust-

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ee since 1996 and chairman of Central Bank Inc., as interim vice chair. The board expects to elect a permanent chair and vice chair at its Feb. 13 meeting, according to the UST statement. St. Thomas has retained outside counsel to lead an independent investigation of matters related to clergy sexual abuse allegations that impact the university, it added. The move comes after Father Michael Keating, a Catholic studies professor, took a voluntary leave of absence from the school following the filing of a civil lawsuit that alleges he had sexual contact with a teenage girl in the late 1990s and 2000. St. Thomas said the board is appointing a special committee to oversee the investigation and to review findings and recommendations. The committee also will confirm that the university has appropriate policies and procedures in place and that it takes appropriate follow-up action. The committee will be chaired by Timothy Flynn, a St. Thomas trustee since 2006 and vice chair of the board’s executive committee. Flynn, no relation to the archbishop, is the retired chairman and CEO of KPMG.

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis joins the St. Paul Police Department and all civil authorities in continuing to encourage anyone who suspects abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult within Church ministry — or any setting, including home or school — to contact law enforcement. “Any act of abuse against a minor or vulnerable adult is reprehensible and morally repugnant and we will not tolerate it,” the archdiocese said in a statement Oct. 17. St. Paul police convened a news conference the same day at which they asked anyone who has been a victim of clergy sexual abuse to come forward and report the incident. In its statement, the archdiocese said it is “deeply sorry for any harm that has come from clergy miscon-

duct” and that it is determined “to do whatever is necessary” to eliminate it. Since 2002, the archdiocese has implemented policy and procedural reforms to clarify guidelines and strengthen enforcement. Actions have included completing more than 3,000 adult safe environment training sessions for approximately 70,000 adults; conducting 105,000 background checks on clergy, staff and volunteers; and providing more than 100,000 children with age-appropriate lessons to help keep them safe. “As a further demonstration of our commitment to handling these matters aggressively and consistently, an independent, lay task force has been formed and they will conduct a full review of our policies and practices,” the statement said, adding that the group’s findings will be made public when final.

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5 Group is reviewing archdiocese’s policies and practices related to clergy sexual misconduct

• Michael D. Thompson, a state of Minnesota licensed psychologist who has worked extensively in the area of sex offender assessment and treatment. (Read their full biographies below.)

The Catholic Spirit Brian Short, a member of the recently created Safe Environment and Ministerial Standards Task Force, said his life is evidence of the good the Catholic Church can do in the world. Short, chief executive officer of Leamington Co., in Minneapolis, said he attended Catholic schools from grade school through law school. His children also benefited from a good Catholic school education. That’s why the work of the independent, alllayperson task force charged with reviewing the archdiocese’s policies and practices related to clergy sexual misconduct is so important, he said. The task force’s creation comes amid sexual misconduct allegations in the media concerning certain priests in the archdiocese and how their cases were handled by archdiocesan officials. “If the Catholic Church doesn’t fix this problem, its ability to act as a force of good in the world, however any one of us define that, is over,” Short said at an Oct. 9 press conference in Minneapolis. “That’s why the work of this task force is paramount. That’s why I volunteered to be a member of it. And, that’s why I know every other member of this task force is here.” Short was the only task force member at the press conference, where six members were announced. They were appointed by Dominican Father Reginald Whitt, who was appointed by Archbishop John Nienstedt as the archdiocese’s new vicar for ministerial standards. Father Whitt, a professor at the University of St. Thomas School


Six members of independent task force announced ‘Must be done’

Brian Short, a member of the Safe Environment and Ministerial Standards Task Force, speaks at a press conference introducing the group’s members Oct. 9 in Minneapolis. Dianne Towalski/The Catholic Spirit of Law, is overseeing all issues related to clergy sexual misconduct in the archdiocese. He is not a member of the task force himself. The members — none of whom are employed by the archdiocese or any of its parishes — bring different areas of expertise to the task force, whose findings and recommendations will be released publicly when a final report is complete. In addition to Short, the group’s members are: • Kathleen Erickson DiGiorno, an attorney at Medtronic. • Julie Oseid, a professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. • Brook T. Schaub, manager of computer forensics/e-discovery at Eide Bailly, LLP. • Colleen Striegel, director of human resources and administration for the American Refugee Committee.

The responsibilities of the task force include examining how allegations of clergy sexual misconduct have been handled and what must be done to address any gaps in the process. “This work is not going to be easy, but it is work that must be done,” Father Whitt said at the press conference. “It must be done to restore trust in those who govern our archdiocese and confidence in the integrity of the clergy. And, most especially, it must be done to assure the safety of our children. For all this, we implore the almighty help of God.” The task force’s first meeting took place later that day. DiGiorno, its chairperson, declined to comment about the task force’s progress to date when contacted Oct. 15. Father Whitt will receive the task force’s report and ensure it is in compliance with both civil and Church law. He will publish the final findings and recommendations as well as implement the recommendations, which the archbishop has pledged to accept. The task force will operate independently of both the vicar for ministerial standards and the archbishop. It will have full authority and all the resources needed to complete its work, the archdiocese said in an earlier statement. “They [task force members] are going to decide what they want to investigate within the parameters of the charge given to them,” Father Whitt said. “Whatever they recommend to me as reasonable for them to perform their task, it’s my business to see that they get it.”

Safe Environment and Ministerial Standards Task Force members Kathleen Erickson DiGiorno

Brook T. Schaub

Colleen Striegel

DiGiorno is a long-time parishioner of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Roseville. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. DiGiorno is an attorney at Medtronic and has served in a variety of roles during her 15 years at the company, including a four-year assignment as the company’s chief ethics and compliance officer from 2006 to 2010. Prior to Medtronic, she was a partner at Briggs and Morgan, PA. She and her husband live in St. Paul and have four children between the ages of 11 and 19.

Schaub is the manager of computer forensics/e-discovery at Eide Bailly LLP. Previously, he served as an instructor for the National Law Center for Children and Families, and the International Center for Missing & Exploited Children, where he led courses for prosecutors and law enforcement officers around the world on Internet crimes against children and digital evidence. He wrote the initial federal grant establishing the Minnesota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. For 10 years, Schaub has served as a consultant to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, which he advises on issues relating to exploited, missing and abducted children, predatory offenders, the Internet and computer forensics. He helped write Minnesota legislation updating the statutes relating to child pornography, child luring and digital evidence. Schaub is a retired St. Paul police Sergeant.

Striegel serves as director of human resources and administration for the American Refugee Committee. In that capacity, she was part of the first international team to investigate allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse of refugees by aid workers in West Africa in the early 2000s and presented the findings to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Through her work with ARC, she has experience implementing systems and policies to prevent and address sexual exploitation and abuse of vulnerable populations. She previously served as the director of human resources at the University of St. Thomas, as well as at Minnesota State University. Striegel holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration/economics from Regis University in Colorado and a master’s degree in human development from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota.

Julie Oseid Oseid is a professor of law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, where she has taught since 2004. She received the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2009 and the Mission Award for Excellence in Professional Preparation in 2010, and was named the Faculty Woman of the Year by the Women’s Law Student Association in 2007, 2010 and 2012. Oseid practiced law at Oppenheimer, Wolff, and Donnelly until 1991. Between 1991 and 2004 she was at home raising her three children. Oseid received her juris doctor degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1986. She clerked at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco and the Criminal Division of the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.

Brian P. Short Short is the chief executive officer of Leamington Co., a holding company with interests in transportation, community banking, agricultural production and real estate. He also serves as a legal mediator and previously served as a U.S. magistrate. He is an independent director of CH Robinson Worldwide Inc., and previously served as a director of Allina Hospitals and Clinics. He also has served on a number of non-profit boards including Catholic Charities, St. Joseph’s Home for Children and William Mitchell College of Law. He is a member of the federal, Minnesota state and Ramsey County bar associations and Federal Magistrate Judges Association. Short holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a law degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School.

Michael D. Thompson, M.S.W., Psy.D. Thompson is a state of Minnesota licensed psychologist who has worked extensively in the area of sex offender assessment and treatment. He has spoken to, and consulted with, professional and community groups on a wide range of issues regarding the evaluation, risk and management of sexual offenders. He is the president of the Minnesota Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. He earned his master’s degree in social work from Fordham University in 1995 and his doctor of psychology from Pacific University in Oregon in 2001.

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Food ministry a win-win for parish and local businesses By Dianne Towalski The Catholic Spirit For the past six years, volunteers from St. Patrick parish in Edina have been collecting prepared, perishable food donations from local restaurants and delivering them to Sharing and Caring Hands in Minneapolis. On a recent morning, Susie Van Hoomissen backed up to the loading dock at Sharing and Caring Hands to unload the bags and boxes of frozen food — from restaurants like Chipotle, Papa John’s, Caribou and Starbucks — that filled the back of her car. “They freeze the food and bring it here and we make hotdishes and burritos and other things with it,� said Mary Jo Copeland, founder of Sharing and Caring Hands. “It’s been a real big help here.� For the past two years, Van Hoomissen has been part of the network of volunteer drivers from St. Patrick that pick up and drop off the donations. The ministry is a way the working mom of two teenagers can give back to the community, Van Hoomissen said. “It’s flexible and I can make my own hours,� she said. Workers at each restaurant pack up the leftover food to donate and store it in the freezer. Then a volun-

teer from St. Patrick picks it up and puts it in a large freezer at the church. Twice a week, a volunteer delivers the food to Sharing and Caring Hands. “It is a beautiful thing to see,� said Maura Schnorbach, social justice coordinator at St. Patrick. “It really moves your heart when you see the amount of food that is coming in and going out and you look at these awesome volunteers that are making this happen.� The parish works with Harvest Support Center, a national organization that works with non-profits to find or develop resources to support their efforts to offer the hungry prepared, perishable food. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 33 million tons of food waste ended up in landfills in 2011. “I think this is an amazing program,� Van Hoomissen said. “There’s so much waste that goes into the dumpster that could be used in so many ways.� It’s hard to imagine that people are going hungry, and yet so much food is being thrown away, Schnorbach said. This ministry feeds hungry people, reduces food waste and provides tax benefits for the companies that donate. “The restaurants love it because they are doing something great for

Volunteer Susie Van Hoomissen, a member of St. Patrick in Edina, loads food onto a cart at Sharing and Caring Hands in Minneapolis. Dianne Towalski / The Catholic Spirit us and they’re helping to feed hungry people,� Schnorbach said. “So they’re energized and excited about it.� The parish has created a system and has worked to put best practices in place. They could help other interested parishes get started, Schnorbach said. “They have businesses that are all ready to go,� Schnorbach said. “Part of it, too, is the invitation to the broader community to say this is a really neat ministry.� “This is the Good News, this is

what social justice is,� Schnorbach said. “This is the good work of our church and this is the real joy, even though we stand next to the heartbreak. We see that suffering, and yet there is this response, there is something that we can do.� The Catholic Spirit is looking for story ideas for its “What Works� series. We want to hear from parishes and schools about an idea, plan, project or program that is currently showing successful results. E-mail story ideas to: WhatWorks@

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7 By Jennifer Janikula For The Catholic Spirit For most young adults, life is noisy. They are bombarded by text messages, phone calls, e-mails, bosses, professors, parents, friends, traffic, Twitter and Instagram. The input never slows, and to find silence they need to forcefully disconnect. But even the most faithful often struggle to make time for prayer and reflection. At the same time, the transition to adulthood generates many spiritual questions: What does it mean to be a Catholic in this busy, crazy, media-filled world? How can I be a saint if I am not called to religious life? How can I serve my Church as a young adult? More than a dozen alumni from the growing Catholic Studies program at the University of St. Thomas found themselves regularly discussing these issues and questions. After several months, their discussions turned into action, and Vespers at Lourdes was born. It takes place every second Thursday at Our Lady of Lourdes in Minneapolis (see box). The program includes vespers — chanted evening prayer — a brief lecture about seeking holiness in today’s world and fellowship with other young professionals. Seventy to 100 young

adults attend each month. Alessandro Marchetti, who works in the Catholic Studies department and is a spokesperson for the founders of Vespers at Lourdes, described the monthly event as an opportunity for young men and women to gather for prayer, a “substantial” talk and fellowship. “Young adults want to continue feeding their life — spiritually, intellectually and socially,” Marchetti said. “It’s not a glorified Bible study; we want to understand the role of the laity in sanctifying the world, what it means to be Catholic and how to build Catholic culture.” If you’ve never been to vespers or eucharistic adoration, Marchetti doesn’t want you to be intimidated. He said that when participants enter the church they will find pamphlets that include the words of the psalm being used for prayer. Participants can choose to pray vocally, but many just listen to the “divine rhythm” of the chanted psalms. Then, participants pray in silence for 15-20 minutes in the presence of the Eucharist. Marchetti savors the silence. “After more than 40 hours of work per week . . . and business travel, the opportunity to sit down in quiet and pray is awesome,” Marchetti said. “It’s the most beautiful thing. It clarifies the mind and

If you go Vespers at Lourdes offers an evening of spiritual and intellectual formation for young adults. The event takes place at Our Lady of Lourdes in Minneapolis at 7:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. Participants are encouraged to wear business casual attire. Evening schedule: 7:30 p.m. Chanted evening prayer, exposition of Blessed Sacrament and Benediction 8:15 p.m. Beverages, hors d’oeuvres 8:30 p.m. Speaker 9 p.m. Social time For more information about the event, contact vespersat or “like” Vespers at Lourdes on Facebook. strengthens the will.” Mike Truso, who manages the technology components of the Vespers events, said Vespers at Lourdes helps him quiet the noisy world

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Thursday, November 7, Town & Country Club, 300 Mississippi River Blvd. N, St. Paul 6 p.m.: check-in & light meal, 6:30-9 p.m.: presentation Will we ever again see our loved ones who have passed away? Is there a place after death where we as individuals will survive and connect once again with the people and relationships that shaped our lives in the here-and-now? Stories of those with near-death experiences have captured the attention of many in our time. How do these experiences align with accounts in the Bible on life-after-death? How does belief in the afterlife influence the way we live in the here-and-now? Fr. Dale Launderville, OSB, is professor of theology at Saint John’s School of Theology·Seminary and the undergraduate Department of Theology of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. He received a Master of Divinity from Saint John’s in 1979 and a doctorate from The Catholic University of America in 1987. His latest book, published by Liturgical Press in 2010, is Celibacy in the Ancient World.

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and reconnect with Jesus. “I am so busy with work and graduate classes that it’s hard to find personal prayer time,” Truso said. “It’s a blessing to pray the psalms during Vespers.” Truso also explained that one event speaker, John Boyle, a professor of Catholic Studies at UST, helped him understand how to find meaning in his secular career. “Me and so many of my friends, we see the religious life and the holiness that is there. We want that. I want to be a saint, but I know I am not being called to religious life — so how do I get that?” Truso asked. “Dr. Boyle reminded me that I can bring God into my work and offer my work as a spiritual sacrifice.” Another vespers co-organizer, Jacob Rhein, hopes the monthly event strengthens the local Catholic community. “With so many young professionals moving into the neighborhood apartments and condos, Northeast Minneapolis is the perfect place for this apostolic work,” Rhein explained. “We get to worship the Lord in a beautiful French Provincial church, we chant the psalms together and we have time for fellowship. Who knows what could come from this. I am excited for it to develop as the Holy Spirit leads us.”

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A man attends weekday Mass at the archdiocesan headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria, in this 2010 file photo. Over the last few years “Nigeria has been the most dangerous place in the world for Christians,” said a new report on persecution from Aid to the Church in Need. CNS file photo/Nancy Phelan Wiechec

Christian persecution around the world has intensified in recent years, study finds By Simon Caldwell Catholic News Service The persecution of Christians around the world has intensified over the last two-and-a-half years, according to a review of religious freedom in 30 countries.

“Out of the 30 countries that we have assessed, in 20 of them, the situation has worsened in some way, but in some of these where there has been no change, the problems were already extreme anyway.” John Newton, a co-author of the study “Persecuted and Forgotten?”

Not only are Christians in the Middle East and Africa suffering increasingly from Islamist terror attacks, but they continue to endure severe persecution and hardship in Communist, Marxist or post-Communist states, said a 192-page report by the United Kingdom branch of the Catholic charity Aid to the

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Church in Need. Christians also are persecuted by religious nationalists in some countries where they find themselves in a minority, said the report published Oct. 17.

Many contexts John Newton, a co-author of the study, said the plight of Christians had deteriorated since early 2011, when the last biennial report on the global problem was published by the charity. “Given that in so many countries we have seen a worsening of conditions, I would say that, yes, on balance there has been a worsening of persecution in the last two-and-ahalf years,” he said. “Out of the 30 countries that we have assessed, in 20 of them, the situation has worsened in some way, but in some of these where there has been no change, the problems were already extreme anyway,” Newton explained. “It doesn’t mean, by any means, that the other 10 are places where it’s easy to be a Christian,” he added. Persecution of Christians was a phenomenon “happening in many different contexts,” Newton said. Among the main culprits were the adherents of violent interpretations of Islam, and of the 30 coun-

tries examined by the charity, six were Middle Eastern or Arabic countries with Muslim majority populations. Newton said that in recent years, the problem of attacks by “well-resourced” Islamist groups has reached into several continents, spreading to such African nations as Nigeria, Mali and Tanzania. Christians in India, Sri Lanka and Myanmar also faced persecution from majority Hindu or Buddhist nationalists who have conflicting ideals of “what a citizen of the nation should be like,” Newton said. Some of the worst instances of persecution, however, continued to be found in Communist or former Communist states, he continued. Foremost of these was North Korea, where imprisoned Christians routinely faced torture and beatings. “The treatment meted out to Christians is far worse than that for ordinary political prisoners,” Newton said. He said that in Eritrea, a country on the Horn of Africa, Christians also were persecuted by a Marxisminspired government, which had detained more than 2,000 people, arresting nearly 200 for practicing their faith in the first five months of 2013. Newton said that some Christians had been tortured by hanging

from trees, made to walk barefoot over sharp rocks or locked in metal containers in the desert. Less severe instances of harassment of Christians were observed in China and in such post-Communist countries as Vietnam, Laos, Cuba, Belarus, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

‘Christian winter’ All the countries examined in the report had previous records of persecution or harassment of Christians. The report — titled “Persecuted and Forgotten?” — was released at a meeting in the Houses of Parliament in London Oct. 17. Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams, former archbishop of Canterbury, and Patriarch Gregorios III, the Lebanon-based leader of the Melkite Greek Catholic, were in attendance. An accompanying press release said persecution in parts of the Middle East has become so grave that the survival of Christians in the region was “now at stake.” For Christians, the so-called “Arab spring” has in many cases become what the report calls a “Christian winter,” the release said. The full report can be read online at


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Synod theme shows importance of family An Italian woman and her son run in a 100-meter relay race on the main road leading to St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Oct. 20. The Year of Faith “Race of Faith” drew several hundred people, including Olympians, Paralympians, families and children. The event, organized by the Pontifical Council for Culture, sought to highlight how the Church can help foster a world of sport that better respects human dignity. CNS photo / Paul Haring

Pope Francis’ decision to call an extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family in 2014 demonstrates how important he believes the family is and the urgency he sees in responding to problems Christian families face, said the head of the Pontifical Council for the Family. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, council president, said the pastoral


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challenge of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics will be part of the synod’s discussions. Pope Francis has called for an extraordinary synod Oct. 5-19, 2014, to discuss the “pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.”

Religious leaders were among those who welcomed the congressional deal of Oct. 16 that reopened the federal government after a 16-day shutdown. “The shutdown has had a widespread impact on many people, especially the poor, who suffered for lack of basic services during the period,” said Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, Calif., chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. “With the government now open, beneficiaries of government services, particularly the elderly and children, can hope to resume a normal life with a safety net securely in place.” The bishops had hoped that the deal that reopened the government and raised the debt ceiling into early 2014 would have included a provision granting a wider exemption to the Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate required of most employers, but no such provision was in the package. — Catholic News Service

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Focus on Faith


Saint or sinner?


By Father Ron Rolheiser What are we ultimately: saints or sinners? What’s deepest inside us: goodness or selfishness? Or, are we dualists with two innate principles inside us, one good and one evil, in a perpetual dual with each other? Certainly, at the level of experience, we feel a conflict. There’s a saint inside us who wants to mirror the greatness of life, even as there is someone else inside us that wants to walk a seedier path. It’s because of this tension inside us that we find it so hard to make clear moral choices. We want the right things, but we also want many of the wrong things. Every choice is a renunciation, and so the struggle between saint and sinner inside us often manifests itself precisely in our inability to make hard choices. But we don’t feel this tension only in our struggle to make clear moral decisions; we feel it daily in our spontaneous reaction to situations that affect us adversely. Simply put, we are forever bouncing back and forth between being petty and being bighearted, spiteful and forgiving, whenever we are negatively impacted by others. For instance, we all have had this kind of experience: We are at work and in a good emotional state, thinking peaceful and patient thoughts, when a co-worker comes in and, without good reason, slights or insults us in some way. In one instant, our whole inner world reverses: A door slams shut and we begin to feel cold and spiteful, thinking anything but warm thoughts, seemingly becoming different persons, moving from being big-hearted to being spiteful, from being saints to entertaining murderous feelings. Which is our true person? What are we really, saints with big hearts or petty, spiteful persons? Seemingly, we are both, saints and sinners, since goodness and selfishness both flow through us. Interestingly, we don’t always react in the same way. Sometimes in the face of a slight, insult, or even positive attack and injustice, we react with patience, understanding, and forgiveness. Why? What changes the chemistry? Why do we sometimes meet pettiness with a big heart and, other times, meet it in kind, with spite? Ultimately, we don’t know the reason; that’s part of the mystery of human freedom. Certain factors obviously play in; for example, if we are in a good inner-space when we are ignored, slighted, or unfairly treated, we are more prone to react with patience and understanding, with a big heart. But, be that as it may, ultimately there’s deeper reality at work in all of this, beyond our emotional well being on a given day. How we react to a situation, with grace or spite, for the most part depends upon something else. The Church Fathers had a concept and name for this. They believed that each of us has two souls, a big soul and a petty soul, and how we react to any situation depends largely upon which soul we are thinking with and acting out of at that moment. Thus, if I meet an insult or an injury with my big soul, I am more likely to meet it with patience, understanding, and forgiveness. Conversely, if I meet an insult or a hurt while operating out of my petty soul, I am more likely to respond in kind, with pettiness, coldness, and spite. And, for the Church Fathers, both of these souls are inside us and both are real; we’re both big-hearted and petty, saint and sinner. The challenge is to operate more out of our big soul than our petty one. But we must be careful to not understand this dualistically. In affirming that we have two souls, a big soul and a petty soul, the Church Fathers are not teaching a variation of an old dualism, namely, that there are inside us two innate principles, one good and one evil, perpetually fighting for control of our hearts and souls. That kind of struggle in fact does go on inside us, but not between two separate principles. The saint and sinner inside us are not separate entities. Rather the saint in us, the big soul, is not only our true self, it’s our only self. The sinner in us, the petty soul, is not a separate person or separate moral force doing perpetual battle with the saint, it’s simply the wounded part of the saint, that part of the saint that’s been cursed and never properly blessed. And our wounded self shouldn’t be demonized and cursed again. Rather it needs to be befriended and blessed — and then it will cease being petty and spiteful in the face of adversity. Father Rolheiser, a member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, is president of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas.

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SUNDAY SCRIPTURES Deacon Grant Gerlach

Helping us to see the face of Christ “The crown of righteousness awaits . . . all who [long] for [God’s] appearance.” This statement from St. Paul to Timothy (2 Timothy 4:8) reminds us of our ultimate longing and destiny. We all long for right relationships — to live in harmony with others — and we all desire to see the face of God, that face which ultimately radiates from the face of Jesus Christ, through whom we are able to see the Father. It is, in fact, our destiny to behold this face in all its heavenly glory! But, we don’t behold this face as we should now because the darkness of sin has clouded our vision. That sin which puffs-up our eyes and has us pray as the Pharisee in the Gospel: I thank myself (ultimately) for my righteousness, for “I am not like the rest of humanity . . . I fast . . . I pay tithes.” I’m good, I do, I give — I, I, I. Did I forget anything? Oh, yeah, what about this tax collector? Look at him; he doesn’t deserve the same that I’ve earned. Yikes! This “exaltedness” has no place in Christian prayer. Our Lord makes this perfectly clear. Instead, it is the tax collector who goes home justified, for “the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” This is how Christian prayer is to begin, especially the prayer of petition: “O God, be merciful to me a sinner.” This is reflected in the pinnacle of Christian prayer, the eucharistic liturgy, which begins (after the initial greeting): “Let us acknowledge our sins . . . Lord, have mercy.”

Cry of the poor Surely this sincere and contrite “lowly” prayer “pierces the clouds”

DAILY Scriptures Sunday, Oct. 27 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 Luke 18:9-14 Monday, Oct. 28 Saints Simon and Jude, apostles Ephesians 2:19-22 Luke 6:12-16 Tuesday, Oct. 29 Romans 8:18-25 Luke 13:18-21 Wednesday, Oct. 30

of sin’s darkness and has our “petition [reach] the heavens.” For “the Lord hears the cry of the poor,” especially those poor in spirit — those who have humbly acknowledged their place before God as dependent creatures — whose kingdom is heaven (cf. Matthew 5:3). This “lowly and poor” prayer purifies our hearts and helps us to see God (cf. Matthew 5:8). Truly, God our Father comes into focus more and more in the face of Jesus when we ask for forgiveness: “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Instead of placing our eyes on our “I” — our ego — (like the Pharisee), when in prayer, we are to place them on our Lord (like the tax collector) and ask for his merciful forgiveness so that, in the end, he would “[lift] up the lowly,” as Our Lady so beautifully proclaims and rejoices in her Magnificat (see Luke 1:46-55), and bring us out of our darkness and into our heavenly home justified to behold his luminous face. May Our Lady help us see this face! It is Mary, after all, who first beheld this face in a manger. She, who forevermore beholds his face in all its heavenly glory, also longs for us to see her son’s face and sing with the heavenly creatures, “Glory to God in the highest!” Who knew all this was going on at the beginning of the Eucharist?! Deacon Gerlach is in formation for the priesthood at St. Paul Seminary for the Diocese of Rapid City, S.D. His home parish is the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rapid City, and his teaching parish is St. Ambrose of Woodbury in Woodbury. Romans 8:26-30 Luke 13:22-30 Thursday, Oct. 31 Romans 8:31b-39 Luke 13:31-35 Friday, Nov. 1 All Saints Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14 1 John 3:1-3 Matthew 5:1-12a Saturday, Nov.2 All Souls Romans 5:5-11 John 6:37-40 Sunday, Nov. 3 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time


Readings Sunday, Oct. 27 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time • Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18 • 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 • Luke 18: 9-14

Wisdom 11:22 – 12:2 2 Thessalonians 1:11 – 2:2 Luke 19:1-10 Monday, Nov. 4 St. Charles Borromeo, bishop Romans 11:29-36 Luke 14:12-14 Tuesday, Nov. 5 Romans 12:5-16b Luke 14:15-24 Wednesday, Nov. 6 Romans 13:8-10 Luke 14:25-33 Thursday, Nov. 7 Romans 14:7-12

Reflection During your prayer time this week, what one thing can you do to focus less on yourself and more keenly on the face of Christ and his will for you?

Luke 15:1-10 Friday, Nov. 8 Romans 15:14-21 Luke 16:1-8 Saturday, Nov. 9 Dedication of the Lateran Basilica Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12 1 Corinthians 3:9c-11, 16-17 John 2:13-22 Sunday, Nov. 10 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14 2 Thessalonians 2:16 – 3:5 Luke 20:27-38

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Focus on Faith • Seeking Answers

12 SEEKING ANSWERS Father Kenneth Doyle

Baptism for the child of non-practicing Catholics Q. About a year ago, I listened

to a priest tell the story of how a relative of his asked him to baptize their infant child. The priest refused because the parents had not been attending Mass. Later, the parents started coming to Mass again, and the baptism was performed. I was under the impression that we believe that, for a child to get into heaven, the child has to have been baptized. What are the Church’s guidelines for baptism? Is it common for a priest to refuse a request for baptism if he feels that the parents are unworthy?

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same: to bring the parents back to regular attendance at the sacraments so that their child will have the best chance of growing up a faithful Catholic. Priests will differ, though, as to how best to reach that goal. I should probably clear up one misconception first that has to do with your belief that a child must be baptized to get to heaven. In 2007, the Vatican’s International Theological Commission, with the approval of Pope Benedict XVI, said that the concept of limbo reflected “an unduly restrictive view of salvation,” that the mercy of God offers good reason to hope that babies who die without being baptized can go to heaven. (Limbo, understood as a place of natural happiness but without communion with God, had been a common belief for centuries;

significantly, though, it had never been defined as dogma.) Now, to your question: what to do about parents who rarely, if ever, come to Mass but want to have their child baptized. The relevant guideline is Canon 868 of the church’s Code of Canon Law, which states that “for an infant to be baptized licitly . . . there must be a founded hope that the infant will be brought up in the Catholic religion.” The same canon goes on to say that “if such hope is altogether lacking, the baptism is to be delayed . . . after the parents have been advised about the reason.” The wiggle room, I suppose, is in the phrase “altogether lacking,” and that’s a subjective call on the priest’s part. Surely, baptism does involve the pledge of the parents to raise and educate their child in the beliefs and practices of the Catholic faith. (The very wording of the baptismal ritual itself requires an affirmative response by the parents to that pledge.) So a priest acts properly when he seeks some assurance of that parental commitment before agreeing to do a baptism. My own approach on this is to give to parents the benefit of the doubt. A week or two before the baptism, I meet for half an hour individually with each couple who are having their first child

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Teachable moment I know that some priests would differ, and I grant them that right. I’ve seen parish websites that demand, for example, that in order to have their child baptized, parents must “show their willingness to practice their own faith by attending Mass each Sunday for at least three months.” These, I think, are special times for tenderness. A priest’s response at a moment like this can dictate a family’s relationship to a parish — and even to the Church — for years down the line. Baptisms are the ideal occasion for evangelization, for blessing marriages in the Church, for lifting lost sheep onto your shoulders and bringing them back. Father Doyle writes for Catholic News Service. A priest of the Diocese of Albany, N.Y., he previously served as director of media relations for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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them are killed instantly, but two figures — mission commander Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) and Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) — are left alive but in desperate danger. After a series of unfortunate accidents and coincidences, Kowalski is left clinging to Stone as she clings to the remains of an abandoned Soyuz Soviet space station. It becomes clear that Stone can survive only if Kowalski detaches himself from her. Despite her Please turn to MOVIE’S on page 14

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14 EDITORIAL Joe Towalski

A ‘sacred and inalienable right’ is under attack We Christians in the United States take much for granted, including our right to worship freely at the church of our choosing without fear that we will be targeted with violence or other forms of retribution. Unfortunately, it is a right that many fellow Christians in other parts of the world do not enjoy. The British arm of the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need recently published a nearly 200page study documenting worsening persecution experienced by Christians in 30 countries around the world. Much of it is happening in places like the Middle East and Africa at the hands of those who adhere to violent interpretations of Islam as well as in Communist countries that preach state-sponsored atheism. The plight of Christians in Egypt is just one of many instances cited in the report, titled “Persecuted and Forgotten?” Just this past August, in one 48-hour period, nearly 80 churches, convents, church-run schools and clinics across the country were attacked, unfairly blamed for problems facing the country. Bishop Kyrillos William of Assiut,

Egypt, said people not surprisingly feared leaving their houses. The situation in other countries is similar, with Christians being targeted with harassment, torture and even execution. Sometimes these instances of persecution make headlines here in the United States. But often they do not, and the victims suffer a quiet martyrdom. We Christians who enjoy guarantees of religious liberty need to raise more awareness about religious persecution in other parts of the world and do more to help its victims.

Efforts on the home front Pope Benedict XVI called religious freedom “a sacred and inalienable right” that must be protected. As the report notes, we should encourage peaceful dialogue and reconciliation among religious faiths whenever possible. But we as a nation must also make religious freedom a higher priority in our foreign policy dealings and other interactions with nations where religious freedom is under attack. And, we must also work to protect religious liberty here at home.

A member of the Pakistani Christian community holds a rosary and candle during a Sept. 23 protest rally in Lahore, Pakistan, to condemn the suicide attack on All Saints Church in Peshawar the previous day. At least 81 people were killed by two suicide bombers outside the historic church in Peshawar, prompting countrywide protests by Christians who condemned authorities for failing to protect minorities. CNS photo/ Mohsin Raza, Reuters Freedom of religion constitutes more than just freedom of worship. And, while we in the United States are not experiencing the violent persecution that our brothers and sisters in faith are facing in other parts of the world, our own religious freedom is under fire in other ways, such as through the federal Department of Health and Human Services’ contraceptive mandate. Such infringements on religious liberty certainly have not reached the level as those documented by the Aid to the Church in Need report. But, as the U.S. bishops have noted: “If religious liberty is eroded here at home, American defense of

religious liberty abroad is less credible.” Religious freedom is a human right for everyone — Christians, Muslims, Jews and people of every other faith. This right includes the freedom to worship and the ability to contribute to the common good through works motivated by faith. Right now, many of our fellow Christians do not enjoy that freedom. We don’t need more martyrs; we need more commitment from governments and faith leaders to end such violence and protect the rights of all. We cannot let the persecuted be forgotten.

Movie’s main character moved by colleague’s sacrifice Continued from page 13 tearful protestations, he lets go and drifts lazily off into space and certain death. The last word we hear from him — and it is the first hint of the movie’s spiritual ambitions — is his serene comment that the Ganges (River that borders India and Bangladesh) looks beautiful with the sun glinting off of it. As he performs the supreme act of love (“greater love hath no man than to give his life for his friend.”), he contemplates one of the most religiously charged locales on the planet.

Turning to prayer Freed from Kowalski, Stone makes her way into the Soyuz and finds the pod on which she hopes to fly to a Chinese vehicle, which will finally take her home. But to her infinite chagrin, she discovers that there is no fuel in the Soviet pod and that she is, accordingly, surely doomed. With tears and much hesitation, she commences to pray, though she admits she doesn’t really know how to pray, and at this point, we notice an icon of St. Christopher

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on the instrument panel of the pod. Her prayer apparently unanswered and resigned to her demise, she then allows the oxygen to run down, so as to commit suicide by hypoxia. But just as she starts to drift into unconsciousness, Kowalski, to our infinite surprise, suddenly opens the hatch and bursts in. With bravado and confidence, he switches on the lights, turns on the oxygen and shows Stone how to activate the pod. However, just when we thought that the day had been saved by this deus ex machina, we discover, in the next scene, that Stone is still alone. Had Kowalski’s appearance been just a hallucination produced by oxygen deprivation, or had it in fact been a visitation from a figure now in heaven, or was it, perhaps, the latter by means of the former? At any rate, she took it to be a link to the transcendent, for she immediately asked Kowalski to communicate her love to her 4-year-old daughter who had died some years before in a freak accident. None of the vaunted technology that she had mastered had ever

allowed her to contact her beloved daughter, but now she had found, precisely through a figure who had manifested perfect love, a route of access, a means of communication to a realm beyond this one. Inspired by her supernatural visitation, Stone summons the courage to fly to the Chinese spacecraft and hurtle on it back to earth. While she navigates the vessel, she sees, over its instrument panel, a little statue of the smiling Buddha — the third explicitly religious symbol in the film. After splashing down in an unidentified body of water, Stone crawls to shore, grasps the wet sand in her hands, and mutters the final word of the movie: “Thanks.” The one who had admitted that she didn’t know how to pray utters, at the end, a beautiful and altogether appropriate prayer.

Christopher icon, the statue of the Buddha, and above all, a visit from a denizen of heaven, signal that there is a dimension of reality that lies beyond what technology can master or access. The key that most effectively opens the door to the reality of God is nothing other than the kind of self-forgetting love that George Clooney’s character displayed, for God, as the first letter of John tells us, is love. In and through that love, which permeates and animates the whole of the creation, we find connection to everything else and everyone else — even to those who have passed from this life to the next.

Love at the center

How wonderful the technology that allows us to explore the depths of space, but infinitely more wonderful is the love which, in Dante’s unforgettable phrase, “moves the planets and the other stars.”

The technology which this film legitimately celebrates is marvelously useful and, in its own way, beautiful. But it can’t save us, and it can’t provide the means by which we establish real contact with each other. The Ganges in the sun, the St.

Father Barron is the founder of the global ministry, Word on Fire, and the rector/president of Mundelein Seminary. Word on Fire will be releasing “The New Evangelization” documentary this Fall. Learn more at

15 Tom Bengtson

Hospitality turns Wall Drug into key tourist stop on trip We are well into fall, but I am still glowing over the memory of our family trip to Yellowstone this summer. Susan and I drove our four kids on their first trip to the Rockies, through South Dakota and Wyoming to our country’s oldest national park. Like many families that make such a trip, we stopped at Wall Drug, located in Wall, S.D., about 75 miles east of Mt. Rushmore. This tourist attraction is a testament to the power of hospitality. Furthermore, the family that owns Wall Drug subtly but effectively evangelizes the importance of their faith every time they tell their story.

Starting small The store’s website explains that when Dorothy and Ted Hustead set out to find a place to open a pharmacy in 1931, they looked for two things: a town that was small and a town that had a Catholic Church. They explained that after visiting with “the priest, the doctor and the banker” in town, they decided to settle in Wall. Business was slow until 1936,

when Dorothy noticed all the people driving by on their way to Mt. Rushmore. Work on the monument began in 1927, and people began traveling to see it, even before it was completed in 1941. Dorothy saw how thirsty they all looked and suggested to Ted that they offer free glasses of ice water. They put up signs along the highway, and within a week hundreds — and then thousands — of people began showing up for a free glass of water, and to buy soda, ice cream and other drug store staples. Today, Wall Drug is a mega-tourist attraction, serving some 20,000 people a day during the summer. The little drug store has grown into a 76,000-square-foot entertainment complex that includes some 22 stores, restaurants, an art museum, a water show and other attractions, such as an 80-foot dinosaur statue and a 6-foot rabbit. There’s also a chapel. They still give away ice water, and for a nickel you can get a cup of coffee. Run by the third generation of Husteads, Wall Drug is a major employer and is known all over the world.


The vital partnership between generations A recent ad for a Swiss watch shows a well-groomed father getting out of a first-class Pullman car and putting his arm around his 8-year-old son, also nattily attired in khakis, Docksiders and a sport coat. “You never actually own a Patek Philippe,” the ad said. “You merely look after it for the next generation.” It was a little rich for my taste. But there were some things I liked about the ad. It showed a father in a positive light — something one rarely sees on Madison Avenue or in Hollywood. The fathers there are typically absent, unconcerned or inept. The ad also invoked a laudable concern for the next generation. Edmund Burke, in his “Reflections on the French Revolution,” wrote that society is “a partnership not

only between those who are living, but between those who are living, those who are dead and those who are to be born.”

Avoiding tragedy It was incongruous to see Burke’s sentiment used to sell watches. But at least it showed we haven’t forgotten about it entirely. That includes the environmental movement, a political effort you might not associate with an instinctive conservative like Burke. In his 2013 inaugural address, President Barack Obama made a typical appeal for sustainable energy, saying, “Our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity.” How is it that we can invoke this intergenerational covenant to sell watches and to prevent possibly ruinous climate change over the next

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down earlier this month meant the closing of Mt Rushmore and Badlands National Park, which is about eight miles away. Hustead said Wall Drug contributed $15,000 to a fund collected by the state of South Dakota to open the national parks during the shutdown.

Each year, Wall Drug hosts some 100 college-age workers from around the world. A young woman from Spain served us in the restaurant when we were there.

“People came from a long way and found the parks closed; we had a number of people disappointed, so we wanted to do something,” Hustead said.

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Rick Hustead, chairman of Wall Drug, told me the chapel gets plenty of use. Although it serves all denominations, he said he keeps it stocked with brochures about how to pray the rosary.

Coemgenus at en.wikipedia International students make up about half the Wall Drug workforce during the summer. The store puts them up in 32 houses it owns in the area. “We couldn’t do it without them,” Hustead said in a phone conversation. The federal government shut-

Wall Drug added a lot to our memory of this family trip; if we get back that way, I’m certain we will stop in again.

few centuries, but ignore it in the face of certain fiscal ruin over the next two or three decades? Detroit’s bankruptcy is a social tragedy that resulted in part from unrealistic promises made to present workers at the expense of future city taxpayers. As the city’s economy and population declined, it failed to trim back its government workforce, maintaining one of the nation’s largest for cities its size. The city kept promising larger and larger retirement benefits for employees. It even paid bonuses out of the retirement fund in years when it made good money in the market, even as it ratcheted up the tax burden on its ever-shrinking population. When the market turned south, the fund became incapable of paying out what it had promised. As a result, more than half of the Motor City’s $18 billion in debt is unfunded retirement benefits for public employees, who now stand to lose everything in the city’s bankruptcy. To put it in Burke’s terms, the retiring generation took on a debt their children could not pay.

law. Even without that, entitlement spending accounts for nearly twothirds of the federal budget (twice what it was in 1960). Most of this is for Social Security and Medicare — programs whose beneficiaries are defined by age, not need. We call them insurance programs, but they’re not. Today’s workers pay for today’s retirees and ask the next generation to support them. But we’re asking too much of the next generation, because people are living longer, costs are rising and birthrates are falling. We aren’t leaving our children fancy watches. We’re leaving them debts they cannot pay. Both of our major political parties have been equally guilty of making promises our children are being asked to keep, but probably cannot. Both are equally afraid to acknowledge the problem. Unrealistic and false promises do not fulfill our duties of social justice. Surely our noble desire to care for the old and the sick can take a better form. But these false promises persist as politicians keep putting the next election ahead of the next generation.

Debts that can’t be paid Federal entitlement spending is, sadly, going in the same direction. Never mind the new health care

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Garvey is president of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

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Gathering celebrates the ‘Good News of why we are Catholic’ Continued from page 3 Mass. “We come together today because we are a people of faith, of hope, and of love,” he said. He alluded to recent sexual misconduct allegations in the media concerning certain priests and how their cases were handled by archdiocesan officials. “The events of the past few weeks have been very difficult for you and for me,” he said. “And, yet, as we come together today — 5,000 strong — we know there is light and life in our faith. We know there is truth, and in the pursuit of that truth, we are set free. I believe with all my heart that we will come through this storm better and stronger and more focused than ever so that the Gospel message may be proclaimed anew.” Proclaiming that message is something all Catholics are called to do, he said. The hurdles can be great: Some people are no longer engaged in the faith because they reject some or all of the Church’s teachings, he said, or they are disappointed with Church leaders, or they are busy with other things in life and don’t see the value of faith or the Church. “This provides us new challenges, my dear friends — an even more pressing opportunity for us to become evangelizers of the faith, missionaries telling the story of Jesus right within our families, our workplaces, our church circles, our neighborhoods,” Archbishop Nienstedt said. “This is the work of the new evangelization,” he said. “This is what today is all about. This is what the Year of Faith hopes to achieve. This is what lies at the heart of our Rediscover: initiative — to be on fire for the faith.”

Transformation needed Matthew Kelly, author of the book “Rediscover Catholicism” and founder of The Dynamic Catholic Institute, told attendees during the morning plenary session that “God is in the business of transformation.” “This is a moment when we need game-changers in the Church,” he said. “We can be most effective when we focus on our main point of influence: ourselves. The question you have to ask is, ‘How is God calling you to transform your life right now?’” Kelly challenged Catholics to read the Gospels “over and over for a whole year” and “allow the light of Jesus Christ to sink deep into

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Tweets from the day A Twitter feed for the 2013 Rediscover: Catholic Celebration captured some of the experiences of the attendees. The following is a sample of the day’s tweets. • “Key word today at #cathcelebrate — TRANSFORMATION. @ RediscoverFaith” • “@FrRobertBarron just told a story about how a woman googling “Charlie Sheen” led her to become Catholic. God is amazing. #cathcelebrate” • “@RediscoverFaith Jesus and Mary, Our local Church is yours. Ave Maria. #CathCelebrate” • “Don’t be afraid to be saints of the new millennia. #cathcelebrate #jpII” • “Come to me all you who like each other.”BishopFlores #ThingsJesusNeverSaid @ RediscoverFaith #cathcelebrate” • “‘The world doesn’t need another person living a shallow life’ #bebold #cathcelebrate” • “‘Who do people say I am? But who do YOU say I am?’ The Jesus question that everyone answers, even by not answering. #cathcelebrate” your life.” He said that after listening to the Gospel at Mass, he often reflects, “If I just live this one Gospel reading 100 percent — not the whole Gospel, not the whole Bible, not all of Church teaching, not the whole catechism — just this one Gospel reading, how much would my life change?” He said: “The answer every single Sunday is: radically.” “That teaches me there is a gap between my life and the Gospel, and it’s a big gap,” he said. We must “get to know the shepherd” in order to close that gap and transform our lives as well as the lives of others, he said.

New Evangelization tips During the day’s second plenary session, Father Robert Barron offered recommendations for the New Evangelization. The founder of the Word on Fire global ministry and creator of the documentary “Catholicism” told Catholic Celebration attendees that

one way people will be drawn to the Church is if we “lead with the beautiful” and then move into the good and true. “When you lead with the beautiful, it’s a much more winsome approach, and it awakens far fewer defenses,” he said, citing how people can be drawn to goodness and truth by first experiencing the beauty of things like the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Mozart’s “Requiem” or Mother Teresa’s sisters working with the poor. Among his other recommendations were: • “Don’t dumb down the message.” Today’s new atheists “have been great ‘evangelists’ — smart, articulate, in your face, loud, clear,” he said. “Can we match them with

17 Speakers MATTHEW KELLY “Once you really get into the Gospels and discover and rediscover the life and teaching of Jesus Christ, I think the one thing you will see is that Jesus was a radical — his life was radical, his example was radical, his love was radical, his teachings were radical,” Kelly said, citing as an example Jesus’ teaching to love and pray for one’s enemies. “They were radical 2,000 years ago but, guess what, they’re radical 2,000 years later.” FATHER ROBERT BARRON “[Msgr.] Kevin Irwin, who was the head of theology at [The Catholic University of America] for many years, said: We all have the book Gather, our hymn book. But he said there should be a second hymn book called Scatter,” Father Barron said. “Sure, we gather around . . . the Church and the liturgy, and we celebrate, and we realize who we are. But then, the most sacred words of the Mass, after the words of consecration, are ‘Ite, missa est’: ‘Go, the Mass has ended’ — now flood the world. That’s Vatican II — not a Church bickering with itself, but a Church full of missionary zeal.”

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GEORGE WEIGEL “The Church has to find a way to be a missionary Church again,” Weigel said. BISHOP DANIEL FLORES

Above: Matthew Kelly, author and founder of The Dynamic Catholic Institute, speaks during the morning plenary session at the 2013 Rediscover: Catholic Celebration. Left: Eliot Morris, a musician from Memphis, Tenn., plays his song “Rediscover,” which was inspired by the Rediscover: initiative. Download the song at Lower left: Catholic Celebration attendees sing at one of the day’s Spanish language break-out sessions. Dianne Towalski/The Catholic Spirit our own intelligent evangelism? That’s a challenge because a dumbed-down Catholicism won’t be able to meet the challenge.” • “Preach with ardor.” The Church’s job is to bear the light of Christ to the world, he said. The Second Vatican Council was a missionary council but, he warned, “A Church that is largely bickering with itself is not a missionary Church. It’s not a Church that is going to be convincing to the wider culture.” • Tell the great story of salvation history and its climax: Jesus Christ crucified and risen. “Teach the Bible,” he instructed catechists. • Emphasize St. Augustine’s understanding of the human person. Augustine said: “Lord, you have made us for yourself; therefore, our heart is restless until it rests in thee.” We cannot find happiness in substitutes for God, Father Barron said, including the false gods of wealth, pleasure, power and honor. • Stress Irenaeus’s doctrine of God. This second-century theologian stressed that “God doesn’t need the

“Christians must not just speak about love — but exemplify it,” Bishop Flores said. “We are called to have a special place in our hearts for people on the periphery: those in prisons, nursing homes, hospitals, detention centers — people who feel they don’t belong.”

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Evert spoke to high school youth about living “Romance without regret.” He encouraged them to pursue lives of chastity through virtue, forgiveness and sacrifice, despite the social pressures. He told the teens to set the standard high, stop gossiping, remove all labels and give one another the freedom to start over. Evert prompted them to do four things to attain purity: go to confession, never leave the Mass, maintain a devotion to Mary and pray the rosary.

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world, and that is such good news,” Father Barron said. The world adds nothing to God’s greatness, but “God has loved the world perfectly into being.” He created us because he loves us, not because he needs something from us.

• “The Consecration to the Hearts of Jesus & Mary on the same weekend that Pope Francis is going to Consecrate the World to the Immaculate Heart of Mary...... the Whole ‘Catholic Party’ was AWESOME and Holy Spirit filled!” — Mary Hobbs • “The Shepherd was leading us and the Spirit was filling us and we connected. This is truly MY church home and we were all proud to announce that. We were called, we were taught, we were fed, and we were sent out to bring others to the Lord. We had truly gone to the mountaintop.” — Vj Lokken • “Thank you for a wonderful, faith-filled, inspirational day! See you next year. We’re inviting everyone we know!” — Amy Nicolai Augustine

Time was set aside throughout the day for eucharistic adoration and the sacrament of confession. Before Father Barron’s talk, Archbishop Nienstedt consecrated the archdiocese to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of

Mary. Bishop-elect Andrew Cozzens spoke beforehand about both hearts and the meaning of consecration, and he revealed that his episcopal Please turn to PRAYER on page 18

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Prayer, music, speakers inspire Catholics at celebration Continued from page 17 motto will be: “Lend us your heart,” a phrase from a prayer to Mary that Mother Teresa and her sisters prayed every day. Before Kelly’s talk, Eliot Morris, a musician living in Memphis, Tenn., performed his song “Rediscover,” which was inspired by the Rediscover: initiative. Michelle Denise Michaels, a Minneapolis singer and graduate of the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute, sang “How Great Thou Art” before the start of Father Barron’s talk. Cesar Cruz, music director at Holy Rosary parish in Minneapolis and St. Alphonsus parish in Brooklyn Center, played his song “Redescubre” — inspired by the Spanish-language counterpart to the archdiocesan Rediscover: initiative — during one of the Spanish break-out sessions. Other speakers during the day included George Weigel, distinguished senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., who talked about the need for the Church to have a missionary spirit in today’s culture. Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas, gave

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Speakers series Don’t miss the last talk of the 2013 Rediscover: Speakers Series. Deacon Joseph Michalak will present “Rediscover: The Way — Keeping God at the Center of My Life.” The free talk is scheduled for the following locations at 7 p.m. each night: • Nov. 4: Holy Name of Jesus, Wayzata • Nov. 5: Epiphany, Coon Rapids • Nov. 6: Anderson Student Center, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul • Nov. 7: Pax Christi, Eden Prairie

Archbishop John Nienstedt consecrates the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary during the 2013 Rediscover: Catholic Celebration. At right is Father John Paul Erickson, director of the archdiocesan Office of Worship. Dianne Towalski/The Catholic Spirit presentations in both English and Spanish, while Martha FernándezSardina, director of Prepare The Way Enterprises, presented at the morning Spanish-language breakout session. Jason Evert, an author and chastity speaker, addressed youth in grades 7-10, with Sonar providing music, while children in

grades K-6 learned about prayer, sacraments, the saints and virtues. The day was emceed by Jeff Cavins, director of the catechetical institute and founder of the Great Adventure Bible Study series. The 2014 Rediscover: Catholic Celebration will be a two-day event, Oct. 3 and 4, at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Year 2 focus: prayer The theme for the second year of the Rediscover: initiative is prayer. Two talks will be presented in February and March 2014 highlighting why we pray and how to pray. There also will be three evening opportunities in March and April for community prayer experiences featuring eucharistic adoration, confession, praise, benediction and fellowship. Visit for more information.

19 Continued from page 3 of love and support from people all around the country and from the people of the archdiocese. To experience so much encouragement and support and hope that people see in my appointment has been a beautiful experience this [past] week. “One of the most meaningful ones was the first night when I told my sister [Helen Healy]. She was so stunned. She said, ‘Can I just pray with you on the phone?’ So, she just stopped and prayed and asked Jesus to bless me in my new mission. That was a beautiful outpouring of support.” Those who know him best say he appeared destined for the episcopate. His parents, Jack and Judy (see story about their reflections on the bishop-elect on page 21), saw early inklings of his desire for priesthood, and felt he might someday be a bishop. Others had the same feelings, including Mark Berchem, founder and executive director of NET Ministries in West St. Paul, where Bishop-elect Cozzens served in 1991-92. “Every once in a while, the older staff would talk about who might be the first NET alumnus to be made a bishop,” Berchem said. “And, Father Cozzens’ name was always at the top of the list. I think people around here recognized for a long time that he’s got a special anointing of the Holy Spirit. And so, in a certain way, it wasn’t a surprise. But, it was great news. There’s just something about him.” His roots in NET Ministries and St. Paul’s Outreach have made him a beloved priest with staff, volunteers and those reached by these two important ministries to teens and young adults. He is hoping that this background will enable him to reach out in a special way to local Catholics who have been struggling with almost daily reports in the local media about allegations of clergy sexual misconduct. “My main desire continues to be [being] a part of the healing that the archdiocese needs at this particular moment,” he said. “I would just say first, that this period has been also a deep and painful struggle for me, especially as a priest and now as a new auxiliary bishop. I feel the pain deeply, both the pain that there have been victims of abuse and the pain that some of my brother priests have not lived faithfully their commitments. So, I share that pain with all the people of the archdiocese. “And, I also share Archbishop [John] Nienstedt’s firm commitment that we have zero tolerance for any kind of sexual abuse. And, I’m extremely grateful that the archbishop has taken such a strong stand by establishing this [Safe Environment and Ministerial Standards Task Force], which will have an honest and clear look at the way the archdiocese has handled the issues of sexual misconduct. . . . I

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Bishop-elect served with NET Ministries, St. Paul’s Outreach

Bishop-elect Andrew Cozzens, center, reacts when Archbishop John Nienstedt announces his appointment as auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis during 7:30 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of St. Paul Oct. 11. With the bishop-elect are Msgr. Aloysius Callaghan, left, rector of the St. Paul Seminary, and Father John Ubel, right, rector of the Cathedral. Dave Hrbacek/ The Catholic Spirit. know that the archbishop is doing this because he is committed to getting to the bottom of this crisis. And, I am just as committed.” Bishop Cozzens will continue his teaching role at the seminary until his ordination on Dec. 9 at the Cathedral, which is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This feast day holds special significance for him. “I have a great devotion to Our Lady, so I’m very grateful for her intercession and prayers,” he said. “And, the opportunity to be ordained on her feast day is a really great thing.” His episcopal motto will be: “Lend us your heart,” a phrase from a prayer to Mary that Mother Teresa and her sisters prayed every day.

Evangelist at heart Bishop-elect Cozzens was born Aug. 3, 1968, and has one biological sister and a foster brother named Sergei, who was 15 when he joined the family. Young Andrew, called Drew throughout his childhood, had to struggle with severe allergies and asthma during his childhood. When he was 4, the family moved to Denver to be near a hospital that specialized in the treatment of asthma in children. He was befriended by an elderly priest, Msgr. Thomas Barry, when he was in first grade. The priest helped solidify his early inklings of a priestly vocation. After graduating from high school, he attended Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. He was invited to join a summer household of St. Paul’s Outreach, and had a profound experience after his sophomore year that deepened his faith, said Gordy DeMarais, one of the

founders and current executive director of SPO. “He was one of the best relational evangelists that I’ve ever known in the whole history of this organization,” DeMarais said. “His zeal for reaching out to students and engaging them and bringing them to Christ was a very strong gift and presence.” Father Cozzens later worked for SPO as a mission leader, and helped form the Companions of Christ, a fraternity of priests and seminarians in the archdiocese. He also is fluent in Spanish, and is ready to get to work reaching out to the growing Latino population in the archdiocese. “I love working with Hispanic people; I love Hispanic ministry,” he said. “I help out at Spanish Masses whenever I can. Most recently, my assignment has been in Red Wing, going down [to St. Joseph parish] for Spanish Mass each Sunday I’m available.” One of his important tasks in pastoral ministry will be to help local Catholics find healing and hope as they struggle with news reports in recent weeks and wonder where God is in the midst of this crisis. “I would say to the people, ‘We all feel this pain, and I certainly understand the pain,’” he said. “But, pain is never a reason for discouragement or despair. It’s always a reason to turn to Jesus and to ask Jesus to bring us mercy and forgiveness and new life. “The hope of the Church is always found in Jesus. And, the life of Jesus is ever new. And, Jesus came to save us from our sinfulness. So, whenever we go through a struggle, we need to remember the lesson of the cross, which is expressed so

beautifully by St. Paul when he says in Romans, Chapter 8 verse 28, ‘God uses all things for good for those who love him and are called according to his purpose.’”

At a glance 1991-92: Team leader, National Evangelization Teams. 1992-93: Co-director of campus outreach, St. Paul’s Outreach. 1997: Ordained priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. 1997-2000: Parochial vicar, Cathedral of St. Paul. 2000-2002: Parochial vicar, Faribault Catholic Community (now Divine Mercy parish). 2002: License in Sacred Theology, Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome. 2006-present: Assistant professor, St. Paul Seminary. 2008: Doctorate in Sacred Theology, Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome.

He said he wants to promote healing in other ways as well. “I’m a firm believer that Jesus wants to heal,” he said. “I’ve been very impressed with Pope Francis’ image that the Church is like a field hospital. We’re living in a world in which there are many hurting people. I just hope my ministry as a bishop will be part of the healing that flows from the heart of Jesus for people.” “If I can in any way be part of healing, in all kinds of ways, that’s how I want to serve,” he said. “Jesus came to heal the world, and I want to help serve in that way.”

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The following is an edited version of an Oct. 11 interview with Bishop-elect Andrew Cozzens. To read the full interview, visit TheCatholic

Q. How has your family been instrumental in your vocation? A. I grew up in a good Catholic family. I

always joke that I actually remember the one Sunday we missed Mass as a family, and it was because we tried to go but got the time wrong. It was a Sunday night and we couldn’t get to another Mass. So we all went off to confession the next weekend before going back to Mass. My parents were a wonderful example. We were the family that always had the priest over for dinner. On Saturdays, we were working around the church. So the church was just a part of life. As a young kid, I got to know our pastor, Msgr. [Thomas] Barry. He was also a big influence on my vocation. When I was young, I told my mom I wanted to be a priest like Msgr. Barry. My parents were always very supportive of my vocation, but they were also very clear that I didn’t have to do it.

Q. A bishop has to have a good understanding of what priests need and face. Has teaching at the seminary given you some added insight into the priesthood that will help you as a bishop? A.

Definitely. I’m very grateful for the seven and a half years I got to spend at the St. Paul Seminary, and I learned a lot during

that time. I wrote my doctoral dissertation on the priesthood — on how the priest is meant to be a living image of Jesus the bridegroom for his Church. The priest’s own life of simplicity, obedience and celibacy — all that imitates Christ’s own spousal love for the Church. I’ve loved teaching seminarians. I’ve loved being with them and helping form them. The image I’ve sometimes used is that every priest and every soldier wants to be on the front lines. But some people know they have to work in supply. The more I’ve worked in the seminary, the more I’ve grown to love it. It’s such a treasure to just be able to know the young priests of the archdiocese so well because they’ve all been my students. But the other thing that has happened in the past few years is I’ve gotten involved with the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha. I did a 30-day retreat there, which was a very important experience in my life. Since then, I’ve helped out in education and spiritual direction, really working to help priests with their spiritual life. That will continue to be a big and important influence in my life: finding ways to help priests to develop solid spiritual lives because that really is what we need.

Q. Of course, that’s always been a need in the lives of priests. But is it a particular challenge today and, if so, why? A.

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21 By Dave Hrbacek The Catholic Spirit Freak becomes a bishop. That’s the quick and easy storyline describing the path Father Andrew Cozzens took to becoming the next auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. But, here’s the strange part — the person who called him this name was a doctor. And, he pinned this label on Father Cozzens, called Drew throughout his childhood, without even seeing him. In fact, Father Cozzens was still in his mother’s womb. This takes some explaining, and so it was that his parents, Jack, 75, and Judy, 69, took a good chunk of time on a recent afternoon recalling the circumstances surrounding the birth — and life — of their No. 2 child, a boy who remarked to another doctor when he was just 4 years old that he was going to “do the Lord’s work” someday.

Troubling news The drama began during Judy’s fifth month of pregnancy. She was teaching part time at a Catholic school in Connecticut. Her stomach hurt, and she figured she was getting the stomach flu that had been going around the school. “Then, all of a sudden, I realized I’m getting my pains every five minutes, and I realized I was in labor,” she said. “So, Jack met me at the hospital and we went in. I almost lost [the baby], but they stopped the labor.” She felt relief, but only momentarily. The tension over her son’s condition skyrocketed the following morning when the doctor came in to talk to her about what was happening. “He said, ‘You’re carrying a deformed fetus, and you need to not continue with the pregnancy’” she said. “And, I said, ‘What do you mean? This is my baby.’ And, he said, ‘No, you don’t understand. You’re carrying a freak, and you shouldn’t continue with this pregnancy.’” What this pro-abortion doctor didn’t understand, however, was that there was no way this devout Catholic mother would kill her unborn child. She simply told the doctor: “It’s my baby. And, what God sends us, we’ll take.” After making her point, the doctor said he would no longer work with her. He did, however, find a replacement, who turned out to be kinder and more hopeful about her pregnancy. In fact, the new doctor believed there was nothing wrong with her child and made a bet with the other doctor that she would deliver a healthy and normal child. At stake was the cost of delivery beyond what the family’s health insurance would cover — about $1,200. The doctor pushing Judy to abort

Bishop-elect Andrew Cozzens shows his mother, Judy, a pectoral cross given to him by Archbishop John Nienstedt. Dave Hrbacek/The Catholic Spirit lost the bet, and Andrew was born on Aug. 3, 1968. His only problem was eczema all over his body. Or so they thought. Not long after he was born, he developed a serious stomach problem. Turns out, he had severe allergies that required him to be fed a special formula every two hours round the clock. That was his sustenance for more than two years. He also developed asthma, which he still has today. Between the allergies and the asthma, Jack and Judy had their hands full. But that did not stop their son from hearing God’s call to priesthood at a young age. In fact, during one hospital stay in Denver when he was 4, after being placed in an iron lung, he turned to the doctor who had agreed to stay in his room overnight and said, “You can go back to bed. I’ll be OK. I’m going to grow up and do the Lord’s work.” This may have been Drew’s first act of ministry. The doctor later told Jack and Judy that he was going through a painful divorce and had lost his faith in God. He went on to tell them that he believed Drew had been sent to him by the Lord.

Early signs As amazing as this anecdote was, it did not surprise Jack and Judy that their son was showing early signs of a calling to religious life. To understand why, it’s necessary to go back to the fall of 1964. Judy, a Montana native, was attending a Catholic college in her home state named the College of Great Falls (now called University of Great Falls). She agreed to go on a blind date with Jack on Sept. 26. Just four weeks later, he proposed.

He took her into the chapel on campus before one of their dates. “After a couple of prayers, I proposed there in the chapel,” Jack said. “And, she said yes immediately. . . . As I slipped the ring on her finger, the instant it touched her finger, the bells in the chapel started to ring. I looked at my watch and it was 6:23. There was no reason to ring bells at 6:23. So, we felt pretty good about that.” Said Judy: “We never knew why the bells rang, but Jack always thinks it’s because we were going to have a son who’s a priest.” Can’t argue with church bells ringing. And, Jack and Judy couldn’t argue with a boy who looked for opportunities to practice the kind of ministry performed by a priest. Like the time he went to a nursing home with his mother when he was 5. “I was doing some work in the nursing home,” Judy said. “And he said, ‘Well, I’ve got to practice being nice to the old people so I know how to do this [as a priest].’ And, he would go around and hold their hands and talk to them.” Drew’s inclination toward priesthood was cemented by time spent with a priest in Denver, where the family moved when he was 4 so they could be close to a nationallyrenowned research hospital that specialized in the treatment of asthma in children. Msgr. Thomas Barry befriended young Drew and even moved up his first Communion date so he could serve Mass for the monsignor before he reached the mandatory retirement age of 72. “He passed away when Drew was studying in Rome in 2004,” Judy said. “But, Drew came back and did his funeral, and they had a beautiful relationship all through Drew’s

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years of growing up. Drew would often go up and go fishing with Monsignor. . . . Monsignor told him lots of stories while out fishing. He learned a lot of catechism in the boat.” He also learned about rock climbing and even scaled the Grand Teton in Wyoming with his older sister Helen and foster brother Sergei, who joined the family when he was 15. The trip came in August 1982, and Jack, a rock climber himself, came up with the idea and taught the kids how to do it. It was a bonding experience for the whole family. Judy had actually trained so she could go, too, but got hurt on the final practice and had to bow out. Jack and Judy ended up chartering a plane so they could fly over the mountain and see the kids when they were at the top. Sergei is a lawyer today and hopes to come to the bishop ordination in December. Judy said he is the first member of his biological family to graduate from college. Although the Cozzens weren’t able to formally adopt him, they were able to enjoy lots of time with Sergei, an AfricanAmerican teenager “He’s a good, from the inner city. And, the experience holy priest. was valuable for Drew and the other He’s a humble members of the family. man and After spending a he’s a strong few weekends with Sergei shortly after soldier. meeting him, they set to work trying to He’s prepared. find a relative who could adopt him. He’s ready.” Then, their son spoke up. Judy Cozzens “ Te n - y e a r - o l d Drew says one night at the dinner table, ‘I don’t understand what the problem is,’” Judy said. “Serg needs a home and we have one.”

‘He’s ready’ The bishop-elect has been spending the last few years teaching at the St. Paul Seminary. As much as his parents would like him to stay there, so that he can be near their Edina home, they know — and have known — that the higher calling of bishop may eventually take him elsewhere. “I think that we thought he might be a bishop someday,” Judy said. “But, I must say that I certainly didn’t expect it at this time. I thought we had at least another five years, that he would be well into his 50s before he was named a bishop. “At first, I had a lot of tears [at the announcement of her son’s appointment]. But, you know what? He’s a good, holy priest. He’s a humble man and he’s a strong soldier. He’s prepared. He’s ready.”

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Latino Catholics have a lot to teach us, bishop-elect says Continued from page 20 your weaknesses, in that pressure cooker, are going to come out.’ The pressure cooker is stronger today for many reasons. First, there are fewer priests, and so we’re busier. Second, the culture is so much more against the things that Jesus stands for. Because of that, we have to be deeper in our spiritual life in order to stand against this headwind that’s coming at us. More than ever today, we need priests who are deeply rooted in their relationship with Jesus and who are living that kind of life transparently, because that’s what the people need and that’s what the world needs — those kind of authentic witnesses.

Q. You were appointed by Pope Francis. What are some of your thoughts about him up to this point in his pontificate? A. That’s a beautiful thing for me. One of my priest friends called me today and said, ‘You’re a Pope Francis bishop.’ What he meant was love for the poor. What he meant was evangelistic — going out after the poor and being an instrument of healing. I take that very seriously. Another huge influence in my life has been Mother Teresa’s sisters, the Missionaries of Charity. I was a con-

Quotable “I’ve known Bishop-elect Cozzens for 20 years. We entered the St. Paul Seminary in the fall of 1993. His trademark laugh and his joyful disposition have always been present. His adventurous spirit certainly helped to open doors while we were on our semester abroad in the Holy Land. “I remember being led on a very long bus ride one Sunday morning to the village of Abu Gosh. I can still recall thinking, ‘Where are you leading us Drew.’ We ended up in a French-speaking monastery for Mass at one of the traditional sites for Emmaus. I can still remember the fessor for the novices at the formation house in Rome. I was deeply influenced by Mother Teresa and her witness, her spirituality, her way of life. Mother Teresa has been a big impact on me, especially the love for simplicity of life, and the love for poverty, and the love for that authentic Gospel witness, which the Missionaries of Charity live so freely.

Q. Do you think their way of life and their spirituality is something that could help the rest of us


beautiful chant of the religious community. It ended up being one of the spiritual high points of my pilgrimage. “Bishop-elect Cozzens is a man of deep prayer. He has a great devotion to the Little Flower [St. Therese of Lisieux], and it is most appropriate that Oct. 1 was the day he received the call [to be a bishop]. “Bishop-elect Cozzens will be a shepherd to lead us closer to the Good Shepherd.� Father Michael Creagan is pastor of St. Joseph in West St. Paul who was ordained a priest in 1997, the same year as Bishop-elect Cozzens. these days?

A. Definitely. Pope Francis has been beautiful in the way he’s spoken. He’s stirred up a lot of controversy, which has gotten people to pay attention to him. But, as one of my priest friends said to me the other day, ‘I think he’s doing an end around on us’ — his famous comments that we don’t need necessarily always to speak about the Church’s teachings on marriage or abortion. What Pope Francis has focused on is the deep problem of materialism.

That’s actually something that feeds these other things. I think materialism is a real issue for our culture, and Pope Francis is holding that up. What I’ve tasted when I’ve been with the Missionaries of Charity is the joy of poverty, the joy of having Jesus, and not having a lot of other things that complicate your life. Of course, I need a cell phone, and a car, and email. But at least we can all take an opportunity to ask, ‘What don’t I need so that my life can be more for Jesus?’ Mother Teresa would always ask: ‘What’s taking up room in your heart that you should be giving to Jesus?’

Q. You speak fluent Spanish. What would you like to see happen in Latino ministry here? A. The first thing I’ll do is get to know the good people who are doing it and see how I can help. Obviously the whole country needs to take account of the fact that Latinos are a large part of our Catholic faith, and they’re our brothers and sisters and they have beautiful things to share with us. They can teach us about the importance of family. They can teach us about the importance of spirituality in terms of the great devotional life they have. They can teach us how faith roots itself in the everyday world.

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23 By Kristi Anderson For The Catholic Spirit Whether it’s a toe-tapping jig or a poignant ballad, Natalie MacMaster and her husband Donnell Leahy — known as Masters of the Fiddle — say they always win over their audiences with their energizing performances. While Leahy is widely acclaimed for his agility on the fiddle and contemporary style, MacMaster is renowned for her highly accented Cape Breton fiddling style. The Canadian couple will perform soon at a concert to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Cradle of Hope, a non-profit organization based in Roseville providing financial aid to women facing crisis pregnancies and their families. Both MacMaster and Leahy had music careers prior to their meeting — MacMaster as a solo artist and Leahy as part of a family group. “When we were dating, it was such an exciting time,” said MacMaster. “We shared a common bond on so many levels and uniquely on a musical level. Our courtship was easy. “It is even more exciting now because Donnell is my husband, not a boyfriend,” she added. “He is a permanent part of my life and I am so very proud of him. This is

Want to go? When: 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 2 Where: Ted Mann Concert Hall on the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis campus. Tickets: Visit or call (612) 624-2345. Information:

Photo courtesy of us, this is our life.” The couple has five children, ranging in ages from 1 to 7, and one on the way. “We now have our own flesh and blood to share our lives and our music,” MacMaster said. “That elevates everything to an even greater level. It is truly a dream for us.”

Family is key MacMaster and Leahy, who are Catholic, still tour independently, but when they tour together, the children are always with them. The

couple home schools their children at home and on the road. “A normal day for us on tour is to arrive at the venue around noon, eat lunch, maybe rehearse a little and do a sound check,” said MacMaster. “Then there is usually time for a lesson with the kids — maybe math or reading — then supper, and then the show.” MacMaster and Leahy believe there is a connection between music and the mind. “I really believe that music helps with learning,” MacMaster said. “I

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also believe music enriches your soul. Every time I hear music playing, I am brought to joy. When I am playing music, there is even more joy because I am also on the giving end.” The couple is excited to share that joy, along with their lighthearted music, humor and even a little bit of dance, while concert-goers support Cradle of Hope’s motherhood fund. “This is part of our faith,” said MacMaster. “This is what we believe in.” Cradle of Hope is a non-profit organization providing financial aid to pregnant women and families with children less than three months of age. The program pays for maternity-related expenses including housing, medical, transportation and baby items. Since 1973, Cradle of Hope has assisted more than 24,000 mothers and their babies, providing nearly $5 million in assistance.

Comet ISON expected to give observers a Thanksgiving show By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service A “dirty snowball” is expected to put on a show for earth-based observers in the pre-dawn skies around Thanksgiving. Astronomers are projecting that Comet ISON, discovered in September 2012, will be a unusually bright visitor to the inner solar system starting just before Nov. 28 and continuing for days afterward. But, as usual in the field of comet study, there is no certainty in knowing exactly how bright Comet ISON will become or how spectacular the show might be from this first-time visitor from the deepest reaches of the solar system. “It could potentially be very, very bright if it doesn’t get ripped apart or fall into the sun,” said Edward Guinan, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. “You just never know these first-time comets what they’re going to do. Sometimes they fizzle.” Even if Comet ISON does not become stunningly bright, anyone with an unobstructed view to the eastsoutheast — and clear skies, of course — should be able to easily spot it in the early morning twilight beginning around Nov. 22 and continuing for at least a couple of weeks. “This should be well worth looking at as it comes on in,” said Scott Baird, professor of physics and astronomy at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. “It may not be as bright as Halley’s Comet or the moon, but for people interested in astronomy, it’s certain worth getting out and looking at.” Comet ISON is what astronomers call a sungrazer, meaning it will pass extremely close to the sun’s surface. In this case, ISON will glide through the solar atmosphere at less than 1 million miles from the star’s surface at perihelion, or its closest approach. Because of its nearness to the sun, a sungrazer can

throw off a lot of dust, gases and water vapor -- hence the dirty snowball moniker -- causing it to shine brighter than Venus. Occasionally, a sungrazer can be as bright as a full moon.

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Music Masters of the Fiddle benefit concert for Cradle of Hope at Ted Mann Concert Hall, University of MN, Minneapolis — November 2: 7:30 p.m. at 2128 Fourth St. S. Features Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy. The concert will celebrate Cradle of Hope’s 40th anniversary of supporting women facing crisis pregnancies. Proceeds will support Cradle of Hope’s Motherhood Fund. Visit

Prayer/ liturgy All Souls Day service featuring the Requiem by John Rutter at Our Lady of Grace, Edina — November 2: 7 p.m. at 5071 Eden Ave. There will also be a candlelight ceremony to remember deceased loved ones. 9th annual Borromeo Weekend – 40 Hours of Adoration at St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul — November 1 to 3: Begins at 7 p.m. Friday with Mass celebrated by Bishop Lee Piché in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas, at 2115 Summit Ave., followed by a candlelight procession across the University of St. Thomas campus to St. Mary’s Chapel at the seminary. Concludes with Mass Sunday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Chapel. Archdiocesan Mass in Celebration of Adoption at St. John Neumann, Eagan — November 23: 4 p.m. at 4030 Pilot Knob Road. Anyone with a connection to adoption is invited. A reception will follow the Mass. For information, call (651) 291-4506. Archdiocesan Mass in Celebration of Adoption at Divine Mercy, Faribault —

November 23: 4 p.m. at 139 Mercy Drive. Anyone with a connection to adoption is invited. A reception will follow the Mass. For information, call (651) 291-4506. Archdiocesan Mass in Celebration of Adoption at St. Peter Claver, St. Paul — November 23: 4 p.m. at 375 Oxford St. N. Anyone with a connection to adoption is invited. A reception will follow the Mass. For information, call (651) 291-4506.

Retreats Parent retreat at St. Peter, North St. Paul — November 2: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 2600 N. Margaret St. Mary Ann Kuharski will be the keynote speaker. Cost is $20/person and $30/couple and includes continental breakfast and sit-down lunch. Register at A Day of Honor and Recognition for Birthmothers at Our Lady of Grace, Edina — November 9: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 5071 Eden Ave. This day retreat is a powerful opportunity for healing and understanding in the relinquishment/adoption experience and is open to women of all faiths. Cost is $15, scholarships are available. To register, visit Project Rachel morning of reflection at the University of St. Thomas Catholic Studies building, St. Paul — November 16: 8:30 a.m. to noon at 2055 Summit Ave. This special day is designed for men and women who may have confessed their abortion, have attended a retreat or worked through a healing program but are looking for an opportunity for deeper healing, spiritual

John the Baptist, Savage — November 12 to 14: 6:45 to 8 p.m. each evening at 4625 W. Additional parish and 125th St. Presentations school events in the provide practical ways archdiocese can be found Catholics can deepen in the Calendar section of Singles their understanding of their faith and how it can 50-plus singles be lived. All are welcome; dinner at St. Joseph’s, free will offering. New Hope — October A Panel Discussion — ‘The Church of 27: 5 p.m. social time, 6 p.m. meatloaf dinner Pope Francis: Discussion on the at 8701 36th Ave. N. At 7 p.m. Marge Beard Beginning of a Pontificate’ at The will speak on her 500-mile pilgrimage walk University of St. Thomas, OEC on “The Way” in France and Spain. For more Auditorium, St. Paul — November 14: information, call Diane at (763) 439-5940. 7:30 p.m. at 2115 Summit Ave. The Theology Department of UST hosts an interdisciplinary School events and multi-perspective discussion on the most Preschool and kindergarten open important moments of these first few months house at Blessed Trinity, Richfield — of his pontificate. For more information, October 27: Noon to 2 p.m. at 7540 Penn please contact Massimo Faggioli at Ave. S. RSVP by calling (612) 866-6906 or Massimo.Faggioli visit Open house at St. Croix Catholic Vocations School, Stillwater — October 27: 8 a.m. “Come and See” what Secular to 1 p.m. at 621 S. Third St. For information, Franciscans are all about at Epiphany, visit Kindergarten open house at St. Helena Coon Rapids — October 27: 2 to 3:30 p.m. at 11001 Hanson Blvd. N.W. This is an Catholic School, Minneapolis — invitation to baptized Catholics in good November 5: 7 p.m. at 3200 E 44th St. For standing, who want to achieve greater more information, call (612) 729-9301 or visit spiritual depth in their life, to come and see how the Secular Franciscan Order can help Open house at Academy of Holy achieve those goals. Visit with Secular Angels, Richfield — November 6: 6 p.m. Franciscans of the Saint Alphonsa Fraternity, at 6600 Nicollet Ave. S. For students in eighth grade, and younger students beginning learn about Franciscan spirituality and find out how you can discern if you have a to think about their high school choice. For vocation. For information call (763) 553.1343. information, email jfoley@academyof growth and an opportunity to ask questions and share in a safe environment. Registration encouraged by calling (651) 291-4506.

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Caroline Brennan, a Catholic Relief Services overseas field correspondent, will speak at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul — October 28: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 2115 Summit Ave. She will share her stores working as a missionary in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Haiti and beyond and then field questions and facilitate a discussion. 13th annual Calihan Lecture at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul — October 30: 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. lecture at 2115 Summit Ave. David Deavel will present, “Second Thoughts on Newman: Newman, Constitutions and Markets.” The event is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, visit http://www. ‘Why the Youth are Leaving the Church’ at Good Shepherd, Golden Valley — October 30: 7 p.m. at 145 Jersey Ave. S. Father Erich Rutten, chaplain and director of campus ministry at the University of St. Thomas. ‘Catholic Social Teaching: A Key to Catholic Identity’ at St. Thomas More School, St. Paul — November 7: 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 1065 Summit Ave. Isaiah organizer and inspirational speaker Matt Gladue will speak. Sister Helen Prejean to speak at Annunciation, Minneapolis — November 8: 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 509 W. 54th St. She will present “Dead Man Walking – The Journey Continues.” Refreshments and a book signing will follow her talk. The event is free and open to the public; free will offering. Author and radio host Jon Leonetti presents his ‘Surge of the Heart’ series: Chosen, Redeemed and Delivered at St.

Workshops ‘Parenting Teens: Building Strong Futures’ at Nativity of Our Lord, St. Paul —November 9: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1900 Wellesley Ave. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Participation fee (includes registration fee, lunch, breakfast, materials) is $90/family. Register at http:// All in God’s Plan Part 2: Daughters and Sons for Life at St. Peter, Forest Lake — November 9: 9 a.m. to noon at 1250 South Shore Drive. For teens 13 to 16 and their parents. Includes presentations on dating, parenting teens, values and more. Register by November 4 by calling (651) 982-2238. Hospitality 2.0 workshop at St. Michael, Farmington — November 9: 8 a.m. to noon at 22120 Denmark Ave. Cost is $5 with a cap of $25 per parish. Register at Hospitality 2.0 workshop at St. Vincent de Paul, Brooklyn Park — November 14 and 21: 6 to 8 p.m. at 9100 93rd Ave. N. Cost is $5 with a cap of $25 per parish. Register at https://giving.archspm. org/Hospitality11-13. Hospitality 2.0 workshop at St. Mary, Stillwater — November 15: 8 a.m. to noon at 423 S. Fifth St. Cost is $5 with a cap of $25 per parish. Register at https://giving.

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25 Tips for sending food

By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service Often after the death of the loved one of a friend, neighbor or co-worker, people are at a loss for what to say or do, but they might be quick to whip up a batch of brownies or a chicken casserole. And that is just the right thing — for the person who cooks it and the recipients — say those who have been there. Noelle Hawton, parishioner at Nativity of Mary parish in Bloomington, said when she was unexpectedly widowed at the age of 28, she had her first experience with lots of food suddenly arriving at her doorstep. “I had never lost anyone before and found it odd and surprising that neighbors I hadn’t even met yet, as well as co-workers, were sending me food,” she told Catholic News Service in an email. What she also hadn’t expected was how her home would become a central location for family members as they made plans for her husband’s funeral and burial. “That food was a godsend, as it allowed us all to eat without having to plan meals or hit the store, which none of us had the energy to do,” she said. Hawton, a senior vice president

CNS Photo of Tunheim, a Minneapolis-based communications firm, has been quick to return the favor, saying she always brings food to someone who has experienced a death in

the family; but she also makes the point to “bring it over frozen in case they have lots of fresh food they will be working to get through.”

Sending a frozen meal is one tip among many that regular donors and bloggers suggest. Other suggestions include: trays of cut-up vegetables and fruit, bagels and cream cheese, sandwich trays, soups or stews, pies or casseroles. Ideally, food should be easy to transport and easy to eat. It should also hold well and freeze well. Dr. Carole Lieberman, a psychiatrist and author based in Los Angeles, said “a lot of times, people have difficulty finding the right words to express their condolences, and a gift of food conveys their warm support.” She also noted that even though families may get more food than they or their sympathetic friends can eat, the gesture is what is important. Food is symbolic of nurturance, especially when the food is homemade. This conveys comfort to the grieving family. The way these good-intentioned foods are presented is also key. For example, donated meals should be given in containers that do not need to be returned. The food should also be labeled and include specific heating instructions. In other words: Do not put an extra

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Keeping organized Another tip food givers should keep in mind is that they are very likely not the only ones with this idea. To avoid adding one more chicken dish to a refrigerator already filled with donated chicken pot pies, donators should consider using websites that organize meals and drop-off schedules such as or These sites provide an online sign-up sheet for donated meals and post information such as food allergies and best times to drop off meals. The specific information for families is coordinated by a volunteer friend, neighbor or parishioner who coordinates the schedule on the website. Often parishes use these sites because there needs to be some coordination for the amount of people who wish to donate. Molly Piper, a blogger from Minneapolis, wrote tips about

bringing meals to grieving friends that she learned from personal experience after her daughter was delivered stillborn at 39 weeks, and she became the recipient of many lasagnas and chocolate chip cookies. She said bringing meals to the bereaved is “essential, really” and is a “profound ministry to the hurting.” She also advises givers not to think of the time of dropping off a meal as necessarily the chance for long discussion or commiserating because the bereaved might not be

ready for that. Piper also writes on mollypiper. com that there is no set timeline for bringing food to someone who is grieving. “Most of you probably don’t know anyone who lost a loved one so recently that meals are still being organized for them,” she wrote.” But you do probably know someone who endured a loss six, seven, 12 months ago. I can almost guarantee that if you called and asked to bring dinner this week, you’d bless their oven mitts off. It’s never too late.”

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Grief counselors steer communities toward long-term healing By Pete Sheehan Catholic News Service After debris has been cleared and physical rebuilding is well underway, counselors for victims of natural disasters and violence contend that real healing still needs to take place. “There is a real dynamic to how communities recover from natural disasters,” said Jennifer Long, director of the St. Joseph’s Counseling Center for Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City. Long’s agency is responding to the tornados that struck Oklahoma in 2013, killing 24 people, injuring hundreds, and causing an estimated $2 billion in damage. “There is the heroic phase,” where people come and try to help those badly affected by the disaster. There is also “the honeymoon phase,” Long said, when there is overwhelming support from unaffected areas, when people begin to think that the problem is being solved. Yet disillusionment follows. Those affected begin to look at their situation, sometimes

experiencing suicidal thoughts and other psychological distress. There is also disgruntlement about what has been done to help, Long said. After several months, Long said victims of the disaster enter into the reconstruction phase, when they begin to recognize their need for help and to seek counseling. “Our job is to come in and help out,” she said. This process is not just limited to natural disasters. Beth Chambers, director of Catholic Charities for southern Boston, has had experience in grief counseling since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. “Two of the planes that were hijacked on Sept. 11 were out of Boston,” Chambers said. “We are still counseling family members of passengers, pilots and crew members,” Chambers said. Other incidents such as the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing can trigger memories and emotions in families who lost loved ones to previous terrorist attacks. Four months after the marathon bombing, she said her office was expecting those affected to come

“We help people to tell their stories, so that they feel less isolated and can see that others have managed to get through this.” Jennifer Long

forward. She said grief counselors were ready to assist in any way possible and to also refer those needing additional assistance to other agencies. “The people who will come to see us are figuring out their own feelings. We will help them to figure out what they need to do. We are not the psychologists, but we can work with people on the day to day,” she said. Both Chambers and Long noted that the initial focus is on individuals affected most directly by the trauma of violence or natural disaster. That is the key to healing the larger community.

Long said one year after the Oklahoma tornados, the agency had some requests for help especially from families with children having nightmares or showing regressive behavior. “We help them develop basic coping skills,” she said. For the larger influx of people who will seek the agency’s help later, Long said the goal is to help people suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder or to help prevent others from developing it. Long said an important way to help people recovering from a natural disaster is to help them regain a sense of security. “Sometimes people ask, ‘Can you guarantee us that this won’t happen again?’ Of course, we can’t.” But counselors can help people develop a plan to deal with a disaster if it happens again. Disaster aid can also help ease people’s anxieties — even those who don’t necessarily need that kind of assistance. Construction of emergency shelters and other Please turn to COUNSELORS on page 30

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29 Continued from page 26 stage of that journey, the deceased has a white pall draped over the casket to evoke baptism. Sister Mary Alice Piil, a sister of St. Joseph and director of the Office of Faith Formation for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y., said some families, in their desire for personalization, have difficulty grasping the symbolism in traditional funerals. For example, she said one woman spoke to her about a New York Yankeesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; flag draped over a casket at a funeral and couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand the insistence on the traditional white pall. Yet, the same woman came back a few weeks later with glowing stories about her grandsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s baptism. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Was your grandson wearing a Yankeesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; gown?â&#x20AC;? Sister Mary Alice inquired. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m beginning to see your point,â&#x20AC;? the woman replied. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the heart of the Catholic funeral is the Catholic faith,â&#x20AC;? said Msgr. Rick Hilgartner, director of the U.S. bishopsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Secretariat of Divine Worship in Washington. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just the remembrance of the deceased,â&#x20AC;? Msgr. Hilgartner said, but the paschal mystery, what Jesus does to save, and the kingdom of God. Rev. Long traces the shift in focus of the Christian funeral to the 19th century, pointing out that funerals began emphasizing the mourners and their sorrow more than the personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s journey of life and death, which he said narrowed the focus to â&#x20AC;&#x153;an exercise in grief management.â&#x20AC;?

He said he does not object to grief management, but added that the â&#x20AC;&#x153;best thing for grief management is meaning,â&#x20AC;? which the traditional Christian funeral â&#x20AC;&#x153;is better able to communicate.â&#x20AC;? He said the modern personalized services â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that leave out the deceasedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s connection with their community or faith â&#x20AC;&#x201D; offer â&#x20AC;&#x153;false comfortâ&#x20AC;? that fades once mourners leave the service. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible to do both,â&#x20AC;? said Jay Smith, president of Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home in Chicago. He said most families chose a traditional funeral, but there are still efforts to make the funerals more personal, particularly at the funeral home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The funeral home is simply that, an extension of the home,â&#x20AC;? agreed Sister Mary Alice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That is the place to tell the stories, to sing the songs, to show the pictures.â&#x20AC;? The funeral home is also the place for a eulogy, a remembrance of the person who died. At the funeral Mass, there is a different dynamic, she said, where the Scripture readings, homily, sacred music and all the other liturgical elements work together. Introducing secular music or a eulogy during Mass â&#x20AC;&#x153;disrupts the whole flow.â&#x20AC;? Still, a eulogy can be given before Mass. Favorite music also has its place outside church, Sister Mary Alice said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One family wanted to a have a traditional New Orleans jazz funeral,â&#x20AC;? which she applauded, but instructed them to have it outside church beforehand. Some families have an Irish bagpipe player outside after Mass. While there might be initial confusion in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s culture about the value of traditional Christian rites, Sister Mary Alice said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;if you take the time to explain it to people, they get it.â&#x20AC;?

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Continued from page 28 preparations can also help. Long said counselors also can teach survivors how to “desensitize themselves to certain emotional triggers.” For example, they urge people not to link clouds in the sky to possible tornados. Or sometimes the onset of a tornado can sound like an oncoming train, Long said. People can learn to moderate their reaction when they hear a train rather than jump to the conclusion that another tornado is coming. After working with the immediate victims of the trauma, Long said counselors will broaden their focus, meeting with first responders, emergency medical personnel and firefighters. “We help people to tell their stories,” Long said, “so that they feel less isolated and can see that others have managed to get through this.”

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My team and I recommit ourselves to follow a set of core principles Continued from page 1 And so, with genuine sorrow, I apologize to all those who have been victimized, whether on my watch or not. Can we do better? I believe we can. There are some things that I commit to do right now. First, I start with myself as archbishop. No priest, including me, should ever forget that we are ordained to minister to a living people, redeemed by the blood of Jesus. No member of any parish or school community should have to worry about the safety of the very environment in which we seek to impart and live out the Gospel message of Christ. As the head of this local Church, I recommit today never knowingly to assign a clergy member to a parish or school if I have concerns that he will do harm to the community. I promise to ensure that the most rigorous analysis possible is completed before making such assignments now and in the future. Second, my entire team and I have recommitted ourselves to following a set of core principles in all that we do. I have been very impressed by the good work of Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna of Malta who, for the last decade, was charged with the prosecution of clergy sexual misconduct on behalf of the Holy See. Among the principles he has suggested should guide the global Church today, I have found the following to be of particular import and urgent relevance for us. First and foremost, the well-being of every child or vulnerable adult must be our paramount concern; it must be what animates our every decision and action. We must also empower the community, par-

“As followers of Christ, we seek first God’s kingdom, directing our every thought and action by our deep faith in Jesus Christ. Mercy, compassion, healing and justice are the tools by which we witness to the truth of our faith. With such tools, I believe we will once again know ‘the peace of God which is beyond all understanding’ (Philippians 4:7).” Archbishop John Nienstedt

ticularly children and parents, by educating them about the warning signs of abuse, the inherent dignity of the human person, and how children can protect themselves from unjust intrusions of others. We must help them to be able to verbalize and disclose abuse, especially when it involves a member of the clergy or some other abuse of sacred trust. Further, we must be open to research and development, gaining insight from psychology, sociology and forensic sciences. We must learn from what has gone wrong in the past and avoid any repeat of that in the future. We must also be committed to honesty and transparency. This must be the result of our own

self-examination, inner purification and spiritual renewal. Parishioners rightly expect their clergy to be men of God and to be holy by pursuing personal conversion daily. And, of course, we must cooperate with civil authorities. We are citizens of our community, too, and our very calling as Christian disciples impels us to always seek the common good of society. Jesus taught that those who caused the little ones to trip and fall would not escape the demands of retribution (Matthew 18:6). Sexual misconduct by Catholic clergy creates the worst type of scandal: It calls into question our credibility as agents of God’s grace. Finally, having seen so many reports in the media and read the letters and emails of so many Catholic faithful as well as the general public, I am aware that there is real fear that some priests in ministry today constitute a danger to children. I could never knowingly allow such a situation. In order to demonstrate this fact, I have ordered a review of all clergy files by an outside firm. We need to ascertain the facts, and this will lead us to prudent and ongoing disclosure. I stand before God and in the memory of my beloved parents to pledge that I will do all in my power to restore trust here in this local Church. As followers of Christ, we seek first God’s kingdom, directing our every thought and action by our deep faith in Jesus Christ. Mercy, compassion, healing and justice are the tools by which we witness to the truth of our faith. With such tools, I believe we will once again know “the peace of God which is beyond all understanding” (Philippians 4:7). God bless you!

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Vatican’s media adviser offers ‘Top 10’ ways to understand Pope Francis By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service

No matter how some media may want to spin it, Pope Francis won’t fit into the political categories of left or right, and he will challenge everyone with the truth of the Gospel, said the Vatican’s media adviser. “Pope Francis is not a politically correct pope,” rather, he is “a loyal son of the church” who presents the hard truths with a heavy dose of mercy, said Greg Burke, senior communications adviser to the Vatican Secretariat of State. The former U.S. journalist, who has been based in Rome the past 25 years, gave a behind-thescenes talk at the apostolic palace Oct. 18 to hundreds Pope FRANCIS of benefactors celebrating the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums. In trying to describe his papally appointed role as the Vatican media strategist, Burke, who is an avid soccer fan, said, “We kick the ball to Francis and Francis scores the goals.” “We let the pope do his thing,” he said. Pope Francis clearly knows how

to communicate, Burke said, and his effectiveness comes from his authenticity. “It’s not charm. It’s Christian charity, which is a whole lot more attractive than charm.” Burke said he believes “the pope wants to get beyond left and right” by getting people to focus on the Gospels, on God and his truth and mercy. “He’s a loyal son of the church,” who sees its task as being like “a field hospital” that runs to and helps people who are hurting, he said. The pope is not advocating a “feel-good” religion of “I’m OKyou’re OK-Catholicism,” Burke said, but talks about the truth of the Gospel that includes mercy and forgiveness. “The Gospel is not there to make us feel good. The Gospel is there and makes very practical demands on us,” and one of those demands is to “tell people the truth and walk with them to the Lord,” Burke said. “The pope’s picture should have one of those warning labels” much like a pack of cigarettes, he said, but with the words, “Danger: This man could change your life.” In his talk, Burke offered his take on decoding the pontiff with his own rundown of “Pope Francis in 10 Words” (At right).

1. Mercy. The story of the Prodigal Son is a recurring theme, and the pope repeatedly says that God never tires of forgiving and welcoming his lost children back home. “The church is waiting here for you with open arms,” is the message, Burke said. 2. Moxie or courage. “We’re all going to get challenged by Pope Francis. Get ready!” Burke said. People who live comfortably or live in developed nations will be especially challenged, Burke said, adding “This is good. This is the Gospel.” 3. Margins and missions. Francis is continuing with his predecessors’ criticism of a world divided into the haves and havenots. The pope “is not a fan of cheap grace and feel-good religion. He wants to see Christians who are not afraid to get their hands dirty,” Burke said. 4. Prayer. Non-believers often don’t notice how important prayer is for religious life. For example, Blessed Mother Teresa was often looked upon by the secular press as “a social worker wearing a habit.” But, he said, the pope has constantly been stressing the importance of prayer and urging people to pray. 5. Encounter. The pope is asking people to embrace a “culture of encounter” where they experience God and meet with others, including non-believers. This attitude of

encounter and communion also starts at home, with your family, Burke said. 6. Joy. The pope “gets a thumb’s up on that,” he said, because he’s able to show his joy so plainly. According to Pope Francis, he said, the biggest dangers and temptations in life are “discouragement, discord, the doldrums and the devil.” 7. Service. By paying his hotel bill in person (even though he had just been elected pope), phoning people who write to him and doing other tasks that aides could do, the pope is leading by example, Burke said. The message is: “It’s not about power or privilege; if we’re here, we’re here to serve.” 8. Simplicity and humility. Living in a Vatican guest house instead of the apostolic palace, carrying his own briefcase on a trip are just part of how the pope is and people will have to “get used to it because we’ll see more of it,” Burke said. 9. Compassion. Compassion and suffering with others is something Pope Francis has a knack for,” Burke said, and it’s especially evident when he embraces people and is totally present one-on-one with an individual, even in large crowds. 10. Energy. Burke said for a 76-year-old, the pope “has a lot of energy and we’re going to be in for an interesting ride!”

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Church can assist those enslaved by addictions



hen it comes to addictions, St. Paul has an applicable verse: “I do not do what I want, but I do what I hate” (Romans

7:15). An addiction is a disease that takes hold of a person — a habitual, out-of-control, selfdestructive behavior. It is an enslavement in which the person craves a substance or activity in an extreme or excessive manner. Some examples of addictions include alcohol, other drugs, nicotine, sex, gambling and overeating. An addict is not truly free. Spiritually, freedom is not the ability to do anything that a person wants, but the ability to choose what is good, right, holy and virtuous. An addict has lost this freedom and has become a slave to cravings and desires. An addict is in an epic struggle for freedom, to regain control and to live a balanced, wholesome life. Good health encompasses the whole person, soul and body, both of which are united in this life. An out-of-control physical life has an adverse effect on the spiritual life. Good physical health and good spiritual

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health go hand-in-hand.

Caring assistance An addiction is a “thorn in the flesh” (2 Corinthians 12:7). The struggle is so great that a person cannot conquer it alone, but only with the help of God. St. Paul explained that, in weakness, he was dependent upon the power of Christ dwelling within him, and he concluded that with the help of Christ, “When I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10). The Church plays an important role in dealing with addiction. When Jesus met the woman caught in adultery, she was humiliated in front of the crowd, but Jesus treated her with extraordinary kindness and acceptance (John 8:1-11). Those trapped in addictions often feel shame, embarrassment and self-hatred, and the Church needs to welcome those who are troubled with open arms, with tenderness and compassion. Please turn to CHURCH on back page of section

“An addict is in an epic struggle for freedom, to regain control and to live a balanced, wholesome life.” Father Michael Van Sloun

Is America the land of the free? History has taught us that the one thing men and women have always been prepared to fight for, and indeed die for, is freedom. The American way of life was founded upon and rooted in this ideal. While at this time in history there appears to be little threat to our freedom, I believe it is crucially important to reassess what makes us free. What is freedom? This is one of my favorite topics when I speak in schools. I begin by posing this question to the students, and one inevitably replies, “Freedom is when you can do whatever you want, wherever you want, whenever you want without your parents or teachers telling you what to do.” Consciously or subconsciously, this is how most people CELEBRATING view the concept of freedom in the world today. But it is false. Freedom is not the ability to do whatever you want. CATHOLICISM Freedom is not only the opportunity to choose. Freedom is the strength of character to do what is right. Matthew With that in mind, ours is not an age of freedom, but an age KELLY of slavery. It is subtle, but it is real. Are you free? Do you have the strength of character to do what is right? Our lives and times are plagued with, and characterized by, all types of addictions. Most people associate addiction only in relation to alcohol, drugs or sex. The reality is, we all have addictions. Some of them large and serious problems, others small and minor problems. Whatever the addiction, the effect is the same: Addictions drain us of our will power and make cowards of us all. Some people are addicted to having the remote “The Gospel and all control in their hand when they are watching Take it from them, and their reaction true spiritual practices television. will have addiction written all over it. Some people feel they cannot survive without seek to free us from coffee first thing in the morning. Others are any type of slavery addicted to having everything in their house, and car exactly in the right place and that prevents us from office perfectly tidy. The point is, we all have addictions — habits becoming the better that enslave us. We all have areas in our lives person we know we where we are not free to determine how we act and what we do, areas of our lives where we are can be.” not masters of ourselves, areas that are in essence Matthew Kelly out of control. Addiction in our society is what poses the greatest threat to our freedom. Take for example the smoker — that is, someone who has been overcome by the addictive effects of nicotine. They systematically, even ritually, smoke a certain number of cigarettes each day. They consider it a need. They don’t have the strength of will to resist the urge to smoke. Their bodies cry out, “I want a cigarette,” and they respond to that command. They know it is affecting their health, shortening their lives, reducing their fitness, but they go on smoking. It seems irrational doesn’t it? It is irrational; it’s an addiction.

Choosing well Our personal freedom is not a right bestowed upon us by governments, but rather, is the acquired virtue and strength of character to choose actions and activities that support our well-being physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. Our spiritual lives are affected by our physical lives, our intellectual lives affect our emotional lives, and so on. We must bring an end to the practical isolation of these four major elements of our being. The moral decay of modern Western culture began when we put aside selfdiscipline, when we stopped demanding it of ourselves, teaching it to our children, and expecting it of our friends and colleagues. Our moral decay began when our freedom was slowly replaced by our addictions. The Gospel and all true spiritual practices seek to free us from any type of slavery that prevents us from becoming the better person we know we can be. A valuable exercise to make a part of our prayer regularly is to identify areas of addiction and slavery in our lives. Struggling to overcome those addictions will lead us to new levels of living. The greatest battle for freedom is yet to be fought; it must take place within us. Kelly is an international best-selling author, speaker and founder of the Dynamic Catholic Institute.

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Former drug user gets h By Dave Hrbacek The Catholic Spirit Dan Driver wanted freedom. He was the teenage son of a devout Catholic mother and atheist father more than a decade ago. Those two perspectives were at war inside of him during his childhood in Reading, England. He thought both parents were living “good” lives, but didn’t see why he needed to embrace the Church and its teachings. During adolescence, he “drifted away from the Church,” he said, even though he had been confirmed, though mostly to please his mother. Not being part of the popular crowd at school, and not being involved in sports or drama, he gravitated toward what he defined as the “alternative crowd.” That pathway led to rock music, and he eventually picked up a guitar and started playing. But, more important, he started paying attention to successful musicians and the lifestyles they led. “The members of those bands [were people] I idolized,” said Driver, who is now 28, lives in the Twin Cities and attends St. Joseph in West St. Paul. “They lived their life a certain way, and I wanted to imitate them. I saw that they were free and could do what they wanted. I wanted to be my own god. I was searching for freedom, and that’s what I saw as freedom. So, I picked up a guitar and started to imitate them.” Soon after that came the inevitable elements of that lifestyle — marijuana, cigarettes, parties, hard drugs, impure relationships. And misery. Try as he might, he couldn’t shake the internal tension between the faith of his mother and the pull of Western culture. He had lived according to Church teachings at one point, and couldn’t get rid of those ideas. The external mask could not hide the internal agony.

A brother’s love In August 2007, six years of dissolute living were about to come to an end, thanks to a younger brother, Liam, who had rediscovered his own faith and was poised to take his older brother down that same road. It wouldn’t be easy. Liam and his friends, some of them newly converted, began to work on Dan and tried to coax him back to the Church. Weeks went by, and Dan held firm to his godless ways. As summer began, they decided to up the ante. They invited him to go with them to Medjugorje, even offering to pay his way. But, once again, their effort was met with fierce resistance. “I was like, ‘That religious place? No. Don’t be silly.’” Dan said. “That was my initial reaction. [Liam] was persistent. In a week or two, he would come back to me with different tactics. He would try a lot of different things. He would tell me about all the beautiful women in that part of the world. He told me I could travel there. “He kept coming at different angles. Eventually, I thought, ‘I can’t afford not to go. I’m being offered a free trip to a country that I can travel around. I only need to be there one day, and I don’t have to go to Mass and I don’t have to do anything religious. So, it

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was a deal I couldn’t refuse.” Dan finally accepted, but made one thing clear — he would spend just one day at the site, then move on to tour the rest of the country. God, however, had other ideas.

‘A challenging moment’

It didn’t take long for the Lord to get the attention of this British prodigal. In fact Dan saw something shortly after getting of the plane that grabbed him. “We landed and split up and took a bus to [the Bosnian city of] Mostar and they’re al praying the rosary,” Dan said. “My brothe Kiearan [who also made the trip] was proba bly my protégé [at one time in the alterna tive lifestyle before his conversion, unbe knownst to Dan]. “They were all praying the rosary and he got his out and I remember thinking and saying to him, ‘You’re not chained to that too, are you?’ I was just thinking that they were slaves to this thing, that it somehow limited their freedom. I was definitely Marx ist in thought. So, religion was the opium o the people. It was what enslaved them, it’ what sedated them. It was them who were the druggies, them on the opiates, not me.” Little did he know that, by the end of the day, he would be hooked on these “opiates” as well. It started when he arrived at Medjugorje

hooked on God dropped out of the school of rock and roll where he had been studying for a career as a professional rock musician. Then, he quit the three bands he was playing in. Then, he quit using drugs. After that, he broke up with his girlfriend. Finally, he moved back home with his parents. His mother was thrilled, his father skeptical. But, the turnaround was genuine. Two years of working at a vineyard a short time after returning home gave him lots of time to think about the spiritual life. There were a few slips along the way, when he would visit his old friends. But, his life moved unmistakably toward God — and a new definition of freedom. “I began to experience a sense of freedom,” he said. “I went to a talk by [Catholic convert, apologist and author] Scott Hahn in London. After the talk, I went up to him and asked him to sign my book. He just looked me straight in the eyes and signed it — didn’t say a thing. Later on, I went to look at the signature.And, he had put a Scripture verse, and it was Romans 8:21, which is ‘the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay, and will obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God.’ “And, that was a good one-line summary of my conversion time and experience — me being set free from my bondage to drugs and this lifestyle that gave a false freedom. I was now able to enter into this liberty as a child of God, as a son.”

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and saw thousands of youth who were there for a special festival. His heart was won over without even talking to any of them. “I was struck by their joyful expressions that seemed to contrast what was going on interiorly,” he said. “I had this false idea of what true joy was. And, it was based on drug-induced joy. The weekend before I went to Medjugorje, I was probably on the biggest binge of my life at a music festival. And, I remember specifically saying out loud at that festival while I was high, ‘This is the best weekend of my life,’ and thinking that was the happiest I had been. “And then, I’m faced with the genuine joy of these people. And, I’m thinking, ‘If that’s true joy, I’ve never been happy.’ It was a challenging moment for me.” The spiritual soaking at this world-renowned pilgrimage site continued throughout the day. Just hours later, he made a bold and shocking decision. He went to a priest to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. “Coming out of confession for that first time, a couple of things happened,” he said. “One was an intense sense of freedom from my past. And then, a conviction that I wanted to change my life, that I was just going to stop everything [bad], a conviction that I was going to live for the truth, for the Church.” When he got back home to England, he

A life rebuilt Dan started thinking about how he could live for God, and the priesthood came to mind. He went to a religious order to help with discernment, and the leaders pointed him toward NET Ministries here in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. He agreed to serve on one of the missionary teams, and was assigned to the parish team at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Hastings. He served there for two years and became the godfather of Dylan Heiman, who joined the Church at the Easter Vigil in 2011. He served two more years on NET after that and was hired full time as the retreat team administrator, which is his current position. Along the way, he has developed a devotion both to the Eucharist and to Mary. He has gone to daily Mass and adoration up to six days a week, and went to confession nearly as often during the early years of his conversion. Now, six years into his new life, he can say with rock-solid conviction that it was the Church that set him free from the chains of his alternative lifestyle. “The Church rebuilt my whole self — my mind, my body and my soul,” he said. “I would just like to emphasize the key role that Our Lady played. I see her as my guide and my model as a mother. “And, the key role that confession played, and the Eucharist, and then the intellectual wealth of the Church and forming my mind and taking time to be intellectually formed. Those things were the reason why I’m a Catholic today. I would not be a Catholic without any of those things.”

The happiest 2 percent It was the wedding to end all weddings and it was overwhelmingly, blindingly pink. When ABC broadcast the first wedding to come of its “The Bachelor” franchise nearly 10 years ago, the network forked over $4 million, splurging on 30,000 pink roses, 5,000 yards of pink ribbon and $83,000 custommade invitations. (You can guess their color.) The bride, Trista Rehn, was drenched in diamonds, wearing a $1 million Tacori necklace and $50,000 heels encrusted with 282 diamonds. Now as Trista and her firefighter husband, Ryan Sutter, prepare for their 10-year anniversary, the 40-year-old REFERENCE blonde is publicizing a soon-to-be-released book, “Happily Ever After: The Life-Changing Power of a POINTS Grateful Heart.” In it, she recounts the journey from royalty to reality — moving from Los Angeles to Vail, Christina Colo., and becoming a diaper-changing, laundry-folding, CAPECCHI toilet-cleaning mother of two. “Away from the cameras, away from the spotlight,” she wrote, “everything was different.” As she dealt with struggles her celebrity couldn’t spare — infertility, C-sections, post-partum blues — Trista discovered the crucial role of gratitude and began documenting the simple joys of each day. “The main thing I’ve learned about what makes for a happy life, right up there with good health and lots of love,” she wrote, “is gratitude.” For In offering up this treatise, Trista joins legions of authors and speakers who have trumpeted the power of appreciation. The list includes Oprah How does your faith Winfrey, Gretchen Rubin and the American cultivate a sense of psychologist Abraham Maslow, who famously gratitude in your life? proposed his hierarchy of needs in 1943. Do you remember studying Maslow’s fivelevel pyramid in Psych 101? The bottom level is physiological — meeting the need for food, water and sleep — and the top is self actualization, which involves creativity, problem solving and acceptance of facts. Among the key characteristics of self actualization — a state only 2 percent of people reach, Maslow estimated — is “freshness of appreciation.” He describes it as a capacity to be grateful for ordinary events, to live with a sense of newness. “For such a person,” Maslow wrote, “any sunset may be as beautiful as the first one. . . . The thousandth baby he sees is just as miraculous a product as the first one he saw. He remains as convinced of his luck in marriage 30 years after [it] and is as surprised by his wife’s beauty when she is 60 as he was 40 years before.” I welcome every call to gratitude but regret that so many arrive in secular packaging. Practicing the art of appreciation is, at its core, a spiritual endeavor. It means recognizing the beauty of creation — the slant of the autumn sun, the chill in the air—– and crediting the Creator. How great Thou art! Then there are seemingly secular movements that place God squarely in the center, like Alcoholics Anonymous’ 12-step recovery program, whose founders summarized the process as “trust God, clean house, help others.” The late Father Joseph Martin, a diocesan priest from Baltimore, became a prominent speaker on the 12 steps, sharing about his own addiction to alcohol in a simple, poignant manner. He recognized that gratitude spurs recovery, from the belief in a higher power that can restore sanity (step two) to conscious contact with God (step 11). The worries that some drown out with alcohol are absorbed by wide-eyed appreciation. A priest who retired from my parish often spoke about cultivating “an attitude of gratitude.” Ultimately, we Catholics have a corner on that real estate: the source and summit of our faith is the Eucharist, which means “thanksgiving.” We re-create the Last Supper in every Mass. We’re not worthy to receive Jesus’ body and blood, but when he says the word — and he always does — “my soul shall be healed.” We are re-made every time, drawn closer to him and filled by his grace. Capecchi is a freelance writer from Inver Grove Heights.

Church can assist addicts in rebuilding their spiritual lives Jesus loved the woman but told her to quit the harmful behavior, so the Church should assist those who are trapped to restore control. Pastoral care includes counseling by parish staff, assistance for families, facilitation for interventions, and referrals for assessments and treatment in personal or group therapy. Many parishes provide facilities for meetings for 12-step groups. Usually with addiction, one’s spiritual life also has deteriorated, and the Church can be of great assistance in rebuilding the spiritual life. It is important to re-teach the fundamentals of daily prayer. It can be a great benefit to provide a prayer partner — a faithfilled companion as a spiritual mentor and guide — to demonstrate how to pray out loud, spontaneously, with one’s own words, about one’s deepest cares and concerns. It also is helpful to provide pamphlets or books on how to pray and prayer books that a person can read or recite.

Step by step Growth in virtue is a life-long process, and for the addict, this rebuilding happens little-by-little, brick-by-brick, one day at a time. The sacraments are invaluable.

“The sacrament of way to deal with past wrongdoing, poor choices and harm done to self and others; and it brings enormous cleansing, consolation and peace.” Father Michael Van Sloun Regular Mass attendance provides the spiritual nourishment of both Scripture and the Eucharist. The sacrament of reconciliation is a grace-filled way to deal with past wrongdoing, poor choices and harm done to self and others; and it brings enormous cleansing, consolation and peace. Other pathways to spiritual advancement include eucharistic adoration, prayer groups, Bible study, retreats and adult education programs. Father Van Sloun is pastor of St. Bartholomew in Wayzata.

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