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July 12, 2018 • Newspaper of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

Legacy of a rector Blue-collar Pennsylvania upbringing and time in Rome shape Msgr. Aloysius Callaghan’s leadership of seminary. — Pages 12-13

Parishes give $2.7 million for survivors Pastors explain parishes’ voluntary contributions to the archdiocese’s bankruptcy settlement. — Page 5

Priest returns from Venezuela Father James Peterson receives fond farewells as he leaves mission parish to serve in Columbia Heights. — Page 7

Fifth Catholic justice?

Kavanaugh nods to Catholic faith in Supreme Court nomination speech. — Page 9

Religious jubilees Religious men and women serving in archdiocese mark milestone anniversaries. — Page 14

Ready for a disaster? Restoration expert explains the importance of parishes preparing for floods and fire. — Page 17



From left, Benedictine Sisters Mary Lou Dummer and Paula Hagen pose for a picture at St. Paul’s Monastery in Maplewood June 22 in front of a wedding dress and full habit. In 1958, Sister Dummer wore this wedding dress as she processed down the aisle with Sister Hagen and 10 other women at the order’s former convent in St. Paul to take their first religious vows. They then traded their wedding dresses for habits. The dress and habit were on display at the order’s 70th anniversary celebration at St. Paul’s Monastery, the order’s current Twin Cities home.

Benedictine Sisters at St. Paul’s Monastery celebrate 70 years By Matthew Davis The Catholic Spirit


n 1958, a decade after her community had set down roots in St. Paul, Benedictine Sister Mary Lou Dummer walked down the aisle in a wedding dress along with 11 other women at their priory, then on Summit Avenue. Those 12 “brides” made their first vows that day, taking Jesus as their bridegroom. “It was just a very exciting day,” recalled Sister Dummer, subprioress of St. Paul’s Monastery in Maplewood. Those sisters traded their white dresses for black Benedictine habits that day, but Sister Dummer’s dress, a gift from her sister-in-law, and an old Benedictine habit were on display June 22 during the 70th anniversary celebration for the Benedictine community at St. Paul’s Monastery in Maplewood. More than 130 people came for the anniversary Mass at Hill-Murray School in Maplewood, which the sisters once staffed, and a reception at their adjacent monastery.

Benedictine Sister Monica Raway, left, and her niece, Sharon Illa, of St. Joseph in Miesville talk with other Benedictine sisters and guests at a reception at St. Paul’s Monastery in Maplewood June 22. Archbishop Bernard Hebda celebrated the Mass, which brought together sisters, lay Benedictine oblates and friends to mark the occasion. He said the Benedictine sisters give a “vivid witness of what it means to rely completely on God as they embrace that life of poverty, chastity and obedience in this situation of permanence and commitment that they have to their own monastery.” In 1948, St. Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph sent 178 sisters to establish a separate community in St. Paul. The sisters started St. Paul’s Monastery, first

known as St. Paul’s Priory, in a house on Summit Avenue that is now home to the Germanic-American Institute. Not all of the sisters lived at the monastery; some, like Sister Marie Rademacher, lived near the schools where they taught. Sister Rademacher, 93, was a teacher at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic School in Montgomery and other Catholic schools throughout her career. She is one of three living sisters who, at the invitation of Archbishop John Murray, helped to establish the St. Paul community in 1948. Also among those three are Sister Duane Moes, 97, who taught at St. Bernard’s Catholic School and thenMaternity of Mary Catholic School in St. Paul, and Sister Rosella Schommer, 91, who served in Montana as well as in Bogota, Colombia. Now living at the sisters’ monastery in Maplewood, Sister Schommer enjoys retirement with the community and her younger biological sisters, also Benedictines: twins Sisters Andriette and Andrine Schommer. The older retired sisters experienced the sisters’ transition in 1965 from their St. Paul priory and three other houses on PLEASE TURN TO BENEDICTINES ON PAGE 8


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This is a temptation powerfully present in our own day. It takes the form of closing our hearts to those who have the right — just as we do — to security and dignified living conditions. It builds walls, real or virtual, rather than bridges.

Pope Francis speaking July 6 during a Mass commemorating the fifth anniversary of his visit to the southern Mediterranean island of Lampedusa. He was comparing hearts that are closed to welcoming migrants and refugees to those of the Pharisees, who often would preach sacrifice and following God’s law without exercising mercy to those in need.

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LEARNING SOLUTIONS From left, Diane Morri, principal of St. Stephen’s Catholic School in Anoka; Matt Robinson, fifth-grade teacher at St. Stephen; and Christine Deutsch, a second-grade teacher at St. Maximilian Kolbe School in Delano, react during a presentation June 21 at a conference organized by the Catholic Schools Center of Excellence at St. Hubert in Chanhassen called “A Place at the Table: Serving Exceptional Learners in our Catholic Schools.” Teachers and principals from Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis gathered for the two-day conference to explore educating students on both ends of the learning spectrum — learners performing above their grade level and those with learning disabilities. For a story about the conference, visit

The amount in millions the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul will receive through a grant from the Maryland-based Howard Hughes Medical Institute for science education. St. Thomas will use the grant for improving curriculum, faculty development, academic advising and developing a strategy for growth. Only 57 schools among the 594 applicants received the grant.


The number of state diving titles in boys swimming won by St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights under Coach John Barnes. He recently was named National Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association. He received the award June 27 at the NHSACA’s annual convention in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. His teams have produced eight Olympic-trial qualifiers, 15 national qualifiers, 36 junior national qualifiers, 26 high school AllAmericans and two World University Games gold medalists.


The number of miles covered June 9-14 by cyclist Carolyn Milano of St. Maximilian Kolbe in Delano during Ride the Rockies, a fundraising event for the homeless in Colorado. She was one of 60 members of Team Samaritan House, which pledged the money it raised toward its $300,000 goal to programs and services provided by Denver Catholic Charities. Milano, a breast cancer survivor and mother of four, has completed five Ride the Rockies. Homelessness, she told Catholic News Service, is “a pressing need that must be addressed by our society. Each time I came home from the hospital [after cancer surgery and treatment], I realized just how blessed I am. ... When you realize there are too many people that don’t have that welcoming door to enter their home, it drives and motivates you to make a difference.” The team is named for Samaritan House, a ministry operated by Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver, which provides the homeless with temporary housing and other services. Funds raised by the cycling team will go toward programs to help shelter residents receive food, clothing, case management and “the tools to achieve selfsufficiency and build a new life,” team co-captain Tom Schwein told CNS. Read more at


TALKING FAITH From left, Eh Kier Taw and Maung Yoe of St. Casimir in St. Paul, Max Mauch-Morff of St. Patrick in Oak Grove and Andrew Loomis of Epiphany in Coon Rapids discuss faith and their relationship with God July 8 during Quo Vadis, a retreat for young men ages 14-17 at St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul. Its Latin name means “Where are you going?” The retreat is designed to help young men answer that question and learn how to hear God’s call. There also is a Quo Vadis retreat for young women. Both retreats are run by the archdiocesan Office of Vocations. Mauch-Morff, one of the adult leaders, will be a senior at SJV in the fall.

CORRECTION “Msgr. Moudry’s ministry focused on pastoral care” in the June 21 edition included incorrect information about the roles Msgr. Richard Moudry held at Nazareth Hall Preparatory Seminary and the chancery of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. At Nazareth Hall, he was a faculty member from 1950-1957 and rector from 1965-1970. In the chancery, he was vice chancellor from 1957-1963 and chancellor from 1963-1965. The Catholic Spirit also listed incorrectly the year Msgr. Moudry first received the title “monsignor.” He was given the title under the designation of “papal chamberlain” in 1963. He was later elevated to “honorary prelate” in 1973. The Catholic Spirit apologizes for the errors.

The Catholic Spirit is published semi-monthly for The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis Vol. 23 — No. 13 MOST REVEREND BERNARD A. HEBDA, Publisher TOM HALDEN, Associate Publisher MARIA C. WIERING, Editor

The age of the teenager who intentionally set a fire that significantly damaged the historic St. Mary’s Church in Melrose in March 2016. Responding to the juvenile’s recent confession, Bishop Donald Kettler of the Diocese of St. Cloud said he hoped the confession would help in the “healing process” of parishioners still coping with the tragedy. According to a June 20 news release from the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, the juvenile was charged with arson in the first degree. News reports said the fire damaged about 30 percent of the 118-year-old church and destroyed the main altar, which was handmade in Germany. Dedicated in 1899, the church is a landmark in Melrose, about 100 miles northwest of the Twin Cities. In the statement, Bishop Kettler said he was praying for the Melrose community and for the arsonist and the arsonist’s family. “I hope they, too, receive the help they need. As Christians, we are committed to justice, but justice must always be tempered by mercy, and it must never abandon hope for a person’s reform.” Read more at


The number of dollars Chris Hagen of St. Michael in Stillwater hopes to raise to keep Loome Theological Booksellers in its current location on Main Street in downtown Stillwater. After incurring debt by moving the store from a nearby farm, where Hagen and his family lived, to its current location in fall 2017, he turned to fundraising so that he can keep the “brick and mortar” aspect of his business alive. The GoFundMe campaign launched June 18 had raised $19,964 as of July 10. Hagen said Stillwater has a “bookish history” and the store gets about 1,000 visitors a month. The founder of the store, Thomas Loome, sold the store to Hagen in 2008. Loome, who opened the store more than 30 years ago, died March 31. Read more at

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‘Who pays?’


here has been much discussion concerning the settlement reached in the reorganization of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis as a corporate entity. As Catholics, we know that the “archdiocese” is a reality much greater than the definitions of civil law. Yet, at every level of the Church, there is the question, “Who pays?” There are a lot of details in the settlement that identify different sources of the total amount of dollars. The legal process under the federal laws governing a bankruptcy proceeding is highly complex and linear. In short, it is not completely done, and until it is, there are still a lot of questions begging for future answers. Some answer the question, “Who pays?” with a finger of blame that is an understandable reaction. The anger is justified, and it is a relatively common reaction to want someone to blame, and that whoever is to blame should be made to pay. The deeper truth is that when there is enough blame to go around to cover all aspects of Church and society, there is a greater systemic evil than any one person could have known or imagined. This is not to excuse the individual responsibility of priests who have engaged in abusive conduct. They have been removed from active ministry and reported to

authorities. This is also not to excuse those leaders who must be held accountable. Hindsight may point out mistakes, failures and lessons learned the hard way. Nonetheless, it has fallen upon us in this day and time to know how painfully we have come to an open-eyed awareness of one of the most tragic ills in societies around the world. For many of us who have an awareness of the critical need to listen to the stories of the victims of child sexual abuse by members of the clergy, also falls the burden and the responsibility to do something about it and be part of the solution. No, we are not the ones to blame. Yes, we are the ones who can work toward restitution, reconciliation and much healing. Through the difficult stories of victims and survivors and their willingness to help the Church reform its processes and commit resources for the safety of children, we can no longer be blind, deaf and voiceless. We have seen the survivors and heard their stories. We must be voices on their behalf, and we know we have a long road ahead, beyond bankruptcy, to continue our work with the survivor community. There are also many silent sufferers who we will never know or hear from. They, too, are listening for our voices. We all have a role in the ongoing efforts to be instruments of healing and guardians of safety for all our children. When there is a tsunami in nature, there is the devastation of life and property. Blame and anger are

¿Quien paga?

sobrevivientes y su disposición a ayudar a la Iglesia a reformar sus procesos y comprometer recursos para la seguridad de los niños, ya no podemos ser ciegos, sordos y sin voz. Hemos visto a los sobrevivientes y escuchamos sus historias. Debemos ser voces en su nombre, y sabemos que tenemos un largo camino por delante, más allá de la bancarrota, para continuar nuestro trabajo con la comunidad de sobrevivientes. También hay muchos enfermos silenciosos de quienes nunca sabremos ni sabremos nada. Ellos también están escuchando nuestras voces. Todos tenemos un papel en los esfuerzos continuos para ser instrumentos de curación y guardianes de la seguridad para todos nuestros niños.


a habido mucha discusión sobre el acuerdo alcanzado en la reorganización de la Arquidiócesis de St. Paul y Minneapolis como una entidad corporativa. Como católicos, sabemos que la “arquidiócesis” es una realidad mucho mayor que las definiciones de la ley civil. Sin embargo, en todos los niveles de la Iglesia, existe la pregunta: “¿Quién paga?” Hay muchos detalles en el acuerdo que identifican diferentes fuentes de la cantidad total de dólares. El proceso legal bajo las leyes federales que rigen un procedimiento de bancarrota es altamente complejo y lineal. En resumen, no está completamente terminado y, hasta que lo haya, todavía hay muchas preguntas que piden respuestas futuras. Algunos responden la pregunta, “¿Quién paga?” Con un dedo de culpa que es una reacción comprensible. El enojo está justificado, y es una reacción relativamente común querer culpar a alguien, y que quien sea el culpable debe pagar. La verdad más profunda es que cuando hay suficiente culpa como para cubrir todos los aspectos de la Iglesia y la sociedad, hay un mal sistémico mayor de lo que cualquier persona podría haber sabido o imaginado. Esto no es excusa de la responsabilidad individual de los sacerdotes que han participado en una conducta abusiva. Han sido removidos del ministerio activo y reportados a las autoridades. Esto tampoco es para excusar a los líderes que deben rendir cuentas. La retrospectiva puede señalar errores, fallas y lecciones aprendidas de la manera difícil. Sin embargo, nos ha llegado en este día y tiempo el saber cuán dolorosamente hemos llegado a tener una conciencia abierta de uno de los males más trágicos en las sociedades de todo el mundo. Para muchos de nosotros que tenemos conciencia de la necesidad crítica de escuchar las historias de las víctimas de abuso sexual infantil por miembros del clero, también cae la carga y la responsabilidad de hacer algo al respecto y ser parte de la solución. No, no somos nosotros los culpables. Sí, somos nosotros los que podemos trabajar para la restitución, la reconciliación y mucha curación. A través de las historias difíciles de víctimas y

Cuando hay un tsunami en la naturaleza, está la devastación de la vida y la propiedad. La culpa y la ira son inútiles. Las personas cercanas y lejanas se preparan para reconstruir vidas, hogares y comunidades. Luego están los tsunamis de la naturaleza humana. Las olas de escándalo devastan vidas y destruyen la confianza. Las secuelas no producen tan fácilmente la movilización de agencias y voluntarios para reconstruir y restaurar. Eventualmente, sin embargo, solo la culpa y la ira son inútiles. Es un claro ejemplo del significado de “anacrónico” para tomar conciencia de hoy y culpar a la ceguera del pasado. En algún momento, debemos aprender del pasado, ir más allá de la ira y la culpa y, cada uno a su manera, ayudar a reconstruir vidas y restaurar la confianza. El sacrificio de un amor más grande frente al gran mal recibe su significado y propósito en la cruz de Jesucristo. Jesús, inocente y sin culpa, pagó por todos los pecados de todos los tiempos. Por nuestro bautismo, entramos en la muerte de Cristo para elevarnos con él a la novedad de la vida. Por nuestra participación en la misión de la Iglesia para llevar el Evangelio de Jesucristo a cada tierra y cada vida, somos una luz en cada oscuridad y un signo de esperanza en todas las circunstancias. Todos sabemos lo que es confrontar los poderes del pecado con el mayor poder de la misericordia y el perdón de Cristo. Somos llamados como discípulos de Jesucristo a seguir sus enseñanzas e imitar su vida. Desde este punto de vista, cuando se formula la pregunta, “¿Quién paga?” la respuesta es simple: todos lo hacemos.

futile. People from near and far pitch in to rebuild lives, homes and communities. Then there are the tsunamis of human nature. Waves of scandal devastate lives and destroy trust. The aftermath does not so readily produce the mobilization of agencies and volunteers to rebuild and restore. Eventually, however, blame and anger alone are futile. It is a clear example of the meaning of “anachronistic” to take today’s awareness and blame the blindness of the past. At some point, we must learn from the past, move beyond the anger and blame and, each in our own way, pitch in to rebuild lives and restore trust. The sacrifice of a greater love in the face of great evil is given its meaning and purpose in the cross of Jesus Christ. Jesus, innocent and without blame, paid for all sins for all time. By our baptism, we enter into the death of Christ in order to rise with him to newness of life. By our participation in the mission of the Church to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every land and every life, we are a light in every darkness and a sign of hope in all circumstances. We all know what it is like to confront the powers of sin with the greater power of Christ’s mercy and forgiveness. We are called as disciples of Jesus Christ to follow his teachings and imitate his life. From this point of view, when the question is asked, “Who pays?” the answer is simply: We all do.

OFFICIAL Archbishop Bernard Hebda has announced the following appointments in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis:

Effective June 24, 2018 Reverend Louis Pham Ha, CRM, appointed pastor of the Church of Saint Anne-Saint Joseph Hien in Minneapolis. Father Pham Ha is a member of the Congregation of the Mother of the Redeemer. He succeeds Reverend Hilary Nguyen Hai Khanh, CRM, who has been transferred to an assignment outside of the Archdiocese by his religious superior.

Effective July 1, 2018 Reverend Jake Anderson, appointed parochial vicar of the Church of Saint Odilia in Shoreview. This is a transfer from his current assignment as parochial vicar of the Church of Saint Matthew and the Church of Saint Michael, both in Stillwater. Reverend Glen Jenson, appointed pastor of the parish cluster of the Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Loretto and the Church of Saint Thomas in Corcoran. This is a transfer from his current assignment as pastor of the Church of Saint Patrick in Edina. Reverend Gerald Stookey, OP, appointed pastor of the Church of the Holy Rosary in Minneapolis. Father Stookey is a member of the Province of St. Albert the Great, Order of Preachers. He succeeds Reverend James Spahn, OP, who has been transferred to an assignment outside of the Archdiocese by his religious superior.

Effective July 21, 2018 Reverend Alphonsus Tri Vu, CRM, appointed parochial vicar of the Church of Saint Anne-Saint Joseph Hien in Minneapolis. Father Tri Vu is a member of the Congregation of the Mother of the Redeemer. He succeeds Reverend Augustine M. Ky Truong, CRM, who has been transferred to an assignment outside of the Archdiocese by his religious superior.

Effective July 28, 2018 Reverend Albert Backmann, appointed parochial administrator of the Church of Saint Patrick in Edina. Father Backmann previously served as temporary parochial administrator of the Church of the Transfiguration in Oakdale.


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SLICEof LIFE Holy woodworking


Scott Padrnos uses a router to shape a piece of wood as part of a chapel renovation at the former convent of St. Mark in St. Paul. Padrnos has lived there during his two years of pre-theology studies at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity along with 14 other men in the program. He volunteered to put his skills to work at the request of Father Scott Carl, delegate for pre-theology at the seminary who has lived at the convent for the last seven years. After receiving a donation, Father Carl decided to give the chapel a face-lift, which includes wood panels made by Padrnos, who learned his skills growing up at his parent’s lake-front resort near Brainerd. Starting May 19, Padrnos put in nearly 12 hours a day for a month before leaving for a parish assignment June 22. He described the experience of working in solitude as “very monastic.” He calls it “a little retreat for myself... just making the entire day a conversation with the Lord, and working with him and Our Lady.” Over the next few months, he will be working on a wood altar that will be added to the chapel, along with a crucifix.

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Pastors: Parishes’ $2.7 million settlement contribution small but significant slice By Maria Wiering The Catholic Spirit When pastors were invited to consider contributing parish funds to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ settlement agreement with survivors of clergy sexual abuse, Father Jim Livingston didn’t hesitate to approach leaders of his parish, the Church of St. Paul in Ham Lake, and ask them to discern an amount the parish could give. They agreed to $50,000 — an amount that felt significant and also “hurt a little bit” in terms of the financial sacrifice. “You can’t compare, obviously, the pain of the corporation giving out money to a soul that’s been wounded,” Father Livingston said, but he wanted the sum to seem “appropriate” in “responding to a lot of pain from real people.” According to Father Kevin Finnegan, who encouraged other pastors and parish trustees to contribute to the settlement, more than half of the archdiocese’s 187 parishes have voluntarily pledged funds amounting to approximately $2.7 million to the archdiocese’s $210 million settlement. “We’re all part of the same Church. We’re all part of the same body of Christ,” Father Livingston said of the Church of St. Paul’s decision to contribute to the settlement. On May 31, the archdiocese announced it had reached a landmark joint settlement with attorneys representing abuse survivors. The archdiocese and the Unsecured Creditors Committee, which represents survivors in the bankruptcy proceedings, filed the joint plan in U.S. Bankruptcy Court June 28. As Archbishop Bernard Hebda and the archdiocese’s Reorganization Task Force Chairman Tom Abood outlined during a press conference May 31, more than $170 million of the settlement is funded by payments from the archdiocese’s insurers. The archdiocese and parishes are funding the other $40 million through additional cash contributions that include, in part, proceeds from property sales and reserves in an insurance fund and medical benefit plan. The $40 million contribution breaks down as follows: u$8.8 million: Proceeds from the sale of four St. Paul properties on Cathedral Hill, including the archdiocese’s former chancery and archbishop’s residence, and a residence in Northfield. u$6 million: Excess reserves in the archdiocese’s general insurance fund for its central offices, parishes and other Catholic entities. The fund covers commercial property, casualty and general liability and workers’ compensation. u$5 million: An amount the archdiocese has pledged to contribute over the next five years. u$4.7 million: Unrestricted cash. u$4 million: Excess reserves of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Medical Benefit Plan, a trust fund that operates as a medical benefits plan for the health care of employees of the archdiocese, parishes and other Catholic entities. According to a June 15 letter from its trustees to trust participants, a third-party consultant determined that the fund could provide $4 million and still pay claims and maintain adequate reserves, based on past claims. The trustees agreed to contribute $4 million with the agreement that the rest of the funds would not be eligible for the settlement. In the June 15 letter, trustees said, “It was a very difficult decision as we had strongly advocated that the AMBP trust funds were to be used only for participant benefits,” but that the plan remains adequately funded. u$4 million: Proceeds from the sales of properties occupied by Benilde-St. Margaret’s School in St. Louis Park, DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis, and Totino-Grace High School in Fridley. The schools had previously been leasing the property long-term from the archdiocese for $1 per year. u$4 million: Board-designated funds, or funds previously directed by the archdiocese’s board of trustees toward certain purposes. These funds were contributed to the archdiocese — most of them decades ago — without clear donor intent. This includes the Riley Fund of $2.6 million that has long been used to

assist the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul to pay off debt from major repairs through the years. The Cathedral consented to use of the Riley Fund to facilitate a global resolution. u$2.7 million: Voluntary parish contributions. u$550,000: Estimated funds from a pending estate settlement in which the archdiocese is a beneficiary, and potential excess deposits from the archdiocese’s workers compensation fund with the State of Minnesota. Before a settlement agreement had been reached, Father Finnegan, pastor of Our Lady of Grace in Edina, and Father John Bauer, pastor of the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, reached out to fellow pastors and parish trustees to ask them to consider contributing to a settlement proposal. They facilitated a related meeting May 7 at Our Lady of Grace. Contributing parishes pledged funds through attorneys representing parishes in the bankruptcy proceedings. The funds “express to those survivors who have been hurt by the Church that in a small way, I, we, the parish, can try to express our desire to stand with and support and encourage those who have been victimized,” said Father Finnegan, who said his parish is making a contribution but the amount is not public. Our Lady of Grace was among the roughly 100 parishes that had claims of sexual abuse against priests or Catholic leaders who had served there. The settlement plan includes a channeling injunction that ends all litigation against the archdiocese, parishes and Catholic entities related to cases that are part of the archdiocese’s settlement. That’s a relief, Father Finnegan said, because further litigation would stymie the parish’s ability to serve parishioners and do charitable work. The parish contribution amounts to less than 1.5 percent of the total settlement, but it’s important, said Father Daniel Griffith, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in Minneapolis. “We’re all a part of the archdiocese, and [this is an] opportunity to be part of the solution,” he said. “It seemed to parish leadership to be the right thing to do.” Father Griffith noted that Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Minneapolis, where he serves as parochial administrator, also plans to contribute to the plan. “It was completely voluntary,” he emphasized. Like St. Paul in Ham Lake, no claims of clergy sexual abuse were filed against Our Lady of Lourdes. Father Griffith said that parishes with claims may bear a greater share of the responsibility for offering financial restitution. However, like Father Livingston, he said that by contributing to the settlement, his parish is acknowledging a communal responsibility. Our Lady of Lourdes is contributing $5,000 from its charity fund, an amount Father Griffith said the parish could afford. That “monetary justice,” he said, is connected to the parish’s other restorative justice efforts. Along with the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis and St. Joseph the Worker in Maple Grove, Our Lady of Lourdes is piloting healing circles and other efforts designed to bring healing to abuse survivors as well as other Catholics who are hurting from the abuse scandal. The pastors interviewed for this story said their parishioners had been positive and magnanimous about the contributions. St. Paul’s parishioners were invited to make individual contributions, which Father Livingston said may add another $5,000 to $10,000 to the parish contribution. The archdiocese entered Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in January 2015 to equitably settle what amounted to 453 claims of clergy sexual abuse, with two-thirds of claims from the 1960s and 1970s. In a statement announcing the settlement plan’s June 28 filing, Abood said that the archdiocese would seek U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Robert Kressel’s “guidance on the best ways to expedite confirmation of the plan consistent with bankruptcy requirements.” “While the plan we have filed today may be modified and refined as we move toward confirmation in the coming months, we expect the final approved plan will be in substance what we have filed today,” Abood said.


Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens speaks June 26 to the press at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul about the need to reunite immigrant families and prevent future separations at the border.

Local bishops support keeping immigrant families together By Matthew Davis The Catholic Spirit Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens said that it’s important for people to recognize that immigrants “are seeking the same thing that [our] ancestors came here seeking” at a June 26 press conference at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul. “We should also remember that if we can provide these things, we also have a moral obligation to do so,” he said. Bishop Cozzens represented the Minnesota Catholic Conference alongside local faith leaders who spoke out against what they described as dehumanizing immigration policies enforced by President Donald Trump and his administration. The policies have been under fire for detaining children separately from their parents when families had crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. Trump reversed course June 20, signing an executive order to keep families together, but thousands of children are still in the custody of the U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services as their parents await the completion of their deportation proceedings. Following Trump’s policy change, Archbishop Bernard Hebda said he was “pleased President Trump has committed to executive action to end the family separations happening at the U.S.-Mexico border” and asked people to “urge [elected officials] to uphold the laws of this country, work for comprehensive immigration reform, and respect life at all stages.” “The Catholic Church has always promoted and defended the dignity of every human person and the rights of families to care for their children,” he said in a June 20 statement. “The Church has also always affirmed a country’s duty to secure its borders and protect its citizens while welcoming those fleeing oppression, violence and poverty.” At the June 26 press conference, Bishop Cozzens recounted his encounters with immigrants and seeing their poverty and need for safety. “I’m really discouraged by the way the rhetoric has happened on a national level ... that speaks about our immigrant brothers and sisters in a way that dehumanizes them,” he said. Minnesota Sen. Melisa Franzen (DFL-Edina) organized the press conference as a way for faith leaders to urge the Trump administration and Congress to uphold the dignity of immigrant families. “Children and families are still in peril even after the recent executive order to end the zerotolerance policy separating families at the border,” she said. Faith leaders at the press conference included Rev. Doug Mitchell, who represented the Minnesota Council of Churches, and Judy Halper, CEO of Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis. Ethan Roberts of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas and Rabbi Sim Glaser of the Minnesota Rabbinical Association also spoke.



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Panel: Relationship between common good and business is critical By Susan Klemond For The Catholic Spirit In light of increasing globalization and changes in the corporate landscape, the inclusion of logic around the concept of the “common good” in the development of business ethics would help companies better contribute to humanity, society and the environment, said Stefano Zamagni at the conference “Building Institutions for the Common Good: The Purpose and Practice of Business in an Inclusive Economy,” held June 21-23 at the University of St. Thomas’ Minneapolis campus. “It’s becoming increasingly clear that the singleminded goal of profit maximization at any cost is fracturing society and destroying the environment,” said Zamagni, a retired economics professor at the University of Bologna, Italy, and an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore who teaches in areas of international trade theory, public-sector economies, macroeconomics and microeconomics. Zamagni spoke on a panel during the conference’s opening session June 21. The event was the 10th International Conference on Catholic Social Thought and Business Education and the sixth Colloquium on Christian Humanism in Business and Society. It was organized by the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought at St. Thomas’ Center for Catholic Studies. The event brought together 161 academics, business practitioners, administrators, and clergy and professed religious. Representing 39 academic disciplines and 30 countries, attendees explored solutions for business and business education in light of Catholic teachings. The common good is one of the four founding principles of the Church’s social doctrine, along with human dignity, subsidiarity and solidarity. The conference/colloquium opening panel sought to clarify the meaning of the concept of common good in business and its implications in different aspects of

practical business life. The relationship between business and the common good is critical, said Julie Sullivan, president of the University of St. Thomas, which adopted the motto “All for the Common Good” in 2016. “It’s very important that we understand how this force of business in society is going to help us live in communion with one another on our planet, ensuring we are achieving the common good,” she said. Father Martin Schlag, Ryan Institute director and conference organizer, said that the common good is more than a “sum” of individual goods — it includes a “life in common.” “Business serves the common good when it creates wealth, opportunity, hope and development for all who wish to make an effort and participate, not only for a few who exclude others,” he said. The first Conference on Catholic Social Thought and Business Education was organized in 1997 by Michael Naughton, now the Center for Catholic Studies director, and the Ryan Institute, which examines the relationship between Catholic social tradition and business theory and practice through research, faculty and curriculum development, seminars, conferences and publications. In 2010, Father Schlag co-organized the first Colloquium on Christian Humanism in Business and Society in Rome. When he became the Ryan Institute’s director last August, he concluded that the two events complemented each other and could be merged. The next joint conference/colloquium will take place in Portugal in 2020. With both its theological and practical aspects, the conference/colloquium aimed to clarify the common good as a concept, reflect on ways to interject Catholic social teaching in business education, develop a network among professionals interested in the topic and involve business educators in developing economies, Father Schlag said.

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What is the ‘common good’? The common good, stemming from the dignity, unity and equality of all people, is in a primary sense, “the sum total of social conditions which allow people, either as groups or as individuals, to reach their fulfilment more fully and more easily,” according to the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church published in 2004. But rather than a simple sum of particular goods of each person in society, the common good is indivisible and belongs to everyone and each person, who only together can attain, increase and safeguard it, the Compendium states. All expressions of social life from family to economic enterprises, cities, countries, and communities of peoples and nations have their own common good, which is part of, and the authentic reason for, their existence. The common good advances human fulfillment which, according to Blessed Pope Paul VI and St. Thomas Aquinas, requires not only the satisfaction of material needs but also participation in a community, and possession of truth and love found most fully in the beatific vision in heaven, said Robert Kennedy, a Catholic Studies professor at the University of St. Thomas, who spoke recently at the conference “Building Institutions for the Common Good” at St. Thomas. This threefold order, Kennedy said, points to not one but three common goods: u Instrumental: the means, not end, to the flourishing of each member u Civic friendship: participation in common life where all live together in justice, peace and friendship u Our supernatural destiny intended by God and an end in itself for which the first two common goods prepare people

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‘Padre Santiago’ hopes to import ministry of encounter to Columbia Heights By Jonathan Liedl For The Catholic Spirit The earthy smell of simmering cornmeal “arepas” rose from the stovetop as a young American priest was welcomed into the humble home with a kiss on the cheek and an affectionate salutation of “Padre!” As he did most nights of the week, Father James Peterson was joining parishioners for dinner. On that night, he was with the Guzman family, devoted members of Jesucristo Resucitado, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ mission parish in San Felix, Venezuela, where the 32-year old Minnetonka native has served as parochial vicar for nearly three years. Over the course of the evening, family members shared cheesy “chistes,” or jokes, and sang, and Father Peterson blessed the family from the bottle of holy water he carries in his breast pocket. Similar scenes took place at the multitude of “despedidas,” or going-away parties, parishioners held in honor of “Padre Santiago,” as Father Peterson is known locally, before he returned to Minnesota at the beginning of July to start his new assignment as pastor of Immaculate Conception in Columbia Heights. At one despedida, parishioners literally lifted Father Peterson up in prayer, their bittersweet tears that need no translation accompanying heartfelt goodbyes. These deeply personal farewells have been a testament to just how closely the people have grown to their beloved padre, and how deeply he’s been formed by his assignment in Venezuela, where he’s spent more time since his ordination than in Minnesota. Speaking in Spanish, Judith Guzman said, “He’s left his mark on all of us,” adding that she sees Father Peterson as an example of service, kindness and generosity. “He knows how to serve the community as a true shepherd who cares for his sheep.” But, if Father Peterson’s first visit to the mission as a seminarian in the summer of 2011 was any indication, his connection with the people of Jesucristo Resucitado was not something that could’ve been predicted. He admits he was “shell-shocked” by the intense poverty he encountered in the parish’s 11 “barrios,” or neighborhoods, had trouble with the regional Spanish dialect, and was overwhelmed by the heat and the noise


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Father James Peterson exchanges the sign of peace June 22 with young people who had received their first Communion at Jesucristo Resucitado, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ mission parish in Venezuela. of San Felix, part of Venezuela’s sixth largest metro area. “At that time, I really didn’t want to return to Venezuela,” Father Peterson recalled. However, after praying about his experience and speaking with others who had served at the mission, Father Peterson had the sense that he was being called to abandon his comfort zone. He expressed his openness to returning to Jesucristo Resucitado, and he received the green light to serve there as a deacon in the summer of 2012. After two years serving as a parochial vicar at St. Odilia in Shoreview, he returned in August 2015 as a priest to serve alongside veteran pastor Father Greg Schaffer. “It’s been a real opportunity for me to let go of my own inhibitions, of my own perceived strengths,” Father Peterson said. Abandoning himself to God amid such a challenging environment has allowed Father Peterson to receive new gifts, such as greater flexibility in his scheduling, more confidence in his preaching, and a greater reliance upon God’s providence and protection. “I think [Father Peterson] has the gift of being able to

work with the poor and to be happy in a real difficult situation like we have here,” Father Schaffer said. He noted one episode, only a few months into Father Peterson’s assignment in San Felix, that convinced him his young associate could thrive in the challenging environment. In the early morning of Dec. 22, 2016, Father Peterson was held up at gunpoint on his way to church — and he still celebrated Mass as scheduled. While dressing in his Mass vestments, the priest realized that the cross necklace he had given the thief was back on his own neck. He believes it was a small miracle — a sign from God that he is present among his people in these challenging times. That’s a closeness that Father Peterson has tried to emulate in his role as parish priest. He said the familial culture of Venezuela and its current economic crisis gave him formative opportunities to be uniquely present to others. For example, because many people in San Felix lack access to reliable transportation, Father Peterson often gave them rides to and from their homes. He even took a parishioner who was in labor to the hospital to give birth. This “taxi ministry,” as he calls it, not only gave him a native-like familiarity with San Felix’s labyrinthine streets, but also the opportunity to form deeper personal relationships with his people. Because he’s grown so close to his flock, Father Peterson said it has been “heart-wrenching” to see what they’re going through amid Venezuela’s ongoing economic crisis, which has bred hunger and violence. He knew children who died from malnutrition and parishioners who were gunned down in the street. While he has embraced meeting the material needs of his Venezuelan flock and often personally delivered the daily meals prepared for the poor by the parish soup kitchen, he knows the most important thing he can do as a priest is to help his parishioners raise their hearts and minds to spiritual things. “Christ fed people, but only after he preached about the kingdom and conversion,” he said. “I always remind people that they have to look for God with their whole heart.” Father Peterson is sad to say goodbye to people he has grown close to, but is looking forward to bringing some of the ministerial aspects he practiced in San Felix to Columbia Heights, where he’ll begin ministry July 27.


BENEDICTINES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Summit Avenue to a purpose-built monastery, designed by Minnesota architect Val Michelson, on a 79-acre property they bought in Maplewood. That change in location coincided with the final year of the Second Vatican Council, which also prompted other changes in their community and religious life worldwide. The Benedictines in St. Paul trace their history to three Benedictine sisters who left their abbey in Eichstatt, Bavaria, in 1852 to establish America’s first Benedictine women’s community in St. Mary’s, Pennsylvania, and teach the children of German immigrants. Eleven years later, sisters from that convent established the Convent of St. Benedict in the similarly German-settled town of St. Joseph, Minnesota, which grew to become, at one point, the largest Benedictine women’s convent in the world. The Convent of St. Benedict is the mother community of 10 communities, including the one in Maplewood. Like Benedictine sisters elsewhere, the sisters in St. Paul have focused on education, health care and care for the elderly. The St. Paul sisters’ move to Maplewood put them next to what was then Archbishop Murray Memorial High School, which they opened in 1958. In 1971, the all-girls high school merged with Hill High School, an all-boys Catholic school, due to shrinking enrollment and the decline in number of Christian Brothers, the religious order that ran it.


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Like many religious communities, the sisters’ numbers also dwindled in the post-Vatican II years, and after several decades, it became apparent that their monastery was too big for their community’s needs. The sisters also didn’t like the masculine form of the building, said Sister Paula Hagen, the community’s prioress. In 2006, the sisters sold their monastery building to Tubman, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit that shelters women and children fleeing domestic violence, as well as sex trafficking victims. The sisters also welcomed CommonBond Communities to their land in the 2000s to establish lowincome and senior housing, and the sisters’ renovated laundry building is home to Maple Tree Child Care Center. With much of the sisters’ campus being used by organizations that affirm their social justice mission, they moved into a new, smaller monastery on their property in 2009. It houses the 33 sisters, including those who require medical care. The new monastery was designed in a more feminine form than the sisters’ previous home. The oval-shaped chapel has a wood wave-like ceiling installation that symbolizes the journey from the Baptismal font to the altar. The sculpture flows down to the floor behind the altar, and its cross-shaped opening aligns with a cross in the cemetery outside, where the community’s deceased sisters are buried. With their average age at 83, the sisters have scaled back their Catholic


Sister Andriette Schommer, left, stands with her biological sisters, Sisters Rosella and Andrine. Sisters Andriette and Andrine are twins.

education efforts to focus on other ministries. While they no longer operate Hill-Murray, they continue a relationship with the school. Sister Linda Soler serves in its campus ministry. When Sister Soler joined the community 26 years ago, her first vows didn’t include a wedding dress, and she’s never worn a Benedictine habit; the Benedictine sisters began wearing modern clothes in 1965 in response to the Vatican II council’s request for religious orders to go back to their roots. Sister Dummer said that St. Benedict, who founded the Benedictines in the sixth century, actually had his communities wear the laity’s clothes of the day, and the style of the sisters’ old habits came from the Middle Ages.

As they mark their 70th year in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Sister Dummer and fellow sisters are looking to their future with their strategic plan launched in 2017. They hope that their monastic heritage and spirituality will continue in their lay Benedictine Associates, oblates and their Benedictine Center. Oblates participate in prayer and liturgy with the sisters in addition to living by the rule of St. Benedict. The Benedictine Center, founded in 1983, provides opportunities for spiritual direction, formation and retreats throughout the year. “This plan and implementation will allow the spirit of St. Benedict to continue for the next 70 years, God willing,” Sister Hagen said. The sisters are actively involved in the Leadership of Catholic Women Religious organization, an association of leaders of U.S. women’s religious congregations. The Benedictine’s leadership team attends the LCWR’s fall and spring meetings, and its workshops on serving the needs of the contemporary Church and society. They are also active in the Federation of St. Benedict, and three sisters plan to attend the five-day chapter meeting in July in Bismarck, North Dakota. Its theme is “Walking into the Future: Tending the Benedictine Charism.” “The Benedictines have a long history of being guided by the Holy Spirit to make the changes that are needed in order to serve the needs of the people of God,” Sister Hagen said, adding that that legacy gives her great hope and trust for her community’s future.

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NATION+WORLD Kavanaugh’s confirmation would keep five Catholic justices on Supreme Court By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service Following President Donald Trump’s announcement of his nomination to the United States’ highest court July 9, Judge Brett Kavanaugh spoke about his Catholic faith, saying he tries to live by the motto instilled in him by his Jesuit high school: “Be men for others.” Kavanaugh, like Justice Neil Gorsuch, attended Georgetown Prep, a Jesuit boys school in Maryland. He pointed out that his former pastor, Msgr. John Enzler, was in the audience at the White House. He said he used to serve as his altar boy, and now the two serve the homeless together. The priest is the president and CEO of Catholic Charities of Washington. Kavanaugh also gave a shout-out to the girls basketball team at his parish, which he coaches. He said the team has nicknamed him “Coach K,” the name given to Duke basketball Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski. Kavanaugh, 53, is a federal appeals court judge in Washington and a Catholic who once clerked for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. “What matters is not a judge’s personal views, but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the Constitution require,” Trump said in his announcement at the White House. “I am pleased to say I have found, without doubt, such a person.” He said the nominee has “impeccable credentials” and is “considered a judge’s judge.” “I am grateful to you and I am humbled by your confidence in me,” said Kavanaugh, standing near his wife and two daughters. Immediately after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement June 27, Trump said he would move quickly to nominate a replacement, saying he would review a list of


candidates from the list he had previously to fill the seat now held by Gorsuch. Kennedy is one of five Catholic justices on the nine-seat Supreme Court along with Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Sonia Sotomayor. Kavanaugh said if he is chosen to be on the Supreme Court he would “keep an open mind in every case” and “always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States and the American rule of law.” Kavanaugh is a Yale Law School graduate who currently serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, where he has authored more than 280 opinions. He was part of Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr’s Whitewater investigation, which ultimately led to President Bill Clinton’s impeachment by the House and acquittal by the Senate. His biography on the court website notes that he is a regular lector at his church, the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Washington. He also volunteers for the St. Maria’s Meals program at Catholic Charities, has coached Catholic Youth Organization sports, tutors at the Washington Jesuit

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Brett Kavanaugh, a Catholic who is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, smiles July 9 at the White House in Washington after President Donald Trump named him his Supreme Court nominee.

Academy and belongs to the John Carroll Society, a group of Catholic lawyers and professionals. He dissented from a recent ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that a teenager in an immigrant detention center was entitled to seek an abortion. He claimed the decision would give immigrant minors a right to “immediate abortion on demand,” but urged the government to transfer her to private custody so she could do “as she wished.” Kavanaugh also dissented from a majority decision of the D.C. Circuit that rejected a request from the Archdiocese of Washington and Priests for Life to have the full court review their challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate. Two of the other judges reported to be top picks as nominees are also Catholic: Judges Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman. Judge Amul Thapar, on a broader top list, is also Catholic. The nominee must be confirmed by the Senate in order to have a seat on the Supreme Court. The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings. If the committee approves, the full Senate votes. Approval requires 51 votes.

Another busy year ends for Supreme Court with all eyes on next term By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service Big cases this year involved the president’s travel ban, a same-sex wedding cake, gerrymandering, sports betting, cellphone tracking, union dues and pro-life pregnancy centers. Catholic Church leaders weighed in on many of these cases, submitting friend-of-the-court briefs and issuing statements after the decisions were announced. The court, near the end of this term, upheld Trump’s travel ban preventing people entering the U.S. from some Muslim-majority countries. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Charities USA and Catholic Legal Immigration Network expressed disappointment with the ruling and also had filed a combined friend-of-the court brief with harsh criticism of the president’s order, saying it showed “blatant religious discrimination” and was a major threat to religious liberty. In the case of the same-sex wedding cake, the U.S. bishops sided with the court’s 7-2 decision in favor of the Colorado baker who cited religious beliefs in declining to make the wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The ruling said the baker’s religious freedom had been violated by the state’s Civil Rights Commission, but it did not determine if a small business can invoke federal free-speech and religiousexercise rights to deny services to same-sex couples. The Catholic bishops also sided with the court’s 5-4 ruling that a California law requiring pregnancy centers to tell patients about the availability of statefunded abortion services violated the First Amendment. They disagreed with the court’s 5-4 decision in the case about union dues where the court overruled its previous decision allowing state agencies to require their union-represented employees to pay fees to the union for collective bargaining costs even if they are not union members. One case that might have seemed under the radar for Catholic leaders was the 6-3 ruling that cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting, striking down a 1992 federal law, but editorials in at least two Catholic archdiocesan newspapers warned about some of the ruling’s potential dangers. In a death penalty case, the court ruled in favor of a Texas death-row inmate, ordering a federal appellate court to reconsider his requests for funding to investigate his claims of mental illness and substance abuse. This decision, along with the statements made when the court announced it would not take up the case of an Arizona death-row inmate challenging the state’s capital punishment law, shows the court is taking notice of flaws in the death penalty, said Karen Clifton, executive director of Catholic Mobilizing Network.



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Abuse allegation against Cardinal McCarrick found credible By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, said June 20 he will no longer exercise any public ministry “in obedience” to the Vatican after an allegation he abused a teenager 47 years ago was found credible. Bishop James Checchio of Metuchen, New Jersey, where Cardinal McCarrick served as its first bishop, said in a statement the same day that he had been advised that “Cardinal McCarrick himself has disputed this allegation and is appealing this matter through the canonical process.” “While shocked by the report, and while maintaining my innocence,” Cardinal McCarrick said in his statement, “I considered it essential that the charges be reported to the police, thoroughly investigated by an independent agency and given to the Review Board of the Archdiocese of New York. I fully cooperated in the process.” Cardinal McCarrick said that “some months ago” he was informed of the allegation by New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan. “My sadness was deepened when I was informed that the allegations had been determined credible and substantiated,” Cardinal McCarrick said. Cardinal Dolan, in a June 20 statement, said it was “the first such report of a violation” against Cardinal McCarrick “of which the archdiocese was aware.” In separate statements, Bishop Checchio and Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey — where Cardinal McCarrick served in between his appointments to Metuchen and Washington — said this was their first notice that Cardinal McCarrick had been accused of sexual abuse of a minor. “In the past, there have been allegations that he engaged in sexual behavior with adults,” Cardinal Tobin said. “This archdiocese and the Diocese of Metuchen received three allegations of sexual misconduct with

adults decades ago; two of these allegations resulted in settlements.” Several news accounts quoted the lawyer for the accuser, a New York-area businessman now in his early 60s, who said his client was a 16-yearold altar boy being fitted for a cassock to wear during Mass when then-Msgr. McCarrick fondled him. Patrick Noaker, the lawyer, said a similar incident happened a year later. Noaker told reporters that his client met in April with the New York Archdiocesan Review Board, which CARDINAL verified his claims. Going to the MCCARRICK board was his client’s only recourse, Noaker said, because of criminal and civil statutes of limitations on an almost 50-year-old incident. Cardinal McCarrick, 88, was ordained a priest of the New York Archdiocese May 31, 1958. He was ordained auxiliary bishop of New York May 24, 1977, six years after the incident of abuse is believed to have occurred. He was appointed the first bishop of Metuchen in 1981 and was named archbishop of Newark in 1986. He was installed as archbishop of Washington in 2001. He was made a cardinal Feb. 21, 2001, and retired as head of the Washington Archdiocese May 16, 2006. Cardinal Dolan said the alleged abuse occurred during the time Cardinal McCarrick served as an archdiocesan priest in New York. He added the allegation was turned over to law enforcement officials, and was then thoroughly investigated by an independent forensic agency, as per the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” first approved by the U.S. bishops in 2002. “The Holy See was alerted as well, and encouraged us to continue the process,” he added. “Again according to our public protocol, the results of the investigation were then given to the Archdiocesan Review Board, a seasoned group of professionals including jurists, law

enforcement experts, parents, psychologists, a priest and a religious sister.” The Archdiocese of New York “renews its apology to all victims abused by priests,” Cardinal Dolan said. “We also thank the victim for courage in coming forward and participating in our independent reconciliation and compensation program, as we hope this can bring a sense of resolution and fairness.” The Archdiocese of Washington said in a June 20 statement that “the Holy See ... has exclusive authority in the oversight of a cardinal” and referred the matter to the New York Archdiocese. It added the instruction for Cardinal McCarrick to refrain from exercising public ministry came “at the direction of ... Pope Francis” and was delivered by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state. Cardinal Tobin said he recognized the “range of emotions” felt by Newark-area Catholics upon hearing the news. “I am thinking particularly of those who have experienced the trauma of sexual abuse by clergy — whose lives have been impacted tragically by abuse,” he added. “To those survivors, their families and loved ones, I offer my sincere apologies and my commitment of prayer and action to support you in your healing.” Cardinal McCarrick is not the first cardinal to have had his ministry restricted after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Austrian Cardinal Hans Hermann Groer, who died in 2003, was asked by St. John Paul II in 1998 to give up his public duties amid allegations of sexual abuse of minors. The most senior church official to face criminal charges in connection with child sexual abuse is Australian Cardinal George Pell, head of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy. He took a leave of absence from his position in the summer of 2017 to face charges of sexual abuse of minors from the 1970s, when he was a priest, and the 1990s, when he was archbishop of Melbourne.


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HEADLINES u Pope Francis advances sainthood causes of young teens. The pope signed a decree July 5 recognizing the heroic virtues of Alexia Gonzalez Barros of Spain, who offered her sufferings from a malignant tumor for the Church before dying at age 14, and Carlo Acutis, who used his computer skills to catalogue eucharistic miracles around the world before his death from leukemia at age 15. u Missionaries of Charity nun in India charged with child trafficking. The nun was sentenced July 5 by a court in the city of Ranchi in eastern India to judicial custody following complaints that babies had been sold to childless couples. u New document hailed as ‘groundbreaking’ by Catholics and Anglicans. A July 2 statement issued by the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission aims to overcome obstacles to dialogue by inviting Catholics and Anglicans to learn from each other’s differences rather than focusing on commonalities. u Wyoming bishop orders new investigation into claims against Bishop Hart. Bishop Steven Biegler of Cheyenne said July 2 that he will continue restrictions placed on the public ministry of retired Bishop Joseph Hart of Cheyenne because of the results of new investigation into previous abuse allegations. Bishop Hart, 86, is accused of sexually abusing two boys from Wyoming after he became Cheyenne’s bishop in 1978. u Bishops group visits border, calls reunification of children urgent. Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops vice president, celebrated

Mass in Spanish with about 250 children, including those separated from parents, at a detention facility on what once was the loading dock a Walmart superstore in McAllenBrownsville, Texas. Archbishop Gomez spent July 1-2 along the U.S.-Mexico border with three other bishops, including USCCB President Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston. u Pope accepts two more bishops’ resignations in Chile. In the wake of a papal investigation into abuse of power, negligence and the cover-up of sexual abuse in the Church in Chile, the Vatican announced June 28 that Pope Francis has accepted the resignations of two more of Chile’s bishops: Bishops Alejandro Goic Karmelic of Rancagua, 78, and Horacio del Carmen Valenzuela Abarca, 64, of Talca. Almost every bishop in Chile had offered his resignation to Pope Francis in mid-May after a three-day meeting at the Vatican to discuss the clerical sexual abuse scandal detailed in a 2,300-page report compiled by Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta and his aide, Father Jordi Bertomeu. u Pope Francis elevated 14 new cardinals June 28 at Vatican. The prelates, mostly bishops, are from Iraq, Spain, Italy, Poland, Pakistan, Portugal, Peru, Madagascar, Japan, Mexico and Bolivia. The current College of Cardinals now represents six continents and 88 countries. With the new members, the College of Cardinals numbered 226, with 125 of them being cardinal electors — those under 80 and eligible to vote in a conclave. With this consistory, Pope Francis has created almost half of the voting cardinals. u Canadian bishops say marijuana use may soon be legal but remains sinful. With the exception of cannabis use for medicinal purposes, consuming marijuana violates the virtue of temperance and should be avoided,

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said Msgr. Frank Leo, general secretary of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. After the Canadian government’s Cannabis Act received royal assent in the Senate June 21, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced recreational use of marijuana would cease to be a crime as of Oct. 17. Canada is the second country in the world, following Uruguay, to legalize the drug nationwide. u Pope: Individual bishops must decide about Communion in mixed marriages. The question of allowing Protestants married to Catholics to receive Communion at Mass in special cases has to be decided by each individual bishop and cannot be decided by a bishops’ conference, Pope Francis told reporters after a one-day ecumenical journey to Geneva. During an in-flight news conference June 21, the pope was asked about his recent decision requesting the Catholic bishops’ conference of Germany not publish nationwide guidelines for allowing Communion for such couples. He said the guidelines went beyond what is foreseen by the Code of Canon law “and there is the problem.” The code does not provide for nationwide policies, he said, but “provides for the bishop of the diocese [to make a decision on each case], not the bishops’ conference.” u Catholic Extension launches reunification fund to help families at border. Family separations at the border and policy debates over that policy and the nation’s immigration system “have exposed the profound misery of those fleeing their countries and coming to the United States,” said the Chicago-based organization, which is the leading supporter of missionary work in poor and remote parts of the United States, in a June 21 statement. Extension said the fund will support ministries that provide direct outreach and advocacy for immigrant

THE CATHOLIC SPIRIT • 11 families who are “separated as a consequence of our broken immigration system.” u Nuns’ killer gets life sentences for plea, forgiveness from their families. Rodney Earl Sanders pleaded guilty June 21 to murdering two religious sisters in their Mississippi home in 2016. Friends, family members and those touched by the lives of Sister Paula Merrill, a member of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Kentucky, and Sister Margaret Held, a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis of Milwaukee, each addressed Sanders directly in the courtroom, forgiving him and inviting him to seek forgiveness and redemption. u Mexican bishops announce security protocols for priests, religious. Mexico’s bishops have published security protocols, hoping to keep priests and religious safe — along with Church property and shrines — as crime and violence increasingly impacts churchmen and consumes previously peaceful corners of the country. “The protocol is in response to what’s happened the last two years, the increase in murders, not only of priests, [but] there’s also a surge in this pain that is impacting our country,” Auxiliary Bishop Alfonso Miranda Guardiola of Monterrey, the Mexican bishops’ conference secretary-general, told reporters June 19. u ‘Laudato Si” provides motivation, framework for schools’ green projects. The “environmental encyclical,” issued three years ago, inspired the work behind St. John’s University in New York, the University of Dayton in Ohio and the University of San Diego receiving a gold STARS rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. — Catholic News Service

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tep into Msgr. Aloysius Callaghan’s office, and the first thing one might see is an homage to his hometown — line art of Heckscherville, Pennsylvania, originally known as The Irish Valley, “just a little patch in the coal-mining region,” he said. One framed drawing shows St. Kieran’s Church, named after the Irish patron saint of coal miners, its narrow windows and faded stones set against barren trees. “The parish,” said Msgr. Callaghan, his eyes shining, “that was your life.” Another drawing lays out a snug row of faith formation: the convent and rectory nestled between the little church and school. “The nuns took the place of your folks when you were with them,” he said. “The community was so tight-knit. Everyone knew you so you couldn’t get away with anything.” A third drawing captures the town’s skyline, a coal breaker towering above the school, coal miners like his grandfather toiling in overalls and hard hats with lamps. They tell Msgr. Callaghan’s origin story, a map of his 1950s childhood — hundreds of lines etched into his mind just as surely as the creases on the palm of his hand — the place that first directed a bright-eyed altar boy to the priesthood. But the story does not end there. The next chapter is also on prominent display. Throughout his office, images of the Rome years recur: reminders of his seminary days, his ordination at St. Peter’s Basilica and his service to the Vatican; tributes to Mother Teresa, a close friendship forged in Italy; his framed canon law degree. Beginning in his early 20s, these were formative years that turned the Pennsylvania boy into a Roman man, fluent in Italian, finger on the pulse of the throbbing universal Church. Only then does one have a complete understanding of the rector of one of the nation’s top seminaries since 2005. Earlier this month, Msgr. Callaghan, 71, transitioned to a new role as rector emeritus as the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity in St. Paul prepares to announce his successor. He is assisting in seminary advancement and community relations, and supporting the archdiocesan ongoing clergy support initiative, while continuing to model priesthood for the men the seminary forms. The blue-collar coal-mining town and gold-leafed Eternal City are the twin strands that animate Msgr. Callaghan, uniquely preparing him for leadership and lending an unusual range: Street smarts and book smarts. Grit and elegance. Both strands are steeped in Catholicism, and woven together, they form a priestly identity so strong that, nearly half a century after ordination, a childlike zeal for his vocation remains, making him the ideal man to inspire the next generation of priests. “He is a priest from his head to his foot,” said Archbishop Emeritus Harry Flynn, a close friend, “and that is the greatest compliment that could be attributed to anyone.” The two strands inform all that Msgr. Callaghan does. One tempers the other; other times, they work in tandem. His devotion to the Blessed Mother, for instance, was first cultivated in Heckscherville, where he prayed the rosary with the nuns at school, on his grandma’s lap and piled into the family’s 1946 Dodge, each member leading a decade. At the annual May procession, the town’s Marian devotion perfumed the air just as sweetly as the cherry blossoms. That devotion deepened in Read more about Rome — at chapels Msgr. Callaghan’s relationship dedicated to Mary, in the heart of a maturing priest with Mother Teresa at far from home, in conversation with Mother Teresa, who urged Msgr. Callaghan to be “pure and humble like Mary so as to be holy like Jesus.” It was the coal miners whose example made Msgr. Callaghan industrious, a doctoral student poring over canon law and later a rector whose office light illuminated the courtyard until 9 or 10 at night. “I learned discipline from him,” said Father Matthew

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The guiding forces behind a le By Christina Capecchi • For The Catholic Spirit

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Msgr. Aloysius Callaghan incenses the altar during Mass at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity’s St. Ma Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute. • Msgr. Callaghan shares a laugh with Archbishop Bernard Hebda during the annual Rector’s Co Callaghan joins this year’s group of ordinands in the sacristy of the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul May 26 before the priest ordinatio Callaghan by flying in from Ireland to sing his favorite song, “Lady of Knock,” which she wrote. Msgr. Callaghan was honored that nig Quail, parochial vicar of St. Stephen in Anoka and a St. Paul Seminary graduate ordained in 2017. “You work until it’s done.” It compelled Msgr. Callaghan on Monday mornings to join the seminarians at the Binz Refectory on campus for coffee. “He would always be full of life, even when you could see he was tired,” recalled Father Jayson Miller, a fellow 2017 graduate and a priest of the Diocese of Fargo, North Dakota. “He would say, ‘Gentlemen, it’s the best day of the week!’ He had a love of Mondays.” It’s why he prepares for every appointment, prefers an advance agenda and begrudges pointless meetings. “He wants to be useful,” said Julie Sullivan, University of St. Thomas president. “He has a desire to serve — that’s what fulfills him most.” He never complained last year when pressure on his sciatic nerve caused hip pain and forced him to use a

cane. At a wedding reception, when Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” was played, he got up and danced, using his cane to tremendous effect and delighting the guests. Of course, Irish mirth was also learned in Heckscherville, where families found levity amid poverty It was often expressed in song, uniting and uplifting, and it explains why Msgr. Callaghan called on the seminarians to pipe up at Mass. “Men, you need to be singing in the Communion line!” he’d say. In his hometown, fraternity was the glue among the coal miners and the teachers, who chose to work one school year with no pay. Years later it was reinforced in Rome, from the close-knit seminarians in black to the College of Cardinals, a sea of red. Cultivating fraternity at the St. Paul Seminary was a priority for Msgr. Callaghan, who encouraged communit

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to both God and country. It was in Pennsylvania, too, that Msgr. Callaghan learned to be direct, “to call a spade a spade.” It set him up to be an effective decision maker, bringing an East Coast clarity to a boardroom of polite Midwesterners. This was refined in Rome, where he developed the skill set for diplomacy: to listen well, to learn the person behind the issue, to build consensus. Combined, St. Paul Seminary had a rector who could get things done — as evidenced by his governance of the remodel of the seminary chapel. “It had been discussed over and over and over,” Archbishop Flynn recalled, “and so finally he took care of it, and he did it in a New York second, as they say, and he did it very well.” Msgr. Callaghan was at once respectful and decisive, Archbishop Flynn said: “a steel hand in a velvet glove” — Heckscherville and Rome. The latter was a major influence, inspiring Msgr. Callaghan to add color to St. Mary’s white-washed space, to return the tabernacle from the side chapel to the main chapel, to establish a central crucifix and to commission statues made by Italian sculptors to fill the empty alcoves. The goal was to transport the beauty of the universal church in Rome to St. Paul. “There’s a vibrancy to that,” he said. “It’s something you can bring with you.” He also signaled the seminarians’ return to wearing clerics, a move that strengthened their sense of identity and their visibility in the community. All the while, there were two fixed points in his mind: little St. Kieran in the valley, St. Peter’s Basilica on the hill. “He strikes a balance between practicality and alluring people with the beauty of our Church,” Father Quail said. “Our rituals are exceptional. Yet you can’t be so rigid in all things, so he’s going to show you the beauty of the rituals but also say, ‘Boys, you probably won’t have this in your parish, to this extent, but what can you take back to your church?’”

meals, now a Monday-night tradition among the men. It is also fostered in communal prayer, which has become the heartbeat of the seminary: 6 a.m. Holy Hour, 7 a.m. morning prayer, 11:35 a.m. Mass, 5 p.m. evening prayer and 8:45 p.m. rosary. Msgr. Callaghan leads by example: He is in eucharistic adoration every morning at 6 a.m. “That’s what I needed to see,” Father Quail said. “It all starts there.” Life can be messy, and the ruptures that played out in Heckscherville helped prepare him to do sensitive, insightful work for the Allentown diocese as secretary to the diocesan tribunal in the early 70s, as adjutant judicial vicar in the late 70s and then as judicial vicar beginning in 1984. It also enabled him to appreciate the sacrifice demanded of the military, equipping him for his tenure as vicar general of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, a position that felt like meaningful service

The rector has both an attention to detail — using italics in a document, adjusting a crooked wall hanging — and a sense of humanity, of the grand scheme of things. Are these men healthy? Are they getting enough sleep? He alternately challenges the seminarians, spelling out his high expectations, and advocates for them, occasionally calling for a three-day weekend because they get so few breaks. As a member of the St. Thomas president’s cabinet and through his monthly sit-downs to report on the seminary, Msgr. Callaghan’s diplomacy impressed Sullivan. He deftly navigated tasks that were fraught with strong opinions, such as reconfiguring the curriculum and re-examining the calendar. “He has a lot of wisdom and a way of putting things in perspective to help people not react too emotionally and minimize the personality differences,” she said. She has witnessed both the steel hand and the velvet glove. “He finds a way to get things done but he doesn’t create unnecessary waves or conflicts,” she said. “He maneuvers in a way — a gentle, empathetic way — to minimize disruption.” And he does it all with good cheer, which inspired Sullivan, the university’s first non-priest president. “My visits with him were always fun, even if we had to talk about difficult things,” she said. “He has a bright spirit, a twinkle in his eyes. I just love his joyfulness. You can’t let all the swirl suck you down. You have to rise above it. You have to exude the joyfulness and focus on the bigger picture.” The effect has been remarkable: As rector, Msgr. Callaghan boosted the seminary’s stature and scope, elevating it to a position of national renown. When he arrived in 2005, there were 59 seminarians and 70-some students in the lay program. Now there are more than 800 people in a variety of formation programs for lay and ordained any given year. The surging quality preceded the quantity. Msgr. Callaghan had a vision for the seminary, making an important distinction between the lay and clergy formation, making the case for its acclaimed study abroad program and projecting confidence in prospective donors to help make it all a reality. He was “master sergeant” of the “I Will Give You Shepherds” capital campaign from 2004 to 2011 that

surpassed its $22 million goal by $3 million, said longtime board member Bill Reiling, chairman of Sunrise Community Banks. “Instead of just being an in-house administrator, he saw his role as reaching out to the region and beyond, to the bishops and the vocations directors,” Reiling said. “He had a broader vision of things, and it set the table for what’s going to come in the future.” Msgr. Callaghan won over bishops across the country choosing where to send their seminarians. “A lot of it boils down to trust in the rector,” said Archbishop Bernard Hebda, who was a new seminarian when he first met Msgr. Callaghan in Rome. “He was a model priest,” Archbishop Hebda recalled. “He was so affirming of seminarians even at that point. He had such a positive attitude about everything in the Church.”

Knack for relationship That positivity stems from his certainty of God’s love, an unequivocal embrace of Church teaching and a steadfast prayer life that has always helped him discern the next step, always putting others’ needs ahead of his own. It is a positivity enriched by a lifetime of friendships, the kind of rich, layered social network that Irish Catholics of Heckscherville seemed well suited to build. “Msgr. Callaghan has this charm about him,” said Tom Ryan, vice president for institutional advancement at the seminary. “It’s the Monsignor ‘pixie dust.’ It works internationally.” Earlier this year, Ryan recalled, Msgr. Callaghan recognized a waiter at a restaurant in Rome — a waiter who had begun serving there in 1966, Msgr. Callaghan’s first year as a seminarian. The reunion was joyful. “There are not many people like him anymore,” Ryan said. “He’s old-school Church with many formalities. But at heart, he’s a blue-collar, hardworking guy from the coal mines of Pennsylvania. It’s a great blend.” And if you bring up the Rectors’ Bowl, that hotly contested annual football game between seminarians of the St. Paul Seminary and the archdiocesan minor seminary, St. John Vianney, he’s likely to pull out his iPhone and show you a picture of himself at the latest showdown, hoisted on the men’s shoulders after the team scored an end-of-game touchdown. That knack for relationships manifests itself wherever Msgr. Callaghan goes — making the rounds through the hallways, bringing a personal touch to each staff member, stopping to visit with seminarians, seizing a bus ride on a seminary pilgrimage to hear their vocation stories. In this highly regarded rector, you can still see the altar boy who was awed by his front-row seat to the consecration, who clamored to hold the Communion plate at St. Kieran’s and who, years later, lay prostrate in St. Peter’s Basilica to be ordained a priest in 1971. He chuckles to think how his path kept returning to vocations work: being chosen for a newly formed vocations committee in Allentown, serving as adjunct spiritual director for Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, culminating with his leadership in the Heartland. “I guess God never wanted me to get out of the seminary,” he said. Being rector, as he sees it, is a profound joy and solemn responsibility. “You’re like the father of the family,” he said. “You have to lead, with all of your flaws. The seminarians look to you. If you don’t try to model [priesthood], you’re not going to succeed. I was always aware that I owed it to them and to the Church to not mess it up. That energizes you when you’re with young people. I see the young men come in each year. It reminds you what you felt like the first time, it renews you. You might not be able to run as fast as they do, but you can keep up.” The gift of his priestly vocation has never diminished. Each opportunity to celebrate Mass, he said, is a marvel and miracle, “that God would allow you to act in his person and be Christ for others. It’s the summit and source of all we do. If you do it with all your heart, you know that you keep people close to the Lord.” Editor’s note: A version of this story appeared in the Spring edition of “Oracle,” magazine of the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity.


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As worship director, Father Erickson was behind the scenes of every major local liturgy By Matthew Davis The Catholic Spirit


y pastor didn’t follow the Mass rubrics; what are you going to do about it? Where do I find the prayers for a house blessing? Can my parish celebrate St. Genesius April 1? For the past 10 years, Father John Paul Erickson has fielded liturgical queries like these from people in the pews to the archbishops he’s served while heading the Office of Worship for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. “We would get a variety,” said Father Erickson, who recently became pastor of Transfiguration in Oakdale. “Mostly, they were so-called ‘look-it-up’ questions.” On June 30, Father Erickson completed his tenure as worship director, which included organizing and overseeing multiple archdiocesan liturgies, ordinations and a new translation of the Mass. Ordained in 2006, Father Erickson accepted the role to represent the archbishop in handling the archdiocese’s liturgical matters. At the time of the appointment, Father Erickson was in his second year of priesthood and serving as an associate pastor of the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul, where he was often involved in confirmations and as a master of ceremonies at Masses, where he made sure the logistics of the liturgy ran smoothly. “I was shocked, I was humbled, I was honored,” Father Erickson said of the 2008 appointment from Archbishop John Nienstedt, who was then leading the archdiocese. As the director of worship, Father Erickson continued to serve regularly as the master of ceremonies for important Masses, including priest ordinations in the archdiocese and bishop ordinations throughout the province, which consists of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. He served as master of ceremonies for the episcopal ordinations of Bishop John


Father John Paul Erickson holds a prayer book for Archbishop Bernard Hebda during the Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion Feb. 18 at the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul. At left is Deacon Ronald Schmitz. LeVoir for New Ulm in 2008; Bishop Paul Sirba for Duluth in 2009; Bishop David Kagan for Bismarck, North Dakota, in 2011; Bishop Robert Gruss for Rapid City, South Dakota, in 2011; Bishop John Folda for Fargo, North Dakota, in 2013; and the installation of Bishop Donald Kettler in St. Cloud in 2013. Father Erickson also served as master of ceremonies in the archdiocese for the episcopal ordinations of Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piché in 2009 and Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens in 2013. More recently, Father Erickson served as master of ceremonies for the installation of Archbishop Bernard Hebda in 2016 and the pallium Mass later that year. Day-to-day operations of the worship office are more behind-the-scenes. Father Erickson planned confirmation Masses, major archdiocesan liturgies and responded to inquiries from parishes.

“The office helps the archbishop to discern when those letters come in,” Father Erickson said. “That’s a challenging part of the role, because ... ‘everybody’s an expert.’” Father Erickson said that liturgy is deeply personal for many Catholics, as it’s the primary place of encountering Christ, and feedback “comes from all spectrums.” “It’s an important point that the faithful have a right ... to the liturgy as holy Mother Church intends it to be celebrated,” he said. “Because they have a duty to celebrate, to worship God, they have a right to those means that assist them in that, which one of them is clarity about what we are doing.” Clarity is one of the things Father Erickson sought to bring to his brother priests, parish staff and the laity with the implementation of the new translation of the Mass in 2011. He spoke at parishes

and clergy study days that year to explain the reasons for the new translation, which proved to be a major — and sometimes controversial — transition across the English-speaking Catholic world. While Father Erickson didn’t consider liturgy an area of special interest or expertise in his early priesthood, he had attended St. Agnes School in St. Paul before earning a liberal arts degree at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California. “Both places have pretty high liturgy, pretty formal liturgy, and so I really had a certain interest in and love for more traditional forms,” Father Erickson said. “Beyond that, I’m really a liturgist by training, not so much by avocation.” He studied for the priesthood at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity in St. Paul. After his appointment as director of worship, he spent five summers studying at the Liturgical Institute at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois, from 2009 to 2014. “It’s not enough just to read the rubrics, as critically important as that is,” Father Erickson said. “They [the laity] need to understand the meaning and why the Church wants these particular things.” During his tenure as worship director, Father Erickson has also held parish assignments at St. Agnes from 2008 to 2015, and at Blessed Sacrament in St. Paul from 2015 to last month. His new assignment at Transfiguration puts him at the helm of a parish still grieving the unexpected death in January of its previous pastor, Father William Baer, who also had a deep affection for the liturgy. Father Tom Margevicius, who teaches liturgy at the St. Paul Seminary, assumed leadership of the worship office July 1. Father Erickson said he anticipates that Father Margevicius will be tasked with forming a liturgical commission to assist him and the archbishop.



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Restoration of ‘French church’ complete By Abby Vakulskas For The Catholic Spirit


ur Lady of Lourdes recently completed a substantial restoration of its 1854 church building. Changes include new flooring, artwork, paint and the relocation of the grotto outside. They are meant to blend past and present at Minneapolis’ “French church” — its new light fixtures, for instance, are nearly identical to those in the original church. Father Dan Griffith, Our Lady of Lourdes’ pastor, said principles of Catholic aesthetics and unity were major themes of the $365,000 renovation. That includes rich oak accents and a light “Marian blue” ceiling, which gives an airy, spacious feel. This blue connects with Mary’s sash in the Lady of Lourdes statue, reminiscent of the original statue in France and repainted by Stillwater artist Nick Markell. Markell also painted a mural depicting St. Thérèse of Lisieux, St. John the Baptist and St. Francis, as well as animal icons that are significant


TOP The renovation of Our Lady of Lourdes in Minneapolis features rich oak accents and a light “Marian blue” ceiling. ABOVE A mural of saints painted by Stillwater artist Nick Markell. to French and French-Canadian history, with the backdrop of nearby St. Anthony Falls, visited in 1680 by Franciscan explorer Father Louis Hennepin. A restored crucifix, which was moved from the side of the altar to become the central focal point, is also a significant to the parish’s history: It belonged to the French-Canadian Catholics who founded the parish.


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Come hell or high water Is your parish ready to handle a fire or flood? Are your parish’s fire extinguishers full? Computers backed up off-site? Can its thermostat alert someone if it senses unusually high temperatures? Mark Larson hopes the answer is yes. As owner and president of Clean Response in St. Paul and a parishioner of Our Lady of Grace in Edina, Larson is an expert on the restoration of property following flooding or fire, including churches. He took The Catholic Spirit’s questions on what parishes can do to prepare for and respond to property damage.

Q. Can you define “disaster”? A. To me, a simple toilet overflow or

coffee line leak can be a disaster. Although these types of events are usually not as costly, they are still disruptive and can be expensive if not corrected immediately. Mold in a structure can be considered a disaster, as it is a health hazard and can be expensive to remediate. Water does not always enter a structure as a liquid; it can come as a vapor when there is high humidity and then condenses on a cooler surface. Mold needs oxygen, moisture and a carbon food source to grow, and it typically grows in areas with little air movement.

Q. Do parishes or churches have

unique concerns when it comes to preparing for or responding to disasters?

A. Churches have very unique

concerns due to the religious, monetary and unique value of the contents and

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also because areas are frequently unoccupied. Their calendars are full of events such as funerals, weddings and Masses which may need to be moved or rescheduled. Companies responding to disasters need to be aware and respectful of the holiness of the Church and religious items which may need to be removed for cleaning or repairs.

Q. What concerns you about disaster preparedness for churches?


Having a disaster that requires major cleaning, drying and reconstruction is certainly an unusual event that is very disruptive and may leave parts of the church unusable for an extended period of time. Most churches (and other property owners) are not ready for the process of restoring affected parts of the church and the property contained inside. It is important for computer systems to be backed up regularly and stored off site. Normal maintenance of the church, both inside and outside, will go a long way. Always have an abundance of fully charged and maintained fire extinguishers (and pick a day and mark your calendar to check them annually — All Saints Day, for example).

Q. What can parishes do to prepare in case of a disaster?

A. Having a list of phone numbers to

call to get the resources needed to address the problem should be part of preparing for losses. The list should include the Catholic Mutual Insurance office and the risk manager, a trusted restoration company and all essential personnel from the church. Monthly inspect vacant or infrequently used

areas, looking for signs of moisture, mold and fire hazards.

Q. What should parishes do within the first 24 hours of a disaster?

A. It’s important to start emergency

services as soon as possible, as a major factor in the cost of a water loss is how long the structure is abnormally wet. The sooner the drying process is started, the less costly the loss, as more materials can be restored rather than replaced. If you are dealing with a fire,

smoke is very corrosive. Items which are smoke damaged need to be cleaned immediately. Computers and electronics can also be cleaned and salvaged. Water should also be extracted immediately to prevent further damage. Hardwood and antique flooring and paneling can be salvaged with drying techniques if addressed early in a flooding process. Ignoring even small water leaks will only result in mold growth and will cost more to properly remediate.



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Altar stones reminiscent of Mass in the early Church By Susan Klemond For The Catholic Spirit


mbedded in the tops of altars in some Catholic churches are stone panels that contain hidden treasure: the relics of saints and martyrs. Consecrated altar stones are no longer required in parish altars, but they are part of a tradition dating back to the second century, when the early Christians celebrated Mass on top of the tombs of the martyrs. “Before Vatican II the altar stone was really the altar,” said Thomas Fisch, associate professor of sacramental theology and liturgy at St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity in St. Paul. “When you had a wooden table or a wooden altar against the wall, the altar stone was always consecrated. The priest would kiss the altar stone and place the gifts on it. Most people didn’t think about it that way, but fundamentally that’s what it was.” Fifty years after the Second Vatican Council’s liturgical reforms included lifting the requirement that the Eucharist be celebrated on stone and relics, parishes may wonder about the meaning of these stones and what to do with them. An altar stone is a solid, flat piece of natural stone which contains relics of at least two saints — one a martyr — as well

as incense grains representing an offering to God. The stones had to be large enough to hold a chalice and sacred host, and on average are nine inches square. Five crosses engraved on the top signify the five wounds of Christ. Before Vatican II, only stone altars could be consecrated. Many parishes had wood altars, so they placed consecrated altar stones in their altars to meet the requirement. If a priest wanted to celebrate Mass in a park for a parish picnic or on the battlefield for soldiers, for example, he had to bring the piece of stone with the embedded relic, said Father Tom Margevicius, the new director of worship for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis who teaches liturgical theology at the St. Paul Seminary. The practice of placing martyrs’ relics beneath an altar is found in Revelation 6:9: “When he broke open the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slaughtered because of the witness they bore to the word of God.” Around 150 A.D., Christians expressed belief in Jesus’ resurrection by offering Mass on the tomb of a martyr, often on the anniversary of his or her death, Fisch said. In 517, a Church council in France first decreed that to be consecrated, an altar should be made of stone. Fisch said he didn’t know where


This altar stone is located in the high altar at St. Mary of the Purification in Marystown. The church is part of Sts. Joachim and Anne parish in Shakopee. parishes obtained relics for their altar stones, but that they likely came from a central Vatican office. Before Vatican II, a bishop usually consecrated altar stones in a ceremony that was similar to, but less formal than, an altar consecration, according to the Catholic Encyclopedia. The bishop used blessed oil, incense and a type of holy water reserved for anointings and ceremonies that contained salt, wine and ashes. During Vatican II, the Council fathers changed the requirement that altars contain relics or altar stones as they sought to preserve, improve and reform the Sacred Liturgy, Fisch said. They

advocated for the altar to be viewed as a table, in addition to a place of sacrifice. The Council retained the custom of placing relics under altars if their authenticity was verified. “The Council clarified, and said, yes, relics are important, we should honor them, and this is a noble custom, but it should be a recognizable part of the human body and not some dust that someone gathered out of a crypt in the catacombs,’” Fisch said. It’s unclear how many altar stones are in the archdiocese, but some are still set in parish altars or are loose as portable stones. For example, All Saints in Minneapolis has three altar stones: one in the church’s main altar that was brought from Pennsylvania and two loose stones kept in its sacristy, said pastor Father Peter Bauknecht, a priest of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. Altar stones should be treated with respect even though their function has changed, Fisch said, and if they’re not in a parish’s altar, they should be cared for in parish archives. Parish records may contain information on the particular saints contained in their altars. These records are not kept by the archdiocese, said Heather Lawton, archdiocesan director of archives and records management. Today altars are dedicated in a revised rite, and relics are optional.

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Choir to take ecumenical message to Vatican in October By Melenie Soucheray For The Catholic Spirit


ix months after the close of the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, the call to keep working toward forgiveness and unity between Catholics and Lutherans still reverberates internationally and locally. For Gary Aamodt and Celia Ellingson, members of Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, the call resonates through music. Now, they and an ecumenical choir are preparing to take music and a spirit of reconciliation to the Vatican in October through their Together in Hope Project and, specifically, the Together in Hope Choir. The Vatican invited the Together in Hope Project to bring a choir to Rome to open the 17th International Festival of Sacred Music and Art. Aamodt and Ellingson, who are married, were in Lund, Sweden, Oct. 31, 2016, to see Pope Francis and the president of the Lutheran World Federation, Bishop Dr. Munib Yunan, commemorate the Reformation, which began in 1517. Aamodt and Ellingson also attended the January prayer service at Minneapolis’ Central Lutheran Church and heard Archbishop Bernard Hebda quote Pope Francis’ and Dr. Yunan’s joint statement that calls all Catholic and Lutheran parishes and communities to continue working


Teri Larson, director of music liturgy at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, is pictured at the Basilica June 8. Larson will co-conduct the Together in Hope Choir when it performs at the Vatican in October. together — to be “bold and creative.” “What pushes us forward is the notion that through music, we can do things together,” Ellingson explained. “It really is about trying to advance Christian unity and take that last major step to get to the [eucharistic] table.” Kim Andre Arnesen, a 38-year-old Norwegian composer, was tapped to

write “So That the World May Believe: A Motet for Unity and Service.” The text is taken from Ephesians 4:4-6 and a poem by Susan Palo Cherwien of St. Louis Park. The poem was written for the 60th anniversary of the Lutheran World Federation in 2007. “‘So That the World May Believe’ is dedicated to Pope Francis for his many

initiatives at reconciliation that we deeply respect,” Aamodt said. The choir, composed of area singers of a variety of faiths, will perform the premiere of “So That the World May Believe” and Arnesen’s earlier work “Holy Spirit Mass” Oct. 31 at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. Teri Larson and Mark Stover were recruited as co-conductors of the Together in Hope Choir. For 23 years, Larson has been the choral director and director of music liturgy at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. She also directs the semi-professional Schola Cantorum. Stover is on the faculty of St. Olaf College in Northfield, where he conducts the Viking Chorus and Chapel Choir. He’s also the director of worship at Colonial Church in Edina and conducts the Colonial Choral. He has been a guest conductor of the Twin Cities-based Magnum Chorum. “Getting together with an ecumenical group around music is always a profound, incredible experience,” Larson said. “The power of music is amazing. It breaks down walls and the conceptions of each other.” Accompanying the choir to Rome will be a group of supporters, Ambassadors of Hope, including Father Erich Rutten, parochial administrator of St. Peter Claver in St. Paul and chairman of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ Commission on Ecumenism and Interreligious Affairs.

With Heartfelt Thanks

to Msgr. Aloysius Callaghan for leading the way for the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute.

May Our Lady of Knock surround you in peace.


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Nothing for the journey but Jesus

When I was in college, I spent summers working as an orderly at the old St. Mary’s Hospital in Minneapolis. One of my duties was to care for an old priest, Father Paschal Kelly. Father Kelly had multiple sclerosis and was almost paralyzed. We would bathe him and feed him and then move him to a special wheelchair where he would sit in the hospital lobby and talk to people as they went in and out of the hospital. Father Kelly could only talk in a low voice, and he could only move the fingers on one hand enough to use the phone. He not only had no possessions, he had mostly lost control of his own body. I was always amazed that people would come from long distances to talk to Father Kelly. Even famous people would stop to see Father Kelly on their way through the Twin Cities. Sickness had taken almost everything the priest had, but he had a mysterious power inside of him that was very attractive to people, especially people that seemed to have everything except the presence of God in their hearts. When Jesus sent his friends out to teach about God’s love and to heal human bodies and human relationships, he gave them very strange instructions. As the July 15 Gospel reading recounts, Jesus said, “Take nothing for the journey except a walking stick. Do not bring food, or money or a sack. Wear sandals instead of shoes, and do not take along a second set of clothes. Stay at whatever house welcomes you, and don’t look for a better place to stay.” Admittedly, when I travel, it takes me a long time to decide what I should bring and whether I need one or two suitcases. I usually over pack. However, Jesus believed that what we need for the journey of life is inside of us, not in a suitcase or in a bank account. Jesus taught his disciples that the presence and power of God in us is the most important thing we need for the challenges of life. Father Kelly had almost nothing on the outside and all the right gifts on the inside. People came to see this broken-down man knowing that although he lacked material things, Father Kelly was filled with God. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a Lutheran pastor during Adolph Hitler’s reign of horror in Nazi Germany. He was one of few church leaders, Lutheran or Catholic, who risked everything by opposing Hitler. Bonhoeffer left Germany and came to the United States in 1939,


How do we live well in a world of change? Q. I’m someone who has a very hard time

dealing with change. I like to make sure that the things I have and the relationships I’m in with friends and family are long-lasting, even permanent. It saddens me greatly to think that one day I might not have these relationships.

A. Thank you for writing and for your question. I do not want to be too abrupt in my response, but I have to warn you, the upshot of all that I’m going to say is going to be, “Deal with it.” But what I mean is that you are going to have to truly “deal” with the reality of loss. I mean: Engage with it. Reflect on it. Ponder what it means to live in this world that is so filled with meaning and with meaningful relationships, and how all of those will come to an end, at least in this life. Too often, we don’t engage with the certainty of loss until it strikes us in the face and pierces our hearts. At least you are asking about this ahead of time. And yet, to have anxiety over a loss that one will have in the future is not going to be helpful. Therefore, knowing that, in the end, everyone you and I know and love will die, how do we live well now? We live in a culture that is hyper-mobile and hyper-disposable. I don’t know of any other time in human history when leaving one’s family and closest relationships when one “grows up” was the norm. We long for stability. We long for permanence. This hyper-mobility leaves us without roots and isolated. Since we are constantly leaving the relationships that are the most important to

just as World War II was about to break out. In the United States, he was safe and could practice his Christian faith freely without fear of the Nazi Gestapo that was hot on his trail. However, Bonhoeffer decided that he couldn’t hide being a follower of Jesus by running away. He said, “I have come to the conclusion that I made a mistake in coming to America. I must live through this difficult period in our national history with the people of Germany. I will have no right to participate in the reconstruction of Christian life in Germany after the war if I do not share the trials of this time with my people. ... Christians in Germany will have to face the terrible alternative of either willing the defeat of their nation in order that Christian civilization may survive, or willing the victory of their nation and thereby destroying civilization. I know which of these alternatives I must choose, but I cannot make that choice from security.” Bonhoeffer returned to Germany. In 1945 he “was stripped of his clothing and led naked into the execution yard, where he was hanged with thin wire to guarantee death by strangulation,” according to author Deborah Long. He had followed the words of Jesus to take nothing for the journey except the strength that only faith in God can provide. The doctor at the German concentration camp said, “I saw Pastor Bonhoeffer ... kneeling on the floor praying fervently to God. I was most deeply moved by the way this lovable man prayed, so devout and so certain that God heard his prayer. At the place of execution, he again said a short prayer and then climbed the few steps to the gallows, brave and composed. His death ensued after a few seconds. In the almost 50 years that I worked as a doctor, I have hardly ever seen a man die so entirely submissive to the will of God.” We have been chosen by Christ. The source of our strength, our power and our goodness come from Christ and the presence of the Holy Spirit deep within us. Fame, riches, popularity and power will all pass away. The power of God that we hold in our hearts remains forever. Father Paschal Kelly was a tower of strength for others in the midst of his extreme physical poverty because he trusted in God, not in stuff and not in his health. Bonhoeffer could face the loss of everything he had and accept death by hanging because Christ was his strength. In a culture filled with temptations to trust in wealth, power, popularity or good health, Jesus reminds us that those who are truly rich, powerful and peaceful have hearts filled with Jesus Christ. Father Schwartz was ordained for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in 1967. He has served at St. Peter in North St. Paul, Christ the King in Minneapolis, St. John Neumann in Eagan, Our Lady of Grace in Edina, and St. John Vianney College Seminary and the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity. He retired in 2016. us and (hopefully, if we are lucky) forming new meaningful relationships, friends — and even family, it seems — have become more and more expendable. What can you do with it? The answer will not be to feed the anxiety, but to turn your anxiety into action — to transform your worry into wisdom. Often, anxiety is the result of feeling powerless in the face of some future catastrophe. But you are not powerless. I submit that there are two ways you can act in the fact of the certainty of an uncertain future: Live with gratitude and grow in wisdom. The fact that all of our relationships will come to an end could hopefully help you to appreciate their incredible value. If we have people who are close to us, so many of us can assume that will always be the case. We can see this with many people and their parents. Simply because their parents may have “always been around,” folks can get it into their heads that their parents will always be around. But when you know that your time with them is limited, it can elicit a massive amount of gratitude and hopefully encourage you to live more wisely. The temporary nature of this world and the relationships in it will hopefully make you wise as well. As noted, this knowledge will hopefully inspire you to spend more time with the people who matter the most to you. In addition, the fact that they will pass away will hopefully also encourage you to not place all of your hope or promise of happiness in another person or group of people. Rather, you can place your hope in God, who desires a relationship with you. One of the prayers from the Mass asks that we may “deal with the things of this passing world as to hold rather to the things that eternally endure.” It seems that by “dealing with loss” in a way that grows gratitude and fosters wisdom, one would become more and more engaged with the gifts of this life while always having an eye on the next. Father Schmitz is director of youth and young adult ministry for the Diocese of Duluth and chaplain of the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Reach him at

DAILY Scriptures Sunday, July 15 Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Am 7:12-15 Eph 1:3-14 Mk 6:7-13 Monday, July 16 Is 1:10-17 Mt 10:3–11:1 Tuesday, July 17 Is 7:1-9 Mt 11:20-24 Wednesday, July 18 Is 10:5-7, 13b-16 Mt 11:25-27 Thursday, July 19 Is 26:7-9, 12, 16-19 Mt 11:28-30 Friday, July 20 Is 38:1-6, 21-22, 7-8 Mt 12:1-8 Saturday, July 21 Mi 2:1-5 Mt 12:14-21 Sunday, July 22 Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Jer 23:1-6 Eph 2:13-18 Mk 6:30-34 Monday, July 23 Mi 6:1-4, 6-8 Mt 12:38-42 Tuesday, July 24 Mi 7:14-15, 18-20 Mt 12:46-50 Wednesday, July 25 Feast of St. James, apostle 2 Cor 4:7-15 Mt 20:20-28 Thursday, July 26 Feast of Sts. Joachim and Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary Jer 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13 Mt 13:10-17 Friday, July 27 Jer 3:14-17 Mt 13:18-23 Saturday, July 28 Jer 7:1-11 Mt 13:24-30 Sunday, July 29 Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 2 Kgs 4:42-44 Eph 4:1-6 Jn 6:1-15

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God rested. Can’t we do the same?

This column almost made a liar out of me. “I’ll write about leisure,” I decided one morning at Mass, snuggled next to a rarely calm child, soaking in the Sunday quiet. A perfect topic for July’s sultry weather and summer vacations. Gentle reminders that God calls us to rest. But then my work schedule picked up. So did my husband’s. House projects became emergencies; kids got sick; calendars got thrown off. When I finally sat down to write, my fingers paused, caught. Nothing came to mind. Turns out I had zero leisure in my life. Even before our family’s rhythms slipped from school schedules to summer’s slower pace, I had started to notice the restless itch. The inability to slow down, the frantic rush from one must-do to the next, the nagging guilt that stopping would be lazy. We read in Genesis that God rested on the seventh day. But too often we dismiss this notion for our own “crazy busy” lives as quaint or cute, a heavenly nap on the couch after a long week of creation. But what if — like every one of God’s actions — resting on the Sabbath was a powerful and profound act of divine might and wisdom? God rested. Why do we think we don’t need to do the same? “We tend to overwork as a means of self-escape, as a way of trying to justify our existence,” wrote the German Catholic philosopher Josef Pieper in “Leisure: The Basis of Culture.” Look around at our culture. It’s not hard to see that most of us are soul-worn, living beyond basic human needs. Living even beyond divine mandate. The Third Commandment tells us to keep holy the Sabbath. The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us that “the Sabbath brings everyday work to a halt and provides a respite. It is a day of protest against the servitude of work and the worship of money” (No. 2172). So how can we slow down to reclaim rest? Here are three ways to make space for Sabbath —


A scratch-and-sniff stamp for an ailing business

The numbers don’t look good for the U.S. Postal Service. Last year it reported its sixth straight annual operating loss, in the amount of $2.7 billion. During fiscal year 2017, the USPS delivered 149 billion pieces of mail, down from 154 billion the previous year — and a major drop from its peak of 213 billion in 2006. The average American is no longer using the mail to send greeting cards or newsy letters, family photos at Christmas or postcards from vacation. In fact, the average American couldn’t tell you the cost of a stamp. (It’s 50 cents, up a penny from the 2017 rate.) So we are all to blame — Mark Zuckerberg, perhaps disproportionately — for the struggles of the postal service. And yet, reports of its demise have been greatly exaggerated. It averted a 2009 proposal to cut back to five days of delivery a week and defied reports that it was going out of business.

But a family isn’t called to be a well-oiled machine. We’re a home full of humans who need to rest, relax and enjoy each other’s company, too.


simple ideas that are helping me get back on track. First, let technology rest. I’ve been taking a “phone-free Sabbath”: tucking the phone in a drawer on Saturday night and resisting the temptation to scroll on Sunday. I’m embarrassed to admit that it’s harder than I expected. But the deliberate practice of being offline and available to those who matter most — my spouse and kids — is delightful and refreshing. I pray longer without distraction. I started reading novels again. I sit and notice: children at play, birds at the feeder, growth in our gardens. Now on Monday mornings, I regret picking the phone back up. The more Sabbath I have, the more I crave it. Second, let chores rest. In a bustling household, there is always something to do, fold, fix, file, scrub, wash, sweep or mend. But a family isn’t called to be a well-oiled machine. We’re a home full of humans who need to rest, relax

and enjoy each other’s company, too. Try piling the dishes in the sink after Sunday lunch. Or quieting the washing machine from its constant churning. Leaving a chore or two to rest (even until Sunday night) can free up a little breathing room. Third, let yourself rest. Yes, you, with 1,000 things to do and a racing mind that won’t quit. Go to bed early. Sleep in a little later. Take a guilt-free nap. Summer is a season to slow down and let ourselves breathe again. Let the God of rest — the God who rested — restore you, body and soul.

In 2015 it appointed its first female postmaster general. In 2017 it launched Informed Delivery, a free service that provides a digital preview of the mail that will be landing in your mailbox later that day. And last month it issued a set of scratch-and-sniff stamps. The postal service offers a remarkable value proposition. For just 50 cents, mail carriers will deliver your handcrafted message anywhere in the United States! The distance from Anchorage to Miami spans nearly 5,000 miles, breaking down to a hundredth of a penny per mile. Compare that with the Pony Express pricing in 1860 — $10 an ounce — and, adjusting for inflation, you see a business that has drastically improved its service at ever lower prices. Amid continued murmurs of doom and gloom, of a failing business model in a rewired communications landscape, I find it refreshing to consider the USPS’s history, beginning in 1775 when Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first postmaster general. The postal service is one of the few government agencies explicitly authorized by the U.S. Constitution, and over the centuries it has innovated again and again. In 1845 it hired the first woman to carry mail, ferrying it from the train depot to the post office in Charlestown, Maryland. By 1860 a woman worked a contract route, a “tall, muscular woman” the Boston Daily Globe dubbed “Brave Polly Martin.” In the winter, Martin said in an interview, she often had to dig her horse out of snow drifts, and once she was accosted by robbers. The man who grabbed her reins paid the price; she “pounded him in the face” with

her horsewhip, she said. “He had tackled the wrong customer that time.” The postal service pioneered airmail delivery, building an entire aviation infrastructure years before passenger airline service became profitable. Eddie Gardner, one of its first pilots, was nicknamed “Turkey Bird” because his wobbly takeoffs resembled a turkey trying to fly. In 1918, he tested a proposed route from New York to Chicago, breaking his nose in a rough landing and paving the way for a regular New YorkChicago airmail service that took effect the following year. To appreciate the postal service’s history is to recognize how much it has weathered and how far it has come — and, as a by-product, to believe in its future. So too is it with the Catholic Church. Reports that we are losing members faster than any other denomination in the U.S. are troubling. But the oldest Christian faith offers a service like no other: food for the soul. To reimagine our future, we must remember our past — beginning with an education for young Catholics, whose appreciation for history may surprise you. Where we are headed depends on where we have been.

Fanucci, a parishioner of St. Joseph the Worker in Maple Grove, is a mother, writer and director of a project on vocations at the Collegeville Institute in Collegeville. She is the author of several books, including “Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting,” and blogs at

Capecchi is a freelance writer from Inver Grove Heights.




Independence or interdependence? In modern marriage, there seems to be so much emphasis on independence, and yet, the foundation of a Catholic marriage is interdependence, which in many ways, is a reflection of our dependence on God. This can be seen in the concept of mutuality, which in marriage and family therapy is defined as showing empathy, support and like-mindedness with our spouse. The concept of mutuality may be seen as the fulfillment of the concept of “shalom” in the Jewish tradition. Shalom, for our Jewish brothers and sisters, is the incidence of placing the needs of others ahead of our own and providing peace, or a sense of well-being, for others. It is the belief that unless we provide a sense of peace for family, friends and acquaintances, we will not have it, either. It is only when we provide for the sustenance and security of another that we ourselves receive it in return. In other words, we will not experience shalom when we know our spouse does not have it, as well. In this sense, modern marriage is much more concerned with interdependence than independence. As the Second Vatican Council document “Gaudium et Spes” contends, marriage partners are to “become conscious of their unity and experience it more and more deeply from day to day.” In a modern, Christian marriage, spouses are to bring each other to holiness through the spirit of Christ. The purpose of one’s entire married life is to bring glory to God through faith, hope and charity. If children are borne of that union, the spouses are to raise them to be the living presence of

Bishop David L. Ricken and the faithful of the Diocese of Green Bay send heartfelt

congratulations and the promise of pr ayer to

Msgr. aloysius callaghan

on your retirement as rector of saint Paul Seminary

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Christ in the world. In our increasingly individualistic yet constantly overly-connected world, the idea of bringing family members to greater holiness through the sacrament of marriage seems often not only foreign to us, but also counter-cultural. As we remembered Independence Day in the United States earlier this month, we were reminded of the individualistic nature of America’s colonists. They were known as hearty, rugged people who could fend for themselves and persevere, no matter the trials they faced, all on their own accord. And yet, as the documents of the Second Vatican Council demonstrate, such independence and ruggedness are not the vision of marriage at all. Rather, it is an enterprise in which one spouse leans on the other for support and sustenance, providing for their well-being in return, which creates a relationship of interdependence. In this, the concept of interdependence creates not neediness, but rather a durable, well-supported society in which all members learn to give and take, so that ideally, everyone is provided for. Such a vision creates a bond of connection and love that permeates not only the marriage relationship, but also the entire framework of the family, thereby strengthening the unity and security experienced by each individual. This, then, is the foundation of a strong and resilient society: marriage relationships marked by interdependence and mutuality. Such interdependence is not without its difficulties, for couples must overcome the hurts and frustrations often created by years of misunderstanding and negativity. A sense of trust must be formed and supported through the risk of leaning on each other and finding the other trustworthy. As “Gaudium et Spes” reminds us, such an attempt to develop a relationship of trust can only be attained through “unflinching effort under the help of grace.” Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a member of Guardian Angels in Oakdale. She holds a master’s degree in theology from the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity in St. Paul.

LETTER Catholic politicians I read the article “Remembering Bobby,” a nostalgic look back at what an amazing personality Robert Kennedy was (June 21). Tributes about his speeches (“peppered with erudition and an almost ecclesiastic, Catholic compassion ... which often echo Catholic social teaching”) made me wonder wistfully what America may have been like had he been elected president instead of assassinated. But the cynic in me won out, and I realized that it is merely Robert Kennedy’s Catholicism that is the only thing that matters now, not his message, not his politics, not his living out his faith. Why? I look at elected Catholics of today, Speaker Paul Ryan, Reps. Devin Nunes and Steve King, for example, condoning fear and hatemongering by their silence. Bobby’s Catholic message of compassion and social justice falls on deaf ears: no responsibility to take care of the poor, strangers (immigrants), children, prisoners, health care, elderly, etc. Their agenda would make Bobby roll over in his grave. He wouldn’t be elected dog catcher in this atmosphere. But aren’t we proud that Paul Ryan is Catholic? Elizabeth Rosenwinkel St. Albert the Great, Minneapolis Share your perspective by emailing CatholicSpirit@ Please limit your letter to the editor to 150 words and include your parish and phone number. The Commentary page does not necessarily reflect the opinions of The Catholic Spirit. Letters may be edited for length or clarity.

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CALENDAR FEATURED EVENTS Documentary film “Sexual Revolution: 50 Years Since ‘Humanae Vitae’” — July 25: 5:30–9 p.m. at St. Agnes School’s Helene Houle Auditorium, 530 Lafond Ave., St. Paul. The documentary examines the parallel developments of the birth control pill and natural family planning methods with the stories of doctors involved. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for ages 14 and under. For more information, visit Theology on Tap — July 18: 6:30–9:30 p.m. at O’Gara’s Bar and Grill, 164 N. Snelling Ave., St. Paul. The final event in TOT’s summer series features former Minnesota Viking and Super Bowl champion Matt Birk speaking on “Tackling Faith after the Super Bowl.” Ages 18-39 are welcome. For more information, visit

Ongoing groups


Grieving with Hope — Second and fourth Tuesday of each month: 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at St. Ambrose, Pingatore room, 4125 Woodbury Drive, Woodbury. LeAnn at 651-768-3009.

Taize Prayer — Third Friday of each month: 7 p.m. at The Benedictine Center at St. Paul’s Monastery, 2675 Benet Road, Maplewood. 651-777-7251 or

Grieving with Hope book study — First and third Tuesday of each month starting July 17: 6:30 p.m. at St. Ambrose, Pingatore room, 4125 Woodbury Drive, Woodbury. LeAnn at 651-768-3009. Job transitions and networking group — Tuesdays: 7–8:30 a.m. at St. Joseph the Worker, 7180 Hemlock Lane, Maple Grove. Contact Bob at Dementia support group — Second Tuesday of each month: 7–9 p.m. at The Benedictine Center at St. Paul’s Monastery, 2675 Benet Road, Maplewood. 651-777-7251 or

Latino Family Encounter 2018: The Family in God’s Plan — Aug. 4: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. at St. Thomas Academy, 949 Mendota Heights Road, Mendota Heights. The day for Latino families will include workshops for parents and children and 4 p.m. Mass celebrated in Spanish by Bishop Andrew Cozzens. For more information, contact the archdiocesan Office of Latino Ministry at 651-251-7723 or 651-291-4434.

CARITAS cancer support group — Wednesdays: 10:30 a.m.–noon at St. Joseph’s Hospital, second floor, maternity classroom 2500, 45 W. 10th St., St. Paul.

Parish events St. Mark’s Children’s Community Theater Play present “The Rockin’ Tale of Snow White” — July 13 and 14: 7 p.m. at 2001 Dayton Ave., St. Paul. Free ice cream social — July 15: 2–4 p.m. at St. Nicholas, 51 Church St., Elko New Market.

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CALENDAR submissions DEADLINE: Noon Thursday, 14 days before the anticipated Thursday date of publication. We cannot guarantee a submitted event will appear in the calendar. Priority is given to events occurring before the next issue date.

Lord, Teach Me to Pray facilitator training retreat — July 28: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. at Carondelet Center, 1890 Randolph Ave., St. Paul.

LISTINGS: Accepted are brief no­tices of upcoming events hosted by Catholic parishes and organizations. If the Catholic connection is not clear, please emphasize it in your submission. Included in our listings are local events submitted by public sources that could be of interest to the larger Catholic community.

Retreats Women’s Silent Midweek Retreat — July 17-19 at Christ the King Retreat Center, 621 First Ave. S., Buffalo.

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Healing retreat for men and women with Father Matt Linn, SJ — July 20-21 at King’s House Retreat Center, 621 First Ave. S., Buffalo.

uFull street address of event uDescription of event

Condensed School of Lectio Divina — July 20-22 at St. Paul’s Monastery, 2675 Benet Road, Maplewood.

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Conferences/workshops Steubenville North — July 27-29 at the University of St. Thomas, 2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul. Transformational Catholic event for teens. Order Franciscans Secular (OFS) — Third Sunday of each month: 1 p.m. at Catholic Charities, 1200 Second Ave. S., Minneapolis. 952-922-5523.


Knights of Columbus benefit breakfast — July 15: 8 a.m.–1 p.m. at 1910 South Greeley St., Stillwater.

Upcoming events

Knights of Columbus breakfast — July 15: 8–11:30 a.m. at St. Gabriel, St. Joseph’s Campus, 1310 Mainstreet, Hopkins.


“The Gifts Grandparents Bestow in Faith“ — July 25: 8:45–10:30 a.m. at Nativity of Our Lord, Steiner Hall (lower level), 1938 Stanford Ave., St. Paul. Presented by Father Allen Kuss, St. Paul Seminary. 651-696-5401 or

Sunday Spirits walking group for 50-plus Catholic singles — ongoing Sundays for Catholic singles to meet and make friends. The group usually meets in St. Paul on Sunday afternoons. Kay at 651-426-3103 or Al at 651-439-1203.

Summer concert series — July 13: Music inspired by St. Mary Magdalene. 7–8:30 p.m. at Guardian Angels, 8260 Fourth St. N., Oakdale.

A Country Garden Tour and Luncheon — July 28: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. at 4500 220th St. E., Prior Lake. Sponsored by St. Catherine Council of Catholic Women.

Singles group — Second Saturday of each month: 6:15 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul, 9100 93rd Ave. N., Brooklyn Park. Gather for a potluck supper, conversation and games. 763-425-0412.

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Schools Summer at St. Agnes — weekdays through Aug. 10: 8 a.m. at 530 Lafond Ave., St. Paul.

Young adults Friday Night at the Friary — Third Friday of each month: 7–9 p.m. at Franciscan Brothers of Peace, 1289 Lafond Ave., St. Paul. Men ages 18-35 are invited for prayer and fellowship.

Other events Knights of Columbus bingo — Wednesdays: 6–9 p.m. at Solanus Casey Council Hall, 1910 S. Greeley St., Stillwater.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Associate Editor of THE CATHOLIC SPIRIT Newspaper of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis: the “right hand” of the Editor/Publications Manager and assumes the role in the absence of the Editor/ Publications Manager. This person assists the editor in creating and executing an editorial plan for the newspaper. This includes, but is not limited to, news and feature writing, photography and editing the work of editorial staff members, columnists, freelancers and wire services. Other responsibilities include assigning stories and photo shoots to staff and freelancers, proofreading, editing, and assisting in page design and layout. For more information and to apply see: careers.

St. Paul’s Catholic Newman Center on the NDSU campus in Fargo, ND is accepting applications for a FT Development Director. Please visit opportunities/#/jobs/55 for information and to apply through our talent partner, Sagency. Apply immediately; position open until filled. St. Genevieve Church in Centerville/Hugo seeks full-time Director of Religious Education. Visit for job description and application.

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JULY 12, 2018

THELASTWORD Rural Life Sunday gives glimpse of farming life By Matthew Davis The Catholic Spirit


ather Kenneth O’Hotto, pastor of St. Mary in Waverly, immediately knew whom to call when asked to host Rural Life Sunday, an annual celebration of rural life in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. “I knew that the Bakebergs would be able to handle this crowd,” Father O’Hotto said of the family who hosted the event June 24. “They know all the logistics … so they were willing to do it.” More than 150 people attended the annual event, held this year at Goldview Farms where three generations of the Bakeberg family milk dairy cows and grow corn and soybeans. The day included Mass, food and entertainment, and it drew attendees from local parishes as well as other parts of the archdiocese. “It was just fun, and I liked the ice cream and the pets and the animals,” said Asher Mahowald, a fourthgrader, who attends the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis with his family. His father, Jude, 46, had attended Rural Life Sunday as a child at All Saints in Lakeville. “It’s a great event to come out here and get exposed to a little bit of farm life,” he said. Father Charles Lachowitzer, vicar general and moderator of the curia for the archdiocese, celebrated the Mass on the feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. He talked about the sacredness of life and creation. “Let us be good stewards of the land and good stewards of people God has entrusted to our care,” he said. The Bakeberg farm has been in the family for five generations, starting in 1873. The farm has grown under Pat Bakeberg, 34, and his wife, Joanna, 30, who are expecting their first child. Pat’s father, Greg “Butch” Bakeberg, 71, is an active part of the operation, and his wife, Faye, 69, helps, too, along with some of their grandchildren. Butch Bakeberg said the family typically tries to keep its Sunday schedule lighter and more recreational despite the busyness of farm life. By the time most attendees had cleared out late in the afternoon, a few of the Bakebergs had resumed their Sunday farm routines. Butch’s grandson, Kaleb Bakeberg, began milking the farm’s 120 cows, which takes about three hours. They also have 150 calves. Besides the age-old challenge of weather, the Bakebergs face dropping prices for their milk, soybeans and corn. They said super farms make it difficult for family farms like theirs to survive, and prayer for God’s providence is a regular part of their life. “Without faith, you wouldn’t be a farmer,” Butch said.


CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Rural Life Sunday Massgoers worship outside June 24 at the Bakeberg family farm near Waverly. • A hand-painted sign welcomes visitors to the farm. • Accordionist Mike Elsenpeter entertains the crowd. • Greg, Faye, Joanna and Pat Bakeberg, St. Mary in Waverly parishioners and the event’s host family, pose on their farm.

Congratulations to The Catholic Spirit’s 2018 Leading With Faith winners

Mike Bangasser President-Owner, Best Technology Inc. Holy Name of Jesus, Wayzata

Timothy Mezzenga Owner, Tracy Printing St. Charles Borromeo, St. Anthony

Joe Seidel Teacher, St. Thomas Academy St. Thomas More, St. Paul

Luke Cahill Managing Principal, REAL Insight Inc. St. John the Baptist, Savage

Michael Naughton Director, Center for Catholic Studies University of St. Thomas Holy Spirit, St. Paul

Joe Stanislav President/CEO, Our Lady of Peace Transfiguration, Oakdale

Mary Paquette, MD Physician, AALFA Family Clinic St. Joseph, West St. Paul We will honor the winners at the Leading With Faith Award luncheon Friday, Aug. 10, at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. For details, visit • FREE on-campus parking and shuttle service available

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The Catholic Spirit - July 12, 2018  

Benedictine Sisters celebrate 70 years, Legacy of a rector, Parishes give 2.7 million for survivors, Priest returns from Venezuela, Kavanaug...

The Catholic Spirit - July 12, 2018  

Benedictine Sisters celebrate 70 years, Legacy of a rector, Parishes give 2.7 million for survivors, Priest returns from Venezuela, Kavanaug...