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A communication tool for the Deacon community of the Roman Catholic Diocese of
Special Meeting with the Bishop
VOICES Goal 4.2, Effectively deploy clergy to improve sacramental and pastoral ministry
In response to Goal 4.2 , Bishop Mengeling has scheduled special meetings with the priests/pastoral coordinators, deacons, and
lay ecclessial ministers of the diocese to seek input to the question: “How will we continue to provide sacramental and pas-
toral ministry and pastoral leadership for our 97 parishes?”
Bishop Mengeling, Fr. Dave Howell and Sr. Rita Wenzlick will meet with the deacons and men in
formation on the Diocesan Center. The meeting will
Inside This Issue: diaconal 6:15 p.m. and Monday, September 19, 2005 at Finger food (raw vegetables, cheese,
begin at last approximately three hours.
In Memoriam crackers, fruit) will be available before the meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m.
2 Fr. Basil Pennington The first part of the meeting will be devoted to a presentation of the current numbers of priests,
Brother Roger deacons and lay ministers in the diocese with projections through 2015. Participants will then be
asked for input for developing guiding principles to address the above question and finally they
Lord You Amaze Me will break into regional groupings to identify diocesan and regional issues.
World Youth Day Contact the Office of Deacons at 517-342-2510 or email@example.com to confirm
4 THE DEACON’S WIFE: A WITNESS TO GOD’S INFINITE VARIETY
September 17, 2005 9:00 to 3:00 $30.00 includes lunch
5 More Formation St. Francis Retreat House 517.669.8321 call to register or email firstname.lastname@example.org
6 Deacon Directory The Call: His +Hers=Ours
The Challenges: Priorities + Margins = Balance
Prayer Line The Consolations : Ordination + Matrimony=Blessing
Cluster Meetings A day to share stories, prayerfully reflect upon and joyfully celebrate the countless ways the dea-
con’s wife lives out God’s call.
8 Barbara Papp, spiritual director and retreat presenter
Deacon Makes Digest
Theresa Doran, spiritual director and retreat presenter
9 In Service to Others?
Church Must Defend
Itself — Bshp Olmsted
The Deacon community Convocation will be held October 7-9 at Boyne Mountain resort. Mi-
New Deacon Director chael Fonseca, author of Living in God’s Embrace and Loving in the Master’s Footsteps, will
11 be the main presenter. Michael is Director of Spiritual Formation for the diaconate programs in
Fr. Karl Pung
the dioceses of Grand Rapids and Gaylord in Michigan and Victoria, Texas. Bishop Mengeling
will also be joining us for the weekend. Mark the weekend on your calendar. Boyne Mountain
requires our rooming list be submitted by September 7th.
Newsletter on-line at: http://parishesonline.com/CommunityCommunications
Lansing Deacons on-line at: http://parishesonline.com/LansingDeacons
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In Memoriam — Brother Roger
Compiled by Stan Kukla
Taizé, in the south of Burgundy, France, is the home of an international, ecumenical community, founded there in
1940 by Brother Roger. The brothers are committed for their whole life to material and spiritual sharing, to celi-
bacy, and to a great simplicity of life. Today, the community is made up of over a hundred brothers, Catholics and
from various Protestant backgrounds, from more than twenty-five nations.
During the evening prayer on Tuesday 16 August, in the midst of the crowd surrounding the Community in the
Church of Reconciliation, a woman - probably mentally disturbed - struck Brother Roger violently
with knife blows. He died a few moments later.
Excerpts from the Funeral Address by Cardinal Kasper
“We are under the impact of the death of Brother Roger, one of the great spiritual leaders and also spiritual fathers
of our time. But at the same time, our grief is being transformed into hope.
Surrender to God’s will and the humble gift of self had become in Brother Roger a source of inner peace, hope,
and even happiness. Who would have thought that this humble gift of self would one day end in such
circumstances? And yet, even and especially at this time, we can repeat the words which Brother Roger loved to
say: “You love us; your forgiveness and your presence bring to birth in us the brightness of praise.”
By the witness of his friends and his servants, God never ceases to lead his Church and to prepare a future for it.
By his presence, his words and his example, Brother Roger caused love and hope to shine around him, far beyond
the barriers and the divisions of this world. A man of communion, he nourished in his heart and in his prayer a
deep desire for reconciliation and encounter. With the Brothers of the Taizé Community, he wanted to place a
ferment of unity in the Church and in the world.
…Brother Roger was a contemplative, a man of prayer, whom the Lord had called to the silence and solitude of the
monastic life. And yet he wanted to open his monk’s heart and the Taizé Community to young people from
throughout the world, to their searching and their hope, to their joy and their suffering, to their faith- and life-
journeys. Here are the final lines of his last book, published one month ago: “For my part, I would go to the ends of
the earth, if I could, to tell again and again of my trust in the younger generations.” More than a guide or a spiritual
master, Brother Roger was for many a kind of father, a reflection of the eternal Father and of the universality of his
In Memoriam — M Basil Pennington, O.S.C.O.
M. Basil Pennington, O.C.S.O., a leading writer on spiritual topics who traveled around the world and built an
international reputation as a speaker, teacher, and retreat master, died on June 3, 2005, the feast of the Sacred
Heart of Jesus, from injuries sustained from a car accident on March 29.
Abbot Basil was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1931, the son of Dale Kelsey Pennington and Helene Jose-
phine Kenny. He entered the Cistercian Order (Trappists) in 1951. Abbot Basil became known internationally
through his efforts to help the Church re-find its contemplative dimension through the Centering Prayer move-
ment. The Abbot has published over sixty books and almost 1,000 articles in various languages. His spiritual
legacy moved with his retirement to St. Joseph′s Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts, where he continued to
write books, direct retreats, and witness to God′s loving Word.
Why We Flee by M. Basil Pennington
“Unfortunately, in seeing ourselves as we truly are, not all that we see is beautiful and attractive. This is un-
doubtedly part of the reason we flee silence. We do not want to be confronted with our hypocrisy, our phoni-
ness. We see how false and fragile is the false self we project. We have to go through this painful experience
to come to our true self. It is a harrowing journey, a death to self—the false self—and no one wants to die.
But it is the only path to life, to freedom, to peace, to true love. And it begins with silence. We cannot give
ourselves in love if we do not know and possess ourselves. This is the great value of silence. It is the pathway
to all we truly want.”
Lord, You Amaze Me
By Tom Franklin
Lord, sometimes you really amaze me. You let me run off at the mouth about living your Gospel and
you see me for who I am and you do not strike me dumb. My own words convict me of my imper-
fections and your Word calls me to conversion. I offer you my heart and soul and then I condition
my gift and I fall woefully short of your glory, --and still, you love me. What an
amazing God you are…
I want so much to write about the beauty of the woods in late summer, full of
Mystery, deep and dark and at the same time dappled by delicate shafts of
sunlight, with the merest hints of Autumn in the air. I wish to speak of the Spirit
as it moves amongst the leaves, Divine sigh, Gift of peace. But all this expresses
one of those “safe” truths- and you call me to risk, to cast my lot with you, with-
I hold back because I fear that you will find that my inadequacy is so great that
there is nothing left to work with – that I’m not worth the trouble. In my mind I know that this is just
plain crap, but my heart, wounded by my own failing, resists surrender. I offer you who and what I
am, my gifts, my imperfections, my love and my hope. I ask that you make me a person after your
POPE URGES YOUTH TO BE MISSIONARIES IN THE WORLD
Benedict XVI appealed to more than 1 million young people to become new missionaries in a world that is for-
In his homily at the closing Mass of World Youth Day, the Pope said: "Anyone who has discovered Christ must
lead others to him. A great joy cannot be kept to oneself. It has to be passed on."
During his homily, Benedict XVI said that in "vast areas of the world today there is a strange forgetfulness of
God." "It seems as if everything would be just the same even without him,"
he continued. "But at the same time there is a feeling of frustration, a sense of
dissatisfaction with everyone and eve- rything.
"People tend to exclaim: 'This cannot be what life is about!' Indeed not. And so,
together with forgetfulness of God there is a kind of new explosion of relig-
ion." The Pope warned, however, that religion could become a "consumer prod-
uct." "People choose what they like, and some are even able to make a profit
from it," he said. "But religion con- structed on a 'do-it-yourself' basis cannot
ultimately help us. It may be comfort- able, but at times of crisis we are left to
As a means to discover and proclaim Christ, the Pope mentioned active partici-
pation in Sunday Mass, the sacrament of reconciliation, meditation on Scripture, and reading the Catechism of
the Catholic Church and its recently published Compendium.
"Build communities based on faith!" exhorted Benedict XVI. "In recent decades movements and communities
have come to birth in which the power of the Gospel is keenly felt. "The spontaneity of new communities is
important, but it is also important to preserve communion with the Pope and with the bishops. It is they who
guarantee that we are not seeking private paths, but are living as God's great family, founded by the Lord
through the Twelve Apostles." Page 3
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Diaconal Formation, 2nd Year
September 10, 2005 9AM-3PM Christ the King, AA
October 7-9, 2005 Boyne Mountain
Loving in the Master’s Footsteps
November 5, 2005 9AM-3PM Madonna Hall
Canon Law I
Msgr. Raymond Goehring, J.C.L.
Eileen Jaramillo, J.C.L
November 18, 2005 9AM-3PM St. Agnes-Fowlerville
Fr. Bryan Hehir
December 3, 2005 9AM-3PM Madonna Hall
Canon Law II
Msgr. Raymond Goehring, J.C.L.
Eileen Jaramillo, J.C.L
January 7, 2006 9AM-3PM St. Casmir
Canon Law III
Msgr. Raymond Goehring, J.C.L.
Eileen Jaramillo, J.C.L
February 4, 2006 9AM-3PM Holy Trinity-Ypsilanti
February 7, 2006 9AM-3PM St. Agnes-Fowlerville
March 4, 2006 9AM-3PM St. Andrew-Saline
March 7, 2006 9AM-3PM TBD
Lenten Day of Reflection and Prayer
April 1, 2006 9AM-3PM St. John-Fenton
May 6, 2006 9AM-3PM St. John-Davison
Corpus Christi University Parish
Fall Lecture Series 2005
“Forgiveness, Peacemaking, and Reconciliation”
Corpus Christi University Parish, 2955 Dorr Street, Toledo, Ohio 43607-3023.
Tuesday evenings, Lecture: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Question Period 6:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
For additional information, please call 419-531-4992
September 27 Forgiveness as a Catalyst for Spiritual Development
James Bacik Pastor, Corpus Christi University Parish
October 4 Reconciliation: The Possibilities in a Polarized Church
Robert Schreiter, C.P.P.S.
Bernadin Center Vatican II Chair in Theology, Catholic Theological Union
October 11 Dead Man Walking — The Journey Continues
Helen Prejean, C.S.J., Death Penalty Activist
October 18 It Is In Pardoning That We Are Pardoned
Shannon Schrein, O.S.F.
Chairperson, Lourdes College Department of Religious Studies
October 25 Justice and Forgiveness: Can They Go Together?
Stephen Pope, Associate Professor of Theology, Boston College
November 1 To Be A Sign of Peace: The Church’s Mission in a Time of War
Michael Baxter, Assistant Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame
Living the Good Life in Our Current Culture
Fifth Annual Richard McCormick Conference on Moral Theology
Tuesday, November 15 — 4-8:30PM
John Martin Marty, the esteemed Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the Univer-
sity of Chicago for two challenging presentations: “When we do not agree on absolutes must we be relativists?” (4-6PM) and
“The good life as generosity toward the other” (7-8:30PM). The registration fee includes dinner, which will be served at 6PM.
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Welcome to the Deacon Community of Lansing
Deacon Jerry and Veronica (Ronnie) Brennan recently relocated from Chicago for a new job as Chief Finan-
cial Officer of a small company in the Ann Arbor area. Jerry and Ronnie found a nice home in Pinckney. They
have five grown children. Jerry was ordained for the Chicago Archdiocese May 16, 2004 and has been assigned
to Holy Spirit Parish in Hamburg.
Second year Candidate Dave and Janet Lawrence are in the process of moving from Kalamazoo, where Dave
was in Deacon formation, to the Ann Arbor Area. Dave has accepted a teaching position at Gabriel Richard High
School and he will assist with coaching the football team there. The past six years he was head football coach at
Mattawan High School. Dave and Janet have eight children ranging in age from twenty years to one month old.
Yes, it certainly has been an eventful summer for the Lawrence family!
Deacon Jerry and Ronnie Brennan Deacon Dave Rosenberg
8113 Topview Lane email@example.com
Pinckney, MI 48169 firstname.lastname@example.org
email@example.com Deacon Ron and Jo Rowe
609 E. Fifth Ave.
Deacon Ron and Linda Henderson Flint, MI 48503
2261 East Country Club Parkway 810‑424‑9150
Toledo, Ohio 43614
Deacon Bob and Madelyn Herzog David and Janet Lawrence
20 Joy Dr. 657 Aquaview Dr.
Loudenville, N.Y. 12211
Deacon Romolo Leone
Deacon Community Directory 2005
The Diocese of Lansing Deacon Community
Directory will be updated and reprinted in time
for distribution at the Fall Convocation. Be
sure to check your listing and notify the Office
of Deacons of any changes or corrections
Place: St. John Vianney
For the sick: Date: September 19
Time: 6:30 PM
Contact: Gary Gallagher
Don Amon Other Details: POTLUCK
Community Prayer Line
Judy Barrett Jackson/Lenawee/Hillsdale Cluster
Terry Fleming Place: Steve’s Ranch
Pete Gudaitis Date: September 24
Carl Haan Time: 9:30AM
Ed &Florence Schneider Contact: Carol or Linda Franssen
Son-in-Law Other Details:
Pat Kowalksi Lansing Cluster
Place: St. Jude — DeWitt
Date: September 16
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Contact: T. Fleming, D. Stanford, Ed
or Florence Schneider
For those who have died: Livingston Cluster
Place: St. John — Hartland
Nancy Barrett Date: September 17
David and Jan Barrett’s Daugh- Time: .9:00AM
ter-In-Law Contact: Dave Piggot
Ann Berry, Lay Ecclesial Minister Other Details:
Dave and Cindy’s Sister-in-Law Washtenaw Cluster
Place: Guy Hollerin’s
Date: September 10
Time: 9:45 a.m.
Contact: W. Hecht or T. Franklin
Necrology Other Details: Mass at Christ the
King at 9:00 a.m.
Bishop Kenneth J
Deacon Len Dell
Newsletter Deadline February 25th Page 7
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Twenty one men and their wives will begin a year of Aspirancy this Fall prior to apply-
ing next Spring for acceptance into Candidacy for diaconate formation. Please keep
them in your prayers.
Deacons and their wives are welcome to join us for the sessions. They will meet on the
listed Monday evenings at the Diocesan Center, beginning with supper at 6:00 and end-
ing by 9:00. Call the Office of Deacons if planning on attending one of the sessions.
September 26 Community
October 24 Identity & History of the Deacon
November 28 Discernment
January 23 Spiritual Growth
February 27 Diakonia of Service
March 27 Diakonia of the Word
April 24 The Deacon and Liturgy
May 13 Day of Prayer and Reflection
Lansing Deacon Makes Deacon Digest
The following is from an email sent by Jim Alt, pub-
lisher and editor of Deacon Digest.
“In this Sept/Oct issue we reprinted the article that Greg
Poole wrote for your newsletter, "Impressions and Ex-
pressions," and credited your great newsletter. Again,
gotta say you have just a great newsletter! I find some-
thing in almost every issue that deserves reprinting.
Keep up the good work and pass on my good wishes to
everyone who obviously pitches in to make your news-
letter what it is; I also checked out your website; looks
Deacon Advisory Council
The next Deacon Advisory Council meeting will be held at the Diocesan Center, Sep-
tember 15, beginning with dinner. Final plans for the Deacon Community Convocation
will highlight the agenda. Anyone interested in attending should call the Office of Dea-
cons at 517-342-2512.
In Service to Others
In Service to Others
Excerpts from Ben Stein's Last Column
For many years Ben Stein has written a biweekly column called "Monday Night At Morton's." (Morton's is a famous chain
of Steakhouses known to be frequented by movie stars and famous people from around the globe.) Now, Ben is terminating
the column to move on to other things in his life.
I came to realize that life lived to help others is the only one that matters. This is my highest and best use as a human. I can
put it another way. Years ago, I realized I could never be as great an actor as Olivier or as good a comic as Steve Martin...or
Martin Mull or Fred Willard‑‑or as good an economist as Samuelson or Friedman or as good a writer as Fitzgerald. Or
even remotely close to any of them.
But I could be a devoted father to my son, husband to my wife and, above all, a good son to the parents who had done so
much for me. This came to be my main task in life. I did it moderately well with my son, pretty well with my wife and well
indeed with my parents (with my sister's help). I cared for and paid attention to them in their declining years. I stayed with
my father as he got sick, went into extremis and then into a coma and then entered immortality with my sister and me reading
him the Psalms.
This was the only point at which my life touched the lives of the soldiers in Iraq or the firefighters in New York. I came to
realize that life lived to help others is the only one that matters and that it is my duty, in return for the lavish life God has
devolved upon me, to help others He has placed in my path. This is my highest and best use as a human.
Faith is not believing that God can. It is knowing that God will.
by Kallistos Ware
The whole person is on the one side open to God, and on the other side open to other people. The isolated
individual is not a real person, for a real person lives in and for others. This idea...could be summed up
under the word love. We become truly personal by loving God and by loving other humans. By love, I
don’t mean merely an emotional feeling, but a fundamental attitude. In its deepest sense, love is the life,
the energy, of the Creator in us. We are not truly human as long as we are turned in on ourselves. We be-
come whole only insofar as we face others, and relate to them.
Accolades from Publisher
Jim Alt, founder, publisher and editor of Deacon Digest wrote recently to commend Community Communications. “Just a note
to congratulate you and Wayne Charlton on the great newsletter you have; saw your nice comment about the 5th anniversary
and yes, Wayne does a great job. Please pass on my congrats to him also.”
Furthermore he asked, “In your anniversary issue, I really like Marv Robertson's article, and also the prayer by Joy Franklin,
whom I assume is the wife of Deacon Tom Franklin. Could we use these in Deacon Digest ? Let me know...”
“Peace, and keep up the great work! The compliments for your newsletter are well deserved.....it is a class job !”
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Church Must Defend Its Basic
Beliefs Against All
By Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted
Submitted by Barbara J Papp
The following article, written by the Bishop of Phoenix, appeared in the Arizona Republic.
I am grateful for the invitation to respond to some articles and letters to the editor that
have appeared recently in The Arizona Republic. I welcome the opportunity to explain
why I feel called by God to teach and to defend the Catholic faith.
In June 2004, the American Catholic Bishops said, "The Catholic community and
Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental
moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would
suggest support for their actions."
We bishops issued this statement in fidelity to our responsibilities to hand on the gospel
of Jesus Christ and to defend the dignity and the right to life of every human person.
The right to life, however, is not an issue of interest only to Catholics. It is of primary
concern for all. The founders of our country recognized this when they stated, "We
hold these truths to be self‑evident, that all men are created equal, that they are en-
dowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life liberty
and the pursuit of happiness."
The right to life is indeed an inalienable one. To stand up for the dignity of every per-
son, then, and to speak out against intrinsic evils such as abortion, euthanasia, racism
and sexual acts outside of marriage is a service that God requires of us on behalf of all
persons, not only members of our own faith.
To do this by actions as well as by words underlines the seriousness of these teachings
and the depth of our convictions. One such action is to prohibit the giving of honors or
the provision of a platform in Catholic institutions for those who support actions con-
trary to these core moral principles.
I trust that this position is not that difficult to understand. Why would we honor or give
a platform to someone who radically disagrees with our fundamental teachings? We
should instead be criticized if we allowed such things to happen.
Whatever This does not mean that we will cease praying for public officials or end our efforts to
our vocation be in conversation with them and others about these and similar matters.
is, God equips In fact, the continuity of such conversations is vitally important, precisely because of
us for it… the serious ramifications of them. There are a variety of appropriate forums for this dia-
logue to occur, beyond public events at church facilities.
For the Catholic Church to back up its teaching through actions directed at public offi-
cials is not something new.
I think for example of the time in 1962 in New Orleans, when Archbishop Joseph
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Rummel excommunicated Judge Leander Perez when the judge tried to block the desegregation
of the Catholic school system.
Was this bishop imposing his sectarian views on a public official? Was he meddling in politics
or impeding freedom? Or was he defending the human dignity of all children, no matter the
color of their skin?
The statement of the American bishops in June 2004 arose out of a concern for the rights of the
most vulnerable members of our society, persons who have no way to raise their own voices
because of their age or physical condition.
It also arose out of a conviction about the destructive nature of intrinsic evils, for individuals,
for the family, and for the whole of society.
As Pope John Paul II said "Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of
human rights — for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture — is
false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for
all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination.
New Chair of the Department of Formation
After many years of dedicated service (the past four as Chair of the Department of Formation) to
the people of God and the Diocese of Lansing,, Fr. Matt Fedewa has been granted senior status by
Bishop Mengeling. This doesn’t mean Fr. Matt will slow down much as he will remain in residence
and help out at St. Gerard Parish in Lansing, teach Theological Inquiry each Fall term in the Minis-
try Formation Program and work on other pet projects.
The new Chair of the Formation Department, Fr. Karl Pung, is the middle child of five and raised
in Portland, MI. He received a BA in History from the University of Michigan and completed his
priestly studies at Mundelein Seminary. He recently finished two years of advanced studies at the
North American College, Casa Santa Maria in Rome. He has been Parochial Vicar and Administra-
tor at St. Thomas, East Lansing and Pastor of St. Agnes, Fowlerville. During his time as pastor he
was also Director of Seminarians for the Diocese. Fr. Karl will join us at the Convocation. Be sure
to say hello. He is very interested in getting to know the deacon community better.
Dispensation to Remarry Criterion
The following is taken from a letter, dated July 13, 2005, to all Bishops from Francis Card. Arinze,
Prefect for the Congregation for Divine worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.
“..those Deacons who are widowed and who desire to celebrate new weddings with a dispensation
from the impedimentum ordinis and therefore to remain in the ministry may submit their cases to this
Dicastery, which will retain competency in this matter. However, these will be taken into considera-
tion only when the following conditions occur together: great pastoral usefulness of the deacon’s
ministry, attestation by the Bishop, and the care of minor children.”
Diocese of Lansing
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Our Catholic Faith in the Public Square
Mark your calendars for Friday, November 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Agnes,
Fowlerville, for another in the series of outstanding on going formation programs offered by the
Department of Formation for priests, deacons and lay ministers.
At this session, the nationally acclaimed Fr. Bryan Hehir
will address the life issues of the Catholic politician/office
holder and the Catholic voter such as war, capital
punishment, abortion, stem cell research, same sex marriage.
Fr. Hehir’s teaching, research and policy work over the
past thirty two years have focused on Catholic social teaching,
the role of religion in American society and in world
politics, and issues of social and foreign policy. From 1973-92 he
was assigned to the U.S. Catholic Conference and served on
the faculty of Georgetown University. Since 1993, he has served
as chair of the Executive Committee of Harvard Divinity School and is professor of Practice in
Religion and Society. He served as President of Catholic Charities USA and presently heads
Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Boston. He is also serving as counselor at Catholic
Relief Services since 1996.