Priest: Haitians need suffering church
By Ana Rodriguez-Soto brotherhood — evangelization must address people's
Voice News Editor economic problems, their cultural problems, their
The Haitian people want a ficsh-and-blood Church, one
'A church that walks
political problems, their family problems.
that shares their sufferings and marches with them together' with them This is especially true in Haiti, Father Midi said,
against oppression. It's the only method of evangelization confirms their where the Church is regarded as the living manifes-
that is effective, says Father Godefroy Midi, SJ, of the deep conviction tation of God.
Seminary of Notre Dame in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Haitians are "sentimental," the priest explained.
"Evangelization must denounce the forces of death," that 'only They like to "touch" people, especially their bishops.
Father Midi told nearly 90 priests, Religious and lay God believes in Abstract concepts don't "touch them back," but a
I people who minister to Haitians in the United States and us...only God Church that "walks together" with them confirms
; the Bahamas. They were gathered in Miami for the sixth their deep conviction that "only God believes in us...
annual conference of the Haitian Apostolate USA. loves us' only God loves us."
Among the participants was Bishop Alix Vcrrier of the After years of slavery, abject poverty, and
Diocese of Lcs Caycs in Haiti, who spoke about the --Fr. Godefroy Midi political oppression, Haitians are convinced that "the
current situation in his homeland during an interview Church is God's gift to Haiti," and only the Church
with The Voice. "will never betray us," Father Midi said.
Father Midi, who himself was exiled from his homeland during the Duvalier The Church's task is to continually evangelize itself, and "live everything we say."
regime, told his listeners that to evangelize "is to bring life to the whole person, Sometimes, the priest noted, "it is more difficult to evangelize the priests than to
body and soul." evangelize the lay people."
To be effective — and, indeed, true to God's plan for a Kingdom of peace and (Continued on page 15)
IF I die, I die.
If I am mutilated, I
--See Father Gregory
Ramkisoon's story on the
Vol. XXXV No. 11 Catholic Archdiocese of Miami May 27, 1988
"So super are
...said Father Jean
as the first Haitian
several joyful firsts
at last Sunday's
deacons in St.
(Voice photo by Prent Browning)
The listening is over
Synod process ends, implementation begins
By Ana Rodriguez-Soto During the three-year process, "we Archbishop and Synod members empha-
Voice News Editor became more profoundly aware of the sized Sunday, unless the recommenda-
The Synod is over. Long live the 'We're going to really meaning of membership in our beloved tions of the Synod are implemented in all
Synod. have to make sure that Church... each listening to his or her the parishes and organizations of the
That sentiment was prevalent brother and sister speak in his or her own Archdiocese, all the work of the past three
throughout the solemn, pageantry-
the people in the par-
language," he added. years will have been wasted.
filled Mass last Sunday which offi- ishes and the priests The Archbishop called the closing "Today we place the fruit of our work
cially ended the Archdiocese of follow through on this, if ceremony "our graduation," because it upon the altar," the Archbishop said, re-
Miami's three-year process of lis-
tening, reflecting and planning for
they drop it, I think we're simultaneously marked an end and a ferring to the nearly 300-page, document
beginning. containing the Synod body's recommen-
the future. going to miss the boat' An end to the 100-member Synod dations. The red-bound book was cere-
Held on the feast of Pentecost, -Toni Heitzman, body's grinding work of surveying more moniously carried to the altar during the
when the Holy Spirit descended on Synod facilitator than 1,000 Catholics and collecting more offertory procession at the Mass.
the Apostles, the Mass was a cele- than 19,000 issues from every parish, The Archbishop will have the summer
bration of "the Spirit moving among school, hospital and Catholic organiza- to study the proposals and decide which
us," Archbishop Edward McCarthy Jerusalem but in Miami, are giving thanks tion in South Florida; grouping them into ones he will make policy in the Archdio-
said during his homily. for the Spirit moving among us," he said. a still barely-manageable 600; and study- cese. He also must figure out the best way
"Today, 2,000 years later, we, the "We have all walked together. All of us ing and debating solutions that will take to implement them, and somehow find the
brothers and sisters of the Lord in have been given to drink of the same the Church here into the year 2,000. money to pay for them.
South Florida, gathered not in Spirit." And a beginning — for, as both the (Continued on page 14)
Thaw seen in
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Pope John Paul II's
decision to send a top-level church delegation to the
Soviet Union for the celebration of the millennium
of the Russian Orthodox Church next month is a
sign of growing rapprochement between the USSR
and the Roman Catholic Church, sources here say.
There are 10 cardinals, including the Vatican's
number-two official, in the delegation named to
attend the celebrations beginning June 5 that will
mark the advent of Christianity in what is now the
' -, The sources termed it a high-powered Roman
-Catholic delegation and indicated that the Holy See
is viewing last March's invitation by Patriarch
Pimen of Moscow as a step towards reconciliation
between the two churches.
But with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal
Agostino Casaroli, the pope's top aide, heading the
delegation, the visit is clearly also viewed as an
opportunity to improve relations with the Soviets,
the sources said. Abortion
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev appears to be confrontation
making conciliation with religious groups part of his
administration, and the Vatican seems eager to take Police carry away an
advantage of the current climate. During his historic abortion supporter in
meeting in Moscow with Patriarch Pimen, Gor- Queens, New York, one
bachev promised a new law on freedom of con- of several who turned out
science that would take into consideration the to counter an anti-abor-
interests of organized religion. This could affect the tion protest in front of a
7 millon to 8 million Roman Catholics in the Soviet medical clinic.
Union. (NC photo)
The Russian Church's invitation to the Holy See
comes at a time when Vatican-USSR relations have
been slowly thawing.
Over the last year, John Paul has frequently
spoken of the Soviet Union in positive terms, on Moslems told Mary Bishop: Cambodian Church
several occasions praising Premier Gorbachev's
actions in the field of disarmament and the "winds is model of service, dignity split 'in three pieces'
of renewal" characterizing his regime. These VATICAN CITY (NC) — In a message to IRVING, Texas (NC) — The fragile Catholic
comments represent a sharp contrast to the 1984 Moslems, a Vatican official said Mary should be Church of Cambodia is made weaker by the fact
document by the Congregation for the Doctrine of seen as a model of service, freedom and "spiritual that it "is blown up into three pieces," said the
the Faith that labeled Eastern Europe regimes "the dignity" for all people, especially women. A papal representative to Cambodian Catholics world-
shame of our times." Moslem leader in Rome said the message was appre- wide. The representative, Archbishop Yves-Georges-
ciated but unlikely to lead to ecumenical progress on Rene Ramousse, said the three parts of the Cambo-
the role of Mary. Cardinal Francis Arinze, president dian Church are in Cambodia itself, in refugee
of the Secretariat for Non-Christian Religions, made camps and in foreign countries. Archbishop
Ireland's drug, AIDS the remarks in a message marking the end of Ramousse, a Frenchman, spoke at the fourth an-
problems 'under control' Ramadan, the Moslem holy month of fasting and nual meeting of Cambodian, Hmong, Kmhrriu and
DUBLIN, Ireland (NC) — Ireland's drug pro- prayer. The message noted that Moslems tradi- Laotian apostolates sponsored by the U.S. bishops'
blem, which was feeding the spread of AIDS, is tionally have given Mary special honor as "a model Committee on Migration. The three-day meeting
under control because of efforts by the church, for believers," although without according her the took place in Irving. The archbishop described the
government, parents' groups and youths, said the same role and title, the Mother of God, recognized church within Cambodia as the "church of silence
coordinator of the Irish bishops' task force on by Catholics. (trying) to make her voice heard outside."
AIDS. "The drug problem now appears to be con- Father Curran goes to court
tained," said Father Paul Lavelle, who directed the Lebanese Christians to retain teaching position
Dublin Archdiocese's drug program before being
named coordinator of the AIDS task force. He look to U.S. for help WASHINGTON (NC) — Moral theologian
said most AIDS victims in Ireland are intravenous WASHINGTON (NC) — Lebanese Christians Father Charles E. Curran said he and The Catholic
drug abusers. Twenty people have died of AIDS in look to Christians in the United States "to help find University of America cannot agree on a way for
the Republic of Ireland, and there are 750 certified a durable solution" to their country's ongoing crisis, him to return to a professorship at the university, so
carriers of acquired immune deficiency syndrome. said an Eastern-rite patriarch from the war-torn na- he is asking the District of Columbia Superior Court
Father Lavelle said he suspects there are 750 other tion. "They need not clothing or blanket or food," to enforce his teaching contract. At a news con-
carriers who have not been tested. but a "real solution," said Patriarch Ignace Antoine ference in Washington he said the university "uni-
II Hayek, head of the Syrian See of Antioch, with laterally" broke its contract wiht him "by refusing
headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon. The patriarch said to offer me a tenured position in my area of compe-
Lebanese Christians hope the United States will help tence" — a move he called "tantamount to dis-
Vatican: Universities their country re-establish itself as a peaceful nation. missal." University officials had no immediate com-
need to be evangelized They hope U.S. Christians will use "political and ment. Father Curran characterized the university's
VATICAN CITY (NC) — A document issued by legal and civil pressure" to help-Jhem achieve peace. actions as "a violation of the principles and pro- '"
three Vatican agencies has called for recognizing cedures of academic freedom and tenure."
"university culture as a reality to be evangelized." Court: Government must pay
The document, "The Church and the University Remember the poor,
Culture," said that "what is at stake is of funda- for prisoners' abortions Catholic hospitals told
mental importance: the inculturation of the Gospel WASHINGTON (NC) The U.S. Supreme Court NEW YORK (NC) — Catholic hospitals must
and the evangelization of cultures." The document has let stand a ruling that pregnant prison inmates keep themselves financially solvent, but not at the
was sent by the Congregation for Catholic Educa- have a constitutional right to elective, non-thera- expeirse of their mission to the poor, Archbishop
tion, the Pontifical Council for the Laity and the peutic abortions funded by the government if the in- John R. Roach of St. Paul-Minneapolis said in a
Pontifical Council for Culture. According to the mates cannot afford them. Without comment, the New York address. "The very worst thing," he said,
document, "Ways of thinking, teaching, doing high court refused to hear arguments by New Jersey "would be to tailor our services to suit the affluent
research, accepting responsibility to society, all need prison officials that no such right exists if an abor- only, or to opt for expensive, high-technology or
to be critically assessed and enriched by the values tion is unnecessary to preserve an inmate's life or high-profitability services over those our com-
of the Gospel." health. munities truly need."
Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy Archdiocese of Miami
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AIDS, women, nuclear defense
Bishops to face tough issues
WASHINGTON (NC) — A pastoral
on women, the morality of U.S. nu-
clear policy and an effort to resolve in-
ternal disagreements about AIDS issues
top the agenda facing the U.S. bishops
when they meet June 24-27 in College-
While the bishops' discussion about
acquired immune deficiency syndrome
will be held in a closed session June 27,
a public statement is expected after-
The press will be present earlier when
;-.ie bishops discuss the first draft of
their pastoral letter on women and
debate and vote on a statement regard-
ing the morality of U.S. nuclear deter-
The agenda for the meeting, to be
held on the campus of St. John's
University in Collegeville, was released
May 25 by the National Conference of
Catholic Bishops in Washington. The
meeting is expected to include 250 U.S.
The bishops also are scheduled to
• A proposal on conditions for the
use of general absolution as a form of
the sacrament of penance.
• A plan for distributing funds to
aid elderly Religious.
• Thirty-seven separate recom-
mendations concerning funding and
structuring of the Catholic Telecom-
munications Network of America and
the annual Catholic Communication
• Membership in VISN, a new inter-
faith satellite television network.
• Revisions to update the bylaws of
Hands of friendship
the NCCB and U.S. Catholic Con- Pope John Paul II reaches out to greet members of the crowd, including the
ference. handicapped, who turned out in Villarica, Paraguay, for the pontiff's outdoor
Mass last week. (NC/UPI photo)
The Collegeville meeting also will in-
clude a discussion about a draft Vatican
statement on the limits of the authority ana their specific application to the said the U.S.-Soviet summit last sions — is allowed only with sufficient
of bishops' conferences. The draft was AIDS epidemic in this country." December raised "cautious hopes" for cause, such as when too few priests are
mailed to the world's bishops in Part of the Collegeville agenda is a arms control, but some nuclear policies available to hear individual confessions
January and February and has sparked 90-minute discussion by the bishops of and strategies of the superpowers must and it would lead to some people being
a new debate among scholars and their draft pastoral, "Partners in the be changed. It particularly questioned without access to penance or the
bishops about the role of bishops' con- Mystery of Redemption: A Pastoral President Reagan's space-based Eucharist for "a long time."
ferences since the Second Vatican Response to Women's Concerns for Strategic Defense Initiative and urged The proposal before the bishops
Council. Church and Society." The first draft that the program be limited to research would accept "a month" as the
Most of the business is to be con- was released April 12 by a committee and development. equivalent of "a long time."
ducted in open business sessions June headed by Bishop Joseph L. Imesch of The U.S. bishops have been discuss-
24 and 25. June 26 is devoted to a day Joliet, 111. • The report, written by the bishops' ing norms for general absolution since
of recollection led by Cardinal Timothy Ad Hoc Committee for the Evaluation the publication of the 1983 Code of
Manning, retired archbishop of Los The draft document calls sexism a sin of Deterrence, was commissioned as a Canon Law.
Angeles. against human dignity, asks that all follow-up to the 1983 peace pastoral The proposal on distributing retire-
Archbishop John L. May of St. church roles not requiring ordination which gave a "strictly conditioned" ment funds for Religious stems from a
Louis, president of the NCCB, an- be open to women, urges an end to the moral acceptance of deterrence. The decision by the bishops to hold an an-
nounced the AIDS discussion in March economic inequities women suffer and draft report said the conditions cited in nual collection, beginning this
after an Administrative Board state- says that men need to be more responsi- the pastoral continue to provide a basic December, to raise money for the
ment on the topic the previous ble in marriage and family relation- moral framework for analyzing deter- retirement needs of U.S. communities
December created a highly publicized ships. rence policies. of Religious, especially women
dispute over the toleration of informa- The drafting committee, using reac- The bishops' Committee on Religious. Studies indicate the orders
1 i about condoms in public AIDS tions from the bishops and from Canonical Affairs has proposed a na- have an unfunded liability of at least
education programs. Several bishops women throughout the country, plans tional interpretation of one condition $2.5 billion.
publicly opposed or expressed reserva- to have a final draft of the pastoral needed for the use of general absolu- At the June meeting the bishops will
tions about the board's willingness to ready for the bishops to debate and tion as a form of penance. vote on a formula for distributing the
tolerate such information. vote on in November 1989. collection proceeds in a way which
The archbishop said the June meet- Under church law general absolution would give a higher priority to orders
ing would include "a full discussion of The draft report on the current state — the forgiveness of a group of- whose members are among the oldest
certain principles of moral theology of nuclear deterrence, released April 14, penitents without individual confes- and have served the church the longest.
Soviets pledge to restore Lithuanian Church
VATICAN CITY (NC) — Soviet the president of the Lithuanian 1960. Soviet officials announced last measured looking back."
authorities in Lithuania, during a rare Supreme Soviet, Vitautas Astrauskas. year their intention to eventually In addition to Bishop Sladkevicius,
meeting with Catholic bishops, have The Soviet new agency Tass restore it to religious use. who is apostolic administrator of
pledged to restore some churches and reportedly gave prominence to the At the meeting, the Vatican official Kaisiadorys, other Catholic par-
enlarge a seminary, a Vatican official meeting in a report from Vilnius, where said, authorities also agreed to an ticipants in the meeting were: Bishop
said. it occurred. enlargement of the main diocesan Antanas Vaicius, vice president of the
The meeting May 17 represented "a Specifically, the authorities in the seminary in Kaunas. He added that he bishops' conference, who is apostolic
positive sign that indicates small pro- Soviet republic promised to restore to did not know how many additional administrator of the Diocese of Telsiai
gress is in the offing — and which Catholics on July 1 the Church of Our seminarians would be allowed to study and the Prelature of Klaipeda; and
might indicate big progress in the Lady Queen of Peace in Klaipeda. there. Bishop Juozas Preiksas, apostolic ad-
future," said the official, who asked Other such restorations or reconstruc- The official said he thought further ministrator of Kaunas.
pot to be identified. tions were to follow, the Vatican of- meetings would be held to discuss both
ficial said. issues. Lithuania is the only Soviet republic
Among participants of the meeting Asked about the effect on overall with a Catholic majority. About 80
were the newly appointed president of The church, built to hold 3,000 peo- churches-state relations in the Soviet percent of its population is believed to
the Lithuanian bishops' conference, ple, has been used as a concert hall Union, he said: "This could set some- be Catholic, despite decades of restric-
Bishops Vincentas Sladkevicius, and since it was seized by the government in thing in motion. But progress will be tions on church activities.
Miami, Florida / THE VOICE / Friday, May 27,1988 / PAGE 3
lull, wiuu UlCSSCU LUt l U L U l t UL Lilt* U1ULCL1 O
iucation , representatives foresee a were circulated to the respondents. • Social justice issues will be major
educational ministry, were to be the
lurch in the year 2007 in which social Developed in the late 1960s, the priorities in the church.
basis of discussion at the Catholic
istice issues are major priorities, the Education Futures Project national Delphi technique, which takes its name • The church will improve the status
atus of women is improved through symposium May 19-26 at the University from the ancient Greek oracle, asks ex- of women through education.
Iucation, Catholic schools have fewer of Dayton. perts to make predictions based on • The Rite of Christian Initiation of
an 1 million students, and the The symposium was to bring statements about the future. Adults will be implemented in almost
amber of Catholic colleges is cut in together more than 300 educators, Through three rounds, participants all U.S. parishes.
df. theologians, futurists and historians to stated their opinions, wrote contrary • The majority of Catholics will be
That picture of the church of the develop an agenda for Catholic educa- opinions when they disagreed with the in South America and Africa.
iture was envisioned by 336 represen- tion in the 21st century. majority, and tried to reach consensus • Fifty percent of U.S. Catholics
tives of 18 Catholic educational on the likelihood of an event occurring will be Hispanic.
In the Delphi exercise, a series of 50
ganizations who participated in a statements dealing with such trends as by 2007, its desirability and its impact • The main goal of Catholic schools
Delphi" survey in 1987. the decreasing number of priests, the on the church. will be to produce an informed social
The results of the survey, which ad- declining enrollment in Catholic Survey respondents represented a conscience.
• Parishes of at least 500 families
will have professional religiou
• U.S. workers will be retrained
Marxism vs. capitalism 'misses point'
LOS ANGELES (NC) — Los
Angeles Archbishop Roger M. Mahony
Papal critics don't understand—prelate Saying U.S. citizens are generous in
said interpreting Pope John Paul IPs fering of many in the poorest "desperate struggles" of the people for their private response to disaster and
latest encyclical as morally equating countries." freedom and human rights goes starvation when the need is clearly
Marxism and capitalism "misses the As an example, he cited the "tragic "almost unnoticed because it lacks an stated, the Los Angeles prelate called
point entirely." and continuing reality" of the arms East-West dimension." for "dramatically" re-shaping the U.S.
It is not the pontiff's role to serve as trade. He said superpowers and their The pope, said the prelate, is chal- foreign assistance program.
"chaplain to the Western Alliance, a lenging "the entire world — East, Archbishop Mahony said the pope's
cheerleader for NATO or a referee for West, North and South." social concerns encyclical "ought to put
the superpowers," said Archbishop Pope does not serve as "He criticizes the leaders of the to rest" the view that the U.S. bishops
Mahony. 'chaplain to the Western Third World governments, but he also are "somehow out of step with our Ho-
Instead, he said, "the pope stands emphasizes that the two superpowers ly Father or the Holy See on matters of
outside the two competing systems in Alliance, a cheerleader for have often transferred their political, economic justice."
the world, and challenges both the East NATO or a referee for the ideological and military conflicts to the The encyclical, he said, "strengthens
and the West to examine how their superpowers' poor nations," Archbishop Mahony the message" of the U.S. bishops' 1986
continuing rivalry and current policies said, adding that by doing so they have pastoral letter on Catholic social teach-
have contributed to the suffering of so —Abp. Mahony widened the economic gap between the ing and the U.S. economy.
any in our world." North and the South. "The focus of the church in this
Archbishop Mahony, chairman of In his encyclical, Pope John Paul country on economic justice is clearly
the U.S. bishops' International Policy allies compete to sell sophisticated and challenged wealthy nations, such as the not some fringe activity or the preoc-
Committee, made the comments in a costly weapons to nations which buy United States, to help nations in need, cupation of a single hierarchy, but a
May 16 address at the Los Angeles- them instead of using their financial the archbishop said. central concern of the universal church
based Skirball Institute on American resources to meet the pressing needs of "Sadly, our foreign assistance pro- and an urgent priority for our Holy
Values, part of the 81-year-old their people. gram is in disarray, with most foreign Father," said the archbishop.
American Jewish Committee. In Central America, Archbishop aid to other countries consisting in He added that he has found that
• His talk focused on the pope's encyc- Mahony said, ideological East-West military and security assistance," said those on both ends of the political spec-
lical letter titled "Solicitudo Rei debate has "all but overwhelmed the Archbishop Mahony, adding that less trum who try to use papal teaching to
Socialis" (On Social Concerns), releas- more basic causes of the crises: per- than .002 percent of the U.S. gross na- confirm their own particular ideolo-
ed Feb. 19. vasive economic injustice and denial of tional product is devoted to "genuine gical or economic views "run a great
The archbishop said he found it human rights in the region." development assistance" to the poorest risk of distorting the teaching" to fit
ironic "seeing American conservative Nearby in Haiti, he said, the nations. their political aims.
commentators lecture this Polish pon-
tiff on the economic and social dangers
of Marxist regimes."
The pontiff's defense of freedom,
Archdiocese takes over Mass for homosexuals
economic initiative, religious liberty CHICAGO (NC) Cardinal Joseph In his statement, Cardinal Bernardin community should be based." They
and human rights offer "no solace to L. Bernardin announced that the Arch- said a July 1987 resolution adopted by are:
those who rule their people by force — diocese of Chicago will assume spon- Dignity which questioned church • An affirmation that the rights and
whether on the right or the left," he sorship June 5 of a weekly Mass for gay teaching on homosexuality made it dignity of all people should be
said. and lesbian Catholics which had been "inappropriate" for the group to con- respected and protected.
In the encyclical, Archbishop sponsored by the Chicago chapter of tinue sponsoring the Mass. The Dignity • The condemnation of "arbitrary
Mahony said, the pope states that Dignity, a group which opposes church resolution, approved at a national discrimination and prejudice, violence
"continuing superpower rivalry in the teachings on homosexual activity. meeting, disagreed with church and harassment against a person
Third World has too often distorted or "I am very concerned that gay and teaching opposing homosexual activity. because of his or her sexual
delayed development, diverted lesbian Catholics receive the pastoral The statement said Cardinal Bernar- orientation."
resources, exacerbated ideological con- care of their church," said a statement din and the priests "agreed on some • The support of church teaching
flict and contributed to the real suf- from Cardinal Bernardin. basic principles upon which our which rejects homosexual acts but not
ministry to the Catholic gay and lesbian homosexual people.
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Women's pastoral draft
of the alienation of some women from
"For some women, the whole issue
of women's rights in the church
revolves around ordination," it says.
Bishops raise questions about ordinaton "They ask how the church can pro-
claim that women and men are equal
and at the same time deny ordination to
(Last in a four-part series.) women on the basis of sex... Some
By Jerry Filteau women are offended by the very sug-
WASHINGTON (NC) — The first gestion that a woman because of her
draft of the U.S. bishops' pastoral on WffjiM 1 sex cannot represent Christ or image
women calls for full equality of lay • 'Some women are him as a priest."
women in the church and asks for a I offended by the very The draft pastoral says that some
study of the possibility of women Catholics, including scholars, do not
deacons. 1 suggestion that a woman
find the arguments against ordination
It says some women "have left the I because of her sex of women "convincing or persuasive."
church" because of its "failure to or- § cannot represent Christ It urges "further study of the reasons
dain women" to the priesthood. behind the ban on,women priests.
The draft document, called "Part- 1 or image him as a
In treating the role of women in the
ners in the Mystery of Redemption," • person' church, the draft pastoral argues
was released April 12. It is to be revised I —Pastoral letter draft repeatedly that structural changes alo
after nationwide consultations. A sec- are not enough: Attitudes in ti.
ond draft is expected to be presented to church, and especially among those in
the bishops of the country for final authority, must change.
debate and a vote in November 1989. "Women have suffered from pro-
Chapter 4 of the draft, on women. found as well as petty discrimination
and the church, contains some of the because of an attitude of male domi-
pastoral's most challenging recom- nance which, in any form, is alien to
medations to church authorities and the Christian understanding of the
Catholics in general. function of authority," the draft says.
It calls for: "In the light of Jesus' teaching and
• A reversal of church norms ban- arships, for "theological, ministerial, involved in changing the structures and practice," it adds, "we reject actions by
ning women and girls from serving at religious and spiritual education" to patterns of social and ecclesial life that which women have been undervalued,
the altar. improve women's qualifications for account for the persistent oppression of subordinated, made objects of sus-
• A change in the church law prohib- "teaching, administration, counseling women." picion, condemnation, condescension,
iting women from being permanently and direction" posts in the church. • An end to patronizing attitudes to- or simply ignored.
installed in the lay ministries of reader • Inclusion of women "on the facul- ward women by the clergy. "Clericalism in pastoral ministry
and acolyte. ties and staffs" of seminaries and While the draft document repeats the often expresses patronizing attitudes
• A thorough study soon of the deacon formation institutes. position enunciated by the Vatican in that need to be eliminated. Men and
possibility of ordaining women to the • Use of "language that expresses 1976 that the church does not consider women must work together as respon-
diaconate. inclusivity wherever appropriate and itself able to ordain women priests, it sible, capable persons for the common
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priests. • Recognition that among semina-
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THE VOICE Miami, FL May 27, 1988 Page 7
2 Schools cited for excellence
St. Gregory's, St. Patrick's
get nationwide recognition
St. Patrick School on Miami Beach and St. Gregory's
in Plantation have received the 1988 Excellence in Edu-
cation award from the U.S. Department of Education.
The two arc among 31 Catholic schools in the nation to
be so honored, and the only two Catholic schools in
Florida to have received the award this year.
A total of 287 elementary schools, both public and
private, were selected nationwide out of more than 800
"iat applied. The winning principals will receive their
awards during presentations at the White House this fall.
"We're very excited. And we're very happy for our
families," said Sister M. Brendan, principal of St.
Gregory's, who believes that family involvement was the
key to her school's award.
"If families are involved in education, nice things
happen for kids," she said. "I think for anybody to go to
a Catholic school requires two kinds of commitment. One
is financial, which parents choose to make. And in our
school there's a second commitment: involvement. Our
parents must be involved in [their children's] education.
• More teachers,
students honored, pgs. 8-9
And it's a winning combination."
St. Patrick's recognition was especially sweet for its
principal, Christine Lamadrid, who graduated from the
school 20 years ago. Katy Bichler, 9, Christina Pocsik, 8, Amy Biebesheimer, 8, and Kristy Taylor, 6,
The "excellence in education" awards are given out on " f r o m S t " C o l e m a n > s parish in Pompano, place flowers at the foot of a statue
* KM ° * t h e B l e s s e d V i r g i n M a r y during a traditional May crowning ceremony. The
alternate years to elementary and secondary schools.
TOT Mdry girls later joined their mothers for a mother-daughter Communion breakfast, the
Criteria for the schools' selection includes a clear proceeds from which went to help Respect Life and babies with AIDS. (Voice
statement of philosophy and goals; comprehensive cur- photo / Bonnie Fischer)
riculum; attention to the individual needs of the students;
promotion of values and good discipline; strong leader- this year's competition. schools have been cited for excellence in the national
ship; a systematic program of pupil and school evalu- "We're very happy," said Sister Marie Danielle competition. Past winners have been: St. Thomas Aqui-
ation; and stress on parental and community involve- Amspacher, superintendent of Schools for the Archdio- nas High School in Fort Lauderdale ('85); St. Rose of
ment. Also, the majority of students have to achieve cese. "We're very proud of our schools and what they Lima Elementary in Miami Shores ('86); Cardinal Gib-
above grade level. stand for, and we've had an excellent track record." bons High School in Fort Lauderdale, and Lourdes
St. Kevin's School in South Dade also was a finalist in This is the fourth straight year that Archdiocesan Academy in Miami ('87).
AIDS threatens health care system
Charities workers and Catholic Charities U.S.A. boards. for her volunteer work at the Senior Cen- Archdiocese CCS were: Millicent Palmer
told at annual A Distinguished Contributions
Au;ud \s js uivon to Kalhorinc Drab, 97,
ter in Miami Shores.
Employees of the Year for the Miami
of St. John's Nursing and Rehabilitation
Services; Caridad Lopez of Catholic
awards luncheon Family Services; Patricia Childers, LPN,
of St. John's Nursing and Rehabilitation
By Prent Browning Services; Estrella A. Alvarez, of Centro
Voice Staff W r i t e r Hispano Catolico; and Sr. Lucia Ceccotti,
Over 60 employees and volunteers SSJC, Marian Center Director.
were honored at a Catholic Community Nominees for this award were Maria
Service (CCS) luncheon during which a Elena Garcia-Magrina of Centro Mater
keynote speaker described the challenge Child Care Center; Maria Torano of
AIDS patients present to the future health Boystown of Florida; and Jean Morrison
care system. of St. John's Nursing and Rehabilitation
Michael Maiello, A.C.S.W., execu- Center.
tive director of the Diocesan Secretariat Employees receiving Awards of
y " Social Ministries, Patterson, N.J., Appreciation for from 35 to 5 years of
^.vc&mmended making AIDS services service were: Gladys Garcia, Lloydine
nationwide reimbursable through Medi- McGuinn, Sr. Lucia Ceccotti, SSJC, Sr.
caid or Medicare. Paola Nofori, SSJC, Sr. Carla Valentini,
"Our failure to do that," he said, "is SSJC, Sr. Doris Gualan, Sr. Suzanne
going to result in putting health care serv- Simo, SSS, Mercedes L. Roca.
ices into bankruptcy or it's going to result Volunteers also received recognition
in these people getting absolutely no for from twenty years to five years of
treatment or low quality treatment." work. They were: Pilar Alonso, Barbara
Maiello also expressed concern that de la Fuente, Emma McCormack, Nieves
the elderly receive adequate home health Renedo, Ana Maria Reyes, Oliva Ro-
care, nutrition programs, transportation driguez, Josefina Carreno, Sarah Hoyle,
and other services. Susana B. Lacy, Toti Milian, Neva Baker,
"National health insurance," he Betty Bastable, Neil Bastablc, Stella
added, "is not in the cards for this country Bordman, Mary Bowen, Manuel J.
in the foreseeable future." Chavez, Hon. John F. Cosgrove, Sal
To help fill the gap, Maiello recom- Cricchio, Sylvia Curran, Pat Denning,
mended: mandatory care for Medicaid Rose Gebell, Tony Gebell, Pat Girrbach,
and Medicare patients; effective cata- Dr. Robert Goral, Georgia Kavanagh,
strophic health insurance coverage; and Harriet Kennedy, Mabel Leal, O. Michael
the inclusion of preventative programs Marinelli, Joseph F. McAloon, Dominick
and long term coverage as part of basic F. Miniaci, Elizabeth Mitchum, Charles
insurance policies. Moravus, Timothy J. Murphy, Mae Nes-
Two people were named volunteers son, Dick C. O'Connell, Helen O'Shea,
of the year at this year's luncheon. Clair Angela Pickett, Dr. Steve Popko, Minnie
Behr was named for her volunteer work at Ragazzino, Frances Shaheen, Paul B.
St. John Nursing Center, and Arthur W. Katherine Drab, 97, a volunteer at the Senior Center in Miami Shores, Shiring, Mae Simmons, Ann Smith,
Kane, Jr., was recognized for his volun- receives the Distinguished Contributions Award from Archbishop Edward Henry J, Stella, Sylvia Stulberger, John
teer contributions as a member of the CCS McCarthy. (Voice photo / Prent Browning) M. Tringali, Eleanor Zaccagnini.
Police officers' work
praised at Mass
By Prent Browning
Voice Staff Writer
Archbishop Edward McCarthy expressed his appreciation for the work of the police
and blessed a wreath that served as a memorial for Catholic police officers killed in the
line of duty at a special Police Appreciation Mass on May 17.
"Without you it would be a jungle," he said during the Mass at St. Martha Church
located at the Pastoral Center in Miami.
The Archbishop made special mention of the police officers who have recently died
in the line of duty, including Victor Estefan, and the 113 officers who have been killed
in Dade County since 1915.
Catholic police chaplains concelebrated the Mass with the Archbishop.
In a homily, Father Luis Rivera, the Hialeah Police Chaplain, spoke of the challenge
that Christians face in an increasingly secular and immoral world.
"We must, brothers and sisters, in this sometimes insane world, decide that we shal1
follow Him... who accepted the ridicule of the world and who accepted even the uncarin^
of the world."
Archbishop McCarthy blesses wreath for slain police officers. (Voicephoto/ Following the Mass, the Archbishop blessed the wreath, which was placed before
Prent Browning) a plaque at the Pastoral Center commemorating police officers who have died in action.
St. Brendan, Pace teachers honored for peace work
Two teachers from South Florida Catholic schools Her sixth-graders have studied the U.S. bishops' pas- she dedicates three days a year of her theology classes to
have been selected as 1988 Peace Educators of the Year toral letter on justice and the U.S. economy; they have the pro-life movement, bringing in guest speakers and
by the Grace Contrino Abrams Peace Education Founda- written to legislators to oppose oil drilling in the Florida movies from the Archdioccsan Respect Life Apostolate.
tion. Keys; they have passed petitions requesting that Florida "I can't sec how you could be pro-abortion and have
The Miami-based organization selected Angie Fernan- tighten its laws on handguns; they have raised funds to peace, because [the unborn baby] is a human life," said
dez, a sixth-grade religion teacher at St. Brendan School plant "community gardens" so that people in the poorest Vazquez. "You're still killing no matter which way you
in Miami, as a co-winner in the elementary school cate- sections of Miami will be able to feed themselves; and by look at it."
gory, and Terri Vazquez, who teaches theology at Msgr. making a personal appearance at city hall, they convinced Vazquez works closely at Pace with the 1987 high
Edward Pace High School in Opa-Locka, as the co- the Miami City Commission to allocate $15,000 to the school Peace Educator of the Year, Sister Caroljean
winner in the high school category. They shared their project, which is sponsored by End World Hunger, Inc. Willie. Sister CJ, as she is known, has worked at Pace for
awards with two teachers from public schools. "I'm ecstatic," said Fernandez upon learning of her three years, and currently coordinates social justice pro-
Vazquez is the second teacher from Pace to be honored award. "Peace and justice arc my whole life commitment, grams at the school, in addition to directing the Social
by the foundation. Sister Caroljean Willie, S.C., chairper- my dream, my reason for dreaming!" Justice Club. She was honored for her peace and justice
son of Pace's theology department, was last year's win- Vazquez, 24, has been teaching at Pace for two years. work in Third World countries.
ner at the high school level. In addition to her duties as theology teacher, she is co- Formerly a Peace Corps volunteer who plans to leave
A 10-ycar veteran of teaching who also spent three coordinator of social justice programs at the school and Pace this year to work with American Indians in New
years as a social worker with Catholic Community Serv- co-director of the Social Justice Club. She was recog- Mexico, Sister CJ, 40, has arranged for Pace twelfth-
ices, Fernandez has taught at St. Brendan for the past nized primarily for her work on behalf of the unborn. graders to travel to Belle Glade; Fla., four times a year and
three years. In addition to teaching religion to nearly 100 This year, she founded a Respect Life Club at Pace work with the Haitian Catholic Center there. She also
sixth-graders, she coordinates the Human Sexuality pro- which already has 40 members. One of the club's projects took some Pace students to the Dominican Republic last
gram at the school and is director of the After School Care was a Respect Life Day last October during which summ er, where they led a two-week camp for the children
Program. members distributed pro-life information and souvenirs in a small village.
Fernandez, 42, was recognized for her ability to trans- to their fellow students. Under her leadership, Pace students also sponsor a
late the lessons of the classroom into hands-on work for Vazquez also took four of her twelfth-grade students to sister school in Haiti, and they conduct an annual "Ton of
justice. the March for Life in Washington, DC, last January. And (continued on page 9)
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Four Catholic schools take top awards in annual countywide competition
Dade County's Catholic high schools teacher of Broward." speech competitions.
put on their strongest show ever at this 'It's long overdue. This year was the first time that a This year's strong Catholic school
year's Silver Knight competition, win- There are kids in these teacher has been recognized, and the cri- showing "is neat," she said, "because it's
ning three of the coveted awards and four [Catholic] schools who teria is similar to that for students — ex- long overdue. There are kids in these
honorable mentions. really do a lot and don't cellence and community service. schools who really do a lot and don't get
The competition was a bit tougher in get recognized.' Three Aquinas students also won hon- recognized."
Broward, but one Catholic senior still orable mentions this year: Mozella Lcn- The Silver Knight Awards began in
won a Silver Knight, three of her class- Jacqueline Becerra, non for music; Bill Mason for math; and 1959 in Dadeand 1984 in Broward. While
males won honorable mentions, and a St. Brendan's 1st Jennifer Lovejoy for social studies. this may have been a particularly good
teacher from the same school received the Silver Knight winner "The award was more than just for me. year for the Archdiocese's high schools,
first-ever "outstanding teacher" award. It was for the whole school to share," said their individual performance overall is
Silver Knights are given out annually St. Brendan's first-ever Silver Knight noteworthy:
by The Miami Herald to high school sen- ognized in the competition, and the sec- winner, Jacqueline Becerra, who was • Cardinal Gibbons in Fort Lauderdale:
iors who excel both academically and in ond time Pace had won a Silver Knight. recognized for her excellence in speech Five Silver Knight winners and eight
service to their school and community. Both Pace and Belcn also won honor- and the way she used those skills to serve honorable mentions;
Nominees are put through a rigorous able mentions this year: in foreign lan- her fellow students. • Chaminade in Hollywood: One Silver
screening which includes personal inter- guages for Belcn's Enrique Arlalejo; and S he was one of the founders of SHARE Knight and seven honorable mentions;
views with judges and the submission of in athletics for Pace's Ann Marie Wessel, — Students for Honest Affirming Rela- • Columbus in Miami: Seven Silver
lengthy and detailed applications. whose sister, Margie Wessel-Scott, was tionships with Each other—a school club Knights and 16 honorable mentions;
Thirty-nine public and private schools Pace's first Silver Knight winner, also in which provides peer counseling; and • La Salle in Miami: Five Silver
in Dade and 29 in Broward nominated athletics, in 1977. through SHARE she also led a successful Knights and three honorable mentions;
more than 400 students this year in more Two other honorable mentions went to campaign to have an alcohol-free prom. • Lourdes in South Miami: One Silver
than a dozen categories. Christopher Columbus High School in Becerra's accomplishments are typical Knight;
In Dade County, the winners were: Miami: David Lovely in business and of those of all the Silver Knight winners. • Madonna in Hollywood: Three hon-
Belen Jesuit's Raul Esparza in drama; Glenn Barquet in science. She said what made her even happier orable mentions;
Msgr. Edward Pace's Sabrina Sanchez in In Broward, St. Thomas Aquinas' Col- was seeing that fellow Catholic students • Pace, counting this year's winners:
art; and St. Brendan's Jacqueline Bcccrra leen Grady won in the general scholarship also were being honored. Four years ago, Two Silver Knights and six honorable
in speech. It was the first time St. category, and social studies teacher Wil- she graduated from Immaculate Concep- mentions;
Brendan's and Bclen had ever been rcc- liam Heller was honored as "outstanding tion School in Hialeah with Pace's Silver • St. Thomas Aquinas, counting this
Knight winner, Sabrina Sanchez, and year's winners: Seven Silver Knights and
St. Rose parishioner made Knight of Malta knew Belen's winner, Raul Esparza, from 13 honorable mentions.
Dr. Chester Morris, a lout: He is also chief of obstetrics and gyne-
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The Knights of Malta date back to the
Two named peace educators
member of the Sovereign Military Or- 11 th century, and are a religious com- (continued from page 8) whose theme was "Visions of Peace: The
der of the Knights of Malta. munity of lay brothers and chaplains, Love" campaign each Thanksgiving World I Want to Live In." Thousands of
The investiture ceremony took place active in nearly 80 countries around the which last year collected three tons of students in public and private schools
at Si. Matthew's Cathedral in Washing- world, whose aims arc the sanclificaiion food for the needy in South Florida. throughout Dade County participated by
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faithful and devoted service to his par- Church, and hospital and charitable tion, named after a former Miami Beach projects to achieve peace in the world.
ish, where he currently serves as usher. work. High teacher, was begun about 10 years Carmelle Colson, an llth-grader at
ago to promote non-violent conflict reso- Pace High School, won first place in the
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Miami, Florida / THE VOICE / Friday, May 27,1988 / PAGE 9
Fast for the hungry
St. Maurice parish nets $5,000, greater awareness of poor
By Bonnie Fischer
Voice Correspondent Eight St. Maurice parishioners formed
A stroke has lcfl him paralyzed in his a committee to organize the fast, and sent
left leg and left arm, but thatdidn'tstop Si. invitations to area churches to join in=
Maurice parishioner Harold Truchscss "This is a way of making a statement of
from participating in the church's recent our own faith," said commiltec member
40-hour fast for the poor. Dick Walters. "I want to walk in their
"I need lots of bed rcsl, so I can't stay shoes because if I do, God will move in a
the entire 40 hours, but I'm going to powerful way in our lives."
partake as much as possible. I'll do as Walking in their shoes for those fasting
much as I can," said Truchscss. meant starting with silent prayer at 5 p.m.
Truchsess was one of approximately Friday and concluding with 9:45 a.m.
100 people fasting and praying to raise Mass Sunday. The fasting period was
funds for the poor and hungry at the May punctuated by talks of visiting ministers,
20-22 "Forty Hours in Their S hoes" fast at Eucharist and song, while all the time the
St. Maurice in Hollywood. fasters endured stifling humidity and 90-
The first-time event, organized by St. degree temperatures.
Maurice pastor Father Sean Mulcahy, But the heat didn't affect the mood of
brought Catholics and Protestants to- the fasters. Rather, the primitive camp-
gether from as far away as the neighbor- ing-style conditions of air mattresses and
ing Archdiocese of Palm Beach. They sleeping bags tossed casuall y on the damp
St. Maurice parishioner Ron Prekup meditates on the Bible while lying in a ground reflected the main reason for the
gathered for song, prayer and fasting hammock during the "40 Hours in their Shoes" fast. (Voice photo / Bonnie
under a tent on the church's east lawn. event.
Held to coincide with the feast of Pen- "This is the way the Third World lives
tecost, the fast sought to reflect the Bibli- the Third World," he explained. "Most of Program, which supports area soup kitch- every day, without the comforts of
cal meaning of the number 40, said Father them are happy to receive a bowl of rice. ens. In addition to increasing participants' home," said Father Mulcahy glancing
Mulcahy. It's not a meal as we understand it." level of spirituality, the fast was designed outside the tent at the pouring rain on
"Any great spiritual movement took Those fasting received money from to awaken the community as a whole to Friday night. "We do this once or twice a
place after a fast—Christ's 40 days in the friends and relatives who sponsored them the plight of the poor. year, big deal. But those people do it 365
desert, for example. We wanted to get in for the number of hours they fasted. Fa- "We hope to raise the consciousness of days a year."
touch with that desert experience," he ther Mulcahy expected to raise about the community, so that more and more JoeGarnarano, visiting from St. Joan of
said. $5,000. The money will be distributed to people will be aware that it's not just the Arc parish in Boca Raton, agreed. "By
A bowl of rice was the only meal Food for the Poor, a Pompano Beach- government and the Pope giving to the doing this I hope that one day it will
participants ate, to "remind us that 75 based organization which helps the poor poor. We are the government and we are answer Jesus' prayer—'Father, may they
percent of the world's population lives in in Haiti, and to the St. Maurice Hunger the Pope," said Father Mulcahy. be one as You and I are one.'"
AT ST. THOMAS AQUINAS HIGH SCHOOL
Kids learn to pray the Rosary
By Ana Rodriguez-Soto undertaken here," he added.
Voice News Editor As part of the lessons, students were given the oppor-
It's an unusual sightcven in a Catholic school: students tunity to ask questions about Mary. Some of them won-
carrying rosaries and reciting Hail Marys. dered why she has more than one title (Our Lady of
But that's what's been happening almost the whole Fatima, Our Lady of Guadalupe), others asked about her
month of May at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort relationship to Jesus, and still others wondered why non-
Lauderdale. Every religion class has devoted about a Catholics misunderstand the nature of Catholic devotion
week to the study of the Blessed Mother, what the Church to Mary.
believes about her, and that traditional Marian prayer, the "They wanted the answers so they can explain that
Rosary. we're not praying to a statue," said Father Harris.
As part of the program, every one of St. Thomas' nearly Students have responded favorably to the classes, he
2,000 students, from ninth to twelfth grade, has spent one added, and several parents have been impressed enough
class period in the chapel simply praying the Rosary. to write the school and praise the program.
Thanks to the generosity of one parent, every studentalso "It was such a shock when their son or daughter came
has been given his or her own Rosary to keep. home and said 'we really should be pray ing the Rosary,'"
Called "A Teaching Moment for the Mother of God," said the priest. "We're not saying to the kids [that they
the special program was devised by St. Thomas' chap- should] say the entire Rosary every day, because with
lain, Father Yatcs Harris, and the head of the school's their lifestyle it's impossible. But we're encouraging
Theology department, Linda Frecrks. them to at least say one decade a day."
The program was a way of "making the Marian Year "A lot of the kids really have not touched [their rosa-
and the month of May have some meaning for our ries] since first Holy Communion," noted Frecrks, the Eleventh-graders Shannon Sanders and Joelen
students," said Father Harris. The goal was "to teach the theology department's chairperson. Yet "a lot of kids Congemi pray the Rosary during religion class at
importanceofMaryaspartofthedoctrineoftheChurch." today are looking for a tradition and a sense of heritage in St. Thomas Aquinas High School. (Voice photo/A
"This is about as worthwhile as any [program] we've their religion, and [the Rosary] provides them with that." R. Soto)
St. Bonaventure starts building 'home of our own'
Parishioners of St. Bonaventure and Shcnandoah was strictly orange
Church in west Broward broke ground groves," Father Prendergast said, refer-
recently for their first permanent home, a ring to the housing developments which
parish center which should be completed are located within the parish boundaries.
within a year. Most of St. Bonavcnture'sparishioners
The multi-purpose facility, to be lo- arc young families and professionals, but
cated at 136 Ave. and S W 14 St. in Davie, there arc also some retirees, making for a
just cast of 1-75, will be used both for "good variety," said the pastor. "People
Sunday worship and social gatherings, have gotten to know each other strictly
said Father Edmond Prendergast, found- from the church," he noted.
ing pastor. Father Prendergast added that "there's
"It's very important for a sense of iden- a great sense of excitement and enthusi-
tity for any parish that we have a place we asm" among parishioners over the new
can point to and call our own," said the parish center. A fund-raising drive begun
priest. He explained that since St. Bonav- in January already has netted over
cnlure was founded almost three years St. Bonaventure pastor, Father Edmond Prendergast, welcomes parishion- $439,000 in pledges, nearly half of the
ago, parishioners have been gathering for ers to groundbreaking ceremony. (Voice photo /Marlene Quaroni) estimated $1 million costof the building.
Mass at a public school, Flamingo Ele- noon on Sundays. tremendously over the last three years, "We're proud of this community," he
mentary. "It was a great sacrifice for people [at and now numbers 500 families. Carved said. "They're just wonderful, wonderful
At first they shared the facility with a first] but they were willing to put up with out of St. David parish to the east, St. people who have a great sense of what the
Baptist group, and could only celebrate the inconvenient hours," said Father Bonaventure is located in the middle of a Church is all about and are willing to
Mass at 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 8 a.m. Prendergast, "an indication of their loy- suburban area that is rapidly being devel- sacrifice to make a dream a reality."
on Sundays. It is only recently that they alty to the Catholic community." oped. For more information about St. Bonav-
have been able to expand to a more regu- Indeed, despite having no "place of its "Houses are going up every day. There enture, its Mass schedule and parish ac-
lar Mass schedule: 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and own," St. Bonaventure parish has grown were no houses in Weslin when we started tivities, call 389-7238.
PAGE 10 / Miami, Florida / THE VOICE / Friday, May 27,1988
By Guillermo Fernandez
Staff Writer, La Voz St. John Bosco marks 25 years of welcoming
The parish of St. John Bosco has an
open-door, opcn-hcarl policy.
For 25 years, from its Little Havana
immigrants of all nationalities
location, it has been reaching out to all
the different immigrant groups that have
arrived in South Florida. Many of them
consider St. John Bosco their first
"We are open 24 hours a day for
everyone who needs help," says
Angelita Esparragucra, current director
of the parish's religious education
program and a parishioner for more
than 20 years. St. John Bosco, she said,
'keeps its doors open for all immi-
Celebrating its 25th annviersary this
month, the parish is still located at the
site of the old garage where it was
founded, on Flagler Street and NW 13
Ave. It was established in 1963 to meet People gather outside St. John
the needs of the growing number of Bosco Church prior to the building's
dedication in 1965. Above, Fattier
Cubans who were fleeing Fidel Castro's
Emilio Vallina, founder and still
communist regime. pastor of the parish.
Over the years, St. John Bosco has
struggled to become the strong commu-
nity it is now. supports you and always expects the
"In the past we served Cuban best of every person."
refugees," says Esparraguerra, recalling "He is a person extremely dedicated
her own experience of being served by 'One thing is certain. We will continue with to the mission entrusted him by God,"
the parish. "Today we serve Nicara- said Gustavo Caballero. "He lives out
guans, Salvadorans, and everyone else
our policy of open doors for those in need.' his priesthood to the fullest."
the Lord sends." Father Emilio Vallina, pastor of St. John Bosco "I don't know why I've been here for
"These people arc anxious to find so long," said Father Vallina. "I was
here the cultural flavor and religious ordained to work in Cuba, but I've
traditions they were forced to leave "When we come h6rc we don't feel At that time, "all the Cubans were spent most of my priesthood in Miami. I
behind," she said. "And as a Christian like strangers," added Guadamuz. "Here settling in this area," said the priest, am ready to go wherever I am sent If it
community, that's what we want to we feel like family." referring to what is now known as Little has been God's will to have me here all
offer them." All together, nearly 900 children Havana. this time, I accept it willingly and with
St. John Bosco offers a variety of participate in the various programs While the old garage building was all my heart."
programs for all its members, from the offered by the parish, from the after- being rebuilt, the newly-formed parish Caballero is one of many people who
young to the old: children, teenagers, school to CCD, youth groups, and altar met at the Tivoli Cinema on SW 8th St., grew up in St. John Bosco parish, where
couples, married couples, the elderly. boy training. and Father Vallina visited parishioners he received his First Communion, but
Of course, every other parish in the "We have to think, not of how many "door to door, getting too much sun," in later moved out of the area and into
Archdiocese offers similar programs, [kids] we have, but of how many we an effort to build a strong community another parish. He returns every year,,,
but the ones offered by St. John Bosco don't have," says Father Emilio Vallina, that would respond to their needs. however, to take part in St. John
seem to have a special touch. Take, for founder and still pastor of St. John These first "missions" were fruitful. Bosco's annual Passion Play.
example, the parish's after-school Bosco. At the end of each mission a small Other former parishioners return
program, called "Escucla Rcligiosa Father Vallina says he will never community was formed, and later these frequently as well, even if they have
Cfvico-Patriota" (Religious, Civic- forget the appointment he had 25 years joined together to create the parish. By moved to other states.
Patriotic School). ago with the late Archbishop Coleman the time they moved into their church "They have maintained a special love
"When I leave school I go straight to Carroll. They met on the corner of on May 30,1963, a small but lively to St. John Bosco because here they
church," says Alfredo Guadamuz, 15. "I Flagler and NW 13th Avenue. "When congregation existed which would found not only God. They found an
lcam judo, Spanish and religion." he saw me, he gave me some keys, ensure the dynamism of the parish for open door and were treated like family,"
The after-school program is designed pointed to an old garage and told me it years to come. said Father Vallina, adding: "There are
to keep youngsters busy until their was mine." As the parish goes down in history, so two places in Miami every Cuban visits
parents get out of work. The kids who "I was shocked," said Father Vallina. will Father Vallina. The Cuban priest, when he comes back: the Shrine of Our
attend learn a little bit of everything: "It was a great responsibility, but at the ordained in 1952, is the only pastor the Lady of Charity and St. John Bosco."
drawing, typewriting, needlepoint, self- same time he gave me his vote of parish has ever had. But things might change in the future.
defense, ballet, ceramics, etc. They are confidence." "He is a model priest, a wonderful The St. John Bosco people have come
also taught good manners and super- Father Vallina praises Bishop Carroll person, humble and charitable with to know, with its irregular walls and
vised while they do their homework. as a great visionary who knew enough everyone, who treats all persons annexes added on over the years, might
Incredibly, the after-school program to accept the avalanche of refugees that equally," said Margot Zavala, a look different.
has been around for 20 years. Enroll- came at him just a few years after the parishioner since 1966. "If he has to go "We want to build a new church and
*.nt costs $25 a month, but families diocese was created. to the hospitals, or gets called at use the present building for a parroquial
rriio can't afford the whole fee also are "He was a strong man, but deep down midnight or at any hour, Father Vallina school," said Father Vallina.
welcome. he was a very gentle human being," said is always there." But while the parish exterior might
"The youngsters are surrounded by a Father Vallina. "He was the one who "He lets each parishioner develop his change, "one thing is certain," Father
religious atmosphere where their fought in Washington for the benefits or her talents for the service of the Vallina said. "We will continue with
cultural roots are appreciated," said and welcome Cubans received when community," said Surila Mora. "He our policy of open doors for those in
Esparraguera. they arrived in this country." keeps tabs on every group, you know he need."
ARCHD1OCKSE OF MIAMI nary, effective September 12,1988. The Rev. Mr. Manuel Alfonso - to Permanent
The Pastoral Center announces that Archbishop McCarthy The Rev. Gary Wiesmann - to Archdioccsan Director of Deacon of St. John the Apostle Church, Hialeah, effective
has made the following appointments: Vocations, effective September 12, 1988, with residence to May 14,1988,
The Rev. James Murphy - to Chairman of the Priests continue in Little Flower Church. The Rev. Mr. Robert Binder • to Permanent Deacon
Personnel Board, effective June 1st., 1988, and member of the The Rey. Raul Angulo - to Associate Pastor of St. of St. John Neumann Church, Miami, effective May 14,1988.
Archdioccsan Incardinaiion Committee, effective May 17, Thomas the Apostle Church, effective June 15,1988. The Rev. M r . Nicholas Costea - to Permanent
1988. The Rev. Oscar Brantome - to Associate Pastor of St. Deacon of St. Malachy Church, Tamarac, effective May 14,
The Rev. Ignacio Carbajales - to Associate Pastor of Agnes Church, Key Biscayne, effective June 22,1988. 1988.
Liule Flower Church, Coral Gables, effective June 15,1988. The Rev. Pedro Corces - to Associate Pastor of Corpus The Rev. M r . Roger Currier - to Permanent Deacon
The Rev. Pablo Navarro - to Archbishop's represen- Christi, Miami, effective Juno 22,19S8. of Our Lady of the Lakes, Miami Lakes, effective May 14,
tative to the Priests Personnel Board, effective June 1st., 1988. The Rev. James Hampton - to Associate Pastor of Sacred 1988.
The Rev. Jorge Perales - to St. Vincent de Paul Heart Church, Homestead, effective June 22,1988. The Rev. Mr. Ronald Fathauer - to Permanent
Regional Seminary, effective July 1st., 1988. The Rev. Frank Kudio - to Associate Pastor of St. Deacon of St. John Neumann Church, Miami, effective May
The Rev. Anthony Acevedo - to Associate Pastor of Timothy Church, Miami, effective June 22,1988. 14,1988.
Good Shepherd Church, Miami, effective November 1st., The Rev. Jean Pierre - to Associate Pastor of St. James The Rev. M r . Carl Hubbell -to PermanentDeaconof
1988. Church, Miami, effective June 22,19S8. St. Bartholomew Church, Miramar, effective May 14,1988.
The Rev. Daniel Kent - to Associate PastorofSt. James The Rev. Michael Souckar - to Associate Pastor of Holy The Rev. Mr. Charles Perron - to Permanent Deacon
Church, Miami, effective June 15,1988. Family Church, North Miami, effective June 22,1988. of Sis. Peter and Paul Church, Miami, effective May 14,1988.
The Reverend Liam Quinn - to Associate Vocations The Rev. M r . Vincent Farinato - to Permanent Deacon The Rev. Mr. Feliciano Sierra - to Permanent
Director with residence in St. John Vianncy College Semi- of St. Mark Parish, Fort Lauderdalc, effective May 14,1988. Deaconof St. Ann's Mission, NaranjacffectiveMay 14,1988.
Miami, Florida / THE VOICE / Friday, May 27,1988 / PAGE 11
6 New Priests, 8 new deacons Hymns were sung in Spanish, English, The accents were different but the
By Prent Browning arrived in South Florida in 1979; and James
Voice Staff Writer John Hampton, 54, of Coral Gables' Little Latin, Greek and Creole (a communion voices all seemed to express the same
Flower parish, who had been a permanent hymn was sung by a choir from Notre emotion —joy— as the new priests
Six men were ordained priests in a joy-
deacon since 1981. Dame d'Haiti Chapel) and the entire Mass emerged into the cloudless noonday after
ous multilingual, multicultural ceremony
The ceremony reflected the various was translated into yet another language— the ordination.
at St. Mary Cathedral May 21 that empha-
backgrounds of the candidates. Arch- the language of the deaf. Dozens of deaf For Father Souckar, who wanted to
sized the diversity of the Catholic Church
bishop McCarthy conducted the ordina- and handicapped people from the Schou become a priest ever since he was a little
in South Florida.
tion in each new priest's native tongue. Memorial Center for the Deaf and Handi- boy, the feeling was difficult to describe.
The ordination included several "firsts."
Jean Pierre himself read the Gospel in capped, where one of the new priests has "It's just beyond words. It's wonderful!"
It was the first time that a Haitian priest and
Creole. helped out, occupied front rows. he said smiling so hard he could have
a Nicaraguan priest were ordained for the
opened up a branch smile.
Miami Archdiocese, and Ihe first time that
a man ordained to the permanent deaconate "I feel great," beamed Father Hampton.
here had gone on to become a priest. "So super are the people!" exclaimed
The new priests are: Michael A. Father Jean Pierre, who was immediately
Souckar, 26, a Fort Lauderdale native; surrounded by many proud Haitians wish-
Pedro Manuel Corces, 30, who was born in ing to congratulate him and receive h
Cuba; Jean Pierre, 33, a native of Haiti; blessing. Bishop Alix Verrier, of Lcs
Frank Kudlo, 35, a native of Long Island; Cayes in Haiti, was one of the concelc-
Oscar R. Brantome, 36, a Nicaraguan who brants at the ordination Mass.
As the first Haitian priest ordained in
Miami, Father Jean Pierre immediatly
First became a symbol of the progress that the
Haitian community has made in South
Florida. Likewise, many Nicaraguans
Nicaraguan: crowded around Father Brantome asking
him to bless them.
Nearly 2,000 relatives and friends of the
After exile, new priests had packed the aisles and choir
loft of the Cathedral for the ordination.
Archbishop McCarthy, in the ancient
faith alone ceremony, asked the priest-candidates a
series of formal questions eliciting their
commitment to devote themselves to the
remains ministry of God. After that, the six men
knelt before the Archbishop, pledging their
obedience, and then prostrated themselves
By Maria Vega on the altar while the congregation joined
Staff Writer, La Voz in asking for the intercession of the saints.
Miami's Nicaraguan community
Then Archbishop McCarthy — and all
could take pride last Saturday, when
the other concelebrating priests — placed
Oscar Brantome became the first
his hands on the head of each candidate and
Nicaraguan to be ordained to the
prayed for the gift of the Holy Spirit.
priesthood in the Archdiocese of
Everyone in the congregation par-
ticpated in the liturgy. Haitians in the choir
After many years of studies and
loft made an effort to sing hymns in Span-
training, Brantome is happy to have
ish and English as well as Creole. At the
reached his goal. "I'm so happy I feel
end of the ceremony there was thunderous
my heart is going to burst," he said
and prolonged applause.
just before his ordination.
Sister Mary Tindel, director of the Ca-
Brantome, 36, arrived in Miami in
thedral choir, was impressed with the
1979, following, by two weeks, his
"enthusiasm and joy" of the congregation
family's exodus from their native
during the ordination. Sister Tindel had
Nicaragua. With a Master's degree in
worked for several months with the priest-
economics, he found employment in
candidates themselves getting their ideas
banking, but decided to get closer to
Newly-ordained Father Oscar Brantome greets well-wishers after the and input on various aspects of the liturgy.
his vocation by working for the
ceremony. (Voice photo /Prent Browning) "The celebration was so joyous," she
Church. So he began keeping the
said afterwards. "It was really 'church' on
books at St. Mary Cathedral "while I
Saturday. It was all of us. It was not a
decided whether to go to the
divided church, it was a united church."
Having grown up in a Catholic
family who greatly valued the Christ."
priesthood, Brantome always had the Brantome is also concerned about the
support of his brothers and parents, welfare of his people: "One is always
Alfredo and Mirthala. "They were bleeding for his country," he said. And
very happy when I entered the he can't forget that all Nicaraguans,
seminary." "both the ones here and the ones there,
Branlome says he knew when he are suffering equally."
was 14 that he was called to the One of the roles of the Church, he
priesthood. In Nicaragua, he was an added, is to stand up for justice, "a
active member of the Juventud justice based on love."
Estudiantil Catolica (Catholic Youth For the moment, however, Brantome is
Group) and frequently traveled to looking forward to parish work, "if
remote villages to help prepare people possible in a multicultural parish." He
to receive the sacraments. will celebrate his first Mass on May 22,
• He refers to his vocation as "a sure at 12:30 p.m. at St. Agatha Church, 1111
thing," although he can't explain it. SW 107 Ave.
"Some things are just God's will." "Hispanics have a lot to offer, to do
During the time he worked at St. and to say within the [U.S.] Church," he
Mary's, he realized he couldn't wait said.
any longer to go through with it. As happened with the Cuban refugees
'"Your time is here,' God told me, in earlier years, many^Nicaraguans in
and I went to the seminary" — St. South Florida are already coming
Vincent de Paul in Boynton Beach, to forward with priestly vocations. Based
be exact, where he obtained his on his own experience as an exile,
Master's in Divinity degree. Brantome says what happens is that
He was ordained a deacon last people who are forced to leave
January and has worked ever since at everything behind — possessions,
St. Patrick's in Miami Beach. "I've family, memories — soon begin to
always been happy there," he said. realize that nothing is forever. "Only
When he talked about his future life your faith and God remain when you
as a priest, he admitted it is a difficult have nothing left."
vocation, but added that a priest can He added that he faces his new
have only one goal in mind: "the responsibilities feeling charged with
James Hampton, until then a permanent
salvation of the world through energy and "full of the strength of God." deacon, is ordained a priest by Archbishop
McCarthy during ceremony last Saturday
PAGE 12 / Miami, Florida / THE VOICE / Friday, May 27,1988
ordained Father Oscar
Born in North Managua,
Nicaragua; majored in
economics; left homeland in
[1979; began studying for
priesthood in 1983; has been
assigned to St. Agnes Church,1
Father Pedro Manuel
Corces, 30 ordained
Born in Cuba but grew up in. deacon Carl
Miami; graduate of Miami Senior Hubbell gets
High, Miami-Dade Community a hug from a
College and St. Thomas well-wisher
University; assigned to Corpus after the
Christi Church, Miami ceremony.
(Voice photo /
Father James J.
Born in Philadelphia, PA, moved
to South Florida in 1952, has
Deacons: 'Eagerness to serve'
been a parishioner of Little By Prent Browning
Flower in Coral Gables for the Voice Staff W r i t e r
past 25 years; ordained a Eight new Permanent Deacons were ordained May 14 in a St. Mary's Cathedral packed with their friends and
permanent deacon in 1981; relatives.
assigned to Sacred Heart Ronald D. Fathauer, from St. John Neumann parish in Miami, Carl W. Hubbell, from St. Bartholomew's in
Church, Homestead Miramar, Charles A. Perron of Sts. Peter and Paul in Miami, Freddy Sierra of St. Ann's Mission in Naranja,
Manuel Alfonso of St. John the Apostle in Hialeah, Robert Binder of St. John Neumann in Miami, Nicholas J.
Father Frank J. Costea of St. Malachy in Tamarac, and Roger Currier of Our Lady of the Lakes in Miami Lakes were all ordained
Kudlo, 35 by Archbishop Edward McCarthy in the Saturday ceremony.
Grew up in Hyde Park, NY; The age-old rite began with applause — the congregation indicating that it approved of the candidates before
obtained a degree in biology the Archbishop formally accepted them into the deaconatc.
from Marist College in "Serve God and mankind with love and joy," the Archbishop instructed them as they came forward to receive
Poughkeepsie, NY and worked the laying on of hands.
as a respiratory therapist for 15 Archbishop McCarthy emphasized that their duty is to serve. "I salute you... your eagerness to serve, seeking
years before deciding to study no recognition, simply being able to give."
for the priesthood; assigned to Each candidate first kneeled before the Archbishop and then lay prostrate on the floor to symbolize obedience
St. Timothy Church, Miami to the bishop and the church.
Deacon Perron of Sts. Peter and Paul took a special vow of celibacy. Single deacons cannot marry after
Father Jean Pierre, 33 ordination and married deacons cannot re-marry if their spouse dies.
The wives of the other deacons took part in the ceremony by helping to vest their husbands with a stole, over
Born in Thomazeau, Haiti, which is placed the liturgical garb of the deacon, the dalmatic. In order to become deacons in the Miami
where he completed high school Archdiocese it is required that the candidates have the complete approval of their wives.
and seminary training; later The ordination is the culmination of three years of study and evaluation by program directors, professors, and
studied in seminaries in Mexico their pastors. Candidates must already be active in a ministry, have a balanced marriage and be financially
and Canada; speaks English, independent.
Spanish, French and Creole; As deacons their duties will include assisting the bishop and priest during the liturgy, officiating at baptisms
assigned to St. James Church and weddings, bringing Viaticum to the dying, and officiating at funerals and burial services.
in North Miami
Father Michael A.
Souckar, 25 Rev. Mr. Manuel Rev. Mr. Robert
Grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Alfonso Binder
attended St. Anthony elemen-
> tary school and St. Thomas
. St. John the Apostle St. John Neumann
- Aquinas High School, then St. parish, Hialeah; married, parish, Miami; married,
John Vianney College Seminary three children in their four children, ages 21 to
and St. Vincent de Paul Region- teens; works as 14; works as an
al Seminary; assigned to Holy custodian and library insurance agent
Family Church, North Miami clerk
I Rev. Mr. Nicholas Rev. Mr. Roger
too late ,* J. Costea
- j St. Malachy parish,
Our Lady of the Lakes
to be a priest , Tamarac; married, no
* children; retired
parish, Miami Lakes;
married, three children,
ages 27 to 24; works as
• Father James John Hampton, 54, comes to the an aircraft mechanic
priesthood by way of the permanent dcaconate.
A native of Philadelphia who moved to Miami
with his family in 1952, Father Hampton has been a
member of Little Flower parish in Coral Gables for 25 Rev. Mr. Ronald Rev. Mr. Carl W.
years. In 1986, he retired after 30 years as office D. Fathauer Hubbell
manager with Van Orsdel Mortuaries. Five years earlier, St. John Neumann St. Bartholomew parish,
he had been ordained a permanent deacon for the parish, Miami; married, Miramar; married, seven
Archdiocese. two children in their 20s; children, ages 32 to 23;
"After a number of years as a permanent deacon," works as a branch works as supervisor of
Father Hampton says, "it brought me to the realization manager for IBM communications
that the Lord was looking for more from me than just technicians
that." Following ordination he will join only a handful
of permanent deacons nationwide who have
subsequently been ordained priests. Rev. Mr. Charles A. Rev. Mr. Freddy
Father Hampton said he considered joining the Perron Sierra
priesthood for a long time before he became a Sts. Peter and Paul St. Ann's Mission in
permanent deacon. He spent his sophomore year in high parish in Miami; widower, Naranja; married, three t
school at a Franciscan Minor Seminary, St. Bonavcnture two children in their 50s; children, ages 22 to 15;
University in Allcgany, New York. works as an accountant works an an aviation
Father Hampton has been active in civic affairs in mechanic
the Coral Gables area. He is a former member and past
president of the Coral Gables Kiwanis Club.
Miami, Florida / THE VOICE / Friday, May 27,1988 / PAGE 13
Synod: Now it's time for action
(continued from page 1)
S ince he has taken part in the Synod deliberations from
the beginning, the Archbishop has said he is likely to en-
dorse most of the proposals.
These range from being more sensitive to the needs of
all the different ethnic groups in the Archdiocese to
putting more women in high-level positions and making
a greater effort to evangelize young people. (A summary
of the Synod conclusions was published in a special
section of The Voice April 15.)
The Archbishop will promulgate, or make public, his
decisions on Oct. 7, the 30th anniversary of the founding
of the Archdiocese.
"Painful at times as it may have been," he noted, the
Synod has been "our shared pilgrimage into eternal life."
Recalling his words three years ago, at the Mass
marking the formal opening of the Synod, he said it has
been an opportunity not only to "confront the failings of
our times, but even more to enkindle a new age of faith."
Is it not "lime for a new awakening in our Archdio-
cese... Is it not time for Camelot?" he asked.
"I feel wonderful," exclaimed Marsha Whclan after the
Mass. She is secretary to the Synod and one of three
The Synod's recommendations are taken up to members of the writing committee that shaped the final
the altar during a liturgical movement performed recommendations. "I'm relieved. I'm happy. It was good.
by Virginia Shuker; below, Archbishop McCarthy Something will come of it."
prays that God will bless the Synod's work, as Fa- "We have to wait and see. It's not yet finished," said
ther Kenneth Whittaker, general secretary and
promoter of the Synod, and other Synod mem- Inaki Rezola, who as one of three teenage members of the
bers watch. (La Voz photos / Araceli Cantero) Synod, started the process as a sophomore and graduated
from high school the week after the closing Mass. The
Synod body was composed of roughly equal parts priests
and Religious and laity.
"I have hopes that when this is implemented there will
be a renewal [in the Archdiocese]," said fellow Synod
member Carmen Martin, a chemistry teacher at La Salle Synod members pray during the solemn liturgy;
High School in Miami. inset: the pins and diplomas given out to Synod
members, as well as those who worked on sec-
"It's going to depend on how open we are at the parish retariats and commissions. (La Voz photos / A.
level," she added, echoing the cautious but hopeful sen- Cantero)
timents of other Synod members. "I think first of all we
need a conversion attitude within ourselves." "They spent a lot of sessions and time getting to the
Martin' s one regret was that "I don' t think many people meat of the suggestions that people made," she said. "I
in the parishes knew what we were doing." It might hurt think for the Archdiocese it's going to be like a new
with the implementation of the proposals, she said. spring."
But Toni Hcitzman, who as Synod facilitator for the But, she added, "We're going to really have to make
Miami Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women at- sure that the people in the parishes and the priests follow
tended some of the final meetings, said she "was very through on this. If they just drop it, I think we're going to
impressed" by the work of Synod members. miss the boat."
ARCHDIOCESE OF MIAMI
The Pastoral Center announces that
Abortion clinic bill needs help to pass
Archbishop McCarthy has made the fol- By Marge Donohue cleanliness, after-care and other patient-
lowing appointments: Voice Correspondent 'At the very least, the oriented matters.
The Rev. Edwin Hayes, OMI - to TALLAHASSEE - A bill which would State of Florida ... should Horkan has urged the House to adopt
Pastor of St. George Church, Fort Laudcr- tighten Abortion Clinic Licensing has restore to parents the the Senate version of the bill to try and
dale, effective September 1st., 1988.
The Rev. Francis Bagan, OMI - to
passed the Florida Senate and is now in ability to protect their restore some degree of safety and protec-
Pastor of St. Monica Church, Opa Locka, the House of Representatives. tion in these clinics. "At the very least,"
Described by Thomas A. Horkan, Jr.,
children.' he said, "the State of Florida should en-
effective September 1st.,' 1988.
The Rev. Alfonso Esteve - to As- executive director of The Florida Catho- Tom Horkan, force safety, health and sanitation stan-
sociate Pastor of Sis. Peter and Paul lic Conference, as "the most important Florida Catholic Conference dards in these, places, and should restore
Church, Miami, effective June 21,1988. bill to come before the legislature this to parents the ability to protect their chil-
The Rev. Timothy Piano - to Tem- year,"CS/SB 211, amended by a parental dren."
porary Associate Pastor of St. Brendan consent bill, SB 266, reinstates and light- Although leadership in the House has Noting that in 1983 four abortion deaths
ChuTch, Miami, effective June 1st., 1988.
ens up the Abortion Clinic Licensing been antagonistic lo pro-life legislation, occurred at one Miami clinic and that
The Rev. Sergio Cabrera - to As-
sociate Pastor of Our Lady of the Lakes Law, clearing up several technical de- Horkan emphasized, all abortion clinic another such clinic in South Dade was the
Church, Miami Lakes, effective June 21, fects. It also would require parental con- licensing is slated to terminate Oct. 1 scene of another death and a serious injury
1988. sent before a minor girl could obtain an unless the legislature acts. Pending in the following abortions in 1985, he urged that
The Rev. Jorge Cardona - to Asso- abortion. The latter provision contains all House is HB 1668, which simply rein- citizens contact their Representativ
ciate Pastor of St. John (he Apostle of the constitutional requirements im- states the requirement for licensing clin- urging them to pass the Senate version W
Church, Hialeah, effective June 1st., 1988. posed by Federal Courts. ics Without any provisions for sanitation, the bill at a full hearing before the House.
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'Miracle building' opens for elderly
I5y Lily Prellezo said Jimenez, who was previously man-
Voice Correspondent ager of Opa-Locka V illage, another of the
It has been called a building of mir- Archdiocese's elderly housing com-
acles. plexes. "It's called evangelization—
Palmer House, the newest low-income working through examples like Jesus
housing complex for seniors built by the showed us."
Archdiocese, opened its doors in March Concerned with the needs of his resi-
1988 to 145 very lucky people. It was dents, Jimenez believes in keeping them
officially dedicated this week by Arch- busy. "Watching TV in the room is the
bishop Edward McCarthy. most negative thing for their physical and
Palmer House's prime location is spiritual welfare."
across from Florida International Univer- The activities room is open every day
sity, snuggled between St. Agatha Catho- from 9 a. m. to 11 p. m., and exercise,
lic Church and a soon-to-bc-opened shop- English, art and crafts, and sewing classes
ping center. are a few of the planned events. A recent
Even before Palmer House was com- donation of a Bingo game will keep resi-
Icted, there was so much demand for dents busy at least one night a week. And
apartments there that the Archdiocese with the discovery of many musicians in-
held a raffle to select the residents. Al- house, it will not be necessary to hire a
most 1,700 people took part in the raffle, band for the next party.
and 300 lucky winners were asked to Palmer House is not a nursing home
submit formal applications for residency. A few of the residents of Palmer House gather in its spacious lobby. (Voice and does not staff doctors or social work-
S ince Palmer House is for elderly with photo / Lily Prellezo) ers to help the residents, although two
low and fixed incomes, these applications volunteers from St. Agatha visit many
for proof of income, references, bank ac- that I couldn't have asked for anything alarm system connected to every apart- residents on a weekly basis.
counts, and need. more." ment. A security guard is on duty from 10 The complex is geared towards self-
"I framed my winning ticketand placed The aesthetics of Palmer House proves p. m. to 8 a. m. sufficient residents 62 years or older liv-
it in the entrance of my apartment," said this point. The lobby reminds one of a The "building of miracles" phrase was ing on a fixed income of not more than
MayitaLedo. After retiring due to health fancy beach hotel: peach and mauve coined by a Lutheran minister who wit- $ 11,800 per single person or $ 13,500 per
problems from a busy job at World Book walls and tropical rattan love seats with nessed a great one in one of the residents, couple. Residents pay 30 percent of the
Encyclopedia, Ledo, widowed for 11 overstuffed colored cushions provide a an elderly gentleman who had been para- rent and the federal government subsi-
years, began to look at many low-income cozy atmosphere. Pastel prints adom the lyzed by a stroke. He refused to leave his dizes the rest Apartment dwellers are
housing developments throughout Mi- walls and lush plants add to the inviting apartment, wishing only to die. also alloted subsides for electricity.
ami. surroundings. At night, city lights Juan Jimenez, a eucharistic minister Aside from the location, cleanliness,
"I read in the paper about Palmer twinkle through picture windows in every from Sts. Peter and Paul Church, and and amenities, Palmer House provides
House, put my faith in the Virgin Mary, apartment. manager of Palmer House, plotted with family warmth. "We each have our pri-
and sent in my application. I couldn't Guests always receive a warm wel- some of the residents to lure the gentle- vacy, but we live in a family," said Ledo.
believe it when I won. And when I first come at Palmer House. Seven days a man to the domino table, since dominoes And no one wants to leave this home.
saw the apartment, I was so excited that I week from 8 a. m. to 8 p.m., the residents were his passion. At first he was dis- Confirms resident Maria Luisa Portugal:
couldn't remember what it looked like work two-hours shifts at the pink marble- gruntled that he could not even move the "Even if I won the lottery, I would just ask
when I was asked by my daughter and son like desk, screening visitors, answering tiles. Now, he plays every day. Jimenez how much I would have to pay to
to describe it," Ledo said. "All I know is the phone, and monitoring the high-tech "There are many stories like that one," make sure I never have to leave."
Haiti bishop: Poverty getting worse
By Ana Rodriguez-Soto ening spiral of misery. which were boycotted by the majority of
Voice News Editor But in an interview with The Voice, he the people. •
Poverty in Haiti is worse now than ever did note that "the government is touched" Earlier elections last November, the
before, says a Haitian bishop who visited by the situation, and frequently promises first truly free ones in 30 years, came to a
Miami last week. to do something about it. violent end when scores of Haitians wait- Bishop
The situation is so bad, in fact, that ilhas The Church, he said, remains objective, Alix
ing to cast their ballots were gunned down
given rise to "a new phenomenon" — "observing and waiting to see the by roving bands. Many witnesses have Les
children living on the streets, without [government's] actions." Perhaps, "if the said the military took part in the shoot- Cayes
food or clothing or parents to care for government had the support of the people, ings.
them. it could do more," he said, his only direct Bishop Verrier came to Miami to take In payment for their work, they'll take
Bishop Alix Vcrricr of Lcs Caycs, in reference to the questionable legitimacy part in the sixth annual conference of the whatever you give them.
the southwestern part of Haiti, wouldn't of Haiti's current leaders. Haitian Apostolate USA. During his stay, The Church is simply at a loss for how
comment directly on whether the Haitian President Leslie F. Maginat, he also celebrated a Mass for Miami's to help them, said Bishop Verrier, who
country's recently-elected government is the candidate favored by the military, Haitian community, who crammed into became head of the Diocese of Les Cayes
doing enough to alleviate the ever-wors- won his post in January, during elections the Notre Dame d'Haiti Church to hear just over a month ago, after being coadju-
the bishop plead for "a real change" in tor for the past two years.
Haiti. To make matters worse, the street kids
This "true, profound" change will only are only the most recent of "many prob-
come about, he said, when Haitians both lems" for which the Haitian Church is
inside and outside the country begin con- seeking solutions.
verting themselves, and conforming their The chief one is illiteracy, which af-
lives to the Gospel values of brotherhood fects more than 80 percent of the popula-
and justice. tion. The Church has embarked on a
Right now, Bishop Verricr told The massive campaign to teach people how to
Casting Voice, "one of the greatest preoccupa- read and write.
stones tions of the Church" is the two-year-old Other problems include the lack of
phenomenon of the street kids. adequate housing for the vast majority of
Mary Genden, a pa-
rishioner of St. These young people don't want to be the population; and the abysmal health
Richard's Church in beggars, he said. But work isn't easy to conditions under which most of the Hai-
Perrine, places a find in Haiti. So to preserve their dignity, tians live.
stone with her the street kids will wipe your windshield Unfortunately, Bishop Verrier said, the
family's name on it while you are stopped in traffic, or wash street kids are just another "consequence
alongside the your car while you go to the movies. of the poverty."
stones of other pa-
groundbreaking Haitians need 'suffering Church'
ceremonies last (continued from page J) States to visit communities of Haitian
Sunday for a new The leaders of Haiti's Church must exiles; and by having "good" priests from
realize that all the problems that affect Haiti — not the ones the Haitian Church
parish, led by their country are, to a greater or lesser itself wants togetridof—comeand work
Father Bryan extent, mirrored in their own attitudes in the United States.
Dalton, currently toward others — dictatorship, class dis- Father Midi also mentioned the plight
celebrates Mass in tinctions, inequities. "We always have to of "boat people" who are returned to Haiti
a multi-purpose be in a state of conversion," Father Midi after trying unsuccesfully to reach the
building. The new said. United States. Because they sell all they
church should be He also urged that the Church in Haiti possess to buy passage out of the country,
completed by they face worse misery than ever on their
and the Church in exile "walk together"
Easter of 1989.
by forming common organizations and return. The Haitian Church and the Hai-
(Voice photo / Marlene
Quaroni) cooperating with each other's projects. tian ministers in the United States could
This could be done by having bishops establish a fund to help these refugees get
from Haiti come regularly to the United started again, Father Midi said.
Miami, Florida / THE VOICE / Friday, May 27,1988 / PAGE 15
Planned Parenthood YOU THINK
founder racist? WEIL H/VE TO
Editor's Note: Miss Joleigh Little wrote this report on Margaret Sanger for a
high school history class in Solon Springs, Wisconsin. The 16-year-old pro-life
leader has spoken to pro-life groups in neighboring towns.
Margaret Higgins was born in a small, poverty-stricken town in New York in
1879. She was the sixth of 11 children, and her family was extremely poon
She married William Sanger in 1902, and proceeded to have an affair with Dr.
Havelock Ellis, a famous English author and sexologist. His wife Edith found
out, and committed suicide.
Margaret's main goal was to make birth control readily available to any
woman who wanted it. She had seen many women who were used by their
husbands as "breeding machines" and she wanted to eliminate this. Her goal
in itself wasn't a bad one, but some of her beliefs and the way she went
about achieving her goal were far from acceptable, even by today's standards.
For instance, Margaret believed that 70 percent of America's population had
an intellect less than that of a 15-year-old, what she called "feeble-minded."
She wanted to purify the genetic treasury by requiring parents to apply for
licenses to have babies. She also believed that "dysgenic" people (people
with "bad genes") should not be allowed to reproduce.
The following is from Margaret Sanger's own "Plan for Peace":
"B) To apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that
grade of population whose progeny are already tainted, or whose inheritance
is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring.
"E) To apportion farmlands and homesteads for these segregated persons
where they would be taught to work under competent instructors for the
period of their entire lives."
Does this sound slightly familiar? Think back to Nazi Germany during World
War II. Back then they called them concentration camps.
Margaret Sanger founded Planned Parenthood of American in 1942, be-
cause her ultimate dream was to have "the absolute harnessing of the human
sex experience, and thus perfect control over all human behavior." In Article 5
of the Articles of Planned Parenthood it is stated that:
"Permits for parenthood shall be issued by government authorities to mar-
ried couples upon application, providing the parents are financially able to
support the expected child, have the qualifications needed for proper rearing
of the child, have no transmissible diseases, and on the woman's part no in-
dication that maternity is likely to result in death or permanent injury to
Margaret believed that the state was foolish to allow just anyone to marry
and have children.
In her book Pivot of Civilization written in 1922, she said that
"feeblemindedness and degeneracy must be sought out and destroyed" (page
96). She also stated that "those who 'spawned' in the slums had to be con- When she was an old woman, Margaret wrote to her 16-year-old grand-
trolled, were criminal, and deserved to be treated as criminals" (page 186). daughter:
Margaret Sanger believed that people should be able to have sex whenever "Kissing, and petting, and even intercourse are all right as long as they are_
and with as many partners as they wished. She felt that we should "remove sincere. I have never given a kiss in my life that wasn't sincere. As for inter-
the moral taboos that now bind the human body and spirit." She also believed course, I'd say three times a day was about right."
that children must be taught that sex was the most important end of human All I can say is that she must have been a very sincere woman, since she
love — if the sex act was purified of the unhealthy and unnatural conse- had at least five affairs outside her two marriages.
quence of begetting babies. To express one's individual self sexually was the Margaret Sanger died September 6, 1966, at 86 years of age from leukemia.
ultimate good, far superior to solidifying marriage bonds to strengthen the She accomplished a lot in her lifetime, and opened the floodgates for sexual
parental powers of the participants. immorality, sexually transmitted diseases, and abortion in the United States.
Abortion bill should be passed does not have a centralized education
system as exists in some other dioceses.
evangelize the many nominal Catholics
in the Hispanic communities of South
The FLorida Senate passed a bill that physician involved can bring these In my own parish as well in the Florida.
will require parental consent before a parishes of many friends this issue was
cases before the court with a phone call
raised during parish hearings for the Eileen Riordan
minor may have an abortion. This bill and the judge can quickly hold a Synod-not in regard to teachers but in
is necessary to protect minors from ex- confidential hearing with the minor in reference to parents who often need to
ploitation and to give parents the his chambers. Problem cases involving reach someone in the education
opportunity to exercise their responsi- incest, drugs dealing or prostitution department of our parochial schools
bility in the provision of medical case should be brought to the judge's when they do not feel their problems or
and counsel to their children. attention by the physician so the proper the problems of their children have been
Who would want their daughter to be juvenile agencies can get the pregnant properly handled by their pastors.
under the care of the abortionist in Fort girl help. Unless Catholic doctrine has changed,
Lauderdale, who was arrested recently we were educated to believe that pnly
The opponents of this bill have
the Holy Father is infallible in matters
after raping his 12-14 week pregnant labeled it the "doctor snitch bill"; a of faith and morals. Yet in reading the
wife, binding her arms then forcing her childish label. It is in reality, a doctor reports on the Synod document in the
to submit to an abortion. This man de- responsibility bill, a parental responsi- April 15 edition of the Voice, we read
stroyed his own child. Are children to bility bill, and a societal responsibility no recommendation for a centralized
be left out in the wilderness to fall into bill that is meant to support and protect school department.
the hands of people like this? What sexually exploited children. It should
kind of advice and counsel could he
give to the hundreds of distraught
become law. Recently a Miami Herald columnist
reported that the Archdiocese is
women and teenagers he has aborted? Bart T. Heffernan, M.D. planning to purchase a radio station, The Voice welcomes lettters of
Any responsible physician would Fort Lauderdale which according to a spokesperson, opinion on matters of interest to
insist on parental consent and consulta- would include in its 24-hour broadcast- Catholics. They will be subject to
tion before would operate on a minor.
The legislature must give him the
Why not central ing, programs to Cuba. To many native
Americans in the Archdiocese, it would
editing for brevity or accuracy.
Letters do not necessarily repre-
opportunity to fulfill his responsibility. school system? be to the advantage of the Church to
spend the money which will be ex-
sent the views of the Voice or
Some cases will pose a problem when pended on purchase and staffing of a teachings of the Church.
We have read in the newspapers
the parents cannot be found or refuse to
reports of charges against a 71-year-old radio station to build additional schools Write to: Letters to the Editor,
fulfill their parental role. The law takes teacher at a School in Hollywood. and provide good salaries to our The Voice, PO Box 38-1059, Miami
these cases into account and provides a One of the questions which comes to teachers which would attract qualified Fl., 33238-1059.
remedy through the courts. The mind is why the Archdiocese of Miami and dedicated educators; and to
PAGE 16 / Miami, Florida / THE VOICE / Friday, May 27,1988
Q. My questions concern regula-
tions or suggestions governing the
The new age vogue
interior decor of Catholic churches. New Age buzzwords are popping up all over—visualization,
I realize that the Second Vatican harmonic convergence, channeling, empowerment and hoi islic
Council provided some statements healing, to name a few.
concerning configurations for a Extraterrestrials, astronomy, astrology, cosmic connection
new church construction.
Did that council also establish
and universal psychic energy are favorite subjects of the New By
Age. So are crystals, tarot cards and health food.
other requirements for furnishings, New Age stores carry everything from prehistoric times to Antoinette
candles, crucifix, crosses, taber-
nacle and po on? (Colorado)
the 21 st century. Dinosaurs, unicorns and ancient Eastern mys-
ticism are popular sellers, as are lasers, optics, telescopes and
A. Bishops allhc Second Vatican Coun-
cil provided extensive theological back- space travel. It seems that just about anything can be labeled
its proponents claim, is it a spiritual revolution?
ground for the many areas of reform they New Age, as long as it has nothing to do with industrial society.
I see it as the emergence of a new philosophy for the post-
If it's ancient or futuristic, it fits.
industrial era. A new age, the Post-Industrial age, clearly is upon us
The publishing business has jumped on the New Age band-
and our thinking needs to change too. New Age is a reaction against
wagon. As a recent newspaper article said, "Nobody seems to
mechanized, compartmentalized thinking, not only in industry, but
know exactly what New Age means, but one thing is certain,
also in science, philosophy and religion. The Industrial Age was
New Age sells." Trendy bookstores carry a New Age section
By Fr. and report a surge in sales.
based on competition, division of labor and analytical thought. The
Post-Industrial Age of computers, communication and world-based
John Old titles have been revitalized simply by slapping a New
Age label on them. The category includes everything from
economy requires synthesis and cooperation, a more "holistic"
approach to nature, science and society.
Dietzen Shirley MacLaine's "Out On A Limb" to "Our Bodies, Our-
A basic tenet of New Age beliefs is that in order to go forward we
selves" and "Freedom From Back Pain."
must learn to respect and live in harmony with what God has
ordered. In the liturgy as in other subjects, Marilyn McGuire, director of the New Age Publishing and
created. We can't continue to exploit and destroy. We must learn
however, they provided few details. These Retailing Alliance, advises publishers to include books on
to coexist and collaborate. We must also turn inward to discover the
were left to competent people in canon "self-improvement and making the world a better place."
power of thought.
law, liturgy, moral theology and other Her idea of a true New Age book is the classic children's
aspects of the church's life. A focal point is the year 2,000 and the coming of a new millen-
story, "The Little Engine That Could." Why? Because "it's nium. New Age believers look to the future with optimism. They
For example, the Constitution on the about being positive and not being afraid," she said.
Sacred Liturgy, after exploring our believe in the fundamental benevolence of humans and nature, and
New York has a nightclub catering to the so-called "higher believe that all of creation is connected. They have deep faith in the
Catholic tradition about how the Eucha-
consciousness" crowd, where the enlightened can go to drink power of goodness and the power of prayer.
rist, sacraments and other liturgies fit into
the life of the church, only laid down non-alcoholic, natural juice cocktails and dance to the peaceful,
At first glance, New Age trendiness can seem like a silly fad. A
principles for others to work with. floaty sounds of computer-synthesized music.
deeper look, though, may reveal a philosophy worth taking seri-
They said, for instance, that when Does the term "New Age" have any real meaning? Is it, as
0 U S y>
churches are built, great care should be some have claimed, just a hodgepodge of trendy ideas? Or, as (Copyright (c) 1988 by NC News Service)
taken "that they are well suited to celebra-
ting liturgical services and to bringing
about the active participation of the faith-
ful" (No. 124).
This applies, they continued, in con-
struction and design of altars, tabernacles,
baptistries, sacred images and other ap-
The american bishops
pointments (No. 128). Bishops in our contemporary American environment are
Statues and other sacred images should stretched by their office almost beyond human limits. It'sclear
be venerated. Nevertheless, "there is to be to anyone who has faith that they do not live out their commit-
restraint regarding their number and ment on their own strength alone. They have special supernatu-
prominence so that they do not create ral help.
confusion among the Christian people or
foster religious practices of doubtful
A bishop is an apostle of Jesus Christ, but he is also abusiness
administrator, a law enforcer, a religious leader, a symbol of
orthodoxy" (No. 125). unity, and a dozen other things. He must balance all of the above John
in such a way as to be a good shepherd and a caring pastor to his
Probably the most accessible to most
Catholics would be the General Introduc- people. Without extraordinary grace, good health, and a sincere Catoir
tion of the Roman Missal, particularly desire to serve, his job would be humanly impossible.
Chapters V and VI on the arrangement of As abusiness man, he is chief executive officer of a federation feeds his lambs with the good news that God loves them deeply.
churches and requisites for Mass and the of corporations and is responsible for their fiscal solvency. Somebishops are specialists at business, some are not. Some are
Appendix to this General Instruction for Personnel management alone is a full-time preoccupation. As holy, some are not. But most by God'sgrace are able to balance this
Churches in the United States. law enforcer he is a moral watchdog who must be above impossibly complex job with dignity and poise. How? The Holy
Both arc among the documents at the reproach himself, decisive in protecting orthodoxy, and firm in Spirit, of course, is the source of their strength and their joy.
beginning of the Sacramentary the priest carrying forward sometimes unpopular policies. As a religious The bishops who are really remembered, however, are the ones
uses at Mass. leader he has to inspire loyalty. He must also relate diplomati- who in spite of the enormous pressures of daily life are able to
Ask your priest to let you borrow it for a cally to civil authorities, encourage interfaith relations and lead communicate love.
while if you're interested. his people to positive, constructive social action. Because they are loving human beings, they bear rich and
Q. My son is a Catholic who has His first and most essential task, as an apostle of Jesus Christ, abundant good fruit in their life time.
been married before, the first time is to lead his people in the worship of God. This means he is
»" *he Catholic Church to another more than a follower of Christ, he is a devoted disciple, one who
v. -holic. His present wife is a sits at the feet of the Master, drawing from His strength and
baptized Protestant who also has wisdom. (For a free copy of the Christopher News Notes, At Your
been married before. I understand Asa symbol of unity and transcendence, he serves as a Christ Service, send a stamped, self-addressed to The Christophers,
they are now taking instructions. figure. In that role he must try to be a good shepherd, one who 12 East 48 St., New York, NY 10017.)
He plans to come back into the
church on Easter and she plans to
join the Catholic Church at the
same time when they will have their
Time capsules By Frank Morgan
marriage validated in the church.
Both of their first spouses are still
living. Please let me know what
The human side of church signs
you think. (Indiana) ...On the lawn sign in a churchyard: "Keep off! This means afternoon."
A. The Catholic Church's appreciation thou!" Another lawn sign read: "Church Property/Dumpeth
and recognition of marriages, not only Not!" King James I of England never washed his right hand. He
Catholic marriages but those of other or of . . .A large sign on a church door read: "Come Unto God". believed that washing would make his skin feel coarse to those
no faith, is well known. Thus, whenever Below it was a smaller handwritten sign which read: "This whom he was shaking hands with.
someone marries in the Catholic Church door is locked- used the side door." * * * * * * *
after a previous marriage, that situation It is to the Swedes who settled Wilmington, Delaware in 1638,
.. .An outdoor church bulletin board had the letters "CH-CH.
must be resolved first. that we owe the architecture of our pioneer homes. They were the
What is missing?"
In anticipation of any Catholic mar- Another outdoor bulletin board listed the pastor's sermon as first ones to take advantage of the vast forests in America to build
riage, especially one involving a move "What Is Hell?" just above the permanent words "Come in and log cabins. Their settlement was called Fort Christina after their
such as is contemplated by your son and listen to our organist." Queen who later became involved with an Italian diplomat,
his wife, several declarations of freedom From church bulletins we have the following notations: changed her religion and had to abdicate her royal position. She left
to marry (including the declarations that . . .'This afternoon Baptisms will be held in the North and Stockholm attired as a man and settled in Rome.
there are no previous marriages that stand South ends of the church. Children will be baptized at both While in Rome, the exiled Queen Christina once fired a cannon
in the way) are asked of and given by the ends." ball at the di Medici villa wall to remind them that they had been
individuals contemplating marriage. . . ."The ladies of the church have cast off clothing of every invited to the Queen's ball.
(Copyright (c) 1988 by kind and they may be seen in the church basement on Friday * * * * * * *
Miami, Florida / THE VOICE / Friday, May 27,1988 /PAGE 17
Teaching children respect
Dear Dr. Kenny: We have two children, a boy cause. Another rule is "no hitting." If the feuding degen-
14 and a girl 12, who seem to have lost all erates to hitting, then the combatants must be separated.
respect for their dad and me. No matter what we It is best to do this firmly, but without a lecture and
say, they have a " s m a r t " remark. Lately they blaming. Each party might go to a prc-agrccd place.
Have a code word for such situations. Whenever
shout back and call me names. How can I teach
my children to respect us? —Illinois By Dr. anyone says the magic word (c.g.,"Rumpclstiltskin") the
Thanks for a hard question, but a common one.
Young adolescents arc apt to express rebellion in words,
James and dispulantsmustgo their agreed-upon places foratleasl60
and it can be unpleasant. Mary Kenny At the same time, encourage the expression of gripes
This presents parents with a difficult dilemma. You and resentments at regularly scheduled family meetings.
want them to communicate with you, so you want to Perhaps you can have a"frcc time" when people can
know their feelings. On the other hand, you know that teaching children not to suppress angry feelings but to speak their mind and pet peeves without interruption or
one world often leads to another, and you would like to phrase them in acceptable words. Sometimes this takes blame.
keep their negative feelings from getting out of hand. a while, but learning how to express resentment is much The true measure of respect is whether children obey.
At one extreme is the father who says (or shouts): better than learning it must be kept inside. Personally, I am willing to accept some appropriate
"Don't ever let me hear you talk like that to your mother The best way to learn proper expression of negative "backtalk" as long as children do what is required. The
again!" Even if he is successful (and it may not work), feelings is from parental example. Do you show your backtalk keeps me informed of how they arc feeling and
the adolescent my lake his command as a warning not to children respect? Are you able to express your own is thus somewhat valuable.
talk back at all. Then parents are deprived of learning feelings in " I " statements, without blaming your spouse Nevertheless, words can aggravate a situation. Be
their child's negative feelings. or children? Do you keep your own voice down and avoid careful you don't shout back and try to get in the last word
Negative feelings arc not nice. Adolescents have inflammatory words? yourself. Instead, meet together at a calm momentandtry
negative feelings when they feel restricted by family If you do allow some negative expression, certain rules to come up with a game plan for keeping backtalk within
rules, when disciplined and simply when life goes awry. arc obvious. Some words need to be outlawed, particu- bounds.
Parents do not have to give in when a child expresses larly obscene and swear words. Perhaps you can institute (Reader questions on family living and child care
resentment, but it might be wise to listen. a small fine (10 cents) every lime anyone raises his or her to be answered in print are invited. Address ques-
Often negative feelings are expressed in unacceptable voice in anger or uses one of the "outlawed" words. Out tions to the Kennys, Box 872, St. Joseph's College,
ways, like shouting or defying. Part of good parenting is the money in a "love jar" and contribute it to a worthy Rensselaer, Ind. 47978.)
Today's catholic women
A lifetime ago, I attended a lecture on parenting (al- to draw out stories from single, religious, married, and
though it was called mothering then), given by a male divorced women and to explicate why women were
Ph.D. in psychology. What I remember most was his forced to re-examine early upbringing and change in
explanation of the differences in male and female think- spite of their church's resistance.
ing. "Men think rationally," he said, "in nice clear lines. The author presented her interviewees with a question-
Women think in scattered lines. They bring in all sorts of By naire listing sixteen events or issues which most influ-
enced change in their lives. Influences chosen in order
unrelated issues. What drives us psychologists crazy is
that women always want to tell stories." Dolores of priority include Vatican II, friends, women's move-
ment, media, parent, children, lay ministry, school expe-
I thought of this lecture with some embarrassment
recently when I read Margaret Murphy's book, How
Curran rience, membership in Religious Order and encourage-
Catholic Women Have Changed (Shced & Ward; $7.95). ment of spouse.
Her book contains previously untold stories of Catholic The stories that drove my lecturer crazy are the ones that Interestingly, career issues ended up at the low end of
women and I was embarrassed because when I listened to hold the key to understanding our lives. So women tell the list. The author comments that these low'ratings,
that lecture twenty years ago, I nodded in agreement and stories and men tell facts. We've had hundreds of books "might suggest that women's forays into the workplace in
laughed. on facts of Catholicism by men. Now we have one on the recent years have not been as liberating or as fulfilling as
When I look back on it now, I realized I was play ing the stories of a wide variety of Catholic women who share feminists hoped." She adds, "A happy surprise was that
"good woman" role, cooperating in ridiculing our their faith, family and individual growth. Encouragement of Spouse made such a relatively good
strengths and our very essence. Today, the kind of think- This book will touch thousands of Catholic women showing. . .While men would seem to be the natural
ing women bring to traditional male thinking is highly who have changed or are changing and don't always adversaries of women in a battle for equality, it is evident
valued in institutions and business. reflect on the degree or roots of their growth. It's worth that many women felt they had received much support
While men tend to think dualistically-it's cither this and affirmation from their husbands."
reading if for no other reason than for the reader to say,
way or thai-women lend to think multivariantly, i.e. why "That's my story." We have a shared experience of It's a good book, one that will stay around for awhile,
not a third or fourth way, as well? This kind of thinking women who grew up in one church, reared children in one that will be immensely useful jn Catholic women's
complements and adds to options and has resulted in another, and face a third. groups. It will also be helpful for Catholic men, married
creative approaches and products that have benefited We need to know we aren't alone, that the old injunc- or clergy, in understanding what happened lo those good
institutions open to creativity. Scattered thinking often tions still infect us while the new excite us. It's an honest Catholic women in their midst.
comes from women's experiences told in their stories. book, not a radical one. The author has an unusual ability (c. 1988 Alt Publishing Co.)
Lives of quiet dedication
By Carol Farrell thought he was going to add that more than just being a ous story. Even as he battled cancer, he made sure he
Director of Family Life Ministry good man, maybe Mike was a saint. always had a joke for his favorite doctor.
What an odd thought! Mike, a saint? Saints are so old- Charlie had apassion for his family and his friends. He
Funerals have a way Of putting life into perspective for fashioned, so un-contemporary. Most of us picture them spoke of his friends as his family away from home. He
us. Last night I attended the wake, and this morning the as blood-less, passion-less, plastic creatures who never saw them as people who loved, cared for and worried
funeral, of a long-time friend whose death was quite cussed when they stubbed their toe or experienced a real about each other, who shared in each other's joys and
unexpected. The fact that we had visited with his wife temptation in their life. Their lives seem so remote and sorrows, and prayed for each other. One of Charlie's last
just the nightbeforc made the news of hisdcalh that much unlike ours that we are in no way inspired to model conversations was shared at his wake. In it had spoken of
more unreal and difficult to accept. ourselves after them. But I think that that image is more his friends as "the Body of Christ for each other." As we
At the wake, Mike's oldest son spoke of his father with the fault of the biographers than the saint. listened we each felt proud to be numbered among his
a simple eloquence and sincerity that moved everyone to Saints, to me, are people who live lives of quite dedi- friends, and humbled, too.
tears. His was the kind of tribute that a parent could cation to the people they arc responsible to and the ideals Ever since than I have thought of Charlie as the Patron
rightly pray to be worthy of. And Mike was. His priorities which make life meaningful. They are recognizable Saint of Friends. He cherished friendship and made it
were his wife, his children, his faith, followed by a love because they persist with great faithfulness in the things something holy, as indeed it is.
of sports, the Navy and the sea. He never made any of enduring value. I have this feeling that we've over- These are the kinds of men and women that are worth
headlines as far as I know, but the impact he made on his looked a lot of very real saints. patterning our live after. Some writersaid that "mostmen
fam ily and friends as a truly good human being cannot be Charlie is another friend whom I have thought of much lead lives of quiet desperation." The Mikes and Charlies
overestimated. His smile, his warmth and gentleness, his during the last twenty-four hours. Everyone has their we know make a lie of that observation. Their lives are
fidelity to his priorities are legacies to all of us. His son own special gift that is brought to whatever space he or marked by quiet dedication. Perhaps we need to look a bit
spoke of Mike's "gracefulness" in sports and in all the she occupies. Charlie's gifts were his quick wit and his closer at those with whom we live and work and worship
aspects of his life. I was struck by the perfect choice of graciousness. Everyone walked away from an encounter for the added inspiration we need to live our lives more
words: grace-full-ncss. How true. with Charlie feeling better about himself and life itself humanly, more whole-ly, more grace-full-y. I know we
In the funeral eulogy, his pastor described him as a than he did before. For the women, Charlie always had can find it there.
"good man." J didn't think he went far enough though. I a compliment; for their husbands, it was usually a hilari- Saints Charlie and Mike, pray for us.
PAGE 18 / Miami, Florida / THE VOICE / Friday, May 27,1988
10 movies for the family viewing
I had a lot of fun recently, thanks to Our as a guide for their viewing. Even if I did
Sunday Visitor newspaper. OSV asked come to a conclusion, what a terrific re-
me to come up with a list oflO movies that sponsibility rested on me: what if moms LADY IN WHITE-
parents can watch with their children and dads around the nation rented vide- The mysterious
without being embarrassed, movies they ocasseltcs of these movies and then hated figure of Amanda
can enjoy as families but that also have them or were shocked by them or fell (Katherine Helmond)
some substance and value. asleep while the little ones gaped in appears suddenly
I had .a lot of fun thinking of which amazement that an adult would suggest behind Frankie
movies to include, watching them all over that they waste their time on this turkey? Scarlatti (Lukas
again and then suggesting them to fami- That's when I decided that I needed to Haas) in a scene
lies forthcirenjoyment. I'dlikeyoutosce set down some rules. So I made up some from the New Cen-
the list and perhaps come up with nomi- guidelines: tury-Vista production
Rule #1: Consult experts. I talked to of "Lady in White."
people who know movies and people who The U.S. Catholic
know kids arid people who know both. Conference gives
Rule#2: Eliminate al documentaries. the movie a rating of
As worthy as many of them are, children A-lll-adults. The Mo-
usually prefer a story. tionPicture Associa-
Rule#3: The list cannot include any tio of America rating
James movies which are for kids but are so is PG-13-parents
innocuous that parents would never strongly cautioned
Breig ffl watch them. So out the window go such that some material
may be inappropri-
cartoons as "A Tale of Two Chipmunks,"
nees of your own. The need for such a list "The World of Teddy Ruxpin" and any- ate for children
is obvious. All parents know the feeling thing starring Barbie. under age 13.
of sitting down to watch a movie with Rule#4: The final 10 cannot be packed (NC photo)
tlicir children and then turning red when with obvious classics. Anyone could
a character's head- -or dress- -came off. come up with winners like "The Wizard
It's obvious that parents could use of Oz," "The Sound of Music," "To Kill A ception: More recent movies from include on the list any medicinal movies,
some help and my list of 10 might be a Mockingbird" and "A Man for All Sea- Disney, ones which have notattained cult that is, films which are good for kids
good place for them to start. Everyone I sons," all of which were frequently men- status and which have been over-looked, because mom and dad like them. "A Trip
talked to was willing to pitch in and aid tioned by people I spoke with. are fair game (and, in fact, two of them to Bountiful" and "84 Charring Cross
me in my search. Ask people to name Rule#5: No fair leaning on Walt made the final list). Road" are great treats, but they are not for
their favorite flicks and everybody starts Disney—with one exception. Just like Rule#6: Cover the age span. Children adults only-not because they contain any
chattering. But then the enormity of the rule#4, this one eliminates an obvious come in all sizes so don't exclude any offensive material but because they deal
task hit me: It was up to me to devise a list class of movies: the ones made by the segment from first grade to mid-teens. with growing up themes which would be
of 10 films which families would then use Disney studio before 1970. The one ex- Rulc#7: Thou shalt not be tempted to likely to leave young people yawning.
'Lady in White', a breathtaking supernatural thriller
By Judith Trojan Willowpoint Falls cemetery, he flashes catapults him into a world where real-life
NEW YORK (NC)—It's hard to imag- back to Halloween night in 1962 when as and supernatural horror become indistin- Pilgrimways
ine a better supernatural thriller than 9-ycar-old Frankie Scarlatti (Lukas Haas) guishable. PRESENTS THE:
"Lady in White", written, directed, scored he experienced a frightening incident in Most of the film, however, has breath- • Holyland
andproduccdbyFrankLaLoggia. A one- his school cloakroom which gave rise to taking effects and exquisite cinematogra- • Rome
time actor from Rochester, N.Y., who extraordinary events that changed his life phy that also lends a sense of fantasy to • Assisi
incorporated hometown folk legends into forever. non-ghostly events. • Lourdes
his autobiographical script. LaLoggia Frankie lives with his widowed father, The U.S. Catholic Conference classifi- •*• Guadalupe
proves with this magical film that he is a Angelo (Alex Rocco), his older brother, cation is A-III—adults. The Motion Pic- • Medugorje
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greatest gift seems to be an ability to re- created a more fanciful Halloween set-
create the distinctions between reality and
imagination, especially as experienced by
ting for his characters than LaLoggia with
this extended opening sequence leading
O'Sheas' can be habit
a child. up to Frankic's imprisonment in the forming.
The film opens in the idyllic town of cloakroom by two prankish classmates.
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Catholic television and radio schedule
Television programs J 'NueStra Familia' InSp.inij;li.ai7:3()a.rn.Sunday<;on 10 p.m. on Channel 14 in Broward; and Saturdays and
-I ROSary In Spanish with Auxiliary Bishop Aguslin WLTVCH.23. Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Channel 37 in Dade.
Roman, every Sunday, l» a.m., onTYlu-.Mi.imi Cable, Channel J 'New Breed of Man' / 'El Hombre Nuevo' J 'Glory Of G o d ' With Fatlicr John Bcrtolucci, on the
40. Hosted by I-alhci Kicardo Castcllanos, on the Tiinity Bioad Trinity Broadcasting Network (WHFT-CH. 45), Sundays at
casting Network (WHIT-CH. 45), Sundays at 9 a.m. in En- 1 p.m.
J 'FOCUS On Life' In Knglish with Faiher l)jn Kubala,
every third Sunday. S:.K) a.m. on WSVN Cl I. 7; next air dale- glish ami Saturdays at 5 p.m. in Spanish. J M o t h e r A n g e l i c a Her Eternal WordTelevision Net-
J C a b l e P r o g r a m m i n g (>nStorcr Cable (Act./ Public work lEWTN) is carried on some cable channels in South
is June 12.
Access); Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7 p.m. to Floiida: check with your local cable company.
LJ TV MaSS in English every Sunday, 7:30 a.m., on
WPLOCH. 10. Radio programs J 'En BuSCa de la FellCidad' Hosted by Fathers
J TV MaSS in S p a n i s h every Sunday. 10 a.m. on Francisco Sjnla.na and Fi Capdepon, Mondays, Wed-
WLTV-CH. 23; and 9 a.m. on WSCV-CH. 51. J 'Blessed Are the Music Makers' Hosted by ncsdays and Fridays at>j on WAQI, 710 AM
J 'Unjty' In English wills Mary Ross Agosia, airs three Mary BoOt Kunde, Sundays at 9 p.m. on WKAT, 13o0 AM
J 'Panorama Ca Hosied by Sister Bertha
limes a week on Kducational Cable Channel 2 (all Oade LJ 'Life i a f e o o d ' HosteJhy nickMibhlcr.Siindaysal°:?O Peiubad and-Father Jo ;, Sundays at 7:30 a.m. on
County cable companies); Mondays. 8 p.m.: Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m. on WKAT, UhOAM WQBA, 1148 AM." and a.m. on Super Q. 107.5 FM
p.m.; Fridays. 9:30 a m. Topics: \V\vk nl May ]h: Foster J 'LOS CaminoS d* DiOS' Hosted by Father Jose
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Miami, Florida / THE VOICE / Friday, May 27, 1988 / PAGE 19
DADE CITY — Funeral services were
held May 6 in St. Rita Church here for
George Kemon, former Feature Editor of
The Voice , who died after a long illness
at age 65.
Kemon, who was managing editor of
the Vermont Catholic Tribune from
1976 to 1979, came to Miami and
joined The Voice staff, a position he
held until 1982.
At that time he was awarded a grant
from the Raskob Foundation to author a
book on the writings of Msgr, Walter
Carroll, youngest brother of Archbishop
Coleman F. Carroll, first Archbishop of
Miami; and the late Bishop Howard
Carroll of Altoona-Johnstown.
The late Msgr. Carroll had been
director of the USO Club in Rome
during World War II and kept a diary in
which, among other subjects, he de-
fended the Vatican against accusations
that the Holy See did nothing to prevent
Pace baseball triumphs the Holocaust. Kemon studied the
manuscripts, on microfilm at St. Thom-
Monsignor Edward Pace High School's baseball team (above) has earned the title of 1988 as University, for a period of two years,
Class 2A champs. Head coach, John Messina, lead the Spartans to their second title in four during which he also lectured in Miami.
years. The team has been to the finals four consecutive years and the program has won a total of Ill health prevented him from writing
five championships. Team leader and top pro prospect, Alex Fernandez ended the game and his the book and he left Miami in 1984.
high school career by recording his 12th strike out in the game. The team went 32-1 for the season
beating strong teams such as Columbus and Southridge and winning both the Coral Gables and He is survived by his wife, Marjorie;
Pace Tournaments. his mother, Mrs. Mary Kemon,
Orlando; and a sister, Mrs. Gloria
McHugh, Oviedo, Fl.
Couple to Couple League convention
to be held July 23-27
"Celebration of Faith" is the theme alienation, fertility and nutrition, home
of the sixth biennial convention of the schooling, and motherhood as the most
Couple to Couple League for Natural important career. Programs will be
Family Planning. Set for July 23 offered for toddlers through teens, plus
through July 27 in Normal Illinois, the on-sitc child care.
convention will also celebrate the
twentieth anniversary of the issuance of
Humanae Vitae by Pope Paul VI. Registration fees arc $65 per
couple or 545 per individual, For
Over 25 speakers including complete information and registration
prominent pro-lifer Fr. Paul Marx will materials write: CCL Convention '88,
cover topics including Natural Family C/O Dave and Sandy Nichols, 817 W.
Planning, teen chastity, school-based Washington, Champaign, Illinois
clinics, Humane Vitae, contraception & 61820.
St. Jerome School in Ft. Lauderdale beat out 24 public
and private schools to win the "top school in the county"
award (8th grade division) at a mathematics competition
sponsored recently by the Broward County Council of
Teachers of Mathematics. Eighth-grader Joseph Achilarre
also won first place in the individual and overall
category. St. Jerome's winning team, from left to right:
Eighth-graders Michael Giskus, Brian Clark, Achilarre,
and. John Fossas, with St. Jerome Principal Sister Vivian.
Seeking prayer petitions
"Call to me and I will in individual daily prayers each week as
answer you Jer. 33:3. The" well as during this special time of
employees of the Archdiocese of Miami community prayers. Anyone wkh a
Pastoral Center gather each Monday prayer request is invited to write to:
morning to pray for intentions of you, Prayer Petition, Archdiocese of Miami,
our brothers and sisters of the 9401 Biscaync Blvd., Miami Fl
Archdiocese. Petitions will be included 33138.
The Alzheimer's Support call Maryann at 431-2721.
Group of Bon Sccours Hospital- St. Michael the Archangel's
Villa Maria Nursing Center meets Council of Catholic Women will
the last Wednesday of each month from be holding their annual
7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Villa Maria Adult breakfast/meeting on June 5 at the
Day Health Care Center, 1050 N.E. Holiday Inn Lc Jcunc Center. Tickets arc
125th St. in North Miami. For more available through Barbara Asfcndis, 541-
information call Betty Lawson at 891- 8481 and cost is $7 each.
St. Boniface Divorced and The Catholic Widow-crs Club
Children of St. Luke's Day Care Center crowd around a giant Separated group will host a 50's sock of Hollywood will hold its monthly
stuffed dog that was part of a generous contribution of toys to the hop dance featuring Lou Philips and meeting at 7:30 on June 3rd at the
center by the Filipino Nurse's Association. Pictured are Ric Garcia Crossroads on June 18 at 8 p.m. at the Disabled American Veterans Clubhouse,
and Beth Sorrentino of the association. church hall, 8330 Johnson St. in 2118 Scott Street, Hollywood Guests
PAGE 20 / Miami, Florida / THE VOICE / Friday, May 27,1988 Pembroke Pines. For more information $3. Call Mary at 457-9426.
senre, "just being here" is not simple, but sec Christ."
Off-shore poverty (and hope) the rewards are immeasurable.
FFP provides Father Gregory
(Continued from Back Page) are taught by three Jamaican teachers.
Richard Albert and 900
Most of these kids eat their only hot Ramkissoon's vision
Father Albert is pastor to 1,000 other missioncrs with
meal provided by the school. It is also of the Eucharist, "In
parishioners, he delivered a sermon to the supplies and materials for
Jamaicans which summed up their lives: their only source of discipline and sharing bread, we
responsibility. share Christ, not the projects to help the impov-
"When the gunmen come out at night,
' when we get sick and have no medical In addition, Father Albert feeds 100 other way around.. erished in Jamaica, Belisc,
care, when your food is stolen, when the people each day through a soup kitchen .When Ferdy Haiti, Guyana, St. Lucia
politics come and create havoc and fear.. at St. Patricks and he has begun a [Mahfood] sends food, and Dominicia, whose
.these are the crosses in our daily lives." sewing project which trains'young I see that he is sending nearest source of relief is
In spite of all this, they clap their hands adults in how to sew, a skill of great Christ, that we bread South FLorida. For more
and sing verse after verse together in demand in Jamaica. information, contact:
and we share. In
thanks and praise. Father Albert says his personal FFP, 1301 W.
ministry "is just to be here.. .to walk Jamaica, bread is more
Father Albert reports that some 60 important than Christ. Copane Rd., Pompano
percent of children who leave public the street with them, to hear their
problems..." It is when we have Beach, FL., 33064; or
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at Rivcrtdn which serves 80 children who soon, Father Albert and the people they have bread, that we 7,000 people in Riverton City. 944-1959, Broward
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Why I started
By Lawrence Cunningham
NC News Service
I built my monastery and wrote my rule of life for
monks in the sixth century after
Christ. It was a terrible time. My
native city, Rome, was in a shambles;
the emperors who had ruled the
'We are C- .'•
empire for centuries were long gone.
Invaders from the north plundered our
You who read this letter in the 20th
century can understand our times only We are
if you can imagine a life in which
civilized behavior gave way under
economic distress, war and the pilgrims'
breakdown of law.
We started small: little communities
of people who choose to live together • Second, we are convinced that the best nourishment sense of rootedness and belonging; being part of a
in the spirit of the New Testament as we understand it. of faith comes from worship. Our reading of God's family.
There was nothing spectacular about us; we prayed and word (we called it "lectio") and our participation in the The sense of a common good is not only a civic
we worked. That, indeed, is our motto: prayer and common liturgical life of the community are the roots virtue. It is a way to live out the Gospel command to
work. of our theology. love God and neighbor. We prize cooperation and not
We tried to be a family. We called each other brother We see theology not as a mental exercise but as a competition, mutual aid and concern and not social
and sister, our superiors were our fathers or our lived experience. As one of our ancient monastic indifference.
mothers. Our basic desire was to aid each other in writers put it, the person who truly prays is the one God calls only a small fraction of people to the
doing God's will and perhaps by doing that we might who can be called a theologian. monastic life. We must seem exotic to people in the
be able to show others to do the same. • Third, we have a deep conviction that we ought to silence of our out-of-the-way monasteries. But people
Our lives and times are undoubtedly very different do ordinary things extraordinarily well. That is a seek us out and a few come and stay with us as
from yours. Nonetheless, all the good things that are fundamental lesson of Catholic spirituality. It explains members of the monastic family.
part of our heritage have lessons for others. why our tradition loves to tell of humble monks doing Our communities always will be small and our
Monasticism has been a part of the church from its humble tasks who became great saints. numbers limited in relation to the entire Catholic
beginnings. Perhaps you will learn a bit from our If the monks and nuns of the Dark Ages kept Church. Our values are not exotic or strange. To
experiences. Let me share a few insights with you. civilization alive, it is not because they were paraphrase the Gospel, "come and see" (John 1:39). In
• First, we try to get some sense of balance in our superhuman; it is because they had tasks to do and they our times, our communities may be able to teach you
lives. We try to resist the polar temptations of hating did them. That is why from the quiet of their about the tempo of life, about the need and satisfaction
our humanness or overglorifying it. We try to love the monasteries monks and nuns would become fearless of worship. You might learn to value silence and
things that God gave us, but resist the notion that reformers, great missionaries and champions of those reflection more.
possessions were the end of existence. who fought civil and church abuses. We are not saints; we are fellow pilgrims. We like to
We want to work in a human way so we punctuated • Finally, we have a strong sense of community. In call our monasteries "schools," not because we are
work with the praise of God. We are a people who the beginning of my rule I said the best monks are not teachers (Christ is the teacher) but because we are
prize silence, but we do not shun the tempos of work rootless wanderers or solitaries but people who learn to willing learners in the school of perfection.
and labor. We try, in short, to live like humans because live together. Our sense of stability does not mean In Christ,
we know we are neither angels nor animals. simply staying in one place. It means rather, having a Benedict of Nursia
Why everybody loves St. Francis
By Father Eugene LaVerdiere, SSS especially important. As one who has made his way put aside spiritual matters and genuine human values.
NC News Service into the hearts of all, he is a living symbol of the unity The life and message of St. Francis unmasked false
Everybody needs heroes. Imagine what the world among peoples that we all need and want. values especially where wealth and possessions were
would be like if there had been no Abraham Lincoln, As a spiritual member of every family, St. Francis concerned. Turning to the Gospels, he saw in Jesus a
Martin Luther King, or even Babe Ruth. highlights how all of us Christians, Jews, Moslems, simple person, and he undertook to be the same.
Christians also have their heroes. We call them Hindus, Buddhists and others, belong to one family, the I imagine St. Francis telling us to live simply and
saints, men and women of Christian excellence who family of God. without ostentation, respecting all of God's people, all
capture the imagination and inspire people to live as He shows how part of the church's vision is to make creatures. St. Francis' life showed it is not what we
better Christians. Imagine what the church would be this family a concrete reality. Somehow the very fact have but who we are and how we live that matters.
like without St.Therese of Lisieux, St. Benedict and St. that there is a St. Francis of Assisi tells us such a He showed this by living poorly, like Jesus did. 7'
Francis Cabrini. family is possible. way he hoped all would see that possessions were n w
Some saints stand out among the others. Think, for Imagine if St. Francis were alive today living some what make people happy. The source of happiness is
example, of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis is a place in one of our large cities. Actually the message of love of God and love of neighbor.
universal saint. His name is known all over the world his life might be the same which has come down to us St. Francis helps us rediscover simplicity of life and
and everybody loves him, including many who are not from the 12th century. humble charity. In this he puts us in touch with what is
Christians. Like us, St.Francis lived in an age of rapid most-profoundly human.
For a world in which people are more interdependent urbanization in which commerce and the concentration Everybody may love St. Francis, but that does not
and in which television brings the most distant people of wealth were major factors. Then, as now, the mean that everybody follows his example. This was
and places into one's living room, St Francis is changing social situation led many to distort and even true even in his lifetime. When the people to whom he
By Father John Caselot proclaimed in his inaugural homily at Nazareth: "The
Scriptures NC News Service
There is a legend of longstanding that Luke was a
Spirit of the Lord is upon me... He has sent me to bring
glad tidings to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives,
physician. It is no longer taken literally by scholars, but recovery of sight to the blind and release to prisoners"
Portrait it enshrines a basic truth: Luke had the heart of a
Jesus lost no time carrying out that program. Almost
of a Luke had the attitude we associate with a doctor who
feels deeply and personally for his patients, with an
especially soft spot in his heart for the poor, the
immediately Jesus liberated a man " with an unclean
spirit" and healed Simon's mother-in-law.
These two incidents are followed by a, summary of
healer helpless, the exploited, the abused.
This sympathy for struggling humanity influenced
Luke's portrait of Jesus. In Luke, Jesus is seen pre-
Jesus' characteristic activity: "At sunset, all who had
people sick with a variety of diseases took them to him
and he laid hands on each of them and cured them"
eminently as the Savior, the healer, the one who (Luke 4:40).
PAGE 22 / Miami, Florida / THE VOICE / Friday, May 27,1968
Heroes and heroines in
s t o r y of Christianity
By NC News Service
Certain stories are good enough to be told again and
again. "Compelling " is the word to describe them.
Such stories endure. They may even get passed down
from generation to generation. Their sweep is such
that, as they are told and retold, they can be looked at
now from this angle, now from that.
These stories capture the imagination. The people in
them are memorable for their courage, their love, their
conviction. At the heart of these stories is an
unforgettable event or chain of events and, ultimately,
these are stories that disclose something of life's
Obviously, the "story " of Christianity is like this. It
compelling and enduring, passed on to each new
The characters in the story of Christianity invariably
capture the imagination. They may be people whose
names are readily recalled: Paul or Agatha, Monica,
Thomas Aquinas, Kateri Tekakwitha or Martin de,
Porres. But they also may be the unnamed architects of
cathedrals, anonymous sculptors or copiests of
Scripture. They may be people who are recalled
because they serve as reminders of the meaning of
worship, or of the value of service to others, or of the
importance of scholarship, or of the need to read and
assess the signs of one's times, or of the vitality of
family life, or of the transforming power of true
These are the interesting people one expects to find
in a great story. Perhaps their story is one of great at. Teresa of Avila believed the key to spiritual growth was becoming more and more aware of onese
courage in the pursuit of intergity. It may be their then overcoming obstacles and changing what is destructive to one's relationship with God. (NC photo)
commitment to others, their cause, their involvement
with a particular need of the times, their sense of God's
reality or their capacity for prayer that is memorable.
ST. TERESA OF AVILA
Whatever the case, as each one is recalled, the story
of Christianity is drawn into focus — now from this
angle, now from that. It is a drama whose scope is
broad. Whenever the story is told, it seems there is
A woman for all ages
more than could yet be said. And so it will be told By Katherine Bird opposition, said Dreyer. In 1562 she opened her first
again. NC News Service convent called St. Joseph's. Her reformed convents
St. Teresa of Avila was a "single vision person" who were limited to 13-21 women who withdrew from the
Like almost any really good story, this one tends to outside world and lived in almost total silence and
fought "the lethargy and entrenchment of life as usual"
be told well through people. In them the story comes to poverty. The nuns dedicated themselves to meditation
to reform the Carmelite order. In doing so, she offers a
life for listeners — or, especially today, for viewers. and to what Teresa called "our vocation of reparation,"
model for people today of what it takes to be a
From the outside looking in, some people might doing penance for people's sins.
reformer, said Dr. Elizabeth Dreyer. She is a professor
wonder if Christianity is narrow, limiting. But — taken
of spirituality at the Washington Theological Union. Being a reformer meant that Teresa led a
one by one — what the great characters in the story of
Noting that 16th-century Spain was not a "woman's complicated life. Besides traveling widely to establish
Christianity reveal is that for Christians there is always
culture," Teresa's success shows that she was a convents, she also worked as a fund-raiser, wooing
one more aspect of life to be noted and explored; the
determined woman, Dreyer said. Politically astute and those she thought would support her cause. Her first
possibilities for growth in this way of life are never
charismatic, she was gifted in convincing people about convent was supported partly by gold sent from her
the need for reform. brother in Peru. She also learned to deal diplomatically
with church authorities to get approval of her reform
When she first joined the Carmelite Convent of the
Incarnation in Avila in 1535, it had drifted far from its and constantly fought fatigue and illness.
original founder's intention of small cloisters devoted Despite the enormous effort and time she spent as a
to contemplative prayer. Avila was a beehive of reformer, Teresa's first interest remained her
preached would not listen to his message, he turned activity, its parlor the social center for men and women relationship with God. And, as a mystic, Teresa
and preached to the animals and birds. In modern of Avila. For many of the 140-plus Carmelites at Avila, remains a model for Christians today, said Dryer.
times, we tend to romanticize this facet of Francis' life becoming a nun meant a sheltered life of few Living in the age when Spanish conquistadors were
and many legends have developed around it. responsibilities and freedom to leave the convent on conquering the New World, Teresa insisted that a
These legends, which tell of particular incidents the slightest excuse. person's journey inward to get to know God was
when Francis spoke to animals, are well meaning but Initially Teresa enjoyed the sociability of the equally exciting. In "The Interior Castle," written when
they distract us from St. Francis' true intention. By convent. But over a 20-year period she became Teresa was 62, she "points out the potential of the
turning to the birds and animals, St. Francis wanted to increasingly uncomfortable. She was convinced human being for God and invites us" to engage in the
s b ^ " people that even dumb animals were smarter than Avila's lifestyle interfered with her first priority — search, said Dreyer. The book is valuable because
ti .who ignored the Gospel's call to simple living. developing an ever closer relationship with God. In "anyone in any age can play with it" and find
The very fact that the life of St. Francis has captured . 1555, at the age of 40, Teresa experienced a religious something applicable to their situation.
the imaginations of people all over the world for all awakening and resolved to separate herself from For Teresa, the person's journey to God involves
these centuries, including our own, should alert us to anything that would interfere with her spiritual growth. becoming more and more aware of oneself and what
the power and universality of his message. Were he But the road to reform was studded with difficulty. needs to be changed. She suggests that overcoming
with us today, he probably would put it this way: "It is Teresa's Carmelite cohorts were comfortable with their obstacles and changing what is destructive to one's
not enough to think my words are beautiful. How about lifestyle and resisted any change; civil authorities relationship with God is a key to spiritual growth.
living like I lived?" feared that convents with no endowments would drain Following her own experience, she also encourages
Well, that's a saint for you — and that's why we their finances. people to trust intuition on what works in their spiritual
need one like St. Francis. But Teresa "stuck to her guns" through all lives, Dreyer concluded.
Not surprisingly, the Beatitudes in Luke are direct to her defense. His final words to her were: "Your faith his readers that Jesus' ministry continues in the
and earthy: "Blest are you poor; the reign of God is has saved you; go in peace" (Luke 7:50). She who had Christian community. Here one can still find
yours. Blest are you who hunger; you shall be filled. been less than a nobody was now someone who could healing — from physical illness, yes. But as
Blest arc you who are weeping; you shall laugh'" (Luke look the world in the eye and confidently face the medical science is recognizing more and more,
6:20-21). future. there is an intimate connection between physical
Jesus' healings have another dimension that goes Most instructive for us today is the way Luke, in the and emotional health.
beyond the physical. He cured not only people's Acts of the Apostles, brought out parallels between the In the mutual love, forgiveness, sympathy and
illnesses; he cured "them." He gave people back their ministry of Jesus and that of the Christian community. practical support of the community, one finds
dignity, their personhood, their sense of self-worth. • Jesus cured the afflicted; they cure the afflicted relief from the paralysis of loneliness and bad
Recall Jesus' encounter with a prostitute. This (Acts 3:1-9; 5:15-16). self-image, from the blindness of ignorance and
women, conscious of God's forgiveness, slipped into a • Jesus raised the dead; they raise the dead (Acts disbelief, from the deadening numbness of grief.
dining room and poured tears of relief and gratitude on 9:32-43). One's personal worth is affirmed and the future
Jesus' feet. When the host sneered at her, Jesus rushed This was no accidental coincidence. Luke was telling can be faced with hope.
Miami, Florida / THE VOICE / Friday, May 27,1986 / PAGE 23
Off-shore poverty (and hope)
Catholic missioners in our own
Caribbean backyard risk death and
disease to help poor but dignified
people, with help from a South
Florida-based poverty group
founded by a Catholic layman.
A group of journalists, including Miami
writer Sherri O'Steen, toured Jamaican
slums with Food For The Poor and met
some of the missioners and their people.
By Sherri O'Steen
Voice Correspondent A lone figure of a man carries his daily haul from the garbage dump he lives on called
"Riverton City," population 7.000. (Voice Dhotos by Sherri O'Steen)
7 think I am going to
implement this and other programs from
die soon / / / die, I die. Food for the Poor, a Pompano Beach-
If I am mutilated, I am based relief organization founded in 1982
by Jamaica-born Catholic layman,
mutilated' Ferdinand Mahfood. Through FFP,
Mahfood funnels materials and supplies,
So said Father Gregory Ramkissoon of Kingston. donated in the U.S., directly to mission-
"Out of that kind of thing comes a lot of Christian ers serving the poor in the Third World.
witness. I've resigned myself. That's why I work in these He circumvents politicians and private
Father Ramkissoon spoke to a group of journalists Father Ramkissoon considers himself
touring the poorest areas of Kingston, Jamaica. We met a "spiritual presence" among the people.
Father Ramkissoon in a district called White Wing, where Even as their material needs are over-
death and mutilation are a way of life for many of its whelming, Ramkissoon is nonetheless
people. touching the people in deeper, less
As he spoke, I looked at the rows of crude shacks with tangible ways.
dirt floors and no plumbing and thought of what we During elections, the poor would take
typically expect of Jamaica: a ripe, golden sun shimmer- their guns into the streets to fight for the
ing across a crystalline sea. While that scenic beach politician who made the best promises.
remains the nation's greatest resource, it occupies just a Unknowingly, they would create their
sliver of the island, and even less of the real lives of most own civil wars. During the 1980
Jamaicans, who suffer intense poverty (80 percent elections, some say, almost 1,000 people
unemployment) just a short hop from our affluent South were killed.
Florida suburbia, which is also their nearest source of "But Father changed all that," said
outside relief. Headley Thompson, 21-year-old
Meet Veronica, 60. She sells fruit on the street every Jamaican resident of White Wing and
day for an average of $8 U.S. weekly. She rents a room in assistant to Ramkissoon. "The gunmen
a crumbling tenement house which has just enough space won't come in here, 'cause Father's
for her mattress and for herself. There is little light and no here, and we won't take a gun," Th-
water. Her building has no plumbing and no electricity. ompson declared.
In the context of things here, Veronica is fortunate. Just In another mustard seed called
outside her building there are hundreds more who live in Majesty Pen, the neighborhood was
huts made of wooden scraps. All the residents of this area
90-Year-Old Maude Morrison enjoys a laugh with Food-For- equally crammed with shanty shacks,
share a single primitive kitchen in the center of the neigh-
the Poor founder Ferdinand Mahfood outside her shack. walls of rotten wood, roofs of corrugated
borhood. Several community toilets stand nearby, but
zinc sheets held down by rock weights.
"the water cannot run out," Veronica says. Instead, it
several "mustard seed" communities built throughout Unoccupied spaces have become trash piles and
overflows onto the ground they must live on. Kingston. At White Wing, Father Gregory provides serve as open scwars for the humans and a haven for
These conditions exist throughout Jamaica. A history
housing for abandoned elderly, and children who are free-roaming pigs. The 800 families who live there
of slavery, colonialism and economic exploitation has
malnourished or afflicted with Downs Syndrome. He share one fresh water source for cooking, drinking and
washed away the people's identity and self-worth.
has also implemented economic and educational cleaning.
Independent from England only since 1962, the young
programs in these impoverished areas, including Recently, however, they have built a few shower
nation suffers from a severely depressed economy and
ceramic and tile-making, and chicken and pig farms. facilities with supplies provided by FFP. Soon
regular bouts of violent political upheavals. Father Gregory has recently started a cement-block Mahfood will send Father Gregory the materials for
It is estimated that 70 percent of Jamaicans have never
factory. He gives worker the supplies for their first some desperately needed concrete homes.
seen a dentist and some 84 percent of the population are
batch of blocks. The workers learn all the steps for During our visit the residents of Majesty Pen werr
born out of wedlock, a devastating social factor. Such .
making and selling the blocks to the government or to mostly hanging around outside to escape the stifling
conditions make survival a new battle each day. Yet,
private industries for capital. With their profits, the heat of their sheds. Those who weren't idle were
there are a few heroic missioners living among the people,
workers will expand their business. Such visible busily washing their babies or their clothing. It is one
who share their daily struggles in order to help alleviate
production lends others example and confidence in the thing they can control in their lives.
the causes. possibility of progress. The people somehow maintained their spirit in spite
" Father Ramkissoon serves the "poorest of the poor" in
Father Ramkissoon received the seed money to of their surroundings. There was 90-year-old Maude
Morrison, who graciously received us into her dirt
yard, which also served as some kind of kitchen.
She had a small fire burning and a pot of yellowish
water bubbling around a wilted sprig of green. And
Maude, who receives $1 U.S. per week form the
Jamaican government, stood there smiling at us as she
stirred the yellow liquid in her cup. She thanked us for
coming to see her.
Then there is Riverton City, where 7,000 people live
literally on the city's garbage. Because they found
open space here, people hauled in their scraps and
erected shacks by the trash. Now they greet the dump
trucks with their empty sacks for filling. Wearing
cloth masks on their faces, they weed through piles of
fresh garbage, competing with pigs who survive by the
Father Richard Albert, a native New Yorker, has
lived and worked in Jamaica for the past. 12 years. He
says frankly of Riverton, "what happens here depends
on my relationship with the community.. .tons and
tons of guns, and they're extremely hungry."
In a morning Mass at St. Patrick Church, where
The women constantly wash clothes while some of the men learn skills taught by missioners. (Continued on page 21)