October 21, 2011
In This Issue
2 Seminarian Education Fund
MESSENGER Serving the Diocese of Covington, Kentucky since 1926
Collection After months of planning, census resumes
3 Cemetery visitations
In a scene replicated across
3 St. Vincent de Paul Society two counties, members of
census teams representing
Expands hours and services St. Benedict Church in
Covington reported back to
6 Super’s Smart Page the parish after completing
their home visits Oct. 16.
Sister Mary Joseph Ippolito
7 Fertility conference (seated, left) and Sister Clare
Welcomes Dr. Stegman Marie Borchard (standing,
right), both Franciscan
Daughters of Mary, formed
8 Adult faith formation
one of 30 census visiting
Upcoming classes teams from the parish. They
delivered their data forms
12 Episcopal visit to Clare Voll (seated, right),
St. Benedict’s parish secre-
St. Philip Parish, Melbourne tary and census data coor-
dinator. Joining them after
16 School open houses completing her route was
another parishioner, Janice
Kennedy See page 17 for
21 Donut Wars more information about
census visits conducted by
St. Benedict and St.
Anthony, Taylor Mill,
Thomas More launches three-year degree program
Page 3 Tim Fitzgerald
Editor gram. Other students, Mr. Webster noted, are highly motivated
Bishop’s Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Thomas More College has launched a new three-year degree and would seek — and beneﬁt from — a program like TMC3.
Commentary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 program, called TMC3, an innovative program allowing quali- “For Thomas More this program is extremely doable,” Mr.
ﬁed students to save both time and money by completing a tra- Webster said. The school’s small size will enable staff members
People and Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
ditional four-year bachelor’s degree in just three years. to counsel students carefully, customize their course sequence
Classiﬁeds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
The three-year degree is completed during the course of and monitor their individual progress. “A small Catholic col-
Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 eight semesters, according to college ofﬁcials. Annual tuition lege has a distinct advantage.”
Shopper’s Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 and fees for the three-year program are $15,000. While TMC3 He also noted that students who opt not continue in the com-
News Briefs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 compresses the time frame for attaining pressed track have the option of moving
a degree by an entire year, the classes to the normal four-year track at any
themselves are not accelerated. The time during the program.
structure of TMC3 is year-round, with His research conﬁrms that a few
students taking 18 hours in the fall and other colleges nationwide offer similar
spring semesters and 12 hours in two three-year programs, but such an offer-
summer terms. ing is unique in Thomas More’s three-
To be considered for the program, stu- state region.
dents must have a 3.0 G.P.A. (grade point Brad Bielski, Vice President for
average) in their high school course- Academic Affairs and TMC Dean, said
work and a 26 ACT composite score or 1190 SAT score. (Nursing the college developed this program “to be sensitive to today’s
and education majors are not eligible for the three-year degree students’ ﬁnances and time constraints, while preserving the
due to the time requirements of clinicals and student teach- academic integrity and rigor that has always been hallmark at
ing.) The program is well suited for students who have earned TMC. The coursework still reﬂects a strong emphasis on liberal
Advanced Placement or dual credit in high school. Although arts. It’s an ideal program for students who want to gain entry
the credit will not reduce the required number of semesters, it into medical or law school a year earlier or for motivated stu-
can reduce a student’s course load. dents who want a head start in the workplace.”
Thomas More plans to enroll its ﬁrst students in TMC3 in For President Margaret Stallmeyer, a Sister of Divine
the fall of 2012. Guidance counselors in regional public and pri- Providence, the college’s development of the program ﬁts into
vate high schools will soon receive detailed information. its tradition and history of “brainstorming and looking at the
The college’s administration wanted to respond to students environment and saying, how can we respond,” such as going
and families impacted by tightened economic conditions and co-ed in the 1940s and introducing the evening adult accelerat-
education costs, said TMC Vice President for Student Services ed program in the ‘90s (the TAP program). “It’s part of who we
Matthew Webster. Earning a bachelor’s degree in three years are, and for some students it will help them. … TMC3 is not a
would enable qualiﬁed students to enter graduate school or the panacea, but it will meet the needs of some of our students,”
work force sooner, without forgoing the traditional experience President Stallmeyer said. “We also made sure that it would be
on a Catholic college campus. The ﬁxed cost of $15,000 per year the same program as a four-year student would get, the same
would also create a measure of stability for family ﬁnances. kind of education in a Catholic liberal arts tradition.”
Research conducted by TMC ofﬁcials shows that students For more information about the three-year degree program,
with a bachelor’s degree have increased employment opportu- visit thomasmore.edu/tmc3 or contact the admissions ofﬁce at
nities, and this factor might attract some to an accelerated pro- firstname.lastname@example.org or (859) 344-3332.
2 October 21, 2011 Messenger
Ways to support the 27
seminarians for the diocese
Laura Keener mendations for the menu and have helped
Assistant Editor direct this ofﬁce’s efforts in putting
“The Seminary Ball and the together a really nice special event bene-
Seminarian Education Collection are ﬁting the Seminarian Education Fund.”
critical for the diocese as far as being The Seminary Ball is having its
able to raise the charitable dollars to homecoming this year. From the early
assist in preparing our young men in 1950s until 1982 the Seminary Ball had
their life’s calling,” said Michael always been held at Summit Hills
Murray . Country Club and returns
The Messenger sat down this year to its historical
Oct. 14 with Mr. Murray , home. And while the origi-
diocesan director for the nal Seminary Ball was a
Ofﬁce of Stewardship and premier black-tie event
Missions, and his staff, back in the day, today it is
Joan Lecoy, Pam a “nice event, but not for-
Ruschman and Kathy mal,” according to Mr.
Selby to get an update on .
Murray Kit Andrews has
the preparations and agreed to be the Matron of
importance of the two Ceremonies, and the
upcoming fundraisers — Sound Body Jazz
the Seminary Ball (Oct. 28) Orchestra will provide
and the Seminarian music for the masquerade-
Education Collection (the themed event. Sound Body
weekend of Oct. 29/30). Jazz Orchestra is a group
Both support the education and formation of musicians who are also alumni of
of the diocese’s seminarians. Roger Bacon High School, Cincinnati.
Over the last several years the dio- According to Mr. Murray, as part of the
cese has experienced a dramatic orchestra’s mission and ministry, a por-
increase in the number tion of their proceeds
of men studying for the is donated back to
priesthood. Last year their alma mater for
there were 19 seminari- music scholarships.
ans and the year before They have also offered
that 16. This fall 27 sem- to play the Seminary
inarians have heard Ball at a discounted
and answered the call rate.
to discern a priestly “We are thrilled to
vocation. They are have quality music at a
studying at North wonderful price. It’s
American College, Rome; the Pontiﬁcal their way of supporting our efforts in
College Josephinum, Columbus, Ohio; promoting vocations in the community,”
and St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, Mr. Murray said.
Pennsylvania. On average it costs Craig Lipscomb and his art students
$38,000 per year, per seminarian. That’s from Holy Cross District High School
over $1 million per year. have been using their time and talents
“With that cost the diocese absorbs, it creating centerpieces for the Seminary
is important for us to reach out to our Ball. “We are excited about having the
SAVINGS & LOAN ASSOCIATION faith community to help in the matter,” Holy Cross art students participating in
said Mr. Murray . helping to create these centerpieces
B UYING? B UILDING? Mr. Murray and his staff are respon-
sible for the coordination and implemen-
tation of the diocese’s two fundraisers
which will be on display the night of the
event,” said Mr. Murray .
Mr. Murray said that many parishes
R EFINANCING that will one day provide priests for the
people of the Diocese of Covington.
have also gotten involved early by spon-
soring tables and encouraging parish-
They have organized a nine-person ioners to attend the event. “We will
S EE U S TODAY TO Seminary Ball committee: Kathy Bertke,
Carl Biery, Eva Farris, Mark and Casey
acknowledge those parishes the night of
the event both at the podium and in the
F INANCE YOUR Guilfoyle, Fred Meade, and Jim and
Martha Sueholtz and Diane Maher. Mr.
Murray acknowledged that each of
program. We are anxious to be able to
promote all those parishes that have so
graciously stepped up to support our
N EW H OME these members is committed to the edu-
cation of seminarians. Mrs. Bertke is
event,” he said.
There is still time to purchase a ticket
the mother of seminarian Jason Bertke, for the Seminary Ball. The event begins
and Diane Maher is the mother of at 6 p.m. and tickets are $70. Call the
6890 DIXIE HIGHWAY ELEVENTH & SCOTT BLVD. Father Ryan Maher, who was ordained a Stewardship and Missions Ofﬁce at (859)
FLORENCE, KY. 41042 COVINGTON, KY. 41012 priest for the diocese by Bishop Roger 392-1540 for tickets. In addition, the
(859) 283-2400 (859) 261-2076 Foys in 2005. Mark Guilfoyle and Jim Seminarian Education Collection will be
100 SOUTH MAIN STREET.
Sueholtz are Serra Club members, and taken up in all parishes the weekend of
WILLIAMSTOWN, KY. 41097 Carl Biery and Fred Meade are members Oct. 29/30. Parishioners will have the
(859) 824-4488 EQUAL HOUSING of the Knights of Columbus. Both the option this year of making a one-time
Member FDIC LENDER
Knights and the Serrans support semi- gift or a 10-month pledge.
narians as part of their mission, and “It’s critical for the Church’s future
both groups accept new members. Mrs. that we have shepherds to lead the ﬂock
Farris has helped with the Seminary and through our efforts we are able to
Guild Ball since its early years. raise some money for these young men
“They have been working since early to be trained and be able to pursue their
spring, planning the event,” said Mr. calling. … This weekend is so important
Murray “They have solicited sponsor- to us for our Church’s future,” Mr.
ships, planned decorations, made recom- Murray said.
Messenger October 21, 2011 3
Preparing for the Roman Missal third edition
This article continues a repeat of the series that originally ran from Feb. 18 to July 1. The essays have been provided It is important to understand, as best as we are able,
by the diocesan Ofﬁce of Worship and Liturgy and written by Father Daniel Schomaker S.T.L., assistant director They
, . the mystery that unfolds before us when we participate
offer insight to the theology of the Mass and to the new translation of the Roman Missal. The new translation will be in the celebration of the Holy Mass. The words of con-
used for the ﬁrst time beginning Nov. 27, the ﬁrst Sunday of Advent. (Note: Words in bold indicate the new translation.) secration in the 3rd Edition of the Roman Missal have
not changed. However, the English translation of those
Words of Consecration human beings must experience reality within the tangi- words has. The revised translation seeks to express the
Priest: TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND EAT OF IT, ble realm, including those realities which belong to the mystery of our participation in Heavenly things more
FOR THIS IS MY BODY, WHICH WILL BE GIVEN UP spiritual realm. Therefore, He has given us sacra- clearly by translating more exactly the original Latin
FOR YOU. ments, which at their most basic level are the visible text. Notice that the word “chalice” has replaced the
Priest: TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, .
expression of an invisible reality In word “cup” in the revised translation. While most like-
AND DRINK FROM IT, FOR THIS IS other words, sacraments allow us to ly Jesus did not use an actual chalice when He institut-
THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD, THE experience and participate in spiritual ed the Eucharist, we must remember that we are not
BLOOD OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL or Heavenly things. giving a historical account of a past event. We are par-
COVENANT, WHICH WILL BE Our participation in Heavenly things ticipating in a present and eternal event in which Jesus
POURED OUT FOR YOU AND FOR ﬁnds their culmination in the Holy Mass Christ is the celebrant, thereby making a simple cup a
MANY FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF when the ordained priest speaks the sacred chalice.
SINS. DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME. words of consecration over the bread As with all the Sacraments, Jesus is the primary act-
and the wine. At that particular er of the Eucharist. They are His hands (through the
Words of Consecration moment in the Sacred Liturgy, space and ordained minister) which grasp the bread and the chal-
The Constitution of the Sacred time cease to exist. In a manner of ice ﬁlled with wine. They are His words spoken in the
Liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium) from speaking the entire congregation gath- ﬁrst person through the priest. He is both the priest
the Second Vatican Council reminds us that the liturgy ered in prayer is transported to the hill of Calvary and and the victim. The sacriﬁce of the Eucharist is the
is the source and the summit of the Christian life. And stands at the foot of the cross; and yet simultaneously sacriﬁce of the Cross — it culminates in God being glo-
at the heart of all liturgical prayer is the Church’s cele- we are seated in the Upper Room as Jesus gives His riﬁed and humanity being sanctiﬁed. As Christ gives
bration of the Most Holy Eucharist, for Jesus Christ Sacred Body and Blood to the Apostles for the ﬁrst time; Himself to us in the Eucharist, let us model our lives
makes Himself uniquely and substantially present in and too we ﬁnd ourselves in Heaven with the saints and after His — one of self-gift and in so doing fall more in
that celebration. the angels participating in the Heavenly wedding ban- love with our Eucharistic Lord.
In His inﬁnite wisdom, God recognizes that we as quet of the Lamb of God.
St. Vincent de Paul reaches out
Schedule to those in need in Northern Kentucky
October 23 Episcopal Council meeting,
Cathedral Basilica, 1:30 p.m. Monica Yeamans Barrels for food items sponsored by Fox 19 and
Covington, Mass, 10 a.m. Editorial Assistant Kroger’s “Food for the Heart” program will be placed
Immaculate Heart of Mary
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Northern after Thanksgiving at all the Kroger stores. St. Vincent
October 23–25 Church, Burlington,
Kentucky recently announced new hours and expan- De Paul will be the beneﬁciary for that program. Non-
Pontifical College Confirmation, 7 p.m.
Josephinum Board meeting
sion of its food pantry located at their warehouse in perishable food items such as canned goods, boxes of
October 28 Erlanger. The food pantry is a community pantry which macaroni and cheese, cereal, and other non-perishables
& Seminary Visit Individual meeting, 10 a.m. will be open every Tuesday and Thursday morning are accepted as well as non-food items such as paper
October 26 Priests’ meeting, 2:30pm from 9 a.m. to noon and is open to all those in need. products, deodorant, shampoo, cleaning supplies, tooth-
Diocesan Finance Council
2nd Annual Seminary Ball, Ralph Bradburn, director of the St. Vincent de Paul paste and toothbrushes.
meeting, 2 p.m.
Summit Hills Country Club, of Northern Kentucky conference, told the Messenger, In the St. Vincent de Paul of Northern Kentucky
St. Charles Church, 6 p.m. “The ﬁrst time around we won’t turn anybody away If . there are 26 conferences in the parishes; 18 of those
Flemingsburg, they come in and say ‘we need food’ our plan is to give .
have an onsite food pantry At this time the eight parish-
Confirmation, 7 p.m. October 29
them a couple days of food … [St. Vincent de Paul] does- es without food pantries give out Kroger or Remke gift
Notre Dame Academy,
October 27 Youth 2000 Mass, 11 a.m.
n’t want to see anyone going hungry.” Later a cards. SVdP of NKY wants to put a little more control to
Sacred Heart Chapel, Curia, .
Vincentian volunteer will visit the family The organi- the process and be able to put food right into clients’
Pro-Life Mass, 8:30 a.m. October 29–30 zation relies on the volunteers to report back about a hands. The main focus of the headquarter-based food
St. Patrick Parish, Taylor family’s needs and condition of life. Once a family is pantry will be to assist the parishes with no food pantry,
Diocesan Staff Directors’ Mill, Parish Visitation
meeting, 10 a.m. approved they can pick up a bag of pre-selected gro- according to Mr. Bradburn.
ceries once a month. Besides the need for food and money there is a
How was this possible? Mr. Bradburn said the greater need for volunteers for Tuesdays and
Diocese of Covington was very generous through the Thursdays. Mr. Bradburn also seeks both public and
Diocesan Parish Annual Appeal with a grant award of private high school students to volunteer at the food
$5000. From Kroger’s Share the Care program, which is pantry to fulﬁll their service hour requirement and get
split between the St. Vincent de Paul of Cincinnati and the young people into the spirit of the Vincentian giv-
Annual Cemetery the SVdP of NKY, they received $5000. The Kentucky ing. Student volunteers can come after school any day .
Visitation Day Services Colonels awarded SVdP of NKY a $5000 grant to pur- Students can pack food in bags for distribution.
chase a freezer. “This is such a wonderful place to live because peo-
Each year a prayer service is held at At end of June the St. Vincent de Paul Society of ple see other folks in need and they step in to do what
each of the cemeteries in the Diocese Northern Kentucky started “Pennies for Hunger” in they can to help out,” Mr. Bradburn stated. “We have
of Covington. This is a special time to their Erlanger thrift store asking customers to donate had some families call and want to volunteer at the food
remember loved ones, especially those that have the change from their purchase. For example, if your pantry which I think is wonderful.”
passed away during the last year. purchase was $21.32 and you handed the clerk $22.00 For more information, to donate or volunteer please
Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011 they would ask if you were willing to donate the $0.68 call Ralph Bradburn at 341-3212, ext. 5, or visit
change. To date they have raised about $1,000 per month www.svdpnky.org.
All Saints Cemetery, Walton ..................12:30 p.m.
through the “Pennies for Hunger” program.
St. Cecilia Cemetery, Independence .............2 p.m.
St. James Cemetery, Brooksville ...................2 p.m.
St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Falmouth.........6 p.m.
Are devils for real? ...
Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011 ... Or do children just dress up like them on Halloween? That is the topic of this month’s eXaLT on Oct. 23 with
St. Augustine Cemetery, Augusta ................2 p.m. guest Father Robert Rottgers as he speaks on “Spiritual Warfare.” XLT is for high school youth and young adults
offering praise and worship music, a witness talk and Eucharistic adoration. XLT is held at Thomas More College
Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011 in the Holbrook Student Center beginning at 5 p.m. with pizza and drinks and continues with the XLT program from
St. John Cemetery, Carrollton .....................10 a.m. 5:30-7:30 pm. Admission is free. No registration required. Future dates: Nov. 13, 2011; Jan. 15, Feb. 19, Mar. 18 and
April 15, 2012. For information call 392-1533 or e-mail email@example.com.
4 October 21, 2011 Messenger
Labor rights in the New Millennium —
‘the priority of labor over capital’
Part 3 “synonymous with ‘capital’ is the result of work and 1989 and the advent of a global economy .
The Washington Post headlined E. J. Dionne’s Sept. bears the signs of human labor.” (LE n. 12) Consistent with the teaching of Leo XIII,
4, 2011 column with a radical question relating to the Since the worker is by nature sacred and social, the “Centesimus Annus” conﬁrms the defense of the right
troubled status of unions and the right to collective principle of the priority of labor over capital defends of a worker to a “just wage” in “Rerum Novarum” (CA
bargaining —- “The Last Labor Day?” the primacy of human persons over “things,” ... of n. 8) as well as the worker’s “‘natural human right’ to
Perhaps tongue-in-cheek, in the light of recent contro- men and women over proﬁts. (LE n. 13) form private associations.” (CA n. 7) Blessed John Paul
versies on the political scene, Dionne At the close of 19th century, Pope Leo II speciﬁed this principle as “the reason for the
mused: “We may still celebrate Labor Day , XIII confronted the credo of 19th centu- Church’s defense and approval of the establishment of
but our culture has given up on workers COMMENTARY ry liberal (laissez-faire) capitalism. At what are commonly called trade unions ... because the
as the real creators of wealth and their the close of the 20th century, Blessed right of association is a natural right of a human
honest toil — the phrase itself seems John Paul II rejected the same ideology being …” (CA n.7)
antique — as worthy of genuine respect.” in the world of a global economy and of As “Centesimus Annus” substantiates, the guiding
In support of labor’s cause, Dionne transnational corporations. He named principle of “Rerum Novarum” is rooted “in a correct
quoted a remarkable statement from past the modern version as “neoliberalism.” view of the human person and his unique value.” (CA
history voiced by a prominent American In his apostolic exhortation “Ecclesia n. 11)
political ﬁgure: “Labor is prior to and in America” (“The Church in America,” The labor question has remained, and continues to
independent of capital. Capital is only 1999) Blessed John Paul II critiqued the be, an integral and essential tenet of Catholic social
the fruit of labor, and could never have structures and dynamics of such eco- doctrine. Concerning the role of labor unions, the
existed if labor had not ﬁrst existed. nomic systems as being marred by “an Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
Labor is the superior of capital, and unbridled greed for wealth and power.” refers to the teaching of Section 20 of “Laborem
deserves the higher consideration.” As a result, “neoliberalism” dominates Exercens”: “Such organizations, while pursuing their
Many readers, no doubt, would be the socio-economic culture. (EIA n. 56) speciﬁc purpose with regard to the common good, are
taken by surprise to learn that the pas- Father Ronald Ketteler “Neoliberalism” approximates a con- a positive inﬂuence for social order and solidarity, and
sage cited was excerpted from President temporary version of classic laissez- are therefore an an indispensable element of social
Abraham Lincoln’s annual message to Congress in 1861. faire economics. Such a “winner-take-all” or “survival- life.” (CSDC n. 305)
Dionne detected a resonance in Lincoln’s words of-the ﬁttest” mind-set obstructs ethical attempts to The celebration of Labor Day each calendar year
with a principle formulated by Blessed John Paul II in regulate market mechanisms and proﬁt maximization has become an occasion for the Committee on
his 1981 encyclical “Laborem Exercens” (“On Human in pursuit the common good. Domestic Justice and Human Development of the
Work”), namely, the principle of the priority of labor Consequently, the late Holy Father judged that this United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to
over capital. (LE n. 12) theory is rooted in a materialistic and purely econom- release an annual Labor Day message.
The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the ic understanding of persons. On Sept.er 5, 2011, Bishop Stephen Blaire, the chair-
Church (2004) sums up the central theme of “Laborem At bottom, according to “Laborem Exercens,” laissez- man of that committee, issued the 2011 Labor Day
Exercens”: … work, the fundamental good of the human faire capitalism was corrupted by “the error of Statement — “Human Cost and Moral Challenges of a
person, the primary element of economic activity and economism” which in turn is underpinned by “an error Broken Economy .”
the key to the entire social question.” (CSDC n. 101) of materialism.” “Economism” understands labor “sole- “Human Costs and Moral Challenges of a Broken
“Laborem Exercens” marked the 90th anniversary ly according to its economic purpose.” The perspective Economy” stands as a call for “reﬂection and action on
of Pope Leo XIII’s “Rerum Novarum” (“On the of “materialism” dictates “the primacy and superiority current economic turmoil and hardships experienced
Condition of Labor,” 1891). Notwithstanding the expan- of the material” and subordinates “the spiritual and the by workers and their families.”
sion of the social question to an international scope ,
personal (man’s activity moral values and such values)” Bishop Blaire sums up the tragedies and its ensuing
since the times of Pope Leo XIII, the relationship to the dehumanizing realm of the material. (LE n. 13) toll on men and women stemming from the current eco-
between labor and capital, especially in the present However, the one-dimensional conception of the ,
nomic crisis: “This Labor Day the economic factors are
globalized economy, continues to call for basic justice human subject in “economism” contravenes Catholic stark and the human costs are real: millions of our sisters
in defense of the rights of workers. social doctrine which defends the subject of work as being and brothers are without work, raising children in pover-
With the Church’s response to the injustices more signiﬁcant than the object of work, i.e., the product. ty and haunted by fears about their economic security .”
spawned by the 19th century Industrial Revolution, In this regard, “Laborem Exercens” introduced a cor- Beyond the economic implications, the fallout from
“Rerum Novarum” is the cornerstone of a tradition relative distinction between “work in the objective sense” the economic crisis constitute “human tragedies,
which over the decades has developed into an organic (LE n.5) and “work in the subjective sense”. (LE n. 6) The moral challenges, and tests of our faith.”
and systematic corpus of social doctrine. objective sense of the term denotes the technology; the In the light of the present economic circumstances,
At the end of the 19th century, Pope Leo XIII’s argu- subjective sense of work identiﬁes the human person as the 2011 Labor Day Statement invites Catholics “to
ment for a moral right to a just wage is derived from “the subject of work.” The latter concept simply afﬁrms recall the traditional teaching of the Church on the
the dignity of the worker, for to treat any human sub- that “the primary basis of the value of work is man him- dignity of work and the rights of workers.”
ject as a means to an end is patently unjust. self, who is its subject.” (LE n.6) Bishop Blaire notes: “All these challenges have eco-
In condemning the so-called “wage-contract” theory Blessed John Paul II noted that “in the ﬁrst place nomic and ﬁnancial dimensions, but they also have
as immoral, Leo XIII taught that the productive labor work is ‘for man’ and not man ‘for the work’.” Anchored unavoidable human and moral costs. This Labor Day
of a worker cannot be traded on the market as if the in this assumption, the natural rights of the worker are we need to look beyond the economic indicators, stock
worker were a commodity to be bought and sold not contingent on the work produced; rather those market gyrations, and political conﬂicts and focus on
according to the laws of supply and demand. inalienable rights are grounded in the sacredness and the often invisible burdens of ordinary workers and
“Laborem Exercens” considers the ethical principle, the essential dignity of the worker as a person. their families, many of whom are hurting discour-
the priority of labor over capital, “a postulate of the order A decade later, Blessed John Paul II published aged, and left behind by this economy .”
of social morality (LE n.15) Thus, in the process of pro- “Centesimus Annus” (“On the Hundredth Anniversary In “Sharing Catholic Social Teaching” (1999) the
duction, labor is “a primary efﬁcient cause.” By contrast, of ‘Rerum Novarum’,” 1991), a commemoration of the Catholic bishops of the United States appropriately
capital (i.e., “the whole means of production”) falls into centennial of Pope Leo XIII’s inaugural social encyclical. offer this terse summary of the inherent moral dimen-
the category of an instrumental cause. (LE n. 12) The ﬁrst chapter of “Centesimus Annus” synthe- sion of economic life: “The economy must serve peo-
Professor Daniel Finn explains the sense of this dis- sizes the historical context and the foundational princi- ple, not the other way around. Work is more than a
tinction on the relationship of labor and capital: “Here ples of the moral teaching of Pope Leo XIII. Next, in the way to make a living; it is a form of continuing partici-
‘capital’ is not the capitalists but is the machines and second chapter, Blessed John Paul II projected the cur- pation in God’s creation ...”
natural resources that the capitalists own and use in rent and future socio-economic landscape of “The New Father Ronald Ketteler is director of ecumenism and
Things of Today The state of the question at the end of continuing education of priests, episcopal liaison to the
In the ﬁnal analysis, therefore, whatever comprises the second millennium was rapidly being reframed both Messenger and professor of theology at Thomas More
capital is “only a collection of things.” Whatever is by the turning point of the collapse of the Soviet bloc in College.
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Messenger October 21, 2011 5
The ABC’s of Building levees, saving lives
Christian love As fall begins, those of us at Catholic Relief
Services headquarters can look over an eventful end to
communities in Chad or trees planted in Guatemala.
Whatever speciﬁc form they take, your levees do
a summer that brought us everything from an earth- what those in New Orleans were supposed to: They
The readings for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary quake that rattled our building to hurricanes that help keep people safe. When the rains fail to fall, or
Time — Cycle “A” are: Exodus 22:20–26; 1 drenched us and forced even the smallest of streams when they fall too hard; when hurricanes hit or the
Thessalonians 1:5–10; and Matthew 22:34-40. over their banks. This all came as we marked anniver- earth shakes; when disease snakes its way through a
Have you ever caught yourself mindlessly reciting saries in this country: ﬁve years since community or the vagaries of the
some verse or rhyme learned in childhood? How many Hurricane Katrina and 10 years since global markets wreak havoc on local
of us, when faced with placing a list of names in the attacks of September 11. GUEST COMMENTARY economies — whatever the disaster,
alphabetical order ﬁnd ourselves humming the age-old As I watched the rising waters here your levees offer protection.
“alphabet song”? and throughout the East, my thoughts Ken Hackett If the levees had held in New
Sometimes lessons are returned to Katrina. I could not help Orleans ﬁve years ago, the heroes
EIGHTH DAY learned so well that they asking a simple question: What if the levees had held? would have been engineers and laborers. You would
remain with us always. Certainly, Katrina would still have been a powerful never have known their names. You would not even
Probably the ﬁrst hurricane, producing extensive damage and disrupt- have thought of them as heroes, but as people who did
thing we teach our chil- ing many lives — perhaps tragically losing some. But their jobs. Yet they would have saved many more lives
dren about prayer is the it would have been nothing like the devastation in New and much more property than any of those who
Sign of the Cross, that Orleans ﬁve years ago. responded after ﬂooding hit that city .
constant reminder of I had other questions: What if security services had It’s the same way with disease. We often laud — right-
what is distinct about caught the 9/11 hijackers long before they boarded an fully so — doctors who cure the sick. But too often we do
Christian belief, the aircraft? What if the buildings in Haiti had been built not give enough recognition to the public health workers
Trinity We begin and to codes that kept them from collapsing in the 2010 who administer the vaccines that keep disease at bay so
end our prayer by recall- earthquake? people do not need to see those doctors.
ing God who is Father, So many of you look to help people — in partner- Every day of every year, you are building levees
Son and Spirit. The ship with CRS — when disaster strikes. And we through CRS. Many people in East Africa right now
Trinity is the foundation respond when tragedies occur. That is what we are are surviving this drought because of what you have
Father Daniel Vogelpohl of our belief. doing right now in East Africa, where drought and done. People in South Sudan are living in peace
The Jewish people of famine have created the world’s largest refugee camp because of what you have done. And people all over
Jesus’ time and our day as well have a similar set of in Dadaab, Kenya. Thanks to you, we can help so many . the world whose suffering is not in the headlines or on
words that remind them of the foundation of their But you need to know that, throughout the years, your TV screen have been helped by you to survive
belief. It is the prayer called the “Shema,” so named when there are no disasters in the headlines, you are storms of all sorts.
because the ﬁrst Hebrew word of the prayer is also building “levees” through CRS. They might be wells It is because of you that CRS can build so many lev-
“Shema.” The Shema is recited by the faithful Jew sev- in Ethiopia or dams in Kenya, new agricultural prac- ees. Thank you for letting us be of service.
eral times a day It is said upon rising in the morning tices in Tanzania or health clinics in Vietnam, savings Ken Hackett is president for Catholic Relief Services.
and retiring in the evening. It is repeated several
times in between. It is used to introduce and conclude
many of the formal prayer services of Judaism.
Being of Jewish heritage, Jesus knew and prayed
this prayer often. It was so well known to him that
when he is asked in today’s Gospel about the greatest It seems that everywhere we turn we are confronted Gender is a beautiful reminder that I am called to
commandment, he immediately quotes from the with questions about gender. In recent months, the love. In seeing that there is another with whom I have
Shema: “You shall love the Lord your God with your Internet, television and newspapers were ﬁlled with unity (the same gift of humanity) and difference (mas-
whole soul and with all your mind.” stories about a family in Toronto that has decided to culinity or femininity), I see that it is possible for me
Jesus then quickly adds that we should love our raise a “genderless” baby, not revealing whether or not to give to another and to receive from another. I begin
neighbors as ourselves. But this too was nothing new their third child is a son or a daughter. A video was to see that love is possible, that love is good and that
for the Pharisees to whom he was speaking. The Lord released with a speaker addressing fourth graders in a love is the meaning of life.
was simply quoting another familiar Scripture pas- California public school with the mes- Gender is a beautiful reminder that I
sage from the book of Leviticus (19:18): “You shall love sage that one can choose a gender based .
am called to love fruitfully When I real-
your neighbor as yourself.” on feelings. A mother appeared on SPARK OF ize that I did not create myself, that I
We cannot escape the fact that the Lord afﬁrms a national television to encourage cross- GOODNESS come from God, and when I realize that I
certain order of precedence with these two com- dressing for young children. can love another with whom I share a
mands. The love of God is “the greatest and the ﬁrst The new message to children — that unity and a difference, I can see that my
commandment.” The mandate to love our neighbor, they can be anything they want — no love can be fruitful. It can grow and be
while “like” the ﬁrst, is deﬁnitely “second.” Why? It is longer centers around being an astro- more. It doesn’t have to collapse in upon
because we are called to love our neighbor in the way naut or a doctor or an explorer, but that itself. It can open me up to new experi-
that God loves them. That is a love we can only under- one can be a boy, or a girl, or a boy and a ences, new wonder, new gratitude as I
stand if we are ﬁrst united with God in love. girl, and can create their ideal gender watch love unfolded as something I am
The ﬁrst reading from the book of Exodus clariﬁes style, just like they can choose their given and not as something I create,
for us how God loves others. God loves not just his ideal career choice. dominate or master.
own chosen people, but the “aliens” as well. God But gender matters. We seem to have So, why do we think it’s a good idea to
reminds us that “I will surely hear their cry,” and “I forgotten that. We seem to think we can march into classrooms and onto national
will hear him; for I am compassionate.” determine sex/gender by how we feel. television shows and into newspapers
We are challenged to recognize that those whom we And gender isn’t something reduced to Emilly Bissonette and tell children, tell parents, tell the
consider aliens (Russians, Iranians, Hispanics, pink, sparkly dresses or playing with toy world that we don’t need a visible
estranged spouses) are loved by God. Unless our love trucks. Gender is about masculinity and femininity, reminder that our life is a gift? In fact, we don’t want a
relationship with God is strong, we will have a difﬁ- about different modes of giving and receiving (and we reminder that life is a gift, thank you very much. We’d
cult time extending our love to these neighbors. do both, but differently), about being created with prefer to take out the mystery, take out the wonder,
The relationship between love of God and love of absolute dignity, not “sameness,” about a difference take out the gratitude, take out the fact that we did not
neighbor was once made very concrete by a retreat that matters. create ourselves.
master who asked me to call to mind the one person I Gender (sexual difference) is a beautiful reminder What a different culture we would live in if we
loved the least, had the hardest time loving. I was then that I am not God, that I cannot encompass the whole embraced masculinity and femininity as a unique way
informed that I really only loved God as much as I love of reality, that I cannot be everything. There is always in which God reminds us of our origin from love, our
that person! someone different from me, “other” than me. And that call to love now, and our ultimate destiny sharing in
We pray that, “God strengthen our faith, hope and difference and “otherness” is good. It reminds me that eternal love with our Creator and Redeemer.
love” (Opening Prayer) and that God “give us the love to I did not create myself, nor did I create the “other.” I Emily Bissonnette serves as Theology of the Body
carry out (his) command.” (Alternative Opening Prayer) was created. I am a child of God. My life has been Education Coordinator at Ruah Woods in Cincinnati.
Such is the prayer that must be constantly given. There are some things about my existence that I She blogs at unshakeablehope.blogspot.com.
rehearsed. It must be learned so well that we catch cannot determine, but instead am called to receive.
ourselves praying it when we’re not even conscious of
it. It must become as much a part of us as our ABCs.
Father Daniel Vogelpohl is pastor of Blessed
Sacrament Church, Ft. Mitchell.
6 October 21, 2011 Messenger
The Super’s A rainbow of excellence — Reading
Smart Page Welcome back to the Super’s Smart Page, a Messenger feature
created in collaboration with the diocesan Department of Catholic
Schools to celebrate Catholic education. For this school year, the
theme for this page is “Catholic Schools – A Rainbow of Excellence.”
Instead of colors, our rainbow will feature nine course-of-study sub-
jects experienced by students, in all of our Catholic schools.
As we continue through our school year, we will share with
you “snapshots” of these subjects as they are lived out in our
Catholic schools. October’s snapshots focus on “reading.”
Students in our schools read widely and deeply from among a
broad range of high quality, increasingly chal-
lenging literary and informational texts. By read-
ing stories, plays, poems and novels our students
increase their understanding of various text
structures and elements. By reading texts from
other disciplines, our students gain knowledge in
other fields while giving them the background to
Rainbow of excellence be better readers in all content areas.
For this school year, the theme for I applaud our teachers, administrators and
this page is “Catholic Schools – parents for fostering a culture of literacy in our
A Rainbow of Excellence.” Instead of schools. Our schools are forming tomorrow’s
colors, the rainbow will be lit by nine leaders, and as a mentor of mine used to say, “Not every reader is a
course-of-study subjects experienced leader, but every leader is reader.”
by students, in all of our Catholic Yours in Catholic education,
schools: Michael Clines
Superintendent of Schools,
Computers/Technology Diocese of Covington
Science At St. Thomas School, Ft.
Music/Drama Thomas, students can join the (Below) Students at St. Augustine School,
English/Language Arts Birthday Book Club by donating Covington, become literary detectives as they
Religion a favorite book to the school learn about the genre of mystery writing.
library. A bookplate bearing the
donor’s name is placed on the
front of the book and is dis-
played in the library for a year.
(Above) Kindergartners at St. Mary School,
Alexandria, celebrated Johnny Appleseed’s birthday
Sept. 26 by reading about the American legend and
making honorary cooking pot hats.
(Left) Villa Madonna
(Above) At Notre Dame Academy offers foreign
Academy students are language instruction
inspired by the American beginning in kinder-
Library Association’s celebri- garten. First graders
ty READ posters featuring read aloud to high
NDA teachers. school exchange
students from Madrid
(Right) Students at St. who visited in
Anthony School, Taylor Mill, September. The teens
are encouraged to “soak then translated the
themselves” in books in the stories.
claw-foot Reading Tub.
For more information about the Department of Catholic Schools, call (859) 392-1530 or email email@example.com.
Messenger October 21, 2011 7
Infertility expert to speak at conference Nov. 5
Tim Fitzgerald treatments that cooperate completely with the women’s Claire Ruehl, an event organizer and member of the
Editor reproductive system in a way that is fully compatible public information and education committee of the
Dr. Mark Stegman, an obstetrician/gynecologist who with Church teaching. It is a family planning method diocesan Pro-Life Advisory Board. “Today everyone is
is an experienced practitioner of the NaProTechnology, that a couple can use to achieve as well as to avoid preg- looking for the ‘natural way’ to take care of our health.
will be the featured presenter at a conference Nov. 5. nancy. It incorporates the Creighton Model One of the most effective outcomes is in the use of
The program, open to the public, is co-sponsored by FertilityCare System (CrMS), a modiﬁcation of the .
NaProTechnology in treating infertility Couples desir-
St. Elizabeth Healthcare and the diocesan Pro-Life Billings Ovulation method of natural family planning. ing a child will ﬁnd hope in this morally acceptable
Ofﬁce and will take Although NaProTechnology can help with problems approach. Physicians would appreciate being able to
place at the St. in many areas of a woman’s gynecologic health, it is offer some options for their patients on issues related to
NaProTechnology Elizabeth-Edg ewood most frequently applied in the areas of infertility and fertility.”
Conference campus. subfertility (recurrent miscarriages). In addition to the Nov. 5 public session, Dr. Stegman
Nov. 5 at St. Elizabeth Dr. Stegman is a sen- “Individuals and couples would want to attend to will make three other presentations, to doctors, hospital
Healthcare-Edgewood, ior fellow of the learn from an expert on women’s health science,” said residents and deacons and their wives.
Room 249 Westchester Institute
for Ethics and the
8:30 a.m. Registration Human Person. He is a YOUTH 2000
9 a.m. Conference Catholic physician spe-
cializing in obstetrics A number of students from
11:30 a.m. Q&A Lunch and gynecology, with a the YOUTH 2000 core team
Cost: $10 particular focus on will be showing the YOUTH
(includes box lunch) evaluation and man- 2000 PowerPoint presenta-
agement of infertility, tion at their schools to
Make a reservation by
subfertility and other promote the event. Maddie
Oct. 25: (859) 392-1546 women’s health issues. Clabough made the presenta-
or ppiccola@covington- NaProTechnology uses tion to students at Villa
diocese.org. methods that are fully Madonna Academy Oct. 14.
respectful of the digni- YOUTH 2000 is a weekend-
ty of the woman, the long Eucharistic retreat for
man and the child to be conceived. He currently prac- teens and young adults led
tices at the Center for Women’s Health, a service of by the Franciscan Friars and
Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. Sisters of the Renewal. It
Dr. Stegman attended Blessed Sacrament School, Ft. will be held Oct. 28–30 at
Mitchell, and graduated from Covington Latin School, Notre Dame Academy,
Xavier University, and the University of Cincinnati Park Hills. For information
College of Medicine. and registration visit
NaProTechnology provides medical and surgical www.nkyouth.com.
8 October 21, 2011 Messenger
Faith formation and catechist classes United States and what effects the U.S. Church has had
The diocesan Department of Catechesis and Formation provides courses on various theological topics. These faith and is having on the Church universal.
formation classes are required for religion teacher certiﬁcation. However all adults are welcome to attend these cours-
es. The fee for each course is $15. To register call (859) 392-1533 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Listed below I Sacraments
are some of the upcoming courses. For a complete list of courses visit www.covingtondiocese.org, Department of Date: Dec. 5, 6-9:45 p.m. and Dec. 10, 17, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Catechesis and Formation. Presenter: Father Daniel Schomaker
Location: St. Pius X Church, Edgewood
I Christian Morality signiﬁcant outcomes of Vatican Council II and its Description: Explains the principle of sacramentality
Date: Oct. 22, 29, Nov. 5, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. place in the history of the Church’s development. and summarizes the sacramental theology of Vatican
Presenter: Father Raymond Enzweiler Explains the role of the laity in today’s Church and Council II. Deﬁnes grace and explains the teaching of
Location: Cathedral Lyceum, Covington how this affects the role of the individual Catholic. the Church regarding sacraments as sources of grace.
Description: Identiﬁes the sources of morality basic Describes what makes a parish a dynamic expression Explains how human life experiences are expressed in
moral principles and theories of moral development. of the Church’s mission. symbol and ritual. Gives an overview of the Rite of
Teaches the relationship of divine, natural and positive Christian Initiation of Adults. Describes the role of
law and how moral behavior has to do with appropriate I Church History the Holy Spirit in baptism and conﬁrmation. Teaches
response in and to love relationships in the human com- Date: Nov. 12, 19, 26, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. that Eucharist is source and summit of Christian life.
munity Demonstrates knowledge of the connections Presenter: Msgr. William Neuhaus Explains the sacraments of healing as celebrations of
between morality and the sacraments, especially bap- Location: Cathedral Lyceum, Covington God’s abiding care.
tism, reconciliation and Eucharist. Describes the nature Description: Describes the development of the Church
of a healthy conscience developed in freedom and grace from a small Jewish community of believers to a I The Last Things (Eschatology)
and the role of the conscience in moral decision-mak- Greco-Roman state religion under Theodosius. Date: Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27, 7-9:45 p.m.
ing. Identiﬁes current moral dilemmas and develops Identiﬁes some of the key people and events in the Presenter: Father Michael Barth
examples of responses in light of insights gained ﬁrst 500 years of Christianity and names some of the Location: Catholic Charities, Latonia
through the study of Christian morality . issues that led to the East-West Schism and its effect Description: The study of last things is called eschatol-
on the development of Christianity Explains the inﬂu- ogy from the Greek word eschatos, meaning “the last
I Church: Vision, Mission, Ministry ence of the Roman Empire and feudalism on the or extreme.” The stages of eschatology include: indi-
Date: Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28, 7-9:45 p.m. Church from Charlemagne through the 1300s. vidual human death, particular judgment, then heav-
Presenter: Father Ryan Maher Summarizes the impact of monasticism on the reform en, purgatory or hell, the end of the world, the living
Location: St. Pius X Church, Edgewood .
of clergy and the papacy Describes some of the people, being “taken up,” the resurrection of the body, the
Description: Identiﬁes the major features of the events and ideas that led up to the Protestant Second Coming of Christ, general judgment, and the
Catholic understanding of the Church including the Reformation and the Catholic Counter-Reformation. New Creation. Christians accept that the ﬁrst of the
role of Mary Explains how the Church continues Lists some of the decisions reached during the Council “last things” of human life is physical death. Divine
Jesus’ mission of proclaiming the reign of God and of Trent and their impact on the life of the Church. Revelation tells us that the origin of human death is
the value of models as a way of understanding the Demonstrates how the Renaissance, the Age of the sin of Adam and Eve, and the punishment for the
many dimensions of the mystery of the Church. Enlightenment, Industrial Revolution, French original sin is found in Genesis 3:19: by the sweat of
Describes Avery Dulles’ models of the Church and Revolution and other cultures affected the growth of your face shall you get bread to eat, until you return to
gives examples of how they have been presented the Church from the 17th century to the present. the ground, from which you were taken; for you are
throughout the history of the Church. Identiﬁes some Explains how the Catholic Church developed in the dirt, and to dirt you shall return.
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gala for Faith
‘Health, hope and harmony’
“What so ever you do to the least of my brethren that
you do unto me.” These words from Matthew 25:40
inspire and motivate the volunteers and staff of the
Faith Community Pharmacy .
Faith Community Pharmacy is a non-proﬁt organi-
zation created to provide free prescription medication
to residents of Northern Kentucky It is the only chari-
table pharmacy in Northern Kentucky providing med-
ications to needy uninsured residents. The pharmacy
serves 11 of the counties in the Diocese of Covington.
The pharmacy is planning a major fundraising
event, “Celebrate 2011,” a gala to be held at the
Marquise banquet center in Wilder on Nov. 5 from 6
p.m. to 11 p.m. The evening events include food, fun,
dancing, and silent and live auctions. Live auction
items include a “New York Experience” which includes
round-trip air fare to New York City for two and $200
gift card to Broadway; an iPad; a stay-cation package
worth $700-800; and a big-screen TV among other items.
Tickets for the gala are $50; sponsor opportunities
are available. Reservations are being accepted through
Oct. 28. Emcee for the evening will be Liz Bonis from
Channel 12 television news. A guest will be Jack
“Goose” Givens, former UK basketball star. For more
information about the gala call (859) 426-7837 or e-mail
Charlotte Boemker, development director, at
Since opening in March 2002 under the name of St.
Vincent de Paul Pharmacy, the Faith Community
Pharmacy has dispensed over $19 million of prescrip-
tion medications (as of October 17) and has helped over
4400 clients, according to Ms. Boemker. “We run mostly
by volunteers. We don’t need any more volunteers [at
this time]; we are blessed in that area,” she said. “We do
have over 60 volunteers, and most are from the Catholic
churches in the area.”
The pharmacy relies on donations, grants and
fundraisers to purchase prescription drugs and cover
operational costs. Recently the organization received a
two-for-one matching grant from the Health
Foundation of Greater Cincinnati. If Faith Community
Pharmacy can raise $7,500 by the end of 2011 the Health
Foundation of Greater Cincinnati will match it two-for-
one, meaning they will give $15,000 to the Faith
Community Pharmacy The second year of the grant is
a matching grant: if FCP raises $15,000, the Health
Foundation will match it with a $15,000 grant. “Every
dollar donated to the pharmacy provides $6 in medica-
tion needs,” stated Ms. Boemker. “We really do take
donations and make a lot out of them.”
Applicants are interviewed to determine eligibility .
An applicant must live in Northern Kentucky, cannot
have prescription drug coverage and must meet income
guidelines. Some applicants with Medicare D plans are
possibly eligible. For more information about a screen-
ing interview please call the pharmacy at (859) 426-7837.
The main location in Florence, across from Boone
County High School, is open Mondays and Thursdays
from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There are seven outreach ofﬁce
locations throughout Northern Kentucky where clients
can meet with a pharmacist, pick up medications or
apply for assistance.
Donations in the form of a check can be made out to
“Faith Community Pharmacy” and mailed to 2335
Buttermilk Crossing, Crescent Springs, Ky. 41017.
Donations can also be made online. All donations are
tax deductible. Visit the website at www.faithcommuni-
10 October 21, 2011 Messenger
PEOPLE AND EVENTS
TV Mass. The cathedral’s 5:30 p.m. Mass Oct. 23 will be conducts the chorus of 60 voices accompanied by a 20- Bishop Brossart High School will host its annual open
shown live on ICN 6 on analog channel 99; digital piece orchestra. The public is welcome with no admis- house for seventh- and eighth-grade students from
channel 422. sion charge. A freewill offering will be accepted. Visit 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 27. Call 635-2108.
Catholic Charities is looking for individuals, families, Youth 2000 will be held Oct. 28–30 at Notre Dame
or organizations to sponsor a Christmas Family. Are devils for real? Or do children just dress up like .
Academy This Eucharist-centered retreat given by the
These are Catholic Charities’ clients who cannot pro- them on Halloween? That is the topic of this month’s Franciscan Friars of the Renewal is open to youth and
vide Christmas for their family Other opportunities eXaLT, Oct. 23 with Father Robert Rottgers as he young adults ages 13 and up. Visit www.nkyouth.com.
also available. Call 581-8974, ext. 136. speaks on “Spiritual Warfare.” XLT is for high school
youth and young adults offering Praise and Worship Thomas More College’s 8th annual runMORE 5K
The Sisters of the Good Shepherd annual Holiday music, a witness talk, and Adoration. XLT is held at Run/Walk Oct. 29, 9 a.m. The runMORE event benefits
Craft Bazaar is Oct. 21 and 22, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Pelletier Thomas More College in the Holbrook Student Center the Thomas More College Service Learning Program.
Hall, 930 Highland Ave, Ft. Thomas. Call 441-5531. beginning at 5 p.m. with pizza and drinks and contin- Cost for pre-registration is $12 or $20 with event t-shirt.
ues with the XLT program 5:30–7:30 p.m. Admission is Race-day registration is $15 or $25 with event t-shirt.
St. Henry District High School annual craft fair Oct. free; no registration required. Future dates: Nov. 13, Online registration is available at SPRunning.com. Visit
22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Over 100 booths of handmade craft Jan. 15, Feb. 19, Mar. 18, and April 15. For information thomasmore.edu/runmore for information.
items. Admission is $2. call 392-1533 or e-mail email@example.com.
14th annual Villa Madonna Academy PTAO Craft Fair
St. Philip School, Melbourne, PTC is hosting an all day HalloweenFest 2011, Oct. 23, 1–4 p.m. at Fleming Hall, will be Oct. 29, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. in the gymnasium.
scrapbooking event Oct. 22, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. at the St. St. Anthony Church, Taylor Mill. Games, prizes, Wii Admission $3 adults; under age 17 free. Call 331-6333.
Philip Parish Center. Cost $45. Reservations e-mail tournament, silent auction, raffles and a costume con-
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 908-0277. test at 3 p.m. Call 431-5987. If you attended St. Boniface School in Ludlow, share
hors d-oeuvres and memories with friends at the all-
“A Graveyard Gala: Halloween Bash 2011” “Women in Today’s Catholic Church” adult faith for- school reunion on Oct. 30, 2–6 p.m. at Pee Wee’s
fundraiser for St. Joseph Church, Cold Spring, will be mation presentation by Benedictine Sister Dorothy restaurant, Crescent Springs. Cost is $15 per person.
held Oct. 22, 8 p.m.–1 a.m. at the church hall. Dinner Schuette, Oct. 24, 7 p.m. in Brodnick Hall at St.Timothy Reservations requested by Oct. 20. Call 431-0668 or e-
catered by Pompilio’s from 8–9 p.m. Tickets $25. Ages Church, Union. Visit www.saint-timothy .org. mail StBonifaceReunion@fuse.net.
21 & up. Call 760-1433.
The diocese welcomes the Third Edition of the Roman Notre Dame Urban Education Center Fabulous
The Ladies of the Kehoe Council of the Knights of Missal. Why these changes? How will Mass change? Furs Fundraising Event Nov. 3, 6–8 p.m. A fun night out
Columbus, Ludlow, are having a luncheon Oct. 22 that Msgr. William Cleves will address these questions Oct. for women and men. Tickets are $25 and include a 15
will include bingo, card games, split the pot and a com- 24 at St. Mary Church, Alexandria, 7–8:30 p.m. percent discount on any purchases made that evening.
bination table raffle. Cost $12. Doors open 10:30 a.m. RSVP to NDUECS@gmail.com or call 261-4487.
The Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home annual din-
Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home HALO League ner meeting will be held Oct. 25, 6 p.m. at The The Mustard Seed Community, Catholic Charismatic
Richwood Tahoe Railroad fundraiser, Oct. 22, 10 Gardens of Park Hills. Cost $30 per person; $240 per Renewal, First Friday Mass Nov. 4 at Mother of God
a.m.–1:30 p.m., at Columbia Sussex complex off table. Call 331-2040. Church, Covington. Praise and worship music begins
Thomas More Pkwy Train ride is 1.5 miles; $5/child, at 7:15 p.m. Prayer for healing will follow Mass. Call
$10/adult, $25/family of four. The St. Elizabeth Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center, 341-5339.
Falmouth, is holding an open house to recognize its
The Cathedral Concert Series begins its 36th season 30th anniversary Oct. 25, 1-3 p.m. at the center on 512 Upcoming Marydale retreats: Men’s Parish Retreat,
Oct. 23, 3 p.m. The Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra South Maple Ave. Call 301-4600 or go to www.steliza- Nov. 4–6, Father Giles Pater, retreat master; theme:
will perform music of Haydn and Liszt. Helmut Roehrig beth.com. “Sing a New Song to the Lord.” Cost $125. Call 371-4224
St. Elizabeth HealthCare and the diocesan Pro-Life
Office will host a conference on NaProTECHNOLOGY, a
new approach to women’s health and infertility, Nov. 5
at St. Elizabeth Edgewood, Room 249. Dr. Mark
Stegman will be the speaker. Registration 8:30 a.m.
Cost $10 includes box lunch. RSVP by Oct. 25 to Peggy
Piccola, 392-1546 or email@example.com.
St. Peter’s Catholic Order of Foresters, Court 1492
annual turkey raffle Nov. 5 after 6 p.m. Mass in the
Social Center at Sts. Peter and Paul School, California.
An evening of bingo, euchre, raffles, a movie for the
children, and plenty of delicious foods and beverages.
Newport Central Catholic High School is hosting its
grand event, The Winners’ Circle, Nov. 5 at the
Newport Syndicate. The evening will include a night of
fun, dinner, live auctions, silent auctions and dancing.
Cost $75 per person. Call 292-0001 by Oct. 26.
Celebrate 2011, a fundraising gala event for Faith
Community Pharmacy, will be held Nov. 5, 6–11 p.m. at
The Marquise, Wilder. Tickets are $50. Reservations
accepted through Oct. 26. Call 426-7837.
La Salette Academy all-class reunion Nov. 12, 4–9
p.m. at Longneck’s Sports Grill, Wilder. Bring memora-
bilia. Dutch treat event. Information e-mail
CLS honors alums “Remembering Our Roots” honorary chairs Paul and
Covington Latin School held its annual Alumni Banquet Oct. 8. Those honored were (l to r): Dr. Nicholas Kathleen Michels invite you to the ACUE Gala at the
Reuter ’58 – the Scientiam Award (outstanding teaching of others) retired teacher; Jeff Jehn ’70 – the Disciplinam Newport Syndicate Nov. 12. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m.
Award (outstanding in his profession) president of Waltz Business Solutions; Tim Mauntel ’60 – the 2011 and dinner at 7 p.m. Sen. Richard L. “Dick” Roeding
Distinguished Alumnus Award (outstanding achievement of service to the community, to his profession, and to will emcee the event which features auctions, raffles
Covington Latin School) retired ﬁnancial advisor; Gregg Poston ’80 – the 2011 Distinguished Young Alumnus and entertainment. Tickets are $75. Proceeds benefit
Award (outstanding achievement of service to the community, to his profession, and to Covington Latin School) the scholarship fund of the Alliance for Catholic
vice-president of individual operations at OneAmerica Financial Partners; Eva and Oakley Farris – the Honorary Urban Education. Call 392-1584 for reservations.
Alumni Award for their support of Covington Latin School; and Mike Quigley ’62 – the Bonitatem Award (out-
standing community service) for his 30 years of service to the Diocese of Covington.
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St. Philip has a ‘true sense of Church’
Tim Fitzgerald rounding communities of Melbourne and Silver Grove, Campbell County, Highlands and Newport Central St.Thomas Church, Ft. Thomas.) enrollment. Last year the school’s tuition assistance The school, under Sister Dolores’ leadership for nine
Editor especially for young people. A Scouting program is very Catholic — and some home-schooled students. Joe Feinauer, representing the ﬁnance council, said program distributed $22,000. The school enrolls 75 stu- years, has introduced activities to appeal to more stu-
Community, community, community — this is the popular, as is a LifeTeen youth ministry program, The sports ﬁelds sponsored by the parish are usually the council advises Father Rottgers and Sister Dolores dents, kindergarten (half-day and all-day) through dents. She identiﬁed the academic team, clubs for stu-
constant refrain you hear when you listen to parish- recently established by Father Rottgers. It attracts stu- very busy, especially on weekends and in the summer on the school budget. In recent years, the approach has eighth grade, served by a staff of four full-time and dents interested in archery, art and chess, and the
ioners, parents and pastor describe their parish, St. dents from four high schools — Bishop Brossard, months. The parish center, constructed during the been not to raise tuition too much, for fear of losing three part-time teachers — including Sister Dolores — LifeTeen youth group. Sister Dolores also described a
Philip Church in Melbourne. tenure of Msgr. Roger Cooney (2000-2006), is plus four Sisters of Divine Providence new, successful reading program called the Barton
The concept of community is both deep and well used. (Msgr. Cooney is now pastor of who volunteer at the school. Reading and Spelling Program. All students are tested
broad, old and new, as Bishop Roger Foys learned for any reading disabilities (unless parents have
during his three-day episcopal requested otherwise). In another program current stu-
visit to the parish, the 28th such (Continued on page 15)
visit he has made since begin-
ning in February 2006. (Left) Bishop Foys delivered the homily at
Many current families trace each of the three weekend Masses. “For
their roots to the establishment more than 100 years, from its establishment
of the parish in 1910. These fami- in 1910, the faith here has been strong. …
lies — and their dedication to the The parish continues because you believe
parish — have created a deep that the grace of God sustains you. The
foundation supporting the parish parish is alive and thriving. Thank you for
over the decades. your witness to the rest of the diocese.”
New parish members — young families with
children, people from outside the parish attracted (Right) Bishop Foys met with members of
to the parish, others — contribute new energy . the parish councils, including finance and
Family membership over the last few years has school, Oct. 7. With Bishop Foys are Father
increased about 20 percent (from 260 to more than Daniel Schomaker, assistant to the bishop
300). It is anticipated that the diocesan census, (left), and Father Robert Rottgers, pastor
beginning Oct. 16-23, will identify even more indi- (right).
viduals and families.
2010 Statistics Rottgers is himself a
St. Philip Church, “new parish mem-
Melbourne ber.” In August
Bishop Foys installed
Baptisms: 8 him as the parish’s
First Communions: 21 11th pastor. For a year (Below) For the first time in Bishop Foys’ four decades of
before Father priesthood he had the opportunity to bless fire trucks, an
Conﬁrmations: 21 Rottgers served as annual rite for the Melbourne Fire Department. Firemen
Marriages: 2 pastoral administra- and their wives attended Mass just before the blessing Oct. 9.
During his visit
Catholic households: Bishop Foys visited (Above) To the surprise and
246 each classroom in the delight of teachers and classmates
school and met with Bishop Foys agreed to sign the cast
the principal, Divine of a St. Philip student, an episco-
Providence Sister pal visit first.
Dolores Gohs, and
Father Rottgers. (Left) Students at St. Philip School
Bishop Foys celebrated the three weekend Masses Oct. seemed eager to interact with the
8-9 and offered the homily at each. After the early Mass bishop. Divine Providence Sister
Sunday Bishop Foys blessed the Melbourne Fire Dolores Gohs, principal, (left, cen-
Department ﬁre trucks — another longstanding connec- ter) led Bishop Foys on a tour of
tion between the parish and community (and the ﬁrst the classrooms. The exchange
time in Bishop Foys’ nearly four decades of priesthood between Bishop Foys and the stu-
that he has blessed ﬁre trucks). dents was lively. Bishop Foys even
An episcopal visit gives Bishop Foys an extended gave the students the following
opportunity to come to know the parish and its people; Monday off (it was already their
at the same time the people have a chance to meet the scheduled fall break).
bishop. The typical experience features dozens of
encounters between the bishop, parishioners, students
and school and parish staff.
Eleven representatives of the parish, ﬁnance and
school councils, including Sister Dolores, met with Bishop Foys greeted all parishioners follow-
Bishop Foys on the ﬁrst night, a regular feature of an ing the Saturday evening and Sunday morn-
episcopal visit. Bishop Foys learned of the parish’s cur- ing Masses the weekend of the episcopal visit
rent situation, its strengths and some of the challenges Oct. 7–9.
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Michael Murray, diocesan director for the Stewardship and Missions Office, conducted a review of the
Offertory and Time, Talent and Treasure Programs for parish representatives in the Blessed Sacrament
Undercroft Oct. 12. The diocese is preparing for the fifth year of the program, which is scheduled to
take place in November 2011. For more information contact the diocesan Stewardship and Missions
Office at (859) 392-1540.
Episcopal visit “I was impressed with the members of the various
(Continued from page 13) advisory councils of the parish. At my meeting with
dents send birthday cards each year to newly baptized them they were open and forthright about their dreams
infants. for the future of the parish as well as realistically look-
In a discussion earlier in the day with Bishop Foys, .
ing at the challenges that face parishes today They are
Sister Dolores said another challenge is people’s per- proud of their parish, of their accomplishments, and
ception that Catholic education is mainly for the rightly so. The parishioners are fortunate to have their
“elite.” But after experiencing the school, parents come representation on the various councils that serve to
to “know we can meet their child’s needs.” advise their pastor.
Sister Dolores noted the number of scholarships “Father Bob Rottgers is totally dedicated to the
awarded to eighth-grade graduates. Last year three of parishioners, and it was obvious in my talking with
six eighth graders received scholarships to Bishop parishioners as well as with Father Rottgers’ interac-
Brossard and Newport Central Catholic high schools; tion with them that they are pleased with his leader-
the year before, three of nine did so. “If we are getting ship. He has a true shepherd’s heart and that comes
that level of scholarships, we must be doing something through loudly and clearly in talking with and observ-
right,” she said. ing him in action. Both the parishioners and Father
Sister Dolores has had success with receiving Rottgers are fortunate to have each other.
grants. Because of her efforts, the school has received a “My visit to the school was a high point of the parish
$6000 grant for the Barton program; a $1000 Kroger visitation. I found the children in every class to be
grant for the library; and a $10,000 grant for a new math respectful, bright, happy and engaging. The joy that I
program. Key to successful grant writing, she says, is to had observed over the course of the visitation was pal-
be “very speciﬁc, enumerate exactly what you want. … pable in the students. It was abundantly clear that the
We’ve just been lucky — and we pray to St. Joseph!” parishioners value their school and, with the principal,
The entire education effort is supported by the high teachers and staff, do much and sacriﬁce much to make
level of parental involvement. “Parents are very sup- it a true blessing to the parish. In talking with the vari-
portive and really involved in the life of their kids,” ous advisory bodies it is apparent that the school is seen
Sister Dolores said. as a means of evangelization in the community .”
“On my visitation to St. Philip Parish I found a In an interview after the weekend, Father Rottgers
parish both vibrant and alive,” Bishop Foys said. “It is said the parishioners really enjoyed Bishop Foys’ visit
a parish that has a true sense of Church and that makes and “they were happy that he really enjoyed the
a contribution not only to the Catholic community but school.”
also to the community at large. It is able to accomplish “I think it’s a good thing how (Bishop Foys) goes out
much owing in large part to the sense of belonging that and gets a feel for the parishes. And I think the ques-
it engenders in its parishioners. There is a real joy in tion-and-answer period with the combined counsels
the hearts of the people of St. Philip, as demonstrated really helps. I love how he visited the school. I think he
by the wonderful participation in the Mass. I was really gets a good feel of what’s going on. I was really
amazed at how the voices of people at Mass ﬁlled the proud of our kids and our school.”
Church with prayer and song.
16 October 21, 2011 Messenger
Open house schedule
for diocesan schools
Looking for a great school? Great idea! Schools in the Diocese of Covington are
ready to help you with this important decision. Close to 10,000 students have chosen
a faith-centered, “values”-packed education from Catholic schools in this diocese.
Look closer and you’ll see why .
Visit any Catholic school in the Diocese of Covington and you are sure to notice
the spirit of community formed by the students, teachers and administrators. What
they all share are common goals and common values. This spirit of community
extends beyond the walls of the school. Each year, Catholic school students spend
thousands of hours in service to others. It is no wonder that Catholic schools pre-
pare students for a faith-ﬁlled life distinguished by productive work and valuable
contributions to their communities. In fact, many prominent community leaders in
Northern Kentucky-Greater Cincinnati are graduates of the Catholic schools in the
Diocese of Covington.
The diocese’s 28 elementary schools and nine secondary schools are located in six
Northern Kentucky counties. Many have scheduled an open house for you and your
child to come and get to know them. All invite you to visit their website; if you can’t
make the open house contact them for a tour or for more information.
Bishop Brossart High School Newport Central Catholic High School
Thursday, Oct. 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m.
Covington Catholic High School Notre Dame Academy
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Covington Latin School Tuesday, March 13, after school
www.covingtonlatin.org St. Henry District High School
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Holy Cross District High School Sunday, Oct. 9, 1-3 p.m.
Villa Madonna Academy PTAO www.hchscov.com
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m.-noon
St. Patrick High School
14th Annual CRAFT FAIR Wednesday, Jan. 11, 7 p.m. www.stpatschool.com
Villa Madonna Academy
Saturday October 29th Sunday, Oct. 23, 1-3 p.m.
9 a.m.– 3 p.m
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3 Admission • (17 and under free) Holy Cross, Latonia
St. Joseph, Cold Spring
Holy Family, Covington www.stjosephcoldspring.com
www.holyfamilyelementary .com Sunday, Jan. 22, 12:30-3 p.m.
Holy Trinity, Newport St. Joseph, Crescent Spring
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With a Memorial of Distinction www.school.saintanthony St. Pius X, Edgewood
St. Augustine, Augusta St. Therese, Southgate
St. Augustine, Covington Sunday, Jan. 29, 1-3 p.m.
www.staugustines.net St. Thomas, Ft. Thomas
Sunday, Feb. 5, noon-1:30 p.m. www.sttschool.org
St. Catherine of Siena, Ft. Thomas Sunday, Jan. 29, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
For the latest news www.stcatherineofsiena.org St. Timothy Preschool and
St. Cecilia, Independence Kindergarten
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from all diocesan offices, St. Edward, Cynthiana
Nov. 10, 7 p.m.
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St. Henry, Erlanger www.villamadonna.net
www.sthenryel.com Sunday, Oct. 23, 1-3 p.m.
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Campbell, Kenton parishes conduct first Census Sunday
Tim Fitzgerald an interest as well, because of her son. “I was very pleased. It’s a big task to organize and
Editor Dave Scott and Mary Margaret Weller comprised takes a lot of work” including the behind-the-scenes vol-
St. Benedict Church on 17th St. in Covington was one another team; both are longtime parishioners, even unteers who answer phones, prepare hospitality and
of the 29 parishes participating in the census of after Mr. Scott moved to Independence 15 years ago. other support activities.
Campbell and Kenton counties this past weekend. They visited 45 of their 60 assigned homes. Mr. Scott Father Maher said St. Benedict’s census organizers
Thirty two-person teams walked their routes through- said his experience was “instructive … a real variety of plan to ﬁnish their work on Oct. 23, visiting more resi-
out the parish boundaries, 15th St. on people.” dences and revisiting homes where they received no
the north, Madison Ave. on the west, the One resident, who grew up a answer Oct. 16.
Licking River on the east, and Meinken Catholic in the former parish of At St. Anthony Church, Taylor Mill, Pete Manczyk
Field (Eastern Ave.) on the south. Clare St. Aloysius in Covington, said he and his wife Teresa were one of the nine teams that vis-
Voll, parish secretary and census data had stopped going to church, say- ited homes Oct. 16.
coordinator, estimated there are 1700 ing, “I’m religious but not just “My wife, Teresa, and I ‘survived’ our census experi-
addresses within the parish. practicing.” Another young man ence!” Mr. Manczyk wrote in an e-mail. “Seriously, it
The parish teams were scheduled to they met was busy rehabbing his was a whole lot better than we expected. People were
make their home visits between 1 and 5 p.m. on Oct. 16. large older home; he said his parents were St. Benedict generally very nice and polite. The day was beautiful
Most teams reported back to the parish after two or three members years ago and that he might join the parish. and warm (although a little windy). We covered 55 hous-
hours. Most teams will continue their census-taking this “The people we talked with were ﬁne,” said Mr. Scott. es in less than three hours. The committee made it easy
Sunday Oct. 23, joined by another ﬁve or so teams. He said the census idea was a “good thing because just for us by having everything ready for us in our packet.
How did things go? three or four good experiences, like those with some of the “We had one visit that made the day really worth-
Team members Sister Mary Joseph Ippolito and young people, make it worth while. … You can’t always tell while. We met a disabled lady from another Catholic
Sister Clare Marie Borchard, both members of the at the time what will come” of the face-to-face contact. parish that rarely made it back to her church. She had
Franciscan Daughters of Mary, a public association of “I’m proud of St. Ben’s … it’s a positive in our com- not had a chance to ﬁll out an information form. We did
the faithful, said they visited about 60 homes. “Things munity .” that for her. She requested some prayers and asked that
went well, people were very receptive, they liked the Father Ryan Maher, pastor and one of two diocesan we contact her pastor to have Communion brought to
idea that we came to say hi,” Sister Mary Joseph said. census coordinators, said through his parish’s experi- her occasionally if she could not make it to her parish.
The Franciscan Daughters’ residence is next door to ence he’s seen ﬁrsthand how the census is an opportu- She was grateful that we came and when we left she had
Holy Family School on 16th St. nity to evangelize and represent the parish to the sur- a big smile on her face.
They enjoyed talking about some speciﬁcs. One .
rounding community The census planning and the “At that moment, I mentally stopped complaining
young woman just moved into the neighborhood from blessing and send-off on Oct. 16 also are opportunities about giving up my Sunday afternoon to do a census
California. She was raised a Catholic but had fallen to “gather the community,” he said. route instead of either working in the yard or watching
away from practicing. “She said, ‘It’s about time to get After chatting with returning census takers, he said, football games. … I understood why this was an oppor-
back to the Lord,’” Sister Mary Joseph said. “They seemed to have good experiences. … I think (our .
tunity to be ‘the face of Christ’ in the community … I
Another woman, a mother of two children who parishioners) felt it was worthwhile, and some good sto- was a little apprehensive about bothering people on
attend Holy Family School, is not Catholic, but said her ries have already surfaced about their meeting people their day off. But there are people out there who have
ﬁfth-grade son has shown some interest in the Catholic and talking with them. The tone of the census takers needs and do want to know that somebody cares enough
faith. She told Sister Mary Joseph that she’ll likely take overall was very positive.” to visit them. We saw some.”
18 October 21, 2011 Messenger
Bishop Blaire: Bishops saw no need
to rewrite ‘Faithful Citizenship’
Nancy Frazier O’Brien Citizenship’ reﬂects the teaching of the bishops and
Catholic News Service that it is still a very important statement for use in the
WASHINGTON — Four years after the bishops’ over- formation of consciences,” he said. “The issues con-
whelming approval of their teaching document tained in it were still very relevant and still quite appro-
“Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” key priate and pertinent.”
leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops did At their June meeting near Seattle, Archbishop
not feel that they needed to reinvent the wheel. Timothy M. Dolan of New York, USCCB president,
The document highlighting issues that should be asked the bishops in executive session whether they
considered by Catholics as they make election-year concurred in that approach and the response was posi-
decisions “was well worked out in 2007,” said Bishop tive, Bishop Blaire said.
Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, Calif., chairman of the “We decided in the note to lift up the issues that had
Committee on Domestic Justice and Human been in our thinking and on our agenda in these last
Development, in an Oct. 13 telephone interview with years, so we did that,” he added. “And we wanted it to be
Catholic News Service. clear that this document was not a voters’ guide, but a
“It was quite a challenge to come to a consensus and teaching document for the formation of consciences.”
then bring it to the whole body of bishops, which had The introduction focused on six “current and funda-
never been done before,” Bishop Blaire added. “It was mental problems, some involving opposition to intrin-
hard fought and well thought out. Since it was a teaching sic evils and others raising serious moral questions”:
document, we felt it was important to keep it intact.” — Abortion “and other threats to the lives and digni-
That decision was reached during “several meet- ty of others who are vulnerable, sick or unwanted.”
ings” involving nine committees — pro-life, migration, — Conscience threats to Catholic ministries in
education, communications, doctrine, domestic justice, health care, education and social services.
international justice and peace, cultural diversity, and — “Intensifying efforts to redeﬁne marriage” or to
laity, marriage, family life and youth, he said. undermine it as “the permanent, faithful and fruitful
“It was deﬁnitely a general consensus that to reopen union of one man and one woman.”
it would not have been helpful,” Bishop Blaire said. — An economic crisis that has increased national
But the committee chairmen decided to write a new and global unemployment, poverty and hunger, requir-
introductory note pointing out that “‘Faithful ing efforts to “protect those who are poor and vulnera-
ble as well as future generations.”
— “The failure to repair a broken immigration sys-
Freedom from hunger tem.”
— “Serious moral questions” raised by wars, terror
is essential part of and violence, “particularly the absence of justice, secu-
rity and peace in the Holy Land and throughout the
right to life, pope says Middle East.”
The 2007 document, approved by a vote of 214-4, was
John Thavis approved by the bishops’ Administrative Committee at
Catholic News Service its mid-September meeting and made public Oct. 4.
VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI appealed for The introduction says that “Faithful Citizenship,”
immediate and long-term relief for the world’s hungry, one in a series of documents that have been issued
saying the right to adequate nourishment is a funda- before every presidential election for nearly 35 years,
mental part of the right to life. “has at times been misused to present an incomplete or
The hunger crisis that affects millions of people distorted view of the demands of faith in politics” but
today is a sign of the deep gulf between the haves and “remains a faithful and challenging call to discipleship
the have-nots of the world and calls for changes in in the world of politics.”
lifestyle and in global economic mechanisms, the pope
said in a message marking World Food Day Oct. 16. The
text was addressed to Jacques Diouf, director-general of
the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.
Citing the famine and refugee crisis in the Horn of
Africa, the pope said the “painful images” of starving
people underline the need for both emergency aid and
long-term intervention to support agricultural produc-
tion and distribution.
“Freedom from the yoke of hunger is the ﬁrst con-
crete manifestation of that right to life which, although
solemnly proclaimed, often remains far from being
effectively implemented,” he said.
The theme of this year’s World Food Day focused on
food prices, and the pope said current pricing volatility
reﬂected the tendency toward speculation on food com-
modities. He said a new global attitude is needed.
“There are clear signs of the profound division
between those who lack daily sustenance and those who
have huge resources at their disposal,” he said. Given
the dramatic nature of the problem, reﬂection and
analysis are not enough — action must be taken, he said.
The pope said it was easy but mistaken to “reduce
every consideration to the food demands of a growing
population.” Demographic experts have predicted that
the earth’s population will reach 7 billion by Oct. 31.
The real solution to food imbalances, the pope said,
lies in modifying behavior and changing structures so
that “every person, today and not tomorrow, has access
to the necessary food resources” and so that agricultur-
al production has stability .
He said the major challenges include lifestyle
changes to promote moderation in consumption and
the protection of natural resources, as well as new
investments in agricultural infrastructure.
Messenger October 21, 2011 19
Bishop Finn, diocese plead not guilty responsibility and authority to receive and investigate
to failure to report child abuse
reports of suspicious, inappropriate behavior or sexual
misconduct by clergy employees or program volunteers.”
A separate vicar for clergy, Father Jerome Powers,
Catholic News Service tions made against him in two separate lawsuits ﬁled also was appointed. The role previously had been part
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bishop Robert W. Finn and the this summer. of the vicar general’s responsibilities.
Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, which he heads, The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph and Bishop Bishop Finn also asked for prayers for himself and
entered pleas of not guilty to misdemeanor charges of Finn also have been named in the civil suits, which the diocese as well as for the “unity of our priests, our
failure to report child abuse. accuse both of failing to keep Father Ratigan away from people, the parishes, and the Catholic institutions.”
The charges, brought by Jackson County Prosecutor children apparently after learning disturbing images “With deep faith, we will weather this storm and
Jean Peters Baker in relation to the diocese’s handling were found on the priest’s computer and being warned never cease to fulﬁll our mission, even in moments of
of the case of Father Shawn Ratigan, were acknowl- of the priest’s inappropriate behavior around children. adversity,” he said.
edged in an Oct. 14 statement on the diocesan website. In early September, an independent report commis- Suspicions about Father Ratigan ﬁrst arose in mid-
“Bishop Finn denies any criminal wrongdoing and sioned by the diocese to examine its policies and proce- December 2010, when a laptop belonging to the priest, then
has cooperated at all stages with law enforcement, the dures on assessing child sexual abuse allegations found ,
pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Kansas City was turned in
grand jury, the prosecutor’s ofﬁce” and the independent “shortcomings, inaction and confusing procedures.” to diocesan ofﬁcials; a computer technician found disturb-
commission appointed by the diocese to study the mat- The report also said that “diocesan leaders failed to ing photos on the hard drive. The photos included pictures
ter, said Gerald Handley, the bishop’s attorney “We will follow their own policies and procedures for responding of female children at parish events, including one of a
continue our efforts to resolve this matter.” to reports” relating to abuse claims. naked female child who was not identiﬁable.
Bishop Finn said in a statement after diocesan attor- After the priest’s arrest, Bishop Finn pledged to coop- In May, a search of his family’s home turned up a
neys entered the pleas in court that he “will meet these erate with law enforcement authorities and Baker credit- disk and hard drive with 18 different images of child
announcements with a steady resolve and a vigorous ed him for that during a news conference announcing the pornography, Father Ratigan was charged with three
defense.” indictments. The grand jury handed down the indict- counts of possession of child pornography in Clay
The charge against Bishop Finn carries a maximum ments Oct. 6, but they were not made public because County, followed later by the federal charges.
penalty of a $1,000 ﬁne and one year in jail. The diocese Bishop Finn was traveling outside of the country and did In a message read in parishes at Masses in early
faces a ﬁne of up to $5,000. not return until late on Oct. 13, Baker said. June, Bishop Finn expressed regret for the way the dio-
Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican Bishop Finn testiﬁed before the grand jury Sept. 16. cese handled information it received about Father
spokesman, had no comment on the indictment. Afterward, he told reporters, “We’re doing the best we Ratigan’s activities.
Diocesan spokeswoman Rebecca Summers told can to cooperate with law enforcement.” “As bishop, I take full responsibility for these fail-
Catholic News Service Oct. 17 that Bishop Finn carried Several other diocesan leaders, including spokes- ures and sincerely apologize to you for them. Clearly, we
out a full schedule of activities over the weekend, includ- woman Summers, also testiﬁed before the grand jury, have to do more. Please know that we have — and will
ing participating in a fundraising event attended by 500 the <<Kansas City Star>> daily newspaper reported. continue to cooperate with all local authorities regard-
people, Mass and confession at the Cathedral of the In the diocesan statement, Bishop Finn said that once ing these matters,” he said.
Immaculate Conception and a meeting with senior staff. the situation with Father Ratigan arose, the diocese Contributing to this report was John Thavis in
Father Ratigan was arrested in May on state charges began to “address the issues that led to this crisis.” He Rome. The full statement from the Diocese of Kansas
of possessing child pornography In August, federal pointed to steps to reinforce and expand diocesan proce- City-St. Joseph is available at www.diocese-
prosecutors charged him with producing child pornog- dures regarding the reporting of child sex abuse. He also kcsj.org/news/viewNews.php?nid=168.
raphy The priest, a former pastor, also is facing accusa- appointed an ombudsman charged with having “the
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“Footloose” (Paramount) After a night of dirty feature follows a paleontologist (Mary Elizabeth who also wrote and directed, takes viewers on a reﬂec-
dancing by ﬁve hard-drinking, drug-taking high school Winstead) to Antarctica where Norwegian researchers tive, and ultimately rewarding, exploration of elemental
seniors from a small Southern town ends with a fatal have discovered a parasitic alien buried inside a glacier. themes that challenges materialistic values. But the
car crash, one victim’s father (Dennis Quaid), the local Dutch director Matthijs van Heijningen makes little ﬁlm’s focus, like the varied motivations of the contempo-
Presbyterian minister, spearheads legislation to ban attempt to deepen the story’s thematic subtext or rary pilgrims it portrays, is more broadly spiritual than
public dancing. But his exploit the inherently menacing atmosphere. The short- speciﬁcally religious, faith being treated, albeit with
daughter (Julianne comings of his adequate but unnecessary homage don’t refreshing respect, as something the characters
Hough) supports an amount to an egregious crime against cinema, good encounter rather than fully embrace. Brief partial rear
Movie underground teen .
taste or decency But his focus on the forensic clarity of ,
nudity drug use, a couple of instances of profanity and
Capsules revolt, which gains .
the visual effects will unsettle many Frequent intense, of crass language, references to abortion and sexuality .
steam with the arrival gory creature violence, an implied suicide, some pro- CNS: A-III; MPAA: PG-13.
from Boston of a James fanity, much rough, crude and crass language, a lewd
Dean-like pouting rebel (Kenny Wormald). Director reference to incest. CNS: L; MPAA: R.
Craig Brewer’s remake of the 1984 ﬁlm of the same title “The Way” (Producers Distribution Agency /ARC)
For full reviews of each of these films — go to
retains — and ramps up — the problematic message of After his semi-estranged son (Emilio Estevez) dies in a
www.covingtondiocese.org, visit the Messenger
the original, namely, that teenagers must disobey their freak storm while hiking the ancient pilgrimage route
page, and click on www.catholicnews.com or
parents, break all the rules and follow their dreams no from France to the Spanish shrine of Santiago de call 1-800-311-4CCC.
matter the consequences. Negative portrayal of reli- Compostela, a California doctor (Martin Sheen) and self-
Catholic News Service (CNS) classifications are:
gion; acceptance of teenage drinking, drug use, sexual identiﬁed lapsed Catholic resolves to complete the jour-
• A-I — general patronage;
activity and reckless driving; a brutal assault; and a few .
ney as a means of honoring the lad’s memory Along the
• A-II — adults and adolescents;
instances of crude and crass language. CNS O; MPAA: mountainous path, he meets three fellow sojourners — a • A-III — adults;
PG-13. tart-tongued Canadian woman, a merrily gormandizing • L — limited adult audience (films whose problematic
“The Thing” (Universal) Billed as a prequel to John Dutchman and a garrulous Irish writer — who together content many adults would find troubling);
Carpenter’s 1982 movie of the same name, itself a begin to break down both his self-imposed isolation and • O — morally offensive.
remake of a 1951 horror classic, this passable creature the mild orneriness by which he enforces it. Estevez,
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Catholic high schools, took the Donut Wars to the street, on a coffee-tasting event which was also held on the
or rather Fountain Square, Oct. 12, to raise awareness .”
Square that day Mrs. Daly praised the four high school
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about the fundraiser beneﬁting the representatives. “They were wonder-
Diocese of Covington’s Alliance for ful. They really represented their
To Update Your Account:
Catholic Urban Education (ACUE) .”
schools and ACUE beautifully The
Do you need to change contact information or where
Consortium and the Archdiocese of Donut War continues throughout the
Cincinnati’ Catholic Inner-city School month of October. Donuts are avail-
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uting samples of Kit Andrews’ Maple Also, coming Nov. 12, the annual
If you are having difﬁculties with the program, please Log donut and Tim Hedrick’s Eye of the “Remembering Our Roots” ACUE gala
call Anita Geiger at (859) 392-1565 or e-mail
Hurricane donut to visitors at Fountain Square. Donuts will be held at the Newport Syndicate. Tickets are still
were also available for purchase on the Square. By the available. Call (859) 392-1584 or 392-1582.
end of the day 18 dozen donuts had been sold or sampled.
22 October 21, 2011 Messenger
National/World church officials working on the legal front, is the way religious tion for a new grant, “especially since this administration has
institutions and individuals opposed to same-sex marriage con- said it stands fully behind freedom of conscience.” She noted
US House passes Protect Life Act duct business from hall rentals to receiving government con- that the MRS’s anti-trafficking program “ran quite well with-
tracts for social services. Recently the Diocese of Peoria, Ill., out these services” and said it would be “tragic if abortion pol-
in bipartisan vote withdrew from all state-funded social service contracts, citing itics harmed the men, women and children already at risk
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Oct. 13 passed the Protect increasing clashes between state law and church teaching on because of the crime and scandal of human trafficking.” MRS
Life Act, which applies long-standing federal policies on abor- same-sex relationships. The Diocese of Rockford stopped offer- officials had no immediate comment. Jesse Moore, spokesman
tion funding and conscience rights to the health reform law. ing state-funded adoptions and foster care services when the for Health and Human Services, simply told CNS in an Oct. 12
The measure passed with a bipartisan vote of 251 to 172. Its Illinois civil unions legislation took effect June 1. Catholic e-mail that the “grantees were awarded funding through a com-
chief sponsors were Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pa., chairman of the Charities in the dioceses of Joliet and Springfield and Catholic petitive grant process to provide comprehensive case manage-
Health Subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Social Services of Southern Illinois in Belleville also have been ment services for human trafficking victims through the
Commerce, and Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill., who co-chairs the involved in legal proceedings with the state since then. In 2006, National Human Trafficking Victim Assistance Program.” He
Congressional Pro-Life Caucus. The bill also had 144 co-spon- Catholic Charities in San Francisco and Boston stopped adop- added that the “competitive grant process is used across the
sors. “The health care law made it clear that the current way tion placements when laws required equal treatment of appli- government and allows federal agencies to consider a broad
we prevent taxpayer funding of abortion through annual riders cants in same-sex relationships. Elsewhere, including New range of potential applicants and select those that can deliver
is dangerously fragile,” Lipinski said in January when the York where a same-sex marriage law took effect July 24, church services most effectively and efficiently.”
measure was introduced. “We must take action to prevent fed- institutions are carefully monitoring how such laws are being
eral funding for abortion under the health care law and applied and are vigilant for threats to religious liberty in the Study finds divide exists in how
throughout the government, without exception.” In a state- areas of taxes, housing, education and employment. “The gen-
ment released Oct. 14, Deirdre McQuade, spokeswoman for the ,
eral issue is the definition of marriage creates many many Catholics read Church news
U.S. bishop’s pro-life secretariat, said that by passing H.R. 358, rights, not just one,” explained Anthony R. Picarello Jr., gener- WASHINGTON — A Catholic Press Association-commis-
“the House has taken an important step toward authentic al counsel for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “So sioned study showed that 26 percent of adult Catholics had
health care reform that respects the dignity of all, from con- changing the definition of marriage creates changes through- read a print copy of their diocesan newspaper or magazine in
ception onward.” McQuade urged the Senate to likewise “help out the legal system.” the past three months, but only 4 percent had gone to their
make health care reform life-affirming.” The Protect Life Act computer to view the online version of the publication. The
applies the Hyde amendment to health care reform “so federal US bishops’ agency denied federal study also revealed that readership of Catholic newspapers has
funds will not be used to subsidize elective abortions,” held steady over the past six years, a far cry from the daily
McQuade said, which brings the law “into line with other fed- grant to help trafficking victims newspaper business, which has recorded continuous declines
eral health programs such as Medicaid and the Federal WASHINGTON — Since 2006, the U.S. Catholic bishops’ in revenue, readership, advertising and employment. One area
Employees Health Benefits Program.” It also “helps ensure Migration and Refugee Services has helped more than 2,700 that showed a drop was Catholic readers’ awareness of nation-
that the government will not pressure health professionals to victims of human trafficking obtain food, clothing and access ally distributed Catholic newspapers and magazines. But,
participate in abortion against their medical judgment, moral to medical care. That service has come to a halt because the counterbalancing the low numbers of Catholics going to the
convictions or religious beliefs,” she added. agency recently learned it did not receive a new grant award Web to read their diocesan newspaper, there was a marked
for this work from the Department of Health and Human increase in the percentage of Catholics visiting their parish’s
Advances of same-sex marriage Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement. MRS’ prior contract website, up from 9 percent in a similar study in 2005 to 14 per-
for the trafficking program ended Oct. 10. Mercy Sister Mary .
cent in the 2011 study Both the 2011 and 2005 studies were con-
deepens religious liberty concern Ann Walsh, director of media relations for the U.S. Conference ducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at
WASHINGTON — The widening campaign by gay rights of Catholic Bishops, told Catholic News Service Oct. 11 that .
Georgetown University The 2011 study was funded with a grant
advocates to promote same-sex marriage as a civil rights issue she hoped the Catholic Church’s “position against abortion, from the Catholic Communication Campaign. “The differences
is forcing Catholic and other religious institutions to confront sterilization and artificial contraception has not entered into between some of the religious market and the secular market
charges of intolerance and discrimination. Also at risk, say this decision” by the HHS refugee office to reject MRS’ applica- was something we were curious about, and readership patterns
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showed up very strongly in the print publications,” said Tim mitment to sharing faith with others. Celebrating Mass Oct. 16 Archbishop Tutu: Africa must
Walter, CPA executive director. “I was hoping that it would be with participants in a Vatican conference on new evangeliza-
verified, so I was pleased with the results.” The study gives tion, the pope said the Year of Faith would give “renewed ener- shun anti-women practices
solid evidence that Catholic newspaper readers are loyal to the gy to the mission of the whole church to lead men and women NAIROBI, Kenya — Africa should shun cultural practices
print format. CPA leaders have wrestled with how to approach out of the desert they often are in and toward the place of life: that prevent women from advancement, retired Anglican
the hypothetical diocesan chief financial officer who would friendship with Christ who gives us fullness of life.” The pope Archbishop Desmond Tutu said at a memorial Mass for
argue that “you can put this newspaper online and we can save said the observance would begin Oct. 11, 2012 — the 50th Wangari Maathai, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. But
a lot of money and it can be just as effective,” Walter told anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council — Archbishop Tutu, the 1984 Nobel laureate, said Africa has
Catholic News Service. “What it verified is that if you take and conclude Nov. 24, 2013 — the feast of Christ the King. “It every reason to celebrate the “few successes” it has made in
away this print product, you don’t have another communica- will be a moment of grace and commitment to an ever fuller the area of empowering and promoting its women. He spoke
tions tool to reach them.” conversion to God, to reinforce our faith in him and to pro- Oct. 14, one week after two Liberian women were among three
claim him with joy to the people of our time,” the pope said in winners of the 2011 Nobel Prize. “Let us — as we mourn the
Pope announces ‘Year of Faith’ .
his homily Pope Benedict explained his intention more fully in late Professor Maathai — thank God for this, while we pray for
“Porta Fidei” (“The Door of Faith”), an apostolic letter more women’s achievements on the African continent,”
to help renew missionary energy released Oct. 17 to formally announce the special year. “Faith Archbishop Tutu said. He said that even modern sayings such
VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI announced a special grows when it is lived as an experience of love received and as, “Behind every successful man is a women,” were detrimen-
“Year of Faith” to help Catholics appreciate the gift of faith, when it is communicated as an experience of grace and joy ,” tal to women. “Whoever said our women can only be behind
deepen their relationship with God and strengthen their com- the pope wrote. men and not either on side or in front?” he asked.
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and please give generously.
My Dear Friends in Christ:
In the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah, the Lord God tells us, “I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who
will pasture you wisely and discreetly.” (Jer. 3:15) The Lord is always faithful to His promises, and this is truly
apparent in the Diocese of Covington. This year 27 men have heard and answered the Lord’s call to discern a
Our seminarians have dedicated themselves to follow the Lord more completely in their discernment. Through
seminary formation they strive to have the heart of the Good Shepherd, so that they will one day be able to
proclaim the Good News as humble priests of Jesus Christ. As the Lord has called them to serve His faithful
people, so too are we called to support them on their journey of faith. I thank all of you, who for many years
now, have been praying for an increase in priestly vocations – your prayers are working. I am especially grateful
to those of you who have ﬁnancially supported the education and formation of our seminarians.
In recent days, you should have received three items: a brochure, which will give you a glimpse into the hearts
and minds of some of our seminarians, as well as provide a little insight into the ﬁnancial needs of the
Seminarian Education Fund; a bookmark, which I hope will remind you of the need to pray for our seminarians
and for priestly vocations; and a donation envelope, to assist you in ﬁnancially supporting the education and
formation of our seminarians.
With the blessing of an increase in the number of our seminarians, comes the added burden of ﬁnancing their
education and formation. I trust that God will provide. I realize that many of the good people of our diocese are
truly struggling during these difﬁcult economic times. If this is the case in your situation, know that you are in my
prayers. I ask that you strive all the more to offer prayers and petitions for our seminarians. Know that whatever
your contribution to the Seminarian Education Fund, spiritual or ﬁnancial, as your bishop I am most grateful.
Let us trust together that the Lord will indeed provide us with shepherds after his own heart. Know that I pray
for you every day. Please pray for me.
Yours devotedly in the Lord,
Most Rev. Roger J. Foys, D. D.
Bishop of Covington
D I O C E S E O F C O V I N G TO N S E M I N A R I A N S
Deacon John Michniuk Luis León Allan Frederick Michael Hennigen Michael Norton Ryan Stenger Jacob Straub William Appel Ernie Darby
ST. VINCENT SEMINARY ST. VINCENT SEMINARY ST. VINCENT SEMINARY PONTIFICAL COLLEGE JOSEPHINUM ST. VINCENT SEMINARY NORTH AMERICAN COLLEGE ST. VINCENT SEMINARY NORTH AMERICAN COLLEGE ST. VINCENT SEMINARY
4TH THEOLOGY 4TH THEOLOGY 3RD THEOLOGY 3RD THEOLOGY 3RD THEOLOGY 3RD THEOLOGY 3RD THEOLOGY 2ND THEOLOGY 2ND THEOLOGY
Harry Se le Eric Andriot Michael Black Eric Boelscher David Ludwig Andrew Young Jason Bertke Ross Kelsch Thomas Picchioni
PONTIFICAL COLLEGE JOSEPHINUM ST. VINCENT SEMINARY ST. VINCENT SEMINARY NORTH AMERICAN COLLEGE PONTIFICAL COLLEGE JOSEPHINUM PONTIFICAL COLLEGE JOSEPHINUM ST. VINCENT SEMINARY ST. VINCENT SEMINARY ST. VINCENT SEMINARY
2ND THEOLOGY 1ST THEOLOGY 1ST THEOLOGY 1ST THEOLOGY 1ST THEOLOGY 1ST THEOLOGY 2ND PRE THEOLOGY 2ND PRE THEOLOGY 2ND PRE THEOLOGY
James Schaeper Bri on Hennessey Michael McGrady Louis Senn Joseph Collopy John Baumann Joseph Finke José Rito Josiah Booth
ST. VINCENT SEMINARY ST. VINCENT SEMINARY ST. VINCENT SEMINARY PONTIFICAL COLLEGE JOSEPHINUM PONTIFICAL COLLEGE JOSEPHINUM PONTIFICAL COLLEGE JOSEPHINUM PONTIFICAL COLLEGE JOSEPHINUM PONTIFICAL COLLEGE JOSEPHINUM PASTORAL YEAR
2ND PRE THEOLOGY 1ST PRE THEOLOGY 1ST PRE THEOLOGY 3RD COLLEGE 2ND COLLEGE 1ST COLLEGE 1ST COLLEGE 1ST COLLEGE
For more information on vocations, call Fr. Gregory Bach, Diocese of Covington Vocations Promoter (859) 392 1587