Winter 2002 The Pontifical North American College M A G A Z I N E OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE Patroness of the Class of 2003 Inside - Part Two: Frank Parater, Servant of God - The Class of 2006 Arrives - Working with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity MAGAZINE STAFF D E PA RT M E NT S Editor Carter Griffin Archdiocese of Washington Class of 2004 The Rector’s Corner 3 By Rev. Msgr. Kevin McCoy ’81 Assistant Editor Adam Park Archdiocese of Washington College Traditions 14 Class of 2005 Our Coat of Arms by Carter Griffin ’04 Editor Emeritus Rev. Mr. Thomas Szydlik Diocese of Peoria Class of 2003 Vocation Stories 27 Taking the Risk Layout & Design by Jason Makos ’05 Christopher Romaine Diocese of Baton Rouge Class of 2005 The Economo’s Corner 32 Photographer Built on the Rock of St. Peter Joshua Wagner By Rev. Msgr. Mark Svarczkopf ’74 Diocese of Columbus Class of 2004 For more information about the North American College, or to learn more about oppor- tunities I N B R I E F for memorial gifts, contact Tricia Lloyd at our Washington DC, Office of Development: An Unexpected Reunion 15 Tel: (202) 541-5411 by Rev. George Healy ’02 Fax: (202) 722-8804 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.pnac.org Non Fecit Taliter Omni Nationi 22 He Has Not Done So with Any Other Nation (Ps 147:20) By Jason Rodarte y Vigil ’04 Cover: Icon of Our Lady of Guadalupe, created by Rev. Mr. Life After the North American College 23 Paul Czerwonka ’03. by Rev. Msgr. Michael Heras ’84 nside Back Cover: Diaconate Ordination at the Altar of the Benvenuti a Roma, Welcome to Rome 28 Chair in St. Peter’s Basilica. by Justin Fish ’05 F EAT U R E S So Goes Orientation, So Goes the Year by Robert Poitras ’05 4 Double Feature Working with the Missionaries of Charity Part I: Seminarians in the Soup Kitchen by Karl Bissinger ’05 Part II: Priestly Ministry 10 by Rev. Joseph Johnson ’98 Conformed to Christ by Rev. Mr. Robert Forcier ’03 16 Frank Parater Servant of God, Seminarian Summertime in Siena by Rev. Frank J. Scott Duarte’ 78, by Douglas Becker ’05 JCD Postulator 30 24 Board of Govenors Chairman Most Rev. Edwin F. O’Brien ’76 Archbishop of the Military Services, USA Vice Chairman Most Rev. William J. Levada ’62, ’69 Archbishop of San Francisco Secretary Most Rev. David L. Ricken ’69 Bishop of Cheyenne Treasurer Most Rev. Donald W. Wuerl ’67 Bishop of Pittsburgh Most Rev. Leonard P. Blair ’75, ’78 Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit Most Rev. Walter J. Edyvean ’65, ’71 Auxiliary Bishop of Boston Most Rev. Joseph A. Galante ’68 Coadjutor Bishop of Dallas Most Rev. Edward U. Kmiec ’62 Bishop of Nashville Most Rev. Henry J. Mansell ’63 Administration Bishop of Buffalo Rector Most Rev. Richard E. Pates ’69 Rev. Msgr. Kevin C. McCoy ’81 Auxiliary Bishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis Vice Rector Most Rev. Justin Rigali ’C64 Rev. Msgr. Svarczkopf ’74 Archbishop of St. Louis Vice Rector Rev. William J. Waltersheid ’92 Most Rev. Richard J. Sklba ’60, ’65 Auxiliary Bishop of Milwaukee Superior, Casa Santa Maria Rev. Msgr. Steven Raica ’95 Most Rev. John G. Vlazny ’62 Director of Development Archbishop of Portland in Oregon Tricia Lloyd T H E R E CT O R ’S C O R N E R “...the good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (Jn 10:11) Rev. Msgr. Kevin C. McCoy ’81 Diocese of Sioux City Rector “T was the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stir- ring…” This may be true in your house, but I assure you it is not in ours! The where their vocations were born and fostered. What is more, it takes a great deal of sacrifice on the part of many to get these men to their ordination day. First and foremost, there are their first teachers, the College is a bustle with activity preparing for Christmas. moms and dads of these men, who first formed them in The anticipation of the Christmas holiday eases some of the faith. And then, as I witness every year at their ordi- the tensions flowing from the demanding academic, spir- nations and First Masses of Thanksgiving, there are itual, communal and apostolic schedule. But, you, too, countless parishioners and benefactors who have prayed, are probably worrying about that perfect gift for that one encouraged, and assisted them to that day on which they person. Or perhaps, by the time you read this, you may present themselves for ordination as priests. What you well be deciding when it is you want to face the mad- observe is the local Church truly calling forth men from dening crowds to return a gift for the proper color or among men to invite their response to the call of service size! in the Lord’s vineyard. Well, I, too, am thinking about gift Yes, their priestly formation, I realize, giving and gifts, and not just gifts of an began long before they crossed over the ordinary variety. No, as I reflect upon College’s threshold, but I’m proud to say the past year, I am rather proud of the that the College had a hand in their fact that the Pontifical North American refinement and in helping them to be College has given forty newly trained formed after the heart of Christ. I believe priests for the service of the Church in they are worthy gifts to return home. thirty-one dioceses across the United To you, our collaborators in this enter- States and Canada. Forty new priests, prise of priestly formation – be you par- who after four years of study and ent, family, friend, benefactor, or all of prayer, began a life of preaching the the above – thank you for supporting our Gospel and of celebrating the sacra- men and our mission. Without you the ments as good, holy, faithful priests of College would be incomplete. Our Jesus Christ. Certainly these men – prayer for you is that your Christmas hol- these priests – will bring to their min- iday may be filled with His Joy, and may istry the uniqueness of Rome. Rome, a the Infant Child fill you with great Hope place – a city where the world’s experience of Christ for today and tomorrow. combines in a most marvelous expression of Catholicity. I hope you enjoy this issue of the North American It is this experience and a deep love for our Holy Father College magazine. You’ll see a little bit about all that we and the Church that these priests take home to the USA. are – priests in graduate studies, seminarians in forma- Formed after the heart of Christ in these final years of tion, and priest-alumni enlivening their local churches. seminary, they joyously return home to serve God's holy Merry Christmas! people. And that makes sense, doesn’t it? After all, we don't train them to keep them in the seminary. These men were ordained for service in their local church, precisely WINTER 2002 3 So Goes Orientation, So Goes The Year v : Abov e: New Men arriving at Fiumicino airport. A bo v e : Msgr. Kevin McCoy, Rector, waiting with the New Men for the papal audience at Castel Gandolfo. L e f t : New Men as they exit the colonnade at Piazza San Pietro and see St. Peter’s Basilica for the first time. B e l o w : New Men boarding the busses from the airport to the College. 4 Pontifical North American College MA GA Z I N E On August 30, 2002, fifty men began their formation program for Jesus on discipleship, “You must first leave everything and take up your own cross and then come and follow me.” So it is with these fifty New diocesan priesthood at the Pontifical Men. They have left all that is famil- North American College in Rome. iar to them: their homes, families, They arrived by bus from Rome's and friends. They have left behind all Fiumincino Airport to the front door that is comfortable to them in the of the College. Stepping off the bus, hope of seeking and finding Jesus the New Men witnessed the first of and his confirmation to follow him many NAC traditions as they walked through priesthood. In a certain sense up the front stairs surrounded by the they have left their homes to find a enthusiastic applause of faculty and new home. This was the job that students, who were rejoicing at their faced the second year men on the arrival and showing their support for Orientation Team. We needed to turn the decision these men have made to Rome, for these men, into their new follow God’s call to the priesthood. home. The Class of 2006 walked through Over the next few days, the New the giant front doors into the heart of Men took a whirlwind tour of Rome. the College, the main chapel, where On their first Sunday in Rome we the Rector led them in Daytime took them to pray the Angelus with Prayer and an extended period of his Holiness Pope John Paul II at silent prayer. v : Abov e: Sean Palas ’06 in the Basilica of continued on page 9 St. John Lateran standing in the shadow One is reminded of the saying of of St. Matthew. v : Abov e: The Class of 2006 in front of St. Peter’s Basilica WINTER 2002 5 The Class of 2006 v Abov e, from left to right: John Delaney (Camden), Jason Touchie (Kingston), John Schoemehl (St. Louis), Jhon Gomez-Rivera (Bridgeport), Anthony Ouellette (Kansas City in Kansas), Jeffrey Kirby (Charleston), Michael Triplett (Baltimore), and Raymond Enzweiler (Covington). : R ight: Zachary Weber ’06 and Christopher Washington ’06 at the entrance to the Basilica di San Francesco, Assisi. : B elow: Fr. William Waltersheid, Vice Rector, and Orientation Team members leading the New Men in a candlelit walking rosary in Assisi. 6 Pontifical North American College MA GA Z I N E v Abov e, from left to right: Timoth Schiebe (St. Paul and Minneapolis), David Ruchinski (St. Augustine), Christopher DiTomo (Rockford), Joshua Brommer (Harrisburg) Joseph Campbell (Erie), Zachary Weber (Cincinatti), Ronald Nelson (Portland in Oregon), Michael McClane (Trenton), Justin Ferguson (Savannah), and Jason Vidrine (Lafayette). L eft, left to right: Isaac Orozco ’06, Zachary Weber ’06, John DeLaney ’06, Fr. Patrick Brennen ’77, and Christopher DiTomo ’06 at Santa Maria degli Angeli in Assisi. : B elow: Back row, left to right - Jonathon Lang (Sioux City), Bernard Menard (Ogdensburg), Brandon Farrar (Kansas City in Kansas), Michael Ludeman (Portland in Oregon), Peter Breen (Joliet), Joseph Redfern (LaCrosse), Front Row, left to right - Craig Haider (San Diego), Daniel Wathen (Great Fallings/Billings), Jeremy Leatherby (Sacramento), Timothy Hall (Winona), and Michael Parks (Scranton). WINTER 2002 7 v Abov e, left to right: Marc Lenneman (Helena), J. Christian Winkeljohn (Pensacola/ Tallahassee), Scott Nowak (Scranton), Tyler Miller (Springfield in Illinois), Christopher Washington (Scranton), Joseph Shetler (Jefferson City), Robert Keighron (Brooklyn), Harold Reeves (Washington), Isaac Orozco (Fort Worth), Jason Cargo (Dallas), and Kerry Archibald (Davenport). : L eft: Msgr. Kevin McCoy, Rector, preaching for the New Men in the Baptistry of St. John Lateran. B elow, left to right: Steven Lepine (Manchester), Shawn Conoboy (Youngstown), James Richardson (Kalamazoo), Charles Olson (Rapid City), Avelino Gonzales (Washington), Michael Voithofer (Pittsburgh), Phillip Cozzi (Arlington), John Barno (Newark), Sean Palas (Belleville in Illinois), and James Lease (Harrisburg). 8 Pontifical North American College MA GA Z I N E Castel Gandolfo, his summer resi- Gospel.” The Holy Father then spread out, these men are now dence near Rome. There the Holy imparted his blessing upon all gath- brought together under one roof. Father greeted the New Men and wel- ered there. They have many challenges to face, Other events on the orientation settling into their new home and forg- “I am pleased to welcome the itinerary included Mass at the Altar of ing friendships that will last for the new students of the Pontifical Cristo Re at St. Peter’s Basilica, exca- rest of their lives. Already, however, North American College in vation tours beneath St. Peter’s, visits the new Class of 2006 is a large and Rome. May your study of theolo- and times of prayer with the many enthusiastic presence in the house, gy deepen your love for Christ saints and their churches throughout and promises to be a vibrant addition and make you joyful and effective the city, beach day, and to cap it all to College life. Our Rector, Msgr. witnesses to the Gospel.” off, a three day pilgrimage to Assisi. McCoy, declared many times to the John Paul II It certainly was a full two weeks of orientation staff and to the New Men, welcoming and preparing these men “so goes orientation, so goes the comed them to Rome himself in these for life, study, and prayer in the year!” If that is true, and I believe it words, “I am pleased to welcome the Roman style. is, then we are in for a great year. new students of the Pontifical North Our new brothers came from all by Robert Poitras American College in Rome. May over North America, as far east as Archdiocese of Boston your study of theology deepen your New Hampshire and as far west as Class of 2005 love for Christ and make you joyful California, as far north as Canada and and effective witnesses to the as far south as Florida. Once so v : Abov e: Jason Cargo ’06 (rear) and Christopher Courtright ’05 viewing the audience with the Holy Father at Castel Gandolfo. WINTER 2002 9 Working with the Missionaries of Charity Part I: Seminarians in the Soup P art of seminarian for- seminarians work with other mation at the North volunteers, many of whom are American College also preparing for the priesthood includes various apostolic, or in other international colleges in pastoral, duties. These assign- Rome. We help the sisters set ments provide seminarians a tables, prepare and serve meals, before and after meals, and read chance to put their faith into the Word of God to the guests. practice by serving people out- Jesus tells us, Above all, seminarians bear wit- side the seminary and to gain “Whatever you did for ness to the Gospel by serving experience ministering in the one of these least brothers Christ in the poor who eat there. Roman community. One group of mine, you did for me.” One of the blessings that of seminarians carries out its ...By our service to the makes this apostolate special is weekly service at the Casa Dono poor, we try to honor the opportunity for us to work di Maria, a soup kitchen operat- Christ, who chose the with the Missionaries of Charity. ed by Mother Teresa's poverty of becoming a We grow pastorally not only Missionaries of Charity in the through the experience of work- man to dwell among us. shadow of St. Peter’s dome. ing in a soup kitchen, but also by The Casa Dono di Maria pro- and clean up. We take part in imitating and adopting the way vides meals and a limited saying the Rosary together with the sisters carry out their work. amount of shelter to some of all the helpers as the meal is Though always busy, the Rome's homeless. American being prepared, lead prayer Missionaries never complain and see to their duties with love for Christ and the poor in a spir- it of prayer, joy, and peace. By their example, we can learn something of the charism of their founder, Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Working with the Missionaries of Charity exposes us to a spirituality that lives out the Pope’s desire for Christians to become “active contempla- tives.” The concrete tasks per- formed at the soup kitchen effectively complement the spir- 10 Pontifical North American College MA GA Z I N E itual and theological facets of semi- ness to the love of God and to serve narian formation. Our interaction His people. with those who come to the Casa has by Karl C. Bissinger helped us become accustomed to the Diocese of Fall River expectations and demands placed on Class of 2005 p u b l i c disciples of J e s u s . Working at the soup kitchen is also a good way for us to satisfy our desire to bring God into the world. Jesus tells us, “Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” We hope that our participation at the Casa lives out this call. By our service to the poor, we try to honor Christ, who chose the poverty of becoming a man to dwell among us. Volunteering at the Casa Dono di Maria, in short, has been a wonderful opportunity to bear wit- : P hotos: Karl Bissinger ‘05 and David Carter ‘05 working at the Casa Dono di Maria WINTER 2002 11 Working with the Missionaries of Charity Part II: Priestly Ministry A common vows (tertians). And since English is the offi- lament is cial language of the order, they are always in heard from need of English-speaking priests! priests as they first And so, at five o’clock in the morning, arrive at the Casa Santa several times a week, the back door of the Maria to begin further Casa will quietly shut as a sleepy but gener- studies. Despite the ous Casa priest heads to the bus so he can cel- complaints about the ebrate six o’clock Mass in one of the several noise on the Piazza convents of the Missionaries of Charity. Other della Pilotta or the bath- Casa priests spend Thursday afternoons giv- room at the end of the ing weekly spiritual conferences and serving hall, most priests agree that the most difficult as confessors and spiritual directors for the challenge of life at the Casa is the sudden sisters. Some, in addition, use their precious departure from pastoral ministry. Re-adapting vacation time to give retreats to the sisters in to a life of study requires serious effort, places such as India, Albania, Poland, Russia, though many priests have found that it does Cuba, and Ethiopia. not require forsaking all pastoral ministry. Several Casa priests even had the unique With creativity and some sacrifice, opportuni- privilege of assisting the Missionaries of ties are to be found even in priest-laden Rome Charity with the cause for canonization of for an apostolate to complement one’s studies. Mother Teresa. These priests collaborated in In recent years a substantial number of the composition and editing of a 5,000 page Casa priests have begun to assist with the positio on her life and heroic virtues assem- spiritual needs of the Missionaries of Charity. bled from seventy volumes of testimony and The blue-edged sari of Mother Teresa's sisters documents. This report was then submitted to has become a familiar sight in Rome where they run separate homeless shelters for men and women, an AIDS hospice, a soup kitchen, and two homes for unwed mothers. In addition, the Eternal City is one of the loca- tions for formation pro- grams for postulants, novices, and sisters preparing for their final 12 Pontifical North American College MA GA Z I N E the Vatican. All agreed that it was a unique opportunity to ing for a retreat-master familiar with Mother Teresa’s spe- get to know a great saint in marvelous detail! cial charism! Every priest who has worked with the The sisters are persistent and very persuasive…it is Missionaries of Charity, however, will agree: despite the hard to refuse that smile and the example of heroic total- sacrifices required, it is a great blessing to be able to serve ity in their own self-gift, but it does take some discern- them and, through them, the poorest of the poor. After all, ment to find the proper balance between a beautiful min- we are still priests as well as students! istry with the sisters and the all-too-real demands of class work and thesis-writing. Moreover, finishing the degree by Rev. Joseph Johnson Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in Rome does not necessarily mean finishing work with Class of 1998 the Missionaries of Charity…more than one American rectory phone has been answered to find a superior look- Above: Fr. Joseph Johnson ‘98, left, with the Missionaries of Charity tertians. WINTER 2002 13 C O L L E G E T R A D IT I O N S “I received from the Lord what I handed down to you...” (1 Cor 11:23) Our Coat of Arms eraldic design originated College on December 8, 1859, the Seal and the thirteen original H as a bold and simple sys- tem of recognition among combatants in medieval war- fare. Later, as jousting tournaments feast of the Immaculate Conception. It stands to reason, then, that the col- ors on the shield are at once those of Mary and those of the United States. American colonies. The Arms of two Popes are quar- tered on the shield. The golden lion of Blessed Pius IX and the silver became more widespread, heraldic Thus the quarters are in the blue and dove with green olive branch, repre- devices also grew more elaborate and white of the Blessed Virgin, and a senting Pope Pius XII, express grati- eventually became a common tude to the two popes who part of civilian life. Early in their founded the two houses of the development, coats of arms North American College – the became associated not only with Casa Santa Maria on the Via persons or families, but also with dell’Umilta and the Seminary institutions of various kinds, on the Janiculum Hill. drawing on the notion that an The crest, consisting of the assembly of people can be per- Papal tiara above the two sonified as an individual. For crossed keys, indicates that the centuries, therefore, municipali- North American College is a ties, churches, colleges, and dio- Pontifical institution, a dignity ceses have had their own bestowed in 1884 by Pope Leo heraldic designs. It is under this XIII. Emblazoned on the ban- notion of “corporate personali- ner is the motto of the College, ty” that the Pontifical North Firmum Est Cor Meum, drawn American College possesses a from Psalm 107 and translated, coat of arms that is its mark of “My heart is steadfast,” an apt identification in its buildings, maxim for priests and those correspondence, and associa- training to become priests. tions. May the prayers of Our Lady of The Patroness of the College the Immaculate Conception and is Our Lady under the title of the crescent moon, symbolic of the of our holy founder, Blessed Pius IX, Immaculate Conception. This con- Virgin Mary, is displayed on a blue embolden us to live that noble motto. nection is rooted in her veneration as chief among a field of stars. the Patroness of the United States, Alongside these Marian images, the Adapted from The Encyclopedia and in her association with the red and white stripes of the American Britannica and the pamphlet entitled, founder of the College, Blessed Pius flag are emblazoned on the Cross that “Description of the Coat of Arms of the IX, who solemnly proclaimed the partitions the shield, and the stars on Pontifical North American College – Rome.” Dogma of the Immaculate the blue chief number thirteen, sug- by Carter Griffin Conception in 1854. This same Pope gestive of the constellation at the Archdiocese of Washington, DC made possible the opening of the eagle's head of the Great American Class of 2004 14 Pontifical North American College MA GA Z I N E An Unexpected Reunion W hile still considering academic degrees, is basically a my future and before crash course in philosophy. A great entering the seminary, deal of material was thrown at us I spent several years working as a without much time to reflect upon or carpenter’s assistant and painter (this digest it. It was in this environment was the time for figuring out life, that Mark and I discovered our past which I no longer think is possible). connection. With little time or chance Over time I had various customers, to get his bearings, the practical, no- some of whom I dealt with directly, nonsense Mark found all these new others through intermediaries. On a philosophical concepts and perspec- couple of jobs for the same lawyer, tives somewhat ominous. “What is a for example, I dealt exclusively with transcendental imagination and what his mother. Little did I know that I good is it?” was the type of question would later come to know this he would ask. Thankfully, a good woman’s son, the mysterious lawyer amount of the reading I had done named Mark Reeves, in the seminary during those old lunch breaks was as a classmate. helpful preparation for this barrage of It was truly a shock to both of us philosophy. And so, in a sense, when we realized that he was the one Mark’s old carpenter became his phi- v : Abov e: Fr. George Healy ‘02, left, and who had employed me for those dif- Fr. Mark Reeves ‘02, right, after conclud- losophy tutor during that first year in ferent jobs. When I told him that I ing philosophy studies together. seminary – free of charge. And I used to read during my lunch breaks, secretly wanted to go back and check don’t think he is looking for those he asked me – as only lawyers can – the receipts…) receipts anymore. if I had been paid for that time or not! In time, however, that reading paid by Rev. George Healy (I assured him that he was not billed off for both of us. The first year of Archdiocese of Miami for those hours, but I still think he seminary, for those of us with prior Class of 2002 F l y i ng P es r ii r ts L eft to right: Fr. Chris Layden ‘01, Fr. Joe Fowler ‘02, and Rev. Mr. Thomas Szydlik ’03 on the RAGING BULL roller coaster at Six Flags in Chicago. WINTER 2002 15 Conformed to Christ 16 Pontifical North American College MA GA Z I N E : L eft: Most Rev. Timothy Dolan ’76, Archbishop of Milwaukee and former Rector of the North American College. ater Ecclesia gaudet! Mother Church M rejoices! With these words, the Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, beloved for- mer Rector of the North American College, now Archbishop of Milwaukee, began his homily to the dea- con candidates and their families and friends assembled at St. Peter's Basilica on Thursday, October 10, 2002. Mater Ecclesia gaudet! Mother Church rejoices! The Mass of Ordination took place beneath the apse of St. Peter's Basilica, at the foot of Bernini’s black and gold masterpiece of the Chair of St. Peter, surrounded by the impressive grandeur and splendor of the Patriarchal Basilica. Yet even more impressive than the setting was v : Abov e: Archbishop Dolan imposing hands on Rev. Mr. Thomas what was about to occur: twenty men from the North Szydlik ‘03 (Diocese of Peoria). American College would soon be ordained to the Order p : Op p osite p age: Diaconate Ordination at the Altar of the of Deacon. Chair, St. Peter’s Basilica, on October 10, 2002. Diaconate is celibacy and obedience to their own bishops and their conferred through a successors. For this new deacon, the next part of the Rite special outpouring of of Ordination, the Litany of the Saints, may have been the Holy Spirit, the most powerful. As the deacon candidates lay prostrate through the imposi- on the floor of the Basilica in a gesture of humility and tion of hands (cf. 2 Ti supplication, the pilgrim Church on earth joined with the 1:6-7), that engenders in the ordinand a dis- continued on page 20 tinct conformation to Christ, Lord and “...I remind you to stir into flame the gift of Servant of all. Those God bestowed when my hands were laid upon to be ordained dea- you. The Spirit God has given us is no cow- cons first make pub- ardly spirit, but rather one that makes us lic promises of strong, loving, and wise.” (1 Tim 1:6-7) WINTER 2002 17 Diaconate Ordination 2002 v : Abov e: Acolytes for the Diaconate Ordination - left to right - Michael Vuky ‘04, Ronald Richards ‘04, Nathaniel Sokol ‘04, Luis Correa ‘04, Thomas Kunz ‘04, Jeffrey Lorig ‘04, Daniel Firmin ‘04, Carter Griffin ‘04, and Christopher Mahar ‘04 : L eft: The choir directed by Sr. James Xavier Landi, SSJ : L eft: Acolytes leading the Procession into St. Peter’s Basilica. : R ight: Christopher Floss ‘04 leads the congregation in singing the Responsorial Psalm. 18 Pontifical North American College MA GA Z I N E v : Abov e left: Thomas Hennen ‘04, Master of Ceremonies. v : Abov e right: Rev. Mr. Christopher Singer ‘03 proclaims the Gospel. v : Abov e: Archbishop Dolan presents the Book of Gospels to Rev. Mr. Robert Golas ‘03. : L eft: Msgr. Kevin McCoy, Rector, introduces Archbishop Dolan. WINTER 2002 19 Mater Ecclesia gaudet! Mother Church rejoices! In addition to the stirring ceremony of ordination, dia- conate week was filled with many spiritual blessings. From visits to Rome's major Basilicas, a pilgimage to Assisi, and a General Audience with the Holy Father - and a little pasta and vino along the way – the week was filled with powerful encounters of God's ever-abiding Love. Through the power of Holy Orders, the newly ordained deacons were called by the Church to share in Diaconate is conferred through a special outpour- ing of the Holy Spirit, Abov e: The moment of prostration when the Church prays in song for the intercession v : through the imposition of of the saints. hands (cf. 2 Ti 1:6-7), that dence on God’s Providence. Next, Archbishop Dolan performed the engenders in the ordinand a ancient rite of the laying-on of hands distinct conformation to with the consecratory prayer invoking Christ, Lord and Servant of the Holy Spirit. Lastly came the all. investiture with the stole and dalmat- ic, the liturgical garb of the deacon, Christ’s mission and grace. and the presentation to each new dea- Strengthened by grace, we are now con of the Book of Gospels instruct- dedicated in a special way to the ser- ing them to “receive the Gospel of vice of God and His community, both Christ, whose herald you now are. at the altar and in the world. Yet we were not the only ones changed by the events of the Ordination. There was a deep joy in knowing that the Abo ve , left to right: Rev. Mr. Jeffrey o e week of grace was also being shared Molnar ‘03, Rev. Mr. Jacobo Munoz ’03, with our families and closest friends, and Rev. Mr. Bryan Stitt ‘03 distribute and for that we are profoundly grate- Holy Communion. Rig ht: Rev. Mr. Martin DeMayo ‘03 dis- g ful. Truly, Mater Ecclesia gaudet! tributes Holy Communion. by Rev. Mr. Robert Forcier Diocese of Providence Class of 2003 saints in heaven to beseech God on Believe what you read, teach what behalf of the candidates. It is a pro- you believe, and practice what you found act of surrender and depen- teach!” 20 Pontifical North American College MA GA Z I N E Congratulations to the Class of 2003! Rev. Mr. Kevin L. Achbach Rapid City Rev. Mr. M. Shane Baxter Beaumont Rev. Mr. Matthew T. Buening Baltimore Rev. Mr. Gregory S. Coan Washington, DC Rev. Mr. Paul G. Czerwonka La Crosse Rev. Mr. Miguel A. De Angel-Ramirez Caguas Rev. Mr. Martin P. De Mayo Bridgeport v : Abov e: Theodore Cardinal McCarrick and Archbishop Timothy Rev. Mr. Robert H. Forcier Providence Dolan with the newly ordained deacons. Rev. Mr. Robert W. Golas, Jr. Washington, DC Rev. Mr. Edward R. Horkan Arlington : B elow: Rev. Mr. Phillip Kaim ’03 presents a class gift to Rev. Mr. J. D. Jaffe Arlington Archbishop Dolan. Rev. Mr. Phillip A. Kaim Rockford Rev. Mr. Matthew G. La Chance Tulsa Rev. Mr. Kevin P. Magner St. Paul and Minneapolis Rev. Mr. Kevin J. Martin Portland Mr. Matthew D. Matthias Kansas City in Kansas Rev. Mr. Evelio Menjivar-Ayala Washington, DC Rev. Mr. Jonathan P. Meyer Indianapolis Rev. Mr. Jeffrey T. Molnar Pittsburgh Rev. Mr. Patrick A. Moses Orange in California Rev. Mr. Jacobo V. Muñoz Rapid City Rev. Mr. T. Austin Murphy Baltimore Rev. Mr. Michael-Tung Quang Q. Nguyen Orange in California Rev. Mr. Walter (Tad) R. Oxley Toledo Rev. Mr. Timothy D. Reilly Providence Rev. Mr. Todd M. Reitmeyer Sioux Falls Rev. Mr. John A. Riley Kansas City in Kansas Rev. Mr. Christopher J. Singer Erie Rev. Mr. Bryan D. Stitt Ogdensburg Photographs courtesy of L’Osservatore Romano. Rev. Mr. Thomas R. Szydlik Peoria Rev. Mr. Tung Thanh Tran Corpus Christi Rev. Mr. Daniel T. Walz St. Cloud Rev. Mr. Kenneth P. Wasilewski Rockford WINTER 2002 21 Non Fecit Taliter Omni Nationi He Has Not Done So With Any Other Nation (Ps 147:20) On July 31, 2002, after almost 500 years and amidst great controversy, Pope John Paul II know of him in rela- tion to his role as the messenger of Our Lady of Guadalupe. raised Juan Diego Cuauhtlactoatzin St. Juan Diego can to the honors of the altar at the be seen as one of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in v : great evangelizers of Abov e: Symbolic painting by Jorge Sanchez Hernandez. Mexico City. Controversy surround- the New World. In that he proclaimed were the perfect ing the canonization ranged from a honoring the requests of the Mother, antidotes to these societal poisons in debate whether to depict the new he obeyed the Son. Indeed, Juan the sixteenth century, so too can they saint as a European or as a Native for Diego was able to do something that help us through our twenty-first cen- the ceremony and festivities, to a formerly had been impossible – until tury struggles. A mere nine years debate over the very existence of Our Lady appeared to him. He was after the proclamation of Our Lady's Juan Diego himself. The public dis- able to nurture a marriage between message in 1531, over nine million the indigenous cultures of the New people were added to the faith – more World and Spanish Catholicism. than were lost in the Protestant This blend of culture and religion Revolution. How many today are in survives within the New World to need of conversion on both sides of this day, though it is in danger of the ocean? being left behind as many people St. Juan Diego is a great model who have been Catholic for half a for the laity who are called to evan- millennium drift away from the faith. gelize and sanctify the world. As In fact, the “culture of death” Pope John Paul II noted at the beati- with which we struggle today is not fication of Juan Diego on May 6, unlike the cultural conditions that St. 1990, “[This beatification] is a strong Juan Diego experienced at the time call to all the lay faithful of the nation of the apparition of Our Lady of to assume all their responsibilities in Guadalupe. Even as the Aztecs sacri- the transmission of the Gospel mes- ficed thousands of people in order to sage and in the witness of a living appease the sun-god, today we strug- and operative faith. I want to call all putes, however, could not quench the gle with the scourge of abortion. Just of the Mexican laity to commit them- great rejoicing in Mexico and the rest as the Aztecs worshipped many gods selves more actively to the re-evan- of the New World on July 31, when and not the “True God through gelization of society.” Indeed, this Juan Diego was proclaimed a saint. Whom everything lives, the Lord of call is made not only to the nation of He is not a saint, however, merely all things near and far, the Master of Mexico, but to the faithful of the because Our Lady appeared to him; Heaven and Earth,” so too many whole world. he was raised to the honors of the today worship other “deities” like altar because he lived out the virtues money, comfort, and fame. But just by Jason H. Rodarte y Vigil in a heroic way even though we only as St. Juan Diego and the Woman Archdiocese of Santa Fé Class of 2004 22 Pontifical North American College MA GA Z I N E Life After the North American College W hen you are a “New Man,” everything makes an impression. Take, for instance, a homily over twenty years ago by one ministry since returning from the Amalfi Coast to the Gulf Coast, I am filled with a crowd of memories. There are several high spots of life after the College that are worth men- minds of some who might not under- stand the priesthood covenant, or may not want to. It has been embarrassing, humiliating and infuriating, but never debilitating. Nietzche coined the of the fifth-year priests who began his tioning. I could point to the first day phrase, “That which does not kill us, remarks with this jewel, “One of the of being a Pastor and receiving phone only makes us stronger.” Though an greatest things about studying in unlikely sage, he was right. We will Rome – is going home.” We all ...the best thing about all get through this and be even more laughed a bit, some wondering if this Rome was coming home to prepared to help build up the was another example of “NAC wit,” live out what we promised Kingdom of God. Through it all, that some slowly pondering layered to do... memorable homily over twenty years meanings, while others, like me, writ- ago continues to hold true – even bet- ing everything down as if watching a calls of support and fraternal love ter than studying in Rome, has been master chef preparing the feast of a from classmates, the wonderful serving as a priest back home! lifetime. opportunities for baptisms, mar- riages, and funerals of family and Whatever the case, he was right. friends, the quiet yet powerful by Rev. Msgr. Michael Heras moments in Adoration, and scores of Diocese of Corpus Christi It has been twenty-two years others. It was true: the best thing Class of 1984 since my classmates and I walked up about Rome was coming home those stairs, staggering from the to live out what we promised to trans-Atlantic flight and astounded do and what was promised to for the next few hours with the beau- us. They say that the difference ty and mystery of our new home. I between a contract and a still remember how I could not wait covenant is that a contract is to start that journey, how I could not based on mistrust and a wait to write home – and I how I covenant on total trust. The could not wait to take a shower! North American College was the “crucible within a crucible” O, how I loved those days! of witness and fidelity in order to enter into an eternal I cannot say for certain that the Covenant with the Lord God. College prepared me for each and There, on the Janiculum, nes- every eventuality that would await tled in the Great City of Rome, my years of service as a priest of many lives were forged and Jesus, but I can say that whatever they fashioned so that we would be did there on the Hill – through facul- able to realize daily that the best ty, friends, the Greg, the experience – was yet to come! v Abov e, left to right: Msgr. Michael Heras ’84 it worked for me! We have all taken a hard hit (Corpus Christi), Rev. Eddie E. L. Tolentino ’84 (Washington, DC), and Rev. Joseph G. Hanefeldt Reflecting on the highlights of lately in the press and in the ’84 (Omaha). WINTER 2002 23 Frank Parater Servant of God, Seminarian Rev. J. Scott Duarte ’78, JCD Part two of three Postulator F rank Parater, North Frank Parater was born on American College seminar- October 10, 1897, in Richmond, ian, Class of 1925, was Virginia, ten days after the death of recently declared a Servant of God. Saint Thérèse, the Little Flower, who The process for his beatification has would prove important in Frank's begun. Though he did not live long spiritual life. His father, Francis instrumental in preserving his letters, enough to be ordained a priest, his Joseph Parater, Sr., was a Catholic of journals and other documents and faith-filled life – and death – prompt- Portuguese ancestry, and his mother, personal effects. ed those who knew him to declare Mary Raymond, was a former Frank was named for his patron him a true saint. The second article of Anglican communicant at St. John's saint, Francis DeSales, founder of the this series recounts some of the expe- Episcopal Church and a convert to Sisters of the Visitation whose riences that influenced Frank Parater Catholicism. That marriage was his monastery was just three blocks from prior to his entering Belmont Abbey father's second. His first wife was Seminary College and that prepared Elizabeth Miller who bore him five him for making a gift of himself to children, three of whom survived God through an act of oblation for infancy and grew to adulthood. The the conversion of non-Catholics. eldest son of this first marriage, also named Francis, died in 1887 at the age of twenty-seven, just a few months before the birth of our Servant of God, who was again named Francis Joseph Parater, Jr. When Elizabeth was ill and learned she was going to die, it is said that she expressed the hope that her husband would remarry, and even suggested Mary Raymond as the per- son best suited to raise her children. Eleven children were born to this second marriage, but only three sur- vived infancy, Marie, Grace, and Frank, who was the youngest. His sisters were of great importance to him, especially Marie who was his Top: Parater as a Boy Scout. Above: Frank Parater’s parents, Francis confidant and who later became Joseph, Sr., and Mary Raymond. Above: Parater as an altar boy. 24 Pontifical North American College MA GA Z I N E the modest Parater home. Their liberty or give me death!’ After in his journals and speeches. house faced Jefferson Park, where Frank's early death, its Rector ener- In the Scouts and in high school, Francis Parater, Sr. was the getically praised his virtues. he acted in various plays and was groundskeeper, a work that he volun- A warm and loving family intro- sought after as a speaker at public tarily extended to the grounds of the duced Frank to a loving God and events. Frank was valedictorian of nearby monastery. Frank’s father was gave him confidence in himself to his primary school, his high school, highly regarded in the city and once overcome the physical limitations of and ultimately at Belmont Abbey was appointed a term on the City his small stature and to pursue goals College Seminary. In a vigorous Council. This proximity to the that others would have considered debate during high school, Frank Visitation Monastery, Monte Maria, beyond their reach. The world was a argued convincingly for the rights, also permitted the Parater family to fascinating place for Frank Parater. dignity and innate value of the black hear the bells that regulated the life He became a collector of sheet man against opponents who argued of the Sisters, announced the for the continued segregation or Angelus, and called the faithful even the re-enslavement of to the 6:40 a.m. Mass. From his blacks. He carried on copious first Holy Communion as a correspondence with friends, and boy, Frank faithfully served after leaving home for college, that Mass until the time that he he wrote his family faithfully. left home for college, though His correspondence reveals his he also served Mass at his personality and his spirituality, parish church of St. Patrick’s. just as it provides insight into his Above the Monastery chapel’s family’s life and his own experi- altar was the image of the ences. From his personal jour- Sacred Heart of Jesus that nals we can also see his personal became a symbol for him of the sacrifices to help others, in spite tremendous love that Jesus has of a meager income. for all people. Frank grew in These same journals convey his devotion and wrote, Frank Parater’s missionary zeal “Remember the Sacred Heart to serve the Church in Virginia never fails those that love and his support for the new orga- Him.” nization known as the Boy His neighborhood, still Scouts of America. His answer known as “Church Hill,” was dense- music, of post cards, of stamps, and to the question, “Why am I a Scout” ly populated, family-centered, and of autographs, writing many notable is to be found in this passage from his marked by a spirit of ecumenical figures of the time, including several writings: cooperation. Many of the students at European monarchs, for their auto- We, Catholics, are selfish. With our the Sisters’ school were Protestants, graphs and collecting the stamps Divine Religion and all its wonder- and as a youth, Frank joined the from their replies! He began a prac- ful aids for leading a pure and holy newly established Scouting move- tice of keeping a record of his activi- life, not to mention our character developing parochial schools and ment that met at a local Methodist ties and his thoughts, compiling, for Christian motherhood exemplified Episcopal church. He was well instance, a list of the books that he in our Catholic mothers…but what known to the Rector of his mother’s read. In one year, it amounted to over of the non-Catholic lad or the son former parish, St. John’s Episcopal three hundred titles, many drawn of indifferent parents? Should we Church, itself famous as the site of from the classics and poetry. He not help them? Think of what it would mean if the 8,000,000 boys Patrick Henry's speech, “Give me would often quote from such works WINTER 2002 25 in America were taught “To do Frank enrolled in the Scouting their duty to God, their country, movement on January 19, 1914. and to obey the scout law: to help other people at all times, to keep Advancing quickly through the themselves physically strong, men- ranks, by 1916 he was an assistant tally awake, and morally straight.” scout master, the scribe of Troop 32, No! It would not make angels of and the official photographer of the them – we don’t want them angels. Richmond Council. He served as It would not abolish the flagrant abuses that we witness on all sides. camp director in Richmond and dur- But it would lessen these evils; it ing the summer of 1916 was the first would make our Catholic boys bet- camp director of the newly-founded ter Catholics; it would teach the Camp Ackerman in Plainfield, New non-Catholic true Catholic princi- Jersey. In the camps he ran, he intro- ples of morality; it would produce better men, true patriots and real duced a half hour of prayer in the citizens; it would lead our boys to evening schedule, consisting of a public speaking and stick to his high something higher than mere accu- chapter of Sacred Scripture, a talk by ideals, despite the efforts of some in mulation of riches or the desire for the director and the recitation of the Scouting and among his friends to fame. dissuade him from his calling. “Our Father” followed by silent prayer. His efficiency Frank possessed marvelous tal- and organizational ents and gifts. These were crowned Prayer for the Beatification of skills are noted in news- with a purity of heart and a mission- Frank Parater paper accounts. ary zeal that would ultimately find Loving Father, As he graduated expression in his act of oblation that from primary school, may be found in the Pontifical North Your servant, Frank Parater, sought per- Frank began thinking American College’s Manual of fection as a student, scout, and seminarian. Prayers. In this stirring document of about the priesthood. He offered himself to You completely through He was worried that he self-offering, Frank declares that: the Sacred Heart of Your beloved Son, Jesus. could not pronounce I have nothing to leave or to give but Through the intercession of Frank Parater, Latin well enough to be my life and this I have consecrated to a priest. When he was the Sacred Heart to be used as He may young people answer Your call to follow wills. I have offered my all for the only fourteen years old, Jesus as priests and religious. Grant the he began to correspond conversion of non-Catholics… This is what I live for and in case of death favors I seek, so that Your Church may recog- with Walter Nott, then a what I die for. nize his holiness and proclaim him Blessed. Richmond diocesan seminarian at St. The spiritual conversion of others is Grant this through Christ our Lord. Charles College in what he died for – and what he lived Amen Catonsville, MD and for. That, among his many other Imprimatur eventually an alumnus virtues, is a desire worthy of imita- Most Rev. Walter F. Sullivan of the North American tion by Frank Parater’s successors at Bishop of Richmond College, about his the North American College today. February 7, 2002 desire to be a priest. Nott allayed his fears, In the next issue: Kindly report favors to Part Three of Frank Parater, encouraged him to pur- Rev. J. Scott Duarte’78, JCD sue his priestly voca- Servant of God. Postulator tion, study Latin, devel- 811 Cathedral Place Richmond, VA 23220 op skills necessary for 26 Pontifical North American College MA GA Z I N E V O C AT I O N ST O R I E S “...come after me and I will make you fishers of men.” (Mt 5:19) Take the Risk T he Greek orthodox envi- It is impossible to miss the two any more. One day after classes I ronment in which I grew immense steeples of Saint Anne’s went to Saint Anthony’s shrine in the up was heavily influ- Basilica that overpower the skyline of heart of Boston, a spot I had frequent- enced by religion. I can still remem- Quebec. After arriving and admiring ly visited because it was close to the ber vividly our priest chanting in this aesthetic wonder from the out- university. As I was sitting there after Greek during Mass and incensing the side, I felt compelled to go inside and Mass the idea ran through my head to altar behind an icon screen. During marvel at its beauty. As I entered the “take the risk.” I realized that the rea- my childhood I was fascinated by the church, however, I was overwhelmed son I was holding back was because I mysterious nature of the Divine not by the beauty of marble or wood, was afraid to take the risk to follow Liturgy and the priesthood. As I grew but by the loving gaze of Christ. The God’s call and enter the seminary. I warmth I felt can only be described as had not put my trust in the Lord, and a sense of “coming home” after a He let me know it with a loud knock! long time away. From that moment I Saint Louis Marie de Montfort says could never deny this divine pres- very beautifully, “If we do not risk ence, which I had tried to do for so anything for God we will never do long. On the Easter Vigil in 1996, I anything great for Him.” Placing my was received into full communion trust in God, then, I took the plunge with the Catholic Church. and applied to Saint John's Seminary My fascination with the priest- for the Archdiocese of Boston. With hood grew as I attended daily Mass. the many prayers and support of Despite my admiration for the priest- friends and family, I found the hood, though, it never crossed my courage to answer God’s call – and mind that God might be calling me to have never looked back. a vocation. Then one day my pastor by Jason Makos v Abov e, left to right: Joe Kenn, Fr. Barry Bossa, SAC, and Jason Makos ‘05. asked me, “Have you ever thought Archdiocese of Boston about being a priest?” This small but Class of 2005 older and more rebellious, however, I profound question planted a seed stopped going to church and fell away within my heart. After taking it to from religion completely. prayer, I found myself torn between In the summer of 1995, a good marriage and the priesthood. friend invited me on a pilgrimage to My indecision grew, so I decided Canada to visit the shrines of Saint to enroll at the University of Anne de Beaupre and Saint Joseph’s Massachusetts, Boston, to study pre- Oratory. I agreed to go with him – on med in the hopes of entering medical the grounds that I would not attend school. I believed that if I kept busy any services or Masses. “I just want with studies, the question of priestly to see the countryside of Canada,” I vocation would eventually fade away. told him. Looking back, I can see that In spite of my stubbornness, however, my heart was hard and the Lord was the Lord knocked even harder at my setting me up for a hard fall. door, and I knew I could not ignore it Jason Makos ‘05 WINTER 2002 27 BENVENUTI A ROMA! Fr. Vincent Fr. Tobin comes to the North American College as this year’s new Tobin Carl J. Peter Chair of homiletics. While continuing to teach Greek, Fr. A monk of St. Meinrad Tobin joins the North American Archabbey in St. Meinrad, Indiana, College faculty as a formation direc- Fr. Vincent Tobin is no stranger to the tor. He enjoys life in Rome, which he Eternal City. Prior to arriving at the says “is a good place to learn to be North American College, he spent six- catholic with a small ‘c’ and to learn to teen years serving as the Segretaria be Catholic with a large ‘C’.” Generale of San Anselmo University Welcome to the College, Father! in Rome. Along with this position he also spent fifteen years teaching Greek at the Gregorian University. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Fr. Tobin received his degrees from St. Meinrad, which includes a Master’s Degree in Classics and Latin. He also received an S.T.L. in Spirituality from the Gregorian University. Sr. Norma Fultz of library service and assistant educa- tion and psychology librarian. From to the community of the North American College in the position of there, she went to Ball State Archivist. Sr. Norma Fultz is a Benedictine University to serve as associate pro- sister from Ferdinand, Indiana. She fessor of library service and media entered her community in 1960 and resources librarian. One of her pursued her studies at Indiana favorite tasks was dealing with University, receiving a B.S. in the realia, the “real things” used Education, an M.A. in Library at the University such as science Science, and an M.S. in Instructional specimens, teaching devices, Systems Technology. Studying at St. projects, and photographs, to Michael's College at Winooski Park name just a few. in Colchester, Vermont, she also This is not Sr. Norma’s first received an M.A. in Theology. visit to the North American Sr. Norma has had a great deal of College. In 2001, she spent her experience as a librarian before com- sabbatical for two months at the ing to the College. At Southern convent attached to the College. Illinois University in Carbondale, We warmly welcome Sr. Norma Illinois, she was assistant professor 28 Pontifical North American College MA GA Z I N E WELCOME TO ROME! Fr. Dennis Gill Fr. Gill comes to the North American College as the new direc- tor of liturgy. He views his position Fr. Dennis Gill was ordained to as a wonderful opportunity to pro- the priesthood on May 21, 1983. He mote an authentic understanding of is a priest of the Archdiocese of the liturgy and to prepare future Philadelphia. After finishing his priests for its celebration. Welcome priestly studies at St. Charles to the College, Fr. Gill! Borromeo Seminary, Fr. Gill served as Parochial Vicar in the Archdiocese for fourteen years, first at Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Warminster, Pennsylvania, for four years, and then at Our Lady of Good Counsel in South Hampton for ten years. Fr. Gill then went on to receive a License and Doctorate in Liturgy at San Anselmo University in Rome. Before arriving at the North American College, he served on the faculty at St. Charles Borromeo for one year. Fr. Frederick Fr. Frederick Miller is a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, New faculty of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. He served at this seminary Miller Jersey. Born in Jersey City, Fr. Miller attended college seminary at Seton in a number of ways: Professor of Systematic Theology, Academic Hall University and complet- Dean, and Spiritual Director. He was ed his studies for the priest- also involved with the St. Charles hood at Immaculate Spiritual Year Program. Conception Seminary. Fr. Fr. Miller is glad to be at the Miller received a Master’s North American College because of Degree in Dogmatic its good reputation and its close loca- Theology from St. John’s tion to the heart of the Church, and University along with an we are delighted to have him as one S.T.L. and an S.T.D. in of our spiritual directors. Spiritual Theology from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome. For fifteen years, Fr. Miller by Justin Fish was involved in parish min- Diocese of Duluth istry. After this period, he Class of 2005 was assigned in 1993 to the WINTER 2002 29 Summertime in Siena 30 Pontifical North American College MA GA Z I N E T he rugged, picturesque mountain town of Siena, Italy, became my summer- time home for six weeks. This California, along with myriad other students from around the world, some as far away as medieval town is famous for its his- Iceland and Japan. My tory, its saints, and, of course, its last two weeks were horse race, and made an enjoyable spent in one-on-one con- respite from the bustle of Rome. versation with a tutor, Upon my arrival, following a six which was a very chal- hour train ride (which was supposed lenging arrangement for to be only two), the first question that me. I feel that I made L eft to right: Douglas Becker ‘05, Anthony Lonzo ‘05, entered my mind was: What am I dramatic progress this and Jeremy Leatherby ‘05 really here for? A five-word answer summer which should I am deeply thankful for my time sufficed: to study and learn Italian. help me with my note-taking duties spent in Siena and I would do it over With the generous financial assis- in the Italian lectures at the Pontifical again. They say it is tough to spend tance of my archbishop, I set out to Gregorian University. one's first summer in Europe rather conquer the Italian language like the Outside of the classroom, there than back home in the States, and, at was plenty of time to explore the times, that statement held true. town of Siena itself. Situated on the However, I believe this experience top of a huge hill, this charming will pay off for me academically and walled town attracts thousands of spiritually both now and in the years tourists each year. The opportunity to to come. explore the city's churches, architec- ture, and historical setting was too St. Catherine of Siena, pray for us! good to pass up. It was a special treat by Douglas Becker to be able to explore the area where a Archdiocese of St. Louis Class of 2005 patroness of Europe, St. Catherine, lived, worked, and prayed. I also happened to be in town during the famous Palio horse race, which takes place twice a year, July 2 and August 16. In order for the race to take place, “I set out to conquer the the main piazza – Piazza del Campo Italian language like the – is filled with dirt and transformed Romans conquering the Italian into a horse track that plays host to a peninsula 2300 years ago”. grueling, no-holds-barred race between the city's sixteen historic Romans conquering the Italian “contrade,” or rival neighborhoods. peninsula 2300 years ago. The first The whole city is passionately four weeks were in a classroom set- engaged in this event. Each neigh- ting, as I attempted to master the borhood hosts a dinner for the other intricacies of the language. Joining contrades before the race, and a me were two fellow North American tremendous party is thrown for the College students, Tony Lonzo from winning contrade that lasts for days v : Abov e: Image of St. Catherine of Siena Columbus, Ohio, and Jeremy and where the pasta and the wine receiving the stigmata, located in the Church of the St. Catherine Institute. Leatherby from Sacramento, flow freely. : F acing P age: The Cathedral of Siena WINTER 2002 31 T H E E C O N O M O ’S C O R N E R “Cleverly done! You too are an industrious and reliable servant” (Mt 25:23) Built on the Rock of St. Peter MCMLIII - MMIII As a result of the recent power washing of the seminary building, the cornerstone has become more visible than ever. Hewn from granite rather than travertine from 1940 to 1956, was the rediscovery and verification of the tomb of St. Peter. In its day it was viewed as the most significant Christian archaeological discovery of the century. Proving that the Basilica was truly built on the marble, the light cornerstone con- tomb of St. Peter himself would trasts sharply with the darker reinforce the tradition of the apos- tones of the travertine, which was tolic succession of the papacy from quarried in the 1950s from the St. Peter to Pope Pius XII. famous Tivoli quarries, ten miles The excavations below St. east of Rome. These quarries Peter’s Basilica involved careful have provided the primary build- removal of fill material dating back ing material for most of Rome, to the construction of the original including St. Peter's Basilica. So fourth-century church by the why is this single stone different - Emperor Constantine. Once the and what is the significance of the excavations were completed, Latin inscription? archaeologists had uncovered a The Seminary building of the necropolis or “City of the Dead” Pontifical North American beneath the present Basilica. The College on the Janiculum Hill is a ancient cemetery was originally massive building. At the time of located next to the Circus of Nero, its construction, it was the sec- where St. Peter and many others ond-largest building constructed were martyred. Indeed, the tomb of in Rome since World War II. The the first Vicar of Christ was discov- only other larger project was the ered to be located directly beneath new train station; the old train sta- the present high altar. tion was destroyed by Allied Our cornerstone is among the bombing. The new American seminary was an important foundation stones that Scavi excavators removed during project not only for the American Catholic Church. It was that important project. The Latin inscription indicates that also an affirmation by the Vatican of the Holy Father’s this stone is a symbol of blessings and good wishes closeness to the Church in America. The building of this brought up from the excavations beneath the Vatican new seminary building was to be the “Capolavoro” or Basilica. We can truly say, then, that our College is built crowning masterpiece of Pope Pius XII’s favorite Vatican on the rock of St. Peter’s! Architect, Count Enrico Galleazzi. As construction of the new Pontifical North by Rev. Msgr. Mark Svarczkopf ’74 American College began, another archaeological project Archdiocese of Indianapolis Vice Rector for Administration was coming to completion. That project, which lasted 32 Pontifical North American College MA GA Z I N E Invite someone you know to consider the Priesthood.. . ...Please Pray for Vocations! Archbishop Timothy Dolan, Rev. Msgr. Kevin McCoy, and the Class of 2003 with the Holy Father. The Pontifical NON-PROFIT ORG. U.S. POSTAGE North American College PAID LEONARDTOWN, MD PERMIT NO. 50 3211 Fourth Street, Northeast Washington DC 20017-1194 or more information about the North American College, or to learn more bout opportunities for memorial gifts, contact Tricia Lloyd at our Washington DC, Office of Development: el: (202) 541-5411 / Fax: (202) 722-8804 mail: email@example.com or visit our website at www.pnac.org Attention North American College Alumni: Reunion 2003 will be in Rome.