"EEOC accuses Belmont Abbey College of discrimination in health"
http://southerncross.diosav.org Vol. 89, No. 30 Thursday, September 10, 2009 $.75 per issue EEOC accuses Belmont Abbey College of discrimination in health care plan By Chaz Muth Washington (CNS) T he U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sided with claims from eight employ- ees at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C., that the institution’s 2007 decision not to offer employees coverage of prescription contraceptives discriminates against women. The July 30 letter from the EEOC effectively tion and exercising the freedom of religion reverses an earlier ruling in March, when the guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. commission issued a “Dismissal and Notice of The North Carolina college—founded by Rights” determination letter stating it was clos- Benedictine monks—made changes in 2007 in ing its file on the discrimination charge. its health care coverage, which now excludes The new letter said that “by denying prescrip- oral contraceptives, abortions, vasectomies and tion contraceptive drugs,” the Catholic college tubal ligations, prompting eight employees to “is discriminating based on gender because file a discrimination complaint with the EEOC. only females take oral prescription contracep- The employees also said the college had tives. By denying coverage, men are not affect- retaliated against them, because Thierfelder ed, only women.” sent out an e-mail message to faculty, staff and Belmont Abbey President William K. students identifying by name the people who Thierfelder issued a statement August 14 had filed the complaint, according to a pub- expressing his disappointment in the EEOC lished report. The complainants are six men determination, but said he was confident the and two women. Photo by Gillian Brown. college will be vindicated in the long run. In a March 5 letter, the EEOC determined The EEOC wants the college to work out that e-mail could be construed as retaliation, an amicable solution with the complainants because “a chilling effect was created on the or suggested court action could be taken. The campus whereby other faculty and staff mem- college wants the EEOC to reconsider its most bers would be reluctant to file a charge of dis- recent findings. crimination with the commission against the The Abbey-Basilica of Mary, Help of Christians, Thierfelder said the college is adhering to respondent for fear that their name would be in Belmont, North Carolina. Catholic teaching against artificial contracep- Continued on page 5 Seven Mercy sisters celebrate anniversaries S even Sisters of Mercy renewed their perpetual vows at a special Mass celebrated at Blessed Sacrament Church, Savannah, on September 5. Added together, their years of consecrated life total 395. Sister Felice Byrnes, rsm, is celebrating 75 years as a Sister of Mercy. She entered the order on September 8, 1934. Sisters M. Assunta Desposito, rsm, and M. Valentina Sheridan, rsm, are celebrating 60 years. They entered the convent on September 8, 1949. Sister Lourdes Sheehan, rsm, is celebrating 50 years of religious life. She entered on August 16, 1959. Sisters Margaret Beatty, rsm, Mary Harper, rsm, and M. Lillian Photo by Paul H. Camp. Quadrella, rsm, are also celebrating 50 years. They entered on September 8, 1959. Father Jay Madden, sj, was the principal celebrant and homilist. Bishop J. Kevin Boland presided and spoke after communion. Mr. Paul Hinchey, President and CEO of Saint Joseph / Candler also spoke at the Mass. Sisters Margaret Beatty, Mary Harper, Felice Byrnes, Assunta Desposito, Valentina Sheirdan, Lourdes Sheehan and Lillian Quadrella continue to celebrate their jubillees after Mass. Southern Cross, Page 2 Headline HopscotcH Thursday, September 10, 2009 against church teaching that, for several funda- mental reasons, the church is unable to ordain women. Father Bourgeois told Catholic News Service August 28 that his beliefs are based on his understanding of justice and equality as expressed in the Gospel. The 70-year-old for- mer missionary in Latin America said that while he has not heard directly from the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith since October 21, 2008, his order has confirmed his excommunication. “In my heart I do not feel I have done anything wrong,” he said via tele- phone from Alabama as he was traveling to visit his family in Louisiana. “On the contrary, it is my conscience that I am following and I find great peace whenever I am following my con- science.” CNS photo/Owen Sweeney III, Catholic Review. bishops’ annual labor day statEmEnt focusEs on hEalth rEform dEbatE WashiNgtoN (CNS) I t is possible to bring Catholic values to the ongoing debate over health care reform just as it was done earlier this year in forging a four- way agreement on the potential unionization of workers at Catholic hospitals, said Bishop William F. Murphy of Rockville Centre, New Sister Emily Ann Lindsey and Sister Margaret Muraki pray in the chapel at the Society of All Saints York. “Leaders in Catholic health ministry, the Sisters of the Poor convent in Catonsville, Maryland, August 24. The sisters are part an Episcopal labor movement and the Catholic bishops sought order that joined the Catholic Church September 3. to apply our traditional teaching on work and Episcopal nuns, priEst to bEcomE religious have been studying the church’s teach- workers and to offer some practical alternatives said. catholics aftEr yEars of prayEr ings for years, she not toTwo Episcopal nuns who have decided become Catholic will on how leaders of hospitals, unions and others Baltimore (CNS) might apply our principles as an aid to reaching A fter seven years of prayer and discern- continue to live and minister alongside their agreements in their own situations,” said Bishop ment, a community of Episcopal sisters and soon-to-be Catholic sisters. Members of the Murphy, chairman of the bishops’ Committee on their chaplain were received into the Catholic community range in age from 59 to 94. Domestic Justice and Human Development. The Church during a September 3 Mass celebrated four-way document, “Respecting the Just Rights by Baltimore Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien. priEst confirms Excommunication; of Workers: Guidance and Options for Catholic The archbishop was to welcome 10 sisters from Health Care and Unions,” achieved “a consen- will kEEp urging womEn’s the Society of All Saints’ Sisters of the Poor sus among all the parties on a set of principles, when he administers the sacrament of confirma- ordination processes and guidelines for a respectful and tion and the sisters renew their vows of poverty, WashiNgtoN (CNS) harmonious approach to let workers in Catholic chastity and obedience in the chapel of their convent in suburban Catonsville, Maryland. The M aryknoll Father Roy Bourgeois has con- firmed his excommunication from the Catholic Church but said he has not changed his health care facilities make free choices about unionization,” Bishop Murphy said. The bishop Rev. Warren Tanghe, an Episcopal priest, also highlighted details of the agreement in this was to be received into the church and is dis- view that women who are called to priesthood year’s Labor Day statement, issued annually by cerning the possibility of becoming a Catholic should be ordained. He urged the church to turn the chairman of the domestic justice committee. priest. In an interview with The Catholic away from what he called the sin of sexism. Dated September 7, Labor Day, the statement is Review, Baltimore archdiocesan newspaper, Father Bourgeois said he was excommunicated titled “The Value of Work: The Dignity of the Mother Christina Christie, superior of the reli- November 24, 2008, latae sententiae—automati- Human Person” and was released September 2 gious community, said the sisters are excited cally—for not recanting his public statements in Washington. about joining the Catholic Church. The women supporting the ordination of women, which is Subscribe to the Southern Cross Southern Cross (USPS 505 680) Telephone: 912-201-4100 Publisher: Most Rev. J. Kevin Boland, dd Toll-Free (in GA only): 888-295-7144 Send this form in to your parish, together with your Director of Communications: Barbara D. E-mail: Editor@diosav.org or check for $20.00, made out to your parish. King SouthernCross@diosav.org Editor: Rev. Douglas K. Clark, stl Web Address: http://southerncross.diosav.org Assistant Editor: Michael J. 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Box 948 Waynesboro, GA 30830 Thursday, September 10, 2009 commentary Southern Cross, Page 3 The seventh factor I n the March 16 issue of the national Catholic weekly America, Daniel P. Sulmasy, ofm, md, wrote an insightful commentary on the “unraveling of Catholic health care” (“Then There Was One”), detailing the closing of 7 out of the 8 Catholic acute care hospitals in New York City in 2007-08. representatives), as well as by financial support. The situation at Belmont is a harbinger of things to come. As the Congress continues to In his article, Sulmasy lists six factors that By denying coverage, men are not affected, only struggle over health care reform, the American contributed to the sudden collapse of these women.” (The issue of vasectomies was not people need to keep vigilant watch over what Catholic institutions and threaten the same for mentioned by the E.E.O.C.) the final bill mandates in terms of mandatory many others. These factors are: 1) the market- Belmont Abbey College will not back down. insurance coverage for procedures that Catholics place is a harsh environment for faith-based Dr. William K. Thierfelder, the college’s presi- should not have to pay for and that Catholic hos- institutions; 2) Catholic philanthropy is weak; dent, said in a statement sent to the Southern pitals should not have to perform. 3) Catholics operate under outdated institutional Cross on September 2: “We believe that to offer The rights of conscience need to be protected, assumptions, such as parochialism; 4) Catholics or to subsidize such coverage would be contrary not only in pending legislation but in the actions are opting for secular values; 5) ecclesiastical to the clear teaching of the Catholic Church. We of appointed federal agencies, such as the culture can be enervating; and 6) Catholic insti- are convinced that it would also make it impos- E.E.O.C. We demand no less. tutions often have poor political connections. sible for us to present ourselves—or to be—a The emergence of this seventh factor is not When these factors combine, as they did in Catholic college with all that that should entail.” only a clarion call to Catholics to withstand New York, they threaten the very existence of The school’s determination not to contribute hostile interference from government, but also Catholic institutions, including our schools as financially, through to take the necessary well as our hospitals and clinics. insurance premiums, The rights of conscience need to be protected, measures to mitigate When a seventh factor is added—hostile inter- to actions considered not only in pending legislation but in the the other six factors ference by agencies of the federal government, morally wrong by the actions of appointed federal agencies, such as the that endanger our something not present in the collapse of seven Catholic Church should institutions of learn- Catholic hospitals in New York— the situation be applauded, not only E.E.O.C. We demand no less. ing, healing and, yes, becomes even more hazardous. by all Catholics, but also by all who support even publishing. In March, even as Sulmasy’s article was freedom of religion, as guaranteed by the First We need to strengthen our faith-based schools, being published, the U.S. Equal Employment Amendment to the Constitution of the United hospitals and communications media so that they Opportunity Commission (E.E.O.C.) informed States. can survive in the harsh market-place environ- Belmont Abbey College, a Benedictine insti- Belmont Abby has requested that the E.E.O.C. ment so that they may continue to provide their tution of higher education in Belmont, North reconsider its decision. But if it does not, the valuable services. We need to develop Catholic Carolina, that it had issued a “Dismissal and ruling, in Dr. Thierfelder’s words, “could have philanthropy to a level enjoyed by other chari- Notice of Rights” determination letter stating a baleful effect not only on Belmont Abbey table institutions, perhaps instituting a Catholic that it was closing its file on a discrimination College, but on all religiously-affiliated institu- student loan fund. We need to update our cul- charge brought by of the school’s eight employ- tions nationwide.” Such institutions will face a tural assumptions, encourage religious values ees against the school. They made the charge stark choice: if they abide by the core beliefs over secular ones among our own people and to after the school excluded insurance coverage for of their sponsoring communities, they will risk develop better political connections for our insti- oral contraceptives, abortions, vasectomies and losing federal funding, particularly in the form tutions. tubal ligations (see page 1) from its health care of federally guaranteed student loans. Without What is at stake is not mere institutional sur- package. those loans, they will face bankruptcy. vival, but our ability to carry out our mission to But in a letter dated July 30, the E.E.O.C. It is vital for all who value religious freedom teach, to heal and to proclaim the Good News reversed itself and alleged that the college “is to support Belmont Abbey College in its coura- entrusted to us by Jesus Christ. discriminating based on gender because only geous stand, by prayer, political action (mes- —DKC females take oral prescription contraceptives. sages to the E.E.O.C. and to U.S. senators and Cardinal, priests discuss what guides decisions on Catholic funeral By PatriCia zaPor senator had a Catholic funeral was Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of those who said the church should Washington (Cns) a scandal to the church. Boston presided at the funeral, and not have permitted Kennedy a pub- I n his homily at Sen. Edward Kennedy’s funeral August 29, Father Mark Hession explained the “Has the potential to be a scan- dal that will make Notre Dame’s Obama Day a walk in the park,” Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, the retired archbishop of Washington, presided at the burial. lic Catholic funeral. He noted that the details of the senator’s correspondence with Pope pastoral purpose of the liturgy. said an editorial by LifeSite News, In a September 2 posting on his Benedict XVI in his last weeks “In the Catholic tradition, the a pro-life Web site. blog on the archdiocesan Web site, revealed an acknowledgement Mass of Christian burial weaves The Catholic Action League of www.bostoncatholic.org, Cardinal of “failing to always be a faith- together memory and hope,” Massachusetts said of the funeral O’Malley acknowledged the con- ful Catholic, and his request for said the senator’s Cape Cod, Mass: “This morning’s spectacle is troversy over Kennedy having a prayers as he faced the end of his Massachusetts, pastor. “The wor- evidence of the corruption which Catholic funeral, but said margin- life.” ship of the church locates us pre- pervades the Catholic Church in the alization of people over even an “The Holy Father’s expression of cisely between a past we reverently United States.” issue as important as abortion is the gratitude for the senator’s pledge remember and a future in which we Robert Royal, president of the wrong path. of prayer for the church, his com- firmly believe.” Faith and Reason Institute in “Given the profound effect of mendation of the senator and his As Kennedy’s family mourned, Washington, decried the “irrevers- Catholic social teaching on so family to the intercession of the millions of people around the world ible” damage to the church from many of the programs and policies Blessed Mother, and his impart- watched a memorial service August allowing Kennedy a funeral that espoused by Sen. Kennedy and the ing the apostolic blessing, spoke 28 and the next day’s funeral and did not focus attention on his fail- millions who benefited from them, of His Holiness’ role as the vicar burial. The latter services included ings, namely his support for legal there is a tragic sense of lost oppor- of Christ, the good shepherd who the participation of prominent abortion. tunity in his lack of support for the leaves none of the flock behind,” church leaders, including the arch- Participating in Kennedy’s unborn,” Cardinal O’Malley wrote. he wrote. bishop of Boston, yet some critics funeral rites were two cardinals and Nevertheless, Cardinal O’Malley Cardinal O’Malley later said, said the fact that the Massachusetts priests from at least four dioceses. said, he strongly disagrees with Continued on page 6 Southern Cross, Page 4 commentary Thursday, September 10, 2009 EvEryday GracEs “A fundamental issue of human dignity” I was biting a tortilla chip on a Friday afternoon, and my molar accident, the night it happened. To see my beautiful daughter with two broke. It was too late to see the den- broken front teeth was shocking. Until we need extensive dental work, we can forget how important our teeth are to our well-being. poor”, would choose the option of leaving a broken tooth as it is. They would be forced to choose tist, so I waited through the week- We visited the dentist first thing the While most of us try to avoid visit- the option of doing nothing because end. I had no pain, but my tongue next morning, and Katie held her ing our dentists except for routine they would not have the hundreds wouldn’t leave the broken place hand over her mouth when, deeply care, we would be in dire straits of dollars needed for a crown. alone. Having just endured a filling self-conscious, she spoke to the without them. While our country debates health on another tooth, I wasn’t keen on receptionist. Fortunately, the dentist Not long ago, I was privileged to care reform, we who are in a posi- returning to the dentist, but I did. saw her immediately and bonded listen to a talk by a nun who works tion of privilege must speak out on My dentist gave me three options: the teeth. He recommended she see with the homeless in a small city behalf of the many in this coun- 1) do nothing and keep the tooth her dentist in Chapel Hill for more less than an hour from my home. try who, even with insurance, are extra clean, hoping for the best 2) treatment. She described a dental clinic peri- forced into choices that ration their attempt to fill the tooth, although Katie had health insurance, odically offered at the church where care. We must encourage our fel- my dentist did not feel optimis- but no dental insurance at that she ministers. Dentists donate their low citizens to acknowledge that tic about the outcome, since time. She is hoping to be time and skill for those who desper- health care is a basic human right. there was nothing on which compensated by her health ately need care. No annual clean- As Catholics, we cannot be con- the filling could adhere 3) insurance, since this was a ings for the homeless, of course. tent with the status quo. According crown the tooth, and hope dental accident, and so far They come when they’re in pain, to a letter to Congress by Bishop that a root canal could be she has incurred costs of with abscesses and other dental William F. Murphy, the U. S. bish- avoided. Of the options, about two thousand dollars. emergencies. ops consider health care a “fun- number three was the most Mary Hood Hart Even if she is compen- If I were homeless, I’d not be damental issue of human life and expensive. Yet I chose the option sated for some of the expense, her getting a crown on my broken dignity.” of the crown because it seemed deductible is six hundred dollars. molar. If Katie were homeless, her Regardless of how satisfied we the best course of action for the A public high school teacher, Katie front teeth would not have been so are with our personal health care, long term. My dentist agreed. Even does not have a lot of disposable expertly repaired. we must look beyond ourselves to though I have dental insurance, I income. Regardless of the cost, Listening to the nun speak about seek the good of those who have am responsible for about five hun- she was forced to have her teeth the homeless in desperate need of less. dred dollars of the cost. repaired, both for health and cos- dental care, I was struck by how Recently, my daughter (the metic reasons. much I take for granted. Mary hood hart lives with her engaged one) slipped on a wet After her accident, we were both Faced with the high cost repair- family in Ocean Isle Beach, North dance floor and broke her two front grateful for dentistry. The repairs ing my broken molar, I can better Carolina. She can be reached at teeth. She was visiting us at the to her teeth, including a root canal, understand, too, how many people, firstname.lastname@example.org. time, so I saw her shortly after the have restored her beautiful smile. sometimes called the “working Peace, be still I n our home, we are currently living with a level of chaos that I just don’t like. You would think with five boys I’d be used to a cer- wondering if he could play video games for a bit. “It’s just been a really long day,” he said with It’s not that we’re puppets that God yanks around at will, but so many of the details in our lives—things we rely on for a sense of peace tain amount of craziness; that’s probably true all the fatigue of a sweatshop worker back from and joy – these are things that can easily be by some standards. But compared to the way I twelve hours at the factory. taken away from us. prefer to live—the peace and order that I strive I did a mental rundown of his day. Due to the Right now my ability to keep our home in so hard to achieve – life seems ridiculously off- madness of our home situation and inclement order is greatly diminished – but that doesn’t target right now. weather, the boys had already logged more time mean I must give up all sense of peace in my For a variety of reasons, things are not where playing video games than is normally allowed. life. If anything these weeks are a good reminder I want them to be. We are on the brink of start- In fact, my son’s itinerary that day had included that while the externals are important for order, ing school, and that preparation causes upheaval. playing games, then a quick trip to the mall I cannot allow those details to dictate what goes There are bags of school supplies waiting to be where I tortured the boys with uniform shop- on within my soul. labeled and put in book bags. There are bags of ping, lunch out (due to no kitchen at home) and There will be seasons—sometimes days, some- uniforms waiting to be labeled and put in the then that boy went to a friend’s house. times weeks—when the circumstances of our boys’ dressers. Lists need reviewing and “Didn’t you play video games at his house, lives feel out of our control. That is not the Lord things are piling up. too,” I asked my son, after running down abandoning us. That is not God laughing at us or We are also in the midst of some major the list in my mind. showing us who is boss. work getting done on our house, and “Yes,” he admitted. It had indeed It is simply an opportunity to search for peace while that is exciting and wonderful it been a long day—a long day filled with from the source who can truly offer it to us. also throws things off-balance. It’s hard plenty of fun. I decided no more video In the midst of this small trial, I am reminded to keep high standards of cleanliness games were warranted. Just because our that my peace does not come from my surround- and order when the refrigerator is in surroundings were complete bedlam ings, from how tidy I keep my home or how Rachel Balducci the dining room and you’re preparing didn’t mean we had to live in arrested many things I mark off my to-do list. Peace is lunch on the laundry table. development. from the grace that is a result of keeping our All of this combined with end-of-summer “Go read a book,” I told him. eyes on Christ and asking him to keep us always ennui and a few of us feeling under the weather, I don’t like living this way—trying to maintain in the center of his will. and you have a recipe for dangerously low a sense of order in the midst of circumstances I expectations of peace and order. We are all out- can’t control. I like the feeling that I have charge raChel sWenson BalduCCi is a freelance writer, of-sorts. of the details of my life. Unfortunately situations wife, mother of five sons and a member of like home renovation and illness remind me that Most Holy Trinity Parish, Augusta. She can be A few days ago, one of the boys came to me this is all an illusion. reached at email@example.com. Thursday, September 10, 2009 Feature Southern Cross, Page 5 McMahon & others: A brave band now fighting off vandals to manage City Hotel. In 1849, he sold his inter- wife, who died in 1887. As a Savannah alder- est in the hotel and went with his wife to Locust man, McMahon had lobbied (unsuccessfully), Grove to try farming. By 1851, McMahon was along with Dr. John Riordan, for a Catholic again in Savannah and in partnership with James cemetery. When Michael Prendergast donated Doyle. At the dissolution of their successful fifteen acres of land for the cemetery, McMahon wholesale business seven years later, he co- soon followed suit. The Catholic Cemetery partnered with W.J. Harty in the produce firm of opened in 1853. John McMahon & Company. Unlike some places where crosses in Catholic Photo courtesy of the Diocesan Archives. When the Civil War began in1861, McMahon cemeteries were torn down by nativists who felt helped organize the Pulaski Guards. On expi- their religious freedom was being infringed on, ration of his enlistment term, he returned to “in Savannah’s Catholic Cemetery the emblem Confederate service as captain of the Washing- could be found standing proudly in every row ton Volunteers, first volunteer regiment of of graves.” (Thomas Paul Thigpen’s Aristocracy Georgia. Stationed at Fort Pulaski, McMahon of the Heart: Catholic Lay Leadership in reluctantly surrendered his sword when the fort Savannah, 1820-1870 ). Standing proudly fell in 1862. “Take it! I wore it in Mexico,” among such memorials was that of John and he told the Union victors. Imprisoned in New Catherine McMahon which featured exquisite York and, later, in Ohio, he was exchanged at carvings and four columns supporting a Celtic Vicksburg, Mississippi. No longer physically cross-topped cupola inside which a life- fit for service, John McMahon returned sized angel knelt in prayer. to Georgia, living in Milledgeville until The angel on the McMahon monu- Captain John McMahon 1864. ment “prayed” undisturbed for more A lthough he led the rough-and-tumble Irish By 1865, McMahon, once more than a century until vandals recently Jasper Greens off to war against Mexico in in Savannah, was forming a whole- beheaded it and broke part of a wing. 1846 and —through a misunderstanding—was sale grocery, grain, and feed business Similar desecration spread to other monu- almost court-martialed, Captain John McMahon with E. Waitzfelder of New York. In ments: a tall statue of an angel at the Rita H. DeLorme was a peaceful citizen whom the Savannah Daily January,1869, ill health forced the old McDonald lot was pulled from its Republican described as a “quiet, inoffensive soldier to sell his business and travel to pedestal; a marble Madonna statue man” whose manner was “polite and urbane.” Europe to restore his health. In late 1870, along with raised urn was broken off in the Maggioni- with New Yorker Eugene Kelly, Savannahian Cafiero plot; a cross on the Fogarty lot was Born near Kilrush, County Clare, Ireland in John Flannery and others, McMahon established wrested from its base. A marble statue innocent- 1815, John McMahon came to America as a the Southern Bank of the State of Georgia and ly marking infant graves in the Kelly-Ledlie lot boy. When his parents died, he went to live with became its vice-president and manager. suffered violence, as did a Confederate veteran’s his married sister, Mrs. Edward Grant, in Utica, Irish organizations inevitably benefited marble cross in the Tynan family lot. NY. In 1836, he and several others traveled to from John McMahon’s acumen. Elected to the Thigpen observes in Aristocracy of the Heart Savannah to work in a shoe factory. Although Hibernian Society in 1839, he became its trea- that, “By their efforts to provide a fitting place his companions later left the city, McMahon surer in 1855; its vice president from1859-1869 in Savannah for a proper ‘Christian burial’. stayed. His agreeable disposition and sound and its president from 1873 until his death in Riordan, McMahon, Prendergast, Sullivan and work ethic soon got him a job with Captain 1881. A devout Catholic, McMahon, chaired the others were practicing one of the traditional W.H. Wiltberger, proprietor of City Hotel. Cathedral building committee and spearheaded Catholic ‘corporal works of mercy’on behalf of When Wiltberger opened the Pulaski House erection of the new Cathedral on Abercorn the entire community.” Vandals who recently in 1841, John McMahon—newly married to Street. Though childless, John and Catherine struck monuments in the Catholic Cemetery Kate Harty of Locust Grove—became manager McMahon reared several children, including practiced no such virtue. of City Hotel. In 1846, when Georgia rallied Kate’s niece, and an adopted daughter (later to supply troops during the war with Mexico, Mrs. John Flannery, and Mrs. F.X. Douglass, Columnist rita h. delorMe Captain McMahon set off with the Irish Jasper respectively). is a volunteer in the Diocesan Greens, entrusting his hotel to a manager super- At his death on January 20, 1881, McMahon Archives. She can be reached vised by his wife. Though wounded during the was buried in Catholic Cemetery, as was his at firstname.lastname@example.org. war, McMahon afterwards returned to Savannah Belmont Abbey... Continued from page 1 tary sterilization and prescription life-giving power of the conjugal be in compliance with all federal contraceptives in its health care act. According to that teaching, the and state laws and with the U.S. a memo from the president to fac- coverage. only morally acceptable methods Constitution,” the statement said. ulty and staff at the college.” “Belmont Abbey College rejects of birth regulation are those which “We remain committed to The EEOC has urged the college the notion that by following the utilize the woman’s natural peri- ensuring that all of the college’s to work out an agreeable solution moral teachings of the Catholic ods of infertility. policies and practices follow the with the employees who com- Church we are discriminating Belmont Abbey will be ask- teachings of the Catholic Church, plained, or face “court enforce- against anyone,” his statement ing the EEOC to reconsider each which includes valuing all life and ment alternatives.” reads. “We are simply and hon- of the current determinations it treating individuals with dignity In his statement, Thierfelder said estly exercising the freedom of has made in connection with the and respect, and providing equal the college’s administration, the religion that is protected by the charges filed against the college, opportunities for all,” it said. board of trustees and the monas- Constitution.” an official statement from the col- tic community all agree with the Catholic teaching rejects artifi- lege said. school’s initial decision not to cial contraception as the obstruc- “The college is confident that its offer or subsidize abortion, volun- tion of the natural, divinely willed actions ultimately will be found to Southern Cross, Page 6 Thursday, September 10, 2009 Are you praying for your priests? had asked a close Catholic friend if she would ily into the Church. They introduced us to the arrange for me to have a talk with her priest. riches of the sacraments, the liturgy, the com- Father (now Monsignor) John Cuddy was munion of saints. pastor of a growing suburban parish (Saint Through their blessed hands, my family and I James in Savannah). So he must have been have had our souls cleansed, confirmed, healed, frightfully busy just trying to take care of his and nourished on the Bread of Life. own flock, much less some young maverick If I tried to name them all here, I would no of a different faith from a church across town. doubt unwittingly leave someone out. But in Nevertheless, he graciously set aside time for this grace-filled Year for Priests, I feel com- me. pelled to take the time to say to them all a very I don’t even recall now which questions I public, very heartfelt thank you. had or which subjects we discussed. But what I For modeling Jesus Christ. For being a chan- could never forget, more than 40 years later, is nel of his grace. For answering his call and the personal impression he made on me. Father serving him tirelessly, courageously, sacrifi- Photo courtesy of the Diocesan Archives. Cuddy was warm, kind, patient, and good- cially. Thank you. humored (and he remains so today, God bless Dear Fathers: I shudder to think what my life him). would have been without your ministry and It would be many years later before I came your witness. I know I can never repay you. home to the Catholic Church, and then only But I can do this much. after a long season of spiritual wandering Here and now, I reaffirm my commitment to through atheism and several Protestant denomi- pray for you, to hold you up gratefully before nations. But I know now that my encounter the throne of God, begging him to give you with Father Cuddy was my first step on the every grace you need to serve him faithfully. Father John Cuddy at Saint James ca. 1970. journey home. And in this well-deserved Year for Priests, By Paul thigPen For that, I’ll be forever grateful. I challenge every Southern Cross reader to do I still recall vividly my first personal encoun- ter wth a Catholic priest. I was just a kid, raised Presbyterian but a spiritual seeker, and I So many Catholic priests have blessed my life since that day — good and holy men who have so clearly acted in persona Christi. They the same. Savannahian Paul thigPen is editor of the answered my questions. They received my fam- CatholiC ansWer and Professor of Theology at Southern Catholic College in Dawsonville. Looking ahead to Lent: Operation Rice Bowl By Jennifer fleMing 1975 in the Diocese of Allentown, Warner Robins and Saint Patrick Savannah did extra chores at home A lthough Lent is several months and liturgical seasons away, it will come upon us soon. “It is never Pennsylvania, as a response to the drought in the African Sahel. For 34 years, Operation Rice Bowl has Parish, Kathleen came together by holding a lock-in and collecting donations by fasting for twenty- to help raise money. • A number of parishes held Lenten lunches and used ORB provided too soon to start planning. Now is called participants to pray with their four hours. materials in their bulletins to edu- a great time to start families and faith com- • The students in the Catholic Youth cate and raise awareness. thinking about what munities; fast in soli- Ministry group at Saint William’s With parish communities doing activities or actions darity with those who Parish in Saint Simons Island more and more each year to raise you might want to hunger; learn about our immersed themselves in the culture money for Operation Rice Bowl, it consider to help make global community and of two of the ORB featured coun- should come as no surprise to hear your 2010 Operation the challenges of pov- tries by cooking groundnut stew the amount of money collected in Rice Bowl program a erty overseas, and give from Ghana and flat-cakes from the diocese has steadily increased success in your parish sacrificial contributions Tanzania and sharing the meal with over the years. For the 2009 ORB or school” said Sister to those in need. ORB fellow youth. campaign, our Diocese raised over Jackie Griffith, SSJ, believes that through •Students at Blessed Sacrament in $19,000.00, twenty-five percent of Director, Catholic Social Services, solidarity the world can be trans- Savannah also chose to prepare which stays in our diocese to aid in Diocese of Savannah. formed. meals from the featured countries. stocking parish food pantries, fill- As Catholics, Lent is a special Over the past 34 years, $167 mil- • Two students of Saint Francis ing Christmas and Thanksgiving time of prayer, penance, and sacri- lion has been collected through Cabrini School in Savannah orga- baskets, and providing food in the fice in preparation of the celebration Operation Rice Bowl to support nized a hot-chocolate stand and event of any kind of emergency or of Easter. We fast and sacrifice our CRS’ development projects that donated their proceeds to Operation disaster. favorite things: candy, television, improve peoples’ ability to access Rice Bowl. An increasing number of people and other everyday treats that we can food, overseas and in local diocesan • Benedictine Military School, are discovering that Operation Rice sometimes take for granted. Some of communities in the United States. Savannah students were given the Bowl is an amazing program that us make it a point to find time in our Each Lent, more than 13,500 faith opportunity to donate their lunch allows people of all ages to take an busy schedules to attend Mass every- communities across the United money and fast two days during active role in the Lenten season. day or pray the rosary with our fami- States participate in Operation Rice the school week. Materials are free and all the infor- lies. And even our parish and school Bowl as a way to respect human • Our Lady of Lourdes, Port mation needed to run a successful communities find a way to come together each Lent and reach out to dignity and foster solidarity with the Wentworth parishioner, Liz ORB campaign is online at your assist our brothers and sisters around poor around the world. Ownby, cut hair and altered clothes fingertips. the world through Catholic Relief Parishioners as well as students in donating her earnings to her par- If you are interested in learning Services’ Operation Rice Bowl. our diocese have been very creative ish’s ORB fund and the parish held more about Operation Rice Bowl, Operation Rice Bowl (ORB), in their endeavors to raise awareness a dinner to raise money for ORB please visit orb.crs.org or call the official Lenten program of and funds for their Operation Rice and the CCD students held a bake Jennifer Fleming at 912-201-4068. Catholic Relief Services, began in Bowl campaigns. sale. • Students of Sacred Heart Parish in • Students at Notre Dame Academy, Thursday, September 10, 2009 around tHe diocese Southern Cross, Page 7 Nativity of our Lady MissioN, darieN Show reveals hidden talents The youth group of Nativity of Our Lady Mission in Darien recently hosted a talent show. The performances gave parishioners of all ages the opportunity to share hidden talents. Paula Collado wrote and directed a play, draMa Behind draMa, based on MattheW 5:39,44 from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Pictured at left are Professor Ann Fibian (Joy Hall) and her assistant, Tad E. Pole (Ruby Moore). The professor gave a “show and tell” dissertation on frogs; it is not certain if she got them all back. Photo courtesy of Marie Schoettle. Saint Joseph Parish bids farewell to deacon couple On July 26 Saint Joseph Parish, Macon, held a farewell reception for Deacon Dave and Cathy Hayden, who have moved on to Saint Michael Parish, Tybee Island, after serving Saint Joseph Parish in many capacities for 17 years. Pictured with Dave and Cathy Hayden is new parishioner Laura Ermine (center). Photo courtesy of Steve Mastrangelo. Funeral.... the liturgy made by the principal celebrant, Continued from page 3 Jesuit Father J. Donald Monan, chancellor of “At times, even in the church, zeal can lead Boston College, according to a statement from people to issue harsh judgments and impute the the Archdiocese of Boston. worst motives to one another. These attitudes “There never was any question that Sen. and practices do irreparable damage to the com- Kennedy was entitled to a Catholic funeral,” the munion of the church. If any cause is motivated statement said. “The senator was a regular com- by judgment, anger or vindictiveness, it will be municant at parishes in Washington, D.C., and doomed to marginalization and failure.” in Massachusetts. The purpose of the funeral Monsignor Anthony Sherman, executive liturgy is to pray for the soul of the deceased director of the Secretariat of Divine Worship of person. Our prayer is inspired by our hope in CNS photo/Brian Snyder, Reuters. the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said God’s mercy and forgiveness. Sen. Kennedy, Kennedy’s funeral at the Basilica of Our Lady of like any person, was imperfect and in need of Perpetual Help was well within the guidelines of God’s mercy.” the church’s Order of Christian Funerals. Father Kaslyn said the church doesn’t consider “It was basically a regular Catholic funeral,” a funeral a reward to be withheld based upon he said. Even the two brief remembrances by what others believe to have been the condition Kennedy’s sons and a eulogy by President of the deceased’s soul. It instead is an occasion Barack Obama were appropriate and did not for prayers for the deceased and comfort for the overshadow the liturgical emphasis on prayer for Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley talks with survivors, Father Kaslyn said. “We’re trusting to the deceased, he said. President Barack Obama before the funeral God’s mercy, leaving the judgment to God.” Besides Monsignor Sherman, a canon law- Mass for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy at the While many families have a story of a rela- yer at The Catholic University of America in Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in tive who was denied a funeral in decades past Washing-ton was among those who said having Boston, Massachusetts, August 29. because of divorce or suicide, that’s not the cur- a Catholic funeral Mass for Kennedy was per- dal. rent practice. The commentary in the Code of fectly appropriate under church law. Jesuit Father Robert J. Kaslyn, dean of Canon Law specifically says people in irregular Canon 1184 provides several conditions under Catholic University’s School of Canon Law, marriages or people who committed suicide are which Catholics must be “deprived of eccle- said in deciding whether someone is denied a not included among those who are automatically siastical funerals.” They include: “notorious Catholic funeral under Canon 1184 the church denied funerals, “since deprivation of a church apostates, heretics and schismatics; those who presupposes that the deceased was not a “mani- funeral not infrequently causes as much if not chose the cremation of their bodies for reasons fest sinner.” more scandal than granting it.” contrary to Christian faith”; and “other manifest Canon 213 says that “the Christian faithful Said the USCCB’s Monsignor Sherman, “The sinners who cannot be granted ecclesiastical have the right to receive assistance” from the judging game is very dangerous.” funerals without public scandal of the faithful.” church, “especially the word of God and the Cardinal O’Malley said in his blog that the The commentary accompanying the code sacraments.” Father Kaslyn said given that right, way to change abortion law is to change peo- text notes that “funerals may not be denied to when a question of denying a funeral arises, “the ple’s hearts. “We will not change hearts by turn- someone who gave a sign of repentance before value in denying a funeral would have to out- ing away from people in their time of need and death,” such as summoning a priest. It notes that weigh the value in granting one.” when they are experiencing grief and loss.” the conditions are rarely met to deny a “manifest In the case of Kennedy, Cardinal O’Malley sinner” a funeral that would cause public scan- presided over the funeral, with decisions about Southern Cross, Page 8 FaitH alive Thursday, September 10, 2009 Understanding your “faith factor” before you can live it believe that Jesus make that journey. By father gerald o’Collins, is the Messiah, the On the eve of Pentecost Sunday, a sJ (Cns) Son of God, and that dear friend died from a cancer that S ome years ago a journal- ist friend was looking around nervously for a key through this belief you may have life in his name” (20:31). spread from his lungs to other parts of his body. Simon’s children were at his bedside and his wife Isabel message to give a large gath- For John, faith is held his hand as he lay dying. ering of clergy. an ongoing relation- Simon’s greatest security and When he telephoned, I ship with Jesus that reason for a peaceful acceptance said, “Tell them to put their feeds us and gives us of impending death, however, was hand in the hand of the man real life, both here a lifetime of efforts to be one with from Galilee, and tell them and hereafter. Christ—at home, at church, at work to keep it there.” For good John’s Gospel also and in his community. measure I added, “Yes, it is makes another very Simon loved Isabel, cherished a very evangelical message, significant choice, their four grown children and their but that doesn’t stop it from this time between spouses. He also doted on his eight being the best policy in life.” two possible words grandchildren. Physically powerful What I might also have for “life.” It never and handsome, always an amusing added is that this advice uses “bios,” from companion and endlessly gener- reflects what Saint Paul which we get “biol- ous to those in distress and need, CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz, Long Island Catholic) wrote: “We walk by faith, ogy” or the science Simon went through life drawing his not by sight” (2 Corinthians of life, but always boundless spiritual energy and rock- 5:7). zoe, from which we hard faith in Christ. Faith is a journey that we get “zoology” or the Of course his death was a painful walk with Jesus toward our science of animal blow to Isabel and all his family. true home. But without a life. But it was also another occasion for deep and regular relationship What’s the differ- them to witness to those offering with Jesus in prayer, we will ence for John? condolences the hope they shared not endure that journey with He wants to indi- for a reunion in Christ. the peace, persistence and cate that believing In good times and bad times, it is inner joy Christ wants us to in Jesus does not faith in Jesus that constantly shows enjoy. bring us merely us what life in all of its dimensions Paul was at his sensi- “Without a deep and regular relationship with Jesus in organic life; we have is all about. tive best in choosing the verb prayer,” writes Jesuit Father Gerald O’Collins, “we will that anyway. What Believing in Christ does not take “walk.” Faith is, after all, not endure [our walk by faith] with the peace, persis- Jesus shares with us away the pain and hurt of life. But something essentially “verbal” tence and inner joy Christ wants us to enjoy.” is something much it certainly does strengthen us to or dynamic. It is not a trea- greater: the deep life endure it, to look forward to God’s sured object that we store in a In his Gospel, John always uses of the Holy Spirit, the spiritual life fulfillment of all of his promises for closet, bring out occasionally and the verb “to believe” and never the we receive even now and that will those who love him. dust down every now and then. noun “faith.” When you count up last forever. Faith is a living activity that hap- all the occurrences of “to believe,” Those who believe in me, Jesus Jesuit father o’Collins has taught pens, like walking hand in hand you will find John using the verb 98 theology at Gregorian University declares, already have “eternal life” with someone we trust utterly and times. in Rome. His 48 published books and “will live forever” (John 6:47, love unconditionally. The whole point of John’s Gospel include Jesus our redeeMer (Oxford 51). Another great theologian of the is to help people believe in Jesus. University Press) and PoPe John Paul As our life coach, Jesus does New Testament converges with And just in case any readers miss ii: a reader (Paulist Press). something that ordinary life coaches Paul, even if he makes the point the point, near the end John address- cannot do: He helps us to find the about the dynamic, lived quality of es them directly and insists: “These right road on our journey of faith faith in a different way. are written that you may (come to) and gives us the vitality needed to FaitH in tHe marketplace In a Nutshell how is faith nurturEd, challEngEd, prioritizEd? “I believe that parents show an example. ... Children ... may not follow it through their teen and young adult Faith is a living activity, a jour- years, but eventually (that example) is remembered in their lives.” —Peg Harter, O’Fallon, Illinois. ney we walk with Jesus toward eternal life. “I believe you need three things: ... a strong faith basis (that comes from living in obedience to the precepts of one’s faith); productive work that brings fulfillment; a strong family with strong social connections that Belief in Christ doesn’t take reaches out to friends and extended family.”—Louise Magoun, Tallulah, Louisiana. away the pain of life; it strength- ens us to endure it, confident “If I want my children, especially teenagers, to go faithfully to Mass, adoration, etc., I have to put the Lord God will fulfill his promises. in my own life. I try ... sometimes doing the daily (Mass) readings ... at dinner.”—Sharon Dickens, Indialantic, Florida. Christians have a pattern of busyness on Sunday that closely “From my family I got example. I was taught to go to church, observe Lent. ... You need faith ... to ground resembles the rest of the week. you in today’s society. We need to help children feel secure in their hearts through prayer. We need to This is where the faith factor can teach them to pray not only for what they want, but for the strength to do what they should do.” —Shirley make a meaningful difference in Martignoni Fedeli, Rockford, Illinois. their lives. Thursday, September 10, 2009 FaitH alive Southern Cross, Page 9 Living out the blessings of Sunday By JaMes sChellMan (Cns) The other days of the week are N early 500 years ago, Martin Luther offered a captivating image of what it means to live as also times for living out the bless- ings of Sunday. Our Catholic tradi- tion has many resources for this. a Christian day to day. He called it Try prayer at day’s beginning and “living wet.” end: brief, memorized aspirations Luther was thinking of baptism, that turn our mind to God’s pres- the beginning of Christian life in ence and purpose in our day (“Lord which we have been plunged into I love you, help me to love you with the mystery of Jesus’ dying and ris- all my heart”); the Angelus at mid- ing. We come drenched from the day; the rosary at any time; Mass on CNS photo/Bill Wittman font and are called to live the rest a weekday. The resources are many. of our lives wet, daily living out the Use these and other proven reality of baptism. sources for focusing on the presence The experience of being wet as of Christ. Punctuate each day with we live our baptism can leave us prayer. Live each day drenched in feeling refreshed or frigid. It can the grace of your baptismal voca- make walking easy or treacherous, “Consider giving at least a little time on Sunday to what is renewing tion. depending on the terrain. So much and refreshing,” says James Schellman. depends on where we are, who we the Lord’s Day, the Christian Make a conscious Sunday com- sChellMan is executive director of are with and how conscious we are Sabbath, the day of God’s rest and mitment to yourself and others, to the North American Forum on the of Christ’s presence and action in Catechumenate (www.naforum.org) ours. family and friends, to those in need. our lives and in others’ lives. and a former executive secretary Sunday is to the Christian week Consider giving at least a little of the International Commission on How can we cultivate the sense what Easter is to the Christian year. time on Sunday to what is renewing of living wet, conscious of what our English in the Liturgy. Easter is the pre-eminent occa- and refreshing. This could be a walk baptismal vocation asks of us in our sion for baptism and Sunday is the by yourself or with others; quiet daily lives and loves? weekly renewal of that baptismal prayer; reflection on the Sunday’s Too often we find ourselves going vocation in our lives. Scripture; reading good fiction; frenetically from one set of respon- How can the people of God enjoying an art gallery, museum or sibilities to another. Undeniably, many of our involvements are reclaim pieces of this day for God and ourselves? After Mass, how is play. Lingering with neighbors or invit- TV Mass Schedule important, intrinsic to our lives and those who depend on us. The chal- the remainder of Sunday different ing them over can be very affirm- AugustA from the other days of the week? ing. The same goes for preparing Sunday, 10:00 a.m. WAGT-TV lenge, however, is to learn to be If we are honest, we must admit and sharing a good meal and mak- more conscious of Christ at the cen- that often we have a pattern of ing time for leisurely love with ter of it all, to walk wet. busyness on Sunday that too closely one’s beloved spouse. sAvAnnAh Our creator rested, and so must Saturday, 6:00 p.m. Cable 7 resembles the rest of the week. This All of this should be accompanied Sunday, 5:30 a.m. WTOC-TV we as part of the regular rhythm of is where the faith factor can make a with grateful prayer to God, whose our lives. I am speaking of Sunday, meaningful difference in our lives. day this is and whose gifts these are. Taking your faith to work By Maureen e. daly (Cns) said. “We lift up things that are going on that are said. In Catholic social teaching, he explained, “F or a lot of people, ‘faith at work’ means either that you are pretty demonstrative about your faith, the hard evangelical approach, good and put people in touch with each other.” “They are people who spot something, bring a lot of faith to it and make a difference,” he said, “we reject the utilitarian view of the greatest good for the greatest number. We respect life, the inherent dignity of each person, the common or that you are going out of your way to be kind. adding that he looks for “the insider’s approach good, subsidiarity and the right to form a union.” But that’s not how we look at it,” said William to social justice. Outsiders protest. Insiders figure “A focus on principles of Catholic social Droel, the volunteer editor of “Initiatives: In out how to change things from the inside.” thought is not liberal or conservative,” he said. Support of Christians in the World,” the quar- Droel pointed to a group of doctors who pub- Each newsletter also has a column that pro- terly newsletter of the lished an article in files a deceased North American Catholic who Chicago-based National You can’t make sense the Journal of the lived his or her faith in the world. “This column Center for the Laity American Medical answers the question, ‘Can one live a spiritual (www.catholiclabor.org/ of a spiritual life Association as exam- life in a U.S. context?’” Droel said. NCL.htm). if you are only ples of people work- He explained, “You can’t make sense of a “You can’t go directly ing from the inside. spiritual life if you are only denouncing the cul- from the Bible to work, denouncing the culture. They called on the ture. These profiles show you don’t have to run or you’ll have the senti- medical community away and live a monastic life or renounce North mental, emotional approach to faith at work. You to refuse gifts from drug or insurance companies. American culture. There are heroes of the faith can’t just parrot the Gospel or Catholic teaching Droel also noted several student efforts, includ- who lived on this continent” and inspire by their to figure out what you’re going to do this after- ing business students at Harvard who have com- examples today. noon.” posed an oath for ethical conduct and are encour- As such, in each issue Droel profiles people aging their colleagues to sign on. In addition, daly writes from Baltimore. who spent a lifetime living out their faith in the students on U.S. campuses started a successful working world. movement calling for the clothing in their college “We have a lot of stories about people taking bookstores to be sweatshop-free. initiatives for living their faith in the world,” he “We focus on principles, not issues,” Droel Southern Cross, Page 10 notices Thursday, September 10, 2009 Diocese Augusta Area a Mass at the Benedictine Priory on Sunday, September 20, at the Priory Chapel, 6502 rachEl’s VinEyard wEEkEnd sacrEd music concErt Seawright Drive in Savannah. Mass starts at 4:00 rEtrEat The Church of the Most Holy Trinity Choir, p.m. All are welcome at the Liturgy, and to the A Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend Retreat is a beau- Augusta, under the direction of Nancy Sutton, will potluck to follow. tiful opportunity for any woman or man who has perform a Sacred Music Concert in honor of the Mike Williams may be reached at 912-596-5694 struggled with the emotional, spiritual or psycho- Year for Priests on November 20 at 7:30 p.m. A to answer any questions. logical pain of abortion. The next retreat will be reception will follow in Saint Patrick Hall. All are invited.. held October 16-18 in Cobbtown. boilEd shrimp dinnEr For additional information contact Stephanie May Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 501 S. Coastal at 912-201-4059 / email@example.com or visit the Web site at www.rachelsvineyard.org. All calls and Columbus Area Highway in Port Wentworth, will host its annual our lady of lourdEs Boiled Shrimp Supper from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 inquiries are strictly confidential. p.m. on September 25. The meal includes 1/3 lb. A special Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Columbus, on September boiled shrimp, green beans, coleslaw, crackers, abusE hotlinE numbEr and dessert—all for just $7. Deliveries of five or 21 at 7:00 p.m. The Ordinary of the Mass will be To report sexual abuse of a minor by a Diocese of more dinners can be made to local businesses. sung in Latin. The Mass will include readings and Savannah employee or volunteer, call the abuse Call 912-964-0219 by noon on Thursday, prayers in both English and Spanish. A Mass with hotline number at 888-357-5330 or the Office for September 24 to place an order the Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated on the Protection of Children and Young People, 912- for Friday delivery. October 14 at 6:30 p.m. A Veteran’s Day Mass 201-4073 or 912-201-4074. To read the diocesan will be celebrated on November 11 at 6:30 p.m. policy on sexual abuse of minors, go to http://dio- “planning for dEath” sEminar All are welcome to attend these celebrations. sav.org/childyouthprotection. On October 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Father Michael J. Kavanaugh will present a a JournEy to thE holy land Macon Area “Planning for Death Seminar” at Our Lady and Egypt scott hahn in macon of Lourdes Parish, 501 S. Coastal Highway, Journey with Father Rafael Estrada on an inspi- Dr. Scott Hahn will speak at Saint Joseph Port Wentworth. Father Kavanaugh will pres- rational trip to the Holy Land and Egypt from Church, 830 Poplar Street, Macon, on Octo- ent the Church’s teaching on end-of-life issues, May 10–23, 2010. Mark your calendar for this ber 10 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. He offer guidance in executing a Durable Power Spiritual Adventure. The total price per person will give three talks: “The Lamb’s Supper,” of Attorney for Health Care, as well provide as for the Holy Land Tour will be $2,699.00 based “Letter and Spirit,” and “The Priest as Spiritual information on the practical planning one can do on double-occupancy per hotel room. The tour Father.” Cost: $15.00 (includes a Chick-fil-A box in advance of one’s death. All are welcome. price includes air fare, hotel, breakfast buffets lunch). and dinners daily (excludes lunches), deluxe Tickets may be purchased by calling social apostolatE motor coach, experienced tour guide, and all 478-745-1631, ext. 100 or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). golf tournamEnt entrance fees. The 9th annual Social Apostolate Open Golf To receive a brochure with the daily itinerary and Tournament will be held on October 5 at trip information, email us at gototheholyland@ gmail.com or contact Father Rafael Estrada at Savannah Area 9:00 a.m. at Savannah Golf Club at 1661 East saint francEs cabrini fall President Street in Savannah. Participation as 706-631-5904 or Chrissy at 706-231-2756. a Hole Sponsor at levels from $100 to $250 or fEstiVal participation in the tournament ($125 per player) Exploring thE world of adoption Saint Frances Cabrini Parish, 11500 Middle- helps to provide essential services to those in All are invited to “Exploring the World of ground Road, Savannah, will hold its annual need. Adoption…De-Mystifying Adoption” spon- Fall Festival on September 18-19. This two-day For more information, call Don Schoenwald at sored by Saint Boniface Church, Springfield, event features a youth Christian concert on Friday 912-598-9177 or Bob Egan at 912-598-5424. and its Parish Council of Catholic Women on night with the bands Solomon’s Splendor and September 30, beginning at 7:30 p.m., follow- Fisheyed Fools (tickets $7 in advance or $10 at the door), and the festival on Saturday with craft biblical scholar at saint JamEs ing the 7:00 p.m. Mass. Among the speakers at To commemorate the Second Anniversary of this event will be Birney Bull, adoption attorney; booths, games and activities for kids of all ages, the Lumen Christi Perpetual Adoration Chapel, Father Wes Lamb, Parish Administrator; and music and entertainment, food concessions, and Dr. Andrew L Minto, PhD, Professor of Sacred adoptive couples representing various types of spaghetti dinners to take-out or dine-in, for $7 per Scripture and Theology at Franciscan University, adoption. A question and answer session and plate. Steubenville, Ohio, will speak on “The Letter to refreshments are included. There will also be To order advance tickets for the concert, call 912-925-6249. the Hebrews: Jesus Christ – His Priesthood and opportunity for participants to speak privately Eucharist” at Saint James Catholic Church, 8412 with speakers and adoptive parents. No reserva- Whitfield Avenue, Savannah, on October 9 at tions are required. The church is located at 1952 bEnEdictinE oblatE gathEring 7:00 pm. All are invited to attend. GA Highway 21 South, Springfield The Benedictine Oblate Community will begin For more information call 912-772-5844. their Fall Season of community gatherings with Classified ads are available for $2.00 per line. Contact Classifieds outstanding leadership, analytical and management to build collaborative relationships with the Board. the Southern Cross, 601 East Liberty Street, Savannah, skills. Specifically, the individual will be responsible for The position requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s GA 31401-5196; Phone 912-201-4100; Fax 912-234- the day-to-day operation of the Foundation, including degree in a related field, a Master’s Degree is pref- 5726; E-mail: SouthernCross@diosav.org investments, marketing, communications, gift accep- erable and 5 years of broad, relevant professional ExEcutivE DirEctor-catholic FounDation oF South GEorGia tance, and the provision of appropriate staff support experience with leadership positions in foundation or The Catholic Diocese of Savannah has an immedi- for the Board and its committees. Candidates for this similar non-profit environment. Resumes and cover let- ate opening for Executive Director of the Catholic position will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of ters should be submitted to the Diocese of Savannah, Foundation of South Georgia. This is a part-time posi- the Catholic Church’s organization and structure. They Department of Human Resources, 601 E. Liberty St., tion that reports to the Foundation Board of Directors. must have a working knowledge of foundation fund Savannah, GA 31401 or by E-mail: jagreen@diosav. The individual selected is responsible for assuring the raising principles and techniques. They are expected to org. Foundation’s financial integrity so that the funding have financial, audit and budget experience, excellent requirements for Foundation operations are met using written and verbal communication skills and the ability Thursday, September 10, 2009 Features Southern Cross, Page 11 Sister Rose Margaret Schweers, csj, dies at 98 S ister Rose Margaret Schweers, CsJ, 98, died on August 31 at Nazareth Living Center, Saint Louis, She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the College of Saint Catherine in Saint Paul, (1972-76), coordinator of volunteers (1976-89) and historian. In the lat- ter capacity, she gathered informa- Missouri. Minnesota, and did her gradu- tion, did research and wrote a book, Mary Margaret Schweers was ate work at Catholic University in Extending the Work of Christ – A born on February 18, 1911 in Washington, D.C. History of Saint Joseph Hospital Augusta, Georgia, to John Bernard After her novitiate she began 1945-1989. Sister Rose Margaret and Mary Margaret O’Connor teaching at Saint Anthony School also served as Provincial Treasurer Schweers. in Atlanta. In the summer of 1948 from 1956-1962. She was recog- After graduating from Mount Sister was sent to Saint John the nized by the Hospital Financial Saint Joseph High School, she Evangelist school in Valdosta as Managers Association with its worked more than ten years in the superior, principal and teacher. three highest awards. In 1988, she office at JC Penney in Augusta. In 1953 Sister Rose Margaret was received the Founders Medal of She entered the Sisters of Saint sent to Saint Joseph Hospital in Honor. She retired to the Nazareth Joseph of Carondelet in 1939. Her Augusta to take care of the finances. Living Center in Saint Louis in twin sisters also entered the com- She was there 13 years before she 1999. Sister Rose Margaret Schweers, CsJ munity—Sister Mary Bernard was sent to Saint Joseph hospital in Sister Rose Margaret is survived 1911-2009 (Eugenia) entered before her in Kirkwood, Missouri, as the Chief by her religious Sisters of Saint 1927 and Sister Margaret Eugenia Financial Manager and assistant Joseph of Carondelet and by se- Burial followed in Resurrection (Elizabeth) after her in 1946. administrator from 1966-1972. veral nieces and nephews. Cemetery. On March 19, 1940 she received She returned to Saint Joseph Sister Rose Margaret’s Funeral Remembrances: Nazareth Living the habit and name, Sister Rose Hospital, Augusta in 1972, serv- Mass was celebrated on September Center, 2 Nazareth Lane, St. Louis, Margaret. ing as director of public relations 3 at the Nazareth Living Center. MO 63129. 601 E. Liberty Street Savannah, GA 31401-5196 Letters SouthernCross@diosav.org What God requires this moral imperative has been waiting too long, only human discipline, strengthened by humble I was happy to see the very clear and bold as the end to legalized segregation did before it. reliance on God, can remedy. statements of our Bishops on Health Care on the A people united on a goal and willing to engage In the Houses of Congress in Washington front page (Southern Cross, August 20). We will in civil, constructive debate should be able to and in our own homes everywhere, let us set be recognized as “a wise and intelligent nation,” come up with an effective proposal. out hearts on achieving a God inspired goal, when we put into practice what God requires. We also need to recognize that we as citizens our minds on developing creative and construc- Other industrialized nations have implemented are a big part of the problem. By eating too much tive proposals and our free will to do our part to universal access to health care using a variety of and exercising too little, by not seeking remedies become healthier persons. strategies. The result has been longer life expec- for destructive addictive behavior such as smok- Father Mike Smith tancy at lower costs than we have presently. ing, drugs and alcohol use, we are putting even Statesboro “Where there is a will, there is a way.” I think the best medical system to a test that ultimately *** May they rest in peace Bishop J. Kevin Boland’s Schedule Please pray for the faithful who have died recently: sePteMBer † sallie JohNsoN harris, Savannah, August 12, 2009 12 Claxton St. Christopher 50th Anniversary † rhoNda gaBor, augusta, August 19, 2009 14-18 Jacksonville, FL Diocesan Clergy Retreat † James JaCoB glatz, ray City, August 19, 2009 17 Baltimore, MD Catholic Relief Services Board † James liviNgstoN, augusta, Augusta 22, 2009 19 Savannah Diocesan Finance Council † leNa hollaNd lassiter JeNkiNs, Savannah, August 23, 2009 24 Savannah Welcome Orientation New Pastors † JustiN moye, alBaNy, August 23, 2009 25 Savannah Welcome Orientation New Pastoral † JosephiNe giBsoN, savaNNah, August 24, 2009 Workers † BreNda kaye massey, gray, August 25, 2009 25 Savannah Catholic Lawyers’ Red Mass † JohN d. morrisoN, savaNNah, August 25, 2009 26-27 Savannah St. Benedict the Moor 135th † CarolyN marie pompei, maCoN, August 25, 2009 † theresia stipple Walsh, savaNNah, August 26, 2009 Anniversary † Charles J. hassaN, savaNNah, August 28, 2009 28-oCt. 2 Savannah Auditors for Safe Environment † aNthoNy fraNCis hoehN, augusta, August 28, 2009 29-30 Atlanta Episcopal Ordination of Luis Rafael † mariaNNe W. peNa, augusta, August 28, 2009 Zarama, Auxiliary Bishop of Atlanta † William f. staCk, Jr, savaNNah, August 28, 2009 oCtoBer † edWard JohNsoN CogsWell, Jr., Macon, August 30, 2009 3-4 Emmitsburg, MD Annual Pilgrimage for the Sea Service † zeNa huNter-piNgley, Augusta, August 31, 2009 of the United States † sister rose margaret sChWeers, CsJ, formerly of Augusta, 11 Kathleen 25th Ordination Anniversary, Father August 31, 2009 Kirk Mansell † heleN roWse deaN, formerly of Statesboro, September 1, 2009 12 Savannah Italian Society Banquet † dorothy marie mayNe, Martinez, September 1, 2009 13 Augusta St. Mary on the Hill Confirmation † CarmeN davalos CamaCho, Richmond Hill, September 2, 2009 14 Augusta St. Teresa of Avila Confirmation Please pray for the following priests on the anniversaries of their deaths: 22 Savannah St. Peter the Apostle Confirmation † rt. rev. edWard BarroN, d.d., September 12, 1854. 24 Brunswick St. Francis Xavier Confirmation † rev. JohN m. CreaN, September 12, 1963. 28 Hilton Head, SC Ancient Order of Hibernians’ Dinner † rev. J. B. laNglois, September 16, 1876. 29 Charleston, SC Friends of Pontifical Irish College † rev. Charles m. reiCh, September 17, 1917. 30 Savannah Catholic Foundation of South Georgia † rev. Joseph C. otterBeiN, September 17, 1994. Board † rev. msgr. daNiel J. Bourke, p.a., September 17, 1998. Southern Cross, Page 12 tHe Back page Thursday, September 10, 2009 SOUTH CAROLINA Seminarian admitted as CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC candidate for Holy Orders CONFERENCE October 23 – 25, 2009 Take Courage … Jesus is Calling You (Mark 10:49) Speakers: Fr. Tom Forrest, C.Ss.R. – Int’l Director of EVANGELIZATION 2000 Michael Cumbie, Catholic Evangelist President of The Micah Project. Conference: Opening Mass Friday evening, with Bishop Robert Guglielmone, celebrant Talks on Saturday, Mass and Healing Service Saturday evening. Prayer teams. Music by Alleluia Community Photo by Michael J. Johnson. Location: Our Lady of the Hills, Columbia, SC For questions or conference brochure Contact; Ross Gamble, 7817 Loch Lane, Columbia, SC 29223 803-788-4480, e-mail email@example.com; or, Bishop J. Kevin Boland admits seminarian Jorge Bedoya to candidacy Sharon Crocker, 803-309-2480 (cell), for the diaconate and priesthood at a Mass celebrated in the Cathedral e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org of Saint John the Baptist on September 3. The native of Colombia, who began his studies for the priesthood in 2000, is scheduled to be ordained a deacon at Saint Teresa of Avila Church, Grovetown, on November 28. Johnnie Ganem’s Package Shop Complete line of imported and domestic wine & beer! Gaston and Habersham, Savannah 912-233-3032 Concerned about the movies your kids are seeing? Now also offering Fair Trade Products Coffee Chocolate Jewelry Crafts 800-311-4222 Advertising in the Southern Cross www.usccb.org/movies is easy and pays off ! 912-201-4054