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					Volume 34 Number 13                            Official newspaper of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tulsa                                       June 22, 2008

                                                                                                                            Cistercian priest
                                                                                                                            welcomed to
                                                                                                                            Diocese as
                                                                                                                            spiritual director
                                                                                                                              Cistercian Father Mark Kirby has been invited in to
                                                                                                                           the Diocese of Tulsa to serve as a spiritual director for
                                                                                                                           the priests and deacons as well as to implement plans
                                                                                                                           announced by Bishop Edward J. Slattey June 8 to es-
                                                                                                                           tablish a Eucharistic Cenacle of prayer and adoration
                                                                                                                           for priests.
                                                                                                                              Through Father Kirby’s ministry within and for the
                                                                                                                           presbyterate, Bishop Slattery hopes to expand Eucha-
                                                                                                                           ristic Adoration throughout eastern Oklahoma while
                                                                                                                           helping our clerics rediscover that “the secret of their
                                                                                                                           sanctification lies precisely in the Eucharist … The
                                                                                                                           priest must be first and foremost an adorer who con-
                                                                                                                           templates the Eucharist.” (Pope Benedict XVI, Ange-
                                                                                                                           lus, Sept. 18).
                                                                                                                              Born in Connecticut and a monk of the Cistercian
                                                                                                                           Abbey of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme in Rome, Fa-
                                                                                                                           ther Kirby has been a priest for 22 years. He is expect-
                                                                                                                           ed to arrive by Aug. 1st and will make his residence in
                                                                                                                           midtown Tulsa, near St. John Medical Center, where
    Bishop receives new priest’s first blessing                                                                            he will be able to assist in St. John’s program of 24-
                                                                                                                           four Adoration and Intercession.
   Bishop Slattery kneels before Father Elkin Gonzalez to receive his first blessing after the Bishop ordained                At some point in the future, work will begin on the
   him to the priesthood in Colombia, South America, June 14. Father Elkin, 26, is planning to celebrate                   Cenacle of Prayer, although the Bishop has not dis-
   a series of Thanksgiving Masses the weekend of July 12 and 13 at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, where                      closed the probable location of the cenacle, which the
   he been assigned as associate pastor. These include the 5 p.m. Vigil and 9:30 a.m. Sunday Masses                        Vatican’s Claudio Cardinal Hummes described as be-
   in English and the 12:10 and 6 p.m. Masses in Spanish. Traveling to the ordination with the Bishop                      ing “a kind of Eucharistic shrine.”
   were fellow Colombia-native Deacon Carlos Moreno and Father David Medina, associate director of                            Read more about Bishop Slattery’s plans on Page 3;
   vocations. For more photos, see Page 14.                                                                                Father Kirby’s first-person account of his life and min-
                                                                                                                           istry can be found on Page 12.

    With this issue, the Eastern Okla-
  homa Catholic goes on its traditional
  summer break, with the next news-
  paper to be published July 20. Dead-
  line is July 11.
    Unlike previous years, readers won’t
  have to wait to learn what’s happen-
  ing with the Church in our own Di-
  ocese and around the country and
  the world.
    Although the EOC staff will take
  some time off and will be spending
  most of the break planning for future      Papal/presidential stroll
  projects, we also will post breaking       Pope Benedict XVI and U.S. President George W. Bush visit the Lourdes grotto in
  news on             the Vatican Gardens June 13. For story, see page 6. (CNS photo/Jason Reed,
2     June 22, 2008                                                           EastErn OklahOma CathOliC

Wednesday, June 25                            Solemn Vespers                                Tuesday, July 15,                            adults as well as separate programs for
“Beer and Brats with Father Gary”                Bishop Edward J. Slattery will celebrate   Thursday, July 24                            children and teens. Confession and Eu-
   Young adult Catholic men 22-39 are         Solemn Vespers for the Feast of Saints                                                     charistic Adoration also will be available.
invited to participate in a discernment       Peter and Paul at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday         40 Days of Life                              For more information or to register, visit
group with Father Gary Kastl, the asso-       evening, June 29th, at Holy Family Ca-        The Family Life Office is conducting a, or
ciate pastor of the Church of St. Mary,       thedral. Chanted Vespers, with expo-          40 Days for Life campaign this fall and      call 316-618-9787.
who was ordained in 2007. The group           sition, adoration and Benediction, is         needs many volunteers to pull off the        LOOKING AHEAD
is to begin at 5:30 p.m. and afterwards,      among the Church’s most beautiful and         Sept. 24 to Nov. 2 event. Please call or
the men will join all Catholic young          moving forms of prayer and those who          email the Family Life Office to get the      St. Bernard’s 30th
adults for Mass celebrated by Father          are looking to deepen their experience        40 Days for Life Overview Report sent          The parish of St. Bernard of Clairvaux
Kastl at 8 p.m. June 25 at St. Mary’s,        of public prayer are especially invited to    to you. Attend the information and           in Tulsa will be celebrating its anniver-
1347 E. 49th Place.                           come. Solemn Vespers are celebrated on        planning meetings at 5:30 p.m. July          sary this summer. The weekend of Aug.
                                              the last Sunday of each month. For more       15 at Christ the King’s Fletcher Hall        23-24 marks the 30th anniversary of the
Thursday, June 26                             information concerning Solemn Vespers,        and from 6:30-9 p.m. July 24 at St.          founding of the parish. Many events are
                                              please call the Office of Divine Worship      Pius X. Both evenings begin with Mass.       planned for this weekend, including par-
Hospice volunteer training                    at 307-4955.                                  RSVP or questions contact 307-4939 or        ish tours and an adult dinner-dance on
  Hospice of Green Country is offer-          Thursday, July 3 to                          Saturday and a family potluck dinner
ing free volunteer training classes for                                                                                                  carnival on Sunday. All past and present
people interested in helping termi-           Monday, July 7                                Thursday, July 17                            parishioners are invited to attend. Ad-
nally ill patients and families make the                                                    Catechetical leaders’ day                    ditional details may be found at www.
most of their remaining days of life.         Benedictine retreats                            Catechetical leaders’ day is to begin at
Training sessions will be offered from          Subiaco Benedictine Abbey for men           9 a.m. July 17 at St. Bernard of Clair-
6-9 p.m. June 26, July 10 and July 17         in Subiaco, Ark., and the St. Scholas-        vaux Parish, 4001 E. 101st St. All coor-     VOLUNTEERS
at Hospice of Green Country, 2121             tic Monastery for women in Fort Smith         dinators/directors of religious education,
S. Columbia, Ste. 200. To learn more          will host an exciting “live-in experience”    youth ministry, adult education/RCIA,        Mowers needed
about becoming a hospice volunteer,           vocational retreat July 3-7. There is no      and principals are invited to attend. The      The Family Life Office is looking for
call 747-2273 or visit www.hospiceof-         cost, but space is limited. Work and pray     day includes prayer, Mass, learning/shar-    volunteers to mow the diocesan property                              with the monks and nuns and hear vo-          ing, socializing, and supporting one an-     across from the abortion center in Tulsa
                                              cational talks. The retreats are popular,     other in our respective parish ministries.   (6136 E. 32nd Place). A few people are
Friday, June 27 to                            so early reservations are recommended.        Please RSVP to Sarah Jameson at 307-         needed each week to commit one hour.
                                              For information, call Natalie Smith at        4928 or email sarah.jameson@dioceseof-       If you would like to volunteer, please
Sunday, June 29                               1-800-221-1807.                                                         contact Tracy at 307-4939 or tracy.calli-
                                              Wednesday, July 9                             Sunday, July 27                    
Young adult retreat
   Single Catholic men and women 18-          XLT                                           Dinner & Diagnosis                           Birthright of Tulsa
45 are invited to attend the life awareness     All youth and young adults are in-            The Church of the Resurrection pres-          The pregnancy center, Birthright of
young adult discernment retreat to be         vited to attend XLT (exalt), a praise         ents the fifth annual Dinner and Diag-       Tulsa, seeks volunteers to help with pro-
held June 27-29 at the Newman Center          and worship service, from 7-8:30 p.m.         nosis fundraiser to benefit Neighbor for     life assistance to those struggling with
at the University of Tulsa, 440 S. Flor-      June 9 at St. Benedict Church, 2200           Neighbor’s Dan Allen Medical and Den-        an unplanned pregnancy. Please call
ence Ave. The retreat begins with Holy        W. Ithica St. in Broken Arrow. The            tal Clinics to be held beginning with an     481-4884 from 12-4 p.m. on Mondays,
Hour at 6 p.m. on Friday and ends with        service includes praise and worship           auction preview at 4:30 p.m. July 27 in      Wednesdays and Fridays.
Mass and lunch on Sunday. Registration        music by Filioque and Eucharistic Ad-         the Allen Chapman Activity Center at
is required by June 23. Call Wayne Rziha      oration. Email            the University of Tulsa, Fifth Place and
at 744-0023 or email        for more information.                         Gary Avenue. Parishioner and chef/   

                                                                                                                                                          X                                                                          owner Michael Fusco of Michael Fusco’s

                                                                                            Riverside Grill will again supply a pasta
Sunday, June 29
                                              Friday, July 11
                                                                                            dinner; silent and live auctions and en-        Web
                                              ‘The Mass Explained’                          tertainment also featured. Cost is $35
Art for Australia sale                          Abbot Marcel Rooney, O.S.B., presi-         per person or $500 for reserved tables
  An art sale to benefit the St. Bene-        dent of the Diocesan Liturgical Institute,    for eight. For tickets call Linda Purpura,        EOC readers are encouraged
dict Church of Broken Arrow’s youth           will speak at 7 p.m.                          663-1907, or Bill Weisrock, 493-3435.           to visit www.dioceseoftulsa.
group trip to World Youth Day will be         July 11 in Maguire                            Sunday, July 27                                 org where you will find
held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 29 in        Hall at the Church                                                                            extended coverage of these
Maguire Hall. Participants can meet the       of St. Benedict in                            Natural family planning                         events and more:
artists and enjoy live music and a wine       Broken Arrow. Ab-                               Couple to Couple League will be teach-          u  Full coverage of the USCCB
tasting. Artisans are sought to take part     bot Rooney will give                          ing the sympto-thermal method of natu-          meeting
and submit any medium of their choice.        two talks, the essen-                         ral family planning. The series began June        u CNS story on ordination of
Contact Justin Hobbs at 607-7307; sub-        tials of the Mass and                         22 and will continue from 1:30-4 p.m.           Bishop Tony Taylor of the Diocese
mission forms can be acquired on the          what Catholics cel-                           July 27 and Aug. 24 at Saint Francis Hos-       of Little Rock
Church of Saint Benedict website www.         ebrate as a commu-                            pital. For more information or to register        u More news as it occurs                                  nity of faith. Activi- Abbot Rooney           contact Dan or Julianne at 455-4529.              u More Calendar items
                                              ties for pre-school                           Friday Aug. 1 to
                                                                                                                                              u Bishop Slattery’s public
Farewell reception for principal              children will include explanations for 3-                                                     schedule
  Please join the Holy Family Cathedral       and 4-year-olds, for elementary students      Sunday, Aug. 3                                     Submit parish news and events
School community in saying farewell to        (K-4) and middle school students (5-8)                                                         to be posted on the Diocese of
outgoing Principal Anna Francois at a         during the same 7-9 p.m. program, and         Catholic family conference                       Tulsa web site by clicking on the
reception immediately following 10 a.m.       child care will be available. For infor-         The ninth annual Midwest Catho-               submit events or the submit
                                                                                                                                             parish news links at the bottom
Mass June 29 in the Holy Family Cathe-        mation, visit or call        lic Family Conference will be Aug. 1-3           of the page.
dral auditorium.                              918-455-4451.                                 in Wichita. There will be speakers for
Faith                                                                              EastErn OklahOma CathOliC                                                             June 22, 2008       3

Edward J. Slattery Bishop of Tulsa

Diocese of Tulsa called to explore our ‘Eucharistic imagination’
   Each year during the early summer, our di-                              be priests for whom things like Holy Hours             imagination of which I have spoken.
ocesan newspaper enjoys a short hiatus. This                               and extended periods of Eucharistic Adoration            But the third request is different. The third request
break in the publication schedule of the East-                             are nothing more than quaint relics of a past          can only be understood as pertaining to the life and ho-
ern Oklahoma Catholic allows the staff time                                piety or something which ought to take second          liness of our priests.
to recover their equilibrium, to plan specif-                              place to the pursuit of social justice and the
ic stories for future months and in general,                               search to find the face of Jesus in the poor.          Becoming the spiritual mother of a priest
to tie together those loose ends which seem                                  Nothing, however, could be further from the            Cardinal Hummes’ third request was that bishops
to multiply with ferocious rapidity while                                  truth!                                                 across the world encourage the women of their diocese
our editor Marilyn Duck and our photog-                                      Pope Benedict reminds us that “Eucharistic           to discern whether or not they have received the vo-
rapher/reporter/designer Dave Chrenshaw                                    Adoration is an essential way of being with the        cation of serving the priestly Heart of Jesus by offer-
are busy chronicling the life of the Church in eastern            Lord.” When someone spends time with Our Lord in                ing themselves, their prayers and sacrifices, to be the
Oklahoma.                                                         the Eucharist, he or she makes a conscious and deliber-         spiritual mothers of those priests who are configured
   This welcome summer break occurs after this issue of           ate choice to belong to Christ entirely for that period,        through Holy Orders to the one and eternal Priest, Je-
the newspaper you’re reading now. We won’t publish                since the believer cannot be present to Christ through          sus Christ.
another issue of the EOC for almost a month. While                the mind alone or through the senses alone.                       Of that vocation, Cardinal Hummes writes: “The vo-
I miss the opportunity to discuss things with you, this             Since the believer has put aside every other activity,        cation to be a spiritual mother for priests is largely un-
hiatus will allow me a generous four weeks to pull to-            sacrificed every lesser good which might have been ac-          known, scarcely understood and consequently rarely lived,
gether my thoughts concerning the pope’s visit to the             complished in that hour for the greater good of linger-         notwithstanding its fundamental importance. It is a vo-
United States, so that when we publish our next is-               ing a time with Jesus, that person has made a very clear        cation that is frequently hidden, invisible to the naked eye,
sue July 22, I can begin sharing with you my analysis             accounting of what in his or her life belongs by right to       but meant to transmit spiritual life.”
of how well (or how poorly!) our Diocese reflects the             Christ. It is everything.                                         Independent of one’s age or social status, any woman
pontiff’s pastoral vision in the important areas of prayer          Understood in this sense, Adoration is not a “dispens-        who has been called by Christ can become a mother for
and spirituality (1), vocations (2), Catholic education           able” devotion. Rather, it captures within itself the full      his priests. It would be just as possible for an unmar-
and parish catechesis (3), our work with young people             essence of the Church’s response to God’s initiative in         ried woman or a widow to spiritually adopt a priest-son
(4) and our ecumenical and inter-faith relations (5).             grace and expresses in a very real sense that the baptis-       as it would be for the mother of a family to love anoth-
   A request made of every Bishop                                 mal vocation of each Christian is to live in, with and          er son, spiritually given her to adopt and nurture.
   This analysis and evaluation will not begin, as I say,         through Christ.                                                   Nor would there be any barriers to prevent the el-
until the latter half of July, leaving us free in this issue                                                                      derly or the handicapped from fully embracing this vo-
of the Eastern Oklahoma Catholic to further explore               Adoration in the lives of priests and deacons                   cation, which is at the same time, Marian (since Our
with you a request which the Vatican has made of each               But I should add immediately that Eucharistic Ado-            Lady is the perfect model of what it means to be united
of the world’s bishops.                                           ration expresses in a very personal way the particular          in spiritual motherhood with Jesus the Priest), Eucha-
   Since the Vatican asked every bishop in the world to           vocation of those whom Christ has called to a deep-             ristic (since the essence of their prayer and reparation
consider this request, you can imagine the importance             er union with Him through their ordination. Priests             for their spiritual sons will be offered in Adoration of
it has in the mind of His Holiness. Such a world-wide             should find themselves drawn to Eucharistic Adoration           the Blessed Sacrament), Ecclesial (since it is intimately
effort is not easily achieved and would only be attempt-          so that they might be ever more deeply identified with          connected with the sacramental life of the Church) and
ed for the most important of reasons!                             Christ the High Priest, Who lives forever before the Fa-        Feminine (since it is life-giving and nurturing).
   The pope’s request, delivered through the Congrega-            ther that He might intercede for us.
tion of the Clergy, has three interconnected aspects; but           Deacons should find themselves drawn to Adoration               As I reflect upon the Cardinal’s letter, it seems to
when considered as a single whole, these three aspects            so that they might pattern their leadership and charity         me that the vocation of spiritual motherhood is so in-
have a single end or purpose - the recovery of a Eucha-           after the love of Christ, the Suffering Servant.                timately linked to the Eucharistic Conversion of Life
ristic consciousness in the Church.                                 I am convinced that those priests and deacons who             of which we have spoken, that the only proper way to
   Pope John Paul II called this consciousness of the Eu-         begin by contemplating the love of Our Lord’s Eucha-            put it is that the Church is asking Her women to give
charist our “Eucharistic imagination,” and I have seen            ristic Heart must eventually end by recalling the days of       birth to a movement of prayer, specifically Eucharistic
the process of recovering it referred to as a “Eucharistic        their youth, not their biological youth, but rather the         Adoration, so that from every home there might flow
conversion of life.”                                              youthful energy with which they first responded with            constant love, adoration, thanksgiving and reparation
   In spiritual theology, when we speak of a conversion           their heart’s “YES!” to the invitation whispered by the         to God on behalf of his priests, that those men who
of life, we generally mean a daily effort to turn toward          Heart of Jesus.                                                 stand before the altar, stand there holy and blameless in
the Lord, that is, a conscious effort made every day to             In this way, through Adoration, priests and deacons           God’s sight.
orient our lives to fulfilling God’s will, so that little by      will be constantly rejuvenated and never grow old or              I am eager to hear from the women of the Diocese as
little, by placing God’s love at the center of our lives,         weary or stiff-necked in their service of God’s people.         to their reaction to this proposal. Write to me at P.O.
our senses, minds and hearts, our hands and our labor,              This is why when I read the recent instruction on Eu-         Box 690240, Tulsa, OK, 74169-0240 and share with
our family life and the love which illuminates it, can all        charistic Adoration from the Holy See, I also sensed            me your thoughts and comments. Or you can email me
slowly begin to reflect that Divine Love.                         that while the Vatican talks about the recovery of the          at
   A Eucharistic conversion of life would be much the             Church’s Eucharistic imagination as the end or purpose            Finally, a welcome
same. It would entail a daily effort to turn toward our           of this initiative, there is also a very real sense that this     As you will read elsewhere in this issue of the EOC, I
Eucharistic Lord, a conscious effort to place the Eucha-          whole effort is directed in love toward the spiritual,          have invited Cistercian Father Mark Kirby to come to
rist at the center of our lives so that little by little every-   psychological, moral and physical restoration of the            Tulsa and help all of us - that is, help me as the Bishop,
thing we do and think and say will reflect the sacrificial        Church’s ordained priests and servants.                         help the priests and deacons serving in our parishes,
love of Jesus which we receive in Communion. Only                   This explains, I think, the third request made by             help the lay people and the religious - to implement
in this way will we be able to “live and move and have            Cardinal Hummes. The first two: that each diocese set           this program of Eucharistic conversion of life by offer-
our very being” in Christ’s Eucharistic Heart. (cf. Acts          aside specific churches or oratories to serve as Eucharis-      ing the witness of his own life of Adoration and repara-
17:28)                                                            tic shrines, similar to Marian shrines; and that in each        tion, his ministry of spiritual direction to priests and
                                                                  diocese a priest be appointed to the specific priestly          deacons, and his labors to build a Cenacle of prayer
Why Adoration?                                                    ministry of promoting Eucharistic Adoration, are each           and piety from which, I hope, sufficient graces will flow
  I think that there may be some people for whom Ad-              connected to the larger theme of Eucharistic Adora-             until the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus is enthroned in ev-
oration may be considered a salutary devotion, but still          tion in the Church as a whole and can be understood             ery parish, worshiped in every home and loved in every
on the periphery of Church life. I fear there may even            as steps to be taken for our recovery of that Eucharistic       heart.
4     June 22, 2008                                                           EastErn OklahOma CathOliC                                                           Opinion
Marilyn Duck EOC Editor

T.J.R., R.I.P.
   Tim Russert’s sudden death June 12 touched off grief       terms with a sports radio show.)                           parent, only telling Timothy John Russert that he loved
even among people who never met the man who was                 The Russerts were in Rome celebrating Luke’s grad- him after “Big Russ and Me” was published. Luke Rus-
generally regarded as the most influential, some                       uation from Boston College just prior to Mr. sert has been assured daily of his father’s love, and he
would say the best, journalist in the country.                         Russert’s death. In this issue of the EOC, Car- had an almost eerie calm when he talked about his
   On MSNBC, the quirky cable television net-                          dinal John Foley talks about how avidly the dad.
work where Mr. Russert frequently jawboned                             newsman sought a high-pro-                                             (He also had some solid advice to
from pre-dawn past midnight, the weekend’s                             file one-on-one interview                                            young people. If you’re going to dis-
programming was given over to “Remembering                             with the pope, something                                             obey your parents, Christmas morn-
Tim Russert.” Prominently mentioned on nu-                             that never materialized.                                             ing is not a bad time to ‘fess up. No
merous occasions was that his interest in jour-                           Through “Big Russ and                                             doubt the morning of the tattoo rev-
nalism first was kindled by a nun, Sister Mary                         Me -” Mr. Russert’s book                                             elation found the Russerts at Christ-
Lucille, who put the energetic boy to work on the school      celebrating the life of his father, a                                         mas Mass, unless they had attended
newspaper.                                                    guy who kept his four kids in Cath-                                           Midnight Mass the night before. Mr.
   Viewers were shown footage of him talking about            olic school by working two fulltime                                           Russert reportedly took a vow never
his education in Catholic schools from grade school           jobs, as a garbage man for the city of                                        to miss Sunday Mass if Luke was
through college. His mourners noted that he was a Je-         Buffalo and delivering newspapers                                             born healthy.)
suit-educated lawyer, skills that were on display every       – viewers already felt they knew Tim                                             Tim Russert had a great life, and
Sunday morning on “Meet the Press.”                           Russert.                                                                      his death exposed millions of Ameri-
   You had to salute his colleagues for being able to           Still more stories flowed through-                                          cans to an overwhelmingly positive
maintain their composure while they talked about a            out the Russert-a-thon, including the                                         look at what it is to be Catholic to
boss they obviously adored, and the Washington D.C.           revelation that Tim Russert’s only son                                         the center of one’s being.
bureau chief would have been pleased.                         had, in fact, defied his father several Tim Russert with Sister
   But if the professionals were portraits of poise through   years back when he got a tattoo.          Mary Lucille Socciarelli, his        (Past) time for a break
the weekend-long Russert-a-thon, his son, Luke, who             “You did what?” the father roared. seventh-grade teacher at                    With this issue, the Eastern Oklaho-
                                                                                                        St. Bonaventure School in
appeared on the “Today Show” Monday morning was               But talk about being political sav- West Seneca, N.Y., where she               ma Catholic goes on our annual sum-
simply not to be believed.                                    vy – Luke escaped the dog house as started a school newspaper                  mer hiatus, returning July 20. This
   Over the weekend, we had heard plenty about the            soon as he explained that his tattoo and made him its editor. (CNS break always seems longer when it be-
Russert clan, an old-fashioned Irish Catholic family          was “T.J.R.”, and he got it after read- photo/Miramax Books)                   gins than it actually is, and this sum-
that held close to one another, to their faith, to Catho-     ing “Big Russ and Me” and realized                                             mer will be the same. Only more so.
lic traditions even as they mastered the big-time world       that “I always wanted my father and                                              When the EOC resumes publica-
of news (his widow, Maureen Orth, is a Vanity Fair cor-       grandpa on my side.”                                       tion, we hope to announce some significant news of
respondent, and Luke is poised for success on his own           Timothy Joseph Russert never was a touchy-feely our own. We’ll be busy planning exciting developments

George Weigel

The nobility of Cardinal Dulles
  If the United States had a nobility, Av-     stages. He left prep school an agnostic,     hand-in-hand with an evangelical mod-          for other elderly theologians whom John
ery Dulles would have been born into it.       but a chance encounter with a blossom-       esty of person. One does not often see         Paul II honored with the red hat; there
  His great-grandfather, John W. Foster,       ing tree on a soggy day during his under-    cardinals of the Holy Roman Church             was a sigh of relief at the other end of the
and his great-uncle, Robert Lansing, both      graduate years at Harvard inspired the       repairing their shoes with duct tape, or       phone. The whole exchange was yet an-
served as secretary of state. So did his fa-   conviction that the world was governed       walking across campus in cheap blue            other expression of Avery’s modesty.
ther, John Foster Dulles, who also negoti-     by “an all-good and omnipotent God,”         windbreakers; the cardinal’s sartorial style     Still, cardinals employ the miter and
ated the post-World War II peace                        as he later put it.                 would cause pain at Men’s Wearhouse            crosier when they preside liturgically. So
treaty with Japan. Avery Dulles’s                          How might that conviction        (not to mention Brooks Brothers).              on the night of Feb. 23, 2001, Cardinal
uncle, Allen Dulles, was a leg-                         be embodied institutionally,          There is no affectation here, though;        Avery Dulles processed into the Church
endary World War II spymaster                           though?                             Avery Dulles took a vow of poverty when        of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
and the first director of the Cen-                         Slowly, Avery Dulles came to     he entered the Society of Jesus, and he        to take possession of his Roman “title,”
tral Intelligence Agency.                               appreciate the subtlety, depth,     has kept it, as he has kept his vows of        vested as none of us had ever seen him
  Aunt Eleanor, whom many                               and coherent structure of Catho-    chastity, obedience to superiors and that      before.
thought more formidable than                            lic doctrine. Here was the truth,   special obedience to the pope which is           At which point Jody Bottum, now
her brothers, Foster and Allen,                        nobly expressed: The only pos-       the distinguishing hallmark of classic Ig-     editor of First Things, leaned over and
negotiated the Austrian State Treaty that      sible response was to adhere to it, heart,   natian life.                                   whispered, “Now we know what Abra-
pried the Red Army out of Vienna in            mind, and soul. That is what Avery Dull-       His nomination as a cardinal came as a       ham Lincoln would have looked like in
1955. How did all this staunch Presbyte-       es has done for 68 years, since he entered   complete surprise to him, if not to oth-       full pontificals.”
rian stock produce a Catholic convert, a       the Catholic Church in 1940.                 ers. The night it was announced, my wife         Suffering today from the ravages of
Jesuit priest, and the first American theo-      That adherence to the truth of Cath-       and I were entertaining friends who were       post-polio syndrome, the cardinal’s
logian to be raised to the cardinalate?        olic faith has been the organizing prin-     also close to Father Dulles. As dinner         humble, even grateful submission to the
  The answer is encoded in the motto           ciple of his extensive theological work -    began, the phone rang: it was the newly        will of God is a model for us all. Avery
on Cardinal Avery Dulles’s coat-of-arms,       more than 20 books and more than 700         nominated cardinal, who brushed aside          Dulles, a noble soul, knows in Whom
Scio cui credidi (I know in Whom I have        articles. Avery Dulles has been a theolo-    my congratulations and asked whether           he has believed. That has made all the
believed): St. Paul’s simple-yet-profound      gian of the tradition, explicating ancient   it was possible for him to be dispensed        difference.
explanation to Timothy of why he was           truths, stretching them a bit, exploring     from the canonical requirement of be-
not concerned about his sufferings or his      their implications, but never seeking        coming a bishop.                                 George Weigel is Distinguished Senior
future.                                        cheap originality or sound-bite fame.          I assured him that the dispensation          Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Cen-
  That faith came to Avery Dulles in             That modesty of purpose has gone           would be readily given, as it had been         ter in Washington, D.C.
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Father Swift remembers Hank Hellinghausen
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  Editor, EOC: Many former Marquette                                   I know his friends will be praying for          you did not notice, the Bishop asked the lay     Publication of the Diocese
High School students, older parishioners                             him. He has finally found relief from the         women of the Diocese to consider the idea        of Tulsa, Okla. Published
of Christ the King Church, older priests of                          pain that was with him for many years.            of “spiritually adopting priests and offering    bi-weekly except during the
Oklahoma and Catholics in numerous par-                                May he rest in peace.                           sacrifices and prayers for them.” WOW!           months of January and July.
ishes of Oklahoma were saddened to hear                                                              Sincerely,           I am active in the Cursillo movement, a       (24 issues per year)
or will be saddened when they hear of the                                               Father William J. Swift        movement fueled by what we call “palan-
death of Henry P. “Hank” Hellinghausen.                                                  Pastor emeritus of the        ca,” a Spanish word which means “lever”.         Owned and operated by
He died some few weeks ago in Scottsdale,                                                   Church of St. Mary         A lever allows us to move something which        The Eastern Oklahoma
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  Hank was a wonderful person. A charm-                              Cursillista is ready                              rifice, and works of mercy allow us to ac-       Bishop Edward J. Slattery
er with an infectious smile, gentle wit and                            Editor, EOC: I read with interest Bishop        complish things beyond our ability, with         Publisher
captivating personality. He graduated from                           Slattery’s column in the June 8 EOC, “The         the Grace of God and the presence of the         Marilyn Duck
Marquette High School in 1946, and the                               ‘intrinsic link’ to sanctification of priests.”   Holy Spirit. Cursillistas routinely give up      Editor
students of Marquette, Holy Family High                              I agree wholeheartedly with his statement         our morning coffees, sodas or cigarettes; of-    David Crenshaw
School and Cascia Hall will remember him                             in the middle of the column, “… of all the        fer up Masses, rosaries, novenas; spend ex-      photography/design
as a star athlete quarterbacking the football                        things which are necessary for the good of        tra time in Eucharistic Adoration, among
team, leading the basketball team and play-                          the Church, nothing can be considered             many other things. These sacrifices are          Address all communication
ing on the Marquette softball team that won                          more important, more necessary or more            offered for the purpose of Cursillo: To          for publication to:
the Tulsa Church League several times..                              vital than helping our priests and deacons        change environments, to bring Jesus Christ       Eastern Oklahoma
  After graduation from high school, he                              grow in Divine intimacy.”                         into the world and to help make us agents        Catholic
entered the seminary and was ordained a                                At the end of the column, Bishop Slat-          of this change.                                  P.O. Box 690240
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Bush, pope meet for private talks, informal stroll
   VATICAN CITY (CNS) - In a cordial and fes-                                                                           Union summit in Slovenia and meetings with govern-
tive visit to the Vatican, U.S. President George W.                                                                     ment leaders in Germany, Italy, France and the Unit-
Bush met with Pope Benedict XVI in the lush Vati-                                                                       ed Kingdom.
can Gardens for private talks, an informal stroll and                                                                     While Ambassador Glendon told Catholic News
a choral performance by the Sistine Chapel Choir.                                                                       Service that she did not have a detailed account of
   The hourlong visit June 13 was the fifth time Pres-                                                                  what the president and the pope discussed during the
ident Bush came to the Vatican for a papal audience                                                                     visit, she said the two men have a common approach
and his third meeting with Pope Benedict. However,                                                                      to pressing world issues.
it was the first time in recent memory a head of state                                                                    They both are concerned with “keeping the human
was welcomed in such an informal way and at such a                                                                      person in view” and how unfolding events impact the
unique location.                                                                                                        poorest and most disadvantaged people in the world,
   The Vatican had said it wanted to break with pro-                                                                    she said.
tocol to show its appreciation for the president’s                                                                        Though Pope Benedict and President Bush agree on
warm hospitality during the pope’s visit to the White                                                                   several issues, they differ on such issues as the war in
House during his April 15-20 trip to the U.S.                                                                           Iraq and the death penalty.
   With birds chirping and a cool, light breeze blow-                                                                     After their private talks, Pope Benedict escorted
ing through gnarled olive trees and looming cy-                                                                         President Bush to the top of the turreted tower to get
presses, the pope greeted the U.S. president at the                                                                     a panoramic view of the Vatican and Rome.
entrance of a medieval tower on the Vatican’s highest Pope Benedict XVI shows the Lourdes grotto to U.S.                  The U.S. president reportedly asked a Vatican aide
hill in the gardens.                                   President George W. Bush at the Vatican June 13.                 how big Vatican City State is - to which the aide re-
   They both expressed their pleasure at seeing each (CNS photo/Jason Reed)                                             plied, “Not quite as big as Texas.”
other again.                                                                                                              President Bush responded, “Yes, but more impor-
   “It’s such an honor,” Bush told the pope as cameras    his gratitude for the warm and exceptional welcome he         tant,” and remarked how “spectacular” the view was.
clicked and smiles beamed.                                had received” for his April pastoral visit “and for the        The most unusual event of the morning was the lei-
   First lady Laura Bush approached Pope Benedict and president’s commitment in defense of fundamental                surely stroll the two men took side by side along a wind-
said: “How are you? It’s so good to see you. You look moral values,” said a Vatican statement released a few          ing road lined with trees, manicured lawns, ivy-covered
great.”                                                   hours after the meeting.                                    walls, trickling fountains and colorful flower beds.
   U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican Mary Ann Glendon          The pope and President Bush discussed international          The walk was scheduled for 20 minutes, but after just
accompanied the presidential entourage. When she concerns such as U.S. relations with the Middle East                 eight minutes they arrived at their destination of the
and Laura Bush flanked the pope and the president for and Europe, as well as efforts being made for peace in          grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes where they were joined
photographs, the president told the pope, “We are sur- the Holy Land, it said.                                        by President Bush’s wife and the Vatican’s secretary of
rounded by impressive women.”                               It said they also spoke about “globalization, the food    state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.
   Pope Benedict and Bush then held 30 minutes of crisis, international trade and the achievement of the                 After greeting the presidential entourage, the pope
private talks inside an ornate, circular studio on the Millennium Development Goals,” which have the aim              and the president sat on cushioned wooden deck chairs
second floor of St. John’s Tower. Built on the end of a of halving the rates of world poverty - defined by the        to listen to a brief choral performance by the Sistine
long, fortressed wall, the medieval watchtower is com- number of people existing on less than a dollar day - by       Chapel Choir.
pletely renovated and serves as special accommodations 2015.                                                             Just before the 30 boys and 20 men sang two hymns a
for important guests.                                       President Bush came to the Vatican as part of a wider     cappella, a flock of parrots flew overhead and squawked
   During the closed-door meeting, the pope “reiterated European tour, which was to include a U.S.-European           loudly as the pope pointed them out to the president.

Tim Russert yearned to inter view popes, Cardinal Foley says
  VATICAN CITY (CNS) - U.S. Cardinal John P. Fol-            tion with his wife, Maureen Orth, and their
ey had lunch in Rome with Tim Russert and his family         son, Luke, whom Cardinal Foley baptized in
June 11, renewing ties of friendship that went back 24       New York some 22 years ago. After their lunch
years.                                                       together, the cardinal took them to an internal
  Two days later, the 58-year-old Russert collapsed and      entrance to the Sistine Chapel and sent them
died of a heart attack back in his NBC office in Wash-       on their way.
ington. Cardinal Foley, shocked and saddened like              Cardinal Foley, grand master of the Knights
many others, said journalism had lost one of its best.       of the Holy Sepulcher, said he first met Mr.
  “It’s the loss of one of the greatest journalists in the   Russert in 1984. Then-Archbishop Foley was
United States, if not the greatest. He was always kind       head of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for So-
and gracious, but he always got revealing material from      cial Communications, and Mr. Russert had
people,” Cardinal Foley told Catholic News Service.          come with a proposal to bring NBC’s “Today”
  The cardinal thought so highly of Mr. Russert that he      show to Rome for Easter 1985.
tried to help him get a papal interview - first with Pope      “We worked to make that happen,” Cardi-
John Paul II and then Pope Benedict XVI. He thought          nal Foley recalled. “NBC has been back for a
                                                                                                              Pope Benedict XVI meets Tim Russert April 17 in
Mr. Russert’s persistent questioning style would have        number of things since then, and we worked Washington. Father David M. O’Connell, center,
highlighted the message of both pontiffs.                    with him.”                                       president of The Catholic University of America, made
  “He was always respectful of the individuals he was          Over the years, Cardinal Foley said he came the introduction during the pontiff’s U.S. visit. (CNS
interviewing, but he didn’t let them off the hook. He        to consider Mr. Russert the best interviewer photo courtesy of The Catholic University of America)
always went for the truth and went for an illuminating       in television, someone who drew information
answer,” Cardinal Foley said.                                out of people without badgering or demeaning
  “And I thought, the pope had a lot of truth to share.      them.                                                    of the fact that he was Catholic,” the cardinal said.
It would have been wonderful if that opportunity had           Mr. Russert was “never ashamed to be identified as       “That was one of the reasons he wanted to interview
occurred, but it didn’t.”                                    a Catholic, which I think is very important,” Cardinal the popes, to help make what they were saying more
  Mr. Russert, the NBC News Washington bureau chief          Foley said. There are a number of people who want to public. It was an act of loyalty on his part, not an act of
and “Meet the Press” moderator, was in Rome on vaca-         keep sort of hidden, but not Tim. He was always proud exploitation.”
Nation/World                                                                  EastErn OklahOma CathOliC                                                         June 22, 2008      7

Unresolved liturgy debate, stem cells, abuse key topics for bishops
  ORLANDO, Fla. (CNS) - A lively and intense de-                                                                           cally assisted nutrition and hydration.
bate over a 700-page translation of part of the Roman                                                                         The documents include a 2004 address by Pope John
Missal dominated the public sessions of the U.S. Con-                                                                      Paul II to an international congress on the vegetative
ference of Catholic Bishops’ spring general assembly                                                                       state and a 2007 response by the Vatican Congregation
in Orlando June 12-14, but the bishops failed to come                                                                      for the Doctrine of the Faith on questions raised by the
to a conclusion about the fate of the liturgical text.                                                                     USCCB on artificial nutrition and hydration.
  With much less discussion, they approved a 2,000-                                                                           The “modest revision” will later be brought to the full
word policy statement calling embryonic stem-cell re-                                                                      body of bishops for a vote.
search “gravely immoral”; directed their Committee                                                                            In another voice vote they designated National Cath-
on Doctrine to begin revising guidelines for Catholic                                                                      olic Charities Sunday in 2010 to mark the 100th anni-
health care institutions on medically assisted nutrition                                                                   versary of the network of Catholic charitable agencies.
and hydration; designated Sept. 26, 2010, as National                                                                         Bishop Michael P. Driscoll of Boise, Idaho, episco-
Catholic Charities Sunday; and voted to replace the                                                                        pal liaison to Catholic Charities USA, said each dio-
more formal “vosotros” with the more familiar “ust-                                                                        cese will be encouraged to hold its own observance of
edes” in Spanish-language Masses in the U.S.                                                                               the 100th anniversary and all Catholics will be urged
  The bishops gathered in Orlando also heard an in-                                                                        “to publicly affirm that they will take positive steps to
terim report from researchers at the John Jay College                                                                      reduce poverty.”
of Criminal Justice on the causes and context of child                                                                        In a written ballot, the bishops agreed, 187-3, to a
sexual abuse by priests and began a confidential dia-                                                                      proposal by the Committee on Divine Worship to re-
logue with representatives of half of the nation’s priests                                                                 place the Spanish word “vosotros” with “ustedes” in
on issues that arose during and after the sex abuse                                                                        Spanish-language Masses in the U.S. to reflect the us-
scandal.                                                                                                                   age more common in Latin America and the Caribbe-
  The liturgical document under consideration was a                                                                        an. The change must be approved by the Vatican.
translation of the proper prayers for Sundays and feast                                                                       Although both words mean the plural “you” in Eng-
days. The second of 12 sections of the Roman Missal                                                                        lish, “vosotros” is “no longer current speech” in most
translation project, it had been in the works for more                                                                     of the Spanish-speaking world, except in Spain, said
than two years.                                                                                                            Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli of Paterson, N.J., chairman
  But after more than a dozen bishops rose to speak                                                                        of the bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship.
against the translation, it failed to reach the needed                                                                        The bishops also voted, 140-0, to keep the 2009 as-
approval of two-thirds of the 250 Latin-rite members                                                                       sessment on dioceses to fund the work of the USCCB
of the conference.                                                                                                         at the 2008 level of just over $10 million.
  Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago, USCCB                                                                                Luis Lugo of the Pew Forum on Religion & Pub-
president, did not announce the vote totals but said                                                                       lic Life and Mark Gray of the Center for Applied Re-
the document had not obtained the 166 “yes” votes                                                                          search in the Apostolate reported to the bishops on the
needed to approve it or the 83 “no” votes that would                                                                       implications for Church life of recent surveys by their
have resulted in its rejection. USCCB members not                                                                          organizations.
present at the spring general assembly in Orlando will                                                                        They also heard an update from Bishop Gerald F.
vote by mail on the issue.                                                                                                 Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., USCCB vice president, on
  Many bishops expressed frustration that the transla-                                                                     the work of task forces focusing on the five USCCB
tion by the International Commission on English in                                                                         priority areas - faith formation and sacramental prac-
the Liturgy ignored recommendations they had sub-                                                                          tice, strengthening marriage, the life and dignity of the
mitted to clarify the sentence structure or revise archa-                                                                  human person, cultural diversity in the Church, and
ic language, including the use of words such as “gib-        expected to be completed by December 2010, research-         priestly and religious vocations.
bet,” “wrought” and “ineffable.”                             er Karen Terry said she and her colleagues at John Jay          The task forces - made up of representatives of various
  “John and Mary Catholic have the right to have             in New York have found some correlations between the         USCCB committees - held their first meetings June 12
prayers that are clear and understandable,” said Bishop      frequency of child sex abuse by priests and the increase     in Orlando.
Donald W. Trautman of Erie, Pa.                              or decline in societal patterns of divorce, premarital sex      They spent nearly half the time at their spring meet-
  The stem-cell document had a much easier path,             and illegal drug use.                                        ing in regional meetings, executive session or in joint
with few amendments, little debate and a 191-1 vote             It remains to be seen, however, whether the various       prayer.
of approval. It is designed to set the stage for a later,    phenomena are “shaped by the same social factors,”
more pastoral document explaining why the Catholic           Ms. Terry said.
Church opposes some reproductive technologies.                  The Orlando meeting also marked the first of two            Pope names U.S. cardinals
  “Even our opponents admit that ours is one of the          scheduled meetings between the bishops’ Committee
most effective voices against destroying human em-           on the Protection of Children and Young People and              to posts in Roman Curia
bryos for stem-cell research,” said Archbishop Joseph        representatives of the nation’s priests to discuss how the
F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kan., who introduced the          clergy sex abuse scandal has affected the bond between           VATICAN CITY (CNS) - Pope Benedict XVI
document.                                                    bishops and their priests.                                     appointed U.S. Cardinal John P. Foley, grand mas-
  “The issue of stem-cell research does not force us to         “Some felt guilty by association,” while others felt        ter of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher, and Car-
choose between science and ethics, much less between         their fellow priests who were accused of wrongdoing            dinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston to
science and religion,” the document says. “It presents a     were not treated fairly or with pastoral concern, Bish-        posts in the Roman Curia.
choice as to how our society will pursue scientific and      op Gregory M. Aymond of Austin, Texas, told Catho-               The Vatican announced their appointments June
medical progress.”                                           lic News Service after the closed-door listening session       12.
  In response to a question, Archbishop Naumann said         June 12. The second session is to take place in Novem-           Cardinal Foley was named a member of the Con-
the document did not address the topic of the adop-          ber in Baltimore.                                              gregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments
tion of so-called “spare embryos” that would otherwise          Bishop Aymond is chairman of the Committee on               as well as the Congregation for the Evangelization
be destroyed when not needed for in vitro fertilization.     the Protection of Children and Young People.                   of Peoples.
He said “the Holy See is itself reflecting on this topic,       In a voice vote June 12, the bishops gave permission          The pope appointed Cardinal DiNardo to be a
and we hope to have guidance” from the Vatican before        for the doctrine committee to begin revising the “Ethi-        member of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and
commenting on that issue.                                    cal and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care          Travelers.
  Reporting on the causes and context study, which is        Services” to reflect recent church documents on medi-
8    June 22, 2008                                                        EastErn OklahOma CathOliC                                      Nation/World
Boston archdiocesan
email initiative reaches
out to local Catholics
  BRIGHTON, Mass. (CNS) - Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Bos-
ton has found a new way to communicate with his flock - via email.
  Every Saturday recipients will read special messages from the car-
dinal, content from his blog, archdiocesan press releases, a calendar
of upcoming events and resources for spiritual formation. The email
also will link to current stories from The Pilot, Boston archdiocesan
newspaper, and new programs from CatholicTV.
  The cardinal’s first email, sent May 24, reached 10,000 inboxes,
but the goal is to send a weekly message to at least one email ad-
dress for every Catholic family in the Archdiocese of Boston, said
Scot Landry, secretary for institutional advancement. Mr. Landry is
in charge of working with Catholic parishes, schools, agencies and
individuals to grow the distribution list.
  Cardinal O’Malley wants to make sure the archdiocesan message
reaches as many Catholics and anyone else interested in the Church’s
ministries as possible, he said.
  Currently, the project is the effort of the Catholic Foundation, The
Pilot, CatholicTV and the cardinal’s office, but Mr. Landry added
that other archdiocesan ministries may help out in the future.
  Antonio Enrique, editor of The Pilot, coordinates the weekly
  “For us, this is a natural extension of our role as the communica-      Ponca native installed in Little Rock
tions vehicle of the archdiocese,” he said. “Whether we communi-
cate Catholic news and commentary via the printed edition of The          Bishop Edward J. Slattery, at left, prays as Deacons John Marschewski and Robert
Pilot or through the new digital means available to us, the mission       Wanless hold an open book of Gospels over the head of Bishop Anthony B. Taylor during
remains the same.”                                                        his ordination and installation Mass June 5 in Little Rock, Ark. Co-consecrators Bishop
  Mr. Landry said, “We are thrilled that The Pilot, as a publishing       Slattery and Bishop J. Peter Sartain of Joliet, Ill., at right, joined principal consecrator
organization, has taken on working with all the different entities to     Archbishop Eusebius J. Beltran of Oklahoma City, center. Bishop Sartain was bishop of
put it in a great format and make sure that it gets delivered every       Little Rock until his appointment in 2006 to Joliet. (CNS photo/Arkansas Catholic)
  The content will keep Catholics “reading and learning about the
faith” for an entire week, he added.
  The option of sending out one, consolidated weekly electron-
ic message is both efficient and allows the archdiocese to send out
multimedia presentations like the presbyteral ordination slide show,
composed by Pilot managing editor Gregory L. Tracy, included in
the second email message, he said.
  Through those photos, Catholics unable to attend the ordination
were able to “experience the power of what happened there,” Mr.
Landry said.
  The email initiative is just the next step for Cardinal O’Malley, who
already has reached out to Catholics through his weekly blog posts,
which began in September 2006. The Pilot updated its web site in
October that year, and CatholicTV did the same in December.
  This summer, the archdiocese hopes to expand coverage for
CatholicTV on Comcast, Verizon and satellite providers. In the fall,
the new web site for the archdiocese will be launched with links to
web sites for every parish and school in Boston, said a statement
about the email initiative.
  Cardinal O’Malley said in the statement, “As we celebrate our bi-
centennial year, we have been reminded how Catholics have innovat-
ed to ensure that the saving message of Jesus Christ reaches as many
people as possible. We want to continue that spirit of innovation and
evangelization by utilizing the many new communication tools made
possible by the recent advances in technology.”
  Mr. Landry said the cardinal has received feedback from Catholic
school principals and pastors who have said many students in the
archdiocese read the cardinal’s blog each week. The blog is an excel-         Congress convenes in Quebec City
lent place for young Catholics to learn about the faith because they          Incense is brought to the altar following the Eucharistic procession at the
learn about the Church through their archbishop, he said.                     opening Mass of the 49th International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec City
  “The more that we’re getting the same news and we know what’s               June 15. More than 12,000 people from 70 countries were participating in
going on and we know how we can be involved in upcoming events,               weeklong events that included catechesis, prayer, worship and community
the closer we’ll be as one Catholic family, which is what our archdio-        service centered around the Eucharist. (CNS photo)
cese is.”
Diocesan                                                                     EastErn OklahOma CathOliC                                                        June 22, 2008       9

Rains swamp St. Mar y’s, Cathedral, Newman Center
By DAVE CRENSHAW                                             der $100,000.”                                             tower, which is almost directly above the altar. Work-
  Wind and water have damaged several Catholic                 At the Newman Center on the University of Tulsa ers have been using the doors to access the tower as
churches in the Tulsa area in recent weeks.                  campus, 70 m.p.h. winds on                                                         the major restoration project
  Deteriorating water lines at the Church of St. Mary        June 1 destroyed the roof above                                                    continues.
caused extensive damage. On April 30, water started          the chapel and game room, al-                                                         “There’s really no one to
pouring from a restroom in the main Church building,         lowing heavy rains to flood                                                        blame,” he said. “It’s just one
flooding hallways and offices.                               those rooms as well as the kitch-                                                  of those moments that happen
  The process of locating and repairing the broken wa-       en, pantry and lunch room.                                                         during the restoration of a 94-
ter lines was complicated by the fact that no schemat-         Two students were in the                                                         year-old church.”
ics exist of underground plumbing for the facilities – a     building when the wind blasted                                                        The exact cause of the leak is
common problem for buildings as old as those at St.          open a door in the game room                                                       unknown, but the prevailing
Mary. The original Church was dedicated in 1954 with         and blew in a sizable limb. No                                                     theory is that one or more of
additions made in 1971 and 1986.                             one was hurt.                                                                      the trap doors weren’t closed
  “The pipes were old and corroded, and water just             There was significant water                                                      tight.
pouring from one of the restrooms,” Msgr. Dennis             damage to walls and floors, and                                                       Msgr. Halpine was celebrat-
Dorney said.                                                 as workers began the repair pro-                                                   ing Mass when torrential rains
  The problem was eventually found and repaired, but         cess, older, previously unnoticed                                                  began.
on May 20 - three days after work was finished on the        damage from the leaking roof                                                          “All of a sudden water began
original break - water began bubbling up in the circle       was discovered. Mold, caused by                                                    pouring out of the ceiling onto
driveway in front of the church. This time it was the        excessive moisture from the leak,                                                  the floor. On his way down
water line that supplies St. Mary School, but the cause      was also found.                                                                    to receive the offertory, he fell
was the same – old and corroded pipes.                         Interior rooms are being dried                                                   right down,” Msgr. Gier said.
  The annual school field day scheduled for May 21           out, and the mold removed. The                                                        Msgr. Halpine was not hurt
was held, but portable restrooms had to be brought in        roof has been temporarily re- Msgr. Dennis Dorney inspects heavy                   in the fall, and a collective sigh
to accommodate the crowd. Resuming classes was an-           paired, and roofing contractors equipment used to repair broken water of relief could be heard from
other matter.                                                have more business than they lines at the Church of St. Mary.                     the congregation as he got up
  “We had no bathrooms at the school, and state law          can handle because of the scope                                                   and finished Mass.
says you can’t have school without bathrooms,” said          of the storm and the amount of                                                       “Father Halpine was fantastic.
Msgr. Dorney.                                                roof damage across Tulsa. It may be the end of July be- He finished Mass in his classic style and, at the end, he
  Although formal classes were not held, teachers            fore a new roof is in place.                               ask the congregation to pray for a quick finish to the
worked those last three days to complete any unfin-            “Primarily, we need to replace the roof before we can restoration ‘because I’m tired of it,’” Msgr. Gier said.
ished business and to meet the requirements for the          move ahead with repairs. We’re still assessing costs be-     The storm came only one day after another drench-
school calendar year.                                        cause we keep finding more damage,” said Lisa Holder, ing rain at the Cathedral. During the May 30 ordina-
  Luckily, insurance will cover most of the interior         the Newman Center director of development.                 tion of Father Van Nguyen, another storm caused the
damage to the buildings, which was extensive. Wall             Plans to enlarge the chapel were well under way before lights to flicker once. Other than a constant pounding
board, paint, carpeting, flooring and some electrical        the storm, but they have been put hold until “hopefully of rain on the roof for several minutes, the ordination
components had to be replaced. However, insurance            sometime in late August.”                                  went off without a hitch.
did not cover repairs to the pipes. The final cost has not     At Holy Family Cathedral, ongoing restoration work         “If the leak had happened on that day, the water
yet been determined.                                         and that same June 1 storm made for a wet Sunday would have fallen directly on Father Van’s back as he
  “We’re about ready to have a pool to see who can           Mass and caused Msgr. James Halpine, rector emeritus lay prostrate,” Msgr. Gier said. There was no perma-
guess the closest,” said Kathy Desruisseau, St. Mary’s       in residence, to take a scary fall while celebrating Mass. nent damage done and, after a few days of drying out,
business administrator. “The figures are still coming in.      Msgr. Gregory Geir, rector of Holy Family Cathedral, both the Cathedral and the restoration schedules were
A lot of man-hours went into this. We’re hoping it’s un-     explained that there are several trap doors in the main back on track.

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      Food by Michael Fusco                                                                                                    Diocese of Tulsa
                                                                                                                              Benjamin Franklin reminds us that “a penny
   Tulsa chef and Church of the Resurrection parishioner Mi-                                                                saved is a penny earned,” and the Chancery staff is
 chael Fusco again will donate an Italian dinner for those who                                                              constantly looking at ways to do more with less.
 attend the fifth annual “Dinner and Diagnosis” fundraiser for                                                                The Diocese of Tulsa has enrolled in a program
 Neighbor for Neighbor. Both the agency established by Father                                                               sponsored by American Airlines called Business Ex-
 Bill Skeehan and the late Dan Allen to serve the poor and Res-                                                             trAA. By including the diocesan Business ExtrAA
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 tivity Center on the University of Tulsa campus. Sponsorships                                                              online booking, the Diocese also will earn points
 at higher levels are also available. The event also will featured                                                          toward business travel.
 a limited edition of 50 of the treasured iconic figure for both                                                              “Using the diocesan Business ExtrAA Account
 Resurrection and Neighbor for Neighbor. Artist Chuck Tomlins                                                               Number in no way affects your earning frequent
 has re-created as a metal-cast mounted on a cherry wood plaque.                                                            flyer miles,” said Deacon Chancellor John John-
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12    June 22, 2008                                                             EastErn OklahOma CathOliC                                                        Diocesan
A calling to live monastic priesthood for brother clergy
By FATHER MARK KIRBY, O.Cist.                                  ter of novices and prior. Already, at that                           the Eucharist marked me profoundly. I
  I am a member of the Cistercian-Benedictine Abbey            time, Eucharistic Adoration was an in-                               sensed an inner calling to live my monastic
of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme in Rome. I have been             dispensable part of my daily life.                                   priesthood in a special way for my brother
a priest for 22 years.                                            Preaching retreats to priests, religious,                         priests, not only by making myself available
  I was born in New Haven, Conn., in 1952, the first           and lay folk is something that I began                               to them, but also and more importantly, by
child of an Irish-American father and an Italian-Ameri-        doing early in my priesthood. This par-                              representing them in adoration before the
can mother. Four other children, three boys and a girl,        ticular work has taken me across the At-                             Eucharistic Face of Lord.
followed. My father was a firefighter for the city of New      lantic more times than I can count. I                                   Bishop Slattery’s invitation to serve the
Haven; he retired as a Battalion Chief in 1986. After          have preached in English, French and                                 clergy of the Diocese of Tulsa and my Fa-
raising five children, my mother returned to work and          Italian in the U.S., Canada, France, Bel-                            ther Abbot’s blessing on the project corre-
retired from the Workers’ Compensation Office of the           gium, Switzerland and Italy.                                         spond to the Holy See’s recent initiatives in
City of New Haven about 10 years ago. My parents,                 In addition to the preached word,                                 favor of Eucharistic Adoration in a spirit of
now married for 60 years, live in Hamden, Conn. I am           there is the written word; I have pub-                               reparation and intercession for priests.
profoundly grateful to them for the Catholic family life       lished a number of articles and short                                   The Cistercian Order has, from the time
they provided for me and my siblings.                          works.                                                               of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, a tradition of
  I was blessed with a Catholic education, attending St.          In the mid-1990s, I was able to com- Father Mark Kirby, O.         service to the Church and of collaboration
Francis School in New Haven from kindergarten through          plete my licentiate degree in liturgical Cist., will come to Tulsa with bishops and priests. My presence in
the eighth grade. My high school and undergraduate years       theology at The Catholic University of to serve the priests           the Diocese of Tulsa will be a kind of “mo-
were the tumultuous ‘60s. Already, in my mid-teens, I          America. A doctorate in the same disci- and deacons of the            nastic outreach” from my own Abbey of
heard the call to a life of prayer.                            pline followed; my dissertation explored Diocese as spiritual         Santa Croce in Gerusalemme in Rome.
  When I was 15, a saintly Trappist monk handed me             the Proper Chants of the Paschal Tridu- director and by                 I am eager to take my place before the
the classic “Christ, the Ideal of the Monk” by Blessed         um in the Graduale Romanum as a liv- representing them in             Eucharistic Face of Christ in the name of
Columba Marmion. I took it home and read it from               ing source of liturgical theology, a sung Eucharistic adoration. all my brothers, priests and deacons of the
cover to cover, and it marked me for life.                     theology, if you will.                                                Diocese of Tulsa. I look forward to being
  My desire for the monastic life was tested over                 In 2001 I was asked to serve as chap-                              available to serve them, to listen to them,
time. In 1986, after having made Solemn Profession             lain to the Benedictine Sisters of Jesus Crucified at learn from them, share with him and offer them some-
under the Rule of St. Benedict in the Cistercian Order,        their Monastery of the Glorious Cross in Branford, thing of the comfort I myself have received.
I was ordained a priest. Shortly after my ordination,          Conn. In addition to offering Holy Mass daily for the      Part of my present ministry is the online blog Vul-
my abbot charged me with hearing confessions in the            nuns and their guests, I served as spiritual director to tus Christi (Face of Christ): a daily meditation on the
monastery guesthouse.                                          the lay oblates of the monastery.                        Sacred Liturgy, the saints and the passionate Catholic
  I also served as choir master, retreat preacher, mas-           The death of Pope John Paul II during his Year of quest for holiness.

DDF appeal faces half-million-
                                                                                                                                  Deacon’s wife, Judith
dollar shortfall; posts eliminated                                                                                                Starr, dies June 10
  With the Diocesan Development Fund (DDF) nearly               cent of our families, together with the dedicated efforts
a half-million dollars short of its 2008 fundraising goal,      of our pastors and DDF chairpersons, we could easily                Judith “Judy” Starr, wife of Deacon Sid Starr
the Diocese has been forced to eliminate the position of        achieve our goals,” Mr. Solensky said. “But what is eas-          serving Holy Rosary Church in Hartshorne, died
director of Stewardship and Development at the Chan-            ily attainable with 37 percent participation is simply im-        June 10. Mrs. Starr was known as a strong woman
cery and the position of campus minister at the TU New-         possible with only 28 percent.”                                   who would not let anything keep her from helping
man Center. In addition, the position of coordinator of            Mr. Solensky who came to the Diocese last November,            those in need, Father Christopher Daigle said in his
youth and young adult ministry, which will become va-           will coordinate next year’s DDF appeal while Suzanne              homily at her Mass of Christian Burial June 13.
cant June 28 following the departure of present coordi-         Pisaturo will continue former Stewardship and Develop-              Father Daigle told the congregation that Mrs.
nator Matt Halbach, will not be filled immediately.             ment Director Bob Gisler’s work in the Office of Estate           Starr believed people had to know and live as
   “To date we have raised $1.71 million,” said Joe So-         Planning Awareness.                                               Christ the man before they could know and live as
lensky, who will assume the responsibility of coordinat-           Father Matt Gerlach who has been assigned to the               Christ the Divine.
ing the annual DDF appeal. “This accounts for nearly            Newman Center as of June 15 will serve as full-time                 “Judy wouldn’t just say feed the hungry. She
80 percent of our goal, but represents the active partici-      chaplain in addition to his duties as diocesan voca-              would actually go out on the street and do it,” said
pation of just 28 percent of the registered families in our     tions director. Now he will also assume the responsi-             Margaret DeWeese, who is married to Deacon
78 parishes.”                                                   bilities of campus minister, a position that Steve Nel-           Robert DeWeese at Church of the Madalene.
  With fewer than one in three families participating in        son had held.                                                       Two of Mrs. Starr’s close friends, Judi Mrasek
the annual appeal, Mr. Solensky warned that the gap be-             Diocesan Chancellor Deacon John Johnson said it is            and Betty Loney, also deacons’ wives, agreed that
tween the DDF’s 2008 goal of $2.15 million and the              likely that economic anxiety contributed to the decline           she was a “different kind of lady always doing her
actual funds pledged would be impossible to eradicate           in support for the DDF, although in many respects Tul-            own thing – always the right thing – but in her
without an increase in the level of participation.              sa’s economy remains strong. Chancellor Deacon John-              own way.
  “We’ve been able to narrow that gap to just $446,166          son also noted that the Diocese’s investments have taken            “She was a very special woman and will be truly
because we asked several parishes that had not yet un-          a hit with fluctuations in the stock market.                      missed,” said Mrs. Mrasek.
dertaken the three-week process of seeking pledges to              Despite the overall bad news, there were some positive           A Rosary was held June 12 at Holy Rosary with
the DDF to do so now,” he noted before concluding,              things to report, said Mr. Solensky. “Thirty-six of the 78 par-   Father Hung V. Le, and the funeral Mass was cel-
“This helped, but since every parish family benefits from       ishes in the Diocese met or exceeded their fundraising goals.”    ebrated June 13 at St. Catherine Church in Tulsa.
the work of the Diocese, every parish family really ought          Heading the list of these parishes is St. Thomas More            With the celebrant, Father Daigle, was Deacon
to make a commitment.”                                          Parish, which achieved 321 percent of its goal and had the        Tom Loney, who was ordained in 1993 with Dea-
  For several years the DDF has set for itself the goal of      support of 69 percent of its registered households. Oth-          con Starr.
reaching the national average of 37 percent of registered       er parishes that have achieved more than 150 percent of             Burial was at Floral Haven Cemetery in Tulsa.
families participating in this effort to fund those projects    their goal are St. Monica in Tulsa, St. Joseph in Stigler,        In addition to her husband, Mrs. Starr is survived
that benefit the whole Diocese or that are too large for        Sacred Heart in Sapulpa, Holy Rosary in Hartshorne,               by her children, Lisa, Anne and Justin, and several
single parishes to assume.                                      St. Francis de Sales in Idabel and St. John the Evangelist        grandchildren.
  “If we could secure the participation of another 9 per-       in Stillwater.
Diocesan                                                                      EastErn OklahOma CathOliC                                                           June 22, 2008    13
 Sister Connie Lennartz, O.P.
Excuses de-bunked: Mass matters in summer, too
  Celebrating Mass is the heart of Catholic life. Dur-       in action, including the going forth to announce the            purpose given to Moses for returning to Egypt and to
ing the many years I taught in Catholic high schools,        good news to others.                                            be addressed to the Pharoah was NOT the immedi-
I heard the following excuse for missing Sun-                             In my role as R.C.I.A. director, I find some       ate release of the Hebrew people from slavery, but the
day Mass: “I pray better alone, in the woods                            non-Catholics tired of rah-rah churches that         freedom to gather every seventh day for worship. The
or at the sea shore. I really get close to Christ                       focus on entertainment rather than substance.        plagues were the result of not letting the people gather
in nature.”                                                             I meet people who want structure in their wor-       for worship!)
  Or perhaps the excuse consisted of the Mass                           ship as well as those seeking to fill a hunger not     We are social beings, therefore it is good and neces-
being “boring,” unlike large assemblies of                              available when worship centers on the wor-           sary for us to participate in communal worship. Those
youth and adults who are stirred into praise                            shiper rather than the one worshiped.                who are weak gain from those who are strong, and
and emotional response with vibrant music.                                I also hear the need for family-type experi-       those who feel their faith is strong can be of help to
Some preferred the other end - small prayer                             ences, both communal and personal, such as           those in need of prayer.
sessions which allow for intimacy and heartfelt                         lector, server, Eucharistic minister. Families         Being united with Christ at Mass makes the whole
sharing.                                                     often partake together in these and other ministries            much greater than the parts. At Mass we spend our
  Of course, the Mass is not meant to be primarily a         such as choir and ushers.                                       time in a variety of prayer styles. We sing or recite
private devotion, a sing-a-long or a faith-sharing group.       Another important element is the chance to seek for-         hymns of praise, ask for forgiveness, listen and reflect
Yet it may contain elements of all three - plus much         giveness through this sacrificial offering of Christ we         on the Word of God in Scripture, bring gifts and peti-
more.                                                        call the Mass. For returning Catholics who have been            tions before the Lord and partake in the great act of
  The Mass is essentially a communal worship experi-         away from the Church for years, it is without doubt             thanksgiving - communion with Jesus in the Eucharist.
ence that does not depend on MY feeling, but on the          the reception of Eucharist that is missed and desired           There is also time for silence and private prayer.
presence of Christ in the community of the faithful and      the most.                                                         Many of the inquirers I have met love the Mass be-
in the Eucharist.                                                Once school is out in our parish, however, there is a       cause it is definitely a place and time for worship.
  Perhaps I am distracted or non-attentive at Mass, but      noticeable depletion in the numbers at weekend Mass-            Some even appreciate the “Catholic Calisthenics” of
that may well be my problem, not the liturgy’s. Christ       es. This is probably the case in most Tulsa parishes. I         standing, sitting and kneeling that make us aware that
has left us the most perfect form of worship, and al-        know families take vacations or go to the lake for week-        we worship not just with our minds and hearts but also
though it has changed externally over the centuries          ends in the summer, and I hope and pray that they are           with our bodies.
it has always maintained the elements of those early         attending Mass wherever they are.                                 The word Eucharist means thanksgiving, a trait we
Christian communities mentioned in the Acts of the              But it is really important to remain a part of the wor-      should all nourish through our great privilege of gath-
Apostles and the writings of St. Paul - gathering, praise,   shiping community all year long. Why? First, because            ering at weekly Mass. A grateful heart is a loving heart
Scripture, preaching and the sharing of consecrated          it is a way to show our love for God through the sac-           and the Eucharist is the heart of our faith.
bread and wine by which Jesus becomes our nourish-           rifice of the Son; second, because it is at Mass that we
ment and strength.                                           are nourished with the gift of Eucharist; third, God de-          Sister Connie Lennartz, O.P., is adult education direc-
  In Luke’s Emmaus story, Chapter 24, we see the Mass        mands it - remember the Third Commandment? (The                 tor at Christ the King Church in Tulsa.

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                                              Compensation includes salary, room,              PART-TIME TEACHER - All                     nance & HR Coordinator, 1416 W.
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 and investigate and correct error, follow    of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Tulsa. This        7224 or               Tricia Douthat, 520-2219.
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 data entry, inform current and prospec-      business administrator and ministry de-          YOUTH MINISTER - St. Vincent                  CLEANING, HANDYMAN - If
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14   June 22, 2008                                                     EastErn OklahOma CathOliC                                                  Diocesan
     Ordination of Father Elkin Gonzalez
                                                                                                        Monthly Novenas set
                                                                                                        at Sts. Peter and Paul
                                                                                                        Father Tim Davison, pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Church in
                                                                                                     Tulsa, has announced an ongoing Novena to St. Toribio Romo.
                                                                                                     On May 21, Bishop Edward J. Slattery signed into existence a
                                                                                                     shrine to the martyred Mexican priest at Sts. Peter and Paul.
                                                                                                        Prior to the establishment of the shrine, the church held
                                                                                                     three Novenas to St. Toribio, the first of which started June
                                                                                                     17 and will end June 25. Novenas will take place every month
                                                                                                     thereafter on those same dates.
                                                                                                        The Novenas are the first regularly scheduled events to be
                                                                                                     held at the shrine. St. Toribio’s feast day is May 25.
                                                                                                        “He must be hearing our prayers,” said Father Davison. “The
                                                                                                     first one will be a Novena of thanks for striking down parts of
                                                                                                     the new immigration bill.”
                                                                                                        Father Davison was referring to a June 4 decision by U.S.
                                                                                                     District Judge Robin Cauthron that granted a preliminary in-
                                                                                                     junction against portions of H.B.1804 that were to take ef-
                                                                                                     fect July 1. Two portions of the law were struck down, one re-
                                                                                                     quiring employers to verify workers’ eligibility for employment
                                                                                                     within the United States before the employer could be eligible
                                                                   Above left, Father                for state contracts.
                                                                   Medina gives his blessing
                                                                   to Elkin Jose Gonzalez.
                                                                                                        The other portion would have required businesses to verify
                                                                                                     eligibility of independent contractors or be subject to state tax
                                                                   Above right, Deacon               penalties. Other parts of the law remain in effect, although le-
                                                                   Elking Gonzalez lies              gal challenges are pending.
                                                                   prostrate as Bishop                  A lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of the law,
                                                                   Slattery prays                    filed by a University of Tulsa law professor and the Catholic
                                                                                                     Diocese of Tulsa, has yet to be heard in court.
                                                                   Left, Father David                   In addition to the monthly Novenas, plans are still in the
                                                                   Medina and Father Elkin           works for the construction of a garden and chapel intended to
                                                                   Jose Gonzalez with the            be a place of quiet prayer to St. Toribio, considered by many to
                                                                   soon-to-be ordained               be the patron saint of immigrants. A relic and a life-size statue
                                                                   priest’s mother, Gladys
                                                                   Perez, of Cartagena,
                                                                                                     glorify St. Toribio at the shrine at Sts. Peter and Paul and will
                                                                   Colombia.                         eventually be housed in the new chapel. Aside from the origi-
                                                                                                     nal shrine in Santa Ana de Guadalupe, it is the other shrine to
                                                                                                     St. Toribio in the world.

TMM honors Bishop, Father Briones                                                                      Hispanic center moves
  The Tulsa Metropolitan
Ministry honored Bishop
                                                                                                       to Denver Avenue
Edward J. Slattery and Fa-                                                                              The Hispanic Helping Center’s social services offices –
ther Jose Maria Briones                                                                              food and clothing only – moved June 9 to the main Catho-
June 5 for their work on be-                                                                         lic Charities office at 739 N. Denver Ave. The phone num-
half of illegal immigration.                                                                         ber is 585-8199.
  Father Briones was pre-                                                                               The Immigration Department and the Xavier Medi-
sented with the Don New-                                                                             cal Clinic will remain at their existing site just west of St.
by/Ben Hill recognition,                                                                             Francis Xavier Church and Diocesan Shrine to Our Lady of
which is awarded to an in-                                                                           Guadalupe at 2436 E. Admiral Blvd.
dividual who has expressed                                                                              Continued deterioration of the Helping Center’s office
compassion and concern for                                                                           had reached the point where repairs were not cost-effective,
the conditions and quality                                                                           officials said.
of life for all human beings.                                                                           Most of Catholic Charities will move into the $19 million
  Father Briones is the pas-                                                                         consolidated campus being built at Harvard Avenue and
tor of a new parish being                                                                            Apache Street. Officials hope the campus will be completed
established at St. Thomas                                                                            by summer 2009.
More Church and has been
working very hard on behalf At left, Rev. Dr. Luis Carlos Sánchez, a board member for
of immigrants, especially TMM, and TMM President Marlin Lavanhar present the Don
                                                                                                        El gran bazar
with all the consequences of Newby/Ben Hill award to Father Jose Maria Briones. With                   St. Francis Xavier Church and Diocesan Shrine to Our
the HB1804.                   them is longtime parishioner of St. Thomas More Church Irma            Lady of Guadalupe is organizing its first fund-raising garage
  The Russell Bennett Rec- Chajecki, who works in Catholic Charities Immigration Office.             sale, probably to be held next month.
ognition was presented                                                                                 Organizers are seeking used furniture, clothes and other
to an individual who has                                                                             items; please contact the church office at 592-6770. All do-
provided courageous social justice leadership to undocumented.                                       nations are tax-deductible.
Bishop Slattery, who has been a vocal supporter     Bishop Slattery was not present at the dinner,     St. Francis Xavier is believed to be the largest Catholic
of immigrants’ rights, once saying he will go to but Deacon John Johnson, chancellor of the Dio-     church in Oklahoma.
jail if he must to continue to serve the poor and cese of Tulsa, received the award on his behalf.
Youth/Education                                                              EastErn OklahOma CathOliC                                                     June 22, 2008    15

Kelley students, Bishop Slattery discuss immigration
   The questions weren’t easy as Bishop Edward J.
Slattery defended his stance on immigration is-
sues. But the questions didn’t come from report-
ers at a press conference or members of the Legis-
lature but from juniors and seniors from Bishop
Kelley High School.
   The students have enrolled this summer in
Catholic Justice and Social Action taught by
Ken Coughlin. The elective course fills a religion
course requirement and not only explores current
social issues but lets the students experience them
first hand.
   Their topic June 10 was immigration, and 17
students came to the Chancery for a discussion
with Bishop Slattery, author of a pastoral letter
opposing Oklahoma’s recently enacted H.B. 1804
and recipient of the Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry’s
Russell Bennett Recognition award for his stance
against the restrictive immigration reform law.
   Mr. Coughlin opened the interview by relat-
ing a class discussion held the day before. He said
there was one immigrant in the class, and after
questioning the students it was discovered that
most are no more than two or three generations
removed from immigrant ancestors. Written
questions for the bishop were submitted in ad-
vance, and the first got to the heart of the matter:
“Why should we help someone who has broken
the law?”                                                Bishop Kelley High School students meet with Bishop Edward J. Slattery June 10 to discuss immigration
   “It’s easy for me,” Bishop Slattery responded. issues for a class called Catholic Justice and Social Action.
“My concern is the Gospel. It says that if anyone
asks for help, I should help them. It’s not a matter
of legal or illegal or of skin color. It’s not that sim-
ple for government officials who believe that. They           type of amnesty for those already here and who are con- and other services.
may be asked to enforce a law they don’t believe in. The tributing. The new president, whoever it is, will have to        Before addressing immigration, the class studied
government has looked the other way for so long that it deal with this issue, but on a national level.”                 homelessness by taking the bus to spend a day at Iron
has become a very difficult situation. It should be han-        Luke Jaskowiak asked a question that wasn’t submit- Gate Ministries, Madonna House and the Salvation
dled on a case-by-case basis. These people are poor, and ted in advance.                                                Army near downtown Tulsa. They served meals to the
they are simply trying to feed their families.”                 “According to a web site I found, $275,192,308,557 poor and homeless and helped out wherever needed.
   He went on to say that the current Oklahoma law has been wired back to Latin America since 2001. After their experiences, Mr. Coughlin asked the stu-
has accomplished what it was intended to do but in a Where do you draw the line?” That’s a lot of money.”               dents to spend a quiet evening in the school’s chapel,
mean-spirited way. He said that it encourages racism            “We have a global economy like never before, and we where he asked them if they had seen the face of God
and fails to consider the good that immigrants have have a surplus,” Bishop Slattery explained. “In Chris- during the day. One student recounted a destitute
brought to American society.                                  tian justice, if we have two loaves of bread and another pregnant woman who was focused on the care of her
   “We’ve hung out a help-wanted sign and ignored our man is starving, he has the right to that second loaf of unborn child. Another remembered the kindness in
existing laws for years. We have all benefited from ille- bread.”                                                       the face of the man who runs Iron Gate Ministries, an
gal aliens from cheap labor that has helped keep prices         Before their discussion with Bishop Slattery, the class outreach of Trinity Episcopal Church that provides free
down on many things. There has to be a system that interviewed Irma Chajecki from Catholic Charities food to the needy.
protects our borders but also regulates who comes here Immigration Office, who is a native of Colombia and                “This is the kind of class that keeps teachers coming
to work. It is reaching crisis level. There should be some spends her days helping immigrants pursue legal status back,” Mr. Coughlin said.

Kelley expands summer course options                                                                                      Looking for HFCS alums
                                                                                                                            While complete records of high school students
  Bishop Kelley High School has ex-      ers David McBride and Jason Cull-        exams will benefit from Kelley’s        have been kept, Holy Family Cathedral School is
panded summer course offerings to        er. So far they have visited sites in    preparation courses taught by Kel-      looking to update its records of grade school alum-
include the following:                   Tahlequah, Oklahoma City, Bartles-       ley faculty Megan Schaunaman and        ni. By sending your contact information, you will
  Catholic Justice and Social Ac-        ville and Ponca City.                    Katie Abboud. Late June and July        not only be helping HFCS update its records but
tion, taught by theology instructor        Dana Hoagland in the Kelley dra-       classes are available.                  you will be able to receive information about the
Ken Coughlin, is an experience-          ma department is teaching Speech           Science teacher Carol Smith will      school and alumni events. If you graduated from
driven course that addresses home-       I: Public Speaking for students          lead a class through the dynamics of    HFCS grade school, please send your contact in-
lessness, hunger, poverty, immigra-      who want to compete in speech and        Forensic Science in July.               formation along with the year you graduated and
tion and other issues.                   debate, participate in theatrical per-                                           your maiden name (if applicable) to: hfcs.con-
  While taking Oklahoma History,         formances, or fulfill a curriculum         For additional information or to or Mrs. Maureen Hoffman, Holy
now with 38 students and another         requirement.                             enroll in any of these classes, visit   Family Cathedral School, 820 S. Boulder, Tulsa,
class offered in July, students travel     Juniors and seniors getting ready      the Student Life/Calendar section of    OK 74119.”
the state with social studies teach-     to take SAT/ACT college entrance
16    June 22, 2008                                                         EastErn OklahOma CathOliC                                     Youth/Education
Bartlesville educator
will head St. John School                                                        ‘Touching Safety’ program
  BARTLESVILLE - A new principal has been named for St. John
Catholic School for the 2008-2009 school year. Jane A. Sears will                  to begin in September
replace James “Bud” Sexson, who has accepted a position as direc-
tor of the Bartlesville Community Center.                                   Beginning in September, every student in              Year 1, Lesson 2: Safe Friends, Safe Adults
  Mrs. Sears began her career in the                                      Catholic schools and parish-based religious ed-      and Safe Touches will help children, young
Bartlesville school system at Madison Ju-                                 ucation programs will begin a new child safety       people and their parents establish basic guide-
nior High where she was a science teacher                                 program, “Touching Safety,” which will replace       lines for working together to make sure which
for eight years. She worked as a counselor                                the Self-Safety Guidance Program that was im-        friends and other adults can be trusted to act
at Bartlesville High School from 1986 to                                  plemented in October 2004.                           safety and in the children’s best interests.
1998 and then moved into an administra-                                     The new program, developed by VIRTUS, is              Year 2, Lesson 3: Boundaries to teach stu-
tion role as assistant principal for curricu-                             intended to bring the Diocese of Tulsa into full     dents what personal boundaries are and how
lum and instruction.                                                      compliance with the U.S. Bishops Charter for         identifying and honoring them can give them
  She most recently served as principal                                   the Protection of Young People adopted follow-       the self-assurance needed to speak up if some-
of the high school from 2003-2005. She                                    ing the clergy sexual abuse revelations of 2002.     one tries to step over the line.
retired in 2005 but returned to work as                                     Bishop Edward J. Slattery approved the new            Year 2, Lesson 4: Telling Someone You Trust
a school counselor at Central Middle                                      curriculum, which is a three-year, age-appropri-     will teach children who to tell when something
School.                                       Jane Sears                  ate program for students in grades kindergarten      makes them uncomfortable or confused. This
  Mrs. Sears graduated from high school in                                through 12.                                          lesson also begins to explore the phenomenon
Bartlesville, and holds a bachelor’s in zool-                               On June 7, catechists from four parishes at-       and power of secrets in a child’s life at various
ogy and a master’s degree in school counseling from Northeastern          tended a training session at St. John Church         ages.
State University in Tahlequah.                                            in McAlester where the new curriculum was               Year 3, Lesson 5: Grooming explains that
  She is married to Republican state Rep. Earl Sears, a lifelong          introduced. They previewed the introductory          many types of behavior may indicate an adult is
Bartlesville resident and educator. Before being elected to the           DVD/video lessons that will initially be used to     grooming the child or young person for some-
Oklahoma State House of Representatives in 2006, he was a teach-          present the program, an overview of “Touching        thing more than friendship. The lesson also
er and principal at Central Middle School from 1974-2006.                 Safety,” and a hard copy of lesson plans for Year    helps them learn to trust their own instincts
  Mr. and Mrs. Sears are members of Immaculate Conception Par-            1 for four grade levels: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12.     about what is OK and what is not.
ish in Pawhuska. They have two children, who attended St. John              They also were given a parent resource book-          Year 3, Lesson 6: No Secrets reinforces and
School in the 1980s.                                                      let in the “Touching Safety” Program in both         builds on lessons from Year 2 and deals with
  “St. John School has a long tradition of excellence in Catholic         English and Spanish.                                 peer groups and other influences that prevent
education, and I am looking forward to working with the staff,              Each year for three years, the program pro-        children and young people from reporting in-
teachers, students and parents to continue the many good pro-             vides a theme that introduces and builds on          appropriate behavior. They are helped to devel-
grams at St. John,” Mrs. Sears said.                                      the basic concepts in the “Teaching Touching         op their own decision-making process to use in
                                                                          Safety Guide,” described as “a vehicle through       such situations.
Cascia celebrates 50 years                                                which parents, teachers, catechists and youth
                                                                          ministers give children and young people the
                                                                                                                                  VIRTUS gave an understated explanation for
                                                                                                                               why the use of the introductory videos is vital
of its ‘spiritual anchor’                                                 tools they need to protect themselves from
                                                                          those who might harm them.”
                                                                                                                               to the program: “Child sexual abuse is a sensi-
                                                                                                                               tive topic.”
By FATHER BERNIE SCIANNA, O.S.A.                                            The themes to be covered, all in an age-ap-           “It is not easy for some adults to initiate a
  On May 22, the Feast of St. Rita of Cascia, we celebrated the           propriate way over the next three years are:         preliminary discussion about sexual abuse.
50th anniversary of our St. Rita Chapel on the Cascia Hall Cam-             Year 1, Lesson 1: Touching safety rules in         Even those who feel comfortable talking with
pus. Before 1958 the school chapel was in the 1926 building on            which students learn simple rules about what         their own children about these issues may find
the first floor where the current business office, faculty lounge and     to do and how to react when someone’s touch          it challenging to talk about this subject matter
classroom No. 2 are located.                                              “is confusing, scary or makes the child or young     in a classroom full of children or teen-agers.
  The current chapel construction began in June 1956 and was              person feel uncomfortable.” The students begin          The “Touching Safety” video program intro-
dedicated by Bishop Reed on May 22, 1958.                                 to start to deal with real risks they face when      ductions are intended to relieve trainers of the
  The chapel project was under the direction of Headmaster Father         they are out in the world on their own and           responsibility for breaking the ice on the sen-
James Sinnott, O.S.A., who holds the second-longest tenure as a           how to learn where to draw boundary lines in         sitive subject matter, which includes activities
Cascia headmaster, 15 years - from 1950-1965. The fundraising             relationships.                                       that are simple and fun.
was under the direction of Mr. Joseph A. LaFortune. He, along
with many Cascia families, contributed to this project.
  The Peter J. and Grace F. McMahon Family gave a strip of land              Kalamazoo woman named to child protection post
along the creek to help make the parking lot possible. Construc-
tion was under the direction of Mr. L.F. Rooney of Manhattan                   WASHINGTON (CNS) - Mary Jane Do-                  Before being named director of the Kalam-
Construction, and the architects were Slattery & Slattery. The cost         err, director of the Safe Environment Of-          azoo office in 2006, Ms. Doerr was coordina-
of the project was approximately $300,000.                                  fice for the Diocese of Kalamazoo, Mich.,          tor of the diocese’s safe environment program
  The St. Rita Chapel has been and continues to be the spiritual an-        has been named associate director of the           from 2003 to 2006. Before that she served
chor of this campus. It is a place of great praise of God during litur-     U.S. bishops’ Office of Child and Youth            in the diocese’s stewardship and fundraising
gical celebrations and a place of great solace during difficult times.      Protection.                                        offices.
  We are grateful to all who helped build this wonderful edifice for           When Ms. Doerr takes the position June            She worked for 20 years in education, in-
our community, to those who helped with the renovation project              30, she will succeed Sheila Kelly, who is          cluding stints as an elementary school princi-
just a few years ago and also to the Class of 2001 who donated the          retiring.                                          pal, instructor at Davenport College-Kalam-
new chime system.                                                              Teresa Kettelkamp, the office’s executive di-   azoo and co-director of the college’s children’s
  Finally, we are grateful to the members of the St. Rita Guild who         rector, said Ms. Doerr brings valuable expe-       center and teacher at an elementary school.
generously give of their time and service for the upkeep of this spe-       rience to the position. “Additionally, her his-    She also was an instructor in the training pro-
cial place.                                                                 tory assisting victims and educating children      gram of the United Association of Plumbers
  May St. Rita of Cascia, Our Patroness, continue to watch over             gives her a depth of understanding that will       and Pipe Fitters and a copywriter for the J.S.
and guide us as we attempt to follow her example of faithfulness            enhance all she does.”                             Paluch Co., writing on stewardship.
and as we attempt to follow Jesus Christ more closely.
Youth/Education                                                             EastErn OklahOma CathOliC                                                       June 22, 2008    17

Pope’s April message still resonates for seminarians
   WASHINGTON (CNS) - The impact of Pope Bene-               truth should not be an                                                            Wojcicki, the rector. Their pil-
dict XVI’s historic visit to the United States in April is   imposition but that “ulti-                                                        grimage included an overnight
still being felt by seminarians around the country.          mately truth is a person:                                                         bus ride, which provided the
   Father Randy Vashon, vocations director for the Di-       Jesus Christ.”                                                                    group with a great bonding ex-
ocese of Metuchen, N.J., said the April 19 papal rally         “I couldn’t preach if I                                                         perience “directed toward a love
with seminarians and young people at St. Joseph’s Semi-      thought (truth) was an                                                            for the Holy Father.”
nary in Yonkers, N.Y., was “very impressive. It was nice     imposition,” Mr. Combs                                                               Like Father Vashon, Msgr.
to see such a huge crowd as one.”                            told CNS in a telephone                                                           Wojcicki said he thinks the
   While he could not say he has received vocations in-      interview.                                                                        pope’s trip may increase voca-
quiries directly spurred by the papal visit, Father Vashon     He will be ordained a                                                           tions. He, too, said that prior to
said in a telephone interview with Catholic News Service     transitional deacon next                                                          the pope’s arrival the number of
that he would not be surprised if the visit has an impact    year and a priest in two                                                          vocations was turning in a posi-
on vocations. Though even before the papal trip, he said,    years. Mr. Combs, who                                                             tive direction.
vocation numbers had taken a positive turn upward.           has spent seven years in                                                             Kenrick-Glennon Seminary
   Steven Woltornist, a seminarian studying for the          the seminary, said experi-                                                        saw a 50 percent increase in en-
Metuchen Diocese, said he was unsure what to expect          ences such as seeing the                                                          rollment last year, and the num-
from the papal visit. But as soon as he saw the pope, “it    pope enliven him as he                                                            ber of students will rise again
was all worth it,” he told CNS.                              nears the home stretch to                                                         this fall.
   Mr. Woltornist is studying at St. Joseph’s Seminary,      ordination.                                                                          Msgr. Wojcicki recalled that
the site of the rally. For him, the “all” included being       Father Vashon said he                                                           Pope John Paul’s visit to St.
on a bus at 5:30 in the morning to be transported to St.     did not think seminarians                                                         Louis in 1999 had an impact on
Patrick’s Cathedral, where the pope said Mass, and from      entered the rally thinking Seminarians cheer as Pope Benedict XVI                  vocations in the area. The Arch-
there to go back to Yonkers.                                 they would form a special arrives for a youth rally at St. Joseph Seminary diocese of St. Louis recently or-
   Deacon Edmund Luciano, who will be ordained a             bond with Pope Benedict, in Yonkers, N.Y., April 19. Seminarians say they dained nine men, the most in
priest for Metuchen in about a year, said the pope’s re-     but they certainly left with still feel the impact of the message of hope          any year since 1987.
flections on hope influenced him the most.                   one.                          the pope brought during his visit to the U.S. in       For a few years after 1999,
   He said the common perception is “hope is limited           Dominican Father An- April. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)                            many men entering the semi-
because we rely on what we can do,” but he found the         drew-Carl Wisdom, voca-                                                            nary were directly inspired by the
pope’s emphasis on finding hope in Christ comforting.        tions director for the Do-                                                         pope’s visit, the priest noted.
   When Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger became Pope Bene-          minicans’ central U.S. province based in Chicago, said      Father Luke Sweeney, vocations director of the New
dict in 2005, Deacon Luciano saw him at a Wednes-            one reason for such a bond was what Pope Benedict’s York Archdiocese, said his office has been “inundated”
day audience at the Vatican. But seeing the pope this        predecessor brought to the papacy. He said Pope John with inquiries since the visit. Some of those men may be
time was different, he said. It was more exciting because    Paul II brought a familial sense that has been carried on entering the seminary this fall or next year; others were
“there was a mission and purpose to the trip.”               by the current pope.                                      referred to other dioceses.
   Mr. Woltornist said the pope’s remarks about being          Beyond expressing joy about seeing the pope, the sem-     Father Wisdom also reported a spike in inquiries
the light of Christ has influenced him to try to be an       inarians commented on what he said, so the rally be- about vocations for the Dominicans. One individual di-
example of Christ to his peers and those to whom he          came “more than just going to see the pope,” according rectly attributed his call to the pope’s visit, he said.
ministers.                                                   to Father Vashon. He also thinks the visit will increase    The priest said he hadn’t connected the increase in in-
   Timothy Combs, who is studying in St. Louis to be-        the excitement about serving the Church for those al- terest to the papal visit but when asked about it realized
come a Dominican priest, attended the seminary rally         ready discerning a vocation.                              the upturn has come at an unusual time of year. Usually
with five fellow students. For him, the pope talking           Seminarians from Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in he receives such inquiries at the beginning of the year,
about truth has had the most influence. The pope said        St. Louis traveled together to the rally, said Msgr. Ted but these have come as the academic year has ended.

Christ the King young people take
mission trips to Memphis, Mississippi
   Youth groups from Christ the King            where they spent a week helping rebuild
Church are spending part of their summer        houses destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
helping others in need.                            Mr. Tremblay said that the eye of the hur-
   On June 5 through June 7, 14 students        ricane passed directly over Perlington, and
and two chaperones traveled to Mem-             the destruction was devastating. They worked
phis to paint, clean and perform general        with a local organization called One House at
housekeeping chores at Memphis Catho-           a Time that is dedicated to rebuilding homes.
lic School. Jim Pohlman, former principal       The group has Christian roots but will help
of Marquette School at Christ the King is       anyone with a need, Mr. Tremblay said.
principal there.                                   “It’s been three years since Katrina, and
                                                                                                                                    Above, from left, Emily Reeder, Haley
   “They’re a very poor, inner-city school      the public attention has moved on to other                                          Poarch, Allison Griffiths, Ginna Long ,
and we helped out wherever we could,”           things,” he said. “We want everyone to real-                                        Paige McIlroy, Colten Craig, Margo
said Ron Tremblay, Christ the King’s youth      ize that there is still a great need there.”                                        McKenzie, Christina Pynn and front,
director.                                          The group stayed at Our Lady of the Gulf                                         Alex Maguire take a break for their
   In addition to serving those in need, the    Church in Bay St. Louis, Miss., a few miles                                         mission trip to Memphis.
eight-graders attended a minor league base-     from Perlington. They return to Tulsa on
ball game and spent their evenings in prayer    June 21.                                                                            Margo McKenzie, Paige McIlroy
and discussing the world of a freshman in          For more information on these service                                            and Haley Poarch, eighth-graders
high school.                                    trips and upcoming events with the youth                                            from Christ the King Church, paint a
   On June 14, a group of 55 students and       groups of Christ the King, visit their web                                          wall at Memphis Catholic School in
16 adults left Tulsa for Perlington, Miss.      site at
18     June 22, 2008                                                          EastErn OklahOma CathOliC                                                                 Media
Ten texts help crack pope’s pontificate, mission, ministr y
By JOHN THAVIS                                 do we know what life                                          his initial doubts about      and redemption in the modern world.
Catholic News Service                          is. We are not some ca-                nAlysis                being a good priest: “I         10. His weekly audience talk on St.
   VATICAN CITY - If there’s one thing         sual and meaningless                                          also knew that it was not     Augustine Jan. 30. These weekly talks
people learned about Pope Benedict XVI         product of evolution. Each of us is the enough to love theology in order to be a            constitute a type of “Early Christianity
during his U.S. visit, it’s that he’s got      result of a thought of God. Each of us good priest, but that it was also necessary          101,” but this one focuses on the pope’s
content.                                       is willed, each of us is loved, each of us to be always available to young people, the      favorite Church father and one of his
   His talks and sermons were mini-les-        is necessary.”                             elderly, the sick and the poor: the need to      most important themes, the relationship
sons on the faith and its relationship with       2. The introduction and Part 1 of his be simple with the simple.”                        between faith and reason.
the world, blending the advice of a pas-       encyclical “Deus Caritas Est” (“God Is       6. His interview in August 2006 with             This list omits the pope’s 2007 book,
tor with the reflections of a theologian.      Love”). Not an easy read, but essential to German reporters ahead of his home-              “Jesus of Nazareth,” only because of its
   The collected talks are now being read      understanding the central themes of his coming visit to Bavaria. Although he is             unusual scope and length. Those wanting
and pondered by Catholics across the           pontificate. Among the objections con- said to have remarked “Thank God that’s              to sample the book might look at Chapter
country who want to delve a little more        fronted by the pope is that the Church over” after it was finished, the pope had            4, “The Sermon on the Mount,” which
deeply into the pope’s message during          has destroyed erotic love: “Doesn’t the no problem fielding questions about fall-           examines the beatitudes in light of Jesus’
his April visit.                               Church, with all Her commandments en-away Catholics, the Middle East, his                   own times and modern social trends. A
   But what about the rest of his pon-         and prohibitions, turn to bitterness the travel plans, the Church’s political strate-       bonus is that the pope here engages in an
tificate? What about the hundreds of           most precious thing in life?”              gies and other topics.                           indirect dialogue with a learned Jewish
speeches, homilies, encyclicals, messag-          Here’s part of the answer: “Love is in-   7. The pope’s speech at Germany’s              rabbi on what Christ’s preaching meant
es, prayers and letters that he’s produced     deed ‘ecstasy,’ not in the sense of a mo- University of Regensburg Sept. 12,                for the Jewish people of his time.
during the first three years as pope?          ment of intoxication, but rather as a 2006. Its citation of a medieval descrip-               It’s also hard to pick a “best speech”
   For those unable to keep up with every-     journey, an ongoing exodus out of the tion of Islam provoked strong criticism               from Pope Benedict’s U.S. visit, but his
thing Pope Benedict does and says, here        closed inward-looking self toward its lib- among Muslims and a papal clarification.         talk to young people in Yonkers April 18
is a starting point: a list of 10 fundamen-    eration through self-giving.”              The speech is worth reading in its entire-       stuck in many people’s minds. The pope
tal texts that can help people understand         3. His talk Dec. 22, 2005, to the Ro- ty, however, because it takes aim not only         combined personal reflections about his
the man, his thought and his ministry.         man Curia. Here the pope lays out his at Islamic extremism but also at the West             own youth with the spiritual prodding of
   One caveat: The list makes no claim to      vision of the proper understanding of and its tendency to “exclude the question             his audience: “Friends, again I ask you,
be a top 10, just a useful anthology. And      the Second Vatican Council and answers of God” from the realm of reason.                    what about today? What are you seek-
where the works are particularly lengthy,      the question: Why has its implementa-        8. His letter to Chinese Catholics             ing? What is God whispering to you?”
this list indicates specific chapters or       tion been so difficult?                    June 30, 2007. The pope attempts to                That’s vintage Benedict.
passages.                                         4. His sermon Jan. 8, 2006, at a disentangle the knot of ecclesial and po-
   1. The pope’s sermon at his inaugu-         Mass with the baptism of infants. The litical problems in China by presenting                 Editor’s note: Bishop Edward J. Slat-
ration Mass April 24, 2005. Less than          pope literally set aside his prepared text a clear vision of the Church and its mis-        tery has offered to mail a complete copy of
a week after his election, he spelled out      and spoke off the cuff in a remarkable sion and a strong case for the respect of            Pope Benedict XVI’s texts from his U.S.
clearly how he saw his ministry and the        explanation of baptism, the role of the religious freedom.                                  visit to anyone who calls and asks for one.
mission of the Church.                         Church as community and the Chris-           9. His second encyclical, “Spe Salvi”          The number to call is 1-918-307-4955. In
   A snippet: “The purpose of our lives is     tian’s “yes” to the culture of life.       (“Saved by Hope”), published in late             this issue, Bishop Slattery continues his dis-
to reveal God to men. And only where              5. His meeting with young people April 2007. If the whole text is too much, Sec-         cussion and analysis of the pope’s talks and
God is seen does life truly begin. Only        6, 2006. This Q-and-A session revealed a tions 16-31 - about 20 pages - form the            how his challenge can be met in the Dio-
when we meet the living God in Christ          more personal side of the pope, including nucleus of his case for Christian hope            cese of Tulsa.

                                                                                                          ‘Angels and Demons’ won’t
     New collection of ‘Letters of St. Paul’ published                                                    be filmed in Rome churches
       BOSTON (CNS) - To mark the special jubilee                                                           ROME (CNS) - Rome diocesan officials have denied Hollywood pro-
     year dedicated to St. Paul, which Pope Benedict                                                      ducers permission to film the prequel to “The Da Vinci Code” inside its
     XVI formally opens June 28, Pauline Books &                                                          churches in Rome.
     Media has published a new collection of the “Let-                                                      Producers of the film, “Angels and Demons,” were turned down be-
     ters of St. Paul.”                                                                                   cause the movie is a work of “fantasy that damages common religious
       The pocket-size, 290-page book also includes                                                       sentiment,” said Father Marco Fibbi, Rome diocesan press officer. “Nor-
     prayers related to St. Paul’s letters, a study guide                                                 mally we read the script, but this time that wasn’t necessary. The name
     and an index of topics discussed by the saint.                                                       Dan Brown was enough” to reject the request, he told the Italian daily
       In a foreword, Pauline Father Jeffrey Mickler                                                      Corriere della Sera June 16.
     calls St. Paul “one of the most influential figures                                                    The new movie, directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks, is based
     in human history” and said he has special messag-                                                    on the Brown best-seller “Angels and Demons.” Another Brown novel, “The
     es for students, working men and women, sailors,                                                     Da Vinci Code,” sparked criticism for offending the Church and its beliefs.
     athletes and communicators.                                                                            Producers of the new movie, currently being filmed in Rome and due
       “Most of all, however, people striving to be great                                                 for release next spring, asked for permission to film scenes inside the
     lovers of God and neighbor will find in these letters                                                churches of Santa Maria del Popolo and Santa Maria della Vittoria about
     soul-shaping wisdom and practical ways of sharing                                                    a year ago.
     the Gospel with the world,” Father Mickler said.                                                       Father Fibbi told the Italian paper that normally the diocese receives
     “Savoring these letters as a whole will embed them                                                   dozens of requests every year to film inside its churches.
     in our hearts and minds, expand our capacity to                                                        “When it’s about the lives of the saints or the artistic history of the
     love, and deepen our faith.”                                                                         churches, we certainly give permission. Instead, if its content does not
       “Letters of St. Paul” sells for $7.95 and can be      A window at Holy Cross Church                pertain to traditional religious criteria, then we keep the doors closed,”
     ordered by calling 1-800-876-4463 or online at          in Mendota, Ill., depicts the                he said.                                         conversion of St. Paul. (CNS                   The Italian priest told the weekly Italian TV guide, TV Sorrisi e Can-
                                                                                                          zoni, that the “Angels and Demons” movie project “did not even have the
                                                                                                          necessary elements to ask for permission.”
Profiles                                                                      EastErn OklahOma CathOliC                                               June 22, 2008   19

The Walter Cronkite
of sports remembered
By PAUL McMULLIN                                   He earned a bachelor of arts from Loyola
   BALTIMORE (CNS) - Some of the in-             College in 1943, took a reporter’s job at The
stitutions that helped shape the man who         Evening Sun, and would credit his alma
delivered one of the most distinctive catch      mater’s dramatics club for enabling him to
phrases ever spoken on television were paid      be the first person seen and heard on televi-
back in full.                                    sion in Baltimore in 1947.
   Jim McKay neatly distilled the drama that       He never forgot that launching pad.
has spawned a billion-dollar industry when         “Sometimes, sending a check is the easiest
he spoke of “the thrill of victory and the ag-   thing for a benefactor to do,” said Michael
ony of defeat” on ABC’s “Wide World of           Goff, Loyola College’s vice president for de-
Sports” in the early 1960s.                      velopment and college relations.
   Three decades later, Mr. McKay loaned           “Jim and his wife, Margaret, were not
his voice to the Archdiocese of Baltimore        only longtime members of our John Ear-
for a video on Pope John Paul II’s 1995 vis-     ly Society; they became the chair couple.
it to the Archdiocese, and to his alma ma-       When they got involved, it had 200 mem-
ter, declaring in a promotion for Jesuit-run     bers. Now it’s up to 800,” Mr. Goff said.
Loyola College in Maryland: “It not only           Margaret Dempsey McManus was a pi-
teaches you how to make a living; more           oneer in her own right. After graduating
importantly, it teaches you how to make a        from the College of Notre Dame of Mary-
life.”                                           land, run by the School Sisters of Notre
   Mr. McKay, born James K. McManus,             Dame, she took a reporter’s job at the Bal-
died of natural causes at his Monkton home       timore Sun when a woman in a newsroom
June 7. He was 86. A funeral Mass for him        was rare.
was celebrated June 10 at the Cathedral of         She and her husband of 58 years were
Mary Our Queen in Baltimore, with Msgr.          honored by Notre Dame in 1986 with its
Nicholas P. Amato, McKay’s pastor at Our         Pro Urbe Award. She had established a day-
Lady of Grace in Parkton, as celebrant.          care center at Notre Dame, and she and her
   The airwaves and the Internet have been       husband were a constant presence through-
awash in tributes to the man who won 12          out the Baltimore Archdiocese.
Emmys and covered as many Olympic                  “Jim and Margaret were people of real,
Games, noting his elegance and grace under       genuine faith. ... I cannot say enough good
pressure - most notably in 1972 in Munich,       things about him,” said Cardinal William H.
Germany, where he poignantly narrated the        Keeler, retired archbishop of Baltimore, who
end for 11 slain Israeli athletes.               was the presiding bishop at the funeral.
   Speaking at Mr. McKay’s funeral Mass,           Msgr. Amato was a frequent visitor to the
Jackie Stewart, a world champion race-car        couple’s farm.
driver from Scotland who became an ABC             “Before giving him holy Communion, his
colleague, said: “He was to sport what Wal-      face would light up, and he’d start with a
ter Cronkite was to news in your country.”       story,” he said. “Sometimes, I must confess
   Sean McManus, president of CBS News           there was more excitement in telling the sto-
and Sports, welcomed friends of his father       ry than the story. How wonderful is that?”
at the funeral before several moving testi-        Earlier, the priest remarked, “Someone
monies, including one by CBS sports an-          said of Jim, ‘I can show you a picture of ros-
chor Jim Nantz.                                  es, but Jim could make you smell them.’”
   Mr. Nantz traveled to the 2000 British          At Mr. McKay’s high school, each year a
Open in Scotland for Mr. McKay’s final           senior is honored with the James K. McMa-
appearance on rival network ABC, and left        nus Award for excellence in journalism or
with an appreciation for his love of family.     the literary arts.
   “He was bursting with pride, speaking           “In a way,” said Jesuit Father Thomas A.
about Sean and Mary (a daughter),” Mr.           Pesci, president of Loyola Blakefield, “he
Nantz said. “He longed to be home. With          epitomized what I think a Jesuit education
tears in his eyes, he talked about (his wife)    hopes to achieve - a modern equivalent of a       Msgr. Nicholas P. Amato, pastor of Our lady of Grace
Margaret. He no longer had the appetite          Renaissance man. Depth, breadth, learning,        Church in Parkton, Md., leads the funeral procession for
for being the lonely road warrior.”              leadership, service. That was Jim McKay.”         sportscaster Jim McKay at the Cathedral of Mary Our
   Mr. McKay’s life and career were shaped         His humanity was never more apparent            Queen in Baltimore June 10. The legendary sportscaster,
by the Jesuit influence.                         than in 1972, when Palestinian terrorists         who hosted numerous Olympic games an d was the
                                                                                                   network staple for ABC’s “Wide World of Sports,” died of
   Born in Philadelphia, Jim McKay moved         took 11 Israelis hostage at the Olympic Vil-
                                                                                                   natural causes at his home in Monkton, Md., June 7. He
to Baltimore at age 15 and graduated in          lage in Munich. It was Mr. McKay who had          was 86. (CNS photo,)
1939 from the high school known now as           to correct erroneous rescue reports with the
Loyola Blakefield, a Jesuit school in Towson.    haunting epitaph “They’re all gone.”
20    June 22, 2008                                                          EastErn OklahOma CathOliC                                         People/Places
Hand-made wooden crosses a ministr y for Drumright couple
By DAVE CRENSHAW                                             it when they hear from someone who
  DRUMRIGHT - When Fred and Rosamond Joseph                  has received a cross and tells them of the
of St. Mary Church in Drumright received a small col-        blessings it has brought to them.
lection of three crosses as a gift from their daughter six      “It makes you feel good to do some-
years ago, little did they know she was giving them the      thing for somebody. When I give them
gift of a new ministry.                                      away, I tell the people that I’m not
  Mr. and Mrs. Joseph thought the adornment was so           preaching. The crosses are non-denomi-
beautiful that they decided to make some on a slightly       national, and they’re for everybody who
larger scale as Christmas presents for family members.       believes in Christ.”
The crosses were so well-received that they began mak-          Mr. Joseph is semi-retired from the res-
ing them as gifts for friends and all newcomers to St.       taurant business, and he opened the first
Mary’s. They even made several larger versions for the       Freddie’s Steak House in Drumright. The
other parishes in communities around Drumright.              name was later changed to Joseph’s Steak-
  Today, the crosses are present in homes and churches       house and for years has been a popular
across America and about 10 foreign countries includ-        eatery. Freddie’s Steak House in Sapulpa
ing the South Pole, Japan, Nigeria, France and Germa-        was started by his nephew, who learned
ny. Every parishioner at St. Mary and its sister parish,     the business working for Mr. Joseph.
Sts. Peter and Paul in Cushing, has a cross. There is one       Although there are several other simi-
in the Oklahoma governor’s mansion, and another was          lar steakhouses in the area bearing those Rosamond Joseph, Father Paul Amaliri and Fred Joseph
sent to the Vatican.                                         names, the Drumright and Sapulpa res- display one the crosses the Josephs make and give away.
  Mr. Joseph is a lifelong member of St. Mary Church         taurants are the originals and the only
and was baptized there 90 years ago. The Josephs have        two associated with Mr. Joseph.
been married for 59 years, and Mrs. Joseph joined the           “The others just took our name and                      them away.”
Church shortly before their wedding.                         ideas,” Mr. Joseph. “I knew the man and others might         No one cross or destination stands out in his mind.
  Since they received that special gift from their daugh-    have gotten upset about it, but we had a good thing go- He says they all have a special story and have given
ter, the Josephs say they have made an estimated 4,500       ing, and it didn’t hurt our business. I just let it pass.” both him and the recipient special blessings.
crosses. Mr. Joseph, a longtime wood working hob-               At the age of 90, Mr. Joseph still works at the steak-    Only one cross has been refused. “I guess he didn’t
byist, serves as head carpenter, and Mrs. Joseph is in       house every Tuesday and whenever he’s needed. Most of care for religion. That’s certainly his right.” Mr. Joseph
charge of quality control.                                   his spare time, however, is spent making the crosses. He said. He even gave one to a man who he later found
  Mr. Joseph remembers it was his wife who noticed           is still turning them out at the same rate he has for the out was Jewish. The man graciously accepted the cross
he was putting the first crosses together in reverse of      past six years – about 750 a year or, about two a day.     and thanked him for it.
the original. Both agree that their least favorite part is      “I make up a whole bunch of them at once. I like to       “Every time we give one to somebody, they act happy
putting on the finish, but say all their work is worth       keep several in the car and in the pickup so I can give to get it. That’s what it’s about.”

                                                                                                         Crispine Adongo leaving Idabel
                                                                                                           CINCINATTI - On May 24, really helped me to learn about
                                                                                                         Crispine Adongo took his first missionary work,” Mr. Adongo
                                                                                                         oath and became a Glenmary said.
                                                                                                         Home Missioner.                       He will leave Idabel on July 3
                                                                                                           Father Dan Dors-                           and return to his native
                                                                                                         ey presided at the                           Kenya for five weeks of
                                                                                                         First Oath Mass                              rest and visiting friends
                                                                                                         where Mr. Adongo                             and family. In August,
                                                                                                         and two other men                            he will begin four years
                                                                                                         committed them-                              of classes in pursuit of a
                                                                                                         selves to the Glen-                          master’s degree in divini-
                                                                                                         mary ministry that                           ty at St. Meinrad School
                                                                                                         seeks to proclaim                            of Theology in St. Mein-
                                                                                                         the Gospel in small                          rad, Ind.
                                                                                                         towns and rural ar-                            After finishing his
                                                                                                         eas in the United                            class work, Mr. Adongo
                                                                                                         States. For the past Crispine Adongo         will be ordained into the
                                                                                                         year, Mr. Adon-                              Glenmary Missioners.
     102nd and 20th                                                                                      go has assisted Father Chester        “My time at Idabel has been a
  Alclaire Pleasant celebrated her 102nd birthday with fellow parishioners of the Church of              Artysiewicz, pastor of St. Francis wonderful moment in my life. It
  St. Benedict last month. Also feted that day was Father Joe Townsend, who has been a                   de Sales Parish in Idabel, a Glen- is hard for me to leave the friend-
  priest for 20 years. His ordination date was May 27, 1988.                                             mary Mission church.               ly people here who have made me
                                                                                                           “Working with Father Chet has feel very welcome.”

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