Volume 34 Number 13 Official newspaper of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tulsa www.dioceseoftulsa.org 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. Summer break 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 www.dioceseoftulsa.org the Vatican Gardens June 13. For story, see page 6. (CNS photo/Jason Reed, Reuters) 2 June 22, 2008 EastErn OklahOma CathOliC Calendar 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 www.catholicfamilyconference.org, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 stbernardstulsa.org 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 greencountry.org 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. tulsa.org contact Tracy at 307-4939 or tracy.calli- Wednesday, July 9 Sunday, July 27 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org the University of Tulsa, Fifth Place and at 744-0023 or email vocations.office@ for more information. Gary Avenue. Parishioner and chef/ www.dioceseoftulsa.org X dioceseoftulsa.org owner Michael Fusco of Michael Fusco’s tras 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 saintben.com 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 www.saintben.com 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 email@example.com 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. Forum EastErn OklahOma CathOliC June 22, 2008 5 Father Swift remembers Hank Hellinghausen (USPS 066-770) Official 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 Catholic Inc. Ariz. is beyond our strength: just as prayer, sac- A non-profit organization 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 priest for Oklahoma in 1954. He served tery outlined some specific things that we Palanca works. We who are involved in Tulsa, OK 74169 in several parishes throughout the state. In in our Diocese can do to help strengthen Cursillo have seen the strength, beauty and Subscriptions: $30 per year 1964, he left the active priesthood, married our priests in their self-giving mission and benefit of offering prayers and sacrifices for Periodical postage paid at and eventually settled in Scottsdale. During help them continue to grow in holiness others. Tulsa, OK the last years of his life he suffered intense (ultimately benefiting us, the laity, and the Sincerely, pain because of back problems. When he whole Church!). The last recommendation Lori Hahn POSTMASTER: died, he was 79 years old. really caught my interest, and just in case Tulsa Please mail change of address to: Eastern Oklahoma Catholic P.O. 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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 email. “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) week.” 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. Share travel miles with 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 urrection are observing 40th anniversaries this year. Tickets are Account Number, 768337, to your travel agent or $35 each or $500 for a table for eight at the dinner and auction including it the space provided for Business Extra that will begin at 4:30 p.m. July 27 at the Allen Chapman Ac- Account data in the passenger detail step of your 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- Cost is $125, and all proceeds go to the dinner. Further infor- son. “You will still earn the same AAdvantage miles mation and tickets may be obtained by calling Bill Weisrock, in your personal account that you always have, but dinner chairman, at 493-3435) or Linda Purpura at the church by including the diocesan Business ExtrAA Ac- office, 663-1907. count Number the Diocese will also benefit from your travels. Please help the Diocese save our pen- nies by not having to spend money for business travel.” 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. Job opportunites Jobs in a Box, a service to readers ures. 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Responsibilities include the SECRETARY - Sought by the St. Fran- Friday. Interested candidates should writing, grammar, etc., for any second- following: answer customer question cis of Xavier Parish and Diocesan Shrine contact Anne Scalet at 251-3000, 232- ary through college students. Contact and investigate and correct error, follow of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Tulsa. This 7224 or email@example.com Tricia Douthat, 520-2219. customer and establishment procedures, key position supports three pastors, the data entry, inform current and prospec- business administrator and ministry de- YOUTH MINISTER - St. Vincent CLEANING, HANDYMAN - If tive customers of current promotions partment leaders. Strong understand- de Paul Church in Rogers, Ark., has you need your house clean, really clean, and new or upgraded products, and ing of business procedures, proficiency two immediate job openings in the re- we’ve got you covered. Six years in busi- talk to customer via phone on billing with PC computers (Microsoft Office ligious education department. Youth ness. Handyman services also available. inquires or complaints of service fail- Suite; data base software) and opera- sacramental director oversees sacra- Call Laura at 402-5706. 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 By DAVE CRENSHAW 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.bkelleyhs.org. 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 Memphis,. 16 adults left Tulsa for Perlington, Miss. site at www.ctkyouthministry.citymax.com 18 June 22, 2008 EastErn OklahOma CathOliC Media Ten texts help crack pope’s pontificate, mission, ministr y A 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. www.pauline.org conversion of St. Paul. (CNS The Italian priest told the weekly Italian TV guide, TV Sorrisi e Can- photo/Crosiers) 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 Connections 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.” Send Share events from your Another way to share your news is to add Connections Call us with news at the EOC to your parish bulletin mail- parish with others in the P.O. Box 690240 us Diocese. We’re always Tulsa, OK 74169-0240 918-307-4946 or 918-307-4920 ing list. 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