2 from the bishop How We Live Our Baptismal Promises At the Easter Vigil and on Easter Sunday, we renewed our baptismal promises. In doing so, we recalled in a special way that all of us baptized in Christ have been called and anointed, have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us and have been claimed as God s own sons and daughters. In renewing our promises, we rededicated ourselves to go forth in the name of the Lord Jesus and, in imitation of Him, to bring glad tidings to the lowly and to heal the brokenhearted. We do so in all those places the Lord sends us each and every day, ever mindful that our baptism requires a daily renewal of our promises. All of us who are baptized in Christ share a common vocation: to grow in holiness, to live in Christ and to bring His healing and abiding presence to others, most especially to those in need of our assistance. How edifying it has been to see so many people live out their baptismal call in the aftermath of the tornadoes that resulted in death and devastation throughout our Diocese and many parts of our country. In the midst of such suffering, countless people continue to share their resources, to offer their service, to assist in the rebuilding efforts and to offer fervent prayers. As one young gentleman stated to me, There has been so much darkness in our lives. Yet, because of all these good people, the Light of Christ continues to shine. Isn t that exactly what it means to live faithfully our baptismal promises: to bring His light, presence and power to others, especially in their time of need? We live out our baptismal call in the particular vocations the Lord has entrusted to us. In recent weeks, our Diocese celebrated two particular vocations in the life of the Church. It was a great joy and privilege to celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Orders and ordain our newest priest, Father Brendan Buckler. One of the most powerful moments of the Ordination ceremony is when the candidate prostrates himself on the floor as a sign of his willingness to give his entire life in service to the Lord and His Church, with utter dependence on the intercession of Mary and all the saints and the amazing grace of the Lord our God. Please continue to pray for Father Buckler that he may always imitate the Good Shepherd and bring His infinite love and mercy to others, most especially in Word, Sacrament and through a life of selfless service. In May we also celebrated the beautiful gift of the Sacrament of Matrimony at our annual Wedding Anniversary Mass, at which over 3,455 years of faithful married love were represented. Married love is a sacrament because it is a sign of the love the Lord Jesus has for His Church. It is a love that is permanent and faithful and one that never counts the cost. In keeping the promises made on the day of their wedding, through good times and bad and through the joys and sorrows of life, our married couples have shown and continue to show us the love that Christ has for each one of us. We thank them for the precious gift they are to their families and to the Church! All of us who are baptized in Christ share a common vocation: to grow in holiness, to live in Christ and to bring His healing and abiding presence to others, most especially to those in need of our assistance. We do so specifically in the particular vocation God has given to us. How necessary it is for priests, religious, married couples, single persons and all of us to renew each and every day our baptismal promises and all the promises we have made to God and one another. We pray for the grace to be faithful, to be generous, to be selfless and to love without counting the cost. Then, the Light of Christ continues to shine in and through us! In that reality, we find our joy both now and forever. NC Catholics 2 June Liturgical calendar: St. Justin, martyr June 1 Ascension of the Lord June 2
3 table of contents Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge PUBLISHER Frank Morock DIRECtOR Of COmmUNICAtIONS June 2011 Vol. 8 : Issue 5 Richard Reece EDItOR IN CHIEf Anjanette Wiley ADVERtISING manager Bishop Michael F. Burbidge Msgr. Thomas Hadden Father Carlos Arce Father Ronald Rolheiser, O.M.I. Anjanette Wiley CONtRIBUtING WRItERS Lettie Banda translator Paul Tomas CONtRIBUtING PHOtOGRAPHERS FAITH Catholic Rev. Dwight Ezop CHAIRmAN Patrick M. O Brien PRESIDENt AND CHIEf EXECUtIVE OffICER Elizabeth Martin Solsburg EDItORIAL DIRECtOR Jillane Job EDItORIAL ASSIStANt Patrick Dally ARt DIRECtOR Lynne Ridenour GRAPHIC DESIGNER/WEB master Janna Stellwag Abby Wieber GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Derek Melot PROOfREADING Jennifer Baron Rachelle Garbarine CONtRIBUtING WRItERS InnerWorkings PRINt management NC Cathlolics TM (USPS ) is a membership publication of the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, 715 Nazareth St., Raleigh, NC Published Monthly except for February and August. Subscription rates are $16 per year. Individual issues are $2.00. Advertising inquiries, subscription requests and address changes can be sent to 715 Nazareth St., Raleigh, NC 27606; ; fax or Periodicals Postage Paid at Raleigh, NC or additional offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: NC Catholics, 715 Nazareth St., Raleigh, NC FAITH Catholic TM, Catholic Diocese of Lansing Catholic Diocese of Raleigh provided content. No portion of NC Catholics may be published, broadcast, rewritten or otherwise reproduced or distributed in whole or in part, without prior written authority of FAITH Catholic TM and/or Diocese of Raleigh. For reprint information or other questions regarding use of copyright material, contact NC Catholics, Catholic Diocese of Raleigh. Give the gift of NCCatholics: Order a subscription today Local News: 6 Bishop Burbidge Appointed to Co-Chair Ecumenical Dialog 8 Independent Study on Sexual Abuse of Minors Released 9 Catholic Charities Providing Long Term Aid to Tornado Victims 20 Official Announcements 9 Ya que usted lo pregunta! 22 God Brought Us together three couples tell their marriage stories Una Boda Especialmente Gozosa Ron Rolheiser (Traducción Carmelo Astiz, cmf) el hispano Católico 23 Obispo Burbidge Cómo Vivimos Nuestras Promesas Bautismales Obispo Michael F. Burbidge el hispano Católico 24 inside this issue from the Bishop 2 How We Live Our Baptismal Promises Bishop Michael F. Burbidge in exile 12 A Particularly Joyous Wedding Ron Rolheiser from the editor 13 Don t Get Me Started Rich Reece voices in our church 15 Remembering St. Monica School Msgr. Thomas Hadden 15 Un Nuevo Pentecostés! Padre Carlos N. Arce parish profile 30 Born of Inspiration Sacred Heart, Dunn Dios nos Unió Tres parejas cuentan sus historias de matrimonio St. Charles Lwanga and companions, martyrs June 3 St. Norbert, bishop June 6 St. Ephrem, deacon and doctor of the Church June 9 St. Barnabas, apostle June 11 Pentecost June 12
4 local news Sister Joan Jurski, OSf, to Retire Sister Joan Jurski, O.S.F., Coordinator of the Peace and Justice (and until recently Respect Life) Office of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh, will retire effective July of this year. A Toledo native, Sister Joan professed her vows with the Franciscan Sisters of Sylvania, Ohio, in She next worked in education. As a high school teacher in the 70s, she took her students on annual outreach missions to Appalachia, an unusual effort in those days. After years of teaching, she coordinated the Peace and Justice efforts of her Community. In the 80s she directed volunteers at a Franciscan shelter for homeless people in Boston. She has promoted peace and justice in the Raleigh Diocese for nearly twenty years. In 2009, she was named Diocesan Director of the Year by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), which she has coordinated for the Diocese of Raleigh since In her years with the Diocese, Sister Joan has provided resources and training in parishes in the Diocese, educating people on the social teaching of the Church, raising awareness and alerting people to opportunities to advocate for those in need. Sister Joan said her years in the Diocese of Raleigh have been a wonderful time of joy and growth, ministerially, spiritually and professionally. She cited her work in parishes, seeing people becoming more aware of the social mission of the Church and acting on it. Spiritually, she said, my work is connected to my identity as a Franciscan woman. The relationships with people here, from the Bishop and the people in our Diocesan offices to those I ve met in the parishes, have helped me grow in understanding of our mission to follow St. Francis by being among the people in joyful servanthood. Professionally? Sister Joan laughed: I can remember twenty years ago coming in and seeing this machine the computer on my desk. We used Word Perfect and the paper in the printer had those holes on both sides. Over time I ve learned to use technology as a valuable tool in teaching and presenting the social mission of the Church. Sister stressed that there is still much work to be done in the areas of peace and justice. Most important, she said, is continuing to help people understand what advocacy is all about and how they can work to change the structures that keep people in poverty or oppression. Another goal she noted was developing the Just Faith program in more parishes. I ve seen Just Faith create real change in people in the parishes where it s been implemented, she said. I d like to see it expanded to our rural parishes. We have to catechize, not just in doctrine, in word and worship, but also in witness. Finally, Sister would like to see more parishes establish social ministry committees. The committees don t do all the work, she said. The whole parish is called to do that work. But the committee can help the various groups in the parish work collaboratively to make the social mission of the Church more public. From Raleigh, Sister Joan will move to her Community s headquarters in Sylvania, and take on the developing job of Director of Franciscan Spirituality Experiences. In the Franciscan Village in Sylvania, she explains, we have the Motherhouse, our health care system, a university and an academy. We ve collaborated in the past on a business level, but leadership believes we need to develop our spiritual collaboration. How do we help our sponsored ministries grow in our Franciscan charism? So I ll be organizing retreats, speakers and events to help accomplish that. I also hope to offer parishes in the area opportunities for education in Church social teaching. Commenting on Sister Joan s service in the Diocese, Ms. Kathleen Walsh, Executive Director of Catholic Charities, spoke of Sister s great gift for relationship. She shares with every one she meets her own joy in God s call to act in love through service and advocacy, and that draws each of us further into our own call and response. We in the Diocese of Raleigh are more firmly rooted and more practically active in proclaiming the Gospel in Word, Sacrament and Service because of Sr. Joan s sharing of her commitment, talents and deep faith over these two decades. Bishop Michael F. Burbidge expressed deep gratitude to Sister Joan for her years of dedicated service in the Diocese of Raleigh. We have been blessed by her commitment to proclaim in word and deed the sacredness of all human life and the dignity of each and every person, he said. I also commend Sister Joan for her tireless efforts in bringing forth the social justice teachings of the Catholic Church, and her tremendous outreach to those on death row, the poor, the immigrant and those in most need. With all in the Diocese of Raleigh, I assure Sister Joan of my prayers and best wishes for much happiness at this new and exciting time in her life. NC Catholics 4 June St. Anthony of Padua, priest and doctor of the Church June 13 The Most Holy T
5 msgr. Gerald L. Lewis Celebrates Golden Jubilee Msgr. Gerald L. Lewis, Administrator of St. Paul Catholic Church in New Bern, celebrated his 50th year of Priesthood with a Mass Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at the Church. Msgr. Lewis was joined by the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, priests of the Diocese, family and friends. It was fifty years ago today that God called me to be priest through the imposition of hands by Bishop Vincent S. Waters, Msgr. Lewis said in his homily. It was a call to serve the people of God and His Church. Msgr. Lewis noted that when he was ordained, the Diocese covered the entire state. He remarked how his assignments brought him from the mountains to the sea coast, allowing him to be part of the lives of so many people over the years. For all these years, for all these people, for the privilege of ordained ministry, I am grateful. Yes, grateful for those whom I have touched and for those who have touched me. Msgr. Lewis acknowledged the presence of two classmates in ministry: Msgr. John Wall and Father Donald Staib. We have prayed and played and worked together for a total of a hundred and fifty years. They have been the best of companions, and I owe much to them. He also extended his gratitude to Bishop F. Joseph Gossman, whom he served as Chancellor and Vicar General of the Diocese, and to Bishop Burbidge, who has shown trust in me and charged me with the ministry of St. Paul Parish. I thank God for these three shepherds of the Diocese, Msgr. Lewis said. In his remarks at the conclusion of Mass, Bishop Burbidge spoke of Msgr. Lewis profound history and love of the Diocese. Today, we celebrate his yes; the yes he gave to the Lord 50 years ago, the yes he has renewed every day of his life. There is something special about the ordination class of 50 years ago, the Bishop said, Msgr. Lewis, Msgr. Wall, Father Staib. All they want to do is to serve and thank God; there is no stopping them. We are grateful to our jubilarians. Diocesan Seminarians Instituted into ministry of Acolyte From left, Mr. Ryan Elder, Newman Catholic Student Center, Chapel Hill; Reverend Shaun L. Mahoney, Rector, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary; Most Reverend Timothy C. Senior, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia; Reverend Ned Shlesinger, Vocations Director, Diocese of Raleigh; Reverend Joseph W. Bongard, Vice Rector, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary; Mr. Paul N. Cottrill, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Raleigh. Diocese of Raleigh seminarians Mr. Ryan Elder and Mr. Paul N. Cottrill have been instituted in the Ministry of Acolyte, one of the important steps to Priesthood ordination. The Rite of Institution was celebrated Saturday, May 7, 2011, at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, with Most Reverend Timothy C. Senior, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, presiding. Father Ned Shlesinger, Diocesan Vocation Director, concelebrated. Both seminarians have completed Second Year Theology. An Acolyte is appointed to aid the deacon and to minister to the priest at the altar and as a special minister to give Holy Communion to the faithful at Mass and to the sick. Acolytes may also expose the Eucharist for public adoration in the absence of a priest or deacon. During the institution ceremony, candidates are reminded that they will have a special role in the Church s ministry, since the summit and source of the Church s life is the Eucharist, which builds up the Christian community and makes it grow. The candidates are asked to show a sincere love for Christ s Mystical Body, God s holy people and especially for the weak and the sick. S. Webb Photography Annual mass Pays tribute to milestone Wedding Anniversaries More than 90 couples from throughout the Diocese of Raleigh, celebrating milestone anniversaries in 2011, joined the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge Sunday, May 15, 2011, for the fifth annual Wedding Anniversary Mass. The Mass, celebrated at St. Peter Church in Greenville, honored couples who have been married 25, 50 and 50-plus years. The total number of married years of those in attendance exceeded 3,800. Ten of the couples are married more than 60 years, including Frederick and Marguerite Kull, parishioners of Immaculate Conception Church in Durham, who marked their 69th wedding anniversary on May 22. Telling the couples that they served as an inspiration to all, Bishop Burbidge said on behalf of the faithful in the Diocese of Raleigh, We congratulate you and thank God for the gift your precious vocation is to us and the entire Church. Noting the challenges married couples face in today s world, Bishop Burbidge added, We must continue to proclaim that vows and promises are meant to be kept and cannot be abandoned at the first sign of disappointment or setback. The most powerful way to proclaim the sacredness of married love and family life is through the living example that you offer. rinity June 19 St. Aloysius Gonzaga, religious June 21 St. Thomas More, martyr June 22 Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist June 24 The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ June 26
6 local news Divine mercy Sunday and Blessed John Paul II Beatification Celebrated at St. Anthony of Padua The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge marked the beatification of Blessed Pope John Paul II with the celebration of Sunday Mass at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Southern Pines on Divine Mercy Sunday, May 1, The parish s elementary/middle school is named Pope John Paul II School, after the late pontiff. This is a proud day for our Catholic Church as the holiness, faith, strength and courage of John Paul II is held up for the world to see and to imitate, Bishop Burbidge said in his homily. He noted that at the heart of Pope John Paul II s ministry was the proclamation of the Gospel of Life. He consistently and convincingly taught that all of life, from the moment of conception to natural death, is sacred and must be protected, celebrated and nurtured. He reminded us of the dignity that belongs to every human person and stressed the reason: because we are created in the image and likeness of God and His Holy Spirit dwells within us. Bishop Burbidge spoke of the importance of forgiveness, which is the essence of Divine Mercy in the Scriptures. This is not always easy, the Bishop noted, yet, it is always possible due to the grace of God especially bestowed on us in the Sacraments. Following the Mass, a reception was held for the parish community, featuring a presentation by students of Pope John Paul II School. Students from the school had held a Bake for the Bishop afternoon the day before, preparing cakes and cookies for Sunday s reception. In the afternoon, the Bishop returned to the church to preside at a Divine Mercy Prayer Service. Msgr. Jeffrey Ingham, Pastor of St. Anthony, led the service, which included a procession, Exposition of the Eucharist, the opportunity for Reconciliation, the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Benediction. Bishop Burbidge Appointed to Co-Chair Ecumenical Dialog The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge has been appointed by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity to act as Catholic Co-Chair of the Pentecostal/Catholic International Dialog. Since 1972 the Church has been involved in an official theological dialog with some Classical Pentecostal leaders and Churches. Five rounds of conversations have taken place so far, with each producing a report. The most recent report, published in 2008, concerned insights on the concept of Conversion, derived from Scripture, the writings of the Church Fathers and contemporary theological thought. The sixth phase of the Dialog, which the Bishop will co-chair, will focus on Charisms in the Church: Their Spiritual Significance, Discernment and Pastoral Implications. The members of the team will meet in six-day sessions annually for the next five years. The first session, scheduled for June in Rome, will take as its theme Charisms in the Church: Our Common Ground. I am deeply honored to have been appointed to this position, Bishop Burbidge said. This Dialog will allow me to work closely with renowned theologians and skilled biblical scholars throughout the world in a dynamic exchange of gifts. It is a gradual process that, with God s grace, will lead to mutual understanding and a true spirit of collaboration. I respectfully ask all the faithful in the Diocese of Raleigh to pray for the spiritual success of this endeavor. NC Catholics 6 June St. Cyril of Alexandria, bishop and doctor o
7 Papal Commission Encourages Preserving the forma Extraordinaria On July 7, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI delivered the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum, which clarified the status and usage of the Missal of Blessed Pope John Paul XIII, published in In the Apostolic Letter, the Holy Father explained that the 1962 Missal is to be used as the Forma Extraordinaria or extraordinary form of celebration of the Mass. The Letter also instructs Bishops to make what is commonly referred to as the Tridentine Mass available to members of the faithful who request it. In announcing implementation of the Summorum Pontificum, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge stated that he would do everything possible to respond appropriately and generously to the requests for this form with the resources we have. In a letter to the faithful, the Bishop wrote, To this end, resources will be provided to those priests who are able and choose to study how to properly celebrate the Forma Extraordinaria (Extraordinary Form of the Mass) so that both he and the people of God will best be served. On Monday, May 16, the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei issued an Instruction on the application of the Apostolic Letter, in which it noted the importance of maintaining the Forma Extraordinaria in the celebration of Sacred Liturgy, calling it a precious treasure to be preserved. The Commission wrote that the Holy Father holds the Forma Ordinaria (Ordinary Form of the Mass) and the Forma Extraordinaria as two usages of one Roman Rite. The Instruction states, Both are the expression of the same lex orandi (rule of prayer) of the Church. On account of its venerable and ancient use, the Forma Extraordinaria is to be maintained with appropriate honor. I am grateful to receive the Instruction from the Holy See on the application of Summorum Pontificum, our Holy Father s Apostolic Letter on the Extraordinary Form of the Sacred Liturgy, Bishop Burbidge said. This Instruction will provide important assistance to our current on-going formation programs for our priests in this form of the Sacred Liturgy and to the parishes where the Extraordinary Form is being celebrated. I express my gratitude to the Reverend Paul M. Parkerson, my delegate for the Extraordinary Form and to the priests of the Diocese of Raleigh who so generously celebrate the Sacred Liturgy in the Usus Antiquior for all of the faithful who are so beautifully attached to this rich heritage of our liturgical prayer, Bishop Burbidge said. Pope Benedict XVI has blessed all the faithful with the document Universae Eccleseiae, which provides even greater clarity in understanding his broader plan of reform and renewal for the whole Church, Father Parkerson explained. By ensuring that the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite is preserved, protected and afforded the honor and dignity due to it, the Holy Father continues to bring about authentic ecclesial reconciliation and unity. the forma Extraordinaria offered in Diocese of Raleigh The Forma extraordinaria, commonly referred to as the Tridentine Mass, is celebrated in five churches in the Diocese of Raleigh. The churches are: Sacred Heart Cathedral 100 Hillsborough Street Raleigh, NC :30 p.m. First Sunday of the month Sacred Heart Church 108 S. McKay Avenue Dunn, NC :00 p.m. Every Sunday Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church 328 Hammond Street Rocky Mount, NC :00 p.m. Every Sunday Immaculate Conception Church 104 E. John Street Clinton, NC :00 a.m. Every Tuesday St. mary Church 412 Ann Street Wilmington, NC :00 p.m. Last Sunday of the month Summer Assignments Listed for Seminarians With the end of the school year, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge has announced the summer assignments for the Diocesan seminarians. Three will attend a school in Guatemala to familiarize themselves with Spanish. They will then travel with Diocesan Vocations Director Fr. Ned Shlesinger on a mission trip to Honduras. Three will travel to Nebraska to attend the Institute for Priestly Formation and 13 will be assigned to pastoral assignments at parishes. Deacons Reverend Mr. Don Maloney: Saint Stephen the First Martyr Parish, Sanford Seminarians Mr. Nick Cottrill, Mr. Thomas Duggan and Mr. Ryan Elder: San Jose el Viejo School, Antigua, Guatemala & Mission experience in Honduras Mr. Michael Burbeck: Saint Anthony of Padua Parish, Southern Pines Mr. Steven Cartwright: Saint Paul Parish, New Bern Mr. Philip Johnson: Saint Catherine of Siena Parish, Wake Forest Mr. Phil List, Mr. Ian Van Heusen and Mr. Jonathon Baggett: Creighton Institute for Priestly Formation Program, Nebraska Mr. Rob Schmid, Jr.: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Rocky Mount Mr. Tim Ahn: Saint Mark Parish, Wilmington Mr. Myles Casanova: Saint James Parish, Henderson Mr. James Magee, III: Academic Assignment, Elizabeth City Mr. John Kane: Saint Mary Parish, Laurinburg Mr. Michael Schuetz: Holy Family Parish, Elizabeth City Mr. Edisson Urrego: Saint Therese Parish, Wilson Mr. Brian Wright: Saint Gabriel Parish, Greenville Mr. Marlon Mendieta: Saint Ann Parish, Clayton f the Church June 27 St. Irenaeus, bishop and martyr June 28 St. Peter and St. Paul, apostles June 29 First Holy Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church June 30
8 local news Independent Study on Sexual Abuse of minors Released An in-depth, independent study, commissioned by the United States Bishops to determine the causes and context of clergy sex abuse of minors, was released in Washington, D.C., May 18. The three-year research project was conducted by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. Its findings conclude that no single factor, such as homosexuality, celibacy or pedophilia, was responsible for abuse of minors by priests. Rather, the report states the increased frequency of clergy abuse in the 1960s and 1970s was consistent with the patterns of increased deviance of society during those two decades. The study notes that more than 90 percent of the known cases of sexual abuse of minors occurred more than 20 years ago and that the most recently reported cases date back decades ago. The Study makes note of the fact that most incidents of sexual abuse were reported many years after they had occurred, and explains that most abuse incidents occurred at a time when the impact of victimization was not fully understood and research on sexual offenders was in the early stages of development. The study questions claims by some that celibacy is responsible for sex abuse. It notes that celibacy has been constant in the Catholic Church since the eleventh century and could not account for the rise and subsequent decline in abuse cases from the 1960s through the 1980s. It points out that most sex offenders in society are not celibate clergy. At a news conference announcing the findings of the study, Ms. Karen Terry, PhD, John Jay s principal investigator in the study, said the Institute was able to operate without limits or boundaries in its research and expressed confidence in the thoroughness of the threeyear long investigation. Investigators gathered information from a broad range of resources and individuals, including victims advocates and leading clerical advocates for victims of abuse. Investigators held face-to-face interviews with both national and local leaders of Voice of the Faithful and Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests. The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge said the study, titled Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, , clearly demonstrates the United States Bishops ongoing commitment to do everything possible to eradicate the sexual abuse of minors. I think it s important to point out that this is not a report from the Bishops, but an independent report to the Bishops. Like everyone, we found the horror of child abuse difficult to understand. So we commissioned professionals and said, Help us to understand. The Bishop said that the other purpose of the study was to help us see what we can do to prevent sexual abuse of children. And the answer that came back was Create safe environments. I m proud to say that the Diocese of Raleigh has had a policy on clergy sex abuse of minors in place since It has been periodically reviewed and revised as new scientific information has become available. The Diocesan policy underwent an intensive review in 2004 to ensure it was in compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, and then again in Since 2003, the National Review Board, as empowered by the Charter, has undertaken regular reviews of all Dioceses to determine if the Dioceses are complying with the 17 Articles of the Charter. The Diocese of Raleigh has been found to be in full compliance in every audit. The Bishop also expressed his gratitude to the faithful in the Diocese who have been wonderful in their support of our priests during this difficult period. It s hard on our clergy, Bishop Burbidge explained, as some in society will look at them in a certain way, with suspicion. Anything our faithful can do to continue to support and encourage them, I ll be grateful for that. the Diocese of Raleigh: Trains more than 2,000 people each Left to right: Karen Terry, principal investigator for the John Jay College report; Most Reverend Blase J. Cupich of Spokane, Wash., chairman of the USCCB Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People; Diane Knight, chairwoman of the National Review Board. year in recognizing and reporting child abuse and neglect. As part of priestly formation, provides clergy with training on how to ensure a safe environment for parishes and schools. A recent session on proper boundaries was conducted for priests of the Diocese. Each year, provides approximately 24,000 parents, who enroll their children in Catholic school or parish faith formation programs, with resource material that provides them with awareness and abuse prevention strategies. Has conducted over 13,000 criminal background screenings of clergy, staff and volunteers since These screenings provide a search of national criminal background databases and the national sex offender registry. Requires criminal background checks to be renewed every five years. Informs 30,000 children each year of parish and school safe environment structure, specifically, that catechists and teachers are people who are here to help them grow in their faith life and also they are here to help keep them safe from harm. Requires each parish to have a trained Safe Environment Committee. In 2010, conducted over 90 safe environment training sessions for all those in leadership with children and youth. Details of the Diocesan Safe Environment policies and procedures, as well as the complete John Jay Study, are available on the Diocesan Web site. NC Catholics 8 June
9 Catholic Charities Providing Long term Aid to tornado Victims TTo date, the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh has received $166,925 from 51 parishes and missions in response to the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge s request for a special collection to aid the survivors of the tornadoes that impacted portions of the Diocese on April 16. The Diocese received an additional $63,727 from other sources, including a gift of $7000 from the Diocese of Charleston and $10,000 from Catholic Charites USA, for a total of $230,652. In addition, Catholic Charities in the Diocese received approximately $100,000 in other donations. Albemarle Deanery and assessing unmet needs. Food cards have been issued as other food distribution stations have been closed in the local communities. In Cumberland County, Catholic Charities has been working with other churches and agencies to serve families seeking food, utility assistance, and replacement of medications or glasses lost in the tornadoes. Catholic Charities is also working with families in need of housing and employment. Donations have helped Catholic Charities provide funds to assist with funeral costs of the four children. It also is providing for support for Stony Brook residents in need of assistance with expenses, such as security deposits and first month s rent for those without other resources, short term motel housing for several families, and food cards. So far, Catholic Charities has served 250 families in tornado relief efforts. On May 16, Ms. Roberta McCauley, Coordinator of Catholic Charities Faith Communities Support Circle Program, spoke at a training workshop for parishes and other Christian denominations interested in adopting a family to help it through this traumatic time. The Support Circles Program, which received a national award in 2009, was created in 2005, as survivors of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita were brought into the area for temporary resettlement. Since then, the program has blossomed into an effective community outreach program involving churches throughout the Triangle. Catholic Charities regional offices in the affected areas have been working to provide food and clothing to victims as well as other assistance. In Wake County, Catholic Charities distributed food from the Catholic Parish Outreach truck on site of the Stony Brook Mobile Home Park that sustained heavy damage and the loss of four young lives. Catholic Charities staff and volunteers visited families in shelters and completed intake reviews and helped families apply for FEMA benefits. Several families were helped who needed financial assistance to get into regular housing. Catholic Charities is now contacting families who are ineligible for FEMA or insurance benefits. In Bertie County, for the first two weeks, Catholic Charities went house to house daily to reach out to 90 families who had destroyed or damaged homes and provided counseling to those who lost loved ones or homes. Each day they debriefed 13 first responders. Catholic Charities is working with FEMA in Roberta McCauley, Coordinator of Catholic Charities Faith Communities Support Circle Program, speaks at a training workshop for Christian groups interested in adopting families impacted by the tornadoes.
10 local news Diocesan faithful Respond to march Collection to Aid Japan Catholic faithful in the Diocese of Raleigh donated more than $195,000 in a special collection taken up in March to aid the survivors of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, The 9.0 earthquake was the largest to hit Japan and one of the five largest in the world since record keeping began in The Japanese government estimates more than 25,000 people are dead or missing with more than 125,000 buildings destroyed or damaged. The situation has been magnified with the crippling of a major nuclear power plant in the impacted region. The money donated by Diocesan faithful to aid in relief efforts in Japan was sent to Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops international humanitarian and development organization operating in more than 100 countries and territories. CRS is forwarding US donations to its counterpart, Caritas Japan, which is in the midst of the first phase of relief work expected to last about three months. CRS reports this phase includes working with parishes and religious congregations to provide shelter to those whose homes were destroyed. Caritas Japan has also opened a soup kitchen that offers food and water for those living at the shelters. They ve sent volunteers into the tsunami-affected areas to help clean up houses owned by senior citizens. And they ve opened centers in two cities to coordinate the logistics of working with hundreds of volunteers who ve offered to help. CRS says the second phase, the rehabilitation phase, will begin when evacuees move from shelters to temporary housing. This is the longer, more costly phase of the recovery effort, usually lasting several years. Caritas Japan will focus on setting up temporary homes and helping people move into them and provide ongoing psychological support and mental-health assistance where needed. In an interview with Caritas Internationalis the umbrella network of Catholic charitable organizations throughout the world Bishop Isao Kikuchi, president of Caritas Japan, responded to all the expressions of solidarity and support the organization has received. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all of you, our friends in the Caritas confederation, and through you, to all the good people who showed their willingness to support Japan during the time of this disaster with prayers, messages and donations, he said. The tremendous response reminds us that we are not living in solitude, but solidarity, Bishop Kikuchi said. Bishop Delivers Opening Prayer at NC Senate The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge delivered the opening prayer at the beginning of the North Carolina Senate session on Thursday, May 26. Bishop Burbidge was invited to give the prayer by Sen. Kathy Harrington of Gastonia. Upon arrival, he was greeted by Sen. Harrington and Lt. Governor Walter Dalton. Bishop Burbidge s Prayer at N.C. Senate Blessed are You, Lord, God, of all creation, Whose goodness fills our hearts with joy. Blessed are You who have brought us together this day to work in harmony and peace. We ask Your blessing upon the men and women of the North Carolina Senate. Strengthen them with Your grace and wisdom. Inspire them to work together to strengthen our families and communities so as to uphold the sacredness of all human life and the dignity of every human being. May they temper justice with love, so that all their decisions may be pleasing to You, and earn the reward promised to good and faithful servants. May the Lord bless you and keep you. May His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May He look upon you with kindness and give you His peace. Amen. NC Catholics 10 June
11 Catholic Charities Establishes New Award in Honor of Bishop f. Joseph Gossman A gala recognizing the outstanding work of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Raleigh was held Saturday, April 30, 2011, with approximately 300 guests attending. The banquet, titled Celebrate God s Gifts, was hosted by the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge and the Catholic Charities Board of Directors. The gala was held at Cardinal Gibbons High School, and featured an address from Father Larry Snyder, President of Catholic Charities USA. Following a welcome by Mr. John Keller, Chair of the Catholic Charities Board of Directors, Father Snyder discussed the mission of Catholic Charities USA as the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops humanitarian organization in the United States. The association, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2010, represents more than 1,700 local agencies. Father Snyder shared its history and explained how the national organization assists its member agencies, providing training and support, especially when natural disasters strike. Remarks followed by Ms. Kathleen Walsh, Executive Director of Catholic Charities in the Diocese, and Bishop Burbidge, who spoke of the great concern and care for the most needy and vulnerable shown by his predecessor, Bishop F. Joseph Gossman, during Bishop Gossman s 30 years as Bishop of Raleigh. Bishop Burbidge, who serves as President of Catholic Charities in the Diocese, said it was fitting that the Diocesan organization chose to honor Bishop Gossman with an award established in his name. The best way for future recipients of the award and all of us to honor our beloved Bishop, Bishop Burbidge noted, is to re-dedicate ourselves to continue to promote the sacredness of all human life from conception to natural death and the dignity of each person, to work on behalf of a just and peaceful society and to demonstrate through our generous deeds our concern and compassion for the unborn, the poor, the hungry, the homeless, the immigrant and all those who require our assistance. The Bishop added, This is the work of Catholic Charities; this is the vocation that belongs to all of us; this is the legacy of Bishop Gossman. Ms. Walsh read the proclamation announcing the creation of the Bishop F. Joseph Gossman Community Service Award, explaining that it will be presented annually to an individual who meets the example of Bishop Gossman by working on behalf of life, justice and peace here in eastern North Carolina and to all the places the Lord sends us. Bishop f. Joseph Gossman Awards Presented to School Volunteers Left to right: Mrs. Eva Glennon; Ms. Patricia Stewart; Dr. Michael J. Fedewa (behind); Mrs. Annie Garriga Kunz; Dr. Vincent and Mrs. Nelsy Liquori; Mrs. Suzanne Comstock; Bishop Michael F. Burbidge. The 2011 Bishop F. Joseph Gossman Award was presented to volunteers from five Catholic schools in the Diocese of Raleigh. The individuals were honored at a reception and dinner May 13, 2011, held at the Fallon Center at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Raleigh. The event was attended by the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh. The Gossman Award was established to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Catholic education in the Diocese, through extraordinary service by way of time, talent and/or treasure. Those recognized were Mrs. Suzanne Comstock of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School; Mrs. Annie Garriga Kunz of St. Mark Catholic School in Wilmington; Mrs. Eva Glennon of Annunciation Catholic School, Havelock; Dr. and Mrs. Vincent Liquori of St. Joseph Preschool in Raleigh; and Ms. Patricia Stewart of St. Mary Catholic School, Wilmington. The program for the evening detailed the contributions of the award winners: mrs. Suzanne Comstock has done just about everything - field trip chaperone, athletic team mom, classroom party coordinator, auction, IOWA test proctor, Booster Club member, and co-chair of the 8th grade fundraiser. She has assisted in the office with family mailers and copying and was instrumental in the development of the hot lunch program. mrs. Annie Garriga Kunz is a former chair of the principal search committee. She helped establish the RenWeb data base system and was instrumental in establishing the school s tuition assistance endowment. She voluntarily trained coaches and team members in The Odyssey of the Mind, has served on the school advisory committee for the past five years and is the liaison to the parish finance council. mrs. Eva Glennon teaches art to every student at Annunciation Catholic School on a volunteer basis. She also volunteers her time to teach an art elective and has contributed art supplies to the class for over seven years. Her students artwork is very spiritual and colorful, which lends itself to keeping the Catholic Tradition alive at Annunciation Catholic School. Dr. and mrs. Vincent Liquori s presence in the Saint Joseph Preschool for the past five years has given the students a sense of stability. Mrs. Liquori is able to converse with and give special attention to the Hispanic students. Dr. Liquori captivates the students with his stories about Jesus and the Saints. He fascinates the students with his drawing. ms. Patricia Stewart, a retired 38-year veteran of public schools, started out at Saint Mary Catholic School several years ago by assisting a new ESL student who was in the 5th grade. She has returned from Idaho every year since then to assist this same student, as well as many others. In addition to tutoring, she assists with internet searches and curriculum ideas and helps coordinate the annual academic festival.
12 in exile A Particularly Joyous Wedding Last week I presided at a wed- treatments, eventually did their work. She hung on against the odds, slowly improved, and after many months ding ceremony. emerged healthy, whole again, back to All weddings are normal, except once you ve stared death special, but this one was particularly special. Why? The young woman getting married was wonderfully radiant and healthy, but she was a cancer survivor. Five years ago, I used this column to tell a bit of her story. Let me repeat some of that here, updating the chronology slightly: For twenty-five summers, I taught a summer course at Seattle University. One of the rituals I developed during those summers was to spend the July 4th holiday with some family friends on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle. This family has its own rituals and one of these is that it watches the July-Fourth parade off the front-lawn of one of their friends houses. Ten years ago, sitting on that lawn, waiting for the parade, I was introduced to the youngest daughter in that family. She was a senior in high school and a member of their state-winning basketball team, but she was also suffering from cancer and the debilitating chemotherapy treatments that were being used to combat it. Just 18 years old, weighing less than 80 pounds, she sat wrapped in a blanket on a warm summer day, quiet and melancholy, while her friends, healthy and robust, drank beer and celebrated life. Things didn t look good then. The long-range prognosis was iffy, at best, and her body and spirit didn t belie that, though friends and family did. She was surrounded on every side by attention, affection, and concern. She was very ill, but she was loved. I got to know her that day and more in the months and years that followed. Her family and others prayed hard for her, storming heaven for a cure. Those prayers, along with the medical in the face normal is never quite the same again. When she eventually picked up the pieces of her former life, she knew that while things were the same again they were also very, very different. In the wake of such an experience, ordinary life is no longer something you take for granted, there s a deeper joy in all things ordinary and a new horizon, wisdom, maturity, and purpose that wasn t there before. God writes straight with crooked lines and sometimes cancer, terrible as it is, gives more than it takes. Her new health is more than physical. It s also a thing of the soul, a moral tan, a depth, a wisdom. Asked in a public interview if, given the choice, she would give the illness back so as to have the life she could have had without it, she replied: No, I wouldn t give it back. Through it I learned about love. The love she experienced when she was ill taught her that there are worse tragedies in life than getting cancer. John Powell once wrote a remarkable little book entitled, Unconditional Love, the story of Tommy, a former student of his who died of cancer at age twentyfour. Shortly before he died, Tommy came to Powell and thanked him for a precious insight he had once drawn from one of his classes. Powell had told the class: There are only two potential tragedies in life and dying young isn t one of them. It s tragic to die and not There are only two potential tragedies in life and dying young isn t one of them. It s tragic to die and not have loved and it s just as tragic to die and not have expressed your love to those around you. have loved and it s just as tragic to die and not have expressed your love to those around you. Doctors who research on the human brain tell us that we only use about 10% of our radical brain capacity. Most of our brain cells never get activated, both because we don t need them (they exist for wisdom rather than utility) and because we don t know how to access them. The same doctors too tell us that, paradoxically, two things do help us access them: the experience of love and the experience of tragedy. Deep love and deep pain, together, deepen a soul in a way that nothing else can. That explains why Therese of Lisieux was a doctor of the soul at age 24. It also explains the wisdom that this young woman now lives out of, gently challenges her friends with, and radiates to the world. Ten years ago, a young girl had her youth and dreams stolen from her by a brain tumor. There was pain, disappointment, depression, some bitterness, scant hope. Everyone seemed luckier than she did. That was then. Today, a radiant young woman, a gifted special-needs teacher, is on her honeymoon, happy, wise, planning life, having learned at a young age what most of us will only learn when we die, namely, that ordinary life is best seen against a bigger horizon, that life is deeper and more joy filled when it isn t taken for granted, and that love is more important even than health and life itself. Oblate Father Ron Rolheiser, theologian, teacher, and award-winning author, is President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, TX. He can be contacted through his website NC Catholics 12 June
13 from the editor Don t Get me Started Have you got a Don t get me started topic? More than one? Here s one of mine: the debasement of certain words in the English language through lazy, careless or commercial over-use. I think it starts with marketers who cynically manipulate the language for their greedy purposes, and then it seeps into everyday usage and... Don t get me started. A Parish Comes together for a Blessed Event On May 14, 42 children made their First Holy Communion at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Farmville, NC. It was a historic day for the small Parish, which has grown rapidly over the last three years of its eighty years serving Farmville. The parish church seats only about 100 so organizers foresaw in January the need for more seating. They rented a tent and chairs and borrowed other needed items for worship. One parishioner built an altar especially for the occasion, while others created flower arrangements by hand. St. Elizabeth s Catholic Youth Organization hosted a bake sale in the fall 2010 and conducted fundraisers during Advent and Lent, as well as a Spaghetti Dinner, to raise the money needed to host this project. At noon on the big day the red carpet was rolled out, with over 300 in attendance. The children processed in to dress the Altar, proclaim the Scripture lessons and prayers, and receive the Blessed Sacrament with Godparents, parents, families and friends. We were truly Blessed to have this special day, said Rita Zalonis, St. Elizabeth s Director of Religious Education. It was a parish family effort much like the way a family pulls together for a reunion. We would like to thank all of those in the community for allowing us to use parking lots and other items, and especially the Farmville Police Department for their support. One of those words is love, a favorite of advertisements for jewelry stores, insurance companies and breakfast food. It s a word that poets, who strive to use language truthfully, simply avoid anymore. Still, however the word may have been devalued, love exists, and you know it when you see it. That s why it was so refreshing to interview the three married couples in this month s cover story. (Page 16) I ve been trying ever since to pin down just what it was about them that, without using language, spoke love so eloquently. The husbands and wives looked at each other. As if whatever they said or were even thinking was by itself incomplete. They made each other laugh, sometimes with little remarks you could tell had almost become rituals, but which still elicited a smile. They admired each other. Sometimes they spoke of this, but you could see it on their faces, a look that said, We re a couple, and happy about it. When they did talk about love, as you ll read, it was the love of God, who, they were convinced, brought them together. I hope you ll read their stories. It might remind you of the riches contained in that word, love, and the importance of using it with care. I also want to call to your attention to the brief update on Catholic Charities continuing efforts to assist the victims of the tornadoes that ravaged our State on April 16. If you have ever been affected by a disastrous event, even a personally disastrous one like the death of a loved one, you know that the effects can last much longer than the help that comes immediately after the disaster. Catholic Charities understands that, and they are committed to the long term. Rich Reece is editor of NC Catholics thanks for your letters and s and kind suggestions. You can reach me at 715 Nazareth Street, Raleigh, NC or
14 saint of the month A Bishop who fought heresy St. Irenaeus St. Irenaeus was a secondcentury Bishop in Gaul (now Lyons, France). His most famous writings are found in Adversus Haereses or Against Heresies which attacked Gnosticism, a heretical system of thought that represented a great threat to the life of the early Church. A quintessential quote from that text reads, The glory of God is man fully alive, and the life of man is the vision of God. The second part of that text presents the spiritual pilgrim with the key to being fully alive in short, it teaches us that we will never be whole or fully alive unless we are in harmony with the end for which we were created. What is the end for which we are all created? The Catechism completes the previously referenced quote with to share in his own blessed life. We were created to know, love, and serve God; to spend eternity in communion with the Trinity; to enter into the vision of God. A great truth of the faith St. Irenaeus is pointing out to us a great truth of the Catholic faith: the human person is by God, for God. The Blessed Trinity is both the source of our life and the ultimate destiny for our life. This truth has important implications. For example, because the whole, undivided human person is destined for eternal life in communion with the Holy Trinity, authentic human development must be viewed holistically with an eye to the eternal rather than from a narrow and fragmented worldly perspective. A key to evaluating all aspects of life Also, the human person, made in the image and likeness of God, has an inalienable dignity and worth. This dignity and worth becomes a primary criterion against which to evaluate all economic, political, social, technological, and environmental policies. Finally, the human person is not the author of life, especially his or her own life. The centrality and necessity of God must permeate our lives and is one reason why we must resist attempts by the dominant culture to push God to the margins of society or to silence the Church in the public square. St. Irenaeus witnesses to the authentic relationship between God and humanity subsisting in a reciprocity of love. It is a message that continues to have a profound meaning for us today. La Gloria de Dios es el hombre plenamente vivo San Irineo Este es probablemente el texto más citado de este obispo del siglo II en la Galia (ahora Lyon, Francia). El Catecismo enseña, en el primer párrafo de la primera sección, que Dios «nos creó libremente...» En otras palabras, Dios nos creó por un amor incesante, con la única intención de que cada uno de nosotros pudiese tener vida y vivirla plenamente. Por lo tanto, cuando aceptamos este maravilloso regalo y lo realizamos en nuestras vidas, Dios es glorificado porque su voluntad en nosotros se ha cumplido. Sin embargo, es también sólo una cita parcial de la famosa obra de San Irineo, Adversus Haereses o Contra las Herejías que atacó el gnosticismo, un escuela de pensamiento herético que representaba una gran amenaza a la vida de la iglesia primitiva. El texto completo dice: «La Gloria de Dios es el hombre plenamente vivo, y la vida del hombre es la visión de Dios.» Esta segunda parte del texto le ofrece al peregrino espiritual la llave de la vida plena y por lo tanto de la gloria de Dios. En breve, nos enseña que nunca estaremos completa ni plenamente vivos a menos que estemos en armonía con el fin para el cual fuimos creados. Cuál es este fin? El Catecismo completa la cita previamente mencionada con «... para compartir Su vida bendita». Fuimos creados para conocer, amar y servir a Dios; para pasar la eternidad en comunión con la Divina Trinidad; para entrar en la «visión de Dios». San Irineo nos señala una gran verdad de la fe católica: la persona es por Dios, para Dios. La Santa Trinidad es tanto el origen de nuestra vida como el último destino de nuestra vida. Esta verdad tiene consecuencias importantes. Por ejemplo, porque toda la persona, no dividida, está destinada para la vida eterna, en comunión con la Santa Trinidad, el desarrollo auténtico humano debe contemplarse holísticamente con vistas a lo eterno, más que a la perspectiva mundana estrecha y fragmentada. también, la persona, hecha a imagen y semejanza de Dios, tiene una dignidad y valor inalienables. La dignidad y valor se hacen un criterio primario contra el cual se evalúan todas las políticas económicas, políticas, sociales, tecnológicas y ambientales. Finalmente, la persona humana no es el autor de la vida, especialmente de su propia vida. La centralidad y necesidad de Dios debe penetrar nuestras vidas y es una razón por la cual debemos resistir los intentos de la cultura dominante de empujar a Dios a los márgenes de la sociedad o para silenciar a la iglesia en la esfera pública. San Irineo atestigua la auténtica relación entre Dios y la humanidad, que subsiste en una reciprocidad del amor. Es un mensaje que hoy sigue teniendo un significado profundo para nosotros.
15 V o i c e s i n o u r c h u r c h pastor s perspective la naturaleza de nuestra fe Remembering St. monica School Among my happiest memories are the years I spent as a child at St. Monica Catholic School in Raleigh. I owe much of that happiness to the teaching and spiritual care of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, of Scranton, and of the Dominican Fathers of St. Joseph Province. Many of the students in St. Monica School were the children of school teachers or other professional people. There also were children of ordinary working people. Two of us entered the religious life. Of course I eventually entered the seminary and became a priest of the Diocese of Raleigh. And a young lady entered the convent of the Sisters of Divine Providence, and became Sister Miriam. She was a member of the Rogers family, which lived on the same block as my family did, and was very close to us. I have written about Fr. Otis Carl, who had a great impact on the students of St. Monica. He would visit the homes of the families who had children in the school. He was also devoted to music and his enthusiasm for that subject infected us all. Father Carl persuaded his confreres in the Province of St. Joseph to ask for donations to buy instruments for our band. In fact, in the archives of the Dominicans there is a photo of Father Carl and the band. There are also photos of them marching on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. They were a popular group, and some of the band members went on to became professional musicians. To my recollection all of the students who attended St. Monica School experienced real education and many went on to do well in their chosen professions. Although St. Monica School and the parish were eventually merged with Cathedral School and Sacred Heart and St. Joseph Parishes, many African Americans who graduated from St. Monica look back on their grade school years, as I do, with affection and gratitude for the Sisters and priests who made it a challenging and at the same time loving place of learning. Un Nuevo Pentecostés! El Vaticano II nos invitó a reconocer en nuestra vida los Signos de los Tiempos. En nuestra Diócesis de Raleigh reconocemos muchos de estos signos: Celebramos las bodas de plata y de oro con muchas parejas. Tuvimos la Ordenación diaconal de Don Edward Maloney y la Ordenación presbiteral de Brendan J. Buckler. La parroquia Holy Trinity en Williamston celebró su 50 Aniversario de existencia. La Pastoral Juvenil Diocesana ha celebrado su VI Encuentro sobre el tema La Familia es: Alto Voltaje Conéctate! con la participación de muchos Adolescentes y Jóvenes Adultos de todas las parroquias y la extraordinaria animación de Ricardo Veloz. En Greenville tuvimos la Convención Juvenil Católica (Catholic Youth Convention) número 41 con el lema Todo es posible para el que cree. Mc. 9,23). Celebramos el Retiro Espiritual para Líderes Hispanos del 27 al 29 de Mayo en Ávila sobre El Padrenuestro con el acompañamiento del Padre Jaime Pérez. El African Ancestry Ministry también ha desarrollado su Retiro para Líderes con el P. Marcos León como director del mismo. Hemos ofrecido 3 Talleres sobre Lectio Divina para líderes hispanos en diferentes decanatos y parroquias con el apoyo del Padre Chesco García. El Retiro parroquial de Sanación Interior se ofreció en St. Patrick con el lema Vengan a mí los que van cansados, llevando pesadas cargas, y yo los aliviaré (Mateo 11:28). Tuvimos el Cursillos de Cristiandad para hombres en español # 113 con el decidido apoyo del P. Paul Brant SJ. Continuamos la formación de los candidatos al Diaconado Permanente con el Padre James Garneau, la promoción de las Vocaciones al sacerdocio y a la Vida Religiosa con el Padre Ned Shlesinger, los Talleres de Formación para los líderes de la Renovación Carismática con el apoyo del Padre Joseph Lapauw, párroco de St. Eugene en Wendell entre otros signos. San Juan 20,30 nos dice: Muchas otras señales milagrosas hizo Jesús en presencia de sus discípulos Estas han sido escritas para que ustedes crean Esta realidad se aplica entre nosotros y con agradecida confianza podemos exclamar: En la Diócesis de Raleigh estamos viviendo un nuevo Pentecostés! Cristo Vive! Él ha resucitado! Aleluya! Msgr. Thomas P. Hadden Padre Carlos N. Arce, Vicario para los Hispanos
17 At a dance. At work. At a mall. Three married couples from St. Peter Parish in Greenville, where Bishop Burbidge offered the 2011 Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass in May, can testify that God was in those places when they met. They will also tell you that the God who put them in each other s path has watched over them ever since. In the case of Tony and Jackie Tucci, that has been more than 54 years. Cradle Catholics, Tony and Jackie met at a dance in New Jersey in They were only a year out of high school, but a year later they promised before God to spend the rest of their lives as husband and wife. In 1967, the Catholic Charismatic Renewal profoundly affected the Church. The movement, which began at a retreat at Duquesne University, also profoundly affected Jackie Tucci. By then the couple had moved to Miami, Florida, and within a year of the Duquesne retreat Jackie had established the first charismatic prayer group in the State and worked help the movement spread in the Archdiocese of Miami. Until then, Jackie said, the Holy Spirit had been the neglected member of the Trinity. But the charismatic movement signified a new understanding of the Spirit and how He works in our lives. Tony supported Jackie s involvement in the Renewal, but he was cautious. I tailed along, he recalled. But it wasn t until I made a Cursillo in 1971 that I really understood what Jackie was trying to do. She agreed. The Cursillo allowed the Renewal to go from Tony s head to his heart, she said with a smile. And that was God s work. I had prayed, Lord, if You want me to do this work, You have to take him, too. The couple became pioneers in Catholic lay ministry in Miami under then Archbishop Edward McCarthy. Jackie helped to form the Office of Lay Ministry for the Archdiocese, and Tony was the first president of the Lay Ministry Council. Together, they would for years host a popular radio program, Living in the Spirit, where listeners could call in with questions about Catholic teaching and practice. After 35 years in Florida, the couple moved to North Carolina to be closer to their children and grandchildren. We came with the idea of retiring, Jackie said, and getting involved in a prayer group at the parish level. But I guess the Lord had other ideas. Bishop F. Joseph Gossman had learned about the dynamic lay ministry duo even before they arrived. As a result, the Tuccis have been involved in promoting Charismatic prayer throughout the Diocese ever since they arrived in As this issue of NCC went to press, they were enthusiastically preparing for the three-day, Sixth Annual Holy Spirit Conference in October (See p. 31.) Sharing their vocations in lay ministry has been key to their sharing the vocation of marriage, the couple said. Asked if there s a secret to staying together for 54 years, Jackie smiled and turned to her husband. Is there a secret, Tony? We re stubborn, he joked, then said, Commitment. That seems rarer today. Jackie agreed. You make a commitment to one another and to God, she said, and you keep that commitment. We all have our ups and downs, but we have the Lord in common.
18 c o v e r s t o r y How do married couples stay together? It s no mystery, Jean said. You trust God. J ean and Bruce King met where they both worked at Burroughs Wellcome, a pharmaceutical company in Greenville. Jean was a cradle Catholic whose father, a doctor, had moved the family to the U.S. from Ecuador when she was seven. Bruce was baptized Methodist in Gates County in Eastern North Carolina. Both were graduates of East Carolina University. NC Catholics 18 June The two began attending St. Peter Church when they were dating. They were married 27 years ago. When we knew we were headed towards marriage, Bruce said, we attended a couples retreat. It was really impressive. They had great presenters, and exercises on how to make decisions as a couple. Bruce went througwh RCIA. The late Sarah McPherson, a beloved Director of Religious Education at St. Peter, introduced him to the Church. Today Bruce and Jean are presenters at Marriage Encounter weekends, where couples rededicate themselves to each other, to God and to the Eucharist. How do married couples stay together? It s no mystery, Jean said. You trust God. You make up your mind that you are going to dedicate your life to the person whom the God you trust put in your path. God picked Bruce for me, and I am going to do all I can to cooperate with what God wanted. There have definitely been situations that required more understanding: parents deceased, challenges at work. At those times we look to the Eucharist to refocus us. Jean and I go to Communion side by side, holding hands, Bruce said. The Eucharist reminds us of God s plan for us. Today Jean is a teacher at St. Peter Catholic School. The couple have three grown daughters, one newly married, who attended the school. By Rich Reece Photography by Paul Tomas
19 Alan Zell was managing an American Eagle store at a Greenville mall when he noticed Victoria, the woman who would become his wife. It turned out we were both students at ECU, he said, but I met her when she would come in as a customer. She always came accompanied by kids with mental health disabilities, and as I got to know Victoria I also got to know the kids and became fond of them. I was so impressed by her character, the good person she was. We started going to some Special Olympics events, and we would bump into each other on campus. For me, Victoria said, it was that he was so good with the kids. He treated them as just regular boys and girls, and he was genuinely excited to see them. He was such a nice person to everyone who came in. Alan, a Catholic, describes himself at the time as close to graduation, just getting over the hump of acting like a kid. The Church helped with that, and I was going to St. Peter. Then meeting Victoria -- she helped me take my faith more seriously, and to me that was a huge sign telling me that God had brought us together for a reason. Victoria had grown up active in her Baptist church. We were always involved with church, she said, singing every Sunday and other activities. I missed that when I came to college. I never really found a church, so I would go home some weekends to go to church with my family. When I started going with Alan he was Catholic and I d been looking for a church, so we started going to St. Peter s. The couple talked to each other about their faith, and it became part of their bond. Hearing her speak about the Bible was a real boost to my faith, Alan said. Where I was weak she made me strong. In places where I thought I had faith, she showed me I still had a way to go. I just tried to follow her good ways. The couple was married in St. Peter Church five years ago. Father Justin was really welcoming even though I m not Catholic, Victoria said. When we got married he assured me that I was always welcome here. We have a son now, and I remember when Father Justin explained marriage makes Love Real When the baptized spouses exchange their promises of loving and permanent fidelity before the Church, their marriage covenant becomes a participation in the unbreakable covenant between Christ and the Church. The Holy Spirit binds the spouses together and enables them to perform acts of self-giving love to the benefit of themselves, their families, and the to us that it was important to teach our children about both our faiths and how many similarities there were between the two. That we shared the same goals. Shared goals, trust in God, commitment Catholic married couples use different words to describe the conviction that they are indissolubly one. Whether they have been together 54 years or 27 years or 5 years, however, it seems as if they have this knowledge in common: With the Lord as the centerpiece of their lives, they are not together alone. As Jackie Tucci put it, It takes three to make a marriage. whole Church. In this way their marriage does more than symbolize Christ s love; it makes that love present in the world. From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan a pastoral letter by the Catholic Bishops of the U.S.
20 local news Official Announcements The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh, announces the following priest assignments and special announcements: Effective may 26, 2011 Reverend Chul Ho Lee, a Priest of the Archdiocese of Seoul (Korea) is appointed Pastor of Saint Ha-Sang Paul Jung Parish, New Hill. Effective June 30, 2011 Reverend Romen Acero, Parochial Vicar at Saint Thomas More Parish, Chapel Hill, is appointed Assistant Principal for Spiritual Life at Cardinal Gibbons High School, Raleigh and Priestly Minister to the Hispanic Community at Saint Bernadette Parish, Butner. Father Acero will be in residence at Saint Thomas More, Chapel Hill. Reverend Bill John Acosta-Escobar, Administrator of Saint Juan Diego Mission, Robbins, and Priestly Minister to the Hispanic community at Saint Anthony Parish, Southern Pines and Priestly Minister to the Hispanic community at Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Parish, Raeford, is appointed Pastor of Holy Spirit Parish, Kinston. Reverend Gregory Anatuanya, a Priest of the Diocese of Awka (Nigeria), is appointed Parochial Vicar at Sacred Heart Parish, Pinehurst. Very Reverend Carlos N. Arce, Vicar for Hispanic Ministry, is additionally appointed Priestly Minister to the Hispanic Community at Saint Anne Parish, Edenton and Holy Family Parish, Elizabeth City. Reverend mark J. Betti, Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Clinton, is additionally appointed to priestly ministry for the Sacred Liturgy in the Extraordinary Form at Saint Mary Parish, Wilmington. Reverend Jeffrey Bowker, L.C., Parochial Vicar at Saint Gabriel Parish, Greenville, is appointed Parochial Vicar at Infant of Prague Parish, Jacksonville. Reverend mr. Brendan J. Buckler, upon Ordination to the Priesthood on June 4, 2011, is appointed Parochial Vicar at Saint Catherine of Siena Parish, Wake Forest. Reverend Edward J. Burch, Pastor of Holy Spirit Parish in Kinston, is appointed Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Pinehurst. Reverend Ryan Z. Carnecer, C.I.C.m., a priest of the Congregation of Immaculate Heart of Mary, is appointed Parochial Vicar at Saint Eugene Parish, Wendell. Reverend Anthony V. DeCandia, Parochial Vicar at Infant of Prague Parish, Jacksonville, is appointed Pastor and Campus Minister of The Doggett Center for Catholic Campus Ministry at Aquinas House, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, with residence at 1601 Westbridge Court, Raleigh. Reverend David J. Devlin, O.S.f.S., an Oblate of Saint Francis De Sales, Wilmington-Philadelphia Province, is appointed Pastor of Holy Infant Parish, Durham. Reverend Robert W. Diegelman, Pastor of Saint Matthew Parish, Durham, retires from active priestly ministry. Reverend John G. Durbin, a Priest in Good Standing in the Diocese of Raleigh and Pastor of Saint Thomas More Parish, Chapel Hill, is granted a six-month sabbatical. Reverend francisco Javier Garcia Gonzalez, Parochial Vicar at Saint Bernadette Parish, Fuquay-Varina, is appointed Parochial Vicar at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Raleigh and will continue to serve in Diocesan Hispanic Ministry. Reverend John Alex Gonzalez, Pastor and Campus Minister of The Doggett Center for Catholic Campus Ministry at Aquinas House, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, is appointed Pastor of Saint Joseph Parish, Burgaw and Transfiguration Mission, Wallace. Reverend Rodolfo Gonzalez, Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Rocky Mount and Hispanic Priestly Ministry at Saint John the Baptist Parish, Roanoke Rapids is appointed Administrator of Saint Juan Diego Mission, Robbins and Priestly Minister to the Hispanic community at Saint Anthony Parish, Southern Pines and Priestly Minister to the Hispanic community at Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Parish, Raeford. Reverend Ryszard Kolodziej, Pastor of Saint Stanislaus Parish in Castle Hayne, is appointed to an additional one-year term as Pastor of Saint Stanislaus Parish, Castle Hayne. Reverend James m. Labosky, Health Care Minister of Moore County, is appointed Parochial Vicar at Saint Thomas More Parish, Chapel Hill with residence at Robert Southwell House, 211 McCauley Street, Chapel Hill. Reverend Rafael A. Leon-Valencia, Pastor of Saint Joseph Parish, Burgaw and Transfiguration Mission, Wallace, is appointed Parochial Vicar at Saint Patrick Parish, Fayetteville. Reverend Scott E. mccue, Assistant Principal for Spiritual Life at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, and Priestly Minister at Our Lady of the Rosary Mission, Louisburg, is appointed Pastor of Saint Thomas More Parish, Chapel Hill. Reverend thanh Nguyen, Administrator of Saint Anne Parish, Edenton, is appointed Pastor of Saint Matthew Parish, Durham. Reverend Walter Ospina-Briceno, a Priest in Good Standing NC Catholics 20 June