Father Columba Stewart to deliver the 2019 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities

WASHINGTON, D.C.— On July 18, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) issued a press release after Fr. Columba’s nomination saying “Father Columba Stewart, OSB, Benedictine monk, scholar of early religions and executive director of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, will deliver the 2019 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities.”
The NEH has this lecture as the “highest honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities. The NEH, a federal agency created in 1965, selects the lecturer through a formal review process that includes nominations from the general public.
Stewart will deliver the lecture, titled “Cultural Heritage Present and Future: A Benedictine Monk’s Long View,” on Monday, October 7, at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., at 7:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public and will stream online at neh.gov.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Father Columba Stewart. (Photo courtesy Hill Museum and Manuscript Library)

‘‘A ‘Monument Man’ of our time, Father Columba Stewart has dauntlessly rescued centuries’ worth of irreplaceable cultural heritage under threat from around the world,” said NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede.
Stating that he was ‘deeply humbled” by his selection, Stewart replied, “It is an extraordinary moment in our nation’s intellectual life and one in which a keener sense of the wisdom and experience of the past, critically interpreted, has much to offer.’
Dubbed ‘the monk who saves manuscripts from ISIS,’ by Atlantic magazine, Stewart has spent 15 years working with international religious leaders, government authorities and archivists to photograph and digitize ancient to early-modern religious manuscripts, especially those at risk due to war, strife or economic uncertainty.
Stewart has traveled to the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and South Asia to partner with local communities to photograph historic handwritten books and documents in their original context. His work has taken him to some of the world’s most volatile regions.
Since becoming executive director of HMML in 2003, Stewart has striven to make these documents available to a wide public, aided in part by grants from the NEH. In 2015 HMML launched an online reading room to give visitors access to the library’s growing digitized collection of more than 250,000 handwritten books and 50 million handwritten pages, the world’s largest digital collection of ancient manuscripts.
Stewart professed vows as a monk at Saint John’s Abbey in 1982 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1990. Much of his work in preserving ancient religious texts is informed by Benedictine tradition. A scholar of early Christian monasticism, Stewart holds a bachelor’s degree in history and literature from Harvard University, a master’s in religious studies from Yale University, and a D.Phil. in theology from Oxford University. Stewart has published extensively on ancient Christianity, monasticism, and manuscript culture, including Working the Earth of the Heart: the Messalian Controversy in History, Texts and Language to 431, Cassian the Monk, Prayer and Community: the Benedictine Tradition, a wide range of essays and articles and is working on his current book, Between Earth and Heaven.
The Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities is the NEH agency’s signature annual public event. Past Jefferson Lecturers include Rita Charon, Martha C. Nussbaum, Ken Burns, Walter Isaacson, Wendell Berry, Drew Gilpin Faust, John Updike, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Toni Morrison, Barbara Tuchman, and Robert Penn Warren. The lectureship carries a $10,000 honorarium, set by statute.”
You can find the complete text of the Press Release on NEH’s website and can follow it on social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @NEHgov | #jefflec19

Burning church

WESTPHALIA, TEXAS – A statue of Mary is seen amid flames through a window in the Church of the Visitation in Westphalia, Texas, July 29, 2019. The nearly 125-year old wooden church with bell towers on each side, burned to the ground that morning. Since 1883 the parish has served the Catholic community of southwestern Falls County, many of whom are descendents of immigrants from the northwest German region of Westphalia. (CNS photo/courtesy Nathan Wilde)

Hush hour: spirituality of silence is a journey toward God, priest says

By Carol Glatz
VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Pope Francis hung a bright red sign on his home-office door two summers ago that reads, “No Complaining Allowed.”
It was a succinct reminder to guests at his residence of one of his favorite invitations: drop the “sourpuss” scowl and radiate the true joy that comes from being loved by God.
Even his more formal visitors get a similar, more subtle, message as they enter the apostolic palace where the pope receives bishops and heads of state and holds other important gatherings.
Near the elevators people take to reach the papal study or meeting halls, the pope hung a copy of the icon of Our Lady of Silence — an image of Mary with her index finger poised gently in front of her closed lips.
“Just think how many Marian icons he gets (as gifts) and he decides to put this one there” as well as a smaller copy of one on his desk, said Capuchin Father Emiliano Antenucci, who commissioned the icon and gave a copy to the pope.

Capuchin Father Emiliano Antenucci presents an image of Our Lady of Silence to Pope Francis at the Vatican March 22, 2019. Father Antenucci said that silence “is the womb where words that are true are born.” (CNS photo/courtesy Father Emiliano Antenucci)

The preferential treatment, the priest told Catholic News Service, shows the pope’s deep understanding of the importance of holy and humble silence.
Father Antenucci has spent the past 10 years developing and offering special courses on silence, which is an important part of Christian spirituality and mental wellbeing, but, he said, is increasingly scarce in a busy, noisy, media-saturated world.
Together with a number of books he has authored, Father Antenucci’s three-day weekend retreats teach people how to carve out a moment each day of inner peace and outer quiet in order to better perceive and embrace God’s presence.
“Silence is a revolution,” he said. Silence “is the womb where words that are true are born.”
While his books and courses are currently available only in Italian and Spanish, he said he has been getting the materials translated into English and finding a publisher for North America.
Father Antenucci said Pope Francis was quite moved when he saw the icon of Our Lady of Silence the priest had first brought with him to be blessed in 2016.
The pope even wrote on the back of the wooden panel in gold pen, “Do not bad-mouth others!” which ended up being the title and cover picture of Father Antenucci’s most recent booklet, which the Vatican newspaper reviewed in late July.
The booklet is not a scolding lecture, he said, but explains what drives people to cut others down and offers techniques for “a conversion of heart.” It lists pertinent quotes from the pope and suggests a 12-step remedial program for kicking the habit of gossip, “a sport practiced all over the world,” the priest said.
The pope’s appeal for people to stop, think and not “drop bombs with their tongues” reflects the Christian understanding that people are created by God in his image, Father Antenucci said, so smearing a person’s reputation also “sullies the face of God” and makes the world a more polluted place.
Father Antenucci explained that silence asks people to suspend their judgment and be more merciful, “because we don’t know what is going on with the other person, what wounds they carry,” and that ignorance can lead to criticism.
However, not every critique or accusation is calumny or a hit job and biting one’s tongue is not an absolute rule of thumb.
Silence, like words, can be weaponized, Father Antenucci said, like the Mafia’s restrictive code of “omerta’” or the corrosive, manipulative silence among families, friends and coworkers, when needs, problems or concerns are shunned, denied or ignored.
Speaking up and out against injustice, illegality and sin comes from “Christ the liberator,” said the priest who ministers to Mafiosi in maximum security prisons and encourages young adults to fight against such evil.
Because both words and silence can be used as “medicine or poison,” he said, it comes down to properly discerning when it is best to speak and when it is best to be silent.
Make sure love is the motive, he said, as St. Augustine taught, be “silent out of love” and “speak out of love” always.
Another tip comes from Socrates, he said, who advised “If what you want to say is neither true, nor good or kind, nor useful or necessary, please don’t say anything at all.”
Backstabbing, envy and slander are all rooted in the same philosophy: “Mors tua vita mea,” (“Your death, my life”) which means, “we want to put down the other in order to glorify ourselves,” he said.
That is why speaking up about something to someone requires “it not be about judgment but be about correction,” he said.
“If we judge the person, we abandon them. Whoever corrects, loves. You do it together, saying, ‘I will support you. I am here.’ This is mercy. This is the Christian way,” said the priest, who served as a papal Missionary of Mercy during the Year of Mercy.
“Condemn the sin, save the sinner,” he added.
Father Antenucci said, “in a world bombarded by noise,” everyone should experience at least 30 minutes of silence each day. “It’s good for your head, clearing your mind, and purifies your heart.”
“Christian silence” is not about seeking a sense of emptiness or nothingness, but “is about presence. It is an encounter with Jesus,” he said.
The spirituality of silence, Father Antenucci added, can be summed up best by “a very wise girl,” appropriately named Sofia, who told her mother, “who then told me, ‘If Our Lady asks us to be quiet, it’s because her son has something to tell us.’”

Last of the Glenmary priests leave state

By Sister alies terese
HOUSTON – It’s hard to believe that Father Bob Dalton, the last of the Glenmary Fathers, will be leaving the Diocese of Jackson near the end of August. The rest of his order left the state in 2012.
The Glenmary Home Missioners were founded in 1939 with a purpose to establish a Catholic presence in rural areas and small towns of the United States.

Father Bob Dalton ministers to ‘Ms. C.’, a few weeks before her death. (Photo courtesy of Sister alies terese)

The Glenmary Missioners have served in Mississippi since 1965, beginning with Aberdeen and New Albany and then over the years in Fulton, Ripley, Amory, Ackerman, Eupora, Bruce and Houston, where Father Dalton is currently serving.
According to Father Dalton, the Glenmary Missioners are leaving the diocese due to “our community retrenchment, so as to centralize Glenmary personnel.” That has now taken the form of missions in Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Georgia.
“I’m a great fan of Church history and I see what will rebuild the Church: We must let go, so something new can be built. There have been five big ‘deaths and new beginnings’, I think. Benedict, Francis, Ignatius, the Missionaries and now…what? We might be too close to see. But, in each of these cases something needed to die before a new and living thing could be born. I’m not sure what it will look like, but…we need discernment to discover new life…not a false hope,” says Father Dalton.
Maybe more than Church history, though, is how he feels about going. “I am sad, sad…I love the people and I’m gonna miss ‘um!”

(Sister alies terese is a vowed Catholic solitary who lives an eremitical life. Her days are formed around prayer, art and writing. She lives and writes in Mississippi.)

ChristLife offers personal growth and renewal

By Joanna Puddister King
JACKSON/NATCHEZ – A renewal of evangelization efforts has been underway for some time in the Catholic Church, ChristLife being one of those endeavors. The goal of ChristLife is to increase active participation in parishes and to call church members to a closer, more meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ.
Designed for Catholics, the three-part program consists of three courses of seven weeks each. The first course, Discovering Christ, invites people of all backgrounds to open the door to encountering Jesus and be a part of the Church. Following Christ, the second course, covers Catholic discipleship, including daily personal prayer, hearing God in Scripture, the power of the sacraments, forgiving one another and spiritual warfare, among others. The final component of the program, Sharing Christ, equips Catholics with the practical skills to proclaim the Gospel and invite others into a personal relationship with Jesus. All of these elements combine to enrich community members and build up spirits that will last long beyond the course dates.
The ChristLife program has been run at several parishes within the diocese with much success. Nancy McGhee, parishioner at Jackson St. Richard, attended the program at Flowood St. Paul several years ago, the first parish to offer the ChristLife program in the diocese.
“I personally experience renewal and spiritual growth from the ChristLife program. I am totally interested in evangelization of adults and being a part of helping others experience the power of the Holy Spirit and a deeper personal relationship with Jesus Christ,” said McGhee.
Having been involved in charismatic renewal, the Cursillo movement, Renew, developing the small church communities and a “Go Make Disciples” class at Jackson St. Richard, McGhee feels that ChristLife has some of the best parts of all those programs.
“I think people who really go through the whole ChristLife program with a sincere desire to gain a deeper faith relationship with Jesus and to be renewed in the power and gifts of the Holy Spirit do receive that,” says McGhee. “This in turn, makes all that we do as The Church more meaningful . . . the sacraments, getting involved in church activities, furthering religious education, helping the poor, wanting to be a part of a small faith community, feeling more a part of the parish in general and most importantly gain an excitement about lay discipleship . . . sharing your faith and the love of Christ with others in ordinary everyday ways, inviting people in, reaching out to people that our pastor would never see or know, doing our part in growing the Kingdom with the love of God shining through us in our imperfect beings.”
Natchez St. Mary Basilica will be using the ChristLife program for the first time this Fall. Out of a series of book studies, the Parish Council and a group of parishioners developed an action plan for moving the parish forward in a number of areas, including deepening the Christ-focus of both individual parishioners and of the parish as a whole. The first step was to find and implement a parish-wide program with this focus.
Ruth Powers, program coordinator at St. Mary Basilica, said, “After talking with parishioners from St. Jude in Pearl, who had taken part in the Discovering Christ program and seeing how excited they were about ChristLife, that is the one we chose. We have been working with a Christlife consultant since March on getting the necessary teams formed to implement the program.”
Powers “hope(s) that by the end of the program parishioners whose relationship with Christ is not a major focus in their lives will be moved toward Christ as a focus; that parishioners who have a relationship with Christ will have that relationship deepened and that those with a deep relationship will be on fire to share that relationship with others. We have found that Catholics in general do not seem to be comfortable with sharing Christ with others for a number of reasons. Our hope is that this experience will begin to break down those barriers, because God knows our communities and our world need Christ right now.”
Both Jackson St. Richard and Natchez St. Mary Basilica plan to offer the three-part series of ChristLife. There is no fee to participate and the program includes meals and childcare is offered if needed. All are welcome to register and attend.
Jackson St. Richard will be offering a daytime Discovering Christ program beginning on Thursday, August 29 in Foley Hall. Classes will meet Thursdays at 10 a.m. with a Saturday retreat scheduled for September 28. To register visit saintrichard.com/christlife or call Nancy McGhee at 601-942-2078.
Natchez St. Mary will begin their inaugural offering of the ChristLife series on Sunday, October 6 at the O’Conner Family Life Center. Classes will meet Sundays at 5:30 p.m. with a Saturday retreat scheduled for October 27. For more information or to volunteer contact Ruth Powers at 601-445-5616.

Vicksburg Sisters of Mercy retire to St. Louis

By Karen Gamble
VICKSBURG – A piece of Vicksburg’s cornerstone fell to the history books when the last resident members of the Religious Sisters of Mercy, Patricia Parker and Robyn Huser left the city. A reception, to honor the sisters, was held Sunday, July 28, at the parish hall of St. Michael Catholic Church.
Sister Patricia Parker, 85, and Sister Robyn Huser, 76, have called Vicksburg home for more than 50 years. They will move to their religious order’s retirement home in St. Louis, Mo., this August, ending a 159-year era of the sisters being leaders in health care and education in the city, Warren County and surrounding areas.

Sister Patricia Parker and Sister Robyn Huser look over past clippings and photos at their home in Vicksburg. The two Sisters of Mercy are retiring to their religious order’s retirement home in St. Louis, MO. (Photo by Sam Andrews)

“It’s time to go – I had sworn I’d never leave, but we have to think about our health issues,” Sister Patricia said. “I found out a couple of months ago that I have a mild heart condition and I know it would not be good to just fall out some day and leave Sister Robyn to try to deal with it.” In 1988, Sister Robyn suffered a massive heart attack and was without oxygen for about 25 minutes. Sister Robyn’s survival and eventually “spending more than a year learning to walk again” was described as nothing short of a miracle, but she continues to need help with everyday chores.
Throughout their time in Vicksburg and several years in Jackson, Sisters Patricia and Robyn have followed their order’s vows of service to the poor, sick and uneducated. “We’ve had a ministry here in Vicksburg, and a lot of people have given us a lot of money and we’ve been able to help a lot of people,” she said. “We hate to leave here. I just love it, but it’s time.”
Just two months ago, during National Nurses Week, the two were honored by the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing. They were awarded a plaque and recognized for their roles in establishing the Mercy Delta Express, a traveling clinic staffed by medically trained Sisters of Mercy, volunteers and UMMC nursing students.
The sisters said the bus was a way to help train nurses and, more importantly, help those impoverished people whose plights were discussed in the federal government’s Delta Commission Report of 1990. The delivery of on-site health care began in Issaquena and Sharkey counties, the two Delta counties just north of Vicksburg and Warren County. The continuing result of that work today offers health care in Cary, Mayersville, Rolling Fork and Anguilla.
“We’d park in corn fields and people would come to get free medical care,” Sister Patricia said. “We had nurses from Vicksburg, all volunteers, who went with us to help these poor people. We gave immunizations to the children and we treated a lot of the parents.” At the May ceremony in Jackson, Sister Robyn remarked that she remains amazed at the impact of one simple idea, such as the medical bus. “It’s kind of an awesome thing,” she said. Yet, moving into uncharted territory was nothing new for this order of religious sisters.
Six members of the Sisters of Mercy came to Vicksburg from Baltimore, Md., in 1860. Their works began with the founding of St. Catherine’s School, which later became St. Francis Xavier Academy. After opening and operating a school where not even a public school existed, the “teaching sisters” stayed in the city and operated St. Francis and later St. Aloysius High School until 1999, when most of them moved to a retirement home near New Orleans.
As “hospital sisters,” Sister Robyn, a native of Lubbock, Texas, served as a registered nurse, director of nursing and hospital vice president; and Sister Patricia, a native of New Orleans who grew up in Biloxi, served as a registered nurse and supervisor of the operating room. Both left Vicksburg in the mid-’80s to begin their ministry of helping the chronically mentally ill in Jackson.
“We went into the personal care homes, we found people on the streets, we set up a clinic across from Stewpot Ministries,” Sister Patricia explained. “Some of these people were in the worst conditions you can imagine. But it was the best time of my life. Life is worthwhile when you can contribute some happiness to these poor people,” she said. “It was the joy of doing God’s work.”
“These two sisters represent what is so remarkable about the Sisters of Mercy,” Bishop Joseph Kopacz said. “They not only do their work with their ministries — health care, education and tending to the needy — they become involved personally with those people. Even after they’ve left a place, they are remembered for all their good, their prayers, their dedication and sometimes just consoling those who need it,” he remarked.
“It is amazing what the sisters have done in Vicksburg and throughout Mississippi since 1860,” Bishop Kopacz stated. “They have spent a lifetime preparing people for heaven.”
A member of the Sisters of Mercy who has spent years documenting the works of the religious order is Sister Paulinus Oakes, a Vicksburg native who at age 87 is “still doing a little outreach” from her retirement village in St. Louis, where Sisters Robyn and Patricia will take up residence. “I am so glad they are coming up to St. Louis,” said Sister Paulinus, who wrote and published Angels of Mercy and The Tapestry of Mercy, both historical accounts of the order in Mississippi and the United States.
“I was so glad to be a part of the Vicksburg ministry,” Sister Paulinus said. She is a graduate of St. Francis, a former principal at her alma mater, a former theology teacher at St. Aloysius Vicksburg and a pastoral care servant attached to Mercy Regional Medical Center.
The Father P.J. Curley, pastor emeritus of St. Michael Catholic Church and the longest-serving priest in Vicksburg, said he has been impressed by the two sisters since he met them. “I admire their dedication and commitment to the care of the sick and the needy across Mississippi,” Curley said. “I’ve always known the Mercy Sisters as educators, but I had no idea of the extent of their involvement in the well-being of the whole community.”
“Their caring nature and positive spirit have been inspirational to me,” Curley concluded, “We will miss them and they will be in my prayers.”
Shirley Farish of Vicksburg is a retired registered nurse who spent 45 years at Mercy Hospital and Mercy Regional Medical Center, 25 of those years as nursing supervisor in the emergency room. “That was before we had doctors in the E.R.,” she said. “If we needed one, we had to get a doctor from University (Medical Center in Jackson). I was in nursing school when Patricia came to Vicksburg, so I worked with her for 45 years,” Farish said. “I saw what the sisters did. I saw how Patricia and Robyn had a ministry of helping the needy. They were retired by then, but those people who needed them knew how to find them.”
The time at Mercy Hospital and with the sisters “were glorious years,” she said. The Sisters of Mercy began their health-care ministry during the Civil War when they tended Union and Confederate soldiers. The presidents of both sides praised the sister. “I can never forget your kindness to the sick and wounded during our darkest days,” Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy, said after the war, according to Gordon Cotton, longtime curator of the Old Court House Museum, historian and author who has written about many of the people living in Vicksburg during the Union siege of the city.
At another time, Davis cited his “personal gratitude and respect for every member of your noble order,” Cotton said. On the opposite side, President Abraham Lincoln referred to the sisters as “… the most efficient…veritable angels of mercy.” Over the years since the Civil War, the nuns have cared for the sick during a yellow fever epidemic in the 1870s, a polio outbreak in the 1940s and the injured after a tornado hit the city in 1953, killing 38 people and injuring hundreds.
In 1943, the sisters took over Vicksburg’s Street Hospital and nursing school, which had been operated since 1901 by sibling physicians. Through the next 20 years, the sisters began operations of Mercy Hospital, later Mercy Regional Medical Center and Mercy School of Nursing. The school educated and trained nurses for the entire state of Mississippi and much of the Southeast until establishing a three-year degree program with the University of Southern Mississippi and later a two-year program with Hinds Community College. The hospital was sold to a corporation in the early 1990s.
The Sisters of Mercy order was founded in 1831 by Catherine McAuley of Dublin, Ireland, “who left as her legacy the largest community of religious women in the English-speaking world,” Sister Paulinus wrote in Angels of Mercy. “The sisters in Vicksburg have done exactly what the order was called to do,” she said, trailing off with a quote from Scripture: “Whatsoever you do to the least of my people…”

School Sisters of St. Francis celebrate jubilee

By Michael O’Loughlin
MILWAUKEE – On June 15, more than 30 School Sisters of St. Francis of the United States Province celebrated milestone anniversaries of service as women religious. In addition, three lay women in associate relationship with the community celebrated their 25-year jubilees.
These are the sisters celebrating Jubilee this year who have served in the Diocese of Jackson.

Sister Arlene Welding

Sister Arlene Welding (80 Years)
Sister Arlene Welding was born in Oakdale, Nebraska She received a bachelor of science degree in education from Alverno College in Milwaukee and a master of science degree in religious education from the University of San Francisco in Calif.
In the Diocese of Jackson, Sister Arlene taught at St. Francis School in Yazoo City (1953-1962).
Other service: In the Diocese of Comayagua (Honduras), Sister Arlene served as a cursillo director in Comayagua (1966-1970). In the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Sister served as campus minister at the Newman Center in Los Angeles (1979-1982) and as director of operations at Caring Hands in Los Angeles (1982-1985). In the Diocese of Nashville, Sister served as a community outreach worker at Catholic Social Services (1986-1989), where she also served as a volunteer social worker (1992-1993); served as a social ministry volunteer (1993-1997); and served as a part-time secretary at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Nashville (1997-1998), where she also served as coordinator of social concerns (1998-2004) and as volunteer coordinator (2004-2007). In the Diocese of Phoenix (Ariz.), Sister served as religious education coordinator at St. Matthew Parish in Phoenix (1970-1978) and at St. Edward Parish in Phoenix (1978-1979). In the Archdiocese of San Jose´ in Costa Rica, Sister taught at St. Francis Primary School in Moravia (1962-1966). In the Diocese of Tucson (Ariz.), Sister served as senior citizen counselor at the Pinal Gila Council for Senior Citizens in Casa Grande (1979). In the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Sister taught at St. Matthew School in Campbellsport (1943-1953) and served as a volunteer at St. Joseph Convent in Campbellsport (2008-2014) and at St. Joseph Convent in Milwaukee (2014-2017).

Sister Michele Doyle

Sister currently serves in the ministry of prayer and presence at Our Lady of the Angels Convent in Greenfield, Wisconsin.
Sister Michele Doyle (75 Years)
Sister Michele Doyle was born in Forest Park, Illinois. She received a bachelor of science degree in education from Alverno College in Milwaukee; a master of arts degree in American history from Loyola University in Chicago; and a master’s degree in religious education from St. Thomas University in Houston.
In the Diocese of Jackson, Sister Michele taught at St. Francis High School in Yazoo City (1949-1969); at St. Joseph High School and Jackson State College in Jackson (1969-1976); served as director of adult religious education for the Diocese of Jackson (1976-1983); and director of education for St. Francis Assisi Parish in Madison (1991-1996). Since 2006, Sister Michele has served part-time in several parishes in the lay ministry program for the Jackson diocese.
Other service: In the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Sister served as provincial for her congregation’s U.S. Province in Milwaukee (1983-1991). In the Diocese of Rockford (Ill.), she taught at St. Mary School in McHenry (1947-1949).
Sister currently resides in Ridgeland, Mississippi.
Sister Amy Therese Kenealy (60 Years)

Sister Amy Therese Kenealy

Sister Amy Therese Kenealy was born in Chicago, Illinois. She received a bachelor of arts degree in English from Alverno College in Milwaukee, a master of arts degree in English from the University of Chicago, a certificate of advanced study in education administration from the University of Illinois, a master of science degree in counseling from Chicago State University, and a master of arts degree in pastoral theology from St. Mary of the Woods College in Indiana.
In the Diocese of Jackson, Sister Amy Therese taught at Sacred Heart School in Walls (1965-1966), St. Francis High School in Yazoo City (1967-1968) and St. Mary School in Holly Springs (1968-1969).
Other Service: In the Diocese of Joliet (Ill.), Sister served as regional chaplain at Marriott Brighton Gardens in Burr Ridge (2001-2003). In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister taught at St. Cyprian School in River Grove (1962-1964), St. Joseph School in Wilmette (1964-1965), and St. Anne School in Barrington (1966-1967). She served as dean, counselor and teacher at Thornridge High School in Dolton (1970-1990), pastoral ministry project director at St. Xavier University in Chicago (1988-1992), pastoral associate at St. Joachim Parish in Chicago (1990-1992) and chaplain at Americana/ManorCare Health Center in South Holland (1992-2001). Sister also was director of pastoral care at Brighton Gardens in Orlando Park (2003-2007) and chaplain at Vitas Hospice in Chicago Heights (2005-2016).
Sister currently resides in Sauk Village, Illinois, where she has served as volunteer chaplain since 2016.
Sister Liana Mich (60 Years)

Sister Liana Mich

Sister Liana Mich was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She received a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education and music from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, a master of science degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and a master of arts degree in pastoral ministry from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis.
In the Diocese of Jackson, Sister Liana served as principal of Holy Family School in Jackson (1978-1986).
Other Service: In the Diocese of Gary (Ind.), Sister served as teacher/organist at SS Peter & Paul School in Gary (1962-1966). In the Diocese of La Crosse (Wis.), Sister served as teacher/organist at Sacred Heart School in Marshfield (1966-1968). In the Diocese of Memphis (Tenn.), she served as a pastoral education intern at Methodist Hospital Clinic in Memphis (1987-1988). In the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Sister served as chaplain at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City (1988-2006) where she also served as spiritual director (2006-2012). In the Archdiocese of San Antonio (Texas), Sister served in the ministry to ministers program at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio (1986-1987). In the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Sister in Milwaukee taught at St. Boniface School (1967-1971), St. Martin de Porres Catholic School (1971-1972) where she also served as administrator and curriculum coordinator (1972-1974), and at St. Albert School (1974-1975). She also served as a volunteer at Clement Manor Retirement Center in Greenfield and in the congregation’s U.S. Province Finance Office in Milwaukee from 2012-2018.
Sister currently resides at Clement Manor Retirement Community in Greenfield, Wisconsin.

(Cards and donations in honor of the sisters’ years of service may be mailed to Sister’s attention, c/o Jubilee Committee, School Sisters of St. Francis, 1545 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53215.)

Sister Rita Mae

By Jen Pick
La Crosse, WISCONSIN – Sister Rita Mae (70 Years), a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She ministered as a primary school teacher in Wausau, Menomonie, Stanley, Pewaukee, Durand, Stanley and Edgar, Wisconsin. She also taught primary grades in Spokane, Washington, and Canton, Mississippi. Beginning in 1982, Sister Rita Mae ministered in libraries in Superior (Cathedral School), Wisconsin, Carroll (Holy Spirit School), Iowa, and West Point (Marquette), Iowa. In 1994, she moved to Villa St. Joseph, the FSPA skilled-care retirement home in La Crosse, Wisconsin, where she assisted in sister services before moving to care for her mother and serve part time as a library media specialist at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Sister Rita Mae went on to volunteer in libraries at Immaculate Conception School in Eau Claire, Wis. and St. Peter Claver School in St. Paul, Minn., before retiring to St. Rose Convent in La Crosse in 2008. She currently ministers as a volunteer in the St. Rose Media Center.
A jubilee celebration was held at St. Rose Convent on April 26.
Based in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration is a community of vowed Franciscan women engaged in furthering the work of the Catholic church and the Gospel. Their partners in ministry, including affiliates and prayer partners, join them in service of God’s mission. Together, they collaborate to minister in areas of greatest need, demonstrating that Gospel living is both contemplative and active.

Parish calendar of events

SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT

BROOKSVILLE The Dwelling Place, Journey to Wholeness: In Divorce and Beyond, Sept. 27-28. Begins with 6:30 p.m. supper. For those seeking wholeness in divorce do well to remember their journey is a process of growth and not just an event they hope to put behind them. This weekend will provide the knowledge and support needed to begin creating a healthy relationship with his/her authentic self. Facilitator: Larry Brown, L.P.C., Clarity Counseling, Starkville. Donation: $100. Details: (662) 738-5348 or email dwellpl@gmail.com.
CHATAWA St. Mary of the Pines Retreat Center, Theology of the Body, a Retreat Focusing on Women, Thursday, Sept. 26, supper until Sunday, Sept. 29, lunch. It was written by St. Pope John Paul II and is an in-depth study of the human person. Focuses on the meaning of being women, ways of relating to men. Presenters: Becky Clements and Paula Hunter are from Southwest Louisiana. They are both experienced, certified retreat directors and leaders of groups in their Catholic Church communities. Suggested donation: $250 (private room) or $200 (shared room) Details: Sister Sue Von Bank (601) 783-0801 or retreatcenter@ssndcp.org.
CULLMAN, Ala. Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, Introduction to Centering Prayer, Aug. 30-Sept. 1. Centering Prayer is a form of Christian prayer rooted in the ancient Christian contemplative tradition. Its purpose is to foster a deeper intimacy with Christ through the silence and stillness of contemplative prayer. This workshop/retreat is designed for those new to Centering Prayer. Private rooms and the ability to maintain silence are required. Retreat directors: Contemplative Outreach Birmingham Staff. Cost: Private room $245. Details: (256) 734-8302, retreats@shmon.org or www.shmon.org.
PEARL St. Jude, Life in the Spirit and Healing Prayer Seminar, Saturday, Aug. 17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the parish hall. Do you desire a deeper experience of the Holy Spirit in your life? Are you interested in an opportunity to receive new gifts of the Holy Spirit and a greater outpouring of God’s healing and love? Come for a day of preaching, prayer and praise sponsored by the Marian Servants of Jesus the Lamb of God. Guest speakers include; Father Bill Henry, Pastor of Greenville St. Joseph; Retreat Master and Spiritual Director, Celeste Zepponi; painter/singer/songwriter, retreat presenter and Spiritual Director, Mark Davis, formerly Ordained Assemblies of God pastor currently serving on St. Dominic’s Hospital Pastoral Care Team and Ethics Committee and is an active member of Clinton Holy Savior. Free admission, $10 suggested donation for lunch. Details: Contact Maureen Roberts (601) 278-0423 or mmjroberts@gmail.com.
TUPELO The Diocese of Jackson’s Office of Family Ministry and Catholic Charities Office of Parish Health Ministry, Mississippi State Department of Health, and Belhaven University are co-sponsoring a two day workshop on first aid for mental health. “Mental Health First Aid” (MHFA) teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in your community. Two separate trainings will be offered at Tupelo St. James on Thursday, Aug. 22 (Adult Training) and Friday, Aug. 23 (Youth Training) from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration includes lunch. The workshops will be led by Dr. Bradford Smith, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist and Certified Instructor. Registration is required. Registration includes: Lunch, a comprehensive manual and a three-year MHFA certification. Attending full program is required to obtain certification. Fee: $10 per class. CEU’s offered for nursing and education. Registration website: https://conta.cc/2Hxr7yf. For more information: Contact Charlene Bearden, Coordinator, Office of Family Ministry at 601-960-8487 or charlene.bearden@jacksondiocese.org.

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS

CLARKSDALE Catholic Community of St. Elizabeth, Parish Fair, Tuesday, Sept. 17. Details: church office (662) 624-4301.
FLOWOOD St. Paul Early Learning Center’s, Annual Golf Tournament, Friday, Sept. 6 at Bay Pointe Golf Club, 800 Bay Pointe Dr, Brandon. Details: Early Learning Center (601) 992-2876.
GRENADA St. Peter, Blood Drive, Sunday, Aug. 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Please mark your calendar and plan to come and make a donation. Details: church office (662) 226-2490.
GLUCKSTADT St. Joseph, Save the Date, Germanfest 2019, Sunday, Sept. 29, 11a.m.-5 p.m. Details: country_store@yahoo.com, Belinda Vargas at (601) 699-9288 or Paula Bennett at (601) 954-0602.
JACKSON Christ the King, Annual picnic, Sunday, Aug. 18 after Mass in the Multipurpose Building. Details: church office (601) 948-8867.
JACKSON St. Richard, Prophetic Imagination: Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel, 9:30-11 a.m. in the Chichester Room on the following Tuesdays: Sept. 3, Sept. 10, Sept. 17 and Sept. 24. Facilitator: Mary Louise Jones. Details: church office (601) 366-2335.
MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, A Taste of St. Francis, Sunday, Oct. 6 in the Family Life Center following 10:30 a.m. Mass. Details: Amy Hornback at (601) 953-4182 about how you can volunteer and cook/bring a dish or the church office (601) 856-5556.
MADISON St. Joe Bruin Classic Golf Tournament, Rescheduled for Friday, Aug. 16 at Live Oaks Golf Club, 11200 US 49 North, Jackson. Event Schedule: 11:30 a.m. Registration 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch 1 p.m. Shotgun Start/Scramble Format 5 p.m. Awards Presentation. Proceeds to fund all St. Joseph School athletics. Details: Dana Caskey at dana.caskey@comcast.net or www.stjoebruins.com.
MADISON Lake Caroline Golf Course, 37th Bishop Cup Annual Golf Scramble, Tuesday, Sept. 10. Lunch at noon; Tee Time at 1 p.m. and Social/Dinner/Auction at 5:30 p.m. Each golfer receives cart and green fees, hat and golf towel, catered lunch, snacks and beverages on the course, dinner and social. Details: Rebecca Harris at (601) 960-8477 or rebecca.harris@jacksondiocese.org.
MERIDIAN Catholic Community of St. Joseph & St. Patrick, The Knights of Columbus will host a four-part presentation on “Presence – The Mystery of the Eucharist” at the Hall on Highway 19 North, facilitated by Ken Woodward beginning Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 6:30 p.m. Details: To reserve a seat, contact Dave Viger at (601) 480-3364 or kofc802@gmail.com.
NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, Knights of Columbus Spaghetti Dinner, Sunday Aug. 25 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the O’Connor Family Life Center. Eat in or take out. Details: church office (601) 445-5616.
YAZOO CITY St. Mary, Catechist Appreciation Brunch, Sunday, Aug. 18 from 9-10:15 a.m. in the Parish Office. All catechists who served this past year in the faith formation of our youth and/or adults are invited. Details: Please RSVP to Diane Melton by Tuesday, Aug. 13.

YOUTH BRIEFS

JACKSON St. Richard, An Evening with Our Stars, Saturday, Aug. 24, 5-9 p.m. in Foley Hall. This is a fundraiser to benefit the Special Kids Ministry. Cost: $50 per ticket. Details: church office (601) 366-2335.
MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, Annual Life Teen Parent-Teen Kick Off event, Sunday, Aug. 18, 5-8 p.m. Details: (601) 856-5556.
JACKSON St. Richard School, Back to School Night, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 4-6 p.m. Details: school office (601) 366-1157.
JACKSON Sister Thea School, 2019-20 registration is now underway for grades Pre K3 – 6th grades. Details: Shae Goodman-Robinson, Principal at (601) 506-8998.
MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, Annual Life Teen Parent-Teen Kick Off event, Sunday, Aug. 18, 5-8 p.m. Details: church office (601) 856-5556.
MERIDIAN St. Patrick School, Orientation, Monday, Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Parents may drop off school supplies beforehand at 4-6 p.m. Details: school office (601) 482-6044.

Tome Nota

írgenes y Santos. Celebraciones

La transfiguración del Señor. Martes 6 de agosto
Santa Clara. Domingo 11 de agosto
Solemnidad de la Asunción de la Virgen María. Jueves15 de agosto
Santa Rosa de Lima, Virgen. Viernes 23 de agosto

Convocatoria

Conferencia con el padre Teodoro Kranz (Teo). El Grupo de Oración y Vida invita a Conferencia “Sanando Heridas del Pasado”, con el padre Teodoro
Curso Gratuito del Boston College. Todas las mujeres interesadas pueden inscribirse en el nuevo CURSO ONLINE GRATUITO de la Escuela de Teología y Ministerio del Boston College sobre “Las Mujeres en la Iglesia”, coordinado por la teóloga Maria del Pilar Silveira. INSCRIPCIONES AQUÍ: www.bc.edu/mujeres
Concierto Católico. El Grupo Emaus invita a disfrutar al grupo musical “Alto Mando es el Señor”. Domingo 18 de agosto, en 1793 Hwy 17, Camden. Entrada $20.00 Para información llame al 601-667-9779

Ambiente Seguro
Para reportar un abuso: Licenciada Valerie McClellan, trabajadora social.
Por favor, contáctela al 601-326-372