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Church Calendar Power of Holy Spirit can transform


P
Events of the local, American and universal church

Feast days w
world, pope tells young people

By Cindy Wooden
St. Ignatius Transfiguration Catholic News Service
of Loyola of the Lord
SYDNEY, Australia —
July 29 St. Martha With prayer and openness,
July 30 St. Peter Chrysologus young people can receive the
power of the Holy Spirit and
July 31 St. Ignatius of Loyola transform the world, Pope
Aug. 1 St. Alphonsus Liguori Benedict XVI told partici-
Aug. 2 St. Eusebius of Vercelli, pants at World Youth Day.
St. Peter Julian Eymard “Do not be afraid to say
Aug. 4 St. John Mary Vianney ‘yes’ to Jesus, to find your joy
Aug. 5 Dedication of the Basilica of in doing his will, giving your-
self completely to the pursuit
St. Mary Major in Rome of holiness,” the pope told At the vigil, which began people of every race, nation
Aug. 6 Transfiguration of the Lord them July 20 as he celebrated with the pope lighting a torch and tongue.”
Aug. 7 St. Sixtus II and his companions, the Mass closing the six-day carried by a young indigenous Pope Benedict told the
St. Cajetan youth gathering. woman and ended with eu- young people at the Mass that
Some 350,000 people at- power to strengthen and to in Christ, and it is the Spirit charistic adoration, the pope the Holy Spirit, the spirit of
Aug. 8 St. Dominic unify people in love is as real that sustains the unity of the told the young people to open God’s love, “can only unleash
tended the morning Mass at
Aug. 9 St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross Royal Randwick Racecourse as the Spirit’s bond of unity church and its fidelity to tra- themselves to the energy of its power when it is allowed to
(Edith Stein) and, police said, more than and love with the God’s love. change us from within.”
half of them had braved
the cold and spent the night
Father and the Son.
And when Chris-
“A living community of love, “In accept-
ing the power
The world needs the trans-
forming power of the Holy
Assumption of the Blessed camping out at the track. tians are filled with embracing people of every of the Holy
Spirit you, too,
Spirit, the pope said.
“In so many of our societ-
the Holy Spirit they
Virgin Mary (Holy Day of World Youth Day officials put
Mass attendance at 400,000. can bring “the hope race, nation and tongue.” can transform ies, side by side with material
Obligation) – Aug. 15 The campout followed the of peace, healing
Pope Benedict XVI your families, prosperity, a spiritual desert is
spreading: an interior empti-
traditional World Youth Day and harmony” to communities
“Finally the immacu- and nations,” ness, an unnamed fear, a quiet
late virgin, preserved nighttime vigil. situations of con-
Fulfilling another World flict, suffering and tension, he dition. he said. sense of despair,” the pope
free from all stain of At the Mass, the pope said.
original sin, when the Youth Day tradition, Pope said. Pope Benedict told the
Benedict announced at the “Unity and reconciliation young people at the vigil that prayed that the World Youth But the Gospel message
course of her earthly Day experience would be of salvation reveals how each
life was finished, was end of the July 20 Mass that cannot be achieved through he knows many of them have
the next World Youth Day our efforts alone. God has been or will be tempted to a new Pentecost for all the person was created in God’s
taken up body and soul participants, marking a new image and made for love,
into heavenly glory, and would be held in Madrid, made us for one another, and drift away from their faith,
Spain, in 2011. only in God and his church but being true to oneself outpouring of the gifts of the he said, a love which “is not
exalted by the Lord as Holy Spirit. greedy or self-seeking, but
queen over all things, so At the July 19 vigil, the can we find the unity we seek,” means being true to the God
pope said that understand- the pope said. who created each person. The celebration of World pure, faithful and genuinely
that she might be more Youth Day, he said, has en- free, open to others, respect-
fully conformed to her ing the Holy Spirit, “the ne- The Holy Spirit is the Spirit “God is with us in the re-
glected person of the Blessed of creation, giving life to all ality of life, not the fantasy,” abled everyone to experience ful of their dignity, seeking
son, the Lord of Lords the church as “a living com- their good, radiating joy and
and conqueror of sin and death.” — Catechism of Trinity,” is not easy. that God made, he said. The he said. “It is embrace, not
But, he said, the Spirit’s Spirit is the source of new life escape that we seek.” munity of love, embracing beauty.”
the Catholic Church, No. 966

Year of St. Paul


Pope says apostle should serve as model
By John Thavis
Catholic News Service

ROME — Joined by
Exhibition showcases other Christian leaders,
Pope Benedict XVI opened
2,000 years of the year of St. Paul and
said the apostle’s coura-
Vatican art, history geous witness to the faith
should serve as a model
for contemporary Chris-
By Mary Sirianni tians.
FaithLife “Paul is not a figure of
the past that we remember
CLEVELAND — More than 200 items with veneration. He is also
from the Vatican Museums connect the begin- our teacher, an apostle and
nings of the Catholic Church from Christ and a herald of Jesus Christ for
the apostles to their modern-day successor, us, too,” the pope said at
Pope Benedict XVI. an evening prayer service CNS photo
“Vatican Splendors: From St. Peter’s Ba- June 28 in the Rome Ba- Pope Benedict XVI walks near a statue
silica, the Vatican Museums and the Swiss silica of St. Paul Outside of St. Paul as he arrives for an evening
Guard” opened in May and will remain open the Walls. prayer service at the Basilica of St. Paul
through Sept. 7 at the Western Reserve His- The liturgy had a strong Outside the Walls June 28. Joined by
torical Society in Cleveland. ecumenical tone. Accom- other Christian leaders, the pope opened
The large number of Catholics in Cleve- panied by Orthodox Ecu- the year of St. Paul, calling the apostle a
land, as well as in surrounding areas such menical Patriarch Bartho- model for contemporary Christians.
as Buffalo, N.Y.; Columbus, Ohio; Toronto, lomew of Constantinople
Canada; Erie and Pittsburgh made Cleveland and representatives of Orthodox and Anglican churches, the pope lit
an obvious choice for the exhibition. the first candle from a large lamp that will burn in the basilica’s portico
“The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland’s sup- throughout the coming year.
port was instrumental in bringing the exhibit Then the pontiff led a procession through the “Pauline door” into
here,” said Emily Vincent of Landau Public the church, which was built near the site of St. Paul’s martyrdom and
Relations. holds his tomb. It was the inaugural event of a jubilee year that will run
The success of last year’s Princess Diana until June 29, 2009, in commemoration of the 2,000th anniversary of
exhibit, as well as the 10,000 square feet of the apostle’s birth.
museum space, helped secure Cleveland as an Seated near Patriarch Bartholomew, the pope said in a homily that
exhibition site, she said. the Pauline year should send a strong signal of Christian unity. He
The museum opens daily at 10 a.m. and warmly greeted the other Christian representatives, including many
closes at 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday Photo courtesy of Evergreen Exhibitions who had come from areas where St. Paul evangelized — in the Holy
and 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. One of the exhibition’s most dramatic rooms, the recreated environment of the Sistine Land, Syria, Greece, Cyprus and Asia Minor.
“Attendance at the exhibit continues to Chapel exhibit, takes visitors onto the scaffolding near the chapel’s reknowned ceiling St. Paul understood the essential value of Christian unity because
build, with at least 500 to as many as 1,000 to explore how Michelangelo painted his famous frescoes. he understood the church as the “body of Christ,” the pope said. In St.
visitors each day,” said Angie Lowrie, direc- Paul’s time and in every age, repairing divisions is an urgent task, he
tor of sales and marketing for the Western Lowrie said most people do not regard time, including “The Crown of Thorns” said.
Reserve Historical Society. “Vatican Splendors” as a profound religious by Guercino, a 17th century portrait of “Who was this Paul?” the pope asked in his sermon. He cited the
While tickets are still available daily at experience but still come out of the galler- Christ painted on silk. saint’s own self-description as a Jew who was educated in Jerusalem
the box office, Lowrie encourages visitors to ies “subdued, reverent and reflective.” Relics of St. Peter are featured in a according to strict ancestral law, and who later became, through an en-
purchase tickets in advance to make their trip “We’ve received nothing but positive reliquary shaped like the canopy that counter with Christ, the “teacher of the gentiles in faith and truth.”
easier. Tickets to “Vatican Splendors” also comments from visitors,” she said. encloses the main altar at St. Peter’s Ba- The apostle’s vocation endures, the pope said.
give visitors access to other historical society Broken into four parts, the exhibition be- silica in Rome. Also featured is a scale- “We are not gathered here to reflect on a past history that is irretriev-
exhibits, including the Crawford Auto-Avia- gins with the “Foundations of the Church,” model of St. Peter’s tomb, which early ably surpassed. Paul wants to speak to us — today,” he said.
tion Museum and the library, which is home featuring artwork of the Holy Family, the Christians built on Vatican Hill near Ro- The year of St. Paul was Pope Benedict’s idea, and he has encour-
to one of the largest genealogical repositories apostles and early church leaders. Many aged local church communities around the world to read and reflect on
in the nation. pieces are on public display for the first See VATICAN SPLENDORS, page 2 the apostle’s contribution to Scripture.
from Catholic News Service
Snippets of Catholic headlines
and stories from around the world By the Way...
Camp Notre Dame has been completely
IN THE U.S. ternational Commission on English in the forward to responding to the extended request sold out this summer with all day camp and
Liturgy, known as ICEL, but at the Orlando in the best way possible. We may not be self- overnight weeks being filled.
Though legal experts on a July 10 meeting in June many bishops expressed reliant on the issue but we definitely could “Our last five weeks were totally booked,
panel disagreed about how the Cali- frustration that recommendations they had share a little with others” who might not have so we ended up opening two more cabins to
fornia same-sex marriage law will submitted to ICEL to clarify the sentence as many priests and religious as Kenya does, give the campers on our waiting list an expe-
impact the freedom to express reli- structure or revise archaic language had been the cardinal said July 12 during an ordination rience,” says Eric Dart, Camp Notre Dame’s
gious beliefs, they all agreed it will ulti- rejected. Mass of three priests in Nairobi. Cardinal summer camp director. ‘It’s been an amaz-
mately change the definition of marriage. In Njue urged Kenyan priests and religious to ing summer in terms of that. “Our enroll-
a presentation hosted by the Family Research AROUND THE WORLD volunteer to accept the invitation to help Su- ment has been steadily increasing, and this
Council in Washington, an ideologically di- danese and Chadian Catholics. Bishop Gior- year we’ve had a boom.”
verse panel of legal experts debated the na- A year after Pope Benedict XVI’s gio Bertin of Djibouti said the Horn of Africa He attributes the spike to word of mouth Jason Koshinskie
tional political ramifications of the May 15 letter to mainland Chinese Catholics, is in desperate need of Catholic pastoral ser- about the camp’s activities and offering a
California Supreme Court’s 4-3 ruling that church leaders said some positive develop- vices. Bishop Bertin, who is also the apostolic unique experience for young people. The resident camp is open to
same-sex couples have the right to have the ments have resulted but more work needs to administrator of Mogadishu, Somalia, said youth ages 7 to 16, and day camp to kids ages 4 to 9.
state designate their civil unions as marriag- be done to achieve the letter’s objectives. Chi- that Djibouti needs priests and teachers. “For young people, it’s a chance to be unplugged and do a lot of
es, essentially making marriage legal in that nese church different things,” Dart says. “It’s definitely a different and healthy
state for gay couples. While the more con- leaders PEOPLE OF FAITH experience for them to be away from video games and out in nature
servative legal experts on the panel said they particularly and in a place that fosters Gospel values.”
believe that if the California law isn’t turned referred to Forty archbishops from more than 30 Another plus for the camp this year has been the opening of the
back religious freedoms will be dangerously problems countries who were named within the new dining hall. The larger and up-to-date facility has been a wel-
compromised nationwide, the more moder- uniting the previous year received a pallium from come addition for campers and staff.
ate and liberal law professionals said same- two Catholic communities: one whose lead- Pope Benedict XVI June 29 during Mass Under the sponsorship of the Erie Diocese, Camp Notre Dame
sex marriage advocates and religious liberty ers and institutions register with the govern- in St. Peter’s Basilica for the feast of Ss. Peter has been serving children and families since 1960. The camp sits on
supporters can coexist if both groups respect ment and one whose leaders refuse to regis- and Paul. 185 acres located in Fairview.
each other’s rights. ter — seeing it as a method of government The pal- St. Peter Cathedral in Erie is turning its prayers to St. Anthony
control — but operate in a semiclandestine lium, a these days. Sometime on July 14, a Book of the Gospels was stolen
After mail balloting of bishops who manner. Referring to a point in the papal circular from underneath the sanctuary’s crucifix along with a gold stitched
did not vote at the spring meeting in letter that says, “every cleric must be incar- band of chalice cover. While praying that St. Anthony, patron of lost things,
Orlando, Fla., a 700-page translation of dinated in a particular church or in an insti- white comes through, the cathedral has also looked to Erie Police for
one section of the Roman Missal failed to get tute of consecrated life and must exercise his w o o l help.
approval from the required two-thirds of the own ministry in communion with the dioc- marked We offer our condolences to the family and friends of Mary Ste-
members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic esan bishop,” Bishop Xu Honggen of Suzhou with six phenson of Hermitage, who lost a long battle with cancer June 29
Bishops. The USCCB announced rejection said the registered church community sees black crosses, symbolizes an archbishop’s at the age of 50. Mary was known as one of the stalwart supporters
of the translation of the proper prayers for no problem in this. However, he noted that authority and unity with the pope. The mis- of liturgy and music in the diocese.
Sundays and feast days during the liturgi- in some places, some underground clergy still sion of the Catholic Church is to overcome A lifelong member of St. Joseph Parish in Sharon, she joined the
cal year July 7 and said it would come be- work in areas outside their dioceses. Bishop the divisions of the world and bring God’s folk group in 1972 and had been part of music ministry ever since,
fore the full body of bishops again at their Xu said he believes unity between the regis- healing power, love and peace to all people, singing and playing guitar in the choir and cantoring Masses, wed-
November general assembly in Baltimore, tered and unregistered church communities Pope Benedict XVI told the new archbishops. dings and funerals. She had battled cancer for years but through it
along with two other sections totaling about “would move much more easily once the The permanent mission of St. Peter and his all still managed to be present to her community through her min-
500 pages. No vote totals were made public, Vatican and China build ties.” successors is that the church “never be identi- istry of music.
but the translation would have needed 167 fied with only one nation, only one culture or The next edition of FaithLife will highlight the women religious,
“yes” votes to achieve a two-thirds majority Catholic leaders in Chad, Sudan only one state. That it always be the church priests and deacons of the diocese who are celebrating jubilee an-
of the 250 active Latin-rite U.S. bishops. The and Djibouti have appealed for more of all people,” the pope said. U.S. archbishops niversaries this year. The vocation and ministry stories of our jubi-
rejected translation, in the works for more priests and religious. Nairobi Cardinal who concelebrated the Mass with the pope larians contained in our annual Faithful Servants issue are always
than two years, was the second of 12 sections John Njue, president of the Kenya Episco- included Archbishops Edwin F. O’Brien of inspiring and impressive.
of the Roman Missal translation project that pal Conference, said Sudanese and Chad- Baltimore, John C. Nienstedt of St. Paul and
will come before the bishops through at least Minneapolis and Thomas J. Rodi of Mobile, Jason Koshinskie is editor of FaithLife. Contact him at JKoshinskie@
ian church officials personally wrote to him ErieRCD.org or 814.824.1171.
2010. The translation had come from the In- about their clergy shortages. “We are looking Ala.

Exhibition showcases 2,000 years of Vatican art, history


VATICAN SPLENDORS artist Michelangelo’s workspace
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from page 1 would have looked in the four Last admission at 7 p.m. discount, enter or mention the
years it took him to paint the cha- Western Reserve Historical Society Closes at 6 p.m. Thurs. - Sun. following discount code when
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iron compass Michelangelo used Open daily until Sept. 7 exhibition tickets at a discounted
to measure the church’s domed Opens daily at 10 a.m. price of $2 off each ticket
ceiling.
The Vatican Museum, known
for its extensive collection of Drawing from Jesus’ com- painted black skin and Mary vial Benedict XVI, as well as his
historical items and works com- mand to take the Gospel “into wearing the traditional red skirt chasuble, miter and “Fisherman’s
missioned by various popes, and Photos courtesy of the the world,” the exhibit next fo- of Solomon Island women. Ring.”
the papal Swiss Guard also both Governatorato of the Vatican City State cuses on the church’s work to “Christ, the Tree of Life,” a Out of all the pieces on display,
recently celebrated 500th anni- A bronze cast of the hands of spread Christ’s message through wood sculpture by James Chim- Vincent said viewers consider
versaries. The Guard, founded Pope John Paul II greets visitors missions and interreligious dia- kon Denji of Malawi, Africa, the section dedicated to Benedict
in 1506 by Pope Julius II, is the at the end of the Vatican Splen- logue. creates the body of Jesus out of XVI’s predecessor, Pope John
oldest military organization in dors exhibit. People are invited Items of interest include a Ti- figures of plants, animals and Paul II, to be the exhibit’s high-
continuous service. Known for to touch the cast. betan Buddhist hanging scroll, people. Holes in Christ’s wrists light “because their connection to
its yellow-and-blue striped uni- Halberdier, (right) half-dress, or thanka, given to Pope John symbolize his crucifixion but the Vatican came through him.”
forms, the Swiss Guard protects is the uniform of the Swiss Paul II by the Dalai Lama in the upraised hands allude to This section features the miter and
the pope and entrances to Vatican Guard. The Guard has protected 1978, a 19th century illustrated new life through his resurrec- cape worn to open the Holy Doors
City and the pope’s residence, as the pope and Vatican City since Catechism used to instruct Cree tion. The work represents the of St. Peter’s Basilica for the 2000
well as performs honor duties at 1506. Indians and a Bible written in unity of all creatures through Jubilee Year, a handwritten copy
Vatican ceremonies. Arabic. Christ’s death and resurrection. of an original poem to honor the
The third section highlights white smoke-producing cartridg- in the section focusing on the Some artwork depicts Bibli- “The Stories of the Popes” feast of the Assumption, his pas-
the work of the popes. Sixtus es used to announce Benedict ministry of the popes and impor- cal figures with the costumes and ends the exhibit with highlights toral staff and a bronze cast of his
IV’s commission of the Sistine XVI’s 2005 election. tance of liturgy in the Catholic physical features of the artists’ of several notable popes’ ca- hand.
Chapel is featured first. Ladders, Pastoral staffs of Popes Leo Church. These items, the exhibit culture. For instance, “Madonna reers, as well as a special sec- “People are invited to touch
buckets, lanterns and sketches on XIII (1860s) and Paul VI (1963- said, “help raise the spirit to wit- Beku” by Guénu, an artist from tion emphasizing the items from the cast at the end of the exhibit
parchment line a hallway to give 78), as well as vestments worn by ness the beauty and greatness of the Solomon Islands, shows the the two most recent pontiffs. to connect with the pope in a sym-
viewers an idea of how Italian Pius XI in 1926, are showcased God.” Virgin Mary and infant Jesus with These include a portrait of a jo- bolic way,” she said.

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Fourth annual Sister Parish Day Aug. 2 Father James A. (Joseph) Wiley Sister Margaret Harrison, OSB
in Corry John XXIII Home philosophy and theology in vari- Taught music, directed received the name Sister Antoi-
CORRY — The fourth annual Mission of Friendship (Diocese ous monasteries in the northeast, nette, her mother’s middle name.
of Erie-Archdiocese of Yucatan, Mexico) Sister Parish Day will be chaplain served in he was ordained April 25, 1958 by choirs at diocesan schools Later, she returned to her bap-
held on Saturday, Aug. 2 at St. Thomas School, 229 W. Washington Bishop Cuthbert O’Hara, C.P. tismal name. She made her first
St. in Corry.
Grove City, Oil City Following his ordination, he ERIE — Sister Margaret Harri- profession of Benedictine vows
Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with the program running from served in various capacities in- son, OSB, a Benedictine Sister of on February 11, 1930 and her
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. HERMITAGE — Father James cluding vice-master of novices, Erie for 80 of her 96 years, died at final profession on August 21,
Sister parish pastors and committees and those considering be- A. (Joseph) Wiley, 79, of John vocation director, missionary and her home, 1933.
coming a sister parish are encouraged to share ideas, experiences, XXIII Home, Hermitage, died pastor. Mount St. She earned both her bachelor’s
faith and food. June 29, A veteran of the U.S. Army, in Benedict and the master’s degrees in music
Come meet Cari Serafin, coordinator for the sister parish pro- 2008 at Sha- 1968 he entered the Army chap- Monastery, at the Eastman School of Music
gram in Mexico, and have your questions ready for her. ron Regional laincy and was assigned to Mount on June 16, of the University of Rochester,
RSVP by calling 814.824.1231 or e-mail pmarshall@ErieRCD. Health Sys- Jackson, S.C., and later served in 2008. N.Y.
org. tem. Korea and Fort Lee, Va. Sister For 39 years, Sister Margaret
He was In 1990, he joined the Erie Dio- Margaret taught music in several schools:
born June cese and served as parochial vicar was the St. Benedict Academy, Erie; St.
Anniversary celebrations Aug. 3 in 11, 1929 in at St. Stephen Parish, Oil City, daughter Michael, Fryburg; Immaculate
Sharon, the and later as senior associate at of the late Sister Margaret Conception, Clarion; St. Joseph
Harborcreek and Aug. 10 in Brockway son of the Church of the Beloved Disciple, Samuel and Harrison and Sacred Heart, Sharon; St.
Couples celebrating 25th, 50th or 60th wedding anniversaries are late Joseph Grove City. Elizabeth Joseph, St. Stephen and Venango
invited to attend the annual Diocesan Anniversary Celebrations on F. and Mary Father James A. His current assignment was Mahony Harrison. She was born Catholic High School, Oil City.
Sunday, Aug. 3 at Our Lady of Mercy in Harborcreek or Sunday, C a t h e r i n e (Joseph) Wiley chaplain of John XXIII Home in on May 8, 1912 in Chester, W. Va. She formed and directed
Aug. 10 at St. Tobias in Brockway. Formica Wiley. Hermitage, where he resided. Soon after, her family moved to choirs in these schools and gave
Both Masses, celebrated by Bishop Donald Trautman, will begin He entered Holy Cross Passion- Father Wiley was a fourth de- St. Joseph Parish in Sharon where private lessons. The success of
at 2 p.m. Anniversary couples will be presented with scrolls, and a ist Seminary in September 1944. gree member of the Knights of she was baptized and confirmed many of her students as profes-
reception for couples and their families will follow each Mass. After completing his studies in Columbus. and where she came to know the sional musicians has been a joy
All are welcome to attend in support of marriage. Benedictine Sisters who taught in to her through the years.
the parish school. Sister Margaret has had sev-
Erie Catholic Young Adults Ministry Sister Gertrude Marie Peterson, SSJ Sister Margaret, who was a
graduate of St. Benedict Acad-
eral other ministries. She became
involved in care of the elderly,
(C-YAM) picnic Aug. 7 ERIE — Sister Gertude Marie and Villa Maria Academy (1952- emy, entered the community as a became a nurse aide and worked
Peterson, SSJ, 86, of the Sisters 61), all in Erie. She was principal, postulant at age 16. When she was at Brevillier Village. She was one
ERIE — The Erie Catholic Young Adult Ministry (C-YAMs) of St. Joseph of Northwestern teacher and house superior at St. the youngest member, the oldest of the early hospice volunteers in
will host a picnic on Thursday, Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. at the Waterworks Pennsylva- Francis, Clearfield (1961-63). She was a sister who had entered the the Erie area.
on the lakeside area in Erie. Join other Catholic young adults (ages nia, died served as treasurer (1963-66) and community in 1861. Sister Mar- Sister Margaret then began her
21-40) for fellowship and prayer. July 4, 2008 academic dean (1966-74) at Villa garet herself became the senior next career, sewing. She made
Please bring a dish, beverage or snack to share. There is a play in her 63rd Maria College. member and witness to half of custom draperies and, in her
area for kids, and children are welcome. A rosary will be prayed at year of reli- Sister Gertrude served on the the community’s history. spare time, sewed for the sisters
some point during the evening. gious life. congregation’s formation team She began her novitiate on Feb- whose skills were unequal to the
For more information on the picnic or the Erie C-YAMs, visit She was (1975-80) and also served three ruary 11, 1929. At that time, she task.
http://eriecyam.org or contact Kent Kuholski at 814.392.3613 or born in Erie terms on the SSJ General Coun-
e-mail kkuholski23@aol.com. on Febru- cil. She was SSJ assistant superi-

Mid-Life Directions Program at Mount


ary 7, 1922
the daugh-
or/treasurer (1985-89); served on
the SSJ Constitution Committee; Sister Mary Adelle Hart, SSJ
ter of the Sister Gertude the Board of Reconciliation and Latrobe, Pa.; St. Mary’s College,
St. Benedict Sept. 5-7 late Corne- Marie Peterson the SSJ Board of Directors. She Longtime teacher, Danville; and the College of St.
ERIE — The Mid-Life Directions Program for personal and lius J. and
Gertrude Ward Peterson. She is
also served as a chapter delegate
on seven different occasions.
religious education Scholastica, Duluth, Minn. She
spiritual growth, open to men and women ages 35 to 65-plus, will held a master’s certificate in reli-
be held the weekend of Sept. 5-7 at Mount St. Benedict Monastery, the sister of Father James Peter- Sister Gertrude participated in coordinator gion.
6101 East Lake Road in Erie. son. the CSSJ Federation Formation Sister Mary Adelle’s ministries
For more information or to register, contact Sister Rosanne Lo- She entered the Sisters of St. Program (1980-85), the SSJ Trea- ERIE — Sister Mary Adelle included serving at the sisters’
neck, OSB, at 814.899.0614 Ext. 2428. Joseph from St. John the Baptist surer’s Association (1985-89) and Hart, SSJ, 94, of the Sisters of St. motherhouse (1937-38 and 1983-
Parish, Erie, on February 2, 1946 the Federation Regional Leader- Joseph of Northwestern Pennsyl- 85). She taught elementary and
and professed her final vows on ship Group (1989-95) and also vania, died religious education in numerous
Healing service with Father Ralph August 15, 1951. She celebrated served as archivist for the Diocese on July 10, diocesan schools including: St.
DiOrio in DuBois Sept. 7 her 60th jubilee in 2005.
Sister Gertude Marie earned
of Erie from 1980-85. She worked
in the congregation’s business of-
2008. She
was in her
Patrick, Erie (1938-39); St. Ann,
Erie (1939-43); St. Andrew, Erie
DUBOIS — Father Ralph DiOrio of Worcester, Mass., now a bachelor’s degree in business fice from 1995-2001 until her re- 72nd year (1943-44); St. Agatha, Meadville
celebrating his 51st year of priesthood, will be at DuBois Central education from Villa Maria Col- tirement from active ministry. of religious (1944-46); Blessed Sacrament,
Catholic High School in DuBois on Sunday, Sept. 7 from 1:30-5:30 lege in 1956 and a master’s de- She resided at the Sisters of St. life. Erie (1946-48); St. Brigid, Mead-
p.m. for a special healing service. gree in education from Duquesne Joseph Community Living Cen- She was ville(1948-54); St. John, Erie
For tickets or information, call Tillie at 814.371.4116, Bill (after University in 1961. She did ad- ter. born in Erie (1952); St. Joseph, Erie (1954-
7 p.m.) at 814.371.1765, Peggy and Bev at 814.781.1633, Tom and ditional studies at Marquette Sister Gertrude Marie is a for- on May 30, 59); St. Paul, Erie (1959-60); and
Marie at 814.375.4667 or e-mail theholyfamily@penn.com. All are University and at Regina Mundi mer member of the Association 1914, daugh- St. Bernard, Bradford (1962-68).
welcome at no charge. Pontifical Institute in Rome. of American Archivists, the Na- ter of the Sister Mary For 13 years, Sister Mary
To learn more about Father DiOrio, visit his Web site at www. During her ministry career, she tional Association for Treasurers late James Adelle Hart Adelle served as religious educa-
fatherdiorio.org. served in many capacities. She of Religious Institutes Inc., NAC- John and tion coordinator in the Moshan-
taught at several diocesan schools PA, the Lake Shore Visitor Board Mary Catherine (Halbe) Hart. non Valley and worked in the
NOVA seminar in Clearfield County Sept. 7 including Blessed Sacrament
(1946-51); St. Andrew (1951-52);
and the Gannon University Board
of Trustees.
She entered the Sisters of St.
Joseph from St. John Parish, Erie,
same ministry at St. Francis,
Bradford and Mercer Catecheti-
CLEARFIELD — NOVA, a one-day remarriage preparation in 1937. cal Center. She also ministered at
seminar, is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 7 at St. Francis School in Sister earned a bachelor’s de- St. Agatha and St. Brigid parishes
Clearfield. To register, call the Erie Diocese’s Family Life Office at
814.824.1261 or toll free at 1.800.374.3723 Ext.261. Sister Corinne Moske, OSB gree in elementary education from
Villa Maria College, Erie, in 1948
in Meadville and St. Francis,
Clearfield.
Topics include: Adjustments, blending families, legal issues and and attended Catholic University, Prior to her retirement, she
more. Pre-registration is required. ERIE — Sister Corinne Mary and Mt. Calvary, Erie; and
Moske, OSB, died July 13, 2008 St. Gregory, North East. Sister Washington, D.C.; Gannon Uni- ministered at St. Mark Catholic
at her home, Mount St. Benedict Corinne was also a librarian at versity, Erie; St. Vincent College Center.
Crawford County pro-life banquet Sept. 19 Monastery, Kennedy Catholic High School,
MEADVILLE — Crawford County Citizens for Life will hold Erie. Sharon.
its Second Annual Pro-Life Banquet on September 19 at Smith’s
Country Gardens in Blooming Valley (Rt. 198) near Meadville.
This year’s theme will be “Standing for Life” with featured
A daugh-
ter of Frank
and Corinne
Sister Corinne assisted the
elderly by starting with several
small programs and as she gained
CLOCK REPAIR
speaker Bryce McMinn of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation. Johnston expertise in the needs and care of
Tickets are $13 for adults and $7 for children. Moske, she older persons, she saw that pas- Burdie’s Clock Shop
Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30. was bap- toral ministry was, for her, the
For more information, contact Citizens for Life at 814.724.4490 or tized Vir- means by which she could best 238 South Main St.
e-mail citizens4life@yahoo.com. ginia Rose answer these needs. Cambridge Springs, PA 16403
at St. Peter Sister Corinne ministered for
Cathedral, Sister Corinne several years in the Diocese of (814) 398-8263
Erie, and Moske Syracuse, N.Y. She worked at St.
later con- Anthony, Pulaski, N.Y., finding “We Make House Calls”
firmed at St. Mary, Erie. She and filling needs and stretching
Clergy appointments entered the Benedictine Sisters
from that St. Mary and became
a novice in 1941. At that time,
limited financial resources to the
benefit of those most in need of
help.
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Deacon Lawrence Caggeso, appointed deacon assistant at St. Leo Corinne, her mother’s name.
Magnus Parish, Ridgway, for a term of five years. Effective July She made her first profession
11, 2008. THOMAS M.
of vows on August 18, 1941 and
her perpetual profession on Au- CL ICKETT
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Baptist Parish, Erie, and chaplain assistant to the diocesan NOVA
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The Spiritual Family The Work sisters


arrive in Erie Diocese
ERIE — The Erie Diocese
has welcomed a new religious
community that will make Erie
its first-ever home in the United
States.
Sister Kathleen Dietz, FSO,
and Sister Giuseppina Vuodi,
FSO, members of The Spiritual
Family The Work, also known
simply as The Work, arrived in
mid-June and reside in a house
owned by Gannon University
and near its campus.
Sister Kathleen, who has com-
St. Mark awards scholarships pleted her doctorate in theology,
will teach part time at Gannon in
at Graduate Recognition Night the Theology Department. Sister
Giuseppina will serve as a pasto-
ral associate at St. George Parish
in Erie.
Pictured from left to right are:
Sister Kathleen, FSO, Bishop
Donald Trautman and Sister
Giuseppina, FSO.
The community was founded
in 1938 by Mother Julia Verhae-
ghe (1910-1997). The Work has
a presence in several European
countries with headquarters in
Rome.
The name is taken in large
part from John 6:29: “This is the
work of God, that you believe
in the one whom he has sent.”
Although the names are similar,
there is no connection between
The Work and Opus Dei (the
Work of God).
In 2001, Pope John Paul II ap-
proved The Spiritual Family The sists of consecrated women and diocesan clergy, families and indi-
Work as a “Family of Consecrat- a community of priests, to which viduals.
ERIE — St. Mark the Evange- done this, and it will continue in ly Gasiewski (Iroquois High ed Life of Pontifical Right.” As a priests, deacons and brothers be- For more information about
list Parish in Erie held a Graduate succeeding years,” said Father School); St. Mark Scholarship, “family,” The Work is a unique long. Others are spiritually asso- The Work, visit www.thework-fso.
Recognition Night on June 14. Michael Allison, pastor of St. Brianne Carideo (Mercyhurst religious community, as it con- ciated with The Work, including org.
Graduates were recognized at the Mark. “It’s one of the things Prep High School); Outstanding
5 p.m. vigil Mass, and a reception we’re doing to keep the youth and Senior, Michael Podskalny (Har-
in their honor was held after the young adults visible to the larger bor Creek High School); Father
liturgy. These graduates each re-
ceived a scholarship, with awards
parish.”
Graduates in 2008 (pictured
Michael Allison, pastor of St.
Mark; St. Mark Scholarship, John
St. Michael
totaling $2,000. left to right), their schools and “JD” Hadlock (Iroquois High School holds
“This is the first year that we’ve awards: PAL scholarship, Kel- School).
graduation
ceremonies,
Houtzdale, Ramey parishes remember faithful departed
RAMEY — The celebration
hands out awards
of the Eucharist has been an an- GREENVILLE — Gradu-
nual tradition at the cemeter- ation ceremonies for the Class
ies of Christ the King Parish in of 2008 at St. Michael School
Houtzdale, its mission church of in Greenville were held on
Immaculate Conception in Mad- June 5. Speakers were Father
era and Holy Trinity Parish in James Campbell, parochial
Ramey on a rotating basis for Me- vicar at St. Michael Parish,
morial Day and All Souls Day. Senator Bob Robbins and
Pictured is Father Zab Amar Class President Nathan De-
celebrating Mass at Holy Trinity marest.
Cemetery on Memorial Day, May The school also held its
26. Father Amar was recently as- annual awards assembly on
signed as pastor of St. Basil the June 6. Pictured in top photo,
Great Parish in Coalport and from left to right, are: Gwen-
Holy Trinity Parish in Ramey. dolyn Pfleger, Academic
Excellence Award; Julianne
Holler, Christian Service and
American Legion Awards;
Msgr. Andrew Karg, pastor
of St. Michael; and Nathan
Demarest, Christian Service,
American Legion and Aca-
Father Ron Witherup, Franklin native, demic Excellence Awards.
Below, the St. Michael class
named superior general of Sulpicians of 2008.
BALTIMORE — Other academic and professional positions held
Meeting near Paris, by Father Witherup include vice rector, academic
France, delegates from 11 dean and professor of sacred Scripture at St. Pat-
countries elected the Very rick’s Seminary and University, Menlo Park, Calif.;
Reverend Ronald D. president of the Conference of the Major Superiors
Witherup, S.S., S.T.L., of Men (CMSM); chair, formation committee of
Ph.D., a native of Frank- CMSM and CMSM’s liaison to the U.S. Bishops’
lin, as the 26th superior Committee on Priestly Formation.
general of the Society of Father Witherup succeeds Father Lawrence B.
the Priests of St. Sulpice. Terrien, S.S., S.T.D., who completed his second six-
His position takes ef- Very Reverend year term as superior general. Father Terrien was the
fect immediately. Father Ronald D. Witherup first priest from the United States to serve as superior
Witherup, 58, is a priest general of the Society of St. Sulpice, an internation-
of the Diocese of Erie, a Scripture scholar and the al community of Roman Catholic diocesan priests
author of many books and articles on Scriptures. founded in France in 1641 and dedicated to the for-
From 1997 until his election, he served as provin- mation of priests and future priests. STUMP GRINDING
cial superior of the Society of St. Sulpice, Province Father Witherup has been succeeded in the Prov- by Ken Eaton
of the United States. Father Witherup was ordained ince of the United States by the first consultor, Fa- Back yards - tight spots - No problem
in 1976 and has been a member of the Society of ther Thomas R. Ulshafer, S.S., S.T.L., Ph.D., 63, a
Free estimates, Insured, Shrubs and Holy Trinity Parish
small trees removed, Prompt service East 23rd & Reed Streets · Erie, PA
St. Sulpice since 1981. priest of the Archdiocese of Washington. Ken (814) 474-2195
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