November 7, 2014 Tennessee Register 1 November 7, 2014 | A Voice of Tennessee Catholic Life since 1937 | www.dioceseofnashville.com Sanctity Pictured Photo by Rick Musacchio Dr. Holly Flora, an assistant professor of History as Art at Tulane University in New Orleans, leads a tour of an exhibit of Italian Renaissance art between 1285 and 1550, including pieces by members of the Dominican and Franciscan orders, at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville on Oct. 30. The exhibit, “Sanctity Pictured,” features about 60 pieces from 28 American museums and the Vatican Museum and runs now until Jan. 25, 2015. Voters say yes to Amendment 1 on regulating abortion Andy Telli T ennessee voters on election day adopted an amendment to the state Constitution restoring the state Legislature’s authority to regulate the abortion industry. “I was very pleased and relieved that the amendment passed,” said Nashville Bishop David Choby. It is important, he added, that the state Legislature, which has the responsibility to pass laws protecting people’s health and welfare, “have the necessary authority to enact legislation for this purpose.” But the 2000 Tennessee Supreme Court decision that held the state Constitution includes a fundamental right to abortion and struck down the Legislature’s authority to regulate the abortion industry, made it impossible for the Legislature to carry out its duties, he said. Although Catholics hope to see an eventual end to abortion, Bishop Choby said, “At least this is the beginning of an opportunity to address the consequences and effects that come with the practice of abortion.” Tennessee’s three bishops, Bishop Choby, Bishop Richard Stika of Knoxville and Bishop Terry Steib of Memphis, publicly urged Catholics in their dioceses to support passage of Amendment 1, so named because it was the first amendment listed on the Nov. 4 ballot. “I just want to send Bishop Choby a big box of chocolate,” said Chris Melton, the Davidson County coordinator for the Yes on 1 campaign that worked for the amendment’s passage, and president of the Nashville Chapter of Tennessee Right to Life. “I know that wouldn’t be good for him, so I’ll just have to send my thanks.” Bishop Choby’s public support for the amendment “gave us permission here at school and church to say this is not just my political view, this is what everybody should do,” said Melton, a teacher at Holy Rosary Academy in Nashville. It wasn’t just Catholic churches who supported the amendment. “The Baptists in our county and the Church of God are two very prominent ones who helped us,” said Joe Hollmann, whose wife Clara was the Yes on 1 coordinator for Lawrence County on the Continued on next page Death row inmate broadened mind in cell ... page 10 | Medical mission treats people ‘in the gap’ … page 12 2 Tennessee Register November 7, 2014 Voters say yes to Amendment 1 on regulating abortion Continued from front page Tennessee-Alabama border where the yes campaign received 73.39 percent of the vote. “Their pastors got on board,” Hollmann said. “For the last two or three months, they’ve been talking it up.” “The churches were wonderful,” said Lorene Steffes, a member of the board for the Yes on 1 campaign and a parishioner at Holy Family Church in Brentwood. “So many churches across the state endorsed the amendment, spoke out about the amendment and put signs up.” Religious leaders realized “this was a moral issue and we had to stand up as faithful people for women in our state,” Steffes said. Several Catholic churches in the diocese, including Sacred Heart Church in Loretto, Immaculate Conception Church in Clarksville and St. Philip Church in Franklin, held prayer services before the election to pray for the amendment’s passage. “Prayer really took it over the top,” said Regina Azzara, a parishioner at Immaculate Conception Church in Clarksville and the Yes on 1 coordinator for Montgomery County. Amendment 1 received 728,751 yes votes, compared to 656,427 no votes for a 52.61 percent to 47.39 percent advantage. Under Tennessee law, the Yes on 1 campaign had a second hurdle to clear for passage. To be adopted, the amend- ment had to receive at least 50 percent plus one of the votes cast in this year’s gubernatorial election. “I was nervous about how this would turn out relative to the 50 percent of the governor’s race,” Steffes said. But in the end, there were enough yes votes to easily meet the 50 percent plus one requirement. The yes vote total was equal to 53.8 percent of the total number of votes cast in the governor’s race. In fact, more votes were cast on both sides of the Amendment 1 issue than were cast for all the gubernatorial candidates combined. The yes vote won in 88 of Tennessee’s 95 counties. The no side won the counties with the state’s four largest cities – Shelby County with Memphis, Davidson County with Nashville, Knox County with Knoxville and Hamilton County with Chattanooga – but the yes side won in all the suburban counties in those areas and in nearly all of the rural areas of the state. “That’s a testament to the county coordinators” working for the Yes on 1 campaign, Steffes said. The campaign had a coordinator in each of the state’s 95 counties visiting churches and civic groups to explain the amendment and encourage them to support its passage. “We have really worked here ... trying to spread the word,” said Clara Hollmann, a parishioner at Sacred Heart Church in Loretto, Tenn. Passage of the amendment culmi- nated a 14-year fight that began with the 2000 Tennessee Supreme Court decision in the case of Planned Parenthood of Middle Tennessee v. Sundquist. In that case, the court ruled that the Tennessee Constitution included a fundamental right to privacy, which included a woman’s decision to have an abortion. Because of that fundamental right, the court ruled, the state’s attempts to regulate the abortion industry were unconstitutional. Supporters of Amendment 1 argued the 2000 court decision created an even broader right to abortion in Tennessee than under the U.S. Constitution. Pro-life advocates soon began efforts to amend the Tennessee Constitution, including winning the approval of the Legislature in successive legislative sessions to put the issue on the ballot. The amendment states nothing in the Tennessee Constitution secures or protects a right to an abortion or requires public funding of abortions. “The people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion,” the amendment states. Proponents of the amendment argued that it made the Tennessee Constitution neutral on abortion and left decisions to the people, through their elected representatives, about how to regulate it. The fight now turns to the state General Assembly, which is expected to consider several bills regulating abor- tion when it convenes in January. “Our work has just begun,” said Steffes. Several legislators have already said they intend to introduce bills restoring three regulations that were struck down by the 2000 court decision: a requirement for a waiting period for women seeking an abortion in Tennessee; a requirement for informed consent from the women; and giving the state the authority to inspect all facilities where abortions are performed. “I know for a fact if women are given the full information, some will choose life,” Steffes said of the impact of an informed consent requirement. In the wake of the 2000 court decision, about half of the state’s abortion clinics have not been licensed by the state. All abortion clinics should be licensed as ambulatory surgical centers, Steffes said. “If facilities are doing surgeries, they should be equipped properly to do surgeries.” Bishop Choby said Tennessee’s three bishops will be watching closely the coming debate over proposed regulations of the abortion industry. “It’s safe to say the bishops of the state will follow with interest any proposed legislation that addresses this particular area.” Those who worked for passage of the amendment were happy with the results. “I think we’ve got a lot more to be thankful for,” Azzara said. “We’ve restored some sanity and common sense to this beautiful state of ours.” THROUGH JANUARY 25 T h i s e xh i b i t i o n i s o rg a n i ze d b y t h e F r i s t C e n t e r fo r t h e V i s u a l Ar t s Presenting Sponsors Hospitality Sponsor L YN N & K EN M EL K U S The Frist Center for the Visual Arts gratefully acknowledges the Friends of Italian Art. This exhibition has been made possible in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, and the Robert Lehman Foundation. T H E F R I S T C E N T E R F O R T H E V I S U A L A RT S I S S U P P O RT E D I N PA RT B Y DOW NTOW N NASHVI LLE Antiphonarium Basilicae Sancti Petri (detail of fol. 78 r), ca. 1270. Parchment with ink, paint, and gold, 13 3/8 x 9 1/4 in. Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, MS B. 87. © 2014 Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana FC6388_Mab_TNRegister_Sanctity.indd 1 9 1 9 BROADWAY FRI STCENTER. ORG 10/30/14 11:22 AM November 7, 2014 Tennessee Register 3 MOST REVEREND DAVID R. CHOBYʼS SCHEDULE November 8 • White Mass, Cathedral of the Incarnation, 5 p.m. November 9 - 13 • USCCB Conference, Baltimore November 14 - 15 • Ordination at Assumption Seminary, San Antonio, Texas November 16 • Mass for the Deacons’ Retreat, Montgomery Bell State Park, 10 a.m. November 18 Father Fye visits the Josephinum • Presbyteral Council Meeting, Mercy Convent, 10 a.m. Father Michael Fye visited the Pontifical College Josephinum, where he spent several years as an undergraduate seminarian in the College of Liberal Arts. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2010, before attending the North American College in Rome. He is seen here with eight of the nine seminarians from Nashville who currently attend the Josephinum. Pictured from left are, Andy Forsythe, Rick Childress, Father Fye, Luke Wilgenbusch, Dillon Barker, Jacob Lamoureux, Rhodes Bolster, Sam Browne, and Micah Walker. • Priests’ Assembly, Mercy Convent, 11:30 a.m. November 19 • Advanced Accreditation Visit, Catholic Schools Office, 11:30 a.m. • Catholic Business Women’s League, University Club, 5:30 p.m. November 20 - 21 • Evaluations and Seminary Visit, Notre Dame Seminary November 22 • Christmas at Belmont Concert, Massey Hall at Belmont University, 7 p.m. November 23 • Christ the King Mass, Cathedral of the Incarnation, 11 a.m. Subscription Order Form Please send this form with your payment of $26 to: Tennessee Register, 2400 21st Ave. S, Nashville, TN 37212-5302 New Subscriber Renewal Change of Address Name: _____________________________________________________ Address: ____________________________________________________ City: ___________________________ State: ______ ZIP: ___________ Parish: ______________________________________________________ For change of address, please include old address. Mary Ann and Bill Blaufuss, Mike Miller receive Spirit of Service Award L ongtime community volunteers Mary Ann and Bill Blaufuss and former St. Mary Villa Child Development Center Executive Director Mike Miller, who died Nov. 4, were honored with the Spirit of Service Award on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the 2014 Celebration of Mission to Service. The Celebration raised funds for the work of Catholic Charities of Tennessee and St. Mary Villa Child Development Center. The Spirit of Service Award is presented to individuals who have been significant contributors to the well-being of the clients served by Catholic Charities and St. Mary Villa Child Development Center and who reflect the agencies’ values of love, goodwill, kindness, learning and laughter. Mary Ann Blaufuss was the founding chair in the 1997 and 1998 of the Celebration of Charity and Service, a forerunner to Celebration of Mission to Service. She also served on the Catholic Charities board and the Cathedral of the Incarnation parish pastoral council. Bill Blaufuss, retired KPMG partner, has served on the Diocese of Nashville’s finance committee, was board vice chair of Saint Thomas Health Services, board treasurer of Pope John Paul II High School and president of the Serra Club. Before serving as the St. Mary Villa Child Development Center executive director, Miller was Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services and director of the Metro Nashville Social Services Department. He served for 12 years on the board of Father Ryan High School, was a lector for the Cathedral, and helped promote Room in the Inn and Catholic Charities’ Christmas Wishes program. Editors note: See Miller’s obituary on page 4. Official Announcement November 7, 2014 | Volume 77, Number 20 Publisher Most Rev. David R. 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Bishop David Choby has announced the following appointments: • Father Dominic Maximilian Ofori has been assigned to serve as associate pastor of St. Matthew Church in Franklin, effective Oct. 23, 2014. • Father Nicholas Allen will no longer serve at Father Ryan High School and St. Matthew Church and instead will serve full-time with the diocesan Catholic Youth Office, effective immediately. He will reside at St. Edward Church in Nashville. Necrology The Diocese of Nashville asks for your prayers for vocations, for our priests and for the following deceased clergy of the Diocese of Nashville: Rev. William O. C. Morgan November 10, 1840 Most Rev. James D. Niedergeses November 16, 2007 Rev. John A. Vogel November 11, 1861 Rev. William C. Sherman November 16, 1968 Rev. Joseph W. Cunningham November 14, 1959 Rt. Rev. Msgr. John F. M. Hardeman November 27, 1953 4 Tennessee Register November 7, 2014 Mike Miller remembered as dedicated advocate for children M ike Miller, former executive director of St. Mary Villa Child Development Center, died peacefully on Nov. 4 after a five year struggle with cancer. Less than two weeks before his death, Miller was honored with the Spirit of Service Award at the Diocese of Nashville’s CelMiller ebration of Mission to Service. (See story on p. 3.) Miller’s career included more than 30 years of experience in social services leadership. He served as associate administrator for the Central Ohio Psychiatric Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and executive director of the Metropolitan Nashville Social Services Department. He was an instructor for the Graduate School at the UT College of Social Work. He served as Commissioner for the Tennessee State Department of Children’s Services prior to his position with St. Mary Villa. David Glascoe, CEO of Mary Queen of Angels, and a work associate and friend of Miller’s for nearly 20 years, remembers him as a deeply thoughtful man, devoted to his family and his faith. “To say that Mike was intelligent is true. I was always struck, though, by his ability to quickly dig past the conventional understanding of things for a deeper meaning.” But Miller wasn’t an overly serious person. “His humor helped him make you feel comfortable in any discussion or working experience you might have with him,” Glascoe said. “His wit and humor blended in an amazing way with his keenly analytical mind.” Donna Thomas, director of pregnancy counseling and adoption services at Catholic Charities of Tennessee, and grandmother of a former St. Mary Villa student, said, “The thing that always struck me about Mike was his kindness, his genuineness. He was all about caring about people … the kids in the program, the staff, and the parents … all of them.” Dr. Therese Williams, school superintendent for the Diocese of Nashville, remembered Miller as a committed advocate for children. “He was dedicated to the quality of education for all children. He has made significant contributions to Catholic schools,” she said. “We will miss his commitment and his wonderful sense of humor.” Miller was an active member of the Cathedral of the Incarnation and participated in many ministries of the church; he particularly enjoyed serving as a lector. He served on the Father Ryan High School Board of Trust and the Saint Thomas Hospital Ethics Committee. “Mike was not only a person of integrity, but a person who was always asking the ethical questions that need to be asked when you are in the business of helping people,” said Glascoe. An avid sailor, Miller served as captain and crew for many local, national and international regattas, as well as Commodore of the Percy Priest Yacht Club. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Miller was preceded in death by his parents, James Peter and Ruth Dold Miller and his sister, Melissa Webber. He is survived by his wife, Judy; son, Michael (Sarah Ruddy); daughter, Kate Robinson (Cody); son, Thomas (Brittany); daughter, Betsy Knox (Thomas); two brothers, Mark and Mitch; sister, Jenny Adams; grandchildren, Miller, Ace, Campbell, Ella, Reese, Ridge, Ethan, Major (born a few hours before his death), McKinley; and many nieces and nephews. Miller’s funeral Mass was to be held at the Cathedral of the Incarnation on Friday, Nov, 7, at 2 p.m. followed immediately by internment at Calvary Cemetery in Nashville. Memorial gifts may be made to the St. Mary Villa Child Development Center. Marshall Donnelly Combs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. COMMUNITY CALENDAR November 9 Sunday † St. Benignus Red Cross Blood Drive, 7:45a.m. -1 p.m., St. Stephen, 14544 Lebanon Rd., Old Hickory. Sign up after Mass or online: www.redcrossblood.org; sponsor code StStephen. Info: (615) 207-9434. Freud and Religion: Why Christians need to be better atheists, 9:45-10:45 a.m., Christ the King, Celebration Room, 3001 Belmont Blvd., Nashville. Adult Formation presented by Jon Stotts. Christ the King School Open House, 12:30-2 p.m., 3105 Belmont Blvd., Nashville. Info: Jeanette Neuhoff Vogt (615) 292-9465. Tridentine Liturgy, 4 p.m., St. Catherine, 3019 Cayce Lane, Columbia. Parish Mission, Nov. 9-11, Sun. 6:30 p.m.; Mon. and Tues. 7 p.m., St. Stephen, 14544 Lebanon Rd., Old Hickory. ValLimar Jansen presents the mission with prayer, story, and song. Topics: Created in the Image of God for God’s Purpose, Transformed and Filled with Love of God, Sent Forth to be the Love of God. Refreshments served. Info: (615) 758-2424. 10 Monday † St. Leo the Great GriefShare, 6:30 p.m., St. Philip, 113 Second Ave. S., Franklin. A scripture based, seminar and support group for people who are grieving a death. Info: (615) 479-9504. 11 Tuesday † St. Martin of Tours Mass for Vocations, 7:15 a.m., Father Ryan High School, 700 Norwood Dr., Nashville. Sponsored by Serra Club of Nashville. 12 Wednesday † St. Josaphat of Polotsk St. Edward School Open House for prospective parents, 9-11 a.m., 190 Thompson Lane, Nashville. Info: (615) 8335770 or StEdward.org. You can also schedule a private tour. Overbrook School Admissions PreK-8 Open House, 9:15 a.m., 4210 Harding Rd., Nashville. Info/RSVP: www.overbrook.edu. Father Ryan Academic Blend for parents of 8th graders, 9:30-11:30 a.m., 700 Norwood Dr., Nashville. Coffee with Vice Principal and Academic Dean Sara Hayes. Learn about the school’s academic program. RSVP required: fatherryan.org/coffee. Discovering Jesus, a Parishioner’s Time in Israel, 7-8:30 p.m., Christ the King, Council Room, 3001 Belmont Blvd., Nashville. Adult Formation presented by Bob O’Gorman, PhD. Dine with our Room in the Inn guests before the class begins. Supper at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $7 person. Divorced, Separated or Widowed Support Group, 7 p.m., St. Stephen, 14544 Lebanon Rd., Old Hickory. Info: (615) 883-5351. 13 Thursday † St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Nashville Catholic Business League Prayer Breakfast, Cathedral, 2015 West End Ave., Nashville. Mass 7 a.m.; breakfast and program 7:30-8:30 a.m. Info: www. catholicbusinessleague.org. Crawford will tell the stor y of her family sur viving the Holocaust. Info: [email protected] Catholic Scout Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Jet Potter Center, Hillsboro Rd. Nashville. Info: [email protected] 16 Sunday Discovering Jesus, a Parishioner’s Time in Israel, 7-8:30 p.m., Christ the King, Council Room, 3001 Belmont Blvd., Nashville. Adult Formation presented by Bob O’Gorman, PhD. Dine with our Room in the Inn guests before the class begins. Supper is at 6:30 p.m. and costs $7 person. † St. Margaret of Scotland Freud and the Catholic Church: Making healthy souls in this vale of tears, 9:45-10:45 a.m., Christ the King, Celebration Room, 3001 Belmont Blvd., Nashville. Adult Formation presented by Jon Stotts. Tridentine Mass (The Extraordinar y Form), 1:30 p.m., Assumption Church, 1227 Seventh Ave. N., Nashville. Info: (615) 256-2729. St. Pius X Classical Academy Open House for prospective families for the current and upcoming school years, 2-4 p.m., 2750 Tucker Rd., Nashville. Seven Dolors of the BVM Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order Meeting, 2 p.m., St. Philip, 113 Second Ave. S., Franklin. All inquirers are invited. Info: Deacon Simeon Panagatos (615) 459-2045. 17 Monday † St. Hugh of Lincoln Free Adoption 101 Info Session, 4-5:30 p.m., Catholic Charities, St. Mar y Villa, 30 White Bridge Rd., Nashville. Learn to build your family through international or independent adoption. RSVP by Nov. 13: [email protected] or (615) 760-1025. GriefShare, 6:30 p.m., St. Philip, 113 Second Ave. S., Franklin. A scripture based, seminar and support group for people who are grieving a death. Info: (615) 479-9504. Overeaters Anonymous Meeting for Men, 12-1 p.m., St. Henry Parish Library, 6401 Harding Pike, Nashville. Info: [email protected] † St. Rose Philippine Duchesne GriefShare, 6:30-8:30 p.m., St. Matthew, 535 Sneed Rd. W., Franklin. A scripture based seminar and support ministr y for people grieving a death. Info: (615) 794-2963. Refuge, 6:45 p.m., St. Edward Church, 188 Thompson Ln., Nashville. Join Fr. Nolte and Fr. Reehil for praise, worship, adoration, and catechesis. Please bring bible, notebook, and pen. 14 Friday 19 Wednesday 18 Tuesday Natural Family Planning, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Christ the King, 3001 Belmont Blvd., Nashville. Info: [email protected] or (615) 308-7722. † St. Lawrence O'Toole † St. Nerses the Great Refuge, 6:45 p.m., St. Edward Church, 188 Thompson Ln., Nashville. Join Fr. Nolte and Fr. Reehil for praise, worship, adoration and catechesis. Please bring your bible, notebook, and pen. Passionist Par tners Presentation, 7 p.m., Cathedral, St. Albert Hall, 3rd Floor, 2015 West End Ave., Nashville. J. Karen Thomas, actress, singer/songwriter, will perform a few of her hits. Sylvia Forest Nashville Catholic Business Women’s League Meeting, 5:30 p.m., University Club, Garland Ave., Nashville. Dinner: $32. Speaker: Bishop David Choby. RSVP by Noon on Nov. 17: [email protected] or (615) 292-9131. Divorced, Separated or Widowed Support Group, 7 p.m., St. Stephen, 14544 Lebanon Rd., Old Hickory. Info: (615) 883-5351. 20 Thursday † St. Edmund Rich Ser ra Club of Williamson County Mass, Program, and Coffee, 9 a.m., St. Philip, 113 Second Ave. S., Franklin. Overeaters Anonymous Meeting for Men, 12-1 p.m., St. Henry Parish Library, 6401 Harding Pike, Nashville. Info: [email protected] Mass of the Two Hearts, 5 p.m., Cathedral, 2015 West End Ave Nashville. In honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Schedule: 5 p.m. rosary and confession available, 5:30 p.m. Holy Mass with Consecration of families to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Info: (615) 646-5553. GriefShare, 6:30-8:30 p.m., St. Matthew, 535 Sneed Rd. W., Franklin. A scripture based seminar and support ministr y for people grieving a death. Info: (615) 794-2963. Purple Masque Players present two oneact plays: “The Gift of the Magi” and “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” Nov. 20-22, 7 p.m., Father Ryan, 700 Norwood Dr., Nashville. Tickets: www.fatherryan.org/play. 23 Sunday † Bl. Miguel Pro Tridentine Liturgy, 4 p.m., St. Catherine, 3019 Cayce Lane, Columbia. ADORATIONS Visit www.dioceseofnashville.com for regularly scheduled adorations. November 7, 2014 Tennessee Register 5 Applications available for Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage W Photo by Andy Telli Break at the Lake Francisco Huerta, left, Kaitlyn Wilkinson, center, and John Olin of St. Frances Cabrini Church in Lebanon decorate a poster for the parish youth group attending the Break at the Lake youth retreat on Saturday, Nov. 1, at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Hendersonville. The event attracted about 450 seventh through ninth graders from parishes throughout the Diocese of Nashville. This year's turnout was the largest ever for the Break at the Lake. ASHINGTON, D.C. The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA and the Knights of Columbus have announced the 2015 Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage for U.S. military personnel, including the wounded, disabled, and infirm, will take place May 12-18, 2015, from the United States; and May 13-18, 2015, from Germany. Servicemen or women currently on active duty, or any honorably discharged since 9/11, are encouraged to apply for an all-expenses-paid, spiritual journey to Lourdes, France. Expenses for approved designated caregivers will also be covered by the Knights of Columbus. Companions and volunteers are invited to attend and participate. The pilgrimage, co-sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services and the Knights, is the latest event in a long history of both organizations’ involvement with Lourdes and service to the military. The pilgrimage is a part of the U.S. participation in the 57th Annual International Military Pilgrimage, which will bring tens of thousands of troops, veterans, and other pilgrims from around the world to the famous Marian shrine where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette Soubirous in 1858. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, said: “This event, which began as an effort to foster reconciliation between the belligerent powers of the Second World War, has become a truly international celebration of our Catholic faith and an intense moment of prayer for peace. The formal events of prayer, liturgy, and military tradition are coupled with informal exchanges in the sanctuary and throughout the quaint city of Lourdes, which allow all military pilgrims an opportunity to share culture, exchange military insignia and keepsakes, and deepen the unity in faith which surpasses national boundaries.” The Warriors to Lourdes will take part in a five-day retreat including special Masses, Eucharistic Procession and Benediction, Blessing of the Sick, a visit to the baths at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, a candlelight Please join us at our next Prayer Breakfast for networking, fellowship and catechesis Please us at next Prayer Pleasejoin joinJim usMcIntyre, atour our next Prayer Breakfast President of Father Ryan Breakfast, always the 2nd Thursday of thecatechesis month, Thursday, February 12th for networking, fellowship and for connecting, The fellowship Martin Center and catechesis Guest Speaker: 960 Heritage Brentwood GuestWay, Speaker: 7:00 - 9:15 am Jim • Mass available 7:00 amof•Father Program 7:30 - 8:30 am McIntyre, President Ryan For a map and more information go to our website at www.CatholicBusinessLeague.org Thursday, February 12th Program Schedule The Martin November 13 Center featuring 960 Heritage Way, Brentwood Sean Henry, President of the Nashville Predators For a map and more information go to our website at www.CatholicBusinessLeague.org Fleming Center, Cathedral of the Incarnation, Nashville Ecological, Economical, Ethical (615) 391-3434 www.LandscapeServicesInc.com vigil, and a closing prayer service. “In a particular way, wounded and disabled warriors are encouraged to come to Lourdes -- a place where healing is common,” said Archbishop Broglio. “The Knights of Columbus is pleased to be able to work with the Archdiocese for Military Services to provide such a meaningful and profound spiritual experience to the men and women who have served our country so well,” said Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson. “We look forward to being with these brave men and women on this pilgrimage, which marks the latest chapter in our nearly century-long history of care and support for our troops and veterans.” All expenses for approved nonwounded, wounded, disabled or sick military personnel and their designated caregivers will be covered by Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc. Applications will be reviewed by the pilgrimage leadership team and medical director. Each approved package includes lodging, meals, credentials, and a round-trip air fare from Washington, D.C., or Houston, Texas. The Knights will book flights from the nearest local airport to either Washington, D.C. or Houston, Texas. Companions are invited to attend and may be offered needs-based, financial assistance on a case-by-case basis. U.S.based and European-based medical and non-medical volunteers are also encouraged to apply. The package rate for companions and volunteers traveling from the United States is $2,600 for a double occupancy room and $2,900 for a single occupancy room; and for those traveling from Germany, $580 for a double occupancy room and $780 for a single occupancy room, including round-trip bus ride from Kaiserslautern. Since military personnel, companions, designated caregivers, and volunteers will all lodge in a hotel, the wounded, disabled, or sick warriors must be able to fully perform their “activities of daily living” either alone or with the assistance of their designated caregivers. Potential applicants and their clinical providers should not anticipate that professional medical or nursing services, including hospitalization, will be delivered during the pilgrimage. In addition, potential applicants should be spiritually motivated to participate as a pilgrim. Applications and, if applicable, payments in full, are due no later than Jan. 31, 2015. Applicants may be contacted by pilgrimage staff with additional questions. All applicants will be notified of decisions regarding their applications and those of their companions or designated caregivers by Feb. 15, 2015. To apply or find more information, visit www.warriorstolourdes.com. Boy Scout Troop 1914 (from Cathedral of the Incarnation) Christmas Tree Sale! 32 White Bridge Rd. (at Villa Maria Manor & Mary Queen of Angels) Bring your tree stand and we’ll stand your tree up for you For more information, go to our website at www.CatholicBusinessLeague.org Christmas tree stands available Starting Friday, November 28 We deliver For more information, call (615)587-3342 Bring this ad for a 10% discount 6 Tennessee Register November 7, 2014 Pope Francis calls for abolishing death penalty and life imprisonment Francis X. Rocca CNS V ATICAN CITY. Pope Francis called for abolition of the death penalty as well as life imprisonment, and denounced what he called a “penal populism” that promises to solve society’s problems by punishing crime instead of pursuing social justice. “It is impossible to imagine that states today cannot make use of another means than capital punishment to defend peoples’ lives from an unjust aggressor,” the pope said Oct. 23 in a meeting with representatives of the International Association of Penal Law. “All Christians and people of good will are thus called today to struggle not only for abolition of the death penalty, whether it be legal or illegal and in all its forms, but also to improve prison conditions, out of respect for the human dignity of persons deprived of their liberty. And this, I connect with life imprisonment,” he said. “Life imprisonment is a hidden death penalty.” The pope noted that the Vatican recently eliminated life imprisonment from its own penal code. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, cited by Pope Francis in his talk, “the traditional teaching of the church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor,” but modern advances in protecting society from dangerous criminals mean that “cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity are very rare, if not practically nonexistent.” The pope said that, although a number of countries have formally abolished capital punishment, “the death penalty, illegally and to a varying extent, is applied all over the planet,” because “extrajudicial executions” are often disguised as “clashes with offenders or presented as the undesired consequences of the reasonable, necessary and proportionate use of force to apply the law.” The pope denounced the detention of prisoners without trial, who he said account for more than 50 percent of all incarcerated people in some countries. He said maximum security prisons can be a form of torture, since their “principal characteristic is none other than external isolation,” which can lead to “psychic and physical sufferings such as paranoia, anxiety, depression and weight loss and significantly increase the chance of suicide.” He also rebuked unspecified governments involved in kidnapping people for “illegal transportation to detention centers in which torture is practiced.” The pope said criminal penalties should not apply to children, and should be waived or limited for the elderly, who “on the basis of their very errors can offer lessons to the rest of society. We don’t learn only from the virtues of saints but also from the failings and errors of sinners.” Pope Francis said contemporary societies overuse criminal punishment, partially out of a primitive tendency to offer up “sacrificial victims, accused of the disgraces that strike the community.” The pope said some politicians and members of the media promote “violence and revenge, public and private, not only against those responsible for crimes, but also against those under suspicion, justified or not.” He denounced a growing tendency to think that the “most varied social problems can be resolved through public punishment ... that by means of that U.S. journalists in Beirut Nov. 1 that he had seen “the concrete face of suffering” as a result of war. He also said the humanitarian crisis in Iraq is tied to the crisis in Syria. “We should begin to look at this crisis as one crisis,” he said. “We have people crossing borders,” so humanitarian agencies must look at the bigger picture, he said. His remarks echoed those of Christian aid officials who work in the region. Msgr. Dal Toso, the second-highest official at Cor Unum, which coordinates Vatican charitable agencies, said Syria’s middle class has disappeared, but noted, “The whole population is a victim of this war.” Syria, which had a population of 22 million people before violence began in 2011, has at least 10 million people who are refugees or who are displaced within their own country, according to U.N statistics. The effect of such a shift in demographics has driven up the cost of living, including rent, medicine and even school fees, Msgr. Dal Toso said. issue,” he stressed. To this end, he has spearheaded an initiative signed by more than 50 Catholic college and university presidents Oct. 23 that calls attention to the ongoing plight of these children and points out that Catholic colleges have the “opportunity and obligation to respond.” The statement says unaccompanied minors are “often targets of extortion, kidnapping and other criminal activity” and adds that “the longer we wait to act, the more young refugees will suffer.” Fike at a July press conference announced that the Detroit Catholic college would be a refuge for college-age immigrants fleeing Central America and would also provide food and shelter for unaccompanied children if the Obama administration agreed to recognize them as refugees instead of young people who entered the country illegally. punishment we can obtain benefits that would require the implementation of another type of social policy, economic policy and policy of social inclusion.” Using techniques similar to those of racist regimes of the past, the pope said, unspecified forces today create “stereotypical figures that sum up the characteristics that society perceives as threatening.” Pope Francis concluded his talk by denouncing human trafficking and corruption, both crimes he said “could never be committed without the complicity, active or passive, of public authorities.” The pope spoke scathingly about the mentality of the typical corrupt person, whom he described as conceited, unable to accept criticism, and prompt to insult and even persecute those who disagree with him. “The corrupt one does not perceive his own corruption. It is a little like what happens with bad breath: someone who has it hardly ever realizes it; other people notice and have to tell him,” the pope said. “Corruption is an evil greater than sin. More than forgiveness, this evil needs to be cured.” NEWS BRIEFS Catholic News Service Woman’s suicide called tragedy, symbol of ‘culture of death’ in U.S. PORTLAND, Ore. Brittany Maynard, a young California woman who was suffering from terminal brain cancer and gained national attention for her plan to use Oregon’s assisted suicide law, ended her life Nov. 1. She was 29 years old. “We are saddened by the fact that this young woman gave up hope, and now our concern is for other people with terminal illnesses who may contemplate following her example,” said Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life, in a Nov. 2 statement. “Our prayer is that these people will find the courage to live every day to the fullest until God calls them home,” she said. “Brittany’s death was not a victory for a political cause. It was a tragedy, hastened by despair and aided by the culture of death invading our country.” Several days before Maynard’s suicide, Portland Archbishop Alexander K. Sample urged Maynard and others in similar situations: “Don’t give up hope!” “We are with you. As friends, families and neighbors we pledge to surround you with our love and compassion until the sacred moment when God calls you home,” he said in a statement issued just before the feasts of All Saints on Nov. 1 and All Souls on Nov. 2. He said assisted suicide offers the illusion that humans can control death. Vatican official: Syria’s war is part of regional humanitarian crisis BEIRUT. A Vatican official who just returned from a visit to Syria said “the humanitarian situation is worse than I thought.” Msgr. Giampietro Dal Toso, secretary of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, told Catholic college leaders keep spotlight on plight of unaccompanied minors WASHINGTON. This summer, as the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S. border from Central America skyrocketed, their plight was a top story stirring concern, promises of government action and plenty of finger pointing about what should happen. Months later, overall attention on the issue has waned, particularly as the number of children crossing the U.S. border decreased slightly, from its peak of more than 10,000 in June to about 3,000 in August. But the crisis is far from resolved; it is expected by year’s end that more than 70,000 unaccompanied minors will have crossed the U.S. border. David Fike, president of Marygrove College in Detroit described the sheer number of children crossing the border as “historically unprecedented.” “We have to keep the attention on this Church leaders deplore European plans to reduce refugee rescues OXFORD, England. Catholic bishops and aid agencies criticized a move by European nations to scale down the rescue of migrants and refugees in the Mediterranean Sea, where hundreds drown each month attempting to reach Europe. “What we’re seeing is almost a nightmare vision. Any policy which causes people to die must be considered immoral,” said Auxiliary Bishop William Kenney of Birmingham, England, president of the Conference of European Justice and Peace Commissions. “The theology here is quite simple. Everyone is created in the image of God, so we cannot let them die if we can save them. To do so will lead us into an impossible ethical situation,” he told Catholic News Service Oct. 30. The bishop’s comments came after the British government confirmed Oct. 29 it would no longer support Mediterranean search-and-rescue operations. The Italian government said it also was ending its program. The British decision reflects a “growing xenophobia,” Bishop Kenney said, suggesting that European citizens must better understand “what war and poverty really mean.” A spokesman for Caritas Internationalis said rescue programs had been launched “because women and children were dying at sea.” Patrick Nicholson, communications director for the umbrella organization for Catholic charities around the world, urged the European Union to find “common solutions” rather than “unfairly leaving the problem to Italy.” Baltimore Archdiocese marks 225th anniversary with day ‘full of joy’ BALTIMORE. In a day “full of joy” for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Catholics from Maryland and beyond packed the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore Nov. 2 for a Mass to celebrate the 225th anniversary of its founding as the first diocese in the United States. Before the Mass, Archbishop William E. Lori, 16th archbishop of Baltimore, said he was grateful for those who had gone before. “We’re standing on their shoulders,” he said, “and I’m hopeful for the future.” The two-hour celebration began with a procession of banners from all the schools in the archdiocese and a large Knights of Columbus honor guard. About 200 seminarians joined the procession, followed by deacons, priests, an archbishop and nine bishops, plus Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien, a former archbishop of Baltimore. In greetings at the beginning of Mass, Cardinal O’Brien, who is now the grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, based in Rome, recalled joining Pope Francis for a Mass last spring in the Upper Room in Jerusalem, where Jesus established the Mass and the Eucharist. November 7, 2014 Tennessee Register 7 ‘Bludgeoned’ by all sides, family needs church for help, pope says Carol Glatz CNS V ATICAN CITY. The family is under attack now more than ever because of today’s culture of division that wants to break from and be free of all everlasting bonds and forms of solidarity, Pope Francis said. “Talking about problems of the family, for example, bonds are being destroyed, instead of created. Why? Because we are living in a culture of the provisional, of conflict, of the inability to make alliances,” he said. What is needed is a church and Christians who are willing to “waste time” on people, not just principles, and accompany face-to-face those needing to discover the truth in Jesus Christ, he said. The pope’s comments came during a 90-minute encounter with about 8,000 lay members of the international Schonstatt movement Oct. 25 in the Vatican audience hall. The movement, founded by the late German Father Joseph Kentenich, was celebrating its 100th anniversary. Representatives asked the pope five questions, ranging from how to help strengthen families to his secret for maintaining a sense of hope and happiness in such a trouble-plagued world. “I haven’t got the faintest idea,” he said with a smile. Part of it comes from his personality and being a bit “impulsive,” which makes him a bit of a daredevil, he said. But that courage is also rooted in prayer and abandoning himself to God’s goodness, he added. Knowing that God is always there, even “in moments of major sin,” gives him great confidence and faith, he said, in remarks that were entirely unscripted. Something else that helps, he said, is perspective. Jesus Christ is and must always be at the center of everything, which means, oneself, one’s parish, the associations one belongs to, even the Roman Curia, cannot become the center of one’s life, he said. “The truth is grasped better from the periphery,” from the outside looking in, he said. One striking example came to light in a recent conversation with a criminal defense lawyer who told him he often cries with the prisoners he visits in jail. “He sees the world of law, of what he has to judge as a criminal lawyer, but also from the wounds that he finds there,” which allows him to see the actual situation better, the pope said. “Therefore, I would say a healthy recklessness – that is, letting God do things; praying and abandoning oneself; courage and patience; and going to the peripheries. I don’t know if this is my secret, but it is what comes to mind,” he said. In response to a question about how to help families, Pope Francis said he believed “the Christian family, the family, marriage have never been attacked as much as they are right now.” The family is “beaten and the family is bastardized” and debased, since almost anything is being called a family, he said. The family faces a crisis “because it is being bludgeoned by all sides, leaving it very wounded,” he said. There is no other choice than to go to the family’s aid and give them personal help, he said. “We can give a nice speech, declare principles. Of course we need to do this, with clear ideas” and statements saying that unions that do not reflect God’s plan of a permanent union between a man and a woman are forms of “an association, not a marriage.” However, people must also be accompanied “and this also means wasting time. The greatest master of wasting time is Jesus. He wasted time accompanying, to help consciences mature, to heal the wounds, to teach,” the pope said. He said the sacrament of matrimony is becoming just a ceremony or social event for some people, who do not see its sacramental nature as a union with God. Part of the problem is a lack of formation for engaged couples and “this is a sin of omission on our part,” he said. But there also is the problem of a culture that is shortsighted, where everything is temporary or “provisional,” he said, and “forever has been forgotten.” He said he sees the same thing even in his own family with couples living together “part time: Monday through Friday with my girlfriend and Friday to Sunday with my family. They are new forms, totally destructive and limiting of the greatness of the love of marriage.” When asked about the best way to share the faith with others, the pope said going out into the world and living as true witnesses of Christ and his message is the only way. “There is no other way. To live in a way that others become interested and ask, ‘Why?’ This is witness,” he said. Missionaries don’t save people; they are “transmitters of someone that saves us,” which is possible only if people have made Jesus a full part and the heart of their lives. Everyone, however, is weak, makes mistakes, has problems “and we don’t always give a good witness; but the ability to become humble inside, to ask for forgiveness when our witness is not what it should be,” this is part of being good Christians. The church also needs to “go out,” he said, “to help, to share, to let people see what we do and how we do it.” If a lay association or the church itself doesn’t go out, “it is a church of snobs,” and instead of looking for people and helping them, attracting them to Christ, “they spend time combing their doll’s hair, in little groups; they are ‘spiritual hairdressers.’ This is not good.” “A community that goes out makes mistakes. Mistakes are made, but it is so wonderful to ask forgiveness when one makes a mistake,” he said. “Do not be afraid!” Companies criticized for offering to pay to freeze female workers’ eggs Liz O’Connor CNS L EVITTOWN, Pa. The recent announcements by Facebook and Apple that they would include among employee health benefits the option for young women to freeze their eggs for future use at a cost of up to $20,000 has been greeted with numerous objections by bioethicists and prolife leaders. Unlike normal medical procedures intended to restore health to a person with an illness, this proposal offers “risky technology” to otherwise healthy young women, noted Jennifer Lahl, president of the California-based Center for Bioethics and Culture. “This is still an enterprise that has a very high failure rate,” she said, and no one yet knows the long-term health effects of the medications and other chemical agents that are used in the processes of retrieving and freezing eggs. It’s amazing to her, Lahl said, how little attention “these very smart people” at the tech companies are paying to “human biology 101,” which knows that advancing maternal age always carries risks, and she said she wonders what benefits will be offered to women and children who suffer adverse effects. “It’s very hard on women’s bodies to retrieve eggs to freeze,” and very unnatural, Jeanne F. Monahan, president of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, told Catholic News Service. The Catholic Church views in vitro fertilization as immoral and contrary to natural law. Under the Facebook and Apple plans, the eggs are intended to be retrieved while the women are young and presumably at their greatest health and fertility, and used at a later time in her life, when motherhood would be less of an interruption in her career, for a process of fertilization with a husband’s or donor’s sperm in a glass dish. The process is commonly known as in-vitro fertilization, or IVF. Embryos that result from the process are implanted in the mother’s uterus. But couples who undergo IVF only succeed in having babies 25 percent of the time, and, for reasons that are unclear, babies born using IVF have a significantly higher risk of birth defects than do babies conceived naturally. Also, in the process of freezing and unfreezing the eggs, as many as two-thirds are destroyed, according to Monahan. Often more embryos are created than can be implanted, and are frozen for possible future use should the process be unsuccessful, used for research, and/or discarded. Sometimes several embryos are implanted to increase the odds of a successful pregnancy and if a multiple pregnancy results some of the babies may be aborted to improve the chances of one or two surviving. Father Tad Pacholczyk, director of education for the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia, told CNS that IVF “involves the decision to create our children through a manufacturing process” carried out for profit by a technician rather than being “engendered as the fruit of the bodily embrace of a husband and wife,” thereby assuring that they are “loved into being, not produced as commodities.” He said that retrieving eggs for the purpose of future IVF puts the retrieval process itself in the category of an immoral action. He also stressed the risks involved to the young woman whose eggs are being retrieved, including ovarian hyperstimulation, which he said has resulted in a small number of deaths; the use of powerful drugs; and invasive procedures. Practitioners generally recommend going through the process more than once to obtain the maximum number of eggs. Rather than spending such large amounts of money on a risky procedure, Father Pacholczyk suggested companies could support young families by offering such options as paid leave for both parents, flexible work hours and the ability to work at home for those couples who want to combine parenthood and careers. Helen Alvare, a professor at George Mason University School of Law in the Washington suburb of Arlington, Virginia, and a former pro-life spokeswoman for the U.S. bishops’ conference, said she sees the tech companies’ announcement as “a gimmick, an image strategy on their part” at the expense of women and children. It posits, she said, that women’s freedom is tied first and foremost to money and not to love – like the kind of feminism that puts abortion and contraception at the top of its agenda. The companies, she said, are putting their own advantages first and women’s last. Alvare said the companies are not answering for the psychological, spiritual or even physical harms associated with new reproductive technologies, or to “what it can mean to a parent or child to be created in a lab and not in an act of love.” The idea that one can freely postpone childbearing until a later age goes against not only women’s natural fertility, Alvare said, but the natural rhythm of life, which allows one to care for one’s own children and to help later with grandchildren and elderly parents. Christian ethicist Charles Camosy, associate professor of theology at Jesuitrun Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, wrote in response to a query from CNS: “The system has been set up by people who cannot get pregnant, and continues to reward those who do not get pregnant.” He said, “This latest example of new benefits for female employees may benefit some women, but in the long run it has the net effect of asking especially young women to conform to an unjust male standard.” Camosy wrote, “It is astonishing that American culture will do everything possible to support young working women in not having children” while lagging far behind European countries in supporting women who want to have a career while being mothers. “Instead of asking women to delay having children, we ought to be providing on-site child care, equal pay for equal work, and maternity leave.” He added, “Instead of giving women the support necessary to be both mothers and professionals, our culture supports the ‘choice’ of women to not be mothers while they are working. But of course this isn’t a choice at all. Our unjust social structures coerce her choices.” 8 Tennessee Register November 7, 2014 Pope: Belief in evolution, Big Bang do not push God aside Carol Glatz CNS V ATICAN CITY. The Big Bang theory and evolution do not eliminate the existence of God, who remains the one who set all of creation into motion, Pope Francis told his own science academy. And God’s existence does not contradict the discoveries of science, he told members of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences Oct. 27. “When we read the account of creation in Genesis, we risk thinking that God was a magician, complete with a magic wand, able to do everything. But it is not like that,” he said. “He created living beings and he let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave each one, so that they would develop and reach their full potential.” God gave creation full autonomy while also guaranteeing his constant presence in nature and people’s lives, he said. The beginning of the world is not a result of “chaos,” he said, but comes directly from “a supreme principle that creates out of love.” “The Big Bang, which today is held as the beginning of the world, does not contradict the intervention of the divine creator, but requires it,” he said. “Evolution in nature is not at odds with the notion of creation because evolution presupposes the creation of beings that evolve.” Members of the academy, many of them renowned scientists and philosophers, were meeting at the Vatican Oct. 24-28 to discuss “Evolving Concepts of Nature.” Science, philosophy and religion have all contributed to how people see the world, how it began and what it all means, said the introduction to the academy’s program. Despite many scientific advances, many mysteries remain, said Rafael Vicuna, professor of molecular genetics and molecular biology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. While Charles Darwin shed light on the origin of species, one of the most perplexing questions is the actual origin of life, Vicuna said. How is it that inert, inanimate matter turned into something living, and how is it that the first living single-celled organisms were still so amazingly complex, he asked in his talk Oct. 27. Chemistry, biology and genetics have been able to identify the tiniest components and basic building blocks of living organisms, but there is something more than just what they are made out of that makes them “living,” he said in an interview with the Catholic newspaper, Avvenire. “I can know perfectly what a cell is made up of, but how it works deep down, what really is the dynamism that makes it move – that is, life – I don’t know,” Vicuna said. “A refrigerator and a car are complex structures that move, but only with an immense amount of energy from the outside. Life, in its deepest essence, remains something that escapes us.” In his talk to academy members, Vicuna said the laws of chemistry and physics “do not suffice to grasp the whole of life ... that life is more than molecules.” Another mystery is how everything in the universe, from the smallest atomic particles to every galaxy, is spinning and orbiting, another academy member said. Rudolf Muradyan, a quantum and mathematical physicist who also works in cosmology, said in his talk that spin “is the most important problem in our universe. It is the only thing that prevents the universe from totally collapsing.” Without bodies rotating on an axis or orbiting each other, everything would fall: all the stars would become one giant black hole, the earth would crash into the sun and the moon would collide into the earth, he said. He said the problem with the Big Bang theory is it explains linear motion, with everything moving outward and expanding from one common point as a result of the “bang,” but it does not account for the rotation of celestial objects, and theories that the universe was “born spinning.” Philosophy and religion have to be careful to not make the mistake of trying to solve the mysteries in nature by making God “responsible for a natural process that escapes scientific explanation,” Vicuna said. An example of this, he said, can be found in the intelligent design movement, which accepts that life has evolved over eons but asserts that it is so complex that its development must have been guided by a supreme being or intelligent agent. Not only are intelligent-design proponents “denying nature’s autonomy, but they are also revealing some degree of ingenuousness, because science has already provided explanations for the development” of structures they had considered to be too complex to occur naturally, he said. Pierre Lena, a French Catholic astrophysicist, told the assembly that there are laws at work in the entire universe that are “eternal, creative, uniform in space and time and stable” enough to be fairly predictable. “But these laws have a mystery. Why are they there? We can’t touch them, but they act. They are not God,” he said, but they are a sign of the “supranatural existence of something.” He told Catholic News Service that scientists can observe laws working exactly the same way over time and space. This “strange property” means scientists can figure out what most likely happened one billion years ago, as well as “in a remote galaxy and here in this room with the same accuracy.” “If the laws were changing, science would not be possible,” Lena said. Early philosophers like Plato, St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine all felt nature’s wonder and beauty reflected the beauty and perfection of their maker, Vicuna said. However, “the existence of a divine creator of life and the universe” comes from personal belief and conviction, not scientific proof; science cannot empirically prove or disprove a God that transcends the natural sciences, he said. 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Although Christianity reached India in 52 A.D. when St. Thomas, one of the 12 Apostles, landed in Kerala, even before St. Peter reached Rome in 68 A. D., Blessed Chavara will be the first man to be canonized from this Apostolic Church. The lucrative trade routes between the Middle East and Kerala, made it possible for St. Thomas and some of the early disciples of Jesus to reach Kerala, which was then known as Malabar. Kerala is the southernmost state of India. Today 30 million people live in Kerala out of whom 20 percent are Christians. The region of Kerala is stunningly beautiful, with rolling hills and lush green hilltops. It is indeed the Land of Spices. On the tourist map it is known as “God’s own Country.” As early as 970-930 B.C., King Solomon’s warships brought valuable merchandise from this region back to their country. The Roman historian Pliny (77 B.C.) spoke of the large sums of money being sent each year from the Phoenicians to India for silk, pearls, gems and spices. As Christopher Columbus set out on his historic voyage on the evening of Aug. 3, 1492, this land of spices was in his dream, which remained, of course, an unrealized one. Mistakenly, he called the native population of the American continent “Indians,” believing that he had reached the shores of India. However, someone from Columbus’ family reached the land of spices. He was Filipe Perestrelo da Mesquita, a priest and the son of Manuel de Mesquita Perestrelo, who was the nephew of Columbus’ wife Filipa Moniz Perestrelo. His gravestone is still preserved in Kerala. Filipe came to Kerala along with the Portuguese explorer and adventurer Vasco da Gama, the first known European to reach India in 1498. Vasco da Gama too came to Kerala in quest of spices and the famous Calico (fine cotton) cloth. The other Portuguese nationals who accompanied him were motivated by either missionary zeal or trading prospects. The Portuguese and the St. Thomas Christians When the Portuguese arrived in Kerala, to their surprise they encountered a group of Christians – the St. Thomas Christians. The language of their worship was Aramaic, also known as Syriac, which was believed to have been the mother tongue of Jesus. From the moment they arrived, the Portuguese began interfering in the church affairs of the Syrian Christians of Kerala. Thomas Christians belonged to the Oriental Chaldean rite. The people whom the Portuguese converted needed. For almost 19 centuries, St. Thomas Christians, whom St. Thomas converted from a higher “caste” Hindu community, did not engage in evangelization activities outside their community. Blessed Chavara took daring steps in this matter by promoting conversion of people of other castes into the Syrian Catholic Church. formed the Latin Rite Catholics. Two rites, one Syro-Malabar and the other Latin Rite, came to exist side by side in the Kerala Church. Unable to appreciate the legitimacy of different rites united with the successor of St. Peter, they tried to “Latinize” the St. Thomas Christians and their oriental liturgy. These “latinization” efforts of the Portuguese missionaries led to the division of Thomas Christians in 1653 into Syrian Catholics, united with Rome, and Syrian Christians – the Orthodox. Catholic Thomas Christians came under the jurisdiction of the Latin prelates of Verapoly, the only diocese in Kerala at that time. The Role of Chavara Blessed Chavara was born in a St. Thomas Christian family in the village of Kainakary in Kerala on Feb. 10, 1805. He joined the diocesan seminary at an early age and was ordained a priest at the age of 24, in 1829. Recognizing the need for revitalizing the Christian life of Thomas Christians and the Church as a whole, Blessed Chavara teamed up with a group of diocesan priests and decided to start a community of religious men. The main purpose of founding this religious congregation was to form a team of well qualified priests who would be available to serve the Church without being in charge of the administration of a diocese or a parish. True to this aim, what Blessed Chavara accomplished during his life time of 66 years was, according to the present standards, breathtaking. He contributed to the over-all growth and renewal of the Church in India. Blessed Chavara was primarily instrumental in founding two religious Congregations, one for men, the other for women. The Order for men, the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI), which Blessed Chavara founded in 1831, numbers about 3,000 members today and ministers in 30 different countries of the world. There are at present 108 CMI priests engaged in pastoral ministry in North America, including six who serve in the Diocese of Nashville. The Congregation of the Mother of Carmel (CMC), which was founded in 1866, now has more than 7,000 sisters serving in numerous countries of the world. To provide good spiritual leadership to people, one of the first things Blessed Chavara did was to start a formal seminary to give state-of-the-art training to seminarians at the Motherhouse at Mannanam – the first of its kind in India. As the Vicar Apostolic for the SyroMalabar Catholics, he took pioneering steps in 1864 to establish schools with every parish church. He even warned the parishes that if they did not start schools, he might have to think of closing them. Other religions followed suit and established schools of their own. Today if Kerala has a literacy-rate of 100 percent – the credit should go to Blessed Chavara. Sanskrit, the classical language of India, was considered to be the language of the Hindu religion. Blessed Chavara established the first Sanskrit school at the mother house of the Con- Devotions without boundaries There were tensions between the Syrian Rite and the Latin Rite in Kerala. For Blessed Chavara, Jesus was the focus of his life. He loved the Church so dearly above the differences of rites and culture. Therefore he willingly accepted so many devotions that were prevalent among the Latin tradition and conducive for a healthy Christian life and promoted them among the Syrian Catholics: Devotions to the Blessed Sacrament, Forty-hours’ Eucharistic adoration, devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, recitation of the holy rosary, devotion to the scapular, May Marian devotion, and devotion to the Holy Family of Nazareth. He took the initiative to popularize retreats for parishes and priests. In the absence of any rites in the Syrian Catholic Churches during Holy Week in those days, with the permission of Rome, he single-handedly translated the Holy Week liturgy from Latin into Aramaic and introduced them into the Syrian Catholic Churches. Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara, who founded the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate religious order for men and the Congregation of the Mother of Carmel religious order for women in India, will be canonized a saint by Pope Francis on Sunday, Nov. 23. Priests of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate order have been serving in Diocese of Nashville parishes for nearly 20 years and they also operate the Carmel Center of Spirituality retreat center in Liberty, Tenn. gregation. He was keen on keeping cordial relations with people of other religions. Blessed Chavara was a reputed scholar, versatile literary genius and a charismatic speaker. He was proficient in various languages including Tamil, Sanskrit, Aramaic, Latin, Portuguese and Italian, in addition to his native language, Malayalam. Blessed Chavara also started the first Catholic printing press in Kerala and in doing so, he made available religious and devotional books on faith and morals to the people in the region. Deepika, the first daily newspaper to be run by a religious congregation (CMIs) in the whole world, was printed from the press that Blessed Chavara started. Blessed Chavara founded a charitable institution for the care of the sick and the destitute, especially the elderly, and provided them with the care they Family apostolate Blessed Chavara had a special concern for families. He was an apostle for the sanctity of family life, and so formulated and published norms and rules for leading an upright Christian family life and published them as his last testament to be read by every Christian family. On Jan. 3, 1871, at the age of 66, Blessed Chavara was called to his eternal reward. His mortal remains were first interred at Koonammavu and later transferred to the Monastery church in Mannanam – the Motherhouse of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate. It is very significant that one of his spiritual daughters, Blessed Euphrasia, a member of the CMC Congregation that Blessed Chavara founded, is going to be canonized along with Blessed Chavara on Nov. 23. Being a saint means fulfilling the God-given mandate given to humankind through Abraham, our Father in faith, which was fulfilled by his seed, our Lord Jesus: “Be a blessing to the nations.” A nation is your own people. “Nations” are completely different from you. Each individual human being is a veritable “nation.” Blessed Chavara’s motto was a fulfillment of this mandate. He wrote: “Not one day in your life should pass without doing some good to others. Any day you have not done a good deed for others will not be counted in the Book of Life.” May the gift of the canonization of Blessed Chavara inspire us to transform our lives into a constant blessing to all our brothers and sisters. Father Thomas Kalam, CMI, is associate pastor at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Hendersonville. 10 Tennessee Register November 7, 2014 Earning college degrees from a prison cell Theresa Laurence I n the Holy Rosary Church rectory conference room, Deacon Mark White unrolls a massive scroll, easily five feet wide by 30 feet long, that contains a meticulously detailed record of all the higher education degrees and courses completed by death row inmate Olen Hutchison. Hutchison, who spent nearly 24 years on Tennessee’s death row, passed away on Oct. 19 after suffering from throat cancer for several years. “The fact that he did this in a four by eight foot cell is pretty much amazing,” White said, not only in awe of the actual scroll, but of all Hutchison was able to accomplish after receiving a death sentence. Hutchison was convicted of one count of first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the 1988 death of Campbell County resident Hugh Huddleston. He was sentenced to death in 1991. Of the seven co-defendants tried in the case, only Hutchison, who had no prior criminal record, received a death sentence. The prosecution alleged Hutchison was the mastermind of the conspiracy to collect on the victim’s life insurance policies and estate proceeds. The evidence used against him was primarily from the testimony of a co-defendant who received a plea bargain for testifying. Troubled by the sentencing disparity in his case, Hutchison was keenly interested in studying more about the legal system, and pursued paralegal studies to assist with the appeal of his own case and help other inmates with theirs. He held two masters degrees, in business administration and psychology, from the UniHutchison versity of Tennessee and the University of Ohio, often earning all A’s in his classes. He also pursued studies in theology and religion, and planned to start a doctoratal program in educational psychology before he got too sick. White, who moved to Middle Tennessee from the Diocese of Knoxville Photo by Theresa Laurence Deacon Mark White of Holy Rosary Parish, with the assistance of Holy Rosary accountant Diana Ryan, unrolls a massive scroll made by Tennessee death row inmate Olen Hutchison, documenting all his higher education degrees and courses completed while he was incarcerated. White corresponded with Hutchison, who died from natural causes on Oct. 19, for nearly 20 years, and supported his continuing education. last year, corresponded with Hutchison for nearly 20 years. As administrator of the Diocese of Knoxville’s Death Row Scholars Program, White learned how passionate Hutchison was for pursuing education. He often directed scholarship money to Hutchison, who also managed to raise his own funds from family and friends on the outside to cover the cost of the credit hours and books. “I know of no one else who has accomplished this feat under any such circumstances,” White said. The Death Row Scholars Program has since been discontinued. “Hard doesn’t begin to describe” the challenge of raising money for such an unpopular cause as educating men on death row, White said. “People say to me, ‘What the hell are you doing with those losers?’” White’s simple response Tennessee inmates face execution dates B efore he died of cancer on Oct. 19, Tennessee death row inmate Olen Hutchison was preparing to die on May 12, 2015, the execution date he had been assigned by the state. With Hutchison’s death last month at the Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility, and the death of mass murderer Paul Dennis Reid Jr. last year at Nashville General Hospital at Meharry, it now seems more likely that Tennessee’s death row inmates will die of natural causes rather than living long enough to be put to death by lethal injection, the state’s preferred method of execution. Tennessee death row inmates have, on average, spent more than 25 years in prison. The last scheduled execution of a Tennessee inmate, Billy Ray Irick, was temporarily halted by the State Supreme Court, citing pending legislation. The next inmate scheduled to die in Tennessee is Ed Zagorski on Dec. 9. While the state of Tennessee has not executed anyone since Cecil Johnson in December 2009, it made an unprecedented push earlier this year to move forward with 10 executions. So far, none have been carried out. The death row inmates have sued the state in order to discover the source of the drugs that will be used to kill them. Legislators passed a bill in 2013 that allowed the state to withhold all information about the drugs it plans to use in state executions, which the inmates are challenging. There are currently 72 men and 1 woman on death row in Tennessee. is, “God made them.” White, who has been a deacon for 40 years and now serves at Holy Rosary, has long felt a calling to minister to prisoners and death row inmates. “If I don’t bring Christ to these men,” he said, they wouldn’t have any encounter with Him. White visits Riverbend Maximum Security Institution almost every Saturday morning, often with fellow Catholic chaplains Deacon James Booth and Terry Horgan. They meet with death row inmates, and then lifers and those with long-term sentences. It’s often in a cramped, soulless room, but the men have lively discussions and a chance to receive communion if they are Catholic. “Our services are open to anyone,” White said, and Hutchison, although he was not Catholic, often attended and was an integral member of the group. “Everybody knew Hutch,” and he was well respected by his fellow prisoners and corrections officers alike, White said. White sent Hutchison $100 every Christmas, and with some of that money, he would buy presents for the children of other inmates who couldn’t afford them, White said. “I can’t tell you the number of people he’s helped.” White has gotten to know a number of death row inmates and those with longterm sentences over the years. He knows many have been convicted of some of the worst murders and rapes, but he never asks why the men are in prison and he never researches their cases independently. “I don’t want to know. I try to see them as human beings,” he said. White wants to share Hutchison’s story as a way to show that people on death row “are not animals. … I want people to see what this man did, who’s supposed to be a forgotten, good for nothing guy. 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School Bells Inc. is a non-profit humanitarian organization that provides children and teenagers in Belize with access to education, school supplies and medical and dental care. Because of the widespread poverty in Belize, many school children drop out after elementary school, and work at low-paying jobs to make ends meet. Others turn to begging or crime, and many girls experience unwanted pregnancy. School Bells hopes to help families break cycles of poverty through their educational services. “We currently serve eight different schools, with about 80-300 students in each school. About 270 of those kids are sponsored by someone here in the U.S.,” Bridges said. “We’re not an explicitly Catholic organization. We just serve whoever needs our help. But most of the people in Belize are Catholic and Catholic schools are publicly run and funded over there. And we are hoping to establish a religious education program in the future for the Catholic students.” The St. Henry and St. Edward Church communities in Nashville have been instrumental in School Bells’ success since the beginning. “We’ve partnered with St. Edward and St. Henry here. Part of the reason was to help the students at those schools learn about a different culture, and to encourage them to support kids their own age who are not as well off as they are,” Bridges said. “They’ve been a huge help,” she added. “They’ve held drives to send medical supplies and school supplies over there. We’ve had volunteer medical teams from those parishes go over there. We’ve had people sponsor children in Belize to provide them with medical care and school supplies. They’ve been very generous.” Sixteen-year old Caroline Malikelis was inspired to spearhead a neighborhood-wide act of generosity to help after learning about the plight of the children in Belize. “Mrs. Bridge’s stories about her experiences over there were eye-opening for me,” Malikelis said. “Even people whom we consider poor here in America are better off than poor people in Belize and other third-world countries.” She recruited her sister Grace, the Liberatore siblings, the Aszker siblings, and another neighbor on their street to collect school supplies for Bridges to send to Belize. “I did a few fundraisers to get money for the cause. I had a garage sale and a bake sale. I asked neighbors to donate money,” Malikelis said. “And then, on tax-free weekend in August, I went and bought the school supplies. I got backpacks, paper, pencils, and other basic things like that. Afterward, my sister and I got together with the Aszkers and Liberatores and we packed everything up to be sent. We packed enough supplies for 50 children.” She thinks that she and her neighbors have gained a lot from working on this project together. “For all of us, especially the younger kids, it was humbling. We’re not used to seeing kids our age not being able to attend school, or not having access to basic school supplies. So we all learned a lot from this experience.” Bridges is very thankful for her neighbors’ involvement with School Bells, Inc. “I can’t measure how much their help has meant to this organization. It’s not about me. It’s about needy children receiving help through me. I can’t put a value on what they’ve done for us. Their kindness has been priceless,” she said. To learn more about School Bell, Inc. and how to get involved in its mission, visit www.schoolbellsinc. drupalgardens.com. WOND ER LEAD S TO K N OW I N G PK-8th grade Catholic School A DM IS S IO N S OPEN HOU SE N OV . 1 2 9 :1 5 a .m . Overbrook roots children in truth, inspires them to wonder and challenges them to give their best to the world. 4210 HARDING PIKE | NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE 37205 | 615.292.5134 OVERBROOK.EDU 12 Tennessee Register November 7, 2014 Local medical mission treats those ‘in the gap’ Theresa Laurence N early 800 patients, among them homeless men, immigrant families and uninsured single mothers, waited for hours to get free medical care at Municipal Auditorium on Saturday, Oct. 25, as part of Saint Thomas Health’s Medical Mission at Home. This was the 21st local medical mission hosted by Saint Thomas, as well as the largest and most ambitious, bringing together more than 500 volunteers and more than 20 community organizations to provide immediate and followup care for Nashvillians in need. “Our core mission is to provide holistic, reverent care to all people, but with a special intention to reach out to the poor and vulnerable,” said Greg Pope, chief mission officer of Saint Thomas Health. Even though Saint Thomas provided $70 million worth of uncompensated care to patients in Middle Tennessee last year, and operates several area clinics that offer healthcare on a sliding scale fee, “we know there are people we don’t reach,” Pope said. “Our state has unfortunately not expanded Medicaid, and TennCare is not taking many new enrollees, which has left many people in the gap,” Pope said. Gov. Bill Haslam has so far opted out of accepting federal money to expand TennCare, the state of Tennessee’s Medicaid insurance program, which has left more than 160,000 Tennesseans without health insurance. Nearly a quarter of all Davidson County adults are uninsured. Even those who have TennCare oftentimes lack coverage for certain services, like vision and dental. As 38-yearold Tracy Paxton waited in a long line to receive care at the Saint Thomas Medical Mission, she explained how she struggles to manage all her medical needs not covered by her TennCare plan. “I take a lot of medications, and TennCare caps it at five a month,” she said. “I have to pick and choose.” Paxton also has no dental coverage and was hoping to have teeth pulled. To cope with the pain of aching teeth when she can’t afford a dental visit, she takes overthe-counter pain relievers like Ibuprofen and Anbesol, and “you just deal with it.” Paxton, who said she has “always had a job and worked,” most often in the restaurant industry for minimum Photos by Theresa Laurence Dentists with Hope Smiles, above, work to extract teeth from patients who attended Saint Thomas Health’s Medical Mission at Home held at Municipal Auditorium on Oct. 25. It was the 21st local medical mission hosted by Saint Thomas, and the largest to date. Dental care is one of the most in-demand services from those with little or no health insurance. wage, is having a tough time making ends meet while providing for herself and her two teenage sons. In her experience, “employers cut your hours so they don’t have to provide insurance.” Often, people in her situation end up working two part-time jobs just to cover the rent and cost of living expenses, while still struggling to get insurance coverage, she said. “It’s a very uncomfortable position.” The Saint Thomas Medical Mission was designed for those living on the margins, like Paxton and others, including the homeless, immigrants and refugees. “We care for everyone no matter their state in life or ability to provide documentation,” Pope said. “It’s a matter of justice and the common good.” Walking through Municipal Auditorium during Saint Thomas’ “Day of Hope, Healing and Health,” many languages could be overheard, and it was not uncommon for younger family members to accompany older relatives and translate between Continued on page 14 Tom Patterson of Ascension Health, above, left, washes the feet of Steve Jones, who attended the medical mission on Oct. 25. According to organizers, the foot washing station allows volunteers to act as “true servants” to the poor. Ascension Health leaders gather to consider system’s future Andy Telli L eaders from throughout the Ascension Health system, the largest Catholic and largest non-profit health care system in the country, gathered in Nashville Oct. 27-29 to consider how to adapt to a changing health care market while remaining true to its mission as a Catholic ministry. “We’re on a journey to become a truly integrated ministry,” said Nick Ragone, senior vice president and chief communications officer for Ascension Health. “As health care changes we need to adapt and make sure we are rooted to our mission.” Ascension Health includes 23 Catholic health care systems across the country, including Saint Thomas Health in Nashville. The Leadership Convocation drew about 1,000 management leaders from those health systems, members of their boards, members of Ascension’s management leadership and board, and representatives of the religious orders that sponsor its hospitals, Ragone said. “It’s a very diverse group of people who touch Ascension in so many ways,” Ragone said. According to Ascension’s mission, it “is dedicated to spiritually-centered holistic care, which sustains and improves the health of individuals and communities.” One way Ascension is trying to follow that mission in a changing health care market is through the development of MissionPoint Health, which was founded in Nashville in 2011 by Saint Thomas Health “to deliver highquality care in a smarter, patient-focused way,” according to the company. MissionPoint works with health systems, physicians, insurers, employers and patients to help them provide more integrated care, population management and preventive care, Ragone said. “People want to be treated as a person, not a patient,” Ragone said, and MissionPoint’s goal is to provide that kind of care. “It’s been a great success for us,” Ragone said, and MissionPoint has expanded from Middle Tennessee to communities in Indiana, Florida, Texas, California and Oregon. By becoming a fully integrated health system, Ragone said, Ascension is in a better position to expand successful efforts like MissionPoint to other communities where it serves. In the coming year, Ascension also will begin a discernment process to examine how to expand its brand, Ragone said. One of the questions, the system’s leaders will try to answer is what the Ascension brand means in the various markets where it is active, he added. “Next year is going to be an exciting year for us,” Ragone said. November 7, 2014 Tennessee Register 13 Knights councils collaborate to build veteran’s Habitat house Ned Andrew Solomon O n Saturday, Nov. 1, members of the Knights of Columbus councils at St. Philip Church in Franklin and Holy Family Church in Brentwood joined together to help build a Habitat for Humanity house – the first time the two Williamson County councils ever collaborated on a Habitat build. But the project was significant for several other reasons. It was Habitat’s 4,000th house built in Tennessee; it is being built for a Vietnam veteran, Harold Allen, and it will be dedicated to him on Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day. “One of the pillars of the Knights is charity and giving back, so we look for ways that we can have a positive impact on the community,” said Chris Beck, a Knight from Council 7764 at St. Philip. “The other pillar this hits on is patriotism, because in this particular scenario the homeowner is a disabled Vietnam veteran. So I brought the idea to our Knights Council at St. Philip’s and suggested this is a great way to partner up with our other council at Holy Family. In doing this, we’re sticking to the Knights’ charter of doing service to the community and also helping out veterans where and when we can.” Beck found out about on this particular build because of his role as vice president of the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity of Williamson and Maury Counties, a position he’s held for the past four years. This year, Beck was also asked by the Grand Knight at St. Philip to be the community director of the council. “By being community director and this project involving the community, a lot of things lined up to make this happen,” Beck said. Since he began serving on the board, Beck has participated in the building of 50 homes. Celebrating its 20th year in operation, Beck’s local Habitat affiliate has overseen construction of 147 houses that have become permanent homes for more than 550 children and The Knights of Columbus councils at St. Philip Church in Franklin and Holy Family Church in Brentwood recently helped build a Habitat for Humanity Home in Franklin for Harold Allen, a Vietnam War veteran. The home, which was built by the Habitat for Humany of Williamson and Maury Counties, will be dedicated and turned over to Allen on Nov. 11, Veterans Day. adults in an area that has a paucity of affordable housing. Habitat for Humanity of Williamson and Maury Counties typically builds 12-14 new homes a year, and is one of 50 Tennessee affiliates that work in 62 counties. A typical Habitat home build takes about 10 days, and requires the contributions of many volunteers from several agencies and organizations. Twenty-six Knights council members and their spouses volunteered for the build on Nov. 1, along with volunteers from Capella Health Care in Franklin. Four more Knights Council members and spouses provided meals on-site for all the builders. Additionally, Holy Family Council 15234 contributed $3,000 to the Williamson and Maury County affiliate. Beck and his Knights peers met the new homeowner for the first time the day of the build. They will all be present on Veteran’s Day too, when the completed home is officially and ceremoniously turned over to Allen. Despite the media attention focusing on this house as Habitat’s 4,000th build in the state, Beck has focused more on Allen and the ways that he’ll benefit from having his own home. Allen, who has had his share of challenges since leaving active duty, has two artificial hips, has survived three strokes, and experiences post-traumatic stress disorder. Disabilities aside, Allen has helped in the construction of his home, providing “sweat equity” hours in order to qualify for Habitat’s 0 percent mortgage. He is also required to attend counseling classes to prepare him for the responsibilities that come with homeownership. “We really do change lives,” Beck said. “We’re not providing a free house; we’re providing affordable housing. This particular fellow that’s going to be moving into this house has never owned his own home; his parents never owned their own home; and his grandparents never owned their own home. This is a game changer ministry.” To find out more about the Habitat for Humanity mission, or to contribute to future builds, visit www.habitat.org. Knights from St. Philip and Holy Family were among the volunteers who worked on the Habitat for Humanity home on Saturday, Nov. 1. As part of the Habitat for Humanity program, volunteers from civic and religious organizations and companies donate their time, effort and skills to build the home. The homeowner also contributes sweat equity by helping to build their own home plus homes for others while also taking counseling classes to prepare for home ownership. 14 Tennessee Register November 7, 2014 Local medical mission treats those ‘in the gap’ Continued from page 12 them and their healthcare providers. In addition to direct medical care, patients could also talk with representatives from Catholic Charities, Room In The Inn, Metro Social Services, United Way and others. “This is our first attempt to bring multiple community resources together at one of our medical missions,” said Karen Springer, Saint Thomas Health chief operating officer. “Sometimes people don’t know all the resources available to them.” Soles4Souls was one partner organization present at the medical mission, distributing shoes and new socks to those in need. Following a visit to the foot washing station, patients could visit the “shoe store” and get assistance finding the right fit. Foot washing is good clinical care, especially for the homeless and those with diabetes, and “is an intimate moment between caregiver and patient,” Pope said. “There’s also an element that connects us to our faith,” he said, having the volunteers act as Jesus did, as a true servant to others. “It’s our honor and our privilege to serve the poor and vulnerable,” said Nancy Anness, MSN, APN, BC, vice president of advocacy, access and community outreach for Saint Thomas Health. “We really targeted those at 100 to 138 percent of the poverty level because those are the people who are falling through the gaps without healthcare expansion in Tennessee,” said Anness. “They are the biggest reason for these medical missions. The need is so great,” she added. Anness helped start the medical missions at home after she went through spiritual formation at Saint Thomas Health. She wanted to find a solution to the question: “What more can we do to serve the poor and those most in need in our own backyard?” She has seen the missions grow from serving 80 people with 8-10 volunteers to serving 800 people with nearly 500 volunteers. Today, Anness divides her time between providing patient care at the Saint Thomas Midtown UT clinic, work in the medical missions, working to improve community health and marketplace enrollment efforts, and advocating for healthcare reform at the state and federal level by meeting with legislators, busi- Photos by Theresa Laurence Nearly 800 people attended Saint Thomas Health’s Medical Mission at Home at Municipal Auditorium on Oct. 25. Patients had the opportunity to receive medical exams, eye exams, dental services, flu shots, mental health counseling, prescription drugs, and more, all at no cost. ness and community leaders. “Hopefully one day we’ll see 100 percent access and 100 percent coverage for all,” she said. One important final step for those who participated in the Oct. 25 Medical Mission at Home was getting connected with follow up care, part of Saint Thomas’ plan to keep people on track with their health goals. Every patient left with a follow-up appointment with a primary care provider or specialist who would offer them lowor no-cost care. Patients also left with a bag of fresh food courtesy of Second Harvest Food Bank, and recipes for simple meals to prepare at home. “We really wanted to connect people with resources that could change their lives beyond one day,” said Springer. “We’re really excited to extend that care.” Stacy Chomic with Saint Thomas Health performs an eye exam on a patient at the Medical Mission at Home. Some of the longest lines of the day were to receive vision screenings and free glasses, since people with little or no insurance rarely have access to an optometrist. November 7, 2014 Tennessee Register 15 National Catholic Youth Choir seeks high school singers T he National Catholic Youth Choir is seeking high school singers to audition for a two week camp and multi-state tour in the summer of 2015. The choir was founded in 2000 by program director Father Anthony Ruff, OSB, as a response to the call of Pope John Paul II for a “new evangelization.” The choir sings music of various Christian traditions, ranging from medieval Gregorian chant to twentieth-century music and is led by choral conductor, Dr. Axel Theimer. The primary focus of the choir is liturgical, and it seeks to implement the directive of Vatican Council II that the “treasury of sacred music” be preserved and fostered in the modern liturgy. The choir is sponsored by St. John’s School of Theology·Seminary, and meets on the grounds of St. John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minn. Up to 45 students entering grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 in the fall of 2015 from across the United States are selected to participate in the choir based on written applications, formal recommendations, and recorded auditions. The camp and tour will be held June 15-30, 2015. At the camp, held at St. John’s Abbey and University, students will participate in extensive choir rehearsals, repertoire-based classes in religion, music theory, and/or music history, recreation, recording a CD, and daily prayer. The choir worships together as a group with the Benedictine monks on campus and with the Benedictine sisters in nearby St. Joseph and conclude each day by singing Compline. The choristers receive cantor training as encouragement for music ministry in their home parishes and throughout their adult life. The two week camp includes a multi-state concert tour with up to seven performances. In past years the choir has sung throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Michigan, Indiana and Georgia. The cost for the singers is $1,100, which includes meals, lodging and tour expenses. Scholarships are available. Students can apply online at www.CatholicYouthChoir.org. Applications and recorded auditions are due by March 27, 2015. For more information, contact National Catholic Youth Choir Assistant Director Sara Borgen at [email protected] or (320) 363-3154. CC H D ia d e M i t Mu l rt A h t Yo u st e t n o C Announcing the 2015 Catholic Campaign for Human Development Multi-Media Youth Arts Contest including visual arts, literary arts, CDs or DVDs. Sponsored by Catholic Charities of Tennessee. A literary and visual arts and multi-media contest about our Catholic response to poverty. For students grade 7-12. Submit entries to Catholic Charities, 30 White Bridge Rd. by February 27, 2015, 4 p.m. This year's theme is “Do Justice, Love Goodness, Walk Humbly with God” (Micah 6:8) For more information, please contact Fran Rajotte at [email protected] www.usccb.org/youthcontest (Spanish) www.usccb.org/concurso-juvenil Oil on canvas “Flight to Egypt” painted by Peruvian native Clorinda Galdós Bell will be showcased in an exhibit at the historic Monthaven Mansion in Hendersonville from Nov. 15 until Jan. 16. Catholic iconography to be featured in Hendersonville exhibit T he religious artwork of Peruvian native Clorinda Galdós Bell will be showcased in an exhibit at the historic Monthaven Mansion in Hendersonville that will open Nov. 15 and continue through Jan. 16. The exhibit, which is sponsored by the Hendersonville Arts Council, also will feature the photographically realistic paintings of Nashville based artist Camille Engel. A native of Cuzco, Peru, who currently lives in Powell, Tenn., Galdós Bell is a renowned practitioner of a traditional style of Peruvian painting known as the Cuzco School. The style was introduced to Cuzco by Italian artist and Jesuit monk Bernardo Bitti in the 16th century. His depictions of Catholic iconography functioned as religious education for the indigenous population, who learned to create these works through imitation. The most acclaimed Cuzco School painter was the 17th-century Incan, Diego Quispe Tito. Galdós Bell’s relatives on both sides of her family have carried on this style of painting for generations. She grew up watching her father and brothers create wonderfully intricate communal canvases in the family workshop. Daring to take up the paint brush at age 11 to participate in what was traditionally a masculine art, Galdós Bell won over her brothers with her talent, becoming one of the first women in the family to work in this genre of painting. She has had exhibits in the Embassy of Peru in Washington, D.C, Atlanta's Eucharistic Congress, Knoxville's Emporium Center, Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery in Nashville and Columbia State Community College's Pryor Art Gallery. Engel’s photorealistic style features rich colors, textures, and intricate detail. Her paintings have been commissioned or acquired by both corporate and private art collectors from around the world, and she has emerged as one of America’s most respected realist painters. The artists will celebrate the opening of their exhibits with a reception at Monthaven Mansion from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15. The exhibition will continue through Jan. 16, 2015. Viewing hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Admission to the mansion is free and open to the public. All of the artwork will be for sale, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Hendersonville Arts Council. Monthaven Mansion is located at 1010 Antebellum Circle, Hendersonville, Tenn., 37075. SCA Alumnae Art Exhibit to feature photographer Kats Smith Barry S t. Cecilia Academy alumnae Kats Smith Barry will be the featured artist of the 2014 Alumnae Art Exhibit. Barry, a 1976 graduate of St. Cecilia, is an award-winning photographer. She worked 11 years for The Tennessean as a photographer, a position which included assignments for USA Today and the Freedom Forum. Her photos of Fidel Castro in his office in Cuba, Ronald Reagan in the Oval Office and Jimmy Carter at the Carter library were published in Gannett magazines and books. She was also in Moscow during the 1991 Soviet coup d’état attempt and recorded the tanks advancing on Red Square as the Russian people marched with the new red, white and blue flags of the Federation. Barry is also a published food photographer for the “Desperation Dinners” column. The column was syndicated by United Features Sydicate in New York City, and her food compositions became syndicated as well. At the column’s peak, the food photos were running in more than 70 newspapers per week throughout the United States and Canada. Additionally, Barry has traveled as a United Methodist News Service photographer to Africa University in Zimbabwe and the border fence in Mexico. Currently she is at United Methodist Communications, where she has won awards from the Religious Communicators Council and the United Methodist Association of Communicators. Her photography, along with entries from 15 other SCA alumnae artists, including Tennessee Register staff member Theresa Laurence, will be on display 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP to [email protected] or (615) 383-3230 ext. 288. 16 Tennessee Register November 7, 2014 Voters embrace common sense in passing Amendment 1 EDITORIAL S ometimes common sense wins the day in our wonderful, messy democracy. In the Nov. 4 election, Tennessee voters adopted an amendment to the state Constitution that restores the Legislature’s authority to regulate the abortion industry. In 2000, the state Supreme Court had taken away that authority by ruling that the state Constitution includes a fundamental right to an abortion. Because it is a fundamental right, the court ruled, the state didn’t have the authority to inspect an abortion clinic to make sure it was clean and safe, it didn’t have the authority to ask women to wait 24 hours before going through with an abortion, it didn’t have the authority to require that women receive all the information they need before they consent to an abortion. Those were the three regulations the court specifically struck down in its ruling in the case of Planned Parenthood of Middle Tennessee v. Sundquist, but the court’s opinion made all the other regulations on the books unenforceable and vulnerable to their own legal challenge. Tennessee became an abortion destination state. It ranked third in the country in the number of abortions performed on women who live in another state. A majority of Tennesseans were not swayed by the campaign ads funded with money from the abortion industry, much of it from out of state. They recognized that the 2000 ruling was bad not only for the unborn children aborted, but for women seeking abortions. The amendment doesn’t outlaw abortion in Tennessee but it does restore the Legislature’s authority to pass regulations to protect the health and welfare of women seeking an abortion in our state. As Catholics, we are praying for the day when our society recognizes the value and dignity of all human life, born and unborn, and rejects the false equation that says to recognize the dignity of the unborn human life is to deny the dignity of its mother. Society can recognize the dignity and value of both, and it must recognize the dignity and value of both. But until that day comes, we can at least make sure abortions are safe and that women enter those clinics understanding exactly what will happen. Isn’t that what abortion rights advocates are always claiming they want – safe, legal and rare? It seems that Tennessee voters have provided just that by adopting Amendment 1. We also must recognize that this vote shows how people of faith can shape our society for the good by bringing their sense of morality to the public square. There is little doubt that churches of many denominations, including the Catholic Church, played a pivotal role in winning the passage of this amendment. We need not be ashamed to proclaim publicly our belief that each human life is a gift from God that should be respected and protected. When we do so, we make this world a better place for all. And we shouldn’t dismiss the results of the election as some sort of blip in public opinion. It took 14 years for advocates of Amendment 1 to bring the issue to the people for a vote. It’s a difficult process to change the Constitution, as it should be. The General Assembly, in successive sessions, has to vote to put the amendment on the ballot – the second time by a two-thirds majority. If it passes those two hurdles, it goes on the ballot with the next gubernatorial election. Once on the ballot, the yes votes must not only exceed the no votes but also must equal a majority of the votes cast in the gubernatorial election. The process, lengthy as it is, is a safeguard against passing political fads and requires a real consensus. Thankfully, Tennesseans did reach that required consensus on this issue and they did allow lawmakers to consider common sense regulations on the abortion industry. We can all be grateful for that. Did Pope Francis get what he wanted from the synod? better way to elicit an exercise of collective responsibility from this group – bishops named by St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, during whose pontificates they had come to rely on the pope as the ultimate guarantor of orthodoxy – than to confront them with a document that seemed to take traditional teaching for granted. This is an irony that Pope Francis, who once taught psychology to high school students, was surely well prepared to appreciate, whether or not he anticipated it. VATICAN LETTER Francis X. Rocca V ATICAN CITY. Since the end of the Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family, news outlets have portrayed the outcome as a “setback” or “loss” for Pope Francis – even a “rebuke” to him. Journalists have pointed to the absence, in the synod’s final report, of an earlier version’s strikingly conciliatory language toward people with ways of life contrary to Catholic teaching, including those in same-sex unions and other non-marital relationships. Commentators have also noted the relatively low support, as measured by bishops’ votes on the final document’s relevant sections, for continued discussion of whether to make it easier for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion. In these respects, it is said, the synod rejected moves consistent with Pope Francis’ wellknown teachings on mercy. The pope never expressed his views at the synod; he kept silent throughout the two weeks of discussions. Yet there are good reasons to think he and the assembly were not of the same mind on these questions. Pope Francis had invited the author of the Communion proposal, German Cardinal Walter Kasper, and no one else, to address a gathering of the world’s cardinals on the family in February. And the synod’s controversial midterm report was the Copyright (c) 2014 Catholic News Service/U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops CNS photo/Paul Haring Pope Francis attends the morning session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 18. work of the pope’s handpicked team, who presumably would never have departed from the usual tone of official Vatican documents on moral teaching unless they had understood that to be what the pope wanted. So if they were right, the synod’s reaction must have disappointed him. But at the same time, the pope got just what he asked for: a more assertive synod. “Maybe it is time to change the methods of the synod of bishops, because it seems to me that the current method is not dynamic. This will also have ecumenical value, especially with our Orthodox brethren. From them we can learn more about the meaning of episcopal collegiality and the meaning of synodality,” Pope Francis told an interviewer last year. Opening the synod’s first working session Oct. 6, the pope told participants, “Everyone needs to say what one feels duty-bound in the Lord to say: without respect for human considerations, without fear.” Recalling that some cardinals at the February meeting had reportedly hesitated to speak out for fear of disagreeing with him, Pope Francis said: “This is no good, this is not synodality.” The synod fathers took Pope Francis at his word. In their remarks on the floor of the hall and in their meetings as small working groups, bishops said the midterm report lacked necessary references to Scripture and traditional Catholic teaching, and they demanded extensive changes to the final report. For decades, critics have complained that the synod is not a true expression of the bishops’ collective authority, as rooted in Catholic tradition and reaffirmed by Second Vatican Council. They have characterized it instead as a mere advisory body to the pope. Had the bishops this October simply ratified what they assumed Pope Francis was proposing, it would have been hard to argue anything had changed. It was their very resistance to the pope’s perceived wishes that made their self-assertion convincing. Upon reflection, the pope could hardly have designed a Columns and letters to the editor represent the views of authors alone. No viewpoint expressed necessarily reflects any position of the publisher, of any Tennessee Register staff member, or of the Diocese of Nashville. The Tennessee Register is published by the Diocese of Nashville and welcomes your comments and opinions. Please clearly mark letters to the editor and send to: Tennessee Register 2400 21st Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37212-5302 You may fax your letters or comments to the Register at (615) 783-0285. By e-mail: tnregister@ dioceseofnashville.com. Tennessee Register 17 November 7, 2014 Jesus is the answer to every question, worry, and need NEXT SUNDAY Msgr. Owen F. Campion B ACKGROUND. The Book of Proverbs provides this weekend’s first reading. This book was composed when both the Holy Land and the lives of its inhabitants, God’s Chosen People, had undergone massive changes. These changes had occurred as a result of the military conquest of the Holy Land, and indeed much of the Eastern Mediterranean world, by Alexander the Great (356-323 BC), the young Greek king from Macedonia. Alexander did not live long enough to enjoy much of the success of his victorious armies, but his conquests placed Greeks, and Greek philosophy, in cultures all across the Middle East. This Greek influence was Sunday, November 16, 2014 Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time Readings: Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 Matthew 25:14-30 Sunday, November 23, 2014 Feast of Christ the King Readings: Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17 1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28 Matthew 25:31-46 powerful. Obviously, it was contrary to traditional Hebrew theology. Committed Jews had to struggle to keep their theology alive, and they especially sought to relay their tradition to coming generations. Proverbs was written as a part of this effort. Along with other books of the Hebrew Scriptures, Proverbs attempts to blend human logic with Hebrew theology, to say that ancient Hebrew beliefs are not illogical. (In the Greek culture, human logic was supreme.) The reading from Proverbs proclaimed by the Church on this weekend obliquely makes reference to the fact that marriages under the Greek arrangement usually were contrived. Quite disturbing for Jews was the fact that wives were not much better than servants, even slaves. The concept of love, freely and gladly exchanged between spouses, was not always evident by any means in Greek life. Proverbs tries to elevate the Jewish notion of human dignity, a dignity including women as well as men. St. Paul’s First Epistle to the Thessalonians supplies the second reading. In the early days of the Church, the general presumption was that momentarily Jesus would return to earth to vanquish the evil and vindicate the good. Paul had to remind the Christians of Thessalonica that following the Gospel might be a long, tiring and difficult process, as Christ might not appear as quickly as they would like. For its third and last reading, the Church this weekend pres- The Last Judgment by Stefan Lochner, ca. 1435 ents St. Matthew’s Gospel. The story in essence also appears in Mark. The story builds on the same theme as that given in First Thessalonians. The present order will end one day. Each human will die. No one can predict exactly when natural death will come. Life suddenly and unexpectedly can change for societies, as Americans realized after Dec. 7, 1941, when Japan bombed Hawaii, and on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists destroyed so many lives. The reading from Matthew calls upon Christians to remember the uncertainty of life, and also to remember the certainty of the end of life. God has given each Christian skills and talents. He has revealed to them the way to live. He has sent Jesus to them as Redeemer. They possess many advantages. They must not waste time or ignore the fact of life and its uncertainty. They must live as good disciples. Reflection Soon, the Church will conclude its year of 2014. Its great celebration, and final message, will be the feast of Christ the King. Jesus is the only answer, the answer to every question, worry and need. One day, at a time unknown, life will change for each of us individually. Our societies also will change. Jesus has promised one day to return in glory. How and when this return will occur is not known. In the meantime, we possess God’s gifts needed for life, for salvation. God strengthens, guides, and redeems us, as Paul assures us in First Thessalonians. In Jesus we have the lesson of how to live. In Jesus, we truly have life. We are heirs to heaven. But we must respond by Christian living. We must commit ourselves, without hesitation, to the Lord Jesus, Christ the King. Msgr. Owen Campion, former editor of the Tennessee Register, is associate publisher of Our Sunday Visitor. The whole house is stirring because of that darn mouse PINCH OF FAITH Mary Margaret Lambert H ave you ever tried to get rid of an unwanted house guest? We currently have one, and despite our best efforts, she won’t leave. We have removed any possible source of food from her access, left her notes, asked her nicely to vacate our premises, and now have finally resorted to hiring an professional exterminator to get rid of our problem, and the source of much disgust. Arriving with the onset of cooler weather, she is looking for a warm and dry place to spend her winter, and she arrived uninvited and unwelcome. It’s not that we are inhospitable hosts, but she is such an undesirable creature that we just do not like her presence. Her personal appearance is unattractive. She has small beady black eyes, a pointed nose, and her voice comes out as a high pitched squeak. Her eyesight is poor, but she won’t wear glasses as she is difficult to fit. Her ears are huge, in proportion to the rest of her small body, which makes it “the better to hear you with, my dear,” and she will not wear shoes. She likes to run around at night and sleep during the day, and her hygiene is deplorable. We suspect she might be in a polygamous relationship, and are reasonably sure she is pregnant, and will give birth any day to more than one offspring, whom she plans to raise in our home. This probably won’t be her first time to give birth, and she intends to have many more children as soon as possible. The very thought of seeing her sends shivers down my spine. Our little house mouse has managed to eat parts of several rolls of toilet paper that were stored in the attic, along with our stash of paper towels and tissues. Our first visual indication that she was living with us was startling and frustrating. I wondered why she chose to attack the white rolls, and the exterminator said she was using the soft paper for nesting materials, which would indicate that her nursery theme is going to be double ply, in white, to accommodate either sex in her litter of 10-12 offspring. I am very cautious when I have to open the attic door, fearful that she will dart out and cause me to panic, then alarm the entire neighborhood with my loud screams. As the mother of sons, I am conditioned to accept all manner of bugs, animals and even small mammals with a minimum of outward revulsion, but there is something about a mouse that brings a feeling of fear in my heart. Perhaps it’s her mousy gray fur that is a reminder of the true color of my own hair if I didn’t “enhance” it from time to time. Or it might be from years of seeing the stereotyped vision of a female leaping on a chair to escape from a mouse: I couldn’t leap on a chair if my life depended on it. I realize she is a tiny critter, without even laying eyes on her. She is no more than 3 inches long, weighs less than an ounce, and even though I am significantly larger than she, I could never scoot about as quickly and effortlessly as she does. While some might want to keep her cousins as pets, I am scouring the yellow pages to see if I might volunteer her services to a local laboratory and put this little lady to work at a safe distance from my abode. If I wasn’t allergic to cats, I would consider getting one to keep on hand as insurance against present and future small rodents. However, knowing the temperament of past pets we have owned, the cat would probably become friends with the mice and let them snuggle with him/her as she/he catnapped. My ultimate goal is for this miniscule four legged creature to pack her small suitcase, find a new place to live, and take all her relatives with her. Perhaps I will leave her a copy of the “housing available” classified portion of the newspaper atop the toilet paper package. In a few short weeks, I want to be able to say, with undeniable confidence; “Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” Copyright © 2014 Mary Margaret Lambert 18 Tennessee Register November 7, 2014 “Never tire of working for a more just world, marked by greater solidarity!” —Pope Francis, Apostolic Journey to Rio de Janeiro, July 25, 2013 Copyright © 2014, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC. All rights reserved. Photo: © Vetta Collection/iStock Photo. Please be generous November 23. November 7, 2014 Tennessee Register 19 Nashville women attend NCCW convention in Grand Rapids E Photo by Rick Musacchio Bishop celebrates Red Mass Bishop David Choby celebrated a Red Mass for those in government and legal professions during the regular 12:10 Mass at St. Mary of the Seven Sorrows on October 29. Father John Sims Baker, right, a graduate of the Vanderbilt School of Law concelebrates, and Deacon Ron Deal, an attorney, assists at Mass. Members of the Vanderbilt Catholic Law Students Society and the St. Thomas More Society organized the Mass. ight women from the Diocese of Nashville attended the National Council of Catholic Women’s 2014 National Convention in Grand Rapids, Mich., Sept. 24-27. “I really enjoy it. I learned a lot,” said Doreen Flash, a parishioner at St. Martha Church in Ashland City and the vice president of the Nashville Diocese Council of Catholic Women. “I met a lot of very interesting ladies.” The convention is the annual gathering of women leaders from more than 4,000 affiliated Catholic women’s organizations in parishes and dioceses throughout the United States. Nearly 600 Catholic women, representing hundreds of thousands of Catholic women nationwide, gathered from across the country for leadership development, spiritual renewal and fellowship. “The NCCW Convention is not only spiritually uplifting but also jam-packed with formative sessions that bolster NCCW’s mission to support, empower, and educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership and service,” said NCCW Executive Board Member Carolyn Morrison of Coldwater, Mich. The theme of this year’s convention was “Be the Voice of Catholic Women: Catholic Women United in Truth.” Dr. Ralph Martin, president of Renewal Ministries and director of Graduate Theology Programs at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Detroit, and Teresa Tomeo, an author syndicated Catholic talk show host and motivational speaker, were the keynote speakers. Other speakers included: motivational speaker and humorist Sheri Wohlfert; Joyce Coronel, award-winning reporter and columnist for the Phoenix Catholic Sun; Jane Knuth, author of “Thrift Store Saints: Meeting Jesus 25 Cents at a Time”; and Vicki Thorn, the founder of Project Rachel and the executive director of the National Office of PostAbortion Reconciliation and Healing. Flash said two of her favorite seminars were on how abortion affects a person’s life, and on strategies to increase membership. The Nashville Diocese Council of Catholic Women is open to all women in the diocese, especially women interested in spiritual enrichment, leadership development and service to the Church and society. Also from the Nashville Diocese attending the national convention were: President Diana Miller; Nancy Poll, Louisville Province director; Carol Buyna, president of the Immaculate Conception Parish Council of Catholic Women; Rosemary Zocco, secretary Nashville Diocese Council; Marcia Woodruffe of the St Rose of Lima Church Council; MaryAnn Goodrum, Spirituality Commission Chair for the Nashville Diocese; Willa Holmer, past president for the Nashville Diocese; Nashville Diocese Spiritual Moderator Father Kevin Dowling, pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Hohenwald, Christ the Redeemer Church in Centerville and St. Cecilia Church in Waynesboro. Need help with one of these investment situations? 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The new initiative hopes to engage professionals ages 25-40 who support Catholic Charities’ poverty-fighting work in Middle Tennessee through networking and service events of interests to friends and friends-to-be of all faiths. The Fall Wine Social was hosted by Aquinas College, with additional support from Kohana Japanese Restaurant in Green Hills and Nothing Bundt Cakes on White Bridge Road. Catholic Charities’ staff and board members, along with some spouses, provided wine bar service. For more information about the Young Professional Society, go to http://www.cctenn.org/youngprofessionals.cfm. 20 Tennessee Register November 7, 2014 SCA senior named National Achievement semifinalist S Sixty members of the 380-member Notre Dame Marching Band spent part of their fall break with Catholic Charities of Tennessee, some performing for the Adult Daycare Program, above, and others volunteering at Loaves and Fishes and OutSOURCE ReSOURCE, the agency’s job training program. Notre Dame band members perform for Catholic Charities A fter a “working” weekend supporting the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team in Tallahassee, Fla., 60 members of the 380-member Notre Dame Marching Band spent part of their return trip to South Bend, Ind., with Catholic Charities of Tennessee. Breaking into three groups, the band members provided their time, enthusiasm and talents to assist with program needs at OutSOURCE ReSOURCE (the agency’s job training program), Loaves and Fishes Community Meals for the Hungry, and the Adult Daycare Program. “This is a good way to give back,” said Anna Bosler, a senior from southwest Michigan. With the students being on fall break, “this is perfect timing to do service.” This is the second year in a row that the group has stopped to spend part of their fall break with Catholic Charities. At OutSOURCE ReSOURCE, band members had a chance to have firsthand experience with some of the jobs that the program’s employee/ clients perform on a regular basis. The program’s employee/clients include recently arrived refugees and others seeking a foot back in the labor market. The Loaves and Fishes team was helping with work in the kitchen and assisting with sorting donated materials. Adult Daycare Program clients were treated to an entertaining – and toe tapping – concert of beautiful music, some church-based and some mainstream. “It’s cool to give back through our music,” said Nick Munsen, a sophomore from Tucson, Ariz. Erin Celeste agreed. “It is special to do something that is simple to us, but so meaningful” to the Adult Daycare Program clients. Prior to arriving in Nashville, the group spent time helping out in Birmingham, Ala. Before returning to South Bend and the resumption of fall semester classes, they spent some time in Louisville, Ky., to help out there, too. t. Cecilia Academy senior Naomi Runder has been named a semifinalist in the National Achievement Scholarship Program. The program, sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship program, was initiated in 1964 to recognize academically promising black students throughout Runder the nation and to provide scholarships to the most outstanding program participants. Of the more than 160,000 students who entered the 2015 National Achievement Program, about 1,600 are named semifinalists. Approximately 1,300 will qualify as a finalist and be eligible for about 700 National Achievement $2,500 scholarships or about 100 corporate sponsored scholarships. Runder was one of four St. Cecilia students who were named commended students in the National Merit Scholarship program. The others were Virginia Green, Maggie MacCurdy, and Lucy Scherrer. Youth wrestling club information meeting, Dec. 7 T he Nashville Catholic Wrestling Club team for boys in kindergarten through eighth grade starts its season with an informational meeting, signups and practice 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in the Father Ryan High School Wrestling Room. All boys in kindergarten through eighth grade are encouraged to participate and no experience is necessary. The cost is $150 and there are numerous tournaments, where boys wrestle others their size and age group. Nashville Catholic Wrestling coaches provide complete instructions and everyone makes the team. This is a great winter sport that ends about the same time as the beginning of baseball and soccer, and there are numerous high school state champions who started with Nashville Catholic Wrestling. Financial aid is available. For more information visit www.nashvillecatholicwrestling.com. Standing up to cancer Cancer survivors, their families, friends and supporters march around Giacosa Stadium in the Jim Carell Alumni Athletic Complex as part of the annual Relay for Life sponsored by Father Ryan High School. The Father Ryan Relay for Life has been the nation’s largest student-led Relay for Life each of the last four years. The event, held Oct. 4 to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, included a Survivor’s Lap for all cancer survivors, a Caregiver’s Lap for everyone who has been a caregiver to a cancer patient, the Fight Back Ceremony and the Luminaria Ceremony. Schultz Monuments Joey Mason [email protected] 615.573.1214 • 615.712.9521 office 479 Myatt Dr. • Madison, TN 37115 www.schultzmonument.com November 7, 2014 Tennessee Register 21 St. Cecilia Academy junior pursuing musical dreams Briana Grzybowski S t. Cecilia Academy junior Caroline Watkins has dreamed of being a country music star ever since she was a little girl. Now, the 16year old is taking steps toward making that dream a reality. “I’ve been singing ever since I was little, and writing songs since I was about 10. I’ve always loved to write. I also got my first guitar when I was 10. I started playing shows at local venues around Nashville when I was 12, and I’ve been doing it ever since, Watkins said. “I recorded my first album, a selftitled record, about four months ago. My family overall isn’t very musical, but somehow I’ve been blessed with musical talent.” Country music has always held a special place in Watkins’ heart. “I’ve loved country music pretty much ever since I started singing. I consider Kasey Musgraves, the Zac Brown Band, and Brad Paisley to be my biggest musical influences,” she said. “I also admire LeeAnn Womack a lot. They’re my idols.” For the past two years, she has been performing at the famous Bluebird Cafe, a restaurant and club in Nashville where many up-and-coming musicians perform. “In order to play shows at the Bluebird, you have to audition. I did that when I was 15. I’ve been play- Caroline Watkins, right, a junior at St. Cecilia Academy, recently headlined an In the Round songwriter show at the famous Bluebird Café in Nashville. The aspiring country music singer and songwriter was joined by her sister Lauren, right, and songwriters Jeff Cohen, Dickie Lee and Jimmie Linville. ing there every three months or so since then,” she said. On Sept. 9, Watkins, who with her family is a parishioner at St. Henry Church in Nashville, headlined an “In the Round” songwriters’ show at the Bluebird, where local songwriters play alongside a handful of other musicians. Fellow songwriters Jeff Cohen, Dickie Lee, and Jimmie Linville sang with her. Her younger sister Lauren also joined in to sing backup for a few songs. “In order to play an ‘In the Round’ show, you have to have already played at least four Writers’ Night shows, and earn good critiques from a panel of judges. I played the show in September to a packed house. A bunch of my friends and my family came out to support me. It was a lot of fun,” she said. Her biggest performance to date has been an audition in front of the American Idol judges. “I auditioned for American Idol here in Nashville this past August. It was so great to be a part of it and to get to sing in front of Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban. I’m not allowed to say anything about what happened during my audition, but in January you can watch it on TV and see how I did,” Watkins said. She has also been heavily involved in music at Saint Cecilia and credits her school community with encouraging her to pursue her dream. “I was involved in the theater program my freshman year, but then I left theater to pursue my musical interests. I also sing in the choir,” Watkins said. “The teachers and students at SCA have been very supportive of me. Every other month, the music director lets me lead the music at all-school Masses, and some of my friends and classmates from there have come out to watch me when I’ve been playing gigs around town. It’s meant a lot to me,” she added. After she graduates from St. Cecilia in 2016, Watkins plans to study music at Belmont University and pursue a full-time country music career. “Belmont is very well known for its school of music, so my plan is to go there to learn more about the music business and how to succeed in it. After that, I want to stay in Nashville and pursue music full time. 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Air Force falcon visits St. Rose Aurora, the falcon mascot of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., recently made a visit to several schools in Middle Tennessee, including St. Rose of Lima School in Murfreesboro. Cadet Josh Farris of Hendersonville, the son of Angie and Tim Farris and a member of the Falconry team at the Air Force Academy brought Aurora to Middle Tennessee schools to talk about opportunities at the Academy. While at St. Rose on Oct. 14, Farris spoke to the chess club, math club, Little Flowers, forensics team, volleyball team, study hall and After Care. Sara Menke, a 2008 graduate of St. Rose and a 2012 graduate of Father Ryan High School, is a cadet at the Air Force Academy. Among the current Air Force Academy cadets are five alumni from Father Ryan, one from Pope John Paul II High School and one from St. Cecilia Academy. POSITION AVAILABLE SPANISH TEACHER Pope John Paul II High School, Hendersonville, Tenn. JPII is seeking an experienced teacher who can handle upper level classes; knowledge of AP curricula or literature is a real plus. To apply for the position, send your resume and cover letter to Mrs. Jackie Beals, Chair of JPII’s Foreign Language Department and Mrs. Karen Phillips, Dean of Academics at JPII, at the following addresses: [email protected] and [email protected] For more information, go to www.jp2hs.org/employment St. Mathew School (K through 8), established in 2001 and located at 535 Sneed Road in Franklin, TN, is seeking candidates for the position of Principal effective with the 2015-16 academic year. Primary functions of this position are to manage and provide opportunities for spiritual growth for students and faculty; create an environment that promotes the Catholic faith and moral development of the school community; provide leadership in curriculum and staff development; evaluate and supervise faculty, staff, students, and the instruction program; advise on financial and development needs of the school; and work collaboratively with diocesan and parish groups. Overall role is to be the educational administrator and catechetical leader of the school, responsible for the day to day operations and management of the school, reporting directly to the Pastor and working closely with the School Board. Qualifications: • Master’s Degree in Educational Administration or Curriculum or be in process of obtaining one (Master’s degree in a related field may be considered) • Candidate must have experience as an educational administrator, prefer five plus years • Minimum of five years of experience as a teacher • Eligible for State of Tennessee administrative license Other Skills or Requirements: • Practicing Roman Catholic • Commitment to the educational mission of the Catholic Church • Good communication, interpersonal, supervisory, and organizational skills • Collaborative leadership style • Excellent writing, spelling, speaking, and analytical skills • Basic computer/internet skills required Competitive pay is based on experience. Excellent benefits package. Expected start date would be June 1st, 2015. Send resume to: Margaret Cook via email to: [email protected] Resumes will be accepted until December 10th, 2014. November 7, 2014 Tennessee Register 23 Father Ryan volleyball falls in state title match Andy Telli T he Father Ryan High School volleyball team fell one match short of its first state title since 2006, losing to the Baylor School of Chattanooga in four sets in the Division II-AA state championship match on Friday, Oct. 24, at Siegel High School in Murfreesboro. After beating Baylor in the first round of the state tournament on Wednesday, Oct. 22, Father Ryan earned a spot in the state championship match with a thrilling, come-from-behind, five set victory over Briarcrest 22-25, 23-25, 25-18, 25-11, 15-9. Down 0-2 and their hopes for the season nearly lost, the Lady Irish rallied to win the last three sets and the match. In the championship match, Baylor avenged the earlier loss to the Lady Irish. “We blocked better on Wednesday, everybody blocked better, middle and outside. We served a little stronger,” said Father Ryan Coach Jinx Cockerham. But in the championship match, “We were on the defensive and they were on the offensive,” Cockerham said. In the first set, Baylor raced out to an early 8-3 lead, but the Lady Irish roared back to take a 10-8 lead behind the serving of Brooke Fuller. From there it was a back and forth affair. Ryan took Photos by Andy Telli Father Ryan High School’s Olivia Rolick celebrates a point for the Lady Irish during the Division II-AA volleyball state championship match against the Baylor School of Chattanooga, held Friday, Oct. 24, at Siegel High School in Murfreesboro. a 23-22 lead on a kill by senior Maggie Mullins, but Baylor scored the last three points to take the set 25-23. In the second set, the two teams continue to trade the lead until Father Ryan took the last three points to claim a 26-24 win and tie the match at one set apiece. In the third set, Baylor raced out to the lead and held off the Lady Irish taking a 25-21 win. Baylor sealed the championship with a 25-15 win in the fourth and final set. After the match, Cockerham said she told her team, “This championship match does not define our season.” Father Ryan finished the season with a 46-10 record and entered the postseason tournament as the three seed in the East/Middle Region behind Baylor and Ensworth. “We had a hard road to get here,” Cockerham said. “This team had a will to win that got them out of a lot of situations. … “These kids are awesome,” she added. “They know so much about the game I trusted them to make major decisions.” The end of the season also meant the end of the high school career for Maggie Mullins, the last of five Mullins sisters to play for Cockerham and star for the Lady Irish. “It’s a heartbreak,” said Cockerham, who noted she also coached the mother of the Mullins sisters, Sarah Mullins. Four of the Mullins sisters earned college scholarships to Division I programs, Cockerham said. “Life won’t be the same without a Mullins in the crowd.” Left photo, Father Ryan High School’s Maxi Edwards goes for a block in the Division II-AA volleyball state championship match. Right, Ryan volleyball coach, Jinx Cockerham, reacts to a play during the the match. The Baylor School of Chattanooga took the state title with a four-set victory over Father Ryan. Diocesan school golfers compete in state tourney F ather Ryan High School junior Griffin Bumpus finished eighth in the recent Division II-AA boys golf state championships, held Oct. 6-7 at WillowBrook Golf Club in Manchester, Tenn. Bumpus’ finish led the Irish to a sixth place finish in the team stand- ings. In the girls Division II-AA golf championships, Pope John Paul II High School senior Laura Knight finished 10th in the team standings and the team finished fifth. Bumpus finished with a two-round score of 154. He was followed by Donnelly Wolf, 157, tied for 17th; Nick Wolf, 158, tied for 19th; Kevin Groogan, 162, tied for 27th; Erik Hamm, 170, 32nd. Knight finished with a two-round score of 180. Fellow senior Maddie Angell finished 14th with a score of 190. Girls soccer The season for the Father Ryan girls soccer team ended in the Division II-AA semifinals with a 2-1 loss to Briarcrest of Memphis. The Lady Irish earned a spot in the semifinals on Friday, Oct. 31, at the Siegel Soccer Complex in Murfreesboro, with a 5-2 win over Pope John Paul II High School in the quarterfinals. Against Briarcrest, which came into the game with a 16-1-2 record, the two teams battled to a scoreless tie at halftime. In the second half, Father Ryan got on the scoreboard first with a goal by Katie Jordan in the 45th minute. Briarcrest tied the score three minutes later with a goal by Kaley Smithmeir, and took the lead in the 55th minute with a goal by Allison Samisch. In the finals, Briarcrest and Girls Preparatory School of Chattanooga went to a penalty kick shootout to determine the state champion, with GPS winning after scoring seven times in the shootout to Briarcrest’s six. Cross Country Father Ryan senior Ben Weisel finished second in the Division II-AA cross country state meet on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Percy Warner Park Steeplechase Course in Nashville. Weisel’s high finish led the Irish to fifth place in the team standings. He was followed by teammates: sophomore Jack Clunan, 19th; freshman Jonathan Conricode, 28th; sophomore Bradley Porter, 39th; junior Matthew Canonico, 42nd; senior Sean Vance, 44th; and freshman Joe Hoots, 53rd. The Father Ryan girls team finished eighth in the Division II-AA girls state meet. The runners and their finishes were: junior Kiernan Callahan, 18th; senior Natalie Davis, 20th; junior Katie McGuire, 39th; sophomore Ashley Ohmer, 48th; senior Sarah Wehby, 51st; sophomore Regan Rosinski, 54th; and sophomore Samantha Correa, 56th. St. Cecilia Academy finished fourth in the team standings for Division II-A. The St. Cecilia runners and their finishes were: sophomore Clare Smith, 17th; sophomore Margaret Hallock, 18th; freshman Clare Peters, 26th; senior Halle Perryman, 29th; freshman Virginia Lee, 32nd; freshman Kealey Cate, 46th; junior Suzanne Eastwood, 50th. Pope John Paul II boys and girls teams both finished 11th in the standings in Division II-AA. The boys team runners and their finishes were: Junior Dylan Lanas, 56th; junior Jordan Wirth, 58th; freshman Owen McGrath, 62nd; junior Hayden Yates, 70th; sophomore Creed McEntire, 72nd; junor Greg Cannella, 75th; and junior Collins Brown, 76th. The girls team runners and their finishes were: freshman Cate Kroeger, 57th; sophomore Mollie Schindler, 62nd; junior Ellie Rivera, 68th; senior Kala Wahl, 71st; freshman Liz Wood, 74th; freshman Megan McCormick, 75th; and senior Sydney Sabash, 76th. 24 Tennessee Register November 7, 2014 The seminarians of the Diocese of Nashville extend a heartfelt "thank you" for your generous support of the Seminarian Education Fund. Joseph Fessenden Dillon Barker Rhodes Bolster Andrew Bulso Sam Browne Rev. Mr. Benjamin Butler Rick Childress Emmanual Dirichukwu Andy Forsythe Juan Carlos Garcia Rev. Mr. Austin Gilstrap Rev. Mr. Eric Johansen Jacob Lamoureux Dominic Nguyen Michael Nolte Anh Tuan Phan Micah Walker Rodolfo Rivera Austin Whitehead Oscar Romero Luke Wilgenbusch Mark Simpson Leonardo da Souza Daniel Steiner Anthony Stewart Hung Pham Leo Trujillo " You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind." —Matthew 22:37 For more information about vocations, contact the Diocese of Nashville Vocation Ofﬁce at 615-783-0754 or visit us online at www.nashvillepriest.com. Dear Bishop Choby: Parish Name:__________________________Parish Town:___________________ I want to join you in your outstanding effort to provide the priests needed for the future of our diocese. I have noted below my contribution. Name(s):____________________________________________________________ I understand as a Supporter or SPONSOR, I will be included in your intentions and the intentions of all of our Seminarians during the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass. Address:____________________________________________________________ Email:____________________________________Phone: ___________________ I will SPONSOR one Seminarian’s Tuition, Room and Board for: One Half Semester - $7,000 1 Year - $28,000 AMEX 1 Semester - $14,000 I will SUPPORT one Seminarian’s Tuition, Room and Board for: 1 Day $80 1 Week $540 2 Weeks $1,080 2 Months$4,700 1 Month $2,350 Other__________ Please accept my gift in support of the Seminarian Education Fund of The Diocese of Nashville in the amount of $__________________________ as a One Time Gift To Pay by credit card, please complete the following: Monthly Contribution I/We cannot give to the Seminarian Education Fund at this time, but will pray for its success. MasterCard Discover Visa Total Amount $________________________ Card Number: ________________ Exp. 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