November 7, 2014

November 7, 2014
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November 7, 2014
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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
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
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
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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
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.” 
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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.
Antiphonarium Basilicae Sancti Petri (detail of fol. 78 r), ca. 1270. Parchment with ink, paint, and gold,
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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.
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Mary Ann and Bill Blaufuss, Mike
Miller receive Spirit of Service Award
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
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
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
Editors note: See Miller’s obituary on
page 4. 
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November 7, 2014 | Volume 77, Number 20
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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. 
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
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Mike Miller remembered as dedicated advocate for children
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
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:; 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 You can also schedule a private tour.
Overbrook School Admissions PreK-8
Open House, 9:15 a.m., 4210 Harding Rd.,
Nashville. Info/RSVP:
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:
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.
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:
23 Sunday
† Bl. Miguel Pro
Tridentine Liturgy, 4 p.m., St. Catherine,
3019 Cayce Lane, Columbia.
for regularly scheduled adorations.
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Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage
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
of Father
Ryan Breakfast,
the 2nd
February 12th
for connecting, The
Martin Center and catechesis
Guest Speaker:
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7:00 amof•Father
7:30 - 8:30 am
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Sean Henry,
President of the Nashville Predators
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Center, Cathedral of the Incarnation, Nashville
Ecological, Economical, Ethical
(615) 391-3434
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.
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Pope Francis calls for abolishing death penalty and life imprisonment
Francis X. Rocca CNS
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
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.” 
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
“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
“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
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. 
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‘Bludgeoned’ by all sides, family needs church for help, pope says
Carol Glatz CNS
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
“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
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
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
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.” 
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Pope: Belief in evolution, Big Bang do not push God aside
Carol Glatz CNS
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
“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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Kuriakose Elias Chavara: a saint from the Land of Spices
Father Thomas Kalam, CMI
lessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara,
who was mainly instrumental
in founding the first religious
congregation for men in India, the
Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI)
– several of whom serve in the Diocese
of Nashville – and the first Religious
Congregation for women in India, the
Congregation of the Mother of Carmel
(CMC), will be canonized a saint by
Pope Francis on Nov. 23, 2014.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
gregation. He was keen on keeping
cordial relations with people of other
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
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
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
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
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
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
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. It’s a tall order, but I’ll take
a shot at it.” 
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Bellevue neighbors offer helping hand to children in Belize
Briana Grzybowski
ellevue resident Yvonne
Bridges founded School Bells
Inc. in 2003 after taking a mission trip to Belize and realizing that
school-aged children there don’t
have access to basic school supplies
and medical care.
Her example of compassion for the
underprivileged inspired her young
neighbors Jonathan and Abby Aszker, Caroline and Grace Malikelis,
and Sophia and Alexandra Liberatore to get involved by collecting
school supplies for Bridges to send
to students there. The Liberatore
and Aszker siblings are students and
parishioners at St. Henry School and
Church in Nashville.
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
“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.
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November 7, 2014
Local medical mission treats those ‘in the gap’
Theresa Laurence
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
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
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. 
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Knights councils collaborate to build veteran’s Habitat house
Ned Andrew Solomon
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 
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
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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
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National Catholic Youth Choir
seeks high school singers
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 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
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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]
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
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
t. Cecilia Academy alumnae Kats
Smith Barry will be the featured
artist of the 2014 Alumnae Art
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
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. 
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November 7, 2014
Voters embrace common sense in passing Amendment 1
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
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.
Francis X. Rocca
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
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
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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
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
Upon reflection, the pope
could hardly have designed a
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November 7, 2014
Jesus is the answer to every question, worry, and need
Msgr. Owen F. Campion
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
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
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.
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
Mary Margaret Lambert
ave you ever tried to
get rid of an unwanted
house guest? We currently have one, and despite
our best efforts, she won’t
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
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
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
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
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“Never tire of working for a more just world, marked by greater solidarity!”
—Pope Francis, Apostolic Journey to Rio de Janeiro, July 25, 2013
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Nashville women attend NCCW
convention in Grand Rapids
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
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.
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Catholic Charities brings
young professionals together
Nearly 150 people gathered on Oct. 18 at the Dominican Campus
White House to inaugurate Catholic Charities of Tennessee’s new Young
Professionals Society. 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
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SCA senior
named National
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
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.
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
program, was
initiated in 1964
to recognize academically promising black students throughout
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
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
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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.
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St. Cecilia Academy junior pursuing musical dreams
Briana Grzybowski
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
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. I want to
perform at the CMA fest and do everything else that the country music
industry has to offer. I’m in love with
this business, in love with this city and
in love with music. If God keeps opening doors for me, I’ll stick with it for as
long as I can.”
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Knights of Columbus Council 9282 at St. Stephen Catholic Community
in Old Hickory recently hosted a weekend of activities in support of
the intellectually disabled in the community. The weekend started with
a hot dog roast and dinner for the parish after a Saturday vigil Mass
and with guests from the Challenger League, EmpowerMeDayCamp
and Best Buddies. The following morning, sausage and biscuits were
provided to the parishioners attending the 8:30 Mass. Donations were
accepted at both events. More than $1,200 was collected and will be
distributed among the three organizations. Pictured are Knights serving
members of the Challenger League.
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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.
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:
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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.
• 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
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• Basic computer/internet skills required
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Father Ryan volleyball falls in state title match
Andy Telli
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
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
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
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-
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
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
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
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.
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The seminarians of the Diocese of Nashville
extend a heartfelt "thank you" for your generous support
of the Seminarian Education Fund.
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all your heart, with all your soul, and
with all your mind." —Matthew 22:37
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