Issue of April 1, 2007
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Local Golden Apple winners
Father Joseph Ekpo, a teacher at Fenwick High School in Oak Park, was one of 10 high school teachers in the Chicago-area to receive the 2007 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. The winners were announced March 15. Ekpo is originally from Nigeria, and he teaches history, ethics and moral theology at Fenwick.
Each of the 10 Golden Apple Award winners will receive a tuition-free fall-term sabbatical at Northwestern University; a personal computer from Apple; $3,000; and membership in the Golden Apple Academy.
In addition, John Naisbitt, a graduate of Saint Xavier University, also received the Golden Apple Award. Naisbitt teaches history at Hinsdale Central High School.
In addition to the winners, Golden Apple for the first time is recognizing teachers of distinction. These teachers will be recognized for their teaching contributions and will participate in the Golden Apple programs. Robert Rodey, a history teacher at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, was recognized as a 2007 Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction.
Lubich's works focus of panel
The Bernardin Center for Theology and Ministry and the Focolare Movement will co-host a panel discussion on "Spirituality for the 21st Century: Reflections on Essential Writings of Chiara Lubich," from 10 a.m.-noon April 14 at Catholic Theological Union assembly hall, 5416 S. Cornell Ave.
The event's panel includes, Father Thomas Baima, University of St. Mary of the Lake; Scott Alexander, director, Catholic-Muslim Studies at CTU; Sister Jamie Phelps, professor of systematic theology, Xavier University, New Orleans, La.; Imam Ronald Shaheed, Sultan Mohammed Mosque, Milwaukee, Wis.; Ronald Ramer, associate professor of education, Aurora University; and Michel Vandeleene, editor of "Essential Writings," and professor of spiritual theology, Teresianum University, Rome.
Admission is free. For more information, call (773) 285-2746 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
Leading by example
Vatican official shares Christ's love, material gifts
Like most archbishops today, Archbishop Paul Cordes' ministry includes teaching, preaching, administering the sacraments and lobbying.
But his hands-on experience takes place where people suffer most from war or natural disasters, and his lobbying often is with presidents and prime ministers of countries suffering massive death tolls and situations of serious injustice.
Pope: Hell is real, eternal
God's mercy and love are great, but those who reject him should know that hell "exists and is eternal," Pope Benedict XVI said.
The pope made the comments during a visit March 25 to a Rome parish that serves a predominantly immigrant population, including the city's Filipino community.
In a sermon, the pope focused on what has become a running theme of his pontificate: the importance of divine love.
Archaeology adds to our faith
Only faith can convince us of the religious truth of the Bible, but archaeology helps us understand the society and culture of ancient Israel, the world in which the Bible came to be, according to Franciscan Father Leslie Hoppe. Hoppe offered an afternoon of instruction and insight on the Bible and archaeology to 60 people at a Chicago Catholic Scripture School event March 24 at Sacred Heart Parish in Palos Hills.
Hoppe, a former professor of Old Testament at Catholic Theological Union who has participated in archaeological digs in Israel and written books and articles on biblical archaeology, described the development of biblical archaeology since its beginning in the nineteenth century.
Gandhi's grandson talks nonviolence
Arun Gandhi learned firsthand from his grandfather, Mohandas K. Gandhi, that nonviolence begins in the heart of each individual. Arun Gandhi explained his grandfather's philosophy of nonviolence at the March 20 opening lecture for the "Peacemaking in an Age of Terror" conference at Loyola University Chicago.
The conference ran from March 20-22 with lectures, panel discussions and film screenings focused around issues related to war, weaponry, international relations and peacemaking strategies.
Rabbi offers a 'Jewish view of Jesus' in annual lecture
The church should stop trying to erase all references to anti-Semitism from its teaching materials, a prominent rabbi told an interfaith audience at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies.
Too many younger Catholic laypeople know little or nothing about this "shadowy" side of the Christianity's past, said Rabbi Michael Cook, who gave this year's Cardinal Jospeh Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture. He warned that unless the past is known and understood, relations between the two faiths may always be less than ideal.
Faith foundation aids young people
Father Robert E. McLaughlin was a well-known pastor in the Archdiocese of Chicago, serving for many years at Holy Name Cathedral. In his ministry, McLaughlin was especially dedicated to young people. When McLaughlin died in January 2005, a group of friends wanted to honor his work. They founded the Robert E. McLaughlin Faith Foundation to benefit the faith lives of young people.
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a column of benevolent
Parish potpourri — St. Juliana Parish
(N. Osceola) now has a street sign, “Father
Phil Dressler Way,” honoring its pastor emeritus.
. . . Graziano’s Restaurant on Touhy hosted
a benefit night for St. Margaret Mary
School (W. Chase) recently. They donated 25
percent of any meal purchased by SMM supporters.
Was that the entire sixth-grade girls’
basketball team seen munching their veggies
at Graz’s? . . . St. Viator Parish (W. Addison)
had every reason to celebrate Josephine “Jo”
Sullivan on her 100th birthday March 9. She
has given 79 years of commitment to her
parish! . . . St. Dorothy (S. Eberhardt) grad
Courtnye Nicole Jackson went to Tuskegee
University, got her doctorate in veterinary
medicine at age 24, and recently completed her
post doctorate at Massachusetts Institute of
Technology. She’s the first black female to
complete the program and Jackson’s also written
a novel. . . . Transfiguration Parish (Wauconda)
teen volunteers will act out “Shadow
Stations of the Cross.” A different experience. .
. . Fabulous flutist Anna Belle O’Shea in
Queen of Martyrs Parish (Evergreen Park)
spent five days last month at a Benedictine
monastery in Erie, Pa., where two of her former
teachers live. O’Shea chaperoned a group of
students from her alma mater, St. Joseph College,
Rensselaer, Ind. They volunteered in
Erie’s inner-city ministries sponsored by the
Benedictines. . . . Parishioners at St. Catherine-
St. Lucy (Oak Park) have official laminated
name tags to wear for weekend Mass. As a fellowship
project of the parish Pastoral Council,
the tags are a tool to jog the memory as well as
help build community.
Values matter — If you’re a Catholic social
worker and you’d like support and direction
in your profession based on church teachings,
you aren’t alone. There’s now a network.
“Catholic Social Workers National Association”
wants to support competent social workers
“living out their baptismal call to be the
hands and feet of Christ.” It’s new and based in
Indianapolis. Check out its practical Web site at
www.cswna.org to find out its scope and to register.
Junior clips — Passengers in a police patrol
car usually have nothing to brag about, but
this was a treat for students of Incarnation
School (Palos Heights). Michael, Caroline,
Abigail and Kevin Graham raised $190 for the
missions and won a ride to school in the squad.
Last year Incarnation led all grade schools in
the arch in mission donations. . . . The game of
marbles is not Jurassic. Fifth-graders at St. Albert
the Great School (Burbank) just read a
story called “Marble Champ” and afterwards
went outdoors for a marble tournament. But
wait, a girl, Michelle Budz, was crowned the
Go figure — Consider these statistics from
Poland’s most popular Catholic magazine:
Most of the religious vocations in the world
eminate from dioceses in Poland’s rural southeast.
Ninety-nine per cent of these Catholics believe
in God and the resurrection; 87 per cent
believe in the real presence in the Eucharist and
89.5 percent are opposed to abortion. Over 95
percent are active in their parish and 44.6 percent
contribute generously. In northern dioceses
like Warsaw (still more “Catholic” than any
other country in Europe!) 89.7 percent believe
in God; 56.8 percent believe in the true presence;
11.6 percent consider themselves deeply
religious and just 35 percent are opposed to
abortion with 17 percent active in their parish.
The Clips reader who sent the article concludes
that where Catholics are taught Church doctrine,
they are active in their faith, follow the
church’s moral guidelines, help their parish financially
and produce more religious vocations.
Hallmark — One aspect that makes Holy
unique is it has its
own successful gift
shop. Probably the
most striking feature
of the church is its
“Cross of New
Life,” the world’s
largest piece of
acrylic art at its dedication
in 1997. It depicts
out in compassion
from a free form
cross. After many
requests, the gift
shop now carries
replicas. One 16 inches high on a lighted base
is $199; a 33-inch replica is $5,000. For more
info, call Jan at (847) 922-1290.
Sheer poetry — Edgar Allan Poe, who
wrote many a morose and chilling verse, also
penned a poem called “Hymn” to the Blessed
Mother. Clips reader Mario Ditata sent it in:
“At morn, at noon, at twilight dim, Maria! Thou
hast heard my hymn! In joy and woe, in good
and ill, Mother of God, be with me still. When
the hours flew brightly by, and not a cloud obscured
the sky, my soul, lest it should truant be,
thy grace did guide to thine and thee. Now
when the storms of fate o’ercast darkly my present
and my past, Let my future radiant shine
with sweet hopes, of thee and thine.” April is
National Poetry Month.
Speaking of jubilees — The Sisters of
Life novitiate in the Bronx, N.Y., just welcomed
five new postulants. The community,
founded by Cardinal John O’Connor, is consecrated
for the “protection and enhancement of
the sacredness of human life.” They wear simple
religious garb with a white veil. The newest
entrants range in age from 22 to 31 and hail
from Arizona to Massachusetts. All university
grads, one studied at Yale, another at the U.S.
Naval Academy. The “favorite pastime” of
these newcomers range from Irish dancing to
hiking and volleyball. For more information, go
Bravo! — When the William Ferris
Chorale marked its 35th anniversary some
weeks ago, it was with “background music” of
rave reviews for its two latest re-issue CDs. The
Chicago Classical Recording Foundation
praised the recordings, and the Web magazine
“Audiophile Audition” called the late Bill
Ferris’ musical performance of
“Messe Solennelle,” “so good that
it will take its rightful place
among the great choral recordings”
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