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May 29, 2015
In This Issue
MESSENGER
Serving the Diocese of Covington, Kentucky since 1926
Special Section:
Graduates
page 11-14
2
World Meeting of Families
Little time left
to reserve a room
2
DPAA makes a difference
3
Jubilarian
Father Robert Henderson
3
Memorial Day Mass
6
Blessing of the Vines in
Camp Springs
7
St. Henry District High
School
Latin teacher retiring
7
St. Henry Parish
Benedictine luncheon
Pentecost and the good news of God’s love
Bishop’s Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Commentary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Saint for the Week . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
People and Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
Shopper’s Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
News Briefs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
On the Solemnity of Pentecost, May 24, Bishop Roger Foys celebrated Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington, and
conferred the sacrament of confirmation on 24 candidates. Pentecost is
popularly known as the birthday of the Church. It commemorates the
day when the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles and filled them
with the courage to begin their public ministry of preaching and teaching the Gospel.
In his homily Bishop Foys reflected on the apostles and the events
leading up to the passion and death of Jesus.
“We’ve heard from the Gospel reading of John the story of the first
Easter. You recall that after the Last Supper when Jesus was arrested
in the Garden of Gethsemane all of the apostles ran away. …When
Jesus made his way to Golgatha to die a hideous death all of his apostles, but one, were hiding. Jesus’ heart was broken when he looked
down from the cross to see only one there. …They were hiding because
they were afraid, and they put their own safety, their own well-being,
Cooley photo
before their love of Jesus.
“It might come as a surprise to us then that on that first Easter
morning, after having been betrayed, denied and abandoned, that
Jesus appears before them and says, ‘peace be with you.’ What in the
world would prompt anyone to forgive such conduct? The answer is
love. Jesus loved his apostles and love can bear anything, love can forgive anything.
“That’s the good news, that God loves us. We don’t have to do anything to earn that love, we can’t buy God’s love — he loves us for who
we are, just because we are. And even better, we can’t lose God’s love —
we can walk away from it through sin but God goes on loving us anyway and always welcomes us back with open arms and an open heart,
no questions asked.
“So we celebrate today this solemnity that brings us great joy and
great comfort, great security in God’s love for his people, for each one
of us and for all of us as his Church.”
10 years of crossing the ‘Purple People Bridge’ for life
David Cooley
Assistant Editor
This year marks the 10th anniversary for Cross the Bridge for
Life. More than 4,000 tri-state residents are expected to gather at
Newport’s Riverfront Row festival area, June 7, in a joyful show
of support for the sanctity of human life
at every age.
The festivities will begin at 1 p.m. and
will include live music, face painting,
balloon artists, a free picnic and more.
Celebrating 10 years!
Cross the Bridge for Life
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Newport’s Riverfront Row festival area
Festivities begin at 1 p.m.
Walk begins after a brief program at 2 p.m.
Visit CrossTheBridgeForLife.com
The walk will begin after a brief program at 2 p.m. featuring
Bishop Roger Foys, Diocese of Covington; Archbishop Dennis
Schnurr, Archdiocese of Cincinnati; and Pastor Eric Petree,
CityGate Church, West Chester, Ohio. This year’s honored
Defender of Life is Brian Patrick, executive producer, EWTN
News
Nightly.
Mr.
Patrick also served for
many years as Cross the
Bridge for Life’s honorary chairman.
Because
of
the
increase in size, the
event has been moved to
the new location of
Newport’s
Riverfront
Row.
(Continued on page 6 )
Messenger archive photo
2014 Cross The Bridge
For Life.
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Messenger
A‘no’ to what’s popular is really a ‘yes’ to God’s plan
Christopher Roberts
Archdiocese of Philadelphia
In preparation for the World Meeting of Families in
Philadelphia in September 2015 and the visit from Pope
Francis, a catechism on family life titled “Love is Our
Mission: The Family Fully Alive” has been prepared.
Each month CatholicPhilly.com presents a reflection on
one of the 10 chapters of the catechism. Here is part seven
of the series.
Chapter 7: Light in a dark world
Pope Francis observed that the Church is popular
with the world when Catholics work for social justice.
But, the pope continued, with respect to “the cultural
crisis” facing the family, “we find it difficult to make
people see that when we raise other questions less palatable to public opinion, we are doing so out of fidelity to
precisely the same convictions about human dignity
and the common good.”
This chapter carefully examines subjects such as
pornography, contraception and so-called same-sex
marriage. These are topics where Catholic teaching
tends to be at odds with current worldly opinion.
Reading this chapter in its entirety is an opportunity
to consider the reasons for the Church’s teaching. Each
one of these issues deserves more space than this summary paragraph can offer. But as we said at the start of
World Meeting of Families
Join Bishop Roger Foys and members of the Diocese of
this catechesis, all Church teachings about marriage,
the family and sexuality flow from Jesus.
Catholic moral theology builds upon basic Christian
convictions about God’s creation and covenant, humanity’s fall, and Christ’s incarnation, life, crucifixion and
resurrection. These teachings
involve costs and suffering for
all who would be Jesus’ disciples, but they also open up new
opportunities for beauty and
human flourishing.
This chapter is your chance
to explore how it all fits together, even when it might mean
taking unpopular stances in our
culture. This chapter explains
how every time the Church says
“no” to something which secular society accepts, it is for the
sake of enabling a deeper “yes”
to God and his plan for our lives.
Christopher Roberts is editor
of “Love is Our Mission: The
Family Fully Alive” catechesis
for the 2015 World Meeting of
Families.
Covington on a pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families,
Sept. 22–27, Philadelphia, Penn.
Did you know …
Cost: $1595 Package includes round-trip airfare,
hotel for five nights, breakfast daily, two dinners, motor coach
Over 30 people from the Diocese of Covington will be traveling to Philadelphia for the
World Meeting of Families on a trip organized through the diocesan Office of Catechesis
transportation, assistance by a tour
and Formation? Only 20 more rooms are available. These rooms will be released to other
representative and sightseeing.
dioceses on June 15.
Not included is the conference fee for the World Meeting of
Do not delay in making your reservation to join Bishop Roger Foys and other members of
Families.
the Diocese of Covington on this historic pilgrimage. Call Canterbury Pilgrimages and
Call Canterbury Pilgrimages & Tours at 1-800-653-0017.
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Making a difference in people’s lives
Bishop’s
Schedule
May 29
Mass, St. Benedict Parish,
Covington, 8 a.m.
Meeting with deacon
candidates, 10 a.m.
May 29-30
Monthly day of recollection, St.
Gertrude Priory, Madeira
May 30
Mass, St. Benedict Parish,
4:30 p.m.
May 31
Mass, followed by baptisms,
Cathedral Basilica of the
Assumption, Covington,
10 a.m.
Welcome address, National
Safe Environment Conference,
Embassy Suites, Covington,
6 p.m.
June 1
Individual meeting, 10 a.m.
National Safe Environment
Conference Mass, Cathedral
Laura Keener
Editor
Basilica, 5 p.m.
June 2
Visit to Holy Spirit Outreach
Center, Newport, 10 a.m.
Covington Latin School Board
meeting, 4 p.m.
National Safe Environment
Conference banquet,
Embassy Suites, 6:30 p.m.
June 4
Thomas More College Board of
Trustees retreat
June 5
Individual meeting, 8:30 a.m.
Passionist Nuns meeting,
10 a.m.
Priests meeting, noon
June 7
Mass, Cathedral Basilica,
10 a.m.
Cross the Bridge For Life walk,
Newport, 2 p.m.
“We have been given wonderful gifts by
God and it’s our obligation to give our gifts
back in the form of time, talent and treasure.
The Diocesan Parish Annual Appeal (DPAA)
is a great example of an appeal that can make
a profound difference to those in need and
those who are struggling, so it is right in line
of what we promote — this concept of stewardship,” said Mike Murray, diocesan director
for the Office of Stewardship and
Mission Services.
The annual DPAA is a collective
effort to fund the missions and ministries of the Diocese of Covington.
The last update shows that the 2015
DPAA is on par with last year’s
record-breaking campaign. Last
year the DPAA raised $3.15 million,
well over the $2.4 million goal with
50 parishes exceeding goal. This year’s goal is again $2.4
million and pledges to date are near $2.9 million with 39
parishes over goal.
Recognizing that all monies collected over a parish’s
individual goal are returned to that parish in the form a
rebate, Pam Ruschman, database manager, said, “We are
never over goal until all parishes have met goal.”
As the DPAA enters its fourth phase — the follow-up
phase — 13,000 letters will be sent to parishioners who
have not yet contributed to this year’s DPAA. Letters
should be delivered to mailboxes this week. Mr. Murray
said that last year only two parishes did not meet goal.
This year he is
striving for every
parish — 100 percent — to reach or
exceed their goal.
Mr.
Murray
said that DPAA
chairs Tim Rawe
and
Pauline
Baumann have
been taking a look
at the leadership
gift givers and
those who haven’t responded yet. “Having dynamic chairs has been a blessing here as we promote
the appeal in the community. They are really helping us to focus on bringing those who haven’t contributed yet back into the fold,” said Mr. Murray.
“We are hoping between their efforts and the
follow-up letter that is going out that we will
eclipse last year’s record-breaking number and
have 100 percent of parishes over goal. That’s never happened before but we are hoping that we will achieve that
this year,” he said.
Mr. Murray said that when it comes to stewardship participation is more important than dollars.
“We try to live that concept of stewardship and for that
family member out there the amount they give is not as
important as their choosing to participate, to give back and
to help their fellow human beings. There are ministries
here that depend on a successful DPAA so they can conduct their ministry in the community and to make a difference in people’s lives,” he said.
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Messenger
Gentle priest and chaplain celebrates 50 years
of dedicated ministry
David Cooley
Assistant Editor
Ordained on June 6, 1965, Father Robert
Henderson is celebrating his golden jubilee
this year.
A native of Newport, Father Henderson
went to St. Francis De Sales Elementary
School and Newport Catholic High school
(now Newport Central Catholic High School).
After high school Father Henderson attended Villa Madonna College (now Thomas More
College) and Mount St. Mary College in
Lebanon, Ky. He continued his college preparation at St. Paul Seminary, Minn., and then
transferred to the new St. Pius X Seminary,
Erlanger. In 1961 he was among the first to
graduate with a bachelor’s degree from the
new seminary. He continued his studies for the
priesthood at Mount St. Mary Seminary,
Cincinnati (1961-65), and earned a master’s
degree in philosophy. He attended Xavier
University (1969–1972) and earned a master’s
degree in psychology.
“I’m not really sure how my vocation came
about — there was always just the feeling
inside that I had to try (the priesthood),” he
said.
Father Henderson said that the people that
he has gotten to know were always the highlight of his ministry.
“People are just wonderful,” he said. “I
have had a lot of assignments and been in a
number of parishes, and people in all the
parishes were just really great. I admire them
very much. I found it very rewarding to minister to them and with them.”
Father Henderson was pastor at St. Joseph
Parish, Cold Spring, from 1993 until 2007
when he retired. Before that, for six years, he
was pastor of St. Benedict Parish, Covington.
He served in five parishes as associate pastor
and also taught at Covington Latin School for
Father
Robert Henderson
three years in the late
1960s.
Father Henderson
said there were many
surprises throughout
the years. For example,
at his very first assignment he took on a role
that he had not expected.
“My first assignment was to be an associate pastor at Corpus
Christi, Newport, and I
was there a couple of
days and all of a sudden a group of high
schools students came
in and said, ‘We understand that you are
going to be running
our youth club.’ I had
no idea what I was
going to do with a
youth club!”
Father Henderson
was quick to add that it
all worked out very
well and, in fact, when
Father
Henderson
moved
on
to
St.
Stephen Parish in
Newport they had
heard about his successful youth club at
Corpus Christi and
asked him to continue
that ministry at his
new assignment.
“I was the personnel
director for the priests
at one time — the first
that we had,” said Father Henderson. “At that point no
one knew what I was supposed to be doing, including
me! However, I found ministering to the priests for
seven years a very positive and rewarding experience.
The highlights were always the people in the parishes
as well as the priests in the parishes.”
Father Henderson often reflects on a simple message
he was given when he first became a pastor of a parish.
“When I first became pastor at St. Benedict’s, a classmate of mine, who has since died, said that being a pastor was easy — he said all you have to do is love the people and the rest takes care of itself. I think that was
good advice. With loving the people you also respect
them and respect their experience, their knowledge and
their skills.”
Father Henderson said that one of the perks of the
priesthood is seeing people you know everywhere you
go.
“I hardly ever go through a day where I am not running into someone whom I have known from somewhere along the way. That is always a positive experience,” he said.
“I’m at the hospital (St. Elizabeth, Edgewood) three
days a week and it is very rewarding. In some ways it is
the easiest job I’ve had in my life — there is no administrative work; I just go in and do what I am supposed to
do.”
“Father Robert Henderson, known for his gentle care
of people, his ability to listen, and his warm pastoral
presence has labored for the Lord and those entrusted
to his care for five decades,” said Bishop Roger Foys.
“Even now, though officially retired from administrative duties, he makes his presence known to the sick
and suffering as a chaplain in our hospital. His concern
for their well-being and their spiritual needs is evident
in his dedication to this vital ministry. As he observes
50 years of dedicated ministry I wish him many more
years of fruitful and faithful priestly ministry.”
Father Henderson is looking forward to celebrating
his anniversary with his fellow jubilarian priests on
June 9.
Keener photos
Memorial Mass
“It’s a holy and wholesome thought to pray for
the dead,” said Bishop
Roger Foys in his homily,
May 25, at a memorial
Mass at St. Stephen
Cemetery, Ft. Thomas.
Over 100 people, including
many diocesan priests and
seminarians, attended the
Memorial Day
celebration.
“We pray for our loved
ones and the repose of
their souls but we also
pray in the hope that one
day someone will pray for
us,” said Bishop Foys.
Bishop Foys acknowledged
that the death of a loved
one is oftentimes a
traumatic, life-altering
event. “But all is not lost.
… Those who believe in
Jesus Christ know that we
shall see our loved ones
again. Death is not the
end. Our lives are changed
not ended. That’s our
hope.”
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Messenger
COMMENTARY
Artificial light
What’s the use of an old-fashioned, hand-held
lantern? Well, its light can be quite useful when it’s
pitch-dark, but it becomes superfluous and unnoticeable in the noonday sun. Still, this doesn’t mean its
light is bad, only that it’s weak.
If we hold that image
in our minds, we will see
IN EXILE
both a huge irony and a
profound lesson in the
Gospels when they
describe the arrest of
Jesus. The Gospel of
John, for example,
describes his arrest this
way, “Judas brought the
cohort to this place
together with guards sent
by the chief priests and
Pharisees, all carrying
lanterns and torches.”
Father Ron Rolheiser
John wants us to see the
irony in this, that is, the
forces of this world have come to arrest and put on
trial, Jesus, the Light of the world, carrying weak,
artificial light, a lantern in the face of the Light of the
world, puny light in the full face of the noonday sun.
As well, in naming this irony, the Gospels are offering
a second lesson — when we no longer walk in the light
of Christ, we will invariably turn to artificial light.
This image, I believe, can serve as a penetrating
metaphor for how the criticism that the
Enlightenment has made of our Christian belief in
God stands before what it is criticizing. That criticism
has two prongs.
The first prong is this: The Enlightenment (modernist thought) submits that the God that is generally
presented by our Christian churches has no credibility
because that God is simply a projection of human
desire, a god made in our own image and likeness and
a god that we can forever manipulate to serve selfinterest. Belief in such a god, they say, is adolescent in
that it is predicated on a certain naiveté, on an intellectual blindness that can be flushed out and remedied
by a hard look at reality. An enlightened mind, it is
asserted, sees belief in God as self-interest and as
intellectual blindness.
There is much to be said, positively, for this criticism, given that much, much of atheism is a parasite
off of bad theism. Atheism feeds off bad religion and,
no doubt, many of the things we do in the name of
religion are done out of self-interest and intellectual
blindness. How many times, for instance, has politics
used religion for its own ends? The first prong of the
criticism that the Enlightenment makes of Christian
belief is a healthy challenge to us as believers.
But it’s the second prong of this criticism that, I
believe, stands like a lantern, a weak light, dwarfed in
the noonday sun. Central to the Enlightenment’s criticism of belief in God is their assertion (perhaps better
called prejudice) that faith is a naiveté, something like
belief in Santa and the Easter Bunny, that we outgrow
as we mature and open our minds more and more to
knowledge and what’s empirically evident in the
world. What we see through science and honest observation, they believe, eventually puts to death our belief
in God, exposing it as a naiveté.
In essence, the assertion is that if you face up to the
hard empirical facts of reality without blinking, with
honesty and courage, you will cease to believe in God.
Indeed, the very phrase “the Enlightenment” implies
this. It’s only the unenlightened, pre-modernist mind
that still can believe in God. Moving beyond belief in
God is enlightenment.
Sadly, Christianity has often internalized this prejudice and expressed it (and continues to express it) in
the many forms of fear and anti-intellectualism within
our churches. Too often we unwittingly agree with our
critics that faith is a naiveté. We do it by believing the
very thing our critics assert, namely, that if we studied
and looked at things hard enough we would eventually
lose our faith. We betray this in our fear of the intellectual academy, in our paranoia about secular wisdom, in some of our fears about scientific knowledge
and by forever warning people to protect themselves
against certain inconvenient truths within scientific
and secular knowledge. In doing this, we, in fact, concede that the criticism made against us is true and,
worse still, we betray that fact that we do not think
that the truth of Christ will stand up to the world.
But, given the penetrating metaphor highlighted in
Jesus’ arrest, there’s another way of seeing this —
after we have conceded the truth of the legitimate findings of science and secular wisdom and affirmed that
they need to be embraced and not defended against,
then, in the light of John’s metaphor (worldly forces,
carrying lanterns and torches, as they arrest the Light
of world to put it on trial), we should also see how dim
are the lights of our world, not least, the criticism of
the Enlightenment.
Lanterns and torches are helpful when the sun is
down, but they’re utterly eclipsed by the light of the
sun. Worldly knowledge too is helpful in its own way,
but it is more than dwarfed by the light of the Son.
Oblate Father Ron Rolheiser, theologian, teacher, and
award-winning author, is President of the Oblate School
of Theology in San Antonio, Texas.
‘Dress Right, Dress!’
Somewhere along the way, it was my privilege and
pleasure to take part in a special event honoring local veterans and families with service men and women on
active duty, including one of our sons who has served in
the U.S. Army, and later in
the U.S. Air Force, for more
ALONG THE WAY
than 25 years combined.
A few days ago, our
parish’s chapter of the
Knights of Columbus
orchestrated the event in
our parish undercroft to
commemorate Armed
Services Week. It was a special day, with special recognitions and a very special
speaker, a highly decorated
local surgeon, once named
“Top Doctor” in our area.
Ray Smith
His modesty and demeanor
as he spoke made it very
clear to me that he was not there for admiration, accolades or praise, but to pay tribute to veterans and to our
brave and loyal men and women in the military who help
keep us free and safe.
If he said it once, he said it many times … we all are
on a journey. Then he said that the national anthem we
all sang together and the ceremonial “Taps” that a member of our parish played flawlessly were the most beauti-
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ful he had ever heard. Then he brought to mind my eight
years in the U.S. Naval Reserve when he asked if any of
us recalled “Dress Right, Dress!” Suddenly, I was back in
the main hall, lining up for inspection and snapping
sharply to that command at the former U.S. Naval
Training Center Unit 5-29 in Covington, Ky.
He allowed that it goes all the way back to Sparta and
the infamous Spartan warriors who, before going into
battle, would stand in a straight line, facing front and,
upon that command, would reach out their right arm and
touch the left shoulder of their “comrade in arms” as a
sign of their togetherness … and as a reminder that their
fellow fighter was ever at their side and never more than
an arm’s length away. Then, on the brink of battle, the
Spartans would move forward, shoulder to shoulder, with
their shields in their left hands. At that point, one of our
fellow veterans, a regular patient at the VA hospital,
raised his hand, stood up from his wheelchair to say that
it’s that way these days at his VA hospital … one for all
and all for one … wounded veterans helping each other
cope and get well. “A-Hoo-Ah!” was heard throughout the
undercroft.
Then, our renowned speaker recounted his first day of
duty in a ward where he was in charge and responsible
for overseeing the care of the recently wounded soldiers,
some of them very seriously — physically and mentally.
Before going off duty, his superior officer instructed
him to immediately transfer any patient from a private
room to the ward with other recovering soldiers if that
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patient was experiencing serious symptoms from their
injuries and/or profound mental stress. The reason was
clear — his fellow patients would look after him. “Dress
Right, Dress!”
Once at 3 a.m., one of the patients in the ward knocked
on the doctor’s door to tell him that a fellow patient who
had been transferred to the ward earlier was not doing
very well. The doctor got up immediately and went to his
aid.
Finally, our distinguished speaker shared a lesson
from Winston Churchill — when you’re going through
hell, keep going!
The celebration ended when families with sons or
daughters on active duty came forward to accept a flag of
the United States, traditionally folded, along with a citation honoring them and their family member and a certification that the flag had been flown above the Capitol in
Washington, D.C.
Earlier, each veteran was asked to stand at his place
and was greeted there by an Army honor guard so he
could give his name and branch of service. He was then
presented with a special veteran’s cap for his service to
commemorate the special day.
I dare say that everyone left the undercroft that day
with a keen, new understanding and appreciation of the
meaning of “Dress Right, Dress!”
Ray Smith is a commissioned Lay Pastoral Minister for
the Diocese of Covington.
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Messenger
COMMENTARY
Proclaiming the Trinity — giving flesh
and bones to our baptism
The readings for Trinity Sunday — Cycle B are:
Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40; Romans 8:14-17; and
Matthew 28:16-20.
An American is one who is either native by birth or a naturalized citizen. If I am neither, I am not an American no
matter how many other
American principles of govEIGHTH DAY
ernment or ways of living I
may espouse. Similarly, a
Christian is one who, by
definition, believes in the
triune God. If I don’t
believe in the Trinity, I’m
not Christian. It’s that simple.
Considered from that
point of view, today’s solemnity of the Trinity is a
statement of the obvious.
The mere fact that we gather as Christians on this or
Father Daniel Vogelpohl
any Sunday is itself a commemoration of our faith that is in a triune God. The understanding of the Church has always been that every Sunday,
indeed every Christian celebration, is a celebration of the
Trinity.
For that reason, the Church effectively resisted for over
13 centuries any moves to establish a special feast honoring
the Trinity. As late as 1073 Pope Alexander II refused to
establish a feast in honor of the Trinity. He contended that
every Sunday paid sufficient honor to the Trinity and that
no special feasts were required. (Recall that until the
reforms of Vatican II we used the preface of the Trinity
nearly every Sunday.)
But finally in 1334, Pope John XXII accepted the feast of
the Holy Trinity and decreed that it be observed in all
churches. There appear to be two reasons for his acceptance
of the feast.
First, it was extremely popular with the religious orders
that were exerting a lot of pressure on the Holy Father to
officially sanction the feast. Secondly, the number of saints’
days was then proliferating at a rapid rate. At that time the
feast of any saint supplanted the usual Sunday celebration.
The feasts of saints were becoming so numerous that the
liturgy of Sunday, with its commemoration of the Trinity,
was almost never celebrated. By establishing a feast in
honor of the Trinity, John XXII guaranteed that the doctrine
of God’s triune nature would be remembered at least once a
year.
But we remember the Trinity every Sunday. Week after
week we profess that belief: “I believe in one God, the Father,
the Almighty... I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ... I believe
in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life...” So we too,
like Pope Alexander II, must ask what is so significant about
this Sunday’s commemoration of the Trinity that is different from what we do every Sunday?
I believe the difference is this. Week after week we profess our Trinitarian belief with our lips. Today’s celebration
challenges us to proclaim it, not with our words, but with
our lives. The alternative opening prayer addresses itself to
God saying, “You reveal yourself in the depths of our being,
drawing us to share in your life and your love.” So the question is: Do our lives demonstrate that they are a sharing in
the life of the Trinity?
Today’s readings give us some hints about what that sharing in the life of the Trinity would look like. In the reading
from Deuteronomy, Moses proclaims how favored God’s chosen people are. God has manifested his love for his people
(us) in every way possible. We for our part must “fix in [our]
heart that the Lord is God in the heavens above and on earth
below, and that there is no other.” We manifest the
Trinitarian life of God within us when we “keep his statutes
and commandments.”
Paul reminds us in the second reading that Christians
who share in the life of the Trinity and so proclaim it are
those who “have received a spirit of adoption” and are heirs
with Christ so that “if only we suffer with him,” we will “be
glorified with him.” The Gospel reminds us of our baptism
“in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
Spirit.” In short, to proclaim the Trinity with our lives
means to live fully the baptism that began our life in the
Trinity.
Father Daniel Vogelpohl is pastor of Blessed Sacrament
Parish, Ft. Mitchell.
Dear graduates
This column is adapted from Mo Woltering’s
Covington Latin School graduation address.
Graduation is over and the celebrations have just
begun. As headmaster of Covington Latin School and
one of nine Catholic high school principals in the
Diocese of Covington, I congratulate you and I give you
a challenge.
I want to tell you a story about a boy who grew up
in Poland. This boy was born on May 18, 1920, in a
small Polish town called Wadowice. To his family and
friends he was known as Lolek.
Lolek began secondary schooling at age 10. It was
here that he began his
studies in Latin and
DOMESTIC CHURCH
Ancient Greek. This path
was not too out of the
ordinary for children in
Poland at that time, but
Lolek’s embrace of early
responsibility also
included extra hardship
and sorrow. Lolek’s
mother died when he was
9 and his brother died
when he was 12.
Lolek’s father worked
hard to put his son
through school and Lolek
carried out his obligaMo Woltering
tions with diligence and
grace. Lolek’s early embrace of responsibility also
meant that at an early age he set out on a course of
goodness, discipline and knowledge.
It was easy to see the virtue of goodness in Lolek.
Wadowice was a town of about 8,000 Catholics and
2,000 Jews. One of Lolek’s best friends, Jerry Kluger,
was Jewish. Jerry recalls a part of their childhood
that speaks volumes about the goodness of Lolek. In
his book Jerry remembers that there was always a disparity between soccer teams when the kids would form
teams for pick-up play after school. Lolek always volunteered to play on the Jewish team to make up for
their numbers. At an early age, Lolek recognized the
seeds of anti-Semitism and he was willing to risk himself to correct that injustice.
In giving something to take with you as you leave
high school, I want to continue the story of Lolek.
However, at this point in his life he was no longer
known by the diminutive name Lolek. Instead, he now
was known by his Christian name Karol. Karol’s university career was interrupted by the Nazi invasion of
Poland. During this very tense and dangerous time, we
can see the virtue of discipline in Karol’s life and
actions.
The discipline Karol displayed was not simply
working hard and fulfilling his obligations. The Nazi
occupation demanded a kind of discipline that
involved not lashing out in response to atrocities when
it would have done no good, courage in offering peaceful and symbolic resistance to Poland’s oppressors and
correct judgment in knowing when one should risk his
life in order to save another person. From 1939 to 1945,
the Germans murdered 5.5 million Poles. Three million were Polish Jews. The Germans killed thousands
of priests and nuns, as well as teachers and professors.
It took intense prudential discipline to live and to live
according to conscience.
During this time period, Karol was forced to work
in a stone quarry for four years. By night, he participated in several different clandestine activities. One of
the activities was a secret theater group where he and
fellow thespians wrote and performed plays to remember and celebrate Polish independence. It was their
way of inspiring hope in one another. He also decided
to begin secret seminary studies to become a priest
despite the danger.
There was also a moment when he had to decide to
risk his life to save another. Towards the end of the
Nazi occupation, Karol came across a 14-year-old
Jewish girl who had managed to escape from a labor
camp. She had absolutely no strength left. Karol got
food for her and somehow he managed to get her on a
train and took her to Krakow, where he left her with
friends who would help. Her name was Edith Zierer
and the next time she heard about Karol was when he
became pope.
So my challenge to you as you go forward is to learn
more about Karol Wojtyle, St. John Paul II, and follow
his example. You have already started a similar path of
goodness, discipline and knowledge. You have already
embraced early responsibility like young Lolek. It’s
time to follow his example as an young adult.
To conclude, let us briefly consider what St. John
Paul II said about knowledge. This is a passage from
his encyclical “Veritatis Splendor,” the “Splendor of
Truth.”
“In the depths of everyone’s heart there always
remains a yearning for absolute truth and a thirst to
attain full knowledge of it. This is eloquently proved
by man’s tireless search for knowledge in all fields. It
is proved even more by his search for the meaning of
life. The development of science and technology, this
splendid testimony of the human capacity for understanding and for perseverance, does not free humanity
from the obligation to ask the ultimate religious questions. Rather, it spurs us on to face the most painful
and decisive of struggles, those of the heart and of the
moral conscience.”
Knowledge is more than information. Knowledge is
the judgment of ideas because ideas have consequences. Karol Wojtyle knew intimately about the
ideas that were behind Nazi fascism and Soviet communism. These ideas justified the slaughter of millions of innocent people. There are ideas today in our
society that justify the killing of innocent people.
Graduates, as future leaders, it is up to you to continue to cultivate your knowledge so you can rightly
judge the ideas that compete for rule in our society.
Most importantly, knowledge should be inspired by
the light of God. And so dear graduates I leave you
with the words of St. John Paul II given at World
Youth Day in Toronto 2002. You should consider this
as John Paul II speaking to you. This is what he says.
“People are made for happiness. Rightly, then, you
thirst for happiness. Christ has the answer to this
desire of yours. But he asks you to trust him. True joy
is a victory, something which cannot be obtained without a long and difficult struggle. Christ holds the
secret of this victory.” (World Youth Day 2002 Toronto,
Canada, Welcoming Address, 2)
Dear graduates, may God bless you and keep you
always.
Mo Woltering is the headmaster of Covington Latin School.
He and his wife are parents of five children.
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Cross the Bridge for Life
(Continued from page 1)
Karen Riegler, former director of the
diocesan Pro-Life Office, is in charge of
development for the Cross the Bridge for
Life. She said that the change in location
is an exciting one for this anniversary
year.
“This event has really grown leaps
and bounds,” Mrs. Riegler said. “We
might have started with somewhere
between 900 and 1,000 people at the most
the first year — we didn’t know if anybody would show up — and it has grown
more and more every year.”
Mrs. Riegler said that this has
become an event that families return to
year after year.
“I think people come back because it
is a very positive experience — it is a
very family-oriented and friendly event
where people meet up with so many
other people from across the tri-state
who are all there for the same reason,”
she said. “Our goal each year is to fill the
Purple People Bridge with the joy of life.
It is a very joy-filled event for all ages.”
As in years past, bagpipers from the
Ancient Order of Hibernians will lead
walkers across the Purple People
Bridge. Since the walk is no longer
beginning at the World Peace Bell,
which would ring to begin the march, a
purple balloon launch will start the
walkers on their journey.
Cross the Bridge for Life began 10
years ago when directors of two different pregnancy centers — one in
Northern Kentucky and one in
Cincinnati — got together and came up
with the idea of bringing the tri-state
together to stand up for life.
“Their idea just worked. I can’t
believe it has been 10 years,” said Mrs.
Riegler. “When I started I was the prolife director for the diocese and so I
would go to the meetings as a representative from the Diocese of Covington —
next thing you know (she laughs), I am
in charge of the event.”
Cross the Bridge for Life is both an
ecumenical event as well as a multi-
organization event.
“We are reaching out to a lot of different churches and different organizations,” Mrs. Riegler said. “We have a
couple of new organizations that wanted to partner with us for the coalition.
We now have about 20 organizations
involved with the coalition.”
Faye Roch, director of the Pro-Life
Office of the Diocese of Covington, said
that if the secular media mentions the
Cross the Bridge for Life at all they
would usually refer to it as a “demonstration” or a “protest.”
“This is so far from the truth,” Mrs.
Roch said. “Cross the Bridge is a very
positive witness to the beautiful gift of
life, all life from conception to natural
death.
“This event is not about abortion; it is
about celebrating life. One of the beautiful sights every year is seeing life at all
stages — pregnant women, young families, those who are ill and disabled, and
the elderly.
“This life celebration is very uplifting
every year and we are so very blessed to
have so many people in our community
come out to witness to others the beauty
of every day,” she said. “I believe if more
people realized the impact that events
like this could have on others in appreciating and valuing life at all stages we
could have at least a few changes of
heart.”
Mrs. Riegler expressed that there is
something about this event that just has
to be experienced.
“It is the camaraderie and the fellowship of being with so many people who
are there for the sanctity of all life,” she
said. “We are all there for the same reason — to build the culture of life in our
community.”
All are invited to participate in the
Cross the Bridge for Life. Be sure to visit
the newly redesigned CrossTheBridge
ForLife.com website.
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Neuhaus, pastor of
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‘Felix secessu’
After 30 years in the classroom St. Henry District High
School Latin teacher, Victoria Kyle, is retiring. Several
of her current and former students, current and former co-workers, family, friends and the former principal came together, May 13, at an open house to laugh,
share memories and to wish her all the best in her
post-SHDHS life. Pictured from left are: Ron Albrink,
former principal, Vicki Kyle, and Dave Otte, current
principal.
125th anniversary Benedictine luncheon
Over the past year, St. Henry Parish has celebrated its 125th anniversary in a multitude of ways. A very important reminder of its history
was celebrated May 13 with the visit of the Sisters of St. Benedict of
St. Walburg Monastery for lunch and a tour of the parish grounds and
school. Many of the sisters in attendance had at one time taught
and/or lived at St. Henry Parish. They shared wonderful stories about
their time at St. Henry church and school. The sisters also commented
on how pleased they were to see St. Henry Parish alive and well.
(left) Susan Greis, current principal at St. Henry School, met with
Benedictine Sister Victoria Eisenman, principal 1948-58.
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Dublin archbishop: Church needs ‘reality check’
after marriage vote
Michael Kelly
Catholic News Service
DUBLIN — Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has
said the Church needs a “reality check” after Irish voters
overwhelmingly supported same-sex marriage.
Ireland was the first country in the world to put same-sex
marriage to a popular vote and the May 22 poll was backed by
62 percent of the population. Same-sex marriage is now a constitutional right in Ireland.
“I think really that the Church needs to do a reality check,
a reality check right across the board, to look at the things it’s
doing well, to look at the areas where we really have to start
and say, ‘Look, have we drifted away completely from young
people?’” he told state broadcaster RTE as the result became
clear.
He said the referendum result was “an overwhelming vote
in one direction,” and he appreciated how gay men and lesbians felt after the endorsement of same-sex marriage —
“that they feel this is something which is enriching the way
they live,” he said.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, said
the referendum’s outcome represented not only “a defeat for
Christian principles, but a defeat for humanity.”
“I was very saddened by this result. The Church must take
into account this situation but in the sense of strengthening
its efforts in evangelization,” he said in Rome May 26 in
response to reporters’ questions.
German Cardinal Walter Kasper said the referendum is
“emblematic” of today’s postmodern belief that “everything
is equal,” which is in contrast to Church doctrine.
“We cannot accept putting (such unions) on the same level
with marriage,” he told the Italian daily Corriere della Sera
May 27.
The Church needs to find new ways and a “new language”
to express its fundamental teachings about love, marriage,
sexuality and the equal dignity and reciprocal “diversity of
man and woman in the order of creation,” he said.
“It’s necessary to be careful about not using expressions
that can sound offensive without, however, hiding the truth,”
Cardinal Kasper said.
But marriage between a man and a woman is “the fundamental cell of society, the source of life for the future,” and
other forms of unions and surrogate pregnancies risk having
CNS photo/Cathal McNaughton, Reuters
People in Dublin react as Ireland voted in favor of allowing same-sex marriage May 23. Archbishop
Diarmuid Martin said the Church needs a “reality check” after Irish voters overwhelmingly supported
same-sex marriage.
“enormous consequences,” especially on children, he said.
Regarding the fact that many Catholics in Ireland voted in
favor of the same-sex marriage law, the cardinal said it shows
the Church has been “too quiet on these issues. Now is the
time to discuss them.”
The Gospel and Church teaching are clear, he said, “but
traditional expressions” and explanations “evidently no
longer reach people’s hearts and minds.”
Archbishop Martin described the result as a “social revolution.”
“It’s a social revolution that didn’t begin today,” he said.
“It’s a social revolution that’s been going on, and perhaps in
the Church people have not been as clear in understanding
what that involved.
“It’s very clear that if this referendum is an affirmation of
the views of young people, then the Church has a huge task in
front of it to find the language to be able to talk to and to get
its message across to young people, not just on this issue, but
in general.”
Archbishop Martin said it was important that the Church
must not move into denial of the realities.
“We won’t begin again with a sense of renewal by simply
denying,” he said.
Referring to the high turnout of younger voters, the archbishop said “most of these young people who voted ‘yes’ are
products of our Catholic schools for 12 years ... there’s a big
challenge there to see how we get across the message of the
Church. ... We need to sit down and say ‘Are we reaching out
at all to young people?’... We’re becoming a church of the likeminded, and a sort of a safe space for the like-minded,” he
warned.
However, he insisted, “that doesn’t mean that we renounce
our teaching on fundamental values on marriage and the family. Nor does it mean that we dig into the trenches.
“We need to find ... a new language which is fundamentally
ours, that speaks to, is understood and becomes appreciated
by others,” the archbishop said.
Bishop Kevin Doran of Elphin, who had been a leading
voice in the “no” campaign, described the outcome as “clear
and decisive.”
“While I am personally disappointed by the result, I very
much welcome the fact that so many people voted,” Bishop
Doran said.
“It seems that many people voted ‘yes’ as a way of showing
their acceptance and their love for friends and family members who are gay. Large numbers obviously believed that they
could vote ‘yes’ without in any way undermining marriage.
While I do not share their belief, I understand their reason for
celebrating, and I do respect their spirit of solidarity,” Bishop
Doran said.
He also paid tribute to the “no” campaign.
“I want to acknowledge the generosity of so many people
who worked so hard to ensure that the minority point of view
was heard,” he said. “They have every reason to be proud of
what they achieved with such limited resources.”
David Quinn, who as director of the pro-marriage thinktank the Iona Institute was the de facto leader of the “no”
campaign, pointed to the fact that one in three citizens decided to vote “no” despite the fact that all political parties were
calling for a “yes” vote.
Turnout was significantly higher than previous referendums, and most commentators highlight the large number of
young voters as a key reason why the referendum passed.
The government plans to have legislation prepared by this
summer, with the first same-sex marriages expected to take
place in September.
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Calls to end immigrant family detention gain momentum
Patricia Zapor
Catholic News Service
WASHINGTON — At least two major newspapers’
editorial boards and a dozen members of Congress have
joined the chorus calling for an end to jailing families
whose immigration cases are pending as well as other
reforms of immigrant detention.
The editorial boards of The New York Times and
The Seattle Times May 15 and May 19, respectively, cited
a May 11 report by Migration and Refugee Services of
the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Center
for Migration Studies, a Catholic migration policy
think tank, in calling for the federal government to stop
holding families in the detention centers and employ
other means of ensuring people with pending immigration hearings make their court appearances.
The report drew on international law, analyses of
who is detained, how the mostly for-profit prison industry manages detention and bishops’ personal experiences with people in detention. It called for more supervised release, better case management and community
support programs to ensure that people show up for
court appearances or deportation orders.
A similar report last October by the Women’s
Refugee Commission concluded that, “there is no
humane way to detain families.” It recommended closing two family detention centers — one of which was
closed shortly thereafter, though a new one opened in
Texas. It also called on the government to use less costly
alternatives to detention.
The two reports were echoed by the editorials.
“Detention is intended to help enforce the law, but, in
practice, the system breeds cruelty and harm, and
squanders taxpayer money,” wrote The New York Times
editorial board. “It denies its victims due process of
law, punishing them far beyond the scale of any offense.
It shatters families and traumatizes children. As a system of mass incarceration — particularly of women
and children fleeing persecution in Central America —
it is immoral.”
The New York paper cited the Catholic organizations’ report in saying that “the detention system has
become an enormous funnel for the crushingly overburdened, underfunded immigration courts, which receive
a meager $300 million from Congress each year, one-sixtieth of what ICE and Customs and Border Protection
get. By the end of March, nearly 442,000 cases were
pending before immigration judges, with an average
case waiting 599 days to be heard, and delays in some
courts of more than two years. This is not efficiency or
due process.”
The New York Times continued: “Ending mass
detention would not mean allowing unauthorized
immigrants to disappear. Supervised or conditional
release, ankle bracelets and other monitoring technologies, plus community-based support with intensive case
management, can work together to make the system
more humane. But neither Congress nor the Homeland
Security Department has embraced these approaches,
which would be far cheaper than locking people up.”
The Seattle Times encouraged lawmakers to support
a bill introduced by Washington Democratic Rep. Adam
Smith — the Accountability in Immigration Detention
Act — which calls for new oversight and standards,
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2015,” wrote The Seattle Times board. “But the immigration system is distorted by partisanship, xenophobia, conflicted guidance and pressure from companies
that are paid a fortune to run detention centers, including the one in Tacoma, (Washington).”
It cited the preamble to the U.S. Constitution, about
the nation’s commitment “to securing the blessings of
liberty to ourselves and our posterity.
“Our posterity means future generations of
Americans, many of whom will be immigrants,” it continued.
“Lawmakers who have thwarted efforts to ensure
decent and humane treatment of people imprisoned by
our immigration bureaucracy should keep that pledge
in mind,” the Seattle Times said.
On May 21, Walsh was among about a dozen
Democratic House members who called on the
Department of Homeland Security to end family detention.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California said many of the
women and children put into detention are fleeing violence and abuse in their home countries and “are not
breaking the law — they’re seeking asylum in the
United States.” She said the conditions of detention,
often with inadequate medical treatment, poor living
conditions “and in some cases outright neglect and
abuse ... is not only unconscionable, but it’s unAmerican.”
Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois said studies have
shown the long-term repercussions for children held in
custody. “We know how detention reduces the chances
of ever talking to a lawyer so that the truth of your circumstances come out. We all need to remember that
these are our children and families. They could be our
nieces and nephews and our neighbors’ kids and we
should not be in the business of jailing children.”
At the lawmakers’ news conference, Maria Rosa
Lopez told of fleeing violence and abuse in Honduras to
find herself and her son spending six months at the
Karnes County (Texas) Residential Center. There, she
said they found undrinkable water, poor living conditions, degrading behavior and lack of access to an attorney. She organized a hunger strike with other women to
protest the conditions.
On May 13, U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement, known as ICE, announced oversight and
accountability measures for what it calls “family residential centers.”
The ICE press release cited director Sarah R.
Saldana explaining that additional locations for families were opened after last summer’s massive surge of
unaccompanied minors and families crossing the
Mexico border. By the end of the 2014 fiscal year, Sept.
30, 36,280 unaccompanied minors and 26,340 families
with children had been apprehended at the border, most
from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
Among steps Saldana said were being taken after an
assessment of the family residential centers, were:
— The creation of an advisory committee of experts
in the fields of detention management, public health,
children and family services and mental health;
— The designation of a senior ICE employee to coordinate and review policies for the facilities;
—A series of engagements” with stakeholders to
consider concerns about the centers;
— ICE “will explore ways to further enhance” conditions at the centers, particularly the availability of play
rooms, social workers, educational services, medical
care and access to legal counsel. This will include “language access issues for speakers of indigenous languages” and making space available for attorneys to
work.
A group of faith leaders met May 21 with White
House staff to call for the end to family detention, delivering a letter signed by nearly 1,500 faith leaders from
around the country. “These leaders join calls by a growing number of congressional members, civil society
groups, and advocates to end this inhumane practice
once and for all,” said a May 26 statement about the
meeting.
Congratulations eighth graders and seniors of the
Class of 2015
Blessed Sacrament School,
Ft. Mitchell
St. Pius X School, Edgewood
Holy Cross School, Covington
St. Therese School,
Southgate
Holy Family School,
Covington
St. Thomas School, Ft.
Thomas
Holy Trinity School,
Bellevue and Newport
Villa Madonna Academy,
Villa Hills
Immaculate Heart of Mary
School, Burlington
Mary, Queen of Heaven
School, Erlanger
Bishop Brossart High School,
Alexandria
Prince of Peace School,
Covington
Covington Catholic High
School, Covington
St. Agnes School, Ft. Wright
Covington Latin School,
Covington
St. Augustine School,
Augusta
St. Augustine School,
Covington
St. Catherine of Siena
School, Ft. Thomas
St. Cecilia School,
Independence
St. Henry School, Erlanger
St. Joseph School,
Camp Springs
St. Joseph School,
Cold Spring
St. Joseph School,
Crescent Springs
St. Joseph Academy, Walton
St. Mary School, Alexandria
St. Patrick School, Maysville
St. Paul School, Florence
Sts. Peter & Paul School,
California
St. Philip School, Melbourne
I commend the graduates for the commitment and hard work
that their diplomas represent, and I thank them for all they
have contributed to our Catholic schools. I also express my
gratitude to the parents who have sacrificed to make Catholic
education a priority for their children. I extend my appreciation
to the administrations, faculties and staffs for their devotion
and dedication. God’s blessing always.
— Michael Clines, Superintendent of Schools
For information about Catholic schools in the Diocese of Covington, call 859.392.1500 or visit www.covdio.org.
“There are
alternatives
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Catholic
school
education,
but there
is no
substitute.”
— Bishop Roger Foys
Holy Cross District High
School, Covington
Newport Central Catholic
High School, Newport
Notre Dame Academy,
Covington
St. Henry District High
School, Erlanger
St. Patrick High School,
Maysville
Villa Madonna Academy,
Villa Hills
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Families, schools, Bishop Foys honor graduates
Clancy, Cooley and Keener photos
Bishop Roger Foys, accompanied by Michael Clines, superintendent of schools,
attended each of the nine high school graduations in the diocese the week of
May 18. This is a pictorial salute to the class of 2015. God bless, grads!
St. Patrick High
School
Covington Catholic High School
Covington Latin School
St. Henry
District High
School
Villa Madonna Academy
Notre Dame Academy
Newport Central Catholic
High School
Holy Cross District High School
Bishop Brossart
High School
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GRADUATION 2015
2015 Graduates
“On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you. Whoever
has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will
be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.” (John 15:20-21)
Bishop Brossart
High School
Allison
Elizabeth
Zembrodt
Valedictorian
Jade Elizabeth
Rauen
Salutatorian
Garrett Joseph Ahlbrand
Abby Rose Anderson
Michelle Anne Beck
Evan Daniel Berkemeyer
Madison Alexis Bertram
Kristina Danielle Bezold
Rachel Elizabeth Blank
Jordyn Nicole Boesch
Zachary Taylor Born
Elizabeth Mae Buckingham
Taylor Lynn Burkhardt
Nicholas Matthew Dierig
Joseph Raymond Donnelly
Seth Anthony Feinauer
Morgan Alexandra Frey
Jacob Richard Frommeyer
Nicole Hannah Goderwis
Mark William Goller
Caroline Marie Haas
Spencer Carl Hackworth
Chase James Hauke
Justin Timothy Heil
Jamie Helen Henley
Jonathan Michael Henn
Wesley Joseph Holden
Elizabeth Marie Hull
Brianna Keith Hurd
Rachel Elizabeth Johnson
Kelsey Marie Kahmann
Ross Patrick Klocke
Kyle William Koblitz
Clay Thomas Kramer
Lauren Elizabeth Kramer
Megan Anne Kramer
Jacqueline Ann Kremer
Jerry Bernard Kremer
Olivia Ann Kremer
Charles Aloysius Krift III
Dalton Thomas Linebach
Christopher Michael Loos
Ana Sofia Lopez
Jarred Clarence Martin
Matteo Michael Morrison
Monica Dawn Murray
Elizabeth Grace Patterson
Jeffrey Michael Paulin
Chase William Pflum
Madison Ann Prodoehl
Noah Allen Prodoehl
Jade Elizabeth Rauen
Catherine Jo Reinhart
Cylee Louise Reinhart
Gabe Lawrence Roberts
Aaron Nathanial Ruschman
Blake Richard Saunders
Andrew Joseph Schack
Justin Michael Schack
Logan Michael Schaufler
Briana Marie Schnieders
Nicholas Paul Schuler
Daniel Edward Seibert
Olivia Marie Seiter
Lauren Elizabeth
Sendelbach
Karlie Anna Shackelford
Rachel Lee Sherry
Elizabeth Marlene Siry
Dylan Mark Smith
Jordan Thomas Smith
Matthew James Smith
Ronald Anthony Smith
MacKenzie Alan South
Jenelle Nichole Spoonamore
Michelle Ann Stover
Carrie Elizabeth Todd
Andrew Colton Toll
Robert Thomas Twehues
Katelyn Marie Verst
Daniel Carl Vogel
Sean Kee Wagner
Jessica Mae Waters
Alexis Kathlene Webb
Erin Nicole Wells
Nathaniel Joseph Weyman
Emily Nicole Whittle
Elyse Marie Wilson
Kelsey Ann Wolfzorn
Allison Elizabeth Zembrodt
Jonathan Nathaniel Zink
Covington Catholic
High School
Adrian
Edward Neff
Valedictorian
Mark Daniel
Ryan
Salutatorian
Ryan Michael Arlinghaus
Brady John Baeten
Joe Nathaniel Bailey
Patrick Quincy Ballow
Alexander Emmanuel
Beckes
Andrew Joseph Beiersdorfer
Anthony Edward Bessler
Trevor Christopher
Bowman
Chandler Rohmann Brooks
Jacob Thomas Brueggeman
Aaron Patrick Buckley
Sean Michael Buckley
Joseph Emmett Cahill
Wiley Nelson Carr III
Jared Brian Clark
Kyle Lee Cosby
Justin Edward Coyle
Michael Clay Crowe
Andrew Michael DeMarsh
James Andrew Dietz
David Ronald Dinn
Bowen Hunt Dressman
Jacob Michael Erpenbeck
Steven Henn Faris
Benjamin Michael Fathman
Drake Thomas Ficke
Dylan James Ficke
Robert Stuart Fields
Jared Morgan Flood
Lucas Michael Foertsch
Daniel Noel-David Foster
Noah James Galvin
Anthony Robert Gillespie
Stuart Michael Green
Grant Kenneth Guenther
Brian Stephen Haughey
Nicholas Alan Heeb
Noah Matthew Helbling
Patrick Xavier Hennies
Christopher Michael
Holthaus
James Paul Huber
James Lee Hummeldorf III
Louis Joseph Hunt
Austin Tyler Hussey
Samuel Michael Kathman
Tyler Joseph Kathmann
Joshua Michael Kemp
Joshua Patrick Kennedy
Parker John Kenney
Benjamin Romes Kindt
Benjamin Michael
Knochelmann
Skyler Lee Koch
Matthew Thomas
LaFontaine
Joseph Patrick Ledonne
Daniel Patrick Lee
Cullen Sterling Lewis
Robert Francis Lilly
Douglas Anthony
Lonneman
Matthias Leo Jude Mando
Joseph Anthony Marino III
Timothy Andrew Martin
William Lee McClure
Logan Patrick McDowell
William Frederick
McFarland
Craig James McGhee
Walter Gabriel Menke
Seth Michael Metz
Zachary Maile Meyers
Tyler Jakob Micek
Noah David Middendorf
Sam Harold Murrer
Adrian Edward Neff
Robert Lawrence Newman IV
James Bennett Ott
Nicolas Michael Pangallo
Austin Louis Picone
Joseph Simon Pieper
Wyatt Bradley Plummer
Benjamin Robert Pohlabeln
Kyle Thomas Quigley
Mitchell Thomas Rensing
Samuel Harrison Ritter
Miso Rokvic
Grant Robert Romes
Jacob Thomas Roth
Adam Joseph Ruwe
Mark Daniel Ryan
Benjamin Alexander
Schmidt
Karl Jared Schmitter
Jack Thomas Schrage
Bo Michael Schuh
Joseph Daniel Schuh
Noah Jacob Schuler
Erik Michael Schutzman
Nicholas Tyler Shea
David Alfred Shearer III
Todd Alan Sheets, Jr.
Matthew James Shumate
Bens Edward Smain
Parker Gregory
Sommerkamp
Kevin William Sommers II
Anthony Phillip Spiritoso
Kurtis Michael Stegman
Zachary Jude Stetter
Caleb Andrew Summe
Michael Charles Summe
Cooper George Theobald
Nathan Alexander Urban
Robert Anthony Urbina
Christian Andrew
VanDusen
Michael Stephen Venard
Charles Jefferson Voorhees
Adam Christopher Wagner
Alexander Paul Wagner
Noah Gregory Weber
Mason Joseph Webster
Tyler Joseph Wehrman
Andrew Payne Whitehead
Grant Matthew Woodcock
Anthony Jerome Zang
Brett Norman Ziegler
Benjamin Philip Zumdick
Covington Latin
School
Maria Pope
Valedictorian
James
Rahner
Salutatorian
Emily Banks
Melissa Becker
Braden Benzinger
Aniruddha Bettedpur
Grace Bradtmueller
Sam Braun
Tristan Britt
Katarina Chan
Nathan Clendenen
Devin Davis
Caroline Duchette
Amy Enzweiler
Gabrielle Erickson
Will Foster
Emma Fulmer
Jason Grout
Michael Haas
Deanna Halenkamp
Samantha Hamilton
Bryar Herald
Isabella Hobbs
Kaleigh Howland
Kara Kanter
Jared Kerth
Alexis Krumpelman
Caitlin Lancaster
Sara Lee
Madison Light
James Macke
Phoebe Mairose
Abby McQueen
Brett Mockbee
Connie Obermeyer
Maria Pope
James Rahner
Nick Readnour
Alex Schlake
Katie Schroeder
Matthew Shaw
Elliott Sipple
Kendall Smith
Emma Snyder
Peyton Steinau
Noah Tanamachi
Danielle Thaxton
Victor Villacis
Devon White
Katherine Wiedeman
Elizabeth Zalla
Rachel Zalla
Holy Cross District
High School
Joseph David
Hock
Valedictorian
Nicholas James
Scheper
Valedictorian
Michael
Nicholas
Groeschen
Salutatorian
Emily Patricia Arlinghaus
Tyler Michael Arlinghaus
Emily Rose Armbrecht
Emily Elizabeth Bakes
Kelsey Renee Ballman
Audrey Joan Barth
Elliott Reed Brazell
Abigail Rose Buechel
Victoria Kaitlyn Bunton
Dalton Jerry Burger
Carlie Christina Callery
Kristen Marie Carl
Morgan Nicole Carl
Andrew Jordan Chaffin
Alison Marie Clements
Austin Bailey Cornett
Sarah Katelyn Cox
Kaitlyn Hanna Cross
Aireanna La’Tre Curtis
Brenna Lee D’Amico
Grayson Nathaniel Dazier
Andrew Porter DiPuccio
Anthony Porter DiPuccio
Brittany Nicole Domaschko
Joseph Steven Donahue
Thomas James
Ebenschweiger
Allison R. Engelman
Rebecca Nicole Faeth
Donovan Lee Finan
Braxton Taichi Giuliani
Foote
Justin Paul Gangwish
Anthony Ray Garcia
Timothy Michael Garcia
Michael John Gerrein
Dylan Moore Graff
Susan Marie Gripshover
Michael Nicholas Groeschen
Jamee Alene Groneck
Mary Abigail Hassert
John Austin Henderson
Jacob Allen Hensley
Mason J. Hester
Kaelynn Rochelle Hisle
Joseph David Hock
Leila Ann Jaafari
Natalie Maria Jehn
Bailey Gabrielle Keith
Konner James Knauf
David Edward Lampke
Kyla Jordan Mains
Haley Elizabeth Mastin
Alexandra Danielle
Mayhaus
Francesca Nicole Mayhaus
Kyra Nicole McClendon
James Patrick McSwiney
Daniel Glenn Moeller
Hannah Kathleen Morehead
Daniel Henry Morrison
Kevin Michael Munyon
Lauren Ashley Newton
Annie Montgomery O’Hara
Tyler James Owens
Molly Catherine Pulsfort
Nizza Maria Rodriguez
Kylie Nicole Schaefer
Mark Aaron Schaffer
Blake Edward Schawe
Nicholas James Scheper
Joseph David Schmitz
Emma Louise Schroeder
Gregory Maxwell
Schwalbach
Jared Michael Seibert
Olivia Marie Shockey
Marella Marie Soldano
Samantha Jo Studer
Kate Jacquelin Taylor
Zachary Allen Trenkamp
Deja Marie Turner
Jacob Anthony Volpenhein
Kadeem Riyahd Walker
Jacob Reno Weldon
Jeffrey Noah Whittaker
Ryan Thomas Wilkerson
Jacob Andrew Williams
Kirstin Zia’re Williams
Kenneth James Wilshire
Jacob David Wright
Nicolas Chase Wright
Richard Daniel Zion
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Newport Central
Catholic High
School
John Paul
Broering
Valedictorian
Paul
Anthony
Grosser
Salutatorian
Erin Marie Ackerson
Bailey Corinne Allen
Kenneth Richard Ballard
Benjamin Michael Barbara
Clint Andrew Bartels
Leo Kenneth Barth
Joshua Thomas Boyle
Laura Elizabeth Brannon
Jeremy Robert Bricking
John Paul Broering
Noah Timothy Connolly
Deven Chase Cox
Brian Robert Cox, Jr.
Gregory John Crawford
Hannah Michele Daunt
Spencer James Deaton
Derek Anthony Dew
Nathanael Jack Enslen
Kyle Patrick Floyd
Seth Aron Freppon
Matthew Thomas Frey
Jacob Clifford Froendhoff
Brandon Philip Gray
Graham Elliot Grome
Paul Anthony Grosser
Maria Danielle Grote
Ashley Marie Hall
Colin James Paul Hartman
Maurice Paul Hehman IV
Madelyn Eileen Henschen
Jacob Bradley Hensley
Kilee Nicole Hoffstedder
Colin Kristopher Hoover
Dylan Jacob Jamell
Jeffrey Alexander Jones
Parker Ray Jordan
Jacob Paul Keating
Casey Lynn Kohls
John Edward Kremer
John Thomas Lampe
William Thomas Lampe
Keyaira Marie Lankheit
Jamie Marie Lohr
Jeanna Marie Long
Patrick Fitzgerald Louis
Morgan Lennon Martini
Andrew Thomas McDonald
Maxwell Martin McHugh
Grant Jacob Moeves
Brent Davis Moore
Mitchell Kody Murphy
Sarah Elizabeth Neace
Logan Collier Neff
Rachel Bailey O’Day
Olivia Marie Owens
Thomas Allen Owens
Zachary Michael Pangallo
Jacob Dalton Raleigh
Ryan Murphy Randle
Kyle Edward Sampson
Olivia Ann Schadler
Robert Grant Schilling
Kristen Marie Schreiber
Grant David Schwarber
MiKayla Lucille Seibert
Rachel Marie Simons
Matthew Thomas Striegel
Maria Elizabeth Tackett
Michael Sean Terry, Jr.
Elizabeth Catherine
Twehues
Brandon Michael Vieth
Collin Wade Walker
Taylor Anne Walz
Michaela Colleen Ware
Jacob Edward Wieland
Loren Catherine
Zimmerman
Notre Dame
Academy
Hannah Jo
Ellen Katherine
Ziegelmeyer
Kendall
Salutatorian
Valedictorian
Nora Khalid Alabri
Nicole Marie Allender
Clare Elizabeth Armbruster
Jahnasia Monique Arnold
Amanda Marie Arnzen
Brooke Olivia Barker
Michela Mae Barnes
Shannon Christine Baute
Sara Diane Beirl
Natalie Nicole Bellamy
Taylor Lyn Berling
Michelle Kathrine Bleser
Brooke Olivia Brueggemann
Josephine Ann Brunsman
Elizabeth Renee Buring
Claire Marie Cerimele
Mary Margret Chalk
Cassandra Lauren Collins
Kelsey Elaine Collins
Jessica Nicole Colvin
Samantha Mae Conradi
Caroline Rose Cooney
Claire Sylvia Cooney
Karly Marie Crail
Samantha Regina Darpel
Julia Shea Davis
Alexandra Marie Deaton
Hannah Marie Deters
Carissa May Dyer
Anna Caroline Eckerle
Judith Lynn Ellis
Gina Nicole Erardi
Lauren Christine Finn
Christian Victoria Fister
Sarah Irvina Frisch
Olivia Lynne Gamel
Grace Michelle Gettelfinger
Hannah Lynn Good
Margaret Ann Graue
Katie Lynn Grefer
Alisha Rose Grosser
Victoria Lin Grothaus
Allison Rebecca Guess
Josie Alyse Hammon
Courtney Elizabeth Hansel
Isabella Monique Hansen
Hillary Anne Hellmann
Jamie Marie Henn
Anne Elizabeth Herrmann
Megan Alicia Heuker
Ashley Marie Hicks
Paige Nicole Hignite
Heidi Lee Hinken
Emma Monica Hughes
Erin Theresa Hunt
Kylie Amanda Kanter
Megan Marie Kathman
Elizabeth Anna Kauza
Ellen Katherine Kendall
Abigail Katherine Kennedy
Katherine Anne Kloska
Rachel Neff Knue
Anne Marie Kramer
Jennifer Katherine Krebs
Emily Nicole Kreutzjans
Rachel Elizabeth Kreutzjans
Addison Jade Lawler
Kathryn Ellen Lonneman
Caleigh Frances Lyons
Alison Joan Maier
Caroline Louise Maile
Abbey Rose Marciano
Madeline Renee Marita
Shylah Marie Markesbery
Allie Kay McGlade
Maryann Ruth Meadows
Riley Paige Meyerratken
Samantha Elizabeth
Meyrose
Meleia Renee Michels
Lillian Marie Morgan
Morgan Nicole Mueller
Lisa Marie Mullins
Ellen Kathryn Neltner
Kylie Michelle Nienaber
Laura Marie Noll
Mykel Shannon Northcutt
Maria Leigh Novak
Rachel Elizabeth Peavler
Erin Hamilton Peck
Jessica Davis Peck
Sarah June Penney
Rosemary Madeline
Plunkett
Isabella Danielle Ramicone
Rachel Hannah Reid
Carly Nicole Rodgers
Rachel Marie Rosenthal
Cassidy Marie Ryan
Sabrina May Sanborn
Abigail Elizabeth Sauer
Hailee Marie Scheper
Abby Kathleen Schieman
Caitlyn Barbara Schroder
Sarah Marie Schuler
Rachel Sheridan Schutzman
Megan Elizabeth Schwartz
Maria Scott Shelton
Grace Caroline Shields
Josephine Michele Shriver
Alexandra Morgan Smith
Haylee Ann Smith
Sydney Alexa Stallman
Lauren Taylor Stansberry
Annalise Nicole Stegman
Micaela Ann Stephenson
Anna Leigh Stutler
Marie Claire Suetholz
Abby Marie Thelen
Anjelica Hope Thelen
Hayley Michelle Thompson
Maria Elizabeth Topmiller
Savannah Grace Tucker
Madelyn Elise Vinson
Alicia Marie Von Handorf
Marley Ann Wallace
Jillian Elizabeth Walsburger
Avery McKenna Warner
Brittney Faustina White
Shannon Marie Wilson
Caroline Elizabeth Winstel
Sarah Gabrielle Winter
Carly Josephine Wolnitzek
Savanna Rose Woods
Claire Elizabeth Wulfeck
Hannah Jo Ziegelmeyer
Morgan Elizabeth Zumbiel
Wiles photo
Graduating pontifical servers honored
Bishop Roger Foys with Covington Latin School graduates that have served
as his pontifical servers: (front row, from left) Bella Hobbs; Father Daniel
Schomaker, vicar general; Bishop Foys; Abby McQueen, Elizabeth Zalla;
(middle row) Madison Light; Carrie Duchette; Maria Pope; (back row)
Melissa Becker; Nick Readnour; Jason Grout; and Alex Schlake.
St. Henry District
High School
Kendyll Marie
Kraus
Valedictorian
Nicholas
Anthony
Croyle
Salutatorian
Elizabeth Claire Anneken
Emily Nicole Baeten
Jonathan Todd Baeten
Kirsten Maria Bartlett
Paul Michael Beatrice
Morgan Elizabeth Berling
Michael Alexander
Binkowski
Robert Scott Bishop
Molly Elizabeth Blaut
Hannah Denise Bohmer
Stephanie Maria Bolin
Andrew Arthur Bowen
Ashley Marie Brockman
Robert Dale Brockman
Tyler John Cahill
Danika Eve Clark
Ashleigh Patricia Cleary
Kelsey Ann Cline
Jessica Erin Coburn
Brandon Mark Creekmore
Kara Kathleen Crowe
Nicholas Anthony Croyle
Logan Ival Dehner
Molly Elizabeth Dietz
Logan Christopher Eddy
Bryan Joseph Ehlman
Noah Anderson Enzweiler
Jennifer Elois Evancic
Nicholas Robert Fedders
John Paul Ferraro
Brian Joseph Fiedler
Lana Makenzie Floyd
Mallory Ann Foley
Nathaniel Joseph Freihofer
Jenna Sue Fugate
Samuel James Fugate
Kathleen Ann Geiger
Joseph Michael Gillcrist
McKenzie Blake
Girlinghouse
Grace Marie Reinhold
Goddard
Dakota Austin Graue
Joseph Lawrence Gray
Alexander Maurer Green
Natalie Marie Gurren
Nicholas James Hall
Clare Elaine Henning
Samantha Lee Hentz
Kylie Nichole Heupel
Connor James Hext
Elizabeth Meghan Holten
Jonathan Parker Hungler
Ogechi Elizabeth
Iloegbunam
Lauren Grace Johnson
Kelsie Lynn Jones
Jaeyeon Jung
Edward Robert Justice
Sarah Beth Kahmann
Jenna Marie Kappes
Logan Nicholas Kenney
Hunter Alexander Kent
Jacob Thomas Kleisinger
Benjamin Bryson Klocke
Zachary Paul Koenig
Tanner Christian Koking
Jordan Michelle Kramer
Kendyll Marie Kraus
Ryan Michael Kroth
Sarah Nicole Krugel
Connor Carl Kunstek
Austin Paul Langen
Joshua Mitchell Lanning
Adam Stephen Lannon
Karly Rose Lehmkuhl
Devon Augustine Loos
Evan Patrick Lyons
Angela Maria Mangine
Gail Ann Marcos
Andrew Joseph Mardis
Taylor Madison Matsko
Emily Jenna Mauntel
Katherine Elizabeth
Maxwell
Liam Christopher McBreen
Connor Marie McGinnis
Thomas Joseph McGrath II
Abigail Marie McLaughlin
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Maria Kathleen McMahon
Rebecca Ann McNay
Lars Edward Meiman
Abigail Jane Messmer
Jordan Elizabeth Miller
Jonathan Lawrence
Mollman
William Geoffrey Murphy
Lauren Marie Murray
Megan Louise Murray
Nathaniel Lewis Myers
Jessica Leigh Neace
Savannah Marie Neace
McKenzie Charles Nelson
Calvin Matthew Neltner
Ashleigh Nicole Noble
Casey Marie Nolan
Eric Michael Nortmann
Molly Ann Rice
Sara Jacqueline Rieger
Carlie Lucile Roark
Emma Rose Robinson
Emily Marie Rose
Anna Frances Rowland
Shelbi Rebecca Ryan
Samuel John Schroeder
William Ryan Seibt
Victoria Allison Silvati
Andrew Jacob Smith
Taylor Marie Spiering
Nicholas Grattan Staub
Lauren Marie Stegman
Dylan Thomas Strasburger
Leah Rachel Tepe
Samuel David Thorburn
Lucas Daniel Tobergte
Nicholas Michael Tobler
Claire Michelle Tuemler
Rebekah Elise Ubelhor
Victoria Dawn Voss
William Richard Voss, Jr.
Martin Alexander Walker
Natalie Ann Weber
Bailey Rae Weller
Jacob Thomas Wells
Josh Daniel Wendling
Karlan Earl Wesdorp
Emily Ann Westerbeck
Bradley Scott Whittle
Aaron Louis Wildt
Scott Gabriel Wilson
Sara Eileen Wolfer
Emily Renee Youngwirth
St. Patrick High
School
Catherine
Emma Katelyn
Josephine Kern
Frye
Valedictorian
Valedictorian
Anna
Margaret Ford
Salutatorian
Anna Margaret Ford
Emma Katelyn Frye
Adrian Hernandez Garcia
Maria Cruz Hernandez
Garcia
Bailey Samuel Jodrey
Caleb Louis Jones
Calista Serena Jones
Catherine Josephine Kern
Douglas Allen Redden, Jr.
Kiersten Amanda Scales
Anna Bonfield Schumacher
Andrew Jacob Sticklen
Samuel Tucker VonDerHaar
Aubrey Jackson Walters
Villa Madonna
Academy
Nicholas David
Boucher
Valedictorian
Eric Matthew
Baugh
Salutatorian
Grant Martin
Giesbrecht
Salutatorian
Amanda Marie
Schleper
Salutatorian
Monica Lynn
Spritzky
Salutatorian
Abigail Kaitlyn Austin
Alexander Joseph Barton
Eric Matthew Baugh
Nicholas David Boucher
David Andrew Breidenich
Yeonji Byun
Elizabeth Shirley Califf
Grace Marie Clabough
Calvin Royce Espich
Jiamin Fan
Megan Grace Fridenmaker
Chang Delphine Gao
Grant Martin Giesbrecht
Raven Elizabeth Heil
Charissa Ellen Junker
Kayla Rebecca Kuris
Lincoln James Lutz II
Madeline Rose McGraw
Miki Alysa McIntyre
Kyle David Millsap
Paulette Ann Moser
Kylee Cathleen Newman
John Charles Nybo
John Ross Oldfield
Tyler Lee Ransdell
Claire Michelle
Rodenkirchen
Amanda Marie Schleper
Kylie Marian Sharp
Monica Lynn Spritzky
Madison Rose Trenkamp
Ashley Alexandra Vogler
Jiaying Wang
Amanda Nicole Werner
Thomas More
College
Masters
Kyle Bailey
Lisa Marie Baumann
Randy L. Behymer
Carolyn J. Beitman
William Lee Bolling, Jr.
Paige Bowling
Kathryn L. Brant
Kara Decker Bridges
Christopher J. Bryson
Megan A. Cahill
Michael Wayne Clark
Ryan Ashley David Cobb
Roth H. Coleman
Michael R. Dalton
Kimberly Hamilton DeWalt
Joshua Ryan Edwards
Kyle Richard Egan
Anne Louise Ell
Andrew Etheridge
Nicole Dawn Faye
Thomas M. Feld
Christopher John Fryer
Richard Michael Giordano
Donald Wayne Hall, Jr.
Dawna Corner Haupt
Michelle Hedrick
Timothy Henninger
Paul S. Holiday III
April M. Humphreys
Ann Marie Jansen
Evan M. Jordan
Kelsey Marie Knox
Jessica Marie Kolbinsky
Jacob C. Lane
Katie L Laupola
David Wayne Luce, Jr.
Patrick William Luken
Joseph Timothy Maloney
Matthew J. McManus
Matthew Meier
Mark Anthony
Messingschlager
Elizabeth A. Mohr
Anna Leigh Moore-Aube
Cassondra Lee Murphy
Jason E. Payne
James Edward Payne, Jr.
Billy T. Peed, Jr.
Richard Peterson
Kristen Anne Phillips
Amy S. Rave
Janet L. Ritchie
Laura Elizabeth Stricker
Anthony J. Suwinski
Jason Bobby Tate
Paul Anthony Thompson
Laura E. Upchurch
Charles Ray
Vallandingham, Jr.
Robert Ellis Whelan, III
Matthew A. Woodson
Bachelors
Danielle Allison Adams
Melisa Yvette AlJamal
Jeremy Michael Anderson
Jessica Lee Anderson
Simon A. Andrews
Sierra Nicole Arens
Steven Douglas Baker
Deborah Faye Baumer
David Michael Gilday Beck
Taylor MacKenzie Bernard
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Lydia Lynne Black
Christopher Stephen Blaut
Kelsey M. Blaze
Tara Ellen Blessing
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Megan Lynn Bohman
Brian A. Bova
Christopher Kenneth
Bowman
Jeremy Scott Bragg
Robert Andrew Bramer
Jennifer Bravo
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Melissa A. Brown
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Tatiana M. Carter
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Travis Shane Eilers
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Brent Joseph Emerson
Michael Emmons
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Alexis Paige Fangman
Katrina Marie Felty
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Jacob David Fishburn
Benjamin Harrison Flamm
William Oliver Freibert
Michelle Lynn Fritsch
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Joseph Francisco Gil
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Patrick Algot Jacobson
Meghan L. Jones-Dick
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Justin D. Kaiser
Michael Blake Kalfas
Joseph Nathaniel Kathman
Matthew Jordan Kees
Steven Lee Kelley
Nicole Marian Kettler
Phillip L. Kiley
Emily Elizabeth King
Leslie Lorayne Kingsbury
Bobbi J. Klaserner
Nicholas John Kohrs
Stephanie Nicole Krusling
Zachary Thomas Kurtz
Jacquelynn Lalley
Emilie Cristine Lanter
Morgan Lee Larison
Max Staubach Laupola
Robert Joseph Leonard
Ashley Renee Lewis
Aubrey Glen Lewis
Colette Celeste Lewis
Connor Scott Lewis
Hollie Renee Lippmeier
Caleb Garvey Lloyd
Krista Kayleigh Lorenz
Catherine Hope Luck
William K. Lutts
Cory Bernard Lynch, II
Tyler James Mairose
Michael Sean Marcagi
James Scott Massey
Kristina Mayes
Jacob Paul McBee
Matthew M. McGuire
Meghan Maria McMahon
Andrew Joseph Merrill
Nicholas Alfred Merritt
Michelle Helen Mersman
Travis Gregory Miller
Michael Mobley
Christian Andrew Mock
Daniel Joseph Mohs
Dexter Lee Asher Morgan
Michael Reese Morris
Ginny Elizabeth Morrison
Andrew Thomas Mumford
Katelin MacKenzie Myers
Lucas William Nare
Kyle Louis Neltner
Christina Dani NewportBrackett
Ashley Marie Norris
Jordan Christopher Norris
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Ian I-sung O’Donnell
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Anthony James Otten
Georgeann Helena Pearson
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Jerelea R. Pemberton
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Richard
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Danita Sauerwein
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Segovia
Tyler Michael Seidt
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Tyler Joseph Smith
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Sydni Christin WainscottTurner
Margaret Elizabeth Waller
Rene Ann Walters
Anna E. Ward
Ian Mckinley Ward
Jaia A. Washington
Jenna Lynn Waymeyer
Jamie L. Wichmann
Scott A. Wiley
Damien Lamont Williams
Andrew Glenn Wilmes
Ryan Patrick Winkler
Rachel Vivian Womack
Samantha Pearl Work
Evan Michael Wray
Anthony Quinn Wright, Jr.
Joseph Martin Wulfeck
Kimberly Jayne Yocom
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Jennifer Bastin
Brian R. Beavin
Krystal A. Evans
Nicholas Allen Fritz
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Saint
for the Week St.Charles Lwanga
Feast day: June 3
Newsworthy
Happy birthday to Father Robert Urlage, retired, June 13;
and Father Charles Rooks, retired, June 14.
Bishop Brossart High School announced the recipients of the
following scholarships:
Lindsey Sendelbach Memorial Scholarship: Hunter Young,
Lauren Kramer and Monica Murray.
Dorothy Muehlenkamp Memorial Scholarship: Lindsey
Bezold, Joseph Curtsinger, Lauren Franzen, Justin Kiefer,
Bryce Kramer, Paul Kruse, Tyler McDonald, Adam Orth,
Leah Rinehard.
Bryan J. Kraus Memorial Scholarship: Bryan Duffy and
Elizabeth Ampfer.
Al Keller III Tuition Assistance Scholarship: Elizabeth Hull,
Bryce Herbst and Ashley Beck.
Mitchell Orth Memorial Scholarship: Kaleigh Callahan, Carly
Kramer, Riley Orth, Maggie Verst and Andrew
Wehmeyer.
Covington Catholic High School student Josh Hildreth was
selected for the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA)
program as a Visual Art student; and George Ghazala and
Joe Niehaus, also from Covington Catholic, were selected for
the Kentucky Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs (GSE) program.
Newport Central Catholic High School senior Trevor Rawe is
one of 40 students selected from around the country to participate in The Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship Student
Congress.
Julia Gerwe, a junior at Notre Dame Academy, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with the President’s
Volunteer Service Award.
Madonna Manor recently earned Tier III status from the
American Health Care Association for meeting three quality
initiative benchmarks.
The weekly TV Mass from the Cathedral Basilica of the
Assumption will be broadcast on Sunday, 5–6 p.m. on station
Me TV WLWT, on channels: over the air 5-2; Time Warner
Cable 188 in Kentucky and Cincinnati Bell 23 or 291.
Have something to list in “People and Events”? The deadline
for event notices is nine days prior to the desired publication
date. E-mail [email protected] no later than the
Wednesday before the week you would like the information to
appear.
Field trip
■
19th-century Ugandan who served as a page in the king’s court.
■
The king ordered the massacre of all Christians in his kingdom.
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Charles then sought baptism and was soon martyred.
“It is as if you are pouring water on me. Please
repent and become a Christian like me.”
To learn more visit www.saintsfortheweek.com
Notre Dame Urban Education Center (NDUEC) is seeking
volunteers to provide educational support services to young
children in Covington. Tutors as well as PE monitors are
greatly needed for the summer session. NDUEC will be open
mornings, Monday through Thursday starting June 8. Call or
e-mail Mary Gray at 261-4487 or nduecvolunte[email protected]
Lindsey Sendelbach Memorial Softball Tournament, June
6, at Kenton Lakes Sports Complex. Call 240-2246 for information. Proceeds benefit the Lindsey Sendelbach Scholarship
Fund at Bishop Brossart High School.
Indoor flea market, St Joseph Parish, Crescent Springs,
June 5 and 6, 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Donations needed. Drop off times:
May 30, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.; June 1–4, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. No mattresses
or adult clothing. Call 341-6609.
Newport Central Catholic High School volleyball 2015
grade school skills clinics for all third- through eighth-grade
students (’15-’16 school year), June 7, 4:30–6 p.m. and/or June
14, 4:30–6 p.m. $15 per session or $25 for both sessions. E-mail
[email protected]
Father Jo Joy will celebrate Mass followed by an inner
healing prayer service, June 8, 7 p.m., at St. Joseph Parish,
Crescent Springs.
Holy Cross District High School summer sports camps:
girls’ basketball, June 11–12, 2:30–4 p.m., for girls entering
grades 4–8; boys’ basketball, June 15–18, 8:30–11:30 a.m., for
boys entering grades 3–8; girls’ volleyball, June 15–18, noon–3
p.m., for girls entering grades 3–8; and youth football camp,
June 16–17, 6–8:30 p.m., for boys and girls ages 7–14. Visit
www.hchscov.com or call 431-1335.
Bishop Brossart High School summer camps include: boys’
basketball camp, June 15–18, 8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.; girls’ basketball camp, June 8–11, 8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m; football camp, June
Kindergarten through second-grade students from Holy Trinity Elementary School,
Bellevue, recently visited the Newport Aquarium.
–St. Charles Lwanga to his executioner
8–11, 6 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Call athletic director at 635-2108, ext.
1080.
Bishop Roger Foys will celebrate a regional pro-life Mass at
St. John the Evangelist Parish, Carrollton, June 16, 7 p.m.
All are welcome. There will be a reception following Mass.
Learn the art and theology of iconography in the Russian
egg tempera technique from true masters of iconography
— Vladislav Andrejev, Tatiana Berestova and Dimitrii
Berestov. All materials and tools are provided; no experience
necessary for beginners to complete their own icon of the
Archangel Michael. June 22-27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at Christ the
Savior Holy Spirit Orthodox Church, Norwood, $625 tuition.
Registration deadline May 29. Call (513) 271-1756 or e-mail
[email protected]
DCCH Music Fest, two stages — 12 bands, May 29 and 30, 6–
11:30 p.m. each night, at DCCH Center for Children and
Families, Ft. Mitchell, $5 per person, per night. Visit
DCCHcenter.org/festival or 331-2040, ext. 8534 or ext. 8555.
The Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg are hosting a retreat
for women, “Encountering Christ in the Psalms,” May 29–
May 31. The presenters are Sisters Dorothy Schuette and
Rosemary McCormack. The retreat will take place at St.
Walburg Monastery in the Guest House with private rooms.
Registration is limited. Contact Sister Dorothy at 291-2288 or
[email protected]
The St. Henry’s Primetime Seniors trip to Jenny Wiley State
Resort Park, Prestonsburg, bus, room, food and entertainment
included with cost. Call 727-8959 or e-mail
[email protected]
Interested in Carmelite spirituality? Meet at St. Joseph
Parish, Crescent Springs, following 9 a.m. Mass every second
Saturday. E-mail [email protected] for more details.
Latin School service project
Members of Covington Latin School’s St. Maria Goretti House
knitted hats for the NICU at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for
their annual house service project.
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Festivals
St. Anthony Parish, Taylor Mill, May 29–30
St. Joseph Parish, Camp Springs, June 13
St. Augustine Parish, Covington, June 19–20
St. Philip Parish, Melbourne, June 20
Mary, Queen of Heaven Parish, Erlanger,
June 26–28
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Burlington,
July 10–12
St. Paul Parish, Florence, July 17–19
St. Thomas Parish, Ft. Thomas, July 24–25
A special gift
Penguin report
Father Michael Norton, parochial vicar, presented
the third-grade class at Immaculate Heart of Mary
School, Burlington, with scapulars during a
ceremony following Mass May 12.
Third-grade students from Saint Agnes School, Ft. Wright,
proudly show off their penguin reports.
Newport Central Catholic Hoops grade school basketball
camp, boys — June 1-4; girls — June 15-18. For registration
information, visit ncchs.com.
Serra Club for Vocations, Northern Kentucky is currently
selling $10 tickets to the June 3 Florence Freedom game. Call
392-1500 or e-mail [email protected]
The four U.S. Sisters of Notre Dame provinces will host a
Social Justice Pilgrimage in Los Angeles, Cal., June 3–9.
Women ages of 20-40 years old are invited to explore the call to
live and act with justice. E-mail Notre Dame Sister Mary Ruth
Lubbers, [email protected]
Cross the Bridge for Life will celebrate its 10th anniversary,
June 7. Festivities begin at 1:00 p.m. on the festival grounds at
Newport on the Levee. Free picnic lunch following the 2 p.m.
bridge walk. Visit www.crossthebridgeforlife.com.
Artwork by Elizabeth Runyon will be on display at the Eva
G. Farris Art Gallery at Thomas More College, June 1–June
19; hours are 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8:30 a.m.-3:30
p.m. Friday. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Twisted Traditions:
Sculptural Baskets opens with a reception, June 1, 4-7 p.m.
Visit thomasmore.edu/artgallery.
Natural Family Planning, taught by the Couple to Couple
League at Ruah Woods, Cincinnati, Sundays, 3–5 p.m., June 7,
July 12 and Aug. 2. Call (513) 407-8672.
Bishop Brossart High School ladies’ golf outing, June 11, 9
a.m. and men’s golf outing, June 19, 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Get your
foursomes together. Both outings will be held at AJ Jolly Golf
Course. Call 635-2108. Proceeds benefit BBHS sports programs.
St. Edward Parish, Cynthiana, annual ice cream social,
June 14, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., featuring hand-cranked ice cream,
pulled pork and hamburger dinners, activities and games.
The Cathedral Parish is arranging a one-day bus trip to
Frankfort, June 27, The bus leaves from the Covington Latin
School parking lot at 8:30 a.m., and returns by 6:30 p.m. To
make a reservation, call Sister Barbara at 431-2060.
Single women, 18–40, are invited to join the Sisters of Notre
Dame for a week of service and fellowship in New
Orleans, July 5–11. Participants will have the opportunity to
serve at the Rebuild Center, a day shelter for people who are
homeless. Downtime will include reflection, fellowship and
chances to explore the city. Contact Sister Ruth Lubbers
by June 19, 392-8118 or [email protected]
Newport Central Catholic drama program, summer
drama camps for children in two distinct programs. Pony
Players, for children in kindergarten–fourth grade, July 6-17,
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–noon, with public performance at
NCC, July 17, 7 p.m. And Super Troupers, for fifth–eighth
grade, June 8–25, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., with public
performances at NCC June 26, 7 p.m., and June 27, 2 p.m. Call
292-0001.
Cardboard boat races
Fifth- through seventh-grade students at St. Patrick School, Maysville, took part in a cardboard boat
race as a culmination to their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) studies this year.
The Students created boats by using only duct tape and cardboard.
Whether you are artistic, musical, athletic, dramatic or you
are just looking for something fun to do this summer, Notre
Dame Academy has all sorts of opportunities for you. NDA
offers camps in music, art, theater and athletic camps in basketball, volleyball, archery, soccer and lacrosse. Check out all
of the amazing opportunities available this summer at:
www.ndapandas.org.
“Introduction to Theology of the Body” class at Ruah
Woods, Cincinnati, Thursdays, June 18–Aug. 13, 7–9 p.m. (513)
407-8672.
High school-age youth from parishes and Catholic high
schools are invited to the National Catholic Youth
Conference – 2015, Nov. 19–21, Indianapolis, at Lucas Oil
Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center. Trip coordinated
by Diocese of Covington, the Department of Catechesis and
Formation. Call 392-1500, ext. 1529 or e-mail [email protected]
The Sisters of Notre Dame are in need of new and gently
used items for their 4th of July festival. Items needed
include: purses, artwork, antiques and collectibles, jewelry,
gift certificates and more. Call 392-8229 or e-mail
[email protected]
PrimeWise at St. Elizabeth Healthcare offers adults, age 50
and over, a free network of valuable services especially suited
to their needs and interests. It’s not a club and there are no
membership dues or meetings, just lots of benefits, information, programs and special discounts. PrimeWise can provide
information on topics like advance directives and living wills,
Medicare and many health-related concerns. Call 301-5999 or
visit [email protected]
Haircuts
Students — past, present and future, — parents and faculty of Mary, Queen of
Heaven School, Erlanger, recently cut their hair to donate to Pantene’s Beautiful
Lengths to help women fighting cancer receive real hair wigs.
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Pope, in interview, talks about his daily habits, hopes, concerns
Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said he wants to be
remembered as “a good person who tried to do good. I
cannot ask for anything more than that.”
The statement, as well as comments about his life as
pope and situations that move him to tears, were part of
an interview he gave in late May to “La Voz del Pueblo,”
a newspaper from Tres Arroyos, Argentina. The
Vatican newspaper printed a translation of the interview May 25.
Pope Francis insisted he never dreamed of being
pope, “nor of being president of the republic or general
of an army. Some people have those dreams. I didn’t.”
Still, he said, he is able to sleep well. “I sleep six
hours. Normally, I go to bed at 9 and read until about
10,” when he falls asleep. He wakes at 4 a.m. without an
alarm. “But then I need a siesta. I have to sleep 40 minutes to an hour; I take off my shoes and lie down.”
When he skips the nap, he said, “I feel it.”
The only newspaper Pope Francis said he reads is
the Italian daily “La Repubblica,” which he described
as a newspaper for “the middle class.”
“I haven’t watched television since 1990,” he said. “It
was a promise I made to Our Lady of Carmel on July 15,
1990.”
The reporter asked how he keeps up with soccer, his
favorite sport, if he doesn’t watch television. “Every
week one of the Swiss Guards brings me the results and
the rankings,” the pope responded.
Pope Francis has spoken several times about “the
gift of tears,” and Juan Berretta, who conducted the
interview, asked him what makes him cry.
Dramatic human situations, the pope replied. “Like
the other day when I saw what is happening to the
Rohingya people (from Myanmar),” who have piled on
to boats seeking asylum. “When they get close to shore,
they are given something to eat, some water, then
pushed back out to sea.” Thousands of them have been
on the seas for weeks.
Sick children also bring the pope to tears, he said,
especially those suffering from diseases “provoked by
inattention to the environment. This breaks my heart.
When I see those creatures I say to the Lord, ‘Why them
and not me?’”
Visiting juvenile detention centers and prisons also
is emotional, he said. Talking to the prisoners he
always thinks, “‘I could be here.’ In other words, none of
us can be certain that we would never commit a crime,
something for which we’d be imprisoned.”
While the pope said such things make him “weep
inside,” he said, “I don’t cry publicly. Twice it has happened that I was on the brink of crying, but I was able
to stop myself. I was too moved and a tear
or two escaped, but I pretended nothing
was happening and after a minute I wiped
my face with my hand.”
The journalist asked the pope why he
didn’t want to be seen crying. He responded, “I don’t know, it just seemed like I had
to keep going.”
Asked if he was afraid of anything,
Pope Francis said: “I am fairly fearless; I
act without thinking about the consequences. Sometimes this creates headaches
because I’ll say more than I should.”
As far as his physical safety, the pope
repeated what he has said in the past. He
has placed himself in God’s hands, but has
prayed that if he is attacked, the physical
pain won’t be too great. “I am a coward
when it comes to physical pain.”
Saying the media reported he came in
second in the 2005 conclave to succeed St.
John Paul II, Pope Francis said that at the
time, “it was clear that it had to be
Benedict, who was voted for almost unanimously, and I was very pleased.”
Asked about his popularity, the pope
said: “At first I didn’t understand why it was happening.
Some of the cardinals told me it was because the people
say, ‘We understand him.’”
“I try to be concrete and what you call magnetism
some cardinals have told me has to do with the fact that
people understand me,” Pope Francis said.
Living in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, which is a
Vatican guesthouse, spending hours with people at his
weekly general audience and inviting a small group for
morning Mass four times a week “is good for me,” he
said. The people “give me positive energy.”
“I became a priest to be with people,” the pope said.
“I give thanks to God that this is still true.”
CNS file photo/Paul Haring
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ENTERTAINMENT
“Pitch Perfect 2” (Universal) The trials and tribulations of a college a cappella group continue in this
sequel to the 2012 film, directed and co-produced by
Elizabeth Banks, who also reprises her role of a snarky
pageant official. When the group is banned from national competition by virtue of a scandal by one of its
singers, its leaders seek redemption by going after the
world title with
the help of a new
recruit.
That
Movie
means facing off
Capsule
against a German
ensemble led by a
menacing dominatrix. The film
works best when showcasing the catchy tunes and not
the dialogue, which is shockingly tone deaf. The
attempt at humor by belittling women, foreigners and
even religion is out of tune with what should be a
wholesome anthem for self-improvement and achievement. Implied nonmarital relationships, adult themes
and innuendo, occasional crude language, and an
obscene gesture. CNS: A-III; MPAA: PG-13.
“Tomorrowland” (Disney) Borrowing the name but
little else from the futuristic-themed section of
Disneyland and other Disney parks, this delightful science-fiction film is great fun for the entire family,
directed and co-written by Brad Bird. A young woman
is recruited by a mysterious robot for a mission to save
both Earth and the eponymous utopia that exists in
another dimension. They join forces with a former
inventor to wrest control of the future from a coldhearted bureaucrat. Cartoonish but bloodless action
sequences and a few mild oaths. CNS: A-II; MPAA: PG.
South Sudan’s church
leaders: Much of country
without governance
of Gallipoli during World War I in this fictional drama
inspired by true events. He journeys to Turkey, where a
former enemy official, in a gesture of reconciliation,
decides to help him locate the remains of his sons.
Along the way he befriends a hotel owner and her son
with grief issues of their own. Directed by Crowe with
stunning cinematography, the film offers a timely
reminder of the ghastly personal cost of war and its lingering impact upon future generations. Bloody war violence and disturbing images of death, and an unflattering portrayal of a Catholic priest. CNS: A-III; MPAA: R.
JUBA, South Sudan — Human rights in South Sudan
are abused “on the battlefield and in peaceful areas,” and
much of the country is without effective governance,
church leaders said. “People are being killed, raped and
tortured,” the South Sudan Council of Churches said in a
May 26 statement signed by eight church leaders, including Archbishop Paulino Lukudu Loro of Juba. “Children
are being recruited into armed groups” and “looting is
endemic,” the statement said, noting that many individuals, groups and even government organs are taking the
law into their own hands, “with disastrous consequences
for everybody.” According to the United Nations, fighting
in South Sudan has “worsened considerably” in recent
weeks. About 119,000 people are taking shelter in its compounds across the country, the U.N. said May 24, noting
that rights monitors have been denied access to sites
where they sought to verify reports of killings, rapes,
abductions and the burning and destruction of towns and
villages. The world’s newest state, which gained independence from Sudan in 2011, was plunged into conflict in
December 2013 between forces loyal to President Salva
Kiir and rebels allied with his former deputy, Riek
Machar. As many as 10,000 people have been killed and
more than 1 million displaced in the months since. Peace
talks, mediated by regional governments, have been held
in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, but the few agreements
reached there have been consistently ignored on the
ground. “There is no moral justification for the killing to
continue,” the church leaders said, noting that “it is unacceptable for negotiations about power and positions to
take place in luxury hotels while people are still killing
and being killed.”
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• A-II — adults and adolescents;
• A-III — adults;
• L — limited adult audience (films
whose problematic content many
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• O — morally offensive.
“The Water Diviner” (Warner Bros.) An Australian
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With Pan Am Games coming groups push to limit trafficking
Michael Swan
Catholic News Service
TORONTO — As Toronto gets set to host the Pan Am
Games, rights campaigners are putting their best efforts
into ensuring that the city does not become a playground
for human traffickers while the multi-sport, billion-dollar
event takes place.
Led by Catholic religious sisters, a broad coalition is
getting ready for the July 10-26 Pan Am Games and the
Aug. 7-15 Parapan Am Games by ramping up public education campaigns about human trafficking and the sex trade.
The Toronto Counter Human Trafficking Network,
headquartered at the FCJ Hamilton House Refugee Project
and backed by the Faithful Companions of Jesus, is working on a “unified response model” that includes a hotline
that can link victims to police, social workers, shelters,
health care and more, said Varka Kalaydzhieva, the project
coordinator.
“Human sex trafficking goes with national and international sporting events,” the Rev. Karen A. Hamilton, an
Anglican and general secretary of the Canadian Council
of Churches, warned in Ottawa earlier this year. “And it
will be coming to my city, because Toronto is hosting the
Pan Am Games this summer.”
With athletes from 41 countries participating, the Pan
Am Games will be the largest multi-sport event held on
Canadian soil.
The most visible anti-trafficking campaign will likely
be the GIFT Box, a 10-foot-high structure at the Anglican
Cathedral Church of St. James in downtown Toronto that
will look like a present on the outside and tell the tale of
enslavement and exploitation on the inside. The GIFT Box
project, backed by the U.N. Global Initiative to Fight
Human Trafficking, was launched during the 2012
Olympics in London.
The idea is to show people just how victims are caught
up in human trafficking, Kalaydzhieva said.
“It signifies or symbolizes the way they lure you into
trafficking. Once you go into the box, once you are tempted, you open the gift and go inside,” she said. “There it
explains to you how human trafficking happens, what are
the signs, some stories of survivors and how they were
taken into trafficking.”
While the GIFT Box tries to reach a public that may
never have considered the issues around human trafficking, the aim is also to alert potential victims or those who
may know victims and provide help.
But is there really a link between the kind of sport the
Pan Am Games represent and the sex trade?
Sister Nancy Brown, a Sister of Charity of Halifax,
Nova Scotia, has no doubt about the link between sports
and increased trafficking in boys, girls and women. She
works with vulnerable youth at Covenant House in
Vancouver, British Columbia, and was part of the Buying
understood.
Sex is Not a Sport campaign during the Vancouver Winter
“The reality is that both labor trafficking and sex trafOlympics in 2010,
ficking happen every day in Canada,” she wrote in an e“Yes, of course it increases,” Sister Nancy said in an email.
mail, noting that “sport draws more males.”
“I prefer that people get that message, rather than focusBut it is “impossible to get numbers because of the hiding on big-event stories. We need to raise consciousness of
den nature of the crime,” she said.
the everyday types of exploitation that go on,” she said.
Not all campaigners against human trafficking are so
While women’s religious congregations have worked on
convinced.
the issue for decades and the Canadian Religious
“I’ve never been one to push the idea of links between
Conference, representing Catholic religious orders and
sporting events and sex trafficking,” said Sister Sue
institutes, has made it a priority since 2004, they have
Wilson, director of the office of systemic justice at the
recently had a boost from Pope Francis.
Canadian Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of
The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the
Canada.
International Union of Superiors General put a spotlight
“Any evidence of increased numbers at events such as
on the global human trafficking crisis by declaring the first
the Olympics or Pan Am Games is anecdotal at best,”
International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against
Sister Sue said.
Human Trafficking. It took place Feb. 8, the feast of St.
Whether there’s a specific link with sports or not
Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese slave who eventually was
doesn’t much matter to Kelly Colwell, GIFT Box coordinafreed and became a Canossian nun.
tor for the Faith Alliance to End Human Trafficking.
Pope Francis has called human trafficking “a crime
“It’s mostly that it seems like an opportune moment
against humanity.” Meeting trafficking survivors, reliwhen there’s a lot of pedestrians, a lot of foot traffic in the
gious sisters caring for victims and dozens of senior police
city, people out and enjoying the summer and likely to stop
officials in April 2014, he called human trafficking “an
by and learn a little bit about trafficking,” she said. “It’s an
open wound on the body of contemporary society, a
opportunity to educate people about a phenomenon that’s
scourge upon the body of Christ.”
happening all the time.”
Michael Swan is associate editor of The Catholic
Colwell said she is just as interested in fighting traffickRegister, based in Toronto.
ing among construction
workers, cleaning staff,
personal care workers and
other forms of anonymous,
contracted-out
labor.
A 2010 Royal Canadian
Mounted Police report on
human trafficking estimated that 90 percent of
the human trafficking in
Canada is for prostitution,
and most of the victims
are girls and women
between the ages of 14 and
25. There has been a specifWeather damage and burglary are
ic law on human traffickpotential threats. Some common-sense planning before you leave
ing in Canada since 2005,
and about 50 cases have
will ensure that your home and personal belongings will be safe
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while you’re gone. Here are a few tips:
Anti-trafficking campaigners call this the tip of
1) Notify the police department that you will be away. Periodic
the iceberg.
checks by a patrolman could avert trouble.
Sister Sue said all
forms of human traffick2) Since most thieves strike when no one is home, give the impresing need to be better
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Pope urges engaged couples to take time, be open to God’s surprises
Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives to lead
Peter’s Square at the Vatican May 27.
Laura Ieraci
Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY — Couples who are seeking to
marry, even those who have lived together, should value
their engagement period as a time to grow in mature
love and in profound knowledge of each other, said
Pope Francis.
The pope urged
couples not to rush
into
marriage.
Maturation in love
before marriage is
a slow process, in
which none of the
steps should be
skipped,
Pope
Francis told people at his weekly
general audience
in
St.
Peter’s
Square.
“The covenant
of love between a
man and a woman,
a covenant for life,
cannot be improvised; it cannot be
done from one day
to the next,” he
said.
There is no
such thing as “an
express
marCNS photo/Paul Haring
riage,” he added.
his general audience in St.
While
it
is
“beautiful” that
people today can
choose whom to
marry, the “freedom of this bond” cannot be based simply on physical attraction or feelings, he said.
Engagement allows a couple to do the profound and
“beautiful work of love” — work that involves a profound “learning” of the other.
“Love requires” this work, he said.
“The love between a
man and a woman is
learned and is refined,”
he said, adding that married love must be understood more as something
couples need to work on.
“Turning two lives
into one is also almost a
miracle, a miracle of the
freedom of the heart,
given in faith,” he said.
Citing the Book of Jeremiah, the pope noted that
God speaks of his covenant with his people in terms of
an engagement. Then, after a long road, God “marries
his people in Jesus Christ,” he said.
He said the Church has preserved the distinction
between being engaged and being married.
“They are not the same,” he said, adding that this
teaching has been verified in the “experience of conjugal love happily lived.”
In an oblique reference to the physical intimacy
some couples share before marriage, the pope said the
“powerful symbols of the body hold the keys to the
soul.”
“We cannot treat the bonds of the flesh lightly, without opening some lasting wound in the spirit,” he said,
noting the current culture is indifferent to this teaching
in Scripture.
In a later summary of his catechesis in Spanish, the
pope said the current “consumer culture” tries to turn
love into an “object of consumption.” Instead, an
engagement “allows a man and a woman to mature in a
responsible decision regarding something so big that it
cannot be bought or sold.”
The distinction the Church maintains between
engagement and marriage is precisely to protect the
profound meaning of the sacrament of marriage, he
said. It is important to revalue engagement as “an initiation to the surprise of the spiritual gifts with which
God blesses and enriches families,” he said.
The Church, he said, offers marriage preparation
courses as an expression of its care for couples. In his
Italian catechesis, the pope noted that many couples
come to marriage preparation courses reluctantly. But
they are grateful afterward for the opportunity to
reflect on their relationship in profound ways because
while many have been together for a long time, and even
live together, “they really do not know each other,” he
said.
Engagement is also a time for couples to rediscover
together the Bible, prayer — both personal and liturgical — confession, Communion and fellowship with the
poor, he said. Growing in these areas “leads to a beautiful marriage celebration,” not one that is worldly but
one that is Christian, he added.
The pope also gave engaged couples a reading assignment; Alessandro Manzoni’s classic novel “The
Betrothed,” which is the story of a couple who remains
faithful to each other throughout their engagement
despite much hardship.
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Defend the right to life, defend it
from attacks on dignity, pope says
VATICAN CITY — The Catholic defense of human life from
conception to natural death includes doing everything possible
to defend each person from the violence and injustice that are
attacks on human dignity, Pope Francis said. “When we defend
the right to life, we do so in order that each life — from conception to its natural end — may be a dignified life, one free from
the scourge of hunger and poverty, of violence and persecution,” the pope wrote in a message to a conference of Catholic
women’s groups. Representatives of the World Union of Catholic
Women’s Organizations and the World Women’s Alliance for
Life and Family met in Rome May 22-24 to strategize on their
input for the drafting of the U.N. Sustainable Development
Goals, which should be finalized by member states in September.
In his message, Pope Francis said it was important for the
United Nations to hear the contributions of “so many women
and men committed to the defense and promotion of life and to
the struggle against the poverty, slavery and injustices” that,
unfortunately, afflict too many people in the world, particularly
women. In the West, he said, women face discrimination at
work, often are forced to choose between family and work obligations, and too often face violence in “their lives as fiancées,
wives, mothers, sisters and grandmothers.”
Vatican bank posts large profit,
continues review of account holders
VATICAN CITY — The Institute for the Works of Religion,
commonly known as the Vatican bank, showed a large jump in
profits in 2014 as it continued to winnow its accounts. The
institute reported a net profit of 69.3 million euros ($75.5 million) in 2014 compared to a 2013 net profit of 2.9 million euros.
The bulk of the profit, 55 million euros, was given to the Holy
See for its operating costs. Releasing its annual report May 25,
the institute said the increase “was mainly due to an increase
in the net trading income from securities and to a decline in
extraordinary operating expenses,” which included the costs of
outside consultants. The consultants were hired to help the
institute reform practices and procedures in line with new
Vatican regulations and international standards, including
those that aim to prevent money laundering and the financing
of terrorism. Msgr. Battista Ricca, the institute’s prelate, wrote
in an introduction to the report that the bank’s purpose “is not
to pursue the accumulation of wealth. Rather, it is to honestly
and faithfully serve the universal mission of the Church by
supporting those who work in the vineyards of the Lord —
often thanklessly and under dangerous circumstances — to
feed, to educate, to heal and to permit the Gospel to be known.”
Pope, council discuss synod
document; hold study day in Rome
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis and members of the council
of the Synod of Bishops met May 25-26 to review input from
around the world for October’s synod on the family and made
their final suggestions for the synod’s working document. The
office of the synod’s general secretary will incorporate the suggestions and have the document translated, said a statement
issued after the meeting. “The publication will take place in a
few weeks,” it said. As the council was meeting with the pope,
the presidents of the bishops’ conferences of Germany, France
and Switzerland organized a study day in Rome. According to a
press release from the German bishops’ conference, the meeting May 25 brought together about 50 bishops, theologians,
Curia officials and a few journalists to discuss issues likely to
be raised at the synod. Pope Francis has convoked the Synod of
Bishops on the family for Oct. 4-25; it is to be the conclusion of
a process that included a discussion within the College of
Cardinals and an extraordinary Synod of Bishops last October.
Much of the media attention focused on the issue of outreach
to divorced Catholics, including discussion about the possibility of readmitting to Communion those who have married civilly without obtaining an annulment. The needs of poor families, the impact of migration on families, marriage preparation
courses and outreach to gay Catholics were also topics at the
extraordinary synod in 2014.
Nebraska Legislature passes
repeal of death penalty
LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska Legislature May 20 passed
a measure to repeal the death penalty with enough votes to
override Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts’ promised veto.
Members of the unicameral body gave final approval to the bill
with a 32-15 vote. At a news conference a week earlier,
Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha joined about 15 religious leaders, priests and women religious in calling for an end
to the death penalty in the state. Noting that all life is sacred,
Archbishop Lucas said he was pleased and privileged “to join
friends from other faith communities at this important
moment.” The archbishop also noted he was representing the
Nebraska Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the
state’s three Catholic bishops. There are currently 11 prisoners
on death row in Nebraska. According to a posting on the
Catholic conference’s website, a total of 37 people have been
executed in Nebraska since it became a state in 1867. Thirtyfour took place before 1972, the year the U.S. Supreme Court
put a moratorium on use of the death penalty. After the high
court restored the death penalty in 1976, the state executed
three men: Harold Otey in 1994, John Joubert in 1996 and
Robert Williams in 1997. Nebraska lawmakers voted in 1979 to
prohibit capital punishment, but then-Gov. Charlie Thone
vetoed the measure and the Legislature did not have enough
votes to override it.
Unity in Church, families is a grace
to request from God, pope says
VATICAN CITY — Sowing division in the Church and in
families is one of the devil’s favorite things and it goes directly
against Jesus’ will for all his followers, Pope Francis said.
Jesus prays “for the unity of his people,” but he knows that
“the spirit of the world” is a “spirit of division, war, envy, jealousy, including in families, in religious communities and in
dioceses and the whole Church; it’s a great temptation,” the
pope said May 21 during his early morning Mass. In his homily
at the Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Pope Francis said
the devil’s main weapons for sowing division are gossiping and
labeling others. “Each person is how he or she is, but try to live
in unity,” the pope said. “Has Jesus forgiven you? Forgive all
others.” The Gospel for the day, John 17:20-26, contains Jesus’
farewell prayer for his disciples, including his prayer that his
followers would be one. There is no such thing as a church held
together with “glue,” the pope said. Rather, unity is “a grace
from God” and the result of a “struggle” on earth. “We must
give the Spirit space to transform us into one, like the
Father and the Son are one.”
This is a challenge for all
Christians: to not allow room for division among us, to not let
the spirit of division, the father of lies, enter into us,” he said.
“Always seek unity.”
Court denies archdiocese, co-plaintiffs
a rehearing in HHS lawsuit
WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court in a 6-3 ruling
May 20 denied a petition for rehearing filed by the Washington
Archdiocese and its co-plaintiffs in their ongoing legal challenge to the Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate. Filed in late December 2014, the petition asked the full
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to
reconsider “the deeply flawed decision” issued earlier by a
three-judge panel that conflicted with judicial precedent in ruling that the mandate does not violate the rights of religious
objectors. The petition cited last year’s U.S. Supreme Court
decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, in which the high court
said the chain of arts and crafts stores need not comply with a
federal mandate to include a full range of contraceptives in
employee health insurance. The archdiocese and its co-plaintiffs, including Priests for Life, cited asked for relief from the
mandate under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or
RFRA. A May 21 statement from the archdiocesan officials said
the archdiocese and its co-plaintiffs planned to petition the
Supreme Court to review “the D.C. Circuit’s erroneous decision, and we remain hopeful that final disposition of this case
will vindicate religious freedom and rights of conscience. The
archdiocese and its affiliates remain committed and determined to serve others freely in accordance with the Catholic
faith,” it said. “It is precisely because of this faith that local
Catholic entities are the largest nongovernmental provider of
social services in this region.” Under the federal Affordable
Care Act, most employers, including religious ones, are
required to cover employees’ artificial birth control, sterilization and abortion-causing drugs, even if employers are morally
opposed to such coverage.
With Vatican II, world became
‘horizon for the Church’
WASHINGTON — The Second Vatican Council opened the
Church to the world in ways essential to the faith community’s
self-understanding today, said speakers at a May 21-24 international, ecumenical and interreligious conference in
Washington. The Church is a mystery and a communion, but it
is not “self-centered,” Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila,
Philippines, told the conference. He said, “The Church focused
on itself will lose its identity.” When Pope Francis underscores
the importance of witnessing to Christ in the world and recognizing the dignity “of human beings who have been forgotten,”
he is not expressing “a new idea” but is reminding people of
Vatican II, said Cardinal Tagle. The Church’s opening to the
world is neither “a strategy” nor “a fad,” the cardinal stated. It
involves “the identity of the Church.” The cardinal spoke May
22 at Jesuit-run Georgetown University to the ninth conference
of Ecclesiological Investigations, an international network of
scholars that fosters dialogue among people of differing
churches and religions, and with others of goodwill. The
Washington conference was a collaborative initiative of
Ecclesiological Investigations, Georgetown University,
Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, and Washington
National Cathedral, the cathedral of the Episcopal Church in
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Blessed Romero ‘another brilliant star’ belonging to
church of Americas
cles are needed for sainthood — one for beatification
and the second for canonization.
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — Some thought this
Father Turcios said by studying Blessed Romero’s
day would never arrive. Others hoped and some always
life, others will discover all the Gospel truths that led
knew it would.
him to defend life, the poor and the Church, and do
On May 23, the Catholic Church beatified
away with untruths surrounding his legacy.
Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez of El
During the country’s civil war that lasted from 1979
Salvador, who was assassinated in 1980 while celebratuntil 1992, some Salvadorans hid, buried and someing Mass, just a day after pleading and ordering soldiers
times burned photos they had taken with or of
to stop killing innocent civilians.
Archbishop Romero, because it could mean others
“Blessed Romero is another brilliant star that
would call them communists or rebel sympathizers and
put their lives in danger.
Though he still has some detractors, Father
Turcios said, the beatification can help others
understand the reality and truth that others
have known all along: Archbishop Romero “was
loyal to God’s will, was loyal to and loved his
people and was loyal to and loved the Church,”
he said.
One of the offertory gifts during the Mass
May 23 was the book “De la locura a la esperanza” or “From Madness to Hope.” A document
generated during the peace accords that ended
the country’s 12-year war.
It chronicles some of the greatest human
rights atrocities committed in El Salvador during the conflict, including the killing and rape
of four women religious from the U.S., the
killing of priests, catechists, as well as massacres of unarmed civilians — more than 70,000
died in all.
Priests, bishops and cardinals wore some
form of a red vestment, signifying martyrdom.
Their stoles were emblazoned with Archbishop
Romero’s episcopal motto: “Sentir con la iglesia,” or “feel with the Church,” also translated
as “to think with the Church.”
The ceremony culminated a week in San
Salvador that saw pilgrims, mainly from Latin
America, but also from as far away as
Singapore and many from the United States,
who wanted to celebrate the occasion. Flowers,
music, tears and happiness flowed at San
Salvador’s Metropolitan Cathedral of the Holy
Savior, where the archbishop is buried. He is
officially Blessed Romero, but to others he
already is and has been “San Romero,” or St.
CNS photo/Oscar Rivera, EPA
Romero of the Americas.
Pilgrims gather for Archbishop Oscar Romero’s beatification Mass in the Divine Savior of the World square in
Father Juan J. Navarro of Maracaibo,
San Salvador May 23.
Venezuela, said he visited the archbishop’s burial place to voice the many needs of his country.
belongs to the sanctity of the church of the Americas,”
of Havana; Jose Maestrojuan of David, Panama; Roger
Food and freedom of expression are lacking, he said,
said Cardinal Angelo Amato, head of the Vatican’s
Mahony of Los Angeles; and Italian Cardinal Amato.
and it’s a place with a similar situation to the one that
Congregation for Saints’ Causes, during the ceremony
Italian Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, postulator of
led to war in Archbishop Romero’s time.
in San Salvador. “And thanks be to God, there are
Archbishop Romero’s cause, also attended.
“I asked for (Archbishop Romero) to intercede for
many.”
Their excitement couldn’t have been greater than
our rights, to continue to inspire in us the will to go forWhile those who persecuted him have died or are in
that of those like Father Estefan Turcios, pastor of El
ward when the reality of life is serious,” he said.
obscurity, “the memory of Romero continues to live in
Salvador’s St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in
For 81-year-old Salvadoran Gregoria Martinez de
the poor and the marginalized,” Cardinal Amato said.
Soyapango and national director of the Pontifical
Jimenez, the beatification marked the official recogniHis homilies often pleaded for better conditions for
Mission Societies in El Salvador. Before El Salvador’s
tion of something she has known all along: “We finally
the poor, for a stop to the escalating violence in the
conflict, Father Turcios was imprisoned for defending
have a saint who is one of ours,” she said as tears
country and for brotherhood among those whose divithe rights of the poor. Archbishop Romero helped free
flowed.
sions ultimately led to a 12-year conflict.
him.
“He was a duplicate of Jesus,” added her daughter
He’s not a symbol of division but one of peace,
“There have been people inspired by Romero for 35
Maria Elena Jimenez Martinez, 44. Both women attendCardinal Amato said.
years. How do you think they feel right now?” asked
ed Archbishop Romero’s funeral, where smoke bombs
In a message sent for the beatification, Pope Francis
Father Turcios.
went off and shots were fired. More than elation, they
said Archbishop Romero “built the peace with the
But just as he has devotees, Archbishop Romero has
showed happiness mixed with sorrow that remains
power of love, gave testimony of the faith with his life.”
had detractors.
from a painful time.
Proof of that is the shirt he died in, soaked in blood,
After his death, the Vatican received mounds of letJesuit Father Miguel Angel Vasquez Hernandez of
after an assassin’s single bullet took his life. Eight deaters against Archbishop Romero, Archbishop Paglia
Arcatao said the archbishop would probably have felt a
cons and priests carried the blood-stained shirt, now a
has said. And that affected his path toward sainthood,
little taken aback with such a ceremony, which is
relic, to the altar in a glass case. Others decorated it
which includes beatification. But three decades after
expected to cost about $1 million and was attended by
with flowers and candles during the Saturday ceremohis assassination, Pope Benedict XVI cleared the archhundreds of thousands.
ny. Several priests reached out to touch the case and
bishop’s sainthood cause.
The best way to honor him, he said, is to work for
later made the sign of the cross.
In February Pope Francis signed the decree recogpeace and justice in El Salvador and in other parts of
In a time of difficulty in El Salvador, Archbishop
nizing Archbishop Romero as a martyr, a person killed
the world afflicted by poverty, war, violence, oppression
Romero knew “how to guide, defend and protect his
“in hatred of the faith,” which meant there is no need to
and economic injustice.
flock, remaining faithful to the Gospel and in communprove a miracle for beatification. In general two miraRhina Guidos
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ion with the whole Church,” the pope said in his message. “His ministry was distinguished by a particular
attention to the poor and marginalized. And at the time
of his death, while celebrating the holy sacrifice, love
and reconciliation, he received the grace to be fully
identified with the one who gave his life for his sheep.”
The event, at the square of the Divine Savior of the
World, saw the attendance of four Latin American presidents and six cardinals including: Oscar Andres
Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, Honduras;
Leopoldo Brenes of Managua, Nicaragua; Jaime Ortega