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Cori Fugere Urban

Cori Fugere Urban

Cori Urban is a longtime writer for the communications efforts of the Diocese of Burlington and former editor of The Vermont Catholic Tribune.

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Culture Project

The Culture Project envisions a world where the dignity of the human person is at the forefront of every relationship, law and societal structure.
In collaboration with The Culture Project, the respect life and youth and young adult ministry offices of the Diocese of Burlington are offering a series of retreats on the topics of human dignity and chastity at five locations in Vermont during November. 
Please contact the individual parish hosts for information about their retreats:
  • St. Jude Parish, Hinesburg, Nov. 4, 2017 (morning), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • High School Youth Retreat, Dumaine House Retreat Center, Jacksonville, Nov. 4 (evening), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Christ the King Parish, Rutland, Nov. 5 (morning), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Parish, Bennington, Nov. 5, (evening), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Holy Angels Parish, St. Albans, Nov. 11 (afternoon), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The series is the result of a survey last spring conducted by Carrie Handy, respect life coordinator for the Diocese of Burlington. She questioned directors of religious education, youth ministers, pastors and confirmation teachers about several areas of pro-life ministry and their needs. “One thing that came up repeatedly was the need for help bringing effective chastity/pro-life speakers to talk to high school aged students,” she said. “Parishes indicated a willingness to collaborate either regionally or by deanery, and this is the project that emerged.”
According to its website, The Culture Project International is an initiative of young people set out to restore culture through the experience of virtue. “We proclaim the dignity of the human person and the richness of living sexual integrity, inviting our culture to become fully alive,” it states.
Members of the team make a commitment of at least one year of their life to enter into a program in which they themselves live and pray in community, receive formation and are sent out on mission nationally and internationally. They give presentations to youth about the dignity of the human person and about sexual integrity.

Donation of sacred vessels

The Montreal-based Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph – the religious order that founded the former Fanny Allen Hospital in Colchester – has made a significant donation of sacred vessels to the Diocese of Burlington.
In June, the sisters officially transferred ownership to the Diocese of a monstrance and a chalice that had been stored in the chapel at what is now the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Fanny Allen Campus; a ciborium, given in 1947 in memory of the nurses in both World Wars, which was once stored at Fanny Allen but moved to the Diocesan archives for temporary storage in 1993; and a chalice and paten, given to Bishop John S. Michaud, second bishop of Burlington, in 1903 by the Religious Hospitallers and have been in the sacristy at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral in Burlington. He requested the order send sisters from Montreal to open a Catholic hospital in 1894.
The replacement value for the sacred vessels is nearly $44,000.
According to Sister Rose-Marie Dufault, the Religious Hospitallers’ contact person, the sacred vessels had been left on loan to the Diocese when the sisters closed the Fanny Allen convent and moved to Our Lady of Providence Residence in Winooski in 2010.
“Evidence was discovered that these items were still related to the community but had been in Vermont for a number of years, and the community wished to bring some closure to their records,” explained Kathleen Messier, assistant archivist for the Diocese of Burlington.
The donated items were a monstrance in the sunburst style, made of brass and gold plated; a Neo-Gothic ciborium made of sterling silver and gold plated; a late Romanesque-style chalice, made of sterling silver and gold plated; and a Rich Gothic-style chalice made of silver and gold plated.
The items have been appraised by Adrian Hamers Church Interiors Inc., in Larchmont, N.Y.
Currently, all of the sacred vessels are at the Diocesan archives.
Sister Dufault coordinated the group that worked on the transfer of the ownership of the sacred items: Messier; Marie–Pierre Courchesne, archivist for the General Administration of the Religious Hospitallers in Montreal; and Georgette Seagle, a Religious Hospitaller associate from South Burlington.
“Today, as the diocesan archives are the official owners of such sacred vessels and serve as the permanent repository for some of our Church’s most valuable items, it is important to note that the mission of archives is reflected in the heritage of the Diocese of Burlington,” Messier said.
The mission of the Diocesan archives is to collect, organize, preserve and make available for research the historical and vital records of the Diocese of Burlington as well as materials which reflect the work of the Church within the Diocese in order to promote an understanding and cultivate an appreciation of the Catholic Church’s history and heritage in the State of Vermont.
--Originally published in the Fall 2017 issue of Vermont Catholic magazine.

Masses for peace, justice in wake of Las Vegas shootings

In the wake of the largest mass shooting in modern American history, Burlington Bishop Christopher J. Coyne has asked Vermont priests to celebrate Masses on the weekend of Oct. 7 “for the preservation of peace and justice.”   
On the night of Oct. 1, from a 32nd-floor Las Vegas casino hotel room, Stephen Paddock shot on and off for about 10 minutes at 22,000 concertgoers below at a country music festival; more than 50 died and more than 500 were wounded.
Among those killed was Sandy Casey, a graduate of the College of St. Joseph in Rutland.
Paddock’s motive is still unknown; authorities believe he killed himself before they arrived at his hotel room.
“In light of the terrible tragedy in Las Vegas, I ask that the ‘Mass for the Preservation of Peace and Justice’ (in the Roman Missal) be celebrated at Sunday Mass this weekend,” Bishop Coyne said in an Oct. 3 email notice to all pastors and administrators.
While the priests could compose their own Prayers of the Faithful, the bishop suggested these two intercessions:
+ “Let us pray for the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas. Grant eternal rest to those who have died, healing to those who were wounded and comfort and peace to all their families and friends.”
+ “Let us pray for our country, that we may seek to live in peace and harmony with each other in thought, word and deed.”


Hopes for the future of the Church

As plans moved forward for a diocesan synod, Staff Writer Cori Fugere Urban asked people throughout the Diocese of Burlington what their hopes and ideas are for the future of the Catholic Church in Vermont. Here are their responses.

My hope for the future of the Church would be that we would see new and continued growth, especially more young people coming back to the Church.
-- Lori Limoges, Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Springfield
My hope for the Church is that the Church recognizes all of the beautiful parts of the Church and make that as a gift to the world so that people will want to have what we have and want to be working together to focus on the positive instead of the negative.
--Ray Sevigny, St. Bridget Church, West Rutland
My hope for the future of the Church is that the Church will continue to hold true to what is real and what is true as it always has in a world that is radically changing and bring that truth to the rest of humanity.
--Will Buckley, Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church, Bennington
My hope for the future of the Church is that the Eucharist will always be the focus of Catholic living.
-- Linda Olio, All Saints Church, Richford
My hope for the future of the Church is that people of our Church will step up and be mentors in the faith to the young children of our parishes.
--Betsy Mercier, St. Charles Church, Bellows Falls
My hope for the Church is to see more young families at church, to see more kids baptized and go through CCD programs and become [practicing] Catholics later on in their lives.
--Elliott Curtin, St. Augustine Church, Montpelier
My hope for the Church is to continue the path set forth by Pope Francis: to encourage an emphasis on God’s mercy, to be inclusive to all especially the poor and to continue his commitment of ongoing interfaith dialogue. I can’t help but wonder if Jesus were here, what would He say, what would He ask us to do. I am a strong believer, as are my parents, in doing His works, of helping others as a means to profess my faith and my belief in God and the Catholic Church.
--Michael Kelliher, freshman, St. Michael High School, Brattleboro
I see young people spreading the Gospel message in new and exciting ways that we haven’t even thought about, perhaps by asking the priest or the bishop to bless their phone or their computer to remind them to use them only for good; maybe consecrating every message to Jesus, Mary and Joseph with a “JMJ” at the beginning or a “PTL” [Praise the Lord] at the end. I see them bringing Jesus to the world through the Internet to people who need to hear His message of compassion, love, forgiveness and peace.
--Edmundite Frederick McLachlan, Our Lady of Mercy Church, Putney, and the West River Missions

Originally published in the Fall 2017 issue of Vermont Catholic magazine.
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