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Paving the path to social change guides the life of young Indiana sister

Sister Tracey Horan, 29, is shown during a small group session at the U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements in February in Modesto, Calif. A Sister of Providence of St.-Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind., she will receive the Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award from the U.S. bishops' Catholic Campaign for Human Development June 14 in Indianapolis for her work as a community organizer. (CNS photo/Dennis Sadowski)
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Sister Tracey Horan has learned that walking with people -- accompaniment, as Pope Francis calls it -- can make a difference in the world. She recalled learning the lesson time and again during her work as a community organizer with Indianapolis Congregation Action Network, or IndyCAN, as well as during her journey toward religious life. Sister Horan, 29, a second-year novice with the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary of the Woods in Indiana, said she has found that the people she works with in neighborhoods and 17 congregations around Indianapolis are the inspiration that fills her with hope in world beset by injustice. Beginning in August, she became immersed in IndyCAN's Ticket to Opportunity campaign which ultimately saw voters pass a transit expansion that promoters said will create thousands of jobs and boost access to public transportation for people of color and those living in poverty. Her willingness to listen to people as they discover the power they hold to achieve social justice earned Sister Horan the 2017 Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the U.S. bishops' domestic anti-poverty and social justice program.

Spiritual writings of Canada's first bishop available in English

QUEBEC CITY (CNS) -- It took three centuries, but the writings of Canada's first bishop are now available in English. The book, "The Spiritual Writings of Francois de Laval," responds to an Anglophone demand that now exceeds French demand for writings by the man who was canonized by Pope Francis in 2014. Jean Duval, director of the Francois-de-Laval Animation Center, has observed this increasing interest for a number of years, based on the requests he receives and the written prayers left at the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica in Quebec City, where the center is located. "It's a tourist request, because more Anglophones come to the cathedral, including many Americans," he said. When the Diocese of Quebec was erected in 1674, Francois de Laval became its first bishop. The diocese included every French and unexplored territory in North America, with the exception of the English and Spanish colonies. The center already had a biography of Bishop de Laval in English, but Jean Duval also wanted to give people the opportunity to get in touch with the saint's thought and his time. With the Quebec Seminary, he developed the project to translate Msgr. Hermann Giguere's 2011 book about St. Francois de Laval's spiritual writings. It offers a selection 39 texts that illustrate the spiritual experience of the first Canadian bishop.

Pope: Get a spiritual EKG to make sure heart pulsates with Holy Spirit

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Never speak, act or make a decision without first listening to the Holy Spirit, who moves, troubles and inspires the heart, Pope Francis advised. A cold and calculating heart that is closed to the Holy Spirit results in a faith that is "ideological," he said recently during a morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae. Knowing God and His commandments and being good are not enough, the pope said. One must also receive God's gift of the Holy Spirit and let Him "trouble" the heart. If people were to get a "spiritual electrocardiogram," the pope asked, would it be flat lined because the heart is hardened, unmoved and emotionless or would it be pulsating with the prompting and prods of the Spirit? Christians cannot just listen to their head and calculated reason, he said. They must learn to listen and discern what the Holy Spirit is saying to their hearts, too, "because the Holy Spirit is the master of discernment."

Military archdiocese completes phase in cause for Vietnam-era chaplain

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A tribunal of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services has wrapped up its nearly four-year inquiry into whether the life of Father Vincent R. Capodanno, a Vietnam War hero and U.S. Navy chaplain, merits consideration for sainthood. Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, who heads the Washington-based military archdiocese, announced in May that the archdiocesan phase in the Maryknoll priest's cause has concluded. His announcement came at the end of the 23rd annual memorial Mass celebrated to honor U.S. military members, living and dead, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. The decision clears the way for the tribunal's findings to go to the Vatican's Congregation for Saints' Causes for its review and a possible decision on whether to advance the priest's cause to the next stage in the sainthood process. Archbishop Broglio has called Father Capodanno, who died in Vietnam Sept. 4, 1967, one of the "great priest chaplains."

Bishop commends Ghana's plan to hand back management of mission schools

ACCRA, Ghana (CNS) -- The government of Ghana has indicated it might be making a move to return management and supervision of mission schools to religious bodies. Church leaders welcomed the move but called for an educational partnership agreement to make a smooth transition. Bishop John Kwofie of Sekondi-Takoradi, who is in charge of education for the bishops' conference, said the government originally helped mission schools because it was in charge of education. "Educating the population of a country is an immense duty that the state cannot do alone," he said. "This assistance, however, evolved into what seemed like taking over the schools from their rightful owners who have, in some instances, been relegated to the background on account of the lack of clear policies or agreement," he said.

Cristo Rey community says DeVos intrigued by school's education model

INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) -- As Precious Mayfield and Froylan Avila awaited the arrival of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos at their school last month, the two students talked about the impact that Providence Cristo Rey High School in Indianapolis has had on them and their families. The two teenagers will both be the first in their families to go to college. "It makes me feel very accomplished that I can fulfill the dreams that my family has," said Mayfield, who is 17. Standing nearby, 19-year-old Avila said, "Anything is possible if you put your mind to it, and you work hard." Moments later, Mayfield and Avila were among a group of students who were welcoming and shaking hands with a smiling DeVos as she entered the school that combines a work-study program and a college preparatory education for students from low-income families. It's a model that has led all 46 students in the school's class of 2017 to be accepted into college. It's also a model that intrigued DeVos so much that she made a special visit to Providence Cristo Rey as part of her two-day trip to Indianapolis.

Guidebook helps delegates prepare for Convocation of Catholic Leaders

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The 3,000 people attending the upcoming Convocation of Catholic Leaders are being seen as members of diocesan teams who will return home to act on what they see and learn while discussing the Church's role in a changing social landscape. A combination guidebook and journal has been developed to help the delegates prepare for the gathering in Orlando, Fla., set for July 1-4. The 68-page book offers activities for the diocesan teams as they meet during the weeks leading to the gathering, allowing them to reflect and pray on Scripture and the teachings of Pope Francis, particularly his apostolic exhortation "Evangelii Gaudium" ("The Joy of the Gospel"). "To get something done, we want people to have prepared as teams before they come in to get more out of (the convocation)," said Jonathan Reyes, executive director of the U.S. bishops' Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development and a convocation planner. "What you get out of this is what you put into it." The booklet is being sent to each registered participant to the invitation-only event. It also is available online to anyone interested in learning more about the convocation at bit.ly/2rR6OTY.

Priest says Egypt's Christians feel they could be martyrs at any time

CAIRO (CNS) -- Christians in Egypt "are getting to this idea that we could be a martyr at any moment," the spokesman for the nation's Catholic bishops told Catholic News Service. The spokesman, Father Rafic Greiche, also lamented the number of children killed in an attack on a bus carrying Coptic Orthodox Christians to St. Samuel Monastery in southern Egypt last month. At least 26 people, many of them children, were killed when masked assailants attacked the bus. Dozens of others were injured. "It is too early to say who is behind it, but certainly terrorists, and the security forces are now scanning the area" to find the culprits, Tarek Attia, Interior Ministry official, told Sky News Arabia, an Arabic-language television station. He said three cars carrying the masked gunmen had attacked the bus at roughly 10:30 a.m. in the southern governorate of Minya, a traditional stronghold of Egypt's Christian community, which accounts for a tiny percent of the country's mostly Sunni Muslim population. At the Vatican, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, sent a message to Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, expressing Pope Francis' prayers and solidarity after the "barbaric attack."

From Father Thomas Mattison, pastor of Christ Our Savior Parish in Manchester Center and Arlington

Galileo created a new hierarchy of truths. Tradition, authority, Scripture, philosophy, theology, all the well known sources of truth, goodness and beauty were now to be subjected to one single new criterion – scientific proof. Thus did the good become the useful; the true, the practical; and the beautiful, the appealing. Modern science has challenged Galileo’s deductions, but modern education and, certainly, the education that many of us received, is still frozen in the icy grip of the 16th century.
Which brings me to yoga.
A world and culture that values nothing but its own material-based experiences cares nothing for the claims of religion or the origins of classical spiritualties and the views of God and man that underlie them. Thus, any eighth grader will tell you that he likes this part of this religion but another part of another; and the fundamental incompatibility of the religions that he has dismembered and reassembled into what he calls his “spirituality” means nothing. After all, only the objectively verifiable must be accepted, and the truth claims of religion escape such verification because they are grounded in faith.
That is how yoga came to be the middle-aged, middleclass vogue of the day. Its verifiable benefits to those who practice it make it desirable. The religious motivation that led ancient Hindus to elaborate this system of motion and rest as a counterweight to an unbridled pursuit of the merely pleasurable or desirable is just irrelevant.
I am not against Galileo or yoga. But the thought that people can justify anything and everything by a mere appeal to utility or pleasure or private taste, creates a culture of self-indulgence and entitlement. Worse, for sure, is the fact that a culture of self-indulgence and entitlement is one in which there can be no consensus, in which there can be no broadly shared values, no vision of what one might call the common good. It cannot become, as Hinduism was, the womb of any spiritual greatness.
The western adoption of yoga is all of a piece with the “cafeteria” brand of Catholicism that flourishes in so many homes and hearts. Catholicism is so large and varied that one cannot do it all. On must be fine, then, in choosing what one will do … or, maybe, in choosing to do none at all … and all the while, calling oneself
Catholic yoga,” if I may dare to call it that, would lead to such practices as kneeling up straight in church, genuflecting carefully and reverently, participating actively in practices that are uncommon – chastity, fasting, almsgiving, weekly attendance at Mass. All of these are physical and mental disciplines that arose over centuries of Church life as expressions of a worldview and a religious faith, just as yoga arose in Hinduism.
Neither set of practices makes a lot of sense apart from its religious matrix, although it is easy to see them for what they are as soon as one leaves aside the Galileo-ian spectacles.
At the last, I guess, it is not yoga that troubles me. It is the superficiality with which this exotic practice is embraced and the shallow attention to what is one’s own that makes for such sloppiness on the home front.
For more on Father Mattison’s parish: christoursaviorvt.com.

Clergy assignments

Burlington Bishop Christopher J. Coyne has made the following clergy appointments:
Burlington Bishop Christopher J. Coyne has made the following clergy appointments:
+ Msgr. Peter A. Routhier is appointed pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Stowe, effective July 6.
+ Father Joseph J. Sanderson (to be ordained June 17) is appointed parochial vicar of
Christ the King-St. Anthony Parish in Burlington effective July 6.
+ Father Peter Y. Williams is appointed administrator of St. Joseph Parish in Chester while remaining pastor of Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Springfield, effective July 6.
+ Father James E. Zuccaro is appointed pastor of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary-St. Louis Parish in Swanton and Highgate Center, effective July 6.
+ Father Julian I. Asucan is appointed administrator of St. Augustine Parish in Montpelier and North American Martyrs Parish in Marshfield, effective July 6.
+ Father Luke P. Austin, is appointed pastor of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Middlebury and St. Bernadette-St. Genevieve Parish in Bridport and Shoreham, while remaining judicial vicar, effective July 6.
+ Father William R. Beaudin is appointed pastor of Holy Cross and Our Lady of Grace parishes in Colchester, effective July 6.
+ Father Rogelio Organiza is appointed administrator of Our Lady of the Lake Parish in South Hero, effective July 6.
+ Father Matthew Rensch is appointed parochial vicar of Christ the King Parish and Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Rutland and St. Patrick Parish in Wallingford, effective July 6.
+ Father Dallas T. St. Peter is appointed pastor of St. Mark Parish in Burlington, effective July 6.
+ Father Brian J. O’Donnell is appointed chaplain to the Extraordinary Form of the Mass Community in Vermont and executive secretary to the Diocesan Synod, effective July 6.
+ Father Thomas D. Nadeau is granted senior priest status, effective July 6.

Totus Tuus

“Totus Tuus” is Latin for “totally yours” and is a Catholic youth program dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith through catechesis, evangelization, Christian witness and Eucharistic worship. The goal of Totus Tuus is to help young people grow in their understanding of their faith and to strengthen their faith in Jesus Christ. The program strives to bring the Catholic faith to life by creating a balance between knowledge of the meaning of the sacraments and an authentic sacramental life. Totus Tuus programs will take place this summer throughout the Diocese of Burlington. For more information: vermontcatholic.org/index.php?sid=5&pid=813&subnav_id=49.

Family day retreat

TROY—The third annual Family Day Retreat will focus on “Mary, Our Mother” at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 130 South Pleasant St. on June 24 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Honoring the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparitions at Fatima, this popular family retreat will feature speakers including Msgr. Peter Routhier, current pastor of St. Augustine Church in Montpelier, and Danielle Bean, a publisher, author and host of “The Gist” on CatholicTV. The cost per family is $30, for individuals $10 and for seniors $6. See more details at SacredVincentIgnatius.com or contact Theresa McAvinney at 802-744-6272.

Project Rachel Ministry

Lori Daudelin shows the relic of St. Therese of Lisieux.
SOUTH BURLINGTON--The Project Rachel Ministry of the Diocese of Burlington now has an official patron: St. Therese of Lisieux.
The Project Rachel Ministry Consecration to St. Therese Mass will take place June 23 at 9:30 a.m. at the chapel in the diocesan office building at 55 Joy Drive in South Burlington.
Thanks to the efforts of Lori Daudelin, a relic of St. Therese has been entrusted to the care of the Project Rachel Ministry, which is dedicated to providing outreach, pastoral care, counseling and opportunities for healing for those who have been involved in abortion. The relic is encased in a reliquary prepared by Kathleen Messier, assistant archivist for the Diocese of Burlington. It will be present at all retreats and events of the Project Rachel Ministry, which operates a confidential hotline, a counseling network and healing retreats.
When not in official use, the St. Therese Relic is at Daudelin’s desk at the diocesan offices; she answers Project Rachel hotline calls.
“With her ‘Little Way,’ St. Therese offers the world the very much-needed message that because of our sinfulness we should not run away from Jesus, but we should run toward Jesus – we should run directly into His arms,” Daudelin explained. “It is only in the Sacred and Merciful Heart of Jesus that we can find true hope and healing. Who better than this saint who understood her sinfulness but also knew the depth of God’s love for her, to be the patron of and intercede on behalf of this very important ministry of the Church?”
The consecration Mass will take place on June 23, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Msgr. Richard Lavalley, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church in Winooski, will be the celebrant. A light reception will follow.

Lay formation

The Diocesan Lay Formation Program will begin in August. It is a 2-year program to prepare lay people for ministries in their parishes and communities.
The application deadline is June 15.
The Diocesan Lay Formation Program is part of the Institute for Missionary Discipleship.
Key to this formation is inspiring and equipping the laity to serve and evangelize their parishes and communities as missionary disciples.
The aims of the program are:
• To provide enrichment for those who seek adult formation in their Catholic faith by providing a firm and practical foundation in scripture, liturgy and sacraments.
• To call forth, affirm and support the gifts and talents of participants who want to glorify God and serve God’s people by fostering a deeper appreciation of the baptismal call of the faithful to service in the Church.
• To provide education, training and support for those called by the pastor, in consultation with the parish staff and parish council, to service apostolates through continued studies and practical formation.
• To nurture participants’ spiritual growth and fidelity to the Church and to help them to reflect prayerfully and critically on their own experiences in ministry and deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ especially through the Mass, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, prayer and the Liturgy of the Hours.
• To develop an awareness of, appreciation of and respect for the diversity and complementarity of vocations and states of life, of ministries, of charisms and responsibilities within the Church.
The program is designed to integrate the four pillars of lay formation described in “Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord:” human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral. Since it is the whole person who serves, the program is designed to enhance all aspects of the individual’s growth.
Participants in the lay formation program will meet one Saturday per month from September to May for formation. In addition, there will be about two online courses per semester.
Prayer and worship with fellow participants are important features of the program. Participants in the Lay Formation Program participate in an annual August retreat. Praying the Liturgy of the Hours together as a group and individually is promoted and encouraged. These experiences will stress the importance of silence and prayer.
Participants are also encouraged to meet regularly with a spiritual director who will assist them in their journey with the Lord. During the pastoral formation period, participants will undertake a supervised project in an area of service to their parish community to demonstrate competencies and skills in serving God’s people in the Church.
For more information, a brochure or an application, go online to vermontcatholic.org or contact Deacon Phil Lawson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The application deadline is June 15.

5-day silent retreat

ISLE LAMOTTE--The Society of St. Edmund conduct a 5-day silent retreat in the Ignatian tradition from June 18-23 at St. Anne’s Shrine. Using principles from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, retreatants will be invited to contemplate scripture passages, celebrate daily Eucharist and meet with a spiritual director each day. Spiritual directors are specifically trained for this type of retreat and will serve as companions and co-discerners of the Spirit during the retreat. Applicants should be comfortable maintaining an atmosphere of silence and be able to share their prayer experience with a spiritual director in a daily meeting of about 45 minutes. The retreat begins at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 18, and concludes with lunch on Friday, June 23. The cost is $500. Applications and further information can be obtained by calling the shrine at (802) 928-3362 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Space is limited due to single-room accommodations.

SING PRAISE TO GOD--Jaime Cortez leads a session for guitar players at the “Sing Praise to God” conference, a day of music, renewal and inspiration May 20 at St. Michael’s College in Colchester. The event featured OCP composers Cortez, Tom Kendzia and Bob Hurd.

Vermont Catholic Youth Serve

BURLINGTON--Youth in grades 9-12 are invited to explore what it means to show Christ’s love at the second annual Vermont Catholic Youth Serve. Participants will gather with youth from throughout Vermont on Friday, June 23, through Sunday, June 25, at the University of Vermont in Burlington. The cost is $75 per participant. This fee covers all meals and lodging. Adult help is needed for the success of this program. For more information and to sign up for the event, contact Kelly Alderman at the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry at 802-658-6110, ext. 1130 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Camp Guggenheim

This summer the Diocese of Burlington is partnering with the Diocese of Ogdensburg, N.Y., with their summer camp series at Camp Guggenheim, located just two and a half hours from Burlington in the Adirondack Mountains on Lower Saranac Lake. This camp is fun and serves as an opportunity for youth to grow in their love of God and the Church. The diocese will provide transportation from Burlington for the weeks of July 30-Aug. 4 (13-15-year-olds) and August 6-11 (16-18 year-olds). For more information: rcdony.org/youth/guggy.html.
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