Father Richard Myhalyk never cowers from a good challenge. Particularly in meeting the weighty goals of the parishes he pastors. “He has blessed us in immeasurable ways,” said Chad McEachern, President and CEO of Edmundite Missions.
When asked of his achievements, Father Myhalyk said the “Generations of Faith: Endowing Our Future with Hope” campaign appeal that he completed for the Selma and Orrville parishes that the Edmundite Community administers began about two years ago when Archbishop Thomas Rodi consulted the priests and lay leaders of the Archdiocese of Mobile regarding the need for a capital campaign over and above the annual Catholic Charities. His concern centered on three on-going critical needs: seminarian training, retired clergy expenses, and ensuring quality youth programs. In addition, he was aware that each parish had needs to be addressed that regular Sunday collections would probably not cover.
Support for the special campaign was mixed. Father Myhalyk had misgivings about the timing of the appeal and likely success of the program because in recent years the Selma parish has had difficulty reaching its annual Catholic Charities appeal goal. Six pilot parishes, however, had demonstrated the campaign was feasible. Consequently, the campaign went forward and the Selma and Orrville parishes were in the first “Bloc” of parishes to conduct the appeal.
Each pastor was to be assisted by parish volunteers who would help him contact parishioners and request their support for making a five-year pledge. Because the Orrville parish is very small, Father was expected to contact each and every member of that parish without volunteer help. The Orrville parish was the very first parish in Bloc 1 to exceed the goal set for it. Nearly every Catholic Orrville household pledged! That is 12 out of 14 households!
McEachern said, “He prayed, persisted and asked, and low and behold, success! Fundraising is not transactional, it is a relational and human engagement, a shared journey and vision. Parishioners trusted Fr. Dick, understood how hard he worked in and for the parish and wanted to support his request (the diocesan request).”
The Selma parish did include some volunteer help but the pandemic halted their full utilization. Nevertheless, the Selma parish responded sufficiently so that it also reached its goal. The other parishes in Bloc 1 will probably reach goal, too. (The Mid August Report shows great progress.) They lag behind Orrville and Selma because of the pandemic.
“I did not want Father Stephen Hornat to have to take on that task when he became pastor so I solicited pledges despite the pandemic,” Father Myhalyk said.
The campaign was intended to benefit the parishes. Twenty percent of what each parish raises will be used by the parish themselves for three projects approved prior to the campaign kick-off. The three Orrville parish projects are: replace the church ceiling, replace the church lights and replace the church carpet. The three Selma parish projects are: paint the church interior, replace the 150-year-old church pews, and replace the church carpet. Because the cost of repainting the church interior was manageable, it was done prior to Father Hornat’s arrival.
Once a parish exceeds its goal, the parish retains eighty-percent rather than twenty-percent of the funds raised. Obviously, the approved projects may not occur if their cost exceeds the amount generated by the campaign. For example, new pews will cost over $100,000 so that project may not materialize in near future.
Before moving on to Enders Island in Mystic, Connecticut, this summer, Father Myhalyk served in an impoverished area and through prayer and the grace of God, delivered success to the Archdiocese, the parishes and himself, McEachern said. “It's a true and lasting gift to the generation to come … and he did it. Asking for money is definitely not an easy thing. I'm just very proud of his leadership and sacrifice to make things better for all of us.”
By Rev. Richard M. Myhalyk, S.S.E.
Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” King’s non-violent campaign for civil rights had made Selma ground zero in the fight to gain voting rights for Blacks. That significant moment in history--that haunting Bloody Sunday--made Father Maurice Ouellet and John Lewis life-long advocates of social justice and outspoken critics of racism.
Deeply troubled Black Catholics of Selma filled Saint Elizabeth’s Church the morning of March 7, 1965. Their hearts were heavy because Jimmie Lee Jackson had died as a result of injuries he sustained at the hands of authorities in nearby Marion, Alabama. Jackson had been part of a dangerous freedom march. The march was more dangerous than most because it took place at nighttime.
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference rarely staged marches at night. Too many things could happen. Too many things could not be seen. The group had hardly stepped away from the church before they were stopped by the local police chief and state troopers. The marchers were instructed to turn around. As one of the marchers knelt and began praying suddenly the streetlights went out.
As if on cue, the police and troopers began beating the marchers while a crowd of white onlookers leaped on the press, spraying the TV camera lenses with paint and assaulting the reporters. It was mayhem. The marchers broke ranks and tried fleeing back through the darkness to the church. There was screaming and blood on the pavement from head wounds. Jimmie Lee Jackson, who was a twenty-six-year-old Army veteran, ran with his grandfather to a nearby café but state troopers followed them in and shot him in the stomach. While he managed to stagger from the building, he collapsed in the street and was left there for a half hour before local police picked him up and brought him to the county infirmary. Late that night he was transferred to Good Samaritan Hospital in Selma.
Jackson was in such critical shape that he couldn’t even speak when he was brought to “Good Sam”. While the Black nurses and the Sisters of St. Joseph tried to save his life, he was too far gone.
Whatever words Father Ouellet spoke that Sunday at Mass were certainly inadequate to respond to the shattered hopes, fears, anguish and anxiety of the Black congregation inside Saint Elizabeth’s Church. An awful silence of uncertainly weighed heavily upon everyone as Mass ended and folks started to leave the church to go home and face their fear of more violence, more beatings, more lynching’s.
But the uncertainty and eerie silence gave way to sirens of every kind blaring throughout Selma on that historic Lord’s Day in 1965. Something terrible was happening at the Edmund Pettus Bridge where state and local police tear gassed and billy-clubbed 600 marchers who were determined that Jimmie Lee Jackson’s death and the beatings in Marion would not be in vain.
Because the archbishop of Alabama prevented the Edmundites and the local group of Sisters of St. Joseph from marching and demonstrating, they tended to the injured at Good Samaritan Hospital and rallied the support of others from around the country. In Good Samaritan Hospital Ouellet encountered Etta Perkins, a Black nurse tending to the wounded. Maurice remembered her screaming, “Father, they’re going to kill us all!” While Etta’s son, James, would one day become Selma’s first Black mayor, there was little sign of racial harmony on that Bloody Sunday in March 1965.
The Edmundites and the Sisters faced intimidation and death threats from the white community in general and the Ku Klux Klan in particular. The Edmundite residence in Selma still has bullet holes in the front windows and on the front door of our Edmundite residence some bigot had hung a sign: “The K-K-K is watching you!” The Edmundites left up the sign but these words were added: “Keep on watching, because we’re staying!”
On Bloody Sunday many white doctors refused to come to help the injured because Good Samaritan was known as the Negro hospital. The Sisters of St. Joseph carried a very heavy load that day as they tended to people strewn in the corridors, in the hospital’s cafeteria, literally everywhere.
Maurice described a 15-year-old girl lying on the floor. Blood was coming out of her head and she wasn’t moving. When he picked her up, she opened her eyes and focused her eyes on his and said, “Oh, Father, I hurt.”
Among the many injured on Bloody Sunday was the quiet young student, John Lewis. He led the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. John received a deep head wound that evidenced his courage, conviction and commitment to the cause.
Lewis didn’t say anything and it wasn’t clear whether he was even conscious. He had been beaten so many times that when he did get beaten, he would just go quiet, which was his way of going into his mode of nonviolence. John dreamed of being allowed to vote and of being elected to Congress.
John Lewis’ dream became a reality--Congressman Lewis from Georgia. Martin Luther King had a dream. Jimmie Lee Jackson had a dream. Maurice Ouellet had a dream. John Lewis had a dream. What’s your dream?
Saint Albans native and Edmundite Father Maurice Ouellet was an important leader in The Society of Saint Edmund. We have ministered to black Catholics in Selma, Alabama, and other southern communities, since the 1930’s. Father Ouellet was active in supporting the civil rights movement then, as are Edmundites today. The March across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, when John Lewis was attacked by police and had his skull fractured, took place in March of 1965, our Father Ouellet ministered to him.
A dear friend, Jim Leddy, shares this you:
"In 2007, when I was on the Board of Trustees of the University of Vermont, John Lewis was the commencement speaker and received an honorary degree. The evening before graduation, as was traditional, there was a dinner for the Trustees, the honorary degree recipients, the President and other senior officials at UVM.
By a stroke of random luck, I was seated at the same table with John Lewis. In a feeble effort to make small talk with a Vermont connection, I asked Congressman Lewis if he had ever met a Catholic priest in Selma, Alabama by the name of Father Maurice Ouellet. His eyes opened wide and he said, “Father Ouellet, Maurice Ouellet, did I know him, do I remember him! How could I ever forget him! He was the bravest white man I ever met in the South!”
Father Ouellet was pastor of St. Elizabeth’s Church in Selma in the 1960’s, and was very active in supporting the civil rights movement, including the Freedom Riders, often hosting white civil rights workers from the north, arranging for them to stay with parish families and even opening the rectory and parish hall to them.
As it turned out, even in his absence, Maurice Ouellet was another guest at the table that night. Though unplanned, I was privileged to break bread with a great man, John Lewis - humble, saintly and unbending to the end, and to learn about the greatness and goodness of Maurice Ouellet, a Vermonter who came home to be buried in St. Albans with his parents. It was quite a night.
"John Lewis told me at the UVM dinner that the first person he remembers seeing in the hospital emergency room that day was Father Maurice Ouellet, holding his hand.
Lewis asked me if I knew Father Ouellet, and I told him that he was from Vermont and that I had met him when he directed the graduate program in psychology at St. Michael’s College, but that I really didn’t know him. He asked if he still lived in Vermont, but I didn’t know. John Lewis said he would love to see him again and thank him for all he did to help the cause. I later learned that Father Ouellet died in 2011 in Selma, having returned from exile in 2003 to live there in a retirement home the Edmundites had for some of their older priests who had served in their southern missions.
If only I had known who my dinner partner would be that evening and his connection with Father Ouellet, a Vermonter, I would have been better prepared. As it turned out, even in his absence, Maurice Ouellet was another guest at the table that night. Though unplanned, I was privileged to break bread with a great man, John Lewis - humble, saintly and unbending to the end, and to learn about the greatness and goodness of Maurice Ouellet, a Vermonter who came home to be buried in St. Albans with his parents. It was quite a night."
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Interested in joining the good fight? Thinking of becoming a priest or a brother? Let us help you discern your vocation!
We are all called to be holy. But we get to choose how we would like to live inside of this holiness. At one point we all ask ourselves, “What is God's will in my life?"
The answers are found in solitude and deep contemplation. It’s in the quiet times that we often hear God calling us into a deeper relationship with Him. Many will marry, others will remain single, but there are those of us who choose to live out our religious life as a priest, brother, or sister.
As we pray for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life, let us remember that Jesus said “to beg the master of the harvest to send laborers into the vineyard” (Matthew 9:38). The Edmundites need more priests and brothers. Please consider us in your search for a vocation.
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Take a peek at this Seven Days story about Isle La Motte and Saint Anne's Shrine. Paula Routly took a scenic bike ride around the island and discovered what we already knew to be true—this is a breathtakingly special place. We are so blessed she thinks so as well.
"With strategically placed hand sanitizer and every other pew roped off, it's probably the safest place in the state to worship at the moment. Attendance ranges from 60 to 150 people, according to a young groundskeeper who was weeding along the road that leads to the shrine's retreat center.Life-size sculptures of saints, each in a protective wooden niche, guide visitors along the wooded edge of the sprawling property. Towering among the trees is the gilded, resurrected Our Lady of Lourdes that topped Burlington's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception before it burned down in 1972. This natural place of worship also has camping spots and a gift shop. The snack bar is closed, but there are plenty of picnic tables."
"On the lake side of the tarmac, a Stations of the Cross sculpture garden invites visitors to sit a while, with dedicated benches at each spot. Christ competes with a nearby sculpture of Champlain and his Indigenous guide.On the other side of the road is an open-air chapel where the Edmundite fathers conduct mass at least once a day, all summer. With strategically placed hand sanitizer and every other pew roped off, it's probably the safest place in the state to worship at the moment. Attendance ranges from 60 to 150 people, according to a young groundskeeper who was weeding along the road that leads to the shrine's retreat center ... MORE
It is, of course, a gross understatement to say that we are living in an extraordinary time. In my own lifetime spanning over 90 years, I have known the reality of the bombing of Pearl Harbor with the subsequent entrance of the United States into the Second World War, and its effects on my family along with many other families, so many touched by the departure of loved ones into the various branches of the U.S. military, my two brothers among them.
Later came the Korean conflict and my own military service as a Marine. I was fortunate not to be sent into combat, for which I can thank God and my Saint Michael’s College training in journalism, as I was eventually assigned to Marine Corps journalism. This war also affected an older brother, then a Marine reservist and officer, who was recalled to active duty. He also served in Vietnam as a CIA officer.
Now our nation is dealing with off and on wars in the Mid-East with the always, so it seems, threat of greater war. With all of these life-affecting events, however, I can attest that this present time with its coronavirus and racial unrest is affecting, not only our nation but, also, pretty much the rest of the world. I think I can safely say that it is a unique phenomenon. I do not recall that the restrictions, for example that we are now enduring in order to reduce contagion from the virus, is anything like we have previously experienced in my time on earth.
Our lives have been upended! We are no longer free to come and go as we please – a restriction that does not go well with us Americans who don’t like to be told when we can go where we want to go. As a result, some of our fellow citizens are taking undue risks to express their “freedom.”
We, too, are challenged to confront within ourselves and in our society the evil and sin of racism. How we can best do this is a nagging question we, as individuals and as a nation, must sincerely strive to answer.
In view of all this, I have been asked to write a reflection on Peace. Two things come to mind, first the biblical story or parable of Job, perhaps a figure of all of us, more or less. Job “had it made,” a beautiful family, a prosperous farm, a reputation as a respected local leader, a good man. Then with a cruel suddenness Job lost it all, including his health. He wondered why God permitted this, and God’s response was that God knew what God was doing, or allowing in Job’s case. In the end, all those good things are restored to Job and he lives happily ever after. The moral of Job’s story is that even when our situations in life look bleak, we need to continue to have faith and trust in God, as did Job despite his woes. That, at least, can contribute to inner peace.
My second thought comes from a saying attributed, at least implicitly, to Saint Francis of Assisi, remembered as a patron of peace: “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me!” If we want peace, and I expect that most of us do, we must first pray and strive to be instruments of peace ourselves. In his beatitudes, Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers.”
~Fr. Ray Doherty, SSE. (6/28/20)
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An Introduction to Racial Justice:
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
by Michelle Alexander (New Press, 2020)
Alexander examines both the history of Jim Crow and how these policies continue to contribute to the mass incarceration of Black people today.
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
by Robin DiAngelo (Beacon Press, 2018)
DiAngelo explores white people’s reactions to talking about race and how these reactions often work to maintain systems of racial inequality.
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America
by Michael Eric Dyson (St. Martin’s Press, 2017)
According to Dyson, if we are to make real racial progress, white Americans must face some difficult truths.
How to be an Antiracist
by Ibram X. Kendi (One World, 2019)
A look at how ethics, history, law, and science contribute to racial inequality and how racism goes beyond simply the color of one’s skin.
When they Call you a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir
by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2020)
A powerful memoir by the woman behind the Black Lives Matter movement and what it means to be a Black woman in America today.
So You Want to Talk about Race
by Ijeoma Oluo (Seal Press, 2019)
Oluo offers a concrete discussion of topics ranging from intersectionality to microaggressions in order to foster honest conversations about race and racism among people of all races and ethnicities.
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
by Bryan Stevenson (One World, 2015)
The story of a young lawyer hired to defend a young black man for a crime he insists he didn’t commit. Also consider watching the film by the same name starring Michael B. Jordan.
Racial justice and our faithA Cry for Justice: Daniel R. Rudd and his Life in Black Catholicism, Journalism, and Activism, 1854-1933
by Gary B. Agee (University of Arkansas Press, 2007)
Daniel A. Rudd, born a slave, was a Catholic whose faith, passion for activism, and talent for writing led him to increasingly influential positions.
Daniel Rudd: Calling a Church to Justice
by Gary B. Agee (Liturgical Press, 2017)
Many Catholics today are unaware of Rudd's efforts to bring about positive social change during the early decades of the Jim Crow era.
Dancing With God: The Trinity from a Womanist Perspective
by Karen Baker-Fletcher (Chalice Press, 2007)
A meditation on the healing presence of God in the lives of those who have suffered violence.
The New Orleans Sisters of the Holy Family: African American Missionaries to the Garifuna of Belize
by Edward T. Brett
The Sisters of the Holy Family, founded in New Orleans in 1842, were the first African American Catholics to serve as missionaries.
The Cross and the Lynching Tree
by James Cone (Orbis, 2013)
Cone explores the theological parallels between Christ’s crucifixion and the lynching of Black Americans.
A Black Theology of Liberation
by James Cone (Orbis, 2010)
Originally published in 1970, this book offers a radical rethinking of Christianity through the lens of Black oppression in America.
Authentically Black and Truly Catholic: The Rise of Black Catholicism in the Great Migration
by Matthew Cressler (New York University Press, 2017)
In this book, Cressler traces the development of the Black Catholic church in Chicago and shows how Black Catholic activists in the mid-20th century made Black Catholicism what it is today.
The History of Black Catholics in the United States
by Cyprian Davis (Herder & Herder, 1995)
The first book to explore the Black Catholic experience.
Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and Justice of God
by Kelly Brown Douglas (Orbis, 2015)
Written after the murder of Trayvon Martin, in this book Douglas wrestles with Black Christians’ questions of justice and faith in light of continuing violence against Black Americans.
Fugitive Saints: Catholicism and the Politics of Slavery
by Katie Grimes (Fortress Press, 2017)
In this book, Grimes asks: “How should the Catholic church remember the sins of its saints?”
No Crystal Stair: Womanist Spirituality
by Diana L. Hayes (Orbis, 2016)
In this collection of essays, prayers, and meditations, Hayes shows how womanist spirituality influences the faith lives of Black women.
Taking Down Our Harps: Black Catholics in the United States
edited by Diana L. Hayes and Cyprian Davis (Orbis, 1998)
The articles in this book examine Black Catholics through a variety of lenses, including theology, liturgy, spirituality, faith formation, and the role of women.
Shoes That Fit Our Feet: Sources for a Constructive Black Theology
by Dwight N. Hopkins (Orbis, 1993)
Hopkins offers lived resources for Black theology, grounding his reflections in the works of W.E.B. Du Bois, Toni Morrison. Malcolm X, and others.
The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race
by Willie James Jennings (Yale University Press, 2011)
In this history of Christianity, Jennings examines why and how Christianity has created and maintained segregated societies.
Racial Justice and the Catholic Church
by Bryan N. Massingale (Orbis, 2010)
Massingale argues that both Catholicism and the lived experience of Black Americans offer crucial insights into the struggle for racial justice.
Persons of Color and Religious at the Same Time: The Oblate Sisters of Providence, 1828-1860
By Diane Batts Morrow
The Oblate Sisters of Providence were the first permanent African American Roman Catholic sisterhood in the United States.
Thea Bowman: Faithful and Free
by Maurice J. Nutt (Liturgical Press, 2019)
A new biography of Sister Thea Bowman captures her as she was: an unapologetically African American woman and a religious sister who deeply loved God and the people to whom she ministered.
Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race, and Being
by M. Shawn Copeland (Fortress Press, 2020)
Shawn Copeland interprets Catholic theology through the lens of Black women’s experience and oppression.
Knowing Christ Crucified: The Witness of African American Religious Experience
by M. Shawn Copeland (Orbis, 2018)
In this book of essays, Shawn Copeland reflects on what it means to “take up one’s cross and follow Jesus” in a world shaped by white supremacy.
Uncommon Faithfulness: The Black Catholic Experience
edited by M. Shawn Copeland (Orbis, 2009)
This book of essays highlights the experience of Black Americans from the 16th century to today.
Jesus and the Disinherited
by Howard Thurman (Beacon Press, 1996)
In this classic theology book, Thurman rereads the gospel as a message of resistance for the poor and disenfranchised.
Articles and interviewsReckoning: White sisters respond to their own racism, to one historian's call for justice
by Dawn Araujo-Hawkins
“White sisters seem to be the members of the Catholic Church most open to a process of self-reflection when it comes to racism, and yet anti-blackness has been a defining feature of religious life in the United States.”
Black Lives, Black Power, and Black Catholics
by Matthew J. Cressler
“All too often . . . “racial justice” is presumed to . . . a particular mode of protest from a particular period in time; namely, Christian liberal interracial efforts to end segregation in the South.”
The history of Black Catholics in America
by Matthew J. Cressler
The Black Catholic Movement reinvigorated the church, with liturgical innovation, new preaching styles and activist scholarship.
The priest who channeled Black Power into the Catholic Church
by Matthew J. Cressler
The second black priest ordained by the Chicago archdiocese, Father George H. Clements had a profound impact on the American Catholic Church.
Catholics of color are keeping the U.S. Catholic Church alive
by Mary C. Curtis
“The Catholic Church in the United States is being transformed by its black and brown parishioners, whose numbers and voices are rising.”
The Catholic Church and antiblackness
an interview with Katie Grimes
“[I am interested in] helping the Church be better, do better, and be what it is supposed to be: more authentically the ‘body of Christ’ to use Augustinian language.”
What Catholics should know about raising white kids
a U.S. Catholic interview with Jennifer Harvey
White Christian parents need to examine how they talk about race with their children.
Race and the church: A change is coming
by Diana Hayes
Black Catholics can show our church the way forward; they know what it is like to mourn and be comforted, to thirst for justice and be filled.
Let the Holy Spirit guide how we talk about race
by Grace Ji-Sun Kim
To make conversations about race more productive, use different metaphors for God.
How (and how not) to address racism in the church
a U.S. Catholic interview with Simon Kim
A pastoral letter from the U.S. bishops won’t solve racism. Becoming an intercultural church might.
Let’s be a church where Black Lives Matter
by Bryan Massingale
Let us pray for the strength to confront racism in the United States.
The assumptions of white privilege and what we can do about it
by Bryan Massingale
Amy Cooper knew exactly what she was doing. We all do. And that's the problem.
The church’s appalling silence on racism
by Bryan Massingale
Pastors need to decry racism as a sin from the pulpit.
What will it take to redeem the soul of America?
by Bryan Massingale
Racism today is revealed in the pervasive lack of concern to the horrors and scandals unfolding in our midst.
Sister Helen Prejean says check your (white) privilege
a U.S. Catholic interview with Sister Helen Prejean
The eye-opening experience that sparked her lifelong commitment to justice.
Meet Father Bryan Massingale: A Black, gay, Catholic priest fighting for an inclusive church
by Olga Segura
A profile of a progressive leader in the Catholic Church working for racial and LGBTQ justice.
El Paso's Bishop Mark Seitz: Black lives matter
by Bishop Mark J. Seitz
“To say that black lives matter is just another way of repeating something we in the United States seem to so often forget, that God has a special love for the forgotten and oppressed.”
Black Theology and a legacy of oppression
by M. Shawn Copeland
“Too often, Christians not only failed to defy slavery and condemn tolerance of racism; they supported it and benefited from these evils and ignored the very Gospel they had pledged to preach.”
Black Bodies, Kneeling, and the Liturgy
by Eric T. Styles
“What if kneeling during the anthem became an opportunity for a collective examination of conscience that attempted recognize our collective complicity in social violence and scapegoating?”
Augustus Tolton: Pioneer pastor
by C. Vanessa White
Denied acceptance by every seminary in the country, America’s first black priest had to travel to Rome to answer God’s call.
Black history is Catholic history
by Shannen Dee Williams
“Despite the herculean efforts of the black sisterhoods and those who followed in their footsteps, the teaching of black and black Catholic history outside of predominantly black Catholic institutions remains rare in the contemporary church.”
Celebrating unsung black Catholic women in U.S. history
by Shannen Dee Williams
Beginning in the 19th century, women became the first representatives of the African American community to enter religious life.
The black Catholic nun every American should know
by Shannen Dee Williams
“The extraordinary journey of Anne Marie Becraft is one that powerfully illustrates the foundational presence of black Catholics in the U.S. church and nation at large.”
Church statements and documentsStatement of U.S. Bishops’ President on George Floyd and the Protests in American Cities
“The killing of George Floyd was senseless and brutal, a sin that cries out to heaven for justice.”
“Open Wide Our Hearts: A Pastoral Letter Against Racism”
“Despite the great blessings of liberty that this country offers, we must admit the plain truth that for many of our fellow citizens, who have done nothing wrong, interactions with the police are often fraught with fear and even danger.”
Pope Francis on the death of George Floyd
“We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.”
Cardinal Blase Cupich: “It’s time for a national reconciliation”
“People of color suffer discrimination and indignities not only from racist individuals, but from the very structures erected by our society that were meant to protect the vulnerable.”
Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley on the killing of George Floyd
“No American city, and, really, no American citizen is separated from what we have seen this week in vivid detail.”
Archbishop Gregory on the death of George Floyd
“The horror of George Floyd’s death, like all acts of racism, hurts all of us in the Body of Christ since we are each made in the image and likeness of God, and deserve the dignity that comes with that existence.”
Night Will Be No More: A Pastoral Letter to the People of God in El Paso
“Racism can make a home in our hearts, distort our imagination and will, and express itself in individual actions of hatred and discrimination.”
Catholic organizationsThe Black Catholic Initiative of the Archdiocese of Chicago
Knights of Peter Claver
National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus
National Black Sisters Conference
The National Black Catholic Congress
People to follow on social mediaMatthew J. Cressler (@mjcressler)
Katie Grimes (@KatieMGrimes)
Jesuits’ Slavery, History, Memory, and Reconciliation Project (@SHMRJesuits)
Ibram X. Kendi (@DrIbram)
Ally Quaranhenny (@thearmchaircom)
Olga Segura (@OlgaMSegura)
Emilie Townes (@emtownes)
Shannen Dee Williams (@BlkNunHistorian)
Parenting resourcesRaising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America
by Jennifer Harvey (Abingdon Press, 2019)
In this book, Harvey offers age-appropriate suggestions for teaching children how to address racism and engage with racial justice movements.
“Talking about Race”
This resource, published by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, offers tools and guidance for talking with kids of all ages about race.
This Instagram account offers suggestions for parenting and education through a racial justice lens.
Books and resources for kidsHoly Troublemakers and Unconventional Saints
by Daneen Akers (Watchfire Media, 2019)
Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis
by Jabari Asim (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2016)
Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice
by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard (Magination Press, 2018)
This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work
by Tiffany Jewell (Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 2020)
Next stepsHow to make this moment the turning point for real change
by Barack Obama
“If we want to bring about real change, then the choice isn’t between protest and politics. We have to do both.”
75 things white people can do for racial justice
Inspired by the resources above? Get involved in your local community with one or more of these 75 suggestions.
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Dear Sisters and Brothers,
This weekend we celebrate Pentecost Sunday commemorating the gift of the Holy Spirit descending upon the disciples giving birth to the Church. Fr. Michael Carter, S.S.E. '12 is our Presider. The Liturgy of the Word is proclaimed by Anna Lester ’98. Our music ministry is led by Jerome Monachino ’91 and accompanied by his children Dominic and Olivia ’22. Thanks to Fr. Lino Oropeza, S.S.E. ’11 for his recording skills.
This Sunday will be the last recorded Mass as we have been given permission to resume public worship by Governor Scott and Bishop Coyne in Vermont. We will resume the 11:00 a.m. Sunday Mass in the Chapel of St. Michael the Archangel on campus on June 7. Weekday Masses at the College will not be celebrated until further notice. Weekend Masses will also be celebrated in the outdoor pavilion at St. Anne’s Shrine in Isle La Motte with the 7:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday June 6 and the 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses on June 7.
The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains lifted in the Diocese of Burlington until further notice, especially if you are part of a vulnerable population and/or have an underlying health condition.
Please approach the celebration of Mass with charity and love for our clergy and faith community by following the protocols:
We are delighted to have the opportunity to come together in person as the People of God and celebrate the Eucharist. I hope wherever you are you also have that opportunity soon but remember do not put yourself or others at risk. Thank you for all your support for our Edmundite ministries and may God bless you and keep you safe.
Due to the executive order issued by the Governor of Vermont to stay home and stay safe during the COVID-19 crisis, the staff of Edmundite Campus Ministry at Saint Michael’s College recorded the Liturgy for the Seventh Sunday of Easter. We invite you to celebrate with us the glorious Resurrection of the Lord during the season of Easter.
Presider: Fr. Michael Carter, S. S. E. '12
First reading: Michael Donoghue
Second reading: Anne Marie Donoghue
Prayer of the Faithful: Michael Donoghue
Music: Olivia Monachino '22, Jerome Monachino '91 and Dominic Monachino
Technical Director: Fr. Lino Oropeza, S. S. E. '11
Fr. Tom Hoar sends greetings to the online community from the grotto of Our Lady of Grace outside the Chapel of Our Lady of the Assumption on Enders Island—marking the Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima, one of the more notable feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary during May, the month dedicated to her honor.
Fr. Charlie Ranges and his team share a reflection on the gospel reading for Sunday May 17, 2020.
Catch Fr. Stanley Deresienski as he serves St. John the Baptist/St. Anthony/St. Mary Parishes virtually via Facebook Live!
Fr. Richard Myhalyk was Live on Facebook this week at Our Lade Queen of Peace in Selma! Check it out! Click the image above!
Be sure to check in with Fr. Brian Cummings, Spiritual Director of Saint Anne's Shrine, for the latest news on summertime happenings in Isle La Motte!
The staff of Edmundite Campus Ministry at Saint Michael’s College recorded the Liturgy for the Sixth Sunday of Easter. We invite you to celebrate with us the glorious Resurrection of the Lord during the season of Easter.
Presider: Fr. Michael Carter, S. S. E. '12
First reading: Miriam Pritschet '17
Second reading: Rada Ruggles '23
Prayer of the Faithful: Anna Lester '98
Music: Olivia Monachino '22, Jerome Monachino '91 and Dominic Monachino
Technical Director: Fr. Lino Oropeza, S. S. E. '11
The heart of the Society of Saint Edmund’s mission is serving where the need is greatest, a credo that has led us to four core ministries: Social Justice, Education, Spiritual Renewal and Pastoral Ministry. It is through these core ministries that we live out a faith-based life of service and make a real difference in people’s lives by bringing them closer to God.