January 11, 2008 SEVENTY-FIVE CENTS VOLUME 10 • No. 1
Human trafficking . . . . . . . 3
Vocations. . . . . . . . . . . 11-14
Deacon Hutzler dies. . . . . 18
Datebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Classifieds. . . . . . . . . . 22-23
Christmas 2007 photos . . 24
Walk for Life West Coast draws national attention
By Rick DelVecchio
he Walk for Life West Coast, the annual march
against abortion that has drawn thousands of
demonstrators to San Francisco every January
since 2005, plays a growing role in America’s debate
over the rights of the unborn, says a nationally
known Protestant pastor who has been an ally of
Catholic pro-life leaders from the outset of the event.
Pastor Clenard Childress, a Baptist minister in
Montclair, N.J., and Northeast regional director of
the Life Education and Resource Network, is sched-
uled to speak at the 4th annual Walk for Life West
Coast on Saturday, Jan. 19.
“In an area that is more or less perceived as the
bastion of all liberal thought, we find here a move-
ment growing that one would deem to be conserva-
tive,” Childress told Catholic San Francisco. “I
would just call it righteous.”
Childress, who is active in the pro-life movement
nationally, said the San Francisco march is his
favorite pro-life action. He said it is diverse, touches
many denominations and is non-partisan.
“It’s good for the country,” he said. “I think it’s
good for the people to see what the pro-life move-
ment is. It’s the most maligned movement in
America. The perception it has among Americans
The Rev. Clenard Childress who will
address participants in the Walk for
Life West Coast on Jan. 19 also
addressed the event last year.
Francesca Baliar Singh stands in the burned remains of her nephew’s house
Jan. 6 in Bamunigam, in India's eastern state of Orissa. Residents fled
Christmas Eve after police warned of an armed mob descending on the
Catholic village. The Catholic archbishop in the region said Hindu
extremists had been threatening to kill Christians unless they converted.
isn’t what it truly is. These are some of the dearest
people who are very humble, who truly want to
reach out to all mothers in order to save their chil-
Childress said the pro-life movement is “often
viewed as a tool of the Republican Party.” He added:
“When you go to San Francisco, you don’t get that.”
The march, which is held on the Saturday closest
to anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe
vs. Wade ruling legalizing abortion, begins at Justin
Herman Plaza at 11 a.m. and ends at Marina Green,
where a mariachi band will perform and vendors will
offer snacks and drinks. Organizers predict 20,000
people will participate.
The first walk in 2005 drew 7,000 pro-life demon-
strators and 3,000 opposing the event’s message. The
2006 and 2007 walks attracted 15,000 and 20,000
respectively, with smaller groups of counter-demon-
Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr., will help lead this year’s walk. In addition
to her and Childress, other speakers will include
abortion survivor Gianna Jessen; Father Frank
Pavone, national director of Priests for Life; and
Jesse Romero, radio personality and Catholic lay
evangelist. According to planners, Eduardo
Reject ‘abundance
for few, misery for
many,’ challenges
Pope Benedict XVI
By Carol Glatz
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The only way to bring
about just and sustainable development in the world is
to live in moderation and fix the vast inequities in the
distribution of wealth, Pope Benedict XVI said.
“One cannot say that globalization is synonymous
with world order; it’s anything but” that, he said.
“Conflicts for economic supremacy and the hoard-
ing of energy and water resources and raw materials
make it all the more difficult for those who strive on
every level to build a just and supportive world,” Pope
Benedict said.
The pope made the remarks at a Mass in St. Peter’s
Basilica Jan. 6 on the feast of the Epiphany, which
marks the manifestation of Jesus as savior to the
In his homily, the pope said people need hope in
something greater than themselves, which would also
lead them to “prefer the common good of all people
(as opposed) to abundance for the few and misery for
This great hope only can be in God who showed
his human face with the birth of Christ, he said.
If people have hope in Jesus, then they can perse-
vere in living a moderate lifestyle, he said.
If this true hope is lacking, one seeks happiness in
intoxication, the superfluous, in excess, and one ruins
oneself and the world,” said the pope.
Pope Benedict said living in moderation “is not
only an ascetic rule, but also a way of salvation for
“It is by now obvious that only by adopting a sober
lifestyle, accompanied by a serious commitment to a
fair distribution of wealth, will it be possible to estab-
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Where You Live
by Tom Burke
us in…. Club UNIDAS at Notre Dame High School in
Belmont raised $400 in a bake sale that will help under-
privileged children in Catholic schools buy books and
other supplies. The group promotes unity among Latino
students, the school said, and “provides for all to better
understand Latino culture and provide an atmosphere
that will build, foster, and promote good will.” Members
include Carla Barrera, Jessica Garcia, Crystal
Llamas, Alexa Navarro, Rosalinda Ceja, Giselle
Alvarez, Steffanie Guillermo. Adviser is Sandy
Murtaugh.… St. Peter Parish in Pacifica keeps us
aware of the many injured troops who could use our
attention. While we’re out of the Yuletide, it’s never too
late for a “thinking of you” card to A Recovering
American Soldier, c/o Walter Reed Army Hospital,
6900 Georgia Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20307-
5001…. Thank you in the largest size it comes to all
who made “Giving Trees” and other charitable efforts
a success in so many parishes this Christmas season.
With about 100 church locations in the Archdiocese and
so many good
hearts at each of
them, the number
of people our
parishioner elves
helped rise above
difficult circum-
stances has to
number in the tens
of thousands. In a
recent bulletin at
St. Cecilia Parish
a special nod, led
by pastor, Msgr.
M i c h a e l
Harriman, was
given to Jesse
Tree team mem-
bers Marian
Schmidt, Mary
Ann Naughton,
Paula Granucci,
Mary Barrett,
Dana Coe, Sally
Br i e n- Ho l pe r,
Elaine Shanahan.
I’m sure he and
our other pastors
would not mind
my including in
the tribute all
whose names we don’t have. Thanks, again!!…. This is
an empty space without ya’!! The e-mail address for
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start the new annum. Many of us continue to explore
middle age and its effects and symptoms – count me in
at 56 – and Maury is no exception. “When I was
younger, I often tried to be in two places at one time,”
Maury told me just before we left for Christmas vaca-
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I’m older, I often
find it difficult to
be in one place at a
time.”… Also
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sense of humor is
Brian Sullivan of
St. Gregory
Parish in San
Mateo who told
me he’s awaiting
the day when “80
becomes the new
30.”… Happy
anniversary to
Nancy and Tom
McGarvey, mar-
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inspired many by
showing their
devotion to each
other as well as to
their family and
friends,” said the
couple’s daughter,
Cathy Livy,
whom we thank
for the good
news…. Congratulations and keep up the good work
to new officers at the St. Thomas More Legal Society
of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. This year’s lead-
ership team includes Terrence J. Coleman, Thomas B.
Reed, Jr., Gregory E. Schopf, Chinhayi J. Coleman,
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Parish in Belmont since 1963.
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Mercy’s Associated Student Body, the event raised
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war-torn areas of the world. Sophomore Sabrina Sezar,
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USF students map sex trafficking in San Francisco
By Rick DelVecchio
University of San Francisco students and the campus
ministry are mapping sex trafficking places in San
Francisco in an effort to help humanitarian organizations
combat what they term a blight of modern-day slavery in
the city.
The students suspect that at least 90 sex emporiums
operate in San Francisco with women held against their
will. Because of the difficulty in gathering witness testimo-
ny and in tracking the life stories of the victims back to
their home countries, the students fear that traffickers often
escape prosecution. But they believe that the evidence they
are collecting will raise public awareness and point aid
organizations to places where victims are being kept
against their will.
The students described the effort at a Nov. 5 session of
the Theology on Tap discussion series for young adult
Catholics, sponsored by the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
The meeting was held at a popular bar in the Financial
District – a neighborhood familiar to the student investiga-
“A lot of the places we’re looking at are a few blocks
from here,” student
Mellice Hackett said.
The effort is part of
the “Not For Sale” cam-
paign against human
trafficking created by
David Batstone, a USF
ethics professor and an
advisor to the under-
graduate Erasmus
Community on campus.
The name is taken from a book Batstone wrote on traffick-
ing and the abolitionists fighting the problem in many
Batstone decided to investigate trafficking after learning
that one of his favorite Indian restaurants in the Bay Area
had been trafficking women from India for kitchen work
and other tasks.
The “Not for Sale” campaign is becoming a global
network of abolitionists, involving faith organizations
and high schools as well as colleges. More than 35 peo-
ple attended the discussion group, half of them under the
age of 30 and repre-
senting nine parishes
and two colleges.
Anne Stricherz, an
ethics teacher at St.
Ignatius College
Preparatory High
School, said her stu-
dents are learning
about the campaign in
“They can’t under-
stand how poor some
of these people are in
their countries,” she said. “That somebody would sell
their child is really difficult for them to understand. Then
they start thinking about massage parlors in a different
Christina Hebets, a USF junior, said she and fellow
student Hackett began
investigating sex traf-
ficking in San
Francisco last year.
Newspaper and
Internet ads for mas-
sage parlors raised the
students’ suspicions
that some establish-
ments were marketing
groups of women.
They theorized that the women were not operating inde-
pendently but were being used against their will.
The students then staked out some of the massage par-
lors, which often were located on upper floors and had
boarded-up windows. Their suspicions were further
raised when they noticed that few women left the build-
ings. They also learned that the establishments did not
have massage or business licenses.
After frustrating follow-up work to determine if
charges could be brought against the suspected traffick-
ers, they concluded
that not enough is
being done to enforce
the criminal laws
against trafficking.
“We found out that
whoever’s supposed to
focus on human traf-
ficking, it really falls
through a loophole,”
Hebets said.
But Lt. Mary Petrie,
who is in charge of the
vice crimes unit at the
San Francisco Police Department, heatedly denied that her
officers would fail to follow up on any allegation of human
trafficking. “There’s never been a third-party report that’s
ever been pushed aside,” she said.
The department is part of the North Bay Trafficking
Task Force, which also includes law-enforcement and
social service agencies in San Mateo, Marin and Sonoma
counties. The task force investigates complaints and
responds with legal action or aid to the victims.
She said citizens who want to help law enforcement
should know the legal definition of trafficking. “It has noth-
ing to do with borders,” she said. “It is services or labor that
are obtained through force, fraud or coercion.”
“That is the difficult thing to determine,” Petrie said. “If
the students have probable cause or reasonable suspicion
that trafficking victims are anywhere, by all means we take
all allegations seriously.”
Batstone, in an interview with Catholic San Francisco,
stood by the students’ work.
“The task force has really been disappointing in that
they have yielded very few trafficking cases,” he said. “That
‘There’s never been a third-party report
that’s ever been pushed aside.’
— Lt. Mary Petrie,
San Francisco Police Department
‘The (North Bay Trafficking) task force
has really been disappointing in that
they have yielded very few trafficking
cases.’ — USF ethics professor
David Batstone
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NEWS brief
Books on Jesuits honored
Two books about the exploits of
Jesuits in very different times
and places took the top awards
during the American Catholic
Historical Association’s annual
meeting in Washington. Liam
Matthew Brockey, an assistant
professor of history at Princeton
University in New Jersey,
received the John Gilmary Shea
Prize and $750 for his book,
“Journey to the East: The Jesuit
Mission to China, 1579-1724,”
judged the best work on the history of the Catholic Church
published in the 12-month period that ended June 30.
Jesuit Father Gerald McKevitt, professor of Jesuit stud-
ies at Santa Clara University in California, won the Howard
R. Marraro Prize and $500 for “Brokers of Culture: Italian
Jesuits in the American West, 1848-1919.”
Pope: global stability threatened
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Addressing diplomats from
around the world on Jan. 7, Pope Benedict XVI warned that
numerous armed conflicts and social disorders have left global
stability in a fragile situation. In Iraq the latest attack on
Christian churches reflects a continuing climate of terrorism
and violence in the country and illustrates the need for consti-
tutional reform to safeguard the rights of minorities, the pope
said. On nuclear weapons, he urged the international communi-
ty to undertake a joint effort to prevent terrorists from gaining
access to weapons of mass destruction. The pope also con-
demned “continually perpetrated attacks” against human life, in
areas ranging from the death penalty to biotechnology, and crit-
icized efforts to weaken the traditional family and the institution
of marriage. The world’s problems illustrate that real solutions
must be “solidly anchored in natural law, given by the Creator,”
he said. “This is another reason why God can never be exclud-
ed from the horizon of man or of history. God’s name is a name
of justice; it represents an urgent appeal for peace,” he said.
NAFTA concerns Mexico Church
MEXICO CITY (CNS) — The Mexico City Archdiocese
urged the Mexican federal government to better protect some
of the country’s poorest and most vulnerable residents as con-
cern grows that a flood of duty-free agricultural imports from
highly subsidized U.S. producers could force many small-scale
farmers to abandon rural areas and head to the United States.
Hugo Valdemar, archdiocesan spokesman, expressed
concern about the North American Free Trade Agreement’s
impact on Mexican farmers after the Jan. 1 removal of
duties on four basic products: white corn, beans, sugar cane
and powdered milk. The tariff removals were mandated by
the 14-year-old agreement.Valdemar told reporters Jan. 6
the changes could lead to an “increase in poverty” and
“more immigration to the United States.”
Visit encourages Viet archbishop
HANOI, Vietnam (CNS) — Archbishop Joseph Ngo
Quang Kiet of Hanoi called Prime Minister Nguyen Tan
Dung’s informal visit to him and the former apostolic nun-
ciature a “positive sign” of the government’s concern about
religious issues. The Asian church news agency UCA News
reported Jan. 3 that on the morning of Dec. 30 Dung unex-
pectedly visited Archbishop Kiet at his residence and also
went to the former nunciature nearby.In mid-December,
Archbishop Kiet urged local Catholics to pray for the gov-
ernment to return the former nunciature, which the commu-
nist government confiscated in 1959. Thousands of Catholics
have marched in processions to the compound since Dec. 18.
“I was very surprised that the prime minister unofficially vis-
ited us,” Archbishop Kiet told UCA News. He said that after
Mass he had returned to his residence next to the cathedral, not
knowing about the visit, when Dung arrived at the cathedral
accompanied by his guards and saw Catholics walking to pray in
front of the former nunciature. Archbishop Kiet said he received
Dung in his living room, where they talked for 15 minutes.
Cuba changes coming?
HAVANA (CNS) — Statements by top Cuban officials
in 2007 acknowledging the “need for changes” in the coun-
try were a “promising step that has created expectations,”
said Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino of Havana. Cardinal
Ortega said that throughout the country there was “a cloud
of criticism, complaints and hopeful proposals based on the
need for changes, even structural changes, in the way
national life is organized and lived.”
The prelate noted that Cuban authorities “have sought
broad-based opinions about all issues of concern” in socie-
ty and that “this has been a promising step.”In a July speech
Raul Castro, Cuba’s acting leader and the brother of ailing
President Fidel Castro, acknowledged the need for “struc-
tural reforms.” This was the topic of discussion groups
involving more than 5 million Cubans in September and
October. Cuban parliamentary elections are Jan. 20.
Proposes spiritual reparation
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A leading Vatican official
has proposed a worldwide program of eucharistic adoration
to seek spiritual reparation for the damage caused by the
sexual abuse of children by priests. Cardinal Claudio
Hummes, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, said the
initiative would involve dioceses, parishes, monasteries,
convents and seminaries in a prayer movement to support
priestly holiness. In a particular way, the initiative will ask
reparation “for the victims of grave situations of moral and
sexual conduct of a very small percentage of clergy,”
Cardinal Hummes said in an interview Jan. 4 with the
Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano.
In addition to eucharistic adoration the project would
seek to recruit “spiritual mothers” to pray for priests and
for vocations to the priesthood. It aimed to highlight
Mary’s special role as the mother of every priest. Cardinal
Hummes said the congregation hopes local communities
will establish groups of consecrated and lay Catholics
who dedicate themselves to continual eucharistic adora-
tion “in a spirit of genuine and real reparation and purifi-
Father Gerald
McKevitt, SJ



A Jesuit priest prays
during the Mass
opening the
35th General
Congregation of the
Society of Jesus
Jan. 7 in Rome.
The service was
attended by 225
Jesuit delegates at
the Church of the
Gesu which houses
the tomb of
St. Ignatius, the
order’s founder.






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Bishop Arzube, one of first Hispanic bishops, dies at 89
LOS ANGELES (CNS) — A funeral
Mass was held Dec. 31 for retired Los
Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Juan A.
Arzube, who died Dec. 25. He was 89.
Bishop Arzube was one of the first
Hispanic bishops ordained in the United
States in nearly 100 years when he was
made a Los Angeles auxiliary in 1971.
His involvement with various Church
and community issues prompted new
outreach to Hispanics in the Los Angeles
During his 53 years as a priest, Bishop
Arzube served primarily at parishes in
downtown Los Angeles and other
Mexican-American communities. He was
active in assorted efforts to assist immi-
grants; supervised the erection of a shrine
at Our Lady of Guadalupe, a mission
church where he served; and supported
the creation of the Episcopal Commission
of the Alta Baja Bishops, for bishops
from U.S. and Mexican border states.
Cardinal Roger M. Mahony presided
at Bishop Arzube’s funeral at Holy Cross
Cemetery. Auxiliary Bishop Gabino
Zavala gave the homily.
“Bishop Juan saw that faith and poli-
tics could not be like oil and water. They
must come together,” said Bishop
Zavala. “He knew that if a people’s
physical well-being was negatively
affected by what was happening in their
local neighborhoods, so was their spiri-
tual well-being. Preaching the Gospel
meant taking action and getting
involved. Shepherding meant taking the
Upon Bishop Arzube’s retirement in
1993, speakers at a tribute dinner
described his trailblazing advocacy on
behalf of Hispanic Catholics.
At that event, Cardinal Mahony said
Bishop Arzube’s work for Hispanics in
those early days was not greatly sup-
ported around the state.
“His visionary efforts and the direc-
tion he brought to the Church were vital,
timely and needed for the good of the
Church,” Cardinal Mahony said at the
A native of Guayaquil, Ecuador, born
June 1, 1918, Bishop Arzube lived for a
while in England before finishing high
school and college in Ecuador. He
received a civil engineering degree from
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy,
N.Y., and worked in Ecuador as an engi-
He moved to Los Angeles in 1944
and went to work in motion pictures and
radio, dubbing voices in Spanish for
Warner Bros. and Disney studios. The
Internet Movie Database lists a small
acting role he had in the 1946 classic,
“The Razor’s Edge.”
A longtime acquaintance from their
shared community activism recalled
hearing Bishop Arzube once demon-
strate his knack for imitating the voice
of actor Peter Lorre, whose roles he had
dubbed into Spanish years earlier.
Not long after moving to Los
Angeles, he entered St. John’s Seminary
in Camarillo, relatively late in life for
those days, and was ordained in 1954 at
the age of 36.
“I am a late vocation,” he said in a
1971 article in The Tidings, newspaper
of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. “I
believe persons being called by God
should go when they are called. The late
vocation appreciates the difference
between pleasure and happiness.”
Within the U.S. bishops’ conference,
Bishop Arzube served on committees
dealing with Spanish-speaking people,
the Catholic Campaign for Human
Development, domestic and internation-
al policy, the Church in Latin America
and the National Advisory Council.
Padre Pio’s body to be exhumed
SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO, Italy (CNS) — The body of St. Padre Pio will be
exhumed, studied and displayed for public veneration from mid-April to late September,
said the archbishop who oversees the shrine where the saint is buried.
Archbishop Domenico D’Ambrosio, papal delegate for the shrine in San Giovanni
Rotondo, announced Jan. 6 that he and the Capuchin friars of Padre Pio’s community had
decided it was important to verify the condition of the saint’s body and find a way to ensure
its preservation.
“It is my personal conviction and that of the confreres of St. Pio that we have an obliga-
tion to give the generations that will come after us the possibility of venerating and preserv-
ing in the best possible way the mortal remains of St. Pio,” Archbishop D’Ambrosio said.
In addition to marking the 40th anniversary of Padre Pio’s death Sept. 23, 1968, the pub-
lic veneration of his remains will coincide with the 90th anniversary of the day on which he
was believed to have received the stigmata, bloody wounds recalling the crucifixion wounds
of Jesus. According to the Capuchins, Padre Pio received the stigmata Sept. 20, 1918.
Immediately after Archbishop D’Ambrosio announced the exhumation of Padre Pio’s
body, Italian newspapers and television stations began reporting that members of his fami-
ly were opposed to the move and were threatening to sue the archbishop and the Capuchins.
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500 8th graders create
new ‘commandments’
By Tom Burke
Winners and participants in the annual essay contest
of The St. Thomas More Society of the Archdiocese of
San Francisco were recognized at a luncheon Dec. 6.
Five hundred eighth grade students from 25 Catholic
schools submitted entries on the topic, “Ten Commandments
for Seventh Graders to Insure Success in Eighth Grade.”
“All of the essays were well written and of excellent
spiritual quality,” said Hugh Donohoe, outgoing president
of the St. Thomas More Society. “This year we asked stu-
dents to use examples and lessons from the life and writ-
ings of St. Thomas More in preparing their essays.”
Lisa Dimech of St. Veronica Elementary School in South
San Francisco won the first prize of $500. Receiving awards
of $300 and $200 were second and third place finishers Jack
Cannice of Immaculate Heart of Mary Elementary School in
Belmont and Megan Kinkade of St. Patrick Elementary
School in Larkspur, respectively. The students’ schools
received corresponding matching awards, Donohoe said.
The St. Thomas More Society is an organization of
Catholic attorneys and others of the legal profession seeking
to serve in the model of lawyer and martyr St. Thomas More.
The essays of 35 students from 15 schools were
named as finalists in the competition:
Good Shepherd: Angelo Petrilli and Chiara Lewis;
St. Veronica: Lisa Dimech and Brett Bolentini; St.
Patrick: Megan Kinkade, Madeleine Burke, Amanda
Seki and Michaela Ravasio; St. Stephen School: Abby
Chen; Our Lady of Loretto: Kayla Marshall, Steven
DeMartini and Mara Loberg;
St. Anne: Antonio Chacon, Veronica Chan, Luyi
Cheng and Danielle Ocampo; St. Raphael: Charles
Pickford; IHM, Belmont: Jack Cannice and Catelyn
Poss; St. Thomas More: Andrew Bennetts, Aidan
Judge and Ryan Hughes; St. Robert: Steven Bendick;
St. Matthew: Claire McCarthy, Catherine Mullings,
Stephen Woodworth, Sam Peterson and Molly Downs;
St. Dunstan: David Antonio Demartini, Sarina Ho,
Charmaine Garzon and Nadine Tanjuakio; DeMarillac
Academy: Troy Dizon; Holy Angels: Ron Joves; St.
Philip: Ana Varela.
Following is the winning entry in the annual St.
Thomas More Society’s essay contest for eighth graders.
This year’s topic was “Ten Commandments for Seventh
Graders to Insure Success in Eighth Grade.” Lisa
Dimech is an eighth grader at St. Veronica School.
By Lisa Dimech
St. Thomas More lived more than 400 years ago and
yet many of the ideas he stood for are still very impor-
tant today. St. Thomas lived his life as a good Christian,
and even until the end of his life he stood by his beliefs
and values. St. Thomas preached, “The ordinary acts we
practice every day at home are of more importance to the
soul than their simplicity might suggest.” This quote
teaches us all how important it is to help others and to be
good children, students and friends. God has given us
wonderful people to use as role models and as
Christians. We must carry on God’s work and be role
models for others, just like St. Thomas did for us.
As an eighth grader and a senior student in our
school, I take my job as a leader very seriously. I feel it
is important to set an example for the students in our
school. There are certain commandments I try to live by;
and as an eighth grader I always try to model these
behaviors for others including you, the seventh graders
who will be in my place next year. The ten rules I live by
are simple and easy to follow because all you need to do
is always remember the first commandment which is the
Golden Rule: “Treat others as you would want to be
treated.” Although I have Ten Commandments, this
commandment is the most important. Many of the other
commandments that I try to model each day are the ones
I want to share with you because you are St Veronica’s
future leaders.
My second commandment is to always look for the
positive in every situation.
Change is hard, and so it is easy to start complaining
when something is different. It is important that we look
at the glass half full and not half empty. For example,
when the Catholic school in our neighborhood had to
close and new students joined our classes, some people
in our school were a little hesitant to have others join us.
For me, it was an opportunity to meet new people and
show them what a great community they were joining.
A third commandment is to always try to include and
not exclude others. St. Thomas said, “A friendship like
love is warm.” As a role model, I think it is important to
set an example and to not just talk to the same people
every day. I think cliques form because of power strug-
gles. If no one ever tries to step outside the clique, then
they will continue to exist. As a role model at our school,
I try to move from group to group; but I make it a rule to
never change groups once I start playing a game with
them. Even if something better comes up, I always try to
remain with the original group unless we all decide to
join others. This was especially important when the new
students joined our class because we tried to mix up our
groups a little in order to help them feel welcome.
The fourth and fifth commandments always travel
together. They are to always try to walk in another per-
son’s shoes and to work to understand how the other per-
son feels. I think these are important because they really
make us stop and think about others. For example, when
I first heard about the school closing, I did not think it
was a big deal; but then when I put myself in their shoes
and thought about our whole eighth grade class being
split up, it made me feel sad. I think by understanding
their feelings it put me in a better place to welcome them
to our school.
The sixth and seventh are the shortest, but the hardest
to live by. These commandments say to open your eyes
and speak up. It is important to see what is going on
around you. It is easy to pretend that you do not see
someone being picked on; however, it is usually hard to
open your mouth and say somthing to fix the situation.
As a role model, I try to open my eyes to things that are
going on around me. Sometimes it is hard to stand up to
bullies, but if you do it a few times it gets easier and in
the end everyone, except the bully, feels. better.
The next commandments are things that we should all
be doing every day. First of all, we have to love our-
selves because if we do not love ourselves, it is hard to
help others. Secondly, we have to reach out to others not
only in our school, but in our community. St. Thomas
More is an inspiration because he lived his entire life
performing work devoted to God and his community. So
many people need help, and we can do so much if we
just look around and try to come up with creative ideas.
A few years ago I made fleece blankets for children in
our Neighborhood Outreach Center. Many students in
our school helped with this project. In the end, there
were kids with a warm blanket and everyone who helped
felt good.
The last commandment is to be a leader and a fol-
lower. As St. Thomas said, “Go and take them by the
hand and guide them.” This is a very important com-
mandment because at times we must lead and be a role
model for others. At other times, we should follow the
footsteps of our leaders. St. Thomas was both a leader
and a follower and he set an example for us. I am very
lucky to have parents, siblings, teachers, nuns and
priests to use as role models. There are many people in
my life that I look up to and I hope that as an eighth
grader I am setting an example for you, the future lead-
ers of St. Veronica School.
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retirement community. He was 93.
Brother Columban graduated from
Sacred Heart High School in 1932, served as
school principal from 1944-1953, and was a
Brother of the Christian Schools for more
than 75 years. Almost a year ago, at SHCP’s
annual Gold Club Luncheon for alumni,
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milestone and for his influence on the SHCP
community. Members of the Gold Club
(SHCP graduates of 50-plus years) were
thrilled to see Brother. He was the principal
for many of the Sacred Heart graduates in
attendance, and a true inspiration for the
entire community.
A native San Franciscan, Brother
Columban (Alfred Robert Derby) was born
to Robert Tobias Derby and Edith Marie
Page on Aug. 19, 1914. He attended Paul
Revere and Mission Dolores grammar
schools, but his time as a student at Sacred
Heart High School was the catalyst for his
decision to dedicate his life to service.
Inspired by the Christian Brothers, he took
his vows and became a Brother upon high
school graduation in 1932.
Brother Columban furthered his educa-
tion at St. Mary’s College of California in
Moraga. In 1939 he made final vows. A year
later he received his bachelor’s degree.
Following in the footsteps of the Christian
Brothers’ Founder, St. John Baptist de La
Salle, Brother Columban chose to be an edu-
cator. He spent 26 years as a teacher in
schools including St. Peters High School and
Sacred Heart High School in San Francisco,
Mont La Salle in Napa, Garces Memorial
High School in Bakersfield, and Justin-Siena
High in Napa.
Brother Columban gave back to his alma
mater, Sacred Heart, in many ways. After
extensive classroom work, he took on the
role of principal in 1944. Brother organized
various construction projects, which includ-
ed designing a new Brothers’ house, build-
ing a gym and renovating the school.
SHCP Principal Ken Hogarty reflected,
“When I came back to Sacred Heart as a
teacher in 1971, Brother Columban had
already established himself as deserving a
place on the school’s ‘Mount Rushmore.’ As
a young teacher, I learned a great deal from
my interaction with him and from seeing him
model how a Lasallian teacher interacts with
students. He truly acted as a big brother to all
his students. As an administrator the last few
years, I have an even greater appreciation for
the legend that is Brother Columban. To real-
ize that he was an effective principal — first
at St. Peter’s and then at Sacred Heart —
starting in his twenties is awe inspiring to me.
He was obviously a born leader and, clearly,
Brother Columban’s vision and leadership
helped guide this community in a direction
that today, I trust, honors his memory.”
Brother Columban also graced the com-
munity with his music. Having studied under
the guidance of Benjamin S. Moore, Brother
served as an organist for Catholic high
school graduation ceremonies and later
became the official organist for the
Archdiocese of San Francisco and Cathedral
In 1999 Brother Columban was the recip-
ient of the Sacred Heart Cathedral
Preparatory Lasallian Vincentian Alumni
Award. In 2007, on his 75th anniversary as a
Christian Brother, he received two recogni-
Christian Brother
Columban Derby,
right, is presented
Sacred Heart
certificate of
recognition by
SHCP President
John Scudder
last year.
LEGEND DIES, page 18
Oldest priest of Archdiocese dies
By Tom Burke
Father Joseph P. O’Reilly, retired pastor of
St. Stephen Parish in San Francisco, died Jan.
7 at Seton Medical Center in Daly City. Father
O’Reilly had most recently resided at Alma
Via Residence in San Francisco. Ordained
June 3, 1939, he was 95.
A San Francisco native,
Father O’Reilly attended St.
Ignatius College Preparatory and
St. Mary’s College in Moraga
earning an undergraduate degree
in economics before entering St.
Patrick’s Seminary and
University in Menlo Park in
He served at parishes includ-
ing San Francisco’s Mission
Dolores and St. Philip the
Apostle; Our Lady of the Pillar in
Half Moon Bay; and St. Margaret Mary in
Oakland before beginning his more than 25
years as a pastor at St. Anthony in Menlo Park,
and St. Agnes and St. Stephen in San
He additionally served as assistant director
of Catholic Cemeteries for the Archdiocese of
San Francisco for 14 years. Father O’Reilly
retired in 1987 continuing in residence at St.
Stephen’s until his move to Alma Via in 2004
Father William Knapp, who retired as St.
Stephen pastor in 1992, now lives at St.
Isabella Parish in San Rafael. “I followed
Father O’Reilly at St. Stephen’s,” Father
Knapp said. “When I arrived he told me, ‘It’s
all yours. You won’t hear a word from me
about how to run this parish.’” The priest
stayed true to his word, Father Knapp said.
“He was a wonderful and outstanding man.
Everywhere he went people loved him. We
became very good friends.”
Salt Lake City Bishop John Wester served
as pastor of St. Stephen Parish from 1993 – 97.
“I extend my sincere and heartfelt
condolences to Father Joe’s fami-
ly, and to his many, many friends
who will miss him dearly,”
Bishop Wester told Catholic San
Francisco. “I remember Father
Joe as a true pastor who cared
deeply for God’s people. I have
many fond memories of my time
with him at St. Stephen’s and I
learned a lot from him in the ways
of gentleness and sincere concern
for others. Father Joe knew all his
parishioners by name, and could
go on at great length about the people he loved
and their stories. May God take him quickly to
himself in that heavenly banquet where he will
enjoy a rich reward for his splendid priestly
service in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.”
Archbishop George Niederauer will be
principal celebrant of a funeral Mass for Father
O’Reilly at St. Stephen Church today, Jan. 11.
Father Joseph Walsh, pastor of St. Stephen,
will be homilist. Additional concelebrants
include Father Knapp. Interment will be at
Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma. Survivors
include a niece, Kateri Cavin, and a grand-
niece, Kate Cardinali. Remembrances may be
sent to Kate Cardinali, 54 Catalpa Ave., Mill
Valley 94941.
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fter the death of his father in 2002, then
high school student Francis Putulin set
off on a mission. His goal was to draw every
Catholic Church in San Francisco.
“I needed to keep my mind busy during
the summer that I started this project,”
Putulin, 21, said of the months following his
father’s death from liver failure. “In a way,
this project is dedicated to his memory.”
Putulin said he had personally visited
close to 40 of the 50 churches in his set of
drawings. He viewed most of the churches
from the outside only because many were not
open when he was available to visit. For the
other churches, Putulin used pictures from
the San Francisco public library, along with
books on the history of the Archdiocese.
Putulin also used visits to churches during
high school as an opportunity to brush up on
their architecture. He would sneak away from
the gymnasium where the basketball team, the
Crusaders of Archbishop Riordan High School,
played and explore whatever church was con-
nected with the opposing team.
Putulin’s drawings include several
churches that are no longer open, including
St. Joseph in San Francisco where his par-
ents were married and he, his siblings and
his cousins were all baptized.
“I always loved that church because it stood tall amidst the often times rough
surrounding neighborhood of SOMA [South of Market Area],” said Putulin.
“Every time I pass by the church on the way to my grandmother’s house, it still
rips me apart to see it gradually deteriorate.”
Putulin said the plight of St. Joseph Parish made him particularly sympathet-
ic to the cause of other parishioners whose churches were closed. For this reason,
he included all the Catholic churches in San Francisco, not just the ones still
“I felt that an important part of my past would no longer be open for me to go
to every day,” said Putulin of St. Joseph. “I chose to include the churches that are
no longer open as a way of paying tribute to the impact they have had on people.”
Putulin’s interest in architecture, particularly churches, began at an early age.
He would build churches out of wooden blocks, and had a keen interest in visit-
ing churches whenever he could.
He said his parents took him to many churches during his childhood, includ-
ing 13 of the 21 California missions. Putulin even recalled his mother double-
parking in front of churches in San Francisco so he could run in and grab a
church bulletin.
Putulin’s mother, Aurora Aquiler-Putulin, said his extensive knowledge of the
churches in San Francisco, down to the exact address and even the names of the
pastors both past and current, comes as a surprise to people.
“One comment I always hear from people is that he has a photographic mem-
ory,” said Aquiler-Putulin in an e-mail interview. “He can remember the details
and always puts them in his drawings.”
She said her son has always had a deep faith. When he was young, he even
suggested the family convert their backyard into a church.
Both Putulin and his mother credit his late father Nazario with inspiring his archi-
tectural ambitions. Born in Meycauayan, a city just north of Manila in the Philippines,
the elder Putulin studied architecture at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.
After coming to the United States in 1982, Nazario Putulin found it difficult
to secure employment in an architecture firm. At the time, most major firms in
California were in Southern California. He decided to pursue computer pro-
gramming, and worked in the ITS department for the City and County of San
Francisco. His son took up the architectural mantle.
“I felt very proud and honored that he was following the same path that his
dad traveled,” said Aquiler-Putulin.
Now a senior at the University of San Francisco, Putulin is a part of the
school’s fledgling architecture program, just four years old.
Professor Seth Wachtel is the program’s director and one of Putulin’s profes-
sors. “Francis has grown steadily in his architecture skills and personal confi-
dence,” said Wachtel in an e-mail. “He is very committed to his major and puts
in more time on his design projects than many of his peers.”
Wachtel praised Putulin for his effort to draw the Catholic churches of San
“Well conceived ‘side-projects’ are excellent additions to a strong architecture
education,” said Wachtel. “As a vibrantly active and dense city, San Francisco is
an especially rich environment for such architecturally focused activity.”
Putulin said now that he has completed the drawings of San Francisco’s
Catholic churches, he plans to continue with the churches in San Mateo and
Marin counties. Eventually, he hopes also to include the churches in the Oakland
and San Jose dioceses.
He also plans to draw all 21 of the California missions, and said they are the
reason he fell in love with churches in the first place.
His immediate goals are more practical. He hopes to graduate and move on
to graduate school, though he does not yet know where he wants to attend.
Putulin said he plans to offer the church drawings at no cost to any parish that
wants one, although as yet very few people even know about the drawings.
“The only people who knew I was doing the project were my family, friends of
the family, and a few of my own friends from school,” he said. “Now I guess every-
one will know.”
Ed. note: To see the additional sketches of San Francisco Catholic churches by
Francis Putulin, visit the Catholic San Francisco website: www.catholic-sf.org.
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Francis Putulin holds
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San Francisco
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Pope challenges . . .
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lish a just and sustainable model of devel-
opment,” he said.
The pope recalled the New Testament
account of the Magi, saying the Wise Men
demonstrated great courage by embarking
on a long journey following a star, kneeling
before a humble baby and offering him pre-
cious gifts.
The Magi were guided by a star shining
in the East, the pope said, and it is the mis-
sion of the Church today to be a guiding
beacon, a “spiritual light ever-present in the
word of the Gospel, which today is also
able to guide every person to Jesus.”
With that light, every authentic believer
in Christ “can and must be of help to those
he or she finds by his or her side and who
perhaps are having trouble finding the road
that leads to Christ,” he said.
The pope said everyone needs to
become courageous enough to seek out
God and make sure that courage is
“anchored to steadfast hope.”
The pope noted that the day also marked
World Day of Missionary Childhood and
praised the efforts of so many Christian
children who help the Church by spreading
the Gospel and reaching out to those less
“For more than 160 years, through the
initiative of the French bishop Charles de
Forbin Janson, the childhood of Jesus has
become the icon for the commitment of
Christian children who help the Church in
her task of evangelization by prayer, sacri-
fice and gestures of solidarity,” the pope
said, adding:
“Thousands of children meet the needs
flies in the face of evidence we’re gathering by students.”
Luis Enrique Bazan, associate director of the USF uni-
versity ministry, guided the students’ investigation and also
expressed frustration that law enforcement did not respond
to the findings.
“They’re just not prepared to take evidence from stu-
dents,” he said, adding that the students are shifting their
emphasis from police work to social research.
He said human rights organizations and outraged citi-
zens, like the USF students, must take on much of the
responsibility for exposing the problem through education
and outreach to the victims.
Trafficking flourishes, he told the discussion group,
because it is a low-risk, high-profit business. The victims
are poor, voiceless and disposable.
“Many people ask me what is the difference between
old slavery and modern-day slavery,” he said. “Before, it
used to be an investment – it used to be like buying a house.
Today, there is no legality about it and also it’s not an
investment. You can buy a kid for very little money.”
One sex slave can earn $1,500 a day, he said. If the earn-
er becomes a problem, he or she is simply replaced.
The victims often are held in debt bondage, which is a
means of controlling them as much as possible, Bazan said.
“Unless an organization comes along and rescues her, she
will not have an opportunity to get out of that,” he said.
Transgender youth are particularly at risk because they
come from cultures where they are ostracized, he said.
“There’s a big group of transgender people who come to
San Francisco because they imagine these are the best con-
ditions they could find,” he said. “The majority have been
In the next phase of their campaign, the students plan to
investigate the experiences of transgender youth.
The students plan to start monthly meetings for anti-
trafficking activists in San Francisco. They also hope to
enlist men who patronize sex establishments in helping to
rescue trafficking victims.
“We’re targeting the johns,” Bazan said. “The majority
of people are saved because johns discover their favorite
girl is in that place against their will.”
One campaign tactic: printing messages on the back of
bar coasters. The messages will warn that women who
appear to be prostitutes could be slaves.
USF students . . .
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Those looking to celebrate Martin
Luther King Day have two new
options this year. On Friday, Jan. 11,
three Bay Area choirs will perform in
a tribute to the slain civil rights leader
at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St.,
beginning at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday,
Jan. 20, St. Paul of the Shipwreck
Catholic Parish, 1122 Jamestown Ave.,
San Francisco, will welcome revivalist
preacher Father Maurice Nutt of
Memphis, Tenn. The Redemptorist
priest will speak during the
10:30 a.m. Gospel Mass.
A woman
Communion from
Pope Benedict
during a Mass in
St. Peter's
Basilica at the
Vatican on the
feast of the
Epiphany, Jan. 6.
of other children, driven by the love that the
Son of God, become a child, brought to the
earth. I say thanks to these little ones and I
pray that they will always be missionaries.
“I also thank those who assist them, who
accompany them along the road of generos-
ity, of fraternity, of joyous faith that gener-
ates hope.”
The pope also extended a Christmas
greeting to Eastern Christians who follow
the Julian calendar and were preparing to
celebrate the birth of Christ Jan. 7.





By Mark Pattison
WASHINGTON (CNS) — There is an
uptick in the number of Catholic seminari-
ans in undergraduate college programs,
according to Mary L. Gautier, a senior
research associate at the Center for Applied
Research in the Apostolate, based at
Georgetown University in Washington.
For the 2006-07 school year, there was a
total of 1,365 college seminarians, up from
1,297 the year before, and up from 1,248 —
the lowest number reported in CARA’s 40
years of surveying — in 2004-05. The last
time the number of college seminarians was
this high was in 2002-03, when 1,376 stu-
dents were enrolled.
Still, the numbers have been trending
downward over the past four decades. The
2006-07 number of 1,365 college seminari-
ans is barely 10 percent of the number
reported by CARA’s first survey in 1967-
68: 13,401.
The numbers are in the CARA report
“Catholic Ministry Formation Enrollments:
Statistical Overview for 2006-2007,” which
was released in September.
In the 40 years CARA has been report-
ing seminary enrollment numbers, college
seminary enrollment figures have gone up
While the number of theology
students and students in college
seminaries has fluctuated in
the past few decades, college
enrollment is up.
3,306 3,274
©2007 CNS Source: 2007 CARA report
1980 1985 1990 1995 2000 2004 2005 2006
less than
Age Distribution of
Theology Students
January 11, 2008 Catholic San Francisco 11
Have you ever thought of
becoming a Catholic Priest?
If you have,
You are invited to attend a week-
end Discernment Retreat,
4:00 p.m. Friday, February 1, 2008
1:00 p.m. February 3, 2008
at St. Patrick Seminary and
University in Menlo Park, CA
What happens on a
Discernment Retreat?
There are presentations about:
q Practical steps for discerning
one’s vocation
q Values of priesthood
q Vocational journeys of priests
and seminarians and how
they came to understand
God’s call and live it
q Seminary life ar St. Patrick
Seminary & University that
includes human, spiritual,
intellectual and pastoral
training and formation
Opportunities for prayer and wor-
ship include daily celebration of
the Eucharist.
There will be time for questions,
interacting with seminarians and
priests, walking the grounds and
using the recreational facilities.
Attendance does not imply further
commitment or obligation. There
is no cost to attendees for this
Discernment Retreat.
To register, you must be:
q A single male
q Twenty-one years or older
q Sponsored by a parish
priest/recommended by a
Diocesan Vocation Director
If you have
questions contact:
Discernment Retreat Office
(650) 325-5621
Please register before
January 18, 2008
by returning the
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your parish to:
Discernment Retreat
Saint Patrick’s
Seminary & University
320 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Fax: (650) 323-5447
January 18


CARA reports uptick in college seminarian enrollment
10 times. “We’ve seen upticks before,”
Gautier said in a telephone interview with
Catholic News Service.
“The numbers do fluctuate from year to
year,” she said. Even though the numbers
are slightly up two years in a row, “I would
hesitate to call this a trend,” she said. “We’ll
know better after this year.”
Two factors have blunted college semi-
nary enrollment figures, according to
“There are a lot fewer college seminar-
ies now” than there were a generation ago,
she said, and dioceses are encouraging
prospective priest candidates to complete
their bachelor’s degree at their current col-
lege, followed by “pre-theology” seminary
study to take the philosophy courses that
will serve as the basis for study in a gradu-
ate-level seminary, or theologate.
Pre-theology work often takes two years
to complete, Gautier said. Most graduate
seminary programs run four years, and some
have added a fifth year for a pastoral year of
service in a parish or other ministry setting.
Overall numbers for graduate seminar-
ies are down, from 3,306 in 2005-06 to
2,374 in 2006-07. Enrollment at diocesan
theologates was up slightly for the second
year in a row, while enrollment at religious-
order theologates was down for the second
year in a row.
The number of pre-theology students for
2006-07 was 623. They represented 19 per-
cent of all theology students.
Gautier told CNS she had received sev-
eral phone calls since the 2007-08 school
year began from college seminary staff
“anecdotally” reporting “record” numbers.
“I don’t know what ‘record’ means,”
Gautier said. “It could be six (students)
instead of two.”
Those seminaries, she added, are “ask-
ing if this is a trend that’s going on. I have
to tell them, ‘I don’t know yet. I’ll get back
to you next spring.’”





Discernment retreat set for men
Feb. 1-3 at St. Patrick Seminary
A discernment retreat for men 21 and
older wanting to know more about the real-
ities, challenges and fulfillment of being a
priest will be held Feb. 1-3 at St. Patrick’s
Seminary and University in Menlo Park,
according to the archdiocesan Vocations
To begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, and
end at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3, the no-cost
retreat will include presentations on practi-
cal steps to evaluate one’s vocation in life,
on the values of the Roman Catholic priest-
hood, and on seminary life.
Participants will also have opportunities
to visit with priests and seminarians and to
hear the stories of how they came to embrace
a religious vocation. Periods for prayer and
celebration of Mass will take place.
Potential attendees should secure the
sponsorship of a parish priest or approval
from a diocesan vocations director. Director
of Vocations for the Archdiocese of San
Francisco is Father Tom Daly; phone: (415)
614-5683; e-mail: dalyt@sfarchdiocese.org.
For retreat information, call (415) 325-
5621 or e-mail info@stpatrickseminary.org.
The website for the archdiocesan
Vocations Office is sfvocation.com.
Sister of St. Benedict postulant Stephanie Hart is hugged by 95-year-old Sister Suzanne Helmin during a moving
moment of the community’s Dec. 31 ceremony marking the end of a year-long observation of its 150th year.
weeks, pedal stroke by pedal stroke, to begin to acclimate.”
In her first blog entry, posted July 30, Hart said her fam-
ily has been supportive of her decision to move to the
monastery, but her father, Dean, wasn’t enthusiastic about
his daughter biking solo in the dog days of August along
long stretches of open highway.
He suggested that Stephanie’s mother, Ellen, an avid
biker, join her. Then younger sister Cindy wanted to partic-
ipate, too. The three trained for months.
While they were on the road, Dean Hart rode behind in
a camper and served as main cook and support crew.
Hart said she got to know the Sisters at the monastery
pretty well during her time at the College of St. Benedict
from which she graduated in 2002. She attended the Liturgy
of the Hours in the evenings and sang in the monastic choir.
What attracted her to the Sisters’ way of life? “I think it’s
the primacy of the prayer life — that the prayer feeds their
work and then their work feeds the prayer,” Hart said. “They
aim for that balance. These are women with very full lives.”
Sister Mary Catherine Holicky, monastery vocation direc-
tor, posted an entry on Hart’s blog Aug. 12: “Stephanie, not
only are you being accompanied by your family on this trip to
the monastery but many of your sisters at St. Benedict’s are
mindfully and prayerfully
present to you as well. Our
hearts are cheering (you) on
and we are indeed over-
whelmed with gratitude for
you. It will be good to wel-
come you home.”
During her year of postu-
lancy, Hart will continue to
discern whether she is called
to be a member of the
Benedictine community,
and its members will discern
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By Joe Towalski
ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) – Last August Stephanie Hart
was on the road to discerning whether she has a calling to
the religious life — both literally and figuratively.
That road took her about 650 miles across four states, as
the 27-year-old massage therapist biked from her home in
Miles City, Mont., to St. Joseph, Minn., where she joined
the Sisters of St. Benedict for a yearlong postulancy to dis-
cern whether she has a permanent call to religious life.
As of Jan. 4, she was still pursuing that quest according to an
entry in her Internet blog (bikingtothemonastery.blogspot.com)
which has traced her travels of the heart and highways since
beginning her biking pilgrimage.
In her first blog notes since Oct. 29, Hart on Jan. 4
described a joyful Christmas holiday in Montana with her
family and confessed that it “was harder to leave them than it
usually is. It was also harder to come back to the monastery
than I thought it would be, but am I ever glad I did.”
Beginning her recent note to blog readers with “Still
here in the new year,” Hart wrote, “It’s been a while, eh?
Sometimes I haven’t been sure what to write about; some-
times I felt like there was so much to write about I didn’t
know where to begin; sometimes there were things to
process, but this wasn’t the best forum. Sometimes life was
just plain busy.”
The entry also described the Sisters of St. Benedicts’ con-
cluding sesquicentennial year event that took place Dec. 31
during which the senior member of the community, Sister
Suzanne Helmin, 95, handed Hart one of the special outdoor
banners which had flown during the 150th-anniversary year-
long celebration. Sister Helmin has been professed 77 years.
Sister Suzanne “turned around and handed her flag to
me, the youngest and newest member, in a tear-jerkingly
rich symbol of unity and movement for the community.
What a way to close these 150 years!” wrote Hart.
While there are occasional “big to-dos” like the found-
ing-year commemoration, “mostly we live ordinary, day-
to-day lives here in the monastery,” wrote Hart. “It’s the
daily stuff that I hope to share more about on this corner of
the Web in the coming weeks and months—and more reg-
ularly than I have of late!”
Hart blogged that she had “recently shared some of my
story with two fabulous sections of a class on ‘Women’s
Theological Perspectives’ at the college associated with the
monastery. Those students just about blew me away with
the great questions they asked, which helped flesh out the
real daily life that happens inside the monastery. There’s
still a shroud of mystery and holiness around places like
this, but it’s really just home for 293 women who live
remarkably ordinary lives.”
She said classmates asked things like: Can you go on
vacation? What about your school loans and other debt? Do
you have a car? What does the schedule of a normal day
look like for you? Do you have your own bedroom?
”If you have particular things you’re curious about, just let
me know,” Hart offered to readers.
Hart’s biking trip from Miles City to the monastery took
two weeks, departing Aug. 11 and arriving Aug. 25. In an
interview with The Catholic Spirit , newspaper of the
Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis prior to leaving,
Hart said she enjoyed traveling the open road.
“I guess what I’m hoping for myself during this time is
mostly to just be — to allow whatever thoughts to come that
need to come,” she told the newspaper. “I have about two
Woman peddles 650 miles to begin monastery life
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if Hart is a good fit. If things progress, Hart would become a
novice next year and profess first vows in two years.
Dan Morris-Young contributed to this story.
January 11, 2008 Catholic San Francisco 13


Do you feel God may be calling you to diocesan priesthood?
“¿Te sientes atraído a servir como sacerdote diocesano?”
You haven’t chosen me. I have chosen you.”
“Tu no me has elegido. Yo te he elegido a ti.”
John 15:16
God, our Father, In Your love and providence, You call each of us to a more
holy and abundant life. We pray for our young people in the Archdiocese of
San Francisco. Open their hearts and minds to know the vocation You have
planned for them from all eternity. If they are being invited to follow You as a
priest, Brother, or Sister, give them a generous heart to respond to Your
challenging call and the strength to follow wherever You lead them. May
families desire to please You by encouraging and supporting vocations within
their homes. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Good Shepherd. Amen
Please Pray Daily
Office of Vocations • One Peter Yorke Way • San Francisco, CA94109
E-mail: dalyt@sfarchdiocese.org
If you have any questions, please contact
Fr. Thomas Daly
Office of Vocations
Serving the Archdiocese of San Francisco Since 1854
For information, please contact:
Sister Gloria Loya, PBVM
E-mail: gloya@pbvmsf.org
281 Masonic Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94118 415.422.5001
• Community Life
• Prayer & Spirituality
• Compassionate Service
• Shared Vision
• Diverse Ministries
Sr. Kathy Littrell, Vocation Director
Sisters of the Holy Family
P.O. Box 3248, Fremont, CA94539 • 510-624-4511
shfmem@aol.com • holyfamilysisters.org
Sisters of the Holy Family
To seek out and
advocate for the poor and
needy, especially families,
for the Kingdom of God.
More than a Career…
U.S. seminary in Rome experiences enrollment boost
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Pontifical North
American College in Rome experienced an increase in its
enrollment of seminarians as it welcomed a freshmen class
of 52 students earlier this school year. Now the total num-
ber of students enrolled in the U.S. seminary is 185, includ-
ing two men from the Archdiocese of San Francisco –
David Schunk, a third-year theology student, and Joseph
Previtali, who will return to the college for a final year of
study after completing his current pastoral field work at St.
Anne of the Sunset Parish in San Francisco.
The enrollment is the most in the past 40 years, said David Schunk Joseph Previtali
Msgr. James F. Checchio, the college’s rector.
While the upturn reflects U.S. national trends, the rector said
enrollment also has been boosted because more dioceses are
sending their men to Rome for preparation for the priesthood.
“There are 14 new dioceses that have men here that did
not last year,” including many dioceses from the Midwest
and the South, he told Catholic News Service.
The college also has “a pretty good number,” 74 priests,
who are pursuing graduate degrees in Rome and living at
its Casa Santa Maria, he said. “A few years ago (that num-
ber) had been down to 57,” he said.
L.A. seminary to honor Cardinal Levada and Cardinal Manning
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ St. John’s Seminary
in Camarillo plans to create endowed chairs to honor “two
great friends of the seminary known for their faithful priest-
ly service,” Msgr. Craig Cox, rector, told The Tidings,
newspaper of the Los Angeles Archdiocese.
The Cardinal Timothy Manning Chair in Priestly
Spirituality and the Cardinal William J. Levada Chair in
Systematic Theology will each secure a $1.8 million
endowment. Interest income from each endowed chair will
support the salary and benefits needed for a St. John’s
Seminary faculty member teaching in the seminary’s theol-
ogy and priestly formation programs.
“Cardinal Manning was one of the seminary’s strongest
supporters in our almost 70 years of educating priests,” said
Msgr. Cox. “As a priest, auxiliary bishop and archbishop of
the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, he provided decades of
leadership and was much beloved in the Southern
California Catholic community.”
During his service in Los Angeles Cardinal Manning
ordained 349 priests and confirmed an estimated 650,000
The Cardinal Levada Chair in Systematic Theology will
focus on the study of “the deepest mysteries of our faith as
proclaimed in the Creed at Mass,” Msgr. Cox said. While
serving as a faculty member of St. John’s, then-Father
William Levada taught the courses in systematic theology.
“Together with his current service as prefect of the
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, a chair in system-
atic theology is a wonderfully appropriate way to honor
Cardinal Levada as well as to emphasize the intimate connec-
tion between theology and pastoral ministry,” said Msgr. Cox.
Cardinal Levada is a native of Long Beach, a graduate
of St. John’s Seminary College, and a former priest and
auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles.
A Catholic Lay Organization
14 Catholic San Francisco January 11, 2008

Sister Trang Truong, D.C.
26000 Altamont Road
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
Sister Marianne Olives, D.C.
650 West 23
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Come and See Opportunities…
For single Catholic woman, ages 18-45
When: April 25-27, 2008 & September 12-14, 2008
Or As Requested
For more information, contact:
San Mateo
San Francisco_


Religious communities of Catholic women serving the
Bay Area have joined to offer information on discern-
ment of religious vocations, faith sharing, ministry,
social justice, spiritual growth and counseling on the
webite www.bayareacatholicsisters.org. The site pro-
vides contact information for 20 religious communities.
‘Beatitudes’ for encouraging
Church vocations in the family
Blessed are the children of parents who . . .
✝ Witness love for their spouse, their children, their
neighbor and the world.
✝ Talk freely about the presence of God in the joys and
sorrows of their lives.
✝ Remind their children that they are loved by God and
have been given gifts to serve others.
✝ Lead their family in prayer.
✝ Speak positively about Sisters, Brothers, priests and
✝ Participate in the lay ministries and activities of their
parish and community.
✝ Invite a deacon, priest, Brother or Sister to their home.
Serra crab feed Feb. 23
The Serra Club of San Francisco will hold its
annual All You Can Eat Crab Feed Feb. 23 at St.
Anne of the Sunset’s Moriarity Hall, Funston
Avenue and Judah Street in San Francisco, begin-
ning with a no-host social at 6:30
p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m.
Proceeds help continue
the Serra Club’s mission to
encourage vocations in the
Church. Tickets are $40.
Call Diana Heafey at (415)
731-6379 or e-mail
Discernment retreat for
women January 18-20
The Sisters of Mercy, Burlingame, have scheduled a
Weekend Discernment Retreat Jan. 18-20 for women inter-
ested in learning more about life as a member of a religious
To be held at Mercy Center, 2300 Adeline Dr., Burlingame,
the retreat will include prayer, reflection, quiet time and allow
participants to “meet” Mercy Sister Foundress Catherine
McAuley via a presentation by Mercy Sister Patricia Galli.
For additional information, contact Mercy Sister Cindy
Kaye, at (650) 340-7434 or kayenun@yahoo.com.
A similar retreat is also scheduled at Mercy Center
April 4-6.
✝ Encourage their children to consider priesthood and
religious life as well as marriage.
— Brother John Samaha, SM
Jobs with
a Future.
Serra for Priestly Vocations
Please call Archdiocese of San Francisco
Father Tom Daly at (415) 614-5683
January 11, 2008 Catholic San Francisco 15
Baptism of Jesus encourages
a realistic look at his humanity
Scripture reflection
The baptism of Jesus was a problem
for his followers. John’s disciples could
always lord it over the disciples of Jesus:
“Our master baptized your master, nah,
nah, nah!” It also creates a problem for
those hyper-orthodox Catholics today
who so emphasize the divinity in Jesus
that there is little room for his humanity.
They are also boxed in by the phrase that
Jesus grew in wisdom, age and grace.
Any suggestion that God might grow
scares them.
An authentic Christology, however,
which sees Jesus like the rest of us in all
things save sin, sees no problem in his
listening to the Baptist and going through
a ceremony of renewal and rededication
before he began his public life. Did Jesus
learn anything from the Baptist? If, like
all humans, he grew in understanding
and maturity, the only appropriate
answer is that of course he did.
And so now a story for those who
object to the humanity of Jesus: Once
upon a time a family moved into a new
house. It was a very nice house with a lot
more room than in their old house.
However, it was also strange. When it
came time to go to bed, the three children
were very sleepy. They didn’t like their
rooms because they were unfamiliar and
they didn’t like the house because it was
not their old house and they didn’t like
anything because they were so tired.
Well, finally they fell asleep and had
terrible nightmares. Then they woke up
and were frightened and angry. Their
parents didn’t come to the room to tuck
them in again. This made them more
frightened and angry. So they stormed
down stairs and discovered that both
their parents had fallen asleep in the
front room, their mother on the couch
and their father on an easy chair. The
kids were shocked and dismayed. What
good were parents who grew so tired
when they moved to a new house that
they forgot their kids and just fell asleep.
Their parents were not perfect. So they
woke their mommy up and shouted at
her. Why did you go to sleep on us
mommy? Because I’m human she said
and I get tired. Even Jesus got tired.
Yeah, said the kids, but he wasn’t our
Father Andrew Greeley is an author,
journalist, sociologist and teacher.
IS 42:1-4, 6-7
Thus says the Lord: Here is my servant
whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I
am pleased, upon whom I have put my spirit;
he shall bring forth justice to the nations, not
crying out, not shouting, not making his voice
heard in the street. a bruised reed he shall not
break, and a smoldering wick he shall not
quench, until he establishes justice on the
earth; the coastlands will wait for his teaching.
I, the Lord, have called you for the victory of
justice, I have grasped you by the hand; I formed
you, and set you as a covenant of the people, a
light for the nations, to open the eyes of the blind,
to bring out prisoners from confinement, and
from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.
PS 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10
R. The Lord will bless his people with peace.
Give to the Lord, you sons of God,
give to the Lord glory and praise,
Give to the Lord the glory due his name;
adore the Lord in holy attire.
R. The Lord will bless his people with peace.
The voice of the Lord is over the waters,
the Lord, over vast waters.
The voice of the Lord is mighty;
the voice of the Lord is majestic.
R. The Lord will bless his people with peace.
The God of glory thunders,
and in his temple all say, “Glory!”
The Lord is enthroned above the flood;
the Lord is enthroned as king forever.
R. The Lord will bless his people with peace.
ACTS 10:34-38
Peter proceeded to speak to those gath-
ered in the house of Cornelius, saying: “In
truth, I see that God shows no partiality.
Rather, in every nation whoever fears him
and acts uprightly is acceptable to him.
You know the word that he sent to the
Israelites as he proclaimed peace through
Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all, what has
happened all over Judea, beginning in
Galilee after the baptism that John preached,
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with
the Holy Spirit and power. He went about
doing good and healing all those oppressed
by the devil, for God was with him.”
MT 3:13-17
Jesus came from Galilee to John at the
Jordan to be baptized by him. John tried to
prevent him, saying, “I need to be baptized
by you, and yet you are coming to me?”
Jesus said to him in reply, “Allow it now,
for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all right-
eousness.” Then he allowed him.
After Jesus was baptized, he came up from
the water and behold, the heavens were opened
for him, and he saw the Spirit of God descend-
ing like a dove and coming upon him. And a
voice came from the heavens, saying, “This is
my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7;
Psalm 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10;
Acts 10:34-38; Matthew 3:13-17
Archbishop’s homily: Feast of Epiphany
Christianity ‘not a story of our search for God, but of God’s search for us’
Following is the text of the homily
delivered Jan. 6, the Feast of the
Epiphany, at St. Mary’s Cathedral by
Archbishop George H. Niederauer.
Epiphany is a feast of light, the cele-
bration of the “shining forth” of the new-
born Jesus as Light and Savior of the
world. Light is a feature of the entire story
of Christmas for us Christians: the angel
appearing to the shepherds; Simeon in the
Temple in Jerusalem, calling Jesus a light
to the nations; our own use of lights and
candles to decorate our churches, our
homes and our streets; the emphasis on
light in late December and early January,
during the darkest days of the year. Now,
today, we have this story of the light of a
star that leads wise men to the newborn
This light is the theme of Isaiah the
prophet in our first reading: “Jerusalem,”
he cries out, “your light has come: in the
midst of darkness and thick clouds cover-
ing the earth, the glory of the Lord shines
upon you.” For the people of Israel, then in
exile in a foreign land, Isaiah was promis-
ing redemption, renewal and a new life,
restored to their own land. And the prom-
ise goes beyond the Jewish people, to all
peoples. Isaiah tells the Israelites,
“Nations shall walk by your light!”
That theme of inclusiveness, of many
peoples being blessed in the birth of the
Messiah, is very important in Matthew’s
Gospel. This Gospel was written for early
Jewish converts to the Christian faith, and
Matthew again and again connects the
Hebrew Scriptures with this new revela-
tion of God’s saving plan in Jesus Christ.
In his beautiful story of the magi or wise
men from the east Matthew does not say
that they are kings and he does not tell us
they are three in number, though that is a
good guess because they bring Jesus three
gifts. In this story, these seekers take a
long journey, following the bright light of
the star. They meet a vicious, dangerous
king, Herod. They persevere and find the
holy child of great destiny. They worship
him, give him their gifts, and (warned by
God’s message) they go home by a differ-
ent route.
What important truth of our faith is
Matthew—is the Church—teaching us
with this story, this feast? St. Paul, in our
second reading, gives the answer: Paul
writes to his converts at Ephesus, telling
them that his ministry is the preaching of
the Gospel, the good news. What is that
good news? Paul says it is the revelation of
God’s secret plan, which had been
unknown for many ages, but is now
revealed: the plan that in Christ Jesus,
Jews and gentiles alike—all peoples of all
times and all places—will be members of
the same body or people of the Lord. We
will all be sharers of the same promise of
salvation, rescued from sin and death,
promised life now in God, and life eternal.
On this Feast of Epiphany we see and cel-
ebrate this shining forth of God’s promise
and plan in the newborn Jesus, and the
sharing of all peoples, symbolized in the
journey of these wise men from the east.
For us Catholic Christians, though, sal-
vation is not some sort of spectator sport,
like bowl games. We are meant to be par-
ticipants. Salvation was interactive long
before television or computers. This shin-
ing plan of God for our salvation in Jesus
Christ confronts you and me with choices.
We could even call this story of the
wise men from the east “A Tale of Two
Kings.” In their story this morning these
seekers with their gifts meet two kings:
Herod and Jesus. Herod is powerful, rich
and dangerous. A type familiar in our
world today! Referring to the rumor of a
newborn king, Matthew tells us at one
point: “At this news King Herod became
greatly disturbed, and with him all
Jerusalem.” Believe me, when Herod the
Great became greatly disturbed, if you
were anywhere in the vicinity, you would
have become greatly disturbed too! The
Jewish historian Josephus tells us that
Herod, on his deathbed, gave orders that
all the most important citizens of
Jerusalem be slain after he himself died,
so that there would be lots of weeping in
the city. Herod put so many of his own
children to death that the people had a say-
ing: it was safer to be Herod’s pig than
Herod’s son.
Now contrast King Herod with Jesus
the King: a small helpless child is king,
with the power to change and save the
world. Jesus is not rich or powerful or dan-
gerous in the sense of worldly rulers. He’s
not at all a familiar king. Still, 2000 years
later, the dates on our calendars don’t have
anything to do with Herod, but they have
to do with the birth of Jesus Christ. Most
people would not know anything about
Herod, except for his connection with this
obscure, unimportant baby in a hut in the
small town of Bethlehem, soon to be an
exiled, homeless immigrant in Egypt.
You and I must choose between these
two kings, Herod the Great and Jesus
Christ. “Well, that’s easy!” you may say. Is
it? Is it really so easy to choose powerless-
ness, to choose not always being in con-
trol, not always trying to know it all, to
choose to surrender to God’s will in our
lives, to choose a spiritual journey that
takes us through uncertainties, and
demands that we trust in God all the days
of our lives? In a sense, God “journeyed
far” to us: to become weak and human, yet
to remain God’s eternal Son. Our Christian
religion is not a story of our search for
God, but of God’s search for us.
God has reached out toward us. He
calls us to reach back to him, over and
over again in our lives. In this Eucharist
this morning Jesus comes to us in the
bread and wine as we receive his Body and
Blood, the Bread from heaven. In these
words of Scripture God’s Word speaks to
us and call us to make that Word our own.
God our Father gives us the light of his
grace in the teaching and example of
Jesus, his Son, but we choose which light
we will walk in. We choose between the
two kings: we can choose Herod, and we
do so each time we react with suspicion,
distrust, selfishness, hardened refusal to
forgive, knee-jerk judgments born of prej-
udices against individuals or groups, or
anything or anyone new or strange or dif-
ferent. So many ways to choose Herod.
However, we can learn from the magi in
today’s Gospel story. They were changed
by their journey. They were literally
“enlightened;” “they went back to their
country by another route,” Matthew tells us.
Our “country” of the spirit, of the heart, is
now the kingdom of Jesus, the Light of our
world. We can choose King Jesus over
King Herod. Now we can walk by the light
of his words and the strength of the food on
his altar each day. Again and again we can,
like those wise men, return to our “country”
and to our king, Jesus, “by another route,”
the route of faith in his teaching and his
ways, of hope in his light and strength, of
love for him and for all whom he loves and
forgives. In this new year, let us wake up,
see the light, choose our king, and follow
him, wherever he leads, confident that he is
bringing us home.
16 Catholic San Francisco January 11, 2008
Pro-life includes respect
As a long-time, active parishioner of
St. Matthew’s Parish in San Mateo, a grad-
uate of the school, and as a school parent
for the past 14 years, I feel compelled to
comment on the dismissal of Mr. Ross Foti
from our parish. First of all, I want to be
clear that our priests and our parish are now
and have always been committed, both in
words and in deeds, to the sanctity of life at
every stage. The main contention that
Father Anthony McGuire, pastor, has with
Mr. Foti has nothing to do with Mr. Foti’s
pro-life position. Our parish has a long his-
tory of speaking out against abortion,
euthanasia and capital punishment. The
preachers emphasize the value of human
life at every stage of its development. For
example, in the prayers of petition, the
faithful pray for pregnant women to come
to full delivery. There is an active pro-life
committee in the parish which con-
stantly brings issues to the attention
of the faithful, and the parish has
hired a bus for the last several years
to facilitate participation in the March
for Life.
The issue is that Mr. Foti has
brought gruesome pictures of bleed-
ing fetuses next to church property in
such a way that school parents have
to pass in front of them on their way
to school each day. Many young chil-
dren have been frightened by them.
Father McGuire recommended to Mr.
Foti that these pictures may be suit-
able in front of the Planned
Parenthood Building, but they were
causing resentment and revulsion
among many parents.
For a while, Mr. Foti covered
them, but not for long. As a result,
Father McGuire organized a meeting
with Mr. Foti and 15 parents who
tried to explain to him that these pic-
tures were traumatizing their chil-
dren, but Mr. Foti disagreed. Taking
matters in their own hands, the par-
ents then began covering the pictures.
The tension escalated to the point that
the noise was disturbing morning
Masses. At this point, Father
McGuire told Mr. Foti that, unless he
covered the truck and desisted from
attending the School Mass, he was no
longer welcome in the church and that if he
came the police would be called. He came,
and the police were called.
The reason for the dismissal was stub-
bornness and unwillingness to dialogue,
and, as a result, disturbing the community
life of St. Matthew Parish.
Carla Peccolo Woodworth
St. Matthew Pastoral Council
Dialogue eschewed
I am writing in response to the recent
events at St. Matthew Catholic Church and
School involving Mr. Ross Foti. We as a
community do not disagree with the pro-
life message Mr. Foti expresses but we do
have issues with the means he has used to
spread this message. Over the course of this
school year Mr. Foti has been a major dis-
ruption to school operations, he has contin-
ually aggravated, if not harassed, many
parental attempts at conflict resolution and
has shown zero interest in peaceful dia-
The core of this issue lies with our
children who have been repeatedly bom-
barded with his grotesque propaganda
which has led to much emotional distress.
Father Anthony McGuire arrived at St.
Matthew’s roughly three years ago and has
been a tremendous asset to our parish and
school family, especially our children. They
love this man. Father McGuire has the com-
plete support from the St. Matthew’s School
Consultative Board as well as school admin-
istration, faculty, student body and parental
community. We stand united. I thank you for
your time and consideration in this matter
and hope the Archdiocese of San Francisco
will stand firmly behind our pastor.
Joseph Kmak
Chairman, St. Matthew’s Catholic
School Consultative Board
(Ed. note: A background state-
ment on the Nov. 13 citizen’s arrest
of Ross Foti at St. Matthew Parish,
San Mateo, is carried on the parish
website: stmatthew-parish.org.)
Rooted in faith
Robert Johnson’s Dec. 7 con-
cern about the IAF (Industrial Areas
Foundation) “roots” of PICO was
voiced 10 years ago by one member
of our parish council, when my
church was deciding to join
Peninsula Interfaith Action (PIA).
I and two other members of the
council attended a couple of meet-
ings of the nascent “local organizing
committee” to investigate these
“subversives.” All three of us were
so moved by the experience of a
handful of ordinary parishioners
who were willing to step outside of
their normal comfort zones to pro-
duce positive changes in their com-
munity, we joined them.
The result has been a growth in
our own faith, which is now rooted
not just in prayer, and not in com-
plaint, but also in action. Rooted not
just in self-interest, but also in com-
munity-interest. The only “roots”
that we should be concerned with
are our own!
When Jesuit Father John Bauman
founded the Pacific Institute of
Community Organization in 1972 in
Oakland, he most certainly was drawing
upon the effective organizing principles
developed by Saul Alinsky in Chicago for
the IAF. But there the relationship ends.
The PICO organizing model is faith
based, providing an effective technology
for us to move the moral underpinnings of
our faith out of the pews to be realized
within our greater community.
It is also grassroots. Issues are deter-
mined by the individual parish members
talking to fellow parishioners. Prudential
solutions are forged by our own creativity
and by the political processes of our dem-
ocratic society with the moral compass of
our faith guiding the solution, not by
PICO or any of its affiliated organiza-
tions, and not simply by the secular meas-
ures of power and money which chart the
course in the absence of inclusive com-
munity involvement. PICO is also inter-
faith. Many of the 1000 congregations
belonging to the PICO Network are
Roman Catholic parishes, but many more
are Protestant, Jewish and Unitarian com-
munities, each rooted in their individual
faith traditions, but all working together
for the common good and learning to love
each other as Christ loves them.
If you feel that “the way” might not
be manifested by a pious, fearful people
navigating among their exclusive environ-
ments of church, home and school/work
within the perceived security of their
SUVs and ignoring everything in
between, then check out www.piconet-
work.org. See what others have done,
imagine what your community could do,
and take action.
Philip C. Cosby
Barring church door
was not Jesus’ message
Earlier this week, on the morning (Jan. 8) of his swearing-in cere-
mony for a second term as mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom
attended the 9 a.m. morning Mass at Mission San Francisco de Asis,
named after St. Francis of Assisi – the patron of the City.
More commonly known as Mission Dolores, it was here on the
Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, June 29, 1776, that two Franciscan
priests celebrated the first Mass at what would become the first church
in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
In an earlier age, news that a San Francisco mayor, who often hap-
pened to be Catholic, had attended Mass on any given day would not
be unusual. In a very good and healthy way, the history of the Catholic
Church in northern California and the history of the City of San
Francisco are closely intertwined.
We now are in a very different age, and there has been grumbling
from people with diverse points of view about Mayor Newsom’s deci-
sion to attend Mass with his family as a start of the first day of his sec-
ond term. Some people were not pleased that the Mayor (a baptized
Catholic) accorded any respect to the Catholic Church at all. On the
other hand, some fervent Catholics expressed concern prior to the
Mass and demanded that Newsom be refused Holy Communion. Still
other critics suggested that the Mayor, in some way, was using religion
for political purposes.
However, the Mass at Mission Dolores was not a public event at
which the Mayor held center stage. God did. If there were political
considerations in the Mayor’s decision to start the first day of his sec-
ond term by worshiping at Mass with his family, they are not appar-
ent. The weekday celebration of the Holy Eucharist at Mission
Dolores with the Mayor and his family in attendance was holy and rev-
erent, and for his own reasons, the Mayor did not present himself to
receive Holy Communion.
Certainly, Mayor Newsom has taken some public positions in the
past that are counter to Church teaching. But this does not mean we
should bar the church door whenever he appears. As Catholics and fol-
lowers of Jesus Christ, we must continue to be welcoming to all who
want to worship God with us.
We think Catholics in the Archdiocese of San Francisco view the
Mayor’s coming to Mass as a good thing. Catholics appreciate the
concern Mayor Newsom has shown for the poor and marginalized, and
they pray for the Mayor as he fulfills the responsibilities of his office.
At the same time, we pray that his understanding of Catholic teaching
be enhanced.
On a broader scale — which surpasses consideration of any single
person — we recognize that all of us are in need of redemption. We
know that Jesus himself said he came to save sinners; we recall his
parable about the shepherd leaving his flock to find the lost lamb; and
we hear in Holy Scripture again and again Christ’s teaching on the
need to forgive.
Of course, much lies outside of this short observation. Being a wel-
coming Church does not mean that in our beliefs we move with the
wind or the moment. In fulfilling our mission to proclaim the Good
News of Jesus Christ, we must welcome all faithful to the truth that
has been revealed by God. MEH
Walk for Life, Jan. 19
The fourth annual “Walk for Life West
Coast” will be held Jan. 19 in San
Francisco. A rally with impressive speakers
will begin at 11 a.m. at Justin Herman
Plaza, and a peaceful walk to the Marina
Green starts at noon. This event has become
an important part of a movement that rec-
ognizes the harm that abortion brings to
women, men and families. Prior to the
event, Archbishop George H. Niederauer,
along with bishops of surrounding dioceses,
will celebrate Mass at 8 a.m. at St. Mary’s
Cathedral. We urge all Catholics to support
the Walk for Life West Coast.
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ily breakdown, declining church attendance, sexual irresponsi-
bility) and see the whole culture as “a culture of death.”
Liberals too easily do the opposite. They tend to see sec-
ular culture as an “enlightenment,” a huge moral advance over
many former moral blind-spots — racism, superstition, sexism,
narrow fundamentalism, unhealthy fear and intolerance in the
name of God. Secular culture is seen as possessing the moral
high ground and this achievement is itself seen as the result of
secular culture shedding the narrowness and restraints of reli-
gion. For many liberals, we have stopped burning witches pre-
cisely because we have stopped reading Scripture, or at least
because we have stopped listening to organized religion.
What Bailie’s comment does is expose both views as
too selective in their reading of history.
Conservatives are right in pointing out secular culture’s
too-easy acceptance of abortion, family breakdown, euthana-
sia, faith without church, pornography and sex outside of
marriage as major moral blind-spots, a regression that does
make for a certain “culture of death.” But, as Bailie’s com-
ment also makes clear, that’s not the whole story. The same
culture, so blind in some
areas, is progressing
morally in other areas. It
has stopped burning
witches. In what way?
Christianity and the
cross can be compared
to a time-released
moral-capsule dissolv-
ing slowly in history. We
can trace some of the
more salient moments in
this process. It took us,
the Christian world, 1800 to accept, unequivocally, that slav-
ery is wrong, but eventually we learned it. We kept reading
Scripture long enough. It took us 2000 years, and the last
pope, John Paul II, to accept that capital punishment is
wrong, but eventually too we learned that. We kept reading
Scripture long enough. And it has taken us 2000 years and
“We didn’t stop burning witches because we stopped
reading Scripture; we stopped burning witches because we
kept on reading Scripture.”
Gil Bailie, “Violence Unveiled,” wrote those words
and they teach a lesson we would be wise to learn as we
debate whether morality is progressing or declining today
within secular culture.
What Bailie’s axiom suggests is that history should be
written carefully. The past wasn’t all golden and the present
isn’t all bad, just as the past wasn’t all bad and the present
isn’t all good. Our age, like every other, has brought moral
advancements in some areas and moral decline in others.
Conservatives too easily idealize the past and demonize
the present. In their view, secular culture is generally seen to be
morally decadent, soft, hedonistic, shortsighted and superficial,
a fall from a better time, from a golden moral age wherein peo-
ple believed in God more strongly, were more generous, more
community-minded, more committed to church and more
responsible sexually. Conservatives tend to look at certain
moral indicators within our culture (abortion, euthanasia, fam-
Moral progress and moral regression
Spirituality for Life
Ron Rolheiser
logical and “virtual” world. When Rachael attended a Mass
in Latin with a friend, she had a firsthand spiritual adven-
ture into the world of reverential silence, classical music
and the transcendent nature of God.
Likewise, if Rachael listens attentively to Connie, she may
begin to understand Connie’s discomfort with the Latin Mass.
When Connie was a little girl, all Masses were in Latin. Her
parish priest often preached about the pains of hell and said only
Catholics go to heaven. Her favorite aunt, a Lutheran, died at
this time. For Connie, old-style priest vestments, the scent of
incense and the sound of Latin chant dredge up her childhood
terror that her aunt might be burning in unending flames of fire.
Empathy does not mean that either Connie or Rachael
will necessarily change how they feel about the Latin Mass.
However, if they have empathy, they will have more respect
and understanding for each other. This will help them work
together in the office and pray side by side in church.
Practicing empathy is not for the morally weak. It
takes inner strength to set aside one’s self-centeredness to
really listen to another compassionately.
Neither is empathy only for women, as we can see by
the fact St. Paul taught the same basic principle in the
Letter to the Romans: “Rejoice with those who rejoice,
weep with those who weep.”
I believe Jesus Christ, true God and true Man, is the
most empathetic person who ever lived. His empathy was
one of standing beside people and sharing their pain, not
lording over them (see Matt. 20:25-28). While religious
leaders feared becom-
ing “impure” by eating
with sinners, Christ
freely dipped his food
in the same dish. He
showed empathy for
women in ways that
bruised the social
taboos of his time,
freely talking with
women who were not
his kin and allowing
impure women to touch him. On the road to Emmaus, the
risen Christ spent time listening attentively to the disciples’
feelings before talking with them about the Scriptures.
If we call ourselves followers of Christ, then we must
also practice having an open heart and open mind toward
others, no matter who they are. It is not enough to “love
each other” in the abstract if we are not willing to listen
empathetically. It is not enough to “defend the truth” if in
the process we practice war and hatred.
Without empathy, there can be no true peace in our
churches or peace on earth.
Julie McCarty is a syndicated columnist and author
of “The Pearl of Great Price: Gospel Wisdom
for Christian Marriage” (Liturgical Press).
Her website is www.juliemccarty.com .
Lately I’ve been reading about the life of Edith Stein,
also known as St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. As a
result, I’ve become fascinated with the topic of her 1916
doctoral dissertation, empathy.
Empathy is the ability to taste a little of another per-
son’s experience despite the fact you can never really get
“inside the skin” of another human being completely. For
example, an empathetic surgeon shows with words and
facial expression real care about the patient as a person.
I wonder what would happen if Catholics in this coun-
try were to put aside the politics of right and left, practic-
ing empathy instead?
Let us consider the fictional case of Rachael, a young
adult, and Connie, a 60-something woman, who work in
the same office. Both are Catholic. One day their conversa-
tion turns to the latest announcement that a nearby parish is
going to offer an additional Sunday Mass in Latin.
When the topic arises, Rachael is bursting with excite-
ment while at the same time Connie feels a pit in her stomach.
This is the critical moment, when each one realizes the
other feels differently about the same topic. At this point,
they have a choice. Each may react defensively, fighting for
her views, neither listening to the other.
However, if they treat each other with kindness and
open hearts, truly listening to each other, there is a chance
for empathetic understanding.
If Connie shows interest in Rachael’s excitement, she
may discover that Rachael grew up in a very noisy, techno-
Following Christ means practicing empathy
Deeper Waters
Julie McCarty
ROLHEISER, page 19
Kerry, during his 2004 campaign, misrepresented the
Catholic pro-life argument as somehow sectarian, when in
fact the Church’s defense of the dignity of human life from
conception until natural death is based on first principles of
justice that can be known by anyone willing to work through
an argument? Is it uncivil to point out that Catholic politicians
of both major parties continue to misrepresent the character
and source of Catholic pro-life conviction? I don’t think so.
Is it uncivil to ask our bishops, with the respect due the
fullness of holy orders, to exercise the singular responsibility
they bear for safeguarding the integrity of the Church’s sacra-
ments – even if doing so means bringing upon themselves the
opprobrium of a hostile secular press? I don’t think so.
Is it uncivil to point out to fellow Catholics that they
are putting their souls in peril when they willfully ignore
the first principles of justice, or when they ignore the
Church’s two millenium-long teaching on worthiness to
receive holy Communion? Or is such truth-telling an exer-
cise in fraternal charity – indeed, a fraternal responsibility?
Is it uncivil for Catholics to remind each other there is a
hierarchy of issues in the application of Catholic social doc-
trine to American public life, and that the life issues, precisely
because they engage first principles of justice, must be given
priority in evaluating a candidate’s fitness for public office? Is
it uncivil – or is it a necessary act of charity in the form of truth-
telling – for Catholic constituents to remind Catholic legisla-
tors they cannot be given a moral or political pass on the life
issues because they agree
with the U.S. Conference
of Catholic Bishops on the
minimum wage, or health
care, or immigration law
The first thing we owe
our fellow-citizens is the
truth as we understand it,
for truth-telling in vigorous
public exchange is democ-
racy’s lifeblood. America is a proposition country, and one
important index of the health of our republic is the degree to
which the proposition – that all human beings are created equal
and deserve the equal protection of the laws – is received by our
people and given public effect by our legislators. That is why
the life issues are today’s premier civil rights issues. When fel-
low Catholics who are legislators fail to understand this, it is not
uncivil to call them to reconsider, privately if possible, publicly
if necessary. It is a necessary act of fraternal charity.
By all means, let us be civil in making arguments. But
civility must not be confused with pusillanimity nor set
against the imperative of speaking truth to power: calmly,
clearly and persistently.
George Weigel is a senior fellow of the Ethics and
Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.
Thoughtful Americans across the spectrum of political
opinion are rightly concerned about the degree to which our
national politics has degenerated into the manipulation of
consumer desires and passions, often by the seductions of
the electronic media. That those manipulations can have a
nasty edge to them is just as obvious, and just as deplorable.
Christian faith should bring the leavens of reason and civil-
ity to public life, for Christian faith teaches us that the
“other,” including the politically “other,” is a human person
possessed of reason and deserving of respect.
All the more reason, then, to regret that the recent
“Catholic Call to Observe Civility in Public Debate,” issued
at a press conference in Washington on Nov. 6, should mis-
construe civility in such a way as to set civility against the
charity we owe the “other” in the form of truth-telling.
The money paragraph in the “Catholic Call to
Civility” reads as follows:
“As lay Catholics we should not exhort the Church to
condemn our political opponents by publicly denying them
Holy Communion based on public dissent from Church teach-
ings. An individual’s fitness to receive Communion is his or
her personal responsibility. And it is a bishop’s responsibility
to set for his diocese the guidelines for administering
Here, I fear, is a host of confusions presenting itself as
a call for civility.
Was it uncivil to remind the public that Senator John
Civility not same as pusillanimity
The Catholic Difference
George Weigel
Legend dies . . .
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Deacon John Hutzler funeral Mass celebrated Christmas eve
By Tom Burke
A funeral Mass for Deacon John Hutzler
was celebrated Dec. 24 at St. Gabriel
Church in San Francisco. Deacon Hutzler
died Dec. 18. Ordained to the diaconate in
1990, he was 69 years old. Deacon Hutzler
served at several parishes in the
Archdiocese including St. Gabriel, St.
Emydius and most recently St. John of God.
Deacon Leon Kortenkamp, diaconate
director for the Archdiocese of San Francisco
and a classmate of Deacon Hutzler’s, assisted
at the altar for the funeral Mass.
“John was a very dedicated deacon and
close to many parishioners in the parishes
where he served,” Deacon Kortenkamp told
Catholic San Francisco. “He took sacred
liturgy very seriously. He was also very
dedicated to the community of deacons and
their wives and eager to support and partic-
ipate in diaconate community activities. We
will deeply miss his presence at our gather-
ings and ask all who knew and loved him to
join us in special prayers this Christmas
season for Deacon John and his family.”
“John recently traveled to the Holy Land
and found it to be a truly faith-filled experi-
ence,” said Deacon Rusty Duffey of St.
Robert Parish in San Bruno who was also
ordained in 1990.
While Deacon Hutzler was glad for all
of his ministerial appointments, it was
where he would finally serve that his heart
rested, Deacon Duffey said. “During our
conversations, John would often express
that he was most grateful to
the community of St. John
of God,” Deacon Duffey
said. “He truly appreciated
his ministry with them and
was thankful for their
prayers and support.’
Father Tom Seagrave,
pastor of St. John of God,
was principal celebrant at
the funeral Mass. St.
Gabriel pastor, Father John
Ryan, concelebrated. The St. John of God
choir led song.
Archbishop George Niederauer and
Auxiliary Bishop Ignatius Wang, who were
unable to attend the Mass due to previous com-
mitments, sent condolences announced at the
liturgy by Father Seagrave.
Salt Lake City Bishop John
Wester, whom Deacon
Hutzler often assisted at
confirmations and other
rites when he was an auxil-
iary bishop of the
Archdiocese of San
Francisco, and Reno Bishop
Randolph Calvo, a former
priest of the Archdiocese of
San Francisco who also
knew Deacon Hutzler in ministry, sent similar
notes and said they were praying for the late
deacon, his family and the deacon community.
Remembrances may be sent to Deacon
Hutzler’s brother, Thomas Hutzler, 5242
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tions for lifelong commitment to youth:
Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory’s certifi-
cate of service and Board of Supervisors of
the City and County of San Francisco recog-
nition for his work and commitment.
The San Francisco honor stated: “You
have provided a safe, nurturing and stimulat-
ing environment to many young people,
which has had a significant effect on their
lives. You reflect the best of San Francisco
“Brother Columban Derby touched the
lives of thousands of young people during his
many years of service to Sacred Heart
Cathedral Preparatory and the other Lasallian
school communities at which he served,” said
SHCP President John Scudder. A fixture at
countless reunions, Masses and celebrations
through the years, Brother Columban
enjoyed interacting with the many students
once under his tutelage.
“He remained a close friend and loyal
alumnus after his retirement, and found great
joy being around his former students at vari-
ous events; hearing of their lives and how
much they valued their time with him at
Sacred Heart. Brother dedicated his life to
young people and enjoyed a remarkable
career as an educator, administrator, leader
and friend. He’s truly a legend,” Scudder
Brother Columban is survived by several
cousins: Antoinette and Richard Dixon, San
Francisco; Claire and Lee Jones, New
Canaan, Conn.; Edwin Borello, Novato;
Gabrielle Clausen, San Francisco; and Erick
and Ellen Engman, Daly City.
Funeral services are scheduled for tomor-
row, Jan. 12, in the Mont La Salle Chapel,
4401 Redwood Rd., Napa. Viewing will
begin at 9 a.m.; funeral liturgy will be at 10
a.m.; interment will be at the Brothers’ ceme-
tery at Mont La Salle. In lieu of flowers,
donations to the Lasallian Education Fund,
De La Salle Institute, 4401 Redwood Rd.,
Napa 94558, have been requested.
Luncheon will follow after the interment
Rolheiser . . .
s Continued from page 17
we are still, slowly, learning and accepting more and more of
the implications of the Gospel in terms of social justice,
equality for all and respect for the integrity of creation.
The good news is that we are, slowly, getting it. It is
no accident that, for instance, Holland, the most secular-
ized culture in the world, takes care of its poor better than
any other country in the world, has perhaps the highest sta-
tus for women in the world, and is a culture of high toler-
ance. These are major moral achievements inside of a cul-
ture that is at the same time regressing morally in accept-
ance of abortion, euthana-
sia, prostitution, pornogra-
phy and drugs. Moreover,
its moral achievements
have come about not
because Holland or secular
culture has stopped reading
Scripture. What’s best
morally inside of secular
culture issues forth mostly
from its Judeo-Christian
roots. Liberalism’s reluc-
tance to admit that stems
more from an adolescent
grandiosity than from any
honest reading of history,
akin to a 17-year-old who
sees only parents’ faults
and is unable to acknowl-
edge that the very moral
guns she or he now has
trained on the parents were
provided by those same
What all this high-
lights is that our moral
judgments may not be
simple. The past we some-
times idealize, for all its
moral strengths (its faith
in God, church, family,
sacrifice, self-renuncia-
tion, sexual responsibility)
was, because of racism,
sexism and dogmatic
intolerance, less of a gold-
en age for some than for
others. We once had our
own “Taliban” that
declared that error had no
Walk for Life West . . .
s Continued from cover
Verástegui, the star of the movie “Bella,” has also been
The West Coast walk precedes the 35th national March
for Life, which will be held in Washington, D.C., on
Tuesday, Jan 22. That event will include a rally on the
National Mall, a march to the Supreme Court and meetings
with members of Congress.
In a Jan. 1 post on the Priests for Life blog, Father
Pavone noted that 2008 is an election year and called for
“massive efforts to register pro-life voters, to distribute the
clear teaching of the Church (and of common sense) about
the absolute priority of the right to life as the issue in any
and every election, and a massive get-out-the-vote drive
when voting time starts.”
Childress said the presidential race is not something he
intends to dwell on in his remarks at the West Coast walk.
“I focus more on the conscious of America,” he said.
“When that is pricked, we will see a change.”
This year’s walk comes at a time when California pro-
life advocates are gathering signatures for a possible
November iniative on family notification of a minor’s
pending abortion. The proposed initiative, called Sarah’s
Law, or the Child and Teen Safety Stop Predators Act of
2008, would require a doctor to notify a parent, or, in case
of parental abuse, another adult family member of an une-
mancipated minor 48 hours before performing an abortion
on her.
The Walk for Life West Coast culminates a series of
local pro-life events marking the 35th anniversary of Roe
vs. Wade.
The 21st annual interfaith memorial service for abortion
victims will be held at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Friday, Jan.
18, at 7:30 p.m. Father Pavone will speak along with Elder
Walter Hoye II of Progressive Missionary Baptist Church
in Berkeley. Representatives of 40 or more pro-life groups
will place roses on a table at the bottom of the altar to
remember unborn children who have been aborted.
The theme of the memorial service is “The Infant In My
Womb Leaped for Joy,” a reference to the Gospel story of
the pregnant Elizabeth’s experience of the Holy Spirit in
the presence of Mary.
From 8 p.m. that Friday evening to 7 the next morning,
an all-night adoration will be held at Sts. Peter and Paul
Church in North Beach.
The Walk for Life West Coast website is www.walkfor-
Walk for Life to be broadcast nationally by Catholic network
Eternal World Television Network coverage of the
fourth annual Walk for Life West Coast along San
Francisco’s northern waterfront will focus on the pre-
event Rally for Life at Justin Herman Plaza, where thou-
sands of participants are expected to assemble.
Live broadcasting is scheduled to begin Jan. 19 at
10:30 a.m. and encore later that day at 10 p.m., on Jan. 22
at 2 p.m. and on Jan. 24 at 2 p.m.
Scheduled rally speakers include Alveda King, niece
of assassinated civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr.; Eduardo Verastegui, the star of the movie “Bella,” and
Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life.
EWTN also will telecast the annual “March for Life”
gathering in Washington, D.C., starting with a Solemn
Vigil Mass for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine
of the Immaculate Conception, Jan. 21 at 4 p.m.
Live coverage at the Basilica continues on Jan. 22
with a Mass for Life at 4:30 a.m. for March participants.
Later, EWTN cameras will follow as the March for Life
proceeds along Constitution Avenue to a Rally for Life at
the Washington Monument, Jan. 22 at 8 a.m. (4 hours).
The march and rally telecast will encore Jan. 22 at 7 p.m.,
Jan. 23 at 6 a.m. and Jan. 26 at 10 a.m.
Other upcoming ETWN programming includes
“Walsingham: England’s Nazareth,” a documentary on
the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in Norfolk, a
place of pilgrimage since medieval times that is now
England’s Roman Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady,
Jan. 20 at 7 p.m., Jan. 23 at 11 a.m. and Jan. 25 at 1 a.m.
EWTN also will provide live coverage from Rome of
the celebration of vespers on the Feast of the Conversion
of St. Paul, Jan. 25 at 8:30 a.m., with an encore Jan. 25 at
2 p.m. Pope Benedict XVI will preside over the vesper
service which will take place in the Basilica of St. Paul-
EWTN is carried on Comcast Digital Channel 229;
Astound Channel 80; San Bruno Cable Channel 143;
DISH Satellite Channel 261; and Direct TV Channel 370.
Comcast airs EWTN on Channel 70 in Half Moon Bay
and on Channel 74 in southern San Mateo County. Visit
www.ewtn.com for more program information and cover-
age updates.
Eduardo Verastegui Father Frank Pavone Jesse Romero Gianna Jessen
rights and killed people in the name of God and of puri-
ty of doctrine. Conversely, today, our secularized liberal
culture, for all its heightened moral sensitivity within the
areas of race, gender, justice, tolerance and the integrity
of creation, has its own glaring moral blind-spots in the
areas of abortion, end of life issues, Church, family val-
ues and sexuality.
We need, all of us, to keep reading Scripture.
Oblate Father Ron Rolheiser, theologian, teacher
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Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas.
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Christopher Lyford has been appointed
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Immaculate Heart Radio network, new
owners of KOIT, now KSFB, 1260 AM, in
San Francisco. Until recently, Lyford had
been assistant superintendent for faith for-
mation and religious instruction with the
Department of Catholic Schools for the
Archdiocese of San Francisco.
“Essentially, I’ll be the radio station’s
local contact person,” Lyford told Catholic
San Francisco. “I’ll be making presentations
on the story and vision of the new station at
parishes, schools, clubs, young adult groups
and other prospective listener groups.”
He will also assist, he said, in setting up
local programming including a proposed
Bishop’s Hour that would feature
Archbishop George H. Niederauer of San
Francisco, Bishop Allen Vigneron of
Oakland, Bishop Daniel Walsh of Santa
Rosa and Bishop Richard Garcia of
“Immaculate Heart Radio is extremely
pleased to announce that Chris Lyford has
joined us as director of community relations
assigned to both the Archdiocese of San
Francisco and the Diocese of Santa Rosa,”
said Lori Brown, the network’s vice presi-
dent of organizational development.
Brown noted Lyford’s “dedication to the
faith” and earlier experience in radio.
“In fact, Chris was involved in helping
Doug Sherman, our president, start the very
first Immaculate Heart Radio station 11
years ago,” Brown pointed out. Brown said
the network is still looking for someone to
handle community relations in the dioceses
of San Jose and Monterey where the sta-
tion’s signal is also strong.
Lyford said reentering Catholic radio
was a major reason he accepted the new
job. “It has always been my dream to be
part of a Catholic radio station in San
Francisco,” Lyford said.
Lyford and his wife, Vickie, live in
Vallejo with their children Selah, 17, Luke,
13, James, 12, and Shaina, 8.
KSFB 1260 took over from KOIT AM
Dec. 10. The station, Immaculate Heart
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Song from ‘50s still paying off for Dominican who co-wrote it
By Peter Finney Jr.
HAMMOND, La. (CNS) — So what’s a nice, mild-man-
nered, 72-year-old Dominican priest doing collecting thou-
sands of dollars in royalty checks for a rock ‘n’ roll classic that
he co-wrote in the 1950s — a song eventually made famous by
Ricky Nelson?
Father Cayet Mangiaracina, who co-
wrote “Hello, Mary Lou, Goodbye Heart,”
simply shakes his head and chuckles
about the song that keeps on giving.
“The embarrassing thing about the
song, which I wrote as ‘Merry, Merry
Lou,’ is that it sounds like I got jilted,” said
Father Mangiaracina, a New Orleans
native who is parochial vicar of Holy
Ghost Church in Hammond.
“The words were like, ‘Why do you do
the things you always do? ... I sit here
sighing, just thinking all about you.’ In the
‘50s, songs didn’t make that much sense.
Rhythm was the big thing,” he told the
Clarion Herald, newspaper of the New Orleans Archdiocese.
In 1953, Father Mangiaracina was 18, fresh out of Jesuit
High School and considering a religious vocation when he
auditioned as a piano player for the Sparks, a rock ‘n’ roll group
whose five members played for $1 an hour at youth dances.
He could only play chords, “but when we started to play
some rock ‘n’ roll, I kind of clicked with the group,” Father
Mangiaracina recalled.
The band’s four other members — Ronnie Massa, alto sax;
Don Bailey, bass; Joe Lovecchio, tenor sax; and Don Connell,
drums — were still in high school.
For the two years the young man attended Loyola
University, he sustained the idea of a vocation to the priest-
hood. But he also couldn’t get enough of rhythm and blues.
“I would hear Fats Domino sing
‘Blueberry Hill’ and I tried to imitate
him,” Father Mangiaracina said. “We
played one night at Annunciation Parish
for a Friday night dance, and we had just
finished a song when a bunch of white
teenagers came up to the band and said,
‘Gee, whiz, it’s a white band.’ That was
the greatest compliment I ever had.”
In 1954 he sat down at his family’s
upright piano and banged out a tune he
titled “Merry, Merry Lou.” It became a
local hit for the Sparks.
A few years later when he had left
New Orleans to study for the Dominican
priesthood, the Sparks won a battle-of-
the-bands contest in New Orleans and earned a recording ses-
sion in New York City with Decca Records.
One of the two original songs the band selected was
“Merry, Merry Lou.” Bill Haley and the Comets and Sam
Cooke liked the song so much they recorded their own ver-
sions. Then in the 1960s, Ricky Nelson released “Hello, Mary
Lou, Goodbye Heart,” written by Gene Pitney.
Because the song was a dead ringer for “Merry, Merry
Lou,” the Sparks’ publisher filed suit, and Father Mangiaracina
was given co-authorship with Pitney. Royalties from the song
went to the priest’s mother until her death in 1988; now they
are forwarded to the Dominicans’ Southern province.
“Last year it was $35,000,” Father Mangiaracina said,
smiling. “About three or four years ago, I got a check for
$90,000. When I was studying for the priesthood, I thought
about all the glory I could be sharing. But then, by the grace
of God, God hit me in the head and said, ‘You’d better
rethink this.’”
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Walk for Life West Coast
and related events
Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m.: Annual Interfaith Memorial
Service for Victims of Abortion, St. Mary’s
Cathedral, Gough and Geary St. in San Francisco.
Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for
Life is guest speaker. Refreshments follow. For infor-
mation, contact Vick Evans at (415) 614-5533 or
Jan. 19: The fourth annual Walk for Life West
Coast starts with Mass at 8 a.m. at St. Mary’s
Cathedral, Gough and Geary St. in San Francisco
with Archbishop George Niederauer presiding.
Speeches will begin at Justin Herman Plaza at
11a.m. Speakers include Alveda King, niece of Rev.
Martin Luther King, Jr.; Gianna Jessen, an abortion
survivor; Father Frank Pavone, national director of
Priests for Life; Jesse Ramero, radio host and evan-
gelist; and Eduardo Verastegui, star of “Bella,” the
film. At noon, the 2.5-mile walk from the Ferry
Building to Marina Green, begins. For more infor-
mation, go to www.walkforlifewc.com.
Eucharistic Adoration for Life: On Jan. 18-19,
from 8 p.m. on Jan. 18 to 7 a.m. on Jan. 19, Sts.
Peter and Paul Parish will have all-night eucharistic
adoration in preparation for the Walk for Life. People
are especially needed for midnight - 5 a.m. hours.
Secure entrance and well-lighted parking lot. 660
Filbert St. in San Francisco. Call Gibbons at (415)
421-0809 or e-mail gibbons@stspeterpaul.san-fran-
cisco.ca.us for more information.
St. Mary’s Cathedral
The following event will take place at the
cathedral of the Archdiocese located at Gough
and Geary St. in San Francisco.
Thursdays, Jan. 24 – April 17, 7:30 p.m.:
“Shedding Light on the Study of God: A Guided
Reading of St. Thomas Aquinas.” The free series
explores The Treatise on the Divine Nature, Part 1 of
St. Thomas’ Summa Theologiæ. Each session will
reflect independently on one of the Twelve Questions
of the reading. Participants are welcome to attend as
many or few evenings as they wish. The series will
be led by Stephen C. Córdova, who teaches philos-
ophy at the University of San Francisco and
Dominican University. Contact Stephen at cordo-
va@usfca.edu for details. No meeting March 20.
Taize/Chanted Prayer
1st Friday at 8 p.m.: Mercy Center, 2300 Adeline
Dr., Burlingame with Mercy Sister Suzanne Toolan.
Call (650) 340-7452; Young Adults are invited each
first Friday of the month to attend a social at 6 p.m.
prior to Taize prayer at 8 p.m. The social provides
light refreshments and networking with other young
adults. Convenient parking available. For informa-
tion contact, mercyyoungadults@sbcglobal.net.
1st Friday at 7:30 p.m.: Church of the Nativity,
210 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park at 7:30 p.m. Call
Deacon Dominic Peloso at (650) 322-3013.
Tuesdays at 6 p.m.: Notre Dame Des Victoires
Church, 566 Bush at Stockton, San Francisco with
Rob Grant. Call (415) 397-0113.
2nd Friday at 8 p.m.: Our Lady of the Pillar, 400
Church St. in Half Moon Bay. Call Cheryl Fuller at
(650) 726-2249.
1st Tuesday at 7 p.m.: National Shrine of St. Francis
of Assisi, 610 Vallejo St. at Columbus, San Francisco.
Call (415) 983-0405 or visit www.shrineSF.org.
Sundays: Gregorian Chant at the National Shrine
of Saint Francis, 610 Vallejo St., San Francisco, 12:15
p.m. Mass. For more information, call (415) 983-0405.
Sunday, 6 a.m., WB Channel 20/Cable 13 and
KTSF Channel 26/Cable 8: TV Mass with Msgr.
Harry Schlitt presiding.
Saturday, 4 p.m.: Religious programming in
Cantonese over KVTO 1400 AM, co-sponsored by
the Chinese Ministry and Chinese Young Adults of
the Archdiocese.
1st Sunday, 5 a.m., CBS Channel 5: “Mosaic,”
featuring conversations on current Catholic issues.
3rd Sunday, 5:30 a.m., KRON Channel 4: “For
Heaven’s Sake,” featuring conversations about
Catholic spirituality.
St. Agnes Spiritual Life Center
1611 Oak St. at St. Agnes Parish, San
Francisco – (415) 487-8560 or e-mail rose-
Jan. 16 and 23, 7 p.m.: The A.S.K. (Ask, Seek,
Knock) Seminar: The Christian “Secret”. Are you com-
fortable asking God for specific things on a daily basis?
Do you think God cares about you personally and
would love to hear your requests? Or do you mainly ask
for things when times are a bit rough? Have you set
your goals for 2008? Would you like some help in that
process? Join Joe Murphy in an interactive seminar
which promises to change the way one views prayer.
Jan. 30, 7 p.m.: Join Jesuit Father Russ Roide as
he considers the following: Can I learn that being a
pilgrim is ok? Is having it all together an obstacle to a
healthy spirituality? Find God in the mess of our lives!
Food & Fun
Jan. 16: The fun continues at Immaculate
Conception Chapel where a spaghetti and meatball
lunch is served for $8 per person each third
Wednesday of the month. The feast begins at noon.
The family style lunches consist of salad, bread,
pasta and homemade meatballs. Beverages are
available for purchase. The meal is served in the
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Jan. 19: A Night In Monte Carlo social and
fundraiser at St. Agnes Community Center, 1530
Page St., San Francisco. Doors open at 5 p.m. Enjoy
casino games, food, music and prizes. Tickets are
$40 in advance or $50 at the door. Admission
includes hors d’oeuvres, $25 in chips and one raffle
ticket. For more information or to purchase tickets in
advance, contact Rosemary Robinson (415) 487-
8560 or rosemary@saintagnessf.com).
Jan. 19, 5 – 9 p.m.: Wine and Cheese Spartanfest
benefiting Immaculate Conception Academy, 24th
and Guerrero St. in San Francisco with Silent
Auction/Photo Exhibit. The evening is filled with wine
tasting, food and a chance to win the grand prize of
a 6 night/7 day stay in a private condo in Kauai,
Hawaii with a $1000 gift certificate for airfare. Raffle
tickets are $20 each or 3 for $50. Tickets at $25 per
person include a complimentary ICA wine glass. Call
(415) 824-2052 or e-mail sgiverts@icacademy.org.
Jan. 19, 6:30 p.m.: Crab Feed and Dinner Dance
sponsored by Epiphany Parents Association in
Epiphany School Cafeteria. Tickets at $40
adults/$15 children 3-13 years of age include crab
dinner plus salad, bread and pasta. Call (415) 337-
4030, ext. 240.
Jan. 26, 5:30 p.m.: Crab dinner benefiting St.
Elizabeth Parish, Cantwell Hall, Wayland and
Goettingen St. in San Francisco. Includes choice of
crab or roast chicken dinner plus appetizers, salad,
dessert and coffee as well as open bar. Tickets are
$49 adults/$42 seniors. Call (415) 587-7858.
Jan. 26, 6 – 11 p.m.: Celebrate Mardi Gras at St.
Margaret Mary Parish Hall, Oakland. Live Music by
the Blues Box Bayou Band, Gourmet New Orleans-
Style Buffet, and auctions. All proceeds go to com-
plete renovation of the 75-year-old tower of St.
Margaret Mary Church. For ticket information, con-
tact Lily Mullen (925) 827-1946 or lilypad@sysma-
trix.net. Ticket deadline is Jan. 16.
Jan. 26: Crab Bowl benefiting St. Thomas More
Elementary School. Tickets are $40 and include an
“all you can eat crab extravaganza” with wine and
dessert. Sponsored by St. Thomas More Alumni
Association. Contact Linda at Lp1114@aol.com or
call (415) 218-0401.
Jan. 26: “Mardi Gras,” the San Francisco County
Council of Catholic Women’s Annual Fundraiser at
the Olympic Club with silent auction and no-host
cocktails starting at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch-
eon at 12:30 p.m. and fashions by Simi’s of West
Portal. Tickets are $55 with tables of 10 available.
For more information, call Cathy Mibach at (415)
753-0234, and for reservations, checks can be sent
to Diana Heafey at 389 Dellbrook Ave., San
Francisco, 94131 or call (415) 731-6379.
Jan. 29, 7 – 8:30 p.m.: “Taking Your Career Pulse,”
Catholic networking at St. Dominic Church in modular
classroom, 2390 Bush St. at Steiner in San Francisco.
Reservations requested. Admission is free. Call (415)
664-0164 or e-mail daura@ccwear.com.
Jan. 19: Notre Dame des Victoires Elementary School,
class of 1982, NDV Church Hall; $45 includes drinks, din-
ner and more. Contact Mary Vlahos at Marygv68@com-
cast.net if you would like to help or have questions.
Martin Luther King
Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m.: A celebration of the life and
legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at St. Mary’s
Cathedral, Gough and Geary St. in San Francisco,
featuring the Touch of Class Youth Choir and Dance
and Ensemble and the Combined Adult Gospel Choir
of the Bay Area. Admission is free. For more informa-
tion, call Doug Benbow at (415) 567-2020, ext. 220.
Jan. 20: St. Paul of the Shipwreck Parish, San
Francisco, will welcome revivalist preacher Father
Maurice Nutt from Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
Catholic Church in Memphis, Tenn., as guest cele-
brant and homilist as part of the 23rd Annual Dr.
Martin Luther King Solidarity Gospel Mass at 10:30
a.m. St. Paul of the Shipwreck is located at 1122
Jamestown Ave.; phone (415) 468-3434). All are
invited. Refreshments will be served following Mass.
Single, Divorced, Separated
Information about Bay Area single, divorced
and separated programs are available from
Jesuit Father Al Grosskopf at (415) 422-6698.
Jan. 15, 6:30 p.m.: Quiz Dates - A Catholic sin-
gles party at Elephant and Castle Bar, 424 Clay St.
in San Francisco financial district. Tickets are $25 in
advance/$35 at door, space permitting. Open to all
Catholic singles. Visit www.quizdates.com for details
and to register.
Separated and divorced support groups: 1st
and 3rd Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at St. Stephen
Parish Center, San Francisco; call Gail at (650) 591-
8452 or Vonnie at (650) 873-4236. 1st and 3rd
Thursday at St. Peter Parish Religious Education
Building, 700 Oddstad Blvd., Pacifica. Call Diana
Patrito or Joe Brunato at (650) 359-6313.
2nd and 4th Wednesday in Spanish at St.
Anthony Church, 3500 Middlefield Rd., Menlo Park
at 7:30 p.m. Call Toni Martinez at (650) 776-3795.
Catholic Adult Singles Association of Marin
meets for support and activities. Call Bob at (415)
897-0639 for information.
Datebook is a free listing for parishes,
schools and non-profit groups. Please
include event name, time, date, place,
address and an information phone number.
Listing must reach Catholic San Francisco
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publication date desired. Mail your
notice to: Datebook, Catholic San
Francisco, One Peter Yorke Way, S.F.
94109, or fax it to (415) 614-5633,
or e-mail burket@sfarchdiocese.org.
Students from the newly inaugurated Pro Life Club at St. Ignatius College Preparatory
School will be participating in the Walk for Life West Coast Jan. 19. The group has
focused its efforts on ending abortion, euthanasia and the death penalty, the school
said. Among those taking part will be sophomore Tim O’Reilly and the Pro-Life Club’s
two co-presidents, freshman Kristin Stiles and sophomore Emily Glaessner. For more
information about the Walk for Life West Coast visit www.walkforlifewc.com.
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Oh, Holy St. Jude, Apostle and
Martyr, great in virtue and rich in
miracles, near Kinsman of Jesus
Christ, faithful intercessor of all who
invoke your special patronage in
time of need, to you I have recourse
fromthe depth of my heart and
humbly beg to whomGod has given
such great power to come to my
assistance. Help me in my present
and urgent petition. In return I
promise to make you be invoked.
Say three our Fathers, three Hail
Marys and Glorias. St. Jude pray for
us all who invoke your aid. Amen.
This Novena has never been known
to fail. This Novena must be said 9
consecutive days. Thanks.
Prayer to the Blessed
Virgin never known to fail.
Most beautiful flower of Mt.
Carmel Blessed Mother
of the Son of God, assist
me in my need. Help me
and show me you are my
mother. Oh Holy Mary,
Mother of God, Queen of
Heaven and earth. I
humbly beseech you from
the bottom of my heart to
help me in this need. Oh
Mary, conceived without sin.
Pray for us (3X).
Holy Mary, I place this
cause in your hands (3X).
Say prayers 3 days. S.G.
Prayer to the Blessed
Virgin never known to fail.
Most beautiful flower of Mt.
Carmel Blessed Mother
of the Son of God, assist
me in my need. Help me
and show me you are my
mother. Oh Holy Mary,
Mother of God, Queen of
Heaven and earth. I
humbly beseech you from
the bottom of my heart to
help me in this need. Oh
Mary, conceived without sin.
Pray for us (3X).
Holy Mary, I place this
cause in your hands (3X).
Say prayers 3 days. L.B.
Prayer to the Blessed
Virgin never known to fail.
Most beautiful flower of Mt.
Carmel Blessed Mother
of the Son of God, assist
me in my need. Help me
and show me you are my
mother. Oh Holy Mary,
Mother of God, Queen of
Heaven and earth. I
humbly beseech you from
the bottom of my heart to
help me in this need. Oh
Mary, conceived without sin.
Pray for us (3X).
Holy Mary, I place this
cause in your hands (3X).
Say prayers 3 days. M.A.B.
Prayer to the Blessed
Virgin never known to fail.
Most beautiful flower of Mt.
Carmel Blessed Mother
of the Son of God, assist
me in my need. Help me
and show me you are my
mother. Oh Holy Mary,
Mother of God, Queen of
Heaven and earth. I
humbly beseech you from
the bottom of my heart to
help me in this need. Oh
Mary, conceived without sin.
Pray for us (3X).
Holy Mary, I place this
cause in your hands (3X).
Say prayers 3 days. C.O.
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Virgin never known to fail.
Most beautiful flower of Mt.
Carmel Blessed Mother
of the Son of God, assist
me in my need. Help me
and show me you are my
mother. Oh Holy Mary,
Mother of God, Queen of
Heaven and earth. I
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Mary, conceived without sin.
Pray for us (3X).
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Holy Spirit, you who make me
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You who give me the divine gift
of forgive and forget the wrong
that is done to me. I, in this short
dialogue, want to thank you for
everything and confirm once
more that I never want to be
separated from you no matter
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may be. I want to be with you
and my loved ones in your
perpetual glory. Amen. You
may publish this as soon as
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Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit, you who make me
see everything and who shows
me the way to reach my ideal.
You who give me the divine gift
of forgive and forget the wrong
that is done to me. I, in this short
dialogue, want to thank you for
everything and confirm once
more that I never want to be
separated from you no matter
how great the material desires
may be. I want to be with you
and my loved ones in your
perpetual glory. Amen. You
may publish this as soon as
your favor is granted. G.S.
for favors
received to
the Blessed
Virgin Mary,
St. Joseph,
St. Gerard,
Jesus and the
Holy Spirit.
\St. Jude Novena
May the Sacred Heart
of Jesus be adored,
glorified, loved &
preserved throughout
the world now & for-
ever. Sacred Heart of
Jesus pray for us. St.
Jude helper of the
hopeless pray for us.
Say prayer 9 times a
day for 9 days.
Thank You St. Jude.
Never known to fail.
You may publish.
\St. Jude Novena
May the Sacred Heart
of Jesus be adored,
glorified, loved &
preserved throughout
the world now & for-
ever. Sacred Heart of
Jesus pray for us. St.
Jude helper of the
hopeless pray for us.
Say prayer 9 times a
day for 9 days.
Thank You St. Jude.
Never known to fail.
You may publish.
\St. Jude Novena
May the Sacred Heart
of Jesus be adored,
glorified, loved &
preserved throughout
the world now & for-
ever. Sacred Heart of
Jesus pray for us. St.
Jude helper of the
hopeless pray for us.
Say prayer 9 times a
day for 9 days.
Thank You St. Jude.
Never known to fail.
You may publish.
Prayer to St. Jude
Oh, Holy St. Jude, Apostle and
Martyr, great in virtue and rich in
miracles, near Kinsman of Jesus
Christ, faithful intercessor of all who
invoke your special patronage in
time of need, to you I have recourse
fromthe depth of my heart and
humbly beg to whomGod has given
such great power to come to my
assistance. Help me in my present
and urgent petition. In return I
promise to make you be invoked.
Say three our Fathers, three Hail
Marys and Glorias. St. Jude pray for
us all who invoke your aid. Amen.
This Novena has never been known
to fail. This Novena must be said 9
consecutive days. Thanks.
Dear Jesus,
I adore You and thank
You for being always
available to me. I am
sorry for my short-
comings and ask Your
help in being a witness
to You. Only You know
what I need. Please
assist me in my need.
One Our Father, One
Hail Mary. Publication
may be made as soon
as your favor is granted.
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Notre Dame High School, embracing the charism of the
Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, is a Diocesan Catholic college
preparatory school for young women. The current enrollment
is 353 young women. A competent and caring Catholic
community consisting of 40 administers, teachers and staff
works with the principal in faith community affairs, academic
affairs and student affairs. A dedicated Board of Trustees
works with the principal in the areas of mission effectiveness,
development affairs and business affairs. This 9th through
12th grade school is located in the Diocese of Monterey on the
central coast of California just 20 minutes east of Monterey. Notre
Dame High School has been a pillar of the community since 1964.
The successful candidate must be a Catholic in good standing
with the Church; have Catholic high school administrative expe-
rience; and hold a California administrator’s credential or its
equivalent from another state. The starting date is July 1, 2008.
The letter of application should include a resume, transcripts
and three references. Application materials are to be sent to:
Kim Pryzbylski, Ph.D., Superintendent of Schools
Diocese of Monterey
485 Church Street, Monterey, CA 93940
Email: kpryzbylski@dioceseofmonterey.org
Fax: 831-373-0173
Deadline for applications to be received is
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Northwest, is seeking a faith-filled, experienced Catholic to
serve as its Superintendent of Catholic Schools beginning
July 1, 2008. Currently, there are sixty Catholic elemen-
tary schools and nine Catholic high schools located in the
Archdiocese of Seattle. Two new high schools are planned.
The Catholic schools of the Archdiocese are equivalent to
the ninth largest school district in the State of Washington.
The Superintendent of Catholic Schools oversees the articu-
lation, promotion, and implementation of a vision of Catholic
Schools that flows from the mission of the local and
Universal church, and ensures the long term health and
vitality of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Seattle. The
Superintendent is responsible for implementation of the
Blue Ribbon Catholic Schools Study and Strategic Planning
in the deaneries where Catholic Schools are located.
The successful candidate for this position will possess the
following qualifications: a graduate degree in Education,
Administration or related field; possession of or ability to
obtain Washington State Superintendent’s credentials; at
least 5 to 7 years school administrative experience in
Catholic Schools, preferably at two levels (elementary, sec-
ondary, and/or university level); demonstrated manage-
ment and leadership experience including budgeting and
staff supervision; ability to identify, articulate, affirm, and
transmit Catholic traditions and faith; commitment to
excellence in Catholic School education; excellent oral,
written, and interpersonal communication skills; demon-
strated success working in a multicultural environment;
and must be an active member of a parish/faith commu-
nity in good standing with the Catholic Church.
Competitive salary and excellent benefits.
If interested in this position, please go to our
website www.seattlearch.org/jobs/Chanceryjobs
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The Sisters of Mercy is located in a beautiful campus setting in
Burlingame. It has an immediate opening for the following position:
On-call position for p.m. and night shifts available. Provides personalized
care and support to Sister-residents together with person-centered care
teams to ensure Sisters’ continuing independence and quality of life. High
School diploma or GED required. Minimum two years work experience,
preferably in elder or healthcare facilities, or comparable education/
training or a combination of both. Must enjoy working with the elderly,
is a caring and compassionate, flexible, with good communication and
interpersonal skills, can understand and follow individualized care plans,
multi-task and prioritize and work with evolving systems and structures.
California CNA license and CPR certification required.
Please send your resume to Sisters of Mercy, Human Resources,
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Sacred Heart Catholic School, a Parish elementaryy school in Medford,
Oregon, is seeking an experienced leader to direct a dynamic school communi-
ty. The position will begin with the 2008-09 school year. Located in the beauti-
ful Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon, Medford is near Southern Oregon
University, is a regional medical center, and has unlimited access to outdoor
recreational activities such as skiing, hiking, fishing and rafting. The Oregon
Shakespearean Festival and the Britt Music Fesstival are within 10 miles.
Sacred Heart School serves 335 students in Pre-School through Eighth grade
with a faculty of 25 teachers and 15 support staff.
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We are currently accepting applications. Deadline for applications is
March 1, 2008. For application, please send letter of interest and
resume to: Sr. Betty Larson, O.S.B., Sacred Heart School Search
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First grade students at St. Patrick Elementary School in Larkspur collected a
pick-up truck full of toys that were distributed through the Larkspur Fire Department.
A favorite holiday activity for St. Gabriel School students and their families
is caroling through the Sunset District. The serenade began at Firehouse 18
on 32nd Avenue and ended at Taraval Police Station on 24th Avenue.
Homemade Christmas cards were presented to the men and women of the
firehouse and police station to thank them for their dedication to the community.
Tony Eiras conducts a holiday concert at Holy Name of Jesus Elementary School, Dec.
13. The school’s 331 students also donated 492 coats to the St. Anthony Foundation’s
One Warm Coat program, gave more than 100 gifts to Toys for Tots, and adopted 24
people from the parish Giving Tree. A Christ Child Layette Drive also brought infant
clothes and supplies for distribution by the Archdiocese’s Council of Catholic Women.
Students at Notre Dame Elementary School, Belmont, bless and dispatch the more
than 200 toys they collected for distribution by the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
All Souls Elementary School sponsored its annual Toys for Tots drive
to benefit needy children of the nearby community. Pictured with
the toys are student council members Andrea Peña, left,
Jason Rattaro, Nicholas Qaqish and Amber Campbell.
Fourth grade students from Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Belmont,
sang at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting welcoming
theholiday season held at Carlmont Shopping Center.
Conducting was school music teacher, Orla Hayes.
Christmas 2007
Schools share generosity, cheer and song