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6--THE PROGRESS Friclay, March 22, 1963 "Come... Will Make OU Fishers Of Mell." S+. Matthew 4-19 FISHING FOR MEN is a [ull.tlme oecupa. tlon as seen in these pictures of Rev. Michael O'Callaghan, pastor of St. Edward Parish, Seattle. Father O'Callaghan, typical o[ pas- tors throughout the Archdiocese, spends a busy day, counseling, teaching, praying, bring- ing God to his flock. READY TO THROW THE BALL is Father O'Callaghan. Another part o/ the pastor's busy life is playing with the youngsters of the parish, teaching them sportsmanship, accuracy and good will which are all necessary in their [uture lives. WITH HIS ASSISTANT, Rev. Gerald Mayovsky, Father O'Callaghan checks the condition o[ the auditorium lights. Pastoral duties which include, at times, those o/janitor and general maintenance man, keep Father busy from early morning until late at night. | II | II q q II Traveled From Boston to Seattle Sister Miriam of the Trinity came all the way from Boston to enter the Car- melite Monastery in Seattle. If will be 25 years ago this fall that the 18-year-old made the long trip across country. Sister, one of five chil- dren, had been unable to attend Catho- lic schools in Boston, but by the time she was a sophomore in high school, she knew what she wanted rathe life of a Carmelite nun. According to Carmelite rule, She had to walt until high school graduation and then when she a pplled to the Carmel in Roxbury, Mass., there were no openings. Undaunted by fhis, the aspiring Carmelite wrote to SeaHle and was promptly accepted. She left in the fall for the Northwest and has been in Seattle's Carmelite Monastery since that fall leading the life of prayer, penance and fasting that was her choice as a teenager. Ordained At 38 As pastor of St. Mary Parish, Kelso, Father Buckman is a long way from the Radio Corporation of America in New York City where his voca- [ion to the priesthood REV. HENRY was decided. BUCKMAN "While working at RCA during col- lege" Father Buckman said, "1 saw, in the disputes between labor and man- agement, the need each side had for instruction and understanding. Both had cjood arguments, but neither could see the other's slde. This was when if occurred to me what a great need there was for priests who could instruct their flocks in the rights and obligations all men have." The road to the priesthood wasn't easy for Father Buckman and he was 38 before he was ordained. He had en- tered St. Charles Seminary near Baltimore, Md., for three years and sev- eral years after dropping out he applied to St. Edward Seminary here where he completed his studies. From Baseball To the Altar Professional baseball lost a good can- didate for the major leagues when Father Piro was ordained. As a youngster and teenager the base- ball diamond was Father Piro's first and greatest love. "But I finally figured out," the young priest said, "that God didn't REV. DONALD make me to make base hits. There was PIRO something more important in life, but as a kid that was awfully hard to understand." As a senior at O'Dea he was named All-American Boy in baseball and was awarded a baseball scholarship to Santa Clara University. Inspired into attending daily Mass by the example of his roommate at Santa Clara, Father Piro soon began giving the priesthood some serious thought. "The end of that freshman year I talked to Father Joseph Dougherty (now Bishop) and Father Richard Stohr. The semi- nary seemed the answer and I enrolled at St. Edward's that fall. The same month a national baseball tournament was in progress in South Dakota. I could have been playing there so my heart was really in South Dakota!" Father Piro left the seminary in a month's time and went to SeaHle University and then Portland University where his baseball prowess improved even more. But at the same time Father began to attend daily Mass regularly. "1 was doing so well at baseball that I think by praying for base hits God's grace went to work and with the hits came the vocation." Applying for re-admlss[on to St. E d w a r d's, Father Piro "stuck with it" and today is assistant pastor at St. John Parish, Seattle. "It's iust a maffer of first things first, but that can be hard to realize. If was a mailer of God's grace working until I finally realized what the important thing in life was." %.. in grade five I decided." The busy life of the religious could be personified in the person of Sister Patricia Mary, principal of St. A n f h o n y School, Renton. With 600 children under her care, Sister is a true "daughter of Charity" for she is a member of the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul of Halifax, originally SR. PATRICIA founded by Blessed Elizabeth Seton. MARY She first recognized her vocation "in grade five. I was sit- ting in class one day and all of a sudden as I was looking at Sister, I thought: " 'That's what I'm going to be.'" As the years progressed the thought remained although, as II I , ii S,sfer laughs now: I d have been the last to admit if. While attending pubfic high school, the future Sister went back to her grade school for musical instruction as she planned to enter a teachers' college. Telling her thoughts to her music teacher, her instructor invited Mother Superior in to talk with the student and the teenager at last faced up to the realization the religious life was for her and she entered soon after. A native of Massachusetts, Sister entered the same com- munity her sister had entered five years previous. %.. I grew up in the sanctuary 99 The Most Rev- erend Archbishop Thomas A. Connolly has the responsibil- ity for almost 250,- 000 Catholics in the Seaffle Archdiocese. Born and reared in San Francisco, the Archbishop was Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco when he received his appointment as MOST REVEREND Auxiliary Bishop of THOMAS A. CONNOLLY Seattle with the right of succession in 1948. With the death of the Most Reverend Bishop G.erald Shaughnessy, S.M., he became Bishop of Seattle and with the raising of the diocese to an archdiocese, Seattle received her first archbishop. What made Archbishop Connolly consider enter- ing the priesthood7 "1 guess I lust grew up in the sanctuary," he said. "1 began to serve Mass at the age of eight at old St. Paul's Church in San Francisco. "With the close association I had with my pastor, Rf. Ray. Msgr. Michael D. Connolly (no relation, by the way} and with" the other priests, of,,fhe parish, the priesthood seemed the natural choice. In high school, Archbishop Connolly admitted his thoughts ran to more worldly occupations. "I had a yen to be a civil engineer and then a doctor," he said, "but then I reverted to my original idea and entered St. Patrick Seminary in 1915 and, with the help of God, I made it." The parental influence that almost all those in the religious life feel is important for a vocation was part of Archbishop Connolly's call to the priesthood. "1 had the example of God-fearing Irish parents devoted to their faith and their family. I had a father whose strictness was balanced by the keen sense of humor of a loving mother." J r8 BI,