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Official S$. Joseph Sisters Move .luniora$e ....... Juoior Seattle Tour Finds Ecumenical Council--Vatican II Sisters of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Newark io To theClergy, Religious and Laity have alwayssuspectedthatre- Condit ns Eased of the Archdiocese of Seattle Dearly Beloved in Christ: Our Holy Father, Pope Paul VI, this week ap- pealed for your prayers and penances to insure the successful outcome of the second session of Vatican Council II. His appeal was contained in an Apostolic Exhortation addressed to the Bishops Of the world. The Sovereign Pontiff, who declared that the Council was of paramount importance to the Church, said that he placed his trust first of all in the help of the Lord, and then in the prayers of the faithful. He recommended particularly the recitation of the prayer written by his predecessor, Pope John XXIII, whose example he is following in this special appeal for our prayerful intercession for the success of the Council. : The second session of the Ecumenical Council has already been inaugurated as this letter is being read to you. Because this session may not have the novelty and the sensational character of the first, it is possible that we may make the mistake of taking it in stride, as it were, forgetting to play our part. Pope Paul VI declared that, "All that is humanly pos- sible must be done to prepare for the Council." For the Council to fully realize the purposes for which it was convoked, it is incumbent upon you to pray with- out ceasing, to practice acts of corporal and spiritual mortification for the success of the Council. The Holy Father urged that the priests, religious and faithful of every diocese and archdiocese unite daily in prayer with Himself and the Fathers of the Council that the Holy Spirit of God may pour forth His gifts on that august gathering. Accordingly, the Oratio Imperata of the Holy Spirit should be added in all Masses in all churches and chapels daily throughout the duration of the second session of the Council. (Cf. Kenedy Ordo, Tit. VI, 2; Pustet Ordo, Tit. XV.) The prayer for the success of the Council, com- posed by the late Holy Father, Pope John XXIII, should likewise he said daily after all Masses in all churches and chapels, in unison with the faithful, all of whom received copies of the prayer last year. I shall not be flnmindful of you and your needs at the altar as I daily offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Eternal City of Rome; may I ask an occa- sional remembrance in your own prayers for my safe return to my Archdiocesan family. With every best wish and blessing, I am Devotedly yours in Christ, N.B. The foregoing letter is to be read at all Masses in all churches and chapels of the Archdiocese on Sunday, September 29. Prayer For The Council O Holy Spirit, sent by the Father in the name of Jesus, to assist the Church and keep her from error, pour forth Thy gifts in their fulness on the Ecumen- ical Council. Gentle Teacher and Comforter, enlighten the minds of our bishops, who will come together for this Council in ready obedience to the Supreme Pontiff. Grant that this Council may bear abundant fruit, that the light and strength of the Gospel may fill the lives of men, that the Catholic religion and its mis- sionary activity take on a new vigour, and that men may come to know more fully the teaching of the Church and realize it more profoundly in their lives. Strengthen our minds in truth, dear Guest of the soul, and dispose our hearts to obedience, so that we may accept humbly and sincerely what the Council decrees and willingly carry it out. We pray also for the sheep who still remain out- side the One Fold of Jesus Christ, that they too who are proud to be called Christians, may finally unite under the guidance of the One Shepherd. Let this age of ours, like another Pentecost, see once more the.evidence of Thy power, and grant that Thy Holy Church, guided by Peter and united to Mary, the Mother of Jesus, in constant and unceasing prayer, may spread the kingdbm of our Divine Sav- iour, the kingdom of truth and justice, of love and peace. Amen. Holy Father's Intention For the Family Rosary The Reverend Pastors are requested to announce at all the Masses Sunday, September 29, that the in- tention of Our Holy Father for the month of October is the Conversion of Persecutors of the Church. Nocturnal Devotions The Reverend Pastors of King and Pierce Coun- ties are requested to announce at all Masses Sunday, Sept. ,29, the hours of adoration suggested for their respective parishes for the "First Saturday" Vigil at St. James Cathedral, Seattle, and St. Patrick's Church, Tacoma, during the night of October 4-5. THE CHANCERY By Order of the Most Reverend Archbishop September 27, 1963. October Intention For Fa .rally Rosary Conversion of Persecutors Of The Church Have you ever personally experienced persecu- tion? If so, what form did it take?.. These and many more questions might be asked of the modern American Chris- tian . . . in order to bring into sharper focus the realiza- tion that not only outside the boundaries of our precious land but also from within there are countless men and women who are so warped by prejudice, who are so con- vinced that 'their manner of life alone is correct, that they frequently trample on the God- given liberty of their neighbor, striving to impose their phil- osophy of life on all others . . . In our modern world the w o r d "persecution" almost immediately summons up the thought of atheistic Commu- nism . . . In our preoccupation with the evils of Communism and the resulting persecution of Christians, we should not forget there are many others who . . . aid in spreading the doctrines of Godlessness because, for one reason or another, they refuse to ac- cept Divine Revelation as their rule of life . . . Over the last nineteen hun- dred and sixty-three years, the number of Christ's fol|ow- ers who have imitated his words of prayerful forgiveness is legion. As Christians in to- day's turbulent world, no less than in the time of the early Christian persecutions, the love of our enemies, of our perse- cutors, is the apex of Christian perfection . . . ligious life was a bit on the nomadic side. Even allowing for the fact that they are students for al- most 11 months of the year, they have managed during brief Christmas and summer vacations, to get in their share of following the harvest from one school and hospital to another. The fact that they are quite "accustomed to being individual migrants, h o w- ever, did not lessen the final flurry of preparation for the mass exodus of September 13. The move from the gray stone house on Boren and James became necessary when the original sum of 12 in 1957 swelled to 34 in 1963 and it was obvious that refectory and dormitories would not hold one more chair or bed. Financially assisted by a fund raising campaign be- gun in 1960 and the sale of the house at 1019 James to Blue Cross in 1961, Mother M. Hildegarde, Provincial Superior, made plans for the new Mt. Carmel Juniorate to be built next to Mt. St. Mary's Provincial House in Bellevue. Since the Seattle residence is to be used by Seattle Uni- versity as a fraternity house, it was necessary that the Sis- ters vacate it no later than September 15. Preparations began weeks ahead of time as the Juniorate library was packed into boxes. When the day of departure arrived, the new building was still 'in the construction phase and Mother Hildegarde and Junior Mistress; Sister M. Rose Anne were confronted w i t h the neat problem of finding housing for the 29 Sisters who will be attending Providence Heights College of Sister For- mation. It was decided that they would be temporarily set- tled in the various convents of the community in the city. The last meal in the old SISTER M. INNOCENTIA, C.S.J. (foreground), supervisor in the Department of Educa- tion for the Seattle Archdiocese, directs a group of junior professed Sisters of St. Joseph of Newark in the task of moving from their former home at 1019 Boren Ave. to their new juniorate, Mount Carmel, next door to the novitiate in Bellevue. house was a solemn occasion for the reaining few who stayed until the last dish and lamp shade was packed. The rooms were hollow shells of a once elegant and stately man- sion -- lately a litany of leaky faucets and rattling pipes. It is a tribute truly worthy of the Congregation's first Juniorate that the final click of the lock brought chuckles rather than tears--a happy benediction consigning it to whatever fate is reserved. for venerable dwellings with personalities all their own. Then down familiar steps and off to a future lined with old buildings, new building, spacious and pinched build- ings, decrepit and streamlined buildings -- but each of them, home." 12 Enter Sisters of St. Joseph EIGHT YOUNG WOMEN from the Seattle Archdiocese were among 12 who recently entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Newark in Bellingham. Facing Mother M. Hildegarde, provincial superior, are (from the left) the following Sisters, listed with their parents' names and parish: Sister Barbara Schlinder, Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Schindler. Assumption Par- ish, Seattle; Judy Kovats, Vancouver, B.C.: Linda Wicker- sham, Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Wickersham, Our Lady of the Lake Parish; Karen Hobson, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Hobson, St. George Parish; Pauline Dibb. Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Dibb, St. Paul Parish; Judith Miller. Mr. and Mrs. F. G. Miller, St. Joseph Parish; Diane Stith. Mr. and Ars. R. J. Stith, Anchorage, Alaska, formerly of Edmonds: Mary Ericksen, Mr. J. Ericksen, Shelton: Catherine Hofstee, Mrs. W. M. Hofstee, Mount Vernon: Patricia Steer, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Steer, St. Anne Parish: Dorothy Styslinger, Cleveland, Ohio, and Kathleen Paradis, Pico Rivera, Calif. Schedule Set For 40 Hours The schedule for Forty Hours Adoration in honor of the Bless- ed Sacrament during the month of October is as follows: First Sunday--St. Alphonsus, Seattle; Holy Family, Kirkland; St. Frances Cabrini, Tacoma. F i r s t Wednesday -- Provi- dence Hospital, Seattle. Second Sunday -- St. Monica, Mercer Island; St. Catherine, Seattle; St. Mary, Centralia; St. Mary Magdalen, Everett. Second Wednesday -- St. Jo- seph Hospital, Tacoma. Third Sunday -- Immaculate Conception, Seattle; Immacu- late Heart of Mary, Sedro Wool- ley; Our Lady of Good Help. Hoquiam. Third Wednesday -- St. Fran- ces Cabrini Hospital, Seattle. Fourth S u n d a y -- Blessed Sacrament, Seattle; St. Thomas, Riverton; St. Michael, Sno- homish; Immaculate Concep-' tion, Raymond. Fourth Wednesday--St. Peter Hospital, Olympia. Rev. Howard Lavelle. pastor of St. Louise Church, Bellevue. NerO" NCCW' Mclgozirle the hall for the dedication of the long-awaited facility. (Photo by W. C. Heib Jr.) Bishop Gill Blesses [gan Hall THE MOST REVEREND THOMAS E. GILL, V.G., Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle, blessed the new St. John Parish hall, EgAn Hall, at cerenmnies held last Sunday. On the Bishop's right is Rev. Martin Duggan, pastor of Holy Cross Church, Tacoma, and on his left is Parishioners crowded into President's Mother Is Given College's First Medal Award Priest Interprets For Sekou Toure DAR ES SALAAM, Tangan- yika, Sept. 25 (NC)--President Sekou Toure of Guinea em- braced Rev. John Kabeya, editor of Tanganyika's national Catholic fortnightly paper Kion- gozi, as he was about to leave here after a five-day visit in Tanganyika. Father Kabeya served as the Guinean President's interpreter during the visit. Is Published WASHINGTON (NC) -- The National Council of Catholic Women has published the first issue of its new morthly maga- zine, Word, which replaces its previous publications, Monthly Message, and Women in Catho- lic Action. NCCW executive director Mar- garet Mealey said in an article in the first issue that Word is designed to present "articles of particular interest to its key Catholic readership" and "pro- gram material for NCCW affili- ates." GREENSBURG, Pa. (NC)-- Mrs. Joseph P. Kennedy, the President's mother, was pre- sented with the first Elizabeth Seton Medal here at a special convocation at Seton Hill Col- lege. The award, established by the alumnae corporation of the col- lege, will be given annually to an outstanding American Cath- olic woman, it was announced. The bronze medal was de- signed by Carl C. Mose, inter- nationally known sculptor, and was donated by Gilbert Cuneo of Washington, D.C., w hose wife, the former Mary Garri- gan, is an alumna of the col- lege. The gift was made in memory of Mrs. Cuneo's mother, Mrs. Kitty Conwell Garrigan. The college is conducted by the Sisters of Charity of Mother Seton. In Yugoslavia By RE. WILLIAM TREACY PEOPLE - TO - PEO- PLE IN YUGOSLAVIA Though Khruschchev was vacationing in Brioni with Tito when we arrived in Belgrade we could quickly note initial differences be- tween here and Moscow. The airport in Belgrade is new and modem compared to the an- cient and dilapidated one in MuscoVy. No police entered the plane to scrutinize' the pas- sengers. The Hotel Metropele where we stayed had better cuisine and service than the Hotel Ukraine, in spite of the fact that the latter is one of the newest and largest in Mos- cow. The people were better dressed and the stores seemed well stocked. As in Moscow we could see row after row. of new apartment houses being constructed. On our first day in the country we had a briefing with some top government officials. Most of the questions put by our group concerne.d living conditions, economy, housing, etc. Since there was to be another reception that night for our counterparts I asked that some Catholic priests be invited. The request was not honored although they did in- vite the Rev. Danilo Cvetkov, assistant to the Serbian Patri- arch, and with him the pastor of the largest Serbian Ortho- dox Church in the city, St. Mark's. There are about eight million Orthodox Christians in Yugoslavia who use the Serb- ian language in their liturgy, and about six million Catholics. I had a pleasant visit with these gentlemen. The inter- preter was a Dr. Jovanovic the secretary, of the Supreme Court who had lived in American for a number of years. They in- formed me that a representa- tive of the Vatican was ex- pected in early September to discuss sending an observer from the Serbian Orthodox church to the Vatican Council. At the end of the morning session a Dusan Bilandzic, a high official of the Work- ers Trade Union Councils, came over and told me in English that he studied in a Franciscan seminary to be a priest for two years. Another English speaking official heard the conversation and slapping Blandzic on the back said, "he is now a good Communist" although the trade union official told me his parents attend daily Mass. On my last day in Yugoslavia I celebrated Mass in Christ the King Cathedral, Belgrade. The previous day I visited with Father Vjekoslav Ljonbas. a curate at the Cathedral, who was ordained last year. He is the first diocesan priest or- dained for the diocese of Bel- grade since it was established in 1925. Prior to that time all vocations had been to the religious communities which served the area. There are today five Catholic parishes in the city but the Cathedral is the only one served by the diocesan priests. The pastor spent four years in jail because of opposition to the regime. The Vicar General spent nine years because of views he ex- pressed in a Catholic maga- zine which he edited. Nevertheless I am convinced that the regime in this country is less oppressive than in Rus- sia or the satellite countries, but yet the goal of complete Socialism and the elimination of religion remain the same. At present 80 per cent of arable land is in private hands but the government, step by step, hopes to acqmre all of it. Technically priests can give religious in- struction in church or "other suitable buildings" according to Article Four of the 1953 Consti- tution. Yet because of the hardships involved fewer and fewer peo- ple find the courage to pro- vide a religious education for their children. Some facts prove this. In one large par- ish in Belgrade some 12 ehil- dren made their first Com- munion this year. In another with about four t h o u s a n d Catholics only about five chil- dren ree$iyed their first Com- munion./e same trend mani- fests itself in regard to Bap- tism. The situation in regard to Sisters poses an interesting problem in wew of the discus- sions in the western church about having Sisters do more visiting in homes. When I ar- rived at the Cathedral at 6:45 a.m., there was a small congre- gation of eight Sisters, some elderly women and two middle aged men assisting at Mass. When I was leaving I asked the priest what the Sisters did dur- ing the day since they were for- bidden to teach religious school. He told me that they called at the homes of the sick and the needy in the parish who wanted to see them. They had to be very prudent about the homes they visited lest in so doing they compromise the people in it who would then be regarded as "believers" not something to endear one to the Party. In fact I met a Sister on two different occasions on an errand of mercy with a basket on her arm as I walked the streets. Before leaving for the airport I had some free time on the morning of August 28 and de- cided with Dr. Corson to wa!k a few blocks to the St. Mark Serbian Cathedral when in com- mon with the Orthodox Chris- tians they were observing the feast of the Assumption. The pastor, whom I had met at the reception at the hotel, came over to greet us and pointed to a line of five or six people who were waiting to go to confes- sion. About 50 or 60 people were present, mostly elderly women. For most of the service the priests, in keeping with the Orthodox tradition, carried out the essential parts of the lit- urgy in a sanctuary behind closed doors. Many of the congregation continued to venerate irons, to light can- dles during the service, and I had the feeling that there was little vital contact be- tween priest and people. ' A man of about 60 who speaks English joined us at Church and walked back to the hotel with us. He had lived in the States for several years and still has many close rela- tives there. He was once ac- cused by the government in his native Yugoslavia of being a "Fascist" and lost all his prop- erty and was jailed for three years. So as not to further add to his problems I shall call him Anton. He added, "I do not mind losing land but I am a religious man." In other words his main opposition to the re- gime was because of its anti- religious policy. Dr. Kyran Hynes took a photograph of him with us and we agreed to send it to his son at the ad- dress he gave us. The Epistle which I read in the Cathedral for the feast of St. Augustine on that last day in Belgrade keeps coming back to my mind. It is from Second Timothy, Chap. 4, and well ex- presses the difficulties of the priests, Sisters and laity striv- ing to carry on against a re- gime determined to eliminate religion. It read: "The time will come," said St. Paul to Timothy, "when men will grow tired of sound doctrine, always itching to hear "something new, and so they will provide themselves with a succession of new teachers as the whim takes them, turning a deaf ear to the truth, bestowing their at- tention on fables instead." Then he added, "It is for thee to accent every hardship to employ thyself in preach- ing the Gospel." I found evidence of many courageous people following this advice in Yugoslavia. When our flight from Bel- grade ended at Athens I took what I thought was my coat but discovered it was that of a young Yugoslav from Zagreb. We ended up having a very pleasant conversation at the airport. He was a mechanical engineer on his way to operate some machinery for his coun- try at an international fair in Greece. In the course of con- versation he mentioned that time did not permit him to "bother" with religion. He learned English d u r i n g his spare time and this made it- possible for him to travel and in his words, "this is more im- por.tant than religion." America has given much ma- terial aid to this country. We should keep ourselves well in- formed of how it is spent. A person from Skopie, the town ravaged by the earthquake, told me there was discrimination in the distribution of our aid to the victims, as the party mem- bers and their friends left very little for the Catholics. A close observer on the scene told me the young peo- ple are not so much immoral as amoral. Both here and in Russia they have no consid- eration for the laws of moral- ity as we know them. Here you see proof that morality cannot survive with religious truths to nourish it, a fact pointed out to Americans by G e o r g e Washington in his farewell address. Whatever the religious con- victions of the various mem- bers of the People to People group, all h ave a deeper realization of the importance of religion which gives the roots to our democratic way of life. All realize better that every- thing we hold dear is based on the truths of man's relationship to God as taught to us by Juda- ism and Christianity. When parents forget this fact, then without a Communist govern- ment to assist in bringing it about, our youth can be robbed of their religious heritage and end up no different than the youth of Russia or Yugoslavia,