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6 DIO C E S E TO M A RK WORLD D A Y OF C ON S E C R A TED LIFE FEB. 15 SUSSEX PASSAIC THE A W A RDWINNING NEW S P A PER OF THE R. C . DIO C E S E OF P A TER S ON, N.J. MORRIS FEBRUARY 5, 2015 L IGHTS ,C AMERA ,A CTION ! 12 2 The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard In videos made for diocesan website, sisters tell of the joy of religious life By MICHAEL WOJCIK NE WS EDIT OR BI S HOP VI S IT S P A RI S HE S IN W A YNE A ND L A KE HOP A T C ONG 9 POPE JOHN ROBOTI CS TE A M RE AC HE S S EMIFIN A L S 7 8-9 10-11 12 14-16 O BITUARIES Y OUTH V IEWPOINT W HAT T O D O C LASSIFIEDS CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY PHOTO | ALAN HOLDREN P APAL T RIP TO THE P HILIPPINES Pope Francis greets thousands of youth pilgrims at Santo Tomas University in Manila during his recent visit to the Philippines. See story on page 4. CLIFTON It took Salesian Sister Guerline Joseph three takes. Through it all, the Haitian-born re-ligious sister never got nervous. She just looked straight into the front lens of a video camera and talked about her joy in serving the Paterson Diocese and the history and work of her religious community. Sister Guerline, who serves at the Sacred Heart Spirituality Center, Newton, could not contain her youthful enthusiasm, during a ses-sion last week at the John Paul II Pastoral Center here to tape one of the first in a continuing series of short videos by men and women in consecrated life who serve in the diocese. The series will be posted on the homepage of the new dioce-san web site, www.rcdoop.org. Sister Guerline shouted her first line with immense joy, proclaiming the theme of the Year of Consecrated Life (YCL), now being celebrated through out the universal Church: “Wake Up the World!” “St. John Bocso [the Salesians’ founder]…said to the young, ‘For you I study, for you I work, for you I live, for you I am ready to give my very life.’ The sisters try to be and do the same for young people to-day,” said Sister Guerline, who also mentioned a few places where the sisters currently minister in the dio-cese: Mary Help of Christians Academy, North Haledon; Camp Auxilium, Newton; and St. Anthony School, Hawthorne. Sister Guerline and three other religious sisters from various con-gregations that serve the Church of Paterson lent their voices — and their likenesses — to the series of LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION on 6 DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS S PECIAL D ELIVERY By MICHAEL WOJCIK NE WS EDIT OR Pompton Plains pastor asks parishioners to pray for priests, vocations after sending them prayer cards whom the pastor has asked them to pray. “Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul, during the closing Mass of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops. Paul VI is now called ‘blessed,” the last step in the process of being de-clared a saint,” Father Duggan wrote. “Oct. 19 was a big day for the Catholic Church. It also was a very big day for my brother, Father Frank, a priest of the Dublin Diocese, and me. It was Paul VI, who or-dained us to the priesthood. No pope had then or since ordained brothers together,” he wrote. In 1970, Paul VI wanted to ordain brothers and men from countries around the world. Father Duggan said, “We were proud that we were brothers and represented Ireland.” In his letter, Father Duggan called Paul VI “a prophet,” who “revolu-tionized the papacy by crisscrossing the world.” “He was the first bishop of Rome since the Apostle Peter to visit the homeland of Jesus, traveling to Israel and Jordan in 1968. He was the first pontiff to visit every conti-nent. Some still recall his triumphant trip to New York in 1964 to address the United Nations: another first,” Father Duggan wrote. As OLGC remembers Paul VI and his ordination of the Duggan broth-ers, Father Duggan has asked parish-SPECIAL DELIVERY on 16 POMPTON PLAINS Fond memo-ries flooded back for Father Paul O’Donnell Duggan, pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel (OLGC) Parish here, on Oct. 19, when Pope Paul VI was beatified in Rome to the day 44 years earlier when the “blessed” late Italian pontiff or-dained him and his brother, Frank, to the priesthood in that same place: St. Peter’s Basilica. This fall, Father Duggan asked OLGC parishioners to help him cel-ebrate and give thanks for Pope Paul’s beatification and the pontiff’s ordaining him and his brother on May 17, 1970 by “paying it forward” in a sense: praying at home for priests and for an increase in voca-tions at the Morris County faith community and the diocese. The pastor also said that he has request-ed that parishioners pray in cele-bration of the 50th anniversary of OLGC. OLGC sent to 1,700 parish fam-ilies an envelope that contained a letter from Father Duggan that in-troduced the initiative and card that displayed a photo of Paul VI giving him the sign of peace after his or-dination and several inspiring quotes about Catholic spirituality. Each envelope also included a card with the first name of a priest for

Lights, Camera, Action!

Michael Wojcik

In videos made for diocesan website, sisters tell of the joy of religious life

CLIFTON It took Salesian Sister Guerline Joseph three takes. Through it all, the Haitian-born religious sister never got nervous. She just looked straight into the front lens of a video camera and talked about her joy in serving the Paterson Diocese and the history and work of her religious community.

Sister Guerline, who serves at the Sacred Heart Spirituality Center, Newton, could not contain her youthful enthusiasm, during a session last week at the John Paul II Pastoral Center here to tape one of the first in a continuing series of short videos by men and women in consecrated life who serve in the diocese. The series will be posted on the homepage of the new diocesan web site, www.rcdoop.org. Sister Guerline shouted her first line with immense joy, proclaiming the theme of the Year of Consecrated Life (YCL), now being celebrated through out the universal Church: “Wake Up the World!”

“St. John Bocso [the Salesians’ founder]…said to the young, ‘For you I study, for you I work, for you I live, for you I am ready to give my very life.’ The sisters try to be and do the same for young people today,” said Sister Guerline, who also mentioned a few places where the sisters currently minister in the diocese: Mary Help of Christians Academy, North Haledon; Camp Auxilium, Newton; and St. Anthony School, Hawthorne.

Sister Guerline and three other religious sisters from various congregations that serve the Church of Paterson lent their voices — and their likenesses — to the series of two-minute videos designed to help “wake up” the local Church. They talked about the fulfillment that they feel serving people; reflected on the Year of Consecrated Life; and explored the histories, charisms, and local ministries of their respective communities. They also invited viewers to consider a religious vocation, and in some instances, to visit the web sites of their congregations.

“This initiative — the video series — is one of the ways in which we hope to acquaint our people with the richness and diversity of charisms present here in the diocese,” said Sister of Christian Charity Mary Edward Spohrer, diocesan chancellor and delegate for religious.

The diocese plans to post these videos throughout the Year of Consecrated Life. All of the institutes of consecrated life in the diocese will be featured: active apostolic, monastic, cloistered, eremitical and emerging forms. The videos are being produced by Father Edward Lambro, director of development and communications for diocesan Catholic Charities, in his studio in the pastoral center.

The website’s home page currently features Sister Ellen Dauwer, a Sister of Charity of St. Elizabeth, who was videotaped at the College of St. Elizabeth, Convent Station. Over time, both the webpage for Consecrated Life and the Consecrated Life blog will display links to the websites of the featured institutes and additional relevant materials, Father Lambro said.

Father Lambro recorded the four religious sisters, surrounded by a forest of video and lighting equipment and standing in front of a “green screen.” Later, the priest will make the videos more visually arresting by adding photos related to the history and ministries of each sister’s community on the screen. Sister Guerline had no problem standing in front of the video camera and reading the script that she wrote and rehearsed from a teleprompter. Early in the session Father Lambro praised her, as he did the others, saying, “You are fabulous. You’ve got a career [in show business].”

“I was not nervous, because I used to compete in pageants,” Sister Guerline said afterward. “It was an honor to represent the Salesian Sisters. I’m grateful to promote my congregation.”

Later, Sister Mary Irene Sorber, provincial councilor of the Sisters of Christian Charity in Mendham, talked on camera about her religious order’s history, including its founding in Paderborn, Germany in 1849 by Mother Pauline von Mallinckrodt and three companions. She also spoke about her community’s ministries in the diocese, which include Assumption College for Sisters, the Quellen Retreat Center and Villa Pauline, all in Mendham, and the Neighborhood Center for Women in Passaic.

“We are women of Christ-like love who strive to live and make visible the love of Christ in the world,” said Sister Mary Irene, who told The Beacon after the taping, “This was a chance for us to talk about ourselves— which we don’t do a lot.”

Sister Ascenza Tizzano, provincial superior of the Religious Teachers Filippini in Morristown, also spoke on camera about her order’s educational ministry in the diocese at Villa Walsh Academy, Morristown; St. Gerard Magella School, Paterson; Holy Spirit School, Pequannock; and Mount St. Joseph Children’s Center, Totowa. Cardinal Barbarigo and St. Lucy Filippini founded the order in Italy more than 400 years ago, she said.

“I hope that young women [who are exploring a vocation] watch these videos, realizing that consecrated life is exciting and seeing their potential in it,” said Sister Ascenza.

Sister Malia Makalita of the Little Sisters of the Poor, spoke on camera about the founding of her order in 1839 by St. Jeanne Jugan in France and their mission at St. Joseph Home for the Elderly in Totowa.

“This [video series] lets people know that we [the Little Sisters] are in the diocese and we are working together with Bishop Serratelli,” the Tongan-born Sister Malia said.

The videos and the many other events planned to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life in the diocese [which The Beacon will feature] will highlight the prophetic presence of consecrated life in the Church, Sister Mary Edward said.

“The many and varied gifts, which men and women in consecrated life bring to our local church, reflect the beauty of the work of the Holy Spirit among us! The men and women of the 45 different institutes who live and serve here are a singular blessing. They reflect the joy and hope of the Gospel in a life, totally given to God,” Sister Mary Edward said.

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Special Delivery

Michael Wojcik

Pompton Plains pastor asks parishioners to pray for priests, vocations after sending them prayer cards

POMPTON PLAINS Fond memories flooded back for Father Paul O’Donnell Duggan, pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel (OLGC) Parish here, on Oct. 19, when Pope Paul VI was beatified in Rome to the day 44 years earlier when the “blessed” late Italian pontiff ordained him and his brother, Frank, to the priesthood in that same place: St. Peter’s Basilica.

This fall, Father Duggan asked OLGC parishioners to help him celebrate and give thanks for Pope Paul’s beatification and the pontiff’s ordaining him and his brother on May 17, 1970 by “paying it forward” in a sense: praying at home for priests and for an increase in vocations at the Morris County faith community and the diocese. The pastor also said that he has requested that parishioners pray in celebration of the 50th anniversary of OLGC.

OLGC sent to 1,700 parish families an envelope that contained a letter from Father Duggan that introduced the initiative and card that displayed a photo of Paul VI giving him the sign of peace after his ordination and several inspiring quotes about Catholic spirituality. Each envelope also included a card with the first name of a priest for whom the pastor has asked them to pray.

“Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul, during the closing Mass of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops. Paul VI is now called ‘blessed,” the last step in the process of being declared a saint,” Father Duggan wrote. “Oct. 19 was a big day for the Catholic Church. It also was a very big day for my brother, Father Frank, a priest of the Dublin Diocese, and me. It was Paul VI, who ordained us to the priesthood. No pope had then or since ordained brothers together,” he wrote.

In 1970, Paul VI wanted to ordain brothers and men from countries around the world. Father Duggan said, “We were proud that we were brothers and represented Ireland.” In his letter, Father Duggan called Paul VI “a prophet,” who “revolutionized the papacy by crisscrossing the world.”

“He was the first bishop of Rome since the Apostle Peter to visit the homeland of Jesus, traveling to Israel and Jordan in 1968. He was the first pontiff to visit every continent. Some still recall his triumphant trip to New York in 1964 to address the United Nations: another first,” Father Duggan wrote.

As OLGC remembers Paul VI and his ordination of the Duggan brothers, Father Duggan has asked parish ioners to pray for priests. He reminded the faithful that priests pray for them everyday while reciting the Divine Office.

In the letter, Father Duggan offered parishioners a sample prayer: “Jesus, thank you for calling Father [name on the card] to be a priest. Thank you that he said ‘Yes’ to your call. Protect him each day from the Evil One. Give Father a deep love for you and your dear mother, Mary, who is famous for saying at the Wedding of Cana, ‘Do as he tells you.’ May Father always do what you tell him.”

The pastor also suggested that parishioners pray before a small table in the corner of a room, adorned with a white cloth, a candle, a Bible, a flower, a crucifix and the prayer card. They also can mediate on quotes on the card with Father Duggan’s photo, which includes, among others, St. John Paul II — “That your homes be or begin again to be a home of daily family prayer” — and John 15:16 — “You did not choose me but I chose you.”

“Call this corner of your home ‘your sacred space,’ your private chapel, the place where you pray each day. I thank you very much and want you to know that if you want me to come and pray with you, it will be an honor,” he wrote. “These final years of my priesthood, dear reader, are the best ever. I have never been as happy. You are bringing out qualities that I did not know I have. A prayerful thank you for that,” the priest wrote.

The prayer initiative also seeks to increase vocations at OLGC.

Already a young parishioner started in the fall to study with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. Several other young parishioners have told him that they have been considering a vocation, Father Duggan said.

“There is something happening at Good Counsel that I’ve haven’t seen anywhere else. This parish could become a goldmine for vocations,” Father Duggan told The Beacon.

“This is an indirect way to foster vocations. Vocations come from the family. I want to create an awareness in parents that their sons or daughters might be called to a vocation.”

So far, Father Duggan reports having received “positive feedback” from parishioners, who have approached him to tell them that have been been praying. The pastor also considers the prayer initiative a form of evangelization, because most families, who had received the cards, are non-practicing Catholics.

“Where there is no family prayer, there is no Church. Maybe these families don’t know how to pray. Prayer whets the appetite for more. Then, maybe they will come to church,” he said.

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