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Jesuit USA Newsletter

August 22, 2005


CNN to Feature Segment on Nyumbani Orphanage

A television special on HIV/AIDS in Africa is being aired on Monday, August 22 at 7 pm (EST) on "Anderson Cooper 360" on CNN and will run throughout the network on the following day; the show will include footage from the Nyumbani Orphanage, founded by Angelo D'Agostino SJ.

Anderson Cooper 360: www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/anderson.cooper.360/ Nyumbani Orphanage: www.nyumbani.org [Source: Maryland Province]

Deacon Recalls Entering Tokyo Bay After Bombing, Meeting Arrupe

During World War II Deacon Joe Farry, of St Philip the Apostle Church in Columbus, Ohio, was aboard the USS Compton, the first ship to enter Tokyo Bay following the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945. But what he remembers most from that time is meeting Jesuit Fr Pedro Arrupe and serving Mass for the priest, who was superior of the Jesuit novitiate near Hiroshima.

Fr Arrupe, who 20 years later became superior general, turned the novitiate into an emergency hospital. He also headed the first rescue party to go into Hiroshima after the United States dropped the atomic bomb.

"We were assigned to bring operational, confidential mail to Hiroshima," Deacon Farry said. "Later, we heard that these were the surrender papers that were a part of the official surrender of Japan in the war." After his ship dropped anchor at Hiroshima in mid- to late-August, Deacon Farry and the rest of the crew were greeted by Fr Arrupe, who came aboard the ship.

"He was a very caring and loving man," Deacon Farry recalled. "He cared deeply about the people of Hiroshima."

Fr Arrupe went to Japan in 1938 and spent 27 years there as a missionary. At his novitiate-turned-hospital Fr Arrupe used his medical skills to help the wounded and the dying. He called those ays "a permanent experience outside of history, engraved on my memory."

After the crew of the Compton disembarked into Hiroshima, Deacon Farry said he had the privilege of twice serving at Mass celebrated by Fr Arrupe at his mission residence. [Source: CNS. Do not repost electronically]

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Inner-city Catholic Schools at Crossroads After Recent Closings

A statement released this summer by the US bishops, "Renewing Our Commitment to Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools in the Third Millennium," notes that more Catholic schools have closed than have opened in the past 15 years, and Fr Joseph O'Keefe SJ said he is curious to see what kind of action the bishops' document will bring about for inner-city schools.

The statement says most Catholic school closings in the past 15 years have occurred in inner-city and urban and rural areas. Of the 400 new schools opened in that time, most were in growing suburbs.

“Wherever possible,” it said, "Catholic schools should remain available and accessible in all areas of a diocese for children who are from poor and middle-class families who face major economic challenges. In addition, Catholic schools should be available to students who are not Catholic and who wish to attend them."

Fr O'Keefe, interim dean of the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, has been studying urban Catholic education for years. He led a team of the university's researchers in conducting a study published in 2004 by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) on “Sustaining the Legacy: Inner-city Catholic Elementary Schools in the United States.”

He stressed that Catholic school officials need to remember the mission of a preferential option for the poor and provide “places for people of little or no faith to encounter Christ.” But, he said, some church officials think Catholic schools should primarily be for children from Catholic families.

Fr O'Keefe said the traditional Catholic school organization model has lacked “strategic thinking and has been very haphazard.” The setup creates a “survival of the fittest” system, he said, so schools with the least amount of resources and students end up closing their doors.

Amid the continuing number of closings, the priest said he sees glimmers of hope in areas where people are trying innovative ways to keep city schools open, such as the Diocese of Memphis, where previously closed schools are reopening. As he sees it, people need to look at places that are bucking the closing trend and find out “why they are surviving.”

NCEA officials have commissioned the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, located at Georgetown University, to specifically look at the issue of urban Catholic school closings; the study is to be released this fall. [Source: CNS. Do not repost electronically]

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Loyola University Chicago to Open New Art Museum

Bacchus by Carravaggio

Bacchus by Carravaggio

Loyola University Chicago's Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) will open this October, with an inaugural exhibition, Caravaggio: Una Mostra Impossibile.

The 27,000-square-foot museum encompasses all faiths and cultures, says Pamela Ambrose, Loyola's Director of Cultural Affairs. "We are dedicated to the exploration, promotion, and understanding of art and artistic expression that illuminates the enduring spiritual questions and concerns of all cultures and societies."

LUMA will house the Martin D'Arcy Collection of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Art. The collection has been on display at Loyola for the past 35 years. It was assembled by Fr Donald Rowe SJ, who founded the D'Arcy Gallery in 1969. In addition to the permanent D'Arcy Collection, the museum includes a lecture hall, a Push Pin Gallery for young students, and additional galleries for museum programs and special rotating exhibitions.

The inaugural Caravaggio exhibition uses the latest in high definition digital technology to reproduce the complete work of the artist Michelangelo Merisi, known as Caravaggio, on a 1:1 scale with images as large as 9 by 12 feet. The exhibition first opened in Naples in 2003 and has been traveling throughout Europe with record visitor attendance. [Source: Loyola University Chicago]

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Xavier University Students Gain Life-Changing Experiences

Student helping

Working with refugees, local artists, the elderly, nature, and the homeless—-that's just a short list of what Xavier University students did on their summer break.

It was part of Xavier's Summer Service Internship Program, which celebrated its 12th year. The program is unique in that it offers stipends to the interns. This gives the students the opportunity to offer service in places where they may not have been able to do so because of having to work during the summer. This year, 19 Xavier students worked at 14 different agencies for 30-35 hours a week over a nine-week period.

For example, two Xavier students are worked with 3-6 year old children on literacy skills at Children, Inc. They read with them and nurtured the children's creative skills by helping them create alternative endings and/or storylines to tales like The Three Bears. Last year, 20 Xavier students logged about 7,000 hours of service at 19 agencies. [Source: Xavier University]

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High School Students Learn About Entrepreneurship at Saint Louis University

A pilot program held this summer at Saint Louis University's business school taught high school students all about entrepreneurship, from how to start a business and market it to how to network with other companies. The program, "Jump Start Your Independence: Learn to Be Your Own Boss," is expected to be offered again next summer.

"I think I'm learning just as much here in a week as I could learn in a whole year at school," said Margaret Merlo, a sophomore at Visitation Academy in Town and Country, Missouri, and one of ten students who took part in the program.

“We studied marketing and the basics of starting a business, how to overcome adversity, working with others, building relationships, and networking with other companies," Merlo said. [Source: CNS. Do not repost electronically]

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St Xavier High Mourns Fallen Marines

A pair of St. Xavier High School (Cincinnati) graduates made the ultimate sacrifice for their country on August 3. US Marine Lance Captain David Kreuter ('97) and Marine Lance Corporal Michael Cifuentes ('98) both died, victims of a roadside bomb while traveling in an armored vehicle in western Iraq near the Euphrates River.

“We talk a lot about being leaders and about being men for and with others. Certainly Michael and David were examples of that leadership, of living that motto,” said St Xavier President Fr Walter Deye SJ ('66). “They went literally around the world for the cause of freedom and to help create a peaceful world.”

Kreuter ran track and cross-country and participated in the canned food drive at St X. He was a 2004 University of Cincinnati criminal justice graduate. He married last September and became a father seven weeks ago. He never had the chance to meet his son.

Cifuentes was in the St X marching and jazz bands and the Spanish Honor Society. He was in graduate school at Miami University in Oxford, studying to be a math teacher. He had worked as a substitute teacher and was engaged to be married next summer.

Cifuentes and Kreuter are the first St Xavier graduates to die as a result of the current conflict in Iraq. Several other graduates, as well as parents of current students and alumni, are still serving in Iraq and around the nation and world. [Source: St Xavier High]

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Remembrance of Things Past

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