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Nurturing life in Hazelwood with Everybody’s Gardens
The Spiritans in Ohio - Dayton and Eaton
The Spiritans in Arkansas 01 - FR. STRUB GO WEST -
The Spiritans in Arlington VA - 2/2 -
The Spiritans in Arlington VA - 1/2 -
The Spiritans of California - San Diego University - Fr. Bill Headley - Peace Studies
St Mark the Evangelist Harlem
Duquesne University 28th annual Spring Clean-Up
The Spiritans in California
Discernment - The Gift of the Church -
Spiritans Yesterday/Today - Inspirational -
Outreach of the Spiritans
Nurturing life in Hazelwood with Everybody’s GardensJustice and Peace and INTEGRITY OF THE CREATION: Nurturing life in Hazelwood with Everybody’s Gardens Hazelwood historically struggles to support urban agriculture infrastructure. Throughout this Pittsburgh area, like in many other stressed neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, there are community garden spaces, ‘Everybody’s Gardens’, tended by locals such as the members of the ’Hazelwood Urban Ag Team’. With a garden at the corner of Lytle and West Elizabeth streets, and other ones too that are also tended by the members of the organization of Mr. Matt Peters, Chairman, and Composter & Biotech researcher Jim McCue (https://bioeverything.blogspot.com/), a cross-generational urban-farming mindset is growing in Hazelwood, a belief that soil healing permaculture farming can heal the land and reconnect the people who live on it. The video lets Jim and Matthew express different views on their work and philosophy of permaculture in a urban context, this at a time when this kind of effort from citizens who decided to nurture life instead of staying submitted to the general disruption mode of production that leads to Global Warming has to be applauded. They locally promote an anti-disruption mode of producing healthy food, an ambitious vision for the community, with the hope that younger generations may learn from their example. This video has been made possible thanks to Fr. Vince Stegman who is the Spiritan priest working in St Stephen in Hazelwood as he introduced Jim and Matt to me.
The Spiritans in Ohio - Dayton and Eaton- The Spiritans began working in Ohio (Fr. Steurer in Troy, St Patrick's, 1872, and Fr. Ott in Piqua, St Boniface, with 5 mission stations, 1873) even before the arrival of their 1st Provincial (Fr. Strub in 1874). - In 1928, they took over the ministry to the African Americans in Cincinnati (St. John the Baptist Church). That same year, the Archbishop asked them to take care of the growing African American Community in Dayton. - Since then, the Spiritans have dedicated their ministry among African American Catholics and all who joined, and they still are continuing ministering among urban and rural parishes. - At the moment they serve 8 parishes: Corpus Christi, Our Lady of Mercy, St. Benedict the Moor, St. Mary, Queen of Martyrs, Dayton, St. Augustine, Germantown, St. Mary, Camden, and Visitation, Eaton, striving to be a light that shines to brighten the life of the people they serve in the Archdiocese of Most Rev. Dennis Marion Schnurr.
The Spiritans in Arkansas 01 - FR. STRUB GO WEST -This is the video #01 about the Spiritans in the diocese of Little Rock in Arkansas, an historical narration of the years 1878-1892 when the 1st Provincial of the Spiritans (who had been the 1st Provincial of the C.S.Sp. Vice-Province of Germany from 1863 to 1873) invited German immigrants to Arkansas. There Fr. Strub considered making of Morrilton (his "monastery" was known as Monastery Ridge or "Marienstadt") the main center for Spiritans in the US. Soon tornadoes and fevers obliged him and his Spiritan companions to abandon the project and decide to keep Pittsburgh as the center for US Spiritans. However, the Spiritans stayed in Arkansas until today. The video shows at the end the present-day CSSp community in AR as an introduction to a soon to come "Spiritans in Arkansas" video depicting the works and the present-day community in Arkansas.
The Spiritans in Arlington VA - 2/2 -- Our Lady Queen of Peace - Arlington; Part 2 of 2 - Working hand-in-hand with its welcoming spirit, Queen of Peace is known for its “commitment to living out the Gospel,” Fr. Hickey said. “Living out the Gospel is what inspires us as a community of faith to understand how important it is to welcome people into our community,” […]. “As we do that, we also challenge (the parishioners) to pick up the Gospel and to bring it into their everyday life.” The Gospel passage from Matthew 25:35 is key for Queen of Peace: “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me. - Arlington Catholic Herald - DURATION: 07:57
The Spiritans in Arlington VA - 1/2 -- Our Lady Queen of Peace - Arlington; Part 1 of 2 - “[…] a sense of welcome for all, which stems from its origin in 1945 as a black Catholic community. “A lot of our sense of hospitality is born out of the experience of the black Catholics who helped to found this parish because they welcomed white families in at a time when that was not something that was considered all that acceptable,” Fr. Hickey said. According to church history, after the parish was founded, Richmond Bishop Peter L. Ireton invited the Pennsylvania-based Congregation of the Holy Spirit to serve at Queen of Peace, partly because members of this order had experience in black Catholic ministry. […] Working hand-in-hand with its welcoming spirit, Queen of Peace is known for its “commitment to living out the Gospel,” Father Hickey said. “Living out the Gospel is what inspires us as a community of faith to understand how important it is to welcome people into our community,” […]. “As we do that, we also challenge (the parishioners) to pick up the Gospel and to bring it into their everyday life.” The Gospel passage from Matthew 25:35 is key for Queen of Peace: “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me.” “The people are wonderful,” Fr. Hickey said. “It’s a real strong sense of a family of faith. They want us here and we want them here, and we want to do this together.” Source: Arlington Catholic Herald (7/13/2011): "Arlington parishioners prioritize the Gospel call of Matthew 25" - by Gretchen R. Crowe
The Spiritans of California - San Diego University - Fr. Bill Headley - Peace StudiesFr. William R. Headley, C.S.Sp., PhD, a Spiritan priest, is the founding Dean of Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies of the University of San Diego, CA, USA. In 1987, Bill started the Congregation’s first International Justice and Peace Office (Rome, Italy). He directed it for five years. Since Sept. 2015, he is also a member of the Justice and Peace Committee of the U.S.A. Province of the Spiritans. As a sociologist, a counselor, a ministry specialist, he has a broad background in Church leadership, justice, peace and international aid with experience in over 70 countries. Bill was the 1st President of the Africa Faith and Justice Network/USA, and was instrumental in starting the Washington Office on Haiti. Bill worked for Jesuit Refugee Services (Kenya’s refugees), the Catholic Relief Service (he helped to guide CRS’ relief, development, and justice/peace programs) and the Generalate administration for the Spiritans for whom he started his Community's 1st International Justice and Peace Office (Rome, Italy). In July 1993, Prof. Headley established a graduate program in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. As a peace builder, Bill has assisted conferences of bishops in many countries of the world. In August 2007, Bill became the founding Dean of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego, CA, the very 1st academic School of Peace in the USA. The IPJ is at the nexus of practice, policy and scholarship in peace-building and human rights, supporting individuals and organizations working to build more peaceful and just societies, integrating theory and practice in the classroom as well as in communities worldwide, researching on some of the toughest, most troubling phenomena of our times, producing rigorous and innovative work published in a wide variety of outlets. Students from all over the world are prepared and gain experience in the field through an Internship Program and the Kroc School institutes - the Institute for Peace and Justice and the Trans-Border Institute.
St Mark the Evangelist Harlem- St Mark the Evangelist Harlem - A growing church in the Central Harlem Vicariate of the New York Archdiocese, St. Mark the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church is an African-American faith community which welcomes all people who worship in the Catholic tradition. Under the stewardship of Fr. Freddy Washington, an African-American Spiritan priest, St-Mark’s endeavors to sustain and encourage its growth through spiritual development, educational and adult leadership, evangelization of the churched and un-churched, ministry to families in the church and in the community, and share its African-American heritage and gifts with the wider Catholic church community.
Duquesne University 28th annual Spring Clean-UpThe Duquesne University 28th annual Spring Clean-Up was held on Saturday, April 16th, 2016. It rallied Duquesne University students, staff and faculty members to work alongside community members in the Greater Hill District and South Side neighborhoods. As the groups work toward a cleaner, greener city, they also work on building relationships with neighbors through this effort sponsored by Duquesne's Spiritan Campus Ministry, in collaboration with community groups. Sponsored by Spiritan Campus Ministry, Spring Clean-Up helps to strengthen Duquesne's longstanding relationship with the greater Pittsburgh community. The event is aimed at raising the consciousness of the participants to the community in which they live, while at the same time showing the greater Pittsburgh community that we care about them Over the last twenty-five years those who have participated in Spring Clean-Up have not only learned more abut the local community but have walked away knowing that they have made a difference in the community. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.
The Spiritans in CaliforniaThe Spiritans in California - The Parishes in Hemet - 15:14 Hemet, Riverside county's, San Jacinto valley, about 45 miles west of Palm Springs. There, the Spiritans currently manage two parishes: Our Lady Of The Valley and Holy Spirit Catholic Community Church. Hemet retains its status as a retirement community but today, with 60% hispanophone and 40% anglophone, it is also home for more and more young families, mostly from Mexican origins, who provide the senior population with services or are fleeing from the more urbanized areas of Southern CA. Trying to bring them in a whole community is a real challenge, there are growth and transition pains, but the Spiritans in Hemet, strong with their intercultural and international missionary experience, are fit to help their flock to overcome prejudices and learn to become appreciative of cultural differences.
Discernment - The Gift of the Church -The Gift of the Church - 09:14 REVISED #5 - There are a wide variety of vocations we are called to in today's Church. The great challenge is to uncover and listen to the call received. With its prayerful, supportive atmosphere, our Duquesne University Discernment Group provides an opportunity for men and women to gather weekly and reflect on God's Grace and Action in an individual's life, their call to participate in His work through the Church: DISCERNMENT as a gift of the Church. - - This video was granted a 2015 Telly Award.-
Spiritans Yesterday/Today - Inspirational -Spiritans Yesterday/Today - 07:23 A video realized for the General Assembly of the Spiritan US Province as an Inspirational short video for the 85 participants (67 members of the Province and 18 observers, June 15 - 19). It was projected at the occasion of this exciting week as the Spiritans celebrated and reflected on their Spiritan life and Mission.
Outreach of the SpiritansJMA: Outreach of the Spiritans - 04:16 This NASA video was part of the JMA 449 Newsroom Operations Class where each student is required to produce News packages for their Live Newscast. Student Julia Belechak participated in a trip to Houston (April 30 - March 4, 2014) with Prof. Dennis Woytek, Ph.D. and Fr. Jean-Michel Gelmetti, C.S.Sp., to meet with Spiritan Communities there. For Newsroom Operations Class JMA students, nothing is better than a on-location experience of this type to learn their job as TV announcers.