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Books Celebration TR
Life Giving Spirit
The Spiritans in Detroit (MI)
Holy Ghost Preparatory School
The Spiritans in Arkansas 01 - FR. STRUB GO WEST -
The Spiritans in Arkansas 02 - TODAY
Nurturing life in Hazelwood with Everybody’s Gardens
The Spiritans in Ohio - Dayton and Eaton
The Spiritans in Arlington VA - 1/2 -
The Spiritans in Arlington VA - 2/2 -
The Spiritans of California - San Diego University - Fr. Bill Headley - Peace Studies
St Mark the Evangelist Harlem
Books Celebration TRThis video is a souvenir of the reception given at Trinity Hall by the Duquesne University Spiritan Center of the 2017-2018 publication of four books by Spiritan authors Frs. Brian Cronin (Phenomenology of Human Understanding), James Okoye (A Narrative Theological Commentary - Genesis 1-11), William Cleary (Spiritan Life & Mission since Vatican II) and Peter Osuji (African Traditional Medicine: Autonomy & Informal Consent). The reception took place on Tuesday, March 13th in the afternoon and was attended by Duquesne University President Ken Gormley as well as Spiritans, Lay Spiritans and friends in an informal, amicable and festive atmosphere.
Life Giving SpiritThe bond that links the Spiritan University, Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit, with the Association of the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. (AGSM), is more than just helping to raise money for a good cause. The Sigma-Nu college of Duquesne University, led in this service by Fr. John Sawicki (Prof. of International Relations at DU), could not choose a better cause than servicing the National Board of AGSM, these heroic mothers who lost a son or a daughter in recent conflicts or wars and undertake a difficult and long period of mourning. Each year, the Sigma Nu brothers host the White Rose Ball as their philanthropy and are projected to raise approximately $15,000 annually for charity. With this video, we wanted you to discover the bond that unites Duquesne University through its Sigma Nu College students with the AGSM and to discover who they are, what they do to support each other, as Sigma Nu students of DU dedicated to the cause of American Gold Star Mums, but also the AGSM Mums who heal their own wound in helping each other and serving the Veterans' cause. Discover the Life giving Spirit that unites them all for healing and sharing the Love of our common Maker for a better world!
The Spiritans in Detroit (MI)"Christianity is not a system of oppressive rules. It is peace, joy, love, and a life that is continually renewed. [...] Your Church is the orchard fed and pruned by your love: may all who seek peace find rest in its shade."" This quote from St. John XXIII could be the motto of Old St Mary's Parish in Greektown, Detroit, so much the ambience there is a reflecting these words. Pastor Wayne Epperley, a Spiritan priest from the congregation of the Holy Spirit (a missionary congregation born in 1703) and all his flock are striving to make of Old St Mary such a place where all people who come are welcome and may discover the love of the Father manifested in Christ and the Spirit that animated the Spiritans who served there for 125 years now (in 2018), since 1893 (Fr. Francis W. Schwab, from Alsace, who had come with Father Strub to the US after the Congregation was expelled from Germany in 1873, was the first Spiritan Pastor for this parish founded in 1835 as a recognized group to be administered sacraments and St Mary's parish in 1843 on the occasion of its first built structure. The Redemptorists took charge of St Mary's parish from 1847 to 1872, then the Franciscans. Since Fr. Schwab in 1893, 12 other Spiritans have been in charge, the current pastor being Fr. Wayne Epperley, an American himself born in Germany. The 'Second church', the church as we know it now, was completed in 1885, a remarkable monument to faith and to the arts. Come and discover with this video a vibrant community proud of her church, walls, ceremonies, the gatherings, a community generous to the Spiritan Mission throughout the world, with notably a commitment to its 'Sister parish', St Michael's in Tanzania, a community opened to all styles of praising, mixed races and styles, and a whole in whole very engaged and welcoming church community.
Holy Ghost Preparatory SchoolThis video wants to reflect how Holy Ghost Preparatory School, a private Catholic school dedicated to the quality education of college-bound young men, aspires to form them morally, intellectually, and spiritually in the tradition of its Spiritan founders. The School motto is the Spiritan one: Cor Unum Et Anima Una, "One Heart and One Soul/Mind" (Acts 4:32), a description of the early Christian community of believers, united in faith, prayer, good works. This cornerstone of the institution is also the mission of the school. Form the heart, mind, and soul, i.e believing firmly in the value of the study of arts and sciences in the development of a thinking person. The beliefs and values are not subject to the whims of current opinion, but rather are based on a knowledge and critical evaluation of the past and its lessons for the present. We will see how HGP pursues this truth, the Truth that Christ is, and sees God in all that it undertakes with its age-old belief that a solid, Catholic education in the modern era must seeks to inculcate in each student: a firm appreciation of and an unwavering fidelity to the beliefs and principles taught through the Catholic Church while also imbuing within each student a deep respect for the beliefs of others. We will listen to staff and students to see how they are being filled with a sense of humanity and justice, a concern for the downtrodden and oppressed, and a Christ-like love for all.
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 Arkansas 02 - TODAYThe relationship between the Spiritans and Arkansas dates to their arrival in 1878 and to the founding of the parish of St. Joseph Church in Conway in 1879. Fr. Strub even thought for a while to establish Morrilton as the main center for Spiritans in the US, a project he had to abandon after a few prosperous years due to several tornadoes and fevers that destroyed most of its works (1884-1892). Today four Spiritans (Canadian, Congolese, Tanzanian, Vietnamese) still serve Jesus Christ in rural Arkansas, the “Natural State”, so named for its “unsurpassed scenery, clear lakes, free-flowing streams, magnificent rivers, meandering bayous, delta bottom-lands, forested mountains and abundant fish and wildlife” (Dennis Young), hence recently devoted to tourism while still, and this from the days of the settlement of Europeans practicing extensive agriculture, today modern intensive farming*. The video lets you meet with some of the Spiritans parishioners of the Mississippi delta and discover who they are through their work and life in the diocese of Little Rock, how they share our Lord Jesus’ tender Love and Care to the communities they are dedicated to at St. John the Baptist’s, in Brinkley, Monroe Cnty, St. Andrew’s in Marianna, Lee Cnty, St. Francis of Assisi’s in Forrest City, St Francis Cnty, St. Mary - St Vincent’s in Hattieville, Conway Cnty, St Mary of the Lake’s, in Horseshoe Lake (Crittenden Cnty) and in Helena West Helena, Phillips Cnty, St. Mary’s, their main residence community. *Since 2007 Arkansas is the cradle of innovative experiences like CARS (University of Arkansas) that addresses existing and new challenges in agricultural sustainability with the mission to enhance and sustain prosperity to farming and health and well-being for all citizens.
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 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 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 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.