DIOCESAN BRIEFS (From January 2007 ‘Angelus’)

Diocesan Conference Day

   Mark your calendars for 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007, for “The Rhythms of The Spiritual Life: The Dynamics of LIfelong Conversion,” the topic of the annual Diocesan Conference Day.
   Registration and exhibits open at 7:45 a.m. Cost is $18 if postmarked before January 19; $20 if after Jan. 19. Lunch will be included. Mail fees with name(s) to Diocese of San Angelo, P.O. Box 1829, San Angelo, TX 76902.
   For more information contact the Office of Education & Formation at 325.651.7500.
  Regardless of our personal role in the church, at the very heart of all ministries is the task of initiating and then nurturing lifelong conversion and spiritual growth. Perhaps at no time in the church’s history has that task been more complex and challenging.
   In his presentation, noted author, teacher and retreat director Tom Danzig will propose a new way of understanding the dynamics of the spiritual life, one that will enlighten and enliven both our self-understanding and our perception of ministry and will propose practical implications and applications of that new vision.
   For more information contact the Office of Education & Formation at 325-651-7500.

Holy Family-Abilene Mission
   The Holy Family-Abilene Parish Mission is January 21-24.
   Father Blaise Czaja, C.P. will conduct the Mission. The Theme is  “Come Encounter Jesus.”  Morning talks with Mass will be at 10 a.m. Evening sessions begin at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited!
   Holy Family is located at 5410 Buffalo Gap Rd. in Abilene.
   Call the church office for more information at 325-692-1820.
    Czaja was born and raised in Port Arthur. After high school, he joined the Passionists and was ordained a priest in Louisville, Ky., in 1964. He began preaching at parish missions in 1972, a call to the church that has been his primary assignment for 35 years. He also served in India for three years and returned to America in 2004. He is presently local superior of the Passionist community in Louisville.

Proyecto 2007
   During 2007, the Diocese of San Angelo will work with the Diocese of San Pedro Sula on a special project that will provide assistance in paying the salary of a doctor and assistant nurse in a dispensary serving the very poor in Colonias Pavon and Esquipulas, and people living in huts on the banks of the Piedras and Bermejo rivers.
   These medical professionals will provide consultation for three days a month and the program is under the responsibility of the Misioneras Claretianas (Claretian Missionary Sisters).
   The salary assistance sought by the Diocese of San Pedro Sula is $5,580.00, which has been generously provided by the St. Vincent de Paul Conference of St. Ann’s Parish in Midland.
   The Diocesan Partnership Team would like to invite medical professionals from the Diocese of San Angelo to consider ways they could be involved in this project.  It might be by volunteering some time in Honduras, especially if you speak Spanish.  It might be by sending supplies, samples, and things that could be used in such a dispensary.  Someone suggested a simple First Aid Manual in Spanish. The Diocesan Partnership Team is eager to hear your ideas!
   Please contact Msgr. Larry Droll (432-682-6303), Father Tom Barley (325-651-7551), Father David Herrera (325-655-6278), Sister Hilda Marotta (325-651-7500) or Sister Malachy Griffin (325-949-8033).

— Msgr. Larry Droll, St. Ann’s-Midland

‘Woman of Distinction’ survivor of Rwandan holocaust
   The El Camino Girl Scout Council of San Angelo is very excited to announce that Immaculée Ilibagiza, author of Left to Tell Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust will be the keynote speaker at the El Camino GS Women of Distinction Award Luncheon on March 8th, 11:30 to 1 at First United Methodist Church in San Angelo. 
   Immaculée is a Catholic woman who survived the Rwandan Holocaust in a 3 by 4 bathroom with 7 other women for 91 days as approximately 1 million of her Tutsi tribes-people were slaughtered, including her family.  She credits her survival and her life to intense meditation, prayer of the Rosary and her willingness to forgive the unforgivable. 
   The Girl Scout Women of Distinction is an event honoring women of strong character and values and who serve their communities and are positive role models for girls.
    Nomination forms are available at gosanangelo.com or from the Girl Scout office.  655-8961. Tickets for the event are $50 and go on sale February 1st (all proceeds from this event go to support the El Camino Girl Scout Council).
    As a gift from the Girl Scouts to the San Angelo community and surrounding area, Immaculée will also speak at an evening event.  It will be held at the 1st Baptist Church in San Angelo at 7pm and it will be open to the public.  There will not be a fee, but a love offering will be taken for the Girl Scouts of Rwanda.
   Organizers are also accepting donations to help underwrite these events.
   If you would like to help by making a donation, please send them to El Camino Girl Scout Council, 304 W. Ave. A, San Angelo, TX 76903; memo Immaculée.
   For more information or to help, call Becky Benes: 325-949-1450; hiyalltx@verizon.net or Melinda Springer at the Girl Scout office; 325-655-8961.  
Scholarships for Catholic laity now available
    SAN ANTONIO — Catholics who want to serve the Church in a professional capacity, but need additional education to do so, have a resource for funds.
   The Rev. Msgr. Larry J. Droll Fund, administered by Catholic Life Insurance, is accepting scholarship applications from Catholic laymen and women who want to pursue graduate education in theology and church-related professions.
   “Today many dedicated Catholics, who are not ordained clergy or women religious, serve parishes as Parish Coordinators or Administrators, as Pastoral Associates, Directors of Religious Education, Youth Ministers, Liturgists, and many other roles,” said Msgr. Droll. “This scholarship can help provide the funds to earn the advanced educational degree in theology or religious studies that is often required for these positions.”
   Who Can Apply: The scholarship is open to students who are enrolled in Catholic graduate schools of theology or religious studies and who have already completed a bachelor’s degree. The applicant, who does not have to be a Catholic Life member, must be a practicing Roman Catholic and must reside in one of the states in which Catholic Life operates which are Texas, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, or Mississippi. The scholarship funds are paid directly to the school where the student is enrolled. “Students may attend any Catholic graduate school in one of the states in which Catholic Life operates,” added Msgr. Droll. “Applicants may also be enrolled in an extension program or in The Catholic University of America School of Canon Law.”
   How To Apply: To obtain an application, please call Catholic Life Insurance at (210) 828-9921 or 1-800-292-2548 or write to Catholic Life Insurance, attn: Communications Department, P.O. Box 659527, San Antonio, TX 78265-9527. You can also download an application from our website at www.cliu.com. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2007.

Calvary Cemetery — Unauthorized Fencing, Curbing
   Calvary Cemetery in San Angelo is experiencing major problems in the maintenance of the cemetery because of fencing, curbing and brick borders placed around cemetery plots. This prevents the mowers from cutting grass and creates a safety hazard from flying chips and stones. These borders and fences also hinder excavators when moving their digging equipment in order to open, close or maintain grave spaces. Cemetery rules clearly state: “No fencing will be tolerated. Curbing of any type is not allowed.”  Please remove all fencing, curbing or brick borders from cemetery plots by February 28. This also includes various types of rocks, stones, shells, outdoor carpet, etc., placed on top graves. — Mike Wyse, Chancellor


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