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ROCKVILLE, Md. (CNS) — Joseph Feuerherd, editor-in-chief and publisher of the National Catholic Reporter, died May 26 after an 18-month battle with metastasized soft tissue sarcoma. He was 48. He died at the Montgomery Hospice’s Casey House in Rockville with his family at his side. A funeral Mass was scheduled for June 1 at the Theological College of The Catholic University of America in Washington. Interment was to take place at Holy Name of Mary Cemetery in Montrose, Pa., at a later date. Feuerherd had been editor-in-chief and publisher of the lay-edited weekly newspaper, based in Kansas City, Mo., since October 2008. At the time of his appointment, he said he was thrilled the NCR board had chosen him, but he was also “humbled and energized by the opportunity to lead a publication that is vital to American Catholics who love their church.” Before taking the top post, he had spent about 24 years filling a variety of roles at the paper, ranging from intern to Washington correspondent. Arthur Jones, NCR’s editor in the 1970s who had hired him as an intern during his time as the paper’s Washington bureau chief, posted a lengthy tribute to Feuerherd on NCR’s website, www.ncronline.org. “As publisher he crisscrossed the country; as editor he firmly and generously crossed swords with many public figures on contentious issues, and heartily applauded others. He had strong opinions, but a moderate approach; he was a centrist who heard people out,” wrote Jones, who is now NCR’s books editor. “That was the professional Feuerherd, but his attributes there were simply magnified on a personal level with colleagues and friends: a kind, unflappable, caring person; a decent man, in every definition of the term, one with a quietly wicked sense of humor,” Jones added. A native of Garden City, N.Y., Feuerherd first came to NCR in 1984 when he showed up at the paper’s office as a junior at The Catholic University of America in Washington. As a college intern, he recalled in an interview, “I made the coffee, sorted mail, answered phones, clipped newspapers and grabbed whatever reporting assignments I could finagle.” In his senior year in college, he became the newspaper’s political affairs reporter. After graduating from Catholic University with a degree in history, he left and returned to NCR several times over the next two decades. Between positions at NCR, he served as a congressional press secretary and legislative assistant and editor of the weekly publication Economic Opportunity Report. He returned to NCR in 1988 as Washington bureau chief, a position he kept until 1991. He then served as public affairs officer at the Montgomery County (Md.) Housing Opportunities Commission from 1991 to 1997 and editorial director and associate publisher at United Communications Group in Rockville from 1998 to 2002. He returned to NCR as Washington correspondent from 2002 to 2007. When he was named editor-in-chief and publisher, Feuerherd noted that NCR had been founded more than four decades earlier by “a group of spirited and entrepreneurial journalists (who) decided that both the church and the broader culture would be served by a publication that told the story of Catholics in this country — an independent newspaper that provided, to the extent possible, the facts and the truth about the institution and its people. “They were right then — and that mission is even more important today,” he said. Feuerherd was a member of the Catholic Press Association and a member of the National Press Club in Washington. “Joe Feuerherd was an exceptional Catholic journalist and publisher. His was a keen observer of people and society, especially as they related to large institutions be it the church or government,” said Tony Spence, director and editor-in-chief of Catholic News Service. “He never failed to treat the subjects he covered or assigned his reporters to cover with anything less than respect and charity. He held one of the most important jobs in the Catholic press — leader of an independent Catholic medium,” Spence added. “He used it wisely and well. We will miss this great colleague and friend.” Feuerherd is survived by his wife of 27 years, Rebecca, a teacher, and three adult children, Zachary, Bridget and Benjamin, all of Kensington, Md.; and siblings Victor Feuerherd of Madison, Wis., Elizabeth Munafo of Jericho, N.Y., Peter Feuerherd, director of communications for the Diocese of Camden; David Feuerherd of Queens, N.Y., and Matthew Feuerherd of Jefferson, Md. In an NCR article about his cancer published Oct.21, 2010, Feuerherd thanked his children, who “have spent nights in hospital rooms, sterilized and cleaned the home front, and been there whenever we’ve needed them. Not sure where all that came from, but we’re delighted it’s there.” “My wife, Becky ... has, at least temporarily, given up a good career, and forsaken more than I can describe to fight with bill collectors, oversee medication management, negotiate with doctors, and tend to my wants and needs,” he added. “All out of unconditional love. Thank you, Becky.” Wrote Jones in his tribute: “For Joe the race is over. The romance lingers on.” Editor’s Note: Family members asked that those who want to make a memorial donation may send it to: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 5845 Richmond Highway, Alexandria VA 22303; or online at www.LLS.org (In memory of Joseph Feuerherd).
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Brothers Griffin and Samuel Strader of Berlin, Camden County, share more than the same parents, and the fact that they are both alumni of Hammonton’s St. Joseph High School. During the past year, both were cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Griffin Strader, the older brother, graduated from St. Joseph High School as a member of the Class of 2007. “The first time I visited West Point,” Griffin said, “I knew the Academy was where I wanted to go after graduating from high school.” Leadership was a part of Griffin’s background from the time when he was an Eagle Scout. “I wanted to live life to the fullest and make my dream of being able to lead men and women a reality,” Strader said. During his four years at St. Joseph, Griffin participated in lacrosse, wrestling, cross-country, football and baseball. Once at West Point, Griffin secured a slot on the Academy’s Collegiate parachute Team and remained a member of the team for all four years. At the Collegiate Nationals competition at Eloy, Arizona, this past January, Griffin won two gold medals in the 4-way and 6-way freefall formation skydiving. The Gold Medal for 6-way speed formation was the first time West Point had won the gold for that category. Griffin credits St. Joseph’s academic program, particularly the advancement placement courses, with helping him handle the rigorous West Point routine that blended academics with military science. Griffin graduated from the United States Military Academy on May 21 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. Younger brother Sam Strader graduated from St. Joseph High School as a member of the Class of 2010. During his four years at St. Joe, Sam participated in track, wrestling, team captain for cross-country, student government and the National Honor Society, finishing in the top percentile of his senior class. Sam Strader’s yearbook included a quote that said his goal in life was to attend an armed forces academy in order to “serve my country.” Upon graduation, Sam reported immediately to West Point to begin his freshman or “Plebe” year. Interested in history while at St. Joe’s, Sam took as many history courses as were permitted at West Point, due to the heavy academy schedule required of all plebes. Sam also wanted to follow in his older brother’s footsteps by becoming a member of the West Point Parachute Team. Following months of practice skydiving, Sam was appointed to the team and now awaits the opportunity to compete on the collegiate level during his sophomore year as a “yearling.”
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In an e-mail to school families on Friday, May 27, St. Augustine Preparatory School President, Father Paul Galetto, announced that his tenure is ending on June 30. He said he had been informed of the decision on May 25 by Father Anthony Genovese, OSA, who is the chairman of the Board of Directors of the school as well as the Provincial Superior of the Augustinian Order. “While I strongly disagree with this course of action, I acknowledge that Father Genovese has the authority to make this decision,” Father Galetto said. “As President of the Prep I have made decisions with which others have not agreed.” The school’s Board of Directors, who stated they did not take part in Father Genovese’s decision, were set to meet last Thursday, to ascertain the reason for Father Galetto’s departure. Support among the school community for Father Galetto has built, with a Parents Rally at the Prep, with the Austin Society (Mothers’ Club) and Men of the Prep (Fathers’ Club), taking place on Thursday, June 2, the day of the Board of Directors meeting. A student rally is planned for Friday, June 17. A 1974 graduate of St. Augustine Prep, Father Galetto returned as a teacher in 1982 and had served at the Richland school as president starting since 1998. Under Father Galetto, the school completed a 14,000 square-foot arts and sciences building, and, most recently, a 100,000 square-foot, $21 million complex that houses a chapel, science labs, school offices, a gym, and swimming pool. Thanking teachers, staff, parents, students, alumni and benefactors, and the Augustinian community, Father Galetto noted, “If I have offended anyone, I apologize. It has always been my intention to treat everyone with respect and love.” He ended the letter by writing that he believes “many great things were accomplished in my time here at the Prep and I had plans for many more. I am sorry that I will not be able to see them to fruition.”
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Doce líderes de varias parroquias de la Diócesis de Camden, trabajando en la Renovación Carismática Católica Hispana, atendieron la Conferencia Nacional de Líderes de la Renovación Carismática Católica Hispana (ECCLE - Encuentro Carismático Católico Latino Estadounidense), los días 20 al 22 de mayo en el Complejo Deportivo Hotel Clarion en Kansas City, MO. Con el lema “Volviendo al Primer Amor” (Apocalipsis 2), alrededor de 400 líderes diocesanos procedentes de todo el país escucharon a los predicadores invitados Padre Guillermo Campuzano de la Universidad DiPaul en Chicago y Monseñor José Malagreca, Director Espiritual del Comité Nacional de Servicio Hispano (CNSH). También se dictaron talleres, presentando varios temas tales como Juventud y Jóvenes Adultos; Formación de Líderes, presentado por el Director de Evangelización de la Diócesis de Camden, Andrés Arango; Desarrollo de Ministerios y Carismas y Frutos. El domingo 22 de mayo, Arango comenzó su servicio como el nuevo Coordinador Nacional para la Renovación Carismática Católica Hispana (RCC) de los Estados Unidos y el Canadá. “Fue una bendición para los líderes de la RCC Hispana en la diócesis, participar en un acontecimiento nacional, como lo es esta Conferencia” dijo Kathia Arango, Coordinadora Diocesana para la RCC Hispana. “Hemos visto los frutos de un año de pastoral en conjunto como equipo diocesano, trabajando con la misma visión y metas.” “Esta conferencia fue una gran oportunidad de formación en el área de evangelización, con el fin de prepararnos para dar un mejor servicio en nuestra conferencia diocesana en junio,” en la parroquia Divina Misericordia en Vineland. La Conferencia de la Renovación Carismática Católica Hispana de la Diócesis de Camden se desarrollará los días 25 y 26 de junio, en la Parroquia Divina Misericordia en Vineland, con la presencia de la cantautora y predicadora católica Martha Reyes. El sábado 25 de junio, de 6 a 9 p.m., habrá un concierto de alabanza y adoración, y el día domingo de 8 a.m. a 6 p.m. habrá un Congreso de Sanación. El obispo José A. Galante presidirá la liturgia del domingo. Para más información, llamar al 856-583-6135, o enviar un correo electrónico a rcccamden@gmail.com
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Photo by James A. McBride Retired Air Force Colonel Nancy Griffin, and Private Earl Weeks, a member of the 3rd U.S. Colored Infantry Regiment Civil War Re-Enactors, process into St. Bartholomew Church on Sunday, May 29, during a ceremony to remember the Emancipation Proclamation, an 1863 act which called for the abolition of slavery in the Confederate States of America. On Sunday, May 29, St. Josephine Bakhita Parish in Camden remembered the the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, and their effect on African-Americans and all people of good will. Before 10 a.m. Mass, members of the 3rd United States Colored Infantry Regiment Civil War Re-Enactors (Private Earl Weeks, Private Joseph Becton, and Private Robert Houston) and retired Air Force veterans (Herbert Hicks and Colonel Nancy Griffin) processed into St. Bartholomew’s Church. After a salute to the American flag, and a playing of “Taps,” Mass began. The Emancipation Proclamation, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, during the Civil War, called for the freeing of slaves in the 11 Confederate States of America (South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina) which had seceded from the Union. Lincoln, in the last sentence of his emancipation, added “and upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution upon military necessity, I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind and the gracious favor of almighty God.'' In addition to its historical merits, the proclamation proved to be a military, diplomatic and public relations coup for Lincoln. Historians credit the document with making the war a moral cause for soldier and civilian alike and for convincing European nations to not aid a slave nation and thus not support the Confederacy. The Proclamation made abolition a central goal of the war (in addition to reunion), angered many Northern Democrats, energized anti-slavery forces, and weakened forces in Europe that wanted to intervene to help the Confederacy. In April 1865, the Confederate Army surrendered to the Union troops, ending the Civil War. Later that year, the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution was adopted, which abolished slavery and involuntary servitude. The ceremony at St. Josephine Bakhita Parish is part of a three-year-long “African American Evolution” program, which will chronicle formative eras in African American history, such as the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement, through lectures, photos, songs and artifacts. St. Bartholomew Church, one of the first churches in the Diocese of Camden for black Catholics, merged with St. Joan of Arc in Camden last August, to create St. Josephine Bakhita Parish.
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Photo by Alan M. Dumoff Graduates exchange the sign of peace. The following students graduated from Holy Spirit High School, Absecon, on Thursday, May 26. Kieran E. Advena Michelle C. Allen Robin M. Alter Dominique T. Anderson Andrew R. Applegate Sierra M. Baca Anthony J. Baglivo Rebecca E. Bailey Faye M.F. Ballesteros Marlee R. Barbetto Brendon C. Barksdale Troy E. Beck Emily A. Bell Victoria M. Benevento Victor Bhattacharya Francesca M. Blee Angelina T. Bongiovanni Rachel A. Brick Rebecca E. Broome Nicole M. Bruno Thomas J. Buchel Emily N. Bucsek Carly E. Burbridge Francis J. Callahan Lucas Cappucio Ky M. Carlin Natalie F. Carlucci Emily L. Casey Claudia F. Castelli Joseph T. Cheshul Sayf Chowdhury Kevin E. Cicali Allison M. Clark Dylan P. Conover Alexandrea M. Cook Natalie L. Cordivari Nicole G. Costa Kimberly A. Cowan Megan C. D’Allesandro Nicolette M. DeVaull Jennifer A. Dieudonné Adrianna R. Dion Jack E. Dion Andrew C. DiPasquale Angelina R. DiPasquale Brigette A. Doelp Ryan P. Donovan Arick M. Douglas Sean R. Duffy Yiannoula D. Dounoulis Stephen M. Edelbach Steve E. Enriquez Robert J. Evans Alexandria Falivene Stefanie A. Farrell Christopher J. Fenerty Megan T. Flynn Donald N. Fowler Aliya M. Frankel Allesandra A. Freedman Eric M. Gallos Immacolata Gatta Sonya M. Gheewala Jessica D. Giaccone Kathleen M. Gibbons Mary A. Given Laura Gonzalez Timothy J. Goodwin Amanda C. Grafilo Allison M. Green Erica M. Grossman Edwin S. Gurdjian IV Luis R. Guzman Stephen W. Hartley Amanda L. Hartman Randi A. Heller William J. Hewitt Evan J. Horvath Catherine L. Huggard Vincent T. Jiacopello Jasmine D. Johnson Ryan M. Jones Paul M.J. Kabala Michael J. Kedziora Katie L. Krauthause Gabrielle Kuhar Christopher J. Langton Nicholas L. LaRotonda Renee M. Lawn Kenyon Le Breanne Leithmann Brittany A. Linton Raena B. Loper Yongjie Luo Yu Ma Colin C. MacDonald Ariel W. MacIntyre Caitlin M. Madamba Valerie M. Magalong Cody A. Malia Gina M. Malia Bryce S. Malone Sarah A. Marakos Stephanie M. Martin Natalie A. Masciocchi Steven R. Masland Michael J. Mayer Marla Mazur Timothy McCray, Jr. Sean P. McCullough Ashley E. McMahon Alejandra N. Melara Michelle O. Mendonsa Tyler H. Miller James T. Mooney Jr. Laura K. Morrison Mallorie D. Murphy Sean R. Murray William J. Neiderhofer Julie A. Neuner Allyson T. Nguyen Ngan T. Nguyen Vien Cao Nguyen Ynhu Vuong Nguyen Catherine F. Nolan Melissa E. Normant Joseph R. O’Brien Ryan P. O’Neill Kelsey M. Obringer Julian J. Paone Jessica Perkins Alexander T. Perri Ashley E. Peterson Donny Pham Christina M.R. Piccone Joshua J. Popper Jairo H. Prado Dylan R. Price Kyle A. Ragland Joseph Rataski Dana M. Reimers Jordan P. Rivero Catherine I. Robertson Carolyn M. Rossetti Stephanie R. Rubino Angela M. Sacco Ceana J. Santori Anthony W. Sarao Joseph A. Sarnese James M. Savio Mark R. Sengco Ginamarie A. Shaffer Dai Wei (Gloria) Shi Seung (Jenny) Shin Amritpal Singh Theresa M. Smith Kyle J. Sooy Bridget E. Stearns Nicholas A. Stewart Marissa P. Stone Bridget Strike Rocco A. Tabasso Javier T. Lopez Carolyn L. Thomas Michael R. Tierney Taylor R. Tomasello Charles A. Totoro Tenicha J. Townsend-Mobley Irene K. Trinh Luis A. Trinidad Charles J. Wallowitch Desireé A. Washington David C. Waugh Daniel A. Wescoat Carrissa L. Westcott Asmar X. Williams Jemila A. Worley Sarah T. Young Tian Q. Zhang
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Photo by James A. McBride The following students graduated from Gloucester Catholic High School on Thursday, May 26. Tyler M. Adams Amarachi Akwarandu Chigozirim Akwarandu Brad W. Allen, Jr. Jennifer M. Allison Christopher D. Alongi Jenna A. Alvarado Dana M. Amorosi Joseph L. Andricola Jennifer L. Asterino Miranda C. Babcock David J. Bagherpour Alexandra Balara Nicole Barone Katie S. Barron Ryan W. Bowen Ryan M. Bristow Shane P. Brophy Frank V. Broussard, Jr. Casey M. Brown Cody T. Brown Devan N. Burke Sabrina C. Burke Erin K. Cafolla Kevin D. Cano Ryan W. Carney Morgan A. Carrero Ryan E. Casey Seth M. Caswell Michael T. Cice III Andrew S. Cipolone Taylor G. Cipriani Kevin P. Coles Brian J. Collison Matthew V. Conte Emily E. Coons John A. Coppola Alexander E. Crespo Joseph J. Crespo William J. DeFoney Joseph F. Delengowski Matthew E. DiGiacomo Nicholas J. DiLorenzo Dana L. Dobbins Danielle R. Dougherty Cassandra M. Ehinger Charles J. Enderle V Amy C. Erdman Erin E. Fee Christopher C. Feery Jennifer A. Feinberg Ryan P. Fisher William N. Fisher Thomas W. Flynn, Jr. John A. Forsythe III Francis J. Fourney Moira A. Frain Adam J. Franchi Jessica R. Francis Alyssa B. Gappa Jonathan J. Garbini, Jr. Erica M. Garr Sean D. Gartland Nicholas J. Gaudio Candice A. Gavin Shayla M. Giosia Daniel C. Golden John J. Golden III Joseph T. Greenfield Korrie M. Harkins Demi Lee Heffernan Nicole D. Hezlep Shannon M. Hubbs Theodore A. Jesberger Edward Jones, Jr. Jodie A. Justice Timothy B. Kain David G. Kalber Matthew J. Kearney Patrick A. Kelly Paul T. Koehler Kevin F. Kohout, Jr. Kaitlin M. Kozachyn Damon A. Kreiner Nathan J. Krier Jessie E. Kupcha Mary-Kate Lally Olivia A. Lawrence Jonathan M. Ligameri Stacey J. Listman Konstantina I. Logothetis Stephen C. Mach Anthony J. Magazzeni Christie N. Mainart Stephen J. Mainart, Jr. Timothy J. Malone Michael A. Mangino Miranda A. McAnulty Jessica L. McCalley Michael J. McDonough Kyle P. McGinnis Kieran M. McGirl Sean P. McHale Sean T. McKeever Michael D. McMurtrie William J. Mendek II Molly C. Mickle Taylor C. Mickle David M. Millili, Jr. Paulene-Amanda M. Mole Jillian E. Monahan Angelo V. Montenegro John R. Mooney Taylor S. Morgan Stephen M. Mscisz Patrick L. Mulranen Jordan E. Murphy James J. O’Donnell David B. O’Neill, Jr. Elizabeth A. O’Shea Michael I. Okafor Dale P. Olexy Alexandra Page Jeffrey V. Paglione Nadia P. Pascetta Timothy R. Patterson Amanda C. Pegues Dana L. Pierce Kelsey A. Pietrangelo Jennifer L. Polizzi Megan R. Raia Robert M. Raucci Kristina L. Reiter Samantha L. Riding Howard W. Robertson IV Alyssa N. Rockwell Brianna L. Roderiguez Colin F. Ryder Kevin A. Santoro Michael E. Scharle´ James J. Schneider Amanda M. Schuhl Elle J. Sciamanna Erin A. Sheehan Tyler M. Shute Breanna L. Sipple David V. Smolenski III Chelsea E. Straub Caitlyn E. Stulpin Robert J. Swartz Domenic F. Tedesco, Jr. Dana V. Thomas Bernard Tighe Jessica R. Tilotta Michael J. Toppi Justin J. Turino Amanda M. Virgili Kiersten V.V. Westley Robert G. Wethman, Jr. Steven M. Wilgus Jack Williams Marissa J. Wood Kevin D. Zarzycki
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Photo by Alan M. Dumoff An elementary school and a high school recently planted trees to honor individuals who died suddenly. At St. Joseph School, Hammonton, a tree was planted May 25 to honor the school’s fifth grade teacher, Deanna Marinara, who died suddenly over the Easter break this year at the age of 51. Members of Marinara’s family attended the ceremony at the school Left, Danny Collins, a fifth grade student, places a shovel of dirt on the new tree. At St. Augustine Preparatory School, Richland, on May 12, an oak was planted in memory of prep alumni of 2004 1st Lt. Salvatore Corma II, who was killed in Afghanistan while marking a roadside bomb after ordering 19 men under his command to take cover. He was 24. The men who witnessed the action have begun the process to have their commander receive the Medal of Honor. Corma was a graduate of the United States Military academy at West Point. Augustinian Father Augustine M. Esposito read a prayer at the ceremony. Family members attended.
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Photo by James A. McBride The graduates throw their hats. The following students graduated from Camden Catholic High School, Cherry Hill, on Sunday, June 5. Stephanie M. Albino Lucas C. Albright Tyler J. Albright Emmanuel C. Anyanwu Amir J. Armstrong Christian R. Baji Steven G. Barnett Brittany N. Barrale Gregory A. Barry Joseph Bottino Andrew L. Boylan Caitlyn E. Brostrand Mabelle L. Brown Sarah E. Brown Taylor M. Buck Jane A. Budzynski Shannon L. Cahill Gabrielle E. Camacho Alexis C. Carpenter-Wall Benjamin D. Carr Giavanna M. Castro Seung Ho Chang Alyssa J. Chapusette HyungKyu Choi JeeHye Choi Joseph J. Coffee John R. Coffey Louis B. Cole, Jr. Aubrey E. Conover-Gannon Aja B. Corchado Kevin M. Cornely Natalie B. Craig James Crane Taylor S. Cream Adrianna M. Crenny Nia I. Crosson Rebecca A. Crowell Christopher T. Dalia Nicholas J. DeFeo Nicole R. Deighan Francesca M. DelliGatti Derek A. DeNote Joseph J. DiGerolamo Drew C. Dougherty Jarrett N. Dykes Jacqueline M. Dymond Melanie S. Eckhardt Daniel P. Edgar Joshua M. Evans Amanda N. Ezeiruaku Paul J. Fagan Tyler A. Faiola Christopher Fallon Tyler F. Feriozzi Regina R. Figueroa Thomas P. Fisher, Jr. Michael L. Franz Landon L. Garcia Gregory E. Gardner Sean S. Garrity Andrew W. Gaus Jasmine M. Gonzalez Eric J. Goonan Ryan D. Graves Justin M. Griffith Yueying Guan Jasmine Y. Hayes Casey Henner Zachary S. Hensinger John L. Hensler Hay Thi Hoang Matthew F. Hoover Brandon J. Hunkins Brandon N. Hurd Courtney E. Jacot Hyunkyung Jang Seojin Jung Colten B. Kaiser Garrett P. Kashmer Matthew J. Kennedy Junior R. Kidd, III Michael T. Kiely Shick Kim Sungmin Kim Steven J. King Taylor N. Kneib Colleen A. Knight Al-Tariq L. Knox Michael J. Lamberti Amberly M. Langley Kevin J. Lawer Danielle M. Lawler Edwin Leach, III Emily F. Lenguadoro Alicia E. Leyman Quamerra L. Lightfoot Laura R. Lithgow Kelly A. Longaker Kevin E. Ludlam Victoria R. Luthe Margaret M. Madden Taylor A. Madden Elizabeth T. Marano Cristal M. Marte Dominic S. Massimo Latoya J. Mathis Sarah N. Mauro Matthew P. McBride Caitlin McCarthy MaryKate McCloskey Noah T. McFarlane Caitlyn Q. McGinley Alicia C. McGrath Germaine J. McMahon Marlen Medina Jessica C. Mercado Trae’ Von Nicole Merchant Laura M. Messina Brian J. Montgomery Daniel J. Morales Rebecca A. Morrison Jordyn A. Moss Matthew R. Mulhern Joseph G. Murray Rachel C. Murtin Phi Na Nguyen Suong M. Nguyen Thao Doan Thu Nguyen Anthoney C. Obasi Raymond K. Onofrio Danielle M. Palombi Andy Pan Emily G. Pandola Alvin Parache, Jr. Gianna K. Petrilli Danica F. Phelan Anthony D. Picozzi Matthew S. Podlinski Jade A. Pope Catherine E. Rachfalski Paul M. Raco, Jr. Samantha M. Rehrig Jennifer Reyes Vincent R. Riberas Erasmo F. Rivera Jenna Robinson Jonathan W.G. Rogers Angelica M. Rojas Jake K. Rossi Shayne P. Ruane Terry F. Russell, III Mauro J. Sanchirico, III Epifanio E. Santa Teresa Sean J. Sartor Matthew F. Sausman Charles Scavuzzo Tyler G. Schell Allison P. Scott Chelsea L. Seigle Keith S.A. Shareef Hye Rim Shin Andrew D. Snyder Youngchan So Sasha Soto Brooke N. Spagnolia Scott M. Sprindis Kelly J. Stine Nadine D. Strickland Dana M. Suters Anthony R. Townsend, Jr. Frederick Trieu James Urena Andrew D. Venafra Nykhia M. Walker Joel K.Wallace Alexandra M. Wambach Yuchao Wang Jessica M. Wheeler Katelyn M. Wheeler Jillian R. Wiler Melissa A. Worthington Tung Han Wu
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Photos by Alan M. Dumoff A tradition at Our Lady of Mercy is for graduates to receive their diploma from mothers who are alumna of the school. Left, Jana Ferrari receives her diploma from her mother, Ruth. Right, Katherine Rotelle gets her diploma from her mother, Julieann. The following students graduated from Our Lady of Mercy Academy, Newfield, on Tuesday, May 31. Billie Bagget Kristina Barbato Lauren P. Bergamo Tayler P. Bitzer Kelsey Carpenter Melinda Catalana Meghan F. Cavanaugh Juliana N. Ciccarelli Nicola R. DeThomasi Melissa DiBacco Emily A. DiGuglielmo Taylor Duffield Brianna Dugary Devonee Fatcher Jana Ferrari Lauren E. Fludina Mary K. Fogarty Michelle A. Fogarty Ashley Fortunato Sarina Gaughan Laura Gedrimas Stephanie Gentile Lauren M. Hartman Teresa Houck Taylor Jones Catherine F. Juliano Abigail Kazan Kaitlin Kee-Dayton Dominique Koons Lisa C. Lyons Melissa O’Donnell Molly R. Olcese Harleigh Pino Olivia Quinlan Jessica A. Radich Kaitlin Reeves Emily Regan Caitlyn Repa Sarah E. Ricciuti Candice Riggin Kathryne Rotelle Meg Ruesch Kelsey Schappell Kathryn T. Shollenberger Victoria L. Sieber Brooke Southard Tacquaya M. Tobias Erica Venuti Cristen Whittaker Melanie E. Wiechecki
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The following students graduated from Wildwood Catholic High School on Wednesday, June 1. Commencement was held at St. Ann Church, Wildwood. Matthew A. Accardi Bror E. Axelsson, IV Michael T. Birchall Victoria L. Bischoff Ava R. Braunfeld Maria L. Catanoso Paige E. Cirillo Margaret L. Clements Aidan M. Devlin Zachary S. DeWeese Danielle P. DiPeso Michael Edwards Maria Faia Mary C. Feola DaQuill M. Gibbs David A. Hall Brittani N. Helverson Sara E. Kazemian Morgan E. Kelly Eric R. Komar Jason D. Krobatsch Christa N. Linnington Laura P. Martin Elizabeth A. McCallion Shannon E. McGann Nicole E. Moore Stephanie M. Moya Nicholas A. Nastasi Graham P. Neville Grace E. O’Duffy Paige M. Philips Paige R. Phillips David C. Polhill Mark A. Rucci Von P. Schifferdecker Carllie M. Senatore Frederic C. Sottnick Leatrice R. Spiewak Katie L. Tirotta Bryan Toland David J. Von Savage Meghann E. Wallace Jessica N. Yesgosh
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Photo by James A. McBride The following students graduated from Paul VI High School on Thursday, June 2. Danielle F. Aaron Margaret C. Abrams Nazzareno Acchione Mark Acello Cara E. Altamuro Elizabeth S. Anderson Sara A. Arana Michael J. Aranes Matrix B. Arthur Eric G. Aubrey Ashleigh B. Augello James F. Austin Obinna Azodo Jakwail G. Bailey Erin B. Baker David B. Bannan Sean J. Bannan Thomas P. Barca, Jr. John V. Bartnikowski Michael Bartorelli, Jr. Caitlin M. Beach Carolyn M. Beatty Jamie L. Belliveau Jennifer L. Bergin Christopher D. Besterman Courtney A. Bilson Alyssa R. Boldurian Bridget M. Breslin Marynelle A. Brida Sarah M. Bridgers Alexis Brooks Samantha M. Bruccoliere Nicholas R. Bruns Halle D. Burrage Khaaliq D. Burroughs Donovan J. Butler Kristine M. Campbell Peter N. Campisano Teresa M. Cappuccio Alanna M. Cardellia Christian T. Cardwell Lauren P. Carian Meghan E. Carr Anthony M. Carrozzo Shannon E. Carty Justine T. Caruso Yariana N. Castro Paul A. Catrino Alexander P. Celletti-Baron Brooke N. Cerveny Janelle Y. Chapman John P. Chavez Lauren E. Chew Carla M. Chmielewski Michael A. Chmielewski Maria L. Cleary Emily M. Cochran Marisa A. Coelho David T. Cornwell Kathleen T. Coyne Kelsey L. Crehan Eric M. Crescenti Daniel V. Cristino Caroline G. Curry Lauren J. Dabritz Alexa D'Alessandro Matthew T. Dayton Katherine Dean Dominic R. DeBlasi Jessica DeCastro Christine M. Delacourt Victoria L. Della Polla Emily C. DeMichele Lauren E. DeRose Darius R. DeShields Angeles M. DeSorte Alyssa S. DeStefano Stephanie L. Dickinson Regina K. DiGiambattista Geraldine N. Dimalaluan Jessica H. DiPerzio Ryan P. Donahue Brendan M. Donegan Rebecca Cha Yan Dorety Katlyn N. Duffy Lily A. Duncan Jean-Claude Duplessis Joseph F. Ebbinger Brittany M. Eggert Stephanie J. Entrikin Chioma P. Eze Jessica T. Falkenstein Andrew J. Famular Michael J. Famular Jenna R. Fareri Alexander J. Ferraro Nicholas A. Ferraro Thomas J. Florio Lindsey A. Folsom Nicole T. Foschini Elisabeth C. Galassini Andrew Gallagher James P. Gallagher Jessica A. Garbacz Sean R. Gardner Sarah E. Garretson Gordon G. Gearhart Mary C. Gettings Teresa M. Gettings Corey E. Gilbert Joshua J. Gonzalez Robert G. Gooch Emily N. Gosik Kyle R. Gould John L. Greco III Meghan M. Green Marcus L. Gregory Christopher J. Grenier BrieAnn M. Gross Theresa B. Guido Amy L.M. Guy Charles R. Hall HeeSun Ham Jamie L. Harbinson Craig D. Heaney, Jr. Marianne Heffner Alyssa M. Heintz Kaitlin M. Hennessy Jason M. Heresniak Emily C. Hoban Thomas P. Hoban Kody R. Holt Stephon S. Holyfield Eric J. Hubbs Madison M. Hughes Christopher J. Hutton Madison R. Iacometta Christopher J. Janis, II Jade R. Jefferson Kaelie B. Johnson Stephanie Jones Brianna A. Joseph Karlye A. Jowers Alexis J. Julia Meghan R. Keith Kiera J. Kelleher Ian S. Kelley John J. Kelly, Jr. James W. A. Kenner Mohammad A. Khan Daniel R. Kilpatrick Nicholas A. Klutkowski Tiffany M. Kmiec Ashley R. Knight Kaitlyn T. Kocis Asia M. Kolakowski Danielle P. Kolaski Matthew R. Krevetski Gregory J. Kuchler Joseph A. Kuzmunich Christina M. Lagnese Marcos M. Lamberto Nicholas J. Lamberto Nicholas S. Lang Eric T. Leming Connor P. Lenahan Bradley P. Leusner Katriane B. Licardo Michael Lowe Rebecca A. Lubrent Andrew J. Lynch Olivia J. Lynch John M. MacAulay Sara E. MacDavid David M. Maloney Megan A. Mancini Khristian B. Marcial John T. Margie Marisa L. Maroccia Giovanna T. Marone Natalie R. Marra Angela N. Martorano Aaron A. Matos Kimberlynn M. McCaffrey Kevin C. McCarrin Kelsey E. McCoy Christopher T. McDonald Shawn F. McDonald Meredith A. McDonnell Stephanie L. McDonnell Jennifer A. McIlvaine Nicholas C. McKean Henry McLaughlin LaToya D. McLaughlin Nicholas C. McLaughlin Mark A. McShane Kathleen M. McSorley Jade S. Means Marc Mecca Alexandra R. Meier Elisa M. Mele Jessica L. Melhorn Marc G. Menickella Matthew A. Mercer Chelsea A. Mettinger Amanda L. Metzler Christina M. Milano Sarah A. Miles Raven A. Minerva Joseph R. Mohnacs Jillian A. Moraveck Nicolette M. Morreale Mary N. Mount Kimberly R. Mugler John A. Mulgrew Alexander P. Mull Jeffrey C. Mulvenna Meaghan E. Murphy Ryan J. Murphy Joseph E. Murphy Jr. Katherine H. Nguyen Karelie Nogueras Sarah D. Norris Caitlin E. Osman Daniel H. Ostberg Austin S.X. Pandza Leanna Panepinto Christopher J. Panico John A. Parker Brianna J. Pasquini Jenna N. Pastore Jenna K. Pedrick Adriana Petrongolo Tyler J. Pheasant Chelsea K. Phillips Desiree N. Pinto Jennifer C. Pinto Joseph A. Pinto Robert E. Poole Brittany Anne Popiolek Timothy D. Porvaznik Taylor R. Principato Audrey G. Procida Zhuozhenyi Qiao Frank V. Raggio Rachel F. Rau Kelsey C. Reese Elizabeth M. Rego Madeline R. Reiss Daniel A. Rienstra Taylor R. Risse Jacquelyn G. Rizzo Crystal A. Robinson Nicole E. Roccia Brett D. Roche Johnathon R. Rodriguez Eric T. Romanowski Michael J. Rossi Christopher R. Russick Alessandro V. Santamaria Victoria R. Santangelo Melissa L. Santarsiero Amanda M. Santosusso Dennis C. Scharff Jordan A. Schlump, III Erica N. Simpkins Nicholas C. Sinclair Alexandria C. Smith Margaret A. Smith Kevin M. Soriano Patrick K. Spiers Kyle G. Stanley Cameron G. Starrett Stephen M. Stopper Andrew P. Storey Melissa A. Stuart Jerry C. Sulzer, III Melissa A. Swain Krishnan Swaminathan Gary Sysol Baichang Tan John M. Taylor, IV Nicholas T. Terregino Tyler N. Thomas Caitlin M. Thompson Allison M. Tidd Diana C. Trachtenberg James W. Trout Megan M. Tustin Dominic C. Vadino Nicholas A. Vadino Meghan E. Velten Tracy L. Venella Patrick J. Villarante Kristina M. Villari Tara J. Walter Joseph C. Wardell Dillon L. Warner Casey J. Warszycki Monica B. Watson Tobin N. Watson Carolyn T. Williams Colleen P. Wills Joshua J. Wilson Amelia H. Winner Jessica L. Wolk Seok C. Yoo Joseph Zied
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Photo by James A. McBride Andrea Rybacki of Assumption School in Atco accepts the David T. Coghlan Young Catholic Leader Award from Kathy Coghlan. The scholarship is given each year in memory of former superintendent of schools of the Diocese of Camden, Dr. David Coghlan, who died in 2005. Also pictured are Father Thomas J. Barcellona, pastor of Assumption Parish, and Paul Ricci, principal of Assumption School. The 2011 David T. Coghlan Young Leader Award was presented this year to Andrea Rybacki, an eighth grade student at Assumption School in Atco. Andrea is the recipient of a $1,000 tuition scholarship to Paul VI High School, Haddon Township. There were also two $500 scholarships given to the runners-up. These awards were merited by Daniel Petito of St. Margaret Regional School in Woodbury Heights, who will attend Gloucester Catholic High School next year, and Bianca LaSpada of Resurrection Catholic School in Cherry Hill, who will be going to Camden Catholic High School, Cherry Hill. The David T. Coghlan Young Catholic Leader Award is given each year by the Coghlan family in memory of former superintendent of schools of the Diocese of Camden, Dr. David Coghlan, who died in 2005. Each elementary school is asked to nominate one eighth grade student. All nominees receive a $50 savings bond. As part of the application process, students are asked to write an essay describing how they hope to use the opportunities given to them through their Catholic education to make meaningful contributions to the church and the world. Scholarship winner Andrea Rybacki wrote in her essay: “In our world, we are given opportunities to make a difference and to share of ourselves with each other. Something as simple as a smile can change a life; it can show others we care, it can tell others that we understand their hurts and pain and that we also want to share in their joy. It is important to be compassionate and never to miss an opportunity to touch the life of a fellow human being….” Kathy Coghlan, Dr. Coghlan’s wife, presented the award to Andrea after the first Friday Mass at Assumption Church in Atco, on Friday, June 3.
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Latino workers are killed and suffer work-related injuries at a higher rate than all other workers in America, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Consider: — Nearly 17 percent of all New Jersey residents are of Hispanic origin. — Latinos account for almost a one in four New Jersey worker fatalities in 2009. And consider the future: At nearly 23 million, people of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity represented 15 percent of the United States’ labor force in 2010. By 2018, Hispanics are expected to comprise 18 percent of the labor force. With the lives of so many at stake, the Diocese of Camden has become involved in efforts to educate Latino and immigrant workers about their rights, and what to do when those rights are violated. The diocese played a role in organizing and presenting the Southern New Jersey Action Summit for Latino and Immigrant Workers on Sunday, June 5. It was held at St. Teresa of Avila Church in Bridgeton. The event brought together workers and representatives of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and its Wage and Hour Division, Comite de Apoyo A Los Trabajadores Agricolas (C.A.T.A.), the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia, Workers Legal Rights Project and Farmworker Legal Services of New Jersey, Center for Human Services, and Pathstone. Church leaders often can more easily gain the trust of those that OSHA and other government agencies are most trying to reach — the most vulnerable workers in high risk industries, many of whom are not fluent in English. OSHA has been working with faith-based groups to assist Latino and immigrant workers. It will accept complaints filed by faith-based groups on behalf of workers who do not feel comfortable filing the complaint themselves. Some 80 workers attended. “We had hoped for more participation but we believe that fear of the government played a role,” said Corlis L. Sellers, coordinator of the Camden Diocese’s Racial Justice Commission, who coordinated the diocesan participation in the summit. “The workers were moved by the concern of all involved over their health, safety and welfare. They found the information provided in the summit very helpful, and they look forward to more information sessions in the future,” she said. The summit focused largely on migrant and farm worker issues — given the large number of farms in the area — but information also was provided on the construction, landscaping and restaurant industries. Attendees listened to panel discussions on general job safety and health, and on how to file a complaint with OSHA, and were given literature from the government agencies present. Fittingly, considering the region’s current heat wave, OSHA used the occasion to promote its nationwide campaign to prevent heat illness in outdoor workers.
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Archbishop Celestine Damiano places the cornerstone of the all-purpose hall of St. Mary Parish, Deer Park (now Cherry Hill) in February 1963. Assisting are Father Paul R. Gallagher and Father Charles Barth. On Friday, June 10, St. Mary’s Parish in Cherry Hill will cap off the week-long celebration of its Golden Jubilee (50 years) as a parish with a 5 p.m. Mass celebrated by Bishop Joseph A. Galante, followed by a social. Events during the week remembering St. Mary’s 50th year included a Phillies game, family day celebration, seniors event and living rosary. At first a mission of Christ the King, Haddonfield, and Queen of Heaven, Cherry Hill, St. Mary’s, Deer Park (now Cherry Hill), was named a parish on June 10, 1961. The original mission church building was dedicated in 1938 and a second church building was dedicated on June 29, 1962. The church building that stands now was dedicated in 1987. When St. Mary’s Church was established Archbishop Celestine J. Damiano was bishop of Camden, President John F. Kennedy was in the White House, and the Second Vatican Council would not start until the following year.
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Photo by James A. McBride These days, when even young children can nimbly text messages on their phones, and adults are continually bewildered by new forms of communication, local educators started a pen pal program. The program, a diversity initiative sponsored by the Racial Justice Commission of the Diocese of Camden, brought together students from Sacred Heart School in Camden and St. Mary, Gloucester City. It began after Corlis Sellers, coordinator of the Racial Justice Commission for the Diocese of Camden, spoke to students at St. Mary School for Martin Luther King Day in January. St. Mary is a school with “a few Asian and Latino students there, but no Black students,” Sellars said. Afterward the fifth and sixth grade students wrote her old fashioned thank you notes (as opposed to emails, texts, tweets, etc.). Sellers, principal Gail Corey, and fifth and sixth grade teachers, Mary Cain and Helen Guittar, started talking about ways to bring together students from Camden and Gloucester City. Sacred Heart principal Janet Williams and teacher Nancy Donelly were brought in, and soon the students were writing to each other. The Camden and Gloucester City students got a chance to meet on Monday, June 13, at a picnic at Red Bank Battlefield, National Park, sponsored by the Racial Justice Commission “It was heartwarming to see the students from St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart play together without regard to their race or color,” said Sellers. “The students and teachers of both schools made Dr. King’s dream a reality.”
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Photo by Alan M. Dumoff St. Joseph graduates carry the school banner at the beginning of the school’s commencement exercise. The following students graduated from St. Joseph High School, Hammonton, on Thursday, June 9: Christine Nicole Aker Frank J. Arico Caroline M. Auwarter Sarah Elizabeth Bariglio Rebecca Leigh Beebe Milah Blunt Todd George Bockarie Jenna Calascione Patrick William Campbell Toni Marie Capaccio Maria Elizabeth Capelli Patrick David Casey Therese Anne Cifers Victoria Mary Cifers Edward Joseph Clopp III Alexandra Crescenzo Tara Beth Crittenden Briana Antionette Crowder Ryan Christian Curtiss Damian Michael Davis Jaimie Lynne De Augustine Megan Casey De Marco Jack J. Donio David Z. Filippone Megan Margaret Finnegan Lauren Amber Fanelli-Soto Arianna Marie Galezniak Leonardo A. Garbero Jr. Danielle Marie Garvey Alexis Marie Geletka Eric Pasquale Giannobile Matthew William Gibison James Gaetano Gleeson Tara M. Heffner Gordon T. Hill Jade Elena Howard Kelsey Julia Jacoby David Alan Jobes Nicholas Todd Johnson Thomas Anthony Joyce Kaitlynn Devon Kennedy Brianna Kragh Andrew Raymond Kraus Kyle Edward Linardo Michael Francis Linardo Albrando Rico Salvo Lucino, III Zachary Michael Major Gabrielle Alexa Marella Michael Joseph Mazzeo Jennifer Lynn Mazzo Ashley Nicole McAdams Edward J. Melton Amanda Elizabeth Michael Sydney Marie Mineer Joshua Mizanin Joshua Michael Moore Daniel Thomas Morley Rachel Marie Munyon Jessica Ann Elizabeth Newell Cara Theresa Nilson Nicholas Richard O’Brien Nathan Otto Nicole Lena Owens Benjamin Charles Pagano Philip Bernard Paulhill Jr. Amanda Claire Peacock Gianna Nicole Pinto Kimberly Morgan Price Elizabeth Ann Puentes Gabrielle Alyse Raso Patrick Jason Roach Ashley Maria Romeo Ryan Timothy Rydzewski Thomas J. Sapio Jr. Elizabeth K. Smith Mathew Joseph Stanley Drew Terry Kevin Joseph Torres Madison Francis Tower Kiana Alysse Ward Marissa Nicole Whaley Tyler Austin Wilhelm Michael Joseph Wilson Ashley Nicole Wooton
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Photo by Alan M. Dumoff The following students graduated from Bishop Eustace Preparatory School, Pennsauken, on Tuesday, June 7: Michael A. Aimino III Adrien M. Aloi Zachary J. Anderson Christina Audet Nina Azurin Taylor V. Bailey Freddie R. Baker Adam M. Bartholomew Nicholas R. Battaglia Melanie T. Beck Sean C. Bell Spencer R. Bialt Audrey Boggs Edward H. Bohn IV John C. Borden IV Caroline J. Bourassa Erin E. Bowker Kevin J. Boye Miriam E. Brennan Nicholas T. Brown Owen J. Burns Erin E. Cannaday Charles D. Cannon Kristen M. Caraker Kevin J. Cardillo Caroline R. Carini Gabriella R. Carota Eric R.V. Carpizo Richard A. Carroll Brandon Carusillo Francis A. Caruso Catherine R. Casey Krista A. Cipollone James P. Clancy Emily L. Cleaver Jodi D. Coia Nicholas R. Combs Sean C. Cooper Sean J. Costic Sarah Cunningham Devon DeBellis Nicole DeFino Jeffrey T. DeMareo Frank DeVone Mark DiArenzo Kathleen DiMaggio Montana F. DiPietrantonio Olivia F. Dippo Louis DiStefano Mark DiStefano Jennifer Dunn Eric P. Elmer James Ewell Ariana M. Faichtyger Lauren A. Farmer Thomas Ferrante III Brian C. Ferrari Lena M. Ficchi Brian Flagg Emma K. Fleisher Kelly M. Flynn Kevin Fontanilla William J. Furey Jason Gallagher Ilana C. Gallardo Olivia M. Gallo Samuel H. Gasparre Kiersten D. Gault Michael D. Geddes James M. Gillespie Monique K. Graber Zachary T. Grey Maeve Griffin Ronald W. Griswold IV Brittani M. Clyde-Hagerty Alyssa Haslett Ryan A. Holding Richard W. Hunt, Jr. Gina Inverso Katherine E. Jackson Megan Jones Taylor Kalinowski Brittany L. Kerr Aileen E. Kolon Teresa R. Kontos Courtney A. Kresge George M. Kristian Rita V. Lamberti Dylan G. LaMorte Brianna E. Lancetta Nicole M. LaRatta Cara L. Laskowski Kara L. Lembo Colin J. Lenart Lisa M. Leone Matthew R. Lieve Sterling B. Long Barbara Lucas Carli N. Marano Sarah M. Martella James H. Masiejczyk Andrew W. Mattes Luke T. Mazzochette Brian J. McCabe Francis T. McConnell Kelly M. McCrossin Macie M. McGeehan Joel H. McGowan Jonathan A. McGowan Caroline McGuire Brianna L. McKnight Meghan E. McTear Alexandra J. Melchiorre Tyler A. Miller Marissa N. Monaco Alexandra Morrone Ava M. Muhr Joshua A. Munoz Nina L. Murphy Julius Murphy-DeLeo Danielle M. O’Callahan Mary M. O’Connell Caroline L. O’Dee Timothy T. Orfe Gianna M. Oriente Grigorios Papadourakis III Alexis J. Parrillo Meredith A. Patterson Marlena L. Pellegrino Moira R. Penza Amedeo Petrongolo Antonia M. Petrongolo Lindsey A. Petsch Hope E. Phillips Lindsay M. Piatek Christopher S. Powers Paul Prendergast Carmen P. Raroha Amanda C. Razzi Taylor M. Reck Christine M. Reilly Robert V. Ridarelli Nicole Rodis Ericca D. Rosenholtz Ashley M. Ruger Brianna M. Sandone Peter J. Sarubbi Helen M. Schiavo Brandon W. Schwartz Jonathan B. Seator Paige A. Silva Andrew J. Sinclair Gregory M. Sobocinski, Jr. Michael G. Spear Adam R. Steele Emily K. Stelmaski Jessica L. Stoffel David G. Summers Katherine Taylor Nicholas M. Terruso Matthew I. Thompson Thomas Thompson Jacqueline M. Tolomeo Christopher Tracy William W. Tso Beshel A. Ufumaka Audra L. Vaccaro Jayanth S. Vatson Sarah Veasey Dene Vespe Caroline E. Vizzi Rachel Voellinger Emma G. Vrancik Kelli C. Walsh Samantha R. Walters Julie C. Warren Victor Whong David J. Wiener Jaclyn A. Witiw Laura E. Wojcik Sarah Wulk
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Photo by Alan M. Dumoff The following students graduated from Sacred Heart High School, Vineland, on Monday, June 6: Jeffrey R. Alvarez Tyler J. Aragon Catherine E. Arsenault Jaryd P. Aulffo Richard A. Bartholomew, III Matthew J. Beckett Christopher A. Bell, III Joy V. Bernal Umberto J. Bifulco Patrick M. Bik Grace E. Blandino Frederick H. Blauth, Jr. Alicia M. Candeias Joseph A. Candelaria Jonathan M. Carrow Gabriel Casillas Jordan E. Catalana Tyler M. Caterina Vanessa L. Caulford Tyler M. Cheli Zachariah J. Chirico-Crean Jennifer A. Consalo Joshua M. Dacy Timothy L. Davis Micknie Delva Michael L. DePalma Jesse A. Dickenson Erica D’Ottavio Tess M. Elder Alexandra Ferrucci Anthony F. Ficcaglia Anthony P. Galzerano Mario T. Giannone Nicholas A. Gladfelter Mark A. Harper Ashlee M. Harris Clarissa N. Hayes Christopher J. Hemberger Laura E. Huffman Matthew J. Landi Dani M. Leach Daniel P. Lelli, Jr. Nicholas S. Martelli Kristen M. McGee Matthew J. McMahon Kelsie R. Meyer Lexi B. Misiewicz Carlos Negron, III Giacomo V. Nitsche Christina L. Oleszewski Eric Z. Olson Maria A. Procopio Thomas B. Quinlan Grayson J. Reed Robert A. Richard Isaiah J. Rivera Saul J. Rivera Ruth M. Rodriguez Zachary N. Sammartino Ismael Santiago Gregory H. Sayell, II Larissa C. Scarpa Tyler P. Sullivan Kaitlyn M. Ternay Donovan A. Vassalotti Eric R. Walsh Alexis Winterborne
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Sophia Giuliano, age 1 SWAINTON — Holy Redeemer’s Cape May Healthy Families initiative and program participants Michelle Giuliano and daughter Sophia Giuliano of Cape May Court House, are the winners of a statewide Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey “Pinwheels for Prevention” photo contest. The contest was held during Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. Cape May Healthy Families recognized Child Abuse Prevention Month by hosting its annual Easter Egg Hunt in a pinwheel garden. Parents signed a pledge that stated, “It’s your turn to make a difference!” The winning photo, a snapshot of Sophia, age 1, was taken by Cape May Healthy Families staff member Charline McVey on the lawn of Holy Redeemer’s Swainton campus. Holy Redeemer’s Cape May Healthy Families is a parent education and child abuse prevention program for families in southern New Jersey. The Cape May Healthy Families chapter, affiliated with Healthy Families America, is led by Holy Redeemer Health System and is a program of Holy Redeemer HomeCare and Hospice of New Jersey. The winning photo was selected by the Prevention Child Abuse-New Jersey contest staff. For more than 30 years, Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey has helped develop research-based prevention programs, much like Cape May Healthy Families. According to Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey, a child is abused once every hour throughout the state and more than 48,000 children were under state supervision because of threats to their safety and welfare as of June 2010. Cape May Healthy Families, a free and voluntary service, provides information on health care education, literacy and parenting tips to first-time parents with young children. Healthy Families America is a signature program of Prevent Child Abuse America that has provided home visitation services for more than 16 years to expectant and new parents throughout the United States and Canada. “We are thrilled that Cape May Healthy Families is the winner of the “Pinwheels for Prevention” photo contest. In addition to raising awareness about child abuse prevention, Cape May Healthy Families supports families year round through education and has helped over 500 families in Cape May County since its start,” said Healthy Families program director and supervisor Peggy Smith of Holy Redeemer Health System. “I am very proud that Holy Redeemer is supporting such a valuable program to help parents achieve their full potential in the Cape May community.” The photogenic child’s mother Michelle, has been involved with Cape May Healthy Families for 13 months. “They’ve given me a lot of support and confidence about being a single mom and have helped me recognize that I can do it by myself,” Giuliano said. “It’s nice to have extra support in addition to friends and family and to know that other people are out there to offer a pat on the back or a helping hand.” Since July 1996, Holy Redeemer HomeCare and Hospice of New Jersey has operated Cape May Healthy Families for local families. Currently about 122 Cape May County families are being prepared for the job of parenting by Healthy Families Cape May chapter family support workers. For more information, call Healthy Families program director and supervisor Peggy Smith at 609-463-6082.
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Photo by James A. McBride Father Joseph P. Capella, pastor, stands with the Knights of Columbus and the “Silver Rose” (inset) in St. Lawrence Church. The Silver Rose, honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe, was on display at St. Lawrence, which is one of the churches of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, during prayer services June 10-11. The Knights are taking the Silver Rose to churches in Canada, Mexico and the United States.
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Photo by Alan M. Dumoff Father Anthony R. DiBardino and Deacon Steven Theis collect holy water to bless the faithful at the first anniversary Mass of the Catholic Community of the Holy Spirit, Mullica Hill, on Saturday, June 11.
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Photos by Alan M. Dumoff Misa en honor a Nuestra Señora de Schoenstatt se celebrará la tarde del sábado 18 de junio, a las 7 p.m. en la Iglesia de Santa María con el inicio del rosario a las 6:30 p.m. La misa se celebra todos los meses. Padre Hernandez es el custodio de la imagen milagrosa que viene de Argentina. En la fotografía de arriba, Obispo Joseph Galante and Padre Ariel Hernandez se representan en el altar durante la instalación de Padre Hernandez de el pastor del párroco de La Parroqui de la Santa Cruz en el área de Bridgeton donde recientemente se fusionaron cinco inglesias en una sola Parroquia. Es co-vicario del Apostolado hispano en la Diócesis de Camden. A continuación, las mujeres realizan una danza folclórica mexicana durante la recepción de la misa. The monthly Mass honoring Our Lady of Schoenstatt will be celebrated on Saturday, June 18, at 7 p .m. at St. Mary’s Church with the Rosary beginning at 6:30 p.m. Father Hernandez is the custodian of an image of Our Lady of Schoenstatt from Argentina. Above left, Bishop Joseph Galante and Father Ariel Hernandez are pictured at the altar during the installation of Father Hernandez as pastor of the Parish of the Holy Cross in the Bridgeton area, where he served as convener in the merger of five churches. He is co-vicar of the Spanish Apostolate in the Diocese of Camden. Right, women perform a Mexican folk dance during the reception after the Mass.
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Photos by James A. McBride Earline Woodson reads the petitions during Mass honoring the Martyrs of Uganda at St. Margaret Church, Woodbury Heights, on Sunday, June 12. Below left, children carry images of the martyrs. Below right, Martha Mulenga and two Little Servant Sisters perform a dance. Msgr. Leonard Scott was the main celebrant and Father Vincent Orum was the homilist of a Mass to celebrate the Martyrs of Uganda on Sunday, June 12, at St. Margaret Church, Woodbury Heights. The Ugandan Martyrs are the men and boys whose martyrdom in 1886 is considered the spark that ignited the flame of Christianity in modern Africa. The Catholic martyrs were canonized in 1964 by Pope Paul VI. Their feast is June 3. St. Charles and other martyrs, ranging in age from 14 to 30, were young officials and pages in the court of King Mwanga, who had a predilection for sex with young men. The king killed them when “they refused, because of their faith in Christ, to yield to the king’s filthy desires,” according to brief Vatican biography. “The Black Catholic Ministry Commission was pleased to sponsor this Mass in honor of the 24 men and boys of Uganda who sacrificed their lives for their faith,” said Corlis Sellers, associate director of Lifelong Faith Formation for Black Catholics. “This is the first-ever celebration for this Diocese. It has been said that this martyrdom has ignited the flame of Christianity in modern Africa. We hope to enlighten the faithful about the contributions that have been made to our church by individuals of African descent in the present and throughout history,” she said.
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A caption in the June 10 Catholic Star Herald incorrectly identified Father Thomas J. Barcellona’s parish. He is pastor of Christ the Redeemer Parish, Atco.
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Photo by Alan M. Dumoff Padre Amando Rodriguez Montoya toca la guitarra durante una misión de la juventud hispana en la Casa de Retiro Juan Pablo II, Vineland, Junio 13-17. Youth Mission Father Amando Rodriguez Montoya, above, plays guitar before the closing Mass of a Hispanic Youth Mission Week held at the Pope John Paul II Retreat Center, Vineland, June 13-17. Left, participants at Mass.
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The Guardian Angels Regional School eighth grade class show the rockets they built with a grant from the Air Force Association. The Guardian Angels Regional School eighth grade class participated in building model rockets through a grant from the Air Force Association. Veronica Tortella, eighth grader and Student Council President said, “I really enjoyed seeing the whole process from start to finish. Working in groups and putting the rockets together was a great experience.” Eighth grader, Nico Cimino commented, “It has helped my education take off.” The eighth graders worked in groups of three to assemble the rockets, to plan out the flight patterns, and to calculate the velocity and distance. Their hard work was displayed at the GARS Annual Walk-A-Thon in front of the entire student body. Rockets were shot off as an opening performance with a grand finale of the “Sister Jeri” rocket, named after the students’ principal, Sister Jerilyn Einstein.
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Father Donald F. Reilly, O.S.A., has been elected president of St. Augustine Preparatory School in Richland by the members of the Corporation. The Very Rev. Anthony M. Genovese, O.S.A., Prior Provincial of the Augustinian Province of St. Thomas of Villanova, made the announcement June 20 during a meeting of the Board of Directors at St. Augustine Prep. The appointment is effective July 1. Father Reilly succeeds Father Paul W. Galetto, O.S.A., who has served as president since 1997 and voiced his disapppointment last month when he learned his tenure at the school would end. Parents and students also were upset to learn of Father Galetto’s coming departure and held rallies to protest the move. A statement from the Augustinians stated that Father Galetto will assist Father Reilly in the new president’s transition. Father Reilly served as Prior Provincial of the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova from June 2002 to June, 2010 and has been on sabbatical this year. He has a long relationship with St. Augustine Prep, having served as president of the Corporation Members of St. Augustine; chair of the Board of Directors and earlier as province liaison for Augustinian personnel at the school. “I am humbled by the opportunity to serve this extraordinary Augustinian institution,” Father Reilly said. “Over the years I have been associated with St. Augustine Prep, I have witnessed the core values of truth, unity and love borne out among the student body, faculty, parents and alumni.” Father Reilly has taught in high school, served as Student Life Administrator and has provided board leadership at St. Augustine Prep, Malvern Preparatory School, Villanova University and Merrimack College. He has served as the leader of the North American Conference of Augustinian Provincials. In that role he provided leadership in the funding for the Augustinian Values Institute, which fosters Augustinian values in secondary education throughout North America and the English-speaking world. As co-founder of Siloam Ministries in Philadelphia, he created the infrastructure and promoted public awareness of the organization, which serves HIV/Aids victims and families. Father Reilly’s experience in fundraising extends from Siloam Ministries, where he created a fundraising arm for the ministry. As provincial, he initiated a capital campaign for the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova, which successfully raised $25 million, resulting in a total renovation of the Villanova monastery, and other works of the province. Father Reilly holds a doctorate in ministry (counseling) from New York Theological Seminary. Among the many recognitions of Father Reilly’s accomplishments are the Faithful Servant Award from St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland; the Urban Angel Award from the New York Theological Seminary and an honorary doctorate in Augustinian Education from Merrimack College.
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In the center photo, children raise their arms in prayer during the closing Mass for St. Mary School, Gloucester City, on Thursday June 16. The school, which opened in 1859, is closing this month because of declining enrollment and growing debt. At right, a parent comforts a student; at left, a student cries on her way out of church.
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Editor: The definition of exceptionalism as articulated by Father Gregorio (“Why do Americans justify exceptionalism?” June 17) is the hubris and braggadosio of a citizenry in awe of itself. Yes, it may be true that the United States gives generous sums in foreign aid; has the mightiest military establishment in human history; has been the protector of freedom throughout the world —  sometimes successfully, sometimes unsuccessfully — and has, despite  cries to the contrary, one of the best human rights records of all nations. All of this, however, has absolutely nothing to do with what is known by historians and political scientists as American exceptionalism. Our exceptionalism is the result of the philosophy of government upon which our nation was established and struggles to continue to operate. Our government comes from the consent of the governed — government of the people, by the people and for the people. As designed by the founding fathers of our nation, our government exists primarily for the defense of the nation, a defense based on the Judeo-Christian values set forth in the Declaration of Independence. Our government was not designed to be the caretaker of its citizens. When allowed to function properly, this amazing experiment in human governance creates a free market system of economics which affords each individual the opportunity to develop his/her potential to the fullest. It is then for each of us as individuals and as communities to help each other. Social justice begins with the self awareness that we are all children of God who are responsible for one another. Social justice is not creating paternalistic beauracracies which we band together and then label “the government.” Mena Kramer Cherry Hill -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Editor, Father Gregorio’s column, “Why do Americans justify exceptionalism?” defines American exceptionalism in a way I have never considered. I have always understood our exceptionalism to come from, for example, the founding fathers’ recognition that out basic rights are given to us by our Creator, not by the state. This was a unique concept at that time. From before independence, people from the old world saw this new world full of opportunity, a place where diligent work could bring more success in life than they could expect to achieve where everything belonged to an earl, a duke or a king. In the 19th century, the gold rush brought people from Europe and Asia to the fields where they could find and own gold (in Europe and Asia, gold belonged to the king). Finances aside, for the past hundred years, America is the country that went to war to liberate people, not to enslave people. At the end of World War II, Pope Pius XII said, “The American people have a great genius for splendid and unselfish action. Into the hands of the American people God has placed the destinies of an afflicted mankind.” I prefer my understanding of American exceptionalism. Joe Junikka Collingswood
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Bishop George V. Murry, left, speaks at St. Bartholomew Church, St. Josephine Bakhita Parish, Camden, June 19. In right photo, men at prayer. Bishop George V. Murry of Youngstown spoke at the 2011 Men’s Day Celebration St. Josephine Bakhita Parish, Camden, on June 19. Bishop Murry was born in Camden and was educated at St. Bartholomew School and Camden Catholic High School. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1972 and was ordained in 1979. Pope John Paul II appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago in 1995. and four years later named him bishop of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. In 2007 Pope Benedict XVI named him fifth bishop of Youngstown.
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Good Counsel Homes will celebrate the opening of their South Jersey home on June 26 at Resurrection Parish in Riverside. Father Ian Trammell will be the main celebrant and Father Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R., chairman of the board and co-founder of Good Counsel will be the guest homilist at the noon Mass. Following Mass, there will be light refreshments and tours of the home until 3 p.m. Parking is limited, so carpooling is recommended. Father Benedict Groeschel, a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal, is a professor of pastoral psychology at St. Joseph's Seminary and director of the Office for Spiritual Development for the Archdiocese of New York. In February he was presented with the first Lifetime Achievement Award to be given by the Catholic Psychotherapy Association He has published a number of books on spirituality and pastoral counseling and founded the Trinity Retreat, a center for prayer and study for clergy. He has taught at Fordham University, Iona College and Maryknoll Seminary. He is host of the television talk program Sunday Night Live with Father Benedict Groeschel, which is broadcast on EWTN. In 1985, Christopher Bell approached Father Groeschel saying, “Someone has to help the numerous women who are pregnant and homeless.” Father Groeschel offered his help to open a home for pregnant mothers, that offered a safe haven and also programs to help women go out and raise their children in a safe and loving environment. These programs focus on the whole person; physically, emotionally and spiritually. There are currently four homes in New York. The fifth home and first of its kind recently opened in South Jersey. The South Jersey home opened its doors on April 6. With accommodations to serve nine mothers and their children, the home was operating at over 100 percent occupancy in one month. For more information go to www.goodcounselhomes.org or contact Brenda Quinn at 856-423-3468 or olvbquinn@aol.com.
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Bishop Joseph A. Galante has named Father Michael M. Romano as director of vocations for the Diocese of Camden, effective July 1. Father Romao, 29, currently serves as parochial vicar, Incarnation, Mantua, and chaplain at Paul VI High School, Haddon Township. With his new appointment, he will continue at Paul VI. He will be in residence at St. Mary, Cherry Hill. Father Romano was born in Marlton and attended the University of Scranton, Scranton, Pa., and the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. He was ordained June 23, 2007, in St. Teresa Church, Runnemede. He served as parochial vicar at St. Joseph Parish, Sea Isle City, and is currently a member of the Committee for the Continuing Education and Spiritual Formation of Priests.
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Bishop Joseph A. Galante announces that Father John C. Killeen, pastor of St. Mary, Cherry Hill, will retire June 30. Upon the retirement of Father Killeen at St. Mary’s, that parish will be clustered with neighboring St. Thomas More Church (both are located on Springdale Road in Cherry Hill). The parishes will remain independent, but will have one pastor, Msgr. Thomas J. Morgan. Father Killeen, 75, has been pastor of St. Mary since 1983. He previously served as pastor of Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Cape May Court House, 1974-76, and St. Joseph, Sea Isle City, 1976-83. Born in Ireland, Father Killeen attended St. Patrick’s Seminary, Carlow Ireland, and was ordained in the cathedral there June 13, 1959. Three months later he began his ministry in the United States, as parochial vicar of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Woodlynne. He also has served at St. Lawrence Parish, Lindenwold; St. Francis Cabrini, Ocean City; and St. Margaret, Woodbury Heights. He has been a Pre-Cana team moderator and served on the Diocesan Liturgical Commission, Committee on Pastoral Ministry, Inter-Parochial Board and Special Committee on Pastors. Msgr. Morgan, 70, has been pastor of St. Thomas More Parish since 2003. He was pastor of Queen of the Apostles Parish, Pennsville, 1990-96, and Christ the King Haddonfield, 1996-2002. Msgr. Morgan also has held several administrative positions in the Diocese of Camden, including episcopal vicar of priestly life, vicar general and moderator of the curia. He was apostolic administrator of the diocese during the time between Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio’s departure for Brooklyn and Bishop Galante’s appointment to Camden. Born in Ireland. Msgr. Morgan attended Iona College, New Rochelle, N.Y.; and St. Kieran, Kilkenny, Ireland. He holds a doctorate from Temple University, Philadelphia in organizational and career psychology. He is a New Jersey licensed clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist. He was ordained June 6, 1965, in Kilkenny, Ireland. Msgr. Morgan has served at St. John Parish, Paulsboro; St. Margaret, Woodbury, Heights; St. Patrick, Woodbury; St. Luke, Stratford; St. Agnes, Blackwood; St. Peter, Merchantville; Epiphany, Longport; and St. Andrew, Gibbsboro. He was director of the Catholic Charities Counseling Center in Longport. He has been chairman of the Priest Personnel Board, and served on the College of Consultors, Presbyteral Council, and the Committee for the Continuing Education and Spiritual Formation of Priests. He also has been director of vocations and the transitional deacon program, and served as a Pre-Cana team moderator.
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Bishop Galante announces deacon personnel changes as follows: Deacon John J. Luko, formerly assigned to The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes to the new Parish Mary, Mother of Mercy for a term of three years, effective June 22. Deacon Luko’s diocesan assignment will be Healthcare Ministries. Deacon Nicholas V. Mortelliti, formerly assigned to The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes to the new Parish Mary, Mother of Mercy for a term of three years, effective June 22. Deacon James O. Smith, formerly assigned to The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes to the new Parish Mary, Mother of Mercy for a term of three years, effective June 22. Deacon Smith’s diocesan assignment will be The Office of the Diaconate.
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Bishop Galante announces priest personnel changes as follows: Father Joseph J. Adamson from Senior Priest, Our Lady Queen of Peace, Pitman to Senior Priest, Mary, Mother of Mercy Parish, Glassboro, effective June 22. Father Joel Arciga Camarillo is incardinated into the Diocese of Camden and continues as Parochial Vicar, Saint Joseph Pro-Cathedral, Camden, effective June 1. Father James A. Casadia from Pastor/Convener, Our Lady of Lourdes, Glassboro and Our Lady Queen of Peace, Pitman to Pastor, Mary, Mother of Mercy Parish, Glassboro for a six year term, effective June 22. Father Edward M. Friel from Pastor, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Collingswood to Chaplain, Sacred Heart High School, Vineland and Saint Joseph High School, Hammonton and In Residence, Saint Isidore, Vineland, effective July 1. Father Thomas R. Kiely from Director of Vocations and Part Time Chaplain, Stockton College, Pomona and In Residence, Saint Stephen, Pennsauken to Part Time Chaplain, Holy Spirit High School, Absecon, continues as Part Time Chaplain, Stockton College, Pomona and In Residence, Saint Brendan the Navigator Parish, Avalon, effective July 1. Father Jason T. Rocks from Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of Lourdes, Glassboro to Parochial Vicar, Mary, Mother of Mercy Parish, Glassboro, effective June 22. Father Robert L. Sinatra from Advanced Studies, Georgian University, Rome to Tribunal Auditor and In Residence, Saint Peter, Merchantville, effective June 25.
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The Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Infant Jesus celebrated 50 years of service in the United States last weekend, at Infant Jesus Parish, St. Margaret Church in Woodbury Heights with the sisters and their former students in attendance. Events on Saturday, June 25 included a 4 p.m. Mass, celebrated by Infant Jesus pastor, Father Joseph T. Szolack. The Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Infant Jesus were founded on Christmas Day, 1879, in Aquila, Italy by Barbara Micarelli, vowing to follow the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi, and live the Gospel through simplicity, poverty, humility, and charity. In response to Camden Archbishop Celestine J. Damiano’s invitation, the sisters arrived from Italy to begin their mission in the Camden Diocese in September 1961, serving in East Camden, Minotola, and Woodbury Heights. 14 sisters currently serve in the Diocese of Camden.
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Bishop Joseph A. Galante poses for a photo with Father Thomas S. Donio and members of Deanery 6 at the House of Charity Parish Report Meeting, held Tuesday, June 28, at Our Lady of Hope Parish, Blackwood. In 1964, the House of Charity was created to enable people of all faiths to donate to, or receive assistance in, specific areas of need. Young people with Down Syndrome and their families, nursing care facilities for the aged and chronically ill, Catholic Charities programs and St. Mary's Catholic Home were all part of the original plan. Today, the funding has grown to include even more programs and ministries. Photo by James A. McBride
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El Obispo José A. Galante ha nombrado a Andrés Arango como Delegado para el Ministerio Hispano, efectivo el 22 de junio. En esta nueva posición, Arango dirigirá todos los esfuerzos del Ministerio Hispano en la Diócesis de Camden y servirá como un recurso para las distintas culturas hispanas presentes en el Sur de Nueva Jersey. Andrés actualmente se desempeña como director de Evangelización, Jóvenes Adultos y Pastoral Universitaria para la Diócesis de Camden. Además de su nueva posición, Andrés seguirá como Director de Evangelización. En la carta de nombramiento, el obispo Galante escribió: “como mi delegado, Andrés me reportará directamente y será miembro del Consejo Episcopal. Él dirigirá la Oficina del Ministerio Hispano (reemplazando la Oficina del Vicario para Hispanos) y me aconsejará en todos los asuntos relacionados con las comunidades hispanas.” Arango será también responsable de la dirección de la Comisión del Ministerio Hispano y trabajará en colaboración con esta Comisión, la Oficina de Formación Permanente en la Fe, el clero y los parroquianos… e implementará la Declaración de la Visión de la Diócesis de Camden, las Prioridades Pastorales y la visión para la Comisión del Ministerio Hispano. Andrés Arango ha sido el director de Evangelización, Jóvenes Adultos y Pastoral Universitaria desde 2009. Andrés sirvió como coordinador de la Renovación Carismática Católica Hispana de la Diócesis de Sacramento de 2003-2008 y sirvió como representante regional a la Renovación Carismática Católica Hispana de la región Pacífico. El fue coordinador de jóvenes y desarrollo de liderazgo en la parroquia Inmaculada Concepción en Sacramento y director de entrenamiento de liderazgo en la Escuela de Evangelización (La Ceja, Colombia). Actualmente, Andrés es el Coordinador del Comité Nacional de la Renovación Carismática Católica Hispana y miembro del CONCCLAT (Consejo Católico Carismático Latinoamericano). El ha estado ministrando activamente en la predicación de retiros y conferencias a nivel nacional e internacional. Es el autor del libro Con Poder… La Experiencia de Pentecostés. Andrés posee una Maestría en Estudios Teológicos de la Escuela Franciscana de Teología (Berkeley, CA), una licenciatura en Ingeniería de Producción (Universidad EAFIT, Medellín, Colombia), un Asociado en Artes en Filosofía (Misionero del Espíritu Santo Seminario, La Ceja, Colombia) y un Certificado en Formación de Líderes del Instituto de la Oficina Internacional de la Renovación Carismática Católica (Roma, Italia).
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Bishop Galante announces priest personnel changes as follows: Father John D. Bohrer from Parochial Vicar, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Collingswood to Administrator, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Collingswood, effective July 1. Father Paul W. Galetto, OSA from President, Saint Augustine Preparatory School, Richland to In Residence, Saint Rita Cottage, 823 Fifth Street, Ocean City, effective July 1. Father Albert E. Harshaw from Chaplain, Cooper Hospital, Camden and In Residence, Saint Joseph Pro-Cathedral, Camden continues as Chaplain, Cooper Hospital, Camden and In Residence, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Collingswood, effective July 15. Father Christopher Mann, CFR from Outside the Diocese to Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of the Angels, Cape May Court House, effective July 31. Father Thanh Q. Pham from Medical Leave to Parochial Vicar, Incarnation, Mantua, effective July 1. Father Stephen J. Rapposelli from Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of the Angels, Cape May Court House to Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of Hope, Blackwood, effective July 31. Father Donald F. Reilly, OSA from Outside the Diocese to President, Saint Augustine Preparatory School, Richland and In Residence, Saint Rita Cottage, 823 Fifth Street, Ocean City, effective July 1.
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Editor: I am responding to Father Gregorio’s column, “Ex-Catholics and Their ‘Unmet Spiritual Needs” (June 3). I was born and raised Catholic which included eight years of Catholic school. I left the Catholic Church because I blamed myself for being date raped at the age of 17. I was afraid of telling a priest because I didn’t want to be shamed more than I was shaming myself. It felt like a waste of time to go to church after committing a mortal sin. Two major unmet spiritual needs for me were a human model of unconditional love I could feel safe with and a practical approach to genuinely forgive myself and others. My basic human needs, such as physical protection from predators, emotional safety and celebration of my losses were not met by my parents or my spiritual leaders back then. I felt depressed because I turned my unconscious anger in toward myself. I felt scared of speaking up and staying silent. I stopped trusting God, myself and other human beings. I felt lonely because I isolated myself. I felt unworthy of beauty, peace, order, harmony and inspiration which are what every human’s spirit needs. Thirty years later I learned from a priest I was guided to that it was not my fault I was date raped and that as much as we humans want to say yes to God and do the correct thing, we don’t; followed by “Jesus was the Perfect Yes.” He helped me to see that my job is not to be perfect. My job is to be the best person I can be inside of the circumstances and conditions I find myself in. This is all spelled out very clearly in Matthew Kelly’s book, “Rediscovering Catholicism,” which inspired me to come back. Name withheld by request Maple Shade
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BLACKWOOD — This week marks the fifth year Our Lady of Hope Regional School is offering a summer camp program. It is a 10-week program that focuses on academics, arts and crafts, and sports activities. Each day will include academics with a concentration on math, religion Bible studies, and whole language, various arts and craft projects and a sports camp program with an emphasis on soccer, basketball, baseball and volleyball. Every Wednesday a different field trip is offered. This summer some of the trips include the Blackwood Fire Department, bowling, a trip to the MainStage Theatre to see Camp Rock and Aladdin, RiverWinds Water World, the Camden Aquarium, trips to the movies, and a tour of Citizen’s Bank Park. Each trip is $15 which covers transportation and entrance to the event as well as lunch. The summer camp program runs through Aug. 26, from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The camp is held at the Our Lady of Hope School campus and the school facilities will be used. The program is managed by teachers and staff of Our Lady of Hope School and is open to all students in grades Kindergarten through eighth grade for the 2011-12 school year. The cost of the summer camp is $175 a week for those students enrolled at Our Lady of Hope School and $200 a week for those enrolled at another school. A part-time option is also available at $40 per day or $30 per half day. “This is a great program for parents who work in the summer and are looking for a fun, safe, and familiar setting for their children. It is also a great program for new students beginning in September. It gives them the opportunity to form bonds with students and teachers before the first day of school.” said Jennifer Van Es, advancement director at OLOH.
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Photo by Alan M. Dumoff Eighth grade students of Cape Trinity Regional Catholic School, North Wildwood, escort first and second grade students of Holy Name School, Camden, for a day at the beach on June 7.
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Recently, three students, Katie Lillia, Shivam Sachdeva and Mick Kirchman, from St. Mary’s School, Vineland, visited the nearby South Jersey Regional Medical Center and The Frank and Edith Scarpa Regional Cancer Pavilion, bearing boxes full of hand-made cards created by all the students at St. Mary’s during art class. “The patients spirits were lifted,” said a SJH employee and “the air was upbeat and positive for the rest of the day.” One patient kiddingly asked if the children could sing. Although unplanned, the children broke out singing, “The Bare Necessities,” a song they performed together during the school play, “The Jungle Book,” this year. Dr. Kush Sachdeva, Cancer Specialist and Carol Copsey, Clinical Outcomes Manager, helped coordinate the visit.
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Father Michael Matveenko, pastor of Assumption Parish, Galloway, prepares to bless the crosses erected outside the church by Kolby Rundio as his Eagle Scout project. Kolby Rundio constructed three aluminum crosses at Assumption Parish, Galloway, for his Eagle Scout project. “I graduated from Assumption School, and I am a member of the parish, so this felt like a good way to give something back to the church community.” Assumption is the charter organization for Kolby’s Boy Scout Troop 634. The crosses are set up next to the church, visible from Pitney Road, and illuminated at night. The center cross is 15 feet high, and flanked by two smaller, 12 foot crosses. Kolby received the go ahead for the project in November 2009 from Assumption’s pastor, Father Michael Matveenko. Over the next 16 months, Kolby managed his project. “I learned how to communicate and explain the details of what I wanted to do,” Kolby said. Kolby also learned the importance of asking for and receiving help. Some help came from monetary donations from Assumption parishioners and from friends and family. The rest of the help came in the form of sweat equity and donated or discounted labor. “There were a lot of people who stepped up and helped, including Mr. Patrick Einwechter who helped with the concrete footings for the crosses and Swenson Welding who fabricated the crosses.” Kolby said. Also providing assistance were R. W. Brown Landscaping who donated the landscaping labor and materials and Hart Painting who painted the crosses. Kolby and his volunteers logged in a total of 232 hours on the project. “My favorite part of the project was bolting them in and seeing that they weren’t going to fall over,” Kolby said, recalling the day the crosses were raised. They were blessed and dedicated by Father Matveenko on Sunday April 3. Kolby, a junior at Absegami High School and a member of Germania Volunteer Fire Company, will celebrate his new Eagle rank at a Court of Honor in July.
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