The Independent Newsweekly
|ADDENDA and DEATHS|
Issue Date: June 6, 2003
TWO DOZEN BICYCLISTS from 15 states are riding cross-country this summer in a quest to raise awareness about poverty, and another 10 will ride from Connecticut to Washington on a smaller version of the trip. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the U.S. bishops domestic anti-poverty program, is sponsoring the bike tour beginning June 1 in San Francisco. The Brake the Cycle of Poverty cyclists will participate in poverty education programs along their route. Details of the cyclists schedule is available online at: www.brakethecycle.org
PARENTS TELEVISION COUNCIL reports a marked decrease in sexual content on almost every broadcast network during the evening “family hour” between 1998 and 2002. With the exception of WB, every broadcast network decreased its sexual content from 8 to 9 p.m. in recent years. All the networks except WB and UPN also showed a reduction in such content during the hour from 9 to 10 p.m.
THE REV. JOHNCY ITTY was elected the Episcopal churchs first Generation X bishop, a sign of hope for young clergy in a church where only 4 percent of priests are under the age of 35. Itty, 40, was elected the new bishop of Oregon, He will lead 21,000 parishioners in 78 congregations in western Oregon. Itty was born in Bhopal, India, and currently serves as the canon residentiary at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, N.Y. Itty has also served on the national staff of the Episcopal church headquarters in New York.
MOTHER TERESA and her fight against poverty, hunger and sickness are the unlikely protagonists of a stage production gaining popularity across Italy. Mother Teresa -- The Musical combines songs, dance and a plot woven around episodes from the life of the Albanian-born nun, who will be beatified by Pope John Paul II in October. The play depicts Mother Teresa as a scrappy fighter on the side of justice. According to critics, one of the high points of the production comes when young Giada Nobile, who plays Mother Teresa, belts out the solo, I Will Succeed.
SR. HELEN PREJEAN, the best-selling author of Dead Man Walking, received the 45th Franciscan International Award May 9 in Burnsville, Minn. The award has been presented annually since 1959 by the Conventual Franciscans. Prejean, a Sister of St. Joseph of Medaille who has ministered to death-row inmates, their families and their victims families since 1981, was honored for practicing, among other things, the ancient Franciscan tradition of reconciliation.
RABBI RON KRONISH and religious studies professor Elaine C. MacMillan have been named scholars-at-large for the year 2003-04 at the Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute, an agency of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement. Kronish has directed the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel, an umbrella group for 70 Jewish, Christian and Muslim institutions, since its founding in 1991. MacMillan, who has been teaching at Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I., recently accepted a position at the University of San Diego, which is sponsored by the Religious of the Sacred Heart and the San Diego diocese. MacMillan said she expects to focus on ecumenical theology and the contribution of women to the ecumenical movement. Kronish said that in his writing and lecturing he will reflect on developments such as the visit of Pope John Paul II to Israel and the effort of the interreligious council to develop ties among Jews, Christians and Muslims in Israel and the Palestinian areas.
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Fr. Kilian John Healy
Fr. Kilian John Healy, who served two six-year terms as Carmelite prior general beginning in 1959, died May 18 in Beverly, Mass. He was 90. He had entered the Carmelite order in 1929.
Dave DeBusschere, the only player from Detroits Catholic High School League in the national Basketball Hall of Fame, collapsed May 14 from a heart attack on a Manhattan street and died at NYU Downtown Hospital. He was 62. DeBusschere led Austin Catholic High School in Detroit to a state championship in basketball in 1958. He excelled in basketball and baseball at the University of Detroit, pitched for the Chicago White Sox and played and coached pro basketball for the Detroit Pistons and the New York Knicks. In 1996, he was picked as one of the greatest 50 players of all time in the National Basketball Association.
Holy Ghost Fr. Antoine Adrien
Holy Ghost Fr. Antoine Adrien, a tireless campaigner for democracy and human rights in Haiti, died May 13 from complications of a stroke. He was 81. Adrien, a staunch supporter of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was superior of the Holy Ghost Fathers in 1969 when he and nine other congregation members were exiled by Haitian dictator Francois Papa Doc Duvalier, who accused the order of plotting against him. Adrien had been incapacitated for several years after a stroke in 1996.
National Catholic Reporter, June 6, 2003
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