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When the pope visited Juárez, Bishop Mark Seitz and his team found a way to include El Paso and make sure all could share in the experience. This is largely why Bishop Seitz has been nominated as an El Pasoan of the Year.
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A funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 26 for longtime educator Loretto Sister Jane (formerly Sister John Dennis) Clark, who served at Loretto Academy High School in El Paso for four decades. The Mass took place at the Church of the Seven Dolors on the grounds of Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky. Sister Jane died Nov. 17 at Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary. She was 90 and in her 68th year as a Sister of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross.
Sister Jane was born Sept. 7, 1926, in Lebanon, Ky., the daughter of Lucy (Thomas) and J.D. Clark. She entered the Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross in 1948. She was received into the Loretto Novitiate April 25, 1949, when she took her father’s name, John Dennis, as her religious name. Sister Jane made her first vows Aug. 15, 1951, and her final vows Aug. 15, 1954. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English, with minors in Spanish and philosophy, in 1948 from Webster College (now University) and a master’s in education in 1960 from Marquette University in Milwaukee.
Sister Jane arrived at Loretto Academy in 1964. She first served as assistant principal and counselor, in addition to being the head of the English Department and boarders. In 1967, she was named high school principal. She served in this capacity for nine years, then as assistant principal and counselor again. From 1976 until 2004, she served the school and the El Paso Loretto Community, doing whatever was needed doing. She provided great support to whomever was in charge. Always interested in computer developments, Sister Jane brought Loretto Academy into the computer world, initially doing school scheduling through computer punch cards and later teaching herself new computer applications to organize the scheduling and create report cards.
One of Sister Jane’s Loretto Academy colleagues, Johanna Brian, recently wrote of Sister Jane, “What a gift! I’ll never forget her unflappable cool, her elegant stride, her ghost of a smile, her explosive on-time laugh, her expertise with all things electronic.”
Elsewhere, Sister Jane’s first teaching assignment was at Loretto Academy in St. Louis, where she taught English for one year. The next eight years she taught English and Spanish at Immaculate Conception High School in East Las Vegas, N.M. She was assigned to Machebeuf High School in Denver for one year in 1960 and to St. Agnes High School in Springfield, Mo., from 1961 to 1964.
Sister Jane retired to Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary in 2004, where she served her community until her death. Her cremains were buried at Loretto Motherhouse Cemetery. Sister Jane was preceded in death by her parents and her two older brothers, John Dennis Clark Jr. and Father Thomas Clark of the Louisville, Ky., Archdiocese. She is survived by her younger sister Lucy Salot of Louisville. Memorials in Sister Jane’s name may be sent to the Loretto Community, care of the Loretto Development Office, 4000 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Littleton, CO 80123-1308.
The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a Holy Day of Obligation. It is this Thursday, Dec. 8. Please check with your parish for Mass times.
It is with a saddened heart that I notify you regarding the death of Rev. Msgr. Carlos Frias. Msgr. Frias was called to the Lord on Thursday, November 24, 2016 in El Paso, Texas. Visitation is from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm and rosary at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at San Juan Bautista, 5649 Dailey, El Paso, TX 79905. The Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Saint Patrick Cathedral on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 10:00 am and internment at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.
His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little,
I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.” (Mt. 25:23)
Con un corazón entristecido me permito notificarles la muerte del Rev. Mons. Carlos Frías. Mons. Frías fue llamado a la presencia de nuestro Señor el jueves, 24 de noviembre del 2016, en El Paso, Texas. La visitación será a partir de las 5:30p.m. hasta las 7:00p.m. y el rosarioserá a las 7:00 p.m. el miércoles, 30 de noviembre del 2016, en la iglesia de San Juan Bautista, 5649 Dailey, El Paso, TX 79905. La Misa será en la Catedral de San Patricio el jueves, 1erode diciembre del 2016, a las 10:00a.m. El sepelio en el Cementero de Monte Carmelo.
El jefe le dijo: “Muy ben, eres un empleado bueno y fiel;
ya que fuiste fiel en lo poco, te pondré a cargo de mucho. (San Mateo 25:23)
Libertyville, IL—Catholics throughout the world are encouraged to support the cloistered and monastic life on World Day of Cloistered Life, which is Monday, November 21, 2016, the Memorial of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple.
“The primary purpose of World Day of Cloistered Life, traditionally known as Pro Orantibus Day (“For Those Who Pray”), is to support—both spiritually and materially—the gift of the cloistered contemplative life,” said Rev. Thomas Nelson, O. Praem., National Director of the Institute on Religious Life. And as Pope Francis reminds us, “it is an opportune occasion to thank the Lord for the gift of so many people who, in monasteries and hermitages, dedicate themselves to God in prayer and in silent work.”
Pope Pius XII first instituted this worldwide ecclesial event in 1953 to publicly recognize women and men who so generously give of themselves to this unique calling and who each day, from the various convents and monasteries spread throughout the world, offer prayer unceasingly. Pope St. John Paul II later expanded its celebration and encouraged Catholics to support this sublime vocation in any way possible.
Since his election, Pope Francis has highlighted the vital importance of cloistered contemplative life in the Church’s mission. In the recent Apostolic Constitution, Vultum Dei Quaerere, the Holy Father wrote that those who devote the whole of their lives to the contemplation of God “are a living sign and witness of the fidelity with which God, amid the events of history, continues to sustain His people.”
World Day of Cloistered Life has a special significance as the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy comes to a close. “The prayers and sacrifices of cloistered religious is the foundation of all the Church’s work of mercy,” said Father Nelson, “because their prophetic witness and prayerful presence secures the grace needed for God’s merciful love to reach even the most hardened and distant of hearts.”
The nationwide effort to publicize World Day of Cloistered Life (Pro Orantibus Day) is coordinated by the Institute on Religious Life. The IRL was founded in 1974 by Servant of God Rev. John A. Hardon, S.J., and is comprised of bishops, priests, religious and laity who support and promote the vowed religious life.
A FREE PDF packet of resources is available online, including a meditation for this occasion at CloisteredLife.com.
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The cloistered religious featured on the 2016 World Day of Cloistered Life logo is from the Dominican Nuns of the Monastery of the Blessed Sacrament in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The community’s website is OPNuns-FH.org.
November 9, 2016
The Election results are in and our country has elected Donald Trump as our next President. As I and many in the Church have repeatedly said over these last months both of the leading candidates took positions that were antithetical to basic Catholic principles and they presented serious concerns. As Catholics we hold to a Consistent Ethic of Life. We believe that every human person, no matter their stage in life, their sex, their national origin, their economic status, or their disabilities deserves love, respect and care. For this reason based upon the positions frequently stated by our President-elect we can find reasons for hope and for serious concern.
We rejoice today that those at the first stages of their lives prior to their birth, who need protection on their migration from their mothers’ wombs, should be receiving more protection and support. We are hopeful that those at the end of their life’s journey will also be cared for and not killed in some twisted notion of mercy.
At the same time we in the Church are very concerned about our brother and sister refugees and migrants who have escaped or are escaping unimaginable violence and suffering in their home countries to seek safety here. We are also concerned about our brothers and sisters who are Muslim who may be singled out simply based upon their religious confession.
Today many immigrants are understandably fearful. Children and young people who know nothing but life in this country as the sons and daughters of immigrants wonder if their parents will be present when they return from school. Those fleeing direct death threats in their home countries or the murder of their family members have heard of the fate of hundreds who were forced back to their places of origin after running from murderous gangs and narco-traffickers.
To you I would like to offer some assurances. This country has elected a President, not a dictator. We, in this democratic republic have a system of checks and balances so that the rights of individuals are safeguarded. Campaign rhetoric is just that. Now comes the challenge of governing. For that, a leader must work with others and seek places of compromise.
I also want to assure those who are fearful today that I and all leaders of the Church will continue to stand by your side. We will do all in our power to assure that your voice is heard, that you are protected and that this nation remains true to its basic ideals.
Most Rev. Mark J. Seitz, DD
Bishop of El Paso
The Foundation for the Catholic Diocese of El Paso is collecting items for refugees being housed at St. Ignatius Church. St. Ignatius Church is providing shelter and services to approximately 100 migrants at any one time.
Toiletries, cleaning products, diapers, paper products, and snacks are needed by the parish. Donations of these items can be delivered to the Foundation office at the Pastoral Center (Building G) and will be delivered by Foundation staff to the church. For more information, please call (915) 872-8412