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Fall Benedictine Lecture to highlight The Saint John’s Bible  
Thursday, September 17, 2015  3:05 PM
Mount Marty College and the Benedictine Institute for Leadership, Ethics and Social Justice, in conjunction with a year of The Saint John’s Bible event, are pleased to announce the visit of Fr. Michael Patella on September 27 as the featured speaker of the Fall Benedictine Lecture. Fr. Michael will present, “The Saint John’s Bible: A Spiritual Encounter with God” beginning at 7 p.m. in Marian Auditorium. Two volumes of The Saint John’s Bible will be on display beginning at 6 p.m. near the Bede Art Gallery adjacent from the auditorium. The presentation is free and open to the public and will include a question and answer opportunity.

The Saint John’s Bible, the world’s first hand-written, hand-illuminated bible in over five centuries, was completed in 2011 as a commissioned work by St. John’s University and St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville, MN. Fr. Michael Patella, the chair of the Committee of Illumination and Text, will demonstrate and discuss the spiritual and theological experience of both the committee and the artists in developing the bible.

The scholars and artists of the Committee on Illumination and Text for The Saint John’s Bible were charged with selecting the passages for depiction within the Bible, and to do so they engaged lectio divina. Within this prayerful reflection, the Committee discussed their personal and collective thoughts on Scripture and the Christian Tradition, and they sent notes of the discussion to Donald Jackson and his artistic team in Wales. The results of this transatlantic dialogue are visible in nearly each of the 1136 pages of The Saint John’s Bible.

A Benedictine monk at St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, MN, Fr. Michael Patella is a professor of New Testament, teaching both in the undergraduate theology department and the graduate School of Theology and Seminary Studies Program at St. John’s University, where he also serves as seminary rector and the director of the graduate school’s Holy Land Studies Program.

He earned a License in Sacred Scripture from Rome’s Pontifical Biblical Institute and a Doctorate in Sacred Scripture from the Ecole biblique et archeologique francaise in Jerusalem. He has published in the areas of Luke, Mark, Paul, angels, and demons, and also has written for The Bible Today and Give Us This Day. His most recent book, “Word and Image: The Hermeneutics of The Saint John’s Bible”, won the Catholic Press Association’s award in Biblical-Academic. Fr. Michael is a member of the Catholic Biblical Association.

For more information on the lecture or The Saint John’s Bible at Mount Marty College, please contact Andy Henrickson, Director of the Benedictine Institute, 605-668-1495 or ahenrickson@mtmc.edu.

Mount Marty College, located in Yankton, South Dakota, is a Catholic, Benedictine, coeducational institute of higher learning founded in 1936 by the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Yankton, South Dakota. In keeping with the Benedictine tradition, the college exists as a community of learners. Primary emphasis is placed on the development of each person as a complete human being with intellectual competence, professional and personal skills, and a composite of moral, spiritual, and social values. With an enrollment of over 1,100 students at all three locations and approximately 600 students located on the Yankton campus, Mount Marty College is the region’s premier institution for higher learning. To learn more about Mount Marty College visit www.mtmc.edu.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley in 2015 Respect Life Month Message: ‘Every Life is Worth Living’  
Thursday, September 17, 2015  10:48 AM
Washington, D.C. - People discover their worth when they discover their true identity as created in God’s image and called to an eternal destiny with him, said Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, OFM Cap, Archbishop of Boston and chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), in the annual Respect Life Month statement. Catholics and all people of good will in the United States are invited to participate in Respect Life Month.

Respect Life Month, observed in October, begins the new, yearlong cycle of the Respect Life Program, which continues through the following September. It is a time dedicated by the U.S. bishops for the Church nationwide to bring attention to, celebrate, and work and pray for the protection of the gift of human life. The first Sunday of the month, October 4 this year, is designated as Respect Life Sunday. The USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities publishes new materials each year on various human life issues to aid the local efforts within the Church of building a culture of life throughout the year. The theme of the 2015-16 Respect Life Program is “Every life is worth living.”

“Whether it lasts for a brief moment or for a hundred years, each of our lives is a good and perfect gift,” wrote Cardinal O’Malley. “At every stage and in every circumstance, we are held in existence by God’s love.”

Cardinal O’Malley wrote that nothing can diminish a person’s God-given dignity or the worth of his or her life, only that others may fail to respect human dignity. He also noted that encountering another’s suffering, while difficult, is an opportunity to embrace them with love, attention and prayer.

More information on the Respect Life Program, including resources and the full text of Cardinal O’Malley’s statement, is available online: www.usccb.org/respectlife.

Pope Francis names Springfield-Cape Girardeau Bishop James V. Johnston as Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri  
Thursday, September 17, 2015  10:20 AM
Washington, D.C. - Pope Francis has appointed Bishop James V. Johnston, 55, bishop of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri. Bishop Johnston has served as bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Missouri, since 2008. He succeeds Bishop Robert W. Finn, 62, who resigned April 21.

The appointment was publicized in Washington, September 15, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

James Vann Johnston, Jr., was born October 16, 1959, in Knoxville, Tennesee. He is the oldest of four children of James Vann and Patricia (Huber) Johnston. He attended St. Joseph Elementary School and graduated from Knoxville Catholic High School in 1977. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1982.

He attended St. Meinrad School of Theology in Indiana and obtained a master of divinity degree in 1990. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Knoxville on June 9, 1990. He obtained a licentiate in Canon Law from The Catholic University of America in 1996. He served as chancellor and moderator of the curia for the Diocese of Knoxville and served in parish ministry.

On January 24, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI named him bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. He was ordained sixth bishop of the diocese on March 31 of that year. Bishop Johnston is a fourth degree Knight of Columbus and a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. He is a former member of the Committee on Child and Youth Protection of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph comprises 15,429 square miles in the state of Missouri. It has a total population of 1,530,829 people, of which 125,854, or 8 percent, are Catholic.

USCCB to host family life ministers from the U.S. and Latin America  
Thursday, September 17, 2015  9:33 AM
Washington, D.C. - More than 130 Catholic Hispanic/Latino leaders who work in family ministries in the United States and Latin America will convene in Philadelphia on September 21, leading up to the World Meeting of Families, to reflect upon the opportunities and challenges faced by Spanish-speaking families across the continent.

This unprecedented gathering, known as Primer Encuentro Hispano-Latino Americano de Familias (First Encounter of Hispanic and Latin American Families, or PEHLAF its acronym in Spanish), includes Latino family life ministers from across the country as well as representatives from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and delegations from several bishops’ conferences in Latin America.

The main objective of PEHLAF is to encourage dialogue on the challenges and opportunities Spanish-speaking families face today. It will also explore ministerial models and pastoral strategies that impact the quality of ministry with families in the U.S. and in Latin America. Collaboration across the Americas in the area of family ministry, particularly in light of the upcoming V National Encuentro for Ministry among Hispanics/Latinos in the U.S., will also be explored.

“It is hoped that this first encounter will be the beginning of some new conversations and mutual enrichment between the church in the United States and the church in Latin America with respect to the family,” said Bishop Gerald Barnes of San Bernardino, chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs. “This is an opportune time to host this meeting, as families from around the world will be gathering in Philadelphia. We hope it is only the first of many more to come,” said Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America.

In addition to Bishops Barnes and Elizondo, presenters at this gathering include Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, New Mexico, chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace; and Bishop Rubén Antonio Gonzalez Medina of Caguas, Puerto Rico, representing CELAM, the Council of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Latin America and the Caribbean.

The presentations and dialogues will be framed in the context of the Apostolic Exhortation Joy of the Gospel, and the recommendations from the extraordinary Synod on the Family, which took place last October, plus the working document for the upcoming Synod in October.

The PEHLAF is convened by the USCCB Committee on National Collections- Subcommittee on the Church in Latina America, and the USCCB Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church-Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs. The following organizations are co-sponsoring the event: Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Editorial Verbo Divino (EVD), Holy Cross Family Ministries (HCFM), the National Catholic Association of Diocesan Directors for Hispanic Ministry (NCADDHM), Oregon Catholic Press (OCP), and Our Sunday Visitor (OSV).

USCCB releases ‘USA Catholic Church’ mobile app  
Wednesday, September 16, 2015  4:57 PM
Washington, D.C. -  Leadership of the Catholic Church in the United States has introduced its first mobile app: USA Catholic Church. Designed to draw Catholics closer to their faith by providing access to Church information on all screens and devices, this is the only app that brings together information from all Catholic sources: parishes, dioceses, the U.S. bishops and even the Vatican. Not only will the app include religious news, daily Scripture readings and local parish content, it will feature exclusive, in-depth coverage of Pope Francis’ September visit to the United States.

“This is the most comprehensive virtual connection to the Catholic faith available,” said Bishop Christopher Coyne, chair-elect of the Committee on Communications of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which created the app. “We understand many people are looking for more ways to connect with the Church and incorporate Catholic living into their busy lives—that’s exactly what this app is designed to do.”

App content is available in both English and Spanish and lets users:
Follow Pope Francis with the latest news and communications, including videos and photos.
Access unique mobile features: view daily readings, make mobile donations, receive news alerts, get Vatican and Catholic News Service updates, and have the ability to share via social media.
Additionally, the USA Catholic Church app will offer up-to-the minute coverage of Pope Francis addressing a joint session of Congress and the United Nations, as well as the public at the World Meeting of Families. The Pope will visit the United States from September 22-27.

In October, new parish and diocese functionality will be released, allowing users to stay in contact with local dioceses and parishes through individual pages with Mass and confession times, homilies, events, blog posts, videos and bulletins, and locate local parishes at home or when traveling with a “Church Finder” tool that works by location, city, state or ZIP code.

The USA Catholic Church app is free to download at Google Play and Apple iTunes in English and Spanish. To download, visit www.USACatholic.church from your smartphone or tablet device.

Avera shares farming safety reminders for harvest season  
Tuesday, August 25, 2015  3:43 PM
Across the region, farmers will soon begin putting in long hours to harvest their crops. Preparing equipment, combining fields, hauling grain and driving to and from fields leaves little time for anything else — especially an accident.

Farming is ranked among the world’s most hazardous professions. Factors like long hours, little sleep, dangerous equipment, poisonous chemicals and uneven surfaces add to the risk.

“Farms are big operations, leaving room for many risks for accidents,” said John Travnicek, MD, Emergency Medicine Physician at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center in Sioux Falls. “Being aware of the major risks as well as some general farm safety rules is a good starting point.”

A few of the most devastating farm accidents are:

Overturned tractors
Auger mutilations/amputations
Grain bin suffocation
Chemical poisoning
Child accidents/deaths

Below are 10 basic safety rules that can help prevent an accident, illness or death from occurring on the farm.

Slowly drive the perimeter of the field to familiarize yourself with any slopes, drop-offs, stumps and large rocks.
When driving a tractor, take turns slowly. Don’t allow the tractor to bounce, which may cause you to lose control of steering.
Ensure protective shields are in place before running an auger, and keep the floor around the auger swept clean of debris and fallen seed to prevent falls.
Never enter a grain storage unit when grain is coming in from the sides or top. If you must enter a storage unit, wear a safety belt attached to safety lines.
When handling chemicals, always wear the proper personal protective equipment, such as chemical-resistant gloves, overalls, masks and goggles.
If your teenage sons or daughters help out on the family farm, assign them low-risk tasks. In other words, harvest may not allow you to properly supervise their work in more challenging tasks.
Get enough sleep. Being tired reduces alertness and ability to think clearly. If possible, ask neighbors to help you complete tasks and harvest fields. Remember to return the favor.
Eat balanced meals and keep a jug of water with you at all times. Hunger and dehydration are distracting.
Avoid doing tasks alone, such as running an auger or filling a grain bin.
Always carry your cell phone with you. Keep it charged as much as possible.

“Nobody plans on having an accident — that’s why they’re called ‘accidents,’” said Travnicek.

In addition, if you experience possible signs of a heart attack while harvesting, don’t wait, call 911 immediately:

Chest discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
Discomfort in the upper body: in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
Shortness of breath
Other symptoms such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness

While chest pain is the most common symptom of heart attack, women can experience a heart attack without the chest pressure. Instead, they may experience shortness of breath, pressure or pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen, dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting, upper back pressure or extreme fatigue.

“Harvest is a critical season, and it’s very typical for farmers to put their work first, and put their own health on the back burner. But lives are irreplaceable. Therefore, safety must be top priority for farmers, ranchers and hired hands at harvest season, and all year around,” Travnicek added.

Labor Day statement focuses on importance of work in building and supporting families  
Tuesday, August 25, 2015  3:40 PM
Washington, D.C. - Creating sufficient, decent work that honors the dignity of families is a necessary component of the challenge facing all Catholics, and it is the Catholic way, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami cited the importance of work in supporting families in the 2015 Labor Day statement, which drew on Pope Francis’ June encyclical on ecology, Laudato Si’.

“We must not resign ourselves to a ‘new normal’ with an economy that does not provide stable work at a living wage for too many men and women,” Archbishop Wenski said. “We are in need of a profound conversion of heart at all levels of our lives.” Archbishop Wenski challenged Catholics to “recommit ourselves to our brothers and sisters around the world in the human family, and build systems and structures that nurture family formation and stability in our own homes and neighborhoods.”

Archbishop Wenski noted that even though work is meant for the sake of family, “Wage stagnation has increased pressures on families, as the costs of food, housing, transportation, and education continue to pile up.” He added that “the violation of human dignity is evident in exploited workers, trafficked women and children, and a broken immigration system that fails people and families desperate for decent work and a better life.”

Archbishop Wenski said that, in Laudato Si’, Pope Francis challenges people to see the connections between human labor, care for creation, and honoring the dignity of the “universal family, a sublime communion which fills us with a sacred, affectionate and humble respect.”

The full text of the 2015 Labor Day statement is available online.

English: www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/labor-employment/labor-day-statement-2015.cfm

Spanish: www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/labor-employment/declaracion-del-dia-del-trabajo-2015.cfm

National Bible Week to celebrate 50th anniversary of Dei Verbum, role of The Bible in the family  
Tuesday, August 25, 2015  3:38 PM
Washington, D.C. - Families, parishes, schools and other Catholic groups can participate in National Bible Week, November 15-21, with resources provided in English and Spanish and available on the website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The theme of the observance is “The Bible: A Book for the Family/ La Biblia: Un Libro para la Familia.”

The Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation Dei Verbum will celebrate its 50th anniversary on November 18, 2015. National Bible Week logos and a variety of resources that highlight the Bible in Catholic life are available online: www.usccb.org/bible/national-bible-week/index.cfm

Resources for families include “Enthroning the Bible in the Family” (Cómo entronizar la Biblia en la familia), “Making the Word of God a Part of Your Home” (Cómo hacer que la Palabra de Dios sea parte fundamental del hogar), “Ever Ancient, Ever New: The Art and Practice of Lectio Divina” (Siempre Antigua, Siempre Nueva: El Arte y la Práctica de Lectio Divina) and “Sharing the Word of God at Home” (Compartiendo la Palabra de Dios en el Hogar).

Resources for parishes include a faith formation session on reading and understanding the Bible, a guide for starting and maintaining a parish Bible study, a family retreat, tips for using the Bible in catechesis and prayer, and a Scripture vigil on the themes of Catholic Social Teaching.

The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine will act as a clearinghouse for activities undertaken by dioceses and other groups, including the Association of Catholic Publishers, the American Bible Society and the Catholic Biblical Federation.

Pre-Diabetes Classes Offered at Avera Queen of Peace  
Tuesday, August 25, 2015  3:35 PM
Pre-Diabetes classes are now being offered at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital with a series of two classes, one month apart. No physician referral is required.

Classes are scheduled for September 22 and again on November 18 and December 16, from 1-3 p.m.

The classes include education by a registered dietician and a registered nurse, with written materials and tools to help with blood sugar control.

Pre-diabetes education is not covered by most insurance companies or by Medicare.

The opportunity to provide education in this format helps to provide the patient with the best resources to help prevent the likelihood of developing diabetes.

Please call 995-2260 or 995-2525 for more information and to pre-register.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston presents 2015 People of Life Awards  
Wednesday, July 29, 2015  10:00 AM
Washington, D.C. - A nurse, a chastity educator, and the retired director of the bishops’ national grassroots organization received the 2015 People of Life Award for lifetime commitment to the pro-life movement, July 27, during the annual Diocesan Pro-Life Leadership Conference in Kansas City, Kansas. Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM Cap., of Boston, chair of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), presented the awards to Nancy Valko, Molly Kelly, and Michael Taylor. Over 120 diocesan, state and national Catholic pro-life leaders and guests from across the country attended the private awards dinner sponsored by the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities.

Nancy Valko was recognized for her professional and volunteer advocacy, especially on disability and end-of-life issues. A registered nurse since 1969, she worked for 45 years in critical care, oncology, hospice, home health and other specialties. Valko formerly served as president of Missouri Nurses for Life, board member of the Saint Louis Down Syndrome Association, and co-chair of the St. Louis Archdiocesan Respect Life Committee. She is currently a spokesperson for the National Association of Pro-Life Nurses and serves as a legal nurse consultant with the Valko Group. Having cared for family members as well as patients with chronic conditions, disabilities and terminal illness, her compassionate insight informs her many presentations, media appearances, and articles on medical ethics in Catholic publications and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Valko has become a significant voice in the fight against assisted suicide.

Molly Kelly was honored for her decades as a pro-life speaker and chastity educator. Widowed as the mother of eight children, Molly began speaking in local schools on prenatal development and life affirming options for pregnant girls. While raising her family, she opened their home to five unwed mothers in need of support. Called to address the issue of chastity at first locally, and then in every state as well as Canada, Great Britain, and Australia, she engaged over 50,000 high school youth each year with the message of “saved sex.” Rather than moralizing or teaching merely abstinence, she proposed the beauty of self-control with frankness and affectionate humor. Her popular videos, including “Face-to-Face with Teens: Molly Kelly,” “Teens and Chastity” and “Abortion,” expanded her outreach to countless other youth in public and private schools, equipping them with the tools to make wise, healthy decisions in their relationships.

Michael Taylor was honored for 46 years of pro-life leadership, including 26 at the bishops’ pro-life grassroots mobilization organization, the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment (NCHLA). He holds a doctorate of sacred theology from The Catholic University of America. After Roe v. Wade in 1973, he helped to form NCHLA and to shape the bishops' Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities, which guides Catholic efforts in pro-life education, pastoral care, prayer, and public policy. From 1975-79, he served as associate director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, where he helped design the annual Respect Life Program still used in dioceses across the country. Taylor established and served as the first executive director of the National Right to Life Committee. He was also appointed to the Pontifical Council for the Family for five years. As director of NCHLA, he oversaw several massive postcard campaigns, in which over 138 million Catholics called upon Congress to enact the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban, oppose the “Freedom of Choice Act,” support conscience rights and maintain pro-life measures already in law. Today NCHLA’s online action center is the hub of Catholic grassroots email activity on federal laws and policies, and their website, www.EndRoe.org, is a comprehensive resource for students studying abortion law in the United States.

The People of Life Award recognizes Catholics who have answered the call outlined by Pope John Paul II in The Gospel of Life (Evangelium Vitae, 1995), dedicating themselves to pro-life activities and promoting respect for the dignity of the human person. It is bestowed in honor of their significant contributions to the culture of life.

Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, and a long-time member of the bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, offered his congratulations as well.

Valko, Kelly, and Taylor join 25 other People of Life Award recipients since the Pro-Life Secretariat inaugurated it in 2007. More information on previous recipients and on the People of Life campaign is available at: www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/people-of-life/people-of-life-award.cfm

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