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PAGE 8 THE GUARDIAN, JANUARY 22, 1982 Father Joseph Blitz Elected To NCCC Committee Post Little Rock -- Father Joseph H. Blitz, Director of the Office of Justice and Peace and Refugee Resettlement Program in the Diocese of Little Rock, was elected to the Theological Reflection Standing Committee of the Directors of Catholic Charities from Region F at the group's annual Congress in Las Vegas, Nev., recently. His term will expire in 1982. Father Blitz also was chairman of the Resolutions Committee at the meeting. He gave the following statement :" "As Chairperson of the NCCC Resolutions Committee and with the support of the members of the 1981 NCCC Resolutions Committee, I point of protest of a structural large number of delegates and (procedural) nature as had already left, or were in well as a question of con- the process of leaving, as the science to the Committee To resolutions were being Manage the Congress. It presented. This caused a concerns the matter of considerable amount of anger assigning the floor discussion .- a righteous anger, I would and debate of the 1981 resolutions to the very last session of the Congress, namely, Friday morning. "There is a history behind this protest. Just two years ago, at the 1979 NCCC Con- gress held at Kansas City, Missouri (as many of you will recall), the resolutions were placed last on the agenda of that Congress. Because of this, it became highly ques- tionable whether there was even a quorum to validate say -- publicly expressed by myself as chairperson of the Resolutions Committee, but also by many, many others. The scheduling of the resolutions last on the agenda denied adequate time for debate and discussion and, in effect, relegated them to a relatively minor and in- significant position in the overall thrust of NCCC. "We believe strongly that the resolutions,, along with the policy statements, reflect wish to raise, at this time, a the resolutions of that year. A (or should reflect), in large measure, the mission, the vision, and the overall direction and thrust of the NCCC in their concrete manifestations, both on the national and local levels, and €€€€€€ ; €€;€,€;;,€€€;,; ,,;,;€€€€€ €: $€€€ €;$$ I /L,.., Knights of Columbus Insurance Life Russ Anzalone 00ku00,,J/00ed+col phooeSO, ,4° 2+os •  Travel Rt. 5, Box 613 .......... Business Ft Smith, AR 72901 • OPEN 24 HOURS EVERI DAk • MIDLAND BOWL Kelly Hwy. & North 32 St. - 785-2551 INVESTORS REALTY 1703 Rogers Ft. Smith, Ark. 785-2851 Nick Nolte 452-4510 SERVING FORT SMITH AND SURROUNDING AREA Bob Nolte 452-7148 000014cdJc00pe LEWIS J. SPARKS, JR., R. Ph. MANAGER I1,, Pnttc,,ot,a ’em,l 4117 GRAND AVE. 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They are willing to make this sacrifice because they do see the tremendous importance and impact that the resolutions (along with the policy statements) could and should have. Many of the resolutions are eventually translated into formal policy statements of NCCC, and others in themselves do, in fact, determine present and future goals of action on behalf of justice, 'a con- stitutive dimension of the preaching of the Gospel.' "Therefore, we are asking that the resolutions at future Charities Congresses receive top priority and central place in the scheduling, along with the policy statements, thereby giving them the prominence that they should have. "It is in the name of con- science, and in the name of justice, and out of love for Catholic Charities and the contribution it does make but could make even more ef- fectively toward the creation of a more just, cam- passionate, and loving world, that I submit this protest." RESIGNS POST Pittsburgh (NC) -- After 16 years in office, Sister of Mercy Jane Scully, 64, has announced that she will not seek reappointment as president of Carlow College in Pittsburgh. MYERS ew : LAWN AND GARDEN EQUIP. ;°++*°n I Tri State Speedway € . . " Too+ 918-436-7001 Anton Myers, Owner On Scholarship Joe Paul Mazzanti (above) received a $1,000 scholarship in his fresh- man year from the Arkansas Diocesan Council of Catholic Women to the University of Dallas at Irving, Texas. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Mazzanti of Lake Village is presently asophomore history major there. A full-tuition scholarship again is being offered this year, plus several partial scholar- ships. Applications may be requested from Mrs. Edith Fianigan, 3-B Garfield Circle, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205. Prayer Day Set At Convent Cullman, Ala. -- The Benedictine Sisters' Con- ference Center is offering "A Desert Experience" Satur- day, Feb. 20, under the direction of Sister Mary McGehee, O.S.B. The day of prayer takes its inspiration from the prophet Hosea: "I am going to lure her and lead her out into the wilderness, and speak to her heart." Sister Mary McGehee, the director for the day, has an M.A. in theology and ha spent the last 10 years seriously studying and probing the experience of prayer. For the last six years, she has been living at Sacred Heart Convent in Cullman where she teaches novitiate classes, directs retreats and serves on several committees in her community. This year, she is also teaching a theology series and directing a spirituality series in a number -, i Pre-Cana Dc Slated Feb. Fort Smith -- A S Day for all engago planning marriage On i will be held Saturdats a at St. Scholastica's Ee tl- Center, 1205 SoutlS n Pike. )f I Pre-Cana now is of by the diocesan the policy, mrcl For further inform9ed registration, call 783-'oub ,i I of parishes in north A R  Sister Mary will !2e day with an orienw n f A.M. at Benet Hall. %ns session of shari_ . praying together wilt',, °pt P.M. Sister Mary be available during the. individual direci + desired. Fasting is ng mended, but lunch provided for those .rdi] it. Participants shou! o Bible. For furtl[n'se formation write or c N Feb. 10: Sister,rio 1 McGehee, P.O. Bitohi Cullman, Alabamaces Phone-- (205) 734-219q F it 812 GARRISON hue "Your One Stop Office pral tr Shopping Center" Polish Seamen Get Help Anchorage, Alaska (NC) -- Archbishop Francis T. Hurley of Anchorage has arranged for six Polish seamen who defected from their fishing vessel to be detained at Holy Spirit retreat center instead of in jail. The seamen, who boarded an American tugboat, could have been jailed until their WE WON'T BE UNDERSOLD DINO'S HEALTH FO01)0000 Discounts for Senior Citizens !er. said that although the seamen Z i would be under guard at the VO C retreat center, "it's a nice he Strong Ollisi a facility, the conditions are comfortable."  trtSr MRS director John Me- I Carthy said that "our feeling FEDERAL SAVINGS LOAN l is that the situation was not DOWNTOWN NORTH SIXTH AND A STREET [- " handled correctly. . .im- VAN BUREN ACROSS FROM CLOVERLEAF PLAZA ]['d CENTRAL MALL. ON THE MALL 1. migration said it wanted to ROGERS AVENUE AND 74TH STRE[T put them in the local l)okey." He said his office has .,'  PSIJC worked with the State '., .-z-:, Department to get refugee status for the seamen. applications for political Health, Dietetic and Imported Foods, atho asylum in the United States and were processed. 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Carroll had said the federal government's decision to jail FOR INFORMATION ON RECENT CHANGES , the men conforms with a 1952 IN THE LAWS GOVERNING INDIVIDUAL pr immigration law requiring RETIREMENT ACCOUNTS, THAT MAYHELP ICiest( detention of any alien without YOU SAVE ON YOUR INCOME TAXES. CALL proper documents applying THE UNITED PEOPLES FEDERAL I.R.A. for asylum at sea ports of if)p, entry. HOT LINE, ANYTIME DURING REGULAR [II)o Holy Cross Brother Charles BUSINESS HOURS AT: 783-2081 pral McBride, archdiocesan Iitt communications director