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PAGE 7 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC FEBRUARY 18, 1990 By Jane Browning hontas, Hoxie, Knobel, Little Rock Special to Arkansas Catholic College and St. John's Seminary in Little Rock, as well as St. Anthony's Newport is a thrivin town on the parish in Weiner. On March 1, 1926, tertile Delta Dlains in northeast Arkan- the church burned to the ground in a SaS ' . ' SRuated in the White River valley fire that swept throughout tile city of In Jackson County, Newport was for a Newport, its population then around 1.0ag time a hub on the Missouri Pa- 6,000 citizens. From that date until the ctlicandRocklsland railroads. The area fall of 1934, Mass was offered in the 10W claims rice and soybeans as its eco- Schratz's Laundry. n ic mainstay. Fr. John A. Flaherty became the first ,. Prior to 1896, Newport was a Catho- resident pastor at Newport in 1933-34. Station attended by a Driest from He initiated and oversaw construction reahontas. Then, an industrious Swiss of a new church built of native stone to priest fromJonesboro, Fr.J.E. Weibel, be called St. Cecilia's, built with the aid c .e tO the aid of Newport's faithful of the Catholic Church Extension Soci- helped them establish a fund to ety. The church was dedicated on 0Uild their own church. Monday, April 29, 1935, by Bishop John the'J. Saenger collected $1,000 among B. Morris of Little Rock. raerchants (including $500 of his The church seated about 125 people. money) and a Mr. Hurley donated Under the same roof was constructed a ] V ot o" . tground Fr. Weibel celebrated two-story apartment to serve as a rec- first Mass at the Church of St John tory. The living quarters were designed the EVangelist in the summer of 1896, to be torn away to allow for the Church blessed the new church, to be enlarged if necessary. si irm 1896 to 1926, St. John's Mis- Fr. Flaherty remained in Newport tended by priests from Poca- until 1936, when he was succeeded by St. Cecilia's, 1961. (Courtesy Diocesan Archives) Fr. Joseph P. Casey. Fr. Joseph A. King was pastor from 1943-51. He built a parish hall, dedicated on Dec. 7, 1947, and installed a new organ in 1949. The Newport parish at this time covered seven counties, and four churches were under the care of Fr. King. Fire struck the parish a second time on Oct. 2, 1952, destroying the church roof and interior. But the good stone edifice held up and the church was rebuilt in 1953 under the supervision of the pastor, Fr. Francis J. Janesko. In 1980, under pastor Fr. James L. Wahers, St. Cecilia's was home to 44 families. Today, the pastor is Fr. Francis Colavechio and there are 128 members. t,P THOLICS USA: Makers of a the point when you wish they were back Odern Church, by Linda Brandi talking that nonsense again because the ura; 387 pages, Morrow, $19.95. reaction against that nonsense has been e eWed by John Jay Hughes worse than the nonsense." religious bodies that restrict to people of fervor and tmenL Catholicism has always :d on remaining open to all. call this the "church" as to the "sect model. By exdud- who fail to maintain a high reremitment, the sect manifests of homogeneity and dediea- bodies organized on the achieve only in their members. is abundantly evident collection of interviews with 25 -'rican Catholics. Of the eight two are nuns; one (former College president Jacqueline Wexler) has left the sister- One campaigns for the ordina- ot WOmen priests; one is a teen. [7 men include three bishops one Native American), six (two resigned from pries@ min- a religious brother. will react differently to this I also liked the feisty TV nun Mother Angelica who believes in benevolent dictatorship - "for the simple reason that someone has to make a decision and go with it" - as well as risk - "the reali- zation that God does it all. People have such committee-iris and board-itis, they spend so much time and money on The reaction against that nonsense has been worse than the nonsense. these, that by the time they're ready to begin, they've lost their enthusiasm...." Cateura gives the last word to priest- sociologist-novelist Andrew Greeley, who complains about the decline in priestly vocations and the quality of preaching. "The morale of priests is so bad that they really don't want to re- cruit young men. No one asks them to be priests anymore. There are no invi- tations now." The criticism, as often with Greeley, is overstated, but it contains people. The other thing that is still being astonishingly ignored, as it was 50 years ago, is the preaching. The quality of homiletic training in the seminary, as far as I can see, hasn't changed at all." There is much more, substance as well as fluff. Almost all. the comments are interesting. That is hopeful. God help us if we ever become boring. (Fr. John Jay Hughes of St. Louis is a Church historian. Reprinted with permission from St. Louis Post.Dispatch.) We recognize you need a sense of worth... that you seek challenge and respect.., that you require cooperation plus the autonomy to make patient care decisions. You'll find St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center is the place for you. Our commitment is to help you do your best -- for us and for you. At St. Vincent, you'll find plenty of chances to perform at your professional peak. As a major regional medical center and teaching hospital, research and innovation are our daily goals. 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I Ifyou're looking for a place where your career [ ! earthy spin on the nostalgia "Fhere is no increase in emphasis on [ g ...-"dOBgllLi satisfaction matters, look into our current [ lets many of today's Catholics: the tw6 things that were missing in the ~.~. d#~ ~..~ openings.CallMargaretNixon, Nurse Recruiter I te got practically every high- seminary of our time, the first being at (SOl)660-3430. I ,'irl in Brooklyn running around intellectual development. In view of the s rea Tradition ofTeamwork and High-Technology I and we have AIDS and her- fact that we have a well-educa d laity, lems. I don't know whether you priests should also be well educated and [ the Church...but you almost by and they are not. Their educa- I -- INInma v mllwau.crarrr , I r aged monsignors to come back tion hash t developed the intellect] TwO tit. Vin nl Clinic [ You that you'll go bind if you nearly as much as comparable educa-I ~ Little Rock, ArklmlNm 72205 I It's almost gotten to fion has develO ed the intellect of lay AnF~d~mmi~/Empl~rM/F~l