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PAGE 6 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC JULY 1 5, 1911 fun in the sun Bishop: Person, priest, prophet and leader in Comrnunio By Bishop Andrew J. McDonald noon: some bishops went to the beach; some to play golf; some bishops went I hope the intriguing headline will to a winery; some stayed on campus to cause you to read this article. I could rest and relax; movie: "Field of Dreams. have entided it, Physician heal thyself. Monday, June 25 - Morning prayer: Every November, 300 bishops from Godfried Cardinal Danneels; lecture on t, / e " i ' " all parts of the U.S. gather m Washing- Culture and R hg on by Cardinal ton for deliberations and votes upon Danneels; Mass in Mission Church; lec- serious questions which face us as bish- ture - Teaching Ministry of Bishop ops in the world, in the U.S. and in our by Archbishop Oscar H. Lipscomb; own dioceses. Every two years in June, evening prayer; movie: '%Veapons of the 3997-I Lan'~r Ave. P O Box 18708 Memphis, TN 38181-0708 ITALIAN TOUR from Memphis Departs Sept. 12, 1990 Guided by Guido Marongiu & Frank D. Garavelli Visiting Milano - Rome - Venice Florence & Lake Oarda Only $2,495 p.p./dbl, oec. :all 901-366-I 000 1-800.526-9100 your message to our readers Ran Hail for information and advertising rates, 664-0340, ext. 326. we hold an assembly for one full week. We do no business. We have no press conferences. Together, we pray, we celebrate Mass, we listen to lectures on physical health, psychological well- being, spiritual growth and current theological themes. From June 20 - 27, approximately 200 bishops assembled on the beautiful campus of the Jesuit University of Santa Clara in San Jose, CA. The location was perfect for all of us. High temperatures, low humidity, landscaped lawns, beds of flowers and elegant palms provided a restful, peaceful setting for us. The heart of the campus is the Santa Clara Mission dating back to 1777. Throughout the week, we listened to 17 homilies given by different bishops at morning prayer, at Mass, at evening prayer. We appreciated a full day of retreat and spiritual reflection. Wednesday, June 20- PM; a social; a welcome from Bishop John McRaith, chair of the planning committee. Thursday, June 21 - Morning prayer; welcome by Rev. Paul Locatelli, SJ, president of the university and Arch- bishop Daniel Pilarzcyk, president of our conference; lecture: ~Fhe Bishop's Price of Wellness," by Rev.JamesJ. Gill, sJ, MD; Mass in the Mission Church. Workshops: "Time Management - A Personal Choice," "Dealing with Com- pulsive, Addicted Priests," and "Coping with Episcopal Stress;" evening prayer; supper; movie: "Dad." Friday, June 22- Morning prayer; lecture - "Scriptural Elements that En- rich the Picture of Bishop as Priest" by Rev. Raymond E. Brown, SS; Mass in Mission Church; lecture - I'he Bishop as Priest: Theological/Historical Per- spective" by Rev. Kenan B. Osborne, OFM; evening prayer; movie "Dead Poets Society." Saturday, June 23 - Morning prayer; lectures: "The Bishop as Leader: Com- munication, Convocation, Concili- ation" by Rev. John Coleman, sJ; "Cul- tural BarriErs to the Understanding of Leadership and Priesthood in America" by Dr. Robert N. Bellah; Mass in Mis- sion Church; workshop - "How to Work with Media: Training Church Leader for TV interviews," Rev. Miles Riley; Rec- onciliation Service with private confes- sions; movie: "Romero." Sunday, June 24- Morning prayer and conference by Bishop Robert Morneau; Mass in Mission Church; in the after- Spirit." Tuesday, June 26- Morning prayer; lecture - "Bishop as Symbol and Agent of Communio" by Rev. Robert F. Leavitt, SS; Mass in Mission Church; wrap-up" Joseph Cardinal Bernardin; evening prayer; movie: "Driving Miss Daisy." Wednesday, June 27- private morning prayer; private Masses; departure for home. The lectures have been taped and will be available to us. But nothing can really capture what it means to my heart, to my whole being, to be with bishops for these days. They are inspirational, prayerful, caring, creative, funny. Some are tall, some short; some round and some thin, some are old and some are young. Bishops are human, yet they are called to be like Jesus, truly good shep- herds to priests, deacons, religious and lay people. He is called to be a part of every family and yet a member of none. He is called to share in your joys and your sorrows. Gladly and humbly, he tries to feed His flock day in and day out. There were two aspects of this assem- bly which struck me. First, the Service of Reconciliation: hymns, prayer, Scrip- ture, homily and the witnessing almost 200 bishops going to confession to each other, calling down the merciful for- giveness of God. Secondly, at the entrance to the Mis- sion Church to see eight small white wooden crosses nailed into the ground. These crosses recall the martydom of six Jesuit University professors, their housekeeper and her daughter. They were gunned down in the darkness of night on the campus of the Catholic University this year in E1 Salvador. The gift of their lives stirred me to pray for courage and grace each time I entered the Mission Church. They are: Ignacio Ellacuria, sJ, Ignacio Martin Baro, sJ, Segundo Montes, SJ, Juan Ramon Moreno, sJ, Amondo Lopez, SJ,Joaquin Lopiz Lopez, sJ, Julia Elba Ramos, housekeeper, and Celina Ramos, her young daughter. Be you priest, deacon, religious, mother, father, wife, husband, single adult, teenager or child, I hope the reading of this account will inspire you to take care of yourself physically, emo- tionally, spiritually. Patricia Livingston, I tor of the University of Notre , ' Center for Continuing Formation Ministry and winner of the 1990 U.5| Catholic Award, will address tl!t I permanent deacons of the Dioce " of Little Rock when they gather !01 their annual continuing formati0 weekend in Conway July 20-22. educational conference will focus 0Pl relationships. Livingston is a coU!q selor and nationally- known speak#l who was chosen for the 1990 U.$] Catholic Award for furthering t'/t cause of women in the Church. "Brenner," from page 1 1 ropolitan Chicago. She said that the county facility h ] t been under criticism for housing 60 children in a facility built to acc6 t modate only 25 and for not adequately: : supervising the children. ] tuTheaClumbus-Maryvillere center fl | s 100-bed structure with 97,0 I square feet of space-floors housi I boys and girls quarters, cafeteria, offic I nursery, and a medical and den ] clinic. It also offers recreational, the l II peutic and educational services, BrelI | ner said. " I | The center includes the "Brenn | home for toddlers - an area decorate | with signs bearing such messages | .~ "Welcome to Pee Wee Paradise, !I ] "Welcome to Scooterland." I! "One of my most painful concernSl i what kind of home these children " have after their short stay here," sla I said. The shelter is used as only F temporary haven for the children, Wla0| t are subseouendv nlaced in foster hot, O| t by the state. "Will someone really , | able to love and care for these childrett't i. who have the AIDS virus or drugs fl1'' tl drome, after they leave here?" sla asked. --.i "This has made my focus a simple ~t~ j difficult one," Brenner said.-I ] simply love them while I have ,her0' This causes me to shed a lot of te# sometimes, because these kids are unwanted by others for the most p~t " e, it. she continued. In the short tam just days, that these kids are here I begi0 to bond with them.., and then they .fc gone, So I've learned to just conCeO' trate on the kids while they are stayia here."