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PAGE i2 CA IOLIC JULY 2ii "1991 Coping with AIDS m Mother, father HIV+, Daughter with AIDS find support from parish, community By Pat Norby Veseli, MN (CNS)- The small girl with wispy blonde hair stepped out of a dusty brown house, blanket tucked trader one arm, thumb fastened securely between her lips. Her greeting faded away as she darted back past the drooping purple irkses by the steps to annotmce a visitor. A voice from indoors beckoned to the stranger. Nancy, Simo~n sat down at the kitchen table to tell her story,- again. Nancy 97, has told doctors, friends, priests, teachers, reporters and most recently, the entire community of Veseli, that she and her husband, Doug, 25, have HIV, the vires that causes AIDS. She also has explained that their daughter Candace, the 4-year-old at the door, has AIDS. Their two sons, Brian, 7, and Eric, 5, do not have either H1V or AIDS. She says they, weren't disappointed when they put their faith in God and their church on the line in meetings with teachers and the parish com- munity May 20. The family was received with love and compassion, according to Roy.John Lapensky, pastor of their parish, Most Holy Trinity. "I'm real proud of the way they've responded to the Simons," said Lapensky. The Simons are grateful for that "If we didn't have the church to go to, I don't "know how we'd get through life," Nancy said. '~ithout prayer, I don't know how anyone can Dan's Shoe do it." Her fear about how people would react once the news got out plagued her. The Simons' decision to take their family trauma public was spurred by plans for Candy to start preschool this fall. Since Candy's illness was diagnosed in Janu- ary 1989, the Simons had been slow to share the news beyond relatives. Nearly a year after Candy's diagnosis and subsequent tests that showed her parents' infection, Nancy met Sister of Charity Joanne Lucid, AIDS ministry director for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapoli~ Nancy and Doug Simons of Veseli, MN, Candace and Brian. Michael FitzgeraldlCathohc Bulletin/CNS sit with their children, [L to R] Eric, "What if we wouldn't have been accepted?" Lucid, Lapensky, her family and a support she worried. 'q-hen how would I have been able group helped Nancy Simon and her husband to get into my church and continue to pray cope with the realities of AIDS in their lives, but with the con-anunity?" she still felt the need to talk freely about the More than $25 million Re collection raised $25,786,114.03 making it the most successful of the fund's three appeals distributed from cogecUon thus far. The Tri-Conference Retirement Office, ajoim and her ,11 ~['he isolation was too hard," she said. "I fi alone. I felt like I could only talk to my frier~S like I was hiding part of my life. I felt re~ uncomfortable." The parish meeting changed that. St. "I don't feel isolated and paranoid like I di~'sl~ Nancy said. c m The support also surprised her husband al~ur' gave him courage to face even more public ee~ tenfion bound to follow a June 30 story, abo BI the family in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, dean state's largest daily newspaper. He expected m~lm of his co-workers to learn about Iris medical pr~~he lems through the story in the paper's Sundews] magazine section, ese The Simons' infection apparently can bou traced to a blood transfusion Dottg received fi' 1983 while on training with the National Gua'ek'~ in Fort Benning, GA, although their first cl~eld didn't come until Candy became ill at the age~kvi 18 months, mclr At the time she was diagnosed, doctors ton t the Simons few children with AIDS live beyoI 17 age 2, but she remains strong enough for thOace to plan for school. Meanwhile, fatigue and slhe den bouts of high fever sometimes force 1~ I~ father to mi~s work, adding to the family's finaaeet cial struggles because he doesn't have sick leNicl- or vacation time to cover absences, hid: "Families have a hard enough time to m~'iver a living, and when you go to the county and Way i for help, they say you're making too mtfiultt money," Doug Simon said. Some financial he I~ has been offered. The VeseliJaycees contribu~r $2,000 toward the Simons' expenses and orbed rc who have offered donations have been referf0eot to Lapensky at Most Holy Trinity. R -~ag < retirement fund, or special assistance fie'yesa. which are designed to help congregations pl#~ their response to future retirement needs,a,A Funds from dae 1990 collection went to 48 fOP PoUred religious e~ort of the National Conference of Catholic basic grants to women's religious congregatio~lr Bishops, the Leadership Conference of Women 138 basic grants to men's congregations and -~ ~j Religious and the Conference of Major Superi- special assistance grants - 20 to individtl~ ti~ Washington (CNS) - More than $25 nfillion ors of Men, runs the annual national collection, women's congregations and SLX to coUabora Was distributed to U.S. Catholic religious orders recently to help with retirement and health costs for their aging members. The funds came from the dfird annual col- lection of the Retirement Fund for Religious, held in most U.S. dioceses in December 1990. k 2905 Kavanaugh /~ uua Ro k /I/ In Atlanta -- 666-9751 /1/ j/ Archdiocese ordains /// first married priest By Rita Melnemey JOE England, AR Atlanta (CNS) - Pope John Paul 1I has ap- proved ordination to the Catholic priesthood of a married former Episcopal priest. ' Archbishop James P. Lyke of Adanta or- dained the 52-year-old Thad Rudd to the tran- sitional diaconate along with another transi- tional deacon and 14 permanent deacons. When he is ordained to the priesthood, Rudd will be the Archdiocese of Aflanta's first married priest. Rudd, former rector of the Episcopal Church of Our Savior in Atlanta, was received into the Catholic Church in 1989 along with his wife of 30 years, Sherri, and two daughters, Allister Richey and Kendyl Rudd. The Rudds also have a son, Thad Jr., and two grandchildren. He was required to take an eight-hour essay- type test on eight different Church subjects and then to be questioned on his written exam by a group of theologians and Church experts from around the country. He passed all eight sub- jects with distinction in moral theology, ethical theology and canon law. which is to take place for ten years beginning in 1988. In all, the retirement office has distributed $74.6 million, either through basic grant.s, which must be used exclusively for the support of currently retired religious or for deposit to their projects of several religious orders. The basic grants averaged approximat~uc~t Rudd's ordination is permitted through a pastoral provision in effect since 1980 in the U~S. when the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith made the decision to admit former Episcopal clergymen, some married, to the Catholic priesthood. There are now 50 married former Episcopal priests funcuoning as Catholic priests in the U. Catholic philanthropist , r. helps establish society Columbus, OH (CNS) - An Ohio Catholic philanthropist has provided funds to establish a new National Society of Catholic Fomldafions to assist U.S. dioceses in setting up fotmdations or sustaining already existing ones. Robert H. Morosky, who provided leader- ship and some of the funding to begin the Foundation of the Catholic Diocese of Colum- bus in 1985, agreed to fund the national orga- nization for an unspecified start-up period, ac- cording to Kathy Spencer, executive director of both the Colmnbus foundation and the national group. Morosky will serve as chair of the society, which will have its headquarters in Columbus. According to Spencer, the national society $355 for each member of the congregation ovt the age of 50. The special assistance grants tributed in May totaled $384,000. I will serve as a clearinghouse and library for~ ~: more tha~200 foundations currently nm : Catholic ' eses or archdioce~s. In addifiof it will encourage the establishment of fotm~ ~!~ tions in dioceses where they do not exist.-- i~': society will publish a newsletter and other inf~ 2~ marion about how foundations serve,h~t Church. ! "I have been working on a national txtsis fq five years, encouraging the establishment foundations in each diocese to raise funds fc spedal needs," Morosky said in a statemenL "Although their funding requirements ~ according to the diocese they serve, the nee~ / of Catholic foundations are basically the sana~lst The foundations support the operations #rc.] parochial schools, the retirement and beneOt fl funds for religious personnel, as well as help'~bill the homeless and other Church and social i l sues that lack suffident financial support." Catholic Stewardship Council, Spencer said. .... Wh She sam the new orgamzauon will not dufl(-]h cate the work of Foundations and Donors Inter', ested in Catholic Activities. Based in Washin!~1 ton, FADICA is made up of 36 prbrately elre'~, dowed foundations and four individuals. ~)~t