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IL 21, 1991 PAGE 13 laskan forgiveness St. Mary% Alat~ (CNS) - Two bishops of I ditlaska, at the first gathering of the state's Catho- c native peoples, asked forgiveness for the Ld a~urch's failure to respond adequately to their )tic eeds. abo Bishop Michael H. m denny of Juneau, in a I~.Olumn published in t prg'he Inside Passage, undeWspaper of the Dio- ese of Juneau, wrote an bout his experiences at red five-day statewide C, ua'ekakwitha Conference ;t cl~eld in St. Mary's, a Yu- agefik village located on the trtdreafsl9, Rb,'er in west- ;s t~ Alaska. eyoI Theme of the confer- thOace was "One Voice in Kermy said that workshops at the conference focused on topics including personal spiritual- ity and prayer, alcoholism prevention and reha- bilitation, catechetics, fiturgy, native story telling and bridging two cultures. He said entertainment at the event included a "St. Ma.,y's band singing country western songs with distinctive Yu-pik accent." Served, he said, was a wide assortment of native Alaskan food, including swan soup. Keynote speakers inchlded an Athabascan Indian from Nulato and an Eskimo couple from Kotlik. The bishop wrote that an Eskimo deacon and an Aleut lay woman conducted Communion .services. Kenny said he left the conference aware of "the need for us as a Church to reach out to those natives who have L.S.U*ller/Ins~e Passage/CNS felt alienated from the Church as well as those d sthe Spirit." Josephine and Simon Harpakwho have never had a ~e lq Kenny said that at the fm~eeting he and Bish particpate in Alaska's first Church experience." : le~ichael j. Kaniecki oPf Tekakwitha conference. His trip to St. Mary's, rairbanks had "asked for- the bishop said, was his m~iveness for ourselves and our Church for the ad ~ay in which the Church had disparaged native mu'tltlture and language." 1 he In addition, he said, they sought forgiveness burr the 'M, ays in wllich we ourselves had failed )tho respond adequately to the needs of native [err~eople.- Kenm" V,Tote in his coinllm that the follow- ""-~g day '"a young Aleut told me with tears in Iris an~"Yes that he had been waimlg for years to hear plhe Cintrch apologize for some of its treatment s: ~f Alaska's original Peoples." Dennis Kellar, M.S. of New Life Counseling Services ) 4~ , ,; rchbishop idtl~ first to westem Alaska. "From the window of the plane I stared at what seemed endless stretches of sdU snow-cov- ered ttmdra. The only variations in the white expanse were occasional promontories and the winding course of the frozen Yukon," he wrote. "As I stepped form die plane and onto St. Mary's gravel runway, my eyes searched the distrait horizons. Not a tree in sight. An awe- sonie stillness lay over the entire scape. A gende spring breeze carried the icy vestiges of the dying winter," wrote Kenny. Dimino -am' By Michael J. Healey .j Washington (CNS) - The U.S. military ta~uccess in the Persian Gulf has brought in s & its wake "a grave danger .... a grave temptation that the best way, in- deed the only way, to ~ttle interna- tional dispute is by armed conflict," Cardinal John J. O'Connor of New York wamed at the installation of the new head of the s fcArchbishop Archdiocese for at. Dimino the Military Ser- JOINT VENTURE REAL ESTA/E 565 - 5300 vices U.S.A. ec4. Archbishop Joseph T. Dimino, 68, was Pastoral team zes to Native Cherry Creek, SD (CNS)- The Cathoiic pastoral ministry team working on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation has written a letter to Native American parish- loners, apologizing for lack of respect to cultural tradition. The pastoral workers also held a Mass of recondliation at Cherry Creek for Native American members of three parishes on the reservation. The Mass was in response to the state of South Dakota's "call for its people to reach out to our Native American sisters and broth- ers in a reconciling manner," said Sr. Cheri K. Bain, a Presentation Sister of Blessed M y. The letter of apology, she said, "recog- nizes that we, coming from the dominant white society, have not always ministered in a way which truly respects the dignity and culture of the Lakota people, but that we are trying to change this." Bain, who has worked in Cherry Creek for three years, said the decision was made to celebrate the Mass in the southwest part of the reservation "because people in those places are the more traditional and full- blood Teton Iakota who are trying to inte- grate and bring alive their original cultural and religious ways." t]m'old Condon, a Na~'e American per- manent deacon, who suggested the idea and assisted Bain in preparing the apology and celebration, said die Mass was a moving experience. 'q'here was lots of emotion and to head Archdiocese for Military Ryan, who retired after heading the arch- diocese since its establishment in 1985. O'Connor, who retired as Navy chief of chaplains with the rank of admiral in 1979, was for four years an auxiliary bishop in the U.S. military ordinariate, as the military arch- diocese was called until 1985. Archbishop Agostino CacciaviUan, apos- tolic pro-nundo to the U.S., presided at the installation ceremony, Concelebrants in- cluded O'Connor, CatdinalJames A. I-rickey of Washington, Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilaqua of Philadephia, retired Arch- bishop Wdliam D. Borders of Baltimore, Archbishop William H. Keeler of Baltimore and Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick of Newark, NJ. O'Connor said Aldibishop Dimino's role serving the military archdiocese - which has more than 900 priests in the 13,4 countries where U.S. military personnel or federal Services women of the armed forces who made such sacrifices in the PeL'sian Gulf," he said. "We thank God for their families, who suffered loneliness awaimlg their return, praying that they would return. We are deeply grateful for the great gift given by those who died in the Persian Gulf. We are grateful that peace of a sort was restored with relative rapidity." But, he added, "we know that the blood of Iraqis and Jordanians and Israelis and all men and women all over the world is equally predous in the sight of almighty God. We never glory in seeing such blood spilled." The new archbishop #edged to all U.S. Catholic mothers and fathers "that while their sons and daughters serve in the armed forces of this country, every effort will be made to ensure that their faith is protected, nourished and supported." Archbishop Ryan also spoke after Com- munion, recalling duty as a U.S. Navy chap- am stalled as the second head of the militmy employees are stationed - an "awesome lain during World War II, "ser 4ng with the Ls earchdiocese during a Mass and ceremony t the Basilica of the National Shrine of the apostolate," particularly in the post-war sce- Marines in some of the most frightful and nario, horrible battles of the huth Pacific - Palau, pi mrnaculate Conception in Washington. "We thank God for those men and Iwo Jima and Okinawa. al i In his homily, O Connor raged Ameri- It was then, he said, that I came to see ' to resist fairing "into the quagmire of and learn of the horror and madness of ,ti0. lieving that because of our armed might' I came to see mad learn of the war on the one hand, and at the same time, o t e ~m bring peace out of the barrel of a on the other, the dignity and nobility of the o, Ua.. horror and madness of war on military profession in the cause oftlue peace id. W~FIe praised Dimino, a native New Yorker the one hand, and at thee based on justice." ufl~~ had been an attxiliary bishop for the nt~iittrch's military apostolate since 1983, as time, on the other, the dignity ai ! ing well-oualified to meet the awesome and nobility of the military pro- Thanksfor reading , elrespnsibili~y" of heading the archdiocese at a critical point in history and in the role fession in the cause of true peace [ARKANSAS CATHOLIC ~t the United States in the world." T based on justice." \ Fie al~ praised Archbishop Joseph . there were tears in many eyes. I'm glad we did it," said Condon. The letter of apology, dated May 4, noted that missionaries have worked on the Chey- enne River Indian Reselvation since 1927. % aen ministers first came to the reser- vation, they were somewhat ignorant about the ways of the I_akota people," the letter said. "We feel deeply sorry for any hurls we may have caused as a dlurc " ~]aey, and sometimes we as well, did not respect your heritage, culture, language, songs, dance, ceremonies and beliefs. To- day, we know that it is a beautiful way of life and understand that we must evangelize from ),our culture. We apologize, therefore, and we feel deeply sony for any hurts we may have caused as a church," it said. "Most of us were not here when some of these hurts occurred, but we know we now have a chance to change things according to the Gospel of the Lord. We are here on behalf of the Church to do just that," the letter said. It was signed by five Presentation Sisters, three Sacred Heart priests, one Sacred Heart brother and two Na~'e ~Mnerican deacons. oZer Christian Cotmselfng for DEPRESSION - Member of Christ the King Parish Llccnscd byAR Board of Examiners in Payehology. Member Assoc. of Christian Therapists. Over 20 yrs. experlence. 13 In private practice 1501 N. 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