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....._. LXXX, NO. Z8 DIOCESE OF LITTLE ROCK, AR JULY 28, 1991 will remember who helped the and hungry By Fabvienen Taylor iJ k on, MS (CNS)- Years before he learns I ~read, 20-month-old David Devenney is receiv- ' "g Scores of letters from people he doesn't toW. It The letters are part of an attempt to help ._ ~vid remember his father, 33-year-old Matt in/tVermey, executive director of the Commu- ntetY Stewpot in Jackson, who died recently at C hand of a homeless man. ~ More than 500 people attended Devenney's a~. een~l at St. The" res'e Church, where the t:. neys were parishioners. many people were asking what they could ,~ to help," said Kathy Devenney, Matt's 31- as~'f~'old widow. ~.At a friend's suggcs~on, ~I asked people to ~t~ .~ down for David what they thought about "b',~ father or how they knew Matt," she said in "d interview with Missi~ppi Today, newspaper a :the Jackson Dioc6se. tud ~I am praying for you and your whole fam- 2,aO," Wrote Bonnie J. Brandey, once homeless. lgn~att was a nice man The3, will never very,, very arl t another man like tfirn ..." John D. Smith, a 37-year-old homeless man often ate at the Community Stewpot, was arged in Devenney's death. According to Reproductive Health: The blessings of adoption By Melinda Huddleston Last/n a threepart ser/es. "Adoption is changing." Those are the first words that come to mind when social worker An e Har- ris describes the services her office provides for birth mothers and adoptive families. "A lot of people have misunder- standings about adoption. They have images of or- phanages, and there are no or- Melinda phanages," Harris Huddleston said in an interview at Adoption Services Inc., a division of Catholic Social Services. Clearing up misunderstandings is a big pan of Hart-is'job. She had come into her office early on a recent Friday morning, to talk about adoption. Submitted by Barbara J. Toww~ L to R: Bishop Andrew J. McDonald, Dan Kees (Building Committee), Rev. Joseph Pallo (pastor), Rev. (Capt.) Thomas Kelly (Chaplain, Eaker Air Force Base) and Robed Orton (contractor) recently broke ground for the new church for Immaculate Conception parish in Blytheville. Myths of adoption One of the reasons she is so concerned about the "myths" of adoption is that those misunderstandings can lead women to choose abortions instead of adoption or decide to parent a child they are ill-pro pared to raise. I , %. ~ N ]] N N Today's adoptions are far more open than those of the past, Harris said. Adop- i fion Selvices is licensed by the state to handle i confidential adoptions in which the birth By Sr. Pierre Vorster, OSB " San Antonio, TX, and served her totem- , ship at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Cen- parents and adoptive parents nmnes re- Fort Smith - Sr. Adelma Pabst, born in ter, Little Rock, for certification as a Medi- main unknown to each other. But the birth Plea.mntGreen, MO, is the daughter ofthe cal Technologist. She is member of the I mother does have the chance to help choose I lateAlc~slusandWtlhehninaTwenterPabsL American Society of Oinical Pathologists. See "Adoption," page 11 She was a member of St. Joseph Parish, After 40 years Pabst chose a less strenu- p Clifton City, MO, at- ous career. She attended tended elementary ~ ~ the f~t National Certi- ' school in Pleasant ~ ~ fled Chaplaincy Pro- I i Green, MO, now an- gram in Arkansas, Pas- ] nexed to Pilot Grove. ~ ~ total Care ,Department I She entered St. SCh~ ~) :~i~ at Children s Hospital in i lastica Novitiate in Fort ~l[~J --51)~!~ Little Rock. She became ] Smith in 1938, attended ~~ ~ a member of the Na-] I ~ the acadetny there and ~j ~ tional Association of] made monastic profes- ~ Cathofic Chaplains. / hoIdiM' * = 'ra y/CNsng hisson sion June 24, 1941. Presently, she is com-t After profession, Pabst missioned to serve as I ^ Oovonnoy began her 40-year career ~ Chaplain at Conway / ! Vid. _ e chest as a Medical Tec_hnolo- ?Sj County Hostiltal in Mot- t the soup kitchen director told him to leave sponsored hospitals: St. ~ ~ Music is one of the ] he was c ymg a weapon Joseph, MO; / n she uses for 1 L.. .rleCmmunityStewl is a collection of St.Hildegard, Oarkwille; - Adol a Patna relaxadon'Alsofinter'/l= ,. o_lU z II ~2tries which feed,dotheandhusethe St.Mary's, Dennott;St.m " est to her is the Ixmldng ' = ~ I ! rneless in Jackson. It is supported by 55 con- Anthony's, Morr ton; and Crawford County of diverse artistic creative ardde~ Her ~ations and 500 volunteers, t~ ithl)evtk=enn_ey came tojackson in1985 to work Hospital, VanBuren. Christmastreemamentsareasught'f'l ] .~. ~ = i .the poor through Volunteer Opportuni- In addition to her work in the labora- ter item at the annual monastery bazaar I I 0 I tory, she also worked in the X-ray Depart- and in the hospital gift shop. [ I _ u I ,:'~ C=uniw xp ce' Pn red bY ' nt Jhn mueSpa MO, Rt t / I !of Jackson He met Kathv, also a ~ ] dl .teer, and began volunteering at e Coin- nologist and a member of the American Pabst of Lyndon, KS, and Dolores Pabst [ Society of Radiological Technologists. Stoecklein of Cats], MO, are am g I tyS L'~_ tewpot, where he became assistant ell- She studied at Incarnate Word College, her and sisters. 1 in 1986 and executive director in 1990.