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PAGE 13 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC AUGUST 19, 1990 ArChbishop Stafford tells Peter Claver assembly: tion, not issue Denver (CNS) - Denver Archbishop J. Francis Stafford told the 75th annual COnvention of the Knights of Peter Claver and its Ladies Auxiliary that abortion is the greatest human rights issue. "Slavery is not the great human fights issue of today," Stafford told 3,000 members of the black Catholic frater- nal associations meeting in Denver Aug. 3-9. "Abortion is." d He said, "No one has the right to ecide what qualities one must have or Under what conditions one must be conceived in order to merit the right to life. It is enough to be a human being any human being - to merit it." Stafford said that defending all hu- naan life is "the authentic tradition of S4t" Peter Claver," the patron of the 0,000-member organization. in The Knights were founded in 1909 Mobile, AL, after blacks were refused ernbership in the Knights of Colum- US. "We are trying to deal with the ev- eryday problems that affect people," Uch as abortion, drug abuse, AIDS, high school dropouts and single-parent families, said Supreme Knight Paul Condoll of New Orleans. At the same time, the Knights of Peter Claver fuel the Church with vo- cations. "Many of the 13 black bishops came up in the Knights and still maintain their membership," said Condoll, a third-generation member. "My father and grandfather were members, and I have a 21-year-old son who is a member," he said. Dorothy Henderson, Supreme Lady of the Ladies Auxiliary, founded in 1926, said that family is key for the Knights and Ladies, passing values from generation to generation. Boys and girls ages 7-17 are encour- aged to join the Junior Knights and the Junior Daughters. "We are a family organization," she said. "The Knights of Peter Claver ab- solutely is a part of our children's Catholic upbringing. Basically, it is a tradition in the South for offspring to become members." The twin organizations, which count Je, c,nee Ba, ca/Oenver Catholl [~IM~r/CNS Supreme Lady of the Ladles Auxil- law, Dorothy Henderson, and Su- preme Knight of the Knights of Pe- ter Claver, Paul Condoll. 150,000 families as members, are stron- gest in Alabama, Louisiana and Texas. About 15 years ago, Henderson said, a membership drive outside the South was begun. All children in the black community come under the organizations' protec- tive umbrella. "We spend so much energy and money on Catholic education, but the vast majority of Catholic children of any race are in public schools," Henderson said. "Soaring High" is a tutoring program to help students who fall behind in public school. And it" is minority chil- dren who fall behind the quickest, ac- cording to Henderson. A "Child Watch" project has the Knights and Ladies team up with other organizations to find havens for chil- dren before and after school hours. Knights volunteers are working with the Oblate Sisters of Providence, a Bal- timore-based religious order of black women, to help babies infected with AIDS. In other areas, the Knights are pro- ducing an educational television pro- gram on drugs, help pay for broadcasts of Pope John Paul II's visits around the world, and are sponsoring a U.S. gov- ernment Housing and Urban Develop- ment project for the elderly and handicapped in Tunica, MS. "The people were living in quonset huts," Condoll said. "We do not have a color line for these homes. Everyone is welcome." Condoll said that in 1992, "our thrust will be to work with the Divine Word Fathers' seminary in Nigeria to bring men to the U.S. for the sole purpose of ministering to our communities here. Africa is where the Church is really alive and doing well." I TAhanks for reading rkansas Catholic I Dennis Kellar, M.S. of New Life Counseling Services great cup of coffee . . choose any of our gourmet coffee flavors the large selection. THE BIG APPLE De/t & Gourmet Coffee House . Green Mountain Plaza, Little Rock 228-9900 Mon.- SaL I0 tll 6 C~,._, Wt ao~ept all mat}or ~dR ~s. ~re~ Szw-~kt, Chrla the Kin~ Parish CUSTOM DPRINTING offering Chrtstlan Counseltng for D PRESSION - .ad XIETY Member of Christ the King Parish Licensed by AR Board of Examiners in Psycholo~. Member Assoc. of Christian Therapists. Over 20 yrs. cxpcricncc. 13 in private practlcc 1501 N. University - Suite 910 Little Rock, 72207 (501) 664-3010 f Complete Travel Arrangements BOB PETERS, CTC 0 business or pleasure Owner / Manager major credit cards 0 accepted ETID$ TI AVEL 224.8442 or toll free, 1.800-441-8687 9107 Rodney Parham Rd., Suite 5 Little Rock J ou're assured when you're insured. Risk Managers - Insurance 1501 N. Pierce in the Hillside Building, LR 664 - 0204 Howard Hardin Larry Wilson LAMPS LAMPSHADES 5608 R Street Uttle Rock, AR 72207 501/666-2628 Pete Zakrzewski REPAIRS Fran Yaniger L.