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?a e g August 22 ! .%98 APd(ANSAS CATHOLIC Helping Har:ci 100 years later, teacher brings SisteE - helping get children of Cluny back ready for school Helping Itand of Greater Little Rock is accepting new or usable school supplies for its annual Food for the Mind drive. By Malea Waiters Sister Maria lJebeck, DC, commu- EDITOR nity outreach coordinator, said she has contacted area churches and schools Sister Mary Glynn is restoring the pres- about donating supplies. She said she ence of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny wants to encourage anyone to help un- m Arkansas with her appointment as as- derprivileged school-aged children get sociate director of religious education and needed supplies. Christian initiation. Among those items requested are Eight sisters from the French order pens, pencils, binders, book bags,established a presence in the United States lunch boxes, glue and scissors. Sister in 1879 with their ministry in Conway and Maria said she hopes other children Morrilton. For 20 years the sisters were will get involved by buying additional credited with opening the schools and items when they are shopping for trying to minister to blacks in the segre- themselves or donating supplies they gated South. In Morrilton they built a don't have a need for anymore, three-story building, which was used as a Through a grant Helping Hand was convent, school and chapel The chapel able to buy a large number of sup-was the only worship space the parish had plies from Target at a wholesale cost, until 1892. The building was destroyed Sister Maria said. by fire in 1956. Helping Handisthe largestnon-profit The order did not work in the United eolmenkal food pantry in the state. They States from 1900 to 1947. prmide emergency food and clothing to When Sister Mary made her profession $,000 tO 4000 people a month, in 1961, the native of Galway, Ireland, said School ml lieswill heeoUected and she wanted to be a missionary in India or dim, ibuted to clienls of the Helping Africa. "I thought they would be the most hand throughout the year. Donations missionary of the missionary countries," will be accepted at Helping Hand at she said. lfi01 Street from 9 am. to 1 Instead, her order sent her Ontario, p.m. Monday through Thursday. For Canada. There, she was a teacher, princi- more information, call Sister Mariaat pal and area superintendent in Hamilton, (501) Ontario. In 1979 she was transferred to New associate director to lead Christian initiation process in Diocese of Little Rock Who is this newly ordained man ? Father Erik T. Pohlmeier is our newest diocesan priest and if you weren't able to attend his recent ordination at Subiaco, here is your chance to witness this special occasion! It was the first ordination at the Abbey Church of St. Benedict in years. Certainly this is one of the most beautiful churches in the diocese. You must see it! Now available for a limited time, you can experience a young man's commitment to service in the Church by ordering a video tape copy* of the ceremony. It's the Perfect gift for someone you know who may be considering a vocation to the priest- hood or the religious life. To order send $20 by Friday, Sept. 4, 1998 to: Catholic Diocese of Little Rock Department of Com at om P.O. Box 7417 Little Rock, AR 72217-7417 *Allow time for delivery. Tape is in VHS format. Program length is 120 minutes makes DerDetua! vows in jonesboro- Sister Mary Glynn Wilmington, Calif., to be a teacher and later director of religious education for Sts. Peter and Paul Parish. "I came to realize there was a great need for what I was doing," she said. "Mission is everywhere." Recalling her earlier goal to "Go and teach all nations," Sister Mary said she realized she was accomplishing that in Canada and California. Her students in Ontario were descendents of Italians, Ger- mans and Lithuanians who fled Europe after World War lI. In California many of her students were Hispanic and Asian. From 1987 to 1995 Sister Mary, 61, was the provincial of the United States and Canada for her order. She was based in Newport, R.I. The 50 sisters in North America also live in California, West Vir- ginia and Ontario. See Sister Mary page 12 Bishop McDonald attends the ceremony where Sister Therese Johnson, OSB; makes her perpetual vows. JONESBORO -- Sister Mary Therese Johnson, OSB, celebrated her perpetual monastic profession Aug. 6 at Holy An" gels Convent in Jonesboro. Family members from California and Missouri and friends from Arkansas at- tended the Mass celebrated by Bishop AndrewJ. McDonald. During Mass Sister Therese read her hand-written statement of her Benedictine monastic vows, pro ising obedience, poverty, celibate chaS" tity, conversion of life and stability for the remainder of her life. A native of Oceanside, Calif., she catne to Holy Angels Convent in August 1992. Following acceptance into formation, sla spent eight months as a postulant, 1 months as a novice and four years as a sister in temporary vows. Sister Therese said it was her mother; grandmother, children, priests, sisters an. o laity that nurtured her vocation to rele gious life. Benedictine monks and her of pastor helped her take the final step faith. " .. Sister Therese taught high school rel gious education at St. Anthony GhUrc in Weiner and attended Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She also has sisted in the convent business office for the past four years. 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