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PAGE 8 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC SEPTEMBER "Friars," from page I drew J. McDonald in June, to discuss the missionary proposal and to work out the details of appointing what might appear to be a larger than usual num- ber of priests living in such a small parish. Actually, only one of the four, Rev. Rev. Hartke, has responsibility for the churches --- the other three are assigned as "evangelizers," with a "ter- ritory" covering all of southern Arkan- gas. "We, as a province, were looking for something different," Rev. Brummer A native of Cleveland, Rev. Brummer entered the no- vitiate in 1951 and has spent most of his life in the South, work- ing with the His- panic commu- nity. During the year before com- ing to Arkansas, he was assigned to the renewal Rev. Brurnmer center in the said, adding that the St. Louis Province Diocese of Victoria,TX. investigated a number of areas in the Rev. Hartke arrived in Arkansas July U.S. before deciding to send two priests 5, from a 107-year-old parish near his to a special apostolate in East Tennes- native Hum- see and four to Arkansas. phrey, NE. He 1 1 With more than a quarter century of entered the 1 Ill lth Mexican Americans in Franciscan novi- / "'at " ""'" a " u e m iva't, na : was ordained We're here to assure them into the priest- that God loves them, and hood in 1951. He has served that there is a Catholic parishes in Ne- Church in Arkansas. braska, Indiana, 1 PJll Louisiana, Iowa, 1 1 southern Texas, Rev. Brummer says he Illinois, and Rev. Hartke Rev. Rickels attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, graduating in 1971 with a bachelor of arts degree in English literature. He embraced the Catholic faith while serving as a teacher in Korea. After his return to the U.S. in 1974, he entered the Franciscan seminary, Our Rev. Rickels Lady of the An- gels, in Quincy, IL. Rev. Mundwiller said the missionary program is still in its formative stages, since this is a unique effort for the Franciscans in the South. "We will study the needs of the Hispanics, both those who are migratory and those who have taken up permanent residence among us. We will work closely with the Afro- Americans in southeast Arkansas, as they labor in the agriculture industry--- rice, cotton, soybean farms, which are the foundation for the economy in this part of the state." He said that another who come in the name of the gentle,] 1 Ist. Francis." These sentiments swif!][I around in my heart and in my t as I announce the cumin of addP[ ] ou aUkan '/I 1 tional evangelizers to s l[ A few years ago, three Vincenti ll Driests accepted pastoral respon#r]] : . . . ! lty for sLx counttes in south Arkarll [ -- to nurture the faith and to eCgrl[ gelize the unchurched. I1 In those same years, five Daugh ll of Charity have accepted assignme ]t in south Arkansas. Three of them d![[ pre-evangelization among the clal ]l dren, particularly helping theW t/[ develop reading skills. The other are m" the process of opening a heslt , lt clinic to serve the needs of the sl:!I For many years, Glenmary pries,,[[ have pastured and evangelized south Arkansas. t Our diocesan priests nurture I evangelize in Lake Village, E1 Dor#10'11 Camden and Texarkana to me#i#I just a few. ii is familiar with the "unique way of ap- Minnesota. "As goal of the mission is to form core Now come the Franciscan p-riars/[ [ proaching life and religion" which he can be seen, my whole priestly life has groups to assist in bringing the un- to help with evangelization in soa t, foster care program. Our foster fatnililes are : C-en erous, caring and loving Trained by our agercy Reimbursed for expenses LNe h* Lov tak caro d ne#a babies ~.~ The average leng~ of stay ~ an infant with a foster family is 2 - 4 weeks. At least one Went must remain home while a baby is in their care. Fall training is scheduled b begin OcL 2, 1990. ! For more Information, contact: lntle HaMs, Supervisor of Adoption Services Dio m of Uttle Rock, P O Box 723S UtlbRock, AR72217 Ttl. 664-0340, exL 347 I I says is common in the Hispanic com- been in parishes," Rev. Hartke said. "In churched and lapsed Catholics back toem Arkansas .... = munity. "We haven't encountered the each parish we had a grammar schoolchurch. Other plans may include a Our [}ravers of nraise and th all [[ huge mass of Hispanics we discovered and sometimes als0 a high school," Spanish-language newsletter and distri- giving, rise up to the Lord tor ! in south Texas," Rev. Brummer said. Rev. Mundwiller, who entered his bution of communion to Hispanicswho rich blessing of so many labore ,e] "They are here, but it's going to take novitiate in 1974, our diocese. In all parts of the time and effort to find them." is a native of cannot attend their parish church. "These are ideas and possibilities," .. . I cese, to all peddle hwng m every = _ v I1 i~ii Missouri. Since Rev. Mundwiller said. "Sometimes of the state of Arkansas, I asky gll0~l _ _- ...... _. _, _ _. [ his ordination inevangelization calls for a great many join me in welcoming these I |l lenvenlgo$! II 1981 he has things. We're here to assure them that praying for them and their effOtff: [ I ....... II served parishes God loves them, and that tt ,ere is a Your friend, i[ [ i uy enveni00s a ms II in Iowa, Illinois Catholic Church in Arkansas. He said [padres Franciscanos al[I and San Ante- he has already discovered that Hispanics [ !1 e taao aid. He comes in southeast Arkansas experience Bishop of Litfle Rock [ HiHrr r 1| to Arkansas from "confusion about all the churches they [ II position as encounter, churches that want them." uested that this donation be gii [ [ pastor at the I ;m';rt:;t"'i II "-Mundwil,er church in BayworkRev'closelyMUndwillerwith the ownersSaid heofhopeSthe larger qirecfly to the Franciscan misSt '[ farms on which Hispanic and Afro- effort. City, TX. American workers often live. "We re Rev. Hartke said he intends to re i i not here to cause difficulty or to prevent the existing Mass schedule for the people from working," he said, adding churches, which have been serVe #tl that the Hispanic and Afro-American more than three years by a per #e it[ r d p'! populations in the area have unique deacon He wants to deenen "" a, !:: iiii ister. They bring a lot of personal gifts black community and to nurtureI needsto which the church must min- lationship between the parish ata P' I lS motodod.., and love of community, and a w lling- in all three churches. Before i t #l flea, Rev. Hartke said, there were # i[ iiiiiii care families fu infants a ait- hess to live in a foreign culture, than 40 black families atterld ,[ iiiiiii ir~ adoption are needed by Ca~h01ic Social Rev. Hartke said he looks forward toseparate Catholic church in Mc~[ ii!::i!ii Services. the Hispanic ministry in ,his parish, iii!il We are a stata licensed child placement and citing the Spanish culture s emphasis Now, with only one church in that only a few blacks attend church, ton anyfamilYparishvalUeScommunity, as an important "boost" All four priests are housed To assist the missionaries in theirformer convent building, locate [ effort, Arkansas Catholic donated hind the rectory. : $923.18 last week. This money was "We Franciscans, like St. Franci ,[ raised by newspaper personnel and the marks of Jesus in our bodieS, i: volunteers by presenting the film Hartke said. "Those wounds rt ti : gomero and represents half of the to- us that the love of Jesus knO tal collection. The other half was do- bounds We, the Franciscans, likeJ [ i hated to the Arkansas Peace Center. come to deepen in the hearts of #I Rev. Scott Friend, Director of the Di- encounter love, mercy, comp il ocesan Ministry with Hispanic.s, re- reconciliation."