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Q 12 --THE GUARDIAN OCTOBER 27, 1961 NorthCifed In New Race Plea to U.S. Chicago, (1) w The National Catholic Conference for Inter- racial Justice has called on President Kennedy to issue an executive order banning racial disci'imination in all housing aided by Federal funds or regulation. "Racial and ethnic restric- tions in housing are a problem " ^--'e " the confer ot national scuv , ence said in a statement sign- ed by its president, Dr. John J. O'Connor of Washington, D.C. The conference said housing segregation "especially in the North, may be more severe a problem than school segrega- tion by law. Federal action is esaential to begin overcoming this problem." O'Connor added that the Fed- eral government is involved in the housing market to such an extent that its policy, or lack of it, would help either segrega- tion or integration. The gov- ernment is not neutral, it im- plied. Residential restrictions are so closely bound up with the eco- nomic practices of the housing industry, that Federal regula- tory and housing agencms whose activities influence the housing market "must play a constructive rote in eliminating discrimination," it said. Campbell, Mallory Colvert & Hornor INSURANCE OF ALL KINDS Aetna Floor Wallace Bldg. Little Rock, Arkansas Phone FR 4-0225 BELL Butane Gas Co. COMPLETE SERVICE 1014 Van Ronkle CONWAY Phone FA 9-3163 TERMITES!! $51000 GUARANTYBoND 25 years serving Arkansas Pest Control Service All Over Arkansas P. O. BOX 2597 LITTLE ROCK, ARK. Phone FRanklin 4-6469 I Serving Arkansas In the Clergy The Rt. Rev. Michael Lens. ing, O.S.B., fourth abbot of New Subiaco Abbey, heads the larg- est group of men religious working in the diocese of Little Rock. He is superior of the 120 monks of Subiaco who operate Subiaco Academy, conduct their own seminary, and serve in the dioceses of Little Rock and Dal- las-Fort Worth. In Arkansas, 19 parishes, missions, and chap- laincies are" cared for by the monks of the Abbey under the direction of the Bishop Albert L Fletcher. Abbot Michael, a native of Scranton, was born on January 11, 1916. Re made his minor seminary studies at Subiaeo and entered the novitiate in 1933. On September 16, 1934, he made his religious vows, and on June 3, 1939, was ordained to the priesthood by the late Bishop John B. Morris at St. Andrew's Cathedral in Little Rock. As a young priest he founded the Abbey's publication, "The Abbey Message,', and served as its editor for 17 years. From Volcanic Island Evacuees Hear Mass in Church Cape Town, South Africa, (E) --For most of the 24 Catholics among the islanders rescued from the volcano-threatened is- land of Tristan da Cunha, the Mass they attended on arriving here was the first they had seen in a church. They were among 270 people forced to abandon their rocky island home midway between South America and South Afri- ca when an "extinct" volcano began erupting. The Dutch liner Tjidadane removed the entire population from the island, a British possession. Most of the islanders had never seen a two-story house, a telephone, a bus or a train. The island, which is in the Archdiocese of Cape Town, has no resident priest. Father A. Freeman, C.SS.R., of Cape Town was the last priest to visit the island. He went there 18 months ago to minister to the handful of Catholics. When the Dutch liner arrived here with the islanders, he was on hand to meet them. The Faith of the Catholic is- landers has been kept alive by Mrs. Agnes Rogers, 81. She was awarded the Bene Merenti medal in 1958 for her tireless efforts in carrying out religious instructions, baptisms, and vis- its to the sick and dying. She kept a room in her cot- tage as a chapel and the Cath- olics met there every Sunday to say the prayers of the Mass without a priest. The island's Catholics form two family groups: the children and grandchildren of Mrs. Rog- ers, and those of Mr. and Mrs. Glass, descendants of Corporal Thomas Glass, the men who started the settlement of Tris- tan da Cunha in 1816. The arrival of the refugees was the end of a 144-year-old struggle for existence on the island. Twice before they were threatened with disaster but re- 1943 until 1954 he was master fused to leave. In 1853 a plague of novices and head of the Ab- of rats destroyed all their crops bey seminary, and threatened them with star- He has at various times served as a sponsor of youth groups and has held office in other Catholic organizations, especially the Catholic Union of Arkansas He is prominent in civic and rural programs for the local area and state. He was instrumental in establishment of the Logan County Farmers' Cooperative and the Subiaco Federal Credit Union. In addition he has given many retreats and some mis- sions in the diocese and has worked to develop the lay re- treat movement at Subiaco. In furtherance of this work he is now head of the Abbey's build- ing committee which is super- vising the erection of a retreat house at Subiaco. Upon the death of Abbot Paul M. Nahlen in 1957, the monks of Subiaco elected .him as their new abbot on Septem- ber 23, 1957, and he received the abbatial blessing from Bish- op Fletcher on November 29 of that year. Since his election he has witnessed the completion and consecration of the beauti- ful St. Benedict's Church at Su- biaco. Moreover just last De- cember he blessed a newly corn- FIRST STATE BANK "THE FRIENDLY BANK" Member F.D.I.C. Conway Phone FA 9-5656 Arkansas RELAX & PLAY CONWAY BOWL 12 AMF Bowling Lanes Snack Bar Air Condition FREE Instructions FREE Nursery Ample Parking vation, and in 1906 their sheep, pigs and cattle weie wiped out by disease. But the volcanic eruption was something they couldn't fight. Because almost all the 24 Catholic islanders wished to go to confession after 18 months without seeing a priest the spe- cial Mass for them was delayed an hour. All but the smallest children received Communion. Father Freeman said t he Mass. Msgr. John P. Galvin, Vicar General of Cape Town, knelt with the islanders read- ing the prayers with them and explaining the Mass. In a short sermon, he wel- comed them and emphasized the love and plan which God had for them. He stressed that if their love for Him were pleted wing of the abbey's main building. Abbot Michael has led the monastic chapter in drawing up a master plan for Subiaco's de- velopment. The retreat house under construction is just one step, as planning continues for future additions of dormitories and classrooms for students, an auditorium and a gymnasium, a service building and contin- ued renovation of the present building. Abbot Michael also has work- ed toward broadening the edu- cational and spiritual training of his monks by sending them to various universities for grad-- uate and special training. This year, for example four abbey priests and one seminarian are at five different schools in the United States and Rome con- tinuing their studies, tie regu- larly sends about a dozen off for summer work in special fields. His leadership has continued to stimulate an increase in vo- cations at Subiaco as the semi- nary department and the Broth- erhood have both continued to grow in recent years. PRESENTS FLAG PLEDGE TO PRESIDENT- A copy of the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was to President Kennedy by Luke E. Hart, Supreme Kni the Knights of Columbus, at the White House. The also contained an explanation of how the words were added to the pledge. The President was also invite( address the meeting of the K of C Supreme Council August. (NC Photo) strong they would be able to overcome their present trials in being uprooted from their 'homes and would be able to make a new and happy life for the future. Mrs. Rogers, describing after- wards the events which led to their evacuation, said that when the first earth tremors started six weeks ago "the noise and rambling was terrible, cracks appeared in some of the houses and some of them started collapse." Cyril Rogers, her eldest said that in recent had deputized for his who used to read the of the Mass every Sunday her sight began to fail. The entire Tristan da Cg community was sailing England on October 20. were afoot to settle there: a Scottish island. ORDER NOW! .... 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