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Called to Be Missionary

Proclaiming, serving and witnessing to God's reign of love, salvation and justice

Faith givesHope

In a town that time forgot, Catholics find hope in their faith and community


Founded by Father William Howard Bishop in 1939, this Catholic society of priests and brothers, along with numerous coworkers, establishes the Catholic Church in smalltown and rural America. Glenmary is the only religious community devoted exclusively to serving the spiritually and materially poor in the rural U.S. home missions. Today, supported entirely through freewill offerings, it staffs over 40 missions and ministries in Appalachia, the South and the Southwest. Glenmary missioners serve in areas where less than three percent of the population is Catholic, a significant percentage have no church affiliation and the poverty Father William rate is almost twice the national average. Glenmary is known for Howard Bishop deeply respecting the many cul- Glenmary Founder tures encountered in the home missions--Appalachian, Native American, African American and Latino among others. Its missionary activity includes building Catholic communities, fostering ecumenical cooperation, evangelizing the unchurched, social outreach and working for justice.

An Easter reminder



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This quarterly magazine has three goals: to educate Catholics about the U.S. home missions, to motivate young men to consider Glenmary priesthood or brotherhood, and to invite all Catholics to respond to their baptismal call to be missionary by partnering with Glenmary as financial contributors, prayer partners, professional coworkers and/or volunteers. Glenmary Challenge is sent to all donors, to U.S. diocesan clergy and to anyone who requests it. (To begin receiving issues, use the contact information below.) Publisher: Father Dan Dorsey Editor: Jean Bach Assistant Editor: Dale Hanson Art Director: Tricia Sarvak Staff Writers: Margaret Gabriel, Father John S. Rausch Planning-Review Board: Father Dominic Duggins, Father Gus Guppenberger, Brother Curt Kedley, Patrick McEntee, Sister Mary Jean Morris, OSF, Kathy O'Brien, Father John S. Rausch, Father Vic Subb

t had been quite a while since I attended a baptism, but on Easter Sunday, two small boys were baptized during the Mass I attended. Their mother entered the Church during the Easter Vigil--all involved agreed the length of the Vigil and the attention span of two little boys wouldn't have been a good match! Following their Easter Sunday baptisms, these two newest members of the Body of Christ marched up the main aisle with anointed, wet foreheads and smiles as wide as the Grand Canyon. As I watched them, I was overwhelmed by the thought that I had just witnessed the birth of two new creations whose lives are now dedicated to proclaiming the Good News! What a privilege and what a reminder of what all Catholics are expected to do in light of our own baptisms, a topic that Father John Rausch writes about in the page-15 feature story. Dexter Earl Pace entered the Church this Easter, too. In talking about his faith journey to the Church in the page-7 story, he says he believes "God puts things and people in your path to get your attention." Well, those two boys got my attention! So did the members of Sacred Heart Chapel, featured in this issue's cover story on page 9. They are an inspiration as they work, despite hardships, to ensure that the Reign of God is alive and well in their own lives and in Heavener, Okla. had the opportunity to know and work with Brother Tom Kelly, whose obituary is featured on page 14. He was one of the kindest, gentlest persons I have ever encountered. He embodied the graces he received at his own baptism and spent his life sharing those graces with others. Who knows? Perhaps one--or both--of the boys whose baptism I witnessed will one day take up where Brother Tom left off!

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abOuT THE COvER: Father Don Tranel helps Sacred Heart parishioner Juan Antonio create a new facade for the Heavener, Okla., mission's storefront.

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Faith Gives Hope

Mission members living in Heavener, Okla., find strength in their faith and the support of their faith community as they face daily hardships. That faith and support gives them hope for the future.


FEaTuRE Story

Called to be Missionary

Every Catholic, by virtue of baptism, is called to be a missionary. But what does that mean in areas served by Glenmary priests, brothers and coworkers?

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DEPaRTMEnTs & columNS

From the President / Father Dan Dorsey

Some final thoughts from Father Dan as he prepares to end his term as Glenmary's president.

Glenmary news & notes

New mission areas to open, adopt-a-missioner program, new Catholics, RCMS 2010 and Catholic data.

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Then & now

As the U.S. road system has improved, so has Glenmary's outreach in mission counties.


Brother Tom Kelly is remembered as faithful, genuine, congenial and a true gentleman.

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Partner in Mission

Father William Howard Bishop's niece reflects on her uncle, his work, and her support of Glenmary.

Final Words / from our readers

M.B. Mayfield's life and art continues to spark comments following Spring 2011 cover story.

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FROM THE PREsIDEnT / Father Dan Dorsey

Transitions and new beginnings

Reflecting on eight years as president; looking to new ministry as novice director


n all likelihood, by the time you read this column, Glenmary will have elected a new president and Executive Council, and my two consecutive terms (the most allowed by our Glenmary Constitution) as president of Glenmary will have come to an end. As I've reflected on my eight years as president, I believe the following are the three most significant areas that have impacted Glenmary: A Growing Vocation Program. In June 2003 Glenmary had four men in formation. Today we have 17. The highlight of my tenure as Glenmary president occurred on May 28, 2011, when Crispine Adongo, Brother Craig Digmann and Aaron Wessman took their Final Oath to Glenmary and our home mission apostolate. Later this summer, Crispine and Aaron will be ordained to the transitional diaconate. Brother Craig will soon be assigned to a mission by the new Executive Council. And I will soon become Glenmary's new novice director! A Renewed Vision for mission. After a Sunday Mass last February at St. Francis of Assisi in Logan, W.Va.--a mission we will return to the care of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston in June--a parishioner approached me and said he hated to see Glenmary leave, thanked me for Father Tom Charters' ministry and then said, "But you made a good decision to leave. Glenmary needs to be starting churches!" In one sentence this parishioner captured the essence of Glenmary's charism and its missionary vision that follows in the footsteps of the greatest missionary, St. Paul. For the past four years Glenmary's Mission Planning Committee, made up of Glenmary members and coworkers working closely with the Executive Council, has envisioned what our mission ministry will look like over the next five to 10 years and has created a corresponding mission plan. This summer we will implement the first phase of that plan when we open new missions and ministries in three counties in the Diocese of Knoxville, Tenn., areas where there has never been a Catholic Church presence. A Response to the Sexual Abuse Crisis. In June 2003 the impact and repercussions of the sexual abuse crisis within the Catholic Church were beGlenmary Challenge

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ing felt. As painful and heart-wrenching as this issue has been for me--and all Catholics--I feel it was also a call to conversion for Glenmary and an opportunity for hope and healing. As a result, Glenmary has responded to the call for more accountability and transparency in how to protect children, handle allegations of sexual abuse and reach out to victims by: Revisiting and Implementing Policies. Although Glenmary has had policies on sexual misconduct in place since 1988, the policies have been revised to reflect the current national standard for those who work with minors. Glenmary's Father Dan Dorsey "Policies for Maintaining Ethical [email protected] Ministry with Minors and Vulnerable Adults" were finalized and put into effect on Aug. 15, 2004. Creating a Review Board. The Glenmary Review Board examines any accusation of sexual misconduct with a minor by a Glenmary priest or brother. Its responsibilities include annually reviewing Glenmary's policies and procedures; annually reviewing the restricted living plan of any member removed from ministry; and making necessary suggestions to the Glenmary Executive Council. Facilitating Ongoing Member Education. Over the past eight years, Glenmarians have gathered as a whole and in smaller groups for ongoing education on maintaining ethical ministry with minors. Applying for and Receiving Accreditation. In December 2005 and again in March 2010, Glenmary received accreditation from Praesidium, a national leader in abuse risk management. Receiving accreditation means that Glenmary is in compliance with the highest national standards for protecting children. Today, Glenmary continues its commitment to conversion, working to maintain ethical ministry with minors and ensuring that no minor shall ever be put at risk. want to repeat one last time as Glenmary's president: Our mission efforts could not go forward and would not exist without you. On behalf of all Glenmarians, our coworkers and those we serve: thank you, thank you, thank you!

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East Tennessee to be home to three Glenmary missions

[tennessee] In the summer of 2011, Glenmary will open three new mission areas in the Diocese of Knoxville. New missions will be located in Grainger, Unicoi and Union counties. In 1992, Glenmary established a Catholic community in the diocese's Monroe County. The St. Joseph the Worker mission was returned to the Diocese of Knoxville in 2003. "We are very happy to be returning to work in the Diocese of Knoxville," says Father Dan Dorsey, Glenmary's president. Like Monroe County in 1992, there is no Catholic Church presence in the East Tennessee counties of Grainger, Unicoi and Union. "These counties lie in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains," Father Dan says. "There are many needs to be met in each county, and we hope that by using a team ministry approach, we'll be able to make progress in helping meet

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GRaInGER COunTy: Father Steve Pawelk, left, met with residents of Grainger County, Tenn., in late April. The meeting, at the local S and L Market, was held to discuss the possibility of a Catholic Church presence coming to the county, which could include a volunteer program.

those needs as we bring the gifts of the Church to these areas." The ministry plan calls for: · a bilingual pastoral coordinator and a coworker and/or Glenmary brother to establish a Catholic community and provide additional Catholic pres-

ence in Grainger County; · a Glenmary priest along with a coworker and/or brother to establish and staff a mission in Unicoi County; · a Glenmary priest and a coworker and/or Glenmary brother to establish a Catholic community in Union County.

Glenmary's new missions are located in the Appalachian region of East Tennessee, an area with high poverty rates, few Catholics and many without a church home.

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Three new mission areas to open this summer

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Assignments for these new missions will be announced in mid-June following the Glenmary General Chapter. The needs in all three counties are great. All have high unemployment rates, averaging 11 percent; approximately 18 percent of the population in each county live below the poverty level; and over 35 percent of the counties' populations don't graduate from high school. There are many nondenominational and evangelical churches in the counties, with few mainline religious congregations. According to local residents, there are some areas in each county where misconceptions about Catholicism are expressed as truth. "As with all Glenmary mission areas, there are many challenges our missioners and coworkers will face," Father Dan says. "But they will face them, in the words of our founder, Father Bishop, `as true ambassadors of Jesus Christ, true messengers and servants of God among God's people.'"

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Helping rebuild New Orleans

Volunteers from mission, adopting parish join forces

[arkansas] Brother Levis Kuwa (below, center), two members of St. Jude mission in Waldron, Ark., and members of the mission's adopting parish, St. Raphael in Oshkosh, Wis., traveled to New Orleans in February on a mission trip. While there, the pHoTo / CoUrTeSy ST. rApHAeL CHUrCH volunteers worked on homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina floodwaters. Brother Levis and the volunteers repaired drywall, painted, removed debris, installed tile floors and built and caulked soffits. The volunteer program is sponsored by Catholic Charities New Orleans. This is the second consecutive mission trip on which the parishes have joined forces.

For more information on adopting a glenmary mission or missioner, contact Allison Barrett at [email protected] or 513.881.7440.

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Father Tim Murphy, director of Camp Glenmary, and Heidi Stephens, a longtime volunteer at the Mississippi camp, attended the Fordham University Global outreach Alumni Gala on April 2. Both received plaques of appreciation from the university, noting Camp Glenmary's long history of welcoming students from the Global outreach program. Glenmary's novitiate program will be based at the Cincinnati Headquarters beginning July 1, 2011. Father Dan Dorsey will direct the program. Glenmary's Ackerman, Miss., mission, St. Mark, was returned to the care of the diocese of Jackson on May 22, 2011. Sister Mary Jean Morris, pastoral coordinator of St. Luke mission in Bruce, Miss., will retire in June 2011 after serving the mission for 10 years. The Bruce Chamber of Commerce recognized her contri- Sister Mary Jean, right, butions to the greater receives a plaque in community at a Febru- honor of her 10 years with Glenmary. ary meeting where she was named Citizen of the year. Sacred Heart Church in Waynesboro, Ga., a former Glenmary mission, celebrated its 50th anniversary on April 30, 2011. St. Matthew mission's pastoral coordinator, Sister Kate Regan, retired on April 1, 2011. Sister kate led the ripley, Miss., mission for 11 years. Sigi Bonilla, who served as the mission's multicultural worker, will assume leadership of the mission on a part-time basis. Glenmary priests, brothers, coworkers and students gathered at Mount St. Joseph retreat Center in Maple Mount, ky., April 5-7, 2011, for a theological reflection retreat on missiology led by divine Word Father roger Father Schroeder, left, and Father Wil Schroeder.


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bOOk OF THE ElECT: Dexter Earl Pace (left), a catechumen from St. Mark mission, prepares to sign the Book of the Elect, held by Mary Woodward, at the Rite of Election held on March 13, 2011, at the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle in Jackson, Miss. Dexter's sponsor, Jermaine Miller, is to his left. The Mass was celebrated by Bishop Joseph Latino (far right) of the Diocese of Jackson.


Glenmary missions welcome new Catholics at Easter

For many, their faith journeys began through simple invitations and open doors

[mississippi] Dexter Earl Pace received the sacraments of initiation on Easter Sunday at St. Mark mission in Ackerman, Miss. Dexter is among the tens of thousands around the country who entered the Catholic Church at Easter--and the 12 who entered at Glenmary missions. Sister Alies Thérèse, pastoral coordinator at St. Mark, says Dexter began his journey to the Church two years ago. "He brought someone to my office for help," Sister Alies says. He told Sister Alies he came to her for assistance because "I'd met you and you invited me."

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From that invitation, Dexter chose to continue learning about the Church, and eventually, to become a full member. "The Church is new and exciting," Dexter says. "It opens my understanding and my sense of being part of a community. It's a way to continue to help others." Many of those who entered the Church this Easter were catechumens, or people not yet baptized. They received the sacraments of initiation--baptism, confirmation and first Communion. Others were candidates who were already baptized Christians but entered full communion with the Church by receiving confirmaSummer 2011

tion and first Communion. Comparatively smaller (in population) dioceses reported numbers that illustrate the vitality--and the continued growth--of the Catholic Church in the South and Southeast--areas where Glenmary serves. For example, the Diocese of Savannah, Ga., had 421 new Catholics join the Church this Easter; the Diocese of Jackson, Miss., 355; and the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, W.Va., 375. For many of these new Catholics in mission areas--like Dexter--their conversions are a result of invitations, the simplest form of evangelization.

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Giving back what they have been given

Booneville youth group responds to needs in Mississippi Delta city

[arkansas] Catherine Phillips wanted the youth of Our Lady of the Assumption mission in Booneville, Ark., to have an experience that would open their eyes to needs outside their own mission area. The director of religious education found that opportunity at St. Gabriel Mercy Center in Mound Bayou, Miss. Catherine, along with 15 youth group members and chaperones, spent March 1924 working with three Sisters of Mercy who run the center. Mound Bayou, located in the Mississippi Delta, was founded in 1887 as an independent black community. Once prosperous,

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today the city of just over 2,000 people claims a per capita income level of $8,200. "We are a mission community in a mission diocese," Catherine says. "Volunteers come to Booneville each year on mission trips. We wanted to give back a little of what we have been given." And give back they did. The youths, ages 10-18, helped the sisters move their offices and thrift store back into a newly renovated center, spent time with senior citizens taking part in daily programs, played with kids enrolled in an after-school program, tutored, reconnected the hardware in the computer center and much

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Glenmary maintains responsibility for Catholic data

[ohio] Cliff Grammich, working on behalf of the Glenmary Research Center (GRC), is continuing to collect Catholic data for the religious congregations and membership study (RCMS). The study contains the most complete data available on U.S. religious affiliation. Once the data is compiled, it will be published in Religious Congregations & Membership: 2010, set to be released in March 2012. The RCMS 2010 is the latest in a series of every-10-year studies conducted at the same time as the U.S. census. Glenmary published the 2000, 1990, 1980 and 1971 versions, but the 2010 version will be published by the Association of Statisticians of American


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Religious Bodies (ASARB). Glenmary will maintain responsibility for the Catholic data, says Lucy Putnam, coordinator of the GRC. "Once that data is compiled in early fall, we will make it available to the general public via Glenmary's Web site as well as in traditional print formats." The Catholic data will provide the following information for the United States down to the county level: · Number of Churches; · Number of Communicants, Confirmed, or Full Members; · Number of Total Adherents; · Total Adherents, Adherents as Percent of 2010 Population; · Total Adherents, Adherents as Percent of Total Adherents.

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more. "I truly felt like a disciple of Christ on this mission trip," says D a n i e l sERvICE: Booneville, Ark., Phillips. youth put up a sign at the "There is St. Gabriel Mercy Center. nothing more touching than knowing that people are smiling because of you!" Kids are very service-oriented and like to feel needed, Catherine says. "When they can do handson work, it's just amazing how they respond. But it's often difficult to find service opportunities for groups that include junior high students too. "That's why this was such a perfect fit for us," Catherine says. "Everyone got to give and receive." This year's trip was financially possible only because the group could drive to Mound Bayou and were hosted overnight by a nearby Methodist church. But they are already making plans to return next year. "Somehow, we'll find a way," Catherine says. The Booneville youth group has 22 active members who meet each week for Mass, food and sharing. The group grew and became more active after Father Don Tranel, the mission's pastor, arrived six years ago. In 2010, the youth group was recognized by the Diocese of Little Rock as the most outstanding youth group (small parish). "Complacency is not our calling," Catherine says. "We are a church on a great mission."

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FED by THE saCRaMEnTs: Members of Sacred Heart Chapel in Heavener, Okla., gather every

Sunday evening for Mass celebrated by Father Don Tranel in a storefront church. Their faith sustains them, giving them hope for the future.

Faith Gives hope

in Heavener, Okla.

By Jean Bach


ach Sunday, the members of Sacred Heart Chapel in Heavener, Okla., gather as a Catholic community to celebrate their abiding faith and hope in God's providence through the sacraments and all things associated with their mission. Aside from those celebrations, though, there isn't much to celebrate in Heavener itself. "It's basically a town that time forgot," says Father Don Tranel, pastor of Glenmary's missions in Booneville, Ark., and Heavener. "It's a very poor,

isolated area of about 3,000 people who are, in many instances, struggling just to survive." The mission has never had a resident pastor. This experience has instilled a sense of ownership and leadership in the mission members that Father Don says touches his heart. "They know that being Church is a privilege and not a convenience," he says. "That privilege is very important to them and they are willing to work hard for it." They teach religious education classes, take people to the doctor, donate

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Without Glenmary's efforts, it's very likely there would be no Catholic Church in Heavener

time to sweat-equity projects in the dilapidated storefront building, organize an outstanding choir and take care of everything else that needs to be done. And the storefront building needs a great deal of care. Before the roof was replaced, rainy Sundays meant members of the congregation had to navigate--and empty--numerous buckets in the gathering space during Mass. The new roof also displaced the flock of pigeons that had made their home in the church. The worship space is filled with mismatched books, pews, statues and art that have been begged, borrowed or donated. ince Father Don's arrival, the Spanish-speaking congregation has grown to about 130 people, although the number fluctuates based on the availability of work at the OK Foods poultry processing plant. Work at the Heavener

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vaCaTIOn bIblE sCHOOl: The youth of Glenmary's St. Jude

mission in Waldron, Ark. (in the blue T-shirts), travel to Heavener each summer to lead a Vacation Bible School. All the children in the area are invited to attend the weeklong program.

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plant is what drew immigrants from Mexico beginning around 2001. Recently the plant discontinued its second shift, resulting in a layoff of a large number of employees, most of whom are members of Sacred Heart. Some residents had to move on to find other work, while others have remained, hoping the shift will be picked up again. The congregation's growth necessitated more worship space, so local Catholics L.B. and Candy Hunt bought the building next door to the mission and donated it to the Catholic community. The Hunts were also the benefactors who purchased and donated the original storefront. A wall dividing the two buildings has been mostly demolished by parish volunteers to allow for more seating. It's not a perfect arrangement, but it's better than having folks spilling out the front door onto the street!

A contractor has created plans to remodel the two buildings in order to better serve the community. The project calls for moving the altar, building a bathroom and classroom space--and perhaps even creating a space which could serve as living quarters for the priest. The architect's rendering of the proposed renovation is proudly displayed by the front door for all to see as they enter the church. The project is seemingly unattainable, but the Catholics of this mission haven't lost hope. Each week they continue to contribute what they can (Sunday collections average $60$150), raise additional money through food sales ($40-$90 each Sunday) and hold an annual parish festival on the feast of the Sacred Heart. "These folks at Sacred Heart lift themselves up through their faith," Father Don says.

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lenmary began serving this area of southeastern Oklahoma informally in 2000 when Father John Brown, pastor of the then-Glenmary mission in Idabel, Okla., began administering the sacraments in Heavener. A pastoral team including Father Neil Pezzulo, pastor of Glenmary's missions in Waldron and Danville, Ark., served the mission until 2006 when Father Don became pastor. Each Saturday and Sunday, he makes a 120-mile round trip over a rural two-lane road to celebrate the sacraments with the community. Le Flore County, home to Heavener, is not unlike many of the counties Glenmary serves. Of the almost 50,000 residents, 20 percent live below the national poverty level and only 3 percent identify themselves as Catholic. Employment opportunities in Heavener are limited, with many residents working at the poultry plant or in local rock quarries. Adults work long hours six days a week at physically challenging jobs just to make ends meet--

`THE bEsT CHOIR aROunD': That's how Father Don describes the

choir at Sacred Heart Chapel. Choir members, who purchased their own instruments, started the group and continue to take responsibility for the group's ongoing ministry.


and oftentimes, the ends don't meet. ather Don describes his Spanish-speaking abilities as "limited." He celebrates Mass in Spanish and is able to carry on basic conversations but says the members

MORE ROOM: Members of the mission take leadership roles in all pastoral outreach and ministry, including leading religious education classes. Here students sit in the newly acquired building that is joined to the original storefront. On Sunday, worshipers fill both the pews, back left, and the orange chairs.

of Sacred Heart help with the language barrier. They know that "in my heart, I'm Hispanic," Father Don says. "What I bring to the table is that I care about them, I'm here for them and, most especially, the Church is here for them." The Diocese of Tulsa, a longtime partner with Glenmary, helps the mission pay its utility bills and sends a Spanish-speaking priest to the mission at least once a month "so the folks can experience a really well-spoken homily," Father Don says. Without Glenmary's efforts in the area, he says, it's very likely there would be no Catholic Church here and the faith that plays such a large part in the lives of these folks could not be nurtured. The Catholics at Sacred Heart mission are working toward and living in hope of better lives. Their Catholic faith sustains their hope and promises--just as the Sacred Heart of Jesus does-- that God will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life, console them in all their troubles, bless all their undertak ings and be their refuge.

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Taking the roads less traveled

Better roads have made outreach efforts easier, areas more accessible


n 1940, it took 11 hours to travel by car from Glenmary's Headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, to the Glenmary mission in Norton, Va. Today, it takes five hours. Getting to Glenmary mission areas has never been easy. Glenmarians have always spent a lot of time in their cars, traveling the roads less traveled in home mission counties. But as the road system in the United States improved with the development of the interstate system following World War II, so did the outreach efforts of Glenmarians. They could get to more places more quickly to serve more people in spiritual and material need. Single-lane roads turned into doublelane roads. Dirt roads were paved. Creeks were dammed up or rerouted to prevent bridges from being washed out. And bypasses connecting to larger interstates were built to provide faster access to counties. Today, missioners travel good roads but still need to navigate bumpy, curvy, hilly back roads to minister to those living in their counties. They never know where the road less traveled will lead them!

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1955: To reach those living in all parts of a county,

Glenmarians took whatever roads--or creek beds-- available.

1958: Father Jim Wilmes shed his shoes and socks

to push his car out of the mud caused by a spring thaw in Robbinsville, N.C. Several Glenmarians drove Jeeps to better navigate the unforgiving terrain of the mission counties.

1959: Father Leo Schloemer navigated a road in

West Union, Ohio, at Christmas to visit local families. There are many stories within Glenmary about delivering Christmas boxes of food and small gifts to county residents. Many who received the packages lived in such remote areas that missioners resorted to walking instead of driving.

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1960: Bridges like this one

were effective in dry weather. But in heavy rain, flooded roads and bridges became impassable. In winter, tires with chains were imperative in snow because counties typically did not have the equipment necessary to effectively clear roads.

2011: Four-lane bypasses have improved the

tling muddy roads, missioners today travel on paved roads much of the time. But they still have obstacles to face, such as coal and log trucks that travel narrow roads with full loads.

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1990s: Instead of forging creeks and bat-

travel time in rural counties, but the bypasses have also devastated some downtowns as businesses have moved to areas opened up by a bypass road. In many Glenmary mission towns, the downtown districts are all but gone. (See story about Heavener, Okla., on page 9.)

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Brother Tom Kelly 1929-2011

A man at home in the missions

a REMEMbRanCE / Father Bruce C. H. Brylinski

Brother Tom remembered as faithful, genuine, congenial, a true gentleman


hen remembering Brother Tom Kelly, Brother Curt Kedley called to mind a biblical image of the apostle Nathanael: "Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him `Here is a true Israelite. There is no duplicity in him.'" (Jn 1:47) What Brother Curt experienced while working with Brother Tom in Georgia was also the experience of the many people who met, worked and lived with Brother Tom. He was a very simple, uncomplicated and straightforward man of tradition and prayer, in whom there was no pretense. He was honest and true in sharing who he was, with no mask or hidden agenda. This is not to say that Brother Tom was perfect, but more correctly, that he was genuine. What he knew in his heart he tried to express in his actions. Brother Tom, 81, died on Feb. 13, 2011. When I served as pastor of the Glenmary mission in Vanceburg, Ky., I experienced brother Tom's genuine kindness as he began his senior member years living at Green Street Senior Apartments in town. He was very gracious in inviting and welpHoTo / GLeNMAry ArCHIveS

coming me to his new apartment. He was also eager to introduce me to his new friends and neighbors. He showed sincerity in getting to know people, sharing in their stories and learning how they came to live in the area. Brother Tom always demonstrated an ability to be congenial with people throughout his over 60 years as a Glenmary missioner. Father Bob Dalton recalls that a parishioner in Alabama remembered Brother Tom as a true gentleman--he was someone who had good manners, was easygoing and was conscientious in bROTHER TOM his work. kElly: Mission Brother Tom's mission work took brother for over him to Appalachia, Va.; West Union, 60 years. Ohio; Manassas, Ga.; and Russellville, Ala. He was intelligent, diligent and devoted to details in his skills of carpentry, plumbing, electrical work and construction. For Brother Tom, it was not simply a matter of doing things correctly but also fulfilling the purpose behind his work. Brother Tom honored the presence of Jesus in his mission work. He prayed over his work. He prayed with the traditions of the Church, nurturing himself and his talents through his love of the Eucharist. He spent his ministry helping people--alleviating problems or bringing services that had not been available before. He brought joy to people in need and worked to bring about the Kingdom of God. t also needs to be remembered that although Brother Tom left his family to join Glenmary, he did not forget them. He possessed the family gift of laughter and the awareness that a cold beer was good on a hot day. Yearly, he went to family reunions with his brother, Glenmary Father Jim Kelly, enjoying time with his siblings and their extended families. Brother Tom had a rich life as a Glenmarian. He sought the goodness of using his talents to serve the needy who live in the missions. Like Nathanael, once he met Jesus, Brother Tom faithfully followed him all of his life.

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MIssIOn lIFE: Brother Tom, right, spent eight

years living and working in Manassas, Ga. Brother Ralph Riehle and Brother Tom were part of Glenmary's Backroads Ministry. Their goal: to serve the poorest of the poor.

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Called to Be Missionary

The Church's theology of mission has changed over the centuries, but one constant has remained: proclaiming, serving and witnessing to God's reign of love and salvation. That is what Glenmary has been doing for over 70 years.

By Father John S. Rausch



at h e r W i l no salvation") and pracliam Howard ticed a cultural bias of Bishop, the bringing "Western civifounder of lization" to the mission Glenmary, wanted lands of Africa, South to convert AmerAmerica and Asia. ica to the CathoWhile reflec ting lic Church. In his the Church's theology writings, sermons, of mission, Glenmary prayers and wakworked for individual ing moments, he conversions but also yearned for souls in tried to avoid imposing Appalachia and the a distinct Catholic culSouth, especially, to ture in its mission areas. join the Church. Glenmary missioners Yet, curiously, nurtured a respect for through the 1940s the unique Bible culture and until his death MIssIOn THEOlOGy: Father Wil Steinbacher leads of the South, because in 1953, his mission three-day mission workshops at Glenmary missions, they wanted to fit in. theology developed like the Bertie County, N.C., mission (above), as well They did tent preachbroader dimen- as diocesan parishes. His message: Mission means to ing, sang Protestant sions. In his Febru- bring about the Reign of God through love, compashymns and pronounced ary 1952 mid-winter sion and justice. Appalachia ("appleletter, he wrote to at-cha") like the locals. his young society: While encouraging the "But I am convinced that side by side with the redemption of the social order by moral uplift, Glengreat convert-making purpose, there is another mary's theology aimed at winning souls for Christ lift up and improve the moral lives of through the conversion of the unchurched and nonthe people around us, regardless of their beliefs or Catholic Christians. lack of beliefs; regardless, even whether they will hen the world changed, as did the Church's apever accept the faith or not." proach to missiology, according to Church theoBefore Vatican II the Church's mission theology logian Divine Word Father Roger Schroeder. stressed the salvation of souls and the expansion Father Schroeder, coauthor of Constants in Conof the Church. The Church of that era preached extra ecclesia, nulla salus ("outside the Church, text: A Theology of Mission For Today, discussed

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Salvation involves, in the words of Pope Paul VI, `liberation from everything that oppresses man...'

this change during a theological reflection retreat for Glenmarians and coworkers held in April. According to Father Schroeder, the 20th century shook the placid notion of individual conversions when it witnessed the tectonic-like transformations caused by two world wars and "the horror of human tragedies." These tragedies included "the deaths of 10 million victims of Stalin's social reconstruction and six million Jews during the Holocaust, and the destruction of two-thirds of the city area of Hiroshima and half of Nagasaki by atomic bombs." The Church realized that the spirit of evil can flare up at anytime, anywhere and in any culture. The new world was shaky with fears of nuclear annihilation, genocide, catastrophic climate change and more withdrawal from institutional religion. And the approach to mission shifted as a result. Vatican II, in addition to inviting people into the fullness of the Catholic faith through belief in Christ and baptism, also called Catholics to the mission theology of today that represents a more engaging stance toward the wider world. Salvation involves, in the words of Pope Paul VI, "liberation from everything that oppresses man," because Jesus addressed both spiritual and physical healing. Mission today means striving to transform the world by working for the salvation of society together with the salvation of individuals. "My approach is to say God has a plan, and that plan is the Reign of God," Glenmary Father Wil Steinbacher tells participants during his workshops on mission theology. "Mission for us is to bring about the Reign of God through love, compassion and justice." Using a PowerPoint presentation, Father Wil interweaves quotes from sacred Scripture, Vatican II and the popes when he speaks during his three-night program to energize a parish for mission. He drives home the theology of mission when he quotes Pope John Paul II's encyclical Redemptoris Missio: "The Church is missionary by its very nature." The Church recognizes that God continually calls all humanity everywhere. This means the Holy Spirit is "already present" to some degree in every culture, religion and human heart, so an important mission task becomes one of dialogue. n Glenmary areas, for example, neighborliness, personalism, care of creation and devotion to family reflect God's presence already there. After years of Glenmary service in Bruce, Miss., three Protestant ministers from Calhoun County wrote the bishop of Jackson affirming how important the Catholic Church was to their area. They appreciated the mission dialogue that meant cooperation in matters spiritual and temporal. But, the footprints of sin are also present in cultures with patterns of oppression, indifference and greed. Christ challenged the hypocrisy of his own culture, so another task for mission is challenging how the Reign of God is "not yet present." In East Tennessee, where Glenmary will open three new mission areas, a local Catholic woman wrote that some people in the area "live in shacks worse than our hen house." She also mentioned that some pastors with no college or seminary training preach erroneously against the Catholic Church: "One local pastor advised me that the pope is the Antichrist." In parts of society where the Reign of God is not fully present, Father Schroeder says, the Church's mission requires a prophetic stance to speak against bigotry, racism, poverty and the destruction of the environment.




n 2006 Father Wil Steinbacher helped organize a group of scholars to reflect on the missionary parish. The group committed themselves to meet two times a year for four years to discover ways U.S. parishes might become more "missionary." The result of that effort was published as the May 2011 issue of New Theology review, a quarterly Catholic journal of ministry. The introduction to the May issue defines "missionary parish" as one "that becomes less concerned with itself and more concerned with the world around it. It is a community that understands that it is both called and sent by God. It is a Christian community convinced that it has been sent beyond the parish boundaries to tell the story of Jesus, who tells the real story of God." The authors of the essays featured in the issue see the mission parish as "a countersign to any injustice, exclusion, or life-denying structures." Written for a wide audience, the essays also attempt to present pastoral theology that is readable and provocative. TO FInD OuT MORE: Order copies of the may issue by contacting New Theology Review at [email protected] or 800-858-5450.

his call to mission--evangelization--cannot be relegated only to priests and religious. Proclaiming the Reign of God, whether in Appalachia or New England, is the reason the Church exists. As Father Wil teaches in his workshops: "Baptism is what makes a person a missionary, and we are called to be missionaries through our actions and words, every day of our lives."

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Founder's niece lends support

`Petie' and other Bishop family descendants carry on values and a strong faith


lizabeth "Petie" Bishop Conner, 93, of Macon, Ga., has a unique perspective on Glenmary and the priest who made it a reality. As the sole surviving niece of its founder, Father William Howard Bishop, Petie not only cherishes her family's connection with Glenmary, but she and other family members have also continued supporting the society's mission work. "My dad was Uncle Howard's younger brother, and they were good friends, too," she says. Petie's own brother Harry, 86, is Father Bishop's only surviving nephew and also a Glenmary donor. Some of her earliest memories of Father Bishop are from times when she and her cousin Eleanor, as teenagers, visited him in Clarksville, Md., where he pastored a rural parish. "This was in the mid-1930s," Petie says. "I was in awe of him because he was a priest." It was in 1939 that she became more aware of Father Bishop's other work. "That was the year Uncle Howard started Glenmary," Petie says. "That same year, I asked him to preside at my wedding. He said he was really sorry but he couldn't come. Later on I learned why he was so busy." In the ensuing years, Father Bishop and Petie would not see each other again. Father Bishop was absorbed in expanding his home mission society. Petie and her husband Castex, a career Air Force officer, had begun raising their family. After the United States entered World War II in 1941, the military family moved often as Castex served overseas and at home. Despite the physical distance between Father Bishop and Petie, they kept up a friendly correspondence and she periodically invited him to visit. In 1953 Father Bishop accepted the couple's invitation to baptize their fifth child. But sadly, just before that day, Father Bishop died of a heart attack. Cas, Petie and Castex's eldest son, says his parents were faithful, committed Catholics and parents to seven children. "They brought us up right and taught us Biblical values," says Cas, whose father passed away in 2008. "The Bishop family's strong faith was passed down to us. I thank the Lord

we've had them as our parents." Petie gave each of her children a copy of Father Bishop's life story so they'd appreciate their great-uncle's work. "I'm so proud of Uncle Howard for doing such great things that have helped so many people," she says. Petie and her husband were longtime generous supporters, and Petie has kept on assisting Glenmary. "I also pray for Glenmary every day," she adds. Several other family members have supported Glenmary, too. "I have a few reasons for donating," says Cas. "Father Bishop was my grandfather's brother and my parents always supported Glenmary. But I also really like the fact that Glenmary does missionary outreach to people in our own country, in Appalachia and other areas, who aren't churchgoers or may not know Jesus as Lord." ow a grandmother of 15 and greatgrandmother of nine, Petie is deeply loved and admired by her family. "She's a loving, dedicated, selfless, funny, giving person," says daughter Jean Dempsey. "And she has such a strong relationship with God." Petie still reads Glenmary's publications with great interest. And, she says, "I owe it to the Lord and Uncle Howard to keep helping and praying for Glenmary."

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FaMIly TIEs: Harry Bishop and Elizabeth "Petie"

Conner are the only surviving nephew and niece of Father Bishop, Glenmary's founder.

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FInal WORDs / from our readers

`Thanks for sharing his story'

Readers enjoy, appreciate feature on the life and art of Mississippi's M.B. Mayfield

we just received our copies of your publication, Glenmary Challenge. Thank you so much! The article ["Know the Man, Know the Art," Spring 2011] was such a tribute to Mr. M. B. Mayfield. He would have been so pleased. We still miss him so much. I also enjoyed the article on Father Pete [Peterson, "Think Recycle..."]. I see him quite a lot out collecting his cans. He is an inspiration as well. Thank you again for your interest in Mr. Mayfield and telling his story. Martha Jo Coleman Pontotoc County (Miss.) Historical Society



a tributE tO M.b.

i was so happy to read the story featuring M.B. Mayfield ["Know the Man, Know the Art," Spring 2011]. One of my joys during my six years as pastor of St. Francis of Assisi, New Albany, Miss., was to visit M.B. He was a special man and a man of very deep faith. One of the last paintings, if not the last painting, that he did hangs in my office. He gave it to me as a going-away gift. The painting of a swan is based upon a homily I gave that helped him in his spiritual life. It is this relationship with parishioners like M.B. Mayfield that make being a Glenmary missioner so fulfilling. I also noticed that Leonard Bowen took the [cover] photo of the painting. Leonard and his family converted to Catholicism during my time as pastor as well. Since then Leonard has earned a Master's degree from Loyola [New Orleans] and is administrator of St. Francis of Assisi.


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InsPIRED: Artist M.B. Mayfield was so inspired by a homily given by Father Steve Pawelk that he created this painting for Father Steve as a farewell gift.

Thanks for sharing M.B.'s story. May his life inspire others as it inspired me. Father Steve Pawelk Cincinnati, Ohio

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what a wonderful presentation of a marvelously talented but retiring human being ["Know the Man, Know the Art," Spring 2011]. M.B. Mayfield was seared by racism but not set to burning anger. The simplicity of his art projects the simplicity of his soul. The multicolored expressions show the hope he maintained as an African American of his generation. He was a gift to the Catholic Church of Mississippi. Thanks for telling his story. You have a winner in this issue. Father Wil Steinbacher Nashville, Tenn.

this is a late note to congratulate you for the M.B. Mayfield cover story ["Know the Man, Know the Art," Spring 2011]. It was superb, and your article was the talk of the [Pontotoc] Post Office and Museum for several weeks! You wrote an excellent article that honored the man, his struggles and legacy. I know you never met him, but your article read as if you knew him. Father Tim Murphy Pontotoc, Miss.

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newly Redesigned Web site launched

On March 23, 2011, Glenmary's redesigned Web site was launched. The site is easier to navigate so visitors can easily find all the good things Glenmary--and our Web site--has to offer. Check it out and let us know what you think.

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Meet a Missioner How to Help

For over 50 years, Father Les Schmidt has been giving voice to the voiceless in the home missions. search: les schmidt Use Glenmary's Web-based calculator to explore the benefits of gift annuities. search: planned giving options

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Experience Vocation Week in Mexico through Brother David's video and photos. search: vocation week

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update address

Are you a former volunteer who has moved recently? Let us know your new address so we can stay in touch. search:

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Tornadoes Hit bertie County

Twelve people died as a result of tornadoes that swept through Bertie County, N.C. Glenmary student Jason Muhlenkamp reflects on the storms' aftermath. search: tornadoes

Remember special People with special Cards


Celebrate & Remember family and friends at weddings, graduations, Father's Day and other special days with Glenmary's all-occasion and Mass cards. search: cards

learn More about Father William Howard bishop

Trace the history of Glenmary and of the home mission ministry effort through the life of the society's founder, Father Bishop. search: father bishop

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ather Neil Pezzulo, left, pastor of Glenmary's missions in Waldron and Danville, Ark., and Brother David Henley, director of Glenmary's vocation program, led a discernment retreat in Kenya in March for five men interested in missionary priesthood or brotherhood with Glenmary. During their stay in the African country, they had the opportunity to travel to the equator near Nanyuki, Kenya, and "stand" on the imaginary line that divides the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere. Glenmary has invited four men from Kenya to join the formation program in the fall while additional men remain in discernment.


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