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catholic<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong><br />

<strong>September</strong> 2008<br />

www.staugcatholic.org<br />

Father Joe p. 8<br />

can you be political<br />

and <strong>Catholic</strong>?<br />

Essay Winner p. 12<br />

Caitlyn Power on<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> identity<br />

Spiritual Fitness p. 14<br />

tuning your music<br />

to God<br />

T<br />

From the Bishop<br />

surrender your<br />

life to Jesus p. 6<br />

Dealing with Bullies<br />

be strong and<br />

speak up! p. 16<br />

Climbing the Charts<br />

profile of musician<br />

Matt Maher p. 24<br />

Juggling School,<br />

Faith and Sports<br />

Coach Billy Donovan on Success and Happiness


catholic<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong><br />

contents<br />

<strong>September</strong> 2008 Volume XVIII Issue 2<br />

The <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> is the official magazine of the Diocese of Saint <strong>Augustine</strong>,<br />

which embraces 17 counties spanning northeast and north central Florida from the<br />

Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. The diocese covers 11,032 square miles and<br />

serves more than 164,500 registered <strong>Catholic</strong>s.<br />

features<br />

T<br />

Scott smith<br />

18<br />

Cover <strong>St</strong>ory: Juggling<br />

School, Faith & Sports<br />

The demands on teenagers today<br />

can be tough with finding time<br />

to balance school, practice your<br />

faith and extracurricular activities.<br />

University of Florida Basketball<br />

Coach, Billy Donovan, offers ways<br />

teens can do it all and be happy<br />

and successful–Michael Curet<br />

16<br />

Dealing with Bullies<br />

Schoolyard bullying is far<br />

more serious than just name-calling<br />

and teasing. It’s escalated to include<br />

harassment, beatings and even death<br />

threats. What motivates children<br />

to bully and how can the victims<br />

fight back? Discover some helpful<br />

strategies. –Dr. Cathleen McGreal<br />

Randy Batista<br />

what you’ll get<br />

out of this issue<br />

4 editor’s notes<br />

Help Spread the Faith – Kathleen Bagg-Morgan<br />

5 saint of the month<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Gabriel the Archangel – Katie Hicks<br />

6 bishop’s message<br />

Teens: Make Everyday a WYD<br />

– Bishop Victor Galeone<br />

7 from the archives<br />

Our Lady of La Leche Part III<br />

– Michael Gannon, Ph.D.<br />

8 in the know with Father Joe<br />

Can you be a politician and <strong>Catholic</strong>?<br />

– Father Joseph Krupp<br />

10<br />

Micah Kandros<br />

On the Cover: Illustration by Russ Wilson<br />

24<br />

An Interview with Matt<br />

Maher He performed for<br />

Pope Benedict XVI while in the U.S.<br />

this spring, he had a major musical<br />

role at World Youth Day in Australia<br />

and his current radio single, Your<br />

Grace is Enough, is No. 4 on the<br />

Billboard Christian charts. Meet<br />

singer/songwriter/worship leader<br />

Matt Maher. – Kathleen Bagg-Morgan<br />

9 teen survey results –SAC <strong>St</strong>aff<br />

10 theology 101 Confirmation: Part five<br />

of a series on the sacraments – Rita Thiron<br />

12 winner of Msgr. Joseph James<br />

essay award The True Miracle of a<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Identity –Caitlyn Diane Power<br />

14 spiritual fitness Two ways for your<br />

music to tune you into God – Father Bill Ashbaugh<br />

22 youth profiles in faith Meet three<br />

outstanding teens of the diocese – Lilla Ross<br />

26 around the diocese<br />

30 calendar of events<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>September</strong> 2008


catholic<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong><br />

The Magazine of the Diocese of Saint <strong>Augustine</strong><br />

Most Rev. Victor Galeone<br />

Publisher<br />

Kathleen Bagg-Morgan<br />

Editor<br />

editor’s notes<br />

Help Spread the Faith<br />

by Kathleen Bagg-Morgan<br />

Susie Nguyen<br />

Editorial Assistant/Subscriptions<br />

Patrick McKinney<br />

Art Director/Graphic Designer<br />

Father Bill Ashbaugh<br />

Michael Gannon, Ph.D.<br />

Katie Hicks<br />

Father Joseph Krupp<br />

Dr. Cathleen McGreal<br />

Lilla Ross<br />

Rita Thiron<br />

Contributing Writers<br />

Tom Gennara<br />

Susie Nguyen<br />

Scott Smith<br />

Contributing Photographers<br />

Russ Wilson<br />

Contributing Illustrator<br />

Michael Curet<br />

Advertising Sales Coordinator<br />

InnerWorkings<br />

Print Management<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> Website<br />

www.staugcatholic.org<br />

Diocese of Saint <strong>Augustine</strong> Website<br />

www.dosafl.com<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> (USPS 024-733) is a membership publication<br />

of the Diocese of Saint <strong>Augustine</strong>, 11625 Old <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> Road,<br />

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As editor of the <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong>, it is my great<br />

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magazine. I hope you enjoy the magazine and share<br />

it with others. The goal of the <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> is<br />

to reach every <strong>Catholic</strong> home in your parish with inspirational<br />

stories, news and information about our faith. Your parish makes<br />

this vital ministry possible. By supporting the annual Help<br />

Spread the Faith <strong>Catholic</strong> Communications Appeal, you help<br />

ensure that every home in your parish continues to receive the<br />

magazine. Because of your generosity, last year’s appeal was the<br />

most successful in three years. But our costs, along with everything<br />

else, continue to rise and our diocese needs your support again this<br />

year.<br />

As the <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> magazine enters its 18th<br />

year of publication (three in the new monthly format),<br />

I am convinced that the magazine has been a critical<br />

component of our evangelization, adult formation and<br />

communication efforts.<br />

Without the <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong>:<br />

22% of our <strong>Catholic</strong> homes would receive no other<br />

religious publication.<br />

Because of the <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong>:<br />

93% of readers say, “The <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> improves my<br />

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94% of readers say, “The <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> makes me feel more<br />

connected to my <strong>Catholic</strong> faith.”<br />

82% of readers say, “The <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> helps me explain my<br />

faith to others.”<br />

The Help Spread the Faith Appeal is Sept. 6-7, 2008. Besides<br />

your prayer, the appeal is the best way for you to support the<br />

evangelization mission of the <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong>, along with<br />

www.<strong>St</strong>Aug<strong>Catholic</strong>.org, the diocesan website www.dosafl.com<br />

and the U.S. bishops’ evangelization efforts.<br />

On the national level, a portion of the appeal supports national<br />

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Audio recordings of the daily readings from the New American Bible for online listening or<br />

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The For Your Marriage campaign – television and radio Public Service Announcements and<br />

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this vocation<br />

The TV special, Picturing Mary, airing on many public television stations since Dec. 2006<br />

Lenten radio retreats to enrich the spiritual journey of that season.<br />

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mission to evangelize and inform. Your donation will insure the continued availability of media<br />

resources that promote the Gospel values and foster the pastoral teachers of the <strong>Catholic</strong> Church.<br />

We rely on God’s grace as we answer Christ’s call to spread the faith.<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>September</strong> 2008


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Saint Gabriel:<br />

More than a messenger<br />

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<strong>St</strong>. Gabriel the Archangel<br />

Feast Day: Sept. 29<br />

Patron saint of<br />

broadcasters,<br />

messengers and those<br />

in communications<br />

Meaning of name: Hero<br />

of God, God’s strength<br />

Claim to fame:<br />

He is often portrayed<br />

as God’s messenger,<br />

although he is only<br />

mentioned a few times in<br />

Scripture. Gabriel’s debut<br />

appearance was when he<br />

visited the prophet Daniel<br />

to explain his visions of<br />

the Messiah. The angel<br />

made two appearances in the New<br />

Testament – the first to Zachariah.<br />

Gabriel told Zachariah he was going to<br />

have a son, John the Baptist, and then,<br />

when Zachariah did not believe Gabriel,<br />

the angel struck him mute.<br />

Gabriel is most widely known for<br />

his second appearance in the New<br />

Testament – his visit to Mary, when he<br />

told her God wanted her to be the mother<br />

of the Son of God. It is thought that<br />

Gabriel is also the angel who appeared in<br />

Joseph’s dreams, telling him that Mary’s<br />

unborn child was the messiah, as this<br />

would have fit in his “messenger” job<br />

description. Also, Gabriel is traditionally<br />

thought to be the angel who visited<br />

Jesus during his agony in the Garden of<br />

Gethsemane. The Jews view Gabriel as<br />

the angel of judgment, but Christians view<br />

him as the angel of mercy.<br />

Why he is a saint: Gabriel<br />

is believed to be one of the seven<br />

archangels who stand before God and do<br />

his bidding. These are the highest-ranking<br />

angels in heaven. He is referred to as a<br />

saint because he is holy, and lives for the<br />

will of God, but differs from most other<br />

saints because he is not human.<br />

Best quote: Gabriel is most famous<br />

for his announcement to Mary: “Do not<br />

be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor<br />

with God. And behold, you will conceive<br />

in your womb and bear a son, and you<br />

shall call his name Jesus. He will be great<br />

and will be called the Son of the Most<br />

High.”<br />

How he died: He hasn’t. Since<br />

Gabriel is an angel, he cannot die.<br />

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<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>September</strong> 2008


from the bishop<br />

Teens: Make Everyday a WYD<br />

by Bishop Victor Galeone<br />

On Saturday July 19th I offered Mass at our local World Youth<br />

Day celebration on the Shrine Grounds in <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong>. I had<br />

just quoted the theme that Pope Benedict chose for World Youth<br />

Day, when I noticed a group of teenagers all wearing the same<br />

psychedelic orange and yellow T-shirts, emblazoned with the<br />

words, “WITNESS - Acts 1:8.”<br />

“What a coincidence!” I remarked. “Here we have a group of<br />

teens wearing a visual aid of the WYD theme. Yes, it’s the verse<br />

from the Book of Acts: You will receive power when the Holy<br />

Spirit comes upon you – and you will be my witnesses.”<br />

For this year’s teen issue I’d like to comment on the WYD<br />

theme. It has two parts. Let’s take the second part first: “You will<br />

be my witnesses.”<br />

Jesus is about to return to his Father in heaven. In effect, he’s<br />

also about to leave his disciples, even though they’re unaware of<br />

it. Jesus gives them his final instructions: “Be my witnesses!”<br />

What’s a witness? And why is that important? A witness is<br />

someone who has personal experience of an event, and attempts<br />

to convince others of the truth of that experience.<br />

We’ve never seen Jesus with our own eyes. Yet we still believe<br />

in him. Why? Because of the witness of those who did see Jesus<br />

and experienced all his miracles and especially his rising from the<br />

dead. As Simon Peter told the household of Cornelius:<br />

“We are witnesses of everything Jesus did in the country of<br />

the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a<br />

cross, but God raised him from the dead on the third day…He<br />

was seen not by all the people, but only by those witnesses whom<br />

God had chosen beforehand – by us who ate and drank with him<br />

after he rose from the dead...”<br />

Mind you, the night that Jesus was arrested, Peter was a lying<br />

witness. Three times he denied that he ever knew Jesus! But after<br />

he repented, he gave his own life as proof of the message he<br />

was preaching. No one will die for an imposter. So if Peter wasn’t<br />

convinced that Jesus had truly risen from the dead, he would<br />

never have laid down his life for him. What brought about that<br />

change in Peter? It was the Holy Spirit!<br />

Now let’s consider the first part of the WYD theme: “You will<br />

receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.” The Holy<br />

Spirit – the third person of the Godhead – is the love union<br />

between the Father and the Son. It was the Holy Spirit who<br />

turned those cowardly apostles into courageous heroes who<br />

died for Jesus. It’s the same Holy Spirit who gives us the grace<br />

to surrender our hearts to the Lord – and to be his witnesses.<br />

Teens, I’d like to challenge you to take action on the following<br />

pointers:<br />

• Surrender your life to Jesus. If someone died to save your life,<br />

could you ever forget that person? Well, Jesus died for you.<br />

• <strong>St</strong>art off each day with a short prayer. Something as simple<br />

as: “Jesus I love you. Come into my heart and stay with<br />

me all day long.” And mean it!<br />

• Jesus wants you at Mass on weekends. That’s where you<br />

receive the spiritual energy to carry on. Sometimes I’m asked,<br />

“Why do I have to go to Mass on Sundays?” How would a<br />

young lady react if her boyfriend asked her, “Do I have to take<br />

you on a date this Saturday?”<br />

• The Bible is God’s love letter to us. So try to spend at least ten<br />

minutes a day reading that marvelous love letter. I suggest that<br />

you start with <strong>St</strong>. John’s Gospel. Mark your place each day<br />

with a card when you’ve finished.<br />

I recall a radio preacher once saying: “Our problem in<br />

America today is that we’ve forgotten how to spell love. How<br />

do you spell it? T-I-M-E, that’s how. When you love someone,<br />

you want to spend time with that person. The greater the love,<br />

the more time we want to spend with them. And we avoid those<br />

people who mean nothing to us. So if we don’t want to spend<br />

any time with God, that means he doesn’t rate in our lives.” The<br />

preacher was right, of course.<br />

So, teens, let’s all ask the Holy Spirit to flood us with his<br />

power. Let’s surrender our hearts to Jesus. Let’s fall more in<br />

love with him each day by spending time with him in prayer. And<br />

then, empowered by his Holy Spirit, we can go out to be his<br />

witnesses to a world that desperately needs him.<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>September</strong> 2008


archives<br />

from the archives<br />

Our Lady of La Leche – Part III<br />

by Michael Gannon, Ph.D.<br />

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> School<br />

After 1795, when the stone chapel<br />

of La Leche was dismantled so that its<br />

coquina shellrock could be incorporated<br />

in the construction of a new parish<br />

church, that particular Marian devotion<br />

vanished from the <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong><br />

landscape. Materially, its several<br />

chapel sites also fell into limbo when<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> and all of the Florida we<br />

know today came under the ownership<br />

and government of the United <strong>St</strong>ates.<br />

The date of cession to the U.S. was<br />

July 10, 1821. Immediately, the U.S.<br />

commissioners of transfer seized all<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> church properties, including<br />

the parish church and cemetery, as<br />

government assets. This was justified by<br />

them on the grounds that, by virtue of the<br />

patronato real (the royal patronage), the<br />

King of Spain held title to all ecclesiastical<br />

structures and lots in the Americas. The<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> congregation successfully argued<br />

that, in conformity with U.S. church-state<br />

practices, their church and burying ground<br />

should be awarded back to them, as<br />

subsequently was done early in 1823.<br />

The two sites of La Leche, however,<br />

remained at the disposition of U.S.<br />

authorities, who sold them off as farmland.<br />

A half-century later, Florida’s first resident<br />

bishop, Augustin Verot, took an interest<br />

in the sites after being informed of their<br />

histories by antiquarian Buckingham<br />

Smith, a <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> resident and expert<br />

on Spanish Florida documents. Smith<br />

took Verot to the site of the first stone La<br />

Leche chapel which, after being sacked by<br />

English forces in 1728, had been blown<br />

apart by the Spanish governor to prevent<br />

its use ever again as an enemy position.<br />

He showed Verot the coquina stone rubble<br />

that still lay about the site which was as yet<br />

unplowed and undisturbed.<br />

Verot found that the land then<br />

belonged to a <strong>Catholic</strong> farmer named<br />

John McGuire, who generously sold the<br />

small lot to the bishop for the sum of<br />

The present La Leche chapel, built<br />

in 1918, as it appears today.<br />

one dollar. That was in August 1868.<br />

Three years later, Verot commenced to<br />

reconstruct a stone chapel on the still<br />

existing foundations of the original. Verot<br />

dedicated the completed structure on Nov.<br />

14, 1875. Unhappily, in 1894, the new<br />

chapel was destroyed by a hurricane.<br />

The La Leche ground lay fallow<br />

for another 24 years until Michael J.<br />

Curley, fourth Bishop of <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong>,<br />

erected a third stone chapel on the<br />

same foundations. The interior of that<br />

1918 chapel remained unfurnished<br />

and unadorned until 1925 when those<br />

improvements were undertaken by Amelia<br />

McLaughlin Hardin, in memory of her<br />

husband Brigadier General Martin D.<br />

Hardin. Thrice wounded as a Union officer<br />

in the Civil War, Hardin converted to the<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> faith early in that conflict. His<br />

stepbrother Father Clarence Walworth<br />

was one of the founders of the Paulist<br />

order. In retirement he and Amelia lived at<br />

20 Valencia <strong>St</strong>reet in <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong>, where<br />

he died in 1923.<br />

A statuette of the Nursing Mother was<br />

crafted for the chapel in 1939 by a former<br />

Episcopal priest named Roy J. Duer.<br />

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fr. joe<br />

in the know with Fr. Joe<br />

Dear Father Joe<br />

Can I be a politician and a <strong>Catholic</strong>?<br />

Four high-school boys afflicted with spring fever skipped morning classes. After<br />

lunch, they reported to the teacher that they had a flat tire.<br />

Much to their relief, she smiled and said: “Well, you missed a test today so take<br />

seats apart from one another and take out a piece of paper.”<br />

<strong>St</strong>ill smiling, she waited for them to sit down. Then she said,”First question: Which<br />

tire was flat?”<br />

Q:<br />

I’m thinking of going into<br />

politics someday. Am I obligated<br />

to assure that my political opinions all reflect<br />

the church’s teaching exactly? What if I<br />

disagree about something such as abortion<br />

or the use of our military?<br />

A:<br />

I think it’s wonderful that you are<br />

thinking of going into politics.<br />

As much as we joke about politicians and<br />

are often saddened by the public sins of<br />

some politicians, there is always still the<br />

possibility and call of public service done<br />

in the spirit of Jesus.<br />

You should make sure to prepare yourself<br />

for this great and noble calling. Begin now<br />

by reading all you can on the <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Church’s teachings on social justice. Our<br />

catechism has a great many teachings on<br />

who we are called to be, and this can be<br />

your guide.<br />

It’s a sad reflection of our country that<br />

the <strong>Catholic</strong> Church is often criticized for<br />

“using its influence” to tell politicians how<br />

they should vote. I believe that the official<br />

way to respond to that kind of statement is,<br />

“That’s garbage.”<br />

No one tells people that their family or<br />

their upbringing shouldn’t affect them as<br />

politicians until it conflicts with what they<br />

want their politicians to do. The fact is, if<br />

our faith is not an integral part of our lives,<br />

then it’s not faith, it’s something else. The<br />

church has a right and a duty to share its<br />

wisdom with its children. Add that wisdom<br />

to the guidance of the Holy Spirit and<br />

you’ll find that the church can be a great<br />

guide in our decision-making.<br />

When we get to abortion, we’re hitting on<br />

one of those subjects where there simply is<br />

no wiggle room. The church says that the<br />

right of every human to exist can never be<br />

reduced to the choice of another person.<br />

On this issue, there can be no compromise<br />

and no equivocation; abortion is immoral<br />

and a crime and we can never support it in<br />

any way, shape or form. When we get to the<br />

issue of war, if the church tells us it is an<br />

unjust war, then the same principle applies<br />

for the same reason: the taking of a human<br />

life is always a huge issue for us, as every<br />

person in the world has a right to his or her<br />

God-given dignity.<br />

This website: http://www.ewtn.com/<br />

library/BISHOPS/capolvot.htm<br />

has a great article from Bishop Michael<br />

Sheridan on the duties of <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

politicians. He starts off strong and it only<br />

gets better; I highly recommend reading it.<br />

Due to space limitations, I’m just going<br />

to quickly summarize the beginning of his<br />

article, share a couple of his great quotes,<br />

and then ask you to read the rest on your<br />

own time.<br />

One of the key points Bishop Sheridan<br />

makes is the idea that our well-formed<br />

conscience is to be our highest guide<br />

and that the phrase “well formed” is an<br />

important one. A well-formed conscience is<br />

tied to objective truth and must always be<br />

in union with the good that God wills and<br />

has given through natural law and divine<br />

revelation. Our own judgment cannot be<br />

placed higher than that.<br />

Sheridan next points us to number<br />

2302 in the catechism, which states:<br />

…to the church belongs the right always<br />

and everywhere to announce moral principles,<br />

including those pertaining to the social order,<br />

and to make judgments on any human affairs<br />

to the extent that they are required by the<br />

fundamental rights of the human person or the<br />

salvation of souls.<br />

He then states:<br />

When <strong>Catholic</strong>s are elected to public office<br />

or when <strong>Catholic</strong>s go to the polls to vote, they<br />

take their consciences with them. … Anyone who<br />

professes the <strong>Catholic</strong> faith with his lips while at<br />

the same time publicly supporting legislation or<br />

candidates that defy God’s law makes a mockery<br />

of that faith and belies his identity as a <strong>Catholic</strong>.<br />

That’s all I have room for, but it’s a<br />

dynamite letter. Let’s pray that our <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

faith is always reflected in our actions so our<br />

“light will shine before the world that others<br />

may see our conduct and glorify God.” (Mt 5:16)<br />

Enjoy another day in God’s presence!<br />

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“In the Know with Father Joe”<br />

c/o FAITH Magazine<br />

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Or:<br />

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<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>September</strong> 2008


survey<br />

teen survey<br />

Teens Respond<br />

The <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> asked teens<br />

who attended the diocesan youth rallies in<br />

January at Bishop Snyder High School some<br />

questions about relationships. It is important<br />

to note not all questions were answered and<br />

some questions had more than one answer.<br />

Here is their response.<br />

High School Youth (ages 14-18)<br />

1. What I need most spiritually and<br />

emotionally as I look to graduation is:<br />

24% said, Someone to turn to –<br />

friends and family<br />

17% said, God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit<br />

52% said, Faith, patience, guidance<br />

and strength<br />

2. The top three reasons I go to youth<br />

ministry group events are:<br />

35% said, To meet others<br />

58% said, It’s fun and interesting<br />

61% said, To grow in my faith<br />

3. One thing I’d like to see our youth<br />

ministry do that it’s not currently doing is?<br />

24% said, More games and activities<br />

53% said, More trips<br />

15% said, More praise and worship<br />

4. I most often sense the presence<br />

of God when:<br />

34% said, I’m praying or<br />

at prayer gatherings<br />

18% said, I’m attending Mass<br />

17% said, I’m alone<br />

18% said, At Eucharistic Adoration<br />

5. How often do you attend Mass?<br />

95% said, Weekly<br />

3% said, Monthly<br />

1% said, Twice a year for Christmas<br />

and Easter<br />

1% said, Very seldom<br />

Middle School Youth (ages 11-14)<br />

1. What I need most spiritually and<br />

emotionally as I look to graduation is:<br />

38% said, Someone to turn to –<br />

friends and family<br />

14% said, God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit<br />

39% said, Faith, patience, guidance<br />

and strength<br />

2. The top three reasons I go to youth<br />

ministry group events are:<br />

32% said, To meet others<br />

58% said, It’s fun and interesting<br />

34% said, To grow in my faith<br />

17% said, Other reasons<br />

3. One thing I’d like to see our youth<br />

ministry do that it is not currently<br />

doing is?<br />

24% said, More games and activities<br />

65% said, More trips<br />

7% said, More praise and worship<br />

4. I most often sense the presence<br />

of God when:<br />

28% said, I’m praying or<br />

at prayer gatherings<br />

41% said, I’m attending Mass<br />

24% said, I’m alone<br />

2% said, At Eucharistic Adoration<br />

5. How often do you attend Mass?<br />

89% said, Weekly<br />

8% said, Monthly<br />

3% said, Twice a year for<br />

Christmas and Easter<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>September</strong> 2008


theology 101<br />

Part 5: Confirmation<br />

what you need to know about this<br />

often misunderstood sacrament<br />

by Rita Thiron<br />

Confirmation<br />

may be the most<br />

misunderstood<br />

of all our seven<br />

sacraments.<br />

Perhaps this is because its ritual<br />

practices have had such a rich<br />

and varied history. Are we<br />

made soldiers of Christ? Are<br />

we more “completely” baptized?<br />

Is it simply a rite of passage for<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> teenagers?<br />

Even in the early church,<br />

rituals occurred before and<br />

after the baptismal bath and<br />

before the eucharistic meal.<br />

These included anointing(s),<br />

the laying on of hands, and<br />

consignation (signing with<br />

the cross). Eventually, these<br />

actions were reserved to the<br />

bishop and, in the West, were<br />

Old Testament<br />

• Ritual anointing of king<br />

or prophet (1 Samuel 16: 12-13)<br />

New Testament<br />

• Holy Spirit is present at<br />

Jesus’ baptism (Mt 3: 13-17;<br />

Jn 1:33-34)<br />

• Jesus promises<br />

Paraclete (Jn 16: 7-16;<br />

Acts 1:5)<br />

• Descent of Holy Spirit<br />

at Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4)<br />

• Disciples lay hands on<br />

new Christians, baptize<br />

with the Spirit (Acts 10:44-48,<br />

John 3, 2 Cor 3; Eph 1:13,<br />

Acts 8:17)<br />

3rd to 6th Century<br />

• No uniform practice<br />

• Post-baptismal<br />

anointing by the priest<br />

is followed by the bishop<br />

laying on hands, anointing<br />

and signing on forehead.<br />

(Apostolic Const., 360 A.D.)<br />

• Irenaeus<br />

of Lyons<br />

emphasized<br />

charismatic<br />

gifts<br />

• <strong>Augustine</strong><br />

centered<br />

more on<br />

Holy Spirit at<br />

baptism<br />

• Ambrose<br />

of Milan<br />

stressed<br />

laying on of<br />

hands<br />

• Eastern churches<br />

– baptism, chrismation,<br />

Communion<br />

• The anointings before<br />

and after baptism took<br />

on different meanings<br />

– exorcistic to prepare<br />

for baptism vs. sealing or<br />

marking for Christ<br />

• 416 Innocent I – bishop<br />

alone may “seal” (relied on<br />

Acts – Peter<br />

and John<br />

came after<br />

a baptism);<br />

priest may<br />

anoint<br />

with oil<br />

consecrated by the bishop,<br />

but may not sign on<br />

forehead<br />

• The word “confirmation”<br />

is first used at the<br />

Council of Orange in 441.<br />

Notes that chrism should<br />

be used only once.<br />

• The first doctrinal<br />

explanation of a<br />

separate confirmation<br />

ceremony is given by<br />

Bishop Faustus of Riez in<br />

458: “In baptism we are<br />

regenerated to life; after<br />

baptism we are confirmed<br />

for battle. In baptism we<br />

are washed; after baptism<br />

we are strengthened.”<br />

• 5th century “seal of the<br />

gift of the Holy Spirit”<br />

appears in reconciliation<br />

liturgy for heretics – most<br />

notably by Leo the Great<br />

6th-13th centuries<br />

• Dissolution of rites of<br />

initiation in West.<br />

• Dioceses become<br />

larger, bishop visits less<br />

frequently, yet infants need<br />

to be baptized soon after<br />

birth (quam primum)<br />

• Communion becomes<br />

separate from confirmation<br />

– danger of infants spitting<br />

up host; then cup is<br />

removed in 1200s<br />

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separated from baptism and Eucharist.<br />

With changes in praxis came changes in<br />

theological understanding. For example,<br />

a slight slap on the cheek was added to<br />

remind the candidate that he or she was to<br />

Four things<br />

confirmation brings<br />

1 increase and deepening of<br />

baptismal grace<br />

2 unites us more firmly to Christ<br />

3 increases the gifts of the Holy<br />

Spirit within us<br />

4 gives us special strength to<br />

spread and defend the faith by<br />

word and action.<br />

be strong so as to defend and promote the<br />

faith. That gesture is no longer used. The<br />

laying on of hands and the anointing with<br />

chrism continue to serve as signs of the<br />

strengthening of baptismal grace and the<br />

conferral of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.<br />

The sacrament of confirmation is<br />

conferred through the anointing of the<br />

forehead with sacred chrism, which is<br />

done with the laying on of hands and<br />

through the words “Be sealed with the gift<br />

of the Holy Spirit” (Apostolic Constitution on<br />

the Sacrament of Confirmation, Pope Paul VI,<br />

1972).<br />

Like baptism,<br />

confirmation is given<br />

only once, for it imparts<br />

a special indelible<br />

“spiritual mark” or<br />

“character.”<br />

The bishop is the usual<br />

minister of confirmation,<br />

though priests may<br />

receive permission to<br />

confer the sacrament.<br />

For instance,<br />

your pastor may administer all three<br />

sacraments of initiation – baptism,<br />

confirmation and Eucharist – to the Elect<br />

at the Easter Vigil. Just as the church did<br />

nearly 2,000 years ago!<br />

The Holy Oils<br />

On Holy Thursday at the Mass<br />

of Chrism, the bishop blesses and<br />

consecrates these three oils used<br />

during the year in our parishes. We<br />

use holy oils in four sacraments:<br />

baptism, confirmation, anointig<br />

of the sick, holy orders and in<br />

the dedication of a church and<br />

altar.<br />

1 Oil of the Sick is used to<br />

anoint the head and hands of a<br />

sick person.<br />

2 Oil of Catechumens is<br />

used to anoint infants on the<br />

chest during baptisms and<br />

catechumens during their<br />

period of preparation<br />

3 Chrism is used to anoint<br />

the crown of an infant’s head<br />

after baptism; the forehead of a<br />

confirmation candidate; the hands<br />

during a priest’s ordination or the<br />

head during a bishop’s; and the new<br />

altar of a church.<br />

• In East, practice of baptism,<br />

confirmation and Eucharist<br />

continues<br />

• 9th century Rabanus<br />

Maurus – “presbyteral<br />

(priestly) unction gives Holy<br />

Spirit for habitation of God;<br />

Episcopal unction gives<br />

the grace of the sevenfold<br />

spirit … with all the<br />

fullness of sanctity and of<br />

knowledge and of power.”<br />

• Infrequency of sacrament;<br />

parents reminded to have<br />

child confirmed<br />

• Alcuin<br />

(730-804)<br />

notes, one<br />

is confirmed<br />

“so that the<br />

person may<br />

be strengthened to preach<br />

to others”<br />

• Confirmation named as<br />

one of seven sacraments<br />

at Council of Lyons, 1274<br />

• Aquinas sees analogy with<br />

bodily growth and spiritual<br />

growth;<br />

confirmation<br />

seen as<br />

sacrament<br />

of maturity;<br />

the grace of<br />

confirmation<br />

is an increase<br />

of grace<br />

already<br />

present at<br />

baptism,<br />

which causes grace initially.<br />

“For in baptism power is<br />

received for performing<br />

those things which pertain<br />

to one’s own salvation in so<br />

far as one lives for oneself.<br />

In confirmation a person<br />

receives power for engaging<br />

in the spiritual battle against<br />

the enemies of the faith”<br />

(Summa Theologiae III).<br />

15th to 17th Century<br />

• 1439 Council of<br />

Florence uses these<br />

scholastic ideas of<br />

“strengthening” and bishop<br />

as ordinary minister; adds<br />

imposition of hands<br />

• Changes to Roman<br />

Pontificals (books used<br />

by bishops) include<br />

chrismation, laying on of<br />

hands, kiss of peace and<br />

alapa (slap on cheek)<br />

• Trent Confirmation<br />

defended as sacrament;<br />

defends use of chrism;<br />

affirms bishop as ordinary<br />

minister<br />

18th to 19th Century<br />

• Benedict XIV reintroduces<br />

individual imposition of<br />

hand(s) with<br />

simultaneous<br />

signing on<br />

forehead;<br />

bishop’s<br />

thumb<br />

moistened<br />

with chrism<br />

• 1897 Leo XIII<br />

Confirmation before first<br />

Communion<br />

20th Century<br />

• 1910 Pius X Communion<br />

at age of reason,<br />

confirmation after<br />

• Vatican II Places<br />

confirmation again in<br />

context of fullness of<br />

initiation rather than<br />

ritualizing a rite of passage<br />

or maturity.<br />

• Sacraments are a sign of<br />

God’s grace<br />

• Called for reform of rite<br />

• Connection to bishop,<br />

apostolic origins of church<br />

(CCC 1292).<br />

• 1971 Pope Paul VI<br />

promulgates new Rite<br />

of Confirmation; writes<br />

Apostolic Constitution<br />

– Divinae Consortium<br />

Naturae<br />

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W i n n e r o f T h e 2 0 0 8 M s g r . J o s e p h J a m e s W r i t i n g S c h o l a r s h i p<br />

and morals. But by standing amongst hundreds of people at Mass, who<br />

believe the same things I do, I feel rejuvenated and reassured. I know<br />

that I can believe in Christ and I will not be alone and those hundreds of<br />

people will hold me up when I am crumbling under societal pressures.<br />

About two years ago, when I realized that I had this huge support<br />

system, I decided that I wanted to give back to the community who<br />

had given me so much. I became an extraordinary minister of holy<br />

Communion at school and began teaching a kindergarten religious<br />

education class. While I thought my participation at church and in the<br />

parish would be helping those around me, I have now realized that they<br />

also helped me in innumerable ways. Walking into a classroom filled<br />

with 24 pairs of eager eyes, just waiting to hear about our Savior Jesus<br />

Christ, has absolutely changed my view of life. I am now completely able<br />

to reject society’s many pressures because I know that my <strong>Catholic</strong> faith<br />

is a miracle and that I have 24 beautiful creations of God that are looking<br />

up to me as an example. I have been teaching them recently about<br />

God’s unfaltering love. And by doing so, I have realized the true awe of<br />

God’s love and graces that he blesses each and everyone of us with and<br />

challenges us to share with others.<br />

My entire life, I have attended <strong>Catholic</strong> schools and I can’t deny that<br />

at some point I wanted to burn my plaid skirts or my white knee high<br />

socks. But I now look back at all of these years, and thank God for the<br />

opportunity I have been given to be in such miraculous places.<br />

Beginning in kindergarten, I learned about God from all of my teachers<br />

and by attending weekly Mass with my fellow students. Therefore, early<br />

in my life, I realized that God was present each and every day in my<br />

school community.<br />

Susie Nguyen<br />

by Caitlyn Diane Power<br />

The True Miracle of a<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Identity<br />

In today’s world, the word identity can be very confusing to<br />

many people, especially teenagers. The dictionary definition of<br />

“identity” is a “condition of being oneself or a character as to who<br />

a person or thing is.” When I read that, I realized how true it was<br />

that many people spend their whole lives searching for a true “identity.”<br />

But when it comes to a <strong>Catholic</strong> identity, I found mine. My identity is<br />

one of faith, love and service, all of which I have been taught through<br />

the many <strong>Catholic</strong> influences in my life.<br />

There are many ways in which I uphold this <strong>Catholic</strong> identity, some of<br />

which are by attending Mass weekly, serving as an extraordinary minister<br />

of holy Communion, teaching a kindergarten religious education class,<br />

attending <strong>Catholic</strong> school, by praying daily with my family and by<br />

surrounding myself with people who possess beliefs similar to my own.<br />

While these are all visible ways I sustain Christ in my life, one of the<br />

biggest ways I keep him alive is in my heart.<br />

Being involved in the church is a huge part of how I sustain my<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> identity. When I attend Mass each Sunday, I am comforted by<br />

the many faithful people surrounding me. In today’s society, pressures<br />

from the media and peers make it very difficult to stand firm in your faith<br />

Last year, however, this idea became truly real to me. One of my good<br />

friends passed away last spring and in reaction to this terrible event, my<br />

school bonded together and held each other up in ways I never could<br />

imagined. As I sat in the chapel holding hands with complete strangers<br />

who were all there seeking God’s comfort, I understood what it meant to<br />

see Christ in everyone you meet. Each one of the people I encountered<br />

during that week of school shared with me some part of their faith or<br />

beliefs in an attempt to comfort those around them. I feel truly blessed to<br />

have been able to attend <strong>Catholic</strong> schools for the past 13 years because I<br />

know that their inspiring environments have in fact shaped me into the<br />

person I am today.<br />

Without doubt, one of the most important ways that my <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

identity has been sustained during my lifetime is through the love of<br />

my family. As I prepare to leave for college, I have been looking at the<br />

people who surround me and I know I have been blessed beyond<br />

belief. My family and friends have supported me no matter what and<br />

have always encouraged me to be the best person I can be. My dad<br />

has always told me that I am a leader and that I can do anything I set<br />

my mind to. Well I have taken this as a challenge lately and have been<br />

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trying to influence as many people in a positive<br />

way as I can. My dream would be to influence<br />

them with my faith but any way I can have a<br />

positive impression on them is good enough for<br />

me. Following Christ, the way my family has<br />

always taught me to, has given me the courage<br />

to take on this test this past year and I believe<br />

that through God’s love and the support of my<br />

family, I have begun to live a life in Christ.<br />

As I leave for college this fall, I pray that<br />

God can give me the strength, courage and<br />

inspiration to take my <strong>Catholic</strong> identity to<br />

college with me. I pray that his unfaltering love<br />

my stay with me and that his wisdom may be<br />

upon me. I am upholding my <strong>Catholic</strong> identity<br />

now and have made it a part of who I truly<br />

am. All I need now is the Lord’s guidance of<br />

how else I can serve him and thank him for his<br />

infinite blessings.<br />

C a i t l y n D i a n e P o w e r<br />

Essay Winner<br />

the write stuff<br />

Caitlyn<br />

Power is a<br />

2008 graduate<br />

of Bishop Kenny<br />

High School<br />

where she<br />

participated in<br />

several clubs<br />

and was also<br />

named to the<br />

national honor<br />

society and<br />

served as an extra ordinary minister of<br />

holy Communion.<br />

Caitlyn is a parishioner at Our<br />

Lady <strong>St</strong>ar of the Sea where she<br />

taught religion to a kindergarten<br />

class. She also attends <strong>St</strong>. Paul<br />

Parish, Jacksonville Beach where she<br />

completed <strong>Catholic</strong> grammar school.<br />

This summer Caitlyn is a lifeguard at<br />

Adventure Landing – an amusement<br />

park that her father Joe built when he<br />

and his wife, Sue, moved their family<br />

to Jacksonville in 1994 from Buffalo,<br />

N.Y. Caitlyn has one brother, Michael.<br />

Caitlyn will attend Clemson<br />

University, S.C. this fall and plans to<br />

major in health science (pre-medicine)<br />

to become a physician’s assistant.<br />

Susie Nguyen<br />

Since 1952, we’re proud to have prepared more<br />

than 12,000 students for college and for life.<br />

For enrollment information or to<br />

schedule a tour of our campus<br />

Call (904) 398-7545<br />

www.bishopkenny.org<br />

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spiritual fitness<br />

by Father Bill Ashbaugh<br />

Music has always been a part of our<br />

praise and worship of God.<br />

Jesus and Music: Music was a<br />

part of the life of Jesus. The Psalms<br />

were sung by cantors in the temple. Our Lord<br />

Jesus would have heard and probably learned<br />

these songs and hymns as he grew up in the<br />

company of Mary and Joseph. Scripture records<br />

that on the night Jesus entered his passion, he<br />

Two Ways<br />

for your music to tune you into God<br />

sang a hymn with his apostles before going to the<br />

Mount of Olives (see Mark 14:26). Jesus used<br />

song to express his love and thanks to God the<br />

Father. In the book of Revelation, there are many<br />

visions of angels and saints singing loudly to God.<br />

Song was and continues to be an important way of<br />

expressing our love for God. It can help us in other<br />

ways as well.<br />

Tune In Idea #1<br />

Take a song that you know and give it new words that<br />

direct it back to God:<br />

For example, there was a hit song by The Romantics (a<br />

group popular in the 80s) called What I Like About You. The<br />

song had a great beat and the words were catchy enough<br />

that everyone could memorize them. The beat of the music<br />

helps us do this! So, I made up new words to the song and<br />

turned it into Jesus Really Loves You! Here is a part of<br />

the song:<br />

Jesus really loves you,<br />

He loves when you pray ...<br />

In the morning, or the evening,<br />

or just any time of the day ...<br />

yeah ...<br />

he whispers in your heart,<br />

making sure that you and he<br />

will never be apart.<br />

Because it’s true!<br />

He really loves you!<br />

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You can do this for almost any popular<br />

song: Sometimes you can change just a<br />

few words, and you can almost hear God<br />

singing the song to you, or you singing<br />

the song to God. It’s a great exercise that’s<br />

loads of fun, and at the same time will<br />

become a prayer for you. You may even<br />

experience the joy and love of the Holy<br />

Spirit guiding you as you do it.<br />

Tune In Idea #2<br />

The second exercise with music is<br />

more meditative:<br />

1 Pick a song that touches your heart in<br />

some way. Maybe it makes you sad, or<br />

happy or energetic. It does not have to<br />

have words ... in fact, wordless songs<br />

are better for this exercise.<br />

2 Identify the feeling you have when you<br />

are listening to the song.<br />

3 Then, think about the life of Jesus, and<br />

try and find a Scripture passage that<br />

would match the emotion you might be<br />

feeling.<br />

4 After you have identified the emotion<br />

and the Scripture verse that matches it,<br />

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one feeling the emotion in Scripture.<br />

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What I find happens is that God gives me<br />

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and me. Our Lord had emotions, too. He<br />

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know he felt great sorrow and distress; and,<br />

we know he felt great joy.<br />

When you become aware that our Lord<br />

had feelings, or those in Scripture felt a<br />

certain way, they will become more real<br />

for you. The exercise will also help you<br />

think about the times when you felt those<br />

emotions. That is always a good time to<br />

pray about various situations in your life.<br />

You will be able to pray with your heart.<br />

This exercise will also help you be more<br />

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It may help you understand people more,<br />

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When A. O. Scott reviewed the movie, Drillbit<br />

Taylor, for the New York Times (March<br />

21, 2008), he noted that the advertisements<br />

promised, “You get what you pay for.” Scott<br />

retorted, “I saw it free, and I still feel cheated.”<br />

It’s too bad that the film didn’t meet the mark<br />

because its theme addressed an underlying issue<br />

that hits home every fall. Three freshmen, eager<br />

to have school get off to a good start; end up<br />

being victimized by bullies. Not knowing which<br />

way to turn, they hire a military veteran as<br />

a bodyguard. The movie reflects the desire of<br />

anyone who was ever been bullied. If only there<br />

was someone who would be there by my side,<br />

defending me at all times, then I could go about<br />

my daily routine without fear. Of course, life<br />

is never that simple. Teens need to have each<br />

others’ back. Parents and school personnel need<br />

to be aware of the different types of bullying.<br />

What exactly is bullying?<br />

It involves repeated, unprovoked efforts to<br />

dominate, harm or intimidate another person.<br />

We usually think of physical aggression, such<br />

as hitting or ripping clothing. But the old<br />

saying, “<strong>St</strong>icks and stones can break my bones,<br />

but words can never hurt me” just isn’t true.<br />

Words are powerful and verbal bullying, such<br />

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as taunting and teasing, can make a person<br />

suffer more than a slap in the face.<br />

Finally, some bullies rely on social<br />

methods, such as relational aggression. By<br />

shunning victims, and encouraging others<br />

to exclude them as well, these bullies isolate<br />

their victims socially. For example, Regina<br />

and the “Plastics” in the movie Mean Girls<br />

encouraged Cady to shun her close friends<br />

Damien and Janis. A key part of bullying<br />

is that it occurs over and over in a series of<br />

encounters. It would be unusual to reach<br />

adulthood without being teased or hit.<br />

I’m sure most of us have wished for an<br />

invitation to a birthday party that never<br />

came! When negative interactions occur now<br />

and then we learn how to de-escalate the<br />

situation. But when it feels like a systematic<br />

effort is being made to harm us then a sense<br />

of helplessness sets in and there can be<br />

long term consequences. The self-esteem<br />

of victims undergoes a significant drop.<br />

Most victims become withdrawn but some<br />

actually become aggressive and retaliate. In<br />

that case a victim also becomes a bully.<br />

One would think that bullies would be<br />

disliked by all their peers. Often, however,<br />

they have a group of supporters. In addition,<br />

many bystanders are uncomfortable but<br />

don’t speak up. Are bullies happy? No!<br />

Usually bullies become that way because of<br />

their own problems. They might not have<br />

been taught how to deal with aggression in<br />

a way that is socially appropriate. It takes<br />

effort to control emotional outbursts and<br />

hostility.<br />

Sometimes bullies are repeating<br />

behaviors that they have observed at<br />

home. Punishment might be harsh in a<br />

bully’s home. For example, if a teen broke<br />

a window playing softball then a logical<br />

consequence might be, “You have to earn the<br />

money to buy a new window.” A punitive<br />

form of discipline might be to strike the<br />

offender with a belt as a reminder not to<br />

play ball by a window. Other families might<br />

not use physical punishment but might<br />

use relational aggression, such as teasing or<br />

taunting at home. There are other reasons<br />

why a person becomes a bully but none of<br />

them are healthy, positive explanations.<br />

The victims are miserable, the bullies<br />

aren’t healthy, and the bystanders are<br />

distressed! This is definitely a situation<br />

that needs to change. Our faith calls us to<br />

improve these relationships. In the Catechism<br />

of the <strong>Catholic</strong> Church we read about the<br />

spiritual works of mercy. These might<br />

sound like something that you do when you<br />

help out at a food bank or volunteer time<br />

at a parish event. But the works of mercy<br />

are meant to become integrated into our<br />

daily routines, too. “The works of mercy<br />

are charitable actions by which we come<br />

to the aid of our neighbor in his spiritual<br />

and bodily necessities. (242 Cf. Isa 58:6 7;<br />

Heb 13:3) Instructing, advising, consoling,<br />

comforting are spiritual works of mercy, as<br />

are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently.”<br />

(CCC #2447)<br />

What can I do to make a difference?<br />

• Work to change the culture at your<br />

school. Make sure that adults know what<br />

is going on. It is their job to protect teens<br />

from bullying. If you know that someone<br />

is being attacked, taunted, having<br />

lunch money taken away or anything<br />

that makes you worry, then inform an<br />

adult. You will be helping change the<br />

atmosphere of the whole school. Don’t<br />

laugh when someone is victimized or do<br />

anything to encourage a bully.<br />

• If there are places that aren’t safe then let<br />

your parents and school officials know<br />

that supervision is needed in those areas.<br />

It is important that adults know that<br />

taunting is taking place in restrooms, for<br />

example.<br />

• Be on the lookout for anyone that seems<br />

lonely; try to befriend him or her. It<br />

is more difficult for a bully to target a<br />

person in a group. Can you and your<br />

friends make room at lunch? Is there a<br />

seat by your group on the bus? Some shy<br />

individuals want to be included but have<br />

a difficult time with social interactions.<br />

Try initiating the interaction.<br />

• If you are a victim then let your parents<br />

and teachers know. Explain that you want<br />

to stay in the same classes. Have your<br />

parents suggest that the bully be moved<br />

away from you rather than the other way<br />

around. Retaliating is not an effective<br />

strategy. If your school has a counselor<br />

then he or she can help you with<br />

strategies on learning to defuse situations<br />

and developing stronger relationships<br />

with healthy peers!<br />

• It is painful to be a bully, too. If you want<br />

to talk about it then give this article to an<br />

adult that you trust and say that you want<br />

to talk to a counselor!<br />

Dr. Cathleen McGreal is a psychology<br />

professor at Michigan <strong>St</strong>ate University. She<br />

received her Ph.D. in developmental psychology<br />

from MSU and is a certified spiritual director.<br />

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If there’s one message that University of Florida<br />

head basketball coach Billy Donovan would<br />

like to share with teenagers<br />

today, it’s that everything<br />

begins with our faith<br />

in God.<br />

Coach Billy Donovan talks with kids at<br />

the O’Connell Center in Gainesville,<br />

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basketball camp sessions.<br />

By Michael Curet I Photography by Randy Batista<br />

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c o v e r s t o r y<br />

f a coach’s greatness is inherently judged by wins<br />

Iand losses, the verdict is definitely in on Coach<br />

Donovan with 285 wins in 12 seasons at Florida and<br />

national championships in 2006 and 2007. He joins<br />

Mike Krzyzewski of Duke University and UCLA<br />

legend John Wooden as the only college basketball<br />

coaches to have won back-to-back NCAA titles in<br />

the last 40 years. Perhaps the greatness of the man,<br />

however, stretches far beyond the basketball court<br />

and long after the final horn sounds. Billy Donovan’s<br />

passion off the court for helping young people find<br />

faith, success, and happiness has been as much a<br />

constant in his life as dribbling a basketball.<br />

This summer, without the distraction of daily team practices<br />

and meetings, Coach Donovan relishes at his chance to work with<br />

young people at his annual basketball camps. The Florida campus<br />

in Gainesville is somewhat empty – except for students taking<br />

summer classes and the flurry of campers at the O’Connell Center.<br />

And, even though the time that Coach Donovan actually spends<br />

with the kids is minimal, it’s the perfect opportunity for the coach<br />

to “recharge his batteries” after a long season, reflect on his faith<br />

and speak to today’s youth.<br />

“Teenagers have so much in front of them today,” says Coach<br />

Donovan, whose boyish smile and boundless energy earned him<br />

the nickname “Billy the Kid” from his peers. “The big thing that I’ve<br />

always talked to our children about and other teenagers is to try to<br />

make good decisions. And, I do talk about having faith – being fair<br />

and respectful to everybody’s relationship with God. I think a lot of<br />

answers come from that. If your faith is strong and you’re living a<br />

faith-based life, the chances are that you will make better decisions<br />

and you’re probably going to be happier.”<br />

“I’m a big believer that everything starts with God,” he says.<br />

“As best as I can, I try to talk to kids about taking the strengths,<br />

talents and gifts God gave them and utilizing them to help other<br />

people. Remember these five words: Peace, love, hope, joy and<br />

forgiveness! If we experience these five things every single day, we<br />

would be so happy that nothing else would make a difference.”<br />

What is faith?<br />

Coach Donovan, born in Rockville Centre, N.Y., the son of devout<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> parents, shares his favorite definition of faith: “Faith is a gift<br />

from God,” he explains. “To me, it’s something that takes away our<br />

insecurities, our fears, our self-doubt and our worrying all the time.<br />

I think it’s easy to have faith when things are going really well, but I<br />

think in everything we do, we worry about the next day, our jobs, our<br />

friends, our children, our health, our families, etc. Are we good enough<br />

at what we’re doing? Are we adequate enough? I think a lot of these<br />

things are tests for us – that God has put us in this position to see if<br />

we’re going to show faith – maybe to learn and have a special moment.<br />

I think being able to have faith during those times is important.”<br />

At the age of 43, Coach Donovan and his wife Christine have<br />

four children, including two teenage sons – William, 16, and<br />

Hasbrouck, 14.<br />

“The one thing I’ve tried to do with my children is to teach them<br />

to be responsible for who they are,” he says. “As teenagers with more<br />

freedom and responsibility, you want them to make good, wise<br />

decisions and be accountable for them. Sometimes, though, when<br />

you’re dealing with kids, part of the learning and growing up process<br />

is making bad decisions and bad choices. What we sometimes lose<br />

sight of is what does the person learn from the mistakes they’ve<br />

made. We make them when we’re older too. It’s what we do to learn<br />

from them that counts.”<br />

The power of prayer<br />

Coach Donovan encourages young people to pray and to read the<br />

Bible. One of his favorite Scripture passages that he’ll turn to during<br />

the basketball season is Matthew 17:20, “…if you have faith the size<br />

of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to<br />

there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.’”<br />

Coaching at a public institution like the University of Florida<br />

where you have a lot of different religious denominations<br />

represented, Coach Donovan is careful not to force any religious<br />

beliefs on anyone. He recalls a players meeting early in his Florida<br />

career that made a dramatic impact on the Gator program.<br />

“Two of my players (Brent Wright and Major Parker) came up to<br />

me one day and said they would like to pray as a team after every<br />

practice. They asked me if I had a problem with this. I said, ‘No, I<br />

would love this to happen.’ So, we talked as a team and agreed to<br />

pray before and after practice. I ask the team again every year if they<br />

want to continue to do this and the answer is always ‘yes.’<br />

“I’ve found that most of the kids I’ve coached believe in a higher<br />

power. Their faith might be Baptist, <strong>Catholic</strong>, Jewish, Protestant or<br />

Muslim, but there is a belief in God. Just taking time to give thanks to<br />

God is always a great thing.”<br />

Finding your passion<br />

Seek and you shall find. “I see kids from all different walks of life,<br />

and everybody has the chance to be successful in whatever they<br />

choose to do,” says Coach Donovan. “When you’re dealing with<br />

teenagers, they should have a focus and a passion. It doesn’t have to<br />

be basketball,” said Donovan, who spent an awkward year after his<br />

playing days working on Wall <strong>St</strong>reet before finally finding his way into<br />

coaching. “That happens to be what it was for me since I was about age<br />

two. Sometimes when there’s a lot of free time, there’s not going to be a<br />

lot of great decisions being made. Of course, we have distractions like<br />

the Internet and other things today. But, you may have someone that’s<br />

gifted in the arts, or music, or academics, or another sport and if you<br />

can get to the point that part of their day is occupied with their passion,<br />

you’re on the right track. With the young men I coach in basketball, for<br />

example, they’re not all going to the NBA. But through this passion that<br />

they’re pursuing, it’s going to create opportunities for them later in life<br />

and I think they realize that. For a lot of high school kids, the hard part<br />

is identifying your passion.”<br />

Don’t get burnout<br />

Do what you love, and love what you do! Keep asking yourself,<br />

“What’s going to make me happy?” and that should help you identify<br />

your passion, in Coach Donovan’s opinion. “I think every kid has at<br />

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“If your faith is strong and you’re living a faith-based life, the chances are that<br />

you will make better decisions and you’re probably going to be happier.”<br />

least one thing they’re talented in, and sometimes it’s just a matter of<br />

bringing it out,” he explains. “Do it for the love that the activity brings<br />

you and try not to suffer burnout by being forced to do things if it’s not<br />

in your heart. Try not to view your craft as a job or something that’s<br />

dreadful and you will have a much better chance of being happy.”<br />

Using your gifts<br />

Some teenagers are gifted athletically and some are gifted<br />

academically. Both can be successful, and Coach Donovan shares his<br />

thoughts:<br />

“Both athletics and academics can carry on together. You can use<br />

the athletics to teach the importance of academics. To say sports is<br />

not as important as academics for a kid who’s got passion may not be<br />

the best approach. Young people have a tendency to gravitate towards<br />

where they are successful. Athletics will allow them to have more of a<br />

focus level, which as they enter high school and college will help them<br />

academically.”<br />

Be willing to grow<br />

As a teenager, Coach Donovan admits he was somewhat confused<br />

about his <strong>Catholic</strong> faith and didn’t ask enough questions. “It was like<br />

a tug on me throughout the elementary and high school years where<br />

I could tell there was something there. I even realize now that it’s not<br />

about figuring out anything. There are still things I feel, learn and<br />

experience that I didn’t feel, learn and experience many years ago. It’s<br />

about the continual growth in your faith.”<br />

That ongoing growth that Coach Donovan talks openly about has<br />

guided he and his wife through some difficult times, including the<br />

loss of a daughter at birth in 2000. Most recently, though, was the<br />

summer of 2007 ordeal with the Orlando Magic. After accepting a<br />

lucrative deal to become the coach of the nearby NBA pro franchise<br />

team, Coach Donovan had a change of heart after only five days and<br />

returned to the University of Florida.<br />

“I tried to put it in God’s hands and say, ‘Just direct me!’” he recalls.<br />

“A lot of times you don’t know what God’s plan is for you at that<br />

moment. The one thing I’ve learned when making decisions is that you<br />

really try to follow your heart and do it for the right reasons and not<br />

for the money, fame or power. If you’re doing it because there’s a pull<br />

towards me in my heart that this is where I’m supposed to be, I think<br />

you have a better opportunity to be successful.”<br />

For the moment, Coach Donovan’s heart is deeply entrenched in<br />

faith, family and basketball. And, at the very mention of those three<br />

things, Donovan, with a glow in his eyes, a quick upright shift in his<br />

chair and a slight crack in his voice, says excitedly, “This is what I’m<br />

supposed to be doing. I have a passion for coaching and I’m trying to<br />

utilize the game of basketball to help kids be successful in life.”<br />

P R O F I L E<br />

Billy Donovan Close Up<br />

Personal<br />

Born William John “Billy” Donovan Jr. on May 30, 1965,<br />

Rockville Center, N.Y. Married, wife (Christine); children<br />

(William III, Hasbrouck, Bryan and Connor).<br />

Early Influences<br />

Father Bill Sr., a former college basketball player at<br />

Boston College, introduced Billy to basketball at age two.<br />

Legendary New York high school coach Frank Morris also<br />

mentored Billy while sharing his favorite motto of “12-7-4”<br />

as it correlated to working 12 months a year, seven days<br />

a week and four hours a day at basketball. His next coach,<br />

Rick Pitino at Providence, picked up where Morris left off<br />

in his teachings of the game to Donovan.<br />

Playing Days<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Agnes High School (1979-83)<br />

Providence College (1983-87)<br />

New York Knicks (1988)<br />

Coaching Career<br />

Assistant Coach, University of Kentucky (1989-94)<br />

Head Coach, Marshall University<br />

(1994-96, 35-20 record)<br />

Head Coach, University of Florida<br />

(1996 – present, 285-115 record)<br />

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Bishop John Snyder High<br />

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Taylor Wright signed a letter of<br />

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Liliana Guzman signed a letter<br />

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Hernando Community College,<br />

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Lauren Pedraza signed a letter<br />

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profiles<br />

profiles faith<br />

Teens Share their Passion for Christ<br />

By Lilla Ross<br />

How many young people do you know<br />

who think it’s fun to go to church?<br />

What follows is an introduction to<br />

three local teenagers who are active in their<br />

parishes because it’s where they can make<br />

good friends, develop leadership skills and<br />

find answers to a lot of questions – and where<br />

they have fun too.<br />

James Campbell, 17<br />

School: Junior, Bishop Kenny High School<br />

Church: Holy Family Parish, Jacksonville<br />

College plans: <strong>St</strong>udy architecture at the University<br />

of Florida or Mount <strong>St</strong>. Mary’s<br />

Favorite music: Bob Rice<br />

Favorite website: Facebook<br />

James is kind of nervous about the interview. He’s tall, lanky,<br />

a natural for basketball. As he sits on the couch in his family’s<br />

Mandarin living room, he tries not to fidget, but his parents are<br />

listening nearby.<br />

He is one of about 10 kids in the youth group at Holy Family<br />

Parish. They get together on Sundays to eat, pray, talk and just<br />

hang out.<br />

“We have fun. It gives me self confidence and it’s helped me<br />

make better choices,” he says. “It’s the best youth group I’ve<br />

been in.”<br />

They generally go to the 5 p.m. youth Mass on Sunday<br />

that features music and a message designed for a younger<br />

congregation.<br />

James says being active in his parish has gotten him more<br />

involved in the church and the community. He and his friends have<br />

raised money for <strong>St</strong>. Francis Soup Kitchen and collected gifts for<br />

kids in foster care. He’s participated in Camp Hope for Children<br />

with AIDS, the Gator Bowl Youth Fellowship Breakfast and Making<br />

<strong>St</strong>rides Against Breast Cancer. He’s been a youth leader in Vacation<br />

Bible School and the Junior Youth Retreat.<br />

This summer he spent a week at Franciscan University attending<br />

the LEAD conference. LEAD stands for Leadership Evangelism<br />

and Discipleship. Participants are nominated for the conference that<br />

helps them develop a deeper faith and skills for evangelization.<br />

So over the years, church has made a big difference in James’<br />

life. But what kind of difference has he made on it?<br />

“I add my own flavor and fun,” he says with a grin.<br />

Scott smith<br />

Jane Ryngaert, 17<br />

School: Senior, <strong>St</strong>. Francis High, Gainesville<br />

Church: Holy Faith Parish, Gainesville<br />

College plans: <strong>St</strong>udy political science at the<br />

university of North Carolina, Chapel<br />

hill, Georgetown or William and Mary<br />

Favorite music: Garth Brooks<br />

Favorite website: www.alittlemoretotheright.com<br />

For a long time, Jane thought that believing in God was<br />

about obeying the rules.<br />

“You were supposed to pray and go to Mass,” she said. “Now<br />

it’s more personal. I realize it’s more like a loving relationship.<br />

God wants our friendship. Now it’s about talking to God and<br />

listening, rather than reciting rote prayers. It’s not about breaking<br />

the rules, but because God wants a relationship with us.”<br />

Jane has been active in her youth group since she was a<br />

freshman. She said that her high school religion classes and<br />

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Scott smith<br />

a youth conference at Franciscan University have given her a<br />

greater understanding of her faith.<br />

“At <strong>St</strong>eubenville you see all these young people who are really<br />

interested in their faith and it made me want to know what was<br />

going on.”<br />

Now her faith is at the center of her life and something she<br />

shares with her friends.<br />

“Even at a <strong>Catholic</strong> school you’re going to have people<br />

challenging you on issues. Even stuff like going to Mass. The<br />

Mass is our obligation to God. If you’re just blowing that off, it’s<br />

causing God pain. It’s like if you were supposed to go to your<br />

grandparents once a week, and you didn’t, they’d be upset. More<br />

kids feel that way than people think.”<br />

Jane said the most important thing she has learned lately is the<br />

importance of listening when she prays.<br />

“Now when I pray, if something is going wrong, it’s not that I’m<br />

praying for it to go away. I’m praying for God to help me through<br />

it. It’s telling God what you need, and listening for a response. If<br />

you have a relationship you can’t spend the whole time talking.<br />

You have to listen.<br />

“The mistake I made at first was talking all the time. Prayer is<br />

adoration, contrition, thanksgiving. It’s not all petition. You have<br />

to give glory to God, thank him for what he’s given you. Ask for<br />

forgiveness. Meditation is an important part of prayer. It’s when<br />

you listen.<br />

“Our understanding of God is so small. It takes faith. God is in<br />

control. Even if he’s not giving us something we need. He’ll make<br />

sure we’re OK in the end.<br />

Ashley Baer, 16<br />

School: Junior, <strong>St</strong>. Joseph Academy<br />

Church: <strong>St</strong>. Anastasia Parish, <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong><br />

College plans: Not sure where she wants to go.<br />

Favorite music: Taylor Swift<br />

Favorite website: Facebook<br />

Ashley knows her future is in the church. She wants to<br />

be a missionary or a youth minister. She’s been involved in<br />

her church youth group since she was 11 and her favorite<br />

things have been mission trips. She is especially looking<br />

forward to a mission trip next year to Jamaica.<br />

Due to a zoning issue, Ashley was home schooled this year,<br />

but she will finish out high school at <strong>St</strong>. Joseph’s Academy.<br />

And her 20-year-old sister moved out of the house this year,<br />

so now it’s just Ashley and her mom, who is a single parent.<br />

Ashley has a new appreciation for her youth group.<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Anastasia’s youth group has about 20 members who<br />

get together for a couple of hours on Sunday. On Saturday,<br />

there’s softball practice.<br />

“My mom encouraged me to go because I was just hanging<br />

out with my friends. I’d rather go to youth group. I always<br />

bring my friends with me. They ask me, ‘Are we going to sit<br />

around and talk about God?’ And I say, ‘No, it’s a lot of fun.’<br />

And they come. And we talk about God, but it’s fun.”<br />

Scott smith<br />

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In July I caught up with<br />

singer/songwriter/worship<br />

leader Matt Maher for<br />

a telephone interview.<br />

He had just completed a stop<br />

at Notre Dame University for<br />

Life Teen, and was returning<br />

his rental car in Chicago when<br />

he sat down to talk with me<br />

about his music career, his faith<br />

conversion and his advice for<br />

young people today.<br />

Matt Maher (pronounced Mar like car) has<br />

produced four albums since 2002 with his<br />

latest, Empty & Beautiful, released in April.<br />

His self-written radio single, “Your Grace is<br />

Enough” continues to climb the contemporary<br />

Christian radio charts with 15,000 albums<br />

sold in its first two months.<br />

His songs are being sung in the <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Churches around the world and in April he<br />

performed for Pope Benedict XVI during his<br />

visit to the United <strong>St</strong>ates. Most recently he led<br />

pilgrims with his praise and worship music at<br />

nine different events at World Youth Day in<br />

Sydney, Australia.<br />

Matt<br />

Maher<br />

opening our hearts to God<br />

What were you like as a teenager in the<br />

1990s?<br />

I wasn’t an extremely popular kid but I was<br />

well-known. I got along with everybody and<br />

I had friends in every different kind of social<br />

group. From that sense it was good, but at<br />

the same time I felt incredibly alone. I had a<br />

hard time connecting with people on a deeper<br />

level.<br />

Your parents divorced in 1992 and<br />

three years later you moved with your<br />

mother to Phoenix, Ariz. What kind of<br />

impact did your parents divorce have<br />

on you?<br />

My parents divorce wasn’t as much of a<br />

shock as it was a hurtful reality. I struggled a<br />

lot with trying to find a place to be vulnerable<br />

and at the same time find a place where I<br />

could feel safe. I think this is something that<br />

all young people struggle with. It is natural<br />

to be vulnerable and share your life with<br />

others, but when you grow up and experience<br />

family problems it affects the way you look<br />

at community. But I never lost faith in the<br />

sacrament.<br />

When you moved to Phoenix your bio<br />

mentions that you really wanted to<br />

move to California to become a film<br />

scorer. What happened that changed<br />

your mind?<br />

I think for me my conversion happened.<br />

When you have a real conversion everything<br />

changes perspective. I fell in love with God<br />

and he was all that mattered. And then I got<br />

offered a scholarship in the Jazz Department<br />

at ASU so I thought God is trying to take care<br />

of me right now!<br />

I understand attending the Life Teen<br />

Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel<br />

Parish with your cousin Melanie<br />

changed how you saw religion and<br />

spirituality. What was different about<br />

Life Teen?<br />

I think it was a couple of things. First, there<br />

was this Mass happening every Sunday night<br />

– families were there, young people were there<br />

and the music was more dynamic. People were<br />

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just engaged. I also noticed how they were<br />

listening to the readings and paying attention<br />

and they were really praying. That spoke to me<br />

a lot. I encountered a loving community.<br />

I understand you are coming to<br />

Jacksonville Dec. 12 for an Advent<br />

concert with Adore Ministries. What<br />

words of advice do you have for teens<br />

in our diocese?<br />

1. Don’t go to a rocket scientist to ask a<br />

question about plumbing. If you have<br />

questions about God and you go to people<br />

who don’t believe in God or don’t have the<br />

same beliefs as you do …don’t expect an<br />

answer that will support your desire to grow<br />

in your relationship with God.<br />

2. You are what you eat, which is the<br />

Eucharist. The Eucharist is at the very<br />

center of what it means to love Jesus<br />

Christ. To love him is to let him know you<br />

and that’s how he said he wanted to be<br />

with us.<br />

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3. Talk to your parents. Do they really<br />

know you? Do they know your hopes,<br />

fears and dreams? Do they know if you<br />

don’t feel appreciated or loved? Before<br />

you give up on your family give them a<br />

chance.<br />

4. Develop real friendships. It’s really easy<br />

to stay on the surface. If you never take<br />

the time to really connect with somebody<br />

you won’t have anybody around you<br />

when hard times come into your life. Be<br />

willing to risk.<br />

5. Honor God where you are. That means if<br />

you are a student – be a good student. We<br />

don’t do good things to earn God’s love.<br />

God’s love is unconditional. You don’t<br />

need to earn it but it is out of a response<br />

to that love that you would want to do the<br />

best that you can at whatever it is. Do it all<br />

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To read more of our interview, visit www.<br />

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Born: Nov. 10 1974, <strong>St</strong>. Johns-<br />

Newfoundland, Canada.<br />

Education: Attended <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

school for 13 years graduating in<br />

1992 from Gonzaga High School.<br />

Graduated from Arizona <strong>St</strong>ate<br />

University where he studied Jazz<br />

performance in piano.<br />

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Early musical influences: Billy<br />

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around<br />

around the diocese<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Francis High School Class of 2008<br />

Forty-one students make up the first graduation class of <strong>St</strong>. Francis<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> High School – the first <strong>Catholic</strong> high school built in Gainesville as<br />

part of the Opportunity of a Lifetime Capital Campaign. The school, with a<br />

challenging beginning, can boast that all graduates will be attending college<br />

in the fall with eight students planning to attend the University of Florida.<br />

While the school was under construction, students began their high<br />

school years in religious education classrooms at nearby Holy Faith<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Church. The high school was completed in 2005 after many<br />

delays due to damage caused by hurricanes and other unforeseen<br />

construction setbacks.<br />

Valedictorian Susana Roque, in her speech at the commencement<br />

ceremony, sums it up perfectly. “…<strong>St</strong>. Francis has encouraged us to<br />

deepen our relationship with Christ, be proud of our church, and open<br />

ourselves to learn the skills we need to live Christ’s teachings. With<br />

faith, you see that it doesn’t matter how high you soar or how low you<br />

sink. We are living for something so much greater than ourselves.”<br />

Susana Roque, <strong>St</strong>. Francis <strong>Catholic</strong> High School’s first<br />

valedictorian, delivers her speech at commencement<br />

ceremonies at the University Auditorium at the University of<br />

Florida, Gainesville on Saturday, May 24.<br />

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Special<br />

Bishop Kenny Baseball<br />

4-A <strong>St</strong>ate Champions<br />

Bishop Kenny captured the 2008 4-A <strong>St</strong>ate Baseball<br />

Championship May 17 with a 9-3 win over Riverdale<br />

High School of Fort Myers.<br />

Head coach Tommy Edwards, who led the Crusaders<br />

to a 28-4 record this season, called the win “a direct result of the<br />

tradition and commitment our staff and players have invested in<br />

the program.”<br />

“This 2008 team had outstanding heart and determination<br />

throughout the season,” said Edwards. “We were led by a group of<br />

seniors that provided the necessary leadership to accomplish this<br />

goal. This was a tremendous thrill for us.”<br />

Bishop Kenny got solid pitching from sophomore Weston<br />

Hoekel (9-1) in the championship game and junior Neil McClellan<br />

(10-1) in the semis. Senior first baseman Ken <strong>St</strong>alls led the<br />

team with nine home runs during the season, while sophomore<br />

centerfielder Ben Gamel was the batting leader with a .475<br />

average.<br />

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Susie Nguyen<br />

Disabilities Camp Celebrates<br />

It has been 25 years since the Ministry for Persons with<br />

Disabilities of the diocese first began providing summer residential<br />

camp for children with disabilities. The camp is held at Camp <strong>St</strong>.<br />

John, next door to Marywood Retreat Center in Switzerland, Fla.<br />

Over the past 10 years the camps have really blossomed from<br />

their original two weeks into eight separate weeks, and they serve<br />

about 300 children, teenagers and young adults each summer.<br />

Camp I Am Special, Camp Promise and Camp Care are unique<br />

because they offer a care ratio of one-to-one in order to provide<br />

the utmost attention and benefit for each camper. The camp staff is<br />

comprised of well-trained high school and college students called<br />

“buddies,” that serve persons<br />

with mental retardation,<br />

Down syndrome, Cerebral<br />

Palsy, blindness, deafness,<br />

and other disabilities.<br />

“This program provides<br />

the campers with an<br />

opportunity to interact with<br />

others in a setting normally<br />

reserved only for persons<br />

of normal ability,” says<br />

Andy Duran, director of the<br />

Ministry for Persons with<br />

Buddy Morgan Monroe wraps<br />

her camper from head-to-toe<br />

for the “mummy wrapping”<br />

contest at Camp I Am Special<br />

held in July.<br />

Disabilities. “The camps<br />

provide an environment<br />

where both the campers<br />

and the camp staff are<br />

loved and nurtured.”


Susie Nguyen<br />

WYD 2008 Pope tells young people power<br />

of Holy Spirit can transform world<br />

W<br />

ith prayer and<br />

openness, young people<br />

can receive the power<br />

of the Holy Spirit and<br />

transform the world, Pope Benedict XVI<br />

told participants at World Youth Day<br />

in Sydney, Australia. “Do not be afraid<br />

to say ‘yes’ to Jesus, to find your joy in<br />

doing his will, giving yourself completely<br />

to the pursuit of holiness,” the pope told<br />

them July 20 as he celebrated the Mass<br />

closing the six-day youth gathering.<br />

World Youth Day officials put Mass<br />

attendance at 400,000.<br />

WYD <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> More than 500<br />

youth from the diocese and beyond<br />

attended a satellite World Youth Day<br />

in <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong>, July 18-19. It was<br />

sponsored by the diocese in conjunction<br />

with the Cathedral-Basilica.<br />

Like the world event in Sydney,<br />

Australia, the main focus was on this<br />

year’s theme from Acts 1:8, “You will<br />

receive power when the Holy Spirit has<br />

Pope Benedict XVI waves to pilgrims during<br />

the World Youth Day vigil at Royal Randwick<br />

Racecourse in Sydney, Australia, July 19.<br />

come upon you; and you will be my witnesses.” Building on the theme was Brad Farmer and<br />

Gene Monterastelli of APeX Ministries who were the keynote presenters and also provided<br />

musical entertainment.<br />

The two-day local event was packed full of activities including praise and worship, the<br />

<strong>St</strong>ations of the Cross, adoration, video feeds from Sydney, workshops and a closing Mass<br />

celebrated by Bishop Victor Galeone.<br />

Oscar “IIX” Rivera, a <strong>Catholic</strong> Hip-Hop artist and speaker, provided a testimonial for<br />

those gathered about growing up in a poor inner city and his international mission work of<br />

evangelizing the poor, the imprisoned and prostitutes.<br />

The crowd cheered when it was announced that WYD 2011 will be held in Madrid, Spain.<br />

Youth from across the Diocese of Saint <strong>Augustine</strong> celebrated WYD 2008 in <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> with praise<br />

and worship and listened closely to satellite video feeds from Sydney, Australia.<br />

around the diocese<br />

CNS photo/Paul Haring<br />

Susie Nguyen<br />

Service Palooza<br />

The youth ministry group of <strong>St</strong>.<br />

Matthew Parish in Jacksonville kicked<br />

off what they hope will be an annual<br />

summer mission program for teens. The<br />

program is called Service Palooza and<br />

it was held the week of June 23. About<br />

35 high school teens participated<br />

by traveling each day to <strong>St</strong>. Mary<br />

Episcopal Church in the Springfield<br />

neighborhood of Jacksonville.<br />

The teens helped spruce up the<br />

church and surrounding area by<br />

painting, organizing food items for<br />

their food pantry, yard clean-up and<br />

just about anything that needed to be<br />

done. They also treated at-risk children<br />

of the neighborhood to a picnic at<br />

Metropolitan Park.<br />

From left are Ryan Neill, Harrison<br />

Holmes and Caitlyn Hemmer. They<br />

cleaned up yards as part of the urban<br />

missionary service program in July.<br />

“Service Palooza is about serving<br />

others,” says Onie Lee, director of youth<br />

ministry and religious education for <strong>St</strong>.<br />

Matthew Parish. “The physical labor and<br />

work was not the focus of the week – we<br />

just wanted to show God’s love and be<br />

the body of Christ to others,” she adds.<br />

So what did the teens get out of the<br />

urban missionary experience? Onie<br />

says, “They got a great appreciation for<br />

what they have and a realization that<br />

they don’t need travel abroad to find<br />

people to serve.”<br />

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around<br />

around the diocese<br />

Permanent Diaconate<br />

Bishop Ordains New Deacons<br />

Ministry Formation Program<br />

Representing 12 parishes in the Diocese of Saint <strong>Augustine</strong><br />

– 15 men and women of the Ministry Formation Program (MFP)<br />

were recognized in a closing ceremony by Bishop Victor Galeone<br />

on Sunday, June 8, at the Cathedral-Basilica of <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong>.<br />

The three-year certification program, inaugurated in the diocese<br />

in 1992, provides leadership and training through a comprehensive<br />

program of spiritual, academic and pastoral formation for laity.<br />

“As members of Christ’s Body, we are called to service in the<br />

church. How fortunate we are in the Diocese of Saint <strong>Augustine</strong> to<br />

have the Ministry Formation Program for deepening the faith and<br />

skills of our future diocesan leaders to better serve our people,” said<br />

Bishop Galeone.<br />

With the class of 2008, a total of 250 men and women have<br />

completed the program.<br />

Kevin Wolfe<br />

Congratulations to the newly ordained permanent deacons! From<br />

left-bottom row: Doug Nullet, James Scott, Jack Raymond and Peter<br />

Dang. From left-top row: Fred Brown, Bryan Ott, Bishop Victor<br />

Galeone, Larry Hart and Jeff Burgess<br />

Bishop Victor Galeone ordained eight men to the<br />

permanent diaconate on Saturday, June 21 at <strong>St</strong>.<br />

Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Palm Coast. The first class<br />

of 12 permanent deacons was ordained in June 2006.<br />

Bishop Galeone established the Office of the Permanent Diaconate<br />

in 2004 so that men in the diocese who felt called to ordained<br />

ministry could consider the diaconate.<br />

The newly ordained deacons have been assigned to parishes<br />

in the Diocese of Saint <strong>Augustine</strong> where they will assist with the<br />

overall pastoral care of parishioners.<br />

Father James Moss<br />

The MFP Class of 2008, from left-top row: Edmund Walden,<br />

Tom Panger, Charles Kanaszka, Deacon Maurice Culver, program<br />

coordinator and Erin McGeever, program director. From left-middle<br />

row: David Williams, Tony Mouzon, Patrick Goin, Virginia Boone,<br />

Jon Neinholz and Kevin Curley. From left-bottom row: Bishop<br />

Galeone, Karen Williams, Linda Phillips, Santa Cochran, Ronald<br />

Parrish, Vilita Curley and Linda Curran.<br />

Black <strong>Catholic</strong>s celebrate diversity, tackle issues<br />

Jennifer Surgent<br />

About 200 black <strong>Catholic</strong>s from around Florida and elsewhere — ranging from<br />

kindergartners to senior citizens — gathered June 6-8 in Jacksonville to get closer to<br />

their spirituality and the sacraments, network and organize strategies to detail issues<br />

facing them today. The Florida Conference of Offices of Black <strong>Catholic</strong> Ministry’s<br />

third assembly, called Gathering 2008, followed the theme Living the Gifts of the<br />

Sacraments through Our Cultural Diversity.<br />

The gathering was marked by song, dance, prayer and other celebration, but conversations<br />

also turned to problems within the black <strong>Catholic</strong> community and how to solve them.<br />

Maria Jenkins of Holy Redeemer Church in Miami said lack of participation of black<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong>s in parishes, low numbers of black deacons and priests, and the closing of<br />

black <strong>Catholic</strong> schools, churches and Offices of Black <strong>Catholic</strong> ministries topped her<br />

list of issues. “We feel that all takes away from the evangelization of black <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

people,” said Jenkins. “The church, at times, is not welcoming.”<br />

As a solution, she and others attending the conference said they want the church to<br />

participate more in the black community by holding more conferences and by reaching out<br />

to black men with opportunities to become priests and deacons. –Jennifer Surgent<br />

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28 <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>September</strong> 2008


youth events<br />

Upcoming Youth<br />

Ministry Events<br />

Oct. 17-19<br />

Diocesan High School Teen<br />

Retreat Theme: “Kingdom Come”<br />

Camp <strong>St</strong>. John, Switzerland<br />

Dec. 12<br />

Advent Tour with Matt Maher of<br />

Adore Ministry<br />

(www.adoreworship.com)<br />

Location: TBA, Jacksonville<br />

Feb. 7, 2009<br />

High School Youth Rally<br />

Keynoter: Brian Butler<br />

Bishop Snyder High School,<br />

Jacksonville<br />

Feb. 8, 2009<br />

Junior High School Youth Rally<br />

Keynoter: Brian Butler<br />

Bishop Snyder High School,<br />

Jacksonville<br />

Feb. 27-March 1 or March 6-8,<br />

2009<br />

Spring Diocesan High School<br />

Teen Retreat<br />

Location: TBA<br />

March 15, 2009<br />

Scouting Awards Ceremony<br />

Cathedral-Basilica of <strong>St</strong>.<br />

<strong>Augustine</strong><br />

April 13, 2009<br />

Annual CYO Golf Tournament<br />

Timaquana Golf and Country<br />

Club, Jacksonville<br />

For more details on any of these<br />

events, call Dewey Szarkowski<br />

at (904) 262-3200, ext. 112 or<br />

email: dszarkowski@dosafl.com.<br />

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<strong>September</strong> 2008<br />

Sept. 6<br />

A Day of Prayer and Reflection<br />

for Extraordinary Ministers of<br />

Holy Communion – Saturday, 9:30<br />

a.m.-3 p.m. Marywood Retreat Center,<br />

Jacksonville. Leader: Father Tom Willis.<br />

Cost: $20. Call (904) 287-2525 or visit<br />

www.marywoodcenter.org.<br />

Sept. 6<br />

Hispanic Diocesan Encounter<br />

Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.,<br />

Blessed Trinity Parish, Jacksonville.<br />

Cost: $5/adults; $3/children. For<br />

details, or to register, call Alba Orozco<br />

at (904) 353-3243 or<br />

email: amorozco@ccbjax.org.<br />

Sept. 8<br />

Vespers for the Nativity of the<br />

Virgin Mary – Vespers will be sung by<br />

the <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> Schola Canotrae vocal<br />

ensemble, Monday, 6 p.m., Shrine of<br />

Our Lady of La Leche, <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong>.<br />

All are welcome. Call (904) 824-2809<br />

for details.<br />

Sept. 8-11<br />

A Christian Meditation Retreat<br />

Monday – Thursday, Marywood Retreat<br />

Center, Jacksonville. Leader: Kim<br />

Nataraja. Cost: $190-$335. Call<br />

(904) 287-2525 or visit<br />

www.marywoodcenter.org.<br />

calendar<br />

Sept. 11<br />

Rebuilding When Your<br />

Relationship Ends – Classes held<br />

every Thursday from Sept. 11-Nov.13,<br />

beginning at 7 p.m., <strong>Catholic</strong> Center,<br />

Jacksonville. For details, call the Family<br />

Life Office at (904) 308-7474 or visit<br />

www.dcfl.org.<br />

Sept. 13<br />

Vietnamese Retreat – “Family is<br />

Called to be Holy” – Saturday,<br />

8 a.m.-5 p.m., Marywood Retreat<br />

Center, Jacksonville. Leader: Society of<br />

Domus Dei Father Mau Ho. Cost: $25.<br />

Call (904) 287-2525 or visit<br />

www.marywoodcenter.org.<br />

Sept. 20<br />

Christian Mysticism Now and<br />

Through the Ages – “Mysticism<br />

of Thomas Merton” Saturday, 9:30<br />

a.m.-3:30 p.m. Leader: Cenacle Sister<br />

Annette Mattle. Cost: $35. Call<br />

(904) 287-2525 or visit<br />

www.marywoodcenter.org.<br />

Sept. 20<br />

Welcoming All Who Come to Our<br />

Doors RCIA training sessions 4 and 5<br />

Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at San<br />

Juan del Rio Parish, Jacksonville.<br />

Advanced registration required. Call<br />

(904) 262-3200, ext. 117 or email:<br />

tbiggs@dosafl.com.<br />

Sept. 24<br />

Theresians Luncheon & Mass<br />

Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. Mass at <strong>St</strong>.<br />

Joseph’s historic church followed<br />

by luncheon talk with Dr. Edward<br />

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reservations, call Kathleen Tinker at<br />

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Sept. 27<br />

Day of Spiritual Renewal<br />

“Mary, Our Mother and Our Sister”<br />

Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Marywood<br />

Retreat Center, Jacksonville. Leader:<br />

Benedictine Sister Paula Hagen. Cost:<br />

$30/$50 for two (early registration) or<br />

$35/door. Call (904) 287-2525 or visit<br />

www.marywoodcenter.org.<br />

Sept. 27<br />

Pre-Cana – A marriage preparation<br />

program for couples that want to marry<br />

in the <strong>Catholic</strong> Church. Saturday,<br />

9:20 a.m.-5:30 p.m., <strong>St</strong>. Elizabeth Ann<br />

Seton, Palm Coast. Cost: $69/couple.<br />

Call (904) 308-7474 or register online:<br />

www.dcfl.org.<br />

Sept. 27<br />

Spanish Pre-Cana – A marriage<br />

preparation program for couples that<br />

want to marry in the <strong>Catholic</strong> Church.<br />

Saturday, 9:30 a.m., <strong>St</strong>. Catherine<br />

Parish, Orange Park. Cost: $69/couple.<br />

Call (904) 264-0577.<br />

DATE SAVERS<br />

Oct. 4<br />

Catechetical Ministry Day<br />

Saturday, 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m. at Bishop<br />

Snyder High School, Jacksonville.<br />

Topics include: Adult Faith Formation,<br />

Certification<br />

Training, Classroom Skills, Hispanic<br />

Ministry, RCIA and Youth Ministry. Preregistration<br />

required. Call (904) 262-3200,<br />

ext. 117 or email: tbiggs@dosafl.com.<br />

Oct. 10-12<br />

Retrouvaille Weekend – A program<br />

designed to help and renew troubled<br />

marriages, Friday-Sunday in Jacksonville.<br />

Cost: $75. For details and to register, call<br />

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