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catholic<br />

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


<strong>September</strong> 2006 • www.staugcatholic.org<br />


nothing is too big<br />

to overcome p. 16<br />

PRAYER p. 14<br />

our instant message<br />

to Jesus<br />


staying safe<br />

on the web<br />

LAST WORD p. 29<br />

to wish, to hope<br />

what’s the difference?<br />


helping a friend<br />

in trouble p. 8<br />


twins learn early<br />

how to give back p. 24<br />

Kara’s<br />

Courage<br />

A <strong>St</strong>ory of <strong>St</strong>rength, Determination and Faith<br />

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A Gift<br />

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Shaping<br />

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School has applied the<br />

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construction of its Fine<br />

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catholic<br />

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

<strong>September</strong> 2006 Volume XVI Issue 2<br />

TEEN<br />

T<br />

ISSUE<br />

contents<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 about 164,000 registered <strong>Catholic</strong>s.<br />

features<br />




Msgr. Joseph James Writing Scholarship What do you hope for? That’s what<br />

the <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> had students from our <strong>Catholic</strong> high schools and parish<br />

youth programs tackle in the first annual Msgr. Joseph James Writing Scholarship.<br />

10<br />

Hope for our<br />

Future A 2006<br />

graduate of Ridgeview<br />

High School in Orange<br />

Park, Rachelle is a<br />

member of Sacred Heart<br />

Parish Youth Group in<br />

Green Cove Springs.<br />

– Rachelle Andone<br />

16<br />

18<br />

Cover <strong>St</strong>ory: Kara’s Courage<br />

Kara Masson is a bright 19-yearold<br />

sophomore at Flagler College. At the<br />

age of 13 she was diagnosed with a life<br />

threatening brain tumor. She says her<br />

faith helped her cope with her illness. Her<br />

strength and determination has inspired<br />

many who know her. – Mark Udry<br />

26<br />

Double Click Could Mean Double<br />

Trouble A student mentor with Project<br />

SOS in Jacksonville, Jon provides teens a guide to<br />

Internet Safety. – Jon Matyi<br />


12 Something<br />

to Work For<br />

A 2006 graduate of<br />

Bishop John Snyder<br />

High School in<br />

Jacksonville, Sarah is a<br />

member of <strong>St</strong>. Patrick<br />

Parish in Jacksonville.<br />

– Sarah Evans<br />

Lessons from the Disabled For the last<br />

three years, Robert Bianco has dedicated<br />

his summers to helping others with special needs.<br />

His disabled buddies at Camp Promise have taught<br />

him that nothing is too big to overcome. – Tom Tracy<br />

24<br />

Twins Learn Early the Gift of Giving<br />

Identical twins Frank and Mike Dawedeit<br />

share a strong sense of stewardship when it<br />

comes to helping the poor and homeless in their<br />

community. – Mark Udry<br />


what you’ll get<br />

out of this issue<br />

4 editor’s notes<br />

Welcome to our first annual Teen Issue!<br />

– Kathleen Bagg-Morgan<br />

5 saint of the month<br />

<strong>St</strong>. John Bosco – Elizabeth Johnson<br />

6 bishop’s message<br />

Teens — Jesus is the answer!<br />

– Bishop Victor Galeone<br />

7 from the youth director<br />

Empowering our youth – Anne McGaugh<br />

8 in the know with Father Joe<br />

Dear Fr. Joe: How do I help a friend who is<br />

suicidal? – Father Joseph Krupp<br />

9 teen poll Is there a difference between<br />

hope and wishful thinking? – <strong>St</strong>udents of Bishop<br />

Kenny High School<br />

14 spiritual fitness prayer is our “instant<br />

message” with Jesus – Father Bill Ashbaugh<br />

21 work life What do I want to be<br />

when I grow up? – Tim Ryan<br />

22 youth ministry profile <strong>St</strong>. Matthew<br />

and <strong>St</strong>. Philip Neri Youth Ministries – Shannon<br />

Scruby-Henderson<br />

27 around the diocese<br />

29 last word - Father Charles Irvin<br />

30 calendar of events<br />

8<br />

On the Cover: Kara Masson of <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong>. Photo by Scott Smith.<br />

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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 />


Kathleen Bagg-Morgan<br />

EDITOR<br />

Susie Nguyen<br />


Patrick McKinney<br />


Father Bill Ashbaugh<br />

Father Charles Irvin<br />

Elizabeth Johnson<br />

Father Joseph Krupp<br />

Jon Matyi<br />

Anne McGaugh<br />

Tim Ryan<br />

Shannon Scruby Henderson<br />

Tom Tracy<br />

Mark Udry<br />


Tom Gennara<br />

Scott Smith<br />


Jonathan Sion<br />


InnerWorkings<br />


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editor’s notes<br />

welcome to our first teen issue!<br />

Beginning this month, our<br />

<strong>September</strong> issue will be devoted to<br />

the youth of our diocese.<br />

Our theme is “What do you<br />

hope for?” It is also the question we posed to<br />

high school seniors as part of our first annual<br />

Msgr. Joseph James Writing Scholarship<br />

Award. This spring, the <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

sponsored an essay contest with our two<br />

finalists announced in July.<br />

The awards include a<br />

$1,000 scholarship for a<br />

senior attending a <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

high school and a $1,000<br />

scholarship for a high<br />

school senior active in their<br />

parish youth ministry. I<br />

want to congratulate our<br />

finalists and all the students<br />

who participated in the<br />

essay contest. You can read<br />

the winning essays on pages<br />

10 and 12.<br />

Some of you may be<br />

asking who is Msgr. Joseph<br />

James and why are the<br />

scholarships named in his<br />

honor?<br />

My good friend and<br />

fellow journalist Margo<br />

Pope fondly remembers<br />

Msgr. James as a balancer. “He balanced the<br />

life of a priest with the life of a journalist,”<br />

she said.<br />

Now associate editor of the <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong><br />

Record, Margo met Msgr. James shortly after<br />

going to work for the Florida Times-Union<br />

in 1970. Msgr. James had just launched<br />

Community – a weekly page published in<br />

the Sunday newspapers in Jacksonville,<br />

Tallahassee, Pensacola and Gainesville.<br />

Community was an innovative approach to<br />

sharing the news and views of the <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Church with <strong>Catholic</strong> and non-<strong>Catholic</strong><br />

readers.<br />

Msgr. James got his start in journalism<br />

when he was called in 1963 to be the<br />

assistant editor of The <strong>Catholic</strong> Week, the<br />

newspaper of the Diocese of Mobile, covering<br />

Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. He<br />

Msgr. Joseph James<br />

1936-2003<br />

by Kathleen Bagg-Morgan<br />

studied journalism at Marquette University<br />

in Milwaukee. He also became a long-time<br />

member of Sigma Delta Chi, The Society of<br />

Professional Journalists. Along with Margo,<br />

Msgr. James was a charter member of the<br />

Jacksonville chapter of Sigma Delta Chi. “For<br />

all the time we had a chapter, we could count<br />

on Joe being active and involved,” she said.<br />

In the late 1960s, he was brought into the<br />

Diocese of Saint <strong>Augustine</strong> when he was<br />

assistant pastor of Sacred<br />

Heart Parish in Pensacola.<br />

A change in boundaries<br />

shifted Pensacola from<br />

the Diocese of Mobile<br />

to the Diocese of Saint<br />

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

He immediately became<br />

a member of the Board<br />

of the Florida <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

newspaper and later served<br />

as Chairman of the Board.<br />

In 1970, Msgr. James<br />

became the founding<br />

editor of Community. He<br />

served as editor for eight<br />

years, until 1978.<br />

Msgr. James died May<br />

7, 2003 at the age of 67.<br />

He was pastor of Mary,<br />

Queen of Heaven Parish<br />

in Jacksonville at the time of his death. At his<br />

funeral, retired Bishop John J. Snyder fondly<br />

remembered Msgr. James as having “the gift<br />

of preaching and writing and the ability to<br />

relate to communication professionals. He<br />

touched the lives of so many in so many<br />

ways. We are all better for his involvement in<br />

our lives.”<br />

“Msgr. James was a consummate journalist.<br />

He would love this award because he loved<br />

the written word for getting the message<br />

across,” said Margo.<br />

Listen up class of 2007, if you<br />

are a writer and you plan to go to college,<br />

watch for entry information for the Msgr.<br />

Joseph James Writing Scholarship. Forms<br />

will be available in your parish and <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

school soon!<br />

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Saint: John Bosco<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Giovanni Melchior Bosco<br />

Feast Day: Jan. 14<br />

His one-boy show<br />

Giovanni was born to poor<br />

parents in a little cabin in Becchi,<br />

a hillside hamlet in Italy. His father<br />

died when he was only two years<br />

old, and his mother Margaret was<br />

left with three sons to raise on her<br />

own. As soon as Giovanni was old<br />

enough, he learned magic tricks<br />

from performers at carnivals, fairs<br />

and circuses. He gave one-boy<br />

shows to earn money, and then<br />

repeated the priest’s Sunday homily<br />

to his audience of children.<br />

saint<br />

saint of the month<br />

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why he’s the patron saint of young people<br />

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On deciding what to do with<br />

his life:<br />

Giovanni Bosco also worked<br />

as a shepherd and had little time for<br />

school, but he did receive instruction<br />

from the parish priest. He was drawn<br />

to the priesthood and entered the<br />

seminary at Chieri in 1835, at age 20.<br />

To pay for his schooling, he worked as a<br />

tailor, baker, shoemaker and carpenter.<br />

After six years, he was ordained a priest<br />

by Archbishop Franzoni and acquired<br />

the title, “Don.”<br />

A tragic scene – children in prison:<br />

Don Bosco visited prisons in Turin<br />

and was appalled by the condition<br />

of the children confi ned there. He<br />

decided to devote his life to the rescue<br />

of abandoned and outcast children.<br />

In December 1841, he began<br />

instructing a young street urchin named<br />

Bartolomeo. By March 1842, he had<br />

30 students, and by 1846, 400.<br />

Unfortunately, Giovanni was forced<br />

to give up the rooms he was using for<br />

a school and chapel, and his ministry<br />

was beset with obstacles for a time.<br />

His quiet perseverance and intense<br />

dedication prevailed, however, and<br />

fi nally he was able to open a school<br />

and home, aided by his mother, which<br />

housed more than 700 boys. The<br />

home was known as the Salesian<br />

Home, named in honor of <strong>St</strong>. Francis<br />

De Sales. In 1868, he – and a group<br />

of priests and teachers who worked<br />

with him – formed a society called the<br />

Salesians of Don Bosco.<br />

Why he’s the patron saint of young<br />

people:<br />

<strong>St</strong>. John Bosco was known for his<br />

gentleness and patience with children.<br />

He never punished– he instilled a<br />

sense of duty instead. He believed<br />

music was a powerful force for good,<br />

and started a band for his pupils.<br />

Children loved him for his sense of<br />

play, which he recommended as a vital<br />

part of a child’s life. Because of this,<br />

Don Giovanni Bosco is the patron saint<br />

of boys, schoolchildren, students and<br />

young people.<br />




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from the bishop<br />

Teens – Jesus is the answer!<br />

by Bishop Victor Galeone<br />

“Bishop, what if what we’ve been told about Jesus isn’t true? I mean,<br />

all our life we’re trying to be good and all that – and then suppose<br />

when we die, we learn that it wasn’t true. Why waste our time, if we<br />

can’t be sure?”<br />

This quote is from a letter that I received from a candidate<br />

I confirmed this past year. I can understand this teenager’s<br />

frustration. Underlying his dilemma is the thought: “Why<br />

should I believe in Jesus? I’ve never seen him.”<br />

That’s true. I’ve never seen Abraham Lincoln either. But I<br />

believe that he was president during the Civil War; that he<br />

signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863; and<br />

that John Wilkes Booth assassinated him on Good Friday 1865<br />

in Ford’s Theater.<br />

Why do I believe all that and much more about Mr.<br />

Lincoln, even though I wasn’t there? Because those who<br />

were there – witnesses, namely – told others about what they<br />

had seen. Their accounts were recorded in the newspapers,<br />

and ultimately wound up in our history books. Once I’m<br />

convinced that a history book is reliable, I accept its contents<br />

as true. The same thing applies to Jesus.<br />

We have four reliable history books that tell us about Jesus<br />

– Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.<br />

Perhaps you may ask, “But how can we be sure that what they<br />

narrate really happened?” When a historian shows a person’s<br />

warts and not just his virtues, you can be almost 100 percent<br />

sure that he’s telling you the truth.<br />

In addition to the apostles’ good points, the gospel writers<br />

report some very embarrassing faults:<br />

•<br />

•<br />

•<br />

•<br />

The apostles come across as slow learners, petty and<br />

jealous.<br />

When Jesus is arrested, they desert him.<br />

Simon Peter curses and swears he doesn’t know who<br />

Jesus is.<br />

On Easter morning, it’s the women who discover the<br />

empty tomb. The apostles are hiding like cowards behind<br />

locked doors! (Talk about warts!)<br />

Coupled with this internal evidence for the reliability of the<br />

gospels, all the apostles, except for John, suffered excruciating<br />

deaths rather than deny what they were preaching. To paraphrase<br />

<strong>St</strong>. John Chrysostom, an early Church Father: “How do you<br />

account for the fact that these men, who deserted and denied<br />

Christ during his lifetime, set<br />

out to win the whole world for<br />

him after his death? Did they<br />

perhaps say to themselves, ‘He<br />

could not save himself while<br />

he was alive, but now that he is<br />

dead, he will extend a helping hand to us?’…It is evident, then, that<br />

if they had not seen him risen from the dead and had proof of his power,<br />

they would never have risked so much, including their own lives.”<br />

Yes, Jesus is alive. During his time on earth, he claimed<br />

to be God’s eternal Son in the flesh. In addition to the many<br />

miracles he performed, the fact that he rose from the dead<br />

proves that he is who he claimed to be. Would God have<br />

brought an imposter back to life?<br />

Think a moment. Born in a remote corner of the Roman<br />

Empire, Jesus never did any of the things we associate with<br />

greatness, like conquering an empire or writing great books.<br />

Yet today those who did those things – along with everyone else<br />

who ever lived – are all stamped with the date of his birth. He<br />

split history right down the center: BC/AD. You cannot even<br />

write a valid check without acknowledging the year of his reign:<br />

2006! And when was the last time you heard someone on a TV<br />

sitcom swear, “For Buddha’s sake!” Why, then, is Christ’s name<br />

used that way? Obviously, he’s the most hated as well as the<br />

most loved person who ever walked our earth.<br />

When I was asked to prepare my message for this special teen<br />

edition of our magazine, I asked myself, “What could I possibly<br />

say that would prove a challenge to them?”<br />

Teens, Jesus wants to reign – not on the date of a calendar<br />

– but in the fibers of your heart. Fall in love with him! Yes,<br />

surrender your hearts to him.<br />

But remember that Jesus can’t stay in a divided heart. Recall<br />

what he himself once said, “You cannot serve two masters.”<br />

So if your heart is filled with anger or hatred or prejudice,<br />

there’s no room for the Lord. And if you’re dabbling with drugs<br />

or alcohol or illicit sex, you’re really telling Jesus, “Go away<br />

– there’s no room for you here!”<br />

If you’re feeling down and miserable after trying to find<br />

happiness in all the wrong places, isn’t it time that you<br />

surrendered your heart to the Lord? He will never let you down.<br />

And besides, there is no high like the high that comes from<br />

falling in love with the Lord Jesus!<br />

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I am grateful for the opportunity<br />

to address the youth, parents, youth<br />

ministers and campus ministers, clergy<br />

and all the faithful readers of the <strong>St</strong>.<br />

<strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> magazine. My name<br />

is Anne McGaugh and I serve Bishop<br />

Victor Galeone and the Diocese of Saint<br />

<strong>Augustine</strong> as director of Youth and Young<br />

Adult Ministry. This includes <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Scouting and Campus Ministry. I began<br />

my job August 1, 2005.<br />

The fi eld of youth ministry has changed<br />

signifi cantly over the years. We have<br />

moved from the CYO mentality of<br />

sports leagues and dances to a more<br />

comprehensive youth ministry approach.<br />

In 1997 the United <strong>St</strong>ates Conference<br />

of <strong>Catholic</strong> Bishops (USCCB) published<br />

a document Renewing The Vision: A<br />

Framework of <strong>Catholic</strong> Youth Ministry.<br />

This document identifi ed three goals and<br />

eight components of youth ministry.<br />

The following goals should be the focal<br />

point of youth ministry in our parishes.<br />

GOAL #1<br />

Discipleship – Empowering young<br />

people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ<br />

in our world today (RTV 9).<br />

GOAL # 2<br />

Connection – Draw young people<br />

to responsible participation in the life,<br />

mission and work of the <strong>Catholic</strong> faith<br />

community (RTV 11).<br />

GOAL # 3<br />

Gifts and Growth – To foster the total<br />

personal growth and spiritual growth of<br />

each young person.<br />

Youth Ministry leaders in this millennium<br />

have more experience and benefits from<br />

an increasing number of academic and<br />

ministry formation programs than ever<br />

imagined. The growth in professional youth<br />

ministry has exploded since Vatican II with<br />

the emergence of Lay Ecclesial Ministers.<br />

Recent studies have found that the<br />

number of Youth Ministers has increased<br />

youth<br />

from the youth director<br />

empowering our<br />

youth by Anne McGaugh<br />

significantly over the years. In 1992 there<br />

were 2,850 paid youth ministers (working<br />

more than 20 hours a week) and in 2002<br />

the number rose to 5,446. In 1992<br />

only 33 percent of youth ministers had a<br />

bachelors’ degree. In 2002, 21 percent<br />

have earned a graduate degree. The roles<br />

of youth ministry leaders have also changed<br />

from a sports coach and dance chaperon<br />

to include early adolescent and high<br />

school ministry, sacramental preparation,<br />

catechesis and sometimes ministry to<br />

young adults.<br />

Our diocese has 51 parishes, nine<br />

mission churches and four <strong>Catholic</strong> high<br />

schools. But there are only 39 “named”<br />

youth ministers. Very few of our youth<br />

ministers are paid for full time work and<br />

many receive no compensation at all. The<br />

National Directory for Catechesis states,<br />

“Whether coordinators of youth ministry<br />

work full time or part time, they should<br />

be provided compensation and benefits<br />

appropriate to their efforts.”<br />

My hope for our diocese is to increase<br />

our professionally trained youth ministers,<br />

pay them a living wage, increase our<br />

parish-based youth ministry that includes<br />

all the components of youth ministry,<br />

greater collaboration between our scouting<br />

programs and our parishes and campus<br />

ministry programs – and create a sense of<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> identity for our youth. Won’t you<br />

help in this dream? Our church needs your<br />

gifts of time and talent to help shape the<br />

youth of the Diocese of Saint <strong>Augustine</strong>.<br />

For more information on youth ministry<br />

in the diocese and how you<br />

can get involved, please call<br />

me at the <strong>Catholic</strong> Center in<br />

Jacksonville at (904) 262-<br />

3200, ext. 112 or email:<br />

amcgaugh@dosafl.com.<br />

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fr. joe<br />

in the know with Fr. Joe<br />

Dear Father Joe: What do I do if a<br />

friend is suicidal?<br />

Tough times, obviously – you have<br />

my prayers.<br />

Now, what do you do?<br />

First of all, you have to recognize<br />

that you are in an important position as a<br />

friend. If you know your friend is suicidal,<br />

then one of two things is true: One possibility<br />

is that your friend told you that he is thinking<br />

of suicide. If that is the case, then that means<br />

your friend has trusted you with his secret.<br />

You have earned something great because of<br />

the way you care, and that speaks very well of<br />

you. The second possibility is that you have<br />

watched your friend and picked up on subtle<br />

signs that something is amiss, and that you see<br />

the possibility of her hurting herself. If that is<br />

the case, this also speaks well of you; you are<br />

an observant, sensitive person who is aware<br />

of your friends at a time in your life when it is<br />

hard not to be self-focused. I am telling you<br />

these things, because you need to keep them<br />

in your heart, as things are about to get rough.<br />

The first step is to be sure that you are<br />

talking with your friend about his or her<br />

Recently, at the high<br />

school where I’m chaplain,<br />

one of our students committed<br />

suicide. It was one of the most<br />

difficult times I have experienced<br />

in my six years at the school. I<br />

am writing this column about<br />

suicide in response to a question<br />

mailed to me. The answer comes<br />

from being a part of the slow<br />

and painful healing process that<br />

everyone goes through when<br />

someone chooses to take his or her<br />

life. Please pray today that all of us<br />

will grow in our ability to know our<br />

value in the eyes of God. May Jesus<br />

bless you today.<br />

feelings; “How are you doing today? Is there<br />

anything I can do?” Questions like this are<br />

an invitation to take what is hidden in the<br />

darkness and bring them out into the light.<br />

They are more than questions; they are a<br />

statement of care and concern. As your friend<br />

shares his heart with you, make sure that you<br />

are really listening. Find out what is going on<br />

and what you can do to help. Often, the best<br />

thing you can do to help is to be available and<br />

offer him all your love and prayers.<br />

Now, if in your conversations, you realize<br />

that she is serious about taking her own life,<br />

you need to be sure and be present to her<br />

as much as you can. Get a group of trusted<br />

people to stay close while you take the next<br />

step, which is the difficult one.<br />

See, the next step is that you need to take<br />

this to an adult. The hardest part here will<br />

be your feelings of guilt about breaking a<br />

confidence. It could also be that you are<br />

thinking “Well, I could be wrong and if I am,<br />

I’ll really embarrass my friend.”<br />

I think it’s worth it, don’t you? Suicide is a<br />

permanent condition. There are no second<br />

chances in a situation like this. It is much<br />

better to make an error on the side of caution<br />

than to be at a funeral and wonder what you<br />

could have done.<br />

With that in your heart and mind, then, be<br />

sure and talk to a trusted adult; a good option<br />

would seem to be your friend’s parents,<br />

assuming they are not part of the problem.<br />

If you can’t talk to them, you may<br />

want to talk to your own parents.<br />

In fact, you may want to talk to<br />

your parents first. Sometimes,<br />

they may have suggestions about<br />

who should be told about this<br />

situation. There is also the possibility<br />

of talking to one of your teachers,<br />

or the counselor at school. There<br />

are so many people you can go to in a<br />

situation like this – make sure you take<br />

this step!<br />

Now, if the person is threatening<br />

to kill himself at that moment, don’t<br />

hesitate – pick up the phone and call<br />

9-1-1. Don’t worry about “wasting their<br />

time.” I assure you, the numerous police<br />

officers I have talked to on this issue<br />

would rather respond to a call to prevent a<br />

teen suicide than a call to report one.<br />

Some people will tell you, “Well, she’s<br />

only doing it to get attention,” and that may<br />

very well be the case. However, if she is only<br />

“doing it to get attention,” then she must need<br />

attention pretty badly, because talking about<br />

killing yourself is a pretty drastic step. Don’t<br />

use the possibility of “attention-getting” as a<br />

reason to step away, let it compel you even<br />

more to get involved. Any time a person<br />

threatens to kill herself, or says he wants to be<br />

dead, you should take it very seriously.<br />

If you are reading this and struggling with<br />

suicidal thoughts yourself, make sure you talk<br />

to someone who can help: your parents, your<br />

priest or teacher, a friend; anyone who can<br />

help.<br />

Life is a precious, beautiful gift – we all<br />

need to take care of and cherish that gift the<br />

best we can.<br />

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

– Father Joseph Krupp<br />

Send your questions to:<br />

“In the Know with Father Joe”<br />

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

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What do I hope for?<br />

To see good in the<br />

world, which to me<br />

means finding and<br />

embracing the love of<br />

God – to live for him,<br />

and to desire to do<br />

his work and will. In<br />

order to do that, the<br />

presence of God must<br />

be recognized and<br />

proclaimed to all those<br />

who are willing to<br />

participate.<br />

for Our Future<br />



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I hope for every person on earth to be touched<br />

by God. I hope for those who have their doubts, to<br />

finally see him, and recognize his powers. I believe<br />

that in order to work towards these hopes and<br />

dreams, we must spread his message to those who<br />

are not fortunate enough to already know him.<br />

I hope that one day, the young people of this<br />

world recognize their responsibility of spreading<br />

his Word through not only words, but through<br />

action. Last year I participated in Plunge, a youth<br />

volunteer program sponsored by <strong>St</strong>. Catherine<br />

Parish in Orange Park. The group goes to <strong>St</strong>.<br />

<strong>Augustine</strong> for a week to help the elderly and<br />

people in need by making simple repairs and<br />

improvements to their homes. We worked from<br />

9 o’clock in the morning to 4 o’clock in the<br />

afternoon. We slept at a nearby school and ate our<br />

meals at the local soup kitchen. The teens in our<br />

group made sure the needs of our clients were met,<br />

and that they were happy with our work.<br />

We began to see our clients as friends. We<br />

exchanged stories throughout the day getting to<br />

know one another.<br />

The weeklong project is proof there are young<br />

people willing to share their God-given abilities<br />

with those less fortunate. The<br />

Plunge slogan is “Faith without<br />

action is dead” taken from James<br />

2:17, 20. This is a powerful verse<br />

from the Bible – one that I try<br />

to live by each day. Through the<br />

actions and deeds of our Plunge<br />

group, I hope people recognize<br />

Jesus working within each of us<br />

and his word will spread like<br />

wildfire. I hope our actions will<br />

inspire others to want to grow in<br />

their faith and get to know our<br />

Lord more intimately.<br />

It is through projects like Plunge<br />

that you realize Jesus is within each<br />

of us – young, old, able or fragile.<br />

It is through our action, kindness,<br />

love and thankfulness that we<br />


see God. These are the qualities in which I hope<br />

eventually fill the people of this world.<br />

I believe as long as there are good people in this<br />

world willing to sacrifice their time and efforts<br />

for others and who put others before themselves,<br />

God will prevail. I hope that, like the teens of<br />

Plunge, we all find time to become closer to him.<br />

It is through our work for him that we receive his<br />

blessings.<br />

By spreading the word of God, I believe there<br />

will be less hatred filling the world. With the<br />

message of God being so clear, a true love for every<br />

one of us should be found and exercised without<br />

prejudice. The world would then have no choice<br />

but to become a better place for future generations.<br />

As long as we use the word of God to motivate<br />

us to keep up our morale, and come together to<br />

create a better place for ourselves, there is still<br />

hope for the world to be engulfed in his message.<br />

Hope for the future is all I ask. Hope that we<br />

realize how great God can be, and how he can<br />

help us overcome our obstacles. It is because of<br />

his undying love that he forgives our mistakes and<br />

faults. I hope that our actions show our beliefs, and<br />

spark curiosity of why we love him so much — so<br />

others will want to know him too.<br />

I hope that eventually, every<br />

person in this world embraces the<br />

love of God, forcing all doubt and<br />

hatred to be smothered completely<br />

out of our lives. I hope we work<br />

hard and never falter because<br />

without action, our faith will die.<br />

If we remain hopeful, I believe this<br />

world has no choice but to become a<br />

better place for everyone.<br />

Rachelle Andone is a 2006 graduate<br />

of Ridgeview High School in Orange<br />

Park and a member of Sacred Heart<br />

Parish in Green Cove Springs. She is<br />

now attending the University of Florida<br />

in Gainesville and plans to major in<br />

graphic and commercial art design.<br />

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H“Hope empties our hands in order that we may work with them.<br />

It shows us that we have something to work for, and teaches us<br />

how to work for it.”<br />

Thomas Merton’s No Man Is an Island was published in 1955, and<br />

51 years later, his words still ring true. Not that this should surprise<br />

anyone; hope is one of humanity’s most fundamental components,<br />

serving as a hallmark of every truly successful life.<br />

In my 14 years of attending <strong>Catholic</strong> school, I’ve learned a<br />

person’s success can be measured by their hopefulness. To truly<br />

have hope – a belief that things can, will and must continue to get<br />

better – requires so much more than just optimism. You must have<br />

the maturity to keep life in perspective, and the courage to put that<br />

perspective into action!<br />

Something to<br />

by Sara Evans<br />

work for<br />

These virtues roll right off the<br />

tongue, but they are often so<br />

difficult to achieve. Hope is our<br />

most elusive necessity; I once<br />

read a quote by author Graham<br />

Greene in which he opined that<br />

people are prone to sadness<br />

because “secretly, that’s where we<br />

feel we belong.”<br />

At first, the quote shocked me;<br />

but the more I thought about it,<br />

the more I realized its validity.<br />

Certainly, we don’t go through<br />

life thinking, It’s right for me<br />

to be sad all the time. However, as a society, we are conditioned<br />

or we condition ourselves to believe that we could, and should,<br />

always be: better, smarter, thinner, faster or prettier. Our society is<br />

too competitive – and I say that as an admitted adrenaline fan – a<br />

girl who once hectored a teammate during a speed-based review<br />

game in religion class with, “The teacher won’t hear you if you<br />

bang on your book – bang on your desk!”<br />

A healthy competition is all well and good, but attainable<br />

standards set you up for failure, and drain away our world’s most<br />

precious resources: hope, resilience and confidence.<br />

One of my biggest hopes is that my children will grow up in a<br />

world where everyone’s voice is valued and heard. An even bigger<br />

hope? This transformation of our world will come even sooner and<br />


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that I will have played some role, however small, in its advent.<br />

I have a lot of hopes for my own life. Some are a bit selfish (a<br />

nice home, a corner office), and some are sweet (a husband, lots of<br />

children). Maybe you really can’t “have it all,” but I’d sure like to<br />

try! As long as my children are my absolute priority, I don’t see any<br />

harm in trying to improve the world, one global merger at a time.<br />

I know how much closer a good education will bring me to<br />

these goals, and so I can’t wait to start my career at the College of<br />

William & Mary. Leaving Bishop John J. Snyder High School will<br />

be incredibly difficult, but if there’s one thing I learned in my time<br />

there, it was to hope.<br />

I’d gone nearly 18 years without a nickname, and then I<br />

stumbled upon a few during my senior year. One of them was<br />

“Lucky Sevans” (an expanded<br />

version of the more common<br />

“Sevans,” formed by my first<br />

initial and my last name). During<br />

the big “three days” of graduation<br />

celebrations, I did my fair share<br />

of reflection and realized how<br />

truly lucky I’ve been. I think<br />

that very few people are able to<br />

meet as many strong, intelligent,<br />

faithful people as I have. In terms<br />

of role models, my life’s been<br />

an embarrassment of riches, particularly because of Bishop John<br />

Snyder – my high school’s namesake.<br />

At its very core, my big hope for humanity is that everyone will<br />

have hope. When you have hope – the knowledge that no matter<br />

what your past, you have a future that can still be shaped in any<br />

way desired – you have what you need. You can see your goals,<br />

and you won’t be afraid to work for them; so much of the world’s<br />

unhappiness is caused by fear.<br />

Real hope includes courage, but not arrogance. We don’t<br />

have hope because we’re sure we’ll get our reward. Rather,<br />

we’re a hopeful people because we are, at the end of the day,<br />

an extraordinarily lucky people. We have free will and a world<br />

that is still filled with an awful lot of good – the Good Samaritan<br />

movement is open to all – day or night.<br />

To join, all you have to do is empty your hands, of course. You<br />

have to let go of whatever has shielded you from other people – be<br />

they material things, or maybe a tough attitude – and stretch your<br />

hand out to the world.<br />

It sounds intimidating, but you’re not worried. After all you<br />

know that it’s just a matter of time before someone else empties<br />

their hands and grabs hold of yours.<br />

Sara Evans is a 2006 graduate of Bishop John J. Snyder High School<br />

in Jacksonville. She was one of two winners of the inaugural Msgr. Joseph<br />

James Essay Contest sponsored by the <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> magazine<br />

and awarded a $1,000 college scholarship. Sarah will attend The College<br />

of William & Mary in the fall and plans to major in Political Science.<br />

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“We have free will and<br />

a world that is still filled<br />

with an awful lot of good<br />

– the Good Samaritan<br />

movement is open to all<br />

– day or night.”<br />


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spiritual fitness<br />

In a chat room with God<br />

prayer is our “instant message”<br />

with Jesus<br />

by Father Bill Ashbaugh<br />

<strong>Augustine</strong> realized that his own<br />

immoral behavior was creating the<br />

block. He would pray, “Lord give<br />

me chastity and temperance,<br />

but not yet.” It was kind of a joke,<br />

but also a real expression of his<br />

inner struggle.<br />

Iremember the first time I experienced IM (For those who may<br />

be computer illiterate, that stands for “instant messaging”). It<br />

was strange to know that a friend on another computer far<br />

away was communicating with me through the Internet in real<br />

time. I would type something, then a minute or so later, a response<br />

would show up on the screen. Not so long ago, I witnessed the first<br />

marriage of two people who met over the Internet in a Christian<br />

chat room. They fell in love. It led to a face-to-face meeting and<br />

then to a lifelong commitment before God.<br />

It is wonderful to see relationships grow.<br />

Love deepens. People begin to connect<br />

emotionally and spiritually. We can feel<br />

very close to another person. God wants<br />

this for all of us, for where there is true<br />

love, there is the kingdom and there is<br />

God! Even more wonderful is that God<br />

wants this close connection to happen<br />

between us and God. Jesus said “Whoever<br />

loves me will keep my word, and my<br />

Father will love him, and we will come<br />

to him and make our dwelling with him.”<br />

(John 14:23) One of the great mysteries of<br />

our faith is that God dwells within us.<br />

Deep within us is the ideal “chat room”<br />

where we meet God. Modern technology<br />

can connect us with people all around the<br />

world, but it cannot connect us to God.<br />

Fortunately, God has ‘wired us’ for<br />

God.<br />

Our relationship with God is the most<br />

important relationship of our lives,<br />

for it is the one that saves us. Many<br />

people have struggles as they build this<br />

relationship – hang in there! God is<br />

pursuing us and meets us where we are.<br />

There is a great saint I have grown to<br />

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admire who had lots of trouble forming<br />

his own relationship with God. His name<br />

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

<strong>Augustine</strong> grew up in North Africa<br />

and had a lot of freedom as a teenager.<br />

When he was 16, he met a girl and fell<br />

in love. Within two years, he had a child<br />

with her out of wedlock. He knew he had<br />

acted badly, but continued to struggle<br />

with all the temptations and freedom<br />

of his culture. Later, he would see this<br />

“freedom” to indulge in sensuality and<br />

pleasure as true slavery. <strong>St</strong> <strong>Augustine</strong><br />

tried to talk to God during this time, but<br />

he couldn’t connect – God seemed very<br />

distant. <strong>Augustine</strong> realized that his own<br />

immoral behavior was creating the block.<br />

He would pray, “Lord give me chastity and<br />

temperance, but not yet.” It was kind of a<br />

joke, but also a real expression of his inner<br />

struggle. He was in deep pain and yearned<br />

for the love only God could give. One<br />

day, he was with his young son and some<br />

friends and was experiencing sadness and<br />

frustration over his inner struggle. He sat<br />

down underneath a fig tree and was crying<br />

to God over his trouble. Then he heard a<br />

voice of a young child sing, “Tolle, lege,”<br />

which means, “Take up and read.”<br />

The voice captured him – he knew it<br />

was God. <strong>Augustine</strong> took up the Sacred<br />

Scriptures that were right beside him and<br />

there, from <strong>St</strong> Paul’s letter to the Romans,<br />

he read, “Let us conduct ourselves<br />

properly as in the day, not in orgies and<br />

drunkenness, not in promiscuity and<br />

licentiousness, not in rivalry and jealousy.<br />

But put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make<br />

no provision for the desires of the flesh.”<br />

<strong>Augustine</strong>’s life changed dramatically at<br />

this point, and so did his prayer life! He<br />

learned to talk to God. Here is one of the<br />

many beautiful passages that <strong>St</strong> <strong>Augustine</strong><br />

wrote about his experience in his book,<br />

The Confessions:<br />

Late have I loved you, Beauty<br />

ever ancient and ever new! Late have<br />

I loved you! ... You shone upon me;<br />

your radiance enveloped me; you put<br />

my blindness to fl ight. You shed your<br />

fragrance about me; I drew breath and<br />

now I gasp for your sweet odor. I tasted<br />

you, and now I hunger and thirst for you.<br />

You touched me, and I am infl amed with<br />

love of your peace. (Book X, 27)<br />

<strong>Augustine</strong> learned how to have a deep,<br />

lasting, rich, fruitful prayer life with God.<br />

So can we.<br />

Our spiritual exercise<br />

this month is to spend time<br />

in the God chat room!<br />

1<br />

All relationships need<br />

an investment of<br />

time. Just like there is an investment<br />

of time in Internet chatting, make an<br />

investment of time to talk to God. I<br />

suggest at least 15 minutes a day or<br />

more to begin.<br />

2<br />

Find the place where you<br />

can pray to God. For the sake<br />

of this analogy, I will call this place<br />

the “God chat room.” This is very<br />

important. The God chat room is a<br />

quiet place where you can be alone<br />

with just you and God. It should be<br />

a place where you can be yourself<br />

without any worries.<br />

OK, once you have found a place to<br />

pray, the exciting part begins!<br />

3<br />

Consider who you are<br />

talking to. Some people get<br />

nervous at this stage because they are<br />

not sure what to do next. Questions<br />

arise: How can I speak to God?<br />

What do I say?<br />

It is OK to have these worries. Put<br />

them aside for now. Think instead<br />

about who you are and who you<br />

are about to talk to. You are<br />

God’s child. God loves you.<br />

God does not change his<br />

mind about that. God is not<br />

fickle, one day loving you<br />

and the next not.<br />

4<br />

Begin your prayer<br />

“In the name of the<br />

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit<br />

... ” I would suggest praying the<br />

Our Father. When the Apostles<br />

saw Jesus praying one time,<br />

they wanted to learn how to pray<br />

too, so Jesus gave them the<br />

prayer we call the Our Father. It<br />

has everything in it we need.<br />

• It starts with us thinking of<br />

God – Our Father who art in<br />

heaven.<br />

• We praise God – hallowed be<br />

thy name.<br />

T. GENNARA<br />

• We ask for the gift that<br />

contains all others – thy<br />

kingdom come.<br />

• We ask for the grace<br />

to surrender ourselves<br />

– thy will be done on earth<br />

as it is in heaven.<br />

• We ask for what we need each<br />

day – give us today our daily bread.<br />

• We ask for mercy – forgive us our<br />

trespasses (sins).<br />

• We ask to be merciful – as we<br />

forgive those who trespass against<br />

us.<br />

• We acknowledge our<br />

tendencies to sin – lead us not<br />

into temptation.<br />

• We ask that evil be vanquished<br />

– deliver us from evil.<br />

• We end by affirming our faith in<br />

all that we just said – Amen! (“I<br />

believe” “Let it be so!”)<br />

Pray slowly. Don’t worry about<br />

rushing to get through. Your goal is to<br />

meet God, not see how fast you can<br />

say the words. Listen. If you get stuck,<br />

you can tell God, “Dear God I am<br />

stuck. Help me!” I would encourage<br />

you to read a Scripture passage<br />

sometime during your prayer for it is<br />

God’s word to us. Reflect on what<br />

you have read. End by thanking<br />

God for your time of prayer<br />

and pray for the grace to<br />

pray again tomorrow. Keep<br />

the dialogue going. Some<br />

people have found it<br />

helpful to keep a prayer<br />

journal and record what<br />

occurs during prayer.<br />

Prayer, like all<br />

relationships, takes<br />

time. Don’t give up.<br />

The reward is a lifelong,<br />

life-changing,<br />

life-sustaining, lifesaving<br />

relationship<br />

with God.<br />

Email your questions and<br />

comments to: frbillashbaugh@<br />

mac.com<br />

Father Bill Ashbaugh<br />

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A junior at <strong>St</strong>. Joseph Academy in <strong>St</strong>.<br />

<strong>Augustine</strong>, Robert Bianco said he has grown<br />

to love the disabled children he works with<br />

each year at Camp Promise. He is pictured<br />

here with his camp buddy Christopher.<br />

WWhen Camp Promise volunteer Robert<br />

Bianco, 16, met Christopher, a teen with<br />

severe disabilities and the mental cognitive<br />

age of a two-year-old, he knew he had a<br />

new challenge on his hands. The camper<br />

– attending a summer camp sponsored by<br />

the Disabilities Ministry of the Diocese of<br />

Saint <strong>Augustine</strong> held annually at Marywood<br />

Retreat Center in Jacksonville – couldn’t<br />


Seeing Beyond<br />


“These kids are afflicted with such<br />

serious handicaps and yet they always<br />

have a smile on their face... They taught<br />

me there really wasn’t anything too bad<br />

that I couldn’t overcome. I learned to<br />

live my life to the fullest.”<br />

speak, but it was clear to Robert that<br />

Christopher wasn’t crazy about his choice of<br />

beverages during mealtime.<br />

“When Christopher first got to camp his<br />

mom told me that he liked to eat and that<br />

he had a good appetite. But he was picky<br />

with what he wanted to drink, so I put five<br />

different drinks in front of him,” recalled<br />

Robert, a junior at <strong>St</strong>. Joseph Academy in<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> who recently completed his<br />

third year as a camp “buddy” to disabled<br />

children. “Christopher tried all the drinks,<br />

didn’t really like any of them, but he did<br />

drink a little apple juice and water – so I cut<br />

the apple juice with water and he drank that<br />

fine all week.”<br />

While <strong>St</strong>. Joseph Academy has a<br />

community service requirement for<br />

students, Robert said he doesn’t come to<br />

Camp Promise to satisfy that requirement<br />

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anymore. He became interested in the<br />

disabilities camps when his brother<br />

volunteered as a camp buddy. Now, Robert<br />

said he couldn’t imagine summer without it.<br />

The diocese recruits and trains teen<br />

volunteers not only for Camp Promise but<br />

also Camp I Am Special and Camp Care for<br />

special needs children and young adults.<br />

Disabilities run the gamut from attention<br />

deficit disorder (ADD) to autism to Down’s<br />

syndrome. The volunteer camp buddies<br />

are assigned a specific camper for whom<br />

they are responsible for around the clock all<br />

week, with the objective that the volunteers<br />

help make their stay the best experience<br />

possible.<br />

This year, Robert’s duties included<br />

feeding Christopher and changing his<br />

diapers, although most of the campers are<br />

more self-sufficient. Christopher was legally<br />

blind so he liked to look at things up close.<br />

Robert noticed he watched television at a<br />

close distance, so the two wandered around<br />

camp looking for things to explore and do,<br />

including playing on the swing set.<br />

“These kids are afflicted with such serious<br />

handicaps and yet they always have a smile<br />

on their face. They never complain and<br />

have an appreciation for everything. They<br />

love the simple things and they don’t take<br />

anything for granted.<br />

“They taught me there really wasn’t<br />

anything too bad that I couldn’t overcome.<br />

I learned to live my life to the fullest. There<br />

are people who need me and I should be<br />

out there helping them. The hardest part<br />

of volunteering at camp is saying goodbye<br />

to them at the end of the week. You build<br />

up a relationship and bond with them like<br />

brothers and so it’s tough to leave them.”<br />

Robert doesn’t mind talking about<br />

his volunteer work with his friends<br />

at <strong>St</strong>. Joseph Academy, who generally<br />

understands the benefits of community<br />

service. Other kids wonder why he would<br />

give away his summer vacation time at<br />

the camp. As Robert sees it, teens are<br />

preoccupied with trying to make a name<br />

for themselves or to fit in – to find a niche.<br />

But Robert’s reward is developing a sense<br />

of character and patience – something that<br />

may serve him well as he pursues his dream<br />

of joining the military and possibly training<br />

to be a pilot.<br />

Robert said his personal hero is his<br />

mother, who has run marathons and instilled<br />

in her children a sense of determination and<br />

the ability to set goals.<br />

“He has an overwhelming sense<br />

of compassion and dedication<br />

– even if his camper was awake<br />

all night long he is always go,<br />

go, go,” said Jennifer Walsh, 24,<br />

recreational program coordinator<br />

with the Disabilities Ministry at<br />

the diocese. “You never have to<br />

remind Robert to take care of his<br />

campers’ needs before his own,<br />

and he is a phenomenal kid. He<br />

has been asked to work during<br />

the hardest week of all the camps. He serves<br />

as a role model for everybody here.”<br />

Herself a former Camp Promise volunteer<br />

who went on to adopt a camper with special<br />

needs, Walsh said the volunteer program<br />

has spurred a lot of young people to seek<br />

careers in the medical field or in special<br />

education, for example. For the families, the<br />

volunteers provide parents with a welcomed<br />

break. It is easier for them to have some<br />

real free time knowing their child is being<br />

treated with respect. “It is a life changing<br />

experience and everybody learns to be more<br />

patient, less selfish,” she said.<br />

The most mistaken impression about<br />

people with disabilities may be that they are<br />

so different from everyone else; that they are<br />

somehow weird or opposite from us, said<br />

Robert. “But once you get to know them<br />

they become very similar to everyone else;<br />

you have to be able to see through their<br />

disabilities,” he said.<br />

The teen buddies of Camp<br />

Promise tend to their campers every<br />

need the entire week of camp. Here<br />

Robert Bianco enjoys swimming and<br />

fishing with his buddy Christopher.<br />



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Diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age<br />

of 13, Kara Masson will celebrate her<br />

fifth anniversary of being cancer free in<br />

October. Kara said she looks forward to the<br />

day when she will have a place of her own<br />

with her dog Molly.<br />

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Hope is the thing with feathers<br />

That perches in the soul,<br />

And sings the tune without the words,<br />

And never stops at all.<br />

A<br />

—Emily Dickinson<br />

Ask a teenager “What do you hope for?” and the answers will be as varied as<br />

there are teenagers.<br />

To go to college and earn a degree.<br />

To be a starting point guard in the NBA.<br />

Help the sick and dying by becoming a doctor.<br />

Get married and raise a family.<br />

When Kara Masson of <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> was 13-years-old, she hoped, more<br />

than anything else, to live to see 14.<br />

In January 2000, Kara was not feeling like her normal self. She was frequently<br />

fatigued, suffered from constant headaches, had no appetite and couldn’t keep<br />

down what little food she did eat. Her parents took Kara on a round of doctor’s<br />

visits. One specialist thought it was puberty; another said it was migraine<br />

headaches. Meanwhile, Kara’s condition worsened.<br />

Kara’s mother, Jane, started doing her own research. She found Kara’s symptoms<br />

mirrored someone suffering from a brain tumor.<br />

Kara’s<br />

Courage<br />



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all of her hair fell out. She couldn’t keep<br />

down any food because her digestive system<br />

had shut down. In an effort to keep her<br />

body nourished Kara received TPN – Total<br />

Parenteral Nutrition – a combination<br />

of nutrients and liquids administered<br />

intravenously. She ate nothing for more than<br />

a year. Her weight dropped to less than 70<br />

pounds.<br />

“My mom was helping me out of the bath<br />

one day, and looking at me she said I looked<br />

like a skeleton,” Kara said. “She thought at<br />

the time that I was going to die.”<br />

This summer, Kara worked as a camp counselor for the Summer<br />

Spectacular program of <strong>St</strong>. Johns County. The young girls attending<br />

the camp said they look up to Kara and love being with her.<br />


That bit of medical detective work may<br />

have saved Kara’s life.<br />

Jane Masson asked Kara’s pediatrician to<br />

order an MRI of Kara’s brain. The results of<br />

the scan showed Kara had a brain tumor<br />

near her brain stem.<br />

Three days after her MRI, in August 2000,<br />

Kara was wheeled into an operating room at<br />

Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville<br />

to have the tumor removed. She went<br />

into surgery with the prayers of dozens of<br />

fellow <strong>Catholic</strong>s at <strong>St</strong>. Anastasia Parish in <strong>St</strong>.<br />

<strong>Augustine</strong> with her.<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Anastasia, says Kara, is a very close-knit<br />

parish, where many of the families know<br />

each other.<br />

“I know when I was sick there were a lot of<br />

prayers offered up for me,” she said. “People<br />

who didn’t even know me but knew my<br />

situation were praying for me.”<br />

Doctors thought initially that the golfball<br />

size tumor was benign. Once Kara’s<br />

surgery was underway, they found it was<br />

much more serious. Kara had a tumor called<br />

Medulloblastoma.<br />

Medulloblastoma is the most common<br />

primary central nervous system tumor that<br />

appears in childhood. It frequently occurs<br />

in an area between the brain stem and the<br />

cerebellum. It is an aggressive, fast-growing<br />

tumor, which can, if left untreated, spread<br />

to the spinal cord and other organs in the<br />

body. It is treated with a combination of<br />

surgery, to remove the tumor, radiation<br />

and chemotherapy to keep the tumor from<br />

returning.<br />

After a week’s hospital stay following the<br />

surgery, Kara was sent home to recover for<br />

the next round of treatments. She had six<br />

weeks of radiation therapy, five days a week<br />

at Baptist Cancer Institute in Jacksonville.<br />

Kara also began chemotherapy at the same<br />

time. The chemotherapy was administered<br />

intravenously once a week for 18 months.<br />

Once a month, Kara would receive<br />

two stronger treatments that required<br />

hospitalization at Nemours Children’s Clinic.<br />

One was an intravenous fluid, the other was<br />

a tablet with medication so strong Jane had<br />

to wear rubber gloves when handling it;<br />

otherwise it would burn her skin.<br />

“We would go into the hospital for 24<br />

hours and not really sleep because we dealt<br />

with the chemo,” said Jane. “We got into a<br />

routine. We would rent whatever movies<br />

we were hoping to see and take them to the<br />

hospital and watch movies for 24 hours.”<br />

Twenty percent of children undergoing<br />

treatment for Medulloblastoma sometimes<br />

develop severe, sometimes irreversible<br />

neurological problems, including loss of<br />

speech and difficulties maintaining balance.<br />

After her surgery, Kara found that she had<br />

trouble standing and walking.<br />

“My balance was off and I probably<br />

would have recovered, if I didn’t have to<br />

undergo radiation and chemo<br />

right away,” she said. “The<br />

treatments made me really,<br />

really weak.”<br />

The combination of<br />

radiation treatment and<br />

chemotherapy ravaged Kara’s body. She<br />

was in a wheelchair, unable to walk, and<br />

“I really didn’t feel like I was going to die,<br />

but some days I felt so horrible that I wished<br />

I would,” she said.<br />

Kara describes her ordeal as strengthening<br />

her faith and making her a stronger<br />

Christian. One incident, during a hospital<br />

stay for chemotherapy, she recalls with<br />

particular clarity.<br />

It was late at night. Kara felt awful, as<br />

usual. She was unable to sleep. Kara forced<br />

herself to close her eyes, thinking she would<br />

eventually fall asleep.<br />

“Almost immediately, I felt like someone<br />

was holding me, like a mother holding<br />

a baby,” she says, her voice barely above<br />

a whisper. “It was just the most amazing<br />

feeling I’ve ever had, and there’s no doubt<br />

A sophomore at Flagler College,<br />

Kara plans to teach young children<br />

at her former R.B. Hunt Elementary<br />

School on Anastasia Island.<br />


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in my mind that it was Christ holding me,<br />

saying, ‘You’re going to get through this,<br />

you’ll be okay.’”<br />

Due to her illness, Kara didn’t go to school<br />

for the eighth and ninth grades; instead she<br />

had a series of tutors who helped her with<br />

her studies, and she was able to keep up with<br />

her classmates.<br />

Two years after her surgery and treatment,<br />

Kara returned to classes as a sophomore at <strong>St</strong>.<br />

<strong>Augustine</strong> High School. <strong>St</strong>ill weakened from<br />

her ordeal and bound in a wheelchair, Kara<br />

felt the stares and heard the whispers as her<br />

friend, Courtney Jones, helped her navigate<br />

the hallways. Most would say hello, but many<br />

didn’t talk to her. No one called her at home<br />

or included her in after school activities. It<br />

was a slight that hurt Kara almost as much<br />

as her illness. And yet, she didn’t get angry,<br />

didn’t question God about her fate.<br />

“I realize now God didn’t make me sick,”<br />

Kara said. “He doesn’t want this stuff to<br />

happen, but when it does, he’s there to get<br />

you through it. I’m not sick any more, and it’s<br />

because of God that I’m still here.”<br />

“God touched me, God kept me alive.”<br />

Kara graduated from <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> High in<br />

2005 and is beginning her sophomore year<br />

at Flagler College, majoring in elementary<br />

education. When she graduates she wants to<br />

teach at R.B. Hunt Elementary School, where<br />

she was a student. Kara just finished working<br />

a summer job there, helping run the Summer<br />

Spectacular Camp for <strong>St</strong>. Johns County.<br />

She has also slowly regained her strength,<br />

going to physical therapy twice a week,<br />

working on her balance, in the hopes of<br />

walking again.<br />

“My therapist would probably say I’m<br />

doing well, although she gets upset with me<br />

because I don’t use my walker or crutches as<br />

much as I should,” Kara says.<br />

Now, at 19, Kara has a different set of<br />

hopes.<br />

“When I was sick, I hoped that I would<br />

live,” she said. “I’m hoping that someday I’m<br />

going to meet somebody who doesn’t freak<br />

out when they see my wheelchair. I want to<br />

fall in love, get married and have a family. I<br />

want to teach. I want to take my dog Molly<br />

and get a house somewhere.”<br />

Sitting in a lounge chair in her family’s<br />

living room, Kara draws up her legs and<br />

wraps her arms around them. She rests<br />

her chin on her knees. She looks away, out<br />

through the sliding glass door that leads to<br />

the backyard, thinking.<br />

“Most of all, I just want to be normal.”<br />

work life<br />

o e<br />

work life<br />

what do I want to be<br />

when I grow up?<br />

ohmigosh, am I a grown-up?<br />

M<br />

by Tim Ryan<br />

y friends and I were sitting around<br />

the other night talking about college<br />

and careers. Almost everyone has been<br />

applying to different colleges already. They were talking<br />

about engineering, architecture, nursing, cooking, etc. But, I didn’t saying anything<br />

– I got scared because I’m not sure what I want to do! I haven’t been thinking<br />

about the future; I’ve just been having fun in high school. Now, all of a sudden, I’m<br />

supposed to be making decisions that are going to affect the rest of my life. I’m<br />

not sure what I’m really good at. I kind of like writing, but everyone tells me that it’s<br />

tough to make a living at it and I need to be more practical. I don’t know what I’m<br />

supposed to do. I don’t think I’m ready for this!<br />

Keith is<br />

a senior in high<br />

school and is<br />

thinking about<br />

his future career<br />

choices.<br />

The expert says: Author<br />

Peter Senge writes about a<br />

concept called personal mastery<br />

(Fifth Discipline Fieldbook). This<br />

is the process of developing<br />

a personal vision. But, it’s not<br />

as easy as picking a vision in<br />

one day and then chasing it. A<br />

personal vision may take a while<br />

to develop. Having a vision<br />

doesn’t necessarily mean that<br />

we know exactly what’s going to<br />

happen or where we’re going<br />

in life. It may be fuzzy at first,<br />

but it provides us with a sense<br />

of direction that automatically<br />

guides our thoughts and actions<br />

to help us gradually refine<br />

the vision. The challenge is<br />

to constantly develop a<br />

mind-set that opens us to<br />

the vision so we can act<br />

accordingly.<br />

Although Senge<br />

doesn’t write about<br />

spiritual matters,<br />

I think the<br />

process he is<br />

describing is<br />

the same as<br />

prayer. Prayer<br />

is how we<br />

become what<br />

Email questions and comments to:<br />

tryan@faithmag.com<br />

Tim Ryan<br />

God needs us to be. Prayer is<br />

not about trying to infl uence<br />

God’s actions; it’s about<br />

recognizing God’s actions in<br />

our lives and how we need<br />

to respond. Just as personal<br />

mastery is a gradual process,<br />

seeking God’s purpose is<br />

gradual and rooted in prayer.<br />

We don’t pray just once and<br />

expect it to happen tomorrow;<br />

prayer is a continual process<br />

of drawing ourselves closer<br />

and closer to God’s vision for<br />

our lives. Jesus taught us to be<br />

persistent in prayer: “Ask and<br />

you will receive, seek and you<br />

shall fi nd ...” (Luke 11:8-11)<br />

Don’t worry Keith,<br />

simply remember:<br />

• God does have a plan for<br />

you.<br />

• Pray, pray, pray.<br />

• Let go of what this world says<br />

will make you happy.<br />

• Seek the wisdom necessary<br />

to follow God’s plan and you<br />

shall fi nd it.<br />

• Be patient; God will reveal<br />

each step in the plan when<br />

you are ready.<br />

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youth<br />

youth ministries profile<br />

youth-led ministries empower young people<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Matthew and <strong>St</strong>. Philip Neri by Shannon Scruby Henderson<br />

Traditionally, volunteer moms and dads have<br />

shouldered the hard work of coordinating<br />

a parish Vacation Bible School. But each<br />

summer for nearly a decade at <strong>St</strong>. Matthew<br />

Parish on Jacksonville’s Westside, the volunteers<br />

building sets, collating materials, planning and<br />

delivering a week’s worth of activities have been teens.<br />

Their labor is a gift to a faith community that has<br />

made youth ministry a priority.<br />

“I have a philosophy of holistic ministry,” comments<br />

Onie Lee, <strong>St</strong>. Matthew’s director of Religious<br />

Education and Youth Ministry. “Our program is yearround<br />

and fully integrated with the rest of the parish.<br />

Our whole program is about empowering youth to<br />

be part of the bigger parish community. They serve as<br />

greeters, ministers and ushers. When they leave for<br />

college or wherever, they’ll take this with them.”<br />

The connections are so strong that <strong>St</strong>. Matthew’s<br />

youth alumni often come back to help with service<br />

projects when they’re in town. “I really like the people<br />

and environment here,” says Jessy Rushing, who<br />

joined the youth ministry in sixth grade and is now<br />

(right) Onie Lee, director of Youth<br />

Ministry for <strong>St</strong>. Matthew Parish in Jacksonville<br />

took a group of teens to Black Mountain, N.C.<br />

in July for a summer rafting trip.<br />



(left)<strong>St</strong>. Philip Neri parishioners are very supportive<br />

of their youth. Organizers of the new ministry include, from<br />

left kneeling: Heather Adams and Racheal White. Second<br />

row: Jan Zuccarell, Deanna White, Father Jose Paruvanani,<br />

<strong>St</strong>ephanie McGraw and Olivia Crooks. Back row: Deacon<br />

Richard Dugan, John Zuccarell, Kevin Lussier, Lacey Dalton,<br />

Samantha Lussier, Linda Lussier and Mary Ann Dugan.<br />


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April 2006 • www.staugcatholic.org<br />


WORK LIFE p. 27<br />


FATHER JOE p. 8<br />

the dead?<br />

THEOLOGY 101 p. 10<br />



THEOLOGY 101 p. 10<br />

a senior at FSU. “Onie has been a very<br />

big influence in my life. My participation<br />

here carries over to Tallahassee, where I’m<br />

involved at <strong>St</strong>. Thomas More. After what<br />

I’ve found at <strong>St</strong>. Matthew, it would be weird<br />

not to be part of a parish.”<br />

The <strong>St</strong>. Matthew model is not only<br />

empowering, but also inclusive. It has<br />

been unusually successful at bridging the<br />

gap between <strong>Catholic</strong> and public school<br />

students that is typical of many parish<br />

programs. At <strong>St</strong>. Matthew, boundaries<br />

merge as high school students from Bishop<br />

Kenny and Bishop Snyder, Paxon, <strong>St</strong>anton,<br />

Ed White, Lee and Forrest come together<br />

for social times and service projects – many<br />

of them members of other area parishes.<br />

For one thing, they’ve been interacting since<br />

junior high.<br />

“Our confirmation prep is the best<br />

example of how we feel about inclusion,”<br />

notes Onie. “The kids from the parish<br />

school and the public schools all go through<br />

confirmation together. The high school<br />

kids, also a mix of public and private school<br />

students, do the retreat. They meet for three<br />

months before the date so they can put it on<br />

for the eighth graders. They do all the talks,<br />

plan all the activities, everything.”<br />

There is also outreach beyond the parish.<br />

Some <strong>St</strong>. Matthew youth participate in<br />

SPLUNGE, an urban renewal ministry<br />

that Onie helped introduce to the diocese.<br />

Others volunteer at Camp Promise for<br />

disabled children or attend the weeklong<br />

diocesan summer program called Youth<br />

Leader. “Kids want to contribute if you let<br />

them,” says Onie. “It’s our job to facilitate<br />

that generosity of spirit.” She notes the<br />

importance of Father Luke McLaughlin’s<br />

support and the way the parish has<br />

embraced the youth program. “I like to say<br />

that every parishioner can and should be a<br />

youth minister,” she says. “It’s that holistic<br />

concept again. If you see a kid in the<br />

grocery store, you can reach out and talk<br />

to them. Everyone has a chance to make a<br />

difference.”<br />

Building a Youth Network at <strong>St</strong>. Philip<br />

Neri Mission<br />

Several counties away, in the farming<br />

community of Hawthorne, 20 miles east of<br />

Gainesville, Linda Lussier is preparing to<br />

launch <strong>St</strong>. Philip Neri’s new youth program.<br />

Like Onie Lee at <strong>St</strong>. Matthew, she won’t<br />

be going it alone: “This is a youth-led<br />

initiative,” she says. “The kids will play a big<br />

part in shaping and defining the program.”<br />

Given the widely scattered population of<br />

young people in the area. Linda plans to<br />

use every means at her disposal to get the<br />

word out. “Technology is key,” she says. “I’m<br />

writing a grant to get a laptop we can use<br />

to send emails. It will also make us mobile.<br />

For example, we can plan meetings at a<br />

centrally located café and take the laptop<br />

with us to use for research and to record<br />

the minutes. We can take it with us when<br />

we travel, and we can even plan virtual<br />

meetings. With a secure space on Yahoo, we<br />

can connect to the group from their homes.<br />

The possibilities are endless.”<br />

Linda is also thinking outside the box<br />

about what it will take to keep teens<br />

engaged in the program. “The big thing<br />

we’re vying for is their time, between<br />

school and sports. The activities will have<br />

to include things they might not otherwise<br />

have the opportunity to try,” she notes.<br />

With a degree in recreation management,<br />

Linda’s personal preference leans toward<br />

physical challenges: rock-climbing at a<br />

gym in Gainesville, kayaking, and a rope<br />

course to teach team-building skills. There<br />

will also be a balance of service days<br />

and an emphasis on attending Mass on<br />

Sundays.<br />

“We want kids to participate in all aspects<br />

of the program,” she says. “As an incentive,<br />

points will be awarded for attendance.<br />

Those who participate regularly will get a<br />

big break on their fun day admissions. And<br />

at the end of the year, the high point winner<br />

will receive an iPod.”<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Philip Neri’s youth program will<br />

include ecumenical awareness and<br />

outreach. “We are open to kids of all faiths,”<br />

says Linda. “I want to get parents involved,<br />

to get them talking to their children about<br />

issues that are important to them. I’m not<br />

looking to convert, I’m just looking for kids<br />

to identify with their faith, whatever it is.”<br />

Like Onie Lee, Linda is grateful to her<br />

faith community for their support of<br />

youth. “Unfortunately, it’s more typical<br />

to prepare them for the sacraments, and<br />

then just set them free,” she says. “But<br />

here at <strong>St</strong>. Philip Neri, even though the<br />

population is generally an older group, they<br />

are committed to youth. We are extremely<br />

fortunate to have a wonderful, wonderful<br />

church that does value their children.”<br />

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praying for the<br />

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how to become<br />

the good news of<br />

Jesus Christ p.14<br />


trading surf boards<br />

for power tools p.16<br />


did Jesus own the<br />

coat he wore? p.8<br />

how new<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong>s enrich<br />

our parishes p.16<br />

THEOLOGY 101 p.10<br />

what is the Liturgy?<br />


how to resolve<br />

money issues<br />

pastors ready for<br />

new ministry p.24<br />

WORK LIFE p.9<br />

how to shift to<br />

being the boss<br />

By the Grace of God<br />

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One Lost Boy’s journey from the Sudan to America<br />

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spirituality in the<br />

workplace<br />

the freedom of<br />

forgiveness<br />

did Jesus raise<br />

himsel from<br />


The Da Vinci Code<br />

fact or fiction? p.6<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Schools<br />

liturgy of the Eucharist<br />

overcoming<br />

pornography<br />

closing the door of<br />

ignorance<br />


opening yourself<br />

up to God p.16<br />


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attending Mass leads to<br />

a healthier marriage p. 6<br />



treating the poor and<br />

uninsured p. 16<br />


a caregiver’s<br />

trial of faith p.16<br />


restoring<br />

relationships p.8<br />


from parish<br />

priests to florida<br />

missionaries p.7<br />

celebrating<br />

90 years p.24<br />

Remembering our past, embracing our future<br />

parishioners spread<br />

their wings to help<br />

community p. 24<br />

Katrina One Year Later<br />

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who is Ernie Bono? p.24<br />

embracing our crosses<br />

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How three women found healing and forgiveness<br />

WORK LIFE p.9<br />

establishing a<br />

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liturgy of the hours<br />


how to respond when<br />

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WORK LIFE p. 28<br />

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A Double Dose<br />

of Grateful<br />

Givers<br />



On a steamy Saturday morning<br />

in downtown Jacksonville, a<br />

steady trickle of customers form<br />

outside the <strong>St</strong>. Francis Soup<br />

Kitchen at the Providence Center. The air is<br />

thick with cigarette smoke, sweat and rotting<br />

garbage from nearby dumpsters.<br />

They stand in groups of three or four in the parking lot, smoking<br />

cigarettes, talking amongst themselves, clutching plastic shopping<br />

bags or battered backpacks containing their few possessions. Others<br />

sit alone in what scant shade is available, staring vacantly into space,<br />

mumbling loudly to themselves. All have gathered waiting for a free<br />

meal, sacks of food, a smile of recognition and a few kind words – an<br />

hour of respite from their life on the streets.<br />

Inside, a group of 30 volunteers are preparing for the morning<br />

flood of clients. Some place baskets of bread and crackers on long<br />

rows of tables, others fill cups with ice water or spoon salad into<br />

bowls. Huge steel pots of soup, steam wafting upward, are stirred<br />

with large wooden paddles. Fluorescent lights buzz overhead,<br />

bathing the room in an eerie, greenish-white cast. It’s loud, hot and<br />

claustrophobic.<br />

At a stainless steel prep table, Frank and Mike Dawedeit are<br />

preparing desserts along with members of the Sacred Heart Parish<br />

youth group. Both teens are quickly cutting up cakes and pies<br />

donated from local grocery stores into wedges, placing them on platefilled<br />

trays, then loading them onto carts.<br />

Frank and Mike Dawedeit are 15-year-old identical twins; both<br />

sport a mop of blonde hair and matching eyeglasses, but it’s easy to<br />

tell them apart. Frank is outgoing and talkative, a perpetual motion<br />

machine. Mike is quiet and reserved, taking great care when putting<br />

thoughts into words. Their personalities may be different, but they<br />

share some common traits. Both boys excel in the classroom as<br />

sophomores at Bishop John Snyder High School. They also share<br />

a strong sense of stewardship, particularly in helping the poor and<br />

homeless.<br />

Julie Motes, the twin’s mother, home schooled both until sixth<br />

grade. After two years in public school, they enrolled at Sacred Heart<br />

School for the eighth grade. Frank and Mike became active in the<br />

youth ministry program coordinated by Cindy Lynskey immediately<br />

after graduating from Sacred Heart.<br />

In addition to their visits to the <strong>St</strong>. Francis Soup Kitchen, they also<br />

work the youth ministry booth at the parish carnival, participate<br />

in the Souper Bowl of Caring collection, help coordinate the parish<br />

Giving Tree and are actors in the Fright House at the Greater<br />

Jacksonville Agricultural Fair which raises donations for Cystic<br />

Fibrosis.<br />

“I’ve always encouraged Frank and Mike, but they’re always one<br />

step ahead of me,” said Julie. “Nothing that they are doing, or have<br />

done, is something I can take credit for. They are very proactive in<br />

doing the right thing and they have wonderful adults in their lives.”<br />

Cindy Lynskey says Frank and Mike enjoy their time volunteering<br />

at the soup kitchen; for them it’s a comforting place where they feel<br />

they can help others.<br />

“The first time they volunteered (at the kitchen) they were<br />

awestruck,” she said. “They were kind of quiet; I think they had<br />

never seen anything like this in their lives. They realize how fortunate<br />

they are and want to be a part of anything they can do that can<br />

make a difference in those less fortunate. They possess such sincere<br />

compassion and generosity.”<br />

“Once we started working there it was similar to serving a meal to a<br />

family,” said Mike. “Everyone there is very nice to us, they are always<br />

smiling at us and thanking us for helping them.”<br />

“(Volunteering at <strong>St</strong>. Francis) showed me there were a lot of people<br />

less fortunate than I am, and it humbled me,” said Frank. “I feel like<br />

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I’m really blessed because these people have<br />

nothing. It gives you some perspective.”<br />

It was on their second trip to the soup<br />

kitchen that Frank and Mike took aside Diane<br />

McVety, co-director of the <strong>St</strong>. Francis Soup<br />

Kitchen, and pressed a $20 dollar bill into her<br />

hand. It was money the boys had saved from<br />

their allowance and lunch money. They gave<br />

it to Diane and her husband, Jim (the other<br />

co-director) to buy groceries to feed the poor.<br />

“It was a difficult day down here, there<br />

were disturbances among the clients, which<br />

we get, given the population,” said Jim<br />

McVety. “It took us five feet off the ground<br />

and made everything wrong that day go<br />

away. It was such a wonderful thing for us<br />

to experience, that these two teenagers from<br />

their faith and own goodness reached out to<br />

help. We were very touched by it.”<br />

This summer Frank and Mike took their<br />

stewardship mission on the road. In July the<br />

boys traveled to Pass Christian, Miss., to serve<br />

meals at God’s Katrina Kitchen. The kitchen<br />

feeds more than 1,500 people daily, as well<br />

as coordinates home repairs in the area and<br />

tutors schoolchildren.<br />





Twin brothers Frank and Mike Dawedeit<br />

regularly volunteer at <strong>St</strong>. Francis Soup<br />

Kitchen in downtown Jacksonville. They say<br />

they enjoy helping the less fortunate.<br />

“I think all young people have an impulse<br />

to do good things,” said Julie Motes. “The<br />

youth group helps Frank and Mike get<br />

outside their own world, and they see<br />

everyone is good even though they come<br />

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Double Click =<br />

Double Trouble<br />

>>A Teen Guide to Internet Safety<br />


If you are like most teens today you can barely remember<br />

what it was like to live without the Internet. Yes, there was<br />

life before the Internet and no I wasn’t alive before fire was<br />

discovered.<br />

So much of today’s teen’s lives, which I call Generation X-Box,<br />

revolve around a 17” monitor, keyboard, DVD recorder/player, hard<br />

drive and a mouse. Unfortunately, on the web it only takes about 60<br />

seconds, a search engine, a few key stokes, point and click and you<br />

could be headed for trouble.<br />

Now, I’m not trying to scare you, but I want you to know the facts<br />

about the Internet so that you can stay safe and out of trouble.<br />

Problem #1: Pornography<br />

This is a serious problem on the web. Generation X-box is the<br />

first generation to grow up with point and click pornography and<br />

according to the website www.battlecry.com/crisis.php, almost 90<br />

percent of our teens have viewed pornography on line. “SEX” is the<br />

number one searched topic, accounting for one in four searches. And<br />

statistics listed on the website www.internet-filter-review.com, say<br />

teens are the largest consumer of pornography.<br />

Problem #2: Identity Theft<br />

With public chat rooms, spam emails, blogs and fake websites or<br />

online stores, criminal computer geeks are stealing your personal<br />

information by asking you to give your personal data online.<br />

Problem #3: Predators<br />

Today’s predators have taken stalking teens to a whole new level.<br />

Predators use the web as a coward’s way to manipulate teens into<br />

having sexually explicit conversations, sometimes leading to physical<br />

and sexual abuse. Don’t laugh the problem is real. One out of every<br />

three girls and one out of every five guys will be sexually molested by<br />

the age of 18 and predators are using the Internet to get to them.<br />

Problem #4: The Uncensored Teenage Mind<br />

Sadly, teen use on the Internet is mostly uncensored and not<br />

monitored by parents. This creates an electronic world with very few<br />

rules, very few morals and a lot of trouble.<br />

Problem #5: Use your Imagination<br />

Criminals and advertisers do and they are very savvy at finding<br />

ways to win your trust. Everyday they think of new ways to twist the<br />

Internet to make money at your expense. They don’t care about your<br />

life, your health or your future — just the almighty dollar.<br />

Here is the good news. You don’t have to be a statistic. You can<br />

choose to be smarter than an “Internet pervert.” You don’t have to<br />

settle for the lies that the pornography industry is selling you. And if<br />

you have been involved in risky or destructive Internet behavior, you<br />

have the ability to stop and avoid the temptation.<br />

In 2 Timothy 2:2 it says, “Flee from youthful lusts: and follow<br />

righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord<br />

out of a pure heart.” You have a choice to make about how you use<br />

the Internet and how you let the Internet use you – choose wisely! A<br />

double click doesn’t have to mean double trouble.<br />

Jon Matyi is a student mentor with Project SOS in Jacksonville. He is a<br />

professional speaker and writer on topics such as Teens and Sex, Drugs,<br />

Internet/Media and other Risk Behaviors. You can email questions to<br />

jdmatyi@yahoo.com.<br />

Teen <strong>St</strong>eps to Net Protect<br />

Check out the following “<strong>St</strong>eps to Net Protect” if you are serious<br />

about living a life that isn’t manipulated or destroyed by the<br />

criminal element of the Internet.<br />

Respect your parent(s) “House Internet Rules.” Time limits,<br />

Internet curfews, off-limit websites and search topics.<br />

Always use “Internet Etiquette.” In other words think, act<br />

and speak on the web the same as you would in real life.<br />

Don’t give or post your personal information such as<br />

name, address, phone numbers, or credit card information<br />

to anyone.<br />

Don’t meet with anyone you have met online.<br />

Don’t search for topics that can generate inappropriate or<br />

explicit material.<br />

Don’t surf the web late at night or alone.<br />

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around<br />

around the diocese<br />


Linda Knight retired August 1 as<br />

director of Youth Ministry for San<br />

José Parish after 18 years of service.<br />

Linda plans to spend more time with<br />

her four grandchildren.<br />

farewell San Jose’s<br />

“Mom” Knight moves on<br />

“It is with mixed emotions that I’m<br />

leaving,” said Linda “Mom” Knight,<br />

youth director of San Jose Parish in<br />

Jacksonville. Active in parish activities<br />

since joining San Jose in 1983, Linda was invited by<br />

then-pastor Msgr. John Lenihan to attend a youth<br />

ministry conference at Marywood Retreat Center<br />

with the idea of creating a youth ministry program<br />

at San Jose.<br />

She became the full-time youth minister at the<br />

parish in 1988. After teaching elementary school for<br />

several years, and working as a volunteer at “Camp<br />

I Am Special,” a camp for children with disabilities<br />

sponsored by the diocese, Linda says she felt a real<br />

calling to youth ministry. “I wanted to focus on one<br />

thing, and I felt my gift was youth ministry,” she said.<br />

Ten years ago Linda started an inner city<br />

immersion retreat for teens – SPLUNGE – after reading about the program in a <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

newsletter and attending a similar retreat in Asheville, N.C. Hundreds of <strong>Catholic</strong> teens in<br />

the diocese have since participated in the program, a week that causes a “paradigm shift” in<br />

their awareness of poverty. Now Linda believes it’s time for her to move on. “Most of the youth<br />

ministers in the diocese are young enough to be my children,” she said, laughing. “One has to<br />

recognize when perhaps room should be made for someone younger.” Spoken like a true mom.<br />

SPLUNGE: putting scripture into practice<br />

A<br />

group of 21 teens ranging in ages<br />

from 15 to 19 tackled an array of<br />

projects throughout downtown<br />

Jacksonville as part of the annual<br />

SPLUNGE (Special People Living a Uniquely<br />

Nourishing Growthful Experience) retreat<br />

from June 5-10. Following the motto “Living<br />

simply so others can simply live,” the group<br />

performed a variety of service projects<br />

– sorting groceries at the Second Harvest<br />

Food Bank, cleaning apartments at the<br />

Morris Manor Senior Citizen Center, serving<br />

lunch and entertaining kids at a community<br />

recreation center – and visiting social service<br />

agencies to learn how to better serve the<br />

inner city poor population.<br />

The group slept on cots in the basement<br />

of Immaculate Conception Church in<br />

downtown Jacksonville, eating only two<br />

simple meals a day and showering only<br />

twice that week. “We live the week in<br />

solidarity with the people we’re trying to<br />

serve,” said Kathy Yoakley, director of Youth<br />

Ministry at Sacred Heart Parish in Green<br />

Cove Springs.<br />


Chase Hawkinson, 15, of Sacred Heart<br />

Parish in Green Cove Springs, puts relish on<br />

the hot dog of a day camper at The Sanctuary<br />

in downtown Jacksonville.<br />


New CD completes<br />

trilogy for “Rapping<br />

Reverend”<br />

Father <strong>St</strong>an Fortuna, performs for a<br />

group of teenagers during the 2006<br />

Diocesan Youth Rallies held at <strong>St</strong>.<br />

Catherine Parish in Orange Park.<br />

“Father <strong>St</strong>an Fortuna, a<br />

professional musician and Franciscan<br />

Friar from the South Bronx of New<br />

York, was the featured speaker at the<br />

Middle & Senior High Youth Rally at<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Catherine Parish in February. His<br />

latest CD, Sacro Song 3, debuted<br />

in July and is a collection of 18<br />

tracks inspired by Father <strong>St</strong>an’s<br />

life experiences. He uses popular<br />

culture to reach a youth audience.<br />

Songs include Hangin In There, a<br />

tribute to Hurricane Katrina victims,<br />

and Jesus Talks, a response to the<br />

hip-hop hit Jesus Walks by Kanye<br />

West.<br />

“Sacro Song 3 offers hope and<br />

empowers people to look upward,<br />

to what I believe and know is a<br />

better future,” said Father <strong>St</strong>an. “The<br />

power of love, regardless of musical<br />

genre, can break any barrier, scale<br />

any wall – it is stronger than death.”<br />

For more information, or<br />

to order Sacro Song 3, go to<br />

www.francescoproductions.com.<br />

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around<br />

around the diocese<br />

ministry formation class fueled for journey of faith<br />

The Ministry Formation Program Class of 2006 celebrates with<br />

Bishop Victor Galeone after their closing ceremony on June 11<br />

at the Cathedral-Basilica in <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong>.<br />

Eleven women and ten men from 16 parishes across the diocese<br />

gathered at the Cathedral-Basilica in <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> on June 11 for<br />

a certification ceremony as the latest group to complete Ministry<br />

Formation Program studies.<br />

Ministry Formation is a three-year comprehensive program with the first two<br />

years devoted to studying Scripture, <strong>Catholic</strong> traditions, beliefs, the sacraments<br />

and morality. The third year includes theological reflection, a program for<br />

theological and spiritual development, and a supervised practicum that<br />

integrates the teaching and skills learned with ministerial situations.<br />

Larry Hart, one of the members of the class, spoke for the entire class during<br />

the ceremony, thanking Bishop Victor Galeone for his support, assuring him the<br />

program is well named. “We have been fueled for the journey of faith,” he said.<br />

Congratulations to the Ministry Formation Class of 2006: Mark Beachy,<br />

Joseph Brooks, Frederic Brown, Jocelyne Grandjean-Brown, Angel Cole, Michael<br />

Conroy, Nancy Demers, Luis Feliciano, Gina Giovinco, Larry Hart, Norma<br />

Hawkinson, Catherine Hunt, Kathleen Jones, Albert Losch, Jr., C. Lathrop<br />

Murray, Bryan Ott, Nicole Richter, Patricia Robinson, James Scott, Augustus<br />

Simms and Regina Sippel.<br />

Inaugural Class of Permanent<br />

Deacons Ordained<br />

During an historical ceremony on June 3, one by<br />

one, 12 men from the fi rst class of permanent deacons<br />

in the Diocese of Saint <strong>Augustine</strong> made their way to<br />

the altar at <strong>St</strong>. Joseph <strong>Catholic</strong> Church and kneeled<br />

before Bishop Victor Galeone. By the imposition of the<br />

hands of the bishop, each man was transformed into<br />

a sacramental servant of God, taking on the mission<br />

of Christ in the diocese and their individual parishes.<br />

Congratulations to the inaugural Class of 2006!<br />

Participants of the River of Life Harp Retreat and Musicfest, from left: Elaine<br />

Scott, <strong>St</strong>ephanie Hamer, Ann Merwin and Ginny Lovett.<br />



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river of life music festival<br />

“W of the first annual River of Life Harp Retreat and<br />

e travel on the river of life, so I thought it would be<br />

wonderful to have a music retreat on the banks of<br />

the <strong>St</strong>. Johns River,” said Diane Schneider, director<br />

Musicfest at Marywood Retreat Center in Jacksonville, June 15-16.<br />

A group of 20 musicians brought harps, flutes, guitars, mandolins<br />

and other instruments for two days of music, meditation, discussion<br />

and inspiration. The program guided participants on overcoming<br />

performance fears, learning how to pray more deeply through music and<br />

using music to heal both spiritually and physically. Instructors conducted<br />

workshops on playing flutes, an assortment of percussion instruments<br />

and the harp. At the end of the retreat, the musicians gathered on the<br />

boat dock for a group prayer and music session.<br />

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in the news…<br />

diocesan highlights<br />

The Florida High School Activities<br />

Association (FHSAA) announced that Bishop<br />

Kenny High School has been awarded the<br />

Dodge Sunshine Cup All-Sports Award<br />

for 2005-2006 in Class 4-A. The Crusader‚s<br />

award is based on the success of the boys‚<br />

and girls‚ sports teams and their finish in<br />

the FHSAA <strong>St</strong>ate Series Competition. It is<br />

the third time in as many years Crusader<br />

athletics have finished in first place in various<br />

categories. (03’-04’ Overall Winner; 04’-05’<br />

Boys’ Division.)<br />

.....<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Vincent’s Medical<br />

Center was named by U.S.<br />

News & World Report as one<br />

of America’s Best Hospitals<br />

in the Heart and Heart<br />

Surgery category in its 2006<br />

rankings. In the magazine’s<br />

annual “America’s Best Hospitals” report, <strong>St</strong>.<br />

Vincent’s is the only Jacksonville hospital<br />

listed in any of the 16 specialties listed. This<br />

year marks the third time that <strong>St</strong>. Vincent’s has<br />

been ranked by U.S. News & World Report<br />

among the nation’s finest heart hospitals.<br />

.....<br />

Karen Slevin was recently named executive<br />

director of the Gainesville<br />

Regional Office of <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Charities. Karen is a<br />

native of Brooklyn, N.Y.,<br />

and has a bachelor’s in<br />

urban affairs from Rollins<br />

College in Winter Park,<br />

Karen Slevin<br />

Fla. She was the director<br />

of the City of Gainesville’s<br />

Community Redevelopment Agency for six<br />

years. Karen is married, with two adult children<br />

and two adopted children and is a parishioner<br />

at Holy Faith Parish.<br />

.....<br />

Tricia Sevilla began her duties as principal<br />

of Resurrection <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

School in Jacksonville on<br />

July 1. Tricia is from Palatine,<br />

Ill., and attended Notre<br />

Dame University. She has a<br />

bachelor’s in liberal studies<br />

and a master’s in education.<br />

Tricia taught middle school<br />

English at Holy Rosary and<br />

Tricia Sevilla<br />

freshman English at Bishop Kenny High School<br />

in Jacksonville.<br />


last word<br />

last word<br />

to wish, to hope what’s the difference?<br />

by Father Charles Irvin<br />

What’s the difference between wishing for something and<br />

hoping for something? The distinction between the two is<br />

important for all of us, teens as well as adults.<br />

A wish is something we want, but is based only on our desire<br />

– something we think we want. Hope, however, is based on an expectation that is<br />

grounded in reality. Hope is more confi dent than mere wishful thinking.<br />

Here’s an example. If you’re facing an exam in a particular course you’re<br />

taking in school and you haven’t studied the material, you can only wish for an<br />

“A” on the exam.<br />

But if you have in fact seriously studied the material, you can hope for an “A.”<br />

As for you who are parents, you may wish that your youngster does well in<br />

school or in life, but your hope for her is in vain if you have not trained her well in<br />

study habits or in developing life skills.<br />

The same is true when it comes to our spiritual lives. We can wish that we shall<br />

get to heaven after we die, but our hope for heaven will be in vain unless we have<br />

spent some serious energy in developing our relationship with God. If we live our<br />

lives doing nothing but selfi sh things, we will be taking God’s name (his presence,<br />

power and love) in vain if we think he’s going to save us in spite of ourselves.<br />

Here are some practical examples:<br />

If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn.<br />

If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fi ght.<br />

If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy.<br />

If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty.<br />

If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient.<br />

If a child lives with encouragement, he learns<br />

confi dence.<br />

If a child lives with praise, she learns to appreciate.<br />

If a child lives with fairness, she learns justice.<br />

If a child lives with security, she learns to<br />

have faith.<br />

If a child lives with approval, she<br />

learns to like herself.<br />

If a child lives with acceptance<br />

and friendship, she learns to<br />

fi nd love in the world.<br />

– Author Unknown<br />

Are we living in wishful<br />

thinking, or are we living in<br />

hope? It’s a distinction with a<br />

difference.<br />

Email questions and comments<br />

to: cirvin@faithmag.com<br />

Father Charles Irvin<br />

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calendar<br />

<strong>September</strong> 2006<br />

Sept. 14<br />

Rebuilding When Your Relationship<br />

Ends – Classes will be held every<br />

Thursday through Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m.<br />

at the <strong>Catholic</strong> Center in Jacksonville.<br />

For details, call the Family Life Office at<br />

(904) 308-7474.<br />

Sept. 15-17<br />

Worldwide Marriage Encounter - A<br />

positive experience for married couples to<br />

improve their communications. Friday-<br />

Sunday in Gainesville. Call Tom or Susan<br />

Hughes for details at (904) 860-3039 or<br />

visit: www.geocities.com/jaxMEweb.<br />

Sept. 15-17<br />

Engaged Encounter – A marriage<br />

preparation program open to all couples<br />

of faith. Begins Friday, 7:30 p.m.,<br />

Marywood Retreat Center, Jacksonville.<br />

Cost: $280 per couple. Call (904) 308-<br />

7477 or register online: www.dcfl.org.<br />

Sept. 16<br />

Day of Reflection – Beyond the<br />

Roots of Christian Meditation<br />

– Leaders: Cenacle Sister Elizabeth<br />

Hillman and Gene Bebeau, Saturday, 9:30<br />

a.m.-3 p.m., Marywood Retreat Center,<br />

Jacksonville. Cost: $35. Call (904) 287-<br />

2525 or visit www.marywoodcenter.org.<br />

Sept. 21<br />

Information Night for People<br />

Interested in Becoming a Spiritual<br />

Director – Leader: Maria Decsy, Ph.D.<br />

Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Marywood<br />

Retreat Center, Jacksonville. Cost:<br />

Free. Call (904) 287-2525 or visit<br />

www.marywoodcenter.org.<br />

Sept. 22-24<br />

Weekend Retreat – On the Brink of<br />

a Breakthrough, A Response to the<br />

Grace of Liberation – Leader: Father<br />

Darius Sleszynski, Ph.D. Friday-Sunday,<br />

Marywood Retreat Center, Jacksonville.<br />

Cost: $118-$195. Call (904) 287-2525 or<br />

visit www.marywoodcenter.org.<br />

Sept. 23<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 Parish, Palm Coast. Cost: $69 per<br />

couple. Call (904) 308-7474 or register<br />

online: www.dcfl.org<br />

Sept. 23<br />

Day of Reflection – Facing the<br />

Challenges for <strong>Catholic</strong> Families<br />

in the Society and the Church of<br />

Today – Leader: Msgr. Vincent Haut.<br />

Saturday, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Marywood<br />

Retreat Center, Jacksonville. Cost: $25.<br />

Call (904) 287-2525 or visit www.<br />

marywoodcenter.org.<br />

Sept. 23<br />

Spanish Diocesan Encounter<br />

– Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Sacred Heart<br />

Parish, Green Cove Springs. Mass will be<br />

celebrated by Bishop Victor Galeone.<br />

Call Alba Orozco, (904) 353-3243 or<br />

email: amorozco@ccbjax.org. Deadline to<br />

RSVP is Sept. 15.<br />

Sept. 27<br />

Day of Reflection – Reflecting on<br />

the Gospel of John – Leader: Father<br />

Donal Sullivan. Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-<br />

2:30 p.m., Marywood Retreat Center,<br />

Jacksonville. Cost: $25. Call (904) 287-<br />

2525 or visit www.marywoodcenter.org.<br />

October 2006<br />

Oct. 7<br />

International Rosary Mass for World<br />

Peace – Saturday, 5:30 p.m., <strong>St</strong>. Monica<br />

Parish, Palatka. Following Mass, rosary<br />

will be recited in six languages. All are<br />

welcome. Call (386) 325-9777.<br />

Oct. 19<br />

Annual Red Mass – For members of<br />

the legal, judicial and law enforcement<br />

professions. Sponsored by the <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Lawyers Guild, Thursday, 5:30 p.m.,<br />

Immaculate Conception Church,<br />

Jacksonville. Call Glenn Warren, (904)<br />

398-9002 or email: warren@harrisguidi.<br />

reaching our<br />

teens<br />

youth rally 2007<br />

by Jesse Manibusan<br />

“Jesse, our young people are gone! They’re not<br />

coming to Mass! They’re not being <strong>Catholic</strong>.<br />

Jessie Manibusan, guest speaker for the<br />

diocesan Youth Rally 2007.<br />

“What can we do to reach our youth?”<br />

• Be passionate about your own baptism.<br />

• Understand that ministry to young people<br />

in the church belongs to the baptized.<br />

• Greet them at Mass, on the street, at school,<br />

at the movies. Smile. Acknowledge them.<br />

• Tell every adult that you know to do the<br />

same. The impact is huge, immediate and<br />

transformative. To them and especially<br />

to us!<br />

On Feb. 10-11, 2007, the diocesan Youth<br />

Ministry is sponsoring a gathering of young<br />

people that is a matter of life and faith! On this<br />

weekend, teens from 6th grade to 12th grade<br />

will gather to celebrate their <strong>Catholic</strong> faith. They<br />

will do that in fun, exciting, interactive, reflective<br />

and transforming eucharistic ways.<br />

You and I don’t have to know how to “do<br />

well” with young people. But we must let them<br />

come to the Lord in every possible opportunity.<br />

Priests, send your young people! Parents, send<br />

your young people! <strong>Catholic</strong> High Schools, send<br />

your young people!<br />

Pray about this gathering right now! <strong>St</strong>art<br />

getting your parish excited about counting how<br />

many teenagers they are going to send! Pray<br />

about attending yourself!<br />

I’m going to be there. Yep. Me. I’m a <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Itinerant Witness. An undercover Catechist.<br />

International Man of Danger and <strong>Catholic</strong> Ninja.<br />

Jesse Manibusan is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and<br />

teller of humorous tales. He will lead the upcoming<br />

Diocesan Youth Rally in 2007. To read more about<br />

his ministry, visit www.jessemanibusan.com<br />


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When Candice Kenmuir surveyed the debris left behind by Hurricane Wilma,<br />

the Barry University photography major saw more than a reminder of the storm.<br />

She transformed fallen leaves, roof tiles, and splintered fences into fashion<br />

and found friends to model her couture for her senior year exhibition project.<br />

As Kenmuir explains, “My images are intended to remind viewers not only<br />

of Wilma’s destruction, but of the resilience of the people who were affected<br />

by the storm.”<br />

As a Barry student, you belong to a collegial, <strong>Catholic</strong> community<br />

that nurtures your unique perspective. Your classes<br />

are small, so you receive personal attention<br />

from Barry’s distinguished faculty. You<br />

are valued as a whole person.<br />

Barry University offers more than 70<br />

undergraduate degrees and more than<br />

50 graduate degrees in the arts and<br />

sciences, natural and health sciences,<br />

human performance and leisure<br />

sciences, graduate medical sciences,<br />

social work, education, business,<br />

nursing, and law.<br />

Ready to find out if Barry is<br />

where you belong?<br />

Visit www.barry.edu.<br />

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admissions@mail.barry.edu<br />

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for the<br />

Entire<br />

You.<br />

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At <strong>St</strong>. Vincent’s, you’re not a diagnosis, a case, or a cancer victim.<br />

We know that you are as individual as your fingerprint. If you must<br />

deal with cancer, you need the personalized care that <strong>St</strong>. Vincent’s<br />

can provide.<br />

The <strong>St</strong>. Vincent’s Mary Virginia Terry Cancer Center…<br />

where the experts care.<br />

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