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A Conversation in 1914
DU Recognition Medal for Fr. Don Nesti
Possible Miracle Through Ven. Libermann?
The Spiritans in Chicago -St Ambrose -
The Spiritans in Rhode Island - Immaculado Coraçao de Maria
Books Celebration TR
Life Giving Spirit
The Spiritans in Detroit (MI)
Holy Ghost Preparatory School
The Spiritans in Arkansas 01 - FR. STRUB GO WEST -
The Spiritans in Arkansas 02 - TODAY
Nurturing life in Hazelwood with Everybody’s Gardens
A Conversation in 1914Blessed Daniel Brottier, C.S.Sp., 1876-1936, is not very well known in the English language realm since he spent the whole of his life in the French speaking world (France and Senegal). Moreover he is well known in France mostly for two reasons: The O.A.A. orphanage institution that he rescued in 1923 and extraordinarily developed up to 1936, and also for his role as a WW1 chaplain culminating in the foundation with Clemenceau of the UNC in 1919, the largest French Veterans' Association still flourishing today. In this video, we wanted to insist upon a less known aspect of Fr. Brottier impact over WW1 and the whole 20th century as the co-founder, with his colleague Henri Trilles, of the Corps of Volunteer Chaplains at the Front that was approved by the French Republic only 8 days after the German declaration of the war against France (3 Aug. 1914). How a simple conversation in between two men can change the face of the war ... This video wants to make better known Fr. Brottier's legendary figure to the US Associated Lay Spiritans to let them discover why the Church declared him Blessed and how Spiritans like this one gave themselves totally and were led by the Spirit of God, the Spirit who gives Life. This video does not give all the aspects of Fr. Brottier's life. Let us hope that others will follow to discover even more of this extraordinary Blessed life.
DU Recognition Medal for Fr. Don NestiHad I've known beforehand, I would have filmed this in far better conditions ... So, please forgive the shaking and sound recording of my little handheld camera that recorded Don Nesti's speech ... - On the 3d day of the US Spiritan Chapter held in Duquesne University (18-22 June 2018 with 110 Spiritan participants), President Ken Gormley, 13th DU president, awarded Fr. Don Nesti*, Spiritan, PhD Theology, 10th DU President (1980–1988), with a medal for outstanding service to the University. Here is the moving speech given by Don after receiving the presidential medal. - Again, all my excuses for the questionable technical quality. * Don is the founder of the Center for Faith and Culture at the University of Saint Thomas in Houston, Texas
Possible Miracle Through Ven. Libermann?In this short video, Rev. Neil (Cornelius) McQuillan is talking about a possible miracle due to the intercession of the Venerable Francis Libermann (1802-1852), the Founder of the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (1841), which he afterwards merged in the Congregation of the Holy Ghost (1848) on the request of Rome, becoming her 11th General Superior. Father Libermann's sons were, practically, the 1st since the downfall of the African Church to penetrate the Dark Continent. Most of his 1st missioners paid for their heroism with their lives, others filled their places and the widespread prosperity of the Church in Africa, at the present day is, in large measure, due to their initiative and self-sacrifice. On 19 June, 1910, Pius X declared the holy convert from Judaism Venerable 9 June 1910 by decree of heroic virtues. Since that time, the cause of his beatification has progressed through the usual forms; and his spiritual sons throughout the world expect to see him ere long declared Blessed. Fr. McQuillan tells us here about the case of one of his parishioners, Mr. John Victoria, given for near to death by his doctors, who apparently was cured through the intercession of Venerable Libermann. - What is your opinion? - “We want God, and we cannot fully have Him unless we take Him alone. He seeks us, and He will not have other offerings instead of ourselves.” - LIBERMANN -
The Spiritans in Chicago -St Ambrose -Located in the Hyde Park/Kenwood district of Chicago, St Ambrose Parish is a multicultural and multiethnic parish within the Archdiocese of Chicago. The community is served by the Spiritans, a Missionary Congregation of Priests, Brothers and Associated Lay People who, in agreement with the Archbishop of Chicago, has appointed a Ghanaian Spiritan, Fr. John Owusu Achiaw, to be its pastor. All parishioners, volunteers and parishioners value the community’s diversity and continue to look for new ways of being present to its surroundings. This video wants to give you a brief look at this welcoming and vibrant community where God has gathered people of many race, language and culture to share the Catholic faith. There is plenty of room at the table of the Lord!
The Spiritans in Rhode Island - Immaculado Coraçao de MariaIn 1973, Fr. José Maria de Souza, a Spiritan from the Province of Portugal who had worked in Cape Verde was beginning his service of the "Cape Verdean Mission" after the Cape Verdean community succeeded in buying a synagogue that would become their Catholic church with the approval of the Bishop of Providence. Pawtucket had been and still is since the 1870's the gateway to the USA for any person coming from the 7 Atlantic African islands to find work and a better future in the USA. In 2017, with the arrival of a Cape Verdean Spiritan priest, what was a Spiritan Portuguese Mission became a US Spiritan Province Work as a diocese of Providence's parish. Let us discover the life and dynamism of the parish today as well as how it is related to its history.
Books Celebration TRThis video is a souvenir of the reception given at Trinity Hall by the Duquesne University Spiritan Center of the 2017-2018 publication of four books by Spiritan authors Frs. Brian Cronin (Phenomenology of Human Understanding), James Okoye (A Narrative Theological Commentary - Genesis 1-11), William Cleary (Spiritan Life & Mission since Vatican II) and Peter Osuji (African Traditional Medicine: Autonomy & Informal Consent). The reception took place on Tuesday, March 13th in the afternoon and was attended by Duquesne University President Ken Gormley as well as Spiritans, Lay Spiritans and friends in an informal, amicable and festive atmosphere.
Life Giving SpiritThe bond that links the Spiritan University, Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit, with the Association of the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. (AGSM), is more than just helping to raise money for a good cause. The Sigma-Nu college of Duquesne University, led in this service by Fr. John Sawicki (Prof. of International Relations at DU), could not choose a better cause than servicing the National Board of AGSM, these heroic mothers who lost a son or a daughter in recent conflicts or wars and undertake a difficult and long period of mourning. Each year, the Sigma Nu brothers host the White Rose Ball as their philanthropy and are projected to raise approximately $15,000 annually for charity. With this video, we wanted you to discover the bond that unites Duquesne University through its Sigma Nu College students with the AGSM and to discover who they are, what they do to support each other, as Sigma Nu students of DU dedicated to the cause of American Gold Star Mums, but also the AGSM Mums who heal their own wound in helping each other and serving the Veterans' cause. Discover the Life giving Spirit that unites them all for healing and sharing the Love of our common Maker for a better world!
The Spiritans in Detroit (MI)"Christianity is not a system of oppressive rules. It is peace, joy, love, and a life that is continually renewed. [...] Your Church is the orchard fed and pruned by your love: may all who seek peace find rest in its shade."" This quote from St. John XXIII could be the motto of Old St Mary's Parish in Greektown, Detroit, so much the ambience there is a reflecting these words. Pastor Wayne Epperley, a Spiritan priest from the congregation of the Holy Spirit (a missionary congregation born in 1703) and all his flock are striving to make of Old St Mary such a place where all people who come are welcome and may discover the love of the Father manifested in Christ and the Spirit that animated the Spiritans who served there for 125 years now (in 2018), since 1893 (Fr. Francis W. Schwab, from Alsace, who had come with Father Strub to the US after the Congregation was expelled from Germany in 1873, was the first Spiritan Pastor for this parish founded in 1835 as a recognized group to be administered sacraments and St Mary's parish in 1843 on the occasion of its first built structure. The Redemptorists took charge of St Mary's parish from 1847 to 1872, then the Franciscans. Since Fr. Schwab in 1893, 12 other Spiritans have been in charge, the current pastor being Fr. Wayne Epperley, an American himself born in Germany. The 'Second church', the church as we know it now, was completed in 1885, a remarkable monument to faith and to the arts. Come and discover with this video a vibrant community proud of her church, walls, ceremonies, the gatherings, a community generous to the Spiritan Mission throughout the world, with notably a commitment to its 'Sister parish', St Michael's in Tanzania, a community opened to all styles of praising, mixed races and styles, and a whole in whole very engaged and welcoming church community.
Holy Ghost Preparatory SchoolThis video wants to reflect how Holy Ghost Preparatory School, a private Catholic school dedicated to the quality education of college-bound young men, aspires to form them morally, intellectually, and spiritually in the tradition of its Spiritan founders. The School motto is the Spiritan one: Cor Unum Et Anima Una, "One Heart and One Soul/Mind" (Acts 4:32), a description of the early Christian community of believers, united in faith, prayer, good works. This cornerstone of the institution is also the mission of the school. Form the heart, mind, and soul, i.e believing firmly in the value of the study of arts and sciences in the development of a thinking person. The beliefs and values are not subject to the whims of current opinion, but rather are based on a knowledge and critical evaluation of the past and its lessons for the present. We will see how HGP pursues this truth, the Truth that Christ is, and sees God in all that it undertakes with its age-old belief that a solid, Catholic education in the modern era must seeks to inculcate in each student: a firm appreciation of and an unwavering fidelity to the beliefs and principles taught through the Catholic Church while also imbuing within each student a deep respect for the beliefs of others. We will listen to staff and students to see how they are being filled with a sense of humanity and justice, a concern for the downtrodden and oppressed, and a Christ-like love for all.
The Spiritans in Arkansas 01 - FR. STRUB GO WEST -This is the video #01 about the Spiritans in the diocese of Little Rock in Arkansas, an historical narration of the years 1878-1892 when the 1st Provincial of the Spiritans (who had been the 1st Provincial of the C.S.Sp. Vice-Province of Germany from 1863 to 1873) invited German immigrants to Arkansas. There Fr. Strub considered making of Morrilton (his "monastery" was known as Monastery Ridge or "Marienstadt") the main center for Spiritans in the US. Soon tornadoes and fevers obliged him and his Spiritan companions to abandon the project and decide to keep Pittsburgh as the center for US Spiritans. However, the Spiritans stayed in Arkansas until today. The video shows at the end the present-day CSSp community in AR as an introduction to a soon to come "Spiritans in Arkansas" video depicting the works and the present-day community in Arkansas.
The Spiritans in Arkansas 02 - TODAYThe relationship between the Spiritans and Arkansas dates to their arrival in 1878 and to the founding of the parish of St. Joseph Church in Conway in 1879. Fr. Strub even thought for a while to establish Morrilton as the main center for Spiritans in the US, a project he had to abandon after a few prosperous years due to several tornadoes and fevers that destroyed most of its works (1884-1892). Today four Spiritans (Canadian, Congolese, Tanzanian, Vietnamese) still serve Jesus Christ in rural Arkansas, the “Natural State”, so named for its “unsurpassed scenery, clear lakes, free-flowing streams, magnificent rivers, meandering bayous, delta bottom-lands, forested mountains and abundant fish and wildlife” (Dennis Young), hence recently devoted to tourism while still, and this from the days of the settlement of Europeans practicing extensive agriculture, today modern intensive farming*. The video lets you meet with some of the Spiritans parishioners of the Mississippi delta and discover who they are through their work and life in the diocese of Little Rock, how they share our Lord Jesus’ tender Love and Care to the communities they are dedicated to at St. John the Baptist’s, in Brinkley, Monroe Cnty, St. Andrew’s in Marianna, Lee Cnty, St. Francis of Assisi’s in Forrest City, St Francis Cnty, St. Mary - St Vincent’s in Hattieville, Conway Cnty, St Mary of the Lake’s, in Horseshoe Lake (Crittenden Cnty) and in Helena West Helena, Phillips Cnty, St. Mary’s, their main residence community. *Since 2007 Arkansas is the cradle of innovative experiences like CARS (University of Arkansas) that addresses existing and new challenges in agricultural sustainability with the mission to enhance and sustain prosperity to farming and health and well-being for all citizens.
Nurturing life in Hazelwood with Everybody’s GardensJustice and Peace and INTEGRITY OF THE CREATION: Nurturing life in Hazelwood with Everybody’s Gardens Hazelwood historically struggles to support urban agriculture infrastructure. Throughout this Pittsburgh area, like in many other stressed neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, there are community garden spaces, ‘Everybody’s Gardens’, tended by locals such as the members of the ’Hazelwood Urban Ag Team’. With a garden at the corner of Lytle and West Elizabeth streets, and other ones too that are also tended by the members of the organization of Mr. Matt Peters, Chairman, and Composter & Biotech researcher Jim McCue (https://bioeverything.blogspot.com/), a cross-generational urban-farming mindset is growing in Hazelwood, a belief that soil healing permaculture farming can heal the land and reconnect the people who live on it. The video lets Jim and Matthew express different views on their work and philosophy of permaculture in a urban context, this at a time when this kind of effort from citizens who decided to nurture life instead of staying submitted to the general disruption mode of production that leads to Global Warming has to be applauded. They locally promote an anti-disruption mode of producing healthy food, an ambitious vision for the community, with the hope that younger generations may learn from their example. This video has been made possible thanks to Fr. Vince Stegman who is the Spiritan priest working in St Stephen in Hazelwood as he introduced Jim and Matt to me.