Issue of July 1, 2012 – July 14, 2012 The following items are condensed. For the complete articles, please read the print edition of The Catholic New World. To subscribe, call (312) 534-7777.
Papal knighthood honors:
Cardinal George presents the certificate and insignia of the Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great to Archdiocesan Finance Council Vice Chair James Denny during Morning Prayer at St. James Chapel at the Archbishop Quigley Center June 23. The papal honor is recommended by a local bishop and is bestowed on Catholic men and women in recognition of their personal service to the Holy See and the church, their support of the church and the good example set in their communities and country. Also being honored are archdiocesesan chancellor Jimmy Lago (in background) and legal counselor James Serritella.
Denny has long held positions in various financial and investments groups. He and his wife, Catherine, have a family foundation that supports various charitable causes. Lago has served the church in several official capacities including terms as executive director at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Illinois Catholic Conference. He has served as chancellor since 2000. Serritella is a partner at the law firm of Burke, Warren, MacKay and Serritella. He represents religious and not-for-profits and has served on the boards of institutions such as the University of St. Mary of the Lake, St. Xavier College and the North American College in Rome. Brian J. Morowczynski/Catholic New World
Mercy Home for Boys and Girls will celebrate its 125th anniversary with "Mercyfest" on July 20 from 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. There will be games and prizes for children early in the day and food, drinks and live entertainment after 3 p.m.
Mercyfest takes place at the corner of Adams and Racine. Admission is $10. Children under 12 are free. For information visit www.mercyhome. org.
The Office for Catechesis and Youth Ministry will sponsor a Mawusi retreat at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Aug. 17-19 around the theme "Mission Possible: Love, Life, Live." Mawusi means "in the hand of God."
Mawusi is designed for adults, young and old, serving and worshiping in the black and African-American community or seeking a greater understanding of being black and Catholic.
Visit www.catechesis-chicago.org to register before Aug. 6. For information contact Yasmin at (312) 534-8046 or email@example.com.
Young people bring legacy of WYD to congress
As the plainchant of "Tantum Ergo" drew the eucharistic procession to a close, the presiding prelates began to filter away. That's when some trip hop music erupted at the back of the massive assembly of pilgrims, which moments before had been on its knees in prayer and adoration.
The flash mob was really a very organized bunch of young pro-lifers. Decked out in colorful Tshirts, they were singing and dancing about the sanctity of human life. Irish Catholicism could hardly be described as exuberant, but this is what a new young generation of committed Catholics has imbibed from World Youth Day: a deft ability to combine prayerful if staid processions with vivacious displays of faith that often include a strong social message.
Catholics from the Archdiocese of Chicago were among those who attended the International Eucharistic Congress in Ireland. Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Perry led a pilgrimage of the archdiocese's Pope John Paul II Eucharistic Adoration Society and delivered one of the talks during the event.
Father John Cusick, director of the archdiocese's Young Adult Ministry Office also delivered a talk. While he was there, he was interviewed by Zenit Information Service about the importance of the Eucharist. (See www.zenit.org/rssenglish-34980.)
Father Joe Mulcrone director of the Office for the Deaf also attended the Congress with deaf and hearing Catholics. Several congress sessions were dedicated to deaf ministry. To read about his journey, visit blog.deafchurchchicago.org.
Bishops discuss religious liberty, economy, 10 years of charter
During the public sessions of their spring meeting in Atlanta, the U.S. bishops received a 10-year progress report on their abuse charter, voted to draft a message on work and the economy, and heard reports about religious liberty issues in the United States and abroad.
They also listened as an Iraqi bishop made an impassioned plea on behalf of Iraq's dwindling Christian population and called on the U.S. prelates to press the Obama administration to take steps to protect religious rights in the Middle Eastern country.