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Monthly Archives: May 2010
Monday

Father Joseph Tobin, a Redemptorist of the Denver Province and former Superior General, was named May 31 to a team of bishops and priests assigned by the Vatican to meet with clergy in Ireland. The Apostolic Visitation comes in the aftermath of several reports that revealed the extent of the clergy sexual abuse crisis in that country.

Father Tobin and Jesuit Father Gero McLaughlin will visit the men’s religious orders as part of the Apostolic Visitation led by a team of four archbishops, including Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston.

For more information, visit Scala, the newsletter of the Redemptorist General Government.

Friday

Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, offered the commencement address May 27 to the graduating class of St. Mary’s High School in Annapolis, MD. The school is part of St. Mary’s Parish, which has been staffed by the Redemptorists since 1853.

Admiral Mullen is a former parishioner, and two of his sons are St. Mary’s alumni. To read more about his remarks, click here.

Friday

The Redemptorists recently hosted several high-school-age young men at Holy Family Retreat House in Hampton, VA, for a Crossroads Retreat. The weekend also coincided with a retreat for Redemptorist students from across North America.

Crossroads is a weekend retreat program that offers high schoolers the opportunity to reflect more on "what more they can do" with the gifts God has given them. These "junior" retreats give participants a chance to learn more about the Redemptorist way of life and how they can live the values of the Gospel in their everyday lives. The retreats include time to talk, pray, and learn about life with a team of Redemptorists and lay people, and time to join other young men who feel the call to serve.

For more information about Crossroads retreats or about becoming a Redemptorist, click here or contact our vocations director, Fr. Richard Bennett at vocations@redemptorists.net.

 

Tuesday

On Monday, Pope Benedict XVI gave his consent to the Chaldean Synod of Bishops’ canonical election of Redemptorist Father Beshar Mati Warda as Archbishop of the Chaldean Diocese of Erbil, in Northern Iraq. Father Warda replaces Msgr. Rabban Alqas who held the post of Apostolic Administrator of Erbil since 2007.

Father Eric Hoog, a member of the Baltimore Province and a former military chaplain, met Bishop-elect Warda in 2005 while serving with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, assigned out of Forward Operating Base Falcon at the edge of Baghdad:

"When I introduced myself to the Army Chaplain at FOB Falcon, he said that an Iraqi Catholic priest who was also a Redemptorist visited the base to ask for assistance on projects and for supplies for the people," Father Hoog said. "They set up a meeting, and Bishop-elect Warda and I had an instant bond as Redemptorists. We talked about the church in Iraq, and we talked about the Redemptorists. He told me of his difficulties, and when I left Iraq, I promised that I would continue to help him."

"Since 2005, we’ve sent Bishop-elect Warda more than $60,000 (U.S. dollars) that he has used to build schools (for educating both Muslim and Christian children together) and for clinics and pastoral centers. He is a remarkable Redemptorist priest who has worked under very difficult circumstances, and he is a shining example of the Catholic Chaldean Church in Iraq."

Father Warda was born in Baghdad on June 15, 1969. In 1981, he entered the minor seminary and later the Chaldean Patriarchal Seminary of St. Peter at Dora, near Baghdad.

In 1994, following a visit to Iraq of then-Redemptorist Superior General Father Juan Lasso de la Vega, Father Warda decided to enter the Congregation. He completed his novitiate studies and religious education in Dundalk, Ireland. He first professed vows as a Redemptorist on August 24, 1997, and made his final profession on September 15, 2001.

In 2001 he was appointed director of the Cultural Centre of Babel College (Erbil, Iraq), of which he is also General Secretary and lecturer. Until his appointment as bishop, Father Warda held the post of director of the Chaldean Patriarchal Seminary in Ankawa, Erbil, and professor of moral theology of the local Institute of Religious Studies.

The Archeparchy of Erbil has 12,200 Chaldean Catholics, 5 priests serving 5 parishes, 4 permanent deacons and 6 female religious.

Courtesy: Scala

Thursday

Redemptorist Fr. Albert "Otto" Stoeckel, a native of Buffalo, NY, who spent more than 30 years as a missionary in Dominica, died May 13 at Holy Redeemer Retreat House in Eggleston, Dominica. He was 99.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated May 25 at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Newtown, Dominica. Burial will follow immediately at Holy Redeemer Retreat House.

Father Stoeckel was born August 15, 1910. He professed vows as a Redemptorist Sept. 2, 1932, and was ordained to the priesthood June 20, 1937. He served in several parishes in Dominica from 1974 until his death. In 1990 he was assigned to Holy Redeemer Retreat House in Eggleston where he regularly helped out at Our Lady of Fatima Parish and the home for the aged. He continued to celebrate Mass well into his 90s.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Stoeckel, and for the comfort of his family, friends, and fellow Redemptorists.