Around the Diocese for February 28, 2016
St. Aloysius Lenten Retreat set for March
YODER — St. Aloysius Parish will offer a Lenten retreat for all ages based on the book “St. John Paul the Great and His Five Loves,” on March 6 from 6-7:30 p.m. and March 7 from 7:15-8:30 p.m. Father Ben Muhlenkamp will speak on topics close to the heart of this great saint: young people, human love/marriage and family, the Blessed Sacrament, Virgin Mary and the cross. Young people are especially encouraged to attend Sunday’s talk as Father Muhlenkamp will include special topics of interest to them with a Mario Kart competition in the youth center following.
Bishop Luers receives grant for laptops
FORT WAYNE — Bishop Luers High School has received a grant from the Magee O’Connor Foundation, which has been used to purchase laptops for the library. Students will be able to use these laptops for research, homework, e-learning and much more.
Brett Eastburn welcomed at Daddy-Daughter Dance
PLYMOUTH — The St. Michael Angels Club of Plymouth held their a Daddy-Daughter Dance on Feb. 14 in the school cafeteria. The event included a chicken dinner, photos of each Angel Club member with their father, dancing and a presentation by Brett Eastburn of Tyner.
Eastburn was born with a congenital birth defect known as quadmembral limbs deficiency, which means he was born with no arms and no legs. Eastburn believes that he was born with no handicaps. He has played about every sport imaginable — even finishing fourth in the nation in wrestling while he was in high school.
Eastburn believes that God has made him the way he is so he can share his message to never give up and never say, “I can’t.” Saying you “can’t” just means that you’re not even going to try, he said.
Eastburn, with his wife Chrisa’s help, has written a book entitled, “I’m Not Missing Anything.” An internationally known motivational speaker and stand up comedian, Eastburn’s website is bretteastburn.com.
Saint Mary’s College announces Jan Cervelli as president-elect
NOTRE DAME — South Bend native Jan Cervelli, a dean at the University of Arizona, will serve as the 12th president of Saint Mary’s College. Mary L. Burke ’85, chair of the Board of Trustees, introduced Cervelli as the president-elect recently at a celebratory event on campus. Cervelli will succeed President Carol Ann Mooney who will retire on May 31 after 12 years. Cervelli will begin her term on June 1 and will be formally installed as president at her inauguration in the late fall. Saint Mary’s College currently has 1,557 undergraduate students and 35 graduate students.
“There is nothing that the Board of Trustees does that is more important than the hiring of the president. The person selected has a tremendous impact on both the day-to-day workings of the college and its future success,” Burke said at the event.
“The board chose Jan, out of a strong pool of candidates, because of her sophisticated sense of building consensus, her strong commitment to shared governance, her experience in fundraising, building undergraduate and graduate programs, and her emphasis on sustainability. Her term will begin at a time when her keen aesthetic sensibility will influence potential outcomes from the college’s recently completed campus master plan.”
Cervelli is an academic and an administrator. She is dean of the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture and professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona. She became the first woman dean at Clemson University when she was selected as their dean of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities. She also served as associate dean for undergraduate studies and director of the Teaching and Learning Center at the University of Kentucky. While a faculty member at the University of Kentucky, Cervelli was recognized with the University Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award and as a Master Teacher by the Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society.
Cervelli’s passion for landscape architecture took her to Purdue University for her undergraduate studies and the University of Guelph, Canada, for her terminal degree. She grew up in South Bend directly across the St. Joseph River from the Saint Mary’s campus and is the product of two local Catholic schools with strong Holy Cross influences — Holy Cross School and Saint Joseph High School.
Cervelli’s mother, Teresa, who lives in Granger, attended the celebratory event on campus, along with some of the president-elect’s local friends.
St. Vincent de Paul School in Elkhart held a Family Reading Night on Feb. 3. The evening’s activities included a family style dinner, followed by Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese reading the book, “When I Grow Up,” by Al Yankovic. Neese explained what it was like to be the mayor and answered students’ questions. Activities also included “ice skating” (on paper plates) with their families in the school gym and pretending to be the main characters from the books that were read that night. At the conclusion, every student in attendance chose a book to take home.
Shroud of Turin exhibit to be presented at Sacred Heart of Jesus
LAKEVILLE — Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, near Lakeville, 63568 US 31 S, is hosting The Shroud of Turin Replica Exhibit.
The Shroud of Turin is a long-studied burial cloth believed by many to be the cloth in which Jesus Christ was laid to rest. The cloth bears the front and back image of what appears to be a man who was scourged and crucified.
Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish is hosting a Shroud of Turin Replica Exhibit on Thursday, March 10, from 4-8 p.m.; on Friday, March 11, from 4-8 p.m.; and Saturday, March 12, from 2-6 p.m.; and Sunday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Featured in the exhibit is an approximately 14×4 foot digitized photo of the shroud, encased and backlit for easier viewing of what many scientists have concluded to be the image of a Jewish male, scourged and crucified during the time of Christ. However, neither the scientific community nor the Catholic Church have officially declared the shroud to be the burial cloth of Christ.
Other items in the Shroud of Turin Replica Exhibit include informational displays, replicas of the nails and scourge used by Romans during Christ’s time, a running video about the shroud and other items.
Books, videos and informational material will be available for purchase. All proceeds are applied to maintain and display the exhibit, which is owned by the Father Solanus Casey Knights of Columbus in Fort Wayne.
‘Lenten Journey’ is theme for Lenten Morning of Reflection
FORT WAYNE — The Confraternity of Penitents will sponsor a Lenten Morning of Reflection on Saturday, March 5, from 7:45 a.m. until noon. The reflection will be held at St. Andrew’s Church, 2610 New Haven Ave. in Fort Wayne. The day will begin with Mass at 7:45 a.m. followed by Confessions, Adoration and Benediction.
Breakfast foods and beverages will be available.
“Lenten Journey” is a Power Point presentation on the Stations of the Cross and the Works of Mercy. Presented by Iffat Lawrence with music by the Poor Sisters of St. Clare, those attending will walk with Jesus in a new way.
Due to limited seating in the nun’s parlor, this Morning of Reflection is limited to 20 participants.
To reserve a place, call 260-739-6882.