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  • Nuns on the Bus end summer tours with Philadelphia rally

    Posted August 1, 2016

    Over the course of three weeks in July and crossing 13 states, the group of religious sisters associated with the organization Network took their Nuns on the Bus tour to American cities and towns to hear and share stories of economically challenged Americans, and how the economic gap might be bridged. People along the way showed their support of the sisters’ efforts by writing their signatures on the bus.

    Twenty nuns participated in the road trip which ended in Philadelphia during the week of the Democratic National Convention with a rally at St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in the city. Network is a social justice lobby inspired by Catholic sisters. (Photos by Sarah Webb)


    Sister Simone Campbell, S.S.S., thanks everyone for their support during the Nuns on the Bus trip and encourages them to continue their support for social justice.


    Network, the organization that sponsored the sisters’ national bus tour, printed and distributed pamphlets comparing the two presidential candidates.


    The sisters participating in Nuns on the Bus heard and shared stories of economically challenged Americans and spread the word of mending the gap.


    During the closing rally of Nuns on the Bus at St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia, Terrell Johnson from Health Federation of Philadelphia tells of the importance of health insurance to him when he almost went blind.


    After the rally at St Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia those in attendance gather at the bus for one last moment of praise to God together.


    Emily Edwards of Witnesses to Hunger signs the sisters’ bus after giving her testimony at the closing rally in Philadelphia.


    Sister Mary Elizabeth Farrell, S.S.J., signs the bus to show her support for the sisters’ social justice efforts after attending the closing rally of their road trip.


    Sister Simone Campbell, S.S.S., thanks everyone for their support during the Nuns on the Bus trip and encourages them to continue their support for social justice.

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    Phila. Jesuit priest leads prayer at convention for hopeful future


    Father William Byron, S.J. (Photo by Sarah Webb)

    By Matthew Gambino • Posted July 27, 2016

    One speaker at the Democratic National Convention didn’t bring the delegates to their feet in cheers, but evoked heads bowed in silent prayer.

    Jesuit Father William Bryon gave an invocation and led more than 20,000 people in prayer Wednesday, July 27 at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia on the convention’s penultimate night. He preceded two of the party’s biggest names — President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden – who gave their speeches to roaring acclaim.

    In prepared remarks before his invocation Father Byron referenced the name of Micah Xavier Johnson, the shooter of five police officers July 7 in Dallas who was later killed by police at an otherwise peaceful demonstration in that city.


    The priest said that after the recent violence and “senseless killings” particularly in Baton Rouge and Dallas, he was “intrigued” by Johnson’s given name, so he referenced “the prophet Micah and the great St. Francis Xavier in making this invocation.”

    Asking everyone to pause silently in prayer, he offered the invocation:

    “Lord God, creator and ruler of the universe, we invoke your blessing on this assembly tonight, mindful that you hold our destiny in your hands. Life itself is your gift to us; what we do with our lives is our gift to you.

    “Bless us, we pray, as we look to the future of our nation. Keep us free of hatred and violence. Protect us from confusion; we make the words of Francis Xavier our own: ‘In you, O Lord, have I put my hope. Let me never be confounded.’

    “And we turn to your prophet Micah to listen to you speak the words that he passed on to us: ‘You have been told, O man, what is good, and what the Lord requires of you: Only to do justice, to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God’ (Micah 6:8).

    “Help us, Lord, to work unceasingly for justice, to know what is good and seek it without fail, and to be truly humble as we walk with you into an unknown but hope-filled future. Amen.”

    While Father Byron currently is a business professor at St. Joseph’s University in his hometown of Philadelphia, the invitation to speak at the convention came from a connection forged some 15 years ago in Washington, D.C.

    From 2000 to 2003, he was pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in the capital’s Georgetown section. One parishioner was John Podesta, first a White House staffer and eventually chief of staff in the second administration of President Bill Clinton.

    The two struck a friendship that endures today, and it was Podesta who invited his former pastor to speak and who shared time with him Wednesday afternoon and evening.

    In his invocation, Father Byron linked the themes of looking toward the future, and working for it, with hope. And he believes there is good reason for hope in the future of the United States.

    “Hope is a virtue, and we’re a people of hope,” he said, citing 20th century English writer G.K. Chesterton: “Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all.”

    Father Byron is hopeful because of “the power of the Holy Spirit” active in this country. Catholics often pray to the Holy Spirit in the words, “Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth.”

    “We pray that and we believe it,” Father Byron said.

    One feature of America that he hopes to see four years from now, whether in a Clinton or Trump administration, is “a renewal of national community service.” As an example Father Byron pointed to the G.I. Bill, which enabled millions of service members returning to civilian life after World War II, including himself, to go to college.

    That program produced the largest wave of first-time college students in American history, particularly from 1946 to 1950, contributing to the expansion of post-war prosperity. Father Byron sees the G.I. Bill as a watershed moment in American society whose benefits ripple out to the present.

    “It is my belief that it was the most creative piece of legislation that ever came out of the political process,” Father Byron said. “It was a revolutionary piece of legislation” and a revolution in “big-picture thinking.”

    The idea of free college education in return for a period of community service performed by every program participant for up to two years is a concept Father Byron has floated consistently in recent years in talks and in his syndicated column with Catholic News Service.

    Under a new program like the G.I. Bill, graduates of colleges and universities would be free from the crushing tuition debt experienced by most of today’s students. The societal benefit of a better educated populace with higher incomes and a more robust tax base for society makes the program self-financing, he has argued.

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    Edward J. Deal says:
    July 28, 2016 at 6:02 pm
    Why didn’T Father mention Jesus in his prayer to the DNC?

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    Doc Sesso says:
    July 29, 2016 at 3:53 pm
    Cardinal O’Malley should spend more time worrying over Clinton’s abortion platform , email crimes and socialist views..

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    Joann Crescenzo says:
    July 31, 2016 at 1:58 pm
    How can Fr. Bryon associate himself with this very liberal Democratic convention? People who advocate PRO CHOICE, Vice President Biden who receives the Blessed Sacrament , among other Catholics in this party espousing these sentiments. People who have no seeming concern for the lives of our Police and other first responders. I am deeply saddened by this appearance by a member of clergy. "
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  • Welcoming the new neighbors: Archbishop takes tour of Mormon temple

    Posted August 5, 2016

    Archbishop Charles Chaput led a group of priests, bishops and others from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on a tour of the new temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, located at 17th and Vine Streets in center city Philadelphia. It is only about one block away from the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. Non-Mormon visitors may tour the temple before it is formally dedicated in September. (Photos by Sarah Webb)


    (Photo by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)


    Elder Quentin Cook (right), one of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, welcomes Archbishop Charles Chaput, Auxiliary Bishop Michael Fitzgerald, fellow archdiocesan priests and other guests at the new Mormon Temple. (Sarah Webb)


    The contigent from the archdiocese walks to the temple from the new Mormon community center, located across 17th street, where the group was first welcomed and shown an informational video. The Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, left, is about a block away.


    Elder Quentin Cook (right), one of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, describes the new temple for his archdiocesan visitors. (Sarah Webb)


    Archbishop Charles Chaput and other priests and local faith leaders enter the new temple on 17th Street. (Sarah Webb)


    The Temple Entry, a kind of lobby on the temple’s first floor, welcomes those who first enter the temple. (Photo by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)


    The Temple Baptistry (Photo by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)


    An Instruction Room on the temple’s second floor serves as a room for church members to hear words from their scripture and a sermon. The room’s artwork depicts the natural setting of Pennsylvania forests and landscape. (Photo by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)


    Another Instruction Room on the third floor of the temple draws the faithful into high contemplation and replaces natural artwork with more ornate architectural flourishes, yet still in the neo-classical Philadelphia style. (Photo by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)


    The temple’s Celestial Room on the third floor evokes heaven with its grand chandelier, copious light and high, ornate ceilings and walls. The room is meant for silent prayer by Mormons who have completed instruction in the temple’s other rooms. (Photo by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)


    The Brides Room is an area where family members help prepare a bride before her “sealing,” the Mormon wedding ceremony. (Photo by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)


    The Sealing Room on the fourth and top floor of the temple is the place where a Mormon couple, and perhaps their children, face each other around a central altar as they proclaim religious vows of love and union with Christ. Chairs for the ceremony’s presiders and family members are also shown. (Photo by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)


    (Photo by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)


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    Elder Quentin Cook (right), one of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, welcomes Archbishop Charles Chaput, Auxiliary Bishop Michael Fitzgerald, fellow archdiocesan priests and other guests at the new Mormon Temple. (Sarah Webb)

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