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Refugees find their new homes in IndRefugees find their new homes in Indianapolis'ianapolis

June 20, 2017 - Stephane Wade, rtv6

INDIANAPOLIS – Thousands of refugees from Iraq, Somalia, Burma and Syria have come to America and found their new homes in Indianapolis.

Sajjad Mohammad Jawad said his family fled Iraq in 2010 and found Indy. He said deciding to leave their home in Iraq was a matter of life or death. Click here for full story.

 


Press conference introducing Archbishop-designate Charles C. Thompson

(Watch the video of the press conference here | See a photo gallery)

Photo from the press conferenceJune 13, 2017 - Prepared remarks by the archbishop-designate; Q&A remarks are in the video:

Having been appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as Bishop of Evansville in 2011, I am yet again humbled and honored that Pope Francis has now appointed me as Archbishop of Indianapolis.  During my seminary formation and education at St. Meinrad School of Theology, I could have never imagined that I would serve as Archbishop of Indianapolis.  I should point out that Archbishop-emeritus Daniel Buechlein, OSB, was my seminary rector.  Following Joseph Cardinal Tobin is more than a daunting task.  Moving from Evansville to Indianapolis, I cannot help but think of the best known song paying tribute to the Hoosier State, “Back Home Again in Indiana.”

I cannot begin to fully express my deepest gratitude and affection for those with whom I have served in the Diocese of Evansville.  These past six years, I have been very blessed to serve with such wonderful priests, deacons, religious, lay colleagues and, most especially, a great mentor and brother in Bishop-emeritus Gerald Gettelfinger.  You helped to form and educate me as a successor of the apostles.  Thank you for your patience and understanding in breaking in a rookie bishop. The Church in southwest Indiana will always have a special place in my heart. 

I look forward to serving in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, comprising the central and southeast part of our great state.  Special thanks to Msgr. Bill Stumpf for his great service as Diocesan Administrator, soon to be resuming his duties as vicar general.  I already know and admire so many of you.  I pledge to dedicate myself to you without hesitation or reservation. Together, we will build on the incredible foundation that already exists, striving to discern the signs of the times and make every effort to participate in framing the essential questions of faith and life, in order promote a shared vision rooted in Word, Sacrament and Service that enables us to respond rather than react to opportunities and challenges.   

I am especially happy to be remaining in the Province of Indianapolis where I will continue to serve with such wonderful brother bishops as Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Bishop Tim Doherty of Lafayette-in-Indiana and Bishop Don Hying of Gary, as well as our wonderful retired Bishops Gerald Gettelfinger, William Higi and Dale Melczek.  I look forward to continuing to work with Executive Director Glenn Tebbe and the Indiana Catholic Conference.

Drawing on my episcopal motto, Christ the Cornerstone, it is my first and foremost prayer that we be Christ-centered in all aspects of our identity, mission and witness in proclaiming the Joy of the Gospel.  Drawing on the Indiana Bishops’ 2015 Pastoral Letter, “Poverty at the Crossroads,” may we continue to see, judge and act with the mind and heart of Jesus.  Drawing on the inspiration of Pope Francis, may we strive evermore diligently to embrace the call to dialogue, encounter, mercy, accompaniment and missionary discipleship, with Mary and the Saints, especially Mother Saint Theodore Guerin and Servant of God Bishop Simon Bruté, as our companions along the way.  I still have so much to learn, but I look forward to embarking upon the adventure throughout the Archdiocese and Province of Indianapolis.

Let us never cease praying for one another and commend ourselves to Christ the Cornerstone. Sts. Francis Xavier, Peter and Paul, Pray for Us.


Olympics star shares ‘gold medal’ moments that lead her to serve God and people in need

Catholic Charities Indianapolis presented four individuals and a business with Spirit of Service Awards during an April 26 dinner in Indianapolis. Award recipients, seated from left, are Karen and Don Beckwith and Grace Albertson. Standing, from left, are John Ryan, president and CEO of Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman law firm; keynote speaker Tamika Catchings; Msgr. William F. Stump, archdiocesan administrator; and award winner Gary Gadomski. (Submitted photo by Rich Clark)

Catholic Charities Indianapolis presented four individuals and a business with Spirit of Service Awards during an April 26 dinner in Indianapolis. Award recipients, seated from left, are Karen and Don Beckwith and Grace Albertson. Standing, from left, are John Ryan, president and CEO of Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman law firm; keynote speaker Tamika Catchings; Msgr. William F. Stump, archdiocesan administrator; and award winner Gary Gadomski. (Submitted photo by Rich Clark)

By John Shaughnessy (from May 5, 2017 of The Criterion Online Edition)

As Tamika Catchings shared defining moments from the journey of her life, she never mentioned the four Olympic gold medals she earned as a member of the U.S. women’s basketball team—or how she led the Indiana Fever to a championship in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).

Instead, the keynote speaker at the archdiocese’s Spirit of Service Awards Dinner in Indianapolis on April 26 recalled a poignant moment from her childhood that propelled her to these accomplishments—and to her launching the Catch the Stars Foundation which helps disadvantaged youths achieve their dreams.

The moment occurred shortly after her family moved to a new city when she was in the second grade, a moment that occurred a few years after she was diagnosed with a hearing disability when she was 3 years old.

“In second grade, I realized I was different. Every single day, I went to school, I got made fun of—for the way that I talked, for the way that I looked, for the hearing aids I had to wear,” Catchings told the 460 people who had gathered at the Indiana Roof Ballroom for the fundraiser for Catholic Charities Indianapolis.

“Every single day I walked home, I’d have tears streaming down my face. I’d stomp into the house and I’d slam the door, and I’d beg my mom, ‘Please, please, don’t make me go back. I’ll do whatever it takes. I’ll wash dishes. I’ll fold clothes the rest of my life. Just don’t make me go back!’ And every single day, my mom would wipe my tears away and say, ‘Honey, I can’t let you give up.’ ”

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Helping others at the heart of Spirit of Service winners’ lives of faith

By John Shaughnessy (from May 5, 2017 of The Criterion Online Edition)

Four individuals and a business were honored for their contributions to the community during the archdiocese’s 19th annual Spirit of Service Awards dinner in Indianapolis on April 26.

Here is capsulized information about the award recipients, who were prominently featured in the March 31 issue of The Criterion.

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