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Earth Day Celebration: Prayers for our Mother Earth

23 Apr
April 23, 2010

On Thurs. April 22nd the Marylhurst community will celebrate Earth Day with Prayers for our Mother the Earth at 5:30 pm in BPJohn Recital Hall/ Chapel.

Prayer Leaders:

Jack Jersey
Katie Larsell
Naomi Elmore
Crystal Larsen Farr
Don Groves
Kirsten Gauthier-Newbury, M.S.
Julie Hommes
Laura Howard
Sr. Carol Anne Higgins, snjm
Dr. Sheila O’Connell-Rousell
Dr. Jerry O’Connell-Roussell

Gathering Prayer:Led by: Dr. Jerry Roussell
Good God, Creator of the world, draw us into prayer and celebration as we gather to remember the gifts of your earth and the stewardship you have entrusted to us as tillers and tenders in your image.
We know that in the gathering of the people, power is present among us; your Holy Spirit stirs and moves and gives us courage to remember that all good gifts come first from you.
We praise you for this creation in the words of the Psalmist, sung by our ancestors in faith for generations:
God speaks: the heavens are made;
God breathes: the stars shine.
God bottles the waters of the sea
and stores them in the deep
All earth, be astounded,
stand in awe of God.
Keep us faithful to this gathering in faith and “bless this vine your right hand has planted.” Now and forever, Amen.
Taken from liturgy materials used on Earth Day 1997 at Seattle University Provided by Earth Ministry

Song of Gathering: Sacred CreationDr. Sheila O’Connell-Roussell and Sister Carol Anne Higgins
Dance by Crystal Larsen-Farr

Sacred the land, sacred the water,
sacred the sky, holy and true.
Sacred all life, sacred each other;
all reflect God who is good.

1. All praise be yours through Brother Sun,
bearing a likeness of you, Most High One.
Sister Moon and Stars who are precious,
splendid, ride your glorious sky.

2. Brother Wind and Air that pervades,
vary their moods to sustain all you’ve made.
Sister Water, useful and pure,
lowly, freely sharing her life.

3. Through Brother Fire you brighten the night,
strong and robust yet playful and bright.
Sister Earth, our mother who nurtures,
feeding, yielding flower and herb.

Final Refrain:
Sacred the land, sacred the water,
sacred the sky, holy and true.
Sacred all life, sacred each other;
all reflect God who is good;
all reflect God, all reflect God.

The Peace of Wild Things, A Purification,
Read by: Kirsten Gauthier-Newbury, M.S.
At start of spring, I open a trench
in the ground. I put into it
the winter’s accumulation of paper,
pages I do not want to read
again, useless words, fragments,
errors. And I put into it
the contents of the outhouse:
light of the sun, growth of the ground,
finished with one of their journeys.
To the sky, to the wind, then,
and to the faithful trees, I confess
my sins: that I have not been happy
enough, considering my good luck,
have listened to too much noise,
have been inattentive to wonders,
have lusted after praise.
And then upon the gathered refuse
of mind and body, I close the trench,
folding shut again the dark,
the deathless earth. Beneath that seal
the old escapes into the new.
Sung Response: Lord send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth.

The Great Spirit Prayer, Unknown
Read by: Don Groves

Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the wind,
Whose breath gives life to all the world.
Hear me; I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty, and make my eyes
ever behold the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have
made and my ears sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise so that I may understand
the things you have taught my people.
Help me to remain calm and strong in
the face of all that comes towards me.
Let me learn the lessons you have
hidden in every leaf and rock.
Help me seek pure thoughts and act
with the intention of helping others.
Help me find compassion
without empathy overwhelming me.
I seek strength,
not to be greater than my brother,
but to fight my greatest enemy,
Make me always ready to come to you
with clean hands and straight eyes.
So when life fades, as the fading sunset,
my spirit may come to you without shame.

Sung Response: Lord send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth.

Consider Creation
Read by: Laura Howard
All people of the earth, each and every nation
Arise and rejoice at the continued creation
Of beauty, of springtime, the yearly rebirth
Of our protector, our home, our own Mother Earth!
Who despite our apparent lack of care
Creates bountiful splendor for all to share
From mountain tops to the deepest sea
All wonderful earthly miracles bursting free!
Yet this miracle of renewal requires the helping hand
Of the people to replenish and renew the land
From the largest of cities to the most remote farms
To unite in spirit and with the strongest arms.
Become a midwife to the birth of each flower
A guardian of our resources hour by hour
We must learn to take time to appreciate
The miracles of which we did not create.
For God has given this wonderful treasure
And its preservation will be the measure
Of people who recognize and will celebrate
The birth of each season before it’s too late.
In citizenship, in willingness to toil
We must bend our backs and tend to the soil
In stewardship, arise and applaud the worth
Of the wondrous marvel of our Living Earth!
Consider creation. . . . Consider it now.
Source: service from August 1992, “Coming to See”
Creation Song: From Back to Eden
Dr. Sheila O’Connell Roussell and Sister Carol Anne Higgins

The Peace of Wild Things— Wendell Berry
Read by: Kirsten Gauthier-Newbury, M.S.
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
Sung Response: Lord send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth.

Reading: “The Earth is Beautiful” traditional Navaho song
Read by: Crystal Larsen Farr

The Earth is beautiful
The Earth is beautiful
The Earth is beautiful
Below the East, the Earth, its face toward the East, the top of its head is
Its legs, they are beautiful — Its body, it is beautiful
Its chest, it is beautiful — Its breath, it is beautiful
Its head-feather, it is beautiful — The Earth is beautiful

Sung Response: Lord send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth.

Psalm of the Cosmos (source unknown)
Read by: Naomi Elmore
Loving God, loving God,
all creation calls you blessed,
and so do we, and so do we.
Loving God,
all your creation calls you blessed.
Your spirit imprints the whole universe with life and mystery.
Yes, all creation proclaims your love.
We now join this chorus of praise.
Loving God,
all of nature calls you blessed,
and so do we.
For you have woven an intimate tapestry
and call it life
and called it good.
In love you have formed a universe
so diverse yet so related,
and into its web you call us forth
to walk the land and swim the sea
with all our natural brothers and sisters.
To the stars
we seem no more than blades of grass.
Yet to you, each of us,
as each blade of grass and each star,
is an irreplaceable treasure,
an essential companion on this journey of love.
Loving God, as you lure the whole world into salvation,
guide us with your Spirit
that we might not be only pilgrims on the earth,
but pilgrims with the earth,
journeying home to you.
Open our hearts to understand
the intimate relationship that you have with all creation.
Only with this faith can we hope
for tomorrow’s children.
Amen. Alleluia!
Loving God, loving God,
all creation calls you blessed,
and so do we, and so do we.
Taken from liturgy materials used on Earth Day 1997 at Seattle University Provided by Earth Ministry

Sung Response: Lord send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth.

Psalm of the Polar Bear, a Lament
Prayed and written by Katie Larsell

I know you Lord as I know the ice -
It’s crusty thickness, where I hide and wait, is a testament to Your goodness
I know you Lord as I hunt through the icy depths
Your Arctic waters brings me the fat seal pup and rich beluga whale meat

Oh God, who thickens the ice
Why do I hear the mumble and groan of cracking ice and the singing sound of melt water?

Oh God, who brings the cold,every day I wake to a warm southern breeze – sweet smelling and false;

I lift up my nose and long for the hard, white smell of the cold, north wind.

But you, oh Lord, are the keeper of the ice,
You have cared for my people and our fierce, lonely hunt.

You, oh Lord, are the keeper of the ocean,
You have filled it with seal and salmon, whale and walrus.

You have given us immense strength, oh Lord, to swim tens of miles to the summer ice.
You have given us unerring smell, oh Lord, to find the hole where the seals come to breath.
You have given us stillness, oh Lord, to wait in deadly silence for our prey to appear.
You have made us fat and strong, fierce and persistent and we adore you with our every stalking move.

Why then, oh Lord, do we swim and swim and never find the strong carriage of an icy ledge,

Where are you Lord as our limbs ache and tremble, and our power gives out in a iceless, edgeless ocean?

Why do we grow thin on poor meals of skinny birds and hard-caught caribou without finding the succulent seal meat we need to fatten and grow our children.

Where are you Lord as the sweet tender wind flows up from the Southern lands destroying your faithful hunters?

Sung Response: Lord send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth.

Hymn of the Universe, Teilhard de Chardin
Read by: Jersey Jack
I live at the heart of a single, unique Element, the Center of the universe, and present in each part of it: personal Love and cosmic Power.
To attain to him and become merged into his life I have before me the entire universe with its noble struggles, its impassioned quests, its myriad of souls to be healed and made perfect. I can and I must throw myself into the thick of human endeavor, and with no stopping for breath. For the more I bring my efforts to bear on the whole surface of reality, the more also will I attain to Christ and cling close to him. God who is eternal Being-in-itself, is, one might say, ever in process of formation for us.
And God is also the heart of everything; so much so that the vast setting of the universe might be engulfed or wither away or be creation’s dust, which is vitalized by a halo of energy and glory, to be swept away, the substantial Reality wherein every perfection is incorruptibly contained and possessed would remain intact; the rays would be drawn back onto their Source and there I should still hold them all in close embrace.
Taken from liturgy materials used on Earth Day 1997 at Seattle University Provided by Earth Ministry
Sung Response: Lord send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth.

Reflections: Time to silently reflect on the meaning of the earth. What more can I do to care for the earth? Share your thoughts with your neighbors.

Sung Response: Lord send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth.

Earth Day Prayer:
Led by: Julie Hommes

O GOD, we thank you for this earth, our home; for the wide sky and the blessed sun, for the ocean and streams, for the towering hills and the whispering wind, for the trees and green grass.
We thank you for our senses by which we hear the songs of birds, and see the splendor of fields of golden wheat, and taste autumn’s fruit, and rejoice in the feel of snow, and smell the breath of spring flowers.
GRANT US a heart opened wide to all this beauty; and save us from being so blind that we pass unseeing when even the common thorn bush is aflame with your glory. AMEN! (
Song of Blessing: All
Lord, send out your Spirit; renew the face of the earth.
Lord send out your Spirit; renew the face of the earth

You set the earth on its foundation firm,
not to be moved in all its days;
Clothed it with oceans and robed it in light;
O bless the Lord, all you God’s works.

From sea to shore how your wonders are seen,
carefully planned in wisdom and love.
All of your world is abundant with life;
O my soul, bless you the Lord

God comes with bright wings a washing the world;
all is made new in water and fire.
Morning a rises a new in the sky;
God recreates in a new day.
Sung Response: Lord send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth.

Sharing of Peace:

Prayers For Those Who Hunger

14 Apr
April 14, 2010

Ecumenical /Interfaith Worship Service on Hunger
April 10, 5:30, Wiegand Recital Hall/Chapel
B. P. John Administration Building, Third Floor North

Liturgical MinistersRachel Borsch
Kathleen Golden
Kevin Larsen,. .
Mary Ann Didomenico
Beth Ann Rose
Laura Howard
Sr. Carole Strawn, SNJM
Dionysis Murphy
Sr. Carol Anne Higgins. SNJM
Cora Palazzolo
Arleen Harlouff
Sr. Cecilia Ranger, SNJM, Ph.D
Dr. Sheila O’Connell-Roussell

Welcome and Introduction
Sr. Cecilia Ranger, SNJM PhD
The U.S. Department of Agriculture indicates that both the rates of food insecurity and hunger continue to increase in Oregon. Does not Wisdom call, does not understanding raise her voice;
On the heights beside the way, in the paths she takes her stand; beside the gates in front of the town… I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me. I walk in the way of righteousness, in the paths of justice. We pray to seek wisdom, to seek understanding to seek justice so we will come to know the Lord.

Loving God, open our hearts and minds to your presence in one another. We call on your assistance and wisdom as we strive to serve the many needs of people in our communities, especially those who are poor and without hope. We gather this day to discuss and reflect on Hunger in America. As people of God we ask you, our Creator of all good things, to send us your Spirit, open our minds and hearts to new possibilities for service, advocacy and collaboration.
Sr. Carol Anne & Dr. Sheila
Refrain: The Lord hears the cry of the poor. Blessed be the Lord
Reader: Sr. Cecilia Ranger, SNJM, Ph.D
Oregon is now among the five states with the highest hunger rate, and food insecurity. Hundreds of thousands of Oregonians have experienced times when they were hungry but did not eat because there was not enough money for food. The Oregon Food Bank Network distributed 66.2-million pounds of food in 2009 – the highest amount distributed by the statewide network in a single year. Nationally, 1 in 6 Americans (50 million), including nearly 17-million children, lived in households that knew hunger.

Song: I will bless the Lord at all times, with praise ever in my mouth. Let my soul glory in the Lord, who will hear the cry of the poor. R/
Refrain: The Lord hears the cry of the poor. Blessed be the Lord.

Reader: Rachel Borsch: 1.02 billion people do not have enough to eat — more than the populations of USA, Canada and the European Union. Higher food prices have increased the number of undernourished people in the world by 75 million in 2007 and 40 million in 2008. 907 million people in developing countries alone are hungry. Asia and the Pacific region are homes to over half the world’s population, and yet they comprise nearly two thirds of the world’s hungry people.
Song: Let the lowly hear and be glad: the Lord listens to their pleas; and to hearts broken, God in near, who will hear the cry of the poor. R/
Refrain: The Lord hears the cry of the poor. Blessed be the Lord.
Reader: Kathleen Golden: More than 60 percent of chronically hungry people are women.65 percent of the world’s hungry live in only seven countries: India, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan and Ethiopia. One out of four children — roughly 146 million — in developing countries are underweight.

Song: Every spirit crushed, God will save; will be ransom for their lives; will be safe shelter for their fears, and will hear the cry of the poor. R/
Refrain: The Lord hears the cry of the poor. Blessed be the Lord.

Reader: Kevin Larsen Every six seconds a child dies because of hunger and related causes.
More than 70 percent of the world’s 146 million suffering children are under the age five. 10.9 million of these children under five die from malnutrition and hunger-related diseases.

Song: We proclaim your greatness, O God, your praise ever in our mouth; every face brightened in your light, for you hear the cry of the poor. R/

Refrain: The Lord hears the cry of the poor. Blessed be the Lord.
Reflections on Hunger from the Hebrew Prophets:

Lector: Mary Ann DidomenicoTheir skin shrinks on their bones, as dry as wood.
Better for those who perish by the sword than for those who die of hunger, Who waste away, as though pierced through, lacking the fruits of the field! (Lamentations 4: 8b-9) Have we not all one Father? Hath not one God created us? (Malachai 2:10)

Lector: Beth Ann RoseGod prefers righteousness and justice above sacrifice. (Proverbs 21:3). God calls for “justice (to) well up as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream. (Amos 5:24) And what the Lord doth require of thee: Only to do justly, love mercy And walk humbly with thy God. (Micah 6:8)

Lector: Sr. Carole Strawn, SNJM Take away from Me the noise of thy songs; And let Me not hear the melody of your songs. But let justice well up as waters, And righteousness as a mighty stream. (Amos 5:23, 24)

Leader: Laura HowardIntercessions: Through the intercession of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac, two exemplary models of service to the poor, we pray: Fill us with your love, O Lord!
Response: Fill us with your love, O Lord! For the hungry, that we may find the means to feed them:
Response: Fill us with your love, O Lord!
For the naked, that we may find the means to clothe them: R/
Response: Fill us with your love, O Lord!
For the homeless, that we may find the means to shelter them: R/
Response: Fill us with your love, O Lord!
For our students, staff, administration, alums, donors and volunteers in thanksgiving for their support and dedication: R/
Response: Fill us with your love, O Lord!

Ritual of Providing of Food to Alleviate Hunger

Reader: Sr. Cecilia Ranger, SNJM, Ph.D Blessed are you, God, Flame of hope: may we be fuel and kindling for your fire of generosity toward others who have less than we do.

ALL: Blessed be God forever.

Presenter of the Bowl of Earth: Dionysis Murphy lifts up the bowl of earth, then lowers it and plants several seeds in the dirt.

Reader Dionysis Murphy: Blessed are you, God, Seed of justice: may we be fertile ground for your harvest.

ALL: Blessed be God forever.

Presenter of the Waters: Cora Palazzolo
Cora lifts up the pitcher of water and then pours water onto the bowl of earth planted with the seeds. Cora prays:

Reader Cora Palazzolo Blessed are you, God, Water in the wilderness: may we be streams in your river of peace.

ALL: Blessed be God forever.

Reader Dionysis Murphy: Blessed are you, God, Bread of life: may we nourish our sisters and brothers.
ALL: Blessed be God forever.

Reader Cora Palazzolo: Bless us, O Holy One of Blessing, that we may bless you in our lives of justice and peace.
ALL: Bless us, God of justice.

Reader Rachel Borsch: Bless all who mourn for their sisters and brothers who die from starvation or through war or injustice.
ALL: Bless us, God of justice.

Reader Kathleen Golden: Bless all who experience your mercy through the work and witness of women and men who unloose the bonds of oppression.
ALL: Bless us, God of justice.

Reader Kevin Larsen,. .
Bless all who hunger and thirst for righteousness in solidarity with those who put their lives on the line for justice in their homelands.
ALL: Bless us, God of justice.

Reader : Mary Ann DidomenicoBless all who seek your face in the laughter of children, the wisdom of elders, the mystery of creation, and in the solace of prayer.
ALL: Bless us, God of justice.

Reader: Beth Ann RoseBless all who work as your peacemakers to resolve conflicts, in our homes, communities and world.
ALL: Bless us, God of justice.

Reader: Laura HowardGod of all peoples,
Bless us in our work as members and supporters of development and peace.
Bless us through the challenges, struggles and joys we experience.
ALL: Bless us, God of justice.

Reader: Sr. Carole Strawn, SNJMBless us when we falter and when we grow weary.
Bless us with your peace.
ALL: Bless us, God of justice.

Leader: Sr. Cecilia Ranger, SNJM, Ph.D The version found written on the wall in Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta:
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

Peace Ritual to Unite All Peoples in Sharing Who They Are and What They Have
Prayer Leader: Rachel Borsch

HINDU PRAYER FOR PEACE Oh God, lead us from the unreal to the Real. Oh God, lead us from darkness to light. Oh God, lead us from death to immortality. Shanti, Shanti, Shanti unto all. Oh Lord God almighty, may there be peace in celestial regions. May there be peace on earth. May the waters be appeasing, May herbs be wholesome, and may trees and plants bring peace to all. May all beneficent beings bring peace to us. May thy Vedic Law propagate peace all through the world. May all things be a source of peace to us. And may thy peace itself bestow peace on all, and may that peace come to me also.

Sr. Carol Anne, Dr. Sheila and CongregationSERVANT SONG by Donna Marie McGargill, OSM
What do you want of me, Lord?
Where do you want me to serve you?
Where can I sing your praises?
I am your song.

Jesus, Jesus, you are my Lord.
Jesus, Jesus, you are the way.

Prayer Leader:
Dionysis Murphy
May all beings everywhere plagued with sufferings of body and mind quickly be free from their illnesses. May those frightened cease to be afraid, and may those bound be free. May the powerless find power, and may people think of befriending one another. May those who find themselves in trackless, fearful wildernesses–the children, the aged, the unprotected–be guarded by beneficent celestials, and may they swiftly attain Buddhahood.

Song: I hear you call my name, Lord,
and I am moved within me.
Your Spirit stirs my deepest self.
Sing your songs in me.
Jesus, Jesus, you are my Lord.
Jesus, Jesus, you are the way.

Prayer Leader: Kevin Larsen.
In the name of Allah, the beneficent, the merciful. Praise be to the Lord of the Universe who has created us and made us into tribes and nations, that we may know each other, not that we may despise each other. If the enemy incline toward peace, do thou also incline toward peace, and trust in God, for the Lord is the one that heareth and knoweth all things. And the servants of God, Most Gracious are those who walk on the Earth in humility, and when we address, them, we say “PEACE.”

Song: Above, below, and around me,
before, behind, and all through me,
your Spirit burns deep within me.
Fire my life with your love.
Jesus, Jesus, be the warmth of my heart.
Jesus, Jesus, you are the way.

Prayer Leader: Cora Palazzolo
Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. Be fair in thy judgment, and guarded in thy speech. Be a lamp unto those who walk in darkness, and a home to the stranger. Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring. Be a breath of life to the body of humankind, a dew to the soil of the human heart, and a fruit upon the tree of humility.

Song: You are the light in my darkness.
You are my strength when I’m weary.
You give me sight when I’m blinded.
Come see for me.
Jesus, Jesus, you are my Light.
Jesus, Jesus, you are the way.

Prayer Leader: Mary Ann Didomenico
Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, that we may walk the paths of the Most High. And we shall beat our swords into ploughshares and our spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation–neither shall they learn war any more. And none shall be afraid, for the mouth of the Lord of Hosts has spoken.
Song: I am your song and servant,
singing your praise like Mary.
Surrendered to your Spirit,
“Let it be done to me.”

Jesus, Jesus, “Let it be done to me.”
Jesus, Jesus, you are the way.

Prayer Leader: Beth Ann Rose
Blessed are the PEACEMAKERS, for they shall be known as the Children of God. But I say to you that hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To those who strike you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from those who take away your cloak, do not withhold your coat as well. Give to everyone who begs from you, and of those who take away your goods, do not ask them again. And as you wish that others would do to you do, do so to them.”

Closing Prayer
Leader: Sr. Cecilia Ranger, SNJM, Ph.D
Let us invoke the Love that moves above and below us, around us and within us.
Let us invoke the Spirit of Love that is greater than we are, but which is made real through us — and only though us and our service to our sisters and brothers.
Let us invoke that human solidarity that makes justice and generosity possible and through which by making justice, we make peace possible.
Let us invoke love and live it as solidarity.
Our lives of giving and sharing are our prayers.

Exchange of PeaceLeader: Invite all to exchange a sign of peace. As they greet another person, ask the participants to share with that person where or with whom they would like to take some action– to alleviate Hunger in our world.

Holy Hour: Stations of the Cross

11 Mar
March 11, 2010

Lenten Prayer Service: Stations of the Cross
Thursday March 11th Res 6925
Set up 4: Service 5:30 pm—6:30 pm
Wiegand Recital Hall/chapel – BP John Bldg.

Fr. Rick Ganz, S.J.- Presider
Liturgical Ministers

Sr. Cecilia Ranger, SNJM PhD
Sr. Carol Anne Higgins SNJM
Dr. Mary Shephard
Kathleen Golden
Laura Howard
Marjorie Speirs
Arlene Harouff
Sr. Carole Strawn SNJN Philipos Ghaly
Joanna Luft
Daniel Miller
John Hart
Cora Palazzolo
Philipos Ghaly
Dr. Jerry O. Roussell, Jr.
Dr. Sheila O’Connell-Roussell

Welcome: Fr. Rick
Welcome to our Lenten Prayer Service- The Stations of the Cross. We dedicate this holy hour in thanksgiving to God and wish you and your family a blessed Lent, as we look forward to the seasons climax in the celebrations of holy week, our blessed Triduum and Easter. In this most solemn prayer service of the liturgical year, we embrace- in meditation and prayer- the life, the teachings and passion of Jesus. We honor his suffering and bond his passion to the deaths of those we loved who have gone before us into eternal life.
This beloved tradition has its roots in the dawn of Christianity. Ancient legends recall that soon after the Lord suffered, Mary the mother of Jesus and the Holy Women disciples…, walked the road to Golgotha, filled with unimaginable grief. As they came upon places in which Christ had suffered,….they stopped along the path to Calvary… to pray and to remember the last hours of the Lord. We bond with the first disciples of Jesus in this meditative Lenten Journey within the ancient practice of the Stations of the Cross. We pray in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Were You There:
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Oh, … Oh sometimes it causes me to tremble,
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Reader: Sister Cecilia Ranger, SNJM, PhD
Mother Theresa of Calcutta is remembered as saying that she encountered the Christ hidden in the miserable disguise of the poor and the suffering. In our world today, Christ is crucified in our loneliness, in poverty, and in the sufferings of humanity. Right at this moment, someone is battling an advanced stage of disease; someone is losing a person they love.
Christ is crucified with us and through us … in every injustice, in war, disease, prejudice, hatred and cruelty, until the end of time.
In honor of the love Christ has for us, let us commit to be people of forgiveness and compassion. We offer this hour to unite …the sufferings…of humanity… to the Cross of Christ. We pray that by uniting ourselves to his passion, we will somehow ease the grief and sufferings of the people of earth.

Chant: Lead us to Love, to offer mercy, compassion to all.

Reader: Sr. Carol Anne Higgins
“1st Station: Jesus is Condemned to Death.”

Chorus. By your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

Reader: Dr. Mary Shephard

Publicly accused and humiliated, mocked, beaten, bound and chained Jesus was dragged in front of the elders and priests of the city. He was sent to the Roman governor Pilate to be condemned to death. No one defended Jesus. He faced this judgment alone.

Reader: Fr. Rick Ganz
And Jesus said, “Love one another as I have loved you.”

Prayer: Dr. Mary Shephard
We pray for all those who suffer from condemnation and judgment. We pray for the lonely and the abandoned, for those whose reputations have been wounded by gossip and unkind words. Creator God …give us the courage to be compassionate and kind. We ask you to forgive us for the times that we have judged ourselves or another person unkindly. We pray for the strength to heal.

Chant: Lead us to Love, to offer mercy, compassion to all.

Reader: Sister Anne Higgins
“2nd Station: Jesus Accepts the Cross”

Chorus. By your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

Reader: Joanna Luft
Jesus is stripped of the dignity of his clothing and scourged at the pillar. He is beaten and whipped to the point of death. Roman soldiers mock him crying “King of Judeans.” They put a scarlet cloak around his shoulders, shove a reed into his hand to represent a king’s scepter, and place on his head a crown of thorns. The cross is placed on his wounded shoulders.

Reader: Fr. Rick Ganz
And Jesus said, “Pick up your cross and follow Me.
My yoke is easy my burden light.

Prayer: Joanna Luft
Lord give us the strength to face the crosses in our lives. Help us to remove every splinter we bear within our memories that steal our joy. Help us to recognize and heal from every heartache and burden we carry.

Chant: Lead us to Love, to offer mercy, compassion to all.

Reader: Sister Carol Higgins
“3rd Station: Jesus Falls the First Time”

Chorus: By your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

Reader: Kathleen Golden
His heart breaking for love of us, Jesus was tortured and beaten as he carried the cross. With every step, the weight of the cross cut deeper into his wounded shoulder. With each step, Jesus’ body grew weaker from torture and exhaustion as he walked toward death. Overcome with grief and fatigue, Jesus fell hard on the sharp stones of the road to Calvary.

Reader: Fr. Rick Ganz
And Jesus said, “Come follow me and I will make you fishers of humanity.”

Prayer: Kathleen Golden
Creator God, when we fall to our own weakness…give us the grace to pick ourselves up and try again. Help us to carry the cross of our failures knowing that we are forgiven. Walk before us always and teach us to never give up on ourselves. Help us to know how loved we are. May we witness our love for you …with our lives.

Chant: Lead us to Love, to offer mercy, compassion to all.

Passion Song:
He was wounded on the shoulder.
Hung up on the tree..
While his broken hearted Momma stood there
Crying at his feet……

Unremembered women
Members of the cast,
Beloved John and Mary stood there
With him to the last…
My Lord…..

All: Chorus: And I wanted to thank you
Thank you for loving me
And I wanted to thank and praise you …Lord.
For joining me…. as my brother, …my God …and my friend
to the end my Lord…. as my brother, my God and my friend. Amen.

Reader. Sister Carol Anne Higgins
“4th Station: Jesus Meets His Sorrowful Mother.”

Chorus: By your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

Reader. Cheryl Scarcelli
Mother Mary walked beside her son on road to Golgotha-the place of the skull… She who had carried him in her womb,…she who had nourished and treasured him within her own body, she who had taught him to pray, Virgin Mary, the mother of sorrows ….stood helpless as she looked into the eyes of her son.

Reader: Fr. Rick Ganz
And Jesus said, “Mother, behold your Son.
And gave his mother to us all saying, …….”Behold your Mother.”

Reader. Cheryl Scarcelli
Mother Mary, when you look into the faces of the grieving, the sick, the oppressed, the poor, the unwanted, the hungry . . . once again you see the sufferings of Christ… You see that beloved face that you followed on the Way to Calvary. Teach us compassion for all and for ourselves. When we offer mercy to each other, we offer it to your son.

Chant: Lead us to Love, to offer mercy, compassion to all.

Reader: Sister Higgins
“5th Station: Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry his Cross.”

Chorus: By your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

Reader: John Hart
Jesus was near death, but the soldiers forced him to continue his climb to Golgotha. They held a man in the crowd hostage, forcing him to carry the cross. Simon the Cyrene lifted the weight from Jesus’ breaking shoulders and carried the cross for Jesus.

And Jesus said, Fr. Rick Ganz
“What you do for the least of my sisters and brothers you do it for me. ”

Reader: John Hart
Lord give us the hearts to help one another. Send Simons into our lives to help us with our sufferings our fears….to help us carry the burdens in our lives. We ask for forgiveness for the times in which we failed to help others who were suffering. May we serve like Simon to help others carry their cross.

Chant: Lead us to Love, to offer mercy, compassion to all.

Reader: Sister Carol Anne Higgins
“6th Station: Jesus Falls a Second Time.”

Chorus: By your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

Reader: Laura Howard
Hungry, thirsty, and deprived of sleep, the exhaustion and persecution of the walk to Golgotha overwhelmed the Christ. The ridicule, the laughter, anger and violence of the Roman soldiers broke his strength, crushed under the weight of the cross, Jesus fell to the ground.

Reader: Fr. Rick Ganz
And Jesus said, “ I go to prepare a place for you.”

Prayer: Laura Howard
Jesus, like you, sometimes I fall under the weight of the cross I carry. Lord when life’s cruelty weighs us down. please give us the strength to continue on our path. Creator God, when we fail to keep our word, when we break our commitments and fail to honor your will for our lives… give us the courage to pick up our cross and to begin again.

Chant: Lead us to Love, to offer mercy, compassion to all.


Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
Oh, … Oh sometimes it causes me to tremble,
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?

Reader: Sr. Carol Anne Higgins
“7th Station: Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus.”

Chorus: By your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

Reader: Sister Carole Strawn
Veronica broke through the cold iron of the Roman swords to offer Jesus a moment of comfort. Veronica washed the torrent of blood and spit from the Sacred Face with her own veil. Legend recalls that Jesus rewarded her love and courage with a gift of himself. An image of the face of Christ appeared on Veronica’s blood soaked linen veil.

Reader: Fr. Rick Ganz
And Jesus said, “ Seek the reign of God and I will add all things unto you.”

Reader: Sister Carole Strawn
Lord … lead us to see the dignity and beauty in every person, for every human being is a child of God. Jesus taught us that we are united in this journey of life, whatever we do to the least brother or sister, we do to the Christ. When we provide compassion and healing to ourselves and others, we also offer comfort to Jesus in his passion.

Chant: Lead us to Love, to offer mercy, compassion to all.

Reader: Sister Carol Anne Higgins
“8th Station: Jesus Consoles the Women of Jerusalem.”

Chorus: By your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

Reader: Marjorie Speirs
The women of Jerusalem stood helplessly watching–watching as the heart of the woman Mary was torn to pieces as she watched the suffering of her only son. Mary knows our sorrows for she walked the road to Calvary beside her dying son. We remember women everywhere and faithful men who have lost their loved one’s in needless violence and pray for the end of injustice everywhere.

Reader: Fr. Rick Ganz
And Jesus said, “Woman, Come drink Living water, water that will spring up into eternal life.”

Reader: Marjorie Speirs
Jesus, the weight you carry is so overwhelming, as our own burdens can also be. We pray to be led in compassion for one another, to have patience with ourselves. United in our commitments to justice, may we work together to shed light in the darkness and give hope to the suffering. Let us find courage in the dignity you modeled for us on your walk to Golgotha-loving to the very end.

Chant: Lead us to Love, to offer mercy, compassion to all.

Reader: Sister Carol Anne Higgins
“9th Station: Jesus Falls a Third Time.”

Chorus: By your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

Reader: Daniel Miller
Jesus staggered and fell under the weight of the cross. He who was called the Messiah, the Son of God walked the road of an exile, a common criminal, a social outcast. As we contemplate your passion Jesus we pray, “Blessed are they who offer comfort to the prisoners, the lost and forgotten ones”.

Reader: Fr. Rick Ganz
And Jesus said, “Be born again of water and the Holy Spirit”.

Reader: Daniel Miller
Lord, give us the strength to live in Truth. When we fall to our weakness, empower us to release our guilt and to begin again with the light of each new day. We pray to be pastoral people who care for others. We commit to take the extra step to offer support to those who hunger for kindness and plead for healing.

Chant: Lead us to Love, to offer mercy, compassion to all.

Dr. Sheila
Passion Song.
Two thieves hung beside Him
Two men met the Lord.
One cursed and laughed and mocked His face,
Then cursed and laughed some more.

But the other man repented
Touched by the love in his eyes
Jesus said, “Today my friend, you’ll be with me in paradise
My Lord…..

All: Chorus: And I wanted to thank you
Thank you for loving me
And I wanted to thank and praise you …Lord.
For joining me…. as my brother, …my God …and my friend
to the end my Lord…. as my brother, my God and my friend. Amen.

Reader: Sister Carol Anne Higgins
“10th Station: Jesus is stripped of his Garments”

Chorus: By your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

Reader: Cora Palazzolo
People just went about their day as they walked by the blood soaked hill at the city’s gate. The bloodthirsty mob pushed Jesus to–Golgotha, the place of the Skull. Jesus was stripped naked before his abusers… stripped of all dignity.

Reader: Fr. Rick Ganz
And Jesus said, “ I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.”

Reader: Cora Palazzolo
Jesus, we pray for your courage as we stand before the accusers in our lives. We pray to be people of compassion who unite in solidarity with all children of God who have been shamed and abused. We pray for the poor, those trafficked and used for profit and all who who, like you, have been stripped of their dignity.

Chant: Lead us to Love, to offer mercy, compassion to all.

Reader Sister Carol Higgins
“11th Station: Jesus is Nailed to the Cross.”

Chorus: By your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

Prayer: Arlene Harouff
Jesus was dragged to the place of death. The cruelty of the soldier’s words tore through his spirit as they forced his bruised and tortured body down on the wood of the cross. The soldiers nailed his wounded body to the tree of death.

Dr. Jerry Roussell, Jr.
EFFECTS: Hammering Sounds.– continuous.

Prayer: Arlene Harouff
Hands that had healed and pardoned were ripped through … by the pounding of heavy iron nails piercing the bones of his wrists…severing through the flesh and bone of his feet. Over his head, the soldiers posted a sign that read, ‘Jesus… the Christ, ….King of the Judeans.

Dr. Jerry Roussell, Jr.
Directions: Hung on the Cross Red cloth is draped on the cross-or sacred altar.

Dr. Sheila
Passion Song:
The sun stood dark at midday
The earth shook to its core.
The men ….who called him ….teacher ….friend
Didn’t know Him ….anymore.

Peter ….denied Him.
Judas ….sold his soul
The ones ….who stood…. beside him
Were ….the women, …John… no more
My Lord…..

Chorus: And I wanted to thank you
Thank you for loving me
And I wanted to thank and praise you …Lord.
For joining me…. as my brother, …my God …and my friend
to the end my Lord…. as my brother, my God and my friend. Amen.

His blood poured down like water
Rushing to the earth
The broken hearted Momma recalled
Angels at his birth
Abba Father
Have you forsaken me?
It is finished,
Forgive us Lord
Today on Calvary
My Lord…..

Chorus: And I wanted to thank you
Thank you for loving me
And I wanted to thank and praise you …Lord.
For joining me…. as my brother, …my God …and my friend
to the end my Lord…. as my brother, my God and my friend.

Reader: Sister Carol Anne Higgins
“12th Station: Jesus Dies on the Cross.”

Response: By your holy cross…. You have redeemed the world

Reader: Fr. Rick Ganz
And Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you…”

In Silence for a few seconds

Reader: Philipos Ghaly – Coptic blessing
Today He who hung the earth upon the waters is hung upon the Cross (three times).
He who is King of the angels is arrayed in a crown of thorns.
He who wraps the heaven in clouds is wrapped in the purple of mockery.
He who in Jordan set Adam free receives blows upon His face.
The Bridegroom of the Church is transfixed with nails.
The Son of the Virgin is pierced with a spear.
We venerate Thy Passion, O Christ (three times).
Show us also Thy glorious Resurrection

For you:
This is the great Friday blessing:
May Christ our true God, Who for the salvation of the world endured spitting, and scourging, and buffeting, and the Cross, and death, through the intercessions of His most pure mother, of our holy and God bearing Fathers and Mothers, and of all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and the Lover of mankind

Were You There When They Crucified My Lord vrs. 3

Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Oh, Oh sometimes it causes me to tremble,….
tremble,…… tremble.
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

Prayer: Fr. Rick Ganz, S.J.
Creator God, we honor your presence in this place today… who made us … dreamed of us from the beginning and you who gives us the breath of life…. We ask you to remember and hold in your eternal heart our loved ones…. family members ….and friends who have died. As we honor Lord Jesus with these stations, ….we pray for eternal rest for the souls of our loved ones…

Names of the Dead:
We remember those for whom we prayed last year.
Marjorie Speirs’ friends Kay David and Sam Gross
for our government
and all who have lost their lives in war.

Susan Von Tobel’s brother in law- Larry Schmitt and family.

Marylhurst teacher Sara Halprin and her surviving husband Herb Long-also one of our teachers.

Bonnie Romane’s friends Harold & Evelyn Yost, Roger Watanabe, Mark Neustel, Ross Kurzer

We will reserve a few moments now so as to invite anyone who chooses to speak the precious names of our dead. Those who choose to do so, may speak their names out loud or if you prefer…. You may whisper their names in the privacy of your heart.

Chant: Lead us to Love, to offer mercy, compassion to all.

Reader. Sister Carol Anne Higgins
“13th Station: Jesus is Taken Down From the Cross”

Response: By your holy cross… you have redeemed the world.

Reader: Fr. Rick Ganz
“And Jesus said, I go before you always even to the end of time.”

Reader: Dr. Jerry Roussell, Jr.
As darkness fell on the land, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus… took the body of Jesus down from the cross … wrapped it with spices in linen cloths and brought the lifeless body of the messiah to a garden. Joseph offered the Lord a newly carved tomb he had prepared for himself.

Prayer: Dr. Jerry Roussell, Jr.
Lord have mercy on the abandoned, the dying and those left to grieve their loss alone. Give us the courage to be people of hope, people who have faith in the midst of the cruel realities of our world. We pray for this community of faith, that we surrender ourselves to our Creator’s will for the good, for justice and mercy. Give us the courage to continue to believe in our eternal destiny until we are home with you.

Chant: Lead us to Love, to offer mercy, compassion to all.

Reader Sister Carol Anne Higgins
“14th Station: Jesus is laid in the Tomb”

Response: By your holy cross… you have redeemed the world.

Reader: Fr. Rick Ganz
And Jesus Said, “Blessed are they who mourn for they shall be comforted.”

Passion Song
Would I stand beside you
Would I … just.. run away
Would I deny my Lord on Calvary today

I see you in the market place
I see you on TV
I see you in the hungry eyes
Hidden in Humanity.
My Lord…..

Chorus: And I wanted to thank you
Thank you for loving me
And I wanted to thank and praise you …Lord.
For joining me…. as my brother, …my God …and my friend
to the end my Lord…. as my brother, my God and my friend.

Reader: Fr. Rick Ganz
And Jesus said, “I am the Resurrection and the Life.”

Response: By your holy cross… you have redeemed the world.

Closing Prayers: Sr. Cecilia
As the disciples of Jesus stood in the despair of Golgotha, they could not see the glory of Easter soon to come. So it is with us. When we are in grief we can’t see the light at the end of the darkness. We pray to be people of hope, people of faith and people who commit our lives to justice for all. We pray the courage to bear our grief and to be a community of support and care.

Response: By your holy cross… you have redeemed the world.

Reader: Father Rick
Lord Jesus, our faith teaches us that your life, your teachings, cross and resurrection … assure us that death has been conquered, that eternal life is our birth right as children of God. So as we meditate on your passion …in anticipation for your resurrection into glory. You proclaim that you are the Resurrection and the Life. . Give us the courage to proclaim this good news to the ends of the earth, until the end of time. May we always see you …. in each other.
Go now to spread the peace and love of Jesus.

Chant: Lead us to Love, to offer mercy, compassion to all.

Holy Hour: adapted from Lectionary-Based Gospel Dramas for Lent and the Easter Triduum
by Sheila O’Connell-Roussell, Terri Vorndran Nichols St. Mary’s Press.
And traditional practice. University Ministry invites you to please bring food items to these events to donate to the Second Wind outreach of the Oregon Food Bank.

Lent: a season of communal preparation by Richard McBrien on Feb. 15, 2010 Essays in Theology -National Catholic Reporter

17 Feb
February 17, 2010

Ash Wednesday, which begins the season of Lent, is observed this year on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

The word “Lent” is derived from an old English word which means “springtime.” The Latin adverb lente means “slowly.”

On the basis of etymology alone, Lent signals the onset of spring and invites us, at the same time, to slow down our usual pace of activity and to take stock of our lives.

But Lent obviously means much more than the coming of spring. Indeed, in the Southern Hemisphere it is fall, not spring, that is on the way.

The etymology of the word offers one approach to disclosing the point and purpose of Lent. The liturgical route provides another, more productive path. The season of Lent is, in the final accounting, a preparation for Easter.

Members of the church prepare for the renewal of their baptismal vows at the Easter Vigil and for the annual celebration of the greatest of Christian feasts. Catechumens, on the other hand, prepare for Baptism and their full initiation into the church.

However, the name “catechumen” would eventually lose its significance, and by the Middle Ages the catechumenate, for all practical purposes, no longer existed.

During the first three centuries, most Christians prepared for Easter by fasting for only two or three days. But by the fourth century this pre-Easter fast developed into our now-established Lent of 40 days. Nevertheless, it was still viewed as a preparation for Easter and the baptism of new Christians.

Beginning in the fifth and sixth centuries, as the number of adult baptisms sharply declined in relation to the baptism of infants, the need to prepare adults for Baptism at the Easter Vigil receded.

Lent was gradually transformed into a time of prayer and penance, modeled on a 40-day, post-Epiphany fast popular among monks, in imitation of the fasting and penance practiced by Jesus during his 40 days in the desert.

Then with the liturgical renewal advanced by Pope Pius XII’s restoration of the rites of Holy Week in 1956 and by the Second Vatican Council’s retrieval of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), Lent, on the one hand, and Baptism and Easter, on the other, were happily re-connected.

Once again, Lent came to be seen and experienced as a season in preparation for Easter–preparation not just for individuals, but for the whole community of faith.

With the restored RCIA, Lent served anew as the “home stretch,” as it were, of the long process of the initiation of new converts into full membership in the church.

On the First Sunday of Lent there is the formal enrollment of the names of the catechumens, known also as the rite of election. This rite ratifies the catechumens’ readiness for the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist) and provides an opportunity for them to express their desire to receive these sacraments.

There follows a period of purification and enlightenment, embracing the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sundays of Lent, in which catechumens are encouraged to purify their minds and hearts from temptation and sin, and to deepen their union with Christ.

The climax of this process is reached at the Easter Vigil, but it does not end there. A “suitable period” of post-baptismal catechesis, known as mystagogy (which is derived from a Greek word, meaning “to teach a doctrine,” or “to instruct into the mysteries”), continues the new convert’s instruction of the Christian moral life, the sacraments, the Trinity, and prayer.

Although it has been over 40 years since the restoration of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and over 50 years since the reform of the Holy Week liturgies, there are still many Catholics who continue to regard Lent in less liturgically appropriate ways.

For these Catholics, Lent remains a season devoted to prayer and penance (surely good and holy things in themselves), but without explicit reference to Baptism, to the Easter Vigil, or to their own responsibility for nurturing the faith-development of new Christians, including their active participation in the church’s sacramental and ministerial life.

For many, Lent is still primarily, if not exclusively, a time for personal asceticism and private devotions: giving up things like candy, movies, and hand-held games, or attending daily Mass, as if the Mass itself were a private devotion, like Stations of the Cross.

The Eucharist is a communal celebration, not a penance. It is the center of the church’s entire life, including the season that is about to begin.

Just as Lent is directed toward Baptism and Easter, so Baptism and Easter are directed always toward the Eucharist, the heart of everything the church does.

© 2010 Richard P. McBrien. All rights reserved. Fr. McBrien is the Crowley-O’Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame.

Mon. Feb 1st 5:30- Mass in the Irish in honor of St. Bridget\ Candlemas / Imbolc

28 Jan
January 28, 2010

Mass in the Irish

Monday, February 1, 2010
5:30 pm
Marylhurst University
Wiegand Recital Hall
(3rd Floor B.P. John Administration Building)

All are welcome to join us!

St. Bridget arrived in Ireland a few years after St. Patrick. Her father was an Irish lord named Duptace.

As Bridget grew up, she became holier and more pious each day. She loved the poor and would often bring food and clothing to them. One day she gave away a whole pail of milk, and then began to worry about what her mother would say. She prayed to the Lord to make up for what she had given away. When she got home, her pail was full! Bridget was a very pretty young girl, and her father thought that it was time for her to marry. She, however, had given herself entirely to God when she was very small, and she would not think of marrying anyone. When she learned that her beauty was the reason for the attentions of so many young men, she prayed fervently to God to take it from her. She wanted to belong to Him alone. God granted her prayer. Seeing that his daughter was no longer pretty, her father gladly agreed when Bridget asked to become a Nun. She became the first Religious in Ireland and founded a convent so that other young girls might become Nuns. When she consecrated herself to God, a miracle happened. She became very beautiful again! Bridget made people think of the Blessed Mother because she was so pure and sweet, so lovely and gentle. They called her the “Mary of the Irish.”

He feast is connected to Imbolc, the feast of the Light that shatters the cold darkness of winter as the earth stirs back to life.

New Light and Life Prayer Service

21 Jan
January 21, 2010

O Gladsome/Joyous Light

Marylhurst University New Light and Life Service

January 21, 2010
Interfaith Gathering.
Thursday, 5:30 pm
Wiegand Recital Hall Chapel – BP John Bldg.

Welcome and Announcements: Dr. Cecilia Ranger, SNJM

We join in prayer for the life of the Archbishop of Port-au-Prince, Monsignor Joseph Serge Miot and the hundreds of thousands of our Haitian brothers and sisters who have lost their lives, homes, health and security in the massive earthquake that devastated the island nation. We pray for the missing, for those who grieve and for the health and safely workers providing a living witness of the power of love as they work tirelessly in the relief efforts.

Any donations of funds collected at the Light and Life Prayer Service will be given to the Medical Teams International relief effort in Haiti. If you aren’t prepared to contribute at the service, Marylhurst is collecting funds in our HR department make checks payable to Medical Teams International.

Donations of food will be given to the Oregon Food Bank because the need here at home does not stop because of a global disaster.

In union the Marylhurst University Campus Group Labyrinth Alliance our prayers and solidarity are with those in Haiti. After Thursday night’s service those of you who don’t have class are invited to Flavia Hall to walk the Labyrinth for the intentions of the people of Haiti.

Marylhurst’s net proceeds from the up-coming Vienna Boys Choir concerts on March 3 and 4 will be given to the Medical Teams International relief effort in Haiti. (Since the concert is co-sponsored with our partners Music for the Heart, their share of the proceeds will still go to benefit their foundation which supports heart health and research.)

Tickets are on sale through
Written by Sr. Carol Anne Higgins, SNJM

Sr. Joan Chittister on Dr. Mary Daly

14 Jan
January 14, 2010

For Mary Daly: in memory of courage walking
by Joan Chittister on Jan. 13, 2010 From Where I Stand
I did not know Mary Daly personally. I never met her professionally. I never heard even one of her public speeches. My concern for women’s issues did not come from Daly. I got that from my mother.

My sense of Daly’s impact on history comes from every discussion of women’s issues in which I ever participated. The impact Daly’s ideas and courage was having on other women was palpable. In those living situations, then, I learned a lot from Daly. Most of all, I learned how to look newly at things I’d looked at for so long that I was no longer really seeing any of them.

Recently I heard a commentator remark on her role in the development of thought in our time that “when the theological history of the period is written, Mary Daly will, at most, be only a small footnote in the study.” That depends, I would argue, on who is doing the history. Women, I think, will have a great deal more to say about Daly than any amount of footnotes can possibly hold.

Remote as my own associations had been, for instance, when the word of her death came I realized instantly that women in general, whether they knew it or not, had a great deal for which to thank her.

Women need to thank Daly for raising two of the most important theological questions of our time: one, whether the question of a male God was consistent with the teaching that God was pure spirit, and two, whether a church that is more patriarchal system than authentic church could possibly survive in its present form. These two questions have yet to be resolved and are yet rankling both thinkers and institutions.

Women need to thank Daly for bearing the rejection that too often comes to those who say a new insight first and say it consistently and say it in the face of the very system in which they themselves have been raised.

For example, in later years, Daly refused to accept men in some of her classes, forcing men to experience the exclusion that women had endured for centuries. As a result, she lost her tenured position at a Catholic college for allegedly failing to offer equal service to all students, both men and women. But at the same time, no one else in Catholic colleges — or elsewhere — lost their jobs for excluding women from access to theology degrees or various medical specialties, among others, on the grounds that women, as women, were unfit for such programs.

Nor did anyone — now that men had finally experienced what it felt like to be made invisible in the public arena — officially apologize to women for having kept them out of schools, offices, work, leadership positions, discussions and decision-making in both church and state for two millennia. However much theology claimed we were all equal.

Women need to thank Daly for modeling the adulthood, the psychological maturity, the strength it takes to accept the social isolation and loneliness that comes with refusing to agree that just because we have never questioned a thing that it is, therefore, unquestionable. Thanks to her relentless questioning of women’s social circumstances and theological exclusions everywhere, the woman’s question became a major and profound theological question. It is thanks to Daly and the myriad of women theologians after her that “Because we say so” is no longer either a logical or an acceptable explanation for the exclusion of women anywhere.

Women need to thank Daly for exposing to us a whole new way of being alive. She freshened thought about the role and place of women by using language to show us what we could not see. She dug into history to trace the original meanings of words like hag and witch — once terms of reverence for the spiritual qualities and feminine wisdom of women, but now used to reduce them to the level of the malevolent.

She forced us to think newly, to think creatively. She called on women to Re-member themselves, to put themselves together differently than they had been taught was right for a woman. She talked about Gyn/nocide to make us understand that the infamous centuries of witch burnings were really the genocide of women practiced long before this century’s Holocaust and under the guise of holiness.

Indeed, Daly’s work is an icon to women. She was a groundbreaking thinker, a threat to any patriarchal institution, a creator of an entire new way of seeing life, of being alive, of celebrating life. She touched a culture deeply. Indeed, we owe her thanks.

From where I stand, a person’s influence is measured, not so much by virtue of their effect on the institutions that bred them, but by their influence on those who never knew them at all. It is the women who never knew Daly but now know the things she knew that are the real evidence of her legacy, her impact, her meaning not only to this generation but to generations to come. As in “all generations shall call her blessed.”

Joan Chittister’s blog

NCR article Mary Daly, radical feminist theologian, dead at 81

07 Jan
January 7, 2010

Mary Daly, radical feminist theologian, dead at 81
She helped reshape Christian thought through decades
Jan. 04, 2010
By Thomas C. Fox–

Daly in 1987 (Photo by Gail Bryan)

Mary Daly, radical feminist theologian and a mother of modern feminist theology, died Jan. 3 at the age of 81. She was one of the most influential voices of the radical feminist movement through the later 20th century.
Daly taught courses in theology, feminist ethics and patriarchy at Boston College for 33 years. Her first book, “The Church and the Second Sex,” published in 1968, got her fired, briefly, from her teaching position there, but as a result of support from the (then all-male) student body and the general public, she was ultimately granted tenure.
According to a 2000 Cross Currents profile, “Much of her work since that time has consisted in blowing exuberant raspberries at the Vatican, Boston College, and the keepers of the patriarchal flame generally — who may have expected no better outcome from educating a woman, and must feel betrayed and vindicated by turns.”
Mary E. Hunt, co-founder and co-director of the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER), announced the death Jan. 3 online in “The Feminist Studies in Religion” bulletin:
“With a heavy heart, yet grateful beyond words for her life and work, I report that Mary Daly died this morning, January 3, 2010 in Massachusetts. She had been in poor health for the last two years.
Her contributions to feminist theology, philosophy, and theory were many, unique, and if I may say so, world-changing. She created intellectual space; she set the bar high. Even those who disagreed with her are in her debt for the challenges she offered. … She always advised women to throw our lives as far as they would go. I can say without fear of exaggeration that she lived that way herself.”
Daly once wrote: “There are and will be those who think I have gone overboard. Let them rest assured that this assessment is correct, probably beyond their wildest imagination, and that I will continue to do so.”
She was an exuberant participant in and shaper of the feminist movement of the 1970s, and 1980s.
The only child of working-class, Irish-Catholic parents in upstate New York, she grew up with a strong sense of her ethnic and religious heritage. As a young woman, she developed a desire to become a philosopher and a theologian. Encouraged by her parents, and especially by her mother, Daly pursued her intellectual dream, eventually becoming a victor over a Catholic educational system that prevented women from earning graduate degrees in philosophy by studying at the University of Freiburg where she earned graduate degrees in philosophy and theology.
Daly was influenced by thinkers ranging from Thomas Aquinas to French feminist Simone de Beauvoir to Virginia Woolf, according to
In fact, Daly, the feminist, developed a kind of perverse fondness for Aquinas, whom she called “the fat old monk.” She learned to “decode” the thinking of a man who, she cheerfully admitted, conceived of women as “misbegotten males.”
Eventually, in her life and scholarship she developed a sweeping analysis of “patriarchy” as the root of women’s oppression and of all social ills in which people are treated as objects.
After “The Church and the Second Sex,” she said she moved from “Christian reformist” to “radical, post-Christian” feminist.
Studying archetypal forms and prepatriarchal religion convinced Daly that church doctrine consisted of a series of significant “reversals.” She explained these to NCR writer Jeanette Batz in 1996:
• the Trinity, from the triple goddess once celebrated worldwide;
• the virgin birth, from the parthenogenesis that once begat divine daughters;
• Adam giving birth to Eve.
Women operating on patriarchy’s boundaries, she once wrote, can spiral into freedom by renaming and reclaiming an ancient woman-centered reality that was stolen and eradicated by patriarchy.
She took great delight in castigating the “eight deadly sins of the fathers”: processions, professions, possession, aggression, obsession, assimilation, elimination and fragmentation. “Laugh out loud,” she urged, “at their pompous penile processions.”
As for God, there’s simply no way to rid the language of allusion, she wrote, so, “if you must be anthropomorphic,” she preferred “Goddess.”
Daly most often contemplated the divine essence as a verb, Be-ing itself, so that worship is “not kneeling in front of a so-and-so but swirling in energy.” Her language echoed quantum physics, and she was flattered if you said so: “I do think about space-time a great deal,” she admitted. “It’s a kind of mysticism which is also political.”
These attitudes toward life and religion were reflected in the Feb. 26, 1996 issue of The New Yorker in which she wrote:
“Ever since childhood, I have been honing my skills for living the life of a radical feminist pirate and cultivating the courage to win. The word ‘sin’ is derived from the Indo-European root ‘es-,’ meaning ‘to be.’ When I discovered this etymology, I intuitively understood that for a woman trapped in patriarchy, which is the religion of the entire planet, ‘to be’ in the fullest sense is ‘to sin.’”
“Women who are pirates in a phallocratic society are involved in a complex operation. First, it is necessary to plunder–that is, righteously rip off gems of knowledge that the patriarchs have stolen from us. Second, we must smuggle back to other women our plundered treasures. In order to invent strategies that will be big and bold enough for the next millennium, it is crucial that women share our experiences: the chances we have taken and the choices that have kept us alive. They are my pirate’s battle cry and wake-up call for women who want to hear.”
And so Daly would like to say: “I urge you to Sin. … But not against these itty-bitty religions, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism — or their secular derivatives, Marxism, Maoism, Freudianism and Jungianism — which are all derivatives of the big religion of patriarchy. Sin against the infrastructure itself!”
Daly poured much energy into breaking down age-old boundaries of critical thought. Her work helped set the stage for other feminist theologians who rose up in the 20th century to offer critiques of male-dominated theology that would reshape Christian thought. Several of these groundbreaking women included Rosemary Radford Ruether, Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza, and Rosemary Haughton.
Boston College Jesuits worked uneasily with Daly for more than three decades before parting ways. According to Jack Dunn, Boston Colleg spokesman, the university never terminated Daly’s contract as a tenured professor.
“In 1999 she attempted to take a leave of absence (as she had in each of the previous instances in which a male student had attempted to gain access to her class) and her request was not granted. She then offered to retire from teaching at BC. A year later, she reneged on her retirement agreement and the case ended up in court where Judge Martha Sosman ruled against her motion for preliminary judgment.”
In February, 2001, Boston College and Daly’s supporters announced that a settlement had been reached.
Other Daly books include:
“Gyn/Ecology: The Metaethics of Radical Feminism,” which defined categories of political theory and philosophy of religion.
“Pure Lust: Elemental Feminist Philosophy,” an exploration of patriarchy and feminist vision.
“Websters’ First New Intergalactic Wickedary of the English Language,” a humor-filled work of words aimed at “freeing the English language” from its patriarchal roots.
“Outercourse: The Be-Dazzling Voyage,” a philosophical autobiography.
“Quintessence… Realizing the Archiac Future: A Radical Elemental Feminist Manifesto,” another consideration of feminist thought.
“Amazon Grace: Re-Calling the Courage to Sin Big.”
New York Times profile of Mary Daly

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