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The Bi-Weekly Publication of The Catholic Diocese of Lexington

Robert Alan Glover

GEORGETOWN. The church's mission has always been Chris- tian unity, and the Eucharist it- self is the sacrament of that uni- ty, Bishop John Stowe, O.F.M. Conv., told the parish Lenten mission of Sts. Francis and John, in Scott County. The bishop spoke March 4-6, on the parish's intention to improve communication be- tween worshipers in the com-

The church's mission has always been unity, bishop says

Bishop John leads the Sts. Francis & John Lenten mission. CR photo: Skip Olson

munity. "My goal is to help people appreciate the cultures that are here in this parish, which is the most culturally diverse in Georgetown," said Bishop Stowe March 5. "Most of the churches are either white or black (in Georgetown), and the mission here is all about di- versity," he said. Around 60 people attended the one-hour lesson, which fo- cused on the Eucharist as the sacrament of unity. This fol- lowed the first night's lesson, said Bishop Stowe, "of the history of the early church, where diversi- ty was evident from the begin- ning-it really is nothing new." "The church's mission has always been to promote Chris- tian unity, starting with the work of St. Paul to encourage humans to work together in the image of the body of Christ," said Bishop Stowe. "When we separate our- selves, we don't see the wall that-in many ways-is still- there, represented by people with less to eat than others, less job opportunities, decent housing, etc.," the bishop said in an interview.

Mt. Sterling parishioner advocates as Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky

Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky, Mary Breiner will competer for the na- tional title in July. Photo provided

Margaret Gabriel

Crossroads Correspondent

MOUNT STERLING. When Mary Briener worked as an activities director at the Annie Walker Nursing Home in Mount Sterling, one of her patients had lost the ability to speak after having a stroke. "She couldn't get the hang of sign language, but I found a book that helped her com- municate." Breiner compared the moment when the patient first made herself under- stood to her caregivers to the moment when Helen Keller first understood the word "water." Breiner now relates even more fully to the challenges of people with disabilities, because she uses a wheelchair. Al- though she is no longer able to work in tradition- al jobs, Breiner currently serves as Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky and is preparing daily to compete in the Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant in Grand Rapids, MI, in late July. Participants call the event a pageant, but it's not about beauty, Breiner said. The judges focus on the contributions of wom- en in the area of education about and advocacy for people with disabilities, and how they will bring such advocacy to the pub- lic eye as Ms. Wheelchair America. Participants are be- tween the ages of 21 and 60. Some, like those who have spina bifida, have used wheelchairs all their lives, others have had ac- cidents or injuries. While working in a hospital, Breiner contracted a lung infection which led to restricted activity and mobility and her use of a wheelchair. Encouraged by Heidi McKenzie, Ms. Wheelchair America 2015, to participate in the pageant in Kentucky, Breiner re- calls saying to herself, "I'm 57 years old; I couldn't win a pageant." But she agreed to try and today is preparing for the national pageant. As Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky, Briener advocates for Kentuckians with all kinds of disabilities-physical, intellectual, sensory-through meetings and speak- ing engagements. At the Ms. Wheelchair

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