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Culp: The Fruit of the Spirit

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The Sacred Triduum

The Bi-Weekly Publication of The Catholic Diocese of Lexington

Turn to Lumen Christi, Page 4 Turn to Pilgrimage, Page 4 LEXINGTON. The Diocese of Lex- ington has nominated Sister of Divine Providence Alice Marie Schmersal for the 2016 Lumen Christi Award. The Catholic Ex- tension Society presents this an- nual award, which means "Light of Christ," to an individual or group working in a US mission diocese who demonstrates how the power of faith can transform lives and communities. Sr. Alice grew up on a farm in northwest Ohio, near Toledo, one of nine children, and made her

Manchester's Sister Alice nominated for Lumen Christi Award

WHITE SULPHUR. Bishop John Stowe, O.F.M. Conv., celebrated the second diocesan day of pil- grimage for the Year of Mercy and Mass for Family Healing April 2 at St. Francis de Sales Church, White Sulphur. About 180 people participated in the pilgrimage and Mass. St. Francis de Sales Parish is his- torically significant for the Catholic Church in the United States and for the diocese. Founded in 1794 by Father Stephen T. Badin, the first priest ordained in the United States, St. Francis is the second oldest par- ish west of the Allegheny Moun- tains. The Gothic Revival church building was erected around 1820. Pastor of Sts. Francis and John (White Sulphur and Georgetown, respectively) Father Linh Nguyen

Historic parish site of second Year of Mercy pilgrimage, Mass for Healing of Families

St. Francis de Sales Church, built in 1820, hosted the second Year of Mercy pilgrimage and Mass. CR photo: Cindy Olson

opened the day at 10 a.m. with a brief history of the St. Francis Par- ish, widely known, thanks to a pop- ular history, as "that troublesome parish," due to the conflicts and large personalities that have punc- tuated its story. The silver chalice with which Bishop Stowe celebrated the Mass belonged to Fr. Badin and was pro- vided courtesy of the Diocese of Covington. Following Fr. Nguyen's presenta- tion, Bishop Stowe and four priests of the diocese administered the Sac- rament of Reconciliation for over an hour prior to Mass. Bishop Stowe was the principal celebrant of the Mass, in Spanish and English, which filled the small church to standing room only ca- pacity. The Mass was concelebrated by Fathers John Curtis (adminis- trator pro tempore, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg), Chris Clay (pastor, St. Paul, Lexington), Al DeGia- como (pastor, St. Andrew, Har-

Sister of Divine Providence Alice Ma- rie Schmersal. Photo provided

first profession with the Congre- gation of Divine Providence in 1959. She came to what is now the Diocese of Lexington in 1970 and taught at Catholic schools in rural communities, including Ap- palachia, for 9 years. After serving outside Kentucky, she returned to Appalachia in 1990. She taught at St. Camillus Academy in Corbin for 10 years and during this pe- riod, she assisted with faith for- mation and sacramental prepara- tion, especially for children, in the small mountain parishes in the region. After working in Ohio for nine years, she returned to Ken- tucky in 2009 to journey with the 18 households of the mission community of St. Ann in Man- chester as pastoral associate. When she first came to St. Ann, Sr. Alice prayed with and listened to St. Ann's parishioners, as they discerned how they, as a faith com- munity and the only Catholic Church in Clay County, were be- ing called to respond to the Gospel. Sr. Alice describes her ministry as a faith journey that all walk together, and she emphasizes the "small ways our mission comes alive within our faith community." As pastoral associate, Sr. Alice guides parish life, facilitates for- mation activities for children and adults, and she oversees the busi- ness matters and maintenance needs of the mission, which in- cludes 30 acres of wooded prop- erty. She facilitates St. Ann's outreach programs, including an annual county-wide Vacation Bible School, helping at the local

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