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The Bi-Weekly Publication of The Catholic Diocese of Lexington

Dc. Skip Olson

Cross Roads Staff

JACKSON. More than 50 people from throughout the diocese at- tended the second annual Evan- gelii Gaudium ("Joy of the Gos- pel") workshop at Holy Cross in Jackson April 19. The organizers of the event were Holy Cross parish life directors Josh and El- len Salmi Van Cleef. The day's program was entitled Encountering the Other: The

Jackson parish hosts 2nd annual mission workshop

Dominican Sister Laurie Brink at Holy Cross, Jackson. CR photo: Skip Olson

Biblical Foundations of Prophet- ic Dialogue." It was presented by Dominican Sister Laurie Brink, associate professor of New Tes- tament Studies at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. There were three lectures fol- lowed by small group breakout sessions. The talks gave an over- view of Catholics and the Bible, and how Scripture is to be read and understood in light of the entire canon of Scripture, as well as in the light of the teaching au- thority of the church. Sr. Brink said that the biblical text should be "contextualized and encultur- ated" into the genuine diversity of the church and the world. All have their own "lenses"- their own ways of seeing the world and seeing others-and it is important that we approach the "otherness" of people in ways that are respectful, inviting, and challenging, Sister Brink said. That was borne out in the comments from workshop par- ticipants about the event. Sr. Marge Manning, pastoral associate and director of religious education, St. William, London, said, "It was great to be with the variety of people in our diocese all seeking to deepen the sense of mission in our varied places. It

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When you hear the story of Samu- el Awuah's faith journey, the universal church rings through. No matter if you were born in Ghana or another country, there is the essence of a relationship with Christ, a richness of worship with the Mass and sacraments, the importance of the popes, and other dimensions of what it means to be a Roman Catholic. Samuel Awuah, 34, has had remarkable experiences in his young life living out his faith. His journey, at present, has led him to be a chemistry professor at the Univer-

Samuel Awuah's faith journey: "I want to please Him."

The Awuahs are members of Christ the King parish in Lexington. Samu- el is a chemistry professor at UK. CR photo: Linda Harvey

sity of Kentucky and a member of Christ the King Parish. I was born in Accra, Ghana, which is the capitol on the Atlantic coast of West Africa. Our family had loving parents, and I am the fourth of five children, with two brothers and two sisters," he said. At nine years of age, we lost our dad who died of hypertension and a brain injury. So we were raised by my mom in a close-knit family, and God became my father." Awuah attended Catholic school from kindergarten to middle school, headed by the Holy Spirit Sisters. He then went to a Methodist boarding school for high school. His mother had begun taking the children to weekly prayer meetings at St. Maroun's Catholic Church (now called St. James) in Accra before the father died. During my first weekend at high school, I attended a Scripture Union non-denominational meeting, and peo-

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