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Volume 27 @ Number 9 @ August 14, 2016 @ $15 per Year


The Bi-Weekly Publication of The Catholic Diocese of Lexington

Pat Riestenberg

HAZARD. T his summer marked the end of an era. The last of the Fran- ciscan Friars from Mother of Good Counsel Church, Hazard, Good Shepherd, Campton, and Holy Cross, Jackson, ended their service in Kentucky. The Franciscan Friars of the St. John the Baptist Prov- ince, based in Ohio, have served in Eastern Kentucky for 54 years. They came to serve in 1962, after the Precious Blood Priests from Dayton, OH, ended their service in the area. On July 17 and 31, Bishop John Stowe, O.F.M. Conv., celebrated Masses with the Franciscans and the parishes they had served.

A fond farewell to the Franciscans

Brother Michael Dubec and Father Michael Chowning celebrated their last Sunday Mass at Mother of Good Counsel in Hazard July 31. Photo provided

On July 31, Franciscans Father Michael Chowning and Brother Michael Dubec celebrated their last Sunday Mass in the parish. Bishop Stowe and Franciscan Father Jeffrey Scheeler, provin- cial minister, celebrated this final Mass. Fr. Chowning is retiring and Br. Dubec is taking a year of sab- batical, then he will be reassigned elsewhere. Fr. Chowning served as pastor at Mother of Good Counsel Parish in Hazard for 23 years. He was well loved and respected by the people of the parish. People in the church- es of Campton, Jackson, Harlan, Cumberland, Lynch, and Jenkins all know Fr. Chowning because over the years, he was assigned at those parishes or substituted for the pastors there. He was also well known and respected at the diocese for his many years of service, in- cluding his long term on the Pres- byteral Council and the College of Consultors. He was appreciated for his wise advice and the different perspectives he would offer. Fr. Chowning was also active in the local community. In all his years in eastern Kentucky, he viewed himself as pastor not only for the Catholic parish but also for the whole community. When he came to Hazard in 1993, there was very limited access to the Internet. Fr. Chowning set up an electronic bulletin board that allowed peo- ple in Perry County to play games online, download shareware soft- ware, and receive email. His site Turn to Franciscans , Page 2 Turn to Women Deacons , Page 9


You will notice some physical changes to this issue of Cross Roads. The smaller size and certain design elements were spurred by print- ing considerations. The Lexington Herald-Leader, which prints Cross Roads, has shifted its printing operations to the newer printing presses at the Louisville Courier-Journal. The new presses require a smaller format but will not affect the quality of your diocesan news- paper. Thank you for your continued readership.

Ann Schneible

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN NEWS). Pope Francis has instituted a new commission for the study of women deacons, the Vatican announced. The decision comes several months after a papal audience with a group of religious sis- ters, during which pope expressed his will- ingness to consider forming a commission to study women deacons, such as they existed in the early church. According to the Aug. 2 press release, the pontiffcame to the decision after a period of intense prayer and mature reflection." The new commission will be headed by Sec- retary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of

Pope creates commission to study women deacons

the Faith, Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, who will lead a group comprised of twelve members, half of whom are women. Both lay and religious women have been chosen for the commission, including Sr. Mary Melone, rector of the Antonianum University, Prof. Phyllis Zagano at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, and Mari- anne Schlosser, professor of spiritual theolo- gy at the University of Vienna and member of the International Theological Commis- sion, an advisory body to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Also included in the list is Fr. Robert Dodaro, president of the Augustinianum University in Rome. The Vatican statement mentioned the May 12 papal audience with members of the Inter- national Union of Superiors General, during which the question of women deacons was raised during a Q&A session. At the audience, one sister asked why the church does not include wom- en in the permanent diacon- ate. The sister had referred to an ancient tradition in the church in which there were female deacons (albeit not-or- dained), and suggested that a commission be established to study the possibility. Reports quickly circulated following the event that Pope Francis was paving the way for the ordination of women deacons, and potentially even women priests. Holy See press office director, Fr. Federico Lombardi clarified in a May 13 statement

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Culp: The Path to Holiness

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Interview with Bishop John Stowe

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