Saturday, August 22, 2009

St. Alberto Hurtado, SJ - August 18th

I really don't want the week to end without acknowledging the August 18th Feast Day of one of our new favorite Saints of the Americas, Chilean Jesuit St. Alberto Hurtado, who was canonized in 2005 by Pope Benedict XVI.

Alberto Hurtado Cruchaga (1901-1952) was a pioneer in the Latin American Church’s activities in favor of the working poor. The saint directly experienced poverty as a young man when his mother was forced to sell the family farm after his father’s death. However, a scholarship allowed Hurtado to study at the Jesuit school in Santiago. He joined the Jesuits in 1923 but the Spanish government "dissolved" the Society of Jesus in 1932 and expelled many of the Jesuits including Hurtado and Fr. Pedro Arrupe who would go on to become the order's Superior General. The young Chilean finished his theological studies in Belgium where he was ordained. On returning to Chile, Hurtado exercised a typical Jesuit ministry of teaching and giving retreats.


His concern for the poor eventually led him to become director of Catholic Action, and in 1944 to ask women on a retreat to think of the men, women and children who were without a home to live in. The women responded with donations which Hurtado used to open first a hospice for youth and then one for women and children. This was the beginning of El Hogar de Cristo. The movement spread beyond Chile and throughout South America. In 1947 he founded Asociación Sindical Chilena, a trade union movement (more on ASICH here). Hurtado also wrote several books on social issues and in 1951 started a monthly magazine, Mensaje, that explains the Church's social teaching and addresses social issues.

A PRAYER TO ST. ALBERTO HURTADO:

Padre Alberto Hurtado
Apóstol de Jesucristo,
servidor de los pobres,
amigo de los niños
y maestro de juventudes,
bendecimos a nuestro Dios
por tu paso entre nosotros.
Tú supiste amar y servir.
Tú fuiste profeta de la justicia
y refugio de los más desamparados.
Tú construiste con amor
un hogar para acoger a Cristo.
Como un verdadero padre,
tú nos llamas a vivir la fe
comprometida, consecuente y solidaria.
Tú nos guías con entusiasmo
en el seguimiento del Maestro.
Tú nos conduces al Salvador
que nuestro mundo necesita.
Haznos vivir siempre contentos
aun en medio de las dificultades.
Haz que sepamos vencer el egoísmo
y entregar nuestra vida a los hermanos.
Padre Hurtado,
Hijo de María y de la Iglesia,
Amigo de Dios y del los hombres,
Ruega por todos nosotros.
Amén.


Father Alberto Hurtado
Apostle of Jesus Christ,
Servant of the poor,
friend of children
and teacher of youth,
we give praise to God
for your passing among us.
You knew how to love and serve.
You were a prophet of justice
and refuge for the neediest.
With love you built
a home to receive Christ.
Like a true father,
you call us to live a committed,
consistent faith, in solidarity.
You guide us with enthusiasm
in following the Master.
You lead us to the Savior
that our world needs.
Help us to live always content
in the midst of difficulties.
Help us learn to overcome egoism
and devote our life to our brothers and sisters.
Father Hurtado,
Son of Mary and of the Church,
Friend of God and of men and women,
Pray for us all.
Amen

MORE INFORMATION:


THE SONG:

This video of Pablo Coloma's beautiful "Canción a Alberto Hurtado" is especially meaningful because the singers are a choir from the Bio-Bio regional branch of the saint's nonprofit association, Hogar de Cristo:

More on the Apostolic Visitation and the "special" CDF visit to LCWR

A couple of additional useful articles this week -- or, rather, one article and a critique of the Vatican's ongoing investigations into the activities of American women religious orders and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

1. Sisters at the crossroads: Anna Arco, in the British publication Catholic Herald, does an excellent job of trying to get to the root of why people believe this investigation was launched in the first place. Arco takes it all the way back to the conflicts between the LCWR and the separate Council for Major Superiors of Women Religious dating to the 1970s and also highlights the major historical conflicts between LCWR and the Vatican, all of which, the article implies, paved the way for the current scrutiny.

2. Why they stay(ed)— Women religious and the apostolic visitation: Meanwhile, Sr. Sandra Schneiders, a member of Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Monroe, Mich., professor of New Testament Studies and Christian Spirituality at the Jesuit School of Theology and author of several books on religious life after Vatican II, looks at the state of consecrated religious life in America and offers a critical assessment of the apostolic visitation in an article in National Catholic Reporter this week. Speculating about the purpose of the visitation, Schneiders says:


The motivation for the visitation remains very vague. Perhaps the most commonly voiced hypothesis of both lay and religious, is that the purpose of the investigation is to ascertain the size and status of the financial assets of religious orders of women in order to enable the U.S. bishops to take possession of those assets to pay their legal debts. Even if there is no validity to this hypothesis (and I dearly hope there is not) it is distressing that Catholics' confidence in their hierarchy has been so eroded that they suspect their bishops of wishing to further impoverish religious orders struggling to support their elderly and infirm members. Another frequently voiced hypothesis, with perhaps more credibility, is that Cardinal Franc Rodé, the head of Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, wants to mandate for all women religious a return to pre-conciliar lifestyles akin to those in his eastern European homeland under Communism. Again, the suspicion is not without some basis in remarks the cardinal has made publicly, but there is no proof of such an intention and, in any case, such a move would surely occasion far more trouble than the Vatican probably wants to deal with.

The only "purpose" stated in the official documents is "to look into the quality of the life of women religious in the United States who are members of apostolic religious institutes." At several junctures Cardinal Rodé, who initiated the investigation, has suggested that his concern is about the "decline in numbers" of religious in these orders. There seems to be an implied "cause and effect" relation between these two concerns, namely, that the decline in numbers is somehow due to the poor quality of the life of religious. It is time to address this implication with some facts.

It is true that the numbers of U.S. women religious declined precipitously, by tens of thousands, from the highpoint (at least 120,000) in the mid-sixties to something around 60,000 today. This was due principally to two factors, not identical, namely, the sharp drop-off in numbers entering religious life and a major exodus of professed religious from the life. These phenomena were largely simultaneous which leads many people to fail to distinguish between them...

From Cuba, US bishops urge end of embargo

The following article from Florida Catholic (8/19/2009) was very heartening to me, as someone who was able to participate in a Palm Sunday Mass in the Havana Cathedral in the early 1980s before our country closed the door tighter. We tend to forget that Cuba is not a monolithic Communist country. There is a vibrant Catholic church in Cuba and even a charismatic renewal movement. They want and deserve the support of American Catholics.


HAVANA (CNS) A delegation of U.S. Catholic bishops visiting Cuba urged U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban leaders to take advantage of the change in the U.S. administration to end the trade embargo Washington has imposed on the island nation since 1962.


“I believe that the church (both in Cuba and the U.S.) wants to be the protagonist of a better approach,” Bishop Thomas G. Wenski of Orlando, Fla., a member of the U.S. bishops’ international policy committee, told reporters at a press conference in Havana Aug. 18.

After a meeting earlier in the day with the staff at the U.S. Interests Section, which represents the government in the absence of formal diplomatic ties between the two countries, Bishop Wenski said he believes the Obama administration’s revision of policies toward Cuba is serious and proceeding step by step.

The U.S. church supports easing travel to Cuba and eliminating the embargo that prohibits most trade between the two countries.

Obama has already announced the easing of restrictions on Cuban-Americans’ travel to Cuba to visit relatives, loosened restrictions on how much money people can send to their relatives, and created some openings in trade barriers to facilitate telecommunications improvements. Efforts are pending in Congress to end all travel restrictions and to end the trade embargo.

“The church of Cuba wants these changes as much as the church in the United States,” said Bishop Wenski.

He also said such gestures raise the confidence of both parties that further change is possible. He insisted that after opportunities for change were lost in the past “it’s important we not lose the opportunity this time.”

Bishop Wenski, Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley and San Antonio Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Cantu were visiting Cuba the week of Aug. 17, in part to see the island’s progress in recovering from three hurricanes and two tropical storms that hit late last summer and fall.

The U.S. bishops provided $250,000 in hurricane relief aid as part of $860,000 in support given last year to the church in Cuba.

The U.S. prelates, accompanied by Oblate Father Andrew Small, head of the Church in Latin America office of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Cardinal O’Malley’s secretary, Father Jonathan Gaspar, also met with Havana Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino and were scheduled to meet with Ricardo Alarcon, the head of Cuba’s parliament.

At the press conference, Cardinal O’Malley said the U.S. church “has a very close historical relationship with this country.” Since the visit to Cuba by Pope John Paul II in 1998, Cardinal O’Malley said, conditions for the church and its relations with the government have clearly improved.

“We see that the church now has more space, and we want to see that grow,” he added.

Bishop Wenski said he was astonished at the progress at a seminary built recently near Havana. He said it is appropriate that during this Year for Priests designated by the Vatican the seminary is the place where the seeds of vocations are nurtured.

He said the presence of a seminary in Cuba is testimony to the hope for the pastoral mission of the church.

Photo (l to r): Fr. Andrew Small, Cardinal Sean O'Malley and Bishop Thomas Wenski at press conference

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Human Rights Violations in Honduras

Two separate investigations are being or have been launched by international organizations into the human rights abuses that have taken place in Honduras since the coup two months ago.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

Yesterday, Amnesty International released a series of exclusive photos and testimonies (PDF) revealing serious ill-treatment by police and military of peaceful protesters in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa. The organization warned that beatings and mass arrests are being used as a way of punishing people for voicing their opposition to the military-backed coup d’etat in June. The photos and testimonies were gathered by an Amnesty International delegation who interviewed many of the 75 people who were detained at the Jefatura Metropolitana Nº3 police station in Tegucigalpa after the police, supported by the military, broke up a peaceful demonstration on 30 July.

Most detainees had injuries as a consequence of police beatings with batons and having stones and other objects thrown at them. When they were arrested, no one was told where they were being taken, the reasons for their detention or the charges against them. All detainees were released a few hours later. “Mass arbitrary arrests and ill treatment of protesters are a serious and growing concern in Honduras today,” said Esther Major, Central America researcher at Amnesty International...

INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States also sent a delegation to Honduras on August 17 which will conduct an on-site visit and investigation until August 21. The delegation is composed of the IACHR President, Luz Patricia Mejía; the First Vice President, Víctor Abramovich; the Second Vice President and Rapporteur for Honduras, Felipe González; Commissioner Paolo Carozza; the Executive Secretary, Santiago A. Canton, and members of the Executive Secretariat. The IACHR established its temporary headquarters in the Intercontinental Hotel of Tegucigalpa and is receiving petitions about human rights violations committed in the context of the June 2009 coup d'état. It will also travel to different regions of Honduras to gather information. At the conclusion of its visit, the IACHR will inform the national and international community about its preliminary observations.

Photo: Honduran student beaten by police during a peaceful demonstration, courtesy Amnesty International

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

No more Peter, Paul and Mary?

I guess it's hard to become accustomed to the impermanence of everything in life. An annual appearance by the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary at Wolf Trap seemed like it would be eternal, but no. The trio has aged and Mary is no longer able to perform. They are another group that I have known since my youth and actually personally met at various antiwar events going back to protesting the Vietnam War in high school. Thank you, PP&M, for always raising your voices in solidarity with people struggling for peace, for the environment, for racial equality. Mary, our prayers are with you as you continue your battle with leukemia.

Folk icons no longer able to perform together
Neal Augenstein,
WTOP
August 19, 2009 - 8:52am

WASHINGTON - Iconic folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, whose songs have attempted to unite people for nearly 50 years, will likely never perform together again on stage, WTOP has learned.

"We are no longer going to be able to perform together," Peter Yarrow tells WTOP.

Band member Mary Travers is suffering from serious lung inflammation, related to her decades-long battle with leukemia.

"It is my sense the band will not be able to perform live again, in the absence of some kind of medical turnaround, which is unexpected."

Yarrow says Travers gamely performed in several concerts earlier this year, although her condition required her to be seated in a wheelchair, breathing with the assistance of oxygen tanks.

"The doctor has said to us that this is no longer viable for her to do. It's too dangerous. It's not worth it," said Yarrow.

Yarrow and Stookey will perform at Wolf Trap Saturday. He says they'll be "celebrating Mary and our 50 years of friendship."

The duo performed without Travers several weeks ago in Philadelphia.

"It was very odd and difficult singing with her when she was compromised and in a wheelchair, and it's odd again singing without her."

With an audience ranging from people who first heard the trio in Greenwich Village to their grandchildren, Yarrow says, "I know when we sing 'Puff the Magic Dragon' and 'Blowin' In the Wind' and 'Leaving On a Jet Plane' and 'If I Had a Hammer,' that magically Mary will appear."

Yarrow says he remains upbeat about future projects with Travers and Stookey.

"I was just with her a few days ago, hanging out, having a wonderful time, so we are not through, in that sense. We are no longer going to be able to perform together, but there are other things we're contemplating doing."

As one possibility, Yarrow envisions a series of books with illustrations for children.

"We're sad, but we do not dwell on it. We are mostly focused on being grateful for all we have shared," says Yarrow.

After 50 years of friendship and almost that much time performing together, Yarrow is digesting the reality.

"No more 'Peter, Paul and Mary?' I know, it's quite shocking. Have we performed our last concert? It's quite possibly the case."

MORE INFORMATION:

One of Peter, Paul and Mary's many appearances for peace I have witnessed:

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Our Lady of Guadalupe: Mother of the Civilization of Love

Devotees of La Morenita have another reason to celebrate. A new book about Her, Our Lady of Guadalupe: Mother of the Civilization of Love, has come out this month and is quickly climbing the bestseller lists. Co-authored by Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, also author of the bestselling A Civilization of Love: What Every Catholic Can Do to Transform the World, and Msgr. Eduardo Chávez Sánchez, co–founder and rector of the Institute for Guadalupan Studies and Postulator of the Cause of the Canonization of Saint Juan Diego, the book debuted at number six on the August 14, 2009 release of the New York Times best-sellers list and has also made appearances on the Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly lists.

"Anderson and Chávez trace the history of Our Lady of Guadalupe from the sixteenth century to the present and discuss how her message was and continues to be an important catalyst for religious and cultural transformation. Looking at Our Lady of Guadalupe as a model of the Church and Juan Diego as a model for all Christians, the authors explore the changing face of the Catholic Church. They show how Our Lady of Guadalupe's message was not only historically significant, but how it speaks to contemporary issues confronting the American continents and people today."
Now some of my regular readers are going to say: What's a nice radical girl like you doing promoting a KoC book, especially after you posted that piece on Fr. Geoff Farrow and his call for a boycott of the KoC because of their funding of the Church's opposition to Proposition 8 in California? The answer is that life isn't black and white and this book is potentially helpful in our struggle to gain support for our Latino immigrant brothers and sisters. To quote:

When Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego, there was no shortage of distrust between the Native Americans and the Spaniards. Similarly today, there is no shortage of distrust based on different cultures or nationalities. Perhaps one of the biggest hurddles to overcome is the fear by many in the United States of Hispanic immigration. Of all people, Catholics should have no trouble remembering that the same fears were harbored against the Irish and Italian immigrants of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Few today would contest the contributions made by those immigrants to the United States, who not only assimilated but breathed dynamic life into the Catholic Church and helped to make it the largest single religious denomination in the United States.

The authors go on to cite a New York Times article that shows that since 1960 Hispanics have accounted for 71 percent of new Catholics in the United States.

At a time when Church attendance is faltering across Europe, it is stronger in this hemisphere and strongest in Latin American countries and in those places in the United States that Hispanic immigrants call home...For Catholics in the United States, immigration from Latin America brings a unique benefit. Hispanic immigration brings with it the promise of a revitalization of our parishes through a rich tradition of spiritual devotion..."
And the authors encourage American Catholics to welcome the new arrivals and help them to assimilate into our parishes and communities. We who are working on immigration reform should be capitalizing on this leadership from the Supreme Knight and inviting Knights of Columbus chapters to unite behind their leader and join in our efforts to gain a path to legalization and other rights for our nation's immigrants, documented and undocumented.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Ask and Ye Shall Receive 2 -- An excellent statement on immigration reform by Archbishop Gomez

The first item on my wish list for Hispanic Ministry published last week on this blog was more acompañamiento in immigration reform from our bishops. Archbishop José Gomez of San Antonio, Texas, shows what a pro-active bishop can do by writing a very good column on the subject in this week's Today's Catholic. I'll reprint the English version here but you can also access it en español.

Immigration reform can wait no longer

The current Congress, which just recessed until September, certainly has its hands full trying to deal with the economic crisis and struggling with health-care reform.

Nevertheless, both issues, and many others, must not be an excuse to address the urgent need for comprehensive immigration reform. This is a matter that needs immediate resolution because of its magnitude and importance to the fabric of our society.

I have to say that this issue is deeply personal for me. I am both an American citizen and an immigrant, born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico. Some of my ancestors were in what’s now Texas, since the early 1800’s and I’ve always had family and friends on both sides of the border. So I have many conflicting emotions about the way this debate has played out in recent years.

However, I am not impelled to urge our politicians to find a definitive solution to the immigration by these personal reasons.

I am driven by the fact that Catholics must be true witnesses to the generous love of Christ, even when our passions compel us in another direction, and to see the spiritual, emotional, social and economic deterioration that the current legal limbo is causing not only for immigrants and their families, but to our entire nation.

On June 18, at the spring meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) held here in San Antonio, Cardinal Francis George summarized both the feeling of all bishops and the logic that strongly motivates us to call for immigration reform before the end of the year.

The president of the USCCB explained in fact that “it has been clear for years that the United States immigration system requires repair and that reform legislation should not be delayed.”

As bishops, the cardinal explained, “we urge respect and observance of all just laws, and we do not approve or encourage the illegal entry of anyone into our country. From a humanitarian perspective, however, our fellow human beings, who migrate to support their families, continue to suffer at the hands of immigration policies that separate them from family members and drive them into remote parts of the American desert, sometimes to their deaths. This suffering should not continue.”

We bishops are not politicians, we are pastors of souls. And as pastors, we believe that the current immigration situation is profoundly harmful to the soul of our country.

After the failure of the proposed immigration reform in 2007 we need a reform that will confront the issue in all its complexity that will reconcile the parties and overcome extreme positions.

As Cardinal George said in his petition sent to President Barack Obama and Congress, “our society should no longer tolerate a status quo that perpetuates a permanent underclass of persons and benefits from their labor without offering them legal protections. As a moral matter, we must resolve the legal status of those who are here without proper documentation so that they can fully contribute their talents to our nation’s economic, social and spiritual well being.”

The church has an important role to play in promoting forgiveness and reconciliation on this issue. We must work so that justice and mercy, not anger and resentment, are the motives behind our response to illegal immigration.

We know, in fact, that millions of immigrants are here in violation of U.S. law. This makes law-abiding Americans angry. And it should. Those who violate our laws have to be punished. But, what punishments are proper and just? I think, from a moral standpoint, we’re forced to conclude that deporting immigrants who break our laws is too severe a penalty. It’s a punishment that’s disproportionate to the crime.

Deportations are breaking up families, leaving wives without husbands, children without parents. That is not a situation that Catholics should want. The family is central not only to our faith, but to our society.

That is why I want to again propose an idea that I presented in my address to the Missouri Catholic Conference last October, and which I believe could offer an alternative that would serve both charity and justice.

We have to insist that those who come to our country respect our laws. If they are here illegally, they can’t expect to escape punishment. But I would suggest that some kind of community service would be a far more constructive solution than deportation. This would build communities rather than tear them apart. And it would serve to better integrate the immigrants into the social and moral fabric of America.

This may or may not be the solution. But with it, I want to point out that, with courage and creativity, it is possible for our politicians to find a just and honorable solution that creates equal justice for the two great traditions in this country: compassion for the defenseless and respect for the law.

As I have said before, I believe that this is the greatest civil rights test of our generation. The lives of millions of undocumented workers and their families hang in the balance. Millions are presently forced by our failed policies to live without rights at the margins of this great country.

With all my heart, I ask Catholics and people of good will to encourage our elected officials, with our prayers and our actions, to propose comprehensive immigration reform before the end of this year.

Take a "Tablet" and call me in the morning: British Catholic magazine backs Obama health care reform

While the American bishops are expending their energies and a large quantity of PR dollars fighting President Obama on health care reform, the British Catholic periodical, The Tablet, is suggesting that they are on the wrong side of history. I, personally, would find the USCCB's Web site a little more persuasive if it would include some truth in advertising, i.e. not just the number of Catholic health care institutions and their patient admissions, but perhaps some annual revenue figures and CEO compensation data (see below). Read: This is just the Catholic wing of the broader health care industry campaign against reform. For a different Catholic perspective on health care reform, in addition to this editorial,visit Catholics-United.org.

Editorial: U.S. bishops must back Obama

President Barack Obama’s health-care reforms are in deep trouble. All over the United States rival lobby groups have argued and sometimes clashed as opponents of the reforms sense they may be on the verge of victory. There may be sufficient votes in Congress from an awkward alliance of Republicans and conservative Democrats to ensure that whatever legislation emerges from the hullabaloo is a pale shadow of what Mr Obama intended, and indeed promised, during his election campaign. It is unfortunate that the one body that could turn out to be a decisive strategic force in his favour, the US Catholic bishops, have so far concentrated on a specifically Catholic issue – making sure state-funded health care does not include abortion – rather than the more general principle of the common good. Through the national network of Catholic hospitals, delivering nearly 20 per cent of all hospital care, and through the influence they wield as leaders of America’s largest Christian denomination, they could play a central role in salvaging Mr Obama’s health-care programme.

This is indeed a Catholic matter. Few government proposals have had “preferential option for the poor” stamped over them more clearly. Nearly 50 million Americans do not have health-care coverage, which means they cannot afford to go to their doctor when they have symptoms that ought to be investigated, nor can they buy simple and effective remedies such as antibiotics. The Church’s teaching is clear: health care is a basic right, derived from the right to life itself. Of course abortion is important, but the Catholic bishops have not put anything like equal stress on these other social justice dimensions of the health-care debate. Though some grass-roots Catholic lobby groups have mobilised to support the Obama reforms, without episcopal support they will remain marginal to the debate.

The opponents of change are largely funded by the operators of the health insurance industry, which, as in the early 1990s, sense a threat to their profits. They are the robber barons of their age. All the dark arts of media misrepresentation have been deployed to turn public opinion against Mr Obama’s policy. Through their greed and inefficiency, America spends something like double per head on health care compared with a country such as France, whose state-run health system is acknowledged as one of the world’s best. Even at the level of spin and sound bites, the bishops could make a difference. They could refute the constant slur of “socialised medicine” that opponents throw mindlessly around, simply by saying that health care for all is in fact “Catholic medicine”. Once they began to introduce reason and truth into the debate, they could also point out that what Mr Obama is proposing is in principle no different from extending Medicare – which brings affordable medical treatment to America’s elderly – to everyone.

When Britain’s National Health Service was set up in 1948, the Catholic hierarchy led by Cardinal Griffin was also preoccupied with its own Catholic agenda, not abortion but winning an opt-out for Catholic hospitals. So the birth of the National Health Service, one of the great forward strides for social justice, had no Catholic blessing. The bishops failed to put the promotion of social justice above their churchly priorities. It is a mistake the American bishops may be about to repeat.


CATHOLIC HEALTH NONPROFITS

We decided to run the list of major Catholic health care entities supplied on the Bishops' Conference special Web site on health care reform through Guidestar just to see what would turn up. Here are the latest annual revenue figures reported on Guidestar, plus names, titles, and total compensation of all executives who made in excess of $1 million -- something for those of us who know what it's like to work minimum wage jobs with no health insurance and who are wondering how to pay our medical bills to ponder. Trust me when I tell you that we are not worrying about whether or not the proposed health care reform legislation explicitly prohibits federal funding for abortions.

Ascension Health
Total Revenue: $406,169,886 (FY ending 6/30/2007)
Executive Compensation:
Anthony Tersigni, CEO: $1,765,790
Anthony Speranzo, CFO: $1,190,023
Robert Henkel, COO: $1,079,719

Catholic Health Initiatives
Total Revenue: $617,193,529 (FY ending 6/30/2007)
Executive Compensation:
Kevin E. Lofton, CEO/President: $1,507,778
Michael T. Rowan, Chief Operations Officer: $1,084,030

Catholic Healthcare West
Total Revenue: $6,540,819,217 (FY ending 6/30/2007)
Executive Compensation:
Lloyd H Dean, Director, President, Chief Executive Officer: $3,684,764
Michael Erne, EVP, Chief Operating Officer: $2,179,162
Michael D Blaszyk, EVP, Chief Financial Officer: $1,761,583
George W Bo-Linn, SVP, Chief Medical Officer: $1,400,709
Elizabeth Shih, SVP, Chief Administrative Officer: $1,360,849
Charlie P Francis, SVP, Chief Strategy Officer: $1,319,312
Ernie Urquhart, SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer: $1,250,954
Derek F Covert, SVP, Legal Services/General Counsel: $1,227,568
Bernita McTernan, SVP, Sponsorship Mission Integration and Community Benefits: $1,044,632
Jeff Winter, President Group Operations: $1,025,536
John Wray, SVP Managed Care: $1,013,687
Bill Hunt, President Group Operations: $1,009,177
Bill Fuchs, President Group Operations: $1,002,415

Catholic Health East
Total Revenue: $78,736,000 (FY ending 12/31/2007)
Executive Compensation:
Robert V. Stanek, Pres. & CEO: $1,185,000

Providence Health & Services
Total Revenue: $1,511,976,637 (FY ending 12/31/2007)
Executive Compensation:
John F Koster MD, President/CEO: $2,100,154
Gregory Van Pelt, Exec Vice President: $1,121,137

Trinity Health
Total Revenue: $565,908,980 (FY ending 6/30/2007)
Executive Compensation:
Joseph Swedish, President & CEO: $1,696,407
Michael Slubowski, Pres. Hospital & Health Networks: $1,062,340

Catholic Healthcare Partners
Total Revenue: $155,199,562 (FY ending 12/31/2007)
Executive Compensation:
Michael Connelly, President & CEO: $1,516,534
Jane D. Crowley, Chief Administrative Officer: $1,057,747

Sisters of Mercy Health System
Guidestar: "This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church."

CHRISTUS Health
Total Revenue: $391,321,196 (FY ending 6/30/2007)
Executive Compensation:
Thomas C Royer MD, President and CEO: $1,875,653

Bon Secours Health System
Total Revenue: $144,776,343 (FY ending 8/31/2007)
Executive Compensation:
Richard Statuto, CEO: $1,018,307

SSM Health Care
Total Revenue: $157,791,641 (FY ending 12/31/2007)
Executive Compensation:
William C. Schoenhard, Vice President: $1,039,199

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Ask and Ye Shall Receive...Daily Mass in Spanish!

I don't know whether God or the Apostolado Hispano is acting quickly or is it just a matter of great minds thinking alike? Earlier this week in the summary of my thoughts on the state of Hispanic ministry in the United States that flowed from the Notre Dame conference, I mentioned that it was unfortunate that so few Hispanic Catholics have access to daily Mass in Spanish.

And in today's Boletín Interparroquial: St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Springfield, VA, will become the first parish in the Arlington Diocese to offer daily Mass in Spanish three days a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) at 6:30 am starting on September 2nd. Gracias, Padre Luis Fernando Franco, pastor to the Hispanic community at St. B's (see photo)! Bendecido, encendido, y en victoria.