Benedictine Father Colman James Barry, was born in 1921 in Lake City, Minnesota, professed as a monk of St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota, in 1943, and was ordained in 1947. 

Well known as a student of, and writer about, American Catholic history, he assisted in making a priceless contribution to historical research. 

While he was its president from 1964 to 1971, St. John’s University established the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library to preserve, hold, and make available to scholars copies of ancient and medieval documents. Today, it is a mecca for historians, and a resource of world renown. He died in 1994.

Indiana Pastor Opens Parish for Relief Efforts

Father Steven Schaftlein, of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, ordained in 1978, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church, Henryville, Indiana, saw much of his parish destroyed when a powerful tornado swept across the area in early March, but the church was only slightly damaged. 

The tabernacle was toppled, but the consecrated hosts were all undisturbed in the ciborium. Containers for the holy oils were left upright, nothing spilling. The church quickly became a center for many relief efforts. 

Father Schaftlein told parishioners that God had spared the church so that it might bring relief to people affected by the storm.

The Ascension

In the Byzantine tradition, the feast of the Ascension is the culmination and fulfillment of all liturgical feasts. St. John Chrysostom saw its theological message as highly important. With the Ascension, Christ, God and man, opened heaven itself to humanity. 

Fifty Years Ago

In May 1962, an editorial in The Priest commented on the plight of Cuban Catholics after Fidel Castro’s Revolution. An article explained the practices and philosophy of Shriners. A Tucson, Arizona, advertiser promoted confessional screens designed to protect confessors from contagious diseases.

'Go in Peace' 

They recognized him in the Breaking of the Bread. — Luke 24:35