Last Things for June 2014

Msgr. Barry: Legend in South Florida

Msgr. William Barry, born in County Clare, Ireland, in 1887, ordained in 1910, served in Florida for 57 years, one of three remarkable Catholic siblings. His brother was Bishop Patrick J. Barry of St. Augustine. His sister, Mother Mary Gerald, headed the Dominican Sisters of Adrian, Michigan, then one of the largest congregations of women Religious in America.

Msgr. Barry was a Catholic legend in his own right, energetically assisting the development of Catholicity as Florida boomed after the two World Wars.

Barry University in Miami Shores honors these three extraordinary servants of the Gospel. Msgr. Barry died in 1967.

Notre Dame Law Dean Ministers to Prisoners

Father David T. Link, of the Diocese of Gary, ordained in 2008, had a long, distinguished career before deciding to study for the priesthood. From 1975 to 1999 he was dean of Notre Dame University’s law school. He also served at Catholic universities in Minnesota, South Africa, and Australia. At Notre Dame, he started a center for the homeless. It led to volunteer work in ministry at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City. When his wife of 45 years, Barbara, died, he applied for the seminary, father of five, grandfather of 13. He says her goodness inspired his vocation.

The Body of Christ

Pope Pius XII chose the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul on June 29 as the date to publish his encyclical “Mystici Corporis,” his expansive, profound study of the nature of the Church. This encyclical had very significant bearings on the Second Vatican Council and influences very many aspects of Catholic life to this day.

Fifty Years Ago

In the June 1964 issue, an article commented on Rosemary Ruether and the confusion over birth control. Another dealt with Thomas Aquinas and the tithe. Another looked at confessors of religious and the order’s constitution. An advertiser offered neckband shirts, two for $13.95.

‘Go in Peace’

“Lord, send us your Spirit and renew the face of the earth!” — Psalm 104:30