On Saturday, three Notre Dame graduates professed final vows of poverty, chastity and obedience during their ordination as deacons in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Alumni Brian Ching, Mark DeMott and Jarrod Waugh have nearly completed the process of becoming Holy Cross priests and will be ordained priests in April 2013. After this weekend’s ordination, DeMott said the group gains new responsibilities from their profession. “Becoming a deacon is the final step before becoming a priest,” DeMott said. “This year, I will become comfortable assisting the priest at Mass and preaching homilies. I will also baptize new Christians and preside at weddings and funerals.” The ceremony, which is available for viewing on YouTube, is similar to the typical Mass format, but those being ordained play a special role after the homily, Ching said. “Those who are about to profess their final vows all line up at the center aisle of the Basilica and lay prostrate, lay full belly down on the floor,” Ching said. “It’s a beautiful image of our abandonment to God because laying face down on the floor is a sign of utter abandonment, of utter submission to God’s will.” The congregation then sings the Litany of the Saints, invoking them to pray for those making their profession, Ching said. “After that follows the actual profession,” he said. “The provisional superior, our boss, holds one end of the Book of the Gospels and we grasp the other end of the Book of the Gospels and publicly profess, making a public promise just like marriage is, to remain true and faithful to our Lord and to the constitution of the Congregation of the Holy Cross through the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.” DeMott said he has been preparing to take his final vows for many years, gaining experience through assignments at Saint Stanislaus Parish and Saint Joseph High School in South Bend, as well as the Holy Cross Lakeview Secondary School in Jinja, Uganda. “My relationships with Holy Cross priests, brothers and sisters in these places helped me to learn what it means to be a Holy Cross religious – to live together according to the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience and to serve generously, forming both the mind and the heart,” he said. “Daily prayer and meeting regularly with a spiritual director was important in this process as well.” In addition to the formal training he has received over the years, Ching said he spent more time in prayer and contemplation during the last few months before his profession of final vows to get ready for the event. “There’s a short-term preparation as the months grew closer and closer to be a bit more deliberate and spend some more time in prayer giving thanks to God for His gift of my vocation, for His gift of Holy Cross, for my brothers in Holy Cross,” Ching said. DeMott said professing his final vows in the Basilica was especially meaningful because his Notre Dame education was “transformative” in his decision to discern the priesthood. “Before college, I had never attended Catholic school and had never studied theology,” he said. “I developed a new appreciation for the Word of God, I learned about the Mass, and I began to understand the connection between theology and service to those in need. Outside the classroom, I had the opportunity to explore ministry and service in the Church.” DeMott also served as rector of Keough Hall and is currently a residence hall director at the University of Portland. Ching, who joined Old College his sophomore year at Notre Dame, said the “Notre Dame experience” was conducive to discerning the priesthood. “Certainly the experience of what we describe as the Notre Dame family, living in a community of caring and committed Christians all moving together to what God is calling them to do, being in that environment where our faith is not something we try to hide but something we try to celebrate … had a deep impact,” Ching said. “It allowed me to feel comfortable to express to my friends, especially my college friends, that this is something that God is calling me to.” Ching said he is both excited and nervous about being Christ’s representative on Earth. “I don’t become a priest for my own glory, my own popularity,” he said. “I become a priest because I want to serve Jesus Christ, and that means constantly being in a relationship with Him and having His life exude through me to the people of God. … That’s a daunting challenge.”
— A survey of more than 100 athletic directors across the country finds deep concern for academics and athletic department finances amid the pandemic. Some 75 percent say they are concerned about a drop in donations and nearly as many are worried about ticket sales and money that comes from games and other fan events.— Iowa State coaches and other athletic department staff members are getting pay cuts for one year to help offset lost revenue from the coronavirus pandemic. Athletic director Jaime Pollard wrote on the Cyclones’ website that his department faces a $5 million shortfall this year because of the cancellation of the NCAA and Big 12 men’s basketball tournaments. The payroll cut will save more than $3 million. There also will be a temporary suspension of bonuses for coaches totaling another $1 million.— The coronavirus pandemic has left rugby on its knees over the last two weeks and there is the prospect of more pain to come because of the uncertainty over whether leagues, tours and international competitions can resume or go ahead. USA Rugby has filed for bankruptcy and the Australians are facing a black hole of more than $70 million. English rugby leaders have drawn-up worst-case scenarios of an even bigger financial hit.— World Athletics says it won’t clear any Russian athletes to compete internationally amid the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The governing body of track requires Russians to apply for “authorized neutral athlete” status each year to compete outside their home country. Russia has been suspended from World Athletics since 2015 for widespread doping. World Athletics hasn’t decided how far in advance to open applications once competitions resume.— World Sailing has canceled the World Cup Series Final in Enoshima, Japan, in June because of the coronavirus outbreak. The regatta was to give valuable competition for the Olympic classes just over a month before the start of the Tokyo Games. The Olympics have been postponed to 2021. — The Belgian soccer league has become the first major European competition to recommend ending its season with the current standings declared final. The league says Club Brugge would be awarded the title if the advice is confirmed at a general assembly meeting on April 15. Brugge would also qualify for next season’s Champions League. The team is currently 15 points ahead of second-place Gent with one game to go before the season-ending playoffs. The league says even games in empty stadiums would put stress on public health and security services dealing with the pandemic. It agreed the risk of infecting players would also damage the competition’s integrity.— The French Grand Prix scheduled for May 17 in Le Mans has been postponed, becoming the sixth MotoGP race to be called off because of the coronavirus outbreak. The motorcycling series has yet to start its season. The season-opener in Qatar was canceled, the Thailand, Americas and Argentina races were postponed to October-November, and the Spanish MotoGP has yet to find new dates. The next race at risk is the Italian MotoGP on May 31.— Potential hosts of soccer’s 2027 Asian Cup have been given more time to enter the contest by the Asian Football Confederation. The AFC says the March deadline to show interest was extended by three months to June because many of its member federations have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSBritish Open could be postponedUNDATED (AP) — British Open organizers say postponement is an option for this year’s tournament at Royal St. George’s. Associated Press Update on the latest sports April 2, 2020 The 149th edition of the Open Championship is scheduled to take place July 16-19. The last time the Open wasn’t played was in 1945 because of World War II.The R&A released a short statement in response to media speculation about the staging of the event. Chief executive Martin Slumbers says the “process is taking some time to resolve” because of a range of external factors.On Wednesday, Wimbledon was canceled for the first time since World War II. The All England Club announced Wednesday after an emergency meeting that the oldest Grand Slam tournament in tennis will not be held in 2020.In other developments related to the pandemic:— The Senior PGA Championship in Michigan has been canceled. The PGA of America says it based its decision on Michigan’s stay-at-home order that was enacted March 23. The Senior PGA in Benton Harbor, Michigan, was to be played May 21-24. It will be held next year at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It will return to Benton Harbor the following year.
Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador will work together to better understand the impact of cancer and improve care for patients. The three provinces have been awarded $1 million, over three years, from the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC), through Health Canada, for the project. “Atlantic Canada has many similarities, including delivery of health services, populations that are a mix of rural, remote and urban, as well as having a greater percentage of adults over the age of 65 than other provinces,” said Dr. Janice Howes, project lead and psychosocial oncology clinical lead for Cancer Care Nova Scotia. “Over the next three years, we will engage clinical leaders, administrators, health care providers and patients in our respective provinces to identify, measure and treat patient distress.” Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island will build on the Screening for Distress Program. It includes a patient questionnaire about psychosocial, practical and physical concerns, and a conversation with health professionals. The patient will be asked about their health in four areas: anxiety; depression; fatigue; and pain. After identifying potential problem areas, the team will develop education sessions to help patients address concerns. The Screening for Distress Program in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island will expand to re-screen patients after their cancer treatment. This time has long been recognized as a period of transition and uncertainty. Newfoundland and Labrador will develop a Screening for Distress Program, which will include tracking whether patients receive the recommended treatment for distress. Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island will help develop and implement the program. “Our goal is to work with health system partners, patients and families to find ways to improve the experience of patients in the cancer control system in Canada,” said Dr. Heather Bryant, vice-president of cancer control at Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. “We believe Cancer Care Nova Scotia and cancer programs in Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador will play a crucial role in improving patient lives by engaging patients and families and aligning the needs and experiences of patients with how and where their health care is provided.” The project will focus on the Cape Breton Cancer Centre in Sydney, the Capital Health Cancer Care Program in Halifax, the Prince Edward Island Cancer Treatment Centre and satellite clinic, and Newfoundland and Labrador’s Cancer Care Program Eastern Health. Cancer Care Nova Scotia, a program of the Department of Health and Wellness, was created in 1998 to facilitate quality cancer prevention and care for all Nova Scotians. It supports health professionals in providing patients with high quality care. The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, a federally-funded agency, works in partnership with Canada’s cancer community to reduce the burden of cancer on Canadians.
Agravante was caught around 11 a.m. on Tuesday on the strength of an arrest warrant, a police report showed. Police identified him as 36-year-old Feleciano Agravante. ILOILO City – Charged with rape, a resident of Barangay Guisijan, Lauan, Antique was arrested. He was detained in the lockup cell of the Lauan police station. The court recommended no bail bond for the suspect’s temporary liberty./PN