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ND grads take final vows

first_imgOn 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.”last_img read more

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Gerrard concern for Reds

first_img Even if that is the case it still gives manager Brendan Rodgers a headache as he would have wanted his influential captain to be available against one of their top-four rivals. The real worry for Rodgers will be how long Gerrard is expected to be sidelined for as after the December 21 visit of Cardiff his side have to play at Manchester City and Chelsea in the space of 72 hours. With striker Daniel Sturridge already ruled out with a sprained ankle until mid-January, Gerrard’s absence would place an even greater burden on Luis Suarez. Not that the Uruguay international will mind as he has been the key player all season – and he missed the first five league matches. Suarez maintained his two-goal advantage over Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero as the Premier League’s leading scorer by taking his tally to 14 with an 81st-minute header against the Hammers. He may yet find his total is increased as his shot from distance three minutes later deflected off defender Joey O’Brien and past Jussi Jaaskelainen – an effort the dubious goals panel will have to adjudicate on. The panel may also be called upon to rule on Liverpool’s second as Mamadou Sakho was credited with the goal from Gerrard’s free-kick, only for Martin Skrtel to later lay claim to the final touch. That may have been offset by his own goal at the other end, when he turned in Matt Jarvis’ header to make it 2-1 and hand West Ham their best spell of the match. The Reds captain limped off 10 minutes into the second half of the 4-1 win over West Ham and will have scans in the next couple of days which will almost certainly rule him out of next weekend’s trip to Tottenham. Fellow midfielder Jordan Henderson left Anfield with a protective boot on his right foot after a tackle from Kevin Nolan which saw the Hammers skipper sent off late on – but the England international is optimistic he will be fine for the game at White Hart Lane. Liverpool face an anxious wait to discover the extent of Steven Gerrard’s hamstring injury which could not have come at a worse time just ahead of the busy festive programme. Suarez, who had a hand in the opening goal when Jaaskelainen pushed his angled shot into Guy Demel and it rebounded past the Hammers goalkeeper, had the final say however and now, more than ever, Liverpool’s Champions League fate appears to lie with him. His goal – or goals – made victory safe at Anfield and assured the Reds of a return to second place after Manchester City and Chelsea both slipped up. With almost half the season gone and Liverpool averaging two points a game the omens point towards a top-four finish. Rodgers, however, refuses to look that far ahead. “We just keep going. It is each game at a time. It was always going to be difficult from the first game,” he said. “These were games that were tough for us last year but give credit to the players for making it more straightforward. “It was a good day for us. Other (rivals’) results were good and that is what you need to exploit and we have certainly done that. “We had 29 attempts and we could have easily doubled the four goals we scored.” Skrtel’s own goal made it just one clean sheet in their last 12 league matches but Rodgers brushed aside that one blemish. “We’re not perfect. We are a team that is still growing and evolving,” he added. “It was unfortunate with the (own) goal but I am more focused on the positives. “We are scoring goals. We will always want to improve and have that mentality not to concede but it was a good victory for us.” West Ham have taken four points from their last five matches and are just three points above the relegation zone and host bottom side Sunderland next weekend without Nolan. “We’re all struggling at the minute, but what we can’t afford to is lose our confidence and our determination to do the right things,” said Allardyce. The Hammers boss added on West Ham TV: “It’s not so long ago – a week – that we had a magnificent performance together to beat Fulham. “This time of year the chances to put things right and win come thick and fast because the games come around and points are won and lost very quickly. “My problem now lies with the limited amount of players I have available to me next weekend.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Clippers knock out Lakers, likely ending their playoff dreams

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma (0) is lifted by teammates after going down with an injury against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Clippers Lou Williams, #23, looks for a way around Lakers Moe Wagner, #15, during first half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Lakers JaVale McGee , #7, and Clippers Ivica Zubac, #340, go after a rebound during first half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLakers LeBron James , #23, is fouled on the way to the basket by Clippers Garrett Temple, #17, during first half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Lakers LeBron James , #23, drives past Clippers Garrett Temple, #17, during first half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Clippers JaMychal Green, #4, gets a rebound in front of Lakers Rajon Rondo, #9, during first half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Lakers Kyle Kuzma, #0, is blocked on the way to the basket by Clippers Danilo Gallinari , #8, during first half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Lakers LeBron James , #23, goes around Clippers Shai Gilgeous-Alexander , #2, for two points during first half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Lakers LeBron James , #23, drives to the basket through Clippers Patrick Beverley, #21, and Montrezl Harrell, #5, during first half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Lakers LeBron James , #23, rises above Clippers Patrick Beverley, #21, for two points during first half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Lakers LeBron James , #23, drives past Clippers Garrett Temple, #17, during first half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Lakers Kyle Kuzma, #0, comes down after making two points during first half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma (0) shoots over Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) scores against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, center, looks to pass while being defended by the Lakers’ LeBron James, second from left, and Mike Muscala, second from right, during the first half of Monday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)t,Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet, left, shoots over Los Angeles Lakers’ Rajon Rondo (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) is defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee (7) blocks a shot from Los Angeles Clippers’ Tyrone Wallace (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) celebrates after scoring next to Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart (3) shoots over Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) dunks between Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee (7) and Rajon Rondo (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac (40) drives to the basket as Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma, center, and JaVale McGee, right, defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Clippers Patrick Beverley, #21, goes up for two points as Lakers LeBron James , #23, defends during second half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. The Clippers defeated the Lakers 113-105. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Clippers Montrezl Harrell, #5, shoots past Lakers Josh Hart, #3, for two points during second half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. The Clippers defeated the Lakers 113-105. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Clippers Danilo Gallinari, #8, goes up for two points as Lakers Josh Hart, #3, defends during second half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. The Clippers defeated the Lakers 113-105. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Clippers Montrezl Harrell, #5, commits an offensive foul on Lakers LeBron James , #23, during second half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. The Clippers defeated the Lakers 113-105. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Clippers Shai Gilgeous-Alexander , #2, eyes a two point shot as Lakers Alex Caruso, #4, defends during second half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. The Clippers defeated the Lakers 113-105. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Clippers Montrezl Harrell, #5, drives up two points as Lakers Josh Hart, #3, defends during second half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. The Clippers defeated the Lakers 113-105. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, right, collides with Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari, center shoots over Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari, center, drives past Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, right, scores past Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, right, shoots over Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet, right, shoots over Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Rajon Rondo (9) drives to the basket as Los Angeles Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) shoots over Los Angeles Clippers’ JaMychal Green (4) and Montrezl Harrell (5) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Rajon Rondo, right, scores against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma (0) walks off the court after getting injured during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma (0) is lifted by teammates after going down with an injury against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Clippers Lou Williams, #23, looks for a way around Lakers Moe Wagner, #15, during first half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 38Clippers Lou Williams, #23, looks for a way around Lakers Moe Wagner, #15, during first half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Just over a month ago, LeBron James made a triumphant return against the Clippers – the franchise that’s so often played second fiddle in their own town.Monday night, the Clippers paid him back, delivering what might just be the decisive body blow in the barrage the Lakers’ playoff ambitions have taken in the last few weeks.There was a clear delineation in the Clippers’ 113-105 victory over their Staples Center co-tenants. The Lakers (30-34) looked like they were laboring for so much of the night, punching up after losing one of their key scorers before tipoff and then another in the fourth quarter. The Clippers (37-29) looked deep, engaged and passionate – the hallmarks of a team on track for the postseason.And the postseason now looks plainly out of reach for the Lakers, despite a 27-point night from LeBron James and a triple-double (24 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists) from Rajon Rondo. The steam ran out in the fourth quarter, as Danilo Gallinari (23 points) and Lou Williams (21 points) carried the Clippers home. They might have been urged along by a mid-fourth quarter injury: Kyle Kuzma sprained his right ankle as he tried a layup at the backboard. He hobbled off to the locker room under his own power, but he left an already limited Lakers offense with one less weapon. Coach Luke Walton said X-rays were negative on Kuzma’s ankle, though he expressed doubt for the forward’s availability for Wednesday’s game against Denver.That injury was added to an already substantial pile: Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Lance Stephenson and Tyson Chandler all missed the game. The Lakers could have used all of them and any of them – they simply needed more bodies.“That’s the story of the season,” Rondo said. “I wish we’d have saged the locker room a long time ago but it just didn’t work out that way.”Without the services of Ingram – a late scratch due to shoulder soreness – Walton said pregame he would need someone to step up to replace that production. It turned out to be Rondo, who recorded his highest-scoring game as a Laker while rediscovering a lethally quick first step into the lane.Josh Hart also scored 17 points off the bench, but the Lakers received just 10 other points from their reserves and lost for the ninth time in 12 games since they beat the Clippers on Jan. 31. It was also the Lakers’ 23rd loss in their last 27 games against the Clippers.Two days after an embarrassing road loss to NBA-worst Phoenix put a huge dent in their playoff chances, the Lakers started off as the more urgent team, taking a 10-point lead in the first quarter as the Clippers slowly rounded into form.The “visitors” got their energy where it has come from for much of the season: the bench tandem of Montrezl Harrell (14 points, 11 rebounds) and Williams, who ran a tough-to-stop pick-and-roll attack.Patrick Beverley, who took on the task of guarding James for much of the night, was also a scourge. He finished with five steals to go with his 13 points and nine rebounds as the Clippers took sole possession of seventh place in the Western Conference standings with their sixth win in eight games.Beverley took particular delight in the victory, taunting the reporters lining up outside the Lakers’ locker room postgame that the players they needed to talk to were in the locker room down the hall. He recalled a quiet scene at Clippers media day in September, as he boasted then that he was on the superior L.A. team.“Watch at the end of the year, like I said about us being the best team in L.A., a lot of people don’t believe me,” he said. “It’s fine. Women lie, men lie, numbers don’t.”The Clippers have taken two of three heading into the final meeting this season on April 5, but they have already locked up the tiebreaker between the two. If the teams split the four games, the tiebreaker defaults to division record, where the Clippers are already 11-3 to the Lakers’ 7-6. The Lakers have just three division games left and cannot catch the Clippers, who also own the tiebreaker over ninth-place Sacramento.That didn’t dampen the fire of Hart, who promised to approach Wednesday’s game against the Nuggets as if the playoffs are still within reach – which they technically, if not realistically, are.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant For all the warmth the Clippers seemed to feel about furthering their own playoff quest, there was a coldness as well. When asked if it meant anything to deliver a dagger to the Lakers, Williams held the same icy edge he reserves for knocking down 3-pointers.“That’s they business,” he said. “I (couldn’t) care less.”Waves of boos descended to the court throughout the drudging march of defeat during the fourth quarter – a verdict delivered by a restless Lakers fanbase that expected a return to prominence this season. Now five games behind their crosstown rivals in the loss column with just 18 games left, the only hope that remains for the Lakers to push their way back in the playoffs is the irrational kind.That seemed to settle in during the closing minutes as the Lakers gave up a double-digit gap, failing to get back on defense against the more energized Clippers and surrendering late rebounds with little fight. It was beaten out of them throughout the course of the game as they shot 42 percent and scored just 20 points in the final frame.“They just had more energy at the end; for us, we basically played six guys,” James said. “Obviously the injuries is taking a toll on us. I thought defensively we were pretty dang-gone good under the circumstances. But offensively we just couldn’t make a shot.” On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead center_img Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ Portland star Damian Lillard (knee) to miss Game 5 vs. Lakers “Everyone’s counting us out,” he said. “We’re probably the most criticized team in the NBA. If that doesn’t motivate you, if that doesn’t get you up in the morning, get you ready to go out there and compete, nothing will.”Others quietly seemed to pivot more toward the possibility that the Lakers’ ambitions are shifting to next season. James acknowledged that he could have a conversation with Walton in the coming weeks about whether it makes sense for him to play so many minutes down the stretch. Walton himself called the playoffs “a longshot,” and said he expected the Lakers to stay motivated because: “One, it’s our job. Two, we should all love this game.”The scaled-back expectations are normal for a team as far back in the standings as the Lakers, even if it still registers as strange that James could miss the playoffs for the first time since the 2004-05 season. But for himself, James said he will still set a high standard for the final 18 games, no matter what fate they bring.“Continue to be a professional, and be as great as you can be every single night, no matter the circumstances,” he said. “Cause someone is always watching.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory last_img read more