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August 17, 2011 — Sixty-four years ago, on Aug. 14, 1947, Great Britain’s empire in the Indian subcontinent was divided into the independent, self-governing Dominions of India and Pakistan. The division of the subcontinent into two states was bitterly opposed by the Indian Congress Party and Winston Churchill, but supported by the Muslim League (with Congress, one of the two major pro-independence parties in the British Raj) and the Attlee government, which had displaced Churchill in 1945. Congress proposed power-sharing plans that would hold the subcontinent together as a political unit; they were all rejected by the leader of the Muslim League, a Scotch-drinking, pork-eating, and rather secular lawyer named Mohammad Ali Jinnah. ... [read more]
Letters to Editor:
It’s that time of the year when many young adults from the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) are seeking sponsors to support their campus missionary work.
Why is FOCUS needed? A Sept. 17, 2008, Denver Catholic Register article explained it well: “FOCUS has worked to play a vital role in the ‘new evangelization.’ ... It’s done this with the Win-Build-Send philosophy: win new students to relationship with the Catholic community, build up those already following Christ by study and practice of the faith, and send out as his ambassadors those who are ready and available to win others.”
FOCUS supports university parishes and Newman Centers as trained missionaries reaching out to students every day to offer fellowship, community activities, Scripture studies and to bring the students to church to worship and the sacraments. In turn, many students actively extend and spiritually multiply this great outreach to bring others to Christ.
The many stories repeated by university students validate the isolation and the search for identity found in the wrong places. Many turn to social relationships and activities that are far from spiritual and healthy. I have many friends with amazing conversion stories and wish I could share them all. I urge you to visit the www.FOCUS.org website for testimonies and related articles.
We pray for FOCUS to have a positive impact on these future young leaders and volunteers in a world for Christ. Many of you are already so generous. God bless and thank you!
Earlier this summer I had the honor of attending a golden jubilee celebration for Sister Jean Anne Panisko, S.C.L, in Leavenworth, Kan. Before retiring to the motherhouse, Sister Jean served as principal for 29 years at Annunciation School in Denver (which four of my children attended).
While in Leavenworth, I got to see firsthand the service and love that the Sisters of Charity give on a daily basis without any hesitation or reservation. It was truly special spending time with the sisters—talking, laughing and learning about their order and the work they do. They demonstrate what it is to be a true servant to others.
Congratulations, Sister Jean. We love and thank you for all that you have done and continue to do.