National Catholic Reporter
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Issue Date:  May 30, 2003


CRISTO REY JESUIT HIGH SCHOOL of Chicago, which serves low-income and minority youth using a formula of rigorous coursework, an innovative work-study program and high expectations for all students, is being used as a model to create 12 new small college-preparatory high schools across the United States. Funding for the schools will come from a $18.9 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through the Cassin Educational Initiative Foundation.

VINOD MEHTA, 60, a renowned Hindu journalist and editor of the New Delhi-based national weekly Outlook, has received a Catholic media award, the Alberione National Award for Media Excellence, for “relentless efforts in promoting, upholding and fearlessly defending” human rights and secular values in his writings. The award is named for Blessed James Alberione, an Italian priest who founded Famiglia Cristiana (Christian Family), Italy’s largest circulation weekly, and five Pauline religious societies with media apostolates.

ELLEN McCRACKEN, a professor of Spanish at the University of California at Santa Barbara, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship to write a book on the life and works of Franciscan Fr. Angelico Chavez, an important Hispanic writer and intellectual well known in his native New Mexico for his contributions to painting, poetry, fiction, history and architectural renovation.

FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY of Steubenville, Ohio, is offering a St. Benedict the Moor scholarship for African-American men who are discerning a call to the priesthood. The recipient of the scholarship must be an African-American who has been officially accepted by the university’s office of admissions and also accepted into the university’s pre-theologate program.

THE DISCALCED CARMELITE FATHERS elected Fr. Luis Arostegui Gamboa, 64, as the new superior general the worldwide order. Gamboa, director of a spirituality center and a former provincial in Spain, was born in Gatica, Spain, professed his vows in 1956 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1964. He has studied and worked in the United States, Panama, Italy, Austria and Monte Carlo.

ARCHBISHOP DIARMUID MARTIN, a Vatican expert in international justice issues, has been named coadjutor archbishop of the troubled Dublin archdiocese in Ireland, to succeed the current archbishop, 77-year-old Cardinal Desmond Connell. Connell has come under fire in recent months for the archdiocese’s handling of sex abuse cases. The archdiocese is facing more than 450 lawsuits as a result of child sexual abuse by clergy, and Ireland has begun a state-sponsored national inquiry into the scandal.


National Catholic Reporter, May 30, 2003

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