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8 THE BULLETIN OF THE CATHOLIC LAYMEN'S ASSOCIATION OF GEORGIA MAY 24, 1930 The Church's Work for Colored People of North Carolina Results Under Direction of Bishop Hafey Magnificent Perhaps Never Before in His tory of the Church in the United States Has So Much Been Done for Colored Race as Recently in North Carolina. Attendance at One School Increased 1,700 Per Cent in Two Years BY REV. CHARLES HANNIGAN, S. S. J., pastor of St. Mary's Mission. Greensboro, N. C. When Bishop Hafey took over the new diocese of Raleigh, he found two churches for the colored people, St. ' Thomas" Church, Wilmington, Father Charles Winckler, pastor, and St. Joseph's, New Bern, with Father Itannigan in charge. Ir k the two mis- sions there were not two hundred members of the true Faith. At Wil-" mington, though, there was a thriving school under file care of the Fran - eisan Sisters from Mill Hill, England. Under the six highly efficient and truly zealous Sisters of St. Thomas' school, there were 250 children, most- ly all of whom were non-Catholics. With the missionary activity of the Franciscan Sisters, in the school and "the cheery apostolic labor of good Father Winckler among the people, a congregation was forming that has now grown to a sizeable parish, as parishes ordinarily are computed in North Carolina. Father Winckler's work in Wil- mington, North Carolina, and the splendid service given, him by his de- voted band of missionary Sisters is an earnest of what really can be done by the Church in winning the color- ed people to the true Faith. In the eyes of the world such work is dif- ficult and apparently without results. With such an apostolic Bishop as Bishop Hafey and with priests and Sisters with a sense of the Church's Mission it is a work of genuine pro- raise and truly consoling results. By results we mean intelligent and well instructed converts. The avail- able records in the Chancery Office of the diocese of Raleigh will show the very truth of this statement. If the Catholic Church cannot convert Bishop Hafey further into the Vine- yard. There was found one colored Catholic in Washington, North Caro- lina, a convert David Keyes, by name. Washington is 40 miles from New Bern. David Keyes was received into the Church duriflg the World War. His outfit was in Atlanta, at the time. The war over, David came home to Washington and heard there was a Catholic Church for his race In New Bern. Father Hannigan urged him to spread the knowledge that was now his, and the joy of the bless- ed Faith in which he found such  comfort. David Keyes became a real apostle. Bishop Hafey found that here was the opportunity to start new work. In his quiet but aiazingly energe- tic way, he had Our Mother of Mercy Mission built and opened a Con- vent, Rectory and 'fine brick com- bination. Church-SchooL Four more Sisters of the Imma- culate Heart from Mt. St, Mary's College, Scranton, Pa., came to Wash- ington and began their Mission work with 30 children. Before their first year's work was over they had one hundred and forty children. Today there are forty-five converts at Our Mother of Mercy Church, Washing- ton, North Carolina. FATHER MARK THE MISSIONARY I beg the reader of this. to visit Washington and see the fruits of these remarkable Sisters. Above all see Father Mark. Father Mark, the pastor and inspiration of the work now in progress or Our Mother of Mercy Parish, Washington, is unique in the missionary annals of our coun- try. He has passed his fiftieth year of active mission work. His outlook, his energy, his intelligence, his the .colored people it is not the true ability, enthusiasm are those of a Church. vigorous middle-aged priest, What a o,, onn, x-n *,D,v !model for us younger priests! What . . l a mould m which to form the peace At New Bern, when Father l-lanm- of Christ and the joy of Mary. How gan started work there, there was the spirit of Christ renews the youth little to lift hope in the future of the mission. There were not twenty -- .-, Catholica There was a shack of a school with 33 *children, taught by two lay teachers, non-Catholics, and in no wise sympathetic to the work of the Church. For instance the children were not permitted to say the Hail Mary. You will say: "Why didn't Father Hannigan dismiss such teachers?" He considered doing so, but he reflected the community :wculd be given the impression that the Catholic Church was persecuting these two non-Catholic women. He waited until the summer vacation when this term of reproach died of :acute inanition. Then came Bishop Hafey. His immediate interest: in the : work for souls everywhere in his dio- cese was the most energing thing the :writer of these facts has felt in his priestly career. "Yes. we must have Sisters, Father, for this work. Do not worry, we'll get them. Pray, and be careful in doing your priestly work." Bishop Hafey set out to get Sisters for St. Joseph's School, New Bern. Where was their support coming from? Where was their convent Or house? "Never mind. Seek first the king- dom of God." Within the year the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary came to St. Joseph's school, New Bern. North Carolina! Most of the New Bern population had never seen a Catholic Sister. hen the good Sisters, the day following their arrival, went to the Five and Dime Stere to do a bit of "shopping, they were ssked by the girl waiting on them: "Under whose banner are you shoung, Sister?" They were look- ed upon as a kind of Salvation Army lassies. In rural sections, later, the i poor colored women took flight at their approach, thinking them har- bingers of the Invisible Kingdom of Khixers! Within one year after the Imma- culate Heart Sisters came to St. Joseph's they were teaching one hun- dred and sixty children. Only one of these children was a Catholic, and she the youngest child in school. They had trained twelve altar boys to serve holy Mass. Not one of these lads Was a Catholic. They took sixty of the school boys and taught them to sing the Mass of the Angels, in such wise that Bishop Hafey said the High Mass on Imma- culate Conception Day at St. Joseph's New Bern. reminded him of hi semin,,ry days. Now, mind you, not one of these sixty colored choir lads was a Catholic. "Most of them are Catholics now but not then. I wish the reader of this account could have itnessed he joy of these Sisters in the performance of this genuine Catholic work. Did support for these Sisters come? It did. And a convent? That also. Seek first the kingdom of God. and all those things will be added there- irate." ! 2"no work t'New Berwled 'or of His veritable followers! GREENSBORO COLORED PARISH With Wilmington, New Bern an;t Washingfon provided for, Bishop Hafey began to work on St. Mary's Mission, Greensboro, North Carolina. Greensboro is the educational center for the colored people of the Caro- linas. Bishop Hafey would present the Faith to the intelligent colored people. An enlargement of the Wash- ington Mission plan, Greensboro is a handsome expression of the Church's care and consideration for the ad- vancement of the colortd people of our generation. Starting a school and mission is a tremendous undertak- ing. Desirable land has to be bought, dignified buildings erected, Sisters secured, and provision made for cost and maintenance. Seventy- six thousand dollars, yes, it costs all of that to set up and keep a mission for the colored people such as Bishop Hafey has built and4hope to repeat. What was the appeal of St. Mary's Mission and School among the color- ed people in Greensboro, North Caro- lina? Let us see. We opened school Sept. 16, 1928, with twelve children, one for each of the apostles. To date, Easter 1930, we have 92 boys and 108 girls under the teaching of four Sisters of Charity from St.. Joseph's College, Emmisburg, Mary- land. and two lay teachers. Six teachers and two hundred children within one year and among a people who in New Bern had probably never seen or spoken to a Catholic priest or to one of our wonderful Sister- hood! The converts at St. Mary's, Greens- boro, have come very largely from the colleges and schools. For exam- ple, of the 44 adult converts four are public school teachers from our neighboring city school, two are nurses from the new and modernly equipped hospital within sight of us, three are from the colored High School, three from our North Caro- lina College of colored, one of them a professor, and two are from Ben- nett College for Women, a Greens- boro institution. Such is the appeal of the dignified way of approaching the colored peo- ple which our good Bishop has ini- tiated; and fosters. If such results under God came from just one year's work, what may be looked for with- in a generation? This labor for souls these zealous, priests and remarkable Sisters are gwmg the Church under Bishop Hafey'will surely under God bring in God's good time a har- vest of souls, Pray for that, Good Reader. This year, the Bishop hopes to open another mission in Raleigh, the Epis- copal See. It will follow the Wash- ington and Greensboro plan and our hope and our prayers are that it will turn the minds and hearts of many of our colored people to the one true Faith, the pillar and the ground of truth,. Our Holy Mother+ the.Church.+ Where the Editors Will Meet A view of Grove Park Inn, Asheville, N. C., where the twentieth annual convention of the Catholic Press As- sociation is to be held on May 22, 23 and 24, next. (Inset) The Rt. Rev. William Joseph Hafey, Bishop of Raleigh, who will be host to the conventmn. (Asheville Phot Servic and Markiewicz, Baltimore) t, nrlsnan Reid" Christel ,a N. Carolina "Land ot Sk,," +. for many years, is not to be lightly dismissed." BELK- STEVENS Mrs. Frances Tiernan,Noted Novelist and Laetare Med- Mist, Received Into Church by Cardinal Gibbons Mrs. Frances Christine Tiernan," better known s Christian Reid, was a native of Salisbury, the author of over forty novels of the first rank, one Of which, "The Land of the Sky," immortalized Western North Carolina and was largely responsible for the development of the mountain country. Her war drama, "Under the Southern Cross," enshrined her name in the heart of the South. She was born in Salisbm-y in 1846, was re- ceived into the Catholic Church when quite young by Cardinal Gibbons, the Vicar-Apostolic of North Carolina, and was a fervent Catholic" through life until her death in 1920. rhe Salisbury Evening Post not long ago published a letter from Mrs. Lymann A. (Elizabeth Henderson) Cotton in reference to the place Christian Reid held in literature, and to her services to the state. Mrs. Cot- ton said in part: "Christian Reid is a name that I stands so far above that of any other woman in North Carolina in the realm of literary achievement that it is almost laughable to make a com- parison. Her first novel, "Valerie "Aylmer" (1870), was accepted by the first publisher to whom it was sub- mi/tted, D. Appleton and Co. It was an instant popular success and her talent and promise were warmly praised by the critics of the time. From the outset she worked in com- petition with the leading authors of the country; 'a fair field and no fa- vors.' Her national reputation came first; her state reputation was a corollary.' The sale of her books kept pace with the growing critical appreciation of her style. Her novels were frequently among the 'best sell- ers' of their day. In descriptive writ- ing he stands without a peer. Her words ring like music in one's ears. "One book alone gave to North Carolina a degree of fame that no other book or article ever written by a North Carolinian has brought to our state. That book is 'The Land of the Sky.' Until this charming ro- mance of "a summer's journey was w-rittlcn, our glorious, mountair stood there'in all their beauty lost im- prisoned, unknown, save to a hand- 1 of Carolinians. She, with the magic of her pen, opened the gate- way to the world. That inspired phrase. 'The Land of the Sky', was a stroke of genius and has been ccth, quSte literally, millions of dollars to North Carolina, "Several of her books were trans- lated into French and Italian and several of her stories appeared in for- eign magazines. "Not many years before her death she received the Laltare Medal, a coveted distinction in the literary i worl& Recently this medal was ea. I f-erred .on ASlws Repplier, +the tinguished American essayist. "Christian Raid also wrote an oc- casional exquisite poem. One of her poems, 'Regret,' should give her a permanent place in any authology of American poems. "In the world of creative literature Christian Reid won unquestioned reputation and unsought Europeen recognition. F. Marion Crawiord, Frances Hodgson Burnett and Thom- as Nelson Page are gently pitied now as romantic sentimentalists, but the i Carolina woman, who gallantly and I successfutly broke lances with them Compliments of Clinard Milling Co. 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