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- ,,.-t , k 'TWU THE BULLETIN ' OF : THE CATHOLIC L AYMEN'S ASSOCIATION OF GEOIGIA JIYNE 20 953 1 Bishop Joseph H, Hodges Ordains Two At Rites at Belmont Abbey Cathedral BELMONT, N. C.--Two monks of the Order of St. Benedict at Belmont, N. C, were ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, June 13. The Rev. Kevin C. Fahey, O. S. B., of Brooklyn, New York, and the Rev. Kenneth A. Geyer, O. S. ]8., of Lancaster, New York, were ordained by the Most Reverend Joseph H. Hodges, D.D., Auxiliary ]Bishop of Richmond, Va., in the ]3elmont Abbey Cathedral. Father Kevin, who is a gradu- ate of Belmont Abbey Prepara- tory School and St. Benedict's, College, Atchison, Kan., will cele- brate his first Solemn Mass in Holy Innocents' Church, Brooklyn New York on Sunday, June 21 at ].2:10 p. m. Father Kenneth, who is a graduate of St. Mary's High School; Lancaster, N. Y., and also of St. Benedict's College will offer his first Solemn Mass in St. Mary's Church, Lancaster, on Sunday, June 21, at 10 a. m. He has served as organist and director of the Schola Cantorum at Belmont Ab- bey since 1949. Most Catholics Don't Lift Finger To Win Convert" ST. PAUL Minn. -- (NC) "The overwhelming, majority of Catholic lay men and women have never lifted a finger to win a con- vert for Christ," a Catholic Di- gest survey has eoneluded. Protestants are more than twice as zealous as Catholics in seeking to win converts. Father John A. O'Brien of Notre Dame University stated in reporting the results of the nationwide survey. "The replies of Catholics . . . showed that 72 per cent had never even tried to get anyone to join the Church," he said. "In contrast to that feeble ef- fort, the replies of the Protestants showed that 59 per cent had def- initely tried. Of these 43 per cent ucceeded .... " The Catholic Digest said the survey showed that Catholics need to learn "effective techniques" at winning converts, as only 17 per cent of the 28 per cent who tried were successful as compared with 43 per cent of the Protestants. Among the Protestant denomi- nations, Baptists are the most ac- tive group in seeking new mem- bers the Digest survey showed. Catholics were eighth and last among the groups. Father O'Brien noted that the Catholic Church in the U. S. is "gaining but 120,000 converts a year when it should be winning 10 times as :many." "The greatest loss which the Church in America is suffering is that which results from the fail- Ure to harness the loyalty, devo- tion and potential missionary zeal of its ly members," Father O'Brien said. lather O'Brien stated that the laity is largely unaware of its duty to win onverts because, .engross. ed in. the pressing work of build- ing churches, schools, convents and rectories to keep up with ex- panding fiocks, the clergy have failed to make this duty clear." Other facts revealed by the sur- vey: The college graduate group has the highest efficiencT in win- ruing converts; farmers have the best record among occupational groups, 63 per cent trying to win converts; people in the upper in- come brackets ranked first in try- lag to win adherents and succeed- ing; regionally speaking, people in the South Atlantic section ot the U. S. (the "Bible Belt, have the best convert record  New England, the worst; Women are more zealous than men in convert making by five per cent; the older .a person is, the more he increases ]is efforts at convert making. Members of various faiths who tried to win converts are: Bap- tists, 67 per cent; other smaller Protestant denominations, 61 per cent; Presbyterians, 59 per cent; iethodists, 56 per cent; Episco- Italians, 53 per cent; Lutherans, 49 per cent;- Consregationalists, . 32 per cent; Catholics, 28 per cent. Members of various faiths who succeeded in winning converts are: Presbyterians, 52 per cent; Baptists, 50 per cent; Episcopalians, 45 per cent; other smaller Pro- testant denominations, 44 per cent: Methodist, 39 per tent; Lutherans, 28 per . cent; Congregationalists, 29 per tent; Catholics, 17 per cent. THE PALLOTTINE FATHERS " hae elected the youngest superior general in their history. Chosen at their general chapter in Rome was 41-year-old Father Wi ,MilCh o ler of Karlsruhe, Germany. Building Rate of Private Schools Faster Than Public WASHINGTON (NC)--Non-pub- lic school building in America is increasing at a far faster rate than public school construction, accord- ing to figures released by the De- partment of Commerce here. By the end of May the nation had spent $156,000,000 on new parochial and oher arivate schools and colleges. This was an increase of 17.3 per cent over the amount spent in the first five months of 1952. In May alone the estimated expenditure was $32,000,000, 23 per cent higher than the total for May, 1952. Public school construction he- tween the same five-month periods rose only 3.5 per cent. The total amounts spent, however, were much greater: $683,000,000 through May, 1953, compared to $660,000,- 000 for the same period last year. Church building by all denomi- nations has also risen sharply from REV. KEVIN C. FAHEY, O. S. B. last year, increasing by 14.9 per REV. KENNETH A. GEYER, O.S. W. O. Mangin, Jr., New Grand Knight In Savannah SAVANNAH, Ga.--William O. Mangin, Jr., has been elected to the post of Grand Knight of Sa- vannah Council No: 631, Knights of Clumbus. Other officers elected were Pe- ter J. Schuster, Deputy Grand Knight; John Kenney, chancellor; Mason Ingrain, warden; Nick Kern ny, advocate; Flerh Cliett, inside guard; Oscar Jansen and Julian Haltigan, outside guards; and John R. Caterisan, trustee for a three- year term. i John E. (Mike) Corcoran'was chairman of the nominating com. mittee. Pope Plus Calls For Devotion to Blessed Sacrament VATICAN-CITY, (Radio, NC)-- His Holiness Pope Plus XII de- clared that just as bread is for the nourishment of all--made only to sustain life--so the priest, "ac- cording to the Heart of Christ places no condition on his service is always beneficent, and gives of himself freely." In a brief address to Priest Adorers and members of the Nocturnal Adoration Society--who were among thousands to whom he gave audiences in the Hall of Benedictions -- the Holy Father said that this is the most sublime lesson of the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist under the fragile form of bread. 'hat which is good eminently for the priest is applied also to every Christian for charity is a universal, com- mandment which includes Within itself the whole law of the Sav- iour," the Pope continued. He recalled that in his encycli- cal "Mediator Dei," he had listed various forms of eucharistic wor- ship, "numbering among the most beautiful and most salutary the public adoration of the Blessed Sacrament practiced especially by sacerdotal associations, religious congregations and lay confraterni- ties." His Holiness also pointed to the 1950 Apostolic exhortation "Menti Nostrae," in which he had id that seminarians eould best acquire the virtues necessary if from their earliest years they would acquire sincere and tender devotion to Jesus "'truly, really and substanti- ally" ha the midst of us, ,and if they would make Him in the cent. Total new construction through- out the country rose less than six per cent over last year in the Jan- uary-May period. A part of the increase in these categories over last year can be explained by the removal of con- trols from building materials in the summer of 1952. Since that time it has been possible to buy building materials for school and church consrutction on the open market without priorities. There are also a number of other reasons ;for this year's increase, such as different weather conditions. De- partment of Commerce officials have pointed out. Construction of .new hospitals and other institutions, many of which had a high .priority fQr ma- terials under controls, shorted a decline from last year. Private hospital building in the first five months of 1952 dropped to $129,- 000,000 from $164,000,000 a year earlier, a decine of 21.3 per cent. Public hospital construction be- tween the same periods declined from $188,000,000 to $168,000,000, a drop of 10.6 per cent. Part of the decline in public hospital build- ing was explaided here by the de- crease in construction of new hos- pitals for veterans. Construction for social and recre- ational facilities also showed a rked increase over last year. ilding in this category rose to $56,000,000 in the first five of this year compared to $45,000,- 000 in the same period of 1952, an merease of 24.4 per cent. "Ours Is the Age Of Laymen Saints" States Archbishop SWAMPSCOTT, Mass. (NC)--"I am convinced that our generation is extremely productive of saints, more so doubtless than any other period of Christian history," Arch- bishop Richard J. Cushing of Bos- ton told the Massachusetts Catho- lic Order of Foresters in conven- tion here. "Our saints are found on every level of this generation's life especially among laymen," the Archbishop said, pointing to the Irish workman Matt Talbot and to m. unnamed "outstanding diplomat of the day, a layman whose name k a household word and whose personal holiness is almost com- pletely unknown, save to a few trusted friends." The diplomat practices peneten- tial austerities, extraordinary vigils of prayer and spends two weeks of each year in a monastery in central France, Archbishop Cush- ing said. "In a period of widely publicized abuse of office, here is a reminder of the continuing pow- er to sanctity of the Church . . ." "Christian heroism, heroic holi- ness, is the one and only solution to the problems of life," he told the assembled women delegates, giving special praise to the piety of mothers "'which Wrings from heaven itself the grace by which children are saved from perdi- tion." The Archbishop said it was his conviction that "this period of his- tory will see more sanctity among the laity than any other century has hitherto been privileged to witness. "Do not believe those who te|l ou that saints are becoming more and more rare . . Our's is the age of the saints, o saintly priests am] saintly nuns. but above all of lay- men and women seeking heroic sanctity." Blessed Sacrament the "end of all their aci0ns,, aspiration and sacrifices,,  ....... HULSEY'S "The Ready-to- Wear Store'" 107 South Bronsford Galnesvillee, Georgia THE BOOK SHOP STATIONARY OFFICE SUPPLIES -- GIFTS GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA VETERAN CAB CO. "We Get There First" RADIO DISPATCHED CABS Phones 110-111 /1 301 W. 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