Texas Gulf Coast Register (Corpus Christi, Tex.), Vol. 2, No. 43, Ed. 1 Friday, February 23, 1968 Page: 1 of 8
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Some ‘ Faith Gap’
A "major credibility gap” apparently
exists between the faith of today’s Catho-
lic college student and the beliefs of
preceding generations, an assistant pro-
fessor of theology reported here after a
poll of students at Manhattan college.
Father Bruce M. Ritter, O.F.M., Conv.,
said his poll of students at the Christian
Brothers college for men showed a "real,
deeply divisive” split between their faith
and moral convictions.
He circulated a 152-question survey
among the 3,500 students and got re-
sponses from nearly 3,000 — about 83
The answers showed most students
affirmed their belief in a personal
God, in the Trinity, in the Resurrec-
tion, and the "real presence,” he said.
But a majority said they do not consid-
er it wrong to marry outside the Church
and do not accept traditional Church
teachings on pre-marital intercourse, ar-
tificial contraception, abortion, and the
infallibility of the Pope.
Father Ritter pointed out, however, the
poll also indicated the young men do not
practice the moral liberation their
answers to some of the questions would
"We may perhaps take some comfort
— at least if we are parents anxious
about traditional moral values — in the
fact that while college generation at
Manhattan may feel free to affirm its
emancipation from the traditional sexual
morality it does not yet feel free to prac-
tice the new beliefs wholeheartedly,” he
At the same time, Father Ritter
said, this break between practice and
registered beliefs also indicates stu-
dent "religious and confusion blisters
out of a deep-seated, if reluctant, loy-
alty to the Church.”
Archbishop Thomas A. Connolly of Seattle (center) received the St. Mar-
tin de Porres award for his activities in behalf of racial minorities at the
annual banquet of the Catholic Interracial council of Seattle. Auxiliary
Bishop Harold R. Perry, S.V.D., of New Orleans, (right) was the principal
speaker at the banquet. The award is being presented by the Rev. D. Har-
vey McIntyre, CIC moderator. (NC Photo)
Archbishop Chides Mayor on Housing
Archbishop Thomas A. Connolly of
Seattle openly criticized Mayor J. D.
(Dorm) Braman for failing to appear at
the annual Seattle Catholic Interracial
The prelate made his stinging remarks
before 2,100 persons attending the ban-
The Archbishop implied that Seattle’s
mayor had chosen to absent himself from
the dinner because he was fearful his
attendance would be construed as favor-
ing open housing legislation for the city,
a campaign U> which the prelate is giving
"I would counsel our mayor not to
tremble in his boots,” Archbishop Connol-
ly said. "There is no reason for him to
remain away from this meeting on the
excuse that to attend might give the
impression he endorses open housing leg-
In support of civil rights the Archbish-
op called "on the clergymen of all faiths
to mobilize the citizens of our community
to the fact that thousands of their fellow
citizens are victims of grave injustices.”
Are Outlined for CYO
Laredo — The executive hoard of the
diocesan CYO met here last week to out-
line plans for youth programs in the
A threefold activity v 11 take place
here, on March 10, to culm inate the win-
ter program. Diocesan basketball and
volleyball Tournaments will be held at
St. Joseph’s Gym and Ursuline Gym, res-
pectively. Participants in these tourna-
ments will be the winners of the leagues
and tournaments that have been in pro-
gress in the four deaneries, during the
last few months.
On the same day, the first annual
diocesan oratorical contest will take place
at Our Lady of Guadalupe Auditorium.
The boy and girl winners of the four
deanery contests will compete in the
The Mardi Gras Ball association, spon-
sors of the annual ball to be held on Feb.
24, announces the theme for this year’s
ball, the Court of the Americas. The ball
helps to support a project for a youth
center to be built in the vicinity of Del
Mar college. Several lots have already
been acquired, a Chancery office spokes-
The Ball association, made up of a
Catholic laity, has presented the annual
fund raising event here. This year’s pa-
geant and dance, to be held on Saturday,
Feb. 24, at 8 p.m. at the Memorial colise-
um is a "Salute to the Hemisfair.” It is
under the patronage of the Most Rev.
Thomas J. Drury, Bishop of the Diocese
of Corpus Christi.
The day’s activities will close with a
"Youth’ Mess to be celebrated by Father
Raymond Pena, diocesan youth director.
It is expected that Bishop Thomas J.
Drury will visit the various activities
during the afternoon.
In other discussion, the board voted to
hold an art contest in April. Also planned
for April is a diocesan-wide fund raising
project. The executive board of the CYO
and the Youth Advisory Board of the
diocese will work together on this project.
Present at the meeting were Father
Raymond Pena, Elva Montoya, Norma
Paniagua and Charles Becker, all from
Corpus Christi, Homer Garda from Freer,
Delia Gonzaleg, from Falfurrias and
Michelle Guerrero and Tony Perez, both
BALL FEB. 24
The ball, a major social event in the
community, has raised over $28,500 to be
used for youth purposes, an association
spokesman said. The decision to join in
support of a center near Del Mar came
after the board met with the Bishop to
discuss how the funds could best be em-
"This project seeks to complement the
educational development of the high
school/college level student with a social,
cultural, and spiritual environment,” Mrs.
E. R. Cantwell, Jr., a board member,
said. "The idea is to provide a place
where not only meetings and social ac-
tivities can be held, but also would pro-
vide a small chapel readily available to
texas gulf coast
Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Corpus Christi
Friday, Feb. 23, 1968
VoL II No. 43
High Level Studies
'To the End' Certain
"Christopher College students are as-
sured that the high level of instruction
they have always received at the college
will be continued up to the minute the
last class is in session,” Mother Benedict
May, president of the college board of
trustees, said Sunday in an interview for
MOTHER BENEDICT was referring
to the recent announcement that the col-
lege will cease operations at the end of
the summer term in August, 1968. The
reasons are strictly financial.
"Because of inadequate financial sup-
port, it will be necessary to suspend at
the end of the summer,” the board chair-
man said in a letter to the students
"This decision was made by trustees after
a number of serious and weighty meet-
"Tuition from students generally pays
less than one-half the cost of their in-
struction — in any college,” Mother Ben-
edict explained. "In public institutions the
difference is made up from taxes; private
schools have supporting endowment
funds. Christopher college, of course,
lacks these resources; the added cost has
been borne by the Sisters of the Incar-
nate Word and Blessed Sacrament. We
have reached the point that the order can
no longer afford the drain on its fi-
FOUNDED IN 1957 as Mary Immacu-
late Training institute to provide at home
the first two years of college for religious
aspirants, it became Christopher college
and a coeducational junior college three
years ago by action of the governing
board, a group of lay and religious peo-
The college quickly was accredited by
the Texas Education agency and soon
attained correspondent status with the
Southern Association of Colleges, <hus
enabling Christophers to transfer to sen-
ior colleges and universities with full
"The college made giant strides under
the leadership of its president, Sister
Jeanne Francis Minner,” Mother Benedict
said. "Students go elsewhere with pride
in what they have accomplished here —
and it will continue so long as we have
Plans for a new campus on a 100-acre
tract granted by the Diocese of Corpus
Christi were well advanced, envisioning fa-
cilities for 750 students in the first phase of
SISTERS OF THE Incarnate Word are
a self-supporting, teaching order. They oper-
ate two high schools. Incarnate Word acade-
my in Corpus Christi and Villa Maria in
Brownsville, a Montessori school and ele-
mentary schools, and also teach in nu-
merous parish schools in the Dioceses of
Corpus Christi and Brownsville. For more
than 100 years the order has been the pri-
mary source of teachers in Catholic second-
ary and elementary schools in South Texas.
"The order bears the expense of ad-
vanced college training for the teaching
nuns — to help make them the good
teachers they are,” Mother Benedict add-
ed. "Also, a big factor in college expense
is salaries for lay professors. We never
deemed it desirable to have an all-reli-
gious faculty, and we have employed lay
instructors of high caliber — who must
be paid in keeping with their abilities.
The Sisters, of course, contribute their
Mother Benedict said that the order’s
high schools will welcome the services of
Sisters now teaching at Christopher. She
also indicated that Mary McGloin hall,
now housing Christopher, will probably
be used for the elementary school.
A Message From the Bishop
Concerning Seminary Burses
Accompanying this message is a report
of the Seminary Burses of the Diocese.
You will notice that, as of this date, 22
Seminarian Burses have been established.
These burses were originally set for $8,-
000 each, or a total of $176,000. Of the
22, nine are complete, amounting to
$72,000; thirteen are incomplete with
funds in them amounting to $44,696.82.
To complete these thirteen burses, $59,-
303.18 is needed.
Amounts donated to the incompleted
burses will be reflected in the Texas
Gulf Coast Register from time to time.
These amounts are deposited in a sav-
ings accour.c in a Corpus Christi bank.
The original amount in each burse is left
untouched; only the interest is used for
the support of our seminarians.
New burses begun after Dec. 1, 1967,
will be $10,000. This-new amount was
set in order to compensate for the higher
costs of seminary education.
In addition to the expense of operating
our own Corpus Christi Minor seminary,
we also must help in the education of our
young men who are studying for the
Diocese in Major Seminaries. At the pres-
ent time, we have seminarians at the
Assumption seminary in San Antonio,
Holy Trinity seminary in Dallas, and St.
Mary’s seminary in Houston. We also
have young men studying at the follow-
ing seminaries in Ireland: All Hallow’s,
St. Patrick’s college, Mount Melleray col-
lege, St. Peter’s college, and St. Kienan’s.
I ask our people and our Catholic or-
ganizations throughout the diocese to
help complete tfe present burses and also
establish new ones. All donations, large
or small, will be used for a most neces-
sary and deserving cause: The education
of our future priests. You will be lending
a hand to help young men ascend God’s
altar, and take their places as dispensers
of God’s graces in the parishes of pur
With every good wish, I am
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Rev. Thomas J. Drury, D.D.,LL.D.
Bishop of Corpus Christi
Diocese of Corpus Christi
Name of Burse
In Memory of
Cure of Ars
Agatha & Frederick Boerner
Immaculate Heart of Mary
Deceased Bishops, Priests, CCD
St. Margaret Mary
Margaret O’Brien Gallagher
St. John Bosco
C. Y. O.
Deceased Sisters of CCD
Msgr. C. R. Mullen
Rev. F. J. DeRoche, O.M.I.
O. L. of Guadalupe
Bishop M. S. Garriga
O. L. of Perpetual Help
Mrs. Nora Drury Evers
O. L. of Sacred Heart
O. L. of Sacred Heart
O. L. of Refuge
O. L. of Refuge
O. L. of Refuge
James R. Dougherty
St. Anthony of Padua
Pope John XXIII
Rachel Dougherty Vaughn
Burse Donations Should Be Sent To:
Rt. Rev. Msgr. Alvin J. Tengler
Diocesan Director of Vocations
Corpus Christi Minor Seminary
Route 1, Box 500
Corpus Christi, Texas 78415
Mrs. W. L. De Roche
Diocesan Burse Chairman
Box, 3297, Phone 883-4533
Corpus Christi, Texas 78404
Loywomen's Retreat Group
To Hold Annual Event at
Incarnate Word Convent
Corpus Christi — The Laywomen’s
Retreat association of the diocese has set
the date for the annual Lenten retreat.
It will be held Friday through Sunday,
March 15-17, at Incarnate Word convent.
The Rev. Robert Ullrich, pastor of Our
Lady of Mount Carmel parish in Port-
land, will be the retreatmaster. He is
moderator of the retreat association.
An election of officers, which is held
every three years, will take place Sunday
afternoon, March 17.
Feb. 23-24 — Laredo: Attend Wash-
ington’s Birthday Celebration.
Feb. 24 — Corpus Christi Coliseum:
Attend Mardi Gras Program.
Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m. — Attend Fifth
Annual Banquet of Knights of Columbus
Council 1202, Corpus Christi.
Feb. 27 - Attend Closing of Forty
Hours, Holy Family Church, Taft.
March 2, 10:00 a.m. — Attend Board
Meeting of DCCW, Chancery Office-Con-
March 3 — Attend ceremonies of the
Aihambra in Houston.
March 4. 9:30 a.m. — Attend DCCW
Corpus Christi Deanery meeting, St. Pius
X Parish. Corpus Christi — 7:30 p.m. —
Corpus Christi Minor Seminary: Confer
March 5, 3:00 p.m. — St. Joseph’s
Church. Beeville: Attend DCCW Refugio
March 6 — Attend DCCW Alice De-
anery Meeting, St. John of the Cross
Church, Orange Grove.
March 7 - Attend DCCW Laredo
March 10, 11:00 a.m. - St Peter’s
Church, Laredo: Celebrant, Mass for
Boy Scout Sunday; Presentation of Ad
Altare Dei Awards, Laredo Deanery -
3:30 p.m. - Laredo: Bless new building,
Sacred Heart Children’s Home.
March 11, 10:00 a.m. - Austin: At-
tend meeting of Texas Catholic Confer-
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