Black Catholic History Month seeks to promote cultural awareness at Notre Dame

first_imgDuring the month of November, American Catholics will observe Black Catholic History Month. Notre Dame will also participate in this commemoration. Deacon Mel Tardy, who is a member of the committee planning the events at Notre Dame, said the event was established by the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus, which is a gathering of African American priests, deacons, bishops and seminarians, because many individuals felt like the experience of African American Catholics was being overlooked.“The Clergy Caucus selected November as Black Catholic History Month because the stories of African American Catholics were not being told and how the Church relates to African Americans in particular was not being addressed,” he said. “They felt that some attention to the history would be good.”At Notre Dame, the month will be celebrated in a variety of ways, including Masses, a panel discussion titled “Is Black Lives Matter a Pro-Life Issue?” and a closing ceremony with Bishop Fernand Cheri of New Orleans. The kickoff event for the month was a Mass this past Sunday in Dunne Hall. The goal of these events is to educate Notre Dame students, faculty and staff about African American Catholicism.Eric Styles, the rector of Carroll Hall and member of the organizing committee, said he hopes the month will dispel stereotypes of what it means to be Catholic in the United States.“A lot of assumptions are made about what Catholicism is and that usually translates in the United States to being white American and that’s not always the case,” he said. “So, [a goal is] making students more aware of that, making faculty and staff more aware of that and celebrating the diversity that is already in the Catholic Church.”Tardy spoke of his desire for the month to demonstrate the unique aspects of African American Catholicism.“I would like to see that more people would be aware of Black Catholic History Month and why it’s significant, that people would understand that there are some unique gifts and forms of expressions that come out of the African American experience that are viable for the Catholic liturgy and for Catholic religious thought and imagination,” he said.The goal of these events throughout the month is to open a dialogue for further change at the University level. Organizers said they hope this dialogue will take root in classes being taught about African American Catholic theology and influence how community members view certain social justice issues that affect African Americans and in creating an inclusive community within the liturgy at Notre Dame for more than just November.Becky Ruvalcaba, Campus Ministry’s assistant director of multicultural ministries and chair of the committee that planned the events of Black Catholic History month at Notre Dame, said in an email her goal for the month is to present a genuine view of the Catholic Church.“We desire that the celebration not just be for a month. That as we grow in love and understanding of the world church in and through the Black Catholic community; that we, as part of that universal church, come to represent it here at the University of Notre Dame authentically in our liturgical celebrations, in social teaching, and in Christian living,” she said. “In the end, my vision is to work and live in a truly authentic representation of God’s Church: where all of his children … stand hand in hand worshiping and praying as one.”Tags: African American community, Black Catholic History Month, Campus Ministry, Catholicism, Diversitylast_img read more

Senator Stabenow Visits Alpena & East Tawas

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Yesterday the cities of Alpena and East Tawas got a special visit.U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow was in town. Senator Stabenow toured small business operations as part of her statewide local small business tour. She first met with business owners and employees in East Tawas at Branham’s Jewelry and Tawas Tools.Afterwards she headed north to Alpena, stopping at Stoney Acres Winery and Omni Metalcraft. Senator Stabenow has visited over 80 small businesses across the state as a part of her small business tour.According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, Michigan’s small businesses employed over half or 1.8 million of the state’s private work force in 2012.After hearing about the need for skilled workers and continued partnerships, Stabenow is now working to change tax laws so that incentives will be given to companies to remain stateside. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious ‘Outstanding Older Citizen of the Year’ Goes to Mr. Jim MottNext Alpena Recognizes World MS Daylast_img read more

Rohit Sharma reveals the mantra to his successful batting

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFPAdvertisement 1m5NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs79udirWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eopx( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1yWould you ever consider trying this?😱vsa2Can your students do this? 🌚1pqngz0Roller skating! Powered by Firework From being a mediocre middle order batsman to becoming Team India’s primary choice for opening in Test cricket- it is no doubt that when Rohit Sharma is in form, stunning knocks will follow. The heavy hitter ended the year of 2019 as the cricketer with the most runs scored in ODI. Along with success in limited overs cricket, he has established as a brilliant Test player. Now, Rohit talks about the very thing that helped him to achieve success- keeping a cool head.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFPIn a recent interview, the 32 year old credited being an opener in the red ball cricket worked as a catalyst as he improved his game.The big positive was opening the batting in Test cricket. I was not worried about scoring runs, only about getting that opportunity. And whatever happens with that opportunity, I wanted to take that in a positive way and stay in the right frame of mind.” Rohit told reporters.Advertisement Despite facing an exit in the semi finals in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, Rohit had an amazing spell in the tournament, scoring an astonishing five centuries from 10 matches, and was the highest run getter with 648 runs. The most important out of the five was obviously the one against Pakistan- a swashbuckling 140 off 133.The Mumbai Indians skipper memorized the match from Old Trafford: “I know it is a World Cup game, a game against Pakistan, a high pressure game and all that. But for me nothing changes, every game remains the same—whether I play the top team or the lower, bottom team.”Advertisement “I try and stay calm against all opposition. It helps me make good decisions. It allows me to perform, do what I want to do.” he added.Opening up for the Men in Blues in the Test series against the Proteas back in October, Rohit scored over 500 runs in the series, including a blistering double century in the third test. And as the man himself says again, all of this came out of being level headed on the 22 yards.Rohit continued- “If you are cool, calm and composed, the performance will come. That is what I was trying to do before the South Africa Test series and it helped me a great deal. Staying that way helps me. I try and do that every time.”Also read-Rohit Sharma reveals Test success followed after he stopped overthinking his red ball battingRohit Sharma: New Zealand series will be ‘different’ because of the bowling attack we have now! Advertisementlast_img read more