Chaplain’s Report:

August, 2021

Chaplain Report: (Dcn. Avery) – Dcn. Dale talked about the impressive life of
St. Edith Stein who was a positive model of faith, optimism, and trust in God to get
through life’s problems. He encouraged all to remain positive and hopeful as well as
encouraging others to maintain a hope-Pilled attitude.
Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)Virgin and Martyr Edith Stein, born in 1891 in
Breslau, Poland, was the youngest child of a large Jewish family. She was an outstanding student and
was well versed in philosophy with a particular interest in phenomenology. Eventually she became
interested in the Catholic Faith, and in 1922, she was baptized at the Cathedral Church in Cologne,
Germany. Eleven years later Edith entered the Cologne Carmel. Because of the ramification’s of politics
in Germany, Edith, whose name in religion was Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, was sent to the Carmel (Carmelite Convent)
at Echt, Holland. When the Nazis conquered Holland, Teresa was arrested, and, with her sister Rose,
was sent to the concentration camp at Auschwitz. Teresa died in the gas chambers of Auschwitz in
1942 at the age of Pifty-one. In 1987, she was beatiPied in the large outdoor soccer stadium in Cologne
by Pope John Paul II. Out of the unspeakable human suffering caused by the Nazis in western Europe
in the 1930’s and 1940’s, there blossomed the beautiful life of dedication, consecration, prayer,
fasting, and penance of Saint Teresa. Even though her life was snuffed out by the satanic evil of
genocide, her memory stands as a light undimmed in the midst of evil, darkness, and suffering. She
was canonized on October 11, 1998.

Nov. 2020

Dcn. Dale Avery expressed the real value of both
Rachel’s Vineyard and Life Connection, on who’s Board he serves. He
commended both the nature of their cause and the level of impact that they
are having on individuals within our community. He also encouraged our
council’s continued support for “PRO-LIFE” efforts!

Sept, 2020

Dcn. Dale Avery exhorted our members to
consider making our Home, our family more of a “Domestic Church” where
parents and family members impress the presence, importance and the
meaning of God in the lives of their children. He assured the membership
that where God is honored in the home and children are led to pray and
attend church and the sacraments, those children grow up to be solid in
their faith.