Sunday, November 30, 2008

Leo the Virgo

I made my nephew Leo a lion pillow on Friday for his baptism on Saturday.

He looks so sad... Poor Leo with the cute pillow.

Monday, November 24, 2008


Creighton at the SOA

Creighton students, faculty, staff and Jesuits stand near the front of the memorial procession at the Gates of Ft. Benning, Ga. Each carried a cross with the name of someone killed by a graduate of School of the Americas, now called Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation.

The Rev. Paul Coelho, S.J. holds a cross saying "presente" to the names of those killed.

The Rev. Roc O'Connor, S.J. places his cross in the fence of Ft. Benning, where the SOA/WHINSEC is located. Over 20,000 people participated in the procession.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Fr. Roy Bourgeois: "I can not recant"

Fr. Roy Bourgeois stands with Dennis Kusinich at last year's march to the gates of Ft. Benning.

The Vatican has informed a Roman Catholic priest in the United States that he will be excommunicated next week for participating in a ceremony it considers illicit and invalid: the ordination of a woman as a priest.

The priest, the Rev. Roy Bourgeois, 69, has been a member of the Maryknoll religious order for 36 years. He said he was anguished at the thought of excommunication, but could not disavow his actions. (read the full NY Times story here)

Thousands gather to remember those killed by graduates of the School of the Americas, renamed WHINSEC, this year. Fr. Roy Bourgeois, the founder of SOA Watch, addressed the crowd to talk about why he started the protest, but he could not avoid addressing what was on everyone's minds: his excommunication from the church.

"Over the years you have heard me speak of injustice in in Latin America, and injustice in this war in Iraq, but now I must talk about the injustice in our church," he said to a silent audience.

"The exclusion of women in our church is a great injustice," he said. "I was told that by tonight I must recant my belief in women's ordiation in public, or face excommunication. After much prayer and descernment, I have decided that I can not recant."

With those words, Bourgeois left the stage. The crowd burst into applause and tears for his decision.

Ignatian Family Teach-In kicks of the weekend SOA/WHINSEC protest

I am blogging for the Creightonian this weekend, but can't get it to post through our server, so I'm posting it here for now.

Maria Theresa Gaston, director of Creighton Center for Service and Justice, spoke to the crowd of students, faculty and staff form universities around the country Friday night at the annual Ignatian Family Teach-In. She focused her dialogs on what the 35th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus, highligting what it meant to this group of social and poltical activists.

"We travel in the path taken by Ignatius, to find divine life at the depths of reality. Ou mode of proceeding is to trace the footprints of God everywhere," she quoted from GC35.

From this cogregation, she said all Jesuit educated people, who their lives for others are called have four main vocations in life:

1. Be a healer.
:The planet needs healing and it is going to take all of us," she said. She quoted the GC35 when saying "POisoned water, polluted air, massive deforestaton, deposits of atomic and toxic waste are causing death and untold suffering, particularly to the poor."

2. Be a geographer.
"We need to actually study the world, and get ourselves out there through immersion trips and service and justice work of all kinds," she said. "This requires us all to be social analysts and to learn the issues and challenges."

3. Be an excersize scientist.
By this point in our Creighton education, we are all farmiliar with the Igantian excersizes.
"we have marvelous facilites on all of our campuses, trainers and coaches, Jesuits as well as lay men and women who acn share the movements of the Spiritual Excersizes of St. Ignatius. They're for all of us, no matter what body type."

4. Be a community organizer.
"The social reality of our world, the desire of God for our well-being, the stirrings of our hearts and rallying of our gifts will call many of us into leadership. We, who have been educated by the Jesuits havebeen entrusted with a ton. We are called to serve in a way to cooperae with God and empower others."

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


It may actually be spelled Goku, but who cares??? For anyone who is reading this who isn't Abby, let me explain. Gocu is a fake word that Abby invented and taught to Baby June, my little niece (pictured left). The word has become part of her vernacular, which is amazing... I've also been told it's the name o a Pokemon or something? Can someone verify that for me?

Below is an ad that ran in the Creightonian.

Take a closer look to the coupon on the ad:


In other news, my site will be "under construction" for a few weeks. I'm redesigning it for my Web design class.