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8A OUR SUNDAY VISITOR The Observer Edition January 6, 195 Convert Campaign Notre Dame, Ind. --(NC)-- "The most systematic, far-reaching and carefully organized campaign to win converts ever launched in America is under way in the Dio- cese of San Diego under the direc- tion of Bishop Charles F. Buddy." This statement was made by the l~ev. Dr. John A. O'Brien, profes- sor at the University of Notre Dame, who just returned here after a month of strenuous lecturing in all parts of the diocese in an effort to spearhead the crusade for souls. Father O'Brien has had extensive experience in convert work and has published three books on the sub- ject. He was granted a month's leave of absence by the university to assist Bishop Buddy in organ- izing the campaign for souls. To assist lay workers in recruiting prospects he penned a special pamphlet, "Winning Your Friend For Christ," published by Our Sun- day Visitor Press, "For the first time in America," Father O'Brien said, "The effort is being made to enlist every Catholic man and woman in every parish in the entire diocese to win each year at least one soul for Christ. The re- sponse of the laity to the appeals of their pastors has been mag- nificent. "Thousands of lay workers are calling at all the homes, extending TOM HARMER Varsity ATHLETIC EQUIPMENT Specializing In Athletic Uniforms Award Sweaters and Jackets Special School-Team Prices 129 N. MAIN TEL. 5-2468 ROCKFORD Churches---Clubs---Societies and Organizations For your Bazaars---Booths---Festivals and Game Prizes Hove a wide selection of character dolls, plush toys, lamps, clocks, dishes and novelties, etc. Wholesale and on Consignment to Clubs and Organizations. Call or write RlVlAN SALES 123 W, Exchange Sycamore, IlL Open Monday & Wednesday nights or oy appointment. Will ship merchandise if requested THAT ~ GASOLINE GOOD SMITH OIL SERVICE Smith Oil & Refining Co. and Associate Dealers AR-KI-TECK oc cote Interior finishes Exterior Coatings Industrial and Mainten- ance coatings "Rot-Stops" rot in wood or canvas SCIENTIFICALLY AND CAREFULLY FORMULATED BY Rockford Paint Manufacturing Co. ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS a gracious invitation to churchless friends and neighbors to attend In- formation Forums where the truths of the Catholic Faith are explained in a kind and friendly manner and the divine foundation of the Cath- olic Church is made clear." Already several hundred inquir- ers have been enrolled in such for- ums and the prospects for an abundant harvest of souls is most promising, he said. The crusade for souls was pre- ceded by a month of intensive and fervent prayer in all the parishes as well as in all the religious houses and institutions in the diocese. At the end of every Mass public prayers are recited in honor of the Holy Spirit, asking that light may be granted all inquirers to guide them safely into the Church found- ed by Christ. The campaign has resulted in establishment of an Information Forum in every parish to accom- modate the large numbers of in- quirers. In addition, individuals unable to attend such forums are being instructed privately. Great numbers of churchless pea- ple expressed both surprise and delight upon seeing Catholics show such deep solicitude to share with them the precious treasure of their holy Catholic Faith. A considerable number of non-Catholics stated that they needed only this warm and friendly invitation to give them the courage to take a long- contemplated step. One of the fruits of the cam- paign is the return of many lapsed Catholics who just needed a friend- ly call to help them in reviving their faith and in returning to its fervent practice. Father O'Brien wrote a special pamphlet, "Come Back Home," which lay workers placed in the hands of each fallen- away. Great encouragement was given to the thousands of workers in the campaign by a cablegram from His Eminence Giuseppe Cardinal Piz- zardo, secretary of the Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office, conveying the special bless- ing of the Holy Father upon all participating in the campaign. His Holiness Pope Plus XII expressed his earnest hope that the crusade will yield an abundant harvest of souls and se a pattern that will be widely followed. Catholic Chaplains From Washington Visit Korea Area Headquarters, Eighth Army, Ko- rea --(NC)-- The Rev. (Lt. Col.') Joseph S. Chmielewski of Camden, N. J., accompanied Chaplain (Major Gen.) Roy H. Parker, Chief of Chaplains, who has just cam- pleted a visit to U. S. Army chap- lains in Korea. Father Chmielewski is personnel chaplain in the chief of chaplains' office in Washington. Chaplain (Col.) Edwin L. Kirtley, plans, training and supply chaplain in the Washington office, also ac- companied Chaplain Parker from the U. S. The Rev. (Col.) John T. Kilcoyne of San Francisco archdiocese Eight Army chaplain, and Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Frederick Morse, assist- ant, met the group on their arrival and went with them to meet chap- lains in the %hree corps headquar- ters and in Pusan. "We came to visit and observe chaplain activities and to find out in what respects the chief of chap- lairs' office can best serve and as- sist the chaplains in the field," Father Chmielewski told the N.C.- W.C. News Service correspondent. "I was not surprised to hear Gen- eral Van Fleet say: 'The chaplains are doing a superb job,'" said Chaplain Parker. "Everything else I have* heard and witnessed bears this out. I have been thrilled to learn of the soldiers' generosity, as shown by their contributions to orphanages." General James A. Van Fleet is Eight Army command- er. By HUGH DEVINE / 'WATCH THIS- I BEND DOWN FOR MY HAT AND EVERYONE GENUFLECT5/" Homes Completed For Germans In Austria New York --(NC)-- The first six homes of a project designed to house members of the Volksdeut- sche (ethnic Germans) in Austria have been completed, it was re- vealed in a message received here from Dr. Henri Am|el, War Relief Services--National Catholic Wel- fare Conference delegate in that country. "Our agency," Dr. Am|el reports, "provided all the funds necessary for the actual erection of these homes. The ground, located in the little town of Heiligenkreuz, was a gift of the Cistercian monastery located there. "The ground and homes were dedicated by His Eminence Theo- dor. Cardinal Innitzer, Archbishop of Vienna, at colorful ceremonies in the early fall." Also in attend- ance were Archbishops Giovanni Dellepiani, Apostolic Delegate to Austria, Abbot Weinbacher of the Monastery and many members of the clergy and laity." Noting that the town of He|l- igenkreuz is in the Russian Zone, Dr. Am|el states he was not per- mitted by the authorities to attend the dedication. "We do not term this a housing project," he writes, "but rather a resettlement and rehabilitation project. The families worked in the fields during the harvest period and are now working in Muenchen- dorf in various capacities. They are now entirely self-supporting." Other houses will shortly be erected in Patzmannsdorf, Zwing- endorf, Breitensee and Totzenbach, the Doctor concluded. German President Honors Priest Frankfurt --(NC)-- The Feder- al President of the West German Republic, Theodor Heuss, bestow- ed the Grand Cross of the Order of Distinguished Service, Ger- many's highest decoration, upon the Rev. Karl Adam, noted theol- I ogian. Father Adam, who recently ob- served his 75th birthday, is a former faculty member of Tue- binge| University and now retired. A number of his books have been translated into English, the best known being "The Son of God." ROCKFORD -- Anthony Brazis, 79, 828 Lincoln avenue, SS. Peter & Paul parish, Dec. 29. Edward M. Fox, 48, 1332 Camp avenue, St. Peter's parish, Dec. 24. James Michael Dixon, 49, 412 Miriam avenue, St. Patrick's parish, Dec. 27. Mrs. Sarah Jane Gibbs, 76, 1247 Green- wood avenue., St. James Pro-Cathedral parish, Dec. 24. Theodore Konetskl, 74, 1024 W. State street, St. Stanislaus Kostka parish, Dee. 23. Mrs. Frances Larson Scandroli, 56, St. James Pro-Cathedral parish, Dec. 24. AURORA -- Nicholas Lorenz, 52, An- 217 South 5th street, St. Mary's parish, Dec. 23. ELGIN -- Mrs. Janette Wampack Wolfe, 78, 225 National street, St. Mary's parish, Dec. 23. FREEPORT -- Albert Francis Lichten- berger, 85, 812 South Carroll avenue, St. Mary's parish, Dec. 29.' William A. Oberem, 64, St. Joseph's parish, Dec. 28. Mrs. Rose We|pert, 67, 117 North WaN 'Orphans Have Bachelor Father Every Sunday New Orleans --(NC)-- There's a bachelor druggist in this town who spends every Sunday -- his only free day during the week-- playing father to 109 youngsters. He's been doing it for a year now and is tickled pink that he took on the role. His name is Gil- bert DeGruy. During the 1950 Christ|ms sea- son he was told that few men visit Madonna Manor, an orphanage; that the boys had some facilities for sports, but no one to instruct them how to play. That gave Mr. DeGruy the idea. The very next Sunday he packed up all the candy and toys in his drug store and drove across the river to Madonna Manor. Needless to say he was a welcome visitor. He took on the job of athletic di- rector. Each Sunday he went back to take part in sports. Mr. DeGruy said: "And more important, they need a man to explain the games and teach them how to play." Box- ing is the bachelor-father's favor- ite sport. He used to handle the CYO team at Mater Dolorosa par- ish. Many of Mr. DeGruy's customers have heard of his role at the or- phanage and bring toys and games to his s~ore for his "boys." Mr. DeGruy says that the visits to the orphanage have filled a great void in his life. FOREST HILLS Monument Company MONUMENTS--MARKERS MAUSOLEUMS R. C. 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CHARLES -- John J. MacDonald. 49, I I "ALWAYS A GOOD SHOW" | 311 Park avenue, St. Patrick's parish J| . i Dec. 25. TAMaPICO --- Mrs. Elizabeth Moll "96 JJ STATE and CAPITAL J St. ary's parish, Dee. ~2. ' 'Jl ~nn nnmn a q,,~ II WARREN --- Mrs. Charles Wand, 86,11 n rll~AI Kr.~ I St. Ann's parish, Dee. 28. IN l WOODSTOCK -- Mrs. Sarah Gillis Wal- J | CHARLES HOUSE IHTERPRISES, IH, | genbach, 64, St. Mary's parish, Dec. 25. j| .................... | "'It is a holy and wholesome thought J~ to pray for the dead." REQUIESCANT IN PACE The Rev. Anthony Buetter died Javl. 7. 1914 and is buried in St. Boniface cem- etery, Chicago, Ill. The Rev. Thomas Smith died Jan. 8, 1939 and is buried in Mullahoran, Ireland. The Rev. Casper J. Huth died Jan. 9, 1913 at Hampshire, Ill. and is buried in St. Joseph cemetery, Freeport, Ill. The Rt. Rev. Msgr. James J. Bennett died Jan. 12, 1922 at Aurora, Ill. and is buried in St. Mary's cemetery, Sterling, 111. 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