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FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 1961 Jl he Society for the Propagation of the Faith Diotesan Director: THE RT. REV. MSGR. THOMAS S. GREEN, 507 Avenue B Sterling, Illinois, Telephone (MAin 5-0640). t A MISSIONARY BISHOP STARTS ANEW Not long ago the Most Reverend Gabriel Cham- pagne W. F Bishop of Tam l, Ghana, had a flock of more than 40,000 baptized Catholics and an equal number of Catechumens. Today His Excellency, still Bishop of Tamale, has only 2,713 baptized Catholics and 1,068 aspirants for Baptism under his pastoral care. The difference is happily not explained by de- fections or tosses but rather by changes in boundar- ies. "To have a correct idea of the present Diocese of Tamale." Bishop Champagne said, "it is neces- sary to know a little about the history of the mis- sionary activity in the whole of Northern Ghana." Raised to Rank of Diocese At the beginning of this century the northern part of present Ghana was part of the Vicariate of French Sudan. A first division of that Vicariate took place in 1907 when the Gold Coast Mission was established and by 1926 that part of the ter- ritory of the Vicariate of French Sudan that was in British territory (all of Northern Ghana) was erected as the Prefecture of Navrongo. The Pre- fecture was raised to the rank of Vicariate in 1934. ]n 1950, when the Hierachy was erected in Ghana the Vicariate Apostolic of Navrongo was raised to the rank of a diocese with the Diocese of Tamale as its name, since Tamale was the administrative cen- ter of th e northern part of the country. The Diocese of Tamale was divided in 1956 into the Dioceses of Tamale and Navrongo, and the Diocese of Tamale vas subdivided in 1959 when the Diocese of Wa was erected. After the last division Bishop Cham- pagne found himself with what amounts to a new mission as the missionary fields that had been most fruitful in converts and missionary undertakings were in the territories that are now the Dioceses of Navro go and Wa. Churches Are Temporary Buildings There is not a single real church edifice in the territory that is now the Diocese of Tamale, even the Tamale Cathedral is but a school building that was converted into a Church. In other missionary stations, temporary buildings that will later be as- sembly halls have been thrown up to serve as churches. The Diocese of Tamale, however, has the Major Seminary which serves three Dioceses of Tamale, Navrongo, and Wa. It also has a minor seminary which serves at the same time as a sec- ondary school for boys who are not preparing for the priesthood. The diocese has five primary schools (six years), two middle schools (four years), and a secondary school that does five years up to Lower Cambridge. The mission stations and the sqminaries of the diocese have annexed dis- pensaries and six mobile clinics of the mission cover six areas of the territory regularly. Only Twenty Priests Priests in Tamale Diocese are eighteen White Fathers. a Divine Word missionary and an African priest who is on loan to the Diocese of Tamale from the Diocese of Wa. Seven Sisters and two Brothers are also engaged in missionary work in Tamale at present. The present population of Tamale DioceSe is about 391,000. Many languages are spoken in the territory; the chief ones being Dagbane, Gonja and Konkomba. All the tribes of Ghana and many of former French West Africa and Nigeria are repre- sented in Tamale. There are children of twenty- four tribes in the Primary Schools. The people are open to and desirous of improvement and better communications will surely .bring this about quite Bishop Champagne remarked with favor that L'eligious instruction is part of the syllabus of all primary and middle schools, thanks to the con- viction of the authorities that religion is essential to a high order of morality. I II I II II The Society for the Propagation of the Faith 507 Avenue B Sterling, Illinois I am enclosing my personal gift of $ for the support of Catholic Missions throughout the world. Name Address ' ' City ' THE OBSERVER THOMAS MORE ADULT EDUCATION CENTER ADVISORY BOARD~-Seated: Mr. and Mrs. Louis Marrone. Standing, left to right: J. Robert Murphy, Richard Reuland, Sofia Leon and Donald Musich. THOMAS MORE ADULT EDUCATION CENTER FACULTY--Members of the faculty of the new Thomas More Adult Education Center, at italy Cross Junior high school, Batavia, are pictured here with advisors. Seated, left to right: the Rcv. Sylvester Eye, pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel parish, Aurora. and the Rt. Rev. Msgr. William J. Donavan. pastor of Holy Cross par- ish. Batavia. advisors: the Rev. Sergius Wroblcwski. O.F.M : the Rev. Thomas Greene. O.S.B instructors. Standing, left to right: Magnus J. Song, the Rev. Martin Jeneo, O.S.M and John Darcy, instructors. FEATURE ARTICLE Struggle SAN FRANCiSCO--Holland-born Father Anthony Putman, 33, has eaten cobra steak, picked giant leeches off his legs, and hiked miles, unarmed and alone, through the deep jungles of British North Borneo. The Mill Hill missioner from the "land of wild men' where women are the leaders said it's safer there than walking after Requiescant dark through the parks of sOmeu. S. cities. "That is, if you steer clear of the rivers during the rainy sea- son," he added. "A man can AURORA--Mrs. Margaret Brennan, 97, get drowned trying to cross one St. Mary parish, Jan. 11. William A. Cheli, Holy Angels parish, of our torrents. Communications Jan. ~6. I come to a standstill when the Albert Retterer, 75, St. Nicholas parish, j Jan. 17. -! riversflood." Alfred N. Wittry, 55, St. Mary parish,l One Of 40 Jan. 16. Maurice F. Egan, 69, St. Mary parlsh, l Father Putman is on his way Jan. 16. ELOIN--Mrs. Anna Schuh, 81, St. Lau- rence perish, Jan, 12. GALENA--Mrs. Emma C. Menwsen, 65, St. Mary parish, Jan, 1B, HARVARD--Miss Agnes Gredy, 84, St. Joseph parish, Jan. 12. McHENRY -- Mrs. Janice Reinboldt Oker, 22, St. Patrick parish, Jan. 17. ROCKFORD--Mrs. Maria Busceml, 75, St. Anthony perish, Jan. 17. Carlo Caluschi, 59, St. Anthony parish, =Ion. 13. Timothy C. Messersmith, 2, St. Berna- dette parish, Jan, 14, Joseph Pirrello, 45, ,St. Bernadette apr- ish, Jan. 16. STERLING--Mrs. Margaret Kraft, 73, Sacred Heart parish, Jan. 1O. WONDER LAKE--Thomas R. Burns, 71, St. Sabina parish (Chicago), Jan. 16. WOODSTOCK--Mrs. Frances Trainer 40, St. Mary parish, Jan. 11. What Vitoria is doing is setting aside the weak points to pro- pose rather more solid founda- tions in defense of justice and order. He sees these principles as valid ior Christians to defend at all costs: a. The right of communication among all peoples. Castro and his men are executing a diaboli- cal conspiracy to cut off Cuba entirely from "the Western world, including intellectual commerce and religious com- munication in order to engulf the nation into a new curtain, the Sugar Cane curtain. b. The right to establish and maintain a natural society for the guarantee of human rights and the proper discharge of human duties. The Cuban police state of today has killed all chances of such society. c. The right to expound and Here's More About defend a free man's convictions f,t -I " e l until proven wrong in a free ex- ~'~ ~ -}~ ,-tl~ lehange of views. The Castro re- ~U~EJ~(~PI~ gime and its Soviet advisers - have crushed all valid free (Continued from Page 1) a projection to many of the old among Cubans when industries press. They have assumed con- Silence, the persecuted Church, concept Of power politics strain ltrol of public opinion as a tool anti o~ner mgmmate means Oi[of communist indoctrination, has now a closer echo. Catholics ins for world domination. In his livehood have been closed. But and they deny all traces of fr~e- in Cuba are subjected to isola- teachings at Salamanca Vitor- Vitoria, with the wisdom of the dam of conscience and of reli- tion, vexation and even torture, ia, said that no earthly power Spanish Golden Age, answers: gmn. Pray for Cuba d. The right (o defend one's Surely as Catholics we must life and bodily and moral inte- pray for Cuba. But more over grity. The Castro machinery la- God-given free nations, we bels as "counterrevolutionary" must help with an informed all attempts of defense of this public opinion the actions and right. Jailings, executions, phy- decisions of'the government and steal and moral torture are the of the OAS during the present order of the day. crisis. .~ We certainly have a doctrine, Deserve Better Life a set of principles to put forth. Deceit and lies have been the It was outlined some centurie favority tools of the communist ago by a Dominican friar conspiracy in its attempts to Father Francisco de Vitoria. a wreck the inter-American sys- the time his country men were tern and enslave a Caribbean faced with the dilemma of Religious values, indeed, must Again Vitoria answers that, as nation, a people who wants and Christianity trying to wipe out be defended not with weapons in the case of religion, a moral, deserves a better life. Catholics pagan tyranny in the New World but with heroic virtues and ethical conduct can be proposed must see that sincerity and and in their own wild passions, example. They must be spread but not imposed. It is for truth-in the eternal principles 16th and 2Oth Century through persuasion, not through Cubans to set up, in due time, of the Church's doctrine -- are imposition, even if the Cuban theii" own justice, given valid influence in recon- His main points were'express-masses are being forced into Discouraging doctrines? No. structing this system. ed in the language of the 16th atheistic communism. century but because they were -" -/- ~'- ~^~s^~ tnFDgg . ' 1 . 3. Wh~l, ~.uuul, tl~ Iu~ oaseo on tne lmmol ~atprlnC1- ~. . " . . . :Y ,~, -' @ Plae Sl,?f tubte iG~t~lc:ht:r can be ~lv:;~ l:n/rtc:rtae~ihli~at:n[estf ' ] ~P ,~ . " . ~Y g~. " the right of ownership? There J. lne LuDan revoluuon nas " " ~i been caught in the Cold War has been ronoerv ano con/sea- ' tion. and hunger has set in OUr Home, Your Home Plain folks but plenty smartl Gramps heads a house- hold of 3 generations -- all with ideas of their own. Waiter Brennan stars. THURSDAY, 7:30 P.M. WREX-TV has a right to universal domin- Resources, the material ben - ion, because all men are free fit of the native population, are and there is no previous court not reasons enough for punitive with power to give one nation, action, for punitive war. or a group of nations, domina- 4. Yet there are worse crimes tion over the rest of the peoples, committed by the present rulers Today the United Nations rests who are violating all human upon the free consent of all rights: life, freedom, bodily in- nations, big or small, tegrity, human decency and 2. But, could loftier reasons, respect. Summary trials and the defense of religious values, e~ecutions are back again and give claim to universal domain there goes on a campaign of by peoples engaged in a sort of lies and vilification against the 20th-century crusade? Not ac-Church, the patriotic groups, cording to the Dominican priest, the otherwise friendly nations. :RffPORT ATLAS AO SERVICE Tires Batteries Accessories S&H Green Stamps "Across tram St. Vincent's" Spencer's 28 WEST STEPHENSON FREEPORT. ILLINOIS Cardt Luggage Handbag, Unusual Gift. Decorative Items Per,onal Leather Goods Bennett. & Hoefer FREEPORT, ILL, Dial ADams 2.4141 Ready Mix Roofing Cement Blocks Lightning Rods Fuel Siding in Time of Bereavement" P~W|R CLIdNIHS FURNACES BOILERS CHIMNEYS Residential Commercial Industrial "'Cle.ning is Our Only B~siness" BURDETT H. SMALL FBANCHJSED OWNER {Stephe.son Counl~ I 881 W. Galena AD 2-1514 i Eave Troughs TOP TUNING HI-FI SOUND SETCHELL CARLSON BASIL HARTMANN TV APPLIANCES back to his jungle station after a trip home to Holland, his first furlough in eight years. He's one of 40 priests serving the 30,- 000 Catholics among North Bor- n o's 400,000 people a mixture of Chinese, Moslems of Malay stock, and assorted tribesmen "who are primitive, to be sure but not the kind of wild men yott've heard about." Borneo has its natives who'd slit ~a white man's throat just to test a knife, but these are in the island's southern area un- der Indonesian rule, he said. With the Dusuns, major tribe in North Borneo, 120,000 strong, "ancient superstitions are the greatest block the missioner faces in trying to teach Cathol- icism," Father Putman noted. "Their religion is one of ta- bus and the leaders are women --devil priestesses. They follow an intricate calendar dotted with periodic 'bad days' on which certain kinds of work are forbidden," the missionary re- counted. Not Industrious "Four 'bad days' in a row~ when the men won't work in the rice paddies, for example--can lead to all kinds of trouble. The] people aren't very industrious, anyhow. They work enough to West Galena and North Walnut Avenue FREEPORT, ILLINOIS GENE BURKE ADams 2-0613 ORRIE TUBBS NOT INC. General Contractor Churches -- Schools Industrial and Commercial Buildings Office Phone: AD 2-9516 Office Phone: AD 2-2178 Residence Phone: AD 2-4720 1328 South Harlem Ave.---Freeport, Illinois PAGE 5 get by and you can't interest them in much more." Not so with the Chinese 100,- 000 of them, mainly along the coast. "They're the merchants, the businessmen, with a sharp eye for profits," the missioner said. Conversions ? Slow Progress "We're making slow progress in the back country, doing best where we have Sisters--North Borneo has a native community of nuns to conduct schools and operate hospitals," Father Put- man said. "The Chinese are tough, al- though seven of our priests are Chinese. The Malays, mostly coastal fishermen, we just about write off completely. We simply can't dent their Moslem be- liefs." Father Putman credits much of Catholicism's accomplish- ments to the Legion of Mary-- natives taking the Faith to na- tives, reaching those the mis- sionary cannot. British North Borneo has been entrusted since 1890 to the Mill Hill Fathers, British-founded but manned in the majority by Dutch priests. Bishop James Buts is the Vicar Apostolic of Jesselton on the north coast. Don't Know Much "People don't know much about our work, the colony it- self (29,000 square miles of an island larger than California)," Father Putman said. "Tourists bypass us altogether--maybe because of the stories they've heard. "Borneo's proof that the pio- neering days aren't over. That goes for the Church. too. Maybe the idea will appeal to some of your young lads." FREEPORT "Portraits Live Forever" HARTMAN'S CAMERA SHOP & STUDIO FREEPORT 117 S. Chicago AD 2.8110 Get The Facts Get The Figures Get The Cars That "Give You More" --from-- , Inc. Your Authorized Plymouth-Valiant Dealer 9 W. DouglaB Freeport. 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