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News Section--Page 6 Spirit Of Notre Dame Exemplified In Life And Death Of Bob Nelson N. D. Editor's Note: Much has been written and spoken about the famous "'Spirit of Notre Dame"--the spirit that is behid the splendid achievements of tile University of Notre Dame in religion7, patriotism, scholarship and athletics. Many attempts have been made to define it. None, however, ]lave qute succeeded. Jack Sul- livan, a 19-year-old freshman from Rockford, Ill., perhaps has come closest to defining this spirit in his story about another 19- year-old Notre Dame freshman, the late Bob Nelson of Joliet, Ill. Jack's story, reprinted from the current issue of the "Scholastic," undergraduate news weekly at Notre Dame, appears below. % . . His Holy Will Be Done" by Jack Sullivan "Bob Nelson was not a personal friend of mine. In fact, I had never met him. Perhaps you hadn't been introduced to him either, nev- ertheless you felt as though you knew him well after you heard that he was dying." "You didn't mind going to an extra Mass, or praying for Bob. You didn't mind making a few more visits to the Blessed Sacrament or sacrifices for him, on those flays which were to be his last. This is certainly friendship--at any rate, the friendship that we know at Notre Dame. "'And so as a friend of Bob's, I write this article--humble and in'adequate indeed, when compared to its subject. "His home was in Joliet, Ill., Catholic High School was his choice of secondary schools, and while he was in attendance there, he played football--the game he really liked. He also was a great Irish fan, and year after year, was with them in victory and defeat. "It only followed that he come to Notre Dame, and this he did. Brothers Of Mercy Young men from ages of 16 to 40 years, with an inclination for religious life, are hereby invited to apply to Brothers of Mercy of Buffalo, New York. This Congregation operates 30 institutions in 15 dioceses with 3 novitiates,* approved by Rome. This Order specializes in the care of male patients in private homes, hospitals and their own infirmaries. Applications may be made to Master of Novices, Buffalo Novitiate, 49 Cot- tage St.. Buffalo 1, New York. i ELECTRIC HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES ROCKFORD LUMBER AND FUEL CO. A Complete Line of BUILDING MATERIALly--FUELS and FUEL OILS Main 67 -- 201 E. STATE i "ALWAYS A'GOOD SHOW  STATE and CAPITOL THEATRES CHARLES HOUSE ENTERPRISES, INC. i i Pecatonica Auto Service MOTH & PALMER GARAG'E General Repairing Phone 162 Pecotonica & Seward Cherry Valley Johnson's Grocery Tel. 3631 Cherry Valley Belvidere FUNERAL DIRECTORS WlTTBECK WHEELER SABIEN AMBULANCE SERVICE BELIDEREo ILL. He registered forthe winter Se- mester of 1945-46 and became a Commerce man. Bob lived in Zahm Hall and although his work was difficult and unending, his hopes were realized--he was a Notre Dame man. "One of his last messages was to the University, and consisted of this: 'Goodbye, and thanks to the Fa- thers and Brothers for their court: esy.' "And then last week the campus of Our Lady received the news that Bob's life was in danger as a result of cancer, that he would die in a few days. Many asked who he was, but none declined praying for him. "Communion rails were filled more than usual, the Grotto was the scene of more visits," and in the Log Chapel, there were a few more vigil candles set aside, and Sat- urday, January 12, stood out as a day of campus-wide prayer for Bob. "The next day,' Sunday, Bob died at 5:30 in the morning, and the congregations at each of the Masses on the campus were in- formed. It was truly a strange sensation that overcame you when you were told that your friend had died--the friend that you had known for only four or five days. "While Bob was in the hospital in Joliet many of his edifying re- marks were" punctuated with the language of the gridiron. The fol- lowingls an excerpt from the Re- ligious Bulletin of January 11. " 'When his pastor asked him if he were afraid to die, he replied: 'No. The Divine Coach has always been good to me. And if He wants THE OBSERVER to take me out of the game at nineteen, His Holy Will he done. He knows best.' "Bob was buried last Wednesday, and it is not far from certain that our prayers made his death a most glorious one. It is also pos- sible that our support helped him to attain Heaven immediately. "As a last thought I would like to recall to your memory this para- graph from the Religious Bulletin. " 'If there was any regret that Bob expressed, it was that he would be unable to finish at Notre Dame. But the truth is that he will finish at Notre Dame. For No- tre Dame mcafls Our Lady, and it will be she who will embrace him on his entrance into Iieaven and take him to the Divine Coach to receive his reward for playing the. game so well.'" The Observer Editor's Note: Jack Sullivan, the son of Mr and Mrs. Emmett and Carol Ann Sullivan, St. Peter's parish, Rock- ford, graduated with the class of '45 from St. Thomas High school and with the class of '41 from St. Peter's parochial school, .Rockford. He was salutatorian of his high school graduating class and re- ceived the gold medal for language. During his high school career, he was an honor student and editor of the St. Thomas students' publi- cation. C.A.Y. Club Sponsors Valentine Party Rockford.--On Sunday evening, I Feb. 3, the C.A.Y. Club (Catholic I Association of Young Men and] Women) will sponsor another dane- I, ing party in the C.Y.R. Clubl| Rooms. Arrangements for the II party call for a Valentine setting. I| 1 I There w'll be dancing from 8:30 to | 11:30 with the music" of Roy :l Church and his popular Orchestra. I Refreshments will also be served. | Members of the C.A.Y. Club and | their friends are looking forward - to another enjoyable evening. Two ! weeks ago Sunday evening more L than 150 enjoyed the "Hot Dog HOp." Again a very special invi- tation is given to returning service men. Many who have returned wel- comed with gratitude the parties sponsored by the C.A.Y. Club. The Society For The Propagation The Fa,th News Notes DIOCESAN DIRECTOR: REV. THOMAS S. GREEN 442 Highland Ave., Dundee, Ill. Mary Beloved In Africa A heartening story of devotion to Mary, the Mother of God, was told at this office by Mother Bern- ard Joseph, who has just return- ed to America after completing twenty-six years, of service as a White Sister in Africa. "Our Ladyeseems to hold a special, place in the affections of our dark-skinned Africans," stated the good religious, "and this is particularly true of the people of Uganda. Practically all the Cath- olic babies are consecrated to her immediately after baptism and )rayers in her honor, are taught the little ones as soon as they begin to speak. Mary is the intercessor be- tween our people and their Re- deemer." TraSeable to this devotion is the large number of vocations to the religious life among the women of Uganda, according to Mother Bern- ard Joseph. Already there are one thousand African nuns working under the direction of the White Sisters. "Their training occupies a much longer time than is custo- mary in the United States," we were told. "Their postulancy lasts for five years, but after that time there are few who withdraw from the religious life as novices. So successful has been the training of these zealous native auxiliaries that another novitiate for them has just been opened in Navrongo." "Mother Bernard Joseph, who was born near Montreal, spent most of her life in California before enter- ing the White Sisters. The greater part of her religious life was spent in Uganda where she was in charge of a large hospital in Rubaga. However she also worked in Tun- isia for four years and for five years in Algiers., In the latter city she met many American troops who were billeted there during the African campaign. No Segregation Of Lepers "In Bengal there is no law of segregation of lepers into govern- ment camps," wrote the late Bishop Crowley in one of his last letters to this office. "With us the leper is as free as sunshine, and you will find him, when I% can move, in towns and markets begging for aid. Perhaps it would not be prac- tical to have such a law, as it would be difficult to enforce it; but it would certainly improve existing conditions. The present governor is anxious to help in providing some sort of institution for the more helpless victims of this terri- ble disease. "In Assam," His Excellency stated, "the province adjoining Dacca, the lepers are obliged to de- clare their condition to the authori- ties, who endeavor to segregate them from the rest of the inhabi- tants. "About 230 miles southwest of Dacca, near Calcutta, there is a government clinic whicl serves the entire leper population of Bengal, a province of 52 million people. You can imagine how difficult it is to get a patient cared for in this institution. Several years ago I was fortunate enough to secure ad- mission for a man from my dio- cese. Unfortunately he ran away. Now, his son seeks admission but was refused because of his father's action. The boy's grandfather pro- loses to change the boy's name to fool the authorities. Casualties In The East Indies A report from the Central Mis- sion Office of the Netherlands East Indies states that there were 124 casualties among missionaries working in that territory, These included 27 Jesuits, 28 Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, 27 S. V. D. Fathers, 11 Fathers of the Sacred Heart (Picpus), 7 Capuchins, 2 Carmelites, 11 Priests of the Sac-J red Heart, 5 Missionaries of the Holy Family, 4 Crosier Fathers, 1 Franciscan and 1 Vincentian, i Mr. And Mrs. Wm. N. Freund Observe , Golden Jubilee Johnsburg- Mr. and Mrs. Wil- liam N. Freund of Johnsburg cel- ebrated their golden wedding an- niversary Sunday, Jan. 20, with a High Mass of Thanksgiving at St. John's church. A reception and dinner were held in St. Mary-St. Patrick's hall. McHenry. Margaret Meyer and William Freund were married in St. John's church, Johnsburg, Jan. 22, 1896. Of the large family that blessed the union only two chihlren have died. Sons and daughters, grand,- children, relatives and friends gathered on the golden wedding anniversary to felicitate the jub- ilarians. Sunday, February 3, 1946 m i Card Party At Feehan Hall Feb. 6 Somonauk.--St. John's Altar and Rosary society will hold a card party the evening of Feb. 6, in Feehan hall. 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