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In lkree Se(liens [dJtien he,,. %etlle. ril 24 1949 0 OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE ROCKFORD DIOCESE O Ordinands Of Golden Jubilees rirgil Parish Honors uther Esser, April 24 Rockford.--Twenty-five years ago, nine priests were or- dained for the diocese 5f Rockford. No other year in the h_istory of the diocese has seen so many priests ordained for the service of the people. Of the nine priests ordained in o924, one is now a bishop, one was chancellor of the diocese r many years and is now a Right Reverend Monsignor, one /as taken from the diocese when~ the new diocese of Joliet was form- e'd and one is deceased. His Excellency, the Most Rev. _.~eo Binz D.D., now Co-adjutor ]~ishop and Apostolic Administrat- or of the Diocese of Winona, as ~oStudent for the Diocese of Rock- rd, attended the North American college at Rome and was ordained ~U Rome on March 15, 1924. Bishop Binz was born at Stockton, the $}on of the late Michael and Thec- la Binz, and attended Loras acad- $!~iy and college in Dubuque, Iowa. losophical studies were made at St. Mary's Seminary, Baltimore His Excellency, the Most ReX. Leo Binz, D.D. as monsignor and ~astor of St. James parish, Belvi- ere. and Catholic University, Washing- ton, D. C. The most Rev. Peter J. Muldoon, then Bishop of Rockford, sent him to Rome for theological qtudies. He received the degree, Doctor of Sacred Theology and was ordained in the church of St. John Lateran by Archbishop Palica. The first year after ordination he spent as a member of the faculty at American. college and pursued host graduate studies that led to e degree doctor of philosophy from the Gregorian university. In 1926 upon his return to the United States and the Diocese of Rock- The Rt. Rev. Msgr. F. J. Conron, pastor of St. Mary's parish, Maple Park. :ford, he was appointed assistant pastor at St. Mary's parish, Sterl- ing. Secretary to th) Most Rev. Ed- ward F. Hoban, D.D., Bishop of the diocese in 1928, he became chancel- The Rev. Clement W. Caine lor of the diocese in December, 1929. On February 1, 1932, he was named pastor of St. Peter's par- ish, Rockford, and on July 19, 1933, pastor of St. James Parish, Belvi- dere. In 1936, Bishop Binz was called to the Apostolic Delegation at Washington, D. C., to act as the American secretary to His Ex- cellency, the Most Rev. Amleto Giovanni, D.D., Apostolic Delegate to the United States. On the feast of St. Thomas, December 21, 1942, in St. James Pro-Cathedral at Rockford, Bishop Binz was the first priest of the diocese to become a member of the American Hier- archy. On the 25tt~ anniversary of his ordination to the Holy Priesthood Bishop Binz visited the diocese and offered a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Mary's church in Sterling. The Rev. Ivan Esser Clergy Appointments His Excellency, the Most Reverend John J, Boylan, D.D., Bishop of Rockford, announces the following appointments: The Reverend John T. Smith is appointed pastor of Saint Mary's Church, Elgin. The Reverend Sylvester J. Eye is appointed pastor of Saint Patrick's Church, Maytown. The Reverend Robert E. Schneider is appointed assis- tant at Saint Joseph's Church, Freeport The Reverend Myles" J. Hoare is appointed assistant at Holy Angels Church, Aurora. The Reverend Charles K. McCarren is appointed assis- tant at Saint Mary's Church, DeKalb. The Reverend Paul E. Kunkel is appointed assistant at Saint John's Church, Johnsburg. The Reverend Edward L. McDonald is appointed assis- tant at Saint John's Church, Savanna The Reverend Dorrance E. Tranel is appointed assistant at Saint Peter's Church, Rockford. The Reverend Henry L. Weckerle is appointed assistant at Saint Mary's Church, Galena. Palestrina Choir Concert At Aurora, April 24 Joseph Petit, Tenor Soloist, Guest Artist; Fr. Schnaus Directs Aurpra -- Joseph Petit, tenor soloist will appear as guest artist with the Palestrina choir in the annual spring concert Sunday, April 24, 8:15 p.m. in Madonna auditorium. Father Ernest Schnaus, O.S.B., of Marmion Military acad- emy, who directs the choir of: more than 100 voices comprising soprano, alto, tenor and bass sections, approved the title, "It's a Grand Night for Singing," for the spring concert of 1949. Miss Marilyn Wright accompanies the choir in both the sacred and secu- lar choral numbers listed for the concert. Born in Batavia and a graduate of Marmion Military academy, Mr. Petit sang in the chorus as a mem- ber of the United States Navy at Great Lakes. Assigned to sea duty on the submarine "Sea Devil" in 1943, he was welcomed as a mere- ber of choirs whenever his ship mad~ port: At the victory cele- bration in Pearl Harbor on Aug. . _ . 16, 1945, he performed as a soloist The Rt. Rev. usgr. ~'rancis J. with the naV,, ~-;~ Conron was born in Chicago, lll., a - ,.-~. ...... . .... ~;~,~o~ ~onron and Mar- After mscnarge ~rom service, .... Y~,~ ......... ,~ .... Mr Petit sang the leading role in garec luooney, ne was euucaCuu . .. ,, ,, .... . . a proaucuon ox 'zne ~maen~ at St. Ignatms college, Chmago, p. ,, .......... " 'S rlnce a~; i~l; tJloua, Lyllnn lie studmd philosophy at St. Mary ' . ......... lo then entered the Minnesota College ~emlnary, ~a~lmore ana Cneo gy . .. ........ .... . ,~ r~L v ~OI I/USlC ana was a SOlOZSl; Wlgn a~ ~enrm~ ~emlnary,~. ~OUlS, *h "" " -- " " ~M^ I~ e colmge cnorus. As a s:uuen~ "~Jn March15, 1924, the Rev. Iv-Ifr a degree in music education in an A. Esser, pastor of SS. PeterMinneaplis, he sang with many of the local organizations. In 1948 he & Paul parish, Virgil, Ill. and the Rev. Clement W. Caine, pastor of St. Mary's Sycamore and the late Rev. A. R. Schmid were ordained by the deceased Bishop of Rock- ford, His Excellency, the Most Rev. Peter J. Muldoon, D.D., at St. James Pro-Cathedral, Rockford. First appointed as a~istant at St. Mary's parish, Woodstock, Monsignor Conron was later trans- his studies, Mr. Petit now engages in many musical activities as a featured soloist. The Knights of Columbus are aiding members of the Palestrina choir in preliminary arrangements for the concert on Sunday even- i ing, April 24. Soloist Continued on page 2A. Joseph Petit Pope's Vast Charity Works Mentioned By Quebec Prelate Quebec--(NC)--A r c h b i s h o p Maurice Roy, Quebec, upon his re- turn home after his ad limina visit to the Holy See, said he was im- pressed greatly by the vast char- itable work carried on by His Holi- ness Pope Pius XII. The Holy Father receives a thou- sand urgent requests for aid each day, the Archbishop said, and at- tempts to fill as many of the re- quests as" possible. The Holy Fa- ther sent his spedal thanks and blessing to the faithful of the Quebec archdiocese for their gen- erous contributions of money, cloth- ing and other assistance Archbish- op Roy said. Archbishop Roy said Canada en- joys great prestige in Italy and the other parts of Europe which he visited. He expressed regret that the Canadian Government had not yet seen fit to name an official representative to the Holy See. The Archbishop was given a warm welcome on his return to his na- tive Quebec. On his arrival "in Hal}fax, the Archbishop, who was Canada's ~rincipaI Catholic Army chaplain in Italy and northwestern Europe during World War II, said he found the graves of Canadian war dead surprisingly well-kept in these ~reas. VOL. XXXVII, NO. 52 --I Scout Sunday Set For April 24 Rev. John Ryan To Deliver Sermon; Ad Altare Dei Awards Set Rockford--The sermon of the day for annual Boy Scout Sunday in the Diocese of Rockford April 24, at 3 p.m. in St. James pro- cathedral at Rockford will be de- livered by the Rev. John Ryan, assistant pastor of St. Mary's church, Freeport, Ill. His Excel- lency, the Most Rev. John J. Boy- lan, D.D., Bishop of Rockford, will deliver the annual message to scouts and scouters and give Bene- diction of the Most Blessed Sacra- ment. The title of Father Ryan's The Rev. John Ryan address will be "The Value of the Boy to the Church." The services at the Pro-cathe- dral will include a procession from the residence to the Pro-cathedral through a specially arranged guard of honor. The guard of honor will be made up of uniformed Scouts, for the most part, Yecip- ients of the Ad Altare Dei Award in other y~ars. Immediately upon entering the sanctuary, His Excel- lency will receive the spiritual bouquet from the various Scout units of the diocese Representa- tives of "each unit will proceed to the Bishop's throne and personally give the bouquets to the Bishop. After this, the boys who have been privileged to merit the medal will come to the throne to receive from the hands of His Excellency the Ad Altare Dei Award. The largest group ever to re- ceive the expected to be present on this occasion. Some forty boys are expected to meet the requirements of the award. These groups are from the. cities of Elgin, Aurora, Savanna, Geneva, Freeport, Sycamore, St. Charles, Sterling, and Rockford. The five Boy Scout Councils in the diocese will participate in the annual cele- bration. These Councils are Black- hawk, Aurora, Elgin, Chief Shab- bona, and U.S. Grant. Following the presentation of the awards, Bishop Boylan will offer Solemn Pontifical Benedic- tion, with the Rev. Michael Shan- ahan of Elgin acting as Deacon and the Rev. Edmund Petit of Belvidere as sub-deacon. The Rt. Rev. Msgr. L. J. Franey, Chancel- lor of the Diocese of Rockford, will be master of ceremonies and the Rev. Francis Kennedy of Rock- ford will be assistant master of ceremonies during Solemn Bene- diction. The Rev. Francis P. McNally, Diocesan Chaplain of Scouting, will lead the Scouts in the consecration to the Sacred Heart. In the morning, as part of the diocesan celebration, each Boy Scout Troop will attend in a group Mass and Holy Communion at his own parish church. The Scouts will arrive at the Pro-cathedral not later than 2:30 in the after- Continued on page 2K