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FRIDAY, ' DECEMBER 1, i96t ': THE OBSERVER PAGE 7 iSsloners By F .THER mC.AEL WOLFE, O.M.L (N.C.W.C. News Service) GODHAAB, Greenland- The chance discovery of the first Christian church in Greenland -- and perhaps in the New World -- has also revealed a striking coin- !cried. "It's a human skull! It must be the skull of an old Norse- man." The little village had long been )elieved to be the site of "Brattah- lid," the farm of Erik the Red+ who discovered Greenland in 982. Motzfeldt knew that the skull eidenee in the missionary history could not have belonged to an Es- of this bleak country, kimo since they enshrined their In 1959 the first Catholic sis- dead on top of the ground. sioner to arrive in Greenland since In the early 1930's Danish ar- the ,mysterious disappearance of cheologists turned the settlement the Norse settlers in the late Mid- upside down to prove tlmt Qags- dh Ages pitched his tent at Qags- siarssuk was the site of Erik's siarssuk. Nothing on the surface farm. They established the point ef the ground indicated the histor- beyond all doubt. Dozens of ruins ~cal and religious treasure that lay came to light under their shovels, Ibeneath. including the long house of Erik The missioner, little concerned the Red and e later and larger with the problems of the past at church that lies just below it on that moment, was chilled to the the slope down to the fjord. bone, and a cold windstorm was Norse Origin Confirmed driving rain through rents in his An official of the Danish -or- tiny te~t. . ernment's Department for G~en- At this point me total bumeran . lena, statlonen at a zormer u,;a. caEecnlst, bars tvlotzfelat lnvlten +, alroase atl~arssarssuaq, SalleU me priest to rake snelter tar me . - .--,- -- ~. . over [o take a 100K anu too~ tn~ nlgnt m ms nouse, skull back to Denmark with him. Skull Discovered The Danish National Museum One day, while breaking ground confirmed the Norse origin of the for a school, a workman turned up skull. a piece of bone. He mused over Jargon Meldgeard, a leading ar-- it a moment and tossed it aside cheologist, flew to Greenland and with an explanatory, just an old within 10 days was able to con- sheep head." chide that the workers had been But at that moment Motz!eldt digging into the foundations of appeav',d on the scene. No' he the first church in Greenland, -- G-Y- The REV. EDWARD LAWRENCE McDONALD, pastor of Immacu- late-Conc~Uon parish, Fulton, and St. Patrick mission church, Al- bany, was ~orn in Rockford, Aug. 6, 1923, the son of the late Mr. Laurence McDonald and Mrs. Ralph Baudhuin. After atten~g St. Thomas high Echool in Rockford, he went to the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C for his classical studies, also attending a summer session at the Universi':y of Chi- cago. He studied philosophy and theology at St. Mary seminary in Baltimore, Md where he received his bachelor of arts degree, and was ordained by the Most Rev. John J. Boylan April 16, 1949, in St. James pro-cathedral. Father McDonald's first assign- built by Thjodhild, the wife of Erik the Red. The Saga of Erik the Red, tells of the return to Greenland of Erik's son, LeEr, who had been converted to Christianity in Nor- way by King Olaf Trygvasson. "Leif struck the coast ofGreen- land at Eriksfjord and went home to Brat(child. He began preaching Christianity throughout the land immediately. When proclaiming the faith he showed people the tokens he had received from Olaf Trygvesson, explaining how ex- men( was as assistant pastor at land about 985 after being exiled St. John the Baptist parish in Sa- from Norway for robbery and yunna during which time he also murder and formed the first small served as book review editor for European community there. In The Observer. 998 Erik sent his son, LeEr, to ~In 1958 he was assigned the task of writing a history of the diocese Norway. Leif returned with the ~or the golden jubilee celebration. While compiling the history, Father Christian Faith and the first ~m~VIcDonald had his office in the Catholic Center in Rockford. priests. Following his eompletmn of the history in April of 1959, he was as- Catholic civilization flourished ~$ ]~l~re~e~t~post+~s.pastor at Immaculate Conception parish in Greenland for five centuries ~in Fulton and St. Patrick ~ssion church in Albany. and then vanished mysteriously. - -- Greenland's Norse ruins include ~).~f~,J~ one Benedictine convent, one Aug- ustinian monastery, one cathedral and about 20 churches. Convalescent Home Twenty-four hour nursing service Westinghouse TV for 1961 Electric Shop, Inc. Phone: AT 4-0011 213 West First a;treet Dixon, illinois 24 Hour Service Ambulance MRS. ELIZABETH JONES LEO A. MILES PATRICK JONES PHONE 3.1211 AdultCenters Plan Lecture, Panel Ik AU.RORA -- The pluralistic cul- ture of America, secularism and the status of the Catholic in pres- ent day America, will be some of the' points discussed by Timothy Kinnally et the Tuesday, Dee. 5, lecture of the Thomas More Adult Education center, Marmion mili- tary academy, Lake street cam- pus. The lecture will begin promptly at 8 p.m. Kinnally received his bachelor of arts degree from Syracuse uni- versity, N.Y and his master of science degree in public Adminis- cellent and how glorious was the tration from the Maxwell School new religion, of Citizenship, Syracuse univer- Christianity Accepted,sity. "His father, Erik, was not is- CHALICE PRESENTED TO BOYLAN HIGH SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT--Henry Braeke, (left) Panel Discussion pressed with the new ideas. But district deputy representing the Rockford assembly of fourth degree Knights of Columbus, pro- He held a teaching fellowship his mother, Thjodhild, accepted sents a chalice to the Rev. Anthony Backer in memory of fourth degree knight Raymond Bunk, at the same university for three them readily and had a church father of Loralei Bunk, sophomore at Boylan. The chalice is used daily at Mass for the student years. He is presently married, built near the farm. This build- body in the school chapel. At the right is Robert Pierce, Grand Knight of the Rockford council.-- the father of five children, and a ing was thereafter called Thjod- (Photo hy Herzog) local businessman. Kinnally has hild's church. Here she worship- ~ read extensively on the ehurch- ed, and so did the rest of those n n u u state relationships and lectured who accepted Christianity." ,II=IklTC: JUSl"uce urgea before many groups. Though some attempts had been' v Iv ,- vL i " r "" t The Batavia center located et made to find the site of Thjod- ~~ re ran s Holy Cross school will be the site hild's church, many archeologists g AURORA ward school after masses until ERLA (" ") ' for a panel discussmn on Rehgious were of the opinion that it had D c 1 '""i m an ~rt, ~y. l~ -- ~x- Practices in the Home, to be giv- been built of wood and that little e -- w nter ~antas ~ p a tram ~ to ~ p m " Y ' " ' " chision of two million American en on Monday, Dec. 4, beginning or nothing of the church would be ~a::e= Sacred HAelart school hall. ~unday, from3 to4 p.m. and workers from the protection of at8 p.m. Mr .and Mrs. Louis left to find. Meldgaard's prelimin- p s ed by St. nne ~oc'ety and to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. law is "almost incredible" a Chi Marrone and Mtorney and Mrs. cry excavations revealed some- Holy Name Society ofSacred STERLING "Robert J. Murphy will represent thing quite different. Heart arish Dee 4--Card art in Sacr^~ cage presto sam nero, re(erring the panel. Both are members of The thick walls of the church p . p y ~u . . to m~grant farm workers who I the board of d~rectors for the were built of stone and sod. Only Dee. 2, 3--Christmas gm ann ueart pansa nau--~ponsoreu ny have bee I Thomas More Adult Education n 'comps(eLy ~gnoreu I the west gable had been built of book fair at St. R~ta at ~ascm me parish. I c~-~-o wood. Wooden churches were con-I D in the Farm Labor Standard act I : parish library ~ec. z tram ~ to 9 ee. ~---~nr stmas oazaar at St. . "[ Slide Lecture sEdaTed worthier of God's house[ Mar a di i ~v~sgr. wmmm J ~umn execu- in Norse days, but the lack of lp'm" and Dec. 3 from 8 a.m. to 4 y u tar um from 9 a.m. to " . - I Not only have both couples lec- uve secremry at the Bssnops p.m.----Sponsored by Library and 8 p.m.--Sponsored by Altar and t tured widely on religious prac- trees in Greenland allowed no(h- Literature committee of the Altar Rosary society Commzttee" for Ms'grant Workers, trices at many CFM regional and ing more than a token gable of; . . , and Rosary socmty Dee 6-- n ~" ~" said there is no national minimum local comentions, parish groups, driftwood.The little church, measuring 15 Dee. 3--Pancake and sausage auditoriumU ~as~oPnar~