Letters to the Editor – May 9, 2024

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Kudos for chancery staff
To the Editor:
I was surprised to read about the Round 2 Synod reflections highlighting frustration with the diocesan administration and staff as one of the “heart breakers” of our local church experience. During my years as pastor, I found the chancery staff to be most helpful, competent and attentive to the needs of parishes — and I shared as much in a synod listening session as one of the things that “fills” my heart.  They are a true strength of our diocesan Church.
(Fr.) Walter Helms
Tiffin

Pax Christi USA discussion
To the Editor:
St. Thomas More Parish in Coralville will host several members of the staff of Pax Christi USA on May 25 at 4 p.m. They will share ideas concerning peace and justice issues. This will be an informal and collaborative meeting where they will discuss particular areas of interest in our diocese. We invite all members of Pax Christi and others interested in learning more about this dynamic peace and justice group to join us. Also, please join us for the 5:15 p.m. Mass.

Bishop Tom Gumbleton of Detroit, who recently passed away, was a founding member of Pax Christi USA, the national arm of the International Catholic Peace movement. Pax Christi USA’s executive director, Johnny Zokovitch, said this about Bishop Gumbleton shortly after his death, “Tom lived out the peace of Christ in his complete being. Everything that our movement strives to be was evident in Tom and how he lived.”

Pax Christi is Latin for “Peace of Christ” and is an ecumenical peace movement of the Catholic Church that combines prayer, study and action in the tradition of the teachings of peace of the Second Vatican Council. It was founded in 1972 in the United States and has more than 14,000 members who work for the transformation of society through nonviolence and advocate peacemaking as a priority in the Church.
Evalee Mickey
St Thomas More Parish
Coralville

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