Beacon of Light
He's known as the white ghost! This tall, middle aged man with a fair complexion and salt-and-pepper colored hair, can be seen walking the streets of neglected neighborhoods in Chicago at any time of the day, and on any day of the year. Since he has walked those same streets for more than thirty years, he is instantly recognized and warmly greeted by women on their way to the store, by groups of men chatting at corners, and by gang members stalking their territory.
As a young man, Jim Fogarty had come from Pennsylvania to Chicago in order to attend the Columban seminary. The program involved community living, prayer, study, and pastoral ministry. As a seminarian, he met Bill Tomes, a youth worker who was committed to doing pastoral outreach to gang members. Jim accompanied Bill around the city from time to time, and soon came to appreciate the importance of his ministry …
During the last 30 years the tradition of celebrating Mass in the actual place of struggle, with people who are fighting for justice has developed in Korea.
For a change towards the recognition of the dignity and rights of all to happen, experience has shown us that all sides need to be cured and healed, not only those living with illness. …
Reflections from Fr. Kurt Pala, a newly ordained Columban.