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I used Skype for the first time last week to video chat with one of our seminarians who is currently studying in Mexico. For those of you who, like myself, continue to be initiated into the 21st-century’s communication opportunities by our younger colleagues, Skype is a computer-generated video-telephone service. You can see the other person by means of a small camera mounted on the computer as you speak with them, and they, of course, can see and speak with you. The projected image reminded me of the early years of television, but like that now common household appliance, I am sure that those pictures will continue to improve and grow sharper with each succeeding development.
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Meet Oscar Herrara Guzmán, one of our archdiocesan seminarians.
“I was born in Bogotá, Colombia, on April 16, 1985. Five years later I moved to Chicoral, Tolima, where I grew up and studied at a preparatory school until I was 16. I then moved back to Bogotá to study philosophy and theology in the seminary. This year I moved to the United States to join the Archdiocese of Atlanta where I will complete my studies in theology in the next several years. This most recent move has been one of the greatest blessings in my vocation to the priesthood. I look forward to doing God's will by using those gifts He has provided in service of the Archdiocese of Atlanta.”
Oscar is studying at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. Those wishing to e-mail him with prayers and encouragement can write to: email@example.com.
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Leadership, ingenuity, devotion to the Church, and enthusiastic interest in science, engineering, athletics, dedicated service … these are but some of the traits found in the seven high school seniors spotlighted in the May 26 issue of The Georgia Bulletin. Continuing an annual tradition at the newspaper, the Catholic high schools in the Atlanta Archdiocese each nominated a student worthy of recognition, someone who particularly exemplifies the finest qualities of students at their schools. And the stories of these students include some who have met daunting challenges head on, such as a father’s death, a mother’s deployment, life-changing illness, the call to serve the poor, and more. These students, as well as many others at their schools, are using their talents and faith as they move on to their next endeavors.
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Nearly 20 members of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Church surrounded Rev. Mr. Mark Starr, heads bowed in prayer. Ordained to the diaconate for less than an hour, the former parishioner at the Douglasville parish offered a prayer for the group of friends, from white-haired senior citizens to gangly teens.
“He has so many special gifts. He’s been so open to the Spirit,” said Theresa Butorac, the director of religious education at the parish. “His prayer life is amazing,” said Butorac, who worked with the seminarian when he was a volunteer teacher and co-coordinator for the parish Eucharistic Congress efforts.
Rev. Mr. Starr and Rev. Mr. Tri Nguyen were ordained Saturday, May 28, at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta by Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory. They will serve as “servant ministers” for a year before ordination to the priesthood.
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Calling all social media savvy individuals! Please help us continue to promote this year’s Eucharistic Congress by going to our facebook page and sharing it with family and friends. Do you have a story to tell? Post it on our wall and we’ll include it in upcoming newsletters and other communications from the Archdiocese. In the mean time, consider recharging your spiritual battery after a long week by attending Friday night’s powerful Healing Service led by Fr. Jack Durkin of St. Monica’s in Duluth, GA. Also on Friday, this year’s Revive! Track for young adults will take place in new location at the Marriott Gateway Hotel lobby which will feature a live performance by Tom Booth and an inspiring testimonial from Mario St. Francis.
We are calling on you to participate in the Eucharistic Congress by tweeting about it (use #EC11) and posting to your Facebook page, as well as the one for the Congress. Let us know about your experiences at this annual gathering of the faithful.
The Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada has commissioned the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University to conduct a survey of readers of Catholic media. The Georgia Bulletin is inviting you to be a part of this survey. The survey is being conducted online only. To respond online go to CARA’s website: http://cara.georgetown.edu.
Click on the button near the top of the page that reads Online Research. This will take you to a page that lists CARA’s currently active online surveys. The survey you have been invited to take is entitled Catholic Media Use. Click on the link for this survey, click on the line Complete the Catholic Media Use survey here.
You will be taken to the questions. If you need any assistance or have any questions while taking the survey, contact CARA researcher Mark Gray at (202) 687-0885 or firstname.lastname@example.org .