A delegation from Notre Dame, led by University President Fr. John Jenkins, will be present at the Vatican Sunday for the canonization of Blessed Brother André Bessette, a member of the Congregation of Holy Cross. “I think [the canonization] is an opportunity not only to reflect on the person canonized, but also the call to holiness in all our lives,” Jenkins said. The first member of the Congregation of Holy Cross who will be proclaimed a saint, Bessette was born in Canada in 1845 and entered religious life at the age of 25, according to a University press release. Bessette spent his 40 years as a Holy Cross brother serving as a doorman, launderer, janitor and sacristan at Montreal’s College of Notre Dame. In this position, he also received many poor and sick visitors. “He was a person of deep compassion,” Jenkins said. “When people came to him … he would treat them with great compassion and kindness.” Bessette visited Notre Dame’s campus at least once during his life, Jenkins said, but his greatest connection to the University was in his devotion to Saint Joseph and his spiritual example. “I think the spirit of Brother André is closely connected with the spirit of Notre Dame in many ways — the spirit of welcome, community and compassion,” Jenkins said. “Brother André had a very simple job of manning the door, but he made it into a real calling of holiness and I think we can all reflect on that.” Notre Dame’s delegation to Rome also includes University Provost Thomas Burish, Associate Vice President and Counselor to the President Fr. James McDonald and Notre Dame theology department Chair Matthew Ashley. The delegation will arrive in Rome Sunday morning to attend the canonization and remain in Rome until Wednesday, during which time Jenkins said they would attend other Masses and celebrations for Bessette. In addition to attending the series of Vatican events surrounding Bessette, the Notre Dame delegation will meet with Vatican officials, Jenkins said. These meetings include work with the Vatican’s Office of Christian Unity regarding Notre Dame’s Tantur Ecumenical Institute in the Holy Land. While Jenkins and the Notre Dame delegation are in Rome, on-campus events will also honor Bessette. Fr. Peter Rocca, rector of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, said all three Masses in the Basilica Sunday would honor Bessette. Rocca said Bishop Kevin Rhoades gave permission for the University to celebrate the canonization with readings and prayers that differ from the ordinary Sunday schedule. “So the reading and the prayers of the Mass will be taken from the texts for the feast of Brother André,” Rocca said. “We will also have special hymns in his honor that will be sung.” The University will also celebrate the Mass of Bessette in every residence hall Oct. 31, followed by a special night of prayer at the grotto in honor of the newly canonized saint Nov. 1, Rocca said. “This is the first saint of the Congregation of Holy Cross, and because of that it’s more important that the University celebrate his canonization, and that our students in particular come to know who this holy man of a very humble heart was,” he said.
Liverpool need a win in their final Champions League group game tonight – or they’ll be out of the competition.Victory over Basel at Anfield is the only way they can reach the last-16.The Swiss side only need a draw to pip the Merseysiders. Arsenal are already through ahead of their match away to Galatasaray but they still have a slim chance of finishing top of their group.
In a unexpected move Subaru of America has partnered with esports agency Damage to create its own $20,000 Subaru Invitational. The tournament will take place from May 13-14 with eight, as yet unannounced top North American teams competing for the total prize pool of $20,000 (£16,074). The tournament’s main goal is to promote the 2018 Subaru Impreza to the millennial audience.Eric Park, the Zone Retailer Marketing Manager of Subaru of America had the following to say about the tournament:“Subaru is proud to support the young enthusiasts of the esports community through hosting our first invite-only tournament.”“Our goal is to build brand affinity with a highly-engaged, dedicated millennial community that shares our core values and are ready for wherever the road takes them. Millennial esports fans have a fierce dedication to the games and its players. We understand and appreciate that kind of passion and it was an easy decision to dedicate ourselves to the esports movement.”Image courtesy of Subaru/PVPLiveIn addition to the $20,000 prize pool, Damage and Subaru will donate $1,000 (£803) to Anxiety Gaming, a non-profit mental health care organisation with a focus on depression and anxiety among the gaming community. Brian Kim, the Managing Partner at Damage, also had a few words to say:“Damage is thrilled to be working with such a passionate automotive brand that genuinely believes in the power of giving back and doing good. As Subaru’s esports partner, this is a tremendous opportunity to help design a tournament to reach our audience and further amplify esports on a global level.”Subaru has even created its own Subaru Esports Twitch channel to broadcast the event. It’s not the first car manufacturer to get involved in esports as back in January, Audi moved in to sponsor Danish team Astralis.Esports Insider says: Seeing car manufacturers moving into esports is a bit of an oddball. While on one hand the company is doing this to promote its new car, it’s also helping bring esports closer to the mainstream.
We would like to begin the New Year on a high note by paying special tribute to all health care providers-medical doctors, nurses, clergymen and women, volunteers and others who lost their lives to the Ebola epidemic of 2014.We thank them for their sacrifices, display of valor, professionalism, selflessness and uncommon volunteer action that has inspired all of us. Because of their action and sacrifices, we look forward to 2015 with renewed energy and commitment believing that all interventions put in place in the fight against Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) would eventually lead to the eradication of EVD from Liberia.Building a lasting, multimedia memorial for those whose sacrifices provide us with a space to live would be a worthwhile project. As a nation, we need to commemorate the lives of those lost to EVD so as not to forget what we have been through and what lies ahead.Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia takes this opportunity to call on Government of Liberia, International Organizations and Civil societies to provide the much needed coordination policy to end the fight against Ebola, to strengthen the health care system and to equip our schools with hygienic facilities and supplies. We can only improve the lives of those that have survived and honor the memories of those who lost their lives to the epidemic. According to Albert Camus in The Plague-“What is true of all the evils in the world is true of plague as well; it helps men to rise above themselves.”Together, we have come this far. The concept of “it takes a village” is given further expression through such all-embracing action of our heroes and heroines. For us at MOP-Liberia, we are refreshed to know that our hard work, through the various community education outreach programme and weekly column has paid off and we remain committed and ready to develop programmes that protect young people, particularly children against all risks. We intend to go further on a new journey that leads to the prevention, control and eradication of EVD from Liberia.For a disease with such high fatality and social consequences as Ebola, the wise saying that prevention is better than cure makes cannot be overemphasized. It is on this premise that we would like to request the Government of Liberia to continue ensuring the safety of all our health care providers and volunteers risking their lives in the fight against the Ebola virus.On a related note, we are pleased that schools are scheduled to reopen next month and we are quick to caution that if there are no concrete steps to equip schools and educate the youth about EVD, as well as put in place the necessary precautionary measures, then the mediocrity that places us at risk will continue. A long term plan and strategy should be employed to guarantee the safety of our children.News of significant progress in the development of effective vaccines deserves our attention, particularly considering the expert opinion of their safety and we are optimistic that the treatment regimen, protocols and vaccines would make the difference. Beyond the scientific breakthrough of Ebola vaccines, we must remember to address the issues surrounding the political sluggishness, unemployment, corruption and grossly inadequate healthcare infrastructure, among others, which constitute a drawback to the progress made so far.Until next week, when we come to you with another article on: “Notes of Forward Looking Interventions in the Fight against Ebola”, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)