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5 DOME S TI C VIOLEN C E FO C U S OF INTERVIEW ON S IRIU S CA THOLI C R A DIO SUSSEX PASSAIC THE A W A RDWINNING NEW S P A PER OF THE R. C . DIO C E S E OF P A TER S ON, N.J. MORRIS 10/09/2014 12 2 4 The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard First U.S. beatification takes place in New Jersey Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich is declared Blessed By CECILE SAN AGUSTIN REPOR TER O NE S TEP C LOSER TO S AINTHOOD S T. PHILIP’ S P A RI S HIONER S HOLD ‘KEY S TO THE KINGDOM’ ‘LIFE ON PURPO S E’ S ERIE S OPEN S A T S T. P A UL IN S IDE THE W A LL S 7 10-1 1 12 14 15 Y OUTH V IEWPOINT W HAT T O D O C LASSIFIED O BITUARIES NEWARK In 1964, when Michael Mencer was 8-years-old, he and his family were told that one day, he would completely lose his eyesight due to macular degeneration. “As I lost my eyesight, I remember at that age just wishing I could ride my bicycle or join in reading contests like my sib-lings,” Mencer said. Shortly after his diagnosis, a miracle happened. Staff and students at his school, St. Anastasia School in Teaneck, led the school and parishioners in prayer for Mencer through the intercession of Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich, a native of Bayonne, who was a Sister of Charity of St. Elizabeth. She died at the age of 26 in 1927. “I still remember the day (of the miracle) — Sept. 26, 1964. My teacher handed me a memen-to, which was a lock of Sister Miriam Teresa’s hair to give to my mother. I remember walking home from school, which I was still able to do because I was familiar with what was around me. Then, for 10 seconds something strange was going on. I started to see what looked like the sun. Then I began to see the general shape of the memento. HOLY RELIC Michael Mencer, who was miraculously cured of macular degeneration as a child through the BEACON PHOTO | JOE GIGLI intercession of Blessed Miriam Teresa Demjanovich, elevates a relic of her during the Beatification Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Sacred Heart in Newark Oct. 4 at which Bishop Serratelli was the homilist. I gave it to my mother and for the first time for two years, I was able to see straight. I saw my mom for the first time again,” said Mencer. Through that medical miracle accepted by Pope Francis, Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich was declared “Blessed” at a beatification Mass in the Cathedral Basilica of Sacred Heart here, Oct. 4. It was a historic day for the Church because Blessed Miriam Teresa’s beatification was the first to have ever been held in the U.S. Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the con-CONTINUED on 8 DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS Morristown school receives coveted designation Assumption School awarded 2014 National Blue Ribbon honor By MICHAEL WOJCIK NE WS EDIT OR MORRISTOWN The halls of Assump tion School here last Friday swelled with excitement and pride as its students, staff, faculty and par-ents celebrated a milestone achieve-ment for a school, which is already well known for its excellence in ed-ucation and spiritual formation: be-ing designated a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School. On the morning of Oct. 3, Father Przemyslaw Nowak, parochial vicar at Assumption Parish, celebrated first Friday Mass in the gym with the parish school’s 470 students, staff, and parents. After, students and teachers proceeded to the play-ground in back of the school for photographs as they formed a large “A” for Assumption. Then, those stu-dents, who were holding blue bal-loons, let them go, as the enthusi-astic crowd cheered, watching them float up into the sky. Sharing her excitement, Sister of Charity Merris Larkin, Assumption’s principal, told the students, staff, faculty and parents after the first Friday Mass that the U.S. Depart -ment of Education’s recent Blue Ribbon designation had been the re-sult of a group effort of the school and parish communities. The Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth and cer-tified lay faculty have staffed the school, which was established in 1850 and is the second oldest Catholic school in the Paterson Diocese, behind St. Vincent Martyr School, Madison, the principal said. “You all make Assumption what it is. We don’t need a Blue Ribbon to know that we are good,” Sister Merris told the school community after first Friday Mass. “This means that we must continue to be leaders in the nation in education. We must keep working hard, being kind to each other and doing the things that got us here today,” she said. Assump tion announced receiving the coveted designation by erecting a sign on the front lawn, creating a bulletin board in the lobby and plac-ing a cluster of blue balloons at the RECEIVES HONOR on 6

One Step Closer To Sainthood

Cecile San Agustin

First U.S. beatification takes place in New Jersey

Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich is declared Blessed

NEWARK In 1964, when Michael Mencer was 8-years-old, he and his family were told that one day, he would completely lose his eyesight due to macular degeneration. “As I lost my eyesight, I remember at that age just wishing I could ride my bicycle or join in reading contests like my siblings,” Mencer said.

Shortly after his diagnosis, a miracle happened. Staff and students at his school, St. Anastasia School in Teaneck, led the school and parishioners in prayer for Mencer through the intercession of Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich, a native of Bayonne, who was a Sister of Charity of St. Elizabeth. She died at the age of 26 in 1927.

“I still remember the day (of the miracle) — Sept. 26, 1964. My teacher handed me a memento, which was a lock of Sister Miriam Teresa’s hair to give to my mother. I remember walking home from school, which I was still able to do because I was familiar with what was around me. Then, for 10 seconds something strange was going on. I started to see what looked like the sun. Then I began to see the general shape of the memento. I gave it to my mother and for the first time for two years, I was able to see straight. I saw my mom for the first time again,” said Mencer.

Through that medical miracle accepted by Pope Francis, Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich was declared “Blessed” at a beatification Mass in the Cathedral Basilica of Sacred Heart here, Oct. 4. It was a historic day for the Church because Blessed Miriam Teresa’s beatification was the first to have ever been held in the U.S.

Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the conGregation of the causes of saints and representative of the Holy Father, presided at the Mass, which was attended by more than 2,200 priests, religious sisters and brothers and faithful. Bishop Serratelli delivered the homily at the beatification Mass [For the bishop’s homily, see page 3]. The Paterson Diocese, which is home to the mother house of the Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth, began the cause for the young sister. In 1945, Bishop Thomas McLaughlin issued a decree beginning an informative study on the life and virtues of Sister Miriam Teresa.

To begin the Mass, Archbishop John Myers of Newark, welcomed the congregation to the historic basilica and said, “This is truly a great day for the universal Church, for the Church in New Jersey and for the Sisters of Charity. Sisters, welcome. The months of anticipation have passed. It is time to praise God and celebrate. One from among you is recognized for her heroic virtue and her answer to God’s call to holiness.”

Following the welcome, the Rite of Beatification took place and a request was made by Bishop Serratelli of the Cardinal Amato for the beatification of Venerable Miriam Teresa Demjanovich. Her biography was read by postulator, Dr. Silvia Correale and vice postulator, Sister of Charity Mary Canavan.

Cardinal Amato then read the Apostolic Letter from Pope Francis, which declared henceforth that Sister Miriam Teresa would be called Blessed and her feast day will be celebrated on May 8, the day of her death.

After the Apostolic Letter was read, a portrait of Blessed Miriam Teresa was unveiled, which was followed by a joyous applause from the congregation. Then Mencer carried the relic of Blessed Miriam Teresa accompanied by Sisters of Charity — Sister Barbara Connell, Sister Jane Culligan and Sister Kathleen Flanagan, Fran - ciscan Brother Edward Demjanovich and Dr. Mary Mazzarella, who are all involved in the sainthood cause of Blessed Miriam Teresa.

In his homily, Bishop Serratelli said, “Sister Miriam belongs to that circle of chosen souls whom God himself elects for special graces, not merely for themselves, but for all His people.”

“Miriam lived within the shadows of one of the world’s greatest cities. The world did not shine its spotlight on her ordinary, hidden life. But, heaven embraced her in divine light, lifting her to visions too great for human striving.”

The bishop spoke about how each person is called to live in the same light Sister Miriam Teresa lived and that she gives everyone an example that sainthood is possible.

“At a time when we need to rediscover the wellsprings of all goodness, God is giving us a new Blessed who recalls us to the truth, that by Baptism, the Most Holy Trinity dwells within our souls; a Blessed who reminds us that, when We live in such a way that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit remain within us, we find true joy in this world and the next. Blessed Miriam Teresa, pray for us,” he said.

A student at the College of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station, which is operated by the Sisters of Charity, Blessed Miriam Teresa Demjanovich wanted to be a cloistered Carmelite nun like her patron saints, Teresa of Avila and Therese of Lisieux. She was an excellent student and during these years, she continued to grow in her love of God. She was often found praying in the chapel and during her college years, she told a friend that the Blessed Mother had appeared outside her dorm window. She answered a call to religious life and on Feb. 11, 1925 and entered the Sisters of Charity.

As a novice, she met Benedictine Father Benedict Bradley in whom she confided. Under his guidance she made numerous vows leading her to greater perfection. He asked her to write a series of conferences on the spiritual life, which he gave to novices. After her death, these were published under the title, “Greater Perfection” and have been widely distributed to this day. Sister Miriam Teresa’s health declined while she was still a novice and she was given permission to profess her vows in articulo mortis.

Since the time of her death, many favors have been asked and received through the intercession of Sister Miriam Teresa.

After the Mass, Mencer said, “I honestly thought it would take 100 years for her beatification to happen. This means a lot to me to be here. I’m really happy my mother got to see this too. I still pray to Sister Miriam. I consider her a friend. I thank the Sisters of Charity because without them praying for me, this miracle would not have happened and I have a feeling the second miracle is not too far away.”

Read the full article at http://www.livedigitaleditions.com/article/One+Step+Closer+To+Sainthood/1831292/228284/article.html.

Morristown School Receives Coveted Designation

Michael Wojcik

Assumption School awarded 2014 National Blue Ribbon honor

MORRISTOWN The halls of Assump tion School here last Friday swelled with excitement and pride as its students, staff, faculty and parents celebrated a milestone achievement for a school, which is already well known for its excellence in education and spiritual formation: being designated a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School.

On the morning of Oct. 3, Father Przemyslaw Nowak, parochial vicar at Assumption Parish, celebrated first Friday Mass in the gym with the parish school’s 470 students, staff, and parents. After, students and teachers proceeded to the playground in back of the school for photographs as they formed a large “A” for Assumption. Then, those students, who were holding blue balloons, let them go, as the enthusiastic crowd cheered, watching them float up into the sky.

Sharing her excitement, Sister of Charity Merris Larkin, Assumption’s principal, told the students, staff, faculty and parents after the first Friday Mass that the U.S. Depart - ment of Education’s recent Blue Ribbon designation had been the result of a group effort of the school and parish communities. The Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth and certified lay faculty have staffed the school, which was established in 1850 and is the second oldest Catholic school in the Paterson Diocese, behind St. Vincent Martyr School, Madison, the principal said.

“You all make Assumption what it is. We don’t need a Blue Ribbon to know that we are good,” Sister Merris told the school community after first Friday Mass. “This means that we must continue to be leaders in the nation in education. We must keep working hard, being kind to each other and doing the things that got us here today,” she said.

Assumption announced receiving the coveted designation by erecting a sign on the front lawn, creating a bulletin board in the lobby and placing a cluster of blue balloons at the Entrance. On Sept. 30, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan named Assumption as one of 337 schools that the U.S. Department of Education identified as Blue Ribbon Schools for this year.

The department selects schools for the Blue Ribbon based on their standardized test scores in reading and math that placed them among the top-performing schools in the nation or state or because they made notable improvements in closing an achievement gap. Assumption has placed in the top 10 or 15 percent nationally on the Terra Nova test over the past five years, Sister Merris said.

To select Blue Ribbon Schools, the Department of Education requests nominations from public education officials in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity and the Bureau of Indian Education. The Council of American Private Education (CAPE) nominates private schools. All winning schools will be honored during an award ceremony from Nov. 10 to 11 in Washington, D.C.

“These great schools are fulfilling the promise of American education: that all students, no matter their name or zip Code, can flourish, when schools provide safe, creative and challenging learning environments,” Duncan said. “National Blue Ribbons Schools are models of consistent excellence and a resource for other schools and districts. We celebrate them for their tireless effort and boundless creativity in reaching and teaching every student,” he said.

Also pleased, Holy Cross Brother William Dygert, diocesan school superintendent, remarked, “Being named a U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School is a mark of distinction for the Assumption school community.”

“Congratulations for this honor goes to Sister Merris; Msgr. John Hart, pastor of Assumption Parish; and the students, faculty and staff of Assumption School,” Brother Dygert said. “It is their consistent dedication to quality, well-rounded Catholic education that has made this a well-deserved recognition possible.”

Sister Merris spoke to The Beacon about Assumption’s success over the years, including a low turnover rate for teachers; the many alumni, who now send their children to the school; and its family atmosphere.

“The kids are so excited [about the Blue Ribbon]. They really have taken it to heart,” said Sister Merris, who has served Assumption for 35 years, 20 of them as principal. “This is a happy school with lots of energy and enthusiasm. The kids know that they are loved, respected and safe,” she said.

Every day, Assumption lives out its mission statement: “to provide students with both the educational tools and spiritual values they will need to become productive, morally mature members of society.” Aware of the ever-changing world, the school continually evaluates its curriculum “to meet the demands of the future,” according to Assumption’s website, assumptionnj.org.

One of those happy students is eighth-grader Ryan Minter, who said that he “grew up here,” having started as a student of Assumption 11 years ago. He told The Beacon that his favorite subject is spelling.

“I know everyone here. It’s a community — a second home,” Minter said. “The teachers here are all approachable and friendly.”

Assumption has another reason for its success — its “wonderful and supportive relationship” with Msgr. Hart, who is “an integral part of the administration of Assumption School,” Sister Merris said.

“I am every proud of Assumption for its designation as a Blue Ribbon School,” Msgr. Hart said. “Sister Merris leads an exceptional school, where the staff, priests and parish work together as a team to serve the children and their families. When you walk the halls, you can see the enthusiasm and joy. It’s a happy place, filled with excellence in every way. Our children are well prepared for high school and college and receive an exceptional foundation in faith to help them for the rest of their lives,” the pastor said.

Read the full article at http://www.livedigitaleditions.com/article/Morristown+School+Receives+Coveted+Designation/1831293/228284/article.html.

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