You will find in this bulletin our action
plan for implementing the Synod of the
Diocese of Gary as it will be submitted to
the Bishop this week.
The third one I had not printed before
because it evolved gradually not from our
staff but from our experience with the
people we have served in the last few
Evangelization is a priority of Bishop Hying
and I agree with that priority.
Evangelization in the Roman Catholic
Tradition is about the salvation brought
about through the incarnation, suffering,
death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We evangelize when introduce people to that
Mystery of Faith but it is their journey, a
personal journey where faith is encountered
in the details of their life not a generic
encounter where there are questions given
Salvation mean healing, our earliest
ancestors referred to Jesus Christ as “eye
salve,” as in attending to what we see,
seeing not just what is front of us as
apprehended by the cornea and optic nerve
but seeing with the eye of the heart and
soul and memory and dreams.
Salvation is seeing first and then doing.
Salvation begins on the inside, reflected
experience, encounters with silence, deep
contemplation, daydreaming, playing, all of
this is the stuff of salvation then behavior
changes, we become more free, more generous,
Our earliest ancestors “saw” a sacramental
world in that everything was pointing to a
source beyond the apparent.
Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung in modern times
reawakened the human consciousness to the
unconscious and the collective unconscious.
We may not understand all of that now but we
did when we were babies and we will again.
The salvation wrought by Jesus Christ is
about us and all of creation becoming whole
as we evolve together from the Alpha point
to the Omega point.
Evangelism and evangelization in our times
have become closely aligned with certain
political, quasi moral issues, divorced from
the commonweal and selectively put forth as
religious orthodoxy increasingly a tribal
orthodoxy not fidelity to the Holy Spirit
and the challenge to discerning where that
Spirit calls us to go.
Religious orthodoxy with uniformity of
behavior is, quite often, the goal of
Roman Catholic Tradition is people, persons,
responding to the mystery of the
incarnation, death, and resurrection of
Jesus Christ even before those events
happened in time because “nothing came into
being except through the Word!
All creation groans and is in agony as it
awaits the redemption, the fulfillment and
we will continue to do our best helping
Creation give birth in the lives of all who
come here with a deep awareness of and
appreciation for the uniqueness that God
manifests in each of us.
FATHER CHARLES DOYLE
Father Charlie Doyle died, April 9, at the
age of 91. He was a great priest, an
inspiration to me. He took me to my first
symphony concert with the Chicago Symphony
Orchestra and I could never thank him enough
for introducing me to classical music.
Charlie was banished to Beverly Shores early
in his priesthood by Bishop Grutka because
he got involved in Gary politics and the
role that racial prejudice played in the
political systems of Lake County.
Beverly Shores had a tiny church, Saint Ann
of the Dunes.
Father Doyle went law school and passed the
Bar and began a career working with poor
men, mostly, African American imprisoned at
the Michigan City Prison.
He was responsible for overturning the
unjust convictions of many innocent men and
shortening the sentences of young African
American males serving time grossly
disproportionate to their crimes.
He turned Saint Ann of the Dunes into a
thriving community of diverse and
interesting Catholics with intelligent
preaching and unself-conscious ministry.
Rest in peace, Charlie!