EWTN Live – 2016-04-27 – Bishop Conley And Fr. Matya

EWTN Live – 2016-04-27 – Bishop Conley And Fr. Matya


>>FATHER: LAST WEEK OUR GUEST TALKED ABOUT HOW A NEW GENERATION OF PRIESTS AND BISHOPS IS REVITALIZING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. TONIGHT YOU WILL MEET A BISHOP AND HIS VOCATION DIRECTOR FROM ONE OF THE DIOCESES WE REFERRED TO. STAY WITH US TO LEARN THE LESSONS OF THEIR SUCCESS. [♪] [APPLAUSE]>>Father: THANK YOU. I KNOW YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HOW FATHER MITCH IS DOING. I SPOKE TO HIM THIS MORNING. AND HE WANTED ME TO TELL YOU HOW MUCH HE APPRECIATES YOUR PRAYERS FOR HIM. HE LEARNED THE GOOD NEWS THAT THERE HAS BEEN VERY MINIMAL DAMAGE TO HIS HEART. HE IS GETTING STRONGER AND TAKING A WALK AROUND THE BLOCK A COUPLE OF TIMES A DAY. HE TOLD ME THAT ONE OF HIS JESUIT CLASSMATES SAID THAT OBVIOUSLY HE IS GETTING HELP FROM MOTHER ANGELICA. THAT MOTHER PROBABLY SAID: “LOOK, I’VE ONLY BEEN UP HERE A COUPLE OF WEEKS, CAN I PLEASE HAVE SOME PEACE AND QUIET A LITTLE LONGER.” [LAUGHTER] AND SO FR. MITCH IMPROVED. AND TOLD ME THAT WAS A FORMER CLASSMATE THAT ACTUALLY LIKED HIM! SO PLEASE KEEP FR. MITCH IN YOUR PRAYERS. AS YOU CAN TELL, HE STILL HAS HIS SENSE OF HUMOR. WE HOPE TO SEE HIM BACK SOON. ON LAST WEEK’S PROGRAM WE HAD ON A SOCIOLOGIST, ANNE HENDERSHOTT, WHO TALKED ABOUT HER RECENT BOOK TITLED “RENEWAL, HOW A NEW GENERATION OF FAITHFUL PRIESTS AND BISHOPS IS REVITALIZING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.” ONE OF THE PLACES THAT SHE AND I TALKED ABOUT IS LINCOLN, NEBRASKA. AND SO I AM DELIGHTED TO HAVE ON THE PROGRAM TONIGHT BISHOP JAMES CONLEY, THE BISHOP OF LINCOLN AND FR. ROBERT MATYA, THE VOCATION DIRECTOR FOR THE DIOCESE AND PASTOR OF THE NEWMAN CENTER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA. WE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT WHAT THEY SEE AS THE REASONS FOR THEIR ABUNDANCE OF VOCATIONS TO THE PRIESTHOOD AND RELIGIOUS LIFE, AS WELL AS, TO STRONG CATHOLIC MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE. PLEASE WELCOME BISHOP CONLEY AND FR. MATYA. [APPLAUSE] SO, IT REALLY WORKED OUT AS WE TALKED EARLIER, THIS WAS A SEGUE OF OUR LAST PROGRAM HOW THERE’S A REVITALIZATION HAPPENING IN PLACES. AND WE’RE SO GRATEFUL THAT YOU COULD COME TO TALK ABOUT LINCOLN, NEBRASKA. THIS MORNING, AT THE HOMILY, ON THE MASS THAT WAS TELEVISED, YOU TALKED ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF CAMPUS MINISTRY TO YOUR OWN VOCATION AND CONVERSION TO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. SO, TELL US ABOUT THAT.>>Bishop: RIGHT N. MY OWN LIFE, I CONVERTED DURING MY UNDERGRADUATE YEARS IN COLLEGE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS. I GREW UP IN THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH. AND WHEN I CAME TO THE UNIVERSITY, I HAD THE PROVIDENTIAL FOR TUNE OF ENROLLING INTO A PROGRAM, INTEGRATED HUMANITIES PROGRAM. IT WAS DURING THOSE YEARS, MY JUNIOR YEAR TO BE EXACT IS WHEN I BECAME A CATHOLIC. I DISCOVERED THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, THE TRUTH, THE GOODNESS AND THE BEAUTY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH THROUGH LITERATURE, MUSIC, POETRY, AND ART. IT WAS DURING THOSE YEARS IN COLLEGE THAT I SAW HOW IMPORTANT IT WAS, YOU KNOW, FOR THERE TO BE SOMEONE OR SOMETHING THERE TO DIRECT COLLEGE STUDENTS. AS MY LIFE PROGRESSED AND DISCERNED A VOCATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD, ORDAINED IN 1985, I ENDED UP SPENDING MOST OF MY PRIESTHOOD IN CAMPUS MINISTRY IN ONE SORT OR ANOTHER. AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DALLAS, ROME CAMPUS, WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY, AT MY HOME DIOCESE OF WICHITA. AND NOW, BACK AS THE BISHOP OF LINCOLN, NEBRASKA VERY INVOLVED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA, NEWMAN CENTER. SO, MY OWN EXPERIENCE WAS TO BE IN THE CHURCH WHERE THE STUDENTS ARE. 90% OF THE COLLEGE-AGED CATHOLICS ARE AT PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES, LIKE I WAS AT. AND I THINK WE NEED TO CHANNEL OUR ENERGIES AND OUR RESOURCES TOWARD SO MANY OF THOSE STUDENTS WHO DURING THE COLLEGE YEARS OFTENTIMES LEAVE THE FAITH. AND SO, I REALLY DO HAVE A PASSION FOR CAMPUS MINISTRY AND FOR REACHING OUT TO THE STUDENTS DURING THE YEARS, THOSE IMPORTANT YEARS. THEY MAKE THESE DECISIONS WHICH SHAPE THE REST OF THEIR LIVES, BOTH GOOD AND BAD DECISIONS.>>Fr. Joseph: AND THERE’S A LOT OF NEGATIVE INFLUENCES ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES TODAY, ESPECIALLY A SECULAR COLLEGE CAMPUS. THERE’S A GREAT NEED FOR THE CHURCH TO BE THERE WHEN THESE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THE FUTURE OF THEIR LIFE AND THEY ARE MAKING, LIKE YOU SAID, LIFE-CHANGING DECISIONS.>>Bishop: EXACTLY. AND WE KNOW HOW SECULAR THE UNIVERSITY CULTURE CAN BE AND HOW THREATENING IT CAN BE TO THE FAITH. AND OFTENTIMES, YOU KNOW, STUDENTS BEGIN TO STRAY DURING THE COLLEGE YEARS. SO, ESPECIALLY AT BIG PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES, THE NEWMAN CENTER IS JUST LIKE THE ONE AT NEBRASKA, AND THEY ARE ALL OVER THE COUNTRY HAVE A VITAL ROLE TO PLAY.>>Fr. Joseph: AND FR. MATYA, MOST OF YOUR PRIESTHOOD YOU HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN VOCATIONAL WORK.>>Father: RIGHT, FOR 20 YEARS OF MY PRIESTHOOD, 18 FOR THE NEWMAN CENTER AND THEN AS CHAPLAIN.>>Fr. Joseph: SO LIKE WE SAID EARLIER, IF IT AIN’T BROKE, DON’T FIX IT. THEY KEPT YOU IN THAT ROLE BECAUSE YOU ARE SO SUCCESSFUL. NOW, LET’S TALK ABOUT THE CHANGE IN THE NEWMAN CENTER.>>Father: WELL, THE MASSES WERE ABOUT HALF FULL AND NOT THAT MANY COMING TO MASS ON SUNDAY AND I KNEW THERE WERE MORE, WAY MORE. LIKE, 6,000 AT LEAST. SO, I WAS PRAYING ABOUT IT AND I WAS ASKING GOD TO SHOW ME WHAT TO BECAUSE I KNEW WE HAD HAVE TO DO SOMETHING MORE PRO ACTIVE TO REACH THE STUDENTS. SO, WHILE I WAS PRAYING, I GOT A LETTER FROM SCOTT HAHN, MINISTRY FOCUS FOR CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY STUDENTS STARTED BY CURTIS MARTIN. SO, I CALLED CURTIS WITHIN A FEW WEEKS AND HE CAME THAT FALL FOR A VISIT. THE NEXT TEAM, WE HAD A TEAM OF FOUR MISSIONARIES THAT STARTED THE PROGRAM ON THE CAMPUS. THEY HAVE BEEN THERE FOR 17 YEARS. WE HAVE A TEAM OF 10 MISSIONARIES ON THERE AND GRADUALLY, WE’VE ADDED MASSES, BIBLE STUDIES AND MUCH LARGER PRESENCE OF STUDENTS AT THE CENTER.>>Fr. Joseph: HOW MANY STUDENTS GENERALLY WOULD THERE BE AND HOW MANY ARE CATHOLIC?>>Father: WELL, THERE’S 24,000 STUDENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY AND APPROXIMATELY 25% SELF IDENTIFY AS BEING CATHOLIC. SO, SOME DON’T IDENTIFY. AND WE KNOW AT LEAST 25% WOULD BE CATHOLIC. YEAH.>>Fr. Joseph: SO, THIS HAS BROUGHT A REAL REVITALIZATION ON THE CAMPUS AMONG THE CATHOLIC STUDENTS?>>Father: IT HAS. THE MASSES ARE GROWING TO, I KNOW I TALKED ABOUT IT, BUT JUST THE REFERRAL IS STANDING-ROOM ONLY. IT’S A BEAUTIFUL MINISTRY IN A SENSE THAT IT WORKS FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS. AND THE MISSIONARIES THEMSELVES ARE JUST OUT OF COLLEGE AND THEY ARE VERY CLOSE IN AGE TO THE STUDENTS. SO, WHEN THE STUDENTS SEE THESE MISSIONARIES ARE GIVING THEIR LIFE TO IT, TWO YEARS, AND RAISING THEIR OWN FUNDS TO DO IT, AND HAVE SUCH CONVICTION ABOUT IT, THEY BECOME CURIOUS AND THEY ARE ATTRACTED TO THAT. AND IT IS A GAME CHANGER I WOULD SAY, DEFINITELY.>>Fr. Joseph: SO IT’S MORE PEER TO PEER RELATIONSHIP?>>Father: RIGHT, TALKING ABOUT INCARNATIONAL EVANGELIZATION, BEING PRESENT TO THE STUDENTS, INVESTING THEIR LIVES WITH THEM, BECOMING THEIR FRIEND FIRST AND SHARING THE GOOD NEWS OF THE GOSPEL, DISCIPLING AND GROWING IN THEIR FAITH. A WALK WITH THEM AS POPE FRANCIS LIKES TO SAY.>>Fr. Joseph: AND WHEN I HAD BISHOP BARON ON THE PROGRAM HE WAS RECTOR AT THE TIME AND HE SAID, WE HAVE TO FORM THE PRIESTS IN A NEW WAY. THAT THEY ARE GOING INTO A PAGAN CULTURE. THEY REALLY HAVE TO SEE THEMSELVES AS MISSIONARIES. SO, YOU ARE SAYING, THE COLLEGE STUDENTS HAVE TO HAVE THAT ATTITUDE NOW, TOO, THAT THEY ARE MISSIONARIES GOING INTO A PAGAN CULTURE.>>Father: THAT’S THE BEAUTIFUL PART OF FOCUS, THE MISSIONARIES RAISE UP STUDENT LEADERS WHO BEGIN LEADING THEIR OWN BIBLE STUDIES. BY THE TIME THEY GRADUATE, SEVERAL OF THEM IN COURSE WANT TO BECOME MISSIONARIES THEMSELVES. AND THAT’S A BEAUTIFUL PART OF THE STORY THAT I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO SHARE. WE’VE HAD 114 STUDENTS GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LINCOLN, NEBRASKA WHO HAVE GONE TO BECOME MISSIONARIES AND SERVING IN SCHOOLS ALL THE WAY FROM CALIFORNIA TO NEW YORK. AND SO, TO WATCH THAT HAPPEN AND SEE THAT SPREAD AND SEE HOW OUR STUDENTS FROM OUR CAMPUS ARE DOING THAT, LITERALLY ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AND SERVING AS MISSIONARIES ON ALL THESE OTHER CAMPUSES IS JUST REALLY BEAUTIFUL.>>Fr. Joseph: SO, THEY ARE FORMED THERE ON THAT CAMPUS AND THEN THEY HAVE A FORMATION THAT THEY BECOME MISSIONARIES AFTER GRADUATION GOING TO OTHER CAMPUSES.>>Father: YES, DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS.>>DO THEY KNOW WHERE THEY ARE GOING OR ARE THEY SENT OUT?>>Father: WELL, THEY DON’T CHOOSE WHICH CAMPUS THEY GO TO. THEY ARE ASSIGNED, SENT TO WHERE THEY ARE GOING TO SERVE. AND THEY FIND OUT THE FIRST WEEK OF TRAINING, AT THE END OF THE WEEK, WHERE THEY ARE ASSIGNED TO GO. IT’S A BIG CELEBRATION. AND BY THEN, THEY ARE MATCHING UP WITH THEIR TEAMS AND IT’S A PRETTY FUN EXPERIENCE TO WATCH THAT HAPPEN.>>Fr. Joseph: AND I KNOW THERE WAS A EUCHARISTIC VIDEO, PROCESSION GOING ON. AND YOU WERE PART OF THAT. DO YOU ENJOY WORKING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE AND YOU HAVE BEEN IN CAMPUS MINISTRY MUCH OF YOUR OWN VOCATION.>>Bishop: YES, THROUGH THE CAMPUS OF THE UNIVERSITY, WE’VE HAD THAT AND LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, I’VE HAD IT AND BEEN ABLE TO BE FREE TO LEAD THE PROCESSION. IT’S A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE BECAUSE WE REALLY JUST TAKE THE LORD LITERALLY THROUGH THE CAMPUS AND WE STOP AT THE FOOTBALL STADIUM, THE OTHER SHRINE ON CAMPUS! [LAUGHTER] THAT’S THE NEWMAN CENTER AND THE FOOTBALL STADIUM. AND EVERYBODY HAS CANDLES AND IT’S JUST A BEAUTIFUL EXPRESSION OF PUBLIC FAITH. IT’S JUST AMAZING TO WATCH THE OTHER STUDENTS ON CAMPUS SEEING THIS PROCESSION. THEY SEE THIS, STOP, AND THINK, OH, WHAT ARE THOSE CATHOLICS UP TO. AND IT’S JUST A BEAUTIFUL THING. AND IT’S A BEAUTIFUL EXPRESSION OF FAITH.>>Fr. Joseph: AND OUR VIEWERS ARE WATCHING THAT, SOME OF THIS VIDEO THAT YOU HAVE. THERE’S A LOT OF STUDENTS INVOLVED IN THE PROCESSION.>>Father: USUALLY 400 TO 500.>>Fr. Joseph: THAT’S A HUGE EUCHARISTIC PROCESSION.>>AND ONE RAN OUT AND SAID, YOU GUYS, COME, HAVE YOU TO SEE WHAT THE CATHOLICS ARE DOING!>>THE FIRST CONTACT WITH THE CHURCH IS WATCHING THAT PROFESSION AND THEN SOME BECOME CATHOLICS.>>Bishop: AND WE HAVE NIGHT FEVER, TAKEN FROM WORLD YOUTH DAY. WE EXPOSE THE BLESSED SACRAMENT IN THE NEW CHURCH, WHICH WE’LL TALK ABOUT. WE TURN THE LIGHTS OFF AND WE HAVE BEAUTIFUL SUNG MUSIC BY THE SCHOLA, THE CHOIR, AND WE PUT CANDLES OUT IN THE SANCTUARY, THE STUDENTS GO OUT TWO BY TWO AND GATHER PEOPLE FROM THE CAMPUS TO PRAY FOR PEACE, PRAY FOR SOMEBODY WHO IS SICK. AND WHOEVER IS IN THE STREETS, CATHOLICS, NONCATHOLICS. AND JUST SIT THERE BEFORE THE LORD AND BLESSED SACRAMENT AND PRAY. IT’S JUST AMAZING WHAT HAPPENS. AND THERE’S PRIESTS IN THE BACK IN CASE SOMEBODY WANTS TO GO TO CONFESSION OR JUST TO TALK TO A PRIEST. AND WE HAVE DONE THAT, WHAT, THREE TIMES NOW SINCE WE BUILT THE NEW CHURCH.>>Fr. Joseph: AND WE CATHOLICS HAVE BEEN TOO SHY ABOUT REACHING OUT TO OTHERS AND INVITING THEM. AND THAT’S SOMETHING THAT YOU ARE TRYING TO INITIATE TO GET YOUNG PEOPLE INVOLVED AND WHY NOT JUST COME TO THE CHURCH HERE AND PRAY FOR SOMEONE. WE NEED TO BE MORE OUTGOING AS CATHOLICS, RIGHT? I GUESS.>>Bishop: TO BE BOLD.>>Fr. Joseph: NOW TALKING ABOUT THE NEED FOR A LARGER CHURCH. CONVENIENTLY, A YEAR AGO, ON DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY 2015 COMPLETED THE BEAUTIFUL CHURCH WHY WAS THERE A NEED FOR LARGER CHURCH?>>Father: WITH THE GROWTH OF THE STUDENTS COMING TO MASS. SEVERAL TIMES WE HAD THE EXPERIENCE OF BEING STANDING-ROOM ONLY IN THE CHAPEL. AND I WOULD BE IN THE BACK READY FOR THE PROCESSION AND STUDENTS WOULD COME IN AND SEE HOW FULL IT WAS AND JUST TURN AND WALK OUT. THAT WAS SO FRUSTRATING. AND I THOUGHT, IF WE HAVE STUDENTS TRYING TO COME TO MASS AND THEY ARE GETTING FRUSTRATED AND THEY ARE LEAVING, WE HAVE A PROBLEM AND WE NEED TO ADDRESS THIS. SO, WE TRIED TO RENOVATE THE CHAPEL AND WENT THROUGH THAT WITH THE ARK AT THE PARTICULAR TIME AND RENOVATE. AND THEY RECOMMENDED THAT WE KNOCK DOWN AND START OVER. AND OUR JAWS DROPPED. WE DIDN’T EXPECT THAT. BUT WHEN THAT HAPPENED WE SAW THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL AND ATTRACT STUDENTS, IMPORTANCE OF SHOWING THEM BEAUTY IN THE CHURCH, BEING THE FIRST ENCOUNTER. AND SO, WE SPENT A LOT OF TIME WORKING WITH TWO ARCHITECTS ON THE PROJECT. IT’S NOT PURE GOTHIC, BUT KIND OF AN ENGLISH GOTHIC STYLE. OFTEN, YOU SEE THE LARGE STAINED GLASS WINDOW IN THE BACK OF THE SANCTUARY WHICH OURS HAS WHICH IS THE LARGEST STAINED GLASS WINDOW BUILT, COMPOSITE BUILD IN THE NORTH AMERICA. AND CHRIST IS SEATED ON THE THRONE WITH OUR PATRON NEWMAN AND ST. THOMAS AQUINAS AND IT’S JUST MAGNIFICENT FOR THE STUDENTS.>>Fr. Joseph: THE STAINED GLASS WINDOW IS BEAUTIFUL. AND TALK ABOUT THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE SAINTS THAT YOU CHOSE. I THOUGHT YOU, YOU HAD BEAUTIFUL CONNECTION WITH THE COLLEGE STUDENTS.>>Father: OF COURSE, THERE’S ST. THOMAS AND AS I SAID, ALBERT THE GREAT, THOMAS’ TEACHER, PERFECT FOR A UNIVERSITY SETTING. AND THERESE FOCUS ON MISSIONARY WORK. JOHN PAUL II AND SISTER FAUSTINA WE CALL IT THE MERCY WINDOW. BLESSED MOTHER, BLESSED GEORGE FOR THE YOUTH AND MARIA GORETTI.>>Father: WE WANTED TO SHOW THERE WERE YOUNG PEOPLE IN HEAVEN WHICH WAS IMPORTANT TUESDAY AND WANTED TO COMMUNICATE THAT. AND I TALKED ABOUT THE FOCUS, HOW IT WAS INCARNATIONAL AND RELATIONAL. WE WANTED THE WINDOWS TO SHOW A RELATIONSHIP. SO, FOR EXAMPLE, SOME OF THEM, NOT ALL OF THEM, WE HAVE A WAYS TO GO ON THAT. BUT FRANCIS AND CLARE ARE TOGETHER. I TOLD YOU THAT THIS MORNING, THEY ARE CLOSE TO THE SANCTUARY AND ANDREW, PETER AND PETER’S ENCOUNTERED WITH OUR LORD AND ST. PAUL AND TIMOTHY WAS HIS DISCIPLE. AND OTHER RELATIONSHIPS AS WELL. BENEDICT AND SCHOLASTIC, BROTHERS AND SISTER. AND TOBIAH AND SARAH, WEDDING.>>Fr. Joseph: BISHOP CONLEY WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO HAVE A FUNCTIONAL BUILDING BUT TO HAVE SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL?>>Bishop: THAT’S BEEN THE THEME TRUTH THE WHOLE PROJECT. THE IDEA THAT BEAUTY ATTRACTS. OF THE THREE GREAT TRANSCENDALS, TRUTH BEAUTY AND LOVE. AND BISHOP BARON TALKS ABOUT THIS. TRUTH HAS BEEN COMPROMISED BY RELATIVISM AND GOODNESS, PEOPLE ARE LITTLE ABOUT IT LEERY OF THAT BECAUSE YOU ARE BEING JUDGMENTAL IF YOU ARE SAYING THIS PERSON IS GOOD OR THAT PERSON IS NOT GOOD. BUT BEAUTY TRANSCENDS THOSE AND BEAUTY HAS THE POWER TO ATTRACT. AND ONE OF THE IDEAS IN BUILDING A BEAUTIFUL CHURCH WAS TO ATTRACT PEOPLE THROUGH BEAUTY. AND NOT ONLY JUST THE ARCHITECTURE AND THE PHYSICAL BEAUTY OF THE CHURCH, BUT ALSO, THE BEAUTY OF THE MIND. SO, WE’VE ESTABLISHED THIS NEWMAN INSTITUTE CATHOLIC CULTURE, AND UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM THAT I WAS IN, UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS, THE GREAT BOOKS, THE HUMANITIES AND SUCH. TO INTRODUCE STUDENTS TO THE BEAUTY OF OUR CATHOLIC TRADITION. AND TO INTRODUCE STUDENTS TO THE GREAT WORKS OF WESTERN CULTURE. GOING ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE GREEKS AND THROUGH TO THE MODERNS. AND THAT WAS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WHEN I CAME TO THE DIOCESE OF LINCOLN I THOUGHT MAYBE THAT WAS MISSING AT THE NEWMAN CENTER WAS THE INTELLECT ACTUALLY COMPONENTS. AND THEY WERE GETTING ALL THESE IDEAS AND NOT SUCH GOOD ONES IN THE CLASSES AND IT’S HARD TO INTEGRATE INTO THE CHURCH. AND THEN ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE MAJORING IN DEGREES AND THEY HAVE DON’T HAVE THE IDEAS TO INTEGRATE IT. SO, THE BEAUTY OF THE MIND, CHURCH, AND THE LITURGY, THAT’S THE THING THAT WE WANTED TO EMPHASIZE IN THE CHURCHES, TO CELEBRATE IN THE CHURCHES IN A DIGNIFIED AND BEAUTIFUL WAY. WHEN WE WERE BUILDING THE CHURCH, YOU KNOW, STUDENTS, FR. MATYA CANVASSED THE STUDENTS TO SEE WHAT KIND OF CHURCH DO YOU WANT. AND IT WAS AMAZING WHAT THEY ENDED UP SAYING.>>Father: FIRST THING, WHICH WE NEVER WOULD HAVE GUESSED, THEY ASKED FOR A COMMUNION RAIL. THEY WANTED TO RECEIVE THE EUCHARIST KNEELING. AND ALL KINDS OF THINGS. BEAUTIFUL ART, BEAUTIFUL STAINED GLASS. THESE WERE THE THINGS THEY WERE ASKING FOR. WHAT KIND OF ARCHITECTURE WILL IT BE. AND YOU KNOW, THEIR WORLD IS MOVING SO QUICKLY. SO, I THINK THE OTHER DAY, I WAS LOOKING AT A PICTURE OF A BLACKBERRY BECAUSE IT LOOKED SO ANTIQUATED TO THEM. WE REMEMBER USING THEM NOT THAT LONG AGO. BUT TO THEM, THAT’S OLD. SO, IT’S SHOWING SOMETHING THAT’S COME DOWN THROUGH THE AGES. IT’S SOMETHING THEY CAN GRASP ON TO AND HOLD ON. AND IT’S STABILITY. AND THEY ARE LONGING FOR THIS, THEY WANT IT.>>Bishop: AND FOR A CERTAIN SENSE, THEY FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE BEEN ROBBED OF THESE CULTURAL TREASURES THAT WERE PERENNIAL IN EVERY GENERATION UP UNTIL OURS. AND THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE WANT TO DO IS RESTORE SOME OF THOSE BEAUTIFUL TREASURES. THEY AUTOMATICALLY RESONATE TOWARD. THEY SEE IT, THEY SEE THE BEAUTY OF IT. THEY SEE THEY ARE ATTRACTED TO IT AND THEY WANT IT.>>Fr. Joseph: AND WE ALL WANT A SENSE OF THE SACRED. IF WE’RE GOING TO PRAY, WE WANT TO ENCOUNTER THE DIVINE, ENCOUNTER GOD. AND BEAUTY HAS A WAY TO DO THAT. TO COMMUNICATE SOMETHING OF GOD THROUGH US.>>WE HAVE THIS GREAT STORY, AND WALKED INTO THE CHURCH AND SAID, ARE YOU COMING BACK TO THE CHURCH. AND A STUDENT CAME OVER BECAUSE HE HEARD THE BELLS IN THE BELL TOWER. AND HE SAID, FINALLY, I HAVE TO GO OVER THERE. THE BELLS ARE INTENDED TO DO, CALL PEOPLE TO CHURCH.>>Bishop: REAL BELLS!>>Father: AND THE BISHOP BLESSED THEM ON A VERY HOT DAY. SHH.>>Fr. Joseph: AND MOTHER WANTED BEAUTIFUL BELLS AT THE SHRINE AND BISHOP FOLEY BLESSED THEM. IT WAS A SPECIAL BLESSING AGAINST STORMS AND CALLING PEOPLE TO PRAYER. AND WHAT WERE SOME OF THE ELEMENTS OF THE BLESSING.>>Bishop: CALLING PEOPLE TO PRAYER AND ALSO, WARDING OFF EVIL. SOUNDING OF THE BELL, THE TOLLING OF THE BELLS FOR ALL KINDS OF REASON. THAT’S THE HISTORY. BELLS GO WAY BACK IN HISTORY. AND THE BEAUTIFUL THING OF THE NEWMAN CENTER IN THE UNIVERSITY, IN NEBRASKA, WE HAVE A STRONG PRESENCE ALL OVER THE UNIVERSITY. ALL OVER THE CAMPUS. AND WE’RE HIGHER MAYBE THE ONLY THING HIGHER IS THE FOOTBALL STADIUM. AND IT’S BEAUTIFUL TO HEAR THE BELLS RING ACROSS THE CAMPUS.>>Fr. Joseph: THERE’S A PERMANANCE, THE CHURCH IS HERE TO STAY, NOT JUST LIKE PASSING TECHNOLOGY. BUT SAME THING, YOU WERE USING MODERN TECHNOLOGY. TALKING ABOUT GEO THERMAL.>>Father: RIGHT, WE HAVE A GEO THERMAL HEATING SYSTEM. AND WE’VE DRILLED 70 WELLS, AND IT’S HEATING AND COOLING THE BUILDING AT A FRACTION OF THE COST. AND THEY WANTED THE BUILDING TO BE IN SUCH A WAY, ANY STUDENT IN A WHEELCHAIR CAN GO INTO ANYWHERE IN THE BUILDING. IF THEY WANT TO SING IN THE CHOIR, THEY CAN GET ON THE ELEVATOR AND ZIP RIGHT OVER THERE AND SING IN THE CHOIR LOFT. WE WANTED IT MODERN THAT WAY AND ACCESSIBLE TO THE STUDENTS IN EVERY WAY THEY COULD MAKE IT.>>Fr. Joseph: I WAS SO IMPRESSED WITH THE WAY YOU ARE INSPIRING VOCATION, WHAT YOU DO IN THE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOLS. TALK ABOUT THAT.>>Bishop: ONE OF THE BLESSINGS OF THE DIOCESE OF LINCOLN, ALL OF OUR RELIGION COURSES TAUGHT IN THE 6 HIGH SCHOOLS ARE TAUGHT BY PRIESTS OR SISTERS. THAT’S JUST SORT OF A GIVEN. AND IT’S BEEN THERE FOR A LONG TIME. WE’VE GOT 14 PRIESTS ON THE FACULTY AT OUR CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL SO EVERY PRIEST KNOWS THAT THE FIRST FIVE YEARS OF HIS PRIESTHOOD IS TEACHING IN THE HIGH SCHOOL FIVE YEARS. AND IT’S HAD A GREAT EFFECT. THEY SEE PRIESTS EVERYDAY IN THE HIGH SCHOOLS. AND A LOT OF OUR VOCATIONS HAVE COME OUT OF OUR HIGH SCHOOLS. AND A NUMBER OF THEM HAVE COME OUT OF THE UNIVERSITY WITH FR. MATYA BEING THE VOCATIONAL DIRECTOR AS WELL AS BEING PASTOR OF THE NEWMAN CENTER. A LOT OF OUR STUDENTS GO THROUGH THE UNIVERSITY. AND IF THEY DON’T GO INTO THE SEMINARY RIGHT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL, MAYBE THEY SPEND A COUPLE OF YEARS AT THE UNIVERSITY. SO, A LOT OF OUR VOCATIONS HAVE COME THROUGH OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM.>>Fr. Joseph: AND YOU HAVE RELIGIOUS SISTERS TEACHING THERE AS WELL? THERE WAS A COMMUNITY FOUNDED?>>Bishop: RIGHT, WE HAVE CHRIST THE KING, FOUNDED BY BISHOP FLAVIN IN THE 1970’S. IT’S A SMALL COMMUNITY WHICH IS CONTINUING TO GROW. THEY TEACH AND ARE ADMINISTRATORS IN THE NUMBER OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. WE HAVE SISTERS TEACHING ELEMENTARY LEVEL AS WELL AS IN THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL.>>Father: AND THE MARIAN SISTERS.>>Bishop: RIGHT. ANOTHER COMMUNITY, FRANCISCAN SISTERS THAT TEACH AS WELL AND DO PARISH WORK. IN FACT, MY ADMINISTRATOR IS A MARIAN SISTER. SO, WE’VE BEEN VERY BLESSED IN THE DIOCESE OF LINCOLN WITH MANY VOCATIONS WHICH PROMPTED ME THIS YEAR TO RELEASE TWO PRIESTS TO SERVE IN POOR DIOCESES. ONE I RELEASED TO SERVE IN THE DIOCESE OF GALLOP NEW MEXICO AND THE OTHER ONE IS GOING TO FAIRBANKS, ALASKA. I ASKED MY PRIEST, WHO WANTS TO GO TO FAIRBANKS. I HAVE A BUDDY THAT’S A PRIEST UP THERE AND HE’S ASKING FOR A PRIEST. AND ONE PRIEST WHO IS AN OUTDOORSMAN, HE IS HEADED UP TO GNOME IN JUNE.>>Fr. Joseph: THAT SEEMS SO WONDERFUL TO HAVE PRIESTS INTERACTING WITH HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE. AND THAT IT HAS AN EFFECT, OH, THIS IS A POSSIBILITY FOR ME TO MEET, TALK, AND SEE PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS AND UNDERSTAND THEIR LIFE A LITTLE BETTER.>>Father: RIGHT. IT’S A DIFFERENCE TO HAVE ACCESS TO THEM, THE VOWS AND SUCH.>>Bishop: AND THEY SEE THEM EVERYDAY. THE PRIESTS, IT’S PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS SORT OF A NORMAL PART OF THE FABRIC OF THE CULTURE. ESPECIALLY FOR THE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS.>>Fr. Joseph: AND WE TALKED ABOUT PRIESTLY VOCATIONS, RELIGIOUS LIFE. AND TALK ABOUT THE IMPACT THAT THIS IS HAVING ON CATHOLIC MARRIAGES AND FAMILY LIFE. YOU HAVE, WHAT, 54 MARRIAGES, COUPLES?>>Father: RIGHT, GONE UP DRAMATICALLY, 54 SCHEDULED TO BE MARRIED THIS YEAR! IT’S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY. IF YOU THINK ABOUT THE TIMES THAT A COUPLE ACTUALLY SITS DOWN WITH A PRIEST AND TALKS ABOUT THEIR LIFE. IT’S NOT A LOT. SO, IT’S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO EVANGELIZE, CATECHIZE AND TEACH THEM ABOUT MARRIAGE IN ALL ASPECTS OF THE FAITH AND WIN THEIR HEARTS OVER TO CHRIST. WE LOOKED AT IT AS AN OPPORTUNITY AND COUPLES COULD HAVE A DEEPER CONVERSATION IN STEAD OF GROUP SETTINGS AND BIG INVESTMENT OF TIME AND WELL WELL WORTH IT. THESE GREAT STORIES OF CATHOLIC FAMILIES BEING STARTED AND THEY GET MARRIED WITH THEIR FEET ON THE GROUND THAT WAY.>>Fr. Joseph: AND AS A FOCUS, MISSIONARIES GROW AND BEING THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, THEY ARE IMPACTING THE MEMBERS OF THE PARISH THAT THEY ARE MEMBERS OF. Bishop: THAT’S ONE OF THE CURTIS MARTIN FOCUS FOUNDER IS SEEING, THREE, FOUR, YEARS BEING IN THERE, GETTING MARRIED AND GETTING REAL JOBS SO TO SPEAK. HAVING CHILDREN AND THEY ARE MOVING INTO PARISHES. AND HE PREDICTS BY THE YEAR 2020, THERE’S GOING TO BE FOUR FOCUS MISSIONARIES IN EVERY PARISH IN THE COUNTRY. THAT’S GOING TO HAVE A TREMENDOUS IMPACT ON EVANGELIZATION AND CATECHESIS. THESE FOCUS MINISTRIES ARE TRAINED AND BEEN OUT IN THE MISSION FIELDS. WHAT A BLESSING THAT THEY WILL BE TO THE PARISHES OF OUR COUNTRY.>>Fr. Joseph: LET’S TALK ABOUT THE FRATERNITIES AND SORORITIES. WHY IS IT IMPORTANT THAT YOU WANTED TO ENTER INTO THAT LIFE AS WELL?>>Father: THAT WAS PART OF THE BIG PROJECT AT THE SAME TIME WE WERE BUILDING THE CHURCH. WE BUILT A CATHOLIC FRATERNITY, PHI KAPPA THETA. AND IT’S A FRATERNITY FOR MEN ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IT’S IN THE GREEK SYSTEM. AND WE THOUGHT BY GETTING INTO THE GREEK SYSTEM AND EVANGELIZING WITHIN, A LOT OF LEADERS GO THROUGH THE FRATERNITY SYSTEM. AND WE KNOW THAT THE FRATERNITY SYSTEM DOESN’T HAVE THE BEST REPUTATION. SO, WE THOUGHT THAT, YOU KNOW, IF WE CAN ESTABLISH A FRATERNITY WHERE FORMING MEN IN LEADERSHIP, MEN TO BE GENTLEMEN, THAT THAT WOULD BE A GREAT BLESSING. AND A LOT OF, WE’VE GOT A LOT OF FRUIT COMING OUT OF THIS PHI KAPPA THETA.>>Father: AND TO FOLLOWUP ON THAT, I DIDN’T WANT TO REALLY START A FRATERNITY. YOU KNOW, I WAS JUST SEEING A SITUATION, DIFFERENT PLACES ON CAMPUS AND TRYING TO ADDRESS THE SITUATION BECAUSE THEY REALLY DO LEAD IN STUDENT GOVERNMENT, LARGE PERCENT OF POPULATION FOR THEM AND WE WERE NOT IMPACTING THEM AND THEY WANTED TO. AND THEY SAID, WHY DON’T YOU START A FRATERNITY AND BE AN EXAMPLE ABOUT IT. AND THEN WE PRAYED. AND BISHOP GAVE PERMISSION. I NEVER THOUGHT IT WOULD HAPPEN. AND WE’VE HAD A LOT OF GREAT MARRIAGES. 17 MEN OUT OF THAT FRATERNITY ALREADY IN THAT HAVE GONE TO THE SEMINARY. FIRST TWO ARE GOING TO BE ORDAINED DEACONS THAT HAVE GONE THROUGH. AND LOTS OF GREAT MARRIAGES. FAMILIES FORMED OUT OF THAT HOUSE AS WELL.>>Bishop: AND WE HAVE A SORORITY, NOT A HOUSE YET. BUT WE’RE HOPING TO BUILD THAT ONE DAY. IT’S COMING. WE’VE GOT 43 GIRLS THAT ARE COLONIZED INTO A SORORITY. BUT IT’S INTERESTING TO SEE THE WOMEN ON THE CAMPUS. THEY LIKE TO SPEND TIME AT THE MEN’S FRATERNITY. THEY CALL IT THE FRAT-ICAN. AND THEY LIKE IT BECAUSE THE MEN TREAT THEM LIKE LADIES AND THEY ARE CLEAN. IT’S BECOME A POPULAR PLACE ON THE CAMPUS. THANK YOU FOR THE STORY, WE’LL TAKE A BREAK. GO ONLINE AND CHECK OUT THEIR newmaninstitute.com AND ALSO GO TO huskercatholic.com. SO, WE’RE GOING TO BE RIGHT BACK HERE IN JUST A MOMENT TO TAKE YOUR QUESTIONS. WE INVITE YOU TO COME BACK AFTER THIS BREAK AND LISTEN TO MORE, ASK YOUR QUESTIONS TO BISHOP CONLEY AND TO FR. MATYA. [APPLAUSE] ♪ ♪ [APPLAUSE]>>Fr. Joseph: THANK YOU AND WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU COME AND MAKE A PILGRIMAGE. WE HAVE WONDERFUL PILGRIMS HERE FROM NEW MEXICO THAT HAVE TAKEN A TWO DAY BUS TRIP TO COME ALL THE WAY OVER HERE TO VISIT EWTN. WE’RE SO GLAD THAT THEY ARE HERE TONIGHT FOR THE LIVE SHOW. WE WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO COME MAKE A PILGRIMAGE TO ATTEND A LIVE SHOW. WE HAVE SOME DURING THE DAY AND LIKE THIS PROGRAM, EWTN LIVE. THEN, THERE’S THE BEAUTIFUL SHRINE OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT WHERE OUR PILGRIMS ARE GOING TO BE GOING TOMORROW. WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT MOTHER’S TOMB AND JUST A BEAUTIFUL PLACE. WE WERE TALKING ABOUT BEAUTY AND THE ARCHITECTURE AND HOW THAT INSPIRES YOU. THAT’S WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO EXPERIENCE AT THE SHRINE OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT. SO, IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN MAKING A PILGRIMAGE. CALL OUR PILGRIMAGE DEPARTMENT AT 205-271-2966. GO TO ewtn.com. SO, WE HAVE CALLER ON THE PHONE. KATHY IN PENNSYLVANIA. WHAT’S YOUR QUESTION? Voice: HI, FATHER JOSEPH, I WANTED TO ASK A QUESTION. I WANTED TO KNOW IF THEY CAN TELL ME IF THERE’S A CORRELATION, LIKE A CONNECTION BETWEEN THE INCREASE OF VOCATIONS THAT THEY ARE HAVING IN LINCOLN AND HAVING THE MORE ORTHODOX TEACHING OF OUR CATHOLIC FAITH, SUCH AS NO ALTAR GIRLS AND HAVING THE ALTAR RAIL THAT THEY MENTIONED. AND ALSO, AS WELL AS THE INFLUENCE OF THE PREVIOUS BISHOP THERE, AND OF COURSE, THE FRATERNITY OF SAINT PETER IN THEIR DIOCESE.>>Fr. Joseph: YES, TALK ABOUT THAT BISHOP CONLEY, WHAT HAPPENED IN THE PAST BEFORE YOU WERE THERE?>>Bishop: WELL, YES. I’VE ALWAYS BEEN VERY MINDFUL OF THE FACT THAT I’M TALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GIANTS! BECAUSE I’VE HAD, MY TWO MOST IMMEDIATE PREDECESSORS, BISHOP FABIAN KRUSKOWITZ, BISHOP FOR 20 YEARS AND BEFORE HIM, BISHOP FLAVIN, WHO WAS THE BISHOP IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL, TURBULENT YEARS ALL THE WAY THROUGH 1993. SO, BASICALLY, OVER 40 YEARS, STELLAR EPISCOPAL LEADERSHIP. THAT’S WHAT I INHERITED AND I’M SO BLESSED AS A BISHOP. I AM VERY MINDFUL OF THAT. AND THE FRUIT OF THAT FIDELITY AS THE CALLER SAID, OR THAT ORTHODOXY OF TWO BISHOPS WHO REALLY UNDERSTOOD WHAT EPISCOPAL LEADERSHIP WAS, WE’RE SO FAITHFUL TO THE CHURCH AND THE LITURGY, TEACHING, AND CATHOLIC EDUCATION AND SEMINARY FORMATION. WE SEE THE FRUIT OF THAT. THE LINCOLN DIOCESE HAS NOT JUST EXPERIENCED CONVENIENTLY A SURGE IN VOCATIONS, IT’S BEEN 20, 30, 40 YEARS CONSISTENT VOCATIONS. AND I’LL HAVE ORDAINED, IN THE LAST 24 MONTHS, I’LL HAVE ORDAINED 17 NEW PRIESTS! WITH ONE RETIREMENT. THAT’S A NET GAIN OF 16 PRIESTS. AND THE AVERAGE AGE, I THINK, NOW, WE’LL HAVE 142 ACTIVE PRIESTS AND THE AVERAGE AGE IS 44. WE HAVE, USED TO HAVE, MAYBE STILL DO, WICHITA MY HOME DIOCESE HAS OVERTAKEN US. BUT WE DID HAVE THE HIGHEST NUMBERS OF SEMINARIANS PER CAPITA IN THE COUNTRY. THAT’S NOT A CREDIT TO ME. I INHERITED THAT BECAUSE OF THE PREDECESSORS WHO BUILT A STRONG FOUNDATION. WE HAVE TWO SEMINARIES IN THE DIOCESE. WE HAVE OUR OWN COLLEGE, SAINT GREGORY THE GREAT, DIOCESAN SEMINARIAN WHERE WE FORM OUR OWN MEN AND SIX OTHER SENDING ONES. AND WE HAVE THE FRATERNITY OF SAINT PETER’S NORTH AMERICAN SEMINARY, WE HAVE OVER 80 THERE OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE. AND WE’VE BEEN BLESSED TO HAVE THE FRATERNITY OF SAINT PETER IN OUR DIOCESE. WE HAVE COMPETITIONS, HOLY COMPETITIONS NOW, SOCCER GAMES AND SUCH. AND WE GO TO EACH OTHER’S SEMINARIES ON THE FEAST DAYS. SO, THERE’S A GOOD COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE FRATERNITY OF SAINT PETER AND THE DIOCESAN PRIESTS. BUT THE CALLER IS RIGHT. REALLY, I DO I THINK IT’S FRUIT OF THE FIDELITY TO THE CHURCH AND CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF EPISCOPAL LEADERSHIP.>>Fr. Joseph: TELL US ABOUT THE PRIEST’S BASEBALL GAME YOU ARE TAKING PART IN?>>Bishop: RIGHT THIS IS STARTED FROM BY OUR SPIRIT CATHOLIC RADIO, CARRIES EWTN RADIO AND PROGRAMMING. AND WE HAVE THE CALLER SERIES WHERE THE PRIESTS OF THE DIOCESE OF LINCOLN CHALLENGE THE PRIESTS OF THE DIOCESE OF OMAHA TO A SOFTBALL GAME. IT WAS INAUGURAL EVENT. WE HAD OVER 8,000 PEOPLE COMING TO A GAME. AND I WAS NOT ABLE TO BE THERE BECAUSE I WAS TRAVELING AND I DON’T THINK FR. MATYA WAS THERE EITHER. BUT I’M GOING TO BE THERE THIS YEAR AND I’M GOING TO PARTICIPATE IN THAT. IT WAS PUT ON BY THE RADIO STATION. AND CATHOLIC RADIO IN NEBRASKA HAS REALLY FLOURISHED. AND IT’S REALLY BECOME POWERFUL TOOL OF EVANGELIZATION FOR ALL THREE OF THE BISHOPS IN NEBRASKA. AND THE ARCHBISHOP IN OMAHA AND ARCHBISHOP AND GRAND ISLAND AND MYSELF. WE’RE ALWAYS ASKED TO BE ON THE RADIO AND REACHED ALL OF OUR HOUSEHOLDS ALL ACROSS THE STATE.>>Fr. Joseph: SO YOU ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THAT OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE THAT, SPEAK TO THE PEOPLE THROUGH CATHOLIC RADIO.>>Father: AND WE WANT EVERYBODY TO KNOW THAT THE LINCOLN PRIESTS WON THAT FIRST GAME!>>WELL, WE HAVE A STUDIO QUESTION UP NEXT. HELLO, YOU ARE ONE OF THE PEOPLE FROM NEW MEXICO. Voice: YEAH, I’M CLARE FROM ALBUQUERQUE NEW MEXICO. AND I HAVE A GRANDDAUGHTER AT NORTH CAROLINA STATE AND VERY INVOLVED IN THE NEWMAN CENTER THERE. IN FACT, SHE WENT TO NATIONAL FOCUS CONVENTION LAST YEAR AND I DON’T REMEMBER WHAT STATE IT WAS. BUT ANYWAY, THY QUESTION, NOT REGARDING FOCUS BUT SHE GOT HER OWN PARENTS TO GO TALK TO SEVERAL STUDENTS, I MEAN, STUDENTS TO GO TO TALK TO THEM ABOUT THEOLOGY OF THE BODY. AND I’M WONDERING WHAT’S YOUR FEELING ABOUT TEACHING COLLEGE STUDENTS ABOUT THEOLOGY OF THE BODY.>>Father: IT’S IMPORTANT BECAUSE OUR CULTURE GIVES TOTALLY MISGUIDED NOTION OF HUMAN SEXUALITY. AND IT’S IMPORTANT TO TEACH THE STUDENTS WHAT THAT SHOULD LOOK LIKE. AND WE HAVE A PRIEST IN OUR DIOCESE, FATHER TICARD, DOES PRESENTATIONS AND BEEN TO OUR CENTER SEVERAL TIMES. AND GIVING THEM EXAMPLES OF GOOD WONDERFUL MARRIED COUPLES AND FAMILIES. WE HAVE MARRIED COUPLES COME IN FROM TIME TO TIME AND SPEAKING ABOUT THE VOCATION OF MARRIAGE AND WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE. SO, YES, ABSOLUTELY IT’S IT IMPORTANCE TO TO GIVE EXAMPLE OF THAT. Bishop: IT’S BEAUTY. AGAIN, IT’S BEAUTY OF FAMILY, LOVE, AND COUPLES AND IT’S ATTRACTIVE. AND WE DON’T SEE THAT. YOUNG PEOPLE WHEN THEY DO SEE IT, ESPECIALLY WHEN, WE UNPACK THE BEAUTIFUL TEACHING OF JOHN PAUL II, THEOLOGY OF THE BODY. IT RESONATES WITH THEM. AND THIS IS WHAT HUMAN SEXUALITY IS ALL ABOUT. THIS IS WHAT LOVE IS ALL ABOUT AND HAS THAT BEAUTIFUL ATTRACTION. SO, IT’S JUST VERY MUCH PART OF THE CATECHESIS AND TEACHING OF THE NEWMAN CENTER.>>Fr. Joseph: THERE IS FAMILY THAT I AM FRIENDS WITH IN HANCEVILLE. THEY HAVE A NUMBER OF CHILDREN. AND THE OLDEST GIRL, PHILOMENA MADE FIRST HOLY EUCHARIST. AND WE WERE CELEBRATING AND AN OLDER COUPLE CAME UP AND SAID, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, WE NEVER SEE THIS ANYMORE. IT WAS JUST A CATHOLIC FAMILY, AND DRESSED NICELY FOR THE CELEBRATION THEY HAD FOR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION. THEY WERE WELL BEHAVED FOR THE MOST PART, AS CHILDREN ARE. BUT THERE’S SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL ABOUT CATHOLIC MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE WHEN IT’S LIVED. IT’S ATTRACTIVE.>>Father: IT’S ATTRACTIVE AND WE WANT TO LET OUR STUDENTS SEE THAT. AND OUR YOUNG ALUMNI, MARRIED COUPLES AND THE CHILDREN ARE RUNNING AROUND. AND STUDENTS CAN SEE WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE.>>Fr. Joseph: TELL US ABOUT THE SOCIAL EVENTS THAT YOU HAVE WITH THE STUDENTS. OBVIOUSLY, YOUNG PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR SOCIAL INTERACTION IN HEALTHY WAYS. HOW DO YOU FILL THAT NEED?>>Father: WELL, WE TRY TO DO THAT BECAUSE OUR CULTURE PRESENTS A LOT OF SOCIAL SITUATIONS, AND THEY DO WANT TO BE SOCIALIZED. WHO WANTS TO SPEND TIME ALONE IN THE DORM ROOM. THEY WANT TO INTERACT WITH OTHER STUDENTS. THURSDAY NIGHT, START OF THE WEEKEND REALLY FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS. SO, 10:00 MASS THAT NIGHT AND THEY COME AND HANG OUT. WE HAVE DIFFERENT EVENTS, MUSIC, DANCING, GAMES, JUST DIFFERENT FOOD THAT MAY BE SERVED. AND WE DO THESE EVENTS PRETTY REGULARLY AND WE GIVE THEM OPPORTUNITIES TO SOCIALIZE WITH EACH OTHER AND BRINGING OTHERS INTO THAT SOCIAL CIRCLES AS WELL. SO, WE REALLY STARTED OUT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR, REPEATEDLY FOR THE FIRST TWO WEEKS OF SCHOOL DOING A LOT OF EVENTS. ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE WATCHING THE NEW STUDENTS IN CAMPUS, THEY ARE LOOKING TO LAND SOMEWHERE. AND BY THE SECOND WEEK THEY’VE LANDED. AND SO, WE’RE TRYING TO CAPTURE THEIR HEARTS AS SOON AS THEY COME.>>Fr. Joseph: RIGHT. YES.>>Bishop: AND ANOTHER THINK AS WE INSTITUTE THIS NEWMAN CENTER FOR CATHOLIC THOUGHT AND CULTURE. WE WANT TO DEVELOP A CULTURE, ALREADY THERE’S A COMMUNITY THERE, BUT TO BUILD UPON THAT AND OFFER CULTURAL EXPERIENCES, TRAVELING ABROAD WHICH WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TRAVEL TO EUROPE, TO ROME ON THESE PILGRIMAGES. BUT ALSO, EVEN WITHIN NEBRASKA TO VISIT THE HOME OF WHICH WILLA CATHER ONE OF OUR MOST FAMOUS AUTHORS. AND TO REALLY KIND OF CREATE A CULTURE AMONGST THE COMMUNITY OF THE NEWMAN CENTER SO THAT THEY CAN BUILD FRIENDSHIPS, HEALTHY FRIENDSHIPS BUT FRIENDSHIPS STEEPED IN THE GREAT THINGS OF OUR FAITH. AND NATURALLY, IT KIND OF DEVELOPS BUT WITH THIS NEWMAN CENTER, INSTITUTE, AND WE’LL BE DOING IT IN A BETTER WAY.>>Fr. Joseph: WELL, WE HAVE ANOTHER CALLER. THOMAS IN TENNESSEE. HELLO, THOMAS. WHAT’S YOUR QUESTION? Voice: HELLO, FATHER WOLFE, HOW ARE YOU?>>Fr. Joseph: DOING WELL, THANK YOU. Voice: I HAVE TWO QUESTIONS. I THINK THAT HIS EXCELLENCY JUST ANSWERED THE SECOND QUESTION. BUT LET ME ASK THE FIRST ONE. I’M A LITTLE CONFUSED AND HOPING YOUR EXCELLENCY WILL HELP ME OUT. WHEN YOU TALKED ABOUT YOUR HOMILY TODAY ON THE MASS AND THE JACK TURNER MIRACLE AND THE JOHN NEWMAN AND I WAS UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT THEY WERE NAMED UNDER THE REDEMPTORIST PRIEST JOHN NEWMAN.>>Bishop: NO, NO, THE MOVEMENT OF THE CATHOLIC COLLEGE CAMPUS CENTERS ON PUBLIC UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES BECAME FROM BLESSED JOHN HENRY NEWMAN, 19TH CENTURY ANGLICAN CONVERT. AND JOHN HENRY NEWMAN, PENNSYLVANIA WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR STARTING CATHOLIC SCHOOLS. AND NEWMAN, OXFORD SCHOLAR AND CONVERTED WILE WHILE HE WAS AT OXFORD AND HE SAW A NEED FOR CATHOLIC PRESENCE AT THE PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES. THAT’S WHY HE IS THE PATRON SAINT, BLESSED OF CATHOLIC CAMPUS CENTERS. THERE’S BEEN A STRONG NEWMAN CENTER MOVEMENT FOR 50, 75 YEARS BECAUSE OF NEWMAN’S DESIRE TO WANT TO HAVE SOMETHING FOR CATHOLICS AT PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES.>>Fr. Joseph: SO, HE HIMSELF WAS A BRILLIANT SCHOLAR AND MAN. HE WROTE A BOOK ON UNIVERSITIES.>>Bishop: HE WAS ASKED TO ESTABLISH THE FIRST CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY IN IRELAND. AND HE WROTE A SERIES OF LECTURES CALLED THE IDEA OF UNIVERSITY. AND THAT HAS BECOME SORT OF THE MAGNA CARTA FOR CATHOLIC EDUCATION, AND EDUCATION IN GENERAL.>>Fr. Joseph: WOW.>>Father: AND THE INSTITUTE IN THE FALL, FATHER SOMEBODY IS GOING TO COME TO TALK ABOUT THAT WITH THE STUDENTS IN THE COMMUNITY ABOUT NEWMAN’S IDEA OF THIS IN THE UNIVERSITIES.>>Bishop: WE SPONSORED THE LECTURE SERIES WITH THE NEWMAN INSTITUTE.>>Fr. Joseph: AND WE HAVE A CALLER FROM SRI LANKA.>>VOICE: THE NEWMAN CENTER PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT PART OF MY LIFE AND AFTER I COMPLETED MY EDUCATION, IT WAS TO INTEGRATE INTO SOCIETY. AND MY QUESTION IS, THROUGH CARDINAL NEWMAN’S VISION AND THE POSSIBILITY OF EXTENDING THIS TO ALL CITIES, MAJOR DIOCESE, TO ESTABLISH A NEWMAN CENTER AT MANY CAMPUSES AS POSSIBLE. IS THERE, ARE THERE ANY LIMITATIONS OR THE FEASIBILITY OF THAT?>>Bishop: NOT AT ALL. AND IT’S GOOD TO HEAR YOUR VOICE! THIS IS A FORMER STUDENT OF MINE! WE GO WAY BACK TO MY TIME AT WICHITA STATE IN THE 1990’S. HE WAS A SUCCESSFUL ENGINEER AT CESSNA, RAISING A FAMILY IN WICHITA. I DON’T THINK THERE’S ANY LIMITATION. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE SOMETHING LIKE THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA NEWMAN CENTER ON EVERY COLLEGE CAMPUS IN THE COUNTRY BECAUSE THAT’S AS WE SAID BEFORE, 90% OF OUR CATHOLICS ARE AT PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS FOR WHATEVER REASON. MAY BE BECAUSE OF COSTS, MAY BE DEGREES THAT ARE NOT OFFERED AT THE SMALLER CATHOLIC UNIVERSITIES. YOU KNOW, I DON’T KNOW. BUT THERE’S NO LIMITATION IN HAVING SOMETHING ON EVERY CAMPUS.>>Fr. Joseph: AND MAY THEY INCREASE.>>Father: WE MAKE THE INVESTMENTS.>>Bishop: RIGHT. AND BISHOPS HAVE TO PUT THEIR PRIESTS THERE TO BUILD IT UP. I KNOW CURTIS MARTIN WOULD LIKE TO HAVE FOCUS MISSIONARIES ON EVERY CAMPUS IN THE COUNTRY.>>Fr. Joseph: AND SO CRUCIAL LIKE YOU SAID EARLIER, SO CRUCIAL THAT THE CHURCH IS THERE. WE’RE LOSING MANY YOUNG PEOPLE.>>Bishop: IT’S THE NEXT GENERATION. AND IF WE DON’T RESCUE THIS GENERATION NOW, THEN WE’RE GOING TO LOSE THEM.>>Fr. Joseph: AND WE HAVE ANOTHER CALLER, SEBASTIAN IN MASSACHUSETTS. HELLO, SEBASTIAN. Voice: THANK YOU, FATHER, HELLO. THANKS FOR TAKE MY CALL.>>Fr. Joseph: WHAT’S YOUR QUESTION. Voice: I HAVE A COMMENT AND PROBABLY PART OF A QUESTION. YOU KNOW, I CAME IN HERE AND WATCHING THE SHOW. THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT THE BEAUTY. THE BEAUTY OF THE ARK TECH DO YOU RECALL BEAUTY OF THE CHURCHES, YOU KNOW, AND HOW DO YOU CAPTURE THE YOUTH. WELL, BEAUTY IS CAUGHT THROUGH THE ARK TECH DO YOU RECALL, BY THE GRACE OF GOD. AND MOTHER ANGELICA UNDERSTOOD THIS BEAUTY. SHE BUILT THIS BEAUTIFUL CHURCH AND SHE UNDERSTOOD THE BEAUTY OF GOD AND EXPRESSED THAT THROUGH GREAT WORKERS WHICH ARE FAR AND FEW TODAY. SO, I’M HOPING THAT THIS IS MORE ADDRESSED OUT THERE TO RAISE THESE BEAUTIFUL CHURCHES. BECAUSE OVER HERE IN BOSTON, THEY HAVE BEEN CLOSING THEM DOWN. AND THEY WERE SO BEAUTIFUL. SOME OF THESE CHURCHES AND SOME OF THEM, YOU KNOW, CLOSING, IT’S JUST HEARTBREAKING. AND I DON’T KNOW IF YOU CAN REPLACE SOME OF THESE ARCHITECTURAL BUILDINGS TODAY. AND THAT WAS MY COMMENT. I HOPE THAT THIS IS IMPLICATED OUT THERE MORE BECAUSE YOU KNOW, THIS IS HOW YOU CATCH THE SENSES. WE HAVE FIVE SENSES AND THE SENSES HAVE TO BE CAPTURED FIRST TO THE VIEWER, YOU KNOW, TOUCHED, SMELL, SEE, HEAR, LOOK. AND THESE RICHES, ALL OF THIS BEAUTY OF GOD AND THE LITURGY OF THE CHURCH. I JUST WANTED TO EXPRESS THAT TO THE PANEL THERE.>>Fr. Joseph: THANK YOU, SEBASTIAN. BISHOP, ANY COMMENTS ON THAT?>>Bishop: VERY THOMISTIC: ALL KNOWLEDGE COMES THROUGH THE SENSES. WE’RE AN INCARNATIONAL CHURCH. AND WHAT WE SEE HEAR TASTE AND SEE, THROUGH THE BEAUTIFUL LITURGIES, ARCHITECTURES ALL OF IT HAS AN IMPORTANT IMPACT ON OUR SOULS. PUTTING OUR SOULS, AND TIME AND ENERGY AND MONEY INTO BUILDING BEAUTIFUL CHURCHES. I THINK THAT CHURCH ARCHITECTURE HAS REALLY IMPROVED IN RECENT TIMES. I KNOW IN THE DIOCESE OF LINCOLN, A LOT OF THE YOUNGER PRIESTS HAVE RESTORED A LOT OF OUR CHURCHES WERE, AS I SAID, REC-O-ADVOCATED FOR WHATEVER REASON, YOU KNOW, AFTER VATICAN II AND FOR WHATEVER REASON AND THE BEAUTY OF THE CHURCHES BEING RESTORED. AND I KNOW LIKE IN BIG CITIES, BOSTON, NEW YORK, AND PLACES LIKE THAT, CHURCHES HAVE CLOSED. BUT THE GOOD THING, WE’RE RETRIEVING BEAUTIFUL ART AND REINTRODUCING IT INTO OTHER CHURCHES. SO, WE’RE RECYCLING THE BEAUTY OF THE CHURCHES. AND I DO SEE AN IMPROVEMENT IN CHURCH ARCHITECTURE AND MANY NEW YOUNG ARCHITECTS LIKE THE ONE THAT WORKED ON THE NEWMAN CENTER THAT UNDERSTANDS THIS.>>Fr. Joseph: AND WE HAVE ANOTHER CALLER. RICHARD FROM NEW JERSEY. Voice: I HAVE A COMMENT.>>Fr. Joseph: YES, YOU CAN GO AHEAD, RICHARD. Voice: OKAY. I JUST WANTED TO MENTION TO THE BISHOP ON AT LEAST TWO OCCASIONS, WE HAPPENED TO BE SITTING NEXT TO A GROUP OF STUDENTS FROM LINCOLN, NEBRASKA AND WE WERE SO IMPRESSED WITH THE GROUP OF STUDENTS. AND I JUST WANTED TO CONVEY TO THE BISHOP THAT WHAT HE’S DOING OUT THERE IS JUST DEFINITELY HAVING AN EFFECT, SOMETHING THAT CAME THROUGH THESE STUDENTS THAT WE JUST HAPPENED TO BE SITTING NEAR.>>Bishop: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THAT’S A GREAT COMPLIMENT AND IT’S ALWAYS GOOD TO HEAR GOOD NEWS. AND FR. MATYA IS PROBABLY THE ONE RESPONSIBLE OF THAT BEING THE CHAPLAIN OF THE NEWMAN CENTER. THAT’S GREAT TO HEAR. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>Fr. Joseph: AND WE WERE TALKING EARLIER, THE QUALITY OF THE YOUNG MEN ENTERING THE SEMINARY, THEY HAVE TO HAVE, AS I SAID LAST WEEK, WITH ANNE, IT’S A CHOICE OF CULTURE, YOU HAVE ALL OF THIS MEDIA BARRAGE AGAINST THE CHURCH IN SO MANY WAYS. THEY HAVE TO BE COURAGEOUS MEN WHO ARE MAKING THE CHOICE FOR GOD, NO MATTER WHAT, AND STILL FEEL THE STRONG CALLING FROM GOD.>>Bishop: ABSOLUTELY. THINK THE MOTIVES HAVE BEEN PURIFIED SINCE THE SEXUAL ABUSE SCANDAL. MEN THAT REALIZE THEY ARE GOING INTO THE PRIESTHOOD AT A TIME WHEN THE SOCIETY LOOKING IN THE PRIESTHOOD IN A NEGATIVE WAY. THEIR MOTIVATION, DESIRE, THEIR MOTIVES ARE REALLY, I THINK, STRONG. I’VE NOTICED THAT IN OUR MEN. AND THE QUESTION OF, WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THIS, THE QUESTION OF ORTHODOXY. WHEN I WAS GOING THROUGH THE SEMINARY, WE WERE A MIXED BAG. YOU KNOW, BEING FAITHFUL TO THE CHURCH. BUT NOW IT’S ALMOST 100%. I VERY RARELY RUN INTO ANY SEMINARY OR YOUNG PRIEST THAT DOESN’T EMBRACE THE FULLNESS OF THE CHURCH, HUMAN E VITAE, EUCHARIST, EVERYTHING!>>Fr. Joseph: THEY DON’T WANT A WATERED DOWN FAITH. YOU CAN’T GIVE YOURSELF HALFWAY. IT NEEDS TO BE A TOTAL GIVING.>>Father: RIGHT. THEY ARE NOT GOING TO DO THAT WITH SOMETHING WATERED DOWN. THEY WANT TO BE ALL IN.>>Fr. Joseph: IN, ALL IN AND CHALLENGED.>>Father: AND MAKING A GREATER SACRIFICE TO THEIR LIFE.>>Fr. Joseph: NOW, FR. MATYA, IF PEOPLE WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NEWMAN CENTER. IF THEY WANT TO HELP BUILD A SORORITY HOUSE THAT YOU ARE TRYING TO CONSTRUCT, WHAT’S WAYS TO LEARN MORE.>>Father: WELL, THEY HAVE BEEN RUNNING THE WEB SITE ON THE SHOW THERE, BUT YOU CAN GO TO huskercatholic.com. AND YOU KNOW, WE’RE SPREADING OURSELVES AROUND THE CAMPUS. IT’S AN EASY SIDE TO GO TO. WE HAVE A PROGRAM, MINISTRIES AND WAYS PEOPLE CAN HELP AND SOMEBODY WANTS TO KNOW HOW THEY CAN HELP. IF THEY CAN SEND IN AN INQUIRY ABOUT THAT, WE’RE GOING TO RESPOND TO YOU. WE’LL BE IN TOUCH.>>Fr. Joseph: AND YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE INTERESTED CAN FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION IF THEY ARE INTERESTED IN COMING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA.>>Father: EXACTLY. AND THEY CAN GOOGLE, UNL NEWMAN CENTER.>>Fr. Joseph: ANY CLOSING COMMENTS THAT YOU WANT TO MAKE AS WE’VE COME TO THE END OF THE SHOW?>>Bishop: JUST THAT IT’S BEEN SUCH A GREAT PLEASURE TO BE ON THE SHOW. AND TELLING THE GREAT STORY OF THE NEWMAN CENTER WHICH IS A VERY BEAUTIFUL STORY, THIS CAN BE REPLICATED IN OTHER PLACES. AND YOU KNOW, WE’RE ASKING PEOPLE TO HELP US TO BUILD THIS PROGRAM THAT WE HAVE. AND WE THINK THAT’S GOING TO HAVE A NATIONAL IMPACT ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AS WE SAW FROM FOCUS MISSIONARIES WHO HAVE GONE OUT FROM THE NEWMAN CENTER ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AND BY SUPPORTING THE NEWMAN CENTER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA, WE HAVE A NATIONAL IMPACT.>>Fr. Joseph: THANK YOU FOR COMING DOWN WE CERTAINLY ENJOYED HAVING YOU HERE FOR MOTHER’S MEMORIAL MASS THIS MORNING. AND FR. MATYA IT’S GREAT TO CATCH UP WITH YOU AGAIN. WE WISH YOU THE BEST. AND WE PRAY THAT YOUR TRIBE IS GOING TO INCREASE THAT THE NEWMAN CENTERS WILL BE IN OTHER PLACES AND OTHERS WILL TAKE THE SUCCESS HERE AND REPLICATE IT IN MANY OTHER PLACES. SO, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TONIGHT. WE KNOW THAT THIS NETWORK IS BROUGHT TO YOU, AS MOTHER OFTEN HAS SAID, BY YOU. SOY, THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT OVER THE YEARS OF KEEPING US GOING. ALMOST 35 YEARS. WE’RE IN OUR 35TH YEAR THANKS TO ALL OF YOUR PROVIDENCES. PLEASE, HELP THE NETWORK TO KEEP GOING. AND BISHOP, WOULD YOU GIVE US A BLESSING.>>Bishop: THE LORD BE WITH YOU.>>AND WITH YOUR SPIRIT.>>Bishop: BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD.>>NOW AND FOREVER.>>Bishop: OUR HELP IS IN THE NAME OF THE LORD.>>WHO MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH.>>Bishop: AND MAY THE BLESSING OF GOD, THE FATHER, SON AND HOLY SPIRIT DESCEND AND REMAIN UPON YOU FOREVER.>>AMEN. [APPLAUSE] ♪

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