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Friday News Roundup: Bishop’s Mardi Gras; Summer Internship for Catholic Youth; Weekend Philosophy Course, and More!

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Suzanne Hammons
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Suzanne Hammons is the editor of the Voice of the Southwest and the media coordinator for the Diocese of Gallup. A graduate of Benedictine College in Kansas, she joined the Diocesan staff in 2012.

Weekend Course on Philosophy

The Diocese of Gallup is offering a weekend course, January 20-22, 2023, on the topic of Philosophy at Sacred Heart Retreat Center in Gallup. The course is open to all interested persons who might want to learn more about the Great Philosophers/Thinkers and how to think about the BIG questions in life: Who am I? Why am I here? What is my life for? What does it mean to be human? And how they integrate with our Catholic faith and life. The course will be presented by Father Cornelius Onyigbuo. It will begin Friday evening at 7:00 PM. and go through Sunday noon. Tuition cost is $50. If you wish lodgings at Sacred Heart Retreat Center, there is an additional cost. Please contact Sister Rene Backe, Academic Director of the Deacon and Lay Ministry Formation Program, for an application either by phone or email: [email protected] or 505-863-6611.

Obituary for Sr. Maria Magdalena Studer, SC

Sister Maria Magdalena Studer, 89, a Sister of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, died on December 17, 2022 at Saint Joseph’s Healthcare and Rehab Center, Cedar Grove, NJ.

Sister Maria Magdalena was born in Neptune, New Jersey, the daughter of Carl J. and Maria (Polhemus) Studer. She entered the Sisters of Charity on October 1, 1951 and was a member for 71 years. Sister Magdalena graduated from the College of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, NJ with a B.A. degree in Mathematics and from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN with an M.S. degree in Mathematics.

Sister Magdalena was an Educator in New Jersey, New Mexico, and the US Virgin Islands. She served as a teacher and principal at the Academy of Saint Aloysius, Elementary and High School, Jersey City; Saint Peter High School, New Brunswick; teacher and Principal at Saints Peter & Paul High School, Saint Thomas, VI; Saint Catherine Indian School, Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Assistant Administrator at Maris Stella, Harvey Cedars, NJ. She was a Parish Minister at Saint Berard Parish, Navajo, New Mexico. She moved to Saint Joseph’s Healthcare and Rehab Center in Cedar Grove, NJ in 2018, where she resided until her death.

Sister Magdalena was predeceased by her parents, her brothers Richard Studer and Carl Studer and three Sister of Charity of Saint Elizabeth aunts, Sisters Alice Mary, Francis Magdalen and Ruth Therese. She is survived by her Sister of Charity family, her brother Peter Studer (Inge), sistersinlaw Patricia (Luebkert) Studer, and sisterinlaw Michele (Miroff) Studer. She has many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Sister Magdalena had a missionary heart and followed faithfully in the footsteps of Saint Vincent de Paul and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. Her numerous years spent as an educator and administrator in multicultural schools in NJ and the US Virgin Islands led her to share her many talents ministering to Native American people. She spent several years living and ministering on the Navajo Reservation in Navajo, New Mexico. Her legacy and energetic initiatives continue in St. Berard Parish through a strong and vibrant group of Navajo
women who are members of the Seton Associates of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth.

Bishop’s Mardi Gras

The Bishop’s Mardi Gras is an annual dinner and auction to benefit the Catholic People’s Foundation. It is typically held on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday in Gallup, NM, with full NOLA style and flair! Beads, doubloons, masks, live music, food, drink, dancing, and live and silent auctions make this an event you won’t want to miss.

This year’s Bishop’s Mardi Gras will be held Saturday, February 18, 2023 at Red Rock State Park. Gathering: 5:00pm • Dinner – 7:00pm

All proceeds to benefit Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Gallup. For more information, please contact Amanda at 505-726-8295, or click here.

St. Kateri Shrine and San Isidro Farms: Now Accepting 2023 Interns!

Are you, or do you know, a young person who would be interested in spending a summer in work, fellowship, and prayer? The internship to to work on either the St. Kateri Rosary Walk and Shrine or the San Isidro Farms may be the perfect opportunity!

 

The San Isidro Farms and Saint Kateri Rosary Walk are “Companion” Programs that are very similar in design, purpose, and scheduling. This year the San Isidro Farms will be hosting a Women’s Oriented Program.

The two groups meet and share mutual prayer events and activities. The Saint Kateri and San Isidro staff reserves the right to offer an internship position in either program as the positions fill up. Ultimately, placement is at the discretion of staff. All young Catholic Men and Women of “mettle” to are encouraged to prayerfully consider this “once in a lifetime” opportunity.

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St. John Vianney 50th Anniversary Mass

St John Vianney will celebrate its 50th Anniversary on February 9, 2023 with a celebratory Mass at 4:30 PM. Bishop Wall will be the Celebrant. A dinner will be held after Mass for all in attendance.  Due to the expectance of a large crowd, a camera and screen will be set up in the parish hall to accommodate the overflow.


The Friday news roundup presents a quick overview of Catholic stories and events from around the Diocese of Gallup, United States, and world. Have a news tip or event to promote? Email [email protected], call 505-863-4406 or mail us at PO Box 1338, Gallup NM 87305.

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