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Keeping the faith.

"If I didn't believe in miracles before, I do now," bishop Dominic Carmon of New Orleans told the dioceses newspaper, the Clarion Herald, recently. Carmon who became the nations 11th active black bishop Feb. 11, was speaking about his recovery in 1990 from cancer, a process he said was speeded up after his parishioners began a novena to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, an American who founded the Sisters of Charity. For his ordination, Cannon chose as his motto, "Proclaim the power of God's Spirit." The 62-year-old son of farmers from Frilot Cove, La., follows in the footsteps of the nation's first black bishop in modern times, Bishop Harold R. Perry, who was New Orleans auxiliary from 1966 until his death, in 1991.

Class acts

Ursuline Sister Alice Gallin, a visiting scholar at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., received the Theodore Hesburgh Award for contributions to Catholic bigger education at a recent meeting of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities in Washington.... And Chicago members of Pax Christi have organized a number of events to honor Franz Jaegerstaetter, the Austrian Catholic who was beheaded in 1943 for refusing to fight in the Nazi army. His widow, Fransiska, will be visiting the Chicago area March 1-5 as part of a U.S. tour marking the 50th anniversary of his death.

Good to the last drop

When Father Gregory T. Schaffer of New Ulm, Minn., arrived in Guatemala about 30 years ago, he discovered that San Lucas Toliman parishioners knew a lot about coffee but bad no access to land upon which to grow it. When Schaffer's parents died and left him $6,000, he bought land and started the experimental Juananna Farm, - named for his parents, John and Anne - and told farmers to grow the best coffee they could. Today, his parishioners have a coffee business. And Schaffer is gearing up again to reap and sow. His experimental farm now includes native trees and Muscovy ducks, and corn and vegetables that are being measured, weighed and recorded so that the strongest and best strains will provide seeds for the parish. "It's something we really needed to do," Schaffer said.

Hurting marriages

A Houston couple and a priest of the Galveston-Houston, Texas, diocese have been named the international coordinating team of the Retrouvaille ministry to hurting marriages. Pat and Roger Bate of Houston and Father Joe Gietl, pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Crosby, Texas, were named to the posts. Retrouvaille began in Quebec in 1977 as a French-language ministry for couples experiencing serious problems in their marriages.
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Title Annotation:new Black Bishop Dominic Carmon installed
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Article Type:Biography
Date:Feb 26, 1993
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