Friday, May 31, 2013

Help! for Writers - New Addition to Journalism Bibliography

Over the summer, more materials will be added to the pages of our blog dedicated to books on journalism, films on journalism, and other resources.  The most recent addition is Help! for Writers: 210 Solutions to the Problems Every Writer Faces by Roy Peter Clark.  Clark is the vice president of the Poynter Institute, which offers a wealth of resources for journalism education, including online courses and sessions.  Our students have participated in their free online course entitled "The Language of the Image."

Below is a passage from the first chapter, "Getting Started," which will appear on one of the first handouts for the journalism class in the fall:

The first challenge is to find something to write about.  In my experience, there are two basic types of writers: the ones who write only in response to assignments and those who find ways to work on their own story ideas.  Writers need both modes to fulfill the demands of the craft, but the best writers follow their noses along the path to good stories.  They generate many more ideas than can be put into practice.  That's a nice problem to have.  No writer should descend into a welfare system provided by editors or teachers or bosses.  The writer wants and needs the ability to work independently.  That means coming up with your own ideas and arguing diplomatically that your ideas have the best juice (13).

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Further Reflection from Ministry in a Multicultural Church

Another student has submitted a reflection from Ministry in a Multicultural Church, a course for college-four and pre-theology students at Mount Angel Seminary.  Ms. Kathy Akiyama teaches the course.

Hispanics in the Catholic Church
by Brother Matthias Lambrecht, OCD

Upon reading the article on "Hispanic Gifts" by Virgilio Elizondo, which is nestled in the class handout "Many Faces in God's House," a quote from Archbishop Edward McCarthy drew my attention: "Hispanics are not a problem to be dealt with, but a gift to be appreciated."  Amen, my good shepherd! Following this quote, Elizondo asserts that he and all Hispanics have much to receive from the Catholicism of the U.S., but on the flip side, Hispanics have much to contribute.

One such contribution Elizondo mentions is the "home-centered" feature of Hispanic Catholicism.  Because Catholics throughout Latin America did not always have priests, or at least enough priests to serve them, the home altar became the "main source of religious enrichment and community" for families.  In this sacred space of the home, it was the abuelitas (grandmothers) who normally shared the faith, led prayer, and gave blessings.  Elizondo shared that this religion of the home - religion casera, with its home altar, is a "great contribution to a culture that has secularized home life or limited God to the Church," and furthermore makes "God easily accessible to everyone" in their daily lives.

Before I entered the Carmelites, I was a youth ministry coordinator in a parish with a very large Hispanic population.  I became good friends with one particular Hispanic family, and once they invited me to pray the rosary with them in front of their home altar.  This was a new experience for me.  Before I had left the nest for college, my family's home had crucifixes and religious art here and there, and I continued this sign of devotion later in my college dorm rooms and apartments.  However, this family's elaborate home altar, complete with Christmas lights woven in between the statues and pictures, was a focal point in the home and a place to gather for prayer.

I can recall some amazement as the entire family present that day, old and young, perhaps thirteen of them, gathered at the home altar for the rosary and dropped to their knees on the hardwood floor!  I followed suit, through at that time, had limited my kneeling to soft, padded kneelers during Mass.  In all honesty, I felt repulsed to be kneeling this way, and I am not sure if I actually persevered on my knees during the whole rosary.  Yet, more importantly, the sacrifice, devotion, and prayerfulness of this family impacted me, and today, I am happy to kneel in front of my own home altar in my Carmelite cell.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Reflecting on Multicultural Ministry

All fourth-year college and pre-theology students at Mount Angel Seminary take a course entitled "Ministry in a Multicultural Church."  The course is taught by Ms. Kathy Akiyama and features a number of guest speakers.  Brent Crowe, a Pre-Theology student for the Archdiocese of Portland, has submitted this reflection on one of those guest speakers.

Ministering to Hispanic Catholics
by Brent Crowe

On April 29, 2013, Father Gerardo Alberto, a member of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit and a spiritual director for Mount Angel Seminary, spoke to the Ministry in a Multicultural Church class about some of the joys and challenges of ministering to Hispanics in Catholic parishes.  Hispanic populations are increasing in most areas of the United States, which is putting pressure on all levels of society to respond to the changing demographics of the country.

Many Hispanics are immigrants or migrant workers who often live near or below the poverty line.  Many of them do not speak English.  Some of the immigrants are here illegally and therefore are afraid to register with parishes or to seek help when they are in need or being taken advantage of.  Because of the cultural differences between Anglos and Hispanics, many Hispanics may feel unwelcome in English-speaking parishes.  I saw this at work in my home parish where I was assigned at the end of my first year in seminary.

The patron feast of my home parish in Medford, Oregon, is the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which occurred on June 15th last year.  Sacred Heart has over 2200 registered families and celebrates Sunday Mass seven times on the weekends, five times in English and twice in Spanish.  During the weekend of our parish feast day, the Hispanic community had a special Spanish Mass on Friday night followed by a huge celebration with dozens of food booths, music, and dancing.  The entire parish was invited but when I walked in with the pastor, I was surprised to see that there were only two Anglos there: the pastor and me.  The event was fun, however.  I was able to practice my Spanish, and I enjoyed watching the dancing and eating the food that night, but I left that night wondering what could be done to bring the two different groups together.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Graduation 2013

On Saturday, May 11th, Mount Angel Seminary held its 2013 graduation ceremonies in the Abbey Church.  Twenty-nine students graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology, Master of Divinity, or Master of Arts.

Before processing to the Abbey Church, the graduates, faculty, and monks of Mount Angel Abbey lined up outside of the Damian Center.  As they arrived they found their places with the assistance of the faculty marshall, straightened out their hoods and gowns, and enjoyed the sunshine.

Readers of the MAS Journalism blog are welcome to submit more photos from graduation for publication on the blog.  Congratulations to all of our graduates!

Master of Divinity graduate Patrick Brosamer receives help with his hood from Professor of Philosophy Mark Woolman.

Brian Bergeron of the Diocese of Helena and James Herrera of the Archdiocese of Portland relax after receiving help with their hoods.

Two of the Bachelor of Arts graduates with two of their professors: Dr. Stewart King, Professor of History; Joshua Keeney of the Diocese of Sacramento; Dr. Andrew Cummings, Associate Professor of Philosophy; Martin Moreno of the Diocese of Tucson.

Master of Arts graduates Alexander De Paulis and Brian Sattler.

Blake Sheely, a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Portland, chats with the graduates and prepares to carry the banner with the seal of Mount Angel Seminary in the procession.

Members of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit: Formation Director Fr. Joel Quezada (center); Master of Divinity graduate Br. Miguel Marquez; Master of Arts graduate Br. Lucio Galicia.

The ten Bachelor of Arts graduates: Kasiano Sivia, Felipe Jimenez, Anh Vu, Martin Moreno, Ryan Francisco, Joshua Keeney, Thien Dinh, Stephen Tilley, Clayton Baumgartner, and Patrick Klekas.

Faculty Marshall Dr. Andrew Cummings prepares to lead the procession with the academic mace.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Hilltop Passport Party

This afternoon the seminary community celebrated the end of the 2012-2013 school year with an international party for the entire hilltop.  The Vietnamese, Hispanic, Filipino, and Hawaiian and Samoan communities provided appetizers.  The Americans were represented by an international wine and cheese bar.

After the appetizers, the community enjoyed BBQ, salads, deserts and a variety of drinks.  Most important of all, though, the seminarians, graduates and their families, faculty, staff, and employees enjoyed one another's company before heading into the summer break.

Photos by Jose Morales and Sister Hilda Kleiman, OSB

The BBQ crew hard at work: Derek Twilliger, John Kucera, Stephen Saroki, and Michael Sztajno

Arjie Garcia and Ryan Francisco staffed the booth sponsored by the Filipino community.

Two of the bartenders: Leon Vigil and Miguel Corral

Two second-shift bartenders: Daniel Miller and Mark Uhlenkott

Rob Sullivan and Alexander DePaulis kept the music going for the Passport Party.

Members of the hilltop community enjoying the evening:

Doug Krings and Joe Fleming, the main organizer of the Passport Party

Brian Bergeron

Katy Leamy and Sister Hilda Kleiman

Jim Sisley, Anh Tran, Randy Hoang, and Paul Grandi

Jonathan Eubanks and Joseph Norton

Two of the more elaborately dressed guests: Emilio Gonzalez and Fr. Terry Tompkins

Brent Crowe and Cody Ross

Greg Snyder and Peter Julia

Anna Leisuk, Monsignor Joseph Betschart, and Katy Leamy

Brother Teresio Caldwell and Daniel Watts

Jesus Gonzalez and Peter Lawongkerd with a friend of the community.

Brother Nicholaus Wilson and Alexander Estrella

Andres Emmanuelli, Br. Jesus Maria Lejia, and Fr. Vincent Nguyen

Clayton Baumgartner, Frank Villaneuva, and Joshua Keeney

Stephen Cieslak, Cindy May, and Cindy's daughter Carlene

Br. Rudy Martinez, Sr. Teresa Gould, and Fr. Joel Quezada

Jaime Perez and Carlos Orozco

Paul Lieggi and Fr. Ralph Recker

Abbot Peter Eberle and Fr. Vincent Nguyen

Ivan Garcia, Fr. Paul Thomas, and Monsignor Joseph Betschart

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Mace and Chain of Office

As Mount Angel Seminary approaches this year's graduation ceremonies, our readers may like to return to an article on the mace and chain of office written by Raul Barriga earlier this year.  The mace was made by Cindy May, a member of the administrative staff for Mount Angel Seminary.

Father Paul Peri with the academic mace

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Reflecting on the Journalism Practicum

Ivan Garcia Hernandez of the Diocese of Tucson has served as a photographer for the journalism practicum this semester. His responsibilities included interviewing his fellow practicum students and writing a reflection based on those interviews. Ivan offers his reflection below:

The 2013 Journalism Practicum
Reflection by Ivan Garcia Hernandez

When we think of journalists, sometimes people with a pencil and notepad come to mind, people in suits and ties, or someone who has an ID and is sitting in front of the president's press conference.  A journalist is given the power to roam the world, to find the deepest information, and to reveal it to the whole world.  They also have to overcome their fears of being an introvert in order to be accurate and positive in their information and presentation.

Being a photographer, I too have to be disciplined in my way of taking a picture of the perfect moment. The picture reveals the motion and mood of journalism.  It derives from the words and explanations the journalists may use in order for the picture to come to life.  Journalism is the bridge between the event and the world at large.  It is the journalist's responsibility to record and analyze data so that the world or community may be informed.

World journalism leads us to the journalism practicum here on the hilltop.  The practicum is just one part of the journalism program under the leadership of Sister Hilda Kleiman, OSB.  The program stretches to every corner of the hilltop, providing the community with updates, news, and events coverage.

This semester's journalists during their initial meeting: Gonzalo Siller, Raul Barriga,  Sister Hilda Kleiman, Ivan Garcia, and Daniel Miller

Every semester, the program receives new journalists.  This semester's journalists are: Raul Barriga, College 3, from the Diocese of San Francisco; Gonzalo Siller, Theology 1, from the Diocese of Fresno; Daniel Miller, Pre-Theology 1, from the Diocese of Boise; and Ivan Garcia, College 2, from the Diocese of Tucson.

Throughout this semester, the journalists have encountered many unique, important, and spiritual events.  As I read the answers the journalists gave me through the interviews via email, they sounded like they have progressed, developed, and matured in their journalism discipline.  I asked Barriga, "Why is it important for a journalist to be deeply active on the hilltop?"  He responded, "You can get a lot of exposure into possible different topics to write about, get recognition for the work that you have done, and focus on different styles of writing."  Barriga's response really demonstrates the need to be exposed to different events and topics.

As a photographer, I can see where getting exposure really fits into being an active person on the hill.  When I am in the moment or that moment in time, when I am about to take a picture, I see a different view of the reaction of people through the camera lens.  Once I take the picture, time has already been recorded, and through my pictures I help bring the journalist's words to reality and help emphasize the story.

A journalist is not just a person of thought or action but is also someone who is working towards building a better relationship with the community.  One question I asked Sister Hilda Kleiman is "Do you remember your favorite interview this semester?"  She responded with a positive reaction towards having favorite interviews that involved sports.  She said, "[I] have had to reacquaint myself with (or learn for the first time!) the rules of these sports; this is key background information for any sports reporter."  As a photographer, I too have to do my pre-event homework.  In order for my shots to be of quality and perfect moments, I have to find out a number of things: special guests (bishops, priests, etc.), the reason for the event, entertainment groups, and the timing of everything.

Sister Kleiman continued to say that "the journalism course, practicum, and blog are all a work in progress, and I will be plowing all of this experience back into the work I do with our students next year."  By her response, we see time and dedication well spent with the students and those who participate in the program.  The program takes it to the next level every time we submit an assignment.  Events gets bigger and bigger, but the news gets more interesting the closer we get to the end of the year.

Another part in journalism is following the direction of those who are former or older journalists.  One of the questions that I added to the interview was "What have you learned from Sister Hilda's direction and journalism techniques?"  Gonzalo Siller stated, "My journalism class has been a blessing and a great opportunity to meet, work with new people and practice my English skills."  Siller also stated that he had to overcome his fears of thinking in a logical English way.  However, he has improved through the course of the semester through his writing and interviewing the community.  "Sister Hilda has had a great effect to the program; we thank her for her continued service."

To conclude this semester's journalism practicum reflection, I asked Daniel Miller, "What is your summary of this semester's journalism practicum?"  He responded, "Our journalism program is growing and teaching many seminarians how to be better writers and photographers, showing many people how life on the hilltop looks."

This semester has been a great experience for me and the journalists.  We encountered many challenges and have come to achieving the techniques of journalism.

Monday, May 6, 2013

2013 Appreciation Dinner

The 2013 Appreciation Dinner: A Short Photo Essay by Ivan Garcia

Table settings and decorations were ready for the grand night; the Appreciation Dinner is for the recognition of our supervisors, spiritual directors, and seminary faculty and administration.

The table settings were in season.

Gary Bass of the Diocese of Monterey and Frank Villanueva of the Diocese of Honolulu getting reading for the arriving guests.

Fr. Gerardo Alberto, M.Sp.S. (left); Christopher Arriaga (middle); and Dr. Seymour House (right) are having a good time at the social.

President-Rector Monsignor Joseph Betschart extended his appreciation to all those present that evening.

The Appreciation Dinner coordinators: Jesus Mariscal of the Diocese of Yakima and Christopher Arriaga of the Diocese of Fresno

Father Paschal Cheline, OSB, the Director of Spiritual Formation, explained the importance of spiritual directors.  Many of the seminary spiritual directors and formation directors were present that evening, and the hilltop community acknowledged all of them for their great guidance in the cross of Jesus.

Ms. Linda Showman, the Associate Director of Pastoral Formation, shared her appreciation of all the pastoral supervisors present that evening.

Here Father Paschal is being appreciated by one of his sheep; the students offered a special video that honored Father Paschal.  He was given a standing ovation as his new appointment as the junior master for the monastic community was announced.

The dinner was full of memories and laughter, and the guests were also reflective and quiet as Monsignor Betschart shared the memories and names of those among the seminary community
who passed away this academic year.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Wrapping up the 2013 Capstones

On Wednesday, April 24th, Anh Vu presented one of the last capstone projects for 2013.  Anh, a seminarian for the Diocese of Honolulu, entitled his project "Sacrificial Love is the Hallmark of a Christian."

Anh Vu

Ms. Kathy Akiyama served as the director for his project, and Mr. Mark Woolman served as his reader.  Sister Hilda Kleiman, OSB, served as the English standards reader.

A Climbing Field Trip

Climbing the Walls with Mount Angel Seminarians
Photos by Greg Snyder; photo editing and captions by Sister Hilda Kleiman

On Saturday, April 27th, Peter Julia, a Pre-Theology seminarian studying for the Archdiocese of Portland, took a group of students and faculty climbing at the Multnomah Athletic Club.  With his years of climbing experience, Julia introduced the group to new skills and an enjoyable time.

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Peter Julia (left) minds the safety of the climbers while several other seminarians watch the action.

Daniel Watts of the Archdiocese of Portland on the wall.

Alex Woelkers of the Diocese of Helena reaches for the black toe and handholds.

Heading for the top of the wall is Jose Morales of the Diocese of Oakland.

Gabriel Feld grins down from the wall to his fellow climbers below.

Peter Julia among the colorful rocks and ropes.

Daniel Miller from the Diocese of Boise makes progress on the wall.

Faculty member Dr. Katy Leamy heads up the wall.

A thumbs up from Chase Shepherd of the Diocese of Yakima . . .

and from formation director Father Theodore Lange!

The climbers: back row - Jerome Jay, Dr. Katy Leamy, Jesus Gonzalez, Jose Morales, Jacob Floch, Chase Shepherd, Brent Crowe, Peter Julia, and Greg Snyder; front row - Billy Zondler, Daniel Miller, Daniel Watts, Gabe Feld, Alex Woelkers, and Fr. Theodore Lange.