COLUMBIA—Henrie Monteith Treadwell made history 50 years ago when she became one of three black students to integrate into the University of South Carolina.
Breaking racial barriers took courage, determination and discipline, all of which she learned in her eight years as a student at St. Martin de Porres School in Columbia.
“I was able to go and do what I did at USC because right here I learned I am somebody and I can change the world,” Treadwell told the student body on Sept. 13. “I learned how to love my fellow students and to love myself. My work began here. I was taught I could be whatever I wanted to be, and when the world called, I was able to answer.”
Treadwell was in Columbia to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the university’s desegregation, and visited the school for a special assembly.
On Sept. 11, 1963, she enrolled at USC along with James Solomon and the late Robert Anderson. She graduated in 1965, went on to complete a doctorate in biochemistry and is now a professor in the Department of Community Health and Preventative Medicine at Morehouse University in Atlanta.
“I’ve had a wonderful chance to reflect and be extremely proud of what we achieved back then,” Treadwell said in an interview with The Miscellany.
“It wasn’t until after my time at USC that I began to realize what an impact one small act can have on so many people,” she continued. “It’s still unbelievable to me. I’m grateful I was there, and grateful that I had my preparation both academically and spiritually at St. Martin de Porres.”
She looked at old photos with former classmates Veronica Woodson Ramseur and Bernetha Phillips Henry, who both attend St. Martin de Porres Church. They recalled jumping rope in Double Dutch style, shuffleboard and dodgeball in the schoolyard, and favorite annual traditions such as the May procession.
“I had so many wonderful experiences here,” Treadwell said. “We probably were not the most wealthy people in the world, but there was so much love here. We were a huge family, and the friendships still remain today.”
She is especially grateful to the Dominican sisters who taught her from kindergarten through eighth grade. Dominican priests and nuns served the church and school for 60 years.
“I learned discipline here,” she said. “The sisters taught me how to focus. They let me have high expectations of myself. I can talk about all the fun we had, and we did, but it’s the classroom that had the most impact on me, and the intense, purposeful way that the nuns made sure we learned.”
Treadwell told the students to study hard and realize their own worth because there is still a great need for leaders in the black community.
“My message is that 50 years after the March on Washington, we can’t stop marching,” she said. “There is much to do. We have changed many things in a positive way for many people, but there still are too many others in this country for whom not much has changed.”
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CHARLESTON—Christ the Divine Teacher parish, located on The Citadel campus, has officially changed in status to a campus ministry.
The change was made effective June 1 by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone after consultation with the pastor, Father Dennis Willey, and the Presbyteral Council.
The campus as a territory has been incorporated into that of Sacred Heart parish. Its church is located at 888 King St., less than a mile away, where Father Willey is also pastor.
Parishes are generally divided geographically and their members are typically comprised of the Catholics living within those boundaries.
Some are formed on a different basis, however. Sometimes national, ethnic or campus parishes can also be established to serve the needs of the faithful.
Bishop Ernest L. Unterkoefler established Christ the Divine Teacher as a territorial parish made up of the campus boundaries in 1968. Blessed Sacrament Chapel was donated in perpetuity to the Catholic community by Gen. Mark Clark, university president, in 1965. It is located in Mark Clark Hall.
Father Willey said there is less need for a parish designation at The Citadel in present day. When it was established, cadets were separated from their families and parishes, and had limited communication available to them. Today, that is no longer an issue.
Also, he said it was really a parish in name only as it had no registered members.
Most of the people who live or work on campus didn’t consider Christ the Divine Teacher as their parish, the chaplain explained. The Catholic faculty and staff go to their own churches. He added that even the cadets will often go to other places for Mass on weekends because they “live, work and breathe The Citadel all week long.”
The campus ministry will remain unchanged, however.
“Everything we have done, we will continue to do,” Father Willey said. “We are just no longer a parish. We are back where we were originally, a ministry of Sacred Heart Church.”
Father Willey estimates that about 75 cadets regularly attend their Monday and Thursday night meetings and about 125 students attend Mass there though there are many more Catholics at the school.
Mass is offered regularly while cadets are on campus and they have weekly Bible study meetings, a Knights of Columbus Council and a Rite of Christian Initiation program.
Father Willey said that ministry needs support from the community and encouraged people to give to The Citadel Foundation’s Catholic Chaplain Discretionary Fund and its Catholic Alumni Endowment.
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TIMONIUM, MD.—Redemptorist Father Daniel John Carboy, former pastor of St. Anne in Sumter, S.C., died on Aug. 22 at St. John Neumann Residence at Stella Maris. He was 73.
The Mass of Christian Burial was held Aug. 26 at Sacred Heart Church in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. Burial was in Edgewater Cemetery in Edgewater, Fla.
A memorial service will be held Oct. 5 at 11 a.m. at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Brooklyn.
Father Carboy was born on Nov. 6, 1939, in Brooklyn, N.Y. He attended high school at St. Mary’s College, the Redemptorist Preparatory Seminary, in North East, Pa.
He professed his first vows as a Redemptorist on Aug. 2, 1961. He finished his novitiate year at the religious order’s house of studies in Ilchester, Md., and completed his theological studies at Mount St. Alphonsus Seminary in Esopus, N.Y., where he was ordained on June 19, 1966.
From 1968 to 1972 he served in parochial ministry at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Baltimore, extraordinary preaching ministry at Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua, N.Y., and then as assistant to the Redemptorist novice master in Ilchester, Md.
He was a U.S. Air Force chaplain in the Archdiocese for the Military Services for 20 years and retired in 1992 as a lieutenant colonel.
He then served as pastor for six years in Concord, N.C., pastor for six years at St. Anne in Sumter, and superior for four years at St. Alphonsus Villa in New Smyrna Beach.
In 2008 he worked for one year in Virginia, but ill health forced his retirement from active ministry.
Father Carboy lived in New Smyrna from 2009 until he moved to the St. John Neumann Residence in July 2013.
By Francis X. Rocca | Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said the church should approach its members with the face of a patient, merciful and understanding mother, who always forgives her erring children and never ceases to pray that they resume the path of Christian living.
The pope made his remarks Sept. 18 at his weekly public audience in St. Peter's Square, where he elaborated on his previous week's talk on the subject of the "church as mother."
"I like this image very much," he said, "because I think it tells us not only how the church is, but also what sort of face the church, this church of ours, should have, more so every day."
A mother teaches her children the right way of life "with tenderness, with affection, with love," he said, because she "didn't learn it from books, but learned it from her own heart."
"The university of moms is the heart itself," the pope said, in one of several uses of the informal Italian term "mamma."
Pope Francis said the church's moral teachings, particularly the Ten Commandments, are similarly the "fruit of the tenderness, of the very love of God who gave them to us."
"You might say to me: But they are commands! They are set of 'no's,'" he said, before suggesting the audience "read them — maybe you have forgotten them a little — and then think of them positively."
The Ten Commandments, the pope said, "show us the road to take in order to grow mature, giving us stable points of reference for our behavior. ... They invite us not to make material idols that then enslave us, (but) to remember God, to respect our parents, to be honest, to respect others."
Pope Francis likened the church to a mother who never gives up on her children even when they err.
"I think of the moms who suffer for their children in prison or in difficult situations," he said. "They don't ask themselves if (their children) are guilty or not, they keep loving them and often experience humiliations, but they have no fear, they do not cease giving of themselves."
Likewise, the pope said, the church seeks always to help and encourage its wayward children: "never shuts the church's doors; does not judge, but offers God's forgiveness, offers the love that invites even those children who have fallen into a deep abyss to return to the path."
Invoking the example of St. Monica, who never ceased praying for the conversion of her son, St. Augustine, the pope said that mothers never tire of praying for their children, "especially the weakest, the neediest, those who have pursued dangerous or mistaken ways of life."
"The church does the same thing," he said. "She puts in the hands of the Lord, through prayer, all the situations of her children."
At the end of the audience, Pope Francis noted the upcoming International Day of Peace, Sept. 21, and called on Catholics to join other Christians in praying for peace "in the most tormented places on our planet."
The pope specifically mentioned civil war-torn Syria, "whose human tragedy can be resolved only with dialogue and negotiation, with respect for justice and the dignity of every person, especially the weakest and most defenseless."
The text of the pope's audience remarks in English is available online at www.vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/audiences/2013/documents/papa-francesco_20130918_udienza-generale_en.html.
The text of the pope's audience remarks in Spanish is available online at www.vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/audiences/2013/documents/papa-francesco_20130918_udienza-generale_sp.html.
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