28 July 2015
The Rev. Sharbel Bcheiry stands outside the gate of the factory where he works as a machinist.
(photo: Karen Callaway)
The Summer 2015 edition of ONE features a look at a day in the life of a Chicago man who is a husband, father, factory worker — and priest:
As the city of Chicago prepares for bed, the Rev. Sharbel Iskandar Bcheiry prepares to head to work, not the work of a priest &mash; visiting the sick or administering the sacraments — but that of a laborer in a factory, earning money to feed and shelter his family.
A priest of the Syriac Orthodox Church, Father Bcheiry, says some North American parishes can support their priest and his family. But, the 42-year-old priest says, “We have a small parish. We don’t have enough financial support.”
Having earned a doctorate in church history, he had originally hoped to find work at a local university.
“It’s not a choice to go to work in a factory. I have to do it. If not, there is no survival — not for the community, and not for us,” he adds, gesturing to his family.
So this husband and father of two travels an hour each day to work the 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. shift at one of the world’s largest suppliers of forging die steels, plastic mold steels, die casting tool steels and custom open-die forgings.
He started out as a welder-fabricator working the day shift and is now a machinist. But he has not abandoned his academic pursuits; he continues to study and publish books and articles. Indeed, factory work even provides him with a distinctive view of theology.
“It’s the practical theology,” Father Bcheiry says. “How to deal with the daily life. Punch in. Punch out. You have bosses, this one or the other yell at you. There is no privilege.”
To spend a day with Father Bcheiry is to witness a life that might surprise those who imagine priests divide all their time between praying and preaching.
For Father Bcheiry, that is just the beginning.
Read the rest of the story here.
27 July 2015
Bishop Gregory Petros XX Ghabroyan — in French, Grégoire Pierre XX Ghabroyan — was elected the new patriarch for the Armenian Catholic Church on 25 July to succeed the deceased Patriarch Bedros Nerses XIX. Read more about his life here. And to learn more about the Armenian Catholic Church, read our profile. (photo: Vatican Radio)
24 July 2015
An Iraqi refugee receives a dental checkup at the Martha Schmouny Clinic in Erbil. Under the guidance of Sister Diana Momeka, the Martha Schmouny Clinic has grown from an overwhelmed, improvised infirmary to a complex of facilities resembling a basic hospital. To learn more about this institution, and other ways sisters are working to help Erbil’s displaced Christians, read Grace — the cover story of our brand-new Summer 2015 edition of ONE. (photo: Don Duncan)
23 July 2015
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Syro-Malabar Catholic Sisters speak with neighborhood women outside their convent in east Delhi’s Mandawali area in India. To learn more about the work of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church in this and the surrounding areas, read Caste Aside, from the Summer 2014 edition of ONE. (photo: John Mathew)
22 July 2015
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Residents of the St. Ann Nursing Home in northeastern Hungary, which opened its doors in 1997, go for a walk together. To learn more about how Hungarian Greek Catholic sisters have affected the lives of the local elderly, read A Sister’s Act, from the July 2007 edition of ONE. (photo: Tivadar Domaniczky)
21 July 2015
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Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky led the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in the tumultuous period of both world wars and the early Soviet era. (photo: CNS)
CNS reports Pope Francis has declared Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky “venerable,” the second stage along the process of canonization in the Catholic Church:
The pope July 16 signed the decree recognizing that Metropolitan Sheptytsky heroically lived a life of Christian virtue. The recognition is an initial step in the sainthood process; the Vatican would have to recognize a miracle attributed to his intercession in order for a beatification ceremony to be scheduled.
Metropolitan Sheptytsky led the Ukrainian Catholic Church from 1901 until his death in 1944. During his leadership Ukraine and its people were ruled by seven different regimes: Austrian, Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Soviet, Nazi and, finally, the Soviets again. …
The Rev. Peter Galadza, acting director of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies at St. Paul University in Ottawa, Ontario, also mentioned the metropolitan’s efforts to save Jews during the Holocaust — including by personally sheltering them — and his efforts to promote reconciliation among Ukrainians, Russian and Poles.
Decades ago, the Rev. Romanos V. Russo wrote a profile of the late metropolitan for the Autumn 1982 edition of our magazine:
Archbishop Andrew was a Moses to his people. As Moses was an outspoken defender and liberator of his people, blessed Vladyka (bishop) Andrew strove to aid his Ukrainian flock in developing a sense of national identity.
As Moses himself was an “outsider,” raised an Egyptian and exiled among the Midianites, Archbishop Sheptitsky grew up in a family that had become more Polish and Latin Catholic than the Ukrainian Greek-Catholics they were by tradition.
Moses was the great liturgist that decreed the paths of piety, holding what is the Lord’s in honor. Vladyka Andrew preserved the numbers of his secular clergy and increased the religious ministering to his people and waged a life-long battle to purify and ennoble their liturgical life.
Moses led his people in their bitter wandering through the desert. Shiptitsky burned with zeal for the members of his flock scattered throughout the New World in search of another promised land.
Moses brought his flock to the brink of the Holy Land but was not granted to lead them in. Metropolitan Andrew exhausted himself in striving for the unity of the Eastern Churches but was not to see the fruit of this labor in his lifetime.
Moses and Andrew both pointed the way to Christ: of the former Scripture says “There has never yet risen in Israel a prophet like him,” (Dt. 34:10) The faithful prayerfully hope that the last word to be said of their revered Vladyka will be: Saint.
Read the rest here.
20 July 2015
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Kima Atoian lives with her children and six grandchildren in Armenia’s northernmost town of Ashotzk, where poverty and unemployment are prevalent. Villagers often use cow manure as stove fuel, lacking the means to afford gas. To learn more about life in Armenia’s northern reaches, read Armenian Winter, from the March 2009 edition of ONE. (photo: Justyna Mielnikiewicz)
17 July 2015
Tags: Armenia Poor/Poverty Eastern Europe Economic hardships
Sister Ayelech Gebeyehu prepares food for students in the kitchen of the Blessed Gebremichael Catholic School in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. To learn more about Sister Ayelech’s life and work, read her letter from Ethiopia, which appears in the Spring 2015 edition of ONE. (photo: Petterik Wiggers/Panos Pictures)
16 July 2015
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A man forced to flee his home due to the violence in eastern Ukraine takes up temporary residence in the Sviatohirsk Monastery — a famous lavra, or monastery made from a series of caves. Earlier today, we linked to a recent Caritas article drawing attention to the plight of internally displaced people in Ukraine, which was also the subject of the cover story of the
Spring 2015 edition of ONE. (photo: Ivan Chernichkin)
15 July 2015
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Patients wait in the lobby of the CNEWA-supported Mother of Mercy Clinic in Zerqa, Jordan. As with many of the refugees the clinic serves, the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena, who administer the institution, hail from Iraq. To learn more about Jordan’s refugee population, read Finding Sanctuary in Jordan, from the Spring 2015 edition of ONE. (photo: Nader Daoud)
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