Diocesan groups, individuals produce books, music CDs, videos in 2009 Bishop Matthew H. Clark released Forward in Hope: Saying Amen to Lay Ecclesial Ministry, which explores the significance of lay ecclesial ministry and how it is changing the face of the church. Theresa Doyle-Nelson, who was born in Rochester and grew up in Webster, wrote Saints of the Bible, a compilation of short biographies of various people in the Bible who are recognized by the Catholic Church as saints. Doyle-Nelson now resides outside of San Antonio, Texas. Owego native Carol Franz tells her story as an adult stem-cell survivor in There But For the Grace of God: Surviving Cancer with Adult Stem Cell Transplants. In the book, Franz relays the experiences of her two transplants.
* Mike D’Aloisio, assistant principal and head football coach at Elmira Notre Dame High School, has written Five C Hero: The Joel Stephens Story . The book chronicles the life of one of Notre Dame’s most prolific athletes. Stephens went on to play professional baseball in the Baltimore Orioles organization before his life was cut short by colon cancer in 1998 at age 22. Nathan R. Kollar wrote Defending Religious Diversity in Public Schools A Practical Guide for Building Our Democracy and Deepening Our Education, which shows how and why public schools should prepare to understand and deal with religious diversity in the U.S. and the world. Kollar, a parishioner of Canandaigua’s St. Mary Church, is professor emeritus of religious studies at St. John Fisher College, adjunct professor in the University of Rochester’s graduate school of education, and cofounder and chair of the board of the Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue at Nazareth College. William Campbell, a parishioner of Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Brockport, released two CDs of easy-listening piano music, “Ballads from the 60’s and the 70’s” and “You’ll Always Be the One I Love.” “Christmas at the Cathedral” is a new CD of Christmas choral and instrumental music recorded at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Ginny Miller served as director, and John Morabito provided organ music. Sally Bacchetta, a parishioner of Rochester’s Peace of Christ Parish, released What I Want My Adopted Child to Know: An Adoptive Parent’s Perspective, which looks at adoption from the perspective of an adoptive parent. Bacchetta draws from the collective voice of more than 100 adoptive parents sharing what they want their adopted children to know. Father Peter Abas has produced the CD “Reflection and Meditation: Kadazandusun Hymns of Borneo” and the CD “Hozou Tobitua Kadazandusun,” which features 20 hymns of Borneo. Father Abas — who is parochial vicar at St. Thomas the Apostle, Christ the King and St. Salome parishes in Irondequoit and chaplain at the Sisters of Mercy Motherhouse in Brighton — is selling the CDs to raise money to combat poverty in Borneo. Music videos the priest has produced may be found on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/Yokuiti. The diocesan Department of Evangelization & Catechesis has produced a video series titled “Great Leaders of Catholic Spirituality.” This seven-disc series offers a taste of the spirituality of various holy men and women from our Catholic tradition by presenters from all around the diocese. Individual titles and presenters are: St. Benedict — Father Daniel McMullin; Archbishop Oscar Romero — Damian Zynda; Thomas Merton — Msgr. William H. Shannon; St. Teresa of Avila — Sister Joan Wagner, SSJ; St. Therese of Lisieux — Giovina Caroscio; St. Francis and St. Clare — William Cook; St. Ignatius Loyola — Father Carsten Martensen, SJ; and St. John of the Cross — Deacon Claude Curtin.
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