Seniors enter religious life

first_imgNotre Dame seniors Kellie Raddell and Jimmy White will choose a path less traveled as they enter religious life post-graduation. Raddell will enter the Nashville community of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia on Aug. 15. White will enter the Blessed Stephen Bellesini Pre-Novitiate, an Augustinian community in Ardmore, Penn., this fall. Fr. James Gallagher, vocations director for the Congregation of Holy Cross, also said six men who came through the Old College program at the University will continue their formation with Holy Cross. Additionally, three other graduating seniors will enter into formation with Holy Cross in the fall, he said. Raddell said many opportunities at Notre Dame, such as daily Mass, participation in the Campus Ministry CCD program and Eucharistic Adoration, were conducive to her spiritual development.      “[Notre Dame] provided the scaffolding for me to grow in the right direction,” she said. Raddell first began to contemplate the religious vocation while abroad, she said. “I was in France and I didn’t speak French very well, so I was very quiet,” she said. “But I had a lot of time for prayer, and I recognized the universal Church.” After visiting many orders, Raddell said she chose the Dominicans in Nashville because of their strong emphasis on tradition, as well their education-focused mission. “They’re a well-known community, and I feel like God kept sending people into my life that would mention [the Dominicans] or suggest them,” she said. “I’m looking forward to loving the children [who] God places in my care.” Raddell said she also looked forward to entering the order with several other women her age. “A lot of [religious] communities now are aging, so it’s really nice that there are a lot of young people still entering this community,” she said. “We’ll be going through life together, as a community.” White said he attended an Augustinian middle school and high school, and considered the priesthood as early as fifth grade. “It was really when I got here to Notre Dame that I began to actively think about it,” he said. White said he began to discern with the Holy Cross Congregation on campus but felt something was missing. The Augustinians’ emphasis on community, as well as dedication to education in an active contemplative community, appealed to him. “I realized that for most of my life, I was brought up with [an] Augustinian education, and that was really a part of who I was, so it just made sense. … The Augustinians are monastic in their roots but balance the monastic prayer life with an active way of life,” he said. “Other than community and my love for Augustinian theology, education is what really drew me to the Augustinians.” The demands of being a resident assistant (RA) in Duncan Hall this year helped validate White’s decision to enter the religious life, he said. “I really had the opportunity to see what active ministry was like, since the RA role here is so unique – it’s not just the guy who unlocks the door or goes on rounds,” White said. “It’s really a pastoral position. “There’s been challenging moments, and I’ve had to have some difficult conversations this year. But to be able to be with residents in highs and lows and walk with them in those moments has been really fulfilling for me and reassuring that this is something I could be called to do.” Contact Catherine Owers at [email protected]last_img read more

Clarke backs Cummins as all-formats captain

first_imgFORMER captain Michael Clarke has long been calling for Pat Cummins to become Australia’s next Test captain and now he wants the superstar to lead his country in all three formats.Clarke has suggested the end of 2020-21 might be an ideal time for Tim Paine, who alongside Justin Langer have led Australia’s recovery since the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal, to step down.Clarke also declared the end of this year’s T20 World Cup could be the right time for Aaron Finch to hand the reins over to Cummins.Langer has previously backed Paine to lead until at least the final of the world Test championship, at Lord’s in mid-2021, and Finch’s position is not considered in any jeopardy.The merits of Steve Smith reclaiming the captaincy have been publicly debated over the past year, with his leadership ban expiring at the end of this month.It was at the start of Australia’s scandal-laden tour of South Africa in 2018 that Clarke first publicly floated the idea of Cummins becoming Test skipper, long before Paine had assumed the role.Clarke, who captained Australia in 47 Tests and 74 ODIs, can now envisage the set of circumstances in which fast bowler Cummins is promoted to call the shots in all three national teams.“Tim Paine’s done a wonderful job, there’s no doubt about it, and I think he’s earned the right to continue to captain Australia until it’s time for him to retire,” Clarke said on Big Sports Breakfast.“Tim is 34 or 35 and I imagine he will be thinking about that after this Australian summer.“I imagine if Australia can win there (during a home series against India) that’s an ideal time for Tim to walk away on top.”Clarke added the team “needs one captain across all three formats” and the obvious candidate is Cummins.“He reads the game really well,” he said.“Yes, he’s an opening bowler but he can bat. He’s brilliant in the field.“He sees the game how a captain needs to.”Cummins, who endured a horror stretch on the injury front after an eye-catching Test debut at age 18 in 2011, has become remarkably resilient in recent years.Since March 2017, no paceman in the world has bowled more deliveries across all international matches.“There’s always been a lot of talk about a bowler being captain, and generally that’s because the bowlers get injured,” Clarke said.“Pat has shown that he’s fit, he’s healthy, and he can play all three formats.“His body has now matured into a position where he’ll be on the pitch as much as any batsman.”last_img read more

Trojans complete yet another sweep

first_imgIf there has been a constant for the No. 1 USC men’s tennis team  — other than non-conference home victories — it has been rain whenever No. 60 University of San Diego  was on the schedule.On Sunday — after two previously scheduled matches were rained out — the Trojans (6-0, 0-0) defeated the Toreros (2-0, 0-0) 7-0 at Marks Tennis Stadium.This match marked the first time that USC played against Toreros coach Brett Masi — who was an assistant on USC’s staff for the previous four seasons.The Trojans were excited to show off their talents against coach Masi.“It was fun to play against [Masi] for the first time.  We had a little bit of extra motivation, but it wasn’t a distraction,” senior Robert Farah said.The fact that the Trojans were not distracted was evident. They won every single match to complete another sweep of a non-conference opponent.In doubles, the combinations of Farah and No. 65 freshman JT Sundling — at No. 1 — and sophomores Steve Johnson and Daniel Nguyen continued to dominate their foes, winning 8-1 and 8-2, respectively.Juniors Peter Lucassen and Jaak Poldma continued their solid play winning 8-6 over sophomore Nikola Bubnic and junior Abdullah Hashem.During the singles portion, USC only dropped one set throughout the six matches.At the first position, No. 14 Farah displayed an overpowering first serve and an exceptional return of serve, dominating junior Dean Jackson — before he retired from the match in the second set.Sundling was the only singles player to lose a set but returned to form in the final two sets in his triumph over Hashem 3-6, 6-1, 6-3.The rest of lineup overwhelmed the Toreros, with No. 1 Johnson winning over Bubnic 6-2, 6-3; No. 78 Daniel Nguyen defeating senior Charl Wolmarans 6-3, 6-1; Peter Lucassen finishing off a 7-5, 6-2 victory over freshman Thibaut Visy; and No. 47 sophomore Matt Kecki playing consistently in his defeat of junior Nils Schive 6-2, 6-2.At the conclusion of this six match home stand to start the season, USC coach Peter Smith has been satisfied with his players getting important match experience and displaying the depth of his team.“This stretch has been a great experience, especially for our newer guys,” Smith said. “We have a ton of possibilities four our team, we have eight guys to choose from for our doubles lineup.”The Trojans have displayed their lineup depth, but that depth will surely be tested at the upcoming upcoming ITA National Team Indoor Championships — starting Friday, Feb. 12.With this positive stretch to begin the season behind them, the team seems ready as the intensity of the season will ratchet up at the Indoor Championships against the best teams in the nation.last_img read more

2019 Community Awards Gala Nominees

first_imgLiteracy AwardThe Literacy Award recognizes special contributions of an individual or group that has made an outstanding contribution towards promoting in areas including literacy, language, multiculturalism and community issues in Fort St. John.  The award covers a wide spectrum of the field, including family, health, workplace and community.2019 Nominees: Connie Greyeyes-Dick, Jessica Kalman, Tammy WatsonHumanitarian AwardThe Humanitarian Award recognizes an individual or a group of volunteers whose actions, commitment, volunteer leadership, service and community spirit have made a difference in the lives of those in the community. It recognizes initiatives that serve to promote awareness of accessibility in the community, outstanding contribution towards promoting or facilitating resource reduction or demonstrate a genuine commitment to providing a better future for the lives of our residents.2019 Nominees: Alcan District Girl Guides, Corina Wintersgill Pratt, Denise Cornet Cooper, Erica O’Day, Fort St. John KidSport, Jaandi Roemer, Jennifer Pimm, Roxanne Chmelyk, Sabrina Brooks, Sherri MytopherAdvertisement 2019 Nominees: Paul van NostrandMayor Lori Ackerman said “Our local volunteers and organizations always go above and beyond. This is an excellent opportunity to recognize a person or organization in our community who shows just how energetic they are by going that extra mile and making our community the best place to live,”Tickets for the event are available for purchase at the Visitor Centre or The Lido. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 2019 Community Awards Gala will be hosted on April 11, 2019, at The Lido Theatre.The following is a list of the 2019 Nominees and their selected categories;Cultural AwardThe Cultural Award recognizes an individual or a group for their volunteer efforts in historical, visual, performing, or literary arts. Individuals may demonstrate excellence in an artistic field, increase artistic and cultural opportunities within the community, or encourage local residents to reach and expand their potential through culture.- Advertisement -2019 Nominees: Emry Mika, Sandy TroudtRecreation AwardThe Recreation Award recognizes an individual or a group for their volunteer efforts in the promotion, organization, support, and/or motivation of sports, recreation, and leisure pursuits including healthy and active living. Individuals may demonstrate excellence in an athletic discipline, increase sport and recreational opportunities within the community, encourage local residents to reach and expand their potential through recreation and wellness by promoting healthy lifestyles, personal well-being and health in Fort St. John.2019 Nominees: Annika Hedican, Arnie Isberg 1 Pitch Committee, Christina Brace, Connie Richter, Elena Warkentin, Jason McBride, Neil Evans, Phil Hiscock, Tosha Mytron, Trudy AlexanderAdvertisementcenter_img Youth AwardThe Youth an individual under the age of 19 who has made a positive contribution to the community on a volunteer basis such as developing a project, serving on a committee and/or other volunteer work with organizations and groups.  Youth in this category may display outstanding qualities, provide leadership, support their peers, overcome challenges and/or contribute to their community in a meaningful way.2019 Nominees: 1st Fort St. John Scouts, Ally Peever, Cristyn Devine, Emma Lavigne, Pauleanne CodillaLifetime Achievement AwardThe Lifetime Achievement award recognizes an individual’s remarkable contribution and dedication to the community. Their contributions have improved the quality of life for citizens or brought positive recognition to Fort St. John.2019 Nominees: Andy Ackerman, Gail Weber, Stephen BeardMayor’s Citizen of the YearThe Mayor’s Citizen of the Year Award recognizes an individual that has achieved positive notoriety outside our community for their actions, is recognized as leaders or role models by their peers, or has won international, national, or provincial titles or awards for their efforts. The recipient acts as an ambassador for our community and has recognized Fort St. John as their home and the community where they built and honed their skills and abilities.Advertisementlast_img read more