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Vol. 1, No. 9
Final Rites
Sung For
Priest Here
Services Held In Columbus
And In Martins Ferry
For Priest Dead At 34
R«v. Edgar Hoffman
Solemn Pontifical Requiem Mass
was celebrated by Bishop Ready
Saturday, Nov. 24, at 10 a. m. in
St. Joseph Cathedral for the re
pose of the soul of Rev. Edgar A.
Hoffman, 34, who died Nov. 21 in
Mt. Carmel Hospital, Columbus.
Eighty monsignori and priests of
the diocese chanted the Office of
the Dead before the Mass.
Father Hoffman is mourned by
the hundreds throughout the dio
cese who knew him as assistant
priest at St. Michael’s, Bellaire St.
Joseph’s, Fairpoint St. Anthony’s,
Bridgeport St. Benedict’s Cam
bridge St. Mary Magdalene’s, Co
lumbus Sacred Heart, Columbus
St. Luke’s, Danville, and St. Fran
cis's, Newark at Mercy Hospital,
Mt. Vernon, where he was chap
lain, and in West Portsmouth
where he was the administrator of
Our Lady of Sorrows until shortly
before his death.
Born March 31, 1917, in Martins
Ferry, Ohio, Father Hoffman was
the son of Edgar and Freda (Gen
ther) Hoffman. Besides his par
ents, he is survived by five sisters
and two brothers: Mrs. Elizabeth
Harvey, Mrs. Freda Ferguson, Mrs.
Swearingen, Mrs. Rcse Weidetz,
Mrs. Bernice Dowdy and Mr Fran
cis Hoffman, all of Martins Ferry.
Another brother, Frederick, re
sides in Los Angeles, California.
Father Hoffman attended St.
Mary’s parochial school in Martins
Ferry and high school, college and
minor seminary at St. Charles, Co
lumbus, where he received a Bach
elor of Arts degree.
Upon his gradi ation from Mt.
St. Mary of the West seminary,
Cincinnati, Father Hoffm?” was
ordained a priest in St. Joseph
Cathedral, Columbus, by Most Rev.
Edward G. Hettinger, Dec. 18,
Assisting Bishop Ready at the
Mass were the Rev. Ralph R. Der
mody and the Rev. Richard Con
nelly, deacons of honor The Rev.
Louis Hoffman, cousin of Father
Edgar, was assistant priest. The
Rev. Edward Healy and the Rev.
Edwin J. McNulty were deacon
and sub-deacon of the Mass.
Msgr. Roland Winel and the Rev.
James Carroll were the masters of
ceremoves. The Rev. George
Buchman preached the sermon.
Bishop Hettinger celebrated a
Pontifical Mass. Monday, Nov. 26,
preceding the final rites and bur
ial in Martins Ferry.
Name Rosary Grad
For Highest Award
Ted Hinterschied Is Citec
For Heroic Action
A Korean campaigner who was
graduated from Rosary high
school, Columbus, in 1946, has
been recommended for the Con
gressional Medal of Honor for ex
traordinary heroism on Heartbreak
He is Pfc. Theodore R. Hinter
schied. son of Mr. and Mrs. Theo
dore Hinterschied of 766 Bedford
avenue, who was named for the na
tion’s top military award after a
bitter rearguard action, and who is
spending his spare hours helping
to build a crude chapel behind the
Private Hinterschied’s citation
reports that he singlehandly fought
off “a fanatical and determined en
emy force while his unit was with
drawing ammunition and gren
ades gone, he fought in land-to
hand combat, escaping unharmed.”
In a recent letter home he urg
ed his parents to “pray for peace
and tell everybody else to pray.”
Ted told them he has 'been as
sisting at evening Mass, but that
he finds it “difficult” to do so reg
The chapel he is working on will
include a cement block altar, a
wooden cross, and pews hewn out
of logs.
Local College
Gets Cancer
Study Grant
Damon Runyon Fund Gives
$1,500 for Research
Program Here
National recognition came this
week to the cancer research pro
gram at the College of St. Mary of
the Springs in the form of a $1,500
grant from the Damon Runyon Me
morial Fund. The college was one
of two Catholic institutions among
the ten recipients of over $100,
000 distributed by the fund in its
latest allocation. The other was
St. Margaret’s hospital, Kansas
City, Kans.
The award spotlights the work
of two Dominican Sisters who have
been working together for seven
years in their search for a cure of
cancer. They are Sister Margaret
Ann, chairman of the Biology de
partment at the college, and Sister
Thomas Aquin, a member of the
Much of their work is carried on
in a constant-temperature labor
atory donated to the college by the
late Mrs. Anna Burst of Wilming
ton, Ohio.
In an attempt to fight fire with
fire, the Sisters have been culti
vating disease-producing germs
and testing various ex'racts of the
germs. One bacterial extract from
the organism that causes boils and
ulcers, they found, inhibits the
growth of some cancerous cells.
Sister Margaret Ann warns, how
ever, against too-hopeful reports
of their work. “AU you can say at
the present time,” she declared,
“is that we have some promising
results with one particular kind of
cancer in mice.”
A native of Coshocton, Ohio, Sis
ter Margaret Ann attended Sacred
Heart high school there and the
College of St. Mary of the Springs.
Sister Thomas Aquin is a native of
New Haven, Conn., and a graduate
of Albertus Magnus college. Botn
Sisters have received graduate de
grees from Ohio State university
and from the* Institutum Divi
Thomae, graduate schoo of scien
tific research conducted under the
auspices of the Archdiocese of Cin
Founded in 1946 when Damon
Runyon, famed sports and fiction
writer, died, the fund has allocated
more than $4,500,000 for cancer re
search, chiefly in the *'orm of fel
lowships and grants.
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Sentence Priest to Death
LONDON—(NC)—The Rev. Jan
Bula, described as a Roman Cath
olic administrator in Moravia, has
been sentenced to death by a
Czechoslovak court, according to
an official Czech newsagency re
port received here. The agency
added that 16 other persons were
sentenced to prison terms, ranging
from two years to life.
To Preside At 40 Hours
Bishop Ready will preside at
the solemn opening of Forty
Hours devotion in St. Joseph
Cathedral, Sunday, Dec. 2, at
11 a. m.
The Cathedral, the principal
church of the diocese, starts off
the cycle of Forty Hours devo
tions throughout the diocese.
The Bishop will also preside
at the closing of the devotion
in the Cathedral, Tuesday eve
ning, at 7:30 o’clock.
Negro Convert Heads Youth Council
Robert Hill of St. Cyprian's parish, Columbus, center, was elected president of the Diocesan Catholic
Youth Council last Sunday at the close of the council's two day convention at the College of St. Mary of
the Springs. A U. S. Government employee, Mr. Hill has been a Catholic four years. In that time he has
been president of the parish CYO unit two years, and Central Deanery vice president of the Diocesan
council one year. Vice presidents elected Sunday are, left to right, seated: Joseph Carle, Circleville,
and William Trenor, West Lafayette standing, Eugene J. Bernard, Columbus, and Daniel Sorohan, New
Prelate Will Return to China
Despite Threat
Msgr. Paul Curran, O.P.
A veteran China missionary vis
iting his fellow-Dominicans at Holy
Trinity church, Somerset, looked
back last week at the 28 year span
of his labors in the Far East. “Back
in the 1920!s”, reminisced the
Right Rev. Msgr. Paul Curran, O.
P., "random bandits used to shoot
at us occasionally. But now our
priests are imprisoned and killled,
the people are terrorized, and Com-
Men’s Society
To Meet Here
Saturday Dec. 1
Chancellor Will Preach At
Pontificial Mass To
Open Session
Rt. R»v. Msgr. F. J. Schwendemsn
The Right Rev. Msgr. Francis J.
Schwendeman, S.T.D., Chancellor
of the Columbus Diocese, will
preach the sermon at Pontifical
Mass opening the one-day conven
tion of the Diocesan Holy Name
Union this Saturday, Dec. 1, at 9
a. m. in St. Joseph’s Cathedral.
Bishop Ready will celebrate the
Mass, and also will speak at the
closing banquet of the convention,
scheduled for 6 p. m. in the Vir
ginia hotel, Columbus.
Martin H. Work, executive sec
retary of the National Council of
Catholic Men, also will address the
meeting, according to the Rev? Al
bert E. Culliton, Diocesan Director
of th’ Holy Name Union.
Diocesan officers will be elected
at the session which also will in
clude workshops on techniques of
conducting parish Holy Name
meetings and executive
John McAndrews, president of
the Diocesan Holy Name Union,
will give the keynote address at
the banquet. General chairman of
the convention will be Henry Rein
The Catholic Times
Columbus 16, Ohio, Friday, Nov. 30, 1951
of Persecution
is uprooting all that the
hold dear.”
Prefect Apostolic of the
mission to which he went
as a young priest in 1923, Msgr.
Curran waits impatiently for his
return to China. Despite the bam
boo curtain and the -ising Red
Tide, he says confidently, “I ex
pect to go back to China in the
Meanwhile his Vicar in the pre
fecture, a native priest, is “making
bean curd and selling it to the peo
ple tp keep himself and his two
companion-priests alive.” The Vicar
is the Rev. Dominic Chiang, O.P
who once served Mass fnr Msgr
Curran. (Bean curd consists of:
beans soaked in lime, ground and
pressed into cakes.)
He also noted that “a priest from
this very town of Somerset—the
Rev. Frederick Aquinas Gordon—
is a prisoner of the Reds at Foo
chow.” Father Gordon is Vicar Pro
vincial of the American Domini
cans in China.
Msgr. Curran struck a note of op
timism in his comments on pres
ent-day China. “The Chinese are
fed up with Communism,” he said
“They have had their fill. They
are divided, and discriminated
He pointed out that the Com
munist doctrine of complete de
pendence upon the state “goes
against the Chinese grain," and
added that the Chinese cannot ac
cept the Reds’ absolute atheism.
“To the ordinary Chinese,” he
said, “Communism is a doctrine
(Continued on Page 2)
In Rumania, U.
PARIS (NC) The United
States last week laid before the
world a charge of religious perse
cution by the Rumanian govern
Ambassador Warren R. Austin,
United States representative at the
sixth meeting of the United Na
tions General Assembly, transmit
ted to it the first installment of
evidence in the possession of the
U.S. “proving the willful and syste
matic violation by the Rumanian
Government of its obligations un
der the treaties of peace.” These
violations include the freedom of
religion, expression, press and pub
lication in Rumania.
Ambassador Austin requested
the Secretary General to transmit
copies of the evidence to all mem
ber governments of the United Na
The evidence was transmitted
pursuant to a resolution adopted
by the General Assembly on No
vember 3, 1950, which condemned
the governments of Rumania, Bul
garia and Hungary for refusing to
join in establishing commissions as
provided by the treaties of peace to
hear disputes arising under the
treaties. The United States, the
United Kingdom and other powers
had charged the three governments
with willful and systematic viola
tion of the provisions of the
treaties, which required these Gov
ernments to secure to all persons
under their jurisdiction the enjoy
ment of human rights and the fun
damental freedoms.
Throughout the discussion of his
question during the fifth session of
the General Assembly last year, the
chief spokesman for the United
States was Benjamin Cohen. He
declared that the U.S. was prepar
ed to offer detailed evidence in
support of its charges and to sub
mit to a decision arrived at through
legal processes.
In February, 1950, Mr. Cohen mania in July, 1950.
Resolution Hits Indifference of World’s Governments,
Failure of Secular News Agencis
Here is the full text of a resolu
tion signed by the Bishops of the
United States expressing bound
less admiration for Catholic heroes
in Iron Curtain
mourning for
countries and
‘our martyred
also expressed
at the indifference of so
Christian governments to
this frightful persecution and at
the apparent inability of the free
secular press to inform the public
of the true facts in the matter.
“The Bishops of the United
States of America proclaim before
the world their boundless idmira
tion for those heroes of our com
mon Faith, the Bishops, priests. Re
ligious and faithful behind the
Iron Curtain of Europe and Asia,
who are giving their lives and their
blood for Christ and for the ideals
of human freedom.
"In the Jong history of persecu
tion waged by the absolutists
against the followers of Christ, no
chapter is more glorious than the
one they are now writing.
"We mourn our martyred dead
in Russia and in the 14 nations
which are now captives to Com
munism. We send our fraternal
sympathy and the assurance of our
fervent prayers to the
thousands who are now
to the torturers in the
of Europe and of Asia.
“And we testify, at the bar of
world opinion, to the sufferings of
Sharp Rise Noted
In Donations Made
On Mission Sunday
Mission Sunday this year yielded
a generous Christmas gift to the
Church’s missions, as the collection
in the Columbus Diocese totaled
$22,286.46. This was $3,000 more
than last year’s am unt, the
ciety for the Propagation of
Faith announced this week.
The Holy Father wil’ allot 40
percent of the collection to home
missions of the U.S., chiefly in the
South, Southwest, and Alaska ter
ritory. Another 51 percent will be
distributed to foreign missions,
and nine percent to the Near East
and the Holy Land.
Religious Freedom Is Violated
S. Tells World
went to The Hague to represent
the U.S. before the International
Court of Justice on questions put
to the court by the fourth General
Assembly in connection with non
observance of human rights in
Hungary, Bulgaria and Rumania.
The court, in an advisory opin
ion. held that the three govern
ments were obligated to carry out
the provisions of the peace treaties.
The material submitted by the
U.S. consisted of 69 exhibits, in
cluding affidavits of individuals,
copies of Rumanian legislation id
excerpts from publications deriv
ing from the Rumanian Govern
ment. The affidavits were received
from individuals in various parts
of the world who had personal ex
perience of the violations.
Accompanying the evidence were
a statement by Secretary of State
Dean Acheson and an analysis of
the evidence prepared by the
partment of State.
Secretary Acheson pointed
that heretofore the U.S. had
trained from submitting detailed
evidence of its charges against the
governments of Rumania, Bulgaria
and Hungary but rather had sought
to obtain an orderly hearing of its
charges as provided in the treaties.
Prelate Expelled
By Rumania Made
Nuncio To Ireland
bishop Gerald P. O’Hara, Bishop of
Savannah-Atlanta, has been named
Papal Nuncio to Ireland.
The 56-year-old prelate, a native
of Philadelphia, has been in the
Papal Diplomatic service since
1947 when he was named Regent of
the Nunciature at Bucharest, Ru
mania. He was expelled from Ru-
Plan Diocesan TV Series
Bishops Proclaim Admiration Man’s Joy In Christ’s Advent
For Modern Christian Martyrs Is Theme of Weekly Telecast
those indominitable souls, millions
and millions of them, who, in the
midst of this persecution, openly
profess their loyalty to God, to
Christ, to the Church and to the
common ideals of civilized human
“Our hearts are filled with sor
row at the indifference of the so
called Christian Governments to
this frightful persecution, and at
the apparent futility of the human
means they have thus far employ
ed to stop it.
“We are no less appalled by the
apparent inability of the free sec
ular press to inform the public of
the true facts of the persecution.
"In this new agony of the
Church of God, of her modern
martyrs and confessors, we are
left to tread the wine press alone.
“No, not alone. Jur help is in
the name of the Lord who hath
made the heavens and the earth.
Inspired by the heroic virtue of
these suffering millions a nd
moved by the love of Christ and
of our fellowmen, we turn to the
God of all Mercy we lift our
eyes to the eternal hills from
which cometh our help.
“In union with the clergy and
faithful of the United States, we
implore our Common Father to
give light and strength and solace
to His persecuted children, to open
the eyes of the apathetic nations,
and to convert the persecutors
themselves that His Kingdom of
justice and of love and of peace
may come to all the people.
“Let us call the roll of the na
tions in which persecution of the
Church now rages:
"Russia, the Ukraine, Yugoslav
ia, Hungary, Romania. Bulgaria,
Albania, eastern Austria, Czecho
slovakia, Poland, Latvia, Estonia.
Lithuania, eastern Ge many, Mon
golia and China and northern
“And let us stand in a tribute of
reverent admiration and prayer for
those churchmen whose names are
deathless symbols of all who suffer
persecution for the sake of Christ:
“Cardinal Mindszenty. Archbish
op Stepinac, Archbihsop Beran.
Bishop Cule, Archbishop Groesz.”
The collection, taken up
year on Sunday, Oct 21, forms the
Holy Father’s “Community Chest”
for all missions and is distributed
at his direction.
The five leading parishes in the
Mission Sunday collection included
a newcomer this year, St. Nichol
as’, Zanesville. The leaders were:
St. Joseph’s cathedral, $1,100.00
St. Francis’, Newark, $817.82 St.
Nicholas’, Zanesville, $811.90 St.
Mary’s, Lancaster, $795.37 and St.
Aloysius’, Columbus, $658.93.
Many homes in the Diocese will
display an Advent wreath in the
next four weeks as a reminder that
Christ, the Light of the World, is
coming. On Saturday evening be
fore the first Sunday of Advent,
the youngest member of the family
traditionally lights the first can
dle, which is allowed to burn
through the evening meal. Ten
year-old Richard Mahr, son of Mr.
and Mrs. A. C. Mahr of Our Lady
of Victory 'parish, Columbus, is
shown above practicing his role in
the ancient Christmas Advent cus
Traditionally, the four weeks of
Advent represent the four eras
during which the world waited for
the Incarnation of its Redeemer.
The evergreen circle of the Advent
wreath stands for the flow of time,
and the candles for the four eras,
A series of television programs
emphasizing the true meaning of
the Advent-Christmas cycle will
be presented under the auspices of
the Diocese of Columbus on four
successive Sundays beginning Dec.
Clothing Campaign
ill End Next Week
Early reports on the annual
Catholic Bishops’ Thanksgiving
Clothing Collection for the
refugees and expellees of Eu
rope and Asia are “very encour
aging,” the Rev. William E.
Kappes, Diocesan Director of
Charities and Hospitals, an
nounced this week.
At the same time Father Kap
pes called attention to the cam
paign’s deadline and expressed
the hope that all parishes of the
diocese would be prompt in
making shipments and in re
porting the results of the drive.
Parishes in Columbus may
bring their clothing to 246 E.
Town street on Dec. 4 between
8 a. m. and 5 p. m. Those out
side Columbus are to ship the
clothing to Maspeth, L. I., cen
tral receiving point of the col
Refugees Receive
WRS Clothing at
NEW YORK—(NO—A $200,000
shipment of clothes and bedding
from War Relief Services—Nation
al Catholic Welfare Conference,
arrived in Hong Kong with the first
signs of approaching winter, ac
cording to advices received at the
agency headqurters here.
This British Crown Colony, with
a population swollen to twice its
normal size by refugees from Red
China, laces a serious problem of
caring for its destitute because of
the complicated international sit
uation. The hillsides of the island
sanctuary are blanketed with the
makeshift huts of hundreds of
thousands of Chinese who have
streamed across the border during
the past two years.
An Old Christian Custom
designated by the four Sundays of
One of the most significant ele
ments of the Advent wreath cere
mony is the blessing of the wreath
by the father of the family before
the first candle is lighted. The fol
lowing form may be used:
•‘We Are Easily
Satisfied With
The Best-
Price Ten Cents $3.00 A Year
in the
FATHER: "Our help is
name of the Lord.”
ALL: “Who hath made
and earth."
O God,
FATHER. "Let us pray,
by Whose word all things are sanc
tified, pour forth Thy blessing up
on this wreath, and grant that we
who use it may prepare our hearts
for the coming of Christ and may
receive from Thee abundant grac
es. Through Christ our Lord.”
Then the father sprinkles the
wreath with holy water and reads season.
9, from 2:30 until 3 p. m. over
The programs will be under the
general direction of the Rt. Rev.
Msgr. Roland T. Wine!, secretary
to Bishop Ready. Local actors and
musical groups will appear on he
series over the channel ten station.
Featured on the first
the four
telecasts will be the ft. Charles
seminary choir, undci the direc
tion of the Rev. F. Thomas Gallen.
The meaning and spirit of the Ad
vent season with the traditional
practices that are associated with
it will form the background for
the sacred concert to be presented
by the choir.
The second production, Dec. 16,
will be designed for the younger
members of the family. The speech
choir of the College of St. Mary of
the Springs wili be heard in sever
al re iz’ous legends surrounding
the Christ-Child’s birth. Sister
Maryanna. OP. and Sistei Eliza
beth Seton. O. P., of the College,
will be guests on .hat afternoon’s
The history of the long period of
man’s waiting and preparation for
the coming of Christ, the Messias,
will be presented Dec. 23. This
story of hope and anticipation will
be drawn from the Words of God's
prophets of the Old Testament.
With Christians everywhere re
joicing at the events and festivi
and an
ties of Bethlehem, three
ages representative of
men, a doctor, a lawyer
historian, will discuss and
the intellectual difficulties which
have arisen in the world as a re
sult of the Nativity of Our Lord.
Catholic Men’s Luncheon
Club Will Meet Dec. 7th
Newspapers are mutual enter
prises, James M. Shea, associate
editor o The Catholic Times, will
point out at the next meeting of
the Catholic Men’s Luncheon club
to be held Friday noon. Dec. 7, at
the Virginia hotel, Columbus. A
newspaper worthy of ’he name, he
says, should enlist the genuine loy
alty and intelligent interest of it*
subscribers as well as of its staff.
All Catholic men are eligible to
attend the club’s meetings, which
take place on the First Friday of
each month.
the Collect of the Mass of the First
Sunday of Advent. The lighting
of the candle and the reading of
the Collect are repeated at each
evening meal through the week e
until the following Saturday, when
the Collect of the Mass of the sec
ond Sunday is substituted, and two
candles are lighted, and so on
through the four weeks.
On Christmas eve the four can
dles are extinguished and the
wreath gives way to the Christmas
Usually made at home of ordi
nary evergreens, the wreath some
times is the table centerpiece, or
adorns the family altar, or is sus
pended from the ceiling by four
ribbons. A purple ribbon often is
twined around the wreath to mark
the penitential character of the

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