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A Good Catholic
la a Well-
Informed Catholic
Vol. IV, No. 50
Rites Planned to Mark
Msgr. Burkley’s Golden
Jubilee of Ordination
Monsignor Edmund A. Burkley
Two Solemn Masses, receptions and a dinner have been
planned to mark the golden jubilee of ordination to the Sacred
Priesthood of Monsignor Edmund Burkley, pastor of St. Mary
Monsignor Burkley will cele
brate a Solemn Mass Sunday at
11:00 a. m., in St. Mary church to
which all parishioners, present and
former, and friends of the pastor
are invited. Father Omer Schroe
der, former assistant pastor of the
parish and Father Francis Schaef
er, assistant pastor, will serve as
deacon and subdeacon, respective
ly. Father George Marzluf. assist
ant pastor, will serve as master of
ceremonies. The. sermon will be
preached by Monsignor George
Wolz, a former parishioner who
was baptized by Monsignor Burk
Sunday evening following the
Benediction of the Most Blessed
Sacrament, a reception will be held
in the school hall.
Bishop Ready will preside at
the Solemn Mass scheduled for
10.30 Monday morning to which
all the clergy of the diocese are
Monsignor John Neuman, pastor
of St. Joseph parish, Wilmette. Ill..
a former classmate of Monsignor
Burkley, will serve as deacon at
the Mass. Father Aloysius Berendt.
a dean of the diocese of Steuben
ville, and a former parishioner,
will serve as subdeacon. Father
Linus Dury, pastor of St. Nicholas
parish, Zanesville, will act as mas
ter of ceremonies.
The sermon will be preached by
Monsignor Paul Gieringer, rector of
lene was excused for being
skeptical over the telephone
conversation she had just con
“He said his name is Nun
gesser, he’s moving into the
parish, and he has eight child
ren of school age,” she told
her confreres at St. Mary’s
Convent.’ Then a hunch: “Fa
ther Hoffman knows how
the Pontifical College Josephinum
Following the Mass on Monday,
a dinner for the clergy will be
held at the Neil House. Transporta,
tion by special bus has been ar
ranged from the church to the ho
No other priest in the Colum
bus Diocese has served in one
parish as long as Monsignor
Burkley. Ordained in St. Joseph
Cathedral Aug. 25, 1905, by the
late Bishop James J. Hartley, the
amiable prelate was assigned to
St. Mary's as an assistant. He has
been there ever since.
Even before ordination, Monsig
nor Burkley’s “home” parish wras
St. Mary’s. His parents, the late
Edmund and May Anna Burkley,
were married there. Born May 17,
1880, he was baptized, made his
First Communion, and was confirm-,
ed in St. Mary's Church. He also
attended grade school there for
eight years.
He took his high school, semin
ary and college training at the
Pontifical College Josephinum,
earning a bachelor of arts degree.
By special permission of the
Papal Delegate, Monsignor Burk
ley was ordained a year before
completing his theological stud
ies so that he could better care
for the deaf. He was the first
priest ever to take active care of
the Catholic inmates at the State
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Blessed with a Dozen
Convert Couple Appreciates God’s Blessings
At their home in Lancaster, O., 12 healthy children of Wilbur and Martha Nungesser, converts to
the Catholic faith, pause from a busy day. The family was forced to hasten their moving plans from
Logan when fire destroyed their residence. The children are Susan, twin* Lee and Nancy, Christopher,
twins Anthony and Timothy (held by parents), William, Mary, twins Terrence and Thomas, John (behind
father), and Edward.
cramped we are for space. If
that’s his idea of a practical
A few days later Johnny, Sue,
Eddie, Nancy, Lee, Tom, and Terry
trotted into the principal’s office
sending the combined high school
elementary school enrollment at
St. Mary’s over 1,000 for the first
time in the parish’s century of
history. And they still had at home
Mary, 6 Chris, 4 Bill, 3 and Tony
and Tim, 20 months.
3 Area Men
Advance in
Religious Life
Three young men from the
diocese advanced in religious
life last week in ceremonies
conducted in New York and
The Missionary Oblates of
Mary Immaculate received
Brother Joseph Miner, O.M.I.,
and Brother John E. Burns.
O.M.I at the Shrine of Our Lady
of Hope, Essex. N.Y., as they an
nounced final vows nf poverty,
chastity, obedience and persever
ance and received the Oblate
Cross, symbol of their missionary
Brother Miner, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Howard W Miner, 429 E.
Royal Forest Blvd Columbus, is a
graduate of St Mary High School.
Brother Burns, son of Mr. and
Mrs James A Burns, 1449 Studer
Ave.. Columbus, attended St.
Charles Preparatory School and
John Carroll University in Cleve
Both brothers studied at the
Oblate Preparatory School in
Newburgh, N.Y., and are cur
rently'continuing their priestly
education at the Oblate Scholas
ticate. Catholic University, Wash
ington, D.C.
George B. Colborn. New Lexing
ton. a student for the missionary
priesthood at the Preparatory Sem
inary of the Missionary Servants
of the Most Holy Trinity, Holy
Trinity. Ala,, was clothed in the
habit of that community last week.
Son of the late Mr. and Mrs.
George B. Colborn, Sr., the new
Brother Pius, M.S. SS.T., begins
a one-year novitiate after which
he will complete advanced train
ing at the Father Judge Mission
Seminary, Brackney, Pa., and at
the Holy Trinity Mission Semi
nary, Winchester, Pa.
The Missionary Servants of the
Most Holy Trinity are a congre
gation of priests and brothers la
boring in the American home mis
sion field, particularly in the
Attacks on
Agencies and Religious
Answered by Prelate
WASHINGTON (NC) Pearl Buck has made a “dan
gerous attack” on Catholic charitable institutions and has
“impugned the motives, integrity and genuine interest of
thousands of religious” in a magazine article dealing with adop
tion. the secretary of the National Conference of Catholic
Chanties said here.
Msgr. John J. O'Grady in a state
ment discussing the article, “The
Children Waiting,” said Mrs Buck’s
charges are all the more danger
ous because of their indirectness.
Dealing with what she contends
are the reasons would-be parents
are often unable to adopt institu
tionalized children and why so
many youngsters are under the care
of agencies, Mrs. Buck writes in
September issue of the Woman’s
Home Companion:
The dozen kiddies’ parents, Wil
bur and Martha Nungesser, can
point to a circumstance in their
early married life for their most
telling incident. Both of them were
born Protestants, they became
closely associated with a couple
who had found their way, through
intensive study, into the Catholic
Church. Their friendship was to
prove deep and lasting.
Natives of Columbus, they
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The ^ciLiiolic Times
Cotumbus 16, Ohio, Friday, September 16,1955
‘Deep Faith’ of Wehrle
Lauded at Funeral Mass
NEWARK With Bishop Ready presiding. Auxiliary
Bishop Edward Hettinger of Columbus was celebrant of a
Solemn Pontifical Funeral Mass in St Francis de Sales Church
here Saturday for Augustine T. Wehrle, K.C.S.G., 78, prom
inent Catholic layman and retired industrialist who died Aug
ust 31 in St. Anthony Hospital, Columbus, after a short illness
Bishop Ready officiated at the
Final Absolution following the Fu
neral Mass and spoke of the “deep
faith” of Mr Wehrle as the distin
guishing virtue of his life and
work. Seminaries, orphanages and
missions were the principal bene
ficiaries of Mr. Wehrle, the Bish
op asserted.
Nearly fifty priests, including
three Benedictine Abbots, were
present for the Funeral Mass.
Many more Sisters, members of
various religious communities
were also in attendance. Among
them were Sisters and children
from St. Vincent Orphanage, Co
lumbus, who were the special ob
jects of Mr. Wehrle'* financial
At the time of his death, Mr.
W’ehrle was still president and
treasurer of the Wehrle Realty
Company of Newark, but was
known as one of the former oper
ators of the Wehrle
pany, now known as
Stove Company.
Stove Com
the Newark
since 1941,
months, his
In failing health
when he was ill for
condition had improved during the
past years, although he still suf
fered from a heart condition He
‘It was once necessary I do not
doubt, for religious orders to care
for orphans, but certainly that day
is past. Parents are waiting to
adopt them. True, it would be diffi
cult to close these orphanages, not
because of the children but because
of vested interests.
‘“Some orphanages are old and
long established in their routines.
And to close them would, of course,
put many people out of work, for
what would the caretakers, the
cooks and superintendents do, and
the good Sisters, nuns, deaconesses
who run some of the orphanages?
It would indeed be a troublesome
business to set the children free
and let them go into families.”
In his statement, Msgr. O'Grady
said that only an estimated three
per cent of the children in institu
tions are full orphans.
The well-known Charities Con
ference official said that from the
tenor of the article the group of
childrenMrs. Buck apparently is re
ferring to is the limited number
of white babies under three years
of age given to the institutions by
their parent or parents.
“There are 10 applications for
every one of these children avail
able for adoption,” he said.
But these children are only a
small part of all the youngsters
being taken care of by agencies,
he said. "In recent years, institu
tions have been regarded as
places for the temporary care of
children mos* of whom will be re
turned to their own homes. Insti
tutions cannot place these chil
dren out for adoption without
violating the rights of their own
parents," he said.
A great number of Negro, Mex
ican or Puerto Rican children and
physically or mentally handicap
ped children are in these institu
tions, Msgr. O'Grady explained.
But there are few takers for
these youngsters, he added.
"Therefore, w» might ask why
it is that an intelligent person
like Mrs. Buck makes such a vio
lent attack on our religious who
are trying to make plans for
these handicapped children, to
build up their own homes and to
place out in families those who
cannot be returned to their own
Mrs. Buck believes differences
of religion should not stand in the
way of placing a child in a good
home, Msgr. O’Grady said. “She
would thus change overnight the
traditions that have been built up
(Continued on Page 2)
Mr. Wehrle was for many years
associated with his brother, the
late William W. Wehrle, the op
eration of the Wehrle Company,
regarded as the largest stove man
ufacturing company in the world.
He was the son of the late Jos
eph and Philomena (Morath)
Wehrle. His father, captain of a
company of infantry which he or
ganized in Newark during the Civil
war, and who was mustered out
with the rank of colonel, first en
gaged in business here as a grocer
with the late John McCarthy.
Th» partnership was later dis
solved when Mr Wehrle and John
Moser in 1883 established a small
foundry in East Newark and Mr.
McCarthy opened his own store.
The foundry business known as
the Moser and Wehrle company un
til it became the Wehrle Company
under the operation of the two
brothers, W W. and A. T. Wehrle.
continued to grow and a new loca
tion was sought, which later in
sured growth and development of
West Newark.
The plant which gave employ
ment to approximately 2,000 per
eons, gained the title of the old
est manufacturing firm in New
ark and Licking County, and in
1933 three years before the sale
of the company to eastern inter
ests the 50th milestone in oper
ation was reached.
The local operators sold their
interests in the stove plant Feb.
21, 1936, and production was start
ed again March 9, 1936 under the
name of the Florence-Wehrle Stove
company. The new managers also
operated similar plants in Gard
ner, Mass., and Kankakee, Ill
In 1939 the plant assumed a new
title when officials announced a
change in the name to The New
ark Stove Company, to avoid con
fusion with the company’s associat
(Continued on Page 2)
Church Has Moral Duty to Fight
To Protect Rights, Pope Asserts
Private School
Enrollment at
41/2 Million
The nation's Catholic and oth
er private elementary and
high schools will enroll about
4.469.900 pupils this school
year an increase of about
188.900 the Government
has estimated in a report.
was in daily attendance at his
fice until the Thursday before
death Confined to his home,
entered St. Anthony Hospital,
lumbus. after his condition became
serious, and died there a few hours
The Office of Education said
here there will be about 3,664.800
in private grade school' and some
805,100 in high schools The Of
fice's annual report said the over
all enrollment for schools and col
leges, public and private, will be
about 39,772,000 this year
This would some 3,966.550
pupil* in Catholic school*, with
about 3,298,320 in grade school*
and about 668,230 in high
Based on the Government’s fig
ures, it can be estimated that there
has been an increase of about 207
880 in Catholic schools this year,
with some 182.740 more grade
schools and «ome 25.140 in high
Requiem Sung
Former Prioress of Springs
A Solemn Requiem Mass
was offered in St Mary of the
Springs convent chapel Mon
day for Sister M. Abele (Hef
fley), O.P., who died Friday in
St. George Hospital. Cincinna
ti. Sister Adele had been
Prioress of the Springs until
illness forced her retirement from
active duty some months ago
Sister Adele was born in Novem
ber, 1880, near Somerset Later,
the family moved to Newark where
they were members of St. Francis
de Sales parish. She entered the
novitiate at St. Mary’s in 1903 and
was professed the following year.
Her early assignments in the Co
lumbus diocese included St. Thom
as, Zanesville St. Francis, Colum
bus, and Sacred Heart. Coshocton.
Sister Adele served as superior and
principal in Coshocton and remain
ed there for 18 years
In 1926 she was elected Prior
ess of St. Mary of the Springs
for a six-year term. During this
time Sister also served a* presi
dent of the college.
As an administrator and edu
cator, Sister Adele exerted influ
ence not only in this diocese but
in other parts of the country as
well. From 1932 to 1937 she was
supervisor of Dominican schools in
the Pittsburgh Diocese. Within the
next decade she was successively
Prioress at St. Mary Academy. New
Haven principal of Mary Immacu
late School, Ossining, and superior
and principal of St. Francis de
Sales, McKees Rock, Pa.
In 1947, Sister Adele was elected
a general councillor of the congre
gation and in 1953 began her sec
ond appointment as Prioress of St.
Mary of the Springs.
Survivors include a sister, Mrs.
Ember Days
Wednesday, Friday and Sat
urday, Sept. 21, 23 and 24. are
the autumn ember days. They
are days of fast and complete
Speaking during an open
hearing held on the 1956 budget,
Mr. Miller continued, "It seems
we have a distorted sense of
value* when the budget calls for
$175,775.00 for the Columbu*
Zoo, whereas there are no pro
visions being made for our poor
and destitute people."
Commending City Council for
making up the deficit of 1954 by
allocating $151,000. the Vincentian
“We know that over and above
money from State funds for the
County Welfare Department, there
will be needed approximately
$225,000 or $230,000 (during 1956)
and this is a joint responsibility
of the City and the County. This is
something that is needed in 1956
and yet there is nothing in the
For Sister Adele,
Charles Frush of Newark, and two
brothers, Joseph of Newark and
Daniel of Willard, 0.
Father Gordo
Father Frederick Gordon.
O.P., of Somerset, 0., was pro
mised his freedom this week
by the Chinese Reds after be
in under house arrest in Foo
chow, China, for more than
two years.
In a “Speed-Letter” to Sister Vir
ginia, O P, Vicar General of St.
Mary of the Springs, the U.S. State
Among thnie v.ho heard the Ho
ly Father v ere manv non-Cathobr
as well as representatives nf Sovi
et Russia and the commiimo -a'el
lite countries. The latter attended
individually and not as members
of any official delegation
In his far ranging discourse
which also was heard by sn en
Cardinal- and member of the V-?
ican diplomatic corps, the Ho’y Fa
ther surveyed and analyzed the
“historical consciousness of the
Church which, “like a mighty
Vincentians Urge City Council
To Anticipate *56 Relief Needs
Columbus city councilmen were urged this week to make
adequate provisions in the 1956 budget to avoid another re
lief crisis such as the city experienced this year.
A representative of the St Vincent de Paul Society Ar
thur A Miller of Our Lady of Victon parish, expressed deep
concern over the fact that the budget, as reported in the news
papers, carried “no appropriation
at all for future relief needs.”
budgcf for thr- The Gty
will bp apprnximatp’’V $150 000 it
is good business to anticipate
needs and plan for them and them
fore the City should rn
have such an item in th* budget
Thirty members of the St Vin
cent de Paul Society attended the
council meeting and were later
asked to meet with Portman,
administrative assistant to the may
Portman explained that the pres
ent budget is a preliminary one
and that a more realistic budget
will be drawn up by Nov. 15.
The Vincentians stressed the
importance of getting the neces
sary financial information soon
and making certain it was in the
budget. Saying that they felt it
should have been in the initial
budget, the group suggested that
the amount could have been de
termined now, at least tentative
pointing out that the County
Welfare Department has expen
enced a deficit in their funds for
the past two years, they empha
sized that it is only reasonable to
expect a similar need this year
and it is the duty of the City
to help make up the deficit.
Moat Powerful Weapon
In Battle for Peace
Is Prayer
Price Ten Cents $3.00 A Year
I niversality of Church
Explained to Historians
VATICAN CIH’ (NC) The Catholic Church has a
moral duty to fight back when the laws of the state violate
divine rights, The Church is not linked to any particular cul
ture, because she received her mission for all times and for
all men.
His Holiness Pope Pius XII explained
5,000-word French language ad
dre«-s to close to 2.000 of the
world’s leading historians gathered
in Rome for the 10th International
Congress of Historical Ser-nee
In his talk he stressed thai wh
the Church and the -fato ar inde
pendent powers, they mirt not ig
nore each other hut mu--» collah
orate in mutual understanding
n Promised Release bv Reds
Relatives of Father Frederick Gordon, O.P., of Somerset, read the State Department letter telling
them of Father's release by the Chinese Reds following more than two year* of house arrest. Pictured,
left to right, are Sister Miriam, O.P., principal of St. Gabriel School, a niece Sister Mary Virginia, O.P.,
Vicar General of St. Mary of the Springs, and Sister Mary Edmund, O.P., of St. Francis School of
Columbus, Father Gordon's sisters William F. Gordon of St. Thomas parish,
and Sister Mary Frederick, O.P., of Holy Spirit School, another niece. Father
to be in Hong Kong this week along with nine others released by the Reds.
Department revealed that The De
partment has been informed bv the
Chinese ambassador at Geneva that
Father Frederick Gordon will be
released and sent to Hong Kong
within a lew days.”
Father Gordon's release ends
almost thirty years of missionary
work with the Chinese he began
in 1927 shortly after his ordina
in a profound
mountain range, traverses 2,000
years of human history,’’ and con
stitutes “a historical fact that can
not be evaded, regardless of th*
attitude adopted toward her.”
Declaring that the term "Ca
tholicism*' is not fully adequate
to describe the position of th*
Church, the Pope said
Church is "far more than a
pie ideological system. She
reality, like visible nature,
people and the state
changeable in the constitution
and structure which the Divine
Founder has given her, the
Church ha* accepted and accept*
those elements which she needs
or deems useful for her develop
ment and action: men and hu
man institutions, philosophical
and cultural aspirations, political
forces and social ideas and insti
is a
The Church’s mission, while by
its mature and ends belonging to
the religious and moral field, “nev
ertheless penetrates to the very
heart of human history,” the Pon
tiff told the historians Adapting
of time
herself to circiumstances
and place, the
.-hape rren and
“In tb e prespi
tur\, u hen pro
ly. snciP♦y. the
order a sumed
evr-n ca oital im
added “the Ch
best to cont ribute
lution of such
believe with some
Church seeks to
society according to
ind the past cen
ms of the fami
e and the social
increasing and
the Pope
done her
toward the so
questions. and We
hurch-state e 1 a-
tions. the Holy Father explained
thta the Church intervened often
in the field of public life “in order
to guarantee a just balance be
tween duties and obligations on
the one hand, and rights and liber
ties on the other hand.”
Political authority, the Pope
continued, has never had a pro
tector more worthy of confidence
than the Catholic Church, be
cause the Church bases the
state’s authority upon the will
of the Creator and Divine Law.
Because the Church attributes
to public authority a religious
value, she has resisted state des
potism and tyranny under any
Pope Pius quoted the encyclical
Immortale Dei of Pope Leo XIII to
define the respective jurisdictions
of the state and the Church, both
of which are sovereign within the
limits defined by nature and the
special objective of each.
Pope Leo, he said, wrote that
(Continued on Page 2)
Columbus, brother
Gordon was expected
Somerset, Father Gor-
Born in
don is a graduate of Holy Trinity
High School there. He latter at
tended Aquinas College and made
his novitiate at St. Joseph’s Priory
in Somerset,
He was serving as vicar provin
cial of the Dominican Community
in the Foochow area at the time he
was placed under house arrest in
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