‘First and foremost a priest’

first_imgThe funeral Mass celebrating the life of University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh on Wednesday afternoon commended him to heaven with the strength of more than 1,000 participants.Erin Rice | The Observer At the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, where he was first ordained in 1943, more than 100 of his brother priests from the Congregation of Holy Cross processed through the Basilica and gathered behind the altar. They were joined by six bishops as well as Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington D.C. and Cardinal Roger Mahony, archbishop emeritus of Los Angeles.The top leaders of the Congregation of Holy Cross also led the celebration of his life. Fr. Richard V. Warner, superior general of the Congregation, came from Rome, and Fr. Thomas J. O’Hara, provincial superior of the U.S. province of the Congregation, was the principal celebrant. University President Fr. John Jenkins delivered the homily.A congregation made up of family, friends, University administrators, trustees, faculty, staff and students prayed over Hesburgh’s casket during the ceremony, which lasted an hour and 40 minutes. The Gospel reading focused on social justice, a theme central to Hesburgh’s 97-year-long legacy.“At Notre Dame, I’m often faced with daunting tasks. None are more difficult than the one before me: finding words to do justice to the life of Fr. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.,” Jenkins said at the beginning of the homily. “We should begin with what was central to his life. … For all the momentous events in which he played a role, all the honors he received, Fr. Ted always said that the most important day of his life was when he was ordained a priest, here in this church on Notre Dame’s campus.”All Hesburgh wanted was a simple funeral in the Holy Cross tradition, Jenkins said, and after the ceremony he would be “laid to rest under a simple cross, undistinguishable from the graves of the Holy Cross brethren who lay with him.”Jenkins’ homily addressed the key milestones in Hesburgh’s life, from growing and expanding the University into what it is today to accepting the invitation to stand alongside Martin Luther King Jr. at a rally in Chicago to fighting for human rights in Cambodia.“How can we draw together the strands of a life that spans so many years, served in so many ways, touched so many lives? Fr. Ted gave us the answer,” Jenkins said. “He was first and foremost a priest. That vocation drove him to build a great Catholic university; it gave his work in the public life its moral focus; it shaped his generosity in all his personal interactions.”Hesburgh’s younger brother Jim spoke at the end of the ceremony, remarking that “good brothers and good friends are God’s special dividends in life. Ted was a wonderful brother, good friend, counselor and mentor.”“Today we celebrate his life, and all that we had for so long taken for granted with Ted suddenly comes into focus,” Jim Hesburgh said. “Today we think of the totality of Ted’s life here on earth.”He said his brother’s appointment as University president came during his own freshman year at Notre Dame, and “that gave me pause, I’ll tell you.”“He only wanted to serve, and serve he did, with all his energy and all his considerable talent, in every way he knew how,” Jim Hesburgh said. “Ted took his God-given gifts, his intelligence, good health, leadership ability and his pursuit of excellence and brought major change to Notre Dame, to this country and to the world.”But beyond the national and international impact Hesburgh had, Jenkins said the countless personal acts of kindness are an equally important part of his legacy. He reflected on the support Hesburgh offered him during the tumultuous time following the University’s invitation to President Obama to deliver the 2009 Commencement address.“When my invitation to President Obama to speak at our Commencement caused an uproar, a number of people approached my mother and criticized my decision,” Jenkins said.She was anxious, he said, but Fr. Ted “got wind of that” and took action.“Without mentioning anything to me, he called my mother to reassure her. … There were no more worries after that, and from that day forward she and Fr. Ted were fast friends. I can’t begin to tell you all the kindnesses he showed me personally.”At the end of his homily, Jenkins said Hesburgh’s last day on earth was the fulfillment of his lifelong prayer.“Fr. Ted prayed that on the last day of his life, he would be able to celebrate Mass. At 11 a.m. at Holy Cross House last Thursday, Fr. Ted joined the community and concelebrated Mass,” Jenkins said. “In the evening he was struggling to breathe. … He was surrounded by people who loved him. He passed away quietly, just before midnight.”“Today, we gather to celebrate the Mass Fr. Ted so loved and to commend him to God. … We cannot but believe that the Lord will respond with the words of today’s Gospel reading: ‘Come, you who were blessed by my Father.’ We love you Ted. …We will miss you.“We know you now rest in the arms of Notre Dame, our Lady. Throughout your life, you drew strength, sustenance and guidance [from her].”After Jim Hesburgh’s speech and the final prayers over the casket, the family processed out of the Basilica, where a crowd had gathered to line the path to Holy Cross cemetery.“For Ted, problems were challenges, and his forte was in finding solutions,” Jim Hesburgh said. “His friends were endless, of every religion, every nation, every class and every profession. His life was amazing.“His faith, his hope, his dedication and his achievements speak for themselves.”Tags: congregation of holy cross, Fr. Ted, Fr. Ted Hesburgh, Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, Funeral, Hesburgh, Mass, memoriallast_img read more

Revision wins exclusive, cross-service protective eyewear contract for German military

first_imgRevision Military Ltd,Revision, the global leader in military protective eyewear solutions, announces its most recent contract award: to supply the Germany military with their ballistic eyewear needs through 2013. The project will see Revision deliver over 256,000 sets of the Sawfly Military Eyewear System for use by Army, Air Force and Navy troops. Revision was selected as the sole-supplier for this contract following a rigorous bid process and extensive in-service user trials including in-theatre use in Afghanistan.‘To have been selected as the standard issue brand following  one of most rigorous bidding processes we’ve seen to date, is a testament to the people, processes and technologies that we employ to advance the science and performance of this vital piece of soldier equipment. We are proud to be the German military’s protective eyewear supplier of choice,’ said Alex Hooper, Vice President, International Sales.In pursuit of this business Revision developed a Germany-specific version of their flagship product, the Sawfly Military Eyewear System. For it, a new lens shape was designed and two specialty lens tints were developed: one for specific-wavelength laser eye protection and the second for high altitude mountain operations. The 256,000 standard issue kits, available in three sizes ‘ small, medium and large, will include clear, solar and vermillion lenses. Additional quantities of laser protective lenses and Prescription (Rx) Carriers are also included in the contract award.In addition to being the only eye protection supplier to Germany, Revision is the sole approved provider of ballistic eyewear to Canadian, British, Dutch, Belgian and Danish forces. The Revision Sawfly continues to be the most widely issued military spectacle amongst NATO nations, dominating the ballistic protective eyewear landscape worldwide.ABOUT REVISIONRevision develops and delivers purpose-built protective soldier equipment for military use worldwide. The company, which began with eyewear, has expanded to face and head protection and continues to develop their capabilities for integrated, performance-enhancing soldier systems. To that end, Revision brings the most advanced expertise, state-of-the-art facilities and finest technical minds. Clients include the U.S. Department of Defense, the Canadian Department of National Defence, the Netherlands Defence Materiel Organization, the Swiss Federal Department of Defence and the UK Ministry of Defence. Privately owned and ISO 9001:2008 certified, Revision’s operational headquarters is located in Essex Junction, Vermont, USA, with international offices in the Netherlands and Canada.Montreal, QC, Canada (August 17, 2011) ‘ Left: The Sawfly Military Eyewear System exceeds military ballistic impact requirements for spectacles: MIL-PRF-31013 clause 3.5.1.1 and EN 166. It features flawless optics and 100% protection from harmful UV rays. Shown here: the German kit configuration. Right: A German SF soldier wearing the Revision Sawfly avoided serious eye injury when the ricochet from a G36 was deflected by his eyewear.last_img read more

Tennis News Kyrgios disqualified as Federer, Nadal and Djokovic advance in Italian Open

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Rome: Australian firebrand Nick Kyrgios was disqualified from the Italian Open after an expletive-laden rant on Thursday as defending champion Rafael Nadal swept into the third round along with top seed Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. Kyrgios grabbed the headlines when he suffered a spectacular meltdown on Court Three against Norwegian qualifier Casper Ruud.The controversial 24-year-old, who had marked his presence in Rome by criticising Djokovic and Nadal in an interview on Wednesday, starting arguing with the umpire in the third set.World number 36 Kyrgios had levelled the match at one set all but was given a game penalty early on in the third set for swearing.His response was to kick out at a water bottle before throwing a chair onto the court, packing his bag and then storming off court, shouting I am fuc**** done”Kyrgios was automatically disqualified with Ruud winning 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 2-1 to advance to the third round against former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro.Kyrgios had already been at the centre of controversy during Wednesday’s washout when he told the NCR Tennis Podcast that Djokovic had “a sick obsession with wanting to be liked” and that the Serb’s post-match celebration was “cringeworthy”. Nadal was described by the Australian as “super-salty”.Meanwhile, Nadal crushed France’s Jeremy Chardy 6-0, 6-1, with Federer, a four-time runner-up, easing past Portugal’s Joao Sousa 6-4, 6-3, and Djokovic beating Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-1, 6-3.All three are in action again later in the day to make up time after play was washed out on Wednesday.Nadal meets Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, with Federer up against Croatian Borna Coric, and Djokovic facing Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber.For 37-year-old Federer, returning to Italy for the first time since 2016, it was like a practice session. “Like any other practice day when you play twice a day, you finish the first session, take a shower, eat something, relax, get ready for the next one,” said the 20-time Grand Slam winner.”I think it gives me some good information. I believe it’s going to be similar conditions in the match this afternoon,” he added.Nadal said it was a “good start” as he targets a first title on clay this season before he starts the defence of his French Open crown from May 26.”That’s important for what’s coming up,” said the eight-time Rome winner.World number four Dominic Thiem slammed tournament organisers after he was dumped out 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 by Spain’s Fernando Verdasco.Austrian Thiem complained competitors were left hanging around during the rain-impacted day 24 hours earlier.”I really dislike how we players get treated at this tournament because yesterday was, in my opinion, not acceptable,” said last year’s French Open runner-up.”I’m quite pissed about it. I was tired, exhausted, today because of all these shitty things,” he added.Japan’s Kei Nishikori, the sixth seed, got past American Taylor Fritz 6-2, 6-4 and next meets Jan-Lennard Struff.In the women’s competition, world number one Naomi Osaka fought back after losing her serve early to ease past Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 6-3 against the 33rd-ranked Slovak who she also beat last week in Madrid.The Japanese star hit 44 winners and 12 aces, despite 25 unforced errors.Osaka, the US Open and Australian Open champion, reached the third round in Rome for the first time in three appearances.She was at risk of losing her world number one ranking to Simona Halep but the Romanian was knocked out by Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova losing 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 having needed to win the tournament to regain top spot she last held in mid-January.Halep’s defeat also guarantees Osaka’s top seed at the French Open.Next up for the Japanese player on the clay of the Foro Italico is Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu.Czech second seed Petra Kvitova eased past Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 6-0, 6-1. last_img read more

Lawal Leads New PGA Nigeria Executive Committee

first_imgSamson Lawal has been elected as the Director of Professional Golfers Association of Nigeria (PGAN) at the body’s Annual General Meeting held at Golden Palm Hotel, Otukpo, Benue State.Lawal, the Resident Professional Golfer of Lamingo Golf Club, Jos was declared the winner by the Returning Officer, Mrs Ify Uba for polling 60 votes against 43 votes by Dominic Andrew from IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja.He took over from Festus Makelemi for a new term of two years.Lawrence Matthew from Ikoyi Club 1938 defeated Segun Obamuwe and Martin Odoh to emerge as the Director of Operations, while Uche Eze from IBB Club polled 69 votes at the expense of Mike Ubi of Air Assault, Port Harcourt (21 votes) and Ladi Jaiyeola (13 votes) for the post of Tournament Director. Donatus Isuku was unopposed for the post of Finance Director, while Sunday J. Odegha and Kingsley Oparaku were elected as the ex-co members.Lawal promised to improve on members’ welfare and secure more tournaments for the golf professional body through enhanced relations with corporate Nigeria.Also at the AGM the family of the Late Henry George of Calabar Golf Club was given the death Insurance benefit of N1million from PGAN’s Life Assurance Policy fixed account.The money was presented to George’s family represented by his wife and daughter, Georgina.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

LIGHTNING STORM CAUSES POWER OUTAGES ACROSS DONEGAL

first_imgSeveral parts of Donegal have been affected by power outages tonight following a thunder and lightning storm.Seventeen premises are without power in the Srathmairtin area of Derrybeg, while 46 premises have no supply in the Lettermacaward area.In the Creeslough area 160 premise are without power since before 9pm. ESB crews are on location and hope to have power restored in the Derrybeg and Lettermacaward areas just before midnight, and in the Cresslough area shortly after midnight.Large hail showers in the Rosses and Gweedore areas tonight have left some roads white in several areas.And with temperatures plunging towards -3 in some places, Donegal County Council has warned motorists to be careful.LIGHTNING STORM CAUSES POWER OUTAGES ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: December 16th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalpower outageslast_img read more