Pittenger honors monsignor
WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger addressed the U.S. House of Representatives on July 19 in honor of Monsignor John McSweeney, priest of St. Matthew parish, who retires this week after more than 40 years of ministry.
“Monsignor McSweeney is committed to the principle of servant leadership and of helping each member of his parish find their special God-given role in life, and in the church,” Pittenger said. “Despite his very public role, he often reminds folks that Jesus is the star of St. Matthew, not the priest.
“Monsignor McSweeney has another motto: ‘You never say no to Jesus.’ And so, still listening to Jesus at age 75, Monsignor McSweeney is retiring from America’s largest Catholic parish to move on to Haiti or Jamaica to live among the poor and minister to their needs.”
Students finish seminary
CHARLOTTE – Thirty-seven high school seniors in the greater South Charlotte area recently attended a second graduation ceremony after completing early morning seminary.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsors the four-year religious studies class for high school students.
More than 200 students from the 10 congregations in the region meet an hour before their school day begins in homes, church buildings and classrooms to study scripture.
Twenty-four volunteers teach the course.
“Getting up early and attending seminary is great preparation for these students’ future,” instructor Brenda Cheney said. “It teaches them that they can do something hard and stick with it.”