St Mary's IV APA-126 - History

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St. Mary's IV

(APA-126: dp. 14,833, 1. 465'3", b. 61'1" - dr. 28'1" s. 17 k.; cpl. 536; trp. 1,562; a. 1 5", 12 40mm.,10 20mm; cl. Haskell; T. VC2-S-AP5)

The fourth St. Mary's (APA-126) was laid down under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 40) on 29 June 1944 by the California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, Calif.; launched on 4 September 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Arthur S. Tode, acquired by the Navy on loan charter and delivered on 14 November 1944; and commissioned on 15 November 1944, Capt. Edward R. Glosten, USNR, in command.

Assigned to Transport Squadron 17 (TransRon 17) following shakedown, St. Mary's departed Los Angeles on 1 January 1945; loaded bulldozers, airplane engines, bomb service trucks and other equipment at San Diego, and, on the 4th, sailed for Manus, Admiralty Islands. Arriving in Seeadler Harbor on the 21st, she offloaded her cargo and steamed to Humboldt Bay, New Guinea, whence she carried troops to Leyte, 31 January to 6 February.

During the remainder of February and most of March, she trained with units of the 77th Division for Operation "Iceberg," the assault on Okinawa. On 21 March, she cleared Leyte Gulf with TG 51.1 and headed north. Five days later, she landed some of her troops on Kerama Retto, then stood by to take on casualties. On 13 April, she shifted to the Hagushi anchorage area, and on the 16th, sent troops ashore on Ie Shima. On tie 19th, she moved around to Okinawa's southern coast for a diversionary landing; then returned to Hagushi to discharge the remainder of her cargo and troops.

On 26 April, St. Mary's departed the kamikaze target area. Three weeks at Ulithi followed. On 24 May, she steamed for Guam; exchanged landing boats; and got underway to return to the Philippines. From 31 May to 26 June, she remained in the Subic Bay-Manila Bay areas. In July, she trained with units of the 81st Division at Leyte; and, in early August, trained with other troops off Iloilo.

In mid-August, hostilities ended. St. Mary's embarked occupation troops and sailed for Japan, arriving in Tokyo Bay on 2 September, just prior to the signing of the official surrender documents. Two days later, she disembarked troops of the 1st Cavalry Division at Yokohama, then returned to the Philippines. From Mindanao, she lifted troops to Kure, then steamed to Okinawa; whence, as a unit of the "Magic Carpet" fleet, she carried veterans back to the United States.

In December, the APA returned to Okinawa for a second group of returning servicemen. Departing Buckner Bay on the 19th, she developed engine trouble on 3 January 1946, 450 miles from her destination. Nashville, however, took her in tow, and she reached San Francisco on 6 January 1946.

Six days later, St. Mary's reported for inactivation. On 15 February, she was decommissioned and returned to the Maritime Commission. Her name was struck from the Navy list on the 21st.

St Mary's earned one battle star for World War II service.

Temple Church

The Temple Church is a Royal peculiar [2] church in the City of London located between Fleet Street and the River Thames, built by the Knights Templar as their English headquarters. It was consecrated on 10 February 1185 [3] by Patriarch Heraclius of Jerusalem. [4] During the reign of King John (1199–1216) it served as the royal treasury, supported by the role of the Knights Templar as proto-international bankers. It is now jointly owned by the Inner Temple and Middle Temple [5] Inns of Court, bases of the English legal profession. It is famous for being a round church, a common design feature for Knights Templar churches, [6] and for its 13th- and 14th-century stone effigies. It was heavily damaged by German bombing during World War II and has since been greatly restored and rebuilt.

The area around the Temple Church is known as the Temple. [7] Temple Bar, an ornamental processional gateway, formerly stood in the middle of Fleet Street. Nearby is the Temple Underground station.

St Mary's IV APA-126 - History


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In 330, the capital of the Roman Empire was transferred from Rome to Byzantium (modern-day Istanbul, Turkey) by Emperor Constantine.

Afterward, the Pantheon fell into a long period of disrepair. In 476, the German warrior Odoacer conquered the western half of the Roman Empire, where Rome was situated.

The Pantheon’s long decline continued. Then, in 609, Pope Boniface IV got permission from Byzantine emperor Phocas to convert the Pantheon into a Christian church, known as in Latin as Sancta Maria ad Martyres (St. Mary and the Martyrs).

It was the first Roman pagan temple to be consecrated as a Christian church. The conversion played a key role in the Pantheon’s survival, as the papacy had the resources to repair and maintain it.

About the Basilica of Saint Mary Major:

St. Mary Major contains some the finest artwork and architectural wonders in the world. The ceiling is a masterpiece of the Renaissance and the work of Giuliano da Sangallo. It is gilded with the first gold brought to Spain from the New World by Christopher Columbus as a present to Pope Alexander VI from Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain.

There are two especially noteworthy Christian treasures in this basilica:

The most notable is a relic of the manger from Bethlehem in which the baby Jesus was lain. This is venerated under the High Altar of the Basilica. Facing this magnificent relic is a marble statue of Pope Pius IX, who proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception in 1854.

The second is the painting of the Blessed Mother known as the Salus Populi Romani, (The Salvation of the Roman People) for the exceptional devotion, which the people of Rome have for this image of the Virgin. Tradition attributes the painting to St. Luke. This image had been brought back from the Holy Land by St. Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine.

During the pontificate of Pope St. Gregory the Great (590-604) a plague attacked the people of Rome and the Pope carried the image in procession to pray to their Protectoress for an end to the plague. When the plague ended, the pontiff solemnly placed crowns of gold and gems on the heads of Mary and the child Jesus on the miraculous image.

Pope Francis, the day after his election as Pope, visited Saint Mary Major to pay tribute to the Blessed Mother and to pray at this same altar. And he often visits here, especially before and after any foreign trips.

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Sister Callista Roy is a highly respected nurse theorist, writer, lecturer, researcher, teacher and member of the religious community. She currently is an Adjunct Professor at Mount Saint Mary's University and Professor Emeritus at Boston College Connell School of Nursing. Her name is one of the most recognized in the field of nursing today worldwide. She is considered among nursing’s great living thinkers.


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St Mary's IV APA-126 - History

Situated on the summit of the Esquiline Hill, St. Mary Major is the only patriarchal basilica of the four in Rome to have retained its paleo-Christian structures.

Tradition has it that the Virgin Mary herself inspired the choice of the Esquiline Hill for the church's construction. Appearing in a dream to both the Patrician John and Pope Liberius, she asked that a church be built in her honor on a site she would miraculously indicate.

The morning of August 5th, the Esquiline Hill was covered with a blanket of snow. The pope traced out the perimeter of the basilica in the snow, and John financed the construction of the new church.

Nothing remains of this church but a few lines in the Liber Pontificalis affirming that Pope Liberius "Fecit basilicam nomini suo iuxta Macellum Liviae." Recent excavations underneath the present church have not brought to light any remains of this ancient structure. However, many important archeological monuments such as the stupendous calendar from the second or third century AD and remains of Roman walls have been discovered.

The Romanesque bell tower, built by Gregory XI after his return from Avignon, rises 75 meters high and is the tallest in Rome. The belfry contains five bells, one of which, "La Sperduta," or "the lost one," rings every evening at nine with its distinctive sound to call the faithful to prayer.

To the right upon entering the portico stands a statue of King Phillip IV of Spain, one of the Basilica's benefactors. The clay model for this sculpture was created by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the seventeenth century, though Girolamo Lucenti carved the finished work. The central door is made of bronze and was cast by Ludovico Pogliaghi in 1949, displaying episodes from the life of Mary framed by images of Prophets, Evangelists and the four women of the Old Testament who prefigure the Blessed Virgin. To the left stands the new Holy Door, blessed by John Paul II on December 8, 2001. It was completed by the sculptor Luigi Mattei and donated to the basilica by the Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

The right panel of the Holy Door shows the Resurrected Christ modelled after the image on the Shroud of Turin, who appears to Mary, represented here as Salus Populi Romani. In the upper left corner lies a representation of the Annunciation at the Well, a story drawn from apocryphal Gospels, while on the right there is an image of Pentecost. The lower corners display on the left, the Council of Ephesus which proclaimed Mary as THEOTOKOS, Mother of God and on the right, the Second Vatican Council which declared Mary Mater Ecclesiae or Mother of the Church. The Papal coat-of-arms of John Paul II, as well as his motto Totus Tuus, lies above the door, while the two emblems further down are those of Cardinal Carlo Furno, archpriest of the Basilica in 2001, and of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre.

The present Basilica dates back to the fifth century AD. Its construction was tied to the Council of Ephesus of 431 AD, which proclaimed Mary Theotokos, Mother of God. Sixtus III commissioned and financed the project as Bishop of Rome. Crossing the threshold, one is overwhelmed by the vision of vast space, splendid marbles, and marvelous decoration. The monumental effect is due to the structure of the basilica and the harmony that reigns among the principal architectural elements. Constructed according to Vitruvius' canon of rhythmic elegance, the basilica is divided into a nave and two side aisles by two rows of precious columns. Above these columns runs the skillfully wrought entablature, interrupted at the transept by the grand arches erected for the building of the Sistine and Pauline chapels. The area between the columns and the ceiling was once punctuated by large windows, half of which still remain, while the other half have been covered over by a wall. Over the walled windows, today one can admire frescos showing stories from the life of the Virgin. Above the window and frescos, a wooden frieze adorned with an exquisite inlay of cupid-like figures riding bulls unites the cornice with the ceiling. The bulls are the symbol of the Borgia family and the coat of arms of Callixtus III and Alexander VI, the Borgia popes, stand out at the center of the ceiling. It is not clear what contribution Callixtus III made to this work, but it is certain that Alexander VI carried out the project while he was still archpriest of the Basilica. The coffered ceiling was designed by Giuliano Sangallo and later completed by his brother Antonio. Tradition has it that the first gold brought from the New World, which Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain offered to Alexander VI, was utilized for the ceiling's gilding. The pavement of intricately inlaid stones extends before us like a splendid carpet. Designed by the marble masters of the Cosmati family in the thirteenth century, it was donated by the Roman nobleman Scotus Paparoni and his son Giovanni. The unique quality of St. Mary Major however, comes from the fifth century mosaics, commissioned by Sixtus III, that run along the nave and across the triumphal arch. The nave mosaics recount four cycles of Sacred History featuring Abraham, Jacob, Moses and Joshua seen together, they are meant to testify to God's promise of a land for the Jewish people and His assistance as they strive to reach it.

The story, which does not proceed in chronological order, starts on the left-hand wall near the triumphal arch with the Sacrifice of the Priest-King Melchisedek. This panel shows clear Roman iconographic influence. Melchisedek is seen using the customary gesture of offering, while Abraham, wearing a Roman toga, is reminiscent of the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius. The next scenes illustrate earlier episodes from the life of Abraham. For a long time, scholars thought that each mosaic was independent of the others, but upon further study it appears that the decoration was planned and organized to hold special meaning. The Melchisedek panel ties the nave images together with those of the triumphal arch which recount the infancy of Christ, King and Priest. Then begins the narrative of Abraham, the most important personage of the Old Testament, to whom God promised a great and powerful nation. The stories continue with Jacob, with whom God renews the promise made to Abraham, Moses, who liberates his people from the slavery in which they were born, making them the chosen people, and finally Joshua, who will lead them to the Promised Land. The journey concludes with two final panels, frescoed at the time of the restoration commissioned by Cardinal Pinelli, which show David leading the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem and the Temple of Jerusalem built by Solomon. Jesus was born from the line of David, and thus Christ's childhood, as narrated in apocryphal Gospels, is illustrated in the triumphal arch.

In 1995, a new, rose window in stained glass was created for the main façade by Giovanni Hajnal. It reaffirms the declaration of the Second Vatican Council that Mary, the exalted daughter of Zion, is the link that unites the Church to the Old Testament. To symbolize the Old Testament, Hajnal used the seven-branched candlestick, for the New Testament, the chalice of the Eucharist.

The triumphal arch is composed of four images. The first, in the upper left, shows the Annunciation, with Mary robed like a Roman princess. She holds a spindle as she weaves a purple veil for the Temple where she serves. The story continues with the Annunciation to Joseph, the Adoration of the Magi and the Massacre of the Innocents. In this last scene, there is a woman in a blue robe facing away from the other women she is St. Elizabeth, fleeing with her son John the Baptist in her arms. The upper right illustrates the Presentation in the Temple, the Flight into Egypt and the encounter between the Holy Family and Aphrodisius, governor of Sotine. The Apocryphal Gospels recount that when Jesus took refuge in Sotine in Egypt, the 365 idols of the capitol fell down. Awed by this prodigy, Aphrodisius, remembered the fate of Pharaoh and hastened with his army to adore the Child Jesus, recognizing His Divinity. The last scene represents the Magi before Herod. At the bottom of the arch lie two cities, Bethlehem on the left and Jerusalem on the right. Bethlehem is the place where Jesus was born and where the Epiphany took place, while Jerusalem is where He died and rose again. The obvious connection between these scenes and the theme of the Apocalypse, the Second Coming at the end of time, can be seen in the empty throne in the center of the arch, flanked by St. Peter, who was called by Christ to spread the Good News among the Jews, and St. Paul, who was entrusted to evangelize the Gentiles. Together they will form the church of which Peter is the leader, and Sixtus III is his successor. In his role of Episcopus plebi Dei the Pope's duty is to guide the people of God towards the heavenly Jeruselem. In the thirteenth century, Nicholas IV, the first Franciscan pope, decided to destroy the old apse and construct the present one, placing it several meters back so as to create a transept for the choir between the arch and the apse. The decoration of the apse was executed by the Franciscan Jacopo Torriti, and the work was paid for by Cardinals Giacomo and Pietro Colonna.

Torriti's mosaic is divided into two distinct parts. The central medallion of the apse shows the Coronation of the Virgin while the lower band illustrates the most important moments of her life. In the center of the medallion, enclosed by concentric circles, Jesus and Mary are seated on a large oriental throne. The Son is placing a jeweled crown on Mary's head. In this mosaic, Mary is not only seen as mother but as Mother Church, bride of her Son. The sun, the moon and a choir of adoring angels are arranged around their feet, while St. Peter, St. Paul, and St. Francis of Assisi along with Pope Nicholas IV flank them on the left. On the right, Torriti portrayed St. John the Baptist, St. John the Evangelist, St. Anthony and the donor, Cardinal Colonna.

The rest of the apse decoration is composed of two acanthus trees placed at the extreme left and right of the mosaic, whose branches curl and blossom around the gold background. In the lower apse, mosaic scenes showing the life of the Madonna are arranged to the left and right of the central panel, which represents the Dormition of the Virgin and is situated directly below the image of the Coronation. This way of describing the death of Mary is typical of Byzantine iconography, but was also widely diffused in the West after the Crusades.

Mary is represented lying on a bed, as angels prepare to transport her body to Heaven under the eyes of the astonished apostles. Jesus takes her pure white soul into his arms, about to carry her off to Paradise. Torriti embellished the scene with two little Franciscan figures and a layman wearing a thirteenth century cap. Below the Dormition Pope Benedict XIV placed the splendid painting of the Nativity of Christ by Francesco Mancini. Between the ionic pilasters arranged under the mosaics, Ferdinando Fuga placed a series of low-relief panels by Mino del Reame representing the Nativity, the Miracle of the Snows and the Foundation of the Basilica under Pope Liberius, the Assumption of the Virgin and the Adoration of the Magi. Fuga also designed the graceful canopy that rises over the central altar.

The Confession, or reliquary crypt, lies before the main altar, and was constructed by Virginio Vespignani at the behest of Pope Pius IX to contain the sacred relic of the Holy Crib. The crystal reliquary, shaped like a crib, contains pieces of ancient wood which tradition holds to be part of the manger where the Baby Jesus was laid. The Ambassadress of Portugal donated the reliquary which was designed by Giuseppe Valadier. The statue of Pius IX, the Pope of the Immaculate Conception, was sculpted by Ignazio Jacometti and placed in the crypt by Leo XIII.

In the crypt under the high altar lies the celebrated relic known as the Holy Crib. A statue of Pope Pius IX kneeling before the ancient wooden pieces of the manger serves as an example to the faithful who come to see the first humble crib of the Savior. Pius IX's devotion to the Holy Crib led him to commission the crypt chapel, and his coat of arms is visible above the altar. The precious crystal urn trimmed in silver, through which the faithful can venerate the relic, was designed by Giuseppe Valadier.

Arnolfo di Cambio's "Crib"

The spiritual and sentimental image of the reconstruction of the "Crib" in remembrance of the venerated event of Christ's birth, originated in 432 when Pope Sixtus III (432-440) created, within the primitive Basilica, a "cave of the Nativity" similar to that in Bethlehem. Numerous pilgrims returning to Rome from the Holy Land, brought back precious fragments of the Holy Crib (cunambulum), which are now kept in the golden Confessional shrine.

During the following centuries several popes took care of Sixtus III's Holy Cave, until Pope Nicolò IV in 1288 commissioned a sculpture of the "Nativity" by Arnolfo di Cambio.

Many changes and reconstructions took place in the basilica. When Pope Sixtus V (1585-1590) wished to erect the large Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament or Sistina in the right nave, he ordered the architect Domenico Fontana to transfer, without dismantling, the ancient "cave of the Nativity" with its surviving elements of Arnolfo di Cambio's sculpture.

The three Magi, dressed in elegant vestments and shoes in a rough gothic style, and Saint Joseph admire with a sense of wonder and reverence the miracle of the Baby in the Virgin Mary's arms (of P. Olivieri) warmed by the ox and the donkey.

St Mary's IV APA-126 - History

Church: Greenwood St. Mary's (1st Communion – 1964)

Surnames: Larson, Bucheger, Verschay, Steffen, Vetterkind, Jasurda, Sladich, Smith, Gregorich, Norks, Plautz, Denk, Susa, Hendrickson, Klinke, Degenhardt, Bogdonovich, Fontaine, Rychnovsky, Hribar, Stewart, Hartung

----Source: Greenwood Gleaner (Greenwood, Clark Co., Wis.) 06 Feb 1964

Twenty-one children received their first Communion at the 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday, January 26, 1964, at St. Mary's Catholic Church. The Rev. Edward Hartung officiated.

Top Row, left to right – Mark Larson, Jeffery Bucheger, William Verschay, Eugene Steffen, Michael Vetterkind, Jeffrey Jasurda, Jerome Sladich.

Middle Row, left to right – Matthew Smith, Diane Gregorich, Barbara Norks, Susan Plautz, Debra Denk, Robert Susa, Blaine Hendrickson.

Front Row, left to right – Joan Klinke, Dina Degenhardt, Mary Lee Bogdonovich, Mary Fontaine, Joan Rychnovsky, Kathleen Hribar, Corinne Stewart, Father Edward F. Hartung, Pastor.

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Herrenhausen (Welfenmausoleum), Germany

George was originally interred in the chapel of Leine Castle, Hanover. It is perhaps fitting that the first Hanoverian king, who never learned to speak English, is buried in his homeland rather than in Britain.

The Old Pretender's grave was lost in the tumult of the French Revolution. The building is no longer a church.

The graves themselves no longer exist and were probably destroyed during the French Revolution. The royal effigies, however, still survive.

Matilda was buried at Rouen Cathedral in Normandy, but her remains were late transferred to Bec.

It says a lot that England's first Norman monarch was transported back to his homeland for burial. The early Norman kings were not English, they were not really French. They were very much Norman, and England took second place in their hearts.

St Mary's IV APA-126 - History

Father Peter Augustine Pierjok, O.S.B., is the son of the late Harry A. Pierjok, Sr., and Emma L. Pierjok. His only sibling, Roseanne Cross King of Rolla, Missouri died on January 19, 2017. He was born in late-February of 1947 in his grandparents’ bed, and grew up on a farm and in small towns in rural Washington County, Illinois [about 45 miles east of St. Louis, Missouri].

He graduated from St. Ann Grade School in 1961, and is a 1965 graduate of Nashville Community High School, Nashville, Illinois. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in design from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, in 1969, studied philosophy at both Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, and at St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA, and earned a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1987.

Before answering God’s repeated call to the religious life & priesthood at the age of 35, and entering St. Augustine Community in 1983, he had a fifteen and a half year life-forming career in sales and marketing, last employed by Do-It Best, Inc., headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

On April 16, 1987 he made perpetual vows with the Benedictine Community of St. Augustine, Peoria. He was ordained a deacon on May 23, 1987, and a priest on May 28, 1988 at the Cathedral of St. Mary in Peoria, Illinois, by Bishop Edward W. O’Rourke, DD.

He was named associate director of Highwoods Learning Center, Washington, Illinois, in 1986 and director in May of 1988. At that time he also was named associate director of St. Augustine Manor and Conference Center. While serving in the Diocese of Peoria, in June 1990, Bishop John J. Myers, DD, JCD, appointed him assistant pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Peoria, Illinois. In 1992 he was appointed pastor of St. Mary Church, Kickapoo, Illinois, and in June 1999 pastor of St. Jude Church, Peoria. He was appointed pastor of three parishes: St. Mary Church, Henry, Illinois Immaculate Conception Church, Lacon, Illinois and St. Joseph Church, Henry, Illinois from June 2003 until June 2004, when he was released by the Most Rev. Daniel R. Jenky, DD, JCD, bishop of the Diocese of Peoria to pursue a monastic vocation at Saint Vincent Archabbey.

Fr. Peter Augustine completed the novitiate and professed 1 st vows at St. Vincent Archabbey on July 10, 2005. In July 2005 he was named socius of novices and assistant guestmaster.

In 2005 he was appointed Assistant Chaplain at Latrobe Area Hospital, where he served until 2006. In addition, Fr. Peter Augustine regularly went out on mission to various parishes as well as serving as one of the chaplains to the Carmelite sisters [2005-2007]. He was named Director of Archabbey Guests & Guest Facilites [2006-2007], Socius of Novices & Postulants [2005-2007], and Associate Director of Vocations [2006-2007]. In October 2006 he was appointed Administrator of Forty Martyrs Parish in Trauger, PA—while continuing his other duties at the Archabbey. On August 20, 2007 he was appointed Pastor and Administrator of Sacred Heart Parish, Youngstown, PA and St. Cecilia Parish, Whitney, PA where he lead these parishes from “near closing” to “stability and new life spiritually and fiscally.” Bishop Lawrence Persico named Fr. Peter Augustine the new pastor of St. Mary Church in St. Marys, PA effective July 17, 2017, where he now shares his “experience of the real world” combined with his joy of being a Benedictine monk, a Priest of Jesus Christ, and shepherd of God’s people.

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