Tuesday, May 16, 2000

Academic stays active shepherding a parish




By Tom O'Neill
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MONTGOMERY — From the common lessons of school teaching and church preaching, Father Michael Graham brought to his homilies at Good Shepherd Church an educator's passion and sensibilities, colleagues and parishioners said Monday.

        They expect the same to be true in reverse at Xavier University, where Father Graham was named its 34th Jesuit president.

        “He's been a great force in bringing to the people a better understanding of faith,” said Hal Korbee, a Symmes Township attorney, Good Shepherd parishioner and past president of the Xavier alumni association. “And I think because of his experience here, he'll be able to understand how college students should better be able to serve their churches.”

        Father Graham, 47, has for eight years been a weekend priest at the Montgomery church, which has 12,000 parishioners.

        Father Thomas Axe, a priest at Good Shepherd, recalled how Father Graham weaved into a homily his transition from classroom teaching to university administration, and how he valued keeping in touch with former students.

        His “students” at Good Shepherd are looking for ward to that. As weekend priest, Father Graham has given sermons, penance services, Holy Week duties, and a little slice of life — his own.

        Mr. Korbee, for one, recalled how a homily on faith told of the serious illness of a close relative. And how she overcame it.

        “He'll take an experience he has with, say, students at Xavier, and be able to relate that to a particular gospel message,” said Jim Goyette, 60, of Symmes Township, a Good Shepherd parishioner for 18 years. “He packs the house.”

        He is able to connect his personal experience with Scripture, said Father Axe.

       



CPS approves merit pay plan for teachers
Details of the merit pay system
Priest, historian to lead Xavier
Graham hopes to build on success
- Academic stays active shepherding a parish
PULFER: If Genius of Water could talk
Officer cleared in fatal shooting
3 saw cop shoot - but not same way
Report defines unequal mortality
Rick Beck will lead teachers' union
Some teachers regain jobs
Tough coaching style is out
C average for athletes argued
Man is due explanation, police admit
Pair offer to clean up property or raze home
KNIPPENBERG: Good samaritan saves little Sheba the dog
Buddhist group touts meditation
Buddhism gains higher profile in Cincinnati
CCO names Santora its maestro
CCO ends 'tryout' season on memorable note
KIESEWETTER: 'Frasier' falls back to Tuesday
GET TO IT
Know Theater's 'Rebel County' edgy, engrossing
Pig Parade: Pig of Possibilities
Queen City's moments to shine reflected in book
TRISTATE DIGEST
AROUND THE COMMONWEALTH
Butler seeks probe of forgiven tax penalties
Constable killed in '22 gets a hero's memorial
Court ruling means tax cut much less likely now in Ohio
Covington Schools gain on computers
Fish dying on Ky. River
Florence to ask Boone for funds
Grad Night arrests rise slightly
Hearing delayed in priest stabbing
Move to oust city manager
Panel hears from workers
Pressure mounts to fill empty chairs at MRDD
Rancor on school board
Student seeks honor for officer
Study: Low-level lead hazard
Symphony's name change hits clinker
Tough year for tobacco farmers
Walk right in, pedal out