Four months ago, Fr. Stephen Newton fell 20 feet off a ladder, breaking his back and neck. Newton said harrowing experiences such as this remind him to value life’s unpredictability and embrace its challenges, an outlook he will carry with him in his new role as the Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry priest.“There are no straight lines in my life,” Newton said. “Everything is kind of jagged. I’ve been through a number of things that brought me to the brink of hopelessness, and then, I broke through to hope.”Newton’s path to becoming ordained was far from straight and narrow, he said. He said he struggled with an addiction to alcohol that forced him to resign temporarily from the seminary, leaving him homeless and poor.Newton began to overcome his alcoholism when he found a dime on the ground one day, with which he was able to fund a pay phone call to an addiction center. He said seeking treatment strengthened his relationship with God and taught him the importance of remaining open to God’s plans.“Control is not success, but letting go is,” Newton said. “Living a life based on spiritual principles is a lot better than living a life on self-will or pride.”Newton said his application for re-admission to the seminary was accepted, allowing him to approach his studies with a renewed sense of purpose.“I used to thank God for recovery, but now I thank recovery for God,” he said. “Coming through all of that helped me with my faith. You learn so much about how we are not the center of the universe.”Newton said he now accepts change as a natural part of life, for it fosters personal growth and encourages him to take risks that could lead to increased knowledge.“We are always growing, and if we’re not, we’re not living,” Newton said. “I might define what I believe now, but if you said ‘Is that what you’re going to believe in five years?’ I’d say ‘I don’t know. It’ll probably be along those lines, but it’ll be deeper.’”When Newton fell from the ladder recently, he suffered no cognitive or peripheral damage, shocking the doctors who treated him. After four months of rehabilitation, Newton said the lessons he learned from the accident remind him difficulties happen for a reason.“I’m still healing,” Newton said. “I didn’t survive that broken neck and back and all that to just retire.”At Saint Mary’s, Newton looks forward to dispelling misconceptions that may distance people from the Church and welcoming those who might feel unwelcome.“Across the board, there are people who have felt alienated,” Newton said. “Maybe their notion of church and the reality of what Jesus wanted it to be are at odds and can be reconciled.”Newton said his own path, while not orthodox, ultimately made him a better priest.“[My experience] really renewed my faith and brought me to a different place with it than I otherwise would have been,” he said. “I might have been a nice-guy priest, but I don’t think there would have been much empathy or compassion or true openness to the grace of God.”Tags: Campus Ministry, saint mary’s, Stephen Newton
Villa want to keep him at the club to work on his match fitness after he missed most of pre-season with a hamstring injury and, ahead of Saturday’s visit of Stoke, Sherwood insisted it is the right call. He said: “He’s missed pre-season and the last international break when we wanted to get some training into him, he was injured. So we’re going to use this opportunity now. “If he was called up for the squad then he’d be going but he wasn’t. Roy asked me and said he would like to invite him there and introduce him to the boys and get a feel for St George’s Park. “I thought it was better for him to stay here and work hard. We’ll use this time to get him fit for the remainder of the season. He won’t be alone, a few of the boys are doing exactly the same.” But Sherwood warned the 20-year-old he must focus on his Villa form if he stands any chance of gatecrashing Hodgson’s squad for Euro 2016. He said: “He’s not playing for England unless he is playing for Villa. It goes for every player, they need to play for their club side and play well to get picked by the England manager. “Roy is at a lot of our games and he is always looking. He’s going to make that decision based on how Jack is playing for Aston Villa.” Villa are third bottom in the Barclays Premier League and two points adrift of fourth-bottom Stoke but Sherwood, who will be without Adama Traore (ankle) and has a doubt over Gabby Agbonlahor (calf), dismissed suggestions they are in a relegation scrap yet. “It’s too early to put us in a relegation battle. It’s not what we wanted for the return of points. We’re a young group, a new group and I’m confident we’ll be okay,” he added. Villa have not won in the league since the opening day of the season to put pressure on Sherwood after just seven games. The boss, though, insisted he remains unaffected by the spotlight and the “faceless” doubters ahead of the clash with the Potters, who beat Villa 2-1 in Sherwood’s first game in charge in February. He said: “I’d rather do without it to be honest but you come out fighting don’t you? “I don’t want be guarded, I want to be quite open as I’ve always been. It comes with the job and I knew that when I came into management. It’s never always going to be the honeymoon period is it? You have ups and downs don’t you, as with the wife! “It’s completely different as a player. When you’re a player you look after yourself. As a manager you’re looking after the expectation of the whole football club. “Even more so now it’s a tougher job with all the social media and the faceless people who have an opinion. They’re entitled to it, the world’s moved on. It’s a tougher job now than it was 10-15 years ago. “It doesn’t affect me because I don’t go on these sites (Twitter) to be honest. I listen to people talking about it. It’s different now, isn’t it? It used to be Saint and Greavsie and that was it.” The midfielder has pledged his international future to the Three Lions after choosing them above the Republic of Ireland. Birmingham-born Grealish represented Ireland at under-21 level as he qualified through his grandparents but after his decision national manager Roy Hodgson was keen on bringing him to train with England during the international break, with Grealish waiting for his new international registration. Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has defended his decision to ask for Jack Grealish to be left out of England training. Press Association
The final tickets for the match, which will see NSW chase a first series win since 2014 at ANZ Stadium tonight, were sold this afternoon.”State of Origin is a wonderful sporting contest and it has been fantastic to see our supporters get behind it again this year,” NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said.”The players are the best of the best and the entertainment they produce deserves a full stadium. It will be great to see them get it tonight.”With more than 80,000 people set to attend the match, supporters are encouraged to arrive early to take advantage of activities in the Sydney Olympic Park precinct as well as the pre-game entertainment spectacular.Fans are also reminded to allow extra time for additional security measures at entry points.The pre-match entertainment, which includes a lights-out spectacular and a performance from Aussie rockers Grinspoon, will commence at 7.30pm.With all tickets to Origin including return travel on Sydney Trains and Major Event Buses, fans are strongly encouraged to leave the car at home. Related articleUpdated Teams: NSW v Queensland – http://bit.ly/2rCmF86
“In this latest project, we have attempted to show the universal human experience of war by focusing on the testimonies of just a handful of people mostly from four American towns. As a result, millions of stories are not explored in our film,” Burns and Novick said. The GI Forum also met with Hispanic members of Congress this week to plan a strategy to raise the issue nationally.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We are not going to tolerate this omission,” Morales said after the meeting. PBS said it would respond in two weeks. In the meantime, the publicly funded network issued a statement: “While PBS has been a leading forum for these voices to be heard, there is more that needs to be done. We will expand upon our commitment, particularly around the creation and delivery of content that better represents the diversity of the audiences we serve.” In a statement issued by his publicist, Burns and co-producer Lynn Novick said they were “dismayed and saddened” by any assumptions they intentionally left out any group. “Nothing could be further from the truth,” they said. They urged viewers to see the series before judging it, and they said they hope it will prompt discussions about World War II. The Burns series documents the war from the perspective of four U.S. communities: Waterbury, Conn.; Luverne, Minn.; Mobile, Ala.; and Sacramento. Burns has produced several highly acclaimed series on American history, including PBS-aired programs on the Civil War and baseball. WASHINGTON – Hispanic groups unhappy with an upcoming Ken Burns documentary on World War II are stepping up pressure on PBS because they say the series omits mention of the role Latinos played. The latest group to take its grievance to PBS is the American GI Forum, a Hispanic veterans organization that has waged numerous civil-rights battles for Hispanics and Hispanic veterans. The American GI Forum is appealing to Hispanic veterans and other Latino groups to write members of Congress and their local PBS affiliates about the documentary, “The War,” which has been six years in the making. This week, GI Forum President Antonio Morales of Fort Worth, Texas, and other Latino leaders met in Washington with PBS President Paula Kerger to lodge their complaints about the 14-hour Burns documentary set to air this September, Hispanic Heritage month.