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Weekly Bulletin July 2, 2023
by Terrie Evans
On this 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time, we continue to pray for the canonization of Sr. Blandina Segale, Servant of God and the next step on this process, her being declared Venerable. Our San Antonio Church community has been actively following the process of our beloved Sister of Charity who had a significant presence and impact on all the past generations of our family members, and we were honored to be a part of the special aired on Channel 12 in December that portrayed her works in the Southwest and in Cincinnati. This documentary Produced by Patricia McGeever has introduced Sr. Blandina to many new followers about her life and since it’s airing, the documentary has won numerous awards. In May, Patricia McGeever and Bryan Dykes attended the Ohio Associated Press Awards and won 1st Place for Best Documentary or Series. On June 8th Patricia flew to Baltimore, Maryland to pick up a National Gabriel Award (given out by The Catholic Media Association) for a 1st Place win for Special or Documentary-Local Release category against 1500 other Entries. On June 22nd, the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of The Society of Professional Journalists awarded Producer, Patricia and Commentator, Bob Herzog a win for the Best Documentary.
The next award show for Sister Blandina Segale: A Cincinnati Saint will be the Regional Emmy Awards to be handed out on July 29th. We wish Producer, Patricia McGeever, Director of Photography and Editor, Bryan Dykes, Host Bob Herzog and Ricky Henry, Graphics good luck! There were also awards given to Tomas Sanchez who wrote, produced and directed the first instalment of the 80-minute movie at “The End of The Santa Fe Trail” covering Sr. Blandina’s years in Colorado and Albuquerque. The first part of her journey, “At The End of The Santa Fe Trail,” was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May; and in New Mexico, at the Santa Fe Film Festival, where Tomas Sanchez was awarded the Best Director in a Feature Film for 2023. We are hoping the film will continue to complete her life story especially what she accomplished for the immigrant Italian population of South Fairmount and throughout Cincinnati. There has also been interest in Sr. Blandina’s life with actress Robin Wright, as the executive producer and director developing a new series in the making, “Trinidad” – focusing on her years while being sent to the Colorado Territory in the late 1880’s.
On Tuesday, we celebrate the 247th Fourth of July and recall the day in 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia after the approval of a resolution of independence. The resolution was proposed in June by Virginian, Richard Henry Lee declaring the United States independent from the rule of Great Britain. The legal separation of the 13 Colonies had actually occurred on the 2nd of July to declare the United States independent from Great Britian’s rule. Thomas Jefferson, the principal author, wrote the Declaration of Independence over a 17-day period between June 11, 1776, and June 28, 1776. At that time, Thomas Jefferson was residing on a rented 2nd floor of a 3-story home at 700 Market Street within walking distance of Independence Hall. There was much debate over the wording of the Declaration because of Thomas Jefferson’s not holding back on the denunciation of King George III. This took place on July 2nd with final approval taking place on July 4, 1776, in a closed session of Congress. This important document needed to become public, and it was John Hancock the president of the Second Continental Congress, who then commissioned the Editor and printer of the Pennsylvania Packet, John Dunlap to print 200 broadside (large pieces of paper printed to be posted in public spaces) copies of the Declaration of Independence. The task for printing took place the day after the Declaration was adopted and became known as the Dunlap Broadsides.
Distributed throughout the 13 colonies/states then to General Washington and his troops at New York with the directive that the Declaration be read aloud. Copies were also sent to Great Britian and other countries throughout Europe. Upon receiving them, many states issued their own broadside editions. The only names on that version of the Dunlap broadside were the president of Congress, John Hancock and Secretary Charles Thomson and it was not until January 18, 1777, that Congress ordered another copy to be sent to each of the 13 states with the names of the signers. This copy was the first to list all the names of the signers and is referred to as the Goddard Broadside. Many of the founding fathers of our country would go on to hold important roles in the early government of the United States. Two signers of the Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson and John Adams went on to serve as President of the United States with both passing away on the 50th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1826. Another elected President, James Monroe also died on July 4, 1831. Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4, 1872, 96th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
There is a Memorial to the 56 Delegates to the Second Congress who were signers of the Declaration of independence in Washington, D.C. The memorial was authorized by Congress in 1978 as a gift from the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration and was dedicated on July 4, 1984. The memorial is between Constitution Avenue and the Reflecting Pool close to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and is governed by the National Park Service. The 56 stone blocks portray a facsimile of the signers actual signature, his occupation and his place of residence. Happy 4th of July America!