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:)LI ARKANSAS CATHOLIC JANUARY 13, 2001 PAGE 11 ! WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Father John A. i Janmicky speaks with passion about the mil- : lions of people on the move each year who need a place to pray or attend a religious serv- ice or who need a friendly face to ask tbr help. In 1981, he took on the chaplaincy at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, eventually becoming the senior active Catholic airport chaplain in the United States. Now he has a new role in Washington as national coordinator of mobility apostolates in the U.S. Catholic Conference's Migration and Refugee Services. In addition to this newly created post, he also serves as national director of the Apostleship of the Sea. "I'll be coordinating all ministry to air, sea rare! and sky," he told The Catho//c New Wor/d .Chicago archdiocesan newspaper, describ- nag his broad ministry with seafarers, airport Workers, truckers and travelers, including tho e visiting national parks. i "As a Church we have to be there for J these people," who include everyone from a W uary CEO to a homeless itinerant, from a g addict to a family of five, the priest said. Father Jamnicky told Catholic News Service that most people don't realize the ,m ti'tude of a ministry like the one at O Hare. worr "More than 75 million people pass rivi through O'Hare every year,' he noted. "We :alle l Lutt serve at least 1 percent of them -- probably , more _ which amounts to more than ;een 750,000 people." :nder, Beveloping a ministry is nothing new tbr the Chicago archdiocesan priest, who was ordained in 1972. When he arrived at O'Hare, the chaplain position had existed for a little more than 15 years, and the chapel, which was tucked into a basement, existed only by a handshake agreement. By the time he left, Father Jamnicky had helped form the O'Hare Interfaith Chapel Corp., a not-for-profit organization that operates the chapel, now located on the mezzanine level of Terminal 2. He made the transition while negotiating the bureaucracies of Chicago and the Catholic Church, and ended up serving as president of the international association of airport chaplains at the same time. He also made regular visits to the Vatican, where every two years the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers holds a seminar for Catholic airport chaplains worldwide. He met with Pope John Paul II and concelebrat- ed Mass with the pope in his private chapel. In 1997, Father Jainnicky developed a guide for new airport chaplains, staff, bish- ops and other interested parties. Titled "Ministry of the Moment: A Manual for De- veloping an Airport Chaplaincy Program," it was published by the USCC. CNS / JOHN KRINGAS, CHICAGO TRIBUNE Father John Jamnicky (photo at right), newly appointed national coordinator of mobility apostolates for the U.S. Catholic Conference's Migration and Refugee Services, walks through O'Hare International Airport in Chicago where he was chaplain for 19 years. .. WASHINGTON -- The head of the U.S. t atholic bishops said it was dear from a "'" meeting George W. Bush had with him and wi# other religious leaders that the president- dth elect wants to heal wounds of division in the et g0,i country and "work with faith-based organiza- ; yo#i uons to address social ills." f Galveston eR Bishop Josenh A. Fiorenza o [or Houston, presi tent of the National Confer- ! of Catholic Bishops, told Catholic News i trice in a telephone interview the day after Bee. 20 meeting in Austin, Texas, that [enc Ie incoming president "wants to bring peo- ghtaI P e together." :ked The bishop, who was the first religious ~headi ,e toi leader called on to address the meeting, said he believed the Catholic Church, for one, had great experience helping the nation's poor, particularly throughthe work of agen- des such as Catholic Charities. Bishop Fiorenza, two other Catholic rep- resentatives and leaders of other denomina- tions met with Bush for more than an hour to talk about ways the government and faith- based organizations could work together. "This is not a political meeting," Bush said during a news conference before the private meeting, held in a Baptist church in Austin. "This is a meeting to begin a dialogue about how to change people's lives," he said, emphasizing that it would focus on how the government "can encourage, as opposed to discourage, faith-based programs from per- forming their commonplace miracles of renewal." During the meeting, squeezed in between announcements of key Cabinet appoint- ments, Bush promised he would establish a White House "Office of Faith-Based Action" as a liaison between government and reli- gious groups. Bishop Fiorenza told CNS the Catholic Church's experience in working with the nation's poor could be utilized by the Bush administration and that Church officials looked forward to such collaboration. Meeting participant Father Virgilio Elizondo, founder of the Mexican American Cultural Center in San Antonio, said Bush was tapping the religious leaders for their ideas, telling them that faith-based groups "have a long history of doing things with a lit- tle amount of money." In a CNS phone interview, Father Elizondo called the session "a breakthrough" because the upcoming leader of" die country "officially wants to encourage religious groups to help them do what they do." The diverse group, which included Protestant, Baptist, Muslim, Jewish and evan- gelical representatives, was also not lost on Father Robert Sirico, co-founder and presi- dent of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty in Grand Rapids, Mich. "With such an array of people and diver- sity of ideas, there could have been a battle," he told CNS, but instead "everybody seemed to want to work together where we could." Implement Companv 11N7 l ligh\\ay 0 Morrilton..,'\R 721 I0 that the Catholic Diocese of Little Rock ttmas to us during times of need. 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