from the Reverend Redactor

Volume 11                                                                                      June  2015
Father's Day - Protecting Life
Rear Adm. Mathias Winter wins Notre Dame Alumni Association's Rev. William Corby, C.S.C., Award

Rear Adm. Mathias WinterRear Adm. Mathias Winter

The University of Notre Dame Alumni Association in June announced the 2015 recipients of three of its most prestigious awards. 

In recognition of his decades of leadership in the United States Navy, Rear Adm. Mathias Winter, class of 1984, is being presented with the Rev. William Corby, C.S.C., Award, which honors a Notre Dame graduate who has distinguished himself or herself in military service. The award is named for Notre Dame's third president, who served as the chaplain of the Irish Brigade during the Civil War.

"As a career Naval Officer and proud class of 1984 Irish alum, I am honored to receive this year's Rev. William Corby Award," Winter said. "My time at Notre Dame provided me the moral, ethical and spiritual foundation to succeed in my naval career."

Winter graduated from the University with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. He received his commission through the Navy ROTC program and was designated a naval flight officer in 1985. Winter served operational tours as a bombardier and navigator, making multiple deployments on several aircraft carriers. He has held many leadership positions with the Navy, including as commander of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, as assistant commander for Test and Evaluation for Naval Air Systems Command, and as program executive officer for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons.

In December 2014, Winter was named the chief of Naval Research, as well as the director for Innovation Technology Requirements and Test and Evaluation.

"Our Lady's University continues to successfully generate the next generation of our military and civilian leaders essential to ensuring a brighter America aligned in strong moral and ethical values," Winter said. "With this award, I am humbled to be recognized as part of the long history of Fighting Irish who have and continue to serve this great country of ours."

News from the Department of Ohio

The two pictures were taken when members were at the St. Mary Magdalene Festival and at St. Cyprian's Church. There were there to let people know of the Catholic War Veterans and to recruit new members. In the last year they have added 25 new members. 


MEMBERSHIP - Adding to our membership is the responsibility of each member. If each member brought in one new member every year, we would be a potent national force in a very short time. Don't feel alone - there is help available for your efforts:
There is a video - here is a link - 

And there is LOTS of information and help on the website to aid in your recruiting efforts.

If you have a question you can't answer, if you need help or brochures, call the national office and Karen or Dave will help you. 

CATHOLIC VETERANS SERVICE FOUNDATION - Donations made through the Foundation are tax-deductible. For additional information, contact the National Office. 

If you have not visited our page, please do. You do NOT have to join Facebook in order to visit our page. 

TWITTER - If you do not have a Twitter account, you should sign up for one. They are free, and you will quickly discover that CWV is on Twitter almost every day, with a news items, a religious reminder or an encouragement to take action. You don't have to do anything, your Twitter feed will bring the items to you, and you then can show off by knowing what's going on, or share them with friends. CWV is very active in the Twitter community, and you should be a part of it as well. 

MASS CARDS - Are an excellent way to show sympathy or celebrate a special event, as well as support the CWV. You may order them as needed, or purchase several in advance to have easily available. 
Make Your Plans NOW!!

There is nothing more to write. You've seen and heard about the National Convention and at this point, you're either coming or not. Some may come because the convention is an important event for doing serious business and the more people who take part, the better the organization will be. Some may come because Vegas is a holiday spot, and there is a lot to do. Some can't be bothered, and they mail their proxy votes in without ever indicating how those votes should be cast, and they never consider attending. Wherever you stand - no reason to talk about it any more. 

Details are available on the web site. Reservations can be made at 866 636-7111 or online at the link below. Use the code A5CWC08. 

Our National Commander and Rudy
The Xavier Society for the Blind recently hosted Rudy, the Notre Dame legend who was the inspiration for the movie of the same name. Among the guests was National Commander James Finkel and some members of his family. Michael Connors, former National Judge Advocate, was also present with members of his family. Fr. John was very grateful for the support. 
Mr. Connors, Rudy, Fr. John and Commander Finkel

Viet Nam
World War II


Someone said to me recently that they had seen a lot in the newsletter about the Department of Ohio, and they wondered, since one of the leading candidates for our next National Commander is from Ohio, if I were making a political statement. I said no. The reason Ohio gets in the Newsletter more frequently is that they have a lot of activities, but more important, they tell me about them, and send pictures. When I was in Ohio for their state convention, one of their officers remarked about one Post that won a lot of awards. He said, "Well, they do a lot of things but so do other Posts. The big reason is that they fill out and send in the reports."

Sometimes success begins by just showing up. And sometimes is means letting other people know what you have been doing. "Silence is golden," says one old saying, but in law, silence implies consent. If you are silent, if you do not speak up or take part, you are simply going along with what someone else says or does. Even Jesus said that you do not light a lamp and then put it under a basket. 

We have a national convention coming up, and many people will not attend. Some are sick, some have schedules they cannot adjust, some have family affairs that are pressing, some simply cannot afford it. Fair enough. A member who cannot attend can have his or her vote counted by proxy, and many members do that, assigning their proxy vote to their Post or Department. Have you ever thought what that means? If you cannot attend, and you send your proxy, have you told your Post Commander or your Department officers HOW you want your vote to be cast in your name? Or do you send in your proxy and stay silent, letting other people vote for you? 

Voting is a sacred right and an extraordinary privilege, and to vote for someone because they come from a particular state, or because they are friends with someone, or because they have been in an organization for a long time and they have "earned it" - these are all BAD reasons for casting your vote, or letting someone else vote for you. Any organization needs strong and committed leadership, not people who simply count on the votes of their friends to get in. The Catholic War Veterans in particular cannot long exist if "crony politics" is the name of the game, if warming the chair is the primary goal, if "business as usual" is the operating policy. We all know how our membership is shrinking, and we all know that if each member in our organization brought in one new member a year - just one! - in 5 years we would be one of the largest and most powerful veterans organizations in the country. Everyone knows this - and the numbers keep shrinking. Everyone agrees we need changes in our organization - how it is structured, how it is governed, how it is run. Our immediate Past National Commanders have started the process of improving, of creating working structures where before we had ceremonies. But everyone has to be involved, and that begins with the process of voting. If you cannot attend the convention, let your officers know in clear terms HOW you want your vote to be cast - what what candidates, for what policies and programs, for what changes to the Constitutions and By-Laws. Don't simply let others vote for you because you don't care.

And of course - when the new officers are elected - GET INVOLVED.

Finally - the Supreme Court has just issued its ruling on gay "marriage," and Vice-President Biden has been quoted as saying that anyone who believes in the Bible violates the rights of the LGBT community. We are in dangerous times, and the swell of popular support for "equality" issues could well make living a Christian life increasingly dangerous. Truth can become the new "hate speech" and that will almost certainly preaching the Gospel and living according to its teaching.

Organizations like the Catholic War Veterans and the Auxiliary have never been needed more, but we can make a difference only if we are an active and a seriously organized group. If we stand on ceremony more than on principle, if we choose silence over speech in defense of our faith and our beliefs, if our unofficial motto remains "But we've always done it this way," we will join the dinosaurs and the black rhinoceros as a beautiful but extinct form of life. At the rate things are moving, it could easily happen in the lifetime of most of our members.

In the days and weeks to come before our convention, please pray for our leaders, and pray about what you can and should be doing in your life to help combat this dangerous trend. Whatever you decide, let me suggest that silence is not the answer, and absence is not the solution.    

Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ
National Chaplain

(Please feel free to share events in your area)


July 4
Independence Day

August 9 - 16
National Convention - Las Vegas 

September 4
Annual Fr. Capodanno Mass at the National Basilica
Washington, D.C. 

September 7
Labor Day

September 11
Patriot Day, a national day of service and remembrance

September 23-27
Pope Francis Visits USA

November 11
Veterans Day

November 12-14
CWV National Board Meeting, Alexandria


May 15
Memorial Mass, Military Archdiocese, Washington DC


If you've already given a gift earlier this year, thank you. Can you do it again? Do you have a friend or a business that might want to support the philosophy of the Catholic War Veterans and the Auxiliary? If the check or credit card slip is made out to the foundation, the gift is now tax deductible. Gifts may always be designated for the Auxiliary or to support a special project, and the request will always be honored. 

Thank you for all you've done in the past - and if you get a little extra, win a lottery or get lucky at the racetrack, think about sharing with the Catholic Veterans Service Foundation.