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Saturday, May 13, 2000



Retiring administrator
to be honored Monday

The Rev. John F. Bolin, who will retire in June as a top administrator of the Catholic Church in Hawaii, will be honored Monday at the Chaminade University commencement.

Bolin has served since 1994 as vicar general for the diocese, the highest position under Bishop Francis DiLorenzo. A member of the Marianist order, he has served as teacher, executive vice president and rector at Chaminade, provincial of the Pacific province and vice president of the Marianist Center of Hawaii. He will move to the Marianist community in Oakland, Calif.

An honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters will be presented by the Chaminade Board of Regents at the 7 p.m. graduation ceremony at Blaisdell Concert Hall.

DiLorenzo appointed two Hawaii priests, the Revs. Joseph Grimaldi and Thomas Gross, to share the vicar-general duties, and hired a layman for the new position of manager of diocesan services.

Walter Yoshimitsu, who has been Campbell Estate administrator of government affairs and public relations for 25 years, will take the new job, involving overseeing planning and building projects and implementing goals of the June diocesan synod.

Samaritan center chooses new president

Mary Matsuda has been elected president of the Samaritan Counseling Center of Hawaii, a nonprofit, spiritually based interfaith agency.

Also elected for the year 2000 are: Judy Goldman, vice president; Judy Rantala, secretary; and Wayne Aoki, treasurer.

Other board members are Father Clarence Fisher, Terry Fisher, the Rev. Yoshiaki Fujitani, Alan Goto, Ralph Hook, Juliet Yuen Hsia, Frank Jahrling, Dr. Donald Jones, James Kuroiwa, Relda Loomis, Poranee Natadecha-Sponsel, Ann Simpson, Alice Tucker and Kaina Waiau.

The center has nine professional counselors at six locations on Oahu and in Hilo.

Evangelist to bring 'truth tour' to isles

A North Carolina Christian evangelist with a goal of preaching in 50 states in 50 days will begin his "Tour of Truth" in Honolulu on Friday.

The Waikiki Beach Chaplaincy will sponsor the appearance of the Rev. Alex McFarland at 7 p.m. at Kapiolani Park. The Rev. Alex McAngus and musicians with Waikiki Beach Chaplaincy will participate in the gathering, near the intersection of Monsarrat and Kalakaua avenues.

McFarland, 36, is the founder of Faith in Focus Ministries in Greensboro, N.C. He has organized national crusades including a "God Save America" rally for the Rev. Jerry Falwell.

His itinerary of appearances in different states will continue until July 8. His objective is "to evangelize the lost and energize the saved," according to a release.

Star-Bulletin staff

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