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0 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Federal JB Continued from page 1 the condom campaign would be made by the station's new gen- eral manager, John Cotting- ham. Terre Haute area TV sta- tions serve the northern por- tion of the Diocese of Evans- ville. At WTHI Channel 10, Rod Garvin said his station will not use any local public service announcements or paid ads for coffdoms. Garvin, direc- tor of operations, said his sta- tion had made a request to the CBS Network to change its pol- icy on carrying the announce- ments. Garvin said it was his understanding that CBS would be using a disclaimer with the announcements• Garvin also noted that many of the public service announcements carried by the network are routinely covered with local advertising. AT WBAK Channel 38, the ABC affiliate in Terre Haute, General Manager Linda Sny- der said no decision had been made about the campaign, and that the matter did not seem to be an issue. Snyder said she would not make any decision until she had seen the ads, and then her decision would be made in accord with good taste and the public's response. Chris Jones, general man- ager of NBC affiliate, WTWO Channel 2 in Terre Haute, said he would decide only after see- ing the announcements• Jones said he intended to be "very careful" because some things designed to be a public service Daughters of Charity East Central Province celebrates 25 years By BARBARA PAUL Special to the Message The Daughters of Charity of the East Central Province cele- brated 25 years as a Province, with a program at provincial headquarters in Evansville, Jan. 4. The date is also the Feast Day of their American Foundress, St. Elizabeth Ann 8eton. The anniversary program began with Mass concelebrated by Vincentian Fathers Patrick Harrity and Glennon Figge and attended by approximately 60 Daughters of Charity. A dinner complete with anniver- sary cake followed the liturgy. The program included a slide presentation showing the former Council members and Sisters in the early days of liv- ing in a rented house in Chicago while searching for a place to make their headquar- ters and then the building and settling in Evansville, where Sisters could come for retreats and meetings. Sister Margaret Quinn, as- sistant to the Provincial, intro- duced the former Provincials who spoke on the happenings in the Province during their time in office. Sister Elise Boudreaux, the first Provincial, shared some of the feelings she experienced in her new role in a new Province, working with sisters she did not know and who did not know her. Hers was the challenge of finding a place for the home and headquarters of the nine state Province, begin- ning as she did with "a used car and one box of files•" It was Sister Elise and her Council who chose the grounds at 9400 New Harmony Road in 1971 and planned for an Adminis- tration Building and Provincial Residence. During this time their offices were in the Court Building and the Sisters lived in St. Mary Sisters' Residence. In 1972, the new Administra- tion Building was ready for use and building was begun on the Provincial Residence. This was completed and moving in was accomplished in March 1974. Sister Gertrude Bastnagel, the second Provincial, also shared some of her memories, humorous and serious. She challenged the Sisters to "pro- mote your leaders." She said "we have good and strong lead- ers," andin St. Vincent's words we should not just "support" them but "promote" them. Sister Dorothea Huber, pre- sent Provincial, shared her memories of the building of the new Seton Residence for the older and ill sisters which had been planned during the time of Sister Gertrude's leadership. The building was completed and the sisters who were living at Seton Manor on St. Mary Hospital grounds moved out to the new home on the Provin- cialate grounds in March 1991. Sister Dorothea shared the certainty that the Sisters' membership is strong and last- ing. "We are planning, mission- ing, commissioning, collaborat- ing.., in our anxiety about the poor." A display of early photos and material has been prepared for viewing by retreatants and vis- itors during the coming months. The Daughters of Charity in the United States trace their beginnings to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton who established the Community at Emmitsburg, Md., in 1809. In 1.850 the Daughters of Charity in the United States joined the Daughters of Charity "in Paris, France, who were established by St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac in 1633. Bishop Gregory prepares to move to Belleville Diocese CHICAGO (CNS) -- Bishop Wilton D. Gregory, who is about to become head of the Belleville Diocese, said he looks forward to settling into his new home but hopes to do It "slowly and graciously." "I could not have received a warmer welcome," said the Chicago auxiliary bishop after his first visit to the diocese in southern Illinois. Appointed Dec. 29, he will be installed Feb. 10. He succeeds Bishop James P. Keleher, who was named archbishop of Kansas City, Kan., last June. "Everything I've ever done rye done here (in Chicago)," he told The New World, Chicago's archdiocesan newspaper. "I now face the challenge of tak- ing the life that the people of the Archdiocese of Chicago have given me and sharing it in the Diocese of Belleville." Bishop Gregory, 46, is one of 11 active black bishops in the United States. With his ap- pointment to Belleville, there are now four black bishops who are heads of U.S. dioceses. The other three are Bishops Joseph L. Howze of Biloxi, Miss.; J. Terry Steib of Memphis, Tenn., and Elliott G. Thomas of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. A Chicago native, he was or- dained a priest in 1973 and made a bishop 10 years later in Chicago. He served for three years as the chairman of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy and was instrumental in preparing new translations of both the Lectionary and Sacramen- tary. In the Chicago Archdiocese, Bishop Gregory worked closely with the development of pre- Cans programs for the African- American community and the establishment of an African-American consultant in the archdiocesan central offices. One of the upcoming tasks the bishop looks forward to is getting to know the people of his new diocese. "Learning to love them as they are is my goal," he said. "I do not want to try to make them into mini- Chicagoans." Finding a balance between pastoral and administrative work will also be a challenge, he said. "As an auxiliary bishop I could always call (Chicago's •Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin) and say, 'Help! Part of your archdiocese is on fire!' Now that responsibility will be mine." FOR COMPI" ETE ELECTRICAL SERVICE FISCHER ELECTRIC INC. SCHNELLVILLE, IN 389-2418 I LinCo Coffee Services Total Beverage Distributor Indiana - Illinois - Kentucky 46 Varieties of Coffees alTeas WHATEVER YOUR TASTE, I I "could be a disservice." Critics of the ad campaign included Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein of Indianapolis and the Archdiocese of Chicago. In a Jan. 5 statement, Arch- bishop Buechlein expressed "grave concerns" over a U.S. agency deciding to promote condom use. He urged local broadcasters to reject any ad- vertisements that "contribute to the false -- and potentially fatal -- idea that condoms are 'the answer"' in preventing sexually transmitted disease and in developing mature atti- tudes toward human sexuality• The church believes "absti- nence is the only responsible behavior outside of marriage and, therefore, the only truly safe solution to the health cri- sis," he said. Catholics believe sexuality is "a marvelous gift from God" and "anything that encourages a casual or recreational ap- proach to sexual relationships is a problem for us" because it increases the spread of disease and diminishes human dignity. He said the church is confi- dent young people can develop mature attitudes about sex and are capable of abstaining from casual sex. The arch- bishop said the Catholic Church is as concerned as the federal government about the seriousness of AIDS. He urged the community to work together to promote a more positive attitude toward human sexuality than that shown in the condom ads and he welcomed getting actively involved in Ms. Shalala's call for "a grass-roots campaign" to raise awareness about AIDS if it promotes "responsible atti- tudes" about sexuality. The Archdiocese of Chicago also urged broadcasters not to air the government's new ad- vertisements, saying they pro- mote sexual activity. Area broadcast outlets "would do € well to sponsibilities as issue," it said. "The only and medically preventing the the HIV virus is nence from sexual side of he and through minated needles,' signed issued Jan. 4. ! "To encourage doms is to that there is such! 'safe sex.' It added that jections to the ad ognize "that significant and well-being and that e portant weapon the incurable Bishop Jan. 6: "I believe this campaign is .... responsible. : "I share a for the health the people this to reach. I can agree with such perpetuates "It is condoms as the AIDS threat. to suggest sure safe transmission. true. '' ' "This It promotes promotes a ...... security. 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