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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Technology task force seeks diocesan di By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor It's the kind of thing that happens in many families, ac- cording to Father David Nun- ning. They decide to buy a car or a computer or a television set, and then struggle to find which one would be the best for their needs. Then they look at their finances and try to de- cide on what they want, what they need and what they can afford. Father Nunning is one mem- ber of a task force working to plot the course of future tech- nology decisions in the Diocese of Evansville. The group has been meeting regularly since last summer. What the task force intends to do is to develop "a diocesan- wide information management and technology vision and a strategy for implementation." In other words, the question is this: What are we trying to do as Church, and how can tech- nology help us do it better? The word "technology" often conjures up a more specific image than is intended, accord- ing to Ken Krasavage, diocesan director of executive services and task force director. "Technology" is not just so- phisticated computer or a high- tech video Conference system, Krasavage said. "Technology" includes the simplest tele- phone -- a communications medium used in the church and daily life for more than a hundred years. In a November 1995 memo- randum to the deans of the dio- cese Krasavage cited an exam- ple using the telephone. Krasavage pointed out that a priest may learn about a parishioner's auto accident or illness by means of a telephone call; the priest may comfort and console members of the family with another telephone call, and make another call to the hospital to check on the room number and patient's condition. The phone is more than a convenience; telephone tech- nology is in this case the very means by which ministry is made possible and enhanced. Cell phones, pagers, fax ma- chines, computers and a host of other new devices are already widely used throughout the diocese, Krasavage noted. These tools of technology help parish, school and other church workers to perform their ministry. Digital video storage devices, computer con- 'Message Sunday' Jan. 28 begins subscription drive By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Jan. 28 is "Message Sunday" in the Diocese of Evansville, and the day that a campaign traditionally begins for new and renewed subscriptions to the diocesan paper. Posters will be sent to parishes encouraging families to subscribe to the Message. The poster suggests, "Some- times all you need is a little in- spiration," and notes that in- spiration is one of the goals of Catholic papers and periodi- cals. Subscription envelopes will also be delivered to each parish, in time for use on "Mes- sage Sunday" or on the Sun- days in February. Many parishes have subscription en- velopes included with the regu- lar Sunday offering envelopes. Subscription renewal en- velopes will also be inserted in the Jan. 26 issue. Rates have increased for the new subscription year, which runs from the first Friday of March 1995 through the last Friday of February 1996. Rates this year are $17.50 for an in- dividual subscription; parishes which manage circulation of at least 75 percent of their mem- bers are entitled to a dis- counted rate of $15 per sub- Scription. While many diocesan papers in the United States have cut I1, JONES BODY SHOP Front end alignment Complete body rebuilding o Radiator Service Estimates Given Call 254-5358 207 L S0uth- Washington, IN I back the number of issues pub- lished during a year, the Mes- sage continues to publish every Friday except the Friday fol- lowing Christmas. Subscribers receive 51 issues a year -- at a cost of less than 35 cents an issue. Benedictine Sister Mary Etta Kiefer, secretary and Communications office staff member, is in charge of sub- scription information. She maintains and updates the mailing list. Questions about your sub- scription? Contact Sister Mary Etta at (812)424-5536 or (800J 637-1731. nections and other means of communication are already in the schools of the diocese. Parishes and schools are regularly making decisions about technology -- what to try, what to buy, and when to buy it. Some day soon, Krasav- age said, computers and new communications technology will be as commonplace as the telephone is today, and just as important for ministry. After discussing the need for a cooperative approach to an- swering the questions technol- ogy raises, the seven deans of the diocese gave their approval to the members of the task force to continue their work. Task force members include Jim Keller and Dave Garrett from Keller-Schroeder Consul- tants; Mark Freeman, an IBM representative who volun- teered to facilitate the task force meetings; Steve Kincaid, of Southwestern Communica- tions, Evansville; Msgr. Charles Koch, head of the diocesan tribunal; Father David Nunning, pastor of St. Wendel Church, St. Wendel; Father Joseph Ziliak, pastor of St. John Church, Newburgh; Phyllis Beshears, director of Catholic Schools; Robert Cox, diocesan treasurer, and Paul Leingang, director of Commu- nications. In order to gather more in- formation, the task force has selected 35 people in the dio- cese for interviews. The per- sons to be interviewed include parish and school secretaries, parish staff members, deans and other priests, school prin- cipals andtechnical experts, and Catholic Center depart- ment heads. The interviews will be con- ducted by Dave Garrett. The questions will cover the vari- ous tasks, ministries and re- sponsibilities of the Church in southwestern Indiana, and try to determine how technology may improve and enhance the work of the Church. After all of the interviews are completed, task force mem- bers believe they will have the foundation for proposing direc- The Catholic Press: News to Enlighten Your World 1 I $ 6 tions and establishing a dioce- san-wide strategy. Krasavage noted that new technology may make it possi- ble for individuals and their parishes to work together in new and improved ways -- even in ways that have not yet been discovered. He said that the rudiments of a technology plan were initi- ated a few years back, with the implementation of Parish Data System software in many of the parishes. Krasavage said that obtain- ing standardized hardware and software was not some- thing that had to be done im- mediately. 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