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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Bishops' National Advisory Council gets 17 new By JERRY FILTEAU ,-- Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Seventeen new members have been named to the National Advisory Council, a group of laity, religious, priests and bishops that meets twice a year to advise the U.S. bishops on issues facing them. The council meets three days each spring and fall, before the spring and fall meetings of the Administrative Committee of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and Adminis- trative Board of the U.S. Cathnlec Conference. It reviews and comments on NCCB-USCC committee re- ports and makes recommenda- tions On hatters facing the U.S. church, especially busi- ness coming up before the bish- ops at their next general meet- ing. The council's membership ranges from 50 to 63 persons. About half are laity represent- ing the 13 geographic regions of the NCCB, one layman and one laywoman from each re- gion. The others are 10 to 18 at- large representatives, mostly laity; six to seven diocesan priests elected by region in a pattern of alternating regions; two to three men religious and two to three women religious, designated by their respective national conferences; and four to six bishops elected by the NCCB Administrative Com- mittee from among its mem- bers. New episcopal members of the council are Bishop Matthew H. Clark of Rochester, N.Y., and Auxiliary Bishop A. Ed- ward Pevec of Cleveland, Ohio. Apart from bishops, whose terms are three years, all coun- Sr. Joseph Louise English dies Jan. 26 By PAUL ]EL LEINGANG Message editor Helen Boettcher of Evansville, secre- tary of the National Advisory Council, finds her experience to be "prayerful;' and "such an affirmation of tile Church at work." Boettcher, 71, was selected as secre- tary of the NAC last September for one year. She has completed two years of a four-year term as a member of the coun- cil. Boettcher will attend a meeting in February to prepare for the next full meeting of the NAC in March; another planning meeting is scheduled in Au- gust for the September meeting of the NAC. Planning meetings are held in Wash- ington, D.C. The three-day meetings of the full council are held in Baltimore. Boettcher finds everything about the council exciting and invigorating, "to Helen Boettcher watches as Bishop q find out that our Church is alive," and ment. "to be able to spend time with people from Alaska to Florida." .... Everything is done in prayer," she said, describing the council meetings, which begin with morning prayer, in- clude the Eucharistic liturgy, and end with evening prayer. As for the business portion of the meetings, she said. "It's a lot of work, but it's wonderful." Clergy, religious and lay persons are represented within the membership of the NAC -- very much like the Diocesan Pastoral Council for the Diocese of Evansville. Boettcher chairs the Diocesan Pas- toral Council, although she prefers to describe her responsibility as "facilitat- cil members serve four-year terms. New diocesan priest repre- sentatives are Msgr. Donald Webber of Grand Terrace, Calif., Fathers Joseph Nau- mann of St. Louis and Lawrence O'Keefe of Holbrook, Ariz. Laity elected as regional rep- resentatives are: -- Region 1: Matthew Boyle of Monroe, Conn., and Lois McKinney of Westport, Conn. -- Region 4: Curtiss Todd, a permanent deacon from Matthews, N.C., and Mary Jef- fcoat of Charleston, S.C. -- Region 6: Kenneth Shep- ard of Medina, Ohio, and Adele Salerno of Milford, Ohio. -- Region 10: Philip Ver- halen of Scottsville, Texas, and Anne Dierks of Hot Springs, Ark. Region 11: Justin Kwak of Castro Valley, Calif.; and Sharon Seitz of Riverside, Calif. Mother Theresa Kelly, provincial superior of the Daughters of Mary Help of i ...s. so.s...c. 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