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i :i Daughters of ty, praise planned of hospital LEINGANG Message editor ty is the main reason of Welborn Hospital according to Sis- in there," said Sister Kelly, "but purchase of Welborn and two hospitals is "primarily of enhancing the quail- The new arrangement will "a healthier Evansville," Sis- to pay $65 million for y Welborn Clinic and the not part of the purchase. Daughter of Charity, is vice- Services and directo.r of Mary's. She said the pur- healthy impact on the Dio- "Part of the Daughters' system is to be a vibrant Ministry in the twenty-first "And how more vibrant can we be if we just grow our ministry?" Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger said he real- ized that a lot of work was yet to be done before the sale and merger would be final, but he described the plan as "Wonderful!" Bishop Gettelfinger and Sister Kelly emphasized the two-fold impact on the area: there will be a continuing, strong presence of Catholic health care in the community, and there will be great health-related benefits that will be brought about by the establishment of a community foundation. According to published reports, a Welborn Baptist Hospital board committee is creating a community foundation which will start with more than $80 miliion in endowment. An endowment fund of that size could dis- tribute $4 million to $8 million a year for health-related projects. A statue of St. Mary welcomes patients, vis- itors and staff at the main entrance to St. Mary's Medical Center, Esville. ....... --Message photo by Paul R. Leingang engaged encounter gets high marks in study (CNS) _ Encounter ) of giving structured issues in strong says a study. chal- report says, its pro- COnfronting the 1990s, differ- of ped it today.' ges the issue of cohabitation before marriage, it says. It reports that 44 percent of participants who responded said they were living with their fiancd at the time of their encounter weekend. The study, released in mid- March, was conducted in four parts in 1996-97 by Bryan T. Froehle, executive director of the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, an indepen- dent Catholic research center at Georgetown University. Catholic Engaged Encounter is a weekend program for engaged couples to pray, learn and dia- logue together under the leader- ship of older and younger mar- ried couples and a priest. It was started in the 1960s and began to be used widely across the country in the 1970s. A typi- cal weekend begins Friday Holy Week schedule? celebrate Mass at 9 a.m. on Palm t Holy Rosary, Evansville. be celebrated at Holy Redeemer, 7 at 5:30 p.m. follows: Resurrection Church, Evansville, 7 p.m. V'mcennes, 12:15 p.m. St. Joseph, Evansville, 8 p.m. St. Mary, Washington, 10 a.m. i are local. evening with an introduction and opening presentations. It runs all day Saturday starting with Mass or morning prayer and ending with evening prayer after an open forum. After a final series of presentations on Sun- day, it concludes with a Mass. The CARA study consisted of separate surveys of more than 1,200 engaged encounter pre- senters and more than 1,300 participants, a survey of the more than 100 encounter com- munities in the country and a critical review of the weekend outline and program materials by a panel of four nationally known experts in Catholic mar- riage preparation. "CEE community" refers to the senior and junior presenters, clergy and support personnel who coordinate and lead Catholic Engaged Encounter weekends in a diocese. Both the presenters and the participants who responded to the survey ranked the worship and prayer activities and the opportunities for small-group and couple discussions among the most valuable aspects of the weekend. Participants and presenters valued the program for its con- tributions to improving commu- nication, trust, shared decision- making and conflict resolution skills among engaged couples. , Five out ofsix padpantssaid it, was helpful for "living my faith in daily life." Of 17 topical presentations the weekend outline calls for, both presenters and participants rated those on "Openness in Commu- nication" and "Encounter With We" among the three most help- ful or effective. Presenters placed "Signs of a Closed Rela- tionship" among the three best sessions, while participants ranked "Encounter With Me," a session on better self-under- standing, among the top three. The presentation on "Sex and Sexuality" and the final two pre- sentations of the weekend, titled "Wrap-up" and "Sharing the Vision" were among the four lowest-ranked by both presen- ters and participants. The study found that the average diocese with Catholic Engaged Encounter offers about nine weekend sessions a year, with an average of about 21 couples participating in each session. Only 11 percent of partici- pants ended their education with high school; 31 percent had some college; 43 percent a bach- elor's degree; and 15 percent a graduate degree. The average age of participants was 27 and the average couple had been dating for three years before getting engaged. Thirty- five percent saidxtheir fianc was of a different faith. Presenters and participants shared a view that more flexi- bility or variety in the format would improve the weekend. Most felt thecycte of presenting, writing down one's thoughts, exchanging papers with one's fiancd and dialogue on each other's views was overused. The expert panel particularly criticized the talk on sex and sexuality, and suggested it might be better to have married couples present the topic instead of a priest, as called for in the program. It suggested that more substan- tive follow-up materials be given to couples at the end of the week- end and also encouraged a one- year reunion of participants, Years of Service Page 3 40 .................... Easter TV ........................... Page 14 Msgr. Hirsch ........................ Page 15