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00olic educators to future Service ) -- The Catholic educators f days in Los tt annual con- look of educating t l them for eneral session talks schedule of work- Los Angeles con- participants at Catholic Educa- April 14-17 able to take in all that they do !:they could do even kicked off, reported that had nationwide for the reached 2,648,859 Catholic schools in School year, said NCEA presi- is 3,400 and more than of the levels for first year enroll- an increase. Want their children lc ults with strong DeFiore said. ( c schools tt why more s opening Keyes, a former candidate and U.S. to the United emphasized the morality and val- s Catholic schools. that Catholic edu- "lose its strength," "exemplify a faith within the Workshops, the re urged to keep e foreground of what they do. In a workshop on talking to teens about sex, presenter William Nolan, head of the reli- gion department at Totino- Grace High School, said that what frightened him most about some Catholic schools today is ho w they are "trying to be private schools with religion departments" added on, and therefore are losing their essen- tial Catholic identity. "We must remember that even if we're not Catholic, that the school's Catholic," he said. "As Catholic educators we have the responsibility to pass on Catholic tradition and have students look at it honesty and critically." Monika Hellwig, executive director of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universi- ties, took this challenge to an even deeper level. In a workshop geared to religious educators, she told participants they would not have the authority to pass on the faith life they were expecting of their students unless they lived it out themselves. She urged the educators to continue to study their faith and read the Scriptures prayerfully, asking what they mean. She also encouraged them to be "people of prayer and people of intellectual humility who ask what they don't know about." Catholic school teachers were also challenged to help their students live out their faith in very real ways. Father Virgilio Elizondo, founder of the Mexican American Cultural Center in San Antonio, said Catholic schools can play a key role in healing the many divi- sions in today's society. In a keynote address, Father Elizondo urged the NCEA mem- bers to think of their schools as "greenhouses" with the potential to produce new understanding and acceptance of people from a variety of cultures. issue? Have you renewed? of the Message is the last issue to be mailed to have not yet renewed their subscriptions for renewed subscriptions begin each year with of March and continue through the last Fri- ruary of the next year. tc readers additional time to send in renew- essage has been mailed as a courtesy through J pril. wish to renew with a minimum of interrup- telephone the Message circulation desk at (812) Order through the world wide web at diocese- ;, or mail $18.50 to the Message, P.O. Box 4169, IN 47724. Community Marriage Covenant Mike McManus and several clergymen who signed the community marriage covenant join together following the ceremony at the Old Post Office, Evansville, April 17. They are,from left, Rev. David Schwambach, asso- ciate pastor of Bethel Temple, Evansville; McManus, Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger, and Rev. Joseph Cunningham, pastor of the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, Evans- ville. See story on page 2. --Message photo by Paul R. Leingang Beatification of Mother Theodore set for October 25 Venerable Mother Theodore Guerin, who founded the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of- the-Woods in 1840, will receive the title "Blessed" during a beat- ification ceremony Sunday, Oct. 25, at St. Peter's Square in Rome. Beatification is a procla- mation by the Roman Catholic Church that Mother Theodore is a holy and virtuous woman, worthy of honor and emulation. "Mother Theodore is a woman for our time," said Sister Diane Ris, general superior of the Sis- ters of Providence Congregation- "Mother Theodore's faith, hope and love are models for all of us. Mother Theodore had a deep, deep faith that never faltered or wavered. She derived strength from her faith in God. She knew that God was always with her and always would be with her in all circumstances and, especial- ly, in times of trial. She knew God always was present. Mother Theodore (Anne- Therese) Guerin was born in France in 1798 and enteredthe Sisters of Providence in 1823. In 1840, in response to a request from the Bishop of Vincennes, Mother Theodore and five sister companions journeyed to the United States to establish a mother house and a school for girls in the wilderness of west-central Indiana. The sisters arrived the evening of Oct. 22, 1840, and within a year opened the first academy. The process for the beatifica- tion and canonization of Moth- er Theodore began in 1909, when Bishop Francis Silas Chatard, bishop of Indianapo- lis, granted his permission. In 1956, Pope Pius XII approved and signed the peti- tion to continue the cause. In 1992, cardinals and bishops declared that Mother Theodore had practiced the theological and cardinal virtues to a heroic degree. Pope John Paul lI ordered a decree about her heroic virtues and gave her the title, "Venerable." Proof of one miracle is required for beatification, the next to the last step in the can- onization process. Proof of a second miracle is required for sainthood. The healing of Sister of Prov- idence Mary Theodosia Mug was unanimously approved as a miracle by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints medical consultants Nov. 20, 1996, by theologians March 25, 1997, and by cardinals June 3, 1997. The recommendation for the beatifi- cation of Mother Theodore then was presented to Pope John Paul 1I who read the proclama- tion July 7 1 997. Sister Mug, an educator and writer, suffered from neuritis and cancer. On the evening of Oct. 30, 1908, she prayed at Mother Theodore's tomb. When she awoke the next morning, she was cured of the illnesses. The beatification ceremony for Mother Theodore will be conducted Sunday morning, Oct. 25, in St Peter's Square. Sis- ters of Providence, along with their companions and friends, both in Rome and at St. Mary- of-the-Woods, will observe the event during a prayer Vigil Sat- urday evening, Oct. 24, and a Mass of Thanksgiving, Monday morning, OcL 26. nsme Seder Supper .......................... Page 2 Journaling in Vincennes ............... Page 3 The Second Half ..................... Page 13