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Jane Marie DeLand lare to make solemn vows, begin life of prayer It. LEINGANG, Message editor she spent three years with the poor in Peru, and felt that way to reach more people. Today, Sister Jane Marie found a way to help all of the people of the world -- through a I make her solemn profession as a member of a commu- a good deal of the day in silence -- and all of the day in a 53-year-old native of Grand Rapids, Mich., will be of the Monastery of St. Clare, Evansville. here not just for ourselves," she said in a recent telephone inter- Lery where she expects to live the rest of her life in corn- prayer. "We are here for everyone." ago, Sister DeLand was working in a chief administrative Health Department, Grand Rapids. Be- supervisor of nursing at a Kent County Health Department involved in her parish, too, as a Eucharistic minister and visitor. of her busy life, something happened to her which would personal history. She went on a pilgrimage and re- and to Assisi, Italy. She came to realize that she knew Francis of Assisi, but very little about St. Clare. 1 to read -- about St. Clare and the religious community she the Poor Clares came to the United States, and how they ;he back of one of the books, she found a picture of the 1965, she was available to answer a call to serve the poor in person, one by one, in Peru. Today, she is free to answer an- other call, this time, to serve the world by leaving it -- through a life of prayer. Will she miss the life she used to live? "I think whenever we make a change, there are things that we miss," she acknowledged. "Especially the beauty of the people you worked with." What's the difference between "sim- ple" vows and final vows? The answer is given in the context of community life, in a monastery with a small number of women. A Poor Clare not only makes vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. She also makes a promise of SISTER JANE MARIE DELAND "enclosure" -- to live in the same place with the other women of the monastery. Sister DeLand's "temporary vows" were an expression of her desire to live in that community with the Poor Clares. Her solemn vows, in many ways, are anoc- casion when the community will express acceptance of that offer. "With my first vows, I made my promise to God. Now, the community af- firms my promise, too, to me. That is very beautiful," she said. She said she has come to realize her life has something in common with the life of Jesus. While he was on earth, Jesus could only touch the people to ask for information. One thing led to another, and on May ................. ar0"md him: r hie ascension, when he sent the Holy Spirit to his disciples,, Jane Marie DeLand was received as a postulant, he could touch many more people, she said. :: : : :'i then as a novice, and now as a woman about to make a "When I was in Peru, and saw so many people in poverty, i knew that community, Sister DeLand has studied and prayed. on a two-week retreat, leading up to her solemn vows on 29. find the common thread through the life of a nurse, a three- and the life of a cloistered nun? Not at all, she said. of her life has been "another call to serve the Lord." In there had to be another way to reach them," she said. at way is prayer." "I hope I will continue to grow in the depth of my prayer life, so that my life can become a prayer." Whether she will be baking altar breads, cleaning, doing dishes, reading, praying the psalms, or meditating, there is one central truth to the life of a Poor Clare: "Prayer is our work." Archbishop Hanna presides over burial of Mrs. Onassis Va. (CNS) -- over by Philip M. ew Orleans, nedy Onassis her first -nt John F. ington Na- former first 19 of lyre- [lowed a fu- r in New here to to, Sorrow for edy Onassis, ed, so sorely archbishop, delivered Mass in the who die a funeral of the comfort of Ln this hour of ember the pres- We pray for Jacqueline and for ourselves." The archbishop introduced President Clinton, who said, "God gave her the very great gifts and imposed upon her great burdens. She bore them all with dignity and grace and uncommoncommon sense." "We say goodbye to Jackie," he added. "May the flame she lit so long ago burn ever brighter here and always brighter in our hearts." Mrs. Onassis' son, John F. Kennedy Jr., read a passage from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. It begins, "But I would not have you be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep," and ends with, "Comfort one an- other with these words." Her daughter, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, read the responsorial psalm, whose an- tiphon was "I will lift up my eyes to the mountains." Archbishop Hannan led the recitation of the Lord's Prayer with those gathered at the grave site. "In the ancient cemeteries of the Christians in Rome, called catacombs, the inscription on the tomb showed their belief," said the archbishop. "Gener- ally, they inscribed just the name of the deceased person, with the words, 'Dies Natales in Domino,' that is, 'birthday in the Lord,' then after that sim- ply the date of death of the person, not the date of birth in this life. "And so for us, May the 19th was the birthday in the Lord of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis." After a closing prayer by the archbishop, the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters ended the service with the hymn "Eternal Father, Strong to Save." Afterward, Mrs. Onassis' chil- dren knelt before the casket to kiss it and offer their final prayers. They were joined by Archbishop Hannan in lead- ing the procession from the grave site. In 1963, then-Bishop Hun- nan also presided at the rebur- ial of the two Kennedy children -- Patrick, who died three days after his birth in August 1963, and an unnamed daughter, who was stillborn in 1956 alongside their father. And in 1968, he returned again Peace eludes bloodstained Rwanda By BILL PRITCHARD Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The solution to Rwanda's bloody crisis continued to elude international peacemakers from Pope John Paul II to a special United Nations peace envoy. Despite repeated calls on the warring parties to stop the massive, countrywide killing -- and a tentative cease fire in the capital, Kigali -- there was scant sign as of May 23 that peace could be achieved soon. Pope John Paul said May 15 that Rwandans participating in the widespread slaughter of their fellow citizens will be held accountable by history and God. The fighting in the African nation involves "a real and true genocide for which, unfor- tunately, even Catholics are responsible," the pope said. Rwanda is about 70 percent Catholic. The day before the pope spoke, Caritas Internationalis, the Vatican-based umbrella group for national Catholic re- See PEACE page 10 to Washington, then as New Orleans archbishop, to deliver the graveside eulogy at the fu- neral for Robert F. Kennedy, who lies a few paces away from his brother. ii 2 " - H, i