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12 The Message -- for CatholiCs of Southwestern Indiana Youth from 20 countries gather at Dayton for Taize meeting DAYTON, Ohio (CNS} The head of the U.S. bishops' conference praised 2,000 young people from 46 states and 20 countries for finding "something to trust, some- thing worthy of spending your life on .... something that will not fail." "And that something is the love of the Lord Jesus for his human creatures," Cincinnati Archbishop Daniel E. Pilar- czyk told the young people at the University of Dayton May 21 to open the international Taize "Pilgrimage of Trust on Earth." Many of the participants in the five-day meeting had made pilgrimages to the Taize ecumenical community in France. Others knew little of Taize, but came because they knew something different was happening. The community of 90 monks from a tiny village in France brought its style of prayer and message of trust and reconciliation to the first full-scale meeting in North America. Up to 80,000 young people have attended similar meetings in Prague, Czechoslovakia, and Bu- dapest, Hungary, in the last three years. ...... The community began the pilgrimage meetings in 1982 to encourage young people to become "bearers of trust, rec- onciliation, peace and jus- tice" in their local communi- ties. In a gymnasium on the University of Dayton campus, the bright orange banners of Taize set the backdrop for a simple altar lined with can- dles and icons. Sixteen white-robed monks sat on the floor and gentle strains from a pair of harps led the young people in the first common prayer of the ineeting. Archbishop Pilarczyk, pres- ident of the National Confer- ence of Catholic Bishops, said he was impressed by the gathering's theme of trust. "There is plenty of reason for diffidence in our world, plenty of reason for withhold- ing trust, plenty of reason for building walls around our- selves within which to take a posture of solitary defiance," he said. "In the last few years, polit- ical systems which promised aradise on earth have crum- led, leaving confusion or misery. Other systems which are still working seem to have lost every vestige of hope and idealism and offer instead su- perficial comfort or mere sur- vival," Archbishop Pilarczyk addod. The Taize brothers, who worked for the last two years preparing the Dayton meet- ing, use their gentle, simple style of prayer and warm hos- pitality to encourage young = people to fill the voids in their life with faith. "The credibility of faith," said Brother Roger Schutze, the founder of Taize, "is to a great extent linked to the sim- plicity of the means we use." In Dayton, the ethnically and racially diverse group of young people was to spend their days in simplicity: prayer, meditation, Bible study and small group en- counters. They lived with local families and were to pray with local congregations May 24. Anne Ruedisili, a 20-year- old student at American Uni- versitv in Washington, has visited the Taize conmmnity and brought her parents with her to the Dayton meeting. She spent the first day ex- plaining Taize to partici- pants. The Taize community was founded in 1940 and it is made up of brothers from some 20 different countries and from Catholic and vari- ous Protestant backgrounds. Pope John Paul II visited Taize in 1986. Kids Night Out Students in the Religious Education Program at St. Nicholas Church, Santa Claus, erti "Kids Night Out" on the last evening of their program. Above, Leah Folz and Joey 1w- jump rope. Left, Carrie Frey plays a game of croquet. "Funeral Pre-Planning Since 1940" Miller & Miller 424-9274 Holy Redeemer's 16TH ANNUAL Summer Social & Strawberry Festival 918 W. MILL ROAD EVANSVILLE, INDIANA BEHIND NORTH PARK SHOPPING CENTER Thursday, Friday, Saturday JUNE 4th, 5th & 6th BINGO FRIED CHICKEN & ROAST BEEF (THURS. & SAT.) GAMES SAUSAGE & FISH (FRI. ONLY) WHEELS SERVING BEGINS AT 4:30 P.M. ARTS & CRAFTS SANDWICHES PUBLIC PARTY _ CARNIVAL RIDE5 NOVELTIES QUILTS Over $2000 in money and prizes to be given away " , FREE PARKING IN REAR OF SCHOOL * PUBLIC INVITED * SOME HANDICAPPED PARKING AVAILABLE