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' Tfid M'esbhbe'---'' for Catholics 6f Sc);JOwebfdrh'lhl'izrla] , four young people visit adopted parishes in Haiti R. LEINGANG editor Gries has been to Wassmer has Tri-state. This Haiti, with two persons and Fa- l, pastor of Churc h, Vander- the 10-day trip are her older brother, ! are members of St. Vanderburgh Wassmer, a Spirit Church, and a niece of Fa- and Brian nephew from St. St. Philip. has tray- on numerous oc- establish and "Ster parish" rela- companions quite what to ex- his friends did a when Jason Gries plans, wonder- Wanted to go to which is often de- poorest nation in phere. People who don't but who are PPY," is one reason !ggests Jason, who just graduated from Reitz High School, Evansville, said he had been thinking a lot about school, and the trip to Haiti re- ally had not hit him yet. Jamie, who will be a senior in high school next year, re- fleeted a common feeling at the airport June 10, as the group prepared to begin the first leg of their journey. "I don't know what to expect right now," she said. Wassmer, who has never been on a plane before, and her travel companions flew from Evansville to Cincinnati, and then to Miami and finally to Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital. Plans call for them to spend some time in port-au-Prince at Visitation House, which is set up specifically for visiting Americans. The group will then go to the Cape Hatien area, to visit three parishes: Plaine du Nord, which has been adopted by St. Joseph Church; Grande Riv- iere du Nord, where Father Wildeman has many friends and acquaintances, and St. Raphael, which has been adopted by Holy Spirit Church, Evansville. Along with their clothes and personal items, the travelers took three bags and two suit- cases full of various items for the churches they planned to visit -- such things as paper and pencils, band-aids and medical supplies, and rosaries. Brian Wildeman's family supports a student in Haiti. Brian, who will be a sophomore at Mater Dei High School, echoed the mixed feelings of the others. He acknowledged being "nervous, excited, eager, curious," and added, "I don't know what to expect." He, though, along with the others, plans to write down his thoughts and observations. The group will also take a lot of pictures. Wassmer, a recent graduate from Bosse High School, Evansville, said she has seen a lot of the slides and pictures her uncle has taken, but "I know it will be a different feel- ing when I see it in person." She and the others will see cities and slums, wealthy areas and rural poor areas, and other sites on the Caribbean island. Travel plans also include a trip to the Citadel, a mountain-top fortress, and the beach. Father Wildeman will be looking for Haitian art work to purchase and bring home, some for friends, and some for himself. The group plans to return to southern Indiana June 19. rs bring church burnings to ion of Clinton cabinet after their meetings with Pres- ident Clinton and members of his Cabinet. In a separate statement, a U.S. Catholic bishop expressed sympathy for the victims of the fires and called for "all appro- priate authorities" to work to ZAPOR Nws Service NGTON (CNS) -- is behind the dozens of black last few years, of ministers "The knowledge and skills I acquired as a student at Brescia prepared me to attack complex issues and to formulate solutions. Brescia's liberal Brake '93 KY. with ambition, will Yield success." :an provide you with a high-quality education. and taught by outstanding faculty. Brescia majors and 1 7 minors in its bachelor's degree Catholic heritage can help you develop as a thoughtful leader, ready for the challenges of 717 Frederica Owensboro, KY 42301 end the destruction. More than 30 ministers brought to Washington June 9- 10 by the National Council of Churches met briefly with Clinton and later with Attor- ney General Janet Reno, Trea- sury Secretary Robert Rubin and members of Congress. In his weekly radio address June 8, President Clinton agreed with the pastors' con- tention that racial conflict is behind many of the suspicious fires in Southern states in the last few years. Clinton said more than 200 agents fl'om the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are working to solve the fires and have been asked to recommend any other steps the government can take to stop the crimes or that congre- gations can take to protect their churches. He also said he would support legislation to make it easier to prosecute in federal court those accused of attacking houses of worship. The Center for Democratic Renewal, a national social jus- tice organization, said at a June 10 press conference that it has tracked 80 incidents of fires or vandalism at mostly rural, predominantly black and multiracial churches since Jan- uary 1990. In a June 10 statement, the president of the National Con- ference of Catholic Bishops ex- pressed " heartfelt sympathy and solidarity" with victims of the fires, saying the bishops were "deeply disturbed" at the arson cases. "The destruction by arson of a place of worship is traumatic to" those who hold it to be an imio - lable sanctuary," said Bishop An- thony M. Pilla of Cleveland. Packed, checked in at the airport and preparing for their trip to Haiti are, from left, Brian Wiideman, Father Dick Wildeman, Jason Gries, Jamie Gries and Crystal Wassmer. The five plan to return June 19, after 10 days of visiting Haiti, where many parishes in the Diocese of Evansville have "adopted" local parishes. --Message photo by Paul R. Leingang Worth 00ioning mere,,, ... Sister Kelly appointed to Di Pastolml Council :: Sister Catherine Kelly, a Daughter of Charity active in health ministry at the local and regional level, has been ap- pointed to a three-year term on the Diocesan Pastoral Council. "I am pleased to Welcome you to this consultative body and thank you for your willingness to share your gifts on be' half of the diocese," said Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger in his letter of appointment. Sister Kelly is regional vice president of the DaughtdS of Charity National Health System, East Central Region, and local vice president for mission services at St. Mary's Health Services, Evansville. Sister Kelly is known in the community as the founder of "Partners in Caring," a network of health and human ser- vice providers unified to care for the poor. She also was the creator and executive producer of three" TV documentaries, including "The Cry of the Poor," "tIealth Care and Poverty," and "Tri-State Families at Risk." Sister Kelly, who participated in the diocesan "Synod '93," has additional experience as a chaplain and spiritual director. Lincoln bishop to speak in Louisville Bishop Fabian W. Bruskewitz, who told Catholics of the Lincoln, Neb., diocese they would be excommunicated if they did not withdraw from any of a dozen organizations, will speak Saturday, June 15, at the Church Teaches Forum, in Louisville, Ky. For information, call (800) 842-2871. Milwaukee invites Catholic leaders The Archdiocese of Milwaukee invites parents, teachers, catechists and lay ministers to a conference, ?Shout it from the rooftops: Faith, culture and today's media," August 21 and 22. For information, call (414) 769-3374. Rockford to hold 'Catholic Men's Conference' A Catholic Men's Conference entitled, "Recapture the Vi- sion," will be held in Rockford, I11., Oct. 5. Chris Godfrey, former starting right guard for the Super Bowl XXI cham- pion New York Giants, and president of Pro-Life Athletes, will be one of the speakers. For information, call (815) 74912102. Postcards prepared for parishes Kristal Riffert, coordinator of"Project Life Postcard '96  in the Diocese of Evans411e, and a group of volunteers have prepared postcard sets for distribution to the parishes of the diocese. Indivduals are encouraged to nd the post cards to their senators and congressional represenative, to encour- age an override of the president's veto of a ban on partial- birth abortion.