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1994 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana mist Keepers i i ii i Bii ii men gather to seek stronger relationships with God TOUSSAINT Catholic News Service :)LIS (CNS) -- to seek stronger re- lships with God, their each other and the thousands of men con- in Indianapolis in early to learn how "a man's godly man." sites. The event packed the In- dianapolis Hoosier Dome and drew some 62,000 participants. Founded by University of Colorado at Boulder football coach Bill McCartney, the Promise Keepers movement re- portedly drew 4,200 men in 1991 to the first conference, 22,000 in 1992, and more than 50,000 in 1993. Thus, this year for its strong male several conferences were I ]i!rese"ce and lack of female planned.  l:!tici.p, ation, the Promise There is a dynamic that ex- | |i .Pers 94 conference was one ists when men come together I |BlXSuch sessions planned for to worship God," McCartney :Suramer at various U.S. said. I Illng of bishops ra b efl-y refocuses world "[att ent,on on Rwanda / |ASHINGTONW (CNS) -- I i:, tatlrders of three Rwandan i:ihPs briefly refocused world "We urge the U.S. govern- ment to do all it can to equip, transport and sustain U.N. Convening under such themes as "A Man's Man is a Godly Man," ,the men came joined in praying, worshiping, listening to talks, and such ex- uberance as tossing beach balls or paper airplanes during breaks in the program. They also showed their enthusiasm with displays of the "wave," as if they were attending a sports event, and shouting back and forth, "We love Jesus, yes we do; we love Jesus, how about you?" McCartney in 1990 invited 72 men to join him in praying and fasting each Wednesday for a year until they had de- cided what it seemed God was calling them to do. The first Boulder conference followed a year later. Its organizers define Promise Keepers as "a Christ- centered ministry dedicated to uniting men through vital rela- tionships to become godly in- fluences in their world." see so many men worshiping the Lord together." He came to the Indianapolis event after at- tending the Boulder conference in 1993. "It was different than a Cursillo or even a charis- matic conference because it's all men," Sloss said. He ex- plained that because the con- ference involved men only, it enabled them to more freely re- late to one another. "I think men are a little bit afraid to be transparent and lower their barriers when women are present," added Terry Hanson, of Akron, Ohio. "It becomes possible to feel feelings in a public way and to praise God without any inhibi- tions. It becomes the normal thing to do." Randy Phillips, president of Promise Keepers, finds there is an "awakening occurring across the country. The sheer growth alone goes beyond what we'd ever be able to pull to- gether on our own," he said. 3 : sff on the massive blood- this According to Bill Sloss, a In an interview during the forces in desperately t0 in the East Central needed humanitarian mission," parishioner at St. Francis de conference, McCartney cited men praising God. "It helps me cent' -Ha COuntry, but the Vati- the head of the bishops' Com- ,,Sales, Parish, Laket ZuriCh,ri Ill., both a. lack of a Catholic. pres- put back into perspective what iitllei:it;lWpaper said the world mittee on International Policy, Its such agrea expe ence to ence m the Promise Keeper a real man is," he said. 56| 'ng nothingtostop Bishop Daniel P. Reilly of Nor- Catholic health leaders see l;]ht!{! wich, Conn., said in a June 9 ?le ops, including the statement. ith |%|tedly|h,(Who lostP churchman, wereslainfamilyby rebelmembersSOl- killingsThe United States called thean "outrage" and de- grim rem nder of lost l00ves iUtu de'td squads. The manded better control of the |! RWanda Patriotic Front By NANCY L  rn " FRAZIER O'BRIEN Iib amly from the mi- , I, j Catholic News Service twrl  ....  TUtsi ethnic group. The rV I Ops and 10 priests mur- "t |it: along with them were t l". ,8 l ],:- John Paul II on June 9 itie|ii;ed the murders and  |" on the international i,'| lty to act immediately r01''l a'eel forces' radio sta- ett '|.'nunced June 8 the , s" that four of its own Archbishop Vin- ngiyumva of Kigali Thaddee Nsen- ! a (no relation) of Kab- of the Rwandan conference, and Ruzindana of who were sup- safeguarding the thought the clergy part in the murder relatives, the radio rtedly one of the was killed by but the remain- rebel fighters. In a June 9 message ad- dressed to the remaining bish- ops, priests, men and women religious, Catholic faithful and "all the Rwandan people," the pope said he was "deeply dis- tressed" by the murders. The war, which is tearing Rwanda apart, he said, "causes me to beg God, the father of all mercies, and Christ, who of- fered his life for the multi- tude," to bring reconciliation to the African nation and to wel- come its victims into heaven. Later, on June 13, Pope John Paul in a speech to a meeting of the world's cardi- nals asked for prayers that peace would return to every African country "tried by frat- ricidal wars." With the continuing blood- shed in Rwanda, "the world re- mains immobile in the face of genocide," said a June 12 front- page headline in the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Re- mane. The newspaper had espe- cially sharp words for Clinton administration officials who refuse to define what is occur- ring in Rwanda as ,genocide," as well as the United States' refusal "to send its own troops" as part of a United Nations' mission, although it has promised financial support. PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- Catholic health executives meeting in Philadelphia about ways to improve the U.S. health care system faced a graphic reminder of the many lives that could be saved through health education and preventive medicine. A "human cost meter" ticked off three lives a minute during the Catholic Health Associa- tion's June 5-8 annua assembly in Philadelphia. The meter, lo- cated in a spot that most meet- ing participants passed every day, reached well over 12,000 in less than 72 hours. "This digital counter is a minute-by-minute reminder of how many lives could be saved by altering deadly lifestyle habits, taking personal respon- sibility for one's health and in- corporating preventive care into a universal-coverage health care system," said Debi Sampsel, CHA's senior associ- ate for health and well- being. Using data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Emery University, the meter documented the more than 1 million lives lost annu- ally to inadequate preventive care and .lack of attention to the future of health care is in the community. "Community health is not about counting physicians and beds," said David A. Anderson, a partner in KPMG Peat Mar- wick's National Health Care Strategy Practice in Chicago. "It's about knowing what's going on in our schools, our po- lice departments, our housing projects, our fire departments," he said. Anderson outlined a 10-step, six-month "game plan" to help Catholic health leaders be bet- ter prepared to function as a regional health system, which he said was the inevitable health care structure of the fu- ture in the United States. A California physician and public policy expert predicted that the future of Catholic health care would depend on its ability to provide better ser- vice for leas money. %re are addicted to a form of health care out of the past," said Dr. Molly Coye, senior vice president for health sys- tem development at Good Samaritan Health System, for- merly Health Dimensions Inc. in San Jose, Calif. "Hospitals are structured on the old in- dustrial models of medicine." Ms. Coye, former director of the Department of Health Ser- vices in California and ex-com- "The international commu- nity has yet to react to the genocide in Rwanda where some 500,000 people have been healthy lifestyles. The approximately 1,200 Cathdli health care leaders at- tending the assembly -- which missioner of health for the New Jersey Department of Public Health, said Catholic hospitals have two options in 0-?:llk b  " slaughtered in the civil war had as its theme, "A Time to attempting to survive the com- " iL.l " bishops called for a which has bloodied the country Lead: Shaping Your Commu- ing changes in health care. i:::i[k= ations military force for two months," the newspa- nity's Health Care Future" -- "You could claim 'spotted ard civilian lives er said. .i  .......... P ...... ' got, repeated reminders, that_ owl'_ status,",,,, , that is, .argue, , ,,,that . = Ed. L. Lee = l.X00 "=.v.=] I1.. LI ,s,wml !i , . . Mortuary st=-z,00,s ! 101 North Meridian Street |  PrairleVillage | BB LIving Center Washington, IN 254-3612 |_ , .... I ii I leadership and a growing in- terest in the movement on the part of the church. "We are starting to see a real favor among Catholic hierarchy," he said. Members of the Promise Keepers staff have been meet- ing with bishops to encourage their support and involvement, he said. McCartney, who was himself raised as a Catholic, said he believes "it's God's heart to bring people together, to draw all men to him, regard- less of their differences." Neither he nor the organiza- tion are interested in issuesof denominational disagreement, he said. "What draws us to- gether is our love for Jesus and our desire to be men of in- tegrity, men after God's own heart." One participant, 21-year-old Steve Nickels, of Waukesha, Wis., who attends Waukesha Bible Church, said it is impor- tant for him to see so many station said rebel searching for the I Who committed the 0i :' at their stronghold in ', South of Kigali. On the Vatican had ap- e the United Nations a the site of the reli- :* 'si: 'nter of Kabgayi as a )3 a and send the neces- ! a:.ekeeping forces to ms Zone and our fel- t art beings presently in Catholic hospitals are too valu- able to become extinct because of the large amount of charita- ble care they provide without reimbursement, she said. But that argument might be no longer valid if universal ac- cess is achieved in health care reform, she added. So the preferred option, Ms. Coye said, is to "demonstrate value" and to "show that we can improve quality without increasing cost. And we are finding we can do that." The Rev. Martin Marry, pro- fessor of the history of modern Christianity at the University of Chicago, made a strot'4g call for the preservation of the Catholic identity of health care institutions, despite mergers with non-Catholic hospitals and despite governmental bod- ies that have no respect for re- ligious traditions. Mr. Marty urged Catholic health leaders to look to sev- eral concepts key to Catholi- cism but which are "also graa- pable and transmittable by non-Catholics in merged, gov- ernmentally related institu- tions and associations." Among these he listed a con- tern for human dignity and for the human quest for meaning, a sacramental view of the world, a feeling of responsibility for the community, attention to the need for serial justice, and a can- tern for the whole person. "It is ironic that the restoration of the concept of the whole' has often come from alternative medi- cine and the new religions: while it was the central giR of Catholic faith all along," Mr. Mart)' said. Health care reform was the assembly's most popular topic, especially in conversations be- tween sessions. The meeting's last day featured talks by U.S. senators and an administra. tion official predicting passage of reform legislation this year.