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i;'I996 ; ,The, Message --,for Catholics of,Southwestern Irdiana ' role, like laity's, evolving,-priests' councils, head says BYMICHAEL COX it should happen whether you were 45 million Catholics. The descendants of European church as a place of spiritual ews Service ,Mass. (CNS) continuing shortage evolution of lay roles will also to the presi- National Federation Councils. of the pastor in the more like that of a ,.In that he oversees the community," Nick Rice said in an ew with the Catholic wspaper of the a priest of the of Louisville, Ky., the diocese's pres- r June 3-4. be more involved ag the vision of the :and providing training will provide a church services, he involvement good thing, and have a healthy number of priests or not," he told the priests. "We should be pushing for more lay involvement any- way." In attracting more men to the priesthood, he said, "vocations efforts should focus more on men in the business world, young professionals and educa- tors in their late 20s and early 30s." "We are finding that the ma- jority of men are coming to the church later in life as a second career," he said. "We are wast- ing our time in the high schools." Father Rice gave an overview of the Catholic Church from the immigrant period and its move- ment into mainstream America. From the time of the Civil War to World War I the number of U.S. Catholics jumped from 1 million to 20 million, due largely to European immigrants, he said. By the time the Second Vatican Council finished, there Prior to Vatican II, Catholics had "clearly established and un- questioning roles. Process and change were not in our vocabu- lary," Father Rice said. "The election of John F. Kennedy to president marked the end of an era and Catholics were in search of a new identity." "I remember my mother so. well -- a holy woman who raised 12 kids -- saying, 'Do you know what they want me to do? They want me to give out Com- munion," he t01d the priests. 'The movement of the church went from one that was internal to one that was external," he said. 'We are finding more and more that a mixture of both is needed." "People who were born be- tween 1950 (and 1960) remem- "ber when Catholics were Catholic," he said, "Since 1960, Catholics refer to themselves with modifiers such as devout, liberal, fundamental or conser- Vative." .immigrants have taken their place in mainstream America and are among the wealthiest and most edu- cated people in the country, Fa- ther Rice said. Today's immigrants to the ,United States are from other ,parts of the world. Suggesting that by 2000 almost 40 percent of the church will be Hispanic, ,he said "It will be interesting to see how immigrants who came from Europe will welcome .them." The generational gaps within :the church are stronger than ever, Father Rice said. The baby-boom generation born between 1946 and 1964 tends to be spiritually eclectic and has less commitment to in- stitutions, he said. The generation born between :1965 and 1979 is much smaller in number and. faces the prospect of being less economi- cally secure than their parents, he added. They look at the respite rather than a challenge to become more involved, he said. Father Rice criticized Bishop Fabian W. Bruskewitz of Lin- coln, Nob., for excommunicating Catholics in his diocese who were members in organizations he termed "perilous to the Catholic faith." "We are learning that the top- down style is simply not going to work," he said. "Trying to speak from a position of power, especially concerning the areas of sexuality, birth control and abortion, is simply not going to work." "With all this, pastors are left with the impression of 'Who's winning?"' Father Rice said. "Many times they wish they could go back to a day when our differences weren't so prevalent. "But, that isn't possible," he said. "Organizations who deal effectively with change develop new structures to carry out their mission." for God most apparent in moments of chaos, lay ministers told AND GREENE News Service Fla. (CNS) -- It haos and loss for God becomes and conversion lay ministers were a conference in Or- messiness" of life stone to con- to Pat Liv- associate direc- uing formation at Dame. .are poor, hungry, zn pain, we know she said in the address dur- 30-June 2 confer- Associa- under- John Paul II's call as part of the for the new millen- of car- the patterns of to life and we she said. most chaotic ex- life today is in Livingston transform the raust recognize the that exists with God and the Bible people brings life from from the }rofound. E. Untener of Saginaw, Mich., talked about the church's move to conversion in the documents of the Second Vatican Council and the new "Catechism of the Catholic Church." There are four ways to "re- found" the church, he told his audience of 200, most of whom were women: -- Admit that women can be disciples. "It needs to be said," he said. "Women are not disci- ples with asterisks." -- Getting rid of the adver- sarial atmosphere in the church. Everyone is labeled and characterized to demean and dehumanize, according to the bishop. "We have to do it," he said. "It's got to stop. Jesus told us not to do it." -- Being honest about money. "The problem is things aren't being done because of a lack of money," Bishop Un- tener said. He discredited the argument that the church is wealthy. That myth, he said, is one reason why Catholics do not contribute. The myth of church wealth, he added, is getting in the way of doing ministry. -- Being reminded that Catholics' logo is the cross. The trajectory of life, for all of its joys and trials, is not always straight up, 'he said. For that reason, he added, the cross must be preached. In her keynote address, Diana L. Hayes, a theology professor at Georgetown Uni- versity, told how she would sit shop Buechlein's dies June 17 0arl B. Buech- June 20 at Jasper. hther of Indi- )p Daniel 191 NA 47441 Buechlein, O.S.B. Survivors also include a son, Charles of Jasper, four sisters, Carolyn Jackey, Veronica Schmitt, Agnes Schuler and Louise Brewster, all of Jasper, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He was a charter member of Holy Family, the Holy Name Society and the Knights of Columbus, and he received the St. George Award for his con- tributions to scouting. up late at night in pain from arthritis and ask God to lead her life. The result, she said, was being led to the Catholic Church and a doctorate in the- ology from the Catholic Uni- versity of Louvain in Belgium. "We must reclaim the vision set forth more than 2,000 years ago -- the vision from which our ministry flows," she said. Part of the vision, she added, is to surrender all. To buttress her point, ttayes sang the words to the hymn "I Surren- der All." "It is incumbent upon us as we enter the 21st century to recognize the challenges that lie before us, of the increasing 'sec- ularization of American society . . . of the increasing alienation of so many within our church and to work to bring about healing transformation by pro- viding a viable force for the church in society," Hayes said. Jim Wallis, founder of the So- journers community in Wash- ington, came to the conference after just having attended the Stand for Children rally in Washington the day before. "Something is wrong these days in this country of ours, and most people know it," he said. "It's not that our children haven't gotten our values," he said, "it's that they have." Wallis emphasized that Americans must realize the crisis is a spiritual crisis, not liberal or conservative, left or right. He called it the politics of transformation. "We have to change and our children are a sign that we have to change," he said. "Our children are an interrogation Of tlS." The false choices of the left and the right must be avoided, Wallis said. "The time has - come to find common ground by moving to higher ground,  he said. Worth mentioning... Bishop calls for day of prayer and fasting "Violence against human life, the cheapening of the value of human life, and a growing exul- tation of the wants, whims and choices of the self are sadly present at all levels of society," said Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger in a letter mailed to Catholic leadership. He noted that the National Conference of Catholic Bishops has called for a National Day of Prayer and Fasting for Life, July 11. Bishop Gettelfinger called on "all Catholics in our diocese to join in this nationwide day of prayer and fasting." He said, "Let us, in union with the Catholic Church throughout the coun- try, pray for ,an end of violence against human life in the womb, which has become the paradigm for acts of violence across the life cycle and that the sacredness of life from concep- tion to natural death become once again the norm in our nation." ECHO Health Center awarded start.up grant ECHO Health Center, Evansville, has been awarded a 12-raonth community health center start-up grant for $150,000, which will enable the clinic to hire a physician for 32 hours a week and provide primary health care for ECHO patients. Individual donations will still be needed, and fund raising events will continue, according to a news release. Daughters of Isabella plan annual shower The annual Baby Shower benefiting the St. Elizabeth Home in Indianapolis will be held Sunday, Aug. 11. Darle Stewart, regent of Assumption Circle 144, said that a committee will shop for members if they give a cash or check instead of baby shower gifts. Holy Family moves Fall Festival date The Holy Family, Jasper, Fall Festival is being moved from November to the last Sunday in September. Urban Giesler and Mark Schmidt are the co-chairpersons. The festival benefits the Holy Family Catholic Educational Facility. New appointments announced at St. Meinrad Benedictine Father Guerric DeBona has been appointed to a new position at St, Meinrad College, that of Director of the Seminary Program. His appointment, to coordinate the distinc- tive formation program for seminarians with the broader program for all college students, is effective July 8. Brian Dunne was appointed Associate Dean of Students, effective Aug. 19. The appointments were announced May 19 by the new President-Rector of the college and theology schools, Benedictine Father Mark O'Keefe.