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26,1992 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 raize pilgrimage inspires Newman minister, UE students Jody O'Neil, S.P., an unidentified student from the Uni- of Indiana, and University of Evansville student Emily pause in front of the fieldhouse at the University of The recent Taize Pilgrim- age "was an awesome experi- ence," said Emily Stahl, a University of Evansville grad- uate who attended the event in late May. Nursing major Jennifer Forsee and Newman Campus Minister Sister Jody O'Neil, S.P., also represented the University of Evansville at the pilgrimage which was held at the University of Day- ton May 21-25. Stahl said she was "amazed at tile number of people who came together in the name of God and love to pray together for peace and trust on earth." Forsee commented that, "as an individual I had the op- portunity to explore my own feelings during the solitude and prayer times." More than 2,000 young adults participated in the event, which was organized by the Monks of Taize, a monastery in France. "The best part of the meet- ing was the international as- pect," said Forsee. "It opened my mind to what's going on all over the world." An intercultural forum was held Sunday afternoon, pro- /i :, ii:i wins semi-state baseball players celebrate their 9-6 semi-state victory over Jasper High School Sat- June 20, at Jasper. Earlier in the day, Memorial topped New Albany and Jasper de- Terre Haute North to set up the championship contest. Memorial advances to the Final Indianapolis, Saturday, June 27. PRINCIPAL OPENING All Saints Catholic School Columbus, Indiana Pastor Stephen Banet (00rades 1-8 Kindergarten Fall 350 enrollment e by July 6 to: Steven Knott 2564 Pearl Street Columbus, IN 47201 812-379-9731 -- Message photo by Michael Woolsey viding an opportunity for young adults from several countries to speak of the chal- lenge and the hope seen in their homelands. Many of the participants in the five-day meeting had made pilgrimages to the Taize ecumenical community. Oth- ers knew little of Taize, but came because they knew something different was hap- pening. (Two van loads of students and campus ministers from the University of Southern In- diana and the University of Evansville had met with Taize monks Jean Phillip and Hector, during an evening of prayer at Kentucky Wesleyan Chapel, Owensboro, last Oc- tober. Some of the prepara- tions for the Dayton pilgrim- age were made at that meeting, and at similar meet- ings in the United States.) The community of 90 monks 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 1993 people in the first common prayer of the meeting. Sister O'Neil said most of the participants stayed with families in tile Dayton area. Their daily format included breakfast with host families, morning common prayer, bible reflection followed by small group sharing, dinner and evening common prayer. "Simplicity pervaded tile entire event," said Sister O'Neil. "Prayer usually lasted an hour or longer, if'people chose to come early or stay later -- which was a commou occurrence." A card with Taize chant re- frains was distributed to ea(:h participant. Even though more than 2,000 people gath- ered for prayer in the field- house, a res:pectful silence was maintained, said Sister O'Neil. Brother .Roger, founder of the monastery, de- livered the meditation each evening. At the conclusion of the week-long event, each pil- grim was given the charge: "How can we, when we re- turn home, become bearers of trust and reconciliation?" That will be the fruit of the Dayton experience, according to Sister O'Neil. Forsee added that next , year, at the University of Evansville, she "would like to do a fraternity education (lay explor!ng the music aspect of Taize. Sister O'Neil said she hopes to sponsor at least two Taize Prayer experiences, one each semester preceding fi-. nals at the university. Information for this story was provided by Catholic News Service and Message soHFces. 'Peter's Pence' collection scheduled; mission contributions acknowledged "Faith is strengthened when it is given to others," according to Pope John Paul II, in his annual request for contributions to the Collec- tion for the Holy Father. The collection was formerly known as the Peter's Pence collection. It is scheduled June 27-28. Money con- tributed is used for evangelization. FS Box 68 Montgomery, Indiana 47558 Donald J. Traylor President Phone: 486-3285 Funeral Homes CENTRAL CHAPEL 626 FIRST AVE. NOW OPEN Four Convenient Locations 618 695-2489 As a result of diocesan con- tributions made earlier, Msgr. Clarence Schlachter, diocesan mission director, has received a letter from Cardinal Jozef Tomko, prefect of the Congre- gation for the Evangelization of People. The cardinal thanked the people in the Diocese of Evansville for con- tributing $264,369 for the So- ciety for the Propagation of the Faith and $7,780 for the Society of St. Peter Apostle. 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