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2 The Message --for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana July 1'  |',. [] : i!: Sister Therese H,awk, ns to make f,nal vo SISTER THERESE HAWKINS By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor "Some times God speaks to us in small ways," said Bene- dictine Sister Therese Hawkins. "Even in the subcon- scious," she added, as she de- scribed the call she heard for her vocation, "through family, friends, and my dreams." Sister Hawkins, an Evans- ville native, will make her final monastic profession at the Monastery Immaculate Con- ception in Ferdinand on Sun- day, July 3. Bishop Gerald A. Following is a feature in the Message, designed t.o help draw together the People of God in southwestern Indiana. Readers are invited to submit information about people who may benefit by some extra prayers and attention. Msgr. Michael Wolfe is recuperating from recent eye surgery. He is pastor at Holy Trinity Pro-Cathedral in Evansville. John Woods, the director of religious education at St: James Church, St. James, is undergoing radiation for lungcancer, according to Holy Names Sister Louise Bond, diocean chancellor. Please send information for PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT to Mary Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724. i I T Fs Box 68 * Montgomery, Indiana 47558 Donald J. Traylor President Phone: 486-3285 MILLER & MILLER  "Funeral Pre-Planning Since 1940" 424-9274 RUXER FORD - LINCOLN - MERCURY JASPER I 482-1200 Miller & Miller Colonial Chapel. Supports the Knights of St. John MEMBERS Bernie Miller Gerald Miller Jon Miller Greg Betz III II I I = m A , Pre-planning ..... ! i' =" "=' Because you care +| (Father+ ..... cOatl,rter Gettelfinger will be the main celebrant at the Eucharistic celebration at 10:30 a.m. in the monastery chapel. Benedictine Sister Patty Lasher will speak to the community at the time of the homily. A public reception will be held at Madonna Hall, on the grounds of the monastery, from 2 to 4 p.m Looking forward to the final profession fills her with "ex- citement" and "a sense of peace," said Sister Hawkins in an interview two weeks before the big day. "This is a way of life I really feel called to do." Dreams were a part of that call. So were family, friends, her Catholic school, priests and nuns who influenced her. The story of her vocation starts in the seventh and eighth grades at St. Joseph Church parish school in Evansville. Benedictine Sister *Mary Louise Uebelhor was her teacher at the time. Although she began to hear a calling to religious life at that time, "I was never able to come out and say it." The teen-aged Therese at- tended North High School. She continued her involvement in the parish through the CYO (Catholic Youth Organization), which was under the direction of Father David Fleck and Anna Bruggenschmidt. Therese worked at Dea- coness Hospital, as a pediatric unit secretary and later as a nurse's assistant. She loves children, but she was unhappy. More than "I was in my early twenties, 23, on my own, in an apart- ment," she recalled. "I was very unhappy with where my life was going. The single lane did not fulfill my needs." Thoughts about religious life began to fill her mind  even in her sleeping hours. In her dreams, she saw herself in a convent. The words unspoken in her earlier years now had to be said aloud. "I was not at peace until I looked into it." In early 1983, she went to talk with Father Kenneth Herr at Good Shepherd Church, Evansville. He directed her to the diocesan vocations office, where Benedictine Sister lacqueline Shively helped her to examine the possibilities. After visits with the Daugh- ters of Charity, the Oldenburg Franciscans, and the Ferdi- nand Benedictines, she real- ized that she found herself most "at home" with the monastic community at Ferdi- nand. "Their sense of hospital- ity, their family spirit, their community life together with prayer" is what attracted her. She entered the community in October 1985, and made her temporary profession of vows on June 18, 1988. Now after living the life of a Benedictine woman for several years, and finding that "it continues to fit," she will make her final profession. The ceremony will be "a wit- ness of what the community is for me, and for the commu- .k her response to her callin . Sister Hawkins is ah' ass0" ate teacher at St. Vincent l)aY Care Center, Evansville. with a lead teacher sistant teacher, parents and volunteers, works with three.year-oldS' as many as 28 children in e class. Sister Hawkins loves.i dren, and hopes to conU working in day care. She cently completed a program at IVY Tech, a earned her certificate Child Development She said she is also she will continue her in the Diocese of where she will be close to family. Sister Hawkins is daughter of Dorothy Hawkins and the late Hawkins. Her mother sisters, along with a large ily of aunts, uncles cousins, live in the area; another sister Dallas, Texas. Her family has supportive of her said. "Mom is very happy that I have way of life." for As she prepared vows, the seal tion, she had a few advice for others. "I like to encourage to make wise early teen years, so will have the options the married, single or backing liturgical reforms By TOM TOUSSAINT CathoDic News Service CHICAGO (CNS) -- More than 3,000 people have signed a statement praising the Sec- ond Vatican Council's liturgi- cal reforms and urging "full, conscious and active participa- nity," she said: Itis a "seal" on life." / 3,000 sign statement ment whose --"Excellence in --"Research and the service --"Charitable Even the zation is a type of reform its port. Father Foley dentine Mass us word, "credo," or begin the Creed. But the reformed ! Pope Paul VI cha wording to "we be change Father flects a church, portance of full ticipation in the "Liturgy is the of the church," he words, how the can often be the nant of what the ogy is at the time. "Therefore, ing with ( forms of the litt addressing th beliefs and church," Father "If the liturgy faith of the will grow and commumty, he One impetUS ment occurred at ops' November at which the reV Psalter failed needed two Continued from page 1 simply mean that such pur- chase is not coerced by govern- ment." The House Education and Labor Committee voted 25-16 June 23 to include abortion in basic benefits. It was the third such vote by a House or Senate committee considering health bills. In a separate June 10 letter, Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilac- qua of Philadelphia told Presi- dent Clinton he would use every legitimate means to op- pose any plan that includes abortion coverage. Cardinal Bevilacqua praised the plan for including univer- sal coverage, but said the pack- age should not "endanger the lives of the unborn or violate the integrity of expectant mothers and those who believe abortion is morally wrong." Covering abortion with tax- payer funds "would be com- pelling these millions of citizens to violate their conscience in a most serious matter,, he said. Bishops. tion" in the liturgy. The statement is being circu- lated by We Believe! to mark the 30th anniversary of Vati- can Irs Constitution on the Sa- cred Liturgy, "Sacrosanctum Concilium." We Believe! is a membership organization dedi- cated to the ongoing liturgical renewal of the U.S. Catholic Church. The Vatican II document, promulgated on Dec. 4, 1963, called for massive liturgical re- forms in the Catholic Church, including celebration of the Mass in the local language in- stead of Latin, introduction of the sign of peace and turning the altar around so that the celebrant faces the people. But those and other changes have received great criticism in recent years, said Capuchin Father Edward Foley, associ- ate professor of liturgy and music at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and presi- dent of We Believe! "You can't return to the (pre- Vatican II) Tridentine rite without taking the church structure that went along with it," Father Foley says. The statement commits sign- ers to: "Full, conscious and active participation of the assembly. "Prayerful liturgical lead- ership. "Liturgy in which all God's people can give voice to their prayer. "Music, art and environ-