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[lg97 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 13 e expresses concern, but Kentucky inmate executed III Service Ky. (CNS)- the Vatican of pride for Kentucky inmate Leif Halvors- 1, it a aOUrce of hope that his fellow death-row McQueen Jr., the first per- executed in letter and other Street cy 141 IIC ured ial and Residential P.O. Box 405 Haubstadt, IN 47639 1-800-766-2787 efforts, McQueen was put to death in the state's electric chair. Halvorsen, a lifelong Catholic, wrote to Pope John Paul II, ask- ing for prayers for McQueen, who was sentenced to death in 1981 for the murder of 22-year-old con- venience store clerk Rebecca O'Hearn. The letter Halvorsen received from the Vatican assured him of the pope's concern for McQueen's case. "If any man should be worthy of (the pope's) prayers, it's Harold. Harold and I probably have eaten every meal together since about 1985. He's very dear Shefler Moving 8/Storage Evansville, Indiana 812-421-7750 CORRESSELL, INC. HEATING AIR CONDITIONING REFRIGERATION Commercial - Industrial - Residential Alan Corressell 426-1440 iii to me," Halvorsen told The Record, Louisville's archdiocesan newspaper, in an interview at the Kentucky State Penitentiary. Halvorsen is one of the key people responsible for McQueen's conversion to Catholicism seven years ago. He is McQueen's god- father and helped instruct him in the Catholic faith through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program. "The Catholic Church is a bedrock for us in here," Halvors- en said. "It's really the only thing that doesn't change. It's the only thing of substance to us besides our loving families that is con- stant in our lives. That's impor- tant to us." When Halvorsen came to death row in 1983 after his mur- der conviction, his life was in shambles. But then he started reading some books on contem- )lation sent by Trappist monks. "When I came here, I was very frightened," he said. "I was drug addicted. Of course, all this crime had shattered my life and my family. It took me three years to put my life back together. But it was through contemplation that I finally found that center again. I found myself again and the spirit of God living in me." Halvorsen said he takes his faith more seriously than ever. He particularly relies on the weekly Mass celebrated for Catholic inmates at the peniten- tiary on Thursday afternoons. Father Maurice Tiell is the Catholic chaplain at the prison. The Mass "is probably the most tranquil and peaceful part of the week," said Halvorsen. "This is where you can get recharged, how you can get your- self centered, really. It's more of a centering to carry you into the next week a little bit." Wade Funeral Home 119 S. Vine Street, Haubstadt, IN 768-5210 Call about pro-need counseling. Robert J. Wade Alan J. Wade Twyman Reed is another inmate who believes that a new- found religious faith and a "per- sonal relationship" with Jesus changed him as a person and provided him with a sense of inner peace and tranquillity. "Don't get me wrong," he said, "I'm not a saint. I still have my times in here when I feel bad. I have anger because I'm human. But I know that I'm like a piece of clay, and as long as I'm in God's hands, he's going to mold me daily." Reed has been in the peniten- tiary since 1988 on armed rob- bery and drug charges. He is set for parole in 2000. Before the execution was car- ried out, Reed said that McQueen's death would take its toll on the prisoners, the guards and the prison workers. "It's going to put a dark shad- ow on this place," he added. "Years and years of being around a guy, you've got to get attached to him." LUMBER COMP !04 WO00 725 Frame Road Newburgh, IN JUI:Y 1 9 5:00- 11:00 p.m. (Thursday, Friday & Saturday) RAFFLE . RAFFLE * * 6rand Prize: Plymouth Grand Voyager MANY OTHER 5BEAT PRIZES II prizes awarded at 10:30, Saturday; July 12th. You do not have to be present to win. THURSDAY Try our outside Food Booths! FRIDAY & SATURDAY ONLY Fried Chicken and Chicken & Dumpling Dinners Served in air-conditioned center 4:30- 7:00 * Carry-outs available S (THURS.) & ITALIAN (FRh & SAT.) JRGERS LIRGERS SANDWICHES FRENCH FRIES ONION RINGS POPCORN CORN DOGS ICE CREAM COTTON CANDY QUILTS CHINESE AUCTION BINGO CAKE q1 CANDY RAFFLE DUNKING BOOTH GAMES & RIDES v Custom Made On Your Lot Thousands of References POST BUILDING PKGS. Complete pre-engineered packages tar you to build. Very Low Prices, TRUSS RAFTERS Excellent Prmes-Any Size to 100' OVERHEAD DOORS Hundreds in Stock Nobody Beats Our Pr/c METAL ROOFING Over 20,000 Sq in Stock. Any Length Cut To Inch, Best Prices Around, DAVIESS CO. METAL Hwy. 50 E., Cannelburg. 4 mi. E. Montgomery 812-295-4299 Fax: 812-295-4344 -- - I BOX DANCE MUSIC BY D.J. SATURDAY 7-10 AUCT #r/IFLr/lml I01 NERAL HOMES. )ples m St Company SOUTH MAtH STREET P.O. BOX 191  IO(N 4744t I I II