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1994 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 125 attend 'Beginnings and Beyond' About 125 participants from Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and Geor- a "Beginnings and ad Institute" in June at Academy, Fer- institute, which was de- for ,one involved in initiation for and children, was co- the North Ameri- on the Catechume- and the Diocese of rants were split into four groups or Tracks. Track I was for ministers of initiation with little training in prepar- ing people for initiation. Track II was for experienced minis- ters, with a minimum of three years experience. Track III was for ministers who wanted to work with chil- dren of catechetical age and Track IV was for liturgical ministers who wanted to ex- plore the role of music throughout the initiation process. Galipeau, from Chicago, plays piano as other partic. in the "Beginnings and Beyond Institute" listen. was involved in the portion of the institute fo- the role of music in he initiation process. - LINCOLN - MERCURY I JASPER 482-1200 1 DUB01S COUNTY BANK MEMBER OLD NATIONAL BANCORP Member FDIC FIVE STAR SERVICE BANK ,o,,..! Nl00erving all families.with dignity Jt00nal attention for over one-half century. Wade Funeral Home EIF'I: 119 S Vine Street, Haubsladt, IN 768-6151 Call about pre-need counseling. Wade Participants at the "Beginnings and Beyond Institute" gather for morning prayer in the monastery chapel at Monastery Immaculate Conception, Ferdinand. Introduction to Merton: Kordes workshop to focus on Trappist monk By PAUL tL I2BINGANG Message editor Many people in southern In- diana and western Kentucky may not really know who Thomas Merton was, said na- tionally known Merton expert Robert Daggy. The Trappist monk from Gethsemani, Ky., authored scores of books on poetry, spiri- tuality and contemplation, the Trappists, religious life, world problems, and Eastern reli- gions. But "more people have heard of Trappist cheese and fruitcake," Daggy said. Daggy will cot/duct a work- shop, "Introduction to Merton," at Kordes Enrichment Center, Ferdinand, July . Daggy is the director of the Thomas Merton Studies Center at Bel- larmine College in Louisville, and is the chief of research of the Merton Legacy Trust. Daggy travels and speaks extensively about Merton. He has been involved in a dozen or more conferences and meetings in Spain, England and the United States during the past year, and he is planning a trip to Mainland China in August. Here in the Midwest, Daggy hopes to bring about a greater familiarity with Merton "as a Novak Continued from page 1 now a professional artist and illustrator and mother of their three grown children. The No- yaks have one grandchild. During the Second Vatican Council he wrote "The Open Church," a liberal look at the conclave. He also covered the council for National Catholic Reporter, Commonweal and Time magazine. His 1965 book, "Belief and Unbelief," at 200,000 copies, became his best seller. FOR COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SERVICE RSCHER ELECTRIC INC. SCHNELLVILLE, IN 389-2418 ii ............ very significant voice for our time," he said. Daggy believes that Merton, who died in 1968, was one of the first to confront issues that came to the fore in the 1970s and 1980s -- the en- vironment, the "shrinking of our world," and the near im- possibility of any culture to exist in isolation. Daggy is familiar with Mer- ton's writings -- that's the major thrust of his work. The Merton Center serves as a clearing house for Merton's lit- erary work, and is also head- quarters for the International Thomas Merton Society. Merton was born in France in 1915. He came to the United States after his parents died, to live with his mother's par- ents. He had attended private schools in France and England, and Cambridge, England. In the United States, he attended Columbia, where he edited the yearbook, and received his bachelor's and master's de- grees. He became a Catholic in 1938, and joined the Trappists in late 1941, taking the name, Louis. He made his solemn  vows in 1949, and was or- dained a priest that same year. His autobiographical ac- count of his spiritual journey, The Seven Storey Mountain, was a best-seller in 1948. Through his writings, at times controversial, the Trap- pist monk in western Kentucky became involved in the strug- gle for civil rights and racial justice, the ecumenical move- ment, the antiwar movement, and the renewal of monastic life. In 1965, he went to live as a hermit. In 1968, while he was attending a meeting of Asian Christian contemplatives in Bangkok, Thailand, a faulty fan fell on him and electro- cuted him. Daggy said the Merton intro- ductory workshop at Kordes will emphasize Merton's "sense of the wholeness of all creation, and what that implies." He hopes participants will come to appreciate Merton's under- standing of unity, not only of the natural world, but of all humankind. Biographical information about Thomas Merton came from the Dictionary of Amer. ican Catholic Biography, by John J. Delaney, Doubleday and Company, Garden City, New York, I984. I iiiii lllll |llll |ill lllll |ll ill i llll ii I ii II He traveled to Vietnam to monitor elections, wrote an anti-war book, and worked in . the presidential campaigns of Eugene McCarthy and Robert F. Kennedy. Novak's varied career has included editing positions for Christian Century and Com- monweal, columnist for the old Washington Star daily, the Na- tional Review and Forbes, and adviser to the White House Of- fice of Ethnic Affairs under Presidents Ford and Carter. He has taught at Stanford, the State University of New York at Old Westbury, Syra- cuse University and the Uni- versity of Notre Dame. He was a United States ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Com- mission, tle is a founder and editor-in-chief of Crisis tonga- I I I I II III I . I zinc, which -will get some of his Templeton Prize money, and a Knight of Malta. Titles of his books, articles, lectures and other publications, including translations, fill six typewrit- ten pages. Lay people "are going to be among the main carriers of the Christian message in our time," Novak said. "We can't count just on clergy to do that." Compared with the early I960s, he said, "our clergy are. too reluctant to be priests and bishops. Quite often they don't play a highly doctrinal role. They don't watch after the word of God, see that it's preached pure and undiluted and understood in a pure and uadulterated way."