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' 3 12, 1996 The Message --for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana rian School study recommends taking a new look at admission policy ANN HUGHES e staff writer conducted by two In- University profes- ]i:::i!recommends that Marian |School, Evansville, re-ex- |;'e its definition of the type ilg!hdent who will be accepted I000000issio. l.eVerly Williamson, the |Wly-named Marian Day I l director, explained that :tBtudy was undertaken after Igs.chool underwent several |t:inistrative changes in to "re-evaluate what |i! 'an Day School is and who | t served. |!.RWlen Isu professors Drs. |bert L, Boyd and Gregory |k looked at the special edu- /!tiorl program, they found "a ]Stent need for the services ,|i e provide," Williamson said. |?Along with the "extremely laitive findings" there was 180 the "strong recommenda- Qj that we define the stu-  llts We will accept for admis- 0a, The study recommended ting enrollment to students h learning disabilities and e raild!,y mentally handi- |.PPed, the kids who fall rUgh the cracks, those who |Just not making it in their JSroom situations." ::;ae study expressed concern h, 1 the needs of emotionally- .,|labled students "cannot be '| roPriately addressed" in the iaa Day School program. r ille program, which has " ia existence since 1958, is r.eatly housed in the St. |,etesa School building. Dur- :| the 1995-96 school year, 23 students were enrolled in grades three through eight. There were two teachers and one teacher's aide. The Marian Day School stu- dents share homeroom, art, re- ligion and physical education classes with students at St. Theresa School; Marian Day teachers provide instruction in mathematics, reading, lan- guage arts, science and social studies. The ISU study recommends that the Boards of Education for both Marian Day and St. Theresa should remain the same, but that a joint commit- tee for personnel matters be formed. Williamson explained that this committee would con- tinue the "hand-in-hand" rela- tionship that currently exists between Marian Day and St. Theresa. "We need to communi- cate on matters which affect us both." Williamson forsees that fu- ture plans for the program might include an assessment study "to see if the need is there" on a more widespread level. "We would like to see if there are Catholic families out there with children in public schools who would like to have them in a Catholic school environment." If a larger group of special needs children were to be found, Williamson said she could foresee an expansion of the Marian Day School pro- gram to other schools. "It's a future dream"  to have special classes in Evansville Catholic schools, on the North- side, the Eastside and the Westside. ietine Sister Beata Mehling visits with Angela a fourth grader at Marian Day School. Sister recently spent a day with students and faculty. as a founding teaoher at Marian Day, and also Principol All Saints School Logansport, Indiana I| Pre School- 8 Grades" 293 Students |t/(aalities: APpropriate State Certilqcation !1 .::::t:al Leader dedicated to Catholic Education A" to serve -- Collaborative spirit Ili bility to motivate and facilitate personnel toward greater I |l  m, i.ror.,.tio., pt,, o.t,t: I{[: " Rev. Donald Gross |i - 111 E Market Street J !i ;' Logansport, Indmna q69 / I{' ' ' ' Telephone (219) 722-4080 Fax (219) 722-5426 Director named at Marian Day School Beverly S. Williamson has been named Director at Mar- ian Day School, Evansville. She holds a master's degree in education from the Univer- sity of Evansville, and a bach- elor's degree in elementary ed- ucation from Southern Illinois University. From 1992 to 1995, she taught English to Japanese exchange students attending the University of Evansville. Her teaching experience also includes working in grades one through three at Dexter Elementary School in Evansville, and at Carterville and Wood River elementary schools, both in Illinois. Catholic bishops across country decry church burnings, offer aid WASHINGTON (CNS) -- As the nation celebrated Indepen- dence Day, Catholic bishops across the country continued to participate in the national outcry against the recent rash of church burnings and the racism seen as fueling them. They also encouraged Catholics to participate in a nationwide in- terfaith effort to rebuild the churches. In a statement issued to co- incide with the 220th anniver- sary of the signing of the Dec- laration of Independence July 4, the bishops of Minnesota de- nounced the arson attacks that have claimed at least 35 churches of black or racially mixed congregations and sev- eral white congregations since January 1995:- The bishops said the loss of a place to worship is tragic for any congregation. But a sad- ness greater than the burned buildings is the "burning in the hearts of those who are victims, and the flame of hate in the hearts of those responsi- ble," they added. "Christian morality leaves no room for racism or any other form of prejudice," the bishops Said. Our faith chal- lenges each of us to examine how we can contribute to an ethic which cherishes life, puts people before things, and val- ues kindness and compassion over anger and vengeance." In Cleveland and Chicago, Catholics were encouraged to participate in efforts to rebuild churches damaged or de- stroyed by fire. Cleveland Bishop Anthony M. Pilla asked the pastors of the 238 parishes in the diocese to take up a special collection for a local Rebuild Burned Churches Fund seeking to raise $325,000 to rebuild two Baptist churches in Ten- nessee.,, The fund is being adminis- tered by Trinity Lutheran Church in Akron, Ohio. Addi- tional money raised in the Cleveland Diocese will go to the Burned Churches Fund of the National Council of Churches in New York. Chicago Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin asked parishes in the archdiocese to mark the July 4 holiday by including in their weekend liturgies special prayers and collections for the ity with the Victims of the burn- ings and urged the 4 million Catholics in his archdiocese "to join me in denouncing this in- sidious violence and to consider making a personal contribution to rebuild churches that have been burned through arson." In Kansas, where arson burned churches. "I invite you to pray that one of our most im- portant freedoms as Ameri- cans -- our freedom of worship -- be preserved," he said in a statement, "and that the ac- tions of arsonists who would bring harm to Americans and their places of worship be brought rapidly to an end." The archdiocese is partici- pating in a local interfaith re- building fund administered by the American Jewish Commit- tee in Chicago. An interfaith committee of Boston clergy, led by Boston Cardinal Bernard F. Law, met local church leaders July 1-2 in Tennessee and Mississippi, where a number of churches have been burned. In welcoming the Protes- tant, Jewish and Catholic members of the committee, Memphis Bishop J. Terry Steib said, "It is good to have here representatives of many religions. It shows that there is one God, and we are all working together for him." The Boston committee hopes to raise $100,000 to help re- build one or more churches identified on the two-day trip. During the trip, committee members visited seven burned out churches includ ing two in the small commu nity of Kossuth, Miss "Whatever the motives for these church burnings," said Cardinal Law in remarks at Kossuth "this is a fundamen tal affront to God." In a statement issued on the West Coast July 2, Los Ange- les Cardinal Roger M. Mahony also descried the church burn- lugs. The cardinal phged solidar- caused an estimated $250,000 take time to ..... in damage to Saered Heart Catholic Church in Bonner Springs June 30, Kansas City Archbishop James P. Keleher said he doubted the fire was linked to any of the others but added, "I don't know -- who knows?" Earlier in June, at a na- tional meeting of the U.S. bishops in Portland, Ore., Bishop Keleher had joined the rest of the bishops in a state- ment condemning the church burnings and urging Catholics to come to the aid of burned- out congregations nationwide, In a joint statement 17 Iowa denominational heads, includ- ing Bishop Joseph L. Charron of Des Moines, said: "Whether or not these attacks are part of some larger racial conspiracy may be debatable; however. they are clearly acts of racial hatred and violence .... As people of faith, we cannot re- main silent. As Christian lead- ers in Iowa we come together to confront the sin of racism and violence." In Washington, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, which governs the U.S. Holo. caust Memorial Museum, unanimously condemned the church burnings. We join all Americans of good will in pledging our soli- darity with the victims of these burnings, in condemning the prejudice that ignites them, and in offering our con- dolences to the congregations that have so tragically lost their places of worship and community," said Miles Ler- man, council chairman, in a statement. Contributing to this story was Mary Battz tn Memphis,