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1994 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana ur Benedictine Sisters celebrate jubilees sisters of Immaculate Con- Ferdinand will cele- diamond jubilee of on Monday, July 75 years of reli- are Sisters and Amata g 70 years of is Sister Bernice and celebrating 60 I is Sister Ju- Mandabach, 0fWashington, Ind., is of the late and Matilda (Steght) She entered the from Sacred Heart in Vincennes in 1915. her first profession and her final 1923. Prior to her in 1978, Sister Lu- teacher at a number g St. Joseph Theresa in Evansville, in Indianapolis, in the Indi- of Huntingburg, Cannelton, Sey- Mt. Vernon, Fort and Vincennes. Almata Alvey, a na- Ind., is the of the late Leonard (Allen) Alvey. She the monastery from St. in Derby in 1916. her first profession In 1919 and her final 1922. Prior to her in 1979, Sister as a teacher and 'arish minister. She at St. Benedict, St. L, and Christ the King n Evansville, at As- School in Indianapo- schools located in St. Jefferson- shington, Tell City, Troy, and Colum- and at Mother School in Tucson, and Archabbey and Seeks a Staff include re- and writing copy for communications SUch as newsletters, ases, annual reports, and feature articles. Jal will also func- producer for in- Projects. nts must be able to at least two years in both writing and Jstrial/com- ducing, and have of the mis- Roman Catholic t. Photography skills a ration, send a re- tape of your work ry requirements by of Human Resources t, Meinrad Archabbey Highway 545 IN 47577-1040 3 SISTER ALVEY She also served as a parish minister in Tubae, Ariz.. Sister Bernice Kavanaugh, a native of Cannelburg, is the daughter of the late John and Mary (O'Connor) Kavanaugh. She currently is a religious ed- ucation teacher at Our Lady of Loretto Church in Ft. Rucker, Alabama. She entered the monastery from All Saints Church in Cannelburg in 1922. She made her first profession of vows in 1924 and her final SISTER KAVANAUGH profession in 1927. Prior to her position in Al- abama, Sister Bernice served as a teacher at schools in Huntingburg, Vincennes, Mt. Vernon, Evansville, Indianapo- lis, Clarksville, Dale, and Haubstadt, all in Indiana; and at schools located in Belcourt, N.D., and Tucson, Ariz. She was also an administrator at St. Paul Hermitage in Indi- anapolis in the early 1960s. Sister Juliana Scheessele, SISTER MANDABACH a native of Spencer County, In- diana, is the daughter of the late Rupert and Magdalene (Griesbaum) Scheessele. She currently is a tutor at the Benet Learning Center in Fort Wayne, Ind. She entered the monastery in 1932 from St. Rupert Church, Red Brush. She made her first profession of vows in 1934 and her final profession in 1937. Prior to her position at the Benet Learning Center, Sister SISTER SCHEESSELE Juliana taught in a number of schools, including St. Joseph and St. Benedict in Evansville, and also at schools in the Indi- ana towns of Floyds Knobs, Seymour, Borden, Dale, St. An- thony, Dubois, Schnellville, and Ferdinand, and at Minot, N.D. In addition to teaching, Sis- ter Juliana has also worked at the Good Samaritan Nursing' Home and the Providence Home, both located in Jasper. USCC seeks reversal of assisted suicide ruling By JERRY FILTEAU Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) The U.S. Catholic Conference and state Catholic conferences on the West Coast have asked a federal appeals court to over- turn an unprecedented lower court ruling that assisted sui- cide is a constitutional right. "The (lower court) decision sweeps away the most basic power of government -- to pro- tect its citizens from harm .... This is a case about deliber- ately and intentionally making people die," the USCC said in a friend-of-the-court brief filed July 11. The newly alleged right to assisted suicide contradicts U,S. Supreme Court prece- dents and "would, if allowed to stand, repudiate centuries of common law," it said. The brief was submitted to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. It joined the state of Washington, the appellant in the case, in seeking a reversal of the May 3 ruling by a U.S. District Court in Seattle declaring that the state's law against physician- assisted suicide violated the U.S. Constitution. In that ruling U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein cited precedents in U.S. Supreme Court abortion rulings to say that 14th Amendment privacy rights bar the state from in- truding in "the most intimate and personal choice ... of a ter- minally ill person to end his or her life." Such a person has a right to obtain medical assistance in carrying out such a decision, she said, so the law -- which imposed penalties of up to five years in prison and $10,000 in fines on anyone who aids or causes someone else's suicide -- was unconstitutional. "For the first time, a federal court has ruled that a state lacks the power, once beyond question, to forbid others to as- sist a person in taking his or her own life," the USCC brief said. "In our view," it added, =the decision of the District Court seriously distorts Supreme Court precedent and lacks sup- port in law, public policy and morality." The friend-of-the-court brief was the first filed by the USCC on the question of assisted sui- cide, an issue increasingly in the news because of growing efforts by euthanasia advo- cates to gain acceptance for the practice in law and public opin- ion. Joining in the brief were the state Catholic conferences of Washington, Oregon and Cali- fornia and the four chief bish- ops of those states -- Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of Los Ange- les and Archbishops John R. Quinn of San Francisco, Thomas J. Murphy of Seattle, and William J. Levada of Port- land, Ore. The USCC is the public pol- State Catholic conferences are ; 1 similar agencies formed by the bishops of individual states. The brief noted that in Call- : fornia, Oregon and Washing- ton euthanasia advocates have been defeated in recent years in their efforts to get physi- cian-assisted suicide legalized through popular referendum or , the legislative process. I'his case is part of an effort to trump the public's expressed = will through the courts,  it said. It said the lower court erred * in likening assisted suicide to personal decisions of ma .rriage and family life long supported in American life and law. "One looks in vain for a national tradi- tion in support of either suicide or assisted suicide," it said. According to the brief, the ' court also erred in raising such a decision to the level of consti- t tutional protection on grounds that it is an "intimate and per- sonal choice." While courts have described some constitutionally protected choices as personal, it said, ,, icy arm of all the U.S. bishops. .i Tch Shee00 00e'a''nc i Residential, Industrial & Commercial Heating & Cooling Installation Sales & bervice I 422 9242 I Opera, ted by Michael and Patricia,,,Koch 15 S. Third Avenue. Evansville they have also upheld laws that prohibit a wide range of personal choices. As examples- the brief cited laws against selling one's body for prostitu- tion, engaging in a duel, or using hallucinogenic drugs for recreation, $ Box 68 * Montgomery, Indiana 47558 Donald J. 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