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1997 MARK KURZENDOERFER realized that I am called in way to serve God. I also the realization that the raay be simply for me to ray relationship with comment came from following the sec- discernment retreat, e retreat was held May 23 -- Sarto Retreat House. retreat was such sUCcess that the Vocation hold the retreat Team is com- r Bernie Etienne, director, along with Benedictine Sis- Mary Rexing and Mark Kurzendoerfer. the team to help with were Andie Herr, John McMullen, Brother Brendan The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Where are you going? Moss, Ralph Propes, Amy Uhl, Daughter of Charity Sister Jean Marie Williams and Franciscan Sister Marge Wiseman. Two women and six men from around the diocese attended the retreat this year. Ten men and women attended last year. One evaluation read, "I would recommend this experience to anyone because of the great help it has been, plus all of the resources and people it put me in contact with this weekend." The retreat began on Friday evening and concluded Sunday at lunch. Topics covered during the retreat included different ways to discern God's call, sto- ries from those who have begun a journey, and stories from those who had been ordained or in religious life for several years. One participant summed up the weekend this way: "The most helpful part of the retreat was the gathering of like-mind- ed people who were willing to Discernment Gatherings 12: Prayer at Vows (poverty) 11: Vows (chastity) ry 8: Vows (obedience) 8: Community Living Requirements for Priesthood or Religious Life help and listen." In addition to the topics pre- sented above, different presen- ters modeled various prayer forms at morning and evening prayer times. These included monastic antiphonal prayer, meditative prayer and the Liturgy of the Hours. The Eucharist was celebrated Sat- urday and Sunday. The retreat was structured around the idea that the dis- cernment process is a journey, each of us being at a different point on that journey. When asked what she learned about discernment, one participant said, "that it is a process that continues for life." This is a key element in beginning to under- stand God's call, that we are called constantly throughout life to respond to God. Priesthood, marriage and religious life are sacred events in life's journey. Each participant also had an opportunity to spend time dis- cussing their own (poten- tial) call to religious life or priesthood, with two differ- ent members of the retreat team. This section of the retreat was termed the Emmaus Walk. Following the first "Where Are You Going?" retreat in May of 1996, the participants were invited to a monthly gathering, held at Princeton, to con- tinue the discussion of dis- 13 Benedictine Sister Rose Mary Rexing and Father Mark Kurzendoerfer, Members of the Diocesan Vocation team cernment. These gatherings were coordinated by the Voca- tions Team. Different presenters were invited each month to speak about topics relating to discerning a vocational call. Fol- lowing the retreat this year. similar gatherings will be held to further explore discernment topics. These gatherings will again be held at St. Joseph rec- tory in Princeton. The meetings are the: second Sunday of the month, from 4 to 8 p.m. The "Where Are You Going Retreat" is one of the many programs offered by the Voca- tions Office. The retreat has proved successful for the sec- ond year, and is being planned again for May of 1998. For more information about the retreat or the discernment gatherings, contact one of the members of the Vocation Team at the Catholic Center. ishop in Russia welcomes Yeltsin veto of religion bill ) --Archbish- Kondrusiewicz, apes- European Welcomed Russian Pres- :eto of legis- leaders viewed as ag religious freedom. God for answering the archbishop 22, shortly after hear- Kondrusiewicz attributed Yeltsin's to conflicts between one hand, and Rus- al obligations Russian constitution Other. President is a guarantor Castitution, and he has showed himself as president," the archbishop said. Whether Yeltsin's veto would be overridden in the Commu- nist-dominated Duma, the Russian parliament, remained an open question. A two-thirds majority was needed, and the bill passed in June by more than that majority. "It is a big question," said Arch- bishop Kondrusiewicz. "I think a lot of deputies will change their minds because they have seen the reaction of the president and in foreign countries." Pope John Paul II and U.S. church and con- gressional leaders were among those who had urged Yeltsin to veto the legislation. The legisla- tion would have designated only Orthodox Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Judaism as "tra- ditional" religions "worthy of respect." It would have imposed a variety of harsh legal restric- tions on all other religious bod- ies, including a 15-year waiting period between a group's appli- M&S Fire & Safety Equip. Co. Inc. Over 25 yeats sales and service in the Tri-state 670 E. Fmnklln 424-3863 CORRESSELL, INC. HEATING. AIR CONDITIONING REFRIGERATION Comme- dudal-  Alan Corressell 426-1440 Dr. Jane A. Hormuth Chiropractic Physician 474-0704 t'kmuth Ctoac c, 1111 S Green River Rd. Suite 104 i cation for legal status and the granting of it. If the legislation had been enacted, legal status would have been required for a reli- gious group to own property, employ workers, maintain a bank account or invite a foreign speaker or visitor. Before the veto, Archbishop Kondrusiewicz warned that if the bill became law, it would effec- tively deny full legal standing to Catholic monasteries, charitable programs, educational institu- tions, and publishing and broad- casting activities. He said that of some 150 Catholic parishes in Russia, only the two registered during the Soviet era would retain their legal status if the legislation were enacted. Archbishop John Bukovsky, apostolic nuncio to Russia, had spoken July 19 on a live broad- cast of the Echo of Moscow radio station and said the legislation would leave the fate of more than I million Roman Catholics in the hands of local government offi- cials. Echoing concerns expressed by other Catholic prelates, Moscow- based Archbishop Bukovsky said he feared that if the bill became law it would reduce Catholics' freedom of worship. The Vatican disclosed in mid- July that Pope John Paul had voiced his objections to the bill in a personal letter to Yeltsin June 24. The papal letter, made public July 17, said the legislation tHtt it i t it = Ed. L. Lee = Mortuary 101 North Meridian Street Washington, IN 254-3612 ii1[i "would constitute a real threaff to the normal pastoral actiwities of the Catholic Church in Russia "and even to its survival." The pope said the legislation showed no consideration for the Catholic Church's "centuries-long presence and action in Russia" and would deny Catholics who live there the "respect and secu- rity from civil authorities" that they rightfully expect. The papal letter drew sharp criticisn| from Radonez, an influ- ential association of conser'ative Russian Orthodox priests, which said the pope was "interfering in our nation's internal affairs." tGkI, the Polish Catholic infor- mation agenc); carried excerpts of the Radonez statement, which accused the pope of "demagogy" and "a desire to stir up addition- al tensions" between Yeltsin and parliament. Archbishop Theodore M. McCarrick of Newark, N.J., head of the U.S. bishops' International Policy Committee, had called the legislation "a regrettable step back" from the religious freedom that has developed in Russia since the breakup of the Soviet Union. In a letter to Yuli M. Vomntsov, Russian ambassador to the Unit- ed States, Archbishop McCarrick urged that Yeltsin veto the bill and "continue his efforts in pro- tecting this fundamental human freedom of religion."   The U.S. Senate amended a $13.2 billion foreign aid bill July 16 to suspend U.S. aid to Russia if the proposed Russian legiala- t t t tt Htltt tH  t AP2,m, (812)254-2641 SAVINGS BANK. FSB 200 E. Vun rree St, W 50O Ma SL Peteb,.g i ii i I iii I ii i ii i tion were enacted. The Senate approved the aid bill the follow- ing day by a 91-8 vote. In a letter to senators before their vote, Jesuit Father Drew Christiansen, director of the U.S. Catholic Conference Office of International Justice and Peace, warned that the legislation threatened Russian democracy and endangered "Russia's com- mitments to numerous interna- tional agreements and the stan- dards they uphold." "The consequences for all minority faiths are severe," he said. tte urged the U.S. legisla- tors to "use appropriate and effec- tive means" to encourage Yeltsin to veto the bill and to uphol d Rus- sia's 1990 Law on Freedom of Conscience. Eleven U.S. senators and 15 representatives signed a joint let- ter to Yeltsin July 7 warning that the proposed legislation would constitute Russia's most severe infringement upon human rights in the pest-Soviet era.  "Core civil liberties  freedom ofconscience, freom of associa. tion and freedom of speech  are violated under this legislation," the American legislators said. They added that the religious restrictions the legislation would impose *explicitly contradict guarantees of religious freedonm provided for in international covenants to which Russia is a signatory." Contributing to this story were John Thavis in Htican City and Jerry Filteau in Washington,