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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana July 29,1 Father Nunning to celebrate silver jubilee on August 7 FR DAVID NUNNING Father David Nunning will celebrate the twenty-fifth an- niversary of his ordination to the priesthood at St. Wendel Church, St. Wendel, Aug. 7. Father Nunning will cele- brate a Mass of Thanksgiving at 1:30 p.m. An open house will follow at the St. Wendel Knights of St. John Home, until 6 p.m. The public is in- vited. Father Nunning was or- dained Aug. 3, 1969 -- on his twenty-sixth birthday. The Evansville native, the son of Oscar and Mary (Bassemeier) Nunning, was baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Church, Evansville. After completing studies for the priesthood in Innsbruck, Austria, he returned to the Diocese of Evansville and was ordained by Bishop Paul F. Leibold. Father Nunning's first as- signment was as assistant at Sacred Heart Church, Evans- ville, and teacher at Memorial High School. Subsequent assignments in- Coast Guard picks up priests, nun with Haitian boat people PORT-AU-PRINCE (CNS) -- Three foreign religious who joined the waterborne exodus from Haiti to express support for Hadti's.boat people were picked up by the U.S. Coast Guard 27 miles at sea in an overcrowded sailboat the same day they set sail. Canadian Franciscan Father Raymond Mailhiot, Guatemalan Father Dempsey Loarca and Brazilian Sister Santina Perin and 67 Haitians they embarked with were taken by Coast Guard cutter to the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, July 22 -- the day after their departure from Haiti. A Coast Guard press release said that at 4:10 p.m., July 21, the ll0-foot cutter Chandaleur "located a grossly overcrowded 25- foot sailboat with 67 Hait- ian migrants and three other people who claimed to be Canadian, Brazilian and Guatemalan, 27 miles north- east of Jeremie, Haiti." The group was transferred to a larger cutter for the trip to Guantanamo Bay. The religious had said in a statement released earlier that day that: "We want to prove our solidarity in a concrete ges- ture to the Calvary of the Hait- ian refugees. We want to share the suffering of the people and make a prophetic action to make life better." They sailed from the town of Pestel, about 230 miles south of Port-au-Prince, on the morn- ing of July 21 bound for Miami, a Haitian news report said. Hundreds of Haitian boat people have been intercepted by the Coast Guard. Hundreds are also feared to have drowned in the sinking of over- crowded and unseaworthy boats. cluded work as an associate pastor at Holy Spirit and Holy Rosary Churches in Evans- ville, and at St. Joseph Churcl in Princeton. In 1972, Father Nunning was appointed secretary to the Secretariat on Worship; in 1973 he was named Diocesan Director of Religious Educa- tion; and in 1975, ucation Commissioner. Father Nunning was signed to his first pastorate, Corpus Christi Church, ville, in July 1984. On July 10, 1991, he was at pointed to his current as pastor of St. Church, St. Wendel. o owmg ts a feature in the Message, designed to help draw together the People of God in southwestern Indiana. Readers are invited to submit information about people who may benefit by some extra prayers and attention. * Prayers and cards are requested for Sister Marie Kevin, former principal at Washington Catholic High School, Washington. Her address is Room C808, Methodist Hospital, 1701 N. Senate Blvd., P.O. Box 1367, Indianapolis IN 46206-1367' Please send information for PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT to Mary Ann Hughes, TheMessage, p.O. Box Medical Arts Pharmacy 3700 Bellemeade Avenue Phone 477-1532 Donald Gutzweiler City-Wide Delivery Men religious oppose paying for Duncan's Riverside abortion in Health Care plans Pharmacy Bob and Norma Duncan the health care bills as presently drafted and pending in Congress." Many U.S. organizations have asserted "their rights in conscience not to be mandated to purchase and pay for abor- tion coverage," noted Father Brown. The eonference's vari- ous ministries and institutions emphasize the dignity of human life from embryonic stages through old age, he said. It is troubling that coverage for elective abortion has be- come associated with health insurance, he said. "But it would be reprehensible to us to be mandated to violate these values by having to pay for abortion services under the guise of a health insurance plan." The conference, based in Sil- ver Spring, represents the major superiors and provin- cials of 270 men's religious orders. III I Congressional supporters of including abortion coverage in the basic health benefit pack- age and those opposed to such coverage, including the U.S. Catholic bishops, have threat- ened to fight any bill that does not suit them. Father Brown cited a July 20 New York Times poll that said 53 percent of Americans oppose providing abortion coverage in the basic benefit plan. The poll said 28 percent thought abortion should be an available option and 16 percent want it covered automatically. "A full 81 percent of Ameri- cans are against mandated abortion coverage and only 16 percent are in favor of it. We hardly consider our concerns to be radical," he said. Father Brown asked Foley to "protect the rights and reli- gious liberty of all those mem- bers of our nation who would be compelled to violate their consciences by participating in SILVER SPRING, Md. (CNS) m The organization rep- resenting U.S. men's religious orders has written to Congress adamantly opposing any health care plan that would re- quire religious congregations to pay for abortions. The letter to House Speaker Thomas Foley, D-Wash,, from the Conference of Major Supe- riors of Men also encourages Congress to approve a health bill that offers universal cover- age. The letter notes the confer- ence's history of advocacy for human rights, particularly the dignity of human life, and says health care reform "presents this nation with perhaps its most important public policy decision in years. It will most tell ourselves and the world what kind of nation we are and aspire to be." Several health reform bills have been approved by con- gressional committees and are scheduled to be pieced together into a single measure to be considered before the end of the current session this fall. Compromise bills that settle for less than universal cover- age reinforce the notion of care only for people who can afford to pay for it, said the letter from Sulpician Father Gerald L. 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