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The Message n for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 1994 rward in Faith y renovation continues, focus is on heat, electrical and plumbing HUGHES e staff writer ithe Sisters of St. Benedict face the half-way in their $5.65 million project, they are tanding the inconve- that accompany major projects. are also secure in the that they didn't get too soon. Sister Mary Uebelhor said that have found pipes are crumbling and cur- and electrical wires that been chewed in two by "The workmen have leaks in our water pipes 'Were like springs in the They are telling us we have had major prob- of 1993, the Sisters their Forward in Faith campaign to renovate Hall, which is Primary living space. -=the exterior of the build- in 1936, was "sturdy good shape," the inte- major work on the electrical and plumb- ing systems. Last October, the'Benet Hall became the center of the monastery, as the infirmary and cafeteria were moved there, and work began on St. Benedict Hall. During the renovation process, entire floors have been gutted,' enabling new plumb- ing, electrical and heating sys- tems to be installed. The new bedrooms, when completed, will be larger than before, al- lowing access by wheelchairs. Bathrooms will also be made more accessible; the old bath- rooms had step-ups because pipes had been placed under the floors. A physical therapy room and nurses station will also be added during the renovation. Fire safety measures will be taken by enclosing stairwells and installing a sprinkler sys- tem. Sister Uebelhor says that al- though the renovation project has been "frustrating" at times, "we realize it's a tempo- rary thing and we are willing to put up with a lot." By the middle of July, the Forward in Faith campaign had raised $3.8 million. I for retired religious to $6.3 billion (CNS) -- fund-raising and cost- efforts, the retirement for members of U.S. orders increased by billion over the past two Ito reach $6.3 billion. about the short- Vas released in mid-'July the accounting firm of Andersen & Co., which the 1994 Retirement Survey report from data by U.S. religious in- the Tri-Conference Office. $150 million raised in six collections for retired since 1987 failed to the retirement cost attributable to infla- estimated at $200 | 15er year, the report said. therefore increasingly to go beyond tradi- g efforts to sources of revenue lay equivalent salaries, : Income, cost allocations institutions and ways to reduce retire- through collabora- and operating effi- said Dale Kent, head survey team for Arthur gap must be ad- he added. =It is a se- many orders." was prepared from submitted by religious representing 94 per- all U.S. religious. The e Retirement Of- the responses into a needs analysis corn- ram, from which Andersen compiled the i report showed that in only 3 percent of U.S. religious were under of 40, while 22 percent or over. Among men religious, 12 percent were under 40 and only 8 percent were 80 or older. There was some good news in the data. "The amount of as- sets designated for retirement continues to grow and now to- tals $4.543 billion in 1993," the report said. In addition, the number of religious who will have to draw from those retire- ment funds is down 19 percent since 1985. But Kent said the $1.4 billion increase in unfunded retirement liability could be attributed to several factors, including: Higher actual costs of car- ing for retired religious than had been projected, including in- creases in health care costs. The addition of 62 groups of religious who had not reported any unfunded retire- ment liability in past studies. Interest costs on the un- funded liability of $500 million over the past two years. Sister Janet Roesener, a Sis- ter of St. Joseph and director of the Tri.Conference Office, said the funding crisis "makes or- ders confront difficult deci- sions, such as whether or not to cut back on the number of sisters who can serve withotit being paid a stipend.  "Religious also have worked to negotiate higher stipends for their work in dioceses, where most of them work and where stipends vary nationwide,  she added in a statement. "Fewer and fewer religious can work without a salary and just rely on the rest of the order to sup- port them." According to the National Association of Treasurers of Religious Institutes, diocesan stipends for fiscal year 1993-94 ranged from $3,600 to $29,558, with the average stipend under $15,000. Entire floors are being gutted at the Immaculate Conception Monastery in Ferdinand as the $5.65 million renovation project continues. The project is focusing on the plumbing, heating and electrical systems in St. Benedict Hall. Parish Nurse orientation scheduled on August 12-13 By MARY ANN HUGHES blood pressure clinics and (at grams have paid employees, Message staff writer one parish), a nurse is respon- with the ideal perhaps."having sible for getting people to their at least one paid staff member A Parish Nurse program can doctor appointments." to oversee it." involve paid workers or unpaid Overall, the Parish Nurse Overall, the parish program volunteers; it can be as big or program is not intended to "get "can be as small or as large as as small as each individual into a broad professional thing, people w'ant it."" parish wants it to be, according with liability problems." The first Parish Nurse orien- to Father Ray Brenner, pastor Father Brennei said often a at Resurrection Church, retired nurse will coordinate tation in the Evansville area Evansville. the Parish Nurse program and will be held August 12 and 13 at Deaconess Hospital. Father Brenner has been in- "pul] it together." Some pro- volved with the Evansville Area Council of Churches in its work to bring the national "Where customers send their]fiends" Parish Nurse program to  Open nightly ti| 9 p.m Evansville. Part of the difficulty in es- ht00r, & tablishing such a program is that there are so many con- cepts of what exactly a parish OLD US 231 SOUTH - JASPER, IN -- 4L2-2222 "Some see it as a referral program and some have some- Did YOU Know: 1-87-USA1 one available one day or one OLDS CIERA is most trouble free car made in America evening a week. Others do J.D.