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30,1993 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 Bartek I:IBy MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Dei grad will call Ivory Coast her home for next two years August 17, Kathy Bartek the comforts of her home on Evansville's stside to begin a voyage will take her to the Ivory ',0ast in Western Africa. she is there, she will be as a lay member of Society of African Mis- and her primary duties be to work with refugees from the Liberian civil Last week, Kathy talked her training with the ety and what she hopes once she reaches her home. She believes that most important contribu- in her work with the ees will be giving them !gift of hope. is the daughter of and Pauline Bartek of She graduated Mater Dei High School L1987 and in 1991 she re- a degree in French and s from St. University. hfter college graduation, spent a year as a volun- in the Boys' Hope pro- a live-in residential ram for needy and ne- ys. As Kathy explains it, the 00olic from page 1 when they crossed po- lines July 14 outside the Medical Group of- ;. Operation Rescue Sue Finn the incident, in which peel: were arrested, a and nonconfronta- rescue." Cleveland, the Rev. Slovenec said he did measure the success of campaign in terms of or- ,, Street Pharmacy. 1:. Main St. Downtown Waslimgon Phone: 254-5141 STEEL ROOFING 30 Semi Loads in Stock" #1 std. white .......... $40.95 sq. colors slightly higher) ga. white....$32.95 sq. ...$19.95 to $36.95 sq. metal 18.95 sq. In Stock L calv. corr ................. In Stock corr ................. In Stock OVERHEAD DOORS Hundreds in Stock Insulated ................. $209.95 pAoTR USS RAFTERS ny raze up to 80 span ST BUILDING PKGS Size -- Call for Free Quotes EXCELLENT PRICES CO. METAL f. 50 E., Cannelburg 4 mi, E Montgomery 812-295-4229 boys, ages eight through 18, enter the Boys' Hope Program by choice. Many come from abuse and neglect situations and many are wards of the court. In order to qualify for the program, they must un- dergo testing to determine if they have the potential to succeed academically. If accepted, they are housed in residences and sent to parochial elementary schools and then to college prep high schools run by the Jesuits. "The program gives them the stability of family life and academic opportunity," she said. During her year as a vol- unteer in the St. Louis pro- gram, she enjoyed commu- nity life so much that she began searching for a second opportunity to volunteer. She discovered the Society of African Missions, a pro- gram in which lay people make a two-and-a-half year commitment, including a six- month training period, to work in the mission field. She says that the week she decided to apply to the pro- gram she "felt called. And I never ever felt called on any other decision. There was a series of coincidences that couldn't be coincidences. I fi- nally said, 'I'm going to do it. I'm going to Africa!'" She spent six months in a training program near Wash- ington, D.C. During her train- ing, she studied about the evolution of mission theol- ogy: today, missionaries are encouraged to be "more re- spectful of the environment and the culture that is already there" and the people being served by missionaries are not seen as "the heathens or the pagans anymore. "The Church recognizes the Holy Spirit working in people throughout the world. Even if they don't know Jesus Christ, they can still be reaching out to God." Because her primary work in Africa will be with refugees who are fleeing the Liberian civil war, she stud- ied about "trauma and the missions. There have been a lot of hUman rights violations and our theme is 'healing and reconciliation.' We will start with individual healing. "We looked at the effects of trauma and how to heal. To heal, you need safety, remem- brance, mourning, reconnec- tion with God, others, self and ordinary life, and then integration. Integration is the ultimate goal." Her work will include orga- nizing support groups to let the refugees talk about their traumatic experiences and youth work. Kathy said when she first signed up with the Society of African Missions, she had a romanticized vision of "going into a bush village and teach- ing." A recent massacre in Liberia in which 600 people, mainly women and children, were killed propelled her back into the reality of how dangerous the area is. She has been told that the Ivory Coast is considered safe bu/she is aware that "TII have to watch what l say because the camps have rebel spies." She will be living in Tahou, a fishing village close to the Liberian border. Her home will be a concrete building with a "good water supply." She's not sure vet about the availability of electricity. As she prepares to begin her work in Africa, Kathy looks back on her life in Evansville. She says she has "always been thanlful for my religious upbringing and for the Catholic schools I at- tended. When I was college- age, I started questioning and my theology classes at St. Louis University opened me up to a better understanding of my faith. "After college graduation, I knew I wanted to develop my I KATHY BARTEK faith more. I wanted to de- velop my spirituality before entering the business world. Boys' Hope gave me a taste of what it would be like to live in community. "Then the Society of African Missions opened up a door I never knew existed." As she prepares to leave Evansville, she says she is preparing herself mentally. "It could be pretty intense, listening to their stories. But spirituality and faith are so essential. And having hope. "That's the one thing I can bring: I can bring hope." rests or even in the number of women turned away from abortion clinics. Rather, he said, the goal was to spread the message that Operation Rescue is peaceful and prayerful and to attract more mainline churches to join its cause. The message was mainly for Protestant and nondenom- inational pastors like himself, Mr. Slovenec said. But the group has relied on strong Catholic participation as well. "We've always had a good Catholic presence in Cleve- land and a good Catholic presence nationally," he said, estimating that from 25 per- cent to 40 percent of Opera- tion Rescue's supporters are Catholic. St. Christine Catholic Church in Euclid, Ohio, hosted several "Cities of Refuge" rallies, along with an Assembly of God church in Willoughby. "We're not going to build for the future without the Buehlers I.G.A. "THE THRIFTY HOUSEWIFE'S SOURCE OF SAVINGS" QUALITY FOODS AND MEATS AlSo Huntingburg and Oakland City I i I I BECHER & KLUESNER FUNERAL HOME Downtown Chapel, 214 E. 7th North Chapel, 33rd Newton churches' involvement," Mr. Slovenec said. Cleveland participants in- cluded Catholics on both sides of the abortion issue. Jane Reilly, a Lakewood resi- dent who is a national coordi- nator of Catholics for a Free Choice, said her group helped train those who support legal abortion to defend clinics. "We see a highly judgmen- tal, righteous attitude pound- ing down on the backs of women," she said. Operation Rescue said the largest number of participants over the 10 days was the 3;400 who ioined protests in Minneapolis. During the cam- paign, only one Operation Rescue supporter was ar- rested, while 15 people who back abortion were arrested on such charges as assault and battery, vandalism and stalking. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis had criti- cized Operation Rescue's tac- tics before the group arrived, fearing that confrontations KREMPP LUMBER CO. WHOLESALE BUILDING MATERIAL DIS- TRIBUTION & GENERAL CONTRACTING YARD CONSTRUCTION 4112-1961 4!2-b"939 JASPER LUMBER CO. COMPLETE BUILDING SERVICE Ph: 482-1125 RT. 4, JASPER would harm local pro-life ef- forts. But Janet Krocheski, direc- tor of the archdiocesan Divi- sion of Outreach, said the "Cities of Refuge" campaign was successful because it im- proved the public's percep- tion of Operation Rescue and exposed the true colors of the pro-choice movement. "The personal agendas of many pro-choice advocates became clear this year, and they definitely were anti-life agendas," she said. Kathleen Abel, la Catholic from Peoria, I11., who came to the Twin Cities to show her support foi" Operation Rescue, said sle felt the denmnstra- tions were having an effect in changing attitudes. Abel, who also has taken part in clinic protests in Wi- chita, Kan., and Chicago, said the Twin Cities experience was not as dramatic as the rescues in other cities, but they have still "energized and fired up" her dedication to the movement. Father Robert Fitzpatrick, pastor of St. John the Evange- list Catholic Church in Little Canada. Minn., which served as the site for one of Opera- tion Rescue's evening prayer rallies, said people shouldn't be surprised at the peaceful- ness of the protests. "All the talk about violence was media hype," he said. "The whole point is not to create violence but to call for a conversion of the heart." Philadelphia was the site of the most pro-life arrests, with more than 400 at various city and suburban locations. A local priest praised the pro- lifers' composure in the protests. "I believe the Lord is pleased with the control, the quiet and prayerfulness of the Catholic and non-Catholic pro-life people," said Father John R. McFadden, associate pastor of St. Charles Bet- romeo Parish, who has been involved with Operation Res- cue. "It's like walking through hell, being screanmd at. I'm amazed at the control. I think it's an act of God's grace." In a July 9 talk at the Valley Forge Hilton near Philadel- phia, Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry indi- cated that the movement would be expanding beyond the pro-life cause. "It's a given all of us want legalized child killing to be crushed, driver hack to the hell from whence it came," he said. "Beyond that, what else do we want?". He con- demned "the Sodomite move- ment, pornography and gov- ernment-sponsored humanist, Godless education." Attempts to enforce a new city ordinance imposing penalties on protesters who block abortion clinics failed when Municipal Court fudge Louis Retacco ruled the blockade law unconstitu- tional luly 13. I ] 11 II II II1[1 MILLER & MILLER _ ",4 family name you can trust" 424-9274 II[ I I II I II I I I IIIIII III TI [ Ill