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t tl l  The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana July 30, 1993 ,00hristian Brother's job is to help put criminals behind bars "BROOKLYN, N.Y. (CNS) For most religious, prison ministry means visiting those in prison. But one Christian Brother's job is to help decide who gets put behind bars. Brother Tyrone Davis is an assistant district, attorney on the staff of Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes. In that post he processes police depositions and vic- tims' complaints and decides which cases should be prose- cuted. "I have to decide that if this person committed a crime, he must be held accountable in a compassionate and just soci- ety," said Brother Davis. "Very often the defendants tend to be very young and not necessarily hardened crimi- nals," he said, but that has to be balanced against the inter- ests of the victim and society. "And you hope we can all come out with something that is just." "The notion of justice is very consistent with my reli- gious mission,!' he said. The Christian Brothers "built a community based on peace, love and justice, and that cer- tainly is the objective of a person in my position." Brother Davis, 40, was born in Newark, N.J., part of a very religious Baptist family that converted to Catholicism when he was a young child. He entered teaching and was principal of a Catholic school in Cleveland when he felt a call to religious life. He joined the Christian Brothers in New Rochelle, N.Y., in 1981 and taught at several Catholic high schools in the New York area. In 1989 he entered law I I school at Seton Hall Univer- sity in East Orange, N.J. After earning his law degree, he ap- plied last year for a job in the Brooklyn district attorney's office. He worked in the crim- inal courts bureau for eight months before transferring to the complaints bureau this May. While he handles his cases as a lawyer first, he brings his experiences as a religious to his work. But he did not count that as unique. "Every- one else brings the full expe- rience of their being into their position here too," he said. In fact, few of his col- leagues know he is a Christ- ian Brother, "not because I am ashamed of it ... but just because to go around an- nouncing it may be inappro- priate and unrelated to what I do here." 2 Benedictines to profess first vows, 2-to enter novitiate Benedictine Sisters Kathryn Kane and Jennifer Wahl will profess their first vows during a ceremony August 3 at the Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand. Sister Kane, the daughter of William and Sylvia Kane of Tempe, Ariz., is the office manager for the Forward in Faith Capital Campaign of the Sisters of St. Benedict. She entered the community Sept. 30, 1990. Sister Wahl is the daughter of Robert and the late Madlyn (Richardson) Wahl of Dale. She is a student at Vincennes University3Jasper Center. She entered the community from St. Joseph Parish in Dale on Sept. 30, 1990. Also on August 3, two postulants will enter the novitiate at the Ferdinand monastery. Teresa Gunter and Rachel Neveu will be received into the novitiate during a ceremony that evening. Gunter, the daughter of George and Barbara Gunter, is from West Memphis, Ark. She entered the Ferdinand community Sept. 6, 1992. Neveu is the daughter of Roland and Constance Neveu of Woonsocket, R.I. She also entered the com- munity on Sept. 6, 1992. SR. KANE SR. WAHL TERESA GUNTER RACHEL NEVEU His legal work enriches and challenges his life as a reli- gious, he said. He said his shift from teaching to law brought mixed reactions among the members of his religious community, most of whom work in education. But he sees numerous links between the two fields. "The law plays a big part in education -- in our relations with the board of education, legal guidelines, state and local requirements," he ex- plained. "I also found several stu- dents had problems with the law and as dean of discipline I had to deal with them," he added. "When you get a call from parents that their son has been arrested and will not be in school, you are kind of thrown into the mix, too." As a lawyer Brother Davis has not completely aban-: doned the teaching profes, sion. Working in the "Adopt a School" program through the district attorney's office, he visits St. Catherine of Genoa School to talk to fifth graders about crime, police. procedures, drug abuse and other aspects of the criminal justice system. "I enjoy it immensely," he said. "It fits in well with nay past ministry as a teacher." 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