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AUgust 2, 1996 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 photos by Mary Etta Kiefer, OSB God; taking with him a picnic lunch of a box of Twinkles and a six-pack of root beer. The boy happily met an old and 500 people gathered Sunday af- lady in the park and they shared his lunch. Both went Evansville, to home feeling that they had met God -- the boy thinking who winds up that she (God) has a great smile, and the elderly lady director of religious edu. thinking that God is much younger than she had pic- L and youth minister in the parish August L Sister tured him. At 1 p.m. the receiving line already stretched from Idaho, for three the rear door of the church, snaked its way down steps and to the University of California, Berkley, for and across the cafeteria to Sister Miller, and at 3:30, pastoral work. at all Masses July 27 Sister Miller will told a story called Afternoon inthe Park by tween her family in Evansville and her religious com. which a small boy set out to look for munity in Ferdinand. en Many friends and parishfamlltes shared happy moments with Sister Jenny Miller during the reception. Some of the-- ,-too merits were tearful, too, remembe that the years with Sister Jenny nave drawn to a close. Pictured sharing the pain of letting-go Jenny, Chris, Ted Tempel and Sister Jenny share light.hearted times remem- the years when he was pastor of ds pastoral Sister Jenny Miller's telling of Afternoon in the Park made a big impression on people, among them, her own Benedic- tine Sisters at St. Theresa Convent, who met her in the re- ceiving line with a box of Twinkles and a six.pack of root Father Eugene Schroeder pastor of St. beer. Pictured, left to righ are Sister Jenny Miller, Sister Theresa, checks out the sound system as Mary Andre Gettelflnger and Sister Therese Hawkins. She he prepares to preside at ceremonies in was later presented a special travel bag containing the same which the parish presented gifts to Sister mbols- a gift from a parish group-- with the thought Jenny Miller. Presentations took placein hat she might meet God in her travels through the coming mid-afternoon, and'receiving of guests re- year, andwould surely want to be prepared, sumed after the festivitie alai Lama visits Trappist abbey in Kentucky BY JOSEPH DUERR Catholic News Service Ky. (CNS)- a visit to a Kentucky the Dalai Lama, of Tibetan said humanity is served by harmony among World's religions, and less the name of religion. think (one religion) is unre- the Dalai Lama said at press conference at the of a July 22-27 interreli- dialogue held at the Our of Gethsemani Abbey. Christian scholars, and nuns were gathering rayer and contem- Just as having a variety of food for the body is healthier and more satisfying to people, so also is a variety of "food for the mind," he said. "I feel the variety of religions is much better." He advised maintaining reli- gious traditions, but also stressed the importance of exchanging views on such traditions with people of other religions to form an understanding of differences and common ground. For exam- ple, he said, compassion, love and forgiveness are among things common to all major religions. The Dalai Lama's visit to Gethsemani was part of a U.S. tour of Midwestern and Western states and he said the gathering of religious representatives was "fulfillment of the wishes" of now deceased Trappist monk, Father Thomas Merton. He met Father Merton in Thailand in 1968 for exchanges on Christianity and Buddhism and it was during this trip to Thailand that Father Merton died. The 61-year-old Dalai Lama, who lives in India, said harmony among religions is particularly needed today because of mate- rial developments in the world and divisions and conflicts among people, as in Bosnia and Africa. "It is quite clear that material development is very useful for humanity," he said. But he ac- knowledged that material de- velopment alone would not solve all of society's problems and that religion had a special role to play. He said closer understanding among religions could come about through dialogues among scholars exploring similarities and differences among religious faiths, meetings between people of different faiths to exchange "deep spiritual experiences," and group pilgrimages to holy places of various religious tradi- tions where people can join in prayer or silent meditation. For instance, he said he has visited, "as a genuine pilgrim," Catholic shrines in Lourdes, France, and Jerusalem. The Dalai Lama also called for meetings of leaders of reli- gious faiths, such as the 1986 the world day of prayer for peace in Assisi, Italy, where he sat next to Pope John Paul II, whose idea it was to have the prayer day. Before the start of the six-day interreligious dialogue, the Dalai Lama and Trappist Abbot Timothy Kelly planted a tree outside the abbey walls and both offered a prayer and reflection. The Dalai Lama called the tree a reminder of "our deep inner human quality" and Abbot Kelly said it symbolized the di- verse spiritual traditions that came together as a sign of en- during respect and a deeper sharing of our one search." uns sue landlord over eviction of Black nun By BILL BRITr News Service (CNS) -- In a fed- aWsuit claiming housing raination, the Sisters of- of St. Mary-of-the- Ind., have accused own- three-flat building in Chicago of evicting because one was black. filing this suit based values and principles, involved," said Ann Margaret O'Hara, general councilor, at conference in Chicago We prevail," she added, !Oney awarded for puni- will be used for ed- about racism and ways we can eradicate it in our soci- ety." The suit, filed in the U.S. Dis- trict Court in Chicago July 17, states that for two years two white Sisters of Providence, Sis- ters Kathleen Burke and Lisa Stallings, had rented the sec- ond-floor apartment at 2820 North Natoma from Clarence and Eileen Jacobs. It says that after Sister Stallings moved out in June 1994, Sister Burke sought a new roommate and, on or about July 1, informed the Jacobses that she had found a housemate, an- other member of her order who was involved in work with the mentally ill. It says Sister Burke's new housemate, who wishes to re- main anonymous, is African- American. Steven Hansen, attorney for the Jacobses, said his clients deny that they were told a new housemate had been found. The suit says that about July 23, after learning that the new tenant was African-American, the owners gave the sisters until Aug. 1 to move out, sap.'ng they needed the apartment for a fam- ily member who was moving back to Chicago. Sister Burke and her room- mate say they asked for addi- tional time and were given an extra month but were required to leave by Sept. 1. Hansen said that the Jacob- ses were residing in their sum- mer home in Wisconsin when they gave then nuns notice to leave, and they had not been in- formed that a new housemate had joined Sister Burke in the apartment. The suit says that shortly after the nuns moved out, the owners advertised the apart- ment for rent and rented it to a white woman who was not re- lated to them. It says the owners did not contact the Sisters of Providence as potential new ten- ants and ignored their corre- spondence protesting the way the two nuns were treated, Hansen said the apartment was put back up for rental be- cause the relative who had planned to move to Chicago changed plans. "This case is simply an unfortunate set ofcir- cumstances," he said. Edward Voci, an attorney for Chicago's Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Commu- nities, which filed the lawsuit on behalf of the sisters, said the council has successfully litigated hundreds of housing discrimi- nation cases but "this case is unique." e are alleging that a mem- ber of a religious community has been denied a fundamental right" to fair housing because of her race, he said. The council, formod as a re- sult of the Rev. Matin Luther King's open housing campaiga in Chicago in 1966, describes it- self as the largest and oldest fair housing organization in the United States.