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E S SAG E .... mmer mini seminarians spend their summer in hospital ministry Kenny Steckler (left), and Brian Holtz dis- CPE program at Deaconess Hospital to family, people Following is the first of a se- ries on seminarians and their summers of ministry. Addi- tional stories will appear in the Message later this summer. By FATHER MARK KURZENDOERFER Brian Holtz and Kenny Steckler are seminarians studying for the priesthood for the Diocese of Evansville. Both Holtz and Steckler are spend- ing their summer at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, where they are involved in their Clin- ical Pastoral Experience. Every seminarian in the dio- cese is encouraged to spend his summers involved with the Summer Ministry Program. In particular, one of the summers must be spent in a clinical set- ting with trained supervisors. This clinical, pastoral pro- gram helps the seminarian learn and begin to understand how people deal with challeng- ing situations in their lives. "You're dealing with people in a difficult time in their life," said Steckler. "It's not just a life-or-death situation, but an adverse situation their family is going through." Holtz agreed: "The program is about being with people, both patient and family, not just in crisis." Both seminarians are used and various ministry situations. Holtz is one of the nine chil- dren of Charles and Ruth Holtz, members of St. Joseph Church, Evansville. After com- pleting elementary school at St. Joseph, Holtz attended Memorial High School, Evans- ville, and St. Meinrad College, St. Meinrad. He will begin his fourth year of theology at Mundelein, near Chicago, in the fall. Holtz will be ordained a dea- con at St. Joseph Church, Evansville, Nov. 27. He will be ordained to the priesthood, also at his home parish of St. Joseph, on June 3, 1995. Steckler was born and raised in St. Henry. He has been as- sociated both with his home parish, St. Henry Church, and with nearby St. Mar), Church, Huntingburg. Steckler comes from an even larger family than Hultz. tie is one of the 17 children of Gilbert and Mary Steckler. He has eight brothers and eight sisters. Steckler attended grade school at St. Ferdinand and Forest Park High School. He graduated from St. Meinrad College in 1992; he is about to enter his third year of theology studies in Louvain, Belgium. The Clinical Pastoral Expe- rience -- CPE as the seminari- ans call it -- is part of the edu- cation for priesthood. It is like attending summer school, with readings, meetings and semi- nars on a daily basis. Only about one-fourth of the time is actually spent with patients and families. There are currently seven students in the CPE program at Deaconess Hospital. Four of them are Catholic. The supervisors for the CPE program are Rev. Joe Foster, director of Religious Life De- partment, and Rev. Charles Doughty, chaplain supervisor. The program runs from the be- ginning of June through mid- August. Previous summer experi- ences for Holtz have included a summer at the Outpost as a counselor in 1991, working with Father James Koressel at St. Joseph Church, Princeton, in 1992; and working with Fa- ther Ron Zgunda at St. Mary Church, Washington, in 1993. Steckler's past experiences in summer ministry include three summers working as a counselor at Boys' Hope, a summer camp in northern On- tario; and working with Father David Fleck at St. Philip Church in 1992. Last summer, Steckler remained in Europe and was not able to be involved in the program. itian church people deplore ment, condemn invasion talk spoke against a U.S.-led inva- Haiti's Catholic church leaders coup," the 1,400-member Halt- News Service sion, which has been threat- ened by Washington. An outspoken Haitian bishop condemned the return to Haiti of fleeing boat people intercepted by the U.S. Coast Guard and at the same time denounced a wave of military-backed repression in his country. The protest by some of (CNS) -- clergy and religious oppose the country's as Haiti's po- economic circum- deteriorated. also criticized U.S. Haitian refugees and concerning the nation's dire circumstances came amid growing speculation over the possibility of an invasion aimed at ousting Haiti's mili- tary rulers. The U.N. Security Council voted 12-0 with China and Brazil abstaining to authorize a U.S. assault if economic sanctions fail to remove the government. Haiti's current administra- tion was set in place by mili- tary leaders who in 1991 ousted the popularly elected president, Father Jean- Bertrand Aristide. Haitian religious, however, said an invasion would be de- signed to help foreign inter- ests, rather than Haitian democracy. "The intervention would be taken against the Haitian peo- ple and is part of the strategy of the international community to legitimate the military ian Conference of Religious said in a joint statement with grass-roots and pro-democracy groups in late July. The statement also denounced what it called the =false nation- alism of the Haitian de facto regime" and "domination, duplic- ity and hypocrisy" in U.S. Hait- ian policy. "The sending of foreign troops to Haiti -- in whatever form or whatever modality -- could not be a healthy or liber- ating alternative for the coun- try," the statement said. "The intervention, in the current conditions of institu- tional deterioration.., will be the surest way to protect and guarantee the powerful foreign interests against the attempts of a democratic and popular movement that until now... has upset the American objec- tives in Haiti." The summer ministry pro. gram is coordinated by Father Mark Kurzendoerfer, with the support from the other mem- bers of the Vocations Team: Benedictine Sister Rosemary Rexing and Father David Fleck, vocations team leader.