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ho]V[ E S SAG E i m I I I II I I ill I NUMBER 48 August 6, 1993 |11 iii ii I i I iii CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 23 iii I iiiii insurance gy committee will make recommendations to Bishop By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor care is going out of and everybody is having raake an adjustment," said Flynn, a member of the finance council. and other members finance council were June 23 with mem- of the Council of Priests, ;sing the health insur- the lay employees of Diocese of Evansville. to make that adjust- is the challenge facing Catholic Church, said Gerald A. Gettelfin- ;But the bishop empha- that the principle was The Church has an to provide health for its employees. Gettelfinger has ap- a team of experts -- a committee" -- to help determine how to live up to that obligation. Specifically, the strategy team is charged to take three actions: 1. Determine the obligation of the Church in Southwest- en Indiana toward lay em- ployees. 2. Examine insurance op- tions. 3. Make recommendations to the bishop. Bishop Gettelfinger will continue to consult with the members of the Priests Coun- cil and the Finance Council before making his final deci- sion on the recommendations of the strategy team. Members of the strategy committee began meeting Aug. 2. They will make their recommendations after exam- ining the traditional moral teaching of the Catholic Church and the insurance marketplace realities. Members of the strategy committee include the fol- lowing: Phil Bousley of Vin- cennes, Dennis Feldhaus of Evansville, Patrick Freeman of Evansville, Dr. Richard Gries of Haubstadt, Ellen Hegeman of Evansville, Alan Hoffman of Jasper, Father David Nunning of St. Wen- del, Mary Simpson of Evans- ville, and Father Jean Vogler of Evansville. A survey has been sent out by the diocesan treasurer's of- fice, to gather information about employees of parishes, schools and other entities in the diocese which employ lay persons. That information will include the number of lay employees insured through the diocesan pro- gram, the number insured in other programs, and the num- ber of persons uninsured. In- formation is also being gath- ered about who is paying the premiums for the insured lay employees. Church teaching "Every person has a basic right to adequate health care," the U.S. bishops wrote in their 1981 pastoral letter, "Health and Health Care." The bishops continued, "This right flows from the sanctity of human life and the dignity that belongs to all human per- sons, who are made in the image of God." Church law spells out how the Church and its employees relate to each other. There are both obligations and rights for lay persons '|who devote themselves permanently or temporarily to some special service of the Church." According to Canon 231, such lay persons have the "'obligation to acquire the ap- propriate formation which is required to fulfill their func- tion properly and to carry it out conscientiously, zeal- ously, and diligently.' Canon 231 also spells out the rights of lay employees which include "a decent re- muneration" so they are able "to provide decently for their own needs and for those of their family with due regard for the prescriptions of civil law; they likewise have a right thai their pension, so- cial security and health bene- fits be duly provided." The "Diocese" The Diocese of Evansville is comprised of the people, parishes, schools and other Church agencies and entities in a 12-county area of south- western Indiana. There are 73 See HEALTH page 2 opes for the Synod: Faith and planning R. LEINGANG Message editor Sister Therese has two hopes for ]le of the Diocese of involved in the ins, execution and fol- of Synod '93. first hope is for th and experience of community." The )e is that the peo- develop a plan for experience of a faith ity and the develop- the plan are inter- What Sister Therese for is "a faith commu- lasts, where people Christ's presence day." If all of the work '93 is successful, ligious and lay per- 1 be moved to "a of commu- g what is right lter Therese and Holy es Sister Mary Faith are associated with !'Community Consul- I, Inc. Together, they as consultants for synod mnity Consul- is composed of six religious from five re- communities. They in St. Louis, Me., Calif. Mary Faith said her the synod also in- and planning. The of Christian Corn- is the experience of today, she said, )es that the people e together as the is the Diocese they will de- Sister Mary Faith hopes too that the decisions made at the synod "will assist in forming the diocesan community," and that the synod "would begin to formulate pastoral planning for the Diocese of Evansville." Sister Mary Faith has been a member of Inter-Commu- nity Consultants since 1987. Her work has included assist- ing groups with organiza- tional development based on core values. She has helped groups to do strategic and long-range planning. She has worked with multi-cultural groups. Prior to her consulting work, Sister Mary Faith was General Councilor of her community, the Sisters of the Holy Names. That commu- nity has 2700 sisters in six countries. It is headquartered in Montreal, Canada. Sister Mary Faith also held a five-year term as Superior of her community's California Province. Her experience also includes an eight-year stint as treasurer of Holy Names Col- lege in Oakland, Calif., and 13 years as a teacher in ele- mentary and secondary schools. The most significant work of her career in education, ad- ministration and consulting work, she said, is not a partic- ular position that she held, but rather a sense of accom- plishment at bringing people together. That accomplish- ment is whenever "a bonding has taken place amongthe people I am working with, so that together we can forge a direction in planning, ann re- ally be Church together." Sister Mary Faith earned a bachelor s degree at Holy Names College in Oakland, Calif., and has done graduate work at the University of Cal: ifornia at Berkeley, and at San Jose State University, both in California. She cur- rently resides in Alhambra, Calif. Sister Therese is a Francis- can Sister of Oldenburg, Indi- ana, who lives in St. Louis, Me. She is a co-partner with Inter-Community Consul- tants, with an office in St. Louis. Sister Therese has experi- ence in the United States and internationally in consulting, teaching, school administra- tion, hospital chaplaincy and parish ministry. She has assisted groups in planning, leadership develop- ment and conflict manage- ment, for parishes, dioceses and religious communities. Sister Therese is founder of St. Edward's Work Coopera- tive in St. Louis. She de- scribes the cooperative as an employment program de- signed to develop leadership skills for youth to combat the drug marlet. The most profound experi- ence of her religious life has been her 15 years of working with African Americans, in Kansas City, Me., and in St. Louis. Becoming enmeshed and molded in another cul- ture, she said, has been a reat blessing. She said she egan her work with the idea of bringing her talents and gifts to working with the eco- nomically poor -- but then discovered that she was the one who was being enriched. Also among the high points in her last four years with Inter-Community Consultants was the work she did in SISTER MARY FAITH CLARKE South Korea. Sister Therese worked with the Precious Blood Foundation in South Korea, helping its members develop and stabilize their own organizational structure. Sister Theree holds a mas- ter's degree from Loyola Uni- versity, Chicago, in Organiza- HH I I SISTER THERESE GILIh4N tional Development. She also has a master's in Pastoral Studies, also from Loyola. Within her religious com- munity, she serves as a Com- munity Life Facilitator on the Steering Committee for Chap- ter of Elections, and on nu- merous planning committees. ii i Special Synod issue Inside: 4-page special section --- Profile of the Vincennes Deanery -- Update of Synod documents Also in this issue --- Final ADA report -- ADA's new nanm