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4 The Message Monthly -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana August 6, Perspective -- Hopes for the Synod: Sample responses This is an open invitation: What are your hopes for the Church in southwestern Indiana? Specifically, what are your hopes for Synod '93? Many of the issues of the Message during the past few months have featured "Synod people" -- persons involved in some way in planning for the : Fourth Synod of the Diocese of Evansville, also known as "Synod '93." The same questions were asked, but the responses covered a wide range of thinking m as is appropriate for the wide range of interests and concerns among Church members in the Diocese of Evansville. Unity was one of the hopes expressed by some of the people involved. For example, Jim Quinn of Wheatland said he hoped for "A coordinated, unified and up- lifted diocese." Pat Koch of Santa Claus said she hoped that the synod "will produce a plan for the Diocese of Evansville that will bring unity and increased strength to the people of the diocese." Nieva Schapker of Newburgh expressed hope that the synod would "bring the whole of the Evansville Diocese closer and bring brother- and sisterhood to all." Msgr. Kenneth R. Knapp, vicar general, said he hoped for "unity of policy and plan for the fu- ture." By PAUL R. LEINGANG EDITOR Msgr. Knapp expressed an- other hope, that there would be "an involvement of parishes and persons in the life of the Church in a renewed way." Others also expressed that hope for renewal. Mike Stormont of Haubstadt said he hoped "that this process will continue in years to come." Stormont continued, "As a convert, I've found that our Catholic faith is more than just a weekly obligation. Hopefully this synod will renew the interest in our faith and educate us all [about] the work within our dio- cese and parish." Another hope was expressed by Karen Eber- hart -- that the work of the synod would make a difference. Eberhart said it this way: "I believe in an alive, vibrant church. I hope the delegates (and all Catholics of southwestern Indiana) believe that what they are doing makes a difference. I pray that more people see and feel their part in a church of prayer, love, ser- vice and celebration that continues to change and grow long past November 1993." Curt Gramelspacher also hoped that the synod would make a difference, adding, "I be- lieve it will, because we are planning a process to be implemented after the Synod that will handle matters that cannot be resolved at the synod itself." That same hope for the time beyond the synod was specified in the response of Father Stephen Lintzenich, who listed four items: 1) To begin to meet the spiritual hunger of the leaders of our Church. 2) To have a Diocesan Plan. 3) To lay a foundation for a Diocesan Coun- cil if it be the will of the parochial leaders. 4) To form a Lay Institute addressing spe- cific needs, i.e., leadership, stewardship, parish councils, marriage and family life, spirituality, outreach to the poor. So. There you have some of the hopes for the Synod: unity, renewal, making a difference, spe- cific plans for the Church beyond November 1993. How about you? What are your hopes? We would like to hear from you, even if yell agree with what has already been said by the people quoted in this column. After all, each word in a response adds a little more to the whole idea. "Unity" is a good word, but "brother- and sisterhood" adds another dimen" sion to the thought. We would like to hear from you, too, if your hopes are completely different from the re- sponses so far. What you write could make a difference to the delegates and planners of Synod '93. Send in your responses to the Message, : Hopes for the Synod, Post Office Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169. n Washmgto Letter Work for school funds: Se00lice plan has fans in volunteer agencies By PATRICIA ZAPOR After the two-day filibuster, in their bills, the Jesuit Vol- "One of. the interesting draw many people who Catholic News Service not otherwise believe WASHINGTON (CNS) While the Senate wrangled over political details of a Na- tional Service Plan, students and operators of existing vol- unteer programs watched with interest in how it would affect what they do. A House version of the plan to provide tuition funds in exchange for two years of national volunteer service passed easily July 28 in a 275-152 vote, with only minor differences from the Clinton administration's pro- posal. In the Senate the bill got tied up in a Republican filibuster, however, and amendments reduced the trial period for the plan from five to three years and added plans to tax stipends paid to wealthier students. The MESSAGE 4200 N, Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47720-0169 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Published weekly except last week in December by the Catholic Press of Evansville Pubi/t .............. sho Ger A. Getfger E ........................................... P Leingang Cwcuaton .................................. Amy Housman Proccon Manager ........................... Phil Beget Adver .................................... Paut New4and S wm ............................. ua Ann Hughes Address all communications to P.O. Box 4161. Evansville, IN 477240169 Subsctiptioo rate: $12.00 per year Single Copy Price: $.50 Entered as 2rid class matter at the post office in Evansville, IN 47701. Publica- tion number 843800 Postmaster:. Return POD forms 3579 to Offce of Publication  tSSS PmssaEvmMb several Republicans agreed July 30 to let the bill proceed to a vote. It was expected to pass the first week of August once final details were ironed out. A popular component of Bill Clinton's campaign plat- form in the 1992 election was his plan to help students pay for college if they work for two years in public service jobs, ranging from law en- forcement to teaching. Students in the National Catholic Student Coalition think Clinton's plan holds great promise, particularly for lower- and middle-income in- dividuals, said Jamie Williams, executive director of the collegiate group. "In my experience college students are really looking for a way to volunteer for their communities," said Ms. Williams, a recent graduate of Michigan State University. Administrators of existing programs that rely on college- age volunteers also support the Clinton plan, but are a bit wary of how the details might affect them. ' Jesuit Father Peter J. Klink, director of the national office for Jesuit Social Ministries, recently wrote to members of Congress voicing concerns over how the National Ser- vice Plan would include or exclude religiousvolunteer organizations. The House version of the bill specifically allows reli- gious and other private orga- nizations to participate in the National Service Plan, though exactly how remains to be de- termined, Father Klink said. If that language survives when the House and Senate confer to work out differences unteer Corps could benefit from collaboration with Na- tional Service Plan volun- teers. On the other hand, if par- ticipation by religious organi- zations is excluded, Father Klink said groups like the Je- suit corps might lose poten- tial volunteers who decide the federal program's college funds are too important to pass up; though he thinks it unlikely. The Jesuit Volunteer Corps has relied on one- to two-year commitments from. about 7,000 people, most of whom are young, in its work over the last two decades in a wide assortment of social ministries. Jesuit volunteers receive only a small stipend in return for their work in schools, shelters, halfway houses, drop-in centers and the like. They agree to live in a reli- gious community, to nurture spirituality and make a com- mitment to changing the world during their term of service. Father Klink thinks the corps' spiritual element will continue to attract volun- teers even if they could earn college money elsewhere. But if the government- sponsored volunteers are doing the same kind of work, he sees no reason why partic- ipants in the federal program couldn't work through the Je- suit corps "as long as they're not directly invoiced in pros- elytizing." Father Klink joined spokes- men for the corps and repre- sentatives of volunteer groups in discussions with the ad- ministration and Congress as the National Service Plan was being developed. facets of the process to de- velop the plan is I get the idea that they think this is a new vehicle," Father Klink said. "It's easy to forget that there have been many volun- teers in many groups, includ- ing those participating through faith communities." Matthew R. Paratone, na- tional director for the Na- tional Catholic Stewardship Council, also welcomed the idea of a new national volun- teer plan. Paratone said volunteers today have different motiva- tions than whenhe first worked with them as the ex- ecutive director, from 1977 until 1982, of International Liaison of Lay Volunteers in Mission, a Catholic agency that coordinates lay volunteer groups. "In the '60s the majority were social activist, politi- cally oriented people," he said. Like the would-be col- lege students to whom the National Service Plan should appeal, today's volunteers are more likely to be motivated by a sense of obligation to the community. He thinks the lure of college funds will can afford to take time school and career A related concern tone and Father a Clinton admi posal to permit "pay off" federal loans with voluntee will be worded as it religious organizationS' Jesuit corps and groU volved in the stewaJ council could stan d if people are off their loans in ligiously affiliated arg tions. Father Klink said to the Senate A Committee of permitting to apply for a po loan credits in a appropriation for Loan ForgiveneSS Though he'd be pointed if religiot groups were of those programS, Klink thinks the con' a federal effo.'t , worth The administrati "has got a very fine helps us as a coU said. Bishop's sche The following activities and events are listed o schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger : World Youth