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gust 9, 1996 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 'IC Min ampus isters: fServing the needs of young adults at colleges and universities By JOE COOK and CHRIS HOEHN Catholic Campus Ministry Diocese of Evansville Elaine and Deborah Hell- were just finishing orien- at the university they in the fall. After their housing assign- and locating their resi- hall, the sisters scanned . campus map for the campus !aistry office. They walked rOugh the door and found a roman at her desk. sitting ['vnere is the closest Mass to pus?" asked Elaine. | Around the country and in [ur diocese, the very same [eStion"- will be asked by thou- lands of students. Campus aisters will be there to an- ger that question, and the kay more questions that will I llow throughout the year. U a L  ss is a central event in c" e life of campus ministry for tholic college students. The ,u- ,lebration of the Eucharist range from university at large state schools, t4ass inside a residence hall, Walking down the street to local parish. In our own students celebrate on their campuses or at a church. ' of Evansville, worship in the uni- ,'s Neu Chapel,"walk the street to St. Bene- drive to another parish the city. Mass at the Univer- of Southern Indiana is cel- in the O'Daniel Recre- Room. At Vincennes, the gather with the cam- for the short walk acred Heart parish. CaInpus Ministry doesn't with Sunday liturgy. It is, the starting point for aspects of the university's life. As written in the |Stewardship by the Book lijah recognized the ice of God not in the and heavy wind, ot in the earthquake, not in the fire, but in whispering sound. we find enough quiet clamorous world to His voice and dis- He is calling us and be. RESTAURANT SPECIALIZING IN DELICIOUS GERMAN FOOD PRIME RIB CHARBROILED STBAQK COUNTRY FRIED CHICKEN SEAFOODS SALAD BAR PRIVATE PARTIES U.S. Bishop's Pastora, "Em- powered by the Spirit," a docu- ment composed by our bishops in 1986, campus ministry seeks to meet six areas of spe- cial need at colleges and uni- versities. Forming a faith community is an essential aspect of the campus minister's work. Stu- dents, as well as faculty and staff, come from diverse back- grounds. Whereas many fit in well with the university cul- ture, others experience the pain of isolation, and students may long for the security of old friends and familiar surround- ings. Commuter and "non-tra- ditional" students have partic- ular needs that must be met with creativity and under- standing. Campus ministry works to create an atmosphere where individuals can feel a part of something that is greater than themselves, and recognize their value as a member of the Body of Christ. Campus ministry also works to help students fully under- stand and take ownership of their faith tradition. The cam- pus atmosphere challenges the student's childhood formation in many areas, especially their Christian faith. As the student matures socially and intellec- tually, campus ministry offers the wisdom of the Catholic Church's teachings to guide and support them in their search for meaning. The third aspect of campus ministry is fo)'ming the Chris- tian conscience. Students are challenged in their decision- making. Questions arise re- garding the value of traditional teachings and morality. Partic- ular issues are raised inside and outside the classroom that will bring into question the students' values. Is it okay to cheat on an exam if failing means ,being rejected to law school? Is abortion a legitimate option if a child would "ruin" a college career? The campus minister's task is to raise the student's mind above society's easy answers to Christ's often difficult but life-giving exam- ple. Another aspect of campus ministry is educating the univer- sity culture on issues of social justice. The Catholic Church has a long history of teaching and speaking out on behalf of the world's poor and forgotten. Service projects are performed by the students to help those in need. But addressing issues of justice goes beyond feeding the hungry. Issues range from economics and politics to en- rollment standards, salaries, working conditions and tuition increases. Campus ministry works to show our need to work with Christ and one. an- other to address the issues of justice both in the world and in our own backyards. The fifth aspect of campus ministry is facilitating per- sonal development. Although some students find the aca- demic world an ideal setting for their personal development, others require some assistance I Campus Mini= named in:Vincen Diane Vonderharr, a nine-year in coming into their own. Cam- pus ministry can help by pro- viding a vibrant sacramental life, courses, seminars, re- treats, pastoral counseling, and spiritual direction. The final aspect of campus ministry is developing leaders for the future Today, there are over 4 million Catholic college stu- dents. Over 85 percent attend public or non-Catholic private in- stitutions. These Catholics will have the opportunity to become leaders in society and in their church. Campus ministry facili- tates the development of Chris- tian leaders by encouraging members of the faith community to identify their gifts and use them for the common good. There are many challenges facing the Catholic Church today. The future of our church depends on our young adults. We are called to embrace and affirm our young people, to support them in their trials and assist them in their jour- ney of faith through prayer and love, guiding them in their relationship with Jesus Christ and His church. In the 10 years since the publication of "Empowered by the Spirit," campus ministry has made great strides in serv- ing the needs of young adults. In the coming months the campus ministers at the Uni- versity of Evansville, the Uni- versity of Southern Indiana and Vincennes University will write a series of articles detail- : inghow we m :nsoF: : our universities in the six as- Worth mentioning... St. Mary Church, Evansville, staff members listed The Message report on the Evansville East Deanery, Aug. 2, listed parish staff members of all churches in the deanery. In addition to staff members named at St. Mary Church, Evansville, are the following: Bill Brenner, maintenance; Jack Myers, gymnasium manager, and Georgia Kerswick, sacristan. St. John the Baptist Church, Vincennes, staff updated The Message report on the Vincennes Deanery, June 28, listed parish staff members of all churches in the deanery. According to updated information provided by St. John Church, Vincennes, the current parish secretary is Martha Land. The former secretary, Dottle Lane, resigned in February because of health reasons. Home Mission Collection scheduled this weekend The Home Mission Collection, also known as the Black and Indian Home Mission Collection, will be held in parishes throughout the Diocese of Evansville this weekend, Aug. 10 and 11. Nationwide contributions last year amounted to $6.7 million. Organizers say that 98.6 cents of every dollar went directly to the, missions. Holy Family truck winner announced Chuck Hesler of Sumner, Ill., was announced Aug. 4 as the winner of the 1997 Ford Supercab Truck, at Holy Family Church, Jasper. A news release from the parish thanked "ev- eryone who purchased tickets" for their "generosity and support Holy Family." Warrick Hospital to host golf tournament Warrick Hospital will host the Eighth Annual Tournament, at Rolling Hills Country Club, Newburgh, on Monday, Aug. 12. Players may register individually for $75, or as a team for $300. Sponsorships are also available. All proceeds will go to- ward the relocation, expansion, and modernization of Warrick Hospital's Cardiac-Pulmonary Rehabilitation Unit. For more information, contact Jim McGillem, (812) 897-4800. Memorial High School seeks Cub Football names The Memorial High School football staff, Evansville, is inter- ested in obtaining names of eighth graders who may be inter- ested in playing Cub Football this fall. Interested persons may contact the Memorial Athletic Department, 1500 Lincoln Ave., Evansville IN 47714. Telephone the school at 476-4632 or Coach Eric Seib at 963-6241. Holy Rosary re.schedules Mass on Oct. 6 Because of the parish picnic event at Holy Rosary Church, Evansville, there will be no 12:15 p.m. or 5:15 p.m. Sunday Mass on Oct. 6. The regular schedule of Masses will resume the following Sunday. Death Penalty prayer memorial planned "The Death Penalty: Then and Now,  a prayer memorial, will be held on the sixtieth anniversary of the last public hanging in the United States, which took place in Owensboro, Ky., on Aug. 14, 1936. The memorial will be held at Smothers Park Gazebo, Owens- boro, on Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. Scott Wegenast of the Catholic Con- ference of Kentucky will speak about current capital punish- ment issues. Bishop John J. McRaith and Professor Jeff Fager of Kentucky Wesleyan College will also speak. The memorial is sponsored by Pax Christi of Owensboro, Pax Christi of Louisville, and the Owensboro diocesan Office of So- cial Concerns. For more information, call the Office of Social Concerns (502) 683-1545. Religious cable channel to change name The Faith & Values Channel, formerly known as VISN, will change its name to ODYSSEY, Sept. 29. Among the cable sta- tion owners is a consortium of 64 Protestant, Jewish, Catholic and Eastern Orthodox faith groups and evangelical traditions. 'Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes' exercise to come to St, Mary' of-the-Woods Jane Elliott, adapter of the "Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes" discrim- ination experiment, will present a lecture program at St; Mary* of-the-Woods, Sept. i6, at 6:30 p.m. The sensitizing experiment labels participants inferior or su- perior based on the color of their eyes. Some who have been through the exercise have said it is an emotionally significant, life-changing experiment, according to Anne Marie Foote, at the college.