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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana August 12, 1988 II Missionary u i i i Ireland native comply,.,. :s sel00ce as Jesuit volunteer in Belize Message Staff Writer Belize, Central America, two years ago for a mission project, .....  he thought he was going to a ,r country that was isolated from i "    .  I -''-''-'f the United States. Upon arrival, ,x' / I / ( Caribbean Sea he was surprised to find out the people who live there are Chicago Cubs fans. ..x IXlCOf ple in Belize own their own TV sets, and many of them watch " / __/z " umuuN' the Cubs play on WGN -- the  1 cific'/J  t If on satellite, he said. Since some 'Ocean  of them live in thatched roof KURT BARTLEY homes without electricity, they use the power from their car batteries to tune in their favorite American TV shows, he explained. "I never expected it to be so influenced by the United States," he said. Bartley, who is from St. Mary Church, Ireland, worked in Belize for two years as part of the Jesuit International Volunteers (/IV}. He coor- dinated the youth ministry pro- gram for the entire country as Associate Director of Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Belize. The 30-year-old described the position as "perfect" because it gave him opportunities for pro- fessional, spiritual and per- sonal growth. Although he lived in Belize City, Bartley's diocesan duties took him all over the country He considered this a privilege, because 75 percent of all Beli- zeans cannot afford to travel Belize, formerly called British Honduras, was a British colony until its independence in 1981 The country's main exports are citrus, sugar, bananas and seafood, said Bartley The population of around 150,000 people consists of a Because the people in Belize are so diversified, Bartley had to adapt his style of ministry and teaching, depending upon which ethnic group he was working with. The Mayan culture, which is indigenous to the area, is prob- ably the group least influenced by the outside world, said Bartley, For example, many still arrange marriages between teen-age boys and girls. As Associate Director of Youth Ministry, Bartley worked to maintain the diocesan youth council. Just getting everyone together for the monthly meetings was a challenge in itself, he said. Some members of the council had to travel 8 hours by bus to attend meetings. Their ages ranged from 16-22 years old, he said. The youth council members planned the National Youth Jamboree, which was held this past April. Around 400 people from all over the country at- tended. This year's event in- cluded a concert by Christian singer/guitarist Jerry Goebel, who is a personal friend of Bartley's. "It was a real special time," said Bartley. "The spirit was definitely moving there." rich mix of four ethnic groups: His other diocesan respon- Creole, Mayan, Garifuna and sibilities included organizing Mestizo, he explained. ..... several workshops for both IJlI v ]Arn-lv SENIOR CITIZENS - St. Meiorad Houm9 has J.VII.I. IMULI Senior Citizens apartments available. Rent is based (;It()Ul'. IN(;. on income and they are beautiful For more in|orma- 3(,; Main Stre,t fion call us at 812-357-2506 or , i luntingburg. I ndiann 812834258. I i i "" ty B ubom C.00n ank CLOSE TO YOU WITH 8 CONVENIENT LOCATIONS i ii i WED& THURSNITESPECIALS lOoz. New York Strip Wed. - Prime Rib Choice of Potato & Salad Choice of Potato & Salad $8.95 Thurl. - Catfish Fiddlers & Filets Choice of Potato end Salad ,  $5.35 I II $8.25 CALL FOR RESERVATIONS 103 Gibson Haubstadt 768-6!31 II I youth and adult leaders in dif- ferent areas of the country. During his second year in Belize, he taught morality at a Jesuit high school. Bartley is the son of Ted and Dorothy Bartley of Ireland, Ind. He is the second oldest of four children. A graduate of Jasper High School, he earned a degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University in 1981. For two years, he worked in Denver at an aerospace firm, Martin Marietta. While in Denver, Bartley became involved in a parish life..He attended a SEARCH retreat and helped teach an eighth grade confirmation class. Slowly, he said a "life of prayer and desire to serve others became apparent in my life." Because he wanted to learn more about ministry in the church, he started working towards a master's in Adult Christian Community Develop- ment at Regis College in Denver. After earning his degree, he decided to leave his engineering job for a full-time youth ministry position at a Denver parish. He worked there for three years before joining the JIV. Now that his stint as a Jesuit lay missionary is completed; Bartley's future plans will take DEWIG BROS. him back to Colorado. In a few weeks, he will begin working as the Coordinator of Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Colorado Springs. An "international dimen- sion" will remain part of his ministry. In his new position in. Colorado, Bartley plans to challenge parishes "to global awareness in some form." The Jesuit International Volunteers (V) offers men anc women an opportunity to serve as Christian volunteers in three countries: Belize, Micronesia and Nepal. Bartley said con- tributions to the JIV may be sent to P.O. Box 25478, Washington, D.C. 20007. i ! 2 PACKING CO. FRESH MEAT BEEF AND PORK HAUBSTADT, INDIANA i ST PHILIP,' 00il.. CHURCH SOCIAL00 Sunday, August 14th Hand-Made Quilts Prizes, Games, Rides. Public Party, Sandwiches ,, Soft Drinks 0.$2,000 0 TO BE GIVEN AWAY 1st prize - $1,000 2nd prize - $500 o0 3rd prize - $25000 Drawing at 10 p.m. 8 $50 0 ATTENDANCE PRIZES one given each hour DINNERS Served 11 a.m, to 3 p.m. In Air-Conditioned Center , Carrputs Available follow the signs to the church grounds 7 MILES WEST OF EVANSVILLE out Upper Mt. Vernon Road or West on Pennsyl- starting vania, Expressway to ".. St. Philip" siL_._gn...___..... MUST BE  PRESENT I I