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E S SAGE WEST DEANERY EAST UtNEI  ummer Minist seminarians spend their summer at Outpost Following is the second of a series on seminarians and their summers of By FATHER MARK KURZENDOERFER In in the Message, we looked at seminarians in the program at Deaconess Hospital. This article will a look at seminarians working at the Outpost. The is located near Lincoln State Park, and is a youth camp by the Diocese of Evansville. It is staffed this summer by three another young adult and a Franciscan sister. On staff ii-e: Tony director, Joe Hoang, Eric Weidenbenner, Leigh Preske and Franciscan Werner. Tony Ernst sees his role s a coordinator, as a representative of the and as a representative of the diocese. Tony is from Celestine and a Celestine Church; he's a first-year theologian at Mundelein near Chicago. Top on his list is "Safety above everything -- to main- safety while having fun." Eric Weidenbenner, a sophomore at St. Meinrad College, is from St. Mary Ireland. He sees the Outpost as a "place where kids can get away have fun; and while having fun, realize Christ is in their lives." Joe Hoang is also working at the Outpost this summer, He is a member of Joseph Parish and in his third year of theology at St. Meinrad. Joe sees the of prayer as the unique part of the camp. "Different priests come in to every day the camp is in session." : The Outpost is designed to educate youth about the Church, specifically role of seminarians, priests and religious. This is accomplished while Each session is for boys or girls, in either fifth and sixth grades or ghth grades. Activities include: swimming, scavenger hunts, stories, prayer times, and a trip to St. Meinrad and Ferdinand. The arrive at 2 p.m. on the first day, and leave at 10 a.m. on the third. are two sessions each week. Also working at the Outpost this summer are Leigh Preske and Francis- ' Cleo. Leigh is a student at Ball State University and is a member of Philip Church, St. Philip Parish. Sister Cleo is a member of the Oldenberg she is serving in the role of cook; in the past she . completed a variety of ministries, from cooking for Archbishop Paul C. in Indianapolis, to her current position at Corpus Christi parish as co- The Outpost, located near Lincoln State Park, is being staffed this summer by seminarians. ordinator of ministries. "I've enjoyed cooking for the campers," she says. "The kids are very appreciative, even though they don't say it every time, they come for seconds, and they say it among themselves.  Diocesan Director of Vocations Father David Fleck coordinated the staffs formation in June. TheOutpest staffmeets on Sunday evenings to review and plan. The staff also starts each morning with prayer before the campers arise. The summer ministry program for seminarians is coordinated by Father Mark Kurzendoerfer, with the support from other members of the diocesan Vo, cations Team, Benedictine Sister Rosemary Rexing and Father Fleck. ights stress family issues at annual convention (CNS) -- The stature of the family Center stage when the of Columbus met Aug. Pittsburgh. to restore the standing family amid laments to its sanctity by Pope John Paul ardinals Anthony J. ua of Philadelphia and rM. Mahony of Los Ange- :ad Bishop Donald W. Wuerl of Pittsburgh. The church's defense of the family is "an essential part of her service to civil society," the pope said in a message read Aug. 2 at the convention. "Who can deny that society today is experiencing a pro- found crisis precisely in rela- tion to the family and to the values of self-sacrificing love, lasting fidelity, respect for life and concern for the weak and for Fr. Lutterbach held Aug. 9 for Father Albertus P. Lutterbach, 61, were held 9 at St. Joseph Church, Bramble. Bishop Gerald A. Get- celebrated the funeral Mass. Burial was at St. Cemetery in Evansville. the time of his death, Father Lutterbach was pastor at bseph, Bramble, and of the chapel at nearby Crane Depot. body of the diocesan priest was discovered July 25 in a campsite in northern Italy. Father Lutterbach had g through the area on his annual vacation. Lutterbach was born to Henry and Anna Marie Lutterbach in St. Wendel. He was ordained to the y 23, 1959. include two sisters, Rosemary Muensterman and Elsner, and a brother, Eugene. less fortunate?" the pope asked. "The very future of society depends on safeguarding these fundamental moral values which, in God's plan, the fam- ily is called to embody and to pass on." The pope said, "No one con- cerned for the future of society can fail to perceive the extent of the present crisis." In an Aug. 2 homily, Bishop Wuerl said no greater chal- lenge confronts either faith or community than overcoming current threats to family life. "Nowhere is :he challenge to our faith and to our very com- munities more felt than in our struggle today to sustain, maintain and nurture not only the concept of Christian fam- ily, but the very reality of the family," Bishop Wuerl said. "Around us in our own coun- tries, but specifically here in the United States, we have sadly witnessed the undermin- ing of family values and the concomitant collapse of much of family life," he said. "Is it any wonder that we are confronted with a new harsh- ness in our society, a coldness and insensitivity to human need, and a new violence that haunts our schools, our streets, our homes (and) our communi- ties?" "People are responsible for the decomposition of the fam- ily," Cardinal Bevilacqua said in an Aug. 2 address. "At the same time, people are the only ones who can renew and strengthen family life. "The crisis of family life is a direct result of the crisis in the spiritual and moral life of our nation," said Cardinal Bevilac- qua, formerly bishop of Pitts- burgh. "None of us can remain silent or inactive," he added, urging a variety of steps, in- cluding prayer. Cardinal Mahony, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Pro-Life Activities Committee, dis- cussed the implications of in- cluding abortion in a national health care reform package. Among other results, "Catholic health care providers would likely have to refer pa- tients to abortionists," Cardi- nal Mahony said. "It would mean that the See KNIGHTS page 2 i i i i i