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The Message --for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana August 16, 1996 II I I Daughters of Charity install new leader at Provincial Assembly In a week when many Ameri- cans tuned in to see an Olympic flame burning brightly from At- lanta, the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul met in Evansville to fan the fire of their charism -- service of the poor. Sisters from seven states -- 76 delegates, 22 auditors, and a number of visitors -- gathered July 28 through August 4 at Mater Dei Provincialate to con- sider the theme, "Inculturation of the Charism in a Changing World." The week of prayer, presenta- tions, and voting on postulates (proposals for changes) concluded when the torch of community leadership was passed from Sis- ter Dorothea H, uber to Sister Catherine Madigan. Sister Madi- gan, who will lead the Commu- nity's East Central Province, was installed as Visitatrix at Seton Residence's chapel on the Provin- cial grounds. She was selected through a consultation held ear- lier this summer. The Daughters of Charity is a society of apostolic women founded in France by St. Vin- cent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac in 1633. They have five provinces in the United States. In addition to holding annual meetings, the sisters conduct a Provincial Assembly every six years in preparation for a world- wide General Assembly. The General Assembly is scheduled to take place in Paris, France, in May 1997. There are approx- imately 27,000 Daughters of Charity throughout the world During the Provincial Assem- bly, Sister Julia Huiskamp was selected as regional representa- tive for the meeting in Paris. Sister Huiskamp, who ministers in East St. Louis, Ill., will join Sister Catherine at the General Assembly. Sister Maureen Schmalzried and Sister Theresa Peck were chosen as alternate delegates. Energy pervaded the Provin- cial meetings as sisters reflected on inculturation. IncuIturation has to do with how family and ethnic roots shape our values, assumptions, opinions, and self- image and how it influences the manner in which we interact with others. Guest speakers Bishop Ken= neth Untener, from the Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan, and Sis- ter Marion Bill, a Daughter of Charity from the Province of the West, also offered talks on in- culturation. Bishop Untener re- minded the sisters of the gospel call to tell the Good News to the whole world, but in a manner which respects diversity. He in- vited the sisters to reflect upon what drives them in their min- istry. Sister Bill sparked discus- sion on how both conscious and subconscious aspects of culture affect our interactions with oth- ers. Sister Huber offered conclud- ing comments, quoting St. Paul's letter to Timothy: "He said, 'Let us stir into flame the gift of God," remarked Sister Dorothea "What have we 'stirred into flame,' during this Assembly?" she asked. "To me, and I hope to you, we have fired the flame with 'our gift' -our Vincentian Spirit. For it is only this spirit that will keep the flame burning brightly for the good of the poor." Sister Huber was honored for her six years of service as Visi- tatrix in a prayer service held Saturday afternoon at St. Mary's hospital chapel. It was followed by a dinner. Vincentian Father Richard McCullen coneelebrated the liturgy in which Sister Madigan was installed as Visitatrix. Vin- centian Father Patrick Harrity, director of the East Central Province, and Vincentian Fa- ther Glennon Figge co-presided. Father McCullen is a resident of Ireland. He is the former Supe- rior General of the Congiegati on of the Mission, a community of priests founded (as were the Daughters of Charity) by St. Vincent de Paul. Sister Madigan, who previ- - ously served at St. Mary's Parish in Huntingburg, offered the following reflection during the closing liturgy: "This is a walk in faith for all of us," she said. "We've come this far by faith. I hope that together we can continue to walk by faith into the twenty-first century. My prayer for all of us is that we will have the eyes to see the needs of the poor, the ears to lis- ten, the mouth to speak for the poor, and a courageous heart willing to risk and reach oht to what the charity of Jesus christ crucified impels us to do." This article was submitted for publication by the Daughters of" Charity. Liberian Archbishop. says peace process requires disarmament By JENNIFER REED Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Peace cannot be achieved in Liberia without first disarming the country's warring factions, said Archbishop Michael Fran- cis of Monrovia, Liberia. In addition, he said, estab- lishing peace will require setting up an international committee to supervise the next elections. Archbishop Francis spoke in Washington Aug. 7 to a meeting sponsored by a number of orga- nizations, including the Africa Faith and Justice Network, the Catholic Task Force on Africa and the Washington Office on Africa. He repeatedly stressed that "peace can only come to Liberia if there is complete dis- armament." The archbishop said some people.have misinterpreted his country's nearly seven-year war as an ethnic or tribal conflict. But, he said, "it is a war of greecl and power" that has resulted in "Liberians killing Liberians." Young children, often on drugs, participate in he fight- ing and killing, he said. "They only know how to de- stroy and to kill.., to kill well," he said. Archbishop Francis said his visit to Washington allowed him "to touch base with" religious personnel associated with the Society for African Missions, who were among those evacu- ated from Liberia in April. Currently, the pastoral work of the church in Liberia "is at a standstill" because so few per- sonnel are available, he said in an interview with CNS. The per- sonnel shortage is particularly acute in parishes outside the archdiocese. "We have over 20 parishes outside of Monrovia, and all are closed except three," Archbishop Francis said. He said all of the Archdiocese of Monrovia's 14 parishes are in operation, and the archdiocese is staffed by two nuns and 15 priests. The archbishop said U.S. Catholics can help alert U.S. government officials to the prob- lems in Liberia and "sensitize them to the need to support the peace process." Catholics can give "moral and financial sup- port to the organizations that are assisting the Liberian peo- ple," he added. According to a statement by the bishops of Liberia, the war has caused the death of more than 150,000 people, wounded thousands, sent hundreds of thousands of Liberians fleeing to other countries and left al- most a million displaced inside the country. Archbishop Francis, Bishop Boniface Dalieh of Cape Palmas and Bishop Benedict Sekey of Gbarnga issued their statement from the United States Aug. I. They stated that the religious .... health and educational institu" tions of the Liberian church have been destroyed. "Due to the prevailing and un- certain situation in Liberia, the Catholic Church cannot ade- quately operate its institutions until.., the situation improves and warrants the rehabilitation and operation of those institu" tions," the statement said. Archbishop Francis said the Liberian peace process calls for Catholics to be outspoken on the need for peace. "We still have to be prophets and we have been," he said. "We must speak out -- regardless o the consequences." Federal judge rules not to destroy confession tape; appeal planned PORTLAND, Ore. (CNS) -- A federal judge's decision Aug. 12 not to allow destruction of a tape recording of an Oregon prisoner's sacramental confes- sion will have a chilling effect on religious practice, according to Archbishop Francis E. George. "Citizens of all religions or none should be dismayed that the state may now, with im- punity, violate fundamental re- ligious practice," saidthe Port- land archbishop in an Aug. 12 statement. U.S. District Judge Owen Panner ruled earlier that day that the role of the tape in a murder case outweighs the Catholic Church's interest in having it destroyed. His decision followed a lower court ruling in June denying the church's request to destroy the tape. Archbishop George said the church would appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and if necessary to the U.S. Supreme Court. The recording was made in secret by the Lane County sher- iffs department when a suspect Construction Continued from page 1 Precious Blood was built when the parish formed from members of St. Joseph Church, Jasper, 39 years ago, according to Pfau. "We were a growing parish back then. Knowing you can't do ev- erything at once, they built it with intentions of converting it into a gym later." The new church will have a sloped floor and the altar will be more visible from all areas of the church, he said. The parish building will be renovated, four new classrooms and an office area are planned to be added. Vogler said the school, pre- school through grade 5, has ove 165 students enrolled. With the renovations, he said, there will be rooms designated for art, choir, and, "if the day comes for all-day kindergarten, we will have room for it," he said. Pfau said land is not a prob- lem when it comes to expanding on the site. The expected com- pletion date is September 1997 as construction is set to begin later this month. Streicher Con- struction is the general contrac- tor. Pfau believes the construction will benefit all the parishioners. The parents and children look forward to newer school facilities and older parishioners look for- ward to attending church in a new building. "We get a whole community interaction," Pfau said. rhereql be something for everybody." in a murder case, Conan Wayne Hale, asked to speak with a priest for the sacrament of con- fession. The existence of the tape became public in April and the 'Archdiocese of Portland has sought to have it destroyed as a violation of constitutional reli- gious freedom guarantees. Panner said he accepted the church's argument that the "freedom rights of the priest who heard the sacramental confes- sion. He did not, however, rule on the legality of the county's action in making the tape. Hale filed an affidavit with the court a week earlier, claim- ing the recording would show he told Father Timothy Mockaitis that his co-defendant commit- ted the murders of three teens recordingviolatedthereligious whose bodies wereound near mmmmlmmmml mmmmmmmm m mm Worth mentioning... Workshop will 'Jumpstart your parish social ministry' "Jumpstart your Parish Social Ministry with Parish Care and Concern" is the title of a workshop sponsored by Catholic Charities at the Catholic Center Saturday, August 24, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sister of St. Joseph Ann Amen, of Erie Pa., has begun Care andConcern groups in 33 parishes in her diocese, and before that, in 76 parishes in the Diocese of Brisbane, Australia. She brings to the workshop her own manual and a video presen- tation of her work in the U.S. since her return from Australia, where she spent seventeen and one-half years developing the ministry. The workshop is open to the public. A fee of $7.50 per per- son covers materials and lunch. Nia Dancers will welcome Sister Jane Nesmith The Nia Dancers will present a short program of cultural dance and a reception Saturday, August 24, at 7 p.m., St. John Church, 617 Bellemeade, Evansville. The program is to wel- come St. John's new parish life coordinator, Sister Jane Ne- smith, a Blessed Sacrament Sister from Seattle, Washington, who began her service at St. John parish on August 14. The public is invited to attend the program and reception. The dancers will serve refreshments. Springfield, Ore. Hale's attorney has said she wants to use the tape to showy her client did not kill the teeS" agers. Archbishop George said the "failure of the court to recognlZV that this tape violates the f_un damental religious rights olpa Americans is a cause of grv sadness and concern." 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