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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana August Poor Clares celebrate Clinton issues 100 years in Evansville The Poor Clares of Evansville celebrated a special centennial anniversary Aug. 12, one ofsev- eral events scheduled in 1997. Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger was the main celebrant at the anniversary Mass, which was followed by a reception at the monastery on Nurrenbern Road west of Evansville. The Mass was celebrated one hundred years to the day that the first Monastery of the Poor Clares on Kentucky Avenue in Evansville was dedicated. The old monastery was designed for 50 sisters.The sis- ters moved to their current home on July 6, 1984. There are now 17 members of the commu- nity. Joining in the anniversary celebration were priests who have served as chaplains, mem- bers of other religious commu- nities, supporters and friends of the Poor Clares. After Mass, participants enjoyed refreshments served in the nuns' screened house and under a tent-on monastery grounds. The Poor Clares were founded in the United States by Mother Mary Magdalen Bentivoglio, who died in Evansville in 1905. The Poor Clares have set up a "heritage room" within the monastery, where they have her bed and other items used by her. Members of the Poor Clare community join with friends and supporters to celebrate Mass on the one federal religious freedom guidelines By JERRY FILTEAU Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) Federal employees in their workplaces may wear religious emblems, discuss religion and invite fellow workers to join their faith under new religious freedom guidelines President Clinton sent out Aug. 14 to heads of all federal agencies. The guidelines say that if employees can get together in a cafeteria at lunch to discuss pol- itics or sports, they can't be barred from using the same time and space to discuss the Bible or the Koran. Announcing the guidelines at a press conference in the Old Executive Office Building, Clin- ton said, "Religious freedom is at the heart of what it means to be an American." Added Vice President A1 Gore, "We have to do more to protect and advance religious freedom." At a follow-up briefing on the White House lawn, White House Counsel William P. Marshall told reporters that the aim was to clarify existing law and policy in areas where "there has always been confusion," such as the permissibility of having reli- gious books at one's desk. At the briefing, members of expression by federal employees Ill extent possible, |I ' to the greatest L. consistent with requirementsd r V law and interests in workplaCe efficiency." " The guidelines distinguish between work time and petShi al time at the workplace an: between private work areas au thee of general public acceSS,  hey distinguish between a hr employee's freedom ofexPes" "A sion and the more limited .' v dom of supervisors, whoSe  y q gious expression in m ? . contexts, because of their p0sr vc might reaSOn,, : tion of authomty, .... calf .a.r ably appear "as coerclve,,v;; |e it was not intended as stW n nc regulati t The sa age Y , Y Y . sf0r on workers' speech or aci] ce etilClV " lifo= tfhrm of personal er [q ] sion is permitted in a par t, context, another expressio _c" I not ordinarily be prohibited [h h the same context simply becaUs0 it is religious. Included in the i idelinas are of ractice }i concrete examples P e. el permitted or barred by the  n of , Under a rule on freed'ork expression in one's private area two examples are,C!e, :,p  :i'!" :, "An employee may : t" Bible or Koran on her Pa desk and read it dtti: Mother Mary Magdalen has hundredth anniversary of the dedication of their orlg. the interreligious coalition that been declared "Venerable"-- the inal monastery building in Evansville. helped draft the guidelines breaks. rici:ll . first step toward canonization. . -- Message photo by Paul R. Leingang expressed hope that state gov- "An agency may --,reS'cert;i a ernments and private employ- posters, or rosters oz or n erR will use the federal guide- 'di" ' " '" ..... lines as models in their s'-i: t Wo th Me " "ng " workplacesaswell, i r nttont . . . "Theguidelinesaremoregen- ! erous than many people thought employer tynically ca .0 s out rehlo .,,re" religion could be treated in the us or an ti'relig Father Denis professes temporary vows past, said the Re.v. Oliver posters for harsher or P r*- i A man ordained as a priest of the Diocese of Memphis pro- fessed his temporary vows as a Benedictine monk of St. Meinrad Archabbey, Aug. 6. Accepting the name of a patron saint, Father S. Lynn Robinson is now known as Father Denis. He was ordained a priest June 12, 1993. He began his novi- tiate at St. Meinrad in August 1996. His temporary vows con- tinue for three years, during which time he will continue to study the monastic heritage and life. At the end of the three years, he may be permitted to profess solemn vows, binding him to the St. Meinrad community for life. 250 St. Meinrad alumni return for reunion Father Robert Kress, a priest of the Diocese of Evansville who is currently teaching at Bellarmine College in Louisville, FATHER DENIS opened the sixty-ninth annual Alumni Reunion at St. Mein- rad Archabbey with a workshop on the topic, "Our Past is Our " Future: Yes and No!" About 250 alumni, including Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger, attended the reunion, Aug. 5 through 8. The Distinguished Alumnus Award was presented to Benedictine Father Boniface Hardin, for his work in founding Martin University in Indianapolis in 1977. Pilgrimage to Paris (Illinois) cancelled A"Pilgrimage to Paris on the Prairie" in central Illinois, planned to coincide with World Youth Day activities in Paris, France, was cancelled due to low registration. The organizers, Teens Encounter Christ of Springfield, Ill., needed at least 1,000 youth to make the event finan- cially feasible, but only about 650 registrations had been received by Aug. 8. Sisters of St. Benedict mark 130 years The Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand were to commemorate the 130th anniversary of their religious community, Aug. 20. Monks from nearby St. Meinrad Archabbey were invited to come to the Monastery Immacul'ate Conception for a tour, Evening Prayer and dinner The anniversary marks the day, Aug. 20, 1867, when four young Benedictine Sisters arrived in Ferdinand from Covington, Ky., to teach the area's German settlers. Seeking sponsors for older school children As students return to school in the United States, the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging notes that only one in 100 Mayan youth finish high school in Guatamala. CFCA is seeking sponsors for older students. For more information, write CFCA, One Elm- wood Ave., Kansas City, KS 66103. Telephone (800) 875-6564. tial treatment." ,.s,laY of I? The guidelines say O ,b"  religious items in placeS_,difit lic access may be restrw,ed | reasonably conSr t " mght be .^,e as representing ,'gow,'-  endorsement of re!'gno,e to work laces r federal employ ;ewel.. ersonal religious J eS I P ' mstanC t absent, s p ecial crct --s : t b. such as safer concer" .s'ffir . ., . Y-t. nOn' J m]gnr require a u. . ., lar nonreligious jew the 13-page SCHNELL ,ligi  FOR coMPLLTIG:- Ex ,, ELECTRICAL (fl, r VINC" pla, ,' FISCHER ELEC2-'TN md tl SCHNELLVILI-:' na , 389"2-'a18  iii Ed. Lee = L. Mortuary Thomas, special counsel for reli- gious and civil liberties of the National Council of Churches." He said the message of the guidelines is, "Don't be afraid of religion in the workplace; as long as it doesn't interfere with the smooth and efficient opera- tion of government services, it ought to be permitted." "This is particularly helpful to minority religions," said Rabbi David Saperstein, Washington representative of the Union of American Hebrew Congrega- tions. According to "Guidelines on Religious Exer- cise and Religious Expression in the Federal Workplace," feder- al departments and agencies "shall permit personal religious 101 North Meridian Street ,1 ashington, IN 254-3612 , ! ate [ Pastoral Associat00 ! [ I St. AnthOny Church.E'vansville ! I " Applications accepted untilpositkn is filled I j I BachelorofArtsdegreedesired Iii I SEND RESUME TO: Search Committee .St. AnthlY (:} I Church_. 704 First Avenue. Evnacp:COrn .,J |t [ Fax: (812)424-5498 E-mail: rjdavidson@pi,nc"