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27, 1993 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 11 Bernard's bells should soon be ringing Richard presents a check for $10,000 to Father Raymond pastor at St. Bernard Church, Rockport. The money 11 be used to restore the church bells at St. Bernard's. is an employee at Peabody Coal Company and John above, left, is Peabody Coal's vice-president-of [NG EVANSVILLE-NEWBURGH ELBERFELD AREA SINCE 1911" DEPENDABILITY & )N Locations Serve You 100 E. COLUMBIA, EVANSVILLE IMPSON FUNERAL HOME 853-8314 & 510 JENNINGS, NEWBURGH . ....: 983-4211 J, ELBERFELD, IND. A $10,000 gift from a Peabody Coal Company em- ployee will be used to restore the church bells at St. Bernard Church, Rockport, according to Father Raymond Kuper, pastor. Don Richard, a senior pro- ject engineer at Peabody Coal, won first-place in an em- ployee photo competition sponsored by Pulse magazine. As award winner, he won the opportunity to designate a local organization to receive $10,000 in his name. Richard requested that the money be used to restore the church bells at St. Bernard's which have not been rung in several years, according to Fathe - kuoer. Th: ,ockport parish was founded in 1850 and the church was built in 1875. The bells were originally installed in 1917 after a fire destroyed everything but the church walls. Speaker says women religious face both hope and uncertainity DALLAS (CNS) -- U.S. women religious face a future filled with hope, but also with ambiguity and uncer- tainty, speakers said at a mid- August assembly in Dallas of some 830 leaders of U.S. women's orders. The uncertainty is there be- cause of "the charismatic and prophetic nature of religious life itself," said Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister Margaret Brennan, keynote speaker Aug. 15, the first full day of the Aug. 14-18 meeting of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Conference members are leaders of about 88,000 women religious in the United States. (Among participants was Providence Sisters Nancy Nolan, general superior of the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary of the Woods. Also par- ticipating were Sisters Rose Ann Eaton, Marie McCarthy, Ann Margaret O'Hara and Judy Shanahan, general coun- cilors of the religious congre- gation.) Sister Brennan, a former head of the LCWR and now professor emerita of pastoral theology at Regis College, Toronto School of Theology, said a hallmark of religious renewal since the Second Vatican Council has been the rediscovery by church au- thorities and religious orders that religious life itself should be understood as a charism, a gift of the Spirit for the church. "It was with this mandate and challenge that we re- turned to the spirit and ori- gins of our beginnings, seek- ing in them for sources of revitalization in our life and ministry that would find ex- pression in new ways," she said. Among "urgent challenges" to which the Spirit may be calling religious orders todav are the ecological and femi'- nist movements, she said. "The discernment of what we as Christian feminists have perceived as a gift of the Holy Spirit to the church has and continues to be a painful reality .... Our basic inequality remains," Sister Brennan said. "The women's movement in the church is not intended to overthrow its rich tradi- tion," she said. Rather, it in- volves a "revisioning" of all aspects of church life "that not only reflects women's ex- perience, but offers a correc- tive as well to all that contin- ues to denigrate women and deny the exercise of their gifts," she said. Mercy Sister Janet Ruffing, a theologian at Fordham Uni- versity in New York, used the image of dying embers that burst into new flame to de- scribe women religious today. Reviewing several recent in-depth studies of religious life in a talk Aug. 17, Sister Ruffing said many of the major changes affecting women's orders are the result of living in a transitional era. "Not only is religious life itself on a strange and per- ilous journey, but so too is the planet and its cultures .... Religious life has not consoli- dated in its new form because all of the larger contexts af- fecting it remain as yet inco- herent," she said. While some research points to weaknesses such as ten- sions within communities, declining numbers and con- fusion about religious iden- tity, she said, other research suggests signs of new vitality. "I remain convinced," she said, "that whatever religious life will be in the coming mil- lennium, it will rise up again from the dying embers of the present moment. Despite the enormous challenges reli- gious life as an institution faces in the next 10 years, there are new experiences of God and fresh passion for ministry which continue to burst into flame within and among us." ! Church/World I Mother Teresa better Mother Teresa of Cal- cutta was in better condi- tion after being hospital- ized for malaria, complicated by breathing problems, a hospital bui- letin said, Aug. 23. ['he su- perior general of the Mis- sionaries of Charity was admitted to the All-India Institute of Medical Sci- ences Aug. 20. Amnesty rejected El Salvador's Supreme Court has rejected a request for amnesty from the con- victod killer, o MILLER & MILLER  "Funeral Pro-Planning Since 1940" 424-9274 I I I I COMPLETE INSURANCE SERVICE Autol Home! Fire & Life! Your Personal Service Agent James L. Will Ins. Agency Inc. 1925 W. Franklin Street 425-3i87 I I Illll I II I I II u