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0 The Message --for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana August 30, 1996 III III Women religious address nonviolence, women's role in Church WASIIINGTON (CNS) -- Leaders of the nation's women religious discussed and acted on their belief in nonviolence at a national meeting of the Leader- ship Conference of Women Reli- gious in August. Shortly before, at their behest the LCWR executive council is- sued an analysis of ways the role of women in the church can be advanced. Among the recommendations were proposals to increase the employment of women at all lev- els of church administration and to consider ordaining women as permanent deacons. The day before the opening of the Aug. 17-21 meeting in At- lanta, about 450 heads of women's orders arrived early to participate in a prayer vigil at the School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Ga., where Cen- tral and South American sol- diers are trained. Among them was Sister Golden Jubilarians Frances Brenner, a School Sis- ter of St. Francis from Milwau- kee, whose cousin, Jesuit Father J. Guadalupe Carney, was mur- dered in Honduras in 1983. "We think someone from the School of the Americas was in- volved" in the priest's torture and murder, Sister Brenner said. The prayer vigil was the largest protest ever held at the military training site, whose graduates include military offi- cers implicated in human rights abuses in several Latin Ameri- can nations. The theme of the LCWR meeting, which drew more than 900 religious superiors repre- senting some 70,000 U.S. sis- ters, was 'rhe Fierce Urgency of Now: Imagining Leadership for a Nonviolent World." Franciscan Sister Nancy Schreck of Dubuque, Iowa, out- going LCWR president, chal- lenged the leaders to ask them- Gerald and Rosemarie (Wolf) Owens will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 5 p.m. Aug. 31 at St. Agnes Church, Evansville. A reception for friends and family will be held at their daughter Dorothy Gates' home. The couple was married Aug. 31, 1946, atSa- cred Heart Church, Evansville. They are the parents of three children: Diana Sandefur of Chandler, Dorothy Gates of Evansville, and Daniel Owens of Omaha, Neb. They have four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Mr. Owens retired from Sterling Brewery in 1985. Mrs. Owens worked for St. Mary's Hospital, and she was a deputy as- sessor for Perry Township. AUTO TOPS. SEAT COVERS. BOAT COVERS STEREO SALES & INSTALLATIONS Washington Auto Trim 27 Years Service 254-3943 HWY 50 EAST, BEHIND UPS CENTER EUGENE WELP, OWNER I I selves, "What can we do to be peacemakers in this land of vio- lence?" She compared the living of nonviolence in today's violent world with the ancient exile of the Israelites when they were enslaved in Babylon but kept their identity, their hope and their faith despite the efforts of their captors to destroy their spirit. "Our first work," she said, "is to foster members' sense of their identity as exiles whose values are clearly at odds with those of the dominant culture. Exiles need to be at home in their mi- nority status.., living prophet- ically." The assembly passed a reso- lution committing the LCWR to prepare for the jubilee year 2000 "by promoting the roles of women in society through re- gional gatherings of women." The promotion of women's roles in the church was the theme of a 101-page book, "Cre- ating a Home: Benchmarks for Church Leadership Roles for Women," issued shortly before the assembly by the LCWR ex- ecutive committee. It proposed 15 "benchmarks" to assess church progress in the advance- ment o'f women. The proposals ranged from aggressively recruiting women for church leadership posts to assuring just pay for all church employees. They included full use of women's pastoral, minis- terial and spiritual gifts and more support for the education of women in professional church fields. One proposal asked for a se- rious national dialogue among scholars, bishops, religious and laity on the possibility and de- sirability of seeking permission from Rome to ordain women to the permanent diaconate. Another said church educa- tional materials at all levels should be evaluated, and revised i M&S Fire & Safety Equip. Co. Inc. Over 25 years sales and servJce in the Tri-state 670 E. Franklin 424-3863 i L_ HAUBSTADT ELECTRIC Licensed Bonded. Insured Industrial, Commercial and Residential PO Box 405 TONY NAZARIO Haubstadt, IN 47639 812-768-5207 1-800-766-2787 (812) 254-2641 SAVINGS BANK, FSB 200 E Van Trees St, Washington 500 Main St., Petersburg MUENSTERMAN'S FIRESTONE SERVICE, INC. 1400 W. Franklin Evansville, IN 424-5000 All You Care To Eat Buffet Dining FAMILY STYLE DINING AND A-LA CARTE BANQUET ROOMS AVAILABLE PRE-ARRANGED AMISH TOURS 486-3977 Flea Market May -- October J ust off Hwy. 50 Tuesday and Wednesday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in Montgomery, IN Z mm [ Ii i I I I I| I n II I I I1= where necessary, to reflect ade- quately the history of women's role in [he church and "the the- ological foundations for the equality of women." In a talk at the Atlanta as- sembly Aug. 20, St. Joseph Sis- ter Helen Prejean urged LCWR members to "be about the work of justice, Gospel work . . . to walk into the places where the poor people are.., to look open- eyed and unblinking into the face of evil and bring God's mes- sage." Sister Prejean's book, "Dead Man Walking," describing her experiences ministering to death-row inmate Patrick Son- nier in the'Louisiana State Pen- itentiary, was made into a highly acclaimed movie starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. Of her spiritual support for men facing execution she said, "Love is there and God is there and grace is there; it is a mo- ment of critical grace." In a panel discussion Aug. 19 on leadership in the face of per- sonal or institutional violence, four current or past "leadersof women's communities described how their communities worked through such situations. In their diverse situations the rape-murder of a member of One community, the murder of five foreign missionaries in am other, a bitter strike at a Mercy Sisters' hospital and a long struggle of several orders with Vatican authorities -- the lead, ers described the need for rec, onciliation and nonviolence as a community stance. Shortly before the LCWR as- sembly, the Washington-based Retirement Fund for Religious released promotional materials for this year's colleqtion for needy retired religious, to be taken up Dec. 7-8 in most parishes. The fund, a joint project of the national conference of bishops and men and women reli has brought in more than million since 1988 to help reli, gious communities care for their older members. Study offers women's 'benchmarks' WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The executive committee of the Lead- ership Conference of Women Re- ligious has proposed 15 "bench- marks" to advance women in church leadership roles and as- sess the church's progress in that area. The proposals range from ag- gressively recruiting women for leadership posts to assuring just pay for all church employees. They include full use pastoral, ministerial and spit i tual gifts and more support for the education of women in pro: fessional church fields. ,, A copy of the 101,,.page report, Creating a Home is available for $_l_O from LCWR, 8808 Cameeror. ot.n ., Silver Spring, M1) 20910-4113. Phone: (301) 588" 4955. 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