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E S S CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 20 NUMBER 2 SEPTEMBER 8, 1989 Ministry Day V will be held October 14 By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor Publicity information is being being prepared for distribution throughout the diocese this weekend about Ministry Day V, scheduled at the Robert E. Green Convention Center, Evansville, Oct. 14, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mitch and Kathy Finley will give the keynote address. The theme of Ministry Day V is "The Family as Church... the Church as Family." The Finleys are nationally recognized authorities on family life and the Church. They are the parents of three children, veteran directors of parish religious education programs and former directors of the Family Life Of- rice in the Diocese of Spokane. Mitch Finley is the author of four books and numerous articles contributed to newspapers and magazines. The Finleys are co-authors of the book, "Christian Families in the Real World: Reflections on a Spirituality for the Domestic Church," published by Thomas More Press. Four focus sessions are planned in the late morning, to be repeated in the early afternoon. -- "Family Times, Holy Times" will See MINISTRY page 15 Back to school Bishop Francis R. Shea celebrated a Back to School Mass with students at St. John the Baptist School, Newburgh, last week. Third graders, above, presented the gifts to the bishop and Father Henry Kuykendall, associate pastor, and Father Joseph Ziliak, pastor. The students are Jennifer Granger, Linsey Nance and Justin Wayne. Bishop Shea encouraged the students to work hard in school because "God has lots of important things for you to do and you've got to be ready." -- Message Photo by Mary Ann Hughes Catholic-Jewish impasse over Auschwitz continues By JOHN THAVIS Catholic News Service OSWIECIM, Poland (CNS) -- Despite continuing calls for peaceful dialogue, the war of words over a Carmelite con- vent at Auschwitz escalated rapidly in late August and early September. At Oswiecim -- the Polish name for Auschwitz -- and elsewhere in Poland, major Jewish organizations boycotted ceremonies for the 50th anniversary of Development Director hired for Evansville Catholic high schools By MARY ANN HUGHES Message Staff Writer Glenda Ossenberg has been selected as full-time Development Director for the Evansville Catholic High Schools, according to Justin C]ements, director of development for the Diocese of Evansville. She was chosen for the job because of her "impressive creden- tials," C]ements said. She begins her duties Sept. 18 at the Catholic Center following training in Indianapolis. She will be responsible for long-range planning, recruiting ef- forts and fund raising at both Mater Dei and Memorial high schools in Evansville. She was selected for the position because "she is a respected member of the community," Clements said. "She has a strong commitment to Catholic schools. She has demonstrated a lot of ability in dealing with people and she has boon very active as a businesswoman. She knows how to organize well." She has served on the board of direc- tors at Welbom Baptist Hospital. She is a member of the American Business Women Association and has served on that association's Ways and Means Committee and as bulletin chairperson. She also worked on the Finance Com- nlittee for U.S. Senator Richard Lugar. GLENDA OSSENBERG She has also served as chairperson for the annual Friends and Alumni auction at Memorial High School. Her husband, Bob, is currently the president of the Friends and Alumni Association at Memorial. She most recently has worked for American Express Contractor and Ellis Park. She was the owner and manager of Linen Hans and a Baskin Robbins. She also worked at Zefdlar Floral Company. She studied at the University of Alabama, the start of World War II to protest the refusal of top Polish church authorities to honor a 1987 agreement to move the convent from its site near a former Nazi death camp which Jews regard as the chief symbol of the Holocaust. Cardinal Franciszek Macharski of Krakow tried to defuse some of the ten- sions with a plea for "an end to hostility and hatred toward Judaism" during a ceremony Sept. 2 near the twin death camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau, where some 4 million people, most of them Jews, were killed during the war. "In this horrible place, the decision must be strengthened against evil which dominated here. No -- to hostili- ty and hatred toward Judaism. No -- to all contempt and racial prejudice. No -- to the will to dominate over others, to conquests, disdain and destruction of religion," he said. The cardinal made no move, however, to reverse his decision to sus- pend indefinitely the removal of the convent. He told reporters only that he was "committed to dialogue" as the way to settle the dispute. Just before the ceremony he told Albert Assouline, a Parisian Jew and one of the few Jewish leaders who at- tended, "I hope that despite all the obstacles, the dialogue will continue." The newest round of bitter controver- sy over the convent began Aug. 10 when Cardinal Macharski, complaining,, of "bad faith" and "a violent campaign of 'accusations and defamation in some Western Jewish communities," said he would not move the Carmelite nuns under those circumstances. Cardinal Jozef Glemp of Gniezno and Warsaw, head of the Polish hierarchy, See CA THOLIC-JEWISH page 2 On the inside ......... - ........................................................ Catechetical Sunday -- Plans for third weekend in September, on page 3. Corpus Christi ChUrch -- Feature parish, story and photos, on pages 8 and 9. School Enrollment -- Facts and figures, on page 14. Retirement fund report -- First facts after one year, on page 16. ......................... Im)l| .................................. ' ....  ................................................