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0 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana " September 9, 1 I Motivational speaker to focus on teen abstiencel Milton Greagh, a nationally- know motivational speaker for teenagers, will give a series of presentations at Evansville area schools Sept. 12, 13, and Washington Continued from page 4 family farms, increased concen- tration of production, the substi- tution of capital for labor, the demise of family farms and the demise of main streets." The one saving grace could come in the 1995 farm bill, and from a couple of unlikely sources. Supersize hog farms create a lot of hog manure. It can't be hidden -- least of all the smell. Urban lawmakers in Congress, Heffernan said, could satisfy environment- and nutrition- minded constituents by pro- moting subsidies for sustain- able agriculture over agribusiness practices. 14. His talk, which is titled "Cre- ating Your Own Style," will correlate with the Junior Men- tal Health Association's year- "What's happening out there is more of the same of what happened here 100 years ago," said Todd Garland, executive director of the Catholic Com- mittee of Appalachia. Then, subsistence farms were bought by energy compa- nies, he said. Today, 75 per- cent of Appalachia has "absen- tee owners," Garland said, and tenants can't even use their land for gardening. "If we were demanding land reform, we'd get the same re- sponse as when the Central American peasants were de- manding (it). The National Guard would be out after us," Garland said. long campaign on abstinence before marriage and on mak- ing good choices. Creagh will speak at a Sept. 12 Rappin' meeting, held at the VFW Post on Wabash Avenue in Evansville. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. and he will speak to area high school stu- dents at 7 p.m. During the Rappin' meeting, Junior Men- tal Health Association mem- bers will perform skits on ab- stinence. Students, parents, teachers and counselors are in- vited to attend. Creagh is also scheduled to speak to Catholic school stu- dents on September 14. He will be at St. Benedict School, Evansville, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., and at Resurrection School, Evansville, from 12:15 to 1:25 p.m. During the Sept. 12 Rappin' meeting, Junior Health Association members will perform skits on nence. Above, John Pulcini, Kara Vozel, Lori Culver Trent Engbers, all students at Memorial High Evansville, rehearse a skit on abstinence titled "Why Study program marking 20 years in Catholic parishes By MARIA RUIZ SCAPEA Catholic News Service NORMAN, Okla. (CNS) Two lay people 20 years ago asked a simple question: "Why can't we have a Catholic Bible study?" What evolved is an interna- tional Scripture study program used in more than 8,000 parishes throughout the United States and 10 other ceuntes. "This is a dead-center Vati- can II program inspired by the laity," said Benedictine Abbot Jerome Kodell, author of the Little Rock Scripture Study program. "It was the laity who contacted me. The truth is, if they hadn't, none of us reli- gious would have thought of it." In the early 1970s, the pro- gram's lay founders, Fred and Tammy Woell of Little Rock, Ark., began studying the Bible with Protestant neighbors. After deciding to become a Catholic, Mrs. Woell was reluc- tant to continue Bible studies without grounding in Catholic beliefs. They eventually contacted then-Father Kodell, a Scrip- ture scholar who had just re- turned from Rome. "That was on a Wednesday," recalled Mrs. Woell in an inter- view. "Father Jerome was at our house the next Monday." Now abbot of the Subiaco Abbey in Little Rock, the priest agreed to guide the Scripture study and write a set of ques- tions to help participants apply the readings to their own lives. The first day of class, Sept. 9, 1974, 150 people showed up at St. John's Center in Little Rock to study the Acts of the Apostles. The room had been set up for 50. "The next day we went out and bought more chairs," said Fred Woell. "That was our first hint that this was going to be bigger than we thought." Offered through the diocese's Office of Religious Education, the program thrived locally and around the state. In 1978, Little Rock Scripture Study was introduced at a national meeting of diocesan liaisons for the charismatic renewal move- ment as an example of Bible study resources. The enthusiastic response it met grew into small groups across the country using the Little Rock Scripture Study. It is now the largest Catholic Scripture program in the coun- try, and still operates out of the Diocese of Little Rock. The office is staffed by five diocesan employees at the Catholic cen- ter. "My study of Scripture taught me the power of God's word to transform lives," re- membered Abbot Kodell. "But I was still surprised when this began to happen before my eyes. At the beginning, we were preparing a sing!e, local source. We didn't know or have answers for everything that was to happen. The master- mind was the Holy Spirit. "The people themselves con- tinue to teach me the meaning of the text, 'the Word is alive."' Abbot Kodell attributes the success of the program to its origins and development in a rural diocese. That required the course work to be self-con- tained, not dependent upon a local seminary, expert or uni- versity. "Everything had to be there. The text, the commen- tary, the sources approved by the church." The program now offers 20 courses for adults, five for young adults and two for chil- dren. This year, leadership training materials and the first Scripture study were published in Spanish. A simple format of four ele- ments makes Little Rock Scripture Study adaptable to different situations: daily per- sonal reading; weekly small- group sessions; a wrap-up lec- ture; and personal and conversational prayer. A five-week leadership train- ing program designed by the Woells in 1974 is still in use. Lay people in the parish con- duct the training, which ex- plains the rationale, format and materials of the program, demonstrates group dynamics skills and teaches leaders to use and direct conversational prayer. It also forms the parish into a faith group familiar with the Bible study program and committed to its success. Father Steven J. Binz, cur-  Peoples Trust Company SOUTH MAIN STREET P.O. 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