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__September 30, 1994 The Message  for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana I Church leaders meet on future of ministry into the 21st century. The National Center for Pas- toral Leadership convened the Sept. 22-24 meeting. It was closed to the press, except for a bri'ef segment before a press conference on the final day. (James Corr, director of reli- gious education for the Diocese of Evansville, is a member of the Operations Board of the National Center for Pastoral Leadership, and served as a member of the staff for the three-day session.) "We are dealing with ques- tions of the shortage of priests, the credibility of our ministers, the training of our ministers, where they will come from, and how ministry will best serve the church of the future," said Timo- thy B. Ragan, founder and presi- dent of the center, in summariz- ing the meeting's focus. Among participants were By JERRY FILTEAU Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- "Yot cannot ignore this church. What happens to the Catholic ministerial system is going to affect everyone in this nation," the president emeritus of Catholic Charities USA told Some 200 Catholic leaders Sept. 24. Father Thomas J. Harvey, a pastor, addressed a national meeting in Washing- ton on the future of ministry. The result of two years of plan- the meeting set the stage for a national grass-roots con- on needs, directions and the shape of Catholic min- m years to come. leaders plan to recon- Vene in 1995 and to make con- crete recommendations by for models of ministry in U.S. Catholic Church going bishops, superiors of religious Domestic violence: Education/awareness seminar is r 10 at Holy Redeemer A Workshop, focusing pri- ly on domestic violence, held Oct. 10, from 6:30 P.m. at Holy Redeemer Evansville. of the workshop about domestic vi- and to inform abo Various r- ut the eSOurces which vailable, are kTe;::::shop will open with =uaress given bv e Daraell with the YMC,. address is titled "Histor Statistics. Th- " . y Cycle.;'  uomestic ts will then have OpPortunity to listen to one three guest speakers: hens, the coordi- diana Coalition for South- western Indiana Mental Health Center, Domestic Abuse Intervention Program. He will be speaking on "The Violence Within Us." Cecilia Phillips, private practice counsellor. She will speak on "Emotional and Spiri- tual Support for the Victim." Susie Mattingly, Victim's Assistance Program with the Vanderburgh County Prosecu- tor's Office. She will focus on "Legal Procedures." The workshop is sponsored by Holy Redeemer's Family Life Commission. For addi- tional information, contact Rita Rummel at (812) 867-0399 or Julie Phillips at 867-0538. MILLER & MILLER " "A family name you can trust" 424-9274 MARIAN DAY SCHOOL AN OUTSTANDING SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH LEARNING NEEDS M SOCIAL CALENDAR onthly CHICKEN DINNERS by Marian Day Auxiliary 1st SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 Daughters of Isabella Hal! 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Ministry is changing in the U.S. church already, he said, but largely at the local level and as a response to need rather than by planning. "I've got to believe," he said, "that between expediency, which seems to be where the creative breakthroughs are taking place, and the recognition of a common need there is no game plan yet." "What is the product (of the future of ministry project) going to be? We don't know yet," he said. But "some kind of national dialogue" is needed, he said, and "this is an extremely inclu- sive list of people" to get that kind of dialogue going. He said the question of min- istry is not just a matter of an internal debate in the church, but something that affects American society as a whole. As' one example, he said, "if our parishes aren't open (in inner cities) over the weekend, people starve and people freeze." He cited Catholic health care and higher education -- both by far the largest private sys- tems in the nation -- as other indicators of the impact Catholic ministry has on the larger society. "As a bishop I welcome this process. It gives me hope," said Bishop Raymond A. Lucker of New Ulm, Minn., a member of the center's advisory board and one of three bishops at the meeting. "This is a group of re- sponsible, established institu- tional leaders grappling with the tough issues facing both our church and our society." "I am convinced, as I'm sure li Medmal Arts Pharmacy 3700 Bellemeade Avenue Phons 477-1532 Donald Gutzweiler City-Wlde Delivery Duncan's Riverside Pharmacy Bob end Norma Duncan Comer Riverside and Governor Evansville 422-9981 II Stratman's Pharmacy City-Wide Delivery 413 Locust Street John and Judy Stratman 425-5293 everyone at this conference is, that there is a renewal going on in this church and that there's no stopping it," Bishop Lucker told reporters. "There is a renewal going on in Scripture studies, in theol- ogy, in social action and social justice work, in the involve- ment of the laity in the life and ministry of the church, in liturgy, in all aspects of church life," he said. "And this re- newal is not just on the top. It affects grass-roots people." Ragan said the most impor- tant issues identified by the participants were the need for development of: -- A new model of shared de- cision-making in the church. -- A recognition and utiliza- tion of the gifts and abilities of women "at every level of deci- sion-making, administration and ministry without exception." Creative ministerial re- sponses to the needs of youth and young adults. -- Deeper reverence for and ownership of a multicultural church that values both its unity and its diversity. On the question of valuing diversity, Diana L. Hayes, an associate professor of theology at Georgetown University, told reporters, "In gatherings like this ... I am usually one of only one or two or, if we're really on a roll, three persons of color in the room." While that was also true of the ministry planning meeting, she said, "one of the things about this group here is its overwhelming recognition of and enthusiasm for making change .... This consultation is very much engaged in attempt- ing to recognize the contribu- tions of blacks and Hispanics and Asians and Native Ameri- cans .... This diversity needs to be recognized, and in this group I believe it has been." Other bishops at the three- day session were Auxiliary Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton of Detroit. The National Center for Pas- toral Leadership was formed in 1992 by Ragan and a diverse group of Catholic institutional leaders concerned about build- ing new visions and models of ministry and collaboration in the church. PAUL'S PHARMACY Paul Mayer, Owner 2107 W. 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