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St., Meinrad Archabbey church dedicated By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Abbot Georg Holzherr of the Abbey of Maria Ein- siedeln pauses on the steps of the renovated church at St. Meinrad Archabbey fol- lowing Vespers Sept. 29. of the mother abbey in 1954. Following Vespers, the stat- ue of the Madonna and Child was enthroned in a comer of the church, to the immediate right of the main entrance. Other events during the week included the Solemn Liturgy of Dedication on Tuesday, Sept. 30. Indianapo- lis Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein, a Benedic- tine monk from the St. Meinrad Archabbey, presided at the Mass of dedication. Benedictine Father Timothy Sweeney, former archabbot of St.Meinrad, was the homilist. The dominant view of all who enter the main door is the Christus, a mural of the risen Christ completed in 1943 by Dom Gregory de Wit, a Belgian monk who was visiting St. Meinrad. Christ holds a book with the Latin inscription, Ego Sum Vita, "I am the Life." The Abbey of Maria Ein- siedeln in Switzerland is the mother house of St. Meinrad Archabbey, and Abbot Georg Holzherr came from Switzer- land to help celebrate the reno- vation of the Archabbey church. "The Tochter (daughter) is more beautiful," he said, during a brief interview on the steps of the church following Pontifical Vespers on Monday, Sept. 29. Abbot Holzherr presided at the event, one of several events scheduled through the week for the Benedictine COmmunity. Archabbot Lambert Reilly preached to the monks and invited guests, who had gath- ered for the first time in the renovated structure. Ceremonies began with a prayer at the "ren- ovation chapel" -- space at the monastery used by the monks during the months of construc- tion Work. Following a procession from the mOnastery to the church, Archabbot Reilly unlocked the front door, allowing monks and guests to enter. As they processed to their places choir stalls for the monks and other seating Framing the Christus is the re-built and re- arrangements for the guests-- they carried with located organ. A Blessed Sacrament Chapel is therr ttue_of, Our Ea*; be the organ. The.floorf  urch ......... The statue of the "Black Madonna" was a gift is now one level, covered with marble and ter- razzo. Lighting, sound and heating systems have been revamped as part of the project. Air con- ditioning has been added. The $5.2 million cost was paid by benefactors, families of monks and alumni of St. Meinrad. Archabbot Lambert Reilly unlocks the door, allowing monks and guests to enter for the first Vespers to be celebrated in the renovated church. Message photos by Paul R. Leingang The Christus dominates the view from the entrtway of the Church. Choir stalls are now on one level with the altar. Message staff writer All first-year teachers in SChools in the Diocese of Evans- Ville, as well as all substitute eachers, are currently undergo- mg criminal background checks, d;trtg to Phyllis Beshears, ==L utrector of schools. The new -, process, which frects all schools in the Diocese vansville, follows guidelines established for Indiana public SChools Under legislation enact- ed by the 1997 Indiana General islation, each new school appli- cant for licensure or relicensure must present an updated crim- inal history. Beshears said diocesan schools will follow the legisla- tion's directives because "I felt we had a moral responsibility to assure the safety of our students in every way possible." Because of limited staffing, Beshearg said the decision was made to obtain criminal back- ground checks for all first-year teachers and all substitute |PJ we-. What can I do to show my concern for human life? S Respect Life Sunday is scheduled'throughout the United tates Oct. 5  a Sunday kick-off to an entire year of activi- ty on behalf of life from conception to natural death. Many parishes have committees and activities in support of life Persons wanting to get involved may contact their parishes, or Catholic Charities at (812) 423-5456. i i bm====-.__ where, and this is where I decided to begin the process. The bishop is very supportive of the process." Teachers who are currently employed in diocesan schools will go through this background checking process when they have their teaching licenses renewed. School administrators must have their administrators' licenses renewed every five years, and during that time, they will also go through this process, Beshears said. Support staff in Indiana public schools are also going through this process, and the diocese "is This fall, first-year teachers and substitute teachers received three forms: a request for back- ground information, a request for limited criminal history information, and a fingerprint card. Once information is returned to the Catholic Schools Office -- including primary addresses for the past 10 years and a copy of fingerprints  the informa- tion is forwarded to the Indiana State Police for additional checking. Beshears notes that conviction of a crime will not be an "an automatic bar to emplo)lnent. Retrouvaille .......................... Page 3 Bishop's Forum ....................... Page 5 Madden Hall Page 7 ooe ! e# eoQ==oe oo  go o  individually and many things would need to be considered." o Office of Schools begins criminal background checks By MARY ANN HUGHES Assembly. According to the leg- teachers. "We had to start some- considering that as well." Each situation will be reviewed