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6 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana October 9, 1987 USI housing helps growth of Newman Club' Sy MAgY T. ET Message Staff Writer Second in a series on campus ministry The addition of student hous- ing at the University of Southern Indiana has caused "slow, but exciting growth" in the development of a Catholic support group there, according to Father Tony Kissel, director of Newman ministry for the Diocese of Evansville. "The fact we have students living on campus has changed the complexion of the universi- ty," said Father Kissel, noting that enrollment this year is up 6.7 percent. "The time is right. We're no longer just a com- muter campus." In addition to his work at forming the Newman group, Father Kissel also serves as director of campus ministry for' USI -- a position in which he coordinates ecumenical ac- t/v/ties for all students at the Evansville campus. "At USI, we have a fairly uni- que situation for a state univer- sity. The university has been very supportive of campus ministry and provides office space, and we function as facilitators for spiritual life pro- grams for all religious demonia- tions on campus," explained Father Kissel. "Plus, we have a concern for student life pro- grams and student develop- ment outside the classroom. We have a good forum for input here at the university." Father Kissel estimated that at least 39 percent of the total enrollment at USI is Catholic. The purpose of the Newman group is to help these students "grow in their faith and sup- port each other in their faith," he said. Secondly, he said the Newman Club provides "a social opportunity -- a place to gather and to share and celebrate life." Father Kissel hopes the social aspect and 'reflection on faith will lead students to a concern for others. "We're hoping our group, as it grows in maturity, will find ways to serve the Diocese of Evsnsville and the university community." "OUR GOAL IS to develop a .strong, student-based ministry in which students will minister to one another. As they come to greater awareness of what their faith means that they will reach out and invite others into their journey, explained Father Kissel. "That's always a dif- ficult task, but it's certainly one very special and important dimension of campus ministry." Before his position at USI, Father Kissel worked for seven years in campus ministry at the University of Evansville. "I find it very exciting Work. I believe in it very much because of the Vatican II sense of trying to accept others as church and be present to them as brothers and sisters in Christ...to help faith permeate secular culture," he said. "Catholic campus ministry is capable of working very ecumenically -- in the spirit of Vatican II -- with other religious groups," he explained. As director of Newman ministry for the whole diocese, Father Kissel helps "lead, facilitate and support the com- mon goals of campus ministry" on the campuses of the Univer- sity of Evansville and Vincen- nes University as well. "The church of Southwestern Indiana ought to be proud of campus ministrys' track record in reaching out and caring for students as they journey from home to campus and are con- fronted by. value systems that may not be open to their faith," he said. Father Kissel celebrates Mass every Sunday at 11:15 a.m. in the MASH (student housing) rec room. Student meetings are held in MASH Apt. 8080A every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. For more information, ca]] Father Kisse], 464o1810 or Chris Hoelm, 464-1871. Pope beatifies three lay people By JOHN THAVIS NC News Service VATICAN CITY (NC) -- Pope John Paul II beatified three young 20th-century lay people -- a Frenchman who died in a Nazi concentration camp and two Italian women who died defending their virginity -- and said they were models of a fully lived Christianity. Named "blessed" as martyrs, for the faith were: -- Marcel Callo, a Frenchman who organized religious ac- tivities in German labor camps during World War II. -- Pierina Morosini, a factory worker in northern Italy. In 1957, at age 26, she was beaten to death by a young man who was trying to rape her. -- Antonia Mesina, known as the "martyr of purity" in her native Sardinia, where she was killed in I935 at age 15, also by a young man attempting rape. FATHER TONY KISSEL Make the Permanent change to new Free Checking We couldn't think of a better name than Free Checking for our newest checking account. What else would you call a checking account that offers: NO monthly service charges No minimum balance requirements FREE 24 hour banking with MoneyMoverl Plus FREE wallet checks FREE travelers checks FREE notary service To find out how you can make the Permanent change to better banking with new Free Checking, stop by or call us today! EVANSVILLE * NEWBURGH * OAKLAND CITY * FT BRANCH CARE CENTER o 99 CONTINU00 LcffJO Washing! ,I Avenue 479-4226