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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana October All-class sc reunion Painting by Haubstadt native is part By PAUL IL LEINGANG, Message editor i of St. Benedict's celebrat It's a first. Evelyn Steinkuhl, promi- nent painter of landmark buildings and other subjects in Southern Indiana, said this was the first time she had put three buildings into one picture. The painting, commis- sioned by St. Benedict Church, Evansville, features a realistic rendering of the landmark church building, the old school and the new school. Limited edition prints, numbered and signed, are available for purchase. The painting was commis- sioned in celebration of the St. I I A photo taken of a portion of the Eve- lyn Steinkuhl painting shows the real- istic detail of the church, bell tower and rectory. Benedict's eightieth anniversary. It was first displayed in the church for parishioners to see, on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 9 and 10, as the parish kicked offa major capital fund drive. Benedictine Father Gregory Chamberlin, parish pastor, said the capital fund drive is being undertaken to pay for repairs, modernization and a new climate control system for the 72-year old rectory; restoration and repair of the bell tower and church building; a new climate control system for the church; updating of the electrical and climate control systems of the old school, and modification of the new school cafeteria to make it accessible to the handicapped and the elderly. An endowment fund is also part of the rea- son for the campaign, according to Father Gregory, to help ensure the parish's ability to carry on its mission into the future. An all-class school reunion is planned Sunday, Oct. 31, beginning at 5:30, to celebrate the school's anniversary. Displaying the original oil painting at St. Benedict Jerry Ziemer, capital fund drive chairman; Evelyn artist; Benedictine Father Gregory Chamberlin, pastor, Miller, a member of the parish school development board. Initial costs of the painting and printing were provided by the organization. Steinkuhl, a Haubstadt native who now lives in Darmstadt throughout the area for her paintings of landmark buildings. Salem Methodist Church, Evansville. Steinkuhl said she began her painting for St. Benedict with photos buildings. After planning the layout and sketching the buildings she transferred her work to canvas. One painting will be on Big step: moving day at the monaste By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor The Benedictine Sisters at Ferdinand call the campaign, "Forward in Faith," and they took a big step last weekend. The sisters moved out of St. Benedict Hall -- their six-floor complex on the hill. St. Benedict Hall has housed three floors of bedrooms, an in- firmary, a kitchen and dining area, the monastery and Mar- ian Heights Academy libraries, a bakery and a print shop. New group launched to promote school choice By MARK PATrISON Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- With such heavy hitters as for- mer Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander and former Vatican ambassador Thomas Melady behind it, a new group, Americans for School Choice, has been launched to promote school choice at the state level. The group pledged to orga- nize successful school choice ballot initiatives in five states in 1994, and eight more by 1996. It also planned to orga- nize legislative initiatives in at least four states in 1994, and eight more in 1995. No specific states were mentioned. At an Oct. 7 press confer- ence, the group said it favors creating charter schools, and said it would also assist propo- nents of California's school voucher ballot proposal. Charter schools would need to be created, according to a scenario offered by the group, because there would not be enough available space in ex- isting nonpublic schools to ac- commodate the numbers of students who would be taken out of public schools under choice plans. "Parents need choice, and they want it now," said Lawrence Patrick, a member of the Detroit Board of Education who is on Americans for School Choice's board of directors. "Parents should have choices. Parents should be able to choose." Republicans on the board of directors include former Secre- tary of Education William Ben- nett; Sen. Connie Mack; Reps. Dick Armey of Texas and John Boehner of Ohio; and Govs. John Engler of Michigan, Tommy Thompson of Wiscon- sin and William Weld of Mass- achusetts. Democrats on the board in- clude State Rep. Polly Williams of Wisconsin, who worked with Thompson to start a school choice program in Milwaukee, and retired Minnesota Court of Appeals Chief Judge D.D. Wozniak. Also on the board is lawyer William Bentley Ball, who suc- cessfully argued before the Supreme Court to permit the use of public funds to pay for an interpreter for a deaf Ari- zona student attending a Catholic high school. "Monopoly breeds incompe- tence and mediocrity. Competi- tion breeds excellence," Armey said. The building, completed in 1935, will be gutted. Asbestos will be removed, the electrical and heating systems will be re- placed, a sprinkler system will be added, and the rooms will be modernized -- all part of a $5.1 million effort. Pledges of more than $3 mil- lion have been received, ac- cording to Benedictine Sister Anita Louise Lowe, assistant director of communications. On Oct. 9, some 75 volun- teers from the area and some sisters' relatives worked through the rainy day moving furniture and poss'essions to Benet Hall. "The move on Saturday was similar to moving a small nurs- ing home," said Benedictine Sister Jane Michele McClure, director of communications. "Patients, beds, medical equip- ment -- everything in the in- firmary went to the first floor of Benet Hall." All the furnishings and equipment used by the sisters since the building was con- structed in the '30s were moved to other locations on the monastery grounds. Some items will be sold at a public auction to be held at the monastery Oct. 23. Preparation work at St. Benedict Hall, tual construction the beginning project is to be June 1995. Sister Joella nator of the said the sisters are ful to the Ferdinand the Jasper Serra Meinrad CACD the St. Meinrad many other helped with the ma moving project. Volunteers carry furniture and furnishings out of St. Benedict Hall, helping for a multi-million dollar renovation project at Monastery Immaculate Ferdinand.