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Treasure the Tradition 1 million capital campaign begins By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer School supporters from both Mater Dei and Memorial high lSChools, Evansville, joined forces ast Tuesday for the kick-off of an $11 million capital campaign. ..Re campaign, titled 'Trea- Sure the Tradition," will provide funds for major renovation and ,b.,l.' din g projects at both Evans_ W e Catholic high schools. a Dur!ng a news conference , ne Catholic Center, Gre erapf, general chair erson of the ca P ._.,_ mpalgn, announced ),at $3.5 million has already i n pledged toward the $11 111on goal. Kempf said he was "hon- Ore.cl' to chair the campaign Which will "ensure thatthee two schools will continue to Pr: de SUperior academic - uon, toether with fa forrna-, v " ith uon, to our children." i FIe noted that "very few of us ayed any role in building e SCo1 rim_ ". ,hey were If us from .... g" ts to t, nor generations. We thankful for these treasur 'ow it is ti-- - es. part.- ', me. tot us to do our 4eKemPf is a 1943 Rradua ,, .....  te of eih''n a! and the father of ';n later Dei graduates. mg the news conference, two students were invited to make remarks. Memorial senior Elizabeth Elliott said that dur- ing her years at Memorial "I've learned about my faith -- a faith in God that I can share openly at school. I've learned about community, about family, about service and leadership. Memo- rial has taught me about accept- ing responsibility and that my actions have consequences." Mater Dei senior Jason McCord said he grew up hearing about Mater Dei. "For me, Mater Dei is many memories. Some are memories of triumph or accom- plishment, some are memories of just plain hard work, and some ate memories of a school family pulling together through tears. "I treasure all these memories. I also treasure my opportunity to share in the Mater Dei tradi- tion. And I know I am only one of so many who feel this way." Memorial has had only one major renovation since it opened in 1925. Since Mater Dei opened in 1949, there has been only one major addition  the construction of an auxiliary gymnasium in 1986. Butch Feulner and Wilfred "Bill" Bussing III are serving as co-chairpersons of the planning committee. They expect ground- breaking at both high schools to occur during May of !998, with completion by August of 1999. The biggest project at Memo- rial High School will be the addition of an auxiliary gym. Plans also call for the addition of two science classrooms and eight general purpose class- rooms. Existing classrooms will be renovated and air-condition- ing will be added. All classroom windows will be replaced, and the library and media center will be relocated. An auditorium will be added to the building facility at Mater Dei High School. The school will also receive four new science classrooms and two general purpose class- rooms. All windows will be replaced and classrooms will be renovated and air-conditioned. The existing office will be con- verted into a chapel, and administrative offices will be added. The capital campaign is directly tied to a year-long study conducted in 1995 by three professors from Indiana State University. Phyllis Beshears, diocesan director of schools, explained that "as early as three years ago, the principals of the two high See TREASURE page 3 A little visit Two-year-old Rachel Riedford, the daughter of Richard and Kathy Riedford, has a little visit with a statue of Mary before joining her three brothers at Holy Redeemer School, Evansville. By BRIGID CURTIS Indiana Catholic Conference The Indiana Catholic Conference, the official public policy voice of the Church for 30 years, begins its issue selection process for the upcoming legislative session -- a big part of that process involves diocesan reviews. Key players in the success of the process are five ICC Dioce- san Coordinators, according to 00Xke, to know, lqhY is the retreat house named Sarto? l'l,_ ^ _Qrire rt Retreat House was named by Bishop Henry J. 1835 i, ,raan in honor of Giusevve Sarto, who was born in Fie b'^_ me village of Riese in the" p" rovince of Venice, Italy. v carne Blsho of rmrch of Vemce and as elect,a _ p Mantua and pat " " , His mOttoP: In 1903, taking the name Pope Plus X. tie r , to renew all things in Christ. and aovrne ted !he frequent reception of the Holy Eucharist Children to receive Holy Communion. Information from Msgr. Clinton Hirsch M. Desmond Ryan, executive director of the conference. One of the primary roles of the coor- dinator is to conduct annual diocesan reviews. At the fall review, the coordi- nator gathers an advisory board, the bishop and lay board member, who bring local con- cerns to the ICC Executive Director. The director presents these issues to the board of direc- tors for approval. The board then sets the legislative prior- ities for the year. The ICC staff's responsibility is to bring these issues to the state- house, inform networkers and keep them up to date on the issues of concern. The diocesan reviews are scheduled for Nov. 3, in Gary; Nov. 4, in Fort Wayne-South Bend; Nov. 6 Indianapolis; No: 18, in Lafayette; and No: 20, in Evansville. The ICC board of directors consists of the five active bish- ops in the state and five lay board members including Archbishop Daniel M. Buech- lein, who serves as general chairman, James Loughery of Indianapolis, Bishop William Higi and John Nichols of the diocese of Lafayette, Bishop Gerald Gettelfinger and Diane Bender of Evansville, Bishop John D'Arcy and Notre Dame Law School Dean David Link of the Fort Wayne-South Bend diocese, and Bishop Dale Mel- czek and Gregory Sobkowski, J.D. representing the Gary Diocese. The board has two meetings per year. The first meeting, J Youth Day ........................... Page 2 Faith Alive! ........................ Pages 8-9 Father Dietzen ....................... Page 11 scheduled this year in Indi- anapolis on Dec. 6, is prior to the beginning of the legislative session of the Indiana General Assembly, and the second, scheduled for May 13, 1998, fol- lows the close of the legislative session.. See ICC page 2 o ,D .a I coordinators begin review of upcoming legislation