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I I i I ! 't ! I I October 19, 1990 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana t. I D REs encouraged to be ,0000tive, be prepared By MARGARET NELSON Special to the Message "Back to the Future: Storytelling, Tradi!ion , Catechesis, Community was the theme when religious educators from the five dioceses of Indiana met in Indianapolis on Oct. 9, 10 and 11 for the 1990 Directors of Religious Education (DRE) Convention. ojoying the DRE conference are, from left, Sister Joan Miller, S.F., from St. John the Evangelist Church, Daylight; Sister !ary Emma Jochum, O.S.B., diocesan director of religious education, and Robert Meaney, director of Catechetist Formation d Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. I II II Father Edward Hayes and Providence Sister Barbara Doherty were the key resource people for the convention. Father Hays' Wednesday morning presentation was an "The Power and Role of Storytelling/Tradition within the Faith Community." He said, "No other time since the beginning has there been such a need for creativity, but there is such a drought." He said that Vatican II brought innovation, but "now that's dried up." Referring to Jesus' use of the parables, the priest said "Ideas not attached to images are forgotten .... But once the magic theater in the mind starts to picture things, we can't let go." Father Hays said that he uses one hour of preparation for every minute of his homilies -- in prayer, reading and reflec- tion. He said, "Today, homiles have to be very well-prepared," because people are conditioned to black out the things they hear, such as television commercials. Father Hays suggested a new church law: "No parables will ever be explained," so that peo- ple will be encouraged to search for the answers. For the same reason, he proposed a new catechism which had only questions and no answers. He said, "We always operate on the idea that we should memorize the answers in case we are asked the questions." He began his storytelling theme on Tuesday night, with the subject: "Inter-tainment Stories that Awaken the Spirit." Father Hays is director of Shantivanam, a con- templative center in Easton, Kansas. A folk artist and an  A sign of Pope John Paul II has said that World Missio shoui MISSION on this day the young irians i!ii, build daily bread for missionaries. On this WorldMissios rices offered through tinue Jesus' mission. prayers and sacri. of the Faith help con. [y. Thanks! The Society for THE PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH ...all of us committed to the worMwide mission of Jesus Rev. Msgr. Clarence Schlachter P.O. Box 4169 Evansville, IN 47724-0169 Enclosed is my special offering for World Mission Sunday: [] $10 [] $15 (supports catechist for one month) [] $25 [] $50 [--]$75 [] $100 [] Other $ [] $300 supports Religious Sister/Brother for one year [] $700 supports mission seminarian for one year Name Address City State Zip [] I want to be a monthly donor to the Missions! Your gift is tax deductible! author, his books include: "Prayers for the Domestic Church," "Pray All Ways," "Secular Sancity," and "A Pilgrim's Almanac." On Wednesday afternoon, Sister Doherty talked about "Catechesis in the Community: Handing on the Tradition through Education." She discussed her topic in terms of catechesis, community, "han- ding on," tradition and educa- tion. In catechesis, she stressed the need for connecting the ethic with the awakening of original insight in that-tradi- tion. Why? "Because, happily, faith seeks understanding." "We also belong to a church that possesses a vast theoretical explanation of itself," Sister Barbara said. This carries the constant obligation of "discern- ing what is the core," she said. Another task she declared was, "How do you talk about these things in a particular historic moment?" Sister Doherty called the community of the followers of Jesus, "a network of relation- ships around a consensus of values." She stated, "Com- munity is something we cause to happen, not something we find .... Whether they ar- ticulate it or not, people stay because the values they have in- side their beings fit with the values inside that community," with each person believing, "there's something about the enterprise that stays inside of me." Sister Barbara said that these values "have to be brought to articulation." And it is impor- tant to "hand over all of the stories rooted in personal religious experiences and com- munal experiences." "If there are bored people who are catechists," said Sister Barbara, "it's because you are boring .... The mystery of God is I II DAVIESS COUNTY METAL SALES POST BLDG. PACKAGES PAINTED STEEL $19.95-$43.95 Sq. LUMBER BUILDING SUPPLIES OVERHEAD DOORS TRUSSES  FREE ESTIMATES 1 8002.2900-4299 I Hwy. 50 E. Cannelburg (Between Montgomery & Loogootee) inexhaustible; the mystery of God is always exciting, always compelling." Sister Doherty is president of St. Mary-of-the-Woods College near Terre Haute. She has given retreats, lectures, and workshops internationally. She has authored three cassette pro- grams and several books, in- cluding, "I Am What I Do: Con- templation and Human Experience." The convention provided op- portunities for religious ad- ministrators to share ideas and resources with those in similar ministries. Small group ses- sions covered various aspects of the convention theme. Anawim Players directors, Graziano and Nancy Mar- cheschi, and the staff at the In- stitute of Pastoral Studies of Loyola University, Chicago, acted as resource persons for liturgy, prayer and mime, and entertainment. On Thursday morning, the Eucharistic Liturgy was celebrated by Father Keith Hosey from the John XXIII Center for Adult Faith Growth and Renewal in Hartford City. Sister Barbara talked about the day's theme of "Catechesis in Mission." Additional presenters includ- ed: Benedictine Father Cyprian Davis, "The Use of the Story in the African-American Tradi- tion;" and Graziano Mar- cheschi, "Storytelling: Hey, Isn't That What Jesus Did?" Other sessions included: Robert Meaney, "Catholic Iden- tity, Sound Tradition, and the Bishops of the United States"; Nancy Marcheschi,' "Moving Prayer and Proclamation: Music and Movement for the Elementary Level"; and Society of Helpers Sister Dominga Zapata, "The Hisphnic and What We Can Learn from Fami- ly Practices." Indianapolis Archbishop Ed- ward T. O'Meara and Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger of Evansville met with the religious educators on Wednes- day evening. Parish directors and coor- dinators of religious education from the dioceses of Evansville, Fort Wayne-South Bend, Gary, Lafayette and the Archdiocese of Indianapolis attended the event, which was held at the Ramada Inn South. Information for this story was also contributed by Ellen Brown and Karen Oddi. ii i i I I#SPER H WY. 231SOUTH 1 JASPER, INDIANA 47546 "THE ONLY BANK YOU'LL EVER NEED" ii COMPLETE INSURANCE SERVICE Auto[ Home! Fire & Life[ Your Personal Service Agent James L. Will Ins. Agency Inc. 1925 W. Franklin Street 425.3187 i