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CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 18 NUMBER 9 OCTOBER 30, 1987 I IIII II I I I Elderhostel featured Benedictine hospitality By MARY T. ELLERT Message Staff Writer A retired protestant minister wanted to learn about computers to help him write a book about a baseball star. A woman from Ohio came because she was interested in Gregorian chant. A course in American musicals attracted others to the Elderhostel last week. t Whatever their reasons for attending he program at Kordes Enrichment Center in Ferdinand, participants found an extra bonus when they arrived -- Benedictine hospitality. "The sisters were the most outstand- ing feature of the whole program," said Jane Barrett, 63, of Dayton, Ohio. She added they "bent over backwards" to make everyone feel at home at Kordes. Elderhostel is an international net- work of more than 800 colleges and educational institutions in the United State and Europe which offer residan- I tial academic programs for those age 60 and older. Fifty participants from seven eastern and midwestern states attended the Elderhostel at Kordes. Sister Donna Marie Herr, O.S.B., said the large turnout was unexpected. Representatives from the international Elderhostel program had told the sisters to expect maybe 12-15 participants their first year. Besides the 50 enrolled, there were 13 on a waiting list. Kordes plans . to offer another Elderhostel in the spring, she said. The Elderhostel program coordinator was Sister Joella Kidwell. Course in- structors were Sister Helen Maurer, Sister Mary Dominic Frederick, Sister , Barbara Lynn Schmitz, Susan Herking and Sister Linda Bittner. Rose Marie Frost had trouble deciding which .course she enjoyed the best. She compared them to her flower garden at her home in Sturgess, Mich. Whatever flower happens to be in bloom is the one upon which she focuses her attention, she said. Likewise, Frost thoroughly enjoyed each of the courses offered at the Elderhostel. "All the instructors gave their all, and you couldn't help hut give them all John and Sylvia Corrigan of Kenilworth, I11., enjoy a rousing rendition of "Rocky Top" during the Elderhostel graduation festivities, held last week at Kordes Enrichment Center, Ferdinand. Elderhostels are offered across the United States and abroad for adults, age 60 and older. Participants at Kordes studied Gregorian chant, American musicals and computers. Message Photo by Mary T. Ellert your attention," she said. The week at Kordes marks the thir- teenth Elderhostel Frost has attended, and she has plans to attend three more in Georgia soon. Her friends "think it's great" that she keeps so active, especially her mechanic who makes sure her car is in top shape before every trip she makes. Many of the Protestant hostellers pre- sent enjoyed an introduction to the Catholic faith offered by the Benedic- tine nuns. In addition to the course on Gregorian chant, the group had oppor- tunities to attend vespers with the sisters and visit nearby St. Meinrad Archahbey. Rev. Charles Luhn, a retired Lutheran minister who plans to write a 700-page book on baseball great Hank Aaron, said he enjoys attending Elderhostels across the country because it "keeps us alive and allows for our spirits to continue to grow. ' ' At the end of the week, he wrote a 61/z page poem commemorating the Benedictine sisters' first Elderhostel program. "They were very good to all of us," he commented. There was serendipity all around Kordes that week as participants con- tinued to learn new things about the courses -- and themselves. At the first organized meeting, two at- torneys from Illinois, who had never met in person, recognized each others' voices from working on law cases over the phone. A legally-blind man from Joliet, Ill., wowed the group with his flugelhorn and piano playing. An 86-year-old woman who emigrated from Germany nearly 60 ' years ago, captured the hearts of. everyone, proving that you're never too old to learn new things. Since there are no exams, no grades and no required homework, the Elderhostellers had some spare time to socialize and enjoy the southern See ELI)EItOSTEL page 3 ISTEP testing .-.,--Diocesan schools to change testing package, test additional grades By MARY ANN HUGHES Message Staff Writer Catholic schools throughout the diocese to continue receiving accreditation will be using the Indiana Statewide from the state of Indiana. The testing is Testing for Educational Progress one part of Governor Robert Orr's A+ Father Raymond Kuper, director of (ISTEP} this year. Education Prograrm The test will rate Catholic Education for the Diocese of The decision to use ISTEP testing in both achievement and ability of Evansville, has determined that all all diocesan schools was made in order students. It will cost each Cathoiic school near- On the insid00 ly four dollars per student for the ..... testing. These funds will come from The truth about drugs -- Convicted dealer tells his story to Holy Redeemer eighth graders. See page 3. St. Wendel Church, Posey County -- Feature parish on pages 8 & 9. Letter from the bishop See page 5 for a reflection on the Convocation. within each's school budget. The new A+ Program also mandates testing additional grade levels, accor- ding to Phyllis Beshears, assistant director of the Office of Catholic Educa- tion. "Formerly, third, fifth and seventh grades were tested," she said. Now, all students in grades one, two, three, six, eight, nine and 11 who receive classroom instruction in English/language arts and mathematics will be required to be tested. Beshears said that public school students who score in the lowest 16 per- cent overall will be required to take special remediation classes in summer school. However, non-public school students are not eligible for the ISTEP remediation programs. They will be eligible for public schools' regular sum- mer programs. Public schools will also receive monetary awards for performance, however this part of the program will not apply to Catholic schools, Beshears said. Schools in the diocese had previously used the MAT-6 tests from Psychological Corp. "Our diocese had just purchased new testing materials two years ago and we weren't ready to move on to something new," she said. "Our scores were very good, but I think our scores (on ISTEPI will be very good too." AII,ISTEP testing has been scheduled for March 1 through March 11 of 1988.