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8 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Barb Byers certified as professional youth min" Barbara Byers, director of youth ministry at St. John Church, Newburgh, has received her Certificate in Youth Ministry from the Center for Ministry Development, which is operated by the St. Meinrad School of Theology and the Youth and Young Adult Ministry Office of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. The certification process took two years, and involved eight weekend courses ranging in top- ics from adolescent catechesis to the multi-cultural aspects of youth ministry. "Barb's involvement, her par- ticipation in this certification process, has made a world of dif- ference to the parish and the min- istry team," said Connie Schnapf, a co-worker and Director of Reli- gious Education at St. John. "We have youth coming into the parish office because of Barb and because they feel accepted enough to be around the parish center." As part of her work, Byers coordinates the confirmation program and also serves as a mentor, teacher and in junior high school age youth ministry. "Barb has brought the mater- ial she learned at Certificate (the program), coupled with the material she works with in "Youthworks," back to the parish for the benefit of her colleagues and parents," said Schnapf. Other youth ministers from the diocese seeking certification are Becky Epperson of Sts. Peter and Paul, Haubstadt; Matthew Miller of St. Benedict Church, Evansville; Matthew Schaefer of St. Joseph and St. Anthony, both in Evansville; and Andie Herr, a senior in Ministry Formation at Brescia College, Owensboro. Mike Eppler, diocesan direc- tor of youth and young adult ministry, completed his Certifi- cate of Advanced Studies in Youth Ministry, in August. . i Barb Byers, center, and Suzanne Webbl right, mug for the camera and "pull out at a recent youth event. Becky Epperson, left, and Byers are active in parish Webb recently moved to Virginia. Catholic campus ministry forms faith commun" By JOE COOK and CHRIS HOEHN Newman Center Directors Following, is the second in a seven-part series on Catholic Campus Ministry, written by Newman Center Directors Joe Cook at the University of Evans- ville and Chris Hoehn at the University of Southern Indiana. The U. S. Bishops' pastoral letter, "Empowered by the Spir- it; Campus Ministry Faces .the Future," lists six aspects of cam- pus ministry. The first aspect of campus ministry is forming a faith com- munity. In our first article, we men- tioned that students, faculty and staff come from diverse back- grounds. Whereas many fit in well with the university culture, others experience the pain of isolation, and students may long for the security of old friends and familiar surroundings. Commuter and "non-tradition- al" students have particular needs that must be met with creativity and understanding. Campus ministry works to create an atmosphere where individuals can feel a part of something that is greater than themselves, and recognize their value as a member of the Body of Christ. At both the University of Evansville and the University of Southern Indiana's Newman Centers, the staff work in con- junction with student leaders to provide programs to facilitate community formation. Sunday Mass at UE's Neu Chapel and at USI's O'Daniel Rec Room is the essential beginning of a faith community. Through the sharing of Eucharist, stu- dents, faculty, administrators and staff are able to celebrate the commonality of their faith and are nourished for the week ahead. A community-building meal following Mass is offered on the even-dated Sundays at USI. Outside of Mass, programs appropriate to the community and season of the year are designed to create an atmos- phere of warmth, welcome, and friendship. Each school year is kicked off Newman Center students from the University of Evansville and the University of Southern Indiana complete work on the DE Homecoming float for the October homecoming parade. Workers are, from left, front row, Ryan Brown, Rebecca Ausborne, Ange Mercier; seated, Ginger Lehman and lresa Winters; back row, Rita Wermers, Elise Bender, Bernie Schmitt, Seth Hodde and Joe Cook, lYE director of Catholic campus ministry. Standing in the center is a foot- ball effigy of a University of Dayton player, and at far right, a representation of an Evansville Ace. i i Father John Breidenbach, pastor of nearby Corpus Christi Church, and ticipants gather to dedicate the Mediation Path built at the University of ana. 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