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2 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana CEF volunteers prepare for fundraise Iy PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor The Catholic Education Foun- dation plans to make tuition grants of $132,000 in the coming year, according to information reported at the annual meeting, Oct. 24. The budget for 1997 also includes $4,400 for Marian Day School, Evansville. The Catholic Education Foun- dation, Diocese of Evansville, Inc., was established in 1968 by lay and clerical leaders "to fur- ther the teaching ministry of the Catholic Church in the Evans- ville community," according to a new brochure. Over the last three decades, CEF has award- ed more than $2.5 million on behalf of nearly 5,000 students. CEF volunteers hope to use the new brochure to help con- vince families that "you can afford a Catholic education for your children." The mission of CEF is to provide tuition grants- in-aid to deserving students who could not otherwise afford the tuition to attend either Mater Dei or Memorial. Cathy Drake chairs the annu- al campaign. Drake and the board members serve as volun- teers, who raise funds through personal solicitation of gifts and pledges throughout the commu- nity. The budget reported at the annual meeting includes antici- pated pledges of $130,486, and projected investment income rev- enue of $24,042. Tuition grants have been increased over the years. In the 1994-1995 school year, grants totaled $115,036• In 1995-1996, grants added up to $126,131• For the current year, 1996-1997, 167 requests were received, and 121 grant requests have been fund- ed, for a total of $129,843. Individual grants have also been increased over the last sev- New board eral years. In 1994-1995, the three-year terms were range ofgrants was from $75 to Brown and $1,666. In 1995-1996, the range Members included grants from $200 to year terms $1,666. In the current year, the Keller, along smallest grant has been raised meier, Dr. Stephen to $400, and the largest, to Cathy Drake, Dr. $1,750. Elliott, William At the meetingofthe board of Helfrich, Terry Keil directors, John Michael O'Leary Muehlbauer, was re-elected to another one- Mark R. Schiff year term as president. Other and Pat Welsh. : officers for the coming year include Tom Corcoran, vice pres- For more ident; Tricia Hollander Pendley, the Catholic secretary, and Dr. Maurice tion, contact Keller, treasurer• executive director, Teens participate in 'Soft' LANDINGS bol of a balloon gently settling back to earth• S.O.F.T. takes advantage of the symbolism to emphasize a process for young men and women, "Sharing Our Faith Together." A half dozen teens who attend four high schools -- but who are all members of Nativity Church, Evansville -- spent two days and an overnight retreat session in a log cabin at New Harmonic State Park. According to Father Henry Kuykendall, their retreat was the culmination of a one-week process spent in getting to know Jesus Christ and making a commitment to Jesus and to a Church family. With guidance from Father Kuykendall and Franciscan Sis- ter Jane McConnell, Nativity pastoral associate, the teens renewed their baptismal and confirmation promises, pledged to go to Mass every week, and to be faithful to their Church fam- ily and accept their call to min- istry. Retreat leaders Kelly Hedges and Valmarie Sitzman helped the young persons share their feelings about such matters as "Who is God?" and "What is the cost of belonging to a Church?" Although the answers of the teens were kept confidential, Hedges reported some of their comments, and portions of them are as follows: "I talk to Jesus when things go wrong, maybe I get no answer right away, but I know God is always there for me, especially when bad things happen." //" # S.O.F.T. participants and leaders include, from Adam Cranick, Brad Wicker, second row, Danielle Parker, Erica Quales, third row, Kelly Carey Colins. Not Emily Hunt. "Jesus is more than a friend. I can always talk to him, but I must be open to him. He looks like a little of everyone•" "I don't see Jesus as a friend, that's making him an equal, he's above a friend; a strong, gentle person with kind eyes•" Several of the young persons said they wanted to come back next year and would try to bring a friend with them. By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor If you have heard of "Land- ings" -- the recently publicized effort to bring alienated and inactive Catholics back to Church, you won't be surprised at a variation of the process dubbed S.O.F.T. "Landings" has used the sym- Worth Mentioning... Bishop ordains 'transitional' deacons Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger ordained seven St. Meinrad seminarians as deacons, Oct. 26. Bishop Gettelfinger presided in place of Archbishop Daniel Buechlein, O.S.B., of Indi- anapolis, who was ill. Because of renovation at the St. Meinrad Archabbey Church, the ceremonies were held at the Monastery Immaculate Con- ception Chapel in Ferdinand. An ordained deacon may preach, baptize, witness marriages and perform other ministerial roles. A"transitional" deacon is one who is preparing for ordination to the priesthood. The new deacons include two Benedictines from St. Mein- rad, Adrian Burke and Anselm Rusell. Also ordained were Glenn Johnson from the Diocese of St. Augustine, Fla.; David Metz from the Diocese ofSalina, Kan.; Kevin Morris from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Ind.; Joseph Pesch, a Cistercian from the Langwaden Priory; and Kolumban Reichlin, a Bene- dictine from the Abbey of Maria Einsiedeln in Switzerland. Correction The golden wedding anniversary information for Earl and Gemma Michel of Dale contained incorrect information. Mr. and Mrs. Michel own and operate Michel's Lawn and Garden Center in Dale; they have owed the business for 13 years. The Message regrets the error. School Sisters of Notre Dame celebrate 150 years in North America York in 1847 from Germany and traveled to Baltimore to teach the children of Germanimmi- grants. Upon their arrival, the sisters were often insulted, mocked, tripped and taunted with the jibe "You Germans," which was fueled by the nativist stance of the old Know-Nothing Party. In recent years, the order has joined with other religious orders in operating service pro- grams. Today, a job training center for women is located on the spot where the School Sisters of Notre Dame first began in Bal- • timore. There are about 3,400 sisters in the order's North American provinces today. BALTIMORE (CNS) -- The School Sisters'of Notre Dame have begun a yearlong celebra- tion of their 150th year in North America. To kick off the observance, an Oct. 13 Mass was celebrated at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore, where the order has its origins on the con- tinent. Cardinal William H. Keeler of Baltimore and his predecessor, retired Archbishop William D. Borders, presided at the Mass, which was attended by more than 300 sisters, associates and lay volunteers.. Order foundress Karolina Gerhardinger, who adopted the , name Mother Theresa, and com- panion sisters arrived in New Any young interested in S.O.ET group ter McConnell Kelly Hedges (812) Valmarie Sitzmaa 4237, or an of sons who session• Communications Profess" The Sisters of Providence, a religious and not-for-profit located at St. Mary-of-the-Woods, are currently seeking a professional for an advancement office that includes fund communications and marketing functions. Responsibilities writing, editing and designing in support of communications this office and other programs of the general administration ol organization. Extensive writing and editing experience is absolutely necessary. processing and desktop publishing skills are also necessary. of Word Perfect, QuarkXPress, Corel Draw and Ventura is a plus. work in a team setting is a must. A minimum of a .Bachelor's journalism, graphic design, public relations or other relevant required. Must have a minimum of three years relevant experience. Send rdsumS, cover letter, writing sample and salary requirements to: Sisters of Providence Attn: Human Resources Owens Hall St. Mary-of-the.Woods, IN 47876 Equal opportunity Employer Supportive of a Multiculturai Work