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November 11, 1994 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana II I I I II I I I By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Indiana native heads Guatemalan monastery Benedictine Sister Mary Alice Schnur, an Evansville native is the new superior of Monasterio Reina de la Paz in Coban, Guatemala. Sister Mary Alice, who has been Working in Guatemala since 1974, will serve in her new o sition until 1998. P " eonntr The small monastery, deven- nMonastery Immaculate _ "'plon at Ferdinand has 13 raernbers. Ten of the 13 are Women from Central America, mostly from Guatemala. Along With Sister Mary Alice, the other North Americans ar also e d_,. frmer Ferdinand Bene- 'clnes, Sister Mar A Yerkam a y nn dith F P nd Sister Mary Ju- le,s. Sister Mary Judith a of Fer .... native alnand, has bee " GUateraala since 197 n in had ..... 1, and crvea as SUperior of the since 1976. Except a six month stint in Peru, Mary Ann, a native of has been in since 1969. her appointment as ister Mary Alice had GUatemalan com- as a member of the ini- team, providing education to new rs of the Guatemalan COmmunity :hand began sending v uUateraala in 196 to Coban in 1967. Lng recent changes in s for dependent Sister Kathryn at Ferdinand, Maria Tasto, trav- Following a the mem- emalan com- crnmended Sister as SUperior. Sister Kathryn appointed her, in a special ceremony, Oct. 23. Sister Kathryn, accompanied by Sister Eileen Reckelhoff, is currently visiting the depen- dent monastery at Morropon, Peru, where a superior is also being selected. Day to day life in the Guatemalan monastery in- volves "trying to live the monastic life to the best of our abilities," said Sister Mary Alice in a telephone interview this week. Monastic life involves prayer and work. Much of the work in the Guatemalan monastery in- volves a printing press. The community members print bibles, songs, catechetical ma- terials and health promotion pamphlets. The materials are printed occasionally in Spanish but more frequently in one of several Indian languages -- Qekchi, Poconchi, Achi or Kechi. Much of the printingis done for the local Catholic diocese, but the sisters also do some printing for area schools and hospitals, and for members of the general public. The Guatemalan monastery is also inVolved in promoting native arts and crafts. Several sisters are learning how to weave, in traditional ways, on old looms and on new equip- ment. They intend to teach others what they are learning. Sister Mary Alice said mem- bers of her community are also experimenting with native clays and glazes, in order to promote production of ceramic products. "We have high hopes of being able to contribute to the Church and to this country," said Sister Mary Alice. Their contribution is made possible by "living the simple life, through prayer and work," she said. Sister Mary Alice is the daughter of the late George and Alice Heuke Schnur of Evansville. She entered the monastery in 1940, and made her first profession of vows in 1942. She made final monastic profession in 1945 and cele- brated her golden jubilee in 1992. Before her work as a mis- sionary in Guatemala, Sister Mary Alice was a teacher in schools in Ferdinand, St. Mein- rad, Columbus and Jefferson- ville. She also taught at St. Benedict College (now closed) and the Acadamey Immaculate Conception (now known as Marian Heights Academy), both in Ferdinand. She misses the southern In- diana beauty of autumn colors and winter snow, but acknowl- edges that she does not mind the more moderate temepra- ture range m of 40 to 80 de- grees -- in Guatemala. She and her community feel safe and secure in Coban, away from the political tension in other parts of the country. The time of danger -- a 10 year period in the 1980s -- has passed, but there are still kidnappings and occasional as- sasinations which cause her sadness. A bus strike in Guatemala's capital, and frequent electric power outages and shortages, help to make life difficult -- es- pecially for the poor., she said. Sister Mary Alice returns to Indiana on vacation every two or three years, and visited the area several months ago. Sis- ter Mary Judith is returning Nov. 18, and will be in south- western Indiana over Christ- mas time. ..... French named CEO of St. ,ent Hospital, Indianapolis has been ap- of St. Ospital and Health In Indianapolis. He Dciated with St. Center in 1986, serving 1989. erred as Vice- St. Vincent since 1990. to my he said. west. The opportunity to lead this organization into the fu- ture of health care delivery is exciting." A Cincinnati native, French holds a master's degree in hos- pital and health services ad- ministration from Xavier Uni- versity. In 1991, he was selected as the Indiana Young Healthcare Executive of the Year by the Indiana Chapter of American College of Health- Executive/CEO of the Daugh- ters of Charity National Health System  East Cen- tral, said, "I am pleased that Doug has accepted this new challenge. Throughout his years in our system, he has demonstrated visionary leader- ship, superb strategic skills, and the ability to gain the re- spect and trust of those associ- ated with him, St. Mary's has experienced significant devel- One of the lead- care Executives. opment and sustained success c.enters in the Mid- Lawrence Prybil, regional under his leadership3 . p00ent00 group uSeSgprayer, peer ort to encoura e vocatnons atholic N ES WOOD cations vigil," which entails set- and students who prayed the ews Service ting aside an hour of personal rosary regularly. .(CNS) e praying for one Itions to life al!ed Stu- Voca- expansion group, SUch activities dubbed Qcations-; a "v0- prayer monthly; meetings with priests and religious for lectures and informal discussion; and other gatherings such as re- treats and weekly Masses. The first SERV club began at the UniVersity of Notre Dame in 1990. The organiza- tion is not officially affiliated with the university. It arose partly from conver- sations between a longtime Notre Dame employee who had recently retired, Herb Juliano, The group hopes to show young men and wofnen that others respect priestly and reli- gious vocation by promoting an environment of spiritual and practical support from peers and concerned adults, Juliano explained. For more information on the National Legion of SERV or on establishing a local club, con- tact: National Legion of SERV, ATTAr: H. Juliano, P.O. Box 211, Notre Dame, IN 46556. 3 Benedictine Sister Mary Alice Schnur, at left, receives a blessing from her community, at a ceremony with Sister Kathryn Huber, right, azd Sister Mary Judith Fleig, center. Members of the Guatemalan monastery gather for a group photo. They are, from left, front row, Sister Dominga Mazariegos, Sister Herlinda Patzan, Sister Mary Alice Schnur, Sister Carmela Chen, Sister Francesca Muxtay; second row, Sister Claribel Ayala, Rosa Caz, Sister Cande- laria Batz, Sister Rosa Esther Ramirez, Sister Dora Con- suelo Samayoa, Francisca Pacay; third row, Sister Mary Ann Verkamp, Sister Mary Judith Fleig. FIRST FEDERAL Savings and Loan Associat; Washington & Loogootee (812) 254-2641 SAVINGS BANK, FSB 200 E. Van Trees St., Washington 50Q Main St., Pete THE NEWS PUBLISHING CO. Tell City, IN Proud to be the printer for The Message I " - I 00gL.00IUL.L 424-9274 lUll , inrl II I I II I ]1 I OLD lJ$ 231 "UYN - JASPEI, III -- 482-2222 Did You Know: 1-800-937-USA1 OLDS CIERA is most trouble free car made inAmerica . J.D. Powers ii i ii i i I iiii1[ [ Ill I i Bill 11 ii Irl I Illll "Where customers send thetr Sriends" Open nightly til 9 p.m. & Son