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,), ! ) (iN iN N iN: N Bi .... ember 13, 1991 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana i Bishop's Forum By BISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER .. There is, I have discovered, an interesting and ellghtful phenomenon in our diocese. Maybe tile ractice of celebrating a year of jubilee has come ray attention because the bishop is usually in- ted to participate. Except for the celebration of e Sesquicentennial of the Archdiocese with mul- pl.e events, I was simply not aware of this a.iaespread custom. I find them exhilarating in all members of our church and civic commu- rubes grow up experiencing regularly our history. b" Two weeks ago St. Joseph Parish in Vander- o,U.rg h County concluded its year long celebration ,[its sesquicentennial. On Sunday, December 1, 91, St. Wendel began its sesquicentennial year t'M , ,' " s-' ary s m Evansville initiates its l5th anmver- ury year of jubilee on December 18, 1991. This all came into focus for me as I made my ay home from the Monastery Immaculate , ffnception on, December 9, 1991. Sister Kathryn the Prioress, had invited me to celebrate tt he fa.under of Habitat for sh'arUty, Millard Fuller, 1," e to a crowd of about , v Persons attendin the ",nut _,. g -w,, .1'- '* Umner for Habitat of sv!lle. Fuller noted that ql fi s y hurches were listed as ;rlSOrs of houses being rtaed for "blitz building Sharing the joy of celebrating jubilees with them their least day, Mary's Immaculate Conception. It was also the occasion to join them in the announcement of their 125th anniversary year. What a joyful occasion for me! It was really a sneak preview of things to come since they an- nounced the official year of jubilee to begin and end with the calendar year. Each month will have its own event with the central event being August 20, 1992, the very day of their foundation 125 years ago. we must be most gratefld. That is not their primary gilt to our com- munity. Rather, their preeminence is in who My visit with the Sisters gave me an opportu- nity to acknowledge to them how important they have been and continue to be for the faith life of our diocese. We are not 50 years old as a diocese. The Sisters of St. Benedict arrived at Ferdinand 75 years before the diocese was established. The Sisters of St. Benedict have contributed immeasurably to passing on the faith to the peo- ple of Southwestern Indiana and beyond. For that they are. They are women of faith bonded to- gether for the single purpose of seeking God. They seek to find God in everyone they meet, as is demonstrated by the genuineness of their hospitality. They reflect the presence of God in the peace that washes over anyone who comes to their home. They model relationship with God in daily prayer, regularly and often. In what they do and in how they do it, they model for us the relationship Catholic Christians are to have for qthers. To the Sisters of St. Benedict of the Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdi- nand, we say: "Ad multos annos!" They have reason to celebrate. Because of them, we do too! Let us enter into their joy. Habitat founder challenges churches i I00erdinand Ctinued. ro rl , f m page 3 S uh" to teach, said Sister Li" ra;tr" "Gradually we le I_ eft out to serve a much L i', r area, putting down new 0.' and establishing new Xlr0.' 'asteries n " Arkansas, ota, Beech Grove, in June, but not every denom- ination was listed. He chal- lenged the "missing" churches to become involved in the building project. Habitat of Evansville plans to build 21 houses in one week. That is the largest number of houses planned at any Habitat affiliate in the United States, or in. the world. Habitat homes are sold -- without profit and without interest -- to people who do not have enough income to qualify for ordinary mortgages. 11 f | ! Ind., California, Louisiana, eastern Kentucky, and now beyond our national borders to the people of Guatamala and Peru" Sister Huber said the sisters have responded to today's changing needs with a "diver- R0000 ..... Help resettle a refugee, Invite an immigrant family to celebrate a holiday In your home, Tutor a migrant who needs help learning English, Open yourself to our immigrant Church. r your mind. Open your heart. Open your arms. To learn the many ways you can welcome your new neighbors and participate in the following events, contact: 4/grafion and Refugee Services, National Conference of Catholic Bishops 3211 Fourth Street, N.E., Washington, DC 20017-1194 Call 202-5414220 or 1-800.428-3717 National Migration Week N. January 6-11, 1992 ttioltd Teleconference._Making Room: Pastoral Planning for Newcomers January 7, 1992 sity of ministries." She said, "Today we con- tinue to be leaders in educa- tion. You will find us in pre- school programs and in elementary, high schools, col- leges, and parish religious ed- ucation programs as teachers and administrators. You will also find us in health clinics caring for poor mothers and children, the elderly and in- firmed, serving in hospitals as nurses, counselors, chap- lains and therapists. You will find us fl]eeting the pastoral and spiritual needs of people by serving in parishes as ad- ministrators and ministers, in retreat houses as retreat direc- tors and spiritual directors. You will find us caring for the peoples of the earth, the earth itself, and all it contains." ICC Continued from page 5 Lynch, the USCC publishes a Political responsibility State- ment one year prior to na- tional elections, "to inform Catholics of the principal PO" litical and public policy is- sues." The statement, "while studiously avoiding partisan politics, outlines the moral is- sues of the upcoming elec- tion: from abortion to hous- ing, from health care to euthanasia, from war and peace to just taxation." That statement, he said, estab- lishes the public policy agenda for both the USCC and state conferences. The current agenda in- Habitat founder Millard Fuller makes a point in his presen- tation at the Gold Room in Evansville, Thursday, Dec. 5. -- Message Photo by Paul R. Leingang tinue to protect human life; 2) urge our nation to continue to usher in an era of peace; 3) assure that all children have an excellent education and those in non-public schools and their parents have a gen- uine freedom of choice; 4) that the marginalized not fall through the nation's safety net: that there will be afford- able housing, basic health care, food for the hungry and clothes for the naked; and 5) that the full force af the gov- ernment be used to reinforce the tattered shell of the Amer- ican family. State conferences serve their local area, but are also the "grassroots network" for c!udes 1) a. res.olve. !o ,con- ` ,the USCC, said Msgr. Lynch. Executive Director of the Indiana Catholic Conference is Dr. M. Desmond Ryan, who also serves as lobbyist during the Indiana General Assem- bly. The ICC Board includes the state's six bishops and a layperson from each diocese. The Advisory Council is made up of four religious or laypersons from each diocese. Representing the Evansville Diocese are board members Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger and Diane Bender. Advisors include Father John Boeglin, pastor of St. Celestine Church, Celestine, and Dioce- san Director of Rural Life, Bernard Kazyak, director of Catholic Charities Bureau, and Jan Stenftenagel.