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2 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana House - of Bread and Peace Shelter helps homeless women and their children By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer There's a popular song written and sung by Gloria Estefan called "Reach" with lyrics that speak ofdreams, of doing "what- ever it takes," and "putting it all on the line." Estefan's song was written for the 1996 Summer Olympics, and she sings of "trying my very best," and of"reaching higher. "• That's exactly what a young woman named Juanita is trying to do, and this Christmas season she's getting a litt'le help from the House of Bread and Peace. The Evansville shelter, which is really more like a home, is filled with chintz loveseats, silk flowers, lace curtains, and home- less women and their children. It's a cheerful, warm and cozy retreat, and Juanita has been living there for awhile• She sat down recently and talked about her life, her strug- gles, her hopes and her dreams. When she talks, she's animated, and she's not afraid to say that she has great plans for her future. She doesn't mind talking about her past, which had some painful times. She said her father left early in her life, and her mother abused her. When she was four, the system stepped in and Juanita was removed from her home and placed in a group home in northern Indiana. She grew up wishing very hard that she could get adopted by a family or move into a foster home, but she stayed in group homes throughout her child- hood. She was placed in special education classes in school "because of my emotions." "I was emotionally messed up, she admits, adding, "I was hyperactive too." She says she was teased a lot when she was a child. "They called me 'retarded.'" The group homes provided a structured life for her, she says. There were strict curfews and few visits to friends' homes. "I was overprotected. We would all get in the van •and go to the movies or skating." In high school, she joined the ROTC program which motivat- ed her to join the military ser- vice after graduation. "Ever since I was little I wanted to be a police officer• I always had respect for the police. Perhaps, it was growing up in the system, dealing with police officers and judges. "My goal was to go to the mil- itary, but because of being in the special education program, I couldn't pass the test. I didn't get a good education." She said she "always wanted something better in my life," so when her dream about the mili- tary fell through, she began a new search. "I heard about Vin- cennes University and the law enforcement program there. TVin- cennes University gives every- body a chance." The director at her group home drove her to southern Indi- ana for a tour and an interview. "They accepted me," she remem- bers. Life in college was tough, she says. "I struggled. My grades were bad that first year, but then I buckled down•" She graduated with a degree in law enforcement, and headed to Evansville, to join girls she met in Vincennes. After a week in their apartment, she realized things just weren't going to work out. "I found one of the girls was doing drugs, and I don't drink or smoke• I'm against that. I had no where else to go." Most young women have the option of moving back home when things don't work out. Juanita didn't• She was home- less. That's when she heard about the House of Bread and Peace, a shelter for homeless women and children. "I asked if I could stay for awhile," Juanita said. When she was welcomed in, she found a place where she could "get my life started." She recently took the state correctional officers exam and passed it. She is now in the process of taking driver's educa- tion, something she didn't take in high school. She's also work- ing as a security guard, a job she believes will give her the neces- sary experience to obtain a bet- ter job in the state correctional system• She plans to leave for Indi- anapolis in February, after she gets her driver's license. She says she is thankful for the shelter and the care she has received at the House of Bread and Peace, a place where she can "get on my feet•" Despite some tough breaks, Juanita credits her successes to a motivation to be good and not do drugs. "It was my determina- tion. I'm strong-willed. I never got pregnant, I never used Father Dietsch Father William Dietsch will cel- ebrate his twenty-fifth anniver- sary as a priest, with a Mass on Sunday Dec. 15, at his new parish, St. Francis Xavier Church, Poseyville. The Mass will begin at 2 p.m., and the reception will follow, from 3 to 5. Father Dietsch, 53, was appointed pastor of the parish in Poseyville on July 17. Previous- ly, he had been pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Peters- burg, since 1990. Father Dietsch was ordained a priest Dec. 18, 1971, at St. Wendel Church, St. Wendel, by BishOp Francis F. Shea. He was born Oct. 9, 1943, the son of Edward and Marie (Hase- nour) Dietsch. He was baptized at St. Bernard Church in Gibson County, and confirmed at St. Wendel Church. After graduating from Mater Dei High School, Evansville, he served in the U.S. Navy for three years. He enrolled in the college sem- inary program at St. Mary's Col- lege, St. Mary, Ky., and then completed his priestly prepara- tion at North American College in Rome. His first assignment was as associate pastor of St. Theresa Church, Evansville, on Aug. 1, 1972. In 1973, he was named an associate at St. Agnes in Evans- ville. His assignment included teaching at Mater Dei High School, and serving as the Direc- tor of Christian Young Adults. Father Dietsch was appointed associate at St. Theresa, Evans- ville, in 1975, and to Holy Cross Church, Fort Branch, in 1978. He was named pastor of Mary, Help of Christians, Mariah Hill, • ! Joseph T. Quinlan, whose late daughter Karen Ann Quinlan was the focus of a legal battle and a national debate in the '70s over when to remove artificial life support, died Dec. 7 at his home in Wantage. Quinlan, who was 71, died of cancer. A funeral Mass was to be celebrated Dec. 11 at St. Jude the Apostle Church in Hamburg, where he was a member. A shy, retiring man, Quinlan and his wife, Julia, were pro- pelled into the world spotlight in 1975 when they sought legal permission to have their then 21-year-old comatose daughter removed from life support. The Quinlans made the decision after doctors said their daugh- ter would not come out of her coma and there was no sign of brain activity. Permission was granted in 1976 by the New Jersey Suprome Court, when it over- turned an earlier Superior Court decision and ruled that in New Jersey families may make such a choice for patients inca- pable of doing so. After being disconnected from the respirator that was thought to be keepingher alive, Karen survived on her own and was moved to a nursing home, where she received intravenous feed- ing and ordinary care. Her drugs, I She says sh things," and largely to some models along the els like her good teachers, "a police officers me," and her Things admits, self' and she by the adds, "I was always She says being the shelter "is a happy to be here Joanna, and th wonderful. my life has FATHER in June 1979. was Church, 1987, and to Petersburg in Father of Karen Ann Quinlan dies at age 71 WANTAGE, N.J. (CNS) "-- day until her death from pneu- statement on the use ofextraor- In a front-page editorial, the quilizer and newspaper said the Quinlans expressed love and understand- ing that life is God's gift and not measured only by physical and mental activity. With royalties from a TV film and a book on their story, the Quinlans founded the nonprofit Karen Ann Quinlan Center of Hope Hospice in Newton, in 1980, five years after their daughter had become comatose after taking what was believed to be a combination of a tran- The C tinued to develc hospice care for ill. Q care tled cancer to Msgr. Thomas Quinlans' form1 their spiritual years since theft € fell into a corn dinary means to sustain life by the late Bishop Lawrence B. Casey of Paterson, who had sup- ported the Quinlans' position from the start. The bishop cited church teaching that it is unnec- essary to use extraordinary means. When Karen Ann died the Vatican newspaper, L'Osserva- tore Romano, praised her par- ents for treating their daughter as a person although she was considered medically vegetative. ican Council said, the "pilgrim" people of God, then the world is the landscape across which the pilgrimage travels. The chal- lenges the world presents for faith and the need it has for sal- vation cannot be ignored, he said. Earlier Dec. 4, Archbishop Carey, his wife and entourage toured the Vatican. After praying at the tomb of St. Peter, he paused at length before the tomb of Pope Paul VI, the first pope to welcome an Anglican leader to the Vatican. Pope Paul's 1966 meeting with Archbishop Michael Ramsey of Canterbury led to the inaugura- tion of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commis- sion. When Pope John Paul wel- comed the arch!)ishop ,to the Vat- monia and other complications in 1985. The landmark ruling -- the first so-called ruling in legal history -- would set the precedent for "living will statutes" in many states, pro- mote the movements for death with dignity and hospice care, and establish the Quinlans as international spokespersons on the issues. The court ruling had at its core the position set forth in a Visit Continued from page 1 can-Roman Catholic dialogue commission. "The path ahead may not be altogether clear to us, but we are here to recommit ourselves to fol- lowing it," the pope told the arch- bishop. "The dialogue between us will continue, no matter what barri- ers -- even ones that seem insur- mountable from a human point of view -- are in the way," the archbishop said. Both leaders praised the work carried out over the past 25 years by the dialogue commission and said it would continue searching for a common understanding of divisive theological questions after a period of reflection• The previous evening, in an |hther visited her almost every address toAnlican and Catholic leaders in Rome, Archbishop Carey said that like many peo- ple, ,I feel frustrations that the great promises and hopes that seemed to be in the air a few years ago just do not seem to have borne the fruit they should have." "None of us, faithful to Christ, can claim that this is satisfacto- ry," the archbishop said. He also said Christians cannot wait until they have overcome denominational divisions to bring the Gospel message to a hurting world. "Occasionally sending out raiding parties for scalps," the churches have been content to let the world deal with its own prob- lems, the archbishop said• He added that if the Christian "t " commum y Is, as the Second Vat- home, at ily around him. : ican Dec. 3, meetings heads nion over the part guided by the Spirit of truth "Through especially which have been again that, ever ration, have not and sisters in pope said. During Dec. 8, the to offer the two leader:' it "en the road to Chnstmns.