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2 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Religious leaders urged to continue effort for health care access By TRACY EARLY Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) -- Partic- ipants at a conference sponsored by the National Council of Churches Dec. 9 expressed a consensus that the religious community should continue to advocate a national policy of universal access to health care. An ethic,st addressing the conference called on church and community leaders to reopen the debate that many people have considered closed since Congress refused to approve the comprehensive health plan orig- inally offered by the Clinton administration. And one conference leader cited Mercy Health Services, operated by the Detroit Sisters of Mercy, as an example of a sys- tem that maintained financial stability while demonstrating Three women enter Ferdinand Benedictine Monastery MARIA GAliCIA MARY JO RESSEL m,,, i J J ,, J , ,,, Three women, Maria Gar- cia, Mary Jo Ressel and Jenny Stickle, have entered the community of the Sis- ters of St. Benedict in Fer- dinand as postulants. Maria Garcia, 37, is from El Paso, Tex. She has a bachelor&apos;s degree in busi- ness administration/man- agement from the Universi- ty of Texas at El Paso. Before entering the Ferdi- nand community, she worked as a social services caseworker at the Texas Department of Human JENNY STICKLE Resources in El Paso. Mary Jo Ressel, 46, was lorn and raised in Kelso, Mo. She held the position of senior secretary at the Campus Assistance Center, Southwest Missouri State University. Jenny Stickle, 27, was raised in the Presbyterian Church, and received into the Catholic Church in 1993. She has been a residential program worker, a day care worker, and a case manager. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. commitment to meeting com- munity needs. The conference, held at NCC headquarters in New York, was one in a public policy series that is funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Booth Ferris Foundation and involves a group of New York seminaries and universities as well as rep- resentatives of the religious community and other groups. Gary Matthews, who chaired the planning committee for the NCC, said ethical alternatives were needed to counter the "clear and present danger of for- profit managed care." Although no formal votes were taken, a strong desire to see the United States assure access to adequate health care for all residents was expressed by speakers and participants in small group discussions. Laurie Zoloth-Dorfman, pro- fessor of Jewish Studies and Social Ethics at San Francisco State University, called for reopening the debate on that issue, and deplored the lack of attention to it in the recent pres- idential campaign. She said it was a "basic ethi- cal principle" that all Americans should have health coverage. When others ask what is realis- tic or financially feasible, people in the prophetic tradition should ask what is just, she said. i . i Hi-Tech Sheet Metal Inc. Residential, Industrial & Commercial Heating & Cooling Installation Sales & Service [ 422-9242 ] Operated by Michael and Patricia Koch 15 S, Third Avenue, Evansville i I i Worth St. Mary's listed in 'Top 100 Hospitals' for St. Mary's Health Care Services in E named one of the top 100 hospitals in the United the third consecutive year. The findings were 9 by HCIA Inc., a health care information William M. Mercer, Inc., an international health agement consulting firm. Only 14 hospitals in have been included for three consecutive years, a spokesperson. Benedictines invite Christmas visitors The Sisters of St. Benedict are inviting the attend their Christmas Eve service and a rece ward, at the Monastery Immaculate Conce nand. Music will begin at 11:30 p.m., with Mass night, EST. The sisters will serve homemade and eggnog in the monastery dining room 1 afterwards. The Mass will be broadcast live by radio stationl FM (100.9), Huntingburg. People are also invited to view the Christmas play, "Heavenly Lights on Grotto Hill," which until Jan. 6. TV worth watching EWTN will air the "Solemn Mass of with Pope John Paul II," Dec. 24, at 5 p.m. CST. repeated Christmas Day at 10:30 p.m. "Solemn Masses of Christmas Eve and live from the Basilica of the National Shrine, will be vised on EWTN, Christmas Eve at 9:30 p.m. Christmas Day at 11 a.m. Midnight Mass in the Catholic tradition will bl the cable channel Odyssey, Dec. 24 at 11 p.m. cST. 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