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, Poor Clare nun takes solemn vows December 16 By PAUL R. LEINGANG " Message editor ,,'s been a long journev for "Kiske" ("Kitten") Janewa -- from summer p wi*l- ...... Y ..... ume Trapp Family in Vermont to the Poor Clare Monastery m But it has been a journey guided by a providential God, Catherine, as she prepared for profession of her solemn vows Dec. 16. rine, who "just turned 59 in October," says a big event in her when she was 14. Her grandmother sent her from the fam- City home for a 10-day stay at the Trapp Family Music Camp summer, "Kiske" -- that's a Russian nickname given to her went back to Vermont to work at the camp. Her association her some unforgettable experiences: singing a d the trees, taking recorder lessons from one of the Trapp oing folk dances with the family, listening to stories from Maria the closeness of the family. encouraged young people to read the bible, and made arrange- camp to have daily Mass for the Catholics. Kiske was not a then, event began at another camp, this one in upstate New who needed extra emotional help. Kiske, a camp counselor, d camp nurse had a new and intriguing book. It was by a escribed the stages of his conversion journey -- Thomas Merton's Mountain. the book, and could not put it down. "It was just the thing atthe time," she said. As she read the book she came to the Monastery of the Poor Clares. That's another part of the journey. How do you get from New York City to Evans- ville? If you are Sister Catherine, you take the path through Assisi and San Damiano in Italy. With financial help from her grand- mother, Kiske went to Europe twice as a college girl. One of the trips include d As- sisi, home of St. Francis, founder of the Franciscans. The tour group was sup- posed to go to San Damiano, too -- the home of St. Clare -- but no one on the tour except Kiske really wanted to go. She was disappointed. In 1987, she went back to Europe, . spending six days at the homes of the saints. "Everything was beautiful," she said, and her response to a growing aware- ness of a religious vocation became clear. SR. CATHERINE JANEWAY When she returned to New York, a letter was waiting for her. It was an in- vitation to visit the Poor Clare Monastery at Evansville. She came to find a place where she could pray, and work, and take long walks -- not just in cir- cles inside the walls m but walks in the country. She found a community where "I can be myself here." Cooking for the community, making altar breads, praying the Liturgy of the Hours -- these are the joys of the latest portion of Sister Catherine's journey. A significant event is celebrated today, today, with her solemn pro- that she did not have to remain a Protestant all of her life. She fession of vows. With the psalmist, she has pryed, "O Lo'd, my heart is . did it. " ....... ;eady  ...................... With her mother's signed permission, Kiske became a Catholic. signed the necessary form, never really thinking that Would go through with it. "She said she thought I was too a. Ten years later, Kiske's mom also became a Catholic. year at Brooklyn Colle e Kiske went to Anna Maria Colle e g , g near ss., where she received a bachelor's degree in English litera- On the occasion of her solemn vows, Sister Catherine Janeway took the, op- portunity to write directly to readers of the Aiessage. Following are her thoughts: "The counsels of poverty, chastity" and obedience are for everybody! We all, no matter what God calls us to, have the same journey. Poverty by being more attached to God and less to material things. Obedience by learning to listen to God's will in our lives and becoming more accepting and peaceful. And chastity, that purity of heart that puts God first. And for this, of course, prayer is essential. Prayer is our relationship with God who loves, us. "The other thing I would like to cry from the rooftops is the sanctity of marriage. The sacrifices and self-forgetfulness needed to be a faithful spouse and loving parent. And the joy that comes form making these sacrifices, and the great power of family prayer." hunting took her to MacMillan Press and to Oxford both companies within walking distance of her home. at Oxford and stayed there 31 years. Her first job at Oxford was she sent one, once, to Ernest Hemingway. year later, she became the private secretary of the head of the epartment  and then finally she took a job in the library d not ring for hours at a time" and she loved it. Not until id she find a new love -- life in the community at the ;tUdy finds Indiana Catholics very diverse ulrected by cestries include Italians, school attended college managers; 22 percent are pro- sociologist Africans, Scottish, Hungari- without graduating, fessionals; and another 19 per- shows that are very di- to Davidson, Catholic than a high has a white family in- But, SOcial, eco- differ- Indiana ans, Croatians, Mexicans, Canadians, Puerto Ricans, Fil- ipinos, West Indians, and Cubans. Indiana Catholics also have quite different educational backgrounds. Thirty-six per- cent have not gone beyond high school. Another 30 per- cent have gone to vocational Thirty-four percent have col- lege or graduate degrees (11 percent have graduate or pro- fessional degrees). There also is diversity in Catholics' occupations. While a majority (68 percent) are in white collar jobs, they are in all sorts of white collar work: 27 percent are executives or cent are other white collar workers (such as secretaries and clerks). Six percent of In- diana Catholics are skilled blue collar workers, and 11 percent are in semi- or un- skilled blue collar jobs. Eleven percent are full time home- makers. See STUDY page 3 Surgeon general's resignation hailed by her critics By PATRICIA ZAPOR Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Dec. 9 resignation of Sur- geon General Joycelyn Elders was welcomed by critics of her outspoken views about sex ed- ucation and the use of con- doms, church teachings about homosexuality and other is- sues. President Clinton said Ms. Elders' "public statements re- flecting differences with ad- ministration policy and my own convictions" led him to ask for her resignation. The White House said Dec. 9 that Ms. El- ders made one too many state- ments with which Clinton dis- agreed. "I'm delighted," said William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. "I just hope this is an opening to get some- one who more closely repre- sents the will of the people and does not have animus toward the Catholic Church." qt is my hope that the dis- missal of Surgeon General El- ders will clear the way for leadership in the area of public health that respects the values of the vast majority of Ameri- cans and recognizes the funda- mental importance of the fam- ily for the well- being of society," said Cardinal James A. Hickey of Washington, who also had publicly criticized her. Ms. Elders was sharply criti- cized by Catholic leaders for her comments about churches which opposed some of her See SURGEON page 2 i ii i i of Indiana but the s significant . Americans i, Our study the Catholics a said, "but we count and all ethnic are the e ethnic el, in the Irish, and ethnic an. & O == u R ag