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PAGE 12 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC JUNE 17, "Lay," from page 1 another town as canonical pastor and chief sacramental minister, but virtually all other aspects of parish life are coordinated by a qualified administra- tor who is not a priest. The plan in Des Moines calls for professionally and spiritually qualified people with experience in parish min- istry to form a pool of applicants from which parishes may interview candi- dates, select a director and establish a contract. Final appointment rests with the bishop. The director is to "assume the pas- toral care of the parish in all areas usually entrusted to a pastor, except those restricted by the law of the Church or diocesan policy," the plan says.- The canonical pastor, it says, is to "supervise the pastoral care of a par- ish" in close cooperation with the. di- rector and to "provide liturgical and sacramental functions which cannot be assumed by the director of parish life." The plan calls for parish directors to take primary responsibility for parish administration, the continuation and development of the parish's programs and spiritual and social services, educa- tion, liturgical and sacramental forma- tion, and other ongoing activities rang- ing from visiting the sick to maintain- ing ecumenical contacts. Bullock said he will appoint a dioce- san coordinator to "oversee the appoint- ment process, provide in-services, and in general ensure a smooth transition" in affected parishes. "RSM," from page 1 Rev. Matthieas Newell, former pastor at St. Elizabeth, a 219-member parish in a middle- to lower-class section of Richmond, left diocesan service to join a Benedictine monastery. Would the parish have had to shut down were she not named pastoral coordinator? "When I look around the other dioceses, that's the pattern I see," said Billings, a Philadelphia native who has worked in the Richmond diocese since 1981. "I don't think that would have been the case here." She said Richmond Bishop Walter F. Sullivan "asked me would I be willing to do it. I thought about it, I prayed about it. I thought it would Sr. Cora Billings be something I'm capable of doing." Billings, 51, will continue two or three days a week in the black Catholic office in Richmond and spend the rest of her time at St. Elizabeth, but cut her involvement in campus ministry at Virginia State University in Petersburg, VA. She does not foresee changes in parish life and ministry. Her goal is "to really empower the people of the parish. The coordination and the collaboration is very important... I'm very much interested in spirituality and growing with people." Billings said she recognizes "every day" that the eyes of Catholics nationwide may be on her, yet she sees importance in being black, being a woman, and being a religious in her parish position. "All of the above," she said with a laugh. "I see it as a way of encouraging others for leadership for the Church, for women to be leaders.., for black women, African- Americans," she said. If someone like her is not there "for people to look at and see as themselves, they're not even encouraged to go out and try something," she said. M~rj~rie Hmaec~r, C.R.$. Olm WN JOINT VENTURE REAL ESTATE 565- 5300 Serving the Arkansas Christian community treating psychiatric & substance abuse Raaio issues with a professional, balanced Men.-Fri. LIFELINE OF HOPE.* program of clinical and spiritual care. l l.30 AM at 8. 5 am ( Batesville area) Find out about the "NEW HOPE D ff'erence. " Wanda Stephens, M D, Medical Director and NEW HOPE INSTITUTE Founder at Doctor's Hospital, 500 S: Univ., Suite 121 Little Rock, AR 72205 663-HOPE or 1-800-829-HOPE (Nationwide) USCC to participate in asylum pilot Washington (CNS) - The U.S. Catho- lic Conference's division of Migration and Refugee Services plans to partici- pate in a federal government pilot program in which up to 200 aliens seeking asylum will be released from detention centers. MRS will provide the asylum-seekers with social and legal services through its Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. in conjunction with the New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco arch- dioceses, said Emma D. Navajas, chief operating officer of the Catholic immi- gration network. The Immigration and Naturalization Service pilot program provides for re- lease of political asylum applicants who were incarcerated after arriving in the U.S. without proper travel documents. Under the program, which started May 1, an "excludable alien" may be ,paroled after meeting the conditions set forth in INS guidelines, including the posting of bond, achieving viable means of support, and providing written agree- ment to communicate with local immi- gration offices on a monthly basis. Paroled aliens must agree to contact their local INS office in writing or in person on a monthly basis. The New York and California archdi- ocesan offices and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. will be re- sponsible for preliminary review of the cases and will present eligible cases to INS for consideration. Navajas said the majority of asylum- seekers participating in the program are apt to be natives of Haiti, Central American and Cuba. aliens apply foi- asylum in one city, move to another and "disappear," ing to show up for their court hear' ings. She it was her hope that the pilot project will prove that the absconding rate is not as high as has been feared' resulting in "a new openness" by INS that would enable asylum-seekers to live freely and get jobs while awaiting court decisions. Most asylum-seekers leave homelands because of persecution they have experienced there, she said. "Tensions should not be part of what they encounter" upon arriving in the U.S., she said. Maryknoll priest asks for New York (CNS) - Rev. William/d, Boteler, superior general of the g" ryknoll Fathers and Brothers, Maryknoll Rev. Miguel D'Escoto, for" eign minister of Nicaragua under the Sandinista government, are the Vatican for reinstatement D'Escoto's priestly faculties, the society has confirmed. D'Escoto, a Nicaraguan, became for" eign minister when the Sandinis# overthrew Nicaragua's Somoza gove# ment in July, 1979. He was one off0 priests who accepted government after the revolution. In 1985, he Rev. Ernesto Cardenal were from priestly ministry at Vatican because they refused to resign the Rev. Fernando Cardenal was from the Jesuit order, and the priest, Rev. Edgard Parrales, ret laicization. In many cases, aliens caught havingThe new government led entered the U.S. illegally are detained Chamorro, who defeated the even though they have applied for tas in a Feb. 25 election, was inatlgo" asylum. INS officials have argued in the rated April 25. past, Navajas said, that too many illegal Boteler was not immediatel available. Y 0l for comment, but another member A 1 the Maryknoll council, Rev. Rayrnta Nobiletti, said D'Escoto had never J" aBu II been suspended frm Maryknll' d 5! had continued to receive the stipe all members of the society get as a IlV" 1] Any size bus available, from [i ing allowance., ef II school bus to luxuryair 1[ He stud he did not know whcth II o. itio coaches. II D'Escoto also got a salary as foreig" II houston. 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