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Pase 4 July 11, 1998 DIOC AN/O B ARIES ARKANSASq' CATHOLIC ass to Forty-two Catholics from around the diocese completed the two-year theology program in June. The program will begin its third year in September. The Office of Religious Education and Home, said the program has broadened Christian Initiation announced that a new her perspective of life. class of the diocesan theology program "It has totally changed my life and has would begin in September. given me a framework for looking at all The two-year program with an optional aspects of my life, family, work, parish and third year of specialization began in 1996. community." Classes are held one weekend a month at Third-year student Jean Folken, direc- St. John Catholic Center in Little Rock. tor of religious education at St. Peter Instructors come from within the diocese Church in Wynne, said she sees her re- and area Catholic colleges, sponsibility in the Church expanding as a "There seems to be a need for it," di- result of attending the classes. rector Barb Minczewski said of the rea- "It's been a conversion experience," she son for the new class. "More and more said. I'he program has drawn me closer people are expressing interest. They are to Jesus." interested in learning about their faith." Mildred Zinser of North Little Rock Minczewski said initial plans called for said, 'q'he program has shown me that a new class to begin in the fall 1999. Sec- good intentions and prayer are not ond-and third-year classes also will be held enough. To make successful and lasting "I think a lot of people have becomeprograms, leaders have to have a deeper more confident about their faith because understanding of Scripture, theology, tra- they have a greater appreciation for its dition and history of the Church." roots," Minczewski said. A scholarship fund was established in The two-year program covers an intro- memory of the late Mary Lou Bowie, who duction to theology, Scripture, Christology, died May 22. Bowie, a member of St. sacraments, liturgy and morality. The third Francis of Assisi Church in Fairfield Bay, year of specialization covers human/faith was a student in the theology program. development, catechesis and leadership. Fall classes begin Sept. 11-12. The reg- Third-year students also must complete a istradon deadline is SepL 1. The $350 yearly supervision/practicum, program fee includes books and lunch. When you start with basic theology,Overnight accommodations and breakfast then you move on to Scripture and then are available for an additional fee. Optional you move on to Christology, each area college credit is available through SL Gre- becomes more enriched when they havegory College in Shawnee, Okla. a foundation to build on," Minczewski To register or make a donation to the said. Mary Lou Bowie Scholarship Fund, write Third-year student Chris Langley, di- Minczewski at the Diocese of Little Rock, rector of religious education at St. Peter 2500 N. Tyler Street, Little Rock, AR the Fisherman Church in Mountain 72207 or call (501)664-0340. KORDSMEIER heart is good medicine. PROVERBS ~ 7:zz '0 Tim Benton/ED. [5oi}47o-o72I #589Hw .365 P.O. Box 365 Ma [lowert AR 72 zo6 ff.ormer[ Famil Drug CenterI FURNITURE Sister Bernice Seibold, OSB, 70, a member of St. Scholastica Mon ry in Fort Smith, died June 30. She entered the monastery from Groves, Texas, and made monastic pro- fession in 1947. She graduated with a bachelor's degree from Webster College in Webster Groves, Mo., and received her master's degree Sr. Bernice from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She served 50 years as a music teacher and organist at St. Boniface in Fort Smith, St. Winand's in McGehee, St. Theresa in Little Rock, St. Scholastica and St. Gabriel in Kansas City, Mo. Her last service as monastery organist was playing for the June 6 jubi- lee celebration. Fort Smith, died July 1. A native of Paris, she made her mo- nastic profession in 1944. She received her bachelor's de- gree from Webster College in Webster Grovb, Mo., and her master's de- gree from the Uni- Sr. Carmen versity of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She taught in elementary schools in Altus, Little Rock, Fort Smith and Brinkley and Billings and Pilot GroVe, Mo. She also taught secondary clasSeS at St. Anne and St. Scholastica in Fort Smith. From 1972 to 1991 she was the French instructor at Westark CommU" nity College in Fort Smith. She worked with various agencies assisting abused and homeless wornet and was the supervisor of the monaY She is survived by one sister, Frances tery grounds. Riley of Bridge City, Texas; two brothers, She is survived by four sisters, Estelle Brother William Seibold, FSC, of Santa Layes of Scranton, Barbara Bordenet 0] Fe, N.M., and Patrick Seibold of Groves, Paris, Rita Lorenze of Morrilton Texas. Other survivors include one aunt, Henrietta Riley of Kansas City, Mo.; Sister Louise Sharum, OSB, of Shoal one brother, Laurence Beshoner 0t Lake of the Ozarks. Other survivors include one cousin, Father Sebastian Beshoner, OSB, of Paris. Ruth L. Welch, 81, a member of St, Peter the Fisherman Church in MoU " tain Home, died June 22. She is surViVeU by four sons, Bryon Misurn of Fishers, Ind., Michael Misura of Barberton, Ohi Joseph Coady of Twin Lakes, Wis., Richard VanDeWoestyne of Los Aog les; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great.grar " children. Harold Mayes, 79, a member of It0" maculate Heart of Mary Church. 1~ Marche, died June 21. He is survtve.. by two sons, James Mayes and Detatal Mayes, both of North Little Rock; 00 , daughter, Emily Steohen of Nort] " " " en; L ttle Rock; nine grandchddr Creek, and one uncle, Father Peter Sharum, OSB, of Charleston. Sister Josella Birkenfeld, OSB, 79, a member of St. Scholastica Monastery in Fort Smith, died June 30. A native of Nazareth, Texas, she made her mo- : nastic profession in 1937 She received her bachelor s de- gree from St. Scholastica College a in Atchison, Kan., I& and her master's III n degree from St . ~ ~ , " St. ju~cllta mary ottege m -- Xavier, Kan. Her 52 years as a secondary and elementary educator were spent in Clear Creek, Billings and Kansas City, Mo.; and Paris, Charleston, Russellville, Little Rock and Fort Smith. Her last nine five great-grandchildren. years of teaching were spent at her alma Esther Steffen, 74, a member of mater in Nazareth, Texas. Peter the Fisherman Church in MoO At the time of her death she man- tain Home, died June 19. She is aged the housekeeping and maintenance vived by her husband, John Steffen! o., at the monastery. She is survived by two sisters, Rita sister, Edna Balsman of Cape Girardea " Woetevech of Nazareth, Texas, and Mo., and one brother, John Castler0 " Velma Warren of Hereford, Texas; and of Newport News, Va. two brothers, Herman Birkenfeld and" r of Jerome Birkenfeld, both of Nazareth, Joseph A. Binz, 101, a memOe, i0 Texas. Other survivors include one niece, Our Lady of Good Counsel Chu.rCl tff. Sister Rose Marie Birkenfeld, OSB, of Little Rock, died June 22. He ts s00 rived by one daughter, Mildred Bart.' Effingham, Ill., and one nephew, Father of Little Rock; two sons, Walter Daryl Birkenfeld of Stratford, Texas. and Elbert Binz, both of Little go Sister Carmen Beshoner, OSB, 72, a12 grandchildren; and 28 great'g member of St. Scholastica Monastery in children. DIABETICS with Medicare (50x) or insurance ; f0r the best seats ($1525) at Save money on diabetic suppti ! ,1[ t Great plus For more information II Inl od n o. dme*, I[ CALL 1 800-337-4 4A ' all f0r just $M;95 eacht i jul c~ q an( We b0r Pot rell 0th