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ii~..,. ~na. exp.ained ~at ~e pur~.e of e the document revision process which Illet had begun in1967 after Vatican II, was "to continue to clarify and reclaim our npll monastic identity as contemporary j, i Benedictine women." I Mt. Angel, OR - Sixty delegates from The keynote address, which bore the th: denedictine women's monasteries and rifle of the theme, was given by Ter- 0n, c pendent priories gathered here re- rence Kardong, OSB, a scholar from ntly for the 17th chapter meeting of e Fede ration of S t. Gbrt rude. Each of Assumption Abbspeech centeredeY' R i char don oppressiontn' ND. HiSof the i .e 16 member monasteries sent thepoor and the degradation of the envi- 0ressand two sisters the ronment. He outlined the challenges as delegates; . dependent priories sent their supe- to Benedictine women envisioning their response in the 21st century. rl0rs . . Scholastica Men- Sr. Ruth Fox, OSB, from Richardton Attending from St tery in Fort Smith were Sr. Louise was elected Dresident of the Federation Sharum " . . . ,i#! V0rs , OSB, prioress, and Sr. Pierre for the next stx years. The next meet .. ter, OSB, and Sr. Cabrini Schmitz, ing will be held in in 1993. )d] t)Sl , delegates. The Federation of St. Gertrude in- ca'! lheme of the Chanter was "Standin eludes 15 women's religious communi- On Tiptoe: Envisioning Our Monastic ties in the U.S. and one in Canada, r Spnse to the 21st Century." At this which trace their roots to monasteries _lannual meeting, the Benedictinesin Bavaria and Switzerland. Although e|ebrated the comnletion of the re- Benedictine monastic communities re- nSed Federation T,._ta .fl xT constitution, calledmain indenendent, and autonomous, . and its acceptance by Rome.the Federation structure was established ederation president, Sr. Anselm in 1937 to provide communication, t 'aammerling of Winnipeg, Manitoba, cohesion, and mutual support. I_ Guatemala -- . . [;harismatic Masses drawing Cathol,cs back Bay, Guatemala (CNS) - Each Manuela Cumatz walks miles through the Guatemalan attend Mass. She is a char- raditional. atholic Then, and many Catholic, but she has switched twice. First, she went to the m her Indian joined Others where in Guatemala, Latin America and the whole Third World. For years, the Catholic Church has been trying to meet the challenge of energetic, well-financed evangelical movements that have spread across vast areas of the globe. In tradi- tionally Catho- lic Latin America, an estimated 20 percent of the population has joined funda- mentalist Christian groups. Critics say ltiOnal / h,br,= Cm the evangel- t h o 1 i c "Assembly of God - Fountain of Life" reads icals are being the name of this evangelical church in Gua- used to control was temala, where an estimated 20 percent of the potential un- no music traditional Catholic population has joined rest and are church _ fundamentalist Christian groups, w e a k e n i n g Want to see your local news in Arkansas Catholic? Drop us a line or give us a call! We're always looking for news, announcements, feature and personality stories. Help us make Arkansas CathoIic your local newspaper! priest Cumatz said. Indians switched to the evan- church, but it did not allow drinking or statues of mints home, Cumatz said. So when a Sent someone around to =adver- charismatic services, Cumatz Others returned to the Catholic charismatics have procedures to evangelicals," she said. charismatic church, you can You dance, you jump." Situation in Xibal Bay- where "converted" to the evangeli- - is similar to situations else- Guatemalan Indian society by over-emphasizing in- dividual salvation. Some observers say the emotional style of worship and the promise of a better life in heaven preached by the sects capitalize on the need of Guatemala's poor for respite from vio- lence and repression. In some communities, traditional Catholics and charismatics share a church, but "in each little township there are many evangelical churches," Cumatz said. She estimated that more than 100 people in her village are charismatics, about 30 "are traditional Catholics and 25-30 are evangelicals. Mission Helpers of the Sacred Hoart/CNS SISTERS, START YOUR ENGINES -- In this 1958 photograph, members of the Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart, in long habits, stand next to their cars as they prepare to drive from Baltimore, MD, to North Carolina to start missions for Catholic education. The Mission Helpers are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year. ,Slclan By James Engel St. Cloud, MN (CNS) The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, long devoted to providing health care in central Minnesota, seem to have found an ideal match in one of their new recruits. Sr. Mary Hroscikoski is a physician. But being a physician, she said, is "by no means the whole of who I am, the gist of who I am." "I think of myself as Mary, first of all, and that encompasses a lot. I'm a Franciscan, a physician, a woman, someone who loves the outdoors," she told the St. Cloud Visitor, newspaper of the Diocese of St. Cloud. A Los Angeles native, Hroscikoski received an undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and later moved to Washing- ton, where she graduated from Georgetown University's medical school. She then completed a three-year residency in family practice at North Memorial Medical Center, Robbinsdale, MN, through the University of Minnesota's family practice program. Her interest in the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls was formed gradually during her residency and subsequent medical practice at two Twin Cities clinics. Hroscikoski said it was after she'd been practicing medicine three or four years and felt =settled and secure enough in my work as a physician" that she began to "look at questions of life again, questions that in the intensity of medical school and residency often get shoved underground." She became acquainted with the re- ligious community after making friends with Franciscan Sr. Jeremy Hein, a nurse at North Memorial Medical Center. She said she was attracted to the order because she came to know its members as "a group of women who were for- ward-thinking, progressive, visionary people strongly committed to simple lifestyle and Gospel values." The Franciscans' lifestyle, she said, is "a lifestyle that's devoted to both a life of prayer - focusing on the interior journey - and life that moves from that interior journey outward into the service of others. Those are both closely con- nected with what it's about being a physician." The decision to give up what could have been a lucrative career as a phy- sician for the simplicity of communal living appealed to Hroscikoski. She will continue as a practicing physician, but her salarY now belongs to the commu- nity. "Before I came to community I lived fairly simply. I made a conscious choice to do that in a number of ways. I cer- tainly wasn't living as richly as I could have," she said. Still, she said there will be "the process of letting go." ,J P.O. 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