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.... tions bring the young the active to dinner with the bishop R. LEINGANG le,age editor Father Herr," of Evans- about the annual Bishop" at the called me," that Brad Klein, also also going to L that he would see from TEC With the Bishop" is .the'diocesan Voca- religious and the dio- a guest senior or the age, par- !he same reason din- I them. Jasper, who as active in Columbus and out more about is doing" in the [Klues- to be a guest." le he Was invited, :the free food," than Correll of StUdent at Memo- in Evansville, inter- been invit- THAvIS Service (CNs) -- In the end of t of a Vatican and the World to ed by Father Kenneth Herr, chaplain at Memorial. "These are students who seem to have a real sense of church," Said Father Herr, who sat with a group of high school seniors. "They are all involved in some way, always willing to pitch in and help," he added. "Whatever [vocation] they choose, it is important that.they stay active in the church." Dinner participants heard three presentations -- from a seminarian, a woman religious in temporary vows, and a recent- ly ordained Benedictine monk. Jason Gries, a sophomore at St. John Vianney Seminary Col- lege in St. Paul, Minn., described the call to study for the priest- hood as a "little voice that was always there from first grade." When he learned that St. Meinrad was closing its college, he was faced with a more diffi- cult decision, he said. With St. As Sister Marshall described her vocations story, she said that at age 22, she decided, "I want to be a nun." When she made her decision known to various religious communities, she was "immediately flooded with 'nun-mail.'" She divided up the letters into stacks of "yes, no and maybes" -- but when she had narrowed her list of possible communities to five, she real- ized she still did not have the money to make visits to all of them. So she prayed for a sign from God to help her make a choice, and a few hours later, "Rose Mary called." Benedictine Father Adrian Burke was ordained a priest June 8. He came to St. Meinrad with the intention of becoming a priest of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, his home. Along the way, he became attracted to the monastic community. Meinrad and the seminary in Minnesota "14 hours away," he came to realize that it took a greater commitment to continue to respond to his calling. Gries gives credit to the solid Christian example of family and friends in helping him to make his decision. True happiness is God's gift to those who answer God's call, he said. Benedictine Sister Macy Jo Marshall responded to a call, too. From God -- and from Sis- ter Rose Mary Rexing, the Fer- dinand Benedictines' vocation director. "45 minutes away" . H ecurrent!yseryes,a sassoci - ate pastor of three parishes near the monastery. The young monk, who for- merly worked in retail manage- ment for Montgomery Ward in Indianapolis, joked that his vocations journey was a "Rich- es to Rags" story. Members of the Serra Club welcomed the dinner guests and served the meal for the guests. Bishop Gettelfinger presided, along with Father Bernard Etienne and the mem- bers of his diocesan vocations team -- Sister Rexing and Father Mark Kurzendoerfer. Benedictine Father Adrian Burke, Benedictine Sister Macy Jo Marshall and seminarian Jason Gries pose by a Christmas tree at the Catholic Center. They later told their vocations stories to young persons, parish leaders and Serra Club members who were gathered for the annual "Dinner with the Bishop," Jan. 5. --Message photo by Paul R. Leingang urges Christian-Muslim 'alliance for peace' renounce violence and form an "alliance for peace." Cardinal Francis Arinze, pres- ident of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, said members of both faiths were "God-seekers" who should bring a sense of hope to a world filled with dramatic problems. Rev.John Breidenbach, resignation as Pastor of Corpus Christi Church, Evansville, accepted; released for medical leave, effective Jan. 28. Rev. James Blessinger, Pastor of Corpus Christi Church, Evansville, effective Jan. 28. Rev. William Traylor, Temporary Administrator, Sacred Heart Church, V'mcennes, effective Jan. 28. The cardinal made the remarks in his annual message for Id AI-Fitr, the feast marking the end of Ramadan, which occurs around Jan. 29 this year. About I billion Muslims around the globe were participating in the holy month. "Christians and Muslims, we can work together to give increased hope to humanity. Yet first we must accept our differences, show each other mutual respect and true love, under the eyes of God who shows his mercy to all," Cardi- nal Arinze said. "We are called to make an 'alliance for peace' in which we renounce violence as a method of solving matters of con- tention'" he said. He addecLthat Christians and Muslims should present themselves to the world as believers in God, and faithful to human rights and dignity. "This will render us more credible as believers, and we shall be for humanity a further sign of hope," he said. He said it was sad when Chris- tians and Muslims "ignore one another, no longer exchange greetings or, even worse, quarrel with one another." On the other hand, he said, it was beautiful when they met and discussed their common joys and sorrows. Cardinal Arinze said members of both faiths should promote awareness of the many hopeful developments in today's world. Among these positive trends he listed interreligious dialogue, growing solidarity with the poor, voluntary service, desire for jus- tice and peace, awareness of human dignity and concern for : the environment. At the same time, he said, people of faith are realists who do not ignore global problems. "We cannot turn a blind eye to the dramatic crises of our world," he said. They include: wars and civil strife, terrorism in all its forms, economic injus- tice, hunger, lack of shelter, unemployment, drug abuse, immorality and abortion, the cardinal said. .ll i i i i,i ill i _ rllll=.l i r i iirlll  - The Sprat of Giving,, .... .... , ,.,, ,. ,, Page 2 Pastoral Intern ......................... Page 3 A New Principal ...................... Page 7