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14,1994 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 11 im Dabble Austill of Patoka is the winner of the Catholic Quiz. ! Will receive dinner for two at the Radisson Inn, Evans- answered the questions in last month's Is have the primary responsibility on of children; and 2) The diocesan Youth : will be held at Washington Catholic High School. know the answers to the following questions, you of overnight lodging for two or an after- eight at the Radisson Inn, Evansville. The drawn from correct entries submitted by P.O. Box 4169, Evansville IN I. Pather James Saue ate two oP +- . r and Holy Names Sister Lomse Bond eXtuti,.. -e members of the Synod Im le'mentation Team's et ..e committee Who - P ecuttve ..... are the other four members of the ummlttee? I I I ! cil? n are all parishes expected to have a parish pastoral I ! ! ! I by the end of the year O by 1996 I  m  m          ,iml       N I -aae .. I I I City/state/Zip ---. I I    I I | i i a i i | gill iiiii a i iiiii i a iiin oN N SERVICE GUIDE ning mates Heat Co. Inc. FUrnaces 800 E. Oregov gl00r Sales & Service TV & 2-Way FM m6 w. FaANKUN STREET PHONE (812) 423-7849 Herman Goebel Motor Co. NEW OR USED CARS Where the best deals are made Trade up or down Bank Financing 2001 W. Delaware 423-7759 M&S Fire & Safety Equip. Co. Inc. Over 25 years sales and service in the Td-state 670 E. Franklin 424-3863 New Continued frompage 1 erage was 17 years. The study, titled "Seminari- ! ans in the Nineties" was based I on a survey of students in U.S. I theological seminaries during I the 1992-93 year, con- school I ducted by the NCEA Seminary I Department with a grant from I I The Lilly Endowment, one of I the major U.S. contributors to I research in religious life and I trends. I Chief designer of the survey I ! was Father Eugene F. Hem- I rick, secretary of research for ! the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. ! Of 2,921 questionnaires sent ! out to seminarians, 901 or 31 I ! percent were returned. The re- I searchers attributed the low I return to several possible fac- tors, among them the length of the survey, which had 126 questions, and the fact that 39 of the questions were open- ended, requiring a written an- swer instead of a multiple choice check-off. "We felt the added depth open-ended questions give to a study was worth the risk" of a low response, the report said. The average age of seminari- ans in theological seminaries surveyed in 1993 was 32, up I from 29 in 1984 and 25 in I 1966. I I Among those who had ca- ! rears or full-time jobs before I ! entering the seminary, the ! largest numbers came from ! fields such as education, church-affiliated work and management. But others came from law, construction, re- search, military, health care, sales, science, sports, commu- nity service, advertising, farm- ing, writing, real estate, men- tal health and a wide range of other jobs. The study found significant discrepancies from an earlier survey of seminary faculty when it asked seminarians to describe their academic pre- paredness, abilities and achievement. The faculty study, released in January 1993, found that faculty members considered seminarians generally strong in areas such as pastoral con- cern, spirituality, sensitivity and a spirit of service, but quite weak academically. Weaknesses faculty de- scribed ranged from inade- quate religious and academic background for theology stud- ies to lack of intellectual cu- riosity and weakness in cogni- tive skills. When the seminarians were asked to rate themselves and their peers in those areas, however, they saw a much The 00astbof 15,, enior Ibis Very ,, COunt 'mOnday! :PtP8 e_ ase Call % Re "1977 , Semvations le 50 Indiana Amish Restaurant Your Homemade Eating Place Open Mon. thru Thur. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. s Sat. 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. CLOSED SUNDAYS i i more positive picture. Most seminarians thought they and their peers were above average in almost all academic areas, while most faculty viewed them as average or below aver- age in those same areas. In a written commentary on the new study, Franciscan Sis- ter Katarina Schuth of St. Paul (Minn.) Seminary School of Di- vinity, a seminary research specialist, noted that many concerns expressed by faculty about seminary formation today focused on difficulties in teaching the growing popula- tion of older candidates. She called for more research into the effectiveness of semi- nary programs to educate and form older men for the priest- hood. She also suggested that the "enormous" faculty-student dif- ference in academic percep- tions deserves further study. "All of the data suggest that faculty and students have re- markably divergent views when it comes to assessing the capability of students," she said. While the seminary popula- tion figures used by the NCEA study reflected a long-term de- cline, last year's yearly survey of seminary enrollment by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate reported a slight increase in the number of diocesan seminarians in the- ology for the first time in sev- eral years. Father C. Joseph O'Hara, CARA's director of seminary research,said the data col- lected for the 1993-94school year show an overall decline of about 6 percent. The following seminarians are preparing for the priest- hood for the Diocese of Evans- ville: Jack Durchholz, from Good Shepherd Church, Evansville, third year, at Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Cor- ner, Wisc. Brian Holtz, from St. Joseph Church, Evansville, third year, at Mundelein Semi- nary, Mundelein, Ill. Derrick Koch, from St. Francis Xavier Church, Poseyville, Pastoral Year, at St. Meinrad School of Theol- ogy. Kenneth Steckler, from St. Mary Church, Huntingburg, second year of theology, at American College, Louvain, Belgium. Joseph Dung Van Hoang, from St. Joseph Church, Evansville, first year of theol- ogy, at St. Meinrad School of Theology. Anthony Ernst, from St. Celestine Church, Celestine, pre-theology at Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein, Ill. Three theology Students are on leaves of absence: Joseph Cook of Christ the King Church, Evansville; Jerrell Harville, of St. Joseph Church, Jasper, and Thomas Zint of St. Martin Church, Chrisney. College Seminarians are Danny Lutz of St. Clement Churhc, Boonville, second year, at St. Meinrad College; David Rudisill, of Holy Re- deemer Church, Evansville, first year, St. Meinrad College; and Eric Weidenbenner, of St. Mary Church Ireland, first year, St. Meinrad College. ii nl i iiiii ji i[ Church00Orld ! 00n0unA'000, Helen Alvare, a spokes, | woman fm : :, Urging gun limits Catholics and Pmtestan i were joined by Jews; MUs| Urns d Sikhs m backing: a| proposal to Iimit!hand,| pases and avability ] Maryland,