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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Magic of Words January 18, I991 By FATHER JOSEPH L. ZILIAK Associate Publisher Calling Oest, brightest for religious life In our parishes these several weeks we are en- dorsing a program of "Called by Name" -- an in- vitation to all our people to help surface names of men and women we might consider potential can- didates for the priesthood, diaconate, brotherhood or sisterhood. It is good for each of us to ponder how we connect with the issue of encouraging a new generation to become leaders in our religious organizations and parishes. In a recent "Catholic Update," a production of the St. Anthony Messenger Press, Delores Curran, columnist, lecturer, author, wife and mother, asks the question: Why are we afraid to talk about voca- tions? She touches many of the findings that we have of the present situation surrounding the call to religious leadership in religious life. One finding is that parents "tiptoe around vocation discussions because they don't want to pressure youth, who tiptoe around vocation discus- sions in fear of parents' response." The call here is for more clear communication about career choice. Young people are very concerned about what they may do as they enter the work force. But if there is a leaning toward religious life, please, parents, don't destroy it by shock that your child would have such thoughts. And please, also, do not destroy a dream by acting as though a young teen may already by ordained or professed in religious life. In an attitude survey carried out by Curran with Catholic parents, results show that "a majori- ty of parents perceive priests and religious as relatively happy and fulfilled in their choice of work. ' ' Speaking of the survey, Curran writes, "A seeming contradiction arose in the results on the questions of celibacy and marriage. The majority of parents felt that celibacy is not a hindrance to hap- piness in life but also said that they would en- courage their children to consider religious life more if marriage were optional. "Why the contradiction?" writes Curran. "I believe parents were clearly telling us that while physical intimacy and sex are not fundamental to happiness, shared intimacy and companionship are. They feel that adults need others with whom they can share confidences, support, fears and joys. "And they don't perceive priests, in par- ticular, as having these important support persons in their lives. They do believe religious have this support community," Curran concludes. In a subsequent column I'll include some of the indicators that Curran identifies for a vocation to the religious life. We encourage parents, teachers, priests, deacons, brothers and sisters to help in this effort of calling forth our young people to lives of idea.lism in religious life. We need the best and the brightest. 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The Center for Ministry Support at last session will be open for Brescia College, Owensboro, issues and questions. Ky. The program is the result of Presentations -- each two an outreach effort of Brescia hours -- are being made on six College, Owensboro, Ky. Ac- consecutive Tuesdayevenings. cording to a survey of The sessions began Jan. 8. parishioners, the most pressing adult educational need for the parish was a basic review of the Catholic faith. Father Warren Heitz, O.S.B., the pastor, said efforts to ad- dress other needs will continue in the future. The parish council has been working with Sister Margaret Turk, R.S.M., of the Center for Ministry Support at Brescia College. The process is being funded by a grant to the Center from the Koch Foundation of Gainesville, Fla. i Linco Coffee Services ] Please patronize Message advertisers! 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