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4 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Jan Unique experience of Generation X explored by campus By STEVE PARADIS atholic News Service ORLANDO, Fla. (CNS) -- Young people of the so-called Generation X are known for their skepticism and for a very different view of life from that of previous generations, said a speaker at a meeting of cam- pus ministers Eudist Father Ron Bagley, director of the St. John Eudes Center in Buffalo, N.Y., ad- dressed the Catholic Campus Ministry Association Eastern Regional Conference, held Jan. 2-6 in Orlando. In his talk, "The Latest Re- search on the Needs and Aspi- rations of Catholic Young Adults," Father Bagley noted the characteristics of the ap- Sister Hyde dies Jan. 2 Services for Providence Sis- ter Agnella Hyde, 82, who died Jan. 2, were held Jan. 4 at St. Mary-of-the-Woods, with burial in the convent cemetery. She entered the Congrega- tion of the Sisters of Provi- dence in 1929, and made her final vows in 1936. She taught in schools staffed by the Sisters of Providence, including Good Shepherd School, Evansville. proximately 65 million people born between 1961 and 1981 who make up Generation X. He said they have lived in a society different from previous ones. It is more diverse ethni- cally, culturally and economi- cally; holds various values and views; and is more complex and violent. Theirs is the first truly mul- timedia generation, where in- formation is an integral fact of life, said Father Bagley. They entered the work force as the economy was moving from the industrial to the information age. Sister Miles dies Jan. 2 Services for Providence Sis- ter Margaret Irene Miles, 89, who died Jan. 2, were held Jan. 5 at St. Mary-of-the-Woods, with burial in the convent cemetery. She was born in Loogootee to Thomas and Mary Clements Miles. She entered the Congrega- tion of the Sisters of Provi- dence in 1929, and made her final vows in 1937. She taught in schools staffed by the Sisters of Providence, including Sacred Heart and St. John schools, both in Evansville. Golden Jubilarians Joseph and Margaret (Gibson) Rusch Sr. of rural Vin- cennes will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 28 at Old Cathedral Parish Center, Vincennes. Friends and relatives are in- vited; the couple requests no gifts. They were married Jan. 23, 1946, at St. Lawrence Church in Lawrenceville, Ill. Their children and spouse are Tom and Margaret Blair, Mike and Carla Rusch, Tom and Mary Bezy, Joe and Ranah Rusch, and John and Jane Althoff, all of Vin. cennes, and Drs. Jerry and Karen Rusch of Mitchell. They have 11 grandchildren. Mr. Rusch is retired from farming; Mrs. Rusch is a homemaker. ii i II [ COMPLETE INSURANCE SERVICE Auto! Home! Fire &: Life! Your Personal Service Agent James L. Will Ins. Agency Inc. 1925 W. Franklin Street 425-3187 III ii Members of Generation X have experienced a very differ- ent family life from the safe, child-centered, two-parent homes of the past. Even when they have had stable homes, many of their friends have not, said the priest. They tend to marry and have children later, with redefined parental and spousal roles. The No. 1 characteristic driving Generation X is its search for relationships, friendship and community, ac- cording to Father Bagley, who also is a staff member of a pro- ject called "Ministry with Young Adults: A National Catholic Initiative." Despite their "doubting Thomas" attitude, the priest said these young adults see a close relationship with God as one of their most desirable life conditions. A survey from the initiative showed that 81 per- cent rated a close relationship with God as important, but only 56 percent saw participa- tion in a local church as equally important. Father Bagley said recent Gallup polls indicated that 39 percent of Catholic young adults attended church within a week of the survey, compared with 76 percent in 1954. But when they do attend, he added, they say they are motivated by desire, not obligation. A 1993 Gallup Poll indicated Sister Rassenfoss dies Jan. 6 Services for Providence Sis- ter Carol Rassenfoss, 72, who died Jan. 6, were held Jan. 9 at St. Mary-of-the-Woods, with burial in the convent cemetery. She entered the Congrega- tion of the Sisters of Provi- dence in 1944, and made her final vows in 1952. She taught in schools staffed by the Sisters of Providence, including St. Simon School, Washington. Needed Westside Evansville, "Good Catholic" woman to sit with senior female, 5 days a week, 24 hr. shifts. If wanted, 7 day/week live-in would be con- s i d ered. Transportation preferred. Call 853-3929 and ask for Kathy. that a majority in this group agree with most of the church's teaching on faith and morality, said Father Bagley. Yet re- search shows members of Gen- eration X do not believe in moral absolutes. They say peo- ple must decide for themselves what is right and wrong. Father Bagley said such con- tradictory responses, common in the research on Generation X, suggest that contradiction itself is a characteristic. At the conference, Sharon Daloz-Parks, associate profes- sor at the Harvard University business school, also addressed campus ministers, speaking on "Young Adults and the Search for Communities of Challenge, Comfort and Commitment." One conference participant, Sister of the Living Word Sharon Glumb of Jackson, Miss., said if young people be- lieve only what they encounter, then Catholic campus minis- ters must help them expand their horizon of experience. A campus minister to three institutions from her base at the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle, Sister Glumb said she would continue to help young people see what others have experience "In order to people for the no nium, the nun said,': help, them experience::! the other, so theYiC! greater vision for th mobile world. ::: Donald R McCrabb; ve director of the .] istry associationi group has begun a dig  process to review its He said campus $[! are looking at a visigJ pus ministry, their:i sion statement and: I mind cycle of natio conventions, and th ity of a comprehen.sil tion to begin the i11ill: McCrabb said as_! membership has decli 1,841 to 1,793 in the in part due to dioces turing. If campus mini not present on ca,0T  said, "we'll lose they ! ple." :': He said campUS  cannot exist just toZO sacraments for stude added that he underS circumstances in w o s must make decisio campus ministry. :::; 00foLOW LUMBER CO. BUILDING MATERIAL SUPPLIES & GENERAL CONTRACTING HOMECENTER CONSTRUCTION 482-1961 482-6838 JASPE000000 LUMBER COMPLETF- BUI . SERVICF- Ph: 482 Christian BoOks i! Bev& Charlie Mendel, " DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION Saint Anthony Parish, Clarksville, IN, 1000 families, New AI banyD! seeking a full-time Director of Religious Education; MA in Religious Studies or Education preferred; responsibilities include: for children and outh sacr s Chrts0 programs ' y ; amental program , ' of Adults & Children and Adult Education. , For additional information contact: Fr. Dismas Veeneman (812) 282-2290 Send resume before February 1st to: DRE Search Committee i Saint Anthony Parish i:i.'! 316 North Sherwood Avenue },:;'t Clarksvdle, IN 47129 The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the DiO( Evansville is accepting applications and inquiries for the Director, Catholic Campus Ministry at Vincennes Univers successful candidate will be an active and professed Roman and will have a demonstrated aptitude of personal, theolo! professional ministerial and pastoral abilities. A candidate with ter's Degree in Catholic Theology (or related area) is preferred. dates with a Bachelor's Degree in Catholic Theology and a demic and/or experiential background in Catholic Campus be considered. o rect nqures to Campus Minister Search Committee Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry P.O. Box 4169 Evansville, IN 47724-0169 I ii i I