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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Purdue study Vocations: A challenge in today's Catholic churCt Part X encouraged to enter the reli- 15 percent of those people who religious life as often A sample of Indiana lay Catholics was recently asked: When you were young, did peo- ple ever encourage you to be- come a priest, a nun, or a brother? Twenty percent said they had been encouraged "several times;" 25 percent said "once or twice;" and 56 percent said they were never asked to consider the religious life. When asked if they had ever given serious thought to be- coming a priest, a nun, or a brother, 26 percent said "yes" and 74 percent said "no." William Whalen says these findings "are a challenge to all of us who are concerned about leadership in the Church. There's always a need for more priests and Sisters, but the need is even greater now that there is an overall decline in the number of priests and sis- ters." Whalen is a member of the Catholic Pluralism Project that is conducting the study. He also is a member of the Serra Club, a Catholic organi- zation that encourages voca- tions. Purdue University sociolo- gist James D. Davidson, who is directing the project, said "The size of our sample gives us a great opportunity to find out more about the people who are St. Joseph SPRED group completes quilt project By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor SPRED means Special Reli- gious Education -- and mem- bers of the SPRED group at St. Joseph Church, Evansville, are justifiably proud of a special project they have completed. After two years of work, SPRED catechists and special friends have completed a quilt. The quilt is being raffled off at the parish. The cross-stitched, squares were made by Linda Gray, Becky Turpen, Robert Schmitt, Candy Blondin and Mike Schmitt, with assistance from their catechists, Mary Greulich, Irene Brown, Doris Dunmire, Don Ggreis, Andy' Kulka and Betty Dewig. Mary Greulich pieced the quilt top, and the St. Joseph Quilters quilted it, according to Betty Dewig, the group leader. The SPRED group meets every Monday at St. Joseph. It is one of several such groups active in the Evansville area. Other groups meet at St. Agnes, St. Anthony and Nativ- ity churches, all in Evansville, Holy Cross Church in Fort Branch, and 'St. Joseph Church, Vanderburgh County. All the groups get together for a winter party and a spring outing each year. The group at St. Joseph usu- ally visits another church four times a year. SPRED group members at St. Joseph Church, Evansville, gather in front of the .quilt they recently completed. They include, from left, Irene Brown, Mike Schmitt, Doris Dun- mire, Robert Schmitt, Andy Kulka (holding pillow) Linda Gray, Candy Blondin (in front), Becky Turpen, Don Greis, Betty Dewig and Mary Greulich. -- Message photo by Paul R. Leingang '" HAUBSTADT ELECTRIC Licensed, Bonded. Insured Industrial, Commercial and Residential P.O. 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Among peo- ple who said that all six of their parents and grandpar- ents were Catholic, 26 percent said they have been urged to go into the priesthood or be- come a nun, compared to only said that only three parents and grandparents were Catholic. Virtually none of the people without Catholic rela- tives said they were encour- aged to go into the religious life. Gender also is an influence. Twenty-five percent of young men were asked, compared to only 16 percent of young women. Age cohort-also makes a difference. Twenty-four per- cent of Catholics who were raised in the 1950s and '60s were asked, compared to 18 percent of Catholics who were raised in the 1930s and '40s, and only 14 percent of Catholics raised in the 1970s and 1980s. "That's one of the reasons for the declining num- bers of priests, sisters, and brothers," Davidson said. "Young people today aren't being invited to consider the people" were 20 or: ago." The study also in eral traits of peop most likely to consii gious life. of Catholics who were "very they were young the religious life, c0x only 16 percent of t were only ,som.e gious." Those who vative" religious be practices also were to consider the re!il than people who (36 percent Also, men raised in have given it thought than Catholics who raised in the the 1930s and 1970s and '80s. 20% - Yes, several times I 25%- / Yes, once I When you were young, did people ever encourage you to , become a priest, a nun, or a brother? 0% 10% 20% 30% 40%. 5096 " Names, addresses, phone numbers, places, dates, offices, directors, parishes, schools, institutions, vital statistics, financial statistics, priests' assignments o they are all in the 1995 Yearbook of the Catholic Diocese of Evansville. You may purchase your copy at the Catholic Center for $7.50. For mail orders, include $1.50 for postage and handling. 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