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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 1 1 Club essays focus on priesthood, sisterhood graders in Catholic in the Evansville area in the annual essay contest. This was "How do I Sisterhood and the in Today's World." Nimnicht, a stu- Benedict School, Won first place and els, a student at Consolidated ansville, placed sec- Herr and Andrea received honorable men- ' tlneETHct scNhoo]CHT EVansville 1 t, COunselors, is what I I'm asked,"Who nUns?. ra as teachers because I had a wonderful li- brary teacher who was a nun. She would read us stories and tell us what the story meant from different perspectives. She taught many different sub- jects through different stories. When she read a book on China, she taught us how to use chopsticks. She also taught us The Legend of the Dragon and gave us Chinese nick- names. She was a very good teacher, and she made class fun. I think of priests and nuns as nurses and counselors be- cause they have helped me through everything. When I was a baby I was very sick. Sisters supported my family at that time. Through these teenage years I have found strength and courage by talk- ing to a priest. Both priests and nuns have really played an important role in my life. I think of priests and nuns as friends because they have stood by me and helped me when I needed it. They have showed me how to make my- self feel good by serving others. My parish priest has supported me through many things, in- cluding: Confirmation prepara- tion, initiation into a sacred so- ciety at camp, and lately during an illness. Priests and nuns are not only teachers, nurses, coun- selors, and friends, they are much more. It's not their tal- participate in contest 21 parishes in the Evansville area partici- Club essay contest. Individual school Church, Evansville: Deidre Messmer, Jes- Vanderburgh County: Jennifer Baum- and Paul Church, Haubstadt: Tina Anslinger, Baptist Church, Newburgh: Bob :Rice, Diane Church, Evansville: Roger Wilderman, St. Philip: Nick Adler, Jennifer Morrow. Evansville: Katie Ritchie, Sarah Met- art Church, Evansville: Kerri Vowels, Robb Sarah Jost, D. J. Davids. ville: Katie Howard. Evansville: Jessie Bates, Nathan Red- Church, Rockport: Andrea Payne, Jessica Church, Evansville: Chris Austin, Jacob Rex- King Church, Evansville: Andy Falkenstein, Church, Evansville: Joy Weber, Brandi Church, St. James: Benny Faraone, Andrea Church, St. Wendel: Jamie Rexing, Amanda try Church, Evansville: Christine Hanson, 'Church, Evansville: Trisha Lehman, Adam .'t Church, Evansville: Elizabeth Nimnicht, Princeton: Stacy Wolsing, Tifany Weiss. & MILLER "Funeral Pre-Planning Since 1940" 424-9274 KERRIE VOWLER and FATHER DEWIG ents that make them who they are. It's their love. They are very important to me and to my community. They are al- ways there for me. If all people loved as much as priests and nuns the world would be a much better place. I have a deep respect and love for priests and nuns. Therefore, I support anyone who is thinking about becom- ing a priest or a nun. I have often thought about what it would be like to be married to God. You would not have your own children, but all people would be your children. You would enlighten so many peo- ple's lives. One of my friends is also thinking about becoming a nun. This has brought us closer to each other and closer to God. We both love God very much. I have a shoulder to lean on in her. We often think of the people who benefit from nuns. We want to be like nuns and help these people. When we are put down because we like the sisterhood, we spread the good news by telling people how much sisters are needed, and how they really help the world. Because God loves us he sent people to help us, to care for us, and to love us. He sent us priests and nuns. God said he would accept us with open arms, the arms of priests and nuns. By KERRI VOWELS Westside Catholic Consolidated School Evansville When someone asks me how I view priesthood, the first thing that pops into my head is my pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Father Dewig. Father Dewig joins my fam- ily for dinner every Friday night. My dad has known Fa- ther ever since he was in high school. He has had a great im- pact on my life for he has in- spired me in so many ways. For example, every night he eats with my family, a differ- ent story or incident is told ei- ther by Father Dewig or my dad. They talk about every- thing, and all of it to some ex- tent usually has a moral or les- son to be taught in it. l have often referred back to these stories and I can truly say that they have helped me out. Father Dewig has also taught me acts of kindness. Once on Christmas, he brought our family presents, and on my brother's birthday he bought him a huge birthday cake all decorated and brought it to our house. He even donated ten dollars once to a car wash that I was participating in for school. I've learned so much from my pastor and I'm very thankful for that. I have also seen another side of Father Dewig, a side of sad- ness and pain. When my grandmother died earlier this year, Father Dewig showed up at the funeral home. He didn't know my grandmother person- ally, but he knew that she meant the world to my morn. Father Stood over my grand- mother, blessed her, and cried with my morn. I couldn't be- lieve it. Father felt the pain my morn was going through and shared it with her. Once I saw that, I looked at Father in a completely differ- ent way. He wasn't just some priest who said prayers all day, he was one of us, just like you and me, who has a time for pain, a time for loving, giving, and also sharing. He was one of us, but in a way, a very spe- cial person who meant a lot to my family and me. Sisters haven't had much of an impact on my life as priests have. But when I was in the fifth grade I was taught by a sister. Her name was Sister Martha. She was a kind, loving person, but strict in her ways of teaching. She did teach me a few very important lessons when I was young, but she soon left my school and I haven't seen her since. Even though I don't think I want to become a sister now, I may choose to do this someday. I do respect and look up to all those who plan to become part of the sisterhood of the future. I can honestly say that I have considered sisterhood, but I still have a while to make that decision. But I really want to encourage others my age and older to look into priest- hood and sisterhood, and maybe if you like what you see, consider maybe becoming a closer part of our Catholic churches. Pope mayvisit Poland trip to the Czech Republic for the declaration of saint- hood of a controversial church officials. Polish-b0rn Pope John Paul II is tenta- tive|y scheduled to canonize public, :w Ble ,ar was a Catholic priest killed in the 17th century during a war between Catholivs and Protestants.