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2 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Serra essays focus on vocations in today's Erin Goebel, an eighth grader at Resurrection School, Evansville, won first place in the 1994 Serra Club of Evansville essay contest. Mark Wildeman of St. Philip School, St. Philip, placed second. Sarah Endress of St. Theresa School and Chris Bennett of Holy Rosary School, both in Evansville, received honorable mention. The topic of the essays is "How Do I View the Priesthood and Sisterhood in Today's World?" 'Priests and nuns are needed more than ever' By ERIN GOEBEL Resurrection School In the world we live in today priests and nuns are needed more than ever. It's gotten to the point where our own members are being lead astray. We need good strong leaders who will point us in the right direction. The responsibility and privilege to do this is given to priests and nuns. And the first person that comes to mind when I think of a good priest who does this is Fa- ther Ray Brenner. He is our parish priest. I've never really had a close relationship with him but his example taught me how to live a good Chris- tian life. I've never seen a man more dedicated to his work. He's always trying to beautify our school by picking up litter or working in his gar- den. He goes out of his way a lot just to do some- thing for somebody else. But the thing I've noticed most is that he stays humble. He doesn't want to be praised by anybody. He considers it his duty. For that I really admire him. But another priest I really admire is Father John Breidenbach. Last year he assisted Father Brenner. He taught us religion. Most of us never really paid attention during class but Father John made us want to learn more. He put himself in the shoes of a seventh grader and spoke to us on a level we could understand yet at the same time he taught us what we needed to know and a little more. But as much as we need priests like Father John and Father Brenner, we're seeing less and less of them everyday. I think the reason is this. People are afraid to pursue religious vocations be- cause they don't know enough about it. The job of a priest or nun is made out to be prayer 24 hours a day and loneliness without a wife and children. But that's completely wrong. A priest is never lonely. He always has a friend he can turn to and everyone looks up to him with respect. They look to him for guidance in forming their spiritual val- ues. He is like a father to them and they are his children. When you get married you take vows to show your love for your companion. In the same way a priest takes vows and makes sacrifices to show his love to God. So in a way he is getting married. We desperately need priests and nuns but it is not always our calling to take up a religious voca- tion. But it is our job to pray for good priests and nuns who are strong and willing. We must pray that they will answer God's call to them and that we will too. Erin Goebel, an eighth grader at School, Evansville, won first place Serra Club of Evansville essay Wildeman of St. Philip School, St, second. By MARK WILDEMAN St. Philip School I view priesthood as a very high honor in which a priest leads a parish in their faith and prayer lives. I see the vocations are decreasing so I know that convincing people to become priests is a tough and unending job. I also know being a priest is a tough job. I think it would be an honor to be a priest because you could actually make a difference in people's lives and support them when they are in the hospitals. I also think a priest must like his position a lot because he has to take a vow of celibacy and sometimes get up in the middle of the night to go to a hospital and give the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. I know that a priest has a lot of frustrations Burnell said that one frustration was not being able to help everyone. I think that there really wouldn't be any way around that feeling except helping everyone you could. Father Joe Kempf said another frustration is not being able to get married. He says the love of God will fill that space. He also says that,priests are basically part- ners with God. One thing that I know would be a frustration is leading a parish. He has to attend many meetings both with the parish councils and with other priest in the diocese. I think there are also some blessings along with the few frustrations. Some might be helping others or giving the sacraments. You could help to bring more people into the church through Bap- tism and RCIA. You would be able (o counsel them and forgive others with the sacrament of rec- and dying through the sacrament of t the Sick. You might even be able peoples lives through your actions Another blessing would be life through matrimony. But I blessing of all would be having a family. I don't knowif I would be cut tough job, but I have an uncle the Evansville diocese and he seems work. He is Father Dick parish. He was the priest who gave me first communion. Havin family has made me realize that different than me; they have only from God to lead us to them. I don't know if I will become a and headaches as well as the honors. Father John onciliation. You could also help some of the sick God wants me to I will. 22 parisne00 participate in annual Serra Club essay c Students in 22 Catholic parishes in the Evansville area participated in the annual Serra Club essay contest. Win- ners from each of the schools include: • Ryan Berger, Amanda Smith, St. Benedict School, Evansville. • Mandy Koester, Valerie Lashley, St. Bernard School, Rockport. • Beth Clodfelter, Tara Hipp, St. James School, St. James. • Andrea Bosenfeld, Evelyn Rexing, St. Joseph School, i" LinCo Coffee Services Total Beverage Distributor i Indiana - Illinois - Kentucky 46 Varieties of Coffees and Teas : • WHATEVER YOUR TASTE, A WECANMATCHIT' i iii iii I I Vincennes Bicknell ...... Sandbom Monroe City, Princeton, Patoka Member F.D.I.C. lilt VanderburghCounty. Evansville. Westside Catholic Consoli- Evansville. , • Amanda Egen, Andy Siev- • John Spahn, Casey Will, dated School, Evansville, St. • Lori DubOrd,' ers, St. John the Baptist St. WendelSchool, St. Wendel. Boniface Parish. Holy Re School, Newburgh. • Matthew Enghauser, * Andy Bradley, Westside Evansville. • Rachel Scheller, St. Jamie Scheller, Good Shepherd Catholic Consolidated School, • Chris Matthew School, Mount Ver- School, Evansville. Evansville, St. Mary Parish. non. • Kathy Little, Noah • Natalie Emge, Julie Moll, galls, HolY lg0: • Sara Adler, Melissa Mc- Werner, Westside Catholic Westside Catholic Consoli- Evansville. Carthy, Sts. Peter and Paul Consolidated School, Evans- dated School, Evansville, Sa- • Sarah School, Haubstadt. ville, St. Agnes Parish. cred Heart Parish. hite, Holy • John Stofleth, Mark Wilde- • Melissa Voekler, West- • Cory Alsip, Hannah Pace, Evansville. man, St. Philip School, St. side Catholic Consolidated Christ the King School, • Erin Philip. 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