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1995 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 "" Bishop's Forum .- Vocation: God's mysterious gift Friday afternoon, I sat an leaders as the director of a study reviewed its find- attempted to give us now is" with re- of lay ministers in by the Arch- and the Dio- Gary and session was for us in the Within that con- to give some con- ' Joseph Ziliak, pastor Baptist Church in Newburgh, re- i srae are concerned that if we promote raay deter folks from entering the is true, it could only compound fpriests we are experiencing. thin me a memory about my to priesthood. I have retold my voca- ByBISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER tion story many times. Within that story I hear the echoes of my own voice saying: "Had I known that as a priest my first assignment would be as a teacher in high school, then an assistant principal, and next principal and ultimately superin- tendent of Catholic education, I would have said: 'You do not have to be priest to do any of these. And, knowing that, why should I be a priest?'" The call to priesthood somehow came to me. I responded initially as a lad of thirteen. In May, it will be 34 years I have served as a Catholic priest; six of those as bishop of Evansville. It is mystery! On March 19, 1995, another young man of 35 years will stand before me for ordination to the Holy Order of Priesthood. He is Deacon Jack Dur- cholz, a farmer by birth and profession. He, too, somehow heard a call to the vocation of priesthood. On June 2, 1995, yet another young man of 25 years will stand before me for ordination to the Holy Order of Priesthood. He is a young man who grew up in the city of Evansville. He somehow heard the call and responded by entering the sem- inary as a college student. You husbands and wives should ask yourself the question: "When was I offered the mysterious gift of vocation? When did I accept?" You men and women of religious orders should ask yourself the question: "When was I of- fered this mysterious gift of vocation? When did I accept?" You single men and women who are commit- ted to the single life in the world should ask your- self the question: "When was I offered this myste- rious gift? When did accept?" You, young men and women, boys and girls, who have so much noise to sort through, you must ask the question: "What is God calling me to do?" There is gift for us all. God offers. God leaves it to us to respond! Vocation is mystery! choice, IPASS hot topics in Indiana legislature WILLIAMs Conference tad the IPASS in this session and may benefit in education here in Indi- but in- Schools in a is look- for the first When the *ly nearly Would have for non- issue has re- in the in 1993 a a school but no SUpport iana Orted school it Wasn't Desmond director. Session in- rra of school are giving One of Would have trict or about $1,350. Following heated discussion, the bill was trimmed to 1,000 vouchers then eventually defeated in a 20 -- 29 vote.. The other school choice ini- tiatives still alive involve choice for summer school reme- diation classes. Students who score below a certain level on the ISTEP test are required to attend remediation classes. A certain amount of state fund- ing,!s set aside for remediation in public schools. The state re- imburses non-public schools only for the test, which is re- quired for accreditation. Senate Bill 621, authored by Senator Jean Leising, R-Old- enburg, would allow state money to follow any student in the state to' remediation classes at any accredited public or non-public school. The bill survived several attempts by senators to remove parochial and other private schools from the program. Senators approved a bill ini- tiated by Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith, Senate Bill 256, which among other things includes a limited school choice program for sum- mer remediation classes for students in IPS. Questions remain, though, about choice plans which gave state funds to parents who choose to send their children to religious schools. Opponents claim that choice programs which include parochial schools are an unconstitutional entanglement of church and state. However, school choice supporters contend that there is no constitutional question because the vouchers would go to the parents and not to the schools. On the other side of the State house, representatives are hearing lengthy debate on the new testing program for el- ementary and secondary stu- dents. The Indiana Perfor- mance Assessment for Student Success (IPASS), which in- DUBOIS COUNTY BANK MEMBER OLD NATIONAL BANCORP Member FDIC YOUR FIVE STAR SERVICE BANK Ould have cost of edu- la the IPS dis- VOuchers for to be .elemen- ' in M VOuchera:n by R- i NC. IN i EI00NING PR00tYI00R Gome to bent: , , Gome to Pra2eP! St. Mm, $ Gharch, 609 Ghex, z,2 Steel;, EvansvtIle 5:30 - 6:00 pm Mouaa I;hroofh ]Frtda i i i I i cludes essay questions, will re- the dollars to follow the child place ISTEP as the tool to de- to remediation classes in non- termine student progress, public schools. Tenth graders will be required The ICC and the Indiana to pass the exam to graduate. Non-Public Education Associa- IPASS is creating a stir be- tion are part of a coalition sup- cause of the amount of money porting IPASS and other ef- required to implement the pro- forts of Governor Bayh and Dr. gram and cover the predicted Reed to improve the quality of costs of remediation. Governor education in Indiana. Evan Bayh and State Superin, tendent of Public Instruction "If the new programs are in Suellen Reed are asking for fact beneficial, they shouldbe $100 million over the biennium open to all students," public or for the program, non-public, the opportunity to House Bill 1829, authored by prepare themselves fop higher Rep. Philip T. Warner, R- academic achievement," he Goshen, which would delay said. funding for IPASS, does not Representatives of non-pub: specify whether non-public lic schools are hopeful that school teachers will be reim- funds to include non-public bursed for participating in the school students and teachers teacher training programs or will be added as the bill works whether the state will allow its way through the process. i ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL POSITION OUR LADY OF THE MOUNTAINS, Paintsville, KY, is a small 50 year-old school that offers a P,8 pro- gram and is the only Catholic school in three coun- ties. Accredited by the state of Kentucky. Dedicated staff and strong parent support. Applicant must be a practicing Catholic with a minimum of 5 years experience in a Catholic school. Administrative experience desirable. Diocesan salary scale. Deadline: March 15. Replies and resumes should be addressed to: Search Committee, 72Q Washington Avenue, Paintsville, KY 41240. ii [ JASPER LUMBER CO. COMPLETE BUILDING SERVICE Ph: 482-1125 RT. 4, JASPER I LUMBER CO:  BUiLDiNG MATERIAL SUPPLIES a GENERAL CONTRACTING  251  Jla,  4"R4 HOmSCENTEn  , .,0Umm.