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r " P The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 ns directors share experiences at Tulsa meeting marketing be good for voca- That's what a ons di- a re- .with representa- Seminary. pastor of St. Philip, diocesan voca- Was one of 16 vocation directors at n Tulsa, Okla., need to become our attracting for or- said Father the two-day dis- to implement and recruitment well spent. mary ad- rs Organized the and Mar- to share in promoting priesthood re- Father Kieran of enroll- ry, said used in young men red. He said e materials quality of other ca- reers, or not sophisticated enough for this younger audi- ence who have been exposed to years of marketing savvy." Father Kleczewski also said that many young people around the country were think- ing about priesthood, but were never encouraged to consider it as a life-choice. The two-day program in- cluded instruction on basic marketing principles and tools, as well as the study of recruit- ment models. St. Meinrad Seminary made a commitment to work on joint marketing ef- forts with various dioceses, and vocations directors also discussed how dioceses could work together. "The sharing of ideas in situ- ations like this offers the op- portunity to work with each other and to develop plans that make use of common goals and interests," said Father Fleck. "With these shared ideas, each diocese can benefit by imple- menting them in their own way on the local scene." Participants at the Forum plan to meet again, to continue developing materials and re- sources. The next meeting is tentatively scheduled in Philadelphia in September. 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EV1 ing on its own nationwide re- cruiting efforts for six years. The institution has been preparing men for the priest- hood for nearly 140 years and recently expanded its mission to programs for lay ministry students. Four seminary students af- filiated with the Diocese of Evansville are attending St. Meinrad. Dung Van (Joseph) Hoang of Evansville and Der- rick Koch of Poseyville are studying for their Master of Di- vinity degrees in the School of Theology. Koch is currently in- volved in a year of pastoral ministry and will return to the classroom in the fall. Danny Lutz of Boonville and Eric Wei- denbenner of Jasper are work- ing on undergraduate degrees in the college. Christine Hoehn of New Harmony and Dyan Larmey of Boonville are full-time stu- dents working toward their masters' degrees in Theological Studies. Some thirteen part- time students are in the lay ministry degree program. Father David Fleck, third row, third from left, and other diocesan vocations directors gather for a group photograph at the Forum on Recruiting and Marketing, with organiz. ing staff from St. Meinrad Seminary. A total of 16 dioceses were represented. Political tensions don't deter pilgrims to Jerusalem JERUSALEM (CNS) -- Re- newed political tensions ac- companied the approach of Easter in Jerusalem, but that did not stop the flow of tourists and pilgrims from the United States and elsewhere. The visitors filled the nar- row stone streets of the old city, took tour buses to holy places in the occupied West Bank and bought souvenirs from Arab and Israeli vendors. As of mid-March, no prob- lems were reported, according to Catholics who work with the groups. "I'd encourage people to come and not cancel their trips," said Father George Sob- crick, who arrived with 27 other members era continuing ..... studies program at North American College in Rome. There is a tension, but not around the holy places. . Following is a feature the Message. designed to help draw together the People of God in southwestern Indiana, Readers are invited to submit information about people who may benefit by some extra prayers and attention. When Lea and Steve Elliott return to Evansville at the end of April, their biggest struggles will still be ahead of them. "It's going to be a long, slow rehabilitative process," said Dr. Elliott, "with lots of physical and occupational therapy. Since her Jan. 23 skiing accident which leR her an "immediate quadriplegic" Lea has been hospitalized at Craig Hospital in Englewoed, Colorado. Steve and their son, Kevin, have rented an apartment across from the hospital. "Each day, we see subtle improvements. She is able to walk a little. She walks with some assistance, and her walking is not like you and I walk, but with a walker. It's not a normal gait and she fatigues easy. She can only take 20 to 30 to 40 steps." Lea has also regained some use of her left hand. "She has gross motor function, a loose grasp, so she is able to feed herself." Because Craig Hospital deals with spinal cord injuries, the Elliotts are able to watch her recuperation and compare it to other patients with similar injuries. Dr. Elliott calls her recu- peration "a miracle compared to other people here. She has gotten so much return function." But he cautioned against giving a "false impression that she will come home and do laun- dry and chase children. She's not. She faces extensive physical and occupational therapy. 7Then she comes home, it will be the start of a bigger struggle.  He says his wife's spirits have been good. "She has a few down days, but she;s very deter- mined, very up. She shows frustration when she can't do simple tasks sometimes, but she stays with it. "She has never lost her hope that all these things will come back to her." She recently celebrated a birthday and the night before, she said a prayer, asking for some movement in her right hand, %n this birthday or some birthday. The next morning she had a little flicker of movement in her right hand." He added, "We see things on a dailybasis that give us hope." He asks the people back home to "keep doing what you are doing: praying. That power has been very strong and it has to do with what she has accomplished and is doing." Lea Elliott's address is Craig Hospital, 3425 Clarkson, Englewood, Colorado. Happy Birthdays are requested for Evansville native Franciscan Sister Rita Jane Moers. She is the aunt of Bob and Eula Moers, also of Evansville, who report that Sister Moers will be 90 on March 27. Her address is Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, IN 47036. Please send information for PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT to Mary Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box 4169,.Evansville, IN 47724.