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II1211994 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 .S. Church had more than 160,000 converts in 1993 IIYJEILY FILTEAU 1994, about 640,000 more than 5,891 to 5,726. editor of the directory, and St. 6,510, a 4 percent increase. Cath01icNews Service a year before. Religious brothers and sis- Joseph Sister Janet Roesener, The last such increase was re- r 3N (CNS) -- to Catholicism in the numbered more last year, accord- 1994 Official total number of in the country rose to by the start of Catholics continue to form about 23 percent of the total U.S. population, making them the largest religious body in the country. The number of priests de- clined about 1.3 percent last year to 50,229. Also dropping was the total number of semi- narians, which went from ters both reported slightly in- creased numbers in 1993. For sisters, it was a modest rise of 409 -- from 94,022 to 94,431 -- but it represented the first reported increase since 1966, when the number of nuns in the country hit an all-time high of 181,421. Jeanne Hanline, managing who was a consultant in the development of data on women religious, cautioned that the reported increase probably re- flected more complete informa- tion this year from sisters' communities, rather than an actual increase in members over the past year. Brothers rose from 6,260 to an Pastoral Council planning moves ahead to continue work on the guide- each of the seven deaneries, flected, with due regard for the M R. LEINGANG essage editor Diocesan Pastoral have 25 members. three-year terms advise the bishop of pastoral pol- Pastoral do -- and how do it -- is being Ln a working paper up by the -'mentation Team. the Synod Imple- met April 16 lines. Once the Council is in ac- tion, one of the first tasks of its members will be to write a con- stitution and bylaws. Pastors and parish life coor- dinators are being asked to nominate persons from each deanery to be members of the Diocesan Pastoral Council. Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger will appoint the members from the nominees he receives. Membership of the Council will include the bishop, who presides, two lay persons from two priests, one deacon, three religious, the vicar general, the chancellor, and two persons at the bishop's discretion. Persons being considered for the council are required by Canon Law to be "Christian faithful who are in full commu- nion with the Catholic Church, clerics, members of instituters of consecrated life and espe- cially lay persons." Members are "to be so se- lected that the entire portion of the people of God which consti- tutes the diocese is truly re- diverse regions, social condi- tions and professions of the diocese," according to Canon Law. To be considered for mem- bership, persons will also have to be able to commit to attend- ing five or six meetings a year. The first meeting -- which will be in the form of a weekend re- treat -- is tentatively planned for Aug. 12-14. EVANSVILLE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOLS Present an ST SCHOOLS -- Evansville Day Resurrection Good Shepherd St. James, Christ the King Holy Cross, Fort Branch St. John, Newburgh St. Joseph, St. Joseph, Vanderburgh County Holy Redeemer Holy Rosary Evansville Schools Trinity Lutheran Extremely Low Prices Not Found E!sewhere. RugPrices Will Be Below Advertised Sales, Closeout 0r Going Out of Business Prices Hwy. 57 J Dress Regional Aroort erRd. 'I- The Catholic Center/Sarto Retreat House 4200 N. Kentucky, Ave. Evansville, IN For more information or Special Request Call (812) 424-5536 Ext. 64 1-800-637-1731 Payments Accepted: Cash, Check ported in 1991. The number of students in Catholic elementary and high schools rose about 25,000 and the number in parish religious education programs went up about 32,000. Both figures con tinue a trend of slight yearly increases, beginning five years ago in school enrollments and seven years ago in religious ed. " ucation enrollments. The 1994 directory, released in mid-April, is the first to sep- arate into distinct categories infant baptisms, adult bap- tisms and receptions into full communion with the church. That move reflects the grow- ing importance of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults in U.S. church life. It also pro- vides for the first time a na- tional statistical base that will help church researchers track the development of the RCIA in coming years. In 1993 there were 1,036,049 infant baptisms, 79,279 adult baptisms, and 84,072 recep- tions into full communion of baptized Christians from an- other faith. The combined total of those figures was 1,199,400. That is 6,000 more than the total "re- ceptions into the church" in 1992 and nearly 20,000 above the 1991 total. "Receptions into the church" is the category used in past years to cover all baptisms, both infant and adult, and receptions of al- ready baptized Christians from other faiths. .... The statlst/e$ a vtipfled from reports submitted by dio- ceses and other institutions. SINCE 1888 S c h u m Molzlzments, Inc. DALE, INDIANA 937-4921 i i i I i i i1 I HI ] ..  HAUBSTADT ELECTRIC Licesed 8a,d Irs}ed Industrial, Commerc a and Residential P.O, Box05 TONY NAZARIO Haubsta0, IN 47Tj 812-768-52G7 1-80-766-2787 i II COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE -- For free infor- mation, write to: L&R Computer Servit:es * P.O. Box 23022 , Evansville, IN 47724 IN I FOR COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SERVICE FISCHER ELECTRIC INC. SCHNELLVILLE, IN 389-2418 irll i t i i I ii iii ii ii _ IHIL Main Street Pharmacy 27 E, M St, D Waso Phone: 254-5141 m I : , %,#77: i::::