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he00/[ E S S CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 23 NUMBER 33 April 30, 1993 ..... : and some iiii!i:!i!:::iiiii!i,i  i!:!!ii ii!iiii I Pope urges prayer for vocations May 1, 2 ,lly JOHN THAVlS tholic News Service CITY (CNS) and the church ,ush for priestly Is Vocations, Pope age marking the of Prayer for 3o1: asked all h to culti- c Vocational atti- ed especially at include for- COnscience, sensi- raoral and spiritual defense of ideals brotherhood, of life and so- said, tormented by rending trans- has need more of the wit- and women of and especially of to the high- sacred spiritual papal mes- Dec. 15 at 30th annual Prayer for Voca- celebrated in May 2. said the church a greater effort to promote vocations among young people, making clear that such a call requires a radical personal response. Today's culture "leads young people to be satisfied with modest endeavors which are far below their po- tential. But we all know that really in their hearts there is a restlessness and a lack of sat- isfaction in the face of ephemeral achievements." In presenting the possibil- ity of vocations, the church must speak a simple language and use modern communica- tions media, the pope said. Pastoral care of young pea- pie should be "explicitly vo- cational" and "aim at awak- ening in youths the consciousness of the divine call," he said. Educators, spiritual direc- tors and especially priests should speak directly with young people about vocation possibilities, he said. The church's vocation strategy should apply a criti- cal spirit to worldly values. the pope said. That means questioning society's "pseudo-values," materialism and passing ideologies, he said. The pope appealed directly for vocations in his message. "Young people, give the church a hand in the task of saving the world of youth. React against the culture of death by means of the culture of life." he said. He asked Christ to "stir the hearts of those young people who would follow you. but who cannot overcome doubts and fears, and who in the end follow other voices and other paths which lead nowhere." Brochure lists seven vocations for Catholics Although "being a priest or a nun" is the thought that often comes to mind at the word, "vocation." the Na- tional Conference of Reli- gious Vocations Directors names seven "Vocations in the Catholic Church." A brochure describes the following vocations: Lay Person (Church related CaFLF) Examples would include service as a Director of Reli- gious Education. as a church musicians or as an adminis- trator of social services. Lay Person (Volunteer) Usually such service is for a year or two in a mission of the Church either in the United States or overseas. This experience is a value in itself but such work may also lead to a call to the diaconate, priesthood or religious life. Deacon A deacon is a man 35 or older, married or single, who serves the people of God in the ordained diaconal min- istry. His ministry is liturgi- cal, sacramental, pastoral and social. Woman Religious A woman religious is a lay person who commits herself to Christ and to the Church by vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. She lives in a religious community. The work she generally does will depend on the ministries of that community as influenced by the needs of the Church ands its people, in areas such as teaching, social work, ad- ministration, technical skills, nursing, etc. Religious Brother As a man religious, a Brother is a lay Christian who commits himself to Christ and the Christian community by vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. The min- istries of a religious Brother are varied and reflect the tra- ditions of a given community. Religious Priest Some religious communi- ties include priests, who take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. The work of a reli- gious priest includes sacra- menta[ministry, along with the ministry appropriate to his community. mosan prim A diocesan priest serves the people of God as a parish priest. Diocesan priests also work in administration, cam- pus ministry, as hospital chaplains, etc. Diocesan priests, sometimes called "secular" priests, are attached to a diocese with the dioce- san bishop as their superior. For moreinform, con. tact the VCcaiion OIt, Dio- cese of Ensvtile, P,O. Box 0169.