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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 Change: Material, temporal and spiritual By BISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER I!1 cge that goes with the planning staffing has to do very clearly with i grounds, facilities that serve the pas- How are we going to manage iill be the one responsible for facilities it continue to be the priest, or will the parish staff with that the priest to do that which only deals primarily with things and Modem technology that crashed in the information age. systems made possible technology have changed the way and track census and contri- )ment of parish reports of all instantaneous. These systems assist budget planning and administration and more accurately than ever information and the ability to nthly financial reports are essen- committee and parish council giving counsel to the pastor t'. L the need of financial resources is one of the greater challenges that arrived on the scene in the decade of the 1970s following the cataclysmic upheaval of the decade of the 1960s. Catholic school teachers and principals were once exclusively religious men and women. Now they are mostly members of the laity. This development brought about the need for the Church to provide salaries and medical and retirement benefits for laity according to the principles of social justice. Salaries for religious were also upgraded to par- ity with those of the laity along with medical benefits. Although we have made great progress in this matter since the 1970s our diocese has a long way to go to pro- vide just, living wages for all our employees. Alongside the professional Catholic School administrators and teachers are some new profes- sionals in our Church. The professional director of religious education has become essential. This person provides education and support to the volunteer cat- echists who generously step forward to assist parents in the religious education of their children. With a concerted effort to reach our youth, the professional youth minister has become a necessity. And, in order to provide past.oral care in parishes without a resi- dent priest, we have professional pastoral life coordi- nators. All these bring additional financial needs to the parish and diocesan budgets. Change indeed! We have seen a change in the spiritual life of our parishes. Many popular devotions of an era past have been replaced with new ones. Novenas have given way to the renewal movements. Christ Renews His Parish, Cursillo, Charismatic Renewal, Teens Encounter Christ are among the new ones. These challenge pastoral leaders of a previous generation to change, not to mention the laity. Happily; a few of the traditional popular devotions have survived and again finding favor, among them are the rosaD; forty hours, benediction and the way of the cross. One of the most significant changes impacting staffing of our parishes are movements for evange- lization. The Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults is the most significant. Accompanying this movement are efforts to welcome back those who have strayed from the Church. Landings and Beginnings are among these. My memory spans virtually six decades. This change represents the most concerted effort to evangelize those who are not Catholic and to evangelize those who were baptized Catholic, but not reared in the faith. There was a period prior to my memory when street preaching was carried on for a few years. Beyond that, there were inquiry classes and one-on- one instructions for those interested in the faith. All of the changes impact staffing of parishes. With a greater volume of information being devel- oped and transmitted in one form or another, parish- es have welcomed the presence of professional secre- taries adept at the using of modem technology. The priest or pastoral life coordinator does not have to pe or print the bulletin today as I did. Not only do secretaries perform these tasks better and more effi- ciently, but most importantly they free the pastoral minister to do that which only he or she can do. Next u'ek: The charge to the five deaneries for the planning to begin in &Ttember 1998. i 5 (CNS) -- enroll- slightly this numbers in dia- forma- rose, said the Research in i REPORT FILTEAU increase was in where rose 15 per- in the 1996-97 the cur- total enroll- diaconate the 1993- ellments were college ry enrollments down; Diaconate, lay ministry up closest to the Washingtor i of the Family in marriage is ties to Second or ithout con- COmmuni- the first ages rate she said reported and analyzed the new enrollment data in "Catholic Ministry Formation Enrollments, 1997-1998: Statistical Overview." It released an advance copy of the 12-page report to Catholic News Service April 27, shortly before publication. The report said the number of post-college seminarians was 3,158 in 1997-98, down 118 from last year's total of 3,276. The number of collegiate sem- inarians rose slightly, from 1,470 to 1,516. There was also a small increase in the number of high school seminarians, from 817 to 853. Collegiate enrollment figures have fluctuated around 1,500 Since 1992-93, while high school figures have dropped about 300 since 1992-93. Among post-college seminar- ians, those studying for dioce- san priesthood rose slightly, from 2,345 to 2,359, but thoSe preparing for priesthood in reli- gious orders dropped from 93I to 799. Seminarians counted in the post-college or theology category marriages that succeed and marriages that fail are faced with the same number of con- flicts and the same issues. But the likelihood of success lies in "how you handle the differ- ences," she said. In the end, the panelists could 0nly agree that Congress along with individuals, church- es, community groups and local and state governments  must find some way to reverse the decline in the importance of the family in U.S. society: included candidates in pre-theol- ogy programs  536 this year. As fewer theology students come out of the traditional col-. legiate seminary system, pre- theology has become an increas- ingly prominent feature on the seminary landscape. dates enrolled in 136 diocesan programs around the country. Using actual data from 77 dia- conate programs that po/tcl- ed to the current survey and last year's figures from 38 programs that responded last year but not this year, CARA projected an he biggest increase was in lay ministry formation, where reported enrollment rose 15 percent CARA did not count pre-the- ology as a separate category until 1980, and in 1985-86 it accounted for only 4 percent of post-college seminarians. Pre- theology enrollment accounted for 17 percent of the post-college seminarians in 1997-98. CARA has collected annual seminary enrollment figures for more than 30 years. From its second annual survey of permanent diaconate forma- tion programs, CARA estimated that there are about 2,620 candi- In this, cardinal Bernard E Law of Boston would concur. In his recent pastoral letter, "Chris- tian Marriage: A Covenant of Love and Life," the cardinal said, "Since marriage and the family build up society, divorce weakens the-foundation of human culture." He dosed his letter with a plea to lawmakers in Massachusetts and at the federal level to "sup- port the institution of marriage, without which no human soci- eW can long flourish." increase among those 115 pro- grams from 2,183 last year to 2,338 this year. It based its 1997-98 projection for all 136 programs on the assumption that dioceses with programs which did not respond either year have the same average enrollment about 20 per program  as those that did respond. Only 3 percent of the perma- nent diaconate candidates cov- ered in the survey were single, widowed or divorced; 97 per- cent were married. Nearly four-fifths of those in diaconate formation had at least some college education, three- fifths were college graduates and slightly over one-fifth had graduate degrees. Nearly three-fourths were between the ages of 40 and 59. Ten percent were 39 or under and 17 percent were 60 or over. Five out of six were white, while Hispanics made up 13 per- cent, African-Americans 2 cent and Native Americans and Asian-An.rr.ans I  CALLA limited its survey of lay ministry formation to enroll- ment in full-length progrars of at least two years' duration that provide for professional-level around the coun obtained 1997-98 data from 101 and used 1996-97 data from 11I others that responded to last year's survey but not to this year's, Its figure of 23,333 lay ministry formation students reflected only those 212 pro- grams, not the 76 which did not respond either year. Nearly three-fifths of the stu. dents in lay ministry formation programs were laywomen and more than a third were laymen. Three percent were women reli- gious, 2 percent men religious and l percent diocesan priests or deacons. Whites made up 53 percent of the lay ministry students, His- panics 32 percent, African- Americans 6 percent, Native Americans 5 percent and Asian- Americans 4 percent. The first national survey of lay ministry formation, con- ducted in 198586, found 10,500 students enrolled in 206 pro- grams. That year there were 10,234 priesthood students in the nation's high school college and theological seminaries, making the numbers preparing for priestly ministry and for lay ministry nearly equal. This ),ear's total number of semina students is 5,527, or ing miniary. itatistb $20 from CARA, Georgetoa Uni- versity, Washington, D.C. 20057- 1203. Tetetaw (202) 687-8080 or .fax (202) 687-808&