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10 By JERRY FILTEAU Catholic News Service The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana NFPC adopts changes for 21st century evils and injustices even if it -- Changing attitudes to- ordinatorof the groups of priests, it says the NFPC will provide "forums for the continuing professional de- velopment of individual priests and a voice for their concerns." One rejected alternative, which received 25 votes, would have expanded the NFPC membership structure to pro- vide for individual priest mem- bers as well as priests' coun- cils. The other rejected proposal, which got 12 votes, would have limited the focus of NFPC's purpose to serving its member groups of priests, not priests as individuals. One projected outcome of the new mission statement is more regional activity by the NFPC, such as sponsorship of regional gatherings of priests to address various issues. Extensive round-table dis- cussions of priests' needs and concerns and the future role of priests' councils and the NFPC preceded the decision on a mis- sion statement. Also behind it were two years of planning and research, including a survey of priests and bishops funded by the Lilly Foundation. Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister, founder and head of Benet Vision, a spirituality center in Erie, Pa., opened the four-day convention with a speech calling on priests to be prophets who boldly challenge WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (CNS) -- After wide-ranging discussions of priests' concerns today, the National Federation of Priests' Councils adopted a mission statement aimed at better meeting those concerns into the 21st century. More than 130 delegates from priests' councils across the country, representing 90 percent of the federation's member councils, approved the mission statement on the final day of the NFPC's April 25-28 meeting in Williamsburg. More than 100 priests who were not voting delegates also attended the convention. The convention theme was "Decisions for the Future: Priestly Leadership in the 21st Century." The new mission statement -- one of three alternatives proposed for consideration -- was adopted with 94 affirma- tive votes, well over two-thirds of those cast. It maintains the current membership structure of the NFPC, consisting of diocesan priests' councils and associa- tions and religious orders of men. Along with representing, networking and serving such SOCIAL WORKER MSW degree for full-time family, individ- ual and group counseling/therapy posi- tion. Send resume to Catholic Charities, Court Building, Suite 603, 123 N.W. 4th Street, Evansville, Indiana 47708 i i i Another service from Wade Funeral Home: In addition to our American Pre-Need Plans TM, for L o i pre-arrangmg a funeral, we now have Living Will forms available to you at NO CHARGE. 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He predicted that U.S. priests entering the 21st cen- tury will face challenges of: -- New tensions between generations as the proportion of older Americans increases significantly. -- Increased racial and eth- nic diversity as American soci- ety and the church become in- creasingly multicultural. ward churches, religion and re- ligious movements, a result partly of the profound impact that instantaneous global com- munications have had on peo- ple's perceptions of space, time and the role of institutions in their lives. In a series of workshops on the second day of their meeting the priests discussed the church's response to new immi- grants, diocesan retirement policies for priests, collabora- tive ministry with lay people on parish staffs, diocesan poli- cies on HIV-infected priests and seminarians, and the Canadian program for dealing with pastoral and educational issues surrounding clergy sex abuse of minors. Father Thomas J. McCarthy of Youngstown, Ohio, con- cluded his three-year term as NFPC president at the end of the convention. He was suc- ceeded by Father G. Nick Rice of Louisville, Ky., president- elect for the past year and co- convention. The 1994 l honoring exemplarY ministry, was given old Msgr. Irving the Diocese of Lake La. A priest since 1938 DeBlanc was a liturgical movement ministry formation, tor and university rector of numerous preparation leader in tional family life During six of the U.S. Bureau in the organize in more than 100 As a pastor he sponsible for or expansion of a x churches, schq Catholic $3 million Family. and a $4 million Retirement Center.: A "Volunteer Roundup" is being planned for Sunday, May 22, for volunteers who have helped at events coordinated by the Office of Development for the Evansville Catholic Volunteer thank-you scheduled for vited volunteers  High Schools. Glenda Ossen- berg, the high schools' develop- ment director, said the event is to say "thanks for many jobs well done." Ossenber aid she has in- Self.described "seasoned volunteers" Sharon Griggs, Pat Welsh and Clarita Ellert show one of the oriental rugs available during the Oriental Rug Bazaar at the Catholic Center. The trio of volunteers are among many who give their time and energy to the rug bazaar, house tours and other projects to benefit Catholic schools and other causes in the Diocese of Evansville. ii TAWlLELECTRONICS, INC. COMPUTERS, NETWORKS, SALES & SERVICES INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS PARTS DESIGN, INSTALLATION, TRAINING & REPAIR ON LOCAL & WIDE AREA NETWORKS LANTASTIC - NOVELL UNIX- XENIS 812-425-1100 2121 NORTH BEDFORD AVENUE EVANSVILLE, IN 47711 SERVING THE TR-STATE SINCE 1977 i i the Big Rug Bazaar Auction, the Tohr and Jazz Brunch. members Steering members of Catholic High The will be at the day, May Ossenberg teers While up for some at work, berg. T! 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