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. The Message-- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana International Serra convention draws I By LISA BENOIT Catholic News Service DENVER (CNS) -- Perhaps only a meeting of the United Nations could attract visitors from more countries. The 56th convention of Serra International, held June 26-28, drew more than 1,400 people to Denver from Latin America, Rus- sia, Thailand, Australia, Hungary and other nations for a summit on promoting vocations to the priesthood and religious life. "The convention gave us first- hand updates on Vocation issues in count-ribs altbver the world," said Dolores de Aragon-Young, Serra ClubDistrict 6 governor. "It was fascinating to hear the work of de,coted lay people in areas such as Venezuela, Paraguay and Scotland." The Denver convention attract- ed 'ghest number of atten- d tO the annual event in five y4iThe daily schedule includ- e Mass, evening prayer, a keynot e .address, and work- shops "Them were 15 bishops, a car- dinal and 82 priests from all over the world at the Sunday liturgy," de Aragon-Young said. "The procession was incredible." In his June 27 address, Arch- bishop Elden F. Curtiss of Omaha, Neb., episcopal adviser to Serra International, pointed out that vocations are on the rise, except in industrialized nations. He also pointed out that young people are drawn to the clear and authentic proclamation of the Gospel found in religious orders that stress faithfulness to the teachings of the church. "The classical-traditional French Dominicans... loyal to the magisterium.., are contin- uing to grow," Archbishop Cur- tiss said. "These young men are willing to wear the Roman col- lar as a sign of their service and dedication .... They're certain- ly not lost in the crowd. "Serrans have a strong and vital role to support the young, especially in this new age in the church," he added. "TI) (youths) have a hunger for God, a hunger for holiness, and for the Eucharist." Father Eugenio Mazzeo, an Argentine priest who has been serving in St. Petersburg, Rus- sia, for five years, explained the challenges he faces in the for- mer Soviet Union. "There aren't many Catholics -- but we now have 14 semi- narians in formation," Father Mazzeo said. He added that priests now serving in Russia come from Poland, Italy and Slovakia. Daily keynote speakers includ- July17, 1 ed Bishop James M. Wingle of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia; Auxil- iary Bishop Robert E Morneau of Green Bay, Wis.; and Sister Catherine Bertrand, executive director of the Chicago-based National Religious Vocation Con- ference. "The people of Serra are answering a noble call they are generous, loyal and hard working," said Bishop Wingle. "They are on the front lines of the vocations apostolate and they promote new growth and new life. "This is an age where the call of vocation needs to be cultivat- ed, heard and received," he said. Thirty-five Serrans from Brazil, including two bishops, attended the convention. Bish- op Walter Michael Ebejer of Uniao da Vitoria, Brazil, said the tide of men entering the priest- hood in the Latin American nation is once again on the upswing. "The crisis has been sur- mounted, but we still need a lot more," Bishop Ebejer said. "It is important that lay people responsibility for others consecratedl service in the Bishop Ebejer said see 200 Serra chapt by 2000. Serra International vention will take gow, Scotland. Serra Clubs named for Blessed Junipero Serra, aSpanish f ciscan who was a California and founder of of his order's 21 missionS the Pacific coast. Impressions of the By FATHER GREGORY CHAMBERLIN, O.S.B. refrigerator a The saying goes, "Remembel to keep the main thing the main little reminder to keep a I was impressed and moved by the number of people present. They are people who have a deep respect for the priesthood and religious life There were around 70 to 75 and are willing to do what they can to promote vocations. In addition they are supportive of see priests and religious, recognizing the special priests. I think if Serra is pressure many are under because of the current to be supportive in return. shortage. Complete strangers made a point of Overall, I was telling me that they remember me and my work pastor I found it very supportive in their prayer and offered words of encourage- are ment. Many said, "Thanks, we need you guys." appreciative of the Auxiliary Bishop Robert Morneau of Green in the Church. Bay is a very prayerful and reflective man. His encouragement to the Serrans to prayer was Benedictine Father moving. He suggested they pray the Canticle of of St. Meinrad Archabbey, and Zachary and the Magnificat each day and see dict Church, Evansville. Good Shepherd principal named subprioress in Ferdinand By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Benedictine Sister Mary Celestin Maurer has been named subprioress at Monastery Immac- ulate Conception, Ferdinand. Sister Maurer is currently principal at Good Shepherd School, Evansville. " " She was named subprioress by newly- - installed Prioress, Benedictine Sister Joella Kid- well. "One of the Prioress' first responsibilities is to choose her assistant, the Subprioress. Last week, I received an unexpected visit from Sis- ter Joella asking me to fill that position which I held once before; in fact, right before coming to Good Shepherd nine years ago. "To say that I was surprised is putting it mildly. ! Was totally shocked." SisterMaurer said she has said "no" to a number of positions offered in her religious community, mainly because of the poor health of her moth- er. "Now that she has gone to heaven, I can no longer use that as an excuse, and believe I must once again be of service to my Sis- ters at Ferdinand." She explained, "Our community comes first. We do SISTER MARY take a vow of obe- CELESTIN MAURER dience." Her decision to change careers has been very difficult, she admits, because "I love every- thing about Good Shepherd." Sister Maurer will remain at the school until the School Board hires a new principal. FOR COMPLETE [ ELECTRICAL SERVICE FISCIIER EIJBC'rRIC INC. SCHNELLVILLE, IN 389-2418 I WASHINGTON-SHOALS-LOOGOOTEE ] II I iii II  HAUBSTADT ELECTRIC Licensed Bonded, Insured Industrial, Comrnerdal and Residential P.O. 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