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1 ,1994 e !!erra I i Y JOHN F. FINK s{ ,.' ] Catholic News Service {I ;o :!iring-- regional hearings oF tii.ationa 1 assembly for d, r (-peop]e, a tentative strat- :i f:il rincreasing priestly and ]; gi0us vocations got a pre- ary airing during Serfs The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana nternational plans national vocations strategy image of priesthood and fell- a ): ational's July 1-4 con- ppl ',,. n in Indianapolis. oe % Bicknell ,.t fJ Vincennes " ....... Sandborn r0e City, Princeton Patoka Member F.D.I.C. Along with a preview of the recruitment strategy, some 1,200 convention participants also got reminders from sev- eral bishops that vocations en- tail God calling men to the priesthood, not men choosing their career. (Representatives of Serra clubs in the Diocese of Evans- ville were among the partici- pants.) The draft plan, to be brought before the U.S. bishops at their November meeting, was pre- sented by Coadjutor Bishop Robert J. Carlson of Sioux Falls, S.D., chairman of the National Cenference of Catholic Bishops' Vocations Committee, and three other , o .. bishops. ; ! t| '*II *'A family name you I u rJilrm,mm,-- can trust"- | 424-9274 e I,] ePressed? Suicidal? Feeling Hopeless? THE HELP LINE 1-800-852-7279 hi, :!1  offer FREE, confidential assessments and help! ,e, ':I]EHAVIORAL HEALTH CENTER l ;!M]E.IORIAL..,H,:9.,sp][TAL I .-.,:7,;,7, _,',: .... ='L...:,". T,,:;, ...... = .,:_:;=.-..-.':.,. 119 S. Vine Street, Haubstadt, IN 768-6151 Call about pre-need counseling. J. Wade Alan J. Wade 13 months of service helping young people in a lay Christian community dedicated to a prayerful challenge. No special talents or religious knowledge required. What it takes is a commimaent to God, fellow I !unity members and the homeless kids of our city streets. | iyur graduate about this richly rewarding challenge of a I tre. Where they can put their education  and their "-- to work. J .!':, Write or call: Orientation Director, il  3__ Covenant House Faith Community, Dept. B  W. 17th Street, Neu, York, NY 10011 (2!D 727.4971 ! oft L,u&.rdak. Nov., '.dcm }h,.,,,, L,-, A,ck' * A,u.horage * Ibron;,, Emphasizing that the tenta- tive strategy remains a draft that has not yet been discussed by the bishops, Bishop Carlson said that a highlight of the plan is a national gathering of men and women, ages 16 to 39, in August 1996 in a city still to be selected. The plan also calls for a se- ries of regional hearings around the nation, beginning in April 1995, to receive re- ports on the level of vocational pastoral ministry and the work of dioceses, lay groups, voca- tion directors and others. Titled "A Future Full of Hope," the national strategy "takes into account the eccle- sial situation in the United States and the sociological and cultural aspects of life in this country which have an impact on vocations," Bishop Carlson said. The theme reflects words of Jeremiah delivered during a bleak period in the history of the people of Israel. "We are aware of certain negative attitudes present i the church in the United States because of the large numbers who have left the priesthood and religious life, and the current scandal of sex- ual abuse in this country which impacts the bishops, clergy, Catholic families and, especially, our young people," he added. "However," the bishop said, "in the face of these negative influences and with great con- fidence in our young people, newly inspired by World Youth Day, we respond with a total act of faith in the Holy Spirit and pray to the Lord of the harvest that he send laborers" as the vocational challenge goes out. He expressed hopes that the national vocations assembly could draw 5,000 young people. The bishop revealed that the tentative strategy also involves several goals, including: Involving more people in the vocation discernment process through national and local programs, testing, re- cruitment, and invitations. Collaboration among bishops, diocesan clergy, and religiods on diocesan, regional and national levels in voca- tional pastoral ministry. Creation of educational and media materials that con- vey a contemporary, positive gious life. -- Directing vocations awareness initiatives and invi- tations to specific audiences, such as families, parishes, campuses, minority communi- ties, rural areas, and others. The planned strategy also calls for a national print and television media effort and for sending vocational materials to each diocese and religious com- munity requesting them, in January 1995. Joining Bishop Carlson in the presentation were Arch- bishop Daniel M. Buechlein of Indianapolis, former chairman of the NCCB Committee on Priestly Formation; Arch- bishop Elden F. Curtiss of Omaha, Neb., a member of the Priestly Formation committee; and Bishop Joseph A. Fiorenza of Galveston-Houston, a mem- ber of the NCCB Vocations Committee. In a homily during the Serfs convention, Archbishop Buech- lein said that "God calls us to a specific state in life. It is not merely a choice we make. 'I have chosen you, you have not chosen me,' is an often forgot- ten saying of Jesus in our times," he said. "That's our first vocational message: God calls. Are we listening?" Cardinal James A. Hickey of Washington suggested that "men will hear God's call to the priesthood if the linkage be- The church is not telling icouples to have as many children as physically possi- ble, Pope John Paul II said. The church teaches that it is sometimes "licit and could even be obligatory  not to i procreate, he said, but only tween the Eucharist and the Jby using natural methods priesthood is emphasized. We |abstaining from intercourse must point out that the Eu- charist is the heart of priest- .oo00; 00rie00,00oo00 there could be no Mass. , Abortions Bishop Fiorenza, in a Jub, 3 I The homily, said that "God is still [from the Irish Republic ob:[ giving his call. But perhaps we [raining abortions in Britain] don t really believe that.' He [has increased again, accord, [ also lamented the fact that |toaady, in199313,352 i families today are smaller and [women from the ,t ,,,,---u -'" linked family size to vocations. [had abortions in Britainii "When the average family has. ieomp a7 ;a tlae 1.3 children, it's less likely that vocations ,will come from such 119921 Some 8,I44 had abor,! families,' Bishop Fiorenza |tions in the same period of said. [1991. Abortion is illega!::: In other business at the con- I vention, James F. Mertes of | the Serfs Club of Southwest Houston succeeded Luis Jimenez Franco of the club of Guadalajara, Mexico, as presi- dent of Serra International. Thomas F. Schnellenberger, president of the Jasper Dean- ery Serra Club, said he was "very impressed" with the Serra International conference in Indianapolis. Schnellenberger, from Huntingburg, was one of five people from the Jasper Deanery Serra Club at the conference July 1-4. The Serra Club of Evansville was also represented at the conference. Schnellenberger said he was very impressed with the work being done by Serra International, toward asking more peo- ple to consider the priesthood or religious life. He believes "there are a lot of vocations out there, but no- body has asked them." He said the plan for the coming year is to ask people if they are listening to God's call. People to be asked are high school students, college students, professional people just out of college, and anyone else who might be in- terested in a life of service to the church. Schnellenberger said a plan has been under discussion for several years in the Jasper Deanery Serra Club, to establish a vocations committee in each of the parishes of the Deanery. He hopes that such a project can soon become reality. I I ] I I I III I III111 11 iii Church/World ii i i Haiti policy humane, The head of" the U.S. bish' ops' Committee on Migration has praised a new Clinton administration policy on Haitian refugees as "a hu- mane response to a very dif- ficult problem." but stressed it is only a temporary solu- tion. Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick of Newark, N,J,. who heads the committee that oversees the work of the Office of Migration and Refugee Services, was refer ::ring in his July 14 statement to the new policy of seeking regional safe havens for Haitian beat people, .... [ Rnght not to: mnt,- I A closely divided asaa; [ ehusetts Supreme Judicial I ICourt has ordered  lower I to try a ! Ie , tate s rate.st pre-i [venting housi serimii| It[on against the rligiou| [ convictions of Caoiie land [ lords: A Catholic family had refused to rent  artment to an unm uplei Natural method o.k, Serra Club: Asking people if they are listing to God's call