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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana JUly Father Fred En iert Evansville pastor says interest in priesthood began By ED SCHMIDT and THERESA FORSTER Evansville Serra Club Father Fred Englert, pastor of St. Joseph Church in Evans- ville since 1993, has just returned from Mesa, Ariz., after attending a Life Teen Conference there. St. Timothy's in Mesa start- ed the Life Teen program, which meets on Sunday afternoons, and includes Mass, formation, social, and spiritual programs over a four-week period. As an added attraction, food is available. Four hundred parishes are now using this model, because it works. Father Englert is very enthusiastic about Life Teens and believes it will grow in this area as it has nationwide. Fred Englert was ordained in his home parish of St. Anthon); St. Anthony, May 9, 1986. He is the son of Dorothy and the late Louis Englert of St. Anthony. His interest in the priesthood began in grade school. The nuns were a strong influence, along with his faith-filled parish community. "Prayer was very meaningtul to us all. I attended high school at Jasper, but seminarians from St. Meinrad taught us religious education at St. Anthony's, mak- ing quite an impression on me. "During these years and after, our prayer life gave me direction in a world going the wrong way. Being of service to others brought fulfillment while society was say- ing, 'Me first' and being materi- alistic. For example, Mother Teresa's order is growing, while some others are slowing. A sense of humor has developed over time. Jesus showed his humor on the walk to Emmaus (when he was asked if he had not heard about the things that happened in Jerusalem). He responded, 'What things?'" Father Englert reports that his parish of St. Joseph has had more vocations to the priesthood and sisterhood than any other in Evansville. Father Englert tells youngsters who feel the call to make Jesus their entire focus: '%Vho has influ- enced history more than our Lord?" he asks. "Today," he says, "there are more religious vocations from persons that are older and have college degrees or have held a job -- the result of lengthy discernment of priori- ties for a lifetime commit- ment." Father Englert's hobby is com- puter programming. He is responsible for writing an accounting program which the Diocese of Evansville used for three years. When he was com- plimented on his knowledge of computers, he replied, "I can take no credit. All talent is from God." Commenting on his ministry in today's church, Father Englert said, "Church today has an oblig- ation of direction and guidance to provide a solid home of God's love. "Prayer and the bible are our foundation as we work with youth on such programs as Teens Encounter Christ, Cursillo, Walk to Emmaus, and retreats. These have been life-changing for many people. Out responsibilities are many, but we do have nuns who have shifted from teaching to pastoral ministry, as well as lay assistants taking on more FATHER FRED ENGLERT responsibility." Father Fred Englert feels that the priest support group month- ly meetings let them another's joys and be er' He adds, "I'm hapPY to 's Medical Center Employees at St. Mary's Medical Center, Anthony Church, Evansville, spent July 18 celebrating the cen- The bible is part ter's 125th anniversary. The day of celebration began with a prayer St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, service at the front circle of the hospital, and as "Mother ended with a German band and a German Charity of St. feast. States from France in A copy of a Bible owned by St. Elizabeth The Daughters Ann Seton was used in a Mass held at St. St, Mary's Medical Center. Naney  helps her fouyear-old daughter Sara choose a  the German Feast: at St. Mary's Medical Daughter of Charity Sister Rlta Connolly visits with guests Croton'. . _ at St. Mms Medical Center, Eve, ....