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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 1 3 1998 Laura's turn JIM and ANN CAVERA father passed away on Friday, July 31. We pa Smith, but he had a very full life expressed a wish to be with the Lord. we normally set aside for writing be taken up with family obligations, we our space would remain empty this week. our daughter, Laura, brought us a gift. are her reflections. Iam the youngest of four children and the only child of Jim and Ann Cavera. There is quite age between my siblings and me. The next oldest is Chris and he is 23 while I am only 15. So, as you can tell, I am pretty much the only one at home while morn and dad write their columns. I remember doing homework on school nights while my parents rushed madly around looking for their notes for a column. Sometimes they would be looking for the column itself. I would notice the wild look in their eyes and the frantic look on their face. It was better than TV. Other times I would come home and see my parents having a briinstorming session. My mom never tells me or my dad what she is writing until she is finished because if she tells us, she forgets the great idea she had for a column. I call it a pre- dictable senior moment. One really annoying thing is that my parents seem to see a column in everything that they do. Everything is a possibility. Leave no stone unturned. We'll even be driving down the road on the way to church and I'll hear "Hey! That would make a great column." I see my parents exchange a look now and then and I begin to think, "Uh oh, here comes the next column." Then as soon as we get home they have to write it down so they don't forget. Sometimes mom and dad will write a column and give it to each other to proofread. Usually mom says " This is great. But .... "And then the chaos starts all over again. Finall}; when the column is proofread and writ- ten again and again, it is time to decide whose name goes at the bottom. A lot of times I hear "But honey, he's your father," or one of my favorites: "You did most of the work." The reason I decided to write this column was I had spent many nights watching the fun and the agony in writing a column. I decided that it couldn't be that hard. I'm still deciding. m Laura Cavera Laura Cavera is a sophomore at Mater Dei High School. 98 class of new U.S. priests older, more racially diverse By JERRY FILTEAU Catholic News Service is another in a series "Parish future, parish pre- the priests who will to parishes ? (CNS) -- The dass of newly ordained in the United States is r and more racially and eth- diverse than the classes i ordained priests were according to a new study released in May. percent of the newly under 30 years of 34 percent were in the bracket, leaving 40 35 or higher. fact that nearly three- Were 30 or older indi- were entering the as a second career or few years of expe- the working world. increase was in of Hispanics being ordained -- 12 percent of those surveyed. In a 1984 national study, Hispanics made up only 7 percent of all seminarians. African-Americans represent- ed 4 percent of the newly ordained -- slightly up from the 2 percent to 3 percent of U.S. seminarians recorded in other recent studies. The Hispanic and African- American Catholic communi- ties have long been underrepre- sented in the priesthood, but the 1988 figures could signal a future narrowing of that gap. Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders represented 6 percent of the newly ordained -- a fig- ure higher than the estimated 2 percent to 3 percent of U.S. Catholics who are of Asian or Pacific Islands descent. The new study, conducted by the U.S. bishops' Office on Voca- tions, was based on responses this spring from 428 men newly ordained or preparing for ordi- nation this year -- 346 as dioce- san priests, 82 in religious orders. Commenting on the study, Bishop Paul S. Loverde of Ogdensburg, N.Y., chairman of the bishops',Vocations Commit- tee, said: "I predict that a similar or growing percentage of priests will enter the seminary at a later age and that there will be increasing cultural diversity reflected in candidates for the priesthood." He said the profile of the 1998 ordination class reflected the trend toward later vocational choice in American society and the increasing ethnic and cultur- al diversity of U.S. Catholicism. One of the apparent statistical oddities in the profile was the fact that only 2 percent of the new diocesan priests were African-American while 9 per- cent of the new priests in reli- gious orders were African- American. Bishop Loverde attributed that to the strong presence of reli- gious orders in Catholic schools Raymond Brown, scripture scholar, dies CITY, Calif. Sul F Father Ray- one of the most Catholic Scripture schol- history, died Aug. 8 at Sequoia Hos- t Redwood City. He was i S to be buried Aug. 17 ! SUlF cemetery in Md., following a celebrated there William H. Keeler that, Archbishop Levada of San Fran- te a memor- 14, with Cardinal ' of Los Ange- , at the chapel of St. Seminary in Menlo Father Brown was retirement. Father Witherup, Sulpician superior, was to Masses. day before his death, bcxk  "A That You May Have Life" -- was published by St. Anthony Mes- senger Press in Cincinnati. Father Brown was Auburn Distinguished Professor Emeri- tus of Biblical Studies at Union Theological Seminary in New York, where he taught for 20 years before his retirement in 1990. He was twice a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, 1972-78 and from 1996 until his death, and for 25 years he was a member of the World Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission. Author of 25 major books on the Bible and more than a dozen smaller ones, he was co-editor -- with Jesuit Father Joseph A. Fitzmyer and Carmelite Father Roland P. Murphy -- of two widely acclaimed comprehen- sive commentaries on Scripture, "'The Jerome Biblical Commen- tary" in 1968 and "The New Jerome Biblical Commentary" in 1990. One of his most notable works was his landmark two- volume- study, "The Gospel According to John," which broke new ground in the field of Johannine studies for all Scrip- ture scholars. A part of the Anchor Bible series, the first vol- ume appeared in 1966 and the second in 1970. Other works of note included "New Testament Essays" in 1965, "Jesus, God and Man" in 1967, "The Virginal Conception and Bodily Resurrection of Jesus" in 1973, "The Birth of the Messiah" in 1977, "The Epistles of John" in 1982 and "The Death of the Messiah" in 1994. In Montreal in 1963 he became the first Catholic to address the Faith and Order Conference of the World Coun- cil of Churches. He had attended the first ses- sion of the Second Vatican Council as an adviser to Arch- bishop Joseph P. Hurley of St. Augustine, Fla. and in inner cities and the spe- cial focus of some orders on min- istry in the African-American community  making it more likely that an African-American who feels called to the priest- hood would consider joining a religious order. The study did not t D" to assess how many members of the 1998 ordination class were missed by the surve): The average number of U.S. ordinations in recent years has been in the low 500s. In 1966 the mean age at ordi- nation for diocesan priests in the United States was 272. years and just beginning to rise slow- ly. In 1975 it was 28.3 years. By 1984 it had grown to 31.5 years. In the new study, the mean age of the new diocesan priests was 34.6 years. Among religious orders, which typicaUy require at least one extra year of spiri- tual formation for religious life before ordination, the mean age was 35.9 years. Dean R. Hoge, a sociologist About 80 percent of newly .... The Catholic University of Amtn'- ordained reported work expert; ica who has conducted numer- ous other studies of U.S. Catholic seminarians and priests, sum- marized the findings of the sur- vey in a seven-page report. Hoge reported that only 19 percent of the newly ordained had entered the semina D" after high school. The vast majority, 66 percent, had earned a college degree bachelor's or associate  before starting seminary studies. About 16 percent had earned a graduate degree or were work- ing on one when the)' entered the seminary. The study found that new priests were more likely than other Catholics to have attended Catholic schools. While one 1993 study found 54 percent of Catholics under the age of 55 had attended a Catholic grade school, 59 per- cent of the newly ordained had done so. ence before entering the semi- nary. Most prominent among prior fields of work were education, mentioned by 17 percent, and church ministry; mentioned by 10 percent. Among new priests were men who had previously worked in counseling, health care or social work; in management positions, banking, finance, accounting, sales or real estate; in govern- merit offices or law; in journal- ism or the arts; in the military; in science, engineering or com- puter programming; in various skilled or unskilled labor posi- tions. The study found that 24 per- cent of the newly ordained were born outside the United States. Four percent of them were born in Mexico and 4 percent in Viet- nam. Others had been born in Canada, other parts of Latin America, other Asian countries, The differences were more Africa, Europe or Aa. marked at the secondary and Fewof the newly ordatned -- college levels, less than 5 percent---, men- Only 26 percent of the larger tioned having -'eived previous Catholic population attended a athletic, academic or. ,.other Catholic high schobut 50 per- recognition, such as being on cent of the newly ordained had their school's academic honor done so. Only 10 percent of the roll or a member of theNation- larger Catholic population had al Honor Society. gone to a Catholic college, but Among their int hob- -: 59 percent of the newly bies, 16percent individual ordained had done so. sports, 12 percent music!0 per- The mean age of the newly cent reading and8t team ordained responding to the stir- sports. Other hobbies mmtioned vey was 34.8 years, indicating included musical instruments, that a 30-year trend toward photograph); painting, travel, older vocations has not yet campirgardhisto,and ended, vious other interests,