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2 Enrollment The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana I September 6, 1991 I 6,441 students are enrolled in Catholic schools in diocese By MARY ANN HUGHES education. Our "Discover kindergarten program and 46 Evansville, has 375 students St. James Scho'ol, St. Message staff writer Student enrollment in Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Evansville has reached 6,441 for the 1991-92 school year, according to Phyllis Beshears, director of schools. Enrollment figures for Catholic schools in the Evansville area have in- creased by one percent this year, according to Beshears. She said there is a mixture of increases and decreases ill enrollment reported in the other areas of the diocese. St. James School, St. James, and Sts. Peter and Paul School, Haubstadt, have in- creased their enrollment. De- creases are reported at other schools in the diocese tor var- ious reasons, including larger graduating eighth grade class- es and fewer young children entering school in the partic- ular areas. The new Mount Vernon Middle School had some ef- fect upon the enrollment at St. Philip School, St. Philip, and St. Joseph School in Princeton had a decrease, perhaps due to the establish- ment of tuition for this school year. Precious Blood School in Jasper has discontinued its sixth, seventh and eighth grades, and reported an en- rollment decrease of 14 stu- dents. Beshears noted that the de- crdase in student enrollment in the Washington Catholic school system might be con- nected to the school study undertaken last year. "This can sometimes cast a shadow of uncertainty. As parents de- cide upon where to enroll their children, this uncertain- ty will cause them to enroll e|sewhere. ',Parents whose children at- tend Catholic schools are very interested in quality and the continuous availability of the school for the duration of their child's education. When parents feel doubt about the long-term existence of a school, they sometimes will not take the risk. This is one reason that discussion of a school closing or even a par- tial closing of certain grades has such a profonnd effect upon enrolhnent," she said. "It is iml)ortant to us that we continue to educate many children in our Catholic schools. The statistics prove that we are'doing an excellent job. I believe that we need to look at enrollment figures carefully and determine if there are ways that we can in- crease the numbers. "However, ! also believe that numbers don't necessari- ly indicate strength. Our smaller schools continue to turn out top students, and parents often cite the smallem school size and class size as benefits to their child and the reason they have chosen one of our schools. "We will continue our ef- forts to market our schools by telling our story. Perhaps we need to speak more clearly and more often about the ob- vious, benefi.t s O f a Catholic Catholic Schools" campaign will help us do just that." This fall, there are 1,378 students enrolled in the four Catholic high schools in the diocese. High school enroll- merit figures are as follows: Six-hundred-sixty-nine students are enrolled in Memorial High School, Evansville; Five-hundred-twenty- seven students are enrolled at Mater Dei High St:heel, Evansville; One-hundred-and-four students are enrolled at Washington Catholic High School, Washingtoi; Seventy-eight students are enrolled at Rivet High School, Vincennes. The total Rivet enrolhnent is 151 students. This includes grades six through twelve. Flaget Elementary School in Vincennes has a student en- rollment of 208. Thirty-nine students are enrolled in the kindergarten program and 43 students are in first grade. The total Washington Catholic enrolhnent is 442 students. Ninety students are enrolled at Washington Catholic Middle School and 248 students are enrolled in the Washington Catholic Ele- mentary School. Thirty-six students are in first grade. The two Catholic elemen- tary schools in Jasper have a combined student enrollment of 401. Holy Family School has 260 students enrolled; Precious Blood has 141 stu- dents this fall. There are 36 students enrolled in the kindergarten program at Holy Family School and 34 stu- dents are ill the first grade. At Precious Blood School, 21 students are enrolled in the kindergarten program and 25 stude, nts are in first grade. There are 2,708 students enrolled in the il Catholic el- ementary schools in Vander- burgh County. Christ the King School, Evansville, has 225 students enrolled, including 20 in kindergarten and 38 in first grade. Corpus Christi School, Evansville, has 12t9 students enrolled, including 18 stu- dents in first grade. Good Shepherd School, Evansville, has 156 students enrolled. Twenty-five stu- dents are in kindergarten and 21 students are first graders. Holy Redeemer School, Evansville, has 314 students enrolled. There are 27 stu- dents in kindergarten and 32 students in first grade. enrolled, including 39 kindergarteners and 40 first graders. Holy Spirit School, Evansville, has 173 students; there are 17 kindergarteners and 22 first graders. Resurrection School, Evansville, has 219 students enrolled. Twenty-five stu- dents are in the kindergarten program and 30 students are first graders. St. Benedict School, Evansville, has 304 students era'oiled, included 31 kinder- garleners and 22 first graders. St. Theresa School, Evansville. has 257 students enrolled. There are 24 stu- dents in kindergarten and 27 students in first grade. Westside Catholic Con- solidated School in Evans- ville has 394 students en- rolled, including 28 kindergarten students and 48 first graders. St. Joseph School, Van- derburgh County, has 142 students enrolled. There are 23 students in kindergarten and 19 students in first grade. There are 482 students en- rolled in the four Catholic el- ementary schools in Gibson County. Holy Cross School, Fort Branch, has 75 students en- rolled, including 13 students James, has 120 students en- rolled. There are 12 kinder- garteners and 18 first graders. St. Joseph School, Prince- ton, has 111 students en- rolled, including 11 kinder- garteners and nine first graders. Sts. Peter and Paul School, Haul/stadt, has 176 students enrolled. There are 26 kindergarten students and 37 first graders. There are 486 students ell- rolled in the three Catholic elementary schools in Posey County. St. Matthew Schoolv Mount Vernon, has 116 stu- dents enrolled. There are 22 kindergarten students aim 15 first graders. St. Philip School, St. Philip, has 208 students en- rolled, iucluding 26 kinder" garteners and 23 first graders. St. Wendel, School, St, Wendel, has 162 students en- rolled, includig 18 first graders. There are 112 students en- rolled at St. Bernard School, Rockport, this fall, with five students in the kindergarterJ program and 12 first graders. St. John the Baptist School, Newburgh, has 246 students enrolled. There are 28 stu" dents in kindergarten and 30 students are enrolled in the nHOly Rosaiy Schooldin first grade" students in first grade. Hispanic un e ecte to top LCWR office ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Sister Markham, a clinical get beyond one's own preoc- significant changes orld" (CNS) -- Members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious elected a Hispanic nun to their top leadership post for the first time during their Aug. 24-28 annual assembly in Albu- querque. They elected Mexican- American Sister Anita DeLu- no, general superior of the Missionary Catechists of Di- vine Providence in San Anto- nio, as this year's vice presi- dent, placing her in line for automatic succession to tile conference presidency in 1992. Sister Donna Markham, general councilor of the Do- minican Sisters of Adrian, Mich., who was elected vice president last year, was in- stalled as president for tile coming year Aug. 28. She succeeds Providence Sister Kathleen Popko of Holyoke, Mass., president for the past year. About 900 U.S. sisters at- tended the meeting of the leadership conference, an or- ganization of major superiors representing most of the lO0,OO0 Catholic nuns in the psychologist and specialist in helping religious orders deal with organizational change, said women religious have been engaged in an "ongoing self-critique," and their chal- lenge in the 1990s "is to risk giving expression to the vi- sion of a truly transformed re- ligious life." Other LCWR officers for the upcoming year are Sister Joan Ridley, vice president of the Congregation of Eucharistic Missionaries of St. Dominic in New Orleans, secretary, and Sister Catherine Mahady of the Dominican Sisters in Catherine, Ky., treasurer. The theme of the Albu- quo, rque meeting was "Foster- lug a Contemplative Attitude Toward Life," and keynote speakers stresse(l the impor- lance of a deep spirituality to sustain religious comnauni- lies in times of difficulty and rapid change. Notre  Dame de; Namur Sis- ter Teresita W-;ind borrowe.d Jesuit theologian Father Wal- ter Burghardt's description of contemplation as a "long, lov- ing look at reality." She said it takes "conscious cupations and preconcep- tions and see reality "in a new perspective" in which "God is present in every ex- perience." "Religious always need to keep returning regularly and repeatedly to the rituals and works, private and public, that promote and support a Gospel way of life," she said. "More and more we will find that the Gospel calls us away from the cultural ideals and values of our era." In her presidential address Sister Popko urged religious communities to look at the 1990s, the last decade of the second millennium, as "a decade of redesign" in which they would have to confront wide. As women religious, she' said, it will be their challeng0 in the 1990s to "infuse this pervasive change with th0 spirit of the Gospel." "Our very call to ministry as apostolic women religious compels our continued in" vo!vement.; it puts us in th0 marketplace, in the main" stream of change," she said. The outgoing president said that in order to use their individual and corporate ew ergies effectively to redesig the world, women religious need to focus on four areaS. "We must build a commo vision, think systemically, witness to the Gospel and be See HISPANIC page 11 Funeral Homes Four Convenient Locations ZIEMER-SHEARS EAST CHAPEL 800 S. HEBRON AVE. 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