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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana September 26i 199: Religious vocations .. Seminarians, Sisters are "signs of hope' for this diocese By FATHER BERNIE ETIENNE Diocesan Director of Vocations Late this summer, the diocesan vocation team circu- lated a survey to religious communities within the dio- cese, to identify new candidates for priesthood and reli- gious life in southwest Indiana. Although there are still laments over declining numbers of priests and reli- gious, we are happy to report great signs of hope for this diocese. he vocation team has observed a growing openness among young adults to consider vocations to the priesthood and religious life. In addition to the six returning seminarians, there are seven new candidates beginning studies for the priest- hood this fall. In college seminary are freshmen Brad Kluesner at St. Meinrad and Alex Zenthoefer at St. John Vianne}; St. Paul, Minn. New sophomore stu- dents include Ralph Propes and Jason B. Gries, also at St. John Vianney. New theology students include Paul Ferguson and Dusty Burns entering pre-theology at Mundelein Seminary in Chicago. Attila Frohlich comes to the dio- cese from Hungary, via Innsbruck Austria. Frohlich has already completed his theological studies and is beginning a two-year pastoral internship. His first placement will be Resurrection parish, Evansville. The Sisters of St. Benedict, Ferdinand, report four new postulants, who join thirteen women already in formation. Missy Sinkhorn, from New Albany, enters with a B.S. in ele- mentary education from Indiana University Southeast. Amy Uhl, a Newburgh native, has a B.S. in English secondary education from Indiana University. Susan Deig is from Indianapolis and has received a B.EA. in graphic design " .... Cil i! ! ii> %!/:/i!ii!i!!ii!iii! lthough there are still laments over declining numbers of priests and religious, we are happy to report great signs of hope for this diocese. and an M.B.A. from Indiana University. Cathy Robi son, also from Indianapolis, has a master's in nursin The vocation team has observed a growing openne among young adults to consider vocations to the prie hood and religious life. The team facilitates a disce ment group on the second Sunday of each month. Fu ther information is available from the diocesan vocatk office, (812) 424-5536. TONY ERNST EUGENE SCHMITT Tony Ernst is a fourth- year theology student at Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein, Ill. His home parish is St. Peter Celestine, Celestine. His parents are Dave and Linda Ernst. PAUL FERGUSON Eugene Schmitt is a sec- ond-year theology student at Sacred Heart School of Theology, Milwaukee, Wis. His home parish is St. Wen- del, St. Wendel. His parents are Bernard and Martha Schmitt. KEITH FRITZ Paul Ferguson is a p-the- ology student at Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein, Ill. His home parish is Holy Name, Bloomfield. His par- ents are James and Bettye Jo Ferguson. Keith Fritz is a college junior at Theological Col- lege, Washington, D.C. His home parish is St. Martin of Tours, Siberia. His parents are Bob and Theresa Fritz. JASON B. GRIES BRAD KLUESNER JasonB. Gries is a colle sophomore at St. Joiil Vianney Seminary, St. Paj Minn. His home paristi St. Joseph Vanderbur County. His parents Bernard and Darla Gri ) Brad Kluesner is a co .llle freshman at St. Meinr' College, St. Meinrad. home parish is Holy Fa ly, Jasper. His parents Ed and Nancy Kluesner.i DON LAMKIN DUSTY BURNS Don Lamkin is a second- year theology student at St. Meinrad School of Theolo- gy, St. Meinrad. His home parish is St. Boniface, Evans- viUe. His parents are Ronald and Martha Lamkin. Dusty Bums is a pre-the- ology student at Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein, IIL His home parish is Holy Trinity, Evansville. His par- ents are Claude and Gale Burns. JOHN SILVA RALPH PROPES John Silva is a college sophomore at St. John Vianney Seminary, St. Paul, Minn. His home parish is St. Bernard, Gibson Coun- ty. His parents are Frank and Roberta Silva. Ralph Propes is a college sophomore at St. John V'mnney Seminary, St. Paul, Minn. His home parish is St. Joseph, Jasper. His par- ents are Ralph and Virginia Propes. Alex Zenthoefer is a lege freshman at St. Vianney Seminary, St. PI Minn. His home paris Sacred Heart, EvansV His parents are Daniel ALEX ZENTHOEFER Mary Ann Zenthoefer. pastoral in ,lie. His home par' is parents are Fe ) of Mr. Frohlich W#I Attila Frohlich is doing his Resurrection Church, Evansville. His home is Bakonygyirot, Hungary. His parents are and Rozalia Frohlich. A photo of Mr. not available at the time of publication.