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Z . The Message-- for Cattmlk:s of Somlmmstmu Indiana October 9, 1987 Inauguration "Father Eugene Heusell, O.S.B., was officially installed as President-Rector of St. Meinrad College and School of Theology on Oct. 2. At right, he is congratulated by Dr. John I. Nurnberger of In. dianapolis. Father Hensell succeeds Bishop Daniel Buechlein, O.S.B., of Memphis, Tenn., who is pictured above. A 45-year-old native of Logansport, Ind., Father Heusell was ordained to the priesthood in 1969. He has taught in the College and School of Theology since 1979. In his in- augural address, Father Hensell said, "Because of the most serious obligation we have to provide the best qualified priests possible for the People of God, we will continue to emphasize our com- mitments to quality teaching, scholarly research and publication, and creative institutional leader- ship." Currently, there are 250 students enrolled at St. Meinrad, representing 54 dioceses across the United States and several foreign countries. --Message Photos by Mary T. Ellert 'Am 1 normal?' Workshop explored the myths and realities of young adolescence By MARY ANN HUGHES Message Staff Writer Parents and the media often think of young adolescence as a time of stress and strain. That's a myth, according to Father Steve Lintzenich. He sees the ages from 10 to 15 as being a time of development, not a time of rebellion. Father Lintzenich is currently teaching a four-part workshop about youth adolescence at Ho- ly Rosary School, Evansville. He teaches parents to view their young adolescents in terms of developmental stages, communication, sexuality and risk-taking behavior. "The central question of the young adolescent is 'Am I normal?'" Father Lintzenich's first workshop deals with the seven developmental needs of the young adolescent: -- The need for physical activity. -- The need for achievement. -- The need for self- definition. -- The need to express themselves creatively. -- The need for positive rela- tionships with their peers and adults. -- The need for structure and clear limits. -- The need to make mean- ingfu] contributions. Father Lintzenich stresses that the two most important needs for young adolescents are the need for positive relation- ships with peers and adults and the need for structure and clear limits. His second workshop focuses on the need for families to have clear-cut negotiable and non- negotiable rules. "The family needs to be clear about what the rules are." As the adolescent grows older there is more of a need for dialogue between the adoles- cent and the parents. "The parents can no longer say, 'As long as you have your feet under this table, you will do as I say,"' Father Lintzenich said. The adolescent has a need to be treated as an adolescent, not as a  child, he emphasized. "Parents need to give them in- creased respect -- but struc- tured respect," he said. "But that takes time and often and eighth grade students Young adolescentsoftentake parents don't take the time." "reflecting their curiosity, con- risks because: All family rules, both cerus, ignorance and misinfor- -- They want to be accepted negotiable and non-negotiable, marion about sex:" by their peers. should be evaluated each year, -- Why do only women have -- They want to experiment Father Lintzenich suggests, periods? with adult behaviors. -- If a boy and a girl have in- -- They want to appear HIS THIRD WORKSHOP tercourse and she gets preg- mature. focuses on sexuality and the nant, how often do they have to -- They want to escape young adolescent. "We deal have intercourse to keep the pressure. with the attitudes of the parents baby alive? Father Lintzenich noted that on sexuality and how they in- -- Why do some people think most young adolescents have fluence the attitudes of the it's a sin to have sex? the belief that "nothing will young adolescent." -- Why am I embarrassed to happen to me." "We also talk about how talk about sex? "That is a personal fable," he parents need to give correct and -- How do you make a boy said. accurate information on sex- stop? Young adolescents all go u a 1 i t y t o t h e y o u n g The fourth workshop focuses through a period of time when adolescent." on risk-takingbehaviors. Father .they feel they can handle Father Lintzenich also looks Lintzenich emphasises that the anything. "The reality is that at what young adolescents want normal young adolescent wants they can't and that's where to know about sexuality. "They to grow and expand his or her parents have to step in." want to know about their world. However, some risk- Father Lintzenich is a Lilly changing bodies and about the taking behavior -- such as sex: Leadership Education fellow mechanics of sex and concep- ual intercourse, drinking and is working to educate tion. They want to understand alcohol, smoking marijuana -- parents and teachers in the area human relationships and can be "very, very dangerous." of young adolescence. sexuality. "They also want to define values related to relationships and human sexuality." Father Lintzenich presents parents with a handout with questions from sixth, seventh Call 424-2555 CAN YOU HELP? VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED Birthright CHURCH WINDOW RESTORATION & STOiM GLASS WINDOWS AND TIFFANY-STYLE SHADES DESIGNED, FABRICATED & REPAI ED 1220 FIRSTAVENUE., EVANSVII I E, IN 47710 TIMOTHY L. DASSEL ' PRESIDENT PHONE: 425-8658 a_ i AREA CODE: 812 I I l Ill = I HOLY I.. i "Where customers send their friends!" 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