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October 12,1990 The blessa -- for C, athollcs of Southwestern [ndlana Bishop's Forum II I I By BISHOP GERALD A. GETI'ELFINGER Vocations: who is responsible? Over the past summer, I have had occasion to participate in many celebrations recalling the past. There have been centennials, quasquicentennials and sesquicentennials. The history accompanying the celebration is always a joyful trip down memory lane. Personalities blossom and bloom .throughout the many pages recounting the }Ourneys of faith and courage. Closer to our time and more personal have -been celebrations of anniversaries of priesthood and religious life which stand out as today's ex- mples of living witness, l single out but two. hat a joy it was to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Father John Finis at St. Celestine where he served so many years and to participate in the outpouring of appreciation for his years of service that con- tinue today even as he is "retired." The second is that of Sister Anna Scheesele, a Poor Clare in EVansville Her fifty years of service to the Lord have been spent in the contemplative life, a life of Prayer on behalf of the rest of us. Last Sunday we celebrated the married com- raitment of over 252 couples within our diocese whose years of fidelity represent over thirteen thousand. They are the parents of over one thou- Sand children and grandparents to over two thou- Sand grandchildren. This is not to mention the Other 350 couples of our diocese who have also been married fifty and more years. Where did these vocations take root? It is my firm conviction that the home is the first seminary, the seedbed wherein the seed of a vocation is planted and nurtured. Oh yes, there is the mysterious action of the spirit of God for no one can presume upon God's gift which finds welcome in the home. It is that same spirit who plants the seed in children even at a very young age. The home becomes the garden where budding vocations are tended. If left uncultivated, the sprout of a vocation within the child quickly gives way to other concerns and is choked out. Who is responsible? The most apparent answer to the assignment of responsibility for the nurturing of vocations is to parents in the home. But that is only partially true for if we are convinced that we are a community of believers others must bear that responsibility as well. Parents exemplify the vocation to married life. They look to priests and religious to personify the joy in a life of serving others. They expect to find in single people a model of Christian witness in the world. Parents cannot do it alone, but they must be generous in nurturing vocations of their own children. A Challenge to Families How can families become more aware of God's action in vocations in a concrete way? I have a suggestion. It has four parts: 1. Identify a night when the whole family will share supper. After everyone has been served, the eldest child asks the father when he knew he had a vocation to marriage. Then the youngest child who is old enough asks the mother the same question. Then the second oldest child asks the parents how they would feel if God were to give a vocation to the priesthood or religious life to one or more of the children. .. 2. The parents then ask each of the children how they would react if God should invite them .to be a priest orreligious. 3. During the week each member of the family ask a priest or sister to tell their own story of voca- tion so that you will have as many stories as members of the family. Then share those stories around the dining room table at another time. 4. Offer a prayer as a family each day that young people will come to know God's will for them and be generous in response. And that those who are committed to a vocation may remain faithful always. Main Street Pharmacy 217 E. 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BRANC Jt-,,SPER i Golden jubilarians Vincent and Rose {Gries} Adler of Evansville will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 10 a.m. Oct. 14 at St. James Church, St. James, followed by a family dinner and reception from 2 to 6 p.m. They were married Oct. 12, 1940, at St. Wendel Church, St. Wendel. They have 17 children. They have nine sons, Kenneth, James, Gene, Joe, Franny, Ralph, Tim, Kieren and Kevin, all of Evansville, and eight daughters, Shirley Clements, Kathy Goerhing, Sharon Adler, Patty Maurer, Mary Helen Armentano, Rita Droste, Charlene Ranklil and San- dy Berfanger, all of Evansville. They have 41 grandchildren. They are retired from farming. I " James Jett & Assocmtes, Inc. life o health e home * IRA retirement planning 4 7 3 ,--4L-005 5!4 S. Green River Rd. Evansvi!!e r IN 47715 Golden jubilarians Vincent J. and Dorothy (Ryan} Williams Sr. of Loogootee will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 10 a.m. Oct. 14 at St. John Church. Loogootee. A reception, hosted by their children and grandchildren,will be held for relatives and friends from 2 to 4 p.m. at the St. Johi: Parish Hall. They were married Oct. 19, 1940o at St. Michael Church, Montgomery, by Father Howard Murphy. They have eight children, Mary Jane Carrico, Thomas and John. all of Loogootee, Ruth Ann Fegan and Melissa, both of Indianapolis. Sheila Smelser of Florida and Barbara Lorey of Jasper. Vincent "Jim" Jr. is deceased. They have 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. L::::::::: l::z:i.'::;; :: ;: : ' :   .... z' :' "  ..... :!i i