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October 14, 1994 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Dr. John Geerling says he thought "off and on" about the priesthood since was in grade school. This ll, he's taking the first step to if the priesthood is re- meant for him. He is attending the Univer- of Steubenville in Ohio, philosophy and theol- with the possibility of the seminary. people in the Evans- area who know Dr Geer- with his work ASsociate Director of the Practice Residency Pro- ara at St. Mary's Medical He was also a member Life Committee Church, Evans- Originally a native of St. Dr. Geerling graduated the University of Mis- r. John Geerlin nsville physician is taking pre-seminary classes I'm looking for the Lord's lead, and praying that I'm able to follow. Dr. John Geerling souri with a degree in chem- istry and then completed med- ical school at St. Louis Univer- sity. He came to Evansville to do a family practice residency at St. Mary's and then stayed on to practice medicine here. While working in family practice, he began encounter- ing women patients who were suffering from post-abortion syndrome and he decided that what Evansville needed was the Project Rachel program. He joined forces with Martha Halterman at Catholic Chari- ties, and a workshop was planned to introduce the dio- Following is a feature in the Message, desig d to help draw together the People of God in southwestern Indiana. Readers are invited to submit information about people who may benefit by some extra prayers and attention. o . Oct. 8::es, fOr Ruth Holtz, who died Oct. 4, were held Iri,, ,-' ,Joseph Church, Evansville. She is the mother of S- '" rlOltz, a fourth-year theoloeT student at Mundelein h:oif:rrt] in..Mundelein, Ill. He is studying for the priest- ue Diocese of Evansville. l?;tsend information for PEOPLE WE CARE 4169 . u zary Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box ' "vansville, IN 47724. i cese, especially priests of the diocese, to the Project Rachel program. He funded the work- shop, which focused on provid- ing post-abortion counseling and reconciliation to women and their families, and largely through his efforts, the diocese now has a Project Rachel pro- gram. During the past few years, although he was busy with his family practice, and his pro-life work, he began to thinking, "really strongly" about enter- ing the seminary. Last fall, he talked with his pastor at St. Benedict's, Benedictine Father Gregory Chamberlin. After looking at different pre-seminary programs, Dr. Geerling selected the Univer- sity of Steubenville in Ohio. He chose the Franciscan-run insti- tution because of the caliber of the professors in the philoso- phy and theology departments. He also was attracted to the household system the univer- sity offers. He is living in a household with other men who are also discerning the priest- hood. As part of the household system, they are encouraged to pray together, attend daily liturgy and meet in small groups regularlyl The group also has a spiritual director. Dr. John Geerling receives a blessing from Benedictine Father Gregory Chamberlin during Mass at St. Benedict Church, Evansville. During Mass, he received the parish's blessing and a promise to remember him in prayer. He is currently taking un- dergraduate classes at S[eubenville. To be admitted into a seminary, he must com- plete 24 hours of philosophy and 12 hours of theology, and he is hoping to have his course work finished by the end of next summer. He says he's still undecided about entering the priesthood, but he is spending a lot of time in prayer. "I'm looking for the Lord's lead, and praying that I'm able to follow." If he does become a priest, he is hoping to combine his medical back- ground with the priesthood, perhaps practicing medicine part-time or even working full- time in the missions. So far, he says, every one, friends and family alike, have been very supportive. "A lot of people said they weren't sur- prised." He says the same qualities that helped him in the field of medicine should translate over to the priesthood: things like wanting to help people, getting along with people, and wanting to be of service. "You need a strong spiritual foundation in both areas, both in medicine and in the priest- hood. You need a reliance on God, especially when things don't work out." t is_ your favorite Chr!stmas memory? ..... $ from readers throughout southwestern Indiana to be published at Christmas M. Hopf of Schnel- Ellspermann wrote an essay, Wrote to the Message "dedicated to pop," about how Year to describe Christmas mem- will ever have. She re- , Christmas Day, . at 6:54 a.m. on as morning our 8 OUnce daughter, Car- s born of Evansville Lge readers about who had gone for weeks, say- to buy a neck- !raother. Father Camillus his father had treasured a gift he had given him. What is your favorite mem- ory of Christmas? The Mes- sage is seeking Christmas sto- ries and memories, to be considered for publication on Dec. 23. Send your story to Christ- mas Memories, the Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville IN 47724-0169. AUTO TOPS, SEAT COVERS, BOAT COVERS STEREO SALES & INSTALLATIONS 254-3943 HWY 50 EAST, BEHIND UPS CENTER EUGENE WELP, OWNER I)UBOIS COUNTY BANK MEMBER OLD NATIONAL BANCORP Member FDIC FIVE STAR SERVICE BANK I II HI iiii I M &S Fire & Safety Equip. Co. Inc. Over 25 years sales and service in the Tri-state 670 E. Franklin 424-3863 IIII II I & MILLER " ',4 family name you can trust" 424-9274  Peoples Trust Company SOUTH MAIN STREET P.O. BOX 191 LINTON, INDIANA 4744" 1 I HAUBSTADT I ELECTRIC Leed Sord sured lndustriat, Convneoa! and P.O. Box 405 ; TONY N&ZARIO tJ IN , 9 8'2"7685207 1"800"76@2787 i Mortuary ! 101 North Meridian Street ! ,Washingtn'lN ,2 54"3612,, i III . I _.J