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October 23, 1987 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Convocation Continued from page 1 church. He said there is a trend in society toward acceptance of persons without regard to gender or sexual preference. Difficult questions will be rais- ed, he said, as the church con- tinues ministry in such a socie- ty of changing values. Schoenherr's presentation drew mixed reaction. Com- ments ranged from "right on the mark," to "he said nothing new," to "I disagree with his conclusions, but he got us thinking." If there was consensus about the value of the convocation, it was in the assessment of the time spent together. Reflecting on the days spent with other priests, Father Ron Zgunda, pastor of St. Peter Church, Lin- ton, spoke of "the grace of time." He said, "Complex issues can only be dealt with in time, and the three days we had together gave us that chance." He added that the convocation "got us thinking, got us feeling -- feeling good and bad -- and got us talking, dialoguing with one another." Father Zgunda also spoke of the "openess, respect, and real sense of com- radery" always presumed -- but seldom acknowledged -- among priests. Father Zgunda said he looked forward to another convocation "in a couple of years," where priests would consider "equal- ly timely issues for our ministry." Bishop Francis Shea said he found it "very healthy for the presbyterate to be together for that long a time." He said, "I ' thought it was good for us, I think it's a start." The bishop expressed pleasure that the group had decided to follow up on the convocation with some definite proposals. He characterized the convocation as a time when the talents of various priests became evident "with a surge of energy, know-how and good will which should make priest- ly ministry more do-able." "I come from a diocese where shortage is a way of life," com- mented the bishop, "I'm a little more used to it." In looking at a future with a growing Catholic population and a declining number of priests, Bishop Shea said he believed the convoca- tion had "improved our con- fidence in attending to the needs of the church." Reflecting on the challenges of the ministry, Bishop Shea said plans are afoot to involve the laity even more. "By and large, the needs will be met," he said. Referring to th3 plans to meet again in winter, the bishop said, "I like the idea of follow- ing up. That's the key to the whole thing." The convoca- tion, he said, has been "a step forward, a good start." Presentation, reflection, discussion Father J. Gordon Myers, S.J., above, led convocation participants through a multi-part process which began with "remembering" and moved through stages of reflection, prayer and dlscussmni into a process of "decisioning." Fathers Dave Fleck, Sean Hoppe and Fred Englert, below, discuss their observations at one of the tables set up for small groups. -- Message photos by Paul Leingang Fishers of fish, too Father Fred Englert holds the five pound catfish he caught, "with the help of Father Joe Kirsch," in an afternoon of recreation dur- ing the presbyterate convocation, at Kentucky Lake. -- Message Photo by Paul Leingang HAUB STEAK HOUSE PRIME STEAKS - SEAFOOD - CHICKEN {1) 768-8489- LARGE PARTY ROOMS Haubstadt, Ind. ELECT RUTH WALDEN CITYCLERK I Support The Removal Of Parking Meters From The Downtown Streets. PAID FOR BY CAMPAIGN TO ELECT RUTH WALDEN COMMITTEE