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The 00Guardian Paul II erected a diocese in Victoria, and named - Official q00ublication of the @iocese of ffittle t2och Bishop Charles of San Antonio VO1. LXXI, NO. 17 APRIL 23, 1982 bishop, the diocese created out of por- af three surrounding in southern the San Antonio and the DUs Christi and Dioce- an Oblak, 68-year-old bishop of War- was named John Paul II to the Warmia Diocese, ing Archbishop who last July named to head the of Gniezno and Jozef Giemp of and Warsaw, the of Poland, has the right of the Church to speak problems of civil and has supported :all the reactivation of the independent umon movement under martial on Wright, of the Scottish Council, said the John Paul II May 31-June 2 lead to improved between and Protestant bishops, after with the nation's ailitary rulers, said a pledge the Catholic Church free to carry out its the return church personnel studied by the and pastoral will be held at University of in Washington, , June 28-July 27. Games Mass Featu Family Fu Day ...... Youngsters and adults alike enjoyed rides before an anticipated Mass last Saturday at Magic Springs Park near Hot Springs as 1,500 attended the Diocese of Little Rock Family Fun Day. An airplane ride (left) was fascinating to the younger children. At right, His Excellency Bishop Andrew J. McDonald is offering Mass. Entertainment was furnished by the Catholic High Jazz Band, Subiaco Academy Choir, the "Spirit Singers" from St. John's parish in Hot Springs, a state 4-H prize-winning skit by youth from St. Mary's Vocations Sunday Scheduled May 2 Little Rock -- Sunday, May 2, has been designated as National Vocations Awareness Sunday. In a letter to all the priests of the diocese, Father Joseph M. Correnti, Diocesan Vocations Director, has asked that special emphasis be placed upon what a vocation to the Priesthood and Charles Lwanga Institute for Diocesan Can- Religious life is and the great a pilot program in need that exists, especially in spiritual, this diocese. Members of the Greater Leo A. Riedmueller, of St. Joseph's Pine Bluff, will be mt of the weekly ss for Shut-Ins April 25, on KTHV, Channel be Chris will be Tim klin and John Music will be the St. Joseph Youth Singers, guitarist Laura Inside Little Rock Serra Club will go to many of the parishes in the Little Rock-North Little Rock area to speak at the Masses on the topic of Vocations. Father Correnti stated that he feels the problem is not so much that God is no longer calling many to the Priesthood and Religious life, but rather fewer young people are listening and many Priests, Religious and laity alike are afraid to deliver the call and encourage those who have received it. Recent statistics show that over 60 per cent of young men today never have the idea cross their minds, partly because it is never mentioned farming at Mid- meeting. Page 6 inistrator... for Catholic hos- parish at St. Vincent, a "Fitness Witness" aerobic exercise routine by women from Immaculate Conception parish in North Little Rock and a bingo by the Hot Springs Knights of Columbus Council. Concelebrating the Mass Were Father Ralph L. Bauer, Father Michael Aureli and Father Richard S. Oswald, diocesan Family Life director. Mrs. Nancy DePriest of Our Lady of Good Counsel parish in Little Rock was lector. The St. John's Youth Choir from Hot Springs furnished the liturgical music. Page 8 $9,882 during  Ch Pages :,l'hiled" at Subiaco |-'njk y" Page 8 to them. Factors causing this is some reluctance on the part of priests to mention it to them, fewer Sisters in the classroom to suggest it and many parents reticent to propose the idea to their children. Father Correnti stated that, in view of the crisis in the number of vocations, perhaps the old cliche may un- fortunately apply that "We have met the enemy and they are us." Diocesan statistics show the average age of priests in the diocese of Little Rock to be 55. In the next two years, only two men will be ordained. "The average number we need to ordain yearly just to keep pace with those who will retire, die or become ill, is 3,,:> per year," he added "An encouraging note, however, is that the number entering the seminary this last year was seven and the number planning to enter this year looks promising. There is increased interest both in young people and among the laity to work and pray for vocations. With the dedication of priests and laity, a generous spirit on the part of young people and a lot of hard work, I am convinced that the tide is turning," Father Correnti concluded. 700 Expected Attendance At State CYO Convention Little Rock - An over- CYO, Adult Leadership, whelming response has been Juvenile Justice, Fellowshil of Christian Athletes and Search. The banquet on Saturday evening, which 700 young delegates and guests are expected to attend, will feature Father Correnti as the principal speaker. A Mass on Saturday will have His Excellency Bishop Andrew J. McDonald as homilist. The closing Mass on Sunday will have Father made this year to attend the annual Diocesan State CYO Convention to be held at the Fayetteville Hilton Friday through Sunday, April 30-May 2. Father Joseph M. Correnti, Diocesan Director, stated plans were originally made for 450, but because of the increased response, ad- justments with the hotel have been finalized this past week. The weekend will consist of workshops on Com- George W. Tribou, Rector of munications, Prayer, Catholic High School for Boys Sexuality, How To Impffove a in Little Rock, as homilist. Two Novices Make Temporary Vows Jonesboro-- Two Novices of Regional Medical Center, Holy Angels Convent novitiate Jonesboro; Father William here made temporary vows as M. Beck, Stuttgart; Father Olivetan Benedictine Sisters Conan Mawhorr, O.S.B., Monday, April 12, in the Blytheville Air Force Base; Father James E. Mancini, convent chapel. Sister M. Elisabeth Wenzel, Weiner; Father Thomas J. daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sebaugh, Wynne; Father Henry Wenzel of Hartford, Thomas W. Keller, Little 1 Wis., was born in Hartford, Rock; Father Richard P." but entered Holy Angels Davis, Searcy, and Father Convent from Louisville, Ky. Andrew Smith, Pocahontas. Sister Maria Rachel At the Offertory of the Montiel, daughter of the late Mass, the t-wo Sisters publicly pronounced their first tem- Sen. Alan Dixon Mr. and Mrs. Michael porary religious vows in the Montiel of Dallas, was born in enltO[ il nll-xo- Mexico, came to the U.S.A. in presence of Bishop Mc- 1956 and entered Holy Angels Donald, the clergy and the community of Sisters. In the Convent in 1980. Offertory procession, the To Speak At His Excellency Bishop newly-professed offered Andrew J. McDonald of Little lighted candles to the Bishop Rock officiated at the as a symbol-of their life of NCCJ Dinner ceremony of religious dedication as an Olivetan profession and was the main Benedictine Sister. Little Rock -* Principal celebrant at the Eucharistic The community of Sisters speaker at the 19th annual Sacrifice. sang the Liturgy and hymns Brotherhood Awards Dinner Concelebrating with the for the occasion. Sister Mary of the Arkansas Council on Bishop was Father Kurt Elisabeth and Sister Maria Brotherhood of the National Stasiak, O.S.B., of St. Rachel led the choral an- Conference of Christians and Meinrad, Ind.; Father Albert tiphon for the Communion of Jews will be United States J. Schneider, Little Rock; the Mass. Organist for the Senator Alan J. Dixon (D.- Father AloysiusG. Dunleavy, Mass was Sister M. Celestine Ill.), it was announced by chaplain of St. Bernard Pond, O.S.B. James H. Atkins, chairman of the May 13 dinner which will Arkansas Group On Hand honor Dr. Elijah E. Palnick, Rabbi, Temple B'Nai Israel. "Elected to the U.S. Senate For Educat0,. Meeting in 1980 capping a 50-year . I public career that has in- eluded service in all three Little Rock -- Sister Jegley represented the branches of the government, Henrietta Hockle, O.S.B., and Diocese of Little Rock at the 'Dixon has never lost an Sister Consueila Bauer, first annual meeting of the election," Atkins stated, "the O.S.B., of the Diocese of Little National Council for Catholic string dating from 1949. Rock Education Offices led a Education which was recently "Although his service in the delegation to the 97th annual formed by Monsignor John U.S. Senate has been brief, he National Catholic Education Meyers, president of the has distinguished himself as a Conference held in Chicago National Catholic Education member of three important recently. Association. committees: Agriculture, Other delegates from Nutrition and Forestry; Arkansas were Mr. Tom The group participated with Banking, Housing and Urban Miller, principal of St. over 15,000 other delegates Affairs; Small Business. We Joseph's School, Conway; from around the country. look forward to a dynamic Father Benno Sehluterman, Noted speakers addressed the address by Senator Dixon." O.S.B., principal of Subiaco issues facing Catholic Mr. Dixon is a lawyer and Academy, Subiaeo; Mrs. educators in the 1980's. The businessman, a graduate of Larry (Pauline) Jegley, theme for the 1982 conference the University of Illinois and assistant to the principal at was "Vision and Values." holds a law degree from Our Lady of the Holy Souls Father Alfred McBride, Washington University in St. School, Little Rock, and Mrs. O.Pream., from St. Norbert's Louis. E.L. (Bettye) Franz, teacher" Abbey, addressed the group In his public career, he has at St. Boniface School, Fort on the topic, "Religious been a strong advocate of Smith. Educators Look Towards human rights. Lawrence (Larry) H. VaticanIII."