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LXXIX, NO. 23 DIOCESE OF LI'ITLE ROCK, AR JUNE 17. 1990 Jessica Carson, 5, II daughter of Brenda and Eric Carson and VA (CNS) - Mercy Sr. Cora director of the Richmond Office Catho- has as- Black RSM Des Moines to head plans lay parish leadership an title of pastoral and to be fa'st black woman in the U.S. to such a position. s will do almost everything but Mass and administer the sac- at a largely black parish in 's a great responsibility, a great But I'm the kind of person that anything I may accom- I cannot do on my own," she said the first day of her new assignment. nOn-resident "priest moderator" Richmond parish will handle ministry at the parish, she but I will have the most respon- open-ended parish assign- is the first to come from a diocesan policy enacted last to make non-ordained parish a central feature in serving a Catholic population with fewer in the diocese, she said, traditionally been "where the gathered with a layperson to stave off a priest short- is the first application of the Des Moines, IA (CNS) - Bishop Wil- liam H. Bullock of Des Moines has announced a plan to estab- lish lay "direc- tors of parish life" to coordi- nate parishes that will be left without resi- dent pastors as the priest shortage grows. The plan was announced in mid-May after a year-long study of parish leader- ship throughout the diocese. It was based in part on projections that the number of active full-time diocesan priests, 82 at the start of 1990, is likely to drop by 20, in the next 15 years. It was also based on an evaluation of the growing role of deacons, religious and laypeople in parish life. At the start of 1990, according to the study, the diocese had 41 permanent deacons, 528 paid lay teachers and administrators in Catholic schools and 186 lay ministers in various parish coordinating positions. These included 80 pastoral ministers on lbarish staffs, 61 directors of religious education, 49 youth ministers, 12 adult education directors and 54 leaders in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. "I am concerned that each parish in our diocese have a priest available for the celebration of the Eucharist on Sundays and holy days, for spiritual a student at St. Mi- chael School in Hot Springs, recently came to her Summer Program wearing a new T-shirt, designed by her mother. The Hot Springs flood last month did extensive damage to the city's business district and to residential areas. (Sr. Mary Anne La- lancette, OL CR) "If this is to continue, we need well- trained laity and deacons to assume some of our priests' present parish responsibilities and services," he said. The Des Moines plan adds that south- western Iowa diocese to a gradually increasing list of U.S. dioceses, espe- cially in the South, Midwest and West, where deacons, religious or lay people are in charge of some parishes. Such parishes have a priest from See "Lay," page 12 Sr. Geraldine Adams, OSB, dies at age 91; National - Black and Indian Home Missions (January): $40,774. Bishops' Overseas Appeal (March): $51,147. Catholic Communication Campaign (May): $27,41g. International - Holy Land Collection (Good Friday): $29,564. As of June 5. an urban area of the diocese, leadership and for sacramental func- See "RSM," page 12 dons," Bullock said. See page 5 l i; [ OSB, will celebrate 50 years of pro- teaches third grade at St. Paul School / ters in Joneshoro on July mF:,dm a teacher for 45 years, has / 11. m 'r .lmm worked in Benton, Bly- / .... [ Born to Albert and . theville, Engleberg, ' / 9, 1923, Sr. Krebs was Paragould, Pocahontas [ Catherine Krebs on April J onesboro, Little Rock, [ born in nurant, OK, but and West Memphis, as / grew up in Lindsay, TX. . mlb, well as in the towns of] She entered the convent [ Muenster and Rhineland, Au 4, 1937, and made i [ g. TX. She also taught at St. . [ her first profession in Johns Home Missions DAy__ff E/ .7 [ i940. Seminary in Little Rock [ [ Her major area ofmin-Sr. Alberta Krebs before it closed in 1967. ] ! Arkansas Catholics te/[why [ [ istry has been in educa- ' Her hobbies include thers are special. See page 15[ in Education with additional training and sewing.| don. She holds a Bachelor of Science fishing, gardening, music, quilting [