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Page 4 September 4, 1999 ARKANSAS CATH01JC By Malea Hargett EDITOR Parishes now have a diocesan support person to help them promote or expand their social ministry. Matthew Vogler is the first person at the Diocese of Little Rock to serve as parish social ministry coordinator. He works under the supervision of Sister Joan Pytlik, DC, director of the Social Action Office. Vogler's main focus is to get the diocesan Parish Mentoring Project into each parish. The program began in January 1998 to help families make the transition from wel- fare to work. A parish team is asked to meet with the welfare recipient and guide the person in how to get a job, child care, trans- portation or other needs. In July 1997 the state changed its welfare program and created Transitional Employ- ment Assistance. Arkansans cannot receive more than two years of TEA in their lifetime. In June 1997 there were 21,480 Ark- ansans on welfare. In April 1999 the number dropped to 12,206. The two- year limit for many Arkansans began in July 1998 and will end next year, Vogler said. The parish Matthew Vogler teams have en- countered many problems, including keep- ing in contact with their "mentee" and arranging with the county Department of Human Services to find someone to men- tor, Vogler said. He said there are about five parishes who have stayed with the mentor- ing project. He said his job would be to provide more training for teams and be available to answer questions when roadblocks are presented. them stuff. It's helping them get sldlR It's "In the Parish Mentoring helping you learn about them." ., Project, you work together to againVgler said Bishop AndrewJ. McDonald making a plea to parishes to pardi solve problems. It s not patron- in the program. Vxve to eight people are n _ izing. You t just givinged for eachteam. Training will be proV . regionally ill the next few months. The 1 them stuff. It s helping them loners must be willing to meet regularly get skills. It's helping you learn team and with the recipient for one year be willing to help the person meet goalS, a about them." ' Zou don't want to give stuff to t.her0 -- Matthew Vogler "Most of the people in the Catholic Church are middle class and they have a middle-class mentality," he "said. 'q-he people they work with have a culture of poverty." Vogler said the Parish Mentoring Project is asking the welfare recipients to work with others in combating poverty. "In the Parish Mentoring Project, you work together to solve problems," he said. "It's not patronizing. You aren't just giving much as give them skills to empower them, he said. Vogler is also available,to educate pari [ loners about the Church s social teachi g I "Communities of Salt and Light" is 0tte program he will be presenting in parisheS. Vogler earned a degree in educatl0 ' from the University of Arkansas at 15#, Rock. He taught mafia at a Christian sda00; in Little Rock for three years before 0Pe. ing his own Christian academy in but the school was closed. BRIEFS The fourth year of the diocesan theology progl'am began Aug. 27-28 at St. John Catholic Center in Little Rock. The Office of Religious Education is still accept- ing new students for the first-year class. Adult Catholics are invited to join the next class Oct. 8-9. The two- year, college-level program meets monthly. The cost is $350 and indudes lunch, books and other materials. To register, call Judy Stubbs at (501) 664-0340. The Catholic Women's Union of Aakansas will hold its annual state meeting Wednesday, Sept. 6 at St. Benedict Parish in Sublaco. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Bishop Andrew I. McDonald will celebrate Mass at 11 a.m. Reports will be given on the national convention and local charity performed by women in the diocese. All women are Invited to attend. For more Infor- mation, call Jo Kastner at (501) 938-7887. Salvador Marquez joins Anthony Ehemann and David Stover as the newest seminarians who are studying for the priest- hood for the Diocese of Little Rock. Marquez, who is originally from San Juan de los Lagos, Mexico, begins his first year of theological studies at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. Ehemann and Stover entered the semi- nary earlier this year at St. Joseph Seminary in St. Benedict, La., and are members of the sophomore class. Ehemann, a member of the Church of the Assumption in Atldns, is the son of Rommm and Charles Ehemann. Stover, a member of Christ the King Church in Little Rock, is the son of the late Delbert and Betty Stover. Oth sdmda s ll lnd of Our Lady of Fatima Church in Benton. He recently completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Dallas through Holy Trinity Seminary. Garrison spent the summer working'at the parishes in Cxossett and Hamburg and will begin his theological studies at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Little Rock. Bryant will complete his internship at St. Mary and St. Patrick parishes in North Little Rock and will begin his last year of studies at Notre Dame Seminary in November. O I alx of St. Joseph Par- ish in Fayetteville and Immaculate Heart of Mary Par- ish in Marche and Mamml of St. Michael Parish in West Memphis. Moix will return to, sumpamSma- imryin S-nAnton- io for his third year of theology. Moix completed a hospital ministry oatase at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff this summer. Marconi, also en- rolled at Asaunp- tion Seminary, has been asfigned to a one-year intern- ship at St. V'mcent Salvador Marquez David Stover de Pad Church in ROg of Immaculate Conception Church in Fort Smith. Price is returning to Sacred Heart t ool ofThelgy ' I Hales corrl ' [ Wis., for his . i ond year of [ . pt ogy. Price [ the summer [ ing at St. peter I ch in Motmtm'l Home. _t Anthony Ehemann St. joh -ariSh ---- Hot Springs Mark McAnally of St. Mary pari . r Arkadelphia. Vu and McAnally are (0r ing to St. Mary Seminary in Baltim r their second year of theology. This stlI~2,'~i Vu worked at St. Joseph Church in Bluff and McAnally worked at St. Bartm Church in De Queen. d 121 last ] )ll r and Sacred Heart Church in Morrilto Wesley will return to Holy Trinity where theywill resume their junior clio the University of Dallas. Carlos Gtmmm of Blessed Church in Jonesboro. Guzman seminary studies at the Seminary Monterrey, Mexico. 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