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IMPLEMENTING VATICAN II laYman represents the creative Side of vocations work under Bishop McDonald's leadership. Also of importance is the use of an admissions board in the assess- Bent of men for the seminary. This board consists of a psycholo- gist, a laywoman, a sister and a Priest who work with the vocation directors as they prepare recom- mendations to the bishop regard- hg candidates for application to seminary studies. Bringing forth into the voca- ti0a ministry the talents of a cross 8rother Julian Lane, CFP describes Franciscan prayer to a group of StUdents during Vocation Aware- ess Day. The Diocese of Little Rock Voca- tions Office not only recruits men for the priesthood, its mission includes prompting awareness of vocation possibilities in religious orders and through other forms of service to the Lord. section of life disciplines is only one indication of the council's vision coming to life in Arkansas. Just as parish pastoral councils have adopted the model of collab- oration between priests and laity, so has the work of discernment of religious vocations. Today's reli- gious leader, as in the past, serves the whole Body of Christ in a par- ticular ministry, especially in a parish. It seems appropriate that representatives of the ' whole Church be part of the selection process that accepts or rejects appli- cants for the seminary. Though the "golden I age" of Church life in America provides some Catholics with pleasant memories and a longing for a retreat to that peri- od, the Church will not ever seriously consider a whole- sale return. It will further the lessons and the spirit of the Vatican Council, whose purpose was to bring the Gospel of Christ and our tradition face to face with the modem world. Under the leadership of Bishop McDonald, the Church in Arkansas has grown in population and in faith. While the number of priests and religious has declined in our diocese, the bishop has been encouraging our youth to consider the life of priest, sister or brother. He has been faithful to our need for quality candidates for service. He has been hopeful of our future that men and women will continue to grow in love and to present themselves for service among the people of God. Msgr. David LeSieur is direc- tor of the Diocese of Little Rock Offce of Vocations and Semi- narians as well as the office of Continuing Education of Prtests and serves as diocesan minister to Friests. He is the pastor of Our Lady of the Holy Souls Parish in Little Rock. -13