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PAGE 8 THE GUARDIAN, OCTOBER 25, 1974 Bishop McDonald In Rome His Excellency Bishop Andrew J. McDonald, above right, of Little Rock sat with His Excellency Bishop Hubert M. Newell, left, of Cheyenne and His Ex- cellency Bishop Joseph L. Federal of Salt Lake City during last month's sessions of the Theological Con- sultation in Rome, At the right, Bishop McDonald stands before the courtyard statue of the Virgin at the North American College where he resided. (Grilli Photos) Frances Flower Shop 1222 W. 6th St. - 372-2203 Little Rock, Ark. We honor your Diners, American Express and BankAme ricard. AMPLE PARKING HEALEY00.00ROTH FUNERAL DIRECTORS PHONE (501) 664-4433 5800 WEST TWELFTH LITTLE ROCK, ARK. 72204 i Right-to- Life Group Gets New Address Little Rock -- The Arkansas Right-to-Life Committee has announced a new mailing ad- dress. It is P.O. Box 2917, Little Rock, Ark., 72203. The Little Rock diocesan social services director, Father James R. Savary, announced the address and also that the committee now is issuing identification cards to all who join. oppers Guide FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF EASTERN ARKANSAS Strong, Dependable Service k Since 1886  FORREST CITY, ARKANSAS In Carlisle...TRY FULCHER FIRST! FULCHER HARDWARE Carlisle GAZZOLA VACCARO, JR. Since 1907 VACCARO LUMBER COMPANY "Builders of Quality Homes" Phone 663-1141 Forrest City, Arkansas Vocation Crunch Expected St. Louis (NC) -- A very real crisis in Religious vocations still exists in the United States and its total impact will not be felt for another five to 10 years. That was one of the major findings of a Notre Dame study on Religious vocations presented here at the llth an- nual convention of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors. Dr. Carroll W. Tageson, who authored the study along with Dr. John P. Koval and Dr. Willis E. Bartlett, said the crisis is one of a "loss of manpowel"" -- a quantitative crisis. He said that the study does not try to measure whether at the same time there has developed a "qualitative drisis." The loss of priest manpower through resignations is a concern, "but the real problem is the drop in the number of entrances into the diocesan and Religious seminaries as far as the priesthood is concerned," Dr. Tageson said. He said that statistics show the most significant drop has occurred during the past seven years, with the number of en- trances into the seminaries having dropped 50 per cent in that period. The consequences of that drop are going to be felt in the next five to 10 years, as these men move on through the seminary system, stay or leave, he said. "It will be at that time par- ticularly that the manpower crunch will be felt," he em- phasized. Lost More Dr. Tageson said that the Religious communities are "hurting more than the diocesan priesthood because they have lost significantly more numbers, not so much from the priesthood as from the (Religious) Brothers and Sisters." Those two latter groups "have lost a greater number of people and have also been hurt by the lack of the number of people coming to them. Dr. Koval, presenting part of the Ill-page study that deals with understanding the vocation csis, said that the parish structure and the educational structure were once two fund- mental supportive systems for vocations, but that now "the social structure for this has broken down. There is no longer a funneling process; the Catholic school is less an in- fluence now." In addition, Dr. Koval said, "in the Catholic sub-culture there was the question of the ideology, values and beliefs that were part of the rearing process and experiences of all of us. Fundamentally, it was a protective system. The ideologies were supportive of a way of thinking of the priesthood in terms of what you were going to do for the rest of your life, and any other com- parative scheme of reference failed in any way to measure up to the one glorious possibility that you would become a priest. This was taken on as a reality for young people and the system supported that reality." i Another element that he said supported Catholic vocations in the past but that is less effective today is the "whole inter- personal support system, really a troika, it seems to me, of women Religious in the grade school in particular, and of parents and clergy who had very close contact with young people in our society. "Young people were struc- tured into interaction with people in the system who were able to identify young male and females who 'looked good.' They were nice kids, had good parents, modestly good grades, were the servers at 6:30 Mass. Usually a nun would finger the eighth-grade male, the priest would contact the parents . . . the press was very real then." Dr. Koval explained that the Lecture to On 'World Hun Fort Smith -- A "World Hunger" delivered tomorrow Oct. 26. at 7:30 P.M. Scholastica Convent John Healey, of the Hunger Foundation. It open to the public. The AFHF was 1961 at the suggest President John F. provide a non-gover focal point for coo the worldwide Hunger Campaign, by the U. N. Agriculture Or provides support for. mental and non- agencies at home Its aim is to Americans to becor' Sonally involved in hunger problems. Fiesta Follows Mass More than 400 persons assisted at a recent Spanish Mass in Immaculate Conception Church, North Little Rock, and then enjoyed a fiesta in the parish hall. Spanish students from the city's Northeast High School, pictured above, provided musical en- tertainment during a program celebrating Mexico's independence. One senorita, right, was enthralled by it all. ROG "early identification system" no longer exists. He said that roughly one-third of present priests entered the seminary when they were 13 or 14 years old, but "changes in society have decreased the likelihood that males will choose the priesthood as a vocation as such an early age. "Cultural change says now that education does not end with 12th grade any more. Everyone who has the ability should go on to college." Today, he explained, we are asking Religious vocations from 22 or 23-year-olds who are already looking at the world of reality. "The 13, 14 or 18, 19- year-olds are likely to be more idealistic in their view of the world." He said that the social process ' today works against Religious vocations. "At.22 you have a stake in your future in a dif- ferent way. You are more Conservative in your approach as to how you are going to lock in your life. At 22 you are not only thinking about a job and a career, but you get married, the system says." 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