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Frida,y,, March 22, 1963 THE PROGRESS--7 EDIATOR between God and his flock, Father O'Callaghan cele- Ma. at St. Edward's. Every pastor's primary concern is in bringing opeople. This Father does through the Mass, ser,nons, instruc- abnd the distribution of the Sacraments. EVERY PRlEST must take time out of his daily routine for a fer quiet moments with God. Here Father O'Ca!laghan makes the Statio,s of the Cross, asking God [or the uidance and wisdom to instruct those de. pendent upon him/or the care Of their souls. Christ Calling OU 0 Priest Or Sister? COUNSELING comprises a good part of every pastor's eve- ning. Every problem known to man is heard by the pastor in the parlor o t the rectory. Preparation for mm'riage, marriage counseling, employment problems, alcoholism, delinquent chil. dren, all problems are brought to the pastor for a solution. IN HIS CONTACT with the boys of the parish, Father O'Callaghan tries to bring the sound advice and exemplary example which will stay with the youngsters throughout their adult lies. Prayer For Vocations Who wills not the death of a sinner but er that he be converted and live, grant we each Thee through the intercession of the ;sed Mary, ever Virgin, and all the saints increase of laborers for Thy Church, fellow with Christ to spend and consume them. ,es for souls through the same Jesus Christ, Son Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the ky of the Holy Spirit, world without end. Amen these pages are sponsored by nten of Serra MOST REVEREND THOMAS E. GILL "The influence of my family..." "1 can honestly say there was never a time when I didn't consider being a priest." This was the answer the Most Reverend Bishop Thomas E. Gill, V.G., Auxiliary Bishop of SeaHle gave to the question: "When did you first consider the religious life?" "1 was a member of a devout Irish fam- ily who had the highest respect and admiration for the priesthood. I can recall as a small kid in grade school, a priest came in one day and asked all those who wanted to be priests to raise their hands. I didn't hesi- tate a minute in raising mine!" The Bishop eHributes his vocation in great part to his family. "As I began to share my thoughts of entering the seminary With my family I received nothing but en- thusiasm and encouragement. My family almost threw me out of the house to get me to the seminary!" The crystallization of these ambitions came as the aspiring priest came into contact with other priests end, most especially, Rt. Rev. Msgr. James Stafford, pastor of St. James Cathedral, the young Thomas Gill's parish. "1 credit him with sharpening up the vocational ideas of many of the boys of the parish. He 'put a date on it' you might say. He said 'next year' and at the end of my first year of high school I entered the seminary." Although Bishop Gill's vocation was the only one in his immediate family, he has a nephew who is a Jesuit and four nieces in the religious life as well as a cousin who will be ordained in 1964. Also of note is the fact that of the 13 boys to graduate from the eighth grade of St. Joseph School wlth the future Bishop, eight entered some form of the religious life. "...where i'i = .................. God wanted me.  The llfe of a Fran- ciscan lay brother, as with all lay brothers is one of prayer, service and hard work. For Brother Edward of St. George Parish, BR. EDWARD Seaffle, the story of MEIERS his entry into the Brotherhood is a simple tale of "This is where God wants me." Quiffing school in the seventh grade, the future Brother eventually went to work helping the Franciscan Fathers at the friary of St. Elizabeth's Church in Oakland. At the suggestion of one of the priests, Brother Edward began seriously thinking about the Brotherhood. At San Miguel and later the novitiate at San Luis Rey, Brother found the life he wanted. "You have to take hold of something " r you know and hang on, B other Edward said. "This was the type of work I knew and I was happy.' '1ly nlother's prayers were answered :t the in00ue0co of her mother that first brought the idea of the Sisterhood to Sister Peter Olivalnt, F.C.S.P., SR. PETER now head of the MedI- OLIVAINT cal Records Depart- ment at Providence Hospital, Seeffle. "My mother always said '1 have enough daughters. It would be wonder- ful if one of you became a Sister'." Her prayers were answered five times over for five of Sister Peter's fam- ily are in the religious life--four Sisters and a priest. From the time she was Iiffle girl, Sister's plans never wavered. "1 was go- ing to enter the novitiate no maffer what. I felt if it wasn't for me I could always leave." Born and reared in Canada, Sister Peter has been on the Pacific Coast since her profession. give back to God..." As one of ten children, Father Loveff was the sixth in the family REV. GERALD to enter the LOVETT religious life--he has five sis- ters in religious communities. If was in his senior year of high school in Kilmoyley, County Kerry, that the future priest first gave serious thought to his future. "1 just figured that I should try to give back to God all he had given me." Entering the seminary Father Loveff admits there were some rough moments "especially in the first few weeks when I was wishin' they'd kick me out." But as the weeks turned to years, Father realized he had found what he was looking for. In 1959 he was ordained and in the fall came to SeaHle where he is now assistant pas- tor at St. James Cathedral. Thru their life" Brother Donnelly who BR..I. 3. teachesAmerl- DONNELLY ca,n History at Dee High School, attributes his vocation to the same source as most of his fellow Brothers at 'Dee. "1 guess it was just that I had the Brothers teaching me aft through high school at St. Bonaventure in Newfoundland. There was never any other way of life that I seriously consid- ered. It was an easy choice." "It was their example and their llfe that made the final impression on us," Brother Donnelly emphasized.