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e2Cahol|c Nc test Progress Ap 1962 D00dy Belov$ in Christ. .@ HE CHURCH has made great strides here in the Northwest since the end of the Last War but its progress and development are being held back by the lack of priests and religious. The Faith- ful are relatively fortunate because Catholics can receive the sacraments frequently, because they have a wide choice of Masses on Sundays, Holy Days and week days, because they can usually confer with a priest when- ever they stop at the rectory, because they can summon a priest in time of need and he will be there, because they may have succeeded in getting their children into a Catholic elementary school and even a Catholic high school. As a Catholic you are indeed fortunate because you can do all of these things. However, you should not take the situation in question for granted. It cannot long continue if you do not lift a hand or say a prayer or make a move to help the Church meet this pressing need for vocations. Our institutions here are undermanned. There is hardly a parish in this Arch- diocese, there is not a Religious Community that could not double the number of its priests and sisters and brothers with profit to the Kingdom of God upon earth. The Christian home is, of course, the principal nursery of vocations to the priesthood and the religious life. I exhort you, then, to pray daily that God will bless the young men and women of your parish with vocations and your own family as well, if that is His will. Pray constantly that under the guidance and direction of our Blessed Mother, our young boys and girls may be inspired with a whole-hearted eagerness to consecrate themselves to the service of Christ and His flock. Praying every blessing upon you, I am Devotedly yours in Christ, THOMAS A. CONNOLLY, A No Lack of Vocations Today,.. By REV. STEPHEN SZEMAN Archdiocesan Director of Vocations T HAS been said that "It is not vocations that are lacking today, but the acceptance of these voca- tions." For surely if the Lord has spread out Iis field and added growth preparing all for the harvest, He has also provided ,for the care of His vineyard by sowing the seed of this vocation in the hearts of many who walk over His paths. All too often this seed lies iatent in a soul, or seems to be trampled, as the proverbial seed in Scripture, by the many cares of the world. As one looks carefully over these pages, I am sure that parents as well as The Greatest of All... LOUIS H. FORD President, Seattle Serru Club ESPONSIBLE p a r e n t s usually wish that their children's positions in life be improved. The more difficult the parents' own position, the more apparent is this desire. The completies of modern scientific, technological and po- litical processes have created ,an insatiable demand for profes- sional personnel. Modern public relations techniques have en- dowed vocations to the sciences and professions with an aura of social prestige. So, it seems, our children's positions in life may be most improved if they are directed to the pursuit of such careers as medicine, law, politics, and sci- ence, and others. All of this is good. Each pro- fessional person plays his im- portant part in bettering this life for other persons. Thus, the professional man becomes a re- spected member of the commu- nity. It s easy for .parents to recognize, measure, and take pride in the lifetime material and social accomplishments of their children in the ,professions and, perhaps, to boast of their part in making it all possible. But, wlmt of professional po- sitions in the improvement of this transitory present life for a few persons when m e a s u r e d against the one vocatiou devoted to aent of eternal life for all? No amount of sales promo- tion can inspire a vocation in the priesthood or religious life. Only God can ,invite one to member- ship in this greatest of all pro- fesSions. We hope and pray that parents be realistic, that they recognize their special opportun- ity to gain eternal happiness for their children and for themselves LOUIS H. FORD by encouraging their children to persevere in their caliing despite the worldly public relations gim- micks working to the contrary. young men and women will realize this truth; realize that the desire for a life in the service of God and the qualities to participate in it are not wanting. It is all our duties then to stimulate this desire to fix the will and to strengthen the spiritual lives of the young people in our land so that this most precious of gifts, the following of Christ, will be acepted by our youth tody. We, in our age, are not going to aban- don the great work begun ,by the pio- neers of yesterday. Instead, with our "prayers and sacrifices, we will be able to build up the army of God, so that the souls of tomorrow will be taught the truths of Heaven and will be nour- ished with the Bread of Eternal Life. On its Fourteenth B.rse... MRS. WILLIAM J. PAUL ACCW President ] THE women of the e a t t 1 e Archdiocesan Council, even though we are one of 109 affiliates of the Na- tional Council of Catholic Wom- en and have chosen to work on I1 committees, are unique in one fact. We have ,been given by our Archbishop one particular work to do, one that is close to His heart and to all of ours. We have the special privilege of raising the burse which we present to our Most Reverend MRS. WILLIAM 4. PAUL Archbishop at our annual con- vention. A buvse consists of $10,000 and even though we do not al- BEV. STEPHEN SZEMAN ways comylete a burse each year we should and could if some day we can make all concerned rea- lize that by the promotion of the Pontifical Society or Priest- ly vocations alone we could ,find 10,000 women, and men too--for why should they be deprived of the ,benefits of the Society--who would join for one dollar there- by sharing in all the ,graces and prayers. elonging to the Pontifical Society lso places an obligation on its members to pray for vo- cations and also for the young men in the Seminary that they may have the grace to perse- vere. We should never forget our priests and pray .for them unceasin, gly as they labor in God's vineyard. The burse monies are used to assist individual young men who need finaaciul help to complete their studies at the Major Semi- nsry. The Archdiocesan Couneil is now working on its 14tch burse. We have endeavored at our deanery meqtings to give special honor to those mothers, so blessed ,by Almighty God as to have sons and daughters aspir- ing to the religious life and those who 'have lready reached their goal. We hope that n so doing we may inspire other m o t .h e r s to encourage their young ,people to consider the re- ligious life.