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Year000000marked by floOdl build,ng boom churches becom,ng chapels By MARY ANN HUGHES Tony Ernst was ordained a deacon on Nov. 30 at St. Father Joseph Erbacher, pastor, St. James Church, Message staff writer 0uTu' e-year be remembered as the ear th 1997will ver OVerran its banks and ravaged Yreas  tern Indiana, es ecl 0fGrandv: p ally the riverfront town all acIrogs !iiob:iding boom continued in parishes D-.- . _ " of Evansville. However, three 00000.00gtoo Deane00 be00o00e chape,00; si0ns rungs will now be used only for special occa- Peter Celestine Church, Celestine. He is expected to be ordained to the priesthood on May 9, 1998, at St. Joseph Church, Jasper. It was also the year that the Board of Trustees at St. Meinrad College voted to close the college at the end of the 1997-98 school year. 00signmen00, app0intments .......................................... During 1997, Bishop Gettelfinger announced the fol- lowing assignments for priests in the diocese: Teresa Photo shows Mother Teresa bring- a child in her orphanage in Calcut- death and funeral of Mother Tere- sa drew world-wide attention in 1997. See Story below. Message photo from Catholic News Service Haubstadt. Father Thomas Kessler, pastor, St. Joseph Church, Bramble; pastor, St. Martin Church, Whitfield. Father Leo Kiesel, pastor, St. Mary Church, Shoals; continue as pastor, St. John Church, Loogootee. Father Michael Madden, pastor, Holy Spirit Church, Evansville. Father Frank Renner, pastor, St. Philip Church, Bicknell. Father Timothy Tenbarge, pastor, St. Anthony Church, St. Anthony. Father Lowell Will, temporary administrator, All Saints Church, Cannelburg, continue as pastor, Sts. Peter Church, Montgomery. During 1997, the bishop accepted the retirement of Msgr. Carl Shetler. The bishop also named Rita Rexing assistant trea- surer for the diocese. Marie Brandle was named assis- tant director of schools, and Donna Gish was named assistant director of Adult Formation. Future parish staffing Following the recommendations of the members of the Future Parish Staffing Task Force, Bishop Get- telfinger announced changes in the composition of the boundaries of the seven deaneries. As of Jan. 1, 1997: Four parishes, formerly part of the J,sper Deanery,; were moved into the Newburgh Deanery:They areSt;  Nicholas, Santa Claus; St. Joseph, Dale; St. John Chrysostom, New Boston, and Mary, Help of Chris- tians, Mariah Hill. St. Theresa, Evansville, joined the Evansville East Deanery. St. Francis Xavier, Poseyville, became part of the Evansville West Deanery. Church buildings at three parishes in the Washing- ton Deanery became chapels. The buildings, at St. Michael and St. Patrick parishes in DaviessCounty, and St. Mary, Barr Township, will now be used only for spe- cial occasions. See 1997 page 2 Assisted suicide one of 1997's biggest issues (CNs)  In the U.S. n-assist- One of the major two in the advocates assisted sui- heir battle in not through By reversing lower-court rul- ings that had declared physician- assisted suicide a constitutional right, the nation's highest court avoided doing again what it had done with abortion 24 years ear- lier  dramatically altering the nation's legal and moral culture by a single judicial fiat. Congress weighed in on assisted suicide in the spring with a law prohibiting use of any federal funds to pay for or promote it as a medical practice. Oregon's voters reaffirmed their law allowing assisted sui- cide in a referendum in Novem- Catholic Center open again? of the Catholic Center will be open Monday, combination of vacation days, per- days off without pay during the Christmas ber, but the only other law in the world explicitly permitting vol- untary euthanasia  in Aus- tralia's Northern Territory was overturned by the Aus- tralian Parliament. MotheLTeresa. ........................ In a year that started with 72 people held captive by leftist guerrillas in Peru and ended with more than 120 nations signing a treaty in Canada to ban land mines, one purely reli- gious event that captured the world fame and a Nobel Peace Prize for simply treating every poor and dying person as if he or she were Jesus. She was almost universally acclaimed as a saint. Another Teresa already a saint the 19th-century Carmelite nun, St. Therese of Lisieux made news again as Pope John Paul II named her a doctor of the church. She is the 33rd saint, and only th third woman, to receive that title. world's attention was the hmer- The pope, who turned 77 in al of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. :May, continued to exercise a vigorous, active papacy despite his advancing age. He made separate trips in April to Bosnia-Herzegmna and to the Czech Republic. He traveled to Lebanon in May and to Poland in late May and early June. In August he went to France for World Youth Day and the beatification of the St. Vincent de Paul Society founder, Fred- eric Ozanam. He visited Brazil in October. His plans for a first-ever papa] visit to Cuba in January 1998 brought new attention to church-sta|e relaand prob- See BIGGEST ISSUES page 8 The" diminutive 87-yeatd -::: nun who founded the Mission' aries of Charity nearly 50 years ago stepped down as head of her order in March and died Sept. 5. India, her adopted home, declared a national holiday and accorded a full state funeral to the woman who had gained "_i:h:"_'":' ,,"-', , :" ,-':":'. i Go:P.el Commentary .... ,. ,,,,, ,.,Page i