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January 2, 1998 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 31 Con00ud /rom page 2 the worst days of the fooding, parishioners l, Chrisney were serving 400 meals : and Red Cross volunteers. Bishop ..... I people attended the annual "Dinner with on Jan. 2. is coordinated by the diocesan Vocations provides an opportunity for priests, religious to out young men and women needed for service in today's he Sanctity of Life Mass Jan. 19 at Church, St. Wendel. Benedictine Father formerly the associate pastor at St. dlle, gave the homily. from southwestern Indiana, mostly in the twenty-fourth annual held Jan. 22 in Washington, D.C. Mike of the Dubois County Teens for : ch "gets your batteries re-charged." candidates i tholic C*hu;ch':in s0u:ihwesieln indiana wel- eed 147 catechumens ..cion. ,,_ and 173 candidates for full mg cere,,,_Z mey Were initiated into the church dur- -'Onles on Holy Saturday. At ............................ ,el to  of.SeptemberlprieMs:in the di0ceSe trav Yterate  oarkley State Resort Park for the 1997 Pres- v . unvoca.hon. The theme for the four-day con, 0c  v Priest: Steward of the Mysteries of God. r. presenters Were Auxiliar Bisho Rob rt 0fK)  tGreo- ,, y p e vwer Oro '" oay, Wis,, and Bishop John McRaith , COUples attended the annual dioce- Celebration at Holy Redeemer on Oct. 5. The celebration honors married 50 years or more. Bish- celebrated the Mass. %/ 3:: !ii ii! :i ii!i: Ennis attended the dioce- Celebration, which was held at Evansville. The celebration years or more. The Ennis's 67 years. "" Message photo by Paul R. Loingang and 42 couples were inducted into the annual award ceremony Evansville, on Nov. 16. Bishop Brut medals. Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger is joined by students ing ceremony June 4. from Washington Catholic during the ground-break- -- Message photo by Paul A. Nowland 00ansitions ........................................................................................................................................ Deaths Msgr. William A. Lautner, a prominent pastor and school administrator, died May 15. He was 86. He was ordained a priest on June 7, 1938. He is remembered as the man who "built" Mater Dei High School, Evansville. He served in parishes in Evansville, Washington, Vin- cennes, Celestine, St. Philip and Oakland City. He was the first superintendent at Mater Dei High School In 1970, he was named a domestic prelate, with the title "Rev. Msgr." Blessed Mother Theodore Guerin, foundress of the Provi- dence community at St:Mary-of-the-Woods, was beat-. ified by Pope John Paul II in July. She is now called "blessed." Religious Vocations Tony Ernst, a fourth-year theology student at Mundelein seminary near Chicago, was ordained a deacon on Nov. 30. He is expected to be ordained to the priesthood on May 9, 1998. Three women entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Benedict in Ferdinand in April. They are Maria Garcia, Mary Jo Ressel and Jenny Stickle. Five women professed their first vows in Ferdinand. They are Sisters Briana Elisabeth Craddock, Trisha Engel, Jayn Elizabeth Lein, Macy Jo Marshall and Paula Wolff. During the year, priests and religious celebrated their anniversaries of ordination and profession of vows. Msgr. Charles Kaiser, 65 years. Ordained May 17, 1932. Msgr. J. Patrick Kilfoil, 60 years. Ordained May 18, 1937. Msgr. Clarence Lindauer, 60 years. Ordained May 18, 1937 Msgr. Carl Shetler, 50 years. Ordained May 31,1947. Father John Lefler, 40 years. Ordained April 6,1957. Father Donald Spaulding, 40 years. Ordained June 15, 1957. Father Joseph Ziliak, 35 years. Ordained April 7, 1962. Father Joseph Kane, 30 years. Ordained March 11, 1967. Father Robert Bultman, 30 years. Ordained May 13, 1967. Father Joseph Erbacher, 25 years. Ordained March 25, 1972. Jasper native, Father Robert Greene, celebrated his sixtieth anniversary as a Maryknoll priest on June 16. Divine Word Missionary Father Jerome Ziliak cele- brated his fiftieth anniversary on Aug. 24. He is a native of Haubstadt. The first men to be ordained for permanent service as deacons in the diocese celebrated their twentieth anniversaries in 1997. Deacons Joseph Blankenberger, David Franklin, Richard Grannan, Francis Hillenbrand and Joseph Seibert were ordained May 15, 1977. Sisters of St. Benedict in Ferdinand who celebrated anniversaries of monastic profession during I997, : included: 75 years: Sister Carla Mitchell; 70 years: Sister Mary Edward Heckel; 60 years: Sister Jovita Scheessele; 50 years: Sisters Mary Elise Bassler, Mary Sharon Hoehn, Elaine Knapp, Mary Clare Scheessele and LaVerne Scheller; 25 years: Sister Rosemary Daub): Six Sisters of Providence with ties to the diocese cel- ebrated their golden jubilees in 1997. They included Sis- ters Rosemary Eggermann, Joan Frame, Jean Margaret Kaindl, Mary Ann Lechner, Joan Matthews and David Ellen Van Dyke. Poor Clare Sister Mary Martha Blandford celebrated her golden anniversary on March 13. New Duties Sister Jeanne Maffet was selected Abbess of the Monastery of St. Clare in Evansville. Benedictine Sister Judith Emge, a native of Evans- ville, was elected prioress of the Sisters of Queen of Peace Monastery in Belcourt, N.D. Father Gregory Spencer, a diocesan priest since 1989, was released from his duties. He moved to the Diocese of Raleigh in North Carolina. Installed On Jan. 25, Bishop Gettelfinger installed 19 members of the board of directors for the Old Cathedral Library and Museum in Vincennes. The new board members accepted responsibility for the care of the oldest library in Indiana. Retirement Deacon Joe Seibert retired from full-time active work at St. John the Baptist Church, Newb. Deacon Richard Preske retired from his position at Holy Rosary Church, Evansville. State The wrestling team from Mater Dei High School, Evansville, won the school's third state wrestling title in three years.