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CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE Family reunited 00fter 17 years By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message Editor {uyen put her her husband, his face, and wept. been married for but they had not since 1975. talf a lifetime apart, and wife held each lye children hngged and father and each at once. Came together from d apart, a family finally able each other and to embrace, to cry." travelers at the :egional Airport night before could tell that this 'eunion was more the end of an ordi- witnessing. The moment of reunion for Man Van ttoang an(t his wile promised to be tile beginning of a life the two had never been able to share. When they married in 1960, in their home village of Loan Ly, Man was already in the army. Their life together was lived on furloughs in very small portions -- one day a month, sometimes a week, perhaps a total of about one year in all of their married life. Tu and two of her sons, Dinh and Dung, talked about their experiences in a recent interview for the Message at the family home in Evansville. The sons trans- lated their mother's com- ments. During the turmoil that fol- lowed the withdrawal of aUrney. But no one American fighting forces from Possibly have sus- Vietnam, Tu did not know how truly extraordi- what had happened to Man. . the event they were See FAMILY Page 3 Ye.00ar in rev____iew. :. 00hancell-00r, new parish, YARY ANN HUGHES synod will be to modify ld Message staff writer VOLUME 28 NUMBER 14 i January 3, 1992 Tu Tld Nguyen, who arrived moments earlier at the :Evanslle ReKd0xml:Airport, embraces her oldest son, Dinh Van Hoang, whom she'had not .seen since,his escape from Vietnam in 1983. Tu was aceompan/ed by-two of her.elj!, dren, Chi Bnd Dien. Ta was reunited with her husband, Man Van Hoang, whom she had not seen since 1975. The couple and their five children now live in Evansville. - Massage photo by Paul R. Lelngang clergy appointments highlight 1991 tional" deacon planning to be c.hurch s social tea " ' thing, Red affirm existing policies. Of 1, the Diocese of saw tim appoint- a chancellor and the nt of a new parish shop Gerald A. appointed a the diocese, signalled a d in the syn- process. finger also the establishment Church in and the blessing building at Evansville. Father Edward Came the newest diocese and 50 from around the named members L Cese also observed anniversary of OVarum, the social written hhaacellor named .lPoirr a Bishop Gettelfin er ted g a:.J,l _ Sister Louise Bond 1%'. s Chancellor of the t dla..ue announced that 'B tes rlrli . Would include uP.%aag,the process for the la ..  Ynod. ge," c 'lumn in the Mes- ig:t] he ; ihPlexplained e legi ] . ' be the of- erld  ative process at s. It  the planning ro- 4e ..... P. h. force ,Put xn place, with [cedUr. Jaw: policies and allSVilq mr the Diocese of Ueh nf  anticipate that -" :ae work of the course, it will be able to gen- erate new ones. All of them must be ratified by the bishop before they are effective." Sister Bond explained that the synodal process will in- volve as many people in the diocese as possible. "To- gether we will explore mu- tual concerns, strive to deepen our commitment to the gospel, and plan for new ways to respond to the church's mission in south- western Indiana." A new priest, new deacons, On June 1, Edward C. Schnur was ordained a priest for the diocese at Pro-Cathe- dral of the Most Holy Trinity, Evansville. Bishop Gettelfinger was the presiding celebrant and or- daining bishop. Bishop Fran- cis R. Shea was also in atten- dance. Father Schnur's first as- signment was associate pastor to the Catholic Community of Washington, with residence at St. Simon parish in Wash- ington. Robert Hayden was or- dained a deacon Bishop Get- telfinger on January 19 at Pro- Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, Evansville. Hayden is a member of Holy Redeemer Church, Evansville. Gordon Mann, a seminar- ian at Mundelein Seminary near Chicago, was ordained a deacon on Dec. 14. Hayden is a "permanent" deacon. Mann is a "transi- ordained a priest in June 1992. A new church, a new parish Bishop Gettelfinger presided over the liturgy of the solemn dedication of the new Good Shepherd church building in Evansville on May 26. The new church has a seat- ing capacity for 850 people. The older church building was remodeled for use as a multi-purpose and athletic fa- cility. On Sunday, Dec. 8, Bishop Gettelfinger read the formal decree which proclaimed the newest parish in the diocese, St. Nicholas Church in Santa Claus. Sister Mary Terence Knapp O.S.B., pastoral administra- tor, said, "We are aware that coming to this time, we are reaping the efforts of many persons who are not able to be with us. In our prayer, we remember those persons who are such a vital part of our be- coming a church. "...we, as St. Nicholas com- munity, can identify well with the refrain of the psalm: 'The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy." Rerum Novarum Labor Day weekend was chosen as the time to mark the lOOth anniversary of the landmark encyclical, Rerum Novarum, written by Pope Leo XIII. The encyclical "opened a new chapter in the wrote Pope John Paul 1I. In a letter sent to all pas- toral care leaders in the dio- cese several days before the national holiday, Labor Day, Bishop Gettel(inger wrote, "Because (Rerum Novorum) deals with labor, it is most appropriate for us here in the Diocese of Evansville to cele- brate and reflect. "Catholic social teaching is not for a few," said Bishop Gettelfinger. "It is essential to the mission af the whale church." Catechumens, candidates Catechumens and candi- dates were received by Bishop Gettelfinger Feb. 17 in the Rites of Election cele- brated at St. John Church, Loogootee, and St. Benedict Church, Evansville. The catechumens and can- didates were welcomed fully into the Church during cere- monies on Holy Saturday. Brute Society Fifty couples and individu- als were inducted into the Brute Society during the sec- ond annual award ceremony, Nov. 10 at St. Joseph Church, Jasper. Bishop Gettelfinger presented Simon Brute medals:" The Brute Society is an honorary association of southwestern Indiana Catholic lay persons who have been nominated by their parishioners as outstanding models of Christian steward- ship. Lawyers, judges, public of- ficials and clergy of several faiths gathered at St. Mary Church, Evansville, on April 25, for the celebration of the "Red Mass." Bishop Gettelfin- ger presided. The Red Mass was spon- sored by the St. Thomas More Society of Evansville. Priest assignments During 1991, Bishop Get- telfinger announced the fal- lowing assignments for priests in the diocese: Father Gregory Chamber- lin O.S.B., pastor of St. Bene- dict Church, Evansville; Father John Davidson, pastor of St. Anthony Church, Evansville; pastor in solidum and moderator of St. John Church, Evansville and leader of Urban Ministry Team; Father Camilius Ellsper- mann O.S.B., pastor of St. Henry Church, St. Henry; Father James Endress, di- rector of operations for the Diocesan Tribunal; Father David Fleck, pas- tor of St. Philip Church, St. Philip; Father Patrick Foster, pastor of St. Joseph Church, Jasper; Dean of the Jasper Deanery; Father Kenneth Graehler, pastor of St. Mary Church, Sullivan; pastor of St. Joan of Arc Church, Jasonville; Father John Kane, pastor See YEAR page 3