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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Ind|ana 3 Familyo._.. ntinUed from Page 1 'After three years without ord, she dead. feared he was lily raised their own got by, said Dung. dcal weather was lCtor that we did not kept her family together care of them. "She is said Dinh with ad- "but she is tough." Smile came to the 's face as the sons de- day a letter came States w in handwriting. alive! been afraid to Contact with his family he feared the Corn- he had as a soldier would he made contact, he send money. They t very much money" for their series of )as. ago, Dinh and ent to Nha Trang money bought water and the ser- boat owner. If they they knew they prisoned or Jo people made the small boat. later they arrived ppines, and from there, Dinh and Dung came to the United States to be with their father, in December 1983. Mother and children were watched more carefully. Tu was told her sons were crimi- nals and traitors, and that she was responsible for what they had done. She was forced to clean the government office and to pull weeds, and to at- tend lectures two or three times a week for several months. Three years ago, Dien trav- eled to Nha Trang and made his arrangements to escape. The 65 people on his boat were picked up by a ship from Denmark, and taken to Singapore. From there, Dien was able to make his way to join his older brothers and his father, in October 1988. Tu, along with her daugh- ter Chi and youngest son Dien, also escaped. Their boat took them to the Philippines, where they waited for the necessary paperwork. And they waited. On Dec. 20, separation and waiting finally came to an end in an overwhelming mo- ment of tearful joy at the air- port in Evansville. After that first moment of reunion with her husband and family, Tu embraced each of her chil- dren one by one and looked into their faces. Looking at the picture of himself and his mother at that moment, Dinh described the thoughts that were in his head. "I thought, it was the first time and the last time and forever. The first time I had seen her in eight years. And the last time forever that I would have to wonder and worry about her under the Communists," he said. Through her sons' transla- tions, Tu described the mo- ments before she arrived in Evansville. "She can't imag- ine how Dad looked. She knows he is getting older," they say. "She knows he was worried about his family." Since the arrival, husband and wife and children have had many hours of conversa- tion, "staying up until 5 a.m.," as Dung described it. The new arrivals have not yet adjusted to the time change. The weather in Evansville even on the balmy post-Christmas days when the temperature rose into the 40s -- is quite a change for the new arrivals, coming from the 80- and 90- degree weather of the Philip- pines. The weather may have been unexpected, but her sons say their mother's new homeland has fulfilled her greatest expectation. "What she expected was freedom, said the sons. "And Tu Thi Nguyen is welcomed by her husband, Man Van Hoang, after a separation of 17 years. Message photo by Paul R. Leingang what freedom can bring is better than anything." What the future will bring is not definite. Dien, the youngest son, will probably be enrolled in school at St. Theresa Church, Evansville. Daughter Chi will probably go to Memorial High School where her older brother, Dien, is a senior. Dung (who uses the name, "Joe,") is in his third year at St. Meinrad College, prepar- ing for the priesthood. Dinh works at Triangle Insulation and Sheet Metal and Man works at Hoosier Stamping and Manufacturing Company in Evansville. T.he Hoangs are "perma- nent residents" who want to become citizens, said Dung. :c . lUedfrom Page 1 as Christi Church, Thomas Kessler, Spirit Church, Joseph Kitsch, of St. Nicholas anta Claus and con- )astor of St. Joseph Philip Kreilo, in, f St. Ferdinand erdinand; lvcster ra,- , Brush and t 'e'ofth,  , , " ' ce p ,_, e Clergy Assls- 1 , Ul,  )as- at )er Bernard Lutz IQr:! )Y Cross C, ht 'ch, l r 6f S" .David Martin pas- 'vltgh:, ' imon Church, , p  ,m; i 1 aer Robert Nemer ut, .(:htl, k a solidum of St ghn "de " .Vansville and a " ot Urban Ministry Team; Father David Nunning, pastor of St. Wendel Church, St. Wendel; Father David Raben- necker O.S.B., associate pas- tor of St. Benedict Church, Evansville; Father Edward Schnur, associate pastor to the Catholic Commulaity of Washington, with residence at St. Simon Church, Wash- ington; Father Francis Schroe.r- log, pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Haubstadt; Father Gregory Spencer, associate pastor of Holy Rosarv Church, Evansville F'ather Richard Wilde- man, pastor of St. Joseph Church, Vanderburgh County; Father Lowell Will, pas- tor of St. Peter Church, Mont- gomery; pastor of St. Patrick Church, Daviess County; pas- tor of St Michael Church, Daviess County; INSURANCE SERVICE Autol Homel Fire & Lifel Your Personal Service Agent L. Will Ins. Agency Inc. 'anklin Street 425-3187 Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger introduces Sister Louise Bond, S.N.J.M.,to news reporters. Father Ronald Zgunda, pastor of St. Mary Church, Washington. Also during 1991, Father Michael Hamel was granted a leave of absence. Father Anthony Kissel was .assigned to a course of doc- toral studies, beginning in the fall semester, at the Catholic University of Louvain, Bel- gium. Father Earl Rohleder was granted an extended sabbati- cal leave through May 31, 1992. Sister Diane Fischer O.S.B. was named pastoral adminis- trator at Holy Name Church, Bloomfield. Deacon Richard Preske was named pastoral administrator of Blessed Sacrament Church, Oakland City. Special anniversaries During the year, priests and religious celebrated their an- niversaries of ordination and profession of vows. Cele- brants included: Father Francis Bauer, pastor of St. Bernard Church, Gibson County, who cele- brated his golden jubilee June 2; Father Eugene Heerdink of Evansville, who celebrated his fortieth anniversary May 19; Father "Robert Wan- nemuehler of St. Boniface Church, Evansville, who cele- brated his fortieth anniver- sary May 19. Sisters of St. Benedict cele- brating anniversaries of pro- fession, included: I II I I II II I I I i '4iJ  "" i T ..... I l I CHICKEN.STEAKS 60 years -- Sister Ebba SEAFOOD" SANDWICHES Limberger, Sister Julia Peters and Sister Estelle , |,010 SERVING FROM Knap p; Pre-planning .....   rO:3OAMtoIO:3OPM 5(I years- Sister Mary K j | CALL FOR Jean Davis, Sister Martha l/ [N=I 103 Gibson * Haubstadt Hilary Fehribach; 4252898 nn,E: ,. 7g-61al 25 vo -- Sister Joyce ,n,ng Jean at0wn,ng-Heste, I FAMILY RESTAURANT . ..... --_ V---' ,, Eileen Schep- .... . . FUNERALDIREC.TOR i PARTIES SERVED FAMILY STYLE , ,,=,,--,, (OatJ hlerl , , . .......... I L. ' ! , .......... ; .... I ,, L i , i ,, .,: . :,ee YEAR page 10