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996 and Megan High School, Nate Bowling, Catholic High the 1996-97 d: Holy lle. Sergesketter, Holy Evansville. Christ the n Was at Marian Day there were enrolled in m the diocese. Life from mostly articipated in the March for D.C. The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana burgh, Aaron Jahn, Holy Family Church, Jasper; Jef- fry Betz, St. Celestine Church, Celestine, and Keith Scheessele, St. John the Bap- tist Church, Newburgh. In August, Diane Vonder- harr, a nine-year Catholic Campus Ministry veteran, was named Director of Catholic Campus Ministry at Vincennes University. Youth Day 33, with the theme "Smile, Pass It On!" was held in August at Mari- an Heights Academy, Ferdi- nand. : Church in south- Welcomed 99 and 147 candi- z; they l.nto the church on Holy Sat- Lea men and into the the sixth at St. sville, on pre- medals. F Diocese the St. Was held Evans- gels Lony; Kelly Church, St. New- INC. Residential 426.1440 Jubilee celebration Over 1,000 people attend- ed the fourteenth annual diocesan jubilee Celebration at Holy Redeemer Church, Evansville. The celebration honors couples who have been married 50 years or more. Bishop Gettelfinger celebrated the Mass. Transition Deaths Funeral services were held July 30 at Sacred Heart Church, Evansville, for Father Felix Preske, 74, administrator at Blessed Sacrament Church, Oakland City. He was injured in a wood-cutting accident on July 23, and died July 25 at Dea- coness Hospital in Evansville. His brother, Father Venantius Preske, presided at the Mass in the presence of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger and Bishop James S. Sullivan of the Diocese of Fargo, N.D. Bishop Sullivan gave the homily. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery. Father Preske attended St. Meinrad high school, college and seminary, and was ordained at Assumption Cathedral, Evans- ville, on May 22, 1948, by Bish- op Henry J. Grimmelsman. He served in the Diocese of Fargo, N.D. until his retirement in 1992. Bishop Gettelfinger appoint- ed him administrator at Blessed Sacrament in May of 1996, where he had resided since 1992. Services for Father Aloysius Barthel, 82, who died Nov. 30, were held Dec. 3 at St. Boniface Church, with burial in St. 00.thnit00rlbanlk t RESTAURANT From southern German dishes to seafood and steaks, dining at the "Schnitz" is wonderful! Authentic decor plus prompt, friendly rvice make The Schnitzelbank a dining experience you will always remember. Hwy. 162 South, Jasper Fax: (812) 482-7687 00pof (00nferin00 9 Of'VOWS. Father Clements Hut, ordained June 2, 1936 Father Frances Bauer, ordained June 2, 1941. Father Clarence Schlachter, ordained June 11, 1946 Father Robert Wan- nemuehler, ordained May 19, 1951. Father Eugene Heerdink, ordained May 19, 1951. Father Sylvester Loehrlein, ordained March 18, 1956. * Father Patrick Foster, ordained May 26, 1956. Father William Deering, ordained May 26, 1956. Father Joseph Clauss, ordained May 26, 1956. * Father August Busch, ordained May 26, 1956. Bishop Gerald Gettelfin- get, ordained May 7, 1961. Father Albert Scheller, In May, Stella Bennett from Holy ordained May 27, 1961. Family School, Jasper, received the Father Paul Roos, 1996 Teacher of the Year Award. ordained May 7, 1961. Father Donald Acker- Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger pre- sented the award at the Teacher of man, ordained March 18, the Year banquet in Evansville. Joseph Cemetery. Archbishop Daniel Buechlein,-Archabbot Lambert Reilly and Bishop Get- telfinger officiated. Father Barthel was ordained to the priesthood in 1938. He served in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Religious Vocations Five women entered the novi- tiate of the Sisters of St. Bene- dict in Ferdinand. They are Bri- ana Craddock, Trisha Engel, Jayn Lein, Macy Jo Marshall and Paula Wolff. Sister Kate Willegal professed first vows July 28 at Monastery Immaculate Conception, Ferdi- nand. Maria Garcia, Mary Jo Ressel and Jenny Stickle, entered the Ferdinand community as postu- lants. Anniversaries During the year, priests and religious celebrated their anniver- saries of ordination and profession 1961. Father Michael Allen, ordained June 5, 1971. Father William Dietsch, ordained December 18, 1971. Benedictine Father Martin Witting, a native of Evansville, celebrated his golden jubilee as a Benedictine monk of Marmion Abbey in Aurora, Ill. Sisters of St. Benedict in Fer- dinand who celebrated anniver- saries of monastic profession during 1996, included: 75 years: Sister Evarista Wittmer 70 years: Sister Mary Adolph Egloff 60 years: .Sisters Gemma Gettelfinger, Mary Charlotte Kavanaugh, Mary Inez Mitchell, Blandina Wendholt. 50 years: Sisters Coria Hoff- man, Beata Mehling, Mary Carmel Spayd and Mary Car- men Spayd. 40 years: Sister Diane Fischer 25 years: Sisters Jane Ann Breen and Anna Corrine O'Con- nor. Ten Sisters of Providence with ties to the diocese celebrated their golden jubilees in 1.996: They included Sisters Mary Bates, Adele Beacham, Joanna Brown, Marie Alexis Geiger, Marie Brendan Harvey, Mary Lois Hennel, Rosemary Klues- her, Florence Marie Maxwell, Frances Maureen McGrory and Angela Louise Schwartz. Appointments Daughter of Charity Sister Catherine Madigan was appoint- ed Provincial Superior of the Daughters of Charity of the East Central Province. Installation Benedictine Father Mark O'Keefe was inaugurated as president-rector of St. Meinrad College and School of Theology on Oct. 18. Celebration The Legion of Mary celebrated 75 years with a Mass Sept. 7 at St. Benedict Church, Evansville. Established The Catholic Foundation established the Bishop Francis R. Shea Endowment for Prepa- ration of Students for the Priest- hood. Donna Leader, executive direc- tor of the Catholic Foundation, said the goal was "to increase the Bishop Shea Endowment to a size that will generate sufficient income to cover all diocesan expenses for students who are prel:m Old t Museum was incorporated on Feburary 1, 1996. A board of directors will be appointed by the Bishop in Feburary 1997. One goal of the board will be to establish an endowment to pro- vide for the care of the rare books contained in the library. Diocesan Planning Deanery assemblies were held in the spring, as part of the annual planning cycle for the diocese. Christ the King Church, Evansville, added a multi-purpose building, new clarooms and a computer lab to its present facilities. The new facility was dedicated Dec. 29. D'O'W'N.T.O.W.N 301 MAIN ST, . VINCENNES, IN 47591