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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana January 6, 1989 Bishop Shea's thanksgiving celebration was a highlight of 1988 By MARY ANN HUGHES Message Staff Writer For many Catholics in the Diocese of Evansville, the major religious event of 1988 was the November celebration honoring Bishop Francis R. Shea for his 19 years of service. Over 800 people attended a special Thanksgiving Mass and reception at Holy Rosary Church, Evansville, on Nov. 20. During the Mass, Bishop Shea was presented with a gift and a plaque from the people of the diocese. He said he was "deeply touched and very much humbled." Sister Mary Terence Knapp, O.S.B., told the Bishop, "you showed us that life is to be lived and enjoyed. You modeled for us the good news." Sister Knapp is pastoral administrator at Holy Name Church, Bloomfield. 1988 also marked the resigna- tion of Richard Rust as ex- ecutive director of Catholic Charities. He was replaced by Bernard Kazyak who noted that "family life" would be the primary focus of Catholic Charities under his leadership. In February of 1988, five can- didates took permament vows in the Secular Franciscan Order. They were Latoski Mc- Carty, Mary Louise Smith, Mary Hartz, Martha Watkins and Ada Harris. On May 5, Sister Kathleen Finis, O.S.B., was named the 1988 Teacher of the Year for the Diocese of Evansville. The Teacher of the Year award was sponsored by the Message and the Office of Catholic Educa- tion. Twenty-seven other teachers in the diocese were also honored for excellence in teaching and received cer- tificates of merit for their service. In May, Paul Leingang, editor of the Message was honored for writing the "best regular col- umn, general commentary," and the Message received honorable mention for general excellence in the 1988 Catholic Press Association newspaper awards. Joseph Head, a native of St. Joseph Church, Vanderburgh County, professed simple vows in August at St. Francis Friary in Franklin, Ind. The third year Franciscan seminarian is the son of Charles and Doris Head. In October, all couples in the Diocese of Evansville who had been married 50 years or more were invited to attend a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Shea at St. Joseph Church, Princeton. Arthur and Anita Scheller of St. Francis Church, Poseyville, were honored as the "longest married couple." They have been married for 69 years. Gregory Spencer of St. Joseph Church, Dale, was ordained to the order of deacon in the Arch- abbey Church at St. Meinrad Archabbey on Nov. 5. In other religious news, nine priests in the diocese were honored in November by Bishop Shea for years of priest- ly service. They were Msgr. William Lautner and Msgr. Michael Wolfe, both 50 years; Father James Brune, 40 years, and Father Earl Rohleder, Father Kenneth Graehler, Msgr. Kenneth Knapp, Msgr. Charles Koch, Father Leo Kiesel and Father Bernard Lutz, all 25 years. Seven Benedictine sisters at Convent Immaculate Concep- tion in Ferdinand celebrated their anniversaries of religious profession in 1988. They were Sister Celine Meyer, 60 years, and Sister Adele Weyer, Sister Annelle Libs, Sister Mary Dolores Gaesser, Sister Mary Grace Vogel, Sister Kathleen Finis and Sister Mary Judge Bouvy, all 50 years. Three sisters from St. Francis CorLvent,. Oldenburg, celebrated jubilees. They were Sister Sharon Raben and Sister Jane Frances Martin, both 50 years, and Sister Linda Knapp, 25 years. Other religious anniversaries included: -- Sister Esther Diaz of the Mater Dei Provincialate, 70 years as a Daughter of Charity. -- Brother John Stout, C.S.C., 40 years as a Brother of Holy Cross. During 1988, four permanent deacons in the diocese celebrated their tenth anniver- saries of ordination. They were Lancaster Dew Jr. of St. John Church, Evansville; Gerald McFall of St. Joseph Church, Evansville; Joseph Sturgis of St. John Church, Loogootee, and Donald Tucker of St. Benedict Church, Evansville. In 1988, Sister Mary Martha Blandford O.S.C. was elected to a three-year term as Abbess at the Monastery of St. Clare, Evansville in January. Mother Catherine Cavanaugh began administrative duties at the Little Sisters of the Poor St. John Home for the Aged in Evansville. She replaced "Mother Amedee Maxwell, L.S.P., who assumed similar duties in San Francisco. At the Catholic Center in Evansville, Richard Etienne was hired to work in the Office of Vocations, and Theresa O'Bryan began duties in the ac- tivities department. Father Ken Walker began duties as a member of the diocesan Tribunal staff; Father Michael Hamel began duties as head of creative services. Sister Mary Emma Yochum was named Associate Director of Religious Education, Office of Catholic Education. In 1988, new assignments for priests, announced by Bishop Shea, included:. Father August Busch, pastor of St. Bernard Church, Rockport. Father Firmus J. Dick, pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Schnellville. Father Donald Dilger, Teacher of Scripture-for diocese. Father John Emge, associate pastor of the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier, Old Cathedral, Vincennes. Father Michael Fritsch, associate pastor at St. Simon Church, Washington. Father Philip Kreilein, pastor at Holy Cross Church, Fort Branch. Father Henry Kuykendall, associate pastor at St. John the Baptist Church, Newburgh. Father Sylvester Loehrlein, pastor of St. Rupert Church, Red Brush, and pastor of St. Martin Church, Chrisney. Father Bernard Lutz, ad- ministator at St. Mary Church, Washington. Father Robert Nemergut, pastor at St. John Church, Evansville. Father Robert Temme, associate pastor at Holy Redeemer Church, Evansville. Father Lowell Will, diocesan chaplain for the Knights of Columbus. The year 1988 also saw five principals hired for elementary schools in the diocese. The new principals were -- Anna Bruggenschmidt, .Sts. Peter and Paul School, Haubstadt. -- Sister Patricia Endicott, S.P., St. Matthew School, Mount Vernon. -- Merrilee Heflin, chief ad- ministrator of Westside Catholic Consolidated Schools, Evansville. -- Janet Greer, Good Shepherd School, Evansville. -- Howard D. Bless Jr., Holy Redeemer School, Evansville. In other school news, the Washington Catholic School Fund Drive was headed up by Fred Palmer. The goal was $494,000. At the end of the 1987-88 school year, 440 seniors graduated from the five Catholic high schools in the diocese. Valedictorians were Alan Lee McDonald, Washington Catholic High School; Kerri Svanda, Marian Heights Academy; Patrick Her- man, Rivet High School; Sarah Ann Ubelhor, Mater Dei High School, and Laura Scheller. Memorial High School. In September the student enrollments at both Vincennes Catholic schools increased by seven percent. This increase followed an "Adopt A Stu- dent" financial aid program. In October, the Catholic Education Foundation ap- proved grants totalling $63,175 for 111 students attending Evansville Catholic high schools. 1988 also marked the follow- ing achievements in the diocese: Bishop Daniel Buechlein, bishop of the Diocese of Mem- phis and a native of Jasper, received the Distinguished Eagle Scout award. Members of the Academic Decathlon team at Memorial High School placed ninth in the state competition. Team members were Mike Potter, Becky Ritzer, Steve Andres, Joe Honnigford, Mike Ruehnkorff, Eric Yeeseer, Nicole Riley and Jenny Fox. Winners of the Serra Club essay contest were Matt Render, first place, Westside Catholic Consolidated School, Evansville, and Heather Steward, runner-up, St. Joseph School, Vanderburgh County. The sixth grade class at St. Bernard School, Rockport, par- ticipated in the National Geographic Kids Network, which allowed the students to communicate with other schools across the United States. The Knights of Columbus Outstanding Leadership. Awards were awarded to Rox- ana Crowe and Conor O'Daniel, both from Memorial High School, and Allison Moll and Phillip Stolz, both from Mater Dei High School. In December, members of the speech team at Good Shepherd School, Evansville, placed first in the Brebeuf Invitational Tournament. In the state con- test, Holy Redeemer School, Evansville, placed fifth and St. Theresa School, Evansville, placed seventh. First place winner of the essay contest sponsored by the Evangelization Office was Keith Weyer, St. Ferdinand Church, Ferdinand. Runners-up were Angle Schiff, Greta Rutter and Stephanie Bone, all from Cot- pus Christi School, Evansville, and Andy Hagedorn, St. Ferdinand. Karen Nutt was the winner of the Vincennes Civitan Club essay contest. She is a student at Rivet High School, Vincennes. Becky Bridgewater, a member of St. John Church, Loogootee, was named the Knights of Columbus Youth of the Year. Priests from the diocese who died during the year include: -- Father Hem'y Bilz, 81, died Jan. 10 in Madison, Ind. Ser- vices were held Jan. 13 in Madison. -- Father Geoffrey Gaughan, 63, died Feb. 14, at St. Meinrad Archabbey. Services were held at St. Meinrad. -- Msgr. Othmar Schroeder, :' 73, died Feb. 16, at Sacred Heart rectory in Schnellville. Services were held Feb. 19 in Schnellville. -- Father Herbert Muenster- man, 7O, died Nov. 17, at his residence at St. John's Home for , the Aged, in Evansville. Ser- " vices were held at St. Boniface Church, Evansville. On the sports scene in 1988: The wrestling team at Mater Dei High School finished fourth in the state finals. 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