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January8,1988 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 &apos;Events in 1987 Presbyterate Convocation was top diocesan story in 1987 By MARY T. ELLERT Message Staff Writer The top local story of 1987 is about an event that lasted only four days, but will have an im- pr'4 for years to come. Bishop Francis R. Shea called together all the diocesan priests and priest-members of religious orders who work in parishes for an unprecedented Presbyierate Convocation, held Oct 12-15 at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park. In a letter sent to priests prior to "Convocation 87," Bishop Shea emphasized the need "to helppriests see where we are spifltually, psychologically, theologically and emotionally as we move through this challenging time in the church into the future." "It was amazing that we did it," said Father William Traylor, pastor of St. Agnes Church, Evansville. "We took time to pray together, to recreate together and to work together, to look towards the future, to learn what are the questions which have to be a.d." Specific concerns they ad- dressed during those four days include the declining numbers of priests, the shared power of clergy and laity, participation of women in the church and the value of celibacy. More than 90 priests attended the convocation. On the last day, they received written notes and letters from all over the cese, expressing support from parishioners and acquain- tances. A group of Evansville women who wished not to be identified organized this letter- writing campaign. "I think that was one of the most moving aspects of the three days," said Father Ron Zgunda. "Writing to the priests gave people a chance to see the %racial role they play in our vocations." 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The facility is a contemporary Services offered by these offices brick structure with redwood have been redirected to other window trim and a copper roof. areas. The stained glass windows, Catholic Charities has assure- cross and bells from the old St. ed the responsibilities of the Of- John the Evangelist church, rice of Family Life. The Family which was sold to Amax Coal Life Program there will con- Company in 1985, were incor- tinue to sponsor Pre-Cana porated into the design. classes and Natural Family During the dedication Planning Classes, according to ceremonies, Bishop Shea said, director, Martha Haltermann. "Today, let us be renewed in The services provided by the mind and heart. It is the beginn- Youth Office have been ing of a new era in the life of St. transferred to the Vocations Of- John's parish. I believe you will rice, and greater involvement is find a new spirit that can grow expected at the deanery level, and be a beacon, a light for the The Catholic Education Office faith." is now coordinating religious I n N o v e m b e r, 1 9 8 7, education, parishioners at St. Mary Also as a result of the Church, Evansville, announced reorganization, Father James plans for a $795,000 restoration Saner is coordinating the ongo- project. ing education for priests and Improvements to the the Permanent Diaconate pro- 121-year-old building will in- gram is now a part of the ser- clude a new sound system, new vices offered by the Vocations heating and air-conditioning Office. systems, a total rewiring of the The 1987 Bishop's Fund cam- church and the addition of han- paign was a record-breaker, ac- dicapped access into the church cording to Development Direc- and daily Mass chapel. tor Justin Clements. Thirty-two Liturgical changes include parishes reached or exceeded bringing the altar "out to the their goals -- an increase of 13 people," moving the commu- from the previous year. The nion rail back to separate . total amount pledged was the hospitality area from the $1,194,129, which Was 86.62 pews and the building of a percent of the goal. baptistry. Clements credited the suc- RosieGreeson, chairperson of cess of the 1987 campaign to a the building committee, said greater sense of ownership at the restoration work will focus the parish level and strong lay on "making the space leadership, liturgically viable while retain- i 00Dubois County Bank CLOSE TO YOU WITH 8 CONVENIENT LOCATIQNS YOUR FAMILY PHARMACY PAUL'S Pharmacy Paul Mayer, Owner 2170 W. Franklin St. 425-7141 Plaza Pharmacy Newburgh Plaza Shopping Center Fut Prescription Service Ken and Rebecca Hacker 853-7141 Oak Hill Pharmacy Prescription Specialists Hwy. :62 and N. 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The facility will have two levels -- 10,000 square feet each -- and will include a kitchen, din- ing area, office, Sunday school nursery, kindergarten, library, video studio, meeting rooms, religious education rooms and rest rooms. The total cost is around $750,000, which in- cludes equipment and fees of the designers and engineers. Resurrection Church, Evansville, is also near comple- tion of a construction project. Workers are putting the final touches on a four-room addi- tion to the north end of the school. The new wing includes a computer room, library, kindergarten room and multi- purpose classroom. The cost is expected to be around $210,000, which includes im- provements to the present school facility to bring it up to current building codes. St. Wendel Church, Posey County, began the first leg of its extensive church maintenance project last year. Workers there have repaired and waterproofed the outside of the church, and are now beginning a complete overhaul of the interior. Work is expected to be completed by Easter, according to Father Ray- mond Schroering, pastor. Last year, the 137-year-old St. Ferdinand Church, Ferdinand, completely refurbished its in- terior with new drywall, paint and carpeting and im- provements to the lighting, heating and air-conditioning systems. Total renovation costs were $300,000. Nativity Church, Evansville, also received a face-lift in 1987. It completed a $36,000 church beautification project last year. The church now has a new 1</ FAMOUS BRANDS FOR LESS. FURNITURE - CARPET - APPLIANCES HOME OUTFITTERS JASPER - LOOGOOTEE - WASHINGTON WE DELIVER ALL OVER SOUTHERN INDIANA LIFE ' HEAL 71"1' AUTO * HOME MEDICARE SUPPLEMENT ' FINANCIAL SERVICES JAMES JETT & AssoCIATES 514 S. Green River Road P.O. Box 8104 Evansville, Indiana 47715 Phone: (812) 473-4005 sanctuary wall with original artwork by Father Donald Walpole, a 70-year-old ar- fist/monk from St. Meiurad Archabbey. Nativity was originally con- structed as a gym in 1963. The recent renovation was a "move to make this a more permanent worship structure," according to then-pastor, Father Joseph Ziliak. Several churches in the diocese completed renovation and construction work in 1987. They were St. Mary Church, Daviess County, Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Haubstadt and Holy Spirit Church, Evansville. Bishop Shea dedicated a new chapel at Memorial High School, Evansville, in May. It holds around 50 people and is used for Friday morning Masses before school hours. Bishop Shea also dedicated the renovated chapel at St. Mary's Medical Center, Evansville. Improvements in- clude a new altar, carpeting, lighting and relocation of the chapel organ. CATHOLIC CHARITIES held a 50th anniversary celebration in 1987. Since 1937, the objec- tive of Catholic Charities has been "helping families to help themselves." Today, the agen- cy offers a myriad of services, including an Adoption Pro- gram, Foster Care Services, Pregnancy Counseling, Mar- riage Preparation Counseling, Emergency Assistance and Referral Services. Special pro- jects include the Christmas Store, Garden Patch and Siena Hall. The Rex Mundi all-school reunion was held July 18 at the Green Convention Center, Evansville. A thousand alumni, parents and teachers attended to reminisce about the high school, which was only open from 1958-72. "The happiest years of my life were spent in Evansville while I was at Rex Mundi High School," said former coach, Ken Coudret. The master of ceremonies at the reunion was Bob Griese, 1963 graduate and former quarterback for the Miami Dolphins. Other reunions included the St. Joseph School, Evansville, class of 1937 reunion and the Holy Trinity, Evansville, all- school reunion. The biggest reunion of them all took place on Aug. 16 when 1500 members of the Nur- renbern and Steinkamp families gathered at the University of Southern Indiana to com- memorate the 150th anniver- sary of their ancestors' settle- ment in Vanderburgh County. The day's events included a field Mass, luncheon, slide presentations on family history, See EVENTS page 16 NEIDIG