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Them E S S AGE CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 23 NUMBER 18 January 8, 1993 i 92 19 Planning process for I , ,ynod '93 was diocesan t00cus during past year By MARY ANN HUGHES Church, Evansville, and Sis- Message staff writer The focus of 1992 in the Diocese of Evansville was on 1993, as the planning process co!in.ued for Synod '9"3. th.'url.ng 1992, parishes ., ruugnout the diocese un- uertook a census, the results 0tWhich will be re orted ea.y in 1993. P lso in 1992, Father Gor- dim Mann was ordained by iShP Gerald A. Gettelfinger r, . sper native, Bisho .u Lalel Bue ' P m tallea _chlm, n. O.S.B., was &,,.._,. " " rcnoishop of the "mOCese of Indianapolis. ,iielh..P Gettelfinger pre- at the blessin of a new ,eUhr build!ng agHoly Re- ._, r parish in Evansville tl 52 COuples and individu- ','tlte were inducted into the , oOciety. iiragedy struck the Evans- . ,t, area in Februar as a C t 0 tra-- Y " asport plane crashed, tilling 16 ersons . tteD- P . Bishop }f fer'nger, in a special Mass :hi "7 lor the victims and .," families, said. "Know , u We grieve with you. We e.staad in awe at the mys- t:v of life and death. We aY that God tl ca--- will grant , ,m to all who o, a. suffered :, . Synod '93 YaOdal la " " )rr .. P nnzng, zn :aresoSznce early 1990, be- l a 199 re active and visible -- "-. L, enten reconcilia- '.ta Services lhl'ou-h were held .. s out the diocese e ous Wop- ; c n- )art ers Were out in force; 1- sh staff met ua eo_ q rterly in .. "t'y-Wide gatherings; 'li:hseP Ge.ttelfi , ol ,, ner called 911, Yaod m April 1990. In hLi..." e appointed the S nod . u,ug Committee: Yen ;"- : Father John o ue, pastor at Corpus Christi ter Mary Celestine Mauer, O.S.B., principal at Good Shepherd School, Evansville. Sister Louise Bond, S.N.J.M., was appointed chancellor of the diocese, and was given the responsibility for organizing the synodal planning process in October 1991. Sister Bond began meeting with the guiding committee. Sister Bond and a team of consultants also began work- ing with the Synod Central Planning Committee. Mem- bers include Bishop Gettelfin- ger, James Bateman of Loo- gootee, Helen Boettcher of Evansville, Father John Davidson of Evansville, Karen Eberhart of Evansville, Dr. Curt Gramelspacher of Jasper, Msgr. Kenneth Knapp, diocesan vicar-general, Patri- cia Koch of Santa Claus, Paul Leingang, editor of the Mes- sage and director of diocesan communications, Father Stephen Lintzenich of Evans- ville, Latoski McCarty of Evansville, Dr. Phillip Pier- pont of Vincennes, Lisa Provost of Evansville, Dr. James Quinn of Wheatland, Sister Sharon Richardt, D.C., of Evansville, Nieva Schapker of Newburgh, Father Francis Schroering of Haubstadt, Michael Stormont of Haub- stadt,and Father Ron Zgunda of Washington. During 1992, as preparation for Synod '93: * Parish organizers and vol- unteers undertook a census of every household within parish boundaries. Various methods were employed to collect the information, in- cluding door-to-door visits, telephone contacts and direct mail. Lilly Endowment, Inc., awarded an $85,019 grant for See 1992 page 12 U.S. Catholics saw 1992 as Yearof the Woman .... . .... By JERRY FILTEAU Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) For many U.S. Catholics, 1992 will probably be remem- bered in religious terms as the year of the woman. It was the year that the U.S. bishops, after nine years of work, could not reach the consensus they needed for a pastoral letter on women's concerns  but nevertheless publicly debated the issues, including women's ordina- tion. New drafts of the document in April and September plus discussion by the bishops in June and November gave the issue a yearlong airing. On the U.S. scene it was Inside this Special Synod Issue: also the year that Catholics: -- Cast their vote for the Democratic presidential can- didate for the first time in 16 years. Received a barrage of news about sexual abuse of minors by priests and the ef- forts by church authorities to prevent such crimes in the fu- ture. Even a brief list of other top religious news stories around the world would have to in- clude: The genocidal civil war and "ethnic cleansing" cam- paign waged by Serbs in the former Yugoslavia against other ethnic groups, mainly of Catholic or Muslim faith. The mass famine and an- archy in Somalia, where the inability of relief workers to get food past roving armed gangs led the United Nations years of epochal change: -- In 1989; the suppressed  Chinese democracy move, ment at Tiananmen Square and tumultuous collapse of communism in Eastern Eu- rope. In 1990, the revival of religious and political free, dom throughout the Soviet ; sphere and Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. -- In 1991, the Persian Gulf War and the failed Moscow coup that led to the dissolu- tion of the Soviet Union. Nothing in 1992 had the riveting global importance of those events. At the same time, natural and human dis- asters abounded: famine in Somalia; civil wars in ex-Yu- goslavia, Sudan and Liberia; devastation of southern Florida by Hurricane An- drew; race riots in Los Ange- A four-page syngd section on the Primary Pastoral Issues. Pull it out and save it! Take it to your parish assembly! Also in this issue... Annual Report: pages 18-19 [ [ : Catho!icOIoeefevm,tle ] r,_c:,: ,1.^ n..velo.ment Office' I I | " Synodt93 --- II r-ruxxxt, uxts LJU . l-' " i ------ page 15 in December to send in U.S.- led military forces to restore peace. The murder of five U.S. missionary nuns in Liberia. The decision by the Church of England, mother church of the Anglican Com- munion, to ordain women priests. The surgery that 72-year- old Pope John Paul II under- went in July to remove a be- nign tumor from his colon. The publication of the first official, universal Catholic catechism in more than 400 years. As 1992 began, the world had just been through three lOS. Just days after the Church of England voted to ordain women priests, the U,S. Catholic bishops, meeting in Washington, had their first, ever public debate over issues surrounding women's ordina- tion. The proposed national pas- toral which occasioned the U.S. debate condemned sex- ism, sexual immorality and some forms of feminism. It backed equality for women in society but said equality in dignity did not mean idlmti, cal treatment. See U.S. Page 5