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12 199 Continued from page 1 the diocesan synod and the planning process leading up to it. • A Cathedral and Stational Church Study Task Force was appointed and asked to make recommendations to Bishop Gettelfinger concerning 1) naming a stational church for each deanery, and 2) recom- mending an existing church in the Evansville area to be designated as the cathedral church of the diocese. • Beginning in April, copies of the dioceson news- paper, the Message, were mailed the first Friday of every month to every Catholic household in the diocese. Archbishop Buechlein Jasper native, Bishop Daniel Buechlein, O.S.B., was named Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis in July, succeeding Arch- bishop Edward T. O'Meara who died Jan. 10. Archbishop Buechlein was installed Sept. 9 in the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul in Indianapo- lis. He has served as bishop of Memphis and as president- rector of St. Meinrad College and School of Theology. Father Gordon Mann is ordained a priest by Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger June 6. q Message photo by Paul R. Leingang Ordinations Bishop Gettelfinger or- dained Father Gordon Mann June 6 at the Pro-Cathedral of theMost Holy Trinity, Evans- ville. Father Mann's first as- signment was to St. Joseph Church, Jasper. Thomas Lambert, a member of St. Clement Church, Boonville, was ordained a deacon Dec. 12 by Bishop Gettelfinger. Bernard Etienne, a fourth- year theology student at Mundelein ffeminary, Mundelein, I11., was one of 22 deacons ordained by Cardinal Joseph Bernadin, Dec. 12. Deacon Etienne is to be or- dained a priest for the Die- The Message Monthly -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana During 1992, Bishop Get- telfinger announced the fol- lowing assignments far priests in the diocese: • Father William Traylor, released for service to become pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Parish, The American Col- lege, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. • Msgr. Roman Vallmer, re- tirement accepted. • Father Albert Scheller, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Church, Vincennes. • Father Gregory Spencer, pastor of Mary Help of Chris- tians Church, Mariah Hill, and moderator of St. Nicholas Church, Santa Claus. • Father Joseph Kitsch, pas- tor of St. Agnes Church, Evansville. • Father Eugene Heerdink, pastor of St. Joseph Church, Dale, and coordinator of the Apostolate of the Spanish Speaking Ministry. • Father Francis Rennet, pastor of All Saints Church, Cannelburg, and St. Mary Church, Daviess County. • Father Joseph Clauss, re- tirement accepted. In February, the responsi- bilities of the diocesan voca- tion office were turned over .to a five-mem- ber team. Mem- bers of the team include Father David Fleck, Fa- ther John Brei- denbach, Father Mark Kurzendo- erfer, Sister Rose Mary Rex- ing, O.S.B., and Father Gregory Spencer. In June, Ron Baumgart was named Trea- surer for the diocese and Msgr. Omer Meyer was named Senior Consultant to the Treasurer and Investment Manager for the diocese. Bishop Get- telfinger ac- cepted the resig- nation of Deacon Donald Lahay, who had been serving as pastoral admin- istrator of All Saints Church, Cannelhurg, and St. Mary Church, Daviess County. Sister Louise Bond, S.N.J.M., was named Coordi- nator of Campus Ministry. Foundation The Catholic Foundation of Southwestern Indiana, Inc., which was incorporated in 1988 under the leadership of Bishop Francis R. Shea, was fully activated in 1992 by Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfin- • ger. Money and gifts are used by the foundation to'earn in- terest for various churches, schools organizations in the diocese. New churches, facilities H01y Redeemer parish- ioners participated in the dedication of their new cese of Evansville. church building April 12. Assignments, appointmenls .... During.the dedicgt!on .. Earl Wells, parish council presi- dent, presented the keys to the church to Bishop Get- telfinger, who then gave them to Father William Wargel, Holy Redeemer's pastor. Construction advanced dur- ing 1992 on the new church building at St. John Church, Newburgh. Dedication is planned in 1993. Major building projects in 1992 included completion of a chapel at St. Mary Church, Evansville, a new bell tower at St. Mary Church, Sullivan, and renewal of St. Martin Church, Chrisney. Parish cen- ters were completed at St. Martin Church in Whitfield and Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Petersburgh. Con- struction began for a parish center at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier (the Old Cathedral) in Vincennes. A rectory replacement project is underway at St. Thomas Church, Knox County. Also underway is another phase of mauseleum con- struction at St. Joseph Ceme- tery, Evansville. Parish celebrations In 1992, parishes celebrat- ing anniversaries included: • St. Wendel Church, St. Wendel, established in 1842. • St. Joseph Church, Princeton, established in 1867. • St. Mary Church, Evans- ville, established in 1867. • St. Mary Church, Sulli- van, established in 1867. • St. Agnes Church, Evans- ville, founded in 1892. • Christ the King, Evans- ville, 1942. Schools In May, three teachers re- ceived the highest diocesan teaching award at the 1992 Teacher of the Year banquet. The three recipients were Rosemary Neufelder from Holy Spirit School, Evans- ville; David Meyer from St. John the Baptist School, New- burgh, and Bonnie Ambrose from Holy Rosary School, Evansville. Seventeen teachers were se- lected a Candidates for the annual diocesan award which is the Message and the Office of Catholic Ed- ucation. Three-hundred-and-twenty- seven seniors in the five Catholic high schools re- ceived 1992 high school diplomas. Valedictorians included: Brett Palmer, Washington Catholic High School, Wash- ington; Randy Primus, Rivet High School, Vincennes; Theresa Werner, Mater Dei High School, Evansville, and Julia Cook, Memorial High School, Evansville. Donna Halverson was named Coordinator of Sup- port Services for the diocesan Office of Education in Sep- tember. New principals, assistant principals anda coordinator for the 1991-92 school year included: • Suzanne Dodd, special education coordinator of the Marian Day School, Evans- ville. • JoAnn Layman, chief ad- ministrative principal at January Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger offers support to Scott, who has just learned that his wife, Lynette trapped in JoJo's restaurant following the crash transport plane. Sixteen persons died in the Feb. 6 craSh, -- Message photo by Paul R. J : stewardship. • Paula Lattner, principal, Sts. Peter and Paul School, Haubstadt; • Larry Will, Holy Re- deemer School, Evansville. • Laurie Schopmeyer, assis- tant principal at Westside Catholic Consolidated Inter- mediate School, Evansville. • Elizabeth Field, principal, St. Joseph School, Vender- burgh County; • Sister Joanna Brown, S.P., principal, Precious Blood School, Jasper. • Jeffrey Yando, principal, St. Benedict School, Evans- ville. In September, there were 5,170 students enrolled in el- ementary Catholic schools in the diocese in September; 1,590 students were enrolled in secondary schools. Members of the boys and girls soccer teams at Memor- ial High School, Evansville, won state titles in Indianapo- lis Oct. 31. Catechumens, candidates On March 8, 122 catechu- mens and 121 candidates were received by Bishop Get- telfinger in the Rites of Elec- tion celebrated at Holy Fam- ily Church, Jasper, and Nativity Church, Evansville. The catechumens and can- didates were welcomed fully into the Church during cere- monies on Holy Saturday. Brute Society Fifty-two couples and indi- viduals were inducted into the Brute Society during the third annual award .cere- mony, Nov. 8 at Good Shep- herd Church, Evansville. Bishop Gettelfinger presented Simon Brute medals. The Brute Society is an honorary association of lay persons who are nominated Westside Catholic Consoli- by their parishioners as out- da00lj.ok ........ All Star Youth Seven teenagers named to the 1992,4 Youth team during Day XXVI Feb. 16 .Joseph Church, Jast are Amy Wilson of ington Deanery; Pulcini of the Deanery; Kristina den of the Ev Deanery; Mary Ei Payne of the Jaspel Jerry Rexing of the Deanery; Eric the Vincennes Angela Marie Grimes Princeton Deanery Joseph Kirsch award for "C vice to the Dic area of Youth Ministry. Jubilee celebration Over 750 pe( the diocesan I tion at Good Church, Evansville, honored couples years or more. Bishop sided at the Mass. homily, he con couples "for 17, years of married ment." Red Mass Jesuit Father Lehmkuhl, a pries attorney from St. was the homilist at end annual Red Ma: 30, at St. Mary Evansville. Bishop main celebrant of which was spo: members of the More Society of Sout ern Indiana. Knights of St. Johfi The 68th lntex