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The00l00 E S S CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME21 NUMBER 17 JANUARY11,1991 Dr. Bill Cos by btings la ugh ter and contribution By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor Enjoying a brief opportunity Bill Cosby are, from let, Bishop Francis R. Shea, Cosby, Glenda Ossenberg, Msgr,: Kenneth R, Knapp and Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger, Coshy posed with visitors outside of his dressing room at Roberts Municipal Stadium before his performance there Jan. 4. -- Message Photo by Paul Leingang -- III I III I I I I II I I III I I Bill Cosby was introduced to the au- dience at Roberts Municipal Stadium, Evansville, as "an actor, an athlete, an author, a stand-up comedian, a doctor of education, an entertainer, a husband, father and family man,. a musician, a philanthropist, a performer, a singer, a star, a teacher, a writer and a tennis player. "You can drop 'singer,"' Cosby said. But as officifls of the two Catholic schools in Evansville well knew, you could add "school contributor" to the list. Before the show, Cosby contributed $10,000 to the Evansville Interparochial Catholic High Schools, according to Glenda Ossenberg, the high schools' director of development. Ossenberg said about $30,000 was raised by the benefit performance. Paid attendance was 5828. Cosby opened with a serious com- ment on the responsibility churches and organizations have to use money for good purposes. Much of his comedy material concentrated on his family and sending daughters to college. Appointments for Sister Fischer, 5 priests By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor She joined the church in the fourth grade. Now she's in charge of one. Sister Diane Fischer, O.S.B., is a Pioneer in Catholic Church ministry, as only the second woman to be appointed  pastoral administrator of a parish in e Diocese of Evansville. Sister Fischer will succeed another pioneer, Sister Mary Terence Knapp, .S.B, in the parish post at Holy Name murcn, Bloomfield. Sister Fischer's appointment by Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger is effective Wednesday, Jan. 30, at noon. Sister Knapp was appointed to serve as pastoral administrator of the wor- shipping community at St. Nicholas Chapel, which is destined to become the newest parish in the diocese. Sister Fischer has served as pastoral associate at Holy Angels Church, New Harmony, since 1986. For the past three years she has spent one day a week a pastoral associate at St. Matthew Church, Mt. Vernon. Bishop urges peace prayer Jan. 13 By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger has : Joined Catholic bishops throughout the United States in calling for prayers for Peace in the Middle East. A letter was sent to all priests and pastoral ad- .nainistrators in the diocese, encourag- ng prayer, particularly on Sunday, Jan. 13. ,Bishop Gettelfinger said he hole aeartedly endorsed a state- ent made by Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk, entitled "Call for Prayer for ' ,, eace with Justice. Archbishop Pd- !rczky is president of the National Con- erence of Catholic Bishops and the 3nited States Catholic Conference. Bishop Gettelfinger encouraged full articipation in all of the parishes of the tucegR " In his statement, Archbishop Pil- 'Cczyk called for prayer "as the world ,ttna on the brink of war." T , . , . he archbishop said, It is my hope that Catholics will set aside any 0olitical or policy differences we might udv, to unite in a powerful prayer for Peace, an appeal for !ustice and a coro- t^non commitment to hunger and thirst !pr justice,' to be 'peacemakers (Mat- thew 5:9) in these uncertain and dangerous days." Archbishop Pilarczyk called for prayer for "our president, the congress, those who make up our armed forces and diplomatic service and their families." He also called for prayer "for the leaders of Iraq, their president, military forces and people" and "for the people of Kuwait so brutally and un- justly treated." The archbishop said since Iraq's inva- sion of Kuwait last August, he had "twice called on the Catholic communi- ty... to pray for the victims of aggres- sion, for effective international coopera- tion to protect both human rights and peace and for an effective non-violent solution to this serious crisis. The archbishop said U.S. bishops condemned Iraq's aggression, but called for the continued "pursuit of diplomatic, political and economic pressures to secure justice and maintain peace in the Gulf region. The statement concluded, "Let us pray together that a just and peaceful solution will be pursued and 9und; that the peoples of the region rtla3 be relieved of the terrible threat of war; and that members of all the armed forces now arrayed in the region may soon be restored to their families." Sister Fischer said she is excited about the new position. She said she feels confident about accepting the new responsibility because she believes her current work in New Harmony and Mr. Vernon have prepared her for it, and Iecause "Sister Mary Terence has paved the way" in Bloomfield. Although she had never been to Bloomfield until she started thinking about the position, Sister Fischer said she has heard so many good things about the people that she is eager to begin her work. "The people are very involved in their parish," she said she had learned from talking with Sister Knapp. Joining Sister Fischer from her Benedictine community at Ferdinand will be Sister Alfreda Chwaliboga, O.S.B., now semi-retired. The two sisters' acquaintance and friendship dates back to the first year of Sister Fischer's teaching career. Sister Fischer, 54, taught school for a total of 24 years, including eight years at Christthe King and two years at Holy Redeemer, both in Evansville; one year at St. Thomas, Vincennes; and 13 years at Southeast Dubois School Corporation in Dubois County, where she taught English literature in the Junior High. Sister Fischer also served her com- munity as vocations director for five years. Sister Fischer attended graduate school at the Graduate Theological Union of California in Berkeley, in 1985-86. She was awarded her master's degree in applied theology from that school in 1989. Sister Fischer's appointment was an- nounced to the parishioners at Bloom- field on the weekend before Christmas. She said she told members of her own family at Christmas, and they were very excited about it. They took particular notice of a line in the bishop's letter of appointment that Father Hilary Vieck See APPOINTMENTS page 2