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14, 1994 The Message Monthly --for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 Bishop's Forum w It is God who calls us by name Is your name, anyway?" be Mary's brother! alike. I had her in year." way, what is your name, v often it is that folks ap- who I Youg" 0 L - - ' - now i wish I Ceal} each of you by name" ::e Is nothing so personal to us Yurarne.That is why the aes st the famed book by ," are so moving. priest after baby's name into its ear, infant in the palm of his hand lifts him name aloud for the first Kinte, behold the only one is greater than yours!" us! It is God who calls us by name. Ones who are forgetful or uncaring. We ByBISHOP GERALD A. GETrELFINGER don't mind being called most any- thing as long as our name is cor- rect. Think of it! Mary's Son was to be called Emmanuel. Joseph was told to name him Jesus. Zachary was in- structed to call his son John, a name not in the family tradition. Jesus renamed Simon and called Peter. Saul was to be named Paul. They were all given special atten- tion by name. Mary's son at his birth was al- ready known with prophetic names as Wonder Counselor, Hero, Prince of Peace, Son of God. You, too, were named when baptized into the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. You are dedicated in a special way to serve others as did Jesus. Old Testament characters were called by name for special work. From Abraham to Samuel, from Isaiah to Jeremiah, from Zachary to John the Bap- tist. John bridged the gap into the New Testa- ment. New names for Peter and Paul. God has systematically called men and women, boys and girls as special servants to the rest of us. He uses the rest of us as his mouthpieces to call others to serve. Jesus has given us special sacraments to sanc- tify those called to special service in the commu- nity of believers, holy orders and matrimony. Who called you by name to be married? Was it your husband? Your wife? A friend who arranged the date? Is it not mysterious how it all came about? Who called you to the diaconate and priesthood? Who called me to the episcopacy? I don't know who all was involved in it, but I do know what the phone call sounded like. I also know that when I was an eighth grade boy I wanted to be a priest like my pastor. His call was the silent one of ex- ample. Who is calling youngsters to the vocations of marriage and priestly service today? Are you? Msgr. Linus Hopf dies January 10 rvices were held Hopf. He is survived by five Linus Hopf, a of the Diocese of Msgr. Hopf, 72, ling Care, in Jasper, Served parishes Daviess Vincennes He was a mil- for 11 years, in Viet Nam and ari d . had held the Ior in the United A. Gettelfin- the Mass of at St. Joseph 'as born in He was Edward M. Kluemper sisters, Sister Mary Gabriel Hopf, C.P., Loretta Burgan, Verena Schroeder, Dorothy Senninger and Bernie Schnell; and two brothers, Harold and Emil. A brother, Ambrose, pre- ceded him in death. Msgr. Hopf was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Henry J. Grimmelsman on Aug. 26, 1945. His first assign- ment was as assistant pastor at Sacred Heart Church, Vin- cennes. He was appointed as assistant pastor of Assumption Cathedral in Evansville in 1947. He was named pastor of Holy Angels Church in New Harmony in 1952, pastor of St. Patrick Church in Daviess County in 1954, and adminis- trator of St. Henry Church, St. Box 68 Montgomery, Indiana 47558 Traylor Phone: 486-3285 SERVICE Homer Fire & Life! Service Agent L. Will Ins. Agency Inc. :lin Street MSGR. LINUS HOPF Henry, in 1957. Father Hopf entered mili- tary service in 1962. He served in Viet Nam and Thailand. Be- fore his release from the ser- vice he was named Domestic Prelate with the title of Rev. Mona'-nor, in 1972. i ' ,(lowing his return to the dmcese, he served as associate pastor at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier (the Old Cathe- dral) in Vincennes (1973 -- 1974 and 1976 -- 1984) and pastor of All Saints Church in Cannelburg (1974 -- 1976). He was granted a leave of absence because of his health in 1984, and later retired. I III I I I I IIIIII II II I II Msgr. Hopf served as army chaplain in Vietnam, Thailand "Local priest reports 'hectic' Vietnam duty" was the head- line of a newspaper story in 1968. Father Linus Hopf, a Jasper native and priest of the Diocese of Evansville, had written home to Bishop Francis R. Shea, reporting on his ac- tivity as an army chaplain. Helicopters, tanks, personnel carriers, etc" had been operating "within a few hundred yards of the hospital" to which he was assigned, when he wrote. He described the results of a major enemy offensive. The letter is dated Feb. 6, 1968. "I arrived here in Vietnam on Friday 5th of Jan and have been assigned to 25th Inf Div which is located about 25 miles north west of Saigon, he wrote. "The Division is located in several major areas and is in charge of all the area from Saigon to the Cambodian border," Father Hopf reported. "In the last several weeks the Division has seen much action and received quite a few casualties." Father Hopf noted that there were two hospitals in the area, each capable of handling about 500 patients. "We needed both on 31Jan. when the big attack came. In four days about 500 patients were admitted to 93rd Evac Hosp. I happened to arrive at the 93rd on the 25th of Jan, just about a week before all the action began .... It was a real experience to be a part of the staff under these battle conditions which started at about 0250 Hours on Wednesday morning. I was awake at the time and heard the first rounds come in; fortunately none of the rounds ht close enough to do any damage to the hospital. I realized we would be getting quite a few casualties so I immediately got dressed and stayed on duty for 22 hours. Another priest was helping me. Between the two of us we covered the hospital around the clock for the next three days. By Saturday evening things had calmed down pretty much. Reports from Saigon state that a lot of destruction was caused, and the city is still inse- cure this morning." The chaplain closed his letter with a request to be remem- bered in prayers. I I II II III I I WAIT UNTIL : . E REACHED YOUR LIMIT, ' feeling as though you idrnply cannot Opedemand, give us a call. " Am!! free, confidential personal assessments :i:: 4 hotjrs a day, seven days a week to help you National Bank get past it. THE HELP LINE 634-NEED (634-6333) Toll Free 1-800-852-7279 A service of the BAVZoPoL HEALTH CENTtUg "mre A : imiisna & Rlq4i-S4,% A percentage of each purchase you make using the Tradition Card goes to support Catholic education. Call 464-3322 or 1-800-777-3949 extension 3322 for details. Issued by Citizens Bank. I I I [111 II I II II I I I II I BicknelI. Sandbom Vincennes Drive-in Facilities - Member F.D,I.C. A Futt Serwce Bank I ! J I i I Main Street i Pharmacy l 217 E. Iv , Downtown W ason i ="none: 254-51.41 [