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D The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Deacon Holsworth named 'Coordinator of Permanent DEACON HOLSWORTH By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Deacon Thomas E. Holsworth Jr. of Jasper has been appointed by Bishop Ger- ald A. Gettelfinger as Coordi- nator of the Permanent Dia- conate. Deacon Holsworth, 45, was ordained a deacon Feb. 10, 1990. He and his wife, Shirley, have three children. Daughter Melissa is a freshman at Hanover College; sons Damian and Tom are in Jasper schools -- Damian is a high school sophomore and Tom an eighth grader. His appointment was effec- tive Jan. 1. The purpose of his new posi- tion in the diocese is "to nur- ture, advocate and plan for the diaconal community within the Diocese of Evansville." According to the position summary on file at the chancery, Deacon Holsworth's work "includes the ministerial development of the current di- aconal community as well as the initiation of future diaconal formation." RESPONSIBILITIES as- signed to the new coordinator include the following: to function as liaison be- tween the bishop and deacons to assist deacons in resolv- ing personnel or assignment problems To give serious attention to the concerns of deacons' Wives and families * to oversee the educational funding of the diaconate-for- mation and other educational expenses to convene meetings of the : deacons when necessary , to submit a yearly budget for the diaconate to update deacons' Letters of Appointment from the bishop at least every two years to oversee educational ef- forts about the diaconate for the entire diocese to encourage deacons to make an annual retreat and continue their education, as re- quired by the diocese to work with a board to de- sign future formation and training for new deacons to design and oversee continuing ministerial forma- tion of current deacons Each deacon in the diocese is assigned to a specific ministry. The new position of coordina- tor is Deacon Holsworth's offi- cal diaconal assignment in the diocese. Deacon Holsworth is a pro- fessor at St. Meinrad Semi- nary, where he has taught for 17 years. He teaches in the col- lege, and is the director of psy- chological services for the both the college and the school of theology. He also works in a small private practice in clini- cal psychology, the Tabor Cen- ter, in Jasper. He has a master's degree in Geography and Urban Plan- ning from Indiana University, a master's in Clinical Psychol- ogy from Purdue, and a doctor- ate in Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology, also from Purdue. Some of his post grad- uate training was at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. He entered the diaconate program as a member of Holy Family Church, while Father Donald Ackerman was pastor. His first assignment was to Precious Blood Church, with Father Joseph Kane. As for his new assignment, Deacon Holsworth said he is "kind of excited about what I am doing." He acknowledged a great love for parish work, but sees his wider diocesan posi- tion as somewhat like working in a parish Of 26 deacons and their families. "With this appointment, I think there is confirmation that the deacons will continue to be an integral part of the diocese," he said. The new coordinator of the diaconate in the Catholic Church of southwestern Indi- ana is a convert, who once con- sidered becoming an Episcopal priest. The bishop's assurance of the ongoing role of deacons in the diocese is important to Deacon Holsworth, who said that "being a deacon is what I want to spend the rest of my life being." He sees the roles of deacons and priests to be quite differ- ent. Priests are colleagues of the bishop; deacons are ser- vants, he said. Being a servant is "not a me- nial thing." In the Old Testa- ment, David was a servant, he said. He sees the deacon's role as being the hands and feet and the eyes of the bishop and of the bishop's colleagues -- the priests. The deacon's role is not to preside, but to serve the bishop, the parish and the community. - Deacon "Holsworth rel'ates three liturgical responsibilities of a deacon to the "servant" re- sponsibilities. A deacon brings the Gospel into the Assembly on Sunday-- and must bring the Gospel into his work.Mon- day through Saturday; a dea- con gathers the prayers of the community at Mass -- and that comes from the deacon's connection with the commu- nity as one who serves its members; and a deacon's litur- gical ministry is linked to the cup -- and that is the cup of Christ's suffering, Deacon Holsworth believes. All of the deacon's liturgical ministry is linked to community service, he said. "That's a lot different than being the president of the community." Deacon Holsworth acknowl- edges that the identity of the deacon is still unclear in the Church today, and notes that there has been a change in the diaconate since its restoration 25 years ago. Most deacons used to be re- tired men who wanted to de- vote some of their time to the Church. Younger men are now being ordained, he noted, and many new deacons have more training and education. Every deacon promise that he will not re-marry if his wife were to die, Holsworth. Such a t very different man to make means that who make such'a to be very much their role of service t church. Survey seeks information about Do you watch the television Mass on Sun- day morning? Do you know of friends or rel- atives who rely on the televised Mass? The diocesan Office of Communications wants to know about your experience. A videotaped Mass produced for the Catholic Telecommunications Network of America is currently being broadcast on WTVW Channel 7, an. ABC affiliate in i Evansville. This Mass is video Scranton, Pa. The over-the-air Channel 7 reaches much of many cable systems also from Channel 7. Other televised Masses are on KAZ TV 52 in Evansville from St. Theresa Church, on cable channels VISN and Which statement or statements apply to me? (Check as many as apply,) D Some one in my household watches the Mass on television. If so, how many persons watch? Some one in my household would watch the Mass if available. If so, how many persons would watch? For some one in my household, the television Mass is the only participate in the Mass. If so, how many persons rely on a televised Mass? No one in my household watches the Mass on television. I was not aware that the Mass was on television. I have cable television in my home I do not have cable television in my home. Cable television serves my area, but I do not subscribe.  i D I have satellite television receiving equipment. I want more information about television Masses. If you watch the Mass on television, which Mass do you watch? D Mass on WTVW Channel 7 (ABC) :3 Mass on EWTN (Mother Angelica's Channel YJ Mass on VISN :3 Other. Please describe C3 Don't know the source. My name is My address is My parish is Additional comments (optional) Send in your survey form to "Broadcast Mass Survey, Office of of Evansville, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville IN 47724-0169. 00our last will anti testament can b an eloquent statement Of what qou apprecthted most in tto-ur li , .flce: he, nest to ed00ica# pr&sts at 00ain " " to thank foryou r to pass [ton to those who_fo//ow For information, write: Director of P armed G v no, Saint Meinrad 1 Seminar,/, Saint Meinrad, IN 47577 or call collect (812) 357-650 4