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,4 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana The Diocesan Pastoral Council: A brief h" By PAUL R. LEINGANG - Message editor Synod '93 provided the mo- mentum to establish a new Diocesan Pastoral Council. The diocese had not had such a council since Bisho p Francis R. Shea dissolved a council which had been set up under the di- rection of Bishop Paul Leibold. A team of clergy, religious and lay persons was assembled as a result of Synod '93, and given the task of laying the groundwork for the Diocesan Pastoral Council. This team was known as the Synod Implementation Team. On May 15, 1994, the team completed work on the guide- lines for a 25-member Dioce- san Pastoral Council, which was to meet five times a year. According to the guidelines, the bishop is to preside over the DPC. Members will include 14 lay persons (two from each deanery), two priests, one dea- con, three members of religious communities (sisters and brothers), the vicar general and the chancellor, and two persons at the bishop's discre- tion. With the exception of the bishop, the vicar general and the chancellor, all members of the council will serve three year terms. After three years, new members will be selected. The guidelines proposed by the Synod Implementation Team are considered as the standard working document for the beginning of the Dioce- san Pastoral Council -- but the council members may decide to make changes as they develop a Constitution and By-Laws. The first meeting of the new council was a weekend of ori- entation and recollection, Au- gust 12- 14.. Late in 1994, Helen Boettcher and Joseph Crowdus were selected as chairperson and vice chairperson of the DPC. Each member of the DPC has been assigned to communi- cate with two or more parishes in the diocese. DPC members are expected to discuss council items with the parishes, and parishes are expected to bring up matters for the council to their assigned members. Helen Boettcher is the con- tact person for Holy Trinity, St. Mary, and St. Joseph Churches in Evansville. Joseph Crowdus is the con- tact person for St. Joseph Church in Vanderburgh County, St. Philip and St. Wendel Churches. Other members of the DPC ar,€ as follows: • James Bateman, who has an electronics technology back- ground, is a retired civil ser- vant. He is active on the fi- nance committee and the parish council at St. John Church in Loogootee. He is the contact person for St. John, Loogootee; St. Joseph, Bram- ble; St. Martin, Whitfield; St. Mary, Shoals; All Saints, Can- nelburg; and St. Mary, Daviess County. • Michael Beshears, ac- counting manager at Black Beauty Coal Company, is a membel' of St. Joseph Church in Vanderburgh County. He is vice president of his parish council and chairman of the fi- nance committee. He is the contact person for Holy Re- deemer and Resurrection Churches in Evansville and St. Matthew, Mt. Vernon. • Sarah J. Burke, who has served as president of the parish council at her parish, Holy Name Church in Bloomfield. Burke, who recently retired from her job as program analyst for Trident Guidance Program, hopes to bring her gifts to the council -- compassion, friend- ship, peacemaker and organiza- tional skills. She is contact per- son for Holy Name, Bloomfield; St. Peter, Linton; and Sacred Heart, Vincennes. • Father John Davidson, pastor of St. Anthony Church, Evansville. He is the contact person for St. Anthony and St. Boniface Churches in Evansville. • Deacon Dave Franklin teaches at Memorial High School, Evansville. He sees membership on the council as a way to represent his brother deacons to the bishop. He is the contact person for Corpus Christi, Evansville, and Holy Angels, New Harmony. • Charles E. Froehle, a soil conservation technician, from Petersburg. He is also an assis- tant scout master, a member of the Old Time Auto Club, a member of the Human Rights Committee of the Pike County Association of Retarded Citi- zens. He is the contact person for Sts. Peter and Paul, Peters- burg; St. Mary and St. Simon Churches in Washington; St. Peter, Montgomery; and St. Patrick and St. Michael Churches in Daviess County. • A. Charles Gillie, a past president of the parish council at St. Philip Neri Church in Bicknell, past president of the parish youth committee, a cat- echist, a member of the Wor- ship committee member and co-chairperson of the Catholic Parishes Campaign. He is the contact person for St.. Philip Neri, Bicknell; and St. John and Old Cathedral parishes in Vincennes. • Daniel J. Harpenau, a con- struction electrician, is an ac- tive member of St. Clement Church, Boonville, and a mem- ber of the Knights of Colum- bus. He is the contact person for St. Clement, Boonville; St. Joseph, Dale; St. John Chrysostom, New Boston; and Mary, Help of Christians, Mariah Hill. • Benedictine Sister Geral- dine Hedinger, pastoral associ- ate of St. Clement Church, Boonville. She is the contact person for St. Mary, Hunting- burg; St. Ferdinand, Ferdi- nand; St. Henry, St. Henry; and Sacred Heart, Schnellville. • Gertrude Howhrd, a math teacher at Harwood Middle School, is an active participant in various ministries at St. An- thony Church, Evansville. She also served as a member of the Synod Implementation Team. She is the contact person for Sacred Heart, St. Agnes and St. Theresa Churches in Evansville. • Dr. Bernard P. Kemker St., a surgeon, is member of St. Joseph Church in Jasper. He was a delegate to Synod '93. He is the contact person for St. Joseph, precious Blood and Holy Family Churches in Jasper, and for St. Mary Church, Ireland. • Patricia A. Koch is director of Games and Rids at Holiday World and secretary-treasurer of Koch Development Corpora- tion. She is president of the parish council at St. Nicholas Church, Santa Claus. She is the contact person for St. Nicholas, Santa Claus; St. Ce- lestine, Celestine; St. Anthony, St. Anthony; and St Raphael, Dubois County. • James M. Krodel, a mem- ber of St. Mary Church, Sulli- van, is vice president and trust officer of First Bank and Trust in Sullivan. He is a member of the Sullivan Lions Club and a past president and past trea- surer of the American Cancer Society in Sullivan County. He is the contact person for St. Mary, Sullivan; St. Joan of Arc, Jasonville; St. Thomas, St. Thomas, and St. Vincent de Paul, Vincennes. • Mike McConnell, a farmer, is a 27-year member of the parish council at Blessed Sacrament Church, Oakland City. He is a member of the East Gibson School Board and of the Gibson County Farm Bureau Cooperative. He is chairman of the board of Fran- cisco State Bank. He is the contact person for Blessed Sacrament, Oakland City and St. Francis Xavier, PoseyviUe. • Providence Sister Mary Mundy is pastoral associate of St. Mary Church, Evansville. She is the contact person for St. Benedict, Good Shepherd and St. John Churches in Evansville, and St. John Church, Daylight. II II I I I IIII I II III I I II I Membership on the Diocesan Pastoral Council What characteristics are required to be a member of the Diocesan Pastoral Council? Informa- tion from the Synod Implementation Team spelled out the following requirements: Persons being considered for the council are required by Canon Law to be "Christian faithful who are in full communion with the Catholic Church, clerics, members of institutions of conse- crated life and espeally lay persons." Members are "to We so selected that the entire portion of the people of God which constitutes the diocese is truly reflected, with due regard for the diverse regions, social conditions and pro- fessions of the diocese," according to Canon Law. • Daughter of Charity Sister Sharon Richardt was named to the DPC, but had to withdraw from service because of re-as- signment by her community. She will not be replaced on the council. • Sylvia Rose, a parish coun- cil member at Holy Cross Church in Fort branch, is the cafeteria manager and cook at her parish. She is the contact person for Holy Cross, Fort Branch; St. Bernard, Gibson County, and St. Joseph Church, Princeton. • James W. Schmitt, a re- tired service technician with NCR, is active in scouting, and on the council of his parish, Nativity Church, Evansville. He is the contact person for Nativity, Christ the King, Holy Spirit and Holy Rosary Churches in • Father is pastor of Sts. Church, Iq contact person for and Paul, Haubstadt, James, St. James. • Margaret L. tired librarian, is council secretary the •Baptist burgh. She is the son for St. John, Rupert, Red Chrisney; and St. Rockport. - Ex officio member council are Holy Louise Bond, lot and Msgr. Knapp, vicar erator of the curia. Following is the list of nine items on the agenda Diocesan Pastoral Council. The DPC will meet Feb. 4, at the Catholic Center, Evansville.: 1. Progress reports from Study Groups on topics from the fourth Diocesan Synod, 1993. :,, • Evangelization/Outreach • Healing and Reconciliation • Expectations/Role/Supply of Priests, DeaconS, • Women in Church and Society/Women's C • Administration/Management • Health Care Commission 2. Discussion of a proposal for a simplification Goals for the fiscal year of 1995-96. 3. Review of Budget Planning Assumptions for 4. Diocesan Planning Calendar 3-Year Cycle. i ::: 5. Review of Deanery Assemblies and Issues from  6. Policies • Standardization of titles for various within the Diocese * Policy on Medical Insurance for action on 1995 •, Policy Review Committee 7. Relationship of DPC to Parish Pastoral Councils Role of DPC members in regard" to other responsibilities. 8. An overview of the work of the Catholic from Jim Collins, Director. 9. Status Reports on Future Parish Staffing and istry and Leadership Program Planning. DPC Meeting Schedule 1994 Members of the Diocesan Pastoral Council serve terms. Meetings for the three year period have been 1994  95 Friday  Sunday, August 12  14, 1994 Saturday, October 29, 1994 Saturday, February 4, 1995 Saturday, April 22, 1995 Saturday, June 24, 1995 1995 -- 96 Friday  Sunday, August 18  20, 1995 Saturday, October 28, 1995 Saturday, February 3, 1996 Saturday, April 20, 1996 Saturday, June 29, 1996 p 1996 -- 97 . " Friday -- Sunday, August 16 -- 18, 1996 ° Saturday, October 26, 1996 i Saturday, February 1, 1997 Saturday, April 26, 1997 Saturday, June 28, 1997 .............................. "" Agenda for next DPC