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i : . / 1997 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Iii of the Diocese pastor or a r assigned We no longer of ordained residential ser- that were an earlier era. first acknowledge the era transporta- governing the Lically raake it easier for the Modern has altered our n travel to far beyond a We are uly Burdened with ic fast, The simple and rags differently of 1993 mandate to deal parishes da task force to staffing of our benchmark of the statistics and I charged the task recommends- to provide for the and pastoral care diocese. given to the plan- these: boundaries were to designated (unless rcumstances the commit- nge). available for the number pro- 5 for Future Parish the leadership of :l hard" and tions flowing Significant and most to those recom- earlier regional pre- ave subsequently acted arce recommendations: the Washington Father Joseph Ziliak, pastor at St. John the Baptist Church, Newburgh, presents a report on Future Parish Staffing. Deanery to develop a plan for the future staffing of the parishes in that deanery. I have urged the planning committee to take seriously the data from the report of the task force for the Washington Dean- ery, but the planning committee is free, nonetheless, to make other recommen- dations not in the first report. I have asked them to have the plan for the Washington Deanery completed by May 31, 1997. The implementation of the plan will take place over time, however implementation of portions of the plan will be initiated for the following fiscal year, i.e. September 1997-1998. -- In addition I am also prepared to ask the Evansville East Deanery to work concurrently in its planning since there are significant recommendations for change made in the report of the task force. I do not anticipate calling the ini- tial planning meeting with the priests of the Evansville East Deanery before Jan- uary 1997. Change of deanery membership In my original mandate to the Task Force for Future Parish Staffing, I instructed the members that if they found evidence that the current bound- aries of the deaneries should be altered, then appropriate recommendations should be made. The Task Force has made such recommendations. The Task Force recommended changes which include the alteration of membership in several deaneries, hence boundary changes. They are as follows: St. Francis Xavier, Poseyville, from the Princeton Deanery to the Evansville West Deanery; St. Theresa, Evansville, from the Evansville West Deanery to the Evansville East Deanery; Mary Help of Christians, Mariah Hill, St. Joseph, Dale, St. John Chrysostom, New Boston, and St. Nicholas, Santa Claus, all frQm the Jasper Deanery to the Newburgh Deanery. In principle, 1 have accepted those recommendations and have submitted them tbr consul- tation both to the Diocesan Council of Priests and subse- quently to the Diocesan Pastoral Council. To date, the counsel given me has been positive and I anticipate the changes will be made accordingly. These new boundaries will change the planning groups for the future parish staffing of our parishes. In the consultation about boundaries, a concern was raised about where the faithful wor- shipped. I remind you that our concern here is not so much where the faithful choose to wor- ship but more importantly how we are to appropriately staff the parishes we maintain as full parishes and to assign responsi. bility for those to be re-framed as chapels. Development of lay leadership The Synod of 1993 also called for the development of lay leadership in our dio- cese. The urgency is particularly great in light of our need for professional, trained parish leaders. Here I will sharp- en the focus of current need. There is a need to prepare members of the faithful other than ordained priests to serve in the capacity of pas- toral life coordinators and pastoral asso-, elates. Currently there are four pastoral life coordinators: Benedictine Sister Mary Terence Knapp, at St. Nicholas, Santa Claus; Benedictine Sister Diane Fischer, at Holy N,'Blooeld; aii: con Joseph Sturgis, at St. Thomas, Knox County; and Sister of the Blessed Sacra- ment Jane Nesmith" at St. John, Evans- ville. According to the Task Force for Future Parish Staffing we will need at least 20 Parish Life Coordinators by the year 2005. These persons must be adequate- ly prepared for the demanding role they :s and current assignments in the Diocese of Evansville list of the priests of the Diocese of current assignments. Ackerman, St. John the Baptist, in 1986. Dean of Vincennes 996. E. Allen, St. Joseph, Jasper. Pastor in 1995. acis Bauer, retired from St. Bernard where he had been pastor from R. Betz, St. Mary Church, Ireland. 1982. E. Bilskie, retired, pastor Evansville, where he served as 1982. Blessinger, Sacred Heart Church. in 1987. .Boeglin, Holy Family Church, 'm 1994. Breidenbaeh, Corpus Christi in 1993. mr, Resurrection Church, 993. L. Brosmer, released for military in 1986. retired in 1995 from St. he served as pastor from Bultman, St. Peter Celestine. lusch, retired, coordinator of the from 1989 until his retirement. Clarke, retired, first Chancellor, Tbunal, Diocese of Evans- • Msgr. Leo J. Conti, retired, 1995, after service as a member of the Clergy Assistance Pool since 1989. • Father John W. Davidson, St. Anthony Church, Evansville, pastor, 1991. • Father William J. Deering, former diocesan direc- tor of worship and RCIA, pastor of St. Bernard, Gibson County, and Blessed Sacrament, Oakland City, 1996. • Father Robert A. Deig, St. John, Daylight, pastor, 1995. • Father Eugene Dewig, Sacred Heart, Evansville, pastor, 1989. • Father Firmus J. Dick, Sacred Heart, Schnellville, pastor, 1988. • Father William J. Dietsch, pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul, Petersburg, from 1990 to 1996, pastor of St, Fran- cis Xavier, Poseyville, 1996. • Father Donald C. Dilger, Teacher of Scripture in the Diocese of Evansville, 1988; retired, 1996. • Father Jack J. Durchholz, ordained, 1995; associ- ate pastor, St. Ferdinand, 1995. • Father Adolph M. Egloff, retired, 1977. • Father John P. Emge, retired, 1994. • Father James R. Endress, director of operations, diocesan tribunal, 1991. * Father Wilfred L. Englert, St. Joseph, Evansville, pastor, 1993. , Father Joseph F. Erbaeher, St. Anthony, St. Antho- ny, 1986. • Father Bernard T. Etienne, Diocesan Vocations Director, 1995; pastor of St. Joseph, Princeton, 1996. • Father John J. Finis, retired from St. Peter Celea- tine, where he was pastor from 1971 to 1984. Clauss, retired, 1992. • Father David G. Fleck, former Diocesan Vocations Director, St. Philip Church, St. Philip, pastor, 1991. • Father Patrick F. Foster, St. Joseph, Jasper, pastor, 1991. Dean of Jasper Deanery, 1991 to 1996. , J ml 9 i . • Father Kenneth L Graehler, St. Mary, Sullivan, pastor, 1990. • Father Eugene Heerdink, St. Joseph, Dale, pastor, 1992. Coordinator of the Spanish Speaking Apostolate, 1992. • Father Kenneth H. Herr, Memorial High School, Evansville, chaplain, 1993; sacramental minister, St. John the Apostle, Evansville, 1996. • Msgr. Clinton Hirsch, former chancellor and direc- tor of diocesan operations; retired, 1991. • Father Richard L. Hoffman, retired, 1987. • Father Brian K. Holtz, ordained, 1995; Holy Rosary, Evansville, associate pastor. 1996. • Father Clemens H. Hut, retired. 1976. • Msgr. Charles I_, Kaiser, retired, pastor emeritus of Holy Cross, Fort Branch, 1980. • Father Joseph E. Kane, Precious Blood, Jasper, pastor, 1980. • Father Thomas J, Kessler, Holy Spirit, Evansville, pastor, 1991. • Father Leo C. Kiesel, St. John, Loogootee, 1990;, pastor, Dean of Washington Deanery, 1995. • Msgr. J. Patrick Kilfoil, retired, 1976. • Father Anthony B. Kissel, released from diocese for teaching and ministry at SL Leo College, St. Leo, Florida, 1996. • Msgr. Kenneth R. Knapp, Vicar General; Christ the King, Evansville, pastor, 1995, Dean of Evansville East Deanery, 1996. • Msgr. Charles J. Koch. Officialis, Diocesan Tri. bunal, 1973. • Father James E. Koressel, former pastor of St. Joseph, Princeton, and Dean of the Princeton deanery; St. Clement, Boonville. paster, 1996. • Father Philip J. Kreilein, St. Ferdinand, pastor, 1991. ................................. emF00s00rspare Iv