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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana .... ADA may undergo name change, schedule change, but not this year By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor The Annual Diocesan Appeal may have a new name next year. That's one result of a series of meetings and the work of a diocesan task force, according to Justin Clements. Clements is the diocesan director of development. The ADA schedule may also be changed in future years, Clements said. Moving the cam- paign into the Lenten season is one of the pos- sibilities being considered. Already schedule for this year is a series of training sessions for parish campaign chair- persons, co-chairpersons, and team members. Training was recommended by the representa- tives of 44 parishes who met at five meetings held around the diocese during January. "All groups at the recent five feedback ses- sions strongly endorsed the idea of imple- menting a means of training local campaign leaders," said Clements. The training sessions, scheduled in Febru- ary, will use what Clements calls a "Success Model for Annual Parish Campaigns." He said the model, which has been developed and tested for two years in an actual parish, incor- porates many of the best fundraising tech- niques for capital campaigns. The recommendations for training sessions, and the possibility of changing the name and the time of the campaign, came about through a lengthy review process which began shbrtly after the 1992 ADA campaign. A total of 121 persons from 55 parishes at- tended five meetings held around the diocese duirng May and June of 1992. The participants in those meetings generally agreed that the ADA should be continued as the way parishes raise money to pay their diocesan assess- with a 10ng list of The comments from those five meetings were discussed by members of a task force, who were appointed by Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger to make recommendations for improvement. After four meetings of their own, the task force scheduled the five feedback sessions in January to discuss their preliminary recommendations. The final recommendations of the task force are expected to go to Bishop Gettelfinger dur- ing February. Any further information about a ......... change in the name or the timing of the cam- : :': paign will come after the bishop has reviewed the final report. t., In addition to suggesting changes in the ................................ name and the timing of the campaign, task .... force members also listed four other areas of concern: education about diocesan programs and services, the budget process and parish goals, stewardship/fundraising/campaign me- chanics, communication and attitudes. Recommendations may be made on each of the areas of concern, according to Clements. Members of the task force are the following: Father John Boeglin, pastor of St. Celestine Church, Celestine; Amy Cox, of St. Rupert Church, Red Brush; Dr. Honesto Fenol, of Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Petersburg; Sister Mary Terence Knapp, O.S.B., parish life coordinator of St. Nicholas Church, Santa Claus; Jim Krodel, of St. Mary Church, Sullivan; Bill Weinert, of Holy Rosary Church, Evansville; Cindy Weinzapfel of Holy Family Church, Jasper; and Father Ronald Zgunda, pastor of St. Mary Church, Washington. All of the task force members had recent personal experience with their parish cam- paigns, and all had attended one of the first five meetings inMay and June, Evanslle for ADA sons and team members:: : :Tuesday;Feb:If :: ii i: St::Jo ChurchiNewbu: Profile Diocesan Tribunal reports on the work completed in past year By PAUL R. LEINGANG * During 1992, 253 cases judges. Three of them are quired in a marriage annul- a case, and argue in Message editor The Tribunal is a church court. Accordingto canon law, every diocese must have one. Tribunals are supposed to decide cases involving the rights of individuals accord- ing to Church law. In actual practice, most tribunals han- dle marriage cases almost exclusively. In the Diocese of Evansville, Msgr. Charles J. Koch is the judicial vicar, He is the chief judge and judicial officer of the diocese. Canon law specifies that the judicial vicar must be a priest, have at least a licenti- ate (a graduate level degree) in canon law, and be at least 30 years old. Msgr. Koch, 55, has been involved in the work of the tribunal since shortly after his ordination in 1963. He has licentiates in canon law and sacred theology. Each year, a report is pre- pared for the Vatican summa- rizing the work of the tri- bune[ during the previous: year. The latest report shows the following information. At the beginning of 1992, them were 224 marriage cases pending. During 1992, 276 cases were submitted, to bring the :total to 500 cases for the year. received affirmative deci- sions. (An affirmative deci- sion means that the request for an annulment was granted, or that a dispensa- tion was granted). Also during 1992, 38 cases became discontinued, transferred, or inactive, or re- ceived a negative decision. At the beginning of 1993, there were 209 marriage cases pending. The waiting time for a deci- sion varies, depending on the kind of case involved, accord- ing to Msgr. Koch. A person seeking a formal annulment should receive a decision within 18 months an improvement over recent years. In 1989 and 1990, some formal annulment cases took almost two years. Some marriage cases in- volve what is known as a "de- fect of form." Such cases may take only a few days to de- cide. Other kinds of cases may take several months. A "Privilege of Faith" case is usually decided within a year. . The number of cases han- dled at the Tribunal has 'in- creased over the last several years, except for a drop in 1989. Affirmative cases in 1988 were 172; in 1989, 125; in 1990, 172; in 1991, 241; and in 1992, 253. The tribunal has four priests, one is a lay woman. One priest, Msgr. Thomas J. Clarke, is retired and serves the tribunal in a part-time capacity. All judges must have at least a licentiate in canon law. Full time judges are Msgr. Koch, Father J. Kenneth Walker and " Mary Gen Blittschau. Msgr. Clarke has a doctor- ate in canon law. Blittschau and Father Walker have li- centiates. Other tribunal personnel, and their formal titles, are as follows: -- Msgr. Charles Schoet- telkatte, Promoter of Justice. -- Father James Endress, Defender of the Bond. -- Msgr. Clinton Hirsch, Defender of the Bond. Father Michael Mad- den, Advocate. -- Father John Schipp, Ad- vocate. -- Emily Whitehead, Sec- retary and Notary. Cathy Wathen, part time Secretary and Notary. --Jamie Heldt, Secretary. Tribunal titles can not be completely explained in terms used in the kind of law practiced in the United States, but there are some comparisons. An advocate is similar to an attorney who is supposed to safeguard the rights of a client. An advocate is not re- ment case, but is usually provided. The Defender of the Bond must examine the evidence in of the validity .marriage. The Promoter of JW acts as a prosecuting Catholic Foundation: An u: By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Members of the Catholic Foundation of Indiana, Inc., met at the Catholic Center in Tuesday, Jan. 26. They elected four new directors. Elected for three year terms were Gregory Kempf, Scheitlin and Father Theodore Tempel, all of and Stanley Krempp of Jasper.  Other directors are the following: Bishop Gerald A telfinger; John S, Chappell of Jasper; Remig M. Evansville; Bonnie G. Graham of Washington; neth R. Knapp, vicar general of the diocese; Msgr. J. Koch, judicial vicar of the diocese; Robert L. Evansville; Ronald C. Baumgart, diocesan treasurer; Niehaus of Vincennes; Leo Ray Olinger of and Msgr. Clarence Schlachter of Evansville. Justin Clements, diocesan development director, as staff for the foundation. Members learned that there were a total of nine ments in the foundation, with total assets $1,113,033.20. ,': Immediately following the meeting of the foundation directors held their annual elected the following officers: Robert L. KoC Evansville, president; Bonnie Graham, president; John Chappell, Jasper, secretary; Scheiflin, Evansville, treasurer. The directors drafted the following mission "The Catholic Foundation of Southwestern Inc., seeking to fulfill the mission of the Church, an effective means for individuals, parishes, other entities to establish endowments for poses and to receive contributions for