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12 The Message u for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Personal pr,file: Father Bill By ED SCHMIDT and THERESA FORSTER Special to the Message Father William "Bill" Wargel is pastor of Holy Redeemer Church, Evansville, a position he has held since 1986. In a recent conversation with Father Wargel, he was asked when he became interested in the priesthood. He replied that his earliest interest had to do with his family's faith, as their daily lives centered in and around the church. His mother attended early Mass each morn- ing and all members of the fam- ily prayed together each evening, with lights out and a candle burning. Then his parents and all four sons would discuss how they used their consciences through the day. What does Father Wargel enjoy the most in his priesthood? PEOPLE OF COD 'Now as a priest I enjoy all faith dimensions, but it was teaching that allowed me to discover a depth of faith again and again, then to pass it on to others," he said. Father Wargel taught at Memorial High School, Evansville -- teaching juniors from 1966 to 1970 and seniors from 1972 to 1978. He was chaplain at Memo- rial for the school years 1978-79 and 1979-80. One activity as chaplain that his students remembered was helping him plan an Easter Sunrise Mass. Not everything about a pas- A series of features about individuals who serve the Church of southwestern Indiana, "People of God" profiles the clergy, religious and lay members of the Diocese of Evansville. 11 II1[ IIH I tor's life is enjoyable. "The greatest hurt as a pastor is to see division in a parish," he said. "I look to them as my fam- ily, just as you would feel pain in your own homes." He continued, "On the flip side, as individuals become community with interest greater than self, harmony develops and I am truly elated." Father Wargel answered other questions about his life as a priest -- about a typical day, his hobbies and his particular talent. "A typical day consists of broadstroke planning, personal FATHER WARGEL ministry, prayer, meetings, prob- lem solving and extras as they occur," he said. "I try to envision the parish to include all age groups to be touched by God in special ways." As for ski, but fishing. "My release to perimeter of he said. way to caught by the tail." As said, "IfI ity, it und said "by far conquer the should come This first in a ' provided by ! Club. Bishop praises contributions of Catholic 'community' By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger, the featured speaker at the Evansville Rotary Club luncheon, Feb. 4, described the contribu- tions which are made to the com- munity by non-public schools. Among such benefits, he said is that families with non-public school students pay taxes which help pay for public school edu- cation. Private and religious schools also pay salaries to their teachers and other employees. Non-public schools offer an alternative, which is often an incentive for businesses consid- ering moving or establishing a facility in the area, he said. And students learn to work with a "can-do" attitude, he said. Bishop Gettelfinger asserted that Catholic schools are true "community" schools -- receiv- ing some of their financing from student tuition and some financ- ing from the parish communi- ties which operate them. He also pointed out that Catholic schools and public schools use different forms of gov- ernance. He said Catholic school principals operate as principals and superintendents, because they supervise their staffs. To make his point bluntly, he asked the diocesan Catholic edu- cation office staff to stand. One person, Phyllis Beshears, direc- tor of schools, stood up. Bishop Gettelfinger said Beshears had an executive assistant and a sec- retary, to help her in her support of the efforts of Catholic schools throughout the diocese. Bishop Gettelfinger said some things still "chafed" Catholics -- including the state's refusal to pay accreditea perform state as do ed 1-801 1000 West Bishop Gerald A Gettelfinger speaks to the Evansville Rotary Club, at the Coliseum, Feb. 4. Message photo by Paul R. Leingang L- It.G! i iii i i iii iii i i i Ul AUTO TOPS, SEAT COVERS, BOAT COVERS STEREO SALES & INSTALLATIONS 254-3943 HWY50 EAST, BEHIND UPS CENTER EUGENE WELP, OWNER i ii ii i i i ii Wh d the'r fri ds! " ere customers sen i en "  Open nightly til 9 p.m. hop & Sons OLD US 231 SOUTH, JASPER, IN 482-2222 1-800-937-USA1 IIII IIIII IIII II ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC .... AND MAUSOLEUM Since 1871 The Catholic Church surrounds the sacred rites with the prayers and the most consoling of anointings and blessingS. is most fitting that the bodily remains of our loved ones, the sacraments, should be placed in peaceful surroundings" i St. Joseph Catholic 2500 Mesker Park Dr. Evansville, Phone (812) 423-1356 14::i;