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Bishop Gettelfinger ordains four "They will draw new strength from the gifts of the Holy Spirit," is a portion of the bishop's homily prepared for use during the ordination of deacons. "They will help the bishop and his body of priests as ministers of the word, of the altar, and of charity. They will make themselves servants to all " Four deacons were ordained by Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger for the Diocese of Evansville, at the Pro-Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, Evansville, on Saturday, Feb, 10. Bishop Francis R. Shea, bishop emeritus, joined Bishop Gettelfinger for celebration. Ordained were Joseph G. Schapker and Cyril H. Will, both of Evansville, and Thomas E. Holsworth Jr. and Charles B. Seifert, both of Jasper, After each of the four men were called by name, their wives were asked to give their consent and approval for the ordination of their husbands. The ceremonies stressed the commitment each of the new deacons had already made to their wives in marriage, and added to that commitment another public promise of service to the church community. Thomas E, Halsworth Jr. was born Nov. 24, 1948. After graduation from North Central High School Indianapolis, in 1967, he earned B.A, and B.S.Ed. degrees from Taylor University in 1971, his M.A. from Indiana University in 1973, and M.S, and Ph.D degrees from Purdue in 1976. Holsworth is a member of Precious Blood Church, Jasper. He is a professor at St. Meinrad College and School of Theology, and serves as director of psychology services, St. Meinrad Seminary. He and his wife, Shirley, have three children, Melissa Marie, 14, Damian Thomas, 12, and Thomas Andrew, 10. Joseph G. Schapker was born Nov. 4, 1933, in Evansville. After graduation from Reitz Memorial High School in 1951, he earned a B.S.M,E degree from the University of Evansville, and advanced studies in engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Schapker is manager of technology at the Whirlpool Corporation, Evansville. Schapker is a member of Resurrection Church, Evansville. He and his wife. Delores, have four childrenl Joseph Gerard, 34. Kathleen Marie, 31, Julia Ann, 26, and Karen Marie, 23. Charles B. Seifert was born Jan. 2, 1926, .in Jasper, He graduated from Jasper High School in 1943. Seifert, now retired, is a member of Holy Family Church, Jasper. He and his wife ages 19 to 39; they are Mark, Pam Bohnert Eckerle, Anne Devitt, Kevin, Teresa Lents, Jane Sandy and Jennifer. Cyril H. Will is an Evansville native attending high school at St. Meinrad for two, School in Evansville one year and in Ridgeway graduated in 1958. Will is a material requirements plannerl He is a member of Good Shepherd Church wife, Patricia, have three children, Matthew, 24, David, 19. There are currently 26 deacons in the first in the diocese were ordained in Five deacons are deceased. i Above leR, Cyril Will, at left, and Joseph Schapker, along with the other candidates for ordination, lie pro. strate during the Litany of the Saints. "Above right, Bishop Gettelfinger or- dains Charles Seifert, laying his hands on his head in silence. Thomas dained by p, Atleft, Bishop Gettelfinger presides at Fleck, director of the diaconate,: and Deacon Francis Hillenbrand, Not Shown, but also assisting were Msgr, Michael Wolf, rector of the pro. cathedral, and Deacon Donald Lahay. .3