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12 View Point By FATHER JOSEPH L. ZILIAK Associate Publisher It was time to say "thanks" and "goodbye" this past Sunday. A teacher from grade school days died. It was a journey of love to be present at her funeral liturgy and burial. Sister Mary Ellen Wildeman was 73. St. Philip in Posey County was her place of origin. There were five boys and five girls in her family. All five of the girls entered convents. The remaining four were there in the front row. Sister Valencia and Sister Bernette are also members of the Benedictine community at Convent Immaculate Conception, Ferdinand. Sister Mary Elizabeth is a member of the Poor Clare Sisters, Evansville. Sister Clare Benedict is a member of the Sisters of Charity, Nazareth, Kentucky. For 50 years Sister Mary Ellen taught children in schools. Over half those years, 27 to be exact, were spent at St. Benedict School, Evansville. She also taught at Christ the King, Holy Redeemer and St. Joseph schools, Evansville. Children in Ft. Branch, Haubstadt, Dubois, Washington, St. Anthony, Huntingburg, Seymour UeS$ i Continued from page 1 negotiated and peaceful settle- ment" of the apartheid conflict. "We commend the South African government in taking this significant and necessary initial step," he said. He said he hoped the deci- sion would signal "the end of a particularly sad chapter in South African history" in which "countless" people "suffered detention, imprison- rnent and exile in their struggle for justice." Pope tobeatify child martyrs MEXICO CITY (CNS} -- Pope John Paul II will beatify three Mexican child-martyrs in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the first day of his visit to Mexico in early May, said Mexican church officials. Immediately after his arrival for an eight-day visit on May 6, the pope is scheduled to preside over the beatification ceremony of the "Child Martyrs of Tlaxcala," who were killed in the 16th century for having converted from their native In- dian religion to Christianity. Father Pedro Juarez Melendez, chancellor of the Diocese of Tlaxcala, said the Vatican Congregation for Sain- thood Causes approved the beatification of the child- martyrs Feb. 6. 6 t MEDICAL MINISTRY Sf00 ANIHONY Ambulance Service Vincennes and Knox County Emergency Administration (812) 882-2002 (812)882-1818 r,v-.buYLE I UMBER COMPANY J 1Q4 WOOD STREET ' The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Saying 'thank you' at er00d of a long journey and Indianapolis benefited from her unending devotion to the details of teaching and loving her children. I can remember Sister Mary Ellen as my teacher in the fifth grade. We were in the northeast corner, second floor, of the old St. Benedict School. At that time it was the only school building we had. I've no idea what I did, but I seem to recall spending more than my share of time after school. I have the feeling that many of the sisters who were there at the time knew much more about me than I did, or do, myself. It was during that time that I remember joining the boys choir. That train- ing and practice brought me closer to the prayer life of the church that is now my life's work. I have the feeling that there was almost a con- spiracy of home, school and church at work in those days that influenced me so very deeply and beautifully for the rest of my life. During art class one Friday afternoon I recall Sister Mary Ellen thought I drew a chicken (or was it a turkey) too much like the model we had available to us. (She was partially correct because I do remember trying to trace a bit of the outline.) I had to remain after school and re-do the artwork. Out of spite I was able to duplicate the original very closely. I never had the nerve to talk to her about that. I did visit with her several times in the past few months. This woman who had given so many years of her life was always most humble and self effacing. Her former student, who owed so much to her, always received her great respect. I saw other faces in the convent church last Sunday. Some were former teachers or known from those years. Some were friends gained through the years. They all deserve to know how important for life-forming values and attitudes their work is. The interest, support and love that they continue to show is powerful, known and appreciated deeply. Teachers give students many hours of affection and love along with suitable doses of discipline and encouragement. Family and friends do the same. Let us not miss the occasion to notice this. We say "thanks" and "God be with you." He said all "future decisions, discussions and negotiations" in South Africa must he based on "genuine respect for the life and the dignity of every human person." "We wish Mr. Mandela and his family a joyful reunion," Archbishop Mahony said. "We assure them and all South Africans of our continued prayers as they struggle to build a democratic, united, non- racial and free South Africa." 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Mandela was released from prison Feb. 11. The following day he flew home. Sister Wildeman, O.S.B., dies Feb. 9 SISTER WILDEMAN Sister Mary Ellen Wildeman, O.S.B., 73, died Friday, Feb. 9, in the infirmary at Convent Im- maculate Conception, Ferdi- nand, Ind., Born Florence Wildeman, the sixth child of Joseph and Ber- nardine (Martin) Wildeman was born Nov. 211 1916. She entered the Sisters of St. Benedict in 1934 and professed her first vows in 1936. She pro- fessed her final vows in 1939. Sister Wildeman is survived by four sisters, Sister Valencia, O.S.B., Mr. Vernon, Ind.; Sister , I Bernette, O.S.B., Ferdinand, Ind.; Sister Mary Elizabeth, O.S.C., Monastery of St. Clare, Evansville, and Sister Clare Benedict, S.C.N., Nazareth, Ky. Also surviving are three brothers, Waiter, George and Anthony, all of St. Philip. She ,., was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Clarence and John. 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