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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern indiana 3 r. Charles Kaiser d pastor celebrated 90th birthday on Feb. 17 00'00YANN HUGHES age staff writer cam- gear up celebration, Kaiser said he Lhe fuss !Was turning 90 on Feb. still a sister who's lived to be 91, he can tell being not much differ- to be the way d his life. Church, and about himself. sixth of 12 children !arm about three Thomas Church The 300-acre "everything, Oats." The family sea, chick- Ven a few sheep. farms are pretty to all that." the COws early Charles attend- Of the 12 his class, two and one became "Three out good percent- he began to priesthood. his par- Meinrad sem- s family farm :.a train to Prince- Fer- a ride nrad. of the sem- ones, he Were kind of Was kind of le Stuck it out. at St. Mein- 932, and was is class to get Was sent to at St. Boniface ville. [3EOPLE OF GOD 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. Because of poor health, and a surplus of priests in Indiana, he was soon assigned to a parish in the diocese of Corpus Christi, Texas, for two years. "We had more priests than we needed then, and Bishop Ritter suggested that I go down to Texas. I was in Laredo, right on the border, and it was quite an education." When he returned to Indiana, he served in New Albany, before being assigned to St. Martin Church, Whitfield. "I enjoyed it there (at Whitfield) very nmch. We had an unusual set-up. The public school was very close, and I would go over there every day and teach. It was a public school, but the teachers were Catholic, and all of the students, except two, were Catholic. "They attended Mass every day, and after Mass I would go over there and teach religion. I enjoyed it very much there. The people there were good people. They would fight for a priest." He spent the war years in Whitfield, and remembers writ- ing letters to the young service- men from his parish. "They enjoyed getting letters. We lost one boy in the service, and one was wounded." In 1945, he was assigned to St. Philip Church in St. Philip, a parish he also enjoyed "very much. They were good people. "There's something about a parish that's not too big, that you know the people." When he was assigned to Holy Redeemer Church on Evans- ville's northside, it was in the middle of a major building boom. "Four-hundred of those pre-fab homes were being built in a year. I didn't get to know the people there, like in a small- er parish. It was a growing parish, and there was a lot of building. Attention was given more to building than to the peo- ple." He asked Bishop Francis R. Shea to be reassigned, and in 1970, he was named co-pastor of Holy Cross Church in Fort Branch. Msgr. Clinton Hirsch was also co-pastor, wh{le serv- ing as diocesan Chancellor. The school principal, Benedic- tine Sister Mary Emma Jochum, had recently been seriously injured in a car accident, and Father Kaiser divided his days doing parish work and running the school. "It kept me pretty busy." In 1980, he was named a men- t ;afety o. Inc. Sales and Tn-state E INSURANCE SERVICE , Auto! Home! Fire & Life! A Our Personal Service Agent Ks L. Will Ins. Agency Inc. 425-3187 Kimball International Jasper, Indiana I ( HAUBSTADT ELECTRIC Lcensed Bonded Insured Industrial, Commercial and Residential RO. Box 405 TONY NAZARIO Haubstaol, IN 47639 812-768-5207 1.800-7662787 AUTO TOPS. SEAT COVERS. BOAT COVERS STEREO SALES & INSTALLATIONS 254-3943 HWY 50 EAST, BEHIND UPS CENTER EUGENE WELR OWNER signor by Pope John Paul II. According to a Message report, he received this honor because "Father Kaiser is one of the most beloved priests and served a number of years in difficult assignments in the 48 years in the priesthood." On July 15, 1980, Msgr. Kaiser officially retired, ending all his administrative duties. He was named Pastor Emeritus at Holy Cross in 1980. After retirement, he stayed in Fort Branch "because I liked the place and I knew it well." "My responsibilities are spiri- tual now. I say Mass and I do Communion calls. Sometimes, I drive almost 40 miles for the Communion calls because peo- ple are scattered throughout the county." Father Charles Kaiser celebrated his 90th birthday on Feb. 17. -- Message photo byMary Ann Hughes People we care about... Following is a feature in the Message, designed to help draw together the People of God in southwestern Indiana. Readers are invited to submit information about people who may ben- efit by some extra prayers and attention Prayers are requested for Benedictine FatherAlban .... Berling, pastor at St. Benedict Church, Evansville, from 1963 to 1972. Father Berling has been diagnosed in the first stages of Alzheimer's Disease. He is now at St. Meinrad Archabbe): On Feb. 22, Keith Carie, 9, lost his battle with leukemia. He had the disease since August, 1993. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Vincennes. His parents are Tim and Sarah Carie. He died at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Mem- phis, Tenn. Birthday greetings may be nzailed to Father Kaiser at Holy Cross Church, 305 E. Walnut Street, Fort Branch IN 47648. Please send information far,PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT to Mary Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724. i UNIIED SOUTHWEST BANK OILD NA11ONAL itANCO WASHINGTON-SHOALS-LOOGOOTEE Peoples Trust Company SOUTH MAIN STREET P.O. 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