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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana priests reach thirtieth anniversaries H. Herr and priests , will ries priestly ordination, ared for the Sem- t Innsbruek, Austria. 9rdained by Bishop Innsbruck, on Z 3 chaplain at School and minister at St. John in Evansville, will Ltion of ts pastor of St. Montgomery in Can- to have a and a sup- brother and family mem- on March 1. FATHER HERR Father Herr was born in War- rick County, Jan. 13, 1941; His home parish was St. John Church, then in Elberfeld. Following his ordination, Father Herr was an assistant in several parishes and a teacher at Memorial, Rex Mundi and Mater Dei high schools. The parishes included St. Joseph and St. Agnes in Evansville, St. Wen- del Church in St. Wendel, St. Matthew in Mt. Vernon and St. Philip Church in St. Philip. He also served as administrator of St. Rupert Church, Red Brush. Father Herr was appointed pastor of Good Shepherd Church, Evansville in 1983, where he continued until he was named chaplain at Memor- ial in 1993. In 1996, Father Will was appointed sacramental minister for St. John Church, Evansville, where Sister Jane Nesmith, a Sister of the Blessed Sacrament, is the pastoral life coordinator. Father Will was born in Evansville Sept. 29, 1942. His home parish is St. Joseph Church, Evansville. Following his ordination, Father Will served as a teacher FATHER WILL and an assistant pastor. He taught at Mater Dei and Memo- rial high schools in Evansville, while working at St. Boniface and Christ the King churches, also in Evansville. Father Will was appointed associate pastor of St. Mary Church, Washington, in 1972, and then associate at St. Joseph Church, Jasper, in 1980. Father Will was pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Vin- cennes, from 1982 to 1987, and pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Haubstadt from 1987 to 1991. In 1991, Father Will was named pastor of St. Peter Church, MontgomeD; along with nearby St. Michael and St. Patrick churches. Following changes in the Washington Deanery, St. Michael and St. Patrick became chapels, and Father Will was named to his current assignment as pastor of St. Peter and of All Saints. Next week in ttte Message: A special anniversary feature on all priests serving the diocese who will observe significant anniversaries during 1998. Loretta Schafer, former Providence superior, dies Feb. 19 ters of Providence of Saint Mary- of-the-Woods and former chan- cellor of the Archdiocese of Indi- anapolis. She died Feb. 19, 1998, at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger of Evansville was the presider at the funeral liturgy. Burial was in the Sisters of Providence Cemetery at Saint Mary-of-the- Woods. Sister Schafer was general superior of the Sisters of Provi- dence Congregation from 1976 to 1981. She ministered with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis as vice chancellor from 1981 to 1989 and as chancellor from 1989 to 1991. From 1992 to 1996, Sister Loretta was promoter of the Cause for Sainthood for Mother Theodore Guerin, who Christian Burial Feb. 24 for Prov- for- of the Sis- founded the Sisters of Provi- dence of Saint Mary-of-the- Woods in 1840. She also served as chairper- son of the Leadership Confer- ence of Women Religious "Sister Loretta was a strong woman of faith. Divine guid- ance was her source of wis- dom," said Sister Diane Ris, general superior of the Sisters of Providence. "Sister Loretta lis- tened to that inner voice of God and lived her life guided by God's counsel. We shall miss her presence in our lives." Loretta Margaret Schafer was born April 2, 1917, in Chicago to the late Frea T. and Anna E. Porzel Schafer. She received a bachelor of sci- ence degree in chemistry and physics from Saint Mary-of-the- Woods College; a master's degree in chemistry from the University of Notre Dame, and a doctorate in chemistry, also from the University of Notre Dame. She entered the Sisters of Providence Congregation July 16,1935 and professed perpetu- al vows Aug. 15, 1943. From 1938 to 1959, she taught at schools in Illinois, Indiana Theodore by commissioning Sister Joseph Eleanor Ryan to complete historical research and compile a Positio, an in-depth account of Mother Theodore's life, work and writings. The Positio was presented to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome and, after it was approved by Vatican officials, Mother Theodore received the title "Venerable" in honor of a and Massachusetts. In the Dio-::, virtuous ltfi::liv:l'tO a heroic cese of Evansville, she taught at degree. Washington Catholic High School, Washington, from 1956 to 1958. While serving as general superior, Sister Schafer and members of the Sisters of Prov- idence General Council contin- ued the Cause for Mother Sister Schafer was the first woman to minister as chancel- lor for the Archdiocese of Indi- anapolis. While serving with the archdiocese, she developed a parish administration manual used by priests and parish life coordinators. asks 20 new cardinals for help in guiding Church 'WOODEN Service (CNS) -- cardinals, Pope them to help to the year SUpport and and expert the church in for ,n/ Street Stratman Prop. the Holy ,Year," the pope told the new cardinals Feb. 21 as he formally inducted them into the College of Cardinals. The next day during a Mass, he sealed their new relationship with him and with the Diocese of Rome by slipping a ring on the finger of each of the cardi- nals. With hundreds of their faithful, friends and relatives looking on, a Please Support Message Advertisers PAUL'S PHARMACY Paul Mayer, Owner 2345 W. Franklin St. 4254364 Plaza Pharmacy Newburgh Plaza Shopping Center Fast Prescription Sendce Ken and Rebecca Hacker 853-7141 Canadian and two U.S. archbish- ops joined the College of Cardi- nals, forging a new and closer bond with Pope John Paul II. "The pope is a very warm person, and it is easy to be enveloped in his warmth and friendliness," said Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago, just an hour after he walked up the stairs in front of St. Peter's Basilica to receive his red hat from the pope. Cardinal J. Francis Stafford, president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity and for- mer archbishop of Denver, said, "I was facing the Holy Father and he had a very gentle smile." For the new cardinals, Feb. 21-22 was a weekend packed with solemn liturgical cere- monies and formal receptions. Among the well-wishers gath- ering at the U.S. seminary Feb. 22 to honor Cardinal George was his brother-in-law, James Cain, who i i i . (812)254-2641 SAVINGS BANK, FSB 200 E. Van Trees St., Washington 500 Main St., Petersburg i read the first reading at the morn- ing's papal Mass. The cardinal's sister, Margaret Cain, said no one was surprised her brother became a cardinal -- it's practically autorffatic for the archbishop of Chicago to join the College of Cardinals. Cardinal George said the role of a cardinal, besides electing a new pope, was to be more close- ly associa ted with the universal church, particularly through serving as a member of various Vatican congregations and councils. People .we careabout00 Following is a feature hz the Message, designed to help draw together the People of God in southuvsten Indiana. Readers art' invited to submit information about people who may benefit by some extra prayers and attention. Services for Stephen Zgunda, 84, who died Feb. 20, were leld Feb. 24 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Ham- mond., Ind. He is the father of Father Ronald Zgunda, pastor at St. Mary Church, Washington. Survivors also include his wife of 50 years, Geneva, and children, Janet Stolarz, Karen Shaner and Anita Brubaker. He was a veteran of World War H, and had received the Boy Scout St. George emblem and the Bronze Pelican award. Please send information for PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT to Mary Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evans- ville, IN 47724. The e-mail address is message@evans- Subject: PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT. The copy deadline is 9 a.m. the Friday before publication.