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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 By MAlty ANN HUGHES MeSSage staff writer  ia 1953, w" .., nen Guerin -'"amla Was aske stablish  . d to help =y ,-  oerra Club in ,tl' idea his "'- moershin would H,"tch ito, 41 years of ser aply said, "Yes," to ion that Was "wonderful Bernardin is the member of During lip, he es in the following in society, mges in family watched the tie in religious the priesthood ernardin Club member's involvement dates back to 1953, original chapter As a Serran, he has been particularly interested in this vocation-watch, because Serra Club is devoted to sup- porting vocations. Back in 1953, Bernardin was asked to become a char- ter Serra Club member by Msgr. Thomas Clarke. Serra member Dr. Maury Fitzgerald had moved to Evansville from Chicago and was interested in beginning a chapter in his new town. Thirty to 40 Catholic men were asked to become charter members of the group. Bernardin credits his invita- tion to join to his involve- ment in Te Deum and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. "I knew Father Clarke and I was getting into Catholic work right then." In his first job with Serra, he served as membership chairman. He doubled the membership and then went on to serve as Evansville's president, as a district gover- nor, and as a member of the national foundation board. He was also involved in getting Serra Clubs estab- lished in Vincennes, Terre Haute and Jasper. Looking back at his 41 years of service, Bernardin is especially positive about a Serra program called "Little Brother." The program, now discontinued, linked a Serra member to a seminarian at St. Meinrad. The member would make an effort to get to St. Meinrad to "check on the seminarians. They would go up and check on them, spend the evening with them and talk with them." Bernardin believes that the seminarians benefitted from this one-on-one contact. "Sometimes they may begin to wonder 'Am I doing some- thing important?' If people can come up there and assure them, that's important." Today, Serra Club sponsors an annual essay contest for eighth graders in Catholic schools in the Evansville area. Members also sponsor a yearly dinner for priests, sem- inarians and religious. Bernardin believes that the work of the Serra Club con- tinues to be important, partic- ularly in the face of declining vocations. "It is a lot harder to get priests. A lot of things are taking boys in different direc- tions." He noted that 50 to 60 years ago, "we had an agrarian community and a family may have had three or four sons." One of the sons went into the priesthood. Things are different today, with some parents "openly opposing" the priesthood for their children, Bernardin be- lieves. That's why he thinks it's important to change the attitudes of some parents, "to get them to be in favor of their children becoming priests." As he looks back on his own Serran membership, all the offices he held, and the seminarians he has worked with, he is perhaps proudest of his sons' involvement in the organization. All four of his sons have been involved in Serra Club. His son, Vince, is a past president of the Evansville chapter, and his son, Rob, begins presidential duties this April. r. Joseph Brokhage dies, was native of Vincennes for Msgr. Joseph 80, Were " of the Cathedral Paul, Indi- 1 in the Ceme- He was born in i913 in Vincennes and ordained to the priesthood in 1939 at the North American College in Rome. Following his ordination, he returned to Indianapolis, where he served as assistant pastor at St. Joan of Arc, Holy Rosary and St. Thomas died Feb. cerebral hem- Aquinas parishes. He received a licentiate of sacred theology from Grego- rian University in Rome and a doctoral degree in moral theology from Catholic Uni- versity in Washington, D.C. He also earned a master's de- gree in secondary education from Indiana State Univer- sity. In 1955, he was appointed founding rector of the Latin School, a high school semi- nary in Indianapolis, a posi- tion he held for 17 years. He also served as chaplian of the Serra Club in Indi- ? RI SH anapolis. Survivors include a S, Evansville, and a great-niece, 'C% Sonja Clark. t iii Memorial contributions 'i  . may be made to St. Paul Her- ;re': ,1 i :I!:: i  mitage Capitol Campaign, 501 North Seventeenth Avenue, :: r : ' Beech Grove, IN 46107. ut.hwestern Indiana Schum Monuments, Inc. li e touches thousands of  DALE, INDIANA Lnroughout our dmcese 937-4921 Cleaning .LE SERVICE GUIDE M&S Fire & Safety Equip. Co. Inc. Over 25 years sales and earvlce In the Td41ate 670 E. Fmnldin 424.3863 I ii III II I Msgr. Brokhage: A personal memory By BISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER Msgr. Joseph D. Brokhage, S.T.L., M.A., S.T.D. October 4, 1913  Febru- ary 28, 1994 Msgr. Joseph Brokhage was a distinguished priest and leader of the Archdio- cese of Indianapolis. His priestly life and ministry spanned years of war, tur- moil, unimaginable change both in society and in the Church. He served with dis- tinction under six bishops and five popes. was a native son of Vin- He founded and pioneered eennes. He was ordained a the Simon Brute :Latin priest for the Diocese of In.  . .. .... ,i .... dianapolis in 1939 when cnoo[ n naanapots, a Vincennes was part of the Diocese of Indianapolis. Prior to his ordination in 1939, he studied theology at the Pontifical North Ameri- can College in Rome. They have remained abiding friends throughout their priesthood. I pay him tribute in this forum for two reasons. He was a native of what is now the Diocese of Evansville. I revered him as a dear per- sonal friend throughout most of my own priesthood. I will miss him but do not begrudge him the eternal happiness he has sought. Msgr. 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