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future, parish present: Our diocese ii By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor article is the first in a series to focus on the chal- of parish life, present and future. As clergy leaders are claiming more and more responsibil- coming months zvill feature statistics and solu- especially stories and features about parish th ....... I e reahhes of 'future parish staffing today. planners talk about deaneries and is safe to say a good number of :hurch and parish life on the other of Evansville. that a former parishioner had recently asked is Loogootee?" It was not a slam, just a sign of about a city.outside the daily life of the had asked the question. said that there were individuals who were ' had never, in all of their lives, been to they had never left the county where they mall, just 5,010 square miles, divisions are slow and fast time (Eastern and may have originated among German or Irish dry between some neighboring towns in ,and in other counties, too -- is legendary. the Diocese of Evansville. It is in the parish in Loogootee m St. John N is part new patterns of parish ministry. )astor of the parish in Loogootee and also Father Thomas Kessler is pastor of neigh- St. Martin in Whitfield and St. Joseph in priests and the members of the parish churches of Martin County." Their also welcomed the people from the former community of St. Mary, Barr Township, in Barr Township is now a chapel. 2ounty are two of the 12 counties See DIOCESE page 9 / 3 editor parish in 'Years? What doing? m south- • Sullivan t i • Linton Deanery Bicknell • St. Mary • • St. Thomas Cannelburg • Montgomery • • Washington St. Patrick • • Bramble ! I • Shoals • Whiff, eld deanery Prino in Princeton • ry Fort Branch • Jbstadt • St. James Poseyville " • St Bernard • Ireland Celestir • Jasper • SchIMlle • Huntingburg" di jalper ,t. Henry • Deane* Hill i • Dale POSe: • c'i' St. Philip • ,Spencer Mt. Vernon . Newburgh Deanery ,,ille,_ /- ,lie ry \\; Deanery my parish? Deanery assemblies to-tackle issues Assemblies. And perhaps more questions will be asked. Representatives of every parish in the diocese will be gathering together in their respective deaneries during April and early May. It's up to each deanery to decide what to do at the assembly. Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger will attend each of them. Judy the Message? ' be addressed to the Message, P.O. 69. E-mail: message@evans- t 424-5536 or toll-rite in Indiana (800) ......... Mary Etta Kiefer, O.S.B. .......... Mary Etta Kiefer, O.S.B. ................ Mary Ann Hughes ................. Mary Ann Hughes .............. Mary Ann Hughes .................. Paul A. Newland ................ Paul R. Leingang the Message to be mailed this year. Two dol- member's contribution pays for Neff, diocesan chancellor, will also be there and record the comments of the participants. Last year, participants at each assembly were asked to list the three most critical needs of their deanery. Typically, parish repre- sentatives came up with a long list of ideas, and then boiled them down to the top three. Some who attended the sessions thought their particular ideas were lost in the process. This year, each deanery will decide 6n their own process. One common component, though, of each deanery assem- bly, will be the future of parish staffing. That's one concern the bishop is convinced is univer- sal, and must be handled. Deanery assemblies will vary widely. In the Newburgh Deanery, for example, four or five persons from each parish will be invited to attend the assembly, accord- ing to Father Joseph Ziliak, pas- tor of St. John Church in Newburgh and Dean of the Newburgh Deanery. Each parish will be asked to make a presentation at the assembly, to tell the bishop about the successes of the pre- vious year and the hopes for the future. One by one, then, the parish- es will report first on "their accomplishments, programs, and what they feel good about in the pastyear," said Father Ziliak. The second part of each parish report wi be the "hopes, dreams and plans for the imme- diate and long-term future." Instead of a list of three critical needs, the Newburgh Deanery may end up with a list much longer, Father Ziliak acknowl- edged. But then, he hopes, the bishop and the chancellor and "the diocese" will hear what the parishes in the deanery have in common with other deaneries, as well as what is of particular concern. The Evansville West Deanery Assembly will be more of "an informational session," accord- ing to Father David Nunning, pastor of St. Wendel Church and Dean of Evansville West. Parish delegations will include profes- sional staff and lay leaders, and they will spend most of their the foundatio for the work will have to do as a deanery, said Father Nunning. He said some plans may be made to learn from the experience of other deaneries in regard to parish  and perhaps "to get professionals who can help us with this topic." The deanery assemblies are planned for 7 to9 p.m. on the following dates: • • Vincennes Deanery, at the Od Ca parish ter, Wedrsday, April . Ordination anniversaries........ • ;,. ,. Pag 2 A mother's story ........ ...... ........ Page 3 Hope: A youth perspective . Page 11