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Tho00/[ E S S''AGE CATHOLIC DIOCESEOFEVANSVILLE VOLUME19 NUMBER28 MARCH17,1989 i Msgr. Gerald A. Gettelfinger named bishop I ! Southern Indiana native to be fourth bishop of Evansville By PAUL LEINGANG installed 19 years ago. Message Editor Gerald A. Gettelfinger was born at Ramsey, Ind., Oct. 20, 1935. He is the Pope John Paul II has accepted the fourth of the eight children of Gerald retirement request of Bishop Francis R. and Mary Gettelfinger. Shea and appointed Msgr. Gerald A. His preparation years for the Gettelfinger, vicar general and priesthood -- high school, college, chancellor of the Archdiocese of In- philosophy and theology, were spent at dianapolis, as the next bishop of the St. Meinrad Seminary, St. Meinrad, Diocese of Evansville. Ind., from 1949 to 1961. He was or- The news was announced at dained a priest by Archbishop Paul C. simultaneous news conferences in Schulte of Indianapolis, May 7, 1961. Evansville and Indianapolis. He was named a domestic prelate, Bishop Shea has served the Diocese of with the title, "Reverend Monsignior," Evansville since his ordination and in- January 26, 1983. stallation Feb. 3, 1970. The retiring .Msgr. Gettelfinger has served as bishop, who reached his 75th birthday chancellor of the Archdiocese of In- Dec. 4, plans to remain at his home of dianapolis since May 1, 1980; he was 19 years in Evansville. appointed vicar general of the arch- "Please pray that I may be a worthy diocese, July 1, 1988. servant of the People of the Church of During his years of service in Evansville!" wrote the bishop-elect to diocesan administrative positions, he Bishop Shea. "Your shoesaretheshoes also continued to serve in various of an exemplary Fisherman, I can't fill parish positions. His most recent posi- them, but your tracks have been and are tion was as pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul true!" Cathedral, Indianapolis. About his selection, Msgr, Gettel- The bishop-elect was principal of finger had said, "It certainly is comfort- Chatard High School, Indianapolis, g to know that this is not something from June 1967 to June 1970. During at I, nor anyone else, can do well these years, he was active in form- without the help of God." ulating and implementing innovations The bishop-electadded, "With great in education which included the intensity I say, 'Deus in adjutorium Chatard Special Studies Program. meum intende!'" (God will be my help Bishop-elect Gettelfinger served as when I need him!) superintendent of Catholic Schools in Ordination and installation the Archdiocese of Indianapolis from ceremonies are scheduled for the after- June 1970 to August 1974, when he was noon of April 11, at St. Benedict named as superintendent of Catholic Church, Evansville -- the same church education -- a position he held until where Bishop Shea was ordained and April 1980. A message to the diocese from the Archbishop of Indianapolis The people of the Diocese of Evansville will certainly be able to understand the mixed feelings with which I address this word to you. First, there is the great joy that our Holy Father has looked to Indiana and to the Archdiocese of Indianapolis to provide a bishop to succeed the distinguished Bishop Francis R. Shea who has served with such distinction as Bishop of Evansville since 1970. But on the other hand., there is pain within our own archdiocese at the separation from daily life and Work of someone that we have come to know and love very much. Dear People of Evansville, in Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger the Holy Father has indeed provided you with a successor to Bishop Shea who will lead you as a true shepherd of the flock. Bishop Gettelfinger brings experience, vision, courage, great faith, strength of prayer and an enormous love for people to the tasks entrusted to him. Most heartily I congratulate you on your new bishop and wish both you and him every success in the relationship that begins this day. Archbishop Edward T. O'Meara, Archbishop of Indianapolis BISHOP-ELECT GERALD A. GETTELFINGER Current Church and civic member- ships include responsibilities as chair- man of the parish council at Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral, chaplain and troop committee of Boy Scout Troop 174 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in In- dianapolis, the Community Service Council of Indianapolis, the Downtown Kiwanis Club, board member of Damien Center, Inc,, member of the Near North Development Corporation, member of the board of advisors of Our Lady of Grace Convent, member of the board of advisors of St. Augustine Home for the Aged, member of the School Commitee of Holy Cross Central School in In- , dianapolis, member of the board of governors of the United Way of Greater Indianapolis, and member of the board of directors of the Urban Parish Cooperative. Honors received by Bishop-elect Get- telfinger include the O'Neil D'Amour Award of the National Association of Boards of Education and the National Catholic Educational Association, See MSGR. page 13 q00)n the insid00 Serra essays -- Top two school winners, on page 2. Feeding the hungry -- Students work at soup kitchen, on page 3. Catholic school tradition -- Part one in a series, on page 7. Assertive discipline -- Advice for parents, on page 11. Merry-go-round memories -- A new mural at West Side school, on page 16.