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Th+M E S CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 19 NUMBER 29 E MARCH 24, 1989 Bishop-elect Gerald A. Gettelfinger pauses in the corridor at the Catholic Center, during a recent visit. -- Message Photo by Paul Leingang Archbishop O'Meara to be principal consecrator at ordination of bishop By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor The archbishop of Indianapolis, a classmate and a friend will consecrate Msgr. Gerald A. Gettelfinger as the next bishop of Evansville; representativesof the laity, religious communities ancd clergy will also participate prominent- ly, according to planners of the event which is scheduled at St. Benedict Church in 'Evansville, on April 11 at 3 p.m. CDT. d Archbishop Edward T. O'Meara of In- ianapolis will be the principal con- secrator and ordaining bishop; he is the Metropolitan Archbishop, head of the Province of Indianapolis which in- cludes all of Indiana. Co-consecrators will be a classmate of Msgr. Gettelfinger, Bishop Thomas J. O'Brien of Phoenix, and a friend of the bishop-elect, Bishop Daniel M. Buechlein, O.S.B., of Memphis. Bishop O'Brien was consecrated Bishop of Memphis in 1982. Bishop Buechlein, a native of Jasper, Ind., and formerly president-rector at St. Meinrad Seminary, was consecrated Bishop of Memphis in 1987. Also in the plans with prominent roles at the ceremony are Archbishop Pio Laghi, p'apal pro-nuncio, and . Bishop Francis R. Shea. Bishops and abbots from the United States are being invited to participate in the ordination and installation Ceremonies. Priests from the Diocese of Evansville and the Archdiocese of In- dianapolis are being invited to con- celebrate the Mass. Deacons from the Diocese of Evansville are being invited to participate. (The permanent diaconate has not been established in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.) Some members of Bishop-elect Get- telfinger's family will also participate at e liturgy, in a statement issued in In- dianapolis on the day of his appoint- ment, the bishop-elect had commented on the honor he had felt at being ap- Pointed, and on the "even greater hOaor on my late parents, Gerald and Mary Gettelfinger, my embrotha. and sisters and their famililes, and the people of the Archdiocese of In- dianapolis, especially my brother priests." Detailed planning underway early this week also included the invited at- tendance of lay representatives from every parish in the diocese of Evansville. Also being planned is a public reception following the liturgy, to be held at the Ramada Inn, Highway 41 North, Evansville. The reception in honor of the new bishop is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Many details about participation in the ceremony and at the reception were still to be determined, according to Msgr. Kenneth R. Knapp, chancellor. Bishop Shea, during the interim period after the announcement of Msgr. Gettelfinger's appointment and before his ordination and installation, has been appointed Apostolic Ad- ministrator of the Diocese of Evansville. (Bishop Shea retains the title, "Bishop," but he is no longer "Bishop of Evansville.") Bishop Shea will continue to preside over diocesan ceremonies in the interim -- he was the main celebrant of a Chrism Mass at Holy Family Church in Jasper, Tuesday evening. (Bishop-elect Gettelfinger's plans for Holy Week also included plans for par- ticipation at a Chrism Mass; he joined other members of the clergy and people of the archdiocese at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul, Indianapolis, on Tuesday.) Bishop Shea was also scheduled to celebrate the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday at the Pro-Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in Evansville and Good Friday services at St. Mary Church, Ireland. Bishop Shea planned to celebrate the Easter Vigil at St. John Church, Newburgh, on Holy Saturday at 7 p.m. CST. Bishop Shea's Holy Week plans had been announced several weeks before the appointment of Msgr. Gettel- finger was announced. President meets vatican official By MZ SCHEVTCHUK WASHINGTON (NC) -- President Bush met with Cardinal Agostino Casaroli, Vatican secretary of state, for approximately 35 minutes in a private session March 20 and then hosted the Vatican official, six U.S. cardinals, and prominent Catholic lay people at a ,)n the inside reception that evening. , Accompanying Cardinal Casaroli on both occasions was Archbishop Pio Laghi, papal pro-nuncio to the United States. Father Timothy Dolan, secretary at the Vatican Embassy, said that at the afternoon meeting with Bush, "Car- 'See PRESIDENT page 4 ECHS Board Report on latest meeting, on page 2. Messages in the classroom Diocesan schools order extra newspapers, on page 3. The empty tomb -- Commentary on the Easter Sunday readings, on page 5. Around the Diocese -- People in the news, on page 7. Catholic schools Part two in a series, on page 11. i