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CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 19 NUMBER32 APRIL14, 1989 t .vansville for the priesthood. Behind the altar are --Message photO by BOb Sttaub Photography Bishop Gerald Gettelfi Ordination of the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Evansville April 11 The following story was compiled by Paul Leingang, Mary Ann Hughes, Michelle Girten and Phil Boger, members of the staff of the Message. "I promise to be true to you," said Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger to the eeOple of the Diocese of Evansville, at conclusion of ordination and in- stallation ceremonies at St. Benedict Church in Evansville, April 11. Using words and images from the SaCrament of marriage, the Fourth B!shop of Evansville spoke of his or- Uination as a social sacrament -- "not for me, but for all of us. His closing statement brought a brief moment of thoughtful silence, then ap- Plause. th The comments came in remarks from e new bishop to more than 1100 peo- ple in the church and to countless others viewing the ordination Ceremonies on television. _,.Archbishop Edvard T. O'Meara of In- _ulanapolis was the presiding celebrant tl ordainine bishon In his homil , v i" Y hbishop O'Meara referred to Bishop fo ttelfinger as "my close collaborator ramany years." Bishop Gettelfinger ,u served 28 years as a priest of the ttrChdiocese of Indianapolis, before his PvPintment as the Fourth Bishop of ansville. ,Co-ordaining bishops were Bishop )aOraas O'Brien of Phoenix and Bishop anie] ,Buechleln, O S.B. ,ofteirPsthito Archbishop O'Meara w address the assembly With characteristic humor, he cautioned the people not to think they were getting a German bishop. Bishop Gettelfinger is one-sixteenth Irish, according to the Archbishop. During the ceremonies, Archbishop Pie Laghi, apostolic pro-nuncio to the United States, read a letter from Pope John Paul II, the "papal mandate" which authorizes the ordination. "Knowing that you, beloved son, are endowed with excellent priestly and human virtues, especially those which are necessary and useful for governing souls, we decided to entrust the ad- ministration {of the Diocese of Evansville) to yon," were the words us- ed by the pope and conveyed to Bishop Gettelfingar by the pro-nuncio. Archbishop Laghi also commented on the name of the new bishop, drawing some laughter and applause as he carefully pronounced the new bishop's name. "It is not the same in my language," said the Italian native. Many members of the Gettelfinger family attended the ceremonies, as did many friends from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, where Bishop Gettel- finger had most recently served as Chancellor. Also attending were approximately 125 priests from the Archdiocese of In- dianapolis, and about 100 priests of the Diocese of Evansville. All priests and deacons who attended walked in procession into the church, '*'along with civic and religious represen- tatives. Among the government leaders were Mayor Frank McDonald II of Evansville, Mayor Jerome Alles of Jasper, Mayor William Rose of Vincen- nes and Mayor Connie Naas of Huntingburg. In the procession were also represen- tatives of every religious community with members working in the diocese. The symbols of the bishop's office -- his ring, pastoral staff and miter were carried in the procession. Phuc Bui, a native of Vietnam, carriet the staff; Leo On the insi, and Bettye Adler, senior citizens, car- ried the ring; and Thomas Corcoran, president of the campus ministry board, carried the miter. Sister Mary Terence Knapp carried the chrism which was us- ed to annoint the head of the new bishop. Sister Knapp is the only woman administrator of a parish (Holy Name Church, Bloomfield) in the diocese. An honor guard was formed outside, for the procession into and out of the church. Knights of St. Peter Claver, See BISHOP page 2 Bishop's ordination -- Photos from ordination ceremony, on pages 2 and 3. ICC news -- Bill on AIDS being debated, on page 5. Archbishop O'Meara -- Homily from ordination ceremony,' on page 11. Vesper service Bishop Gettelfinger meets new diocesan family, on page 12.