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2 Bishop Continued from page 1 Knights of St. John, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of St. John, and the Knights of Col- umbus were members of the honor guard. Ushers in the church were Third Degree Knights of Colum- bus and their wives. Students from the Catholic High Schools in the diocese greeted people who arrived for the ordination and installation. Participating in the ceremonies were 21 arch- bishops and bishops, two arch- abbots and one abbot. Members of Bishop Gettel- finger's family took part in the liturgy. Mary Ruth Ernstberger, a sister of the'new bishop, and Joseph Gettelfinger, a brother, read the First and Second Readings; Deacon Robert Gettelfinger, a cousin, read the Gospel. Anthony Gettelfinger, a brother, Nettie Swank, a sister, and nieces and nephews of the new bishop presented the gifts. Singing was provided by the diocesan choir of about 100 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana April 14, 1989 voices. Before the ceremonies, early arrivals whoalready filled the church listened to songs performed by the C.K. Newsome Children's Com- munity Choir and the Marian Heights Academy Choir. St. Benedict School cancelled classes for the day. The school buildings were used as loca- tions for priests to vest for Mass, and for viewing the ceremonies on a large screen television. WEHT TV televised the ceremonies; WFIE TV and WTVW TV broadcast portions of the ceremonies along with reports from the church. All three stations serve the Evansville metropolitan area. Radio Stations WIKY and WYNG originated reports from the church during the ceremonies. Newspaper reporters and photographers who requested credentials to cover the ordina- tion included the Evansville Courier, the Evansville Press, the Jasper Herald, the Vincen- nes Sun-Commercial, the Posey County News, Our Times, and the Criterion, the Catholic weekly serving the Indianapolis Archdiocese. In interviews after the. ceremonies, Bishop Gettel- finger spoke of "waves of emo- tion" he experienced. He noted particularly strong feelings dur- ing the singing of the "Veni Creator Spiritus," which asks for the Holy Spirit to come upon the new bishop. He also mentioned the litany of the saints, which was led by can- tors at various positions throughout the church, while the bishop-elect was lying pro- strate; the patron saint of each of the parishes in the diocese was called upon in that litany, to hear the-prayers of the assembly. Bishop Gettelfinger greeted an estimated 2500 well-wishers at a public reception Tuesday evening, at the Ramada Inn, Evansville. | Opening prayer Archbishop Edward O'Meara of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis reads the opening prayer at the beginning of the Ordination liturgy, wMessago photo by Bob Straub Photography Vesting Bishop Gettelfinger vests for the ordination ceremony. He is with, at left, Father Donald Fisher and Msgr. Francis Touhy who served as chaplains. --Message photo by Bob Straub Photography Presentation Msgr. Kenneth Knapp, chancellor of the Diocese of Evansville, prmmnts Bishop Gettelflnser to the Principal Consecrator and asks him "to ordain this priest for service as bishop." --Memme photo by Sob Stmub Phoogrohy Papal thanks to Bishop Shea A special mention was made Tuesday about the 50 years of priesthood completed by Bishop Francis R. Shea. Before reading the "papal mandate" authorizing the or- dination of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger, Archbishop Pio Laghi read a portion of a letter to Bishop Shea. "The Holy Father has directed me to convey his ap- preciation of the invaluable ser- vice that you, as ordinary, have given to the Diocese in the past 19 years," he said. "His Holiness gives thanks to the Lord for the example of steadfastness and loyalty you lave manifested throughout these years," said Archbishop Laghi. "The Holy Father prays that you will find years of happiness and satisfaction in the days ahead, thrmigh the awareness of the admirable work done by the Lord in the 50 years of your priestly ministry," he added. Reading of the Apostolic Letter Archbishop Pie Laghi reads the letter of appointment from Pope John Paul II. Archbishop Laghi is the Apostolic Pro.Nunio to the United States. He also read part of the pope's letter to Bishop Francis R. Shea, thanking him for his "invaluable service that you, as ordinary, have given to the Diocese of Evansville in the past lfl years." --Message photo by Bob Straub Photography