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12 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana April 14, 1989 I Bishop vows to find richness 'in 00Jhat Lord has given me' Bishop Francis R. Shea presides over ceremonies Monday night, during which he blessed the sym- bols of office of Bishop-Elect Gerald A. Gettelfinger. From left, Father William Traylor, Msgr. Michael Wolf, Bishop Shea, Bishop-Elect Gettelfinger, Richard Grannan and Scott Whitehouse prepare for the blessing, which was held at the Pro-Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, Evansville. --Message photo by Bob Straub Photography Bishop-Elect Gettelfinger addresses the assembly, introducin$ himself to the staff, priests and deacons of the Diocese of Evansville. --Message photo by Bob Straub PhotographY' Bishop's motto is prayer from Psalm 16 By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor On the night before his or- dination, Bishop Gerald A. Get- telfinger introduced himself to priests, pastoral associates, deacons and diocesan staff and their spouses. Bishop Gettelfinger talked about his roots, admitted his .nervousness, promised that he would confront people and told them he expecte'd to be confronted. Bishop Gettelfinger spoke at a evening prayer service held at the Pro-Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, Evansville. Dur- ing the service, Bishop Francis R. Shea blessed the new bishop's pastoral staff and ring. Bishop Gettelfinger made a for- mal profession of faith, and took an oath of fidelity to the church. In his remarks, Bishop Get- telfinger said he was the son of Gerald and Mary Gettelfinger. He said his family had gathered exactly one year earlier, at the death of his mother. About his parents he said, "I stand here without them, but somehow with them." The new bishop has five sisters and two brothers. He was born on a farm in southeastern Indiana, attended a two-room public school, and entered St. Meinrad Seminary at age 13. "For 28 years I was hyphenated," he said, referring to dual positions he held in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, as a teacher or administrator and as a pastor. He said his coat of arms features a figure of a sower broadcasting seed, with threefold symbolism -- his roots as a farmer, his work as a teacher and his work as a preacher. He said his motto, "Dominus pars," came from a prayer used at tonsure, "when I signed on." He said. the prayer came from Psalm 16, and referred to his commitment to find richness "in doing what the Lord has given me." St. Peter and St. Paul are favorite saints of the new bishop, who said he is like St. Peter in that he can be im- petuous and impulsive. He said he also felt he had the kind of dogged determination St. Paul demonstrated, along with a real confidence in the gift of the Ho- ly Spirit. He admitted being "a broken person, sinful," who would be held accountabld. "I am challenging, and can be challenged," he said. "I am confronting and can be confronted." To describe how challenge and confrontation would be good for the diocese, he used the image of a grist mill, "where wheat is ground be- tween two hard surfaces to pro- duce fine flour." The new bishop said he is a caring person, and one who needs to be cared for. He said he hoped to be a good pastor, one called to minister to the downtrodden. He said he hoped to be a shepherd who would show care and concern. As a shepherd, he said, he hoped to be one that others could walk with. He expressed a desire for the collaboration of "my brothers and sisters." He said he expected collaboration to continue to be developed in parishes, too. A major item of his agenda is to do "lots and lots of listen- ing," he said. He promised that he would have "no hidden agenda" -- and that his plans would be clear and open. He said he was concerned about liturgy, and wanted peo- ple to have a good experience at Mass -- which included well- prepared preaching. 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