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! , t he00[ E S S CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 22 NUMBER 32 E April 17, 1992 ter greeting from p Gettelfinger : Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, It is so fitting to begin our Easter Liturgy with, "This day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad!" I hearing those words of invitation to joy. This ray third Easter to celebrate this day with you. There are many reasons we can find that make Easter this year. In the past 12 months we have been forced to deal with the limits of our human ha- We have experienced the loss of many from our corn- in terrible tragedies. There still remains untold m the hearts of those who have lost family members friends. We have all been saddened by these unex- mrs which have caused such bitter pain. !bLet not our grief overwhelm us Let not the pain of an senaration cause us to turn inward Instead let us COascious of who walks with us in our own personal :: Evnt: J:fhG:Pr:::dedoSem:ph: death of !esus is risen from the dead! L Jesus is our hope of eternal life. He is our assurance of  resurrection of our own bodies on the last day! It is He  Walks with us and encourages us to keep our minds " hearts open to His teachings His love is the balm that %thes the pain His healin touch does mend broken 'earts. " u specach and every one of you will be remembered in a al Way at all the liturgies I celebrate. I do indeed ap- PreCiate your dally prayers for me. Bishop of Evansville /: i:ii00!iiii00i:i:i iiiiii!ii!!iiiiii00i00i!i;i0000/: resurrection. Legends and stories have also associated the flower with the annun. ciation, suggesting that the Archangel Gabriel presented the trumpet.shaped flower to Mary. ' , ..... ' Message photo by Mary AnnHughes I I I I biocese will welcome its newest members on Easter In the Diocese of Evansville, and in many other dioceses in the United States, two rites were celebrated on the first Sunday of Lent: the Rite of Election for catechu- mens and the Call to Continu- ing Conversion for candi- dates. Bishop Gerald A. See DIOCESE Page 5 From Message and CNS services formally declaring s on the first ad in Lent, tens of Js of people across will enter the weekend. Weekend of March 7 and 8 had been designated for catechumens and candidates to enter the final phases of preparation for their full entry into the church at Easter. Entry figures across the country signaled the growing importance of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults in U.S. Catholic life. They also marked a dra- matic shift" in recent years to celebrating the commitment rites at the diocesan level, as the liturgical norms urge, in- stead of in parishes, said Thomas H. Morris, executive director of the North Ameri- can Forum on the Catechumenate. Sister Mary Emma Jochum, O.S.B., diocesan director of religious education, said peo- ple who have experienced the RCIA process describe it as "a real conversion." They often find "what they anticipated church to be all about," Sister Jochum added. DoDe Miller ' I I I i ll.i St. Ben s schc00,M secretary believes in her work By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer y when DoDe Miller begins a smile on her face. she believes in what Oing. And that's what makes her past 18 years, she's been the at St. Benedict School in ;with children is nothing mother of four. Before she secretary, she was a sec- was in DODE MILLER at St. Ben's, she asked if there was any need for substitute teachers. In those days, a wasn't required. Father Alban Berling, O.&B,, informed school was aoing to need a second grade teacher in the fall. Iin on classes tat spring with the second grade teacher and in the fall she had her own classroom. She taught for three years. "I felt I did a good job, but there was so much preparation and I really threw myself into it. That was the reason I stopped." She says she had a sense of relief when she resigned. She kept her ties with education by substitute teaching during the next two years. Then, one afternoon, while she was on the playground at St. Ben's, the principal, Sister Karleen Sensmeier, O.S.B., stopped her and asked if she could type. She was asked if she would be interested in becoming the school secre- tary. She accepted the job offer and began a career that has been "very re- warding. There has never been a dull time. And there never has been a time when there wasn't a lot to do." Like the time the flu epidemic hit. "we had as many thermometers as we could fled, I was all by myself. We had chairs up everywhere and we had sick kids everywner . Miller als0 remembers the June 8 tornado that hit Evansville in 1982, "We were able to get the announcement out j,t in time for everybody to man their tornado stations. Then the electridity went out. We were in darkness in the basement, A window blew, out and we had an injured child. At first, we thought there was glass in the eye, but it turned out to See DODE MILLER Page 3