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r994 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 BRENNER anniversary ire being planned Brenner, Church, Father James of St. Joseph class- at St. Mein- F  Were ordained F. Leibold, at Evansville, i!7: will have a Brenner, Koressel, celebrate 25 years FATHER JAMES KORESSEL parish celebration, with Mass on May 17 at 6 p.m., followed by a potluck dinner. A public celebration is planned at Res- urrection Church on Sunday, May 22, with Mass at 2 p.m., followed by a public reception. Father Koressel will cele- brate the 10:30 Mass in" his parish on Sunday, May 22, with a public reception follow- ing at the St. Joseph School Cafeteria. EVANSVILLE-NEWBURGH AREA SINCE 1911" BILITY MPSON" v,.o,,., EY E II FUNERAL HOME 424-9288 !!ii .................. 1 100 E. COLUMBIA, EVANSVILLE PSON i. HOME 853-8314 5i0 JENNINGS, NEWBURGH 'I 983-4211 ELBERFELD, IND. " " Father Brenner was born in Armstrong, Feb. 12, 1943. St. Wendel is his home parish. After graduation from the parish school at St. Wendel, he entered St. Meinrad for high school, college and theology studies. He has a bachelor's de- gree in the Classics and a Mas- ters of Divinity. Father Brenner celebrated his first Mass at St. Wendel Church, May 18, 1969. His first assignment was as assis- tant pastor of St. John Church, Loogootee. In 1974, he was named associate pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Haubstadt. In 1978, he was ap- pointed pastor of St. Mary Church, Sullivan. He also served two missions, St. Ann Church, Shelburn, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Dug- gar, until they were discontin- ued. In 1982, Father Brenner was named to St. Joan of Arc Church, Jasonville, while con- tinuing his duties as resident pastor in Sullivan. Father Brenner was ap- pointed pastor of Resurrection Church in 1986. He is the Dean of the Evansville West Deanery, and diocesan chap- lain of St. Vincent de Paul. Father Koressel is a native of Evansville, where he was born Sept. 2, 1943. St. Joseph Church is his home parish. After graduating from the parish school at St. Joseph, he entered St. Meinrad Seminary for high school, college and theology studies. He earned a bachelor's degree from St. Meinrad College and a Mas- ter's of Divinity from the School of Theology. Father Koressel celebrated his first Mass at St. Joseph Church, Evansville, on May 18, 1969. His first assignment was assistant pastor of St. Joseph Church, Jasper. He was named associate pastor of St. Simon Church, Washington, in 1973, and of Sacred Heart Church, Vincennes, in 1977. Father Koressel was ap- pointed pastor of St. Peter Church, Linton, and St. Joan of Arc Church, Jasonville, in 1977. In 1982, he was named non-resident pastor of Holy Name Church, Bloomfield, while continuing to serve as pastor of the parish in Linton. In 1986, Father Koressel re- turned to St. Simon Church, Washington. During a portion of his time in Washington, Fa- ther Koressel also served as administrator of St. Mary Church. In 1990, Father Koressel was appointed to his current pastorate at st. Joseph Church, Princeton. A third priest currently serv- ing the Diocese of Evansville will also be observing the twenty-fifth anniversary of his ordination. Father David Nun- ning, pastor of St. Wendel Church, was ordained on his twenty-sixth birthday, Aug. 13, 1969, Proper formation seen critical for the church leaders of tomorrow By TRICIA DOYLE Catholic News Service CINCINNATI (CNS)  The call to serve others through catechetics "requires that we attend to the formation of the leadership of the future," a speaker told participants at the 58th annual meeting of the National Conference of Cate- chetical Leaders. "If we are to have competent leadership in tomorrow's church, we need to address those training needs today," said Jean Marie Heisberger. a longtime catechist, author and consultant for religion, man- agement and publishing with JMH Associates Consulting in New York. Speaking on "Culti- vating Catechetical Ministers for the Year 2000 and Beyond," she addressed some 350 reli- gious educators from through- out the United States. "We need to attend to the important theological founda- tion that we in ministry need to carry our tradition forward," she said. "We have a serious need for theological formation, training for our catechists and all of our parish ministers for our future." Ms. Heisberger stressed that catechists must receive ade- quate training during their for- mation in order to be effective and stated that today's cate- chetical leaders should creat extensive training programs. The annual five-day meet- ing, held April 10-14 in Fort Mitchell, Ky., centered on the theme, "Pastoral Alliances for Effective Catechesis." Partici- pants expanded their catechet- ical knowledge via keynote ad- dresses by national leaders in the field, round-table discus- sions, skills sessions and infor- mal conversation. A pre-conference workshop on developing staff relation- ships was presented by the Na- tional Association of Church Personnel Administrators, which has its headquarters in Cincinnati, - -. Keynote speakers at the cat- echetical conference included Notre Dame de Namur Sister Teresita Weind. a member of the pastoral team of Sts. Simon and Jude Parish and di- rector of Sacred Heart Neigh- borhood House of Prayer in Saginaw. Mich. She addressed the topic of "Creating a Coop- erative Vision of Catechesis" through song, drama and prayer. Fayette Breaux Veverka. as- sistant professor of religious education at Villanova Univer- sity, also discussed ways that catechesis can be merged with one's personal experience and that of the Christian community. Modeling a catechetical and liturgical alliance was the topic of a presentation by Father Robert Duggan, pastor of a Maryland parish, and Thomas Groome, professor of religious educator at Boston College. The two discussed the tradi- tional classroom educational model for catechesis and ex- plored additional ways to teach the good news O f Christ. To close the five-day meeting and to inspire members to con- tinue their ministry with an invigorated spirit, Bishop William B. Friend of Shreve- port, La., discussed ways to catechize effectively in today's changing culture. "The dramatic changes that are taking place in our time help us to prepare in a better way for the good of the church in the next millennium," Bishop Friend said. "As leaders you are well- suited to help others ith the future because you are en- gaged in a human process that explicitly and emphatically promotes values, virtues, ideas and the word -- the basic ingredients essential in the conscious creation of future cultures and sound catechesis." The national gathering was also flavored with faith-filled liturgies and prayer services, as well as,workshops where participants were'invited to share their experiences and knowledge. Catechists also studied specific aspects of their ministry in small-group pre- sentations, provided by various leaders in the field of catechetics. During te meeting, the na- tional conference's board of di- rectors awarded its annual" Catechetical Award, bestowed upon an individual who is out- standing in the field of cate- chetics in the United States. Father Robert Hater, who teaches at the University of Dayton and serves St Clare Parish in Cincinnati, was recipient of the 1994 award. Father Hater has dedicated many of his 35 years of priest- hood to catechetics and pas- toral ministry, has written nu- merous books and has presented seminars on various catechetical issues throughout the United States. His publica- tions include such books as "The Relationship Between Evangelization and Catech- esis," and a "Religious Educa- tion and Catechesis: A ShiR in Focus.  =I try to encourage the stu- dents in all different kinds of ways to see what religious edu- cation is all about," the priest said in an interview with the Catholic Telegraph, archdioce- san newspaper. "It's not about programs. It's not primarily about processes. It's not primarily about organi- zation. It's about people.  At the close of the meeting, Sister Notre Dame de Namur Marilyn Kerber, the Archdio- cese of Cincinnati's director of religious education, took office as president of the national catechetical organization. Edmund Gordon was named president-elect for the coming