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ES SAGE The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana VOLUME 24 NUMBER 36 May 6, 1994 WEST OEANEPtf :S staff writer Sister Tess Due- er at St. James has been Teacher of the Teacher of Sister Due- for being "quiet aad for being by par- alike. as has been a James Shool Was born and of Guam. ag at Loretto ege in Denver, to Guam for three she left Guam Sisters of St. teacher is named 1994 Teacher of the Year Benedict in Ferdinand. In preparing information for a Teacher of the Year question- naire, Sister Duenas wrote, "The experiences I had grow- ing up on the island are so woven into the thread of who I am today and its influences led me to my present ministry and vocation as a woman religious teaching in a Catholic school. "At the time I was growing up, Guam was 95 percent Catholic and everything we did revolved around our faith. We have many rituals and tradi- tions that are sustaining forces on our family systems and that includes the belief in a good, solid Catholic education. All my grade school and high school years were in Catholic schools and I treasure the role the teachers and staff played in contributing to my Christian formation. Our families were very involved in school and the partnership formed was close- knit and supportive. It seemed like my experiences of home and school were one." Martha Render, principal at St. James, says Sister Due- nas's style is "quiet not flashy. She is trusted and respected by students and parents." Render adds, "She's not the kind of nun I had as a teacher in school, but I wish I had." Sister Tess was one of 13 teachers who were Candidates for the annual Teacher of the Year Award which is spon- sored by the Message and the Office of Catholic Education. say pope recovers well for broken thigh bone Service Doctors II was re- tom a thigh reconstruc- Would need fully re- good general him in Vatican gavarro- 30, the day two-hour op- art to ira- ross- bed. Is calm and Sunday pope said :e accident *stpone a and miss prod- he Omewhat lowing the met regu- in his hos- a revised months. remain in for 2-3 his fell get- late right hip. of t into the the fall and he ruled out fainting or dizziness Unless it is rescheduled. Synod  as the cause. Doctors said they did not plan any further med- ical tests on the pope, who was expected to make a full recov- ery. According to members of Gemelli's medical team, the pope would wait about 10 days before taking his first steps u being careful not to put too much weight on the right leg. He was to use a walker at first, then proceed to crtches and, later, a cane. The pbint at which the cane becomes unnec- essary depends much on the individual, but doctors said they were optimistic about Pope John Paul's recuperative powers. "In July he can go to the mountains and walk, but he certainly cannot ski. It would be good if he did some swim- ming instead, because the prosthesis needs muscle tone in order to function," said Dr. Gianfrance Fineschi, who per- formed the surgery. Fineschi said the operation had gone more perfectly than one could imagine." The bone head was replaced with a long- life part as opposed to a ce- mented replacement that lasts only 10 years, and which is routinely used in patients over the age of 80. The pope's accident inter- rupted a particularly heavy schedule of papal activities. He was to have left April 29 for a weekend trip to Sicily; instead, thousands of people gathered at the papal meeting site to pray for the pope's health. He also was forced to miss the final week of the African synod and a meeting of the world's cardinals May 9-10, participants immediately sent a message expressing their deep sadness and wishing a speedy recovery. As Ethiopian Cardinal Paulos Tzadua said, the pope had presided almost continually over the delibera- tions and offered "great sup- port" to the bishops. The pope also was forced to postpone a three-day trip to Belgium in mid-May. Cardinal Godfried Danneels of Brussels, Belgium, told Vatican Radio that the trip and the beatifica- tion of Father Damien de Veuster would be rescheduled soon, possibly for September. The pope's recovery was not expected to affect papal events planned for later in the year, including an October trip to the United Nations and three U.S. cities. In the noon blessing that was broadcast by Vatican Radio May 1, the pope seemed to take his latest health set- back in stride. He remarked that he should have been in Syracuse, Sicily, that day to in- augurate the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Tears. "Instead, I again find myself in this other 'sanctuary' of the hospital, where every day tears of sadness and hope are shed," he said. Commenting on the May 1 European celebration of Labor Day, the pope said he was praying for the many unem- ployed in a period of worldwide economic difficulty. He ex- pressed special concern for young people who must sup- port a family. The pope also thanked everyone who remembered him with messages and prayers BENEDICTINE SISTER TESS DUENAS Bishop to celebrate Ascension Mass at St. Wendel Church By PAUL R, LEINGANG Message editor Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfm- ger will celebrate Mass on the Feast of the Ascension at St. Wendel Church, St. Wendel, on Thursday, May 12, at 7:30 a.m. Since a decision was made to put plans for selecting a dioce- san cathedral on hold, Bishop Gettelfinger has celebrated diocesan liturgies at parish churches throughout the diocese. Bishop Gettelfinger cele- brated Holy Week and Easter liturgies at Holy Rosary, St, Benedict, St. Agnes and Resur- rections Churches in Evans- ville; Holy Cross Church, Fort Branch; and St. Rupert Church, Red Brush. The bishop is scheduled to preside at Mass on the Feast of the Assumption at St. Ferdi- nand Church, Ferdinand. He will celebrate the Mass on Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. Later this year, Bishop Get- telfinger will preside at St. Philip Church, St. Philip, on Nov. 1, the Feast of All Saints; at Monastery Immaculate Con- ception on the Feast of the Im- maculate Conception, Dec. 8; and at St. Boniface Church, Evansville, for the Midnight Mass, Christmas Eve. Bishop Gettelfinger plans to celebrate Mass on Jan. 1, 1995 the Feast of Mary, Mother of God -- at Mary, Help of Christians Church, Mariah Hill. i I