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cher of the Year teacher receives 1998 diocesan award HUGHES staff writer time for Memorial teacher Randy Hupfer to attend the of the Year banquet, Cindy, to go to troop meeting instead him. her that although he the diocesan ly wouldn't be winner. banquet, as Bishop began read- icing the 1998 pfer realized the winner. He his concern to at his table that he be with him. worried. *egan his speech by ience of 240 educa- Winner. He listed the outstanding head and described the "strong of the winner. said, "We have of Evansville two favorite stu- tonight to pre- sent the Teacher of the Year award to him." At that point, nine-year-old Andrew and seven-year-old Christy Hupfer came on stage. It took about 10 giant steps for Hupfer to reach the stage and swoop his two young children into his arms. When he looked up, his wife and his mother and father, Dolores and Lloyd Hupfer, were walking across the stage to congratulate him. Hupfer laughed and said, "You're not supposed to be here!" During his acceptance speech, he thanked his parents for "giving me the gift of Catholic education" at St. Boniface and Mater Dei High School. He also thanked them for "being my first teachers." Twenty-two teachers fr6m schools throughout the diocese were candi- dates for the annual award. Sixteen teachers were honored for their years of service to the diocese. Millie Rueger, a teacher at St. There- sa School, Evansville, and Benedic- tine Sister Christine Kempf, princi- pal at St. Matthew School, Mount Vernon, have each taught 40 years -in diocesan schools. The Teacher of the Year program, now in its eleventh year, is co-spon- sored by the Catholic Schools Office and the Message. the 1998 Teacher of the Year, is joined by Bishop Gerald A. fily members, his wife, Cindy, his father, Lloyd, his Dolores, and his daughter, Christy. -- Message photo by Mary T, Schetler Rev. Donald K. Ackerman, Pastor, Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Ireland, effective July 8. Rev. Kenneth Betz, Pastor, St. James the Greater Church, Haubstadt, effective July 8. Rev. Firmus J. Dick, retirement request accepted, effective May 31. Rev. Joseph F. Erbacher, Pastor, St. Peter Church, Montgomery, and All Saints Church Cannelburg, effective July 8. ; Holy Spirit Church, Evans- as Pastor of Nativity Church, Evansville, effec- ! T. Madden, Pastor, St. Matthew Church, Mount 8. Jesus Church, SWartz, Pastor, Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, i July 8. Pastor, St. John the Baptist Church, . July 8. Chaplain of St. Mary's Medical Center, (2. Will, Pastor of Immaculate Conception July 8. Zgunda, Pastor, Holy Redeemer Church, r8. Associate Pastor, Holy Redeemer effective July 8. Clergy assignments listed By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Two parishes in Evansville will share a pastor  the first such assignment in the Evans- ville East Deanery, following similar shared parish assign- ments most recently in the Washington and Princeton deaneries. The appointment of Father Henry Kuykendall as pastor of Holy Spirit and Nativity church- es was among 13 appointments announced at parishes in the Dio- cese of Evansville May 2 and 3. In all, nine parishes will have new pastors, and one of them Holy Redeemer Church, Evans- ville  will also have a new assistant. St. Mary's Medical Center will have a newchaplain, Father Jean Vogler, who returns to the active priestly ministry. His appointment is effective Wednesday, June 3: Father Firmus Dick, 70, will retire from the active ministry, as of May 31: Father Dick has been pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Schnellville, since 1988. An appointment has not yet been announced for Tony Ernst, who will be ordained a priest of the diocese, May 9. The appointment of one priest to serve both Holy Spirit and Nativity was a recommendation made by the Future Parish Staffing task force in 1996. At that time, there were 12 dioce- san priests and two Benedictine priests serving the parishes of the Evansville East Deanery. According to the task force projection, by 2005, only six diocesan priest and one order riest would be available. The ,, , iJ , , i i hiring of four pastoral life coor- dinators was recommended. In recent months, a group of church leaders has been meet- ing under the guidance of the dean, Msgr. Kenneth 1L Knapp, to discuss and to determine the parish staffing plan. Their rec- ommendations are expected SOOn. The Evansville East Deanery includes St. John the Evangelist in Daylight and the EvanSville parishes of Christ the King, Good Shepherd, Holy Spirit, Holy Rosary, Nativity, Holy Trinity, St. Benedict, St. John the Apostle, St. Joseph, St. Mary and St. Theresa. See CLERGY page 17 Red Mass ............................ Right to Life Banquet ................ Movie Reviews ...................... Page 14