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. E S SAGE CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 18 NUMBER 36 MAY 13, 1988 i I Bishop Francis R. Shea receives a hug from Sister Kath]een Finis, O.S.B., after he presented her with the 1088 Teacher of the Year Award. University of Evansville President James Vinson at right, was the guest speaker at the Teacher of the Year banquet May 5. -- Message Photo by Mary T. Ellert I t tl _. From the desk of B! pFr sho ancis R. Shea B00shopofDioceseofEvansville ii My dear People of Gad: World Communications Day is observed this Sunday, May 15. It is a day established by Pope Paul YI to draw public attention to the important role of communications media in our society and in our church. . New communications technology should be used to promote global solidarity rather than prejudice and violence, said Pope John Paul II, as he proclaimed the 22nd annual observance of World Communications Day. We observe the day, perhaps without full realization of all the risks and rewards of modern communications technology. Signals from satellites link the lands of humankind with news of the day. Cameras peer into the private lives of politicians and poets, presidents and prisoners. The groceries we buy, the movies we rent, the books we check out from the library, the taxes we pay -- small and not-so-small bits of r our lives are processed by computers capable of "talking" to each other and telling all. In this Marian year, the pope recalled both the fear and the faith of the Virgin Mary -- to whom was first proclaimed the good news of God's Word about to be made flesh: "Was not Mary herself frightened at the announcement which contained the sign of salvation offered to the whole of humanity?" the pope asked. "To hearts which are troubled by the risks of the new technologies of com- munication, I would reply: 'Fear notl'" said the pope. The church, full of care for man and woman, is aware of the deep aspiration of the human race for fraternity and solidarity," he stated, This aspiration "sculpted in the human heart by the same God who has created in it the need for communication and the capacity to develop it on a planetary scale." The pope continued, "It is thanks to her faith that the Virgin Mary accepts God's plan, enters into the mystery of trinitarian communion, and, becoming the mother of Christ, inaugurates in history a new fraternity. "Blessed are those who believe, those whom the faith liberates from fear and opens to hope and leads to the construc- tion of a world where, in fraternity and solidarity, there is a place for the com- munication of joy!" My brothers and sisters, let us pray that the Church may be able to intensify its presence in the world of mass com- munications, and that the world may See BISHOP Page 9 Teacher of the Year i i u| , t i Sister Kathleen Finis, O.S.B', accepts 1988 education award By MARY ANN HUGHES Message Staff Writer Sister Kathleen Finis, O.S.B., was named the 1988 Teacher of the Year for the Diocese of Evansville at an awards banquet May 5 at Resurrection School, Evansville. One-hundred-and-forty per- sons attended. As Bishop Francis R. Shea announc- ed the 1988 winner of the award, he said, "I'm not sure this is correct, but she is said to be 'relentless' in her ex- pectations of her students." However, the consensus of the guests at the ban- quet, especially those sitting with Sister Finis, was that 'relentless' was the cor- rect word. As Sister Finis approached the podium to accept her award, she received a standing ovation. She told the audience, "We're all working for the same end, the honor of God." Sister Finis is currently a music teacher at Marian Heights Academy, Ferdinand. During her 50 years as an educator, she has taught at St. Benedict School and Nativity School, both in Evansville, and at Sts. Peter and Paul School, Haubstadt. She also taught at Mater Dei and Memorial high schools. Atjhe banquet, "27 ,other teachersin, the diocese were honored for excellence in teaching and received Certificates of Merit for their service. The 27 teachers were nominated for the Teacher of the Year award by principals, other teachers, former and current students, and parents. A panel of three educators selected Sister Finis for the Teacher of the Year award, based on her years as an educator who served "with wisdom and heart." The Teacher of the Year award is sponsored by the Message and the Of- fice of Catholic Education. Dr. James Vinson, president of the University of Evansville, was the guest speaker at the banquet. ".We ought to say once in a while what an astounding success the American educational system has been, and you are a very special part of that." Dr. Vinson said. The United States has been suc- cessful, despite "all our problem," in providing "greater access and mobility through our educational system than any other nation." Despite this "enormous success," there must be a renewed focus on .teaching students the basic skills of reading, writing, and speaking well. There must also be a new emphasis placed on teaching American students foreign languages because "we aren't going to dominate the world and we had better learn other languages." Dr. Vinson said he does not believe the classroom is the place "to solve all of our social problems." Teachers are not responsible for all of society's "ills and they are not capable of solving them." Instead, he suggests we "return the classroom to the teacher and get out of the way of the teacher and the students. "That's what education is all about." Richard Rust resigns as Executive Director for Catholic Charities By PAULLEINGANG ting the responsibilities of executive Message Editor director, Rust had served from 1976-84 as casework supervisor. A search committee has been formed to find a replacement for Richard Rust as Executive Director of the Catholic Charities Bureau in the Diocese of Evansville. Rust, 39, resigned from his post, ef- fective April 29, after four years at the helm of the organization. Prior to accep- His departure "is a real loss to Catholic Charities and a real loss to the diocese," said Msgr. Kenneth R. Knapp, chancellor of the diocese. "He had tremendous knowledge in the field of social work, he had the respect of the community, his was a great Christian See RICHARD RUSTpage 13 On the insid00 Hats off to teachers -- More Teacher of the Year highlights on pages 2 and 3. Around the Diocese -- The latest school and diocesan news on page 7. St. Mary Church, Shoals -- Parish feature on pages 10 and 11. Bishop's Fund- ADA -- Update on page 15. The gift of life -- Story on organ donation on page 16. titt : "