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obi E S SAGE The Message-- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana VOLUME 24 NUMBER 36 May 13, 1994 t m m i: : WEST DEANERY EAST DEANERY HUGHES riter message from af Guam was the 1994 Teacher on May 4. Gerald A. Get- the 1994 Introduced a mes- in the day and Cristobal They are the ne Sister a teacher at St. St. James, and annual dioce- 'Juanita Duenas her daughter, this will come lifetime. Proud you were 'eceive this very Congratula- You. This joyous great happi- on this coming especially on Ling anniver- for his blessing l Maria for her most specially a daughter like daugh- "very par- especially spe- joined his Lg their "I am grate- God for the that have us and most that voca- Evansville; r 00lergy assignments from Guam highlights award ceremony tion to join the sisterhood. We are proud of you." In accepting the award, Sis- ter Duenas extended a special thanks to her principal, Martha Render. Thirteen teachers in Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of the Evansville were nomi- nated for the annual award. During the banquet, eight teachers received special recog- nition for their years of service in diocesan schools. Janice Frey, a teacher at Good Shep- herd School, Evansville, re- ceived a certificate recognizing her 30 years of service. Phyllis Beshears, director of schools, received a 20-year cer- tificate and a taped message from Benedictine Sister Mary Celestin Maurer. Sister Mau- rer is currently principal at Good Shepherd School. She was also Beshears' first principal. In her message, she remembered hiring a teacher who "loved kids, all kids, and who wanted to be the best teacher she could be." Sister Maurer added, "every child in every one of her classes knew they were loved." As Beshears advanced to ad- ministrative duties, "she made her teachers feel special too." Today as director of schools, Beshears is "one of the most dedicated, enthusiastic and loving administrators," Sister Maurer said. Teachers also honored for 20 years of service included Judy Blankenberger, prin- cipal at Resurrection School, ad for 8 priests the new pastor in Rockport. Father John Emge, who had been in residence at Provi- dence Home, Jasper, since Au- gust 1989, has retired. Father Emge has moved to Villa Maria, the priests' retirement home, in Evansville. Three appointments affect parishes in Vincennes, Celes- tine and Jasper. Father Robert Bultman, current pastor of the Old Cathedral, Vincennes, is to be the new pastor of St. Celes- tine Church, Celestine. Father John Boeglin, current pastor in Celestine, has been appointed pastor of Holy Family Church, Jasper. Father John Schipp, now at Holy Family, will be the new pastor of Old Cathedral. Father Robert Nemergut, currently a member of the Urban Ministry Team in Evansville, is the new associ- See NEW page 3 itor for St. Agnes a first a retirement assign- Gerald appoint- OUnced last 1 '{asse8. Kuper, cur- Bernard will be the Agnes Agnes the for- Joseph of absence $chnur, cur- pastor in been ap- pastorate. Ordained a ago, will be Benedictine Sister Tess Duenas, front row, right, is the 1994 Teacher of the Year; she re- ceived the award from Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger at a banquet May 4 in EvansvilLe. Janice Frey, front row, second right, was honored for her thirty years of amrviee lndioee- san schools. Thirteen teachers were Candidates for the annual award; They include, front row, left, Sandy Lasher, Jeanne Fortune, Benedictine Sister Patricia McGuire, sec- ond row left, Kim Elpers, Mary Kay Elpers, Katrina Martin, Stella Bennett, Johnnie Heeke, Gerald Grannan, third row, left, Deidra Schleieher, Karleen Nichols and Matte Halbig. For additional information and photos from the Teacher of the Year banquet, see page nine. -- Message photo by Phil Boger Terri Hilderbrand, Wash- Martha Render, principal Bernard School, Rockpert. ington Catholic High School, at St. James School, St. James; The Teacher of the Year pro- Washington; * Rose Rogge, Mater Dei gram is co-sponsored by the Karen Kyle, Sts. Peter and High School, Evansville; diocesan Office of Education Paul School, Haubstadt; * Alice Joyce Schulte, St. and the Message. Bishop Shea recuperating from surgery By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Bishop Francis R. Shea is re- covering from a broken hip and hip replacement surgery at St. Mary's Medical Center, Evansville. Bishop Shea, who retired from his leadership po- sition in the Diocese of Evansville in 1989, is 80 years old. "I've gotten through this quite well, according to the doctor," Bishop Shea said, in a brief telephone interview Tues- day. He fell at his home in Evansville Monday morning and had reconstructive surgery late that afternoon. Bishop Shea was sitting in a chair Tuesday and expected to be walking on Wednesday. He said he probably would leave the hospital Friday and continue therapy for some time aRerwards. Bishop Shea said he fell Monday morning when he leaned over to pick up some- thing at the side door of his home. He said he lost his bal- ance, and his heel caught on the door step. After about 10 minutes, his calls for help were heard by Father Robert Deig, who lives next door and was about to go to nearby Christ the King Church for a funeral. Father Deig and funeral director Jerry Ziemer came to the bishop's rescue. With characteristic humor, Bishop Shea said that after he had fallen, some ants in his driveway were the first to dis- cover him. He told one of the people who came to help him, "Please tell those ants this is not a picnic." Bishop Shea, a native of Knoxville, Tenn., was named third Bishop of Evansville on Dec. 10, 1969. He was ordained and installed on Feb. 3, 1970. He retired April 11, 1989, and was succeeded by Bishop Ger- ald A. Gettelfinger. Bishop Gettelfinger spent most of Monday with Bishop Shea, from the time he learned of the fall, and through the time of the surgery. Bishop Gettelfinger visited n on Tuesday, and said Bishop Shea was in good spirits, and would appreciate prayers for his re- covery. ' i I  ,  i , : /