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1993 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 Msgr. Bilskie to celebrate golden anniversary May 23 By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor sgr. Maurilius Bilskie e the fiftieth an- of his ordination to ood on Sunday, 23. The "Pastor Emeri- Holy Rosary Church, ansville, will celebrate .m. A reception at multi-purpose is planned from 3 to Bilskie, 78, was or- seven years when assigned to Holy Church -- the new Bishop Henry J. had planned s East Side. [ of the drive around a ," that purchased. River Road" -- known then, was a and seal road on both sides, The only businesses road were a restau- monument works, built the firstchurch by ourselves, he re- The cost was $13,000. Parish continued to area continued to it was not a sur- r. Bilskie. "It ,.,, Y Rosary Church is Oae of the largest in the diocese with lies, according to iocesan yearbook. school has 375 Jean Vogler is Bilskie, who offi- in Street 00rmacl Services RED 00ING 3UBE & RETAIL cially retired 11 years ago, lives in a basement apartment in the rectory, and he has a small office on the first floor. He said he still takes his turn at preaching Sunday Mass -- that's six sermons on a weekend -- and he presides at two or three of the Masses. He also hears Confessions, makes Communion calls, pre- sides at funerals, instructs catechumens and visits parishioners in the hospital. He maintains that he does more work in his retirement than would be required full time at a small country parish. He also takes the time to get his exercise, he said, on the bicycle he has been riding "for years and years." He rides around the parking lot on good days, or on an in- door, stationary bicycle in bad weather. "I try to get 10 miles a day," he said. Maurilius E. Bilskie was born near Vincennes on Sept. 13, 1914. He lived with his parents, one sister and two brothers on a farm four miles south of the city. He attended Gibault Catholic High School in Vin- cennes, which was staffed by the Sacred Heart Brothers. They were excellent teachers, he said. Ha also gives credit to the brothers for planting the idea of becoming a priest. There were at most, 120 pupils in the high school, he recalled. In the class ahead of him, three of the students went oil to the seminary, and were ordained. From his own class there were also three priests N six priests in two years from that one school. "I guess that's where the idea came from," he reflected. After high school gradua- tion, the young Bilskie went to St. Joseph Seminary near Covington, La., for two years, then to St. Meinrad Seminary for six more years. He was or- dained June 5, 1943. The newly ordained priest was assigned as an assistant pastor at St. Joseph Church, Jasper, in 1943, and at St. Boniface Church, Evansville, in 1946. In 1949, he was as- signed to teach at Memorial High School, Evansville. In 1950, Father Bilskie went to the newly-purchased piece of farmland along Green River Road and estab- lished Holy Rosary Church. It is the only parish he ever served as pastor -- remaining in that capacity until 1982 when he retired with the title, Pastor Emeritus. Father Bilskie became "Msgr. Bilskie" in 1980. His advice is very simple and straightforward for young men and women who might be considering a vocation as a priest or a nun: "We need them. I think that if they pur- sue it, it would be a great vo- cation, and a good life for them." His anniversary celebration is open to all. His sister and one surviving brother will be among the family and friends planning to attend the festivi- ties. His sister, Betty Bilskia, is a member of Holy Rosary Church. His brother, Clarence Bilskie, lives in Houston, Texas. Fortieth anniversary Paul and Francoise {Pedneault) Newland of Washington will celebrate their fortieth wedding anniversary on May 16. The couple was married May 16, 1953, at St. Hyacinthe Church in Westbrook, Maine. They are the parents of four children, Bernadette Haury and Theresa Evans, both of Evansville, Timothy Paul Newland at home, and Cecile Jones of Vin- cennes. They have eight grandchildren. He is advertising manager for the Message. 12) 425-8191 Owner MSGR. MAURILIUS BILSKIE World Continued from page :1 chose two at-large delegates. Denver merchants were working on a public service campaign to heighten the community's "awareness of the diversity of the pilgrims," using public service an- nouncements for print and broadcast and on'billboards;:  according to Sister Walsh's assistant, Sherry Maloney. Sister Walsh predicted that the youths coming to Denver "will have international expe- rience that will be life-chang- ing." World Youth Day will get youths "in touch with the pope," she added. "The pope is (already) in touch with young people." " ........... For Pope John Paull Who turns 73 on May 18, the event could serve as a kind of foun- tain of youth. When the pon- tiff is with young people, "ha becomes younger . . . he lights up," Sister Walsh said. Overall planning is "hectic but going very well," she said. As of May 7 she had no details yet to release on the pope's schedule in Denver. As for how many young people to expect, more than 110,000 have already regis- tered. Sister Welsh said 150,O00 "would be an outside number" for total registra- tions. The cost of preparations and the event itself will reach about $25 million, but Father Dennis M. Schnurr, World Youth Day executive director said that figure includes the value of volunteer services and in-kind donations." He praised the generosity of donors, such as Denver's Brookfield Development Inc., which has provided World Youth Day with office space and parking estimated tobe worth more than $100,000. "Such donations are mak- ing World Youth Day possi- ble," Father Schnurr said. "Our budget relies on dona- tions like this to reduce ac- tual monetary outlay for the i event to $6.5 million." The $6.5 million, provided by the church, will be used to pay for events scheduled for the convention center, Mile High Stadium, McNichols sports arena and Cherry Creek State Park, where the papal Mass will be held. rity, site rentals, soudffsys- terns, transportation: and other fees. None of the events will require admission fees from participants. The U.S. bishops recently increased the budget to ac- commodate the larger number of registrants. The original $4.5 million was based on an expected 60,000 patriciate, "We underestlnilit: the popularity of the event;" said Baltimore Archbishop William H. Keoler, president of World Youth Day '93. Sister Walsh said she ex- pected half of the young peo- ple attending to be under 18 and half to be over. The event is open to those ages 13-39. Chaperons will accompany those under 18. The pope "wants to chal- lenge them, bring them to- gather (so they can see that) people from Croatia, Africa ... are pretty much alike," Sister Walsh said. "He wants also to give them a sense of their faith and their own church." Participants wilt include the disab[ed, those with can- cer and those who have the virus that causes AIDS. U.S. young people will be using ah kincls Of transporta- tion to get to DenVer. Sister Walsh said she had heard of a group cycling from Min- nesota and of others who will meet at a certain point and walk into the city together. From the Diocese of Evansville. four buses .ill be used to take I84 young per- sons and adults to Denver. Rick Etienne, d! direc. tar of youth ministry, iS coor- dina the pilgn'nu'ge ....