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Father Tony Ernst ordained May 9 By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor friends and a large number of the priests of the diocese Tony Ernst was ordained a priest of the Diocese of St. Joseph Church, Jasper, was filled for the occasion. ceremony of imposing hands in ordination was per- first by Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger and then by in attendance. and friends along with priests of the diocese and ein Seminary participated in the various rituals. were the new priest's sister, Angie Rohlman, Giesla Schepers, who read the first two passages the only son of David and Linda Ernst. They, along and godparents, were gift bearers. L Boeglin and Francis Schroering assisted the new priest Charles Seifert was the deacon; seminarians of the acolytes. direction of Anthony Buccilli, was the organist, with the diocesan choir and musi- Huls was cantor. at the end of Mass, Bishop Gettelfinger told the :.with a smile that there were "four, not three" holy orders. he had been reminded of that fact by Father Brian three orders ofdeacon, priest and bishop, the "baby priest." a broad smile and a bit of a blush to the face of is now the newest ordained priest of the diocese. Steckler, ordained in 1996, and Father Iqoltz, ordained two priests next-to-newest in the rank of diocesan ! announced that the first assignment of the a sign of the times" m as he told the assembled fam- Father Ernst would be an associate pastor at two Princeton and Sts. Peter and Paul in Haubstadt. )ointment is effective June 3. photos and the text of a "'thank you'" letter from \\; \\; Gettelfinger lays his hands in silence on the head g him a priest of the Diocese of Evansville. Message photo by Paul R. Leingang religious leaders join in opposing assisted suicide IEY Detroit and area leaders May 7 God and of a lead eventu- and the cardinal Ibrahim Chaldean Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle, based in Southfield; the president of the Michigan Board of Rabbis; local Episcopal and Lutheran bishops; and Presby- terian and American Baptist leaders. A Muslim cleric unable to attend the ceremony because of an Islamic holy day was to sign the statement at a later date. Signers said the document would receive wide dissemina- tion in each faith community. All of the faith traditions involved speak against physi- withdrawal of appointment to Sacred assignment to continue as Chap- Evansville. withdrawal of appointment as Chaplain, Center, Evansville. Associate Pastor, St. Joseph Chuxch, Haubstadt, effective cian-assisted suicide, according to the interfaith letter. "Those who promote this last, fatal escape as a 'right' should remember that such a "right' may quickly become an expec- tation and, finally, even a "duty' to die," the document says. "We fear that eventually some indi- Viduals and families will be forced to put financial concerns above the needs of loved ones." It also calls on the members of the various communities to extend compassion and care, including psychological and spir- itual support, to the chronically ill and dying -- and to their families and caregivers. "We believe the dignity of the human person is an inestimable value in our faith traditions. These values are at the heart of the current discussion on self- determination of the t'une and place of one's death," the letter continues. It also exhorts all concerned to conduct the public debate on the issue with respect and to refrain from personal attacks and ridicule. "We call for calm reflection and prayer, within the disciplines of our faith traditions, to come to the knowledge of what is required of us as stewards, not owners, of human life," the document con- cludes. The interfaith letter grew out of the deliberations of the Religious Leaders Forum, founded five years ago by Cardinal Maida, Episcopal Bishop R. Stewart Wood Jr. of Michigan and Rabbi Irwin Groner, president of the Michigan Board of Rabbis. "We have different beliefs, dil- l [ II I [ I ferent practices, different obser- vances," said Rabbi Groner, "but we are united in our affirmation that the bodyis God's possession granted to us, limited by restrictions and responsibilities and that, therefore, it is an act of great injury to the divine purpose of life for suk'ide to take place and for assisted suicide to be con- doned." Not all of the religious leaders who participate in the Religious Ueaders Forum were willing to put their names to the document. The local United Methodist bish. op, who sen, ed on one of the juries that'qlequitted Kevorkian,, was one who did not. -- i nLUJJ, u L t r I Valedictorians ........................ Page 2 Bishop's Forum .. Page 5 Gospel Commen ................. Page I4