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May 17, 1991 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana i Bishop's Forum I By BISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER Villa Maria: a fitting name for a home for priests In recalling my second anniversary as Bish- op of Evansville in an earlier column in April, I indicated that the new residence for retired priests was about to become a reality. I also promised that news would be forthcoming about an open house for all to see what has been accomplished in the transforming of the former convent at Memorial High School into seven apartments for retired priests. That time is now. An "open house" for the residence at 1640 Lincoln Avenue, Evansville, is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, May 19, 1991 from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. for those who wish to see it before it becomes "home" for the first five retired priests in early June. Once the priests make it their home, it will not be open to the public for visita- tion. For this reason, I encourage readers to take advantage of this opportunity to see it during the open house. This past week I communicated with all priests of the diocese the details of the policy that will govern the new residence. My letter in- cluded lease requirements and details as to what based on the operational budget. It will be the re- sponsibility of the priest to furnish his own apartment. Built into each apartment are stove, refrigerator and microwave as well as a private bathroom. Each resident will have the use of other common areas as the dining room, chapel and downstairs sitting room. Each will have addi- tional storage space in the basement and may use the freezer to store food for later use in the apartment. An evening meal will be provided six times per week. Laundry and apartment cleaning will be done for each apartment by the resident building manager. Except for telephone and cable TV, all utilities are included in the lease as well as basic building maintenance and lawn care. House rules in keeping with stated diocesan policy will be developed by the residents them- selves. The naming of the new residence fell to the bishdp. That privilege took on the character of one could offer a "perfect name." When the word came that contractors were about to give the building back to us, a suitable name still had not been spoken -- suitable that is to more than one person. My staff and I had decided to simply refer to it as 1640 Lincoln until a permanent name would be miraculously inscribed on a wall somewhere. And then .... .... it so happened that Bishop Shea and I were to travel by car to Joliet, Illinois to celebrate the fiftieth jubilee of priesthood of Bishop Vonesh. It was during the six hour drive north- ward that the topic of the new residence came up. I told Bishop Shea about my plight of not being able to give it a proper name. I shared with him some names others had proffered. He.sug- gested that "villa" had a nice ring to it. So it was that in his short litany of names beginning with "Villa" that he spoke "Villa Maria." It sound right to me. So it is named. The name is fitting for a home for priests. It also preserves its original dedication to Our Lady of Providence when it was a convent for the Sis- ters of Providence. ST. LOUIS (CNS) -- A WOman whose life is disrupt- ed by the time- consuming preparation process leading uer husband to the perma- rtert diaconate often tells her- | FOR THE BEST PLUMBING SERVICE RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL G (FREE ESTIMATES) RANT PLUMBING CO. 484 S. GOVERNOR AT CANAL Ph. 424-2441 I Spaldings Food Land 21 O0 Stringtown 1 713 E. Morgan 411 S. Barker Visit Our Complete Delicatessen Prime Cuts of Beef -- I Evansville Wet Heat & Piping Co. Inc. New & Used Boilers, Furnaces Repair & Replacement 424-0991 800 E. 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