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ES SAGE The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana VOLUME 24 NUMBER 3 Z May 20_1._. 199m4 [ [ andBeyond 1 =  EVANSVILLE J EVANSVILLE WEST DEANERY EAST DEANERY OUN WA! N61 OEANERY rSS MARTIN ri county A ' 'd : / :esan priests diamond jubilees .d priests of the e are ob- Years in the priest- J. Clarke T. Schoet- 'e both ordained Priest with the Msgr. recently ob- xty-second an- ordination. He 17, 1932. a native of parishes in ew Albany, Ind., Philip, and in Corpus Christi, esides at Holy Fort Branch, as co-pas- PaStor emeritus the present. olnas j. Clarke, of the Dio- now retired, Diamond Ju- Msgr. Clarke of diocesan 26 years. served as 4, 1945, to t for a the Catholic America in C., he worked the time of in 1934 until retirement in a Cathe- Holy Trinity, May 22, Wolf, the homilist. rill be a short a )rivate and able to include Sis- of Mont- Sister Mary Mobile, Ala, of Charity; Price DeVault), and three d and Paul born ordained a Joseph lapolis on assign- Pastor of Urch, Evans- appointed Bishop elsman was rst bishop of Vansville in MSGR. THOMAS J. CLARKE MSGR. CHARLES SCHOETTELKOTrE 1945. Under Bishop Grimmels- man, Msgr. Clarke used his ex- pertise to set into motion the .mechanics of the new diocese. He was chancellor, officialis of the diocesan tribunal, and, for a time, diocesan treasurer. In addition to his diocesan duties, Msgr. Clarke also served as chaplain of St. Mary's Hospital (when it was located across from St. An- thony Church on First Avenue in Evansville). For 16 years, he taught a medical ethics course in the nurses' training school. He was also Director of the Council of Catholic Nurses; he was founder and Chaplain of the Serra Club of Evansville. Msgr. Clarke was appointed pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Evansville, in 1952; in the fol- lowing yea he was given the Papal Honor of Domestic Prelate. From 1957 through 1965, he served as rector of the Pro-Cathedral. Following his retirement in 1973, he continued to serve on the tribunal as a part-time judge. Honors and awards include an honorary doctorate of hu- mane letters from the Univer- sity of Southern Indiana (then known as the Indiana State University of Evansville); and Knight of the Holy Sepulchre, bestowed in981. Msgr. Clarke today marvels.. at the prodence of God guid- ' ,qe TWO page 12 \\; Holy,Redeemer Walk-a-thon i Stephame Moll, 3, and about 30 other children and adults from the Holy RedAth, ! letic Club walk to raise money for the Ozanam Shelter. Club .vice president J Hayden i| organized the walk from the parish to the Catholic Center and back, May 14, ! I I I U I II I II I Synod Implementation Team completes work, Diocesan Pastoral Council on the way By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor The Synod Implementation Team has completed its work n and Diocese of Evansville has taken giant steps forward toward establishing a Diocesan Pastoral Council. Members of the Synod Im- plementation Team met Satur- day, May 14, for the last time. The group had been brought into existence at the direction of Synod '93. The Synod Implementation Team was given three tasks: 1) to recommend objectives for each of the Synod goals, for the 1994 -- 1995 fiscal year; 2) to develop guidelines for the Diocesan Pastoral Council; and 3) to make recommendations about the concerns expressed in Motions 8.1 and 8.2 of the Synod. The Synod Implementation Team was given until Novem- ber to complete its work. Now that the work is accomplished, a process is already underway to select the members of the Diocesan Pastoral Council. Goals and objectives Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfin- ger has assigned the members of his diocesan staff as "lead agents" in helping to move to- ward the goals of the synod. Plans have been developed for the next fiscal year (Sep- tember 1994 -- August 1995), and some actions have already bfen taken. For example, Synod Goal 1.3 called for the establishment of the Diocese of Evansville as a total stewardship diocese. An existing office -- the Office of Development  now has a new name and a new emphasis, with Justin Clements as the director of the Office of Stew- ardship and Development. Two groups of parishes five in each group  hard been meeting to work out the way they will move toward stew- ardship. Synod Goal 1.1 had called for the cultivation among all Catholics of a deeper under- standing of the Sacraments of Initiation. Bishop Gettelfinger has already begun to speak about the sacraments each time he presides at Confirma- tion at the parishes in the diocese. Efforts are also already un- derway to bring about what was called for in-nod Goal 5.2  that "the Diocese in col- laboration with parish leaders will design and implement training for parish pastoral council members, pastors/pas- toral life coordinators and other leaders. Other synod goals remain in the planning stage. Goal 1.8, for example, which deals with youth ministry, awaits the se- lection of a new director of diocesan ministry for youth and young adults. The bishop is to preside over the advisory council. Other members will include 14 lay persons (two from each dean- ery), two priests, one deacon, three members of religious communities (sisters and brothers), the vicar general and the chancellor, and two persons at the bishop's discre- tion. A chairperson and a vice chairperson will be selected from the members on an an- nual basis. With the exception of the bishop, the vicar general and See SYNOD page 9 Diocesan Pastoral Council The Synod Implementation Team, on May 15, completed work on the guidelines for a , .... 25-member Diocesan Pastoral  : Council, which will meet five times a year.