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ES SAGE eotmrv v.otrv ing Catholics o VOLU WEST ['ERY E.I'I' nLIUIER %,1 R LEINGANG editor rvices held for Msgr. William Lautner Lautaer, a and school the Catholic services 19 at St. Bene- ille, with burial at St. Mary Cemetery, Tell City, Ind. He was born in Tell City, Sept. 5, 1910, and ordained a priest June 7, 1938. Msgr. Lautner was consid- ered by many as the man who built Mater Dei High School in Evansville. Memories, both public and personal, included a comment from Mary Dattilo Taylor, who said, "He made me what I am today." She paused briefly, and added, "and I'm not too bad." In a telephone interview with the Message, Taylor described the young Father Lautner, an assistant at Holy Trinity Church in Evansville atthe time, as a ' i:i  i Gettelttnger blesses a two-acre garden project which will provide project, under the director of a not-for-profit orga, i Garden," is located in Oak Hill Cemetery, Evansville, Above, Bish, members of the Diocesan Pastoral Council. For storyand -Me.aQe 00hoto by A.. X.ghes i :Anniversary of first at Poor Clare Monastery the Second or the are cele- of their dates ! throughout this year are being observed, as the community pro- gresses through the year toward Aug. 12, the hundredth anniver- sary of the dedication of the monastery. The laying of the cornerstone took place on Jan. 14, 1897. The first Mass in the new monastery was celebrated May 24, 1897. A celebration May 24, 1997, will include the members of the community and a few friends. It is the feast day of the dedication of the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Following is an excerpt from the hand-written annals of the Poor Clares, as transcribed by Sister Catherine Kiske Janeway. web site? Vatican web site is http'J/ -- of Vatican information and connec- Holy Father, The Roman Curia, The Archives and News Service. Visitors to also click on "How to Navigate the Inter- See." for visitors are German, English, Italian and Portuguese -- but not Latin. "On the following May 24, the Feast of Perpetual Succor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the first Mass was said by Rev. Joseph Dickmann, Pastor of St. Mary's Church, our first Chaplain. For the First Mass, the Altar was a table made of iough boards placed on two trestles set up in the room intended for our tem- porary refectory." Annals of the Evansville PoOr Clams "father for our fam- ily." Her own father died when she was six months old, she said. Father Laut- ner gave young people, teens, the kind of attention they need today, Taylor said. Msgr. Lautner served at parishes in Evansville, Wash- ington, Vincennes, Celestine, St. Philip and Oakland City. He was the first superintendent of Mater Dei High School. In recent years of his retire- ment, he lived in Jasper and most recently, at Little Sisters of the Poor in Evansville. William August Lautner was born in Tell City, Ind., the son of William Z. and Augusta A. (Fischer) Lautner. He was bap- tized and confirmed at St. Paul Church, Tell City. After studies at St. Meinrad Seminary, Father Lautner was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Joseph E. Ritter of Indi- anapolis, on June 7,1938. Father Lautner was first assigned as an assistant at St. Peter Celestine, Celestine. Sub- sequent assignments as an assis- tant included St. Vincent Orphanage, Vincennes (1939}, and Holy Trinity Church, Evans- ville (1944). The young priest began teach- ing at Memorial High School in 1944. He was a member of the Diocesan School Board in 1945, and he became the first super- intendent of the new Mater Dei High School in 1948. He lived at Mater Dei from 1949 to 1953, when he moved his residence to St. Agnes Church, Evansville. Father Lautner was appoint- ed pastor of St. Simon Church, Washington, in 1955; he was a member of the diocesan school board from 1958 until 1967. He left Washington in 1968 to become director of Sarto Retreat House and spiritual director at Magister Noster Latin School. He was named a domestic prelate, with the title, Rev. Msgr,, in 1970. Msgr. Lautner was appointed executive vice president of the Diocesan Council in 1973. That same year, he also became asso- ciate pastor of St, Joseph Church, Princeton. In 1974, he was named associate pastor of St. Philip Church, St. philip. Msgr. Lautner was appointed pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church, Oakland City, in 1975. He retied in 1985.and took UP residence at St, Philip Church, St. Philip. During his active years, he also served the diocese as Dean of the Washington Deanery while he was pastor at St. Simon Church; and Dean of the Princeton Dean- ery while he was pastor in Oak- land City. Msgr. Lautner also served as synodal examiner, parochial consultor, diocesan consultor, member of the Priests' Senate, member of the Priests' Person- nel Board, member of the Evansville Committee on Crime Control, assistance commission- er of the diocesan Church Affairs Commission, and spiritual direc- tor for the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women.