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997 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 uting awards presented May 18 LEINGANG from throughout the Dio- lle athered at Resurrection Sunday, May 18. Following Gerald A. Gettelfinger presented Christ's Way, and Marian scouts. ; leaders were also honored: Lynne L A Gettelfmger thanks Father Paul Roos, pas- istians Church, Mariah Hill, for his to scouting. Bohnert and Karen Spellmeyer of Jasper and Carol Wigand of Evansville received the St. Eliz- abeth Ann Seton Award. Lois Schenk of Evans- ville received the St. Anne Award. Jack Thompson, diocesan scouting chap- lain, and Peggy Coomes, secretary of the Catholic Committee on Girl Scouting, assisted in presenting the awards. Thompson also thanked Father Paul Roos for his years of involvement in scouting. Amanda Jochim, a member of Troop 423, Evansville, car- ties the "Living Christ's Way" book in the entrance proces- sion. ] %  llnm,, ,ff .... Lois Schenk, with Troop 208, Evansville, is the recip- ient of the St. Anne Award, the highest award given to an adult scouting leader, by the Catholic Committee on Girl Scouting. A family reunion for Sister Mary Martha Blandford LEINGANG Lily again. Mary" rd celebrated of professin ices tir.efamily, rently home. 47501 00rgh Co. O-Life 95 ' Indiana N, IN "800-GMC.CHE her vows, with about 175 family members and friends, at nearby Burdette Park. Sister Blandford came to the Poor Clare Moanstery on Ken- tucky Avenue in Evansville, Nov. 25, 1944, when she was just 14 years old. "I would have come in grade school, if they would have let me," she said. "I wanted to be a nun since I was a baby." She celebrated her fifteenth birthday in the Monastery, Dec. 9, 1945. And at that time, she fully believed she would never 254-3612 leave the monastery property. She expected to live her life there and to be buried in the vaults below the church. Parents could visit a daugh- ter in the old days, but they had to remain separated by a heavy grating. "Not even our fingertips could touch," said Sister Bland- ford. Following the Second Vatican Council, rules and practices changed. And the monastery itself was moved to new proper- ty near Burdette Park, west of Evansville. Sister Blandford made her first profession of vows on March 13, but the Poor Clares choose not to celebrate during Lent, so she decided on the third weekend in May for her anniver- sary celebration. By chance, the day chosen for the celebration was the feastday of St. Paschal Baylon, patron saint of Sister Blandford's aunt -- a Poor Clare herself, who had inspired the 14-year-old girl to come to the monastery in Evans- ville from her home in Tell City, Ind. When the time approached to celebrate her jubilee, Sister Blandford's oldest brother. Earl Blandford. suggested celebrat- ing in the context of a family reunion. The Blandfont-Gratzer reunion. with brothers, sisters, nephews. nieces, cousins and all, was held at Burdette Park, May 18. "We've never done anything like it before," said Sister Blandford. She admits she is not too sure about the identities of all the people who were there. "It's so overwhelming," she said. Big Garden project will provide food for the poor By MARY ANN HUGHES Four years ago, Oberbeck was trying to Message staff writer find something to keep him busy during his "later years." He came up with the Dale Oberbeck laughs when he talks idea of planting a large vegetable garden about unanswered prayers. Maybe and giving all of the produce to the poor, they're the best kind. It took him four years to find a suitable location, and along the wa); he wasn't sure if he would have to buy the land or borrow it. Then, someone told him to take a look at Oak Hill Cemetery, a city-run cemetery on Evansville's east side. The cemetery had 60 unused acres of land. Oberbeck approached city officials and asked to use the entire plot. He was given two acres. Now, he laughs, "The Lord knew what he was doing. He gave us something we could take care of." Although he has no budget, Ober- beck received donated plants and seeds from area greenhouses and nurseries. The garden project, which will be tend- ed by volunteers, will have green beans, beets, lima beans, peppers, cucumbers, carrots, Swiss chard, toma- toes and squash. All of the produce will be available to "anyone who needs the vegetables," Oberbeck says. The Tri-State Food Bank will take the surplus. Last Saturday, Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger blessed both the land and Volunteers Bob Wessel and Jim Coudret the plants. During the prayer service, Dale Oberbeck carries a fiat of tomato plants till the ld for.tbp,lig p/rden prgjL ' he wasjoine, d by members ofe Dioce- for the Big Garden project. -- Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes san Pastoral Coeil. ........................ LLMe.a'{e',o'tolYf'Mhlfl