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2 Priests Continued from page 1 pastor of St. Agnes, Evansville, in 1959. The new school at St. Agnes was built during Father Bauer's pastorate., Father Bauer has been pastor of St. Bernard at Snake Run in Gibson County, since 1969. He guided restoration of the church building after a devastating fire in 1974; the church was reno- vated in 1990. He directed the building of a new rectory in 1974. Msgr. Clarence A. Schlachter, 75, was ordained by Bishop Henry J. Grimmelsman at As- sumption Cathedral, Evansville, June 11, 1946. The native of Evansville, born Jan. 21, 1921, attended grade school at St. Mary, Evansville, and one year of school at Memorial High School, before entering St. Meinrad Seminary. The young priest was first assigned as assistant pastor at St. John, Evansville. Subse- quent assignments included St. Joseph, Princeton, St. An- thony, Evansville, and St. Mary, Washington. The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 7 He was named pastor of St. Mary, Daviess County, in 1952; of Sacred Heart, Schnellville, in 1955; of Corpus Christi, Evansville, in 1968, and of St. John, Elber- feld, in 1976. He was named a monsignor {n 1967. In July 1984, Msgr. Schlachter took medical leave fi'om his pas- toral duties while recovering from spinal surgery which he said saved him from paralysis. Msgr. Schlachter continues his work as Mission Director, in- volvement which he has contin- ued since Bishop Grimmelsman appointed him diocesan director of the Society for the Propaga- tion of the Faith, Dec. 30, 1953. His mission-related work brought him into close associa- tion with such people as the famed radio and television per- sonality, Bishop Fulton J. Sheen and Archbishop Edward T. O'Meara of Indianapolis. Msgr. Schlachter traveled to Rome to be present when then Msgr. O'Meara was ordained a bishop by Pope Paul VI. On a subsequent trip to Rome, Msgr. Schlachter and other diocesan directors met with Pope John Paul II. His travels have included trips to pre-Castro Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, and Kenya. Msgr. Schlachter will cele- brate his fiftieth anniversary with Mass at Holy Rosary, Evansville, Sunday, June 16, at 2 p.m. Father Robert Bultman, who was Msgr. Schlachter's as- sistant pastor 25 years ago when he celebrated his silver anniver- sary, will be the homilist. 45 years Father Robert Wannemuehler and Father Eugene Heerdink were both ordained by Bishop Henry J. Grimmelsman, May 19, t951. Father Eugene Heerdink, 70, is a native of Evansville, where he was born Jan. 23, 1926. His first assignment as a priest was as assistant pas- tor of St. Joselh, Evansville. Subsequent assignments as an assistant included St. John, Vincennes, and St. An- thony and Holy Redeemer, both in Evansville. In 1959, Father Heerdink served briefly as administrator of St. Martin, Whitfield, then was named'pas- tor of Holy Name, Bloomfield. He was appointed pastor of St. John, Loogootee, in 1964, and pastor of St. Matthew, Mount Vernon, in 1969. He was named diocesan director of religious education in 1972. FR. HEERDINK In 1979, Father Heerdink was granted leave to work in South America. He returned as pastor of Blessed Sacrament, Oakland City, in 1985. In 1987, he de- parted fi)r another five-year term in South America. Since 1992, Father Heerdink sion at Crane has been pastor of St. Joseph, 1964; and St. Anthony, Joseph, Jasper. In was Sacra was appointed Joseph, Dale, and coordinator of the Spanish Speaking Apostolate for the diocese. Father Robert Wan- nemuehler, 70, is a native of Posey County. He was born Dec. 22, 1925. His first assignment was as as- sistant at St. Agnes, Evansville; he also served as an assistant at Montgomery, In 1968, current De While at St. Evansville, derburgh 1991, Worth mentioning... Family Life Center seeks mini van . A mini van is urgently needed by St. Anthony's Center for Family Life, according to a recent newsletter. The vehicle would be used "for picking up food, running errands, hauling renovation materials and spreading the word about the won- derful work done in your Family Life Center," according to the newsletter. All contributions are tax deductible. The center is located in the former parish school building at St. Anthony Church, Evansville. Donations may be sent to the Family Life Center, 713 Second Avenue, Evansville, IN 47710. For more information, contact Jack Kirwer, center man- ager, (812) 423-6406. Warrick Hospital to be dedicated Warrick Hospital in Boonville will host a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony, Thursday, May 30 at 1 p.m. The cer- emony "will be in transition of becoming a fully sponsored or- ganization of the Daughters of Charity," according to infor- mation provided by Rita Kelley. Planning to participate in the ceremonies are Bishop Ger- ald A. Gettelfinger; Sister Xavier Ballance, president of the Daughters of Charity National Health System, East Central Region; Sister Veronica Ann Brown, cbairman of the Board of Directors of St. Mary's Health Care Services; John D. O'Neil, executive vice president and administrator of Warrick Hospi- tal; Pam Hendrickson, Mayor of Boonville, and Dr. Lloyd Long, president of the medical staff executive committee. ICC director honored as 'Man for All Seasons' M. Desmond Ryan, Indiana Catholic Conference executive director and lobbyist, recently received the "Man for All Sea- sons" award from the St. Thomas More Society Of Indianapo- lis. The award was initiated by the society to recognize persons who exemplify the Characteristics of St. Thomas More, the pa- tron saint of lawyers, in service to the Catholic Church and the community. Ryan was honored for his service and accomplishments, par- ticularly his impact on a broad range of issues in the state legislature. The award was presented by William J. Wood, a member and former president of the St. Thomas More Society of Indi- anapolis. Wood is also the general counsel for the ICC. Marian Heights seeks athletic director Marian Heights Academy, Ferdinand, is searching for a new athletic director, a part time position. Mary Harmeier, who has held the post since 1994, recently announced she is not re- turning in the fall. TEC Convention this weekend The 1996 National TEC/Koinonia Convention will be held at Western Illinois University in Macomh, Ill., May 24 through 27. TEC stands for Teens Encounter Christ. TEC weekends are offered in the Diocese of Evansville. In- formation is available from the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, the Catholic Center, Evansville. Faith Seeking Un Continuing Your at Saint Meinrad "j ENHANCE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH Adult Learning Opporttlnities via: GOD - one-day workshops - week-long programs ,, ::, _ graduate studieS::', - retreats - weekend cours/es - : 7 Small Classes with Individual Attention Nationally Known Faculty a FEW LATE SUMMER/EARLY FALL '96 JULY 30-AUGUST 2 To Teach as Jesus Taught I) 3' Ret'. t:.ttgene ttelzsell. OSB A week-long retreat f()r teachers and ministers. S0 -" OFFERING ' " JULY 1-JI;LY 5 Multi-Cultural Ministry: The Latino Perspective b r Ret'. A ntador (,'atcl A look ,tt ministry and ethnic diversity in t()day's Church. (graduate level course) SEPTEMIER 10-13 ; Building Parish Leadership to Shape the Church of - : the Future by Rev. Eugene Hensell, OSB Some perspectives to improve the quality of parish leadership. For a complete list of programs and course offerings, contact: Sr. Barbara C. Schmitz, OSB Office of Continuing Education saint Meinrad School of Theoh)gy St. Meinrad, 1N 47577 /"-"x (812) 357-6599, (800) 730-9910, FAX (812) 35%6816 School