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26,1995 The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 "dan Mater Dei teacher, coach looks back at HUGHES staff writer career :Person is lucky, he can moments those special mo- Impacted him so ged the di- life. is a very lucky back on his Pinpoint the tiny 37 years of g and coaching in Schools in the Planted back in the Sheridan was school student, Clarence Schlachter assistant pastor in Prince- priest put to- first basketball Parish had ever had, process, he intro- YOUng Sheridan to fell in love with the LSketball, and he a starter on team" at Prince- a college bas- but after a in college, he The Korean War w lging, but Sheridan was enough to be sta- tionea _ lorida, and he spent his time there playing lots of basketball, and becoming aware of the need to get more education. When Sheridan completed his duties with the Navy, University of Evansville basketball coach Arad McCutchan offered him a basketball scholarship and Sheridan took him up on it. He received his bachelor's degree from U of E, and was a member of the first graduate degree program there. He began teaching at St. Benedict School while still a college student, and after grad- uation, he was offered a job teaching and coaching at Rex Mundi High School. He stayed at the Evansville high school until it closed in 1972, and he remembers it as "unique." "Everyone worked together and if something needed to be done, they would pitch in and do it. It was a community that worked together and it took on aspects of a family." At Rex Mundi, he served as assistant basketball coach, and then as head coach. In 1969, his team won city, sectional and regional titles. When Rex Mundi closed, he was offered a teaching and coaching job at Mater Dei High School. Over the years, he taught physical education, his- tory, math, English, health and driver's ed. "I taught what- ever they asked me to teach." Throughout his teaching ca- reer, he and his wife, Carol, were also raising their nine chil- dren. They are the parents of two sons and seven daughters. As he looks back at his 37 year career in teaching, he says he has no regrets. "There are not many people who get to go through this life, and get to play a game, and that's what I did. I played basketball, and I had fun. "I really enjoyed doing what I did. I never did have a bad feel- ing about going to work, and I always looked forward to teach- ing. I always felt that if I made a mistake, I could correct it." He says he is most grateful for the influence of a young priest named Clarence Schlachter, who got him started on his life's career. "He is responsible for me being a basketball coach. If it hadn't been for him, I'd be plodding along somewhere else." ts a feature in the Message, designed to help the People of God in southwestern Indiana. tnvited to submit information about people y some extra prayers and attention. Benedictine Abbot Gilbert Hess, 87, the first superior of Blue Cloud Abbey in Marvin, S.D., died May 15. He was born near Vincennes and lived on his family's farm until he went to high school at St. Meinrad. He entered the monastery in 1926 and was ordained to the priesthood on May 17, 1932. In 1950, he was appointed to head the newly-formed monastery He also served as Abbot President of the can Congregation of the Order of St. Benc- h this capacity, he attended three session of cil II in the 1960s. information for PEOPLE WE CARE Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box IN 47724. LOW JASPER LUMBER CO. COMPLETE BUILDING SERVICE Ph: 44-1125 RT. 4, JASPER RAY FRITZ CO. mSALTY AND AI00RAISALS "$UPPUES & (812) 482-6630 00N JASPER, IN 4s=-lal CORRECTION: SCHOOL TAX SAVINGS $26 MILLION An article on "i'omorrow's Work Force" listed incomplete information about tax savings, according to Justin Clements, diocesan director of stewardship and development. By paying taxes, but not using public schools, Catholic families with children in the two Catholic high schools in Evansville save Vanderburgh County more than $7 million in taxes, according to Clements. The total savings, when all Catholic elementary and high schools are included, is more than $26 million. CORRECTION: WELFARE REFORM BILL SIGNED MAY 8 An article incorrectly listed the date Governor Evan Bayh signed the welfare reform bill, because of an error at the Bill Information Center, in the Statehouse. Governor Bayh signed the bill May 8. SHROUD LECTURE SCHEDULED IN WASHINGTON The Father Lawrence A. Vieck 4th Degree Assembly of the Knights of Columbus, of Washington, Ind. will sponsor a slide lecture on the Shroud of Turin at St. Mary's Church, 114 W. Van Trees Street, Saturday, May 27, at 7:15 p.m. David Snow, program chairman, noted that among the many relics of the Church the one that is the most mysterious, controversial and scientifically challen,dng is undoubtedly the Holy Shroud Of Turin. The presentation will be given by John A. Schulte of St. Louis, Missouri. Schulte has been studying and following developments of the Shroud for the last 15 years and has given nu- merous lectures On the subject. Last December, he made a presentation to a Shroud confer- ence at a Benedictine Abbey in Mount Angel, Oregon, and he has lectured to school and church groups of various denominations. The Shroud shows a full body image, front and back, of a crucified Jewish male from the first century.. Do ;the coin images in the eyes give us the true date of the Shroud? Is the Shroud a record of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ? These questions will be addressed at the free lecture which will last approximately one hour. For additional information, call 812-254-0469. BRESCIA PRESIDENT TO RETIRE L Brescia college president Sister Ruth Gehres has announced plans to retire, effective Sept. 15, from the post she has held since being named Brescia's third president in Febru- ary 1986. , . In her announcements, to the Board of Trustees and the college community, Sister Gehres, a member of the Ursuline community, expressed her gratitude for the blessings of the past nine years, including her work with an excellent and supportive Board of Trustees and a dedicated, creative faculty and staff. She expresses special appreciation for the increasing support of Brescia's over 4,000 alumni, the Ursuline community, and countless other friends of the college. rhe generous investment of all of these friends makes possible the continua- tion of our mission to our students and our community," she said. '46 GRADUATING CLASS SEEKS MEMBERS Five graduates haven not yet been located, according to organizers of a "FiRy Years Party" for the 1945 graduating class of St. Boniface School, Evansville. The five are Betty Oldham, Barbara Martin, Marian Lord, Dorothy Winiger and Cyril Folz. The contact people for the party are Doris Frielinghausen Barton, (812) 424-7440 and Gene Miller, (812) 422-8774.