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community to heal after school shooting BROSH News Service Ore. (CNS) healing process and for himself, t Cole attend- a.m. Mass at St. May seven bullets High School 21, but went to said, so people in see he was doing I can help ease their began after students had gath- early ,t o visit with friends. I(ipland Kinkel, 15, entered the cafe- Opened fire with a .22- tic rifle. Stu- all thought the popping sound was a joke. In fact it was the sound of 50.22 rounds and one 9-mm round. Cole had arrived early at school for a 6:40 a.m. "Men of Excellence" breakfast in the library. Afterward, the 6-foot-6- inch champion wrestler went into the cafeteria to visit friends, who were sitting at one of the front tables, near the door that Kinkel entered. "I thought it was a campaign thing until he started shooting," says Cole. "By the time I real- ized he was firing, it was too late and I was hit. Others were hit too. There were only three people at my table who didn't get hit." "It sounded like a cap gun," said 14-year-old Ryan Crowley, also a St. Alice parishioner. "Nobody really thought a thing until people got hit and blood See OREGON page 2 Sharing her music Sister of the Blessed Sacrament Jane Nesmith shares her music with Joanna Forsdick, Mary Alice Turner, Mary Ann Farris and Mary Ann Crabb, parishioners at Holy Name Church, Bloomfield. Sister Nesmith is Parish Life Coordinator at St. John Church, Evansville. school 'president" plans move to Evan00lle R. LEINGANG e editor viously he was principal of St.. Stanislaus Elementary School in Lewiston, Idaho. In a recent telephone inter- view with the Message he laid out his plans for the summer. The family home in Walla Walla is being listed this week and "it would be great if we could wrap this up in June," then settle in Evansville during July. If the sale of his home takes longer, then the transition will be more com- plicated, but in any case, Wehde will be in Evansville to begin his new job Aug. 3. Wehde has spent much of his academic and administrative life in the Northwest, but his family originated in St. Charles, Mo. He'll be moving closer But the impact on his family is, in a word, "tremendous." His wife of 15 years, Kolleen, will leave family, friends, and an award- is complet- administrative Walla, Wash., the transition to ROBERT R. WEHDE winning teaching program involving special education stu- dents. Daughter Courtney, 12, will be starting eighth grade in her new home, and daughter Kailee, 8, will be going into third grade. When Wehde gets to town, diocesan and interparochial leaders expect him to make a quick and favorable impression. For one thing, his resume lists his height as six-foot-five and his weight at 250 pounds. And for another, he plans to intro- duce himself to the l,hool and civic community in his first few days on the job. Then he said he'll listen and plan. He plans to meet and listen to parents, students and teach- ers at the two schools, and to work with the directions given to him by the school board. Wehde intends to use what he'll be hearing to draw up a five-year plan. That plan will be shaped by next winter or spring, he said, and completed by the end of his first year. Long-range planning and the ability to "vision" are two of the qualities which were impor- tant in his selection for the job. Another is the ability to listen. "I enjoy communicating and talking with people. I'm always surrounded by different groups, and I'm looking forward to spreading the message about Catholic education in the Dio- cese of Evansville throughout all of Indiana," he said. Wehde has toured the high school facilities, and he's look- ing forward to seeing the spiri- tual programs, the academic programs and the extra-curric- ular programs. "'I look forward to carrying on that tradition, tOO." He said that people in the community often do not know too much about a Catholic school, beyond what they read on the sports page. "We need to do a good job of informing them all about the spiritual and the academic programs, and the fine arts programs.., and of our volunteer base, how people commit to our schools, and how that makes a difference in chil- dren's lives." Wehde speaks clearly on his vision of Catholic schools' sig- nificance in a community; YWe do impact, make a statement for the Church in society; in form- ing youth who can have and demonstrate excellent leader- ship skills, whether that be working with the Church or the public at large." Wehde's experience at Catholic schools gives him knowledge of the issues facing them today, he said, "and assessing where they need to be in the twenty-first century." He is familiar with the difficulties of keeping Catholic education affordable and independent. Mater Dei and Memorial "are great schools" and his new position puts him into "a won- derful situation," he said. Wehde is working towards a doctorate in Educational Admin- istration at the University of Idaho. He has a masters in phys- ical education, athletic adminis- See PRESIDENT page 3 .J i r H J r, selected for position of Mater Dei and members of the Catholic Inter- Schools have tran- :l orderly, enthusias- a ersonal com- in the power has served as and princi- School in 1992. Pre- |o the new clergy assignments take effect? announced assigmnents are effective July 8. Ackerman to Ireland, Father Betz to St. Erbacher to Montgomery and Cannelburg, to Nativity and Holy Spirit, Father Mad- . Father Swartz to Sacred Heart in V'm- St. John in V'mcennes, Father Will to :ton, and Father Zgunda to Holy as pastors, and Father Durchholz to Holy  associate pastor. Schipp remains at St. Mary's Medical Cen- I. Father Firmus Dick has tern- his retirement, originally scheduled for Celebrating 50 years Page 2 Q @e ooom o o  i, e Retirements .......................... Page 3 Page 5 The Bishop in Rome ..................