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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Four Ferdinand Benedictines to celebrate 50th annive May F"our Benedictine sisters of the Monastery Immaculate Con- ception in Ferdinand, Ind., will celebrate the fiftieth anniver- saries of their religious profes- sion on Sunday, May 31. The jubilarians are Sisters Mary Matthew Baehl, Marie Block, Margaret Carolyn Kissel, and Mary Terence Knapp. Msgr. Kenneth Knapp, cousin of Sister Knapp, will preside at the 1:30 p.m. Eucharistic cele- bration in the monastery chapel. Benedictine Father Matthias Neuman will be the homilist. Sister Rose Mary Rexing, a niece of Sister Baehl, will be coordi- nator of ceremonies. A public reception for relatives and friends of the jubilarians will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in two locations: the monastery's St. Gertrude Conference Room for Sisters Block, Kissel, and Knapp, and Madonna Hall for Sister Baehl. Sister Mary Matthew Baehl, a native of Vanderburgh County, the daughter of the late Henry and Otillia (Baumgart) Baehl. She entered the monastery from St. Joseph Church, Vanderburgh County, in 1946. She made her first profession of vows in 1948 and her final profession in 1951. Sister Baehl serves as catechist at St. Ferdinand Church in a released-time religion program for Ferdinand Elementary School and Forest Park Junior High School. She also teaches a Confirmation class at Sacred Heart Church, Schnellville. She began her teaching career in 1949. She taught at the ele- mentary and high school levels in the Diocese of Evansville for the past 49 years, including at SISTER MARY MATTHEW BAEHL SISTER MARIE BLOCK St. Benedict, Holy Rosary, St. Joseph and Holy Redeemer, all in Evansville; St. Clement, Boonville; St. Mary, Hunting- burg; St. Mary, Ireland; and Marian Heights Academy, Fer- dinand. She also served as prin- cipal at Holy Rosary and St. Clement. She has a bachelor's degree from St. Benedict College, Fer- dinand, and a master's degree from St. Francis College, Fort Wayne, Ind., where she also earned a secondary life license in English. Sister Marie Block, a native of Schnellville, is the daughter of the late John and Rose (Buchart) Block. She entered the monastery from Sacred Heart Church, Schnellville, in 1946. She made her first profession of vows in 1948 and her final profession in 1951. She taught in Indiana at Fort Branch, Boonville, St. Henry, Dale, Montgomery, Celestine, Schnellville, St. Joseph (Evans- ville), and Marian Heights Acad- emy; she was principal at Fort Branch, and served as organist at various parishes. She has a bachelor's degree from St. Benedict College and a master's degree in education from St. Francis College, Fort Wayne. She is currently retired at the monastery, where she does needlework and provides other supportive service. Sister Margaret Carolyn Kissel, a native of Vanderburgh County, is the daughter of the late George and Leona (Scheller) Kissel. She entered the monastery from St. James Church, Haub- stadt, in 1946. She made her first profession of vows in 1948 and her final profession in 1951. She is the first Benedictine sis- ter to join the Canadian Hospi- tal Union, and she is a certified Pilgrim Leadel, for the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, Ill. Sister Kissel currently serves as assis- tant director and teacher at the Reading Carrel, Inc., Evansville. She previously taught school in the Diocese of Evansville, in Oregon Continued from page 1 was flying. I saw them lunge and jerk real quick. Some of them fell. "I said to myself, 'Oh my God. This isn't fake. This is real- ly happening.' A bullet hit the bench near where my leg was. If I'd been on the ground, I would're been shot," Crowley added. "I watched him walk up to a friend of mine and just shoot him in the head. A lot of people shot were my friends. I'm still not believing it." Crowley, a slender, blond freshman, then felt the barrel of Kinkel's rifle between his eyes. "Then he pulled the trigger," he said. "I'm told he pulled it three times, but I only remember one. The gun clicked; he was out of arnmo. I jumped up and hit him three times while he was trying to re-load. The gun flew out of' one of his hands and the clip fell out of the other. That's when the wrestlers hit him." Crowley shakes his head over being called a hero. "I'm not a hero. Batman's a hero," he says. "It was just instinct." The shooting left two stu- dents dead, and 22 wounded. They were taken in ambulances to Sacred Heart, a Catholic hos- pital in Eugene, and McKenzie- Willamette Hospital in Spring- field. When Crowley thinks of his friend, Mike Nickolauson, who died, he says, "I wish it were me 55th, 60th priestly anniversaries noted A combination retirement and anniversary celebration is planned for Msgr. Michael OJ. Wolf, who recently retired after 27 years as pastor of Holy Trin- ity Church, Evansville. The celebration will be held at St. Benedict Church, Evans- ville, on Sunday, June 28, with Mass at 2 p.m. and dinner fol- lowing. Persons who plan to attend the dinner are asked to contact Holy Trinity Church. Msgr. Wolf was born Dec. 8, 1913, and ordained a priest 60 year s ago on June 7, 1938. Msgr. Maurilius E. Bilskie, founding pastor of Holy Rosary Church, was ordained a priest 55 },ears ago, on June 5, 1943. Msgr. Bilskie was born Sept. 13, 1914. He retired, with the title, pastor emeritus of Holy Rosary, in 1982. MSGR. MAURILIUS MSGR. MICItAEL E. BILSKIE 04. WOLF irlll , i l, r SISTER MARGARET CAROLYN KISSEL the Archdiocese of Indianapo- lis, and in Chicago. During 20 years of elementary teaching, she served at St. Benedict, Holy Redeemer, St. Joseph, Resurrection, Evansville; and Fort Branch, and Montgomery (where she was principal and teacher),. She also worked at St. Mary's Hospital, Victoria, British Columbia, and spent 11 years at St. Mary's Medical Center, Evansville. She has a bachelor's degree from St. Benedict College and studied at Indiana State Uni- versity, Terre Haute, Ind. Sister Mary Terence Knapp, a native of rural Haubstadt, is the daughter of the late Joseph and Helen (Reising) Knapp. She entered the monastery from St. James Church, Haubstadt, in 1946. She made her first profes- sion of vows in 1948 and her final profession in 1951. For the past eight years, Sister Knapp has been pastoral life coordinator at St. Nicholas Church in Santa Claus. She pre- instead of Mike. He was engaged. He was about to graduate." Police seized Kinkel's rifle, a 9- mm Glock pistol, and a .22-caliber Ruger semi-automatic pistol at the scene. Later that day, Lane County Sheriff's deputies found the bodies of Kinkel's parents, William, 60, and Faith, 57, inside the family home. Cole remembers the spasms in his leg. "I couldn't do any- thing with it. I fell to the ground. I couldn't straighten my leg. The only thing I realized was my leg was shot. I didn't realize my shoulder and stom- ach were also hit." "Nathan's like the luckiest kid alive," said his mother, Linda Cole. "To get shot seven times and come out of it, and not be paralyzed, and come home the next day...." Linda and Bill Cole first wait- ed at McKenzie-Willamette Hospital, where they thought their son had been taken. "We were at the hospital going nuts," says Bill Cole. "As a par- ent, you're in there, you're wor- rying about your child." They learned from the wrestling coach that their son could move his feet and could talk. What they didn't know was that he was at Sacred 1 leart [lospital; they .,Cry w:lit}}g ,t SISTER MARY viously held' Holy Name of Bloomfield. She was and later director education for the Evansville. She the parishes of St. john tist, Newburgh; ton; St. Mary, Joan of Arc principal and James, Haubstadt, side Dubois, Holy Spirit, St. Christ the King, ville. She has a from St master's degree from St. Antonio, Texas. The Sisters of St, dinand are 227 who tion, pastoral counseling, social mis:;ion work. states and three the St. Alice McCumsey street from the Kinkels, known for over 201 wonderful, ly," she said. f extension of our our nei She said close-knit. raised together er. "People "They what I want the' That the Kinkel love for each other neighbors.' ...... Tom associate at ecumenical Springfield the night of MaY . and uplifting. During the walked up asked to prayers were students and no one Kinkel and his t] heads and McNatlaara insight was "That's Chri ".'-klid, sol } :''