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...... II I I Illll I II The M E S SAGE ii i i 25 years of serving Catholics of southwestern Indiana ve 3 Mission I New novices i in Ferd,nand l i i ii iii VOLUME 26 NUMBER 40 June 7, 1996 t,ll i, J, i Brother Dillman: Eager for Llberia l I lili i lii i iiii I I II IIIII II IIII I II assignments last weekend of Evansville. are effec- July 10, at me, diocesan di- and asso- ator of St. Joseph Iper, will be the of St. Joseph Father to serve tions. Father Eti- Who will become the pastor of St. Clement Father Koressel's appointment, July 10, was announced early in May. pencer currently serves as ad- Joseph Church, Bramble, and as a John Church, Loogootee. Father be.come pastor of two parishes -- St. and St. Mary Church, Shoals. Shetler is currently the pastor of St. Whitfield, and of St. Mary Church, Shetler will continue to serve as pas- at Whitfield. , the word "pastor" is a verb. way in a recent interview with the excited about the opportunity to work h assignments announced in di LEINGANG with people, to pastor." Father Etienne is looking for- ward to returning to Princeton. He spent his pastoral internship there. "They were always warm and faith-filled people," he said. Following Father Koressel will be a chal}enge, he said. ::.:  While he is excited about be- coming more actively involved in parish ministry, Father Etienne said he is "not losing any enthu- siasm for vocations ministry." He will continue to lead diocesan ef- forts as director of the vocations office. Father Etienne acknowledged FATHER SPENCER that it will be hard to leave his FATHER ETIENNE first assignment at St. Joseph in Jasper, noting that first assign- ments are really important in the formation of priestly identity. "I feel a great deal of gratitude to Father Pat (Fos- ter) and the people of St. Joe parish for the way they nurtured my vocation," he said. He also expressed gratitude to Bishop Gettelfin- ger for entrusting him with the responsibility and he "hopes people will be patient as we learn together." i:: Etienne was ordained:June 5, 1993. St, Joseph in Princeton has 511 families, to the diocesan The parish gious education with about 100 ! St. JoSeph Catholic School last year:had an en- rollment of 92 pupilsi pre, Grade 8. Plans call for the school in Princeton to be op crated pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5in 1997-98: As for the future, Father Etienne said he --and many other people in sbuth- western Indiana -- are ex- cited about the impact of a new Toyota plant being built near Princeton. Father Spencer, 39, is looking forward to the chal- lenges of being pastor of two parishes in the Wash- ington Deanery. He will reside, at least for this year, at St. Joseph in Bramble, where he has served as ad- ministrator since 1995. He will also be pastor of St. Mary Church, Shoals. There are 82 Catholic fatal- Father Etienne will celebrate his thirty-eighth lies at Bramble, and 101 families at Shoals, accard birthday Sunday, June 9: Heis the oldest of the six ing to the diocesan dimity. : :: :. :.:: children of Paul and Kay Etienne of Tell City. He "Our area is go to ha to work graduated from Indiana University with a degree in ther Spencer commented. He said marketing and managing. For eight yea, he sold Staffing Task Force:projected that, orthopedic items, and then entered the seminary, now, the area might only have two priests:: ..... After five years of studies at Mundelein, Father SeePRJSe2 Pro-life workers plan postcard campaign R. LEINGANG editor been extremely parish pro- said Kristal atholic Charities. She is coordinating Project Life Postcard '96, set for June 29-30 in the Diocese of Evansville and throughout the United States. Riffert and her counterparts throughout the country are hop- ing Catholics will swamp Congress with postcards and ii Official From Bishop Gerald A. Gettlefinger The following appointments are effective Wednesday, July 10, at noon. The Rev. Bernard Etienne, Pastor of St. Joseph Church, Princeton. Continue as Di- rector of Vocations. The Rev.Gregory Spencer, Pastor of St. Mary Church, Shoals, and of St. Joseph Church, Bramble. ..... do you agree or disagree with the follo more important for a wife to help her hus- | i I n to have one herself. !;I Diocese Statewlde I "1 09% 11% [ [ 15% 17% 1-1 11% 12% I 1 . 30%% ___J I 34% 30% 30 other messages urging an over- ride of President Clinton's veto of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. Riffert promises to distribute 36,000 sets of postcards in the diocese, so that individuals will be able to express their opposi- tion to partial birth abortion and their support for an override. The postcards are designed to be sent to Senators Richard Lugar and Dan Coats of Indi- ana, and to the U.S. representa- tive who serves in the congres- sional district of the postcard sender. Much of the diocese is in the district of Rep. John Hostet- tler; a portion of the diocese is in Congressman Lee Hamilton's district. The postcards' call partial- birth abortion "a brutal late- term abortion technique that is more than infanticide." Riffert met with parish pro- life coordinators May 14, and provided information about the campaign. Those who could not attend that meeting received in- formation in the mail. Riffert said coordinators and parish pastors have been calling her, and calling each other. This is the most activity in regard to a pro-life effort that'he has ever seen, Riffert said. Pastors and coordinators at each parish decide how to con- duct the campaign. Some parishes plan to have pulpit and bulletin messages encouraging the mailing. Some parishes will collect signed cards and pay the postage. Others will make cards available in the pews for individ- uals to take home, sign and mail. The postcard campaign is sponsored by the National Com- mittee for a Human Life Amend- ment and the bishops' Secre- tariat for Pro-Life Activities. If Clinton's veto is allowed to stand, "this inhumane practice of killing children who are al- most completely born will con- tinue," the postcard adds. "I urge you: please take action now. Vote to override the presi- dent's veto of H.R. 1833." The House of Representa- tives, which approved the legis- lation twice, by margins of 286- 129 and 288-139, was expected to override the veto. But a more difficult battle was likely in the Senate, where the vote was 54- 44. Riffert said she has received questions from parishes and others who are interested in helping, including an employee of the Daughters of Charity in Evansville, and Msgr. Clarence Lindauer, chaplain at Little Sis- ters of the Poor in Evansville. "If there is any one in the dio- cese -- pro-life coordinator, pas- tor or individual parishioner -- they certainly could give me a call here." Cards and materials will be distributed in the diocese no later than June 14, Riffert said. For information, contact Kristal Riffert at Catholic Char- ities (812) 423.5456.