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LoM ESSAG E The Message-- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana VOLUME 24 NUMBER 40 June 10, 1994 rvation, development plans made for Brutd Library LEINGANG Message editor ous program of and development for the Brutd in Vincennes and for of books significant ob- cOntained-in it. LUPdated library for gen- of scholars, a museum a tourism destination of al prominence are in- in the hopes and of a task force which work leading up roposal over the past one-half. aP Simon Brute, the of Vincennes, col- 11,000 volumes -- of the Brutd Library. of religious and his- gnificance for Indiana Old Northwest Territory Preserved in the build- he grounds of the Basil- Francis Xavier, known Cathedral. made pos- Construction of the housing the A grant of t Was awarded in 1969. to preserving the  Collection and establish- the task force POsed exploring the ty of developing the d Cathedral complex National His- enter. Sister Louise chancellor, said project could take four Years to complete -- if available. A grant is emg sought for to begin proposal. to that grant re- project when fully will trace Indi- gious heritage and evel of public aware- the contribution of m to American Soci- context, the project enhance the signifi- e adjacent George National Historical tourist inter- of Vincennes. the project will md make available Catholic records materials for re- intellectual access. will be preserved context." VaOney is needed to Work and additional also be sought from 0hal Endowment for aities and the U.S. Service, accord- Later Bond. But the expects the entire Completed, to be- g through user admission fees. Vincennes, founded in 1732, is the first permanent Euro- pean settlement in Indiana. St. Francis Xavier Church was the first Christian congregation and the oldest Catholic parish in the state, with records beginning in 1749. The Old Cathedral is prob- ably the oldest Catholic church building in the state. All of Indiana and a portion of Illinois were under the juris- diction of the Diocese of Vin- cennes from 1834 to 1857. Bishop Brut appointed the first priests to Fort Wayne, Lo- gansport, Indianapolis and Evansville. Bishop Celestine de la Hailandiere invited the Sis- ters of Providence to Indiana in 1840, and authorized Holy Cross Father Edward Sorin to estab- lish Notre Dame in 1841. Bishop Maurice de St. Palais welcomed the Oldenburg Franciscans in 1851 and the St. Meinrad Bene- dictines in 1854. The proposal calls for present- ing the entire religious develop- ment of the Old Northwest Ter- ritory -- starting with the beliefs of the native population and the builders of Angel Mounds and Anderson Mounds. Maps and displays would show the routes of the Euro- peans -- soldiers, traders, priests and lay persons -- who traversed the area. Displays would also high- light the rise of religious plu- ralism. Catholics played an im- portant role in the capture of Fort Sackville at Vincennes by General George Rogers Clark in 1779 when, Americans took control of the Northwest Terri- tory -- new the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin. Clark was rewarded with a largegrant of land, which he di- vided up among his men. Indi- ana's first Baptist and Methodist churches were built on some of that land in Clark County. A ]ocator map is proposed, to show educational development connected with religion -- the rise of parish schools, acade- mies and colleges. Colleges were also established by Protestant institutions Hanover, Wabash, DePauw and Butler, among them. An agreement has been pro- posed by the National Park Service, to cooperate with the Diocese of Eva,sville. The park service and the diocese will cooperate to preserve, renew, maintain and interpret the Old Cathedral and the Brut Library as a component of the George Rogers Clak Na- tional Historical Park, if funds are available. Initial contact has also been made with the National En- dowment for the Humanities, Catholic Archives of Texas, the Vincennes Chamber of Com- merce, Cathedral Heritage Foundation in Louisville, Ky., Historical Landmarks Founda- tion of Indiana, and Evansville Museum of Arts and Science. The task force was appointed by Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger in November 1992. Members in- cluded scholars, theologians and archivists, many of whom are members of the Indiana Reli- gious History Association. James J. Divita, history pro- fessor at Marian College and president of Indiana Religious History Association, chaired the task force. Members in- cluded Joseph M. White, Ph.D., Indianapolis, who has pub- lished on American Catholic seminary education; Provi- dence Sister Ann Kathleen Brawley, St. Mary-of-the- Woods, former archdiocesan archivist in Indianapolis; Prov- idence Sister Eileen Ann Kelly, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, com- munity archivist; Daughter of Charity Sister Margaret Flynn, Evansville, community archivist; Father John Schipp, current pastor of Holy Family Church, Jasper, who will b, the next pastor of Old Cathe- dral; Benedictine Sister Angela Sasse, Ferdinand, community librarian; Cyril Ubelhor, Evansville, who researched the history of St. Joseph Church in Vanderhurgh County; Father Robert Bultman, pastor of Old Cathedral; John Yocum, Vin- cennes, parish council finance committee chairman at Old Cathedral; and Bernard Verkamp, philosophy teacher See PRESERVATION Page II Brutal Library welcomes visitors with treasures Among priceless treasures in the Brut Library is the bible, above, of Mother Eliza- beth Ann Seton, the first American-born person to be canonized. She was the founder of the Sisters of Charity and a friend of Bishop Brute. Her hand-writ- ten notes are in the margins of the bible, which was in her hands at the time of her death. Dan Willis, a parish employee, opens the library door for a visitor, right. 1 ! Papal letter on women priests draws mixed reactions WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Mixed reactions greeted Pope John Paul II's declaration May 30 that "the church has no au- thority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the church's faithful." Cardinal James A. Hickey of Washington called the papal pronouncement "a great ser- vice" to the church and "a deci- sive and conclusive reaffirma- tion" of church teaching. Archbishop J. Francis Stafford of Denver called it "an intelligent, articulate close to a sometimes heated discussion." He said it was a reminder that "the assumptions we make in our secular, political culture" do not decide religious belief and practice. But Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland of Milwaukee ex- pressed-dncern about a-n-ega- tire pastoral impact. He said he would obey the pope's call for an end to the discussion of women's ordination, but only with "inner turmoil . . . much sacrifice and inner searching." Pope John Paul's letter, ti- tled "On Reserving Priestly Or- dination to Men Alone," was dated May 22 but released May 30. In it he said the church cannot ordain women priests because of Christ's own "completely free and sovereign" choice of men only as apostles, coupled with the apostles' imi- tion of Christ's example and the "constant and universal tradition of the church" in fol- lowing that example and iew- ing it as normative,