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lr The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Jun e St. Joseph cemetery superintendent honored at retire By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Gene Trimborn, superinten- dent of St. Joseph Cemetery, Evansville, will retire July 12, after 25 years of service. He has also served as secretary of the cemetery's board of direc- tors. Succeeding Trimborn will be Ann Springer, who has been associated with the operations of the cemetery for 22 years. Trimborn was presented with a plaque by Bishop Ger- ald A. Gettelfinger at a retire- ment dinner, June 6. Joining in the celebration were the superintendent's wife, Betty, members of their family, members of the cemetery board of directors, and friends. Father Gene Schroeder, pastor of St. Theresa Church, Evansville, who is the president of the board of directors, coordinated the awards presentation. Also present for the cere- monies was Father James Brune, who formerly served as president of the board. Current board members were presented with plaques in appreciation for their service. Mary Lou Weidenbener and a committee of board members planned the dinner, held at the River House, Evansville. St. Joseph Cemetery is lo- cated on 118 acres west of Mesker Park Drive and south of Diamond Avenue. The ceme- tery was established in 1871, and consecrated by Bishop Maurice de St. Palais on All Souls Day 1872. The "new cemetery" replaced the original St. Joseph Ceme- tery, located at the site of St. Joseph Church. That first cemetery for Catholics in Evansville was established in 1844. During the past 25 years, the mausoleum was built (1976) and an addition was constructed in 1993; a new sec- tion of the cemetery was devel- oped; the chapel was renovated in 1989. The office was reno- vated in 1974, and most re- cently, 33,000 records of buri- als have been computerized. Eugene Trimborn receives a plaque honoring him for his 25 years of Joseph Cemetery, Evansville. The plaque was presented by Bishop Gerald A . ger at a retirement dinner. --Message photo Fatherhood Continued from page I sence trend because "religion is a primary shaper of culture," said the Rev. Don Browning of the Christian Church (Disci- ples of Christ). He said that in 30 years of teaching at the University of Chicago Divinity School, "I've never heard the issue of father absence initiated" in discus- sions among his colleagues or in interdisciplinary gatherings. The academic world "has not taken this problem very seri- ously yet" and "we have a long way to go before society begins to take it seriously," he said. -Bishop Pilla agreed strongly with the call for a restored sense of personal responsibility for family life among adult men but said that "a renewed sense of personal responsibility must be coupled with new so- cial policies if we are to strengthen our families and our nation." "Fatherhood must sink roots into two worlds -- the world of marriage and the world of work -- if it is to be a stable re- ality in the lives of children and in the community," he said. "Or, to put it another way, take away a good mar- riage and/or a good job, and you make it much more likely that a man will become just another absent father." He also warned against a temptation to rigid moralism. "We must be, on the one hand, as clear as possible that father- hood should always occur within marriage and, on the other hand, realistic enough to acknowledge it does not in every instance," he said. He described the wide range of grass-roots pastoral and edu- cational ministries the Catholic ChurCh conducts to support better marriages,-couple rela- tionships and family life. He suggested that religious lead- ers "consider how we might share our resources in order to become churches which are truly marriage builders within our local communities." Other speakers at the day- long summit included represen- tatives of Jewish, Muslim, mainline Protestant and evan- gelical Protestant communities. Luncheon keynote speaker George Gallup Jr. also empha- sized the importa! gion in bringing tural shift to phasis on fatht society. Gallup polb show that portant in the lives .... cans, he said. "Does ence? Yes, In addition he surveyed "persons of deep their lives in ways matically different, negative pressures Sister Geraldine continued from page 1 Her new position will in- clude general responsibility for the training of leaders in parishes, including pastoral life coordinators, pastoral asso- ciates and DRES. She will work with the Catholic Schools Office and principals. In short, her work will include "any ministry that requires adult formation," she said. "My particular goal right off the bat is to connect with the present leadership in parishes and diocese and do a lot of lis- tening," Sister Hedinger said. She wants to get a handle on things, to find out what needs there are for resources and training. But action won't be long in coming, she promised. "I think the synod has given some direc- tion, and the deanery gather- ings have given some direction," she said. "People want to see some action, some plans deve'l- oping, they want to get started." A series of meetings held earlier this year for represen- tatives of the parishes in the seven deaneries had religious education at or near the top of a list of immediate concerns. Following recent news re- ports about staffing the parishes of the diocese with fewer priests, Sister Hedinger also concluded that lay people know that there is more for them to do, and that training Catholic Parishes Campaign reports 88% By PAUL P LEINGANG Message editor The 1996 Catholic Parishes Campaign has reached 88 per- cent of the goal of $2,925,750, according to a-preliminary re- port from Justin Clements, diocesan director of steward- ship and development. Pledges reported by June 7 totaled $2,577,557. Of the 73 parishes in the dio- cese, 30 were over their as- signed goals, and 42 reported pledges exceeding last year's. Among parishes over their goals this year are Nativity and St. Benedict, both in Evansville; Holy Angels, New Harmony; St. Thomas, Knox County; St. Peter, Linton; St. Anthony, St. Anthony, and St. Joan of Arc, Jasonville. The following parishes ex- ceeded last year's pledge totals and topped this year's goals: Good Shepherd, Corpus Christi, St. Anthony, all in Evansville; St. Philip, St. Philip; St. Joseph, Vanderburgh County; St. Peter Celestine, Celestine; St. Joseph, Jasper; Mary, Help of Christians, Mariah Hill; St. John Chrysostom, New Boston; St. Nicholas, Santa Claus; St. Martin, Chrisney; St. Bernard, Gibson County; St. James, St. James; Sts. Peter and Paul, Haubstadt; Blessed Sacrament, Oakland City; St. Philip Neri, Bicknell; St. Vincent, Vin- cennes; Holy Name, Bloomfield; All Saints, Cannelburg; St. Michael and St. Patrick, beth in Daviess County; St. Joseph, Bramble, and St. Peter, Mont- gomery. The following parishes have not yet reached their goals but have exceeded amounts pledg6d last year: Christ the King, Holy Redeemer and St. Agnes, all in Evansville; St. John, Daylight; St. Wendel, St. Wendel; St. Henry, St. Henry; St. Mary, Huntingburg; St. Mary, Ire- land; Holy Family, Jasper; St. Bernard, Rockport; St. Francis Xavier, Poseyville; St. Joseph, Princeton; Sacred Heart and the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier (the Old Cathedral), both in Vincennes; St. Mary, Daviess County; St. John, Loo- gootee; St. Martin, Whitfield; Sts. Peter and Paul, Peters- burg, and St. Mary, Washing- ton. is necessary to do it. People are aware of the needs, and very open to taking on such respon- sibilities. "I said yes to this job be- cause I really want to see this diocese flourish and I want to give what [ can give to make that happen." Sister Hedinger, 49, brings with her a wide range of expe- riences and expertise. She has a master's degree in elemen- tary education from Western Illinois University at Macomb, and a master's in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University, Omaha, Neb. From Creighton she also received certificates in retreat direction and spiritual direction. Sister Hedinger was born in Ferdinand, Nov. 6, 1946, and entered Monastery Immacu- late Conception at Ferdinand- in September 1964. final vows She taught at schools in the Evansville for 10 ing in 1967, Spirit, St. Rosary and St. school administl ence includes a years as Matthew, later at Ho Evansville. 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