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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana June St. Meinrad monks celebrate jubilees: On May 29, the Benedictine community at St. Meinrad Archabbey celebrated the ju- bilees of priesthood ordination of three members of the monastic community. Benedic- tine Father Rembert Gehant is celebrating 50 years as a priest. Celebrating 25 years as priests are Benedictine Father Eugene Hensell and Raymond Studzinksi. Father Gehant made his profession of vows in 1942 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1944. He received his theo- logical training at St. Meinrad School of Theology from 1939 to 1945. Following his ordination, he was assigned as bookkeeper at Abbey Press for 26 years. He was also secretary for the Archabbey Chapter from 1949 to 1969. From 1977 to 1979 he served as associate pastor at St. Mary Church, Huntingburg. Father Hensell was or- dained to the priesthood in 1969. He holds a doctorate de- gree in Biblical Languages and Literature from St. Louis Uni- versity. He also has an M. Div. degree from St. Meinrad School of Theology. Prior to the beginning of his teaching at St. Meinrad Semi- nary in 1979, Father Hensell taught scripture for eight years at two St. Louis colleges. we a.e Followihg is a feature in the Message, designed to help draw together the People of God in southwestern Indiana. Readers are invited to submit information about people who may benefit by some extra prayers and attention. Lea Elliott has returned to her home in Evansville following months in a Colorado hospital recuperating from a skiing accident. On Jan. 23, while skiing in Colorado, Lea hit a patch of ice; she flipped 90 degrees and then hit a tree. "It peeled her scalp back and she sustained fractures of the fourth, fifth and sixth cervical Vertebrae," said her husband, Dr. Steve Elliott. She was immediately helicoptered to Denver and under- went surgery that night. She was later moved to Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado, a facility known as the "premiere facility in the country for spinal cord injuries." During her stay in Englewood, Lea received numerous cards and letters from people in the Evansville area. Un- able to thank everyone personally, she decided to write the following letter: I would like to personally thank each and every person who has helped me during th*ese past three months, but since the countless number of kind people make that im- possible I hope you will accept this heartfelt thanks and gratitude. Since my injury, each day has been a struggle, but with unending rewards. The support and presence of my hus- band and family has spurred me on to more recovery than anyone thought possible. Their excitement and cheers over every accomplishment (holding a fork, wiggling another fin- ger, one more step, etc.) has made such a difference for me. The other support that has made a difference for me is the continuous flow of prayers, thoughts and good wishes from you all. I have cried many times, but not from sad- ncssl I have been emotionally overwhelmed again and again by the kindness and compassion of people like you. Each day has delivered a stack of cards and letters that have lifted and carried me through. You have been instru- mental in bringing the Power of Go d to me. I will continue on the road to recovery. It's so good to be home among those who care and mean so much. Funeral services for Kate Hall Schnepper, the mother of Deacon Stephen Hall, were held June 13. Deacon Hall serves at Holy Cross Church, Fort Branch. .Father Albert Scheller has undergone gallbladder surgery. He is paster at St. Vincent de Paul Church, Vin- cennes. Please send information for PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT to Mart Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724. T F "" " S Box 68 Montgomery, Indiana 47558 Donald J. Traylor President Phone: 486-3285 In 1976, he was awarded the Danforth Associate for Excel- lence in Undergraduate Teach- ing. At St. Meinrad, he served as Dean of Students from 1982 to 1984 and as Provost and Vice Rector from 1982 to 1987. In 1987, he was appointed Presi- dent-Rector of St. Meinrad Col- lege and School of Theology and reappointed in 1992. Father Studzinksi pro- fessed his vows in 1964 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1969. He holds at Ph.D. in historical theology from Ford- ham University. From 1973 to 1977, he was assistant professor of pastoral and historical theology at St. Meinrad School of Theology. Since 1981, he has been as- sistant and then associate pro- fessor of religion and personal- ity at the Catholic Uhiversity of American in Washington, D.C. Benedictine Fathers Eugene Hensell, left, ..... Gehant and Raymond Studzinksi celebrated jubllev:. ordination to the priesthood on May 29 r They are Sv bets of the Benedictine community at St. Meinrad. 31 parishes top CPC goals Thirty-one parishes in the of Friday, June 10, are Christ percent of thegoalthis Diocese of Evansville have topped their goals for the 1994 Catholic Parishes Campaign. The latest figures were made available by Justin Clements, diocesan director of steward- ship and development. New additions to the list, as Effective only when used A brief reflection By MSGR CLINTON HIRSCH Awaiting my turn at the teller's window, I noticed a man with a small child starding next in line. He rec- ognized me as a priest and said: "I don't know about this religion sttlff; after all these centuries, the world is not any better, maybe worse." Pausing to think of a re- sponse that might help him, I asked if his little boy ever got really dirty. "About every day, but we have lots of soap on hand." "Religion is somewhat like soap, to do any good it must be used." He seemed to get the idea. Main Street ] Pharmacy | 217 E. Main St. Downtown Wastmgton/ Phone: 254-5141 / the King and St. Mary Churches, both in Evansville; St. Joseph Church, Vander- burgh County, and St. Peter Church, Linton. Clements said the total pledged to date is $2,351,875. That amount represents 93 $2,526,300. Last year, of all pledges was There are 73 parishes i diocese. Of t have reported higher this year compared year. Belleville priest not returning to mi.n Father Edwin H. Kastner, a priest of the Diocese of Belleville, Ill., will not be re- turned to ministry and will live in a monitored and supervised setting. That is the recommen- dation of the Diocesan Review Board, which was accepted by Bishop Wilton Gregory, accord- ing to a news release from the diocesan chancery. Nine priests from the diocese in southern Illinois were on ad- ministrative leave, after vari- ous allegations were made about sex Second stage now been the nine. The not returned to Fathers James R, Robert J. Chlopecki' Ratermann and t , Vonnahmen. LinCo Total 46 Varities of SCHNELLVILLE i ! FOR COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SERVICE FISCHER ELECTRIC INC. SCHNELLVILLE, IN 389-2418 Vincennes Bicknell Sandborn Monroe City, Princeton Patoka Member F.D.I.C Yollr HEAD 320 E. Main- Washingt'00n Auto Trim 27 Years Service AUTO TOPS. SEAT COVERS, BOAT COVERS STEREO SALES & INSTALLATIONS 254-3943 HWY 50 EAST, BEHIND UPS CENTER EUGENE WELP, OWNER RES" MILLER & MILLER  "Funeral Pre-Planning Since 1940" 424-9274 Hi-Tech Sheet Metal Inc. Residential, Industrial & Commercial Heating & Cooling Installation Sales & Service 1" 422-9242 ] Operated by Michael and Patricia Koch 15 S. Third Avenue, Evansvil h: !.'r HI.