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25 years of serving Catholics of southwestern Indiana ' r amed 1996 / Graduations I i . VOLUME 26 NUMBER 42 June 21, 1996 Sisters of Providence ]11 Anniversaries i m o0q1 m m sdcw A sh staffing report brings sadness, acceptance By PAUL R, LEINGANG Message editor except for celebrating Sunday Mass. Father Graehler is also pastor of St. Mary, Sullivan, where he resides. He also recommendations from the Fu- serves as a chaplain at the nearby state Task Force ranged from sad- prison at Carlisle. ple acceptance, at the first of The extra need for pastoral ministry at to the diocese, the prison was acknowledged by the task session attracted about 75 persons to force. The recommendation, however, was Center, Vincennes, June for a priest-pastor at Sullivan, who would )ersons came to hear the report at also continue to care for the 25 families at held at the Catholic Center, une 13. A third report is planned at St. June 26. are reported throughout the diocese, the cluded sadness that such planning next step in developing a plan is up to the to relief that more churches were deaneries, according Bishop'Gerald A. )tance. tance," as a matter of fact, is how Jerry Seng of Evansville, described at the Catholic Center. Seng acceptance he witnessed was not many of the questions asked from from parishioners at St. Joan of That church is recommended to be- , where Mass is celebrated only on L arishioners Shannan Hudson, hine Wrigley were among to learn more about abilities and responsibilities Of a Gettelfinger. Father Joseph Ziliak, who chaired the task force, said the planning was impor: tanfat this point in history. %Ve're trying to look ahead, before it crashes in on us," he h group at Vincennes. a,. k foice members projected that 44 priests would be available for parish ministry in 2005 m less than 10 years fror now. To care for the Catholics who now attend 73 parishes in the diocese, the task force proposed the following steps: Link two or more parishes, to be served by one past0r_ .and one pastoral life coordinator or other lltfi luster multiple t With two priests and wanted to know if a additional staff. This is the solution recommended beappointed as a PLC. for the Washington Deanery. The task force pro- from :Iasonville indicated, with the poses that two priests and a pastoral life coordina. pastor, Father Kenneth tor would have responsibility for Sts. Peter and everything" at: the parish Paul, Petersburg, along with St. Mary and St. Father Joseph Ziliak meets with Clifford Osia, Shan. nan Hudson and Josephine Ridgley from St. Joan of Arc, Jasonville, at the future parish Staffing report meeting in Vincennes. -- Message photo by Paul R. Leingang Simon, both in Washington. Convert a parish church building to a chapel or oratory. This is the solution recommended for Holy Trinity in Evansville; St. Joan of Arc, Jasonvilte, and St. Mary, St. Michael and St. Patrick, all in kn: 'the ral life coordinator appointed for St. John, Evansville editor Lne Nesmith, a of Blessed ppointed COordinator of St. John Church, Evansville. Father Earl Rohleder, cur- rently serving as parish ad- ministrator, will become pastor of Holy Angels Church, New Harmony. Both appointments are effec- tive, Wednesday, Aug. 14. Official From Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger Sister Jane Nesmith, S.B.S., Pas- toral Life Coordinator, St. John the Apostle Church, Evansville, effective August 14. Rev. Earl Rohleder, Pastor of Holy Angels Church, New Harmony, effective August 14. do you think the following factor is in there are poor people? Use of drugs and the poor. lVaportant nt at all Diocese 38q 35 21; 05'; 01; Statewide 35% 36% 23% 06% OF; Sister Nesmith is currently pastoral associate for youth ministry at Immaculate Con- ception Church, Seattle, Wash. Her experience includes posi- tions as high school adminis- trator, campus minister, teacher and musician. She has also served as chairperson of the National African-American Catholic Youth Ministry Net- work. Father Rohder, 58, has served the urban parishes, St. John and St. Anthony Churches in Evansville, for many years. St. Anthony was his first assignment as an as- sistant pastor, following his or- dination, March 30, 1963. In 1968, he was appointed to serve at St. John Church, a po- sition he held until 1973. Following his terms as ad- ministrator of St. Martin Church, Whitfield, in 1973, and pastor of St. John Church, Elberfeld (now Daylight), in 1974, Father Rohleder was named with Father Francis Schroering as co-pastor of St. John Church, Newburgh, in 1976. Father Rohleder re- turned to Evansville, first to St. Anthony Church in 1979, and then to St. John Church in 1993. Father Rohleder was born in Jasper, on Dec. 20, 1937. He studied for the priesthood at St. Meinrad Seminary, and at Innsbruck, Austria. SR. JANE FR. ROIILEDER 1