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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Father Vogler admits guilt, sentence d to pri By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Father Jean F. Vogler; 51, was sentenced to a federal cor- rections institution for a year and a day, after pleading guilty to receiving child pornography through the mail. Father Vogler must also un- dergo psychiatric treatment, serve two more years under federal supervision after his prison term, and pay a $3,000 fine. Father Vogler was sen- tenced by U.S. District Judge Gene E. Brooks, in Evansville, June 27. Father Vogler is ex- pected to begin his prison term within rive to six weeks, in the mental health division of a medium security facility at Butner, N.C., near Raleigh. If, as expected, Father Vogler's sentence is reduced by 15 percent, he will serve just over 10 months at the federal facility. No decisions have been made about what will happen during the additional two years of supervision by the federal probation office. Father Vogler, when asked by the judge, said that he had two things to say. "From day one, I have been particularly sorry about the ef- fect of my behavior on others who are innocentf Father Vogler said. He said that he had thought that his sin was private, and that it did not af- fect anyone else -- but he knows now that he was wrong. Father Vogler also told the judge that the investigating of- ricers and officials had all been "incredibly respectful," and that they "treated me with dig- nity." He said he appreciated the fact that they were always courteous. "They are really fine people." Judge Brooks said the priest had done "a horrible thing," but that he had done a lot of good in his life, too, and that should not be overlooked. In a prepared statement Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger commented on the sentencing. "Father Jean Vogler has ac- knowledged his guilt before the authorities. He has ac- cepted the punishment that is required of him and will par- ticipate in a treatment pro- gram. "I will not minimize in any way the responsibility of Fa- ther Vogler for his conduct. He is being held accountable for his actions on a personal basis, and for having betrayed a moral and public trust. "Life will never be the same for a child who has been ex- ploited by pornographers and by those who keep pornogra- phers in business. Nor will life ever be the same for Father Vogler. "He is in my prayers. I pray that this ordeal will be a turn- ing point for him in his spiri- tual life. "Father Vogler is a priest of :4: 6ur diocese. During the years of his ministry, demonstrated leadership abilities ingness to serve. his talents and gifts, been given great ity. He has done The personal failing has publicly all the more pal his prominence. "Our Ch quires us to failings and accept re! ity for our actionS. also a central part and our hope that give us. "Let us pray that may be. forgiven as those who sin against us, Sisters of Providence to conduct General Chapter me -A general superior and five general officers will be selected during the Chapter of Elec- tions. The general superior and general officers are responsible for day-to-day and long range operations of the departments and programs that form the Congregation's General Ad- ministration. Sister Nancy Nolan has min- istered as general superior the past 10 years and is not eligi- ble for re-election. Sixteen Sis- ters of Providence have com- pleted a process of discernment and have expressed their will- ingness to be nominated as a general officer. The Chapter of Elections will be a time of continuing discernment and prayer, not Sisters of Providence will elect new leaders and establish the Congregation's direction for the next five years when they convene at the mother- house at Saint Mary-of-the- Woods, Ind., for their thirty- fifth General Chapter. The General Chapter began July 2. The Sisters of Providence General Chapter consists of two parts: the Chapter of Af- fairs and the Chapter of Elec- tions. Business matters and poli- cies for the next five years will be discussed during the Chap- ter of Affhirs. Sisters also will consider proposed revisions to the Congregation's Constitu- tions and Complementary Doc- ument. Golden Jubilarians only for the 16 sisters endorsed for leadership positions, but also for sisters attending the General Chapter as delegates, participants and observers and for sisters who are unable to attend the sessions. The General Chapter began the morning of July 3 with an opening prayer ritual and the presentation of the general su- perior's report by Sister Nancy and the financial report by Sis- ter Danielle Sullivan, general treasurer. A new process, known as Open Space, began in mid-af- ternoon July 3. During this time, sisters brought forth is- sues they want the Congrega- tion to consider. By the end of the Chapter of Affairs, the sis- ters will have determined the programs, ministries and pub- lic statements that will form the Congregation's focus dur- ing the next rive years. The Chapter of Elections will begin July 8 with presentations by the 16 endorsees. The fol- lowing day, each delegate will nominate her choices among the endorsees. The endorsees who receive 50 percent plus one of" the votes will participate in a  Vincennes NT|ONAL NK Bicknell Sandb0rn MIMI, Erl AMmILNC I.OUp Monroe City. Princeton Patoka Member F.D.I.C. RESTAURANT SPECIALIZING IN DELICIOUS GERMAN FOOD PFIME RIB CHARBROILED STEAOK COUNTRY FRIED CHICKEN SEAFOODS SALAD BAR BANQUET ROOM FOR PRIVATE PARTIES FOR ALL YOUR CATERING NEEDS, C/KL . 1482"26401 Hwy. 162S. 393 3rd. Ave,, Jasper, IN DOYLE Cyrinus and Lillian (Sehultheis) Becher of Huntingburg celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving July 7 at St. Mary Church, Huntingburg. The couple was married June 25, 1946, at St. Ferdinand Church, Ferdinand. They are the parents of four children: Lynda Provence of Newburgh, Kevin Becher of Louisville, Karen Young of Spring Lake, Mich., and Keith Becher of Hudson, Ohio. They have seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mr. Becher is retired from St. Joseph Hospital in Huntingburg. Mrs. Becher works at Southridge Middle School in Huntingburg. discernment retreat July 9-12. By the end of the retreat, the nominees will have prepared a recommendation of officers to present to the delegates. After dialogue among themselves and with the nominees, the delegates will elect each gen- eral officer by secret ballot dur- ing the election July 13. During the election process, July 9 to 13, an atmosphere of reflection and quiet will be en- couraged at Saint Mary-of-the- Woods. Morning and evening prayer and other prayer expe- riences are planned. A nightly vigil will be maintained in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. The geheral sup general officer stalled Sept. 7 at 9 p.m. a Eucharistic Church of the I Conception. The General ducted every fi the body among Venerable Mother Guerin founded Providence of the-Woods in Congregation 700 members states, the District the Philippines, China. Stewardship by the Boo. "Let all Your works give You Oh Lord, and let Your faithful You," says the Psalmist. Stewards . . le this "attitude of grauma for the gifts God has given us. (812) 254-2641 ,,u,.o,. SAVINGS BANK, FSB 200 E. Van Trees St., Washington 500 Main St., Petersburg = Ed. L- I 101 North Meridian Washington, I Youth Minister/Coordinatr of Religious Education Duties include: ' -s Programming activities for high school st.udeno' Coordinating religious education for jun school CCD program. Resource person for St. Benedict School religion & 8th grades). Create opportunities for young adults (19 - 35) to be in the parish. Outreach to St. Ben students in Colleges. Some involvement in" RCIA, marriage and baptismal Requirement: . _ least a Must be a practicing Catholic with at , preferably in Theology or a related field. Send rdsumd to: Rev. Gregory Chamberlin, OS13 St. Benedict Parish 1328 Lincoln Avenue Evansville, IN 47714 i / 1! L! FRENUtl 1)EIATXE I)RES,'-:,IN(; MADE tN SOUTHERN INDIANA