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MES, 8 E 26 years of serving Catholics of southwestern Indiana irg ates 150 From Hatred To Forgiveness VOLUME 27 NUMBER 44 July "H, 1997 125 Years I WEST DEdERY EAST Ry ick, St. Michael chapels R. LEINGANG i Message editor C buildings at two in the Washington become chapels, as but nonethe- plan to care for and future staffing Lfthe Catholic Church in Indiana. parishes will not be said Bishop Gerald A. who met with the at St. Michael and churches. Parish- have to assemble at churches for regular service. The build- have served as the will announced by Bish- follow the rec- of a task force formed in 1995. Rec- for each of the s Were reported in 1996. t June 14, 1996, the proposals "call for changes in order ministry of parishes in the to that story, the as the greatest Deanery, Gettelfinger said the lead in planning needs of the Leo Kiesel is the dean Deanery. He of St. John Church, and was recently administrator Church, Shoals. sing the recommen- the Future Parish Task Force Father is here." Force 44 priests would for parish ministry order to provide ministry to the who now attend 73 the task force recom- approaches: or more parishes paster and a pastoral life coordinator or other parish staff member. Cluster multiple parishes with two priests and additionfil staff. Convert a parish church building to a chapel or oratory. In June 1996 there were eight priests serving the 12 parishes in the Washington Deanery. Since that time, one priest has retired and another has moved to a diocese in North Carolina. The task force projected that the year 2005 would see four priests and three pastoral life coordinators serving the parish- es of the Washington Deanery. Currently, six priests minister in the deanery: Father Leo Kiesel, at parish- es in Loogootee and Shoals. Father Thomas Kessler, newly appointed to St. Joseph Church, Bramble, and St. Mar- tin Church, Whitfield. Father Lowell Will, pastor St. Peter Chtrrch, Montgomery, and also of St. Patrick and St. Michael where church buildings will become chapels. Father Ed Schneider, pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul, Peters- burg. Father Ron Zgunda, pastor of St. Mary Church, Washington. Father David Martin, pas- tor of St. Simon Church, Wash- ington. The clerg assignments were announced in parishes at week- end Masses June 28 and 29, and published in the Message July 4. Those assignments did not include appointments for two parishes in the Washington Deanery- All Saints Church, Cannelburg, and St. Mary Church, Barr Township. Father Frank Renner, currently serving those two parishes, was named as the new pastor of St. Philip Neri Church, Bicknell. The Message is planning a series of stories in the Fall, revis- iting the recommendations of the Future Parish Staffing Task Force and the steps which have been taken since the original rec- ommendations were made. i! !! i i i ! ii!i else is required for Mother Theodore to be saint? the Church's official declaration that a per- / in heaven and worthy of public veneration a process that follows beatification. a person's virtues, reputation for holiness and miracles ascribed to intercession since death. Our Sunday Visitor's Catholic Encyclopedia, Indiana 1991. %% Pariah secretaries Aline Brescher, at/eft, iarly with the seeretaries to dimmu oomi: B and Ruth Ann Dittmer enjoy a picnic men eoneernLin the prepm, [] lunchwhich was hosted by Bishop Ge.r- tion of the picnlclunch were Msgr. Ken- ald A. Gettelfinger, July 2. Brescher m neth Knapp, vicar genera; Father Pat from St. Mary Church, Ireland; Dittmer, Foster, pastor of St. Joseph re.Jasper and from St. Mary, Huntingburg. More than dean of the Jasper Deanery, Judy Neff, .......... ....... , ....  , :!: . .: [ tary, i Dea Ruston, who mts regu, Mother Theodore, Providence Sisters foundress, declared 'Blessed' by pope By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor "Let us love God with all our strength and never forget why we came here." That's a quota- tion attributed by Providence Sister Nancy Brosnan, Jasper, to the founder of her religious community, Mother Theodore Guerin. Providence Sisters celebrated the news July 7, that Pope John Paul II had beatified Mother Theodore. The nun who found- ed the community at St. Mary- of-the-Woods in 1840 is now called "Blessed." Sister Brosnan, Sister Ruth Ellen Doane, and other Provi- dence Sisters in the Jasper area, gathered July 7 to celebrate their founder's beatification. "I think this is really a won- derful thing,  said Sister Doane. "It speaks a great deal about women in the Church, who have stayed faithful to the Church, despite many, many obstacles." "We have her journals add her letters," said Sister Brosnan, describing some of the obstacles Mother Theodore had faced. Among them was the tension between the new community and Bishop de la Hailandiere of Vincennes, a disagreement over what rule the community should follow. During those early years in Indiana, a misunderstanding also arose between Mother Theodore and her religious supe- rior in France. In 1842, after the garden produce had been col- lected, fire destroyed the barns, the harvest and the farm imple- ments -- leaving the sisters des- titute as winter approached. Sister Doane said that Moth- er Theodore never spoke ill of the bishop and she continued to instill a love for her community in France. Despite all the problems and physical hardship, she remained constant in her faith, "that God's providence has never failed us," as Sister Brosnan described it. "We are delighted, because we just believe that she has so much to say to women today, about courage, and love of the church, and education of women," said Sister Brosnan. She was faith- ful to the community, to the I church, and she was certainly faithful to her God.  The news of the beatification was announced by the Sisters of Providence in a news release. The pope made the proc! and read the  of lmtion at the Vatican during a private meeting with Sister Diane Ris, general superior of the Sisters of Providence, and Dr. Andreae Ambrosi, postulater for the Cause of Mother Theodore. A formal, public beatification ceremony will be celebrated in Rome at a later date, according to the statement. "This is a time of great rejoic- ing," said Sister Ris. "We give our beloved Mother Theodore to the world. We venerate this holy woman, Mother Theodore Guerin, and trust as she did in a Provident God who has ne er failed us." Mother Theodore received the title, "Blessed,  after specialists affiliated with the Congregation . See 'BLESSED'page 13