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E S SAGE 25 years of serving Catholics of southwestern Indiana VOLUME 26 NUMBER 45 July 12, 1996 D la WEST OEANERY EAST DEANERY lii I;i! DIETSCH ther William Dietsch and Edward Schneider will July 17. New for the pastors announced July 6 and 7 in parishes -- Sts. Peter Petersburg, and St. s Xavier, Poseyville. William J. Dietsch, FATHER SCHNEIDER 52, has been pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Peters- burg, since 1990. During his years in Pike County&apos;s only Catholic parish, Father Dietsch and other reli- gious leaders worked together to help the community to re- cover ti'om a tornado in 1990. in/portant do you think the tbllowing thctor is in ex- why there are poor people? Lack of good schools many Americans. Diocese Statewide Important 22% 26% 30% 31% important 31% 27% .Very important 13% 13% Important at all 04% 04% named in Poseyville and Petersburg A new parish hall was com- pleted at Petersburg in 1992. The new building, which pro- vides meeting and social space for the parish, was built on the site of a house which had been damaged by the tornado. Father Dietsch was born Oct. 9, 1943. The St. Wendel native attended Mater Dei ttigh School, Evansville. After graduation in 1961, he served three years in the U.S. Navy. He spent his seminary years at St. Mary, Kentucky, and at North American College in Rome. He was ordained a priest, at St. Wendel Church, Dec. 18, 1971. His first assignment was as associate pastor of St. Theresa Church, Evansville. Subse- quent assignments included teaching at Mater Dei and as an associate at St. Agnes, Evansville, in 1973. He re- turned to St. Theresa in 1975, and went to Holy Cross Church, Fort Branch, in 1978. In 1987, Father Dietsch was appointed to his first pas- torate, Mary, Help of Chris- i tians Church, Mariah Hill. He was pastor of Nativity Church, Evansville, from 1987 to 1990. St. Francis Xavier, Poseyville, with about 300 families, is now part of the Princeton Deanery. A task force on future parish staffing has recommended that the parish become part of the Evansville West Deanery. and that it be linked with ttoly An- gels Church, New Harmony. Father Edward P. Schneider, 57, is a native of Evansville, where St. Anthony Church is his home parish. After 12 years of preparation fit St. Meinrad, for high school, college and the- ology studies, he was ordained a priest at Assumption Cathe- dral, Evansville, May 23, 1964. Father Schneider's first ap- pointment was to teach at Memo- rial High School, Evansville. He resided at Christ the King Church, Evansville, as a teacher, and was appoint<l assistant pas- tor there in 1965. Subsequent assignments in- cluded assistant pastor, St. John Church, Vincennes, in i i i iiiii ir i i ml v Official From Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger Rev. William J. Dietsch, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church, Poseyville, effective Wednesday, July 17. Rev. Edward P. Schneider, pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Petersburg, ef- fective Wednesday, July 17. r j r i n I I I I/ ii i | 1968, and pastor of St. Joseph Princeton, in 1977. He has served as pastor of St. Francis Xavier since 1990. Sts. Peter and Paul, Peters- burg, has 147 Catholic fami- lies. It is part of the Washing- ton Deanery. A parish staffing task force recommends that Sts. Peter and Paul become part of a three parish cluster in the Washington-Petersburg area, sharing sacramental ministry with St. Mary and St. Simon.