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CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 23 NUMBER 43 July 16, 1993 Serra Club i I I II I I I I II Organization devoted to fostering vocations, lay leadership By PAUL R. LEINGANG, Message editor Serra Club of Evansville hosted priests and deacons, honored mem- o( the clergy for years of service, and made a special presentation to a for his influenceon seminarians, June 10. and awards were part of the Serra Club's annual Brat(eat, at the Sterling Rathskeller in Evansville. for 50 years of priestly service was Msgr. Maurillius Bilskie, emeritus of Holy Rosary Church, Evansville. Honored for 25 years were Fathers Lowell Will, Kenneth Herr and Ralph Schipp. ill is pastor of St. Peter Church, Montgomery, and of St. St. Michael churches, both in Daviess County. err, former pastor of Good Shepherd Church, Evansville, has recently assigned to Memorial High School, Evansville. pp is chaplain of St. Mary's Medical Center, Evansville. also honored deacons for 15 years of service: Lancaster Dew Jr., McFall, Joseph Sturgis and Donald Tucker. is assigned to St. John Church, Evansville. McFall, of Newburgh, is on medical leave. Sturgis is assigned to St. John Church, Loogootee. is assigned to St. Benedict Church, Evansville. "Blessed Junipero Serra Award" was given to Father Herr. The an- award is determined by a poll of the seminarians in the diocese, and Ehe priest who has influenced them the most during the year. Club of Evansville will celebrate the fortieth anniversary of this fall. Membership numbers in the 60s, according to Brothers, vice president for membership. a member tor a little over one year, is the first woman member Serra Club of Evansville. Meml)ership is open to men and women are interested in the work of the organization. Serra Club of Evansville is one of about 500 clubs in 29 countries. to fostering vocations to the prio, sthood and religious life., and to Catholic lay leadership. of tim Serra Club of Evansville is Jerry Marx of Princeton. vice is Rob Bernardin of Evansville: second vice president Father Kenneth Herr of Evansville, chaplain of Memorial High School, Evansville, receives the "Blessed Junipero Serra Award" from Delores Brothers, vice president for membership of the Serra Club of Evansville. is DetoresBrothers. For in]brmation about membership, cont:ct Delort,s Brothers at [812} 479-8246 (work phone]: or on uekcIds mid fftr, r 6 p.m: weekdays nt 473- 2867 (home phone). .......... A]so active within the Diocese of Evansville is the Sorra Club of the : Jasper Donne O,  which will be featured in a future issue of &e Message. : waters rise, Midwest parishioners provide food and shelter NEWS SERVICE HINGTON (CNS) -- ppi River and continued to their banks, flood- cities and churches be- of refuge. parishioners have ,ing everything from to providing floodwaters of the )i broke through the in the town Ill., the 750 in- were forced to ;her ground, and Mary's Mission in town became a ld post for National ps. also has a multi- Use: storage for the gs of parishioners are underwater space for Sun- for the Keiths- Church, now by water several Kenneth Przvbvla, the Keithsburg this- d residents were best to cope with e have been very lug to help out. help, it's still as," he told the newspaper of of Peoria, Ill. ladbagging at Kei- pointless, turned their efforts to sandbagging further north in New Boston, Ill., site of an- other mission church, St. Therese of the Little Flower. Severe storms have pelted a large area of the Midwest since April, and flooding began in late June. On July 10, President Clinton for- mally declared Iowa, Illinois and Missouri major disaster areas, clearing the way for federal relief of $1.2 billion. At least 20 people have died, and losses of farmers' crops alone will top $1 bil- lion. With damage to homes and businesses added in, the tally is over $2 billion. The American Red Cross esti- mated that more than 7,600 homes had been damaged or destroyed by flooding in Min- nesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois. Problems continued even as the Mississippi's water lev- els fell slightly from La Crosse, Wis., down to north of St. Louis, in part because the river had broken and spilled over so many levees that the water spread out. In Missouri, the Mississippi had covered so much land that it lapped at the back side of a levee built to control the Mis- souri River. The rivers nor-. molly converge about 20 miles to the east, just above St. Louis. West of the Mississippi in Des Moines, heavy rains July 11 sent the Raccoon River on a rampage that contaminated drinking water for 250,000 people and cut off power to a big part of the city. Near the flooded Iowa River, farmers lost livestock as well as cropland to the surging water. "One of my parishioners got his breeding hogs out, but he couldn't save the rest," said Father Bernard Weir, pastor of St. Joseph's parish in Columbus Junction, Iowa. He took two people into the rectory when they were evac- uated from the town hotel. "It's going to be a challenge for the next year or so" for the rural area, Father Weir told The Catholic Messenger, Dav- enport's diocesan newspaper. "A lot of people won't have insurance and it will be hard to recover from those losses," he added. Back on the Mississippi St. Anthony's Church in down- town Davenport, a block above the city's high water mark, has had much longer lines daily at its window for soup and sandwiches. Parish- ioners have also provided boxes of food for people forced out of their homes. Father Conroy, St. An- thony's pastor, hosted an ecu- menical prayer service July 11. Ministers from several de- nominations and aleut 100 people from the area/lttended the service to pray for strength and relief from rains. Father Tim Sheedy, pastor of Our Lady of the River Parish, which includes a stretch of territory along the Mississippi north of Daven- port, said some of his parish- ioners' homes have water in them. "It's really devastating. Most have mox, ed out," he said. "When they go back, they're going to need help with cleanup and getting food arranged. We'll organize for that when the river goes down." Further north, townspeople have been at work in the wake of the river's flooding. In Black River Falls, Wis., an interfaith group assisted the Red Cross, National Guard and state and federal authori- ties in getting things back to normal. Although Wisconsin es- caped much of the flooding experienced by the states fur- ther south. Jackson County was an exception. Floods along the Black Falls River in mid-June damaged about 100 homes there. Jackson Count), Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers involves 22 churches including St. Joseph's of Black River Falls and St. Kevin's of Melrose. The interfaith group has oper- ated a food and clothing cen- ter since the flooding began and distributed local money for flood relief. newspaper of La Crosse, Wis., that the work was "smelly and physically difficult." In lllinois, the citizens of Niota had already begun to face the flood's aftermath, preparing for a massive cleanup effort and long-term financial difficulties. A levee that broke July 10 in the town affected parish loners of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in nearby Nauvoo. Benedictine Sister Sandra Brunenn said that about 15 to 20 parishioners had been evacuated from their homes and many others were unable to commute to their jobs. Members of the parish's women's club had bean preparing food for the volun- teers needed to fill the sand- bags. but when that effort failed efforts were focused on finding shelter for those left homeless by the flood. The Benedictine sisters opened a school dorm to two families. "It's an all-out community effort," she said. "The flood has created real community service and bonding. That's been a positive part of the ex- perience," "People do have a strong sense that we are in this to- gether and the Spirit is with us," Sister Brunenn said. "We are going to survive." Acoording to Father Roy Mish, pastor of St. Joseph's, Contributint to this story the chief task ahead was to were Amy Buttce in Pzpria, clean up homes damaged by Frank Wessling in Dmeaport flood waters. He told the and Patrick Slattery in Black Times Review. diocesan RiverFalIs. ..... /T:L