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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Message editor " of the him. into prepa- an- Meinrad Scary. continual harvesting without me rooted. Father Steckler's parents, the return of nourishment godparents, and his 16 broth- would ruin a field. The bishop has its boundaries. In a program book printed for the occasion, Father Steck. let addressed his own thoughts to his friends and family. "Just as a grain of wheat throughout the diocese along with Benedictine priests from St. Meinrad, joined in the rite of ordination. Following Bishop Gettelfm- aedictine Archabbot Lambert Reilly, the principal does not grow and produce on zmagery of field concelebrants and all of the its own, so too I have not come in his comments to priests who were wearing to this pointn my life alone,  and to those stoles as symbols of their or] he . I have been blessed dained service, imposed their and nurtured in many ways, hands in silence on the head of and for this I owe many ., was or- the new priest. Bishop Gettelfinger told the St. Mary young priest he was like a farmer e fact th can thanks, self and calling me to servo." "Family is where it all be- Father Steckleralso thedl gins, and so I first say thanks the bishop and priests ofthd to them, There has not been a diocese and all.who had been known and ex- part of his seminary formation. and support "And to the many brothers and up the Church of you and from and who have touched my The local Church c0mmu: isiaters, other nity has nurtured me from.  extende early on m express my gratitude for all that has been given me in the communities I have been Klein,: pastor of SL Mary blessed to be a part of. A spe= Church, and FatherBernard cial thanks to St. Henry, which Etienne, dioceean vocationsdi- will always be my home. Your rector, were among the ucvl- example of faith and commu- ebrants. Archabbot Reiilyi.and nity has been instrumental in Benedictine Father Camillus my life and I will draw on it for Ellspermann, pastor of St.. many years to come. To the Henry Church, also concele- communities of St. Philip and brated. St. Mary, you helped me to " A friend, Christopher:0rn'f grow by inviting me in, but dorff, was deacon at e Mass. also by drawingme out0fmy-. Representing the seminary was+ the Very Rev. David E. Windsor, 8:V.D; Father Jo:[ !!many aunts/uncles, cousins, nd'the :,-memories of our arents, I have learned hat it means to be Christ for one another. It is a foundation that I know will always keep and helped bring me to this Mass and point, this been possible withoht you,  Father Steckler said. ing, was celebrated at St.: Among the participants at Henry Church. St. Henry, on the ordination Mass were Fa- July 14. candidate Kenneth Steckler listens intently, above left, as Bishop Gettelflnger calls him forth and accepts him for ordination. Be/ow, the man about to be ordainedpros,: e trates himself before the altar as the Bishop and the community join m pray r forthe Church, for the world, and for the candidate. Left, Bishop Gettelfinger silently imposes his hands on the head of the new priest, invoking the Spirit of God upon him in the tra- ditional rite of ordination. Above, the new priest approaches his parents, Gilbert and Mary Steckler, at the Sign of Peace. -- Message photos by Paul R: Leingang