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1998 The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 bert Wehde r Dei, Memorial president starts duties next week By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer when Robert Wehde walked into St. Stanis- School in Lewiston, Idaho, he imme- in Catholic education," he remem- Catholic education became his lifel feeling continued when he entered DeSales in Walla Walla, Wash., to serve as principal. to Catholic education continues next he begins duties as president of Mater Dei high schools, both in Evansville. the position of school president is new to of a national trend for He expects to launch a five-year strate- gic plan for the two high schools by early winter of 1999. He will be working with the Evansville Catholic Interparochial High School Board, and hopes to see the board become "very active, and set up ad hoc committees working with people in the community." ears," he explained in a recent telephone "There is so much principals are doing, espe- large Catholic high schools." The role of presi- to that of a public school superintendent, tuties of mission enhancement and Wehde!is arriving in Evansville jus as the $11 million construction project gets underway at both high schools. He says he's no stranger to the construction industry. "I come from a family of builders. My father is a big-time builder in St. Louis" to reach each student and challenge to live the Gospel message. I tell that I try to do that myself. position for the schools, and for the let them do what they do." thing Wehde plans to do when he begins is to "meet and engage the public, ) give them some information about what is my do I fit in." He also plans to take a look at the at both high schools. The Cluster Council has also been taking a hard look at the way things have gone during this topsy-turvy year, and look- ing to make adjustments where needed. For example, they recently examined and fine- tuned the rotation schedule of Fathers Kessler and Kiesel, who are both looking forward to the change. "The way we've been doing it," said Father Kessler, "Father Leo and I were never at our two parishes in the same week, and we were on the go so much it was disorienting for everyone involved." "I think this schedule will work much better," agrees Father Kiesel. "It means less travel and more stability." Starting in September, Fathers Kessler and Kiesel will be in their actual parishes for three weeks out of each month, rotat- ing to preside at Mass in the other's parishes during the fourth week. Other concerns of the council range from maintaining the grounds at the various parishes to staggering Mass schedules enough so that people have a- variety of options, and Fathers Kiesel and Kessler have enough time to travel from one place to another. The work of the Cluster Coun- cil will continue throughout the summer and into fall, culminat- ing in an October retreat where parishioners from throughout the cluster wig plot a definite course for the year ahead and beyond. 1 Township) parish.- hOme just to talk and see Was doing. That's just :communication is ; key. in the Wash- Deanery have been the first to take action in for "future parish and among the they've learned is that facilitator from outside for their plan- 'Steve Lintzenich, pastor Church near down- has used his Organizational skills to (and, in this case, a , define a rots- set and achieve goals. Lintzenich, "The in Martin County is with a cohesive where the cluster needs to go, while the identities of the parishes." a "Cluster Council" of at least two repre- the four parishes Township, along with is work- a mission and goals County Catholic defined thus far are: and out- ;kids involved in and education, defin- each parish and Within the duster, and role of the St. Mary, peL both Mater Dei who is currently working on 48-story building there. The senior Mr. Wehde has also worked on TWA Dome and St. Louis convention center. As he takes a look at and Memorial high schools, he is aware that they are different from one another, just as every school is different. "Each school has its own climate, but what I will be providing will be similar. Both schools are unique, but both schools are Catholic, and there is a universality there. At Mater Dei, Memorial, DeSales, those universalities are the same. "The core elements are similar. That's a grounder, a basis we can build on." When asked about his strengths, he said, "I am very organized. I am very committed to Catholic education, and I have a strong faith life." A strong faith, he believes, is "absolutely necessary to working in the Church." He says he "understandS where parents are in raising children, and I have the abili- ty to see the big picture. I have the ability to rally people together, and I feel comfortable around high school students. "Sometimes we underestimate their abil- ities. I try to reach each student and chal- lenge them to live the Gospel message. I tell them that I try to do that myself." He considers himself fortunate to have a job that allows him to "work and worship, to go through the liturgical seasons at your place of work. It's a great treat and honor, ROBERT WEHDE and you can't ask for any better than that." Wehde begins his duties in Evansville the last week in July. He will have offices at both Mater Dei and Memo- rial. He expects to spend two days a week at each school, and one day a week out in the community. His wife, Kolleen, has been hired as a teacher at Mar- ian Day School, Evansville. They are the parents of two daughters, Courtney, 13, and Kailee, 8. The family is "very excited about the move," he reports, adding that his daughters are "delightful girls. I'm sure they wiU make a good adjustment." Wehde is currently working towards a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Idaho. He has a master's degree in physical education, athletic administration, from Idaho State University. He earned his bachelor of science degree at Northwest Mis- souri State Universi: Peoplewe care abou! ......................... "  ......................... ,. ............. : ................ : ............  .......... !.-' ?;i ..................................... " Following is a feature in the Message, designed to help draw together the People of God in south- western Indiana. Readers are invited to submit information about people who may benefit by some extra prayers and attention. Two Franciscan Sisters with ties to the Diocese of Evansville will celebrate jubilees on July 26 at the motherhouse chapel of the Sisters of St. Francis in Oldenburg. Sister Mary Sharon Raben  celebrate 60 years as a Sister of St. Francis. Sister Raben is a native of St. WendeL She taught at St. Anthony School, Evans- viUe. Sister Hortense Fougerousse will cele- brate her seventy-fifth year as a Sister of St. Francis. She served as principal at Rex Mundi ' High School, Evansville. SISTER MARY Cards and letters may be sent to: The Sis- SISTER HORTENSE [ SHARON RABEN ters of St. Francis; P.O. Box 100; Oldenburg FOUGEROUSSE [ IN 47036. ' I i Please send information for PEOPLI WE CARE ABOUT to Mary Ann Hushes, The Mes- [ sage, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724. The e-mail address is message@evansville.net. | Subject: PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT. [