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1998 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 tion: Lear5 [ara" i J : A series of features about individuals who serve the Church of southwestern Indiana, "People of God" profiles the clergy, religious and lay members of the of Evansville. Miller e native and an Benedict School. He St. Meinrad School of r and became a Benedictine :, before being ordained to the in May of 1944. Father Cletus Miller Benedictine writes about his life as a priest St. Meinrad to begin Blue Cloud Abbey in South Dakota. For the past 14 years, Father Miller has lived and worked in Guatemala. Nick Wolf, a member of the Evansville Serra Club, recently received a letter from Father Miller. The text of that letter follows: The usual question. I have t. Paul has helped me see and cling to the values which set me on the course of the priesthood. I by thel atherMiller spent many years often been asked is how did you iett he Indian missions in North first get the idea that you want- i Dakota. In 1950, he was ed to be a priest. Your question, group of priests from therefore, will prove interesting d | Following is a feature in the Message, designed to help draw together the People of God in southwestern Indiana. Readers are to submit information about people zoho may benefit by SOme extra prayers and attention. Services for Providence Sister Alma Clare Lauer, 97, vh6 died July 24, were held July 28 at St. Mary-of-the-Woods. , Sister Lauer entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence in 1919, and made her final vows in 1927. taught in schools staffed by the Sisters of Providence St. Joseph School, Jasper. Please send information for PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evans- IN 47724. The e-mail address is message@evans- Subject: PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT. : The deadline for copy is 9 a.m. the Friday before publi-  cation. u Annual MARIAH HILL Sunday, August 9 Bingo'and fun for everyone! i Nill S00up Bulk soup containers not furnished .... Hamburgers Ice Cream Soft Drinks : Adults' & Childrens' erved in new air.conditioned Dining Hall i From 11 a.m. to 5p.m. 40 hand-made Mariah Hill Quilts Mariah Hill, Indiana on Hwy. 62, east of Dale or west of St. Meinrad D since it asks the reasons for per- severing over the many years in the vocation to the priesthood. I have no hesitation in answer- ing that my reasons for perse- vering are still the same as for the initial choice of this way of life. If I had it to do over again I would opt for the same thing, but now I would find better ways along the way to realize the noble ideal. At the start it is necessary to define the importance of faith as the beginning and sustaining power in the life of the priest- hood. The voice has been heard in the Gospel "Come, follow Me" and we are convinced that he who speaks is the Son of God. Jesus speaks thus to the soul, and the following in his footsteps means telling others that there is more to life than meets the eye. There will be Eternal Life for him who believes and puts into practice the message which Jesus proclaimed by word and example. Those chosen to give testimony to that message have a part in God's plan for the sal- vation and eternal happiness of all men. The work of the priest- hood is one of love, making known our Savior, Jesus Christ, and helping others respond to him with faith and love. This is not always an easy thing to accomplish, but the motivation is ever the same. The FATHER CLETUS MILLER "i works that a priest may find himself engaged in may take on many aspects of toil and trou- ble, but as long as the motive remains attached to faith and love of the Master, joy prevails. Indeed, it is human to suffer frustrations and even, at times, failures, but it is reassuring that God is always as near as a prayer away. Moreover, since God has given to the priest sub- lime spiritual powers for the benefit of souls, any priest will find himself a sharer too ha God's unfailing love and mercy. St. Paul has helped me see and cling to the values which set me on the course of the priesthood. He wrote: "I have come to rate all as loss in the light of the surpassing knowl- edge of my Lord Jesus Christ. For his sake I have forfeited everything; I have accounted all else rubbish so that Christ may be my wealth and I may be found in Him, not having any justice of ray own based on the observance of the Law." (Phil 3:8-9) We know God in and through Jesus Christ. He has been and I hope He continues to be to the end of my life the focus of my love and service in the aposto- late. Father Cletus Miller, O.S.B. Continued from page I Father Criscuolo said he went to the Capitol Police headquar- ters and the Capitol over the weekend to offer support to the officers who had to continue their duties while grieving. "They have lost two members of their family. They are hurt- ing," he said. He said that the officers real- ize there is no level of security that will completely shield them from every danger, and they know the Capitol building must remain open to the public. He said other Capitol Police were thankful for the support they have been receiving from around the country. He noticed the respectful tone of tourists at the Capitol and said he heard that one visitor even left a Pur- ple Heart in addition to the flowers and notes that have been placed on the Capitol steps. By an act of Congress the bod- ies of the two slain officers were scheduled to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda July 28  an honor rarely accorded to any- one except presidents. "These two men were heroes long before they died," he said. "They were heroic by how they chose to live their lives." Judy VanHoosier named principal at Good Shepherd By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Second grade teacher Judy VanHoosier has been named principal at Good Shepherd School, Evansville, according to Phyllis Bussing, diocesan direc- tor of schools. She replaces Benedictine Sis- ter Mary Celestin Maurer, who has accepted the position of sub- prioress at Monastery Immacu- late Conception in Ferdinand. She is a graduate of Good Shepherd School, and has been on its faculty for the past 25 years. "For 25 years, she has pre- I 1 iiiiim iiii RUXER pared our second graders for the sacraments of First Eucharist and Reconciliation," according to the parish bulletin. "She is loved and respected by students and parents alike." She holds a bachelor's degree in education from St. Benedict College, and a master's degree from the University of Evans- ville. In 1995, she was named Out- standing Elementary Educator of the Year by the University of Evansville. She is past president of the Evansville Reading Council, and is active in the Indiana State Reading Council and the Inter- i i FORD - LINCOLN - MERCURY i i i i]1 JASPER I 482-1200 II iii 1 I[ I JUDY VANHOOSIER national Reading Association. She was  Reading Teacher of the Year in 1991. She and her husband Wayne are members of St. Clement Church, Boonville They have two sons, Matthew and Michael.