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D The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana August 6, Vincennes Deanery 00oo.oo0000s00o000000o.oo0000o00o St. Philip Neri Planning for St. Philip Neri Church began in 1907. A one-story flame church was built in 1908 -- attended by priests from the Vincennes area. Father William Lensing was the first residen t pastor, in 1934. Fire caused extensive damage to the church in 1968. While the new church was being built, Mass was celebrated in the rectory basement on weekdavs and at the Bicknell gymnasium on Sundays. The I-toly Family window at the back of church and a painting of St. Philip Neri in the church vestibule are the work of Father Hilary Vieck, a former pastor. Father Tim Tenbarge is the current pastor. The parish serves a large geographical area, according to the parish profile. Bicknell's economic condi- tion has fluctuated with the mining economy. St. Philip Neri 605 W. Fourth Street Bicknell, Indiana 47512 (812) 735-4069 Pastor: Rev. Timothy A. Tenbarge CRE: Ronald Keller, Joyce Villwock Youth Minister: Chuck Gillie Parish Secretary: Christel Butrum Among areas that need development are youth ministry, services to the elderly, community involvement and health services. Among parish organizations is the School Parents' Association. St. Thomas II The parish at St. Thomas was established in 1843. Priests from the cathedral in nearby Vincennes served the area. Father John F. Stanton was the first resident pastor, appointed in 1895. Parish facilities expanded, with a rectory built in 1896; a convent- school combination in 1900, the church tower in 1913 and a new school in 1918. The school -- with 146 students enrolled at the time -- became part of the public school system in 1933. It reverted to a parochial school in 1968 and was closed in May 1973. Parishioners who live in the farming area community today are St. Thomas, Knox County RR 5 Box 102 Vincennes, Indiana 47591 (812) 882-2478 Pastor: Rev. Francis R. Allega DRE: Sister Mary Theophane Woeh|er, O.S.B. spread out over a large distance, according to the parish profile. Society. Many mothers are working outside of the home, and many fathers have two jobs. Parish organizations include St. Vincent de Paul, Legion of Mary and Altar and Rosary St. Vincent de Paul St. Vincent de Paul Church has several beginnings -- as a home for a retiring bishop, a Seminary, an orphanage and a parish. Bishop Celestine de la Hailandiere began building "Highland" near Vcennes as his retirement home. Plans changed, however, St. Vincent de Paul and the bishop instead returned to his native France. RR 3 Box 267 The frame house was completed in 1851 as "St. Charles Semi- nary." It was closed in 1860 and Bishop St. Palais turned it into an Vincennes, Indiana 47591 orphanage for boys and re-named it in honor of St. Vincent de Paul. [812} 882-8968 A brick building, added in 1864, was destroyed by fire in 1889 and replaced in 1890. Pastor: Rev. Albert Scheller The former bishop's mansion was a combination granary and farm DRE: Wanda Memering hand residence in 1915, when it was destroyed by fire. Music Ministers: Sara Bilskie, Mary Nowaskie The orphanage later was expanded with help from Evansville philanthropist Francis Joseph Reitz. A church was completed in 1927, and in 1929, 85 girls from an orphanage in Indi- anapolis moved to Highland. Catholic families in the neighborhood attended Mass at the Seminary Chapel and later at the orphanage chapel. The orphanage was closed in 1972, but parishioners determined that St. Vincent de Paul would continue as a parish. Currently, the parish is in a farming area, but next door to the new Lincoln High School and two small housing developments. Among areas that need development are continuing adult education and activities for young married persons and families. Parish organizations include the Women's Club, Men's Club, Pro-Life Group, School Parents Association, Knights of Columbus and Altar and Rosary Society. The first draft of the docu- ment on Deacons in the Dio- cese of Evansville has been sent to all deacons for their comments and discussion. A draft proposal will be sent to Synod delegates next week: The dbc ment:has seven: sections:, Draft of document on the diaconate distributed among deacons tion of Deacons chesis for the priests of the * Formation of diocese candidates will b ecr a diocesan priority foll0Wlnl conate. The Administration of the Diaconate. Networking among the Ministers of the Church. The Relation of Deacons and Parishes. The Formation of Candi- dates for the Diaconate. The Continuing Forma- The Wives and Families of Deacons. The topics of the sections grew out of a meeting at the deacons' retreat, Oct. 24, 1992. Developing the sections were the members of the Synod Pastoral Issues Group on the Diaconate: Deacons Dave Franklin, Dick Grannan, Thomas,HoiswOdh, Ed Wilk- erson and Cyril Will. Deacon Holsworth is the chair of the group. The document lists two goals related to the nature of the diaconate: The entire diocese will be more completely informed about the existence and na- ture of the diaconate as a life- long vocation. The diaconate will be fully utilized in fulfilling the mission of the diocese. In order to achieve the first goal of information, the docu- ment proposes to utilize the Catholic media to inform the people of the diocese; to use preaching and parish meet- ings to publicize the deacon's vocation; and to provide care- diocese on the nature of the diaconate and the possibili- ties for its use in the future. In order to achieve the sec- ond goal  to be utilized in fulfilling the mission of the diocese . the document pro- poses to encourage the dia- conate to'reorient its major ministerial efforts toward so- cial and charitable works, and to assist the people of the diocese that the diaconate is an integral ministry of the hi- erarchy and not a tangential or expendable ministry. Goals and objectives are listed in each of the docu- ment's seven sections. Among the goals are the fol- lowing: The diocese will create workable structures for a more effective administration of the diaconate. Communication, collabo- ration and mutual respect among the ministers or- the Church will increase. Parishes will value dia- conal ministry and will sup- port deacons in their efforts to serve the Church.' the work of Synod '93.. rl All deacons activelY:  gaged in pastoral work i'. it Diocese of Evansville participate in continuing j0r mation. .... ,i, o The wives and faral I ia deacons will be given sEy, consideration in the min!s! er ial system of the diocese': : Council Con00ued from PuS e _! . ters of Charity, the Ferdit Benedictines, at'larSe.  F sentatives of the  d ders/congregationS OIo and men religious, anu _ s, officio Bishop's ReP res tive for Religious. dcil If approved, the co _ ,. would be established bY Fer ruary 1994. - - b i! The document llaa,,i ted amen reu ,! distribu g :,es v in the diocese. DelO8 i Ofl "7 receive the prop .... week. ! !/