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FRED WALKER IA Hall I ame ]d Walker Jr., of Wash- tll, founder of the Vin- s University Journalism "in 1964 and its director  years, has been inducted tile National Community [e Journalism Hall of Fame ata, Georgia. lslker was among eight jour- 3 educators/journalists cho- :u I the CCJA to be the origi- "J %tubers of the Hall of .h, 101ds degrees from V.U. Zldiana University; he It at Washington 01ic High School from 1964. the son of M. Eleanor tee) Walker of Washing- kl the late Fred Walker Sr Happy Birthday! Msgr. Omer Meyer, Invest- ment Manager and Senior Con- sultant to the Treasurer of the Diocese of Evansville, cele- brates his birthday Aug. 19. He resides at Sacred Heart Church rectory in Evansville. Anniversaries of ordination Father John Breidenbach, pastor at Corpus Christi Church, Evansville, was or- dained a priest Aug. 21, 1987. Father Michael Madden, pastor of St. James Church, St. James, was ordained a priest Aug. 22, 1975. Director of Music Bernadette (Newland) Haury is the new director of music at St. Benedict Church, Evansville. She is the daughter of Paul Newland, advertising manager at the Message. First place Emily Elpers, a student at St. Philip School, St. Philip, has won first place in the Ameri- can Lung Association drawing contest. She will now compete at the national level. New minister Frances Cannon is begin- ning her job at Director of Litur- gical Music at St. Simon Church, Washington. National institute Margaret Wichman and Anniversaries at St. Joseph Congratulations to couples at St. Joseph Church, Evans. ville, celebrating wedding an- niversaries: Martin and Helen Kelley, 41 years; James and Mary Ann Grossman, 40 years; Tom and Mary Lou Kunkel, 40 years. Theresa Matthews, members " at St. Mary Church, Washing- Anniversaries ton, recently attended a Na- tional Pastoral Musicians' Insti- at Sacred Heart tute for choir directors. Congratulations to couples at Sacred Heart Church, Vin- cennes, celebrating wedding an- niversaries: Bob and JoAnn Grundman, 49 years; Bill and Virginia Duesterberg, 47 years; Frank and Mildred Becher, 44 years. Please send information for AROUND THE DIOCESE to Mary Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724. The deadline for copy is 9 a.m. the Friday before publication. I 00ten Jubilarians nd Pauline (Stangle) Sampson of Monroe City ]ebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a of their marriage at a 10"0 a.m. Mass on Aug. 21 tathedral, Vincennes. A reception, hosted by their the.and grandchildren, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. kUld Cathedral Parish Center. The couple requests I They were married Aug. 22, 1944, in the rectory :ratneis Xavzer Church, St. Franciswlle. They are Lrents of two chzldren: Mary Jo Sampson and  Sampson, both of Monroe City. They have two t;s. Mr. Sampson is employed with the Knox ighway Department and Mrs. Sampson is a i UMOJA Latoski McCarty explains the National Black Congress quilt to Clara McClure and Gwendolyn McClure at St. John Church, Evansville. African.American Catholics from around the diocese attended the Unity (UMOJA) Celebration June 26. National study to assess Catholic parish, school finances WASHINGTON (CNS) Researcher Joseph C. Harris has announced a new study to analyze how the nation's Catholic parishes and schools collect and spend about $12 billion each year. The Lilly Endowment awarded a $61,070 grant for the study July 21. It is to be conducted under auspices of the Life Cycle Institute of The Catholic University of America in Washington, with three Catholic University re- searchers as project advisers. The new study will: Replicate and expand on the 1992 research, also funded by Lilly, of contributions per Catholic household in 278 parishes from 40 states around the country. Analyze financial operat- ing statements of each of the 278 parishes, using a stan- dardized accounting system they all use, in order to com- pare data and assess the fiscal condition of the parishes. -- Study the income and ex- penditure structures of Catholic elementary and sec- ondary schools, using data col- lected by the National Catholic Educational Association. The 1992 study analyzed 1991 contributions and giving patterns of nearly 330,000 Catholic households, as re- ported in the records of the 278 parishes studied. The new one will study 1993 contributions in those same parishes, again using parish records. The separate studies two years apart will provide some indication of how Catholic parish giving may be changing and will set a stronger data- base for use in future studies on long-term patterns and trends in Catholic giving. Dean Hoge, a Catholic Uni- versity sociologist and adviser to the project who has done ex- tensive research on U.S. Catholic life, said use of con- gregational records for na- tional data on religious giving is common among non-Catholic denominations but "unique in the Catholic scene." He and Harris said past na- tional studies on Catholic giv- ing have been based on results of surveys in which Catholics were asked to tell a survey- taker how much they give each Sunday. The study on 1991 giving was the first to use Catholic p/rish contribution records as the basis for a na- tional study. Harris said his 1992 re- search showed that in 1991 the average amount of recorded parish contributions that could be traced to the household giv- ing it was $280.15 per house hold. When anonymous cash contributions in the Sunday collection were also added, the average per registered house- hold increased to $301.19. He estimated that Catholic parishes nationwide received just under $5.5 billion a year from Sunday collections. They got about $1.5 million more from other parish fund-raising and program income, he said. According to NCEA data, about $3.7 billion is being spent on Catholic elementary schools across the country this year and $2.6 billion on Catholic high schools, for a combined total of $6.3 billion. Harris found that the parishes without schools re- ported an average of 670 regis- tered households and an aver- age collection income of $185,636 a year. The typical parish with a school, he said, was nearly twice as large and had more than twice as much collection income. The average school parish in the study had 1,318 registered households and a collection income of $446,257. The average household in a parish with a school put $338.59 a year into Sunday col- lections, while the average con- tribution per household in a nonschool parish was $277.07.