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1997 The Message --for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 ther Jerome Ziliak Word missionary to be honored Aug. 24 at St, James II cotlld turn the clock back 49 . 'war,,00 I would to India. hldia wns made for tlle, atzd I was made for India. HUGHES e staff writer Ziliak !ineet a man of solid Ger- heritage. To see with his white hair and his arms fold- his chest as he looks nephew's farm, is to !Vaan who values his fatal- to the land in southern opens his mouth to talk, you can hear of India, his home past 49 years. summer, the Divine priest has come to Haub- stay with his nephew, His- family is lag to celebrate and his years as a mis- in India. of Thanksgiving will at 1 p.m. Aug. 24 at St. Haubsadt, fol- a reception in the gYmnasium. Everyone is invited to attend. Jerome Ziliak was a young man, headed to St. Meinrad Seminary, when he was nudged by his pastor to consider becom- ing a missionary. "He said, 'Go to the missions. We need a mis- sionary.' He suggested it, and I took up his suggestion." When he completed his semi- nary work, he requested an assignment in New Guinea. He was sent to India. "The Lord made the decision for me, and I couldn't like it any better. "If I could turn the clock back 49 years, I would go to India. India was made for me, and I was made for India." When he arrived there, he brought with him "a Christian way of life. It was my work, to bring Christianity to them. Oth- erwise, there was no other rea- son for me to be there." He was assigned to Karpur, in the central part of India, where he shared expertise from his family farm background. Today, his parishioners grow wheat and corn, raise goats and rabbits, and run a dairy. Twenty-four- thousand teak trees have been planted, chosen because they "grow quickly and are valuable." There is also a school. "In the beginning, to have 10 to 15 stu- dents was a red letter day. Now we have as many as we want." His parishioners are mainly the tribal people and the out- casts, who come from the lowest caste in the Hindi class system. During his years in Karpur, he found the Indian people "receptive, but to change their minds goes slowly." Looking back ,at his mission- ary work, he says, "I didn't want to go to India, but I loved it when I first stepped foot on it." He acknowledges that "there is still a lot of work to do, but my work continues by fellows I trained. "It's like a ripple in the water. It's the stone's effect, going out and out and out." ....C:"  . . " FATHER JEROME ZILIAK n Patrick En elbrecht :rnorial student establishes endowment for theater' department Patrick Engelbrecht isn't the world., just part of it." "little part" is the the- at Memorial Evansville, and 17- Engelbrecht hopes to program a big boost in come with a special he has established The Catholic Founda- stern Indiana. a senior at Memo- been involved with the department since his year, serving on the Ibr every produc- :Ver the past three years. Working backstage gives Engelbrecht a first-hand view of exactly what the theater depart- ment needs . . . new lighting, new sound system, microphones and sets. "We live from show to show," he said. "We don't get that much funding from the school. We're not the Memorial football or bas- ketball program: It's tough to get money." He said he has seen equip- ment get broken over the years -- things which are costly to replace. "I've seen those costs, and I want to do something now," he explained. we care about... feature in the Message, designed to help draw the People of God in southwestern Indiana. Readers to submit information about people who may ben- Some extra prayers and attention. were held Aug. 19 for Olivia Ritzert Wargel, 85, 15. She is the mother of Father William Wargel, at Holy Redeemer Church, Evansville. Was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Evansville, and teacher from Westside Catholic Consolidated School, also include sons, Charles of Saginaw, Mich., of Louisville, and James of Detroit, and five grand- Charles, died in 1975. ' be made to the Little Sisters of are requested for Donna Black, music teacher at Evansville, and St. James School, Haub- She is recuperating from two major surgeries. send information for PEOPLE WE CARE to Mary Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box vansville, IN 47724. The e.mail address is mes. net. Subject: People We Care About. Engelbrecht has spent most of his summer vacation soliciting donations for the Memorial High School Theatrical Endow- ment. He initially sent out 250 letters to parents of Memorial students and others in the com- munity to get the ball rolling. The minimum amount required to open an endowment with The Catholic Foundation is $5,000. To date, Engelbrecht has raised around $8,000, mostly from pri- vate donations and a few corpo- rations, but he won't be satisfied until he reaches his goal of $20,000. He hopes to reach this goal before he graduates from Memorial next May. When Engelbrecht decided to start an endowment for his high school, he chose an area that is close to his heart. "This is my home," he said, waving his arms around him as he stood in front of the stage in the auditorium. Some nights during the school year, he is at the theater, work- ing on things until 9 p.m. Different things keep him deeply rooted to the theater department, one of them being the school's rich history. My favorite part of the theater sometimes is when I come in here and I'm all alone. I just kind of look at it and appreciate it for what it is and what's come through here," he said. "Back in the 1920s, '30s and '40s, there were professional theater companies that did shows on our stage. This was the premiere stage in Evans- ville. It still has some of the nicest architecture and acoustics of any stage in Evansville. "I'm not the first person to come in here. There's a lot of his- tpry and tradition." ,:-'Engtlbrefchtis neomfort- able that his work in establishing the endowment has put him thespotlight, a place he is not accustomed to being. The endowment does- n't have his name on it, and that's fine with him. "I don't want some big plaque on the wall saying, 'Ix)ok at him, look at what he did for us,'" he said. To people who think that it is amaz- ing that a 17-year- old would help start an endowment, he replies, "Thank you, I appreciate it, but stick around. I'm only 17. I plan to do bigger and better in my life. This is a feat that I think is large, but I expect things like this out of myself. I'm never one to sit back and let other people do it." This school year, Engelbrecht will be serving his first term as president of the Memorial Thes- pian Troupe. After he graduates from high school, he "most like- ly" will attend Xavier Universi- ty in Cincinnati, where he plans to major in business. The money Engelbrecht has raised for the endowment is invested by the Catholic Foun- dation of Southwestern Indiana to earn interest, a part of which is given to the Memorial theater department on an annual basis in perpetuity. The other earn- ings are reinvested into Memor- iars fund to hedge against infla- tion and changes in the stock i and ndmarke .... ....... ,b.,@cht, tttr. JOHN PATRICK ENGELBRECHT "So next year, YII get to see the first check," smiled Engelbrecht proudly. He said the endow, ment's clause requires that the director of the theater depart- ment and the thespian board will jointly decide where the money can be best utilized to benefit the department. Donations for the Memorial High School Theatrical Endow- ment can be sent to Donna Leader of The Catholic Founda- tion, P. O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169, or call her office . (812) 424-5536. Information for this story was provided by Donna Leader, exev. utive director of the Catholic Fouadation o( 8outhustrrn lndb