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. The Message --for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana August 23, 1996 III I I Father Deering appointed pastor of two parm.hes Father William J. Deering, 66, has been named pastor of two parishes in the Princeton Deanery, St. Bernard Church in Gibson County at Snake Run, and Blessed Sacrament Church, Oakland City. The appointment is effective Sept. 4. At St. Bernard, Father Deer- ing follows Father Francis Bauer, 82, who is retiring after 27 years as parish pastor. At Blessed Sacrament, Father Deering succeeds the late Fa- ther Felix Preske, who was fa- tally injured in a wood-cutting accident in late July. Father Deering continues his current responsibilities as dioce- san director of worship and of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. He will reside at St. Bernard. During his 40 years of priest- hood, Father Deering has served the diocese in parishes, as a teacher and school superinten- dent, and in offices dealing with liturgy and worship. He has also served as a member of the priests' senate and as a diocesan consultor. William Joseph Deering was born in Louisville, Ky., March 16, 1930. After studies at St. Meinrad Seminary, he was or- dained a priest of the Diocese of Evansville, by Bishop Henry J. Grimme]sman, May 26, 1956. Father Deering's first assign- ment was assistant pastor, St. Boniface Church, Evansville. He later served as assistant pastor of St. Mary Church, Evansville. In 1967, Father Deering was appointed pastor bf St. Patrick Church, Daviess County, and as superintendent and teacher at Washington Catholic High School, Washington. He also served as area Boy Scout Direc- tor and as a member of the diocesan Liturgy Commission. In 1969, Father Deering was named director of Liturgical Music at Magister Noster Sem- inary, the diocesan Latin School; he also was appointed to teach at Mater Dei High School, Evansville, and to help out on weekends at St. Philip Church, St. Philip. In 1970, he was ap- pointed head of the Religion De- partment at Mater Dei, while continuing his other assign- ments. Father Deering was named pastor of St. Boniface Church, Evansville, in 1972; chairman of the secretariat on worship, in 1972; director of the permanent diaconate program in 1976; di- rector of continuing education of clergy in 1977; temporary ad- ministrator of St. Theresa Church, Evansville, in 1979; pastor of Holy Rosary Church, Evansville, in 1984; and dioce- san director of worship in 1990. Prior to the arrival of Father Preske at Oakland City, Father Deering served as pastoral mod- erator of Blessed Sacrament Church. FATHER  DEERING Pope John Paul II planning trip to Hungary in September By LYNNE WEIL Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope John Paul Irs upcoming two-day trip to Hungary takes place at a turning point for the country's Catholics in relation to their government and to the church: """ The theme of the Sept. 6-7 trip, "Our Hope is Christ," is a response to the current mood among Catholics and most Hun- garians, said Father Lazslo Lukacs, spokesman for the Hun- garian bishops' conference. During his visit, the pope is to celebrate the millennium of a Benedictine monastery, meet the Hungarian prdsident and prime minister, conduct an open-air Mass and deliver five speeches. T: Two-thirds of Hungary's 10.7 million citizens claimed nominal membership in the Catholic Church in the most recent cen- sus. But the country's 10 semi- naries report a shortage of priests, and 40 percent of the parishes do not have regular pastors. "You can really feel a type of resignation in the majority of the population," said Father Lukacs. "They are really de- spaired because of the low stan- dard of living and the general situation. So we are really look- ing to the pope to bring inspira- tion for the church and the coun- try." This will be Pope John Paul's '73rd sojourn outside of Italy during his pontificate, and his second official trip to Hungary. The focal point of the first trip, a six-city tour in August 1991, was the power of faith in building the foundations of the new Central Europe. "The country and the church lived then in a time of euphoria," Father Lukacs said. "People thought things would get better for everybody, and all our prob- lems would be over. But this is not what happened." Instead, government-funded institutions were suddenly closed or faced budget cuts, thousands were thrown out of work, and inflation rose to 25 percent per year. The economic crisis was com- pounded by political instability in Hungary and in the region. The pope's visit in 1991 coin- cided with a coup in the Soviet Union that unseated President Mikbail Gorbachev and caused concern over the stability of democracy in the newly inde- pendent Central European re- publics. In preparation for the upcom- ing trip, the unintended focal point was the possibility that the pope might have a historic encounter with Russian Ortho- dox Patriarch Alexei II of Moscow. Ecumenists had tried to ar- range the long-anticipated meet- ing at the Benedictine monastery where the pope is to lead an evening prayer service and spend the night. Officials at Pannonhalma monastery in northwestern Hungary said they had invited the Russian Orthodox patri- arch in the hope that he would confer with the pope. They first broached the subject during the patriarch's visit to the monastery in 1994; recently he declined to return for this oc- casion. The Vatican has offered no new suggestions for a date and place for the summit. But the pope will tackle other issues during a string of meet- ings with political and religious leaders. In February, the bishops' con- ference suggested that their country's government and the Vatican should draw up a con- cordat outlining church-state re- lations in a formal way. The Vatican Secretariat of State opted instead for discuS- sions with the Hungarian govern- ment concerning the funding of churches and Catholic schools. In Hungary, most church funds come from federal and local taxes. collaborative young ument. persons with artwork in a Peace Monument at the Children  Museum of  * W Indmnapolis. The display as prepared m July and readied for a Peace Ceremony Aug. 6, the an- niversary Of the,dropping af the atomic bomb at Hiroshima. Eighth graders Nicole Feller and Kerri Warner worked together on one design. Sara Weber, a seventh grader, submitted a poem. Their efforts are preserved on tiles, which were Whe which was tatives of the Children's Museum terfaith organizatiom the Peace Monument, in Hiroshima, Japan, model. Lou Feller. Kerri Warne Rachel Weber.  are