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Tk00ME S S . i CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 22 NUMBER 51 E I August 28, 1992 Crowd enjoys Highwaymen concert Aug. 20 By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer son, entertained their audi- ence with such favorites as "Always on My Mind," "On the Road Again," "Sunday Morning," "Loving Her," "Desperados," and "Ghost Riders in the Sky." Before the concert began, the four entertainers gathered backstage for a cable televi- sion interview on "Crook and Chase," a show carried on The Nashville Network. Kristofferson said when the four men perform together on stage "we have more fun than we deserve to have." Cash agreed. "We've done this so long, it's really fun." He said that "we don't put The Highwaymen capti- vated an audience of over 5,000 at Roberts Stadium in Evansville August 20. The musical foursome, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash and Willie Nel- The Highwaymen ,perform. e dAuS,;:, 4n,:Evansille;.it.,et,,,peformance;,fom . twoEvansville Catholic high schools.Above, the peffomers lause a moment back- .:stage before their concert:from lefl Waylon Jenningsi June Carter Cash; Shirley Clements, a teacher atSt. Philip'School, St. Philip, Johnny Cash, Glenda Ossen- berg, development director for the Evansville Catholic Interparochial High School Board, John Clement.s, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Justin Clements, dioce. san director of development. Additional photos on page 3. -- Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes I II I I I I I I I I Election '92 anything in the show that the other three don't approve of." Nelson said performing on stage for him has become "the safest place on the planet." He compared it to a "fox- hole." Once on stage, the four- some stayed for over two hours. They finished the night with a crowd-pleasing four-song encore. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the two Evansville Catholic high schools. Ticket sales revenues and concert costs were still being tablulated. Glenda Ossenberg, develop- ment director for the Evansville Catholic Inter- parochial School Board, said she felt "really good about the whole event. We had a nice, full audience, and I've had nothing but good words on the concert." Over 280 patrons attended a post-concert party, which was briefly highlighted by ap- pearances by the four enter- tainers. "The party was very good," Ossenberg said, adding, "It's very good for our schools to have an event like this -- getting our people all together plus community people." Ossenberg said the decision to undertake another concert benefit belongs to the Evansville Catholic Inter- parochial School Board and to the Development Committee. Officers of the school board include Father Jean Vogler, chairman; Thomas Corcoran, president; David Tieken, vice-president; Herb Neigh- bors, administrative officer, and Lawrence Humm, secre- tary. Members include James Muehlbauer, Kenneth Rexing, Jack Goedert, Jane Perkins, Tom Traylor, Mark Freeman, Edward Knapp, Stephen Ref- fett, William McAdams and Gerald Adams, Development committee members include James Muehlbauer, chairman, Steve Niemeier, Joe Theby Jr., Pat Freeman, Charles Reising, Steve Titzer, Bob Hargrave, Harold Kempf, Jane Perkins, Dennis Lamey, Andy Goebel, Ron Hollander, Ted Ziemer, Bob Ossenberg, Bill Bussing Jr., Gerry Adams, Herb Neigh- bors, Justin Clements and Glenda Ossenberg. Members of the Gala '92 Committee, which coordi- nated the post-concert party, were Sandy Raben, Mary Helen Theby, Mary Kay Muehlbauer, Nancy Drake, Pare Gallagher, Karen Bosler, Rita Moore, Jeannie Freeman, Mona Freeman, Joan Adams, Glenda Ossenberg and Nancy Mayer. The concert was sponsored by WEHT-TV 25, WYNG Radio and the Evansville Catholic Interparochial School Board. -- I i Bush sees family values, abortion as key to win in November ByNANCY FRAZIERO'BRIEN ence at the Houston As- Watkins Jr., is a priest in the Those who invoked God or Southern Baptist Convention, Catholic News Service HOUSTON (CNS) -- As President George Bush hit the campaign trail after the Re- publican National Conven- tion ended in Houston, he signaled that the twin themes of family values and belief in God would.play a big part in his fight against the Democrats. "I share Alabama's commit- ment to family values and we will never forget -- we are one nation under God," Bush told a crowd in Hoover, Ale., Aug. 22. "I happen to believe that all human life is precious, born or unborn," he said. "And there's somethiIig wrong when kids can get birth con- trol in school but can't say a prayer in school." Two days earlier, Bush closed the Aug, 17-20 GOP convention with a vow to up- hold "timeless" values like the right to life, faith in God and patriotism. "I believe in families that stick together, and fathers who stick around," Bush told a wildly enthusiastic audi- trodome. "I believe in teach- ing our kids the difference be- tween what's wrong and what's right, teaching them respect for hard work and to love their neighbors. "And I believe that Amer- ica will always have a special place in God's heart, as long as he has a special place in ours," Bush said. "And maybe that's why I've always believed that patriotism is not just another point of view." Bush's acceptance speech, which included new propos- als for tax reform and a plea to end the Democratic domi- nation of Congress, also sup- ported school prayer and ed- ucational choice that includes religious schools. Earlier that day at a recep- tion sponsored by Catholics for Bush-Quayle, Retired Adm. James D. Watkins, sec- retary for energy in the Bush administration, stressed the importance of the Catholic vote in the 1992 elections. "Catholics are a very {m- portant group to the president and a very important group to the nation," said Watkins, whose son, Father James D. Archdiocese of Washington. The Catholic presence at the convention also was brought to the fore during prayers by Bishop Rene H. Gracida of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Auxiliary Bishop Carl A. Fisher of Los Angeles. provided blessings during the convention also included na- tional religious figures like Archbishop Iakovos, primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in North and South America, and the Rev. Ed Young, president of the as well as Bush's own pastor in Houston, the Rev. Claude Payne, rector of St. Martin's Episcopal Church, at least two rabbis, a Salvation Army commissioner, a Houston Mormon leader and a repre- ,. See ELECTION page 2 Administrator named to help Bishop Gaughan GARY, Ind. (CNS) -- De- troit Auxiliary Bishop Dale J. Melczek was named apostolic administrator of the Gary Dio- cese Aug. 21. Bishop Norbert F. Gaughan, 71, remains residential bishop of the diocese but is no longer able to handle the administrative responsibili- ties for health reasons. A bishop since 1975 and bishop of Gary since 1984, he suf- fered a serious stroke last February. Bishop Melczek, 53, has been a priest since 1964 and auxiliary bishop of Detroit since 1982. Over the past 20 years he has held a variety of archdiocesan posts Under three successive Detroit arch- bishops.  As a priest he was adminis- trative secretary and vicar general for Cardinal John Dearden and secretary and chancellor for Archbishop Edmund C. Szoka, later named a cardinal. As a bishop he was regional bishop under Cardinal Szoka and then under Archbishop Adam J. Maida, with respon- sibilities first of the north- west region of the archdio- cese and then of the north region. His appointment to admin- ister the Gary Diocese was made by Pope John Paul II. It was announced simultane- ously in Detroit and Gary. He retains his title as auxiliary of Detroit, but will reside in Gary. Bishop Gaughan, a long- time diocesan newspaper BISHOP GAUGHAN columnist and former chair- man of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Communica- tions, is widely known in See ADMINISTRATOR page 2