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i E $ $  The Message-- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana VOLUME 25 NUMBER S pt , L i 4 f Bishop Francis R. Shea: December 4, 1913 -- August 18, 1994 Remembering Bishop Shea: A kind and forgiving man By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer ers Unraveling amid a chang- ing relationship between em- PlOyees and their bosses, said tl.. U'S. Catholic Conference's u4 Labor Day statement. "The expectation is that an employee who works hard, fol- Its: s the rules and increases Productivity of the com- any will receive an adequate ily wage, other benefits , a job until paid retire- uent," said the statement by Card of Baltlmore, ch o the USCc Committee on D - raestic Polic . y. L The COmpany, on the other di' gets a skilled employee . s loyal, punctual, produc- ;a e and who will use the on :m.g. and skills developed o ae Job for the best interests f the co - card . mpany, Bishop R l- said. " "s ,^Yet man observers see tm oucial c Y ties L . ontract unravehng as . uetween emn ver and em Plovn_ rio,, - se - Come loose, with less ,de of COmmon task, less During the funeral Mass for Bishop Francis R. Shea, a mother sat in the cry room with her two young daughters. She was there to say good-bye to a dear friend. Her friendship with Bishop Shea had grown out of a deep and bitter pain and it had given the woman a vision of what it means to be Christ-like. Gail Shetler first met Bishop Shea in 1972 when she was a junior at Rex Mundi High School. There were rumors that one of the three Evans- ville Catholic high schools might close and she called Bishop Shea's office for an ap- pointment. "Without having any idea who I was, he agreed to talk with me." When'Gail and several other Rex Mundi students gathered in the bishop's office, they shared their feelings about the possi- bility of their school closing. Twenty-two years later, Gall still remembers how Bishop Shea listened to the students and how he "treated everyone with the utmost respect. He was so kind and patient during the whole process." Despite their pleas, Rex tJSCC: Labor relationships 'unraveling,' changing WASHINGTON (CNS) mutual loyalty and much more at the Center of the Social influence decisions." Man s , Y ee the social contract uncertainty and distrust." Question," was dated Septem- "We have seen," Bishop Ri- oetween workers and employ- Bishop Ricard suggested, "It may be time to revisit the (U.S. bishops' 1986) economic pas- toral and its call for new forms of partnerships and coopera- tion between those whose in- vestment and management provide jobs and products and those whose daily work is the source of prosperity." The statement, "Work: Still ber 1994 and released Aug. 25. Bishop Ricard noted that "Economic Justice for All," the bishops' pastoral on the econ- omy, calls for new labor-man- agement partnerships that could lead to less adversarial relations. However, it says, such partnerships are only pos- sible when "both groups pos- sess real freedom and power to card said, "the erosion of the balance when permanent re- placements take the jobs of striking workers. "It's time for unions and em- ployers to seek the common good instead of the single- minded pursuit of economic ad- vantage." Bishop Ricard also pointed to papal support for employer- paid health care. Grants available for catechetical studies Corr also said that the Na- tional Conference of Catecheti- cal Leadership has begun pro- duction of a basic catechist formation program using video tapes. The program can be done in local parishes and in small groups led by a compe- tent mentor or facilitator. Tapes and program materials will be available in each dean- ery in the spring. For more information, see CA TECHETICAL S UNDA Y, by James Corr, page 15. By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Grants are now available to assist qualified persons in the diocese earn degrees or certifi- cates in catechetical studies. James Corr, director of reli- gious education for the Diocese of Evansville, is coordinating the program. In a column prepared for the Message this week, Corr said that a Grant Review Commit- tee has been established to ex- amine applicants for scholar- ship funding for those willing to serve as parish or school cat- echetical leaders and who wish to pursue appropriate training for that role. Money for the scholarships comes from inter- est earned by a large, anony- mous donation. Approved colleges include Brescia College, Owensboro, Ky.; St. Mary-of-the-Woods College near Terre Haute; St. Meinrad College and School of Theology; and local programs under the auspices of Loyola University, New Orleans. Mundi closed its doors in 1972 and Gail transferred to Memo- rial High School that fall. She was devastated by the closing and directed her anger at Bishop Shea. "I wrote him a letter and told him how upset I was, that I didn't want to have anything to do with him -- and that I didn't want him to give me my diploma when I graduated." Her anger continued to fer- ment over the years, until one day she walked into a church where Bishop Shea was saying Mass. "I knew then that I needed to forgive and to ask him for forgiveness. After Mass, I walked into the sac- risty and told him how badly I felt about my behavior and that I needed to ask him to for- give me. "He gave me a hug and said it forgiveness. He had already forgiven me." .... From then on, whenever they met, Bishop Shea would give her a hug. They became friends. He presided at the funeral of her grandmother and he asked her to pray for his sister. "Something very divine hap- pened between us -- and that was forgiveness. The manner in which he forgave showed me his holiness and his Christ-likeness. "I felt like the prodigal son. I didn't deserve his friendship but he gave it to me anyway. He gave me an example of how to forgive." i