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2 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana September 2, 1994 i Jubilee year Profiling first bishop of Evansville: Bishop Henry J. Grimmelsman The Diocese of Evansville was established Nov. 11, 1944. On the fiftieth anniversary of that date, the diocese will begin a series of celebrations, calling attention to the past, present and future of the Catholic Church in Southwest- ern Indiana. In conjunction with anniver- sary planning, the Message begins a special series of fea- tures about the diocese -- this portion of the People of God. Features will explore dioce- san roots, with details, dates and places, but with an em- phasis on the people who are the real foundation. The first feature in the se- ries is a personal profile of the First Bishop of Evansville. were Archbishop Urban J. Vehr of Denver and Auxiliary Bishop George J. Rehring of Cincinnati. Archbishop John T. McNicholas of Cincinnati preached the sermon. Bishop Grimmelsman was installed at Assumption Cathe- dral, Evansville, Jan. 3, 1945. During his years in the dio- cese, many parishes and schools were established, in- cluding St. Theresa, Holy Rosary, Holy Redeemer, Holy Spirit, Resurrection, Corpus Christi, Good Shepherd and Nativity, Evansville; Holy Family and Precious Blood, Jasper; Holy Name, Bloom- field; St. Ferdinand High School, Ferdinand; and Mater Dei High School, Rex Mundi High School and Magister Nos- ter Latin School, Evansville. The new parishes thrived; several of the schools did not survive the changing times. Bishop Grimmelsman was known as a builder. He was also known as the bishop who sold Assumption Cathedral property to Evansville Future, Inc., in 1965. Since 1965, the diocese has had no cathedral. Bishop Gbimmelsman re- tired Oct. 20, 1965. He died June 26, 1972. His Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Benedict Church, Evansville, Profile: Bishop Henry J. Grimmelsman The Rt. Rev. Msgr. Henry Joseph Grimmelsman, Rector of the Pontifical College Josephinum at Worthington, Ohio, was appointed Nov. 11, 1944, to be the first bishop of the new Diocese of Evansville. He was consecrated as bishop in St. Turibius Chapel at the Josephinum by the Most Rev. Amleto Giovanni Cicog- nana, Apostolic Delegate to the United States. Co-consecrators MILLER & MILLER  "Funeral Pre-Planning Since 1940" 424-9274 T r s Box 68 Montgomery, Indiana 47558 Donald J. Traylor President Phone: 486-3285 on June 30. His body is buried at St. Joseph Cemetery, Evansville. Father Robert Deig had spent 15 years as master of ceremonies, chauffeur and part-time aide to Bishop Grim- melsman -- who "repeatedly" cautioned against having a fu- neral eulogy. Father Deig begged that his disobedience would be overlooked and for- given, and spoke a final tribute to the first bishop. In the eulogy, which was published in the Message, July 7, 1972, Father Deig said he would not "pay tribute to the obvious," which included the fact the Bishop Grimmels- man was "more than a knowl- edgeable theologian," "a He- brew scholar of repute and a pioneer in the vast field of modern Scripture Studies," "a school man dedicated to the cause of Catholic education," and "that he was a shepherd who drove his sheep and their pastors in passing gear, but who drove himself with even greater, if not super-human de- mands." Also obvious was the fact that Bishop Grimmelsman "spoke out with the courage of his convictions," "that he was a visionary, who so frequently predicted and prepared for the future with uncannily correct precision," and that he "was a genuinely ascetical man of real prayer and contemplation." Father Deig went on to say, however, that the "real Henry J. Grimmelsman" was a man of most utter simplicity who thought and expressed the thoughts of the common man and who reacted in kind to the thoughts, the hopes and aspi- rations, the ambitions and strivings of the laboring man in his field or factory (whether black or white), the retarded, the dilatory, the sick, the aged and the simple child." Father Deig recalled the bishop as a "simple human man" who was anxious to get home from an afternoon cere- mony to work on the roof he was patching; a man who re- membered how the stars look down on the Sinai desert, and one who knew what kind of soil was best for his geraniums. Bishop Grimmelsman had a dry sense of humor, his master of ceremonies recalled. Asked what would happen if it would rain during outdoor cere- monies, Bishop Grimmelsman noted, "We'll all get wet!" Bishop Grimmelsman's "smile was in his eyes, and only the careful observer got to know that the smile in his eyes Vincennes Bicknell .... Sandborn Monroe City Princeton Patoka FRIDAY NIGHT FAMILY DINNERS Member F.D.I.C. BISHOP HENRY J. GRIMMELSMAN very, very often belied the sound of his voice." Bishop Grimmelsman was "a basically very shy man, who drew a ring of fire about his person.., across which dared step," said Father He was a "lonely man" who cepted his loneliness as "an cupational hazard." . . . New Holy Day, holiday schedule announced A new office schedule has been announced for diocesan of- ficeg at the Catholic Center and Catholic Charities. The changes are in effect for the fiscal year which began Sept. 1. Diocesan offices will be open on Holy Days, to be of service to parishes and schools which are also typically open when the feasts of Ascension, Assumption, All Saints and Immac u late Conception fall on weekdays. Diocesan offices will be closed this fiscal year on the fol- lowing days: Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5; Thanksgiving a the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 24 and 25; Monday Tuesday, Dec. 26 and 27, in observance of Christmas; Mon" day, Jan. 2, in observance of the Feast of Mary, Mother of God; Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 16; Good Fri- day, April 14; Memorial Day, May 29, and Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4. 1995 Convocation being planned The 1995 Presbyterate Convocation for priests of the Dio, cese of Evansville will be held at Lake Barkley Resort, SePt. 11 -- 14, according to plans announced at a recent meeting of the Council of Priests. The theme of the convocation is taken from a Scripture passage (II Timothy 1:6): "Fan into a flame the gift God gave you when I laid hands on you." The convocation will focus at- tention on the priesthood: What was it? What is it? What might it be? Father Frank McNulty, a nationally known speaker and parish pastor in the Diocese of Newark, N.J., will be the lea" tured speaker. The stated goal of the convocation is "to bring the priests of the Diocese of Evansville together in fraternity and so li darity through prayer, study, dialogue and recreation." !: i SCHNELLVlLLE i FOR COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SERVICE FISCHER ELECTRIC INC. SCHNELLVILLE, IN 389-2418 Support your pro-life organizations