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i 13, 1996 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 ion of Mary celebrates 75th anniversary MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer ion of Mary members from the Diocese of Evansville iebrated their organization's r with a Mass Sept. Benedict Church, Evans- le. The Mass was con-cele- ated by Msgr. Roman Vollmer, spiritual director, Bene- ;fine Father Gregory Cham- pastor of St. Benedict torch, Evansville, and Msgr. mneth Knapp, vicar general d pastor of Christ the King torch, Evansville. the homily, Father Gre- reminded the Legion mere- that "Mary certainly has a important role to play in our lives," adding, "She said was asked by God. could have said no." Father Gregory noted that during the feast at Cana, when the hosts ran out of wine for their guests, they came to Mary. "She did what she was supposed to do. She went to Jesus." The Legion of Mary was founded by Frank Duff on Sept. 7, 1921, in Dublin, Ireland. Duff, a layman and a St. Vincent de Paul member, suggested the group perform spiritual works of mercy. Members began visiting the sick in the wards of a large Dublin hospital. The International Eucharistic Congress, held in Dublin in 1932, made the Legion known to delegates around the world. The first parish unit was formed in the United States at Raton, New Mexico. The aims of the Legion of Mary are to increase the per- sonal holiness of its members through the imitation of the virtues of Mary, foster a deeper devotion to Mary among all peo- ple, and to undertake various apostolic works. There are two types of mem- bership: the active members who attend weekly meetings and perform two hours apostolic work each week, and the auxil- iary or praying members. Their duties include the daily rosary and the daily recitation of the Tessera prayers. The prayers are offered for the intentions of the Blessed Lady. Examples of apostolic work include visiting the sick in hos- pitals, encouraging fallen-away Catholics to return to their faith, and helping converts in the practice of their faith. Catherine Ziliak, a parishioner at St. Theresa Church, Evansville, attends the Mass at St. Benedict Church, Evans- ville, honoring the Legion of Mary's 75th anniversary. -- Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes Legion member shares her memories MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer The joyful sound of a man :is one of Pat Burggrabe's ms of her 44 years the Legion of Mary. Active Legion of Mary mem- bers perform two hours of apos- tolic work a week, and for years, Burggrabe has been leading the rosary and playing the organ during weekly Masses celebrat- ed for patients at the Evansville State Hospital. She remembers one patient who always attended Mass; but because he mumbled the prayers of the rosary, she realized that he probably didn't know them. One day, he mentioned that he didn't go to Communion because he had never been bap- tized. He added that he would like to become Catholic. Msgr. Charles Schoettelkotte, chap- lain at the state hospital, began giving him instructions. "For over a yea1; he gave him instructions," Burggrabe remem- bers. "Then, he was baptized, and made his First Holy Communion. He was always whistling, but that day he whistled like he had never whistled betbreY' Burggrabe says she has seen was living in California, the old- est of six children, when her father died at age 47. "I was devastated." Her mother decid- ed to bring the family to Evans- ville to live, and Burggrabe remembers, "I was wilted." When Father Gabriel Verkamp, a Benedictine priest at St. Bene- dict Church, invited her to join the Legion of Mary, she was reluctant. "I had never heard of it, and I didn't want to join an old ladies meeting." Despite her misgivings, she attended a meeting, and soon was asked to start a young adult program in the parish. With six young men and six young women as members, "we the winter, we would meet in St. Anthony's basement or at St. Vincent's Day Care. We had 39 converts from that group." She continued with the Legion, serving as Evansville's president for several terms, and volunteer- ing hours in the summer in Appalachia. She says her membership has "developed me spiritually. It's made me a daily communicant." It has also "taught me a disci- pline in my personal life. It's deepened my faith, especially today when there are so many viewpoints." But most imp{}rtanty, she says she has "'developed a child- like thith because I've seen s Burggrabe served as cantor at the anniversary Mass. is a 44-year member of the Legion of Mary Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes POST BUILDINGS Custom Ma,de On Your Lot Thousands of References POST BUILDING PKGS. 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He was sick, hut got out of bed to talk with us. He told us, "If you two think enough of me to come to talk with me, there must be something about the Catholic church.'" They placed a call from his home that night to a nearby pastor, asking for an appoint- ment tbr religious instructions. "He was baptized, he joined the Legion, and then he married one of my best friends. I am god- mother to one of their children." Burggrabe's entry into the Legion followed one of the most difficult times of her life. She Main Street Pharmacy 217 E. Main St. Downtown Washington Phone: 254-5141 OMPANY SllUSLrr started knocking on doors in the projects, and we would gather kids under the street lamp. In many unexplained things hap- pen -- it haus to be divine inter- vention." Worth mentioning... Noon Mass to end at St. Bell's A Mass at noon on Sunday will no longer be celebrated at St, Benedict Church. Evansville. The new schedule takes effect in October, and follows a staffing change which saw the departure of the associate pastor. Benedictine Father Gregory Chain.- berlin is the pastor. Mass schedule to be interrupted at Holy Rosary There will be no Mass at 12:15 or 5:15 p.m., at Holy Rosary Church, Evansville, on Sunda, Oct. 6. The schedule change is temporary, for the one Sunday only, due to the parish picnic scheduled that day. The regular schedule will resume the fol- lowing Sunday, except that the 12:15 Mass is discontinued. Commentary writer's name omitted The Steward's Way, a regular column in the Message, is written by Justin Clements, diocesan director of stewardship and development His name was inadvertently omitted from the column. Sept. 6. . Vincennes Bicknell Sandbom Monroe City AmBank P,inc00on Member F.D.I.C. P_eoples Trust Company SOUTH MAIN STREET P.O. BOX 191 UNTON. 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