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" The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana September 16, . . . 0000ILI!1 The Daughters of Charity: A }ubtlee htstory reRort .... i Education and health care The Sisters of Charity of beth Ann Seton. Portions of bishop had her body placed in cannot do much credit to ii wes ;r th I zght tO] ifyo wo i  11 t4 hag)] Emmitii have been-among the major works of the Catholic Church in the United States, but records of such activity have not been consistently main- tained. That, at least, is the case in the territory which is now the Diocese of Evansville. Parish records in Vincennes go back to 1749. Sacramental records are an important part of the work of the Catholic Church, as many amateur ge- nealogists have discovered. Sacramental records provide dates, names and place for baptisms and marriages. Parish records also include dates of deaths. Sister Margaret Flynn, a Daughter of Charity who serves as the Archivist for her commu- nity, recently provided the Mes- sage with information about the work of women religious in the southwestern Indiana. Nazareth, Ky., first went to Vincennes to open a school in 1825, when it was part of the Diocese of Bardstown, Ky. Bishop Simon Brute, first Bishop of Vincennes, also re- quested the Sisters of Charity of Emmitsburg, Md., to serve in Indiana. That community had been founded by Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton. Sisters from Emmitsburg made a brief stopover in Evansville, and then operated a school in Vin- cennes from 1838 to 1843. The Sisters of Charity re- turned to Indiana to establish a hospital and an infirmary. Today, their community is more commonly known as the Daughters of Charity. Sister Flynn sent to the Message a copy of a talk which had been given by Dr. Ellin M. Kelly, author of a book about the life of St. Eliza- Kelly's presentation are quoted the Cathedral crypt .... How- Joseph's here in the below, along with other infer- ever, in 1877 Sister Harriet's where people are smarter mation about the Daughters of remains were found in the they are generally thought Charity in southwestern Indi- crypt when they were prepar- be by folks in the East, if ana. ing to bury Bishop St. Palais, do not send us help. Two and they were transferred to ters cannot do properly all the church cemetery." ought to be done, even to Father John Lefler is retiring Father John W. Lefler, a priest of the Diocese of Evansville, has re- tired from the active ministry, due to health reasons. He resides in Tennyson. Father Lefler, 63, has most re- cently served the diocese as a mem- ber of the clergy assistance pool, and provided assistance at St. Clement Church, Boonville, and St. Joseph Church, Dale. Father Lefler was born Aug. 12, 1931. After his ordination to the priesthood, April 6, 1957, he was assigned as assistant pastor of Sa- cred Heart Church, Evansville: He also served as an assistant at Assumption Cathedral, St. Boni- face, St. Joseph and Christ the King Churches in Evansville; and at St. Matthew Church, Mt. Vernon. He taught at Magister Noster Latin School in Evansville. He was pastor of All Saints FATHER JOHN LEFLER Church, Cannelburg, and adminis- trator of St. Patrick Church, Daviess County. He also served as pastor of St. Clement Church, Boonville; Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Petersburg; and St. Martin Church, Chrisney. COMPLETE INSURANCE SERVICE Auto! Home! Fire & Life! Your Personal Service Agent James L. Will Ins. Agency Inc. 1925 W. 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A band of four sis- ters, under the leadership of Sister Harriet Gardiner, the fourth candidate to enter the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth on April 18, 1813, opened St. Clare Academy. During the next 13 years, eight other members of the Nazareth com- munity served in the town. Al- though the school prospered, the pastor's extended absences often deprived the sisters and the parish of Mass and the sacraments. Writing to Nazareth on Sept. 27, 1826, Sister Harriet Gardiner noted that illness was everywhere in the area: 'Hardly can there be found one house, either in town or country, without some sick in it. The flu has carried off a great number of children. Fevers of every kind are pre- vailing. I am the only one well, and I think that may time has come. I feel muck like it at pre- sent.' Ten days later, Oct. 7, 1826, Sister Harriet died. "When the Nazareth commu- nity granted the bishop's re- quest that Sister Harriet's The Nazareth community continued to provide siste/s for the work in Vincennes. In 1837, Bishop Brute invited sis- ters to come to Vincennes from the Emmitsburg community in Maryland. "The Council at St. Joseph's named Sister Benedicta Par- sons, the treasurer of the com- munity who had volunteered for Vincennes, as Sister Ser- vant and Sister Mary Mar- garet Cully as her companion. Sister Benedicta's brother was a doctor in Terre Haute; al- though he was a Protestant, his daughter became a boarder at St. Mary's Academy." Bishop Brute wanted the sis- ters from the two communities to unite, but that plan did not work. The two sisters from Nazareth returned to Ken- tucky, leaving only the two sis- ters from Emmitsburg. On May 28, 1838, Sister Benedicta wrote to St. Joseph's in Mary- land, explaining the situation. "'We have scholars offering daily, boarders too, if we could take them. We have now a fine property; spacious yards and garden, good houses -- three of them on the same lot within the enclosure -- and in a short time we shall have everything Two sisters from burg, identified as Siste Gabriella Doyle and Siste Aurea, were sent to Vincenne Following the death 0 Bishop Brute, Bishop Celest de la Hailandiere mad4 arrangements for the Sister Providence to come to the V' cennes diocese. Some of tlt Sisters of Charity joined thi Providence community. ,] w After some disagreemeIl ith the new bishop, howeV$t the Sisters of Charity left V'[ cennes on Dec. 28, 1843. J Bishop de la Hailandiere signed in 1847, and was sut ceeded by Bishop Stephen B who died six months later. J Under the fourth BishoP4 Vincennes, Maurice de S S[ Palais, the Sisters of Cha .q returned to the diocese. Sistetl from Emmitsburg opened .. Mary's Hospital in EvanSn 1, on July 16, 1872. : Under the fifth Bishop Francis  Vincennes, "tsburg e Chatard, the Emml sil! St. Vincel munity opened 88  Hospital, Infirmary, later " 1 Indianapolis on April 27, Although the cathedral the title of the diocese t!! mained in Vincennes, Bish!] Chatard his re'i established dence in In lS Indianapolis. however, Rome approved transfer of the title to the body remain in Vincennes, the fixed very conveniently .... We cese of Indianapolis. iJ . ,eS ,! Notre Dame seeks parish htszor, :i "I never dreamed that I would write a book of this size for a special occasion such as a 150th anniversary," wrote Father John Boeglin, in a Foreword to the book, Celestine, Indiana: A Sesquicentennial History." Father Boeglin and his col- laborators spent literally thou- sands of hours working on the Celestine book, which was pub- lished in 1993. Recent parish histories -- also involving thousands of hours on the part of authors, editors, and coordi- nators -- have been published about St. Joseph Church in Vanderburgh County and St. RUXER FORD - LINCOLN - MERCURY JASPER 482-1200 Depressed? Suicidal? Feeling Hopeless? THE HELP LINE 1-800-852-7279 We offer FREE, confidential assessments and help! BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CENTER MEMORIAL,- HOSPITAL And Health (Lare (::enter SENIOR CITIZENS SAVE ON AUTO INSURANCE Call us today for discounts New Low Rates! Special Discounts! Call us today for a quote. INSURANCE AGENCY 464-5993, I DENNIS K. FELDHAUS Mater Dei Class of '70 II Wendel Church in St. It is such dedicated the chronicles of parish the United States today the University of Notre seeks to collect and: "We are making every to acquire and preserve, ture generations, written mentation of parish America," wrote Ames, Catholic American: brarian at the University braries of Notre Dame. The libraries and are among the finest ir country, "particularly our Parish History which currently numbers than 3,500 items the history of pa throughout the United Ames wrote. Ames said that the M. Hesbu expand its parish lection. "We of parish histories which ment the life of the cluding silver, golden, mend, or celebrations," she said. Persons interested in ing such a donation contact Charlotte Catholic Americana 217 Hesburgh Library, sity of Notre Dame, Dame, IN 46556-5629. phone (219) 631-5176 (219) 631-6772. Or send through Bitnet: can or through for information.