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The Message N for Catholics of Southwestern Indiant Memories of the first Synod Disappointment Robert A. Armstrong, rector of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore. "It was in- teresting, challenging and worthwhile but we're very disap- pointed. We just have to live with reality -- we certainly wouldn't want him to come here Continued from page 1 Nevertheless, disappoint- ment was still the primary emotion in most quarters. "It was an enormous amount of time in planning," said Msgr. Ed. L. Lee Mortuary 101 North Meridian Street Washington, IN 254-3612 m By MSGR. CLINTON HIRSCH Remembering Msgr. Pierre Brisse The statutes and directives of this Synod were composed entirely by our First Bishop, Henry J. Grimmelsman. The Bishop directed the priests of the diocese to assem- ble, on October 11, 1948, at the Assumption Cathedral (Sev-o enth and Vine, Evnasville), at which time he would person- ally explain each statute and directive. He did this from the podium. Previously, each priest had been given a copy of the Synod. One of the statutes that re- mains in my memory is'this, that after a specific date, lay secretaries would not be per- mitted in the parishes of the diocese. This got the attention of a number of the pastors, and in particular, the pastor of the Assumption Cathedral, Msgr. Pierre Brisse -- but his objec- tions were overruled by Bishop Grimmelsman. I should interject here, that at that time I was an Assistant (Associate, if you prefer) at the Assumption Cathedral, and at the same time, engaged in sec- retarial work at the Chancery, which was housed in the music room of the Old Reitz Home, on First and Chestnut Streets, near the Evansville water- front. For a number of years, this building served as the cen- tral office of the Diocese. After Bishop Grimmelsman dismissed the priests from that day's expose of Synodal Docu- ments, to return to their parishes, I was called into the Office of the Pastor of the As- sumption Cathedral and told very definitely that he was holding me responsible for the dismissal of his secretary, Miss Catherine Madden. I tried to plead my case that I had nothing to do with that decision, but to no avail. Not to belabor the point, but what I would like to have re- membered about this is -- that after some weeks, I was again invited to the Pastor's Office, at which time, Msgr. Brisse said emphatically: "I was wrong, you had nothing to do with Catherine Madden's leav- ing." Believe me, my estimation of Msgr. Brisse increased im- mensely with this admission and correction! And I relized more than ever that he was a genuinely good priest. 1948 MSGR. NOTE: Msgr. Hirsch about the history of the from the perspective has been involved lcoal church for the years of its existence. Hirsch and were the first two dained by the new Grimmelsman, on Feb. 2,:i Bishop Grimmelsman been installed on Jan. 3. The Message seeks and memories about t) cese, for publication this fiftieth anniversat I jeopardizing his health." I =..,. = women to be But Cardinal O'Connor -- o ---r00nnunu-00 thinks he knows the person most disappointed about the cancellation -- his house- keeper, Maura O'Kelly, who had been "cleaning up a storm" in anticipation of the pope staying at the cardinal's resi- dence all three nights of his visit FOR COMPLETE ( HAUBSTADT I ELECTRICAL SERVICE ELECTRIC Licensed Bonded Inured Industrial, CommercJal and Residential P.O. Box 405 TONY NAZARIO Haubstadt, IN 47639 812-768-5207 1-800-766-2787 FISCHER ELECTRIC INC. SCHNELLVILLE, IN 389-2418 i Vincennes Bicknell - - Sandborn Monroe City. 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While making up less than 1 percent of the church's mem- bership, the more than 1.1 mil- lion men and women religious in the world are regarded as the backbone of the church's work force. They administer hospitals, schools and other institutions; lead much of the church's mis- sionary activity; continue a tradition of special ministry to those left out of normal church or social structures; and sup- port the church with constant prayer. The more than 3,000 Catholic orders and institutes and the variety of ways in which consecrated people live their vocation w whether in hermitages and cloisters or in homeless shelters and AIDS hospices -- mean that the synod discussions could touch virtually every area of church and social life. Relations with local bishops and diocesan clergy, coopera- tion with lay men and women, missionary activity and in- volvement in justice and peace issues all have been mentioned in preparatory documents for the monthlong gathering. Meeting members of religious orders over the past two years, Pope John Paul II has called them to be examples of hope, love and commitment to a world that seems to be losing those values. Finding ways to be relevant to the world while preserving the traditional identity of each order or community is a. tension reli- gious have been struggling with since the Second Vatican Council. The synod is planned as the universal church's first opportu- nity since the council to examine how well the process has worked across the board and to give guidance for future develop- ments. The Union of Superiors Gen- eral, an international group of the heads of men's communities, said it hopes the synod will make it clear that the process must con- tinue so that consecrated life can "respond to the challenges and ex- pectations of our contemporaries in various cultural, social and ec- clesial contexts." The question has practical im- plications as groups of religious examine their institutions and activities in the light of declining and aging memberships. Especially in North America and Europe, where women's com- munities have experienced the greatest decline in membership, some orders are not just closing institutions, but are facing the possibility of their community ceasing to exist. =The possibility and in- evitability of extinction of a number of institutes is generally viewed with serenity and faith. ion in declaring that longer generates life h evangelical reasons to said a report on responses synod's preparatory prepared by the Union of Superiors leadership women's orders. In an early view, Father Pel venbach, superior gex the Jesuits, said, "the ing or decreasing consecrated people vious value of their not so important." "What is important all they do, praying and ing, consecrated life and emphasizes its the church for the told SIR, an Italian C news bulletin. The identity and of consecrated life gird all of the d the synod's working "The consecrated prophetic witness to macy of God and to thel that do not pass document said. "Its more in 'being' and for God  than although when lived religious identity should be in harmony. Meeting heads of orders last John Paul said their tion and vows are a their "radical gift ol God and to the they can be witneS! Gospel values in the The synod's ment presented the vl only as an imitation but as opportunities claim lasting truths changing world. I J JASPER LUMBER CO. COMPLETE BUILDING SERVICE Ph: 482-1125 RT.4, JASPER KREMPP LUMBER CO. BUILDING MATERIAL SUPPLIES & GENERAL CONTRACTING HOMECENTER CONSTRUCTION 482-1961 482-6838 SUBSCRIBE TO THE MESSAGE