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2 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Cathedral of the Assumption Ev00insville ctl=Jrch became cathedral when diocese was esta Dogma of the Assumption The dogma of the Assumption states that Mary was taken up body and soul into heaven, after the completion of her earthly life. By reason of her Immaculate Conception (con- ceived without sin), she did not have to suffer the conse- quences of original sin. After consultation with all the bishops of the Catholic Church, Pope Pius XII proclaimed the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary as a doctrine of the Faith. His proclama- tion, on Nov. 1, 1950, was the only declared exercise of papal infallibility. The feast of the Assumption was celebrated by Christians as early as the seventh century. It is now observed on Aug. 15. i MILLER & MILLER  "Funeral Pre-Planning Since 1940" 424-9274 FIRST FEDERAL Savings and Loan Association Washington & Loogootee Landscaping Christmas Trees & Decorations Washington, Indiana In keeping with the tradition of honoring Mary, Mother of God, in the months of October and May, the Message begins a series of features prepared for the diocesan jubilee year, on parishes named to honor Mary. By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Assumption Church became the Cathedral of the Assump- tion, when the Diocese of Evansville was established. The new diocese was placed under the patronage of Mary, Mother of God. Bishop Henry J. Grimmels- man, appointed and conse- crated in late 1944, was in- stalled as the First Bishop of Evansville on Jan. 3, 1945. In- stallation ceremonies were held in the new cathedral -- which was the oldest church in Indiana south of Vincennes. In the 1830s, Father Stanis- laus Buteux and several com- panions visited Evansville, a log-cabin village of about 1,100 people on the banks of the Ohio. They came from Vincennes -- the see city of a new diocese which at the time included all of Indiana and part of Illinois. Father Buteux learned that there were several Catholic families in Evansville, but no resident priest. Occasionally, a priest from the Diocese of Bardstown in Kentucky would come to celebrate Mass and the sacraments. Bishop Simon Brute sent a newly ordained priest to Evansville. Father Anthony Deydier arrived May 3, 1837, but soon traveled to cities in the East to solicit money to buy land and build a church. In 1839, the priest returned from Baltimore with Michael Byrne, who came to set up a school. On Aug. 5, 1840, the feast day of St. Mary of Nives, the cornerstone of the Church of the Assumption was laid. An account of the event indicates that "the Rt. Rev. Charles Au- gustus Maria Joseph, Count de Forbin Janson, Bishop of Nancy and Toul, the Primate of Lorraine, laid this corner- stone of the Church of Our Blessed Lady, under the title of the Assumption, in the pres- ence of the Rev. Anthony Dey- dier, pastor of Assumption Church; of the Very Rev. Stephen Theodore Badin, Vicar General of the Diocese of Barsten, and the Rev. Roman Weinzoepflen, missionary priest for the Germans." The parish covered the area south of Vincennes, along the Ohio River and across the Wabash River into Illinois (in- cluding Mount Carmel and other communities). Four Sisters of Providence arrived in 1853, to take charge of Assumption School. They are identified traditionally only by their first names, Sis- ter Anastasia (who was the su- perior), Sister Alphonse, Sister Elizabeth and Sister St. Paul. Their efforts are viewed as the real beginning of the Catholic educational system in Evans- ville. (Sisters of Providence staffed Assumption School until 1963, when they left be- cause of the dwindling number of students.) The second pastor, Father Patrick McDermott, sold the church at Second and Sycamore and began building a new one at Seventh Street near Vine. Succeeding Father McDer- mott were Father John Gue- gen, who served only briefly as acting pastor, and Father Eu- gene F. McBarron, who guided the building of a new school in 1881. Father Francis R. Ryves was pastor from 1911 to 1937. Under his leadership the PHONE322321 Miller & Miller Colonial Chapel Supports the Knights of St. John MEMBERS Bernie Miller Gerald Miller Jon Miller Greg Betz  HAUBSTADT ELECTRIC Licensed Bonded Insured Industrial, Commercial and Residential PO Box 405 TONY NAZARIO Haubstadt, IN 47639. 812-768-5207 1-800-766-2787 (812) 254-2641 SAVINGS BANK, FSB 200 E. Van Trees St, Washington 500 Main St, Petersburg Wade Funeral Home ] 119 S. Vine Street, Haubstadt, IN I 768-6151 Call about pre-need counseling. Robert J. Wade Alan J. Wade RUXER FORD - LINCOLN - MERCURY l,,, JASPER 482-1200 I THE NEWS PUBLISHING CO. Tell City, IN Proud to be the printer for The Message MUENSTERMAN'S FIRESTONE SERVICE, INC. Evansville, IN parish built a new school in 1928. then, gift of $10,000 Reitz, Msgr. Ryves boys' high school. ther generosity of Joseph Reitz, Reitz High School was present location. The tion Academy for had been founded in moved to the second Memorial. Father Pierre Brisse I pointed pastor of following the death Ryves. He continued of the parish after theC became the cathedral t new Diocese of until his death in Leo Conti became the tor. On Aug. 1, 1963, was sent to Rome, the Cathedral parish with Holy Trinity that time was only a c After Holy Trinity was lished as a parish, proved the request. On April 13, 1964,i granted the petitio Holy Trinity the Assumption parish. ity became the Cathedral. ' Msgr. Clinton Hirscl first priest of the dained at the cathedrdl appointed sumption in 1964; the was demolished in make way for u downtown Evansville. Bishop brated the last building on Jan. 17, announcement that erty had been sold was made the Evansville Future, molished the The property was the General Service tion of the federal to be used as the current post office building. HAMM'S The best in musical it SERVING SOUTHERN Washington, Peo Corn SOUTH MAIN P.O. BOX LINTON M& Fire & Equip. Co. Over 25 years service In the 670 E. Franklin Kimball International Jasper, Indiana SHETLER MOVING & STORAGE Evansville's First Family of Movers Evansville, Indiana i 301B. S.E. 21ST STREET WASHINGTON, IN 47501 FAX