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Tho00/[ E S S CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 22 NUMBER 5 October 11, 1991 Profile of Mission Director for Diocese of Evansville By PAUL R. LEINGANG, Message editor Rummage through the clippings and the photographs in the Msgr. Clarence Sch]achter file and you will quickly discover what has captured his heart for many years: tile missions. Item. An October 23, 1980, news release from the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, headquartered in New York: "Motorists travelling along Route 41 in Evansville, Indiana recently could not help but notice the Society for the Propagation of the Faith roadside sign that towered well over 40feet in the air." The news release provided some of the details about the Mission Sunday billboard, ending with a quo- tation from Msgr. Schlachter) "Mission work is my first love." Item. An undated newspaper clipping, showing a photograph of two clergy- men at a meeting in Detroit. One is identified as Father Clarence Schlachfer, dioce- san director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. The other is the successor to Bishop Fulton J. Sheen as the national director of the Society Jar the Propagation of the Faith Msgr. Edward T. O'Meara. Father Schlacbter i' now Msgr. Schlachter, end Msgr. O'Meara of St. Louis is now Archbishop O'Meara oJ'Indianapolis. The Message file also provides some details about the Evansville nativ who ex- perienced healing from almost total paralysis in 1984. "God's been good to me," was tile opening quotation from Msgr. Schlachter in an 'account written by former Message editor, Father Joseph Ziliak. "It's a miracle. I'm on my feet," be said at that time. Father Ziliak's column told the story of Msgr. Schlachter s condition whi@ had ' begun with a growing numbness in January 1983. By March 1984, he said his ' hands Were like claws. They were like gnarled and bent sticks .... My body was numb from i lriy feet to the shoulders." :. Local diagnosis and treatment for four different illnesses provided no remedy. :: At Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, however tile diagnosis was a blockage of nerves in : the spine, and the surgical treatment prescribed led to Msgr. Schlachter s near-total [i- recovery. Now, only a slight numbness remains in the feet of the clergyman who had [ feared that he would be paralyzed forever from the shoulders down. -;1 Approaching the eighth observance of Mission Sunday since that surgery Msgr. I/: 8chlachter is still active in the Diocese of Evansville. Msgr. Schl'ichter bgan his in- [ Volvement as diocesan director of the Propagation of the Faith in 1953. [: Clarence A. Schlachter was born in Evansville Jan. 21, 1921. He is the son of the See MSGR. SCHLACHTER page 16 MSGR. CLARENCE SCHLACHTER Pro-life supporters form life chains in 350 cities By NANCY FRAZIER O'BRIEN Catholic News Service SHINGTON (CNS)- of thousands of ion protesters lined hun- of miles of U.S. and dian roads Oct. 6 in a American "life chain" lgaed to bring home the age that "abortion kills most locations, the carried identi- and-white signs bear- logan or "Jesus for- heals." Participants e life chains came from major religions, and tants outnumbered in many sites. to The National based in Yuba Calif., more than Golden :,:' Jubilee 8 and00 9 665,000 people formed life chains in 350 cities. The largest demonstration was be- lieved to be in the St. Peters- burg/Clearwater area of Flori- da, where an estimated 28,000 people lined 29 miles of U.S. Route 19. The life chains took place one day before the U.S. Supreme Court reflmed to lift an injunction against abortion protests by Operation Rescue in Atlanta. The refusal was announced without comment Oct. 7, the first day of the court's 1991- 92 session. The same day, the court declined to review the criminal convictions of nine people arrested at an abortion protest in front of the Supreme Court on Jan. 22, 1988. Although most of the abor- tion protests took place Oct. 6, designated by the Catholic Church as Respect Life Sun- day, some were held earlier or scheduled for later in Oc- tober, which is Respect Life Month. The second annual worldwide Rosary for Life was to take place Oct. 12; or- ganizers said there were par- ticipants at more than 300 lo- cations in 12 countries last year. In Washington state, Arch- bishop Thomas J. Mhrphy of Seattle made a 200-mile "pil- grimage" Oct. 5 and 6 to ad- dress groups at six sites on the issues of abortion and eu- thanasia. "We need to appre- ciate the value of life in our society before it disappears," he said in a column before beginning the journey. Organizers said some 10,000 people participated in a life chain along five miles of sidewalks in Bellevue, Wash., east of Seattle. Arch- bishop Murphy's stops did not include Bellevue. According to the Florida Life Center, the Port Char- lotte, Fla., group which orga- nized life chains throughout the state, there were 150,000 participants from 2,250 churches, covering a total dis- tance of 290 miles. Sites in- 'cluded St. Petersburg, with 28,000 people; Orlando, with 15,000; Fort Lauderdale, with 10,000; Tampa, with 10,500; and Miami, with 8,500. In Canada, cities including Ottawa, Edmonton, Alberta, and Vancouver, British Columbia, held life chains Oct. 6. In Vancouver, about 20,000 people participated. About 4,000 East Texans turned out Oct. 6 for separate life chains in Longview and Kilgore. On the outskirts of Houston, a 15- mile-long life chain stood along highways outside Houston. Father Michael Carmody, pro-life di- rector for the Galveston- Houston Diocese, provided live radio reports from the chain on local radio station KTEK. In New York, pro-life sup- porters who formed a "human cross" in midtown Manhattan Sept. 27 said their silent demonstration was a success even with competi- tion from a raucous march by abortion rights supporters. "They have banners in their arms; we have babies in our arms," said Kathy Di- Flare, who runs a pro-life shelter in Ramsay, N.J., and participated in the life chain outside St. Patrick's Cathe- dral. "They have empty slo- gans; we have life." Police estimated the abor- tion rights demonstrators at 4,000 and pro-life supporters at 1,100. The following Sunday, a life chain in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y., at- tracted some 2,000 people and a small group of counter- demonstrators. In St. Louis some 20,000 people -- including Auxiliary Bishop Edward J. O'Donnell -- joined in a life chain ex- tending 25 miles from St. Louis University in midtown to St. Charles, Mo. More than 400 churches were represent- ed in the ecumenical event. The St. Louis event was one of six life chains in Mis- souri Oct. 6. One in St. Joseph drew some 1,700 par- ticipants; the others were in Springfield, Cape Girardeau, Rolla and Poplar Bluff. An Oct. 27 life chain will be held in Columbia, Mo. More than 9,000 pro-life supporters gathered in down- town Indianapolis Oct. 6 for a massive interdenominational life chain, despite the cold and windy weather. Another 15,000 people from Indiana and Kentucky spanned the Ohio River from Jeffersonville in southern Indiana to Louisville, Ky. A Blooming- ton, Ind., life chain attracted about 1,100 people. Bishop James S. Sullivan of Fargo, N.D., chose another way to mark Respect Life Sunday. He led the rosary at the site of the memorial stone marking the grave site of aborted infants at Calvary See PRO-LIFE page 16