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16 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Msgr. Schlachter Continued from page 1 late Margaret Berger and Ray- mond Schlachter. He has one brother, Edgar of Evansville. His sister, Loraine Nold, is deceased. He went to St. Meinrad Seminary in 1936, after com- pleting St. Mary Grade School and one year at Reitz Memorial High School in Evansville. He was ordained in 1936 -- a year earlier than originally expected because seminary courses were speed- ed up during tile years of World War II. The young priest was first assigned as an assistant pas- tor at St. John Church, Evansville. Subsequent as- signments included terms as an assistant at St. Joseph Church, Princeton, St. Antho- ny Church, Evansville, and St. Mary Church, Washington. In 1952, Father Schlachter was appointed pastor of St. Mary Church, Daviess Coun- ty. On Dec. 30, 1953, Bishop Henry J. Grimmelsman ap- pointed him diocesan direc- Pro-Life Continued from page 1 Cemetery in Jamestown, N.D. Approximately 150 aborted infants from various sites around the country were found in trash containers and buried in 1988 at the Jamestown cemetery and at Holy Cross Cemetery in Fargo. Sixty adults and children joined in a Walk for Life Rosary Oct. 6 to Fargo Women's Health Organiza- tion, North Dakota's only abortion clinic. After reciting the Sorrowful Mysteries at the clinic, the rosary march ended at St. Anthony's Church in Fargo. Life chains at five sites in the Peoria, Ill., Diocese at- tracted more than 1,000 pro- life supporters. At a Respect Life dinner Oct. 6 in the dio- cese, Jesuit Father John Paw- ell, an author and professor of theology at Loyola University in Chicago, urged pro-lifers to heighten their sympathies for women contemplating abor- tion. "I suggest, instead of stress- ing that "You're killing a baby,' which they unques- tionably are, that you say "Don't do this to yourself,'" ha said. Such an approach is "much more apt to win over those who are uncommitted." Elsewhere in Illinois, Re- spect Life activities in the Diocese of Rockford included a Resp,ct Life dinner dance held Sept. 28, a prayer break- fast Oct. 12, a retreat for pro- life workers Oct. 25- 27 and a life chain planned for Dundee, Ill., Oct. 27. In North Carolina, Bishop John F. Donoghue of Char- lotte -- who called the life cKains "a tremendously effec- tive pro-life project" -- was among participants in a chain in Concord, N.C. Some 6,000 people joined in the Charlotte life chain and another 4,000 participated in Asheville. Crowd estimates were not available for the chains jn Concord, Greensboro and Wilmington, N.C. tar of the Society of the Prop- agation of the Faith. He be- lieves the priest who preced- ed him, Msgr. Frederic Niehaus, may have suggested his name to the bishop. Father Schlachter became pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Schnellville, in Octo- ber 1955. He received the title, Monsignor, in 1967. Msgr. Schlachter was pas- tor of Corpus Christi Church, Evansville, from 1968 to 1976, when he was assigned to St. Jolm Church, ElberMd. In July 1984. Msgr. Schlachter took medical leave from his pastoral duties, but retained his responsibility with the "Prop." Recovery from the condition which had calased his paralysis took the better part of a year. His love for the missions is a condition from which he does not ever expect to recov- er. Or want to. Almost 40 years of mission involvement have left their mark. Msgr. Schlachter has fond memories of his meetings with Bisho I) She(m, whose, dynami(: faith and personali- Among oilier al'chdioceses and dioceses participati!lg in the life chain project were: -- Atlanta. where some 7,090 people lined Peachtree Road for an hour-and-a-half and some 25 Catholic parish- es were among tile 200 churches of all denomina- tions participating. -- Burlington, Vt., which had chains in Rutland, Brat- tleboro and Burlington with some 800 participants. -- Paterson, N.J., where an estimated 750 pro-life sup- porters -- including 15 Protestant ministers  lined U.S. Route 46 at Clifton and Parsippany. Harrisburg, Pa., which included chains in Lancaster and the state capital of Har- risburg with more than 2,000 participants each. Arlington, Va., where some 10,000 people joined the life chain at five sites. Catholic groups came from 43 parishes, a Catholic high school, the campus ministry office at a local university and Fort Belvoir Army base. An estimated 5,000 people formed human chains in if H Washingtor Auto Trim 27 Years Service IIII I I ty affected television audi- ences everywhere and "put the Propagation of the Faith on the map." He has fond memories, too, of his early association with Bishop Sheen's successor, the man who is now Archbishop of Indianapolis. Msgr. Schlachter made his first trip to Rome when Msgr. O'Meara was ordained a bish- op by Pope Paul VI. On his second trip to Rome, Msgr. Schlachter and a large group of diocesan directors met with Pope John Paul II in his apartment. It was tim "high- light of my life.," said the mis- sion director. Msgr. Schlachter's travels have taken him to meetings with less faInous people, too. Highlights of his travels in- clude trips to pre-Castro Cuba, and visits to Brazil, Ar- gentina and Peru in South America, and African ntis- sions in Kenya. In Kenya, Msgr Schlachter was one of 40 diocesan mis- sion directors who experi- enced the reality of life in the Pittsburgh, whore (,'atholic parishes and groups planned othm' Respect Life activities for the resl of the month. Bishop Donald W. Wuerl of Pittsburgh was among U.S. bishops issuing slatemenls about Respect Life Month and tile life chain project. "The life chain is a peaceful, prayerful and powerful state- ment of this community's support for the rights of un- born children," he said. "Children in the womb are also our brothers and sisters who need protection and love." "Life chain offers spiritual benefits by encouraging all congregations to stand pub- licly in defense of God's little ones," said Bishop Edward T. Hughes of Metuchen, N.J. "Life chain sends a message of strength, commitment and encouragement." "Respect for life? We are each challenged to review just what the phrase means," said Archbishop Francis T. Hurley of Anchorage, Alaska, in a column. 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He asks the question ly: "Why can't we feed world?" and he the pailfful acknowled that we waste so much "That's one of the keep hanging on," he "It's not what we have complished in lhe past. that there is so much tomorrow. Mission Director Father Clarence Schlachter, right, with Msgr. Edward T. O'Meara at what was "Mission Parley" in St. Louis, in 1969. Support Catholic schools bY us,ng the Tradition Card. A percentage of each purchase you make using the Traditi goes to support Catholic education. Call 464-3322 or extension 322 for details. Issued by Citizens Bank. ST. NDEL SES QU ICENqENNIAL St. wendel will celebrate its 150th bMh, 1992. Our Sesquicentennial Edition Books available to journey back through time A history of our church and community is tained in this special publication. To order make your check payable to St. Wendel Sesquicentennial Fund and mail to: Mr. Frank Lamble 11614 Winery Rd. Wadesville, IN 47638 Books at $10.00 each. 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