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E S SAC' E i i i CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 21 NUMBER 6 OCTOBER 12, 1990 ii i Official -from Bishop Gerald A, Gettelinger of: St: Sr. M. Terence Knapp to be pastoral administrator at St. Nicholas Chapel By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor Sister Mary Terence Knapp, O.S.B., Pastoral Administrator of Holy Name Church, Bloomfield, has been ap- Pointed Pastoral Administrator of St. Nicholas Chapel, Santa Claus. The ap- pointment by Bishop Gerald A. Gettel- finger is effective at noon, Wednesday, Nov. 7. St. Nicholas Chapel will be esta- blished as a parish on Dec. 6, 1991, ac- cording to plans revealed in September. As he announced his decision to establish the parish, Bishop Gettel- finger had indicated that the first ad- rainistrator would probably not be a priest. "You have been a most effective pastoral administrator of Holy Name Parish in Bloomfield," wrote Bishop Gettelfinger to Sister Knapp in the letter ef appointment. "On behalf of the Whole Diocese of Evansville I wish to thank you for eight years of distinctive service you have rendered the Church there," he added. The bishop described the new assign- raent as "another and more challenging rainistry ,, but he added taht he was confident that Sister Knapp, with her b.Unda, nt gifts and talents and deep alth will serve well the faith com- raunity of St. Nicholas Chapel." ., As described by the bishop, Sister napp's task will be to bond the membership of the community into the parish community of St. Nicholas. She is to be administator of the community urtil Dec. 6, 1991, "when you will for- become the first Pastoral,,Ad- ralnistrator of St. Nicholas Parish. SR. MARY TERENCE KNAPP The bishop said a priest moderator will be assigned to assist Sister Knapp in providing liturgical services. Father Joseph Kirsch, pastor of St. Joseph Church, Dale, continues to serve as administrator of St. Nicholas until Sister Knapp's appointment takes effect. Father Kirsch described his feelings as "bittersweet" -- pleased to know that Sister Knapp was coming to St. Nicholas, but realizing that it meant "a tremendous loss" for the people of Bloomfield. He also said he would miss the people at St. Nicholas, but at least for the short term, he will serve as the priest moderator for the community. St. Nicholas council president George Schwenk announced the appointment during weekend Masses at St. Nicholas. Sister Knapp announced the news at her parish in Bloomfield and at St. Peter Church, Linton. See SR. KNAPP page 16 , Bishops discuss celibacy as synod on priesdy formation opens By AGOSTINO BONe Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY {CNS) -- As the 1990 arld Synod of Bishops on priestly for- ation moved toward its midpoint, a" PiVotal issue in the debates was the Reed to enhance and strengthen priestly citment to celibacy. Viost of the more than 220 delegates Who discussed the topic during the in- ua! sessions supported celibacy as an "''tspensable part of a priest's identity, ..Ough several delegates questioned ,.ulg.atory celibacy for Latin-rite Priests. Other issues that quickly emerged at e month-long synod which began Pt. 30 were: ." The need for more women in significant roles in seminaries. "- The need for spiritual formation in Years prior to entering a major seainary. -- The need for ongoing formation programs to keep priests spiritually and intellectually renewed. Synod delegates also expressed dif- fering views over seminary education. Some supported the traditional seminary model by which students are set apart from the rest of the Catholic community for several years of rigorous spiritual and intellectual formation. Others favored greater stress on pastoral programs that keep seminarians in constant touch with the agony and the ecstasy" of parishes and the social, cultural and moral problems they will face as priests. African and Asian bishops called for inclusion of interreligious dialogue courses given the church's existence in many pluralistic societies. Several asked for radical changes in traditional seminary structures because of the special characteristics and prob-  See BISHOPS page 12 OF Brescia College survey examines needs at Mary's Church, Shoals By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor A r.esident pastor, increasing knowledge about their faith, education of teachers for the releigious education program and a youth organization -- such are the needs of St. Mary Church, Shoals, according to a recent survey. The most pressing need felt by the parishioners was to have a resident pastor, according to the survey. Msgr. Carl A. Shetler, pastor of St. Mary's, is also pastor of St. Martin Church, Whit- field, where he resides. Msgr. Shetler said the parish needs survey was conducted by St. Mary's parish, with funds from a grant by Brescia College, Owensboro, Ky. The project was supervised by Sister Margaret Turek. The Center for Ministry of Brescia College is attempting to help small parishes identify their needs and help them answer their most pressing needs, according to Msgr. Shetler. The second most pressing need was See BRESCIA page 16