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4 October 23, 1987 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Father Hoffman joins the ranks of retired priests after 37 active years By MARY T. ELLERT Message Staff Writer In 1963, Father Richard Hoff- man was assigned as pastor of Good Shepherd Church, Evansville. Today, 24 years later, he has returned to the east side church, but this time, it's as a parishioner. Father Hoffman, 62, retired this month because of serious foot problems. At his new apartment, he leaned back in his chair, clasped his hands behind his head and smiled warmly as he recalled the 37 years he spent in the active priesthood. A native of Vincennes, Father Hoffman attended St. John the Baptist School and the St. Meinrad High School, College and School of Theology. He was ordained June 3, 1950 at Assumption Cathedral, Evansville. He served in a number of parishes across the Diocese of Evansville; his last post was at St. Joseph Church, Jasper. Father Hoffman taught at Evansville Mater Dei High School and Washington Catholic High School. In addi- tion, he worked for two years as a chaplain at a southern Califor- nia hospital. Even though he has taken an early retirement, Father Hoff- man plans to continue his work in the church in four specific areas. He will continue to in- struct trainees in the Stephen Ministry program at St. Joseph Church, Jasper, He is also in- terested in preparing couples for the sacrament of marriage, giving scripture reflections on the Old Testament and pro- Alienation Continued from page 13 stitutions," she said. "They are drawn to models." Religious are perceived to be lonely, she said, urging priests to cultivate intimate ties with parishioners. "Our children don't have the opportunity to interact with priests and nuns as they once did," particularly in parishes in which lay persons perform functions once reserved to priests, she said. She also said vocations direc- tors might find that groups in- volved in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, Renew and Marriage Encounter are a field for vocations. Curran called on voca- tions directors to urge feminist FATHER HOFFMAN viding continuing education for hospital chaplains. "Those are four areas where I think I have the experience and training, and I can still be of service to others. I enjoy that." In his spare time, Father Heft- man enjoys playing cards, reading, swimming and listen- ing to music. An avid sports fan, he said he has been rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals dur- ing the World Series. RUXER FORD - LINCOLN - MERCURY "SINCE 1913" Father Hoffman is one of 23 retired priests in the Diocese of Evansville, according to the diocesan yearbook. Because of the number of mothers to send their children into religious life to "change things" and work for "equali- ty." Another speaker, Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister Carol Quigley, president of her order, based in Monroe, Mich., said the vocations shortage results from the church's exclusion of women from ordination and )ositions of power. older priests and the decrease in vocations, Father Hoffman said the laity must assume more of a leadership role in the church today. More lay people will "have to realize it's their church as much as the priests," he said. "They have to pitch in and help, too. It's their turn now to carry the ball." VINCENNES American National Bank Bicknell - Sandborn Vincennes Ddve-tn Facilities - Member F.D.I.C. A Full Service Bank 482-1200 INSURANCE -- REAL ESTATE 464-5993 AUTO HOME FIRE LIABILITY Sister Lynn Jarrell reelected Sister Lynn Jarrell has been re-elected secretary of the 2,000 member Canon Law Society of America at its national annual convention. Sister Jarrell is assistant to the Judicial Vicar in the Tribunal Office in the Diocese of Evansville. Sister Jarrell will serve a second one-year term as national secretary and become a member of the board of governors. She is one of the first women elected to the board. Sister Jarrell received her Doctorate in Canon Law in 1985 from the Catholic University of America. She also has a Licentiate in Canon Law from the Catholic University. In 1974, she received a master's degree in speech from Western Kentucky University and in 1971 she received her B.A. degree in history from Bellarmine College. She entered the Ursuline Sisters of the Immaculate Con- ception in 1966. She has taught schools in Kentucky, Maryland and West Germany. She joined the Tribunal Office staff in the Diocese of Evansville in 1984. Canon laity. Father Edward G. Pfnausch, the society's executive coor- dinator, said the statement was forwarded to English-speaking synod participants just before the synod opened. Continued from page 1 also received a report on a spring symposium on laity in the church. 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