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M __S __SAGE 26 years of serving Catholics of southwestern Indiana VOLUME 27 NUMBER 8 October 25, 1996 dictine Father Mark O'Keefe installed Father Mark was inaugurated as of Saint Mein- and Saint Meinrad in St. Mein- 18. than 400 people, includ- students of both members of the Be - lae monastic co ..... neo . ,umunlty OI melnrad Archabbey, local and bishops, and from more than 40 institutions of higher learn- ing from across the country, par- ticipated in the day of celebra- tion. Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger of Evansville participated. Archbishop Daniel Buechlein of Indianapolis, a Benedictine, presided and preached at the Inaugural Mass, at St. Meinrad parish church. In assuming the responsibilities of rector of a Roman Catholic seminary, Lex proudly poses with two vans pre- on two islands in the Turks and Caieos, only resident priest. Father Lex, a of the Diocese of Evansville, returns on of each year to Evansville. The vans, many as 15 persons, will be used to Haitian Catholics from their settle- John Petrig of Evansville, a mem- Christi Church, and Father Lex left to drive to Florida where ship- to the two islands. One van donations; the other was donat- of Owensboro. Both were fitted Seating installed by the Uebelhor deal- : ::  Message photo by Paul R. Leingang e to Know ! Bernardin's condition? Oseph L. Bernardin of Chicago said Oct. 17 lalted chemotherapy for the cancer in his liver told he has perhaps six to seven months to the Catholic News Service. said he has canceled plans to attend the of Pope John Paul II's ordination to the :cause "I have to conserve my energy. My local church." attend the Nov. 11-14 meeting of of Catholic Bishops in Washing- Bernardin underwent surgery i0 June 1995 for This August he learned the cancer had and was inoperable. to continue working, but the cancer "has because I don't have the energy." plan is to live day by day, as best I can," to give a public talk the evening of c Common Ground Project to restore unity, following a meeting most of that day on the project. in his lecture to "bring into clearer Catholic Common Ground Project is all Father O'Keefe followed tradi- tion by publicly stating his Pro- fession of Faith and taking an Oath of Fidelity. Following a luncheon for invited guests, the Inaugural Ceremony was held in St. Bede Theatre on the Saint Meinrad campus. The investiture, in which Father O'Keefe received the medal of office, was con- ducted by the Rt. Rev. Lambert Reilly, OSB, Archabbot of Saint Meinrad and Chairman of the Board of Trustees. In his inaugural address, Father O'Keefe noted that, as the Saint Meinrad Schools take on new leadership, the opportu- nities and challenges are sup- ported by a long history of 140 years. "Saint Meinrad College and School of Theology stand at a threshold -- on the firm foun- dation of a long tradition -- looking ahead into a future whose shape is only beginning to be revealed." Regarding Saint Meinrad Col- lege, Father O'Keefe said, "The Catholic identity of Saint Mein- rad College is not simply a few classes in theology and philoso- phy, not simply a few external trappings of Catholicism, not a narrow view of Catholic doc- trine. Rather, our College offers a broad Catholic vision, a Catholic identity, a Catholic cul- ture built on theology and phi- losophy, on a broadly humanistic liberal arts education, on a vibrant and ongoing life of com- munal worship." Later in his speech, Father O'Keefe noted that, "What is dis- tinctive about Saint Meinrad School of Theology is not the fact that it has priesthood, lay degree, and continuing educa- tion programs. Certainly I could happily point to the distinctive quality of our faculty, of our library, of many of our facilities, of a strong academic program and more. But, more deeply, what makes Saint Meinrad School of Theology distinct is its Benedictine spirit." As he concluded his address, Fr. Mark looked to the future, saying, "I am profoundly aware that, God willing, in my five- year term as president-rector, I will lead these schools into the new millennium. The shape of the future is necessarily unclear. But as long as our schools remain committed to the pursuit of holiness and learning for the sake of service, ours is a future filled with hope. We stand on the firm ground of a long tradition and, with faith in God, we com. mend our future into his hands," Father O'Keefe was elected president-rector by the Board of Trustees of the Saint Meinrad Schools on April 27, 1996 and Benedictine Archabbot Lambert Reilly places the Presi. dential Medallion on Benedictine Father Mark O'Keefe, new president-rector of St. Meinrad College and St. Meinrad School of Theology. Benedictine Father Eugene Hensell, who had served in that post for nearly 10 years. Prior to his election, Father O'Keefe had served one year as academic sean and five years as associate academic dean in the School of Theology. He teaches moral the- ology in the School of Theology and is an Ethics Consultant for Memorial Hospital in Jasper, and for St. Mary's Medical Cen- ter in Evansville. The son of Tomiyo Nakajima and the late William O'Keefe of Ferdinand, Father O'Keefe was born in Shirley, Mass., on Aug. 2, 1956. He professed vows as a Benedictine monk of Saint Meinrad in 1979 and was ordained a priest in 1983. He holds a doctorate in sacred theology from the Catholic Uni- versity of America and had pre- viously earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Saint Meinrad College, a Mas- ter of Arts in Religious Studies from Indiana University, and a Master of Divinity from Saint Meinrad School of Theology. He has authored two books: "Becoming Good, Becoming Holy" and "What Are They Say- ing About Social Sin?" Saint Meinrad College is a four-year undergraduate liberal arts institution for Catholic men preparing for service in the Roman Catholic Church and the world. With a student body of 100 from around the country, the College provides a program of formation in five areas: acad- emics, spirituality, character development, service to the corn- assumed the duties of the pres- munity and physical wellness. ident on May 19; He Succeeds saintMeinrad School ofe- ology offers graduate-level courses in three Master's degree programs or for personal enrich- ment. The student body of 87 full-time priesthood students this year is complemented by nine full-time lay students and 38 part-time degree-seeking stu- dents. The School of Theology also provides a personalized sab- batical program for priests, reli- gious and lay people in ministry or education, as well as a year- round continuing education pro- gram. Information wa provided by Barbara Crawford, Director of Communications at St. Meinrad.