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r00oME SAGE The Message for Cathohcs of Southweste a VOLUM 5 R 90ctobe 81  4 ,::,tm B Evansville native Bishop Paul Waldschmidt dies Oct. 20 By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Bishop Paul E Waldschmi Who re;-^ " dt, an Evansville native -eu as auxiliar blsho died 0-, -^ y p of Portland, Oregon, L. zu, at age 74 Bett rnetnher . ,, y Adler of Evansxalle re- .  mm as a holy man, but not showy." oetty Adler's late hus Was t_.h ,no"'- " band. . Leo, a. distant cousin,. Used to .... p s closest hwng relative. The bshop _ . nsit the Adlers at least once every year, uaihhY casiOnally vacationed together. --vv waldschmidt ..... happ ..... was a kind man who was say, ,.smiang, always with something funny to ! al{:l tlett Adl " - Germa Y er. He always loved to eat. His u ancestry showed," she added. ,. After the death of Leo Adler in Februa the re lredbishoc -" - ry, . - ' v ontmued to visit Evanswlle Dunn s raost recent visit " g alledlth,h,  -. m late Au st, Betty Adler re- _ tlislDw ne did not feel well. gu I'Iosoit W aldschmidt died Oct. 20 at St Vincent's .... , rortland ." tack. A w,- , after recently suffenng a heart at- Oct. 24 a, e and prayer service were scheduled for aera ,  ae University of Portland, followed b a fu- ,uass there Oct. 25. Y Plans called for his body to then be flown to his native Indiana, where another Mass was scheduled Oct. 27 at the University of Notre Dame, followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery on campus. Betty Adler said she planned to attend the Mass at Notre Dame. Bishop Waldschmidt, who retired as auxiliary in 1990, was a "faithful and outstanding priest," said Archbishop William J. Levada of Portland in a statement Oct. 21. Archbishop Levada said that during the years he worked with Bishop Waldschmidt he realized the bishop's "compassion for the poor, his sensitivity and support for immigrant people" and "his love for the disabled and people at risk in society." "The bishop was, without a doubt, the most sig- nificant and accomplished president in the his- tory of the University of Portland," said Holy Cross Father David Tyson, current university president. The late bishop was the school's 15th president. But Father Tyson also said the bishop's influ- ence extended beyond the university and throughout the American church as well as the ecumenical movement. Bishop Waldschmidt was born Jan. 7, 1920, the only child of Edward and Olga Waldschmidt, in Evansville. He attended Assumption Grade School in Evansville, and graduated from Memor- ial High School in 1937. Betty Adler remembers him as a cheerleader at Memorial. Bishop Wald- schmidt attended many Memorial class reunions, the most recent one, two years ago. After high school, he entered the Congregation of the Holy Cross and in 1942 he graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in philosophy. That year he also made his final vows in his congregation. He spent some time in Washington, studying theology at what was then Holy Cross College. He also worked part-time at what is now the apos- tolic nunciature with fellow seminarian Theodore Hesburgh, the priest who today is president emeritus of Notre Dame. Ordained to the priesthood in 1946 at Notre Dame, he studied at Laval University in Quebec, earning a sacred theology licentiate degree in 1947. He went on to Angelicum University in Rome, earn- ing a doctorate in 1950. One of his classmates was the future pope, Father Karol Wojtyla. He returned to Washington and Holy Cross Col- lege to teach theology, from 1950 to 1955, when he was appointed vice president of the University of Portland. He later served as the university's presi- dent from 1962 until 1978. During his tenure, na- tional accreditation was achieved for all of the uni- versity's professional schools, enrollment rose from 900 to more than 2,500 and five major buildings were built on campus. In 1978, he was appointed auxiliary bishop of Portland, an archdiocese that covers western Ore- gon. While bishop, he was committed to "education and people, especially in multicultural relations," said a statement from Archbishop Thomas J. Mur- phy and retired Archbishop Raymond G. Hunthausen, both of Seattle. The bishop also developed close ties with the state's Jewish leaders including Rabbi Emmanuel Rose of Temple Beth Israel. The rabbi described his friend as someone who "symbolizes everything that is beautiful in a human being." He recalled a prayer the bishop delivered at his synagogue as "one of the most beautiful prayers" he had ever heard that "expressed agony for the pain Jews experienced in this century." Bishop Waldschmidt's ecumenical and civic duty included leadership on the Portland Public School District Race and Education Committee that accel- erated integration in the late 1960s. He was also appointed by then-President Nixon to serve on a White House task force on higher education. The bishop served on several committees of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops including committees on doctrine, migration, liturgy, inclu- sive language, liaison with religious communities and education. He also served on the U.S. Catholic Conference Committee of Bishops and Catholic Col- lege and University Presidents. Additional information was provided by Catholic News Service. robbers take over $3,000 at Rivet PTO Bingo bl It. LEINGANG Was she scared? "Oh, yeah!" where many people had obeyed essage editor Kramer said her son Toby, and a friend of his, Terry But not only for herself. "I was the robber's command to get man held a gun to Judy Kramer please just let mOney and w moments later, as anSWered. The her head down to "have a good ran out with a and the than $3,000. as chaired the in Vincennes Years, but armed holdup ed to her bingo game in far as she steps to happen ity guards Bingo at Sacred Heart Ziebart have volunteered to serve as security guards. "They're big boys, pretty intim- idating." She hopes the guards' presence will make bingo play- ers feel safer and more secure. There were about 60 people playing bingo Oct. 17, when a man wearing a mask and a ban- danna barged in, announcing the holdup. At first it seemed like a Halloween stunt, said Judy Kramer. It was no joke, though when the man put the gutt to her head and kept it there, the muzzle touching her head all of the time it took for her to do what he told her  put the money into the bag. She filled the bag with the money she had on the table in front of her as quickly as she could. Bill ttagerty, the bingo caller who also had some of the money, put that in the bag, too. more scared for the people," down, and had crawled under she said, describing how she their tables. hoped the gunman would not When he had come in, the start shooting in the hall, See ARMED page lO Committee looks at long term parish staffing By PAUL It. LEINGANG Message editor Mass will be celebrated every Saturday and Sunday, but no resident pastor will be currently assigned to St. Joseph Church, Bramble. That is the decision announced last weekend by Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger. The bishop also announced that Mass will be celebrated on ttoly Days, but not on Sun- days, at the Crane Naval Depot Chapel. The decisions are in effect at least through next summer, ac- cording to the bishop. In the meantime, a Committee for Future Parish Staffing has been directed to make a recom- mendation for long term parish staffing. Parishioners heard the word last weekend directly from Bishop Gerald, who paid a for- mal visit to the parish and to See COMMITTEE page 10