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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana IIIIIII [ Selection Continued from page I Bishop Shea will reach the age of 75 on Dec. 4; it is the age when he must submit his retire- ment request to the Holy See. Identifying candidates for the episcopacy is an ongoing pro- cess. The bishops of the In- dianapolis province meet regularly, usually every year, with Archbishop Edward T. O'Meara as chairman. Prior to the meeting, each bishop in the province may submit names of priests he considers to be qualified candidates for the episcopacy. These names are collected and sent out to all the got a negative vote," wrote questionnaires to any person or bishops of the province, who Father Reese. persons of his choosing -- try to learn all they can about . The list of individuals ap- the candidates. At the meeting, proved by the bishops of a pro- the bishops vote in secret onthe vince -- perhaps as small as individuals who have beenfive names or containing as named. ' many as 25 names -- is sent on Bishops may vote for or to the papal pro-nuncio. against an individual, or they The pro-nuncio narrows the may abstain from voting list to about 10, according to because of unfamiliarity with Father Reese, and begins a pro- cess of consultation. The pro-nuncio sends the list of names to the president of the National Council of Catholic Bishops for evaluation. The pro-nuncio may send the candidate. An abstention does not harm an individual's chances of being selected, ac- cording to Father Thomas Reese, but "it would be very ex- ceptional to send a name that Plans progress for Bishop Shea's liturgy on Nov. 20 As plahs progress for a celebration honoring Bishop Francis R. Shea, Nov. 20, Catholics throughout southwestern Indiana are being reminded of the procedures adopted for the day, according to Father Mike Hamel, diocesan office of creative services. So that all parishes may be proportionately represented at the liturgy, tickets were provid- ed for the use of each parish and are being distributed through parish offices. Tickets for clergy, deacons and diocesan choir members are not required. The reception immediately following the liturgy is open for all. No ticket is required. The liturgical celebration, scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. CST, is entitled, "The Solemn Celebration of the Feast of Christ the King: A Liturgy of Thanksgiving in Honor of the Most Reverend Francis R. Shea, Bishop of Evansville." The reception, scheduled from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. CST, celebrates "The Nineteen Years of Service" Bishop Shea has given to the diocese. The events of the day are scheduled at Holy Rosary Church and Holy Rosary Cafeteria, 1301 South Green Phantom Theatre Members of the St. John Church, Newburgh, Youth Group volunteered at the Phantom Theatre, the haunted house held at the Evansville State Hospital. Above, Mike Mohre gets made up -for a night of ghoulish fun. Proceeds from the Phantom Theatre River Road, Evansville. I VOTE NOV,  I are used t benefit the residents atMthe:sSathHSpiRtalse Mntraste'te ] Please patronize Message advertisers! I ST. VINCENT DE PAUL CHURCH TURKE HOOT 1 Y s SUNDAY HIGHLAND WOODS --- VINCENNES ON HART STREET -- JUST BEYOND K-MART 10:30 A.M. TILL DARK SOUP,. HAMBURGERS, SAUSAGE, PIE SOFT DRINKS AND COFFEE AVAILABLg t_trtF00 QVTL T re BE A WA VISIT THE COUNTRY STORE wrrH ALL KINDS OF INTERESTING ITEMS. The public is cordially invited to attend. usually priests, heads of religious orders and represen- tatives of the laity. The questionnaire has 14 areas: personal characteristics; human qualities; human, Chris- tian and priestly formation; behavior; cultural preparation; .orthodoxy; discipline; pastoral fitness and experience; leader- ship qualities; administrative skills; public esteem; a request for a judgment about the can- didate's suitability for the episcopacy; additonal com- ments; and names, addresses and 'qualifications of others who know the candidate well. With the responses from such questionnaires, and a response from the president of the NCCB, the Pro-Nuncio narrows the list to three (a ternus}, and sends the list to Rome with his preference. The pro-nuncio is not bound to make up his list from the list of names provided by the bishops of the province, nor is the pope bound to select from the list of three the pro-nuncio provides -- but in most case, wrote Father Reese, the process is as described. It is possible that the new bishop is not on the list of can- B.,! 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