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15,1996 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Computer age hits St. Joseph Cemetery By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer e high above the tt St. Joseph Ceme- Springer Can see every I in the nearby s, grass and la0dscaping. also has a panoramic of the 33,000 gravesites see the tiny man- for the babies, massive to the industrial- t the monuments which familiar names of families. been coming to every morning for since she in the St. Boniface announcing an opening and I as sec- she has the title secretary, trea, ! very peaceful job, stay have to have for the fami- COmpassion_ ed." re days, however, goes home "very because of the not too much you can of a child." Her biggest project for the last nine months has been getting all of St. Joseph's records, some which date back to 1871, on her computer. Her computer records now contain the names of the deceased, the locations of their graves, a description of the lots, a graph describing where each lot is located, as well as person- al information about the person such as birthdate, age at their death, last address before death, dates of both death and burial i and religion. Springer said she gets lots of visits, especially in the summer, from people who are working on their family trees. Now that her records are on the computer, she can offer complete print-outs to them. ANN SPRINGER we care about... a feature in the Message, designed to help draw le of God in southwestern Indiana. Readers information about people who may ben- attention. PrOvidence Sister Joan McCarthy, 67, Were held Nov. 9 at St. Mary-of-the-Woods. entered the Congregation of the Sisters of and made her final vows in 1955. Schools staffed by the Sisters of Providence, School, Evansville. information for PEOPLE WE CARE Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box 47724. There are 33,000 people buried in St. Joseph Cemetery, and 78 acres, out of the total 118 acres, have been developed. There is a mass grave, located near the office, which contains the bodies of people who were originally buried in the Father Dedier Catholic Cemetery near St. Joseph Church in downtown Evansville. Because of a fire, few records are available on that original cemetery. Notables buried in the ceme- tery include members of the Francis Joseph Reitz family, and Russell Lloyd, mayor of Evans- ville. The nephew of Sitting Bull is also buried in the cemetery. According to Springer, legend has it that Finton Mantochina, a young Indian brave from Mon- tana, was attending a school for boys at Holy Trinity School, Evansville, when he died of tuberculosis at age 22 in 1886. Bishop Henry Grimmelsman and Bishop Francis R. Shea, both bishops of the Diocese of E 3 A sign outside the office on a hillside near the road tastefully welcomes visitors to the cemetery. -- Message photo by Paul R. Leingang Evansfi]le, are also buried at St. Joseph, as well as many priests from the diocese. Springer emphasized, "Every- one buried here is important to their family." She said that the next big pro- ject that she is undertaking involves developing a computer- generated mapping system of the cemetery. She begins train- ing this month, and expects the project to take several months. When she is done, information about every piece of ground in the cemetery will be entered in computer. "It will be colorized" so people can see what's avail- able and where. During her 23 years at St. Joseph's, Springer says she has met a "lot of nice people." It has always been her goal to give families "dignity and compas- sion." Her efforts have paid off, because she says, "I can't tell you the number of families who have come back years later to see me, because of what I showed them." Technology task force chairs named By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor How does technology tie into ministry? That's one of the ques- tions which will be asked again and again by members of two task forces working in two areas of technology for the Diocese of Evansville. Father John Davidson will chair the Connectivity and Com- munication Task Force, and Father David Nunning will chair the Standards and Sup- port Task Force. Their work follows a major study in the diocese, which rnunications Professional 1o "lsters,tw,., of Providence, a religious and not-for-profit organization i proiess  St. Mary-of.the.Woods, are currently seeking a communications unal for an advancement office that includes fund-raising, corn., WritinUnica!ions and marketing functions. Responsibilities include g, edttm and f commumcauons ro ects of this ,,. g designing in support o " ' p j or,,,,". "Ice and other programs of the general administration of the "6"mzation. '5tensive Proceo-. writing and editing experience is absolutely necessary. Word Of Wo.mg and desktop publishing skills are also necessary. Knowledge i WOrk rird Perfect, QuarkXPress, Corel Draw and Ventura is a plus. Ability to ,, a team settm A mini m f a Bachelor's de ree m lout,,-,. " g is a must. " 'mu o g " reqU'r'*:s, graphic design, public relations or other relevant field is "". ust have a minimum of three years relevant experience. Send r6sum6, cover letter, writing sample and salary requirements to: Sisters of Providence Attn: Human Resources Owens Hall St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876 /,, "VUal Opportunity Employer Supportive of a Multicultural Ir, brk Force. included interviews of some 40 pastors, principals, parish sec- retaries and others involved in the various church ministries. That study led to the develop- ment of a "Technology Vision and Strategy" which will guide the more detailed work of the two new task forces, and other task forces which will be formed in the future, according to Ken Krasavage. Krasavage is execu- tive director of diocesan ser- vices, and has served as the chairman of the task force which performed the study and pub- lished the "Vision and Strategy." Father Davidson's group of volunteers will work "to define and recommend reliable, flexi- ble, and cost-effective methods to improve timeliness and ease of communication across all ele- ments of the diocese" -- includ- ing parish offices, schools, the Catholic Center, Catholic Char- ities and some selected parish- ioners. Father Nunning's task force will "define minimum hardware and software standards that can be adopted by the various dioce- san entities over time as they expand capabilities or replace existing systems." 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