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I have very fond memories of Bishop Shea, particularly as I worked closely with him during my years as Associate Director of Schools for the diocese. He was and is a true 'pastor' in every sense of the word. His care, concern and sup- port have been gift to me and to countless others. No problem or concern was ever too menial for his undivided attention nor any task too large to tackle for the good of the Church in the Diocese of Evansville. Most of all, I shall cherish his humanness -- his ability to laugh at himself; his ability to sham a good joke; his ability to humbly admit he may have been wrong; his ability to be with us in our pain as well as our joy. Bishop Shea has truly been GIFT to me and to our diocese! Bishop Shea, may you be GIFTED in your retirement years with the love, cam, concern and support that you have so generously given to us! Sister Mary Celestin Maurer, Subprioress Sisters of St. Benedict Ferdinand, Ind. As a teacher at Memorial High always been gracious and I remember something you said they were not alone in their the mall, because as you said, students. You are always approachable way. I very much appreciate your Catholic Center. Thank you and may God bless For your leadership and guidance we are very grateful/In your retirement years may you be blessed abundantly! Father Joseph Erbacher, Pastor St. Anthony Church St. Anthony, Ind. Thank you for blessing the gym and school. And helping the priests. I bet it was hard work. 19 years is a long time. Chris Bennett Holy Rosary School Evansville, Ind. Seventy-three parishes, four high schools, 28 elemen- tary schools, three hospitals, three nursing homes, almost 100 priests, 351 Sisters, a Catholic population of 83,766 -- the responsibility for all that is awesome. I join so many others in expressing my gratitude to Bishop Shea for having borne that responsibility for almost 19 years, and in wishing him God's blessings in a well-deserved retirement. Father William Schwenk, Pastor St. Francis Xavier Church Poseyville, Ind. The Poor Clare appreciation, of Evansville, side. It has been a joy June and I thank you for your but, most of all, we thank yol imposing hands on me in for us and your warmth you as "everybody's sending you to us. On behalf of the Sisters our deepest gratitude to our for his 19 years of service remembrance of him and prayers. May God reward Gratefully in Christ, Within our own family, you were the one who personally bestowed Confirmation upon all four of our sons, as well as plating a graduation diploma in each of their hands. Think of the many other young people throughout the diocese you have come in contact with over I9 years. They won't forget you/ Marvis, Dottie, Eric, Ethan, Marc and Jason Lane Vincennes, Ind. Just a note to thank you for your 19 years To me you have always been a kind, gentle The day of Bud's ordination, my great-niece Shepherd?" We told her, "Yes" and your flock May the years continue to be good to you. May our Almighty Father grant you peace God's love and mine, Bishop Shea has been a dynamic witness of living faith to his people. He has shared his faith and guidance with everyone by being present at many celebra- tions, activities and functions all over the diocese. We thank him and extend our deep gratitude and appreciation for his many years of leadership. He has been a true shepherd to his flock! Holy Cross Parishioners i Fort Branch, Ind. J ? Priests, .During the years that I served as Personnel Director, I worked rather closel',  Ocese Bishop Shea. I was always impressed with his genuine care for all of the priests of ,h But he always seems especially solicitous for those who were having a hard time and] ee ed special concern and attention. His door was always open to any priest who wanteqee him. Father Patrick ii ,,.pas Holy S;t lau EvF; e, I We are extremely grateful to Bishop Shea for the kindness and interest he has shown to our school system during his stay in Evansville. " Sister Joseph Louise English -- Superintendent Washington Catholic Schools