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November 18, 1988 View Point The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana L1 By FATHER JOSEPH L. ZILIAK Associate Publisher Thank you, Bishop She0000, for your steady pastoral hand While it may seem that a bishop's life is one grand procession of important events and history setting activities, the life of a bishop is not always pomp and circumstance. We will celebrate with thanksgiving this Sun- day the fact that Bishop Francis Raymond Shea has spent 19 years in our midst. He holds the title of shepherd of this portion of the Lord's flock. In its theological implications, the office of bishop is most significant for thousands upon thousands of people. He is chief lawgiver, chief ex- ecutive officer and chief judge in the territorial limits of the Diocese of Evansville which com- prises 12 counties in Southwestern Indiana. At a time in life when many people would be thinking about the details of retirement, Bishop Shea was called to a position that would call on a heavy use of human energy for these 19 years. He had just passed his 56th birthday when the an- nouncement was made public that he was to be the third bishop for the people of Southwestern In- diana. His birthday is Dec. 4. The announcement of the new bishop was made public Dec. 10, 1969. The announcement came on a Wednesday. The official church announcements from the Apostolic Pro-Nuncio are made on Tuesdays now. Msgr. Clinton Hirsch, who had been elected by the Diocesan Consulters as administrator of the diocese after Bishop Paul F. Leibold returned to Cincinnati at the end of September, and I flew down to Knox- ville, Tennessee, to meet and interview our new bishop. He was most gracious and hospitable, as he still is in his Southern fashion. We visited his bud- dy, Msgr. Eddie Dolan, who was pastor at a neighboring new parish that now serves as the cathedral of the newly created Diocese of Knox- ville. Bishop Shea joked that his only ambition was to move up to pastor of Msgr. Dolan's parish. We discovered a priest who was highly esteemed in the town of his birth. His father had been a prominent businessman and civic leader. This newly named bishop was also obviously lov- ed by his priest friends. They were proud that he had been named bishop of Evansville. Bishop Shea loves to tell the story of his first courtesy call to Bishop Henry J. Grimmelsman, who was living in retirement at his First Street residence. The visit was made a week after the an- nouncement that he was to be bishop. Bishop Shea related how impressed he was at the large turnout of priests to socialize with him, especially since the weather was not at all good. Bishop Grim- melsman rejoined, in his all too candid fashion, 'Well, you know your priests are not un- intelligent!' ' One of Bishop Shea's charms is a long list of one-liners. He has a gift for a witty rejoinder. Sometimes people have misunderstood and it has been one of his crosses to have to watch how he spnke. For he learned early that what a bishop says -] .... iii: ' FAMOUS BRANDS FOR LESS. .. , FURNITURE -CARPET - APPLIANCES HOME OUTFITTERS I CARRIAGE INN FAMILY RESTAURANT PARTIES SERVED FAMILY STYLE TUES NITE SPECIAL WED & THURS NITE SPECIALS 10 oz. New York Strip Wed. - Prime Rib Choice of Potato & Salad Choice of Potato & Salad $8.25 $8.95 CALL FOR -T-burs. - Catfish Fiddlers & Filets RESERVATIONS Choice of Potato 103 Gibson * Haubstadt and S.,ad 768-6131 Buehlers I.G.A. "THE THRIFTY HOUSEWIFE'S SOURCE OF SAVINGS" QUALITY FOODS and MEATS Also Huntingburg and Oakland City i KREMPP LUMBER CO. 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Also on WBDC radio, the Rosary is aired on Sunday mornings at 6 a.m. The pro- gram was produced by the diocesan Evangelization Of- fice and is financed by the Jasper and Huntingburg Knights of Columbus. Golden jubilarians is taken very seriously. On more than one occasion he would say that I could not quote him on a beautiful one-liner. He has had to walk a middle road down through the years. He has been poked at and prodded by people from more progressive and more conservative stances. He had to deal with agonizing decision to close schools. Some of our people still have not forgiven him. The time is at hand to see, finally, that some decisions simply had to be made and he was called by God to make them. , He came at a time when greater attempts were made to respond to wishes of assignments. He was our bishop when we saw a number of our fellow priests feel called to resign from the active priesthood. He has rarely spoken of the private agonies that would etch lines on his face or cause a back to tighten up in pain. Or the pressures that would cause his Irish eyes to flash and temper to express itself in sharp words. He has been at the helm in some rather stormy days. We have weathered storms and eased' past dangerous outcroppings of rock. We are more mature today. We still have major challenges in the years ahead, but we do have a strong founda- tion on which to continue to build. Much of the credit is due to the steady pastoral hand of Bishop Shea. May God reward him for his years of service for you and me. Thank you, Bishop Shoe, for being our spiritual leader these 19 years! Mr. and Mrs. Albert Renner will celebrate their 50th wedding an- niversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, Nov. 27 at St. Mary Church, Ireland. It will be followed by a dinner for invited guests. An open house will be held from 2-4 p.m. at the St. Mary cafeteria. The couple requests no gifts. Mr. Reuner and the former Alberta Lechner were married Nov. 24, 1938 at Ireland. They are the parents of eight children, Lucinda Rees, Arnold and Janet Matheis, all of Jasper; Marilyn of Indianapolis; Evelyn Brown of San Rafael, Calif., and Kenneth, Patrick and John, all of Ireland. They also have 17 grandchildren and one step.grandchild. Mr. Renner is a retired farmer. ';Where customers send their friends/" Open nightly til 9 p.m. ILicbelh00P & OLD US 231 SOUTH - JASPER, IN - 482-2222 I II i i r ONE STOP Does It All Professionally Finished Dry Cleaning Coln Operated Dry Cleaning . Coin Operated Jim Clayton Laundry Ph. 476-1359 ,  FABRIC Cl__ayton s CAR00 CENTER 1404-10 Wuh. Ave. Evansville I i |