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_November 18, 1994 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 -- Bishop's Forum -- Vision statement: Paragraph II I want to work alongside and among the faithful of the local church as a brother, in service of Jesus Christ and those He has adpted as His family through Bap- tism. Bishop Gettelfinger is devoting a series of columns to an in-depth explanation of his "Vision State- ment for the Diocese of Evansville," which was published in its entiret Nov4 Th " Y . e cotumn below expands on the ideas contained in the sec- ond paragraph. ByBISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER Some might wonder how a bishon can walk as brother among the peonle of his diocese In fact one of the h'- ...... ,gn scnool students at St John Daylight re- dnded me last Sunday of the m" "bishop, S .... - eanmg of the word shaH,,_- " " ae ned done some homework prior to my biso:me time with them. The definition of  ae IOund in her research is that of"over- :r_w can one be both overseer and brother at o,uae time9 In our COmmon experience of family we can find fanny e%araples how older brothers and sisters Y necessity, both as equals and as ones with a special role to play. The first and most vivid example for me is that my older brother was named as the executor of our mother's will He was given the responsibility by our mother in her last will and testa- ment. He was no less my brother. How often we have seen older children given the heavy responsi- bility of rearing younger brothers and sisters when their parents have met an untimely death. In my own family, after my father's death, my younger brother and his wife gra- ciously assumed the difficult mantle of caring for our mother until she died, for which the rest of us have been most grate- ful. The ancient scriptural story of Joseph provides deeper insight. Joseph, after being sold into slavery by his older brothers, was called by the Egyptian king to be an overseer in that foreign land. In that position he was able to rescue his own family from starvation. Although he was the younger brother, he exercised a critical role of leadership for his own family and many others beyond his family. The role of"elder" has long been a part of fam- ily traditions, so it is within the family of Jesus. Jesus adopted us all as sisters and brothers with an unconditional love. He also named some of our "elders" with particular responsibilities as leaders starting with St. Peter. Since Jesus returned to the Father, the elders of his family have continued down through the centuries to name some of the brothers to be overseers. They do not cease being brothers because of their responsibilities to serve the needs of all. It is my hope that my ministry to this portion of Jesus' family is not only exercised in that spirit, but experienced in the same way. One of the nicest compliments I have received since becoming bishop was given by Father Robert Bultman at Graduation at Rivet High School. He spoke about how refreshing it was to notice that elementary and high students not only knew the bishop's name, but recognized him and felt free to greet him and could be heard calling from the playground: "Hi Bishop Gettelfinger!" It is my desire to be present as a brother who cares for and serves the needs of all. It is my hope that no one of our sisters and brothers in our dio- cese, young or old, will ever be afraid or embar- rassed to recognize and greet me as a brother who happens to be bishop called to be of service to all. COmmentary By PATRICIA PAES The following essay was writ- tea by P.atricia Paes, a senior aFter::z: HezghtsAcademy, " . In it, she descrzbes her exPer" lence Palachian _ tn the Ap- tucky moUntains in Ken. Gaining wisdom in an Appalachian paradise of all the service hours formed during the the experience the most was that I spent in palachia exists mainly with most of the old people who do not have families nearby and are unable to do things for themselves. Poverty also exists in the form of sexual harassment. Many women have to deal with alcoholic husbands who torture them both mentally and physi- cally. The Christian Appalachian Project has many young volun- teers who help to cater to the needs of these poor people. During our visit, they were re- sponsible for assigning us our daily tasks. Our first service project in- cluded scraping off old paint, applying a new coat of paint and plastering the windows of an old woman's house. Her name was Jesse and she lived by herself. She started to cry when she learned that we had come to help her. We grew so attached to her after just that little while, that when we left, we felt that we had accom- n mountains in ,, with seven [ MILLER & MILLER Students, went , er Jenny to Ap-  family name you uring the October  can trust" Spent four days  v 00EB00IIL.IL 424-9274 Sisters who be- " .... ne order. as hospitality dur- made us feel so and helped to e Volunteered our Were told that the Was to help the But from what one seemed to be ;erty. Everyone to the middle One seemed to be But later on we realized disguised not only mean does not have the basic , that person can COme in too. The exists in Ap- p, Professionally Decorated Cakes for Atl Occasions COOKIES  BROWNIES FRUIT FRITTERS DANISH MUFFINS TtQ Sa,,.00ality |,._ ,1= 1011 ' me & MOney Funeral Homes Fur jr Convenient Locations ! u I WEST CHAPEL 3033 W. MARYLAND ST. UI4ISIQttS :General Office HOMEMADE EUROPEAN STYLE HEALTH BREADS & ROLLS h=kl kkm d MACS0V]T" It - plished a lot more that just working on her windows. 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