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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana November; f Continued from page 1 Whitehouse, Deacon Tom Holsworth and Justin Clements. The society is named for Simon Brut6, first Bishop of the Vincennes Diocese which once included all of Indiana and a portion of Illinois. The Brut6 medal is cast in pewter, with a logo signifying Treasure, Time and Talent. At right, Brute Society initiate Tom and Sara Kessens stand with their pastor, Benedictine Father Camillus Ellspermann, from St. Henry Church, St. Henry. Seated in front is Sara's father, Merritt Weber, from St. Martin Church, Chrisney, also a new member of the Society. Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger, who presided at the cer- emony, pauses to meet with the group during the post- ceremony reception. Helen and Norbert Goskowicz meet with Benedictine Sister Diane Fischer, pastoral life coordinator at Holy Name Church, Bloomfield, during the Brut4 Society reception. Eileen and Jack Nelson join their pastor, Father Firmus Dick, from Sacred Heart Church, Schnellville, to cele- brate the Brut4 Society initiation. Vatican predicts sixth straight annual budget By JOHN THAVIS Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican predicted its sixth con- secutive budget surplus in 1998 and said rising contributions from the world's faithful were providing a thin but consistent margin of financial securi The Vatican said its income next year would be about $560,000 more than expenses, which are expected to total about $183 million, U.S. Cardi- nal Edmund C. Szoka told a press conference Nov. 18. Of the projected 1998 income, about $69 million -- more than one-third the total -- will arrive in various forms of coritribu- tions from dioceses, religious orders and foundations, he said. Cardinal Szoka, former presi- dent of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, recently presented the fig- ures to Pope John Paul II and said the pope was "most grate- ful to the bishops, clergy, reli- gious and laity of the world for their continuing and increasing support of the Benedictine Father Prior Martin Dusseau dies Benedictine Father Martin Dusseau, monk and priest of St. Meinrad Archabbey, died peacefully in the Lord, Nov. 12. Earlier this year, he had been diagnosed with lymphoma. At the time of his death, Father Dusseau was serving as Prior (second in command) of the monastery. He was born in Toledo, Ohio, April 14, 1929, to Archibald and Joanna (Szymanski) Dusseau, and was given the name James Francis at his baptism. After attending elementary school and high school in Toledo, he came to Saint Meinrad in 1947. In 1949 he began the novitiate, professed his simple vows Aug. 1, 1950, taking the name Martin, and was ordained to the priesthoo d on May 3, 1955. The young priest served as a teacher and disciplinarian in Saint Meinrad High School, and as manager of the book- store. Following graduate studies at the University of Notre Dame, he was awarded the MBA degree in 1962. For the next 10 years, he served as the Business Manager, during which time Saint Meinrad experienced a number of major changes in its physical plant, most notably, the first phase of the renovation of the Abbey Church, and the reno- vation of Benet Hall, a resi- dence for students. In the 1970s, Fr. Dusseau again worked in Saint Meinrad College and School of Theolo- gy, as Dean of Students and Director of In-Service Ministry Providence Sisters settle suit A federal housing discrimina- tion suit has been settled in favor of the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods and the Leadership Council for Met- ropolitan Open Communities in Chicago. The settlement was announced Nov. 13 in Chicago. The sisters had filed suit July 17, 1996, alleging that Provi- dence Sisters Phillis Sheppard and Kathleen Burke were forced to move from an apartment owned by Clarence and Eileen Jacobs of Chicago in 1994 because Sister Sheppard is African-American. The settlement of the federal suit incorporates the damages awarded earlier this year by the Chicago Commission on Human Relations, which had ordered that a total of $165,000 be paid to Sister Sheppard. The full amount of the federal settlement was not disclosed at the time of the announcement. "What happened to me in a Chicago northwest-side neigh- borhood should not occur in any neighborhood," said Sister Shep- pard in a prepared release. "Through aggressive enforce- ment of the fair housing laws, the high level of morality under- lying these laws will someday change the reality of that neigh- borhood." The Sisters of Providence will use its portion of the settlement to continue various racism edu- cation efforts among its mem- bers and staff and at its institu- tions. in the School of Theology, and as the Coordinator of Recruit- ment for both schools. It was in the 1970s that he had his first experience of working in Saint Meinrad's Development Office. It was in this latter work that Fr. Martin distinguished him- self during the last 20 years of his life. With warmth and wit, he interacted with hundreds of benefactors each year, entering into their personal lives, and becoming a trusted counselor and advisor for many. They, in turn, were deeply devoted to him. He also gained a well-deserved reputation as a Retreat Master. Father Dusseau became Prior of the monaster Jan. 1. Scarce- ly three weeks had passed, however, when he was diag- nosed with the lymphoma that would ultimately take him a few months later. Continued from page 1 m Voted to convene a national encuentro for Hispanic Catholics in the year 2000. Approved a $44.38 million budget for 1998, along with a series of priorities for the bish- ops" conferences through the year 2002. Unanimously endorsed the "appropriateness and timeli- ness" of the sainthood cause of Mother Mary Henriette Delille. Approved English Mass prayers for the observance of the feast of St. Louis Mary de Montfort. Discussed a report on how to give better support to Catholic elementary and sec- ondary schools. Heard greetings from the outgoing and incoming pres- idents of the National Council of Churches and sent a dele- gate of their own to address the NCC meeting in Wash- ington. Applauded a call by Bish- op Anthony M. Pilla of Cleve- land, NCCB-USCC president, for an end to Catholic polariza- cardinal said the Germany and Italy were i donor countries. "Many dioceses contributing each even some ceses have been a small symbolic he.. er, have yet to begin payments, which requested by the 1992. In a separate ican said the ebrations for the year were going to bring financial pressures over three years. It asked the to "make every effort" to 1 the support needed to the jubilee programs by the pope. ............ .., :. : ? : tion which he said contradicts the Christian "imperative for reconciliation." Failed to agree on what to say about the U.N. sanctions against Iraq and the suffering of the Iraqi people. Adjourned a day than work on a light agenda. Next week in the depth articles on decisions outline= Your used vehicle may be w0dh more you think! Donate your used car, truck, boat, camper, or road machinery to the American Lung Indiana and you could pocket a valuable tax Call t011-free 1-888-300-LUNG md arr=nge for a fast, free pick up dyour : AMERICAN LUNG