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1906 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 "" Bishop's Forum __ Thanksgiving is a moment not to be lost Last Thursday en route home Suffering visited Msgr. Kilfoii. We the one who mediated their spiritual life through the Bishops fall meeting in are aware that we too will be con- the gift of the sacraments. Frankly, it is easy to for- , D.C., I learned that Kilfoil had suffered a .vere stroke and was in the inten- at St. Vincent's Hos- apolis. I attempted my flight from Pitts- Indianapolis in so. him. I was unable to On Friday I had scheduled of the office, was in Bloom- take the opportu- on to Indianapolis Although it was a very long ;a few minutes visit, I am more than ' fr his appreclahn f :ut:l:;e:Sng ' ;t' Although he'had &ffic y'" :rae to tell everyone who was praying for gratitude. I wish publicly to do so Same time for all of you to continue for him. He is offering his suffering for ray trip home there was ample time frailty. While at the bishops' tth visited Cardinal Joseph Bernardin. By BISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER fronted by both human experiences. No one can preserve us from them. There is one thing that we can do for each other, and that is to make sure that when human suffering and death visit, there are those of us who care enough to be present. It is one thing to face the unavoidable, but to confront suffering and death in loneliness must be terrifying. Cardinal Bernardin was consoled by the presence of those who loved him. Monsignor Kilfoil -- and all others we know who are suffering -- can be consoled with the knowledge that someone cares. Catholic priests are human beings and are no different than other men. It is true they have received the graces of the Sacrament of Holy Orders, but they we are not preserved from all human needs. Because we live a celibate life we forgo the consolation of a spouse and children. When it comes time to retire, a priest can find himself very much alone, and indeed can become very lonely. His "spiri- tual family" is usually about its own business. His "children" can be so caught up in day-to-day con- cerns of their own that there is little time to think of get. Too often is the painful twinge of sadness that accompanies the thought: "If only I had known .... " This Thanksgiving time is an opportunity not to be lost. I encourage all of you to write a note of thanks to those of our retired priests who have touched your life in any way. The fact of the matter is that each of them has touched us by their very lives as priests of our diocese even though indirectly. It is well for us to single them out for special notes of Thanksgiving at least once a year. Better yet, let it be the beginning of regular notes to those who have done so much for you. Even though our retired priests have relin- quished formal pastoral responsibilities, many of them are very active in assisting us for, after all, they are still priests. Others are no longer able to minister due to human frailty. Though well cared for they can easily slip into loneliness and begin to won- der if anyone even remembers them. Below you dll find the names and addresses our retired priests. As pastors and priests, they have touched the lives of thousands of our diocese. Single out the ones that have been a part of your life. I am confident that your efforts will be well and gratefully received. "4 ired priests, addresses, recent assignments listed s a list of retired Rev. Joseph L. Clauss retired 1991, continues work in assignments: pastor, St. Martin, 1972; co-pastor, Christ the King, With current or selected San assign. Bauer :nuing Care aven ue t914. Ordained assign_ Ft. retired 1996. us E. Bilskie 13, 1914. PastoL 1950; Holy 982. * BrOSmer r 21, 1933. 15, 1959. Service, Brtlne 101 L Ordained recent , St, John, red, 1995. Drive Ordained recent r of Cler- Retired 47714 29, 1908. Evans. ; retired, Indi- of Sec- Guadalupc Retreat Center 39100 Orchard Aveme Cherry Valh, y, CA 92223 Born September 27, 1930. Ordained May 26, 1956. Among assignments: pastor, St. Peter, Montgomery, missions at St. Patrick and St. Michael, 1986; retired, 1992. Msgr. Leo J. Conti P.O. Box 2485 Evansville, IN 47728 Born November 13, 1924. Ordained June 3, 1950. Director of Evangelization, 1980-89. Most recent assignment: mem- ber, Clergy Assistance Pool, 1989. Retired, 1995. Rev. Donald C. Dilger 6621 Smith Diamond Road Evansville, IN 47712 Born May 18, 1931. Ordained March 15, 1959. Headmaster, Magister Noster Latin School, 1963; rector, Magister Noster Latin School, 1965. Teacher of Scripture, Diocese of Evansville, 1988; retired, 1996. Rev. John P. Emge Villa Maria Apt. 205 1640 Lincoln Avenue Evansville, IN 47714 Born January 7, 1926. Ordained June 3, 1950. Recent assignments: associate pastor, St. Francis Xavier, Vincennes, 1988; residence, Providence Home, 1989; retired 1994. Rev. John J. Finis Fort, R. R. 2. Box T42 Taswell, IN 47175 Born December 4, 1915. Ordained May 14, 1940. Most recent assignment: pastor, St. Celestine, 1971; retired, 1984. Msgr. Clinton F. Hirsch Villa Maria Apt 102 1640 Lincoln Avenue Evansville, IN 47714 Born April 5, 1918. Ordained February 2, 1945. Defender of the Bond, Judge, and Advocate, Matrimonial Tribunal, Chancel- lor and Director of Diocesan Operations, Vicar General, 1976; residence, Good Shepherd, 1987; diocesan tribunal. Rev. Richard L. Hoffman 3943 Aspen Drive Evansville, IN 47711 Born July 27, 1925. Ordained June 3. 1950. Among assign- merits: associate pastor, St. Fer- dinand, Ferdinand, 1979, and, St. Joseph, Jasper, 1984; retired, medical disability, 1987. Rev. Clemens H. Hut 1711 E. Grandview Mesa, AZ 85203 Born April 9, 1911. Ordained June 2, 1936. Most recent assignment: pastor, St. Agnes, Evansville, 1948; retired, 1976. Msgr. Charles L. Kaiser Holy Cross 305 E. Walnut Street Ft. Branch. IN 47648 Born February 17, 1907. Ordained May 17, 1932. Recent assignments: co-pastor, Holy Cross, Ft. Branch, 1970; pastor, Holy Cross, Ft. Branch, 1972; retired, pastor emeritus, Holy Cross, Ft. Branch, 1980. Msgr. J. Patrick Kilfoil 6161 Sunset Lane North Crow's Nest Indianapolis, IN 46208 Born February 17, 1911. Ordained May 18, 1937. Assign- ments included Superintendent, Memorial High School, Evans- ville, 1942; Diocesan Tribunal, 1945; pastor, St. Joseph, Evans- ville, 1952; retired, 1976. Msgr. William A, Lautner Little Sisters of the Poor 1236 Lincoln Avenue Evansville, IN 47714 Born September 5, 1910. Ordained June 7, 1938. Assign- ments included Superintendent, Mater Dei High School, Evans- ville, 1948; St. Joseph, Jasper, 1986; retired, residence, Little Sisters of the Poor, 1993 Rev. John W. Lefler 7788 Taylorville Road Tennyson, IN 47637 Born August 12, 1931. Ordained April 6, 1957. Recent Chrisney, 1984: clergy assis- tance pool, and assistance at St. Joseph, Dale. and St. Clement, Boonville, 1989; retired 1994. Rev. James J. Lex St. Anthony 704 First Avert ue Evansville, IN 47710 Born January 23, 1925. Assign- ments included Diocesan Super- intendent of Schools, and admin- istrator, Holy Cross, Ft. Branch, 1967. Most recent assignment: pastor, St. John, Loogootee, 1984, retired, 1990. Msgr. Clarence J. Lindauer Little Sisters of the Poor 1236 Lincoln Avenue Evansville, IN 47714 Born January 12, 1912. Ordained May 18, 1937. Assign- ments included pastor in 1949 and pastor emeritus, Sts. Peter and Paul, Haubstadt, 1981; chaplain, Little Sisters of the Poor, Evansville, 1985. Rev. Christopher O'Brien 5850 Cameron Run Terrace, Apt. 1415 Alexandria, VA 22303 Born August 28, 1928. Ordained August 15, 1954. Recent assignments: assistant pastor, Old Cathedral, rmcennes, 1967; stud- ies, Catholic University, Washing- ton, D.C., 1969. Rev. Raymond G:Reising Villa Maria Apt 202 1640 Lincoln Avenue Evansville, IN 47714 BornAugust 1, 1919. Ordained February 2,1945. Recent assign- ments: pastor, St. Mary, Ireland, 1970; assoc., St. Joseph, Evans- ville, 1982; administrator, St. Rupert, Red Brush, 1984; retired 1984. Rev. James H. Rogers 801 N. Shortridge Rd., Apt. F4 Indianapolis, IN 46219 Born August 25, 1914. Ordained May 30, 1939. Among assignments: missions, South America, 1969; co-pastor, Christ the King, Evansville, 1971; pas- tor, Christ the King, Evansxfitle, Evansville. 1975; pastor, Holy Name, Bloomfield, 1977; retired, 1979. Msgr. Clarence A. Schlachter 1508 Grcenfield Road Evansville, IN 47715 Born January 21, 1921. Ordained June 11, 1946. Assihm- ments included pastor, St. John, Elberfeld, 1976; diocesan director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, 1953 to present. Msgr. Charles T. Schotte Little Sisters of the Poor 1236 Lincoln Avenue Evansville, IN 47714 Born March 6, 1910. Ordained May 22, 1934. Assignments included Director, Catholic Char- ities, Evansville, 1940-70; teacher, St. Mary School of Nursing, 1941- 1963; teacher, Evansville College, 1943-1958; founder of Catholic Theater Guild, 1945; editor, diocesan newspaper, 1956-1971; retired July 1991. Rev. Raymond A. Schroering Villa Maria, Apt 201 1640 Lincoln Avenue Evansville, IN 47714 Born May 21, 1924. Ordained June 11, 1949. Recent assign- ments: pastor, St. Mary, Wash- ington, 1970; pastor, St. Wendel, St. Wendel, 1981; retired, 1990. Msgr. Roman F. Vollmer Regina Continuing Care 3900 Washington Avenue Evansville, IN 47714 Born May 6, 1920. Ordained August 26, 1945. Most recent assignment: pastor, St. Vincent de Paul, Vincennes, 1982; retired, 1992. Rev. Robert J. Wannemuehler St. Boniface Church 418 N. Whbash Evansville, IN 47712 Born December 22, 1925. Ordained May 19, 1951. Recent assignments: chaplain, Dea- coness Hospital. 1970 to pre- sent; assoc, and residence, St, Joseph, Vanderburgh County, 1974; residence at St. Boniface Church, !99t.