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E S SAGE 7-- "The Message_ for Catholics of Southwestern indiana " VOLUME 24 93 By PAUL R. LEINGANG . Message editor "Grateful,, is the theme of 'ramentS from Bishop Shea, reflecting on of his eightieth m Bishop Shea celebrates 80th birthday December 4 very good to Shea __ so SOmetimes asks d you do to be ill observe his Dec. 4. Two and their families uma few days He has no the day itself, telephone inter- Week. is grateful for for the many made over the good people enough to nessee native was dained and installed on Feb. 3, 1970, and served the diocese until his retirement, April 11, 1989. That's when Bishop Ger- ald A. Gettelfinger was in- stalled as his successor. Since his retirement, Bishop Shea has attended diocesan celebrations and parish an- niversary celebrations. He par- ticipated in Synod '93. Bishop Shea has also trav- eled to celebrate ordination an- niversaries of his priest friends. He has also attended some friends' funerals, he said. Travel is not as enjoyable as it once was for one of the tallest retired bishops in the country. Airplane seats do not have enough leg room for his six-foot-six-inch frame, and ex- tended automobile travel also gives him discomfort. "It is more fun to be at home than on the road," he stated. He acknowledges that he has some aches and pains, but can still get around as well as he does. "I have had a very enjoyable, interesting -- and I hope, use- ful -- life," he said, with char- acteristic modesty. "There have been very few dull mo- ments, and that includes my retirement," he added. In his retirement, he enjoys "not having to go to meetings." He continues his ministry, cel- ebrating Mass with the Poor Clares in Evansville every Sunday. He celebrates daily Mass at a chapel in his home. He also makes almost daily visits to his sister, at St. John's Home for the Aged, operated by the Little Sisters of the Poor in Evansville. His sister, 96- year old Helen Sheridan, makes little or no acknowledg- ment of his presence, but he said he hopes the visits help her a little bit. Bishop Shea and his sister are the last sur- vivors of the seven sons and e- =re issue, hi. (CNs) __ To vedecl litu:rased in their - ,,r ,L .. aebate in No 0p h- ' -e u S C--,- - T ave  ".. anolic bish- 1 ass;teect to extend their kig ,. ",mty in San Die . th ,.",= extra d .... go, te,vnaeinl^_. ?y to discuss . "= beaind liturgy on all in all, he is grateful for good daughters of John and Harriet U. He was or- health and for the fact that he Shea. nresolved liturgy debate will get : blShop,s attention in 1994 I"IEIY FILTEA What makes the debate es- The process they finally ap- athohc ar News Service pecially crucial at this time is proved included changes de- : ISSues: How :h Significant Should 1 guide- 969 be re- of experience the fact that the bishops are embarking on one of their most imlortant liturgy decisions in a quarter-century: a new translation of the Sacramen- tary, the book containing all the prayers of the Mass. The process of evaluating and approving a new English Sacramentary, expected to last at least two to three years, began at the bishops' Novem- ber meeting. The seriousness with which they are addressing the project could be seen in the lengthy debate they had over the process itself for reviewing the proposed text. signed to strengthen the doc- trinal evaluation of each text. During the debate it was also evident that there was considerable support among the bishops for a proposal by Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles to extend, the timetable for the project by a year or two. For starters, the bishops voted to delay until next year a vote on the first segment of the Sacramentary. Originally, they were supposed to vote during their meeting on that segment. But they decided it, too, should undergo the more rigorous re- See UNRESOLVED page 12 The bishop keeps up "a fair amount of correspondence with old friends," but said this year he did not plan to send a per- sonal Christmas card to all of his friends and acquaintances. Noting that an eightieth birthday is often a time for re- flection, Bishop Shea said he had "no major plans for the fu- ture." He said he intended "to be good, to say my prayers, and to visit the sick." That may be a "rather slow pace," he admit- ted, but "I couldn't keep up if it were any faster." He enjoys looking occasion- ally at pictures of his more ac- tive life, which is more than just dwelling on the past, he said. The pictures bring to the present some of the good times of his life, he said.. There are a few regrets "some things I could have done better"  but such regrets are BISHOP FRANCIS SHEA inevitable, he said. All in all, he has had "a very blessed life." Bishop Shea resides at 3115 Bayard Park Drive, Evansville IN 47714. SPECIAL SYNOD ISSUE Inside this special section -- A progress report: Living the Faith Focus on Lay Leadership Synod Implementation Team Parish Councils Other issues -- An item by item report: Goals Policies Proposals Motions