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i ii i| Them E S S AC00E ill l i i ii CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 20 NUMBER 15 DECEMBER 8, 1989 i i Vincennes CEF kicks off 1990 fund drive By MARY ANN HUGHES Message Staff Writer Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger was the special guest at the Nov. 30 kickoff din- ner for the Vincennes Christian Educa- tional Foundation's 1990 fund drive. The foundation hopes to raise $300,000 in four-year pledges, according to Carol Bousley, CEF director. Over 150 people attended the kickoff dinner, a number "which far exceeded our expectations," Bousley said. "The bishop gave a marvelous talk," she said, noting he emphasized that the origins of Catholic education are with Catholic parents. While the CEF fund drive is designed to encourage "on-going" support from Catholic school parents, there is also the need for parishioners who no longer have children in the Vincennes Catholic school system to continue to support Catholic schools, she said. "There is a need for continuation. Churches and families have to work together." Duringthe Nov. 30 dinner, two an- nual awards were presented. Dr. Grant and Anne Gehring received the Outstanding Service Award. Joe Riley received the Outstanding Alumnus Award. / ' On Sunday, Dec. 3, priests from the Vincennes area gave homilies on Catholic education and after all Masses students passed out brochures about the Vincennes Catholic educational system, Bousley said. The fund drive ends Dec. 13; Bernie " Niehaus is coordinating fund drive efforts. Honorary chairpersons of the fund drive include the four pastors of the Vincennes parishes: Father Robert Bultman, Old Cathedral; Father Donald Ackerman, St. John the Baptist Church; Father James Blessinger, Sacred Heart [ :" Church, and Msgr. Roman Vollmer, St. Vincent de Paul Church. L Vincennes CEF &-nner Over 150 people attended the Nov. 30 kickoff dinner for the Vincennes Christian Educational Foundation's l g00 fund drive. Among those seated at the head table were, from left, Arthur Politz, principal/superintendent of the Vincennes Catholic Schools, Justin Clements, director of development for the Diocese of Evansville, Dick Cannon, Don Hedstrom, Msgr. Roman Vollmer, St. Vincent de Paul Church, Dr. Grant Gehring and Father Robert Bultman, Old Cathedral. --Message photo by Dottie Lane Bishop Gettelfinger urges generosity, By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor "All of us have a debt of gratitude in one way or another to those most generous women and men who cared for us in the past," said Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger, in a letter to be read at churches throughout the diocese this weekend to encourage contributions to the Retirement Fund for Religious. "As they were most generous with us in our need, let us be generous o them Vatican summit seen as launching hopeful future for East's Catholics By JOHN THAVIS Catholic News Service ROME {CNS) -- Church and political  leaders hailed Pope John Paul i's raeeting with Mikhail Gorbachev asan Pech'making event that should open a ,ew age of freedom for Catholi6s in the ast. ' The Vatican newspaper, L'Osser- Vatore Romano, said in front-page com- raentaries that the Dec. I meeting at the Vatican was a "moment of singular in- ity" in human history. It described OrOachev, the Soviet presiden! and Communist Party leader, as a long- Waited guest," and said his praise of i ptritual and rehgmus values were 4Vords that "truly demolish idols and ..move the boulders along the path of the human caravan." ,,The newspaper said the meeting was rmn above all in hope for the future of nUnunities of believers" that have een repressed for decades in Eastern ' Urope. Cardinal Myroslav Lubachivsky, spiritual leader of Ukrainian Catholics worldwide, said in Rome that the meeting had "extraordinary historical significance." He said he thought it would lead to "full religious freedom" in the Soviet Union. Cardinal .Lubachivsky said he now expects the Soviet Union to implement provisions that would allow for the legalization of the Ukrainian Eastern- rite church, estimated to number about 5 million adherents in the Ukraine. He said the decision by Ukrainian officials to allow Ukrainian churches to register, announced Dec. 1, was a first step in this direction. Positive reaction also came from Vatican officials who have been in- volved in the long process of negotiating with Soviet and other East- bloc regimes. Cardinal Agostino Casaroli, the Vatican's secretary of state and the arch- itect of its East European policy, said the meeting was "a beautiful conclu- sion to a rather difficult work" and "an opening to future developments." Cardinal Casaroli's two assistants, See VATICAN page 14 in their need," wrote Bishop Gettel- finger. "Give generously this Sunday as this special collection is taken." The collection, the second annual ap- peal, is to be taken this weekend in most dioceses in the United States. The money will be used to assist com- munities of religious women and men in caring for their retired members. Based on 1987 figures, there is a $3 billion unfunded retirement liability in U.S. religious orders, according to Sister Mary Oliver Hudon, a School Sister of Notre Dame who directs the na- tional collection. A new study to assess the retirement deficit started in mid- November, with orders returning infor- mation by the end of the year for a 1990 public analysis. It's a misconception to think that retired Religious "just really retire," said Sister Hudon. "After their years of professional ministry in teaching or hospitals, they continue to serve the people in very ac- tive ministries," she said. Even when declining health curbs most other forms of ministry for Religious, "they change to a ministry of prayer," Sister Hudon said. "They spend their final years much like the contemplative Religious in the United States." It is not uncommon for retired teachers in religious orders to pray for their former students, "often by name," Sister Hudon said. "People are moved by the fact that a nun who taught some- one 40, 50 years ago still prays for them." Sister Hudon dispelled the notion held by some that retired Religious live a "life of leisure." See BISHOP page 3 Ecuador -- Local priest describes missionary work, on page 2. Farm Seminar -- Broadcaster gives world perspective, on page 3. Reactions -- See Letters to the Editor, beginning on page 5. Bishop to Celebrate Christmas at Pro-Cathedral, -- See Holiday/Holy Day schedules, on pages 8, 9 and 13.