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.,,,,,"1 T00,oN[ E S S AGE CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 22 NUMBER 15 December 13, 1991 St. Nicholas becomes newest parish in diocese By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message Editor he, people of the St. ' '.Olas Worshipping com- t. l.y are now members of .' lCholas Church, the i[! i est parish in the Diocese ,: 'Vansville The formal de- ) Was signed on Friday, i I L ,'- the feast day of St. il',', uelas, and publicly pro- ,',lrned in Santa Claus on iday, Dec. 8 -- the Second ".uay,,_ of Advent. : e:'-'h'p-r Gerald A. Gettelfin- . eacl the proclamation at a [ c.elebrated in the Holi- ei J. .ltlage Recreation Cen- t.' lgorons aonlause from ,e aSsenlblv t"o'ilowed the rOclarnatin  r Terence SiSter May. storal P, OSB is the a Ltl ill: .' ' "' P a Strator of the parish. ff er Joseph Kitsch, pastor )a ,aroy St. Joseph Church, '01 s the pastoral modera- i -ue parish has 121 fami- lil ea_CCrding to the 1992 , ,n yearbook. hinl:Lord has done great .... ,. tor us; we are filled .lY," said sister Knapp, Ullg from the vel psalms. She re'rned the bishop and lilellted the community to !n-her remarks to the as- ibly, Sister Knapp said, welcome all of you who )r la'et,.jined us as we cele- ?s significant moment 11 11 la: )lStory." Addressing Srtop, she said, "We VtJCo . " me you in a special way, Bishop Gettelfinger, as you lead us in prayer for this special event. "We are aware that coming to this time, we are reaping the efforts of many persons who are not able to be with us. In our prayer, we remem- ber those persons who are such a vital part of our be- coming a church. "As we enter this second week of Advent, we, as St. Nicholas Community can identify well with the refrain of the psalm: 'The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.'" Sister Knapp continued the Advent theme. "As we reflect on the moment, we can iden- tify well with the Advent spirit. We are at the entrance of new beginnings: we are liv- ing out Advent, waiting and longing, to become an estab- lished and recognized people connected in a new way to the total church." Sister Knapp spoke about entering a new relationship with the total church and in particular with the Diocese of Evansville. She spoke about the change being brought about: "As a comm'unity, we have often gathered to renew our baptismal commitment; to lis- ten to the proclaimed Word; to celebrate together our hope, s and dreams; to strengthen each other in our efforts to grow as a bonded, loving, caring and forgiving people. "After today, we will con- tinue to gather but we shall not be the same as we were before. We have become a new people, a new creation." Sister Knapp spoke for the community, "to pledge and commit ourselves anew to all that becoming a parish means for us on our journey to the kingdom." Referring to plans for build- ing a church, Sister KnalSp noted that the community See ST. NICHOLAS page 15 Bishop Gettelfinger presides at Mass at the newly established parish of St. Nicholas, [ Sunday. Dec. 8. Concelebrating with him are Fathers joseph Kirsch, Joseph Ziliak and | John Lefller. Holding the bishop's miter is Bradley Meunier. Sister Mary Terence[ Knapp, O.S.B., is pastoral administrator of the parish. [ I II I I I III Im Flu hits schools in diocese By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Catholic schools in the Dio- cese of Evansville were hit by the influenza virus earlier this week. Memorial High Gordon Mann School, Evansville, had 178 students, 27 percent of the student enrollment, home with the flu on Monday, ac- cording to Gerry Adams, principal. Seventy students reported absent at Rivet High School, Vincennes, and 48 students were absent on Monday at Holy Redeemer School, Evansville. Also, on Monday, there See FLU page 15 Evansville seminarian to be ordained deacon Dec. 14 By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message Editor Gordon Mann, who once pur- sued a career in banking, said he did not at first like the idea of working with dying hospital pa- tients. "But actually I found it to be the best thing for me, affirming my call to the priesthood." Mann is quite clear in his de- scription of what happened to him during his pastoral training at a hospital in Seattle. "I felt God's presence daily," he said. Mann, 32, is a native of Evansville. He graduated from Memorial High School in 1977 and then earned a degree in bust- GORDON MANN hess administration from the Uni- versity of Evansville. I I laalllsued as an accountant in Louisville, Ky., and in data processing at .ade ffvansville and Chicago, Six years into his business career, Mann beta,, _.urastic decision. In 1987, heentered a pre-theology program and '_', ms studies for the oriesthood. rl;a?!.Will be ordained'a deacon, in ceremonies at Mundelein Seminary stttd-_mcago, on Saturday, Dec. 14. Mann is in his fourth year of theology the s o at the seminary. Next summer he plans to be ordained a priest for d AfterCeis{Evansville" ay, o. . s, Mann said he will work as a deacon on Friday; Satur- firdu.nday and Monday each week. On the other days of the week he will eerlt"..} s academic training and continue with his priestly training con- ! i'ung on learnin how to preside at Mass and the sacraments, i !: ""  recent tele o " Mann s eke about hs calhn to the phone interview, p " " g>. ' I I I I I II II I I[ II I priesthood. "I have always thought of the priesthood, even in grade school at Christ the King, he said. I thought of it as something I would want to do. He also thought about marriage, he said, so he concluded that he was not being called tot_he priesthood. He said he now realizes that his conclusion was not true. "While I was working, and earning good money  instead of leaving me, the desire for the priesthood became stronger," he said. "Even in the midst of a good career." He said he came to realize that his career would not sat- isfy his longing to be fulfilled. His year of pre-theology was "a good transition" from six years in busi- ness to going back to studying. "Itwas a bit of an adjustment," he acknowl- edged, While a seminarian, Mann has worked at St. Theresa Church, Evansville, and at Sacred Hear.t Church, Vincennes. "Doing ministry has probably been more beneficial to me than to those I ministered to," he said. "The people (at both parishes) were great'. They affirmed my call. I loved them," he said. The most powerful experience of his priestly formation was the summer he spent working in an oncology ward at a hospital in Seattle. His pastoral training assignment  which he did not expect to like at all  allowed him "to experience death daily with people." He found it a challenge and a blessing. "You can't go through that ezperience every day and not be affected by it," he said. His work in the hospital helped himto come to grips more meaningfully with the mystery of the death and resurrection, he said. "We experience death and resurrection any time we face a change in life," he concluded. Mann looks forward to being ordained a priest, probably in June. He said he was anxious to "get back home to Evansville, where my roots are." Mann is the son of Cal and Dee Mann of Evansville. He has three sisters and three brothers. St. heresa Church, Evansville, is his home parish. As for his expectation in the future, after his Ordination, he said he ex- pects "to continue to grdw in my relationship with God," and '!to work side-by-side with peopl6 in the parish where I will be assigned.' I I I  I I I '1111 1 I I