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December 18, 1987 View Point The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana By FATHER EUGENE HEERDINK Missionary Fr. Heerdink writes of life in the missions S. America 11 Well, back again in South America arid what a -change from the Diocese of Evansville and the Peruvian Diocese (where I had worked previously for six years)! Now I work with Sister Joan Gerads, a Fran- ciscan from the States and with Father Tom Money of Maryknoll, also from the States and our mis- sionary efforts are directed to the formation of neighl3orhood church groups. Every six weeks we move to another parish. Advantages are: we live in the rectory and get to Lknow the priest(s) well...we visit homes and invite the people to a five night mission each week in one of their homes so we meet many people and make many friends. It is an ideal way to get to know many parishes in the various countries. Some disadvantages are: getting used to a new bed and food every few weeks, living out of a suit- case, waiting on and standing in packed buses, not reading much news from home (local newspapers report very little). Actually there are no local ones. Cities of 50,000 will be using the newspapers coming from Bogota. iii ii Church news is broadcast from loud speakers in the church towers. City news is broadcast from speaking systems on bicycles, cars and trucks pass- ing through the streets. The radio from the capital, Bogota, and other large cities carry some news but very little of foreign news. Since leaving the States on May 11th, I visited the four Peruvian novices in Guatemala preparing for their profession on Jan. 6, visited friends in Lima and Negritos, Peru, flew to Quite, Ecuador, meeting Sister Joan and Father Tom there. We traveled by bus to Colombia to begin our work in June, Later went to a 15 day course on Spiritual Direction in Venezuela. November 23 to December 18 I'll be attending the Jesuit University in Bogota to review and study Spanish. December 18 to January I will find me again in Venezuela for the Christmas holidays. Our pre- sent work in Colombia will end March 18. After that we will be in Equador for a year. In January of 1989 we may be working in Merida, Mexico. Traveling and working in so many places does MOVING? If you're a subscriber who's moving, print your new address below (include your new parish, if applicable). Attach the label with your old address from your most recent issue of the Message in the space provided and mail us this coupon. NAME ADDRESS CITY, PARISH STATE ZIP (affix old label here) The Message P.O. Box 4169 Evansville, IN 47711 JASPER SER VICE AND SHOPPING GUIDE I i Buehlers I.G.A. "THE THRIFTY HOUSEWIFE'S SOURCE OF SAVINGS" QUALITY FOODS and MEATS Also Huntingbur9 and Oakland City KREMPP LUMBER CO. 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Colombia is a country of beautiful mountains, valleys and landscapes. Also, a country with much violence and assassinations because of the poverty, drug problems and the six groups, other than the government, who have their own armed bands. One band killed 16 passengers and wounded 15 others recently on a bus. God love and bless you with his peace, joy and love this Blessed Season. P.S. Your prayerful support is so needed and appreciated. PP.S. If anyone wishes to be a missionary with us in renewing and preserving the Faith in S.A., checks can be made out to: Parish Neighborhood Renewal Ministry and sent to 1950 E. 25th St., Hibbing, MN 55746. St. Vincent Continued from page 9 The building built by Bishop St. Palais was destroyed May 6, 1889, by fire which began from a chimney spark igniting the roof of the cupola. The children were sent to Indianapolis, to live temporarily at St. Joseph parish. On July 27, 1890, Bishop Francis Chatard dedicated the new chapel and "asylum"-- which was bigger than the old orphanage. In September, 1915, the frame house begun by Bishop Hailandiere, which was being used as a combination granary and residence for farm hands, was destroyed by fire. Father Charles Duffey took charge of the orphanage and parish in 1918; he was replaced in 1924 by Father Frederick Burget, who oversaw the renovation and expansion of the orphanage made possible by a huge donation from Evansville philanthropist Fran- cis Joseph Reitz. The new church was dedicated in 1927. In 1929, 85 girls were moved from their orphanage at In- dianapolis to their new home at Highland. Father Duffey was replaced by Father August B. Fichter in 1944, the same year Bishop Henry Grimmelsman was in- stalled in the new Diocese of Evansville. 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