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Images of Mary? Attend daughter's wedding?

Images of Mary? Attend daughter's wedding? Q. I am wondering how the common representation of Mary in art form came to be. Whether in Nativity scenes, statues or paintings, she is usually shown as being Caucasian (or at least European), with a pale complexion and hair that is almost blond. Shouldn't she be depicted instead as dark-skinned,...
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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Encountering Christ in Scripture

Encountering Christ in Scripture “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God” (John 1:1). This familiar scripture quote reminds us that scripture expresses God’s unending desire to be in communication with us.  If we want to know God and desire a deep intimate relationship,...
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Looking closer at Natural Family Planning

I receive a variety of responses when I encourage my patients to use Natural Family Planning.   “Sure, I know about Natural Family Planning. That’s the rhythm method.”  (No, it’s not.)  “I heard that doesn’t work.”  (Actually, when...
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Blessed are we

    My husband and I recently spent a delightful evening entertaining five Daughters of Charity. As we ate, I inquired about their hometowns and their life’s journey. What rich and diverse stories we were blessed to hear! My first surprise was that not one of the five had grown...
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Father Ernst discusses his collection of relics

Father Ernst discusses his collection of relics For the next feature in this series about relics in our diocese, Father Tony Ernst, pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Haubstadt, Holy Cross Parish in Fort Branch and St. Bernard Parish in Snake Run, shared the stories behind some of the relics in his personal collection.    Father E...
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Special Tribute Section in honor of Archbishop-elect Charles C. Thompson

Special Tribute Section in honor of Archbishop-elect Charles C. Thompson The July 21 issue of The Message includes a special section that serves as a tribute to Archbishop-elect Charles C. Thompson as he prepares for installation, on July 28, as the seventh Archbishop of Indianapolis. In it, you will find a variety of photos, columns, homilies and stories that have appe...
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Relics to revere

Relics to revere The Diocese of Evansville is blessed to be home to many precious relics from a vast array of saints. This article is the first in a series that explores diocesan parishes that care for special collections of relics.    One such parish is St. Mary Parish in Huntingburg. In the church’...
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

A crash course in relics

A crash course in relics The veneration of saints’ relics dates back to the Church’s earliest days. Father Ryan Hilderbrand, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Huntingburg – home to many relics – elucidates the rich history of relics in the life of the Church. Father Hilderbrand notes that the early Chris...
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

St. Benedict Cathedral School names new Principal

St. Benedict Cathedral School names new Principal Benedictine Father Godfrey Mullen, rector of St. Benedict Cathedral, has announced the appointment of Hank Carley as the new Principal of St. Benedict Cathedral School. Carley replaces Benedictine Sister Karlene Sensmeier, who retired at the end of the 2016-17 school year. “At St. Benedict Ca...
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Thursday, July 06, 2017

Unfried made room for all boys and girls

Unfried made room for all boys and girls Kairon Unfried has had to make a multitude of tough decisions in her life, but choosing to retire may have proven to be the toughest yet.  After 48 years of teaching and leading students and staff at Totten Hall Preschool, Unfried is ready to hang up her dancing shoes.      ...
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Thursday, June 29, 2017