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Christmas Letter 2014

Christmas Letter 2014 Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ:               On behalf of Bishop-emeritus Gerald A. Gettelfinger and myself, I take this opportunity to wish everyone a Blessed Christmas and New Year!  There is no greater joy on this earth tha...
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The heart of New Evangelization

The heart of New Evangelization Much has been written about the call to New Evangelization.  At the heart of this call is the notion of encounter.  Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI made it quite clear that New Evangelizationis not so much about programs and activities as about encountering the person of Jesus Christ.  Po...
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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Let us all embrace the Year of Consecrated Life

Let us all embrace the Year of Consecrated Life A special Year of Consecrated Life has been declared by Pope Francis, to officially begin on the First Sunday of Advent, Nov. 30, providing unique opportunity to celebrate the rich blessing of consecrated religious women and men in the life of the Church.  The Diocese of Evansville has great c...
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Monday, November 17, 2014

November: Remembrance and Gratitude for 30 days

November: Remembrance and Gratitude for 30 days   In the midst of fall, a favorite season for many people, the month of November prompts us to remember and give thanks.  The month kicks off with two of the more enduring traditions in the Church’s liturgical calendar; namely, The Solemnity of All Saints (Nov. 1) and the Commemorat...
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Monday, November 03, 2014

Captivating Extraordinary Synod provides cause for great expectation and hope

Captivating Extraordinary Synod provides cause for great expectation and hope Catholics and non-Catholics were captivated by the recent III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops addressing “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization,” held in Rome, Oct. 5-18 – perhaps more so than with any other previous Synod of...
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Hail Mary, full of grace

Hail Mary, full of grace         While May is considered to be the special month of honoring Mary, Mother of God and Patroness of our diocese, the month of October is traditionally known as the month of the rosary.  In particular, Oct. 7 is designated as the Memorial of Our Lady of t...
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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Charles C. Thompson

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Charles C. Thompson   Dear Diocesan Brothers and Sisters in Christ,   As we embark upon the second phase of our strategic planning process of parish reorganization, we continue to seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit in transforming challenges into opportunities. As I have said and written on numerous occasi...
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Thanking lay catechists for their faithful, important service to the Church

Thanking lay catechists for their faithful, important service to the Church               By now everyone should be familiar with the buzz words of New Evangelizaion.  At the heart of New Evangelization is a personal encounter with Jesus Christ, rooted in prayer and authentic catechesis, expressed in witness...
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Monday, September 08, 2014

Our newest priests reflect the true nature of our 'catholic' Church

Our newest priests reflect the true nature of our 'catholic' Church               A brief history of the term “catholic” might be helpful in our understanding and appreciating a bit of change taking place among the presbyterate serving in the Diocese of Evansville.  When making our Profess...
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Monday, August 11, 2014

We must be ever vigilant of obstacle to freedom, sacredness and dignity

We must be ever vigilant of obstacle to freedom, sacredness and dignity From various perspectives, we often think of July as the month of independence.  The most obvious reason, of course, is the national celebration of Independence Day on July 4.  It is also a key month of vacationing, not to mention that most schools are out during this time.  We recen...
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Monday, July 14, 2014