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February 28, 2014 Volume 44, No. 25

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Serving the Catholic Church in Southwestern Indiana

THE MESSAGE SPECIAL TO THE MESSAGE It was a happy scene that Catholic Charities’ Director Sharon Burns and Event Planner Kathy Wilkerson walked into on a recent Saturday afternoon at Evansville’s Nativity Church. Twenty-four handmade baby quilts hung over the doors to the sanctuary — and four members of the Brockman family beamed as they watched the visitors’ reactions. “Eighty-something” Frances Brockman, quilt matriarch of the crew, hid in the corner, insisting she didn’t want special attention. Two of her three quilting daughters, Susan Tenbarge of Haubstadt (mother of seminarian Tyler Tenbarge) and Linda Carman of Evansville (she quilts for the Glory of God) showed the quilts. Kendra Tenbarge, 27, of Haubstadt, noted how a couple of the quilts had “Jesus Loves Me This I Know” embroidered in the binding. Marsha Brockman, the maker of a colorful Purple Chevron quilt, was not able to join the gathering. The 24 quilts will join more than 50 others made by church quilting groups and individuals across the diocese, and will be auctioned in late May to raise money to fund Catholic Charities’ outreach, education and counseling programs. To view all of the quilts and find out how you can buy a ticket to the auction events to be held on May 28, visit

‘Remember man, that you are dust . . .’

Brockman Family contributes 24 handmade quilts to Catholic Charities’ auction

Photo courtesy of Catholic Charities

Kendra Tenbarge, left front, sits next to her grandmother, Frances Brockman, and they’re joined by Linda Carman, left rear and Susan Tenbarge recently at Nativity Parish in Evansville. The women donated 24 handmade baby quilts to Catholic Charities for a special fundraising auction in late May.

2014 CPC Special Section Inside! BY THE MESSAGE STAFF

Catholic News Service Photo courtesy of Father Christopher Butera

U.S. Army chaplain Father Christopher Butera administers ashes to a solider in the field on Ash Wednesday 2013. Ash Wednesday this year is next week — March 5.

The 2014 Catholic Parishes Campaign of Southwestern Indiana is set to kick off across the Diocese of Evansville. Inside this issue of The Message, you’ll find a 4page special pullout that explains the CPC in detail and provides answers to many of the common questions about this annual appeal. The special section also is available as a digital download from The Message website. Download it at your convenience from

Remembering our priests, deacons and sisters BY TIM LILLEY The Message editor We dedicate this issue of The Message to all of the priests, deacons and sisters who serve the Diocese of Evansville in so many ways. In particular, we ask you to join us in congratulating and praying for our priests and deacons who celebrate significant anniversaries this year. You will find their photos and information on their anniversaries on pages two (priests) and eight (deacons). We also ask you to join us in thanking the religious sisters from six orders who continue to serve our diocese faithfully, as their orders have for generations. On pages 22-23, you can read about each of the orders, their missions and their service to the people of our diocese. As we publish this tribute to our sisters, we ask you to pray for all of them — especially during the week of March 8, which marks the first National Catholic Sisters Week. The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has awarded a three-year, $3.3 million grant to St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn., to launch National Catholic Sisters Week as part of National Women’s History Month. God continues to bless our 12 counties with holy men and women who serve us — and our neighbors — as priests, deacons and sisters. We thank Him for them and their great work.