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Around The Diocese For August 1

By Mary Ann Hughes


Providence anniversary

During 2014, 10 Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods are celebrating special anniversaries in the congregation

• Providence Sister Marsha Speth is a native of Vincennes. She currently ministers as the director of postulants in the United States and as a spiritual director at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Sister Marsha, the former Sister Marcia Ann, entered the Congregation Sept. 12, 1964, from St. John the Baptist Parish in Vincennes. She professed perpetual vows Nov. 9, 1974.

She graduated from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in education. She received her master’s degree in religious education from Seattle University.

Her ministries included teaching in schools in St. Mary-of-the-Woods village, in Indianapolis and in Nashville. From 1986 to 1991, she was the councilor/provincial at St. Gabrial Provience Center in Indianapolis.

In 1992, she served as the assistant manager in the resource center in the Office of Catholic Education in Indianapolis.

From 2001 to 2006, she was the general councilor at St. Mary-of-the-Woods, and from 2006 to 2011, she was the vicar/general councilor.

Sister Marsha has also ministered in Illinois.


Happy Birthday!

Father Anthony Govind, temporary ministry, St. Mary Parish in Ireland and Precious Blood Parish in Jasper, celebrates his birthday Aug. 7.


Merger Committee,

new Parish Council

Father Kenneth Walker, pastor at St. John Parish in Loogootee, writes, “I have appointed the former members of the merger committee to our new parish council. The merger committee worked well together and for that reason, I appointed them for a one-year term.

“I have added two additional members to the original group: Paula Ringwald, as parish catechetical leader, and Mark Potts as youth liturgy coordinator.

“The following are our new parish council members: Deacon Bob Consley, Jill Wininger, Leo Padgett, Dayne Holder, Kathy Wittmer, Dottie Potts, Bruce Hawkins, Vicki Strange, John Fegan, Vonda Elliott, Agnes Cooper, Tom McAtee, Paula Ringwald and Matt Potts.”

“It is great that we are off to a good start with so many talented people involved in our new parish and please know that I consider it a tremendous honor to serve you as your pastor.”


Happy Birthday!

Michelle Priar, assistant superintendent in the diocesan Catholic Schools Office, celebrates her birthday August 10.

John Hollis, principal at Holy Cross Church, Fort Branch, celebrates his birthday Aug. 10



Ian Perkinson is the recipient of the 2014 scholarship at St. Philip Neri Parish in Bicknell. He will be attending Indiana State University this fall.