July 28, 2006

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Priests have resided at St. Paul Hermitage for many years

I enjoyed Sean Gallagher’s article in the June 30 issue of The Criterion about the priests living at St. Paul Hermitage. However, the article is not correct in stating that Msgr. Richard Kavanagh was the first retired priest to move there.

My sister, Florence Smith, and I well remember that our uncle, Father Patrick H. Griffin, who was ordained in June 1905, retired from Assumption Parish on Blaine Avenue in west Indianapolis as pastor and moved to the hermitage.

He served as chaplain until his last illness and death on April 28, 1962, at St. Vincent Hospital. He is buried at the Priests’ Circle at Holy Cross Cemetery in Indianapolis.

so, there was Father John Riedinger, who retired as pastor of St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower) Parish and moved to St. Paul Hermitage in 1966. Father Riedinger died on July 13, 1971.

There is no doubt that other priests resided there as well in years past.

-Betty Hull, Indianapolis

Understanding the great mystery of the Trinity and the Holy Spirit

I know and believe that there is a Trinity. Also, Jesus told his disciples to baptize them in “the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

How does one describe this to someone who believes in God the Father and God the Son, but not in the Holy Spirit?

So that they too can see and understand that it is one of the great mysteries, we believe because in our heart we know it to be, as we believe Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit.

- Rita Paul, Oldenburg

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