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 Official Newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, WisconsinNovember 17, 2006 Issue 

Former Freedom principal accepts her termination

Pastor also will leave

By Renae Bauer
Communications Department

Previous articles:

from November 10, 2006 issue:
Bishop, deacon meet with Freedom parish
    Pastor given incomplete advice. Healing now sought

from October 27, 2006 issue:
Education Board to review former principal's case
    Decision due this month

The former principal of St. Nicholas School, Freedom, will not appeal her termination, and the pastor has resigned and will receive a new appointment, officials of the Green Bay Diocese announced Monday.

Phyllis Techlin has acknowledged her termination as the administrator of St. Nicholas School in Freedom, effective Oct. 13, 2006, the parish attorney said.

In commenting on Techlin's service to the school, Gary Schumacher, a St. Nicholas parishioner and school board president, said: "People in this community and beyond are well aware of Mrs. Techlin's years of service and the degree to which she served the students and their families. Her kind of dedication is rare and will be difficult to replace."

"We cannot thank her enough for all of the ways in which she has given to the school and the students. On behalf of the school board I would like to thank Mrs. Techlin for sharing her gifts with us, and we wish her nothing but the best in the years to come," Schumacher said.

Re-establishing unity

In announcing that he had accepted Fr. John Schuetze's resignation as pastor, effective Dec. 4, Bp. David Zubik said he based his decision on the need to re-establish unity in the parish.

"When I consider what is in the best interest of spiritual and administrative leadership for the community of St. Nicholas, I believe in my heart that a fresh start is needed for both Fr. Schuetze and the people of St. Nicholas," Bp. Zubik said. "My sincere hope and prayer is for healing to begin for all who are hurting."

Fr. Schuetze, in a letter to parishioners, wrote: "After a great deal of thought and prayer over the last several weeks, and having heard people who have both objected to my leadership and who have supported me, it is in the best interest of the parish that I resign as your pastor, effective Dec. 4, 2006. This decision will allow for healing to take place and for the parish to move forward. I really care about the people of Freedom and, because I have witnessed your strong commitment to faith, I am confident that my decision will help the healing process."

Bp. Zubik has given Fr. Schuetze another assignment and has appointed a new pastor for St. Nicholas Parish. These two new assignments will be announced Nov. 18 and 19 at the parish's weekend liturgies.

In the interim, from Dec. 4 until the new pastor begins on Jan. 8, Fr. Paul Demuth, diocesan vicar for ministers, will serve as the parish's temporary administrator and will celebrate weekend Masses. Fr. Demuth often assists parishes with their pastoral and spiritual needs during times of transition.

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