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Gerald Andrew Gettelfinger (born October 20, 1935) was the fourth Bishop of Evansville, Indiana.

Gerald Andrew Gettelfinger
Bishop Emeritus of Evansville
AppointedMarch 11, 1989
InstalledApril 11, 1989
Term endedApril 26, 2011
PredecessorFrancis Raymond Shea
SuccessorCharles C. Thompson
OrdinationMay 7, 1961
by Paul Clarence Schulte
ConsecrationApril 11, 1989
by Edward Thomas O'Meara, Thomas J. O'Brien, and Daniel M. Buechlein
Personal details
Born (1935-10-20) October 20, 1935 (age 83)
Ramsey, Indiana
MottoDominus pars
Styles of
Gerald Andrew Gettelfinger
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Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

Early lifeEdit

Gettelfinger was born in Ramsey, Indiana, the fourth of eight children of Gerald and Mary Gettelfinger. He attended St. Meinrad High School, graduating in 1953 before attending Saint Meinrad School of Theology where he graduated in 1957. He was ordained a priest on May 7, 1961. Gettelfinger earned a MS Ed from Butler University in 1969.

Gettelfinger served as Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis from 1980–1988 and Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis from 1988 to 1989.


Gettelfinger was consecrated Bishop of Evansville on April 11, 1989.

Boy Scouts of AmericaEdit

Since 1998, Gettelfinger has served as bishop liaison to the National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS). He was a chaplain at the 2001 National Scout Jamboree and has trekked at the Philmont Scout Ranch as part of the NCCS Saint George Trek. Gettelfinger received the Silver Buffalo Award in 2005.[1]

At the May 2002 meeting, he was an opponent of the one-strike policy in the USCCB adopted Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. At the November 2002 bishops' meeting, he was one of seven bishops who voted against the new policies the US bishops voted upon to prevent sexual abuse of minors. He has admitted to allowing at least one convicted child molester serve as a priest in the diocese, as well as other known molesters. [2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ 2005 Silver Buffalo article
  2. ^ "Bishop Finds Loophole in "Zero Tolerance" Policy".

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Episcopal successionEdit

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Francis Raymond Shea
Bishop of Evansville
Succeeded by
Charles C. Thompson