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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Priests celebrate ordination anniversaries in aB By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Msgr. Michael Wolf is approaching the sixtieth anniversary of his ordination. Msgr. Wolf, pastor of Holy Trinity Church, Evansville, was ordained a priest June 7, 1938. Because of health rea- sons, he currently resides at Little Sisters of the Poor, Evansville. A dozen other priests will note or have noted significant anniversaries this year. Father Timothy Tenbarge was ordained 25 years ago, May 26, 1973. Father Kenneth Herr and Father Lowell Will, reached their thirtieth anniversary March 2. They were featured in a Message article Feb. 27: Msgr. Kenneth Knapp, Msgr. Charles Koch, and Fathers Kenneth Graehler, Leo Kiesel, Bernard Lutz and Earl Rohleder were ordained 35 years ago, on March 30, 1963. Msgr. Knapp is vicar general, dean of the East Evansville Deanery and pastor of Christ the King, Evansville. Msgr. Koch is judicial vicar. Father Graehler is pastor of St. Mary Church, Sullivan. Father Kiesel is dean of the Washington Deanery and pastor of St. John, Loogootee, and St. Mary, Shoals. Father Lutz is pastor of Holy Cross, Fort Branch. Father Earl Rohleder is pastor of Holy Angels, New Harmony. Father Robert Kress was ordained 40 years ago, Aug. 6, 1958. He currently resides in Tuckerton, N.J. Father Jambs Brune, now retired, was ordained 50 years ago, May 22, 1948. Msgr. Maurilius Bilskie was MSGR. WOLF ordained 55 years ago, June 4, 1943. He was the founding pas- tor of Holy Rosary Church, Evansville, in 1950. He retired in 1982 but continues to serve the parish as Pastor Emeritus. Father James Brune remem- bers looking "at every barn and shed in the area," trying to come up with an alternate location for worship, during the time it took to move from St. John Church, Elberfeld, to the new St. John Church in Daylight. The church in Elberfeld was torn down to make way for strip mining. A nearby Methodist congre- gation came to the rescue, thanks in large part to the leadership of the Rev. Charles D. Carroll and the Rev. Ronald Yonker. For 20 months, the Catholics celebrated Mass on Saturday at 5 p.m. and on Sunday at 7 and 11 a.m. The Methodists held their worship service at 9:30 a.m. During that transition period, the parish did more than just keep together. It doubled in size from 125 families in ElberfeId to 250 families at Daylight. The MSGR. FATHER FATHER BILSKIE BRUNE KRESS new church was dedicated July 19, 1987. The transition at St. John is one of several significant points in the life of Father Brune. He was associate pastor at Sacred Heart, Vincennes, and at St. Joseph Church, Evansville, His first pastorate was Holy Angels, New Harmony, where a parish hall was built during his years there, 1954 to 1962. Father Brune was pastor of St. Clement Church, Boonville, from 1962 to 1969. School enrollment doubled in size. He was pastor of St. Agnes Church, Evansville from 1969 to 1978, and of St. Joseph, Evansville, from 1978 to 1984. He went to Elberfeld in 1984, and retired from the active ministry in 1995. Father Brune is currently cel- ebrating Mass at Holy Trinity, Evansville. In his 50 years, he has found "that the only thing that kept me going was service to the people, meeting their needs." In a word, he finds the priesthood, "Wonderful." Some additional facts about Father Brune came from Cecelia M&S i Fire & Safety i Equip. Co. Inc. == Paul E. Nonte Certified Public Accounrant 112 W. 5th St., Jasper 00rbnit00etoan a RESTAURANT i I Over 25 years saes and service in the Tri-state 670 E. Franklin 424-3863 i I ii Hear it from the source! Vatican Radio World News Mon. - Fri. at 5:30 p.m. From southern German dishes to seafood and steaks, dining at the "'Schnitz" is wonderful! 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She point- ed out that he was instrumen- tal in the adoption of a "sister parish" in Haiti, and that he had visited Haiti three times. He was a teacher at Memorial and Mater Dei high schools, president of the St. Joseph Cemetery Board.for 20 years, and he enjoys golf and card playing, she said. Father Brune will celebrate his golden anniversary on Sunday, May 24, at St. John the Evangelist Church in Daylight. A Mass of Thanksgiving is scheduled at 2 zm., with a reception in the church CDT. Ever was his appointed of Holy Sp Evansville, ate pastor Church, teacheJ Vincennes. also served as of St. Francis resided at St. Chu was nal the parish. In St. Joseph, Jasper,! pastor. 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