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St. Boniface Church, Evansville Parish planning for St. Boniface Church began in 1878. Father William Bultman was appointed the first pastor in 1880. A twin-towered brick structure quickly re- place the first temporary flame building completed in 1881. Fire destroyed the church on Easter morning in 1902, but rebuilding began al- most immediately, with help from the Ger- man Catholic Central Society. German culture is still an important part of the current parish description, as is "West Side spirit.". Many members are elderly, retirees, and middle class. The Westside St. Boniface Church 418 North Wabash Avenue Evansville, Indiana 47712 (812) 425-8375 Pastor: Rev. William Schwenk In residence: Rev. Robert Wannemuehler Youth Ministers; Donna Beard, Nancy Stephens Secretaries: Joan Preske, Dolores Hupfer Westside Catholic Consolidated Schools (6-8) Assistant Principal: Donna McGinness 2031 West Michigan Evansville, Indiana 47712 (812) 422-1014 Catholic Consolidated School involves St. Boniface and two other parishes.. Parish organizations include Senior Citizens and the consolidated PTA. St. Joseph Church, Vanderburgh Co. St. Joseph Church in Vanderburgh County is rural and suburban and very family-oriented. Generations of families live in the area. Many of the people share a German-American heritage. They are hard working, with a majority of the families earning a middle income. Mass was celebrated in the territory as early as 1836. A log church was built in 1841. A brick church, built in 1851, was destroyed by fire in 1887, and replaced by St. Joseph Church, Vanderburgh County 6202 West St. Joseph Road Evansville, Indiana 47720 (812) 963-3273 Pastor: Rev. Richard Wildeman Deacons: Francis Hillenbrand, Gilbert Fehrenhacher Music Minister: Sister Rose Wildeman, O.S.B. Parish Secretary: Judy Kaiser St. Joseph School Principal: Elizabeth Field 6130 West St. Joseph Road Evansville, Indiana 47720 (812) 963-3335 the current church structure in 1888. A new school in 1958 replaced an old school built in 1879. Parish organizations include Senior Citizens, Youth, Christian FAmily Movement, Women's Club, Men's Club, Knights of St. John, and Cursillo. St. Matthew Church, Mt. Vernon Pastor: Rev. Joseph Swartz DRE: Carole Doherty Youth Ministers: Dan and Susanne Hayden !Music Minister: Tom Scheller Parish Secretary: Jacqueline DeMunck St. Matthew Church 421 Mulberry Street Mt. Vernon, Indiana 47620 (812) 838-2535 St. Matthew School Principal: Sister Christine Kempf, O.S.B. 401 Mulberry Street Mt. Vernon, Indiana 47620 (812) 838-3621 St. Matthew Church was established with the construction of a church-school combi- nation building in 1857, but priests visited the area as far back as 1840, according to the parish history. A'new church was built in 1880. School records date back to 1861 when J. Weiss taught in a private home. The parish population currently is mo- bile and tends to be young or middle aged. Most parishioners have a high school edu- cation, many have professional and college degrees. Parish organizations include Youth, Women's Club, Men's Club, Scouts, CYO, School Parents' Association, St. Vincent de Paul, Bereavement Group and Cursillo. St. Philip, St. Philip Pastor: Rev. David Fleck Music Minister: Angie Folz Parish Secretary: Karen Folz St. Philip Church 3500 South St. Philip Road Mt. Vernon, Indiana 47620 (812) 985-2275 St. Philip School Principal: Anna Bruggenschmidt 3420 South St. Philip Road Evansville, Indiana 47620 (812) 985-2447 Priests visited the St. Philip area as early as 1830. Early plans far a log church did not pan out, but under the guidance of Father Roman Weinzapfel, the first church at St. Philip was built in 1847. A school was opened in 1851. The new church, built of bricks made on the parish grounds with clay from the sur- rounding area, was completed in 1859. The parish today is stable and experi- encing growth. It has people of diverse ages, diverse income and diverse education -- ranging from less than high school to professional. People are very generous with their time and talent, according to the parish profile. Parish organizations include Senior Citizens, Youth, Women's Club, Men's Club, School Parents' Association, and St. Vincent de Paul. 7 St. Theresa Church, Evansville St. Theresa Church has a healthy mix of age groups, many persons of middle income, with high school and college educations, according to the parish profile. People are involved. St. Theresa was founded during the St. Theresa Church 725 Wedeking Avenue Evansville, Indiana 47711-3897 (812) 422-8211 growth years following World War II. Pastor: Rev. Theodore Tempel v Two former government buildings be- Pastoral Associate, DRE, Youth Minister: came the church and the school. A new school opened in 1949. Sister Jennifer Miller, O.S.B. The first Mass in the auditorium style church was celebrated in Admires" trative Assistant: Lynn Ubelhor May 1950. : Pastoral Minister:. Eva Key Marian Day School moved to St. Theresa School in 1983. Parish organizations include Senior Citizens, Youth, Men's Club, Couple's Club, Pro-Life Group, Scouts, School Parents' Association, St. Vincent de Paul, rosary Prayer Group and Bereavement Group. St. Wendel Church, St. Wendel St. Theresa School Principal: Karen Rierdan 700 Herndon Drive Evansville, Indiana 47711 (812) 423-1763 4 A log church was built at St. Wendel Church in 1842, and replaced by a new church in 1854. The parish encompasses por- tions of two counties -- Vanderburgh and Posey. The first school, built in 1844, strad- dled the county line. A new school was built in 1958. Both parents Work in many of the families of the parish, according to the parish profile. Income level is medium. There are mixed age groups and a mixture of occupations. The parish has a rural culture and a German heritage. St. Wendel Church, Posey County 10542 West Boonville.New Harmony Road Evansville, Indiana 47720-7901 (812) 963-3733 Pastor:. Rev. David Nunning Deacon: Joseph Blankenberger Parish Secretary: Donna Dilger St. Wendel School Principal: Ann Friedman 4725 St. Wendel-Cynthiana Road Wadesville, Indiana 47638 (812} 963-3958