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The interior of the church, above, shows off its simple beauty. Corpus Christi Church and many other churches built in the same era were designed as a "temporary churches" which could eventually be used as school gymnasiums or auditoriums. The rectory, below, was designed and constructed by members of the parish. let, was designed by Herb Lovelace, a plans to pay off all outstanding debts in order to be in a Corpus Christi described as "The most unique thing beautiful convent and rectory on either side of the church (were) designed and built by the men and women of the parish," according to parish history. "All of the labor was volunteer. The was blessed with tradesmen and craftsmen of every kind, these buildings represent the kind of spirit that exists Father David Nunning, pastor since 1984, relates another part story. He said parishioners had run out of money before the completed; so they built a house down the road. sold it for a profit used the extra money to pay for rectory construction materials. Parishioners eventually built the convent, rectox Father Nunning is the first parish member ordained a priest, credits the founding pastor, Father lames J. O'Connor, as his for pursuing a life in the ministry, He acknowledged that it was very unusual for a member of the to be assigned as its pastor, but "people have forgiving." He said he had left home to study for the priesthood 15, so the people "knew me better than I knew them." Father Nunning described a recent talk with the school children's Mass, in which he encouraged them to set goals. With a he said he told them, "In my career I went 250 feet." Father Nunning also said he has to tell people that the s crosses Hogue Road at the parish -- Nunning Drive -- was him. Corpus Christi Church was founded in 1955. The first O'Connor, first met with parishioners in the cafeteria of Sacred School, to discuss ways and means of beginning the new the first active parishioners were Father Nunning's parents. There were 102 families in the parish in the be needs for the future, come from Sacred Heart, St. Boniface, St. Agnes and St. Philip t School principal Scott Whitehouse, A combination school and: gymnasium style church was built is assisted by Mary NaghdL the purchased from John and Elizabeth Tekoppel. Benches for the new : came from St; Patrick Church, Terre Haute. Seating capacity is secretaries include Pare Muensterman on on Thursday} approximately 550. Father O'Connor celebrated the first Mass in the new building, 18, 1957. Dedication ceremonies of the new church were held Oct. 27, Bisho p :Henry J Grimmelsman presided at the Mass and delivered sermon. The ei The: first principal of the school: was Sister Dorothy Louise. S ] teaching with her at the new school were Sister Louise Maris Corpus Christi Catholic Church 5528 Hogue Road Evansville, Indiana 47712-3298 (812) 422-2027 Father David Nunning .................... Scott A. Whitehouse .................... Princi Vernette Weis ............................. Mass Schedule Saturday ................................ 5 Sunday .............................. 8, 10