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St. Ferdinand Ch Father Sylvester Schroeder and Father John Kane are co-pastors at St. Ferdinand, with Pastoral Associate, Sister Rose Mary Rexing, O.S.B., above. A statue of St. Ferdinand,/eft, is prominently displayed at the rear of the church. The altar, below, commands attention in the center of the recently redecorated sanctuary. Second grade students pray before class, lower left, in the religious education program. There are 430 students, in grades 1-8, who participate in a released time program. A school building next to the church is leased by the public school system; students attend religious education " classes in the former parish convent, which was built near the church in 1909. Q Text By Paul Leingang Maw T. Ekrt Aml Pa.i FERDINAND Ferdinand families a foundation stronge Parish founder Father Joseph Kundek himself built and looking at the church community today it is obvious strong foundation of the parish, Family values are very important in F?'dinandtCc Father Sylvestar Schroeder are co-pastors of'the parish )f is growing, in the Dubois County community where much manufacturing. 1840 is listed as the year the parish was founded. A parish for its 140th anniversary, Father Kundek had advert Louisville, for German Catholics to come to the 11ew town ody a marker on a tree. The plans for the town ere still ( Father Kundek, but the plans were as fertile as the land, a1 set roots as deep as the trees in the surroundi hardwo " In the spring of 1840, Father Kundek camtro, m Jasp Philip Wagner I, who had purchased land from Fer Kun By the fall, a log church was built in Ferdinand. t3y 1842, 18L  Father Kundek began planning a stone chtCh. The c the building was completed three years later, atthe high The original stone church is the center of ttte pmsen height of the church when a new roof was erected in 1860. added at the rear in 1866, and the first chuv tow-- According to a biography of Father Kunii by Duns numbers of immigrants coming to the area around }" p as er new colonies "This town of Ferdinand was the Pst succe Kundek. In it he saw the realization of his old plan to unite which are more easily cared for than small scatterM groups town of Celestine. Father Kundek convinced the Benedictinds at Einsi