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Ch,arch, Fe-rdinand The church, center, is built with the original sandstone structure at its center. The roof was raised, the church was lengthened, when the parish grew to a membership of nearly 2,000 in the 1860's. Father Eberhard Stadler, O.S.B., added the clock to the tower, just below the spire, in 1874. His successor, Father John Schorno, O.S.B., built a wider and higher spire, which he felt was more in proportion to the massive tower. Parish Secretary Peggy Remke, above lel, is in her 18th year of service at the rectory. Sister Edith Hoh], O.S.B., above right, is in her 14th year in religious education. The latest interior decorations, left, were completed earlier this year. The first remodeling of the church was accomplished during the years 1886-1890, when the pre- sent ceiling was installed, the stained glass windows were added, and a steam heating system was installed. Extensive remodeling was next accomplished in 1973-75. The rectory, below, built in 1897, was remodeled in 1938 and again in 1976-77. families establish stronger than stone andek himself built partOf the church at St. Ferdinancl, today it is obvious that more than stones make up the t i o'aine n i,g:+cording to Father John Kane. He and :ors t tie rJ stl Df about a thousand families. The parish unity where much of the economy is linked to furniture fish was founded. According to thestory published by the tr Kundek had advertized in Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and me to the yew town of Ferdinand. The new families found the town Were still only on paper and in the mind of fertile as the land, and soon the German Catholic families surroundiag hardwood forest. dek came om Jasper to celebrate Mass at the home of md from 1 e r Kundek just outside of the town limits. erdinand..r ' 1842, a larger church was needed, and by stone chur , The cornerstone was laid on July 25, 1845; Ps later, at! the highest point in the community. center of tl present chttrch. Four feet were added to the was erect n 1860. The church was enlarged by 53 feet st c hur+ + to "- 185 feet high -- was built. mr :(und )y Duustan McAndrews, O.S.B., the large u'ee around Jasper made necessary the establishment of I was the ft t successful colony founded by Father his old plan to unite the Germans into large parishes nail scatterbd groups." Father Kundek also founded the 3enedicti.mat Einsiedeln to send two monks to setup a  ,i See ST. FERIZgVAND ,Page 11 St. Ferdinand Catholic Church * Post Office Box 156 Ferdinand, Indiana 47532 * (812) 367-1212 Co-Pastors: ......................................... Father Sylvester Schroeder ........................ : ......................... Father John Kane Pastoral Associate: .............................. Sister Rose Mary Rexing, O.S.B. Religious Education Center: .......................................... 367-1092 DRE (Grades 1-8): ..................................... Sister Edith Hohl, O.S.B. DRE (Grades 9-12) ............................... Sister Rose Mary Rexing, O.S.B. Mass Schedule Saturdays: ....................................................... 5:30, 7 p.m. Sundays: ............................................... 6, 7:30, 9, 10:30 a.m. I