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, Church, Celestine 'i St. Celestine church, center, is built in the form of a cross. "The edifice of the past was constructed in the same shape and thus sentiment played a part," accordin S to the 1968 qual, uicentennial pubhcation historian, C. J. Sclmell. A stained glass window, immediately below, incorporates symbols of agriculture and other locality significant areas of the economy. Loretta Humbert, below, has been housekeeper for about 25 years, she says. Her husband, Vic, helps out around the church. ish is auch of Joseph dgned to ap- churches , used at xem out aard  Iccordi with was elestine 44; LCe a Andrew y history. ) the but there who % who sent n, uneral, or in stigation, ff Michael lirz in ) played gation good, very vibrant' began, he, too, disappeared.  In 1863, with 150 families in the parish, the decision was made to .' build a new church; The pastor wanted to build in town, away from the  winds on the hill, but the people would not be moved. Construction con- ! tracts were awarded, ata meeting to which the pastor was not invited. The [: new church was built on the hilltop .... = Father Joseph Meister resigned as pastor, and moved to nearby St, An- thony; there he began to build a church, at the same time construction began at CelBstine. St. Anthony was the flrstnew parish to spring fro m the original parish at Celestine; later, parishioners at Schnellville and Dubois alsastablished new churches. ather Bernard Bruening, the next resident pastor, came to Celestine in 1865, during the construction period. The new church was dedicated on June 24, 1867. The third church, built by Father Karl Bilger, was dedicated on Oc' tober 17, 1896. A gilded cross topped the 200-foot steeple. The third church was demolished in 1966, to make way for the present structure, which was dedicated May 19, 1968 during the pastorate of Father John Finis. New pastor, Father John Boeglin describes the parish as "very good, very vibrant." Father Boeglin was named pastor, effective October 29, 1987; he replaces Father August Busch. "The first thing I'll have to do is to learn who people are," said the first time pastor, a few hours after his arrival from his last position as ass:iate pastor in Newburgh. "Everyone has been very friendly. I'm really excited." Father Boeglin sees his new position as complementary to his involve- ment in the National Rural Life Conference. "I'm a country boy. We have a lot in common." He Says his father's side of the family originally came from Siberia, Ind., about 10 miles from Celestine. "I'm looking forward to finding out who my relatives are, here." He says his goal will be the same goal he would have in any parish. "We know the church will have to work with fewer clergy; we have to em- power more lay people to do more ministry." ".elestine Catholic Church Post Office Box 1 .lestine, Indiana 47521 ................... Father John Boeglin Mass Schedule ........... , ............ ': ./.. 6:00 p.m. ................ ...... 8:flO, I0:00 a.m. l l l | Text and Photos By Paul Leingang i ST. CELESTINE VINCENNES SULLIVAN KNOX MARTIN NEWBURGH |t. SPENCER I II