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St. John the Baptist C I I III II I I [ III I A Father John V. Breidenbach, above !eft, was appointed associate pastor in. September -- his first assignment after ordination August 21, 1987. He was born and raised in Bedford, Ind. Father Donald K. Ackerman, above right, was appointed pastor July 1, 1986. He has served parishes in Hanbstadt, Evansville, Montgomery, Dubois, and Jasper. Father Ackerman also taught at Rex Mundi High School, Evansville and Washington Catholic High School, Washington; he served as Superintendent of Memorial High School, Evansville. The rectory, let, was built by Father William Engeln, pastor from 1856-1863; it was remodeled in 1905 by Father Meinrad Fleischmann, remodeled and restored again by Father Joseph Erbacher who was pastor from 1983.1986. ST. JOHN T Text and Photos By Paul Leingang GREENE DEANERY SPENCER RED tIUSH Parish ancestors we00'f 0 prayer, har 'The family has alwaysbeen the backbone of our parish Fathe and community," wrote Father Donald Ackernmn, in aceeded hi presentation prepared for St. John's 140th anniversary  Wi.ttm E celebration .August 30, 1987. ie calls attention to stained  the "sbcth glass windows in the church: Our German forefathers and Switzerla mothers of years ago had inscribed on one window, Eltern oom in Lehret eure Kinder, {'Parents, teach your children,'}. The Church fr window directly opposite that one says, 'Kinder ehret eure ince Scheper, eltern," {'Children, honor your parents.'. Father Ackerman commented on the appropriate choice of St. John the Baptist as a patron saint: "He prepared the way for Jesus the Savior, was faithful to his cause up to the very end. The same with our ancestors, who were full of dedication, prayer, sacrifice, and hard work." In the 1840s, German Catholic families in Vincennes at- tended services at the Cathedral or at the Old St. Rose Chapel, conducted by German-speaking priests Roman Wein- zoepfel, Charles Opperman and Charles Schneiderjans. The families, wanting their own church, won the bishop's ap- proval for their plans in 1847. Father Schneiderjans, who started the church records on November 9, 1847, is considered the first pastor. A deed for parish property was recorded a month later. Just 12 priests have served St. John as pastor, in its 140 years. Father Aegidius Merz served the longest term, from 1863-1897. Father Acl Father perience" strong faro parish." H and ntere Three of the past is strength church am ,,, .rather carry on n( they won't work toget school pro Throul