Father Joseph F. Erbacher celebrates 50th Ordination Anniversary

Father Joseph F. “Effie” Erbacher, center, celebrated his 50th Ordination Anniversary with Mass March 27 at St. Mary Parish in Ireland. Pictured with Father Erbacher are concelebrants Father Timothy Tenbarge, far left, senior priest of the diocese; Father J. Kenneth Walker, Diocesan Judicial Vicar and pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Loogootee; Bishop Joseph M. Siegel; and Father Brian Emmick, pastor of Precious Blood Parish in Jasper. Father Erbacher extends his sincerest thanks to his parents, family, priests, nuns and all friends who have encouraged him daily with their prayers. Full coverage of Father Erbacher’s Ordination Anniversary Mass will appear in the April 15 all-diocesan issue of The Message.

The Message photo by Megan Erbacher