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Pastor Raymond Brenner Person of the Year 2024

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BiographyFather Raymond Brenner was born in Evansville, Indiana. He earned his B.A. at St. Meinrad College and his M.Div. at St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology He was ordained as a priest of the Roman Catholic Church in 1969. He was a Deacon of the Nativity Church in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1968 and Associate Pastor of St. John’s Church, Loogootee, Indiana, 1969-74. From there, he was Associate Pastor of Saints Peter and Paul Church, Haubstadt, Indiana, 1974-78, Pastor of Saint Mary’s Church, Sullivan, Indiana, 1978-86, Pastor of St. Joan of Arc Church, Jasonville, Indiana, 1982-86, Pastor of Resurrection Church, Evansville, Indiana, 1986-02. Since then, he has been Pastor of Saint Joseph Church in Jasper, Indiana. Father Brenner’s expertise lies in marriage counseling, training in financial management and support groups for divorcees.
ExpertiseMarriage counseling, training in financial management, support groups for divorcees
Current OrganizationSt. Joseph Parish, Jasper, Indiana
Type of OrganizationRoman Catholic Church
Major ProductReligious worship
Area of DistributionSouthwestern Indiana
University/DegreeB.A., St. Meinrad College, 1965; M.Div., St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, Indiana, 1969
BornFebruary 12, 1943, Evansville, Indiana
Honors & AwardsWorked with Boy Scouts of America and earned the Bronze Pelican Award and the St. George Emblem
Published WorksNational youth magazine and write-ups
AffiliationsMember, Catholic Charities Board, Evansville, 1972-75; Vice President, Ministerial Association, Sullivan, Indiana, 1985-86; President, Council of Priests, Evansville, Indiana, 1989; Diocesan Chaplain, Saint Vincent de Paul Society, Evansville, Indiana, 1990-94;Member, Wabash Valley Human Services, Vincennes, Indiana, 19682-86; Sullivan Housing Authority, 1983-85; Federal Emergency Management Agency, Sullivan, Indiana, 1984-96; Emergency Food Bank, Sullivan, Indiana, 1984-86; Spiritual Advisor, Evansville Catholic Cursillo, 1994 to the present; Chaplain, German Township Volunteer Fire Department, 1998-2002; Community Marriage Builders, 1997-2006; Member Optimists (Chaplain Evansville Westside Club, 1990-2002, District Chaplain, Indiana South, 2006-07); Elks; Order of Moose; Knights of Columbus; Charities: Mater Dei High School, Evansville, IN; Catholic Education Foundation, Diocese of Evansville, IN; Hait Mission, care of St. Joseph, Jasper, IN; Christian Appalachian Project, Paintsville, KY; St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Memphis, TN; Riley Children's Foundation, Indianapolis, IN; St. Meinrad Archabbey & Seminary, St. Meinrad, IN; Sistes of St. Benedict, Ferdinand, IN
Hobbies & SportsThe outdoors, bowling
Work HistoryOrdained priest of the Roman Catholic Church, 1969; Deacon of the Nativity Church, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1968; Associate Pastor of St. John's Church, Loogootee, Indiana, 1969-74; Saints Peter and Paul Church, Haubstadt, Indiana, 1974-78; Pastor, Saint Mary's Church, Sullivan, Indiana, 1978-86; St. Joan of Arc Church, Jasonville, Indiana, 1982-86; Resurrection Church, Evansville, 1986-2002; Saint Joseph Church, Jasper, Indiana 2002 to the present.
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