Staff

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Rev.  Fr. Biju Thomas, Administrator   

bthomas@evdio.org

Fr. Biju Thomas is originally from India. He was ordained on May 3rd 2000 and came to the US in 2014 where he was assigned Associate pastor of St. Marys of Huntingburg. Then he was Associate Pastor at Sts. Peter & Paul in Haubstadt. In 2017 He was assigned as administrator of two parishes namely St. Peter, Linton and Holy Name, Bloomfield. He was assigned to St. Marys of Huntingburg in June of 2020 as Administrator. He prefers to be called Father Biju.

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Rev. Fr. Homero Rodriguez

hrodriguez@evdio.org

Fr. Homero is a native of central Mexico. He emigrated to the U.S. while in High School and joined the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in Chicago. As a missionary, he studied Philosophy and Theology in San Antonio, Texas. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2016 in Evansville, IN, and his current assignment is part time at St. Mary in Huntingburg, and part time at St. Joseph in Jasper.

Deacon Thomas E. Holsworth, Pastorial Associate

tholsworth@evdio.org      

Phone: (812) 639.0979

 

Deacon Tom is married to Shirley Holsworth. He was ordained February 10, 1990. After serving at Precious Blood Parish in Jasper beginning in 1990, he became permanent deacon coordinator in 1994 for the Diocese of Evansville and Master of Ceremonies for episcopal liturgies in 2002. He was assigned to St. Mary's in 2011.

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Rachel Wright, Parish Catechetical Leader

Office: (812) 683.2372 | Fax: (812) 683.2747

rwright@evdio.org

Rachel was born and raised in Huntingburg.  She is a graduate of Southridge High School and the University of Southern Indiana.  Before joining the St. Mary's staff in July of 2014, she taught PE and Health at St. Benedict Cathedral, in Evansville, for seven years.  Rachel has two children: Noah and Maddie. She enjoys attending sporting events and spending time with friends and family.

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Sr. Mary Louise Uebelhor, O.S.B., Music Minister

Office: (812) 683.2372        

mlouise@thedome.org  

                                                                                                                                                                    Sr. Mary Louise joined our St. Mary's staff on April 1, 2011. Sister has served as a music minister and general music teacher for 47 years in various parishes throughout our dioceses and the motherhouse at Ferdinand.  The Benedictine sisters and priests at her "home parish,"  St Mary's and Stork Memorial Hospital played a key role in her becoming a Ferdinand Benedictine.  As a pastoral musician, she is dedicated to inviting and encouraging others to share their gift of music as a means of praising God together.         

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Donnie Heim, Youth Director

(812) 639.0731    

dheim@evdio.org                  

 

Donnie has been a lifelong member of St. Mary's. Donnie Graduated from Southridge High School in 1991.  He attended Indiana University where he received a BS in Elementary Education.  Donnie has been a Volunteer Firefighter for the Huntingburg Fire Department for 14 years. Donnie has one beautiful daughter named Meredith.  Donnie's hobbies include backpacking and wood working....(Every Wednesday during the Religious Education school year, from 6:00-7:15 there is a Youth group meeting.  This meeting is for grades 8-12 and is located in the Youth area on the stage in the gym.)                              

Nick Wagner, Maintenance Supervisor

(812) 683.2372    

Nick Wagner joined the Staff in November of 2020 as after Kerry Pfaff retired.  After over 20 years in quality control and production supervision for a wood manufacturing company in Corydon, Nick has brought his extensive work experience and passion for serving the Lord to his position.  

   A lifelong St. Mary's parishioner, Nick has served for the past 22 years as seventh grade catechist, including 2 years as 10th grade catechist.   He also has led the youth group, gone with the youth on three mission trips, led church tours, and sang in the choir.  He holds a B.A. in business management from St. Joseph College, Renssellaer, Indiana, transferring there from St. Meinrad College in the late 1990's.  

    "I have had a lifelong desire to serve the church and being allowed to do it in a professional capacity is an exciting, new opportunity," Nick said.

     Nick and his wife of 20 years, Amy, are the parents of 5 children: Leah, Ara, Olivia, Matthew and Andrew.

 

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Martha King , Parish Secretary

Office: (812) 683.2372 | Fax: (812) 683.2747

mcking@evdio.org

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 When Angela Mathies stepped aside as St. Mary’s parish secretary and bookkeeper in mid-April to return to her former work in the travel industry, our parish had a big hole to fill. Thanks to God’s provision, however, that pressing need has been met by two of our parishioners.

  Martha King, our new parish secretary, has been a longtime presence in our parish. Serving the Lord in the day-to-day operations of the parish has opened an exciting new chapter in her life – the fulfillment of a calling she has sensed for some time.

“It was an on-the-spot decision,” she says of how she came to accept the offer of employment in the church office. Being fluent in Spanish was something the parish has needed to minister more effectively to its Hispanic members. When Fr. Biju approached her about it, she didn’t have to think twice. “I just knew it was for me,” she says. “I love the idea of giving to my parish.”

Prior to coming on board as parish secretary, Martha worked for Jasper Engines and Transmissions for the past 19 years, beginning in the sales division and then moving into the accounts receivable office. She has served St. Mary’s in a wide range of areas, including on the Finance and Faith Renewal committees, Christ Renews His Parish, as lector, and currently on the parish welcome team. Married to parishioner Andy King, she is mother to their three sons - Jason, 26; Justin, 24; and Adam, 14.

Martha is in the church office Wednesday through Friday.

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Sharon Prior , Parish Bookkeeper

Office: (812) 683.2372 | Fax: (812) 683.2747

sprior@evdio.org

stmaryshburg@psci.net

If you have ever done any banking in downtown Huntingburg at the intersection of Fourth and Main Streets (also known as U. S. 231), you’ve probably been helped by Sharon Prior.

  St. Mary’s new bookkeeper began her banking career in 1972 at the downtown bank, which at that time was a branch of First National Bank. Throughout the next 45 years, she stayed at that location while the names outside changed…to First Bank of Huntingburg, then Integra, and at present, Old National Bank.

  Sharon learned the business from the ground up, on the job first as a teller and then moving up the ladder to the position of head/vault teller. From there she stepped up to assistant manager, a position she held for over 16 years, handling loans, accounts, and investments as well as being a teller at the counter.

  Retiring in April of 2018, she has since enjoyed keeping up with her six grandchildren ranging in ages from 10 to 21, all of whom are based locally in Jasper with her daughter Micki, a nurse at Memorial Hospital, and in Santa Claus with her son Derek, a math teacher at Heritage Hills High School. She also enjoys traveling, including a very memorable Holy Land pilgrimage in late 2019 with her sister’s Pittsburgh-based parish, and trips once or twice a year with family to her sister’s vacation property in the Daytona Beach area.

  At St. Mary’s, Sharon has helped on two Christ Renews His Parish teams, including Team One in 2010. She also weaves mats for the homeless on Mondays and serves on the floral committee.

  Sharon stepped into her new role at the end of April. She looks forward to being able to use her many years of experience in financial concerns to help our parish thrive. She is in the office Mondays and Tuesdays.

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Kim Kendall , Evangelism Leader

Office: (812) 683.2372 | Fax: (812) 683.2747

kkendall@evdio.org

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Kim grew up in Mariah Hill, IN and attended Mary Help of Christians.  She had a reversion back to her faith in 1999 and joined St. Joseph in Jasper where she was active in the Religious Education Commission and many Evangelization efforts.  She joined St. Mary’s Huntingburg in 2012.  Kim has been involved with the Faith Renewal and Evangelization and many other volunteer efforts at St. Mary’s since then.

    Kim is married to Scott Kendall and they have 2 teenage daughters, Paige and Jenna.  She enjoys being a blessing to others, journeying with others as they grow closer to the Lord and spending time with family and friends.    

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Larry Blackgrove       Housekeeping      

 

Larry has been a lifelong member of St. Mary's.  He worked at Kimball International for 43 years before beginning his work at St. Mary's.  He graduated from Huntingburg High School in 1963.  Larry is married to Annie and they have two children together: Nicholas and Tina.  They have four grandchildren:  Justin, Shana, Mitchell & Ali.  Larry enjoys fishing, hunting & gardening.