Pastor Change at St. Isidore
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 5:58 PM
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Saturday, May 11, 2019: Today at Mass, Fr. Eugene Schmitt announced that the Diocese of Evansville is moving him to a new parish. Fr. Jeff Read is the new pastor who has been assigned to replace Fr. Eugene at St. Isidore Parish.

Fr Eugene's last weekend St. Isidore will be the Masses on June 22 and 23. Fr. Read’s will start at St Isidore on June 26. His first weekend Masses will be June 29 and 30. We of St. Isidore thank Fr. Eugene for his 8 years of service to our Parish and communities. Fr. Eugene and Fr. Read’s new assignments are part of 22 reassignments across the Diocese of Evansville this Summer.

At Mass tonight Fr. Eugene expressed the following to a standing ovation: "I have greatly enjoyed my 8 years here with the wonderful people of St. Isidore. I have known for two months that I was being moved and have been trying to celebrate our time together. I plan to celebrate the following 6 weeks we have together. Fr. Jeff Read is under 40 and I prayed that you would be assigned a good pastor to replace me. I only hope you treat Fr. Jeff Read as well as you have treated me for the past 8 years. I think Fr. Jeff will do a fine job and my prayers are with him and the people of St. Isidore.”

Fr. Read comes to St. Isidore from Sullivan & Jasonville. He was ordained in 2012. Fr. Read is familiar with Dubois County from his time serving at St. Mary’s Ireland and Precious Blood in Jasper. Fr. Jeff was the priest representative for Source and Summit. He has a sister that is a nun for the Passionist Order. He is from St. John Daylight.

Fr. Eugene will be moving to St. Joseph, Jasper.

Fr. Eugene has the longest tenure serving the people of St. Isidore since Fr. John Finis and Fr. Donald Spaulding.

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