Fr. Bernard Head
Father Bernard Head, 89, of St.
Mary of the Woods, IN, passed away peacefully at 2:20 a.m. Wednesday, May 10,2017 at Providence Healthcare at St.
Mary of the Woods. He was born on September 2, 1927 in Indianapolis, Indiana to
Bernard Head Sr. and Evelyn Bridgins Head. His education began at Cathedral
Grade School in Indianapolis and, with the family’s move to Seymour, Indiana,
continued at St. Ambrose School and Seymour High School. He entered St. Meinrad Seminary to prepare for
the priesthood and, after his second year of college, was awarded a Basselin scholarship to
The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
There, he earned graduate degrees
in philosophy and theology. He was ordained to the priesthood
at St. Ambrose Church in Seymour and assigned to Holy Trinity Parish in Indianapolis.
After just one year there, Father Head began a long career in education, beginning at Ladywood
School in Indianapolis and continuing at the Latin School of Indianapolis. During
his years at the Latin School, he received master’s degrees in Educational Administration at
Butler University and in English at the University of Notre Dame. (Go Irish!) After ten
years of high school teaching, he moved on to Marian College in Indianapolis as
associate professor of theology and philosophy and, later, chairperson of the department. He
also served three terms as chairperson of the College Council. For several of his
fifteen years at Marian College, Father Head combined his work there with serving as pastor at
St. Thomas More Parish in Mooresville and later as chaplain for Our Lady of Grace Monastery
in Beech Grove. He was elected first president of the Priests’ Senate, now the Council
of Priests, and reelected for two more terms.
In 1982 Father Head resumed full
time parish work at St. Luke’s in Indianapolis and later became chaplain at the
Motherhouse of the Sisters of Providence at St. Mary of the Woods where he remained until his
retirement sixteen years later. During ten of those years, he also served as contract chaplain at
the United States Penitentiary in Terre Haute and for several years as administrator of St.
Mary’s Village Church in St. Mary of the Woods. Following his retirement, he became
Sacramental Minister and Priest Moderator at St. Mary’s Village Church and St. Leonard’s Church
in West Terre Haute. He also was privileged to attend the beatification and canonization of St. Mother
Theodore Guerin in Rome.