Louisville priest to deliver Dolle Lecture
Tuesday, September 10
Time: 7 p.m. Central Time
Location: St. Bede Theater, Saint Meinrad campus
Fr. Jerry Eifler, a
retired priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville, will give the
Dolle Lecture on Church Art and Architecture at Saint Meinrad
Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, IN.
His topic is "A Priest's Personal Adventure in Art and
Architecture." The lecture will be held on Tuesday, September 10,
at 7 p.m. Central Time in St. Bede Theater on the Saint Meinrad
Fr. Eifler graduated from St. Xavier High School in Louisville,
KY, and entered the seminary at St. Mary's College, St. Mary, KY.
He continued his studies at Saint Meinrad Major Seminary and was
ordained a priest in 1961.
Encouraged to pursue further studies in family counseling and
therapy, Fr. Eifler enrolled at Spalding University, where he
earned an M.Ed. He was awarded clinical membership by the American
Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
He served in the Archdiocese of Louisville as an associate
parish priest, teacher, counselor and therapist, as the director of
development and as assistant to the president of Bellarmine
Besides being a member of the Archdiocese's Art and
Architectural Commission, Fr. Eifler continued formal studies in
art at the Louisville School of Art, Anchorage, KY; University of
Louisville Fine Arts School, and with Lloyd Kelley at
Vaison-la-Romaine, France. He currently studies with David Schuster
at Schuster Art Studies, Louisville.
As a pastor for more than 28 years, he has been involved in
numerous renovation and building projects. He also served as a
member of civic and professional boards and committees.
He has authored three books of homilies, as well as the history
of the Crescent Hill neighborhood and St. Frances of Rome Community
in Louisville. In retirement, he continues to paint, travel,
appreciate art and architectural interests as well as serve the
Louisville community in various liturgical and civic ways.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available
behind St. Bede Hall, as well as at the Guest House and student
parking lots. For more information, contact Mary Jeanne Schumacher
during business hours at (812) 357-6501.
The Peter and Viola Dolle Lecture on Church Art and Architecture
was established by Saint Meinrad alumnus Adam Dolle to commemorate
the lives of his parents. They spent 48 years together until
Peter's death in 1982. Both exhibited an artistic sensitivity and
an abiding Christian faith. Peter was a master builder, while Viola
embodied a spontaneous spirit that is the life of art.