Transition Facilitators

The Transition Facilitation Process

As part of the Settling into Priesthood Program, the Institute for Priests and Presbyterates provides a trained facilitator, by phone or in the parish, during the fall following the new priest's ordination. The facilitator meets with the new priest, his pastor and a member of the parish staff. 

Using the questionnaires completed by the new priest, his pastor, and parish staff member, the transition facilitator then meets face-to-face or by telephone to help work through any transition issues and concerns before they become serious problems. Read more...

The Transition Questionnaires

Transition Facilitators

Fr . Jerry Bell Fr. Jerry Bell is a native of Louisville and grew up in St. Brigid Church in the Highlands. Fr. Jerry attended Trinity High School and Bellarmine College in Louisville, and St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore. He taught religion and led retreats at St. Xavier High School. Ordained in 1973, Fr. Bell has served in various parish and ministry settings. Now retired, Fr. Bell has worked with Marriage Encounter and has served on numerous Archdiocesan councils, commissions and consultative bodies.
Fr . Tony Ernst Fr. Tony Ernst was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Evansville in 1998.  He currently serves as pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul in Haubstadt, Holy Cross in Fort Branch, and St. Bernard in Snake Run. Fr. Tony often assists with Teens Encounter Christ and Cursillo retreats. He serves as the Director for the Newly Ordained for the Diocese of Evansville.  He is a member of the Advisory Board to the Institute for Priests and Presbyterates.
TF Fr . Dave Fleck Fr. David Fleck has been a priest for the Diocese of Evansville for 33 years.  He has served his diocese in a variety of positions including an associate pastor, a teacher in a catholic high school, vocation director for the diocese and pastor of several different parishes. Fr. Dave is currently the pastor of two parishes in Vincennes, IN. Fr. Dave enjoys his ministry, particularly working with people.
Fr. Bernie Lutz Fr. Bernie Lutz is a graduate of Saint Meinrad College and State University of Innsbruck in Austria.  Ordained in 1963, Fr. Lutz has held positions in the Diocese of Evansville in parishes and at all levels of education, from elementary to post-secondary.  He holds Masters degrees in comparative religion (Indiana University), counseling (Indian State University), and spirituality (Creighton University). Fr. Lutz formerly served on the formation staff at Saint Meinrad Seminary.
Fr . Gary Padgett Fr. Gary Padgett, a native of Louisville, KY, has served as pastor of the Church of the Ascension in Louisville since 2008. Fr. Padgett practiced law with the United States Department of Justice from 1984 until 1994. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville in June 1999. Fr. Padgett serves the Archdiocese of Louisville as the Coordinator of Formation for the First Five Years of Priesthood and serves on the IPP Advisory Board.
TF Fr . Ron Zgunda Fr. Ronald Zgunda is a priest for the Diocese of Evansville. Ordained in 1977, Fr. Zgunda has held various positions at both parish and diocesan level, including diocesan vocation director for eight years. Fr. Zgunda has been the pastor of four parishes, including some clustered parishes. He is currently  pastor of St. Joseph in Princeton and Blessed Sacrament in Oakland City. Fr. Zgunda has participated in several on-going formation workshops.