Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Monastery,Seminary Event

Louisville priest to deliver Dolle Lecture

Tuesday, September 10
Time: 7 p.m. Central Time
Location: St. Bede Theater, Saint Meinrad campus

Pic _hs _Fr Jerry EiflerFr. 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 campus.

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 University.

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.