Father Philip J. Kreilein, 70, Evansville

Father Philip J. Kreilein, 70, died Tuesday, October 23, in Evansville. He was born in Jasper September 28, 1948, to Raymond and Lucille (Keusch) Kreilein.

Father Kreilein attended St. Meinrad High School and College in St. Meinrad and St. Mary Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland. Bishop Francis R. Shea ordained him a priest of the Diocese of Evansville on June 2, 1974.

His priestly assignments included Associate, St. Simon Parish, Washington, 1974; teacher, Mater Dei High School, Evansville, 1977; associate, St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Evansville, 1980; pastor, St. Mary Parish, Washington, and teacher, Washington Catholic High School, 1982; pastor, Holy Cross Parish, Fort Branch, 1988; pastor, St. Ferdinand Parish, Ferdinand, 1991; pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Jasper, March 1999; pastor, Resurrection Parish, Evansville, July 3, 2002; three-month sabbatical, 2010 (June-September); Pastor, Resurrection Parish, Evansville, 2010; Moderator, St. Boniface Parish, Evansville, 2010; Administrator, St Boniface Parish, Evansville, 2018 (Feb. 1-Feb. 13). He served as pastor of Resurrection Parish in Evansville since 2002 and as Dean of the Diocese of Evansville’s South Deanery since 2015.

He served many years as the chaplain for athletes and teams at Mater Dei High School and the University of Southern Indiana and as Director of Continuing Education: Ministry to Priests, 2012; Dean, Evansville West Deanery, 2014; and Dean, South Deanery, 2015.

He is survived by one brother, Dr. Sylvester Kreilein and wife Joan Parsley, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and one nephew, John Alexander Kreilein.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Lucille Kreilein.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. (CDT) Sunday at Resurrection Church, 5301 New Harmony Road in Evansville. A vigil service is scheduled at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue at 9 a.m. Monday at the church. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. A graveside service and interment will follow at approximately 3 p.m. (EDT) at Fairview Cemetery in Jasper. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Resurrection Parish, 5301 New Harmony Road, Evansville, IN 47720, for use in renovating the parish cafeteria. Pierre Funeral Home in Evansville is in charge of arrangements.

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