Father Brenner was born in Evansville, Indiana. He earned his B.B.A. at St. Meinrad College and his M.Div. at St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology He was ordained as a priest of the Roman Catholic Church in 1969. He was a Deacon of the Nativity Church in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1968 and Associate Pastor of St. John's Church, Loogootee, Indiana, 1969-74. From there, he was Associate Pastor of Saints Peter and Paul Church, Haubstadt, Indiana, 1974-78, Pastor of Saint Mary's Church, Sullivan, Indiana, 1978-86, Pastor of St. Joan of Arc Church, Jasonville, Indiana, 1982-86, Pastor of Resurrection Church, Evansville, Indiana, 1986-02. Since then, he has been Pastor of Saint Joseph Church in Jasper, Indiana. Pastor Brenner's expertise lies in marriage counseling, training in financial management and support groups for divorcees.
Pastor Brenner has numerous affiliations including: Member, Catholic Charities Board, Evansville, 1972-75; Vice President, Ministerial Association, Sullivan, Indiana, 1985-86; President, Council of Priests, Evansville, Indiana, 1989; Diocesan Chaplain, Saint Vincent de Paul Society, Evansville, Indiana, 1990-94;Member, Wabash Valley Human Services, Vincennes, Indiana, 1982-86; Sullivan Housing Authority, 1983-85; Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Sullivan, Indiana, 1984-86; Emergency Food Bank, Sullivan, Indiana, 1984-86; Spiritual Advisor, Evansville Catholic Cursillo, 1994 to the present; Chaplain, German Township Volunteer Fire Department, 1998-2002; Community Marriage Builders, 1997-2002; Member, Westside Optimists, 1990-2002; Member, Jasper Optimists, 2002-present; District Chaplain, Indiana South, 2006-07; Member, Sullivan County Elks; Member, Order of Moose (Jasper).
Father Raymond Brenner is revered locally and in religious circles alike as a pillar of his community and true champion of the human spirit. His undying devotion to God and His message has led to an enriching life of faith and love. Father Ray is a man of the people, and has been featured many times in the online media (and physical) press. His efforts have yielded great strides for a number of his favorite charities, and his community in general. Despite his June 2019 retirement in the not-too-distant future, Father Ray has assured his congregation that he will continue in an assistance role on weekends.
Before retiring, Father Ray plans to make the most of his final months with Saint Joseph. He will be taking part in an extensive, career spanning interview which will take place this Spring, shortly after Easter.
The interview will focus on a wide range of issues including, but not limited to, the wonderful charities and causes Father Ray has supported for many years. He intends for these organizations to continue receiving good press and notoriety based on their appearance in high visibility areas online, such as major networks like ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and many others as well. He will also be discussing faith, and faith-related issues, current and timeless. The interview will be featured as an audiovisual podcast experience right here on Father Ray's home page.
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