Joseph Kundek 's The Castle On The Hill Essay

1395 Words Apr 11th, 2016 6 Pages
Father Joseph Kundek, founder of Ferdinand, had desires for a residential stopping point on his alternating missionary visits to Troy and Jasper Indiana. Kundek inspected acreage throughout the tri state, particularly in between Troy and Jasper. The southern marker of Kundek’s Triangle harbored a superb location for his residence between his missionary trips - Ferdinand. (Frederica 21,22) With its spiritual aroma and physical appearance, the Convent in Ferdinand, Indiana, presents a lasting impact on the town; therefore the Sisters living in the convent provide an influence on the town and it’s people by involving the townspeople in an abundance of religious and nonreligious activities.
“The western sky was aglow with a brilliant sunset, the Angelus bell in St. Ferdinand Church tower was pealing forth its joyful message, when on that memorable day… the four Benedictine pioneers with their Mother Superior drove up the hill to their future home . . .” as portrayed in The Castle on the Hill (Frederica 3). In 1867, four Benedictine Sisters--Mary Benedicta Berns, Mary Xaveria Schroeder, Mary Rose Chappelle, and Mary Clara Vollmer--arrived in Ferdinand with great integrity (Called 1). Once settled in, the Sisters began to help the community immediately. One major contribution the Sisters presented was their dedication to teaching the youth of the community. The Benedictine Sisters took over the Catholic influences in the town after the Sisters of Providence left in 1867.…

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