Father Lipscomb Society

Father Lipscomb

Father Lipscomb

When Father Paul Lipscomb was appointed to be the first pastor of Saint John Vianney in 1956, he planted a symbolic mustard seed on barren land near the corner of Calhoun and Gebhardt Road. His vision allowed this mustard seed to grow and flourish into a vibrant faith community.

For, amen I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed nothing shall be impossible to you. Matthew 17:19

In the spirit of Father Lipscomb, we extend an invitation to join a society committed to the mission of Saint John Vianney. Your membership, through the stewardship of planned giving, will provide the parish and school a confidence for the future.

Upon Father Lipscomb’s ending of his pastorate at Saint John Vianney in 1979, he left us with these words, “Let us all rejoice in God’s manifold graces and blessings! May we continue to foster his vision through this society.”


The Father Lipscomb Society honors those who include Saint John Vianney in their estate planning.
Benefits of membership in the Father Lipscomb Society include:

  • An invitation to the annual appreciation dinner with the pastor
  • Planned giving newsletter
  • Recognition on SJV donor wall
  • A memento emblematic of your membership in the society

We must breathe into it a soul by our community worship.  Then, together, this new body and renewed spirit will be most pleasing in the eyes of God.  May it move us to a new level of obedience to His will.  May it increase in us a love of God in others.  May our new spritual life be an inspiration to our children’s children. Father Paul Lipscomb, New Church Dedication Booklet, 1978

Questions about Planned Giving

Contact a representative:
Barb Hetzel                                        Brad Niswonger
Co-Chair Planned Giving               Co-Chair Planned Giving

Group picture of Father Lipscomb Society
Father Lipscomb Society Dinner, 2010

Annual Father Lipscomb Society Dinner

On Thursday, May 20, over twenty members of the Saint John Vianney Father Lipscomb Society, along with Father Ken Knippel and Fr. Phillip Bogacki, gathered at Father Ken’s residence for a wonderful evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and fellowship.

The group viewed a PowerPoint presentation of the history of Saint John Vianney and Father Lipscomb’s wish that parishioners remember SJV in their final estate plans. As an additional treat, the group viewed the beginnings of an exclusive video of society member and parishioner, Bernie O. Gruenke, as he discussed his inspiration for the designs and artwork that make up Saint John Vianney Church. Thank you to all who are part of the Father Lipscomb Society who gathered together and those many more whom were unable to attend.

Want to be invited next year? Be a part of the Father Lipscomb Society by adding Saint John Vianney to your will or considering planned giving for SJV. Leave a lasting legacy and a lasting gift to the future of a vibrant and healthy parish and school. Members receive a quarterly newsletter and are invited to social gatherings such as that held on May 20.