Father John Schipp, center, celebrates the 50th anniversary of his priestly ordination with a June 29 Mass at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Vincennes, where he is pastor.
To his immediate right is Deacon Earl Ruppel.
Other Diocese of Evansville priests concelebrating include Father Joe Erbacher, left, pastor of Holy Name Parish in Linton and St. Peter Parish in Bloomfield; Father Gary Kaiser, pastor of Precious Blood Parish in Japser and St. Mary Parish in Ireland; Father Jean Vogler, retired; and Father Dave Fleck, pastor of St. John the Baptist and St. Vincent de Paul Parishes in Vincennes, Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Petersburg, and administraor pro tempore of Sacred Heart Church in Vincennes and St. Philip Neri Church in Bicknell.
Father Schipp is wearing the vestments his mother made for him to wear when he celebrated his first Mass after ordination, in 1964.