Rev. Father Bernard, pastor of St. Patrick's Catholic church in Highland township, Adams county, Nebraska, holds
in full measure the esteem of his parishioners and is highly respected by all who know him. His birth occurred
in Nebraska City in 1864, and he is a son of Peter Ulbrick and Mary Kalus, both natives of Austria.
Rev. Father Bernard received his education at the Benedictine College at Atchison, Kansas, and there took the commercial,
classical and theological courses; and when twenty four years of age, was ordained to the priesthood. For some
time he taught in that institution, and subsequently spent two or three years in charge of small missions in that
locality. Later, as a priest in the Lincoln diocese, he held many different charges during a period of some twenty
years, the last being that of St. Patrick's church, in Highland township, Adams county, and during the five years
that he has held this pastorate his influence has been felt as a factor for good in the life of his community.
St. Patrick's church was organized about twenty five years ago, and now numbers about thirty four families, or
one hundred and fifty one souls. Before the establishment of the church, the parishioners drove to Hastings, a
distance of twelve miles, to attend service. The affairs of St. Patrick's are in a satisfactory condition and it
is doing well its work as a spiritual and moral agency. Father Bernard is a cultured gentleman of kind and genial
disposition and these qualities, together with his devotion to his work, have gained him a high place in the warm
regard and the sincere goodwill of all who have come into contact with him irrespective of their religious beliefs.
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
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