Fr. John will be remembered by name in the prayers of the faithful at the 2010 Alumni Reunion Mass.
May the soul of Fr. John, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Director, Alumni Relations
Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology
200 Hill Drive
St. Meinrad, IN 47577
My uncle Chico Hatke was on the Lafayette Police force. I heard him say once that if he has a difficult situation with someone who was talking suicide and no one else was available, he would call Fr. Bach. He was always calm, and very good at talking to people. Focused, professional, and good at putting people at ease were the descriptions that my uncle gave of him. This was a side of him that I was not aware of being a teenager at the time I knew him, but in retrospect, I see how that was true. He drew out my respect for him, not just because he was a priest, but just by being who he was.
We are poorer by being without him, and I realize how fortunate I was to have known him. My condolences and respects to the family, and all the graduates at Central Catholic who were so lucky to have known him.
WE PRAYED EVERYDAY WITH HER. HE WOULD COME INTO HER ROOM
WITH HIS WONDERFUL SMILE.
HE WAS ALSO VERY FUNNY AND WE HAD GOOD LAUGHS IN THE COURT YARD AT ST. ANTHONY&S WITH OUR FAMILY.
I&M SURE I AM NOT THE ONLY PERSON WHO CAN SAY THESE EXACT WORDS.
FATHER BACH WAS A FAITHFUL SERVANT TO OUR LORD!
My dad and Father Bach had a wonderful friendship that began when he was serving on the the Otterbein Town Board and Father Bach would open the church hall to stranded motorists during snow storms.
As I recall, I only visited with Father Bach on 2 occassions which were during a winter storm.
Obviously Father Bach had a possitive impact with me, I am sure he touched many lives as a servant of God & the wonderful person that he was.
I recall Father Bach being an advocate of Law Enforcement.
I now live in Texas where I have served as a Deputy Sheriff for the past 20 years.
Additionally, my grandmother was a resident of St. Anthony Health Care. His ministry to her became such a comfort to our family. As she grew in her dimentia, somehow, she always recognized "Fr. John", as she called him. He was a great comfort to her until her death.
Thank you for sharing him with us,
Michael Viola and the Viola / Bresnahan Families.
I would like to extend to the family my deepest sentiments, and the wish that I have to accompany you in your grief. I offer my prayers for you during these days, and in particular, directed towards the Eternal Shepherd, to guide the soul of Father John Bach to his eternal rest, and that God give his family, the consolation of the faith in our Resurrected Lord.
With my prayerful remembrance, I have the honor to be,
Yours in Christ,
Mrs. Socorro Truchan and family
As a teen I would have said that at times, he was perhaps a bit to stern with us, but as an adult-I can also say that he was also open minded and fair (for the for the most part), and as such we all knew what he expected of us as well as the consequences for disappointing him! And for those reading this who knew him well...I would say thank you for the times we shared together (in case I don&t get to tell you on my own)...and Thank Heaven&s George can finally rest in peace as well!!!
To the family-Thanks for sharing him with all of us.