In 1933, he enrolled at St. Meinrad, where he
attended both high school and college. From 1939-45, he studied at the
seminary, and on
Msgr. Hirsch’s first assignment was assistant pastor at Assumption and
secretary in the diocesan chancery office. His arrival in the diocesan office
followed closely the establishment of the Diocese of Evansville in 1944.
From 1946 to 1947, he studied canon law at the Catholic University of
In 1948, Msgr. Hirsch became the vice-chancellor, and in 1952, he
started serving as chaplain at St. Mary’s Hospital in
In 1964 he served as temporary administrator at Assumption Cathedral.
That property was sold to Evansville Future, Inc., and the buildings were razed
In 1966, he was named Vicar for Religious. He was honored with the
title “Reverend Monsignor” on
In 1969, Msgr. Hirsch became the administrator of the
At the end of the year, he became the diocesan chancellor and director
of diocesan operations, as well as continuing with his other duties.
In 1976, he was named vicar general.
Msgr. Hirsch spent the 1980s working on the Personnel Board, with the
tribunal office, as a chaplain at St. Mary’s Hospital, and as administrator pro
tem at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Haubstadt and at St. Boniface Church in
He retired in 1991, and began to focus his energies on the history of
the diocese. In 2003, his efforts were published under the title, “Catholic
Diocese of Evansville, 1944 – 1994, the First Fifty Years.”
Throughout his priestly ministry, Msgr. Hirsch wrote a series of
reflections. In one entitled “Reflections on the End of the Trail,” he wrote,
“I thank God for allowing me to reach this point! But as I look ahead, down the
road I can see at some distance, and I don’t know how far away, a sign that
reads, ‘The end of the trail.’ So be it!”
Survivors include his sister, Rita Kuhlman of
Preceding him in death were his parents, sister, Mary Ann Reising and three brothers, Linus,
Charles and Robert Hirsch.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at
Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 at Werry Funeral Home in Poseyville, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. and visitation continuing from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012.