Past Pastors and Clergy


  • 1868- 1955 unkown
  • 1955-1961 Father Leo King
  • 1961-1964- Father Paul Price
  • 1964-1980- unknown
  • 1980-2004  Msgr. Charles Foeller
  • 2004-2008 – Father John Bentz
  • 2008-2016 Rev. John Bakle, S.M.
  • 2016- Present  – Father Thomas Buffer

A.D.2008 – 2016: Pastor Rev. John Bakle, S.M.

Rev John Bakle blessing a child to be Baptized on Pentecost Sunday 2010

Fr. John was born and raised in Hicksville, Defiance Co., Ohio, where he attended public schools and where his family belonged to St. Michael Church. In 1954 he entered the novitiate of the Society of Mary (Marianists) in Marcy, New York, where had made his first profession of religious vows in 1955. During that year and subsequently, he studied at the University of Dayton and completed his bachelor’s degree there in 1960, teaching part time during those years in Washington, DC, and Dayton, Ohio. He made his perpetual vows in the Society of Mary in 1961 and continued teaching in Marianist high schools in Cincinnati and E. St. Louis, Illinois, continuing studies in philosophy at Xavier University and Georgetown. From 1963 to 1967, he studied theology under the French Dominicans at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, from which he holds 2 degrees in theology, while living at the Marianist International Seminary there. During his summers in Europe, he studied at the University of Vienna, Austria (German), and St. Mary’s College, London, England (catechetics). Father was ordained to the priesthood for the Society of Mary at Holy Cross Church, Euclid, Ohio, on July 22, 1967, by Bishop Clarence Elwell, at that time auxiliary of Cleveland, later Bishop of Columbus. Since his ordination, Fr.John has taught at the University of Dayton and served on the original staff of Bergamo Center, Dayton. From 1969 to 1970, he was the executive director of Bergamo/East, Marcy, New York. He was commissioned into the US Army reserves in 1969.

In 1970, in the Vietnam era, Fr. John entered active duty in the US Army being first assigned to the US Army Engineer Center, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, after completing his chaplain training at Ft. Hamilton, NY. In 1972 he was assigned to 8th Army, Korea, where he served the largest Army battalion in the world as 1 of 2 chaplains for the 2/44 Air Defense Artillery Battalion (Nike/Herc), 38th. ADA Brigade, Pyongtaek. Thence he spent 3 years the headquarters of Stratcom/Conus at Ft. Ritchie, Maryland, and after that, 3 years in Germany with the 1st. Armor Division (Bamberg) and the 3rd. Infantry Division (Wurzburg/Kitzingen). Then he returned for a second tour at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, where he joined the Knighs of Columbus. He completed his active duty time at Camp Darby, Livorno, Italy, as a major in the Regular Army and a promotable LTC in the Reserves. After Fr. left the Army, he took a short sabbatical and returned to work in secondary education at North Catholic HS, Pittsburgh. From there, after receiving a full-ride research assistantship, Fr. did his doctoral work in educational policy and leadership at the Ohio State University. Prior to completing his dissertation, he spent a year as superintendent of Hackett Catholic HS in Kalamazoo, MI. He returned to Columbus to complete his dissertation, and he served in overlapping ministries: as chaplain at Mt. Carmel West hospital, Columbus (9 years), prison chaplaincy work (5 years), sacramental minister at St. Stephen the Martyr, West Columbus (9 years), associate pastor at St. Agatha, Upper Arlington (4 years) and at Christ the King, E. Columbus.(4 years). During his time in Columbus he served in some other capacities: giving retreats and talks, and teaching in the permanent deacons’ school of theology. Fr. Bakle is currently a member of KofC Sacred Hearts Council 14671, Cardington; he is also friar for Fr. Huber 4th Degree Assembly 809 in Columbus He was friar for Ohio District 3, under Master Frank Ianaggi, from 2006 threw 2009.

In 2008, the Diocese of Columbus asked him to serve Sacred Hearts parish in Cardington as administrator and parish priest. In his later years, even though he had been trained to be a theologian and teacher, Fr. John has preferred to do pastoral work which he was introduced to in the Army. He is grateful to God and His Blessed Mother for all the opportunities he has been given to be of service to the People of God.


Cardington Intermediate School

During Father Bakle’s time as pastor at Sacred Hearts the church building burned to the ground on Thanksgiving morning 2013. The Parish spent 2 full years celebrating Mass a the Cardington Intermediate school.


AD. 2004-2008 Father John Bentz


Father John Bentz

Father Bentz was born December 23, 1938 in Newark, Ohio and died Friday, December 24, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio. The son of Francis and Jeannette Barry Bentz,  Father Bentz attended St. Francis de Sales School and High School in Newark; and St. Charles College Seminary, earning a Bachelor’s of Art in Philosophy. He studied theology at Mount St. Mary of the West Seminary, Norwood, Ohio.

He was ordained to the priesthood at St. Joseph Cathedral, Columbus, on May 28, 1966 by the Most Reverend John J. Carberry. Father Bentz served as assistant pastor and later as temporary administrator of St. Mary Church, Lancaster, and taught at Bishop Fenwick High School, Lancaster; assistant pastor of Holy Redeemer Church, Portsmouth, with teaching responsibilities at Notre Dame High School also in Portsmouth; director of the Department of Religion of Newark Catholic High School; assistant pastor of St. Nicholas Church, Zanesville; chaplain at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, with residence at St. Timothy Church and Our Lady of Victory Church.

He served as pastor of Immaculate Conception Church, Dennison; administrator of Sts. Augustine and Gabriel Obituary Church and St. Philip the Apostle Church, both in Columbus; associate pastor of St. Mary Church, Marion, St. Vincent de Paul Church, Mount Vernon; pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Marysville, with chaplaincy at Ohio Reformatory for Women; pastor of Sacred Hearts Church, Cardington. He retired from active service in 2008, but continued to assist in several parishes, particularly in Fairfield County and St. Francis de Sales Church, Newark, as well as Mount Carmel East Hospital, Columbus.

A.D.1980-2004:  Msgr. Charles Foeller

The son of Charles F. and Lilian Gallen Foeller, he was born in Columbus, Ohio on May 9, 1924. Msgr. Charles Joseph Foeller died on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at Mother Angeline McCrory Manor.  Monsignor Foeller attended St. Francis School, Columbus and St. Charles High School and College Seminary, earning a B.A. in Philosophy in 1946. He studied theology at Mount St. Mary of the West Seminary, Norwood, Ohio. He was ordained to the Priesthood March 18, 1950 by the Most Reverend Michael J. Ready. In 1992 he was named Monsignor when His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, bestowed upon him the title Prelate of Honor.

Monsignor Foeller served as Associate Pastor at St. Joseph Cathedral, Columbus (1950); St. Mary Church, Lancaster (1950-55); St. Aloysius Church, Columbus (1955-58); St. Rose Church, New Lexington (1958-60); and Sacred Heart Church, Coshocton (1960-63). He served as Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Marysville (1963-67), founding pastor of Church of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Columbus (1967-1980); and Church of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Cardington, (1980-2004). During his priestly ministry, Monsignor served as Diocesan Director of the Legion of Mary (1955-2010) and coordinated the diocesan October Family Rosary Day (1970-2009); chaplain and spiritual moderator for many organizations and institutions; confessor and conference master for several convents of religious sisters throughout the Diocese of Columbus.