In 1993, Fr. Bernie was ordained and served as an associate pastor at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, under Father Pat Foster, for three years. He went on to serve as a pastor at St. Joseph Church in Princeton and Blessed Sacrament Church in Oakland City. Since 2006, he has been the pastor for Holy Rosary Parish in Evansville. On his way to prepare for the school Mass the morning of April 11, Fr. Bernie stopped to talk to a parishioner.