During the tribute to Fr. Hoffmann, Gary Smits, a recent parish trustee, described events that took place in 1977, the year Fr. Hoffmann arrived in Antigo. These included Elvis Presley’s last concert and the priest’s favorite team, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team, winning the national championship.
“Father made lasting impressions and served the people of St. John very well over the years,” said Henricks. “Fr. Charlie has left behind a legacy which the people of St. John will never forget.”
An engraved brass plaque with a photo of Fr. Hoffmann was presented to him. The plaque reads: “Father’s pastoral leadership inspired the parish to adopt hospitality as one of its core values. The parish is proud to dedicate the Gathering Hall, our ongoing commitment to hospitality, in honor of Father Charlie’s visionary guidance and stewardship.”
Fr. Hoffmann retired as pastor in September 2010 and served as temporary administrator since last December. He will step down from this post on July 1, when Fr. Dave Schmidt becomes pastor.