Meet Mr. Ernstberger

ERNSTBERGER-JERRY-403Hello, everyone! I joined the Holy Family faculty in 1994 and I truly enjoy and feel blessed to have the opportunity to work in a school that feels like home. The students and their parents, faculty and staff, and parishioners of Holy Family have been very gracious to me, and I have learned so much from them. I am especially proud of the many accomplishments of our students and faculty!

I was born in southern Indiana and attended Holy Trinity Elementary School in New Albany and Providence High School in Clarksville. I enjoyed playing sports, especially baseball and football, and in high school I was very active in the music and theatre programs which led me to Butler University and a degree in Music Education.

I returned to Providence and served as choral music and band director. Two of my favorite activities were the Christmas Concert and Spring Musical. Before coming to Holy Family, I served as Assistant Principal and Director of Students at Trinity High School. That position had many rewards, one of which was that I got to walk the sidelines of the hallowed Trinity vs. St. X football games!

I have a wonderful family! My wife, Mindy, is also a Catholic school principal at Providence Jr/Sr High School, our alma mater. We have been members of Holy Family Parish since 1990. Our son Jon, HFS ’99, currently works at Purdue University in Lafayette, and our daughter-in-law, Ashley, is in her sixth semester of veterinary school at Purdue. Daughter Leah, HFS ’03, is a 2012 graduate of Butler University and is studying at the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College of Dublin, Ireland.

On weekends, I serve as one of the liturgical musicians here at Holy Family Church.

I love to fish, cook, travel, read and watch movies. I used to play golf and still enjoy it, but getting to play is a rarity these days. I also enjoy rooting for my favorite teams – Holy Family Eagles, Providence Pioneers, Butler U. Bulldogs, and the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals!

Feel free to contact me directly at, and thanks for visiting the Holy Family website!


Jerry Ernstberger, “Mr. E”