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St. Peter urn, MONTGOMERY POSEY EVANSVILLE_ 0 ,SOIWIE VINCENNES DEANERY SULLIVAN GREENE MARTIN KNOX sT ,e GIBSON sT s: JS NEWBURGH DEAN.ERY SPENCER RED BRUSH The gothic style St. Peter Church "was strongly built, with brick walls four layers thick and the six buttresses that support the walls are eight layers thick," according to a sesquicentennial souvenir book published in 1968. Father Bartholomew Piers designed the church, modeling it after the Cathedral at Bardstown, Ky., and at Vincennes. Ind. The former rectory below, is now the convent. Photos and text by Paul Leingang II Illl A I C USS Fathcer,,:, Joseph ::i St. Peter Catholic Cht Montgomery, Indiana 4 (812) 486-3149 Pastor: ........................ Fatt Director of Religious Education: ...... Parish Council Chairpers:,; ..... ..-,.. Missions: ................... St. Mic Mass Schedule St. Peter ......... Saturday, 5:30 pJ St. Patrick ...................... St. Michael ..................... St. Peter Chur00c =:-A education in Sot=th0000 St. Peter Catholic Church, Montgomery, is built or Joseph Clauss. He says that's what he's bee told by p, Early settlers had built a rude log church, 16 by 2( in an area known as St. Pierre, according to Appolinaris a rededication booklet in 1976. St. Peter's, with its origin as a parish ir 1818. is ti oldest parish in all of Indiana. According to Grannan, the parish served early Cat: iito the Northwest Territory. Father I::P. larger than the first, as early as 1,823. A frame hutch we church was built" m' 1842, but ths" church dd" not las Black Oak Ridge is now the site of the Church farn the original site. on the highest point of the ridge. Th, Almost a hundred years after the consecratibn of t been added, the building had been sandblasted and tuck was redecorated. Bishop Francis R. Shea and'the pastor, 25, 1976. A student of the history of Catholic Education wo place Notre Dame was not built; it is the place where Ca cooperation. According to Grannan, the Sisters of Charity stm In 1842, Father Edward Sorin and the oly Cross was not built at Montgomery, as Grannan scrmes th "They (the Holy Cross Brothers} immediately star la Hailandiere had the Eudist Order, a Catholic College Black Oak Ridge to a tract of land near =th Bem,Indi land, and moved in the fall of 1842 .... " If they had waited three years, the shape of Catho members of the Eudist order had established St. Gabriel Sorin and the Holy Cross Brothers moved away, to acl Other accounts of the Notre Dame story mention went north. There is much less irony in such an accm Whatever the reason, the Brothers left the Montg Holy Cross Brothers. The Sisters taught in a parochial s(