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St. Mary ChurcF00;+ A plaque at the entrance area of the church, above, calls attention to the latest renovation. Below, the statue of Mary is prominently displayed, in the tower. Among the graves in the cemetery, below right, are the burial sites of four early settlers who fought in the War of 1812: Ignatius Spalding, Joseph Spalding, George Williams and Dan McAtee. Also here are buried at least 19 Civil War veterans; among them, Father Patrick Murphy who served as a chaplain. The Civil War took from St. Mary families many sons who did not return to live or die in Daviess County. IBm Small Daviess County church has lar St. MaD' Church was blessed by Bishop Simon Brute of Vincennes on November 25, 1834. At least 150 families lived near the Church in Daviess County, near Loogootee. A parish history, published for the 1984 Sesquicentennial traces the roots of th parish 200 years earlier to the British Isles. A few Roman Catholics sailed from the Isl of Wight on November 22, 1633, on two small ships, the Ark and the Dove. The religious refugees left an anti-papist homeland for a promise of freedom in'the New World, in Maryland. The "Maryland League" was formed in 1785; 60 Catholic families -- Brewers, Cissells, Norrises, Meltons, Bowlings, Queens, Mattinglys among them -- moved to Kentucky. With the opening of government land north of the Ohio, another move brought settlers to Barr and Van Buren Townships in Daviess County. The first church built in the area was St. Peter, Montgomery. The second was St. Mary, in an area known as Boggs Creek Settlement. Father Simon Lalumiere, the first priest ordained by Bishop Flaget in Bardstown, Ky., was assigned to the first church in Indiana, St. Francis Xavier, Vincennes. Father Lalumiere was apparently the first to celebrate Mass at Boggs Creek Settlement, in the house of Ignatius Spalding. The home Mass continued from 1828 until the decision was made to build a church. Land for the church -- three acres -- was sold to Father Lalumiere by Richard Norris and his wife, who had bought 80 acres from the government in 1830. Writing about the events of the time, Bishop Brute noted that most of the 150 Catholic families in the area were from Kentucky, with a few from Ireland. The first resident pastor was Maurice De St. Palais, who had come to America from France with Bishop Brute. He built a larger church, with funds raised through the :i donatio: i years at ; the dio i  T +! Church; ! educate il cent Pa ',: County i establis Miles S Irish ir became yearn le Mary r+ "1 Tirnoth 100 fee leaf we: June, 1! by a fi VINCENNES DEANERY / ' SULLIVAN GREENE KNOX INGTON DEANERY IT IIIART'M*I lit  ' IT PAll c+m v DEAN.ERY SPENCER RED BRJSH A I ' St,Maw.Caic CI R,R. 3.  156 Loogootea i !N47 Pastor: ................... ii, rllSair Parish Council Chairperson-;:,;,.... :+.. Mass Schedule ............... , .... ..