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hurch, Knox County 00ings Ih, serenity h is quietly proclaimed. unitl,ent offered will/.ngly by lvenare the outwardigns ristian presence. ' settlers along the Wabash. drie where St. Thomas aevieve was built by a priest nore than 80 years have Thomas remains. or St. Rose of Lima, a saint of :h at Faux Chanel was torn according to Father Robert J the history of the people in ]inois and the Defoe ,ash'the river district was x Chanel (False Channel) ap- through it." uilt by either Father John was a priest of the Eudist her at St. Gabriel College. o the Deshee River missions in Indiana could no longer e were served as mission ttest developments were still I pastor at St. Thomas, arriv- ollowing his arrival. Father ,,ph Sefeld was pr, a : John Hass, who arrived in e new school in 1918. ronicles the 1900 arrival of :dinand. According to the he first 30 years. In 1933, Consolidated School System; the school returned to its L Corporation had planned for tudents, St. Thomas con- was 55nd when xrd came See ST. THOMA page 11 x County )1 her Francis R. Allega er Johr:haugssy lane Woehler, O.S.B, .......... 5:30 p.m. .... 8:00, 10:00 a.m. Text And Photos by Paul Leingang ST. THOMAS Father John Shaughnessy, above, ordained in 1932, served as pastor of St. Thomas from 1955 until his retirement in 1978. He makes his retirement home in the building opposite page, bottom right, which once served as a two room school house and combination convent for three Benedictine Sisters. Father John Hags, pastor from 1913 to 1936, added the tower to the 1873 church building in 1917. In 1918, he built the new three-room school, bottom left. The school is now used for religious education classes on Sundays, taught by Sister Theophane Woehler, O.S.B., and parish native Sister Agatha Yochum, O.S.B. Parishioners are proud of the recently remodeled school basement, with a new kitchen and modern facilities for parish gatherings. Across the road from the school, not shown in the pictures on these pages, is the covered picnic shelter and site of the annual parish summer social, on the third Sunday of July. GIBSON :IINCETON FOre' OMCM MARTIN KNOX m, . DEANERY DEANERY SPENCER RO SH - " II I II III I II