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Sts. Peter and Paul Ch II Father Leo C. IQesel, left, was appointed pastor at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Petersburg, July 5, 1985. Father Kiesel has served at churches in Evansville, Newburgh and Chrisney. Among his other responsibilities was a part time teaching position at Rex Mundi High School in Evansville. Father Kiesel was ordained in 1963, after studies for the priesthood at St. Meinrad, Ind., and Innsbruck, Austria. He is a native of Haubstadt, Ind. On June 2, 1987, Father Kiesel was appointed temporary administrator of Blessed Sacrament Church, Oakland City. On November 24, he was named pastor of the Oakland City parish while continuing to serve as pastor in Petersburg. The "Community Room" sign, above, points the way to a ground level meeting and classroom area for religious education at the rear of the rectory. The present church, center, was built in 1924 for about $17,000. Parish records indicate the contractor was John Keller; John Bayard was the architect. The property at 8th and Sycamore.was donated by a Mr. Cassidy. A major drawback of the previous church had been its location on property frequently flooded by several feet of water from a nearby creek. The present church is on higher ground, and nearer the center of the town. STS. PETER AND PAUL Text And Photos By Paul Leingang NEWBURGH J POSEY X.,/ SPENCER REO BUSM Petersburg church has been th church in Pike County for me] The preence of the Catholic Church in Petersburg is extremely impo of Sts. Peter and Paul. He is the only Catholic pastor in ..u of Pik-County, table relationship between Catholicism and oer denominations. The fact tance, he says, to the need for a church with a resident parish priest. The c] active and visible, he firmly believes. A resident pastor has not been the rule, according to a parish history Catholics in this locality and due to a shortage of priests of the diocese, litt dent priest in Petersburg, and the multiplicity of Catholics in Other places c was for nine the published account. "Therefore, the church of Petersburg h ty priest to priest and parish to parish as the most everend Bis ops were abl diocese." The parish was established in 1847, but it was not until 1946 that a Grimmelsman appointed Father Michael Wolf as the first resident Catholic as assistant pastor at churches in Evans,ille, Boonville and Vincennes, befc Petersburg The first priest to have visited the area was Father Ioh P. 13ion, fron The first Mass was celebrated in Petersburg in 1847; a ealu h was built Property between Main and Walnut Streets had been deeded to Bish( that location. In 1876, the property reverted to its original oners, identifie and Goodlet Morgan and Emily Morgan." After Father Dion left Vcennes in 1848, Petersburg zllay have been Jasper and Coming. In 1886. Sts. Peter and Paul was a mission of HuntingbUrg, visited b church was built for about $800 near the railroad station. The church was on July 11, 1887. I I Sts. Peter and Paul 711 WalnUt Street Petersburg, Idiana 47567 (812) 354-6942 Pastor ....................................... D .............................. ......... Mass schedule Saturdays ......................... ......... Sundays ....................................