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I inent parish buildings are St. Philip be I . the school in the eorly Lgious bis general anti-c rein Illinois, ! ,Lion Church i narkS in Posey County the beginning days of secret Catholicism in Posoy County. Id the convent are visible signs of the faith of the Christian ars!s St. Philip. in ttRrea, according to a parish history published for the tholic feeling in the state, was kept very much under coer," ,as the first to visit the area, in 1830 and again in 1837. Mass t Evansville in 1838; he and his assistant, Father Roman Le area north d west of Evansville. atSt' Josep n Vanderburgh County in 1841 and St, Wendel in Posey e reason ff 'ausville woman accused Father Weinzapfe! Of rap+e ding .... rue only aft the priest had boon'releaSed mpfison, thor Deydier mt Fathe Schneide and Oppr to  for the hi]ip at this rei according the parish htory, The task was unde led at a site| orable to some but not othei er some COfion dis00on00 offering rldng u area fron:e rect0ihe :built at St Wendeli I 1847 :: ,nCounty  LsSt; Phili p  Posey Countyi i: in Soellner  i.  donated an acre of land Materials and labor wm / ester Eyed 12 miles esst of Mr, Vernon, Father woinzapfel nd hardw ri,bta 1 cost oft he church was $139, 147, ... f . hool was b,..In,1851. George Schenk began 40 years o teaching, with [ A.T, Alles e" home for the teacher was built in 1854, 18 acres ofnd to the parish for expansion. Father Weinzapfel began oWho corn le his success !i!! p ted the task in 859. Father Paul Wagner came rea, to woriat St, Mary of the Rock, Ind, ! See ST, PHILIP page .11 The church tower, center, i gle in the sunlight, is visible from miles of surrounding farms and fields. The tower was added to the original church by the first resident pastor, Father W.J. Diestel. A native son, Father George Loesch, pastor from 1888-1914, added two sacristies to the church. Father Charles Kaiser had a basement dug and a new heating system installed in 1946; he had the church redecorated in 1947. The rectory, rgAt, was built in 1930 by Father Theodore Vollmer, replacing the first rectory built by Father Diestel in 1865, St. Philip School, right, was - built instages, The original 18701 school, used for many years as a parish hall, was torn down in 1960 asa new parish hall was built..What is now the "01d school" was a brick structure .... built in 1904, with two school rooms downstairs and an auditorium on the second floor. The auditorium was converted into classrooms in 1949. A new heating system in a rear addition to the school, in 1956, allowed the removal of classroom stoves. A new school addition was completed for classes January 2, 1962. Enrollment increases in 1959 had led to the hiring of the first lay teacher, Mrs. Emma Jane Scott. The school today has nine lay teachers, who along with the Benedictines and Ursuline Sisters on stm'f, teach 238 pupils, A tombstone, below, marks the grave of Dorothea Deig, a widow who donated land for the first log church. ,Photos By Mary r. 00ert Copy B Paul Lelngang The convent, left, was modernized in 1938; it is a two story kame structure built by Father Loesch as a ,'Teachers Home" in 1891. Three Benedictines from Ferdinand, Ind., came to teach in 1892; Sister Mary Columba, Sister Mar V Ferdinand and Sister Mag ten had lOZ pupils. ST. PHILIP VINCENNES DEANERY / SULLIVAN ! GREENE MARTIN POSEY EVANSVILLE_[ +