1966 through 2002
the leadership of Father Eviston, and the hard work of
many parishioners, St. Patrick was established in 1966.
Bishop Ackerman selected Reverend Cyril Eviston as the
first pastor of this newly established parish in the
diocese. The Jovial Irishman had the support of many people
in the area, so the parish began. After saying Mass in the
gym at Taylor Mill Elementary School, the cornerstone was
laid in September 1968. The first Mass was celebrated
in the new building on December 22, 1968.
1971, Father Reilly was appointed pastor of St. Pat’s. He
continued to help the seeds grow planted by Father Eviston.
When he retired in 1983, Father Edwin Heile was appointed
as the new pastor. Father Heile watched the parish grow and
was instrumental in raising money to purchase the stained
glass windows for the church that we enjoy today.
Father Heile was reassigned in 1995, Father Gerald
Witzemann became our pastor. Father Witzemann continued the
supervision of the installation of the remaining stained
Father Witzemann retired in July, 2000, Bishop Muench
appointed Father Jeffrey VonLehman as our new pastor. Among
other changes in the appearance of the church itself,
Father Jeff is responsible for acquiring the beautiful
statue of our patron Saint, St. Patrick and the parish
sign. Father Jeff’s style of spiritual leadership helps our
parishioners continue to grow in their faith.