History of St. Bridget

Our parish was dedicated to St. Bridget, by the early settlers of Liberty and Union County who were immigrants from Ireland and who come to this country after the Great Potato Famine. 1849 dates the beginning of the work of the Catholic Church in Liberty. In that year, the present church grounds were purchased at the cost of three hundred dollars from George Heavenridge. The church grounds were comprised of about three acres situated in the southeastern part of the town. These grounds are situated on an elevated site, which was suppose to be the highest point between Cincinnati and Indianapolis.

Father William Doyle, pastor of St. Andrew’s congregation in Richmond, visited Liberty and celebrated Mass at the home of Patrick Gleason in 1849. This was probably the first Catholic service held in Union County and without question the beginning of the present parish of St. Bridget. Father Doyle brought to Liberty a great deal of experience about forming a congregation.

Father Henry Peters, resident priest at Connersville, took charge of Liberty in 1853. He celebrated Mass in private homes, once a month. The people were quite pleased to have the priest visit and celebrate the Mass. They opened their homes to him and to other Catholics of the community. The homes in which he held Mass belonged to Patrick Gleason, Dennis Egan, Joseph O’Connell, Thomas Roach and Thomas Burke.
St. Bridget
Sunday - 8:15am
Friday - 8:00am

Located in the Sacristy after Mass
Friday - 8:30am-8:45am
Church Address
404 East Vine Street
Liberty, IN 47353

Parishes’ Office
232 West 9th Street
Connersville, IN 47331
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