LaGrange, Oldham Co.
Pastor: Rev. Anthony L. Chandler
Part-time Associate: Rev. Stuart B. Priddy
Permanent Deacons: Robert R. Caruso, R. David Hotz, Thomas M. McNally
Sundays — Sat vigil: 5 p.m.; Sun: 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (Spanish)
Holy Days — See bulletin
Daily — Tue–Fri: 8 a.m.
SAINT MARY ACADEMY
11311 Saint Mary Lane, Prospect, Ky. 40059-6544
Phone: (502) 315-2555
FAX: (502) 326-3655
Principal: Julie Tobbe
In the mid-1800s, Immaculate Conception opened as a mission in Oldham County for Irish railroad workers. It became a mission of St. Aloysius when a resident pastor was appointed there in 1871.
The first church, on North Street, had a capacity of 300. When the railroad moved its main operations from LaGrange to Louisville in 1899, many workers moved with it. In 1900 the remaining parishioners built a much smaller church with the capacity to seat sixty on the same site.
The cornerstone for a connected church and school was laid in 1950 on land acquired on North Fifth Avenue in 1949. The Sisters of Mercy from Pewee Valley staffed the two-room school when it opened in 1950 with sixty students. It was the first Catholic school in LaGrange. With about sixty-five families, Immaculate Conception attained parish status in 1962. Father William Diersen was the first pastor.
By 1979 the school had expanded to eight classrooms. The first parish council was organized in 1980. Parishioners also established the Agape Thrift Shop, where people in need could obtain clothing and household items at very low cost.
In 1994 the Marian Center was completed to accommodate the school offices, child development center, and gymnasium. Ground was broken in 2002 for a new complex that includes a new church with a seating capacity of 1,100 (dedicated in 2004), offices and meeting rooms, as well as a separate rectory.
Today with more than 3,000 parishioners, Immaculate Conception continues to spread the Good News with faith-filled and meaningful liturgies, strong religious education through its child development center, school, religious education, adult formation programs and outreach ministries that serve the needs of the poor, sick and lonely in four counties. Founded to serve Irish Catholic railroad workers, the parish now serves Catholics of many ethnic backgrounds. Blessed with Christ-like, nurturing leaders and a community of believers, Immaculate Conception strives to exemplify the Good News of Jesus Christ.