Piqua has a long and rich American story going back to before the revolution but the first Europeans to settle there was an Irish family named Johnson. In the early 1840’s it became clear to the Catholic community in Piqua that a church building was needed. Again, Bishop Purcell was instrumental in the effort, and a lot was purchased for $80. Rev. Hallinan, the first pastor, led the early building effort but in 1845 Rev. James Cahill oversaw the completion of the structure. The church was dedicated in 1846 by Bishop Purcell and Rev. Daniel Hallinan and Rev. P. O’Mealy. Over the years continual improvements have been made but the 1899 building still stands on the original lot.
“Where two or three have met together in my name, I am there among them.” Matthew 18:20
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