Monday, June 26, 2017

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Parish had its beginning under a different name. Saint David's Church on Springdale Drive, built in 1923, was a mission church of Saint Wendelin Parish in Carrick. Raised to the status of parish in 1937, the growing population quickly outgrew the size of the church. Thus, the pastor Father Henry Immekus petitioned Bishop Hugh C. Boyle permission to purchase several acres of land that bordered on Route 51, once known as "Sacred Acres."

 

In 1942 Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Parish was canonically established under the leadership of Father Immekus (later Monsignor). And the building began ... a joint church& school, a convent, a rectory, a permanent church (1952), a high school, and a bell tower. In his 29 years as pastor, Monsignor Immekus was truly a builder.

Upon the retirement ofMonsignor Immekus in 1971, Father Jim Aaron became the second pastor of Saint Elizabeth Parish and he built upon the energy of his predecessor in moving the parish through the challenging years following the Second Vatican Council. Innovation and renovation occupied his time and he embraced each opportunity. Transferred in 1984, the leadership was then placed into the capable hands and heart of Father Roy Conley, a hometown boy who was raised in Saint Elizabeth Parish. Little did he or anyone know that when he offered his First Mass as a priest in Saint Elizabeth Church in May of 1961 that he would one day return as pastor. Twenty-one years of service (1984-2005) proved to everyone the kindness, gentleness and patience of the man. When Father Conley retired in 2005 he was succeeded by one of his former parochial vicars who served under him from 1984-
1989, Father Dale DeNinno.

The Saint Elizabeth ofHungary Parish community now stands on the eve of its Diamond Jubilee (1942-2017). 75 years of growing in the Lord, inviting the faithful to a deeper discovery of Jesus Christ, and committing themselves to the mission work of the Church in spreading the Good News. A newly renovated interior of Saint Elizabeth Church will continue to open its doors in welcome to all who come to pray, to worship, to give all praise and thanks to God for the good work begun through strong pastoral leadership and the faithful service of His holy people.

May Saint Elizabeth of Hungary pray for us from her place in heaven.