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New Archbishop Will Help St. Lawrence Mark 175 Years

Posted On August 09, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

Newly-installed Archbishop of Indianapolis Charles C. Thompson will lead the 175th anniversary mass at St. Lawrence Church in Lawrenceburg on Sunday, August 13. Photo by Rob Banayote, The Criterion.

(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Central and southern Indiana’s new archbishop will celebrate the 175th anniversary of St. Lawrence Church in Lawrenceburg by paying the parish a visit this weekend.

Charles C. Thompson, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, will celebrate the Mass of Thanksgiving for the closing of St. Lawrence Church’s 175th anniversary year. The special mass will be held Sunday, August 13 starting at 11:00 a.m.

Pope Francis appointed Thompson to the position in June. He was formally installed as the archdiocese’s seventh archbishop on July 28. The 56-year-old is the youngest archbishop in the United States. He was previously the Bishop of Evansville.

Father Peter Gallagher, pastor at St. Lawrence Church since 2010, has a history with Thompson. They were classmates at St. Meinrad School of Theology in Rockport, Indiana.

Founded in 1842, St. Lawrence Church has humble beginnings in a small house near the church’s current location. It was one of the first 10 parishes which existed when the Archdiocese of Indianapolis was founded. The current church building dates back to 1867.

St. Lawrence Church will host a grill out lunch and ice cream social immediately following Sunday’s mass with Thompson. Parishioners are asked to bring a side dish to share.

St. Lawrence parishioners are also holding a 175th anniversary parish dinner at Dearborn Country Club on Sunday, August 20. Tickets and reservations are required.

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