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W RITINGI N - D E P TH ANALYSIS O R I G IN ALD ESIG N 2017

The Bi-Weekly Publication of The Catholic Diocese of Lexington

MONTICELLO. St. Peter Parish, Monticello, will celebrate its golden jubilee Sunday, Septem- ber 24, with Mass at 9 a.m., and a reception to follow at The As- pire Center. St. Peter was founded as a sta- tion of St. Mildred Church in Somerset in April, 1952. The first Mass in Monticello was celebrat- ed by Msgr. John O'Bryan in the basement of the Breeding Ho- tel on the first Sunday of April, 1952. Mass was moved to the Anchor Motel on North Main

St. Peter, Monticello, to fete golden jubilee

St. Peter Parish Priest Fr. John Kieffer, SJ, distributes the Eucharist at Mass with Dcn. Tom Wagner. Photo provided

Street in Monticello years later. Father Thomas Buren, pastor of Saint Mildred, began construc- tion of a church for the Monti- cello congregation in 1967, and the completed church was dedi- cated later that same year. At the time of dedication of the new 150 seat church in 1967, St. Peter Parish consisted of six resident Catholics. The purchase of the property was financed by the Louisville Archdiocesan Mission Promot- ers (LAMP) which was formed to ensure a physical presence of the Catholic Church in every county of the Archdiocese of Louisville. The construction of the church was also made pos- sible by a large donation to the congregation by the Hartlage family of Louisville. In 1967, the Catholic station at Monticello was elevated to mis- sion status by the Archdiocese of Louisville and became a mis- sion of Saint Mildred Church under the care of Fr. Thomas Buren. The new mission parish was named by Edward Hartlage, in honor of Saint Peter, a name that the Monticello congregation deemed appropriate because of the many fishermen who visited the church. Father Gerald Timmel was appointed pastor of St. Mildred

Terry Witherell

Reprinted with permission from Catholic Extension. Copyright 2017. www.catho- licextension.org. If anyone comes to serve here, they need to love the people." That's what Pat Riestenberg told me when I met her at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church, Hazard. Pat was nomi- nated by the Diocese of Lexington, Ken- tucky for Catholic Extension's 2017 Lu- men Christi Award. Pat knows what it means to love the people. She came to Hazard in 1990, from her home town of Cincinnati, where she had been teaching Catholic school. Pat

Perry County parish's 'stay at home mom'

felt called to do a year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. What she didn't count on was falling in love with the peo- ple, so 27 years later she is still there. In all those years, Pat was part of the Francis- can community that was responsible for the pastoral care of the church; but just this past year, the Franciscans had left the diocese. With their departure, Pat now is also responsible for the day-to-day opera- tions of the parish. Though it is difficult for Pat that she no longer has the commu- nity that she prayed and lived with for so many years, she knew that she needed to remain there for the people of the parish, so that she could be a constant for them, in the midst of so much change. The church was originally built by Ital- ians who had come to the Appalachian Mountains to work in the mines. Pat said that everyone in the parish knows some- one who has lost a loved one in the mines. That is why the plaque of Our Lady of the Mines, found behind the tabernacle, is such an important part of their church, as well as in the central stained glass win- dow. She brings comfort to those who pray before her. Less than one percent of the 28,000 people in Perry County are Catholic. Pat jokes that despite the small number of Catholics, Our Mother of Good Counsel is considered the "mega church" among the Catholic churches in the area, because

2017 Lumen Christi Award nominee Pat Ri- estenberg. Photo: Catholic Extension

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