A Brief History
In 1839, Father John Baptist Lamy of St. Luke Parish, Danville became our first pastor. In 1847, he went to Covington, KY serving until 1850 when he was appointed Bishop of Santa Fe and in 1875 became the Archbishop. The novel “Death Comes for the Archbishop” by Willa Cather deals with our parish founder.
The first Catholic Church in Mount Vernon was begun in July of 1842. A fire of mysterious origin devastated that structure in 1844; a new edifice was dedicated on October 14, 1849. This building was eventually outgrown. Mount Calvary Cemetery on Mansfield Avenue was established in October of 1849.
Our present church, built in 1922 is English Gothic architecture using Ohio limestone. Featured at the main entrance of our church is the biblical quotation (in Latin): “My House will be called a House of Prayer.” More than a thousand parishioners and friends of Saint Vincent de Paul gather each weekend to celebrate Mass.
Our bell tower houses three bells dated from 1875: St. Mary, St. Joseph, and St. Vincent; 1,567, 965, and 575 pounds respectively.
On July 8th, 2014, St Vincent de Paul Parish was combined with St Luke Parish in Danville and Church of the Nativity in Utica to form the Knox-Licking Consortium of Catholic Churches. This arrangement will ensure the pastoral care of the Catholics in these parishes for years to come.