1818 Rangeland Rd ~ Louisville, KY 40219~Parish Life Center: (502) 964-5904~Saturday Mass: 4:00 PM, Sunday Mass: 10:00 AM



St. Ignatius Martyr parish was established by Archbishop
John A. Floersch on April 1, 1963. 
Located on the site of a former Masonic Home, the property was acquired by the Archdiocese
and used for a short time as a home for the aged, The O'Leary Home.

Construction of the parish facilities began February 18, 1963.  The church cornerstone was laid
May 26th of the same year, and the first Mass in the church was celebrated August 11, 963.  Prior 
to that, the early parishioners attended Mass, celebrated by Rev. Stanley J. Schmidt,  the Founding 
Pastor, at Thomas Jefferson School, located at Rangeland Road and Poplar Level Road.
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The original marble altars, the Communion rail and the Stations of the Cross in the church came 
from the old St. Helen's Church on Dixie Highway, which was being demolished at the time St. 
Ignatius was being built.  Many early parishoners worked long and hard to assemble the "marble 
jigsaw puzzle" into the church sanctuary.

The religious faculty of the parish school was originally nuns from the Ursuline
Community of
Mt. St. Joseph in Owensboro, KY.  This arrangement continued until the 1980's, when declining 
vocations reduced the number of sisters available.  By 1987 the school faculty consisted of lay 
teachers and Principal Sr. Rita Joseph Jarrell, of the Ursuline Community, Lexington Road 
Motherhouse in Louisville.
easter-frschmitt67The Eagles Athletic Club was formed in 1978 to support school athletics. When the school closed, it became

an organization benefiting the parish and multiple other agencies through its charitable works. Through

monthly chicken dinners, the Eagles provide aid to many communities through services and financial

support, both locally and around the world.It also provides fellowship for many men over a wide area who

would otherwise have no contact with the Church.
In 1991, faced with declining enrollment and rising costs, St. Ignatius School clustered with two 
neighboring schools, Guardian Angels and Resurrection, to form Thomas Merton Academy.  The 
original school site became the Child  Development Center of Thomas Merton Academy, housing a Day 
Care, Pre-school, and After School Care.  
In 1993, because of the needed space by the Day Care, the Pre-School was moved to another campus.

In 1994, the Thomas Merton Day Care expanded into another wing of the old school building and
became the largest Day Care operated by the Archdiocese. After Thomas Merton Academy was 
dissolved, the Day Care became St. Ignatius  Child Development, which was closed in 2010.

Also in 1991, the church was renovated to conform to the liturgical changes promulgated by the
Second Vatican Council.  The Blessed Sacrament Chapel was built, the pews were reconfigured to
give a better sense of community at prayer and worship, and the new altar, president's chair and
Blessed Sacrament altar were all constructed using the marble from the old altars and communion
The past several years we have been raising funds through our Capital Campaign, which has 
been used to continuously finance renovations througouth the church.  The parish offices moved 
into the old school in April, 2011.  In 2013, a new altar and chairs were handmade by charter 
parishoner Bill Beaven and Jim Masterson.  In March of 2014, the new gathering space & baptismal 
font construction was completed and unveiled.  The gathering space also includes two restrooms.  
The church interior was painted and the parking lot was paved.
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