History of St. Aloysius

Mass was celebrated in Shepherdsville during the early 1900s in a private home belonging to Mrs. John Buckman, at a skating-rink and in a judge’s chambers at the county courthouse before the construction of the first St. Aloysius Church in 1912.

Established to serve Bullitt County Catholics in an anti-Catholic area that allegedly was the state seat of the Ku Klux Klan, St. Aloysius allowed the devout to attend Mass regularly instead of once a month. The first pastor, Father Eugene Bertello, a stocky man of vitality and enthusiasm, spoke broken English when he delivered simple, strong, wholesome sermons. He became widely known, riding his horse Keno through sleet, snow and rain on pastoral visits. He was regarded as an unsung martyr of the church when he died in a train accident in 1917 after returning from a call to anoint the sick.

The parish became the center of the Bullitt County missions after fire destroyed St. Eugene at Bardstown Junction. With increased attendance, Mass was celebrated more frequently. Religious education classes began, taught by the same parishioner who formed the Ladies Altar Society. Soon, the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville took charge of the classes and established a summer school. Annual picnics raised funds to expand the church.

After a larger church was dedicated in 1950, construction of a convent began in 1953 and a school opened in the previous church in 1954. Staffed by the Ursuline Sisters, the school expanded to include a high school, which opened in 1957 and graduated its first class of eight in 1960 but closed in 1966. A preschool was added in 2005. The elementary school closed in 2012.

Also, in 2005, a renovation of the church interior uncovered beautiful features of the original 1950 structure. With over 300 parishioners, St. Aloysius Parish continues to serve the community through its outreach efforts and participation in civic activities. The St. Aloysius rectory was renovated in 2019 during the transition of Father Terry Langford to the parish.

Pastors of St. Aloysius

Dates as PastorPastor’s NameDate of Death
1912-1917Fr. Eugene A. Bertello12-20-1917
1917-1920Fr. Joseph McAleer06-11-1962
1920-1948Fr. Felix Newton Pitt03-15-1971
1948-1954Fr. Bernard W. Knoer01-21-1961
1954-1960Fr. Adolph Schwabenton04-17-1979
1960-1968Fr. Clarence C. Nord01-27-2008
1968-1970Fr. Jerome S. Moert11-01-1998
1970-1982Fr. Hubert Hagan03-28-1982
1982-1990Fr. John B. Lenahan06-23-2010
1990-1996Fr. James L. Schlich05-04-1997
1996-2002Fr. Gerald Bell
2002-2004Fr. Mike Tobin
2004-2011Fr. David Naylor
2011-2019Fr. Brian Aloysius Kenney
2019-Fr. Terry L. Langford