Parish History

“We are the Church of the Holy Spirit, a center of Catholic life rooted in Sacred Tradition and nourished by the Sacraments. We are people of faith, challenged by the Holy Spirit to celebrate joyfully, serve generously, evangelize respectfully, and be an accepting and vital parish. Energized by God’s Word and the Eucharist, we strive to become true followers of Christ.”

With over 2,300 parishioners giving back, Holy Spirit is able to help many through outreach programs; such as United Crescent Hill Ministries, House of Ruth, Golden Arrow, Little Way Pregnancy Resource Center, Immaculate Heart of Mary to name a few. These organizations have and continue to benefit from Holy Spirit’s parishioner’s generosity and participation.

To Know.   To Love.   To Serve.

Early Beginnings

1936 – 1950
  • On May 20, 1936, Archbishop John A. Floersh purchased a lot on Cannons Lane to be the site of a new East End parish, the future Holy Spirit Parish.
  • In 1937, Father John W. Vance was appointed as the first pastor and moved into a temporary rectory on the Sacred Heart Academy grounds, just in time to begin the ministry of caring for flood refugees from Louisville’s West End, who had been offered shelter by the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville. The first parish Mass was offered on February 21, 1937, in Sacred Heart’s auditorium.
  • Archbishop Floersh blessed the new church on January 2, 1938.
  • In June 1939, the parish bought the adjoining property with a white frame house that became the rectory.