About our Parishes
History of Our Lady of Lourdes
Until 1944 St. Michael was the only parish in Robertson County. Beginning in 1944, Fr. Francis Eisman held Mass in the Princess Theater on Fifth Avenue. Later Mass was held at Capital Theater on Main Street.
In 1946, the church found a permanent location at 118 North Main Street, the former home of the Pepper family and today the site of Peppergrove Apartments. It was purchased from James O. Toleson in 1949 for $9,000. A chapel was build across the front of the two-story house.
In August 1948 the parish received its first pastor, Fr. Joseph Tarpy. In the fall of 1948 a Catholic School was opened using three rooms at the back of the house. The school remained in operation there until 1962. The Sisters of Mercy staffed the school.
In 1960 five acres was purchased on Golf Club Lane from Robert Moore. The cornerstone was laid on February 18, 1962. The school remained in operation at the site until 1967.
History of St. Michael
Tucked amongst the hills of Robertson County near the community of Flewellyn sits St. Michael Church, surrounded by its history
St. Michael was dedicated in 1842 and is the oldest Catholic church in continuous operation in Tennessee.
In 1842 John Dillon Byrne, Henry Redmond, Levi Traughber, and Joseph Watson bought one acre from the Wessyngton Estate and sold it to Bishop Richard Pius Miles, O.P. for $5 to build a church. Bishop Miles dedicated the church on May 8, 1842, the feast of St. Michael. The original portion of the church is still in use today. At the time, it was a stop of the stagecoach between Nashville and Clarksville.
Father Abram Ryan, the “poet-priest” of the Confederacy served St. Michael from 1864-1865.
The church was expanded in 1935, and a bell tower was added for the 100th anniversary in 1942. Cardinal Samuel Stritch, a native of Nashville, was the celebrant for the Mass marking the 100th anniversary of St. Michael.
During World War II, St. Michael was often filled with soldiers from Fort Campbell on training exercises in the area.
On August 10, 1973 St. Michael was entered into the National Register of Historic Places.
An outdoor altar was added for the church’s 150th anniversary, built with stones from the foundation of the school built in the 1840′s by Fr. Louis Hoste.
The History of St. Michael's Church is available for download from the below link:
This is a large download.
Our Lady of Lourdes
103 Golf Club Lane
Springfield, TN 37172
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Saturday: 8:30am, 5:00pm
Spanish: Sunday 1PM
Saturday: 9:am to noon
Saturday: 9am to noon, 4:30pm to 5pm
3553 South Carter Road
Cedar Hill, TN 37072