Our History

Tradition has it that Father Paul Coleman, having been named pastor of Saint Veronica on October 1, 1951, came to his new post with nothing in one pocket and a $62,500 mortgage in the other. His new parish was actually 6 1/2 acres of bumpy land and overgrown WEEDS!

On November 4, 1951, about 200 parishioners attended the first Sunday Mass within the parish limits at Sportsman’s Lodge, the old sheriff posse clubhouse, in what is now the Parkhaven neighborhood.

Dedication Mass June 7, 1953
Dedication Mass - June 7, 1953

We thank you, Gracious God, for our faith, and for this place of worship and community, which has nourished many souls, and provided a source of nurturing faith for all who came seeking spiritual life.

One year later...

A year later, Sunday services began in the unfinished building. Ground had been broken the previous June for the structure that was finally dedicated on June 7, 1953, by Archbishop John J. Mitty.

Our church is not built of brick and mortar. people of ALL kinds have helped form our parish identity!


Original Church Design

Attendance at the weekend Masses has fluctuated from the modest 414 in October 1952 to an average 4,091 in 1967. As various other parish communities were formed around the boundaries of Saint Veronica, the parish membership changed considerably. Now, the Saint Veronica community has approximately 2,000 families.

Parish organizations have always been an important landmark of Saint Veronica Parish. The very first parish meeting was held on October 7, 1951 – just 6 days
after Father Coleman had arrived. The Parish Men’s Club first met on December 10th of that same year. The Parish Women’s Club first met in 1952.

First Baptism - Lola Mangini - December 14, 1952

One of the unique features of the early days of the parish was the 15 “circles” which were established by Father Coleman. Father Coleman saw the circles as an important way for parish families in the neighborhoods to get acquainted. For many parishioners, the friendships developed through these circles continue today.

Classes in Religious Education (now called Faith Formation) began in 3 homes in September 1952. Thousands of children have been educated by scores of volunteers through the years! We have been especially blessed with the start of our Religious Education classes for children with Special Needs. In 2000, the first class of these very special students received First Eucharist.

First Communion - May 3, 1953

I am the Vine and you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him shall produce a large crop of fruit. You didn't chose Me. I chose you! I appointed you to go and produce lovely fruit always.

– John 15:5, 16

Our School

Members of the Congregation of the Holy Infant were the first teachers in our parish school, which opened in 1958. By the 1963-64 school year, the School reached its capacity in grades 1 through 8. In June of 1979, the Sisters were called back to Ireland and an all-lay staff assumed administration of the school. The Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet took up residence until 1989.

A kindergarten was added to the school in September of 1980 and the enlargement of that kindergarten in 1990 changed the 19-room convent to a part school and part residence. Since 1990, several members of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary have resided in the Convent.

Throughout the years, outstanding Pastors have led the way!

Father Paul Coleman: October 1, 1951 - April 4, 1977
Father William Quinn: April 4, 1977 - June 30, 1990
Father Wilton Smith: July 1, 1990 - June 30, 2002
Father Edward Bohnert: July 1, 2002 - January 31, 2008
Father Charles Puthota: July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2020
Father Patrick Driscoll: July 1, 2020 - present

Archbishop John J. Mitty

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