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Saint Raphael the Archangel
2900 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40205
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In 1947 when, as a result of the “suburbia boom” St. Francis of Assisi began to burst at the seams, Archbishop John A. Floersh established a new parish for Catholics of the upper Highlands of Louisville. A large farmhouse on Bardstown Road became the gathering space for 400 families who immediately initiated plans for a church and school. On the feast of Saint Raphael, October 2, 1948, the first Mass was celebrated in the new building. Father Leo J. Sheeran was the first pastor. That year the school opened under the direction of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville (present until 1996).

Today St. Raphael is a strong and vibrant community with a healthy mix of senior and young adult families. The school has received a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award from the United States Department of Education (1997), Blue Ribbon Lighthouse Award (2005), and Intel-Scholastic School of Distinction Award (2005). The Intel Award is awarded to the outstanding elementary school in the nation for teacher preparation. The parish also has a child enrichment center for children two to five years old. Part of the Kentucky “Stars for Kids Now” program, it has received two stars out of four, making it one of the better programs in the area.

With some 2,800 parishioners, the parish has over fifty committees engaged in all manner of social outreach and spiritual formation. St. Raphael is an active member of the Highland Five, which consists of five local Catholic parishes working together in social ministries, liturgical events, Highlands Community Ministries, and ministry to senior adults and youth.

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