St. Joseph, Equality

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1840s*: Father Elisha Durbin served the area.

1881: A frame church was built.

1893: The first resident pastor, Father Thomas Day, was appointed.

1908: The present church was constructed under the leadership of Father Joseph Roken. St. Joseph Parish also served Stonefort, Vienna, Metropolis, and New Burnside.

2012:The Parish has become part of the new St. Kateri Parish.

*This brief history is taken from A Time of Favor: The Story of the Catholic Family of Southern Illinois by Betty Burnett.